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16 Jan 2019

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    Giorgio Chiellini and Kyrgyzstan's African Prince

    The Juventus and Italy captain, Giorgio Chiellini, talks about his career and tells us how the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has changed the dressing room. Plus, we hear from Kyrgyzstan's Daniel Tagoe, an African Prince playing in the 2019 Asian Cup. (Photo by Daniele Badolato via Getty Images)

  • Posted on 10 Jan 2019

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    World Football at the 2019 Asian Cup

    Bernd Stange has one goal above all others when he leads Syria into the finals ; to put a smile back on the faces of the country's war-ravaged people. The veteran German manager was lured out of retirement this year to take charge of the Syrians as they seek to build on their remarkable run to the verge of qualifying for their first World Cup finals last year. Awer Mabil's journey from life as a refugee in a hut built out of mud to scoring on his international debut is the stuff dreams are made of. The 23-year-old grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya, where hunger and cramped conditions were everyday problems for his family. After moving to Australia as part of a humanitarian programme, he was subjected to racism as he tried to make it as a footballer. But he has come through it all to represent the defending champions at the finals in the UAE. Plus the India coach Stephen Constantine and goal-keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. (Picture: Syrian team before their World Cup qualifier against Australia. Credit: Getty Images)

  • Posted on 03 Jan 2019

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    John Arne Riise: Bullies, Golf Clubs and Istanbul

    The former Liverpool, Roma and Norway footballer John Arne Riise looks back on his career and remembers the many highlights, such as the 'Miracle in Istanbul'. Yet despite his achievements, Riise had to overcome bullying, insecurity and loneliness to get to the top. And his career was nearly put in jeopardy when a team mate attacked him with a golf club. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Posted on 25 Dec 2018

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    Mourinho, the FIFA Club World Cup and Nelson Mandela the Wedding Crasher

    Former South Africa international Shaun Bartlett talks about his meetings with Nelson Mandela. Plus, Heather O'Reilly Pat Nevin and Peter Odemwingie discuss Jose Mourinho's sacking and the relevance of the FIFA Club World Cup. (Photo: ANNA ZIEMINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Posted on 20 Dec 2018

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    Racism, S├ębastien Bassong and River Plate Win!

    Former Tottenham and Cameroon player Sébastien Bassong talks about the racism he has suffered. Mani Djazmi reports from the postponed Copa Libertadores final in Madrid. Plus, the Belgian defender Thomas Foket tells us how a routine medical led to an unpleasant surprise.

  • Posted on 13 Dec 2018

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