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Shane Smeltz in form in Indonesia ahead of New Zealand games

Jason Dasey and Nick Ward give their early thoughts and predictions ahead of the 2017/18 A-League.
FC's Jason Dasey recalls his time working with legendary Aussie soccer commentator Les Murray ahead of his state funeral.

Two-time A-League Golden Boot Shane Smeltz is finding his shooting boots at the right time in Indonesia's Liga 1 and it may spell bad news for Argentina.

The well-travelled New Zealand sharpshooter has scored in both his last two games for his Indonesian club Borneo. The sweetest strike was the only goal of a 1-0 win against local rivals Persiba Balikpapan on Monday.

"I was very pleased to get the winning goal," Smeltz told ESPN FC. "It was even better to score in a derby, and that is extra special....

 By PA Sport

Celtic fans without tickets risk arrest in Anderlecht, says club

 Palestinian flags are waved by fans during the UEFA Champions League Play-off First leg match between Celtic and Hapoel Beer-Sheva at Celtic Park on August 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Celtic fans have been warned against turning up in Anderlecht or Saint-Gilles without tickets.

Celtic fans risk arrest if they turn up for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Anderlecht without a ticket, according to the Belgian club.

A big travelling support is expected to travel to Brussels for the Group B encounter but fans have been warned they could be arrested if they end up in the municipalities of Anderlecht or Saint-Gilles without a match ticket.

A statement on read: "Anderlecht would like to remind all fans of Celtic who will be making the trip to Brussels that it is...

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Man United, Liverpool fans face 'long stay' in Russia for hooliganism - Markin

Jose Mourinho responds to questions surrounding a controversial chant about Romelu Lukaku at Southampton.

The head of Russian football's security committee has warned Manchester United and Liverpool supporters against causing trouble at the clubs' Champions League matches in Moscow this week, saying they could face "a long stay" in the country for any incidents.

Liverpool will face Spartak Moscow in the clubs' second group stage match on Tuesday, while United will take on CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, with an estimated 2,000 fans set to accompany the Premier League powers at the stadiums.

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Xabi Alonso announces plans to become a manager

Xabi Alonso retired as a player in May.

Former Spain international midfielder Xabi Alonso plans to become a manager.

The ex-Real Sociedad, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich man who won two UEFA Champions League trophies and the 2010 World Cup retired as a player in May.

Alonso, 35, had been working toward his coaching badges this summer, and revealed his future plans on his Instagram account on Monday evening.

"After 17 years in the game, I have considered the next step in my career," he said in a brief video. "I have decided to...

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'Cheating' Alexis Sanchez should have been booked for diving - Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis shows his frustration at the numerous amounts of calls which went against West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.

Tony Pulis accused Alexis Sanchez of "cheating'' to earn Arsenal an early free kick and insisted West Brom should have been awarded a penalty during their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

Jay Rodriguez was brought down in the area after a clumsy challenge by Shkodran Mustafi with the scoreline at 0-0, but he swiftly returned to his feet and forced Petr Cech to tip his shot onto a post as referee Robert Madley let play continue.

Sanchez by then had already won a free kick on the edge of the area...

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger slams 'cruel' scheduling after win

Arsene Wenger discusses Arsenal's win over West Brom and Shkodran Mustafi's challenge on Jay Rodriguez in the penalty area.
The FC panel assess the 'game-changing' no-call following Shkodran Mustafi's challenge on Jay Rodriguez.
Tony Pulis and Jay Rodriguez react to the referee's decision not to award West Brom a penalty in their loss at Arsenal.

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger has hit out Arsenal's "cruel" scheduling this week, saying Monday night's game against West Brom will force him to leave many players at home for Thursday's Europa League trip to Belarus.

Arsenal maintained their perfect home record this season by beating West Brom 2-0 after a double from Alexandre Lacazette. But Wenger was unhappy his side had not been scheduled to play during the weekend instead, given they play at BATE Borisov on Thursday evening and then have a noon kickoff...