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Claudio Nancufil

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The manager, who had been coaching in the Middle East, was 59

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Lionel Messi overtakes Diego Maradona with hat-trick to become third-highest goal scorer for Argentina

Barcelona forward nets three times in 4-0 friendly win over Guatemala

Edinson Cavani

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The Uruguay international is one of the most coveted strikers in Europe

Rafa Benitez urging his players on

After troubles at Chelsea, Rafael Benitez faces another testing role at Napoli

The Spaniard is on the verge of agreeing a deal with the Italian side

Gareth Bale in action against Wigan

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The Spurs forward comes up against his former side

Andrew Cassidy became a You Tube sensation with his footballing skills

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero clashes with Chelsea’s David Luiz during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

Better late than never - Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero finds form

City striker, who escapes censure for stamp on Chelsea’s Luiz, has until now struggled to match highs of last season

Francesco Totti

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The 2006 World Cup winner has been in incredible form this season

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