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Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar to play in Brazil charity match – Nene

Marco Verratti believes PSG will have to play two perfect games against Real Madrid to progress in the Champions League. Neymar will take part in a charity match raising funds to provide food for the needy in Brazil, former Paris Saint-Germain player Nene has told Globo. Nene, who organises the annual match in Jundiai, spoke to Neymar after attending PSG’s recent win over Lille. He confirmed that Brazil star Neymar would play in the match on Dec. 23, saying: “Neymar already took part back in 2014, and he enjoyed it so much that he promised me he would come back. “When I was with him last week, we talked a lot and he told me that we could count on him. “I am very pleased, and I hope that the stadium will be full so that there is a lot of food.” The charity matc...

Neymar back in PSG training on Thursday after returning from Brazil

PSG visited Disneyland Paris to travel the park, see the attractions and even pose for a few pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Unai Emery describes PSG-Real Madrid as a ‘beautiful’ UCL round-of-16 match and relishes the chance to face Zinedine Zidane. Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar will return to training on Thursday after missing the Coupe de la Ligue fixture against Strasbourg. The Brazil international was back in his homeland since last weekend because of a “family issue.” PSG coach Unai Emery said in his prematch news conference on Monday that the 25-year-old might not be back in time for the trip to Stade de la Meinau. “He called me on Saturday morning to tell me that he has some family issues going on,” Emery told journalists a...

PSG’s spending given green light by French authorities, Lille in trouble

Julien Laurens is in disbelief Unai Emery is downplaying PSG drawing Real Madrid for the Champions League last 16. Paris Saint-Germain’s finances have been given a clean bill of health by French football’s financial watchdog despite their massive summer spending spree on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Neymar signed for PSG after the French club triggered the €222 million release clause in his contract with Barcelona, while Mbappe was brought to Paris in a loan deal that — when made permanent next summer — will cost €180m. Though a UEFA investigation into whether PSG’s transfer dealings might mean they have infringed financial fair play regulations is ongoing, the DNCG — Direction Nationale du Controle de Gestion, the body that scrutinises the financial situat...

PSG must avoid pitfalls of trip to Strasbourg in Coupe de la Ligue

With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. PSG visited Disneyland Paris to travel the park, see the attractions and even pose for a few pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Paris Saint-Germain return to Stade de la Meinau on Wednesday night to open the defence of their four consecutive Coupe de la Ligue titles but they’ll want to avoid a similar outcome to their most recent visit to Grand Est. Thierry Laurey’s Racing side beat the French capital outfit 2-1 in Ligue 1 at the start of this month and Unai Emery’s men followed that up with a 3-1 defeat ...

Neymar to miss PSG cup game vs. Strasbourg after Brazil trip for ‘personal reasons’

Unai Emery is surprised by the skepticism surrounding PSG, considering they won their UCL group and are dominating Ligue 1. PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain will start their Coupe de la Ligue title defence away at Strasbourg on Wednesday without Neymar after the 18-man squad for the clash was named without him.  The Brazilian superstar has been back in his homeland since last weekend because of a “family issue” and coach Unai Emery admitted in his prematch news conference on Monday that the 25-year-old might not be back in time for the trip to Stade de la Meinau. “He called me on Saturday morning to tell me that he has some family issues going on,” the Spaniard told journalists at Camp des loges. “He asked for permission to go to Brazil. It was important to h...

Neymar has impressed at PSG but there’s still work to be done

The FC panel question if Neymar should be more wary on the pitch after a Strasbourg midfielder voiced his desire to hurt the PSG star. On Sunday, PSG’s players and their families had their Christmas party at Disneyland Paris. Everyone was there apart from Hatem Ben Arfa, who was ill and probably not in the mood, and Neymar, who had the club’s permission to go back to Brazil for “personal reasons.” The former Barcelona forward, bought for a world record €222 million last summer, has not gone missing much this season though. Not everything has been perfect, of course, but Neymar’s first four-and-a-half months in Paris have been very eventful to say the least. First, there are his impressive stats: 15 goals (nine in Ligue 1; six in the Champions League) and nine ...

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World will watch PSG-Real games in Champions League – Unai Emery

Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. PARIS — Unai Emery has said Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League round-of-16 tie against holders Real Madrid “a great opportunity” for him and his players. PSG coach Emery told beIN SPORTS his side would need to show character and talent to progress and said: “It is a beautiful knockout round match. “I think that we are at the right level to play against Real, so this eliminatory game is welcome. “We will need to prove our character, to organise ourselves well tactically and, of course, to show our talent. “Real versus PSG and then PSG versus Real will be the centre of attention for world football. “There will be top play...

Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who’ll go all the way. The draw for the Champions League round-of-16 has been made and there’s one clash that stands out as Neymar’s PSG take on champions Real Madrid. But there are plenty more storylines to follow. Here’s what to watch for. Real Madrid vs. PSG Real’s punishment for finishing second in Group H could hardly have been more severe — a tie that many would have fancied for this year’s final and one that will eliminate one of the tournament’s super-favourites in one stroke. There is not much head-to-head history to draw upon, tw...

European giants drawn together in UCL last 16

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PSG eager for Parc des Princes return after two straight losses away from home

Unai Emery is surprised by the skepticism surrounding PSG, considering they won their UCL group and are dominating Ligue 1. PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain will find themselves in the strange position of chasing a first win in three matches across all competitions when they host Lille in Ligue 1 at Parc des Princes on Saturday. Not since late 2014 have the French capital outfit lost two consecutive games in any competitions and then, like now, it was a Champions League-Le Championnat combination. Back during the 2014-15 campaign it was a 3-1 defeat at Barcelona followed by a 1-0 loss on the road at tiny Guingamp, this time it was a 2-1 defeat at the more sizeable Strasbourg that preceded another 3-1 European failure — Bayern Munich instead of Barca. Despite the desperate nature of ...

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