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King Felipe VI of Spain is often seen cheering on his favourite team Atletico. He has been a supporter of the Spanish team since he watched them win the Copa Del Generalisimo Final in 1976, while accompanied by his parents. Just a few months back, he went to the Estadio Vicente Calderon accompanied by King Juan Carlos to say goodbye. He revealed that this stadium will always remain in his heart, and remembered all the occasions he has been there to experience unforgettable moments. But King Felipe VI is not the only royalty to openly support a football team.  

Did you know that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has been one loyal fan of Arsenal for nearly 60 years? The Queen revealed her fondness for the Arsenal squad when the met the coach Arsene Wenger at a reception back in February 2007 in Buckingham Palace. Now, you have the chance to be treated like a Royalty by playing at the majestic Enjoy being a subject of the king on this recently launched casino and get bestowed with a welcome offer of up to £500! This is one exquisite online casino where you can play some of the best online slots and earn some royal payouts.  

Her Majesty is far from being the only Gooner in the Royal family in UK. While speaking about sports to a group of local kids in Wellington at the New Zealand Government House, Prince Harry revealed that most of the Royal family are die-hard fans of Arsenal. However, this might not well be the case and it can be up for open debate. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is a well-known supporter of Aston Villa, and has even appeared on the pitch and shook hands with the players.  

Whether Prince George of Cambridge or Princess Charlotte of Cambridge like it or not, they are also Villa fans. Aston Villa has made football shirts with the name George written on the back and he got the honour of having the number one. On the other hand, Princess Charlotte got a smaller shirt printed with HRH and the number two. Most would believe that the Duchess would follow the same path as her husband and support Aston Villa, but it’s not really the case here. A couple of years back, while Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge was visiting a mental health centre for children, she revealed she in fact supports Chelsea. She even got a high five from a young boy when they discovered that they both supported the same team.  

Surprisingly, on the other hand, Prince Andrew is a great fan of none other than Norwich. Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne once admitted he has given his royal approbation to Burnley. He revealed that a group of his charities, which include the British Asian Trust, has been busy working in Burnley. And to put any doubt away, he revealed that if there is any British football club that he supports, its Burnley.  

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Willian could hold key to Tottenham landing Anthony Martial

If Manchester United land the Brazilian it would undoubtedly improve Tottenham’s chances.

Jamie Watts



Manchester United are reportedly preparing a £60 million bid to bring Chelsea winger Willian to Old Trafford this summer, according to reports from the Daily Mail, with manager Jose Mourinho having been linked with an approach for his former star for some time.

Chelsea were unwilling to sell at that time, but it is possible that Willian could be interested in a new challenge after apparently growing frustrated with life at Stamford Bridge, according to recent reports from Sky Sports. He managed a combined 25 goals and assists in 55 appearances in 2017/18, but only 20 of his 37 Premier League outings actually came as a starter.

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Tottenham meanwhile, have become frustrated at United’s assertion that Anthony Martial will not be sold this summer (Sky Sports), after Mauricio Pochettino made the Frenchman his priority target last month (the Sun), as he looks to bolster the supply line to Harry Kane next term.

However, Martial’s revelation that he wants to leave the club could be vital for Spurs, as Mourinho has previously stated that he would never stop a player from moving if they really want the move and the money is right. And he’s backed up his words, selling two-time Chelsea Player of the Year Juan Mata to his current club in 2014.

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The Red Devils are currently stacked in terms of depth for the left wing, with Marcus Rashford struggling to start games over January signing Alexis Sanchez, but wide-right is somewhat scarce and Willian would undoubtedly improve United’s balance for the better.

Although the manager would prefer the Frenchman went abroad, if he asked for the move to north London, Willian’s transfer to United would undoubtedly improve Pochettino’s chances of securing his key man. United will also be buoyed by their recent business with the west Londoners, having surprisingly secured the signing of Nemanja Matic from Stamford Bridge last summer.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson shows why Everton splashed £45m on his services

Everton fans will hope they see Sigurdsson in fine form next season.

Mathew Nash



Iceland pulled off another shock at a major tournament, as they managed to hold out for a draw against Argentina. Alfred Finnbogason scored the equaliser after Sergio Aguero had given the Albiceleste the lead. Lionel Messi then saw a penalty saved as Iceland fully deserved a share of the spoils.

One man who was in sensational form throughout the game was Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. Only recently returned from a knee injury he was the beacon of quality that Iceland needed. When they needed a player to keep possession he was there and he was a constant thorn in the side of Argentina’s defensive generals.

It was a performance that will remind Everton fans just why they spent £45 million to bring him from Swansea City last summer. It also highlighted that, used correctly. The ‘Iceman’ could be Everton’s talisman.

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When Sigurdsson arrived last season he did so at the same time as two identical players. Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney also joined Everton last summer leaving them overbooked in that area of the field.

With Everton failing to bring in sufficient wide options, Sigurdsson also found himself playing wide left for much of his time at Goodison Park.

What is clear from the Iceland game is that Sigurdsson is best in the number 10 role, playing off of the front-man and hopefully next season that is where Everton will see him. With Cenk Tosun ahead of him, pace out wide and reliable generals behind him in midfield the Icelander will be free to roam and play his best football.

If Everton do that, then they will see more and more of the real Sigurdsson next season.

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Chicharito shows he’s capable of replacing Marko Arnautovic at West Ham in brilliant Mexico performance

The striker was unrecognisable from last season at West Ham.

Jamie Watts



West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic is still heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, although the club have attempted to deter interest by slapping a whopping £60 million price tag on the Austrian, according to the Daily Star.

Although the price is considerable, it’s conceivable United could match the fee, or something close and Manuel Pellegrini may have to begin lining up replacements, in case a switch to Old Trafford materialises. But the Chilean coach may very well have his man already on yesterday’s evidence, ironically, in the form of former United fan favourite, Chicharito.

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Chicharito made a name for himself throughout his career for his impressive ability to improvise a finish in the penalty area, and his movement, which has led to countless poacher goals. However, his performance for Mexico yesterday could indicate a change of responsibilities for the striker in the future. And West Ham will be thrilled.

Against Germany, he did everything but put the ball away. Non-initiated viewers may have been shocked to find out that the striker went into the match one goal off a career tally of 50 for his country, as he plied for the 90 minutes as a forward linch-pin, connecting play in the final third for almost every counter-attack. His general touch, awareness of approaching defenders, vision to see runners and execution of passes were all sensational on the night.

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It could be argued that his national pride conjured this new style. but now there can be no doubting he has the ability to play the Arnautovic-type role, and in emphatic fashion. And if Pellegrini can tap-into this style, he could already have the Austrian’s ready made replacement at the London Stadium.

Last term the 30-year-old struggled to break into the team on a regular basis under David Moyes, making 33 appearances in all competitions, bagging eight goals and an assist, but his contribution next year could be far more valuable.

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