Mike Ashley buys House of Fraser, NUFC fans upset

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has today bought struggling high street retailer House of Fraser for a reported sum of £90m. The news is likely to cause more consternation among NUFC fans, who are already upset at Ashley for not supporting manager Rafa Benitez in the recently concluded summer transfer window.

Newcastle have sold more than what they’ve bought this summer, and with the likes of Fulham, Wolves and Everton spending heavily, it would seem difficult to expect Benitez to repeat his 10th place finish from last season.

In net transfer terms, Newcastle are the lowest spending Premier League club in the 2018/19 season- approximately minus £28m. They will begin their campaign this weekend against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Roberto Martinez praising Kevin de Bruyne- KdB could play any position apart from goalkeeper

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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has praised playmaker Kevin de Bruyne ahead of the Red Devils’ semifinal clash against France. Martinez hailed the Man City star’s execution as “exceptional” and said that he could “play in any position apart from goalkeeper” at a high level.

Martinez’s comments praising KdB

We had playmakers who would slow the game down, Kevin is different, he goes even faster. His level of execution is exceptional. Apart from goalkeeper, he could play in any position at a high level

De Bruyne was a key factor in Belgium’s upset win over the Brazilians, with his spectacular goal earning him the MOTM award. He, along with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, were a constant threat to the Brazilian back four of Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Miranda and Fagner all evening.

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The winner of Belgium’s semifinal against Les Bleus will take on either Croatia or England in the final.

How many World Cups have had all-European semifinals? Russia 2018 is the 5th one

With Brazil’s elimination at the hands of Belgium in Kazan, the 2018 World Cup has now become an all-European affair. It’s only the fifth World Cup in history to have only European teams in the last four- the others being Italy 1934, England 1966, Spain 1982 and Germany 2006. Three of those four Cups were worn by Italy, with ’66 being the only exception (another signing it’s coming home?)

The first semifinal at the 2018 Wold Cup will see France square off against Belgium.

The second semifinal will see England take on Croatia.