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Defender

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield position whose primary role is to stop attacks during the game and prevent the opposition from scoring.Centre backs are usually positioned in pairs, with two full-backs to their left and right, but can come in threes with or without full backs.Defenders are divided into four main categories: centre-back, sweeper, full-back, and wing-back. The centre-back and full-back positions are essential in most modern formations. The sweeper an

Defender News

15 June 2024
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Austriavs.France
Austria head coach Ralf Rangnick must work around the absence of three serious knee victims for Das Team's Euro 2024 run, which begins on Monday against France in Group D.
15 June 2024
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Chadi Riad relishing Erling Haaland challenge after completing £14m Crystal Palace move from Barcelona
Chadi Riad is relishing the opportunity to face the Premier League's most formidable opponents after becoming Crystal Palace's first signing of the summer transfer window.
14 June 2024
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Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich beaten by Leipzig to £8.6m wonderkid signing
RB Leipzig have won the race to sign 18-year-old Schalke 04 wonderkid Assan Ouedraogo, who had been linked to a list of European Giants including Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
14 June 2024
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Germany4 - 1Scotland
Scotland have been dealt an early Euro 2024 suspension blow, as one of Steve Clarke's key defenders is set to miss their clash with Switzerland on matchday two.
14 June 2024
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Polandvs.Netherlands
The Netherlands will kick off their quest to win Euro 2024 on Sunday afternoon, when they meet Poland at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion.
14 June 2024
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Polandvs.Netherlands
Starting their Euro 2024 campaign with a tough test against the Netherlands, Poland meet their opening Group D opponents in Hamburg on Sunday afternoon.
14 June 2024
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Liverpool transfer news: Al-Nassr offer Van Dijk world-record wages to leave Anfield?
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk has reportedly received a contract offer from Al-Nassr that would make him the highest-paid defender in world football.
14 June 2024
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Manchester United 'make opening bid' for Everton centre-back Jarred Branthwaite
Manchester United have reportedly launched an opening offer for Jarrad Branthwaite, with the Red Devils placing a £35m bid on the table for the Everton centre-back.
14 June 2024
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Real Madrid 'target' Alphonso Davies as second Galactico signing of summer
Real Madrid are reportedly pressing ahead with their plans to sign Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies during this summer's transfer window.
14 June 2024
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Everton 'using Harry Maguire precedent' in world-record Jarrad Branthwaite valuation
Everton have reportedly made it clear to Manchester United that they will not allow Jarrad Branthwaite to leave Goodison Park this summer unless a world-record fee is submitted.
14 June 2024
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Tottenham Hotspur 'receive bid' from Serie A side for unwanted defender with just 41 minutes played
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly received an official bid to sell one of their out-of-favour defenders in the summer transfer window.
14 June 2024
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Liverpool transfer news: Arne Slot identifies 'priority' summer signing after defender talks
Liverpool have reportedly added a new left-back to their summer transfer wishlist amid uncertainty over the future of Kostas Tsimikas.
14 June 2024
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Transfer rumours: Jose Mourinho wants Luton Town man, Aston Villa open to defender sale, West Ham United keen on Matias Soule
Fenerbahce boss Jose Mourinho is allegedly interested in signing Luton Town forward Elijah Adebayo.
14 June 2024
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Transfer rumours: Jose Mourinho wants Luton Town man, Aston Villa open to defender sale, West Ham United keen on Matias Soule
Fenerbahce boss Jose Mourinho is allegedly interested in signing Luton Town forward Elijah Adebayo.
14 June 2024
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"They can leave this summer" - Manchester United handed double transfer boost
Manchester United have seemingly been handed a considerable transfer boost ahead of pursuing new signings.
14 June 2024
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Manchester United 'monitoring' £65m Bayern Munich defender as Erik ten Hag eyes reunion
Manchester United reportedly hold an interest in signing a Bayern Munich defender during the summer transfer window.
14 June 2024
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Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils 'quash reports' of £50m bid for Real Madrid-linked teenage defender
Manchester United have reportedly downplayed rumours suggesting they made a £50.7m offer to sign Lille star Leny Yoro, who has been on the radar of Champions League winners Real Madrid.
13 June 2024
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Liverpool 'request transfer information' for 27-year-old Bundesliga star considered perfect replacement for Joel Matip
Liverpool have reportedly requested transfer information for Stuttgart defender and captain Waldemar Anton, as they look to bring in a suitable replacement for Joel Matip this summer.
13 June 2024
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Liverpool transfer news: Defender signing 'actively pursued' despite Real Madrid 'acceptance'
Liverpool are reportedly one of three teams pursuing the services of Lille centre-back Leny Yoro but have accepted that they might be facing a losing battle to tempt him away from Real Madrid.
13 June 2024
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How fast is Kylian Mbappe? Euro 2024 top 5 speedsters
Les Bleus superstar Kylian Mbappe will be determined to spearhead France's pursuit of silverware at Euro 2024, though the rapid Real Madrid attacker is just one of several jet-heeled performers hoping to blaze a trail across German pitches this summer.
13 June 2024
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Josko Gvardiol eulogises over standout Croatia star ahead of Euro 2024
Manchester City defender Josko Gvardiol has said that Croatia are determined to triumph at Euro 2024 in order to properly "honour" Luka Modric and his outstanding career.
13 June 2024
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Spain boss Luis de la Fuente 'handed' major Euro 2024 injury blow
Spain are allegedly set to be without the services of central defender Aymeric Laporte for their Euro 2024 opener against Croatia on Saturday evening due to a muscular problem.
13 June 2024
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"It wasn't a hard decision" - Newcastle United's first summer signing reacts to Eddie Howe reunion
Newcastle United have announced the signing of defender Lloyd Kelly on a free transfer from Bournemouth.
13 June 2024
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Chelsea 'considering move' for £65m Arsenal-linked striker
Chelsea are reportedly interested in securing a reunion with one of their former players during the summer transfer window.
13 June 2024
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Portugal Euro squad 2016 vs 2024: Are they stronger eight years on?
Eight years have passed since Portugal's Euro 2016 squad stunned host nation France to claim their country's first major international honours. Unlike some of the Portuguese teams that have preceded and followed it, the class of 2016 was not packed full of stars - though there was, of course, one obvious exception.
13 June 2024
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Serbiavs.England
England manager Gareth Southgate has received a significant fitness boost ahead of Sunday's Euro 2024 Group C opener against Serbia, as John Stones returned to training on Thursday following an illness.
13 June 2024
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Real Madrid transfer news: 'Los Blancos want to sign Tottenham Hotspur star'
Real Madrid have reportedly been in contact with Cristian Romero's representatives to discuss a move for the Tottenham Hotspur defender during this summer's transfer window.
12 June 2024
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Barcelona 'make opening bid' for Manchester United, Liverpool target
Barcelona have reportedly submitted an initial offer for Bayer Leverkusen's Jeremie Frimpong, with Manchester United and Liverpool also keen on the defender.
12 June 2024
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Bayern Munich to move for Liverpool defender after Levi Colwill blow?
Bayern Munich have reportedly turned their attention to trying to acquire the services of a Liverpool defender.
12 June 2024
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Chelsea 'remain in talks' to sign 20-year-old striker
Chelsea are reportedly attempting to make progress in their efforts to sign a new 20-year-old forward.
12 June 2024
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Sir Jim Ratcliffe 'reluctant' to pay centre-back's asking price
Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite could allegedly be priced out of a switch to Manchester United during this summer's transfer window.
12 June 2024
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Serbiavs.England
England head coach Gareth Southgate has been handed an untimely concern over one of his integral defenders ahead of Sunday's Euro 2024 opener against Serbia in Group C.
12 June 2024
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AC Milan 'in talks' with Aston Villa over £20m defender signing
AC Milan are reportedly interested in securing a deal for an Aston Villa defender during the early part of the summer transfer window.
12 June 2024
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Chelsea 'make decision' on Levi Colwill future amid Bayern Munich interest
Chelsea have reportedly reached a decision over how to handle any interest in Levi Colwill.
12 June 2024
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Juventus 'showing interest' in versatile Arsenal defender
Juventus have reportedly identified an Arsenal defender as a top summer transfer target.
12 June 2024
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Wednesday's Transfer Talk Update: Conor Gallagher, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Benjamin Sesko
The season is over and while the transfer window doesn't technically open until June 14, clubs across the UK and Europe are free to get deals in place ahead of next season.