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Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (C) and his back-room staff pose with the Premier League trophy  after their 4-1 victory in the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 12, 2019. - Manchester City held off a titanic challenge from Liverpool to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League on Sunday by coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 on Sunday.

London: Manchester City have not yet held their victory parade after edging Liverpool in a thrilling Premier League title race but already they are plotting for next season.

The champions are not alone.

 A huge summer splurge on transfer fees is likely after Premier League spending fell last year, in part due to a short window for clubs to complete their business between the end of the World Cup and a new transfer deadline, which fell before the season began.

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Ajax Amsterdam's Frenkie de Jong (L) and Donny van de Beek pose with the champions plate as they celebrate with team mates their Dutch Eredivisie football league's champion title after the match after De Graafschap Doetinchem on May 15, 2019 in Doetinchem

Doetinchem: Ajax were crowned Dutch champions for the 34th time on Wednesday after they cruised to 4-1 win at De Graafschap that completed a domestic double a week after their crushing Champions League exit at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

Goals from Lasse Schoene, Nicolas Tagliafico and Dusan Tadic, who bagged a second half-brace, saw Erik ten Hag's side win their eighth league match on the bounce and formerly win the title after effectively sealing the deal at the weekend.

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Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation announced Tuesday that for the first time an all-female referee team will take charge of a men's continental club cup clash.

Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi will officiate the AFC Cup match between Myanmar's Yangon United and Cambodia's Naga World at the Thuwunna Stadium on Wednesday.

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Rio De Janeiro: Copa America hosts Brazil will stop known violent foreign fans from entering the country for the South American football tournament starting next month, officials said.

Troublesome supporters identified by border control and immigration officers will be turned back, the justice and public security ministry said. The order takes immediate effect.

Facial recognition systems will also be deployed in stadiums to identify hooligans during the competition, the official Brazil Agency said.

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Liverpool squad and backroom staff celebrate in front of the Kop after winning the UEFA Champions league semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 7, 2019.

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's astonishing European fightback proves his side will not give up hope of winning the Premier League until Manchester City have the trophy in their hands on Sunday.

Klopp's team staged arguably the greatest comeback in Champions League history on Tuesday when they thrashed Barcelona 4-0 to overturn a 3-0 semi-final first-leg deficit.

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Liverpool: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes to have Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson fit for Sunday's Premier League finale against Wolves as the Reds aim to end a 29-year wait to win the title.

 Klopp's men trail Manchester City by one point at the top of the table and need the champions' 13-game winning run to come to an end at Brighton if they are to win the league.

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Valencia: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez underwent surgery on a knee injury on Thursday and could be a doubt for their Copa del Rey final against Valencia later this month.

Suarez played the full 90 minutes of Barca's shock 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday, which ended their hopes of reaching the Champions League final.

But the club announced on Thursday that Suarez needed an operation, with the cup final just over a fortnight away on May 25.

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Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola takes part in a lap of appreciation after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 6, 2019

London: Manchester City and Liverpool have slugged it out in one of the most gripping Premier League title races of all time, going toe to toe in a monumental battle for the ages.

But it will all be decided on Sunday when City travel to Brighton and Liverpool host Wolves, with Pep Guardiola's team firm favourites to get over the line ahead of Jurgen Klopp's charging team.

The bare statistics from both sides this season are phenomenal.

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Chelsea's players celebrate victory as Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates his goal in the penalty shootout during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge in London on May 9, 2019

London: Chelsea prevailed on penalties against Eintracht Frankfurt to win the Europa League semifinal tie and set up a May 29 title bout with London neighbours Arsenal.

On Thursday, the sides were deadlocked 2-2 after playing more than 210 minutes of football across the two legs, leaving the contest to be settled on penalty kicks.

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Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) celebrates with teammates at the end of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Valencia CF and Arsenal FC at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on May 9, 2019

Valencia: Valencia's hopes of imitating Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur by mounting a miracle comeback in a European semifinal were shattered by Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose hat-trick propelled the Gunners into the Europa League final.

On Thursday, Alexandre Lacazette also scored to make it 4-2 for Arsenal on the night and 7-3 overall. The dynamic duo accounted for all of the Gunners' goals in the tie, reports Efe news.

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