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Memphis Depay's baby big cat pics on blast by animal rights groups

Frank Leboeuf weighs in on whether Kylian Mbappe or Neymar is the more important player for PSG.
Julien Laurens breaks down why Kylian Mbappe is likely staying in Paris this summer.
Julien Laurens gives the lowdown on in-demand Le Havre youngster, Pape Gueye.

Animal welfare organizations have criticised Memphis Depay after the Lyon striker posted photos of himself with a baby liger on social media last week. 

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Netherlands international Depay, who has a giant lion's head tattooed on his back, organised the photoshoot with the cat while in Dubai where he is undergoing rehabilitation on his knee.

A liger is a cross between a lion...

Ex-Real Madrid star Drenthe features in Dutch gangster TV show

Julien Laurens outlines whether Dortmund's Erling Haaland might be a key target for Real Madrid in the summer.
Alejandro Moreno suggests Raul Jimenez would just sit on the bench if he signed for Real Madrid.
Sid Lowe remembers Jose Mourinho's La Liga winning 2011-12 side and examines how his tactics have changed.

Former Real Madrid player Royston Drenthe has recently turned to acting and is starring in the ongoing Dutch TV series, Mocro Maffia.

The series revolves around the Moroccan Mafia in Netherlands and is based on the book by the same title.

Drenthe posted a clip of the upcoming episode on his Instagram page. The series is about three friends who rise to become the top cocaine dealers in Amsterdam, until a feud brought on by jealousy leads them to fall out.

The series is produced by Videoland...

Why does South Africa's PSL feature so many international goalkeepers?

South Africa's Premier Soccer League features an international goalkeeper on most of the big teams' squad lists, which is good news for fans of excellent shot stopping, but what does it mean for the country's own goalkeeping development?

Most notably, Kaizer Chiefs' Daniel Akpeyi recently won the Nigerian Goalkeeper of the Year award, but he is only one of many top quality international 'keepers across the country.

Ghana international Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United), 2016 and 2018 CAF Team of...

Sergino Dest exclusive: Why he chose U.S. over Netherlands, the pride of playing for Ajax

AMSTERDAM -- In the end, Sergino Dest's decision to represent the U.S. came down to two things: trust and loyalty. The sparkling Ajax right-back shut himself away from the noise as he weighed whether to play for the U.S., whom he'd represented through the various youth levels, or the Netherlands, the country of his birth. Amid the social media frenzy, Dest knew he'd made the right call.

"A lot of people only want you when it's going well," Dest told ESPN while sitting in the heart of Ajax's...

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United States to play Netherlands friendly in March

The United States men's national team close the year with a 4-0 win over Cuba in the CONCACAF Nations League.

The United States will play the Netherlands on March 26 at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.

The match is one of two that the U.S. will play during the March international window. It will kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

The games mark the first road friendlies of manager Gregg Berhalter's tenure. The Dutch, who currently sit 14th in FIFA's rankings, are the fourth team inside the top 20 to play the U.S. since the start of 2019.

"One of the important parts of continuing...