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Ronaldinho is playing Indian Futsal and it’s completely unfair

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Ronaldinho is one of the greatest technical dribblers to ever touch the pitch.

Although he is at the omega stage of his career, Ronaldinho is still making opponents look foolish with the ball at his feet. The latest on his magical abilities has been exhibited in his brief stint with team Goa of the Indian Premier Futsal League. Futsal is a variant style of soccer that is played with five men per side on a reduced, generally indoor, field.

Considering Ronaldinho’s raw talent and remarkable foot skills, it is no surprise that he can completely dominate in a more tight-knit, minute soccer league with minimal talent. Nevertheless, there are few talents that can play the Ronaldinho way. It’s something about the unruffled manner in which he moves and the fairy-like style in which he controls the ball. Is he even trying? You be the judge.

This highlight reel is straight out of FIFA Street, a soccer video game where technical ability shines over smart play and team chemistry. A style of soccer that Ronaldinho has been scolded for at times during his career seems to mesh perfectly with the light contact and limited space that futsal embodies.

Unfortunately for Indian futsal fans though, Ronaldinho’s time in the league was short lived because he was needed at home to prep for his role as a brand ambassador for the Paralympic Games in Brazil. Having said that, Ronaldinho plans to play futsal again in what is expected to be a highly anticipated return. If anything, his homecoming will undoubtedly produce more highlights for the internet to drool over.

English Premier League betting: Liverpool small favorite over Arsenal

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Based on their recent history, one relative certainty when Arsenal plays Liverpool is that they might hit the over.

Ahead of their match on Saturday, Liverpool is even-money at +105 for the win with Arsenal a +240 underdog and a draw listed at +255 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The English Premier League rivals, who are in a five-team race for three spots in next season’s Champions League, have combined for 13 goals in their past two matchups.

Arsenal, which is 15-5-5 (wins-draws-losses) in the Premiership, will be trying not to concede three points. Key playmaker Mesut Ozil (illness) may be something of a match-day decision for manager Arsene Wegner, and Ozil’s absence would affect Arsenal’s ability to create opportunities for striker Alexis Sanchez.

Liverpool, which is 14-7-5, is dealing with a varied list of injuries. Captain Jordan Henderson (foot) is out , while the status of defender Dejan Lovren (knee) and forward Daniel Sturridge (illness) seems shaky.

Saturday’s fixtures also feature a matchup of two teams drawing bettors’ attention for trending in opposite directions, with Manchester United a -425 favorite against +1100 underdog Bournemouth (with a draw listed at +500).

Manchester United, at 13-9-3, is only two points adrift of a coveted top-four spot. With 35-year-old Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring at an impressive rate, Man U has lost only one of its last 26 matches and has won its last six across all competitions.

They are 4-3-0 (wins-draws-losses) in their last seven matches at Old Trafford against mid-table teams such as Bournemouth, but totals bettors should know that they have scored three goals in only one of those matches.

A continued skein of wins would further lower Manchester United’s price on the top-four finish odds board at the sportsbooks. One of their central playmakers in the midfield, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, should be back from a leg injury, which would help with generating a more flowing attack.

Bournemouth, 7-5-14 in the league, has lost six of its last seven matches in all competitions and has been outscored 12-4 in their last four Premiership matches. The Cherries have also allowed a league-most 30 goals in 13 away matches.

Bournemouth are still four points ahead of the bottom three with 14 matches left, but need to win one soon.

17 trampled to death by stampeding crowd at Angola soccer stadium

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JOHANNESBURG — A crowd stampeded at a football stadium in Angola on Friday, leaving at least 17 people dead and dozens injured.

The accident happened in the northwestern town of Uige when hundreds of people rushed at one of the stadium gates, causing some to fall and be trampled underfoot, according to Angolan and Portuguese media.

Some of the dead were children who suffocated in the stampede, the Portuguese news agency Lusa said. Lusa and Angop, Angola’s state-run news agency, reported a death toll of 17.

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (pictured above) expressed condolences to the families of the victims, and instructed officials to assist the injured and open an investigation, Angop reported.

Spectators had gone to the stadium to watch the inaugural game between home team Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo in the national Girabola competition.