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Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe
May 23

Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe

Barcelona : Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was arrested on Tuesday in a money laundering investigation related to image rights in the Brazilian national football team, a police spokesman told AFP. The police operation was mainly carried out in the northeastern region of Catalonia and for the...

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Kane hits hat-trick as Spurs sign off in style
May 22

Kane hits hat-trick as Spurs sign off in style

Kingston upon Hull : Harry Kane helped himself to a second hat-trick in four days as ruthless Tottenham Hotspur smashed relegated Hull City 7-1 to end the Premier League season in style. England striker Kane finishes with 29 league goals, winning the Golden Boot ahead...

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Real Madrid, Barca set up final day title showdown
May 15

Real Madrid, Barca set up final day title showdown

Madrid : The fight for the La Liga title will go down to the last day of the season after convincing wins for Real Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday left them locked together on 87 points at the top of the table. Madrid remain in the driving seat after the European champions...

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FIFA confirms Guatemala and Kuwait suspensions
May 11

FIFA confirms Guatemala and Kuwait suspensions

Manama : FIFA on Thursday confirmed the suspension of both the Guatemala and Kuwait football federations at its annual Congress in Bahrain. Delegates voted overwhelmingly to retain the suspensions against both federations, which were imposed in Kuwait's case in 2015 and Guatemala in 2016. The 211 delegate...

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 Japan's Gamba fined $17,500 over 'Nazi' flag
May 11

Japan's Gamba fined $17,500 over 'Nazi' flag

Tokyo : Japan's professional football J-League on Thursday announced a fine of two million yen ($17,500) on Gamba Osaka after the club's supporters waved a flag similar to Nazi SS insignia. The flag, which bore a double 'S' in the style of the Nazi paramilitary force, was seen during Gamba's 2-2 draw against city...

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Chelsea's Kante completes awards double
May 08

Chelsea's Kante completes awards double

London : Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante completed a prestigious awards double on Monday when he was named footballer of the year by Britain's Football Writers' Association (FWA). The France international, 26, won the Premier League title with Leicester City last season and is closing in on a second...

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Ronaldo rested again for Granada trip
May 06

Ronaldo rested again for Granada trip

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo was again left out of the Real Madrid squad for Saturday's La Liga trip to relegated Granada following his Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid in midweek. The Portuguese striker, 32, has been rested for four of Real's last five away league games to ensure he is...

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Griffiths grabs opportunity to shine for Celtic
May 05

Griffiths grabs opportunity to shine for Celtic

Glasgow : Celtic's Leigh Griffiths says he's determined to end the season on a high after a frustrating campaign for the Scottish striker. This time last season the 26-year-old was celebrating picking up the Player of the Year award after banging in 40 goals for the Hoops. Fast forward 12 months and...

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Brazil stay top of FIFA rankings
May 04

Brazil stay top of FIFA rankings

Zurich : Brazil remain top of the latest FIFA world rankings published on Thursday which remain largely unchanged. The South Americans - five-time World Cup winners -- had surged to the top spot for the first time in seven years last month at the expense of great rivals Argentina. World champions...

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Maradona set for India visit ahead of U-17 WC
May 04

Maradona set for India visit ahead of U-17 WC

Football legend Diego Maradona is set to visit the soccer-crazy city of Kolkata in September ahead of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup being hosted by India. The Argentine superstar will participate in a charity football match against Kolkata's greatest cricket export and former Indian Cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly,...

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May 03

"Unique" Ronaldo leaves Atletico needing a miracle

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational goalscoring record was hailed as "unique" by boss Zinedine Zidane as his latest hat-trick left Real Madrid on the verge of another Champions League final by thrashing Atletico Madrid 3-0. Ronaldo's treble was his second...

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Guam FA distances itself from bribe scandal
May 03

Guam FA distances itself from bribe scandal

Hagatna : The Guam Football Association (GFA) says it has been cleared of any wrongdoing after its president admitted taking bribes, pledging to continue growing the game in the tiny Pacific island territory. Richard Lai pleaded guilty in a New York court last week to accepting almost...

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Atletico's Hernandez extends contract to 2022
May 01

Atletico's Hernandez extends contract to 2022

Madrid : Atletico Madrid extended the contract of 21-year-old centre-back Lucas Hernandez to 2022 on Monday, hoping to ward off interest from a host of Europe's top clubs. "I am very happy to renew with the club I have spent my whole life with," said the French under-21 international who has made 20...

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Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal
Apr 28

Mourinho sets sights on Liverpool and Arsenal

Manchester : Jose Mourinho identified Liverpool and Arsenal as Manchester United's chief rivals for Champions League qualification following his side's 0-0 draw at fellow top-four contenders Manchester City. Thursday's stalemate at the Etihad Stadium left United just a point below local foes City,...

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Japanese fans banned over 'Nazi' flag
Apr 28

Japanese fans banned over 'Nazi' flag

Tokyo : Japan's Gamba Osaka have banned dozens of fans indefinitely after a flag similar to the Nazi SS insignia was waved during a J-League football match. The flag, which bore a double 'S' in the style of the Nazi paramilitary force, was seen during Gamba's 2-2 draw against city rivals Cerezo Osaka on April...

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Xavi hungry for elusive first Qatar trophy
Apr 28

Xavi hungry for elusive first Qatar trophy

Doha : In 17 golden years at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez won some 25 trophies playing for the Catalan giants, including eight La Liga and four Champions League titles. But as the midfielder approaches the end of his second season with Al Sadd he has yet to win a single trophy in Qatar. That however...

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Man Utd drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola
Apr 27

Man Utd drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola

London : Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his Manchester United side visit misfiring Manchester City on Thursday. Guardiola oversaw a one-sided 2-1 win when he and Mourinho resumed hostilities in September and was generally felt to have made a bigger...

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Toure lets fly at referee as Manchester derby looms
Apr 24

Toure lets fly at referee as Manchester derby looms

London : Yaya Toure has said he would "prefer" Thursday's Manchester derby to go ahead without a referee after claiming his City side had been on the wrong end of decisions in their FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal. Referee Craig Pawson was in the spotlight after City were denied what appeared to be a...

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Injured Hummels out of Bayern clash with Real
Apr 10

Injured Hummels out of Bayern clash with Real

Berlin : Bayern Munich's German international defender Mats Hummels is out of Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final home clash with Real Madrid after injuring his ankle in training. Hummels, who suffered a tear to the ligament in his right ankle on Sunday and faces a race to be fit for the return...

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Man City confirm deal to buy Uruguayan club
Apr 06

Man City confirm deal to buy Uruguayan club

London : Manchester City's owners have confirmed their purchase of Uruguayan club Atletico Torque as the Abu Dhabi-based investors add to their growing portfolio. City's parent company, City Football Group (CFG), announced second tier Atletico will become part of their global network of clubs. They already own Major...

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Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010
Apr 06

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

Zurich : Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as it usurped great rivals Argentina. It caps a terrific week for forward Neymar and Brazil -- last week they became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their...

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China's Hisense to sponsor 2018 World Cup
Apr 06

China's Hisense to sponsor 2018 World Cup

Zurich : Consumer electronics giant Hisense has become an official sponsor of the 2018 World Cup, becoming the second Chinese company to join hands with FIFA as it looks for new sponsors after the scandals of the Sepp Blatter era. Hisense, a television and white goods manufacturer, follows Chinese conglomerate...

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Ronaldo, Bale left out of Leganes trip
Apr 05

Ronaldo, Bale left out of Leganes trip

Madrid : Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for Wednesday's trip to Leganes ahead of a huge week for the European champions. Madrid host local rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday before travelling to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their...

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Qatar in talks to host Club World Cup
Apr 05

Qatar in talks to host Club World Cup

Doha : Qatar is in discussion with FIFA to host several major international tournaments ahead of 2022 including the Club World Cup currently held by Real Madrid, sources familiar with the matter have said.  The Gulf state could also be the venue for the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups. Sources say each of...

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Brazil book World Cup berth, Argentina tumble
Mar 29

Brazil book World Cup berth, Argentina tumble

Montevideo : Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina's campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi. Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar,...

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Liverpool great Moran dies aged 83
Mar 22

Liverpool great Moran dies aged 83

London : Former Liverpool captain, coach and caretaker manager Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83, his son Paul announced on Wednesday. "I am devastated to tell everyone on behalf of the family that my dad passed away this morning after a short illness," Paul Moran said on Twitter. Moran spent his entire playing...

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Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal
Mar 20

Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal

London : Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, according to British media reports on Monday. The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror said Wenger will inform Arsenal's board he wants to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season. West Bromwich Albion manager Tony...

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French football legend Raymond Kopa dies aged 85
Mar 03

French football legend Raymond Kopa dies aged 85

Paris : French football legend Raymond Kopa, who won the European Cup three times with Real Madrid in the 1950s, died Friday aged 85 after a long illness, his family said. Kopa rose from a poor mining family in northern France to become one of Europe's greatest players ever in a Real team alongside Alfredo di...

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Liverpool report £19.8m annual loss
Mar 01

Liverpool report £19.8m annual loss

London : Liverpool announced a pre-tax loss of £19.8 million ($24.5 million, 23.2 million euros) for last year on Wednesday despite record revenue of £301 million. The loss in the year ending May 2016 was due to investment in the first-team squad and pay-offs to manager Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked in...

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Brazilian Olympic champion Walace joins Hamburg
Jan 31

Brazilian Olympic champion Walace joins Hamburg

Berlin : Brazil's Olympic champion Walace has joined Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg in a deal valued by  German media on Tuesday at nine million euros. "Walace is a robust and strong player. We are delighted he's able to start playing for us straight...

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Wenger apologises but could still face ban
Jan 23

Wenger apologises but could still face ban

London : Arsene Wenger apologised after he was sent off and then shoved the fourth official during Arsenal's dramatic 2-1 win over Burnley but could still face a significant ban. Having taken the lead through Shkodran Mustafi's first goal for the club on Sunday, Arsenal saw Granit Xhaka dismissed for a needless foul...

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Players rally around skull-fracture victim Mason
Jan 23

Players rally around skull-fracture victim Mason

London : The football world rallied around Ryan Mason on Monday after the Hull City midfielder fractured his skull and underwent surgery following a nasty clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill. The 25-year-old was in a stable condition in hospital following the collision with Cahill 14 minutes into Sunday's...

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Xabi Alonso to retire in June
Jan 18

Xabi Alonso to retire in June

Berlin : Spanish World Cup winner and double European champion Xabi Alonso is set to retire at the end of the season when his Bayern Munich contract expires, a report in Germany said. Leaders Bayern kick off the second half of the Bundesliga season at Freiburg on Friday in their bid for a fifth...

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FA examine retrospective diving ban
Jan 17

FA examine retrospective diving ban

London : Players in English football found guilty of diving could face retrospective bans from the Football Association, The Times newspaper reported Tuesday. In neighbouring Scotland, players can received a two-match ban if they are found to have won a significant advantage for their team by tricking the referee by...

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China to cut foreign player numbers on pitch
Jan 16

China to cut foreign player numbers on pitch

Beijing : China said Monday it will cut foreign player numbers in top-flight teams to curb massive spending on overseas talent, with Chelsea's Diego Costa the latest to be linked to a big-money move. Teams in the Chinese Super League will be able to field no more than three foreigners in a match when the new 2017...

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Everton crush city
Jan 16

Everton crush city

London : Pep Guardiola suffered the largest league defeat of his managerial career as Manchester City were thrashed 4-0 by Everton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late equaliser gave Manchester United a 1-1 draw with Liverpool yesterday.  Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas put Everton in control...

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Borriello  bags brace in Cagliari romp
Jan 16

Borriello bags brace in Cagliari romp

Milan : Roma reject Marco Borriello hit a brace either side of half-time as Cagliari extended injury-hit Genoa’s run of consecutive defeats to five with a 4-1 romp yesterday. Genoa travelled to the Sant’Elia stadium in Sardinia looking for their first win since a shock 3-1 defeat of champions...

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Hernandez scotches transfer talk
Jan 11

Hernandez scotches transfer talk

Berlin : Struggling Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has scotched reports of a transfer move. According to media reports the club are ready to sell the former Manchester United star who has lost his scoring touch. But the Mexican international said no move was on the...

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48 team 80 matches 32 days
Jan 11

48 team 80 matches 32 days

Zurich : FIFA’s ruling council yesterday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body’s president Gianni Infantino.  In a bid to widen the game’s global appeal and enrich its coffers, the FIFA panel endorsed a format with 16 groups of...

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Ronaldo crowned FIFA best men's player
Jan 10

Ronaldo crowned FIFA best men's player

Zurich : Cristiano Ronaldo was named FIFA's best men's footballer of 2016 on Monday, the latest prize after a glittering year for the Portugal and Real Madrid star. Ronaldo bested France's Antoine Greizmann and long-time Barcelona rival Lionel Messi of Argentina for the honour. Ronaldo had...

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Spurs major obstacle to record bid
Jan 04

Spurs major obstacle to record bid

London : Spurs represent a significant hurdle to overcome if Chelsea are to equal Arsenal's Premier League record of 14 successive wins, said Blues manager Antonio Conte on Tuesday. The 47-year-old Italian -- who took over after he had guided Italy to the Euro 2016...

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West Ham to appeal Feghouli red card
Jan 04

West Ham to appeal Feghouli red card

London : West Ham are to appeal the controversial sending-off of SofianeFeghouli, a spokesman for the Premier League club told Press Association Sport on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Algerian international winger was given a straight redcard by referee Mike Dean for a tackle...

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'Dynamic' Clement appointed Swansea manager
Jan 04

'Dynamic' Clement appointed Swansea manager

London : Paul Clement became Premier League bottom side Swansea's thirdmanager this season when he was appointed on Tuesday. The 44-year-old Englishman -- whose mentor Carlo Ancelotti described him as 'one of the most dynamic and intelligent coaches' -- signed a...

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Terminally ill Sunderland fan, 5, wins goal of the month
Jan 03

Terminally ill Sunderland fan, 5, wins goal of the month

London : A five-year-old Sunderland fan who has terminal cancer was adjudged joint winner of the BBC's December goal of the month award. Bradley Lowery, who earlier this season had his name chanted bySunderland and Everton fans in the fifth minute of their...

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Ex-Liverpool striker Babel signs for Besiktas
Jan 03

Ex-Liverpool striker Babel signs for Besiktas

Istanbul : Former Liverpool striker Ryan Babel on Tuesday signed a three year deal with top Istanbul side Besiktas, the club said in a statement. Former Dutch international Babel, who played for Liverpool from 2007 to 2011, was a free agent after his contract with Deportivo La...

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Welsh minnows break Dutch giants Ajax win record
Jan 01

Welsh minnows break Dutch giants Ajax win record

London : The New Saints ensured an already proud year for Welsh football ended on an even higher note as they entered the famed Guinness Book of Records for the most successive wins. The Welsh champions' 2-0 win over Cefn Druids was their 27th successive victory, eclipsing the mark set...

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Anzhi sack Czech coach Vrba after six months
Dec 30

Anzhi sack Czech coach Vrba after six months

Prague : Russian top-flight side Anzhi Makhachkala have sacked Czech coachPavel Vrba after six months, the Czech Football Association said Thursday. "The Russian club has changed hands amid financial problems and started to sell out the team," the...

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Troubled Gascoigne hurt in hotel incident
Dec 29

Troubled Gascoigne hurt in hotel incident

London : Former England star Paul Gascoigne was hospitalised after an alcohol-fuelled altercation at a London hotel, British media reported on Wednesday. Gascoigne, 49, was accused of "racially abusing" fellow customers, groping women and throwing money around, witnesses...

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Victory loom as title rivals to unbeaten Sydney FC
Dec 29

Victory loom as title rivals to unbeaten Sydney FC

Sydney : Melbourne Victory emerged as a title rival to unbeaten A-League leaders Sydney FC with a 4-1 spanking of Central Coast Mariners in Melbourne on Wednesday. Victory moved to second spot on the standings and seven points...

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Scottish police probe 109 reports of child sex abuse
Dec 16

Scottish police probe 109 reports of child sex abuse

Glsgow : Scottish police are investigating more than 100 reports of child sex abuse in football, authorities said on Thursday, as British football confronts one of the biggest scandals in its history. A string of ex-footballers, including former England internationals, have...

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