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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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 Former coach Bennell held on abuse charges
Dec 14

Former coach Bennell held on abuse charges

London : An English court on Wednesday ordered former football coach Barry Bennell to be held in custody over eight child sex offences on one victim. The 62-year-old former Crewe Alexandra youth coach appeared by video-link before Crewe magistrates court in northwest England and was ordered to appear...

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Mourinho keeps Rooney guessing over Palace clash
Dec 13

Mourinho keeps Rooney guessing over Palace clash

London : Jose Mourinho has warned Wayne Rooney he cannot be sure of being involved in Manchester United's clash with Crystal Palace on Wednesday despite Henrikh Mkhitaryan's injury. The United and England captain has been relegated to the bench by both this season and has started...

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Arsenal get Bayern again, Barcelona return to Paris
Dec 13

Arsenal get Bayern again, Barcelona return to Paris

Nyon : Arsenal were once again drawn against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Monday, while Barcelona will also come up against familiar foes in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain. Arsene Wenger's side had hoped winning their group...

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Former FA chiefs hit out at governing body
Dec 13

Former FA chiefs hit out at governing body

London : Five former English Football Association bosses have hit out at thegoverning body and urged the British government to reform an "out of balance" organisation filled with "elderly white men". David Bernstein, David Davies, Greg Dyke, Alex Horne and David...

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Qatar Airways looking at fresh sponsorship deals
Dec 13

Qatar Airways looking at fresh sponsorship deals

Doha : Qatar Airways, the outgoing shirt sponsor of Spanish giants Barcelona, is talking with other football clubs about potential deals, the company's chief executive said on Monday. Akbar Al-Baker though refused to say if the Gulf carrier is now lookingtowards a...

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Kristensen double sets up Roar's big win over Reds
Dec 12

Kristensen double sets up Roar's big win over Reds

Sydney : Danish midfielder Thomas Kristensen scored a first-half brace to propel Brisbane Roar to an easy 4-0 win Sunday as Sydney FC held on to their six-point lead in Australia's A-League. Kristensen's two goals came within the space of three minutes off crosses from Tommy Oar. German...

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Iborra hat-trick cements Sevilla in third
Dec 12

Iborra hat-trick cements Sevilla in third

Madrid : Sevilla strengthened their grip on third in La Liga thanks to captain Vicente Iborra's hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday. Iborra was only brought on as a substitute at half-time by coach Jorge Sampaoli after his exertions as Sevilla booked their place...

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Ronaldo declared 20 million euros in Swiss banks
Dec 11

Ronaldo declared 20 million euros in Swiss banks

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo declared income of over 225 million euros in 2015, including 20 million euros held in 22 Swiss bank accounts, a Spanish newspaper reported Sunday as the Real Madrid star battles accusations of tax evasion. The Portuguese international earned 203.7 million euros outside of Spain and 23.5...

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Okaka's Watford brace deepens Everton gloom
Dec 11

Okaka's Watford brace deepens Everton gloom

Watford : Italian striker Stefano Okaka's first two Watford goals inspired a 3-2 comeback win over Everton on Saturday, leaving Ronald Koeman's side with one win in 10 Premier League games. Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Everton, bookending the scoring, but Okaka's...

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Over 80 sex abuse suspects, nearly 100 clubs affected
Dec 09

Over 80 sex abuse suspects, nearly 100 clubs affected

London : Police have identified 83 potential suspects in the sex abuse scandal that has rocked English football and believe 98 clubs from all levels have been 'impacted', the National Police Chiefs Council revealed on Friday. The scandal -- in which two men have been charged with sex abuse although several of the...

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Japan's Antlers squeak into Club World Cup quarters
Dec 09

Japan's Antlers squeak into Club World Cup quarters

Yokohama : Substitute Mu Kanazaki snatched a late winner as Japanese champions Kashima Antlers survived a scare to reach the Club World Cupquarter-finals on Thursday, beating part-timers Auckland City 2-1. The tournament curtain raiser in Yokohama kicked off following a...

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FIFA impose life bans on two ex-African officials
Dec 09

FIFA impose life bans on two ex-African officials

Paris : Former Zimbabwe Football Association official Jonathan Musavengana and ex-Togo coach Banna Tchanile have been barred from all football-related activity for life by FIFA's ethics committee on Thursday for corruption. The bans handed down by world football's...

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FIFA chief says 'zero tolerance' for sex abuse
Dec 08

FIFA chief says 'zero tolerance' for sex abuse

Singapore : FIFA president Gianni Infantino Thursday vowed "zero tolerance" for child sex abuse in football following an escalating scandal involving coaches and former players in England. The world football chief said anyone found to have committed abuse should be banned from the sport "without question" and...

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Kiwi underdogs feel pinch in Japan
Dec 07

Kiwi underdogs feel pinch in Japan

Yokohama : Plucky Auckland City will go into Thursday's opening game of the Club World Cup against Japan's Kashima Antlers determined to avoid a spanking. Manager Ramon Tribulietx has studied hours of videotape in an attempt to hatch a plan to prevent Japan striker Mu Kanazaki from...

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AC Milan sale to Chinese put off to March - club
Dec 07

AC Milan sale to Chinese put off to March - club

Milan : The sale of Italian giants AC Milan has been pushed back three months to March after a request by the Chinese consortium which is taking over the seven-time European champions. Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi and Sino-Europe Sports (SES) had agreed a date...

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Lulic facing ban over Rudiger race comments
Dec 06

Lulic facing ban over Rudiger race comments

Milan : Lazio star Senad Lulic could be handed a multiple-match ban for controversial comments made to Roma defender Antonio Rudiger in a fiercely-contested capital derby in Serie A on Sunday. Lulic was facing accusations of racism in the wake of last weekend's...

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La Liga wants 3 billion TV audience by 2018
Dec 07

La Liga wants 3 billion TV audience by 2018

Doha : La Liga is targeting a global television audience of three billion people by the end of next season, a senior league official told a football conference in Qatar on Wednesday. That would represent more than double the number of fans who tuned in worldwide for...

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Eriksson to lead second-tier club Shenzhen FC
Dec 06

Eriksson to lead second-tier club Shenzhen FC

Shenzhen : Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson on Monday took charge of second-division Chinese club Shenzhen FC, leaving the top tier of China football for the challenge of lifting a team out of relegation. Eriksson, who has raised the fortunes of Chinese Super League sides...

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Sudamericana title given to plane crash team
Dec 06

Sudamericana title given to plane crash team

Asuncion : South American football confederation CONMEBOL agreed Monday to award the Copa Sudamericana to Brazilian club Chapecoense, whoseteam was wiped out in a plane crash while heading to the final. The body issued a statement announcing the posthumous honor to the...

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Hamburg climb off bottom with first league win
Dec 05

Hamburg climb off bottom with first league win

Berlin : Hamburg moved off the bottom of the Bundesliga table on Sunday after securing their first league win of the season with a 2-0 victory at fellow-strugglers Darmstadt. RB Leipzig finish the weekend top of the table after their 2-1 win at home to Schalke on Saturday...

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Malaysia player beats Messi, Neymar to FIFA shortlist
Dec 03

Malaysia player beats Messi, Neymar to FIFA shortlist

Kuala Lumpur : A Malaysian footballer has beaten the likes of Neymar and Messi to score a place in FIFA's shortlist for top three goals of the year.  Midfielder Mohamad Faiz Subri's cracker of a free kick for Penang state in...

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Southgate confirms Rooney as England captain
Dec 02

Southgate confirms Rooney as England captain

London : England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Wayne Rooney will remain captain on Thursday as he faced the media for the first time since his permanent appointment. Rooney, 31, apologised after being pictured looking the worse for wear as he mingled with wedding guests at...

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Bayern wary of another Mainz slip-up
Dec 02

Bayern wary of another Mainz slip-up

Berlin : Bayern Munich travel to Mainz on Friday looking to avoid another costly slip-up which could thwart the champions' bid to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga. Mainz stunned Bayern with a late 2-1 victory in Munich in March and another upset is...

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UK football abuse hotline receives 860 calls in first week
Dec 01

UK football abuse hotline receives 860 calls in first week

London : A hotline established amid England's growing football sex-abuse crisis received over 860 calls in its first week, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said Thursday. The helpline, supported by...

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Police swoop on ex-FIFA executive
Nov 30

Police swoop on ex-FIFA executive

Lausanne : A Swiss corruption probe into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany was broadened onWednesday to include former FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi after police raided homes. Switzerland's attorney general's office (OAG) opened an investigation last...

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Plane crashed after skipping refuel stop
Dec 01

Plane crashed after skipping refuel stop

La Paz : The plane that crashed in Colombia killing 71 people including Brazilian footballers had skipped a scheduled refueling stop, media quoted a representative of the Bolivian airline as saying Wednesday. "The plane should have refueled in Bogota," but instead bypassed the...

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Southgate lands England job on permanent basis
Dec 01

Southgate lands England job on permanent basis

London : Gareth Southgate was appointed England's new full-time manager on Wednesday and will lead the national team's challenge for the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship. The 46-year-old, who has been in charge of the England squad for four...

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Colombia air crash death toll rises to 76
Nov 29

Colombia air crash death toll rises to 76

Bogota : A charter plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing 76 people, officials said. They said five survived the disaster. The LAMIA airlines charter declared an emergency at around 10 pm local time" 0300 GMT Tuesday, reporting it had suffered...

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Mourinho dismissal just 'passion', says Jones
Nov 29

Mourinho dismissal just 'passion', says Jones

London : Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones has defended JoseMourinho following the manager's latest dismissal, saying it was justan indication of his "passion". Mourinho left himself exposed to the risk of sanctions from the Football Association after being sent...

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Minnows dream as Spain's beleaguered Cup returns
Nov 29

Minnows dream as Spain's beleaguered Cup returns

Madrid : Spain's lesser-known sides are dreaming of their day in the sun, but the return of holders Barcelona and 18 other La Liga sides to the Copa del Rey this week has a familiar flat feel. Unlike England's FA Cup, Spain's knockout competition is a two-legged affair until the final and...

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Germany, Portugal avoid each other in Confed Cup draw
Nov 27

Germany, Portugal avoid each other in Confed Cup draw

Kazan : World Cup holders Germany and European champions Portugal will avoid each other in the group stages of the Confederations Cup after Saturday's draw in Kazan. Hosts Russia will come up against Euro 2016 winners Portugal,...

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Saints beaten by Sparta
Nov 25

Saints beaten by Sparta

Paris : Southampton’s hopes of reaching the Europa League knockout rounds remain in the balance after Claude Puel’s side lost 1-0 away to Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic yesterday. A solitary first-half goal by Zimbabwean full-back Costa Nhamoinesu, firing a Borek Dockal free-kick past Fraser...

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