AFP

Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America

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Chicago (AFP) Goal-line technology will be used in next month's Copa America Centenario, organizers announced Wednesday, selecting Hawk-Eye as the supplier for the camera replay system.

Five of the 10 top-ranked national teams in the world will take the field for the 100th anniversary edition of the South American tournament, a special event hosted by the United States starting June 3.

Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America

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Chicago (AFP) Goal-line technology will be used in next month's Copa America Centenario, organizers announced Wednesday, selecting Hawk-Eye as the supplier for the camera replay system.

Five of the 10 top-ranked national teams in the world will take the field for the 100th anniversary edition of the South American tournament, a special event hosted by the United States starting June 3.

Ukraine add Seleznyov, Butko to Euro 2016 squad

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Kiev (AFP) Striker Yevgen Seleznyov and defender Bogdan Butko have been added to Ukraine's provisional squad for Euro 2016, the Football Federation of Ukraine announced Wednesday.

Seleznyov, who terminated his contract with Russia's Kuban Krasnodar earlier this month to join Shakhtar Donetsk, had been left out of an initial squad named by coach Mykhaylo Fomenko last week.

Ukraine add Seleznyov, Butko to Euro 2016 squad

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Kiev (AFP) Striker Yevgen Seleznyov and defender Bogdan Butko have been added to Ukraine's provisional squad for Euro 2016, the Football Federation of Ukraine announced Wednesday.

Seleznyov, who terminated his contract with Russia's Kuban Krasnodar earlier this month to join Shakhtar Donetsk, had been left out of an initial squad named by coach Mykhaylo Fomenko last week.

Seoul back from the brink, Jaish, Al Ain advance to AFC Champions League quarters

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Seoul (AFP) FC Seoul came back from the brink to win a dramatic penalty shoot-out on Wednesday as Hao Junmin's last-minute thunderbolt also put Shandong Luneng into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

In a breathless night of action, Go Yo-Han struck in the dying seconds of extra time against Urawa Red Diamonds the fourth goal of the extra periods to force the shoot-out, which Seoul won 7-6.

Seoul back from the brink, Jaish, Al Ain advance to AFC Champions League quarters

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Seoul (AFP) FC Seoul came back from the brink to win a dramatic penalty shoot-out on Wednesday as Hao Junmin's last-minute thunderbolt also put Shandong Luneng into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

In a breathless night of action, Go Yo-Han struck in the dying seconds of extra time against Urawa Red Diamonds the fourth goal of the extra periods to force the shoot-out, which Seoul won 7-6.

Serbian football coach Mihajlovic takes Torino helm

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Rome (AFP) Serbia's Sinisa Mihajlovic is back in a Serie A dugout again after signing a two-year deal with Torino, the Italian club said on Wednesday.

Torino will be the sixth Italian club Mihajlovic, known as a free-kick specialist in his playing career, has coached after Bologna, Catania, Fiorentina, Sampadoria and AC Milan.

Serbian football coach Mihajlovic takes Torino helm

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Rome (AFP) Serbia's Sinisa Mihajlovic is back in a Serie A dugout again after signing a two-year deal with Torino, the Italian club said on Wednesday.

Torino will be the sixth Italian club Mihajlovic, known as a free-kick specialist in his playing career, has coached after Bologna, Catania, Fiorentina, Sampadoria and AC Milan.

Portuguese defender Figueiras joins Olympiakos from Sevilla

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) Portuguese defender Diogo Figueiras has joined Greek champions Olympiakos, the Piraeus team announced Wednesday.

"Olympiakos announces the acquisition of Diogo Figueiras from Sevilla," said a brief statement from the club.

Greek media reported that the 24-year-old has signed a three-year contract with an annual wage of 500,000 euros ($558,000).

Portuguese defender Figueiras joins Olympiakos from Sevilla

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) Portuguese defender Diogo Figueiras has joined Greek champions Olympiakos, the Piraeus team announced Wednesday.

"Olympiakos announces the acquisition of Diogo Figueiras from Sevilla," said a brief statement from the club.

Greek media reported that the 24-year-old has signed a three-year contract with an annual wage of 500,000 euros ($558,000).

English Premier League

Real Madrid and Manchester United top KPMG rich list

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Paris (AFP) Real Madrid and Manchester United are the richest clubs in Europe, according to a study by Dutch auditors KPMG.

Both clubs have been valued at 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) according to KPMG, which looked at 32 major European clubs.

Barcelona were next in the list at 2.

Real Madrid and Manchester United top KPMG rich list

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Paris (AFP) Real Madrid and Manchester United are the richest clubs in Europe, according to a study by Dutch auditors KPMG.

Both clubs have been valued at 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) according to KPMG, which looked at 32 major European clubs.

Barcelona were next in the list at 2.

Benitez stays to lead Newcastle’s promotion bid

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) Rafael Benitez confirmed Wednesday he would stay on as Newcastle United manager in a bid to lead the north-east club's bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

The 56-year-old Spaniard has agreed a new three-year deal after opting against exercising a release clause open to him in the event of relegation that was in his initial contract signed in March.

Benitez stays to lead Newcastle’s promotion bid

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) Rafael Benitez confirmed Wednesday he would stay on as Newcastle United manager in a bid to lead the north-east club's bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

The 56-year-old Spaniard has agreed a new three-year deal after opting against exercising a release clause open to him in the event of relegation that was in his initial contract signed in March.

Mourinho's transfer wish granted, Man Utd meet €40m star's entourage

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Manchester United have been linked with several defenders lately and the latest name to be linked with them is the Greek centre back from Roma, Kostas Manolas.

Manolas is regarded as one of the most talented young defenders in Europe right now and is a target for the incoming Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Man Utd Roundup: Club ready to sort Argentine's OT move; Winger switch agreed

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Manchester United have been linked with several attacking players over the last couple of months and the latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is that of the Benfica winger Andre Carrillo.

The Argentine winger is highly rated in Portugal and has attracted interest from the Premier league giants.

Arsenal

Xhaka’s aggression is exactly what Arsenal needs!

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Xhaka holds the aggression Arsenal need in midfield! Arsenal fans can be satisfied with today being the day that the signing of Granit Xhaka has been officially confirmed by the club on Arsenal.com. It is the announcement that fans alike were waiting for and now we can finally turn our attention to his strengths rather [.

Why Koscielny should NOT be the Arsenal captain!

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As usual, Arsenal have lost another non-playing captain as Mikel Arteta has hung up his boots and gone into coaching. The current vice-captian Per Mertesacker looks like he is going to be spending a lot more time on the bench now that Wenger has gained more trust in the Brazilian Gabriel Paulista. So who will [.

Video: Granit Xhaka’s first Arsenal interview

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Arsenal's new signing Granit Xhaka has given a first interview since joining the club to discuss his arrival. The Gunners announced the capture...

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Arsenal’s CentreBacks targets analysed and compared to ours…

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Pt. 1 Brief statistical analysis of strongly linked centreback targets & Arsenal's current centrebacks by AidanGooner Of course, different teams will have different amounts of defending required, so I have got the stats for one/two of their team-mates to look at for comparison. Mehdi Benatia & Jerome Boateng & Holger Badstuber (below) 11 Bundesliga starts [.

Copa America Centenario

Geiger, Marrufo, Villareal among refs selected for Copa America Centenario

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Three faces familiar to the U.S. Soccer scene will be presiding over games during this summer's Copa America Centenario.

The local organizing committee of the tournament announced on Wednesday the match officialsthat will be in charge of matches during the upcoming Copa America Centenario, and U.

GAME THREAD: Orlando City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union begin a run of three games in eight days with a road trip to Orlando and one of just two MLS Stadiums that are going to be used in the Copa America Centenario.

UNION GAME #12
VS
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
7:30 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS LIVE
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: The Mane Land
Starting XI
Cyle Larin Forward C.

Goal-line technology is coming to CenturyLink Field for Copa America 2016

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MLS has long been rumored to be exploring the possibility of utilizing instant replay. While goal-line technology isn't quite as expansive as the project MLS has been rumored to be exploring, we will at least get a glimpse of that during Copa America Centenario.

Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology is the same system that was used in the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Women's World Cup as well as in the English Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and UEFA competitions.

ecuador

USMNT vs. Ecuador: Your Running Commentary

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Coming off of their 3-1 win over Puerto Rico on Sunday, the U.S. Men's National Team will take on a more difficult opponent Wednesday night when they face Ecuador.

The U.S. roster will be expanded against their CONMEBOL counterpart, now including MLS players to go along with the European and Mexican-basedmembers.

USMNT vs. Ecuador Copa America Warmup: Time, TV Schedule and Live Stream

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Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin are expected to start as the USMNT faces their toughest Copa America warm up match against Ecuador. This is your Sounder at Heart Gamethread, What to Watch For and How to Watch

The United States Men's National Team travels to Frisco, Texas to take on Ecuador in their second of three warm up matches before Copa America Centenario kicks off with the USMNT playing the opening game against Colombia in Santa Clara, California on June 3rd.

Some Soccer News for May 25, 2015

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It's Day 146 of 2016.


Who will start at left fullback for Minnesota United this coming weekend with Justin Davis suspended? Could there be a shocking new starter? And quotes from head coach Carl Craig. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One.

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It used to be called Northern Pitch.

Benfica

Benfica extend contract of goalkeeper Julio Cesar

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Lisbon (AFP) Portuguese champions Benfica have secured the services of Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar for a further two seasons, the club said on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old stopper joined Benfica in 2014 in the wake of a 7-1 World Cup semi-final humiliation at the hands of eventual champions Germany.

Benfica extend contract of goalkeeper Julio Cesar

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Lisbon (AFP) Portuguese champions Benfica have secured the services of Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar for a further two seasons, the club said on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old stopper joined Benfica in 2014 in the wake of a 7-1 World Cup semi-final humiliation at the hands of eventual champions Germany.

D.C. United

Hyvästi Halsti - D.C. United and Finnish international part ways

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Markus Halsti will always be a "what could have been" for a lot of fans.

Markus Halsti is no longer a D.C. United player. We've speculated about this possibility going back to last winter, and the talk only got louder and more persistent as the defensive midfielder went through the first 12 games of this MLS season without playing a minute.

MLS Ticker: Hamid, Orlando City and more

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An Eastern Conference side is ready to add a piece to their backline, while one of the league's top goalkeepersis ready to make his return.

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid could make his 2016 season debut for D.C. United on Friday night vs. Sporting Kansas City afterundergoing knee surgery in January.

Manchester United

Man Utd in talks to sign Kostas Manolas

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Manchester United have held talks with the agent of Roma defender Kostas Manolas with a view to signing him this summer, according to Italian...

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Friday announcement most likely for Jose Mourinho to Man Utd

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Manchester United are likely to announce Jose Mourinho as their new manager on Friday, according to The Times reporter Paul Hirst. The former Chelsea...

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The Rest

Penang Break The Mould, Appoint Football CEO

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My back hurts. Seriously I almost fell off my bloody chair on reading the Penang FA will no longer be involved in the running of the football club. They have appointed Bojan Hodak as CEO and Nenand Bacina as coach and just have a read of this quote from FA president Datuk Seri Nazir Ariff.

'Bojan and Nenad will manage the team according to their own style.

Nottingham Forest FC 2016/17 adidas Home Kit

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Nottingham Forest Football Club have revealed their 2016/17 home kit from technical partner adidas UK. [...]

Sriwijaya Hike Ticket Prices For Mitra Kukar Clash

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Sriwijaya's fine start to the season has seen they share top spot of the ISC with Mitra Kukar and Persija. This weekend Widodo Cahyo Putro's men go toe to toe with Mitra Kukar and the club are hoping to cash in at the gate by increasing ticket prices.

Their last last home against Madura United, which Laskar Wong Kito won 5-0, was seen by 14,555 and Sriwijaya are expecting more than 20,000 for this weekend's game.

ASEAN Average Attendances 2016

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The whole football world these days seems to be obsessed by statistics. Number of passes, number of chewing, gum, number of sideways tackles by left footed players. The only numbers that count in football are the goals scored, that is what history recalls, and the only other stats I have an interest in are the attendance figures for clubs.

Aris 74-69 AEK

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So close to finishing the season off and cementing ourselves in 3rd place, but we instead let Aris get the better of us despite playing in an empty arena. We had a number of key players out due to injury and suspension, so we did well all things considered but we simply weren't able to hold Aris off towards the end.

Hajderovic Playing in the PDL - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Thanks to Swope Park Rangers General Manager Kurt Austin, we know where Sporting KC draft pick, Faik Hajderovic is playing right now. The fourth round draft pick has signed on to play with the Saint Louis FC U23 team in the PDL. While they're the U23 team for the USL side, Saint Louis FC U23 actually plays in Springfield, MO.

Your USMNT Line-Up v. Ecuador

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You know I like the formation, but I spy some old ideas of varying success creeping back in. One in particular, one you can surely spot. Here is the #USMNT Starting XI for #USAvECU. Tune in to ESPN2 or @UniMas at 7 p.m. CT for kickoff. pic.twitter.com/GkH6SFWNpO — U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) May 25, 2016 - Greg Seltzer

Sounders prepare for a Revolution team with own question marks

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The Sounders coach praised the Revolution's attack, but believes that his team can come away with a win

As the Seattle Sounders head to the East Coast this weekend for their two-match road trip, head coach Sigi Schmid previewed the team's first match against the New England Revolution. He praised new signing Kei Kamara, a player that he had originally drafted when he was the manager of the Columbus Crew.

Rafa Going All Out To Close His First Ever Signing For Newcastle

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After Rafa Benitez was introduced last night as the new manager at Newcastle for the next three years (at least), there is news tonight that Rafa wants to bring in Fulham's prolific Scottish striker Ross McCormack for £12M which is the release amount in his contract. One difficulty Newcastle had over the last two [.

Boca Juniors want Sounders to raise their $7 million offer for Nicolas Lodeiro

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Even if deal is accepted, Lodeiro unlikely to join Sounders until after Copa Libertadores run.

There's virtually no chance of finality coming to the Seattle Sounders' pursuit of Nicolas Lodeiro in the next few weeks -- while he's with Uruaguay's Copa America team -- but we continue to get a slightly better picture of just where things stand.

Tacoma loses soccer pioneer Stan Naccarato

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Naccarato held leadership roles with the Tacoma Tides and the Tacoma Stars

The Tacoma sports community lost the person most responsible for the fact that there is a Tacoma sports community. Stan Naccarato passed away on Wednesday at the age of 88. Naccarato is perhaps most famous for keeping the Triple-A baseball team now known as the Rainiers from leaving town in 1971, raising $100,000 in 16 hours to keep them here after the Chicago Cubs moved their Triple-A affiliate from Tacoma to Wichita, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Edgar Castillo in the 2016 Liga MX Clausura finals

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It's USMNT players facing each other in the 2016 Liga MX Clausura final with Omar Gonzalez's Pachuca playing Edgar Castillo's Monterrey.

FAIL: Lithuanian Cup Clash Sees Mother Of All Paneka Penalty Flops (Video)

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When it's done right, the classic 'Panenka' penalty is a thing of impudent beauty. However, during the Lithuanian Football Federation Cup clash between Silute and Silas, one player got the classic penalty all kinds of wrong.

With the scores at 0-0 after extra-time, the two sides played out a penalty shoot-out, with Silas player Gytis Siugzda's attempted 'Panenka' surely one of the most appalling spot-kicks ever caught on (rather poor quality) video.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Player ratings

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Sounders play a strong game, still fall to league leading Colorado side 0-1.

Watching live I thought the lowly Seattle Sounders dominated the shield-leading Colorado Rapids on Saturday. After re-watching the 0-1 home loss, I still feel that way, but as my beautiful and very pregnant wife says, "goals change games" - and we didn't score any.