AFP

AC Milan shareholders to meet on May 2 to discuss loan

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Milan (AFP) – Chinese-owned AC Milan’s shareholders have been called to a meeting on May 2 to discuss modifying the terms of one of two bonds signed by the financially unstable Italian club with US investment firm Elliott.

According to reports on Monday, shareholders will discuss extending the delay for repayment of part of a 50 million-euro ($63 million) loan by a few months.

Walcott downs Newcastle to boost under-fire Allardyce

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Liverpool (AFP) – Theo Walcott did his best to boost Sam Allardyce’s approval rating as the Everton winger clinched a 1-0 win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday.

Allardyce has been under fire for Everton’s dour style of play since he was hired in November and fans called for his dismissal following a draw at struggling Swansea City in their previous match.

Walcott downs Newcastle to boost under-fire Allardyce

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Liverpool (AFP) – Theo Walcott did his best to boost Sam Allardyce’s approval rating as the Everton winger clinched a 1-0 win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday.

Allardyce has been under fire for Everton’s dour style of play since he was hired in November and fans called for his dismissal following a draw at struggling Swansea City in their previous match.

Robot helps seriously ill Everton fan make history

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Liverpool (AFP) – A seriously ill teenage Everton fan made history on Monday by becoming the world’s first ‘virtual matchday mascot’ ahead of his beloved team’s home Premier League match with Newcastle United.

Jack McLinden, a 14-year-old who suffers from multiple health conditions and is wheelchair bound, was able to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime mascot experience through the Norwegian-designed telepresence robot, AV1.

Robot helps seriously ill Everton fan make history

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Liverpool (AFP) – A seriously ill teenage Everton fan made history on Monday by becoming the world’s first ‘virtual matchday mascot’ ahead of his beloved team’s home Premier League match with Newcastle United.

Jack McLinden, a 14-year-old who suffers from multiple health conditions and is wheelchair bound, was able to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime mascot experience through the Norwegian-designed telepresence robot, AV1.

Ederson urges City to finish with record-breaking flourish

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London (AFP) – Ederson has urged Manchester City to cap their title triumph by shattering a host of Premier League records.

Pep Guardiola’s side routed Swansea City 5-0 on Sunday in their first match since being crowned champions.

City might have sealed the silverware but their goalkeeper Ederson is adamant they won’t be resting on their laurels with a chance to rewrite the record books.

Ederson urges City to finish with record-breaking flourish

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London (AFP) – Ederson has urged Manchester City to cap their title triumph by shattering a host of Premier League records.

Pep Guardiola’s side routed Swansea City 5-0 on Sunday in their first match since being crowned champions.

City might have sealed the silverware but their goalkeeper Ederson is adamant they won’t be resting on their laurels with a chance to rewrite the record books.

Africa football boss wants Europe to back Morocco World Cup bid

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Cairo (AFP) – The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has urged Europe to back Morocco’s drive to host the 2026 World Cup, in return for African support for a future European bid.

In an exclusive interview with AFP, Ahmad Ahmad, the Confederation of African Football president, appealed to European self-interest, saying: “Vote for us and we’ll vote for you next time.

Chiellini injury a blow to Juventus title quest

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has suffered a torn hamstring muscle, the champions confirmed on Monday, and will be miss this weekend’s clash against Inter Milan and possibly the rest of the season.

The news is a blow for the six-time defending champions after Napoli reignited the title race with a last-gasp 1-0 win in Turin on Sunday night to cut Juventus’ advantage to just one point.

Chiellini injury a blow to Juventus title quest

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has suffered a torn hamstring muscle, the champions confirmed on Monday, and will be miss this weekend’s clash against Inter Milan and possibly the rest of the season.

The news is a blow for the six-time defending champions after Napoli reignited the title race with a last-gasp 1-0 win in Turin on Sunday night to cut Juventus’ advantage to just one point.

Klopp calls for Roma respect amid Anfield cauldron

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned the club’s fans not to repeat the scenes that saw windows of Manchester City’s team bus smashed by thrown cans and bottles ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.

City became just the latest victims of a famous European night at Anfield on the pitch three weeks ago as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 first leg lead that laid the foundations for their 5-1 aggregate victory over the English champions in the quarter-finals.

Klopp calls for second Brexit referendum

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Liverpool (AFP) – Britain should vote again on whether or not to leave the European Union Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp told The Guardian on Monday.

The 50-year-old - whose side face AS Roma at Anfield on Tuesday in their Champions League semi-final first leg clash - says the British people were sold short in the original campaign in 2016 in terms of the information they were fed.

Klopp calls for second Brexit referendum

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Liverpool (AFP) – Britain should vote again on whether or not to leave the European Union Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp told The Guardian on Monday.

The 50-year-old - whose side face AS Roma at Anfield on Tuesday in their Champions League semi-final first leg clash - says the British people were sold short in the original campaign in 2016 in terms of the information they were fed.

Roma signs shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways

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Doha (AFP) – Italian club and Champions League semi-finalists Roma announced Monday their new shirt sponsors will be Qatar Airways in a three-year deal, described as the largest the club has ever signed.

The deal was made public just a day before one of Roma’s biggest games for decades, the first leg of a Champions League semi-final against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday.

Roma signs shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways

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Doha (AFP) – Italian club and Champions League semi-finalists Roma announced Monday their new shirt sponsors will be Qatar Airways in a three-year deal, described as the largest the club has ever signed.

The deal was made public just a day before one of Roma’s biggest games for decades, the first leg of a Champions League semi-final against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday.

English Premier League

Man City in advanced talks to sign 26-yr-old star, deal close to happening

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Manchester City are expected to sign the Napoli midfielder Jorginho this summer.

According to reports, the Premier League champions are in advanced talks to sign the playmaker and the deal is close to happening.

Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez Haya has revealed on Twitter that Jorginho’s agent Joao Carlos met with the Manchester City director of football, Txiki Begiristain, last week to discuss the details of the move.

Celtic interested in signing highly rated Arsenal player at the end of this season

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Arsenal keeper Arthur Okonkwo could leave the club this summer and the likes of Leipzig and Celtic are interested in securing his services.

The highly-rated young shot-stopper is yet to sign a deal at Arsenal and the Gunners could lose him on a free at the end of this season if the reports are to be believed.

Evaluating Arsenal’s options for replacing Wenger

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After 22 years as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is finally stepping down.

While his final few seasons, have been rather turbulent, one cannot understate his achievements. 473 Premier League wins, 3 titles, 7 FA Cups, and the only unbeaten season in Premier League history.

While the footballing community will undoubtably pay tribute to Wenger in the coming weeks, Arsenal must look ahead to a new manager.

Evaluating Arsenal’s options for replacing Wenger

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After 22 years as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is finally stepping down.

While his final few seasons, have been rather turbulent, one cannot understate his achievements. 473 Premier League wins, 3 titles, 7 FA Cups, and the only unbeaten season in Premier League history.

While the footballing community will undoubtably pay tribute to Wenger in the coming weeks, Arsenal must look ahead to a new manager.

Islam Slimani Makes First Start For Newcastle At Everton

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game tonight against Everton at Goodison Park and in the game at St. James' Park earlier this season we were beaten 1-0 in [...]

Everton vs Newcastle United confirmed starting line-ups

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In-form Newcastle United can move above Everton in the Premier League table with a victory at Goodison Park on Monday.

However, Everton have won seven of their last eight league fixtures against Newcastle, including the last four in a row.

The Toffees have won eight of their nine home league games this season against teams below them in the table.

Alan Shearer – Newcastle Still Only A Championship Team

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Alan Shearer has talked today about the superb job Rafa Benitez has done at Newcastle especially since mid-December when we ended a streak of nine games with just a single point. We [...]

Newcastle Still For Sale – But Price Has Gone Up – Why It’s So Ironic

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Mike Ashley gambled on Newcastle staying up as a Premier League club when he refused to back Rafa Benitez last summer in the transfer market. As it has turned out and largely [...]

Tottenham Hotspur

FA exploit fans for cup final

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Manchester United booked a place in the FA Cup final after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The most expensive tickets cost £80, then £65, then £45 and £30 for the cheapest. Sitting in the singing section behind the goal, I paid £65, and had every intention for requesting tickets for the same area given how great the atmosphere was there.

Reports: Leicester City Poised To Clinch Impressive Deal For Porto’s Roving Wing-Back Ricardo Pereira

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If the word on the street is to be believed, Leicester City are on the cusp of pulling off a rather impressive signing.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola (via), the Foxes have beaten off the chasing pack and struck a deal to land Porto wing-back Ricardo Pereira.

Champions League

Liverpool vs Roma team news

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Liverpool have no fresh injury worries as they prepare to face Roma in tomorrow evening's Champions League semi-final first leg. The...

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Video and Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Roma game

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Liverpool's players trained at their Melwood base today as they prepare to face Roma in tomorrow evening's Champions League semi-final...

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Portland Timbers

Attacking efficiency, defensive discipline lead Timbers over NYCFC

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Statistics don't always tell the full story, and a cursory glance at the raw numbers from the Portland Timbers' performance against New York City FC would suggest they got crushed.

Portland held only 24.6% of possession, the lowest total for a home team in MLS since Opta began tracking stats for the league back in 2010.

The Best of MLS Week 8: Johnny Russell, Chris Mueller, and more

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Week 8 in Major League Soccer produced a wealth of excitement, as the league tied a single-weekend record for goals scored as 46 strikes flew in over three days.

During the full 11-game slate, plenty of players stood out with remarkable performances and memorable goals, but one star and a single spectacular strike stood out the most.

The Rest

Argentine Biglia’s World Cup in doubt after back injury

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia could miss the World Cup this summer with Argentina after suffering a severe back injury during the Italian club’s defeat to Benevento at the weekend.

The 32-year-old was forced off the pitch after 72 minutes in Milan’s shock defeat to 10-man Benevento and the club confirmed Biglia has fractured two vertebrae in his back.

Serie A: Goran Pandev Scores Wonderfully Audacious Chip As Genoa Beat Verona 3-1 (Video)

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Veteran attacker Goran Pandev has always been a superbly gifted player, and on Monday night, the 34-year-old Macedonian scored an absolute peach of a lob for Genoa against Verona.

Genoa were already 2-1 up at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris when, in added time, substitute Pandev approached the Verona box before unleashing the most exquisite of chipped lobs, which sailed over goalkeeperNícolas and dropped neatly under the crossbar.

AC Milan shareholders to meet on May 2 to discuss loan

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Milan (AFP) – Chinese-owned AC Milan’s shareholders have been called to a meeting on May 2 to discuss modifying the terms of one of two bonds signed by the financially unstable Italian club with US investment firm Elliott.

According to reports on Monday, shareholders will discuss extending the delay for repayment of part of a 50 million-euro ($63 million) loan by a few months.

Celtic fans react to their 2018/19 home kit: 'Embarrassing', 'Massive let down'

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Celtic have revealed their home kit for the 2018/19 season and the fans have already had their say on the new kit.

Kit manufacturers New Balance have supplied the latest Celtic kit and it features the iconic green and white hoops that have been a part of the club for 115 years.

The Celtic home kit was unveiled in Glasgow earlier today and the likes of Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney, Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths, and women’s captain Kelly Clark had to model the new kit in front of the fans.

Highly rated West Ham player admits his mistake on Twitter, fans respond

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West Ham defender Declan Rice sent out a tweet after his display against Arsenal on Sunday.

I’m young.. I’ll make mistakes.. it’s all a leaning process to get to the top. thank you too the fans again who were brilliant❤⚒ ready to bounce back next week.

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Community player ratings form

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Goals from holding midfielders prove to be the difference.

On the heels of their first point of the season, your Seattle Sounders notched their first win. The 3-1 victory featured the Roldan brothers in attacking midfield roles and the return of Osvaldo Alonso to the starting XI.

Note: Some readers are experiencing rendering issues with the form on this page, especially on iOS devices.

Reading United roster for 2018 includes seven Philadelphia Union Academy grads

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Reading returns top three goal scorers from 2017

Reading United is returning a trio of players who combined for more than half of the team's goals last summer for the upcoming Premier Development League season.

Frantzdy Pierrot (8 goals, 1 assist), Aaron Molloy (7 goals, 1 assist) and Khori Bennett (4 goals) are all back on the roster, which includes seven players who graduated from the Philadelphia Union Academy.

New Brighton Villa

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Saturday 21st April 2018 14.30
Welsh National League Division One
New Brighton Villa 5 Rhydymywn 1 HT: 1-1 Att: 27 (hc)
Rambaldi 15, 65, 80, Barlow 66, 77 : Unknown 30

fromEstadio de Mark Lopez

This New Brighton is a village in North Wales, not the seaside resort in Wallassey.

Roses and Thorns: So close, yet so far

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Fans are probably going to remember the Thorns' home draw against the Washington Spirit this week for two frustrating moments (plus... that other thing, but bear with me for a minute): Francisca Ordega's maddeningly stupid first-half goal, and Lindsey Horan's spectacularly screwed-up penalty kick.

Sweden coach to Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Call me if you want to play at the World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup hopes appear to rest on a phone call.

Speaking to German outlet Kicker,Sweden coach Janne Andersson says the LA Galaxy star must pick up the phone and give him a call if he hopes to play at this summer's World Cup. Ibrahimovic has repeatedly discussed this summer's tournament after retiring from the international game following Euro 2016.

Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I challenged them at halftime a little bit. ‘You want to be a championship team? Championship teams are able to finish games out, close games out, get that third goal and make sure that the game becomes a little easier.'" -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 3 - Minnesota United FC 1

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Armando Villarreal

Assistants: Kyle Atkins, Apolinar Mariscal

Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica

VAR: Caleb Mendez

Attendance: 39,477

Weather: 55 degrees and partly cloudy

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Gustav Svensson (Cristian Roldan, Osvaldo Alonso) 23'

SEA - Will Bruin (Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro) 25'

MIN - Christian Ramirez (Darwin Quintero, Sam Nicholson) 66'

SEA - Jordy Delem (Clint Dempsey) 90'+5'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Nouhou (caution) 58'

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (caution) 87'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Osvaldo Alonso - captain (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 75'), Nicolás Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan (Clint Dempsey 60'); Will Bruin (Jordy Delem 90'+2')

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Victor Rodriguez, Jordan McCrary, Handwalla Bwana

Total shots: 16 (C.

Soccer History: San Francisco IAC

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 23, 2018) US Soccer Players – Much of this country's soccer history finds its roots among the wave of immigrants who came to the United States. These newcomers had dreams of a better future, but never forgot where they came from. In many cases, they brought with them the love and passion for the world's most popular game.

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton: The Beard does it again!

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Us: Big Willy gets the nod in goal. Nice, this is his competition after all. Still no place for Christensen, Emerson continues to deputise for Alonso. Fabregas trades places with Bakayoko and Little Willy and Hazard return at the expense of Pesto (whatever, autospell) and Morata.

Africa football boss wants Europe to back Morocco World Cup bid

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Cairo (AFP) – The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has urged Europe to back Morocco’s drive to host the 2026 World Cup, in return for African support for a future European bid.

In an exclusive interview with AFP, Ahmad Ahmad, the Confederation of African Football president, appealed to European self-interest, saying: “Vote for us and we’ll vote for you next time.

Tim Ream named to Championship Team of the Week

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Fulham got one step closer to returning to the Premier League this weekend, as the Cottagers picked up a 3-0 win over Millwall, and U.S. Men's National Team defender Tim Ream once again shined for the third-place team in the Championship.

Ream made a goal-line clearance to keep the game scoreless and helped the defense pick up a clean sheet to defeat the sixth-place team in the English second flight.

ATF: Patrick Vieira Won’t Talk About Arsenal Job

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Also: Juventus struggling in title race, Impact not really making an impact, Sounders nab first win of 2018 and more!

Portland

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Since returning to the Rose City, however, the Timbers have won two in a row – and their coach believes they're heading in the right direction, as underlined by Sunday's impressive defeat of league leaders New York City FC.

Vote again on Brexit, Liverpool manager urges

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Liverpool (AFP) – Britain should vote again on whether or not to leave the European Union Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp told The Guardian on Monday.

The 50-year-old - whose side face AS Roma at Anfield on Tuesday in their Champions League semi-final first leg clash - says the British people were sold short in the original campaign in 2016 in terms of the information they were fed.

Vote again on Brexit, Liverpool manager urges

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Liverpool (AFP) – Britain should vote again on whether or not to leave the European Union Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp told The Guardian on Monday.

The 50-year-old - whose side face AS Roma at Anfield on Tuesday in their Champions League semi-final first leg clash - says the British people were sold short in the original campaign in 2016 in terms of the information they were fed.

Klopp calls for Roma respect amid Anfield cauldron

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned the club’s fans not to repeat the scenes that saw windows of Manchester City’s team bus smashed by thrown cans and bottles ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.

City became just the latest victims of a famous European night at Anfield on the pitch three weeks ago as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 first leg lead that laid the foundations for their 5-1 aggregate victory over the English champions in the quarter-finals.

Inside Gustav Svensson’s 26-yard golazo

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The strike will justifiably get the attention, but the 22-pass buildup deserves some attention too.

SEATTLE — Gustav Svensson's 26-yard strike likely goes down in Seattle Sounders history as one of the team's most aesthetically pleasing goals. Svensson hit it so clean and so hard that you half expected it to rip through the back of the net.

Worth £100 million: Villa fans react to 22-year-old's Twitter post

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Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish has taken to Twitter to express his reaction after he won Villa’s goal of the season award on Sunday.

The 22-year-old has been in superb form this season, scoring three goals and registering five assists in the Championship. He tweeted:

Great night at the awards last night!