AFP

Ivanovic stars as Zenit dump Celtic out of Europe

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Paris (AFP) – Branislav Ivanovic starred as Zenit St Petersburg knocked Celtic out of the Europa League on Thursday by overturning a first-leg deficit in the last 32 with a 3-0 victory in Russia, while RB Leipzig held off a late Napoli comeback.

Celtic have now failed to reach the last 16 of a European tournament since the 2012-13 Champions League, while Zenit are still hoping to repeat their UEFA Cup success from 10 years ago after the 3-1 aggregate win.

Ivanovic stars as Zenit dump Celtic out of Europe

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Paris (AFP) – Branislav Ivanovic starred as Zenit St Petersburg knocked Celtic out of the Europa League on Thursday by overturning a first-leg deficit in the last 32 with a 3-0 victory in Russia, while RB Leipzig held off a late Napoli comeback.

Celtic have now failed to reach the last 16 of a European tournament since the 2012-13 Champions League, while Zenit are still hoping to repeat their UEFA Cup success from 10 years ago after the 3-1 aggregate win.

Karamoh among rare French players attracted by Serie A – agent

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Milan (AFP) – Teenager Yann Karamoh is one of a dwindling breed of up-and-coming French players who want to further their careers in Serie A, his agent claimed on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Ivorian-born French striker joined Inter Milan last summer from Caen and scored his first goal two weeks ago to break the Italian club’s two-month winning drought.

Karamoh among rare French players attracted by Serie A – agent

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Milan (AFP) – Teenager Yann Karamoh is one of a dwindling breed of up-and-coming French players who want to further their careers in Serie A, his agent claimed on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Ivorian-born French striker joined Inter Milan last summer from Caen and scored his first goal two weeks ago to break the Italian club’s two-month winning drought.

Muntari signs on for Deportivo rescue mission

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Madrid (AFP) – Veteran Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari was Thursday handed the chance to ride to the rescue of relegation-haunted Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna when he penned a deal until the end of the season.

The 33-year-old former AC Milan and Inter Milan star, a free agent, had been training with Deportivo and did enough to convince coach Clarence Seedorf to offer him a temporary contract.

Muntari signs on for Deportivo rescue mission

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Madrid (AFP) – Veteran Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari was Thursday handed the chance to ride to the rescue of relegation-haunted Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna when he penned a deal until the end of the season.

The 33-year-old former AC Milan and Inter Milan star, a free agent, had been training with Deportivo and did enough to convince coach Clarence Seedorf to offer him a temporary contract.

‘Experts’ to the fore as Ronaldo, Messi again rule in Europe

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Paris (AFP) – As the stakes mounted in the Champions League, the usual suspects once more rose to the occasion with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski starring in the last 16, first legs.

Season after season, these preeminent performers deliver on the biggest stages and administer severe punishment to striving title contenders - including Neymar’s aspiring Paris Saint-Germain.

‘Experts’ to the fore as Ronaldo, Messi again rule in Europe

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Paris (AFP) – As the stakes mounted in the Champions League, the usual suspects once more rose to the occasion with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski starring in the last 16, first legs.

Season after season, these preeminent performers deliver on the biggest stages and administer severe punishment to striving title contenders - including Neymar’s aspiring Paris Saint-Germain.

Qatar to plant 16,000 trees to spruce up World Cup venues

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Doha (AFP) – Desert country Qatar will plant at least 16,000 trees in a bid to “beautify” its eight planned 2022 World Cup stadiums, tournament organisers said on Thursday.

The trees, a mixture of local specimens and other varieties imported from China, Spain and Thailand, will be grown in a vast nursery outside capital city Doha before being planted around the venues.

Qatar to plant 16,000 trees to spruce up World Cup venues

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Doha (AFP) – Desert country Qatar will plant at least 16,000 trees in a bid to “beautify” its eight planned 2022 World Cup stadiums, tournament organisers said on Thursday.

The trees, a mixture of local specimens and other varieties imported from China, Spain and Thailand, will be grown in a vast nursery outside capital city Doha before being planted around the venues.

Rooney chose Everton ‘pressure’ over China payday

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a massive payday in China when he left Manchester United.

The former England captain was linked with a move to the Far East in the final months of his career at Old Trafford but eventually decided on an emotional homecoming 13 years after leaving Goodison Park.

Rooney chose Everton ‘pressure’ over China payday

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a massive payday in China when he left Manchester United.

The former England captain was linked with a move to the Far East in the final months of his career at Old Trafford but eventually decided on an emotional homecoming 13 years after leaving Goodison Park.

English Premier League

Chelsea chasing 24-year-old defender to replace Cahill and Luiz

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Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has been linked with a move to Chelsea.

The Blues are keen to strengthen their defence and the Evening Standard has claimed the 24-year-old is at the top of their list.

Both Gary Cahill and David Luiz are over the age of 30 and Lascelles’ impressive form for the Magpies has brought him plenty of admirers.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City linked with international defender

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Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with a move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The 18-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after players, with Mundo Deportivo claiming Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also monitoring his progress.

De Ligt made his professional debut for Jong Ajax in August 2016 and went on to play for the club’s first team the following month.

'Take it as a compliment': Newcastle fans react to speculation about £50k-per-week star

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According to reports from the Evening Standard, Chelsea are keeping a close tab on Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles.

The 24-year-old has developed into a fantastic defender at Tyneside, and the Blues could make a move for him in the summer.

Lascelles is believed to be on a £50k-per-week wage structure, and the Blues could easily match that.

This Is Our Predicted Newcastle Side For Bournemouth

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We'll have to wait until Rafa's press conference tomorrow afternoon on whether new loan signing Islam Slimani can play in the match at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. Islam has had over three [...]

Strange decision by the club: West Ham fans react as £65k-per-week star set for exit

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West Ham defender Jose Fonte is reportedly heading for the exit as he is eyeing a move to the Chinese Super League within the next week.

The Daily Record reports that Fonte has agreed to move to the Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang. The 34-year-old vastly experienced defender will join on a £4.

concacaf champions league

Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez among Sounders who didn’t travel to El Salvador

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There will be at least five presumed starters unavailable for tonight's match.

Among the many challenges MLS teams face in the CONCACAF Champions League is dealing with a schedule that means some of the most important games are played before players are fully fit. That will be frustratingly illustrated when the Seattle Sounders starting lineup is revealed for Thursday's match against Santa Tecla.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a busy Thursday across the soccer landscape as one American star takes the field in Europe while a pair of American teams face continental action.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund take on Atalanta on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League clash. Dortmund picked up a 3-2 win in the home leg, giving them a slight advantage heading to Italy.

CCL Preview: Following abbreviated offseason, Sounders ready to get back in action against Santa Tecla

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It's been a little over two and a half months since the Seattle Sounders took the field last in December's MLS Cup defeat to Toronto FC. It was a sour end to an extended year that came oh so close to ending with back-to-back MLS crowns.

But, in MLS, success, and near-success, breeds its own set of challenges.

CCL Preview: Following offseason preparation, Red Bulls 'optimistic' ahead of CCL opener

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On the eve of the New York Red Bulls' first match of the 2018 season, the new beginning feeling was impossible to ignore. Opening their year with a shorter than usual preseason and a CONCACAF Champions League matchup against a CD Olimpia side in midseason form, head coach Jesse Marsch knows his team might be at a disadvantage going into an important match.

FIFA

Sepp Blatter endorses Morocco's bid to host 2026 World Cup

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has spoken up about the 2026 World Cup.

Blatter, who is serving a ban from all football related activities for various counts of bribery, endorsed Morocco's efforts to host the first 48 team World Cup in 2026 on his personal Twitter account on Thursday, saying "it is time for Africa again!

Report: FIFA considering merging U-17 and U-20 World Cups

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Josh Sargent may be the last American to star at both the U-17 and U-20 World Cups, as reports indicate that FIFA is considering merging the two events.

According to the Associated Press, FIFA is looking to streamline its youth competitions by combining the U-17 and U-20 World Cups into one 48 team tournament with an age cutoff at either 18 or 19 years old.

Senators call for Trump to back bid to host 2026 World Cup

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A large group of American politicians have called for support for the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Speaking in favor of the bid featuring the U.S., Mexico and Canada, a bi-partisan group of 43 senators wrote to President Donald Trump on Wednesday urging him to"express our support for the United Bid by Canada, Mexico, and the United States to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Major League Soccer

A Curious 2018 for FC Cincinnati

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - It was going to take something special to keep FC Cincinnati's incomparable momentum moving forward. In 2016, the USL side kicked off in front of record-obliterating crowds at Nippert Stadium. In 2017, they shocked MLS side Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup and forced New York Red Bulls into extra time in the tournament's semifinal.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire turned a few heads last season, and now they are looking to turn a few more in 2018.

The Fire had an unpredictably strong regular season in 2017. Behind a Golden Boot-winning year from Nemanja Nikolic and the veteran presence of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty, the team finished third place in the Eastern Conference.

SBI MLS Season Preview: D.C. United

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D.C. United has found a way in the past to use poor campaigns as motivation for the following season. 2014 saw the team finish atop the as the MLS' Eastern Conference, a year after finishing bottom in the East under head coach Ben Olsen.

Following a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2015-16, lets just say that 2017 was the not the season that Olsen and his players had hoped for.

FC Dallas

Rubio Rubin gets a game for Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League

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The soccer news starts in the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 with USMNT player Rubio Rubin making his debut for Tijuana in their 1-0 win at Motagua. Rubin subbed on in the 53rd minute, picking up a yellow card in stoppage time. Ignacio Rivero scored the game's only goal in the 71st minute with Manuel Lajud keeping the clean sheet.

Major Link Soccer: Club America crushes Saprissa

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FC Dallas lost in Panama, Luis Robles is now NYRB's captain, and Mark Geiger takes a cell phone away

Seattle

If you don't love Stefan Frei's dogs, I really don't know what to say to you. A comprehensive breakdown of Stefan Frei's #WrinkleWednesday tradition

Hockey is like soccer with sticks and a puck.

Arsenal

Have Arsenal left it too late to keep Jack Wilshere next season?

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You can't blame Jck Wilshere for not yet signing any contract extension at Arsenal, especially as has only been offered a pay cut but linked to performance bonuses. The midfielder was practically begging Wenger to sit down with him to discuss a new deal before Christmas, as promised by the Boss, but Arsenal didn't actually [.

Arsenal v Ostersund Preview, Rotated Line-up and Score Prediction

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Arsenal are set to take on Ostersund in tonight's Europa League match-up, and are firmly expected to field a weakened side having taken a comfortable win away from Sweden. We have a healthy 3-0 advantage to defend in North London tonight, and with one eye on Sunday's Carabao Cup final, you can firmly expect some [.

English Championship

Andrea Radrizzani posts message on Twitter; Leeds fans make their demand clear

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Leeds United drew 2-2 against Derby County in the Championship clash on Wednesday night.

The Whites are without a win since the Boxing day, and now have gone nine games without a win in the Championship.

Leeds United owner and chairman Andrea Radrizzani has taken to social networking site Twitter to express his gratitude to the Leeds fans who travelled to Pride Park.

Heckingbottom names the Leeds player who was 'first class' against Derby

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Paul Heckingbottom has praised Ezgjan Alioski’s performance in Leeds United’s 2-2 draw against Derby County on Wednesday.

The Leeds manager told BBC Radio Leeds that Alioski was first class during the match. He feels that the Macedonian is adapting to his style of play now, and that is the sort of performance he wants to see from him again and again.

Newcastle United

lejeune

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New signing FlorianLejeune has been interviewed by the Chronicle today and he talks about howhe has been able to settle in quite well on Tyneside. A fully fitLejeune is probablyone of the [...]

Huddersfield Manager – There’s More Pressure On Clubs Like Newcastle To Survive

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David Wagner was at Borussia Dortmund with Jurgen Klopp before he left back in November 2015 to manage Huddersfield Town as his first stint as a manager. That was less than a [...]

The Rest

Too Much Soccer News To Fit In One Description: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 62, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Our thoughts on FOX’s World Cup TV schedule,

• Why German soccer fans hate Mondays,

• How Turner Sports is trying to hire a basketball star for their Champions League coverage,

• Latest news about new soccer documentaries coming our way,

• Kartik reviews the new Juventus documentary from Netflix,

• And of course we have feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

Too Much Soccer News To Fit In One Description: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 62, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Our thoughts on FOX’s World Cup TV schedule,

• Why German soccer fans hate Mondays,

• How Turner Sports is trying to hire a basketball star for their Champions League coverage,

• Latest news about new soccer documentaries coming our way,

• Kartik reviews the new Juventus documentary from Netflix,

• And of course we have feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

Landon Donovan wants an American coach for USMNT

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The U.S. Men's National Team head coaching search will go on throughout the year, but one former star has listed a few names he'd like to see in charge.

Landon Donovan went on the Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol podcast and discussed the ongoing USMNT rebuild, includingwho he feels should take the reins of the USMNT.

CONFIRMED Arsenal team to face Ostersund

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So here we go with Arsenal v Ostersund, and we all know Wenger is going to make many changes from the first leg, especially after seeing how much better we were than them in Minus 4 degrees on a plastic pitch. Okay so here is the team I'm predicting.... Ospina Chambers Mertesacker Kolasinac Nelson Wilshere [.

Curtin: Bořek Dočkal finalizing ‘a potential deal’ with Philadelphia Union

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Czech Republic international is with the team in Florida

Czech Republic international Bořek Dočkal is with the Philadelphia Union in Clearwater, Florida and finalizing a deal, head coach Jim Curtin confirmed on Thursday.

"He is here with the team in Clearwater," Curtin said during a conference call with media.

2018 Washington Spirit schedule announced

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The Spirit have strong interest in bringing an NWSL match to Audi Field

The Washington Spirit's 2018 schedule has been announced, with each NWSL team playing 24 games for the second consecutive season. Washington will open on the road against Seattle Reign FC on March 24 before playing the Orlando Pride on March 31 for the Spirit's home opener.

YachtCon | Prime: All you need to know

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We are days away from our annual event.

We are just a few days away from YachtCon | Prime and the details are all finally coming together. Here are some of the latest developments:

Sounders panel

The Sounders panel will feature Brian Schmetzer, Garth Lagerwey and likely a player or two.

Pronóstico para el juego Pumas vs Chivas, análisis previo

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Este domingo 25 de febrero en la cancha de Ciudad Universitario, los Pumas de la UNAM estarán recibiendo a unas débiles Chivas de Guadalajara, partido correspondiente a la jornada 9 del futbol mexicano.
Sus números, asi llegan Pumas vs Chivas
Pos Equipo JJ JG JE JP GF GC DF Puntos
3 Pumas 8 4 2 2 13 11 2 14
16 Guadalajara 8 1 3 4 9 14 -5 6




El conjunto de Almeyda tiene una misión dificil al visitar la capital, sus números no han sido favorables este torneo y estan muy por debajo por lo hecho por los Pumas de David Patiño.

ATF: MLS using FIFA18 as a way to reach new soccer fans

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Also: Steve Nash soccer pundit? ATLUD sign their second round pick, Barco makes ATLUD debut, a look at top match up's this season for the Portland Thorns and more!

Portland

Armchair Analyst: More punch in Portland | #MLSIsBack in 9 Days | MLSsoccer.com
I've written this a million times, but just because that's a round number doesn't mean it's a good time to stop.

IMG combining FA Cup TV rights with Serie A to try to force sale in USA, says source

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With the current TV and streaming rights deals for both The FA Cup and Serie A expiring at the end of this season in the United States, media broker IMG is having such a difficult time trying to sell the FA Cup rights that they’re now offering the FA Cup and Serie A rights together to try to land a deal, according to a World Soccer Talk source.

IMG combining FA Cup TV rights with Serie A to try to force sale in USA, says source

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With the current TV and streaming rights deals for both The FA Cup and Serie A expiring at the end of this season in the United States, media broker IMG is having such a difficult time trying to sell the FA Cup rights that they’re now offering the FA Cup and Serie A rights together to try to land a deal, according to a World Soccer Talk source.

Scouting Report: Santa Tecla vs. Sounders

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Sounders must not overlook their CCL opponent.

The Sounders have arrived at El Salvador, where they'll face many challenges in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League match.

Brian Schmetzer is not one to overlook any opponent; as a matter of fact, his preparation along with his intensity in daily training are one of his virtues.

Mac Steeves brings his scoring touch to Houston

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Needham native finding the back of the net for Dynamo

Mac Steeves doesn't always see a lot of playing time in preseason matches for the Houston Dynamo, but when he does, he makes the most of it.

Steeves, a Needham native, has scored three times for the Dynamo in only 155 minutes of play, including two goals against the New York Red Bulls last week.

How the Bořek Dočkal signing changes the game

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A look at Philadelphia Union's pending signing of Czech international playmaker Bořek Dočkal. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at contract scenarios, how Dočkal fits in with the team, how he'll need to adjust, and what message it sends to Union fans.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about the bizarre decision to put Atkinson in charge of Sunday's game against Chelsea.

F365 discusses the decline of Danny Welbeck.

The Guardian discusses the Pogba-Mourinho situation.

United today launched a YouTube channel.

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