English Premier League

Fee agreed for Spaniard's Liverpool transfer; Conte's bid for Euro star; Wenger to meet striker

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With the Copa America done and dusted and Euro 2016 nearing its completion, it is time for every club to focus on the transfer market and improve their chances of doing well next season.

Although the transfer window officially opens on the 1st of July, almost every club has started working on their deals and new signings are being confirmed every day.

Rafa’s Goal – Best, Biggest, Fittest And Balanced

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Rafa Benitez wants to add some experience to the squad this summer and the word coming out of the local papers is that he also wants to "balance" the squad. A number of reports suggest that means Rafa wants to bring in more Britishplayers to a squad that has been dominated by mediocreFrench players for [.

Let’s Hope Another Newcastle Player Does Not Go On Strike

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Rafa Benitez is reported to be keen to bring up to four new players into the squad this week as the pre-season training will begin for what will be a crucial season for the Magpies in the Championship. And we should see all but those players involved in Internationals return this week for pre-season training.

Mourinho secures high profile transfer; Fee and personal terms agreed for creative genius

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to complete his Manchester United transfer soon.

The Old Trafford outfit have agreed a fee for the Armenian midfielder and personal terms have been agreed with the player and his agent as well.

Sky Sports are reporting that a deal should be finalised soon.

Klopp agrees marquee Liverpool transfer; Top quality winger having medical today

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Southampton forward Sadio Mane is all set to complete his transfer to Liverpool later today.

The Senegal attacker will undergo his medical with the Merseyside giants later today and will sign a long term contract with the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp was keen on adding some pace and flair to his attack and the Premier League forward will do just that.

Local Lad Keen To Make A Difference Next Season

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20-year-old Geordie Jamie Sterry made his Premier League debut in the final game of the season against Tottenham when we took them apart 5-1 at St. James' Park and the local lad has impressed manager Rafa Benitez. One of the many areas Rafa is looking to overhaul and get working at the club [...]

Rafa Benitez A Role Model And Example To His Players

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Rafa Benitez shocked Alan Shearer in May when the Spanish manager decided to stay on at Newcastle and manage in the second division of England, after he was manager of Real Madrid one of the iconic clubs in world football less than a year ago. Alan didn't think a manager of such esteem [...]

EURO 2016

Euro 2016 Fin?

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Who would have thought it? Two weeks have passed since we set out on our own "Tour de France" and I heard in the last few days that all the Home Nations have qualified for the next round. Brilliant, who are Scotland playing?



I have struggled to keep up to date, (wifi in France isn't great) with things whilst we have been on the road, so maybe I missed something.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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by Franco Ficetola What were you doing ten years ago today? If you're reading thisthen the chances are you probably love football. And if you love the beautiful game, it's more than...

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Watch Italy vs. Spain for free with Sling TV

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Italy faces Spain on Monday in the most eagerly anticipated game of Euro 2016 thus far. One of the giants will be going home after this game, and the winner will advance to the quarter-finals to play Germany in another must-see match.

With Spain as the current holders of the European Championship after their win at Euro 2012, the pressure will be on Vicente del Bosque's team to defeat a very well-organized Italy side coached by Chelsea-bound Antonio Conte.

Watch Italy vs. Spain for free with Sling TV

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Italy faces Spain on Monday in the most eagerly anticipated game of Euro 2016 thus far. One of the giants will be going home after this game, and the winner will advance to the quarter-finals to play Germany in another must-see match.

With Spain as the current holders of the European Championship after their win at Euro 2012, the pressure will be on Vicente del Bosque's team to defeat a very well-organized Italy side coached by Chelsea-bound Antonio Conte.

Where to find England vs. Iceland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch England vs. Iceland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

England faces a tough task about one of the best stories in Euro 2016 —Iceland, the smallest country ever to participate in the European Championship. Can heavily favored England beat Iceland and book a destiny in the quarter-final where they'll play the winner of France-Ireland?

Where to find England vs. Iceland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch England vs. Iceland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

England faces a tough task about one of the best stories in Euro 2016 —Iceland, the smallest country ever to participate in the European Championship. Can heavily favored England beat Iceland and book a destiny in the quarter-final where they'll play the winner of France-Ireland?

Argentina

Barcelona superstar retires from international football after Copa America defeat

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When Francisco Silva scored the winning penalty for Chile, Lionel Messi was seen kneeling on to the ground hiding his face, probably crying as well. He sat alone on the dugout bench with a look of a lost man. The five times Ballon d’Or winner was left distraught, heartbroken and shattered.

He is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats.

Arsenal star wins his second major trophy, Messi left in tears as Chile win Copa America Final

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Chile waited 99 years to lift their first major trophy. They now have two back to back Copa America titles. Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Claudio Bravo pulled off a great save off Lucas Biglia as Chile held their nerves to win the trophy after 120 minutes of goalless football at Metlife stadium in New Jersey.

SBI Copa America Man of the Match: Claudio Bravo

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Once again, the Copa America final came down to a penalty shootout. Once again, it was Chile's Claudio Bravo that came up big when his team needed him most.

Chile beat Argentina in the Copa America Centenario final on Sunday night after prevailing, 4-2, on penalty kicks, and Bravo was a key figure in the scoreless matchat MetLife Stadium.

Arsenal Rumors

More boosts in Arsenal’s striker chase, but who will we end up signing?

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We have received supposed boosts in our respective bids to sign trio Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata, but we won't be signing all three... We are believed to be working hard on trying to sign a top striker to challenge Olivier Giroud for the sole striker role this season, and have already endured [.

Arsenal to answer Dortmund defender’s transfer plea?

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It was just a few days ago that we heard the surprise declaration from the Germany international Mats Hummels that Arsenal did not even attempt to sign him from Borussia Dortmund after he made it clear that he would be moving on. We might not have got him anyway because he signed for the German [...]

The Rest

Seattle loses at home, Quakes and Galaxy draw at Stanford in week 16

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Seattle loses again, shutout by NYCFC in week 16 while the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy drew 1-1 at a sold out Stanford Stadium.

Sadio Mane on verge of big-money Liverpool move

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London (AFP) Senegalese international striker Sadio Mane is on the verge of signing for English Premier League giants Liverpool from Southampton, according to British media reports.

The 24-year-old who would become the fifth player from Southampton to sign for Liverpool in the past two seasons will reportedly cost £34 million (41 million euros, $45 million) subject to passing a medical.

Messi exit leaves Argentinian football in turmoil

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his international retirement leaving Argentinian football in turmoil after a traumatic penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.

The heartbroken Barcelona superstar left the field in tears on Sunday after missing a spot-kick in the shootout Messi's fourth straight defeat in a major final with Argentina.

Messi exit leaves Argentinian football in turmoil

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his international retirement leaving Argentinian football in turmoil after a traumatic penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.

The heartbroken Barcelona superstar left the field in tears on Sunday after missing a spot-kick in the shootout Messi's fourth straight defeat in a major final with Argentina.

Paris Saint-Germain part company with coach Laurent Blanc

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Paris (AFP) Coach Laurent Blanc left Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, without revealing financial details.

French sports daily L'Equipe had said on Thursday that Blanc would pocket 22 million euros ($24 million) as part of his severance package.

Former Sevilla coach Unai Emery is tipped as the favourite to take over from Blanc, having guided the Spanish side to three successive Europa League titles.

Paris Saint-Germain part company with coach Laurent Blanc

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Paris (AFP) Coach Laurent Blanc left Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, without revealing financial details.

French sports daily L'Equipe had said on Thursday that Blanc would pocket 22 million euros ($24 million) as part of his severance package.

Former Sevilla coach Unai Emery is tipped as the favourite to take over from Blanc, having guided the Spanish side to three successive Europa League titles.

Dear Union Fans, Be Fans

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An open letter to any and all Philadelphia Union fans

Dear Philadelphia Union Fans,

I sat in Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday as the Union went up 1-0 against the Vancouver Whitecaps and I was very surprised at how quiet the stadium seemed. I sat in Talen Energy Stadium as the Vancouver Whitecaps tied the game and scored again at the end of the half to go up 2-1 and the noise level did not change.

More Argentine stars could follow Messi out – Aguero

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has warned more Argentina players could follow Lionel Messi into international retirement after the Barcelona superstar's shock exit.

Messi called time on his Argentina career after missing a penalty in a shootout defeat to Chile in Sunday's Copa America final.

More Argentine stars could follow Messi out – Aguero

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has warned more Argentina players could follow Lionel Messi into international retirement after the Barcelona superstar's shock exit.

Messi called time on his Argentina career after missing a penalty in a shootout defeat to Chile in Sunday's Copa America final.

Paris Saint-Germain sack coach Laurent Blanc

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Paris (AFP) Coach Laurent Blanc left Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, without revealing financial details.

French sports daily L'Equipe had said on Thursday that Blanc would pocket 22 million euros ($24 million) as part of his severance package.

Former Sevilla coach Unai Emery is tipped as the favourite to take over from Blanc.

Paris Saint-Germain sack coach Laurent Blanc

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Paris (AFP) Coach Laurent Blanc left Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, without revealing financial details.

French sports daily L'Equipe had said on Thursday that Blanc would pocket 22 million euros ($24 million) as part of his severance package.

Former Sevilla coach Unai Emery is tipped as the favourite to take over from Blanc.

Clues to weary Lionel Messi’s international retirement

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi's retirement from international football may have come as a shock to his many admirers but in hindsight there were plenty of clues that the Argentina superstar might call time on his career with the "Albiceleste" sooner rather than later.

The 29-year-old five-time FIFA world footballer of the year was left devastated on Sunday after suffering yet another traumatic near-miss with Argentina in the Copa America Centenario his fourth defeat in a final since 2007.

Clues to weary Lionel Messi’s international retirement

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi's retirement from international football may have come as a shock to his many admirers but in hindsight there were plenty of clues that the Argentina superstar might call time on his career with the "Albiceleste" sooner rather than later.

The 29-year-old five-time FIFA world footballer of the year was left devastated on Sunday after suffering yet another traumatic near-miss with Argentina in the Copa America Centenario his fourth defeat in a final since 2007.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Jumping for Joy (and Jalen)

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Recaps of the weekend for D.C. United and the Spirit, the last Copa America action, and the creators of The Wire, House of Cards and Homicide have a chat.

First things first: if you haven't, stop by the player ratings post and vote. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

Second, Jay Heaps said after the game last weekend that he wasn't prepared for Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola to return to the lineup.

Clues to weary Lionel Messi’s retirement

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi's retirement from international football may have come as a shock to his many admirers but in hindsight there were plenty of clues that the Argentina superstar might call time on his career with the "Albiceleste" sooner rather than later.

The 29-year-old five-time FIFA world footballer of the year was left devastated on Sunday after suffering yet another traumatic near-miss with Argentina in the Copa America Centenario his fourth defeat in a final since 2007.

Clues to weary Lionel Messi’s retirement

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi's retirement from international football may have come as a shock to his many admirers but in hindsight there were plenty of clues that the Argentina superstar might call time on his career with the "Albiceleste" sooner rather than later.

The 29-year-old five-time FIFA world footballer of the year was left devastated on Sunday after suffering yet another traumatic near-miss with Argentina in the Copa America Centenario his fourth defeat in a final since 2007.

Arsenal make official move for €50m striker after Vardy rejection

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Arsenal havemade an official move for Santos striker Gabigol, with the player interested in a move...

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Brotherly Game Daily Links 6/27/16

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The week starts again, but the links never stop.

Philadelphia Union News

Postgame: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Philadelphia Union
Here are some comments from Jim Curtin following the Vancouver game.

MLS News

Portland Timbers Come Back to Beat Houston Dynamo 3-2
The Portland Timbers staged a dramatic comeback today, beating the Houston Dynamo 3-2.

Zola sacked by Qatari club Al-Arabi

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Doha (AFP) Former Italy and Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as coach of Al-Arabi, a spokesman for the Qatari Stars League side said on Monday.

Zola, who lasted just one season in Qatar, will be replaced by veteran Uruguayan coach, Gerardo Pelusso.

"Our president has said he is going to change the coach," the spokesman for Al-Arabi told AFP.

Zola sacked by Qatari club Al-Arabi

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Doha (AFP) Former Italy and Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as coach of Al-Arabi, a spokesman for the Qatari Stars League side said on Monday.

Zola, who lasted just one season in Qatar, will be replaced by veteran Uruguayan coach, Gerardo Pelusso.

"Our president has said he is going to change the coach," the spokesman for Al-Arabi told AFP.

Alexis Sanchez Champion again – Messi quits in tears!

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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez helped Chile to win their first Copa America for a century last year, and he repeated the feat again last night in the United States by beating Argentina on penalties once again. The Arsenal star was given the Golden Ball for being the best player at the tournament, while his striker partner [.

Lionel Messi says he's done playing for Argentina after latest championship loss

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As if losing a third straight major tournament final wasn't painful enough for fans of Argentina's national team, the big news after Sunday's Copa America Centenario final may have hurt even more.

A dejected Lionel Messi said he is done playing for Argentina, making the statement in the wake of Argentina's 4-2 penalty shootout loss to Chile on Sunday night.

Lionel Messi retires as Chile stun Argentina in Copa America

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final.

A crestfallen Messi on Sunday confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agonizing near-miss with Argentina, who have now lost three major tournament finals in a row since 2014.

Lionel Messi retires as Chile stun Argentina in Copa America

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final.

A crestfallen Messi on Sunday confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agonizing near-miss with Argentina, who have now lost three major tournament finals in a row since 2014.

Have Arsenal found the perfect Theo Walcott replacement?

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Perisic set to replace Walcott? Arsenal have been linked with many different players who are currently with their national sides at the European Championships. One of these players is Croatia's Ivan Perisic, who according to today's media reports, could be set to replace Theo Walcott at Arsenal. Croatia crashed out of the Euro's last night [.

Lionel Messi retires from international football

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America.

"For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," the 29-year-old Barcelona superstar told reporters on Sunday after his fourth defeat in a major final with Argentina.

Lionel Messi retires from international football

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America.

"For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," the 29-year-old Barcelona superstar told reporters on Sunday after his fourth defeat in a major final with Argentina.

Major League Standings: Sounders chances to rise in the standings are disappearing

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The Sounders dreams are slipping as the West is starting to separate

The league was getting impatient and this marks the first week where the Sounders really got beat up in the standings. Not only did the Rave Green drop points but many of the West sides ahead of them picked up points. While the West still has plenty of space for the Sounders to make a charge in, this week was not very kind to them.

Argentina condenada.

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2014 (Mundial), 2015 (Copa América) y 2016 (Copa América): tres finales consecutivas perdidas sin convertir goles. Es la cuarta final argentina que juega (y pierde) Lionel Messi. Esta vez con el agravante de errar su penal en la definición. Desconsolado se recluyó solo en el banco y derramó sus lágrimas.

Chile stun Argentina to win Copa America Centenario

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Holders Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario in a penalty shoot-out as Lionel Messi's title curse struck again.

Messi on Sunday blazed a penalty over the bar in the shoot-out before Lucas Biglia missed to leave Chile's Francisco Silva with the task of stroking home the winning spot-kick at the MetLife Stadium.

Chile stun Argentina to win Copa America Centenario

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Holders Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario in a penalty shoot-out as Lionel Messi's title curse struck again.

Messi on Sunday blazed a penalty over the bar in the shoot-out before Lucas Biglia missed to leave Chile's Francisco Silva with the task of stroking home the winning spot-kick at the MetLife Stadium.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 3-2 Win Over Houston

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Well, the Portland Timbers might have something going now. Unbeaten in 5 with 11 points in that stretch, the Timbers sit above the red line after a Sunday afternoon win over the Houston Dynamo.

But it certainly didn't look like it would turn out that way for the first hour. After shipping two first-half goals, the Timbers came storming back in the final half hour to take all three points at Providence Park.