EPL Talk Archives for January 2016

7 ways to watch el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid for free

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The biggest soccer match of 2016 thus far kicks off this Saturday when Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in el Clasico. It'll be the 172nd time the teams have met, and the pressure will certainly be on both teams as they fight for the respect of their fans around the world.

Real Madrid will want to avenge their 0-4 loss to Barcelona from November.

Nigeria fret over World Cup after AFCON exit

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Nigeria's failure to qualify for a second straight Africa Cup of Nations has sparked fears about the country's chances of featuring in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Super Eagles failed to qualify for next year's AFCON on Tuesday night, after a 1-0 defeat to Egypt in Alexandria, which followed last Friday's 1-1 draw in Kaduna.

Greece teams face international ban after Greek Cup halted

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Greek teams face a ban from international competition after a meeting on Wednesday between the country's government, FIFA and UEFA officials failed to provide a resolution to the cancelled Greek Cup competition.

Greece's Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis refused to rescind an earlier decision to cancel remaining Greek Cup contests because of the fear of violence while FIFA and UEFA representatives insisted that his refusal could lead to a suspension.

Free-scoring Australians say they’re still Asia’s best

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Australia coach Ange Postecoglou says his team is good enough to beat anyone in Asia and he is not worried who they draw in the next round of World Cup qualifying.

Postecoglou was full of confidence after the Socceroos dismantled Harry Redknapp's Jordan 5-1 in Sydney on Tuesday to win Group B of Asian qualifying, meaning they enter the third and final phase to make the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis charged over betting

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Manchester City centre-back Martin Demichelis has been charged with misconduct in relation to betting, England's Football Association announced on Wednesday.

"It is alleged the player committed 12 breaches of FA Rule E8 concerning football matches between 22 January 2016 and 28 January 2016," the FA said in a statement.

Winning el Clasico for Johan Cruyff motivates Barcelona, says Iniesta

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Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says the European champions will be extra motivated to honor legendary former player and coach Johan Cruyff when they host Real Madrid in Spain's El Clasico on Saturday.

More than 90,000 fans will take part in a pre-match display reading "thank you Johan" in Barca's first match since the Dutch master died at the age of 68 last week after a five-month battle with lung cancer.

Leicester throwback style could fare well in the Champions League

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With seven games left in their season, Leicester City lead the Premier League by five points, and are 15 points clear of fourth place Manchester City, meaning they are effectively guaranteed at least some Champions League soccer next season.

Given that they haven't been involved in any European competition recently, it is worth considering how Leicester would fare amongst the continent's leading lights.

Gary Neville sacked as Valencia coach

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Gary Neville has been sacked as coach of Valencia, the struggling Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday.

"Valencia Football Club have today parted company with Gary Neville as head coach," Valencia said in a statement published in English on their website.

"After careful consideration, the Club have decided to make a change with the best interests of the Valencia CF moving forward this season.

Jamie Vardy hopes England goal spree helps Leicester title bid

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Jamie Vardy believes his goal-scoring exploits with England will provide the ideal confidence boost as he returns to the task of firing Leicester to the Premier League title.

After terrorizing Premier League defenders throughout a remarkable breakthrough season, Vardy transferred his talents to the international stage with his first two goals for England against Germany and the Netherlands.

Dani Alves rescues Brazil in Paraguay thriller

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Barcelona star Dani Alves scored deep into injury time as Brazil came from behind to draw 2-2 with Paraguay in a pulsating 2018 World Cup qualification battle.

Brazil desperate to bounce back after a demoralizing 2-2 draw with Uruguay on Friday when they squandered a two-goal lead appeared to be heading to defeat on Tuesday after Dario Lezcano and Edgar Benitez put Paraguay 2-0 up.

Lionel Messi scores 50th international goal as Argentina down Bolivia

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Lionel Messi scored his 50th international goal as Argentina defeated Bolivia 2-0 to advance their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.

Barcelona superstar Messi on Tuesday emphatically netted a 30th-minute penalty at the Estadio Mario Kempes in Cordoba as Argentina wrapped up their third consecutive qualifying victory.

Klinsmann hangs on by a thread after USA beats Guatemala but loses to Colombia

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Another dramatic and important night in US Soccer ended as many expected it to, with the US Men's National Team putting in a typical American effort in a 4-0 demolition of Guatemala, while the U-23's lacked the quality or the nous to overcome Colombia in the second leg of their Olympic qualifying tie.

USA 4-0 Guatemala player ratings and match highlights [VIDEO]

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Here are player ratings for the USA' 4-0 win over Guatemala on Tuesday night in Columbus.

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Brad Guzan, 6 – The goalkeeper had very little to do on a night which the US dominated. There is still very little between Guzan and Tim Howard ahead of the Copa America.

Edgar Castillo, 4 – Castillo still doesn't look comfortable with the US.

Remi Garde leaves Aston Villa by mutual consent

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Frenchman Remi Garde has left Aston Villa by mutual consent, the Premier League basement sitters said on Tuesday.

"The Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Remi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future," said a club statement on the Villa website.

Egypt and Senegal almost seal Africa Cup of Nations qualification; Nigeria out

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Egypt and Senegal triumphed Tuesday to virtually seal 2017 Africa Cup of Nations places while Nigeria were eliminated and South Africa look set to join them on the scrapheap.

A second-half goal from Ramadan Sobhy gave Egypt a 1-0 Group G win in Alexandria while Moussa Konate and Papa Souare goals earned Senegal a 2-1 Group K win in Niger.

China stun Qatar to move to revive World Cup hopes

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China breathed new life into their World Cup dream when they stunned Qatar 2-0 to move to the brink of the next round of qualifying on Tuesday.

Second-half goals from Huang Bowen and Wu Lei shocked Qatar, who had won all seven of their previous Group C games, on a dramatic night in Xi'an.

Qatar looks to Airbnb to house fans in 2022

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Qatar World Cup organizers say they are considering using Airbnb to house some of the visiting soccer fans during the World Cup finals in 2022.

Hasan al-Thawadi, general secretary of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organization of the tournament, said market demands could mean the room-sharing service being used in six years' time.

USA announces dates for pre-Copa America friendlies and Florida WC2018 qualifier

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Jurgen Klinsmann's United States soccer squad, in jeopardy of missing the final round of North American 2018 World Cup qualifying, announced details Tuesday on a key qualifier and two Copa America Centenario warmups.

The Americans, who will host the special 100th anniversary edition of the South American tournament in June, will face Ecuador on May 25 in Frisco, Texas, and Bolivia three days later in Kansas City, as preparation for their Copa opener June 3 against Colombia.

Klinsmann’s prioritization of Olympic qualification could cost him USMNT job

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The panic signs exhibited by United States fans ahead of tonight's must-win clash with Guatemala in Columbus are not surprising. The fan base of the United States Men's National Team has become more disenchanted with the management regime of Jürgen Klinsmann with every passing month.

Euro 2016 an antidote to Paris and Brussels attacks, says French president

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French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday all the security necessary would be mobilized for Euro 2016, a competition which he insisted would be "a form of answer to the hate, horror" of the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks.

"Security will be at a maximum, it's a duty for the government regarding all those who have chosen to come to France in June and we will never compromise on the rules," said Hollande during a visit to INSEP, France's center for sporting excellence, ahead of the tournament which starts for a month on June 10.

Robert Lewandowski extends Bayern contract, says report

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Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has extended his Bayern Munich contract until 2021, according to a report in German magazine Sport Bild.

The 27-year-old is having a stellar season for the reigning German champions having netted 25 Bundesliga goals and scored 36 times in all competitions.

England boss Hodgson urges Sturridge to grasp Holland chance

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England manager Roy Hodgson has challenged Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to use Tuesday's friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley as an opportunity to stake a claim to a starting berth.

Sturridge, 26, went into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as Hodgson's first-choice number nine, but missed the entirety of England's successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign due to a succession of injuries.

James Milner to captain England against the Netherlands

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Liverpool midfielder James Milner will captain England for the first time in Tuesday's home friendly with the Netherlands, the Football Association announced on Monday.

The 30-year-old, capped 57 times, takes over from Chelsea center-back Gary Cahill, who stood in for injured regular skipper Wayne Rooney in Saturday's 3-2 victory over world champions Germany in Berlin.

Greek government stays with decision to cancel Greek Cup

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Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis said Monday he will accept a delegation from FIFA and UEFA on Wednesday to discuss his decision to indefinitely postpone the Greek Cup competition, but insists his actions were justified.

"We will battle to confirm our decision. It was founded on legal terms and is a measure which solves the serious problem of public order," Kontonis told a press conference.

Deschamps’ focus on Euro 2016, not attacks ahead of Stade de France return

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Didier Deschamps admitted that last November's attacks were on everyone's minds on the eve of his side's return to the Stade de France, but they were determined to get on with the job of preparing for Euro 2016.

"You don't forget, but you have to move forward," said Deschamps as the Euro 2016 hosts play an international friendly against Russia in Paris on Tuesday.

Fenerbahce and Galatasaray to clash on April 13 after terror scare

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Istanbul giants Fenerbahce and Galatasaray will clash in a crunch derby on April 13 after the original fixture was postponed over fears of a terror attack, the Turkish Football Federation said on Monday.

The match, which was due to have been played on March 20, was postponed for security reasons even as fans were starting to enter the ground.

Ebullient England gunning for depleted Dutch in friendly

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Invigorated by Saturday's thrilling 3-2 friendly win over world champions Germany, England tackle the Netherlands on Tuesday seeking to sustain the feel-good factor ahead of the European Championship.

Goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier saw an England team inspired by Dele Alli come from 2-0 down to beat Germany and while manager Roy Hodgson was quick to downplay the result's importance, there was no disguising the ebullience of his youthful team's display.

Brazil without Neymar and David Luiz for Paraguay trip

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Brazil will be without Barcelona star Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz on Tuesday when they face a tricky 2018 World Cup qualifying trip to Paraguay with renewed uncertainty swirling around their campaign.

The Brazilians are licking their wounds after the disappointment of Friday's 2-2 draw with Uruguay, when they squandered a two-goal lead and finished the game clinging on for the point.

Shell-shocked Germany host bogey side Italy in soccer friendly

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Shell-shocked Germany hunt a rare win over bogey side Italy in a friendly international in Munich on Tuesday as the world champions seek to bounce back from their defeat to England.

Joachim Loew's Germany threw away a two-goal lead in Berlin on Saturday to slump to a 3-2 loss against Roy Hodgson's England.

Klinsmann and USA under scrutiny ahead of Guatemala rematch

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The pressure is on coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States as they host Guatemala on Tuesday aiming to bounce back from an embarrassing 2-0 defeat in Guatemala City in 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Klinsmann blamed "lack of focus" for the defeat in Guatemala City, which left the United States in third place in Group C in the fourth round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF).

Tottenham players breathe new life into England team in win against Germany

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As far as friendly results go, the Germany 2-3 England match made quite an impression.

Two nil down after 58 minutes at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, playing the World Champions without their captain Wayne Rooney and starting goalkeeper Joe Hart, the Three Lions were left celebrating a night that Roy Hodgson called "my best with England.

International break review; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, Nipun Chopra, Richard Farley and Kartik Krishnaiyer analyze the USA's shock 2-0 defeat against Guatemala, the impact that Johan Cruyff had on American soccer, review of the UEFA Champions League draw, the chances of Tottenham winning the title, the importance (or lack thereof) regarding the Olympic U23 tournament, and who could (or should) replace Jurgen Klinsmann as US coach.

England goalkeeper Jack Butland faces Euro KO after breaking ankle

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England goalkeeper Jack Butland fractured his ankle in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin, casting a doubt over the Stoke City player's hopes of making Euro 2016.

The 23-year-old, standing in for injured first-choice keeper Joe Hart, was hurt just before half-time on Saturday and was replaced by Fraser Forster.

Euro 2016 fan zones ‘as safe as stadiums,’ says French prime minister

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls insisted Sunday that fan zones at Euro 2016 will be as safe as the tournament's stadiums despite fears they may be soft targets for terror attacks.

Security concerns around the June 10-July 10 event, which is expected to attract up to eight million fans, have been heightened after the Brussels attacks which left 28 people dead and 340 injured.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms he’s been contacted by a Premier League club

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Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed Sunday that Premier League clubs have indicated an interest in signing him from French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal and is out of contract with PSG at the end of this season.

USA vs. Guatemala preview: USMNT prepare for must-win game in Columbus

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Friday night's 2-0 loss to Guatemala was just the latest in a year and a half long string of disappointing and ugly results for the US. The sense of cautious optimism of Friday morning and afternoon (especially after the U-23 team managed to earn a 1-1 draw in Colombia) was all gone after seven minutes.

Harry Kane hails ‘special’ England after stunning win against Germany

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Roy Hodgson insists England are still "a work in progress", but goal-scorer Harry Kane hailed a 'special night' after the Three Lions' stunning 3-2 fightback win away to Germany.

Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez had put the world champions 2-0 up at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Saturday with an hour gone before the game turned England's way.

New York City FC held to draw by 10-man New England [VIDEO]

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New York City FC endured a frustrating day at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, held to a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw by 10-man New England.

City have yet to win in three home games this season, notching two draws and one defeat in a record that head coach Patrick Vieira flatly said wouldn't do.

Germans left fuming by England fightback in Berlin

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Germany's head coach Joachim Loew admitted he was annoyed to see the world champions squander a two-goal lead in their 3-2 defeat at home to England in Berlin.

Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez had put the World Cup holders 2-0 up at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Saturday with an hour gone before the Three Lions roared back.

Major League Soccer’s over-expansion is hurting the USMNT player pool

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Despite having a better win percentage than his two predecessors, Jurgen Klinsmann continues to find himself in the firing line for a misfiring, often pitiful looking team.

Criticized by both American players and fans, Klinsmann is currently suffering through his most difficult stint as USA manager.

Germany 2-3 England: Dier seals superb fightback win over Germany [VIDEO]

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Eric Dier's superb injury-time header sealed England's stunning fightback victory from two goals down to claim a 3-2 win over world champions Germany in Berlin on Saturday.

A fierce Toni Kroos strike had given Germany the lead just before the break while a pin-point Mario Gomez header put the hosts 2-0 up on 57 minutes.

Barcelona pays tribute to Johan Cruyff at Camp Nou

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Barcelona fans, players and officials paid tribute Saturday to the memory of former player and manager Johan Cruyff in front of a memorial space set up inside the club's Camp Nou stadium.

The eulogies for the Dutch legend, who died from lung cancer on Thursday at the age of 68, were led after a minute's silence by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

4 unintended consequences from USA’s loss to Guatemala

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The United States Men's National Team loss to Guatemala in World Cup qualifying was a disaster. The lack of cohesive play, the poor coaching choices and the overall product on the field was an embarrassment to a nation that considers itself an elite in CONCACAF. Much is being written today about the consequences, short- and long-term, to the US's qualification chances and the job security of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Kevin Doyle injury overshadows Ireland’s Swiss success in friendly

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Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 hopefuls got mixed reviews as Kevin Doyle's injury overshadowed a dour 1-0 win over Switzerland in Friday's friendly in Dublin.

With time running out before the Euros, Republic boss Martin O'Neill fielded an experimental line-up at the Aviva Stadium as he took a closer look at the understudies hoping to make the plane to France.

Luis Suarez strikes as Uruguay hold Brazil

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Luis Suarez scored on his return from a worldwide ban for biting as Uruguay fought back from 2-0 down to grab a 2-2 draw with Brazil in a pulsating World Cup qualifying battle.

Barcelona star Suarez playing his first international since infamously chomping on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup struck in the 48th minute to complete a remarkable Uruguayan fightback.

It isn’t time to panic, but USA’s woeful performance against Guatemala won’t be forgotten

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There's no other way to describe the US Men's National Team's performance in Guatemala other than it was disgraceful, especially in the first half. That performance does not change if the USAtake care of business in their last three games. But for now, the calls for Jurgen Klinsmann's head have gotten louder again, and his shield used to deflect blame is getting pierced from all sides.

US battle to 1-1 draw at Colombia to open Olympic playoff [VIDEO]

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The United States sweated to a 1-1 draw at Colombia in the opening leg of a 2016 Olympic qualifying playoff at Estadio Metropolitano.

In steamy conditions, Luis Gil scored his third goal of this Olympic qualifying cycle in the fifth minute, finishing a cross from Mario Rodriguez to stake the visitors to an early lead.

Guatemala shock USA 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

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Guatemala dealt a lackluster United States a devastating 2-0 defeat in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Guatemala City.

With goals in the first 15 minutes from Rafael Morales and Carlos Ruiz and an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Paulo Motta, Guatemala earned their first ever World Cup qualifying victory over the USA and leapfrogged over Jurgen Klinsmann's men into second place in Group C in the fourth round of qualifying in North and Central America (CONCACAF).

France defeat Dutch on night of Cruyff emotion

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France claimed an exciting 3-2 friendly win over the Netherlands on a night of emotion in Amsterdam on Friday, the day after Dutch legend Johan Cruyff died at the age of 68.

The match at the Amsterdam ArenA was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of the 31 people killed and 300 injured in the Brussels attacks on Tuesday.

Roy Hodgson is wise to recall Jack Wilshere for Euro 2016, if fit

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Arsenal and England national team star Jack Wilshere has not played a single minute of competitive soccer during the current 2015/16 campaign. The combative midfielder suffered a hairline fracture to his leg reportedly following a tackle from Gunner teammate Gabriel back in early August. While initially it was thought that Wilshere would only miss a few weeks due to the injury, it required surgery and the 24-year-old has been relegated to the sidelines for the last seven months.

Pep Guardiola pays tribute to mentor Johan Cruyff

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Bayern Munich's Spanish coach Pep Guardiola on Friday paid tribute to Johan Cruyff, his mentor at Barcelona, who died Thursday at the age of 68 after losing a battle with lung cancer.

"I knew nothing about football before knowing Cruyff," Guardiola told Catalan radio Rac1.

Rise of ‘dangerous’ Jamie Vardy impresses Germany’s Loew

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Germany coach Joachim Loew is wary of 'dangerous' England striker Jamie Vardy and impressed by the Leicester City forward's performances ahead of Saturday's friendly international against the Three Lions.

The 29-year-old Vardy is set to face world champions Germany at Berlin's Olympic Stadium after his 19 goals have helped Leicester top the English league table.

France frets over risk of Euro 2016 ISIS attacks

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French authorities have vowed maximum security for the European Championships that start in June but top officials and experts admit the country is defenseless to head off an Islamic State attack.

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the 24 nations taking part are expected in France for the tournament that starts June 10.

Netherlands leads tribute to icon Johan Cruyff

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The Netherlands led global tributes to football legend Johan Cruyff and was to halt their international against France on Friday in the 14th minute in a powerful silent hommage to the Dutch master.

Pictures of Cruyff in his familiar 14 shirt playing for Ajax Amsterdam and Barcelona covered front pages around the world following his death on Thursday from lung cancer.

Ahead of Saturday’s friendly, looking back at 5 historic England-Germany clashes

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World champions Germany host England at Berlin's Olympic Stadium in an international friendly on Saturday. AFP Sports looks at five historic clashes between the rivals:

July 30 1966, World Cup final, Wembley Stadium, London

England 4 (Hurst 18, 101, 120, Peters 78) West Germany 2 (Haller 12, Weber 89) after extra-time

Geoff Hurst wrote himself into footballing folklore by becoming the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final as England lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in controversial fashion.

Colombia sink Bolivia with injury time strike in World Cup qualifier

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An injury-time goal from Edwin Cardona saw Colombia snatch a dramatic 3-2 win over Bolivia on Thursday to breathe life into their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Star-studded Colombia looked to have squandered a straightforward victory after Bolivia fought back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2 heading into stoppage time at the Estadio Hernando Siles.

Italy’s Insigne ends De Gea’s unbeaten run in Spain friendly draw [VIDEO]

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Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne ended David De Gea's six-game unbeaten run in the Spain goal in a 1-1 friendly draw on Thursday that gave Azzurri fans hope for this summer's Euro 2016 in France.

Spain, who thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final of the 2012 European Championships, were on a seven-game winning run that had seen Manchester United 'keeper De Gea keep a clean sheet in their last six outings.

Revenge for Argentina against Chile while Ecuador leave it late in World Cup qualifiers

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Argentina avenged their Copa America final defeat to Chile with a 2-1 victory as Ecuador scrambled a late draw with Paraguay to preserve their unbeaten start to South America's 2018 World Cup qualifying competition.

Goals from Angel Di Maria and defender Gabriel Mercado secured a vital three points for Argentina in Santiago after Chile had taken an 11th-minute lead through Felipe Gutierrez at the National Stadium.

Trailer for ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend’ shows a lot of promise [VIDEO]

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It's been a very long time since a movie about soccer raised our eyebrows. Sure, there have been some decent ones such as The Damned United and Rockmount, but they have been too few and far between.

So it's encouraging that the trailer for the new film 'Pele: Birth of a Legend' shows a lot of promise as a movie that could entertain and inspire viewers.

Johan Cruyff was the stylish incarnation of Total Football

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It was during a group-stage match against Sweden at the 1974 World Cup in Germany that Johan Cruyff unveiled the move that would come to bear his name.

Finding his route blocked by Swedish right-back Jan Olsson on Holland's left flank, Cruyff made as if to play the ball infield, only to drag the ball behind his standing leg with his right foot and race off towards the touchline, leaving his bewildered opponent floundering in his wake.

Ex-England winger Adam Johnson jailed for under-age sex offenses

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Former England footballer Adam Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan.

Johnson, once a winger with Sunderland and Manchester City, was found guilty following an incident in his Range Rover car in County Durham, north-east England, last year.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for weekend of March 18-20

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The viewing figures are in for all of the soccer games shown on US TV from last weekend, and there are certainly some revealing numbers.

The Manchester derby led the way with the most number of viewers. NBC's broadcast of the game was certainly helped by the United Kingdom not switching to Daylight Savings Time yet, so the game kicked off an hour later on US television sets than the typical 11am ET start time.

Guatemala vs. USA preview: Klinsmann expects maximum points in important series

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World Cup Qualifying is once again ramping up for the US Men's National Team with a pair of qualifiers against Guatemala. With a successful January Camp in the rearview mirror and the Copa America Centenario looming this summer, it's important for the US to go ahead and lock up a spot in the final round of World Cup Qualifying as early as possible.

Jurgen Klinsmann eyes full points against Guatemala in World Cup qualifier

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Clint Dempsey, back in US coach Jurgen Klinsmann's squad for Friday's 2018 World Cup qualifier in Guatemala City, is eager for the challenge.

The 33-year-old former Tottenham and Fulham striker missed the United States' first two matches in the fourth round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Shock Nations Cup wins for African minnows and FIFA chief in South Sudan

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African soccer outsiders Sao Tome e Principe and Guinea-Bissau achieved rare Cup of Nations victories Wednesday as seven days of qualifying kicked off.

A couple of late goals gave Sao Tome a dramatic 2-1 triumph over Libya while Guinea-Bissau spoilt the debut of Kenya coach Samuel Okumbi with a 1-0 win.

Soccer pioneer Johan Cruyff dies of cancer aged 68

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Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers in history, died on Thursday at the age of 68 after losing his battle with cancer, it was announced on his official Twitter account.

The Dutchman won three European Cups as a player with Ajax as well as three Ballon d'Or titles (1971, 1973, 1974).

UEFA Champions League set for two groups of 16 teams, say reports

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The Champions League could face a radical makeover with two groups of just eight teams each in what media reports claimed Wednesday represents a step closer to a European Super League.

The plans are aimed at pleasing the continent's major clubs from the likes of Germany, Italy, Spain and England who fear that the current Champions League, which features eight groups of four, does not attract sufficient commercial returns.

Orlando City sign Brazilian striker Julio Baptista

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Orlando City has dipped into the Brazilian player market once more as attacking midfielder Julio Baptista has joinedthe club.

Baptista had been training with the Lions in early March as he sought out a new team. The 34-year-old has been out of contract since December after his deal with Brazilian side Cruzeiro Esporte Club expired.

Germany’s Joachim Löw gets serious for England and Italy friendlies

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Germany coach Joachim Loew says the battle for places in the world champions' squad for Euro 2016 starts in earnest with their high-profile friendlies at home to England and Italy.

Roy Hodgson's Three Lions play Germany at Berlin's Olympic Stadium this Saturday before Italy face the world champions at Munich's Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

UEFA working on Euro 2016 ‘contingency plans,’ says spokesman

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UEFA is not considering staging the European Championships in France behind closed doors but is working on "contingency plans" because of security fears after the Brussels attacks, a UEFA spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

"We are confident that all security measures will be in place for a safe and festive Euro and therefore there are no plans to play matches behind closed-doors," spokesman Pedro Pinto said.

Focus is on soccer, not terror as Italy prep for Spain

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Fearless Alessandro Florenzi insists Azzurri minds will be on football, and not the threat of terror attacks, as they continue their Euro 2016 preparations with friendlies against Spain and Germany.

Italy host European champions Spain in Udine on Thursday before traveling to Munich to face world champions Germany on Tuesday.

beIN SPORTS makes PPV U-turn; Decides to show Chile-Argentina on TV after all

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In a sudden U-turn, beIN SPORTShas announced that they are scrapping plans to show the Chile vs Argentina match on pay-per-view and will insteadshowthe matchliveon itstwo networks in the United States — beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

The news comes after several providers including Comcast made the pay-per-view event available for purchase.

Messi and Suarez return for South American World Cup qualifiers

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Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will make a long-awaited return to World Cup duty this week when South America's marathon qualifying competition for the 2018 finals in Russia resumes.

Suarez has not kicked a ball for Uruguay since he was slapped with a global ban after chomping on the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Schedule of international break games on US TV and live streaming

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It's that time of the year when the vast majority of soccer leagues around the world (except MLS) take a break from competitive club soccer in order to focus on international matches. For the next 7 days, there are several hugely important matches taking place including World Cup qualifiers, qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, as well as key friendlies across Europe.

5 destinations for John Terry to consider for the next phase of his career

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As a frustrated and forlorn John Terry soaks in the Chelsea faithful's appreciative applause while the club closes out its annus horribils, it'd be befitting to hear the Stamford Bridge tannoy play The Beatles' "Two of Us." Because at age 35 and with a possible summer departure looming, Terry and the club have, as Paul McCartney put it, "memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

Bastian Schweinsteiger suffers new knee injury on Germany duty

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Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger has suffered a fresh knee injury while on duty with Germany and will miss their forthcoming friendlies against England and Italy, the German FA confirmed Wednesday.

The 31-year-old midfielder picked up the injury training in Berlin on Tuesday and will undergo an MRI scan in Munich with the German team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt.

Belgium-Portugal cancelled after terrorist attacks

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Belgium's friendly international with Portugal due in Brussels next Tuesday has been called off following the deadly explosions that rocked Brussels airport and metro, local football authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

"For security reasons and also as a measure of precaution, the Brussels City hall asked us to cancelled the March 29 home game with Portugal, so the match is off, A communique from the Belgian Football Union said.

French prime minister vows Euro 2016 will go ahead

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Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that this summer's Euro 2016 soccer tournament will go ahead as planned in France despite the Brussels attacks.

Asked in a call-in program on Europe 1 radio station whether it was wise to press ahead, given the level of threat of another terror attack, Valls said not to do so would be "a victory for terrorists".

West Ham recitals earn Dmitri Payet new France chance

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A new song has energized an old stadium this season as West Ham United's supporters have fallen beneath the spell of shimmeringly skillful French playmaker Dimitri Payet.

The Boleyn Ground, in east London, has been graced by West Ham greats such as Bobby Moore, captain of England's 1966 World Cup winners, 1980 FA Cup final hero Trevor Brooking and record appearance-maker Billy Bonds.

Newcastle United froze me out over cancer, says Jonas Gutierrez

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Argentine footballer Jonas Gutierrez was "frozen out" by Newcastle United after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, he told an employment tribunal on Tuesday.

Gutierrez, who has launched a claim for disability discrimination against the club, joined Newcastle in 2008 and underwent an operation to remove a tumor in his left testicle in October 2013.

Morocco coach begins quest for third African soccer title

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New Morocco coach Herve Renard begins his quest for a record-equalling third Cup of Nations title with back-to-back qualifiers against Cape Verde, the top-ranked African team.

A seven-day, 50-match schedule starts Wednesday and the co-Group F leaders meet in Praia Saturday and in Marrakech Tuesday in key matches as only mini-league winners are guaranteed places at the 2017 tournament in Gabon.

Manchester City fans ready to stage ticket prices walkout

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Manchester City supporters are considering walkout protests after criticizing the club's ticket prices for the forthcoming Champions League quarter-final showdown against Paris St Germain.

City claim the £60 ($86) cost of top-priced tickets is a "fair reflection of the profile of the game", with the cheapest seats available for £45.

FIFA opens ethics probe into bidding for 2006 Germany World Cup

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FIFA's ethics committee on Tuesday launched an investigation targeting six people over their roles in the bidding that awarded the 2006 World Cup to Germany, with the probe partly focused on alleged bribery.

Those targeted include Franz Beckenbauer, the German football legend and World Cup organizing committee chief who is suspected of bribery, and Wolfgang Niersbach, former German football federation (DFB) president, who is being probed over possible failure to report FIFA ethics violations.

Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi hospitalised with food poisoning

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Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has been hospitalized in Nigerian capital Abuja after falling ill from food poisoning, Nigeria coach Samson Siasia said on Tuesday.

Iwobi, 19, was too sick to train with the rest of the Super Eagles squad ahead of Friday's crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt.

Sporting KC remain perfect in young Major League Soccer season

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Sporting KC's 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Sunday leaves the Midwest outfit as the only Major League Soccer team to have a 100% win record. Brad Davis' 70th minute goal kept Sporting perfect as the team continue a strong start to 2016.

While the club were limited in turnover during the offseason, few would have expected the team to come together so quickly.

Manchester United announce China tour in July

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Manchester United will tour China in July as part of their preparations for the 2016-17 season, the English Premier League giants announced on Tuesday.

United will spend eight days in the country and play two matches, with fixture dates, venues, opposition teams and ticket details to be announced in the coming days.

Belgium soccer team training called off after blasts

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Training for Belgium's friendly soccer match against Portugal was called off on Tuesday following the deadly explosions that rocked Brussels airport and metro.

"All our thoughts at this moment are with the victims (of the blasts). Football is not the priority today. Training cancelled," the Belgian Football Federation posted on its Twitter account.

Teams and schedule officially announced for International Champions Cup

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The official schedule for the 2016 International Champions Cup has been announced, which will be played across the United States and in Europe.

The teams participating in the tournament are Barcelona, Liverpool, Celtic, Leicester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and AC Milan.

Arsenal, Barca and Bayern among clubs set to fight for Ousmane Dembele

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Rennes midfielder Ousmane Dembele is quickly making a name for himself in the French top division. Despite having just made his season debut back in November, the 18-year-old has already racked up 10 Ligue 1 goals, as well as five assists. The impressive goal tally in the short amount of time (just 19 league matches) has made the big boys perk up a bit.

5 thoughts from MLS gameweek 3

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Major League Soccer's week 3 was another that showed anything can happen in the league. Here are 5 things we learned from Major League Soccer's week 3.

Penalty!

After three weeks of MLS fixtures, the league has seen 12 penalties given by referees. Of the 12 penalties awarded this season, all but two have been converted.

Sacking Arsene Wenger may not be Arsenal’s wisest decision

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If notfor Arsene Wenger and the sacrifices he's made, it's hard to imagine where Arsenal would be today. The stature, the reputation or even the identity Arsenal have as a club among all other European giantsisall down to the Frenchman's contributions. Compare the club's state prior to Wenger's appointment and the state thereafter, and you'll get an idea.

Man City vs. Man United ranks as most-watched Manchester derby ever on US TV

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Sunday's derby between Manchester City and Manchester United shown on NBC in the United States scored an average of 1.17 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company.

Manchester United's 1-0 win over Manchester City was the most-watched Manchester derby in U.S. history. Plus, the game was the most-streamed NBC Premier League game on NBC Sports Live Extra with 4.

Newcastle United’s Rafael Benitez looking for more after first point

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez warned his side that they need to start better in matches, after Aleksandar Mitrovic rescued a 1-1 derby draw against Sunderland on Sunday.

The Serbian striker headed in an 83rd-minute equalizer as the Magpies ended a four-match losing streak.

Bayer Leverkusen down Stuttgart to boost Euro hopes [VIDEO]

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Bayer Leverkusen rejoined the fight for a Champions League qualifying berth on Sunday with a 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart that saw them break back into the German Bundesliga's top six.

Goals by Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi handed Leverkusen a win that put them level on points with fifth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach and two points behind Schalke, who sit in the fourth place that offers a spot in next season's Champions League play-offs.

Jurgen Klopp won’t write off Liverpool Champions League push

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Jurgen Klopp refused to write off Liverpool's hopes of forcing their way into the top four despite squandering a two-goal lead at Southampton.

Liverpool's 3-2 defeat meant they were unable to take advantage of Manchester City's home loss to Manchester United and move to within four points of Manuel Pellegrini's side who lie fourth having played a game more.

Juventus stretch unbeaten run on record day for Buffon

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Champions Juventus took their Serie A unbeaten run to 20 games with a 4-1 derby win at Torino that saw goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set a new clean sheet record of 973 minutes.

Juventus made the short trip to the Stadio Olimpico looking to make amends for their spectacular Champions League collapse at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Title-chasing Tottenham ready to hit the gas, says Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino has warned Leicester that title-chasing Tottenham are ready to step on the gas as the race for pole position in the Premier League hots up.

Thanks to Harry Kane's latest heroics in Sunday's swaggering 3-0 win over Bournemouth, Pochettino's second placed team are just five points behind Leicester heading into the final seven games of a gripping title battle.

Napoli can keep dreaming of Scudetto, says Higuain

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Napoli can keep on dreaming of a first scudetto in more than a quarter of a century, said striker Gonzalo Higuain after taking his Serie A goal tally to 29 in 30 games with a brace in a 3-1 win over Genoa on Sunday.

Napoli, chasing a first Serie A title since the heady days of Diego Maradona in 1990, had slipped to six points off the pace after Juventus cruised to a 4-1 derby win at Torino.

Arlo White and Steve Bower to replace Rebecca Lowe while she’s on maternity leave

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NBCSN's Premier League presenter Rebecca Lowe will be replaced by Arlo White and Steve Bower while she's on maternity leave, according to NBC Sports.

Lowe, who is expecting to deliver a baby boy in April, will initially be replaced by Arlo White, who will be temporarily moving from England to the United States to host Premier League Live for the next two match weeks (April 2-3 and April 9-10) from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut.

beIN SPORTS goes pay-per-view route for select CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers

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In what can only be seen as a step backwards in the evolution of soccer broadcasting in the United States, beIN SPORTSwill be offering some of the top CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying matchups live only on a pay-per-view basis.

The new approach starts with the 5thRound of qualifiers, which kick off this Thursday, March 24with the top match between Chile and Argentina.

Under-fire Gary Neville to delay England meet-up

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Gary Neville will delay meeting up with the England squad in preparation for their friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands until Thursday after his Valencia side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Neville was met with chants of "donkey" and "Gary go now" towards the end of Valencia's third consecutive La Liga defeat, provoking a rethink of his initial decision to fulfill his duties as an assistant to England manager Roy Hodgson.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 3 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 3 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Red Cards Everywhere

PRO's point of emphasis this offseason was on properly recognizing and punishing red card-worthy tackles. So far this season? Mission accomplished – in a big way.

This weekend's slate of games was littered with sending offs – two in Portland, one in Kansas City, one in Los Angeles, and one in Philadelphia.

EPL GW 31 review; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Nipun Chopra discuss the Tyne-Wear and Manchester derbies as well as their implications on the relegation battle and the race for fourth place. The hosts also talk about wins for the Premier League's top three, Liverpool's collapse at Southampton, as well as the rest of the action in the season's 31st round.

Manchester United derby win gives Van Gaal top-four belief

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that his team have a "big chance" of finishing in the Premier League's top four following their 1-0 win at Manchester City.

United's season looked to be on the rocks after they were knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool last Thursday, but teen sensation Marcus Rashford's clinically taken 16th-minute strike got them back on track at the Etihad Stadium in Sunday's derby.

Dundee United salvage late point in derby

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Dundee United came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with Dundee in a dramatic city derby at Tannadice on Sunday that keeps alive their slim hopes of avoiding relegation.

Dundee had looked on course to claim a first win away to their local rivals since August 2004 when leading marksman Kane Hemmings punished dreadful defending to score twice in the opening 45 minutes.

Istanbul soccer derby postponed over ‘serious’ threat

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A derby between bitter Istanbul rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce was postponed Sunday over a "serious" threat, authorities said, a day after a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish city killed four people.

"The football match was postponed in light of serious information" pointing to the risk of an attack, the local governor's office said in a statement less than two hours before kick-off.

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland: Mitrovic late show keeps northeast foes in mire

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Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday that did nothing to ease both clubs' Premier League relegation fears.

Both remain in the bottom three, but it could have been so much worse for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez as his side trailed in his second game in charge against local rivals who had won their previous six derby encounters.

Barcelona extend advantage despite blowing two-goal lead against Villarreal

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Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga to nine points despite blowing a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 at Villarreal on Sunday.

Ivan Rakitic and a controversial Neymar penalty had Barca on course for a 13th consecutive La Liga win before half-time.

Yet, Villarreal were more than worthy of a point and got their reward after the break through Cedric Bakambu and Jeremy Mathieu's own goal.

Bayern boss issues ‘hands off our players’ warning to Manchester City

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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has issued a thinly-veiled 'hands off' warning to Manchester City after Pep Guardiola's future employers have been linked to a string of Bayern's stars.

"I have been wondering somewhat about statements made by our colleagues from Manchester City, because contracts are contracts and that also applies to Manchester City," Rummenigge told German daily Bild.

Swansea City and Francesco Guidolin owe a huge debt of gratitude to Alan Curtis

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When Garry Monk was sacked as manager of Swansea City on December 9, Swansea City were in a free fall. At that time, they had recorded just one victory in their previous 11 games.

With the club unable to finalize deals with several prospective managers, the Swans decided to name assistant coach Alan Curtis as interim manager for as short or long as necessary.

Everton’s Tim Howard agrees return to MLS

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United States goalkeeper Tim Howard is to leave Everton at the end of the current season and return to Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids, the two clubs announced on Sunday.

Everton confirmed that Howard will move to the Rapids on a three-and-a-half-year deal as a Designated Player on July 4, bringing to an end an association with the Goodison Park club that began in 2006.

Robert Lewandowski strike sees Bayern Munich edge Cologne [VIDEO]

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Robert Lewandowski's 25th goal of the season gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at Cologne on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders moved eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund once again at the top of the table.

The Poland star, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, fired home in the 10th minute after Dominique Heintz blocked a Thiago Alcantara pass and the ball fell into his path.

Atletico Madrid’s collapse against Sporting leaves title bid in tatters

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Sporting Gijon scored twice in the final 11 minutes to land a huge blow to Atletico Madrid's La Liga title challenge with a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Antoine Griezmann's sunning first-half free-kick put Atletico in front.

However, Atletico felt the after effects of their efforts in seeing off PSV Eindhoven after extra-time and penalties in the Champions League in midweek as Antonio Sanabria and Carlos Castro turned the game around in the final stages.

Riyad Mahrez keeps Leicester on track for incredible title triumph

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Riyad Mahrez moved Leicester one step closer to pulling off the most remarkable title success in decades with the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Claudio Ranieri's side sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after Algeria winger Mahrez's 16th league goal of the season piled the pressure on Tottenham, 24 hours before the second-placed side face Bournemouth at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas curbs West Ham’s top-four ambitions [VIDEO]

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Late equalizers in each half from Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas kept West Ham United out of the Premier League top four following a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

West Ham had the better of the first half and took a deserved lead through Manuel Lanzini, only for an error by Winston Reid in injury time to give Chelsea a free-kick that Fabregas curled home.

Arsenal’s win at Everton gives Wenger title hope [VIDEO]

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted by his team's 2-0 victory at Everton and believes it proves that they still have the ability to win the Premier League.

The north London club's season hit the skids this week as losses to Watford and Barcelona saw Wenger's men dumped out of the FA Cup and Champions League respectively.

Jorginho, Bernardeschi in for Italy national squad, but no Balotelli

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Italy coach Antonio Conte handed first call-ups to Brazil-born Napoli midfielder Jorginho and Fiorentina forward Federico Bernardeschi, but left Mario Balotelli on the sidelines Saturday for upcoming friendlies with Spain and Germany.

As part of the build-up to this summer's Euro 2016, Italy will host defending champions Spain this Thursday in Udine in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final the Azzurri lost 4-0.

Rafa Benitez and Sam Allardyce vow not to open old wounds in Tyne-Wear derby

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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez and Sunderland counterpart Sam Allardyce played down their personal differences as they prepare to lead their sides in the most important Tyne-Wear derby for over a quarter of a century.

The Black Cats travel to St James' Park on Sunday aiming to record an unprecedented seventh consecutive victory in a rivalry spanning more than 117 years, and one which takes on added significance as the North-East neighbours fight for Premier League survival.

Manchester City vs. Manchester United predicted lineups and team news

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Overall, both Manchestersides have not had it good this season in the Premier League. Manchester City were one of the pre-season favorites for the title but they'renow 15 points behind league leaders Leicester City with only ninematches to go.

The Citizens are very much in danger of dropping out of the top four if they lose here,but their recent record against United is healthy so they can at least take confidence from that.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp eyes special finale to debut season

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Jurgen Klopp has targeted a special end to his first season in charge of Liverpool as the Reds head to Southampton on Sunday in buoyant mood.

March has been an excellent month for Klopp's side, who have responded positively since ending February with a League Cup final defeat on penalties against Manchester City.

Jack Warner says FIFA owes him money

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Disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner scoffed Friday at reports that the new leaders of the global football governing body are seeking to sue him, insisting FIFA owes him money.

"I don't owe FIFA one nickel and I know that FIFA owes me, but we will deal with that in the fullness of time," Warner said, addressing reporters on the steps of the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain.

How Ronaldinho rescued Barcelona from its forgotten nightmare

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With 24 major trophies over the last decade (not including several more likely to be added in 2016), it's almost impossible to imagine a world where Barcelona is considered anything other than the gold standard in world soccer. And yet, as recently as 2003, the club's situation was not only starkly different, but downright perilous.

Four minutes to go for Juventus’ record-chasing Gigi Buffon

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After letting in four goals as Juventus were eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich in midweek, Gianluigi Buffon needs only shut out Torino for four minutes on Sunday to set a new record.

Currently enjoying a 19-game unbeaten run that has seen Buffon keep the ball out the net for their past 10 league outings, Juve take a three-point lead over Napoli across Turin for the derby on Sunday as they continue their quest for a record-equalling fifth consecutive Serie A title.

Arsenal boss Wenger concerned over Premier League top four place

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Arsene Wenger concedes Arsenal's dismal form means there is a chance they will crash out of the Premier League's top four unless results improve quickly.

Wenger's side have been eliminated from the Champions League and FA Cup in the last week and are on a run of one win in eight games in all competitions.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC, Gameweek 31

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NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage this weekend is highlighted by one of the most anticipated matches of the season, when fourth-place Manchester City host rivals sixth-place Manchester United in the 171st Manchester Derby this Sunday, March 20, at Noon ET on NBC.

NBC Sports Group's lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the Manchester Derby, joined at the Etihad Stadium by analyst Graeme Le Saux.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila focuses on trophies not speculation

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila says his only focus is on winning a league and cup double with the Hoops as speculation continues to grow about his future.

The Glasgow giants are a point above Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a game in hand over the Dons and face Old Firm rivals Rangers for a place in the Scottish Cup final next month.

Louis Van Gaal wants derby response from Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal urged his players to put the disappointment of Europa League elimination by Liverpool behind them by defeating Manchester City in this weekend's derby.

United were knocked out of the Europa League in the last 16 after a 1-1 draw at home to their arch-rivals on Thursday condemned them to a 3-1 aggregate defeat.

PSG ready to toast Ligue Un title triumph as Monaco visit

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Paris Saint-Germain will get the chance to celebrate winning the French title in record time when they play host to second-placed Monaco at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

PSG became the earliest champions in French football history when they wrapped up a fourth consecutive title with eight games to spare last weekend, inflicting a pitiless 9-0 defeat on bottom side Troyes in Champagne country.

British exit from European Unon risk puts Premier League on defensive

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The possibility of Britain voting to leave the European Union in its June 23 referendum leaves the lucrative and globally popular English Premier League facing an uncertain future.

For some, Britain leaving the EU would have a positive impact, fully opening up the Premier League to the world whilst also enabling home-grown footballers to find their feet without competition from cheap European imports.

‘Bitter’ Juventus return to title bid after Champions League collapse

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Juventus could use a lingering bitterness at exiting the Champions League in their favor as they switch focus to chasing a record-equalling fifth consecutive title away to derby rivals Torino on Sunday.

Juventus, who lost last year's final to Barcelona, were seconds away from sealing progress to the competition's last eight in midweek before Thomas Mueller's last-gasp leveler for Bayern Munich drove the last 16 decider into extra time.

NCAA March Madness shows European super clubs the importance of underdogs

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While perusing The Guardian sports webpage this morning, something struck me as amazing. Of the three most viewed stories, two involved the NCAA tournament and the number of upsets that had occurred on St. Patrick's Day. While my digital signature likely showed that I was viewing the website from the United States, I doubt many American citizensvisitThe Guardian for basketball news and opinions, so this level of interest from the paper's readers struck me as odd.

Man United and Liverpool charged by UEFA after fans clash at Old Trafford [VIDEO]

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Manchester United and Liverpool have both been charged by UEFA following crowd trouble at their Europa League clash at Old Trafford, the governing body announced on Friday.

Five men were arrested following the disturbances on Thursday night which saw rival fans fighting in the stands and flares and objects thrown.

Bayern Munich focus on Cologne after beating Juventus

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Pep Guardiola will be hoping Bayern Munich suffer no Champions League hangover when they return to Bundesliga action at Cologne on Saturday on the back of their stunning victory against Juventus.

Bayern came from two goals down to beat Italian champions Juve 4-2 after extra time in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday and advance to the quarter-finals 6-4 on aggregate.

Newcastle and Sunderland’s contrasting buying policies put to test in Tyne-Wear derby

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The Tyne-Wear derby once again could determine Sunderland's fate in the Premier League. Given that Sunderland has six victories against Newcastle in a row during the past few years, another win could help the Black Cats mount a great escape once more.

Sunderland's mastery over its local rival now could potentially mean Newcastle gets relegated.

Top 5 must-see soccer matches on US TV this weekend

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Two of the Premier League's biggest names will be desperate to save something from disappointing domestic campaigns on Sunday, as they meet in one of the division's biggest derby matches.

Indeed, with just nine games in the season remaining, things are beginning are beginning to hot up at the top of a host of European soccer's top competitions; it leaves another title challenger with no margin for error as they face a difficult challenge on Saturday lunchtime.

Home wins loom for Martin Jol and Alex McLeish in African soccer

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Former English Premier League managers Martin Jol and Alex McLeish should complete successful introductions to African football this weekend with Egyptian clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek.

Jol-coached Ahly host Recreativo Libolo of Angola in Mediterranean city Alexandria after missing many scoring chances in a goalless first leg.

Europa League draw conjures up Dortmund against, you guessed it, Liverpool

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The draw for the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Europa League has been announced, and it has conjured up a rematch for Jurgen Klopp against his old club.

Borussia Dortmund against Liverpool will no doubt be the highlight of the round as both teams aim to go all the way to the final, which will be held in Basel.

FC Barcelona are more than Messi-Suarez-Neymar, says Messi

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Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi insisted European champions Barcelona have more to their armory than his partnership with Luis Suarez and Neymar as the Catalans eye a second consecutive treble.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described the South American trio as turning "normal life into art", as all three were on target to take their combined goals tally for the season to 106 in eliminating the English side from the Champions League on Wednesday.

Draw for UEFA Champions League quarter-finals has been made

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Manchester City have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday.

Holders Barcelona and their feared attacking trident drew fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, while Bayern Munich will face Benfica and Wolfsburg take on ten-time winners Real Madrid.

Valencia crash out of Europa League due to Athletic Bilbao controversial goal [VIDEO]

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Gary Neville's Valencia were sent crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday, losing their last-16 tie to Spanish rivals Athletic Bilbao on away goals despite winning the second leg 2-1.

Valencia had been trailing 1-0 after last week's first leg at San Mames but looked to have turned the tie around when they went two goals up in the first half at the Mestalla.

Bayern’s Pep Guardiola coy on Man City as possible opponents in Champions League

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is coy about potentially facing his future employers Manchester City when the Champions League quarter-final draw is made on Friday.

Bayern's stunning four-goal fightback on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena sealed a 6-4 aggregate win over last year's finalists Juventus.

Classy Coutinho helps Liverpool knock Manchester United out of Europe

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Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho's stylish goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Thursday as Jurgen Klopp's men eliminated their arch foes from the Europa League.

Trailing 2-0 from last week's one-sided first leg, Louis van Gaal's United claimed a foothold in the last-16 tie when Anthony Martial won and scored a 32nd-minute penalty to restore hope at Old Trafford.

Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante and West Ham’s Dmitri Payet get France call up

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N'Golo Kante of Premier League leaders Leicester City has received a first call up to the France squad as coach Didier Deschamps revealed his 23-man squad for friendlies with the Netherlands and Russia.

West Ham striker Dimitri Payet, fresh from an FA Cup quarter-final wonder goal against Manchester United, was recalled as the Euro 2016 hosts play the Dutch in Amsterdam March 25 and host Russia at the Stade de France four days later.

Single-game tickets for Copa America Centenario final are now available

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Forthe general public, single-game tickets are not yet available for the Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium. Instead, CONCACAF is forcing youinto buying a venue pass for the Group Stage of the tournamentin orderto be entered into a lottery. Then it's the luck of the draw whether you'll be able to get a ticket to the final.

Jurgen Klopp wants ‘fearless’ Liverpool against Manchester United

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Jurgen Klopp insists neither he nor Liverpool are scared as the club look to make good on a 2-0 first-leg lead and see off Manchester United for a place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

United will be desperate to overturn the deficit from the first leg when the arch-rivals meet at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Bayern’s four-goal Champions League fight-back wows Guardiola

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Bayern Munich's stunning four-goal fightback to beat Juventus had the 'wow' factor for Pep Guardiola as the Bavarians reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth season in a row.

Substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman scored extra-time goals as Bayern roared back to beat Juve 4-2 in their last-16, second-leg tie and seal a 6-4 aggregate victory.

Barcelona ‘artists’ are best Wenger’s ever seen

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed Barcelona's front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar as capable of turning soccer into art as all three struck to eliminate his side from the Champions League.

The Gunners bowed out at the last 16 stage for a sixth consecutive season 5-1 on aggregate after a 3-1 defeat at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, but gave the European champions a scare with a spirited display.

Arsenal are stuck in a rut with no easy way out under Arsene Wenger

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The last time I saw Arsenal go two-nil down in the FA Cup was during the 2014 FA Cup Final against Hull. I hadn't been able to get a ticket to Wembley and had joined 20,000 fans at a watch party at the Emirates. It was in the 8th minute when the second Hull goal went in. I put my head in my hands and said to myself, believing it, "we can come back from this, not from three-nil, but we can come back from two-nil.

Race for Championship title heats up as clubs vie for promotion to Premier League

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Given Leicester City were the winners of English football's Championship in the 2013-14 season, the second tier, while always an absorbing and enthralling sideshow to the Premier League, has been viewed with an added degree of scrutiny this term.

After all, with the top flight set be enriched by a money-spinning television deal this summer, swelling the bank balance of the 20 teams involved, there is a chance for those sides involved in the promotion race at the moment to follow the Foxes' blueprint.

Manchester United’s mistakes are not all Louis Van Gaal’s fault

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It's fair to say that Louis Van Gaal hasn't had the best of times managing Manchester United. He's been given large budgets, a long rope, and carte blanche to bring in whatever players he wants, regardless of fit or resale value. His accomplishments were a fourth place finish, admittedly getting Manchester United back into the Champions League at the first time of asking, and thus far being in sixth place four points off the top four this season.

Thiago and Coman strike as Bayern fight back to beat Juventus [VIDEO]

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Substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman scored extra-time goals as Bayern Munich roared back to beat Juventus 4-2 in their Champions League last 16, second leg on Wednesday and win 6-4 on aggregate.

A stunned Bayern found themselves 2-0 down after 28 minutes at the Allianz Arena as Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado struck for the Italians before the Bavarians scored four unanswered goals.

Barca star trio outgun Arsenal to reach quarters [VIDEO]

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Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were all on target as Barcelona piled more pressure on under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by easing into the Champions League quarter-finals 5-1 on aggregate with a 3-1 win at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Neymar's early strike appeared to erase any forlorn hopes of an Arsenal comeback, but the visitors were handed a lifeline when Mohamed Elneny drilled into the top corner just after half-time.

UCL review, EPL GW 31 preview; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, Richard Farley and Kartik Krishnaiyer talk about Manchester City advancing in Champions League, where Arsenal was also eliminated by Barcelona. The duo also preview Thursday's Europa League action, talk about Mauricio Pochettino's future with Spurs, and preview the coming Premier League weekend, where derbies in England's northeast and northwest will have major impacts on two parts of the table.

Arsene Wenger in firing line as Arsenal crumble again

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Returning to London after Champions League elimination at Barcelona's hands, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces more uncomfortable questions than ever before about his stewardship of the club.

A season that was still full of hope at the turn of the year is now unravelling in all-too-familiar fashion, with Arsenal out of Europe, out of both cup competitions and trailing Premier League leaders Leicester City by 11 points, albeit with a game in hand.

Manchester United in Liverpool crosshairs in Europa League last 16

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Five-time European champions Liverpool will aim to finish off eternal rivals Manchester United when England's two most successful sides clash in the Europa League last 16, second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool are well placed to reach the quarter-finals of a competition that realistically represents the best chance for either club to qualify for next season's Champions League.

FIFA makes huge damages claim against ‘sordid’ soccer officials

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FIFA on Wednesday demanded tens of millions of dollars in damages from the "sordid" officials facing charges in the United States over mass bribery scandals that have rocked world football.

In a wide-ranging admission on the scope of soccer corruption, just two weeks after Gianni Infantino replaced Sepp Blatter as its president, football's governing body called on US authorities to investigate the assets of former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb.

FIFA suspect Jeffrey Webb ‘keeping up champagne lifestyle’

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Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former FIFA vice president, has kept up a millionaire lifestyle quaffing champagne, gambling and partying while under US house arrest awaiting sentence for corruption, according to football's world body.

The 51-year-old husband of American gynecologist Kendra Gamble-Webb was the first former FIFA official to appear publicly in a New York court last July and quietly cut a plea deal four months later.

Harry Redknapp to coach Jordan in World Cup qualifiers, say reports

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Derby County's newly appointed managerial advisor Harry Redknapp is to double up as coach of Jordan for two World Cup qualifiers next month, British media reported on Wednesday.

The Sun newspaper revealed the move which will see Redknapp guide Jordan through ties against Bangladesh and Australia on the same day as Redknapp starts his new job at the Championship club.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for weekend of March 11-13

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Last weekend's US TV viewing numbers for soccer matches featured a record-breaking 2,900,000 people that watched the Super Clasico between Chivas and Club America on Univision and Univision Deportes. The game ranks as the most-watched regular season club soccer match since 2010, and outperformed the NBA on ESPN and NHL on NBC for the current season-to-date.

Claudio Ranieri’s inability to win a top-flight title should give Spurs hope

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Claudio Ranieri has never quite been given the plaudits his managerial pedigree should have earned him. When he was appointed lastJuly by Leicester City, the critics came out in full force. The evidence cited as to Ranieri's inadequacy for the job generally centered around his failed short stint as manager of the Greece national team in late 2014.

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany facing month out

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany faces a "minimum" lay-off of a month after re-injuring his calf against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday, manager Manuel Pellegrini said.

Kompany and his fellow centre-back Nicolas Otamendi were both forced off by injury inside the first 23 minutes as City completed a 3-1 aggregate win with a 0-0 draw that took them into the quarter-finals.

Ex Chile soccer boss in FIFA case boasts about vacationing in the sun in USA

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A former top-ranking Chilean soccer official who admitted wrongdoing in the huge FIFA graft scandal has compared awaiting sentencing in the United States to a holiday in the sun.

The boast by Sergio Jadue, a former vice president of the South American football confederation CONMEBOL and formerly the president of the Chilean FA, has infuriated his compatriots back home and could yet spark the interest of US justice officials.

Belief key to Atletico Madrid’s penalty success, says Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed his side's belief as they edged out a brave effort from PSV Eindhoven to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 8-7 in an agonizing penalty shootout on Tuesday.

Neither side was able to break the deadlock across 210 minutes of the two-legged tie.

Pellegrini banks on Manchester City experience to advance in Champions League

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Manuel Pellegrini backed his Manchester City team to make a mark on the Champions League's latter stages after they overcame Dynamo Kiev to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

City fell to Barcelona in the last 16 in both of the past two seasons, but they will take their place in Friday's draw for the last eight after Tuesday's drab 0-0 stalemate completed a 3-1 aggregate success.

Bayern Munich vs. Juventus predicted lineups and team news

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Bayern Munich hold a slight advantage coming into this match after they picked up a 2-2 draw at the Juventus Stadium in the first leg.

Pep Guardiola's men raced to a two goal lead via Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben but Juventus rallied to score two quick-fire goals, which gave them some hope ahead of Wednesday's decider.

Barcelona vs. Arsenal predicted lineups and team news

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Barcelona are the overwhelming favorites to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after securing a 2-0 away win at the Emirates in the first leg of this fixture three weeks ago.

The Gunners started the game very well and wasted a few opportunities in the first half before a lapse in concentration allowed Barcelona to take the lead via a counter-attacking move finished off by Lionel Messi.

Arsenal manager Wenger motivated as ever despite critics

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Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he remains as motivated as ever despite strong calls for his 20-year reign to come to an end of the campaign if he fails to deliver a trophy.

Arsenal travel to European champions Barcelona on Wednesday with the daunting task of trying to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit.

Injury-hit Juventus target ‘perfect’ Bayern Munich display

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says the injury-hit Italians will need a 'perfect' display to knock hosts Bayern Munich out of the Champions League in Wednesday's last 16, second-leg clash.

Having fought back from two goals down for a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Turin three weeks ago, Juventus arrived in Munich with some hope for the return at the Allianz Arena.

Manchester City lose Kompany and Otamendi to injury

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Center-backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi were forced off by injury inside 23 minutes as Manchester City made a calamitous start to Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Dynamo Kiev.

Captain Kompany, who has been dogged by recurring calf problems, was forced off in the seventh minute after hurting himself when he slipped in a tussle for possession with Dynamo midfielder Vitaliy Buyalskiy.

MLS TV viewing numbers drop 40% compared to opening weekend

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The total viewing figures for the three nationally-televised Major League Soccer games last weekend declined by more than 40% compared to the numbers from the opening weekend of the 2016 season.

That's on top of the 11% decline that MLS already saw last weekend compared to the viewing figures for the opening weekend of the 2015 season.

Karanka returns to Middlesbrough after turbulent week

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Aitor Karanka resumed his role as Middlesbrough manager on Monday after the Spaniard had appeared on the verge of quitting the Championship club.

Karanka's future was shrouded in doubt over the weekend after he stormed away from showdown talks with his under-performing squad on Friday.

The 42-year-old questioned the players' desire to win promotion to the Premier League following their midweek loss at lowly Rotherham and was said to have told them he no longer wanted to manage them during the heated training ground meeting.

Thai monk lucky charms help Leicester outfox opponents

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Leicester City's inexorable climb up the Premier League has left many pundits scratching their heads wondering what the key to their success is.

But Thai monk Phra Prommangkalachan knows at least one of those secrets: good karma.

For the last three years, he and some half a dozen fellow Buddhist monks have been making regular trips to the Thai-owned club to bless the pitch and hand out lucky talismans to players.

Soccer streaming site NGSN temporarily suspends service

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Soccer streaming service NGSN has temporarily suspended service, and plans to become available again this summer.

NGSN (Next Generation Sports Network) temporarily shut down its service on Friday. According to NGSN, "In order to be ready for a fresh rebound in [the] summer, we have temporarily suspended our services.

Barcelona clash highlights Arsenal’s missed Luis Suarez chance

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side face an almost impossible task when they travel to face a red-hot Barcelona on Wednesday looking to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in six years.

As so often in the second half of Wenger's 20-year reign, Arsenal will travel to the Camp Nou with a sense of what might have been.

Claudio Ranieri still in denial over Leicester Premier League title bid

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said he was still refusing to look at the Premier League table despite his team re-establishing a five-point lead by beating Newcastle United 1-0.

Shinji Okazaki's stunning 25th-minute overhead bicycle kick gave Leicester a hard-earned 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Monday and left them needing 20 points from their final eight games to complete one of the most improbable title triumphs in the history of European football.

Italy coach Antonio Conte to step down, opening up Chelsea move

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Italy coach Antonio Conte, who has been linked to Chelsea, will give up his post after Euro 2016, the Italian Football Federation said Tuesday.

The 46-year-old former Juventus coach took over the national team in August 2014 and secured their qualification for the European Championship.

5 things we learned in Major League Soccer week 2

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Week 2 of the Major League Soccer season is in the books. Teams have made a case for being considered favorites and others left fans scratching their heads. Here are five things learned from week 2.

Are Sporting KC and Montreal Impact the league's best teams?

While Sporting and Montreal lead their respective conferences and both have collecting six points from six, it must be argued that neither have played the best teams in MLS, yet.

Udinese sack Stefano Colantuono after defeat to AS Roma

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Udinese coach Stefano Colantuono has been sacked a day after fans clashed with players during a 2-1 defeat to Roma.

The northerners' 15th defeat of the campaign left them in 16th place in Serie A, four points above the drop zone.

A statement by the Serie A club said: "Udinese announces that Stefano Colantuono and his staff have been relieved of their first team coaching duties.

Crisis for Mihajlovic as AC Milan see Europe slipping away

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AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic could be resigned to a possible summer departure after reportedly claiming he can't "do any more" with the struggling Serie A giants.

Milan's hopes of battling their way to a top three finish and a possible return to the Champions League after a two-year absence were virtually ended by a scoreless draw at Chievo on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid’s dogged defense drives European dream

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Often overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of Real Madrid's galacticos and collective brilliance of Barcelona's attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Atletico Madrid have carved out their own golden era on a historically great defense.

PSV Eindhoven travel to the Vicente Calderon for the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday, with the tie finely balanced at 0-0, tasked with one of the most difficult challenges in European football: breaching the Atletico backline.

Manchester City aiming to banish England’s woes in Europe

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Manchester City are well set to make Champions League history and alleviate the misery engulfing English soccer's heavyweights as they take on Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

City have never yet made it beyond the last 16 in Europe's premier club competition but hold a 3-1 lead from the first leg in the Ukraine.

Leicester City title charge ‘defies logic,’ says Gary Lineker

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Former Leicester City striker Gary Lineker says the club's push to win the Premier League this season "defies logic" and the team are on the threshold of "sporting immortality".

Having only narrowly avoided relegation from the lucrative English top flight last season, the Midlands club were 5,000/1 with several British bookmakers to be crowned champions this term.

Nike’s England home jersey for 2016 looks just like USMNT one [PHOTOS]

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Due to Nike's lack of creativity and over reliance on template designs, the US-based kit manufacturer will release new jerseys in the coming weeks for the national teams of England and the United States that will look almost identical.

The new leaked images of the jerseys reveal how similar they are in design, with the only discernible differences being the crest and the use of a navy blue trim on the England shirt instead of red on the USMNT jersey.

Schedule of international friendlies to be played in the US this summer

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We're nearing the time of the year when many of the international soccer clubs from around the world begin to announce their plans for summer tours. For those of us in the United States, we already know that Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan, Club Leon and Chivas will be playing in the US this summer. Plus many more are expected to be announced soon including Liverpool hitting Stateside as well as the teams and schedule for the International Champions Cup.

Arsene Wenger braces for Barcelona after FA Cup exit

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Arsene Wenger admitted that he faces a tough job lifting his Arsenal players for this week's trip to Barcelona following his side's FA Cup elimination at the hands of Watford.

Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Quique Sanchez Flores's side in the quarter-finals ended Arsenal's two-year hold on the competition and they will now focus on attempting to overturn a 2-0 deficit when they visit Camp Nou for Wednesday's Champions League last 16 second-leg match.

Pep Guardiola feels pressure ahead of Bayern vs Juventus CL clash

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Pep Guardiola admits feeling the pressure ahead of Bayern Munich's crunch Champions League last 16, second-leg, clash against last year's finalists Juventus on Wednesday in his swangsong season in Bavaria.

Guardiola has won five titles so far in three seasons with Bayern and is on course for the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup title.

EPL GW 30, FA Cup quarterfinals review; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, Richard Farley is joined by Laurence McKenna and Nipun Chopra to discuss FA Cup quarterfinal weekend, where the two-time defending champions, Arsenal, were seen out of the competition after an upset loss at home to Watford. The trio will also talk about the limited slate in the Premier League as well as preview the coming week of Champions League soccer.

San Jose’s Quincy Amarikwa scores an unbelievable long range goal [VIDEO]

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San Jose's Quincy Amarikwa scored an unbelievable long range goal Sunday night in the MLS game against Portland Timbers.

FOX Sports lead commentator John Strong described the goal as follows: "That is absolutely sensational from Quincy Amarikwa. One of the best goals you'll see in MLS this season.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 2 of the 2016 MLS season.

  1. Orange Crush

The weekend's most eye-popping result came in the Texas Derby, where MLS darlings FC Dallas were blitzkrieged 5-0 by the Houston Dynamo.

It was a whipping of extraordinary proportions.

10-man Bayer Leverkusen end winless streak

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Ten-man Bayer Leverkusen had an own-goal to thank for ending their four-match winless streak in the Bundesliga in Sunday's 1-0 victory over Hamburg.

Hamburg's Sweden midfielder Albin Ekdal slid the ball into his own net after 18 minutes at the BayArena to hand Leverkusen victory.

Despite the three points, it was a frustrating afternoon for Roger Schmidt's Leverkusen, who failed to finish a stream of chances and ended with ten men.

Gary Neville’s Valencia suffer derby defeat; Sevilla move up to fifth

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Valencia boss Gary Neville's troubles continued as he branded his side's performance "unacceptable" in losing their local derby 1-0 to Levante on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sevilla maintained their hopes of Champions League football next season with a thrilling 4-2 win over Villarreal.

Jose Mourinho eyes July return; Attacks media ‘lies’

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Sunday that he hopes to be back in work by July and described media speculation about his future as "lies".

The Portuguese, 53, has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December and has been repeatedly touted as a potential successor to under-fire Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic nets four as stylish PSG win Ligue Un title in record time

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French giants Paris Saint-Germain, inspired by four stunning Zlatan Ibrahimovic goals, turned on the style Sunday to beat Troyes 9-0 and clinch a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 crown in record time.

Just four days after advancing to the Champions League quarter-finals, PSG wrapped up the club's sixth French title with eight games to spare by beating a Troyes side destined for an immediate return to the second tier.

Arsene Wenger ‘sad’ as Arsenal’s FA Cup reign ends [VIDEO]

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he felt "sad" after seeing his side's two-year reign as FA Cup holders ended by a 2-1 quarter-final loss to Watford on Sunday.

FA Cup winners in 2014 and 2015, Arsenal were bidding to become the first team to win the competition for three consecutive years since Blackburn Rovers between 1884 and 1886.

Rafa Benitez begins Newcastle rescue bid with test at Leicester City

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Rafael Benitez's mission to haul Newcastle United out of the Premier League relegation zone begins in unfavorable circumstances on Monday as his new side visit leaders Leicester City.

Appointed manager on a three-year contract on Friday following Steve McClaren's dismissal, Benitez has just 10 games to steer the big-spending northeast giants to safety.

Manuel Pellegrini shifts focus to Champions League

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Manuel Pellegrini urged his Manchester City players to re-focus on the Champions League following their disappointing 0-0 draw against Premier League strugglers Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Pellegrini's men were frustrated by a resolute Norwich side battling to retain their top-flight status and were left nine points adrift of leaders Leicester City, who host Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United on Monday.

Celtic happy to have Aberdeen on shoulders in Scottish Premiership

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Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven said his team are being spurred on by the challenge of Aberdeen as both sides fight it out for the Scottish Premiership title.

Celtic temporarily opened up a four-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Partick Thistle that ended a run of two consecutive draws in the league.

Determining Brek Shea’s best position

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What is Brek Shea's best position? Shea has always been a player with a lot of potential, yet he hasn't truly fulfilled that potential. There was a three season span in which Shea looked like he would become the premier player in Major League Soccer, as he tallied 19 goals in 77 league games (11 of those came in 2011).

Pappa’s late strike lifts Colorado Rapids over LA Galaxy in MLS [VIDEO]

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Colorado newcomer Marco Pappa struck in the dying seconds to lift the Rapids to a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory over Los Angeles Galaxy, whose coach Bruce Arena was left fuming on Saturday.

The contest at a windswept DSG Park in Denver looked headed to a scoreless draw until Pappa, a 67th minute substitute, scored from close range in the fifth minute of injury time Arena calling it "ridiculous" and "disgraceful" that so much injury time was added on.

Manchester City title hopes hit by Norwich stalemate [VIDEO]

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Manchester City suffered a significant dent to their Premier League title aspirations as Norwich City battled to a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Manchester City enjoyed plenty of possession, but aside from a Sergio Aguero effort that was superbly saved by John Ruddy in the first half, they created precious little.

Celtic back on track after nervy win at Firhill

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Celtic survived a nervy finish as they ended a two-game winless run in the Scottish Premiership with a narrow 2-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill on Saturday.

The home side were without a victory against Celtic since 1995 but they held out until the 45th minute when Leigh Griffiths sent a shot on the turn past Tomas Cerny for his 35th goal of the season.

Burnley move closer to Premier League return

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Burnley moved a step closer to returning to the Premier League as the Championship leaders swept to a 3-1 win at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Sean Dyche's team are nine points clear of the play-off places after goals from Stephen Ward, Sam Vokes and Ben Mee scored in the first half.

Joe Lolley briefly made it 2-1 before Mee scored just before the break to give the Clarets a sixth successive second tier victory.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa didn’t bite me, says Everton’s Gareth Barry

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Everton midfielder Gareth Barry stated on Sunday that Chelsea striker Diego Costa did not bite him during the Merseyside club's 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory on Saturday.

"Seen a lot of talk about the incident involving me and Diego Costa in the game last night," Barry wrote on the Fanzai app.

Louis Van Gaal back in spotlight as Manchester United face West Ham

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Manchester United's troubled season appears to have reached another tipping point as they prepare for an FA Cup quarter-final against in-form West Ham on Sunday.

An abject 2-0 defeat at arch rivals Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday had the critics again sharpening their knives and tongues.

Muller and Thiago double act sees Bayern blitz Bremen [VIDEO]

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Thomas Mueller and Thiago Alcantara both netted twice as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich warmed up for their crunch Champions League clash at home to Juventus by blitzing Werder Bremen 5-0 on Saturday.

With second-placed Borussia Dortmund playing Mainz on Sunday, Pep Guardiola's Bayern took the chance to reopen an eight-point gap.

Pochettino hopes selection gamble pays dividends at Aston Villa

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Mauricio Pochettino's decision to rest several key players for Tottenham's Europa League loss at Borussia Dortmund will be tested when his side return to Premier League action at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Pochettino opted to name a weakened team for the last 16 first leg tie in Germany on Thursday, omitting Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Mousa Dembele and Kyle Walker while Dele Alli was suspended.

Messi masterclass sees Barcelona hit Getafe for six

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Lionel Messi scored, provided three assists and missed a penalty as Barcelona pressed home their advantage at the top of La Liga with a 6-0 thrashing of Getafe on Saturday.

Juan Rodriguez's own goal opened the scoring before Messi saw his penalty saved by Vicente Guaita, teed up Munir El Haddadi and Neymar and smashed home his 36th goal of the season all before half-time.

Edin Dzeko should beg for Roma shirt, says Spalletti

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Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has told misfiring striker Edin Dzeko he should beg for a shirt for Sunday's trip to Udinese as he cracked the whip days after seeing his side limp out of the Champions League to Real Madrid.

Dzeko was one of several players slated for a poor performance in the second leg of their last 16 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu in midweek where Roma succumbed to a 2-0 reverse and a 4-0 aggregate defeat to the 10-time champions.

Chelsea suffer another cup exit as Lukaku’s brace delivers killer blow [VIDEO]

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Romelu Lukaku scored two superb goals to give Everton a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory on Saturday over his former club Chelsea, for whom Diego Costa was sent off.

As a fractious match neared its conclusion, Lukaku took a Tom Cleverley pass in his stride after 77 minutes and powered past four defenders before burying an unstoppable shot into the back of the visitors' goal.

Wenger tells Arsenal to show more consistency ahead of FA Cup clash

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Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal stars to show more consistency as the FA Cup holders try to get their spluttering season back on track in Sunday's quarter-final against Watford.

Wenger's side host the Hornets at a time when they are languishing eight points behind leaders Leicester in the Premier League and teetering on the brink of another tame Champions League exit.

PSG poised to lift crown as Monaco held by Reims

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Paris Saint-Germain's path to claiming the Ligue 1 title in record time this weekend was cleared on Friday as nearest challengers Monaco were held 2-2 at home by Reims.

A win at lowly Troyes on Sunday would give Laurent Blanc's side 77 points 25 more than Monaco who are currently second with 52 points after 30 games and a fourth successive crown to round out an excellent week after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.

LA’s Ashley Cole and Nigel de Jong ready for MLS altitude test against Colorado

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Los Angeles Galaxy summer signings Ashley Cole and Nigel de Jong insist they will be ready for a demanding test at altitude against the Colorado Rapids in the second round of the new Major League Soccer season on Saturday.

Former England and Chelsea star Cole and Dutch international de Jong got off to a winning start last weekend in the Galaxy's come-from-behind 4-1 victory over DC United at Carson.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic open to Arsenal summer switch, says report

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Despite being 34-years-old, an age at which most professional soccer players begin thinking about retirement, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still thriving with Paris Saint-Germain. The striker has already netted a total of 31 goals (as well as 15 assists) during the current campaign. Although many fans and pundits will claim that the French Ligue 1 is not exactly the most defensive league in the world, as it is certainly not, Ibrahimovic is also performing exceptionally well in the Champions League competition.

Real Madrid supporters prefer Keylor Navas over David de Gea

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Even though it is likely Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will make another run at signing David de Gea this summer, the club's supporters have overwhelming voted to keep the team's current number one Keylor Navas between the sticks at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.

In a poll releasedby the Spanish publicationAS, 79% of Real Madrid fans chose Navas over De Gea.

Okubo ties record as Kawasaki go top of J-League

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Former Japan striker Yoshito Okubo tied the J-League scoring record as Kawasaki Frontale beat Nagoya Grampus 3-2 at home Saturday to go top of the table.

Okubo bundled in a scrappy equalizer after 75 minutes to tie Hiroshima forward Hisato Sato, who set the new mark with his 158th goal last weekend.

Karanka’s Middlesbrough future shrouded in doubt after refusing to coach next game

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Aitor Karanka's future as Middlesbrough manager is shrouded in doubt after the Championship promotion contenders announced he will not be in charge for Sunday's trip to Charlton.

Karanka is believed to be unhappy with his players after some poor performances in recent weeks and the Spaniard stormed away from Middlesbrough's training ground on Friday following a heated meeting with the squad.

Buffon and Dybala star as Juventus warm up for Bayern decider

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Beaten finalists Juventus warmed up for a crucial Champions League date at Bayern Munich with a precious 1-0 win over Sassuolo that saw veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and striker Paulo Dybala star in Turin.

The win moved Juventus six points clear of scudetto rivals Napoli ahead of their trip to Palermo on Sunday, kept the Old Lady unbeaten for 19 games and a clean sheet for a new league record of 10 consecutive games.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC, Gameweek 30

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NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of Premier League this weekend with live matches across NBC, NBCSN and USA Network.

Saturday's Premier League coverage kickoffs on NBCSN at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, immediately followed by Norwich v. Manchester City at 7:45 a.m. ET. Coverage continues at 10 a.

6 Premier League managerial casualties this season

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Steve McClaren was sacked as Newcastle United manager on Friday AFP Sport looks at all the Premier League bosses who have left their posts this season:

Dick Advocaat (Sunderland)

The Dutchman had saved Sunderland from relegation last season as interim boss after taking over in March and eventually opted to come back for another season after initially deciding to retire.

Joe Tolleson interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (3.10.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Joe Tolleson, New York City FC play-by-play announcer for the YES Network and program director at Sirius XM FC.

During the interview, Joe looks ahead to New York City FC's season, discusses the impact that Head Coach Patrick Vieira has already made at the club, and shares his insight regarding what it's like to announce a game from the famous Yankee Stadium.

Gary Cahill calls on Chelsea to bounce back from Euro exit

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has challenged his team-mates to make amends for their frustrating Champions League exit by booking a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

After bowing out of Europe's elite club competition with a 4-2 aggregate defeat against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday, the FA Cup is Chelsea's last remaining opportunity to win silverware this season.

Manuel Pellegrini demands Manchester City make strong finish

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Only the most faithful of Manchester City supporters would bet on Manuel Pellegrini ending his reign as manager with another Premier League title, but Saturday's trip to Norwich at least offers the chance to strengthen their hold on a top-four spot.

Pellegrini's side have been consistently successful against the teams towards the foot of the table this season and maintained that record by beating Aston Villa 4-0 last Saturday, ending a run of three successive league defeats in the process.

Louis Van Gaal admits Manchester United blown away by Liverpool

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said his team had been simply overwhelmed by Liverpool's high pressing during their one-sided 2-0 Europa League defeat at a raucous Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge, with a penalty, and Roberto Firmino scored as Liverpool claimed a deserved win on Thursday, and the hosts might have put the last 16 tie to bed had it not been for United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon targets strong finish for Celtic

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Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says the Hoops are focused on finishing the season strongly after suffering a recent dip in form.

The Glasgow giants have won just two of their past five Scottish Premiership games and successive draws against Hamilton and Dundee has seen their lead over Aberdeen at the top of the table cut to just one point, albeit they have played a game less than the Dons.

New photos of USA’s 2016 home jersey from Nike leaked online

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New photographs of USA's home jersey for 2016 have been leaked online.

The 2016 USA home jersey, which will be worn by both the men's and women's team and will officially be unveiled later this month, features a white jersey, which includes the new US Soccer logo.

As far as the most striking design aspect of the shirt, it's the sleeves, which are sky blue in color but also feature a dark blue mesh design.

Rested Barcelona seek to keep record run rolling

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A well-rested Barcelona look to take another step closer to the Spanish title when struggling Getafe visit the Camp Nou on Saturday looking like cannon fodder for the rampant European champions.

Barca haven't lost in a Spanish record 36 games to open up an eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid in the title race with just 10 games remaining.

Rafa Benitez named new Newcastle manager as McClaren sacked

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Rafael Benitez returned to English football on Friday with the task of saving Newcastle United from Premier League relegation after the struggling north-east side announced the Spaniard as their new manager.

Former Liverpool boss Benitez, sacked by Real Madrid earlier this season, has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle, who are currently second-bottom in the table with just 10 league games remaining this term.

Why Claudio Ranieri is the model Premier League manager

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Claudio Ranieri has sought to pitch himself as the kindly figure watching on in the background as Leicester City have thrust themselves to a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

The amicable Italian is understated in his demeanor in press conferences and on the sidelines, composed and scrupulous in the manner in which he absorbs everything around him.

Why Rafa Benitez is considering the Newcastle job

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For Newcastle United, the idea of hiring Rafa Benítez makes all the sense in the world. A proven "big
club" manager, whose tactics have been useful to maximizing results. For a club facing a strong likelihood of
relegation to the Championship, it would be wise to make such an appointment.

Liverpool’s Sturridge and Firmino punish sorry Man United in Europa League

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Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino scored as Liverpool deservedly defeated eternal rivals Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie on Thursday.

Liverpool dominated the first ever European meeting between the teams from first minute to last, scoring through Sturridge's 20th-minute penalty and Firmino's 73rd-minute effort to put Jurgen Klopp's men firmly in the driving seat ahead of next week's return leg.

Newcastle sack manager Steve McClaren after 21% league win percentage

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Steve McClaren has been sacked as manager of English Premier League strugglers Newcastle United with "immediate effect," the north-east club announced Friday.

Newcastle are second-bottom in the table and facing relegation despite spending some £29 million ($41 million, 37 million euros) on new players during the January transfer window in a bid to avoid the drop.

Chelsea to play AC Milan in Minneapolis this summer, says report

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Chelsea will play AC Milan in Minneapolis this summer as part of the International Champions Cup, according to soccer website Northern Pitch.

The reputable website reveals that the match will be played at the US Bank Stadium in early August. An official announcement regarding the news, as well as the rest of the International Champions Cup schedule, is expected at the end of this month.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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After bursting back onto our TV screens last weekend, Major League Soccer delivered a timely reminder of its plus points, with a host of thrilling contests to savor.

So when picking selections for this weekend's best games, it seemed only fair to opt for two clashes from the United States' top flight, including two teams who enjoyed handsome wins on the opening weekend.

Pochettino spoiled what could have been a classic Dortmund-Spurs encounter

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Mauricio Pochettino has made many great decisions in his short tenure in the White Hart Lane dugout. How he has transformed Tottenham from fringe Champions League contenders to title contenders in one season has been nothing short of remarkable. But all managers are capable of making mistakes, and against Dortmund on Thursday, he made a classic error and it cost Spurs a chance at the Europa League as well as a chance to prove themselves against one of the best sides in Europe.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic silenced his doubters, says PSG coach Blanc

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had answered his critics by inspiring his team to victory over Chelsea in the Champions League last 16.

Ibrahimovic created the opening goal for Adrien Rabiot and then volleyed in a 67th-minute winner as French champions PSG won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to complete a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Veteran Claudio Pizarro fired up for Bayern Munich return

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Evergreen Claudio Pizarro is relishing his return to Bayern Munich on Saturday as the 37-year-old can not stop scoring in Germany's top flight.

The Peru striker is out of contract at Werder Bremen in June, but is enjoying the Indian summer of his career and is Werder's top scorer this season.

Brazil fears rising financial growth and popularity of Major League Soccer

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A soccer financial expert says that business people in Brazil are becoming very concerned about the financial growth and rising popularity of Major League Soccer, and fear that it will soon overtake the Brazilian top-flight league, the Campeonato Brasileiro.

In a recent exclusive interview with World Soccer Talk Radio, soccer journalist and broadcaster Tim Vickey (who lives and works in Brazil)shared his insight regarding issues that are plaguing Brazilian club soccer, as well as how MLS is causing some independent experts in South America to marvel at the growth of Major League Soccer.

FIFA agent confession threatens to drag down others in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL

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A former FIFA match agent's confession that he helped pay big bribes to soccer officials in Central America and the Caribbean promises to fan the flames of the scandal rocking the game's beleaguered world body.

Miguel Trujillo, a 65-year-old Colombian resident in the US, on Tuesday pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to four counts of money laundering, wire fraud and a falsified tax return.

Diego Costa and Eden Hazard injured as Chelsea go out

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Diego Costa and Eden Hazard both sustained injuries as Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, interim manager Guus Hiddink confirmed after the game.

Costa, Chelsea's goal-scorer, hobbled off shortly before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the 67th minute to give PSG a 2-1 win on the night and complete a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Steve McClaren to be sacked as Newcastle manager, says report

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Steve McClaren is to be sacked as manager of Newcastle United and will not be in charge for Monday's game against Leicester City, according to a report by Sky Sports.

The news outlet is claiming that Rafael Benitez will replace McClaren, and the Spaniard may be in place in time for Monday's game.

USWNT down Germany to win four-nation SheBelieves Cup [VIDEO]

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The United States came from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 and win the inaugural SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday in a repeat of last year's FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final battle.

Alex Morgan and Sam Mewis scored first-half goals for the American women after the hosts had been rocked by a 30th-minute Anja Mittag strike as Germany took the lead in Boca Raton, Florida.

Manchester United boss Van Gaal feels no Europa League shame

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Louis van Gaal says anyone who derides Manchester United and Liverpool for being in the Europa League is living in the past.

The English giants have been champions of Europe eight times between them Liverpool on five occasions, United three but now find themselves facing each other in Europe's secondary club competition.

EPL GW 30 preview; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, Richard Farley and Kartik Krishnaiyer talk about mid-week results in Champions League, with Chelsea bowing out of the competition in the Round of 16. The duo also discuss the latest Premier League news, Arsenal's win in the FA Cup, and the coming weekend's action, which includes the FA Cup quarterfinals and top-versus-bottom matches in league play.

Schedule of Europa League games on US TV

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The Europa League is now in the stage of the Round of 16 where the clubs are eyeing a possible run to the final where the winner will qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.

As luck would have it, the draw has scheduled some mouthwatering matches.

For soccer fans in the US, here's the schedule for TV and live streaming:

Thursday, March 10

Dortmund vs.

Man Utd and Liverpool set to renew rivalry in Europa League

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Eternal rivals Manchester United travel to Liverpool in the Europa League last 16, first leg on Thursday in a battle of English football's two most successful sides.

United have won the English title a record 20 times, twice more than Liverpool, but the Reds have the edge abroad, having been crowned European champions on five occasions to United's three.

Emmanuel Eboue signs with Sunderland until end of season

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Former Arsenal full-back Emmanuel Eboue has joined Premier League strugglers Sunderland for the rest of the season, the Black Cats announced Wednesday.

The 32-year-old former Ivory Coast international, who was released by Turkish club Galatasaray in pre-season, was taken on by north-east club Sunderland after training with Sam Allardyce's squad for several weeks.

More injury worries for Wenger and Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger will take stock of Arsenal's mounting injury problems after the FA Cup holders' progress to the quarter-finals came at a cost.

Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista were all substituted during the comfortable 4-0 victory at Championship side Hull City that stretched the Gunners' three-year unbeaten record in the competition.

Premier League agrees away ticket price freeze

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Premier League clubs have agreed to freeze the price of away tickets for traveling supporters at "no more than £30 ($43, 39 euros) for the next three seasons, officials announced on Wednesday.

There have long been complaints from supporters' groups at the steady increase in ticket prices while Premier League revenues, particularly from lucrative broadcast deals, have skyrocketed.

Manchester City-target Ilkay Gundogan could leave Dortmund, says BVB coach

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Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said on Wednesday he is not convinced Germany's Ilkay Gundogan will stay amidst reports Pep Guardiola's future employers Manchester City are set to swoop.

The 25-year-old has a contract with Dortmund until June 2017 and German media report that Gundogan's agent, his uncle Ilhan, met with City's director of sport Txiki Begiristain in Amsterdam earlier this week.

Wolfsburg dare to dream after reaching Champions League quarters for first time

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Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs admitted it was beyond his wildest dreams to have reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in the club's history.

Andre Schurrle fired the Germans into the last eight with the only goal in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Gent in the second leg of their last 16 tie that took them through 4-2 on aggregate.

MLS TV viewing audiences decline 11% for opening weekend

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The number of viewers for the opening weekend of MLS games on national television in the United States declined by 11% compared to the opening MLS weekend in 2015.

While this year's opening weekend is not an apples to apples comparison to last year, it's pretty close. For the opening weekend of 2015, the season kicked off on a Friday night with live coverage of LA Galaxy vs.

Most-watched live soccer games on US TV for weekend of March 4-6

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The viewing figures for last weekend's soccer games on TV were more varied than usual given the return of MLS as well as beIN SPORTS en Español reporting (for the first time?) their Spanish-language viewing numbers, which gives the network (and La Liga) a visible boost.

Plus there was the last minute switch by FOX Sports to move the biggest Bundesliga game of the season, between Dortmund and Bayern Munich, from FOX Soccer Plus to FX.

Zidane eyes Champions League glory after Roma scare

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted he was happy as his side progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals despite being given a scare by Roma before sealing a 4-0 aggregate win.

Madrid booked their place in the last eight thanks to two goals in four second-half minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez to seal a 2-0 win on the night at the Santiago Bernabeu.

John Terry rules himself out of PSG clash

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Chelsea captain John Terry will miss Wednesday's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge due to a hamstring injury, he announced on Tuesday.

"I'm gutted to be missing the PSG game," Terry wrote on his Instagram account.

"It's so frustrating missing any game, but these big Champions League nights at the Bridge are unbelievable and it hurts as a player not to be involved.

Winning bid for Barcelona’s new Camp Nou announced

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The Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei, in a joint venture with the Catalan company Pascual i Ausio Arquitectes, has secured a bid to design Barcelona's new stadium.

A formal public presentation and ceremony is expected in the coming weeks.

The Espai Barca jury unanimously selected the bid after reviewing eightproposals.

Investigators raid French football offices in probe targeting Sepp Blatter

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French authorities have seized documents from the country's football federation in connection with the Swiss criminal investigation targeting former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, Switzerland said Wednesday.

The search was conducted Tuesday two days before Blatter's 80th birthday with Swiss officials present while French investigators searched the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters.

Pep Guardiola meets Manchester City bosses in Amsterdam, say reports

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Pep Guardiola reportedly met the sporting director of future employers Manchester City in Amsterdam on Monday despite promising to focus solely on Bayern Munich in his final months in charge of the German club.

Clad in a grey winter hat, thick sweater and carrying a rucksack, the 45-year-old Guardiola looked like a tourist as he was photographed entering a luxury hotel in Amsterdam on Monday morning.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic not seeking Chelsea revenge

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Paris Saint-Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Tuesday that he will not be motivated by revenge on his return to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Champions League.

The Sweden striker was sent off for a foul on Oscar in the first half of PSG's 2-2 draw at Chelsea last season, which took Laurent Blanc's side into the competition's last eight, and later branded his opponents "babies" for appealing for his dismissal.

Elegant enforcer Mikel steadies Chelsea ship

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Anyone seeking to understand Chelsea's steady return to form under interim manager Guus Hiddink will find a partial explanation in the unassuming figure of holding midfielder John Mikel Obi.

Having started just two of Chelsea's final 16 Premier League games under Jose Mourinho, Mikel has started nine of 12 under Hiddink in the only notable non-enforced personnel change that the Dutchman has made to the starting XI.

Verratti and Matuidi boost for PSG ahead of Chelsea clash

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Monday named midfielders Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi among his group traveling to London for Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash at Chelsea.

Both Verratti and Matuidi are fighting for fitness after suffering a groin injury and thigh problem respectively.

Arsene Wenger hits back at ‘boring Arsenal’ critics

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Arsene Wenger has launched a vigorous defense of his achievements as Arsenal manager as he hit back at the "boring" critics calling for him to quit.

Wenger has become accustomed in recent years to Arsenal supporters and pundits calling for him to resign and the Frenchman was under-fire again last week after three successive defeats dealt a major blow to the team's Premier League title challenge and Champions League campaign.

Zidane ready for biggest Real Madrid test in Roma return

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is preparing for his biggest game since taking charge as the Spanish giants eye a place in the Champions League quarter-finals against Roma on Tuesday.

Madrid hold a commanding 2-0 lead from the first leg in the Italian capital three weeks ago, but have little room for error with the Champions League their last realistic hope of a trophy this season after a poor domestic campaign.

10 thoughts from Gameweek 1 of the 2016 MLS season

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Here are ten thoughts on Week 1 of the 2016 MLS season.

  1. Back With A Bang

There was no better way to forget MLS' CONCACAF Champions League woes than a thrilling Opening Day of the 2016 season, one which saw 36 goals scored in ten games across the league.

Of those ten games, multiple teams scored in six.

Don Garber’s idea for an Anglo-American Cup featuring MLS and EPL teams could work

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The English Premier League is one of the most famous soccer leagues in the world, whereas the Major League Soccer League is just coming to prominence. Wouldn't it be great if there was a tournament between the two leagues every summer? Well good news the MLS commissioner Don Garber is considering hosting an annual competition between North American and English teams that would take place in the summer.

Leicester City fans causing earthquakes with celebrations

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Leicester City's supporters celebrated a recent goal so jubilantly that a minor earthquake was detected in the city, a group of geology students said on Tuesday.

The group from the University of Leicester recently placed earthquake-monitoring equipment at a school close to Leicester's King Power Stadium.

Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny a bright spot in frustrating season for Gunners

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When Arsenal signed Mohamed Elneny from Swiss club Basel in January, many fans of the north London club were left feeling unfulfilled. After all, the 23-year-old Egyptian international is not considered a "world class" player, nor is he a household name in the soccer world. The Gunners reportedly only paid somewhere in the range of £5-£7 million for the defensive midfielder, hardly an earth-shattering transfer.

Mario Goetze goes from World Cup hero to zero in 2016

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Mario Goetze made German football history by scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final, but now the Brazil 2014 hero can not get a game at Bayern Munich.

A groin injury has restricted Goetze to just seven league appearances this season, but a month after making a full return to training, he has been kept on the bench for all of Bayern's last five games.

Wenger defiant over Arsenal league title hopes

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Monday insisted that his side are still in the Premier League title race and that their trophy hopes do not only lie with the FA Cup.

The Gunners are eight points behind league leaders Leicester despite a battling 2-2 draw at rivals Tottenham, and have won just three of their last 12 games.

Rachel Bonnetta picks FOX Sports over ESPN as her new employer

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MLS digital star Rachel Bonnetta has joined FOX Sports to become the newest member of their video show The Buzzer.

Bonnetta, who began her career at Toronto FC as host of their video channel, joined MLSsoccer.com in early 2015 to be the face of their digital network. During 2015, she became one of the brightest stars off the field at MLS, scoring several memorable interviews and segments, as well as hosting the MLS NowandOff Topic With Rachel Bonnetta shows.

How Pep Guardiola perfected the art of players using space on the soccer pitch

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Until recently, soccer punditry was seen as a joke by many, a last paycheck given to big-name players who contributed nothing someone who had never played the game in their life wouldn't have known. What viewers really wanted, tactical analysis, anecdotes of having been there and done that, and a clear viewpoint on what the optimal course of action would be in a given situation were all lacking until the arrival of Gary Neville and then Jamie Carragher.

Stakes high as Chelsea and PSG clash again

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Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain meet at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with both sides' seasons riding on the outcome of their Champions League last 16, second leg showdown.

PSG head to London with a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Paris last month thanks to a late Edinson Cavani winner, but the tie is finely poised, with John Obi Mikel's away goal giving Chelsea plenty of reason to believe they can progress.

Experiencing a home match at Salford City, the club that’s owned by United legends

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It wasn't until the BBC documentary The Class of '92,that I learnedabout Salford City Football Club. As an American transplanted in Salford, England, I had lived in the area for three years before finding out anything about them. However, once I saw an episode of the documentary and learned about the connection the club have to Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers, I had to get to a game.

Confidence back for Arsenal ahead of Hull trip

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Aaron Ramsey says that Arsenal will resume their FA Cup defense at Hull City on Tuesday with confidence restored following Saturday's 2-2 draw with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsene Wenger's side had come in for heavy criticism after back-to-back defeats had seen them fall away in the Premier League title race, prompting Alexis Sanchez to claim that some of his team-mates lacked the hunger to be champions.

5 things we learned from MLS opening weekend 2016

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Major League Soccer has kicked off the 2016 season and set a record amount of goals on opening day. With the fixtures coming fast and furious in the weeks to come, here are five things we learned from week 1.

1. Patrick Vieira off to a winning start, defense still needs work

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira got off to a winning start in charge of New York City FC.

Real Madrid seek European tonic to terrible season

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Real Madrid return to Champions League action with the visit of Roma on Tuesday needing to book their place in their quarter-finals to keep alive a hugely disappointing season.

A place in the last eight for a sixth consecutive season is well within the reach of Zinedine Zidane's men with a comfortable 2-0 first-leg lead to rely on.

Celtic have ‘unfinished business’ in Scottish Cup

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila says his side have "unfinished business" in the Scottish Cup after they were paired with Old Firm rivals Rangers in the draw for the semi-finals.

The Hoops booked their place in the last four with a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Championship side Greenock Morton on Sunday while Rangers demolished Dundee 4-0 in their quarter-final on Saturday.

Everton’s stumbling form flying under the radar in topsy turvy season

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Saturday's loss against West Ham was a microcosm of Everton's whole season thus far. Exciting attacking play, a superb Lukaku, shoddy defending and a shocked Roberto Martinez trying to find new excuses to mask his side's shocking display at the back.

In a season dominated by Leicester punching above their weight, Newcastle being punched down by the weight of expectation and Chelsea and Liverpool making their best impression of a mid-table side, Everton's plight has largely passed under the radar.

Messi or Ronaldo? Indian argument ends in murder charge

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Indian police said Monday a man has been charged with murdering his friend after a heated argument over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's best footballer.

They said the Nigerian national stabbed one of his countrymen to death after the two of them wrangled over whether the Barcelona star or the Real Madrid forward was better.

EPL GW 29 review; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, Richard Farley is joined by Laurence McKenna and Nipun Chopra to discuss one of the most important North London derbies in Premier League history, with Saturday's result at White Hart Lane allowing Leicester City to increase their lead atop the league table to five points with nine matches to go.

Franz Beckenbauer again pleads innocence in World Cup 2006 scandal

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Sunday again insisted he is innocent in the 2006 World Cup scandal amidst allegations of corruption, pinning any potential blame on his now deceased lawyer.

Beckenbauer, who captained and coached Germany to the 1974 and 1990 World Cup titles respectively, was head of the organizing committee for the 2006 finals, but insists his former lawyer Robert Schwan, who died in 2002, ran his finances.

LA Galaxy romp and Vieira gets NYCFC’s first win as MLS kicks off

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Los Angeles Galaxy launched their new Major League Soccer season with a 4-1 victory over DC United on Sunday inspired by two of the star-studded outfit's lesser lights.

The Galaxy, whose starting line-up featured former Premier League stalwarts Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, Nigel de Jong and Robbie Keane, had looked in danger of suffering a shock loss after United took the lead through Lamar Neagle on five minutes.

Schedule of Champions League games on TV

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The familiar anthem of the UEFA Champions League returns. The one that raises the hair on the back of your neck, as they belt out the words "These are the champions." But it's the action that follows that is even better, and there are plenty of nerve-racking games in store.

For soccer fans in the USA, here's the schedule of the Round of 16 games on TV and live streaming:

Tuesday, March 8

Real Madrid vs.

Juventus hold lead as Gigi Buffon sets clean sheet record

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Gianluigi Buffon set a new clean sheet record in Serie A's three-points-for-a-win era as Juventus maintained their three point lead at the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win at Atalanta on Sunday.

Andrea Barzagli's 24th minute tap-in and a wonderful individual goal from Mario Lemina four minutes from the end was enough for the reigning champions, who move up to 64 points after extending their unbeaten run to 18 games, and hold second-placed Napoli at bay after Maurizio Sarri's side briefly drew level with Saturday's convincing 3-1 win over Chievo.

Last-gasp Benteke gives 10-man Liverpool win against Palace

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Substitute Christian Benteke won and scored a 96th-minute penalty as 10-man Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.

Joe Ledley's 48th-minute strike and Liverpool midfielder James Milner's second-half dismissal for two bookable offenses looked to have set Palace on course for a first win in 12 league matches.

Messi double keeps Barcelona record rolling

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A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona tightened their grip on the La Liga title race with a comprehensive 4-0 win at Eibar on Sunday to open up an 11-point lead at the top.

Munir El Haddadi tapped home the opener from Luis Suarez's cross before Messi doubled Barca's advantage with a brilliant individual effort just before half-time.

West Brom punish Juan Mata as Man United lose ground [VIDEO]

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Salomon Rondon inflicted a major blow upon Manchester United's Champions League qualification hopes and left Juan Mata ruing two moments of madness as West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 on Sunday.

The £12 million ($17 million, 15.5 million euros) Venezuelan international lashed home his eighth goal of the season to move West Brom to within touching distance of manager Tony Pulis's all-important 40-point mark as 10-man United's run of four successive victories came to a miserable end.

Claudio Ranieri still refuses to daydream of Leicester title

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Claudio Ranieri is still refusing to countenance Leicester City as Premier League title favorites despite seeing his side extend their lead at the top of the table to five points.

Leicester's 1-0 victory at Watford ensured they cashed in on Tottenham and Arsenal's 2-2 draw earlier in the day and answered questions about their own ability to grind out results from difficult assignments.

Hiddink confident over Diego Costa fitness for PSG clash

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Guus Hiddink dismissed concerns over Diego Costa's fitness by insisting the Spain striker will be available for Chelsea's crucial Champions League clash with Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday.

Costa missed Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw against Stoke as he rested to avoid aggravating a tendon injury, but Blues interim manager Hiddink is confident his star forward will return for the last 16, second leg against PSG.

Pochettino rues wasted chance for Spurs to seize title momentum

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Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham missed an opportunity to step up their Premier League title challenge, after failing to beat 10-man Arsenal in a pulsating 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.

Pochettino's side remain in second place, five points behind leaders Leicester, but the Tottenham manager was left frustrated after Spurs squandered a 2-1 lead against their bitter north London rivals.

Napoli down Chievo to move joint top of Serie A

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Napoli moved joint top of Serie A after goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Vlad Chiriches and Jose Callejon saw them beat Chievo 3-1 on Saturday and get their title challenge back on track after a three-game mini-slump.

Maurizio Sarri's side are level on 61 points with reigning champions Juventus after a winning a hugely entertaining encounter in which Chievo, who stay 11th on 34 points, more than played their part and opened the scoring with just over a minute on the clock through Nicola Rigoni.

Teams won’t fear Rangers in Scottish Cup draw, says Warburton

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton says he and his players will keep their feet on the ground after booking their place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals for the second time in three years with a 4-0 demolition of Dundee.

The Championship leaders, who are 14 points ahead of Hibernian in their bid to gain promotion back to the Premiership, eased to victory over their top-flight opponents whose eight-match unbeaten run came crashing to an end.

Four-goal Ronaldo silences Madrid critics in Celta rout

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Cristiano Ronaldo silenced his critics with four goals in Real Madrid's 7-1 mauling of Celta Vigo on Saturday after being jeered by certain sections of the home support.

Ronaldo wheeled away in celebration with hand cupped to his ear after smashing home Madrid's second after Pepe had headed Zinedine Zidane's men in front before half-time.

Spurs and Arsenal’s strengths and weaknesses exposed in north London derby

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The biggest winner in the north London derby was Leicester City, seeing that both of their biggest title rivals dropped five out of a possible six points in a week when even they dropped points. While there are both positives and negatives for both sides to take from one of the more enthralling derbies in recent memory, both can see that maybe their best isn't quite good enough this season.

Wounded LA Galaxy seeking revenge during 2016 MLS season

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The LA Galaxy are a wounded team. Coming off a season in which they were knocked from the Major League Soccer playoffs in the knockout round, the Galaxy are looking for redemption. Yet, the team's first attempt at revitalization, the CONCACAF Champions League, saw the Los Angeles outfit crash and burn to Mexico's Santos Laguna 4-0 on aggregate.

West Brom vs. Manchester United predicted lineups and team news

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Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns on Sunday hoping to secure a third consecutive Premier League victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Pressure has eased on Louis van Gaal after the Red Devils were able to qualify for the next round of the FA Cup and Europa League while league wins against Arsenal and Watford kept their top four hopes alive.

USA white home jersey for 2016 leaked online [PHOTO]

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The first leaked photograph of the USA's home white jersey for 2016 has been leaked online.

The 2016 USA home jersey, which will be worn by both the men's and women's team and will officially be unveiled later this month, features a white jersey, which includes the new US Soccer logo.

As far as themost striking design aspect of the shirt, it's the sleeves, which aresky blue in color but also feature a dark blue mesh design.

MLS reaches maturity as 21st season kicks off

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The 21st season of Major League Soccer kicks off across North America this weekend with officials optimistic about prospects for future growth despite emerging challenges from rival competitions across the globe.

A legacy of the 1994 World Cup, MLS has come a long way since the San Jose Clash kicked off the league with a 1-0 win over DC United in front of 31,863 fans on April 6, 1996.

FIFA still weighing independent oversight, says Carrard

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FIFA is still considering setting up an independent panel to oversee its reform effort, a move requested by world football's top corporate sponsors, the head of FIFA's reform committee Francois Carrard told AFP.

Carrard, a Swiss lawyer who helped lead an anti-corruption drive at the International Olympic Committee more than a decade ago, headed the group which drafted FIFA's governance reforms, overwhelmingly approved at a congress last week.

Bundesliga’s next 2 games on FOX over-the-air network revealed

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Germany's Bundesliga has revealed their schedule for the upcoming weeks, so we now know which two games will be featured on the over-the-air FOX network in the near future.

FOX's national TV network has agreed to feature 8 Bundesliga games live on its terrestrial channel for the latter half of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season.

Leave my son out of Olympiacos match-fixing talk, says father of new UEFA chief

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The father of UEFA's new interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis, a top official at Greek champions Olympiakos, has called on media to leave his son out of match-fixing talk concerning the club.

"They should leave my son out of it," Olympiakos vice-president Savvas Theodoridis told sports daily Fos on Friday.

FIFA approve testing of video replay technology to benefit referees

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The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which governs the rules of the game, has approved testing of video technology to aid match officials, it was announced on Saturday.

Experiments will be carried out over a two-year period starting no later than the 2017/18 season before a final decision is taken on whether to adopt the technology permanently.

Demoralized Arsenal team faces biggest test of the season against Spurs

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Following Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Swansea City on Wednesday, which was their third defeat in a row, the Gunners are now six points behind league leaders Leicester City. Although the teams surrounding Arsenal in the table, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, both lost as well, there are some serious issues with the Gunners at the moment.

Tim Vickery interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (3.2.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Tim Vickery, the world-renowned journalist and broadcaster.

During the interview, Tim shares his opinion about what the countries in South America think about this summer's Copa America, as well as how Dunga and Brazil plan to juggle the Olympics and Copa.

Chelsea vs. Stoke City predicted lineups and team news

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Chelsea come into Saturday's game against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge with one eye on the big midweek Champions League tie against PSG next Wednesday.

Guus Hiddink's men have been in superb form of late with 19 points in this calendar year, more than any other Premier league side bar Tottenham.

Fiery Moscow derby marks Russian winter end

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After a long winter lay-off the Russian Premier League is back with a bang this weekend as leaders CSKA Moscow welcome city rivals Spartak for the nation's most hotly disputed derby.

CSKA top the table with 37 points from 18 matches, three ahead of second-placed Rostov, while another Moscow outfit, Lokomotiv sit, third two points further back.

Dortmund ready to put pressure on Bayern Munich in Bundesliga title race

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Borussia Dortmund deserve an immense amount of credit for still being in touch with league leaders Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.

Because Pep Guardiola's swashbuckling side have been awesome in 2015-16, the champions have suffocated opposition teams with a constricting cocktail of pressing and possession, surging to the summit of the table, totting up an obscene tally of goals and keeping the defensive door tightly bolted.

Spurs vs. Arsenal predicted lineups and team news

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Arsenal will be looking to arrest their dreadful run of three consecutive defeats in all competitions when they travel to bitter rivals and fellow title contenders Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger has come under severe criticism in recent weeks for the failure of his side to capitalize on the collapse of regular title contenders Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in this year's title race.

Ex-Benfica president arrested in corruption investigation

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A former president of Portuguese football giants Benfica, Manuel Damasio, was arrested and indicted Thursday for alleged influence peddling and money laundering as part of an international corruption investigation.

The 75-year-old who served as Benfica president between January 1994 and October 1997 was arrested in the morning and brought before an investigating judge who placed him in judicial custody, the Portuguese prosecutor general said in a statement.

Manchester City run risk of missing out on Champions League qualification

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What goes around comes around,and so it did for Manuel Pellegrini and his Manchester City side all within 72 hours this week.

OnSunday, Manchester City was celebrating their fourth League Cup trophy victoryafter they had defeated Liverpool ina tense match and went on to win on penalties.

Pressure cranked up on title-chasing Juventus

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Just as Juventus have overhauled pace-setters Napoli in the race for the Serie A title, the Italian leaders are under increasing pressure as they head to Atalanta on Sunday.

The defending champions qualified for the Italian Cup final beating Inter Milan after extra-time and penalties on Wednesday in what was described as a dreadful performance by their own players.

Spurs vs. Arsenal preview: Most important derby of the Premier League era

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Back in November, I wrote about that edition of the north London derby, which was shaping up to be the most important in years. That game was important in its own way, but after the past few months ofsoccer, it turns out that that game was an appetizer for the return leg at White Hart Lane, which is certainly the most important derby in the Premier League era, and one of the most important in the long history of this blood feud.

FOX Sports makes U-turn and decides to show Dortmund-Bayern on FX

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FOX Sports has made a last-minute U-turn and has decided to broadcast the biggest Bundesliga game of the season between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich on FX.

Originally, FOX Sports announced on Tuesday that the high-profile game would only be shown on FOX Soccer Plus, the sports network that very few soccer fans in the United States have access to.

Minnows Eibar next on rampant Barca’s radar

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European champions Barcelona can take another step closer to a sixth La Liga title in eight years when they travel to the humble surroundings of Eibar's 6,000 capacity Ipurua on Sunday.

Barca are on a record 35-game unbeaten streak stretching back to October to put them well on course to repeat the treble of league, Cup and Champions League they won last season.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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If some absorbing title races in European soccer aren't sufficient for sating your appetite, Major League Soccer returns once again this weekend.

And in a brilliant turn of fate, fans will be treated to a repeat of last year's MLS Cup final on the opening weekend. Elsewhere, there are vital tussles to take in at the top of the Premier League, the Bundesliga and Portugal's top flight.

Nemanja Matic eyes Chelsea push for top four finish

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Nemanja Matic claims Chelsea can still secure a top four finish if they can secure a fourth successive Premier League win when Stoke visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues' win at Norwich this week moved last season's champions into the top half of the table for the first time since August and within eight points of fourth placed Manchester City.

Crystal Dunn’s blast powers USA women past England [VIDEO]

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Crystal Dunn and the reigning World Cup champion USA got off to a flying start with a win in their opening game of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup tournament.

Dunn's goal in the 72nd minute was all the US national women's team would need in a 1-0 victory over world number five England at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Arsenal title hopes hit as Petr Cech faces lengthy absence

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Arsenal's hopes of capturing their first Premier League title in 12 years took a huge hit on Friday when it was revealed that goalkeeper Petr Cech faces up to a month out injured.

The Czech Republic international suffered a muscular problem at the end of Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Swansea City.

Euro 2016 TV schedule for June 10 to July 10

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Euro 2016 kicks off in June featuring many of the world's greatest soccer nations including France, Spain, Germany and Italy as well as several entertaining teams such as Belgium, England, Ireland and Sweden, as well as surprise appearances by Wales, Northern Ireland, Iceland and Albania.

With all 24 national teams in the championship ranked among the top 40 teams in the FIFA World Rankings, the UEFA European Football Championship is arguably the most prestigious and competitive international soccer tournament in the world.

ESPN announces Euro 2016 TV and streaming coverage plans

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ESPN has announced its initial coverage plans for Euro 2016, one of the world's most entertaining national soccer competitions.

Every match will be shown live on TV and online. All together, ESPN networks will combine to televise more than 230 live hours of Euro 2016 beginning Friday, June 10 through Sunday, July 10 from 10 cities across France.

Bayern Munich must now fight for title, admits Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola admits his Bayern Munich face a fight at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in their battle to win a historic fourth Bundesliga title after Mainz's upset victory in Bavaria.

Bayern's shock 2-1 defeat both trimmed their lead over second-placed Dortmund to just five points and saw them lose their 100 percent home record for this season.

Celtic boss warns of Scottish title slip-up

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila warned his players they are in danger of missing out on the Scottish Premiership title if their recent run of poor form continues.

The Hoops were left frustrated as they couldn't break down a Dundee side that rested several first team players ahead of their Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with Rangers on Saturday.

New photo of USA’s black 2016 jersey is the best yet

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A new leaked image of the USA black jersey for 2016 is the best one yet. The photograph, that is. Not the shirt.

The new USA black jersey, which will be officially unveiled later this month, features a black shirt, the new USA logo and sleeves that are red and blue.

Designed and manufactured by Nike, the new USA 2016 jersey is sure to generate a lot of debate from both sides of the aisle — with those who hate it sure to be more vociferous on Twitter than those who like it.

Totti and Spalletti doubts linger ahead of Roma vs. Fiorentina clash

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Uncertainty over the futures of Francesco Totti and coach Luciano Spalletti is hanging over Roma ahead of a clash with Fiorentina on Friday that is key for both clubs' chances of Champions League qualification.

"It won't be decisive, but it's a six-pointer," Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa said after his side hit the woodwork twice on their way to being held 1-1 by Napoli on Monday.

Date and time set for el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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The date and time for 2016's first el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been set, so it's time to mark your calendars.

Barcelona will play Real Madrid at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Saturday, April 2nd. The kick-off time is scheduled for 2:30pm ET.

In what is always the biggest club soccer game in the world, the game will be televised live across the globe.

Manuel Pellegrini unfazed by Manchester City slump

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Manuel Pellegrini refused to accept Manchester City's hopes of Champions League qualification are now under threat after their lackluster 3-0 loss at Liverpool.

City started the season as favorites for the Premier League title and a place in the top four was thought to be a formality.

However, they are currently in freefall and were comfortably second best on Wednesday as goals from Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino condemned them to a third straight league defeat.

Russell Brand interviews Slaven Bilic after West Ham’s win vs. Spurs [VIDEO]

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Stand-up comedian Russell Brand made an appearance on West Ham TV Wednesday night where he interviewed Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

The interview was conducted after the Irons defeated Spurs 1-0 at the Boleyn Ground.

Brand, who is a massive West Ham supporter, made sure to point out that Spurs will never have another chance to beat West Ham at the Boleyn Ground anymore as the team will move to the Olympic Stadium this summer.

Louis Van Gaal impressed by youthful Manchester United

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Louis van Gaal hailed Manchester United's youthful spirit after they ground out a 1-0 Premier League victory over Watford.

United were second best for much of the game in atrocious weather at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but still secured a fourth successive victory thanks to Juan Mata's 83rd-minute free-kick.

German FA to unveil truth behind 2006 World Cup scandal

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The German FA (DFB) is set to answer corruption allegations on Friday as accusations the 2006 World Cup was "bought" threaten to give FIFA another headache.

The 2006 finals were lauded in Germany as a huge success with fans from all the world lapping up the well-organized tournament over four sun-soaked weeks.

Advantage Leicester as Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City lose

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Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City remain sitting pretty at the Premier League summit after their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City remarkably all contrived to lose on Wednesday.

Leicester had dropped points in a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, but they remain in pole position after Spurs lost 1-0 at West Ham United, Arsenal crashed 2-1 at home to Swansea City and Liverpool claimed revenge for their League Cup final defeat by crushing City 3-0.

EPL GW 28 review; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, Richard Farley and Kartik Krishnaiyer break down a mid-week round that saw the Premier League's top four go winless, with Leicester's home draw with West Bromwich Albion increasing their lead atop the league. Richard and Kartik also preview the coming weekend's action, paying special attention to Saturday's crucial North London Derby.

Bayern Munich lose perfect home record to give Dortmund hope

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Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Mainz on Wednesday, losing their 100 percent home record this season, as their lead in the Bundesliga was trimmed to five points.

The result shakes up the title race ahead of Saturday's crunch clash when Pep Guardiola's Bayern play at second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Club America advance as Mexicans seal clean sweep against MLS

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Holders Club America advanced to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League on with a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders as Mexican sides clinched a clean sweep over their Major League Soccer rivals.

With DC United and Los Angeles Galaxy losing their quarter-finals on Tuesday, Seattle had arguably the best chance of progressing to the last four as they traveled to Mexico City after a 2-2 draw in the first leg.

2016 MLS season preview: Top-flight US league prepares for its 21st year

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With the 2016 MLS season slated to begin on Sunday, it's time to look forward to what we can expect from each of the 20 teams in the New Year. So what you'll find below is a series of quick questions and expectations for each team in MLS as the new season approaches.

Eastern Conference:

Chicago Fire

Their new coach is Veljko Paunović, the man who led Serbia to the U-20 World Cup title back in July.

Why Philadelphia Union could be a surprise package in MLS this season

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One Major League Soccer playoff appearance in their six season existence has left Philadelphia Union fans hungry for more, much more. Despite two consecutive runner-up performances in the US Open Cup, the Union have underachieved mightily since their first MLS game in 2010. From shaky goalkeepers to allegedly abusive managers, and even a stint from former US wunderkind-come-bust Freddy Adu, the Union have seen a lot in their short time.

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena wants schedule review after thrashing

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Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena believes the scheduling of the CONCACAF Champions League needs to be reviewed after his expensively assembled team suffered a one-sided quarter-final exit.

A Galaxy side bristling with foreign talent led by Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Nigel De Jong were trounced 4-0 by Mexican outfit Santos Laguna on Tuesday, sealing a 4-0 aggregate defeat.

Ex-England winger Adam Johnson guilty of under-age sex charge

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Former England winger Adam Johnson was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child at a court in northern England on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old had previously admitted to grooming a 15-year-old girl and one charge of sexual activity with her, relating to an incident when he kissed her in his Range Rover.

Galatasaray banned from Europe for one year

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UEFA on Wednesday banned Turkish champions Galatasaray from European competition for one year for breaching spending rules.

A UEFA tribunal ordered the ban after Galatasaray "failed to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement" made with the European confederation in May 2014, said a statement.

English soccer clubs cool European breakaway reports

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The English Premier League's biggest clubs on Wednesday moved to distance themselves from a report that they met to discuss forming a breakaway European Super League.

The S*n newspaper claimed representatives from Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool held "secret talks" with officials from a company owned by American billionaire Stephen Ross on Tuesday.

FOX bumps Bundesliga’s biggest game of the season to FOX Soccer Plus

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If you want to watch Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich on live TV this Saturday, you won't find it on FOX Sports 1. You won't find it on FOX Sports 2 either. Nor will you find it on FOX Sports Net or any other FOX affiliate. Instead, the only place you can watch the biggest live Bundesliga game of the 2015/16 season is on FOX Soccer Plus, the TV channel that most soccer fans in the United States don't get.

Michel Platini appeals against six year ban

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UEFA president Michel Platini has made a formal appeal against his six year ban from soccer at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the tribunal said Wednesday.

The French football legend has also asked the CAS to give a decision before the European Championships in France, which would enable him to attend if he is successful, the tribunal secretary general told AFP.

MLS may likely seek to control USSF after 2018

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Last Friday when MLS Commissioner Don Garber prepared to cast the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ballot for FIFA President, Twitter blew up. The election, which was being broadcast live into American homes by both FOX Sports 1 and ESPN, was a major event in terms of soccer coverage in the United States, a landmark day of sorts.

Guus Hiddink sets Chelsea’s sights on overhauling Manchester United

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Guus Hiddink has set Chelsea the target of over-taking Manchester United by the end of the Premier League campaign.

Winning the Champions League and the FA Cup are the top priorities for last season's champions, who moved up to eighth place in the table thanks to a 2-1 win at Norwich City on Tuesday.

Atletico Madrid to join Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur in Australia

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Spanish giants Atletico Madrid were Wednesday unveiled as the fourth side to play in this year's International Champions Cup in Australia, joining Italian champions Juventus and England's Tottenham Hotspur.

Melbourne Victory will also compete in the Australian leg of the global pre-season club competition at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in July.

Atletico ease past Sociedad, cut Barca’s lead

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Atletico Madrid closed the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to five points with a routine 3-0 win over Real Sociedad on Tuesday.

A bright start from the hosts was rewarded when Diego Reyes turned Koke's low cross into his own net after just eight minutes.

Saul Niguez's acrobatic volley doubled Atletico's advantage a minute into the second-half before Antoine Griezmann's penalty rounded off the scoring.

Everton push woeful Aston Villa closer to the drop [VIDEO]

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Aston Villa were pushed closer to the relegation trapdoor on Tuesday as the Premier League's bottom club slumped to a miserable 3-1 defeat against Everton.

Remi Garde's troubled side were crushed by goals from Ramiro Funes Mori, Aaron Lennon and Romelu Lukaku as they surrendered in front of their furious fans at Villa Park.

Arsenal vs. Swansea predicted lineups and team news

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Arsenal will be hoping to bounce back from a shock 3-2 loss away to Manchester United last Sunday when they play Swansea City on Wednesday (2:45pm ET on NBCSN).

The Gunners are now sixpoints behind leaders Leicester City with 11 games to go but it doesn't get any easier for them with tough fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and an FA Cup replay at Hull City coming up within the next two weeks.

Steven Gerrard woe as LA Galaxy thrashed in Champions League exit

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Steven Gerrard's hopes of leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to CONCACAF Champions League glory came to an abrupt end as Mexican sides dominated against their American quarter-final opponents.

Gerrard partnered new Galaxy signing Nigel De Jong in the Los Angeles midfield as the Major League Soccer side traveled to Torreon in Mexico to face Santos Laguna after grinding out a 0-0 draw in last week's first leg.

Costa lifts Chelsea as Norwich crash again [VIDEO]

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Chelsea moved into the top half of the Premier League for the first time since August as Diego Costa sealed a 2-1 win at struggling Norwich on Tuesday.

Guus Hiddink's side, who remain unbeaten in domestic action under their interim manager, climbed to eighth place thanks to first-half goals from Kenedy and Costa.

Liverpool vs. Manchester City predicted lineups and team news

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Liverpool will be looking for revenge when they play Manchester City on Wednesday (3pm ET on NBCSN) at Anfield after losing the Capital One Cup final to the Citizens on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp's men fell behind early in the second half via Fernandinho's goal but Philippe Coutinho equalized seven minutes from time to send the game into extra-time.

Ian Darke renews contract with ESPN through 2020

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Ian Darke, arguablythe country's most popularsoccer commentator, has signed a multi-year agreement with ESPN to continue as the company's lead play-by-play announcer. The news comes as a blow to FOX Sports who reportedly were interested in hiring him to commentate the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC, Gameweek 28

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NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage of 18 matches in five days continues today at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by first-place Leicester City v. West Bromwich Albion at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage continues tomorrow, Wednesday, Mar. 2, when Liverpool host fourth-place Manchester City at 3 p.

Deila urges Celtic to write themselves into history of the club

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila has urged his players to write themselves into the history of the club by winning their fifth league title in a row.

The Hoops have only achieved the feat twice before in their 128-year history with the last coming in the 1970s under the club's European Cup winning manager Jock Stein who eventually led the club to a record nine titles in a row.

Don’t rush Manchester United gem Marcus Rashford, warns Van Gaal

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Marcus Rashford's astonishing start in senior football has given Manchester United a significant lift at a key stage of a trying season, ahead of Watford's visit on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old striker has impressed in United's junior sides this season, scoring three times at Under-19 level and also finding the net regularly for the Under-21 team.

NGSN acquires Coppa Italia streaming rights in USA

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In time for the second legs of the semi-finals of the 2015/16 Coppa Italia, NGSN has acquired the legal streaming rights to the Italian cup competition in the US market.

With NGSN, you can watch all of the Coppa Italia games live and on-demand. Plus, the service is currently offering a free 30-day trial.

Spurs are Premier League title favorites says Ranieri

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has moved to take the pressure off his shock Premier League leaders by tipping Tottenham as title favorites.

Ranieri's side are two points clear of second placed Tottenham and host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday with Mauricio Pochettino's men facing West Ham on Wednesday.

Kickoff times announced for Copa America Centenario games

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CONCACAF has announced the kickoff times for all of the Copa America Centenario games that will be played on US soil this summer.

The good news for soccer fans is that none of the games clash with the Euro 2016 competition, so fans will be able to watch the best teams in Europe play on TV in the morning and afternoons, and then have a chance to watch soccer in-person in the evenings to see the stars from North and South America.

Wenger brands Arsenal criticism ‘excessive’

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Tuesday labelled criticism of his team's faltering Premier League title challenge "excessive" and "too emotional".

Sunday's 3-2 defeat at injury-ravaged Manchester United left Arsenal five points below league leaders Leicester City, compromising the London club's chances of ending their 12-year wait for the title.