EPL Talk Archives for January 2017

Inter Milan stay in touch at top with Verona win

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Rome (AFP) – Inter Milan kept in touch with leaders Napoli thanks to a 2-1 win at struggling Verona on Monday as they reclaimed second place in Serie A.

Luciano Spalletti’s unbeaten side have 29 points from 11 games and are two points adrift of Napoli.

Champions Juventus and Lazio are joint third on 28 points with Roma sitting four points further back in fifth with a game in hand.

Inter stay in touch at top with Verona win

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Rome (AFP) – Inter Milan kept in touch with leaders Napoli thanks to a 2-1 win at struggling Verona on Monday as they reclaimed second place in Serie A.

Luciano Spalletti’s unbeaten side have 29 points from 11 games - a new club record - and are two points adrift of Napoli.

Champions Juventus and Lazio are joint third on 28 points with Roma sitting four points further back in fifth with a game in hand.

Hendrick strikes to give Burnley rare home joy

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Irish international Jeff Hendrick’s second-half goal gave Burnley only their second home win of the season on Monday, edging Newcastle United 1-0 in their Premier League clash.

The 25-year-old’s goal lifted Burnley up to the heady heights of seventh, but may have heightened Everton’s interest in their manager Sean Dyche to fill the vacancy left by Ronald Koeman’s sacking.

Photos of Germany World Cup jersey leaked online ahead of 2018 tournament

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Photographs of Germany’s new official kit that they’ll be wearing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup next summer have been leaked online months before the tournament.

Every World Cup, it’s Germany and adidas that produce the classiest shirt designs, and the 2018 World Cup will be no exception for the duo.

Bayern star Lewandowski to miss Celtic clash

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Berlin (AFP) – Celtic were handed a boost ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match at home to Bayern Munich as the Germans’ star striker Robert Lewandowski was ruled out by injury.

The 29-year-old hot-shot injured his left thigh in the first half of Bayern’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday and stayed in Munich when the squad flew to Scotland on Monday.

Injured Moses to miss final Nigeria qualifier

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Abuja (AFP) – Chelsea’s Victor Moses will miss Nigeria’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier in Algeria and the friendly against Argentina with a hamstring injury, while coach Gernot Rohr recalled in-form youngster Henry Onyekuru.

Nigeria had already qualified for next year’s finals in Russia with Moses a key figure, but the 26-year-old suffered the injury in Chelsea’s loss to Crystal Palace two weeks ago.

Morata denies finding London “stressful”

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Rome (AFP) – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has dismissed suggestions he finds life in London “too stressful”, saying he would sign for ten years with the English Premier League champions if offered.

The 25-year-old - who signed a club record £58 million ($76.6 million) deal from Real Madrid in the close season - was quoted in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday as saying he missed playing for former Italian club Juventus.

Conte to let Kante decide on comeback

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Rome (AFP) – Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said Monday that he would let French midfielder N’Golo Kante decide whether he is fit to play in Tuesday’s Champions League tie at Roma.

Kante has been out since picking up a hamstring injury during the international break earlier this month.

Atletico Madrid’s lofty ambitions on the line – Simeone

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Simeone called on his Atletico Madrid side to prove they are among the best sides in the world on Monday ahead of a must-win Champions League clash against Qarabag of Azerbaijan.

Atletico have taken a meagre two points from their opening three Group C games to put their chances of reaching the last 16 for a fifth straight season at serious risk.

Serbia football part company with coach Muslin

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Belgrade (AFP) – Slavoljub Muslin has left his position as coach of Serbia after leading them to next year’s World Cup finals, the Serbian federation (FSS) announced on Monday.

The FSS said in a statement on their website that Muslin had departed after his contract was broken by “common accord”.

Germany’s Foda named Austria coach

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Vienna (AFP) – Austria named the German Franco Foda as their new coach Monday, succeeding the Swiss Marcel Koller who announced his resignation last month after failing to qualify for the World Cup.

Currently in charge of Austrian powerhouse Sturm Graz, Foda is the first German to be hired in the national team’s 113-year history.

Mbappe form casts cloud over PSG with last 16 in sight

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Paris (AFP) – The misfiring Kylian Mbappe could be dropped for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Anderlecht on Tuesday as the French club look to secure their place in the last 16.

Mbappe’s rise to superstardom has been rapid but the France forward, who is still just 18, is currently going through the worst spell of his short career to date.

Kokorin to lead Russia for Argentina, Spain tests

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Moscow (AFP) – Alexander Kokorin and Fedor Smolov will spearhead Russia’s attack in the November friendlies against Argentina and Spain, as coach Stanislav Cherchesov unveiled his 27-man squad on Monday.

The 2018 World Cup hosts will take on Argentina at Moscow’s renovated Luzhniki Stadium on November 11, before facing Spain in Saint Petersburg three days later.

Roma coach wants “same mentality” in Chelsea rematch

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Rome (AFP) – Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco called on his players to have “the same mentality” against Chelsea in Tuesday’s Champions League game in Rome as in London two weeks ago.

Roma have won all three of their league games since drawing 3-3 with Chelsea a fortnight ago, and Di Francesco called on his team to continue to build on the performance at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku should be ‘untouchable’, says Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says Romelu Lukaku should be “untouchable” after questioning his treatment by Manchester United’s fans for the second time in three days.

Lukaku made a lightning start to his United career, scoring 11 goals in his first 10 games for the club following his £75 million ($99 million, 85 million euros) move from Everton in July.

Champions League round 4: Tough games for Chelsea and Manchester City

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European action returns this week with a number of mouthwatering Champions League ties to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

At the halfway point of the group stages, the pools are starting to take shape and the next round of fixtures will play a big role in deciding who eventually qualifies for the knockout stages.

fuboTV launches new-and-improved Roku app for cord cutters and sports fans

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One of the biggest weaknesses of fuboTV has now been upgraded to become one of its greatest strengths.

In the past, despite all of the advances that fuboTV has made with its technology, the one version of their app that was stuck in the stone ages was the app for Roku. But since this past weekend, the apps has been upgraded where it’s a must-have app for soccer fans in the United States.

PSG, Barcelona on verge of Champions League last 16

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Paris (AFP) – Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, five-time champions Barcelona and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are among the teams looking to book a Champions League last-16 place on Tuesday.

The pick of the action sees Anderlecht take on Neymar and co. in Paris, while Barcelona face Olympiakos and Roma go head-to-head with Chelsea in Italy.

Punchless Atletico face Champions League knockout

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Madrid (AFP) – Finding themselves against the ropes, Atletico Madrid have to come out swinging and finally start landing punches to keep their Champions League dreams alive when Azerbaijani champions Qarabag visit the shiny new Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday (1945GMT).

The move to the 68,000 capacity stadium, which will host next season’s Champions League final, was seen as confirmation of Atletico’s place among the European elite.

Martial-Rashford rivalry spurs on Manchester United

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London (AFP) – Neither Anthony Martial nor Marcus Rashford are happy spending time on the bench, but the competition between them is pushing both to greater heights for Manchester United this season.

With Romelu Lukaku the first-choice number nine and Henrikh Mkhitaryan generally preferred by manager Jose Mourinho on the right flank, Martial and Rashford have had to fight it out for the left-wing slot.

Dzeko vs Hazard rematch in Rome

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Rome (AFP) – Edin Dzeko versus Eden Hazard - Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Roma and Chelsea in the Stadio Olympico could turn out to be one between the two star forwards.

Both Roma’s Dzeko and Chelsea’s Hazard scored two goals apiece in the six-goal European thriller in Stamford Bridge on October 18.

Werder Bremen sack head coach Nouri

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Berlin (AFP) – Alexander Nouri on Monday became the third Bundesliga coach sacked this season when Werder Bremen fired him with the club second from bottom in the Bundesliga and winless this season.

Bremen’s 3-0 thumping at home to mid-table Augsburg on Sunday was the last straw for Werder’s board after cries of “Nouri out!

Kane could face Real, says Spurs boss Pochettino

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London (AFP) – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Harry Kane will be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid after he missed the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Kane, who has scored 13 goals for Spurs this season, was expected to be a doubt for the game at Wembley after a hamstring problem forced him out of the match at Old Trafford.

Marseille beat Bielsa’s struggling Lille

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Paris (AFP) – Marseille piled the pressure on their former coach Marcelo Bielsa after a 1-0 win at Lille on Sunday left the Argentinian’s side stuck in the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

Midfielder Morgan Sanson grabbed the only goal of the game in just the fifth minute at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and Rudi Garcia’s visitors held on to close out the victory.

Real Madrid lose in troubled Catalonia

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Girona (Spain) (AFP) – Real Madrid suffered a backlash on the field rather than from an expected hostile atmosphere amid political turmoil in Catalonia as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday.

Goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu in four second-half minutes cancelled out Isco’s opener for Madrid as Real fell eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after just 10 games.

High-scoring Napoli continue title push

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli reclaimed top spot in Serie A on Sunday maintaining their unbeaten record with a 3-1 win at Sassuolo to retain their three-point cushion on Juventus and Lazio.

Ahead of hosting Manchester City in Champions League midweek, Napoli responded to Juventus’s 2-0 win at AC Milan on Saturday.

Vardy gives Puel perfect start as Leicester boss

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London (AFP) – Jamie Vardy gave Claude Puel the perfect start to his Leicester City reign on Sunday as the former Premier league champions returned to their counter-attacking best, brushing aside managerless Everton 2-0.

In a throwback to their 2015-16 title-winning season, Leicester caused problems for the visiting side from the start, breaking with pace and purpose as Demarai Gray proved a real handful for the struggling Merseyside team on just his second league start of the campaign.

Real Madrid beaten in Girona amid Catalan crisis

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Girona (Spain) (AFP) – Real Madrid suffered a backlash on the field rather than from an expected hostile atmosphere amid political turmoil in Catalonia as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday.

Goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu in four second-half minutes cancelled out Isco’s opener for Madrid as Real fell eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after just 10 games.

Bayern draw holders Dortmund in German Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich have been handed another tough German Cup tie after being pitted against Borussia Dortmund in the third-round draw on Sunday.

Having beaten fellow Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig 5-4 away on penalties when their second-round tie finished 1-1 after extra-time on Wednesday, Bayern have drawn Dortmund in a repeat of last season’s semi-final.

Bremen boss under pressure after Augsburg thumping

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Berlin (AFP) – There were calls for Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri to be sacked after Sunday’s 3-0 home drubbing against Augsburg left them winless in their first ten Bundesliga games.

Bremen remain second from bottom with just five points after Austria international Michael Gregoritsch netted twice for Augsburg at Werder’s Weser Stadion amidst cries of ‘Nouri out!

High-scoring Napoli continue Serie A title push

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli reclaimed top spot in Serie A on Sunday maintaining their unbeaten record with a win 3-1 at Sassuolo to retain their three-point cushion on Juventus and Lazio.

Ahead of hosting Manchester City in Champions League midweek, Napoli responded to Juventus’s 2-0 win at AC Milan on Saturday.

Palestinians say FIFA cowed by Israel over dispute

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Al-Ram (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – The Palestinian football chief on Sunday accused FIFA’s leadership of bowing to Israeli pressure to stay out of a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over play in the occupied West Bank.

The world body’s ruling council declined on Friday to adopt any of three possible actions recommended by an international commission which spent more than two years looking at the long-running battle.

Fekir goals help Lyon forget Lacazette

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon captain Nabil Fekir scored a fine first-half brace to lift his side to third in Ligue 1 on Sunday after a 2-0 defeat of rock-bottom Metz.

The 24-year-old France international Fekir has scored nine goals already this season, spearheading the Lyon attack after the departure to Arsenal of prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Brighton, Southampton share south coast honours

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London (AFP) – Brighton recovered from conceding an early goal to draw with Southampton in a Premier League clash of south coast rivals on Sunday, a result that leaves both clubs safely positioned in mid-table.

Southampton took the lead in the seventh minute when Steven Davis pounced after a brilliant free-kick from James Ward-Prowse came back off the woodwork.

Lazio add to Benevento misery to join Serie A leaders

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio joined Juventus and Napoli at the top of the Serie A table on Sunday with a 5-1 win at Benevento who notched up their 11th straight defeat in as many games.

Their first season in Serie A has been a nightmare for Benevento with the arrival of new coach Roberto De Zerbi last week doing little to improve the fortunes of the club from outside Naples with a witch on their crest.

Liverpool’s Sturridge hopes goal will kickstart season

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London (AFP) – Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge hopes his goal against Huddersfield persuades manager Jurgen Klopp to give him more time on the pitch but admits he has to deliver when given the chance.

The England international scored the crucial first goal in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Anfield with a brilliantly taken cushioned finish over goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

Conte calls for ‘realism’ over Chelsea’s title chances

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Antonio Conte has admitted Chelsea face a daunting challenge if they are to claw back the nine-point deficit to leaders Manchester City and successfully defend their Premier League title.

A 1-0 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday ensured Conte’s men didn’t lose more ground to Pep Guardiola’s side and the head coach insisted the win provided a welcome boost to the London club’s confidence ahead of the midweek trip to face AS Roma in the Champions League.

Kolasinac vindicates Wenger’s judgement

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger first made his name as Arsenal manager by discovering players that few rivals had spotted and signing them at bargain prices.

Victory in his 800th league game in charge, 2-1 against Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, came thanks to another player who attracted few headlines when he arrived at the north London club.

Klopp in dreamland over title claim, says Guardiola

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes it is totally unrealistic to believe Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Manchester City will have the title won in January despite their 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

But he is convinced his team have learned from last season and can bridge the gap after the Spaniard’s side maintained their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Where to find Birmingham vs. Aston Villa on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Birmingham vs. Aston Villa in the Championship, you’ve come to the right place.

The Birmingham derby returns on Sunday with City taking on Villa in the early kickoff. No matter the gap in the league table between these two clubs, it’s all about bragging rights.

Celtic manager Rodgers hails his history Bhoys

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his players’ “incredible achievement” as they equalled the club’s own 100-year-old British record of 62 domestic matches unbeaten.

The Bhoys matched the run set by Willie Maley’s Celtic side between 1915 and 1917 with a 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Liverpool boss Klopp relieved despite hard labour

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his side had laboured hard in their uninspiring 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Anfield on Saturday.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum would suggest this was an easy afternoon’s work for Liverpool but they were dreadfully pedestrian in the first half of a match that never really got going.

Messi maintains under-par Barca’s lead over resurgent Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona recorded their best ever start to a La Liga season as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to Athletic Bilbao thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho in a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Dier claim has not harmed friendship: Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says his friendship with Mauricio Pochettino remains intact despite the Tottenham manager claiming in his autobiography he was angry with his Manchester United counterpart for making overtures to midfielder Eric Dier.

In the book ‘Brave New World’ Pochettino alleges Mourinho had a lengthy conversation with Dier in the tunnel after United beat Spurs at Old Trafford in December last season.

Messi maintains under-par Barcelona’s lead over resurgent Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona’s relentless winning run continued as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to Athletic Bilbao, goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho securing a 2-0 victory at San Mames on Saturday.

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Bayern boss hopeful Lewandowski can face Celtic

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes hopes Robert Lewandowski can face Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday despite limping out of their Bundesliga win over RB Leipzig.

James Rodriguez and Lewandowski netted first-half goals against Leipzig who had captain Willi Orban sent off after 13 minutes.

Rodrigo keeps Valencia rolling, Atletico held

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Madrid (AFP) – Valencia maintained their stunning revival under Marcelino Garcia Toral to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Alaves on Saturday sealed thanks to a Rodrigo penalty.

Barcelona can regain their four-point lead at the top when they travel to Athletic Bilbao later on Saturday.

Hazard keeps champions Chelsea in title hunt

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Eden Hazard quietened the debate surrounding Antonio Conte’s future with the second-half goal that secured a 1-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday and maintained champions Chelsea’s hold on fourth spot, nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Bayern down 10-man Leipzig to top Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski scored as Bayern Munich went top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday with a 2-0 home win against RB Leipzig, who played most of the game with 10 men.

This was Bayern’s second win over RB in four days after they won on penalties in Leipzig in midweek in the German Cup.

Higuain breaks 100-goal barrier as Juventus bury Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain scored in either half to bring his tally of Serie A goals to 101 as Juventus went top of the Italian league with a 2-0 win that plunged AC Milan further into crisis on Saturday.

Higuain opened after 23 minutes in front of a capacity crowd at the San Siro Stadium and grabbed a second on 63 minutes for the six-time reigning champions.

Guardiola encouraged as Man City maintain lead

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London (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was heartened by the way his side stayed five points clear at the top of the Premier League table despite making hard work of a 3-2 victory away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Guardiola left City’s joint all-time leading goal-scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench but his side still struck twice in a frantic five minutes at the Hawthorns which featured three goals in all.

Klopp gets better of best friend Wagner

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool eventually did enough to beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Saturday as goals from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum settled a match that took time to spark into life.

The first half was dire -– apart from an impressive Jonas Lossl penalty save - but Anfield awoke in the second period as Liverpool finally made their overwhelming possession pay off.

Rajoy’s Real visit Puigdemont’s Girona in troubled times

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Madrid (AFP) – Hot on the heels of a historic few days in Catalonia after separatist leaders voted in favour of a unilateral declaration of independence, Real Madrid travel to the region to face Girona on Sunday (1515GMT).

The match brings the favourite teams of the Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and Spanish Primer Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is a fan of Real Madrid.

Arsenal rally to mark Wenger landmark with Swansea win

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London (AFP) – Arsenal celebrated Arsene Wenger’s 800th Premier League game as manager with a win but only after coming from a goal behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Swans went ahead in the 22nd minute when Sam Clucas scored his first goal for the Welsh club since a pre-season transfer from Hull City.

City stay top after Sterling display

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Raheem Sterling scored with his first touch as Manchester City stayed five-points clear atop of the Premier League with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Sterling, who replaced Bernardo Silva in the 61st minute, scored his ninth goal of the season in all competitions as City extended their club record number of wins to 13.

Leaders Dortmund crash to shock defeat at Hanover

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Berlin (AFP) – Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund crashed to a 4-2 defeat at Hanover on Saturday, collapsing at the back after the sending-off of teenage defender Dan-Axel Zagadou.

Togo striker Ihlas Bebou scored twice for the hosts as Dortmund were picked off on the counter-attack, slumping to a loss that is the last thing coach Peter Bosz needed before Wednesday’s Champions League home match against APOEL.

Monaco win comfortably in Falcao absence

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco shrugged off the absence of leading scorer Radamel Falcao as they eased to a 2-0 victory away at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Keita Balde and Thomas Lemar scored second-half goals for the defending champions, who close back to within four points of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

England come from behind to beat Spain 5-2 in U17 World Cup final

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Kolkata (AFP) – Manchester City starlet Phil Foden scored twice as England came from behind to crush Spain 5-2 in the Under 17 World Cup final on Sunday.

Victory added to England’s growing list of youth honours – they have won the Under 20 World Cup and European Under 19 championship this year – and was revenge for losing the Under 17 European Championship final to Spain in May.

Aguero kept waiting as Man City maintain lead

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London (AFP) – Sergio Aguero was left waiting to become Manchester City’s outright all-time leading goal-scorer as his side remained five points clear at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday.

Aguero was named on the bench as City saw off West Bromwich Albion 3-2, having failed to surpass the club record of 177 goals he shares with Eric Brook during a midweek League Cup penalty shoot-out win over Championship side Wolves.

Mourinho hails players’ desire as United beat Spurs

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was delighted by the commitment of his side after they bounced back from a shock defeat by Huddersfield Town with a 1-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Substitute Antony Martial’s goal nine minutes from time was enough for United to go three points clear of Spurs in second place in the Premier League table.

Supersub Martial stars as Man Utd down Spurs

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Anthony Martial came off the bench to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over Premier League title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Victory saw United, who had started the day ahead of Spurs on goal difference alone, go three points clear of their London rivals.

Rodrigo keeps Valencia resurgence rolling

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Madrid (AFP) – Valencia maintained their stunning revival under Marcelino Garcia Toral to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Alaves on Saturday thanks to Rodrigo’s penalty 24 minutes from time.

Simeone Zaza also moved just two goals behind Lionel Messi as La Liga’s top scorer with nine when he blasted the visitors into the lead 10 minutes before half-time from Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira’s cut-back.

Where to find Manchester United vs. Spurs on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Spurs in the Premier League northwest derby, you’ve come to the right place.

Second place Manchester United hosts third place Spurs on Saturday with both teams eyeing an opportunity to close the gap with Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.

Where to find Liverpool vs. Huddersfield on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Huddersfield in the Premier League, you’ve come to the right place.

With Liverpool and Huddersfield, the match will be shown live on CNBC in the United States. Here are all of the details to be able to watch this match live or on-demand:

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Klopp and Wagner face off in Premier League, Aguero eyes record

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London (AFP) – David Wagner considers Jurgen Klopp to be a member of his family but on Saturday he will set aside their close ties and hope his Huddersfield side beat Liverpool for the first time since 1959.

Wagner’s team arrive on a high after beating Manchester United for the first time since 1952 last Saturday which sees them lying in a respectable 11th place after nine matches.

Where to find Milan vs. Juventus on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Milan vs. Juventus in Serie A, you’ve come to the right place.

Juventus desperately needs to close the gap near the top of the table so they can make sure they don’t fall further behind. Currently in third place as of writing, they play eighth-placed AC Milan at San Siro.

The Mooy the merrier as Aussie gets unexpected bonus

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London (AFP) – The nine-year-old Huddersfield fan who sent Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy five pounds ($6.50) as a bonus for the club’s stunning win over Manchester United last weekend has met the player as a reward.

Adam Bhana - who found the money lying on the ground at the John Smith’s Stadium - also wrote a letter saying: “Mooy can keep the money because he played very well and scored”.

Business as usual for Catalonia trip – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will travel “as normal” coach Zinedine Zidane insisted for their La Liga clash at Girona on Sunday (1515GMT) despite the political turmoil engulfing Catalonia.

Spain moved Saturday to assert direct rule over the deeply divided region, whose parliament voted in favour of unilateral declaration on independence from Spain on Friday.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 13-22, 2017

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The LigaMX Super Clásico match between Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara was unsurprisingly the most-watched soccer match in the United States over the last two weeks. The game drew 1.92 million viewers on Univision and Univision Deportes, equaling the total viewership from the same matchup in the 2016 Apertura one year ago, but down 21% from the two clubs’ meeting in February 2017.

Guardiola ready to blood teenage star Foden

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Phil Foden’s impressive efforts in helping England reach the Under-17 World Cup final may lead to a Manchester City debut, his club manager Pep Guardiola has suggested.

The 17-year-old midfielder has been outstanding at the tournament in India, helping his country reach the final, where they were scheduled to play Spain on Saturday.

Rodgers feared heart attack after Liverpool axe

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London (AFP) – Brendan Rodgers feared he was having a heart attack after being sacked as Liverpool manager in 2015, he told the BBC on Friday.

The 44-year-old Northern Irishman feared the worst when he was taken ill in Dubai and thought he was suffering a cardiac arrest just like the one that cost his mother Christina her life aged just 53.

No Neymar, no problem as Cavani sends PSG seven points clear

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Paris (AFP) – Suspended Neymar watched from the stands as Edinson Cavani’s brace inspired Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win over Nice on Friday to send Unai Emery’s side seven points clear in Ligue 1.

Cavani’s first half double, both assists provided by Angel Di Maria, earned unbeaten PSG their ninth league win of the season.

Cavani doubles up to send PSG seven points clear

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Paris (AFP) – Suspended Neymar watched from the stands as Edinson Cavani’s brace inspired Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win over Nice on Friday to send Unai Emery’s side seven points clear in Ligue 1.

Cavani’s first half double, both assists provided by Angel Di Maria, earned unbeaten PSG their ninth league win of the season.

UEFA Champions League schedule for October 31-November 1 on US TV and streaming

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The UEFA Champions League schedule for soccer fans in the United States can now be revealed for the games on October 31 and November 1.

Some of the high profile matches including Spurs against Real Madrid from Wembley as well as Celtic against Bayern Munich, and Napoli versus Manchester City.

Barcelona coach coy on Catalonia crisis

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde repeatedly batted away questions on the Catalonia crisis on Friday insisting it was not his role to enter the political fray.

With Catalonia’s regional parliament approving a declaration of independence dominating news Friday Valverde was preparing Barcelona for an away game at Athletic Bilbao in Spain’s La Liga.

New boss Puel aims for consistency at Leicester

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London (AFP) – New Leicester boss Claude Puel said on Friday he aims to bring consistency to the club after a rollercoaster few years in which they have dodged relegation and won the Premier League before struggling again.

Leicester won the Championship in 2014, staved off relegation the following season against the odds and then became Premier League champions in a fairytale 2015-2016 season under Claudio Ranieri.

Football: FIFA fails to take decision in Israel-Palestinian dispute

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Kolkata (AFP) – FIFA’s leadership refused Friday to intervene in a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over football in the occupied territories, opening up a likely confrontation at the international sports tribunal.

The world body’s ruling council declined to adopt any of three possible actions recommended by an international commission which spent more than two years looking at the long-running battle.

Kompany set to return to full training with Man City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to return to full training in the next seven to 10 days as he steps up his recovery from his latest injury, manager Pep Guardiola said Friday.

The skipper has not played since suffering a calf problem while featuring for Belgium against Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifier on August 31.

Bilic urges West Ham to ride Wembley wave

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London (AFP) – West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on Friday urged his players to use their morale-boosting League Cup victory against Tottenham to fire their Premier League campaign.

The Hammers, who sit just above the drop zone following last Friday’s dismal 3-0 home defeat to Brighton, travel to rock-bottom Crystal Palace on Saturday and Bilic knows they need a positive result at to dampen speculation about his future.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 10

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NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend is highlighted by a clash of two title contenders, as second-place Manchester United host third-place Tottenham this Saturday, October 28, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. Coverage also includes two matches on NBC, as fourth-place Chelsea visit Bournemouth this Saturday at 12:30 p.

10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Wild Card games

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Photo credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Wild Card games.

1. Glory To Columbus

No one gave Columbus much of a chance on Thursday night in Atlanta.

But thanks first and foremost to a stupendous performance from young goalkeeper Zach Steffan, the Crew held the high-flying MLS debutants off for 120 minutes and then knocked them out 3-1 on penalties.

High-stakes clash awaits United and Spurs

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Defeat is not an option for Jose Mourinho or Mauricio Pochettino as their teams seek to keep pace with leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Mourinho’s Manchester United and Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur begin the weekend five points behind City as they face each other at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Toure wants Baggies to play ball

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure hopes West Bromwich Albion will not erect a defensive brick wall when his side travel to The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Premier League leaders City needed a penalty shootout to overcome Albion’s Midlands neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round of the League Cup on Tuesday after 120 goalless minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

Wenger to unleash star trio against Swansea

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London (AFP) – Arsenal look prepared to field Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette on Swansea on Saturday after the trio all scored against Everton last weekend.

The 5-2 win in the Premier League on Merseyside doubled as the first time that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had played the three players in the same XI.

Klopp needs defensive fix against Huddersfield

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Liverpool (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp is working on an improved display by Liverpool’s defenders ahead of their match with a Huddersfield team coached by his close friend David Wagner in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday.

The two men face each other as opposing managers in a competitive game for the first time, having been friends since their days as team-mates at German club Mainz in the 1990s.

Chelsea’s Drinkwater keen to press on against Cherries

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London (AFP) – Danny Drinkwater can build on his midweek Chelsea debut when Antonio Conte’s side travel to face Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

Drinkwater has endured a frustrating time since joining the Stamford Bridge club in the final moments of the transfer window following a £35 million ($46 million, 40 million euros) move from Leicester.

Real Madrid travel to Girona in eye of political storm

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Madrid (AFP) – After watching Barcelona cope ably with the distraction of political tension sweeping across Spain in recent weeks, it is Real Madrid’s turn to head into the eye of the storm on Sunday when they travel to Girona.

It is the European champions’ first trip to Catalonia since violence marred a separatist called independence referendum for the region on October 1 that has sparked weeks of political chaos.

Football clubs could face high price for stars’ tax affairs – experts

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London (AFP) – Premier League clubs risk the possibility of demotion and being prosecuted under the new Criminal Finance Act, a leading city firm told AFP.

Under the new law, which came into force on September 30, any company, which includes football clubs, can be held responsible for their employees or agents with whom they do business if tax evasion becomes an issue.

Zlatan targets Premier League glory with Man Utd

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London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic is targeting Premier League glory with Manchester United as he plots his return from a serious knee injury to “finish what I started”.

The 36-year-old former Sweden captain has been out of action since suffering cruciate ligament damage in a Europa League clash with Anderlecht in April.

British MP gives up dream of refereeing at World Cup

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London (AFP) – British lawmaker Douglas Ross says he will no longer referee football matches while parliament is sitting - meaning his dream of officiating at next year’s World Cup is over.

The Scottish Conservative MP was criticised for missing a vote on welfare policy in the House of Commons earlier this month to help officiate in the Champions League.

Injured Kane to miss Man Utd clash

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London (AFP) – Tottenham striker Harry Kane will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with title rivals Manchester United with a hamstring injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed.

The in-form 24-year-old left the field at Wembley holding his upper leg in the 87th minute after scoring twice in last weekend’s 4-1 win against Liverpool.

Klopp and Wagner face off, Aguero eyes record

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London (AFP) – David Wagner considers Jurgen Klopp to be a member of his family but on Saturday the former will set aside their close ties and hope his Huddersfield side beat Liverpool for the first time since 1959.

Wagner’s side arrive on a high after beating Manchester United for the first time since 1952 last Saturday which sees them lying in a respectable 11th place after nine matches.

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

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Five different leagues, five different games; it’s shaping up to be a fantastic weekend for those who enjoy sampling different types of football.

Kickstarting the weekend will be a showdown between the second and third best teams in France last season on Friday night. That precedes a bumper Saturday, as there are entertaining and important matches to come from the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga.

Real’s reserves make Fuenlabrada pay penalty in Cup win

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid needed two second-half penalties converted by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to open their Copa del Rey campaign with a 2-0 last 32, first leg win at third-tier Fuenlabrada on Thursday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane gave most of his star names the night off with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Sergio Ramos among those not even included in the squad.

Neymar gets one match ban for Marseille red

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar was handed a one-match ban on Thursday after being sent off in PSG’s explosive 2-2 draw at bitter rivals Marseille at the weekend.

The Brazilian forward will miss Friday’s Ligue 1 visit from Mario Balotelli’s Nice.

Neymar grabbed a brilliant equaliser in a fiery encounter at Marseille Sunday before his side went down 2-1 with ten minutes to go.

Where FOX and US Soccer goes from here after USA World Cup exit: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 48, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• What the outcome will be for soccer TV ratings in the US based on the USA’s exit from the World Cup,

• News about Liga MX TV rights in the United States,

• Bad news for the Big 6 in the Premier League in regards to revenue from international TV rights

• Plus feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

For tweets sake! Man Utd face giantkillers City after draw delay

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London (AFP) – Championship side Bristol City’s reward for eliminating three Premier League teams in this season’s League Cup is a home quarter-final with holders Manchester United.

City, who thrashed Crystal Palace 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1989, learnt about their dream draw two hours later than planned due to a glitch at Twitter Headquarters where the event was being held.

Rangers sack manager Caixinha

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Glasgow (AFP) – Pedro Caixinha was sacked as Glasgow Rangers manager on Thursday after just seven months in charge, the Scottish Premiership club announced Thursday.

“The decision to part company with Pedro was taken after careful consideration and the search for a new manager will begin immediately,” read a statement from the Glasgow giants.

Wenger ‘still hungry’ despite prospect of Arsenal review

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted Thursday that his hunger to win trophies with the Gunners was “bigger than ever”, despite revealing his performance will be subjected to an annual review.

Wenger came under unprecedented pressure last season as Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League and many fans voiced their desire for him to leave after 21 years in the job.

Espanyol call for politics-free home

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona-based La Liga side Espanyol on Thursday called for supporters to make sure the political division sweeping Catalonia do not affect the atmosphere at upcoming home matches.

The Catalan regional parliament will meet on Thursday evening to decide how best to deal with the prospect of Spain’s central government seizing the region’s autonomous powers to stave off a push for independence for the region.

Anne Frank scandal part of Lazio fans’ dark past

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Rome (AFP) – The scandal that rocked Italian football where Lazio fans posted anti-Semitic photos of Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a Roma shirt is just the latest in a long list of outrages by the club’s supporters.

The Lazio ‘ultras’ have previously been in hot water over Celtic crosses, monkey chants and fascist salutes leading to them often being portrayed as a fascist club.

Wenger gets Kroenke backing as shareholders slam Arsenal board

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s long-serving manager Arsene Wenger received the unequivocal support on Thursday of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke who declared he is doing a “great job”.

But that did not stop other shareholders from criticising the club’s board during Arsenal’s annual general meeting at the north London club’s Emirates Stadium home ground.

Italy coach O’Shea sees light at end of tunnel

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Milan (AFP) – Conor O’Shea believes he has found the right mix of youth and experience as Italy look for a breakthrough in three November tests against southern hemisphere sides to build towards the 2019 World Cup.

Captain and number eight Sergio Parisse and hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini are both experienced campaigners and are back for games against Fiji, Argentina and South Africa on consecutive weekends between November 11-25.

Celtic away form as impressive as Liverpool, says Rodgers

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says his players showed they have the mentality to handle the big games as they turned on the style in a 3-0 win over nearest challengers Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Much had been made of the test Celtic would face from the Dons, with only goal difference separating the sides at the top of the Scottish Premiership before kick-off.

Where to find Fuenlabrada vs. Real Madrid Copa del Rey on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Fuenlabrada vs. Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, you’ve come to the right place.

For soccer fans in the United States, the game will be shown live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol, which can be streamed with a free 7-day trial to fuboTV.

Football: Red Bulls douse Fire in MLS playoff opener

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Chicago (AFP) – English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the seventh minute and the New York Red Bulls inflicted a 4-0 rout on host Chicago in Wednesday’s Major League Soccer playoff opener.

Sixth seed New York imposed upon the Fire the most lopsided blowout in 17 all-time knockout round MLS matches, becoming only the fourth road winner in those encounters.

Syria footballers take refuge in Iraq as tables turn

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Baghdad (AFP) – A decade ago, Iraqi footballers used to take refuge in neighbouring Syria to pursue their career but the tables have turned in the tumultuous world of Middle East conflicts.

Nadim Sabagh remembers the Iraqis who played at Tishrin, his club in the northern metropolis of Aleppo that was to turn into a hotspot in Syria’s devastating conflict.

Red Bulls douse Fire, Whitecaps roll in MLS playoffs

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Chicago (AFP) – A seventh-minute New York Red Bulls goal for English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Mezquida’s brace for Vancouver sparked historic shutouts Wednesday in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Sixth-seeded Red Bulls stunned third-seeded host Chicago 4-0 with the most lopsided rout in MLS knockout-round playoff history, a record only until Vancouver followed with a 5-0 romp over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Houston Astros overpower LA Dodgers 7-6 to level World Series

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Houston Astros out-dueled the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in an 11-inning thriller on Wednesday to level the World Series at one game apiece.

George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros’ late charge.

It proved just enough as the teams combined for an astonishing five extra-inning home runs - a record for a Major League Baseball post-season game.

Astros even World Series with wild win over Dodgers

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Houston Astros out-dueled the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in an 11-inning thriller on Wednesday to level the World Series at one game apiece.

George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros’ late charge.

It proved just enough as the teams combined for an astonishing five extra-inning home runs - a record for a Major League Baseball post-season game.

Wenger gets Kroenke’s full backing

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s long-serving manager Arsene Wenger received the unequivocal support on Thursday of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke who declared he is doing a “great job”.

Wenger came under unprecedented pressure last season as the team failed to qualify for the Champions League and many fans voiced their desire for him to leave after 21 years in the job.

Football: US judge sentences Guatemalan in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A US judge on Wednesday imposed the first sentence in the sweeping FIFA corruption scandal, sending a Guatemalan former official to jail for eight months and saying that he had destroyed people’s faith in soccer.

Hector Trujillo, 64, stood with his head bowed, eyes cast toward the floor and wiped away tears as he heard his fate in a federal court in Brooklyn, four months after pleading guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy.

Werner penalty miss hands Bayern cup win

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich squeezed past 10-man RB Leipzig in Wednesday’s dramatic German Cup second-round clash with a 5-4 win in a penalty shoot-out after Timo Werner missed the final crucial kick.

Although Leipzig’s Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita was sent off with half an hour left, Emil Forsberg gave RB the lead before Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara equalised as the tie finished 1-1 after extra-time to go to penalties.

Football: US judge sentences Guatemalan to 8 months in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A 63-year-old former Guatemalan football official was handed an eight-month jail term Wednesday, the first person sentenced by a US judge over a massive corruption scandal that rocked world soccer two years ago.

The US investigation, first unveiled in May 2015, has seen federal prosecutors in New York indict around 40 football and sports marketing executives with allegedly receiving tens of millions of bribes and kickbacks.

Sluggish Atletico Madrid held at Elche in Cup opener

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s stuttering form on the road continued as a much-changed side were held 1-1 at third-tier Elche in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last 32 tie on Wednesday.

Thomas Partey had headed the visitors into an early lead at the Martinez Valero stadium as Atletico dominated before half-time.

Napoli back top amid tensions in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli reclaimed top spot in Serie A on Wednesday amid increasing tensions ignited by a photo of Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a Roma jersey posted by Lazio fans last weekend which overshadowed the tenth round of Serie A action.

Inter Milan had provisionally moved top with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria on Tuesday but Napoli responded with Dries Mertens scoring a double and forcing an own goal in a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Genoa.

Fresh controversies overshadow Anne Frank tributes in Italy

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Milan (AFP) – Emotions were still running high in Italy, days after Lazio fans posted anti-semitic photos of Anne Frank in a Roma jersey as new incidents during Wednesday’s Serie A action overshadowed planned tributes.

As Lazio’s ultras ‘Irriducibili’ fans announced they would not travel to Bologna for the team’s game, isolated supporters who had made the journey sang the Fascist song “Me ne frego” (“I Don’t Care”) in the stands of the Dall’Ara Stadium.

Sluggish Atletico held at Elche in Cup opener

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s stuttering form on the road continued as a much-changed side were held 1-1 at third-tier Elche in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last 32 tie on Wednesday.

Thomas Partey had headed the visitors into an early lead at the Martinez Valero stadium as Atletico dominated before half-time.

England’s Broad plays down Ashes ‘war’

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London (AFP) – England paceman Stuart Broad is refusing to rise to Australia opener David Warner’s declaration of “war” as Joe Root’s men prepare to fly out to defend the Ashes.

The pugnacious Warner said earlier this month he would “dig deep to get some hatred” for the England team ahead of the series, adding: “As soon as you step on that line it’s war.

Leicester name Puel as new manager

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London (AFP) – Former Premier League champions Leicester City on Wednesday named Claude Puel as their new manager following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare last week.

Leicester won the title under Claudio Ranieri in 2015-16 but parted company with the Italian in February and despite a good recovery under Shakespeare at the end of last season, they are only a point above the relegation places this term.

Brewster blasts Brazil to send England to Under-17 final

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Kolkata (AFP) – Liverpool attacker Rhian Brewster scored a second hat-trick in two games Wednesday to dump Brazil out of the Under-17 World Cup send England into their first final, where they will play Spain.

European champions Spain rode a double strike from star forward Abel Ruiz to beat a spirited Mali side 3-1 in the second semi-final in Mumbai.

PSG boss Khelaifi says has ‘nothing to hide’ in World Cup probe

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Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi insisted Wednesday that he had “nothing to hide” after a marathon grilling by Swiss prosecutors investigating claims of World Cup corruption.

Khelaifi, a Qatari with close ties to the Gulf state’s royal family, is under investigation for allegedly bribing disgraced former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in exchange for World Cup media rights.

Liverpool youngster Woodburn pens new deal

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London (AFP) – Liverpool’s youngest-ever goalscorer Ben Woodburn has signed a long-term contract with the club after a whirlwind year for the academy graduate, who also netted for Wales on his senior debut.

Woodburn scored in a League Cup tie against Leeds United last November at the age of 17 years and 45 days to beat Michael Owen’s record.

‘I’ve nothing to hide,’ says Khelaifi in World Cup probe

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Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi insisted on Wednesday that “I have nothing to hide” as he faced a marathon grilling by Swiss prosecutors investigating claims of World Cup corruption.

“I asked to come to Switzerland to give my explanations.

Emotions run high as Anne Frank row rages in Italy

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Milan (AFP) – Emotions were still running high in Italy, days after Lazio fans posted anti-semitic photos of Anne Frank in a Roma jersey in the stands of the Stadio Olimpico.

A wreath of flowers have since been flung into the Tiber, there was a potentially damaging telephone call for Lazio president Claudio Lotito and fans threatened to boycott their team’s match at Bologna on Wednesday.

Man City’s Toure blasts League Cup ball

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London (AFP) – English football chiefs on Wednesday defended the ball used in the League Cup after Manchester City’s Yaya Toure said it was worse than the much-maligned Jabulani used in the 2010 World Cup.

City and Championship club Wolves played with the Mitre Delta ball in Tuesday’s League Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium, with the hosts needing a penalty shootout to advance to the quarter-finals after the match finished goalless after 120 minutes.

Brewster blasts Brazil to put England into U-17 World Cup final

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Kolkata (AFP) – Liverpool player Rhian Brewster scored a second hat-trick in two games Wednesday to send favourites Brazil crashing out of the Under-17 World Cup and England into their first final.

The striker, who scored three goals in the 4-1 quarter-final win over the United States, floored the South American giants in the determined 3-1 win in Kolkata.

Porsche settles with daughter of ‘Fast and Furious’ star

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Berlin (AFP) – Porsche said Wednesday it reached a settlement with the teenage daughter of “The Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker in a wrongful death suit over the actor’s death in a fiery crash.

“The matter was settled in an agreement between the two parties,” a spokesman for the German luxury car maker told AFP without providing any details.

Where to find RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich DFB Pokal on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich in the German Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, in second and third place in the Bundesliga table respectively, face off against each other in the DFB Pokal (also known as the German Cup) on Wednesday in what should be an entertaining game.

Jedinak back in Australia squad for World Cup play-off vs Honduras

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Sydney (AFP) – Captain Mile Jedinak was on Wednesday named in an extended Australia squad for next month’s two-leg World Cup play-off against Honduras with Bristol City defender Bailey Wright also returning from injury.

The Socceroos face home-and-away clashes against the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF federation for a spot at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

PSG President Khelaifi faces Swiss prosecutors in World Cup probe

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Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi was set to be questioned Wednesday by Swiss prosecutors who have accused him of obtaining World Cup media rights through bribery.

Khelaifi, a Qatari with close ties to the Gulf state’s royal family, is under investigation for allegedly striking illegal deals with disgraced former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who had been Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man.

Football: US judge to sentence first in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A 63-year-old former Guatemalan football official is expected Wednesday to become the first person sentenced by a US judge over the sweeping corruption scandal that rocked world soccer.

The US investigation, first unveiled in May 2015, has seen federal prosecutors in New York indict around 40 football and sports marketing executives with allegedly receiving tens of millions of bribes and kickbacks.

Where to find Chelsea vs. Everton League Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Chelsea vs. Everton in the League Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

Both Chelsea and Everton have come under a lot of scrutiny recently due to disappointing results, so Wednesday’s League Cup match will be a chance for both clubs to turn their fortunes around in order to book a place in the Fifth Round.

Swiss prosecutors grill PSG’s Khelaifi in World Cup probe

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Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) – Swiss prosecutors on Wednesday began grilling Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi over allegations that he obtained World Cup media rights by bribing a top FIFA executive.

Khelaifi, a Qatari with close ties to the Gulf state’s royal family, is under investigation for allegedly striking illegal deals with disgraced former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who had been Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man.

Where to find Spurs vs. West Ham League Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Spurs vs. West Ham in the League Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

Wednesday’s London derby between Spurs and West Ham United will be played at Wembley and streamed live around the world to soccer fans, including the United States.

Spurs target ‘real trophies’ over Cup glory

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says domestic cup success would make little difference to his side and that the Premier League and Champions League are the “two real trophies” he is desperate to win.

Spurs, who host West Ham United in the last 16 of the League Cup on Wednesday, have not won a major prize of any kind since lifting the trophy in 2008.

Bravo stars as City see off Wolves in shoot-out

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London (AFP) – Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the Premier League leaders’ hero as they beat Championship table-toppers Wolves in a penalty shoot-out to book their place in the quarter-finals of the English League Cup on Tuesday.

Despite chances at both ends, the Etihad Stadium clash was still scoreless after 30 minutes of extra time, sending the tie to spot-kicks.

Bravo stars as Manchester City see off Wolves in shoot-out

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the Premier League leaders’ hero as they beat Championship leaders Wolves in a penalty shoot-out to book their place in the quarter-finals of the English League Cup on Tuesday.

Despite chances at both ends, the Etihad Stadium clash was still scoreless after 30 minutes of extra time, sending the tie to spot-kicks.

Inter go top as Italy remembers Holocaust victims

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi scored a double as Inter Milan went top of Serie A on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria as victims of the Holocaust were remembered following anti-semitic acts by Lazio fans.

Inter captain Icardi and Sampdoria counterpart Fabio Quagliarella handed out copies of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi’s memoir “If This Is A Man” to child mascots accompanying players onto the pitch at the San Siro.

Isak, 18, shines for Dortmund in cup romp

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Berlin (AFP) – Swedish teenager Alexander Isak shone for holders Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in their 5-0 German Cup second-round romp at third-division Magdeburg.

The 18-year-old Isak scored and set up a goal on his first start for the club with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang rested by the Cup holders.

Barcelona reserves cruise towards Cup last 16

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Madrid (AFP) – A much-changed Barcelona made light work of third-tier Real Murcia to take a commanding 3-0 lead into the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 32 tie on Tuesday.

With the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta handed the night off, Paco Alcacer, Gerard Deulofeu and Jose Manuel Arnaiz, on his debut, took their chance to grab the goals for the holders.

Premier League ‘Big Six’ thwarted in bid for larger TV cut

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London (AFP) – The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ clubs have been stopped in their bid to gain a greater share of the English top flight’s lucrative overseas television deals, it was announced Tuesday.

Currently, the money from the globally popular Premier League makes from foreign broadcasting deals is shared evenly between the 20 clubs in the division.

Juventus escape punishment in Pogba case – club president

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has told the club’s shareholders that the Italian champions have been “completely acquitted” by FIFA in the transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United.

World football’s governing body were investigating French international Pogba’s transfer to Old Trafford over suspicions that a payment to agent Mino Raiola could have breached third party ownership rules.

Buffon to retire unless Juve win Champions League

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Milan (AFP) – Italian international goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the season, unless Juventus win the Champions League.

The 39-year-old plans to bring the curtain down on his career after the 2018 World Cup, but if Juventus triumph in Europe he could continue on to try to add the Club World Cup to his collection.

Anne Frank photo whips up storm in Italian football

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Milan (AFP) – A minute’s silence will be held and a passage from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before games in Italy this week in response to acts of anti-semitism by Lazio fans, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said.

The FIGC announced that a minute’s silence will be observed before Serie A, B and C matches during the week and amateur and youth games over the weekend.

Mel sacked by Deportivo la Coruna

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Madrid (AFP) – Former West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel was sacked by Deportivo la Coruna on Tuesday after just eight months in charge.

Appointed in late February, Mel managed to keep the Galicians in La Liga last season, but Monday’s 2-1 home defeat to Girona left Deportivo in 16th, just two points above the relegation zone.

AC Milan cut short Adidas deal

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan have ended their sponsorship deal with Adidas after almost two decades, the Italian Serie A club confirmed Tuesday.

The German sportswear giants had agreed a new 10-year deal worth over 200 million euros ($235 million) in 2013. The partnership began in 1998.

Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Bayern star Hummels fit for Leipzig Cup clash

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes expects Germany defender Mats Hummels to start Wednesday’s German Cup tie at RB Leipzig despite suffering an ankle injury at the weekend.

“Mats took a knock to the bone, only microfibres have been damaged, which doesn’t mean much,” revealed Heynckes in Tuesday’s press conference.

Lazio to take 200 fans to Auschwitz after Anne Frank slur

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio president Claudio Lotito said Tuesday the club would take 200 fans every year to visit Auschwitz after images of Holocaust victim Anne Frank were used to offend hated rivals Roma.

Lotito made the announcement as he visited the Rome Synagogue two days after Lazio fans posted stickers of Frank in a Roma jersey alongside anti-semitic slogans during a Serie A game at the Stadio Olimpico.

Aberdeen set to give Celtic biggest test

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor says the Hoops are targeting back-to-back trebles as they prepare for their toughest domestic challenge of the season.

The Glasgow giants will make the trip to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen on Wednesday with only goal difference separating the sides at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Where to find Swansea vs. Man United League Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Swansea vs. Manchester United in the League Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

Both Swansea and Manchester United lost at the weekend, so both managers will want to see improved performances from his players in a League Cup game that will be shown live to soccer fans in the United States.

Leipzig’s Bayern cup clash promises ‘fireworks’

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Berlin (AFP) – Marcel Sabitzer expects fireworks when RB Leipzig host Bayern Munich in the German Cup on Wednesday, the first of two games in four days between the Bundesliga heavyweights.

Hosts Leipzig hope to capitalise on Bayern’s injury list with stars Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller and Franck Ribery sidelined.

Teen football stars shine in World Cup shop window

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Kolkata (AFP) – They may not yet be household names, but the Under-17 World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday could put Lassana N’Diaye, Rhian Brewster, Abel Ruiz and Gabriel Brazao well on the way to football riches.

The quartet will be the star attractions for the many hovering scouts in India when England, attempting to reach the final for the first time, take on Brazil, and Spain play Mali.

Zheng Zhi, talisman behind Evergrande’s magnificent seven

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Shanghai (AFP) – Zheng Zhi is a rare species in football: a Chinese player who went to Europe and made a success of it.

And even as a 37-year-old veteran he is still making history, winning the Chinese Super League (CSL) for a ninth time after his side Guangzhou Evergrande retained the title on Sunday.

‘Magic’ penalty leaves Thai goalie in despair

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Bangkok (AFP) – A Thai goalkeeper was left red-faced after sprinting from his goaline to celebrate a penalty hitting the crossbar in a shoot-out - only to watch the ball spectacularly spin back into the empty net.

The U-18s cup match (October 21) between Bangkok Sports Club and Satri Angthong had finished 2-2 in normal time, prompting an epic shootout that ended 20-19.

Where to find Arsenal vs. Norwich League Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Arsenal vs. Norwich in the League Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

Match: Arsenal vs. Norwich Kickoff: Tuesday, 2:45pm ET Looking to watch Arsenal vs. Norwich online from your work, home or on the go?

English FA’s lofty ambitions at risk: sports minister

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London (AFP) – British Sports Minister Tracey Crouch warned English football’s governing body the Football Association (FA) their desire to bid for top events could be curtailed if they don’t “get themselves in order”.

Crouch, a qualified FA coach, told the Daily Telegraph FA chairman Greg Clarke was “wrong” to believe the government lacked the powers to run the rule over the FA as the imminent implementation of the Government’s Code for Sports Governance will give her the powers to do just that.

Everton put Unsworth in temporary charge after Koeman sacking

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London (AFP) – Everton on Tuesday appointed their Under-23 coach David Unsworth as caretaker manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

The 44-year-old will be in the dugout for Wednesday’s intimidating trip to champions Chelsea in the last 16 of the League Cup.

Unsworth is a firm favourite with the fans having served the club with distinction as a player, making 350 appearances during two spells at Goodison Park.

‘Magnificent’ Kane would cost 250 mn euros – Real president

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Madrid (AFP) – It would take a world record 250 million euro ($294 million) fee to land the on-fire Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur according to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

The English striker’s 13 goals in 12 games this season has sparked rumours he could be the latest star to swap Spurs for Spain following in the footsteps of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

Ronaldo eyes more FIFA success as Real Madrid dominate awards

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London (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on a “lucky seventh” piece of FIFA silverware after collecting his fifth Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday.

Ronaldo’s Real Madrid side, who won both La Liga and the Champions League last season, dominated the 2017 Best FIFA football awards at a star-studded ceremony in London on Monday.

Rapinoe slams ‘unknown’ Castellanos’s inclusion on FIFA award list

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London (AFP) – Football’s global governing body was accused of “not caring” about the women’s game by World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe after including a previously little-known Venezuelan striker on its female player of the year shortlist.

The 18-year-old Deyna Castellanos, who does not play in a professional league, found herself in the running for the 2017 Best FIFA women’s player of the year award at the London Palladium on Monday alongside the likes of established internationals Carli Lloyd of the United States and the Netherlands’ European Championship-winning forward Lieke Martens.

Atlanta to host MLS All-Star game in 2018

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New York (AFP) – Atlanta will host next season’s Major League Soccer All-Star game in recognition of the city’s record-breaking attendances this season, league officials said Monday.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said Atlanta United’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium was a fitting venue for the game given the expansion side’s bumper crowds in its debut season.

Benevento axe Baroni, appoint De Zerbi

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Milan (AFP) – Benevento on Monday sacked coach Marco Baroni and appointed Roberto De Zerbi, a day after making history by becoming the first Serie A club to lose its first nine games.

The club from outside Naples also confirmed they had fired sporting director Salvatore Di Somma before they travel to Cagliari midweek looking for their first points.

Schedule of Copa del Rey games on US TV for October 24-26

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The Round of 32 stage of the 2017/18 Copa del Rey tournament will be televised live to soccer fans in the United States this week as many of the top teams will be in action against the minnows of Spanish soccer.

This week’s first leg matches include CF Fuenlabrada, whose stadium has a capacity of 2,500 and plays in Segunda División B, will face off against Real Madrid on Thursday.

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid’s FIFA awards triumph

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London (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning last season saw him win the 2017 Best FIFA men’s player of the year trophy as Real Madrid dominated a star-studded awards ceremony in London on Monday.

The Portuguese ace, who has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, played a major role in Real winning both La Liga and the Champions League.

Bayern Munich, Dortmund and RB Leipzig feature in DFB Pokal games on US TV this week

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The Bundesliga’s top three teams will be playing midweek in the DFB Pokal competition, which will be streamed live to soccer fans in the United States.

All of the games will be shown televised live on ESPN Deportes. English-language broadcasts will also be available on ESPN3.

Here’s the schedule of the matches (all times listed below are Eastern United States time zone):

Tuesday, October 24

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Hart still Seaman’s England No 1

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London (AFP) – David Seaman wants England manager Gareth Southgate to retain Joe Hart as his first-choice goalkeeper for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

Hart is set to equal former England ‘keeper Seaman’s mark of 75 caps if he plays against either Germany or Brazil in next month’s friendly internationals.

Milan’s Bonucci ‘hits rock bottom’ with two-game ban

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci has been given a two-game ban for elbowing and will miss their clash against his former club Juventus, the Lega Serie A confirmed on Monday.

The Italian international defender saw red for elbowing Genoa’s Aleandro Rosi after consultation with the video assistant referee during Sunday’s goalless draw.

Vialli says England struggle to handle pressure

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London (AFP) – Gianluca Vialli has warned that England’s record at major tournaments will only improve once their players learn how to handle pressure.

The former Italy striker has spent more than two decades living and working in England, first playing for Chelsea before managing the Blues and Watford.

Rome police probe anti-semitic Anne Frank stickers

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Rome (AFP) – Rome police on Monday launched an investigation into reports that Lazio fans posted stickers of Anne Frank in a jersey of rivals Roma alongside anti-semitic slogans during Sunday’s Serie A game at the Stadio Olimpico.

The photos and stickers - including the famous photo montage of Frank with the Roma shirt that surfaced four years ago - were stuck on glass barriers during the 3-0 win over Cagliari.

Players an embarrassment to Rangers: Caixinha

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Glasgow (AFP) – Embattled Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha lashed his players on Monday accusing them of being an embarrassment to everyone to do with the historic Scottish club after losing out on a place in the League Cup final.

The 46-year-old Portuguese - whose position is under threat with his side already trailing bitter rivals Celtic by six points in the title race - was livid over the team’s performance in the 2-0 loss to Motherwell on Sunday.

Lazio fans blasted for stickers of Anne Frank in Roma jersey

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Rome (AFP) – Lazio fans posted stickers of Anne Frank in a Roma shirt along with anti-semitic slogans during Lazio’s 3-0 weekend win over Cagliari in Rome, according to reports on Monday.

The ultras supporters of the Roman club were in the South Curve stand of their rivals for Sunday’s game at the Olympic Stadium because their own North Curve had been closed following racist chants.

Schedule of League Cup games on US TV and streaming for October 24-25

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All eight fourth round League Cup games will be streamed live to soccer fans in the United States on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The games will feature several several enticing ties including Chelsea against Everton in a match where both teams have come under a lot of scrutiny as of late, as well as Spurs against West Ham in the local London derby.

Montella stress test as Napoli, Inter jostle for control

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Milan (AFP) – Vincenzo Montella’s future as AC Milan coach will be in the spotlight during a double dose of Serie A action this week as leaders Napoli and Inter Milan jostle for control.

Montella, 43, showed signs of cracking under pressure as he lashed out at the use of video assistant referee in sending off captain Leonardo Bonucci in Sunday’s goalless draw against Genoa.

Bilic seeks Cup respite to league troubles

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London (AFP) – West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is under even more serious pressure after Ronald Koeman’s sacking by Everton on Monday but he will hope for a filip in Wednesday’s Last 16 League Cup action.

Media reports suggest that Bilic, who made his name as Croatian national coach, has been given two matches to salvage his job but a trip away to in-form Tottenham Hotspur is probably not the sort of challenge one would want as one of them.

Tottenham’s Kane in awe of Maradona

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London (AFP) – Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane says he would love to learn some tricks from Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona.

Kane - whose brace in the 4-1 dismantling of Liverpool on Sunday took his tally to 45 goals in 40 games for Spurs and England this year - admitted he hadn’t understood much of what 56-year-old Maradona said when he met him prior to Sunday’s match.

Manchester City top of the tubes

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London (AFP) – Manchester City are not just setting the pace in the Premier League title race but also on Monday beat their rivals to become the first EPL club to reach a million YouTube subscribers.

The club - who lead city rivals Manchester United by five points after last weekend’s matches– celebrated the landmark with a series of videos including one from Ivory Coast icon Yaya Toure.

Koeman comes unstuck at Everton

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London (AFP) – Ronald Koeman became the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season on Monday when he was sacked by Everton.

The 54-year-old Dutchman - who guided Everton to seventh in his first season in charge last term - paid the price for a desperate start to the campaign despite having spent £140million ($185mn) in the close season.

Don’t miss Kartik Krishnaiyer’s ‘US Soccer In Crisis’ video broadcast

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On the topic of the current US soccer crisis, Kartik Krishnaiyer will be presenting a special video broadcast at 3pm ET/Noon PT today (Monday, October 23, 2017) on Facebook Live.

The video broadcast will be streamed live on this webpage as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/worldsoccertalk.

Ronald Koeman sacked by Everton

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London (AFP) – Ronald Koeman became the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season on Monday when he was sacked by Everton.

The 54-year-old Dutchman - who guided Everton to seventh in his first season in charge last term - paid the price for a desperate start to the campaign despite having spent £140million ($185mn) in the close season.

2017 MLS regular season average attendance finishes 2% higher than 2016

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Photo credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Attendances at MLS games for the 2017 regular season grew by 1.95% compared to last year, according to reported (not actual) numbers.

The final average attendance for MLS 2017 regular season was 22,112.

In the final week of the 2017 MLS season on Sunday, Atlanta set the all time standalone match attendance, 71,874, beating its own record set earlier this season.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 33 of the 2017 season

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Photo credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the ten things we learned from Week 33 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. San Jose Sneaks In, Ignominy for Dallas

There was only one playoff spot up for grabs on the season’s final day: the Western Conference’s sixth and final seed.

Koeman adamant he can turn Everton’s season around

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Liverpool (AFP) – Ronald Koeman insisted he could still arrest Everton’s alarming slump down the Premier League table even as he picked through the wreckage of Arsenal’s 5-2 win at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Dutch manager saw the Merseyside club drop into the bottom three of the Premier League following an astonishing game which saw Arsene Wenger’s side boast five different goalscorers.

Portland take MLS top spot, Dempsey sees red

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jamaican international Darren Mattocks scored a second-half winner as the Portland Timbers defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 to seal top spot in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference on Sunday.

Mattocks tapped in on 48 minutes to give Portland the lead after Liam Ridgewell had equalised for the Timbers following Kendall Waston’s opener.

Ronaldo still ‘The Best’ for Real Madrid coach Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award for 2017 despite his faltering La Liga form so far this season.

Ronaldo missed Real’s first four La Liga games through suspension, but has managed just one goal in the last five and was wasteful once more in front of goal as Madrid eased past Eibar 3-0 on Sunday.

Regal Ronaldo tipped for Best FIFA award

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London (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning exploits with Real Madrid make him the strong favourite to win the 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award at Monday’s ceremony in London.

The Portuguese superstar, who won last year’s inaugural award, fired Madrid to glory in La Liga and scored 12 goals as they won the Champions League for the third time in four seasons.

Scolari future up in the air after seven CSL trophy run

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Guangzhou Evergrande players and staff tossed an emotional Luiz Felipe Scolari in the air and hailed the Brazilian coach after they sealed their seventh straight Chinese Super League title in what is expected to be his final season in charge.

Scolari’s men thrashed Guizhou Zhicheng 5-1 at home on Sunday to win the Chinese Super League (CSL) with two games to spare, their seventh trophy under the former Brazil, Portugal and Chelsea coach.

Bilic and Koreman seek League Cup respite

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London (AFP) – Slaven Bilic and Ronald Koeman are two managers under serious pressure who will hope to ease a little of it on Wednesday with West Ham and Everton in League Cup last 16 action.

However, both former Croatian national manager Bilic and Dutch football great Koeman face monumental tasks away from home with West Ham taking on in-form Tottenham Hotspur and Everton travelling to champions Chelsea.

Ref fell for ‘Marseille theatrics’ says sent-off Neymar

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Marseille (AFP) – Neymar blames the referee for “falling for Marseille’s theatrics” after his sending off in Paris Saint-Germain’s explosive 2-2 draw at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday

Neymar was constantly harried and niggled by a series of fouls in the grudge game against PSg’s bitter Ligue 1 rivals, and pelted by projectiles hurled by Marseille fans whilst taking corners.

Bayern confirm Mueller injury, Hummels in doubt

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich have new injury concerns for this week’s double-header against RB Leipzig with Mats Hummels joining Thomas Mueller on the walking wounded list, according to German daily Bild.

Bayern’s stand-in captain Mueller limped out of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Hamburg with with a tear in his right hamstring which will rule him out for up to three weeks, the club confirmed on Monday.

Stand up and be counted, Klopp tells Liverpool

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp pledged to “fix” his Liverpool team’s chronic defensive problems after a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur left them 12 points adrift in the Premier League title race.

Spurs exploited abject Liverpool defending throughout Sunday’s game at Wembley, with Harry Kane scoring twice as Mauricio Pochettino’s men moved level on points with second-place Manchester United.

Neymar sees red as PSG snatch Marseille draw

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar was both hero and villain as the Brazil superstar scored and was then sent off as Paris Saint Germain snatched a last-gasp 2-2 draw in a fiery clash with bitter rivals Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Marseille opened the scoring with a Luiz Gustavo long range shot on 16 minutes before Neymar levelled with a fine threaded shot on 33 minutes.

Routine win keeps Real Madrid pressure on Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hassle free 3-0 victory over Eibar on Sunday.

Madrid have struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, dropping points in four of their previous six home games.

However, Eibar did most of the damage for them as Paulo Oliveira’s own goal and a goalkeeping mistake from Marko Dmitrovic to allow Marco Asensio’s shot through his grasp handed the European champions a 2-0 half-time lead.

Khedira hat-trick lifts 10-man Juventus, Milan see red

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Milan (AFP) – Sami Khedira hit a hat-trick as ten-man Juventus kept pace with leaders Napoli and Inter Milan in a 6-2 goalfest at Udinese Sunday as AC Milan’s campaign unravelled further with a goalless draw at Genoa.

Massimilano Allegri’s champions desperately needed to win at Udine after claiming just one point in their previous two league games.

Bolt determined to pursue football dream

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Austin (AFP) – Retired sprint king Usain Bolt has vowed to pursue his dream of playing professional football but admits he will not “embarrass” himself if his goal is out of reach.

The Jamaican track and field superstar, who retired from athletics after August’s World Championships, has long spoken of trying his hand at soccer and has been invited to train with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

Merseyside misery as Liverpool and Everton lose heavily

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London (AFP) – It was a case of ‘North London nine, Merseyside three’ as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal inflicted thumping defeats on both Liverpool and Everton respectively in the Premier League on Sunday.

Hopes that this might be the season where Liverpool ended their wait for a maiden Premier League looked flimsy following a 4-1 loss away to Spurs at Wembley while Arsenal sent an expensively-assembled Everton side into the relegation zone with a 5-2 win at Goodison Park.

Spurs’ Kane rips sorry Liverpool to shreds

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane scored twice for Tottenham Hotspur in a 4-1 victory over an abject Liverpool team on Sunday that left the Merseyside club’s Premier League title hopes in tatters.

Kane struck early in each half, book-ending goals from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli, with Mohamed Salah netting in reply in front of a record Premier League crowd of 80,827 at Wembley that included the great Diego Maradona.

Gameiro fires goal-shy Atletico into third

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Madrid (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro ended Atletico Madrid’s goal drought on the road as Diego Simeone’s men ground out a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday to leapfrog Real Madrid into third in La Liga.

Atletico’s attacking options while they wait for Diego Costa’s return in January have been much criticised in recent weeks, particularly after a 0-0 draw at Azerbaijani champions Qarabag on Wednesday left their chances of reaching the Champions League last 16 in peril.

Depay hits hat-trick in Lyon romp

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon climbed to fourth in Ligue 1 on Sunday with a 5-0 away win at promoted Troyes as Dutch striker Memphis Depay scored a second-half hat-trick.

The 23-year-old Depay joined Lyon in January 2017 from Manchester United and is finding his feet in France now that Lyon have sold Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal.

Bonucci red damages Milan, Roma bounce back in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for elbowing as AC Milan’s stuttering campaign plunged even further on Sunday with a 0-0 draw to Genoa, as elsewhere in Serie A Alexander Kolarov lifted AS Roma past Torino.

Milan coach Vincenzo Montella had already been under huge pressure after three straight Serie A losses and Thursday’s 0-0 Europa League draw with AEK Athens in Milan.

Gameiro fires goal-shy Atletico Madrid into third

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Vigo (Spain) (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro ended Atletico Madrid’s goal drought on the road as Diego Simeone’s men ground out a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday to leapfrog Real Madrid into third in La Liga.

Atletico’s attacking options while they wait for Diego Costa’s return in January have been much criticised in recent weeks, particularly after a 0-0 draw at Azerbaijani champions Qarabag on Wednesday left their chances of reaching the Champions League last 16 in peril.

Kalou saves Hertha with second penalty attempt

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Berlin (AFP) – Ivory Coast veteran Salomon Kalou rescued Hertha Berlin with a penalty at the second attempt in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

Hosts Freiburg took the lead on 52 minutes when the video assistant referee (VAR) confirmed Christian Guenter had been fouled in the penalty area and Janik Haberer drilled home from the spot.

Meet the 6 Arsenal teenagers to make their senior debut this season

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a history of giving young, talented players their shot to prove themselves on the pitch. This season appears to be no different. Although last year was a bit of an anomaly, with only one U23 player receiving a senior debut (Chris Willock), the Frenchman has already given six teenagers time on the pitch so far during the 2017/18 campaign.

Rooney goal in vain as Arsenal send Everton into drop zone

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Liverpool (AFP) – Wayne Rooney recreated his famous first league goal for Everton against Arsenal on Sunday but it was not enough to prevent his struggling team falling to a 5-2 defeat and into the Premier League bottom three.

Goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette proved pivotal as Everton continued their worst start to a season in nine years, with this latest reverse adding to the mounting pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman.

Without Balotelli, slumping Nice beaten again

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Paris (AFP) – The injured Mario Balotelli watched from the stands as Nice slumped to another defeat on Sunday, going down 2-1 at home to Strasbourg in Ligue 1.

The Italian striker, scorer of five league goals this season, was absent with a calf injury and without him Lucien Favre’s team went down to their third successive league defeat and a fourth straight loss in all competitions.

Scolari’s Guangzhou retain China league title

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s rampant Guangzhou Evergrande won the Chinese Super League (CSL) for the seventh time in a row on Sunday and with two games to spare.

In what is expected to be the decorated Brazilian coach’s last season in charge, Guangzhou scored twice in three minutes in the first half as they thrahed Guizhou Zhicheng 5-1 at home.

Bayern wait on Mueller for Leipzig double-header

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich are waiting to hear if stand-in captain Thomas Mueller can play in this week’s double-header against RB Leipzig after the Germany star suffered a hamstring injury.

Mueller lasted just ten minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 Bundesliga win at ten-man Hamburg.

Venezuela’s Vargas suffers horror leg break in Australia

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Sydney (AFP) – Venezuelan international Ronald Vargas is out of the Australian A-League for an indefinite period after suffering a serious leg fracture playing for the Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

The Jets continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar through goals from in-form Irish striker Roy O’Donovan and former Roar midfielder Dimi Petratos, but the victory came at a high cost.

Georgia elects ex-football star Kaladze mayor of capital

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Tbilisi (AFP) – Georgia announced Sunday that former AC Milan football star Kakha Kaladze had been elected mayor of its capital Tbilisi.

The country’s election administration said on its website that Kaladze won 51 percent of the vote in Saturday’s municipal election.

The 39-year-old played for AC Milan between 2001 and 2010, helping the team to twice win the Champions League.

Mourinho tears into Man Utd after shock loss

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Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho launched a withering verbal attack on his Manchester United players following their surprise Premier League defeat at Huddersfield Town and confessed he was shocked by their lacklustre performance.

United were beaten for the first time this season, while promoted Huddersfield’s 2-1 win marked their first top-flight victory over their illustrious visitors since 1952.

City have found killer instinct, says Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have found a more ruthless streak after they overcame stubborn Burnley 3-0 to earn a club record equalling 11th consecutive victory.

Sergio Aguero made his own piece of history, becoming the joint-top scorer in City’s history, with his 177th goal for the club, a first-half penalty awarded after goalkeeper Nick Pope was judged to have tripped Bernardo Silva.

Relieved Conte doesn’t fear Chelsea axe

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists he does not fear the sack after Chelsea eased the mounting pressure on their manager with a gutsy 4-2 win over Watford.

Conte’s position has been under growing scrutiny following a dip in the champions’ form in recent week.

Back-to-back Premier League defeats against Manchester City and Crystal Palace were followed by a 3-3 home draw with Roma in the Champions League in midweek.

Inter end Napoli winning streak in stalemate

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan ended Napoli’s winning streak in Serie A with a goalless draw in Saturday’s top of the table clash.

Napoli have 25 points from nine games to hold their two-point advantage on second-placed Inter.

Champions Juventus and Lazio - joint third on 19 points - now have a golden opportunity to narrow the gap on Sunday when they take on Udinese and Cagliari respectively.

Barcelona roll on calmly amidst Catalan chaos

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona dismissed another day of political chaos in Catalonia to continue on their merry way at the top of La Liga by beating Malaga 2-0 at the Camp Nou.

Spanish Primer Minister Mariano Rajoy announced on Saturday that Madrid will move to dismiss Catalonia’s separatist government and call fresh elections in the semi-autonomous region.

Balde off mark for Monaco, Ranieri’s Nantes fly high

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Paris (AFP) – Keita Balde netted his first goal since his big-money summer move to Monaco as the reigning French champions eased to a welcome 2-0 victory at home to Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Balde got the opener midway through the first half and the prolific Radamel Falcao added a penalty just before the hour mark as Monaco recorded a first win in five outings in all competitions.

Mourinho fumes as loss lets Man City pull away

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho lambasted his Manchester United players after Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town enabled Manchester City to move five points clear at the Premier League summit.

Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored at the John Smith’s Stadium to give Huddersfield a first win over United since 1952 and condemn Mourinho’s side to their first loss of the campaign.

Boufal savours ‘very special’ Southampton goal

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sofiane Boufal was left beaming after scoring a sensational solo goal in Southampton’s 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, describing it as a “very special” goal.

The 24-year-old Morocco winger picked the ball up midway inside his own half in the 85th minute at St Mary’s and surged past five opposition players before sliding a shot into the bottom-right corner.

Bayern edge past Hamburg to go level with Dortmund

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Berlin (AFP) – Corentin Tolisso got the winner as defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich squeezed past 10-man Hamburg 1-0 to draw level with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table on Saturday.

Both sides have 20 points, but goal difference keeps the Bavarians second behind Dortmund, who earlier threw away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Under-pressure Montella summons spirit of Churchill

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Milan (AFP) – Vincenzo Montella summoned the spirit of Britain’s World War II leader Winston Churchill on Saturday as he remained defiant amid reports his days were numbered as AC Milan coach.

Milan host Genoa on Sunday in a must-win game for Montella’s future after three consecutive Serie A defeats to Sampdoria, Roma and Inter Milan were followed by a goalless draw at home by AEK Athens in Europa League.

Police quiz man over Everton-Lyon trouble

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London (AFP) – A man has been interviewed on suspicion of assault and affray over an incident that occurred during Everton’s Europa League game against Lyon, British police said on Saturday.

An Everton fan holding a young child appeared to lash out at Lyon’s players during a byline shoving match in Thursday’s game, with the video footage going viral.

Keita Balde off mark in Monaco win

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Paris (AFP) – Keita Balde netted his first goal since his big-money summer move to Monaco as the reigning French champions eased to a welcome 2-0 victory at home to Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Balde got the opener midway through the first half and the prolific Radamel Falcao added a penalty just before the hour mark as Monaco recorded a first win in five outings in all competitions.

Dortmund throw away two-goal lead in Frankfurt draw

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Berlin (AFP) – Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday as the pressure remains on goalkeeper Roman Burki.

Dortmund are winless in their last three games after losing 3-2 at home to RB Leipzig last Saturday and drawing 1-1 at Cypriot side APOEL on Tuesday in the Champions League.

PSG without Dani Alves against Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain will have to do without Dani Alves for Sunday’s Ligue 1 encounter with eternal rivals Marseille, the club announced.

PSG said that Alves was currently undergoing “treatment” without specifying the extent of the problem, and so the Belgian international Thomas Meunier is likely to start Sunday night’s match at the Velodrome at right-back.

Mooy, Depoitre consign Man Utd to shock defeat

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Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre struck as Huddersfield Town stunned Manchester United 2-1 on Saturday to claim a first win over the Premier League giants since March 1952.

The pair scored in the first half at the John Smith’s Stadium to end United’s unbeaten start to the season and leave Jose Mourinho’s men five points behind leaders Manchester City in second place.

Appleton makes winning start to Leicester stint

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City won 2-1 at Swansea City on Saturday in their first match since the dismissal of manager Craig Shakespeare.

Caretaker manager Michael Appleton was in the dug-out at the Liberty Stadium to see his side end a run of six Premier League games without victory.

Man Utd slip lets Aguero send Man City clear

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London (AFP) – Manchester United fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday as Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Manchester City moved five points clear at the Premier League summit.

Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored at the John Smith’s Stadium to give Huddersfield a first win over United since 1952 and condemn Jose Mourinho’s side to their first loss of the campaign.

Top-scoring Immobile extends Lazio deal

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Rome (AFP) – Serie A’s top scorer Ciro Immobile and goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha have both extended their contracts with Lazio until June 2022, the Italian club confirmed on Saturday.

Italian international Immobile has scored 11 goals in the top flight this season, in addition to two in the Europa League and two in the Italian Super Cup, as the capital club sit joint third in Serie A, five points adrift of leaders Napoli.

Barca won’t be used as political tool – Bartomeu says

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia’s drive to gain independence from Spain.

A powerful symbol of Catalonia across the world, Barca have been caught in the political crossfire in the weeks following an independence referendum, deemed illegal by Madrid, was marred by violence.

Aguero equals Man City scoring record

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Aguero equalled Manchester City’s all-time scoring record after netting a penalty in the first half of his side’s Premier League home game against Burnley on Saturday.

It was the Argentina striker’s 177th goal in City’s colours, taking him level with Eric Brook, who played for the club between 1928 and 1939.

Batshuayi brace gets Chelsea back on track

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London (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi stepped off the bench to inspire Chelsea’s fightback as Antonio Conte’s side eased the pressure on their manager with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Watford on Saturday.

Conte’s position has come under scrutiny after back-to-back Premier League defeats and claims of player unrest over his training methods.

Barca won’t be used as political tool – Bartomeu

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia’s drive to gain independence from Spain.

A powerful symbol of Catalonia across the world, Barca have been caught in the political crossfire in the weeks following an independence referendum, deemed illegal by Madrid, was marred by violence.

Lynch suspended one game for shoving official

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New York (AFP) – Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was handed a one-game suspension without pay on Friday after shoving an official during his team’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, an NFL statement said.

Lynch was ejected during Thursday’s game, won 31-30 by the Raiders, during the second quarter following a melee involving Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who had been penalised for a late hit on Derek Carr.

Where to find Napoli vs. Inter Milan on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Napoli vs. Inter Milan in Serie A, you’ve come to the right place.

Napoli and Inter Milan face off in a top-of-the-table battle in Serie A on Saturday. Inter are two points behind Napoli. With both teams playing superb football right now, this should be one of the games of the weekend to watch.

Where to find USA vs. England U17 World Cup quarterfinal on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. England in the U17 World Cup quarterfinal, you’ve come to the right place.

The US men’s u17 team faces England in the World Cup on Saturday in a match that will be televised live across the United States.

The U-17 MNT reached the Quarterfinal with a memorable 5-0 victory against Paraguay on Monday, Oct.

Talk is cheap as Arsenal’s Wenger eyes more misery for Everton

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions from Watford striker Troy Deeney that his players can be bullied and show little stomach for a physical battle.

Deeney made the remarks after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road last weekend, when his introduction as a substitute unsettled the Arsenal defence and turned the game in Watford’s favour.

Catalan crisis leaves Barca between rock and a hard place

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu faces the club’s members at an annual general meeting on Saturday fighting an increasingly difficult battle to balance the conflicting interests of fans in favour of Catalan independence and millions of supporters in the rest of Spain and around the world.

Luis Suarez to sit out Uruguay friendlies

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Montevideo (AFP) – Luis Suarez will play no part in Uruguay’s two friendlies in Europe in November, at the request of his club Barcelona, to allow the striker to rest a nagging knee injury.

Uruguay play Poland on November 10 in Warsaw before facing Austria four days later in Vienna as they begin their preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Neymar a mentor for Mbappe at PSG says Marquinhos

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Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar will be crucial to the development of fellow new recruit Kylian Mbappe, the club’s vice-captain Marquinhos has told AFP.

Marquinhos also said he believes Neymar will do more to bring glory to the Qatar-owned Paris club than its former Brazilian number 10 Ronaldinho.

Klopp hopeful Spurs will come out to play

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London (AFP) – After the drudgery of last weekend’s goalless stalemate against Manchester United, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is relishing the prospect of Sunday’s trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur.

United produced a cautious performance at Anfield last Saturday, limiting Klopp’s side to two clear goal-scoring opportunities.

Pep optimistic City will respond when form dips

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits his high-flying side will suffer a blip at some point but is optimistic they will react better than they did last season.

Guardiola’s team have been in imperious form so far this season and are unbeaten in all competitions.

Bilic on brink after dire Hammers performance

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London (AFP) – West Ham manager Slaven Bilic appeared resigned to his fate on Friday following his side’s woeful performance in a 3-0 home defeat by Brighton.

Bilic, who just survived a tough period last season, said he assumed full responsibility for the hapless display which had home fans heading for the exits midway through the first-half.

Mourinho says he is judged harshly because of success

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says he is judged by a different set of standards from his rival managers in the Premier League because of his previous successes but insists that criticism does not upset him.

The Manchester United manager was widely criticised for his approach in grinding out a goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.

Joy for Hughton, misery for Bilic

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London (AFP) – A double from Glenn Murray gave Brighton manager Chris Hughton plenty to smile about in his 100th Premier League match as a manager as they eased to a 3-0 win over a dire West Ham on Friday.

Murray’s brace - taking his tally to five in seven meetings with the Hammers - and a delightful effort by Colombian international Jose Izquierdo gave Brighton their first away win of the season and the ‘Seagulls’ first in the top flight since 1983.

Messi posts video of son singing in Catalan, Pique replies

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona’s Argentine legend Lionel Messi entered the highly-charged drive by Catalonia for independence on Friday when he posted a video on social media of his child singing in Catalan.

The clip on Instagram shows Messi’s two-year-old son Mateo singing a nursery rhyme in the regional language.

Watford mustn’t let guard down against Chelsea: Silva

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London (AFP) – Watford manager Marco Silva has called for more of the self-belief his high-flying team showed in their win against Arsenal when they face “favourites” Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Hornets climbed to fourth place - one spot ahead of defending champions Chelsea - in the Premier League after coming from behind to beat the Gunners 2-1 with a stoppage-time goal from Tom Cleverley last weekend.

Conte dismisses talk of Chelsea discontent

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Friday dismissed rumours of discontent over his training methods following successive Premier League defeats for the defending champions.

Conte said Chelsea’s training loads are “70 percent less” than during last season’s Premier League-winning campaign and the sheer quantity of matches renders the work that brought success last term “impossible”.

Kane a bigger threat than Lukaku, says Klopp

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London (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes “world-class” Harry Kane poses a bigger threat to his side than Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku did last weekend.

The Reds boss succeeded in dousing the threat from in-form United striker Lukaku in the goalless draw at Anfield although the job was made easier by Jose Mourinho’s cagey tactics.

No date for Kompany return, admits Man City’s Pep

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted Friday he does not know when Vincent Kompany will return, sparking fresh worries about the veteran defender’s long-term fitness.

City skipper Kompany has been absent since he injured his calf in August while on international duty with Belgium and has not featured for his club since a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on August 26.

Rose has long-term Spurs future, says Pochettino

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London (AFP) – Danny Rose has a long-term future at Spurs despite his previous comments that he would be open to a transfer, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday following the defender’s return to action.

Rose came off the bench against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday to make his first appearance since suffering a knee injury almost nine months ago.

Zlatan could be back this year, says Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said on Friday that he expects Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be ready to return to action from his career-threatening knee ligament injury before the end of the year.

The Manchester United manager has stubbornly refused to put a timeline on the absences of long-term injury victims Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, who suffered a hamstring tear in mid-September.

Premier League players join Juan Mata’s charity pledge

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels and Swansea’s Alfie Mawson have become the first English players to pledge at least one percent of their wages to Juan Mata’s Common Goal project.

The Manchester United and Spain midfielder launched the initiative in August, which supports football-based projects around the world.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 9

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NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend is highlighted by a pair of matches this Sunday, October 22, as third-place Tottenham host Liverpool at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo, and Everton host Arsenal at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Spurs are on a six-match Premier League unbeaten streak, most recently defeating Bournemouth 1-0.

Hodgson tries to keep Palace players grounded after shock win

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he has worked hard to keep his players’ feet on the ground after they finally scored their first goals and won their first game of the Premier League season.

Palace visits Newcastle on Saturday hoping to build on last week’s shock 2-1 defeat of Premier League champions Chelsea, during which - in their eighth match - they earned their first points of the season.

Australia primed for Honduras World Cup showdown

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Sydney (AFP) – Coach Ange Postecoglou said Australia were one of the best-organised national teams in the world and would be better prepared than Honduras at next month’s World Cup play-offs.

The Socceroos face a home-and-away play-off against Honduras, the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF federation, for a spot at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

CAF Champions League history can inspire Al Ahly

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Al Ahly of Egypt can draw comfort from history as they face a win-or-bust CAF Champions League semi-final return match at home to Etoile Sahel of Tunisia this weekend.

The winners of the elite African club competition a record eight times have not gone more than three seasons this century without reaching the final.

Blatter says he is going to World Cup at Putin’s invitation

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Geneva (AFP) – FIFA’s disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter has told AFP he will go to next year’s World Cup in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, despite being banned from football.

“I will go to the World Cup in Russia. I received an invitation from President Putin,” the 81-year-old said in an interview.

Police probe crowd trouble at Everton-Lyon game

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London (AFP) – British police said Friday they are investigating crowd trouble at the previous evening’s Europa League match at Goodison Park, during which an Everton fan holding a child appeared to strike a Lyon player.

Thursday’s ugly scenes erupted after Ashley Williams barged into Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes midway through the second half.

Leicester players ‘want answers’ over Shakespeare sacking

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London (AFP) – Leicester City caretaker manager Michael Appleton believes the owners of the former Premier League champions could face questions from players over Craig Shakespeare’s sacking.

Appleton was placed in charge following Shakespeare’s dismissal on Tuesday and described the atmosphere among the squad as “cheesed off” and “raw” when he took his first training session.

Everton ban fan who attacked Lyon player while holding child

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London (AFP) – Everton on Friday banned a fan who appeared to try and strike a Lyon player while holding a child during their Europa League tie as police probed crowd trouble at Goodison Park.

Thursday’s ugly scenes erupted after Ashley Williams barged into Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes midway through the second half of the 2-1 victory for the away side, sparking a melee.

Surging Manchester City eye title charge, Chelsea need a lift

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London (AFP) – Manchester City will be aiming to continue their recent scintillating form when the free-scoring Premier League leaders host Burnley on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side are two points clear of second-placed Manchester United as they chase a first English title since 2014.

Where to find West Ham vs. Brighton on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch West Ham vs. Brighton in the Premier League, you’ve come to the right place.

Friday night Premier League soccer returns today with West Ham United facing Brighton and Hove Albion at the Olympic Stadium in London.

Match: West Ham vs.

Lyon beat Everton to pile pressure on Koeman

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon piled the pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman with a 2-1 Europa League win at Goodison Park on Thursday, while Olivier Giroud’s acrobatic late strike snatched Arsenal a 1-0 victory over 10-man Red Star Belgrade.

Nabil Fekir’s penalty put French side Lyon ahead early on as Everton struggled for inspiration with Wayne Rooney rested and watching on from the stands.

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

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The Premier League dominates the soccer landscape in Europe once again this weekend, with a trio of fascinating fixtures to savor from Week 9 of the 2017-18 season.

On Saturday the champions take on this season’s surprise package in what should be an absorbing clash of styles. Then on Sunday two teams from Merseyside take on two from north London in a pair of eyecatching encounters.

Giroud overhead kick edges Arsenal past Red Star Belgrade

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Paris (AFP) – Olivier Giroud scored a fantastic late winner as Arsenal edged to their third straight Europa League win by beating 10-man Red Star Belgrade 1-0 in Serbia on Thursday.

Arsene Wenger’s men rode their luck at times in an uninspiring performance, before Giroud struck in the 85th minute after Red Star had seen Milan Rodic sent off.

Manchester United to aid football development in Saudi Arabia

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London (AFP) – Manchester United have agreed a deal with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia to help develop football in the country.

United will lend business and sporting expertise to clubs and sporting organisations in Saudi Arabia to boost the game’s growth.

The partnership forms part of Saudi Vision 2030 - the plan to diversify the Saudi economy and to develop its public sectors, announced last year by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Giroud overhead kick edges Arsenal past Red Star

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Paris (AFP) – Olivier Giroud scored a fantastic late winner as Arsenal edged to their third straight Europa League win by beating 10-man Red Star Belgrade 1-0 in Serbia on Thursday.

Arsene Wenger’s men rode their luck at times in an uninspiring performance, before Giroud struck in the 85th minute after Red Star had seen Milan Rodic sent off.

US World Cup disaster exposes USSF, FOX Sports and MLS: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 47, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• How FOX Sports reported on one of the biggest weeks in US Soccer history,

• Our experiences with YouTube TV and whether it’s a winner for soccer fans,

• Latest TV rights news for Serie A and LaLiga, as well as

• Our thoughts on Facebook Live’s latest coverage of the UEFA Champions League.

FIFA in deal to end FIFPro transfer complaint

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA on Thursday reached a deal it hopes will lead to footballers union FIFPro withdrawing its complaint to the European Commission over “transfer market madness”.

World football’s governing body FIFA plans to launch an investigation into transfers after this summer’s record-breaking window sparked renewed unease at FIFPro.

Lloris feels vindicated by Spurs progress

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says his decision to stay at the club has been vindicated by the major progress made under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Lloris was considering his future when Pochettino arrived at the club in 2014 after two seasons of upheaval during which managers Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood were sacked.

Bayern flourish under ‘father-figure’ Heynckes

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s stars have been reminded of their 2013 treble under “father-figure” coach Jupp Heynckes after scoring eight goals without reply in their two games following his return.

“He’s brought the energy and passion which he had in 2013,” enthused Bayern captain Thomas Mueller, who scored in their 3-0 Champions League win against Celtic on Wednesday.

beIN SPORTS to televise Galatasaray-Fenerbahce derby on US TV and streaming

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One of the greatest, most intense and often bitter derbies in the world will be shown on US television and streaming this Sunday between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.

It’s the first time the Intercontinental Derby has been shown on US television in years.

Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, both based in Istanbul, will face off against each other on beIN SPORTS en Español on Sunday at 2:45pm ET.

English clubs bite back in Champions League

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London (AFP) – After several years in the doldrums, English clubs have returned to the fore in the Champions League with a succession of attention-grabbing performances.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur top their respective pools at the group phase’s halfway point and all are currently unbeaten.

Northern Ireland coach O’Neill admits drink-driving

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London (AFP) – Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was banned from driving for 16 months on Thursday after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard O’Neill, 48, was stopped by police on the outskirts of the city in the early hours of September 10 and found to be three times over the legal drink-drive limit.

Conte takes blame for Chelsea’s sloppy show

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte took the blame for Chelsea’s failure to protect their lead in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Roma in the Champions League.

Blues boss Conte opted to deploy Brazil defender David Luiz in midfield in a bid to solidify his injury-hit team.

Luiz gave Chelsea the lead at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, but although Eden Hazard doubled the hosts’ advantage before half-time, Roma hit back impressively.

Where to find Red Star Belgrade vs. Arsenal on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Red Star Belgrade vs. Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League, you’ve come to the right place.

With Arsenal undefeated in their first two Europa League matches, the Gunners can move five points clear at the top of their group with a victory against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.

Landon Donovan mulls run for US Soccer presidency: reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Landon Donovan, the all-time goals co-leader for the United States national team, is considering running for president of the US Soccer Federation, Sports Illustrated and ESPN reported Wednesday.

The 35-year-old striker, who last played for the American squad in 2014, would be a potential challenger to incumbent Sunil Gulati, who last week refused to resign in the wake of the US men failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Shanghai SIPG coach Villas-Boas under pressure after loss to Urawa

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese media piled pressure on Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas on Thursday after their stinging defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds in the AFC Champions League semi-finals.

The Portuguese coach promised silverware in his debut season but after Urawa’s 2-1 aggregate win, his best remaining hope seems to be next month’s CFA Cup final against city rivals Shanghai Shenhua.

English FA bosses face calls to quit over Sampson affair

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London (AFP) – English Football Association bosses were facing growing calls to quit on Thursday over their “shambolic” handling of the Mark Sampson affair following a damaging grilling from lawmakers.

Wednesday’s session opened with the publication of a reopened investigation into Chelsea player Eni Aluko’s claims of bullying and discrimination against the former England women’s manager.

Senegal pick injured Mane for World Cup ties

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Senegal chose Liverpool star Sadio Mane Wednesday for World Cup qualifiers against South Africa next month just eight days after his club said he could be sidelined for six weeks.

The striker was among 25 players named by coach Aliou Cisse for crucial back-to-back fixtures with South Africa.

Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus rallied from a bizarre Alex Sandro own goal to battle past Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Wednesday and move second behind Barcelona in Champions League Group D.

The Portuguese visitors surged ahead after 12 minutes in the Allianz Stadium when the ball accidentally bounced off the Brazilian left-back and into his own net after Gianluigi Buffon had saved from Gelson Martins.

‘MCN’ all score as PSG thump Anderlecht

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Brussels (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all scored as the French side romped to a third straight Champions League win by thrashing Anderlecht 4-0 in Brussels on Wednesday.

Mbappe put PSG ahead inside three minutes and Cavani grabbed his fourth goal in three Champions League outings before half-time.

Bayern down Celtic on Heynckes’ Champions League return

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes enjoyed a successful Champions League return on Wednesday as Bayern Munich got their Group B campaign back on track with a 3-0 home win against Celtic.

Bayern captain Thomas Mueller put the hosts ahead after 17 minutes before Germany defender Joshua Kimmich made it two with a header just before the half-hour mark.

10-man Barca cruise as club plead for Catalonia dialogue

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona shrugged off an early Gerard Pique red card and the distractions of a first match at the Camp Nou since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia to beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday.

A Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne ensured a comfortable evening for the hosts on the field, while the political tension sweeping across Catalonia was seen in the stands despite a low turnout due to torrential rain.

Chelsea snatch draw as Man Utd edge Benfica

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Paris (AFP) – Chelsea were grateful to Eden Hazard for grabbing a 3-3 draw in a Champions League thriller against Roma on Wednesday, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus all won.

Hazard headed in his second goal of the night from a Pedro Rodriguez cross with quarter of an hour left at Stamford Bridge to rescue Chelsea after they had earlier blown a two-goal lead against the Italians.

Hazard rescues Chelsea in six-goal Roma thriller

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard came to Chelsea’s rescue after his side blew a two-goal lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Antonio Conte’s team looked on course for a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to first half goals from David Luiz and Hazard at Stamford Bridge.

No Pique, no problem as 10-man Barca cruise

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona shrugged off an early Gerard Pique red card and the distractions of a first match at the Camp Nou since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia to beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday.

A Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne ensured a comfortable evening for the hosts on the field, while the political tension sweeping across Catalonia was seen in the stands despite a low turnout due to torrential rain.

Goalkeeping gaffe hands Man Utd win at Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Manchester United took a huge stride towards the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday, seeing off an uninspired Benfica 1-0 to make it three wins out of three thanks to a goalkeeping howler.

Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock midway through the second half when an inswinging free-kick from the left was carried over his line by teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar.

Downpour drowns out Barcelona’s plea for dialogue

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Barcelona (AFP) – A near 50-metre banner pleaded for “Dialogue, Respect, and Sport” as Barcelona’s Camp Nou opened its doors Wednesday for the first time since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia on October 1.

However, heavy rain in the hours before kick-off against Olympiakos in the Champions League turned thousands of fans away with almost two thirds of the 99,000-capacity stadium left empty.

Montella looking for Milan ‘spark’ against AEK

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella defended blundering skipper Leonardo Bonucci and said his team just needed to find a “spark’ ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against AEK Athens.

“It’ll come, right now we need a flame, and we have to be good to spark it,” said Montella ahead of the game in the San Siro.

Atletico on brink of early European exit

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Baku (AFP) – Atletico Madrid suffered a fresh blow to their chances of progressing to the Champions League last 16 as 10-man Qarabag held on for a 0-0 draw to secure their first ever point in the competition in Baku.

It could have been even worse for the 2014 and 2016 finalists had South African striker Dino Ndlovu won a penalty rather than being shown a second yellow card for diving 15 minutes from time.

Madjer named new Algeria coach

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Algiers (AFP) – Algeria have brought back former player Rabah Madjer as their new national coach, succeeding the sacked Lucas Alcaraz, the Algerian federation confirmed on Wednesday.

Madjer, 58, becomes the country’s fifth national coach in three years and must pick up the pieces after their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Atletico Champions League bid suffers blow in Azerbaijan

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Baku (AFP) – Atletico Madrid suffered a fresh blow to their chances of reaching the Champions League last 16 as 10-man Qarabag held on for a 0-0 draw to secure their first ever point in the competition in Baku.

It could have been even worse for the 2014 and 2016 finalists had South African striker Dino Ndlovu won a penalty rather than being shown a second yellow card for diving 15 minutes from time.

Ex-Uruguay defender Lopez named Cagliari coach

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Milan (AFP) – Uruguayan Diego Lopez has been appointed coach of Serie A strugglers Cagliari in place of the sacked Massimo Rastelli, the club said on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Lopez played for the club for 12 seasons from 1998 to 2010, and previously coached the Sardinian outfit from 2013 to 2014, with a spell also in charge of the youth teams.

Sampson made ‘ill-judged’ racial remarks: report

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London (AFP) – Former England women’s football coach Mark Sampson made remarks that were “discriminatory on grounds of race” towards two black players but was not racist, a report published on Wednesday said.

Sampson, who guided the team to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and this year’s European Championships, was sacked last month after FA chiefs were alerted to what it termed an “inappropriate” relationship he had with a player in a previous job.

Koeman feels secure as Everton boss after Moshiri talks

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London (AFP) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes he is not in immediate danger of being sacked after holding talks with the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

The Dutchman has been under pressure after his team’s poor start to the campaign despite extensive transfer spending in the close season.

Sampson made ‘ill-judged” racial remarks: report

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London (AFP) – Former England women’s football coach Mark Sampson made remarks that were “discriminatory on grounds of race” towards two black players but was not racist, a report published on Wednesday said.

Sampson, who guided the team to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and this year’s European Championships, was sacked last month after FA chiefs were alerted to what it termed an “inappropriate” relationship he had with a player in a previous job.

PSG’s Khelaifi to be quizzed in Swiss World Cup probe on October 25: lawyer

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi will be questioned by Swiss prosecutors on October 25 in a World Cup media rights probe, his lawyer told AFP Wednesday.

Khelaifi, a Qatari, “wanted to be heard as soon as possible by the Swiss attorney general’s office”, the lawyer said, adding that his client “denies any corruption” over the sale of rights for future World Cups.

PSG’s Khelaifi to be quizzed in Swiss WCup probe in October: lawyer

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi will be questioned by Swiss prosecutors on October 25 in a World Cup media rights probe, his lawyer told AFP Wednesday.

Khelaifi, a Qatari, “wanted to be heard as soon as possible by the Swiss attorney general’s office”, the lawyer said, adding that his client “denies any corruption” over the sale of rights for future World Cups.

Japan’s Reds stun Shanghai to reach Asian final

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Brazilian Rafael Silva snatched the winner as Japan’s Urawa Reds shocked star-studded Shanghai SIPG 1-0 at home on Wednesday to reach the Asian Champions League final.

The Reds advance to face Saudi giants Al Hilal in next month’s two-leg championship clash after holding on for a 2-1 aggregate win that ended Japan’s miserable recent run in Asia’s premier club competition.

‘Don’t hit’ foreign fans, Russian Cup mayor tells locals

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Moscow (AFP) – The mayor of the Russian World Cup host city of Kaliningrad advised locals Wednesday to leave the city on match days - and not to hit fans.

“Be hospitable and friendly - don’t hit anyone,” said the city’s mayor Alexander Yaroshuk.

“If you speak English, have a chat,” he added, giving his tips to residents on a talk show at local station Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Schedule of Europa League games on US TV and streaming for Thursday, October 19

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For matchweek 3 of the UEFA Europa League, there’s a ton of action in store that includes a top-of-the-group battle between Nice and Lazio, a chance for Everton to lift themselves off the bottom of Group E, as well as an opportunity for Arsenal to move five points ahead in their group if they beat Red Star Belgrade.

Guardiola proud to beat ‘best opponents’ Napoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola described his side’s 2-1 victory over Napoli in the Champions League group phase as one of the proudest moments of his storied career.

City took a quick-fire 2-0 lead in Tuesday’s game through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, but Amadou Diawara’s penalty - after Dries Mertens had squandered an earlier spot-kick - made for a nervy finale.

Everton, AC Milan look for Europa League morale boost

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Paris (AFP) – Under-fire Everton will hope to kickstart their campaign when they play host to Lyon on Thursday looking for a first win in the Europa League group stage.

The Premier League side have just one point from their opening two matches in Group E, following up a comprehensive 3-0 loss to Atalanta in Italy by drawing 2-2 at home to the Cypriots Apollon Limassol last month.

Tottenham manager hails ‘huge’ potential after Madrid draw

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Madrid (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side’s maturity after taking a huge step towards the Champions League last 16 by holding defending champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

The English side had to rely on two stunning second-half saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to deny Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, but were good value for a point that keeps them level with Madrid on seven points at the top of Group H.

Football: Papua’s ‘Black Pearls’, the athletic gems of Indonesia

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Sorong (Indonesia) (AFP) – Boaz Solossa, Indonesia’s football captain, is known for his quick turn of pace and sharp instincts - as well as his eye for goal.

But he’s not alone: Solossa is just one of many outstanding players born and bred in the far-flung, rebellious province of Papua, which has become known as a breeding ground for athletic talent.

Where to find Chelsea vs. Roma on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Chelsea vs. Roma, you’ve come to the right place.

After a shock defeat against Crystal Palace at the weekend, Chelsea will want to bounce back against Roma on Wednesday in their third game in the UEFA Champions League this season.

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Dortmund under pressure after Spurs-Real draw

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz admits the Germans face an uphill Champions League battle after struggling to a draw at APOEL Nicosia while Tottenham Hotspur earned a point at Real Madrid.

Bosz said Dortmund have now got their work cut out in their next two home games - against APOEL in a fortnight and Spurs on November 21 - before facing holders Real away.

Where to find Club America vs. Chivas Súper Clásico on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Club America vs. Chivas, you’ve come to the right place.

In this clash between the two clubs with the most Liga MX titles, Las Águilas del America seek to retain advantage over Chivas de Guadalajara after losing 1-0 on the last Súper Clásico on February 18, 2017.

Jesus earns Man City narrow win over Napoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City conceded two penalties - one that was squandered, one that was scored - as they edged Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday to tighten their grip on Champions League Group F.

In a much-hyped clash of the highest-scoring teams in Europe’s five major leagues, City swiftly went 2-0 up through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus at the Etihad Stadium and looked set for another breezy win.

Spurs hold Real as City down Napoli

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty but holders Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Manchester City overcame Italian high-flyers Napoli 2-1.

Raphael Varane’s own goal gifted Spurs the lead on 28 minutes at the Bernabeu, but Ronaldo converted a spot-kick shortly before half-time after a foul by Serge Aurier on Toni Kroos.

Jesus earns Manchester City narrow win over Napoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City conceded two penalties - one that was squandered, one that was scored - as they edged Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday to tighten their grip on Champions League Group F.

In a much-hyped clash of the highest-scoring teams in Europe’s five major leagues, City swiftly went 2-0 up through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus at the Etihad Stadium and looked set for another breezy win.

Real held by Lloris masterclass in Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Both sides remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16.

Liverpool hit seven to silence Klopp critics

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Maribor (Slovenia) (AFP) – Liverpool eased the pressure on Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah inspired a 7-0 thrashing of Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday.

After drawing their first two European fixtures and spluttering in the Premier League, Liverpool arrived in Slovenia with critics questioning Klopp’s signings and tactics.

Spartak ease to Sevilla victory

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian champions Spartak Moscow chalked up their first win of the Champions League campaign in style on Tuesday with a 5-1 drubbing of Sevilla at Moscow’s Otkrytie Arena.

Quincy Promes netted a brace, while Lorenzo Melgarejo, Denis Glushakov and Luiz Adriano added one apiece to set Spartak on course for a well-deserved win.

Leipzig claim landmark Champions League success

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Leipzig (Germany) (AFP) – Jean-Kevin Augustin scored what proved to be the winner as RB Leipzig secured their first ever victory in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, beating Porto 3-2.

Willi Orban and Emil Forsberg also scored for the hosts in a five-goal first half as Leipzig claimed a win that keeps alive their dream of reaching the knockout stages in their debut Champions League campaign.

Saudis Al Hilal into AFC Champions Lea gue final

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Muscat (AFP) – Omar Kharbin scored twice as Saudi giants Al Hilal eased into the AFC Champions League final with a 6-2 aggregate victory over Iran’s Persepolis following a 2-2 draw in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday.

Al Hilal already had one foot in the final after an emphatic 4-0 victory over the leading Iranian side in the first leg, but Tuesday’s match proved much tougher with Persepolis taking the lead on two occasions only for Al Hilal to bounce back twice and clinch a draw.

La Liga TV rights on hold due to Catalan crisis

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Madrid (AFP) – The Spanish league have delayed putting out to tender their international television rights amid uncertainty over what the Catalonia crisis could mean for Barcelona, La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Tuesday.

It has been a tumultuous few weeks in Catalonia following an independence referendum on October 1 that was deemed illegal by the Spanish government and was marred by violence.

La Liga TV rights on hold due to Catalonia uncertainty

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Madrid (AFP) – The Spanish league have delayed putting out to tender their international television rights amid uncertainty over what the Catalonia crisis could mean for Barcelona, La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Tuesday.

It has been a tumultuous few weeks in Catalonia following an independence referendum on October 1 that was deemed illegal by the Spanish government and was marred by violence.

Heynckes back as Bayern regroup for Celtic

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich are looking to regroup in the Champions League at home to Celtic on Wednesday as Jupp Heynckes coaches his first European game since winning the 2013 final.

The 72-year-old steered Bayern to the Champions League title four years ago by beating Borussia Dortmund at Wembley to complete the treble of European, Bundesliga and German Cup titles in the 2012/13 season.

Hungary coach out after poor World Cup campaign

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Budapest (AFP) – Hungary said Tuesday it has parted company with national football coach Bernd Storck after a disappointing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

“The Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) board has agreed unanimously to accept Bernd Storck’s mutually agreed departure,” Jeno Sipos, an MLSZ spokesman, told reporters in Budapest.

Honestly, I have no PSG plans, Mourinho says

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Lisbon (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insists he has no plans to join Paris Saint-Germain despite admitting he will not be signing a new contract with Manchester United in the immediate future.

Mourinho triggered talk of a potential switch to Paris when the United manager spoke admiringly about the Qatari-owned French club in a recent television interview.

History boys Italy confident of reaching World Cup

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Paris (AFP) – Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura insisted Tuesday the four-time world champions could overcome a tricky play-off draw against Sweden to reach the 2018 World Cup finals.

Italy will travel to Stockholm on Friday, November 10 and play at home at the San Siro in Milan three days later as they look to avoid missing out on the World Cup for the first time in 50 years.

Leicester confirm Shakespeare sacking

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London (AFP) – Leicester City have confirmed the sacking of Craig Shakespeare, just four months after handing him a permanent contract to manage the former Premier League champions.

Shakespeare, 53, was promoted from his role as assistant coach on an interim basis following the shock dismissal of Claudio Ranieri in February and in June he was handed a three-year contract.

Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Juventus not in crisis, insists Allegri

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri insisted Tuesday that the Serie A champions were not in crisis despite recent setbacks.

Italian title-winners in the last six seasons, Juventus lost to Lazio on Saturday - a first home defeat in over two years - to trail leaders Napoli by five points.

Leicester sack manager Craig Shakespeare – reports

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London (AFP) – Leicester City sacked manager Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday after just four months in charge of the former Premier League champions, British media reported.

Shakespeare, 53, replaced Claudio Ranieri on a caretaker basis in February and was handed a three-year contract in June.

Conte blames Chelsea’s injury woes on hectic schedule

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte says the injury problems that threaten to derail Chelsea’s season have been caused by his side’s increased workload.

Conte’s team have lost their last two Premier League matches against Manchester City and Crystal Palace as the injury bug bites ahead of Roma’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Alonso says Chelsea have no margin for error

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London (AFP) – Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso admitted Tuesday that the Premier League champions cannot afford to lose another match if they want to successfully defend the title.

Antonio Conte’s side are lagging nine points behind leaders Manchester City after losing their last two league matches.

Hope TV rights scandal ‘will not disrupt’ Qatar WCup: FIFA Sec Gen

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Madrid (AFP) – FIFA’s number two Fatma Samoura said Tuesday she hoped the criminal investigations into the sale of World Cup rights to the Qatari-owned beIN Media group will not “disrupt” Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Swiss prosecutors said last week they had launched a criminal corruption probe targeting Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN media chief, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups in 2018-2030.

Chelsea star Hazard aims to seize Champions League spotlight

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London (AFP) – Frustrated by his past failures, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been urged to finally stamp his mark on the Champions League.

While Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have cemented their legendary status with headline-stealing performances in Europe’s elite club competition, Hazard remains one of the tournament’s biggest enigmas.

United, Chelsea aim to stamp Champions League authority

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Paris (AFP) – Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will be looking to maintain their robust start to their Champions League campaign when they head to Benfica on Wednesday while Antonio Conte’s Chelsea entertain Roma.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi meanwhile play their first home match at the Camp Nou since the Catalonia independence referendum that plunged Spain into chaos, when Olympiakos visit.

Camp Nou reopens amid political confusion in Catalonia

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Madrid (AFP) – For the first time since playing to an empty stadium in protest at a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia, Barcelona’s Camp Nou opens its doors when Olympiakos visit on Wednesday.

On the field, Barca should have little problem sweeping aside an Olympiakos side without a point in the Champions League so far this season to consolidate their position atop Group D.

Italy among play-off hopefuls waiting to learn World Cup fate

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London (AFP) – Italy will learn their World Cup play-off fate on Tuesday as the four-time winners join seven other European countries in the draw for the decisive two-legged ties.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side have been forced to take their chances in the treacherous play-offs after finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain.

Rocky road for Higuain to resurrect Argentina career

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – On the night Lionel Messi sensationally booted Argentina into next year’s World Cup finals in Russia, Gonzalo Higuain was watching thousands of kilometres away in Turin.

There was a touch of envy as the 29-year-old Juventus player took to Instagram to congratulate the national team: “Thanks a lot guys for taking Argentina where they should be, great effort, congratulations and enjoy.

Echoes of George Best as Manchester United and Benfica collide

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Champions League encounter with Benfica on Wednesday represents a resumption of hostilities with foes who have provided a yardstick for their European standing for over half a century.

Benfica, famously, were the team United defeated at Wembley in 1968 to become the first English side to win the European Cup.

Australia coach linked with Tevez club in China

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was urged to stay loyal to the World Cup hopefuls Tuesday after he was linked with a big-money move to Carlos Tevez’s Shanghai Shenhua in China.

The 52-year-old has failed to confirm or deny reports that he is considering quitting the Socceroos, who face a two-legged playoff with Honduras next month for a place at Russia 2018.

Where to find Maribor vs. Liverpool on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Maribor vs. Liverpool, you’ve come to the right place.

After two draws from the first two Champions League matches, it’s crucial that Liverpool get their first 3 points by defeating Maribor, the club team from Slovenia.

For soccer fans in the United States, the game will be shown live on FOX Soccer Plus, which can be streamed with a free 7-day trial to fuboTV.

Where to find Manchester City vs. Napoli on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester City vs. Napoli, you’ve come to the right place.

Out of all of the games on Tuesday, the one that should be the most entertaining for neutrals is the clash between Premier League top-of-the-table Manchester City against Serie A first place club Napoli.

Where to find Real Madrid vs. Spurs on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Spurs in the UEFA Champions League, you’ve come to the right place.

Originally scheduled to air on FS1, the Real Madrid-Tottenham match has been moved to FS2 because of the MLB playoffs. If you don’t get FOX Sports 2 through your TV provider or you want to watch the game from work or home with a free 7-day trial, read below for more details.

Romulo rescues Verona with first Serie A win

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Verona (Italy) (AFP) – Romulo fired Verona to their first success of the Serie A campaign on Monday with a 1-0 win over 10-man Benevento.

Luca Antei was shown a straight red card in the first half after a rough challenge on Mattia Valoti, and after missing a string of chances Brazilian full-back Romulo volleyed in on 74 minutes.

Mahrez snatches draw for struggling Leicester City

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez’s first Premier League goal of the season secured Leicester a 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday but it was not enough to lift the 2016 champions out of the bottom three.

The Algerian international - who had missed a sitter earlier in the match - struck 10 minutes from time but the draw extended the Foxes winless streak to six which was the same run that saw Claudio Ranieri sacked months after delivering them their remarkable title triumph.

Chiellini recalls Champions League pain

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini revealed Monday the pain of two Champions League final defeats as he looked back on his long career on Monday with the Turin giants.

Chiellini, 33, said he had felt pride at replacing Pavel Nedved on his debut 12 years ago to the day, as the Turin side prepare to face Sporting Lisbon in this year’s Champions League campaign midweek.

Zaccheroni named UAE coach

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Dubai (AFP) – Italian Alberto Zaccheroni was Monday named coach of the United Arab Emirates football team, the Gulf state’s federation announced.

“The Emirati football federation has named the Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni to lead our national team,” it said in a tweet.

According to local media reports, Zaccheroni signed a contract until 2019, the year when the UAE is scheduled to host the AFC Asian Cup, which he won with Japan in 2011.

Sterling never considered Arsenal move

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Raheem Sterling said on Monday he sees his long-term future at Premier League leaders Manchester City and has no interest in a move to Arsenal.

Sterling was linked with a cash-plus-player move to the Emirates Stadium at the end of August as City tried to secure a deal for Alexis Sanchez.

Kane can be Tottenham’s Totti – Pochettino

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Madrid (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes the emotional images of Francisco Totti’s farewell after a 24-year career at Roma could inspire the on-fire Harry Kane to remain a one club man.

Ahead of Spurs’ trip to face Real Madrid on Tuesday, Kane has been linked with a move to the European champions thanks to his stunning form in 2017, scoring as many goals (43) in fewer appearances this calendar year for club and country as Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lovren blasts Lukaku over Anfield clash

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London (AFP) – Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren claims Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku deliberately kicked him in the face in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.

Lovren was involved in a first-half collision with Lukaku that ended with the Liverpool star falling to the turf and holding his face after the Belgian’s boot appeared to make contact with his head.

Alexi Lalas defends US Soccer status quo on FOX Sports broadcast [VIDEO]

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On Sunday’s MLS broadcast that was televised live on FS1, leading US Men’s National Team analyst Alexi Lalas gave a stirring two-minute speech that championed the status quo in US Soccer.

Lalas defended Sunil Gulati and the US Soccer Federation. “No one person has the answers,” said Lalas.

USA to face Portugal in football friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – The United States will face Portugal next month in the team’s first game since their shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation announced Monday.

A statement said the USA, who were sensationally dumped out of World Cup contention last week following a loss to Trinidad & Tobago, will face Portugal on November 14 in Faro.

Ashley puts Newcastle up for sale

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London (AFP) – Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is ready to end his controversial reign after putting the Premier League club up for sale on Monday.

Ashley has been a polarising figure at Newcastle since taking over at St James’ Park in 2007 and the sports retail tycoon has decided now is the time to step down.

Inter in title chase, Milan in freefall

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi’s heroics proved Inter Milan are ready to reclaim the Serie A title for the first time since 2010, club president Massimo Moratti insisted Monday, as AC Milan were left in crisis.

Captain Icardi fired Inter to a dramatic 3-2 victory in the Derby della Madonnina, which moved them 10 points clear of city rivals AC Milan and just two behind leaders Napoli, with champions Juventus in third after losing at home for the first time in two years.

Pepe ‘the boss’ makes mark at Istanbul’s Besiktas

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Istanbul (AFP) – After winning three Champions League titles and three La Liga titles with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal, star defender Pepe could have been forgiven for resting on his laurels at new club Besiktas.

But not a bit of it.

Since joining the Black Eagles in Istanbul from Real Madrid over the summer, Pepe, 34, has stamped his authority on the Turkish champions and emerged as their standout player.

Man City’s Sterling never considered Arsenal move

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Raheem Sterling said on Monday he sees his long-term future at Premier League leaders Manchester City and has no interest in a move to Arsenal.

Sterling was linked with a cash-plus-player move to the Emirates Stadium at the end of August as City tried to secure a deal for Alexis Sanchez.

Manchester United game against Benfica to stream live on Facebook

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Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday will be streamed on Facebook Live.

The match, which will be played at Estádio da Luz in Portugal, is scheduled to kick off at 2:45pm ET. On television, the game is only available via FOX Deportes, which can be streamed through fuboTV.

Zidane wary of ‘complete’ Kane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane highlighted the threat posed by Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as the English side travel to the European champions on Tuesday battling for top spot in Champions League Group H.

Kane has scored as many goals (43) this year for club and country as Cristiano Ronaldo but in fewer games, sparking rumours Real could try to poach another rising star from Spurs after taking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.

Schedule of UEFA Champions League matches on US TV and streaming (Oct. 17-18)

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Matchday three in the UEFA Champions League kicks off this Tuesday and Wednesday with all of the games available to soccer fans in the United States.

Due to baseball playoffs, a few of the games have been moved from their originally scheduled TV spots.

Here’s the schedule of UEFA Champions League games on US TV and streaming this week (all times listed are Easter United States):

Tuesday, October 17

Real Madrid vs.

MLS attendances through gameweek 32 of the 2017 season

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Photo credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rapids drew its smallest crowd of the season in its final home match, a Rocky Mountain Cup game against Real Salt Lake, with just a reported attendance of 13,102.

On the flip side, the Revs had its largest turnout in its final home match versus New York City FC.

Milan chief backs under-fire Montella

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan chief Marco Fassone has backed under-fire coach Vincenzo Montella despite the club falling to a third straight Serie A defeat to fierce city rivals Inter on Sunday night.

“Vincenzo is staying with us. When you change this much, as we did, you need time,” said Fassone.

Guardiola aims to keep Man City players humble

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says there is no chance that his Manchester City players will fall into the trap of over-confidence in their Champions League clash against Napoli despite their swaggering Premier League form.

City demolished Stoke City 7-2 on Saturday to move two points clear at the top of the table and are attracting rave reviews for the quality of their attacking football, with 37 goals in 11 games in all competitions so far.

Kane’s Champions League rise faces Real acid test

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Madrid (AFP) – Harry Kane is an admitted follower of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stratospheric stats as he pursues the Portuguese’s status as the best in the world, but for once it is Ronaldo who trails in the race to be the Champions League’s top marksman.

An inspired Kane has transformed Tottenham Hotspur’s European form from last season’s failure to a flying start with five of Spurs’ six goals in victories over Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 32 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 32 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. What Is MLS’s Role In The USMNT’S World Cup Failure?

It’s huge.

Whether you think MLS is an underlying cause of the U.S.’s failure to get the 2018 World Cup, there’s no denying this: MLS played a bigger role in this edition of the USMNT than any other since its founding.

Baseball spoils Champions League coverage on FOX, bumping games to other channels

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The Major League Baseball playoff between the Astros and Yankees has bumped the UEFA Champions League programming this week off FS1, which has ended up causing a domino-effect for soccer games that will cause confusion and havoc for many soccer fans in the United States.

Tuesday’s match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur was originally scheduled to be televised live on FS1, but due to the baseball game, the Champions League match has been bumped to FS2.

Icardi hat-trick as Inter reign in Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick as Inter Milan kept pace with leaders Napoli with a 3-2 defeat of city rivals AC Milan in a fiery Serie A derby clash on Sunday.

Inter skipper Icardi sealed victory from the spot in the final minute in front of 80,000 spectators at the San Siro to complete his hat-trick after also scoring on 28 and 63 minutes.

Mitroglou rescues Marseille as Mandanda sets record

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Paris (AFP) – Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou netted a late equaliser on his first Marseille start to salvage a point in Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Strasbourg as Steve Mandanda made a club record 453rd appearance.

Dimitri Payet gave Marseille the lead on five minutes, but Jean Eudes Aholou’s deflected shot pulled Strasbourg level before Morgan Sanson’s cross made it 2-1 to the visitors just after the break.

Valencia storm to second in nine-goal thriller

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Madrid (AFP) – Valencia withstood a late onslaught from Real Betis to move up to second with an enthralling 6-3 win at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday.

The visitors looked to be cruising to a fifth win in eight games this season as Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes, Rodrigo and Santi Mina fired them into a 4-0 lead with just over 10 minutes to go.

Leverkusen stumble to draw against Wolfsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen’s poor start to the Bundesliga season continued on Sunday, as they twice threw away a lead to draw 2-2 with Wolfsburg.

Dominant in the opening half an hour, Leverkusen finally broke the deadlock on 29 minutes. Lars Bender fired the ball in from close range to score his first goal since April 2016.

Rooney rides to Everton’s rescue, Gabbiadini saves Saints

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney came to Ronald Koeman’s rescue as the Everton striker’s last-gasp penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Brighton, while Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace gave Southampton a 2-2 draw against Newcastle on Sunday.

Everton boss Koeman was on the brink of another damaging defeat after Anthony Knockaert put Brighton ahead eight minutes from full-time at the Amex Stadium.

Rooney rides to Everton’s rescue

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney came to Ronald Koeman’s rescue as the Everton striker’s last-gasp penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Sunday.

Everton boss Koeman was on the brink of another damaging defeat after Anthony Knockaert put Brighton ahead eight minutes from full-time at the Amex Stadium.

Wenger rues Arsenal panic after penalty dispute

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsene Wenger believes a “scandalous” penalty was the main reason why his Arsenal side ended up losing 2-1 at Watford on Saturday.

The result lifted Marco Silva’s Hornets into fourth place in the Premier League on a day when Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea also all dropped points.

Atletico-Barca ‘spectacle’ overshadows political backdrop

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Madrid (AFP) – Players and coaches of both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona hailed the atmosphere at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday as the thrills of a 1-1 draw drowned out fears the match would be overshadowed by political tension sweeping across Spain.

Barca’s previous match was played behind closed doors as a protest to a violent police crackdown on an independence referendum in Catalonia, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, on October 1.

Where to find Inter vs. AC Milan on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Inter vs. AC Milan in the Premier League northwest derby, you’ve come to the right place.

Based on the respective focus each of these two teams had on them during the summer transfer window, it’s a surprise to many that on the brink of this Derby della Madonnina Inter Milan are looking in better shape than AC Milan.

FIFA grants extra day for New Zealand, Peru play-off

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Wellington (AFP) – New Zealand and Peru’s intercontinental World Cup play-off will begin in Wellington on November 11 with an extended four-day break before the return match in Lima, according to dates released on Sunday.

The two-legged play-off has been extended by a day to take into account the huge distance between the two countries.

Australia unity call as dates set for World Cup play-off

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Sydney (AFP) – Australian football chiefs called for unity as the dates were confirmed for their World Cup play-off against Honduras, with the team rattled by reports coach Ange Postecoglou could quit.

A brace from veteran striker Tim Cahill in a 2-1 win over Syria last week moved the Socceroos a step closer to a place at the 2018 Russia tournament.

Guardiola hails City’s magnificent seven

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City produced the best performance of his reign in their swaggering 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne was outstanding, producing two assists and playing a part in three more goals as City scored seven goals for the first time since Guardiola took charge in July 2016.

Pochettino relieved after Spurs end Wembley woes

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino has called on his Tottenham side to kick on at Wembley after finally breaking their Premier League hoodoo at their temporary home.

Christian Eriksen’s goal shortly after half-time ensured Spurs beat Bournemouth 1-0 for their first home league win of the season at their fourth attempt.

Mourinho, Klopp at odds over Anfield stalemate

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Liverpool (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp pointed the finger of blame at each other after their teams’ much-anticipated showdown ended in a forgettable 0-0 draw.

Having averaged 3.2 goals per game prior to Saturday’s game, United changed tack for the trip to Anfield, producing an extremely cautious display that moved Klopp to assert the visitors had played for a point.

Chelsea in a ‘difficult moment’ admits Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte admits Chelsea are going through a “difficult moment” after the Premier League champions crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace.

The loss left Conte’s side nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City and the pain was compounded by a hamstring injury to Victor Moses that will rule the wing-back out of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Roma.

Napoli pull clear as Lazio topple Juventus

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile’s second-half brace for Lazio condemned Serie A champions Juventus to a first home defeat in over two years, a 2-1 loss on Saturday that allowed Napoli to pull clear by beating Roma 1-0.

Paulo Dybala missed a late penalty as the Turin giants lost at home for the first time since August 2015 - ending a run of 38 wins and three draws for the six-time consecutive Serie A winners.

Suarez earns Barca point at Atletico, Ronaldo rescues Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Suarez saved Barcelona’s unbeaten La Liga record this season by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Saturday in a match laced with political tension amid Catalonia’s drive for independence.

Saul Niguez’s spectacular strike had given Atletico an early advantage.

Cleverley strikes late as Watford rock Arsenal

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsenal’s four-game winning run came to a stunning end at Watford as Tom Cleverley’s stoppage-time strike sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Gunners on Saturday.

Per Mertesacker’s first Premier League goal in 1,400 days had given Arsene Wenger’s side the platform to maintain their recent surge.

PSG fight to go six clear in France

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Paris (AFP) – A Thomas Meunier brace gave Paris Saint-Germain a hard-fought 2-1 win at Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday after the hosts thought they’d earned a late draw through Benjamin Jeannot’s stunning volley.

The result gives PSG, whose chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi is under investigation in his capacity as beIN Media chief over the sale of World Cup broadcasting rights, a six-point lead over second-placed Monaco who lost 3-2 at Lyon on Friday.

Barca met with wash of Spanish flags in Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid ultras waved hundreds of Spanish flags and shouted “Viva Espana” (long live Spain) ahead of their clash with Barcelona on Saturday in a match laced with political tension amid Catalonia’s drive for independence.

The game is Barca’s first trip to the Spanish capital since an independence referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, was marred by violence on October 1.

Immobile brace ends Juventus run

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile scored a second-half brace as Lazio won 2-1 in Turin to inflict a first home defeat in two years on Serie A champions Juventus on Saturday.

Juventus’ top scorer Paulo Dybala missed a late penalty as Juventus lost at home for the first time since against Udinese in August 2015.

Football: Bayern thrash Freiburg on Heynckes return

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Berlin (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes made a perfect start to his fourth spell as Bayern Munich coach with a 5-0 thrashing of Freiburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, as Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga lead was cut by a 3-2 home loss to RB Leipzig.

An own goal from Julian Schuster put Bayern in front on seven minutes, and a flying header from Kingsley Coman doubled the lead shortly before half-time.

Seven up City put Stoke to the sword

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City produced an outstanding display to thrash Stoke 7-2 and move two points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

City scored seven goals for the first time under Pep Guardiola, and for only the second time in the Premier League, as Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva were also on target at Eastlands.

Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

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In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system.

Late Ronaldo winner rescues Real at Getafe

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck his first La Liga goal of the season five minutes from time to save Real Madrid from losing more ground in the title race with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday.

Real looked on course for a comfortable three points when Karim Benzema fired the visitors into a deserved half-time lead.

City crush Stoke with magnificent seven, Palace stun Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Manchester City maintained their blistering start to the season as the Premier League leaders demolished Stoke City 7-2, while champions Chelsea crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday.

With second-placed Manchester United settling for a drab stalemate at Anfield earlier in the day, it was their Manchester rivals who provided the thrills as City moved two points clear at the top.

Bayern thrash Freiburg on Heynckes return

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Berlin (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes made a perfect start to his fourth spell as Bayern Munich coach with a 5-0 thrashing of Freiburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

An own goal from Julian Schuster put Bayern in front on seven minutes, and a flying header from Kingsley Coman doubled the lead shortly before half-time.

Zaha inspires Palace to Chelsea win

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London (AFP) – Wilfried Zaha returned to inspire bottom club Crystal Palace to their first win and first goals of the Premier League campaign with a shock 2-1 defeat of champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Hodgson’s side finally broke their seven-game goal drought when Yohan Cabaye’s 11th-minute shot deflected in off Cesar Azpilicueta, prompting a huge outpouring of relief around Selhurst Park.

Eriksen strike ends Spurs’ Wembley hoodoo

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London (AFP) – Christian Eriksen ensured Tottenham Hotspur ended their Wembley hoodoo with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, after three Premier League games at their temporary home without a victory.

Tottenham were not at their best and rode their luck at times, but for manager Maurico Pochettino the victory will come as a welcome relief, while Bournemouth continue to struggle at the wrong end of the table.

Palace score first league goal of the season

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace finally scored their first Premier League goal this season as Cesar Azpilicueta’s own goal put them ahead against champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Palace had failed to score a single goal as they lost their first seven league games, but Roy Hodgson’s side gave their fans something to celebrate in the 11th minute at Selhurst Park.

Mourinho stifles, Liverpool misfire in snore draw

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Liverpool (AFP) – Manchester United ceded the initiative in the Premier League title race after drawing 0-0 with arch foes Liverpool in a drab game at Anfield on Saturday.

Despite his side having previously matched leaders Manchester City stride for stride, United manager Jose Mourinho resorted to familiar spoiling tactics that meant his team registered just one shot on target.

Cabaye ends Palace’s wait for first league goal

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace finally scored their first Premier League goal this season as Yohan Cabaye put them ahead against champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Palace had failed to score a single goal as they lost their first seven league games, but Roy Hodgson’s side gave their fans something to celebrate in the 11th minute at Selhurst Park.

Man Utd held at Liverpool as Mourinho parks bus

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Liverpool (AFP) – Manchester United ceded the initiative in the Premier League title race after drawing 0-0 with arch foes Liverpool in a drab game at Anfield on Saturday.

Despite his side having previously matched leaders Manchester City stride for stride, United manager Jose Mourinho resorted to familiar spoiling tactics that meant his team registered just one shot on target.

Where to find Juventus vs. Lazio on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Juventus vs. Lazio in Serie A, you’ve come to the right place.

Juventus faces Lazio Saturday in the first Derby della Madonnina of the season. The Turin teams are only separated by three points near the top of the Serie A table.

Match: Juventus vs.

Where to find Dijon vs. PSG on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Dijon vs. PSG in Ligue 1, you’ve come to the right place.

After a two week international break, the stars from around the world return to club soccer action this weekend highlighted by Paris Saint-Germain traveling to Dijon in Ligue 1.

Where to find Wolves vs. Aston Villa on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wolves vs. Aston Villa in the Championship, you’ve come to the right place.

The first Wolves-Aston Villa derby of the season kicks off in the Championship at 12:30pm ET on Saturday for viewers in the United States. While the game isn’t on television, you can stream it to your TV, smartphone, tablet or computer by following the steps below.

Milan football derby fever rages from Chinatown to Beijing

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Milan (AFP) – Italy’s traditional derby match between footballing giants Inter and AC Milan now has a distinct Asian flavour and following, fuelled by multi-million dollar investments by the Chinese owners of the two clubs.

Sunday’s derby has gripped Milan including the city’s Chinatown district - and the football fever has spread as far as the Chinese capital Beijing.

‘No impact’ on PSG from president’s probe

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain are unaffected by the World Cup corruption investigation launched against chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi, a source close to the club has told AFP.

Swiss prosecutors revealed this week they are probing Khelaifi, who heads the Qatari-owned beIN Media group, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups from 2018-2030.

Where to find Liverpool vs. Manchester United on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Manchester United in the Premier League northwest derby, you’ve come to the right place.

Manchester United, who are coming off a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, are level on points with first-place Manchester City, and remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season (six wins, one draw).

Monaco beaten by late Lyon thunderbolt goal

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Paris (AFP) – Nabil Fekir’s last-gasp free-kick delivered three crucial points to Lyon in Ligue 1 Friday as their captain sealed a 3-2 home win over champions Monaco.

The defeat of the second-placed southerners offers Paris Saint-Germain the chance to climb six points clear at Dijon on Saturday.

Mourinho surprised by Martinez handling of Fellaini

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has admitted his surprise that Marouane Fellaini was used by Belgium manager Roberto Martinez in a World Cup qualifier which ended with the Manchester United midfielder suffering an injury.

Prior to the last international break, Mourinho had said he expected Fellaini to be rested by Martinez.

Guardiola tries to heal Pochettino rift

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has moved to placate Mauricio Pochettino after the Manchester City manager was accused of disrespect by his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart.

Pochettino is annoyed that Guardiola recently described Spurs as “the Harry Kane team” after citing Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United as City’s main rivals for the Premier League title.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 5-11, 2017

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The United States Men’s National Team’s 4-0 victory over Panama in the penultimate round of the “Hex” last Friday was the most-watched soccer match of the week as 1.152 million viewers tuned into the English-language broadcast on ESPN2 and another 1.5 million watched Univision’s Spanish-language broadcasts.

Russian champions Spartak edge Akhmat

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian champions Spartak Moscow claimed a 2-1 win at Akhmat Grozny on Friday, as substitute Lorenzo Melgarejo scored the winner.

Captain Denis Glushakov gave the visitors an early lead, and although Brazilian Rodolfo equalised from the penalty spot for Akhmat, Paraguayan Melgarejo grabbed all three points just four minutes after coming off the bench.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 8

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Second-place Manchester United visit Liverpool in a match between the two most successful clubs in the history of English football, this Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo, kicking off NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this week. Manchester United, who are coming off a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, are level on points with first-place Manchester City, and remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season (six wins, one draw).

Arena resigns as US soccer coach after World Cup failure

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Chicago (AFP) – Bruce Arena, called upon last November to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as coach of the United States, resigned Friday, three days after the Americans failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The 66-year-old Arena, who guided the US team into the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals and also coached the squad into the 2006 World Cup, said failing to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986 was a “major setback.

Italian police seize villa in World Cup corruption probe

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Rome (AFP) – PSG chairman and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi faced new accusations Friday as Italian police seized a villa in Sardinia used as “a means of corruption” in a World Cup media rights scandal.

Italian police, who have searched the luxury villa in Porto Cervo, said Khelaifi had put the property at the disposal of disgraced ex-FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

PSG chairman and BeIN media chief Khelaifi faces fresh accusations

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Rome (AFP) – PSG chairman and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi faced fresh accusations Friday as Italian police said he had put a Sardinian villa at the disposal of disgraced ex-FIFA executive Jerome Valcke.

Italian police, who searched the villa on Thursday, said Khelaifi had used the property as “a means of corruption”.

Spain to play Russia in friendly: Spanish football federation

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain will play 2018 World Cup hosts Russia on November 14 as part of their build-up for next summer’s finals, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) announced Friday.

The RFEF said they had also organised a game against 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica on November 11 in Malaga.

Guardiola wants Mendy replacement in January

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has indicated his main priority in the January transfer window will be to buy a replacement for injured defender Benjamin Mendy.

France left-back Mendy will be out for the next six months after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during City’s victory over Crystal Palace on September 23.

Newcastle punch up pair make peace

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London (AFP) – Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says Jamaal Lascelles and Mohamed Diame have patched up their differences after a training ground flare up.

Senegal international Diame and Newcastle’s combative English captain Lascelles came to blows during a recent training session.

Qatar World Cup official hits back at criticism

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Doha (AFP) – A senior Qatar World Cup official took to social media Friday to re-assert the Gulf state will host the 2022 tournament, even as it faces a torrent of fresh criticism.

A defiant Nasser al-Khater, assistant secretary-general at Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, responded on Twitter after a noted critic claimed bookmakers had shortened odds on the World Cup being taken away from Qatar.

Zidane hungry for more ahead of Real century

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Madrid (AFP) – On the eve of his 100th match in charge of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane insisted he maintains the same desire to succeed having already won seven trophies in his short coaching career.

Zidane’s Madrid became the first side to retain the Champions League in May, whilst he also ended a five-year wait to win La Liga last season on top of two European Super Cups, a Club World Cup and Spanish Super Cup.

Klopp unhappy over England’s use of Henderson

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London (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised England boss Gareth Southgate for overusing Jordan Henderson during the recent World Cup qualifiers.

Klopp is frustrated that Liverpool captain Henderson played the full 90 minutes in England’s matches against Slovenia and Lithuania.

Mackay hired as Scotland interim boss after World Cup woe

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Glasgow (AFP) – Malky Mackay has been appointed as Scotland’s interim manager as the search for Gordon Strachan’s successor starts after the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Mackay was working as Scottish Football Association’s performance director and, following Strachan’s exit on Thursday, he will now oversee the friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie on November 9.

Mourinho says relishing United’s trip to ‘beautiful’ Anfield

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has described Liverpool’s Anfield stadium as a ‘beautiful place’ and insisted his Manchester United stars will relish playing in such an intense atmosphere on Saturday.

Former United players Gary Neville and Mikael Silvestre spoke this week about the extraordinary hostility generated by their club’s visits to Anfield, and the tension that goes with it.

Why Tata Martino should be hired as Bruce Arena’s replacement for USMNT

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With Bruce Arena announcing that he has stepped down as US Men’s National Team coach, now is the time for the US to start looking for a permanent new manager. They need someone who can get them back on track and start winning games again and get the US to the World Cup in 2022 and quite honestly they need someone who can do it with some sizzle and panache.

Chelsea’s Kante ruled out for three weeks

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that France midfielder N’Golo Kante will be sidelined for three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty.

Kante was forced off in the first half of France’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria last weekend and Conte expects him to be out for the rest of October.

Pochettino slams ‘disrespectful’ Guardiola over Kane jibe

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino accused Pep Guardiola of being disrespectful after the Manchester City manager claimed Harry Kane’s prolific form is the only reason for Tottenham Hotspur’s success.

Kane has scored 11 goals in his last six appearances for Spurs to keep Pochettino’s side in touch with Premier League leaders City.

Arsenal and England still crossing their fingers over Jack Wilshere’s fitness

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Occasional England international Jack Wilshere has certainly endured his fair share of injuries during his professional career. Since making his first team debut with Arsenal during the 2008/09 campaign, he has only managed to play more than 25 Premier League matches just twice (including last year’s loan spell at Bournemouth).

Chelsea’s Kante out for three weeks with hamstring injury

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says France midfielder N’Golo Kante will be sidelined for three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty.

Kante was forced off in the first half of France’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria last weekend and Conte expects him to be out for the rest of October.

Barcelona travel to Atletico Madrid amid Catalan crisis

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Madrid (AFP) – The biggest game of the La Liga season so far is shrouded in political tension as Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid on Saturday in their first trip to the Spanish capital since a Catalan independence referendum marred by violence.

Barca played their last match behind closed doors as the October 1 referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, took place amid chaotic scenes as police seized ballot papers and clashed with voters leaving 92 injured, among nearly 900 who sought medical attention.

Bayern Munich boss Heynckes starts fourth stint

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich will play their first game under returning coach Jupp Heynckes when they host Freiburg this Saturday.

The 72-year-old, who won the treble with the club in 2013, is tasked with reviving Bayern’s stuttering season after his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti was dismissed two weeks ago.

AC Milan to face Inter in Chinese-owned city derby

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Milan (AFP) – Vincenzo Montella will be in the firing line as AC Milan look to kick-start their season against city rivals Inter in the highly-anticipated derby of the Chinese-owned sides on Sunday.

The clash takes on even more significance as both teams are now under Chinese ownership - Inter on the payroll of the Suning Group and Milan, the Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux Group.

Russian leaders Zenit bidding to stay unbeaten

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg return from the international break looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign against Arsenal Tula on Sunday.

Roberto Mancini’s men unexpectedly dropped points in a 2-2 draw at bottom club Anzhi Makhachlala in their previous league match, but are two points clear of second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, who visit Ufa.

Unfounded arrogance cost US Soccer place at World Cup

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In the aftermath of the United States’ stunning failure to quality for the World Cup for the first time in more than thirty years, it’s clear that U.S. Soccer has serious structural problems that need fixing.

We need to lower costs and remove barriers to entry for young players across the country – especially in lower-income, urban areas.

Tottenham Hotspur lack financial might – Pochettino

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted that Spurs cannot compete with the two Manchester clubs, who are level on points at the top of the Premier League, in the transfer market.

Pochettino’s side face struggling Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday, hoping to close the five-point gap to leaders Manchester City and second-placed Manchester United.

Swiss target PSG boss, ex-FIFA exec in World Cup rights probe

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Geneva (AFP) – Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal corruption probe targeting the head of Paris Saint-Germain football club Nasser Al-Khelaifi and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups.

The Swiss attorney general’s office (OAG) said the probe opened in March and centres on allegations including bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document.

Toure pledges help to fight racism at World Cup

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Paris (AFP) – Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has warned that the World Cup in Russia could be a “big mess” if the tournament is blighted by racism, but vowed to help tackle the problem.

The 34-year-old Toure has personal experience of racial abuse in Russia after he was targeted by chants in 2013 when playing for City against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

beIN graft claims test limit of Qatar’s soft power

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Doha (AFP) – Thursday’s bombshell announcement that the Swiss are investigating Qatar’s Nasser Al-Khelaifi and a disgraced former senior FIFA executive on corruption charges places the emirate and world football back under scrutiny.

Investigators are examining allegations of bribery surrounding Khelaifi, head of the Doha-based beIN media group, and ex-FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke, over the sale of World Cup media rights for football’s flagship tournament.

Mascherano to quit Argentina after World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Veteran Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said Thursday he will step down from international duty after the 2018 World Cup.

The versatile Barcelona star, who turns 34 next June, is Argentina’s second most-capped player with 139 appearances for his country and played in the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany.

Ghana knock India out of U-17 World Cup with 4-0 thrashing

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New Delhi (AFP) – Forward Eric Ayiah scored twice as Ghana crushed India 4-0 to knock the hosts out of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in New Delhi on Thursday.

Ayiah scored a goal in each half - in the 43rd and 52nd minute - to lead the two-time champions into the last-16 stage of the 24-nation event.

Aboubakar extends Porto deal

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cameroonian international striker Vincent Aboubakar has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Porto until 2021, the Portuguese side announced on Thursday.

The 25-year-old is Porto’s top scorer so far this season with eight goals, two of which came in a 3-0 Champions League win at Monaco.

Ex-Marseille player Diawara sent back to court

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Digne-les-Bains (France) (AFP) – Former Marseille defender Souleymane Diawara is expected to be tried in France for a case of extortion that saw him held in custody for two-and-a-half months in 2015, a judicial source said Thursday.

The 38-year-old was arrested in April 2015 on suspicion of trying to take the law into his own hands by attempting to recover 49,800 euros ($58,950) from a car dealer who allegedly sold him a stolen Porsche.

Strachan steps down as Scotland football manager

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London (AFP) – Gordon Strachan has stepped down as Scotland manager following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Scottish Football Association announced on Thursday.

The SFA said Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee would leave “with immediate effect” to give his successor maximum time to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Swiss probe PSG’s Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA executive over corruption

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Geneva (AFP) – Switzerland said Thursday it has opened a criminal corruption probe targeting the head of Paris Saint-Germain football club and BEIN media, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke.

The allegations against the powerful Qatari sports executive Al-Khelaifi and Valcke, who was Sepp Blatter’s long-serving right-hand man at FIFA, relate to the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups.

Bad hair day but Khedira set for Juventus return

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Sami Khedira has taken a swipe at the makers of FIFA 18 on Thursday for getting his hair wrong in the latest edition of the popular video game.

While many players such as Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi and Manchester City’s France defender Benjamin Mendy are unhappy with their FIFA ranking, Khedira is unhappy with his look.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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In recent years Serie A has shed its reputation as a league of defensively-minded and one-paced soccer. Now the Italian top flight is packed with enterprising and aesthetic outfits, and with so many illustrious names in the division, regular big-name clashes.

This weekend there are three of those.

Bayern have ‘no more excuses’, says Mueller

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Ingolstadt (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich have “no more excuses”, interim captain Thomas Mueller told AFP after veteran German coach Jupp Heynckes took over as manager of the Bundesliga champions.

Heynckes, 72, came out of retirement to take charge of the squad - his fourth stint with Bayern - when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after a stinging 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Adrien Silva trains with Leicester as club mulls transfer appeal

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London (AFP) – Adrien Silva is now training with Leicester City while the Premier League club consider going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over his transfer saga.

The Foxes’ appeal to FIFA to secure the registration of the Portuguese midfielder was last week rejected by world football’s governing body.

When a soccer culture depends too much on a national team, it’s doomed to failure

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When the final whistle sounded in Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday night, and the United States failed to qualify for its first World Cup since the lamentable era of the 1980’s American soccer, the predictable “soccer will die in the US” comments began being made.

Not so fast.

The mistake so many have made in the marketing of sport in this country from FOX Sports to MLS to other media entities is to link perceptions of the sport’s popularity and importance to the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) .

Strachan steps down as Scotland manager

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London (AFP) – Gordon Strachan has stepped down as Scotland manager following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Scottish Football Association announced on Thursday.

The SFA said Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee would leave “with immediate effect” to give his successor maximum time to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG’s Al-Khelaifi, ex-FIFA executive Valcke

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Geneva (AFP) – Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.

“The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against the former Secretary General of FIFA and against the Chief Executive Officer of the BEIN MEDIA GROUP LLC in connection with the award of World Cup media rights,” said the statement on Thursday from Swiss prosecutors, referring to Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.

Derek Rae joins NBC Sports to boost its Premier League TV coverage

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In a period of dark and depressing news for soccer fans in the United States, the best news this week is that Derek Rae has been signed by NBC Sports to be a match commentator.

Rae’s debut for NBC Sports will be the Liverpool-Manchester United match, which will be televised live in the United States on NBCSN at 7:30am ET on Saturday.

Falcao-less Monaco bid to put pressure on PSG

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Paris (AFP) – French champions Monaco will make the tricky trip to Lyon on Friday without red-hot striker Radamel Falcao, as they look to keep up the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Leonardo Jardim’s side dropped two points with a 1-1 home draw against Montpellier before the international break to slip three points adrift of PSG at the top of the table.

Dutch ponder total flopball after World Cup failure

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The Hague (AFP) – Dutch football fans are in mourning after the once mighty Oranje failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, plunging the inventors of “total football” into a collective bout of soul-searching.

Not even two goals from retiring legend Arjen Robben against Sweden could save the stuttering Dutch football machine, which now has the dubious distinction of failing to make it to two major football competitions in a row.

Ousted FIFA executive Warner rejoices in US World Cup flop

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Washington (AFP) – Disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, the Trinidad businessman banned for life from football after charges in a US corruption investigation, was joyful at the Americans ouster from the 2018 World Cup.

“I wanted to party,” Warner said in a Trinidad radio interview, according to a story on the Trinidad Express newspaper website.

Iraqi football fans united by love of European teams

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Baghdad (AFP) – Iraqi football supporters decked out in red cram into a cafe in Baghdad to cheer on their shared love - Manchester United.

Shouting, cursing and - eventually - celebrating, they watch as the team from the north of England notches up a win half way around the globe.

Calls abound for Gulati ouster after US World Cup failure

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New York (AFP) – Calls to oust US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati abounded on Wednesday as the humiliation sunk in of the Americans failing to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

A 2-1 loss Tuesday at Trinidad and Tobago combined with triumphs by Honduras and Panama eliminated the US squad, which had not misssed a World Cup since 1986.

Arnold, Muscat named as potential Socceroos coaches

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Sydney (AFP) – Graham Arnold and hardman Kevin Muscat were named as potential Australia coaches on Thursday after Ange Postecoglou failed to allay fears he’ll quit even if the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup.

Postecoglou declined to confirm or deny reports Wednesday that he planned to walk, either before or after the Socceroos face Honduras in a critical home-and-away play-off next month for a place at the 2018 Russia tournament.

Wenger admits Ozil, Sanchez could leave in January

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded on Thursday he may have no option but to sell star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window.

The pair are both out of contract at the end of the season and are yet to agree new deals.

As things stand, they will be able to leave the Emirates Stadium for free, meaning January will be Arsenal’s last opportunity to cash in on their two most high-profile players.

Swiss club chief banned after slapping pundit

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Lausanne (AFP) – Sion club president Christian Constantin, caught on tape slapping a prominent critic in the face after a match last month, has been banned for 14 months, the Swiss Football League said Thursday.

Constantin’s assault of former Swiss national team coach and current TV pundit Rolf Fringer on September 21 also earned him a 100,000 Swiss franc ($103,000, 87,000 euros) fine.

Football: China drafts in foreign refs to halt controversies

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Shanghai (AFP) – The Chinese FA said Thursday it will bring in foreign referees to officiate selected Super League games starting this weekend and later introduce the use of video replay in response to recent pitch controversies.

Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson will oversee Saturday’s game between Tianjin Quanjian and Shandong Luneng, accompanied by another two Swedish assistants, the Chinese Football Association said on its website.

Inside Germany’s football factory

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Gelsenkirchen (Germany) (AFP) – Schalke 04 are a sleeping giant in the German league, yet their youth academy is one of Germany’s most successful, producing World Cup winners, Bundesliga stars and Premier League exports.

Germany has just qualified for Russia 2018, where they will defend the World Cup title they won in Brazil when four former members of Schalke’s academy were in the squad.

MLS cannot escape blame for US implosion in World Cup qualifying

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The United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a devastating blow for the sport in this country, but it’s also a clear reflection of how much of a damaging effect the top-flight league has had on the national team in the last number of years.

Coached by Bruce Arena, who has never coached a professional club team outside of the United States, he fielded a team on Tuesday night that was made entirely out of current MLS or former MLS players, except one - Christian Pulisic, the one star that continues to be light years ahead of anyone in the US player squad.

Chile’s ‘warrior’ Vidal backtracks over retirement

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Paris (AFP) – Arturo Vidal produced a 180-degree turn on Wednesday insisting he was a “warrior” who would “never abandon” Chile, just hours after seemingly announcing his retirement.

“Every time I’m called, I’ll be available to the national team,” the 30-year-old said on Twitter.

Larsen returns injured from Denmark World Cup duty

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Milan (AFP) – Udinese’s Danish international defender Jens Stryger Larsen has returned injured from World Cup duty, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old limped off just before half-time with a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s shock 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Montenegro.

After US World Cup disaster, the USMNT players that should stay or leave player pool

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The US isn’t going to the World Cup. As shocking as that is, it’s the reality of the situation. The US were quite frankly terrible throughout the entirety of qualification (even going back to the semi-final round where they needed a 4-0 win against Guatemala to avoid being dumped out) and honestly deserved this fate.

Scholes interviewed for Oldham manager job – reports

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London (AFP) – Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been interviewed for the vacant manager’s job at English third-tier club Oldham Athletic, British media reported on Wednesday.

The 42-year-old is a life-long Oldham supporter, but has never held a full-time coaching job.

The northwest club declined to comment on the reports they had spoken to the former England midfielder about the job.

Real keeper Navas suffers groin injury

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas suffered a groin injury while on international duty with Costa Rica, the La Liga club announced on Wednesday.

The European champions confirmed that Navas had a “swollen adductor muscle in his right groin” in a statement on their website, but did not say how long the 30-year-old would be out of action.

No Colombia pact, insists Peru’s Tapia

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Lima (AFP) – Peru’s Renato Tapia admitted discussing World Cup qualification with Colombia captain Radamel Falcao during their match on Tuesday night but denied making a pact.

Falcao, who plays his club football for French Ligue 1 side Monaco, was seen in discussion with Peruvian players with his hand covering his mouth towards the end of the 1-1 draw in Lima.

The darkest day in US Soccer history: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 46, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Dissecting one of the darkest days in US Soccer history,

• How the World Cup crash may impact FOX Sports,

• We reveal which legendary commentator has joined NBC Sports to boost their Premier League coverage,

• What FOX Sports has in store for the penultimate day of the MLS season and much more.

Valcke at CAS to appeal 10-year corruption ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke was at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne on Wednesday to appeal his 10-year ban from football.

Valcke was given an initial 12-year ban, reduced by two years on appeal, by FIFA’s ethics committee over a ticket scam at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Panama president declares World Cup national holiday

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Panama City (AFP) – Panama president Juan Carlos Varela declared a national holiday in celebration at the central American country’s first ever qualification for the World Cup.

“It’s a historic day for the country. Tomorrow (Thursday) will be a national holiday for public and private sector workers,” Varela said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Sevilla’s Pareja to undergo groin operation

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla’s Argentine international centre-back Nico Pareja will go under the knife on Thursday to fix a groin injury, his La Liga team said on Wednesday.

Pareja, the Sevilla captain, faces “several weeks” on the sidelines following his operation in Barcelona, Sevilla said.

Barca promise to try again for Liverpool’s Coutinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are planning a fresh assault on Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window, the Catalan club’s CEO Oscar Grau promised on Wednesday.

Barca were thwarted in their attempt to prise Coutinho away from Anfield during the summer with Liverpool placing a reported 200 million euros ($238 million) asking price on the midfielder.

Portugal legend Figo becomes UEFA advisor

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Former world player of the year Luis Figo has joined UEFA as a football advisor, European football’s governing body said on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old former Portugal star will work with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and UEFA’s Football Divison “across a variety of matters including technical aspects of the game, laws of the game and the overall attractiveness of the sport”.

Four Euro 2020 spots up for grabs in Nations League

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Paris (AFP) – Four Euro 2020 places will be on offer during UEFA’s new Nations League tournament, which starts next year, after European football’s governing body announced the schedule on Wednesday.

The four-division format means that one of Europe’s 16 lowest-ranked teams is guaranteed to qualify for the Euros.

Rose, Lamela return to Spurs training

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London (AFP) – Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are back in training with the Tottenham Hotspur first-team squad after long injury lay-offs, the Premier League club said Wednesday.

England full-back Rose has been sidelined since late January with a knee injury and Argentine midfielder Lamela has not played for nearly 12 months due to hip problems.

FIFA hits Pakistan with ban over ‘interference’

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Islamabad (AFP) – FIFA announced on Wednesday it has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) for “third-party interference”, in a rare move by the sport’s governing body to issue a blanket ban targeting a country.

The suspension centres on an internal feud at the PFF.

What next for Barcelona FC in case of Catalan independence?

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Madrid (AFP) – Catalonia’s drive for independence from Spain could have wide-reaching consequences for the region’s football clubs, including the world famous Barcelona.

Catalan leaders signed a declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday but immediately put it on hold and called for talks with Madrid to resolve the country’s worst political crisis in decades.

Messi hat-trick fires Argentina into World Cup

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Quito (AFP) – Lionel Messi scored a brilliant hat-trick as Argentina sealed their place at the 2018 World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Ecuador here Tuesday.

Barcelona superstar Messi single-handedly rescued Argentina’s World Cup hopes as the South American giants came from behind to win in Quito.

Football: 2018 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying results

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Results from 2018 World Cup qualifying games in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) on Tuesday:

At Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago 2 (Gonzalez 17-og, Jones 37) United States 1 (Pulisic 47)

At Panama City

Panama 2 (Torres 52, 88) Costa Rica 1 (Venegas 36)

At San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Honduras 3 (Elis 34, Ochoa 53-og, Quioto 60) Mexico 2 (Peralta 17, Vela 37)

Trinidad and Tobago enact revenge on US with shock win in Caribbean

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Couva (Trinidad and Tobago) (AFP) – The United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 on Tuesday, crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat against already-eliminated Trinidad and Tobago.

In a result that will be viewed as a catastrophe for soccer in the United States, Trinidad took all three points via an Omar Gonzalez own goal and a superb strike from Alvin Jones.

Football: 2018 World Cup South America qualifying table

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Montevideo (AFP) – Final standings from 2018 World Cup South American qualifying competition (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points)

Brazil-q 18 12 5 1 41 11 41

Uruguay-q 18 9 4 5 32 20 31

Argentina-q 18 7 7 4 19 16 28

Colombia-q 18 7 6 5 21 19 27

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Peru-x 18 7 5 6 27 26 26

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Chile 18 8 2 8 26 27 26

Paraguay 18 7 3 8 19 25 24

Ecuador 18 6 2 10 26 29 20

Bolivia 18 4 2 12 16 38 14

Venezuela 18 2 6 10 19 35 12

q-qualified for World Cup

x-qualified for intercontinental playoff against New Zealand

US knocked out of World Cup after Trinidad defeat

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Couva (Trinidad and Tobago) (AFP) – The United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 on Tuesday, crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat against already-eliminated Trinidad and Tobago.

In a result that will be viewed as a catastrophe for soccer in the United States, Trinidad took all three points via an Omar Gonzalez own goal and a superb strike from Alvin Jones.

Football: 2018 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying table

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Final standings from 2018 World Cup qualifying competition for North America, Central America and the Caribbean after games on Tuesday (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points):

Mexico-q 10 6 3 1 16 7 21

Costa Rica-q 10 4 4 2 14 8 16

Panama-q 10 3 4 3 9 10 13

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Honduras-x 10 3 4 3 13 19 13

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USA 10 3 3 4 17 13 12

Trinidad & Tobago 10 2 0 8 7 19 6

q-qualified for World Cup

x-qualified for intercontinental playoff against Australia

Socceroos coach ready to quit, reports say

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is set to sensationally quit, regardless of whether the Socceroos qualify for next year’s World Cup, reports said on Thursday.

Football Federation Australia was due to comment later on the reports, which come after Australia beat Syria in extra time on Wednesday to reach an intercontinental play-off for Russia 2018.

‘Thank God for Messi’ says relieved Argentina

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – A nation exploded with relief on Tuesday as Lionel Messi single-handedly dragged his Argentina team into next year’s World Cup finals with a spellbinding hat-trick in Quito.

“Messi is E.T. He’s from another planet. He’s not from this world,” Marco Mouras, a 28-year-old Brazilian said in a crowded Buenos Aires bar as Argentinians around him went wild, beer and pizza spilling onto the floor.

FOX Sports suffers $200 million hangover after US fails to qualify for World Cup

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The worst nightmare has come true for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The United States has failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 32 years.

Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet [for FOX Sports].

Blame Sunil Gulati for USA’s failure, not the players nor Bruce Arena

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An era of arrogance and excess at US Soccer has yielded what in hindsight was a predictable result. The United States have missed the FIFA World Cup for the first time in over thirty years.

Despite the good fortune the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) received with the weakness of CONCACAF opposition – Honduras is going through a rebuilding phase and Panama’s aging “Golden Generation” seemed to have missed their best shot at qualifying for the World Cup or winning continental silverware in the last cycle – the USMNT still managed to miss qualification.

Socceroos coach refuses to deny quit reports

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou failed to confirm or deny reports he’s about to quit on Thursday, raising speculation he’ll walk away even if they qualify for the World Cup.

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop also hinted at possible changes when he said the Socceroos needed to “lock in our set-up” after next month’s play-off with Honduras.

Messi treble fires Argentina to World Cup as Chile exit

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Montevideo (AFP) – Lionel Messi fired Argentina into the World Cup with a brilliant hat-trick on Tuesday as South American champions Chile suffered a shock elimination.

Messi single-handedly resurrected Argentina’s hopes in a 3-1 win over Ecuador in Quito that drew a line under a chaotic campaign that had left the two-time champions in danger of failing to qualify.

Gulf rivals trade barbs over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy.

A UAE minister had said on Tuesday that Doha’s hosting of the tournament should include a commitment to fighting extremism, comments that threatened to engulf the sport in the diplomatic crisis that has riven the region since June.

World Cup failure will leave US Soccer shellshocked for years to come

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The unthinkable has happened. The United States will miss the 2018 World Cup.

Needing just a point at Trinidad and Tobago – or even a slice of luck in Panama or Honduras – the U.S. fell behind 2-0 in the first half and watched a nightmare unfold.

Honduras came from 2-1 down to beat Mexico 3-2.

Ronaldo, Portugal lock down World Cup berth

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon on Tuesday to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup and consign their opponents to next month’s play-offs.

An own goal from Johan Djourou handed the European champions the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva netted a second before the hour as Portugal finished top of Group B ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

Portugal and France clinch World Cup spots

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Antoine Griezmann’s France booked spots at the 2018 World Cup finals on Tuesday while the Netherlands crashed out.

Portugal beat Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon thanks to a Johan Djourou own goal and an Andre Silva strike.

France needed goals from Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus at the Stade de France.

Robben retires from Netherlands duty

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Netherlands captain Arjen Robben signalled the end of his international career on Tuesday after his country failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals despite a 2-0 win over Sweden.

The Bayern Munich star signed off by scoring both goals in Amsterdam as the Dutch fell well short of the unlikely 7-0 win they needed to make the play-offs after a desperately disappointing qualifying campaign.

Ronaldo, Portugal lock down World Cup spot

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon on Tuesday to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup and consign their opponents to next month’s play-offs.

An own goal from Johan Djourou handed Portugal the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva netted a second before the hour as the hosts finished top of Group B ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

France pass test to clinch World Cup spot

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Paris (AFP) – France clinched qualification for the World Cup thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday.

Didier Deschamps’s side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two qualifiers.

Make or break for Messi and Argentina

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Quito (AFP) – Lionel Messi and Argentina will be fighting for their World Cup lives here Tuesday as the South American heavyweights take on Ecuador aiming to avoid a humiliating failure to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia.

The eyes of the football world will turn to Quito’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa to see if the once unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Messi is to become a stunning reality.

Iran hold World Cup hosts Russia in Kazan

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Moscow (AFP) – World Cup hosts Russia drew 1-1 with Iran on Tuesday in a friendly that did little to dispel doubts about their ability to challenge the elite next year.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Dmitry Poloz came off the bench to cancel out Sardar Azmoun’s 57th-minute opener for the visitors.

Telemundo Deportes has final day of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers covered

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On the final day of World Cup qualifiers in the CONCACAF region, Telemundo Deportes has you covered with broadcasts of the three final matches between Trinidad and Tobago-United States, Honduras-Mexico and Panama-Costa Rica.

All three games will be streamed live.

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Strachan’s future to be discussed by Scottish FA

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will have his future discussed at a Scottish Football Association board meeting on Thursday after the country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Strachan is out of contract next month and his five-year reign could be over as calls increase for his dismissal.

Manchester City’s Aguero back in training after car crash

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London (AFP) – Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City a welcome boost on Tuesday as the Argentina striker returned to training following his recent car crash.

Aguero sustained a broken rib when a taxi he was passenger in crashed on its way to Amsterdam airport last month.

The accident sparked fears Aguero could be out of action for up to two months.

Israel police dismiss report of knife incident at Spain match

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli police dismissed on Tuesday local media reports that a pitch invader who ran towards Spanish attacker Isco at a World Cup qualifier in Jerusalem was carrying a knife.

Israeli news website Ynet cited security officials in the stadium as saying six fans entered the field as the game was ending late Monday, with one of them carrying a small knife in his sock.

Where to find Peru vs. Colombia World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Peru vs. Colombia in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

A win for Peru or Colombia will guarantee qualification for the World Cup, so expect a lot of fireworks in this match. Any other result and it depends on what happens in the other World Cup qualifying games played at the same time.

Make or break for Messi and Argentina in World Cup qualifier

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Quito (AFP) – Lionel Messi and Argentina will be fighting for their World Cup lives on Tuesday as the South American heavyweights take on Ecuador aiming to avoid a humiliating failure to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia.

The eyes of the football world will turn to Quito’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa to see if the once unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Messi is to become a stunning reality.

Where to find Brazil vs. Chile World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Chile in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Brazil has already qualified for the World Cup, so all eyes will be on Chile who, as Copa America champions, faces the prospect of qualifying for the World Cup on Tuesday night.

Clubs chasing Premier League dream ‘risk bankruptcy’

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London (AFP) – English Football League clubs are risking bankruptcy by chasing promotion to the Premier League where they face “economic exhaustion” trying to compete with established sides, financial experts said on Tuesday.

Between the 2008-09 and 2015-16 seasons, 19 clubs gained promotion from the Championship to the top flight, with Hull, Norwich and QPR going up twice and Burnley three times.

Scottish FA say no rush over Strachan future

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scottish football chiefs said on Tuesday they will not rush into a decision over manager Gordon Strachan’s future despite yet another failure to qualify for a major international tournament.

The Scotland boss is out of contract next month but is facing mounting pressure from fans to call time on his five-year reign after a draw with Slovenia on Sunday killed off their hopes of making it to next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Where to find Ecuador vs. Argentina World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Ecuador vs. Argentina in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Could we miss out on Lionel Messi and Argentina competing in next summer’s World Cup? It’s possible. The race for the final qualification places from South America for the World Cup is going down to the wire.

Where to find Uruguay vs. Bolivia World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Uruguay vs. Bolivia in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Unless a series of mathematical miracles goes against Uruguay in the other World Cup qualifiers Tuesday night, Uruguay will qualify for the World Cup after they finish their game against Bolivia.

Where to find Trinidad and Tobago vs. USA World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Trinidad and Tobago vs. USA in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

It all comes down to this. With a win or a draw, the United States will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But the US Men’s National Team faces a difficult game on a rain-soaked pitch in the Caribbean.

Gareth Bale at crossroads after Wales heartbreak

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A powerless spectator as Wales’s World Cup dreams were crushed by the Republic of Ireland, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has arrived at a crucial tipping point in his career.

Sidelined by the latest in a succession of calf injuries, Bale could only watch forlornly from the stands at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday as Ireland’s 1-0 win gave them a World Cup play-off berth at Wales’s expense.

Spanish coach insists politics won’t impact World Cup bid

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Spanish manager Julen Lopetegui has shrugged off suggestions his team would be affected by political turmoil in the build up to next year’s World Cup, ahead of a potential Catalan decision on independence.

Spain won their final qualifying game against Israel 1-0 in Jerusalem on Monday to finish top of their group, a day after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Barcelona against plans by separatist leaders to declare Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum.

Trinidad and Tobago vs. US Men’s National Team preview: Can USA qualify for World Cup?

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With their backs against the wall and a very real possibility of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986, the USMNT came out guns blazing and gave one of their best performances (if not the best performance) so far this qualifying campaign. Christian Pulisic scored in the first ten minutes and from there the rout was on as the US ran out 4-0 winners (and quite frankly the US could have really named their number on the night).

US coach Arena confident despite pitch fears

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Couva (Trinidad and Tobago) (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena shrugged off fears concerning a waterlogged playing surface as his team prepare to seal their World Cup qualification against Trinidad & Tobago here Tuesday.

The US will clinch their ticket to next year’s finals in Russia with victory over already-eliminated Trinidad & Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Prijovic sends Serbia to World Cup

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Belgrade (AFP) – Aleksandar Prijovic scored after coming on as a second-half substitute to steer Serbia to a 1-0 win over Georgia and secure a place at next year’s World Cup finals.

Prijovic struck the winner on 74 minutes in Belgrade as Serbia finished top of European qualifying Group D, with the Republic of Ireland heading to the play-offs after a 1-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

Candreva ensures Italy seeded in play-offs

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Shkodër (Albania) (AFP) – Antonio Candreva lifted Italy to a 1-0 win over Albania in their final World Cup qualifying game on Monday that assures the Azzurri are top seeds for November’s play-offs.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side were already through to next month’s play-offs, but desperately needed a win in Shkoder to be guaranteed the status of top seeds in the draw on October 17.

Iceland qualify for World Cup for first time

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Reykjavik (AFP) – Less than 18 months after sensationally knocking England out of Euro 2016, Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time on Monday following a 2-0 win over Kosovo.

Needing victory to guarantee top spot in European qualifying Group I, goals from Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson ensured Iceland would be on the plane to Russia 2018.

McClean breaks Welsh hearts as Ireland reach play-offs

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland claimed a World Cup play-off spot at Wales’ expense after James McClean’s crisp second-half strike earned his side a 1-0 victory in Cardiff on Monday.

The West Bromwich Albion winger’s goal moved Ireland above Wales into second place in Group D below Serbia, meaning Martin O’Neill’s men will be one of the eight teams in the European play-off draw on October 17.

Trinidad insist US game on despite water-logged pitch

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Couva (Trinidad and Tobago) (AFP) – The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association insisted Monday the country’s 2018 World Cup qualifier with the United States would go ahead despite a heavily waterlogged pitch at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

The United States will seal their place at the World Cup on Tuesday with victory over already-eliminated Trinidad and Tobago following their 4-0 rout of Panama on Friday.

Mbappe needs more games, says Lloris

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Saint-Denis (France) (AFP) – Teenage France star Kylian Mbappe simply needs more matches under his belt to start shining on the international stage, according to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Like the rest of his team-mates, Mbappe failed to impress on Saturday in France’s crucial 1-0 win in Bulgaria that kept their World Cup destiny in their own hands.

Ronaldo, Messi lead Ballon d’Or nominees

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar headline an impressive 30-man shortlist unveiled on Monday for the 2017 Ballon d’Or world footballer of the year award.

Portugal superstar Ronaldo is attempting to match Lionel Messi’s record by winning the prize for a fifth time after his starring role in Real Madrid’s first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years.

Gritty India lose to Colombia 2-1 in U-17 World Cup

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New Delhi (AFP) – India put up a spirited fight but suffered their second successive loss in the Under-17 FIFA World Cup after losing to Colombia 2-1 in New Delhi on Monday.

Mid-fielder Juan Penaloza’s brace kept Colombia’s hopes of advancing into the last-16 stage alive, but the hosts are all but out of the 24-nation event.

‘This time we’ve got Ronaldo’, Pepe warns Swiss

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Lisbon (AFP) – Portugal defender Pepe warned Switzerland that Tuesday’s decisive World Cup qualifying clash in Lisbon would be “completely different” with Cristiano Ronaldo available for the European champions.

Switzerland have won all nine Group B qualifiers so far, including a 2-0 victory over Portugal in their opening match when Ronaldo was out injured, and need just a draw to secure a place in next year’s finals.

Xavi open to being Qatar World Cup 2022 coach

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Doha (AFP) – Xavi Hernandez said he is open to being Qatar’s coach when it hosts the 2022 World Cup and rebuffed critics by claiming he is “very proud” to be in Doha.

The Barcelona great, 37, who currently plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, told AFP he is “90 percent” certain to retire at the end of this season and then launch his coaching career.

Young at heart Heynckes ‘back for Bayern’

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes said Monday that love for Bayern Munich, rather than any personal ambition, had lured him out of retirement for a fourth stint at the helm of the Bavarian giants.

The man who left the club in 2013 after leading them to the treble, making way for Pep Guardiola, on Monday stepped into the position vacated by Carlo Ancelotti, said his advanced age would be no obstacle.

World Cup hope brings relief and divisions in Syria

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Damascus (AFP) – The prospect of reaching football’s World Cup and creating one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history is giving Syrians something else to think about after years of grinding war.

Syria’s underdog team, who because of the war are based in Malaysia, take on Australia in Sydney on Tuesday with the score from the first leg of their playoff poised at 1-1.

Heynckes’s Bayern return divides opinion

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Berlin (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes has come out of a four-year retirement to take charge of Bayern Munich for a fourth time, but opinions are divided as to whether the treble-winning coach can boost their flagging fortunes.

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is convinced Bayern have the “ideal coach” for now in Heynckes, who will lead the team only until the end of the season - he took over after Italian Carlo Ancelotti was sacked 10 days ago.

Moment of truth as Argentina seek World Cup berth

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Montevideo (AFP) – The once unfathomable prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina could become reality on Tuesday as South America’s thrilling 2018 qualification battle reaches its climax.

Two years after Argentina kicked off their troubled campaign with a 2-0 defeat at home to Ecuador, Jorge Sampaoli’s side travel to Quito to face La Tri once more with their hopes hanging precariously.

US, Pulisic poised to seal World Cup berth

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Miami (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena has challenged his team to finish the job and seal World Cup qualification against Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday after an emphatic rout of Panama which has transformed American fortunes.

Friday’s exhilarating attacking display against Panama, where Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic excelled in a 4-0 thrashing of Los Canaleros, has left Arena’s side on the brink of a place in next year’s finals in Russia.

Miracle of Sydney? Weakened Syria eye World Cup upset

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Sydney (AFP) – Syria will rely on their trademark fighting spirit to keep their World Cup “miracle” alive against Australia on Tuesday, as the Socceroos look to ride a wave of home support.

The Syrians were fortunate to grab a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Asian play-off in Malaysia last week, courtesy of a controversial late penalty that left Australia fuming.

Netherlands need World Cup miracle, says Robben

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Unless the Netherlands can beat Sweden by a seven-goal margin on Tuesday the inventors of the beautiful game will be absent from the 2018 World Cup finals.

Having missed the cut for Euro 2016 the Netherlands sit third in Group A and can make the play-offs only with a high-scoring win over second-placed Sweden after a poor start to their campaign.

Where to find Wales vs. Ireland World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wales vs. Ireland World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

A playoff position is on the cards for either Wales or Ireland in a huge match for both countries. Playing at home in Cardiff, Wales needs a win and a Serbia defeat to finish in first place in the group.

Poland head to World Cup, perfection for Germany

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Paris (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year’s World Cup, while reigning champions Germany secured a 10th successive win.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck again in what has been a remarkable qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006.

Germany win historic 10th World Cup qualifier

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfielder Leon Goretzka netted twice as Germany routed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday to make history with a perfect World Cup qualifying record of 10 wins in as many games.

The reigning world champions had already sealed their ticket to Russia last Thursday with a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, and finished their qualifying campaign in Kaiserslautern with a 10th straight victory.

Poland head to World Cup, agony for Scotland

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Paris (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year’s World Cup, but Scotland missed out on the play-offs after a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck his 16th goal of the qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006.

Salah goals take Egypt to 2018 World Cup

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Cairo (AFP) – Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville Sunday and a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Salah put Egypt ahead during the second half in Alexandria only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise two minutes from the end of regular time.

Scots shattered as Slovenia draw ends World Cup dream

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Ljubljana (AFP) – Scotland blew their last chance to remain in contention for a World Cup place as Slovenia hit back for a 2-2 draw that eliminated Gordon Strachan’s side on Sunday.

Needing a victory to guarantee second place in Group F and a spot in the play-offs for the remaining World Cup berths, Scotland took the lead through Leigh Griffiths’ first-half strike in Ljubljana.

Do it for Coleman, O’Neill tells Ireland ahead of World Cup qualifier

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says injured right-back Seamus Coleman will be at the forefront of his players’ minds in Monday’s World Cup qualification shootout with Wales.

Everton defender Coleman remains sidelined after suffering a horrendous double leg break following a tackle by Neil Taylor during Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Wales in Dublin in March.

Spain’s Lopetegui puts politics aside ahead of Israel

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Spain coach Julen Lopetegui sought Sunday to downplay the potential impact of the Catalan independence bid on his team, ahead of the final game of their successful World Cup qualification campaign.

Lopetegui spoke in Jerusalem ahead of Spain’s match against Israel on Monday, while in Barcelona hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rallied against plans by separatist leaders to declare Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum.

Where to find Slovenia vs. Scotland World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Slovenia vs. Scotland World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

After defeating Slovakia on Thursday, Scotland needs a win against Slovenia on Sunday to almost guarantee a spot in the playoffs for the World Cup. The fate of the Tartan Army is in their own hands.

Where to find Poland vs. Montenegro World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Poland vs. Montenegro in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

After beating Armenia 6-1 on Thursday, Poland still need a point against Montenegro in order to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. If Poland loses and Denmark wins in the other game, Denmark will qualify on goal difference, pushing Poland into a playoff spot.

Hear them roar: Afghan female football fans show their support

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Kabul (AFP) – Shiba Rahimi, a demure pale pink hijab covering her hair, sits forward in her seat and does a shrill two-finger whistle at the male footballers darting around the all-weather field in Kabul.

The university student is one of dozens of football-mad women sitting in the female section of the Afghan capital’s main stadium enjoying a rare opportunity to have fun in public in patriarchal Afghanistan.

Football: Sydney strike early blow as A-League returns

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Sydney (AFP) – Sydney FC struck an early blow in the defence of their A-League title on the opening weekend of the season with a hard-fought win over the team they beat in last year’s grand final.

Graham Arnold’s side enjoyed a record-breaking season last year, finishing with 66 points from 20 wins and just one defeat in 27 games.

Iwobi sends Nigeria to Russia, Ghana eliminated

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Abuja (AFP) – Alex Iwobi’s goal saw Nigeria become the first African team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, while Ghana were eliminated in the qualifiers.

A 73rd-minute strike by Arsenal forward Iwobi handed the Super Eagles a 1-0 success over Zambia in Uyo, ensuring top spot in Group B with a game to spare.

Matuidi keeps French World Cup destiny in own hands

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Sofia (AFP) – France kept their noses in front in the European Group A race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as Blaise Matuidi’s early strike earned a 1-0 win in Bulgaria on Saturday.

Following Sweden’s crushing 8-0 thrashing of Luxembourg, this win was enough to keep Didier Deschamps’s team a point ahead of the Scandinavians, with one match to come.

France on brink of World Cup, Dutch hopes all but over

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Paris (AFP) – Blaise Matuidi’s early goal saw off Bulgaria 1-0 on Saturday and kept France top of European World Cup qualifying Group A, while the Netherlands’ hopes are hanging by a thread despite a 3-1 win in Belarus.

France took the lead in only the third minute as midfielder Matuidi curled home a fantastic shot from a tight angle into the far top corner.

Arsenal’s Iwobi fires Nigeria to 2018 World Cup

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Abuja (AFP) – Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi sent Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup finals with the winning goal in a 1-0 African qualifying victory over Zambia on Saturday.

The Super Eagles became the first African team to advance to Russia after taking an unassailable lead atop Group B.

Sweden thrash Luxembourg to pile pressure on France in European World Cup qualifying match

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Solna (Sweden) (AFP) – Sweden laid down the gauntlet to France in European World Cup qualifying as Marcus Berg scored four goals in an 8-0 thrashing of Luxembourg on Saturday.

The Swedes now lead France, who face Bulgaria later on Saturday, by two points in the race for top spot in Group A.

Korean scores own-goal double in Russia friendly win

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Moscow (AFP) – Kim Joo-Young scored two own goals in two minutes as Russia beat South Korea 4-2 in Moscow on Saturday in their first game since the Confederations Cup.

Krasnodar forward Fedor Smolov and Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Alexei Miranchuk also scored for the 2018 World Cup hosts, who put in a much-improved display after their group-stage exit from the Confederations Cup in June.

Butland handed England start against Lithuania

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London (AFP) – Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland will replace Joe Hart for England’s final World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday.

Hart has been England’s first-choice goalkeeper under Gareth Southgate, but with England now qualified for the World Cup, Butland has been handed the shirt for the last match of the campaign.

Bayern stopper Neuer could be out till March

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said Saturday he could now be sidelined until March because he is taking longer than expected to recover from a foot operation.

Neuer was initially expecting to return in January, but he told the club’s TV station: “The wound in the foot is healing and it could take up to six months.

Where to find Nigeria vs. Zambia World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Nigeria vs. Zambia in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Nigeria can qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a win against Zambia. But if the Super Eagles tie the match against Zambia, Nigeria will need to get a result against Algeria in their game next week, which will be a much tougher haul.

Where to find Guinea vs. Tunisia World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Guinea vs. Tunisia in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Tunisia will be able to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup if they can get a win against Guinea and if the DR Congo can’t beat Libya in the other game in Group A of World Cup qualifying from Africa.

Where to find Bulgaria vs. France World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bulgaria vs. France World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

After tying Luxembourg recently 0-0, France knows that they have to win this game against Bulgaria as well as getting a win against Belarus next week to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Sorry Italy condemned to World Cup play-offs

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Giorgio Chiellini’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Aleksandar Trajkovski as Italy struggled to a 1-1 draw against Macedonia in Turin on Friday, condemning the four-time champions to the World Cup play-offs.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side were jeered off the pitch at the Stadio Olympico after failing to secure the three points demanded against the modest Macedonians as Spain qualified as Group G winners after beating Albania 3-0.

England must build bridges with fans – Southgate

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London (AFP) – Following England’s laborious qualification for the World Cup, manager Gareth Southgate has acknowledged there is a lack of empathy between his team and the country’s football fans.

A sparse Wembley crowd groaned at England’s poor football and amused themselves with paper aeroplanes during Thursday’s 1-0 win over Slovenia, which secured a place in Russia for Southgate’s men.

England aren’t a one-man show says Kane

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane insists he isn’t England’s only hope of a successful run at next year’s World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s side booked their place at the finals in Russia with a lacklustre 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday.

England’s wretched display somehow ended on an upbeat note when Kane stretched to convert Kyle Walker’s cross in stoppage-time.

Spain punch World Cup ticket, Serbia made to wait

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Paris (AFP) – Heavyweights Spain qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a routine 3-0 home win over Albania, but Serbia must wait to seal to their place following a 3-2 loss in Austria.

Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara all scored inside the first 30 minutes in Alicante as the 2010 world champions locked up top spot in Group G as Italy were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin.

Spain shrug off Catalonia crisis to qualify for World Cup

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Alicante (Spain) (AFP) – Spain sealed their place in next year’s World Cup by routing Albania 3-0 on Friday in a match laced with political tension amidst Catalonia’s drive for independence and blighted by more jeers for Gerard Pique.

Pique made his 92nd appearance at international level just days after voting in a referendum on Catalan independence deemed illegal by the Spanish government and marred by a police crackdown that left hundreds needing medical attention.

Pique jeers rain on Spain’s World Cup party

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Alicante (Spain) (AFP) – In the midst of Catalonia’s drive for independence, Gerard Pique was again centre of attention as he was met with a mixture of jeers and applause in Spain’s politicised World Cup qualifier against Albania on Friday.

Pique made his 92nd appearance at international level just days after voting in a referendum on Catalan independence deemed illegal by the Spanish government and marred by a police crackdown that left hundreds needing medical attention.

Brazil defender Silva suffers thigh injury

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Sao Paulo (AFP) – Brazil defender Thiago Silva will miss his country’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile on Tuesday with a thigh muscle injury he suffered in Thursday’s 0-0 draw against Bolivia.

The 33-year-old Paris Saint-Germain centre-back hobbled off in the 27th minute of the match in La Paz.

Argentina frets over possible Messi-less World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina awakened on Friday to the horrifying possibility of a World Cup without the “world’s best player”, Lionel Messi.

The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic South American qualifying places for next year’s finals in Russia, but also the fifth place that offers a play-off spot against New Zealand.

Lawrence leads Wales to crucial win in Georgia

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Tbilisi (AFP) – Tom Lawrence scored his first international goal to earn Wales a vital 1-0 victory in Georgia on Friday and keep them in the hunt for a place at next year’s World Cup.

The Derby Counter midfielder rifled in the winner four minutes after half-time in Tbilisi as Chris Coleman’s side pulled to within a point of Group D leaders Serbia, who would qualify with a win in Austria later.

Where to find South Africa vs. Burkina Faso World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch South Africa vs. Burkina Faso in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

After a decision was made to annul the result of South Africa’s win against Senegal in November, South Africa still has a lot of work to do if they want to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

India gives 27,000 free tickets to avert World Cup ’embarrassment’

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New Delhi (AFP) – India gave away 27,000 tickets for the opening games of the Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi on Friday in a bid to avoid the embarrassment of empty stands when Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends, an official said.

Thousands of children filled the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium to boost India’s first major sporting event since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was marked by vast open spaces in stadiums.

Robben ‘still believes’ Dutch can qualify

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The Hague (AFP) – Netherlands captain Arjen Robben still has hope that the struggling Dutch can reach next year’s World Cup, despite their perilous position in qualifying ahead of Saturday’s trip to Belarus.

Anything but a win in Barysaw would almost certainly see Dick Advocaat’s side miss out on back-to-back major tournaments for the first time since 1986, having failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

Heynckes to coach Bayern Munich to season’s end – club

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Berlin (AFP) – Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich confirmed Friday that veteran German coach Jupp Heynckes will take over as manager until the end of the season, replacing the sacked Carlos Ancelotti.

Heynckes, 72, will come out of retirement to take take charge of the squad from Monday, the fourth time he has coached Bayern.

Munich air disaster changed my life – Bobby Charlton

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London (AFP) – England and Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton says the Munich air disaster that claimed the lives of so many of his young team-mates in 1958 changed his life.

Charlton, a pivotal figure in England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, lost several close friends in the crash, which killed 23 of the 44 passengers and crew as United returned from a European Cup match in Belgrade.

Iniesta agrees first ‘lifetime’ contract at Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona tied down captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of his career as the club announced on Friday the 33-year-old midfielder has agreed the first “lifetime contract” in Barca’s history.

“It is a way of rewarding an exceptional player,” said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Football: India gives 27,000 free tickets to avert World Cup ’embarrassment’

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New Delhi (AFP) – India gave away 27,000 tickets for the opening games of the Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi on Friday in a bid to avoid the embarrassment of empty stands when Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends, an official said.

Thousands of children filled the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium to boost India’s first major sporting event since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was marked by vast open spaces in stadiums.

Japan narrowly beat New Zealand in friendly

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Tokyo (AFP) – Shu Kurata smashed a late winner on Friday to give Japan a narrow 2-1 victory over New Zealand in their first international football friendly since they qualified for the World Cup.

Following a scoreless first half, Cologne forward Yuya Osako netted a 50-minute penalty for Japan after a handball at Toyota Stadium.

beIN SPORTS will broadcast all of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday

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The race to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will go down to the wire on Tuesday night in South America as an incredible six teams still have a chance to qualify for the final three automatic qualification spots. Plus one team will end in a playoff place.

The good news for soccer fans in the United States is that all of the final World Cup qualifiers will be available for viewing.

Where to find Georgia vs. Wales World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Georgia vs. Wales World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Wales’s fate is in their own hands with the final two games of World Cup qualifying. The Welsh team, without Gareth Bale, need to get a win against Georgia in Tblisi as well as a win against Ireland on Tuesday.

Argentina World Cup hopes in balance after Peru draw

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi edged nearer to reality on Thursday as Argentina struggled to a 0-0 draw with Peru which left their qualification hopes hanging in the balance.

Despite dominating possession in front of a raucous home support at Buenos Aires’ fabled “La Bombonera”
stadium, Messi and Argentina once again drew a blank to the dismay of their fans.

Football: Aussies slam ref after World Cup penalty blow

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Malacca (Malaysia) (AFP) – Australian players and media slammed the referee after Syria’s controversial late penalty dented their hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup following a 1-1 play-off draw in Malacca.

The Socceroos remain in the box seat ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in Sydney, where the eventual winner will go into a final play-off with the CONCACAF federation’s fourth-placed team.

Argentina in peril as World Cup race goes to wire

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Montevideo (AFP) – Lionel Messi and Argentina’s hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were left hanging in the balance on Thursday after another stalemate on a nail-biting day of South American qualifying action.

Argentina were held to a 0-0 draw in Buenos Aires by Peru, leaving the two-time world champions outside the automatic qualification places as they head into the final round of fixtures next Tuesday.

Southgate admits England have long way to go

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate conceded his team were a “work in progress” after they qualified for next year’s World Cup with a desperately laboured 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

England’s fans had long given up on Thursday’s game at Wembley and were entertaining themselves by launching paper aeroplanes towards the pitch by the time Harry Kane stabbed in a predatory 94th-minute winner.

Where to find Italy vs. Macedonia World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. Macedonia World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

After losing to Spain recently, Italy has the chance to cement their position as the runner-up in the group in order to enter the playoffs from Europe for the World Cup qualification.

India gives away 27,000 tickets to avoid World Cup ’embarrassment’

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New Delhi (AFP) – India has given away 27,000 tickets to the opening games of the FIFA U-17 World Cup to fill empty stands, an official said Friday, in a desperate bid to avoid an embarrassing repeat of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The under-17 World Cup, which kicks off on Friday, marks India’s first attempt at hosting a FIFA tournament, but sales for the high-profile event have been poor, despite some seats costing less than a dollar.

Liverpool to unveil Dalglish Stand against Man Utd

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London (AFP) – Liverpool will officially unveil the newly named Kenny Dalglish Stand at their match with fierce rivals Manchester United next week, the club said on Friday.

The Premier League giants announced that Anfield’s Centenary Stand would be renamed the Kenny Dalglish Stand earlier this year to commemorate the player’s contribution to the club both on and off the field.

Where to find USA vs. Panama World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. Panama in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

The US Men’s National Team faces a do-or-die game against Panama. They must win this match in order to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Chiellini aims to boost bruised Italy

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini is upbeat ahead of Italy’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Macedonia on Friday despite fears the team could miss out on the tournament.

The Azzurri are in a fragile state mentally and physically after a crushing defeat to Spain last month left them facing the prospect of having to go through the play-offs to book their ticket to Russia next year.

USA vs. Panama preview: USMNT could miss out on first World Cup since 1986

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It’s crunch time now. It’s do or die. Everything is on the line. This is not really the place the USMNT wanted to be in or thought they’d find themselves in, but here they are: in danger of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The good news is that the US controls its own fate and four points out of six should see the US qualify without having to go into a home and home playoff with a team from Asia in November (though results elsewhere in CONCACAF could change that).

Uruguay kept waiting after Venezuela stalemate

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San Cristobal (Venezuela) (AFP) – Uruguay were left waiting to confirm their 2018 World Cup qualification on Thursday after being held to a 0-0 by Venezuela.

The Uruguayans could have booked their ticket to Russia with victory over a Venezuelan side who had already been eliminated from contention.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 25-October 1, 2017

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Club América’s 2-1 victory over Toluca was the most-watched soccer match of last week with 955,000 viewers tuning in across Univision and Univision Deportes. It was also the most-watched Liga MX match since Club América took on Veracruz on September 9 in the same timeslot.

Overall, Liga MX viewership is down over 40% when compared to the first 11 match days of the 2017 Clasura and down 32% compared to the 2016 Apertura.

Lampe denies Brazil as Bolivia grab draw

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La Paz (AFP) – A superb performance by Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe frustrated Brazil here Thursday as the five-time World Cup winners were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in their dead rubber qualification game.

With Brazil already assured of top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualification race, and Bolivia already eliminated from contention, neither side had much to play for in the thin air of La Paz.

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

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Paris (AFP) – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their finals berth.

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C.

Five things learned from England v Slovenia

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London (AFP) – England secured their place at next year’s World Cup after a 1-0 win against Slovenia on Thursday after an unconvincing display.

Here AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the Wembley qualifier:

Southgate has work to do

Aware that England’s underwhelming progress toward the World Cup had left many fans cold, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate saw his call for a show-stopping display fall on stony ground.

Kane sends lacklustre England to World Cup

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane toed in a 94th-minute winner as England secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a thoroughly lacklustre 1-0 victory over Slovenia on Thursday.

Gareth Southgate’s side looked utterly bereft of ideas at a somnolent, two thirds-full Wembley until skipper Kane converted Kyle Walker’s inviting cross to score his 14th goal in nine games for club and country.

Last-gasp Scotland keep World Cup dream alive

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, beating 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park with a goal in the dying seconds.

Martin Skrtel’s own goal, just two minutes from the end of normal time, leaves Scotland second in Group F on 17 points, six behind England after leapfrogging Slovakia and Slovenia, who lost 1-0 at Wembley.

Rudy stunner helps Germany ease into World Cup finals

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Belfast (AFP) – Sebastian Rudy, Sandro Wagner and Joshua Kimmich secured defending champions Germany’s place at the 2018 World Cup on Thursday with a clinical 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Rudy and Wagner’s glorious first-half strikes had their place all but wrapped up before Kimmich scored late on to extend Germany’s remarkable unbeaten away record to 47 World Cup qualifiers dating back to 1934.

Equatorial Guinea women field 10 ineligible players

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Lausanne (AFP) – The Equatorial Guinea women’s team were disqualified from next year’s Women Africa Cup of Nations and the 2019 World Cup by FIFA on Thursday for fielding 10 ineligible players.

All 10 of the ineligible players were born in Brazil, although the majority have been playing for Equatorial Guinea since the 2011 World Cup.

FIFA pledges ‘transparent’ 2026 World Cup bid

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA has promised to deliver a “transparent” bidding process for the 2026 World Cup after the controversy surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar.

In a column to appear on Friday in the FIFA magazine, president Gianni Infantino insists that world football’s governing body has “radically enhanced the mechanisms for selecting the location of our showpiece event”.

Record man Lewandowski fires Poland to brink of World Cup

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Yerevan (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick and became his country’s record goalscorer as Poland thrashed Armenia 6-1 on Thursday to leave them on the verge of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

Kamil Grosicki struck after just two minutes in Yerevan before Lewandowski curled in a brilliant free-kick to draw level with Wlodzimierz Lubanski, who represented Poland from 1963 to 1980, on 48 international goals.

FC Barcelona, Iniesta urge dialogue in Catalonia crisis

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona Football Club and its captain Andres Iniesta on Thursday urged dialogue to resolve a volatile political crisis over Catalonia’s drive for independence.

“I have never before publicly commented on situations that are so complex and involve such diverse emotions, but this situation we are experiencing is exceptional,” the 33-year-old midfielder wrote in a Facebook message.

Arena wants fearless USA in World Cup crunch

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Orlando (AFP) – Bruce Arena has challenged his United States team to show no fear in the face of mounting anxiety, urging them to banish any doubts over their participation at the World Cup by seeing off Panama on Friday.

The US head into the crucial qualifier knowing maximum points from their final two games – they travel to bottom placed Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday – will be enough to book their ticket to Russia.

I’m no saviour, Mbappe warns ahead of Bulgaria trip

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe warned he is “not a saviour” ahead of France’s crucial trip to Bulgaria in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The 1998 world champions lead Sweden by one point in Group A with two matches to play, but France need little reminding of the pain inflicted upon them by the Bulgarians in one of the national team’s darkest hours.

Football: Disputed penalty lifts Syria World Cup hopes

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Malacca (Malaysia) (AFP) – Omar al-Soma’s disputed late penalty kept Syria’s World Cup dream alive on Thursday as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Australia and set up a nerve-jangling play-off second leg in Sydney.

Australia were left fuming by Soma’s crucial spot-kick in the 85th minute, after the towering forward was nudged mid-air by Mathew Leckie and Iranian referee Alireza Faghani pointed to the spot.

Premier League blowouts are sucking competitiveness out of the league: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 45, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Why this Premier League season is sucking the enjoyment out of watching good soccer,

• News about the USA’s final two World Cup qualifiers on US TV,

• More details about FOX’s plans for next summer’s World Cup, as well as

• A big boost in TV ratings for the Bundesliga on US TV, as well as

• Feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

Video-assisted ref could be delayed until after 2018 World Cup

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Lausanne (AFP) – A trial period for the video assistant referee (VAR) system could be extended beyond next year’s World Cup, football’s lawmakers said Thursday, despite FIFA’s vow to include them in Russia 2018.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said “nothing is standing in the way” of the technology for next summer’s competition, but a spokesman for International Football Association Board (IFAB) told AFP the ongoing experiment could be “prolonged”.

Football: Syria’s Soma puts World Cup play-off on knife-edge

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Malacca (Malaysia) (AFP) – Omar al-Soma buried a late penalty as war-torn Syria drew 1-1 with Australia to put their two-legged World Cup play-off on a knife-edge on Thursday.

Australia were within sight of victory after Robbie Kruse’s first-half goal, but when Mathew Leckie nudged Soma on 84 minutes the towering forward made no mistake from the spot.

Depleted Ghana squad prepares to face Uganda

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Nairobi (AFP) – Ghana’s Black Stars left Kenya on Thursday for Uganda ahead of the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier in the Ugandan capital Kampala at the weekend.

The Ghanaians arrived in the Kenyan capital this week for three days of acclimatisation training missing some of their top players who are out with injuries ahead of Saturday’s Group E clash.

Where to find Chile vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Chile vs. Ecuador in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

With Chile sitting in sixth place in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group, Chile cannot afford to lose this match if they want to stay in the race to qualify for the World Cup.

Heynckes confirms offer to return to Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Veteran German coach Jupp Heynckes confirmed reports on Thursday that he is considering a return to Bayern Munich following Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal.

“It’s not yet done and dusted,” the 72-year-old Heynckes told the Rheinische Post, the local paper near his home in Moenchengladbach.

Where to find Colombia vs. Paraguay World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Colombia vs. Paraguay in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Colombia is a strong position in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group, sitting in third place. A win against Paraguay would put them in pole position to advance.

Football: Blockbuster to open A-League season

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s domestic A-League kicks off Friday with dominant Sydney FC defending their title and Western Sydney Wanderers in turmoil, as a host of foreign imports look to make their mark.

Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC enjoyed a record-breaking season last year, finishing with 66 points from 20 wins and just one defeat in 27 games.

Moment of truth for USA as Panama eye World Cup qualifier first

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Miami (AFP) – The United States face their most important World Cup qualifying game in nearly 30 years on Friday when they take on a Panama side thirsting for revenge and chasing a historic first ever appearance at the finals.

Twenty-eight years ago, the Americans defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 to book their place at the 1990 World Cup - the country’s first appearance at football’s biggest tournament since 1950.

Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt eye World Cup places

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Johannesburg (AFP) – There are five places reserved for Africa at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt could fill three of them this weekend.

Nigeria will secure a sixth appearance at the global football showpiece by winning in Uyo against Zambia, the only other Group B contenders.

Heynckes set for Bayern return after Ancelotti sacking – report

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Berlin (AFP) – Legendary German coach Jupp Heynckes will replace sacked Carlo Ancelotti as Bayern Munich’s manager until the end of the season, according to Sport Bild newspaper.

The interim appointment would see 72-year-old Heynckes return to his beloved Bayern which he famously led in 2013 to win the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble - the only German club to achieve the feat.

Ex-Barcelona star Stoichkov backs Catalans

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Sofia (AFP) – Former Barcelona favourite Hristo Stoichkov on Thursday backed the independence referendum in Catalonia and denounced the violence that marred the banned vote.

“The leaders of Catalonia and the people who voted decided that the moment has come to separate and I will back them,” Stoichkov, a Bulgarian, told his country’s public broadcaster BNT.

Where to find Venezuela vs. Uruguay World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Venezuela vs. Uruguay in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Uruguay needs to get four points from the next two World Cup qualifiers in order to guarantee qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With Venezuela bottom of the CONMEBOL group, they have nothing to play for so they may give Uruguay more trouble than usual.

Where to find Argentina vs. Peru World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Argentina vs. Peru in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Argentina desperately needs a win against Peru to help their efforts in trying to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. If Argentina can defeat Peru, a draw against Ecuador in the next game should be enough to qualify automatically if Chile can’t beat Ecuador or Brazil.

Where to find England vs. Slovenia World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch England vs. Slovenia World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

England will officially qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup if they can beat Slovenia on Thursday in the important World Cup qualifier. If England ties the game, then their fate will go down to the final qualifier next week against Lithuania.

Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay plan 2030 World Cup bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will form a joint bid to host the centenary World Cup in 2030, the presidents of the three countries confirmed on Wednesday.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes said in August that his country would join the shared bid by neighbours Argentina and Uruguay, which hosted and won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

Infantino calls on Argentina to ‘do more’ for football

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino asked Argentina to “do more” for football aside from producing star players like Lionel Messi on Wednesday, as the country announced a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Paraguay and Uruguay.

“The Argentine Football Association can do a lot for football and not just with the players on the pitch, with Messi and all his teammates,” Infantino said after a meeting with the presidents of the three South American countries who announced their bid for the centenary World Cup.

Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay confirm 2030 World Cup bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will form a joint bid to host the centenary World Cup in 2030, the presidents of the three countries confirmed on Wednesday.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes had said in August that his country would join the shared bid by neighbours Argentina and Uruguay, which hosted and won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

Loew hoping to restore German football pride after club struggles

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Belfast (AFP) – Joachim Loew said Wednesday he hopes Germany - on the brink of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia - can restore national pride in Northern Ireland after an “alarming” series of results for the nation’s club sides in Europe.

Germany, on 24 points, have won all eight of their qualifiers but have still not sewn up top spot in Group C because Northern Ireland have accrued 19 points themselves.

France lose Kurzawa for crucial qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) – France saw Layvin Kurzawa pull out of the squad for their final 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday with a knee injury suffered in training, joining fellow defenders Benjamin Mendy and Laurent Koscielny on the sidelines.

The Paris Saint-Germain left-back has sprained knee ligaments, leaving France with defensive troubles for their matches in Bulgaria on Saturday and against Belarus at the Stade de France three days later.

Fabregas admits hitting Alex Ferguson with pizza

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London (AFP) – Cesc Fabregas has admitted he threw the pizza that struck then Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in the infamous “Battle of the Buffet” 13 years ago.

Arsenal, for many years locked in a titanic duel for Premier League supremacy with Manchester United, saw their 49-game unbeaten run come to an end at Old Trafford in October 2004 and a clash in the tunnel followed.

FIFA reject Leicester’s appeal to register Silva

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London (AFP) – Leicester City’s appeal to register Adrien Silva was rejected by FIFA on Wednesday despite support from the English Football Association after the paperwork was submitted 14 seconds late on deadline day.

The club and the FA had asked FIFA to ratify the midfielder’s transfer after the late delivery of the paperwork for the £22 million ($29 million, 25 million euros) move from Sporting Lisbon, but it was denied and he will now not be able to play until January.

US women’s soccer star Morgan apologises over drunken Disney shame

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Miami (AFP) – United States women’s soccer star Alex Morgan apologised on Wednesday following a drunken party with friends which ended with her being ejected from Disney World last weekend.

Morgan, one of the golden girls of the all-conquering US women’s team, was kicked out of Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park in Florida on Sunday after a row with other tourists.

Nigeria on the brink of World Cup

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Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria host Zambia in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday knowing that victory would secure a sixth finals appearance since first qualifying in 1994.

The 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in Ndola 12 months ago helped get the country behind a team who had failed to feature at back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations.