EPL Talk Archives for January 2017

Paulinho the hero as Evergrande into last eight

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Kawasaki (Japan) (AFP) – Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho grabbed a crucial goal as two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande squeaked past Kashima Antlers on away goals on Tuesday to reach the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

Paulinho, the scorer in last week’s 1-0 win in Guangzhou, scored a tap-in on 55 minutes and it was enough to put the Chinese team through despite their 2-1 defeat on the night.

Zidane hoping to follow in Sacchi’s footsteps

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Rome (AFP) – Arrigo Sacchi was a revolutionary who came from nowhere to lead a great AC Milan side to back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990.

It is a feat that no coach has achieved since, but that Zinedine Zidane will match if he retains the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in Saturday’s final against Juventus in Cardiff.

Injury-ravaged season clouds Bale’s homecoming

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Madrid (AFP) – Playing in a Champions League final in his home city was beyond Gareth Bale’s dreams as a youngster, but Saturday’s Cardiff showpiece catches the Welshman at a career crossroads.

Real Madrid can make history by becoming the first team to retain the Champions League and complete a first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years in the process.

Not Mourinho’s call on Rashford, says Southgate

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had no influence over the decision to excuse Marcus Rashford from duty at the Under-21 European Championship, England manager Gareth Southgate said on Tuesday.

Southgate has frequently underlined the importance of giving young players tournament experience, but he called Rashford into his senior squad, rather than let him play at next month’s Under-21 Euro in Poland.

Schedule of La Liga clubs playing in North America this summer

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With an exciting end to the 2016/17 Spanish season, Real Madrid won the title in La Liga while Barcelona defeated Alaves to win the Copa del Rey trophy.

After a brief break, both the Spanish giants will be heading to the United States to play a series of friendly games. Plus, Valencia will be heading to Canada for the first time in their history.

Univision scores 2.8 million viewers for Chivas-Tigres Liga MX final second-leg

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The second leg of the Liga MX Clausura final between Chivas and Tigres averaged 2.8 million viewers on Univision and Univision Deportes, making it the second most-viewed Liga MX Clausura final ever on any network in the United States.

The mammoth number helped Univision Deportes deliver its most-watched Liga MX season ever in the 2016-17 campaign.

DIRECTV NOW streaming service now available on Roku

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DIRECTV NOW has added support for Roku devices so you can watch your favorite programming on the over-the-top device.

Previously, no Roku app was available for DIRECTV NOW subscribers, but that has now changed. The DIRECTV NOW streaming service will run on all the most recent models including 4K Roku TVs, Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Streaming Stick (model 3600R), Roku 4, Roku 3, and Roku 2 (model 4210).

Bale ‘not 100 percent’ for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale believes he isn’t fit to last 90 minutes for Real Madrid in his homecoming to Cardiff for the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday and admitted taking painkillers to play earlier this season.

Bale hasn’t featured since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Bournemouth sign Begovic from Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth signed Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Premier League champions Chelsea in a reported £10 million ($12 million, 11 million euros) deal on Tuesday.

Begovic spent most of his two years with Chelsea as the back up to Thibaut Courtois and he has left Stamford Bridge in search of regular first-team action.

Mbappe admits Zidane admiration amid transfer speculation

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France starlet Kylian Mbappe has admitted he used to dream about Zinedine Zidane amid speculation he could soon find himself playing under the French legend at Real Madrid.

“The player made me dream, and still does when I see certain videos,” said Mbappe when asked about Zidane, who won 108 caps for Les Bleus, starring as they won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

Football: Ex-France ‘keeper Landreau named Lorient coach

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Lorient (France) (AFP) – Former France goalkeeper Mickael Landreau has taken the step into coaching, being appointed by Lorient, the second-tier club announced on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with Lorient saying in a statement that he will bring “freshness, leadership, his experience and his enthusiasm” to the role.

Mahrez asks to leave Leicester

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London (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez, one of the inspirations behind Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title triumph, has told the club he wants to leave, he said in a statement released on Tuesday.

“Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on,” Mahrez said in a statement sent to various media outlets.

Schedule of Premier League clubs playing in the US this summer

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Now that the Premier League season has ended, the players and the coaching staff will be taking a well-deserved break after a long, memorable and arduous season.

Most of the Premier League footballers and coaching staff will return to training on or around July 1. Then in mid-July, all of the players and coaches from Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City and Swansea City will be heading to the United States to continue training and to play a series of friendlies on US soil.

Bale says ‘not 100 percent’ for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale believes he isn’t fit to last 90 minutes for Real Madrid in his homecoming to Cardiff for the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday and admitted taking painkillers to play earlier this season.

Bale hasn’t featured since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Thomas Tuchel – rule-breaking coach and innovator

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Berlin (AFP) – His reputation for the unorthodox made Thomas Tuchel the perfect replacement as Borussia Dortmund’s head coach when Jurgen Klopp quit in 2015.

But two years later, Tuchel’s relationship with the Bundesliga giants has turned sour.

Tuchel was axed on Tuesday, with a year left on his contract, after falling out with Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and losing the support of his dressing room.

Roma part ways with regretful Spalletti

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Rome (AFP) – AS Roma said Tuesday it had parted ways with Luciano Spalletti, who expressed mixed feelings on his departure just two days after guiding the team to Champions League football next season.

Spalletti joined Roma for a second time as coach in January 2016 after a first stint between 2005-2009 during which time the club won two Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa.

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 13 of the 2017 season

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Thursday’s match in Chicago had a poor turnout of 12,584 in attendance. That’s too bad because Chicago’s revival took a boost with a win over FC Dallas. And Dallas’ showing for the Texas Derby of 15,055 was also soft too.

The rest of the league had good reported attendances.

Lambert parts company with Wolves

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London (AFP) – Wolves manager Paul Lambert left the troubled Championship club on Tuesday after just seven months in charge.

Lambert is believed to have parted company with the second tier side following a dispute with Wolves’ Chinese owners over who would have the final say on new signings.

Wenger to extend Arsenal reign – reports

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke he will accept the Premier League club’s offer of a new two-year contract, according to reports on Tuesday.

Wenger met Gunners majority shareholder Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Monday to discuss his future before his contract expires next month.

Dortmund coach Tuchel leaves club

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s head coach Thomas Tuchel has left the club, the Bundesliga side confirmed Tuesday, denying that the departure was sparked by a public spat with the club’s chief executive.

“We thank Thoas Tuchel and his training staff for their successful work at BVB,” said the club, adding that the “cause of the separation is by no means a disagreement between two people”.

Manchester City chief slams talk of Aguero sale

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London (AFP) – Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insists reports that Sergio Aguero could be sold are ridiculous because the Argentine striker remains a key player for the Premier League club.

Aguero lost his place in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up following the arrival of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus in January.

Five problems for Wenger and Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger looks set, according to the British media, to be offered and agree to a new contract at an Arsenal board meeting on Tuesday, ending months of uncertainty which the Frenchman admitted affected performances.

Here AFP Sports looks at five problem areas which will need addressing in order to make next season a less bumpy ride for the 67-year-old and for the Gunners supporters:

Transfer policy

This has been a perennial gripe for fans and pundits alike, that Wenger doesn’t like to get involved in bidding wars with the Gunners’ major rivals and resorts to what appear to be last-minute panic buys and paying over the odds.

Wagner taunts critics as Huddersfield hit promotion jackpot

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London (AFP) – David Wagner’s arrival at Huddersfield Town was greeted with scorn, but just 18 months later the German has silenced the critics by masterminding his club’s fairytale promotion to the Premier League.

When Wagner was plucked from his role as Borussia Dortmund’s reserve team coach by Huddersfield owner Dean Hoyle in November 2015, many pundits claimed his lack of experience in the cut-throat world of the second-tier Championship meant the appointment was doomed to failure.

That’s Amoory! Brace of goals takes Al Ain into last eight

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Dubai (AFP) – Asian player of the year Omar Abdulrahman scored a brilliant double as Al Ain thrashed Esteghlal 6-1 to storm into the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

The brace by “Amoory” - matched by two sublime strikes from Brazil’s Caio - overturned last week’s 1-0 defeat and powered last year’s runners-up to a 6-2 aggregate victory.

Brazil football great Roberto Carlos eyes Australia

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Sydney (AFP) – Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos is keen to coach Australian side South Melbourne, who are pushing to join an expanded domestic A-League.

The 44-year-old, famous for his stunning free kicks, held talks in the city on Monday with club officials.

“What I’ve seen here has moved me, the complex and the people,” the former Real Madrid defender, who has previously coached in Turkey, told reporters.

Roma part ways with Spalletti

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Rome (AFP) – AS Roma said Tuesday that it had parted ways with Luciano Spalletti, just two days after the coach had guided the team to Champions League football next season.

Spalletti joined Roma for a second time as coach in January 2016 after a first stint between 2005-2009 during which time the club won two Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa.

Wright concerned over potential Wenger exit

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London (AFP) – Arsenal legend Ian Wright fears Arsene Wenger would leave the Gunners “totally in the lurch” if he decides to quit the Premier League club this week.

Wenger met Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Monday to discuss his future before his contract expires next month.

Liverpool’s Clyne out of England squad

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has withdrawn from the England squad due to injury, national team manager Gareth Southgate revealed on Tuesday.

“We’ll be without Nathaniel Clyne,” Southgate told reporters at the St George’s Park national football centre in Burton-on-Trent, central England.

Kompany back for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia

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Brussels (AFP) – Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was on Tuesday included in Belgium’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against Estonia and friendly against the Czech Republic after a 500-day absence from the national team.

Coach Roberto Martinez named the oft-injured Kompany among a 27-strong squad for the June 5 friendly in Brussels and World Cup qualifier four days later in Tallinn.

Griezmann is ‘Europe’s busiest player’

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Lausanne (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s France striker Antoine Griezmann played 63 games this season racking up 5,454 minutes on the pitch, making him the most used player in Europe, the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) said on Tuesday.

Griezmann, thought to be close to a transfer to Manchester United, played all but two league games and racked up 12 Champions League matches combined with domestic cup and international appearances to top the heap of most minutes played.

England can help heal terror wounds: Southgate

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The England football team have a “responsibility” to help people move on with their lives following last week’s deadly terror attack in Manchester, manager Gareth Southgate said on Tuesday.

Tributes were paid to the 22 victims of the suicide attack at Manchester Arena at several sporting events in the United Kingdom last weekend, including Sunday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Bale fit and raring to go for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale is “desperate” to return from injury in time for a Champions League final homecoming against Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday, his Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.

Bale hasn’t played since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Buffon knocking on Ballon d’Or door

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Milan (AFP) – As Juventus look to end a 21-year-wait for the Champions League title, there are those who believe goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon can end a 54-year wait and be officially crowned the top shot-stopper in Europe.

The rock of a team that recently embellished its growing pedigree with a record sixth consecutive title and record third successive league and Cup double, Buffon, many believe, is in firm contention for the Ballon d’Or.

Wolfsburg win play-off to stay in Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – VfL Wolfsburg guaranteed their Bundesliga survival on Monday as Euro 2016-winner Vieirinha scored to secure a 1-0 win away at Eintracht Braunschweig that sealed a 2-0 aggregate victory in their relegation play-off.

Having won last Tuesday’s home leg 1-0 thanks to a Mario Gomez penalty, Wolfsburg were safe as Vieirinha smashed home the winning goal on the night just after the break.

Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barca pressures

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Madrid (AFP) – In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.

Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.

However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Huddersfield promoted to Premier League after penalty drama

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London (AFP) – Huddersfield Town won promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Christopher Schindler’s penalty sealed a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

David Wagner’s side will play in the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years after holding their nerve in the nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out that followed a tense 0-0 draw at Wembley.

Time for Juventus to bring trophy home – Allegri

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has labelled 11-time winners Real Madrid favourites for the Champions League final, but said the “optimistic” Italians intend on bringing the trophy home from Cardiff on Saturday.

Fresh from securing a record third consecutive league and Cup double, Juventus are looking to complete a treble this season when they face Real in the Welsh capital.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. The Once And Future King?

The Seattle Sounders held off the Portland Timbers to win the first meeting of the storied rivals in 2017 by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

Dortmund confirm Reus tore cruciate ligament

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Berlin (AFP) – Marco Reus’ injury misery continued Monday when Borussia Dortmund confirmed the winger partially tore his cruciate ligament in Saturday’s German Cup final – a set-back which could sideline him for months.

“In the coming days, there will be further tests and a decision will be made on the necessary treatment,” said Dortmund in a statement.

Ter Stegen extends Barcelona contract to 2022

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Barcelona (AFP) – German international goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen tied his future to Barcelona by extending his contract with the Catalan giants to 2022 on Monday.

“FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Marc-Andre ter Stegen to extend and improve his contract until June 30, 2022,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona set to confirm Valverde as new coach on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Pellegrino steps down as Alaves boss

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino announced on Monday he will not remain in charge of La Liga side Alaves next season.

Alaves lost out 3-1 to Barcelona in Pellegrino’s last game in charge in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

“I will not be here next season,” said the former Liverpool and Valencia defender.

Juventus the final hurdle to history for Zidane’s Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Even for a man and a club synonymous with European Cup glory, Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid stand on the brink of history in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff.

Since the European Cup was rebranded and expanded into the Champions League in 1992, no team has been capable of defending the trophy.

USA opens football training camp in Colorado

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Chicago (AFP) – Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore highlight a group of 27 players invited to USA Soccer’s training camp as the national team prepares to play two World Cup qualifiers in June.

Dempsey and Altidore are two of 11 players on the invite list who have played in 10 or more FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Atlanta United stops New York City FC, Villa remains at 49

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Atlanta (AFP) – Miguel Almiron scored two goals as the Atlanta United defeated the David Villa-led New York City FC 3-1 on Sunday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Reigning MLS MVP Villa had two shots on goal but failed to score, leaving him one goal shy of his 50th MLS goal.

The former Barcelona striker has been red hot lately, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Orlando City last week.

Pogba on Mecca pilgrimage sends Ramadan greetings

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Riyadh (AFP) – The world’s most expensive footballer Paul Pogba has posted pictures of himself at the holiest site of Islam, days after helping Manchester United to victory in the Europa League final.

He also issued greetings for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Saturday.

Flying French looking good for Italy football repeat

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Seoul (AFP) – France will look to soar into the Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals this week when they take on Italy in a rematch of last year’s U19 European final.

Just 10 months ago, the French thrashed Italy 4-0 to lift the European trophy and they will have little to fear after a perfect tournament in South Korea so far.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield at Wembley

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

Barcelona to make coach appointment on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Critics made me stronger says Mertesacker

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London (AFP) – Per Mertesacker says his key role in Arsenal’s FA Cup final triumph was fuelled by the critics who claimed he was past his best.

With Arsenal’s defence ravaged by injury and suspension, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger handed Mertesacker his first appearance in the starting line-up for 392 days in Saturday’s Wembley showpiece against Chelsea.

Huddersfield vs. Reading Championship playoff final preview and TV times

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Huddersfield Town and Reading will do battle on Monday at Wembley Stadium for the right to take their place in the Premier League next season.

The Championship Playoff Final has come to be known as the most lucrative game in football, with the latest estimates suggesting a success under the iconic arch could be worth as much as £200 million to the victors.

Lorient relegated in France after play-off defeat

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Paris (AFP) – Brittany side Lorient’s stay in France’s Ligue 1 came to an end after 11 years on Sunday as they lost a play-off against second-tier Troyes.

The 0-0 draw at Lorient’s Stade du Moustoir was not enough for them to overturn a 2-1 defeat in the first leg on Thursday, meaning Troyes are promoted back to the top flight after a one-year absence.

Victorious Besiktas retain Turkish title

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Istanbul (AFP) – Besiktas on Sunday retained the Turkish Super Lig title for the first time since the early 1990s as the Istanbul side seek to stamp a new dominance on football in the country.

The Istanbul giants thrashed Gaziantepspor of the southeastern province of Gaziantep 4-0 away to secure the crown, their 15th overall.

Benfica lift Portuguese Cup, secure double

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Lisbon (AFP) – Benfica won the Portuguese Cup on Sunday, beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 in the final to clinch a domestic double after they had earlier retained the league title.

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez put the Lisbon giants ahead early in the second half at the national stadium at Jamor, near the Portuguese capital, following in to score after a Jonas shot had been saved.

Perotti rescues Roma on Totti’s farewell party

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Milan (AFP) – Diego Perotti struck at the death as Roma handed club icon Francesco Totti a farewell to remember with a thrilling 3-2 win at home to Genoa in a packed Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Totti, playing his final game with the capital side after a storied 25-year career that garnered only one league title, was handed a final-day gift when he was called upon to replace Egyptian Mohamed Salah on 54 minutes.

Barca assistant Unzue takes over at Celta

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Enrique’s assistant coach at Barcelona for the past three years, Juan Carlos Unzue will step out on his own next season after being named Celta Vigo coach on Sunday.

Unzue signed a two-year deal to return to the Galicians, where he also served as assistant to Luis Enrique for the 2013/14 season.

Nice will find it hard to hold on to Jean-Michael Seri

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OGC Nice just completed a fairly successful season in Ligue 1. They failed to collect silverware, but the French club did, however, finish in a Champions League qualifying spot for the first time in their history. The qualification into the illustrious competition should help the club secure a contract extension with striker Mario Balotelli and also attract big talent to the French Riviera (as if players needed another reason to live there).

Costa will only leave Chelsea for Atletico

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London (AFP) – Diego Costa claims he will only leave Chelsea to return to Atletico Madrid this summer, turning his back on long-term speculation of a blockbuster move to China.

Costa scored 22 goals this season in firing Chelsea to the Premier League title for the second time in three seasons at the club.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

Trailblazing woman football coach ‘Beef Ball’ Chan quits

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Pioneering female coach Chan Yuen-ting has stepped down a year after making history as the first woman to lead a team to a men’s top flight league title.

The trailblazing Chan, nicknamed “Beef Ball” for her toughness, coached Eastern Sports Club to win Hong Kong’s Premier League last April for the first time in 21 years and led them into this season’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League.

PSG president gives Emery full backing

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says coach Unai Emery’s job is “200 per cent” secure despite the loss of their Ligue 1 crown and failure to make strides in Europe.

Al-Khelaifi was speaking in the aftermath of PSG’s last gasp 1-0 win over Angers in the French Cup final on Saturday.

Wenger in the dark as Arsenal verdict looms

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he remained in the dark about his future after steering his side to a magnificent 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea were chasing a Premier League and FA Cup Double, but instead the double was Arsenal’s: a record 13th FA Cup success and an unprecedented seventh triumph in the competition for Wenger.

Last-gasp own goal hands PSG French Cup

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Paris (AFP) – The unfortunate Issa Cissokho headed agonisingly into his own net in stoppage time to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Angers in the French Cup final at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Extra time loomed at France’s national stadium - where French President Emmanuel Macron was among the spectators - when Cissokho turned an Angel Di Maria corner past his own goalkeeper while under pressure from Blaise Matuidi at the near post.

Messi magic inspires Barca to retain Copa del Rey

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Madrid (AFP) – A Lionel Messi masterclass salvaged some silverware to end Barcelona’s season and gave coach Luis Enrique a victorious send-off as the Catalans retained the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday.

Messi opened the scoring then helped tee up Neymar and Paco Alcacer to lead Barca to a record 29th Cup triumph after Theo Hernandez’s brilliant free-kick had briefly brough Alaves level.

Proud Wenger hails Arsenal’s “spectacular” FA Cup win

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger said Arsenal’s “spectacular” 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was just reward for an outstanding display from his team at the end of a turbulent season.

Wenger’s side could have been forgiven for arriving at Wembley on Saturday at a low ebb after last weekend’s devastating failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Aubameyang seals Dortmund’s German Cup final win

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Berlin (AFP) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a second-half penalty to seal Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday’s German Cup final - on what could be his final Dortmund appearance.

Aubameyang’s calmly taken spot-kick was his 40th goal this season for Dortmund in all competitions and ended Dortmund’s misery after losing the three previous cup finals in Berlin in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Mertesacker returns to inspire Arsenal’s Cup glory

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London (AFP) – Over a year after Per Mertesacker last started for Arsenal, the German defender came in from the cold to provide the inspiration for his side’s dramatic FA Cup final victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

With Arsenal’s defence ravaged by injury and suspension, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger handed Mertesacker his first appearance in the starting line-up for 392 days.

Kean caps stellar season for treble-chasers Juventus

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Milan (AFP) – Teenage starlet Moise Kean came off the bench to score a last-gasp winner with his maiden Serie A goal as Juventus closed their record-setting season with a 2-1 win at Bologna on Saturday.

Fresh from securing a record third successive league and Cup double, Juventus looked to be heading for a disappointing draw after Paulo Dybala levelled Saphir Taider’s superb 52nd minute strike on 70 minutes.

Proud Wenger hails Arsenal’s “spectacular” FA Cup victory

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger said Arsenal’s “spectacular” FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was just reward for an outstanding display from his team as they refused to be divided by a turbulent season.

Wenger’s side could have been forgiven for arriving at Wembley on Saturday at a low ebb after last weekend’s devastating failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Ramsey fires Wenger to record seventh FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Aaron Ramsey scored a 79th-minute winner to earn Arsenal a stunning 2-1 win over Double-chasing Chelsea on Saturday and deliver embattled manager Arsene Wenger a record seventh FA Cup.

Wenger has been barracked by his own fans and failed to secure Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years, but he ends the season by surpassing Aston Villa’s George Ramsey as the FA Cup’s greatest manager.

Celtic win Scottish Cup to clinch treble

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Glasgow (AFP) – A stoppage time strike from Australian international Tom Rogic saw Celtic come from behind to defeat Aberdeen 2-1 to lift the Scottish Cup and seal a historic domestic treble the hard way.

Jonny Hayes gave Aberdeen a ninth minute lead which was quickly cancelled out by Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong two minutes later.

Armed police greet fans at UK sporting events after attack

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London (AFP) – Football supporters arriving at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea were greeted by the sight of armed police days after a terror attack in Manchester.

Robust security measures were in place at major sporting events across the United Kingdom following Monday’s suicide bomb attack after a pop concert killed 22 people and wounded dozens.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 15-21, 2017

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Premier League Championship Sunday viewership on the NBC network saw little change from last season as just 10,000 fewer people watched Arsenal defeat Everton. However, viewership was down 19% when compared to 2015’s final day match between Manchester United and Hull City.

Major League Soccer on ESPN saw a viewership increase of 11% this week as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated expansion side Minnesota United 2-1.

Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) – Prior to Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world’s oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as ‘The Matthews Final’.

Five memorable FA Cup final goals

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London (AFP) – Ahead of Saturday’s Wembley shootout between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, AFP Sport recalls five classic FA Cup final goals:

Kevin Keegan (Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0, 1974)

In legendary manager Bill Shankly’s final game in the dug-out, Liverpool produced a ruthless performance that foreshadowed their dominance of the next decade and a half.

Barcelona seek winning end to Luis Enrique’s reign

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Madrid (AFP) – Gerard Pique wants Barcelona to reward outgoing coach Luis Enrique with a ninth trophy of his three-year spell in charge in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves.

Victory would see Barca lift the Cup for the third straight season under Enrique, but unlike in the past two years it would be Barca’s only major silverware of the campaign.

Where to find Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Alaves on US TV

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Barcelona and Alaves in the Copa del Rey fial, you’ve come to the right place.

After Real Madrid won the 2016/17 La Liga title, Barcelona now has the chance to win the prestigious Copa del Rey trophy if they can overcome Alaves, who are certainly the underdogs.

Where to find Borussia Dortmund vs. Frankfurt DFB-Pokal final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Borussia Dortmund vs. Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal final, you’ve come to the right place.

After a disappointing end of the season for Borussia Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel’s team has an opportunity to win the German Cup in what could be Tuchel’s last game in charge for the yellow and black army.

Wenger invokes spirit of 2005 in FA Cup history bid

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London (AFP) – History-chasing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team will upset the form book and overcome their defensive injury crisis by beating Double hopefuls Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Despite Antonio Conte’s claims to the contrary, Chelsea are the favourites, having already swept to glory in the Premier League and with a fully fit squad at their manager’s disposal.

Where to find the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea on US TV

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

Chelsea and Arsenal will fight it out on Saturday in the FA Cup final live from Wembley Stadium in London. Chelsea will have the chance to win the double if they can get a win.

Clean-living Conte keen for Wembley cigar

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London (AFP) – Health-conscious Chelsea manager Antonio Conte plans to indulge himself with some champagne and a cigar if his side succeed in overcoming Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Conte, 47, does not smoke, generally steers clear of champagne and even eschews carbohydrates, but he will make exceptions if his team manage to complete a Premier League and FA Cup Double.

Mertesacker ready for final despite lack of game time

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London (AFP) – Per Mertesacker has revealed he will go into Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Double-chasing Chelsea without a single minute of reserve-team football following a serious knee injury.

And the German, picked because of a defensive injury crisis, is set to slot into a formation that he admits is entirely unfamiliar to him.

Medals don’t matter to Wenger ahead of FA Cup final

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has revealed he has given away every single medal he has won during his more than 20 years as Arsenal manager.

The Frenchman has the chance to lift the FA Cup for a record seventh time at Wembley on Saturday.

No manager has won more than six finals, with Premier League champions Chelsea standing in the way of Wenger’s bid for a fresh piece of football history

Tony Adams, Wenger’s captain in his first five years at the London club, wrote in his autobiography that he saw Wenger angrily throw his runners-up medal from the 2001 FA Cup final in a bin.

Attack sparks robust security for FA Cup and other sporting events

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London (AFP) – Armed police looked on as thousands watched the Great CityGames in the centre of Manchester on Friday just days after a suicide bomb at a pop concert claimed 22 lives and wounded dozens.

Similar robust security measures will be a feature of English football’s showpiece event the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday and several other high profile sporting events in the weeks to come.

Changes NBC needs to make to improve its EPL coverage next season: 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 28, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• More examples of how Liga MX is dominating soccer on US TV,

• News about FOX’s plans for the Confederations Cup,

• How NBC Sports can improve its Premier League coverage next season,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Argentina crave Sampaoli’s magic touch

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina hope their new coach Jorge Sampaoli’s magic touch, along with returning striker Lionel Messi’s magic skills, will spirit them through a rocky qualifying campaign to the 2018 World Cup.

Sampaoli moved a step closer to taking over the vacant position as Argentina coach on Friday as his current club side Sevilla said it had reached a deal with the Argentine Football Association (AFA).

Monaco’s Silva to join Man City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva is to join Manchester City from French champions Monaco on July 1, the English Premier League club announced Friday.

Silva’s arrival is the first high-profile signing by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Chelsea vs. Arsenal FA Cup Final predicted lineups, preview and TV times

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The curtain will come down on the domestic campaign for top-flight sides in England on Saturday, as Chelsea and Arsenal contest what should be a classic FA Cup final.

Wembley Stadium will host the showpiece, which takes on significance for both teams for very different reasons. Chelsea, having clinched the Premier League title, are seeking to secure the double.

Chinese 50 years off Euro elite – Tevez

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Madrid (AFP) – Carlos Tevez may be reaping the rewards of China’s football boom, but believes standards in his new home fall well below the level he has become accustomed to in a glittering career.

The Argentine, who had spells at Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, joined Shanghai Shenhua on a then world record 38-million-euro ($40 million) salary in December.

FIFA admits North Koreans helped build World Cup venue

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Zurich (AFP) – Football’s world governing body FIFA said Friday it had evidence that North Korean workers had been employed on 2018 World Cup venue construction in Russia.

A FIFA inspection tour to Saint Petersburg in November uncovered information that workers from the Stalinist state were engaged on stadium construction, it said.

Wenger deserves to stay at Arsenal, says Chelsea’s Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte does not believe Saturday’s meeting with Arsenal in the FA Cup final will be Arsene Wenger’s last game as manager of the north London club.

Wenger is yet to extend his contract with Arsenal, which runs out at the end of the season, and has come under fire from fans after failing to secure Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years.

Luis Enrique says could return as Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Luis Enrique will take charge of Barcelona for the final time as coach in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves, but refused to rule out a return to the club in the future on Friday.

Enrique can add a ninth title to a generally successful three-year spell in charge in the final competitive game at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon this weekend.

Antonio Valencia extends Manchester United stay

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London (AFP) – An emotional week in the Manchester United career of Antonio Valencia ended Friday with the announcement he had signed a new contract with the Europa League winners that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019.

The 31-year-old winger cum full back was United’s captain as they won the Europa League - the only major trophy missing from their collection with a 2-0 win over Dutch side Ajax in Wednesday’s final in Stockholm - a match that took place just two days after a suicide bomb in Manchester killed 22 people.

Pablo Zabaleta joins West Ham from Man City

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London (AFP) – Argentina full-back Pablo Zabaleta will join West Ham United from Premier League rivals Manchester City, it was announced Friday.

Zabaleta will formally begin a two-year deal with the London club on July 1, when his City contract expires.

The 32-year-old had already been released by City, for whom he made more than 200 appearances after joining from Espanyol in 2008.

Sevilla reach deal with Argentine FA for Sampaoli

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Madrid (AFP) – Jorge Sampaoli moved a step closer to taking over the vacant position as Argentina coach on Friday as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) reached a deal with his club side Sevilla.

“Sevilla and AFA have reached an agreement in principle to release coach Jorge Sampaoli… so he can take charge as Argentina national team coach,” Sevilla said in a statement.

Chelsea’s Conte says life must go on despite Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack on Friday, but said it should not change the way people go about their lives.

Saturday’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley will take place amid heightened security measures after 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday.

Wenger seeks solace in quest for seventh FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Bruised but unbowed, Arsene Wenger hopes to end the most painful season of his long tenure as Arsenal manager with a record-breaking FA Cup final victory over Double-chasing Chelsea.

Though he has been barracked by his own fans and failed to secure Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years, Wenger can make history by becoming the first manager to win seven FA Cups.

Changeable Costa eyes golden Wembley sunset

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London (AFP) – Never far from the headlines, Diego Costa will look to bring a turbulent season to a doubly triumphant conclusion when Chelsea tackle Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

The quarrelsome Spain international looked to be on the brink of leaving Chelsea for the Chinese Super League in January, but stayed put and contributed 20 goals to their Premier League title success.

Sanchez – the ‘Wonder Kid’ seeking football greatness

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez’s future at Arsenal is in doubt with rumours about a move to Bayern Munich but few Gunners’ fans would begrudge him bowing out with a second FA Cup winners medal.

The 28-year-old Chilean - known as the ‘Wonder Kid’ - has at times this season cut a disgruntled figure venting his spleen at his team-mates after a limpid performance in a 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Bayern in their Champions League last 16 first leg clash.

Luiz happy the risk of coming ‘home’ to Chelsea paid off

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Cobham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea defender David Luiz admits he took a risk leaving Paris St Germain to come ‘home’ but as he prepares for the FA Cup final, having already won the Premier League, it’s a gamble which he believes has reaped dividends.

The 30-year-old Brazilian was a firm favourite in Paris, an established and respected part of a successful team which won back-to-back domestic ‘trebles’ during his two-year stay in the French capital.

PSG want French Cup season swansong

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain will seek to draw their bitter-sweet season to a winning close when they take on unheralded Angers in Saturday’s French Cup final.

PSG missed out on the Ligue 1 title to rivals Monaco, who finished eight points clear at the top of the table to break the Parisians’ hopes of a fifth consecutive trophy.

Allegri look to treble as Serie A bids Totti farewell

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ortisei (Italy) (AFP) – While coach Massimiliano Allegri rings the changes for Juventus ahead of their bid for a historic club treble, Serie A will wave farewell to legendary Francesco Totti in his final game with Roma on Sunday.

Allegri faces arguably the biggest challenge of his career when the Turin giants face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3.

Copa del Rey final last chance to salvage Barcelona’s season

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Madrid (AFP) – Only victory in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves will salvage some pride from Barcelona’s season and give coach Luis Enrique a successful send-off, whilst the Basques dream of lifting the trophy for a first time.

On a night of goodbyes as Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon hosts its final competitive fixture, Enrique will take charge of Barca for the last time.

Gordon confident Celtic will not fall at final Scottish Cup hurdle

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon insists he and his teammates won’t let the pressure of making history affect them as they focus on beating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.

Celtic have secured numerous records this season as they romped to a sixth Premiership title in a row and lifted the League Cup.

Mixed emotions as Madrid waves goodbye to Vicente Calderon stadium

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s mythical Vicente Calderon stadium will soon be history: sad news for supporters of Real Madrid’s rivals but not so for locals who hope the neighbourhood will improve once noisy fans are gone.

This weekend spells the end for the ageing structure that for over 50 years has housed Atletico - not as well known abroad as the world-famous Real Madrid despite fielding players like French star Antoine Griezmann but with a huge following in the Spanish capital.

Crystal Palace ‘talisman’ Zaha signs five-year extension

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace “talisman” Wilfried Zaha has signed a five-year contract extension, the club said on Thursday, after they avoided relegation to ensure a fifth straight season in the Premier League.

Zaha’s new deal comes two days after manager Sam Allardyce, who guided Palace to the safety of 14th after taking over mid-season, quit the club on Tuesday.

FA Cup win can’t mask Arsenal hurt, Oxlade-Chamberlain says

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London (AFP) – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said winning Saturday’s FA Cup final would not banish the hurt of Arsenal missing out on the Champions League.

The England midfielder, 23, is in contention for a place against champions Chelsea at Wembley in what could be manager Arsene Wenger’s last game in charge of the Gunners.

Dortmund eye German Cup, Aubameyang eyes door

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Berlin (AFP) – Hot-shot striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bids to lift his first title with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday amidst growing speculation the German Cup final will be his last appearance for the club.

Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium at 2000 local time (1800 GMT) with Borussia bidding to end their run of three straight defeats in Germany’s showcase final.

Cristiano Ronaldo postpones UK appearance after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has postponed a schedule appearance in London on Saturday following the Manchester terror attack.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, once a Manchester United player, had been due to promote SIXPAD training gear at a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel on Saturday.

Wolfsburg strike first in Bundesliga survival battle

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Berlin (AFP) – Wolfsburg struck the opening blow in their battle to remain in the Bundesliga on Thursday when they defeated neighbours Eintracht Brunswick 1-0 in the first leg of a promotion/relegation play-off.

A Mario Gomez penalty after 35 minutes proved the difference between the two sides who meet in the second leg on Monday.

Europa League victory lifted Manchester – Ferguson

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s Europa League victory gave the city a boost just two days after a devastating suicide bomb attack left 22 dead and dozens injured, claimed legendary former manager Alex Ferguson.

United beat Dutch side Ajax 2-0 in Sweden - goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealing an emotional win and a place in the Champions League next season - to deliver some joy to the city that saw pop concert goers as young as eight killed by the blast.

Navas, Clichy, Caballero and Sagan in Manchester City exodus

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday headed a quartet of players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Silva resigns as Hull manager: club

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London (AFP) – Marco Silva resigned as manager of relegated Premier League side Hull on Thursday, the club announced.

The 39-year-old Portuguese impressed during his stay reviving the club’s hopes of preserving their top-flight status after taking over in January with them in a desperate state.

Silva resigns as Hull manager – club

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London (AFP) – Marco Silva resigned as manager of relegated Premier League side Hull on Thursday, the club announced.

The 39-year-old Portuguese - who Jose Mourinho once described as his ‘kid friend’ - impressed during his stay reviving the club’s hopes of preserving their top-flight status after taking over in January with them in a desperate state at the foot of the table.

Manchester United’s Rooney close to decision on future

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Stockholm (AFP) – England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney says he is just weeks away from revealing where he will be playing next season.

The 31-year-old’s future at the club, where he has spent the past 13 years, and his country, is the subject of intense debate which intensified on Thursday when he was left out of the national squad.

New South Africa football coach Baxter resists shake-up

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) – A predicted shake-up by new South Africa coach Stuart Baxter did not materialise Thursday when the squad was named for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria.

The 63-year-old Englishman had hinted in the media at a more physical approach for the June 10 clash in Uyo, but chose 25 players who featured under predecessor Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba.

Ex-Barcelona football president Rosell held without bail

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Madrid (AFP) – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will remain in prison whilst being investigated for money laundering related to the sale of the Brazilian national football team’s television rights after being denied bail on Thursday.

After hearing Rosell’s testimony before Spain’s National Court on Thursday, Judge Carmen Lamela Diaz considered, in a decision made public by the court, that Rosell posed a flight risk, could destroy evidence and posed a risk of reoffending if granted bail, in a decision made public by the court.

Navas, Clichy and Caballero join Manchester City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously saved three penalties in the shootout win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final, would also be leaving.

Navas and Clichy join Man City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday became the latest players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout.

The duo join veteran Argentinian full-back Pablo Zabaleta in leaving after their contracts ended following an underwhelming campaign that resulted in the first ever trophy-less season for manager Pep Guardiola.

Rooney left out of England squad in latest blow

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney’s international career looks over after England’s all-time top-scorer was Thursday left out of the squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly in France.

The 31-year-old striker has lost his place at Manchester United and was similarly omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad announced in March, although he was carrying a knee injury at the time.

Garry Monk snubs offer and resigns as Leeds manager

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London (AFP) – Garry Monk quit as Leeds United manager on Thursday after a promising first season in charge where they narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs.

The 38-year-old Englishman, who impressed when he took over initially at Swansea before being sacked when they slumped in his second season in charge, had been told by new Leeds chairman and owner Andrea Radrizzani he would have money to invest in the transfer market.

Cryptic Totti message leaves fans guessing

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ortisei (Italy) (AFP) – Roma icon Francesco Totti on Thursday left fans guessing over his impending retirement after declaring he is ready to embrace a “new challenge” after playing his final game with the Serie A club on Sunday.

Totti, 40, confirmed earlier this month that this season, his 25th with the capital club, would would be his last as a player ahead of taking up a management role alongside Spanish sporting director Monchi.

Wayne Rooney left out of England squad in latest blow

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney’s international career looks over after England’s all-time top-scorer was Thursday left out of the squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly in France.

The 31-year-old striker has lost his place at Manchester United and was similarly omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad announced in March, although he was carrying a knee injury at the time.

Lisbon Lions the pride of Scottish football 50 years on

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Glasgow (AFP) – On a hot and sunny afternoon in Lisbon 50 years ago, Celtic sealed their place in history by becoming the first British side to win the European Cup.

The current crop of Celtic stars –- who stand on the verge of clinching a rare domestic treble - may be receiving plaudits for a record-breaking campaign that has seen them go an entire season unbeaten on their way to claiming a sixth title in a row.

Mourinho relishes United’s ‘victory of pragmatism’

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Stockholm (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his side’s season had been a triumph of pragmatism over poetry following their Europa League success against Ajax in Stockholm.

In a poignant match scarred by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester, which left 22 people dead, United prevailed 2-0 via goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to win the tournament for the first time.

China tightens clampdown ahead of football transfer window

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Shanghai (AFP) – The Chinese Football Association has stepped up its fight against spiralling big-money deals for foreign players by announcing prohibitive new curbs, less than a month before the next transfer window opens.

The CFA said loss-making clubs which pay a transfer fee for a new player must invest an equivalent amount in a government-run fund set up to cultivate Chinese youth players and promote football for “the public good”.

Cup win won’t disguise poor season, says Welbeck

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London (AFP) – Danny Welbeck admits that Arsenal’s season will still be a disappointing one even if they win the FA Cup final.

The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in two decades when they finished fifth in the Premier League.

Arsenal take on champions Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday in the final of a competition they won in 2014 and again in 2015.

Tottenham’s Pochettino ‘not going anywhere’ — Levy

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Tottenham executive chairman Daniel Levy on Thursday declared manager Mauricio Pochettino would be staying at Spurs next season, saying: “I’m sure he’s not going anywhere”.

The Argentine’s future has been the subject of speculation after Spurs secured second place in the English Premier League behind champions Chelsea, with Barcelona and Inter Milan reported to be among those interested.

Football: Man Utd’s Varela gets tattoo — and German career over

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Frankfurt am Main (AFP) – Eintracht Frankfurt look set to send Guillermo Varela back to Manchester United after the on-loan defender defied the German club and got a tattoo.

The 24-year-old Uruguayan had the tattoo made on his arm just days before Saturday’s German Cup final and it became infected, ruling him out of Eintracht’s biggest game of the season.

Jose Mourinho restores Manchester United’s winning feeling

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Stockholm (AFP) – Judgement was reserved until the final game of his maiden campaign, but in guiding his club to Europa League glory Jose Mourinho has restored the winning feeling at Manchester United.

There was little sparkling football at Old Trafford this season and despite a 25-game unbeaten run, Mourinho could do no better than a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Liverpool lead Trophy line-up in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Liverpool and Leicester City will compete for the Premier League Asia Trophy along with Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion in Hong Kong in July, organisers said on Thursday.

The biennial pre-season tournament will feature four Premier League teams for the first time, including Leicester, last year’s English champions, and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Wayne Rooney left out of England squad

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London (AFP) – All-time top-scorer Wayne Rooney was Thursday left out of the England squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly against France.

The 31-year-old striker has lost his place at Manchester United and was similarly omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad announced in March, although he was carrying a knee injury at the time, but is now fit.

‘We played for the people who died’ – Pogba

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Stockholm (AFP) – Paul Pogba dedicated Manchester United’s Europa League title triumph on Wednesday to the 22 people killed in Monday’s terror attack in Manchester, defiantly saying: “We played for the people who died”.

An emotional evening in Stockholm began with a moment of silence, in memory of those killed at a concert at Manchester Arena, before goals from Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan clinched a 2-0 victory over Ajax.

Briton pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A 60-year-old British citizen pleaded guilty in New York on Wednesday to money laundering conspiracy in connection with the sweeping corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer.

Costas Takkas, the former Cayman Islands Football Federation general secretary, has been living under house arrest in Florida after initially pleading not guilty and being released on a $1 million bond.

Man Utd fans celebrate triumph after tragedy

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Stockholm (AFP) – A crowd of Manchester United fans were cheering outside a Stockholm stadium on Wednesday as their team won the Europa League, a relief for the supporters after the Manchester terror attack 48 hours earlier.

“It’s fantastic to see them winning. We were always confident that we would win,” said George Malloy, a 69-year-old from Dublin.

Football: Briton pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

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New York (AFP) – A 60-year-old British citizen pleaded guilty in New York on Wednesday to money laundering conspiracy in connection with the sweeping corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer.

Costas Takkas, the former Cayman Islands Football Federation general secretary, has been living under house arrest in Florida after initially pleading not guilty and being released on a $1 million bond.

Wolfsburg football ready to take ‘one final chance’

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Berlin (AFP) – Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo insisted the Bundesliga strugglers are well equipped to avoid relegation ahead of Thursday’s first leg of their play-off against neighbours Eintracht Braunschweig.

Tensions are running high ahead of the derby showdown with Braunschweig, who are eyeing a return to Germany’s top flight after finishing third in the second division.

Pogba sends grieving Man Utd to emotional Europa triumph

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Stockholm (AFP) – Paul Pogba propelled Manchester United towards a 2-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday in a Europa League final rendered heavy with emotion by this week’s terror attack in Manchester.

A night that began with a moment of silence, then applause, in memory of the 22 people who died at Manchester Arena on Monday ended with United completing their trophy collection through goals from Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Silence, applause as Man Utd and Ajax honour Manchester victims

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Stockholm (AFP) – Players from Ajax and Manchester United observed a minute of reflection prior to Wednesday’s Europa League final in memory of the victims of Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.

The two teams stood around the centre circle at Stockholm’s Friends Arena with their heads bowed during a brief period of silence, United’s players sporting black armbands, before fans of both sides burst into applause.

Amsterdam on ‘high alert’ as 120,000 watch Ajax v Man Utd

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The Hague (AFP) – Police were on high alert in Amsterdam Wednesday after the Manchester attack, as more than 120,000 people streamed to the Dutch capital to watch Ajax take on Manchester United in the Europa League final.

The match was being shown live from the Stockholm Friends Arena on a giant screen set up in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Square.

‘Robust’ security for sports events after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Extra armed police will protect Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley and the Epsom Derby - a favourite racing event of Queen Elizabeth - as Britain ramps up security following the Manchester suicide bombing.

There are several high-profile sports events in Britain over the coming few weeks and although there are no specific threats, security will be reinforced after Monday’s attack that killed 22 and injured dozens.

Much-improved football champions Sundowns upset V Club

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa produced one of their finest CAF Champions League performances to upset V Club 3-1 Wednesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Liberian Anthony Laffor, Ivorian Yannick Zakri and Sibusiso Vilakazi scored in wet Kinshasa for a Sundowns side that struggled recently in domestic and African matches.

Man Utd fans shaken but defiant ahead of Europa League final

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Stockholm (AFP) – A group of fans in red Manchester United jerseys kick a football around in a Stockholm park ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final, excited about the match but jittery after the Manchester terror attack earlier this week that left 22 people dead.

“Goal!” shouts Aqeel Kareem as one of his friends volleys the ball into the net, just hours before Manchester United and Ajax face off at Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Hulk flexes muscles in all-Chinese clash

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian forward Hulk scored one goal and set up another as Shanghai SIPG won a megabucks all-Chinese clash 2-1 against Jiangsu Suning in the AFC Champions League’s last 16 on Wednesday.

Hulk made his muscular presence felt with a bustling performance which terrorised the Jiangsu defence and put Andre Villas-Boas’s SIPG in the driving seat ahead of next week’s return leg.

Newcastle sign Ghana star Atsu permanently

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ghanaian international midfielder Christian Atsu’s performances for Newcastle United in regaining their Premier League status earned him a permanent move from champions Chelsea on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old - who scored five goals in 32 Championship appearances as the Rafael Benitez-coached Magpies topped the table - signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Mertesacker primed to answer Arsenal Cup final SOS

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London (AFP) – World Cup-winning central defender Per Mertesacker says he is fit to make his first start in more than a year when Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The 32-year-old German, who retired from international football a month after winning the 2014 World Cup, will arrive at Wembley with just 37 minutes of action under his belt this season following knee surgery last summer.

Chelsea’s John Terry dismisses criticism over controversial farewell

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Cobham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Defiant Chelsea captain John Terry on Wednesday brushed off criticism of his controversial farewell substitution at Stamford Bridge which caused a furore in the English media.

The 36-year-old central defender - who will leave Chelsea in the close season after 22 years at the club - was given a guard of honour by his teammates last weekend when he was substituted after 26 minutes (the same as his squad number) during a 5-1 final-day victory over Sunderland in the Premier League.

Bilbao’s Valverde coy on Barcelona link

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Madrid (AFP) – Ernesto Valverde said Wednesday there were clubs chasing him but refused to say if one of them was Barcelona, amid reports he is poised to be appointed head coach at the Camp Nou.

The 53-year-old Spaniard resigned as Athletic Bilbao boss on Tuesday and Spanish media reports he should be named as successor to outgoing Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Monday.

Chelsea cancel victory parade after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Champions Chelsea cancelled Sunday’s Premier League victory parade saying it was “inappropriate” after the Manchester suicide bombing that left 22 dead and over 60 wounded.

“Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester,” said a statement.

Russia remains unfit to host World Cup

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday, visiting the stadium of the city’s Russian Premier League side and surveying the scene in the country ahead of the upcoming Confederations Cup.

It was a polished occasion. Infantino smiled and posed for photos with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, and proceeded to stamp his approval on Russia’s preparations for its hosting role this and next summer.

Russia scrambles to save face with Confed Cup football looming

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Moscow (AFP) – The new World Cup stadium in Saint Petersburg was meant to boast a state-of-the-art pitch and be a showcase for Vladimir Putin’s Russia when it hosts the 2018 football bonanza.

Instead the $800 million venue, which took a decade to build, has caused more embarrassment than pride as Russian authorities scramble to salvage its pitch less than a month before it hosts the opening match of the Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm-up tournament.

Grief-torn Man Utd summon nerve for final test

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Stockholm (AFP) – Manchester United will attempt to put aside their grief on Wednesday in a Europa League final against Ajax scarred by the deadly terror attack in their home city.

What should have been a showpiece occasion will instead carry a sombre tone, with players joining together for a pre-match minute’s silence in memory of the 22 people killed at Manchester Arena on Monday.

China’s Tianjin shoot down Diego Costa swoop rumours

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Shanghai (AFP) – China’s Tianjin Quanjin appear to have shut the door on a rumoured megamoney swoop for Chelsea’s Diego Costa or any other “excessive” spending, amid a government crackdown on high-priced foreign imports.

The Brazilian-born Spain striker has since January been the subject of repeated speculation that he could join Super League club Tianjin when China’s summer transfer window opens next month and become the latest in a wave of big-money foreign signings.

United icon Cantona to Manchester: ‘I suffer with you’

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London (AFP) – Manchester United legend Eric Cantona issued an emotional video tribute to the 22 people killed in Monday’s suicide bombing at a pop concert in the city he called home for five years.

The 51-year-old Frenchman, who has turned his hand to acting since retiring from football aged just 30, earned the nickname “King Eric” from United fans during his enormously successful time at the club in 1992-97.

Amsterdam on ‘high alert’ for Ajax vs Man Utd

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The Hague (AFP) – Police in Amsterdam are on high alert after the Manchester attack with large crowds set to gather outdoors to watch Wednesday’s Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United.

The match will be screened live from the Stockholm Friends Arena on a giant screen set up in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Square, with up to 100,000 Ajax fans expected to turn out.

FA Cup final is about Arsenal not me, says Arsene Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger insists that Saturday’s FA Cup final is about much more than him and his future, and revolves instead around Arsenal’s drive to beat Premier League champions Chelsea and end a troubled season on a high note.

The 67-year-old Frenchman has constantly refused to give a definitive answer on whether his current contract, which expires at the end of the season, is to be renewed.

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

The Argentina international and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were in July 2016 found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.

Huddersfield vs Reading: Betting odds for £170m Championship Playoff Final

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Huddersfield Town and Reading will go head-to-head at Wembley on Monday in the Championship Playoff Final, with 90 minutes between the sides and potential promotion to the Premier League.

The annual clash at the national stadium is regularly labelled as a match worth £170 million, given the substantial riches the victor will receive by competing in English football’s top tier the following season.

Where to find Man United vs. Ajax Europa League Final on US TV and streaming

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

The winner of the Manchester United and Ajax match in the Europa League final will automatically qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, which means there’s much more riding on this game than usual.

Valverde quits Athletic Bilbao with eye on Barca

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Madrid (AFP) – Ernesto Valverde resigned from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday with the hope of taking over at Barcelona next season, a goal Spanish media take as a given.

“Ernesto Valverde will not continue as manager of the premier team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 season,” the Basque club said in a statement.

Allardyce quits as Crystal Palace manager

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London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce announced Tuesday he was stepping down as Crystal Palace manager after just five months at the helm of the Premier League club for family reasons.

The 62-year-old, who was previously in charge of England for just one game, said he had “no ambitions to take another job”.

Man Utd chief Woodward says team ‘numb’ after Manchester attack

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Stockholm (AFP) – A “numb” Manchester United will honour the victims of the Manchester bomb attack with a minute’s silence and black armbands at Wednesday’s Europa League final, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said Tuesday.

United flew out to Sweden with Manchester still reeling from an attack which left 22 people dead and 59 injured after a bomb went off following the end of a pop concert by American singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Australia’s Kewell new manager of fourth-tier Crawley

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London (AFP) – Australia’s Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town, it was announced Tuesday.

The former Leeds United and Liverpool forward, 38, was in charge of Premier League club Watford’s Under-23 team before leaving the Hornets last month.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Koke to stay at Atletico until 2024

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has extended his contract by five years in a deal that will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2024, the La Liga club announced Tuesday.

The 25-year-old, capped 32 times by Spain, has spent his whole career at Atletico after coming through their youth system.

Relegated Bastia lose forfeit appeal

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Paris (AFP) – Bastia’s appeal over their punishment following last month’s abandoned Ligue 1 game against Lyon, which included forfeiting the match, was rejected by the French Football Federation (FFF) on Tuesday.

The league’s disciplinary commission awarded Lyon a win and ordered Bastia’s stadium to be closed for two games after home fans twice invaded the pitch and attacked Lyon players.

Europa League final has lost ‘glow’ – Ajax coach

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax will not be the same following the deadly terror attack in Manchester, the Dutch club’s coach Peter Bosz said on Tuesday.

“What happened in Manchester is something that we all feel at Ajax,” Bosz told his pre-match press conference at Stockholm’s Friends Arena.

Turkey star Tufan released after arrest in car probe

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul police on Tuesday detained Turkish international and Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan in a probe into the illegal import of luxury cars, releasing the football star after questioning.

Prosecutors in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy issued 46 arrest warrants for suspects including Tufan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Manchester victims in United’s ‘minds and hearts’ – Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said the victims of a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester were in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as United prepare for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Advocaat to start Dutch rescue mission in June

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The Hague (AFP) – Dick Advocaat will take up his role as the new Dutch coach next month, officials said Tuesday, as he looks to salvage the country’s faltering 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 69-year-old is returning for a third spell in charge of the Netherlands, who are fourth in Group A ahead of the visit of minnows Luxembourg in just over a fortnight.

Russia gets Infantino approval over World Cup prep

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA chief Gianni Infantino told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday he was satisfied with Russia’s preparations ahead of hosting the Confederations Cup in June and the 2018 World Cup.

“I’ve always been convinced that Russia will meet all of its obligations - now we can see the concrete facts,” RIA Novosti news agency quoted Infantino as saying in the southern city of Krasnodar in comments translated into Russian.

Mourinho says Manchester victims in United’s ‘minds and hearts’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said the victims of a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester were in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as United prepare for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Paulinho puts Evergrande in sight of last eight

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Paulinho’s late strike put Guangzhou Evergrande in the driving seat as they beat Kashima Antlers 1-0 in the first leg of their AFC Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder struck on 75 minutes to reward heavy pressure from Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Evergrande, who lifted the Asian title in 2013 and 2015.

Mourinho says Manchester attack victims in United’s ‘minds and hearts’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said the victims of a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester were in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as United prepare for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Manchester attack overshadows Europa League final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s preparations for Wednesday’s Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Manager Jose Mourinho led his players in a solemn minute’s silence on United’s Carrington training pitches west of Manchester city centre and said the club had been deeply affected by the tragedy.

Vidal urges Bayern to sign Arsenal’s Sanchez

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal has urged Bayern Munich’s bosses to sign his Chile international team-mate Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal after the Gunners missed out on a Champions League place next season.

Sanchez scored 24 league goals for the Gunners in 2016/17, but it was not enough to secure Champions League qualification as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League.

Manchester attack scars Europa League final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s preparations for Wednesday’s Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

United manager Jose Mourinho led his players in a solemn minute’s silence on the club’s Carrington training pitches to the west of Manchester city centre.

Di Maria, Pastore homes raided in PSG tax probe

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Paris (AFP) – Investigators raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of the club’s Argentinian stars Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore on Tuesday in a tax fraud probe, legal sources said.

French prosecutors launched the investigation in December following revelations by the “Football Leaks” website concerning financial transactions and other details involving top football players.

Asia to beat Africa to World Cup football win – James

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – Asia has overtaken Africa and now looks the more likely continent to produce a World Cup-winning team, according to the former England goalkeeper David James.

Speaking at the World Football Forum in Changsha, James said Asia’s financial clout and passion would propel it to the forefront of the game in the coming decades.

Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe

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Barcelona (AFP) – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was arrested on Tuesday in a money laundering operation related to image rights in the Brazilian national football team, a police spokesman told AFP.

The operation was mainly carried out in the north-eastern region of Catalonia and for the moment “there are four or five detainees, including the former president of Barca, Sandro Rosell, and his wife,” the police spokesman said.

Nose op rules Germany’s Sane out of Confederations Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Manchester City winger Leroy Sane on Tuesday became the latest Germany player to miss next month’s Confederations Cup in Russia after ruling himself out because of surgery on his nose.

“I would like to be in Russia but after consultation with the doctors I have decided to use the summer break for this procedure so that I can start the new season problem-free,” he told DFB.

Beckham ‘heartbreak’ as Manchester clubs pay tribute to victims

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Football star David Beckham spoke of his “heartbreak” as former club Manchester United and local rivals Manchester City came together Tuesday to pay tribute after 22 people including children were killed in a suspected suicide bombing in the northern English city.

Man Utd cancel Europa League press conference after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Manchester United cancelled their pre-match press conference in Stockholm on Tuesday ahead of the Europa League final after a bomb attack in Manchester killed 22 people, including children.

“Due to the tragic events in Manchester last night and the effect that this has had on everyone here at our club and within our city, we have decided to cancel this evening’s pre-match press conference in Stockholm,” United said in a statement, on the eve of the final.

Turkey international Tufan held in luxury car probe

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Istanbul (AFP) – Istanbul police on Tuesday detained Turkish football international and Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan and several other suspects in a probe into the illegal import of luxury cars, state media said.

Prosecutors in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy issued 46 arrest warrants for suspects including Tufan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Mourinho bets the house on Europa League glory

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London (AFP) – Though he denies it, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has gambled the club’s season on the outcome of Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

Having missed out on Champions League qualification via the Premier League, United must beat Ajax at the Friends Arena to secure a return to Europe’s elite competition.

Sputtering Pogba seeks Stockholm salvation

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London (AFP) – Following a season of fits and starts, Paul Pogba will be expected to deliver the goods when Manchester United tackle Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Much like his team, Pogba has shown only fleeting flickers of form since his world-record £89.3 million ($116 million, 103.

Dolberg leads impressive new Ajax generation

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Teenage striker Kasper Dolberg has drawn comparisons with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and there are shades of the celebrated 1990s vintage in his youthful Ajax side that faces Manchester United in Wednesday’s Europa League final.

Ajax lifted the Champions League in 1995 with a sophisticated brand of football played by the likes of young stars Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, and the De Boer brothers.

Conte picks up award from peers

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte’s achievement in coaching Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge saw him named manager of the year by his peers, the League Managers Association (LMA), on Monday.

The 47-year-old Italian - who performed a similar feat at Juventus in his first season with them in 2011/12 - could land the domestic double if Chelsea beat Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Juventus sign Cuadrado on permanent deal

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Rome (AFP) – Champions League finalists Juventus have signed Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado on a permanent deal from Chelsea, the Italian champions announced Monday.

“Following the meeting of the conditions provided by the contract, its obligation to definitively acquire the registration rights of Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea became due,” said Juve, who will play Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3.

Trophyless Porto part ways with Nuno

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Lisbon (AFP) – FC Porto, without a trophy in four seasons, on Monday parted ways with coach Nuno Espirito Santo, appointed in June 2016 at the end of another disappointing campaign.

The northern Portugal team, which won nine league titles between 2003-13 as well as enjoying European success in winning the 2004 Champions League and two UEFA Cup/Europa League trophies, said it had come to a mutual agreement with the Portuguese coach, a 43-year-old former goalkeeper at the club.

Griezmann says six out of 10 chances of United move

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Paris (AFP) – French international striker Antoine Griezmann said Monday he had a six out of 10 chance of moving to Manchester United from Atletico Madrid.

After saying a transfer to the English Premier League was “possible”, 26-year-old Griezmann was asked to rate the possibility out of 10.

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 12 of the 2017 season

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There were weak midweek match turnouts in Chicago and Dallas. Philly and Salt Lake had middling reported attendance midweek. Fairly strong showings for the rest of the midweek matches, as well as on the weekend. Orlando and San Jose continue to report sellouts in their new homes..

After the first 131 matches, the average attendance is down 1.

Iraqi fans jubilant as international football returns

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Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – Ali, a jubilant 24-year-old, is finally in the stands himself for an international football match in Iraq - the first to be held in the country in years.

“Before, I watched these matches on TV. Today I’m at the stadium,” says Ali, wearing an Air Force Club jersey and a flag bearing the team’s falcon emblem around his neck.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 12 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. LAFC Makes A Splash

Los Angeles Football Club doesn’t have a coach, doesn’t have senior players, and doesn’t kick off their first MLS season for another nine months. But it’s becoming clear that LAFC could be one of MLS’ banner franchises as soon as next year.

Villar wins eighth term as Spanish FA president

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar was reelected for an eighth term on Monday after being unopposed in elections.

Villar, a long-term UEFA and FIFA vice-president, has been head of the Spanish FA for the past 28 years and was reelected with 112 votes in favour, with 11 abstentions and six spoiled ballots, the RFEF confirmed.

Moyes resigns as Sunderland manager – club

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London (AFP) – David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland manager following their relegation from the Premier League, the club announced on Monday.

The 54-year-old Scot was appointed last July and oversaw a desperate season that saw Sunderland finish 16 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.

Moyes resigns after Sunderland relegation

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London (AFP) – David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland manager following their relegation from the Premier League, the club announced on Monday.

The 54-year-old Scot was appointed last July and oversaw a desperate season that saw Sunderland finish 16 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.

Portsmouth approve sale to ex-Disney boss Eisner

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London (AFP) – The Pompey Supporters’ Trust (PST) has voted in favour of allowing former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner to buy Portsmouth, the English fourth-tier club announced on Monday.

The trust, which took control of Portsmouth in 2013, holds a 48.5 percent stake in the club and has three members on the board of directors.

Conte sets Chelsea’s sights on league-cup double

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has immediately turned his attention to matching fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti by winning the ‘Double’ in England after his record-breaking team were presented with the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The west London club, crowned champions of England for the sixth time in their history, enjoyed a party after two goals from substitute Michy Batshuayi and strikes from Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro saw them come from 1-0 down to beat Sunderland 5-1 on an emotionally-charged last day of the Premier League season.

Arsenal hurt by ‘horrendous’ atmosphere: Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said an “absolutely horrendous” atmosphere had been partly responsible for his club’s failure to secure a Champions League place for the first time in 20 years.

Speaking after a 3-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the Premier League season, Wenger accepted that uncertainty over his future as manager, which has divided fans, had polluted the air at the Emirates Stadium.

Conte in crosshairs for England’s mighty managers

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London (AFP) – Left in the starting blocks by Chelsea’s Antonio Conte this season, the Premier League’s all-star cast of super managers will be desperate to hit the ground running in 2017-18.

The 2016-17 title race was billed in some quarters as a shootout between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal heading the chasing pack.

Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Hrustic makes Australia squad for football World Cup qualifier

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Sydney (AFP) – Dutch-based youngster Ajdin Hrustic was a surprise pick in Ange Postecoglou’s 30-man squad named Monday for Australia’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia followed by the Confederations Cup.

The 20-year-old Melbourne-born Groningen winger could make his debut in a squad that contains 24 overseas-based players and just six from the domestic A-League for the match at Adelaide Oval on June 8.

Thousands flock to Madrid as Real celebrate La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) – Thousands of Real Madrid fans, many decked in the famous white team jersey, converged in the centre of the Spanish capital to celebrate the club’s 33rd league title after a 2-0 win over Malaga on Sunday.

Elated fans cheered and lit flares when the squad arrived on an open-top bus bearing the word “Campeones” (champions) on the side at the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles, as confetti rained down.

Villa scores twice as NYCFC shuts out Orlando City

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Orlando (AFP) – Reigning MLS MVP David Villa scored twice as New York City FC posted a 3-0 victory over Orlando City, which suffered its first loss at home this season.

The former Barcelona striker opened the scoring on a first-half penalty kick, set up when Orlando’s Kaka was called for a handball.

Kinshasa FOOTBALL cauldron awaits struggling Sundowns

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Johannesburg (AFP) – One of the last places in Africa any coach wants to take a struggling side is the Stade des Martyrs in Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa.

When packed to its 80,000 capacity, the venue ranks among the most intimidating football cauldrons imaginable.

What next for Barcelona after losing La Liga?

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona face a summer of reconstruction after their grip on the La Liga title was ended by newly crowned champions Real Madrid.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five key issues the Catalans have to address in the coming months to gain ground on their rivals from the Spanish capital.

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho bets house on Europa League glory

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London (AFP) – Though he denies it, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has gambled the club’s season on the outcome of Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

Having missed out on Champions League qualification via the Premier League, United must beat Ajax at the Friends Arena to secure a return to Europe’s elite competition.

Stan Kroenke rules out Arsenal sale

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London (AFP) – Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke responded Monday to speculation about a possible takeover by insisting his company KSE UK’s shares in the English Premier League club “are not, and never have been for sale”.

In a brief statement to the London Stock Exchange, headlined “Response to media speculation”, KSE said: “KSE UK Inc notes the recent media speculation concerning its shareholding in Arsenal Holdings PLC and confirms that its shares are not, and never have been, for sale.

Proud Rodgers doubts record will be repeated

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodger hailed his side’s “special” achievement after they became the first Scottish Premiership club to go unbeaten through a 38-game season.

Celtic wrapped up their league campaign with a 2-0 victory over Hearts as second-half goals by Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong ensured Celtic ended up with a record of played 38, won 34 and drew four.

Liverpool deserve Champions League football, says beaming Klopp

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was as delighted as the club’s success-starved fans after his side’s 3-0 win over Middlesbrough secured a top-four finish and a Champions League play-off spot on Sunday.

Brilliant strikes from Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana guaranteed a place in next season’s qualification play-off as Klopp’s men overcame some early nerves to show their class on the last day of the season.

Five games that won Real Madrid La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid’s five-year wait to win La Liga came to an end on Sunday as they edged out rivals Barcelona by beating Malaga 2-0.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five key fixtures that tilted the title race in the European champions’ favour.

Atletico Madrid 0 Real Madrid 3, November 19

Zinedine Zidane’s men travelled across the Spanish capital top of the table, but still much-criticised for their performances early in the season and missing a host of key players through injury.

Allegri wants treble after Juventus win record scudetto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri called on the Turin giants to complete a historic treble in the Champions League final after securing a third successive league and Cup double on Sunday.

“This season was much different to last season. Now, we have the dream of the Champions League final, which you don’t get to play every year,” Allegri said after a 3-0 win over Crotone wrapped up a sixth straight Serie A title.

Five key players in Real Madrid’s title triumph

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid ended a five-year drought without a La Liga title by winning the Spanish top flight for a record 33rd time with a 2-0 win over Malaga on Sunday.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five of the players central to the success of Zinedine Zidane’s men over the course of the season.

Zidane gets sacrifice from Galacticos to make Madrid champions

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane’s transformation of Real Madrid from crisis club to champions has been rooted not in the glamour of relying purely on ‘Galactico’ talent, but fostering a team spirit and never say die attitude.

Madrid sealed a first La Liga title in five years on Sunday - and 33rd in total - with a 2-0 victory at Malaga to bring a halt to Barcelona’s domination of domestic matters having won six of the previous eight titles.

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid won their 33rd La Liga title and first for five years as Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40th goal of the season helped seal a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday.

Ronaldo got Madrid off to the perfect start after just two minutes before Karim Benzema’s close range finish sealed the title 10 minutes into the second-half.

Premier League 2016-17 — the five best matches

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London (AFP) – Folowing the conclusion of the 2016-17 season on Sunday, AFP Sport selects the five best games of the Premier League campaign:

Arsenal 3 Liverpool 4 (August 14)

Kicking off the season in style, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool left Arsenal with what would become a familiar sinking feeling.

Wolfsburg go from beating Real to brink of relegation

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Berlin (AFP) – Wolfsburg have one final chance to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga after the 2009 champions went from stunning Real Madrid to the brink of Germany’s second division inside 13 months.

In April 2016, Wolfsburg produced a superb display to shock Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real 2-0 in their home leg of last season’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Premier League 2016-17: the five best goals

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London (AFP) – Following the conclusion of the 2016-17 season on Sunday, AFP Sport selects the five best goals of the Premier League campaign:

Dimitri Payet (West Ham United 1-1 Middlesbrough)

Payet became a pariah at West Ham after forcing through a move to his former club Marseille in January, but he left the club’s fans with one last shimmering memory of his talent.

Simeone staying put at Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Simeone stressed on Sunday he will remain as Atletico Madrid coach next season after the Spanish giants waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Simeone has transformed Atletico’s fortunes over the past five-and-a-half years and promised to stay to see the club move into their new 67,000 Wanda Metropolitano home next season.

Premier League 2016-17: five offbeat moments

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London (AFP) – After the 2016-17 Premier League season concluded on Sunday, here are five offbeat moments that raised a smile during the campaign:

Lineker honours underpants vow

Former England striker Gary Lineker fulfilled his promise to mark Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League triumph by wearing his underpants on national television.

Puel booed as Stoke condemn Saints to final-day defeat

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Southampton manager Claude Puel was booed by his own fans as visitors Stoke City won 1-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday’s final day of the Premier League season.

Officials at Southampton had already revealed plans to review the Frenchman’s future at the end of the season and Puel’s cause will not have been helped by the side’s failure to score for a fifth straight home match.

Five keys to Juventus’s record sixth straight scudetto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Five keys to Juventus’s title success this season:

Recruitment

Juventus’s path to a record sixth consecutive ‘scudetto’, and a possible treble of trophies, has been a steady work in progress but the Turin club’s recruitment policy, particularly last summer, was key.

Allegri wants treble after Juventus’ record scudetto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri called on the Turin giants to complete a historic treble in the Champions League final after securing a third successive league and Cup double on Sunday.

“This season was much different to last season. Now, we have the dream of the Champions League final, which you don’t get to play every year,” Allegri said after a 3-0 win over Crotone wrapped up a sixth straight Serie A title.

Pogba returns to score goal packed with emotion for Machester United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Paul Pogba proved his fitness, and scored a goal which he dedicated to his late father, as the youngest Manchester United line-up in Premier League history ended the season with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Josh Harrop, one of four full league debutants in Jose Mourinho’s side, opened the scoring although the manager was clearly more interested in safeguarding players ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League Final against Ajax in Stockholm.

Vardy salvages Leicester against Bournemouth

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jamie Vardy rescued Leicester City as the deposed Premier League champions ended their rollercoaster season with a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Twelve months after being crowned kings of English football at the climax of an incredible title-winning campaign, Leicester brought down the curtain in far more sedate fashion at the King Power Stadium.

International football returning to Iraq

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Baghdad (AFP) – After a years-long absence predominantly due to security concerns, international football will return to Iraq when the country hosts a second-round match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

Defending Cup champions Air Force Club and Al-Zawraa - both Iraqi teams - will face off at Franso Hariri Stadium in the autonomous Kurdish region’s capital Arbil on Monday night for the first international match to be held in the country since 2013.

Chelsea’s Terry bows out of Stamford Bridge in style

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London (AFP) – John Terry was given an emotional farewell by fans at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as record-breaking Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1, including two goals from substitute Michy Batushuayi, on the day they were presented with the Premier League trophy.

The champions had to come from behind on the last day of the league campaign after Javier Manquillo put relegated Sunderland ahead, but they did so in style with Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro also on the scoresheet.

Klopp relief as Liverpool secure Champions League spot

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Liverpool (AFP) – Brilliant goals from Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana secured Liverpool a spot in next season’s Champions League play-off round after a 3-0 win over relegated Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Due to Chelsea’s dominance this term the final weeks of the season have seen attention switch from who could win the Premier League to which teams might squeeze into the prized top four.

Ayew nods West Ham to victory at Burnley

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Andre Ayew scored a second-half winner and made the other with a backheel as West Ham finished a disappointing Premier League season with a 2-1 victory at Burnley on Sunday.

Sam Vokes scored his 10th goal of the campaign to hand Burnley the lead at Turf Moor on 23 minutes, but Sofiane Feghouli responded with a swift equaliser for the Hammers.

Torres gives Atletico dream Calderon farewell

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Madrid (AFP) – Fernando Torres was the fitting match winner as Atletico Madrid waved goodbye to their Vicente Calderon stadium by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Sunday.

Atletico were playing their final competitive match at their home for the past 50 years before moving to the new 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the other side of Madrid next season.

‘Most difficult day’ for Terry in Stamford Bridge exit

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London (AFP) – Chelsea legend John Terry’s final appearance at Stamford Bridge ended with his team-mates forming a guard of honour as he exited in the 26th minute of the Premier League clash with Sunderland.

The 36-year-old - the time of his premature departure chiming with his shirt number - was visibly moved when he was replaced by Gary Cahill, who has also stepped in and skippered the team on the pitch to the title this season.

Llorente ensures Swansea end season on high note

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Fernando Llorente’s 10th goal in his last 11 home appearances sealed Swansea’s come from behind 2-1 win over West Brom to end a turbulent Premier League season on a bright note on Sunday.

The 32-year-old former Spanish international striker added to Ghanaian Jordan Ayew’s goal to extend Swansea’s unbeaten run to five - taking 13 points from a possible 15 - which came at the most opportune time to save them from the drop.

Lallana helps Liverpool secure Champions League spot

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Liverpool (AFP) – Brilliant goals from Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana secured Liverpool a spot in next season’s Champions League play-off round after a 3-0 win over relegated Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Due to Chelsea’s dominance this term, the final weeks of the season have seen attention switch from who could win the Premier League to which teams might squeeze into the top four.

Kane hits hat-trick as Tottenham sign off in style

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Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane helped himself to a second hat-trick in four days as ruthless Tottenham Hotspur smashed relegated Hull City to end the Premier League season in style.

England striker Kane finishes with 29 league goals, winning the Golden Boot ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Wenger and Arsenal’s Champions League run ends

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London (AFP) – Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years to renew scrutiny of Arsene Wenger despite a 3-1 victory over Everton on Sunday.

Liverpool’s victory over Middlesbrough condemned Arsenal and manager Wenger to a fifth-place finish, making this the first season since 1996-97 to conclude with the club having not secured a place in Europe’s elite competition.

Rampant Manchester City seal third place

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City cruised into next season’s Champions League as they took third place in the Premier League thanks to a 5-0 rout of woeful Watford on Sunday.

Needing a point to be certain of qualifying for the Champions League, Vincent Kompany put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead after only five minutes at Vicarage Road.

Stuttgart, Hanover return to Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Stuttgart and Hanover 96 will be back in the Bundesliga next season after sealing their promotion from the second division on Sunday.

Stuttgart’s 4-1 thrashing of Wuerzberg confirmed them as second division champions, two points clear of Hanover, whose 1-1 draw at Sandhausen was enough to finish ahead of Eintracht Braunschweig.

Mandzukic, Dybala fire Juve to record scudetto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – First-half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala, and a late header from Alex Sandro sealed a 3-0 win over Crotone to hand Juventus a record sixth consecutive Serie A title Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men took a one-point lead over Roma into their penultimate game of the league campaign and needed a win to secure the title.

Unstoppable Celtic go through season unbeaten

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic became the first Scottish Premiership club to go unbeaten through a 38-game season when they defeated Hearts 2-0 on Sunday to win the league by a mammoth 30 points.

Second-half goals by Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong ensured they didn’t slip up on the last day, as Celtic ended up with a record of played 38, won 34 and drew four.

Zverev stuns Djokovic to win Rome Masters

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Rome (AFP) – Germany’s Alexander Zverev stunned four-time champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 to win the Rome Masters on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Zverev claimed his maiden Masters 1000 title after becoming the youngest player in a decade to reach a final at this level and will move to 10 in the world as a result of his impressive victory.

Chelsea legend Terry exits to guard of honour

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London (AFP) – Chelsea legend John Terry’s final appearance at Stamford Bridge ended with his team-mates forming a guard of honour as he exited in the 26th minute of the Premier League clash with Sunderland.

The 36-year-old - the time of his premature departure chiming with his shirt number - looked visibly moved when he was replaced by Gary Cahill, who has also stepped in and skippered the team on the pitch to the title this season.

Mourinho names Man Utd’s youngest ever Premier League line-up

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho selected Manchester United’s youngest ever Premier League starting line-up as he rested his senior stars for Sunday’s domestic season finale against Crystal Palace.

With United due to face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, Mourinho made no attempt to conceal his desire to keep his key players fresh for the Stockholm showpiece.

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

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Malaga vs. Real Madrid, you’ve come to the right place.

This is it. It’s your chance to watch Real Madrid lift the trophy for the 2016/17 La Liga season if they can get a draw or a win in Malaga. If Los Blancos lose and Barcelona wins, then the championship will go to Barca.

Guardiola wants more goals from Manchester City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has warned his players they must be more clinical in front of goal or they will fail to close the gap on Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur next season.

And the Manchester City manager also hopes that Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne will help in that aim by shedding his tag as the Premier League’s nearly man in the goalscoring stakes.

Champions Monaco sign off with Rennes win

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco capped their French title-winning season with a record 12th consecutive victory after beating Rennes 3-2 on Saturday, while Bastia and Nancy were both relegated from Ligue 1.

Fabinho tucked home a rebound to give Monaco a first-half lead at Roazhon Park, and defender Jemerson added a second from a corner shortly after the interval.

Sampaoli’s Sevilla sign-off with five-goal flourish

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Madrid (AFP) – Vitolo and Franco Vazquez each scored twice as Sevilla ended their season with a 5-0 thrashing of Osasuna in what is expected to be Jorge Sampoli’s last game in charge.

Sampaoli has publicly recognised his desire to take the vacant role as Argentina boss to aid the two-time world champion’s faltering World Cup qualification campaign.

Salah, El Shaarawy strike as Roma keep Juventus waiting

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Milan (AFP) – Mohamed Salah and Stephan El Shaarawy fired a double apiece and Edin Dzeko struck late as Roma put Juventus’s title celebrations on hold with a 5-3 win at Chievo on Saturday.

Roma travelled to Verona knowing defeat, coupled with a Napoli draw against Fiorentina, could hand Juventus a record sixth consecutive title before the Turin giants host relegation-haunted Crotone on Sunday.

Salah, El Shaarawy strike as Roma keep Juve waiting

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Milan (AFP) – Mohamed Salah and Stephan El Shaarawy fired a double apiece and Edin Dzeko struck late as Roma put Juventus’s title celebrations on hold with a 5-3 win at Chievo on Saturday.

Roma travelled to Verona knowing defeat, coupled with a Napoli draw against Fiorentina later, could hand Juventus a record sixth consecutive title before the Turin giants host relegation-haunted Crotone on Sunday.

Aubameyang brace fires Dortmund into Champions League

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Berlin (AFP) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-3 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday to finish as the Bundesliga’s top-scorer and seal his side’s direct Champions League place on a dramatic final day of the season.

Aubameyang finished with 31 goals, one more than Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who failed to score in the champions’ 4-1 home win over Freiburg.

DISH Network offers free TV mounting for new customers

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For a limited time, new DISH Network subscribers can receive a free TV mounting (valued at $200) when you sign up to become a customer through World Soccer Talk.

From personal experience, mounting a flatscreen television on a wall is a difficult task unless you’ve done it before. But by signing up to DISH, they’ll send out professional installers to make the process as smooth as possible when you become a customer.

Title Real Madrid’s to lose: Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid have all they can ask for with just one La Liga game of the season to go and that is the destiny of the title in their own hands, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday.

Madrid lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and just need to avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to be assured of a first La Liga title in five years.

Wenger looks for salvation as top four race reaches climax

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger will be praying for an unexpected slip from Liverpool or Manchester City as Arsenal try to salvage their traumatic Premier League campaign by snatching a Champions League berth in Sunday’s season finale.

Rocked by Arsenal’s failure to live up to his expectations and battered by mounting criticism from furious fans, Wenger has been under fire like never before in his 21-year reign - and the lowest moment of all is likely to come at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Madrid on verge of long-awaited title

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid are poised to win a first La Liga title in five years on Sunday as Zinedine Zidane’s men hold a three-point lead over Barcelona heading into the final day of the season.

Barca need to beat Eibar at home to have any chance of a third straight title in outgoing coach Luis Enrique’s farewell to the Camp Nou.

Brown the heart behind Celtic dominance – Rodgers

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says captain Scott Brown’s leadership on the pitch has been the catalyst behind his side’s remarkable season with more records perhaps set to fall.

The champions are looking to become the first team to end a 38-game Scottish Premiership campaign unbeaten and will break the league points record if they avoid defeat in Sunday’s season finale against Hearts.

Champs Chelsea savour title festivities

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London (AFP) – Chelsea’s extended victory parade will reach a climax with the trophy presentation when Sunderland arrive at the home of the Premier League champions on Sunday.

Having wrapped up the title with two games to go, Antonio Conte’s side have been able to see out the season in comfort, although Monday’s 4-3 victory over Watford confirmed they were certainly not running down the campaign quietly.

Football: Icardi in, Aguero out for Argentina

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi will spearhead Argentina’s attack against arch-rivals Brazil next month but there was no place in the squad for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi replaces Aguero in a squad believed to have been chosen by Jorge Sampaoli, the Sevilla coach who is poised to take over Argentina in a bid to rescue their World Cup hopes.

Axed Sam Allardyce reveals England hurt

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London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce says he could not bear watching England play even on television after he lost his job as manager of the national side following a newspaper sting.

Now in charge at Premier League Crystal Palace, Allardyce lasted just 67 days and one match as England boss.

Where to find Millwall vs. Bradford League One Playoff Final on US live streaming

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

The winner of the League One Playoff Final between Bradford City and Millwall will advance to the EFL Champiosnhip, so it’s a huge match between two big clubs in England. Expect a very open game with plenty of passion and a wonderful atmosphere at Wembley Stadium.

Wenger’s Arsenal enter last-chance saloon

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes the thorny issue of his future will not prove a distraction when his side attempt to squeeze into the Champions League against Everton on Sunday.

Wenger’s future remains unresolved and he said on Friday he expects a decision to be announced after a board meeting that will take place in the days following the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27.

Wenger ‘sad’ for Adams ‘paper bag’ jibe

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he felt “sad” that his former captain Tony Adams claimed the Frenchman “couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag”.

Wenger has come under fire from many quarters as his team struggle to make the Champions League next season with even a win over Everton on Sunday not certain to guarantee a spot in Europe’s elite tournament.

Brazil recall Luiz for Argentina, Australia friendlies

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil coach Tite on Friday recalled Chelsea defender David Luiz to his squad for two upcoming friendlies despite his team having secured nine wins in nine games without him.

The former PSG defender last played for Brazil in March 2016 when Dunga was still at the helm and he was blamed for two errors in a 2-2 draw with Uruguay.

Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

Beckham Miami stadium faces June 6 deadline – report

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Miami (AFP) – David Beckham is set to learn next month whether his long-gestating plans for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami will come to fruition, it was reported on Friday.

The Miami Herald said the Miami-Dade County Commission would rule on June 6 whether or not to approve the transfer of a three-acre site valued at $9 million that is key to a proposed stadium project.

Usmanov makes bid to buy Arsenal — report

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London (AFP) – Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has made a $1.3 billion (£998 million, 1.1 billion euros) bid to take control of Arsenal from rival majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, according to a Financial Times report on Friday.

Uzbekistan-born Usmanov owns 30 percent of the Premier League club and is said to have recently made the offer in a letter to Kroenke, who controls a 67 per cent stake.

Roma’s Spalletti set to rain on Totti party

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Rome (AFP) – Francesco Totti’s 25th and final season at Roma could finish with a whimper after coach Luciano Spalletti hinted the club “legend” could be benched for the final two games of his storied career.

One-club man Totti, 40, is scheduled to take a management role alongside sporting director Monchi at the Serie A giants when brings his playing career at home to Genoa on May 28.

German policewoman is first top-flight female football ref

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Berlin (AFP) – A 38-year-old German policewoman will next season become the first female referee in Europe’s top leagues after she was promoted to officiate in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Bibiana Steinhaus has previously been a fourth official for Bundesliga matches and although a German FA (DFB) referee since 1999, she knows the spotlight will be on her when she takes charge of a top-flight game.

German cop is first top-flight female football ref

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Berlin (AFP) – A 38-year-old German policewoman will next season become the first female referee in Europe’s top leagues after she was promoted to officiate in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Bibiana Steinhaus has been a fourth official for Bundesliga matches and although a German FA (DFB) referee since 1999, knows the spotlight will be on her when she takes charge of a top-flight game.

Pep Guardiola not keen on diving clampdown

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has questioned the need to ban players for diving, suggesting instead that it would be better to concentrate on giving Premier League referees help by using more video technology.

Guardiola believes referees need more assistance from television because they find it difficult to keep up with play because the game is so quick.

Chelsea boss Conte plans fitting farewell for ‘champion’ Terry

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte is planning a fitting farewell for John Terry as the Chelsea legend prepares for his Stamford Bridge send-off against Sunderland on Sunday.

Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of this season and his last appearance at Stamford Bridge, in a blue shirt at least, promises to be an emotional experience for the defender.

United kids need more time admits Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United’s youngsters are not ready for their sudden introduction to the Premier League against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Mourinho intends to play a weakened side against Palace in a bid to keep his senior stars fit and fresh ahead of the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday.

Former Newcastle youth coach charged over sexual abuse allegations

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London (AFP) – Former Newcastle youth team coach George Ormond has been charged with 29 counts of historical sexual offences, English prosecutors said on Friday.

Ormond, who was a coach at the Montagu and North Fenham boys’ club which fed players to Newcastle United, is facing allegations ranging over two decades from 17 complainants, all of whom are male, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Sevilla coach Sampaoli wants Argentina job

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said Friday it had been a childhood dream to coach his native Argentina, but acknowledged any move from the La Liga club was “not in my hands”.

The 57-year-old has had an impressive debut season in Europe with Sevilla sitting fourth in La Liga and he is perceived as the perfect fit to rescue Argentina’s foundering World Cup qualifying campaign.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp primed to spend to boost squad

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday the club has spoken to potential signings and he is determined to bring in “a few” new faces in the summer.

A win over relegated Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday will ensure a return to the Champions League for Liverpool - the German called it “the icing on the cake”.

Borussia Dortmund to hold Tuchel talks over future

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund will hold showdown talks with coach Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season, amid reports that Nice manager Lucien Favre will take over.

Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke denied Tuchel’s fate was already sealed but relations between the pair have become publicly strained since the bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus on April 11.

Secure scudetto now, says treble-chasing Allegri

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Rome (AFP) – Coach Massimiliano Allegri has urged treble-chasing Juventus to settle nerves ahead of their Champions League final with Real Madrid next month by securing the Serie A title, and another league and Cup double, on Sunday.

With only two Champions League titles to their name in eight attempts, the Turin giants are determined to make amends for their 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in 2015 when they face 11-time champions Real in Cardiff on June 3.

Celtic boss demands new Scottish Premier records from ‘Invincibles’

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Glasgow (AFP) – Brendan Rodgers hailed his exceptional Celtic side as they edged closer to completing a record-breaking campaign.

The Hoops smashed through the 100-goal barrier in the league with a 5-0 thrashing of Partick Thistle at Firhill on Thursday.

A Leigh Griffiths penalty opened the scoring before Australian international Tom Rogic slid in a second and Roberts’ stunning strike made it 3-0 before half-time.

Marseille, Bordeaux bid for final Europa League spot

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Paris (AFP) – With Monaco, PSG, Nice and Lyon guaranteed to finish in the top four in France’s Ligue 1, the remaining point of interest is between Marseille and Bordeaux, bidding for the final Europa League spot.

Champions Monaco and runners up PSG are in the Champions League group phase, Nice in the third qualifying round, Lyon are in the Europa League while a point separates fifth-placed Marseille and Bordeaux in sixth.

Chinese football league urged to keep order after flare-ups

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – A senior official called for “good order” between the Chinese Super League’s foreign and domestic players after allegations of racism and violence among a number of flare-ups involving top stars.

Zhang Jian, senior vice-president and general secretary of the Chinese Football Association, said the league needed balance between home-grown players and the highly paid foreigners, whose ranks have swelled this season.

Bundesliga: 5 things to look out for

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich bid farewell to two giants of the game and the race to be Bundesliga’s top-scorer goes to the wire. Here are five things to look for in Saturday’s final round of German matches:

Beer showers, tears in Munich

For the fifth season in a row Bayern will be presented with the Bundesliga trophy at the Allianz Arena following the final whistle against Freiburg with emotions set to run high.

Legends Lahm, Alonso bow out with Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich will farewell two giants of the game on Saturday when World Cup winners Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso retire from professional football.

Bayern’s game at home to Freiburg promises to be an emotional afternoon as the Bundesliga champions lift the trophy for the fifth successive season.

Special Kane not for sale, vows Pochettino

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino insists there is no chance Harry Kane will be allowed to leave Tottenham after his “special” striker’s four-goal blitz in the 6-1 rout of Leicester.

Kane is odds on to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season thanks to his lethal display at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.

Roberts brace helps bring up Celtic century of goals

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Glasgow (AFP) – Patrick Roberts’ double helped champions Celtic break the 100 goal barrier for the season with a 5-0 thrashing of Partick Thistle on Thursday in their Scottish Premiership clash.

A Leigh Griffiths penalty opened the scoring before Australian international Tom Rogic slid in a second and Roberts’ stunning strike made it 3-0 before half-time.

Kane moves into top gear to be leading scorer

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane’s first ever four-goal haul propelled him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with the Tottenham striker in the “driving seat” to finish top scorer when the final league games are played on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, whose goals along with a double from Korean star Son Heung-min saw this season’s runners-up hammer last year’s champions Leicester 6-1, added he hoped Hugo Lloris could also win the Golden Glove for the least goals conceded when they round off their league season at relegated Hull.

Wilmots recalls Kalou, Doumbia for Ivory Coast

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Abidjan (AFP) – New Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots on Thursday tempted Salomon Kalou out of international retirement and recalled fellow striker Seydou Doumbia in a 27-man squad to face the Netherlands and Guinea next month.

Hertha Berlin’s Kalou had quit the national team after defending champions Ivory Coast crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations this year in the first round.

Four-goal Kane eyes golden boot after crushing Leicester

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane staked his claim to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer with a scintillating four-goal blast in Tottenham’s 6-1 demolition of Leicester on Thursday.

Although Tottenham were unable to overhaul champions Chelsea in the title race, Mauricio Pochettino’s vibrant young side look certain to make a renewed challenge next term and Kane is the figurehead of that bright future.

Hughes and Tonks get Scotland tour calls

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London (AFP) – Rory Hughes and Greig Tonks were added Thursday to Scotland’s tour squad after Saracens wing Sean Maitland withdrew because of injury.

Maitland damaged ankle ligaments in an English Premiership defeat by Wasps two weeks ago and missed the London club’s European Champions Cup final win over Clermont at Murrayfield last Saturday.

Barcelona bumped to beIN SPORTS Connect in anticipation of Real Madrid title-winning game

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beIN SPORTS has bumped Barcelona from beIN SPORTS en Español to beIN SPORTS Connect in anticipation of Real Madrid winning the title on Sunday in their match against Malaga.

Originally, the Barcelona-Eibar game on Sunday was scheduled to air on beIN SPORTS en Español but on late Thursday afternoon, beIN SPORTS made the decision to push the Barca game to the streaming beIN SPORTS Connect platform in order to show Malaga-Real Madrid on both beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 38

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NBCUniversal presents “Championship Sunday,” with all 10 matches presented live simultaneously on 10 different NBCUniversal television networks this Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. ET. In addition, TELEMUNDO and NBC UNIVERSO will each televise one match in Spanish, and all 10 matches will be streamed on NBCSports.

Football World Cup will attract 1.3 mn fans – Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – Up to 1.3 million fans will visit Qatar during the 2022 World Cup, an official said Thursday, equivalent to half the Gulf country’s population.

Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure with the body organising Qatar’s World Cup, also said that for the first time in tournament history many of the fans would come from outside Europe and South America.

Forest bought by controversial Greek Marinakis

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London (AFP) – Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis who is accused of match-fixing in Greece where he is the owner of giants Olympiakos bought two-time European Cup winners Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

The 49-year-old - who heads up a consortium with compatriot Socrates Kominakis - has also been accused in the past of being involved in the bombing of a bakery owned by a referee although no action was taken.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 8-14, 2017

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Mexican soccer continued to dominate American television as the Liguilla began this past week. Saturday’s match between Monterrey and Toluca drew 1.3 million viewers on Univision to make it the most-watched soccer match of the week. The following day, Chivas and Atlas drew 1.2 million viewers to become the most-watched game that day.

Presale codes announced for Man United vs. Man City game in Houston, Texas

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Tickets for the Manchester derby between Manchester United and Manchester City will go on sale to the general public on May 23, but you can jump ahead of the line by purchasing tickets through the presale - if you know the code.

Manchester United F.C. and Manchester City F.C. will face off in the Manchester Derby at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Thursday, July 20 as part of the 2017 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken®.

Air-conditioned Qatar World Cup stadium ready

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Doha (AFP) – With a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks-off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venue on Friday.

The Khalifa International Stadium - complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup - will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final.

England FA to bring in retrospective diving bans

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London (AFP) – England’s governing Football Association has voted in favour of bringing in retrospective bans for players who dive or feign injury from next season.

Thursday’s annual general meeting at Wembley saw the FA create a new offence of “successful deception of a match official”, which is based on a regulation already used in Scottish football.

Allardyce backs Mourinho over ‘lack of help’

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London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce backed Jose Mourinho’s complaint about the Premier League failing to move Manchester United’s match against Crystal Palace to help their preparations for the Europa League final.

United finish their league campaign at home to Palace on Sunday, three days before they face Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm.

Germany’s Loew wants 2021 Confed Cup scrapped

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew said he would “not be sad” if the Confederations Cup is scrapped for 2021, warning his stars are playing too many international tournaments.

Loew has effectively selected a Germany B team for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia from June 17 to July 2, naming just three members of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Swedish top-flight football game postponed after fixing attempt

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Stockholm (AFP) – Thursday’s top-flight clash between Swedish giants Gothenburg and AIK was postponed after at least one player was threatened and told to fix the result.

There have been several similar incidents in Swedish football in the past but none involving the first division.

The 4 biggest PFA Team of the Year snubs

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It seems that when the PFA Team of the Year is announced every year, a debate ensues. This year is no different. The 2016/17 PFA Team of the Year consisted of: David de Gea, Kyle Walker, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose, Eden Hazard, Dele Alli, N’Golo Kante, Sadio Mane, Harry Kane, and Romelu Lukaku.

France coach Deschamps lashes out at ‘pitiful’ Karim Benzema

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Paris (AFP) – Didier Deschamps took a swipe at Karim Benzema on Thursday as the French coach again left the Real Madrid forward out of his 26-man squad for three key matches next month.

The 29-year-old Benzema has not figured for France since October 2015 over allegations of his involvement in a sex-tape scandal featuring midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

Money pit traps are harsh lesson for future football stars

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London (AFP) – When even international stars like former England goalkeeper David James are declared bankrupt it should make young footballers, suddenly flush with mind-boggling riches, sit up and take notice of the perils that lie ahead.

James, who won 53 caps for England and lifted the 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth earning an estimated £20million (23.

Future stars on show as wide-open U20 football World Cup kicks off

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Seoul (AFP) – The FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off in South Korea on Saturday and looks wide open after the 2015 champions Serbia and beaten finalists Brazil both failed to qualify.

Some of the world’s top young footballing talent will be on display with more than 500 players in 24 teams taking part, but the bookmakers are split on who to make favourites.

Nikolic scores twice in Chicago Fire shutout Colorado

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Chicago (AFP) – MLS scoring leader Nemanja Nikolic scored twice as the Chicago Fire routed the Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium.

Midfielder David Accam also scored for the Fire who improved to 5-3-3 and have outscored their two opponents 7-1 in the last four days.

World Cup hooligan threat ‘fake’ – Russian official

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Changsha (China) (AFP) – A top organiser of Russia’s World Cup dismissed the threat of hooliganism as “overblown” and “fake” on Thursday despite concerns after Russian fans went on the rampage at Euro 2016.

Alexander Djordjadze, deputy CEO of the Russia 2018 organising committee, gave assurances that fans would be safe at next year’s tournament and blamed negative media coverage for stirring up controversy.

Sweden postpones football game after match fixing attempt 

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Swedish Football Federation postponed Thursday’s top-flight game between Gothenburg and AIK following a match-fixing attempt.

“This is a very serious attack against Swedish football and we will never, never accept this,” Hakan Sjostrand, secretary general of the federation, said in a statement.

Sweden postpones football game after match-fixing attempt

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Stockholm (AFP) – Swedish football authorities postponed Thursday’s top-flight game between IFK Gothenburg and AIK following a match-fixing attempt that included “veiled threats”.

An AIK player had been offered “a large sum of money” in exchange for trying to ensure that they lose, the Swedish Football Federation said.

‘Don’t kill me’ for playing kids, begs Mourinho

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says the Premier League’s unwillingness to help Manchester United prepare for their Europa League final will force him to pick youth players against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

United finish their league campaign against Palace at Old Trafford before facing Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm next Wednesday, a game they must win to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Cash in or keep going – what next for Monaco?

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Paris (AFP) – For Monaco, after the euphoria of a league title won in brilliant style will come the realisation that this could be the start of a glorious era.

A thrilling young team coached by Leonardo Jardim clinched the Ligue 1 title on Wednesday, ending Paris Saint-Germain’s recent domination of the French game.

Treble-chasing Juventus beat Lazio to Italian Cup

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Rome (AFP) – Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci struck one apiece as treble-chasing Juventus secured a record third successive Italian Cup with a 2-0 victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.

Juventus, who won a league and Cup double the past two seasons, can clinch a record sixth consecutive Serie A title - and a record third double - with victory at home to Crotone on Sunday.

Monaco claim first French football title in 17 years

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Monaco (AFP) – Teenage star Kylian Mbappe helped Monaco secure their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years with his 15th goal of the season in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at home to Saint-Etienne.

The 18-year-old raced clear of the visiting defence to nervelessly roll in the opening goal after 19 minutes at the Stade Louis II as Paris Saint-Germain’s four-year reign as French champions came to an end.

Looking ahead to summer of soccer on US TV and streaming: 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 27, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Soccer games to look forward to on TV and streaming this summer,

• FOX and the NBC go ‘all in’ on Bundesliga and Premier League coverage this weekend,

• Univision announces UEFA Champions League coverage details,

• The latest soccer TV ratings,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Ronaldo double puts Real Madrid within point of title

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid moved to within one point of winning La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to down Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday.

The European champions lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and now need to just avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to secure their first league title in five years.

Romero at the ready in Manchester United stalemate

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Romero displayed some eye-catching pre-Europa League final form by saving a penalty as Manchester United drew 0-0 at Southampton in their penultimate Premier League game on Wednesday.

United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Romero will start against Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday and his early save from Manolo Gabbiadini helped the visitors stop the rot after successive losses to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Telemundo announces Confederations Cup commentators, analysts and presenters

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Telemundo has announced their all-star lineup of commentators, analysts and presenters for this June’s coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The tournament, which will include Chile, Germany, Mexico, Portugal and other nations, will be shown live in Spanish-language across Telemundo, Universo and streaming platforms.

FIFA U-20 World Cup TV schedule for viewers in the US

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FOX Sports (English-language rights) and NBC Sports (Spanish-language rights) present the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Tournament taking place in South Korea from May 20 to June 11. Twenty-four teams are divided into 6 groups of 4 teams, including the USA Under-20 team which has been paired up with Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Senegal in Group F.

Dutch football star Kuyt retires after Feyenoord triumph

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The Hague (AFP) – Former Dutch international Dirk Kuyt announced his retirement on Wednesday, three days after his hat-trick steered Feyenoord their first Eredivisie title in 18 years.

“Throughout my career I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too,” Kuyt said in a statement on Feyenoord’s website.

Mazzarri to step down as Watford manager

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Walter Mazzarri’s tenure as Watford manager has ended after just one season as the club said on Wednesday he would be leaving after Sunday’s final Premier League match against Manchester City.

The 55-year-old Italian - who replaced Quique Sanchez-Flores after he was fired at the end of last term - has endured a poor end of season although they put up a spirited performance in the 4-3 defeat by champions Chelsea on Monday.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino pledges immediate future to club

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London (AFP) – Tottenham fans can look forward to at least another season under charismatic Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino after he committed himself to staying on on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old - who cut his coaching teeth first in La Liga with Espanyol and then at Premier League side Southampton - told a press conference he could not leave even if he wanted to as there is no buy out clause in his contract.

Where to find Juventus vs. Lazio Coppa Italia Final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch the Coppa Italia final between Juventus and Lazio, you’ve come to the right place.

In the United States, GolTV has exclusive TV rights to the Coppa Italia final so you can either watch the game on the English-language GolTV or the Spanish-language GolTV en Español.

A-League star on drugs charges

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Sydney (AFP) – A-League star and former Socceroo Mitch Nichols has been charged with drug possession after a police swoop on a Sydney pub, it emerged Wednesday.

Police allege they found three bags of a white powder, believed to be cocaine, on a 28-year-old when they raided a nightclub with sniffer dogs on Saturday evening.

China probes Hulk incident, Lavezzi off the hook

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Shanghai (AFP) – China’s football authority said Wednesday it is investigating Brazilian star Hulk’s alleged altercation with a rival club’s staffer, but it saw “no malicious intent” in a separate racially-charged row involving Argentina’s Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Both South American players, who are among the growing crop of highly paid foreign stars in China’s cash-rich Super League, have been embroiled in race-related incidents in recent weeks.

Chinese take over Premier League-chasing Reading

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London (AFP) – Chinese investors who failed in their bid to buy Hull City last year have succeeded in taking over Reading, who are one win away from the Premier League.

Brother and sister Dai Yongge and Dai Xiuli snapped up 75 percent of the Championship club with the previous Thai owners retaining a 25 percent stake.

Lewandowski eyes ’30+’ goal-mark to break Bundesliga record

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski aims to better his record of 30 league goals in a season and beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Bundesliga’s top-scorer title on Saturday.

His two-goal haul in Bayern’s thrilling 5-4 win over RB Leipzig last Saturday left Lewandowski one ahead of Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund with one game left.

Wenger won’t give up in top four race

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can still salvage their turbulent season by defying the odds to snatch a Champions League place on the final day.

Wenger’s side kept alive their faint hopes of qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition as Alexis Sanchez’s double clinched a 2-0 win over relegated Sunderland on Tuesday.

Guardiola tells Man City some home truths

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola said Manchester City’s home form must improve next season if they are to challenge for honours after they beat West Bromwich Albion in their last home game.

Guardiola’s first season in English football will end at Watford on Sunday with the Catalan failing to win silverware for the first time in his stellar managerial career.

Kane has great expectations for Spurs

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane has backed Tottenham Hotspur to shake off their reputation as title chokers and finally win the Premier League next season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side came up short in the title race for the second successive year after Chelsea repelled their determined challenge in the same way Leicester City frustrated them 12 months ago.

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

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Celta vs. Real Madrid, you’ve come to the right place.

beIN SPORTS will present exclusive U.S. coverage of Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid. ‘Los Merengues’ will be seeking a victory in this midweek match in order to grab a lead over their eternal rivals FC Barcelona as they both head into La Liga’s final weekend of play.

Where to find Sheff Wed vs. Huddersfield Championship semi-final 2nd leg on US live streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Sheffield Wednesday vs. Huddersfield Town, you’ve come to the right place.

The winner of the Championship semi-final second leg will find themselves one game away from being promoted to the Premier League. After both teams ended the game 0-0 in the first leg, there’s everything to play for in the second leg, which will be shown via live streaming in the US.

Benzema slams Valbuena over sex-tape saga

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Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema lashed out at his former international teammate Mathieu Valbuena on Tuesday, laying the blame for the fallout of a sex tape scandal squarely on the shoulders of the alleged victim.

Both men missed the Euro 2016 tournament on home soil after an investigation was launched into alleged blackmail in a sex-tape scandal which is likely to go to court in France later this year.

Zabaleta bows out as Manchester City climb to third

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City edged ever closer to a guaranteed place in next season’s Champions League after an entertaining 3-1 win over West Bromwich at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure scored the goals for Pep Guardiola’s side and barring a freak combination of results on the final day of the league season, City will finish in the top four.

NBC Sports finalizes TV schedule for final day of Premier League season

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NBC Sports has finalized the TV schedule for the final day of the 2016/17 Premier League season, which will feature 10 games shown live across NBC’s network of TV channels.

The major game that will be featured on the flagship NBC network is Arsenal against Everton, which will be a decisive game as the Gunners try to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Lacazette can join ‘club of his heart’, say Lyon

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Lyon (AFP) – Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said Tuesday he would allow star striker Alexandre Lacazette to leave and join “the club of his heart”, but to that club and no other.

The France striker is thought to be in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid, although the Spanish club are awaiting a Court of Arbitration (CAS) ruling to lift a transfer ban on them.

US star Morgan in doubt for women’s Champions League

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Lyon (AFP) – American star Alex Morgan faces a race against time to recover for the women’s Champions League final on June 1 after suffering a thigh injury for Lyon at the weekend.

The forward hurt herself in Saturday’s 3-0 league victory over Paris Saint-Germain, the same team Lyon will face in a fortnight for the European title in Cardiff.

FOX to broadcast final day of Bundesliga season across FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus

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FOX Sports will broadcast the final day of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season live across the FOX network, FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus.

The “all in” coverage of the Bundesliga will include the game between Bayern Munich and Freiburg on the over-the-air FOX network, as well as the relegation battle between Hamburg and Wolfsburg on FS1, while Dortmund-Werder Bremen will be on FOX Soccer Plus and, lastly, all of the other games will be shown on FS2 via the MultiMatch 90 format.

Barca president sitting tight despite Neymar trial

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted Tuesday he would remain in his post despite his upcoming date with a judge concerning the Neymar transfer case.

“To all those who have said that the management team or myself are thinking about resigning, I say we haven’t the slightest intention of doing so,” the 54-year-old Bartomeu told the clubs stake-holding fans known as ‘socios’.

Pope reminds Cup final stars of duties to young

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Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Tuesday received a group of footballers from Juventus and Lazio on the eve of their Italian Cup final clash.

The 80-year-old pontiff, a keen player himself in his youth and a fan of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo, told the players they had a “great responsibility towards youth.

Olympiakos charged over ‘tunnel bust-up’

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Athens (AFP) – Greek champions Olympiakos are in the dock over an alleged tunnel bust-up at half-time in a Super league match last month against Platanias.

Olympiakos are charged by the Greek football federation’s prosecutor of “violating a number of articles of the disciplinary code of the federation.

Univision shares details about UEFA Champions League and Europa League coverage

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With so much news and attention focused on what Turner Sports will do with their coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League when they take the rights away from FOX Sports in August 2018, there hasn’t been as much focus on how much of a big deal the Spanish-language rights to the same competitions will be for Univision Deportes.

Falcao, Coentrao in Spanish tax evasion lawsuits

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors said Tuesday they had filed lawsuits against Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao for allegedly hiding millions of euros in income from the tax office.

AS Monaco’s Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.

Lyon to appoint sporting director to assist under-fire Genesio

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Lyon (AFP) – Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas on Tuesday defended under-fire coach Bruno Genesio while at the same time announcing the recruitment of a new sporting director.

Lyon - Europa League semi-finalists - are fourth in Ligue 1 and have failed to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Grieving Pogba to miss Southampton trip

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London (AFP) – Paul Pogba will miss Manchester United’s game at Southampton on Wednesday after being granted compassionate leave following the death of his father, manager Jose Mourinho has revealed.

“I don’t think (he will be available),” Mourinho said, in comments published on the United website on Tuesday.

‘We have won nothing yet’ Zidane warns Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid must hold their nerve in the La Liga title run-in coach Zinedine Zidane warned on Tuesday ahead of the catch up game against Celta Vigo.

Real are level on 87 points with bitter rivals Barcelona but because Barca enjoy a better head-to-head record Zidane’s charges need four points from their two remaining ties with Vigo and Malaga at the weekend.

Spurs’ Rose has knee surgery after setback

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose has undergone exploratory surgery on his left knee after a setback in his recovery, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

The England international, 26, sustained medial ligament damage during Tottenham’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland on January 31.

Mata eager for Manchester United to build momentum

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London (AFP) – Juan Mata believes it is imperative Manchester United win their final two Premier League games to make sure they are in peak condition for their Europa League final against Ajax.

United’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday means they can no longer finish in the top four and leaves the Europa League final in Stockholm on May 24 as their last chance of securing Champions League qualification.

Where to find Arsenal vs. Sunderland on US TV and streaming

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

The race for the top four in England is coming to a close, and Arsenal still has a chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. They’ll have to overcome Sunderland at home in front of what could be a boycott by many supporters of Arsenal.

Conte expects Chelsea great Terry to play on

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expects departing captain John Terry to play beyond the end of the season, despite the former England centre-back hinting he may retire.

Speaking after scoring in Chelsea’s 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday, their first outing since winning the Premier League, Terry said: “I still haven’t ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring.

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

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

The race for the top four in England is coming to a close, and Manchester City is the pole position to guarantee qualification for the UEFA Champions League if they can win their final two games since they have a much better goal difference than Arsenal.

Man Utd and Man City to meet in Houston

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London (AFP) – Manchester United and Manchester City will face off in a friendly in Houston, Texas in July in the first Manchester derby on foreign soil, the two clubs announced on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho’s United and Pep Guardiola’s City will meet at Houston’s NRG Stadium on July 20 as part of the International Champions Cup friendly tournament.

Man United predict record revenue for 2017

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London (AFP) – Manchester United predicted a record rise in annual revenue to between £560 million ($721.8 million, 652.4 million euros) and £570 million in their latest quarterly financial figures released on Tuesday.

United had previously told investors to expect revenue of between £530 million and £540 million for the 2016-17 financial year.

Treble-chasing Juventus need focus for Lazio Cup final

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Foligno (Italy) (AFP) – Massimiliano Allegri has called for treble-chasing Juventus to make amends for failing to secure the Serie A title last weekend, by beating Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.

Juventus, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3, needed just a point at Roma on Sunday to secure a record sixth consecutive Italian league title.

Where to find Reading vs. Fulham Championship semi-final 2nd leg on US TV and streaming

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

The winner of the Championship semi-final second leg will find themselves one game away from being promoted to the Premier League. After both teams ended the game 1-1 in the first leg, there’s everything to play for in the second leg, which will be shown on US television and streaming.

Chelsea legend Terry undecided about playing future

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London (AFP) – Chelsea icon John Terry scored in what is likely to be his penultimate game for the newly-crowned champions and suggested unless a good offer came along he might retire after Sunday’s final Premier League match.

The 36-year-old - who has spent 22 years at the club winning 15 trophies including this season’s title - opened the scoring in the 4-3 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge his 67th goal in 716 appearances for the Blues.

I’d have been sacked at ‘big club’, says Manchester City boss Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has suggested the results of his first season as Manchester City manager would have seen him sacked by either Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Guardiola won 14 trophies in four seasons as manager at the Nou Camp, and seven in three years with Bayern.

Fabregas foils Watford in Chelsea title party

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London (AFP) – Substitute Cesc Fabregas scored an 88th-minute winner as new Premier League champions Chelsea edged Watford 4-3 in a richly entertaining game at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

John Terry, who will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, crowned his 716th game for the club with the opening goal, but was then at fault as Etienne Capoue equalised.

Cavani wins French players’ player of the year

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani was voted French players’ player of the year on Monday with Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe winning the under-21’s title.

Cavani has flourished in the absence of departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and has notched up 35 league goals so far since moving into the centre forward slot from the wing where he was exiled while the giant Swede was around.

Men’s football ‘decades behind’ women’s on equality issues: FA chairman

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London (AFP) – Men’s football is “probably a couple of decades” away from being as socially inclusive as the women’s game, the chairman of England’s Football Association said Monday.

Greg Clarke, speaking on Monday at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality charity Stonewall’s ‘Rainbow Laces’ summit at Old Trafford, said there was something “not right” about the men’s game in this area.

Puyol kicks off ticket sales for U-17 WC in India

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New Delhi (AFP) – Spanish football legend Carles Puyol launched ticket sales for the Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi Monday, as India prepares to host the FIFA event - its first ever - in October.

The former Barcelona defender is on his first visit to India to promote the hotly-anticipated tournament, and enthralled fans in a friendly game with children at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.

Chelsea’s Luiz makes no secret of Double dream

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London (AFP) – Chelsea defender David Luiz accepted he would be a “liar” to say he was ignoring the prospect of winning a Premier League and FA Cup ‘Double’ with the Blues.

The Blues are already halfway to that achievement after wrapping up the Premier League title ahead of their FA Cup final against London rivals Arsenal on May 27.

Shearer right about ‘pathetic’ Sunderland: Moyes

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London (AFP) – Sunderland manager David Moyes said Monday he had no defence to former England striker Alan Shearer’s damning criticism of his relegated side after their inept display during a defeat by Swansea.

The Black Cats, who play Arsenal in the penultimate match of a miserable Premier League season on Tuesday, offered minimal resistance in a 2-0 defeat by Swansea at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light last weekend in a result that secured the Welsh club’s top-flight status.

Argentina defender Demichelis to retire

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Madrid (AFP) – Malaga’s Argentina international Martin Demichelis announced Monday he will retire after next weekend’s final match of the season, a La Liga title decider for opponents Real Madrid.

“Alas, this day arrives for all of us. I’ve been thinking about it for a while because I’ve always been concerned about the end of my career as a professional footballer,” Demichelis told a press conference.

South Africa football coach stresses winning mentality

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) – England-born Stuart Baxter was officially unveiled as South Africa coach Monday on a five-year contract and said winning was all that mattered.

Asked at a media conference in Soweto if he would encourage players to nutmeg opponents in the South African penalty area, he replied: “No, I would not.

Guardiola wants winning send-off for Manchester City’s Zabaleta

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pablo Zabaleta deserves a victorious finale to mark the end of his nine-year Manchester City career, manager Pep Guardiola said Monday.

The Argentinian full-back is leaving the Etihad Stadium when his contract expires at the end of the season, with Premier League rivals West Ham the 32-year-old’s likeliest destination.

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal fans to ignore boycott call

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to turn out in force for Tuesday’s game against Sunderland rather than take part in a boycott designed to hasten his removal as manager of the London giants.

The veteran French boss has still to announce if he will be staying at the Emirates Stadium when his current contract expires after the end of the season.

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 11 of the 2017 season

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Reported attendances were less than stellar this past week. Columbus’ midweek match had the lowest reported gate in the league this season (10,318). Colorado, Dallas, DC United and Houston all had relatively poor turnouts. New York Red Bulls’ match against LA had the lowest showing (against the Galaxy) since 2006, the year before Beckham arrived.

Manchester City eye top four boost to mark Zabaleta farewell

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pablo Zabaleta’s farewell is likely to garner much of the attention as Manchester City host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, but Pep Guardiola’s side still have work to do to secure a Champions League place.

It was confirmed on Saturday that full-back Zabaleta will leave City at the end of this season after nine years at the club, with West Ham his likely destination.

Bellerin backs Arsenal to make final push

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London (AFP) – Hector Bellerin has backed Arsenal to mount a final push to qualify for the Champions League as his side face a make or break clash with Sunderland on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s team are three points behind fourth placed Manchester City and four adrift of third placed Liverpool, who have played a game more than their top four rivals.

Lavezzi denies racism after slant-eyed pose provokes outrage in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi has issued an apology through his Chinese club after publicity photos showing him in a slant-eyed pose caused outrage on social media.

Lavezzi, who joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Hebei China Fortune last year from Paris Saint-Germain, landed in hot water over the weekend as photos emerged with the 32-year-old smiling and pulling the corners of his eyes back.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 11 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 11 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. A Return To The Spotlight For Chicago

For one night, at least, Chicago finally returned to the center of the MLS universe.

With ESPN and the defending champion Seattle Sounders in town for a Saturday night primetime clash, the Fire sold out Toyota Park for the first time since the fall of 2015 – and the more than 20,000 on hand in Bridgeview got their money’s worth.

Pochettino foresees golden future in Tottenham’s new home

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino described Tottenham Hotspur’s final day at White Hart Lane as “perfect”, but said moving into their new stadium would take the club to the next level.

Local hero Harry Kane scored the decisive goal as Tottenham beat Manchester United 2-1 on Sunday in their last game at the Lane, which is due to be demolished and rebuilt in time for the 2018-19 season.

Klopp urges Liverpool to stay focused over top four bid

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s 4-0 rout of West Ham proves they can cope with the pressure of fighting for Champions League qualification, but he warned his stars to guard against complacency.

Liverpool’s destiny is in their own hands after a dominant display at the London Stadium and victory over relegated Middlesbrough next Sunday will secure a top four finish in the Premier League.

Real Madrid, Barca set up final day title showdown

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Madrid (AFP) – The fight for the La Liga title will go down to the last day of the season after convincing wins for Real Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday left them locked together on 87 points at the top of the table.

Madrid remain in the driving seat after the European champions saw off Sevilla 4-1 as they have two games remaining to Barca’s one.

Falcao fires Monaco to brink of French title

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco strode to within a point of the Ligue 1 title after Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Lille left them on the verge of dethroning Paris Saint-Germain.

The Colombian striker netted either side of a Bernardo Silva goal before Junior Alonso bundled into his own net as Monaco reeled off a 10th straight Ligue 1 victory, although PSG’s 5-0 rout of Saint-Etienne prevented Leonardo Jardim’s side from officially securing the title.

Totti all smiles as defiant Roma keep Juve waiting

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Milan (AFP) – Club icon Francesco Totti applauded from the sidelines then celebrated at the whistle as Roma kept Juventus waiting for the Serie A title with a defiant 3-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Treble-chasing Juventus travelled to the capital hoping to secure at least a point to mathematically ensure a record sixth consecutive scudetto with two games to spare.

Totti all smiles as defiant Roma keep Juventus waiting

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Milan (AFP) – Club icon Francesco Totti applauded from the sidelines then celebrated at the whistle as Roma kept Juventus waiting for the Serie A title with a defiant 3-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Treble-chasing Juventus travelled to the capital hoping to secure at least a point to mathematically ensure a record sixth consecutive scudetto with two games to spare.

Real Madrid, Barcelona set up final day title showdown

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Madrid (AFP) – The fight for the La Liga title will go down to the last day of the season after Real Madrid and Barcelona beat Sevilla and Las Palmas respectively on Sunday to remain locked together on 87 points.

Madrid remain in the driving seat after the European champions saw off Sevilla 4-1 as they have two games remaining to Barca’s one.

Hoddle, Ardiles help Spurs say goodbye to White Hart Lane

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur legends including Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles took part in an on-pitch ceremony as the club said goodbye to their White Hart Lane stadium on Sunday.

Club greats were welcomed onto the pitch one by one after Tottenham had beaten Manchester United 2-1 in their last game at the Lane, Spurs’ home of 118 years, which is being demolished and rebuilt.

Kane sinks Manchester United in Tottenham’s Lane farewell

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London (AFP) – Homegrown hero Harry Kane scored Tottenham Hotspur’s last goal at White Hart Lane as they bade farewell to their home with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

Kane, born up the road in Chingford, added to Victor Wanyama’s early header to secure a victory that confirmed Spurs will finish in second place in the Premier League and ended United’s hopes of a top-four finish.

Napoli rout piles pressure on Roma before Juve showdown

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Milan (AFP) – Spaniard Jose Callejon hit a brace as Napoli crushed Torino 5-0 to pile the pressure on Roma ahead of their potential Serie A title-decider with Juventus later Sunday.

Juventus, now five points ahead of Napoli in second, require just a draw at the Stadio Olimpico to secure a record sixth consecutive league title with two games remaining.

Kane sinks Manchester United in Tottenham Hotsupr’s Lane farewell

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London (AFP) – Homegrown hero Harry Kane scored Tottenham Hotspur’s last goal at White Hart Lane as they bade farewell to their home with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

Kane, born up the road in Chingford, added to Victor Wanyama’s early header to secure a victory that confirmed Spurs will finish in second place in the Premier League and ended United’s hopes of a top-four finish.

Coutinho masterclass lifts Liverpool back to third

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London (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho fired Liverpool within touching distance of the Champions League as the Brazilian’s masterclass inspired a 4-0 demolition of West Ham on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead when Coutinho’s sublime pass was converted by Daniel Sturridge in the first half at the London Stadium.

Dismal Hull City condemned to Premier League relegation

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London (AFP) – Hull City crashed out of the Premier League on Sunday as Crystal Palace secured their own survival with a 4-0 thrashing of their relegation rivals at Selhurst Park.

Marco Silva’s side knew only a victory would give them a realistic chance of staying up, but goals from Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt consigned them to the drop.

Hull City relegated from the Premier League

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London (AFP) – Hull City crashed out of the Premier League on Sunday as Crystal Palace secured their own survival with a 4-0 thrashing of their relegation rivals at Selhurst Park.

Marco Silva’s side knew only a victory would give them a realistic chance of staying up, but goals from Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt consigned them to the drop.

Chelsea’s Premier League title-winner Batshuayi eyes Watford reward

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London (AFP) – Scorer of the goal that won Chelsea the title, Michy Batshuayi will hope to make his first Premier League start for the club in Monday’s home game with Watford.

The Belgium striker came off the bench to score the decisive goal in Friday’s 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, which confirmed Chelsea as champions.

Toronto stretches MLS win streak to six games

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Washington (AFP) – Canadian striker Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 77th minute to give Toronto a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United, stretching the Major League Soccer win leader’s victory streak to six matches.

Toronto’s club record run has featured five triumphs in 18 days and put the team atop the Eastern Conference at 7-1 with four drawn for 25 points.

Spurs await ‘special’ White Hart Lane farewell against United

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino expects a “special” day on Sunday when his side play Manchester United in the last game at White Hart Lane.

With Chelsea having wrapped up the Premier League title by winning at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, Spurs’ farewell to their home of 118 years will now be the central focus of Sunday’s game.

Jesus, Aguero can shine together, insists Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola is certain Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero can play together for Manchester City despite suggesting it was a disaster when they first linked up.

Guardiola surprisingly started with the fit-again Aguero on the bench as City moved a step closer to Champions League qualification by beating Leicester 2-1 at Eastlands on Saturday.

‘Rich’ fans don’t influence me, says Arsenal’s Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger dismissed protests from Arsenal fans seeking his removal as manager and called on his players to focus instead on the club’s push for Champions League football next season.

An emphatic 4-1 win at Stoke kept the Gunners in contention for a top four finish and a 21st consecutive season of elite European football.

Lazio stumble before Cup final

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio stumbled ahead of next week’s Italian Cup final showdown against Juventus falling to a 3-2 Serie A defeat at Fiorentina on Saturday.

Second-half strikes from Khouma Babacar and Nikola Kalinic, and a Cristiano Lombardi own goal sealed three points which kept Fiorentina’s Europa League hopes alive.

Giroud brace keeps Arsenal in the hunt

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Olivier Giroud scored twice as Arsenal won 4-1 at Stoke City on Saturday to maintain manager Arsene Wenger’s hopes of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

Arsenal endured an anxious spell in the second half after Stoke substitute Peter Crouch reduced the arrears to 2-1 with a goal scored using his arm that was allowed to stand.

Arsenal close in, Mahrez slip spares Manchester City

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez shone and then succumbed to injury as Arsenal won 4-1 at Stoke City on Saturday to close in on the Premier League top four.

Sanchez teed up Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s second goal and scored their third - his 50th Premier League goal - after Peter Crouch had brought Stoke back into the game with a controversial handball goal.

Viola stun Lazio to launch late Europa League bid

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Milan (AFP) – Second-half strikes from Khouma Babacar and Nikola Kalinic, and a Cristiano Lombardi own goal sealed a 3-2 win over Lazio to keep Fiorentina’s Europa League hopes alive on Saturday.

Keita Balde’s 55th minute opener for Lazio, his seventh in four games, had Fiorentina hanging their heads in desperation and staring at a possible third defeat from their past five games.

Arsenal close in, Mahrez slip spares Man City

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez shone and then succumbed to injury as Arsenal won 4-1 at Stoke City on Saturday to close in on the Premier League top four.

Sanchez teed up Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s second goal and scored their third - his 50th Premier League goal - after Peter Crouch had brought Stoke back into the game with a controversial handball goal.

Korkut to leave Leverkusen at end of season

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen head coach Tayfun Korkut will leave the club after their final Bundesliga match next weekend, the club confirmed on Saturday.

The 43-year-old only had a contract until the end of the season after stepping in when Roger Schmidt was sacked at the start of March, but with one win in his 10 games in charge, Korkut has been shown the door.

Robben hits Bayern winner in nine-goal thriller

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Berlin (AFP) – Arjen Robben’s superb solo goal five minutes into time added on sealed a dramatic 5-4 comeback win for Bayern Munich at RB Leipzig in an electric top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded Bayern, who were already confirmed as Bundesliga champions for the fifth straight year, were 4-3 down on 90 minutes until David Alaba drilled home a free-kick a minute later.

Weigl joins Germany injury list for Confed Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl added to the growing list of injured Germany players ruled out of next month’s Confederations Cup after fracturing his right ankle on Saturday.

The 21-year-old defensive midfielder was stretchered off after 22 minutes of Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at Augsburg in the Bundesliga.

Robben hits Bayern’s winner in nine-goal thriller

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Berlin (AFP) – Arjen Robben scored a superb solo goal in the 95th-minute to seal Bayern Munich’s dramatic 5-4 comeback win at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga’s electric top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded Bayern, who were already confirmed German league champions for the fifth straight year, found themselves 4-3 down on 90 minutes until David Alaba drilled home a 91st-minute free-kick.

Swansea sink Sunderland to boost survival bid

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Swansea struck a crucial blow in the fight for Premier League survival as goals from Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton clinched a 2-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday.

Spanish striker Llorente put Swansea ahead early on before Kyle Naughton blasted his first goal for six years on the stroke of half-time.

Ingolstadt relegated from Germany’s top flight

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Berlin (AFP) – Ingolstadt were confirmed on Saturday as the second club automatically relegated from the Bundesliga this season after their 1-1 draw at Freiburg.

With one round of matches left, the draw means Maik Walpurgis’ Ingolstadt, who are 17th in the table, go down alongside bottom-side Darmstadt as the result left them four points from safety.

Mahrez slip spares Manchester City, Swansea close on safety

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London (AFP) – Manchester City benefited from two strokes of fortune as they beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to close in on a Champions League qualifying berth.

David Silva’s opener was awarded despite an apparent offside against Raheem Sterling, while Riyad Mahrez had an equalising penalty disallowed after he slipped and struck the ball twice.

Mahrez penalty mishap lets Man City off hook

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez’s disallowed penalty allowed Manchester City to take a significant step towards Champions League qualification with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday.

All of the goals came in the first half at the Etihad Stadium, with David Silva’s opener for the home side allowed to stand despite a strong suggestion of offside.

Only winning saves a Real Madrid coach’s job: Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid may be on the verge of a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years, but coach Zinedine Zidane insisted his job is only safe if he delivers trophies.

Madrid sports daily reported on Saturday that Zidane is set to be handed a contract extension to 2020 as a reward for his spectacular success since taking charge in January last year.

Reds on alert as top four bid reaches crunch time

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London (AFP) – Two victories from their final two matches will book Liverpool’s place in next season’s Champions League, but Jurgen Klopp’s side won’t be taking anything for granted when they face West Ham on Sunday.

Liverpool dropped two points as they were held 0-0 at home by Southampton last weekend, and can be grateful that their fate is still in their own hands thanks to Manchester United’s defeat at Arsenal.

Goal kings Monaco poised for French crown

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Paris (AFP) – Free-scoring Monaco could wrap up a first Ligue 1 title in 17 years on Sunday as defending champions Paris Saint-Germain need a near-miracle to earn a fifth straight championship.

Monaco enjoy a three point lead, have a massive goal difference advantage of 19 and even hold a game in hand as they host 11th placed Lille, with the Parisians facing a tough trip to Saint Etienne’s raucous stadium.

Sampaoli’s Sevilla threaten Madrid’s title charge

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Madrid (AFP) – Jorge Sampaoli’s chances of landing his dream job at Barcelona may have come and gone, but he could still hand Barca the La Liga title on a plate should Sevilla shock Real Madrid on Sunday.

Madrid are in the driving seat for their first league title in five years as they also target a first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958.

Spurs await ‘special’ White Hart Lane farewell

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino expects a “special” day on Sunday when his side play Manchester United in the last game at White Hart Lane.

With Chelsea having wrapped up the Premier League title by winning at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, Spurs’ farewell to their home of 118 years will now be the central focus of Sunday’s game.

After title, Conte sets sights on FA Cup

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Even as he nursed a thick lip and lamented his sodden suit amid the mayhem of Chelsea’s Premier League title celebrations, Antonio Conte was already targeting his next trophy bid.

The Chelsea manager said his players should enjoy the success they clinched with a 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday to give him glory in his first season in charge.

After Premier League title, Chelsea’s Conte sets sights on FA Cup

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Even as he nursed a thick lip and lamented his sodden suit amid the mayhem of Chelsea’s Premier League title celebrations, Antonio Conte was already targeting his next trophy bid.

The Chelsea manager said his players should enjoy the success they clinched with a 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday to give him glory in his first season in charge.

Guardiola rejects Neville’s Man City criticism

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has declared that he will never turn his Manchester City team into an over-physical side to try to win the Premier League title.

Chelsea have won the title with a more robust style under coach Antonio Conte, but Guardiola intends to stick to his principles of fast, possession-based football.

Barkley winner shows what Everton could be missing

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Liverpool (AFP) – Ross Barkley reminded Everton what they’ll be missing if he is allowed to leave as the England midfielder’s cool finish clinched a 1-0 win over Watford on Friday.

Barkley’s future with Everton is in doubt following his refusal to commit to the club by signing a new long-term contract.

Batshuayi delivers Chelsea Premier League title

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea secured the Premier League title on Friday after substitute Michy Batshuayi’s 82nd-minute goal earned Antonio Conte’s side a hard-earned 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

The Belgian striker’s late goal at The Hawthorns took Chelsea 10 points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur, who have only nine points left to play for.

Courageous, compassionate Conte heals Chelsea rifts

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London (AFP) – Just 10 months after arriving at a club ripped apart by feuds and rampant egos, Antonio Conte has healed the rifts so masterfully that Chelsea are the Premier League champions.

Conte and his players were wreathed in smiles and soaked in champagne after clinching the title with a 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

Mirallas signs new Everton contract

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London (AFP) – Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas has signed a new three-year contract with Everton, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

The 29-year-old Belgium international signed from Greek side Olympiakos in August 2012 and has made 171 appearances, scoring 39 goals.

“This contract is very important for me and my family.

CSKA thrash Arsenal Tula to boost CL hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – CSKA Moscow moved a step closer to claiming a place in next season’s Champions League third qualifying round after they thrashed lowly Arsenal Tula 3-0 on Friday.

A brace by teenager Fedor Chalov and a goal by Israeli international Bebars Natcho fired the Red Army side to a well-deserved victory, consolidating second place in the Russian league.

Moyes rues Defoe escape clause

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London (AFP) – Sunderland manager David Moyes has revealed Jermain Defoe has a clause in his contract which means the England striker can leave for free following the Premier League club’s relegation.

Defoe could play his final home game for Sunderland against Swansea on Saturday following Moyes’ admission that the former Tottenham star is able to walk away from the Stadium of Light at the end of the season.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 37

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With just 11 days remaining until Championship Sunday, league-leaders Chelsea can clinch the Premier League title with a win over West Bromwich Albion this Friday, May 12, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. If the Blues drop points on Friday, they are still guaranteed the title unless second-place Tottenham, facing Manchester United on Sunday, better their result.

3 reasons why new Arsenal formation is working

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The Gunners have been firing on all cylinders since manager Arsene Wenger switched formations. Wenger, who has been using a 4-2-3-1 formation for years now, recently adopted a 3-4-2-1 configuration about a month ago. The move to go with three central defenders at the back has helped the north London club win five out of their last six matches, including victories over both Manchester clubs.

Boateng, Sanches to stay at Bayern: Ancelotti

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Berlin (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti on Friday insisted Germany star Jerome Boateng and under-performing Renato Sanches will next season stay at Bayern Munich, who aim to assert their Bundesliga domination at title-rivals RB Leipzig this weekend.

Ancelotti’s Bayern, the confirmed 2016/17 Bundesliga champions, need a win at second-placed RB Leipzig on Saturday to maintain the status quo as Germany’s top club.

Guardiola sharpens knife for Manchester City clearout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says he has made his mind up on the futures of Manchester City’s seven out-of-contract players, but added that they will have to wait until the end of the season to find out.

Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo have yet to discover if Guardiola will keep them on for next season.

Manchester United’s Mourinho says Europa League final is make-or-break

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accepts the club’s season will be judged a failure if they do not beat Ajax in the Europa League final on May 24.

Mourinho says he has worked “harder than ever” during his maiden United campaign, which has already featured a League Cup triumph and victory over Leicester City in the Community Shield

But with United needing to beat Ajax to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, he knows he will not be spared by the media if his side succumb to defeat at Stockholm’s Friends Arena.

Swedes jailed for fraud linked to Hulk football transfer

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Stockholm (AFP) – A court in Sweden sentenced two Swedes to prison on Friday for defrauding Chinese football club Shanghai SIPG of 370,000 euros ($403,000) during the transfer of Brazilian star Hulk.

Hussein Barjawi, 33, was sentenced to three years in prison.

After the email account of Hulk’s previous club, Zenit Saint Petersburg, was hacked in 2016, Barjawi passed himself off as a Brazilian lawyer serving as an intermediary in the transfer deal.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 1-7, 2017

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Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League Semi Finals drew 779,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, falling short of the 858,000 that tuned in for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s matchup in the previous round and falling in as the second most-watched Champions League match on FOX Sports’ networks this season.

Mourinho vows to keep Manchester United fresh for final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho will unapologetically seek to preserve the freshness of his Manchester United players over their final three Premier League games, he said after they reached the Europa League final.

United will play Ajax in Stockholm on May 24 after a nervy 1-1 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Thursday, in which centre-back Eric Bailly was sent off, gave them a 2-1 aggregate semi-final win.

Silva service key to Man City’s Champions dream

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – David Silva’s comeback from injury helped inspire Manchester City’s return to form last weekend, and his fitness is likely to prove crucial to their Champions League qualification prospects.

Silva, back from a fortnight out with a knee injury, was superb as City beat an inept Crystal Palace 5-0, for only their third win in nine Premier League matches.

Arsenal’s Wenger aims to silence critics with Euro push

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – There is nothing Arsene Wenger relishes more than confounding his doubters and the Arsenal manager will know on Saturday whether he has a strong chance of doing so once again.

Wenger’s side travel to Stoke having boosted their chances of qualifying for the Champions League – a task that looked a lost cause just a few weeks ago – by winning 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday.

What’s wrong with MLS’ strategy to improve TV ratings: 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 26, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• What’s wrong with MLS’ strategy to improve TV ratings,

• News about FOX’s first hire for the Confederations Cup

• Sad news from beIN SPORTS,

• How the Bundesliga will finish the final two gamedays on US television,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Indian Super League set to expand, invites new bids

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New Delhi (AFP) – The Indian Super League (ISL) is seeking to expand its reach with organisers inviting new bids for the fourth edition of the popular football tournament.

The ISL has taken off since launching in 2013, attracting higher broadcast ratings and stadium numbers than India’s top-tier I-League competition.

Thomas Tuchel leaves Dortmund future open after spat

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Berlin (AFP) – Thomas Tuchel on Friday threw open his future as Borussia Dortmund’s head coach in the aftermath of his public disagreement with the Bundesliga side’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

When asked in a press conference if he will stay on next season, Tuchel replied: “I am the wrong person to talk to about this.

Man Utd, Ajax squeeze into Europa League final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United survived a sizeable scare to reach their first Europa League final after a nervy 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo on Thursday completed a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Jose Mourinho’s side will play a youthful Ajax team in the final at Stockholm’s Friends Arena on May 24, when they can complete their trophy collection and - perhaps more importantly - book a place in next season’s Champions League.

Totti committed, as Juve target title clincher at Roma

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Terme Luigiane (Italy) (AFP) – Retirement-bound Francesco Totti said he remains focused on helping Roma secure a top-two finish despite the prospect of watching from the bench when they bid to stop Juventus securing the Serie A title on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Totti ended months of speculation over his future by confirming this week he is ready to work alongside sporting director Monchi when he hangs up his boots at the end of the month.

MLS reveals strategic plan to improve TV ratings in US

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In an interview with Sports Business Daily last week, MLS executives revealed their plan to improve lagging TV ratings.

The plan includes:

1. Putting cameras in the locker rooms before the game,

2. Allowing access to team huddles,

3.

Bailly off as Man Utd squeeze into Europa final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United survived a sizeable scare to reach their first Europa League final after a nervy 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo on Thursday completed a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Marouane Fellaini’s 17th-minute header put United 2-0 up on aggregate, but Celta hit back late on through Facundo Roncaglia, who was then sent off along with United’s Eric Bailly following a centre-circle melee.

FIFA to rule on Israel settlement clubs in October

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank in October, president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue.

FIFA’s annual Congress voted to back - by a majority of 73 to 27 percent – a proposal that pushed football’s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then.

Infantino slams FIFA ‘fake news’ and defends record

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Manama (AFP) – Gianni Infantino slammed “fake news” and “alternative facts” surrounding FIFA and insisted football’s scandal-ridden governing body had changed in an impassioned speech to its annual congress in Bahrain on Thursday.

Fifteen months after being elected as president to bring forward wholesale change to a disgraced organisation, Infantino also claimed FIFA’s corruption crisis was over and would never happen again.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for ‘many years’, says surgeon

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue playing for “many years”, the surgeon who operated on the 35-year-old Manchester United striker’s knee has said.

Swede Ibrahimovic underwent surgery last week in the United States after suffering major knee ligament damage.

“Fixed, done and stronger”, he declared after the operation carried out by Hong Kong-born Freddie Fu and Volker Musahl.

Gianni Infantino slams FIFA ‘fake news’ and defends record

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Manama (AFP) – Gianni Infantino slammed “fake news” and “alternative facts” surrounding FIFA and insisted football’s scandal-ridden governing body had changed in an impassioned speech to its annual congress in Bahrain on Thursday.

Fifteen months after being elected as president to bring forward wholesale change to a disgraced organisation, Infantino also claimed FIFA’s corruption crisis was over and would never happen again.

Mustafi says Champions League still in Gunners’ sights

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London (AFP) – Shkodran Mustafi hopes Arsenal have not left it too late to book a place in next season’s Champions League.

The Gunners won 2-0 away to Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday to move to within three points of fourth-placed Manchester City.

Only the top four teams at the end of the season qualify and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would love to secure a 20th successive Champions League season.

Bomb-victim Marc Bartra eyes Dortmund playing return

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Berlin (AFP) – Marc Bartra says he has a renewed passion for football as he prepares to play again after fracturing his wrist in a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

The centre-back returned to training on Wednesday - 29 days after surgery on his right wrist having been hit by flying glass when three bombs blasted the Dortmund team bus last month on the way to a Champions League home match.

Valencia name Marcelino as new boss

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Madrid (AFP) – Fallen La Liga giants Valencia named Marcelino Garcia Toral as the man charged with turning around their fortunes next season on Thursday.

The former Villarreal boss has signed a two-year deal at the Mestalla to become the sixth coach hired by Singaporean owner Peter Lim in the past two years.

Conte brushes aside Inter talk as Chelsea eye title

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London (AFP) – Chelsea boss Antonio Conte dismissed persistent rumours linking him with a move to Inter Milan as his side prepared for a match at West Bromwich Albion on Friday that could give the Blues the Premier League title.

Victory at The Hawthorns will see Chelsea crowned champions in former Italy manager Conte’s first season in charge of the London club and leave them halfway to a domestic ‘Double’ ahead of their FA Cup final against capital rivals Arsenal.

The more FIFA changes, the more it stays the same

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Over a span of four months, from October 2015 to January 2016, the FIFA Ethics Committee removed the three most powerful men in football – Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke, and Michel Platini – from office, and banned them from the game.

It was an extremely hopeful stretch in the dark history of the world’s governing body.

Where to find Man United vs. Celta Europa League semi-final on US TV and streaming

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

From the first leg, Manchester United hold a 1-0 lead against Celta Vigo - with an all-important away goal. Celta has a mountain to climb today, but with a slender lead for United, anything is possible.

Wenger applauds master of invention Sanchez

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsene Wenger hailed Alexis Sanchez’s unique qualities after the Chilean opened the scoring in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at Southampton and then created a second goal for substitute Olivier Giroud.

Wednesday’s victory took Arsenal to within three points of the Premier League top four and keeps alive the possibility of a 20th successive season of Champions League football for the north London club.

Cahill eager to get Chelsea Premier League title party started

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Defender Gary Cahill admits there was a party atmosphere at Chelsea this week with the Premier League leaders 90 minutes away from clinching a second title in three years.

A “buzzing” Chelsea head to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion on Friday knowing victory will deliver the championship in coach Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.

Malaysia football chief in North Korea poison warning

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia’s football chief on Thursday said he was worried about players being deliberately poisoned if their controversial Asian Cup qualifier goes ahead in North Korea’s Pyongyang.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim called for the game to be moved to a neutral venue, saying he was concerned over player safety.

Gianni Infantino slams ‘fake news’ surrounding FIFA

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Manama (AFP) – Gianni Infantino slammed “fake news” surrounding FIFA in an impassioned speech to the annual congress of world football’s governing body in Bahrain on Thursday.

Infantino - elected as president last year on the back of FIFA’s greatest scandal but who has been criticised for his committment to real reform - also claimed corruption could “never again” happen.

Atletico Madrid: what next after Champions League exit?

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Madrid (AFP) – Despite a brave performance and a 2-1 second leg victory, Atletico Madrid’s attempt to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit from their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid fell short.

It is the fourth straight season Atletico have been knocked out of the competition by their local rivals.

World Cup fans will get ‘hospitable’ welcome in Russia

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Manama (AFP) – Football fans heading to next year’s World Cup in Russia will receive a “hospitable” welcome, the head of the body organising the tournament told the annual FIFA Congress in Bahrain on Thursday.

Shrugging off fears of potential hooliganism surrounding the tournament, Alexei Sorokin insisted the event would be a success.

FIFA elect Skouris as head of ethics committee

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Manama (AFP) – Vassilios Skouris of Greece, a former president of the European Court of Justice, was elected head of FIFA’s ethics committee on Thursday.

Taking over from German Hans-Joachim Eckert, who was instrumental in bringing down ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini, Skouris will serve a four-year mandate.

FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

FIFA to rule on Israel settlement clubs by October

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank by October, president Gianni Infantino said Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue.

FIFA’s annual Congress voted to back - by a majority of 73 to 27 percent – a proposal that pushed football’s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then.

Sanchez keeps Arsenal in top-four hunt

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez scored his 20th goal of the Premier League campaign as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive.

Sanchez opened the scoring on the hour at St Mary’s before substitute Olivier Giroud made the game safe with a header seven minutes from time.

Championship playoffs to be streamed in US featuring Reading, Fulham, Sheff Wed and Huddersfield

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The Championship playoffs will be streamed to viewers in the United States featuring Reading, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town all fighting to become the one team that gets promoted to the Premier League.

Brighton and Newcastle have already sealed promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, but now it’s time for the teams that finished in third through sixth position to compete in the Championship playoff semi-finals.

Atletico comeback falls short as Real reach final

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid inflicted a fourth Champions League elimination on Atletico Madrid in as many years on Wednesday, losing their semi-final second leg 2-1 but progressing to the final 4-2 on aggregate.

Atletico had threatened an incredible comeback, Saul Niguez’s powerful header and Antoine Griezmann’s penalty inside 16 minutes cutting Real’s aggregate lead to a solitary goal.

Real Madrid through to Champions League final

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid secured their place in the Champions League final on Wednesday despite losing 2-1 away to Atletico Madrid in their semi-final second leg.

Real’s 3-0 win in the first leg proved too much for Atletico to overcome as the reigning European champions progressed 4-2 on aggregate.

Twenty-five hurt in scuffles before Madrid derby

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Madrid (AFP) – A total of 20 supporters and five police officers suffered minor injuries in scuffles outside the Vicente Calderon stadium prior to Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

A spokesperson for the Spanish capital’s emergency services said the 25 people had been treated for “cuts and bruises, all minor”.

Bomb victim Bartra back in training: Dortmund

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Berlin (AFP) – Marc Bartra returned to training on Wednesday, almost exactly a month after his wrist was fractured in a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

“There’s good news,” proclaimed Dortmund in a statement. “Central defender Marc Bartra is back in team training exactly 29 days after undergoing an operation on his right hand and wrist following the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

Celta inspired by Bielsa in bid to topple Man Utd

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Celta Vigo will draw inspiration from Athletic Bilbao’s 2012 victory over Manchester United when they face Jose Mourinho’s side in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, says coach Eduardo Berizzo.

A Bilbao side coached by Marcelo Bielsa defeated a United team who had reached the Champions League final the season before 5-3 on aggregate in the Europa League last 16 before losing to Atletico Madrid in the final.

Rooney says he wants to stay at Man United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney wants to remain at Old Trafford next season despite his lack of playing time under manager Jose Mourinho, he said on Wednesday.

Rooney, 31, has made only 22 starts across all competitions this season and has been linked with a move to either the Chinese Super League or former club Everton.

Ticket details for US Women’s National Team summer tournament against Brazil, Japan and Australia

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Tickets will go on sale soon for this summer’s Tournament of Nations competition featuring the women’s teams of the United States, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders that will celebrate some of the world’s premier women’s soccer players, many of whom compete in the National Women’s Soccer League.

I’ve not gambled on Europa League – Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has not gambled with the club’s season by prioritising Europa League success over a top-four finish in the Premier League, he said on Wednesday.

Mourinho has given up on United’s hopes of securing Champions League qualification via the league and fielded a weakened team in last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

US women’s football to host Japan, Aussies, Brazil in new event

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Chicago (AFP) – Reigning Women’s World Cup champion United States will host top-10 rivals Australia, Japan and Brazil in a new tournament this year and next, the US Soccer Federation said Wednesday.

The first Tournament of Nations will be staged July 27 to August 3 in Seattle, San Diego and suburban Los Angeles with a second round-robin event involving the same four nations to be staged in 2018.

FIFA corruption fight ‘setback’ by ethics team purge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA’s decision to remove its ethics team was a “setback” in the fight against corruption as “hundreds” of cases were being investigated, ousted investigator Cornel Borbely said on Wednesday.

World football’s governing body has recommended that Borbely, along with the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter, Hans-Joachim Eckert, not be re-elected at the FIFA Congress which takes place on May 11 in Bahrain.

FOX Sports hires Lothar Matthaus as studio analyst for Confederations Cup coverage

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FOX Sports announced today that former German international midfielder Lothar Matthaus will be a studio analyst for the network’s coverage of the 2017 Confederations Cup.

The competition, which will run from June 17 to July 2, features Germany, Mexico, Chile, Portugal, Russia, New Zealand, Cameroon and Australia.

Could Turner Sports’ strategy for the Champions League be an over-the-top subscription play?

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Among soccer fans, there has been much anticipation about how Turner Sports will broadcast the UEFA Champions League when they begin coverage in the late summer of 2018.

At the same time, there’s also been a lot of speculation about what channels Turner Sports will use to distribute the games to soccer fans throughout the United States.

Putin acts to curb protests at Confed, World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to prevent civil demonstrations disrupting next month’s Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup.

The decree, published Wednesday on the government’s legal information internet portal, said that demonstrations, rallies and pickets that are not tied to the football tournaments can only be held in host cities’ regions in places and at times approved by the authorities.

Dzeko blow for Roma as Juve sight title

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Milan (AFP) – Roma striker Edin Dzeko has been sidelined for 10 days with a calf strain, damaging the Serie A side’s bid for a top-two finish and his hopes of the top scorer’s award.

Dzeko went two goals clear of the chasing pack last weekend with a brace in a 4-1 win at AC Milan that took his league tally for the season to 27.

Wanderers down SIPG as AFC Champions League last-16 settled

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Sydney (AFP) – Western Sydney Wanderers pinched only their second win of this season’s AFC Champions League with a late winner over big-spending Shanghai SIPG in their final group game in Sydney on Wednesday.

Jaushua Sotirio had a tap-in in the 89th-minute to claim a 3-2 win for the 2014 AFC Champions League winners who grabbed a consolation win after failing to qualify for the last 16.

Why Jermaine Jones could become the next great American soccer TV studio pundit

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Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here at World Soccer Talk, we have taken the lead in identifying the next generation of television broadcasters who will be “driving the bandwagon” by connecting with new viewers in their own unique ways to continue to grow the American soccer community.

Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon seeks to get gloves on elusive prize

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Cardiff beckons for Gianluigi Buffon and an elusive Champions League winners’ medal is not the only prestigious prize within the gangly reach of one of the great goalkeepers.

At 39, Buffon feared his chance to win club football’s biggest competition might have gone after featuring in losing Juve teams in the 2003 and 2015 finals.

Herrera says fans can fire Manchester United to Europa League final

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London (AFP) – Ander Herrera wants Manchester United’s supporters to turn Old Trafford into a cauldron when his side look to complete victory over Celta Vigo in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final return leg.

Marcus Rashford’s sweet second-half free-kick brought United a 1-0 win in last week’s first leg, putting Jose Mourinho’s side within touching distance of the final in Stockholm on May 24.

‘No evidence’ of Hulk wrongdoing in Chinese Super League punch row

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Shanghai (AFP) – A Chinese football official has said there is no evidence that Shanghai SIPG striker Hulk broke any rules after the Brazilian was accused of punching a rival team’s coach.

Guizhou Zhicheng’s then head coach Li Bing had accused the muscular Brazilian of punching his assistant Yu Ming in a racially-motivated attack at half-time during SIPG’s 3-0 victory on Saturday, allegations that the Shanghai club and Hulk both flatly denied.

FIFA corruption fight ‘setback’ by purge of ethics team

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA’s decision to remove its ethics team was a “setback in the fight against corruption”, one of those dismissed, investigator Cornel Borbely, told a press conference in Bahrain on Wednesday.

World football’s governing body has recommended that Borbely, along with the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter, Hans-Joachim Eckert, not be re-elected at the FIFA Congress which takes place on May 11 in the Gulf.

Malaysia appeals against Pyongyang football venue

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia has lodged an appeal against having to play an Asian Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang, Asian football’s governing body said Wednesday.

“There is an appeal from FAM. We are looking into it,” said Windsor John, secretary-general of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Racism clouds Italian football renaissance

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – These should be the best of times for Italian football.

Juventus reached their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday evening, new investors are promising a revival of AC Milan and and Serie A is casting off its reputation for sterile defensive fare.

Inter ditch Pioli as European dream fades

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan have sacked coach Stefano Pioli and his technical staff three games before the end of the season, the Serie A giants announced on Tuesday.

Pioli took over from Dutchman Frank De Boer two months into the campaign but the club, after initially targeting a Champions League spot, risk falling short of even qualifying for the Europa League.

Alves special sends ruthless Juve into final

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A stunning Dani Alves volley helped Juventus stroll into their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday, a 2-1 win on the night completing a 4-1 aggregate victory over outclassed Monaco.

Brazilian wing-back Alves’s 25-yard strike followed Mario Mandzukic’s opener for the treble-chasing Italian champions as any semblance of a contest was snuffed out by half-time.

Inter sack coach Pioli

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan have sacked coach Stefano Pioli and his technical staff three games before the end of the season, the Serie A giants announced on Tuesday.

Pioli took over from Dutchman Frank De Boer two months into the campaign but the club risk falling short of their objective of a place in Europe.

Alves special sends ruthless Juventus into final

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A stunning Dani Alves volley helped Juventus stroll into their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday as a 2-1 win on the night completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over outclassed Monaco.

Brazilian wing-back Alves’s 25-yard strike followed Mario Mandzukic’s opener for the treble-chasing Italian champions as any semblance of a contest was snuffed out by half-time.

Fury after FIFA agrees to replace Blatter ethics judge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, prompting a response that his removal was “politically motivated”.

A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, has decided to replace German Hans-Joachim Eckert and ethics investigator Cornel Borbely.

FIFA delays decision on Israel West Bank clubs

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA said on Tuesday it was “premature” to take any final decision on the controversial issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank, according to a statement.

The communique came after a five-hour long FIFA Council meeting in Bahrain, ahead of the issue being scheduled for discussion by its annual Congress, which takes place in Manama on May 11.

FIFA to investigate Pogba’s world-record Man Utd transfer

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA are to investigate the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, a source at world football’s governing body told AFP on Tuesday.

French midfielder Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus.

FIFA to replace Blatter ethics judge

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, sources at football’s governing body told AFP.

A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, has decided to replace German Hans-Joachim Eckert with Vasilios Skuris of Greece.

EFL iFollow FAQ: All you need to know about the Football League’s new streaming service

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With the exciting news that the English Football League (EFL) is launching an exclusive streaming platform for the 2017/18 season onwards, soccer fans around the world will finally be able to watch all of their home and away games via an Internet subscription service.

World Soccer Talk spoke to EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand to get the inside information on all of the important questions that you have.

Long-serving Galtier to quit as Saint-Etienne coach

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier is to quit after seven and a half years in charge, the club confirmed on Tuesday.

Galtier, who sports daily L’Equipe said announced the news to his players on Tuesday morning, will walk away at the end of the season.

Courtois relishing prospect of title after Chelsea woes

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London (AFP) – Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois reckons winning the Premier League title with Chelsea this season will be all the sweeter after their struggles last term.

The Blues were crowned champions of England in the 2014/15 season only to suffer a dramatic slump in form the following season that led to the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho.

More than 100,000 tickets sold to Man United’s games in US for International Champions Cup

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Tickets for Manchester United’s three games in the United States this summer as part of the International Champions Cup are selling fast.

So far, according to a spokesperson, more than 100,000 tickets have been sold for Manchester United’s two already-confirmed games on US soil.

Goulart double puts Evergrande into knock-outs

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Guangzhou (AFP) – A Ricardo Goulart double steered two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande into the AFC Champions League last 16 as they drew 2-2 with Suwon Samsung Bluewings on Tuesday.

After cancelling out Yeom Ki-Hun’s opener, Goulart looked offside as he headed Evergrande 2-1 ahead on 68 minutes, before Kim Jong-Woo’s late equaliser caused some late jitters.

Racism clouds new era for Italian football

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – These should be the best of times for Italian football.

Juventus are on the verge of their second Champions League final in three years, new investors are promising a revival of AC Milan and Inter Milan and Serie A is slowly casting off its reputation for sterile defensive fare.

‘We’re not from Beverly Hills’ – Ramos warns Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists the European champions will not be cowered by an intimidating atmosphere as they visit Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon for the final time on Wednesday.

Los Blancos are looking to seal their place in the Champions League final once more and enjoy a commanding 3-0 first leg lead.

Chelsea one ‘little step’ from Premier League title – Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side were “another little step” from the Premier League title after they crushed Middlesbrough 3-0 to move to within touching distance of glory.

Tottenham Hotspur’s surprise defeat at West Ham United last week handed Chelsea the initiative and they can now seal a second title triumph in three years if they win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

Advocaat-Gullit double act in Dutch rescue mission

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – Dick Advocaat has been named coach of The Netherlands for a third time aiming to kick them into shape fast and save their World Cup hopes, with Ruud Gullit as assistant.

Advocaat, 69, and Dutch legend Gullit have signed contracts until the end of the year, the football federation said on Tuesday, admitting it was “a short-term” rescue mission.

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

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

Juventus holds a 2-0 aggregate lead from the first leg, so it’ll be up to AS Monaco to figure out a way to penetrate a stubborn Juve defense. If any team can do it, it’s Monaco when they’ve been playing at their best.

Arsene Wenger determined to retain full control at Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has ruled out working alongside a director of football if he stays at Arsenal, saying he must have full control of the Premier League club.

The Frenchman’s hardline stance puts him on a potential collision course with members of the Arsenal hierarchy who reportedly want to bring in a director of football this summer to work with Wenger.

Simeone rabble-rouses beaten down Atletico Madrid to believe

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Madrid (AFP) – For all coach Diego Simeone has changed at Atletico Madrid, one thing remains the same - an inferiority complex when faced with their richer, more successful cross-city rivals Real Madrid.

Atletico have a huge task to overturn a 3-0 semi-final first-leg deficit if they are to avoid elimination at the hands of Real in the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season in the last ever European game at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon stadium on Wednesday.

More than 150,000 tickets sold to Barcelona’s games in US for International Champions Cup

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Tickets for Barcelona’s three games in the United States this summer as part of the International Champions Cup are selling fast.

So far, according to a spokesperson, more than 150,000 tickets have been sold for Barcelona’s games on US soil. Those three games are:

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Muntari vows to walk off again if racially abused

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London (AFP) – Pescara’s Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari has promised to walk off the pitch again if he has to endure any more racial abuse during a match.

Muntari was sent off last week for leaving the field after claiming he was racially abused during a Serie A game against Cagliari.

Fabregas condemns Middlesbrough as Chelsea close on Premier League title

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London (AFP) – Cesc Fabregas sparkled as Chelsea moved to within touching distance of the Premier League title and condemned Middlesbrough to relegation with a breezy 3-0 home win on Monday.

Fabregas made sure Chelsea capitalised on Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham United on Friday by supplying assists for Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, with Marcos Alonso also finding the net.

CAF Champions League to be broadcast by beIN SPORTS in United States

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beIN SPORTS have acquired exclusive rights to show the African Continent’s version of the Champions League in the United States. Fittingly, the 2017 version of the competition sees the Group Stage, which starts this week, expanded from 8 teams to 16 with 4 groups of 4 teams now competing for 8 Quarterfinal places.

Qatar’s Al Rayyan crash out after Doha thriller

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s Al Rayyan crashed out of the Asian Champions League after being handed a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat by Saudi giants Al Hilal on Monday.

The Michael Laudrup managed side needed a win to secure their first ever last 16 berth but a brace each by Nicolas Milesi and Omar Khribin in a Doha thriller put paid to their hopes as already qualified Al Hilal went on to top Group D with 12 points from six matches.

Final two Bundesliga matchdays to be featured on FS2 with MultiMatch 90

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The final two matchdays of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season will be featured live on FOX Sports 2. All of the games will be included in the MultiMatch 90 whiparound show, which will be hosted by Ross Dyer.

If you haven’t watched MultiMatch 90 before on FOX Soccer Plus or FOX Soccer 2GO, the way it works is that Dyer will start broadcasting one of the Bundesliga matches but will then switch coverage back and forth between any of the nine Bundesliga matches that are being played from 9:30-11:30am.

Venky’s ‘deeply hurt’ by Blackburn’s fall from grace

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London (AFP) – Blackburn Rovers’ Indian owners Venky’s insist they are “deeply hurt” after the club’s shocking decline hit a new low with relegation to England’s third tier for the first time since 1980.

Crowned English champions 22 years ago when they memorably pipped Manchester United to the Premier League title, Blackburn suffered a humiliating exit from the Championship on the final day of the season on Sunday.

Monaco cling to hope of miracle in Turin

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Even Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim rates it as only a one in 20 shot.

And most people in football would say that is taking an optimistic view of his young side’s chances as they seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Juventus in their Champions League semi-final, second leg here on Tuesday evening.

How to access FOX Sports Go via fuboTV

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fubo Premier subscribers can now use their login credentials to access FOX Sports GO, the streaming app, which is a big deal for sports fans in the United States.

You may be wondering why it’s big news. After all, fubo Premier subscribers already have access to FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Net, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX (in select cities), which encompasses the vast majority of sports programming that the FOX networks feature.

Olympiakos confirmed as Greek league winners

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Athens (AFP) – Olympiakos were confirmed Greek champions on Monday after the Super League overwhelmingly voted in favour of them keeping the title.

It came hours after the Greek football federation rejected an appeal by second-place PAOK, who wanted the Piraeus club to be docked six points for fan violence during last month’s Greek Cup semi-final first leg against AEK Athens.

Brazil’s Chapecoense win first title after plane crash

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, all but wiped out in an air crash last November, won their first silverware since the tragedy by taking the state championship Sunday.

Some 20,000 supporters packed the home stadium in Chapeco to watch their team win the Santa Catarina state title for the second year in a row - except this time with a new lineup.

Minnesota United attendances continue to disappoint in debut season in MLS

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Minnesota United attendances continue to disappoint for an expansion team.

After an inaugural match with 35,043 fans in attendance, their subsequent four home games have all drawn in the 17,000’s. For the 2017 season, after five home games, Minnesota is averaging 21,115 fans per game.

Palestinian football chief hits out at Netanyahu over West Bank clubs

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Manama (AFP) – Any attempt by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pressure FIFA over the issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank was unprecedented, Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub said Monday.

Rajoub, speaking after the Asian Football Confederation’s congress in Bahrain, was responding to media reports that Netanyahu had personally telephoned FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

More than 150,000 tickets sold to Real Madrid’s games in US for International Champions Cup

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Tickets for Real Madrid’s three games in the United States this summer as part of the International Champions Cup are selling fast.

So far, according to a spokesperson, more than 150,000 tickets have been sold for Real Madrid’s games on US soil. Those three games are:

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North Korea-Malaysia football match to be played in Pyongyang

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – An Asian Cup qualifier between North Korea and Malaysia will be played in Pyongyang, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced Monday, despite strained ties over an assassination in Kuala Lumpur.

The killing of Kim Jong-Nam - the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un - in February sparked a diplomatic row which saw both countries banning each other’s citizens from leaving and withdrawing their ambassadors.

Klopp blames Anfield pitch after stalemate

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Liverpool (AFP) – A disappointed Jurgen Klopp said the “really dry” Anfield pitch was partially to blame for Liverpool’s drab 0-0 home draw with Southampton that damaged their Champions League ambitions.

James Milner’s second-half missed penalty summed up an afternoon of frustration for Liverpool on Sunday as they failed to score against Southampton for the fourth time this season.

Mourinho goads Wenger after defeat at Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stoked the embers of his rivalry with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger after his side’s damaging 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

Second-half goals by Granit Xhaka and United alumnus Danny Welbeck earned Arsenal victory on Sunday as Wenger overcame Mourinho in a Premier League game for the first time in 13 attempts.

Mission improbable for Atletico, Monaco in Champions League semis

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid and Monaco will attempt to overturn daunting first-leg deficits in the Champions League semi-finals this week and publicly they insist they can pull off the improbable.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone went as far as to say that coming back from 3-0 down to holders Real Madrid in their derby at home would be “impossible” for other teams - but not his.

Wallace, Villa fire NYCFC past Atlanta in MLS

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New York (AFP) – Reigning Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player David Villa celebrated his contract extension with New York City FC with a goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Atlanta United.

Former Spain and Barcelona star Villa returned from a one match absence due to illness and quickly made his presence felt at Yankee Stadium.

Hulk denies punch, says ‘I like Chinese people’

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG’s Brazilian striker Hulk insisted he likes and respects “all of the Chinese people” as he rejected claims of a racially motivated assault on an assistant coach in the Chinese Super League.

Guizhou Zhicheng’s head coach Li Bing has accused the muscular Brazilian of punching his assistant coach Yu Ming at half-time during SIPG’s 3-0 victory on Saturday.

FIFA finances ‘extremely solid’ – Infantino

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino claimed on Monday that the finances of football’s governing body were “extremely solid”, despite it posting a $369 million loss earlier this year.

Speaking at the Asian Football Confederation’s congress in Bahrain, Infantino said the losses were in line with FIFA’s “business model” and there was no need for it give “artificial” figures.

‘Verbal’ deal with Advocaat as new Dutch coach

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The Hague (AFP) – Veteran coach Dick Advocaat looks set for a third stint in charge of the floundering Dutch national side after reaching an agreement with the football federation, local media reported Monday.

The paperwork for the return of the 69-year-old, currently at Turkish club Fenerbahce, “most likely will be completed this week”, his business manager Rob Jansen told the ANP national news agency.

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante completes awards double

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London (AFP) – Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante completed a prestigious awards double on Monday when he was named footballer of the year by Britain’s Football Writers’ Association.

The France international, 26, won the Premier League title with Leicester City last season and is closing in on a second successive triumph with Chelsea.

Things get Messi for Iranian lookalike

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Tehran (AFP) – Iranian student Reza Parastesh looks so much like his sporting hero Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order this week.

So many people came out to take selfies with Parastesh in the western city of Hamedan over the weekend that police rushed him into a station and impounded his car to stop the chaos and clear traffic.

Dortmund coach Tuchel nearing exit – reports

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is likely to leave the club at the end of the season after public disagreements with the Bundesliga side’s bosses, German media said on Monday.

The latest sign of friction came at the weekend when chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted his relationship with Tuchel was strained over the decision to play their Champions League quarter-final first leg a day after a bomb attack on their team bus last month.

Celta Vigo beaten again ahead of Man Utd trip

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Madrid (AFP) – Celta Vigo’s collapse in form continued as a much-changed side was swept away 3-0 by an on fire Malaga on Sunday.

Ahead of Celta’s trip to Manchester United in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final, coach Eduardo Berizzo made nine changes from the side that lost Thursday’s first leg 1-0.

Dzeko double, El Shaarawy strike down mediocre Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Edin Dzeko hit a brace and former AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy added a third as Roma secured a 4-1 win that sent the capital side back up to second in Serie A Sunday.

Roma travelled to the San Siro under plenty of pressure after Napoli’s 3-1 win over Cagliari on Saturday took the southerners up to second to sit eight points behind leaders Juventus.

Evra nets first Marseille goal to sink Nice

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Paris (AFP) – Patrice Evra scored his first goal for Marseille in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Nice to extinguish the visitors’ hopes of claiming an automatic Champions League qualifying spot.

Ricardo Pereira and Dalbert both hit the post for Nice inside the opening 15 minutes, but Marseille grabbed the lead when Bafetimbi Gomis headed in his team-leading 18th goal of the season.

Immobile sparks rout as Lazio pile pressure on Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile hit a brace as Lazio thrashed Sampdoria 7-3 to cut the gap on third-placed Roma to five points in Serie A on Sunday.

A week after a 3-1 romp secured the bragging rights in the Rome derby, Lazio extended their impressive end-of-season run of form to lead 5-1 by half-time.

Hope for Arsenal as Wenger breaks Mourinho hex

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger bested Jose Mourinho in the Premier League at the 13th attempt as Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday to revive their challenge for Champions League qualification.

Quick-fire second-half goals by Granit Xhaka and United old boy Danny Welbeck at the Emirates Stadium condemned the visitors to their first defeat in 26 league games, since a 4-0 thrashing at Chelsea on October 23.

Immobile at the double as Lazio pile pressure on Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile hit a brace as Lazio routed Sampdoria 7-3 to cut the gap on third-placed Roma to five points in Serie A on Sunday.

A week after a 3-1 romp secured the bragging rights in the Capital Derby, Lazio confirmed their end-of-season purple patch to take a 5-1 lead at the half-time interval.

Milner in spot of bother as Reds held

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool’s James Milner missed a penalty as his side wasted a chance to bolster their bid to qualify for the Champions League in an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

With rivals Arsenal and Manchester United clashing in Sunday’s late kick-off, Jurgen Klopp’s team had a golden opportunity to seize the initiative in the race for a top-four finish.

Hardline Conte tells Chelsea to go for the kill

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte is on the verge of winning the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea and the uncompromising Italian has challenged his players to now go in for the kill.

Buoyed by second-placed Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat West Ham on Friday, Conte’s side host Middlesbrough on Monday knowing they need six points from their last four games to be crowned champions.

Roberts wants to create history with Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic winger Patrick Roberts says he turned down the chance to go to the under-20 World Cup with England to create history with the Hoops.

The 20-year-old had played a key part in firing Paul Simpson’s English youngsters to the finals in South Korea, which are due to start on May 20.

Guardiola on the attack despite Manchester City rout

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are the Premier League’s most creative team, but the Spaniard warned his players must show a more ruthless streak despite their 5-0 rout of Crystal Palace.

Guardiola’s side were in prolific form as they thrashed Palace at Eastlands on Saturday to climb to third place, at least until Liverpool play Southampton on Sunday.

FIFA gathers in Bahrain under a fresh cloud

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Doha (AFP) – Two years on from the corruption crisis which consumed FIFA, football’s governing body meets for its latest annual Congress in Bahrain this week still far from free of suspicion.

It was May 2015 in Switzerland, as delegates prepared for that year’s Congress, when plain-clothes officers pounced and arrested scores of FIFA officials.

Sapong does the trick as Union snap skid

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Washington (AFP) – C.J. Sapong’s hat trick lifted the Philadelphia Union to a 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, snapping the Union’s 15-match Major League Soccer winless streak.

The Union’s first victory of this season insured the Red Bulls’ own away losing streak continued - now stretching to five matches.

Juventus’ Benatia in live TV racism storm

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Milan (AFP) – Italian football has been hit by a second racist storm inside a week after Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia was insulted live on air during a live, post-match television interview with Italian state broadcaster Rai.

Benatia, a Morocco international, was being interviewed following a 1-1 Serie A draw at home with city rivals Torino when it was cut embarrassingly short by what seemed like a studio technician’s gaffe.

Bobby Robson set benchmark for English managers abroad: Mourinho

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London (AFP) – English football managers should take a leaf out of the late Bobby Robson’s book, Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho told the Mail on Sunday.

Mourinho formed a close friendship with Robson - who died in 2009 from cancer - first as his interpreter at Sporting Lisbon and then at Porto whilst at the same time becoming a tactical analyst, the duo’s time together peaking at Barcelona.

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

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

The Premier League season is nearing its end, but there’s still everything to play for in the division - including Arsenal and Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top four or five.

Shakespeare coy over Leicester future

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare insisted he is not taking a contract extension as Leicester manager for granted despite enhancing his claims with a 3-0 home win against Watford.

The Foxes guaranteed their Premier League safety as Shakespeare took his own tally to 22 points in 10 league games at the helm since replacing the sacked Claudio Ranieri earlier this year.

Last-gasp Higuain beats Hart to grab share of derby spoils

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain fired a last-gasp leveller past England keeper Joe Hart to save Juventus’s blushes in a 1-1 derby draw with Torino that kept the Serie A giants’ title celebrations on ice Saturday.

Torino looked to be heading for their first derby win over Juve since April 2015 when Adem Ljajic put the visitors ahead minutes after the restart.

Monaco take step closer to French title

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Paris (AFP) – Player of the year nominee Bernardo Silva was on target as Monaco eased to a 3-0 win at Nancy on Saturday to leave them on the brink of a first French title since 2000.

Monaco had seen nearest challengers Paris Saint-Germain trounce bottom club Bastia 5-0 earlier in the day, but they responded in style with a comfortable victory at the Stade Marcel-Picot.

Real reserves thrash Granada, Barca’s ‘MSN’ hit 100 mark

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Madrid (AFP) – Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez scored twice as a much-changed Real Madrid moved to within three victories of winning La Liga with a 4-0 demolition of Tony Adams’s already-relegated Granada.

Earlier, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were all on target to take their combined tally for the season to 102 as Barcelona kept pace at the top with a 4-1 win over Villarreal.

RB Leizpig claim direct Champions League berth

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig capped off a superb first Bundesliga campaign with automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League as Timo Werner scored twice in Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin.

Leipzig, founded by energy drinks giants Red Bull in 2009, only reached Germany’s top flight this season after four promotions in seven years.

Germany’s Reus leaves Confed Cup place open

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus is the latest Germany star poised to miss the Conferderations Cup in Russia after leaving his place open at the World Cup warm-up tournament.

“I will certainly speak with the national head coach (Joachim Loew) again and weigh up what is best for me,” said Reus after scoring in Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Swansea climb out of Premier League drop zone

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Swansea gave themselves hope of Premier League survival as Fernando Llorente’s first-half header secured a 1-0 win at home to Everton on Saturday that took the Welsh club out of the relegation zone.

Llorente’s goal, his 13th of the season, lifted Swansea a point clear of the bottom three, leapfrogging Hull City who earlier on Saturday lost at home to already relegated Sunderland.

City boost top-four bid, Hull in danger

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London (AFP) – Manchester City improved their prospects of Champions League qualification with a 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, while Swansea City’s 1-0 win over Everton pushed Hull City into the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.

Frustrated by damaging draws in their previous two games, City got back on track and climbed to third in the table after a stylish display inspired by David Silva’s return from injury at Eastlands.

RB Leizpig claim automatic Champions League berth

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig capped off a superb first Bundesliga campaign by securing automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League as Timo Werner scored twice in their 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Leipzig, founded by energy drinks giants Red Bull in 2009, only reached Germany’s top flight this season after four promotions in seven years.

Spartak beat Tomsk, on verge of title

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Moscow (AFP) – Spartak Moscow moved to within one point of a record 10th domestic title when they beat bottom club Tomsk 1-0 on Saturday.

A goal by Dutchman Quincy Promes set Spartak, who are in the hunt for their first title since 2001, to a hard-fought win.

It left them 10 points clear of second-placed city rivals CSKA with just three games to go.

City boost top four bid, Hull in danger

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London (AFP) – Manchester City improved their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League with a 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, while Swansea’s 1-0 win over Everton pushed Hull into the relegation zone on Saturday.

Frustrated by damaging draws in their previous two games, City got back on track and climbed to third in the table after a stylish display inspired by David Silva’s return from injury at Eastlands.

Birthday brace for Mertens as Napoli go second

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Milan (AFP) – Dries Mertens hit a brace on his 30th birthday to maintain his bid for the top goalscorer award as Napoli cruised to a 3-1 win over Cagliari to move up to second in Serie A.

Despite the recent return to action, and pleas for more playing time, by Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has stubbornly favoured Mertens as the southerners look to boost their hopes of automatic Champions League qualification.

‘MSN’ hit 100 mark as Barca pile pressure on Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were all on target as Barcelona beat Villarreal 4-1 to heap the pressure on Real Madrid, who travel to Granada later on Saturday.

Victory moved Barca three points clear of Madrid at the top of La Liga, but Real have four games left to the Catalans’ two.

Saul fires Atletico to top-four finish

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid secured Champions League football for a fifth straight season as Saul Niguez’s solitary strike earned a 1-0 home win over Eibar on Saturday.

Diego Simeone’s men still harbour outside hopes of returning to the Champions League final for the third time in four years as they host local rivals Real Madrid for the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday trailing 3-0 from the first leg.

Hull suffer Sunderland setback in quest to stay up

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Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Hull City’s hopes of Premier League survival took a dent and manager Marco Silva lost his proud unbeaten home record as they were stunned 2-0 by already relegated Sunderland on Saturday.

Silva was a surprise appointment when given the Hull job in January but the Portuguese has revived the side to give the Tigers hope of remaining in the English top flight.

Controversial Verratti goal helps PSG keep pressure on Monaco

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Paris (AFP) – A hotly contested goal by Marco Verratti helped Paris Saint-Germain to a comfortable 5-0 win over bottom club Bastia on Saturday as the reigning champions kept the pressure on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

Edinson Cavani scored twice and also had a late penalty saved, with Lucas Moura and Marquinhos getting the other goals for the hosts at the Parc des Princes.

City boost top four bid, Hull remain in trouble

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London (AFP) – Manchester City improved their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League with a 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, while relegation-threatened Hull suffered a damaging 2-0 defeat against Sunderland on Saturday.

Frustrated by damaging draws in their previous two games, City got back on track and climbed to third in the table after a stylish display inspired by David Silva’s return from injury at Eastlands.

Bernat nets as Bayern relegate Darmstadt

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Berlin (AFP) – Spain defender Juan Bernat netted the only goal of the game as champions Bayern Munich beat Darmstadt 1-0 on Saturday, a result that confirmed their opponents’ relegation.

Bayern, Bundesliga champions for the fifth year in a row, were made to work for victory at the Allianz Arena and Torsten Frings’ Darmstadt might have snatched a point, but Hamit Altintop’s late penalty was saved.

Two own goals as Bournemouth ensure safety

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Bournemouth will play Premier League football again next season after they benefited from a late own goal to snatch a 2-2 home draw with Stoke City on Saturday.

The point for Stoke means they too are realistically safe from relegation for another year after a topsy-turvy game that featured two own goals and several missed chances.

Bomb attack aftermath sparked tension with Tuchel – Dortmund CEO

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s CEO admits his relationship with coach Thomas Tuchel is strained over the decision to play their Champions League quarter-final a day after a bomb attack on their team bus.

The squad was left shaken and defender Marc Barta needed a wrist operation after three bomb blasts hit the Dortmund bus on the way to their first leg at home to Monaco on April 11.

Barcelona give backing to Catalan independence referendum

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona on Saturday gave their backing to a referendum for Catalan independence, which the region’s president Carles Puigdemont wants to hold later this year.

A brief statement released by the reigning Spanish champions said they “agreed with the National Pact for the Referendum, the campaign to gather support from institutions, organisations, those in elected office and individuals inside and outside Catalonia.

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for April 25-30, 2017

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Viewership numbers for Liga MX remain strong with both of Mexico’s super clubs attracting audiences greater than 1 million. Club América led the way as 1.3 million tuned in to their 2-1 defeat by Atlas on Univision.

Liga MX broadcasts are averaging 735,446 viewers so far in the 2017 Apertura, up from 687,186 during the 2016 Clasura.

Two Dutch players reveal child sex abuse at clubs: report

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The Hague (AFP) – Two former youth players at Dutch first-division clubs Vitesse Arnhem and PSV Eindhoven revealed they were sexually abused by coaches as aspiring footballers, in the first such cases reported in The Netherlands, a report said Saturday.

It comes after a call by the authoritative De Volkskrant newspaper for abused players to come forward following a major sex-abuse scandal that has rocked British football.

Silva stars as Man City thrash Palace to maintain Champions League bid

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – David Silva returned from injury with a goal as Manchester City strengthened their Champions League qualification chances with a comfortable 5-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Silva, out for a fortnight after suffering a blow to his knee during the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal, struck inside the first two minutes.

Cordial Wenger and Mourinho in salvage mode

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London (AFP) – There has been a telling absence of mind games between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho ahead of Sunday’s encounter between the teams.

Arsenal-United games used to be furious, season-defining epics, while Wenger’s relationship with Mourinho has crackled with animosity for much of the past 13 years.

Klopp believes he can work magic on German star

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Liverpool (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp is confident he will convince in-form German international midfielder Emre Can to sign a new long-term contract at Liverpool.

Can scored a spectacular winning goal last Monday in a 1-0 victory at Watford that greatly improved Klopp’s chances of leading Liverpool to a top-four finish in his first full season in charge at Anfield.

Pochettino rocked by Hammer blow

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino fears Tottenham have blown their chance of winning the Premier League because they lack the ruthless streak required to succeed under intense pressure.

Pochettino’s side crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Friday that left their title bid in tatters and put Chelsea within touching distance of being crowned champions.

Muntari says ‘treated like criminal’ after racial abuse

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Rome (AFP) – Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari says he was “treated like a criminal” after he complained he was being racially abused in a Serie A match and given a one-game ban.

The 32-year-old Ghanaian is now free to play in Sunday’s home game against Crotone after the ban was rescinded on appeal.

Ronaldo rested again for Granada trip

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was again left out of the Real Madrid squad for Saturday’s La Liga trip to relegated Granada following his Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid in midweek.

The Portuguese striker, 32, has been rested for four of Real’s last five away league games to ensure he is in prime condition for their assault on becoming the first side to retain the Champions League.

Lanzini leaves Spurs’ title bid in tatters

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London (AFP) – Manuel Lanzini left Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge in tatters as the West Ham forward sealed a 1-0 win that put Chelsea within touching distance of being crowned champions.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side paid the price for a lethargic display at the London Stadium and Lanzini’s second half strike may well have ended their hopes of winning the title for the first time since 1961.

Guardiola plans spending spree to buy goals for Manchester City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola admits he will have to “buy goals” before next season in a bid to cure Manchester City’s lack of killer instinct.

Guardiola’s side enter the final stages of the Premier League season with a top four finish still in doubt due, according to the manager, to their failure in the opposition penalty area.

Why Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka is not a flop

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The word flop gets thrown around quite often in the sports world, especially dealing with European soccer. Generally, to be considered a flop a player has to (or least should) cost a significant amount of money and also make little impact, both statistically and on a personal level, with his new club.

Bolt wants to be ‘among best players in world’ on the football pitch

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Paris (AFP) – Usain Bolt conquered athletics and now the fastest man on the planet says he wants to become among the top players in world football.

The Jamaican sprint legend, 30, will retire after the World Championships in London in August after a track and field career in which he has amassed eight Olympic gold medals, 11 world titles and three world records.

Manchester City banned from signing academy players

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have been hit with a ban on signing youth academy players for two years after breaching Premier League regulations.

City were found to have approached the families of two promising young players who were registered with other clubs in a bid to lure them to Eastlands.

Barcelona vs. Villarreal predicted lineups and TV times

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Time is running out for Barcelona as they seek to reel in Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table, meaning victory over Villarreal at the Camp Nou on Saturday is essential if they’re to preserve any hopes of winning the title.

Although the Blaugrana have won both games since their remarkable Clasico triumph, Los Blancos have recovered well from that last-minute loss courtesy of Lionel Messi at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Superga Torino ‘heroes’ can help us beat Juventus: Mihajlovic

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Olbia (Italy) (AFP) – Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic believes the legacy of the Torino squad that perished in the Superga disaster can help his side beat Serie A leaders Juventus in the city derby on Saturday.

On May 4, 1949 a plane flying the ‘Grande Torino’ squad and staff back from a friendly against Portuguese giants Benfica crashed into the Superga Basilica which overlooks the city, killing 31 people.

Messi ban lifted in major boost to Argentina World Cup hopes

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Zurich (AFP) – Argentina’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup were given a huge boost on Friday after FIFA overturned Lionel Messi’s four-game ban for swearing at an assistant referee.

FIFA said there was not enough evidence to support the stiff punishment meted out in March to the 29-year-old Barcelona striker, who is central to Argentina’s faltering bid to get to Russia 2018.

Manchester City keeper Bravo out for rest of season

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has revealed Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will miss the rest of the season with a calf injury.

Bravo, who has endured an inconsistent season since arriving from Barcelona last August, was taken off on a stretcher after sustaining the injury against Manchester United on April 27.

Kylian Mbappe ‘exceptional’, says Real Madrid boss Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Kylian Mbappe’s “exceptional” breakout season on Friday as speculation mounted that the Monaco starlet has set his heart on a move to Real Madrid.

Friday’s edition of the Madrid sports daily Marca said that the 18-year-old Mbappe has indicated his desire to join the reigning European champions.

Costa should ignore China talk, says Chelsea boss Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has warned Diego Costa to ignore speculation about a potential move to the lucrative Chinese Super League and focus on firing Chelsea to the Premier League title.

Reports this week claimed Tianjin Quanjian had agreed a deal with the Premier League leaders to sign the volatile Spain striker.

Shakespeare planning ahead after Leicester’s wild ride

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester return home to the King Power Stadium to face Watford on Saturday with their Premier League future effectively secure and thoughts already turning to a crucial close-season.

The Premier League champions this week had to hand back the trophy they won a year ago and Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare is urging his players to finally put their fairytale title success behind them.

Darmstadt should lose 18-0 at Bayern, says president

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Berlin (AFP) – Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Saturday host bottom side Darmstadt, whose club president says it should be an 18-0 thrashing – based on the clubs’ respective financial clout.

Darmstadt’s two-year stint in the Bundesliga is poised to end with their relegation set to be confirmed after Saturday’s David verses Goliath clash, given that they are nine points from safety with three games left.

FIFA lifts Messi four-game international ban

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA on Friday overturned Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s four-game ban from international matches imposed for swearing at an assistant referee, saying there was not enough evidence to support the stiff punishment.

The U-turn is a major boost to Argentina’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup in Russia, with the South Americans struggling in regional qualifying.

Mourinho to rest United stars for Arsenal clash

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Vigo (Spain) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho pledged to rest a host of first-team regulars for Sunday’s Premier League showdown at Arsenal as he believes his side have missed their chance to claim a top-four finish.

Mourinho instead vowed to keep his key players as fresh as possible for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo on May 11 having claimed a vital 1-0 first leg lead in Spain thanks to Marcus Rashford’s winner on Thursday night.

Players deserve privacy over mental health – Klopp

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp strongly believes players should be allowed to deal with health issues in private, saying of the glare of publicity focused on Everton’s Aaron Lennon: “I really hate it.”

Lennon has been in the spotlight after the former England winger was detained under the Mental Health Act on Sunday.

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

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

Tottenham Hotspur has a huge opportunity to close the gap with Chelsea to one point with a win today at West Ham United’s London Stadium. Psychologically, it’d be a huge boost for Spurs and a blow to Chelsea.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 36

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With Championship Sunday less than three weeks away, NBC Sports Group presents a full slate of matches this week, with five match days in a six-day span beginning this Friday, May 5, at 3 p.m. ET with West Ham United v. second-place Tottenham on NBCSN. Tottenham are coming off a 2-0 win over rivals Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday.

Does football have a gambling problem?

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It is no surprise that the world of online gaming, online casinos, and sports betting has exploded. It was a predictable outcome, with high odds. Due to the rapid advancement of technology, improvements in accessibility to connectivity and the prediction that by 2020, there will be 75 billion internet ready devices in the world- it comes as no surprise.

Jesus back to fire Man City’s top-four push

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus’s return has come at a good time for Manchester City as they seek to move closer to Champions League qualification by beating Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.

The Brazil striker, 20, has made two appearances since recovering from a broken foot sustained at Bournemouth in February.

Monaco revert to title chase after Euro blow

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has called on his players to put their Champions League disappointment out of their minds and take a big step towards securing the French title when they go to Nancy on Saturday.

The principality side look set to bow out of the Champions League in the semi-finals after losing 2-0 at home to a superior Juventus at the Stade Louis II in Wednesday’s first leg.

Khedira ice cool as treble-chasing Juve sight scudetto

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Alghero (Italy) (AFP) – Cool-headed midfielder Sami Khedira has called for focus as treble-chasing Juventus seek to wrap up a record Serie A title with a derby win over Torino.

A Juventus win on Saturday, coupled with a Roma defeat at Europa League-chasing AC Milan on Sunday, would take the champions’ lead over the capital side to 12 points with three games to play.

Barton’s offence not a crime: bookmaker security chief

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London (AFP) – Burnley midfielder Joey Barton’s betting on football matches should be put into context in that he broke the rules of football but it was not matchfixing, Bill South director of security at leading English bookmakers William Hill told AFP.

Barton - who throughout his stormy career has never been far from controversy - received a potentially career-ending 18 month suspension from the Football Association (FA) last week for admitting to placing 1,260 bets on football matches between 2006 and 2016.

Record-breaking Sydney FC put all on the line in decider

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Sydney (AFP) – Sydney FC, coming off a record-breaking season with just one defeat, will put it all on the line against Melbourne Victory in Sunday’s Australian A-League grand final in Sydney.

The Sky Blues have been hailed the A-League’s greatest team after finishing the regular season with a record 66 points from 20 wins in 27 games and 17 points ahead of the nearest rivals Victory.

China’s Tianjin deny Diego Costa transfer report

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Beijing (AFP) – China Super League club Tianjin Quanjin have denied reports they signed Chelsea striker Diego Costa for a record-breaking 90 million euros ($99 million).

In a statement posted to its Weibo social media account late Thursday, the team said “so far we haven’t communicated with Diego Costa about the transfer matter”.

Neymar ordered to stand trial for corruption

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents will stand trial over alleged corruption, making the Brazilian the latest football superstar to have to take the stand, a Spanish court ordered on Thursday.

The National Court also ordered Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell to be sent to trial over Neymar’s transfer from Santos in 2013, accused both of corruption and fraud.

Sunderland still want me, says manager David Moyes

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London (AFP) – David Moyes has revealed Sunderland owner Ellis Short wants him to remain in charge at the Stadium of Light despite his club’s relegation from the Premier League.

Moyes criticised Short’s failure to back him in the transfer market in January and it was suggested Sunderland’s slide into the Championship would trigger the Scot’s dismissal.

Is a Napster-like fate awaiting soccer? 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 25, special guest Mark Donaldson (ESPN) and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• How illegal streaming of soccer games could be a downward spiral for the sport,

• Huge news for fans of clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two,

• What soccer fans need to know about the new Hulu Live TV product,

• The latest TV ratings from the Premier League, Liga MX and other soccer leagues on US TV,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

Title, not transfers, on Pochettino’s mind

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham Hotspur are already the “champions” of transfer rumours, but he says nothing will distract his side in their pursuit of the Premier League title.

Right-back Kyle Walker is the latest member of Spurs’ talented squad to be linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, following reports of a row with manager Pochettino.

beIN SPORTS Connect now integrated directly into fuboTV streaming service

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fuboTV has now integrated beIN SPORTS Connect directly into its streaming service for fubo Premier and fubo Latino customers.

Previously, fuboTV subscribers were able to access beIN SPORTS Connect but it required logging in to the fuboTV website, then going to the beIN SPORTS Connect website, authenticating your login and then trying to get it to work on your browser (beIN SPORTS Connect natively doesn’t work on Firefox or Chrome browsers).

Rashford edges Man Utd towards Europa League final

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Vigo (Spain) (AFP) – Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick 23 minutes from time put Manchester United on the brink of reaching the Europa League final with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Thursday.

Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez kept the Spaniards in the tie before half-time with a string of saves to deny Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jese Lingard.

Bastia punished over violence

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 side Bastia were punished on Thursday for crowd violence which forced last month’s home match with Lyon to be abandoned at half time.

The league’s disciplinary commission awarded Lyon a win and ordered Bastia’s Furiani stadium to be closed for two games.

Rashford edges Manchester United towards Europa League final

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Vigo (Spain) (AFP) – Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick 23 minutes from time put Manchester United on the brink of reaching the Europa League final with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Thursday.

Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez kept the Spaniards in the tie before half-time with a string of saves to deny Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jese Lingard.

Rashford gives Manchester United Europa League edge in Spain

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Vigo (Spain) (AFP) – Marcus Rashford’s sublime second half free-kick earned Manchester United a 1-0 win in their Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo on Thursday.

Rashford’s valuable away goal gives Jose Mourinho’s side the upper hand with the second leg at Old Trafford next week.

Fourth-choice Baxter to coach South Africa again

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Johannesburg (AFP) – England-born Stuart Baxter was named South Africa coach Thursday for a second time after a saga in which three preferred candidates dropped out of contention.

Baxter, 63, who coaches Pretoria-based top-flight club SuperSport United, was hired when plans to lure Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard or Hugo Broos failed to materialise.

Japan-bound Podolski focused on Galatasaray for now

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Istanbul (AFP) – German striker Lukas Podolski said Thursday he is focussed on the end of his stint at Galatasaray rather than on his big money June switch to Japan’s Vissel Kobe.

The 31-year-old former Arsenal star, who has played for Istanbul giant Galatasaray since 2015, announced in March he was joining Vissel Kobe in a deal understood to be worth around $15 million.

Aaron Lennon’s health top priority, says Everton boss Koeman

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London (AFP) – Everton will give winger Aaron Lennon all the time he needs to recover from his mental health problems, manager Ronald Koeman said on Thursday.

England international Lennon, 30, was detained by police on Sunday over fears for his welfare and Everton said he was being treated for a “stress-related illness”.

Wenger ready to make peace with Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is prepared to bury the hatchet with old foe Jose Mourinho ahead of Sunday’s home game with Manchester United.

Wenger regularly clashed with Mourinho during the Portuguese’s two stints as Chelsea manager, the rivalry spilling over into a touchline shoving match during an October 2014 game at Stamford Bridge.

Buffon lashes out at Superga vandals

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Alghero (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has lashed out at vandals who tarnished the memory of “bitter rivals” but “close cousins” Torino near the site of the Superga Basilica days before the city derby.

On Thursday, thousands of people - mostly fans of Torino football club - were set to walk up to the church which overlooks the city to commemorate the 68th anniversary of a plane crash that wiped out the squad.

Neymar ordered to stand trial for fraud in Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – A Spanish court on Thursday ordered Barcelona’s Brazilian star Neymar and his parents to stand trial over alleged fraud and corruption in the player’s transfer from Santos in 2013.

The National Court also ordered Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell, as well as the two clubs, Barcelona and Brazil’s Santos, to be sent to trial over the affair.

Spanish court orders Barcelona’s Neymar to stand trial for fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – A Spanish court on Thursday ordered Barcelona’s Brazilian star Neymar and his parents to stand trial over alleged fraud and corruption in the player’s transfer from Santos in 2013.

The National Court also ordered Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell, as well as the two clubs, Barcelona and Santos, to be sent to trial over the affair.

Commentator Derek Rae announces return to United States

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Commentator Derek Rae has announced that this season will be his last for BT Sport, and that he’ll be returning to the United States this summer.

The accomplished professional, who has commentated on international soccer for more than twenty years including calling the World Cup, Champions League, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Europa League, is one of the leading commentators in world soccer.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil says “don’t say I don’t care”

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London (AFP) – Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has defended himself against criticism of his attitude and says his nonchalant body language can be misleading.

Ozil, 28, has been a peripheral figure as Arsenal’s season has hit the skids, with Arsene Wenger’s side slipping from the top four and being thrashed 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Five unresolved issues in the Premier League

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London (AFP) – With the end of the Premier League season just two and a half weeks away, here are five issues that are still to be resolved ahead of this weekend’s matches.

1. The title race

Their fine 2-0 win over Arsenal having kept the heat on leaders Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur can trim the gap to a single point with victory at West Ham United on Friday.

Kane vows to make Chelsea squirm

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane says Tottenham plan on making Chelsea squirm this weekend as his title chasers look to pile pressure on the leaders with a win against West Ham on Friday.

With Chelsea not in action until Monday’s clash with Middlesbrough, Mauricio Pochettino’s second placed side can temporarily move within one point of top spot if they beat the Hammers at the London Stadium.

Monaco outclassed but Higuain warns Juve not there yet

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Monaco (AFP) – Two-goal hero Gonzalo Higuain urged his Juventus teammates to keep their feet on the ground after a brilliant 2-0 win in Monaco on Wednesday that left them on the brink of the Champions League final.

Argentine striker Higuain was set up by Dani Alves to open the scoring in the 29th minute and then converted an Alves cross just before the hour as Juve claimed a seemingly decisive victory in the semi-final first leg at the Stade Louis II.

PSG ‘to bid 70 mn euros’ for Aubameyang

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Berlin (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain are poised to make a 70-million-euro ($76.5 million) offer to Borussia Dortmund for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a report in Germany said on Thursday.

Bild says the French-born hot-shot, who has scored 35 goals this season, has already met PSG director of football Patrick Kluivert in Paris and would double his salary.

Football: India breaks into FIFA top 100 after 21 years

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New Delhi (AFP) – The Indian men’s football team on Thursday climbed to the 100th spot in the latest FIFA world rankings - their best rating in more than two decades.

Despite having a population of well over one billion, India languishes as a footballing minnow, ranked equally alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia in a global table headed by Brazil.

Where to find Celta vs. Man United Europa League semi-final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Celta vs. Man United, you’ve come to the right place.

Spanish club Celta de Vigo faces Manchester United today in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final. The winner of this year’s tournament will qualify for the Champions League next season, so both teams plus Ajax and Lyon will be focused on trying to go all the way in this competition.

Real defender Carvajal out with hamstring injury

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal sustained an injured hamstring in his team’s 3-0 victory over city rivals Atletico in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, the European champions announced Wednesday.

Real said Carvajal “has been diagnosed with a grade 2 hamstring injury in his right leg.

Higuain double propels Juventus to Champions League win at Monaco

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Monaco (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain struck a clinical brace as Juventus claimed a 2-0 victory away to Monaco in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.

The Argentine forward buried a first-time strike to fire the Italian giants ahead on 29 minutes at the Stade Louis II before grabbing his second on the hour from another Dani Alves assist.

Juventus close on Champions League final as Higuain hurts Monaco

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Monaco (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain scored both goals as an imperious Juventus beat Monaco 2-0 in their Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday to take a huge step towards next month’s final in Cardiff.

Both of Higuain’s goals came from Dani Alves assists, with the Argentine hitman rounding off a breathtaking team move to open the scoring just before the half-hour mark and converting the second from close range after the break.

EFL to stream Football League games via subscription service to fans in US and abroad

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Beginning with the 2017/18 season, soccer fans of English Football League (EFL) clubs in the United States will be able to watch every single game of their favorite club online.

For soccer fans who have been unable to watch any games of their favorite Football League club, this is a dream come true.

Totti to retire at end of season: Roma

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Rome (AFP) – Roma club icon Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season when the 40-year-old’s contract expires, new sports director Monchi said on Wednesday.

“I want him here right by my side. He is Roma. He can teach me what Roma is,” said Monchi at his unveiling in the role, adding the captain will remain at the club in a management position.

Ruthless Traore sparks Ajax rout of Lyon

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Amsterdam (AFP) – On-loan Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore scored twice and grabbed an assist as Ajax trounced Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of Wednesday’s Europa League semi-final.

The Burkina Faso international nodded Ajax ahead after 25 minutes at the Amsterdam Arena before Danish teenager Kasper Dolberg rifled in a second from Traore’s towering header.

Triple injury boost for Manchester United as Mourinho prioritises Europe

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Vigo (Spain) (AFP) – Manchester United’s injury crisis has eased in time for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final, first leg at Celta Vigo as Jose Mourinho confirmed Paul Pogba, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are fit to return in Spain.

Mourinho will also have Eric Bailly and Juan Mata available to compensate for the season-ending injuries suffered by top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw.

Villa extends New York City MLS stay

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New York (AFP) – David Villa has extended his stay in Major League Soccer for at least another season after inking a deal through to the end of 2018, New York City FC announced on Wednesday.

The former Spain and Barcelona star, who joined the club in 2014 and is the reigning league Most Valuable Player, said remaining in New York