EPL Talk Archives for January 2017

Ronaldo-less Real complete Super Cup rout of Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win.

Ronaldo was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent-off in the first leg, but his replacement Marco Asensio enhanced his reputation as one of world football’s rising stars as he smashed Madrid into the lead after just four minutes.

Napoli punish nine-man Nice

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Paris (AFP) – Napoli took a big step towards the Champions League group stage with a 2-0 win over outclassed nine-man Nice in their play-off, first-leg in Italy on Wednesday.

The Riviera side were down to nine men after 79 minutes when Alassane Pléa was sent off for a second yellow card just after Vincent Koziello’s straight dismissal.

Sigurdsson completes record £45 million move to Everton FC

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London (AFP) – Everton signed Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Premier League rivals Swansea for a club record £45 million ($58m, 49.4m euros) on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old penned a five-year contract worth a reported £100,000 a week to become Everton’s record signing, topping the £31.

Colorado Rapids finally move on from Pablo Mastroeni

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Photo credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Pablo Mastoreni didn’t set out to be a manager.

It was the winter of 2013. FC Dallas was looking for a coach, and the then-Colorado Rapids manager Oscar Pareja - who had spent fourteen years in Dallas before moving to Colorado - wanted the job.

PSG’s Matuidi undergoes Juventus medical

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Milan (AFP) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on the verge of signing for Juventus, who have agreed to pay Paris Saint-Germain a reported 20 million euros plus bonuses, after undergoing a medical on Wednesday.

Matuidi, who won four consecutive league titles with PSG, was met by dozens of enthusiastic fans on his arrival at Torino’s Caselle airport on Wednesday before undergoing a medical.

China Under-20 football team face triple German snub

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side.

However, three teams in Germany have refused to face the Chinese with one club claiming it’s a just a blatant commercial gesture.

Raging Ronaldo ‘persecuted’ as appeal against ban rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his treatment by the Spanish Football Federation as “persecution” after his appeal against a five-game ban was rejected on Wednesday.

The World Player of the Year will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT) and Madrid’s first four games of the season in La Liga.

Raging Ronaldo ‘persecuted’ as appeal ban rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his treatment from the Spanish Football Federation as “persecution” after his appeal against a five-game ban was rejected on Wednesday.

The World Player of the Year will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT) and Madrid’s first four games of the season in La Liga.

How MLS is using VAR differently than the Bundesliga and FIFA: 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 39, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Our opinions about NBC’s opening weekend of Premier League coverage,

• Our thoughts on Premier League Pass,

• How much of an impact the Championship can have on ESPN3,

• Kartik’s insight regarding VAR after meeting with Howard Webb,

• Plus news about ESPN launching a new paid streaming product.

Ronaldo appeal against five-game ban rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo will be suspended for Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup, second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday evening after his appeal against a five-game ban was dismissed.

The Spanish football federation’s (RFEF) appeals committee “dismissed the appeal presented by Real Madrid”, the RFEF said in a statement on Wednesday.

Monaco coach says Mbappe was dropped to ‘protect’ him

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has claimed that star striker Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench last weekend “to protect him” rather than as a punishment.

The 18-year-old sensation reportedly wants away from the French champions, with Paris Saint-Germain his favoured destination but Real Madrid also reportedly ready to pay 180 million euros ($211 million) for his services.

Sigurdsson passes medical, set for record move to Everton

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London (AFP) – Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is due to complete a £45 million ($58m, 49.4m euros) move to Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea City later on Wednesday after he passed a medical, Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman announced.

The 27-year-old, due to sign a five-year contract worth £100,000 a week, would be Everton’s record signing, topping the £31.

Bayern expected to win sixth straight Bundesliga title

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich kick off the new Bundesliga season on Friday with the coaches of 13 of their 17 rivals expecting them to dominate again - although Usain Bolt’s recent shock defeat is being used as inspiration.

Bayern host Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena in the season opener, with the Bavarians the overwhelming favourites to win the title.

Tevez expected back in China after treatment – Shenhua

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Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai Shenhua denied suggestions that Carlos Tevez’s career in China was over and said Wednesday they expected him to return after the Argentine went home for treatment on a muscle injury.

The 33-year-old forward, one of the best-paid players in the world on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000), has scored just twice since joining the Chinese Super League (CSL) club in January from Boca Juniors and has missed half of this season’s games with injury.

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable again’, LeBron James blasts

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James blasted Donald Trump on Tuesday for making hate “fashionable again”, saying individuals must combat racism and not look to the “so-called president”.

James reacted swiftly after the US president reiterated his opinion that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville at the weekend.

Dane at vanguard of China’s World Cup quest

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Shanghai (AFP) – It is the World Cup final and China beat one of the traditional heavyweights showcasing a brand of fast, attacking football that their opponents cannot live with.

That, along with hosting the World Cup, is the dream of Chinese President Xi Jinping - and a Dane at a leading Chinese club is doing his part to try to make it happen.

‘Alexander the Great’ – Liverpool teen Alexander-Arnold earns rave reviews

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London (AFP) – Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stunning freekick for Liverpool in their 2-1 Champions League win over Hoffenheim had the British media purring ‘Who needs Coutinho?’ in reference to the want-away Brazilian star.

The 18-year-old’s opening goal for Liverpool in the tie in Germany - setting them up nicely for next week’s home leg - incited the Daily Mail to headline their report “Alexander The Great”.

Spaniard Jese joins Stoke on loan from PSG

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Paris (AFP) – Spanish forward Jese has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs announced on Wednesday.

“Jese was a man in demand when PSG made it clear they would allow him to leave on loan and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us,” said Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes.

Sigurdsson’s record move to Everton hinges on medical

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London (AFP) – Iceland midfielder is due to complete a £45 million ($58m, 49.4m euros) move to Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea later on Wednesday if he passes a medical, British media reported.

The 27-year-old, due to sign a five year contract worth £100,000 a week, would be Everton’s record signing, topping the £31.

China under-20 football team to play in German league

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side.

China’s Communist government, led by football fan President Xi Jinping, is throwing money at the sport in hopes of ending years of national underachievement.

Arsenal’s Wenger admits no progress on Sanchez contract talks

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

Wenger’s admission will only heighten speculation the 28-year-old Chile international forward will join Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Sanchez, who played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, is presently injured with an abdominal strain which will keep him out of Saturday’s game against Stoke City and prevented him from playing in the opening 4-3 win over Leicester City.

Where to find Real Madrid vs. Barcelona SuperCopa 2nd leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa, you’ve come to the right place.

After Real Madrid demolished Barcelona in the first leg by winning 3-1, Los Blancos are well on their way to winning the Spanish SuperCopa.

Where to find Celtic vs. Astana on US TV and streaming

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

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League season continues today with playoff action on FS2 and FOX Deportes. Ian Joy hosts UEFA Champions League studio coverage throughout the month of August alongside Wynalda, Brad Friedel and Warren Barton.

German female ref ready to whistle in Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus insists she is no feminist trailblazer as she prepares to become the first female ref in Europe’s top leagues having already tamed Bayern Munich’s stars.

The 38-year-old is on the official list of Bundesliga referees for the 2017/18 season, which starts Friday, meaning she will become the first female ref in the top flight of Germany, England, Spain, France or Italy.

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – James

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.

“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!

Own goal seals Liverpool win at Hoffenheim

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Berlin (AFP) – Liverpool took a significant step towards the Champions League group stages as James Milner helped seal their 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday in their play-off, first-leg.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are in pole position ahead of the return at Anfield on Wednesday, August 23.

Everton set to seal Sigurdsson swoop — reports

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London (AFP) – Everton have finally agreed a deal to sign Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for around £45 million ($57 million), according to reports on Tuesday.

Sigurdsson has been high on Everton manager Ronald Koeman’s wanted list for several months, but protracted negotiations over the transfer fee had delayed the Iceland international’s move.

Albion sign Everton midfielder Barry

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London (AFP) – West Bromwich Albion signed former England midfielder Gareth Barry from Everton for an undisclosed fee on Tuesday.

Barry has agreed a one-year contract with the Baggies after being told he could leave Goodison Park following Everton’s summer spending spree.

The 36-year-old missed Everton’s opening Premier League match against Stoke on Saturday because of an ankle problem, but he hopes to be back in action with his new club soon.

Manchester United-West Ham tops 1 million viewers on NBCSN and Telemundo

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NBCSN and Telemundo combined their efforts Sunday to attract more than 1 million viewers for Manchester United’s opening game of the 2017/18 season against West Ham United.

The match from Old Trafford in England averaged 680,000 viewers on NBCSN for the game that was televised live from 11am-1pm ET on Sunday, August 13.

Ronaldo ban sours Madrid’s march towards more silverware

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo is banned, but it would take a huge upset for Real Madrid’s trophy-winning streak to be ended by Barcelona on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT) as they carry a 3-1 lead into the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Ronaldo’s five-match ban for pushing the referee after being controversially sent-off for diving in the first leg threatens to overshadow another glorious night for Real as they close in on a seventh trophy in less than two years under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane.

US Soccer names 34 host cities for potential World Cup 2026 consideration

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The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada has officially started its outreach for cities to declare their interest to serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The committee has sent requests for information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations including 36 in the United States.

Barca lack firepower without Neymar – Busquets

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets reiterated his call for the club’s board to strengthen in the transfer market on Tuesday, but warned replacing the departed Neymar will be almost impossible.

The Brazilian’s absence was noticeable as Barca fell to a 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg defeat at home to Real Madrid in the Catalans first game since Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euro fee ($262 million).

Neymar becomes Handicap International ambassador

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Geneva (AFP) – Neymar-mania, which has engulfed France, landed briefly in neighbouring Switzerland on Tuesday where the Brazilian star became Handicap International’s first-ever ambassador at a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva.

Paris Saint-Germain’s new prize acquisition told reporters the opportunity to work with the organisation that advocates for the rights of disabled people marked “a unique moment” in his life.

Buffon joins Messi, Ronaldo on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

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Paris (AFP) – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Buffon was a key member of the Juventus side that reached last season’s Champions League final, but he missed out on a first winner’s medal as the Italians were beaten 4-1 by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff.

Celtic looking to French connection against Astana

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Glasgow (AFP) – Olivier Ntcham is aiming to emulate Moussa Dembele by becoming the latest French import to make an impact at Celtic.

The 21-year-old midfielder followed in the footsteps of his under-21 international team-mate as he made a £4.5 million ($5.8 million) move from Manchester City to the Scottish champions in the summer.

Five new Socceroo faces for crunch World Cup clashes

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia called up five uncapped players and welcomed back captain Mile Jedinak from injury in a 30-man squad named Tuesday for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

The Australians will face Japan in Saitama at the end of this month before returning to Melbourne to play Thailand on September 5 in their final group match.

Hulk? Tevez? No, Israel’s Zahavi is China’s football top gun

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese clubs made headlines by splashing out on the likes of strikers Carlos Tevez, Hulk and Alexandre Pato, but cut-price Israeli Eran Zahavi is outgunning them all at the top of the scoring charts.

His feat in smashing 23 Chinese Super League (CSL) goals in 22 appearances this season is all the more remarkable when you consider that he plays for a wildly inconsistent Guangzhou R&F side that is sixth in the 16-team table.

Mexico zoo names tiger cub for French football star Gignac

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Mexico City (AFP) – French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has received a rare tribute from hundreds of Mexican schoolchildren, who voted to name a newborn Bengal tiger at their local zoo after the Mexico-based star.

But there’s one big difference between Gignac the footballer and Gignac the tiger: their personalities.

Pato dreams of Brazil recall after China career boost

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian star Alexandre Pato refuses to give up hope of a recall to the national side, saying he’s at the peak of his career following his move to China.

The 27-year-old forward is enjoying football and life again in the Chinese Super League, having signed for Tianjin Quanjian on an 18-million-euro transfer from Villarreal in Spain in January.

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

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

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League seasons begins this week with playoff action Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

Ronaldo ban angers Real Madrid coach Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane expressed his anger on Tuesday at a five-game ban handed to Cristiano Ronaldo for pushing a referee after being sent-off against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.

Madrid hold a 3-1 first leg lead going into the second leg against their fierce rivals on Wednesday (2100 GMT), but will have to do without Ronaldo.

Benfica thankful for late Seferovic strike

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Lisbon (AFP) – Portuguese champions Benfica needed a stoppage-time strike from summer signing Haris Seferovic to secure a 1-0 win away to Chaves in their second outing of the new campaign on Monday.

The Swiss international forward turned in a Rafa Silva assist in the 92nd minute to make it two wins from two outings for Rui Vitoria’s side.

Algeria’s Feghouli joins Galatasaray from West Ham football club

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Istanbul (AFP) – Algerian international midfielder Sofiane Feghouli has agreed to join Turkish side Galatasaray from West Ham United on a five-year deal, the Istanbul club said Monday.

Galatasaray will pay West Ham a transfer fee of 4.25 million euros ($5 million) while the player will receive an annual wage of 3.

Henderson ‘can’t influence’ wantaway Coutinho

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Hoffenheim (Germany) (AFP) – Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted Monday that he is powerless to influence Philippe Coutinho’s thinking, after the Brazilian reportedly submitted a transfer request on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are in Germany ahead of Tuesday’s first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim and Coutinho, who has a back injury, did not travel with the squad.

First impressions of NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass service for soccer fans

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As a fan of one of “the other 14” clubs in the Premier League (the ones outside of The Big 6), NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass service is a must-have by necessity if you want to watch every game that your club plays during the 2017/18 season. In all, the estimate is that more than 35% of many team’s games will be viewable only through Premier League Pass this season.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million-euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

MLS attendances through gameweek 23 of the 2017 season

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MLS had a mixed bag of reported attendances last week. LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls had good attendance numbers as well as the usual strong reports from Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC.

But then there was FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union.

Chinese businessman buys stake in Premier League club Southampton

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London (AFP) – Southampton have entered into a partnership with Chinese businessman Gao Jisheng, the Premier League club’s owner Katharina Liebherr announced on Monday.

“I am pleased to confirm that talks to bring in a new partner to our club have been concluded,” said Liebherr in an open letter to supporters on the club website.

Ronaldo handed five-match ban for ref push

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona on Sunday.

The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal and an extra four games for his reaction as “a sign of his disapproval” the RFEF said in a statement.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 23 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 23 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Sporting Kansas City’s Gamble

When Sporting Kansas City shipped Dom Dwyer to Orlando two weeks ago, the thought was that SKC would use the boatload of money it was receiving to strengthen its attack before the end of the summer transfer window.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces lengthy ban for referee push

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo could face a four to 12-game ban for pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after being shown a controversial red card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win at Barcelona.

Madrid intend to appeal the second yellow card shown to the World Player of the Year for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti, in a bid to free Ronaldo to play in Wednesday’s second leg.

Schedule of UEFA Champions League playoff games on US TV and streaming

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This week’s UEFA Champions League playoff games are on US television and streaming, which include Hoffenheim versus Liverpool, Celtic against Astana, Napoli versus Nice and several other important matches.

The first legs will be played on August 15 and 16, and the second legs will be played on August 22 and 23.

Neymar charms French press on PSG debut

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar took little time to seduce the press in his new home with a goalscoring debut for Paris Saint-Germain at Guingamp.

“Already charmed,” said sports daily l’Equipe in response to the 25-year-old’s starring role in Sunday’s 3-0 win in Brittany.

Ronaldo sent off, but Real Madrid roll over Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored and was sent off as Real Madrid beat a Barcelona side missing Neymar by winning 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Ronaldo, only introduced as a second-half substitute, was shown two quickfire yellow cards after blasting Madrid into a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.

Tottenham manager Pochettino eyes end to transfer drought

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 victory at Newcastle United in their Premier League opener has not altered his desire to finally strengthen his squad before the transfer deadline.

Pochettino remains aware Tottenham lack the depth and quality to compete in four competitions this season after failing to make a single close-season signing while their rivals all spent big money on new recruits.

Beaten Barcelona have to buy, Busquets admits

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca’s attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short.

Klopp, Liverpool back in Germany in Champions League play-offs

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Paris (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to his native Germany this week to face Hoffenheim as they target a return to the group stage of the Champions League.

It is three years since the Anfield outfit, five times European champions, last graced the group stage of the continent’s elite club competition.

‘More alive than ever’, says Neymar after PSG scoring debut

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp and declaring he felt “more alive than ever”.

The Brazilian world record signing was handed a start by coach Unai Emery for the game in Brittany, two days after international clearance came through for his 222 million-euro ($261 million) switch from Barcelona.

English football team’s eco dream as first vegan club

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Nailsworth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – English football club Forest Green Rovers, run by a former nomad turned renewable energy entrepreneur, are proudly boasting their credentials as a pioneer in environmental sustainability.

As at every football ground in the country, chips, pies and beer are on offer at New Lawn, their 5,000-capacity, eco-friendly ground in Nailsworth, a 6,000-strong town in the picturesque rolling Cotswold Hills of Gloucestershire, southwest England.

Paulinho’s Barcelona move boosts China league, Villas-Boas says

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Shanghai (AFP) – Brazil international Paulinho’s imminent move to Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande is proof of the strength of the Chinese Super League (CSL), Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas said.

The 29-year-old midfielder Paulinho is reportedly poised to sign for the Spanish giants for 40 million euros and he could be unveiled as a Barcelona player as early as Monday.

‘I’m no criminal!’ Costa blasts Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Diego Costa has launched an angry broadside against both the club and manager Antonio Conte, accusing them of treating him like a “criminal”.

Costa, 28, has been informed by Conte that he has no future at the club and having been frozen out of the first-team squad, the Brazil-born Spain international has gone home to Brazil.

Barca left floundering as gap to Madrid grows

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Barcelona (AFP) – Still reeling from having Neymar snatched away by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona started their season badly in need of reasons for optimism, but instead got a view of the growing gap they face to catch rivals Real Madrid.

Madrid emerged 3-1 victors from the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, but more significantly laid down a marker for the new campaign as their success under Zinedine Zidane shows no sign of abating after a Champions League and La Liga double last season.

Coutinho not in Liverpool squad for Hoffenheim match

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London (AFP) – Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for their Champions League play-off first-leg match away to Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

The Brazil playmaker, 25, missed Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday due to a back problem.

But he submitted a transfer request the day before the game and is reported to have been the subject of an unsuccessful £90 million ($116.

Chelsea false start revives spectre of 2015

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London (AFP) – For Chelsea’s supporters, Saturday’s calamitous 3-2 loss at home to Burnley will have immediately rekindled uncomfortable memories of their last Premier League title defence.

In 2015, Chelsea lost nine of their opening 16 games, costing manager Jose Mourinho his job, and eventually drifted to a 10th-place finish.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho buy

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Sevilla ‘keeper Rico extends deal to 2021

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla have tied down Spanish international goalkeeper Sergio Rico by extending his contract to 2021, the club announced on Monday.

The 23-year-old has “assured he remains with the team he has been with all his life for at least the next four years,” Sevilla said in a statement.

Lukaku double fires Manchester United to winning start

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku introduced himself to Old Trafford in triumphant fashion with two goals as Manchester United crushed West Ham United 4-0 in an impressive Premier League opener on Sunday.

The Belgium striker, a £75 million ($97.6 million, 82.5 million euros) signing from Everton, struck either side of half-time to take his tally of goals against West Ham to 11 in his last 11 appearances.

Ronaldo sent-off, but Real roll over Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Real Madrid made light of a red card for Cristiano Ronaldo to deal a further blow to Barcelona by winning 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Ronaldo, only introduced as a second-half substitute, was shown two quickfire yellow cards after blasting Madrid into a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.

‘More alive than ever’, says Neymar after scoring debut

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp on Sunday and declaring himself to be “feeling more alive than ever”.

The Brazilian world record signing was handed a start by coach Unai Emery for the game in Brittany, two days after international clearance came through for his 222 million-euro ($261 million) switch from Barcelona.

Neymar on mark on victorious PSG debut

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp on Sunday.

The Brazilian world record signing was handed a start by coach Unai Emery for the game in Brittany, two days after international clearance came through for his 222 million-euro ($261 million) switch from Barcelona.

Last-gasp Lazio stun Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

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Rome (AFP) – Lazio defeated Juventus for the first time in four years with a 3-2 triumph in the Italian Super Cup on Sunday with victory secured by an injury-time goal from substitute Alessandro Murgia.

Ciro Immobile gave Lazio a 2-0 lead with a 31st-minute penalty and 52nd-minute header before Juventus forward Paulo Dybala pulled the Serie A champions and Italian Cup winners level thanks to a free-kick after 85 minutes and a last-minute penalty.

Lazio stun Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

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Rome (AFP) – Lazio defeated Juventus for the first time in four years with a 3-2 triumph in the Italian Super Cup on Sunday with victory secured by an injury-time goal from substitute Alessandro Murgia.

Ciro Immobile had given Lazio a 2-0 lead with a 31st-minute penalty and 52nd-minute header before Juventus forward Paulo Dybala pulled the Serie A champions and Italian Cup winners level thanks to a free-kick after 85 minutes and a last-minute penalty.

Hamburg stunned by 10-man minnows in German Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Top-flight Hamburg were sensationally knocked out of the German Cup in the first round on Sunday, suffering a 3-1 defeat to third division side Osnabrueck.

Hamburg’s misery was compounded by the fact that Osnabrueck played most of the game with 10 men, after defender Marcel Appiah was sent off on 19 minutes.

Lukaku double fires Man United football club to winning start

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku introduced himself to Old Trafford in triumphant fashion with two goals as Manchester United crushed West Ham United 4-0 in an impressive Premier League opener on Sunday.

The Belgium striker, a £75 million ($97.6 million, 82.5 million euros) signing from Everton, struck either side of half-time to take his tally of goals against West Ham to 11 in his last 11 appearances.

Lukaku makes dream debut, Shelvey dismissal sparks Spurs

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a dream Premier League debut for Manchester United as the Belgian’s brace inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, while Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal was the pivotal moment in Tottenham’s 2-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday.

United manager Jose Mourinho paid a British record £75 million ($96 million, 82 million euros) to sign Lukaku from Everton in the close-season and the 24-year-old needed just 33 minutes to get off the mark for his new club.

Falcao hits treble as Monaco win without Mbappe

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Paris (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe watched on from the bench as Radamel Falcao struck a hat-trick in champions Monaco’s 4-1 victory away to Dijon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Jemerson also scored in a comprehensive victory for the principality side that made it two wins from two after they started the campaign by beating Toulouse 3-2 last weekend.

Three ‘keepers, three-goal defeat for Lille football

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa suffered his first loss as coach of Lille on Sunday, three different players going in goal in a chaotic 3-0 defeat away to newly-promoted Strasbourg.

On a miserable day for Bielsa and his side, Lille lost Brazilian recruit Thiago Mendes and full-back Kevin Malcuit to injury in the first 18 minutes at the Stade de la Meinau.

Hamburg stunned by 10-man football minnows in German Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Top-flight Hamburg were sensationally knocked out of the German Cup in the first round on Sunday, suffering a 3-1 defeat to third division side Osnabrueck.

Hamburg’s misery was compounded by the fact that Osnabrueck played most of the game with 10 men, after defender Marcel Appiah was sent off on 19 minutes.

Neymar braced for French culture shock in PSG debut

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Paris (AFP) – After dazzling Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar will be welcomed to French football on Sunday at Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou in sleepy Brittany.

With the transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.

Grabban haunts Norwich as Sunderland get off the mark

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London (AFP) – Lewis Grabban returned to haunt Norwich as the Sunderland striker’s double inspired a 3-1 win over his former club in the Championship on Sunday.

Grabban, on loan from Bournemouth, scored twice either side of a superb effort from Aiden McGeady to help Simon Grayson’s side secure their first league victory following last season’s relegation from the Premier League.

Shelvey sees red as Alli fires Spurs past Newcastle

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Dele Alli fired Tottenham to a 2-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday after the England midfielder was involved in the crucial dismissal of Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Shelvey was shown a second half red card for deliberately treading on Alli, who was on the ground only yards from referee Andre Marriner.

I’m not going to lose my cool, says Alli after Shelvey stamp

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Dele Alli warned Premier League provocateurs he won’t be losing his cool this season after the Tottenham star kept his temper in check following Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey’s stamp.

Newcastle’s Shelvey was sent off early in the second half at St James’ Park for stepping on Alli’s ankle while the England playmaker was lying on the pitch.

Rudiger demands quick response from troubled Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Antonio Rudiger has called on his Chelsea team-mates to make amends for their shock loss against Burnley by bouncing back against title rivals Tottenham next weekend.

Antonio Conte’s side began the defence of their Premier League crown with an embarrassing 3-2 defeat against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Former Barca stars Kluivert, Davids appear at Mugabe rally

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Harare (AFP) – Former Barcelona stars Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids joined Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on stage at a political rally ahead of a veterans match planned later this year.

Davids and Kluivert were pictured alongside Mugabe, 93, at a youth rally for the ruling ZANU-PF party in the southern town of Gwanda on Saturday, in what local media described as a “surprise appearance”.

Coutinho future lies with Liverpool owners, says Klopp

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp insists Philippe Coutinho’s Liverpool future will be determined by the club’s owners as Barcelona bid to land the want-away Brazil star.

Coutinho is keen to join Barcelona and the Reds forward submitted a transfer request 24 hours before Liverpool opened their Premier League campaign with a 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday.

Conte admits red cards could prompt Chelsea re-think

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has accepted he may have to embed a new formation in his team if they continue to have players sent off.

After being reduced to 10 men in both the FA Cup final and the Community Shield, Conte’s men finished the opening game of their Premier League title defence with just nine players after Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were both dismissed in a pulsating 3-2 defeat by Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Bitter experience keeps Guardiola grounded

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not get carried away after a 2-0 opening day win at promoted Brighton as he is still stung by the bitter experiences of last season.

A year ago City won their first 10 games in all competitions, beginning with a victory at home to Sunderland, yet finished the campaign empty-handed.

Dortmund maintain Dembele suspension after missed training

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Frankfurt am Main (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund on Sunday said Ousmane Dembele remained suspended “until further notice” for skipping training this week, as speculation continues to swirl over the wantaway forward’s possible move to Barcelona.

“Borussia Dortmund have decided to maintain the player Ousmane Dembele’s suspension from team training until further notice,” the Bundesliga outfit said in a statement.

Neymar braced for French culture shock on PSG debut

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Paris (AFP) – After dazzling Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar will be welcomed to French football on Sunday at Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou in sleepy Brittany.

With the mundanity of transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.

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

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

Manchester United and West Ham United’s first game of the 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off on Sunday at 11am ET. The broadcast crews from NBC Sports and Telemundo will be calling the games directly from Old Trafford.

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

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa, you’ve come to the right place.

ESPN and ESPN Deportes will provide exclusive coverage of Real Madrid vs Barcelona as they face off in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa, a two-legged matchup that pits last season’s La Liga winner (Real Madrid) against the Copa del Rey champion (Barcelona), this Sunday, August 13.

Aguero gets Manchester City up and running at Brighton

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City confirmed their status as Premier League title favourites with a professional 2-0 win at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion in their opening game on Saturday.

While rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool made uncertain starts to the campaign, City dominated their game against the division’s new boys.

Newcastle United vs. Spurs predicted lineups, TV news and preview

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On the first weekend of the Premier League season there are certain matches that quicken the pulse. Not necessarily familiar clashes between two of the division’s longstanding juggernauts, but games that fall in line with the invigorating refreshment of a new term.

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Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea, Aguero downs Brighton

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London (AFP) – Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top-flight history.

Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes’s brace and a superb Stephen Ward effort, with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz coming in vain.

Aubameyang hat-trick as Dortmund, Bayern advance in German Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – A hat-trick for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a brace for Robert Lewandowski saw Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich reach the second round of the German Cup on Saturday.

Defending champions Dortmund eased to a 4-0 victory over sixth-tier minnows Riesalingen-Arlen, while Bayern secured a 5-0 win over third division Chemnitz.

Ocampos snatches Marseille win at injury-hit Nantes

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Paris (AFP) – Lucas Ocampos snatched a late 1-0 win for Marseille as Claudio Ranieri’s injury-depleted Nantes suffered their second Ligue 1 defeat of the new campaign on Saturday.

Marseille join Lyon - 2-1 winners at Rennes on Friday - provisionally top of Ligue 1 to give Rudi Garcia’s side a timely boost ahead of next week’s Europa League first playoff round game at Slovenia’s Domzale.

Paulinho close to 40m euro Barcelona move – reports

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Barcelona (AFP) – Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho is expected to become Barcelona’s first signing since losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, according to widespread reports in the Spanish media on Saturday.

Barca are reportedly willing to meet the 29-year-old’s 40 million euro ($47 million) buyout clause with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.

Loan star Hegazi gives West Brom victory

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Egyptian international defender Ahmed Hegazi scored the only goal as West Brom edged Bournemouth 1-0 in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

It was a deserved three points for the Baggies who had a hatful of chances to win by a more convincing scoreline.

Vokes at double as Burnley catch Chelsea cold

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London (AFP) – Champions Chelsea had Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off as the defence of their Premier League title began with a stunning 3-2 home defeat by Burnley on Saturday.

Disjointed and embarrassed in the first half, Chelsea threatened to mount the most unlikely of comebacks in a stirring second-half display, but just failed to overcome their numerical disadvantage.

Saints start Pellegrino era with Swansea stalemate

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mauricio Pellegrino’s first competitive match as Southampton manager saw the south coast club once more fail to score at home as they launched their Premier League season with a goalless against Swansea at St Mary’s on Saturday.

The Argentinian was appointed after Southampton sacked Claude Puel, who guided the Saints to the League Cup final and eighth place in the Premier League last term, with club officials wanting a more attacking style of football than that played under the Frenchman.

Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea, Huddersfield go top

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London (AFP) – Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top flight history.

Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes’s brace and a superb Stephen Ward effort, with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz coming in vain.

Neymar stays tweet a bluff, admits Pique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique knew Neymar had decided to leave Barcelona long before the Brazilian completed his world record 222 million euro ($261 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Barcelona defender admitted on Saturday.

Pique has been mocked for posting “he stays” with a picture of him and Neymar together on Barca’s pre-season tour to the United States on July 23.

Mounie fires Huddersfield top of Premier League

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London (AFP) – Record signing Steve Mounie scored twice as newcomers Huddersfield Town recorded a magnificent 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday that left them top of the Premier League.

An £11.4 million ($14.8 million, 12.5 million euros) capture from Montpellier, French striker Mounie struck twice after Joel Ward’s 23rd-minute own goal had broken the deadlock.

Rooney back with a bang for Everton

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Liverpool (AFP) – Wayne Rooney rolled back the years for Everton as the England striker’s clinical header sealed a 1-0 win over Stoke on his second Premier League debut for his boyhood club.

Rooney had already played one home game - a Europa League qualifier against Ruzomberok - in his second spell as an Evertonian following his close-season move from Manchester United.

Ten held in custody over Senegal stadium disaster

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Dakar (AFP) – Ten members of a Senegalese football club arrested over a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup final have been taken into custody, officials said Saturday.

Those arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of murder and premeditated assault include the chairman of the US Ouakam supporters’ club and one of the team’s players.

Holders Dortmund, Bayern advance in German Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – A hat-trick for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a Robert Lewandowski brace saw Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich proceed to the second round of the German Cup on Saturday.

Current holders Dortmund eased to a 4-0 victory over sixth tier minnows Riesalingen-Arlen, while Bayern secured a 5-0 win over third tier side Chemnitz.

Neymar’s looming PSG debut lifts France to fever pitch

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Paris (AFP) – As the hysteria mounts ahead of Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain debut on Sunday focus switched from his record transfer fee to the question of which star would make way for the Brazilian.

Le Parisien daily newspaper suggested it would be Javier Pastore, the silky but fragile Argentine who was the first major signing after PSG were bought by their ambitious Qatari owners, who splashed out a world record 222 million-euro ($261 million) for Neymar.

Watford’s late leveller leaves Klopp fuming

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp claimed Liverpool were wrongly denied a winning start to the Premier League season as Watford snatched a controversial last-gasp equaliser in a dramatic 3-3 draw on Saturday.

Reds boss Klopp was furious that Miguel Britos wasn’t ruled offside when the Watford defender poked home from on the goal-line after Richarlison’s shot was pushed onto the crossbar by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Britos late show denies Liverpool winning start at Watford

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Miguel Britos added to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s frustrations with an added-time equaliser that ensured Watford salvaged a point following a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Klopp had spent the previous 24 hours handling the fall-out from Philippe Countinho’s transfer request after the club rejected Barcelona’s £90 million ($117.

Arsenal’s Cech hails ‘beautiful’ Leicester game

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Prague (AFP) – Despite conceding three goals against Leicester, goalkeeper Petr Cech on Saturday hailed Arsenal’s “beautiful” come-from-behind 4-3 Premier League victory on Friday night.

“Seven goals, fantastic comebacks,” the 35-year-old Czech said on his website.

“The season started with a beautiful game which met all expectations.

Neymar fever pitch focuses on PSG makeweight

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Paris (AFP) – As the hysteria mounts ahead of Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain debut on Sunday focus switched from his record transfer fee to the question of which star would make way for the Brazilian.

Le Parisien daily newspaper suggested it would be Javier Pastore, the silky but fragile Argentine who was the first major signing after PSG were bought by their ambitious Qatari owners, who splashed out a world record 222 million-euro ($261 million) for Neymar.

Zidane confirms to extend Real Madrid contract

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Saturday he will sign a contract extension in the near future with the club he has guided to back-to-back Champions League titles.

“I’m happy because it’s a sign of confidence, that we have done good work,” Zidane told a pre-match press conference ahead of Real’s Spanish Super Cup showdown with Barcelona when quizzed on reports over his future.

Lukaku sizes up favoured prey West Ham

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku’s remarkable scoring record against West Ham United means he will expect to hit the ground running when he makes his Premier League debut for Manchester United on Sunday.

The Belgium international, 24, scored nine goals in his first nine appearances against West Ham for former team Everton before the east London club finally kept him at bay in a 0-0 draw last April.

Rose row overshadows Spurs opener

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Tottenham’s start to the season has been overshadowed by Danny Rose’s criticism of the club’s transfer policy, but Mauricio Pochettino insists his side are still in position for a strong Premier League campaign.

Rose attacked Tottenham’s lack of success in the transfer market - they have yet to sign a single player since the end of last season - by suggesting anyone they have bought previously was so unproven “you had to Google them”.

Wenger lauds Giroud as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed “relief” over Olivier Giroud’s decision to stay after the France striker earned his side a breathless 4-3 win against Leicester City.

Giroud came off the bench with Arsenal trailing 3-2 in Friday’s Premier League curtain-raiser at the Emirates Stadium and after fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey equalised, he headed in an 85th-minute winner.

Neymar offers to pay $2.5 million fine to Brazil tax authorities

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Sao Paulo (AFP) – Brazilian football star Neymar is willing to pay a fine of $2.5 million to settle tax evasion allegations in his country, his lawyer said Friday.

The 25-year-old wants to leave the fight with Brazilian authorities behind him as he prepares for a new professional life with Paris Saint-Germain after his record $261 million (222 million euro) transfer buyout from FC Barcelona, Neymar’s lawyer Marcos Neder told a press conference.

Barcelona seek Super Cup tonic to Neymar hangover

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona host rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday (2000GMT) badly in need of a morale-boosting win following the world record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite banking 222 million euros ($261 million) for the Brazilian, Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund so far rebuffed.

Pochettino says forgives Rose for Spurs ‘Google’ jibe

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has forgiven Danny Rose after the left-back criticised the club in a controversial eve-of-season interview.

Spurs are yet to buy any new players in this transfer window and Rose, 27, told The Sun they needed to sign “world-class players” and “not players you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?

fuboTV extends $19.99 per month special offer for cord cutters

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fuboTV’s summer special offer of $19.99/month for its fubo Premier streaming service has been extended until August 31.

Normally priced at $34.99/month, the special offer represents a discount of 40% and allows you to get fubo Premier for $19.99 for two months so you can save money and watch all of your favorite sports, news and entertainment channels without needing a cable or satellite TV subscription.

Mourinho eyes second season glory with United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United are equipped to maintain his remarkable second season success rate by winning the Premier League title this term.

Mourinho has won the domestic league title at the end of his second year in each of his five major management jobs.

Colombia FARC rebels want to form pro football club

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Bogota (AFP) – Demobilized fighters from Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels want to form a professional league football club, officials said Friday.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have disarmed under a peace deal after a half-century conflict and are transitioning to civil and political life.

Giroud earns Arsenal madcap opening win

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London (AFP) – Substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored as Arsenal twice came from behind to beat Leicester City 4-3 on Friday in a dizzily entertaining opening Premier League game.

Record signing Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead after only 85 seconds at the Emirates Stadium, before a Shinji Okazaki header and a Jamie Vardy brace saw 2016 champions Leicester go 2-1 and then 3-2 up.

Troyes dampen Nice hopes ahead of Napoli trip

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Paris (AFP) – Last season’s surprise package Nice suffered their second setback of the Ligue 1 campaign Friday falling 2-1 at home to promoted Troyes to dampen confidence ahead of next week’s Champions League play-off at Napoli.

The Riviera outfit, third last season but beaten 1-0 at Saint-Etienne in their opener, were without their two star players, the injured Mario Balotelli and new Dutch signing Wesley Sneijder, who watched from the stands.

Higuain snubbed for Argentina World Cup clashes

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain was axed by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli on Friday for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela as the South American giants look to resurrect their faltering campaign.

Higuain, who has scored 31 international goals in 68 appearances, failed to convince recently-appointed coach Sampaoli of his strengths in two friendlies against Brazil in June.

Most-attended soccer friendlies in US during summer of 2017

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Another round of the annual summer friendlies has come and gone. And as has been the case for the last several years, they have been a smashing success both in terms of attendance at the games and people watching on TV.

This summer saw three of the biggest clubs in the world in the US for preseason action as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all made their presence felt.

Spalletti fury as wantaway Kondogbia skips Inter training

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Rome (AFP) – Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti vented his fury Friday as wantaway French international midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia skipped training.

Kondogbia’s failure to turn up prompted the 24-year-old to be axed from Inter’s squad for Saturday’s friendly against Real Betis.

Benitez vows to fight on despite transfer woes

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London (AFP) – Rafael Benitez has pledged not to quit as manager of Newcastle United despite his mounting frustration over the club’s failure to back him in the transfer market.

Since guiding Newcastle into the top flight by winning the second-tier Championship last season, Benitez has been engaged in a transfer struggle with owner Mike Ashley.

Monaco coach Jardim evasive on Mbappe talk

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is not worried by the ongoing speculation surrounding the future of star striker Kylian Mbappe amid reports that he is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am not going to talk about conjecture. I am staying focused on my work and helping my team to evolve,” Jardim told reporters on Friday.

Chelsea have ‘problems’ but Conte doesn’t want sympathy

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists he isn’t looking for sympathy despite admitting Chelsea are facing problems at the start of their Premier League title defence.

Conte has been frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets while the champions’ title rivals embarked on multi-million pound spending sprees.

Newcastle boss Benitez vows to fight on despite transfer woes

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London (AFP) – Rafael Benitez has pledged not to walk away from his role as manager of Newcastle United despite his mounting frustration over the club’s failure to back him in the transfer market.

Since guiding Newcastle into the top flight by winning the second-tier Championship last season, Benitez has been engaged in a transfer struggle with owner Mike Ashley.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for August 1-6, 2017

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the MLS All Star game set a record for viewership as a total of 1.9 million viewers watched the match on FS1 and Univision Network. This edition featured the MLS All Stars taking on Spanish side Real Madrid. Total viewership for the game was up 118% from 873,000 in the 2016 edition which featured Arsenal.

Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City’s expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros).

Coutinho going nowhere despite Barcelona reports, say Liverpool

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London (AFP) – Liverpool insisted on Friday that Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any price amid reports the Brazil star has submitted a transfer request in a bid to force a move to Barcelona.

Coutinho is Barcelona’s top target to replace Neymar following the striker’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Mourinho reveals Ibrahimovic talks

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United are in discussions to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season when he recovers from a serious knee injury, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday.

The former Sweden striker was United’s top scorer last season, hitting 28 goals as they won the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield.

Ex-Spurs striker Soldado signs for Fenerbahce

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Istanbul (AFP) – Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado on Friday signed for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce after two seasons at Villarreal in his native Spain, the Istanbul club said.

Spain international Soldado, 32, signed a two-year contract with an option of staying on for a third year, Fenerbahce said.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose regrets outburst

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has apologised for an outspoken interview he gave ahead of the new Premier League season

The England international risked angering the London club’s supporters by revealing on Thursday he wanted to “play up north” before his career was finished.

The Big Six’s greatest weaknesses heading into the 2017/18 Premier League season

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When predicting who will win the upcoming Premier League title, a significant case can be made for each of the top six clubs in last season’s standings. While every team has their own specific strength that could propel themselves to the top of the table, lets instead look at where each team needs to improve heading into the 2017/18 season.

Why a Christian Eriksen transfer from Spurs to Barcelona makes sense

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Tottenham Hotspur’s star playmaker, Christian Eriksen, has made it known that he would most likely not turn down a move to Spanish giants Barcelona. In an interview with FourFourTwo, the Tottenham midfielder even revealed that he was once on trial at Barca as a youngster. “I’ve already been there in the past (on trial) but it didn’t work out too well,” claimed Eriksen.

Pressure mounts as Liverpool aim high

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Having qualified for the Champions League in May, Liverpool’s next challenge is to win their first major trophy under Jurgen Klopp, but whether they are equipped to fulfil that aim is the source of much debate at Anfield.

Many Liverpool fans are worried their club have done relatively little in the transfer market, signing only three players, and so far failing to land their two most significant targets - RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Powered by record sprees, Premier League ready for landmark season

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London (AFP) – Fuelled by an historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season.

Taking advantage of astronomical broadcast contracts and lucrative sponsorship deals, England’s superpowers have been splashing the cash at an unprecedented rate.

Turkey’s Arda Turan in international retirement U-turn

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey and Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan on Friday said he was ready to return to national team duty, two months after announcing his retirement from international football following a bust-up with former coach Fatih Terim.

Turan, Turkey’s captain and standout player of the last decade, had in June been thrown out of a training camp by Terim following a fracas with a reporter on a plane.

Philippe Coutinho going nowhere, say Liverpool

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London (AFP) – Liverpool insisted on Friday that Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any price during the current transfer window amid reports Spanish giants Barcelona had increased their bid for the Brazil playmaker to £90 million ($117 million, 99 million euros).

A statement issued by Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s US-based owners, endorsed manager Jurgen Klopp’s previous comments that the 25-year-old would be staying ay Anfield, saying: “We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona receive PSG money to free up Neymar

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Barcelona (AFP) – Neymar should be free to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut at Guingamp on Sunday after Barcelona confirmed on Friday the 222 million-euro ($261 million) cheque used to pay his buyout clause had cleared.

“The cheque has cleared and therefore puts in motion the process of the transfer,” said a Barcelona club source.

Liverpool insist Coutinho is not for sale

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London (AFP) – Liverpool insisted on Friday that Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any price amid reports Spanish giants Barcelona had increased their bid for the Brazil playmaker to £90 million ($117 million, 99 million euros).

A statement issued by Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s US-based owners, said: “We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

Morocco to bid for 2026 World Cup – Federation

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Rabat (AFP) – Morocco’s football federation (FRMF) announced on Friday it had told the sport’s world governing body FIFA it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

It would be Morocco’s fifth candidacy having come up short already in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

In April, the United States, Canada and Mexico had already announced a joint North American bid to host the tournament.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 1

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For the first time, NBC Sports Group’s U.S.-based Premier League team will open the season on the road, as the entire announce team works together on-location in the United Kingdom for kickoff of the 2017-18 Premier League season, August 11-13. Similar to NBC’s full in-stadium presentation of the season-opening NFL Kickoff Game for the past decade, immersive Premier League coverage will be presented on-site from the U.

Neymar back to Brazil for World Cup qualifiers

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Neymar will rejoin Brazil for 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia in his first international duty since being transferred in a record setting deal from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, national coach Tite said Thursday.

Rested for the June friendlies - a 1-0 loss to Argentina and a 4-0 defeat of Australia - the 25-year-old striker will be alongside three of his new PSG teammates: Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Daniel Alves.

Palace sign United defender Fosu-Mensah on loan

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace signed Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah on a season-long loan on Thursday.

Fosu-Mensah will link up with new Eagles boss and fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer ahead of the new Premier League season.

The 19-year-old has made 21 appearances for United and still has a future at Old Trafford after being given a new contract in October.

Koeman confident Sigurdsson deal will go through

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London (AFP) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes it won’t be long before Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson is on his way to Goodison Park.

The Toffees have had two offers for Sigurdsson rejected, with Welsh club Swansea believed to be holding out for a fee of some £50 million (55 million euro, $65 million) from their Premier League rivals.

Dembele suspended as Dortmund reject Barcelona bid

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund on Thursday said they had rejected an offer from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele, as the wantaway forward was suspended for missing training.

Dortmund said a move by Dembele to the Camp Nou, where he is being lined up as a replacement for Neymar, was unlikely, after they turned down an offer that did not reflect the young winger’s “extraordinary” value or the current state of the transfer market.

Coutinho not for sale, Liverpool’s Klopp warns Barcelona

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp has warned Barcelona that Liverpool have no intention of selling Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho at any price.

Barca want Coutinho to replace Neymar following the Brazilian’s world record £200 million ($260 million, 222 million euros) transfer to Paris Saint Germain earlier this month.

Dortmund refuse Barcelona bid for Ousmane Dembele

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund have rejected an initial offer from Barcelona for 20-year-old winger Ousmane Dembele, the Bundesliga club said on Thursday.

Dortmund said a move to the Camp Nou was “not very likely” after they turned down an offer that did not reflect Dembele’s “extraordinary” value or the current state of the transfer market.

Brighton on brink of club record Izquierdo signing

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London (AFP) – Premier League newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion are on the verge of signing Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo from Belgian side Club Brugge, Seagulls manager Chris Hughton said Thursday.

Brighton broke their transfer record by signing Dutch midfielder Davy Propper for a reported fee of around £6 million ($7.

Confusion reigns over Neymar PSG debut

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar is poised to make his much-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday when they travel to Guingamp in their second game of the Ligue 1 season.

However, the French league are still waiting on a transfer certificate from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) before the Brazilian can finally play.

Ousmane Dembele misses Dortmund training as Barcelona lurk

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s wonderkid Ousmane Dembele failed to show up for training Thursday, coach Peter Bosz said, fuelling speculation that the French youngster is poised to join Barcelona as Neymar’s replacement.

“He didn’t come to practice today. We don’t know why.

Marquez, Mexico football hero accused of cartel ties

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Mexico City (AFP) – Mexico and former FC Barcelona star Rafael Marquez is dubbed “The Boss” for his leadership of the national football team - but now the United States has branded him a drug criminal.

No other Mexican player has won more titles and he is widely considered second only to Hugo Sanchez as the country’s best player ever.

Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal’s dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup, but has little margin for error ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.

Last season was by far the most difficult of Wenger’s 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal’s on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club’s support.

Shanghai Shenhua coach Poyet on the brink in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Gus Poyet apologised and hinted he could quit after Shanghai Shenhua lost 3-0 at home in the Chinese Super League to leave the Uruguayan’s future as coach hanging in the balance.

Shenhua finished fourth in the league last year and invested heavily this season, bringing Carlos Tevez to China on a contract which made him one of the world’s best paid players.

Vela heading to MLS

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Mexico striker Carlos Vela has signed for Major League Soccer expansion side Los Angeles FC and will join from Real Sociedad in January next year, it was confirmed Wednesday.

LAFC, who will make their MLS debut in 2018, said in a statement that Vela’s arrival would generate excitement around the club heading into the new season.

Argentine family home after soccer boss ends Qatar saga

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – An Argentine family landed home late Wednesday after the wealthy owner of French football club PSG paid for their flights following weeks stranded in Qatar, according to people involved.

Valeria Marsili, 42, and her three daughters had their flights canceled without reimbursement on June 5 after Qatar’s neighbours imposed a blockade on the Gulf state.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose to ‘play up north’ some day

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose risked angering the London club’s supporters by revealing Thursday he wanted to “play up north” before his career was finished.

Meanwhile he also appeared to question Spurs’ transfer policy, saying he hoped a couple of “well-known players” would be joining the club soon.

Turkey crackdown on football violence

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish authorities on Thursday ordered arrests and stricter security measures at key football matches after last weekend’s Super Cup was marred by a pitch invasion and ugly fighting between rival fans.

Konyaspor defeated Besiktas 2-1 on Sunday to win the Super Cup, the annual curtain raiser to the season that brings together the winners of last season’s Turkish Cup and Super Lig.

Football: Marquez, Mexico hero accused of cartel ties

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Mexico City (AFP) – Mexico and former FC Barcelona star Rafael Marquez is dubbed “The Boss” for his leadership of the national football team - but now the United States has branded him a drug criminal.

No other Mexican player has won more titles and he is widely considered second only to Hugo Sanchez as the country’s best player ever.

Liverpool reject Barca 100-million euro Coutinho bid – reports

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London (AFP) – Liverpool have rejected a second bid from Barcelona for influential Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho worth 100 million euros (£90.3 million), British media claimed Wednesday.

Barcelona are desperate to land the 25-year-old to replace fellow Brazilian Neymar who was sold for a world record 222 million euros to Paris Saint Germain last week.

Marseille not big enough for Giroud, says coach

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Paris (AFP) – Marseille boss Rudi Garcia admitted Wednesday that Olivier Giroud would be the perfect goal scorer for the French club but believes the Arsenal striker has his sights on a bigger challenge.

“I think that he doesn’t want to come to Marseille,” Garcia tells sports daily L’Equipe in an interview to be published Thursday.

US sanctions Mexico football captain Marquez for alleged cartel ties

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Washington (AFP) – The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Rafael Marquez, captain of Mexico’s national football team and a former FC Barcelona player, of being a “front person” for a major drug trafficking organization.

Marquez was one of 22 people and 43 entities the US Treasury placed on a sanctions list in relation to a Guadalajara-based drug trafficking cartel controlled by one Raul Flores Hernandez.

Dalbert joins Inter in record Nice deal

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Rome (AFP) – Brazilian defender Dalbert Henrique has earned a transfer record 29 million euros for French club Nice after signing a five-year deal with Serie A club Inter Milan on Wednesday.

“It’s a transfer record for Nice,” Nice director general Julien Fournier told AFP.

The 23-year-old left-back joined Nice in July 2016 from Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes in a deal estimated at two million euros.

Ventura rewarded with new Italy deal

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Rome (AFP) – Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has signed a new two-year contract to lead the Azzurri to the 2020 European Championship, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced Wednesday.

The 69-year-old former Torino boss took over on a two-year deal after Antonio Conte left to join Chelsea in June last year.

Telemundo sending Andres Cantor to England for Premier League Spanish-language commentary

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Telemundo Deportes’ star commentator Andrés Cantor will be in England this weekend to commentate the Manchester United against West Ham United match for the Spanish-language broadcaster.

Cantor will be joined by co-commentator Manuel Sol to bring Spanish-language viewers in the United States the debut of Javier Hernandez for West Ham United.

Five in court over Hillsborough disaster

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Warrington (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Five men charged over the Hillsborough football stadium disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died, appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday, 28 years on from the tragedy.

The five, who include three former police officers, appeared at Warrington Magistrates’ Court in northwest England.

FOX Sports’ Bundesliga TV schedule revealed for first month of new season

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FOX Sports will launch its television coverage of the 2017/18 season on FS1 on Friday, August 18 with a live broadcast of Bayern Munich against Bayer Leverkusen. The new season will be FOX’s third consecutive season of its five-year TV rights deal with Germany’s top-flight league.

Compared to the 2016/17 season on FOX Sports, the schedule from FOX Sports is very similar so far.

Crystal Palace’s Pape Souare close to return after car crash

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace’s Senegalese left-back Pape Souare has returned to full training after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash 11 months ago, his club revealed on Wednesday.

Souare, 27, had to be airlifted to hospital with a broken leg and jaw after the accident on the M4 motorway in London in September 2016.

Five due in court over Hillsborough disaster

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Warrington (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Five men charged over the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died, were to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday.

The five, who include three former police officers, were due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court in northwest England.

Manchester United can benefit from Madrid lesson, says Mourinho

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Skopje (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insisted that Manchester United had emerged from their trip to Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup reinforced despite the scoreline flattering them in a 2-1 defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.

The Portuguese manager had expected his side to struggle against the reigning European champions and they could have conceded more than just the goals scored by Casemiro and Isco, one in each half.

Guardiola returns to Manchester City drawing board

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London (AFP) – Rattled by a chastening first season in England, Pep Guardiola has gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to fashion Manchester City into Premier League champions.

Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise and his side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions.

Threatened by Trump, but united by football

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New York (AFP) – New York’s most unlikely football league meets every Saturday in the Bronx.

Its players are minors who arrived from Central America without their parents, with no documents or money. They made the dangerous journey here with one goal in mind: to escape the violence and poverty of their homelands.

South Korean football legend Park Ji-Sung laments team rifts

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Seoul (AFP) – Former South Korean football star Park Ji-Sung has lamented a lack of unity in the national team as it struggles to qualify for the World Cup.

The Taeguk Warriors have reached eight World Cups on the trot, but are in danger of missing out on direct entry to Russia 2018 after a string of poor results, including defeats to China, Iran and Qatar.

Ex-Tottenham player Zokora dropped by Indonesian club

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Jakarta (AFP) – Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora has been released by Semen Padang, the club said Wednesday, becoming the second big foreign signing to be axed in Indonesia’s new national league in just a week.

The Ivory Coast international, who only signed for the Padang-based club four months ago, had his contract terminated on August 2 for financial reasons, club manager Win Bernadino said.

‘Lagging’ Football Association damaging China development: official

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese football is being held back by poor running of its football association, a senior FA official has admitted in unusually forthright terms, saying “there is no vision or foresight”.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) has hit international headlines with a wave of big-name foreign signings but the national team ranks a lowly 77th in the FIFA world rankings, with their 2018 World Cup hopes effectively over.

Premier League chief doesn’t see Neymar-type move

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London (AFP) – Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore does not expect to see Premier League clubs pulling off transfers to match Neymar’s record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain, he said on Wednesday.

“I can’t see anything like that (in the Premier League),” Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 Live.

No PSG contact over Sanchez, says Arsenal’s Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday he has had no contact with Paris Saint-Germain regarding Alexis Sanchez, who will miss the start of the season through injury.

Sanchez, 28, has been linked with a move to PSG, who have just completed a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million) swoop for Barcelona superstar Neymar.

Top 10 Premier League transfers 2017-18

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London (AFP) – Ahead of Arsenal’s home game with Leicester City in the curtain-raiser to the new Premier League season on Friday, AFP Sport selects the 10 biggest transfers of the close season:

Romelu Lukaku

– Everton to Manchester United; £75 million ($97.5 million, 83 million euros) rising to £90 million*

After four increasingly prolific seasons at Everton, Belgium striker Lukaku has been given another shot at the big time with Manchester United.

Isco magic wins Super Cup for Real Madrid

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Skopje (AFP) – A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Tuesday.

Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the Balkans and Isco doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a one-two with Gareth Bale.

Sociedad’s Vela headed to MLS

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Madrid (AFP) – Mexican international Carlos Vela will move to Major League Soccer in January, Real Sociedad confirmed on Tuesday.

According to reports in the United States, Vela will join new franchise Los Angeles FC for the 2018 season.

“Real Sociedad and Major League Soccer (MLS) have reached an agreement for the transfer of Carlos Vela to a team in the American league during the winter transfer window,” Sociedad said in a statement.

Barcelona closing in on Coutinho deal: reports

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are reportedly close to buying Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho for a club record fee as the Catalans look to fill the void left by Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Spanish giants already had an interest in Coutinho prior to Neymar’s 222 million euro ($262 million) transfer to Paris last week.

Hayatou defends Cameroon amid CAN criticism

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Paris (AFP) – Former Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou on Tuesday slammed his successor Ahmad Ahmad over claims that Cameroon is not ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Malagasy Ahmad, who ended Hayatou’s 29-year reign as CAF president last March, had said that the country’s infrastructure “wasn’t ready” to host the 2019 CAN and even suggested he may open a bidding process to other countries to help stage the event.

Sneijder hoping Nice success will lead to World Cup

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Veteran Wesley Sneijder is dreaming of playing in a fourth World Cup next summer and believes a good season with Nice can help him achieve that aim.

The 33-year-old, the most capped player in the Netherlands’ history with 131 national team appearances, was the latest marquee signing to join the Cote d’Azur outfit when he put pen to paper on Monday.

Ten arrested after Senegal soccer stadium deaths

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Dakar (AFP) – Ten football fans have been arrested in connection with a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup match in Dakar, Senegalese police said Tuesday.

Those detained, all followers of local team US Ouakam, were detained Monday on suspicion of murder and premeditated assault, a police official told AFP.

Interviews with Herculez Gomez, Sebastian Salazar and Steve Palese: 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.

Here’s a bonus World Soccer Talk Podcast episode featuring interviews with Herculez Gomez, Sebastian Salazar and Steve Palese from ESPN FC.

They tackle a range of topics including their opinions about sharing constructive criticism of US soccer, how they got into broadcasting, as well as what it’s like to work on the set of ESPN FC.

Manchester United trust in Mourinho’s second-season recipe

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London (AFP) – After qualified success in his maiden campaign as Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho will hope to dust off his tried and tested second-season formula in 2017-18.

Mourinho led United to victory in the League Cup and Europa League last season, the latter yielding a place in the Champions League, but their football was drab and they finished a distant sixth in the league.

Spurs boss Pochettino, Liverpool’s Klopp tested by great expectations

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London (AFP) – Under pressure to turn tantalising potential into tangible prizes, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp face the acid test of their talents this season.

Despite being feted as teams on the rise, Tottenham and Liverpool have yet to win a single trophy under their current managers.

Football: Capello-Cannavaro clash upstaged by boy band

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese football fans anticipating the first clash between the “Fabios” - Italian heavyweight coaches Cannavaro and Capello - will have to wait as their sides have been bumped from a stadium this weekend by China’s hottest boy band.

The Tianjin-Jiangsu clash was scheduled for Sunday at the stadium on the grounds of the Olympic Sports Center in the eastern city of Nanjing - Jiangsu Suning’s home pitch - but it now conflicts with a concert in an adjacent indoor arena by the wildly popular TFBOYS.

‘Super Mario’ Balotelli in hot water again over speeding

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Rome (AFP) – Mario Balotelli has again been caught speeding in his Ferrari, police told AFP Tuesday as media reports claimed the striker had been caught doing 170-200kmh (105-125mph) in a race with a friend’s Lamborghini.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker, now at French club Nice, was stopped by a highway patrol on the A4 highway near the northern Italian town of Vicenza on Saturday, a local officer told AFP.

World Soccer Talk supports Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC’s case for arbitration against USSF

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Last week, two US-based soccer clubs, Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade FC, filed a claim with the Court of Arbitration on Sport (CAS) to require the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to to follow FIFA’s rules by adopting promotion and relegation within the US Soccer pyramid.

We at World Soccer Talk endorse this move by Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade.

Fantasy Premier League Draft players finalized for World Soccer Talk private league

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After inviting World Soccer Talk readers to participate in the brand-new Fantasy Premier League Draft launched by the official Premier League website, we’ve now narrowed the competition down to 39 contestants.

The World Soccer Talk readers have been separated into three different leagues.

Barcelona move on from Neymar to honour Chapecoense

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona eased into life without Neymar by honouring Chapecoense, the Brazilian side still reeling from a devastating plane crash that killed 19 players and 24 club officials last year, in a 5-0 friendly win on Monday.

On an emotional night for the visitors, Chapecoense were captained by Alan Ruschel, one of only three players to survive the crash, on his return to action.

‘Animal’ Kolasinac ready to rumble, says Walcott

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London (AFP) – Theo Walcott has backed Sead Kolasinac to bring some much-needed steel to Arsenal’s defence after the intimidating Bosnian made his presence felt in the Gunners’ Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

Kolasinac joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Schalke in the close-season and already looks an ideal fit for the physical demands of the Premier League.

Dutch city turns orange as women toast Euro win

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Utrecht (Netherlands) (AFP) – Thousands of orange-clad fans flooded the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday to celebrate the Netherlands’ first women’s Euro title, a much-needed win to boost the football-mad country’s flagging fortunes.

The first “Lioness” supporters - many of them young women and girls - scurried past as the gates opened to secure a prime spot in a local park where their heroins appeared later on Monday evening.

Neymar parties in Saint-Tropez after record move

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Ramatuelle (France) (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar partied alongside the jetset in France’s upmarket resort of Saint-Tropez on Monday ahead of his highly-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain, an AFP photographer said.

The 25-year-old, who moved from Barcelona to Paris in a world record deal last week, was spotted on the beach in the glitzy French Riviera resort favoured by the rich and famous.

Mourinho casts Manchester United as Super Cup underdogs against mighty Real Madrid

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Skopje (AFP) – Jose Mourinho is relishing the chance for his Manchester United side to test themselves against the cream of Europe again as they face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday.

United endured an underwhelming first season under the Portuguese manager as they finished sixth in the Premier League, but winning the Europa League allowed them to end on a high and secured their return to the Champions League.

Belgian’s Gillet joins Olympiakos

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) – Belgian international midfielder Guillaume Gillet has signed a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee with Olympiakos, the Greek champions announced Monday.

The contract has an option for an additional year if both sides agree.

Gillet, 33, has 22 appearances with the Belgian national squad, scoring one goal.

Zidane hints Ronaldo to feature against Man United

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Skopje (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane indicated that Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United after travelling with the squad to Skopje on Monday.

Ronaldo was surprisingly named in the reigning European champions’ group for Tuesday’s match in the Macedonian capital after only returning to training with his club over the weekend.

Zidane hints Ronaldo to feature for Real Madrid against Manchester United

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Skopje (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane indicated that Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United after travelling with the squad to Skopje on Monday.

Ronaldo was surprisingly named in the reigning European champions’ group for Tuesday’s match in the Macedonian capital after only returning to training with his club over the weekend.

Monaco sign Ghezzal on free transfer

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Monaco (AFP) – Monaco signed Algerian attacking midfielder Rachid Ghezzal on a free transfer Monday, as coach Leonardo Jardim looks to rebuild after losing several of last season’s title-winners in the close season.

The 25-year-old, who has played 11 internationals, signed a four-year deal with the principality club after being released by Lyon at the end of last season.

Predictions for 2017/18 Premier League season as clubs splash the cash on new signings

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With the huge influx of money and the most ordinary players going for sums that a few years ago would have raised questions in the Houses of Parliament, this new shiny, glossy and bundles of cash Premier League season promises to be one of the most fascinating in recent history.

Will Pep get it right at the Etihad and again frustrate Jose who might then think about moving to a place where Pep won’t follow?

Southampton’s Van Dijk submits transfer request

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London (AFP) – Southampton’s in-demand defender Virgil van Dijk has submitted a transfer request, the Netherlands international announced on Monday.

“I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer,” Van Dijk said in a statement released to the media.

Sneijder completes Nice signing after medical

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Wesley Sneijder completed his free transfer to Nice on Monday as the Ligue 1 club secured yet another star name.

Following the signing of France international Hatem Ben Arfa two years ago and Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli last season, unfashionable Nice have done it again to secure the services of another marquee signing.

Manchester United’s Mourinho ready to make move for Bale

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Skopje (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent a message in the direction of UEFA Super Cup opponents Real Madrid by declaring his readiness to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.

Speaking to reporters in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Monday, Mourinho said he would wait to see what Bale’s role in Tuesday’s match was before deciding whether the Welshman was worth pursuing.

Mourinho ready to make move for Bale

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Skopje (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent a message in the direction of UEFA Super Cup opponents Real Madrid by declaring his readiness to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.

Speaking to reporters in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Monday, Mourinho said he would wait to see what Bale’s role in Tuesday’s match was before deciding whether the Welshman was worth pursuing.

Brighton announce club-record Propper swoop

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Dutch international midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven for an undisclosed club-record fee, the Premier League new boys announced on Monday.

Propper, 25, scored 16 goals in 67 league games for PSV, winning the Eredivisie title in 2016, and has made five international appearances for the Netherlands.

The story of Manchester United’s highest-scoring American of all-time

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James “Jimmy” Brown, the oldest boy of eight children, was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland on December 31, 1908 and raised in Troon. Growing up back then, next to Royal Troon Golf Club, it offered boys the choice of either playing golf or soccer. James never played organized soccer but was part of a group of kids who played on the streets of Troon and enjoyed sneaking on Royal Troon’s course to play a quick nine holes with his brothers before sunset.

Neymar not bigger than Barca — president

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted no player is bigger than the Catalan giants on Monday in the wake of Neymar’s world record 222 million euro ($264 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Bartomeu and his board are under pressure to wisely reinvest the huge sum, which more than doubled the previous record for a transfer fee, before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Streaming provider DAZN acquires Championship rights and more in Canada

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Legal streaming provider DAZN has acquired the EFL Championship and EFL Cup rights in Canada, as well as adding a ton of other soccer matches in the last week.

DAZN, pronounced “Da zone” and part of the Perform empire, has secured deals to bring coverage of the EFL (English Football League) and Carabao Cup (EFL Cup) to soccer fans in Canada, as well as extensive coverage of the WTA tour and ATP 250 tennis events.

Villa’s hat-trick lifts NYC over Red Bulls in Big Apple battle

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New York (AFP) – New York City captain David Villa’s first Major League Soccer hat-trick lifted his side to a 3-2 win over New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

The Spanish superstar has eight goals in his past eight matches and now leads the league with 17 goals this season - one more than Nemanja Nikolic of the Chicago Fire.

Real Madrid ready to go without Ronaldo against United in Super Cup

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Skopje (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has finally returned to training with Real Madrid but the defending European champions are set to be without the Portuguese superstar in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Manchester United in Skopje.

Ronaldo’s summer has been overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion in Spain, which led to him being charged in a court near Madrid last week, while he was handed an extended summer break by his club after playing for Portugal at the Confederations Cup.

Big-spending Guardiola leads chase of Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Empowered by a close-season transfer splurge of some £200 million ($264.8 million, 233.5 million euros), Manchester City are the early favourites to topple Premier League champions Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola endured a bruising first season in English football as City failed to challenge for the title, eventually finishing 15 points adrift of Chelsea in third place.

Oscar ban harming Chinese Super League title hopes, Villas-Boas fears

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Shanghai (AFP) – Andre Villas-Boas fears that the prolonged absence of banned Brazilian star Oscar could torpedo Shanghai SIPG’s Chinese Super League title hopes.

The Portuguese coach saw his side finish the weekend three points behind leaders Guangzhou Evergrande following a dry 0-0 home draw with third-placed Tianjin Quanjian on Sunday.

Dutch win a fine topping on women’s football boom

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – The six-goal final of the women’s football Euro in the Netherlands put a fine topping on a tournament proving the sport is growing across the continent, with record attendance and TV rating figures.

A growth in the number of teams to 16 from a previous 12 raised overall attendance to more than 240,000 people at the 31 games, up from 217,000 four years ago - with all Dutch games sold out, UEFA said.

Ronaldo in Madrid squad for Super Cup against Man Utd

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo could feature against his former club Manchester United in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup after being included in Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the trip to Skopje, Macedonia.

Ronaldo’s summer has been overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion in Spain, which led to him being appearing in court last week, and speculation over his future.

Restless Chelsea boss Conte fights to avoid sophomore slump

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London (AFP) – Fuelled by the personal intensity that inspired Chelsea’s return to the top, Antonio Conte has vowed to stop the champions becoming the latest victims of the Premier League’s sophomore slump.

A glance at recent Premier League history has provided all the motivation Conte requires as the Chelsea manager plots his team’s title defence, which gets under way against Burnley on Saturday.

Wenger fearful of another slow Arsenal start

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the strength of competition in the Premier League means his side cannot afford another false start if they are to challenge for the title.

Arsenal have lost three of their last four opening games, with last term’s 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool setting the tone for a campaign in which they missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1997.

What Premier League Pass includes for $50 per season to soccer fans in the US

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Subscriptions to NBC Sports’ Premier League Pass are now available at $50 per season. For soccer fans in the United States who are used to being able to stream all of the games during a Premier League season via the NBC Sports App, NBC Sports has decided to make 3-4 games per week only accessible via a paid subscription to Premier League Pass.

Sneijder agrees ‘in principle’ to join Nice

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder is on the brink of becoming the latest star name to sign for ambitious Ligue 1 outfit Nice after the two parties reached an “agreement in principle” on Sunday.

Unfashionable Nice have made a habit of signing top class talent over the last few seasons, with France international Hatem Ben Arfa, Italian striker Mario Balotelli, Brazilian centre-back Dante and Morocco playmaker Younes Belhanda all joining over the past two years.

Sneijder arrives in Nice ahead of Ligue 1 move

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder is on the brink of becoming the latest star name to sign for ambitious Ligue 1 outfit Nice after arriving at the city’s airport on Sunday.

Unfashionable Nice have made a habit of signing top class talent over the last few seasons, with France international Hatem Ben Arfa, Italian striker Mario Balotelli, Brazilian centre-back Dante and Morocco playmaker Younes Belhanda all joining over the past two years.

Lille’s Bielsa thumps Nantes’ Ranieri on pair’s return to Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieiri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.

Second half goals from Paraguayan Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Dutch-Moroccan Anwar El Ghazi earned Bielsa a winning return to France two years after walking out of Marseille following the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Four-goal Dutch win women’s Euro for first time

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – A brace from Vivianne Miedema led hosts Netherlands to a 4-2 win over Denmark and their first women’s Euro title in Enschede on Sunday.

Miedema pulled the hosts level at 1-1 on ten minutes and added her second goal two minutes from the end to round off the scoring, with Lieke Martens and skipper Sherida Spitse also scoring for the champions.

Chelsea’s Courtois, Morata gift Arsenal Community Shield

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London (AFP) – Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and star signing Alvaro Morata were the Chelsea fall guys as Arsenal won the Community Shield 4-1 on penalties at Wembley on Sunday.

Goals from Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal new boy Sead Kolasinac sent the game to a shootout and with both Courtois and Morata limply squandering their spot-kicks, Arsenal won the trophy for the third time in four years.

Wenger calls for united front as Arsenal make Shield statement

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger pleaded with Arsenal fans to stay united after his side made a statement of intent with their Community Shield victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

After spending much of last season under fire from supporters frustrated by Arsenal’s travails, Gunners boss Wenger hopes the new campaign is far less turbulent affair.

Bielsa thumps Ranieri on pair’s return to Ligue 1

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Paris (AFP) – Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieiri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.

Second half goals from Paraguayan Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Dutch-Moroccan Anwar El Ghazi earned Bielsa a winning return to France two years after walking out of Marseille following the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Courtois, Morata gift Arsenal Community Shield

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London (AFP) – Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and star signing Alvaro Morata were the Chelsea fall guys as Arsenal won the Community Shield 4-1 on penalties at Wembley on Sunday.

Goals from Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal new boy Sead Kolasinac sent the game to a shootout and with both Courtois and Morata limply squandering their spot-kicks, Arsenal won the trophy for the third time in four years.

DIRECTV NOW launches free month offer for Roku users

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DIRECTV NOW has launched a new offer of one month free of its streaming service for new customers who own Roku devices in the United States.

Roku owners can get a free month of DIRECTV NOW by signing up for DIRECTV NOW and then entering promo code ROKU1MONTH. Offer expires August 31, 2017.

First use of MLS VAR deemed a success on official launch of video replay technology [VIDEO]

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Major League Soccer (MLS) began using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to review the following “high leverage” situations on Saturday, August 5: Goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and mistaken identity.

The VAR was put to the test for the first time in MLS history during the 79th minute of the Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas match, in which referee Ricardo Salazar order a video review of an apparent goal scored by Dallas forward Maximiliano Urruti.

PSG will make Neymar ‘best in world’ – Pastore

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore has pledged Neymar that his new club will help him become the best player on the planet.

Neymar became the most expensive player in history when the Ligue 1 giants snatched the 25-year-old Brazilian from Barcelona after paying the 222 million euros ($264m) release clause.

German video review stumbles on debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The new German video review ran into trouble on its first serious test but despite the embarrasment officials insist it did not decide the Bayern Munich win over Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s Super Cup.

The German Football Association (DFB) and German Football League (DFL) said in a joint statement that the still experimental video assistant referee system had malfunctioned during Saturday’s match at Borussia Dortmund, stoking a debate about the new technology.

Lacazette gets Wembley start for Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette was handed a starting berth by manager Arsene Wenger for Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with Chelsea at Wembley.

The France striker, a £46.5 million ($60.6 million, 51.6 million euros) signing from Lyon, was flanked by Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi, with both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil left out.

Klopp delighted by cut-price Liverpool stars

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will keep an open mind on the Reds’ participation in the transfer market, after signing off on an unbeaten pre-season with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

The Reds boss watched 19-year-old summer signing Dominic Solanke score again, along with 17-year-old Ben Woodburn, while Alberto Moreno impressed at full back.

Video review makes inpact in MLS debut

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Washington (AFP) – The debut of video review in Major League Soccer on Saturday saw FC Dallas become the league’s first club to have a goal ruled out by the system in their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union.

Dallas, trailing 3-0 in Philadelphia, thought they had pulled a goal back in the 80th minute when Argentine Max Urruti followed up on a Christian Colman effort that had been parried by Union keeper John McCarthy, knocking in the rebound.

Dortmund star Aubameyang confirms Chinese offer

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said on Sunday that he was the subject of a big-money offer from China, but his club Borussia Dortmund insist he will not leave this season.

Aubameyang, who is under contract until 2020, confirms in Sunday’s edition of Die Welt that there was an offer from an unnamed Chinese club, but Dortmund have said he will not leave in 2017/18.

Miss by Dortmund’s Bartra hands Bayern the German Super Cup

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich lifted the German Super Cup on Saturday with a 5-4 win in a penalty shoot-out at Borussia Dortmund after Marc Bartra had his crucial final spot-kick saved.

The game finished 2-2 over 90 minutes as Christian Pulisic’s early goal for Dortmund was cancelled out by Robert Lewandowski.

Miss by Dortmund’s Bartra hands Bayern German Super Cup

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich lifted the German Super Cup on Saturday with a 5-4 win in a penalty shoot-out at Borussia Dortmund after Marc Bartra had his crucial final spot-kick saved.

The game finished 2-2 over 90 minutes as Christian Pulisic’s early goal for Dortmund was cancelled out by Robert Lewandowski.

Cameroon ‘not ready’ to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

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Ouagadougou (AFP) – Cameroon face being stripped of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after continental football chief Ahmad Ahmad admitted Saturday that the country “is not ready” to host the 2019 tournament.

“Cameroon isn’t ready to welcome even four teams,” said Ahmad, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Trippier injury overshadows Spurs’ Juve conquest

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier could miss the start of the Premier League season after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday’s 2-0 friendly win over Juventus.

Trippier limped off late in the first half at Wembley after the right-back had two crunching collisions with Juventus defender Alex Sandro.

Terry frustrated as Hull hold Villa

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London (AFP) – John Terry endured a frustrating Aston Villa debut as the former Chelsea star’s new side were held to a 1-1 draw by Hull on the opening weekend of the Championship season.

After winning 15 major honours in 22 years with Chelsea, Terry is making a fresh start with Villa following his release by the Premier League champions at the end of last season.

Liverpool down Bilbao to cap impressive pre-season

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool ended their globetrotting pre-season unbeaten after easing to a 3-1 win over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side warmed up for next Saturday’s Premier League opener at Watford with an emphatic friendly victory, leaving them unbeaten inside 90 minutes over eight games that included a 3-0 win over German champions Bayern Munich.

Fans hail Neymar as PSG stroll to opening win

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain celebrated the arrival of Brazilian superstar Neymar in festive style with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Amiens in their Ligue 1 opener on Saturday.

The Parc des Princes in Paris reverberated to the sound of Neymar’s name chanted over and again before kick off as the world’s most expensive player was presented to fans.

Hearts boss slams ‘disrespectful’ Rodgers

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Glasgow (AFP) – Brendan Rodgers was labelled an “absolute disgrace” by fuming Hearts boss Jon Daly after the Celtic chief’s comments about the Edinburgh club’s managerial upheaval.

Hearts interim coach Daly was furious with Rodgers for his pre-match criticism of the departure of former Jambos boss Ian Cathro.

Denmark plan ‘Rocky’ victory in women’s Euro final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – When Denmark take on hosts Netherlands in Sunday’s women’s Euro final, it will be like Rocky Balboa fighting Apollo Creed for the second time, said Danish coach Nils Nielsen.

Bracing for their first-ever Euro final in history, the two teams clashed in the group stage when the hosts won 1-0 owing to a 20th-minute spot kick by skipper Sherida Spitse.

Burnley’s Hanover clash abandoned after crowd trouble

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London (AFP) – Burnley’s pre-season fixture against Hanover 96 was abandoned after hooligans went on the rampage at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Trouble broke out in the section occupied by Hanover fans, with seats thrown and reports that knives were brandished at stewards trying to keep the thugs away from the Burnley supporters.

Griffiths at the double as Celtic rout Hearts

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Glasgow (AFP) – Leigh Griffiths struck twice as Celtic made a flying start to their Scottish Premiership title defence with a 4-1 thrashing of Hearts on Saturday.

Griffiths opened the scoring in the 29th minute before Scott Sinclair made it two five minutes after the break at Parkhead.

Wolves land early promotion race blow

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London (AFP) – Big-spending Wolves made a strong start to their promotion bid as Leo Bonatini’s debut goal sealed a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on the opening weekend of the Championship on Saturday.

Brazilian striker Bonatini, signed on a season-long loan from Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal, punished a mistake from Boro defender Daniel Ayala to settle a tight encounter in the 33rd minute at Molineux.

Dutch Euro champion in amateur women jibe

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Denmark women’s coach Nils Nielsen slammed former Dutch international Arnold Muhren for remarks about the women’s team on Saturday, on the eve of the Euro final between the two countries.

One of the key players on the Dutch team that won the 1988 Euro, Muhren told the Dutch daily De Telegraaf that “if the ladies played against a men’s amateur team, they would not win.

Neymar pledges ‘lots of trophies’ to PSG fans

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil superstar Neymar received a hero’s welcome from the Paris Saint-Germain faithful on Saturday as he vowed to win “lots of trophies” following his world record transfer.

The 25-year-old was presented to fans at the club’s Parc des Princes stadium ahead of their opening Ligue 1 match of the new campaign against Amiens.

Neymar deal makes financial sense, says PSG chief

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar’s world record 222 million euro ($264 million) fee may look expensive, but the transfer will end up earning a great deal of money for Paris Saint-Germain, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted Saturday.

Neymar, 25, is among the world’s finest players and will help the ambitious Ligue 1 club gain the success it craves in Europe.

Neymar tells PSG fans: ‘I’m here for the new challenge’

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar received a hero’s welcome from Paris Saint-Germain fans at their Parc des Princes home on Saturday as he vowed to win “lots of trophies” following his world record transfer.

The 25-year-old was presented to fans on the pitch ahead of their opening Ligue 1 match of the season at home to Amiens, telling fans: “Thank you!

Lacazette, Morata in Arsenal vs Chelsea Community Shield showdown

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London (AFP) – Had the close season panned out as initially expected, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata would not be lining up for Arsenal and Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley.

After 14 years at Lyon, Lacazette decided it was time to move on and was reported to have agreed to join up with his France team-mate Antoine Griezmann at Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Community Shield can set precedent for new Premier League season

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Premier League fans will get their first glimpse of two of English football’s top teams for 2017-18 on Sunday, as London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea clash at Wembley in the Community Shield.

While lifting the pre-season silverware may well be quite far down the respective clubs’ priority lists, victory over a fellow title challenger could well provide the impetus for the victor to start the new campaign strongly.

‘Crazy journey’ to Euro final for Denmark’s Line Roddik

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – More than eleven years ago, defender Line Roddik embarked on a “crazy journey” ending, for now, in Sunday’s women’s Euro final against the Netherlands in Enschede.

“I think it sounds pretty good, it’s an amazing feeling at the moment, I think you don’t really believe it at the same time, right?

Neymar waits as PSG make quick million on record investment

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar will watch from the stands as Paris Saint Germain open their season on Saturday, but the French club have already clawed back around a million euros on their world record investment thanks to selling a staggering 10,000 shirts bearing the Brazilian’s name in just one day.

China transfer largesse over, Villas-Boas believes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Andre Villas-Boas believes the heady days of big spending in the Chinese league are over, calling swingeing new regulations that stymied the transfer market “a big surprise”.

The Shanghai SIPG coach has the Brazilian stars Oscar and Hulk at the club after Chinese Super League (CSL) teams splashed the cash in the winter and in transfer windows before that.

Barcelona lost Neymar Sr support over unpaid bonus

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar’s father and agent, Neymar Sr, has told Spanish radio that Barcelona lost his support to retain his son when they refused to pay a bonus for signing a new contract last year.

The Brazilian joined Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday after the French side paid his 222 million euro ($264 million) buyout clause to smash the world transfer record, saying in an Instagram video he had gone against the advice of his father.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants England return’: reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday.

The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.

A behind-the-scenes look at how NextVR broadcasts live soccer in VR

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The recently-completed International Champions Cup (ICC) was the most successful in its five year history. For the second year in a row, NextVR brought live and on-demand games in virtual reality (VR) to soccer fans around the world. The highlight of the tournament was the the first el Clásico to be experienced in VR featuring Real Madrid against Barcelona.

Conte fears difficult season in store for Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Frustrated by Chelsea’s transfer miscues and under pressure from big-spending rivals, Antonio Conte admits this season will be the toughest of his career.

Just three months ago, Conte was all smiles as he soaked up the acclaim of Stamford Bridge at the climax of Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph.

Vardy at double, Iheanacho injured

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London (AFP) – England striker Jamie Vardy struck twice as Leicester defeated Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 on Friday in a pre-season friendly but new £25 million striker Kelechi Iheanacho came off injured.

Vardy scored in the 67th and 74th minutes after Thorgan Hazard had given the German side the lead with a fine finish from distance early in the second half.

PSG sell 10,000 Neymar shirts on first day

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar started repaying his mammoth transfer fee on the day he was introduced as Paris Saint-Germain’s marquee summer signing with the club selling more than 10,000 shirts bearing his name on Friday.

The 25-year-old Brazilian was signed from Barcelona for a world record 222-million euros ($264m) but with shirts emblazoned with his name and No.

Champions Monaco send Neymar defiant message

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian Neymar may dominate the headlines and bring renewed hope to Paris Saint-Germain but Monaco showed they won’t be giving up their Ligue 1 crown easily with a 3-2 win over Toulouse on Friday.

PSG will expect 222-million-euro man Neymar to fire them not just to domestic glory but also European success following his sensational move from Barcelona.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 25-30, 2017

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The United States’ 2-1 victory over Jamaica to claim the 2017 Gold Cup led in the ratings last week. FS1 delivered 1.772 million viewers for the match, up 117% from 818k for the 2015 final. The game also brought record streaming numbers as 71,742 unique viewers watched the match on FOX Sports GO, the largest audience ever on the platform for a soccer match.

Neymar prepares for ‘bigger challenge’ at PSG

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar was unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Friday following his sensational world record transfer saying he had left Barcelona not for money but a “bigger challenge” in France.

The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar flew into Le Bourget airport, north-east of Paris, in a private jet on Friday morning before heading into the city in a motorcade.

Football: Gaza team wins Palestine Cup despite Israeli restrictions

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Hebron (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Shabaab of Rafah became the first Gazan team to win football’s Palestine Cup in more than a decade Friday, despite Israeli restrictions keeping 10 of its players off the pitch.

Rafah and Ahly al-Khalil from the southern West Bank city of Hebron which hosted the game ended the second leg nil-nil, but Rafah’s 2-0 first leg lead meant it took the title.

Kylian Mbappe to Barcelona and four other transfers that could happen this window

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Whether financially, talent-wise or just a good fit, some transfers just make sense. While these moves listed below have not occurred yet, here are five transfers that make sense for the parties involved, and could very well happen.

Kylian Mbappe, Monaco to Barcelona

With Neymar finally making a mammoth £198 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona have a big hole to fill up front next to Leo Messi and Luis Suarez.

Ranieri’s Nantes ‘not ready’ for Ligue 1 opener

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Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri admitted that his Nantes side are “not ready” for the start of the new season, as the Italian prepares to make his Ligue 1 bow on Sunday at Lille.

“We are not ready, but I’ve never known a team that’s been ready for the first day (of a season),” Ranieri said on Friday.

We are best team in Euro final, says Dutch striker Martens

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De Lutte (Netherlands) (AFP) – The women’s Euro semi-final rout of England sparked new confidence in the Netherlands team as it braces for Sunday’s final against Denmark, said striker Lieke Martens.

A crowd of more than 27,000 people watched the hosts sweep England 3-0 at Enschede on Thursday on the way to their first-ever Euro final.

Liverpool’s Lallana out for two months

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London (AFP) – Liverpool will be without midfielder Adam Lallana for “a couple of months” due to a thigh injury, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

The England international, 29, sustained the injury during Liverpool’s friendly match against Atletico Madrid in Munich on Wednesday.

Liverpool’s Klopp had Hoffenheim play-off premonition

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London (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he had a feeling his side would draw German opposition after they were paired with Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off round on Friday.

Liverpool will travel to Klopp’s homeland for the first leg on August 15 before Hoffenheim visit Anfield the following week, with a place in the group phase at stake.

Man Utd’s Juan Mata to donate 1% of wages to charity

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London (AFP) – Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata vowed on Friday to donate one percent of his salary to charity and called on other professional footballers to follow suit.

The Spain international, 29, has signed up to a scheme called Common Goal created by streetfootballworld, a group of 120 charities from 80 countries.

Man Utd’s Juan Mata to donate 1% of wages to charity

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London (AFP) – Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata vowed on Friday to donate one percent of his salary to charity and called on other professional footballers to follow suit.

The Spain international, 29, has signed up to a scheme called Common Goal created by streetfootballworld, a group of 120 charities from 80 countries.

Chelsea boss Conte hits back at Costa claims

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insisted Friday that Diego Costa has no grounds for complaint after a lawyer for the exiled Chelsea striker claimed the Blues boss had made it impossible for his client to remain with the Premier League champions.

Costa was left out of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia and has been training away from the rest of the first-team squad since revealing the contents of a text message exchange with Conte at the end of last season.

Conte tells Barca to forget Hazard move

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Barcelona there is no chance he will allow Eden Hazard to join the Spanish club as a replacement for Neymar.

Neymar completed his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, when the Brazil striker signed a five-year deal with the French club after paying 222 million euros ($264 million) to release himself from his contract at Barcelona.

Chelsea’s Conte tells Barcelona to forget Hazard move

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Barcelona there is no chance he will allow Eden Hazard to join the Spanish club as a replacement for Neymar.

Neymar completed his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, when the Brazil striker signed a five-year deal with the French club after paying 222 million euros ($264 million) to release himself from his contract at Barcelona.

Neymar prepares for ‘bigger challenge’ after PSG unveiling

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar was unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Friday following his sensational world record transfer saying he had left Barcelona not for money but a “bigger challenge” in France.

The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar flew into Le Bourget airport, north-east of Paris, in a private jet on Friday morning before heading into the city in a motorcade.

Annoyed Barcelona won’t pay Neymar bonus

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona won’t pay a 26 million euro ($30.8 million) bonus to Neymar for renewing his contract with the Catalan giants in 2016, a club spokesman said on Friday after his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee.

Josep Vives admitted Barca had been left irritated by the Brazilian’s decision to leave despite signing a new five-year deal last year as PSG paid his 222 million euro ($264 million) buyout clause to leave Barca powerless to prevent Neymar moving on.

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

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

For viewers in the United States, ESPN3 has picked up the rights to select Championship games so you can see the opening match of the season as well as plenty of other EFL games during the season.

Neymar: PSG move ‘one of my most difficult decisions’

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar said Friday joining Paris Saint-Germain in a world record transfer was “one of the most difficult decisions” he has had to make as he looked forward to the challenges ahead with his new club.

“In Barcelona I had adapted well to the city and the team. I had friends there and it has not been easy,” the 25-year-old Brazil superstar admitted at a press conference at PSG’s Parc des Princes on Friday.

Celtic set for latest title defence

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Glasgow (AFP) – The new Scottish Premiership season starts this weekend, but the race for the top prize is already over in some people’s eyes.

Celtic’s capture of the Scottish Cup in May completed a rare treble and rounded off a record-breaking campaign which saw the Glasgow giants finish without tasting defeat domestically.

Germany’s forgotten hero Goetze relaunches career

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup winner Mario Goetze admits the metabolism disorder which sidelined him for five months is ‘now part of his life’, with the Germany star poised to resume playing on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund host arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup - the annual pre-season clash between the German Cup winners and Bundesliga champions respectively - on Saturday.

Neymar pledges PSG trophy haul after world record transfer

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar has pledged to spark a trophy glut at Paris Saint Germain after agreeing a five-year deal on a world record 222 million euro ($264 million) transfer from Barcelona.

The 25-year-old will earn a mind-boggling 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year in Paris but insists he will prove value for money for the ambitious but under-performing Qatari-owned French side.

Neymar, arriving Friday, pledges glory for PSG

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club.

The 25-year-old forward doubled the previous record fee with his 222 million euro ($264 million) move from Barcelona and will earn a reported 30 million euros ($35.

Neymar arrives in Paris after world record transfer

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil’s Neymar arrived in Paris on Friday following his world record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, airport officials told AFP.

The superstar forward, who moved for 222 million euros ($264m), arrived at Le Bourget airport and was seen leaving a private jet and getting into a car which joined a motorcade heading towards the city centre, the sources said.

Neymar arrives in Paris promising glory for PSG

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Paris (AFP) – The world’s most expensive footballer, Brazilian superstar Neymar, landed in the French capital Friday following his record transfer from Spanish giants Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Fans swarmed a PSG outlet on the Champs Elysees to buy shirts with Neymar’s name and number on the back as the 25-year-old forward headed for the city centre in a motorcade after arriving in a private jet shortly before 11am (0900 GMT) at Le Bourget airport north-east of Paris.

Neymar: I chose PSG against my father’s advice

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar admitted that he chose to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain against the advice of his father on Friday, just before arriving in the French capital.

“A sportsman needs challenges. And for the second time in my life, I am going against the advice of my Dad,” the Brazilian wrote in a long post in Spanish on his Instagram account on Thursday night.

Liverpool, Napoli handed tough Champions League draws

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Paris (AFP) – Liverpool must come through a tough two-legged play-off tie against Hoffenheim if they are to return to the group stage of the Champions League after a three-year absence, following Friday’s draw.

Jurgen Klopp will take his Liverpool team back to his native Germany for the first leg on August 15 or 16 with the return at Anfield a week later

Hoffenheim, whose Rhein Neckar Arena is in Sinsheim in south-west Germany, are in the Champions League for the first time in their history after finishing fourth in the Bundesliga last season.

What next for cash-rich but Neymar-less Barcelona?

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona find themselves flush with 222 million euros ($263.5 million), but faced with replacing one of the world’s best players after Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record.

The Catalans’ under-pressure board don’t have much time to react with the transfer window set to shut on August 31.

Netherlands sink England, face Denmark in final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk and Millie Bright’s own goal handed hosts Netherlands a 3-0 win over England in the women’s Euro semi-final at Enschede on Thursday.

In Sunday’s final, the Netherlands will face Denmark, who beat Austria 3-0 on penalties after a goalless draw at Breda.

Dutch sink England, face Denmark in Euro final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk and Millie Bright’s own goal handed hosts Netherlands a 3-0 win over England in the women’s Euro semi-final at Enschede on Thursday.

In Sunday’s final, the Netherlands will face Denmark, who beat Austria 3-0 on penalties after a goalless draw at Breda.

Netherlands sink England, face Denmark in Euro football final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk and Millie Bright’s own goal handed hosts Netherlands a 3-0 win over England in the women’s Euro semi-final at Enschede on Thursday.

In Sunday’s final, the Netherlands will face Denmark, who beat Austria 3-0 on penalties after a goalless draw at Breda.

Neymar completes world record PSG move

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain was completed Thursday when the French club confirmed the Brazilian superstar had signed a five year-deal, earning him an estimated 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year.

The deal was signed just hours after the 25-year-old paid off his 222 million euro ($264 million) buyout clause to Barcelona.

beIN SPORTS to broadcast Turkish Süper Lig games to viewers in United States

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After losing the rights to the EFL Championship and EFL Cup to ESPN, beIN SPORTS will be adding the Turkish Süper Lig to its coverage of world sports, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.

beIN SPORTS will broadcast one Turkish Süper Lig match per round to viewers in the United States.

Iheanacho swaps Man City for Leicester

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London (AFP) – Leicester City on Thursday announced the signing of Nigerian international striker Kelechi Iheanacho from English Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Iheanacho, 20, has signed a five-year deal at the King Power Stadium with the transfer fee officially undisclosed.

5 things we learned from 2017 MLS All-Star Game against Real Madrid

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Photo credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the five things we learned from the 2017 MLS All-Star game, as Real Madrid beat the MLS All-Stars on penalties in Chicago.

1. Adidas Pays Up

The big news at the All-Star game had nothing to do with the game itself.

Denmark beat Austria on penalties to reach final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Denmark secured a place in their first-ever women’s Euro final by beating Austria 3-0 on penalties following a 0-0 draw after extra-time in Breda on Thursday.

Austria’s Laura Feiersinger blasted her penalty over while Viktoria Pinther and Verena Aschauer were denied by Danish keeper Stina Petersen.

Interviews with Taylor Twellman and Jon Champion: 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 38, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Exclusive interviews with Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman,

• All of the details about the Championship and EFL Cup rights switching to ESPN,

• Details about beIN SPORTS picking up new rights to a European soccer league,

• DISH sues Univision over Facebook Live streaming of soccer,

• Plus questions and feedback from you, the listeners.

Neymar free to complete record PSG move

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain is set to be completed when the player jets into France on Friday after the Brazilian paid his 222 million euro ($263.6 million) buyout clause to Barcelona on Thursday.

Barca confirmed Neymar’s lawyers “made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name” to release him from the five-year contract he signed just last year.

Spanish league standoff stalls Neymar move

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar’s ‘transfer of the century’ from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain took another twist on Thursday as Spain’s football league refused to accept a 222 million euro ($260 million) cheque to pay his buyout clause.

Representatives of the 25-year-old Brazilian were turned away from the Madrid headquarters of La Liga, whose president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of breaching transfer rules.

Financial Fair Play, Neymar deal explained

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Paris (AFP) – Spain’s La Liga refused to accept a 220-million-euro ($260m) payment from Neymar for his move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on Thursday, with league president Javier Tebas claiming the transfer would make it impossible for PSG to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Neymar deal ‘beyond rationality’, says Arsenal boss Wenger

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London (AFP) – Neymar’s imminent mega-transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is “beyond calculation and rationality”, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.

In a reference to PSG’s super-rich Qatari backers, Wenger said the 222 million euros ($260 million) deal was a consequence of what happens when “a country owns a club”.

Alexis Sanchez will respect my decision, says Arsenal’s Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Alexis Sanchez to “respect” his decision not to allow the Chilean forward to leave the club, he said on Thursday.

“I will not give anything away on (Sanchez), but the only thing I can tell you is that he is focused and my decision is clear: he will stay and he will respect that,” Wenger told reporters.

Ex-Disney boss completes Portsmouth purchase

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London (AFP) – Former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner has completed his takeover of English third-tier club Portsmouth, he announced on Thursday.

Eisner’s Tornante Company has been conducting due diligence since May and is believed to have paid £5.67 million ($7.44 million, 6.

Besiktas sign Spanish striker Negredo – report

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Istanbul (AFP) – Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo has signed with Istanbul club Besiktas for three years after a disappointing season with English team Middlesbrough, local media reported on Thursday.

Negredo will receive an annual salary of 4.5 million euros ($5.3 million), according to sports daily Fanatik.

beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights

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EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, BAMTech has acquired the US rights to the English Championship and EFL Cup, and has reached a separate agreement with ESPN to have the live and on-demand matches shown by the Worldwide Leader of Sports.

beIN SPORTS will not broadcast the 2017/18 Championship season, and has subsequently removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule.

Terry eyes promotion for Villa as Championship season kicks off

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London (AFP) – John Terry has pledged to lead Aston Villa back into the Premier League as the Championship season kicks off with a host of big-spending clubs gearing up for a frenzied promotion battle.

After winning 15 major honours in 22 years with Chelsea, Terry had to search for a new club following his release at the end of last season and rejected interest from several Premier League clubs to sign a £60,000-per-week deal with Villa.

Dutch face England in sold-out semi-final hit

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – A clash of titans and a battle of tournament sensations are on Thursday’s menu at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands as the hosts take on England and Denmark face Austria in the semi-finals.

At the sold-out Twente stadium in Enschede with more than 27,000 people expected, the Lionesses will play against the Oranjes in a clash of two teams with a perfect record at the tournament.

Neymar set to jet in for world record move

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar is expected to arrive in Paris on Thursday to finalise his world record 222 million euro ($260 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, which will earn him around 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year.

The summer’s longest-running transfer saga, which this week saw the 25-year-old tracked from the United States to China to the Middle East, back to Barcelona to say goodbye before a swift detour to Porto where he was thought to have undergone a medical, will end in the French capital with new teammates already queuing up to welcome him.

Jardim backs Mbappe to fire ahead of title defence

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim is confident that Kylian Mbappe will be focused for the start of his side’s Ligue 1 title defence at Toulouse on Friday, despite being linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid.

The principality side stunned Paris Saint-Germain last season to claim their first French championship in 17 years, although PSG have flexed their muscles in the transfer window and look set to sign Neymar for a world-record 222 million euros ($260m) from Barcelona.

Media hail Neymar ‘transfer of the century’

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar’s imminent record-shattering move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was hailed as “the signing that changes the history of football” by French and Spanish media on Thursday.

Papers in both cities went to town on the Brazilian striker’s forecast 222 million euro ($260 million) transfer from the Catalan giants to PSG.

Football: Israel bars 10 Gaza players from final – club

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Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israel has barred 10 Palestinian footballers from travelling from Gaza to the West Bank to play in Friday’s Palestine Cup final second leg, their club said.

Shabaab Rafah are 2-0 up against Ahly al-Khalil of Hebron from Tuesday’s first leg in Gaza City but only 15 members of their squad are being allowed to travel for the return leg, club president Khaled Kwaik told AFP.

La Liga rejects payment of Neymar buyout clause

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s La Liga refused to accept the payment of Neymar’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause, a league spokesperson confirmed on Thursday, potentially delaying the Brazilian’s world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We can confirm that the legal representatives of the player attended La Liga to pay the clause and this has been rejected,” the spokesperson told AFP.

Spanish league stalls Neymar PSG move

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spain’s football league refused to accept a 222 million euro ($260 million) cheque on Friday in a new twist to Neymar’s ‘transfer of the century’ from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Representatives of the 25-year-old Brazilian were turned away from the Madrid headquarters of La Liga after their payment to meet Barcelona’s buyout clause was refused by officials who have accused the French club of breaching transfer rules.

Neymar: Brazilian magician and marketing gold

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Paris (AFP) – His pre-teen skills bewitched internet users over a decade ago, and now Brazil’s Neymar is set to dazzle in the French capital with his forecast world-record transfer to wannabe European power Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar’s projected move from giants Barcelona and the elite Spanish La Liga to continental underachieving PSG and the low-key Ligue 1 has raised eyebrows.

Neymar’s Barcelona legacy: trophies, taxes and transfers

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are set to bank the biggest transfer fee in football history with Neymar’s projected 222 million euro ($260 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain more then doubling the previous record bringing to an end a tumultuous four years at the Camp Nou.

Yet, Barca too have had to pay a heavy price, most notably off the field, for their efforts in bringing the Brazilian to Catalonia in the first place in a murky transfer deal from Santos that has overshadowed his achievements as a Barca player.

Mkhitaryan, Mata lead Manchester United to friendly win

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Dublin (AFP) – A goal in either half from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and his replacement Juan Mata helped Manchester United to a 2-1 victory over Sampdoria at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road in the Reds’ final pre-season game on Wednesday.

The pair’s goals came either side of Dennis Praet’s strike to ensure a positive end to United’s summer and gave them a boost ahead of next Tuesday’s European Super Cup clash with Real Madrid in Macedonia.

Clement wants Sigurdsson future resolved this week

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London (AFP) – Swansea manager Paul Clement wants the future of Everton target Gylfi Sigurdsson to be resolved by the end of the week.

Clement has rejected two Everton bids for Sigurdsson as he holds out for a £50 million fee for the Iceland midfielder.

Sigurdsson missed Swansea’s tour to the United States after withdrawing following interest from the Toffees, with the club saying he was “not in the right frame of mind”.

Mixed emotions among Barcelona fans as Neymar leaves

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Barcelona (AFP) – Some understood, others were enraged, but most supporters of Barcelona reacted with sadness Wednesday to news that star striker Neymar was leaving, in all likelihood to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Catalan club announced that the 25-year-old wanted to leave, insisting however that the Brazilian’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause must be paid - an amount that would smash all transfer records.

How do Spanish football buyout clauses work?

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar looks set to smash the world record for a transfer fee with Paris Saint-Germain willing to part with 222 million euros ($260 million) to free the Brazilian from his Barcelona contract.

Despite the Catalan giants recognising Neymar’s wish to leave Spain, Barcelona insisted on Wednesday the player’s buyout clause must be met.

Out of this world! Roma legend Totti’s final shirt launched into space

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Rome (AFP) – Roma legend Francesco Totti’s iconic number 10 shirt, which he wore for the final time on May 28, has been launched into space, the Serie A club said Wednesday.

The 40-year-old played his final game after 24 years with the capital-city side in a 3-2 win against Genoa.

Romanian Lucescu named new Turkey football coach

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Istanbul (AFP) – The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday said it had agreed terms with veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu to take charge of the national side.

The federation and Lucescu have agreed a two-year deal, with an option for one more year, the TFF said in a statement.

Messi bids fond farewell to Neymar on Instagram

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar on Instagram Wednesday after the Brazilian striker told him and other Barcelona teammates he was leaving, saying it was a “huge pleasure” to have played with him.

The Catalan club confirmed Wednesday that Neymar wanted to leave after weeks of intense speculation, taking the 25-year-old closer to a potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Women players don’t share football mega-bucks, says survey

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Neymar may be poised for a record-breaking move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, but a new survey has cast light on football’s gender pay gap with half of all female players paid nothing by their clubs.

Carried out in collaboration with Manchester University, the global players’ association FIFPro interviewed some 3,300 female players in 33 countries - including powerhouses such as the United States, Germany, England and France - for its first ever global survey of conditions in women’s football.

Neymar world record PSG move imminent

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Barcelona (AFP) – Neymar could be presented as a Paris Saint-Germain player as early as this weekend for a world record fee as Barcelona admitted defeat in convincing the Brazilian to stay at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Wagner Ribeiro, an advisor to the player, claimed PSG would pay his 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause in the “coming hours” to more than double the current transfer record set by Paul Pogba’s £89.

Messi bids farewell to Barcelona teammate Neymar

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar on Instagram Wednesday after the Brazilian striker told him and other Barcelona teammates he was leaving, saying it was a “huge pleasure” to have played with him.

The Catalan club confirmed Wednesday that Neymar wanted to leave after weeks of intense speculation, taking the 25-year-old closer to a potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar to be presented by PSG ‘this week’

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Barcelona (AFP) – Neymar’s world record 222 million euro ($260 million) transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain could be completed by the end of the week, the player’s advisor Wagner Ribeiro said on Wednesday.

Ribeiro told reporters at Barcelona’s El Prat airport that PSG would pay Neymar’s buyout clause “in the coming hours” and that the 25-year-old could be presented in Paris “this weekend.

NBC Sports US-based talent to broadcast Premier League live from England again

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The show just keeps on getting better.

For the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season, the US-based talent of NBC Sports will broadcast live from England yet again with Rebecca Lowe, Kyle Martino, Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle bringing you the world’s most popular sports league.

Barcelona confirm Neymar wants to leave

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona confirmed Neymar’s wish to leave the Catalan giants on Wednesday, but insisted the Brazilian’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause must be paid as his potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer.

“Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and representative, communicated to FC Barcelona this morning his decision to leave the club,” Barca said in a statement.

England’s Millie Bright eyes tough Dutch challenges

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – An equestrian rider as a child, Millie Bright opted for football before becoming the rock of England’s back four at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands.

Her hard tackling style has helped England to three clean sheets in four games so far with the Lionesses’ eyes on a historic success as they get ready for a semi-final against the hosts.

Neymar talk overshadows start of new French Ligue 1 season

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Paris (AFP) – After a summer dominated by talk of Neymar’s possible arrival and the potential departure of Kylian Mbappe, the new French season begins this weekend with Monaco the defending champions but Paris Saint-Germain again favourites.

Ligue 1 has long suffered in comparison with Europe’s other leading domestic leagues, while its clubs have often performed poorly in the Champions League.

Football coach Lippi to give success-starved China glimpse of future

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Shanghai (AFP) – Coach Marcello Lippi is already planning for the future and will call up a number of young players for a qualifier against Uzbekistan with China’s World Cup hopes effectively over.

China host Uzbekistan on August 31 but are on a run of one win in eight games in the latest qualifying round for Russia 2018, leaving them bottom of the group.

Neymar tells Barcelona teammates ‘he is leaving’

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Barcelona (AFP) – Neymar’s potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer on Wednesday as the Brazilian informed his Barcelona teammates he is leaving the club, a Barca source told AFP.

“The player came to train as scheduled and announced to his teammates that he is leaving.

Kane put Morata off joining Spurs, says boss Pochettino

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London (AFP) – New Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata turned down a move to Tottenham Hotspur because he feared the competition from striker Harry Kane, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed

Morata, 24, joined champions Chelsea from Real Madrid last month for a reported fee of £58 million ($76.

Neymar tells Barca teammates ‘he is leaving’

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Barcelona (AFP) – Neymar informed his teammates he is leaving Barcelona, a club spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday, as his potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer.

“The player came to train as scheduled and announced to his teammates that he is leaving,” said the source.

Football: ‘Weird’ Cole not wanted, says Indonesian boss

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Persib’s team manager called Carlton Cole a “weird person” and said he wasn’t wanted on Wednesday as the former West Ham and Chelsea striker insisted he remained a player for the Indonesian club.

Umuh Muchtar questioned why Cole, 33, had bothered to turn up for training, a day after announcing the Englishman’s dismissal following a goalless stint lasting only four months.

Barcelona confirm Neymar wants to to leave

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona confirmed Neymar’s wish to leave the Catalan giants on Wednesday, but insisted the Brazilian’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause must be paid as his potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer.

“Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and representative, communicated to FC Barcelona this morning his decision to leave the club,” Barca said in a statement.

Spanish FA chief released on bail

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Madrid (AFP) – Deposed Spanish FA chief Angel Maria Villar was released on bail on Wednesday after two weeks in custody on charges of corruption, according to an AFP journalist.

Villar, 67, was arrested on July 18 on suspicion of falsifying documents, misappropriation of funds, collusion and administrative breaches linked to skimming profits from international friendly games.

Beckham team ‘at the finish line’ says MLS boss: report

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Miami (AFP) – David Beckham is “at the finish line” in his quest to obtain approval for a Major League Soccer expansion club in Miami, MLS commissioner Don Garber told the Miami Herald.

Beckham’s expansion bid is on the agenda at an MLS owners meeting on Wednesday in Chicago.

Neymar keeps silence on return to Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar landed back in Barcelona on Tuesday evening, avoiding making any comment on the ongoing speculation about a possible world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 25-year-old Barcelona forward was travelling back from China and had earlier posted a video on social media apparently from Dubai airport, amid suggestions that he could have been bound for Paris.

ESPN scores 1.7 million viewers for el Clásico Miami between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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ESPN’s live coverage of the first el Clásico to be played on US soil between Barcelona and Real Madrid delivered 1.7 million viewers last Saturday.

The match, billed as el Clásico Miami and part of the 2017 International Champions Cup, was shown live across ESPN in English and ESPN 2/ESPN Deportes in Spanish.

Ronaldo says his ‘brilliance’ bothers people

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Lisbon (AFP) – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday his “brilliance” annoys people, a day after he was quizzed by a Spanish judge investigating whether he evaded paying millions of euros in taxes.

“What bothers people is my brilliance, insects only attack lamps that shine!

MLS and Gold Cup overshadowed by successful International Champions Cup

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This summer has been another win-win for soccer in the United States, but should we be surprised?

It seems that every summer in the United States is now positioned as “the summer of soccer,” and this year’s edition was no exception as many of the best clubs from around the world descended on the United States.

Unsettled Sanchez back in training with Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez finally returned to training with Arsenal on Tuesday amid persistent speculation the Chile forward is keen to leave the Gunners.

Sanchez missed Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Australia and China, as well as last weekend’s Emirates Cup tournament, as he rested following international duty at the Confederations Cup.

City send three youngsters on loan to Girona

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London (AFP) – Manchester City sent three young stars on loan to La Liga newcomers Girona on Tuesday.

Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz, Colombian winger Marlos Moreno and Spanish midfielder Aleix Garcia will all spend the forthcoming season with Girona as City strengthen their links with the club.

Winger Navas returns to Sevilla

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish international winger Jesus Navas returned to Sevilla on Tuesday, the La Liga club announced on their website.

Navas had been a free agent since being released by Manchester City at the end of last season.

“Sevilla FC have reached an agreement with Jesus Navas, with the player signing a deal on Tuesday keeping him at the club for the next four seasons,” Sevilla said in a statement.

Neymar in Dubai, but where next?

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil’s Neymar triggered a guessing game on his return from China on Tuesday, posting a video on social media apparently from Dubai but leaving his final destination - Paris or Barcelona - a mystery.

As speculation mounts of an imminent record-busting transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar’s video appeared to be from the first class lounge at Dubai airport.

25 surprising facts about soccer

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Almost 300 million people around the world play soccer, and the amount of people that watch the sport is equally staggering. It is the most popular sport in the world and is the national sport of over 60 different nations. It can be traced back over 20 centuries and had many various forms before The Football Association penned the first official rules in 1863.

Real Madrid expected to give MLS stars intense match

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Chicago (AFP) – Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard says top North American club players should expect “cut-throat” competition from Spanish giants Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game.

The All-Star match at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears, marks the end of a four-match, 11-day pre-season US tour for Real Madrid that included a 3-2 loss to rival Barcelona in a Clasico matchup at Miami.

Manchester City set for Spain trip after season opener

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have made the unusual decision to travel to Spain for a training camp less than a day after their opening Premier League fixture, the club have announced.

City manager Pep Guardiola and his squad will fly to Girona for a four-day trip just hours after visiting promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on August 12.

Barcelona block Neymar’s multi-million bonus

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona have blocked payment of a 26-million-euro ($31-million) bonus for star attacker Neymar as speculation mounts that he will move to Paris Saint-Germain, a source at the club said Tuesday.

The Brazilian football star, who is due to come back for training on Wednesday morning, is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.