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Schweinsteiger expects to be fit for Euros

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Ascona (Switzerland) (AFP) Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Wednesday he would recover from a knee injury in time to captain Germany at the European Championship, even though it remained unclear when he would return to the pitch.

"I'm doing well, I am very confident," he told journalists at a press conference in the Swiss town of Ascona, where the German national squad has set up its training camp ahead of the tournament in France.

Yankee Stadium is killing New York City FC

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There are no two ways about it. New York City FC's meltdown on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls was one of the most embarrassing and least forgivable performances in MLS history.

That NYCFC got blanked 7-0 at home in a derby is shocking enough, but the manner of the team's capitulation only served to compound horrors.

Man Utd hold day two of Mourinho talks

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London (AFP) Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.

Arsenal confirm Xhaka deal agreed

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London (AFP) Arsenal announced the signing of Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday.

The Premier League side said the deal has yet to be officially ratified, but terms have been agreed with the 23-year-old.

"Arsenal have reached an agreement with Granit Xhaka to join the club on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee," said a statement from the North Londoners.

USA Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador preview

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Copa America preparation rolls on. With a 3-1 friendly win over Puerto Rico under itsbelt, the USA Men's National Team can really start to gel as the full 23-man roster convenes in Dallas. The next friendly in line before the Copa America starts is against a much sterner test in Ecuador.

The 23-man US roster for the Copa America was announced on Saturday at halftime of the 7-0Hudson River Beatdown (that's New York Red Bulls vs.

France to deploy 90,000 security for Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France said Wednesday it will deploy more than 90,000 police and security guards for Euro 2016, vowing to do "everything possible to avoid a terrorist attack" during the football tournament that starts next month.

The announcement followed chaos on Saturday at the Stade de France national stadium when smoke bombs were set off during the national cup final, sparking panic.

Real Madrid stars thriving under Zidane’s free reign

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Madrid (AFP) Just five months into his first senior managerial role, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is already living up to the unenviable task of matching his credentials as one of the finest players of his generation.

Fourteen years on from the sumptuous volley that rippled a rain-soaked net at Hampden Park in Glasgow to hand Real their ninth European Cup over Bayer Leverkusen, he can become just the seventh man to win the Champions League as a player and a coach with victory over Atletico Madrid at Milan's San Siro on Saturday.

Can Jose Mourinho win over the Manchester United faithful?

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Although it hasn't been officially announced yet, Jose Mourinho is basically guaranteed to be the next manager of Manchester United following Louis Van Gaal's official departure this week. Despite winning the FA cup this season, Van Gaal's time at United was tumultuous. He created a solid defense, took United back into the Champions League for one season, and promoted several promising youth players.

Love him or hate him, Mourinho set for United

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho will be faced with a litany of problems once the polarising Portuguese manager finally starts his Manchester United reign later this week.

Mourinho could be confirmed as United's new boss as early as Wednesday after his agent Jorge Mendes met the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for talks in London on Tuesday.

Cord cutter’s guide to watching Copa America Centenario

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This summer, every single game of the Copa America Centenario will be shown live on TV networks around the world, including the United States. But not everyone has a cable or satellite TV subscription. If that includes you, we've created a postfor you entitled the cord cutter's guide to watching Copa America Centenario, which features several helpful tips to help you cut the cord and watch Copa America Centenario legally and uninterrupted.

Bosz appointed Ajax football coach

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The Hague (AFP) Ajax have appointed Dutchman Peter Bosz as their new coach in place of Frank de Boer, the Amsterdam club confirmed on Tuesday.

Bosz, 52, leaves his coaching position with Maccabi Tel Aviv to join the Dutch club on a three-year contract until June 2019.

"It's a good time for me as a coach," said Bosz who lead Maccabi to second place in the Israeli league.

Euro Super League still on agenda says sports exec

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London (AFP) A breakaway European Super League is still being discussed in football's corridors of power, according to the sports executive involved when talks took place earlier this year.

Charlie Stillitano of the International Champions Cup (ICC) held discussions with Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool amid reports Europe's leading clubs wanted a potential competition in which they would be guaranteed to feature regardless of on-pitch results.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's Euro 2016 preparations took a knock on Tuesday with key defender Raphael Varane ruled out injured of next month's tournament on home soil with his place taken by Adil Rami.

Coach Didier Deschamps had feared the worst after Real Madrid announced Sunday that the 23-year-old Varane, capped 29 time for France, had suffered a serious left thigh injury.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 with a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated their player would be out of action for up to three weeks.

France’s Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 because of a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated the player would be out of action for up to three weeks.