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Dybala set to return as Juventus target top spot

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Argentine striker Paulo Dybala is set to make his long-awaited return for Juventus when the Italians host Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday looking to secure top spot in Champions League Group H.

With Gonzalo Higuain only recently returning from a muscle problem and attacking midfielder Mark Pjaca still sidelined, Dybala's absence has piled the pressure on the injury-ravaged champions during a tough month of November.

Villa named MLS player of the year

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New York (AFP) Former Spain striker David Villa was named as Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday in recognition of a prolific season which helped transform New York City FC's fortunes.

The Spanish World Cup winner's goals helped take New York, who finished 17th in their inaugural season, to the club's first appearance in the playoffs.

Situm can’t wait for Juventus date

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Situm described meeting Juventus as a "dream date", even if the Croatians risk another heavy defeat by the Italian champions on Wednesday.

Giants in Croatia Dinamo are playing for pride in Europe, having lost all five games and failing to even score a single goal.

Situm can’t wait for Juve date

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Milan (AFP) Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Situm described meeting Juventus as a "dream date", even if the Croatians risk another heavy defeat by the Italian champions on Wednesday.

Juventus host the Croatians in their final Group H outing needing to secure top spot ahead of Sevilla, who are one point behind in second before travelling to Lyon in France.

Slutsky quits as CSKA Moscow coach

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Moscow (AFP) Leonid Slutsky has resigned as coach of CSKA Moscow after seven hugely successful years and will leave after Wednesday's Champions League match with Tottenham Hotspur, the Russian champions said.

CSKA play the Premier League side at Wembley with both clubs already out of the Champions League but with a Europa League spot up for grabs, while CSKA are third in the Russian Premier League.

beIN SPORTS nets 1.4 million viewers for el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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beIN SPORTS' coverage of the first el Clasico of the 2016/17 season between Barcelona and Real Madrid was watched by an average of 1.433 million viewers across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español combined.

An average of 913,000 people watched the game on beIN SPORTS en Español, while 520,000 tuned in to watch the game on beIN SPORTS, according to Sports TV Ratings.

“Lucky” Zidane determined to win group

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists the European champions aren't prepared to settle for second place behind Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group F despite the potential for an easier last 16 tie.

Madrid need to beat the German giants at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to secure top spot and the second leg of their last 16 clash at home.

Abuse scandal will spread beyond England – Dein

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Doha (AFP) The sexual abuse scandal engulfing English football was "bound to" spread to other countries, the former vice-chairman of the Football Association David Dein insisted on Tuesday.

Speaking on the fringes of a Soccerex Asian Forum in Doha, Dein, also a former vice-chairman of Arsenal and the man responsible for appointing Arsene Wenger as manager, said he had heard no rumours about the problem while at the FA.

Southgate cuts Lee from England coaching team

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London (AFP) Sammy Lee has left his role as England's assistant manager following Gareth Southgate's appointment as permanent manager, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

Former Liverpool midfielder Lee, 57, was brought in by Southgate's predecessor Sam Allardyce, whose tenure lasted just 67 days after he was brought down by a newspaper sting.

Several British clubs hushed up abuse – lawyer

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London (AFP) There are claims "several" British football clubs have used gagging orders to silence victims of sexual abuse at the hands of youth coaches, a lawyer working with victims has said.

Chelsea have apologised to former player Gary Johnson, who was abused by late chief scout Eddie Heath, after waiving a confidentiality clause in a 50,000 pounds ($63,850, 59,230 euros) agreement they made with him.

How China’s not-so-big football spenders get by

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Dongguan (China) (AFP) Newly rich Chinese football isn't all about millionaire players and famous coaches just ask the smaller teams, who are living firmly in the shadow of their well-heeled neighbours.

Chinese Super League clubs took the transfer market by storm this year when they collectively splashed out more than $400 million on players, including some still in their prime.

Brazil firm reveals World Cup stadium cartel: officials

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Brasília (AFP) A construction firm has admitted that a "cartel" of firms fixed bidding for contracts to do work on stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup, Brazilian authorities said Monday.

State antitrust authorities said the probe was linked to the notorious Petrobras corruption scandal that has snared numerous Brazilian politicians.

Porto, Sevilla hunt final knockout berths

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Paris (AFP) While Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund grapple for top spot in Group F, twice former winners Porto and Sevilla look to clinch the two remaining spots in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.

Portuguese giants Porto, European champions in 1987 and 2004, host Leicester City in their final group stage match wary of FC Copenhagen pipping them to second in Group G.

Dortmund’s hot-shots eye goal record at Real

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund can set a new Champions League goal record at Real Madrid on Wednesday if the likes of Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembele or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score at the Bernabeu.

Dortmund arrive in Madrid just one shy of the 20-goal record three teams Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have previously tallied in the Champions League group stages.

fuboTV scores 62,000 views for el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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fuboTV, the soccer streaming service, streamed the Barcelona versus Real Madrid el Clasico live on Saturday, registering 62,000 concurrent views according to a report in Multichannel News.

The US-based legal soccer streaming service generated approximately 459,000 US desktop and mobile site sessions for the biggest club soccer game of the year.