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Liverpool report £19.8 mn annual loss, despite record revenue

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London (AFP) – Liverpool announced a pre-tax loss of £19.8 million ($24.5 million, 23.2 million euros) for last year on Wednesday, despite record revenue of £301 million.

The loss in the year ending May 2016 was due to investment in the first-team squad and pay-offs to manager Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked in October 2015, and his back-room staff.

Lucas Perez deserves more starts at Arsenal

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When Lucas Perez was brought in from Deportivo La Coruna near the end of the summer transfer window, many fans and pundits assumed that the Spaniard would be a solid addition to the club. While not a world-class striker, Perez is a capable and versatile player. Whether being deployed up front as a center forward, out wide on the left flank, or perhaps even sitting just behind the number nine as a secondary striker, the 28-year-old certainly has the skill set to play for a top Champions League level club.

FIFA chief Infantino promises Africa World Cup dream

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Nouakchott (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to honour a promise to hike Africa’s World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.

“We want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that taking part in a major event such as a World Cup,” Infantino told a press conference.

Liverpool report £19.8m annual loss

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London (AFP) – Liverpool announced a pre-tax loss of £19.8 million ($24.5 million, 23.2 million euros) for last year on Wednesday despite record revenue of £301 million.

The loss in the year ending May 2016 was due to investment in the first-team squad and pay-offs to manager Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked in October 2015, and his back-room staff.

Where to find USA Women’s Team vs. Germany on TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch US Women’s National Team against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

The US Women’s National Team competes in its first game on Wednesday in the second-annual SheBelieves Cup. As current holders, the pressure will be on the USA team to get a result against a German team that will be wanting to seek revenge.

Where to find Bayern Munich vs. Schalke DFB-Pokal on US TV and live streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bayern Munich vs. Schalke in the DFB Pokal, you’ve come to the right place.

The quarterfinal of the DFB-Pokal features Bayern Munich hosting Schalke in a match that’ll determine which team advances to the semi-final. Despite Bayern being the obvious favorites, this could be Schalke’s ticket to save a disappointing season.

Simpson supports Shakespeare’s Leicester credentials

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London (AFP) – Leicester defender Danny Simpson believes Craig Shakespeare deserves to be seriously considered as the club’s permanent manager.

Shakespeare was in caretaker charge of Leicester as they beat Liverpool 3-1 on Monday in their first game since the shock sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

Dybala penalty double puts Juve in control in Italian Cup

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Paolo Dybala’s second-half penalty double put holders Juventus in control with a 3-1 win over Napoli in the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Spaniard Jose Callejon had given the visitors the lead after 36 minutes as the hosts looked out of sorts at home in Turin.

Guardiola rules out Hart return

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has indicated that England goalkeeper Joe Hart’s Manchester City career is over, regardless of how well he performs at Torino.

Hart has impressed in Serie A since his arrival on a season’s loan in August, having been frozen out by Guardiola.

Eibar deny Sociedad at death amid red-card furore

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Sociedad missed the chance to leapfrog Atletico Madrid into fourth in La Liga as Pedro Leon’s 93rd-minute equaliser snatched a 2-2 draw for Eibar in a controversial Basque derby on Tuesday.

Juanmi’s header opened the scoring for Sociedad, but he was booked for showing a t-shirt honouring Pablo Raez.

Hulk, Oscar on target as Aussies take a hammering

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Shanghai (AFP) – Big-money Brazilians Hulk and Oscar were among the scorers as Australian sides were brutally put to the sword in the Asian Champions League on a night of goals on Tuesday.

Heavy-spending Shanghai SIPG hammered 2014 champions Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1, while the Brisbane Roar fared even worse, crashing 6-0 to Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea.

Hull’s Mbokani ruled out for six weeks

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London (AFP) – Hull’s DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani will be sidelined for six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury, dealing a blow to their hopes of staying in the Premier League.

Mbokani will miss a significant chunk of Hull’s battle for survival after being forced off in the second half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.

FIFA ban Nigeria’s Adamu for two years

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Zurich (AFP) – Nigeria’s former football official Amos Adamu was on Tuesday banned for two years by world governing body FIFA for ethics violations.

Adamu, a former FIFA executive committee member and West African Football Union president, cannot take part in any “football-related activity at national and international level” for the next two years, FIFA said in a statement.

Naive not to be Messi-dependent: Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists his side’s reliance on Lionel Messi is perfectly normal when you have “the best player in the world” on your side.

Messi has kept Barca’s La Liga title challenge alive with late winners in 2-1 wins over Leganes and Atletico Madrid in their last two outings to take his tally for the season to 35 goals in as many games.

Zidane hopes Jese fulfils potential – but doesn’t haunt Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Real boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Jese Rodriguez rediscovers the form that once made him the star of Madrid’s academy - but only after his return to the Santiago Bernabeu with Las Palmas on Wednesday.

Jese left Real Madrid for French champions Paris Saint Germain on a five-year deal in August for a reported 25 million euros ($27 million).