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PSG’s Krychowiak eyes Champions League glory

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Los Angeles (AFP) Poland international midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak said on Friday he had moved to Paris Saint-Germain to power the French giant to an elusive first Champions League trophy.

The Qatar-backed club dominates at home, having won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, but has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals of Europe's elite competition.

Guatemala’s ex-chief pleads guilty in NY

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New York (AFP) Guatemala's former football chief pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies in connection with the unprecedented FIFA corruption scandal rocking world soccer.

Brayan Jimenez, 62, negotiated and accepted bribes worth hundreds of thousands of dollarsin awarding media and marketing rights for his country's qualifier matches for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, prosecutors said.

Football: Guatemala’s ex-chief pleads guilty in NY

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New York (AFP) Guatemala's former football chief pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies in connection with the unprecedented FIFA corruption scandal rocking world soccer.

Brayan Jimenez, 62, negotiated and accepted bribes worth hundreds of thousands of dollarsin awarding media and marketing rights for his country's qualifier matches for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, prosecutors said.

Ibrahimovic delighted to make United debut in front of fellow Swedes

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Veteran Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he is delighted his compatriots will get to see the moment 'everyone has been waiting for', namely his debut for new club Manchester United in his homeland on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic will lead United's frontline in the pre-season friendly with Turkish side Galatasaray in Gothenburg, Sweden, after missing the club's trip to China.

Guatemala’s ex chief pleads guilty in NY

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New York (AFP) Guatemala's former football chief pleaded guilty in New York on Friday in connection with the FIFA corruption scandal rocking world football, months after being extradited to the United States.

Brayan Jimenez, 62, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in connection with bribes received in exchange for awarding media and marketing rights to FIFA World Cup qualifier matches, prosecutors said.

Leon Britton is planning for the future while playing a key role for Swansea City

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While Swansea City was on their US tour this month, World Soccer Talk had a chance to speak with Swansea City legend Leon Britton to discuss his future at the club.

Last season, the gifted midfielder began the season with a focus on helping train Swansea'su14 academy team. While the u14's showedlots of promise, Britton has also been impressed by the youngerplayerswho are trying to break into the first team.

Man United target Pogba not a done deal – agent

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Paris (AFP) No deal has been reached between Juventus and Manchester United concerning the touted transfer of French international Paul Pogba, the player's agent Mino Raiola insisted Friday.

"Journalist = parrots. No deal done between clubs," Raiola wrote on Twitter. "It's a game between Italy press and UK press who announce it first and who is worse.

Saints loan Argentina ‘keeper Gazzaniga to Rayo Vallecano

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London (AFP) Argentinian goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga will play second tier Spanish football this season after being sent on loan to Rayo Vallecano by his Premier League club Southampton on Friday.

The 24-year-old who has played just 21 times in the Premier League for Saints since the move he described as a 'dream' saw him join from Gillingham in 2012 already has experience of Spanish football having spent four years at the Valencia academy.

Ranieri sets survival target for champions Leicester

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Los Angeles (AFP) With a first Premier League title under their belts and a place secured among Europe's footballing elite, Leicester City could be forgiven for expecting the silverware to just keep coming.

But the Foxes' Italian boss Claudio Ranieri is keeping his players' feet firmly on the ground, insisting the goal for 2016-17 remains the same as 12 months earlier avoiding relegation.

Brazil coach hails ‘huge-hearted’ captain Neymar

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Barcelona superstar Neymar was hailed as "a good guy with a huge heart" after being named captain of the Brazil Olympic team on Thursday.

Coach Rogerio Micale admitted that appointing the international star as skipper was an easy decision to make for a team who have never won football gold at the Olympics.

Kolo Toure to miss Barcelona friendly

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London (AFP) Kolo Toure will miss Celtic's friendly with Spanish giants Barcelona in Dublin on Saturday but could play for his new club in next week's key Champions League tie against Astana.

The 35-year-old Ivory Coast centre-back, formerly with Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool has yet to feature for his new side since joining the Glasgow club last week.

Sign up for 2016-17 Fantasy Premier League and join the World Soccer Talk private league

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Registration is now open for the 2016-17Fantasy Premier League season. The game is free to play. And, if you like, you can join the World Soccer Talk private league.

Here's how to join the World Soccer Talk private league today:

1. Visit theFantasy Premier League siteand log in
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Leicester’s Andy King signs new contract

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London (AFP) Welsh international midfielder Andy King signed a new four year contract with the only club he has played for Premier League champions Leicester City on Friday.

The 27-year-old who is the only player in the Premier League era to have won the league titles in the top three tiers joins England striker Jamie Vardy in committing to the Foxes since their stunning title win.

Argentina ‘need Messi’, says acting FA chief

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Buenos Aires (AFP) The acting head of Argentina's FA, Armando Perez, insisted he would do all he could to lure Lionel Messi out of international retirement during an upcoming visit to the Barcelona superstar in Spain.

"We need Messi," Perez stressed to AFP on Friday, with Argentina left in shock after the five-time world player of the year announced his retirement following a penalty shootout defeat to defending champions Chile in last month's Copa America Centenario final.

Di Matteo resigned to Gana joining Everton

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London (AFP) Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo has said he expects Idrissa Gana to join Everton after the Premier League club triggered a £7.1 million ($9.4 million, 8.4 million euros) release clause in the Senegal midfielder's contract.

The clause expires at the end of the transfer window but Everton are the only club to have so far launched an official bid.