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Charlie Stilitano interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (2.10.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Charlie Stilitano, the Chairman and Co-founder of Relevent Sports, which organizes the International Champions Cup.

During the interview, Charlie previews what we can expect this summer from the ICC in North America, China and Australia, how the rise of soccer in China differs from the US, whether clubs are looking to penetrate China more than the United States, as well as his personal friendship with Sir Alex Ferguson and other luminaries from inside world soccer.

Dybala and Higuain duel to light up Juve-Napoli clash

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They both hold dual nationality but Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala can expect thousands of fellow Argentinians to be glued to their sets Saturday when Juventus host Napoli in a top-of-the-table clash in Italy's Serie A.

With 24 goals in as many league games Higuain is blazing a record-setting trail towards Serie A's 'Capocannoniere' (top scorer) award as Napoli target a first league title in 26 years.

Striker Bojan Krkic signs new Stoke contract

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Stoke City's Spanish striker Bojan Krkic has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Bojan, capped once by Spain, signed from Barcelona in July 2014 and made an encouraging start to life at the Britannia Stadium, only to be struck down by a serious knee injury in January last year.

John Terry a potential target for Qatar clubs, says Zola

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John Terry is a "big name" player who would attract interest from several club sides in Qatar, his former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola said on Thursday.

The Italian was speaking publicly for the first time since his current side Al-Arabi was linked to the Chelsea captain following Terry's announcement last month that he would leave the English champions at the end of the season.

Arsenal to play in 2016 MLS All-Star Game in San Jose

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Arsenal will be the opponents in this year's MLS All-Star Game scheduled to be played in San Jose on Thursday, July 28pm at 9pm ET.

In addition to the Gunners playing the match at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, the team will play another friendly, this time in Los Angeles against Chivas on Sunday, July 31 at the Stubhub Center.

‘We want our Charlton back’: Supporters embark on fight to save club’s future

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Another Saturday, another defeat. Charlton's loss at home to fellow strugglers Bristol City last weekend was another slap in the face for the long suffering Addicks faithful. The club, south of the River Thames in London, sit bottom of the Championship table and are four points adrift of safety. League One football seems a sad inevitability.

Laurent Blanc extends PSG contract until 2018

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Paris St-Germain said Thursday that coach Laurent Blanc has extended his contract until 2018, giving him a free rein for the tough Champions League campaign ahead.

Blanc's current deal runs out at the end of the season and the club's wealthy Qatari owners moved to tie in the 50-year-old to a new contract without waiting to see how the side do in looming decisive Champions League clashes.

Manchester United set revenue target of $719 million in 2016

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Manchester United expect to make more than £500 million ($719.5 million, 35.4 million euros) in the 2016 financial year, the club announced on Thursday, despite continued underperformance on the pitch.

Second-quarter revenues rose by 26.6 percent to a record £133.8 million, with commercial revenues up 42.

Lewandowski brace fires Bayern into DFB-Pokal semis [VIDEO]

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Robert Lewandowski netted twice to seal Bayern Munich's 3-0 win at ten-man minnows VfL Bochum on Wednesday to reach the German Cup semi-finals.

Bayern have drawn Werder Bremen at home, while Hertha Berlin will host Borussia Dortmund, in the semi-finals to be played on April 19-20.

Antoine Griezmann squashes transfer speculation, commits future to Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann has been one of the standout players in Europe this season scoring 19 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid.

His outstanding performances have once again led to the former Real Sociedadforward being linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon next season just two years after his arrival in the Spanish capital.

Qatar says six more workers hurt building World Cup venues

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Qatar's World Cup organizers said on Wednesday that six laborers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no fatalities.

Qatar has been widely condemned for its treatment of almost two million foreign workers.

Critics have estimated that several thousand workers could die in the run-up to the World Cup because of labour conditions in Qatar on direct or indirect tournament projects.

Chelsea and PSG owners eye Beckham MLS Miami buy-in, says report

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Paris Saint Germain's Qatari owners and a Chinese group are among investors looking at purchasing a majority stake in David Beckham's Major League Soccer team, the Miami Herald reported.

Citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, the newspaper said Beckham has been around the world in the past six months seeking partners to invest $300 million (267.

EPL GW 26 preview; World Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the World Soccer Talk podcast, Richard Farley andNipun Chopra forgo the mid-week FA Cup replays to focus on what could be the defining weekend of the Premier League season, with the league's top four teams paired off in two Sunday showdowns. In the day's early game,first place Leicester City visit one of the two teams that have beaten them in league play this season, Arsenal, while the weekend's final match seessecond place Tottenham Hotspur travel to Manchester City to face the fourth place Citizens.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside dies aged 63

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Long-serving Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63 after a short battle with cancer, the English second-tier club announced on Wednesday.

Gartside joined the Bolton board in 1988 and had served as chairman since 1999, overseeing the club's 11-year stint in the Premier League between 2001 and 2012, which included four successive top-eight finishes.

FA Cup betting preview

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The magic for which the FA Cup is famous around the world is that small town teams get a chance to prove themselves against the big boys, and often reach the latter stages of the competition. When it comes to winning the cup though, small clubs often fail in their ambitions and are an easy prey to the Premier League's elite.