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Europe: could “Super League” proposals be a danger to football?

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Could Celtic and Rangers meet again in the English Premier League, thus creating a British super league?

There was a report in the British press earlier this week in which the UK prime minister David Cameron is said to have expressed his desire for the Glasgow "Old Firm" of Celtic Football Club and Rangers Football Club to join the English Premier League (EPL).

Away Days: Everton FC v Oldham Athletic

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Everton (blue) and Oldham compete at Goodison Park

Three days after Oldham's League One success against Portsmouth saw the continuation of the Latics' FA Cup adventure. Having knocked out Liverpool FC in the fourth round, Athletic had salvaged a replay out of their fifth round clash against the blue half of Merseyside, Everton FC, when Matt Smith headed home a 95th minute equalizer in an exciting 2-2 draw at Boundary Park.

Away Days: Oldham Athletic v Portsmouth FC

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Saturday, 23rd February: a trip to the northern English town of Oldham had been on the cards for a while. The trip not only coincided with a fine run in the FA Cup for the local team of Oldham Athletic but also with the 30th anniversary of a friendship between fans of the Latics and of German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Africa: Last eight line-up completed at Cup of Nations

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Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes celebrates his team's progression into the quarter-finals

The group stages of the African Cup of Nations concluded today with a couple of surprise inclusions making up the quarter-finals of the competition which begin on Friday.

The biggest surprise came about in Group A where Cape Verde, making their first appearance in the tournament finals, managed to get through a tough group unbeaten.

UAE: Al Ain Tika Taka goal confirms superiority

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A wonder goal scored by league leaders Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates has gone viral and it is easy to see why.

Currently top of the UAE Pro-League by a huge nine point margin, Al Ain are the record champions in the oil rich nation with ten league championships to their name. Al Ain, based in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, have only lost one game so far this season and that defeat came on the opening day of the season against Al Ahli.

Copa Centroamericana: Costa Rica win record 7th title

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Hosts Costa Rica won a record extending seventh Copa Centroamericana title in the nation's capital of San José on Sunday when defeating defending champions Honduras.

Costa Rica reached the final in fine style, winning two and drawing one of their three matches in the group stages, going on to defeat El Salvador 1-0 in the semi-final.

UK: Oldham humble Liverpool; St Mirren shock Celtic; Cliftonville claim cup

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Oldham Athletic celebrate following their 3-2 success over Liverpool on Sunday

It had already been a fantastic week for cup shocks in England, with Bradford City and Swansea City both reaching the League Cup final, but this weekend saw the FA Cup provide further upsets for some of football's big names.

CIS Cup: Russia defeat Ukraine to claim successive titles

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Russia's Under-21 team have won the CIS Cup for the second year in a row

Tournament hosts Russia emerged victorious for the second year in a row in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Cup today following a 4-2 win over arch-rivals Ukraine in St Petersburg.

The form guide going into the final suggested that Ukraine were the favourites over Russia.

Oceania: Cook Islands through to Under-17 tournament proper

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It's been a pretty intense few days in the preliminary round of Oceania's Under-17 Football Championship and there has been no shortage of goals in what's been a very open tournament. Emerging victorious are the Cook Islands whose 2-1 win over host nation Samoa in the last round of matches played today in the Samoan capital city of Apia has won them through to the next stage.

Egypt: 21 sentenced to death following football riots

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Trouble followed the game between Al Masry and Al Ahly in February last year

Twenty one people have been sentenced to death in Egypt as punishment for their involvement in the football riots of Port Said last year in which 74 people were killed.

Riots occurred on February 1st 2012 following an Egyptian League match between Al Masry of Port Said and Al Ahly of Cairo in which fans of the home team, following their 3-1 win over the record champions, charged at Al Ahly supporters and accusations have also been made against the police who have been accused of not doing enough to prevent the trouble on the day.

England: whoever said the League Cup was boring?

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Swansea City's 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was enough to see them through to the final

Just when you think you've seen it all in football, the sport continues to show that it has the capacity to surprise. In England's Capital One Cup, the latest reincarnation of the League Cup, there has been no shortage of surprises throughout this season's competition with a fair amount of controversy thrown in for good measure.

Big names to kick off 2013 Copa Libertadores

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Corinthians won their maiden Copa Libertadores title in 2012. Who will win the trophy in 2013?

The Copa Libertadores kicks off on Tuesday with twelve teams fighting it out for the six remaining places in the group stages which begin on February 12th.

The biggest team in the first stage of the competition are Brazilian giants São Paulo, a former three-time winner of this competition, who qualified for the Libertadores on the back of a controversial triumph in South America's second tournament, Copa Sudamericana, at the tail end of 2012.

UAE claim Gulf Cup for second time

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United Arab Emirates won this year's Gulf Cup of Nations on Friday night. They needed extra-time before eventually seeing off tough opposition in the form of Iraq with Ismail Al Hammadi's winner in the 107th minute proving the difference between the two sides.

Both nations had emerged top of their respective groups in the league stages, both of whom registering a 100% record with three wins from three, but were made to fight it out in the semi-finals with the UAE knocking out Kuwait with a goal in the 89th minute whilst Iraq needed a penalty shoot-out in order to dispose of tournament hosts Bahrain after they had been involved in a 1-1 draw.

CAF: South Africa hosts while Zambia defends African Cup of Nations

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Following their home triumph in 1996, can South Africa emerge victorious in 2013?

South Africa hosts its second major international football tournament in a little over two years from Saturday. Having hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup the "Rainbow Nation" is preparing for the 2013 African Cup of Nations, the 29th edition of the competition, and will hope to restore themselves as a force in African football following a particularly difficult decade.

Wales: Carmarthen Town claim Premier League Cup

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Carmarthen Town have won the Welsh Premier League Cup for the second time

The first silverware of the new year in Welsh football was handed out today as Carmarthen Town eventually saw off their Welsh Premier League Cup final opponents The New Saints in an eventful goal-fest at Latham Park, Newtown.