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Roma close gap on Napoli after derby win

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Milan (AFP) – Roma moved to within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli after squeezing past local rivals Lazio 2-1 on Sunday as Italy resumed domestic action in the wake of the World Cup disaster for the national team.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s side moved to third in Serie A level on 30 points with Inter Milan ahead of Napoli’s clash later with AC Milan.

Roma close gap on Napoli after derby win

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Milan (AFP) – Roma moved to within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli after squeezing past local rivals Lazio 2-1 on Sunday as Italy resumed domestic action in the wake of the World Cup disaster for the national team.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s side moved to third in Serie A level on 30 points with Inter Milan ahead of Napoli’s clash later with AC Milan.

Higuain breaks 100-goal barrier as Juventus bury Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain scored in either half to bring his tally of Serie A goals to 101 as Juventus went top of the Italian league with a 2-0 win that plunged AC Milan further into crisis on Saturday.

Higuain opened after 23 minutes in front of a capacity crowd at the San Siro Stadium and grabbed a second on 63 minutes for the six-time reigning champions.

Higuain breaks 100-goal barrier as Juventus bury Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain scored in either half to bring his tally of Serie A goals to 101 as Juventus went top of the Italian league with a 2-0 win that plunged AC Milan further into crisis on Saturday.

Higuain opened after 23 minutes in front of a capacity crowd at the San Siro Stadium and grabbed a second on 63 minutes for the six-time reigning champions.

AC Milan cut short Adidas deal

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan have ended their sponsorship deal with Adidas after almost two decades, the Italian Serie A club confirmed Tuesday.

The German sportswear giants had agreed a new 10-year deal worth over 200 million euros ($235 million) in 2013. The partnership began in 1998.

Khedira hat-trick lifts 10-man Juventus, Milan see red

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Milan (AFP) – Sami Khedira hit a hat-trick as ten-man Juventus kept pace with leaders Napoli and Inter Milan in a 6-2 goalfest at Udinese Sunday as AC Milan’s campaign unravelled further with a goalless draw at Genoa.

Massimilano Allegri’s champions desperately needed to win at Udine after claiming just one point in their previous two league games.

Under-pressure Montella summons spirit of Churchill

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Milan (AFP) – Vincenzo Montella summoned the spirit of Britain’s World War II leader Winston Churchill on Saturday as he remained defiant amid reports his days were numbered as AC Milan coach.

Milan host Genoa on Sunday in a must-win game for Montella’s future after three consecutive Serie A defeats to Sampdoria, Roma and Inter Milan were followed by a goalless draw at home by AEK Athens in Europa League.

Under-pressure Montella summons spirit of Churchill

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Milan (AFP) – Vincenzo Montella summoned the spirit of Britain’s World War II leader Winston Churchill on Saturday as he remained defiant amid reports his days were numbered as AC Milan coach.

Milan host Genoa on Sunday in a must-win game for Montella’s future after three consecutive Serie A defeats to Sampdoria, Roma and Inter Milan were followed by a goalless draw at home by AEK Athens in Europa League.

Montella looking for Milan ‘spark’ against AEK

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella defended blundering skipper Leonardo Bonucci and said his team just needed to find a “spark’ ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against AEK Athens.

“It’ll come, right now we need a flame, and we have to be good to spark it,” said Montella ahead of the game in the San Siro.

Montella looking for Milan ‘spark’ against AEK

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella defended blundering skipper Leonardo Bonucci and said his team just needed to find a “spark’ ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against AEK Athens.

“It’ll come, right now we need a flame, and we have to be good to spark it,” said Montella ahead of the game in the San Siro.

Everton, AC Milan look for Europa League morale boost

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Paris (AFP) – Under-fire Everton will hope to kickstart their campaign when they play host to Lyon on Thursday looking for a first win in the Europa League group stage.

The Premier League side have just one point from their opening two matches in Group E, following up a comprehensive 3-0 loss to Atalanta in Italy by drawing 2-2 at home to the Cypriots Apollon Limassol last month.

Everton, AC Milan look for Europa League morale boost

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Paris (AFP) – Under-fire Everton will hope to kickstart their campaign when they play host to Lyon on Thursday looking for a first win in the Europa League group stage.

The Premier League side have just one point from their opening two matches in Group E, following up a comprehensive 3-0 loss to Atalanta in Italy by drawing 2-2 at home to the Cypriots Apollon Limassol last month.

Inter in title chase, Milan in freefall

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi’s heroics proved Inter Milan are ready to reclaim the Serie A title for the first time since 2010, club president Massimo Moratti insisted Monday, as AC Milan were left in crisis.

Captain Icardi fired Inter to a dramatic 3-2 victory in the Derby della Madonnina, which moved them 10 points clear of city rivals AC Milan and just two behind leaders Napoli, with champions Juventus in third after losing at home for the first time in two years.

Inter in title chase, Milan in freefall

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi’s heroics proved Inter Milan are ready to reclaim the Serie A title for the first time since 2010, club president Massimo Moratti insisted Monday, as AC Milan were left in crisis.

Captain Icardi fired Inter to a dramatic 3-2 victory in the Derby della Madonnina, which moved them 10 points clear of city rivals AC Milan and just two behind leaders Napoli, with champions Juventus in third after losing at home for the first time in two years.

Milan chief backs under-fire Montella

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan chief Marco Fassone has backed under-fire coach Vincenzo Montella despite the club falling to a third straight Serie A defeat to fierce city rivals Inter on Sunday night.

“Vincenzo is staying with us. When you change this much, as we did, you need time,” said Fassone.

Icardi hat-trick as Inter reign in Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick as Inter Milan kept pace with leaders Napoli with a 3-2 defeat of city rivals AC Milan in a fiery Serie A derby clash on Sunday.

Inter skipper Icardi sealed victory from the spot in the final minute in front of 80,000 spectators at the San Siro to complete his hat-trick after also scoring on 28 and 63 minutes.

Icardi hat-trick as Inter reign in Milan

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Milan (AFP) – Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick as Inter Milan kept pace with leaders Napoli with a 3-2 defeat of city rivals AC Milan in a fiery Serie A derby clash on Sunday.

Inter skipper Icardi sealed victory from the spot in the final minute in front of 80,000 spectators at the San Siro to complete his hat-trick after also scoring on 28 and 63 minutes.

Milan football derby fever rages from Chinatown to Beijing

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Milan (AFP) – Italy’s traditional derby match between footballing giants Inter and AC Milan now has a distinct Asian flavour and following, fuelled by multi-million dollar investments by the Chinese owners of the two clubs.

Sunday’s derby has gripped Milan including the city’s Chinatown district - and the football fever has spread as far as the Chinese capital Beijing.

Milan football derby fever rages from Chinatown to Beijing

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Milan (AFP) – Italy’s traditional derby match between footballing giants Inter and AC Milan now has a distinct Asian flavour and following, fuelled by multi-million dollar investments by the Chinese owners of the two clubs.

Sunday’s derby has gripped Milan including the city’s Chinatown district - and the football fever has spread as far as the Chinese capital Beijing.

AC Milan to face Inter in Chinese-owned city derby

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Milan (AFP) – Vincenzo Montella will be in the firing line as AC Milan look to kick-start their season against city rivals Inter in the highly-anticipated derby of the Chinese-owned sides on Sunday.

The clash takes on even more significance as both teams are now under Chinese ownership - Inter on the payroll of the Suning Group and Milan, the Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux Group.

AC Milan to face Inter in Chinese-owned city derby

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Milan (AFP) – Vincenzo Montella will be in the firing line as AC Milan look to kick-start their season against city rivals Inter in the highly-anticipated derby of the Chinese-owned sides on Sunday.

The clash takes on even more significance as both teams are now under Chinese ownership - Inter on the payroll of the Suning Group and Milan, the Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux Group.

Bonucci told to improve as Milan face Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Coach Vincenzo Montella wants captain Leonardo Bonucci to improve his leadership skills as AC Milan host Roma in a crucial Serie A clash this weekend.

Montella’s side fell to their second defeat of the Serie A campaign against Sampdoria last weekend with fitness coach Emanuele Mara getting the boot in the fallout.

Italy

Chelsea’s Willian linked with January move to AC Milan

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Chelsea attacking midfielder Willian is wanted by Italian side AC Milan, according to Calcio Mercato. The Brazil international will reportedly become...

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‘My Journey Has Ended’ – Italy Legend Andrea Pirlo Announces Retirement From Football At Grand Old Age Of 38

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Andrea Pirlo has announced has retired from professional football following his final game in the MLS with New York City FC.

The 38-year-old came on for the final few minutes of New York's 2-0 win over Columbus Crew on Sunday after seeing his involvement dwindle to a trickle over the course of the prevailing season.

Man Utd scout Lorenzo Pellegrini vs AC Milan

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Manchester United sent a scout to watch Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini in action last weekend, according to Italian website Tutto Mercato Web. The...

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Serie A

‘Don’t Confuse Fine Chocolate With Nutella’ – Gennaro Gattuso On Whether His Donkey Work Improved Andrea Pirlo’s Game

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While the great and the good have lined up to wave off Andrea Pirlo into retirement, perhaps the most honest, touching tribute has come from Gennaro Gattuso, the man who partnered him in midfield for many years, both at AC Milan and at international level.

The chalk-and-cheese pair formed a formidable duo under Carlo Ancelotti at the Rossoneri, as well as toiling their way to a World Cup title under Marcelo Lippi, with Gattuso acting as guard dog and Pirlo providing the more creative, esoteric element.

Most Valuable Squads Now Belong To Premier League Clubs

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The most expensive squads in no longer belong in La Liga as a new report has concluded that Manchester City have supplanted Real Madrid and Barcelona as the most valuable squad in world football.

The Premier League leaders are only one of four club sides in the world with a squad valued at over €1billion in the study commissioned by the CIES Football Observatory.

adidas and AC Milan Terminate Partnership

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adidas today officially announced the end of their now nineteen year technical sponsorship with Italian Serie A power AC Milan. The club is expected to unveil a new outfitter soon with PUMA rumored to be the front runner for the coveted deal. According to adidas: adidas has today confirmed that its partnership with AC Milan [.

On This Day in Football: Barcelona’s Swiss beginnings, Violence in Buenos Aires

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On this day in 1899, a Swiss football enthusiast by the name of Joan Gamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes to form a football club. That club would go on to become FC Barcelona.

A month later, after a positive response by many likeminded individuals, Gamper arranged a meeting and Barca were formed.

On This Day in Football: Competitive football begins in Scotland, First ever Milan derby kicks off

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On this day in 1873, Renton beat Kilmarnock 2-0 in the first ever Scottish Cup match.

League football in Scotland did not commence until 1890, therefore making this game the first ever competitive match in Scottish football history. Renton reached the semi finals stage of the competition, losing out 2-0 against eventual champions Queen’s Park.

Derby della Madonnina Talking Points

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The season's first Derby della Madonnina promises fireworks as the underwhelming Rossoneri take on Inter Milan at the San Siro on Monday morning.

Luciano Spaletti has taken Inter under his wing and up the Serie A table with a fantastic start to their campaign. Inter are sitting third and seven points clear of their bitter rivals ahead of the Derby.

UEFA Europa League

AEK 0-0 Milan

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Another game against Milan, and another scoreless draw. Would a win have been nice? Oh definitely, especially after watching the highlights and realizing we had more than our fair share of chances to score. Still though, there are some key points to take away from these past two games:

  1. We're still undefeated, four games into the group stages.

Schedule of Europa League games on US TV and streaming for November 2

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Twelve teams will start the fourth week of UEFA Europa League games on Thursday able to seal round of 32 places with two games remaining.

The teams that could advance to the next round of the Europa League are: Dynamo Kyiv, Ludogorets Razgrad, AC Milan, Atalanta, Steaua Bucharest, Arsenal, Salzburg, Östersund, Zorya Luhansk, Lazio, Nice and Zenit St.

Schedule of Europa League games on US TV and streaming for November 2

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Twelve teams will start the fourth week of UEFA Europa League games on Thursday able to seal round of 32 places with two games remaining.

The teams that could advance to the next round of the Europa League are: Dynamo Kyiv, Ludogorets Razgrad, AC Milan, Atalanta, Steaua Bucharest, Arsenal, Salzburg, Östersund, Zorya Luhansk, Lazio, Nice and Zenit St.

Milan 0-0 AEK

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Facing Milan in the San Siro is never an easy task, especially not against a Milan team that on paper looks to be stronger than in previous seasons. Today though, AEK showed no fear in what was the hardest match of the Europa League group stages and instead executed a game plan that stifled Milan and even lead to some good chances of our own.

Real Madrid

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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This weekend of soccer starts off bright and early with a can't miss clash from England's top flight.

Manchester United welcomes Tottenham into Old Trafford to kick off a congested saturday of soccer. The two are level for second place in the Premier League table with identical 6-2-1 records to open the season.

Three Serie A clubs currently tracking £63m Bayern Munich midfielder

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Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan are reportedly monitoring Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez, who could be cutting his loan deal short with the Bundesliga side after struggling for game time and form, says the Mirror.

The 26-year-old has made just one league start for Bayern since his two-year loan move from Real Madrid in the summer, and was an unused substitute in October’s 2-2 draw away to Hertha Berlin and Bayern’s 5-0 win over SC Freiburg on Saturday.

MLS: Kaka Posts Obligatory Instagram Farewell Message After Deciding To Leave Orlando City

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Brazilian legend Kaka has announced that he'll be leaving Orlando City at the end of the current MLS season.

The former Brazil, Real Madrid and AC Milan playmaker has enjoyed a successful period in the USA since joining Orlando City in 2014, registering 25 goals and provided 19 assists in 77 games and appearing in three MLS All-Star games.

The Rest

On This Day in Football: England embarrass Ireland, Santos become world champions

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On this day in 1938, England thrashed Ireland 7-0 in a British Home Championship tie.

Played at Old Trafford, England went into the game at the back of a 4-2 defeat against Wales at Ninian Park in their opening game of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Irish had lost their first game 2-0 against Scotland at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/8/17

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Three Union players called up to national teams, MLS news, and the full USMNT squad to face Portugal

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Philadelphia Union trio tapped for international duty
CJ Sapong and Alejandro Bedoya named to USMNT for Portugal friendly; Warren Creavalle called up by Guyana.