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Wales boss Coleman signs new two-year deal

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London (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed a two-year contract extension, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced Monday.

Coleman, who has guided Wales to next month's European Championship in France, had been linked with jobs at Aston Villa and Swansea City in recent weeks.

Wales boss Coleman signs new two-year deal

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London (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed a two-year contract extension, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced Monday.

Coleman, who has guided Wales to next month's European Championship in France, had been linked with jobs at Aston Villa and Swansea City in recent weeks.

Newcastle United

Ex-Spurs and Newcastle winger David Ginola reacts to quadruple heart bypass

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Ex-Newcastle and Spurs star David Ginola gives an update on his health

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Villa owner Xia promises Premier League return

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London (AFP) Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia has pledged to restore the relegated Premier League club to their former glory as soon as possible.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes.

Villa owner Xia promises Premier League return

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London (AFP) Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia has pledged to restore the relegated Premier League club to their former glory as soon as possible.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes.

Thursday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Sevilla and more

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Liverpool's effort to keep their Spanish opposition away from a three-peat failed on Wednesday, while Juventus is reportedly expressing interest in a Real Madrid attacker.

Colombia international James Rodriguez is said to be on the radar of Juventus, and his availability will be discussed with Real when the two sides meet to talk about Alvaro Morata's future.

Questions over Villa’s Chinese buyer

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Shanghai (AFP) The new Chinese owner of English football club Aston Villa appears to be a highly educated, politically well-connected businessman but questions have been raised over Tony Xia's academic credentials and background.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, and his private conglomerate Recon Group were largely unknown to the outside world before buying the newly relegated Birmingham club for a reported $87 million on Wednesday.

Aston Villa takeover: Chinese company agree £60m deal

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Chinese businessman and Chairman of the Recan Group Dr Tony Jiantong Xia has agreed to buy relegated Aston Villa for £60m, the club has confirmed via an official statement.

American billionaire Randy Lerner, who bought Aston Villa in 2006, put the club up for sale in 2014, and he believes Xia is an “excellent choice” to take the club forward.

Villa to be ‘most famous club in China’ after $87m swoop

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London (AFP) Aston Villa revealed ambitions to become the most popular team in China after Harvard-educated businessman Tony Jiantong Xia snapped up the relegated club for a reported $87 million.

The "Villains" crashed out of England's Premier League after winning only three times this season, but they will have their fingers crossed for better times ahead under their new ownership.

Villa to be ‘most famous club in China’ after $87m swoop

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London (AFP) Aston Villa revealed ambitions to become the most popular team in China after Harvard-educated businessman Tony Jiantong Xia snapped up the relegated club for a reported $87 million.

The "Villains" crashed out of England's Premier League after winning only three times this season, but they will have their fingers crossed for better times ahead under their new ownership.

Chinese investor buys Aston Villa for reported $86 million

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London (AFP) Aston Villa have been sold to a Chinese group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia, the Championship club announced on Wednesday, in a deal worth a reported $86 million.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands team win just three of their 38 matches, but that hasn't stopped Dr Xia making his move.

Chinese investor buys Aston Villa for reported $86 million

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London (AFP) Aston Villa have been sold to a Chinese group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia, the Championship club announced on Wednesday, in a deal worth a reported $86 million.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands team win just three of their 38 matches, but that hasn't stopped Dr Xia making his move.

Aston Villa ‘close to Chinese takeover’

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London (AFP) Relegated Aston Villa could be sold to a Chinese consortium by the end of the week, according to British media reports on Wednesday.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands club win just three of their 38 matches.

US-based owner Randy Lerner has been trying to sell Villa without success for two years, but it appears a deal is finally close to completion after he lowered his asking price.

Aston Villa ‘close to Chinese takeover’

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London (AFP) Relegated Aston Villa could be sold to a Chinese consortium by the end of the week, according to British media reports on Wednesday.

Villa crashed out of the Premier League after a miserable season that saw the Midlands club win just three of their 38 matches.

US-based owner Randy Lerner has been trying to sell Villa without success for two years, but it appears a deal is finally close to completion after he lowered his asking price.

Out of the darkness… 9 Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa players who could benefit from relegation

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The unlucky three have been decided Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa will depart the Premier League and head to the Championship for the 2016/17 season. But amongst a monsoon of...

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Ex-FA executive leaves Aston Villa role

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London (AFP) Former Football Association executive Adrian Bevington has left his advisory post at Aston Villa, the relegated Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Bevington joined Villa in March to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff at the ailing Midlands club, who finished the season at the foot of the table with just 17 points.

Ex-FA executive leaves Aston Villa role

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London (AFP) Former Football Association executive Adrian Bevington has left his advisory post at Aston Villa, the relegated Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Bevington joined Villa in March to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff at the ailing Midlands club, who finished the season at the foot of the table with just 17 points.

Arteta set to retire after ending Arsenal career

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London (AFP) Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta, whose contract with Arsenal is due to expire, has announced his intention to retire from playing and move into coaching.

The 34-year-old said he was "99 percent" certain to hang up his boots after turning out for Arsenal for the last time in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.

Arteta set to retire after ending Arsenal career

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London (AFP) Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta, whose contract with Arsenal is due to expire, has announced his intention to retire from playing and move into coaching.

The 34-year-old said he was "99 percent" certain to hang up his boots after turning out for Arsenal for the last time in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.

Premier League 2015-16 — the five best goals

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London (AFP) Following the conclusion of the 2015-16 Premier League season, AFP Sport selects the five most memorable goals from the campaign:

Christian Benteke (Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool)

Belgium striker Benteke endured a dismal debut season at Liverpool following his 32.5 million pounds ($46.

Premier League 2015-16 — the five best goals

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London (AFP) Following the conclusion of the 2015-16 Premier League season, AFP Sport selects the five most memorable goals from the campaign:

Christian Benteke (Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool)

Belgium striker Benteke endured a dismal debut season at Liverpool following his 32.5 million pounds ($46.

Giroud treble sinks Villa, lifts Arsenal above Spurs

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London (AFP) Olivier Giroud's hat-trick inspired Arsenal to a 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa on Sunday that, combined with Tottenham's defeat at Newcastle, ensured they finished the season as Premier League runners-up.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has endured protests from supporters convinced it is time for a change throughout much of a difficult campaign.

Giroud treble sinks Villa, lifts Arsenal above Spurs

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London (AFP) Olivier Giroud's hat-trick inspired Arsenal to a 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa on Sunday that, combined with Tottenham's defeat at Newcastle, ensured they finished the season as Premier League runners-up.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has endured protests from supporters convinced it is time for a change throughout much of a difficult campaign.

Wijnaldum leads Newcastle humiliation of Spurs

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur surrendered a second-place Premier League finish as theysuffered a humiliating 5-1 final day defeatat relegated Newcastle United on Sunday.

Georginio Wijnaldumled the way with two goals either side of one byAleksandar Mitrovic, who was later sent off,before lateefforts from substitute Rolando Aarons and defender Daryl Janmaatsaw Spurs comprehensively beaten as they failed to earn the point they needed to seal their best top-flight campaign since 1963.

Wijnaldum leads Newcastle humiliation of Spurs

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur surrendered a second-place Premier League finish as theysuffered a humiliating 5-1 final day defeatat relegated Newcastle United on Sunday.

Georginio Wijnaldumled the way with two goals either side of one byAleksandar Mitrovic, who was later sent off,before lateefforts from substitute Rolando Aarons and defender Daryl Janmaatsaw Spurs comprehensively beaten as they failed to earn the point they needed to seal their best top-flight campaign since 1963.

Video: Aston Villa fans celebrate Arsenal goal

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Photo: Aston Villa fans have an inflatable penis Gabby Agbonlahor at Arsenal

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Shamed former Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor has put in an unexpected appearance for the club's last game of the season. Agbonlahor has...

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Photos: Olivier Giroud gives Arsenal the lead vs Aston Villa

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.@_OlivierGiroud_ loves playing Aston Villa: he's now scored in his last six appearances against them #AFCvAVFC pic.twitter.com/Am14qxsxr9...

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Wenger to start Ozil and Wilshere to give Arsenal upbeat finish

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One game for Arsenal that does not have too much riding on it against an already relegated and woefully out of form Aston Villa side is not all that important in the grand scheme of things, but having said that we still want Arsenal to win it. It is not a completely dead rubber after [...]

Arsenal

Wenger frustrated despite runners-up berth

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal endured a disappointing campaign despite securing the runners-up spot, behind champions Leicester, for the first time since 2005.

Arsenal's 4-0 victory over Aston Villa combined with Tottenham's disastrous 5-1 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday ensured Wenger's side finished above their local rivals, who had seemed certain to take second place for several weeks.

Wenger frustrated despite runners-up berth

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal endured a disappointing campaign despite securing the runners-up spot, behind champions Leicester, for the first time since 2005.

Arsenal's 4-0 victory over Aston Villa combined with Tottenham's disastrous 5-1 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday ensured Wenger's side finished above their local rivals, who had seemed certain to take second place for several weeks.

Some Of The Signs Pleading With Rafa To Stay

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Here is a sprinkling of some of the signs todaybegging Rafa to stay with us at Newcastle United. And Rafa's name was chanted throughout the game as we thrashed Tottenham 5-1 and they lost their chance of finishing above Arsenal in the Premier Leaguefor the first time ever as Arsenal thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 to [.

Player Ratings: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

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Confirmed Team News: Arsenal vs Aston Villa lineups

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Arsenal team to play Aston Villa For the final time this season, here is your @Arsenal team #AFCvAVFC pic.twitter.com/9xFjjTkZIS Arsenal FC...

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The Rest

After euphoria, numbing despair: Villa’s new owner is as shady as they come

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After a sorry season, Aston Villa fans found a reason to rejoice as the club got a new owner, Chinese businessman Dr. Tony Xia.

His dad was an agricultural technician and his mother was a housewife. Having been academically talented, “Xia Jiantong”, moved to the United States to study at Harvard and MIT, and has took a five-month exchange at Oxford University.

Soccer News: New owners for Aston Villa

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Aston Villa has new ownership pending approval while La Liga decides clubs need to think about the TV product when assigning seats.

Questions over Villa’s Chinese buyer

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Shanghai (AFP) The new Chinese owner of English football club Aston Villa appears to be a highly educated, politically well-connected businessman but questions have been raised over Tony Xia's academic credentials and background.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, and his private conglomerate Recon Group were largely unknown to the outside world before buying the newly relegated Birmingham club for a reported $87 million on Wednesday.

Aston Villa confirm sale

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Aston Villa have released a statement to confirm they have been sold. Previous owner Randy Lerner has sold 100 per cent of the club to the Recon...

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Visiting The Cousins

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Jurgen Klinsmann has called up 22 players for the USMNT's first match against/visit to the fellow Americans of Puerto Rico. All of these players are based in either Europe or Mexico, and have concluded their club seasons. We see the returns of Hyndman, Lichaj and Green, and there are five players on the roster seeking their first senior cap.