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Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham target Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo as potential Gareth Bale replacement

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Real Betis youngster Alvaro Vadillo is being linked with a move to Tottenham as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale. The 18-year-old was reported to be a Spurs target last month, and Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that the interest has intensified as Bale edges nearer to the exit. No bid has been made yet, [.

Spurs linked with Japanese International

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Stories in the papers and online today suggest that a number of Premiership clubs are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund's Japanese International Shinji Kagawa – a 23 year old attacking midfielder.

Kagawa has one year left on his contract but according to Dortmund's club president, has refused offers of a new deal amidst claims that he wants to play in England.

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Video: Independiente fans throw chairs at president during meeting

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A meeting between the fans and hierarchy of Argentine side Independiente descended into carnage when supporters began throwing chairs at the club president. The crisis meeting with president Javier Cantero was called following the club's recent relegation. Fans were given the opportunity to air their grievances directly to Cantero.

Silvio Berlusconi’s brother calls Mario Balotelli a “little n****r”

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AC Milan new boy Mario Balotelli has already found himself the victim of a nasty racial slur from the brother of the club president. Paolo Berlusconi, brother of former Italian prime minister Silvio, called the former Manchester City striker "the family's little n****r" during a political rally for Silvio's People of Freedom party.

Real Madrid

FERNANDO LLORENTE - ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO | LOVE, TREASON, EMOTIONS - REAL MADRID?

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There is a soap box drama happening at ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO which is worth a post for all the Spanish Football Sports readers. After attempting to renew the contract of 27 year old forward FERNANDO LLORENTE, the player has announced to his Club President that he does not wish to continue another season.

Atletico ‘need top four spot to keep Falcao’ Says Marin

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Atletico Madrid need to secure Champions League football next season if they are to hang on to striker Radamel Falcao, club president Miguel Angel Gil

The Colombia forward scored two stunning goals to help Atletico beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Europa League final on Wednesday, finishing the tournament as top scorer for the second season in a row, with 12 goals.

Mid-Day Ticker: Guardiola mulls future, UEFA rejects suspension appeals & more

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Is Pep Guardiola's Barcelona reign coming to an end?

That was the question after Chelsea on Tuesday ended Barcelona's attempt to win back-to-back Champions League titles, claiming a 3-2 aggregate triumph over Guardiola's side in the semifinal. The loss came three days after Real Madrid defeated Barcelona, making it unlikely the Catalans will repeat as La Liga champions either.

Real Madrid make small but deliberate change to their crest for UAE resort island partnership

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In the initial response to the announcement that work would soon begin on a ridiculous $1 billion Real Madrid-themed resort island in the United Arab Emirates, the focus was obviously on talk of brand growth and jokes about Pepe. But now that the plan has progressed and the foundation stone has been laid, Marca has noticed a tiny but interesting change Real Madrid made for this project.

Champions League : Modest Apoel Say Real Madrid Have “Nothing To Learn” From Them & Solari Believes

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The Champions League quarter-finals are upon us and as if to say "Come at me, bro!",  Cristiano Ronaldo visited his hairstylist again to get new hair carvings done. You know, because the two lines represent his new goals : To score twice at every match from today AND outshine Messi's final goal tally, ideally containing the number "2" in it.

Real Madrid unveils plans for $1 billion resort island in United Arab Emirates

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Real Madrid has been known to push the envelope, whether it be with luring the world's top players, or signing expressive coaches in an effort to remain at the forefront of world soccer. What the club has up its sleeve now certainly ups the ante in that regard.

The Spanish power unveiled plans for a $1 billion island resort in the United Arab Emirates that is due to open in January, 2015.

FC Barcelona

Difficult Days At Racing Santander

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Mayhem continues to reign at Racing Santander as coach Juan Carlos Unzue and Director of Football Manolo Saiz look set to be axed from the club.

Unzue and Saiz both signed contracts with the Racing club earlier this summer on June 22, with Saiz agreeing to stay at the club in his Director of Football role for another three years.

Andres Iniesta Marries Anna Ortiz, Wedding Boasts Incredibly Strong Squad (Photos & Video)

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By Chris Wright

Andres Iniesta got married to his long-term partner Xavi Anna Ortiz in a big ol' castle over the weekend and an endless slew of footballing talent turned out for the occasion; with European and World champions, Barca teammates past and present and even club president Sandro Rosell congregating in Tarragona for the wee fella's big day.

Guardiola steps down as Barcelona coach

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The most successful manager in the storied history of FC Barcelona is walking away.Â

Pep Guardiola announced that he will be stepping down as Barcelona coach after the end of this season instead of renewing his rolling one-year contract with the club, one which he led to 13 trophies in four years at the helm.

Barcelona Line Up Biesla As Guardiola Replacement

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Barcelona have lined up Marcelo Biesla as a possible replacement for Guardiola who is set to announce his resignation today. Guardiola's future with the club has remain in uncertainty ever since his remarks to take a sabbatical surfaced early this year.

Reports emerging suggest that Guardiola met with both club president Sandro Rosell and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta on Thursday and informed them of his desire to leave at the end of the season.

OFFICIAL: Pep Guardiola Announces Barcelona Summer Exit

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TweetPep Guardiola has announced that he will step down as Barcelona coach at the end of the season after four glorious seasons in the dugout with assistant coach Tito Vilanova ready to take over. Speaking at an official press conference with club President Sandro Rosell, Guardiola annouced his decision to stand down as Barca coach [.

Guardiola To Announce His Barcelona Future In Next 24 Hours

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Pep Guardiola is expected to announce tomorrow whether he will sign a new contract at Barcelona or quit the Nou Camp.

Reports in Barcelona this morning claimed that the Barcelona boss had already held a meeting with club president Sandro Rosell, at which he outlined his future plans.

Don’t Let Your Club Miss This Unique Opportunity!

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The past couple weeks have been crazy!

With the release of our U11 video showcasing unseen before soccer in the States, and the subsequent chronicling of our younger U10s and those U11s competing in Barcelona, I've been bombarded with emails from coaches, DOCs, and parents from across the country (internationally even).

Liverpool Look At Txiki Begiristain For Director Of Football Job

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Former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has emerged as a leading contender to replace Damien Comolli at Liverpool.
The Anfield club's American owners sacked their director of football ahead of the FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton because they were unhappy that a big-spending approach had not resulted in any progress in the Premier League.

Benfica boss: Blues have no chance

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Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has joined club president Luis Felipe Vieira in questioning the performance of referee Damir Skomina during the Portuguese outfit's 2-1 second leg defeat away to Chelsea and believes the Blues will not offer any resistance to holders Barcelona in the semifinals.

A Javi Garcia header, with five minutes to go, brought Benfica within a goal of progress despite playing with 10 men for the entire second half at Stamford Bridge following the 40th minute dismissal of winger Maxi Pereira.

FC Barcelona Trip: Day 8 Notes

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Our club president, Paul Walker, with Champions League trophy.

Barca Day 8

Woke up to a pleasant surprise on Sunday morning. A good friend of mine here in Barcelona, Xavier Giralt Baldellou is immersed heavily in FCB through family in high places. He brought the replica of the 2009 Champions League Trophy (the one used on world tours and museum) to our team hotel so the kids and families could have a photo op.

FC Barcelona Trip: Day 3 Notes

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Tuesday March 27th

Woke up at 9 am sharp to prepare the day's morning session to correct some errors we saw in game vs Junior. The two major problems were our build up out of the back off restarts (goal kicks and when gk gets the ball) and our front 3 pressuring and denying the switch of point of attack from opposition's back line.

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Noticias: Fernando Llorente To Leave Athletic Bilbao and The Homecoming Of Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski

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After nearly 20 years of service to Athletic Bilbao (he started his youth career with Los Leones in 1996), modern-day football's answer to "The Lion King", Fernando Llorente, has decided to leave the club. His contract expires in June 2013 but he is free to leave San Mames, snap his fingers and yell : "You must take your place in the Circle of Life!

Star striker hails ‘dream’ Arsenal move

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France international striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly finalizing a transfer to Arsenal that the player himself has described as a dream come true.

Giroud, 25, endured a frustrating Euro 2012 campaign as Les Bleus went from a 23-game international unbeaten run to two consecutive 2-0 defeats in which they were outplayed completely by Sweden and Spain.

Ibrahimovic & Nesta Rule Out Milan Exist

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With the European season winding down to a close, attention is starting to shift to potential transfers that could happen in the summer. There has been a lot of talk recently concerning the future of key players across the many big clubs in Europe.

In Italy, however, Milan's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ruled out the possibility of leaving the Rossoneri.

Del Piero Denied Contract Extension

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Juventus legend Alsessandro Del Piero's career with the Italian giants could be winding down to an end after club president Andrea Agnelli refused to grant him an extension on his contract which runs out in the summer.

In an interview with Vanity Fair that is scheduled to be published today, Del Piero revealed how Agnelli's comments took him by surprise.

D.C. United

Report: D.C. United valued at $50 million

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D.C. United's front-office brass spoke Tuesday about how the club had no financial restrictions following the introduction of new owners Jason Levien and Erick Thohir. The club's latest valuation would seem to corroborate that.

According to a report from Forbes, D.C.'s two new owners bought 60 percent of the club to boost its value to $50 million, with the ownership deal being the most expensive in league history.

D.C. United to announce new ownership partners Tuesday

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A new era is about to begin for D.C. United.

As expected, D.C. United officially announced they would introduce new members of the club's ownership on Tuesday afternoon. Current owner Will Chang and club president and CEO Kevin Payne will be on hand with the new members of the expanded group and they will all discuss the future of the club, with the topic of a soccer-specific stadium surely to be addressed.

D.C. United signs lease to stay at RFK Stadium through 2013

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D.C. United is not going anywhere. At least not in the next two years, anyway.

The club agreed to a two-year lease extension with RFK Stadium operator Events D.C. over the weekend and announced the terms on Thursday. The new agreement ensures United of staying in the only home stadium they have known through the 2013 MLS season.

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South American Soccer: Riquelme leaving Boca

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

Juan Roman Riquelme always said he would like to retire in a Boca Juniors jersey, but last night's 3-1 aggregate defeat in the Copa Libertadores final against Brazilian side Corinthians was surely not the way he wanted to go.

Shortly after Boca's ouster, the 34-year-old attacking midfielder and former Argentine international informed gathered reporters of his decision to leave the club effective immediately.

Robben’s Future In Doubt After Dressing Room Bust-up With Ribery

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Dutch Play maker Arjen Robben looks like he could be on his way out of the Allianz Arena. Robben has been at the centre of a protracted contract extension with Bayern Munich after his hesitancy on signing a new deal emerged early last month.

Club president Uli Hoeness yesterday revealed that negotiations with the winger on a new deal broke down and his future with the club is now uncertain.

The Rest

THE STARTING 11: New TFC 2013 Season Ticket renewal taglines

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TFC Ticket Centre - "Operators are standing nearby"Things have been conspicuously quiet so far on the TFC Season Ticket renewal front. In fairness, the job of TFC ticket rep is currently ranking in career satisfaction alongside "Part-Time Hobo Foot Carer" and "Assistant Crack Dealer". Perhaps the club is waiting for TFC fans to forget Joey Saputo's awesomely dropped Impact price reduction boast or maybe they are waiting for TFC to go on a 5-game winning streak to get supporters' spirits up.

Is Lucas Moura finally on his way to Manchester United?

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Reports in the Mail on Sunday and The Telegraph claim that Lucas Moura is set to join Manchester United for around £30 million (almost €38 million). United have had several bids turned down by São Paulo, but if the claims are correct, the midfielder who turns 20 later this month, could finally be on his way to Old Trafford.

Amateur side Playford FC try to attract kit sponsors by playing in their underwear

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As the marketeers at Crystal Palace ably demonstrated, producing a YouTube video that shows a little skin can help generate a huge amount of interest around a football club. Sunday League side Playford FC have followed suit, but instead of using supple lip-synching cheerleaders, they've captured their own pasty underwear-clad bodies and thrown some LMFAO over it.

Villarreal Sell Playmaker Borja Valero To Fiorentina

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Villarreal have agreed to sell playmaker Borja Valero to Serie A side Fiorentina for a fee believed to be approximately €7m, according to the Spanish club's website.

Valero, 27, becomes the latest Villarreal star to leave as the club cut their wage bill after unexpectedly suffering relegation from Spain's top flight last season.

Reports: Stoke City nears Cameron deal

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Geoff Cameron's time in MLS appears to be rapidly coming to a close.

According to reports, Stoke City is nearing completion on a $2.7 million transfer for the Houston Dynamo centerback, a move that could be completed as soon as this week. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the team is in full support of the move, with club president Chris Canetti going as far to say, "The club is in favor of this transfer, and we are in support of it happening.

The Monday After

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Very busy week of games in Major League Soccer. Before we get to the attendance figures here is an article from the San Jose Mercury News with club President Dave Kaval. The article provides some information about team season ticket sales (4,000) and preparations for a move into the team's new stadium.

Mid-Day Ticker: Muamba walking again, Kuyt mulls Roma move and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Less than three weeks after his heart stopped for 78 minutes, Fabrice Muamba is walking again.

The Bolton midfielder, who suffered a heart attack in an FA Cup match at Tottenham on March 17, has been up and about at the London Chest Hospital, according to Wanderers manager Owen Coyle.

Bulgarian club stops paying players until they win a game

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Despite boasting the immeasurable talents of George Weah Jr and lots of Bulgarians you've never heard of, PFC Kaliakra Kavarna have had a poor run of form lately, failing to pick up any points in their past five league matches. As they languish eight points from safety in the Bulgaria A PFG relegation zone, the club president has taken drastic action: wages will be suspended until the team starts winning.

Fifty Years Ago: How Accrington Stanley Fell From The Football League

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It is probably fair to say that 2012 hasn't been the greatest year for British football clubs so far, financially speaking at least. Rangers, Portsmouth, Darlington and Port Vale all languish in administration and it is possible that others will join them. The language of the discussion of these clubs carries many tropes that are easily identifiable, but there is one that sends a cold chill down the spine of supporters more than any other: the possibility of a club failing to complete its fixtures.