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Splash the cash! Roma chairman offers 230,000 euros for fountain plunge

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Rome (AFP) – Roma chairman James Pallotta on Wednesday offered to donate 230,000 euros ($285,000) to the city of Rome as well as paying a small fine for diving into a historic fountain after his club’s epic win over Barcelona.

Pallotta was filmed, surrounded by a crowd of delirious supporters, falling backwards into the fountain in Piazza del Popolo, a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps, following his team’s incredible 3-0 victory on Tuesday evening, which saw Roma beat Barca on away goals and go through to the Champions League semi-finals.

Splash the cash! Roma chairman offers 230,000 euros for fountain plunge

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Rome (AFP) – Roma chairman James Pallotta on Wednesday offered to donate 230,000 euros ($285,000) to the city of Rome as well as paying a small fine for diving into a historic fountain after his club’s epic win over Barcelona.

Pallotta was filmed, surrounded by a crowd of delirious supporters, falling backwards into the fountain in Piazza del Popolo, a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps, following his team’s incredible 3-0 victory on Tuesday evening, which saw Roma beat Barca on away goals and go through to the Champions League semi-finals.

Manchester City squad most expensive in history: report

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Paris (AFP) – Premier League leaders Manchester City have the most expensive squad in history, according to a report published on Monday by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory.

The research values Pep Guardiola’s squad at 878 million euros ($1.08 billion), with Paris Saint-Germain second on 805 million euros, after a January transfer window in which City acquired centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for 65 million euros.

Manchester City squad most expensive in history: report

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Paris (AFP) – Premier League leaders Manchester City have the most expensive squad in history, according to a report published on Monday by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory.

The research values Pep Guardiola’s squad at 878 million euros ($1.08 billion), with Paris Saint-Germain second on 805 million euros, after a January transfer window in which City acquired centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for 65 million euros.

Neymar gets 3 mn euros a month and PSG pay 12 of highest Ligue 1 salaries

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain pays 12 of the 13 largest player salaries in the French league, led by Neymar, who makes 3.07 million euros ($3.8 million) gross a month, more than twice as much as the next highest earner, sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday.

Behind Neymar, PSG players occupy the next seven places: Uruguayan Edinson Cavani makes 1.

Neymar gets 3 mn euros a month and PSG pay 12 of highest Ligue 1 salaries

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain pays 12 of the 13 largest player salaries in the French league, led by Neymar, who makes 3.07 million euros ($3.8 million) gross a month, more than twice as much as the next highest earner, sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday.

Behind Neymar, PSG players occupy the next seven places: Uruguayan Edinson Cavani makes 1.

MediaPro to pay 1.05bn euros a year for Serie A TV rights

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Rome (AFP) – The Italian league announced on Monday that the domestic television rights for Serie A games for the period 2018 to 2021 have been sold to Spanish group MediaPro for 1.05 billion euros ($13 billion) a year.

“The offer of 1,050,001,000 euros, is superior to the minimum requested in the invitation to tender,” Lega Serie A said in a statement, with MediaPro’s offer enough for them to beat traditional broadcast partners Sky and Mediaset.

MediaPro to pay 1.05bn euros a year for Serie A TV rights

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Rome (AFP) – The Italian league announced on Monday that the domestic television rights for Serie A games for the period 2018 to 2021 have been sold to Spanish group MediaPro for 1.05 billion euros ($13 billion) a year.

“The offer of 1,050,001,000 euros, is superior to the minimum requested in the invitation to tender,” Lega Serie A said in a statement, with MediaPro’s offer enough for them to beat traditional broadcast partners Sky and Mediaset.

Verona fined 20,000 euros for Matuidi racist abuse

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Rome (AFP) – Serie A club Verona have been fined 20,000 euros ($24,000) for racist chants by their fans toward Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi last weekend.

The abuse of the French international took place as he opened the scoring six minutes into the game which the six-time reigning champions won 3-1.

Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Football greats fall foul of Spanish taxman

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Madrid (AFP) – From Barcelona’s star striker Lionel Messi to his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, many football stars have fallen foul of the Spanish taxman over the past few years.

Ronaldo appears in court on Monday, accused of evading 14.7 million euros ($17.2 million) in tax.

Football greats fall foul of Spanish taxman

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Madrid (AFP) – From Barcelona’s star striker Lionel Messi to his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, many football stars have fallen foul of the Spanish taxman over the past few years.

Ronaldo appears in court on Monday, accused of evading 14.7 million euros ($17.2 million) in tax.

Arsenal break club record to clinch Lacazette in football deal

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Lyon (AFP) – Arsenal agreed a deal to sign France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record fee that could rise to 60 million euros ($68m, £52.56m), the two clubs confirmed on Wednesday.

The transfer fee is also a new record sale for the Ligue 1 outfit, worth an initial 53m euros, according to a statement on the Lyon website.

Arsenal break club record to clinch Lacazette in football deal

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Lyon (AFP) – Arsenal agreed a deal to sign France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record fee that could rise to 60 million euros ($68m, £52.56m), the two clubs confirmed on Wednesday.

The transfer fee is also a new record sale for the Ligue 1 outfit, worth an initial 53m euros, according to a statement on the Lyon website.

English clubs top Euro 2016 compensation list

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) Liverpool led English clubs in taking the lion's share of the 150 million euros ($162 million) compensation handed out by UEFA for freeing players for Euro 2016.

Yet while 60 English clubs shared 38.2 million euros ($41.3 million), Icelandic clubs whose country humiliated England at the tournament got just 118,712 euros.

Bundesliga clubs pass three billion euros mark

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Berlin (AFP) The 18 German top flight clubs posted a total of three billion euros ($3.2b) in revenue last season for the first time in the Bundesliga's 54-year history, it was announced Thursday.

The league's finances are in rude health in the home of the world champions and for the 12th season in a row, the Bundesliga, founded in 1963, has posted record revenues, when the figures were revealed in Frankfurt.

Bundesliga clubs pass three billion euros mark

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Berlin (AFP) The 18 German top flight clubs posted a total of three billion euros ($3.2b) in revenue last season for the first time in the Bundesliga's 54-year history, it was announced Thursday.

The league's finances are in rude health in the home of the world champions and for the 12th season in a row, the Bundesliga, founded in 1963, has posted record revenues, when the figures were revealed in Frankfurt.

Arsenal

A Gunner’s Euro Kit Bag

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The Euros. Summer football. European time zone. Superb. Let's get ready. There is much essential planning to be done, stocking up and dates in diary to cancel, so I hope my little kit bag guide will help you enjoy a memorable tournament.

THE WALL CHART

The very most vital piece of kit this.

Guide To Euro 2016 Qualification: Holland And Sweden In Danger Of Missing Out

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It's crunch time in qualification for next summer's European Championships and by next Tuesday night we will know the identity of 20 of the 24 nations heading to France.

Just four countries England, Iceland, Czech Republic and Austria as well as hosts France, have booked their place at the finals already and so it's all to play for.

Van Persie must play for Arsenal today – says Dutch coach

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The Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal has picked Robin Van Persie for the game against Belgium next Wednesday, but he has admitted that the only reason he picked the Arsenal captain is because RVP has told him he will be playing at least 45 minutes for the Gunners today against Lukas Podolski's old club Koln.

Major League Soccer

New Chelsea Boss Pans Quality Of MLS

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It is fair to say that current Italy national team boss Antonio Conte is not a big fan of Major League Soccer. Conte decided not to include Sebastian Giovinco or Andrea Pirlo in Italy's provisional 30-man Euro 2016 squad because of where they play.

The former Juventus coach admitting that their decision to play in the MLS influenced his final selection.

Could Marchisio Injury Open Door For Pirlo Return?

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Antonio Conte will be forced to get creative this summer as he will head to the Euro's without the services of one of Italy's key players.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, capped 54 times by Italy, was stretchered off the pitch in the Bianconeri's 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday and it has been confirmed that the Italian has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ruling him out of Euro 2016.

Spain

Euro 2016 Qualifying Roundup: England, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine All Pick Up Big WIns

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Another day full of EURO 2016 qualifiers has passed, with Spain, England, Sweden and the Ukraine coming out as the winners on the way to next year's major soccer tournament in Europe.

Slovenia 2-3 England: The Three Lions have won all six of their EURO qualifiers so far, and thanks to Jack Wilshere‘s brace and Wayne Rooney‘s score, England was able to cement that accomplishment in a significant win over Slovenia.

Arsenal set to sign Spanish International?

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Arsenal may sign a Euro 2012 winner! Yesterday, @AFCAMDEN announced on Twitter that Arsenal were looking to sign a player from the Euro 2012 winning side, Spain. Here is the exact tweet(s): Listen with caution A Spanish European Cup winning player is "likely" to sign for Arsenal. Haven't got anything else yet.

Euro 2012 Headline: Spain start with Silva and end with gold

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During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will explain a football headline that has appeared in the English-speaking press. Today's headline is Spain start with Silva and end with gold

Rioja vs Barolo: a preview from an Arsenal perspective

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In Saturday's Guardian, there is a fantastic picture of Iniesta surrounded by five Italian players, literally encircling him in order to somehow get the ball of him. Straightaway, it reminded me of a very famous painting by Henri Matisse: ‘Dance'. In the artist's picture, the dancers are naked and there is nobody in the middle.

Rioja vs Barolo: a preview from an Arsenal perspective

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In Saturday's Guardian, there is a fantastic picture of Iniesta surrounded by five Italian players, literally encircling him in order to somehow get the ball of him. Straightaway, it reminded me of a very famous painting by Henri Matisse: ‘Dance'. In the artist's picture, the dancers are naked and there is nobody in the middle.

2012 Euro Uefa Final Preview Italy V Spain

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SPAIN vs ITALY EURO 2012 FINAL 01/07/12 PREVIEW

Prandelli: We Will Attack Spain

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Italy coach Cesare Prandell says that Italy will not sit back and defend against Spain on Sunday in the 2012 Euro Final.

Prandeli says that "We shouldn't be scared about playing them" and that Italy "played well in the 1st half" in the game in Gdańsk between the two sides in the Group Stage of the competition and that, in the meantime, Italy have "grown, not only from a fitness point of view, but also from a psychological point of view.

Euro 2012

EURO 2012 Final Preview: Spain vs. Italy

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Few would have predicted that Italy and Spain's 1-1 draw on June 10 would end up becoming a preview of the EURO 2012 final just three weeks later. Each squad has fought off adversities, injury problems, and questionable form among its players to make it to Sunday's clash at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.

Euro 2012 Tables – If grim Ukraine can host Euros then so can we

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Jimmy Saville may have passed off, but his spirit livings on in Euro 2012. Now, it's UEFA who do dreamings emanate truthful. Who are you shouting for!?

Euro 2012 Football Language: A Hoodoo

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During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will be looking at some of the words and phrases that emerge from the competition. Today we explain the phrase 'A hoodoo'.

The Rest

Euro and Copa Wrap-Up

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Now that all the relevant Rapids teams have been eliminated from the Copa and Euros lets see how it went.

We'll start with the easy one, the Euros. Albania was 3 and out, being the worst third placed team with one win and two losses. Still, not bad for their first ever major tournament and their win over Romania was a major victory for them.

Pl 6 W5 D1 L0. Our Boys in France.

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First to kick off at the Euros were The FP and Koscielny. Both had fine games with OG scoring the opening goal of the tournament, a classic centre forward's headed goal. Given the pressure under which Giroud plays in France he must have left the pitch highly satisfied. Koscielny played as he does for Arsenal, with calm efficiency.

Euro 2016 Qualifying Roundup: England, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine All Pick Up Big WIns

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Another day full of EURO 2016 qualifiers has passed, with Spain, England, Sweden and the Ukraine coming out as the winners on the way to next year's major soccer tournament in Europe.

Slovenia 2-3 England: The Three Lions have won all six of their EURO qualifiers so far, and thanks to Jack Wilshere‘s brace and Wayne Rooney‘s score, England was able to cement that accomplishment in a significant win over Slovenia.

Euro 2016 Qualifying Games TV Schedule For US Soccer Fans

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No less than 52 EURO 2016 qualifiers will be played over a 6-day span starting this Thursday, October 9th. Most teams will be in action twice as two so-called ‘Matchdays' will take place. Here is the complete breakdown of where to watch the matches LIVE as well as some delayed coverage of matches on the main networks (all times US Eastern):

Thursday, October 9th:

2:45pm Slovakia v Spain(ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes)
2:45pm England v San Marino(FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO) (Delayed on FOX Sports 1 next day at 4am)
2:45pm Sweden v Russia(FOX Soccer Plus) (Delayed on FOX Deportes next day at 10am)
2:45pm Belarus v Ukraine(espn3.

Euro 2020 will be played in 13 countries

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Michel Platini's grand experiment is one stop closer to fruition as UEFA has announced that 13 countries will host the 24-team 2020 European Championship.

In an effort to grab as many political votes as he can from each European federation, UEFA has announced that the vast majority of stadiums must have a 50,000 capacity, which at least 20 of UEFA's 53 member nations already have.

Pardew: Newcastle will be like Spain and Best’s a Blackburn player now

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Well, Wimbledon born Alan Pardew loves a bit of tennis (or so he said), and often attends the Tennis championship his birthplace is famous for. So, Radio 5′s Richard Bacon pulled him in for an interview during the station's coverage of the latest Wimbledon tournament for a chat. In it he talked about tennis, the [.

Super Mario Sends Italy Into Euro FInals

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Two brilliant goals from Mario Balotelli destroyed Germany on Thursday and set up a final showdown with Spain in Kiev on Sunday.

This was the best we have ever seen of Balotelli — and the Germans could not handle him.

Much was made of the fact the Germans had two extra days rest following their quarter-final win over Greece while Italy had to go on extra time and penalties to beat England.