Fabio Cannavaro

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Scolari’s Guangzhou retain China league title

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s rampant Guangzhou Evergrande won the Chinese Super League (CSL) for the seventh time in a row on Sunday and with two games to spare.

In what is expected to be the decorated Brazilian coach’s last season in charge, Guangzhou scored twice in three minutes in the first half as they thrahed Guizhou Zhicheng 5-1 at home.

Scolari’s Guangzhou retain China league title

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s rampant Guangzhou Evergrande won the Chinese Super League (CSL) for the seventh time in a row on Sunday and with two games to spare.

In what is expected to be the decorated Brazilian coach’s last season in charge, Guangzhou scored twice in three minutes in the first half as they thrahed Guizhou Zhicheng 5-1 at home.

Striker Modeste leaves Cologne for China

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Shanghai (AFP) – French striker Anthony Modeste made the first major move of the Chinese transfer window when he joined Tianjin Quanjian from Cologne in a deal that could be worth 35 million euros.

The forward, third-highest scorer in the German Bundesliga last season with 25 goals, moved on a reported loan with an option to buy, just before the mid-season Chinese transfer window closes on Friday.

Striker Modeste leaves Cologne for China

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Shanghai (AFP) – French striker Anthony Modeste made the first major move of the Chinese transfer window when he joined Tianjin Quanjian from Cologne in a deal that could be worth 35 million euros.

The forward, third-highest scorer in the German Bundesliga last season with 25 goals, moved on a reported loan with an option to buy, just before the mid-season Chinese transfer window closes on Friday.

Buffon knocking on Ballon d’Or door

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Milan (AFP) – As Juventus look to end a 21-year-wait for the Champions League title, there are those who believe goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon can end a 54-year wait and be officially crowned the top shot-stopper in Europe.

The rock of a team that recently embellished its growing pedigree with a record sixth consecutive title and record third successive league and Cup double, Buffon, many believe, is in firm contention for the Ballon d’Or.

Buffon knocking on Ballon d’Or door

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Milan (AFP) – As Juventus look to end a 21-year-wait for the Champions League title, there are those who believe goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon can end a 54-year wait and be officially crowned the top shot-stopper in Europe.

The rock of a team that recently embellished its growing pedigree with a record sixth consecutive title and record third successive league and Cup double, Buffon, many believe, is in firm contention for the Ballon d’Or.

Chinese Super League

Chelsea Turned Down 90 Million Offer For Diego Costa

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According to SFR Sport in France, Chelsea striker Diego Costa was subject to a huge offer from China last month, which led to his falling out with Antonio Conte.

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, who are managed by World Cup and Ballon D'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro, are reported to have offered Chelsea £90 million for the Spain international.

Reports: Wayne Rooney May Depart For China Next Week If He Misses Out On Man Utd’s EFL Cup Final Squad

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Cutting the cheese: Wayne Rooney's last act as a Manchester United player?

Having failed to trouble the Manchester United starting line-up for several weeks, rumours have once again begun to churnthat Wayne Rooney will be heading off to China before the Super League's transfer window shuts next week.

La Liga

Recreativo de Huelva face a race against time to avoid extinction

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The eyes of the soccer world, quite rightly, are tuned to a pair of rather big international tournaments, Euro 2016 and Copa Centenario. However by the time both competitions end, Spain could see it's oldest club disappear from existence.

Recreativo de Huelva requires 2 million euros by June 30 in order to survive.

Recreativo de Huelva face a race against time to avoid extinction

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The eyes of the soccer world, quite rightly, are tuned to a pair of rather big international tournaments, Euro 2016 and Copa Centenario. However by the time both competitions end, Spain could see it's oldest club disappear from existence.

Recreativo de Huelva requires 2 million euros by June 30 in order to survive.

Raphael Varane: A world-class defender in the making

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Raphael Varane: A world-class defender in the making - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League semifinal first leg clash on Wednesday at the Bernabeu, an array of world-class, household names will be on display. Amid this talent, will be a 19-year-old centre-back by the name of Raphael Varane, who looks set to become a footballing phenomenon over the next decade.

Serie A

Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro to coach China’s Tianjin Quanjian

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Beijing (AFP) Fabio Cannavaro will return to China to coach Tianjin Quanjian FC, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday on its Twitter account.

The former Italy defender, who captained his country to World Cup victory in 2006, has already got Chinese experience under his belt following a one-year stint as coach of Guangzhou Evergrande that ended last summer.

Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro to coach China’s Tianjin Quanjian

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Beijing (AFP) Fabio Cannavaro will return to China to coach Tianjin Quanjian FC, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday on its Twitter account.

The former Italy defender, who captained his country to World Cup victory in 2006, has already got Chinese experience under his belt following a one-year stint as coach of Guangzhou Evergrande that ended last summer.

Fabio Cannavaro Given 10-Month Suspended Jail Sentence For Breaking Police Seal At His House To Go For A Swim

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By Chris Wright

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Fabio Cannavaro, the thinking man's trespasser

Fabio Cannavaro has been given a suspended prison sentence for the heinous crime of taking a dip in his own swimming pool.

The only slight sticking point being that the pool in question was located in the back garden of Cannavaro'svilla in Naples, which has been seized and cordoned off by police as part of an investigation into planning abuse.

Club In Crisis: Serie A Stragglers Parma Sold For €1 For Second Time In Two Months

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By Chris Wright

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No offence lads, but collectively you're not worth the price of aKinder Egg

There was a time, not so very long ago, when dark horses Parma boasted one of the most illustrious squads in European football, with the likes of Faustino Asprilla, Gianfranco Zola, Fabio Cannavaro, Pippo Inzaghi, Juan Sebastian Veron, Hristo Stoichkov, Gianluigi Buffon, Lillian Thuram and Hernan Crespo all passing through during the mid-to-late 1990s.

Dodgy IV Drips, Mafia Break-Ins & Match-Fixing – Former Argentina International Matias Almeyda Lifts Lid On Italian Football

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By Chris Wright

Former Argentina international Matias Almeyda has written an autobiography which is currently being serialised in Gazzetta dello Sport, in which the midfielder who is currently head coach at River Plate makes some fairly scandalous claims about the state of the inner machinations of Italian football,including intravenous doping, pandemic match-fixing and mafia intimidation.

Luis Figo

Luis Figo Barred From Representing ‘Barcelona Legends’ All-Star Team At Request Of Barca Themselves

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By Chris Wright

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As an aperitif forthe Champions League Final on Saturday evening, UEFA are laying on a glitzy exhibition match in Berlin that will see a host of formerBarcelona and Juventus veteransunite against a Rest of the World XI in the name of charity.

Paul Scholes Scores Good Ol’ Fashioned Thumper During Global Legends Match (Videos)

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By Chris Wright

Over in Bangkok last night, the inaugural Global Legends Series game took place, with Team Fabio Cannavaro registering an 8-5 win over Team Luis Figo in a 13-goal thriller.

Goal of the game came courtesy of Paul Scholes, who whacked an absolute lumphammer of a shot past Jens Lehmann.

Luis Figo’s Dressing Room Selfie After Charity Match Puts Ellen’s Paltry Oscar Night Effort To Shame (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

'Twas the 11th annual 'Match Against Poverty' last night, with Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo once again assembling their stellar teams, chock-full of legendary names, to square off in the name of charity.

As always, the rosters were absolutely stellar with the likes of Robert Pires, Youri Djorkaeff, Paolo Maldini, Steve McManaman, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Hidetoshi Nakata, Fabio Cannavaro and Jamie Carragher all turning out for the occasion making Luis Figo's dressing room "group selfie" (okay, we know it's not actually a selfie) a thing of exquisite beauty and putting Ellen DeGeneres' paltry Oscar night ensemble shot to shame.

Massively Obese Portuguese Comedian Takes To Pitch With Figo, Ronaldo, Davids, Etc For Charity Match (Video)

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By Chris Wright

There was a charity game held over in Portugal last night, which saw a Benfica XI take on a team consisting of Luis Figo and his buddies one of which was a chap by the name of Fernando Mendes, the human meatball currently tasked with presenting the Portuguese version of 'The Price Is Right'.

Lionel Messi

Die beste 11 laut Zlatan Ibrahimović

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Video ansehen

Zlatan Ibrahimović wurde von seinem aktuellen Verein Paris Saint-Germain nach der besten 11 aus seiner Sicht gefragt und so sieht sie aus: Gianluigi Buffon im Tor, Maxwell, Fabio Cannavaro, Thiago Silva, Lilian Thuram in de Abwehr, Andrés Iniesta, Patrícia Viera, Xavi, Pavel Nedved im Mittelfeld, Lionel Messi im Sturm und die andere Sturmspitze ist ?

Messi, Drogba, USMNT trio set for World Soccer Masters exhibition match

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The stars will be out in Miami on Saturday night.

The World Soccer Masters takes place at Sun Life Stadium, with a cast of stars from around the world led by Lionel Messi and U.S. national team stars Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Jozy Altidore taking to the field in the exhibition event (7 p.

Jim Curtin

Offseason issues: The manager

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PSP's series on Philadelphia Union's offseason issues kicks off with a look at what the Union can and should do about the Union's manager position. PSP's Dan Walsh examines the issue and argues for a managerial hire you may not expect.

Union to face Dallas in USOC semis, Curtin on playoff numbers, Germany-Argentina WC final set, more

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Union will face Dallas on the road in US Open Cup semifinal after Dallas defeats Carolina in quarterfinals. Curtin on points needed to reach playoffs. Argentina outlasts Netherlands to reach WC final. More

“Flukey”: Reaction to Union loss in Dallas, coaching search and Bougherra updates, more

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Recaps and reaction from Union loss in Dallas. Updates on search for a new coach and Madjid Bougherra. Local results. MLS & NWSL wrap. More.

He is... Fabio.

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Following his meeting with Union officials in Brazil last week, Fabio Cannavaro is scheduled to visit Philly for more talks about their head coaching job in a few weeks. The plan as of now states he will be in attendance when they host a friendly with Crystal Palace. It is also possible this may be getting set up for an offseason change, with interim boss Jim Curtin finishing up this campaign.

Big USOC match for Union, Cannavaro, ratings record for USA-Portugal game, more USA & WC news

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Union prepare for tonight's US Open Cup game against New York Cosmos. Fabio Cannavaro linked to Union for head coach. New ratings record for US game against Portugal. More.

The Rest

‘Whoever Wants It Can Have It’ – Germany 2006 World Cup Winner’s Podium Found Dumped In Berlin Park (Photo)

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Rather strangely, the very podium on which Italy celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup has been discovered dumped in a park in Berlin.

The white podium, stamped with the FIFA marque, was found tossed by the wayside in theBerlin Olympiapark, close to the Olympiastadion where the final was played.

VIDEO: Mourinho arrives at Old Trafford for first time as manager

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Jose Mourinho Arriving At Old Trafford!!! First time he will be sat in the home dugout pic.twitter.com/twByA3xM9o

- Beany (@Beanyman62) June 5, 2016


Jose Mourinho is the manager of the England team which will take on the 'Rest of the World' side for Soccer Aid.

Linc Gold Cup final announcement expected, Union take on Crew, Berry loan report, more

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Linc expected to be announced as host of Gold Cup final. Union face Crew. Reports says Austin Berry headed to South Korea. League news. 2022 WC fallout. More.

D.C. United Transfer News and Rumors: Sean St Ledger Trialing

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Another center back on trial, this one with national team experience.

Steve Goff first mentioned (and D.C. United later confirmed via their website) that defender Sean St Ledger has been added to the roster as a trialist. The bulk of the center back's experience came with Preston North End from 2006-2011, where he amassed almost 200 games played, and most recently was on the roster of Ipswich Town in England's Football League Championship, but did not appear.

Palmer-Brown/Juventus Move Close? And Why I'm Skeptical

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Alfredo Pedulla, a journalist in Italy posted earlier today that a move by Italian giants, Juventus for Sporting KC defender, Erik Palmer-Brown was close. He explained that the club has reached a deal with Sporting and it's just a matter of negotiating with MLS to secure the deal. The deal would not go through until the 2015 summer transfer window, because Palmer-Brown does not turn 18 until April of 2015 and does not hold a EU passport.

Yo, Philly!

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You are probably gonna like this one. I have learned that Philly Union are talking with Al-Ahly assistant manager Fabio Cannavaro - yes, that Fabio Cannavaro - for their head coach job. And I am told that talks are heading in a positive direction. I will have a full MLSS report at some point, but probably not right away, so stay tuned.

Syed Rahim Nabi to finally come for a trial with D.C. United this Friday

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Remember all the way back into July, when we told you that Syed Rahim Nabi would be coming on trial to D.C. United this September? That has now come true, with Nabi flying to the United States on Friday to start his trial with the club. Nabi is an offensive minded fullback and was the best player in the I-League last season, winning the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year.

Calcio Confidential: Momentous Moments and Social Media Shenanigans

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A lot can happen over an international break – and this one was no exception. On Tuesday, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, gli Azzurri defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 to secure their berth to Brazil. The Azzurri have officially qualified for the World Cup (as if there was any doubt)!

Image via Calcio Nel Cuore

A momentous moment, indeed – and one particular player had two reasons to celebrate.

Fabio Cannavaro and His Curious Relationship with No. 9

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Every defender lives from stopping attackers that carry the number nine on the back of their shirt, and 2006 world champion Fabio Cannavaro is no exception to that rule. Feared by all, it is no coincidence that he was nicknamed by fans as the ‘Berlin Wall' as he was seemingly impossible to get past throughout the competition.

Women’s Football : Best Of The Ballon d’Or With Marta, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo – Plus Female Banter!

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Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan (seen above) and Hope Solo were the Futbolitas representin' at the FIFA Ballon d'Or last night. USA women's team captain Wambach also admitted that she was surprised to receive the award from her own teammate, Hope Solo, as she had expected Morgan to pick it up instead.

The Midweek Mmm: Fabio Cannavaro

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Image: Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe. Fabs attended UEFA Pro Licence Master classes earlier this week. We have no clue what he learned there, but we studied this pic for several hours, and can confirm that a blond tinted quiff does not inhibit our collective lust. Useful to know.

To where do we book our plane tickets???

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Earlier this afternoon, spaced out considerably into a half hour meeting of people in suits, the Champions League group stage draw took place in Monaco. The buildup was understandly rowdy, with several people extracting pens from suit pockets and others still shifting in their seats. The agenda got underway through the explanation of the rules, mainly who country representatives can allowed to play.