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Guardiola fears Mourinho rope-a-dope in derby dust-up

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London (AFP) – The eyes of the football world will turn to a wintry corner of northwest England on Sunday when Manchester United tackle Manchester City in a mid-season Premier League title showdown.

City, the leaders, are gunning for a 14th successive league win - which would equal the all-time record in the English top flight - and can put a huge 11 points between themselves and second-place United if they prevail.

Guardiola fears Mourinho rope-a-dope in derby dust-up

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London (AFP) – The eyes of the football world will turn to a wintry corner of northwest England on Sunday when Manchester United tackle Manchester City in a mid-season Premier League title showdown.

City, the leaders, are gunning for a 14th successive league win - which would equal the all-time record in the English top flight - and can put a huge 11 points between themselves and second-place United if they prevail.

Infantino calls on Argentina to ‘do more’ for football

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino asked Argentina to “do more” for football aside from producing star players like Lionel Messi on Wednesday, as the country announced a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Paraguay and Uruguay.

“The Argentine Football Association can do a lot for football and not just with the players on the pitch, with Messi and all his teammates,” Infantino said after a meeting with the presidents of the three South American countries who announced their bid for the centenary World Cup.

Infantino calls on Argentina to ‘do more’ for football

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino asked Argentina to “do more” for football aside from producing star players like Lionel Messi on Wednesday, as the country announced a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Paraguay and Uruguay.

“The Argentine Football Association can do a lot for football and not just with the players on the pitch, with Messi and all his teammates,” Infantino said after a meeting with the presidents of the three South American countries who announced their bid for the centenary World Cup.

China looks to Manchester to ramp up football fortunes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese coaches hope the magic of Mourinho and the guile of Guardiola will rub off on them as they attempt to dramatically improve football in the world’s most populous country.

A group of 57 Chinese coaches is in Manchester on an intensive 12-week training and management course, part of a drive by the Beijing government and football-supporting President Xi Jinping.

China looks to Manchester to ramp up football fortunes

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese coaches hope the magic of Mourinho and the guile of Guardiola will rub off on them as they attempt to dramatically improve football in the world’s most populous country.

A group of 57 Chinese coaches is in Manchester on an intensive 12-week training and management course, part of a drive by the Beijing government and football-supporting President Xi Jinping.

Homophobia permeates football world in Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Death threats and insults: Homophobia remains omnipresent in Spain’s sacred football world, where players don’t dare “come out” in an otherwise gay friendly country whose capital hosts the WorldPride until July 2.

“First, they refused to take their showers with me,” says Jose Manuel Garoz, who was sidelined from his amateur local team in his teens when his co-players found out he was gay via social networks.

Homophobia permeates football world in Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Death threats and insults: Homophobia remains omnipresent in Spain’s sacred football world, where players don’t dare “come out” in an otherwise gay friendly country whose capital hosts the WorldPride until July 2.

“First, they refused to take their showers with me,” says Jose Manuel Garoz, who was sidelined from his amateur local team in his teens when his co-players found out he was gay via social networks.

Football: Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup.

Xi greeted Infantino in the capital’s palatial Great Hall of the People but the two men did not mention China’s World Cup ambitions as they exchanged pleasantries before their closed-door meeting.

Football: Xi meets FIFA boss as China eyes World Cup

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Beijing (AFP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Wednesday as the football world watches for signs that the Asian giant will make a bid to host a World Cup.

Xi greeted Infantino in the capital’s palatial Great Hall of the People but the two men did not mention China’s World Cup ambitions as they exchanged pleasantries before their closed-door meeting.

Six-shooting USA take aim at first Under-20 football world title

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Seoul (AFP) – The United States have raised hopes of a surprise Under-20 World Cup win after they stormed into the quarter-finals with a 6-0 win over New Zealand.

Seventeen-year-old Josh Sargent equalled the American record with his fourth goal at the tournament as the USA ran riot late on Thursday.

Six-shooting USA take aim at first Under-20 football world title

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Seoul (AFP) – The United States have raised hopes of a surprise Under-20 World Cup win after they stormed into the quarter-finals with a 6-0 win over New Zealand.

Seventeen-year-old Josh Sargent equalled the American record with his fourth goal at the tournament as the USA ran riot late on Thursday.

Kluivert Jr follows in dad’s footsteps at Ajax

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Amsterdam (AFP) – More than twenty years after the football world witnessed the schoolboy Patrick Kluivert lead Ajax to Champions League glory his son Justin is bidding to help the Dutch giants into the Europa League final.

Justin Kluivert, 17, is turning heads in the Ajax red and white and some say he’s even more skillful than the father, who went on to enjoy a top level career with AC Milan and Barcelona and who is now sports director at Paris Saint-Germain.

Kluivert Jr follows in dad’s footsteps at Ajax

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Amsterdam (AFP) – More than twenty years after the football world witnessed the schoolboy Patrick Kluivert lead Ajax to Champions League glory his son Justin is bidding to help the Dutch giants into the Europa League final.

Justin Kluivert, 17, is turning heads in the Ajax red and white and some say he’s even more skillful than the father, who went on to enjoy a top level career with AC Milan and Barcelona and who is now sports director at Paris Saint-Germain.

Footballers rally around Hull City’s Mason after skull fracture

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London (AFP) The football world rallied around Ryan Mason on Monday after the Hull City midfielder fractured his skull and underwent surgery following a nasty clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill.

The 25-year-old was in a stable condition in hospital following the collision with Cahill 14 minutes into Sunday's Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.

Footballers rally around Hull City’s Mason after skull fracture

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London (AFP) The football world rallied around Ryan Mason on Monday after the Hull City midfielder fractured his skull and underwent surgery following a nasty clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill.

The 25-year-old was in a stable condition in hospital following the collision with Cahill 14 minutes into Sunday's Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.

Past feats can inspire Czechs to Spain upset, says coach

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba is hoping the ghosts of glories past can inspire his side Monday when they will look to start their Euro 2016 campaign by upsetting defending champions Spain.

Vrba, known for twice leading Czech side Viktoria Plzen into the Champions League group stages, admits the "genius" of Vicente Del Bosque's world beaters commands respect from the rest of the football world.

Past feats can inspire Czechs to Spain upset, says coach

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba is hoping the ghosts of glories past can inspire his side Monday when they will look to start their Euro 2016 campaign by upsetting defending champions Spain.

Vrba, known for twice leading Czech side Viktoria Plzen into the Champions League group stages, admits the "genius" of Vicente Del Bosque's world beaters commands respect from the rest of the football world.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a historic move announced at a congress that sought to relegate world football's corruption crisis to the past.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City that he had chosen 54-year-old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male-dominated organization.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a historic move announced at a congress that sought to relegate world football's corruption crisis to the past.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City that he had chosen 54-year-old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male-dominated organization.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a historic move announced at a congress that sought to relegate world football's corruption crisis to the past.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City that he had chosen 54-year-old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male-dominated organization.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a historic move announced at a congress that sought to relegate world football's corruption crisis to the past.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City that he had chosen 54-year-old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male-dominated organization.

Samoura chosen as first female FIFA secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

Samoura chosen as first female FIFA secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

FIFA picks Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

FIFA picks Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

Arsenal

Arsenal CAN seal Draxler transfer after his Ozil comments

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Arsenal will still have to persuade the French club PSG to part with their player, but after they stunned the football world this summer by almost doubling the world record transfer outlay to sign the Brazil international star Neymar from FC Barcelona, you feel that they do not need Julian Draxler half as much as [.

3 reasons to believe Wenger CAN push Arsenal forward

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If you had asked me just a few weeks ago about Arsenal and the team's chances of winning a trophy and actually moving up in the football world under Arsene Wenger then my answer would have been a definite negative, but I have to say that my position on the prof has started to soften. [...]

Why Arsenal MUST start The Ox against Manchester City!

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When Arsene Wenger surprised the football world on Monday night by fielding a 3-4-2-1 formation, perhaps another surprise was his choice at right wing-back. Despite having the highly-rated Hector Bellerin fit, the Frenchman opted to go for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Now while the change may have been due to Hector's recent dip in form rather than [.

What do Arsenal fans think about Leicester sacking Ranieri?

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There has obviously been a lot of reaction from all corners of the football world to the sacking of Claudio Ranieri by the Premier League champions Leicester City, but with Arsenal fans seemingly ever more united in our desire for the club to get a new manager in to replace Arsene Wenger and the two [.

English Premier League

Weekend Catch-Up: Chelsea 1 Media Gits 0 Saturday 14th January 2017

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Can I just say, before I write anything else, when have you EVER picked up the Daily Fail, or switched on Sky Sports and taken what they say as gospel and not a ton of attention seeking sh*t written by press plebs with the integrity of our coach window right now? (Thanks for that Leicester) So why this should have changed last night to the extent that the football world is whipped up into frenzied hysteria on a par with the Salem witch trials, or a group of teenagers being denied wifi access, is just baffling to me.

Antonio Conte's January Targets: Why Defence is More Important than Attack

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When Antonio Conte took charge of Chelsea and dropped points at Swansea before losing to both Liverpool and Arsenal within his first six games, almost everyone in the football world wrote him off. With perennial rivals storming ahead in the Premier League and losses a rarity in the top five, Conte looked almost dead and buried before he'd even got going.

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El Salvador football team share recording of a man offering money to fix match

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El Salvador football players shocked the football world as they claimed at a Monday night press conference at their Vancouver hotel that they had been offered money if they manage one of three specific results in Tuesday’s World Cup qualification match vs. Canada at BC Place Stadium.

Tuesday’s game between Canada and El Salvador is being played simultaneously along with Mexico vs.

Chinese investors bid for for UK's powerful football agency Stellar Group

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Four Chinese investor groups are locked in a bidding war worth $140 million for one of the world’s most powerful soccer agencies, UK-based Stellar Group which signifies China’s growing appetite to enter the football world, and dominate it.

As per reports by Reuters ,the Chinese bidders incorporate model car maker Rastar Group (300043.

Fatma Samoura

Fatma Samoura: FIFA’s first woman secretary general is used to crises

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Paris (AFP) Fatma Samoura, FIFA's first-ever female secretary general, may be an outsider in the football world but she is hoping her two decades of experience as a UN diplomat will help her restore the sport's "tarnished image".

"My goal is to support the programme of president Gianni (Infantino) and to help football restore its tarnished image," the Senegalese UN diplomat, named Friday as the second-in-command of football's ruling body, told AFP.

Fatma Samoura: FIFA’s first woman secretary general is used to crises

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Paris (AFP) Fatma Samoura, FIFA's first-ever female secretary general, may be an outsider in the football world but she is hoping her two decades of experience as a UN diplomat will help her restore the sport's "tarnished image".

"My goal is to support the programme of president Gianni (Infantino) and to help football restore its tarnished image," the Senegalese UN diplomat, named Friday as the second-in-command of football's ruling body, told AFP.

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El Clasico Preview: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

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On Sunday, the whole football world will be glued to events unfolding at Camp Nou when Barcelona welcome Real Madrid for the second El Clasico of the...

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Football’s Founding Fathers: FA Launch Search For Living Descendants Of Eight Men Who Gave Football To The World

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By Chris Wright

As part of their ongoing 150th anniversary celebrations, The FA are launching a search to find the living descendants of the founding fathers of football, i.e, the eight men who together outlined the 13 original "laws" of the game and bound them together to produce association football's first official rule book in the Freemasons' Tavern, London,150 years ago a weighty tome which is now estimated to be worth £1 million!

Five more managers shown the door in March as clubs look to beat the drop

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Panic has set in among many boardrooms over the past few weeks as chairmen roll the dice for the last time in the hope that a change in manager will be enough to turn fortunes around in the latter stages of the football season and in most cases, avoid relegation! March saw a total of [...]