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Australian women footballers take step towards professionalism

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s women footballers took a step towards professionalism Monday with pay rises and better employment conditions agreed as the nation works to build on the success of the Matildas national team.

Until now, many players in the domestic W-League were considered amateur and received only reimbursement of expenses.

Footballers’ advisers under scrutiny over tax evasion

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo under suspicion, Radamel Falcao investigated, Lionel Messi sentenced… Spain’s courts have been busy tackling the alleged and real multi-million-euro tax evasion of football’s greatest stars.

But while they may be aware of what they are doing, footballers rely on expert go-betweens like big banks to help them manage their finances, and the European Commission is looking into measures that would dissuade these intermediaries from assisting wealthy individuals in avoiding tax.

Footballers’ advisers under scrutiny over tax evasion

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo under suspicion, Radamel Falcao investigated, Lionel Messi sentenced… Spain’s courts have been busy tackling the alleged and real multi-million-euro tax evasion of football’s greatest stars.

But while they may be aware of what they are doing, footballers rely on expert go-betweens like big banks to help them manage their finances, and the European Commission is looking into measures that would dissuade these intermediaries from assisting wealthy individuals in avoiding tax.

FIFA sponsors ‘accelerate’ China’s World Cup chances

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s footballers may be struggling on the pitch but its companies are proving to be a big player, signing sponsorship deals with FIFA as the giant Asian nation looks to boost its chances of hosting the World Cup.

In the space of a year, football governing body FIFA has gained three major Chinese sponsors in conglomerate Wanda, Hisense - the world’s number three television manufacturer - and smartphone maker Vivo, who concluded a deal just a week ago.

From Foe to Tiote – five footballers’ deaths

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Beijing (AFP) – Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday. Here are five players who died during their careers:

– Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003 –

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

From Foe to Tiote – five footballers’ deaths

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Beijing (AFP) – Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday. Here are five players who died during their careers:

– Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003 –

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

Two Dutch players reveal child sex abuse at clubs: report

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The Hague (AFP) – Two former youth players at Dutch first-division clubs Vitesse Arnhem and PSV Eindhoven revealed they were sexually abused by coaches as aspiring footballers, in the first such cases reported in The Netherlands, a report said Saturday.

It comes after a call by the authoritative De Volkskrant newspaper for abused players to come forward following a major sex-abuse scandal that has rocked British football.

Two Dutch players reveal child sex abuse at clubs: report

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The Hague (AFP) – Two former youth players at Dutch first-division clubs Vitesse Arnhem and PSV Eindhoven revealed they were sexually abused by coaches as aspiring footballers, in the first such cases reported in The Netherlands, a report said Saturday.

It comes after a call by the authoritative De Volkskrant newspaper for abused players to come forward following a major sex-abuse scandal that has rocked British football.

Trouble in paradise as Guam players threaten strike

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Tokyo (AFP) Guam's footballers could go on strike after the palm-fringed Pacific island voted to withdraw its national side from the final round of Asian Cup qualifiers.

The Guam Football Association have blamed the bombshell decision made late last month on "financial constraints" but long-serving captain Jason Cunliffe slammed the move, telling AFP the players may respond by downing tools.

Indonesia probes ‘illegal’ foreign footballers

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Jakarta (AFP) Indonesia threatened Monday to punish foreign footballers working without proper permits after a watchdog claimed scores of overseas players and coaches had illegally joined local clubs.

Local watchdog Save Our Soccer said in a report that 81 foreign footballers and coaches were currently playing in the country without the correct permit.

Indonesia probes ‘illegal’ foreign footballers

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Jakarta (AFP) Indonesia threatened Monday to punish foreign footballers working without proper permits after a watchdog claimed scores of overseas players and coaches had illegally joined local clubs.

Local watchdog Save Our Soccer said in a report that 81 foreign footballers and coaches were currently playing in the country without the correct permit.

Indonesia

Salomon Bengondo (RIP)

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TANGERANG: It was the dream of sporting glory that drew talented Cameroonian striker Salomon Bengondo to Indonesia -- but his story ended in poverty, illness and an untimely death, in a country failing to pay its footballers. The withholding of wages by Indonesian clubs has reached "catastrophic proportions" according to international players' union FIFPro -- and Bengondo is the second foreign player known to have died after going unpaid.

Andik Gets US Opportunity

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Andik Vermansyah has been one of the most talked about footballers in Indonesia since his performances in the SEA Games last year.

The Persebaya IPL wide man has on occasion rather fancifully been linked with foreign clubs; people with long memories will recall another wideman, Okta Maniani, was similarly effused about, but with Andik he will at least get an opportunity.

Videos

Video: Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker’s samurai fight

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Modern footballers and their play-acting, eh? Arsenal's Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker treated a crowd gathered for a pre-season event in Japan to an exhibition of their samurai skills. Dressed up as Japanese warriors, the pair bowed to the audience and to each other before starting a sword fight.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio not pleased with ‘arrogant, ignorant footballers’

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It's not a real day of the week without an entertaining Paolo Di Canio quote. The Sunderland manager is ready to wield the axe after getting fed up of the lack of discipline among his players. He said: "I don't care to have argument with my players but they have to go through the rules. [...]

Video: Argentinian referee pushes manager

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It's all too common to see footballers and coaches laying their hands onto match officials, but your rarely see the refs fight back. That's exactly what referee Juan Pompei did as he struggled to keep a lid on a bad-tempered match between Newell's Old Boys and Arsenal. The video above gives you a taster of [.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admits diving against Stoke, says Manchester United control the media

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Luis Suarez has admitted he dived to try and win a penalty against Stoke in October. The spot-kick was not awarded and the match ended 0-0, but Potters boss Tony Pulis called for retrospective action to be taken against the Liverpool striker. He's now admitted that he did dive. The Uruguayan said: "I don't listen [.

Video: Newcastle defender James Perch finds £5 on the pitch during Everton match

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Who says footballers don't know the value of anything? Newcastle defender James Perch was acutely aware that a fiver would be of great use to someone. It's just that nobody wanted to take it off him. The utility man found a £5 note on the St James' Park pitch during last night's 1-2 defeat to [...]

Video: A group of Irish lads meet Ronaldo on Chat Roulette

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If you're unaware, ChatRoulette.com is a website which randomly pairs you up with another webcam user from around the globe. Now, OTP is going to stick our neck out and say that, while the site may be used by groups of young men and retired millionaire Brazilian footballers, neither of them were actively seeking to [.

Chelsea

Ashley Cole’s mother reveals on Facebook that her son is set to leave Chelsea for PSG

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Just knowing your parents are on Facebook is cause for embarrassment for many and things can soon toboggan down to the realms of pure rage when an errant comment backfires. Spare a thought for Ashley Cole then (we know that's easier said than done). Keeping dopey social networking gaffes in the family, Mama Cole has [.

Sounders: Gudjohnsen trial ‘out of the blue’

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Seattle, currently third in the Western Conference and poised for a stretch run towards the MLS Cup, could be on the verge of adding another piece of the championship puzzle to their roster.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, formerly playing with European giants Barcelona and Chelsea, recently joined the Sounders on a trial and began training with the club on Wednesday.

Premier League 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 player changes

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The close season is traditionally a time where clubs jettison their weak players, replacing them with footballers with the skill to take the club one step further, whether that be to qualify or European competition or avoid another year's relegation struggle. With that in mind I thought it would be interesting to see which clubs decided a wholesale change would be preferable to keeping faith with the players who toiled their way through the 2011/2012 season.

Swansea winger Scott Sinclair forgets his ‘best decision ever’ in order to join Manchester City

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Young footballers often face a tricky decision: stay on the fringes at a big club or play every week at a lower level. Scott Sinclair had tried both and had come to the conclusion that getting the games is definitely better for your development. In fact, just last summer the pacy winger said: "Leaving Chelsea [.

Swansea winger Scott Sinclair forgets his ‘best decision ever’ in order to join Manchester City

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Young footballers often face a tricky decision: stay on the fringes at a big club or play every week at a lower level. Scott Sinclair had tried both and had come to the conclusion that getting the games is definitely better for your development. In fact, just last summer the pacy winger said: "Leaving Chelsea [.

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Social Media – Be Very Careful If You Are A Footballer

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Since Twitter came into vogue a few years ago we've seen t he headlines that tweets have made from footballers, and one of the players who got into hot water for his tweets was a certain Joey Barton. Joey Barton while on Tyneside for four years And Joey put the nail in his coffin [...]


What are the motivations of top level footballers?

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Amid Robin van Persie's transfer from Arsenal to Man Utd and Luka Modric's imminent move away from Spurs to Real Madrid, questions are again to be raised over what exactly motivates footballers and the choices they make. The life of a top level footballer seems pretty surreal – taken out of school early to end up being paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to play a game two times a week in front of thousands of spectators with their lives lived in the glare of the paparazzi, it's hardly your average life.

Funnies

15 Brilliant Photos Of Footballers With Animals

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By Chris Wright

For absolutely no reason whatsoever, here's a 14-strong bundle of photos of footballers posing some more awkwardly than others with their animal friends (click for full-sized images)...

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Brian Clough patrols the Nottingham Forest training ground with his dog

(Photos: PA)

15 Spectacularly Craptacular Footballers’ Cars

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By Chris Wright

Footballers, eh? Masters of making the supposedly exclusive and luxurious look well and truly nasty and their cars are no exception...

1. Stephen Ireland's Pink-Trim Range Rover

We'll start by getting all of Stephen Ireland's infamously misguided vehicular acquisitions out of the way.

Europe

Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares himself a living legend (in Malmo)

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Back in his hometown of Malmo, Sweden for international duty, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was honored with a place on the walk of fame outside Swedbank Stadion and he reacted with the utmost Zlatanness. Ibrahimvoic started his career with Malmo before moving to Ajax in 2001 and since then, the 30-year-old has become one of the most accomplished and confident footballers in the world.

Noticias: International Week Kicks Off With Cristiano Ronaldo Controversy- Plus Neymar And A Bathtub

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After the revelation that led to Cristiano Ronaldo's admission of misery yesterday, the Spanish media pack spent their afternoon gathering opinions from former Madridistas (i.e. Roberto Carlos, who suggested he may have been annoyed about losing the UEFA trophy to Iniesta) for their opinions on the matter.

S Park

QPR Report: "Do QPR Know What They're Doing?"...Handshake?...John Terry...Sousa...Kulcsar Meningitis Flashback

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- From the 1880s to the 21st Century: Bushman QPR Photo Archives (Happy Birthday!)

- QPR REPORT on TWITTER!
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- 13 Year Flashback: George Kulcsar Meningitis Scare sees QPR Game Cancelled.

QPR Report Saturday: QPR CEO Philip Beard Talking re QPR Transfers and Premiership Finances/Meeting...On This Day Flashbacks: Crushing John Toshack's Cardiff...

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- QPR History: From the 1880s to the 21st Century: Bushman QPR Photo Archives
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Queen's Park Rangers CEO Philip Beard on Sky's Footballers' Football Show this week- and as usual spoke a lot of sense.

The Rest

Super Cars of the Football Stars

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Today, the world's top footballers are paid hundreds of thousands of pounds a week just to train a bit and participate in the occasional game. This leaves them with plenty of free time to contemplate the age-old question of what car to buy next with their expendable income.

Some players definitely struggle with the problem and find themselves driving a real pratmobile.

Awesome artwork of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, Man Utd legend George Best and West Ham great Bobby Moore

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Ever given some thought to who'd been in your all-time XI? Have you pondered who'd be on the teamsheet in the ultimate team your brain can assemble? Artist Ty Palmer has, and he has created a fantastic range of prints based on the results. The 11 Series is the result of Ty's daydreaming about his [..

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio wants to slap ‘Playboy model’ Connor Wickham

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Paolo Di Canio says he is tempted to slap Sunderland youngster Connor Wickham to ensure he fulfils his potential. The Black Cats boss is keen to see the 20-year-old live up to the expectations that came when he arrived on Wearside from Ipswich for £8.1 million two years ago. He said: "Maybe, with this guy, [.

Original prankster. Jimmy Bullard: “I rested my nuts on Papa Bouba Diop’s forehead once”

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After the pretty unsightly mud-slinging between Joey Barton and Dietmar Hamann, you would be forgiven for thinking that footballers on Twitter serve up nothing but negativity and hammed-up controversy. Well, here we have the perfect antidote to that increasingly prevalent disease. Step forward (if you still can!

Frankenstorm: FIFA, Finances & Footy Reactions

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As millions up and downthe U S of A's East Coastbrace for a storm inspired by footballers' auto activities, let's keep our taking-cover-Kickettes-in-arms safely stimulated and satisfied. Since we're becoming obsessed with mother nature's ability to interrupt normality as she pleases, let's see how famous footy faces are coping so far.

Napoli ban sex two days before matches to prevent injuries

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Football clubs are always looking for new ways to prevent and reduce the number of injuries that they inevitably experience each season and Napoli have one rule that they credit with keeping their number of muscle injuries low: No sex for two days each match.

From Football Italia:

"Avoiding sexual activity for two days before a game is fundamental to prevent muscular strains, contractions or inflammations," Professor Alfonso De Nicola [Napoli's chief medic] told the Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper.

QPR Midfielder Samba Diakite Suffering From Depression, Returns Home To France

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By Alan Duffy

QPR's tough-tackling Malian international, Samba Diakite, has returned home to France on a leave of absence (thought to be 10 days) after suffering from depression.

Although he started the Hoops' first two league games of the new season, Diakite missed the game against Man City due to his illness.

Contact Lenses For Football Players

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There are many times during a person's life when it is absolutely necessary to have convenient and perfect vision. This is precisely why corrective vision such as glasses and contact lenses are so popular, and why the majority of people get eye tests at some point and at least consider glasses or contacts.