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England’s Hart confident Man City won’t price him out of market

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London (AFP) – Under-pressure England goalkeeper Joe Hart believes Manchester City won’t make it difficult for him to find another club by demanding a prohibitive transfer fee.

The 30-year-old - who was subjected to criticism for conceding two free-kicks in the 2-2 World Cup qualifier draw with Scotland on Saturday - has returned to City after spending last season on loan with Serie A outfit Torino.

England’s Hart confident Man City won’t price him out of market

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London (AFP) – Under-pressure England goalkeeper Joe Hart believes Manchester City won’t make it difficult for him to find another club by demanding a prohibitive transfer fee.

The 30-year-old - who was subjected to criticism for conceding two free-kicks in the 2-2 World Cup qualifier draw with Scotland on Saturday - has returned to City after spending last season on loan with Serie A outfit Torino.

Historic club Orient get stay of execution

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London (AFP) – Historic English football club Leyton Orient avoided being wound up on Monday when the Registrar hearing the case dismissed all the bids seeking such a judgement.

Orient - whose 112-year stay in the English football league ended in April with relegation from League Two - has had a turbulent time under controversial Italian owner Francesco Becchetti.

Historic club Orient get stay of execution

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London (AFP) – Historic English football club Leyton Orient avoided being wound up on Monday when the Registrar hearing the case dismissed all the bids seeking such a judgement.

Orient - whose 112-year stay in the English football league ended in April with relegation from League Two - has had a turbulent time under controversial Italian owner Francesco Becchetti.

Southgate confronts ghosts in England machine

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London (AFP) – By dropping Wayne Rooney and dragging his players out of their comfort zones, England manager Gareth Southgate has attempted to draw a line beneath the team’s calamitous 2016 and propel them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016, England then saw Sam Allardyce, Roy Hodgson’s successor as manager, farcically brought down by a newspaper sting after just one game in charge.

Southgate confronts ghosts in England machine

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London (AFP) – By dropping Wayne Rooney and dragging his players out of their comfort zones, England manager Gareth Southgate has attempted to draw a line beneath the team’s calamitous 2016 and propel them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016, England then saw Sam Allardyce, Roy Hodgson’s successor as manager, farcically brought down by a newspaper sting after just one game in charge.

Fires still burn for England and Scotland

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane believes the years have done nothing to dull the rivalry between England and Scotland ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier between the old foes in Glasgow.

Beginning with their first encounter in November 1872, the neighbours faced off almost every year until 1984, when the British Home Championship was abolished.

Ravanelli keen to return to Middlesbrough as manager

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London (AFP) – Former Italy striker Fabrizio Ravanelli would love to manage his former club Middlesbrough, freshly relegated from the Premier League, he told Britain’s Press Association on Saturday.

The 48-year-old, who scored 33 goals in 52 appearances for unfashionable Boro in the 1996/97 season after surprisingly leaving then European champions Juventus, has not had a wealth of coaching experience since hanging up his boots in 2005.

Battered Wenger searches for redemption

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London (AFP) – With his future finally resolved, Arsene Wenger has one last chance to restore his battered reputation and end the civil war that threatened to tear Arsenal apart.

It is 13 years since Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ won the last of his three Premier League titles, a golden period when the bond between the Arsenal manager and his supporters seemed unbreakable.

Costa will only leave Chelsea for Atletico

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London (AFP) – Diego Costa claims he will only leave Chelsea to return to Atletico Madrid this summer, turning his back on long-term speculation of a blockbuster move to China.

Costa scored 22 goals this season in firing Chelsea to the Premier League title for the second time in three seasons at the club.

Armed police greet fans at UK sporting events after attack

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London (AFP) – Football supporters arriving at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea were greeted by the sight of armed police days after a terror attack in Manchester.

Robust security measures were in place at major sporting events across the United Kingdom following Monday’s suicide bomb attack after a pop concert killed 22 people and wounded dozens.

Armed police greet fans at UK sporting events after attack

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London (AFP) – Football supporters arriving at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea were greeted by the sight of armed police days after a terror attack in Manchester.

Robust security measures were in place at major sporting events across the United Kingdom following Monday’s suicide bomb attack after a pop concert killed 22 people and wounded dozens.

Five memorable FA Cup final goals

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London (AFP) – Ahead of Saturday’s Wembley shootout between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, AFP Sport recalls five classic FA Cup final goals:

Kevin Keegan (Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0, 1974)

In legendary manager Bill Shankly’s final game in the dug-out, Liverpool produced a ruthless performance that foreshadowed their dominance of the next decade and a half.

Five memorable FA Cup final goals

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London (AFP) – Ahead of Saturday’s Wembley shootout between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, AFP Sport recalls five classic FA Cup final goals:

Kevin Keegan (Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0, 1974)

In legendary manager Bill Shankly’s final game in the dug-out, Liverpool produced a ruthless performance that foreshadowed their dominance of the next decade and a half.

Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) – Prior to Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world’s oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as ‘The Matthews Final’.

Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) – Prior to Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world’s oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as ‘The Matthews Final’.

Medals don’t matter to Wenger ahead of FA Cup final

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has revealed he has given away every single medal he has won during his more than 20 years as Arsenal manager.

The Frenchman has the chance to lift the FA Cup for a record seventh time at Wembley on Saturday.

No manager has won more than six finals, with Premier League champions Chelsea standing in the way of Wenger’s bid for a fresh piece of football history

Tony Adams, Wenger’s captain in his first five years at the London club, wrote in his autobiography that he saw Wenger angrily throw his runners-up medal from the 2001 FA Cup final in a bin.

Medals don’t matter to Wenger ahead of FA Cup final

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has revealed he has given away every single medal he has won during his more than 20 years as Arsenal manager.

The Frenchman has the chance to lift the FA Cup for a record seventh time at Wembley on Saturday.

No manager has won more than six finals, with Premier League champions Chelsea standing in the way of Wenger’s bid for a fresh piece of football history

Tony Adams, Wenger’s captain in his first five years at the London club, wrote in his autobiography that he saw Wenger angrily throw his runners-up medal from the 2001 FA Cup final in a bin.

Attack sparks robust security for FA Cup and other sporting events

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London (AFP) – Armed police looked on as thousands watched the Great CityGames in the centre of Manchester on Friday just days after a suicide bomb at a pop concert claimed 22 lives and wounded dozens.

Similar robust security measures will be a feature of English football’s showpiece event the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday and several other high profile sporting events in the weeks to come.

Attack sparks robust security for FA Cup and other sporting events

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London (AFP) – Armed police looked on as thousands watched the Great CityGames in the centre of Manchester on Friday just days after a suicide bomb at a pop concert claimed 22 lives and wounded dozens.

Similar robust security measures will be a feature of English football’s showpiece event the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday and several other high profile sporting events in the weeks to come.

Pablo Zabaleta joins West Ham from Man City

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London (AFP) – Argentina full-back Pablo Zabaleta will join West Ham United from Premier League rivals Manchester City, it was announced Friday.

Zabaleta will formally begin a two-year deal with the London club on July 1, when his City contract expires.

The 32-year-old had already been released by City, for whom he made more than 200 appearances after joining from Espanyol in 2008.

Pablo Zabaleta joins West Ham from Man City

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London (AFP) – Argentina full-back Pablo Zabaleta will join West Ham United from Premier League rivals Manchester City, it was announced Friday.

Zabaleta will formally begin a two-year deal with the London club on July 1, when his City contract expires.

The 32-year-old had already been released by City, for whom he made more than 200 appearances after joining from Espanyol in 2008.

Cristiano Ronaldo postpones UK appearance after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has postponed a schedule appearance in London on Saturday following the Manchester terror attack.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, once a Manchester United player, had been due to promote SIXPAD training gear at a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel on Saturday.

Changeable Costa eyes golden Wembley sunset

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London (AFP) – Never far from the headlines, Diego Costa will look to bring a turbulent season to a doubly triumphant conclusion when Chelsea tackle Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

The quarrelsome Spain international looked to be on the brink of leaving Chelsea for the Chinese Super League in January, but stayed put and contributed 20 goals to their Premier League title success.

Changeable Costa eyes golden Wembley sunset

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London (AFP) – Never far from the headlines, Diego Costa will look to bring a turbulent season to a doubly triumphant conclusion when Chelsea tackle Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

The quarrelsome Spain international looked to be on the brink of leaving Chelsea for the Chinese Super League in January, but stayed put and contributed 20 goals to their Premier League title success.

Silva resigns as Hull manager – club

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London (AFP) – Marco Silva resigned as manager of relegated Premier League side Hull on Thursday, the club announced.

The 39-year-old Portuguese - who Jose Mourinho once described as his ‘kid friend’ - impressed during his stay reviving the club’s hopes of preserving their top-flight status after taking over in January with them in a desperate state at the foot of the table.

‘Robust’ security for sports events after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Extra armed police will protect Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley and the Epsom Derby - a favourite racing event of Queen Elizabeth - as Britain ramps up security following the Manchester suicide bombing.

There are several high-profile sports events in Britain over the coming few weeks and although there are no specific threats, security will be reinforced after Monday’s attack that killed 22 and injured dozens.

Conte in crosshairs for England’s mighty managers

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London (AFP) – Left in the starting blocks by Chelsea’s Antonio Conte this season, the Premier League’s all-star cast of super managers will be desperate to hit the ground running in 2017-18.

The 2016-17 title race was billed in some quarters as a shootout between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal heading the chasing pack.

Conte in crosshairs for England’s mighty managers

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London (AFP) – Left in the starting blocks by Chelsea’s Antonio Conte this season, the Premier League’s all-star cast of super managers will be desperate to hit the ground running in 2017-18.

The 2016-17 title race was billed in some quarters as a shootout between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal heading the chasing pack.

Conte sets Chelsea’s sights on league-cup double

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has immediately turned his attention to matching fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti by winning the ‘Double’ in England after his record-breaking team were presented with the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The west London club, crowned champions of England for the sixth time in their history, enjoyed a party after two goals from substitute Michy Batshuayi and strikes from Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro saw them come from 1-0 down to beat Sunderland 5-1 on an emotionally-charged last day of the Premier League season.

Conte sets Chelsea’s sights on league-cup double

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has immediately turned his attention to matching fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti by winning the ‘Double’ in England after his record-breaking team were presented with the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The west London club, crowned champions of England for the sixth time in their history, enjoyed a party after two goals from substitute Michy Batshuayi and strikes from Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro saw them come from 1-0 down to beat Sunderland 5-1 on an emotionally-charged last day of the Premier League season.

Premier League 2016-17 — the five best matches

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London (AFP) – Folowing the conclusion of the 2016-17 season on Sunday, AFP Sport selects the five best games of the Premier League campaign:

Arsenal 3 Liverpool 4 (August 14)

Kicking off the season in style, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool left Arsenal with what would become a familiar sinking feeling.

Chelsea’s Terry bows out of Stamford Bridge in style

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London (AFP) – John Terry was given an emotional farewell by fans at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as record-breaking Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1, including two goals from substitute Michy Batushuayi, on the day they were presented with the Premier League trophy.

The champions had to come from behind on the last day of the league campaign after Javier Manquillo put relegated Sunderland ahead, but they did so in style with Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro also on the scoresheet.

Chelsea’s Terry bows out of Stamford Bridge in style

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London (AFP) – John Terry was given an emotional farewell by fans at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as record-breaking Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1, including two goals from substitute Michy Batushuayi, on the day they were presented with the Premier League trophy.

The champions had to come from behind on the last day of the league campaign after Javier Manquillo put relegated Sunderland ahead, but they did so in style with Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro also on the scoresheet.

Champs Chelsea savour title festivities

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London (AFP) – Chelsea’s extended victory parade will reach a climax with the trophy presentation when Sunderland arrive at the home of the Premier League champions on Sunday.

Having wrapped up the title with two games to go, Antonio Conte’s side have been able to see out the season in comfort, although Monday’s 4-3 victory over Watford confirmed they were certainly not running down the campaign quietly.

Wenger looks for salvation as top four race reaches climax

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger will be praying for an unexpected slip from Liverpool or Manchester City as Arsenal try to salvage their traumatic Premier League campaign by snatching a Champions League berth in Sunday’s season finale.

Rocked by Arsenal’s failure to live up to his expectations and battered by mounting criticism from furious fans, Wenger has been under fire like never before in his 21-year reign - and the lowest moment of all is likely to come at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Wenger looks for salvation as top four race reaches climax

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger will be praying for an unexpected slip from Liverpool or Manchester City as Arsenal try to salvage their traumatic Premier League campaign by snatching a Champions League berth in Sunday’s season finale.

Rocked by Arsenal’s failure to live up to his expectations and battered by mounting criticism from furious fans, Wenger has been under fire like never before in his 21-year reign - and the lowest moment of all is likely to come at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Usmanov makes bid to buy Arsenal — report

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London (AFP) – Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has made a $1.3 billion (£998 million, 1.1 billion euros) bid to take control of Arsenal from rival majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, according to a Financial Times report on Friday.

Uzbekistan-born Usmanov owns 30 percent of the Premier League club and is said to have recently made the offer in a letter to Kroenke, who controls a 67 per cent stake.

Usmanov makes bid to buy Arsenal — report

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London (AFP) – Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has made a $1.3 billion (£998 million, 1.1 billion euros) bid to take control of Arsenal from rival majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, according to a Financial Times report on Friday.

Uzbekistan-born Usmanov owns 30 percent of the Premier League club and is said to have recently made the offer in a letter to Kroenke, who controls a 67 per cent stake.

Forest bought by controversial Greek Marinakis

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London (AFP) – Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis who is accused of match-fixing in Greece where he is the owner of giants Olympiakos bought two-time European Cup winners Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

The 49-year-old - who heads up a consortium with compatriot Socrates Kominakis - has also been accused in the past of being involved in the bombing of a bakery owned by a referee although no action was taken.