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Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

Luis Enrique defends showboating Neymar

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insists Neymar's skills should be enjoyed rather than criticised after the Brazilian's penchant for showboating once again came under the spotlight.

Former Barca and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Laudrup controversially slammed Neymar for displaying his full range of tricks towards the end of Barca's 5-1 thrashing of newly promoted Leganes on Saturday.

Luis Enrique defends showboating Neymar

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insists Neymar's skills should be enjoyed rather than criticised after the Brazilian's penchant for showboating once again came under the spotlight.

Former Barca and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Laudrup controversially slammed Neymar for displaying his full range of tricks towards the end of Barca's 5-1 thrashing of newly promoted Leganes on Saturday.

Barcelona’s best starting XI of all-time

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FC Barcelonahave been truly blessed with some quality, quality players in their history. Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov, Miguel Nadal, Sergio Busquets, Andoni Zubizarreta ... and these are just some of the names who DID NOT make XI!

This side has players from different eras of Barcelona's illustrious history, from the side that dominated La Liga in the post-war years to Johan Cruyff's dream team and Guardiola's all-conquering stars.

Barcelona’s best starting XI of all-time

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FC Barcelonahave been truly blessed with some quality, quality players in their history. Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov, Miguel Nadal, Sergio Busquets, Andoni Zubizarreta ... and these are just some of the names who DID NOT make XI!

This side has players from different eras of Barcelona's illustrious history, from the side that dominated La Liga in the post-war years to Johan Cruyff's dream team and Guardiola's all-conquering stars.

English Premier League

Michael Laudrup unveiled as Al Rayyan coach

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Doha (AFP) Michael Laudrup revealed he had turned down job offers from China and the United States as he was officially unveiled as the new coach of Qatar Stars League champions Al Rayyan on Monday.

Laudrup also said he had no desire to return to La Liga where he has managed Getafe and Mallorca nor the English Premier League where he coached Swansea City.

Michael Laudrup unveiled as Al Rayyan coach

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Doha (AFP) Michael Laudrup revealed he had turned down job offers from China and the United States as he was officially unveiled as the new coach of Qatar Stars League champions Al Rayyan on Monday.

Laudrup also said he had no desire to return to La Liga where he has managed Getafe and Mallorca nor the English Premier League where he coached Swansea City.

Swansea City and Garry Monk: The remarkable rise of a model club and one of England’s brightest young managers

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Newcastle United plan to interview several candidates for head coach position

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Newcastle plan to speak to a series of potential candidates for the vacant post of head coach once again as they attempt to move on swiftly from near-disaster.

Managing director Lee Charnley, as he did following Alan Pardew's departure for Crystal Palace in January, intends to hold informal talks with several men in order to gauge both what they have to offer and whether or not they could work within the prevailing system at St James' Park.

Newcastle United plan to interview several candidates for head coach position

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Newcastle plan to speak to a series of potential candidates for the vacant post of head coach once again as they attempt to move on swiftly from near-disaster.

Managing director Lee Charnley, as he did following Alan Pardew's departure for Crystal Palace in January, intends to hold informal talks with several men in order to gauge both what they have to offer and whether or not they could work within the prevailing system at St James' Park.

QPR could struggle to hire Michael Laudrup as manager

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QPR may find it difficult to make Michael Laudrup their "dream manager", according to the Dane's agent.

The Hoops, who recorded a first away Barclays Premier League win of the season at Sunderland on Tuesday evening, appear close to appointing Harry Redknapp's successor after chairman Tony Fernandes suggested he has landed his preferred choice.

QPR could struggle to hire Michael Laudrup as manager

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QPR may find it difficult to make Michael Laudrup their "dream manager", according to the Dane's agent.

The Hoops, who recorded a first away Barclays Premier League win of the season at Sunderland on Tuesday evening, appear close to appointing Harry Redknapp's successor after chairman Tony Fernandes suggested he has landed his preferred choice.

Chelsea vs. Swansea City Preview; Battle For Top Of The Table

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In a battle of the top two Premier League sides, and the only two to not yet lose a match this season, Swansea City travel to West London to take on Chelsea. Both clubs have looked impressive in their early season fixtures, and each will be looking to take maximum points from this encounter at Stamford Bridge.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Swansea fan on admiring Phil Jones and United winning the league

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In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.

Chris Carra writes for Forza Swansea. Follow @ForzaSwansea on Twitter. He has also written a book, Swansea City Greatest Games.

Why Swansea City’s Decision to Appoint Garry Monk As Manager Is a Wise One

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Swansea City today announced that Garry Monk has been appointed manager on a three-year deal. The former Swansea captain and defender was promoted to interim manager in February after Michael Laudrup was sacked by the club.

In his short spell as interim manager, Swansea defeated derby rivals Cardiff City.

Michael Laudrup Breaks Silence On His Swansea Sacking And Reveals He’s Taking Legal Advice: Nightly Soccer Report

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Michael Laudrup has broken the silence on his Swansea City sacking and reveals he plans on seeking legal advice regarding his departure from the club.

The League Managers Association published a letter from Laudrup where he explained his side to the story. Some of the key parts of the letter include:

"I am deeply disappointed to have been dismissed as manager of Swansea City.

Swansea City’s Great Managerial Gamble

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So, farewell then, Michael Laudrup. It would be easy to spin the story of his departure from the Liberty Stadium yesterday as being just another case of the insanity of the world of football management in the twenty-first century. True enough, the Swans are just two points from the relegation places in the Premier League, but the bottom half of the table is awfully congested at the moment and it is, of course, equally true to say that Swansea City will go into this weekend's Premier League matches in twelfth place in the table.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET With Bobby McMahon; Tonight’s Topics: La Liga & Laudrup

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio at 6:05PM PT/9:05PM ET Nick and Danny discuss the surprise sacking of Michael Laudrup and Swansea's next step. Bobby McMahon joins the show to discuss, among other things, his recent article for Forbes breaking down the financial perils of Spanish football. All that and much more tonight on World Soccer Radio.

Swansea City Supporters Deserve Answers to Why Michael Laudrup Was Sacked

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The decision by Swansea City's board of directors to sack manager Michael Laudrup today makes very little sense at a side that has been a role model on how to successfully run a Premier League club.

There's no denying that Swansea have had a poor run of form — only winning one of its last 9 league matches.

Michael Laudrup Leaves Swansea City; Garry Monk Takes Temporary Charge

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Swansea City have parted ways with manager Michael Laudrup, and have installed captain Garry Monk as head coach for the foreseeable future who will work alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis.

Despite defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round and qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League where the Swans will play Napoli, Swansea sit in 12th position in the Premier League, two points off the relegation drop zone.

Swansea City Sign Bolton Striker David Ngog Until End Of Season [VIDEO]

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Swansea City have signed Bolton Wanderers striker David Ngog for an undisclosed fee until the end of this season.

The 24-year-old French striker, who is best known for his time at Liverpool from 2008-2011, is hoping to receive approval from the Premier League in order to be available for Swansea's match against Fulham tomorrow.

Why Swansea City are struggling and how Spurs’ Sigurdsson could be the answer

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After a terrible festive period that saw his side in relegation form, Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup said he's not worried about falling into a relegation battle.

Swansea Striker Michu Will Miss Next 6 Weeks Due To Ankle Surgery

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Swansea City have confirmed today that Michu will be out of action for six weeks. The Spanish attacking midfielder/striker will undergo surgery to repair an ankle injury that Michu has been suffering with for most of the season.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup shared the news with the media on Tuesday morning.

What do you make of Michael Laudrup's Chelsea revelation?

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During the international break, there is little going on with our football clubs. Often we will hear from our players making comments while they are away on international duty that tend to make headlines for one reason or another.

It's very rare that another Premier League manager makes a comment about Chelsea during this period that grabs our attention but Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has done.

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The Euro Story: Denmark Enter As Wild Cards And Emerge Victorious While England Get Bogged Down With Swedes And Turnips At Euro 1992

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The 1992 European Championship finals saw the first appearance of a team representing a unified Germany. The huge political changes sweeping Europe also led to the expulsion of Yugoslavia just a week before the tournament began in Sweden. Denmark, fatefully, were selected to take their place.

The opening game saw hosts Sweden give France an almighty fright by taking an early lead and exposing a fragility and lack of organisation amid the ranks of Les Bleus.

The Euro Story: France Dominate On Home Soil As Michel Platini Lights Up Euro 1984

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For the 1984 European Championships, further tweaksto the structure were introduced, with UEFA bringing the competition format into line with that of the World Cup finals.

What we ended up with were straight knockout semi-finals for the top two countries from each final group, with the third-place play-off being ditched entirely.

World Cup

22 Years, 6 Finals, 6 Defeats: Argentina Lose Another Final As Agonising Wait Continues

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beIN SPORTS to Provide Daily Coverage of World Cup With Nightly News and Analysis Show

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beIN SPORTS has built the largest set that is being used for the World Cup. In total, one thousand people will have been involved in the construction and running of beIN SPORTS' operation in the Copacabana studio in its coverage of World Cup 2014. Twenty four journalists from around the world will be there including Ian Joy from beIN SPORTS US.

La Liga

PSG losing patience with Laurent Blanc and eyeing up possible replacements

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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is losing patience with Laurent Blanc and wants the manager to take a tougher line towards the players in his dressing room. The Qatari reportedly feels that Blanc has lost control of the squad and outbreaks of indiscipline are seen as a direct resultof the manager's lack of authority in the dressing room.

PSG losing patience with Laurent Blanc and eyeing up possible replacements

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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is losing patience with Laurent Blanc and wants the manager to take a tougher line towards the players in his dressing room. The Qatari reportedly feels that Blanc has lost control of the squad and outbreaks of indiscipline are seen as a direct resultof the manager's lack of authority in the dressing room.

Swansea City

You couldn’t make it up.

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by Tony Attwood

Monday 3 February 2014 17.42 GMT

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Swansea chairman dismisses rumours over Michael Laudrup's future

Tuesday 4 February 2014 19.52 GMT

The Guardian

Michael Laudrup sacked as manager of Swansea City

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Top 10 candidates to be the next Swansea City manager

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With the news that Michael Laudrup has been sacked, we look at the runners and riders to become the new Swansea City manager. 1. Garry Monk Club captain and long-term servant Monk has been installed as caretaker boss and was the hot favourite to become Laudrup's replacement even before he was sacked.

Swansea sack Michael Laudrup

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has been sacked. Club captain Garry Monk in charge for Saturday's south Wales derby against fierce rivals Cardiff City. Swans chairman Huw Jenkins said: "It is a decision we have taken reluctantly. "But it's a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City football club and our supporters.

Manchester United will bounce back against Swansea City

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Manchester United were recently knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea City after a shock 2-1 defeat at home. After three consecutive defeats (in all matches) David Moyes has to pick up his players and face The Swans again in a league encounted on Saturday. Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has already put pressure on Moyes saying, "Manchester United will come out and have a real go at us.

Fabio Capello

5 Potential Managerial Candidates for Spurs

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AVB: An Epitaph

Here at AANP Towers we like to see a good, clean contest, with batsmen walking as soon as the finger goes up and a man nobly stepping aside when some bright young bounder on a horse bends his cannon and makes off with his wife. In such circumstances we cannot help but stiffen the lip at the demise of a manager just three shakes of a lamb's tail into a season.

Does The Cap Fit As AVB’S Replacement?

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As we all expected following yesterday's humilating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur have parted company with Andre Villas-Boas. I'm personally very disappointed that things have come to this but results at White Hart Lane have just not been good enough. Suitable replacements are already being suggested and bet365 have come up with a market on the next Tottenham manager, with some very interesting contenders.

The Rest

Qatar’s Al Rayyan crash out after Doha thriller

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s Al Rayyan crashed out of the Asian Champions League after being handed a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat by Saudi giants Al Hilal on Monday.

The Michael Laudrup managed side needed a win to secure their first ever last 16 berth but a brace each by Nicolas Milesi and Omar Khribin in a Doha thriller put paid to their hopes as already qualified Al Hilal went on to top Group D with 12 points from six matches.

Football Vine: Michael Laudrup’s Son Suffers Horrendous Open-Goal Miss In Danish League

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Michael Laudrup's 23-year-old son Andreas there, proving that on rare occasionsthe apple can actually fall several kilometres from the tree whilemissing an open goal from 30cm out while playing forAGF Aarhus against AB Copenhagen in the Danish second division.

Luis Enrique and Swansea boss Michael Laudrup linked with Tottenham manager’s job

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Former Roma boss Luis Enrique is reported to be Tottenham's top target to become their new manager if they decide to sack Andre Villas Boas. The ex-Spain international, now in charge at Celta Vigo, has previously worked with Spurs director of football Franco Baldini and the north London club have plans to reunite the [.