Atletico Mineiro

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldinho extends with Mineiro; Real Madrid, Bayern chase Pogba; and more

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Atletico Mineiro have covered up the disappointment of their third-place finish at the Club World Cup by re-signing their star midfielder.

Club president Alexandre Khalil announced on Twitter that Ronaldinho has agreed to sign a new contract with "O Galo (the Rooster)," keeping him at the club as they look to defend their Copa Libertadores crown.

The Saturday Skills #11 – Ronaldinho lives

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Week 19 of the Campeonato Brasileiro. Cruzeiro v Atlético Mineiro. The Belo Horizonte derby. Maybe not as internationally renowned as a Fla-Flu or a Corinthians v Sao Paulo, but in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais this is the big one.

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Cockerel-killing Hajduk Split fan comes clean over Tottenham animal cruelty

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A Croatian football fan has solved one of football folklore's greatest mysteries by revealed that it was he who killed a live rooster on the pitch ahead of a Tottenham Hotspur match. The bizarre incident happened ahead of a UEFA Cup semi-final against Hajduk Split in 1984. The Croatian side were fined 3,000 Swiss francs [.

Tottenham’s 1984 UEFA Cup ‘Chicken-Choker Mystery’ Solved: Hadjuk Split Fan Confesses To Murder Most Fowl

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Back in 1984, Tottenham's UEFA Cup semi-final against Hajduk Split was forever besmirched by the image of an irate Split fan encroaching onto the pitch and breaking a live cockerel's neck before kick-off. The protest was seen as a 'hostile act' by UEFA, who duly fined the Croatian club 3,000 Swiss francs and banned them from playing home games within a 300km radius of their Poljud stadium for a fair old while.

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Russia: Fan Of Second Division Team ‘Risks 15 Days In Prison’ To Hurl Live Rooster At Unpopular Manager (Video)

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It's Sod's Law that you wait for one Russian animal abuse/football crossover story to turn up and then two come along at once.

One the very same weekend that third-tier Masuk-KMV made a brown bear perform their pre-match formalities, a similar incident also cracked off in the league above.

Torino Salute Andrea Belotti’s Outstanding Debut Season By Presenting Striker With Swarovski Crystal Rooster (Photo)

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While the name might not be instantly familiar, Andrea Belotti has been enjoying a proper old-fashioned breakthrough debut season at Torino this term.

Having signed from Palermo for the earnest fee of just€7.5million back in August,the 23-year-old striker is currently level-pegging with Edin Dzekoat the top of the Serie A goalscoring charts, with 23 goals to his name so far.