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Mancini makes winning start in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Italian manager Roberto Mancini chalked up a confident 2-0 win in his first Russian Premier League match as his new club Zenit St Petersburg beat promoted SKA Khabarovsk on Sunday.

Goals by halftime substitute midfielder Daler Kuzyaev and forward Alexander Kokorin set the four-time former Russian champions on their way to a well-deserved win in the season-opening encounter.

Mancini makes winning start in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Italian manager Roberto Mancini chalked up a confident 2-0 win in his first Russian Premier League match as his new club Zenit St Petersburg beat promoted SKA Khabarovsk on Sunday.

Goals by halftime substitute midfielder Daler Kuzyaev and forward Alexander Kokorin set the four-time former Russian champions on their way to a well-deserved win in the season-opening encounter.

Last-gasp Jonas goal gives Benfica edge over Zenit

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In-form striker Jonas headed a dramatic injury-time winner for Benfica as the Portuguese champions beat 10-man Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel twice went close for the visitors in the second half, while Benfica's Nico Gaitan was denied by a fine stop from Yuri Lodygin before Jonas nodded in late on after Domenico Criscito was sent off for the visitors.

Last-gasp Jonas goal gives Benfica edge over Zenit

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In-form striker Jonas headed a dramatic injury-time winner for Benfica as the Portuguese champions beat 10-man Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel twice went close for the visitors in the second half, while Benfica's Nico Gaitan was denied by a fine stop from Yuri Lodygin before Jonas nodded in late on after Domenico Criscito was sent off for the visitors.

Tough test Liverpool in Europa League

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NYON, Switzerland AC Sparta Prague drew Liverpool FC while BSC Young Boys will have the unenviable task of tackling FC Zenit St Petersburg following the UEFA Europa League round of 32 and round of 16 draws in Nyon. Roy Hodgson's Liverpool are bidding to lift this trophy for the first time in its new [.

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Slutsky quits as CSKA Moscow coach

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Moscow (AFP) Leonid Slutsky has resigned as coach of CSKA Moscow after seven hugely successful years and will leave after Wednesday's Champions League match with Tottenham Hotspur, the Russian champions said.

CSKA play the Premier League side at Wembley with both clubs already out of the Champions League but with a Europa League spot up for grabs, while CSKA are third in the Russian Premier League.

Slutsky quits as CSKA Moscow coach

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Moscow (AFP) Leonid Slutsky has resigned as coach of CSKA Moscow after seven hugely successful years and will leave after Wednesday's Champions League match with Tottenham Hotspur, the Russian champions said.

CSKA play the Premier League side at Wembley with both clubs already out of the Champions League but with a Europa League spot up for grabs, while CSKA are third in the Russian Premier League.

UEFA: 2011-12 Champions League group stage draw

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The draw for the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League has taken place amid some controversy in Monaco this afternoon. Less than 24 hours after Turkish champions Fenerbahçe were forced to withdraw from the competition by the Turkish Football Federation, the inclusion of Turkish League runners up Trabzonspor in the draw raised some eyebrows.

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Ireland: Five-way battle in exciting title race

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Will Derry City fans have something to celebrate this season?

The title race in the Airtricity League in the Republic of Ireland is reaching a critical stage and looks set to go down to the wire with up to five teams still holding title ambitions.

Derry City (59 points, 30 games) have experienced many difficulties over the last few years but the club is playing well again following their promotion from the First Division (2nd tier) last season.

Europa League Group Stage Draw In One Easy Photo – Tottenham Get Rubin Kazan & Shamrock Rovers

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By Chris Wright

Saves me typing the entire bloody thing out...

As you can see in this handy photo, Shamrock Rovers are in with Spurs and Russian champions Rubin Kazan for their maiden foray into European competition.

Stoke have arguably landed the trickiest group of the other English participants though my money's on Fulham, the Potters and Brum all failing to make the next round this time around.

FC Copenhagen v Chelsea: Champions League Last 16 Preview

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Danish champions FC Copenhagen host Chelsea at the Parken Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League Last 16 knockout round.

The hosts have been in imperious form this season and are currently sitting top of the Danish league, a lofty 19 points ahead of their nearest competitors.

Champions League Preview: Group D

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Group D consists of champions from four leagues, though only FC Barcelona has the name recognition outside of hardcore soccer fans. Joining Barça are: F.C Copenhagen, Panathinaikos and Rubin Kazan.


FC Barcelona - Barça, three-time Champions League winners and two-time defending La Liga champions, are one of the most well-known teams in the world.

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WPS Preseason

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With preseason camp opening in about two weeks, each Women's Professional Soccer team has released it's preseason match schedule. Not all games will be open to fans. Visit your team's website for more information on games.

The Atlanta Beat will start things off with a match against the University of South Florida at KSU Soccer Stadium at 12:00 pm.

Where's Poland At? Midfielders.

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The midfield of the Biało Czerwoni seems to be much less controversial than the defense. It's also much stronger, boasting players from the Bundesliga leaders (Błaszczykowski), Ligue 1 leaders (Obraniak) or the former Russian champions (Murawski). Those three players are the base on which Smuda has decided to build the team on.