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Football: Lippi sees improvement in goal-shy China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Two games, two defeats and no goals scored in the past week, but coach Marcello Lippi says his China side “have made gains”.

The Italian World Cup winner suffered his heaviest loss since taking charge of China in the 4-0 home drubbing to Colombia on Tuesday, four days after falling 2-0 to Serbia.

Football: Lippi sees improvement in goal-shy China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Two games, two defeats and no goals scored in the past week, but coach Marcello Lippi says his China side “have made gains”.

The Italian World Cup winner suffered his heaviest loss since taking charge of China in the 4-0 home drubbing to Colombia on Tuesday, four days after falling 2-0 to Serbia.

Serbia-Albania rivalry hangs over Europa League Belgrade clash

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Tirana (AFP) – It may not be one of Thursday’s Europa League glamour ties but Skenderbeu’s visit to Partizan is nonetheless steeped in the history of the bitter rivalry between Albania and Serbia.

Three years ago Partizan’s stadium in Belgrade was the stage for a Euro 2016 qualifier between the fractious neighbours that descended into chaos and violent clashes, forcing its abandonment.

Serbia-Albania rivalry hangs over Europa League Belgrade clash

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Tirana (AFP) – It may not be one of Thursday’s Europa League glamour ties but Skenderbeu’s visit to Partizan is nonetheless steeped in the history of the bitter rivalry between Albania and Serbia.

Three years ago Partizan’s stadium in Belgrade was the stage for a Euro 2016 qualifier between the fractious neighbours that descended into chaos and violent clashes, forcing its abandonment.

Serbia football part company with coach Muslin

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Belgrade (AFP) – Slavoljub Muslin has left his position as coach of Serbia after leading them to next year’s World Cup finals, the Serbian federation (FSS) announced on Monday.

The FSS said in a statement on their website that Muslin had departed after his contract was broken by “common accord”.

Prijovic sends Serbia to World Cup

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Belgrade (AFP) – Aleksandar Prijovic scored after coming on as a second-half substitute to steer Serbia to a 1-0 win over Georgia and secure a place at next year’s World Cup finals.

Prijovic struck the winner on 74 minutes in Belgrade as Serbia finished top of European qualifying Group D, with the Republic of Ireland heading to the play-offs after a 1-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

Spain punch World Cup ticket, Serbia made to wait

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Paris (AFP) – Heavyweights Spain qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a routine 3-0 home win over Albania, but Serbia must wait to seal to their place following a 3-2 loss in Austria.

Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara all scored inside the first 30 minutes in Alicante as the 2010 world champions locked up top spot in Group G as Italy were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin.

Spain punch World Cup ticket, Serbia made to wait

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Paris (AFP) – Heavyweights Spain qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a routine 3-0 home win over Albania, but Serbia must wait to seal to their place following a 3-2 loss in Austria.

Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara all scored inside the first 30 minutes in Alicante as the 2010 world champions locked up top spot in Group G as Italy were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin.

Albanian ‘drone-flyer’ fighting extradition to Serbia

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Zagreb (AFP) – The Albanian who sparked a diplomatic crisis by flying a flag-draped drone at a Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade is fighting extradition to Serbia, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Ismail Morina, 35, was arrested in the Croatian coastal town of Dubrovnik in June after Serbia issued an arrest warrant for “provoking racial, national and religious hatred”.

Albanian ‘drone-flyer’ fighting extradition to Serbia

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Zagreb (AFP) – The Albanian who sparked a diplomatic crisis by flying a flag-draped drone at a Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade is fighting extradition to Serbia, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Ismail Morina, 35, was arrested in the Croatian coastal town of Dubrovnik in June after Serbia issued an arrest warrant for “provoking racial, national and religious hatred”.

‘Football proletariat’ brave Serbia’s crumbling, violent stadiums

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Belgrade (AFP) – Khalid Aucho and Takuto Yasuoka are among hundreds of footballers from Africa, Asia and South America whose dream of stardom has brought them to Eastern Europe.

Aucho, a 23-year-old from Uganda who has already tried Scotland, and his 20-year-old Japanese counterpart Yasuoka train together at OFK Belgrade, currently bottom of the Serbian second division.

‘Football proletariat’ brave Serbia’s crumbling, violent stadiums

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Belgrade (AFP) – Khalid Aucho and Takuto Yasuoka are among hundreds of footballers from Africa, Asia and South America whose dream of stardom has brought them to Eastern Europe.

Aucho, a 23-year-old from Uganda who has already tried Scotland, and his 20-year-old Japanese counterpart Yasuoka train together at OFK Belgrade, currently bottom of the Serbian second division.

Sports court upholds Kosovo’s UEFA membership

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Lausanne (AFP) The world's top sports court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by Serbia against Kosovo's membership in European football governing body UEFA.

Belgrade had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) seeking to annul a May decision by UEFA members admitting the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK).

Sports court upholds Kosovo’s UEFA membership

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Lausanne (AFP) The world's top sports court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by Serbia against Kosovo's membership in European football governing body UEFA.

Belgrade had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) seeking to annul a May decision by UEFA members admitting the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK).

English Premier League

Liverpool want to sign Dusan Tadic from Southampton

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Liverpool are looking to Southampton once again for their next signing. According to The Times, the Reds are interested in bringing midfielder Dusan Tadic to Anfield. The Serbian international has a release clause of £13 million in his contract, one that Liverpool are reportedly willing to meet.

Barcelona looking to sign Chelsea player in January, Enrique wants him to replace this Spanish player

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic may well be thinking about his next move. The Serbian’s contract with the Blues expires in the summer, and it is unsure whether he’ll offered an extension. The club have a policy of giving players above the age of 30 extensions of only one year. Moreover, Ivanovic has lost his place in the side under Antonio Conte, who has switched his system to play three at the back.

International football

Pyromaniacs: Partizan Belgrade Fans Celebrate Winning Title By Lighting Flares To Create ‘Ring Of Fire’ Around Entire Stadium (Photos & Video)

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A triumphant 5-0 final-day victorysaw Partizan Belgrade secure the Serbian Super Liga title at the weekend, pipping cross-city rivals Red Star to the championshipby three points.

As is usually the done thing, the Partizan fans welcomed their teams eighthSuperLigawin by lighting a continous ring of flares around the entire stadium, giving the place a distinctly Dante-esque feel as the evening drew in.

‘It’s An Unfathomable Mystery’ – Vojvodina Captain Nikola Antic Leaves Pitch In Tears After Being Sent-Off For No Apparent Reason (Video)

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There were baffling scenes in the Serbian top flight over the weekend, specifically during the latter stages of FK Vojvodina's 2-0 defeat against Red Star Belgrade.

Indeed, as the game ticked over into the 70th minute, Vojvodina were relieved of their captain when left-back Nikola Antic was shown a straight red card for no immediatelyapparent reason.

Partizan’s Brazilian Midfielder Everton Luiz Leaves Pitch In Tears After Receiving Monkey Chants For Duration Of Belgrade Derby

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Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz left the field in tears after being subjected to racist abuse from FK Rad fans for the entire duration of Sunday's Serbian top-flight derby matchbetween the cross-city rivals.

According to Serbian broadcasters B92, the Rad fans goadedLuizwith monkey chants every time hetouched the ball.

U.S. National Team

Player ratings for USA vs. Serbia international friendly

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At the back end of an unusually upbeat January camp, the first game of Bruce Arena's spell in charge of the US national team ended in a 0-0 draw against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The US plays again – their last match before a crucial March World Cup qualifier against Honduras – on Friday in Chattanooga against Jamaica.

USA vs. Serbia preview and TV times for Bruce Arena’s first game again as USMNT coach

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There is somewhat of a trend in society right now where what's old is new again. That certainly appears to be the case with the US Men's National Team (USMNT) as former manager Bruce Arena retakes the reigns after the dismissal of Jurgen Klinsmann in November. Arena was the US manager from 1998 until 2006 when he was fired after finishing bottom of the group at the World Cup.

United States Men's National Team

International friendly recap: USMNT 0–0 Serbia

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The first game in ten years for Bruce Arena fizzles rather than fires, but that's no the worst thing that could have happened.

USMNT vs. Serbia: SBI Live Commentary

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The second Bruce Arena era truly begins on Sunday afternoon with the first U.S. Men's National Team match of the new year.

Following several weeks of January cap, the U.S. takes the field on Sunday in San Diego to face Serbia in the team's first friendly since the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Serbia

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Certainly not as experimental as I'd hoped, but I understand the urgency to build some cohesion for March. I'll see you all on the other side with USMNT player ratings at MLSS. Check out the #USMNT Starting XI for #USAvSRB on ESPN2 and @UniMas at 4 p.m. ET.Lineup Notes: https://t.co/zBGU7uSogG pic.twitter.

Bedoya, Pontius selected for 23-man roster for USMNT friendly vs Serbia

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Chris Pontius and Alejandro Bedoya were named to Bruce Arena's 23-man roster to face Serbia on January 29.

Arena names 23-man squad for Serbia, Jamaica friendlies

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Bruce Arena has confirmed the 23-man squad that will compete for selection in his first game back as U.S. Men's National Team manager.

The former LA Galaxy boss kept many of the regular starters like Michael Bradley, Alejando Bedoya, Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris in the squad, but he also opened the door for some MLS-based players to make an impact on the pitch after an impressive two-week training stint in California.

International friendly preview: USMNT v Serbia

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After the end of the Jurgen Klinsmann odyssey, Bruce Arena gets a second chance at a first impression with the USMNT.

Preview: USMNT vs Serbia

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The USMNT plays their first game since a change in coach with January camp players eager to impress Bruce Arena.

United States

United States 0, Serbia 0 - Arena’s Second Tenure Begins Scoreless

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Juan Agudelo had a late cameo but couldn't get the US the breakthrough they wanted.

The United States and Serbia played 90 minutes of soccer and no goals were scored.

Serbia for the most part was content to sit back in their own half and break out on the counter, and had some success including forcing a stoppage time save from Nick Rimando.

USMNT, Serbia both lack inspiration in 0-0 draw

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Bruce Arena's second tenure as US head coach starts with a scrappy draw

Despite owning over 61% of possession and connecting a healthy share of their passes, the United States could not break down Serbia, with the two sides settling for a 0-0 draw in San Diego today. The USMNT, with Bruce Arena back at the helm for the first time since 2006, had their moments but ultimately struggled in the final third.

United States vs. Serbia: Time, live stream, TV schedule and 3 things to know

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The USMNT host Serbia in San Diego as Bruce Arena makes his second debut as coach of the national team. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings. Here is your Sounder at Heart USMNT Friendly Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. This will be Bruce Arena's first game back with the USMNT since taking over from the fired Jurgen Klinsmann on November 22nd.

USA vs. Serbia live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT's second Bruce Arena era starts today

Bruce Arena's return to the USMNT started a couple of weeks ago, with a 30-man roster called in for the traditional January camp. That group has been cut down to 23 for two friendlies (today against Serbia, and Friday against Jamaica). With the United States sitting in an extremely perilous spot in World Cup qualifying, getting this almost entirely domestic-based squad up and running is vital; many of these players will be called in for the crucial qualifiers against Honduras and Panama in late March.

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

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Mijat Gacinovic: Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho scouts Serbia winger

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Serbia winger Mijat Gacinovic was the target of a Jose Mourinho scouting missing last week, according to the Daily Mirror. The Manchester United...

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PICTURE: Matic in tears after helping Serbia qualify for World Cup

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Nemanja Matic was in tears on Monday evening following Serbia's 1-0 victory over Georgia. He played the full 90 minutes and helped his country qualify for the World Cup.

Serbia Coach Takes A Dig At Rafa Benitez

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The Republic of Ireland will play Serbia in Dublin tonight in World Cup qualifying, and it looks like Ciaran Clark could even be marking hisNewcastle team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic. Mitro is in the [...]

Historial de la Copa Mundial Sub-20

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Estos son los 21 campeones mundiales juveniles desde 1977. Junto al año de la edición se consigna el país anfitrión. También se menciona, tras el campeón, al vicecampeón y al tercero:

1977 - Túnez
Unión Soviética / México / Brasil

1979 - Japón
Argentina / Unión Soviética / Uruguay

1981 - Australia
Alemania Federal / Qatar / Rumania

1983 - México
Brasil / Argentina / Polonia

1985 - Unión Soviética
Brasil / España / Nigeria

1987 - Chile
Yugoslavia / Alemania Federal / Alemania Democrática

1989 - Arabia Saudita
Portugal / Nigeria / Brasil

1991 - Portugal
Portugal / Brasil / Unión Soviética

1993 - Australia
Brasil / Ghana / Inglaterra

1995 - Qatar
Argentina / Brasil / Portugal

1997 - Malasia
Argentina / Uruguay / Irlanda

1999 - Nigeria
España / Japón / Malí

2001 - Argentina
Argentina / Ghana / Egipto

2003 - Emiratos Árabes Unidos
Brasil / España / Colombia

2005 - Holanda
Argentina / Nigeria / Brasil

2007 - Canadá
Argentina / Rep.

Chris Pontius makes USMNT debut against Serbia

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Pontius subbed in for Union teammate Alejandro Bedoya in a scoreless draw with Serbia in San Diego

Chris Pontius was inches away from glory in his international debut Sunday against Serbia in an international friendly that ended in a scoreless draw at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

Pontius, who checked into the game in the 65th minute for teammate Alejandro Bedoya, pounced on a loose ball in the box in the 90th minute and fired a left-footed shot that beat the keeper but just missed the inside of the far post.

Match Preview: United States National Team vs. Serbia

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The USMNT gets 2017 underway today with a friendly against Serbia

Game: United States Men's National Team vs. Serbia

Date: Sunday, Jan. 29

Time: 4:00 p.m. EST, 1:00 p.m. PST, 9:00 p.m. GMT

Venue: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Serbia

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The USMNT is in action on the weekend soccer TV schedule along with the Cup of Nations quarterfinals and the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.