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Dybala, Mertens hat-tricks as Juventus, Napoli stay perfect

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Napoli bounced back from Champions League disappointment to keep their Serie A perfect records and join Inter Milan at the top of the table on Sunday.

A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus to a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo making it four wins out of four for the champions, while Dries Mertens also scored three goals as Napoli demolished Benevento 6-0.

Dybala, Mertens hat-tricks as Juventus, Napoli stay perfect

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Napoli bounced back from Champions League disappointment to keep their Serie A perfect records and join Inter Milan at the top of the table on Sunday.

A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus to a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo making it four wins out of four for the champions, while Dries Mertens also scored three goals as Napoli demolished Benevento 6-0.

Juventus, Napoli maintain perfect Serie A records

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Napoli bounced back from European disappointment to keep their Serie A perfect records and join Inter Milan at the top of the table on Sunday.

A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus to a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo making it four wins out of four for the champions, as Dries Mertens also scored three goals as Napoli demolished Benevento 6-0 to remain unblemished.

Napoli in Europe’s top three, warns Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City to be wary of Napoli in the Champions League group stage, describing them as one of the three best footballing sides in Europe.

Guardiola’s team are optimistic of a good run in this season’s competition after being drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F.

Romanian Lucescu named new Turkey football coach

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Istanbul (AFP) – The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday said it had agreed terms with veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu to take charge of the national side.

The federation and Lucescu have agreed a two-year deal, with an option for one more year, the TFF said in a statement.

Romanian Lucescu named new Turkey football coach

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Istanbul (AFP) – The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday said it had agreed terms with veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu to take charge of the national side.

The federation and Lucescu have agreed a two-year deal, with an option for one more year, the TFF said in a statement.

Portuguese Fonseca appointed Shakhtar Donetsk football coach

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Kiev (AFP) Shakhtar Donetsk have named Portuguese Paulo Fonseca as their new coach, the Ukrainian club confirmed on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old, who won the Portuguese Cup this season with Braga and the 2013 Portuguese Supercup with Porto, signed a two-year deal to succeed veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu.

Portuguese Fonseca appointed Shakhtar Donetsk football coach

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Kiev (AFP) Shakhtar Donetsk have named Portuguese Paulo Fonseca as their new coach, the Ukrainian club confirmed on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old, who won the Portuguese Cup this season with Braga and the 2013 Portuguese Supercup with Porto, signed a two-year deal to succeed veteran Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu.

Ukraine add Seleznyov, Butko to Euro 2016 squad

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Kiev (AFP) Striker Yevgen Seleznyov and defender Bogdan Butko have been added to Ukraine's provisional squad for Euro 2016, the Football Federation of Ukraine announced Wednesday.

Seleznyov, who terminated his contract with Russia's Kuban Krasnodar earlier this month to join Shakhtar Donetsk, had been left out of an initial squad named by coach Mykhaylo Fomenko last week.

Ukraine add Seleznyov, Butko to Euro 2016 squad

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Kiev (AFP) Striker Yevgen Seleznyov and defender Bogdan Butko have been added to Ukraine's provisional squad for Euro 2016, the Football Federation of Ukraine announced Wednesday.

Seleznyov, who terminated his contract with Russia's Kuban Krasnodar earlier this month to join Shakhtar Donetsk, had been left out of an initial squad named by coach Mykhaylo Fomenko last week.

Philadelphia Union

2016 Player review: Ilsinho

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The Brazilian winger was enigmatic, being the most exciting player on the pitch - when he played.

2016 Summary: Ilsinho gave the Philadelphia Union fans a lot of hope at the beginning of the season. He has an impeccable pedigree, winning a UEFA Cup with Shakhtar Donetsk and representing his native Brazil on their national team, and it was the hope that this would only add to the Philadelphia Union's offensive prowess.

Philadelphia Union sign Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho

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After trialing, Ilsinho is officially on board for the 2016 season.

After freeing up an international roster spot with Vincent Nogueira receiving his green card, the Philadelphia Union signed Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho. Ilsinho has been on trial with the Union since the preseason started and fans have taken kindly to him.

Notes from Camp: Philadelphia Union preseason press conference notes

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Jim Curtin opens up about Maurice Edu, four goalkeepers, battles at center back, and the clarity Earnie Stewart has brought to the Philadelphia Union.

The Philadelphia Union held a press conference today, with Jim Curtin on the phone from Clearwater answering questions from the media (who were presumably not in sunny Florida).

UEFA Europa League

Europa League 2016/17: Updated Standings, Results, Top Scorers & Talking Points

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68 goals were scored across Europe in 24 games as the Europa League returned to action this week. There was drama aplenty as Italian giants Inter Milan and Ligue 1 leaders Nice won their first games of the group stage. Francesco Totti played his 100th European game as Roma stumbled to a 3-3 draw with Austria Wien, while a Paul Pogba-inspired Manchester United were too hot to handle for Fenerbahce.

Sevilla down Shakhtar to reach another Europa final

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Madrid (AFP) Sevilla remained on course for a third consecutive Europa League title as Kevin Gameiro struck twice to down Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 and progress to a final meeting with Liverpool 5-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The Andalusians have won the competition four times in the last 10 years and can secure their place in next season's Champions League with victory over Jurgen Klopp's men in Basel on May 18.

Sevilla down Shakhtar to reach another Europa final

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Madrid (AFP) Sevilla remained on course for a third consecutive Europa League title as Kevin Gameiro struck twice to down Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 and progress to a final meeting with Liverpool 5-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The Andalusians have won the competition four times in the last 10 years and can secure their place in next season's Champions League with victory over Jurgen Klopp's men in Basel on May 18.

Gameiro penalty gives Sevilla edge against Shakhtar

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Lviv (Ukraine) (AFP) Holders Sevilla remain on course to reach yet another Europa League final after escaping from Ukraine with a 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in their semi-final first leg on Thursday.

Marlos and Taras Stepanenko scored for Shakhtar after Vitolo had given Sevilla an early lead, but Kevin Gameiro's 82nd-minute penalty ensured the holders have the upper hand ahead of the return in Spain next week.

Gameiro penalty gives Sevilla edge against Shakhtar

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Lviv (Ukraine) (AFP) Holders Sevilla remain on course to reach yet another Europa League final after escaping from Ukraine with a 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in their semi-final first leg on Thursday.

Marlos and Taras Stepanenko scored for Shakhtar after Vitolo had given Sevilla an early lead, but Kevin Gameiro's 82nd-minute penalty ensured the holders have the upper hand ahead of the return in Spain next week.

4-2-3-1 vs Shakhtar: Emery's weakened Sevilla lineup after 3 first team injuries; Key Stats and Possible Lineups

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Sevilla
UEFA Europa League
28th April 2016, 20:05 pm BST
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Live Stream: Watch Shakhtar Donetsk vs Sevilla live online

The first leg of the Europa League semi-finals are upon us and the champions Sevilla travel to Ukraine for a crunch clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Liverpool

Europa League Rewind: Villareal stuns Liverpool, Sevilla-Shakhtar tie

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The two sides seemed destined for a tie before they headto England next week, but Villareal changed the script against Liverpool at El Madrigal.

The Europa League semifinals got off to a flying start, as Villareal sunk Liverpool with a late winner at home. Adrian's goal in stoppage time was enough to provide the Yellow Submarine with the advantage before the two teams square off on May 5 at Anfield.

Friday Kickoff: Liverpool-Dortmund, Europa League and more

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Thursday's UEFA Europa League match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund still has everyone talking this morning, as it is being considered a game-of-the-year candidate.

Liverpool pulled off an incredible come-from-behind win to defeat Dortmund, 4-3 (5-4 on aggregate), at Anfield in the Europa League quarterfinals.

Draw announced for Europa League semi-finals

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will play Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals while defending champions Sevilla face Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk.

Liverpool, who hit back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to beat Klopp's former club Borussia Dortmund 4-3 and progress into the semis 5-4 on aggregate, have never played Villarreal before.

Draw announced for Europa League semi-finals

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will play Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals while defending champions Sevilla face Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk.

Liverpool, who hit back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to beat Klopp's former club Borussia Dortmund 4-3 and progress into the semis 5-4 on aggregate, have never played Villarreal before.

Europa League 2016 Semi Final Draw: Dates, Fixtures, Reaction

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The Europa League semi-finals draw took place in Nyon, Switzerland this afternoon and here are the details of the draw as the remaining four teams battle it out for the prestigious European honour.

Europa League 2016: Predictions, Analysis, Fixtures & Live Streaming

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The Europa League quarter-finals are upon us and the remaining eight sides will be hoping to take a significant step forward after the first leg of the knockout ties later tonight.

Liverpool travel to Dortmund, Bilbao host Sevilla and the likes of Villarreal and Shakhtar will fight it out against Sparta and Braga respectively.

Alex Teixeira joins Chinese Super League club in £38 million move

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Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira became China's third record signing in just over a week on Friday when Jiangsu Suning snapped him up for 50 million euros ($56 million) following earlier interest from English giants Liverpool.

China's latest monster move came only three days after Guangzhou Evergrande paid 42 million euros for Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez, and nine days after Jiangsu's 28-million-euro purchase of Ramires from Chelsea.

Alex Teixeira joins Chinese Super League club in £38 million move

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Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira became China's third record signing in just over a week on Friday when Jiangsu Suning snapped him up for 50 million euros ($56 million) following earlier interest from English giants Liverpool.

China's latest monster move came only three days after Guangzhou Evergrande paid 42 million euros for Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez, and nine days after Jiangsu's 28-million-euro purchase of Ramires from Chelsea.

Liverpool Target Alex Teixeira Set For £38m Jiangsu Suning Move As Chinese Transfer Takeaway Continues

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Following hot on the heels of Ramires and Jackson Martinez, Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira has become the latest European-based star to head to the China, with Super League sideJiangsu Suning reported to have snapped up the Brazilian for a whopping £38million.

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The attacking midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool in January only for Shakhtar to turn down an apparent £25million offerfrom the Merseysiders.

Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive rules out selling Alex Teixeira to Liverpool

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Liverpool target Alex Teixeira leaves Shakhtar Donetsk training camp

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Liverpool target Alex Teixeira hands in transfer request to Shakhtar Donetsk, says source

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Liverpool target Alex Teixeira has handed in a transfer request to Shakhtar Donetsk, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder has been a transfer target for Liverpool during the January transfer window. There have been reports in the British media that the Reds made an offer of £28 million for the talented footballer who has been with Shakhtar Donetsk since 2010.

Liverpool target Alex Teixeira hands in transfer request to Shakhtar Donetsk, says source

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Liverpool target Alex Teixeira has handed in a transfer request to Shakhtar Donetsk, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder has been a transfer target for Liverpool during the January transfer window. There have been reports in the British media that the Reds made an offer of £28 million for the talented footballer who has been with Shakhtar Donetsk since 2010.

Liverpool have second Alex Teixeira bid rejected

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Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Make Bid For Striker

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According to media reports Liverpool have made a £24.5m offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira. The prolific 26-year-old Brazilian had been targeted by Chelsea with Shakhtar willing to sell, but it looks like Liverpool have jumped ahead of their Premier League rivals.

Teixeira has scored 22 goals in 15 league games this season, as well as three in six Champions League appearances.

Leagues: Chinese Super League

Tim Cahill says greed is behind Chinese Super League’s record spending

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Greed is behind the proliferation of big-name players heading to the cashed-up Chinese Super League and it will not help the country's national team, China-based Australian star Tim Cahill said.

The Chinese record transfer fee has been smashed four times in the current transfer window, with Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira the third big signing in just over a week after Jiangsu Suning paid 50 million euros (US$56 million) for him to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Tim Cahill says greed is behind Chinese Super League’s record spending

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Greed is behind the proliferation of big-name players heading to the cashed-up Chinese Super League and it will not help the country's national team, China-based Australian star Tim Cahill said.

The Chinese record transfer fee has been smashed four times in the current transfer window, with Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira the third big signing in just over a week after Jiangsu Suning paid 50 million euros (US$56 million) for him to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Chinese Super League overtake EPL in transfer window spending

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Chinese club Jiangsu Suning's 50 million euro ($56 million) signing of Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira from Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday saw the Chinese Super League overtake the English Premier League in spending during the winter transfer window, the transfermarkt website said.

Chinese Super League overtake EPL in transfer window spending

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Chinese club Jiangsu Suning's 50 million euro ($56 million) signing of Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira from Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday saw the Chinese Super League overtake the English Premier League in spending during the winter transfer window, the transfermarkt website said.

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Shakhtar Donetsk Have Ukrainian Cup Quarter-Final Cancelled After Opponents Provide Truly Abysmal Pitch (Photo)

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Shakhtar Donetsk saw their Ukrainian Cup quarter-final tie against FC Poltava cancelled entirely due to the truly appalling state of the latter's home pitch.

The fixture was due to take place on Wednesday evening until Shakhtar caught sight of Poltava's barren, grass-less monstrosity for the first time and flat-out refused to play on it.

Have Chelsea identified the next Frank Lampard?

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Chelsea to this point have never been able to replace Frank Lampard and his goalscoring exploits from midfield in my view but according to various reports, it looks as though Chelsea have identified someone who could offer goals from that position and will turn to the Bundesliga to try and lure him to Stamford Bridge.