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Eni Aluko to leave Chelsea Ladies

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London (AFP) – England women’s international Eni Aluko, who accused former national football coach Mark Sampson of discrimination, is to leave double winners Chelsea Ladies at the end of the season.

The striker helped the Blues land this season’s Women’s FA Cup and Women’s Super League titles but the 31-year-old has not been a consistent starter recently.

Eni Aluko to leave Chelsea Ladies

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London (AFP) – England women’s international Eni Aluko, who accused former national football coach Mark Sampson of discrimination, is to leave double winners Chelsea Ladies at the end of the season.

The striker helped the Blues land this season’s Women’s FA Cup and Women’s Super League titles but the 31-year-old has not been a consistent starter recently.

PAOK owner wanted by Greek police for pitch invasion

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Athens (AFP) – Greek police issued an arrest warrant Monday against PAOK Thessaloniki owner Ivan Savvidis for invading the pitch - a gun in his hip holster - in Sunday’s Super League clash with AEK Athens.

Although Savvidis reportedly has a licence for his revolver, he is wanted by police for entering the playing area, police sources told AFP.

PAOK owner wanted by Greek police for pitch invasion

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Athens (AFP) – Greek police issued an arrest warrant Monday against PAOK Thessaloniki owner Ivan Savvidis for invading the pitch - a gun in his hip holster - in Sunday’s Super League clash with AEK Athens.

Although Savvidis reportedly has a licence for his revolver, he is wanted by police for entering the playing area, police sources told AFP.

PAOK fans hold protest rally against points deduction

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Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) – Around 4,000 PAOK supporters on Thursday held a peaceful protest rally in the centre of Thessaloniki a day before a Greek sports court decides the outcome of an appeal by the team to reduce their punishment by the Super League.

On Friday the court has said it will announce its decision on the appeal by PAOK, who were docked three points over last month’s clash with Olympiakos which was postponed when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was hit by an object thrown from the stands.

PAOK fans hold protest rally against points deduction

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Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) – Around 4,000 PAOK supporters on Thursday held a peaceful protest rally in the centre of Thessaloniki a day before a Greek sports court decides the outcome of an appeal by the team to reduce their punishment by the Super League.

On Friday the court has said it will announce its decision on the appeal by PAOK, who were docked three points over last month’s clash with Olympiakos which was postponed when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was hit by an object thrown from the stands.

Capello rules out Italy job, focus on China

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Milan (AFP) – Former England manager Fabio Capello on Friday ruled himself out as the Italian national team coach saying his focus was on his job in China.

The Italian signed last June with Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, a club which is owned by Suning Group and businessman Zhang Jindong, who also controls Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Capello rules out Italy job, focus on China

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Milan (AFP) – Former England manager Fabio Capello on Friday ruled himself out as the Italian national team coach saying his focus was on his job in China.

The Italian signed last June with Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, a club which is owned by Suning Group and businessman Zhang Jindong, who also controls Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Football: China drafts in foreign refs to halt controversies

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Shanghai (AFP) – The Chinese FA said Thursday it will bring in foreign referees to officiate selected Super League games starting this weekend and later introduce the use of video replay in response to recent pitch controversies.

Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson will oversee Saturday’s game between Tianjin Quanjian and Shandong Luneng, accompanied by another two Swedish assistants, the Chinese Football Association said on its website.

Chinese football ‘sack race’ claims six coaches in a month

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Beijing (AFP) – High expectations in the big-spending Chinese Super League have triggered a spate of departures, with six coaches shown the door in the space of just one month.

More than a third of teams in the 16-strong Super League have been affected, in a season which has also been rocked by claims of racism and violence.

Chinese football ‘sack race’ claims six coaches in a month

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Beijing (AFP) – High expectations in the big-spending Chinese Super League have triggered a spate of departures, with six coaches shown the door in the space of just one month.

More than a third of teams in the 16-strong Super League have been affected, in a season which has also been rocked by claims of racism and violence.

China probes Hulk incident, Lavezzi off the hook

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Shanghai (AFP) – China’s football authority said Wednesday it is investigating Brazilian star Hulk’s alleged altercation with a rival club’s staffer, but it saw “no malicious intent” in a separate racially-charged row involving Argentina’s Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Both South American players, who are among the growing crop of highly paid foreign stars in China’s cash-rich Super League, have been embroiled in race-related incidents in recent weeks.

Olympiakos confirmed as Greek league winners

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Athens (AFP) – Olympiakos were confirmed Greek champions on Monday after the Super League overwhelmingly voted in favour of them keeping the title.

It came hours after the Greek football federation rejected an appeal by second-place PAOK, who wanted the Piraeus club to be docked six points for fan violence during last month’s Greek Cup semi-final first leg against AEK Athens.

Olympiakos confirmed as Greek league winners

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Athens (AFP) – Olympiakos were confirmed Greek champions on Monday after the Super League overwhelmingly voted in favour of them keeping the title.

It came hours after the Greek football federation rejected an appeal by second-place PAOK, who wanted the Piraeus club to be docked six points for fan violence during last month’s Greek Cup semi-final first leg against AEK Athens.

Top European football clubs drop Super League proposal

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Athens (AFP) – Europe’s top clubs have dropped a proposal for a Super League made up of the continent’s strongest teams amid opposition by UEFA, their association said Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said the teams had approved a Champions League reform format after talks in Athens with UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

Top European football clubs drop Super League proposal

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Athens (AFP) – Europe’s top clubs have dropped a proposal for a Super League made up of the continent’s strongest teams amid opposition by UEFA, their association said Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said the teams had approved a Champions League reform format after talks in Athens with UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

La Liga chief tells China ‘not just about cash’

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Singapore (AFP) – China’s cash-rich Super League needs to work on improving local talent as well as dipping into its deep pockets to attract top foreign players, the La Liga chief said Thursday.

Javier Tebas told AFP he was “not worried at all” about the best La Liga players being tempted by lucrative salary offers as the level of competition in Spain was already a strong incentive for them to stay on.

La Liga chief tells China ‘not just about cash’

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Singapore (AFP) – China’s cash-rich Super League needs to work on improving local talent as well as dipping into its deep pockets to attract top foreign players, the La Liga chief said Thursday.

Javier Tebas told AFP he was “not worried at all” about the best La Liga players being tempted by lucrative salary offers as the level of competition in Spain was already a strong incentive for them to stay on.

UEFA competitions director rejects Super League

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Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) – UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti on Thursday rejected the idea of a European Super League made up of the continent’s top clubs, but said the format of the Champions League could evolve.

“If the Super League is a competition for an elite, closed, then it’s not our competition,” said Marchetti on the sidelines of a football congress organised at Estoril, near Lisbon.

Shenhua withhold Qin’s wages after ‘abominable’ stamp on Witsel

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Beijing (AFP) – Shanghai Shenhua will withhold the salary of China international Qin Sheng for the rest of the season after condemning the midfielder’s “abominable behaviour” in stamping on Belgium’s Axel Witsel at the weekend.

Qin received a straight red card for stamping on the foot of Tianjian Quanjian’s Witsel as they jockeyed for position in front of Quanjian’s goal while waiting for a corner to be taken in Saturday’s bad-tempered encounter.

Mourinho won’t let emotion cloud Rooney decision

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

Mourinho won’t let emotion cloud Rooney decision

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

Mourinho won’t let emotion cloud Rooney decision

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

Mourinho won’t let emotion cloud Rooney decision

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

China plans salary caps in spending crackdown

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Shanghai (AFP) Chinese football authorities will impose salary caps on domestic clubs and send auditors to probe their finances, toughening a crackdown on the record-breaking sums spent to acquire top foreign players.

Teams will be required to provide detailed information on their financial situations including funding sources, and the salary caps will be devised based on league and individual club revenues, the China Football Association (CFA) said in a statement late Thursday.

China plans salary caps in spending crackdown

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Shanghai (AFP) Chinese football authorities will impose salary caps on domestic clubs and send auditors to probe their finances, toughening a crackdown on the record-breaking sums spent to acquire top foreign players.

Teams will be required to provide detailed information on their financial situations including funding sources, and the salary caps will be devised based on league and individual club revenues, the China Football Association (CFA) said in a statement late Thursday.

Arsenal’s Wenger concerned by Chinese spending power

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger fears the huge wages being offered by big-spending Chinese clubs could cause problems when the Premier League teams look to negotiate new contracts with their star players.

Wenger is currently locked in talks with Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the pair reportedly seek parity with the best-paid players in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s Wenger concerned by Chinese spending power

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger fears the huge wages being offered by big-spending Chinese clubs could cause problems when the Premier League teams look to negotiate new contracts with their star players.

Wenger is currently locked in talks with Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the pair reportedly seek parity with the best-paid players in the Premier League.

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AEK 3-0 Panathinaikos

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The league finally started back up this weekend and AEK wasted no time getting back into their groove. Going into the match, its fair to say that I didn't expect PAO to really trouble us much and, aside from a few scary moments at the start of the match, it was a game that went pretty much as I expected.

Larissa 0-0 AEK

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So that was disappointing...

At least the result doesn't signal the end of the road for us just yet. The 1 point we managed to salvage is still a big one as it still keeps us within reach of first, but I think its fair to assume these draws are starting to become a bit tiring. Yesterday's result marks our fifth draw so far this campaign.

Panetolikos 1-4 AEK

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Well its certainly nice to be back! Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays, and getting back to work and the daily routine that comes with it wasn't all that exciting but hey, if theres one good thing to take from this time of year, its the fact that we get to watch AEK again!

This year especially is an exciting time since for the first time in as long as I can remember, we start a new year with a legitimate chance at a Championship.

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Watching Women’s Super League and Women’s Champions League from USA: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 14, we are joined by special guest Jonathan Tannenwald of The Philadelphia Inquirer. We cover a range of topics including:

• Is there enough demand for FA WSL and UEFA Women’s Champions League games in the US to have the games streamed or televised,

• A review of FOX’s Champions League coverage,

• Huge news for Liga MX in the United States,

• First impressions of the fubo Premier service as well as news from DIRECTV NOW

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners!

Watching Women’s Super League and Women’s Champions League from USA: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 14, we are joined by special guest Jonathan Tannenwald of The Philadelphia Inquirer. We cover a range of topics including:

• Is there enough demand for FA WSL and UEFA Women’s Champions League games in the US to have the games streamed or televised,

• A review of FOX’s Champions League coverage,

• Huge news for Liga MX in the United States,

• First impressions of the fubo Premier service as well as news from DIRECTV NOW

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners!

The Rest

Switzerland: Amazing Scenes As Young Boys Bern Secure First League Title In 32 Years (Video)

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Young Boys Bern secured their first Swiss top-flight title since 1986, afterAdi Hütter's side beat Luzern 2-1 at the Stade de Suisse.

The final whistle saw an incredible pitch invasion from the home fans.

Crazy scenes at full time as Young Boys Berne clinch their first Swiss league title for 32 years!

Rachel Corsie waived by Reign FC

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The Scottish international battled injuries during her time with Seattle, but was a stalwart in defense.

In the third move of the day for Seattle Reign FC, the club announced on Wednesday that Scottish international defender Rachel Corsie has been waived.

Corsie joined Reign FC prior to the 2015 season after one season with Notts County in the FA Women's Super League.

Persib Season Ends In Disgrace After Perseru Loss

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Following on from their 2014 Indonesia Super League title success it looked like Persib were set fair to dominate the domestic game for years to come. They had the squad, they had the supporters and they had the vision off the field.
Then came the FIFA suspension. Persib had reached the last 16 of the AFC Cup but the rug was pulled from under their feet and domestically the ISL was halted.

Major Link Soccer: Bayern Chairman walks back Super League Support

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After previously coming out in support of the idea, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge walked back his comments due to lack of fan interest.


The World:

Despite his previous support for the idea, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has disavowed support for the potential European super-league, citing a lack of fan interest.

Can European soccer handle disruption?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you pay enough attention to European soccer, there's the feeling that they're as surprised as anyone the game is so popular. Take any league or any tournament, and the growth charts in a way that wasn't predictable. Those in charge don't do themselves any favors with their plans to make things even better.

Friday Kickoff: Mexico, Rooney, Silva and more

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El Tri's manager says the team will be sticking with tradition while leadership from a major Chinese city denied interest in a big star.

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio says El Tri will continue to use the Estadio Azteca as the team's hope stadium.

Timor Leste Face AFC Wrath

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Days after the Chinese government told Super League clubs to reign in their sending, in AFC/FIFA land this is not for some reason considered government interference, comes the news the AFC have kicked Timor Leste out of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 for playing illegal foreigners in international matches since 2011.