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History boys Italy confident of reaching World Cup

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Paris (AFP) – Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura insisted Tuesday the four-time world champions could overcome a tricky play-off draw against Sweden to reach the 2018 World Cup finals.

Italy will travel to Stockholm on Friday, November 10 and play at home at the San Siro in Milan three days later as they look to avoid missing out on the World Cup for the first time in 50 years.

Germany, Sweden into women’s Euro quarter-finals

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Holders Germany beat Russia 2-0 to set up a women’s Euro quarter-final clash with Denmark while Sweden also advanced to the knockout phase despite losing 3-2 to Italy on Tuesday.

In Utrecht, Babett Peter scored from the spot on 10 minutes and captain Dzsenifer Marozsan converted another penalty in the 56th minute to hand a dominant Germany victory.

Germany, Sweden into women’s Euro quarter-finals

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Holders Germany beat Russia 2-0 to set up a women’s Euro quarter-final clash with Denmark while Sweden also advanced to the knockout phase despite losing 3-2 to Italy on Tuesday.

In Utrecht, Babett Peter scored from the spot on 10 minutes and captain Dzsenifer Marozsan converted another penalty in the 56th minute to hand a dominant Germany victory.

Sweden sink Russia at women’s Euro

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Captain Lotta Schelin and Stina Blackstenius powered Sweden to a 2-0 win over Russia at the women’s European Championship in the Netherlands on Friday.

Schelin scored Sweden’s opening goal on 22 minutes in Deventer, heading in a superb free-kick taken by Magdalena Ericsson.

Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

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Paris (AFP) – France complicated their task of ensuring automatic qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia after falling to a dramatic 2-1 defeat in Sweden on Saturday.

Sweden snatched victory with an Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line in extra time after a poor clearance from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

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Paris (AFP) – France complicated their task of ensuring automatic qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia after falling to a dramatic 2-1 defeat in Sweden on Saturday.

Sweden snatched victory with an Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line in extra time after a poor clearance from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Sweden beats France with dramatic goal from half-way line

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Stockholm (AFP) – Hugo Lloris was left red faced Friday as a dramatic last gasp Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line gave Sweden a 2-1 win over France in their World Cup qualifier.

The France ‘keeper will watch replays in horror after he dribbled out of his box and made a dreadful cut back intercepted by Toivonen, who lofted a snap lob from just inside his half and watched Lloris lose his desperate run to stop the ball rolling into an empty goal.

France’s Mbappe back training for Sweden clash

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France received a boost on Monday as star young striker Kylian Mbappe joined training following a slight thigh strain.

The Euro 2016 runners-up face a crucial trip to Sweden on Friday in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Swedes jailed for fraud linked to Hulk football transfer

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Stockholm (AFP) – A court in Sweden sentenced two Swedes to prison on Friday for defrauding Chinese football club Shanghai SIPG of 370,000 euros ($403,000) during the transfer of Brazilian star Hulk.

Hussein Barjawi, 33, was sentenced to three years in prison.

After the email account of Hulk’s previous club, Zenit Saint Petersburg, was hacked in 2016, Barjawi passed himself off as a Brazilian lawyer serving as an intermediary in the transfer deal.

Video replay aids Spain as Sweden foil Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira.

Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

Video replay aids Spain as Sweden foil Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira.

Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

Sweden cruise, unbeaten Swiss on track for Russia

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Paris (AFP) – Sweden crushed Belarus 4-0 to keep the pressure on their rivals in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup as Switzerland remain unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Latvia.

Sweden now have ten points from five games to go provisionally top of Group A ahead of France who travel to Luxembourg later Saturday with little room for manoeuvre for group rivals the Netherlands, third with seven points, who play Bulgaria.

Sweden cruise, unbeaten Swiss on track for Russia

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Paris (AFP) – Sweden crushed Belarus 4-0 to keep the pressure on their rivals in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup as Switzerland remain unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Latvia.

Sweden now have ten points from five games to go provisionally top of Group A ahead of France who travel to Luxembourg later Saturday with little room for manoeuvre for group rivals the Netherlands, third with seven points, who play Bulgaria.

Sweden bans fans covering face to curb stadium violence

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Stockholm (AFP) Sweden on Wednesday banned fans from covering their faces at sporting venues to clamp down on violence by masked hooligans, while allowing exceptions for religious reasons.

The ban, which aims to prevent people from "disguising all or part of their face so as to make it more difficult to be identified", will come into force on March 1.

Sweden bans fans covering face to curb stadium violence

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Stockholm (AFP) Sweden on Wednesday banned fans from covering their faces at sporting venues to clamp down on violence by masked hooligans, while allowing exceptions for religious reasons.

The ban, which aims to prevent people from "disguising all or part of their face so as to make it more difficult to be identified", will come into force on March 1.

Payet gets winner as France mark anniversary of attacks

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Paris (AFP) Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet scored as France fought back to beat Sweden 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Friday that was marked by tributes to the victims of last year's Paris terror attacks.

Emil Forsberg had put Sweden in front from a free-kick early in the second half at the Stade de France in a meeting of the top two teams in Group A in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Payet gets winner as France mark anniversary of attacks

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Paris (AFP) Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet scored as France fought back to beat Sweden 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Friday that was marked by tributes to the victims of last year's Paris terror attacks.

Emil Forsberg had put Sweden in front from a free-kick early in the second half at the Stade de France in a meeting of the top two teams in Group A in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Americans Abroad

Easy Does It

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Last night, Mix Diskerud followed up a rebound for an easy finish to kick off IFK Göteborg's 4-0 cruise past Josh Wick and IK Sirius. The strike gave him five on the season, a new career best. - Greg Seltzer

Strike Force

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Three Americans rang the bell overseas this weekend, starting with Lynden Gooch's consolation penalty strike for Sunderland against Cardiff from Saturday. On Sunday, Terrence Boyd hopped off the bench in the waning moments to spark a two-goal stoppage time rally in Darmstadt's 3-3 share with Dynamo Dresden.

Delayed Diskerud

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Meant to get this up yesterday, and it slipped my mind. Anyhoooo, Mix Diskerud notched his fourth of the season in midweek, temporarily leveling matters in IFK Göteborg's 2-1 defeat at Hammarby . - Greg Seltzer

Rally Mix

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Our ol' friend Mix Diskerud led IFK Göteborg back from an early deficit to score a 4-1 rout of visiting Norrköping on Sunday. He set up the equalizer, and then buried the go-ahead goal for his third of the season. - Greg Seltzer

Instant Mix

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New IFK Göteborg recruit Mix Diskerud opened his Allsvenskan account with a second half winner against IK Sirius on Sunday (beating another former MLS man, compatriot Josh Wicks, in the process). The win tentatively bumped the Angels into first place. - Greg Seltzer

Manchester United

On The Money: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Immortalised On Swedish 1,000 Krona Bank Note (Photo)

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He may be out of a job at the moment, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still very much in the money or on the money, as the case may be.

Having already been immortalised in postage stamp form, the Swedish super-duperstar has been further honoured by having his face added to the 1,000 krona bank note.

Victor Lindelof starter pack: all you need to know about Manchester United’s £31m ice man

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July 1st 2017 will mark the start of a new chapter in the life of Victor Lindelof. The Swedish international centre-back will formally complete his move to Manchester United and link up with the...

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From Västeras with love: the rise of Victor Lindelöf – Manchester United’s big Swedish target

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Have you ever heard of Västerås? You'd be forgiven if you haven't. A city in central Sweden, it boasts a population of around 150,000. It is also home to the football club Våsterås SK Fotboll. They...

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‘You Usually Only Get This After You Die’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Be Honoured With Statue Outside Swedish National Stadium

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to be honoured with a large statue outside Sweden's national football stadium after the Manchester United striker was presented with the11th Guldbollen award of his career on Monday evening.

The Guldbollen (i.e, Gold Ball) is awarded to Sweden's top male football player.

United States

Norway vs. USWNT 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Crystal Dunn and the US will look to step their level of play up today

The United States wraps up its Scandinavian sojourn this afternoon with a match against Norway, Coming off of a proficient, if disjointed, 1-0 win over Sweden, the USWNT will be looking to improve themselves while imposing their higher talent level over the Norwegians, who are no longer the elite-level adversary they were back in the 90s.

Sweden vs. USWNT 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The United States should be less focused on revenge today, and more focused on simply making progress as a team

The United States can't avenge last summer's stunning Olympic defeat against Sweden today. The Swedes went on to the Gold Medal game, after all, while the USWNT had a minor crisis that extended into a dismal performance in March's SheBelieves Cup.

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Swedish Wunderkind Alexander Isak On Cusp Of Joining Dortmund, Transfer Accidentally Leaked By Dickson Etuhu (Photo)

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After scoring 10 goals in 19 starts during his debut Allsvenskan season, it looks like AIK's teenage prodigy Alexander Isak is already on the cusp of making the leap to the big time with Borussia Dortmund.

The 17-year-old striker is one of the hottest youth tickets in Europe, with Real Madrid also reported to be keen.

Real Madrid set to beat Chelsea and Bayern Munich to Isak signing

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France

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.

Where to find France vs. Sweden on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Sweden, you've come to the right place.

Both France and Sweden are tied with the same number of points atop Group A in World Cup qualifying from the UEFA region, so the top of the table clash between both countries could help determine who will be in pole position in this group after today's game.

Where to find France vs. Sweden on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Sweden, you've come to the right place.

Both France and Sweden are tied with the same number of points atop Group A in World Cup qualifying from the UEFA region, so the top of the table clash between both countries could help determine who will be in pole position in this group after today's game.

The Rest

An Englishman in Sweden: Graham Potter and the remarkable rise of Östersunds FK

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Lavelle, USWNT earn revenge against Sweden

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The U.S. Women's National Team earned a measure of revenge on Thursday afternoon, as they managed to topple Sweden for the first time in four tries, and in the first meeting between the two since the American's shocking Olympics exit.

It was relative newcomer Rose Lavelle who proved the difference maker, as the midfielder scored her second goal in her fifth cap to break the deadlock in the 56th minute after a scoreless first half.

Seven matches worth watching during the international break

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Between World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies, it's a great weekend for soccer.

With just three MLS matches on the docket this weekend, you may need some help getting your soccer fix. But don't worry—there's still plenty of action to follow over the next six days.

Here are seven matches worth watching:

Thursday, June 8

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Eric Ayuk closing in on loan deal to Sweden

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Report says he's also being eyed by clubs in Switzerland and England

A loan deal that would send midfielder Eric Ayuk to Sweden is close to being finalized, according to a report by Kristian Dyer in Metro.

Dyer cites an anonymous source in the article.

Swedish first division club Jönköpings Södra IF has been linked to the 20-year-old from Cameroon in recent weeks, following his standout performance with his national youth team in the U20 African Cup of Nations.

Nine Years Later: Jonas Olsson Leaves West Brom With Immediate Effect To Join Swedish Side Djurgarden IF

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Out of the blue yonder, Jonas Olsson has ended his nine-year stint atWest Brom with a sudden move back home to Sweden.

The 34-year-old has left the Baggies with immediate effect, mulching the last few months of his contract in order to join Djurgarden IF.

Judging by his statement onthe official West Brom website, the news even seems to have taken Olsson by surprise:

It's all happened so quickly I've not had chance to say a proper farewell to so many people.

Swedish Club Osters IF Launch New Initiative To Punish Own Players For Diving, Play-Acting, Etc

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Swedish side Osters IF have had it up to *here* with diving and play-acting and, as such, are taking matters into their own hands.

The second-tier club are launching a zero-tolerance initiative that will see them happily punish their own players if theyshouldpartake in any footballing skullduggery.

Sweden Women’s National Team To Play With Inspirational Quotes On Shirts Instead Of Their Names (Photos)

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The Sweden women's national team have decided to drop their names in favour of plastering inspirational messages across their shoulders.

The shirts are being produced for the upcoming Algarve Cup, with each player selecting their own quote of choice from fellowprominent Swedish women.

Team captain Lotta Schelin has opted for a quote pinched from the Twitter feed of politician Gudrun Schyman that reads, "Never look down on someone unless it is to help her up".