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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.

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.

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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

Allsvenskan: Djurgarden Celebrate Signing Off With Win By Staging Mass Snowball Fight With Fans (Video)

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Over the weekend, Swedish side Djurgarden finished off their Allsvenskan league campaignwith a 240-miletrip north to frost-bitten Sundsvall.

Despite having almost nothing to play for, the visitors managed to pull off a thumping 5-2 victory to cement their place in mid-table and decided to celebrate accordingly.

Sweden: Gefle IF Celebrate Rare Away Win With ONE Fan Who Made 700-Mile Round Trip (Video)

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There were touching scenes after Gefle IF's win overKalmar FC in the Allsvenskan in midweek when the players made sure to celebrate their victory with the most important man in the stadium.

Second-bottom of the league going into the game, Gefle held out for an important 1-0 win after which the entire team made sure to share the moment with the one and only fan to have braved the cold and made the 700-mile round trip to watch his beloved side in action.

That's A Winner!

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After a scoreless first half against derby visitors Sundvall, Andrew Stadler struck the sweet opener that sparked Östersund's 4-0 triumph on Saturday. The goal gave the Wisconsin native three on the Allsvenskan season. Andy Stadler Goal HD - Ostersunds 1 - 0... worldfoot - Greg Seltzer

France

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.

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.

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.

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.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

The American-est

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It's time to take a short break from the Clipboard for an update to this old post from Jacob Klinger. Obviously, there have been plenty of additions to our table of the clubs that have fielded the most Americans. But I've also made a few alterations: 1) no more prospects listed, a guy has to have played at least one first team match to count, 2) a few clubs way, way down the league pyramid have

Alexander Isak

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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Swedish sensation Alexander Isak could be set to join Spanish giants Real Madrid, in a multi-million pound, five-year deal that would smash Swedish football's transfer record. Embed from...

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Generation Next: Alexander Isak – Meet Sweden’s talented heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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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.

PHOTO: Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses with Man Utd shirt; Transfer officially announced

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Manchester United have officially announced the signing of the Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Are you ready? It’s #ZlatanTime… https://t.co/s8AsUG6VZF

- Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 1, 2016

The 34 year old striker’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired yesterday and he confirmed his move to Old Trafford on Twitter.

Mourinho set to seal another Man Utd transfer; Star arrives in Carrington for medical

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is undergoing his Manchester United medical this afternoon and could be announced as the latest Jose Mourinho signing before the end of the day.

The 34-year-old is at the club’s training facility in Carrington and, barring any unexpected hitches, is likely to put pen to paper on a one-year contract worth £200,000-a-week.

Not Mkhitaryan: Mourinho to seal another huge Man Utd transfer; Global star will sign on Friday

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Manchester United will complete the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer this week.

The Swedish striker’s current Paris Saint-Germain deal expires on Thursday and he will sign for Jose Mourinho’s side the day after.

A deal for the Ligue 1 star was agreed weeks ago, but Ibrahimovic chose to delay the move because of a loyalty bonus from the French club if he does not join another club before his contract runs out.

Euro 2016 Group Stage Review: Ireland stun Italy; Portugal, Iceland progress; Goodbye, Zlatan

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Republic of Ireland secured a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 after a dramatic late winner from Robbie Brady ousted Euro 2012 runners-up Italy in Lille. Meanwhile, Portugal played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary to progress from Group F along with Iceland, who beat Austria in Paris to set up a clash against England in Nice on Monday.

Five flops of Euro 2016 so far

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Paris (AFP) With the European Championship finals first round now over here are five stars who failed to bring the tournament alight in the group games:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)

Fresh from scoring 50 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in his last season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked ready to terrorise opposition defences at the Euros.

U.S. Women's National Team

Solo blasts Sweden ‘cowards’ as USA women bow out of Rio

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Outspoken USA women's goalkeeper Hope Solo labelled Sweden "cowards" after the world champions' bid for a fourth straight Olympic gold ended in quarter-final defeat.

Sweden progressed to their first ever Olympics semi-final 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Brasilia as Sweden coach Pia Sundhage ousted the US team she led to gold in 2008 and 2012.

Solo blasts Sweden ‘cowards’ as USA women bow out of Rio

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Outspoken USA women's goalkeeper Hope Solo labelled Sweden "cowards" after the world champions' bid for a fourth straight Olympic gold ended in quarter-final defeat.

Sweden progressed to their first ever Olympics semi-final 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Brasilia as Sweden coach Pia Sundhage ousted the US team she led to gold in 2008 and 2012.

Solo delivers bitter rant after USWNT's Olympic loss

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To say Hope Solo was upset following the U.S. Women's National Team's 4-3 loss in a penalty shootout to Sweden in the Olympic quarterfinals would be an understatement.

The U.S. goalkeeper sounded off when asked about her thoughts on the game, saying that the defending gold medalists "played a bunch ofcowards,":

Full Hope Solo quote on Sweden after US was eliminated from the Olympics today.

Sweden tops USWNT on penalty kicks to reach Olympic semifinal

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The U.S. Women's National Team's pursuit of a fourth-straight gold medal ended Friday in the cruelest of ways.

After 120 grueling minutes, Swedendefeated the USWNT, 4-3, on penalty kicks in Friday's Olympic quarterfinal. Regular time ended in a 1-1 draw on goals from Stina Blackstenius and Alex Morgan, but the USWNT could not reach the gold medal game for the first time since the tournament's inception.

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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".

Classy Kevin De Bruyne and Leonardo Bonucci among top five players in Euro 2016 Group E

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Did Euro 2016 prove Arsenal RIGHT on Ibrahimovic transfer?

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Arsenal fans will soon know once and for all about the future of the Sweden international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as his country has been knocked out of Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their group behind Italy, Belgium and Ireland. We are also hearing from the football media that the 34-year old will now hang [.