miercuri, 30 aprilie 2014

Bonucci hails ´silent leader´ Pirlo

30 April 2014 13:09

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has paid tribute to the leadership qualities of team-mate Andrea Pirlo.

Antonio Conte’s men can take another step towards a domestic and European double on Thursday when Juve face Benfica in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final.

With their third consecutive Serie A title


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Walcott: Cup victory can spark period of success

30 April 2014 12:58

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott believes that winning the FA Cup will prove the catalyst for sustained success over the coming seasons.

It has been nine years since Arsene Wenger’s men last collected silverware, that too coming in the FA Cup in a penalty shootout victory over Manchester United in the 2005 final.

Arsenal have the...

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Ayew retains Marseille hope

30 April 2014 12:41

Jordan Ayew hopes playing regular football at Sochaux can resurrect his Marseille career.

The Ghana international moved to the Stade Auguste Bonal on loan in January for the remainder of the season and has scored three times in 15 appearances.

With Sochaux in danger of relegation – four points off safety in 18th – Ayew


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Chelsea´s Atsu open to another loan move

30 April 2014 15:27

Chelsea forward Christian Atsu is open to spending more time on loan away from the club in order to enjoy regular football.

The 22-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in September last year from Porto before joining Eredivisie side Vitesse on loan.

Atsu, a Ghana international, has featured 27 times for Vitesse in all competitions


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Ligue 1 Preview: Lille look to secure Champions League place, Valenciennes poised for drop

30 April 2014 15:01

With Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco both out of action, attention in Ligue 1 turns to Lille’s quest to secure a UEFA Champions League place.

Leaders PSG and second-placed Monaco will both sit out this weekend due to the participation of Rennes and Guingamp – who were scheduled to be their respective opponents –...

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Thohir predicts transfer activity at Inter

30 April 2014 14:27

Inter president Erick Thohir expects there to be plenty of transfer activity at San Siro in the close-season.

Thohir took ownership of the Serie A club in October and has overseen a number of arrivals as well as negotiations for future signings.

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will arrive ahead of the 2014-15 campaign,


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Agbonlahor: Hull game biggest of our careers

30 April 2014 13:59

Gabriel Agbonlahor has described Aston Villa’s crucial Premier League encounter with Hull City as “the biggest game of all of all our careers”.

Villa have endured a six-match winless run in the league, with five of those ending in defeat, to leave Paul Lambert’s men just three points clear of the


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Progress being made in tackling match-fixing, claims Platini

30 April 2014 13:31

UEFA president Michel Platini believes his warnings over the dangers of match-fixing are now being heeded.

The organisation held its first match-fixing working group meeting in Nyon this week, which was attended by a host of UEFA officials, state and national football association prosecutors, police and crime prevention officials...

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Nolan accepts fan criticism

30 April 2014 13:25

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan insists that the whole team have to take criticism from supporters on the chin after a dismal slump in form.

A run of four straight defeats has seen West Ham slip to 14th in the Premier League after a mid-season resurgence had offered hope of a top-10 finish.

Sections of the West Ham faithful have


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Cameron targets top-six assault next season

30 April 2014 12:22

Geoff Cameron has challenged Stoke City to push for a top-six place in the Premier League next season and secure European football.

Stoke have acquitted themselves well in Mark Hughes’ first year as manager, with the Staffordshire club on course to finish inside the top 10 in the top flight for the first time since gaining


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Suarez: No one can match Atletico´s desire

30 April 2014 07:35

Atletico Madrid’s Mario Suarez claimed his team’s ‘desire’ is unmatched ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea.

The La Liga leaders head to London on Wednesday with plenty of confidence despite being held to a scoreless draw in the first leg in Madrid last week.

Suarez, who is...

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Newcastle, West Ham set for New Zealand tour

30 April 2014 07:04

Premier League sides Newcastle and West Ham will visit New Zealand for pre-season matches ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

The two sides meet A-League outfits Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix in July as part of a Football United Tour in Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who is under pressure to keep


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Del Bosque: No racism in football

30 April 2014 06:35

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has refuted the notion racism is a problem in football.

After Barcelona’s Dani Alves had a banana thrown at him during a La Liga game at the weekend, the issue of racism has been under the spotlight – with players and fans alike rallying around the Brazilian by creating a social media,


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Copa Libertadores Wrap: Nacional Asuncion, Defensor Sporting advance

30 April 2014 05:59

Nacional Asuncion scraped into the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals on Tuesday after a dramatic finish away to Velez Sarsfield.

The Argentine hosts had two players sent off in the last 15 minutes as four goals were scored in an action-packed final quarter-hour with Derlis Orue’s stoppage-time goal securing a 3-2 aggregate...

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Suspended Alonso slams ´unfair´ rule

30 April 2014 05:19

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso said the rule that will see him miss the UEFA Champions League final is ‘unfair’.

The Spain international picked up his third yellow card of the tournament in Real’s 4-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final second leg at Allianz Arena, completing a


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marți, 29 aprilie 2014

Negredo ´optimistic´ of Brazil ticket

30 April 2014 03:52

Out-of-favour Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo remains confident of making Spain’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

With just over six weeks out from the Cup holders’ tournament opener against the Netherlands in Salvador, Negredo has not started in City’s past two league outings.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini...

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J.League Preview: Sanfrecce, Vissel Kobe meet

30 April 2014 03:19

Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe will be out to take a grip of second spot in the J.League as Kashima Antlers visit Kashiwa Reysol.

League leaders Kashima Antlers are a point clear at the top after back-to-back wins and will fancy their chances of claiming an eighth victory in 11 matches.

Sanfrecce sit second, while Vissel Kobe...

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Mertesacker: Arsenal lacked big-stage composure

30 April 2014 03:07

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker lamented his side’s composure in big games this Premier League season.

The Londoners are on the verge of escaping from the campaign with their UEFA Champions League status intact, despite a strong challenge from Everton pushing them all the way.

Arsene Wenger’s men require three more...

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Self-interest key for Everton against City

30 April 2014 02:35

Self-interest remains the key factor for Everton as they look to stun Manchester City and help Liverpool’s title hopes, according to Leon Osman.

Merseyside co-operation remains a rare thing in the Premier League but the prospect of Everton taking points off City at Goodison Park on Saturday has sparked claims Osman and his...

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Ronaldo: Real deserved final breakthrough

30 April 2014 04:53

Cristiano Ronaldo said Real Madrid deserved their UEFA Champions League final spot, after dismantling holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

The Portuguese attacker scored a brace, after Sergio Ramos’ four-minute double propelled Real to a healthy 3-0 aggregate lead at the Allianz Arena.

Ronaldo made it 4-0 overall in the 34th...

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Zanetti to become Inter director

30 April 2014 04:50

Inter confirmed on Tuesday that veteran defender and midfielder Javier Zanetti will become a director of the club at the end of the season.

Zanetti’s 19th season as an Inter player will be his last with the Milan-based club’s president Erick Thohir announcing the 40-year-old former Argentina international will move...

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Lichtsteiner confident ahead of Benfica clash

30 April 2014 03:56

Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is confident his side can overturn a deficit against Benfica to reach the UEFA Europa League final.

A 2-1 loss in Portugal in the first leg has left the Serie A leaders, favourites to win the tournament, staring at a semi-final exit.

Lichtsteiner said Antonio Conte’s men were wary of


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Rodgers reminds Liverpool of ´outstanding´ season

30 April 2014 01:49

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to lift his players’ spirits by reminding them of what they have achieved this season.

Tipped to be battling for a top-four spot in the Premier League this campaign, the Northern Irishman’s men are challenging for a first league title in 24 years.

A 2-0 loss at home to...

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Mourinho: Chelsea played to strengths

30 April 2014 01:44

Colourful Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed his ‘stupid’ critics after defensive displays put his side in title-winning positions.

Chelsea are considered third in the queue for the Premier League title, but are well and truly mathematically capable of winning it – after a defensive masterclass saw them...

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Guardiola: ´I made a mistake´

30 April 2014 01:18

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola took responsibility for his side’s UEFA Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos struck braces in Real’s 4-0 second-leg thrashing of the Bundesliga champions at the Allianz Arena, completing a 5-0 aggregate victory.

Guardiola said


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Norwich have ´character´ to survive, says Adams

29 April 2014 16:40

Neil Adams insists Norwich City have the right “character” to pull off a great escape in the Premier League relegation dogfight.

Coach Adams has witnessed his side slip into the drop zone following a run of six defeats in seven matches, including a 4-0 rout at Manchester United on Saturday.

Norwich’s chances of


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Verratti happy at PSG

29 April 2014 19:07

Marco Verratti is happy to remain at Paris Saint-Germain, despite being linked with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid.

The Italy international is currently in his second year in the French capital after moving from Serie B outfit Pescara, and his performances during PSG’s charge towards a second straight Ligue 1 title


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Mikel agent dismisses Inter link

29 April 2014 18:54

John Obi Mikel’s agent has rubbished speculation linking the Chelsea midfielder with a move to Serie A outfit Inter.

The Nigeria international has made 23 Premier League appearances for Jose Mourinho’s men this season, 13 of which have come from the substitutes’ bench.

He impressed alongside Frank Lampard and


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Cala charged with improper conduct

29 April 2014 18:18

Cardiff City defender Juan Cala has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association (FA).

The charge comes following Cardiff’s damaging 4-0 defeat at Sunderland last Sunday, a result that left the Welsh club bottom of the Premier League and two points adrift of safety with as many games to play.

Cala, who


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Falcao ´satisfied´ with recovery

29 April 2014 17:53

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is “satisfied” with his progress as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury.

The Colombian damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in January, ruling him out of the remainder of the season and leading to fears that he could miss his country’s FIFA World


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De Boer considering Tottenham approach

29 April 2014 17:47

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has revealed that he is considering an approach from Tottenham to be the Premier League club’s next head coach.

The former Netherlands international is held in high regards, having guided the Amsterdam club to a fourth straight Eredivisie title on Sunday.

Current Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood in


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Ledley relishing Liverpool clash

29 April 2014 17:23

Joe Ledley is looking forward to another stern test when Crystal Palace face Liverpool in a crucial Premier League clash next Monday.

Palace saw a five-game winning run brought to an end by Manchester City on Sunday as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.

That result has tilted the title race in City’s favour after


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UEFA Europa League Preview: Valencia v Sevilla

29 April 2014 17:21

Valencia will have to stage another stunning fightback when they face Sevilla on Thursday if they are to reach the UEFA Europa League final.

Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men looked to be crashing out after the first leg of their quarter-final tie with Basel following a 3-0 defeat in Switzerland, but mounted an incredible comeback...

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UEFA Europa League Preview: Juventus v Benfica

29 April 2014 17:00

One goal for Juventus against Benfica on Thursday could prove enough to see them contest the UEFA Europa League final on home turf.

A stunning Lima strike six minutes from time at the Estadio da Luz handed Benfica a slender advantage ahead of Thursday’s second leg in Turin, but Carlos Tevez’s away goal for Juve could...

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Doucoure extends Rennes contract

29 April 2014 16:28

Abdoulaye Doucoure has signed a two-year contract extension with Rennes to keep him at the Ligue 1 club until 2017.

The 21-year-old has impressed for his boyhood club this season, scoring six goals in 23 appearances following a knee ligament injury that kept him out for much of the first half of the campaign.



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Kaka wants to stay at Milan

29 April 2014 11:46

Kaka has reiterated his desire to remain at San Siro in a bid to help Milan recover from a poor campaign this time out.

The club struggled with inconsistent form in the first half of the season, leading to the departure of coach Massimiliano Allegri in January.

He was replaced by club legend Clarence Seedorf and the


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Pardew calls for ´stronger´ Newcastle

29 April 2014 11:28

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has hinted at the need for backing in the close-season in order to improve the club’s fortunes.

Pardew saw Newcastle lose a sixth consecutive top-flight game for the first time since 1987 on Monday as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Newcastle have taken just 13


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City stronger for 2012 title win, claims Zabaleta

29 April 2014 10:42

Pablo Zabaleta believes that Manchester City’s dramatic Premier League title win in 2012 will serve as a positive during this year’s run-in.

City won their first Premier League crown two years ago at the Etihad Stadium when goals in injury time from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero capped off a remarkable comeback against...

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Schurrle hits out at ´jealous´ Chelsea critics

29 April 2014 10:07

Andre Schurrle has defended Jose Mourinho’s tactics in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday, describing critics as “jealous”.

Mourinho’s overtly defensive approach was criticised in some quarters as ‘negative’, but Chelsea still landed a blow to the hosts’ title hopes at


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Wilmots including Januzaj in World Cup plans

29 April 2014 12:28

Marc Wilmots has declared his intention to include Adnan Januzaj in Belgium’s plans as they prepare for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The coach revealed last week that Brussels-born Januzaj had opted to play for the country of his berth, with the 19-year-old eligible to represent a number of nations at international level,


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Martinez hopeful on Jagielka, Distin returns

29 April 2014 11:52

Everton manager Roberto Martinez could welcome back defensive pair Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin for Saturday’s visit of Manchester City.

Jagielka has been out of action since February’s defeat to Chelsea with a hamstring complaint while Frenchman Distin limped out of the win over Manchester United earlier this


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Pulis will pick strongest XI

29 April 2014 07:31

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is adamant he will pick the strongest possible team when Premier League leaders Liverpool come to town.

Palace play host to Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Monday, with Brendan Rodgers’ team two points clear at the summit with three games remaining.

Chelsea are in second spot in the standings...

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Bale promises Real will ´attack´ in Munich

29 April 2014 07:26

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale declared the Spanish club will try to ‘attack’ Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg.

In the first leg last week, Real won 1-0 in Madrid, despite having less than 30 per cent possession, and Bale reckons the Spanish club do not need to replicate those tactics...

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Cole still dreaming of World Cup

29 April 2014 05:50

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is desperate to prove his doubters wrong and make England’s FIFA World Cup squad.

Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw are favourites to get the nod from Roy Hodgson for the upcoming tournament in Brazil with Cole having spent most of the season playing second-fiddle to Chelsea teammate Cesar


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Huntelaar confident of top-three finish

29 April 2014 05:14

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar remains confident of finishing third in the Bundesliga despite his side suffering back-to-back defeats.

Huntelaar and his teammates have won just one of their past four Bundesliga matches with their disappointing run having continued on Sunday when they crashed to a 1-0 loss at home to rivals...

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Mannone calls for calm

29 April 2014 04:34

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone warned his teammates not to get too far ahead of themselves after their crucial win over Cardiff City.

Gus Poyet’s Sunderland climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone thanks to a comprehensive 4-1 victory against fellow strugglers Cardiff at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.


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Beckenbauer, Van der Sar back Van Gaal for United

29 April 2014 04:25

Franz Beckenbauer and Edwin van der Sar have claimed Manchester United could not find a better manager than Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal will quit his post as the Netherlands’ head coach after this year’s World Cup and has firmed as favourite to take over at Old Trafford, following the sacking of David Moyes this month.


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Enrique hails complete performance

29 April 2014 03:39

Celta Vigo coach Luis Enrique was full of praise after his side ran riot against Real Valladolid in La Liga on Monday.

Enrique’s team put their relegation-threatened opponents to the sword, recording a 4-1 rout at the Estadio de Balaidos.

The win came courtesy of four goals in an 11th-minute period on either side of half...

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Falcao: I´m very happy for Atletico

29 April 2014 02:21

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao expressed his delight with former club Atletico Madrid, who are on track to win two titles this season.

Falcao joined Ligue 1 juggernaut Monaco at the start of the season for a fee believed to be worth €60million, ending his two-year spell in Madrid.

Many had tipped Atletico to struggle following...

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Villarreal ban banana-throwing fan

29 April 2014 02:03

Villarreal have issued a life ban to the fan, who threw a banana at Barcelona full-back Daniel Alves on Sunday.

The Castello-based club identified the man using CCTV less than 24 hours after he threw a banana onto the pitch towards Alves, who was preparing to take a corner.

While Alves responded with a smile on his face, peeling


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Pardew respects fans´ anger

29 April 2014 01:25

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew claimed he respects the club’s fans frustrations after they called for his exit during their sixth straight loss.

Arsenal comfortably accounted for Newcastle in London on Monday with goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud leading the home side to a 3-0 victory.

The result...

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Arsenal close to league success, says Wenger

29 April 2014 01:17

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have shown enough potential to suggest a long-awaited Premier League title may be around the corner.

Arsenal took a giant step towards qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday.

The London club are now four points...

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La Liga: Celta Vigo 4 Real Valladolid 1

29 April 2014 00:22

Celta Vigo heaped further misery on Real Valladolid, condemning the relegation candidates to a 4-1 defeat in La Liga on Monday.

A brace from Nolito, Charles’ first-half effort and Stefan Mitrovic’s own goal lifted Celta to a comprehensive victory at the Estadio de Balaidos.

Monday’s result comes as a timely boost


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luni, 28 aprilie 2014

Ibrahimovic has 90 per cent chance of facing Rennes

28 April 2014 12:27

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in contention to return as Paris Saint-Germain look to seal the Ligue 1 title against Rennes next Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic has missed PSG’s last six games because of a hamstring injury sustained in their 3-1 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Chelsea at the beginning of the month.



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Mel seeking West Brom clarification

28 April 2014 12:09

Pepe Mel admits he is unsure over the long-term status of his position as head coach at Premier League outfit West Brom.

Mel was appointed at The Hawthorns in January, replacing Steve Clarke, and has eased the threat of relegation with the club four points clear of 18th-placed Norwich City.

However, the Spaniard has won just three...

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Al-Khelaifi not expecting PSG sanction

28 April 2014 11:49

Nasser Al-Khelaifi is confident that Paris Saint-Germain will not be sanctioned by UEFA under their Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

PSG have risen from Ligue 1 also-rans to European powerhouses in recent years courtesy of a spending spree that has seen the French capital club pay out close to €400million in player


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Cala red card not to blame, Whittingham insists

28 April 2014 11:36

Peter Whittingham insists Juan Cala’s controversial red card was not to blame in Cardiff City’s potentially fatal 4-0 loss to Sunderland.

The relegation six-pointer at the Stadium of Light turned into a nightmare for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as a double from in-form striker Connor Wickham, a penalty from...

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Hasebe unsure over World Cup return

28 April 2014 11:25

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe is unsure when he will recover from a knee injury with the FIFA World Cup on the horizon.

Hasebe has been on the sidelines since January after sustaining a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.

The midfielder has undergone two surgeries to try and remedy the problem, but was a frustrated spectator as


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Fonte calls for Southampton board to show ambition

28 April 2014 11:03

Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte has pleaded with the club’s board to show the same ambition as the players to help them move forward.

The St Mary’s Stadium outfit have impressed this season with a series of fine performances to secure a top-10 finish in the Premier League.

However, rumours have consistently


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Klopp backs Bayern to beat Real

28 April 2014 10:41

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is confident that Bayern Munich will beat Real Madrid to reach the UEFA Champions League final.

Holders Bayern trail 1-0 from the first leg of their semi-final tie and will need to overturn that deficit in Tuesday’s second leg at the Allianz Arena in order to progress to the showpiece at


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Giggs sure of United challenge next season

28 April 2014 10:34

Ryan Giggs believes “everything is in place” for Manchester United to be challenging for the Premier League title next season.

United have had a woeful campaign by their lofty standards, and have surrendered the Premier League crown with a whimper, currently sitting behind table-topping Liverpool by 20 points.



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Hughes targets permanent Assaidi deal

28 April 2014 10:16

Mark Hughes remains hopeful he can persuade Oussama Assaidi to sign a permanent deal at Stoke City from Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Stoke manager Hughes brought Assaidi to the Britannia Stadium on a season-long in August, after the winger found his opportunities at Anfield limited.

The Morocco international has responded


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Del Piero to leave Sydney

28 April 2014 10:08

Alessandro Del Piero has confirmed his playing career with Sydney FC is over, but he may return in another capacity.

The former Juventus great has been linked with the recently vacated coaching position at the A-League club after Frank Farina’s sacking.

Del Piero, 39, and the club are looking to continue their relationship,...

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Chelsea carico in vista della sfida contro l'Atletico

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid

Domenica pomeriggio ad Anfield Road, il Chelsea ha battuto il Liverpool in una gara valida per la 36ª giornata di Premier League.

I Blues hanno avuto la meglio con il risultato di 2-0. La squadra di José Mourinho è passata in vantaggio a pochi secondi dallo scadere del primo tempo con Demba Ba e nelle battute finali della sfida ha realizzato il secondo gol con Willian.

Il successo conquistato a Liverpool ha permesso ai Blues di portarsi a due lunghezze dalla squadra di Brendan Rodgers, prima in classifica con 80 punti.

Mourinho ha commentato così la vittoria ottenuta dalla sua squadra sul campo del Liverpool: "Molti pensavano che il Chelsea avrebbe perso con tre, quattro o cinque gol di scarto, come successo con atre squadre. Molti pensavano che il fatto di essere concentrati sulla partita di Champions League ci avrebbe impedito di ottenere un buon risultato qui".

Mercoledì sera il Chelsea affronterà a Londra l'Atetico Madrid nella semifinale di ritorno della massima competizione europea. Mourinho ha parlato della sfida che vedrà protagoniste la sua squadra e quella di Diego Simeone: "Potrebbe essere la partita della nostra vita. Giocare una semifinale di Champions a Stamford Bridge è qualcosa di unico".

La settimana scorsa a Madrid, la sfida tra Chelsea e Atletico si è conclusa con il risultato di 0-0.

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Simeone wary of Chelsea depth

28 April 2014 08:43

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is wary of Chelsea’s strength in depth ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg.

The Argentinian led his side to a 1-0 win at Valencia on Sunday – Raul Garcia’s strike shortly before half-time opening up a four-point gap over second-placed Barcelona.



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Rodgers refuses to blame Gerrard

28 April 2014 08:37

Brendan Rodgers refused to blame Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after his mistake led to the first goal in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The midfielder lost his footing on the Anfield turf in first-half stoppage time, allowing Demba Ba to race clear on goal and slide the ball under Simon Mignolet.

As the home side poured


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Valverde: Fourth not Bilbao´s yet

28 April 2014 08:28

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde insists his side still have work to do to clinch their UEFA Champions League place.

A 3-1 win at home to Sevilla on Sunday saw Bilbao move six points clear of the fifth-placed side with three La Liga matches remaining.

Valverde talked up the importance of the win at San Mames, but said it was


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Copa Libertadores Preview: Struggling Mineiro eye comeback win

28 April 2014 07:50

Defending Copa Libertadores champions Atletico Mineiro must overturn a one-goal deficit if they are to reach the quarter-finals.

The Brazilian giants suffered a 1-0 loss at Atletico Nacional in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie, and they will welcome a return to their Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto home.

A three-match...

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Ventura: Immobile on track for World Cup

28 April 2014 06:56

Giampiero Ventura has thrown his support behind Torino striker Ciro Immobile to make Italy’s squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Immobile staked his claim for national selection with another goal-scoring performance, this time against Udinese as Ventura’s Torino ran out 2-0 winners on Sunday.

The 24-year-old


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Zabaleta, City ignore Pellegrini order

28 April 2014 06:50

Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta said he and his team-mates defied an order from manager Manuel Pellegrini on Sunday.

The Italian boss instructed Zabaleta and his City colleagues to not watch the Liverpool-Chelsea match that preceded their trip to Crystal Palace, for fear of distraction.

But when the Blues’ trip to...

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Emery ´greatly dissatisfied´ after missed chance

28 April 2014 06:32

Sevilla coach Unai Emery lamented his side’s missed opportunity after a 3-1 loss at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Emery’s men are unlikely to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League after the loss, which saw them slip six points behind the fourth-placed Bilbao.

Despite having an eye on their UEFA Europa...

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Torino dreaming of Europe, says Ventura

28 April 2014 06:29

Torino coach Giampiero Ventura admitted his team have exceeded expectations in Serie A, as they look to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

The Turin-based club’s hopes of securing European football were boosted by Sunday’s 2-0 victory over lowly Udinese, which extended their unbeaten streak to five games.


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Giroud happy with fourth, FA Cup

28 April 2014 05:34

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes an FA Cup win and fourth-place Premier League finish would be a ‘good season’ by his team.

Arsene Wenger’s men dropped out of the title race after a four-match winless run starting in late March, and are fighting with Everton for the final UEFA Champions League spot.


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City staying ´very calm´, says Kompany

28 April 2014 05:32

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists his side are ‘very calm’ as favourites to win the Premier League title.

City’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace and Liverpool’s 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea put the league title in the hands of Manuel Pellegrini’s team.

Kompany said it was a long way from being


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Howard still targeting Champions League

28 April 2014 05:14

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has not given up hope of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

The Merseyside club’s quest for Champions League football was dealt a blow on Saturday after they were beaten 2-0 by Southampton in Premier League action at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Everton’s loss, their...

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Scudetto winner Boskov dies

28 April 2014 05:31

Former Serbian player and coach Vujadin Boskov has died aged 82 on Sunday, with the cause of death not revealed.

Boskov passed away in the same town he began his football career, Novi Sad.

Boskov plied his playing trade in his homeland for FK Vojvodina before moving to Italy where he spent a season at Sampdoria, and he would go on


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Colombia Primera A Wrap: Atletico Nacional, Santa Fe poised for semis

28 April 2014 04:50

Atletico Nacional and Santa Fe are on the verge of reaching the semi-finals in Colombia’s Primera A after both recorded crushing away wins.

Juan Carlos Osorio’s Atletico Nacional trounced Envigado 4-1 in the opening leg of their Apertura quarter-final tie on Saturday, while Santa Fe also eased past Once Caldas by the...

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Alves responds to racist taunts

28 April 2014 07:41

Dani Alves opted for a light-hearted approach after he was the victim of racial abuse during Barcelona’s win over Villarreal on Sunday.

Racism reared its ugly head in Spain after a banana was thrown from the stands as Barca came from behind to beat Villarreal in La Liga at the El Madrigal.

The banana landed at the feet of


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Ancelotti: Positive atmosphere can help Real Madrid

27 April 2014 11:12

Carlo Ancelotti believes the positive atmosphere around Real Madrid can help fire them to UEFA Champions League glory this season.

Real head to Germany on Tuesday for their semi-final second leg with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, taking a 1-0 lead with them after Karim Benzema’s goal at the Bernabeu last week.

The Liga


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Allardyce shrugs off fan criticism

27 April 2014 10:57

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has played down criticism aimed in his direction from the club’s supporters.

Allardyce bore the brunt of fan dissatisfaction in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened West Brom, with a banner unfurled calling for the 59-year-old to be sacked.

The setback at The Hawthorns marked a


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Dortmund inconsistency ´hurts´ Klopp

27 April 2014 10:46

Jurgen Klopp admitted Borussia Dortmund’s lack of consistency against Bayer Leverkusen left him “hurt” as they drew 2-2 on Saturday.

Dortmund have struggled to keep pace with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in the league this season and are 19 points behind in second place with just two games to play.


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Mourinho wary of Schwarzer injury

27 April 2014 10:35

Jose Mourinho is fearful of back-up goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer picking up an injury against Liverpool on Sunday, hinting Hilario will start.

Chelsea are expected to field a heavily rotated side at Anfield, despite needing a win to keep their faint Premier League title hopes alive.

Petr Cech will be unavailable to Mourinho after


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Monk laments Michu absence

27 April 2014 10:12

Swansea City head coach Garry Monk revealed his disappointment that Wilfried Bony and Michu have not featured together more this season.

Last season’s top scorer Michu has missed a large chunk of the season with an ankle injury, subsequently registering just two goals in 17 Premier League appearances.

That has meant the onus...

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Giggs hails Mata ´masterclass´

27 April 2014 09:50

Ryan Giggs paid tribute to Juan Mata’s “masterclass” in response to being benched in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Norwich City.

Mata had no place in Giggs’ first XI as United interim boss on Saturday, but scored twice after replacing Danny Welbeck on the hour.

The dominant Old Trafford win rounded


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Kluivert backs Van Gaal for United role

27 April 2014 08:30

Louis van Gaal should be the number one choice for Manchester United’s managerial vacancy, according to Patrick Kluivert.

Van Gaal, 62, is favourite to succeed David Moyes at Old Trafford following United’s decision to axe the Scotsman on Tuesday after just 10 months in charge.

Some reports have even suggested a deal


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MLS Wrap: Sounders rout Rapids, go top

27 April 2014 07:56

Seattle Sounders climbed to the top of the Western Conference courtesy of a thumping win in MLS action over the weekend.

A second-half brace from captain and USA international Clint Dempsey inspired the Sounders to a 4-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field on Saturday.

The comprehensive win elevated Seattle...

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Pizarro calls for improved Bayern defending

27 April 2014 06:10

Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro is worried about his side’s defending of counter-attacks ahead of their clash against Real Madrid.

The Bundesliga champions suffered a 1-0 loss in Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final, and host the La Liga giants on Tuesday.

Bayern prepared for the return leg


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Perisic unhappy with Wolfsburg defending

27 April 2014 06:08

Wolfsburg attacker Ivan Perisic criticised his side’s defensive efforts after their 2-2 draw against Freiburg on Saturday.

Perisic put the UEFA Champions League hopefuls ahead twice, but they gave up both leads to miss a chance to move above Bayer Leverkusen and into fourth.

The Croatian said his team’s failure to work...

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Keane regrets greatest United XI

27 April 2014 05:46

Former captain Roy Keane says he regrets naming his greatest Manchester United XI in a recent documentary.

The outspoken Irishman appeared in an ITV documentary in December alongside former nemesis and Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira.

In the highly successful documentary, both players named their dream teams for their respective...

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Pellegrini in City ultimatum

27 April 2014 02:23

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini told the club’s owners to look for his replacement if they want their team playing differently.

City trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by six points – albeit with a game in hand – and only have the League Cup trophy to their names this season.

If they fail to win the


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Dortmund must improve, says Reus

27 April 2014 04:55

Marco Reus has called for improvement from his Borussia Dortmund team-mates ahead of next month’s DFB Pokal final against Bayern Munich.

Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund trailed twice before eventually earning a 2-2 draw against Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen at BayArena on Saturday.

The result ensured Dortmund stayed seven


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Kolasinac: I have an offer from United

27 April 2014 04:23

Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac has revealed he has an offer on the table from Premier League giants Manchester United.

With captain Nemanja Vidic set for Inter, and Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra out of contract at season’s end, United are in need of defensive reinforcements.

Although United are without a manager following


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Inler rues late miss

27 April 2014 03:25

Gokhan Inler was left frustrated by Napoli’s goalless draw against Inter in Serie A action on Saturday.

Rafael Benitez’s third-placed Napoli had to settle for a second consecutive stalemate, this time held scoreless by European hopefuls Inter at the San Siro.

Both teams had opportunities to claim maximum points, though


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Gerrard ´deserves´ league title, says Lampard

27 April 2014 03:12

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard ‘deserves’ to win a Premier League title.

But Gerrard’s long-time England team-mate will be doing him no favours when the sides clash in a key league encounter at Anfield on Sunday.

A Liverpool win would end Chelsea’s title chances and...

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Mazzarri plays down Icardi exchange

27 April 2014 00:41

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri played down an exchange with Mauro Icardi after the forward’s reaction to being hauled off against Napoli.

Icardi and Mazzarri appeared to share frustrated words late on in the 0-0 draw on Saturday, which counted as a missed opportunity for Napoli in the race for third spot in Serie A.



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Serie A Wrap: Inter hold Napoli, Fiorentina beat Bologna

27 April 2014 00:23

Napoli edged closer to securing third spot in Serie A by drawing 0-0 at Inter on Saturday, but Fiorentina kept up the pressure.

Rafa Benitez’s men saw their lead over the Florence club cut to eight points as they were frustrated at San Siro.

Napoli should have claimed victory against the Spaniard’s former employers,


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La Liga wrap: Real close gap, Betis relegated

27 April 2014 00:12

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal in each half as Real Madrid beat Osasuna 4-0 and returned to second place in La Liga on Saturday.

The Ballon d’Or winner curled a right-rooted effort into the top corner after six minutes and Real spurned a host of chances to extend their advantage before the interval.

But two goals in nine...

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Benitez awaits Higuain injury diagnosis

27 April 2014 00:01

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez is awaiting the diagnosis of an ankle injury leading scorer Gonzalo Higuain sustained in the 0-0 draw at Inter.

The Naples club moved a point closer to securing a UEFA Champions League at San Siro on Saturday, but there were concerns when Argentina striker Higuain was carried off following a challenge


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Ligue 1 Wrap: Monaco delay PSG title party, Valenciennes on brink of drop

26 April 2014 23:30

Dimitar Berbatov scored twice as Monaco beat Ajaccio on Saturday to ensure that Paris Saint-Germain will have to wait for the Ligue 1 title.

Bulgarian striker Berbatov netted a double to make it four goals in three matches as the Principality club won 4-1.

All the goals came in the second half at Stade Francois Coty, with Berbatov...

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Lambert confident of Albrighton stay

26 April 2014 14:36

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert expects midfielder Marc Albrighton to sign a new contract with the club.

The 24-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and Albrighton was quoted earlier this week as saying he was in the dark over his future.

However, Lambert has revealed talks have taken place between chief


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Anigo vows to fight for European berth

26 April 2014 14:08

Jose Anigo says Marseille will continue to fight for a place in Europe following their 1-1 draw with Nantes on Friday.

Serge Gakpe cancelled out Florian Thauvin’s opener to hamper Marseille’s push for a top-four finish.

With Saint-Etienne travelling to Evian on Saturday and Lyon hosting Bastia a day later, Marseille


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Simeone wary of Valenca threat

26 April 2014 15:16

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone expects Valencia to pose a different kind of challenge to Chelsea when they meet on Sunday.

The men from the Spanish capital were held to a goalless draw by Jose Mourinho’s charges in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final in midweek, with the return match set to take


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Blanc wants Cavani to be a ´leader´

26 April 2014 15:07

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc feels Edinson Cavani can play a leading role in the final weeks of the season.

In the five games PSG have played without injured talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cavani has scored three of his side’s six goals, including a brace that secured victory in the Coupe de la Ligue final.



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Barcelona players pay respects to Vilanova

26 April 2014 12:11

Barcelona’s players have visited the area set aside by the club for tributes to former coach Tito Vilanova, who died on Friday.

Vilanova, who served as assistant to Pep Guardiola before taking charge of first-team affairs at Camp Nou, passed away at the age of 45 following a lengthy battle with throat cancer.



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Bullish Sherwood defends Tottenham record

26 April 2014 12:00

A defiant Tim Sherwood feels his record compares favourably to anyone who has taken charge of Tottenham in the Premier League.

Speculation over Sherwood’s long-term future at White Hart Lane has been rife ever since the 45-year-old succeeded Andre Villas-Boas as head coach in December, with reports frequently suggesting...

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Stevens disappointed with stalemate

26 April 2014 11:23

Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens felt his side deserved more from their goalless draw with Hannover on Friday.

The result means Stuttgart remain in danger, five points clear of Hamburg in the relegation play-off place ahead of the latter facing Augsburg on Sunday.

Although frustrated by the stalemate at the HDI-Arena, Stevens was


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Seedorf switches focus to Milan derby

26 April 2014 11:08

Clarence Seedorf is hopeful Milan’s performance against Roma on Friday can provide a boost ahead of next week’s derby clash with Inter.

Goals from Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho helped keep Roma’s slim title ambitions alive at the Stadio Olimpico as Milan’s European aspirations were dealt a blow.

The 2-0


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France trio to boost Newcastle

26 April 2014 10:48

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew expects Loic Remy, Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy to play key roles against Arsenal.

The three France internationals have all shaken off injuries and will be looked upon to provide a much-needed lift on Monday as Pardew’s men seek to end a run of five straight defeats.

Leading scorer


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United silent on Van Gaal reports

26 April 2014 10:47

Manchester United have said they have “nothing to report” following suggestions that Louis van Gaal has agreed a deal to succeed David Moyes.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claimed on Saturday that the experienced Van Gaal has come to an agreement with United, who are searching for a new manager after sacking Moyes on


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Martinez: Alcaraz experience will shine

26 April 2014 06:56

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed centre-back Antolin Alcaraz, ahead of their Premier League date with Southampton.

Alcaraz, 31, has made just three starts for the Merseyside club this league season, and will be paired with John Stones at the back for the first time since January when they visit St Mary’s.


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Ferguson endorses Giggs for permanent United job

26 April 2014 05:51

Sir Alex Ferguson believes interim manager Ryan Giggs deserves to take on the Manchester United job full-time.

Giggs, 40, was given the interim role in charge at the Premier League giants after David Moyes’ sacking on Tuesday.

Ferguson backed the hiring of Moyes, who lasted just 10 months into a six-year contract after...

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Mirallas: Januzaj shouldn´t go to Brazil 2014

26 April 2014 03:58

Everton attacker Kevin Mirallas said it would be unfair if Adnan Januzaj was picked by Belgium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Manchester United starlet Januzaj, 19, declared his allegiances to the European nation despite also being eligible for Kosovo, Albania and Serbia among others.

Mirallas, a 43-time Belgium international, is


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Rodgers ´sure´ to sign new Liverpool deal

26 April 2014 03:54

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ‘sure’ he will sign a new contract with the club at season’s end.

The Northern Irishman has led his side to within touching distance of a first league title in 24 years, sitting five points clear at the top.

Rodgers signed a three-year deal in June 2012, but – having


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Johnson laughs off Mourinho mind games

26 April 2014 02:49

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson laughed off Jose Mourinho’s mind games ahead of Sunday’s clash against Chelsea.

The former Chelsea full-back takes on his former club in a crucial, top-of-the-table Premier League encounter at Anfield.

Mourinho has played his usual mind games in the lead-up, suggesting he would field a...

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Rodgers: Liverpool was ´a possibility´ for Mourinho

26 April 2014 02:41

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could have become Liverpool boss in the early 2000s, according to Brendan Rodgers.

Mourinho, whose Chelsea side face Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, has always enjoyed a strong rivalry with the Merseyside club.

Liverpool manager Rodgers worked under Mourinho during the...

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Seedorf denies Balotelli, Taarabt rift

26 April 2014 01:11

Milan coach Clarence Seedorf waved away claims Mario Balotelli and Adel Taarabt had a fall out in their 2-0 loss to Roma.

Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho scored for the second-placed Roma in the Italian capital, dealing a big blow to Milan’s hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League next season.

Milan trail fifth-placed...

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La Liga: Elche 1 Levante 1

25 April 2014 23:44

Elche wasted an opportunity to create breathing room between themselves and the relegation zone as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Levante.

The hosts could have moved six points clear of La Liga’s bottom three with victory but they are four ahead of danger following their 12th draw of the campaign, with all their rivals to


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La Liga Preview: Villarreal v Barcelona

25 April 2014 23:38

Emotions will run high at El Madrigal on Sunday as Barcelona play their first game since the death of former coach Tito Vilanova.

Gerardo Martino’s men face a game against Villarreal just two days after Vilanova’s passing – following a lengthy battle with throat cancer – was confirmed.

The assistant to Pep...

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Football League Wrap: Yeovil relegation confirmed as United leave it late

25 April 2014 23:37

Yeovil Town have been relegated from the Championship following a 2-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday.

Gary Johnson’s men went into the game knowing that only a win would be good enough to keep their extremely slim hopes of avoiding a return to League One intact.

But late goals from substitute Kazenga LuaLua and


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Conte confident of Juve progression

25 April 2014 09:42

Antonio Conte feels Juventus have a strong chance of progressing to the UEFA Europa League final despite Thursday’s defeat to Benfica.

Goals from Ezequiel Garay and Lima, either side of a Carlos Tevez effort, handed the Portuguese side the advantage in the first leg of their semi-final at Estadio da Luz.

However, Conte was


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Ayre: Liverpool were in a perilous position

25 April 2014 09:00

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has revealed the resurgent Premier League club were “seconds from disaster” before their 2010 takeover.

The Merseyside outfit are five points clear at the top of the Premier League with three games remaining and can take another giant stride towards a first league title for 24...

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joi, 24 aprilie 2014

Eredivisie Preview: Ajax on the brink of title

25 April 2014 04:02

Defending champions Ajax need only a draw in the penultimate round to win the Eredivisie for a fourth consecutive season.

Frank de Boer’s Ajax travel to lowly Heracles on Sunday in the knowledge one point would be enough to clinch silverware and maintain the Amsterdam club’s stranglehold of the competition.

Ajax have...

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Emery: Valencia tie not over

25 April 2014 06:42

Sevilla coach Unai Emery insisted his side’s UEFA Europa League semi-final tie against Valencia is not over, despite a 2-0 first leg win.

First-half goals from Stephane MBia and Carlos Bacca ensured Sevilla left the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with a two-goal advantage ahead of next week’s second leg.

It is an old...

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Copa Libertadores: Arsenal 0 Union Espanola 0

25 April 2014 05:43

Arsenal have been held to a 0-0 draw at home to Union Espanola, in their Copa Libertadores last-16 first leg on Thursday.

The Chilean visitors will take the slight upper-hand to their home leg on Wednesday, after holding the hosts at the Estadio Julio Humberto Grondona scoreless.

Union Espanola striker Sebastian Jaime got in


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Vilanova undergoes emergency surgery

25 April 2014 05:42

Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has undergone emergency surgery on Thursday, according to reports in Spain.

Spanish media outlet Radio Nacional have reported Vilanova was rushed to the Clinica Quiron’s emergency room in Barcelona for surgery after being hospitalised last week when his health deteriorated.

While no other


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Martinez: Moyes will bounce back

25 April 2014 05:32

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has endorsed predecessor and sacked Manchester United boss David Moyes to recover from his setback.

Moyes’ tenure at United was forgettable, steering the club to their worst Premier League season ever, which saw him fail to see out the first of a six-year contract as club owners ran out of...

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Staff overhaul cost Moyes, says Meulensteen

25 April 2014 04:44

Former first-team coach Rene Meulensteen believes David Moyes’ decision to overhaul Manchester United’s backroom staff engineered his downfall.

Moyes’ 10-month reign as manager came to an end on Tuesday after United’s hierarchy decided to sack him after a disastrous Premier League campaign, which has left...

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Rangers legend Jardine dies

25 April 2014 04:31

Rangers legend Sandy Jardine has died aged 65, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Jardine passed away on Thursday evening, with the club confirming the news on their official website.

“Sandy had been battling bravely against cancer for the past 18 months and was a regular visitor to Ibrox until a short time ago but he...

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Copa do Brasil Wrap: Fluminense dispose of Tupi

25 April 2014 03:28

Fluminense needed just one leg to progress past Serie C side Tupi in their Copa do Brasil tie, after winning 3-0 away on Wednesday.

The Brazilian Serie A powerhouse were inspired by a Fred brace, plus a late strike from Walter, to ensure they would not have to host Tupi – and progress into the third round of the cup...

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Pizzi: ´I´ll remain silent´

25 April 2014 03:25

Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was displeased with the officiating, in his side’s UEFA Europa League semi-final loss to Sevilla.

Pizzi’s men fell to a 2-0 defeat in their away leg, courtesy of first-half goals to Stephane MBia and Carlos Bacca, and club president Amadeo Salvo lambasted referee Damir Skomina and his...

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Lichtsteiner rues silly goals

25 April 2014 02:42

Stephan Lichtsteiner was disappointed by Juventus’ defensive display in Thursday’s defeat to Benfica in the UEFA Europa League.

Juve must overturn a one-goal deficit if they are to reach the final after suffering a 2-1 loss at the hands of Benfica in the opening leg of their semi-final at the Estadio da Luz.


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England fear Pirlo

Roy Hodgson believes Andrea Pirlo could pose the biggest threat when England begin their World Cup campaign in Brazil against Italy.

The England manager coached Pirlo during his time in Italy and thinks the Juventus playmaker still has plenty of quality at the age of 34.

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Lucas thrilled to contribute in edgy PSG victory

24 April 2014 10:21

Lucas Moura was thrilled to contribute to Paris Saint-Germain’s triumph over Evian but concedes the team were well below par.

Laurent Blanc’s men moved to within one win of retaining the French title following Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over the Ligue 1 strugglers at Parc des Princes.

However, PSG left it late to


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Lahm rues lack of Bayern killer instinct

24 April 2014 10:09

Philipp Lahm believes Bayern Munich lacked killer instinct in Wednesday’s 1-0 UEFA Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.

The reigning European champions enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the semi-final first-leg encounter at the Bernabeu, yet were unable to take a goal back to Germany as Karim...

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Sturridge boost massive for Liverpool – Henderson

24 April 2014 09:54

Jordan Henderson believes Daniel Sturridge’s availability to play against Chelsea would be “massive” for Liverpool.

The England striker limped out of the 3-2 win over Manchester City with a hamstring problem, and missed the trip to Norwich City on Sunday, which Liverpool also won 3-2.

Henderson was also absent


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Ronaldo in ´perfect´ condition

24 April 2014 09:40

Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit and ready to help Real Madrid fight for honours after returning in their 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.

The Portuguese superstar had not featured since Real’s 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions quarter-final first leg on April 2, originally with a knee injury before then...

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Lloris blasts Spurs

24 April 2014 09:31

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hit out at his team-mates’ performances, saying their season could not have gone much worse.

Tim Sherwood’s men lie sixth in the Premier League table, and are set to miss out on a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Too often this season their defensive frailties have


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Copa Libertadores Wrap: Lanus advance

24 April 2014 07:40

Lanus eased into the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals as three home teams claimed 1-0 wins on Wednesday.

Argentine outfit Lanus took a 2-1 lead to Mexico and completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over Santos Laguna with a 2-0 second-leg win.

Ismael Blanco and Paolo Goltz were on the scoresheet either side of half-time, while the hosts...

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Klinsmann delighted for in-form Dempsey

24 April 2014 07:11

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes Clint Dempsey’s loan spell at Fulham has led to his success with Seattle.

Dempsey, 31, has made a stunning start to the MLS campaign, scoring six times in seven games for the in-form Sounders.

Klinsmann said Dempsey’s loan spell at Premier League side Fulham, albeit largely...

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Costa Rica Primera Division Wrap: UCR seal fourth spot

24 April 2014 06:23

UCR sealed their spot in Costa Rica’s Primera Division play-offs after thrashing lowly Santos de Guapiles 3-0 on Wednesday.

Jose Antonio Giacone’s men occupied fourth spot heading to the final matchday, but needed all three points to ensure fifth-placed Carmelita would not reel them in to take their post-season spot.


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Sturridge hopeful of facing Chelsea

24 April 2014 06:18

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is hopeful of returning from injury for Sunday’s crucial clash against Chelsea.

The England international, 24, hurt his hamstring in his side’s 3-2 win over Manchester City on April 13.

Sturridge has missed one game with the injury, but hopes to return to face his former club –


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Liga MX Preview: Battle for play-off places continues

24 April 2014 05:40

The battle for play-off places continues in the Liga MX on the final matchday, with five spots still up for grabs.

Such has been the evenness of the competition this season, Cruz Azul, Toluca and Pumas UNAM are the only teams to have sealed their places in the next phase.

The top eight teams feature in the quarter-finals, and over...

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Oggi Benfica-Juve, Conte: "Vogliamo vincere tutto"

Antonio Conte

La Juventus affronterà il Benfica nell'andata della semifinali di Europa League.

E sarà una partita importante per tutto il calcio italiano, in termini di ranking Uefa.

Negli ultimi quindici anni, l'Italia è progressivamente retrocessa nel ranking Uefa, tanto da arrivare mestamente all'attuale quarto posto, perdendo ormai qualche anno fa anche la quarta squadra in Champions League. E ora siamo davvero al momento della verità. La Juventus affronterà nelle semifinali della Uefa Europa League, questa sera la gara d'andata a Lisbona, il Benfica.

E per il ranking italiano è una doppia sfida fondamentale, perchè è proprio il Portogallo che occupa la quinta piazza del ranking e a pochi centesimi di distanza dall'Italia, 0,122 per la precisione.

Così, una sconfitta dei bianconeri significherebbe per l'Italia partire nella prossima stagione dal quinto posto, cosa tra l'altro che non accade dal lontano 1984. Un successo della Vecchia Signora, invece, ça va sans dire, metterebbe nuovamente una certa distanza nel ranking Uefa fra Italia e Portogallo.

E non sarebbe cosa da poco assicurare il quarto posto, perchè nel triennio 2015-2018 ci sarà un'importante novità: alle prime quattro nazioni del ranking verrà concesso un accesso agevolato alla Uefa Europa League, con la terza squadra che pertanto non dovrà più passare dal preliminare ma avrà accesso diretto alla fase a gironi.

Chissà se i tifosi non bianconeri riusciranno, quanto meno per amor patrio, a tifare Juventus nella sfida col Benfica. Secondo il tecnico bianconero Conte, come aveva detto in una recente conferenza stampa, l'anti-juventinità è troppo radicata nei tifosi delle altre squadre che neanche gli eventuali vantaggi per l'Italia nel ranking Uefa valgono a che possano tifare per un successo della Signora.

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MLS: New York Red Bulls 4 Houston Dynamo 0

24 April 2014 03:54

The New York Red Bulls made it back-to-back MLS wins with a comfortable 4-0 victory at home to the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday.

Bradley Wright-Phillips struck a hat-trick and Thierry Henry was also on the scoresheet for Mike Petke’s side, last season’s Supporters’ Shield winners.

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Jesus excited by Juventus clash

24 April 2014 03:22

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus said the UEFA Europa League’s two best teams will meet when his side face Juventus on Thursday.

The Primeira Liga champions host the first leg of the semi-final at the Estadio da Luz against the Serie A leaders.

Jesus is wary of the ‘unique’ way Juve play, which he described as similar


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Pizzi: Europa League semi a career highlight

24 April 2014 02:56

Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said their UEFA Europa League semi-final against Sevilla is one of the biggest moments of his career.

The Spaniard, 45, enjoyed a decorated playing career that saw him ply his trade at Barcelona and River Plate, while he has coached at Universidad Catolica, Rosario Central and San Lorenzo.


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A-League Preview: Wanderers welcome Mariners in semi-final

24 April 2014 02:19

Western Sydney Wanderers will continue their pursuit of a first A-League championship, when they host Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

Tony Popovic’s Wanderers reached the AFC Champions League knockout phase on Tuesday, marking another significant step in their two-year history.

The Parramatta-based club finished top of...

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Ancelotti: Real survived without fit Bale, Ronaldo

24 April 2014 00:50

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his side for coping without the full services of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real beat title-holders Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final in Madrid on Wednesday, with Portuguese attacker Ronaldo playing at less than 100 per cent and Welshman...

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Guardiola: Real ´unstoppable´ on the break

24 April 2014 00:44

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola labelled Real Madrid ‘unstoppable’ on the counter-attack after his side’s 1-0 loss on Wednesday.

Karim Benzema’s 19th-minute strike at the Bernabeu saw the La Liga giants take the upper-hand in the UEFA Champions League semi-final.

Guardiola seemed surprised by the speed of...

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Ramos urges Real to be positive

23 April 2014 23:37

Sergio Ramos says Real Madrid cannot sit back and defend their lead in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg at Bayern Munich.

Karim Benzema’s strike after 19 minutes at the Bernabeu on Wednesday handed Real a slender 1-0 advantage ahead of the return meeting at the Allianz Arena next week.

The Spanish giants were


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Robben ´expected more´ from Real

23 April 2014 23:26

Arjen Robben felt Bayern Munich deserved something from their UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat to Real Madrid.

The defending European champions were beaten 1-0 at the Bernabeu on Wednesday thanks to Karim Benzema’s goal after 19 minutes.

That was enough to hand the Spanish giants the advantage going into


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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 0

23 April 2014 22:43

Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a first-leg advantage in their UEFA Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich as the Liga side won 1-0.

The Spanish giants remain on course to complete La Decima and become the first club to take their European Cup tally into double figures after Benzema’s first-half strike at the...

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CONCACAF Champions League: Toluca 1 Cruz Azul 1 (1-1 agg, Cruz Azul win on away goals)

24 April 2014 04:27

Cruz Azul have become the most successful side in the CONCACAF Champions League, winning their sixth title on Wednesday.

The Liga MX outfit drew 1-1 with Liga MX counterparts Toluca away from home, with Luis Tena’s visitors clinching the trophy on away goals after the first leg ended scoreless.

Cruz Azul entered the final...

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