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Spain calls up Diego Costa for Italy friendly

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Brazilian-born Diego Costa for next week's friendly against Italy. Del Bosque says the squad for Wednesday's match in Madrid will not determine his final player selection for this year's World Cup. Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres were both left off the list, but Del Bosque says ''we don't close the door...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

China names Alain Perrin new national coach

Former Lyon boss Alain Perrin is China's new coach. The Chinese Football Association announced on Friday it chose the Frenchman to lead China's troubled side following a lengthy search. It said Perrin arrived late Thursday at the national team's southern training base at Qingyuan, where the team was preparing to face Iraq in an Asian Cup qualifier in Dubai on Wednesday...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Critics blast Rio's World Cup, Olympic evictions

With her family of six living in five different houses scattered across the city, Dalvaneide Pequeno do Nascimento longs for the days when her whole clan shared the same roof. Nascimento, her husband and children were among the more than 230 families forced out of their homes in Vila Recreio II, a Rio de Janeiro slum that was razed three years ago to make way for the Transoeste...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Juve bounce Trabzonspor from Europa

Juventus earned some Turkish redemption as they won 2-0 at Trabzonspor to coast into the last 16 of the Europa League. Antonio Conte's side were plunged into the second-tier competition after Galatasaray dumped them out of the Champions League with a dramatic 1-0 group-stage win in December. That match was played over two days following terrible weather in Istanbul, but first...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Spurs mount comeback, beat Dnipro

Tottenham came from behind to beat 10-man Dnipro and advance to the last 16 of the Europa League as Emmanuel Adebayor stuck twice to see off the spirited Ukrainians. Having lost 1-0 in Dnipropetrovsk last week, Tim Sherwood's side were further up against it when Roman Zozulya headed the visitors ahead shortly after the break before rallying to win 3-2 on aggregate. But the...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Shea, Onyewu return to USA squad

Midfielder Brek Shea and defender Oguchi Onyewu are returning to the roster for the first time since last summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Midfielder Danny Williams could play his first national team game since the World Cup qualifier at Honduras on Feb. 6 last year. Defender Tim Ream, who hasn't been with the team since August, also was among the 24 players picked Thursday for...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Porto moves on to Europa round of 16

Sevilla and Real Betis set up a mouthwatering derby in the last 16 of the Europa League with victories on Thursday night. Sevilla won 2-1 at home to Maribor of Slovenia, goals from Jose Antonio Reyes (42) and Kevin Gameiro (59) helping them complete a 4-3 aggregate win. Dare Vrsic pulled one back in stoppage time for the visitors, but it did not affect the tie. Betis claimed an...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Spector, Shea, Onyewu, Williams back on US roster

Jonathan Spector could make his first U.S. national team appearance in more than two years in Wednesday's exhibition game against Ukraine, and midfielder Brek Shea and defender Oguchi Onyewu are returning to the roster for the first time since last summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Midfielder Danny Williams could play his first national team game since the World Cup qualifier...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Spector, Onyewu return to USA squad

Jonathan Spector could make his first United States men's national team appearance in more than two years in Wednesday's exhibition game against Ukraine, and midfielder Brek Shea and defender Oguchi Onyewu are returning to the roster for the first time since last summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Midfielder Danny Williams could play his first national team game since the World...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

England WAGs set for Miami before World Cup

Miami, get ready for the England WAGs. Roy Hodgson will allow his England players to bring their partners to Miami before the team heads to Brazil for the World Cup. But Hodgson will be keen to avoid the Biscayne Bay area being the scene for a repeat of past escapades involving England players' wives and girlfriends. The so-called WAGs dominated headlines at the 2006 World...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Napoli eliminates Swansea from Europa

Swansea bowed out of the Europa League on Thursday, losing 3-1 to Rafael Benitez' Napoli in Naples, despite a gutsy display. The hosts took the lead through Lorenzo Insigne before Jonathan de Guzman brought the Swans level on the half-hour mark. Swansea squandered the chance to take the lead in the second half and were punished when Gonzalo Higuain put Napoli in front, before...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Defoe retained by England; Shaw gets 1st call-up

Jermain Defoe retained his place on England's roster for Wednesday's exhibition against Denmark despite his upcoming move to Canada. Defoe, who has 19 goals in 55 games for England, has appeared in only two Tottenham games in two months as he prepares to join Toronto FC ahead of its Major League Soccer season opener at Seattle on March 15. The forward was included in the...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Luke named in England squad

Uncapped Southampton left-back Luke Shaw has been called up to the England squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Denmark. Shaw, 18, has been named as part of a 30-man squad for the game at Wembley. Fellow left-backs Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines have also been included. Cardiff defender Steven Caulker has been called up in place of injured Everton defender Phil Jagielka...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

FA ban Anelka for 5 games over quenelle gesture

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka was banned for five games by the English Football Association on Thursday after being found guilty of causing racial offense with a goal celebration during a Premier League match. But the FA disciplinary panel backed Anelka's insistence that he was not promoting anti-Semitism by performing the gesture, which is known in France as a...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Anelka to serve five-match ban

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been suspended for five games and fined £80,000 following an investigation into his 'quenelle' gesture, the Football Association has announced. The Frenchman performed the goal celebration after scoring in his club's match against West Ham on December 28. Anelka denied the gesture had any anti-Semitic meaning and was a signal in...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Brazilian city scrambling to guarantee fanfest

Officials in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife are scrambling to find private partners to organize the fanfest required by FIFA during the World Cup. The city made a surprise announcement this month, saying the event could be canceled if FIFA or other sponsors didn't step in financially. That prompted soccer's governing body to threaten to sue for possible breach...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Defoe retained by England, Shaw gets 1st call-up

Jermain Defoe retained his place in the England squad for the friendly against Denmark despite his impending move to Canada. Defoe, who has scored 19 goals in 55 England games, has appeared in only two Tottenham games in two months as he prepares to head to Toronto FC for the start of the Major League Soccer season next month. The striker was included in the 30-man squad on Thursday...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Leverkusen signs Brazilian defender Wendell

Bayer Leverkusen has signed wing back Wendell from Brazilian side Gremio with effect from next season. The Bundesliga side says in a statement that the 20-year-old, whose full name is Wendell Nascimento Borges, has signed a five-year deal through June 2019. Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller says the left-footed Wendell ''is a huge talent who can help us decisively...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wenger defends break for players

Arsene Wenger says he does not understand criticism of his decision to give Arsenal's players two days off this week. Several of Arsenal's squad left the country after the manager spared them training in the wake of last weekend's victory over Sunderland. And as he addressed the media ahead of Saturday's trip to Stoke , Wenger called the scrutiny of his decision...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Antoine Griezmann called up in France squad

France coach Didier Deschamps has called up forward Antoine Griezmann for a friendly against the Netherlands. Griezmann has scored 15 goals for Real Sociedad this season, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa in the Spanish league. Another surprise addition to the squad is Paris Saint-Germain left back Lucas Digne, while defenders Eric Abidal and Gael Clichy were dropped...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Schalke defender Santana out with hamstring injury

Schalke's travails continued Thursday with the news that defender Felipe Santana sustained a hamstring injury in the 6-1 Champions League loss to Real Madrid the night before. Schalke coach Jens Keller says on the club website, ''Felipe will be out for several weeks. It's very bitter, of course.'' Fellow defender Sead Kolasinac, who was taken off against...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Spain squad will reveal World Cup intentions

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's squad list for the upcoming friendly against Italy will give the clearest indication yet of the team that will go to Brazil to defend their World Cup title. Most of the speculation centers on whether Brazilian-born Diego Costa, a Spanish naturalized citizen, will be there when Del Bosque announces his 23-man squad on Friday. Del Bosque called...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Van Persie says United lousy

Robin van Persie has described Manchester United as "lousy" but insists David Moyes needs time to put things right at Old Trafford. United's season went from bad to worse on Tuesday night when they went down 2-0 to Greek champions Olympiakos in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Given United, the defending champions, are currently some 11 points...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Eto'o, Ba dismiss Mourinho comments

Chelsea duo Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have both shrugged off Jose Mourinho's recent comments about his lack of strikers. Blues manager Mourinho's supposed 'secret' comments came to light earlier this week when he was caught on camera saying: "I have a team but no striker. It is not possible for us to win the Premier League." Mourinho also joked that...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mourinho denies Zanetti offer

Jose Mourinho has rubbished reports suggesting that he is looking to lure Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti to Chelsea . The Blues boss spent two years working with the Argentine stalwart during a productive spell in charge at the San Siro. Zanetti's professionalism, which sees him still turning out for Inter at the age of 40, left a lasting impression on Mourinho. It has...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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