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  • Ronaldo injured as Atletico deny James dream start

    A Raul Garcia equaliser two minutes from time denied James Rodriguez a dream home debut for Real Madrid as Atletico Madrid salvaged a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday. Rodriguez had surprisingly started on the bench, but replaced Cristiano Ronaldo at half-time when the…

  • Demba Ba mistakes Champions League qualifier for video game, attempts shot from opening kick

    How do you start a Champions League qualifying playoff against Arsenal in a way that would even make Zlatan Ibrahimovic think twice?

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  • Jose Mourinho says Barcelona didn't make the most of Cesc Fabregas, but he can

    Jose Mourinho knows the combination to Cesc' locker of talent.

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  • Soccer-Barcelona appeal against transfer ban rejected by FIFA

    ZURICH, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Barcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, soccer's world governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday. As a result, Barca, who were found guilty of breaching rules on the international…

  • Letters from Bojan: The incredible journey begins

    Bojan tells Lionel Messi of his first Premier League match.

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  • Mikel Arteta subbed off with injury

    The Arsenal captain was hurt in the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League playoff. Arsenal have been dealt an early injury scare to captain Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard was subbed off in the first leg of the Gunners' UEFA Champions League qualifier on Tuesday with an apparent ankle injury.

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    A Guide to Soccer in Brazil with Anthony Bourdain

    Tony discusses Brazil's soccer-crazy populace.

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  • Dunga rings changes in first Brazil squad

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - New Brazil coach Dunga announced the first squad of his second spell in charge of the Selecao on Tuesday, with only 10 of those who featured at the World Cup making the cut.

  • Arsenal's Europe hopes intact after Istanbul cauldron

    Arsenal head for the home leg of their Champions League play-off against Besiktas with their hopes intact after surviving the test of a raucous Istanbul crowd and hugely-energised opponents to leave Turkey with a goalless draw. In the first leg of the play-off, Arsenal failed to score the…

  • Soccer-Asian Champions League quarter-final summaries

    Aug 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the Asian Champions League Quarter-final first leg matches on Wednesday Wednesday, August 20Pohang 0 FC Seoul 0 - - -Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1 Antony Golec 60 Guangzhou Evergrande 0 Red Card: Zhang Linpeng 89, Gao Lin 90+1- - -Tuesday, August 19Al…

  • Soccer-Italy federation chief faces UEFA racism probe

    (Adds background, byline, changes dateline) By Brian Homewood BERNE, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is to face a disciplinary investigation by European soccer's governing body over allegedly racist remarks made during his election campaign, UEFA said…

  • Soccer-Barca appeal against transfer ban rejected-FIFA

    * Barca banned from next two transfer windows * Club guilty of breaking rules on signing minors * Catalan club say will take its case to CAS (updates with Barca CAS appeal, details) By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Barcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the…

  • UEFA to probe Italian federation chief over racism claims

    European football's governing body UEFA has opened an investigation into a comment made by new Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio that has been widely condemned as racist. At a public meeting last month, Tavecchio, 71, said: "Here we get 'Opti Poba' who previously ate…

  • Veteran trio left out of Nigeria squad

    LAGOS (Reuters) - The international careers of Shola Ameobi, Peter Odemwingie and Joseph Yobo looked to be at an end on Wednesday as Nigeria left the veteran trio out of their squad for next month's African Nations Cup qualifiers. They played for Nigeria at the World Cup but are among eight players…

  • Soccer-German Cup 1st round results

    Aug 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the German Cup 1st Round matches on Monday 1st RoundMonday, August 18Dynamo Dresden (III) - Schalke 04 2-1 (halftime: 1-0) 1. FC Heidenheim (II) - Union Berlin (II) 2-1 (halftime: 0-0) Energie Cottbus (III) - Hamburg SV 2-2 (halftime: 1-0, 90 mins: 1-1,…

  • Hull new boy Snodgrass out for six months

    Hull City's new midfielder Robert Snodgrass will be out of action for up to six months due to a dislocated kneecap, the Premier League club announced via Twitter on Wednesday. "(Manager) Steve Bruce has revealed Robert Snodgrass could be out for up to six months with a dislocated knee cap," Hull…

  • New coach Conte vows to return Italy to top

    Antonio Conte is ready to turn Italy back into a powerhouse. The former Juventus coach agreed a two-year contract Tuesday as Italy's national coach. He succeeds Cesare Prandelli, who resigned immediately after Italy's early elimination from the World Cup in Brazil. I am very convinced we can rise…

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  • Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid: Lineups

    Here's the lineups for the first leg of the 2014 Spanish Super Cup.

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  • Forest edge Bournemouth to go top of Championship

    Kuwaiti-owned Nottingham Forest replaced Bournemouth at the top of the Championship on Tuesday after winning a thriller between the two sides 2-1. Forest, managed by former playing great Stuart Pearce, came storming back after going a goal down to score through Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt,…

  • UEFA Champions League 2014 playoffs: Arsenal travel to Besiktas

    Arsenal have decided to get their annual injury crisis in early after last year's painful late derailment, and head into this Champions League qualifier against Turkish side Beşiktaş with several first-teamers out or in doubt. They should still have more than enough to take a good result back to…

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