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  • Absent Ronaldinho threatened with sack

    Mexico City (AFP) - Two-time world footballer of the year Ronaldinho has been threatened with the sack if he doesn't return as soon as possible to his Mexican club Queretaro, the team's president said on Tuesday.

    AFP
  • Smiling Allardyce wants more Mourinho 'compliments'

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Life has turned full circle for seasoned West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce since he last took his team to Chelsea. At the end of January the Hammers were mired in the relegation zone, the fans were calling for Allardyce to be sacked and he was the bookmakers'…

    Reuters
  • Centenary of Christmas truce remembered in poetry

    LONDON (Reuters) - The 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce during World War I has been remembered with a video featuring a poem recited by past and present players, managers and officials across England. Entitled 'The Game, Christmas Day 1914' the poem features stanzas read by the likes of…

    Reuters
  • Tottenham Hotspur-Leicester City Preview

    Bottom of the table at Christmas, Leicester City are in danger of losing touch with the pack at the foot of the Premier League.

    The Associated Press
  • Ivory Coast set fair for CAN after budget approved

    African football giants Ivory Coast will travel to next month's Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea having secured the budget their federation had demanded after it was approved by the government on Thursday, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) announced. The sports minister had originally…

    AFP
  • QPR's Ferdinand hoping to be busy during holiday fixtures

    LONDON (Reuters) - After nearly 20 years spent working through the Christmas holidays Rio Ferdinand could be forgiven if he wanted to put his feet up and enjoy the fruits of his long career. Instead, the former Manchester United and England defender is hoping to be as busy as possible during the…

    Reuters
  • Aston Villa-Swansea City Preview

    Both Swansea City and Aston Villa go into their Boxing Day clash at the Liberty Stadium on the back of strong results.

    The Associated Press
  • DeAndre Yedlin to join Tottenham in January

    LONDON (AP) -- United States defender DeAndre Yedlin will join Tottenham in January, six months earlier than expected.

    The Associated Press
  • Hull City-Sunderland Preview

    Three points would be the perfect festive pick-me-up for Steve Bruce's Hull City.

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Khedira would be happy to extend Real Madrid contract

    MADRID, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has indicated he would be happy to extend his contract with Real Madrid beyond June 2015 if an agreement can be reached. Khedira, whose season has been disrupted by injuries, is not a first-choice starter under coach Carlo Ancelotti, with…

    Reuters
  • World Cup winner White set for Montpellier role: L'Equipe

    South Africa's 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White is set to be named manager of Top 14 side Montpellier according to L'Equipe on Thursday. His appointment will place almost unbearable pressure on head coach Fabien Galthie as White will be the former France captain's superior. Galthie, who has…

    AFP
  • Heskey makes shock return with Bolton deal

    London (AFP) - Veteran former England international Emile Heskey is to make a surprise return to English football after agreeing a deal with Championship side Bolton.

    AFP
  • Zola appointed as Cagliari boss

    Serie A strugglers Cagliari have appointed club favourite Gianfranco Zola as their new coach, the club announced on Wednesday. Zola, 48, replaces Zdemak Zemen who was sacked on Monday after a series of poor results left the Sardinian club hovering just above the relegation zone with just one win in…

    AFP
  • Martinez will not waver from purist style

    LONDON (Reuters) - Everton manager Roberto Martinez's deeply-ingrained belief in how his teams should play football has earned the Spaniard many plaudits since starting out on his managerial journey in England. A fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, when many believed Everton…

    Reuters
  • Redknapp confident QPR can stay up and keep Austin

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Queens Park Rangers' leading scorer Charlie Austin will not be sold in the January transfer window but his future depends on the club staying in the Premier League, manager Harry Redknapp said on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Austin, whose 11 goals so far this season…

    Reuters
  • Cameroon's Song left out of Nations Cup squad

    (Reuters) - Cameroon have left in-form West Ham United midfielder Alex Song out of their 23-man squad for next month's African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea which was named on Tuesday. Song had asked the English Premier League club to be released for the tournament despite fears over the…

    Reuters
  • Title not won in December, warns City's Pellegrini

    LONDON (Reuters) - Many Premier League managers highlight the importance of negotiating the hectic Christmas period, but Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini is in a relaxed mood with his side trailing leaders Chelsea by three points. Second-placed City, who have 39 points from 17 matches, begin the…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-UAE lose captain Khaseif for Asian Cup - report

    Dec 24 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates suffered a big blow to their Asian Cup preparations with captain Ali Khaseif missing next month's tournament in order to complete his national service, local media reported. The 27-year-old goalkeeper had originally been named in the travelling party but…

    Reuters