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  • Soccer-Key Real players rally behind sacked Ancelotti

    * Dressing-room heavyweights back Italian * Real to announce successor next week (adds Benzema Tweet) MADRID, May 26 (Reuters) - Some of Real Madrid's key players have rallied around coach Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian was made the scapegoat for a season without major trophies and sacked on…

    Reuters
  • Life on the inside of FIFA being treated like a criminal

    Within weeks of becoming a FIFA vice president, Jim Boyce was on a plane when he grasped the low regard in which soccer's leaders are held and the constant suspicion that they are corrupt. While lifting his bag into the overhead locker in the ninth row of a modest plane between Belfast and London,…

    The Associated Press
  • Di Matteo resigns at Schalke

    Roberto di Matteo has stepped down as coach of Schalke after a disappointing season that saw the Gelsenkirchen outfit finish only sixth in the Bundesliga, the club said on Tuesday. The Italian had been in charge since October after his predecessor Jens Keller was sacked, but last Saturday's 2-0…

    AFP
  • Rebel soccer club on the rise in Manchester

    It's 90 minutes before kickoff and the stadium's concourse is filling up with excited United fans clutching their match tickets and wearing red-and-white scarves and jerseys. Inside the ground, a full repertoire of United songs is belted out in the bar and the main stand. Anticipation is building -…

    The Associated Press
  • Book your place for another celebration, Mourinho tells fans

    (Reuters) - Thousands of Chelsea fans turning out in west London to celebrate winning the Premier League title on Monday were told to prepare for more success next season by manager Jose Mourinho. Addressing the supporters, Mourinho said: "Thank you for everything, for all your support. In…

    Reuters
  • Drogba, Ayew make emotional farewells

    African football legends Didier Drogba and Andre Ayew made emotional farewells at the weekend from clubs they have served with distinction, as most European leagues ended. Veteran Ivory Coast striker Drogba was carried off the Stamford Bridge pitch by team-mates after retiring injured during a 3-1…

    AFP
  • Soccer-Germany give Mueller, Kroos a rest after long year

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, May 26 (Reuters) - Germany's World Cup winners Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos have been rested for matches against the United States and Gibraltar next month, coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday. The pair had played a combined total of 131 matches for club and country,…

    Reuters
  • Best XI: Week 38

    Galin Dragiev gives the Best XI of week 38 and discusses the biggest takeaway of the column this season.

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    Chelsea celebrates Premier League title (15 photos)

    The Blues beat Sunderland 3-1 on the Premier League's final day, then raised the trophy before the home fans.

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  • Soccer-Swedish championship results and standings

    May 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Swedish championship matches on Monday Monday, May 25 Haecken 0 Falkenbergs FF 2 Djurgarden 2 AIK Stockholm 2 GIF Sundsvall 0 IFK Norrkoping 1 Helsingborg 1 Hammarby 0 Sunday, May 24 Atvidabergs FF 1 Elfsborg Boras 2 Halmstad 1 IFK…

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  • Tottenham's Kane scotches Man Utd transfer rumours

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane on Tuesday dismissed speculation over a move to Manchester United following his breakthrough season as Spurs prepared for a friendly in Kuala Lumpur against a Malaysian select squad. Kane has been Spurs' standout performer this season, scoring 21 league goals to help…

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  • Soccer team's Euro success lifts gloom in war-weary Ukraine

    By Pavel Polityuk DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Eastern Ukrainian club Dnipro are unexpectedly poised for possible European soccer glory, lifting the gloom in their war-weary country, at least for a while. With fighting raging on the doorstep of its hometown of Dnipropetrovsk, the club had to…

    Reuters
  • Real Madrid must make bold hire in replacing Carlo Ancelotti

    There's only one coach that makes sense for Real Madrid, who can't afford to play it safe by hiring Rafa Benitez.

    FC Yahoo
  • Japan to play Afghans, Syria on neutral soil

    Japan will play their away 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Afghanistan and Syria on neutral territory later this year due to security concerns in the strife-torn countries. Japanese officials said Monday that the September 8 game against Afghanistan would be switched to Tehran, while the Blue…

    AFP
  • Liverpool's decline leaves Rodgers' future in jeopardy

    As subscribers to the ''Moneyball'' approach, Liverpool's American owners like to do their business based on cold, hard statistics. Liverpool finished a miserable season with a 6-1 loss at Stoke, its worst defeat in the 23-year history of the Premier League and its heaviest in 52 years. In the…

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Peru turn to stalwarts for Copa America

    Old faithfuls Claudio Pizarro, Jefferson Farfan and Juan Vargas, all in the 30s and with little playing time at their European clubs this term, made the cut as Peru named a 23-man squad for the Copa America on Monday. Pizarro, 36, has made only 13 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich this…

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    Danny Ings - Spotlight

    Everything you need to know about English striker Danny Ings.

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  • Departing Falcao thanks Man United fans

    London (AFP) - Radamel Falcao thanked Manchester United's supporters on Monday, a day after the club announced that his disappointing loan spell from Monaco will not be extended.

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