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  • 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?

    Dirty Tackle
  • 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…

    AFP
  • UEFA fines Ukrainian club Dnipro for hooliganism

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has fined Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 50,000 euros ($66,500) for the hooligan behavior of its fans during a Champions League qualifying match against FC Copenhagen.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    Dirty Tackle
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Letters from Bojan: The incredible journey begins

    Bojan tells Lionel Messi of his first Premier League match.

    Dirty Tackle
  • 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.

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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.

    SB Nation
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    AFP
  • Bayern Munich had a presentation event for their new bus and it was very silly

    The kit launch is old news. If football clubs are going to truly capture the imaginations of their fans, they have to find something new. Something big. Something that will inspire a new generation of supporters. And Bayern Munich have found that next big thing: bus unveiling.

    Dirty Tackle
  • Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid: Lineups

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

    SB Nation
  • UEFA investigates Italian soccer head over racism

    The Italian football federation's new president is being investigated by UEFA over an alleged racist comment and could be banned for three months. Carlo Tavecchio, a long-standing executive in Italian soccer, was elected last week despite causing a stir over a reference to bananas when discussing…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    AFP
  • Ramsey says 'sorry' for Champions League red

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey apologised to the club's supporters on Wednesday after being sent off in his side's 0-0 Champions League play-off draw away to Turkish side Besiktas. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was critical of Serbian referee Milorad Mazic's decision to dismiss Ramsey, describing…

    AFP
  • 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…

    The Associated Press