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  • Danny Welbeck deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal

    According to a report in the Evening Standard, a few top English clubs are looking to capitalise on Louis van Gaal's disinterest in United striker Danny Welbeck. The London Evening Standard are reporting that van Gaal has given the England international permission to leave Old Trafford, with both…

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  • Monaco, PSG angling after Petr Cech

    Although we haven't yet heard of any official bids regarding Petr Cech, if the Telegraph is any guide they're almost certainly on their way. Now second-choice after Thibaut Courtois got the not between the sticks for Burnley, the 32-year-old can't be completely happy at Stamford Bridge, and he's…

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  • Mario Balotelli is returning to a country he didn't like very much

    With Mario Balotelli on the verge of completing a £16million move from Milan to Liverpool, he leaves a country with vocal segments that don't like him very much for one that he isn't particularly fond of.

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  • Barcelona striker Neymar injures left ankle

    Neymar could miss Barcelona's league opener this weekend after spraining his left ankle in training. Barcelona said in a statement Friday that the Brazil star complained of pain in his ankle after a training session on Thursday and was later diagnosed with a ''grade 1'' sprain. It said ''his return…

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  • Jermaine Jones potential move to MLS gets weirder

    Report says the United States midfielder has agreed to terms, but only if he's allowed to join Fire, which MLS is unwilling to guarantee. Just when it appeared as though Jermaine Jones' move to Major League Soccer was nearing a simple solution, now come reports that whatever happens is going to be…

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  • England braced for Balotelli return

    Mario Balotelli was set for a shock move to Liverpool on Thursday as AC Milan acknowledged that the controversial Italy striker was on his way out. The Milanese club have agreed to let the 24-year-old move to Anfield in a transfer worth 20 million euros (16 million pounds, $27 million), according…

  • Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United, MLS, and Sundry Soccer Links for 22 August 2014

    Can't Hold Him Back: D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid's career on the rise |  A well-deserved, glowing profile of Bill Hamid, this is.  I did not realize that the "can't hold us back" motto was coined by him at Red Bull Arena during the 2012 playoffs.  Now everything makes sense.…

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  • Villa keeper set for more international experience

    USA keeper Tim Howard is taking a break from the national team for a year, meaning Aston Villa goalie Brad Guzan will get to play more. Tim Howard of the United States was one of many great goalkeepers at this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Howard, who has been solid in goal for Everton ever…

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  • Greece striker Samaras signs for West Brom

    WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Greece striker Georgios Samaras has joined West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal following his release by Celtic.

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  • European soccer clubs opening US academies

    European clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal have long sent coaches to work at U.S. Later this month, Barcelona will open FCB Escola Florida, its first permanent U.S academy, in Fort Lauderdale. Argentine Boca Juniors and English Everton are already operating in New York and Connecticut,…

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  • Puma sportswear says to buy stake in Borussia Dortmund

    Puma, the German sportswear and equipment maker, said on Thursday it intends to acquire up to 5.0 percent of soccer club Borussia Dortmund. "Sports company Puma intends to take a direct stake in Borussia Dortmund, having sponsored the football club since 2012," it said in a statement. It would do…

  • Manchester United target will not feature against Atlético

    The Spanish radio station Cadena Cope states that Ángel Di María is out of the squad list for tomorrow's game. Despite Carlo Ancelotti confirmed yesterday that Di María is still a Real Madrid player and he would be treated accordingly, it seems his situation is about to change. According to Cadena…

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  • 5 things to know about the French league

    PARIS (AP) — Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim and Marseille counterpart Marcelo Bielsa don't have much time left to adapt to the French league.

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  • After fan protest, Fred threatens not to play

    Former Brazil striker Fred warned on Thursday that he and his Fluminense teammates might not play this weekend following threatening behavior by fans after the team's recent run of defeats. A few dozen Fluminense fans shouted abuse at players, threw objects and hit out at their cars earlier…

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  • Cardiff hand Mackay conduct file to FA

    Championship side Cardiff have handed over a file relating to the conduct of former manager Malky Mackay and former head of recruitment Iain Moody to the Football Association. Mackay, who guided Cardiff to the Premier League after a 51-year wait, was sacked by the club's owner Vincent Tan in…

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    Lippi Storm As Nine-man Guangzhou Crash

    Nine-man Guangzhou Evergrande crashed 1-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers Wednesday, in a stormy AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg that left their coach Marcello Lippi facing possible disciplinary action. Antony Golec's 60th-minute strike sealed an upset win for the Australian debutants, and…

  • Arsenal-Everton Preview

    Arsenal's title credentials will face an early test when they travel to Goodison Park on Saturday. The signing of Chile and Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez sent the Gunners into the new Premier League season with aspirations of finally competing for the league's top honour. Despite Arsenal not…

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  • Mario Balotelli close to £16m Liverpool move

    Liverpool have agreed to a fee with AC Milan for Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli isn't a Liverpool player quite yet, but the move is as good as done. The BBC are reporting that Liverpool have agreed to a £16m fee to sign Balotelli from AC Milan, while the rossoneri have announced that Balotelli has…

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  • Barcelona say Neymar suffers ankle sprain

    Brazilian superstar Neymar has suffered an ankle sprain in training, Barcelona announced Friday, adding to the club's injury woes just two days before opening their new La Liga campaign. Neymar complained of pain in his left ankle at the end of Thursday's training session and tests confirmed he had…