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  • Steven Gerrard eager for sunny new challenges with LA Galaxy

    Steven Gerrard brought a touch of Liverpool weather - cool, overcast and even some drizzle - to his first practice with the LA Galaxy on Tuesday morning. By the time the English midfielder was formally introduced by the club in the afternoon to begin his MLS career, there was nothing but…

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  • CONCACAF cuts ties with Traffic Sports USA

    Football's North American governing body announced Tuesday it has ended corporate ties with Traffic Sports USA, the marketing firm whose president was indicted on multiple counts in the FIFA corruption scandal. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football…

    AFP
  • Celtic close to signing Ciftci, Bailly

    Celtic are set to sign Turkish striker Nadir Ciftci from Scottish Premier League rivals Dundee United and Belgian goalkeeper Logan Bailly from OH Leuven. The Scottish champions have been after goal-scorer Ciftci for some time now and had two previous offers turned down. Ciftci, who joined United…

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  • Casillas received offer from FC Porto - report

    Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas has received an offer from Portuguese side FC Porto, Spanish sports daily Marca quoted his agent as saying on Tuesday. "An offer from Porto exists and Casillas is excited with that possibility. Now we have to wait to see what Real Madrid say,"…

    AFP
  • Andrea Pirlo could have the same impact in MLS as David Beckham

    Like Beckham, Pirlo won't just be counted on to sell tickets. He'll be expected to raise the game of his teammates.

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  • 'Welcome Maestro Pirlo,' say Lampard, Villa

    Italian great Andrea Pirlo announced his move to New York City FC on Monday and new teammates Frank Lampard and David Villa welcomed him to Major League Soccer's hottest club. Pirlo, a 36-year-old midfielder, enjoyed star turns at AC Milan, where he won two Champions League titles, and for the…

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  • Rennes recruit Portuguese defender

    Rennes (France) (AFP) - Portuguese defender Pedro Mendes, who spent time at Real Madrid earlier in his career, has joined French top-flight outfit Rennes on a four-year deal, the Breton club announced on Monday.

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  • Nani joins Fenerbahce from Manchester United

    Portuguese star Nani on Monday joined Fenerbahce from Manchester United for six million euros (£4.26m, $6.7m) as the Istanbul giants seek to add a glittering array of foreign talent to their ranks for the new season. After last month's signing of Danish centre-back Simon Kjaer from French side…

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  • CONCACAF details rebuilding plans after FIFA bribery scandal

    Plunged into crisis by a second FIFA bribery scandal in four years, the CONCACAF soccer body wants to pass sweeping new leadership rules to help rebuild. The North and Central American and Caribbean governing body published anti-corruption proposals Monday after its past two presidents and general…

    The Associated Press
  • Juventus extends Allegri's contract through 2017

    TURIN, Italy (AP) -- A month after guiding Juventus to an unexpected spot in the Champions League final, coach Massimiliano Allegri has had his contract with Juventus extended through 2017.

    The Associated Press
  • Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo joins New York from Juventus

    Star midfielder Andrea Pirlo joined Major League Soccer's New York City FC from Juventus on Monday, a little more than a month after winning a fifth consecutive Italian league title. On July 21, Pirlo will join New York City, which is 5-8-5 and 15 points behind leader D.C. United. ''I have been…

    The Associated Press
  • Juventus, Italy star Andrea Pirlo completes move to MLS club NYCFC

    Following in the footsteps of David Villa and Frank Lampard, the franchise announced the signing of Italian World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo on Monday. Pirlo, 36, is a technically gifted midfielder with world class vision known for his free kick ability.

    CBS Sports
  • Still no international glory for Messi, and still no reason to let it tarnish his legacy

    The denigrations of Lionel Messi will be as loud as ever in light of Argentina's latest failure. That doesn't mean they're right.

    FC Yahoo
  • Galatasaray signs Podolski from Arsenal

    Turkish Super League Champion Galatasaray has signed Germany forward Lukas Podolski from Arsenal on a three-year contract. Podolski, who won the World Cup with Germany last year, says on Saturday ''I am happy to have reached an agreement with Galatasaray. Galatasaray will pay 2.5 million euros…

    The Associated Press
  • Turf row spark as world players' union opens to women

    The row over the Women's World Cup being played on artificial turf was the "tipping point" which pushed world players' union FIFPro to open its doors to women players, said Caroline Jonsson, head of FIFPro's new women's football committee. It comes two days before the Women's World Cup final…

    AFP
  • UEFA lifts Man City, PSG sanctions after clubs curb spending

    European soccer's governing body lifted key Financial Fair Play sanctions against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after both clubs met spending limits imposed last year. The decision lets both clubs spend more on player transfers and wages, UEFA said. Both clubs also avoided…

    The Associated Press
  • Manchester City and PSG ready to spend after sanctions lifted

    UEFA lifted sanctions against both Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain on Friday and both sides now freed of their financial shackles will launch into the transfer market. Belgian star Kevin de Bruyne, presently at German Bundesliga runners-up VfL Wolfsburg, Juventus' French midfielder Paul…

    AFP