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  • At Euro 2016, Ronaldo doesn't make same mistake twice

    Cristiano Ronaldo didn't make the same mistake twice. In a semifinal penalty shoot-out against Spain at the 2012 European Championship, Portugal's star played no part. Spain had won the shootout 4-2 and Ronaldo never even got to take his kick.

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  • The Latest: Portugal beats Poland on penalties to make semis

    Portugal has qualified for the semifinals of Euro 2016 after beating Poland 5-3 in a penalty shootout. Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning penalty moments after Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio dived to his left to save Jakub Blaszczykowski's spot kick. Poland went ahead in the second minute when…

    The Associated Press
  • Claude Puel hired by Southampton after 17 years in France

    Claude Puel ended his 17-year coaching stint in the French league on Thursday by taking over as manager of Southampton, ushering in a new era for the English Premier League club following the departure of Ronald Koeman. Southampton announced the hiring of the 54-year-old Puel on a three-year deal,…

    The Associated Press
  • Ibrahimovic says on social media he's joining Man United

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told the world his secret: He's joining Manchester United. The enigmatic Swedish striker said Thursday on his official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts that his next club will be the English Premier League giant. Ibrahimovic would be joining as a free agent, with…

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  • Southampton name Claude Puel as new coach

    English Premier League side Southampton on Thursday named Frenchman Claude Puel as their new coach on a three-year deal. The 54-year-old former Monaco and Nice boss replaces Ronald Koeman, who left for top-flight rivals Everton earlier this summer. Former Aston Villa coach Eric Black has been…

    AFP
  • Brazil star Hulk signs for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG

    Brazilian football star Hulk signed for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG on Thursday after passing a medical, the club said, as the cash-rich Chinese Super League embarks on a new round of spending. A press conference will be held Friday to announce "the Incredible Hulk" joining the team from Russian…

    AFP
  • Czech coach Vrba quits national team, signs up with Anzhi

    Coach Pavel Vrba is leaving the Czech Republic national team after signing up with Russian top-flight side Anzhi Makhachkala, the Czech Football Association said Thursday. "We can only respect the wish of the coach who wants to try a job abroad," Czech FA chief Miroslav Pelta said in a statement. …

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  • Undefeated Iceland basking in underdog status at Euro 2016

    Iceland's players will go into Sunday's quarterfinal against France with exactly the same approach they had when sensationally eliminating England from the European Championship. As the smallest nation to appear at a European Championship, Iceland was not burdened by the expectations heaped on…

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  • Iceland turn underdog guns on France

    England-slayers Iceland hope to harness their underdog status to put the psychological pressure on Euro 2016 hosts France in Sunday's quarter-final. "The pressure was always so much more on England - that was a game for them to lose," said Heimir Hallgrimsson, who combines his role as joint coach…

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  • French champion PSG names Unai Emery as its new coach

    Unai Emery, who guided Spanish club Sevilla to its third straight Europa League title last month, has been named as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain. The French champion said in a statement Tuesday that Emery has signed a two-year deal, with the option for an extra year. The 44-year-old…

    The Associated Press
  • Paris Saint-Germain name Unai Emery as new coach

    Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday named Spaniard Unai Emery as their new coach on a two-year contract. Emery, 44, takes over from Laurent Blanc, who left his role with the Qatari-backed French giants on Monday, and his contract includes an option for an additional season. Emery had terminated his…

    AFP
  • Conte theatrics a boon for Italy, and Chelsea fans

    A "great" Italian feat toppled Spain at Euro 2016, but Antonio Conte's touchline theatrics were just as dramatic for Italy and Chelsea fans during an emphatic 2-0 win over the defending champions. Former Juventus coach Conte was widely applauded on Tuesday for transforming a "mediocre" squad of…

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  • Mane latest player to join Liverpool from Southampton

    Senegal forward Sadio Mane has become the latest player to leave Southampton for Liverpool, moving to Anfield for a reported fee of 34 million pounds ($45 million). Liverpool announced the signing of Mane on Tuesday on what the club said was a ''long-term contract,'' without disclosing financial…

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  • Dani Alves eyes Champions League glory with Juventus

    Brazil international Dani Alves said Tuesday that his ultimate goal was to win the Champions League with his new Serie A club Juventus. "Juventus have a dream which is to win the Champions League, and I want to help them achieve this," Alves told a press conference after signing a two-year deal…

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  • Spain failing to keep standards: Pique

    Spain can no longer match the standards that won back-to-back European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012, Gerard Pique admitted after his side crashed out of Euro 2016 to Italy. The 2-0 defeat means that Spain, who also claimed their maiden World Cup in 2010, have now been embarrassed in two…

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  • Some fans, Argentina president want Messi to reconsider

    Some fans, players, and even Argentina's president want Lionel Messi to reconsider. Other supporters on Monday were simply sad that he's quitting the national team. Messi shocked his native country with his abrupt resignation from international soccer after Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on…

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  • Spain coach Del Bosque insists dominating era is not over

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Dethroned at the World Cup and now at the European Championship, Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes his team can soon reign again. The evidence of Spain's 2-0 loss on Monday to slick, hard-working Italy in the round of 16 told a different story. ''No, I don't…

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