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  • Villarreal climb after seventh straight win

    Villarreal registered their seventh consecutive win in all competitions to move above Sevilla on goal difference into fifth in La Liga thanks to a 3-0 victory over Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday. Jonathan dos Santos got the hosts off to the perfect start when the on-loan Barcelona midfielder…

    AFP
  • Bayern's domination sparks 'boring Bundesliga' debate

    Bayern Munich will start 2015 with a record 11-point lead in the Bundesliga, sparking debate over how to stop Germany's top flight becoming boring. Pep Guardiola's Bayern have brushed off their domestic rivals with ease and are poised to become the first team to go through a Bundesliga campaign…

    AFP
  • Patched-up Man City leave Pellegrini purring

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team are finally performing like champions, even though there is no immediate end in sight to their chronic injury problems in attack. City made light of the fact they did not have a recognised fit striker in their squad to beat Crystal Palace…

    AFP
  • Real Madrid win Club World Cup, fourth title of 2014

    Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014. The Spanish giants dominated the final with Sergio Ramos, who had been an injury doubt because of a hamstring strain, and Gareth Bale getting on the scoresheet. Real…

    AFP
  • Abidal bows out with Olympiakos win

    Former France international defender Eric Abidal played his last official match Saturday as his Olympiakos team blasted Kalloni 5-0 in a Greek Super League contest on the Aegean island of Mytilene. It was my last match, we played well and an ideal way to go on holiday,” Abidal told Nova TV after…

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  • PSG held at home, Marseille on course to end year on top

    Paris Saint-Germain failed to find the killer punch in a drab goalless draw at home to Montpellier on Saturday, handing arch-rivals Marseille the chance to end the year on top of the Ligue 1 table. The home side were looking anything like reigning champions even after upping the tempo at the start…

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  • Dortmund second from bottom after 10th defeat

    Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga crisis deepened on Saturday after suffering their tenth defeat of the season in losing 2-1 at fellow strugglers Werder Bremen to drop to second from bottom. Having started December at the foot of the table, Dortmund can finish 2014 back at the bottom if Freiburg…

    AFP
  • High-flying Cherries hit Blackpool for six

    London (AFP) - Bournemouth underlined their Premier League promotion credentials as they consolidated their place at the top of the Championship with a 6-1 demolition of Blackpool on Saturday.

    AFP
  • Klopp vows to end Dortmund's 'catastrophe' in 2015

    Jurgen Klopp on Saturday vowed to turn around Borussia Dortmund's dire Bundesliga form in 2015 after their tenth defeat of the season left them second from bottom of the table. Dortmund have the most defeats in Germany's top flight at the halfway stage with just 15 points from 17 games following…

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  • Luis Suarez opens Barca league account

    Luis Suarez celebrated Barcelona's final La Liga game of 2014 with his first league goal for the club in their 5-0 win over Cordoba at the Camp Nou on Saturday. After joining the Catalan outfit in the summer and serving a four-month ban for a bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, the…

    AFP
  • Chelsea-Stoke City Preview

    Stoke City will be hoping to cause another upset when they welcome Chelsea to the Britannia Stadium.

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  • Inter's Hernanes set to return for Lazio visit

    Brazilian midfielder Hernanes could return for Inter Milan when Roberto Mancini's side host high-flying Lazio on Sunday looking to continue their pursuit of a third place finish in Italy's Serie A. Although Inter are 19 points behind leaders and champions Juventus, who beat Cagliari 3-1 Thursday…

    AFP
  • Guardiola's delight as Bayern claim more records

    Even perfectionist Pep Guardiola could not fail to be impressed with Bayern Munich's spectacular performance in the first half of the Bundesliga season to finish 2014 with more league records. Arjen Robben's last-minute winner sealed Bayern's 2-1 comeback victory at Mainz as Friday's battling…

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  • Marseille, PSG and Lyon in three-way fight in French Ligue 1

    Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon head into the final round of games before Christmas this weekend looking to take the symbolic crown of Ligue 1's 'Autumn Champions'. The significance of being on top of the table at the season's halfway stage is debatable, although PSG looked down on the…

    AFP
  • Drifting Liverpool seek Arsenal spark

    Liverpool will hope to draw inspiration from memories of last season's thrilling 5-1 demolition of Arsenal when the teams resume hostilities in the Premier League at Anfield this weekend. Arsene Wenger's side were routed on their last trip to Liverpool's famous stadium in February, when a…

    AFP
  • Under-fire Rodgers and Wenger in Anfield spotlight

    London (AFP) - Two managers for whom criticism has become an unwelcome bedfellow this season face off in the Premier League on Sunday when Arsene Wenger's Arsenal tackle Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool at Anfield.

    AFP
  • Liverpool vs. Arsenal - Two Premier League powers headed in opposite directions

    The contrasting tales of Liverpool's and Arsenal's seasons can be best described by Olivier Giroud's comeback and Daniel Sturridge's prolonged absence.

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