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  • First-half display sparks Celtic to league opening win

    First-half goals by Leigh Griffiths and Stefan Johansen gave Celtic a victorious opening to the defence of their Scottish Premiership title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Ross County. Celtic 'keeper Craig Gordon was fortunate to escape with only a booking after bringing down Jackson Irvine as the…

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  • Arsenal seek title proof in Chelsea encounter

    Arsenal's readiness to mount a sustained title challenge in 2015-16 will be tested at Wembley on Sunday when they face Premier League champions Chelsea in the Community Shield. Arsene Wenger's team finished last season at a gallop, winning 20 of their final 26 games in all competitions and…

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  • Five questions ahead of the Community Shield

    Although the Spain striker played a huge role in Chelsea's title triumph with 20 goals in 26 appearances, Diego Costa's debut season with the Blues was marred by the recurring hamstring injury that forced him to the sidelines on several occasions. The 26-year-old still hasn't completely recovered…

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  • Real Salt Lake-D.C. United Preview

    Alvaro Saborio spent five seasons with Real Salt Lake rising to the top of the franchise's all-time scoring list and becoming one of the most feared offensive threats in MLS. It didn't take long for Saborio to make his presence felt when he was traded to D.C. United, and he'll now look to help…

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  • Liverpool Season Preview

    Steve Rothgeb takes a look at the prospects for Newcastle United ahead of the 2015/2016 season.

    Rotoworld
  • Whitecaps FC-Sounders Preview

    It's no coincidence that the Seattle Sounders have been mired in their worst slump of the season without Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Brad Evans in the lineup. The silver lining is that they're all returning with the Sounders still in good position in the tight Western Conference race. …

    The Associated Press
  • Fenerbahce protest over Fred inclusion by Shakhtar

    Fenerbahce have protested to UEFA over the inclusion in a Champions League tie by Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk of Brazilian midfielder Fred despite reports he had tested positive for a banned substance, the Turkish club said Friday. Fenerbahce and Shakhtar clashed in the Champions League third…

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  • Monaco sign Saint-Maximin, loan him to Hanover

    Monaco (AFP) - Champions League hopefuls Monaco have made their latest summer signing, recruiting promising Saint-Etienne youngster Allan Saint-Maximin before sending him on loan to German club Hanover 96.

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  • Villas-Boas bullish as Zenit tackle Terek

    Reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg aim to extend their perfect start to the new season when they face Terek Grozny in the Russian Premier League on Saturday. Andre Villas-Boas' Zenit share the lead in the Premiership with two Moscow sides, last season's runners-up CSKA and Lokomotiv, who all…

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  • Champions Celtic stronger than ever, says Deila

    Ronny Deila has warned Celtic's title rivals that the reigning champions are even better than last year as they begin their defence of the Scottish Premiership crown. The Hoops will unfurl the Championship flag for the fourth consecutive season when Ross County visit Parkhead on the opening day of…

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  • Boyata's late goal gives Celtic some breathing space

    Scottish champions Celtic are in danger of failing to reach the lucrative group stage of the Champions League for a second successive season despite Dedryck Boyata's late goal giving them a 1-0 home win over Azerbaijani side Qarabag in their third qualifying round first leg clash on Wednesday. …

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  • Szczesny leaves Gunners for Roma on loan

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny still has a future at Arsenal despite being sent on loan to Serie A side AS Roma on Wednesday, according to Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. The 25-year-old Polish international -- who has signed with the Italian club for a season -- looked likely to be frozen…

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  • Lyon lose Grenier for four months

    Lyon (AFP) - Ligue 1 runners-up Lyon suffered a major blow when it was confirmed by the club on Wednesday French international midfielder Clement Grenier will be unavailable for four months after rupturing a tendon in his thigh.

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  • Platini, romantic or pragmatist?

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - One of the most exquisitely gifted soccer players of his generation, FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini likes to portray himself as an old-fashioned romantic with a mission to maintain the game’s purity. "There are times in life when you have to take…

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  • Platini announces FIFA presidency bid

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - UEFA president Michel Platini ended weeks of uncertainty on Wednesday when he announced that he would stand for the presidency of FIFA in place of outgoing Sepp Blatter. The former French international, who has been UEFA president since 2007 and a FIFA…

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  • Why Angel Di Maria's time at Man United wasn't a complete failure

    United stands to lose money in selling the underachieving Argentine to Paris Saint-Germain, but the Red Devils did gain something back from its record $90 million-plus fee for the former Real Madrid man.

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  • Chelsea, Barca sore but ready to defend crowns

    Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea and reigning European kings Barcelona exited their friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they return to Europe to defend their crowns. Chelsea captured the International Champions Cup victory 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams were…

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