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  • Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi

    Qatari side Al Sadd released a statement on Saturday denying that a deal had been concluded to sign Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez. Al Sadd also said they "would make any further and official announcements only if further developments take place". Their statement came after pictures…

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  • Barca's Alba out for 10 days

    Barcelona confirmed that left-back Jordi Alba is only expected to be sidelined for 10 days after carrying out tests on a hamstring injury picked up in Spain's 1-0 win over Ukraine on Friday. "Tests performed by the FC Barcelona medical services on Saturday morning have revealed that Jordi Alba has…

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  • Breakaway Turkish Cypriots set to join ranks of Cyprus FA

    Six decades of soccer separation on ethnically divided Cyprus may be at its end as breakaway Turkish Cypriots are poised to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Association to bring the sport under a single administrative roof. Deniz Birinci, the international relations coordinator of the Cyprus…

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  • Chelsea captain Terry signs one-year contract extension

    John Terry has signed a one-year contract extension with Chelsea, the Premier League leaders announced on Thursday. Terry's current deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but Blues' boss Jose Mourinho had insisted earlier this month there was no chance Chelsea's captain would be allowed…

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  • Lampard visits future MLS club this weekend

    Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard will visit his future Major League Soccer club this weekend, attending a New York City match against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Lampard will take advantage of the English Premier League side's break for international matches to look…

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  • Khedira confirms Real Madrid exit

    Germany midfielder Sami Khedira on Wednesday said he will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season. "There is nothing more to say than what I told the sports magazine (Kicker), when there's anything more, I'll say it," the 27-year-old said after captaining Germany to a…

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  • Chelsea fans in court over Paris Metro racism allegations

    Five men appeared in court in London on Wednesday in connection with the racist abuse of a black man prior to a Champions League game in Paris last month. The hearing in the civil case at Waltham Forest Magistrates' Court, which was adjourned until July, took place in a small room packed with…

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  • Stindl announces Gladbach move

    Berlin (AFP) - Hanover captain Lars Stindl announced on Wednesday that he will leave the club in the summer to join Bundesliga rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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  • UEFA president Platini sees final challenge ahead in 2019

    Michel Platini has his eye on one last challenge in 2019, the year FIFA will elect its president. Given four more years to lead European soccer's governing body on Tuesday, Platini hinted at a news conference that he won't seek another UEFA mandate. I don't know if I want to go in UEFA or I want…

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  • Frustrated Cech suggests summer move from Chelsea

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said on Tuesday he might leave the Blues in the summer ending a highly successful 11 year spell saying he is finding it tough being second choice to Thibaut Courtois after years of being the uncontested number one.

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  • Platini triumphs at UEFA and launches attack on Blatter

    Football legend Michel Platini on Tuesday scored a hat-trick of victories for the presidency of UEFA and made an immediate attack on Sepp Blatter's leadership of world body FIFA. FIFA is to hold a presidential election on May 29. Blatter is the favourite to win but for the first time faces three…

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  • Barcelona tops AP Global Football 10 after beating Madrid

    LONDON (AP) -- Barcelona topped the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the clasico and reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

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  • Simeone extends Atletico Madrid contract until 2020

    Atletico Madrid's Argentine coach Diego Simeone, who had been linked with a move to Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain, has agreed to extend his contract with the Spanish champions until 2020. He led Atletico to the 2012 Europa League title before his side beat city rivals Real Madrid in the…

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  • Coach Simeone extends contract with Atletico Madrid to 2020

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone renewed his contract with the Spanish champion on Tuesday for another five seasons until 2020. Although he was linked with other clubs, including Manchester City as a possible replacement for Manuel Pellegrini, Simeone said he would ''stay where I am'' because…

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  • Quotes from voters in this week's AP Global Football 10

    LONDON (AP) -- Quotes from voters in this week's Associated Press Global Football 10:

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  • Conte calls Verratti to midfield helm in Pirlo absence

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has called on Marco Verratti to take the next step towards replacing Andrea Pirlo as the Azzurri's midfield orchestrator ahead of this weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier away to Bulgaria. Verratti has long been considered the heir to Italy great Pirlo and Saturday's game in…

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  • Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism in Europe

    UEFA President Michel Platini has warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European soccer. Rising extremism in European society is an ''insidious trend (that) can also be observed in our stadiums,'' Platini said Tuesday at UEFA's annual meeting before being re-elected to a third…

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