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  • 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…

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  • Monaco bank on Carrillo

    Argentine striker Guido Carrillo signed for Ligue 1 side Monaco on Friday the same day they loaned Colombian marksman Radamel Falcao to English champions Chelsea. Carrillo, 24, signed a five-year contract with Monaco, who paid Argentine club Estudiantes $10million (8.9million euros) for his…

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  • Defender Wallace signs new season-long loan at Monaco

    French side Monaco have extended the loan of Brazilian central defender Wallace by a further season from his parent club Sporting Braga, it was announced on Friday. The 20-year-old has signed on again after making 22 appearances (four in the Champions League) for the Ligue 1 outfit while on loan…

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  • Germany's Angerer out to silence critics

    Germany's veteran goalkeeper Nadine Angerer says she wants to bow out of the women's World Cup by beating England on Sunday to finish third and silence the critics back home. Silvia Neid's Germany squad were denied a place in Sunday's final after a 2-0 semi-final defeat to the USA as striker Celia…

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  • Nani set for Fenerbahce transfer

    Manchester United winger Nani is set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce after spending the last year on loan at Sporting Lisbon, the Istanbul outfit said Friday on its Twitter site. "Fenerbahce has begun talks with Luis Nani and his club Manchester United to transfer the player," the club said,…

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  • Argentina, Chile poised for Copa America classic

    The prospect of leading his country to a first major title in 22 years is driving Lionel Messi as Argentina meet Chile on Saturday in a Copa America final clash of the golden generations. Messi heads a star-studded Argentina desperate to write their own piece of history by winning a first…

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  • Milan sign Brazil hotshot Luiz Adriano

    Milan (AFP) - Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano's goalscoring exploits for Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in last season's Champions League earned him a move to Italian giants AC Milan on Thursday, the buying club announced on its website.

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  • Briton Ward lands biggest payday

    By Pritha Sarkar LONDON (Reuters) - After four magical days at Wimbledon, British journeyman James Ward was guaranteed to pocket the biggest check of his career -- a princely sum of at least $120,000 for reaching the third round. Into third round of Wimbledon, I can't ask for anything more at the…

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  • Only Schweinsteiger can decide Bayern future: Guardiola

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said Thursday that Bastian Schweinsteiger holds his future in his own hands amidst reports linking the Germany captain to Manchester United. The 30-year-old Germany captain has a year left on his Bayern contract and reports in the British media claim Louis van…

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  • Alibaba, Evergrande-owned soccer club files for China IPO in Asian first

    Evergrande Taobao, the soccer team co-owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and property firm Evergrande Real Estate Group Ltd, could become the first club listed in Asia after it filed for an initial public offering in China. The team, which recently signed Brazilian World Cup winning coach Luiz…

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  • UEFA lift Fair Play sanctions on PSG - L'Equipe

    Paris (AFP) - UEFA has decided to lift the sanctions imposed on Paris Saint-Germain under the Financial Fair Play rule, meaning the French champions can spend more on new players after proving they will be debt-free by the end of next season, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.

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  • Gundogan in u-turn signs new contract with Dortmund

    German international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan on Wednesday committed himself to Borussia Dortmund until 2017, just months after refusing to sign an extension to his contract, the club announced on its website. The 24-year-old -- a member of the Dortmund side that clinched the domestic double in…

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  • UEFA probes Barcelona over independence flags

    UEFA has opened a disciplinary proceeding against Barcelona over the use of pro-Catalan independence flags during the Spanish giant's Champions League final win against Juventus last month. "A disciplinary proceeding has been opened against FC Barcelona for illicit banner use and chanting," a UEFA…

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  • Liverpool confirm Clyne signing

    Nathaniel Clyne has become the latest pre-season arrival at Anfield after Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday they had signed the England defender from Premier League rivals Southampton. A Liverpool statement said the full-back had "penned a long-term contract with the Reds". Clyne is the sixth…

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  • Poetry in motion as Bayern start pre-season

    Bayern Munich begin their pre-season preparations on Wednesday with Pep Guardiola planning some poetic licence to kick off their bid to win an historic fourth straight German league title. Guardiola planned to take part in a public event on Tuesday in Munich to read love poetry by the Catalan…

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  • De Bruyne going nowhere, says Wolfsburg boss

    Wolfsburg has sent a "hands off" signal to the clubs chasing Kevin de Bruyne by insisting their Belgium midfielder is not for sale as they look to improve his contract. Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked to the 24-year-old attacking midfielder who helped…

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  • Croatia's Suker denies links with match-fixing scandal

    "I was never in my life involved in any activity aimed at setting up or influencing the result of a football match," Suker, also a member of UEFA's executive committee, said in a statement. Suker's denial followed German media reports implicating him with Ante Sapina, a German of Croatian origin…

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