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  • Bayern set to sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid

    Bayern Munich hopes to complete the transfer of Real Madrid defender Xabi Alonso in the next day or two, club officials said Thursday. Bayern financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen said Alonso and Bayern have ''in principle'' agreed on a transfer and that Alonso was expected in Munich on…

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  • Bayern visits slumping Schalke in Bundesliga

    Despite predicting that his injury-hit team would struggle in the first half of the season, Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich got off to a winning start in its bid to win a third consecutive Bundesliga title. One day after signing defender Mehdi Benatia from Rome, Bayern was in talks with Real Madrid…

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  • Conte departure from Juventus could alter Serie A

    ROME (AP) -- The Italian league opens this weekend with a full slate of matches, a couple key coaching changes and some notable absences.

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  • Some things to know about the Spanish league

    MADRID (AP) -- After an opening draw, Atletico Madrid again will be searching for its first win of the season without coach Diego Simeone on the sidelines.

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  • Samuel Eto'o harbors no grudge against Jose Mourinho

    Looking back over last season, it still strikes me as a bit odd that we had a certain Samuel Eto'o as our first-choice striker for much of the season.  It's like, whoa... what did just happen here? Fresh off his hammock in Russia, Eto'o took forever to get into any sort of decent shape -- during…

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  • Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions

    Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules. A group of soccer parents and players filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco. …

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  • Xabi Alonso might be joining Bayern Munich, but not for a €10m salary

    As you're well aware, the current rumor that's making the rounds at the moment is that Xabi Alonso will be joining Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. La Sexta reported that Xabi Alonso would be transferring to Bayern Munich. El Pais writer Diego Torres Romano tweeted that a press conference had been…

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  • Western Sydney Wanderers accuse Guangzhou Evergrande fans of orchestrating bus accident before match

    Western Sydney Wanderers eliminated 2013 AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarterfinals of the 2014 tournament on a 2-2 aggregate score, despite losing the second leg 2-1 in China. Tomislav Juric's 59th minute penalty for Western Sydney to advance on away goals, but just…

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  • Liverpool Draw Middlesbrough in League Cup

    Overshadowed slightly by Thursday's Champions League group stage draw, the League Cup third round draw quietly took place on Wednesday and gave Liverpool a favourable draw. Liverpool fans have had August 28th circled on their calendars since the moment it was announced as the day that the…

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  • Olivier Giroud out 4 months following leg surgery

    LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will be sidelined for about four months after surgery to repair a broken left leg.

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  • Arsenal manager Wenger backs Sanchez to fill Giroud's shoes

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backed Alexis Sanchez to prove an able deputy for the injured Olivier Giroud after the Chilean forward fired his new club into the Champions League. Sanchez scored the only goal of the game against Besiktas at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday to earn Arsenal a 1-0…

  • Arsenal in 17th straight Champions group stage

    Alexis Sanchez scored his first Arsenal goal, and the Gunners beat Besiktas 1-0 Wednesday night to reach the Champions League group stage for the 17th consecutive season. The Bulgarian club Ludogorets reached the group stage for the first time when defender Cosmin Moti saved two penalty kicks in a…

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  • Getting ready for Chelsea's Champions League draw

    It's very nearly Champions League draw time. Hurray! As most of you will be aware, the first round of play will consist of eight four-team groups; these groups will be determined semi-randomly on Thursday at 5:45pm CET in an event that will mostly consist of flamboyant, useless ceremony. Which is,…

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  • Adding injury to insult: suspected arm fracture for Faouzi Ghoulam

    The bad news keeps rolling in for Napoli: it's believed that Faouzi Ghoulam's injury that forced him out of the match is a broken arm. As if things hadn't gotten bad enough for Napoli fans today, things just got a little bit worse: For those of you who don't speak Italian, that's the club's…

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  • Goalkeeper gets sent off, defender makes two saves (and scores himself) in Champions League qualifying shootout

    Bulgarian club Ludogorets qualified for the Champions League group stage in a way that has made all Hollywood films seem even more unimaginative than they already did.

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  • Ten-man Arsenal edge through, Napoli blown away by Bilbao

    A goal by Chilean star Alexis Sanchez saw Arsenal scrape into the Champions League group stages on Wednesday as they beat a plucky Turkish outfit Besiktas 1-0 in their play-off second leg clash for a 1-0 aggregate victory. Arsene Wenger's side managed to hold on despite being reduced to 10 men --…