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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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  • Bayern confirm Vidal switch from Juventus

    Bayern Munich confirmed on Tuesday they have signed Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus on a four-year deal with Bastian Schweinsteiger's replacement reportedly costing 35 million euros ($38.6m, £24.8m). The 28-year-old Vidal has been brought in by the German champions to bolster their…

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  • AP Sources: Michel Platini will run for FIFA president

    Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week. Two officials familiar with Platini's plans have told The Associated Press that the FIFA vice president has made a decision to try to succeed Sepp Blatter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity…

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  • Vidal completes $44 million move from Juve to Bayern

    Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has completed his transfer from Juventus to Bayern Munich by signing a four-year contract with the Bundesliga champions. "I wanted to take another big step forward in my career," the 28-year-old Vidal told the Bavarian club's website (www.fcbayern.de) on Tuesday. "I…

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  • Beasley still interested in playing for national team

    A quick heads up to Jurgen Klinsmann: Should you ever need DaMarcus Beasley for national team duty again, just call. Beasley was coaxed out of his retirement from the national team by the U.S. coach for the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and played in Saturday's penalty-kicks loss to Panama during…

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  • Impact acquire former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba

    The Montreal Impact added an established scoring presence when they traded for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on Monday. Drogba moves to North America following his second spell at Chelsea, where he won the league title last season. The 37-year-old Ivory Coast forward signed with the…

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  • Man City Season Preview

    Matt Nesbitt considers whether Man City�s big spending will put a medal or an albatross around their collective neck�

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  • Drogba joins Montreal Impact in MLS transfer

    Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba joined Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact on Monday, the Ivory Coast striker signing with the Canadian club after a rights transfer from the Chicago Fire. The 37-year-old African star, who will join the Impact when his Canadian work permit and transfer…

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  • CAF champions Setif struggling to reach semis

    CAF Champions League title-holders Entente Setif of Algeria are in trouble halfway through the group stage. The Black Eagles were held 1-1 at home by Al Merrikh of Sudan at the weekend and stay third in Group B behind Algerians USM Alger and their matchday 3 opponents. USM have collected a…

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  • Vidal poised to complete Bayern switch

    Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is poised to complete his switch from Juventus to Bayern Munich in the coming days after flying to Bavaria on Monday for a medical. The Chilean international is now expected to pass a medical to complete the deal which Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed…

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  • Villa scores twice as New York City FC win on Pirlo's debut

    David Villa scored twice to help ensure new team-mate Andrea Pirlo launched his Major League Soccer career in style with New York City FC's 5-3 victory over Orlando. Pirlo, a 36-year-old World Cup-winning midfielder who enjoyed star turns at AC Milan -- where he won two Champions League titles and…

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