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  • 2022 World Cup in winter, says AFC boss

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar looks increasingly likely to be played in November and December to avoid the region's blazing summer heat, Asia's football supremo said. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who heads the FIFA taskforce charged with…

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  • Lazio dominate angry Milan to move up to third

    Marco Parolo scored a brace either side of Miroslav Klose's fourth goal of the season as Lazio moved up to third in Serie A with a bad-tempered 3-1 victory over AC Milan on Saturday. Embattled Milan travelled to the Stadio Olimpico desperate to make amends after last week's shock 1-0 home defeat…

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  • Abu Dhabi trip not to blame for Cup exit - Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted his side's recent return from their trip to Abu Dhabi was not the reason why the Premier League champions were knocked out of the FA Cup by second-tier Middlesbrough. City only returned to England late on Friday but Pellegrini, after seeing his…

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  • Serie A crunch time for Roma, Milan

    The Serie A ambitions of Roma and Milan face the acid test as the second half of the season begins with champions and leaders Juventus looking unstoppable in their quest for a fourth consecutive league title. Roma travel to a resurgent Fiorentina on Sunday desperate not to lose more ground in the…

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  • Chelsea's Courtois eyes quadruple haul

    Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea will take the next step towards a memorable quadruple trophy haul when they face Bradford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's side moved closer to the League Cup final with a 1-1 semi-final first leg draw at Liverpool in midweek and the Premier…

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  • Chelsea boss Mourinho plays down quadruple talk

    Jose Mourinho insists his Chelsea stars must ignore talk of a potential quadruple because it is virtually impossible to win all the major prizes. Mourinho's side will look to keep their challenge for the FA Cup on course when they face third tier Bradford at Stamford Bridge in the fourth round on…

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  • Cordoba eye Real Madrid scalp after 44-year wait

    Cordoba play host to Real Madrid on Saturday for the first time in 44 years hoping to continue a fine start to 2015. The Andalusians started the new year firmly rooted in the relegation zone following a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Barcelona after which boss Miroslav Djukic slammed his players'…

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  • Ferrero hints at Eto'o arrival

    Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has hinted that Samuel Eto'o could finally complete his move to the Serie A side after two weeks of negotiations with Premier League club Everton. Eto'o has been tipped to join the Genoa-based side since Everton manager Roberto Martinez indicated the Cameroonian…

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  • Chelsea boss Mourinho warns away Schurrle suitors

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday that it will take a "phenomenal" offer for him to sell out-of-favour German winger Andre Schurrle in January. Schurrle, who set up the winning goal for Germany in last year's World Cup final, is understood to be seeking a move back to his homeland after…

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  • Bayern in no rush to extend Guardiola's deal

    Bayern Munich are eager to offer head coach Pep Guardiola a contract extension, but first want the Spaniard to concentrate on leading the Bavarians to a third straight Bundesliga title. Guardiola's contract expires in June 2016 and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he is only too keen to…

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  • Cambridge lead charge of FA Cup underdogs

    Romantics will pin their hopes on fourth-division Cambridge United when the League Two minnows host Manchester United in the most evocative tie of this weekend's FA Cup fourth-round matches. United, who beat third-tier Yeovil Town in round three, sit 76 places above Cambridge in the English league…

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  • Ballon d'Or only for Messi, Ronaldo fumes Ribery

    France's Franck Ribery says only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seem capable of winning the Ballon d'Or and has voiced his frustration after Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer missed out. Portugal's superstar Ronaldo won the prestigious award for the second year running earlier this month in…

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  • Benitez leaves doubts over Napoli future

    Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has left doubts over his future at the Serie A club after steering the Italian Cup holders into the quarter-finals of the competition. "The club and I both know how things stand," Benitez said following Thursday's last-16 Cup win over Udinese, which was decided by…

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  • Roma looking to bounce back at Fiorentina

    Title-chasing Roma has been in something of a free fall since the start of 2015. After cutting the gap to Serie A leader Juventus to one point in the first match after the winter break, two successive draws has seen it slip five points behind the defending champion at the halfway stage of the…

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  • Out-of-sorts PSG faces crucial test away to Saint-Etienne

    Although third-place Paris Saint-Germain has won its past two matches, coach Laurent Blanc's team is playing patchy football and still struggles to dominate for a whole game. Sunday night's match at fourth-place Saint-Etienne is a big test for Blanc's players, because another slip-up would open…

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  • Inter hold Reds talks over Leiva: report

    Inter Milan officials have flown to London for talks with Liverpool over the possible transfer of midfielder Lucas Leiva, reports in Italy said Thursday. Inter coach Roberto Mancini has already signed Lukas Podolski from Arsenal on loan until the end of the season, while Bayern Munich forward…

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  • Bayern to dominate Germany for years, says Voeller

    Bayer Leverkusen's Rudi Voeller says Bayern Munich are unstoppable on their march to a third straight Bundesliga title and expects them to dominate the German league for years to come. Bayern are currently peerless in Germany having backed up winning the 2013 Champions League by claiming the…

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