Euro 2016 Qualifiers

  • Premier League Preview: Man United v. Tottenham

    Can Tottenham finally get a positive result at Man United's Old Trafford? Spurs have long struggled at the Red Devils stadium but with Jose Mourinho's side failing to secure wins, Mauricio Pochettino may break the trend.

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  • Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and Mesut Ozil are the PL's top three players

    Take a look at the top five players in the Premier League 14 weeks into the season. There are plenty of players from league-leading Chelsea as well some stars from Arsenal and Tottenham.

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  • Arsenal wins Champions League group in the one year when it doesn't help, which is so Arsenal

    Arsenal, the kings of the impressive wins in the European games that don’t matter as much, with resounding victories in the hopeless second legs and such, smashed FC Basel 4-1 on Tuesday to clinch Group A in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League. Going into the sixth and final round of group play, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain both sat on 11 points. PSG, however, controlled the tiebreaker on head-to-head away goals, since the teams were tied on head-to-head points after two draws, as well as goal difference and goals scored.

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  • Money affecting Rashford progress - Rodgers

    Young players, like Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, are having their careers held back due to the amount of money in the Premier League, according to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

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  • Champions League field set: Who can Arsenal, Man City, Leicester draw?

    We have to wait until Monday for the draw, but the field is set for the UEFA Champions League's knockout rounds.

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  • VIDEO: Lee Trundle scores amazing penalty kick

    Outrageous. Cheeky. Sensational.

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  • Soccer-Club World Cup offers coaching test for America's big moustache

    (Repeats item moved at 0200 GMT, no change to text) By Rex Gowar Dec 7 (Reuters) - Coach Ricardo La Volpe's America are celebrating their centenary and come into the Club World Cup in good form, looking to improve on Mexico's poor showing at the tournament. Club America have reached the Liga MX Apertura championship final to be played later this month against UANL Tigres, the team they beat in the CONCACAF Champions League final in April to qualify for the Dec. 8-18 tournament in Japan. Aiming for a record 13th league title, their chances looked remote in late September when La Volpe took charge at a club that had sacked Ignacio Ambriz after taking one point from their previous four home matches at the Azteca.

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  • Belfast police investigating abuse arrest former coach

    A former soccer coach has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse after handing himself into the police in Northern Ireland. Jim McCafferty, who was involved in soccer in Scotland and Ireland from the 1980s, was arrested in Belfast after walking into a police station. It followed an interview given by the 71-year-old Scot to a newspaper discussing sexual abuse of players.

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  • Soccer-Leicester to field second-string side against Porto

    Leicester City will play it safe and field a second-string side in their inconsequential final Group G Champions League match against Porto on Wednesday, manager Claudio Ranieri has said. The Italian, whose side have already advanced to the knockout stages as group leaders, has chosen to rest a bunch of key players for their visit to Estadio do Dragao. Not available are (Islam) Slimani, (Kasper) Schmeichel, Robert Huth, (Jamie) Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and (Andy) King," Ranieri told the club website.

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  • Champions League: Lewandowski the difference as Bayern Munich edge out Atletico Madrid

    Robert Lewandowski guided home a delightful free-kick to seal a narrow Champions League win for Bayern Munich over Atletico Madrid.

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  • Premier League Preview: Arsenal v. Stoke City

    Can Arsenal keep their good form going in December? With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in impressive form, the Gunners should be able to dominate Stoke at home.

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  • Premier League Preview: Chelsea v. West Brom

    Chelsea and West Brom are both rolling but clearly there's a big gap between both sides. Can the Baggies get an upset against the Blues?

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  • Football club seriously regrets posting a job opening on Twitter

    LONDON — If you post a job opportunity to Twitter, you'd best be very, very cautious with your listing. Or, as Altrincham FC discovered, you risk being trolled mercilessly by your followers.  SEE ALSO: These football fans' epic Twitter thread takes the piss out of rival team The semi-professional club based out of the Manchester, UK area is evidently looking to fill a manager role.  However, it appears that the organisation has found it necessary to specify that experience playing either the Football Manager or Championship Manager video games will not be sufficient.  Please note, CV's for the vacant manager role must not be based on FM or CM achievements. — Altrincham FC (@altrinchamfc) December 6, 2016 An understandable requirement, but nonetheless a devastating one. Some fans were crushed.  @altrinchamfc *rips up CV* — Andrew McVittie (@vougiedipond) December 6, 2016 Some people had follow-up questions.  @altrinchamfc @_AndyHa What about Fantasy Football? — The General #FPL (@FPLGeneral) December 6, 2016 @altrinchamfc @CestrianAlex I managed to win 1 out of 11 games of coin table football in 1997...am I over qualified? — Mark Croghan (@MarkyLeeeee) December 6, 2016 @altrinchamfc I cannot pronounce the name of your football club. Can i apply — Shivam Manghnani (@shivamLM) December 6, 2016 @altrinchamfc would you accept an application on PowerPoint? — Jagstwit (@Jagstwit) December 6, 2016 @altrinchamfc Would you have Fellaini at your club for free? Genuine question. — Ryan R (@RyanRMUFC) December 6, 2016 Others were undaunted. @altrinchamfc I won the Champions League with Southampton where do I apply for the Vacant role of manager? pic.twitter.com/0L62n5OOSd — Ellis Folkard (@EllisFolkard) December 6, 2016 @altrinchamfc do you think I'm joking I'm forwarding my CV as we speak — Josh (@DFCJosh) December 6, 2016 .@altrinchamfc @FinleyMCFC If Anthony Taylor is qualified to be a Ref then I'm qualified for this job. No need for a CV, when do I start? — Dobo Bobo (@Dobo_Bobo) December 6, 2016 @altrinchamfc but I even managed to win la liga 12yrs in a row, and the Champions League 3times in a row. Surely that must be good enough? — Kristine (@Kristine0711) December 6, 2016 @altrinchamfc hello I have a Sam allardyce avi, ex manager of West Ham, Blackburn, Bolton and England can I have the job please — adam (@FutboyAdam) December 6, 2016 And some people just openly trolled the club.  .@altrinchamfc @J3tt4tur4 works for some pic.twitter.com/Fljw2YOego — IsThatConfirmed (@IsThatConfirmed) December 6, 2016 Yikes... no publicity is bad publicity? If that's true, at least they'll have that role filled in no time. BONUS: An NFL saw an autistic child eating alone at school, so he sat down with him

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  • Rostov advances to Europa League after 0-0 draw at PSV

    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — FC Rostov earned a place in the Europa League by holding PSV Eindhoven to a 0-0 draw in Group D of the Champions League on Tuesday.

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  • Bolivia detains airline CEO after Colombia crash

    LA PAZ, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Bolivian authorities detained on Tuesday the chief executive of LaMia, the airline which owned the plane that crashed last week in Colombia, killing nearly all of Brazil's Chapacoense soccer team, prosecutors said. CEO Gustavo Vargas and two other employees of the Bolivia-based carrier were taken to a prosecutor's office in Santa Cruz for up to eight hours of questioning as part of an investigation into the disaster. The crash killed 71 people after the plane apparently ran out of fuel and sent shock waves through the global soccer community. ...

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  • Real Madrid aiming to add Club World Cup title to honors

    Real Madrid will be seeking to keep alive its chances of a unique quadruple title haul when it travels to Japan for the Club World Cup from Dec. 8-18. Madrid is trying to become the first team to win the Champions League, Spanish league, Spain's Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup in the same season. It leads the Spanish league, is through to the knockout stage of the Champions League and is alive in the Copa del Rey.

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  • Premier League Preview: Hull v. Crystal Palace

    Joe Prince-Wright previews Hull City v. Crystal Palace this weekend in the Premier League

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  • Cricket-Red cards set to be introduced for unruly player conduct

    By Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Cricketers could be 'red-carded' by umpires and ejected from the ground for the duration of a match from next October after the sport's lawmakers on Wednesday recommended on-field sanctions to address declining standards of player behaviour. The world cricket committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the guardian of the game's laws, has recommended that a player should be removed from the field for threatening an umpire, physical assault or any other act of violence. Following a two-day meeting in Mumbai, MCC world cricket committee chairman Mike Brearley said umpires needed to be empowered to impose on-the-spot sanctions, noting that there were more disciplinary problems in the lower-tier leagues.

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  • Djokovic has not worked hard enough, says Becker

    By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world number one by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian's former coach Boris Becker said on Wednesday. Speaking a day after the two terminated their cooperation by mutual consent, German Becker said Djokovic's need to spend more time with his family had derailed him on the court. "He didn't spend as much time on the practice court in the last six months as he should have and he knows that," said Becker, who helped Djokovic to six grand slam titles after they teamed up in December 2013.

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  • AC Milan deal closing postponed to March 3

    The closing of the deal for the acquisition of Italian soccer club AC Milan will be postponed to March 3, the holding company of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and the Chinese consortium seeking to buy the team said in a joint statement. Under a new agreement between the two parties, the Chinese investors will pay a further 100 million-euro ($107 million) downpayment to Berlusconi by Dec. 12, they added, on top of the 100 million euros already paid in two separate tranches. The investors, backed by Haixia Capital and entrepreneur Yonghong Li, signed an accord in August to gain full control of the Serie A team, through investment vehicle Sino-Europe Sports Investment Management Changxing (SES).

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