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  • Mourinho agrees to become Man United manager -- reports

    Jose Mourinho has agreed to become the new manager of Manchester United, according to British media reports on Thursday. Mourinho has been in negotiations with United since Louis van Gaal's sacking on Monday and it is understood an agreement is now in place for the former Chelsea manager to take…

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  • Sparks to fly as Mourinho joins nemesis Guardiola in Manchester

    As Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez will testify, Jose Mourinho has had more than his fair share of public confrontations with opposing managers during his career. None of them, though, have been as bitter or keenly-felt as Portuguese Mourinho's long-running rivalry with Spaniard Pep Guardiola. …

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  • Ancelotti hoping for some stability at Bayern Munich

    Carlo Ancelotti's next managerial assignment soon begins at Bayern Munich, and he still hasn't mastered German. Given how clubs casually dispose of managers, Ancelotti could be forgiven for focusing his studies on the Bavarian team's players rather than the native tongue. After eight years…

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic dodges Man U speculation

    Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday refused to comment on speculation he is set to join Manchester United, where Jose Mourinho is on the verge of becoming the new manager. Ibrahimovic, 34, said he knew where he would be playing football next season having left Paris Saint-Germain at the…

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  • Seeking a new club, Ibrahimovic gives Man United hint

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic deliberated, tapped his fingers on the desk in front of him and let out a beaming smile. The Sweden striker had just been asked if he had received an offer to join Manchester United and his actions spoke as much as his words. Ibrahimovic is looking for a team for next season…

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  • Mourinho's Man Utd link boosts mega-transfer hopes

    The prospect of Jose Mourinho becoming Manchester United's next boss has unleashed hopes across Europe of a mega-spending spree by the English giants to get back into the elite. While talks with Mourinho's representatives dragged on Thursday, media reports have spoken of the Portuguese coach…

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  • Manchester United hold day two of Mourinho talks

    Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho's agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary…

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  • Cantona sideswipe as Mourinho closes in on Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho is expected to be named as Manchester United's new manager despite club great Eric Cantona saying incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola would have been a better choice. Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes was in talks with United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in London on…

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  • Favre takes over at Nice after Puel resigns

    Switzerland's Lucien Favre was named coach of Ligue 1 outfit Nice on Tuesday after the resignation of the highly-respected Claude Puel. The former Swiss international midfielder, known for encouraging attacking football, led Moenchengladbach into the Champions League but paid the price for a…

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  • Houllier set to rejoin Lyon as general manager

    Former Lyon coach Gerard Houllier is set to rejoin the French Ligue 1 runners-up as general manager, club president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Monday. The return of the 68-year-old Houllier, who coached the Rhone club to two Ligue 1 titles during his previous spell from 2005-07, depends on him…

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  • Atletico buy French second division side Lens

    Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid on Monday completed the takeover of bankrupt French second division side Lens through a Luxembourg company. "We hope to bring in Atletico's expertise," said Ignacio Aguillo, a member of the Spanish side's board, told a press conference after a French…

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  • Euro 2016 security concerns grow after French Cup incidents

    The French football federation opened disciplinary proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille on Monday following incidents during the French Cup final that raised major concerns only a few weeks before the country hosts the European Championship. Despite a two-meter high security wall…

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  • Marseille, PSG face action over Stade de France disturbances

    The French Football Federation (FFF) opened disciplinary proceedings against both Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, after crowd disturbances in the French Cup final at the Stade de France at the weekend raised further concerns about security just weeks before Euro 2016. "The body…

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  • Conte fine-tunes Italy's Euro 2016 squad

    Milan (AFP) - Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man group for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

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  • From champs to flops, assessing the European soccer season

    The nine-month chase for silverware is almost over for European clubs. All that's left to contest is the Champions League final on Saturday - a derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Then the focus shifts to the European Championship in France in June and July.

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  • PSG faces tough task replacing talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Famed for his lack of modesty as much as outrageous goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his Paris Saint-Germain career with a typically brash message. Despite his spectacular scoring - 156 goals in 180 games, including a career-high 38 in the league and 50 overall this season - Ibrahimovic was not the…

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  • Ibrahimovic lifts French Cup in PSG swansong

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 4-2 to clinch a 10th French Cup title on Saturday in the Swede's final game with the club. Blaise Matuidi struck PSG's opening goal inside two minutes at the Stade de France, but…

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  • Ibrahimovic scores 2 as PSG beats Marseille 4-2 in Cup final

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his Paris Saint-Germain career in style by reaching 50 goals in an outstanding farewell season as bitter rival Marseille was beaten 4-2 in the French Cup final on Saturday. Ibrahimovic scored a penalty at the start of the second half and showed his altruistic side, picking…

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  • Argentina call on Messi, Aguero for Copa but Tevez snubbed

    Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentina coach Gerardo Martino named his 23-man squad for the Copa America on Friday, pinning his hopes on Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero but ignoring Carlos Tevez.

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  • Ex-France star Ginola improving after quadruple heart bypass

    Former French international star David Ginola was described as "awake and improving" after undergoing a quadruple heart bypass on Friday, Professor Gilles Dreyfus, who carried out the operation, told AFP. "He was very lucky," Dreyfus said, on hearing that French pop star Matt Pokora, a renowned…

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