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  • So near yet so far for Congo coach Le Roy

    A lapse in concentration and a lack of experience prevented Congo Brazzaville from continuing their dream Africa Cup of Nations run into the semi-finals, according to coach Claude Le Roy. On Saturday, they were 2-0 up on DR Congo with 25 minutes remaining in their quarter-final tie in Bata before…

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  • Marseille dig deep to keep pressure on PSG and Lyon

    A single point separates the top three teams in Ligue 1 after Marseille climbed back to second with a hard-fought 1-0 home win over plucky Evian on Saturday. The victory was secured when Andre-Pierre Gignac converted a 49th minute penalty, for his 14th goal of the season, after referee Frank…

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  • PSG edge Rennes to close gap on Lyon

    Ezequiel Lavezzi scored the only goal as champions Paris Saint-Germain edged Rennes 1-0 on Friday to maintain their undefeated Ligue 1 home record and cut the gap on leaders Lyon to just one point. The win was PSG's sixth consecutive home win in all competitions while stretching their Ligue 1…

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  • Ben Arfa in limbo as FIFA block 'third club' switch

    World governing body FIFA insisted Friday that Hatem Ben Arfa has already played for two clubs this season and his transfer from Newcastle to Nice, therefore, cannot be validated. The 27-year-old French star had turned out for Newcastle's under-21 team at the beginning of the season and also…

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  • Agent: Balotelli will 'die' at Liverpool unless $70M-$80M offer materializes

    Mario Balotelli’s agent insists the struggling Italian striker is remaining at Liverpool. Does anyone else even want him?

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  • Lyon look to preserve French Ligue 1 leadership

    With 16 matches remaining, the Ligue 1 title race has effectively become a three-way tussle between current leaders Lyon with Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain hot on their heels. Defending champions PSG have yet to hit their stride during a mediocre campaign but maximum points at home to Rennes…

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  • Eto'o wants Champions League for Sampdoria

    Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o says he wants to see new club Sampdoria upset predictions in crisis-hit Serie A and qualify for next season's Champions League. Eto'o, who helped Inter Milan to an historic treble of league, Cup and Champions League in 2010, was unveiled on Thursday after arriving from…

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  • Pogba agent hints at PSG, Real move

    Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid could be in the frame to buy Juventus star Paul Pogba although the French midfielder may remain in Italy for another season, his agent Mino Raiola said Thursday. Raiola, the Dutch "super agent" who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli among…

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  • Bordeaux loan Argentine striker Sala to Caen

    Caen (France) (AFP) - Ligue 1 club Bordeaux have loaned Argentine striker Emiliano Sala to top flight rivals Caen for six months, the Normandy club announced on Wednesday.

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  • Milan slump leaves icon Inzaghi on the brink

    The AC Milan coaching future of the club's former iconic striker Filippo Inzaghi is hanging in the balance after the struggling Italian A giants sunk to a historic low in Serie A at the weekend. Stung by a 1-0 home defeat to lowly Atalanta last week, Milan's 3-1 humbling by Lazio in a bad-tempered…

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  • The sound of silence: The January transfer window

    It's been all quiet on the winter transfer front where once again deals have been muted by high prices and Financial Fair Play.

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  • Lyon pull clear as Ibrahimovic lifts PSG

    Lyon reeled off their seventh consecutive Ligue 1 win on Sunday, a 2-0 defeat of 10-man Metz pushing them four points clear, as Paris Saint-Germain moved level with second-placed Marseille. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at St Etienne that allowed champions PSG to move level…

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  • Order restored in FA Cup as big teams avoid upsets

    LONDON (AP) -- After one of the most startling days in the FA Cup's 144-year history, three Premier League clubs restored order Sunday with fourth-round victories to stem the flow of upsets.

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  • 10-man Nice compound Marseille's woes

    The suspect transfers being investigated date back to 2010 and include that of French international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. In a free-flowing first period an early poor clearance by Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda was pounced on by Alassane Plea but the Nice attacker's attempt went wide. …

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  • Balotelli agent Raiola latest to enter FIFA race

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Another wildcard has entered the pack of candidates challenging Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA in May's election -- Mino Raiola, a soccer agent whose clients include Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 47-year-old Dutchman with Italian roots…

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  • Did Real Madrid just sign the next Lionel Messi in Martin Odegaard?

    The 16-year-old attacking midfielder from Norway is being hailed as Europe's next great talent.

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  • Under-fire Marseille look for Nice lift in French Ligue 1

    Title challengers Marseille will look to put their legal woes behind them and reclaim top spot in Ligue 1 when they travel to Nice in Friday's early French league match. The transfers under investigation date back to 2010 -- the year the club won the last of their ten Ligue 1 titles -- and include…

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