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  • Balotelli exit sign of the times for fallen giants Milan

    Mario Balotelli's departure from AC Milan for Liverpool provoked few tears among Italian football fans with many saying 'good riddance' to the controversial striker. Balotelli, 24, left Italy in a private jet at lunchtime on Friday and, provided he passes a medical, was due to be unveiled as a…

  • Queens Park Rangers-Tottenham Hotspur Preview

    Harry Redknapp will return to White Hart Lane for the first time since he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 when his Queens Park Rangers side come calling on Sunday in a London derby. Redknapp was Tottenham's manager from October 2008 until he was relieved of his duties on June 13, 2012. He…

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  • Factbox - UEFA president Michel Platini

    Factbox on UEFA president Michel Platini who will announce on Thursday whether he will stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency in next year's elections: EARLY DAYS AND PLAYING CAREER Born: Joeuf, France, June 21, 1955 Joined AS Joeuf as an 11-year-old, moving to Nancy when he was 17 helping…

  • Liverpool in talks to sign Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool could be about to replace one controversial striker with another. Italy international Mario Balotelli has been lined up by the Premier League club as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who left Anfield to join Barcelona for $130 million. Balotelli, who spent 2 1/2 years with…

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  • Burnley F.C.-Swansea City Preview

    Swansea spoiled Louis van Gaal's Premier League debut with Manchester United by posting a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday. Gylfi Sigurdsson netted the match-winner in the 72nd minute, culminating the build-up of a cunningly quick re-start by Wilfried Bony after he was fouled in the middle of…

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  • Soccer-Italy federation chief faces UEFA racism probe

    (Adds background, byline, changes dateline) By Brian Homewood BERNE, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is to face a disciplinary investigation by European soccer's governing body over allegedly racist remarks made during his election campaign, UEFA said…

  • Soccer-Brazil keeper Julio Cesar joins Benfica

    Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Benfica where he will attempt to revive his career after an unhappy last season and a disappointing World Cup. The Portuguese champions, who recently sold first-choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak to Atletico Madrid, confirmed on their website that the 34-year-old…

  • Conte vows to work Juve magic on Italy

    Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte has vowed to restore World Cup flops Italy to their traditional status as major powers in international football. Conte, who quit Juve in July after leading them to three consecutive Italian titles, has inherited a squad that was left reeling from a shock first…

  • Pirlo at double as Juve thrash Singapore Selection

    Andrea Pirlo's coolly taken first-half double led Juventus to a 5-0 win over Singapore Selection Saturday as the Italian champions completed their summer tour with a third straight win. The elegant player-maker's free-kick and penalty sent Juventus on their way in front of 27,000 fans in what was…

  • Italy coach's Puma deal sparks fears of conflict of interest

    Antonio Conte will earn more than any other Italy coach before him thanks to a deal with kit sponsors Puma, Italian media reported Friday, sparking questions over a possible conflict of interest. The former Juventus boss was named the new coach of Italy on Thursday on a two-year contract, and will…

  • Soccer-Juve seek bite out of Premier League's Asia apple

    By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE, Aug 15 (Reuters) - When Manchester United's opening English Premier League fixture was brought forward, Italian champions Juventus had to switch their pre-season friendly in Singapore to avoid a clash. Juventus want to change that, though, and claw back some ground…

  • For Jose Mourinho, it's Premier League title or bust

    The Chelsea boss got everything he needed in the summer transfer window to construct a championship side.

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  • Antonio Conte named as new Italy coach

    Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte was named the new coach of Italy on Thursday on a two-year contract, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced. The 45-year-old was widely expected to take over from Cesare Prandelli, who stepped down after Italy's first-round exit at the World Cup finals…

  • Soccer-Tavecchio elected Italian chief amid racism row

    (Adds details, quotes) ROME, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Carlo Tavecchio was elected president of the Italian football federation (FIGC) on Monday, less than one month after he caused an outcry by referring to African players as "banana eaters". The head of the Italian Amateur Leagues' Association (LDN)…

  • Soccer-Juve strike late to win Sydney friendly

    * Pogba and Pepe save Juve blushes * Vidal left out of matchday squad (Writes through with Allegri quotes) By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Juventus will have to improve their fitness before they begin their quest for a fourth straight Serie A title, new coach Massimiliano Allegri…

  • Hanover sign Lithuanian skipper Stankevicius

    Lithuanian captain Marius Stankevicius is set to sign for Bundesliga side Hanover 96 from Turkish outfit Gaziantepspor, the German club's sporting director Dirk Dufner announced on Saturday. The 33-year-old defender -- who spent a season with Gaziantespor after two years at Serie A side Lazio,…