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  • Conte departure from Juventus could alter Serie A

    ROME (AP) -- The Italian league opens this weekend with a full slate of matches, a couple key coaching changes and some notable absences.

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  • Alonso set to join Bayern Munich

    German champions Bayern Munich on Thursday announced they had agreed terms with Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso for his move from Real Madrid. Alonso was to have a medical in Munich on Thursday while Bayern finalise the deal with Real with whom Alonso is under contract until 2016, the German club…

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  • Villa and QPR fall victim to League Cup giantkillers

    A fine curling effort by journeyman Adam McGurk heaped the pressure on English Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp as fourth tier Burton beat them 1-0 in the second round of the League Cup on Wednesday. QPR, who came into the game on the back of a 4-0 hammering by…

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  • Everton signs striker Samuel Eto'o on 2-year deal

    Everton strengthened its attacking options by signing Samuel Eto'o on a two-year deal on Tuesday after the striker was released by Premier League rival Chelsea. The 33-year-old Cameroon international, who scored 12 goals in 35 matches in his only season at Chelsea, is available to make his debut…

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  • Soccer-Morocco defender Benatia to join Bayern from Roma

    (Adds details) BERLIN, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich have agreed terms with AS Roma to sign Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia to replace the injured Javi Martinez, who is out for the rest of the year, the German champions said in a statement on Tuesday. Bayern said the 27-year-old Benatia will…

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  • Bayern agree deal with Roma for Benatia

    German champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday announced an agreement with Serie A side Roma for a deal to take Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia to the Allianz Arena. Bayern said that the two clubs have agreed not to disclose the fee for the 27-year-old French-born centre-back, although…

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  • Roma firms up its worrisome defense with Manolas

    Greece international Kostas Manolas has joined Roma on a €13 million ($17 million) transfer from Olympiakos, as coach Rudi Garcia looks to strengthen his worrisome defense before Serie A starts this weekend. Roma said Tuesday it had signed the center back to a five-year contract. Manolas is an…

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  • Soccer-Palmeiras mark centenary amid relegation fears

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Palmeiras celebrated their centenary on Tuesday but it was a bitter-sweet occasion for one of Brazil's most successful clubs with seemingly endless turmoil off the field adding to relegation fears for a third time in 12 years. The club, formed on…

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  • Changes in Serie A after Allegri replaces Conte

    There is plenty of change in Serie A this season after a difficult and tumultuous period for Italian football. The pain in Italy began with the Italian Cup final in May, which was overshadowed by the shooting and later death of Napoli fan Ciro Esposito. It was hoped a good World Cup campaign…

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  • Factbox - New Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli

    (Reuters) - Factbox on Mario Balotelli after the controversial Italy forward joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a long-term deal on Monday. Born: August 12, 1990 in Palermo, Italy. CLUB CAREER Begins professional career with Lumezzane and makes first team debut aged 15. Has an unsuccessful trial at…

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  • Soccer-New Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli

    Aug 25 (Reuters) - Factbox on Mario Balotelli after the controversial Italy forward joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a long-term deal on Monday. Born: August 12, 1990 in Palermo, Italy. CLUB CAREER Begins professional career with Lumezzane and makes first team debut aged 15. Has an unsuccessful…

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  • Soccer-Balotelli completes move to Liverpool

    (Adds details) * Former Man City striker returns to Premier League * Balotelli to fill Suarez boots at Anfield LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a "long-term" deal, the Premier League club said on Monday. The 24-year-old is the big…

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  • Liverpool-Manchester City Preview

    Never one to turn down a calculated gamble, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers appears set to replace one controversial superstar striker with another as the potential of Mario Balotelli signing with the Reds looms over this high-profile clash against reigning Premier League titleholders Manchester…

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  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Blanc optimistic about Ibrahimovic healing quickly

    French champions Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be back in action soon despite tearing a side muscle, claimed their coach Laurent Blanc on Thursday. The 32-year-old striker went off during the win over Bastia last Saturday but Blanc said that both he and Dutch…

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