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  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • New coach Conte vows to return Italy to top

    Antonio Conte is ready to turn Italy back into a powerhouse. The former Juventus coach agreed a two-year contract Tuesday as Italy's national coach. He succeeds Cesare Prandelli, who resigned immediately after Italy's early elimination from the World Cup in Brazil. I am very convinced we can…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    AFP
  • Juve boss calls for unity after racism row

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri called for unity in Italian football's fight against racism after the election of a controversial new head of the sport in the country. Allegri, speaking ahead of a pre-season friendly in Singapore, said it was a "difficult time" for football in Italy after a…

    AFP
  • 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)…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Liverpool's Reina joins Bayern

    Berlin (AFP) - Liverpool's Spanish international goalkeeper Pepe Reina has joined Bayern Munich on a three-year deal, the Bundesliga champions announced on Friday.

    AFP
  • Soccer-Napoli face Bilbao in Champions League playoff round

    (Adds Benitez quotes) By Brian Homewood NYON, Switzerland, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Napoli, bidding to reach the Champions League group stage for the third time and the second in a row, were handed a daunting tie against Athletic Bilbao in the draw for the playoff round on Friday. Arsenal, hoping to…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-Juve expecting tougher challenge in Serie A and Down Under

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Juventus expect a much tougher challenge in Serie A this season as they chase a fourth straight Scudetto, new coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday after the Italian champions landed in Australia for a friendly as part of their world tour. Allegri…

    Reuters
  • U.S. pre-season tournament to expand to Asia: organizers

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - The International Champions Cup, the U.S. based pre-season tournament featuring leading European clubs, will be expanded to include a simultaneous competition in Asia next year. This year's tournament, which concluded on Monday, was won by Manchester United and…

    Reuters