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Liverpool Transfer News: Huge Deals Targeted in Latest Anfield Rumours

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been offered an opportunity to end his Anfield woes and join compatriot Gianfranco Zola at Qatari club Al-Arabi.<p>The Reds look to have little use for Balotelli anymore following the arrivals of strikers Danny Ings and Christian Benteke, and the Italian has …

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Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho's Summer Targets Named in Latest Rumours

Chelsea are clearly in the market for a new left-back following Filipe Luis' return to Atletico Madrid after just one season at Stamford Bridge.<p>There are seemingly two front-runners to fill the backup role behind Cesar Azpilicueta on the left of Jose Mourinho's defence, but it is unclear as to who …

Soccer

Manchester United Transfer News: Big-Money Targets Linked in Red Devils Rumours

Manchester United look set to seal the long-rumoured signing of Barcelona forward Pedro but not until the Spaniard has appeared in the European Super Cup against Sevilla on August 11.<p>With Angel Di Maria set to depart Old Trafford for Paris Saint-Germain, United need a new attacker who can operate …

Soccer

Iniesta: Playing with Messi a privilege

The World Cup winner is considered one of the finest midfielders of all-time but he says he is in awe of his "unique" Barcelona teammate<p>Barcelona ace Andres Iniesta says he feels privileged to have played alongside Lionel Messi for such a long time and hopes he continues doing so for years to …

Arsenal Transfer News: Major Deals Eyed by Arsene Wenger, Latest Rumours

Arsenal may struggle in their reported pursuit of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski after the Pole hinted his future lies with the Bundesliga club.<p>Recent reports suggested that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was ready to launch a £35 million bid for Lewandowski to add firepower to his forward …

Soccer

Young guns offer new hope for Serbia

Following Serbia’s triumph at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, a crowd of 50,000 turned out in Belgrade to welcome home the country’s triumphant youngsters.<p>On one of the banners hanging from the front of City Hall – which is more used to celebrating successes in basketball, water polo or …

Soccer

Suarez: I'm not among world's best

He may be placed alongside some of the world's best players, but that is of no concern to Barcelona star Luis Suarez.<p>Barcelona star Luis Suarez insists he does not consider himself among the world's best players despite his performances in recent seasons.<p>The controversial Uruguayan scored 25 goals …

Soccer

Argentine exec in FIFA case pleads not guilty to U.S. charges | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business, one of 14 people indicted in a corruption case that has roiled the soccer world’s governing body FIFA, pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court on Friday.<p>Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentine businessman who was the …

Corruption

Lucas Vazquez to Real Madrid: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Lucas Vazquez will return to Real Madrid after just one season away, as Los Blancos decided to trigger his buyback option from Espanyol.<p>The capital-based club announced a long-term contract for the 24-year-old winger on Twitter on Thursday:<p>Vazquez was loaned to Espanyol for the 2014-15 campaign, in …

Soccer

6 Potential Answers to Dunga's Brazil Crisis

Link to Media<p>The coverage of Brazil’s shortcomings, not only at this Copa America but in the strength in depth of their current options, has been extensive since defeat against Paraguay last weekend.<p>Argentina’s subsequent 6-1 demolition of their neighbours on Tuesday evening served only to …

Soccer

Steven Gerrard Told He Is 'Nicer Than David Beckham' by LA Paparazzi

It is early days, but it looks like Steven Gerrard is enjoying Tinseltown.<p>The Liverpool star happily posed for photos and signed autographs outside a restaurant in Los Angeles ahead of his LA Galaxy debut.<p>At one point, one of the paps could even be heard saying: "You're nicer than Beckham."<p>Let's …

Soccer

AC Milan seals deal for Bacca

Sevilla has confirmed that it has agreed to a deal to sell the Colombian forward to Serie A side AC Milan.<p>AC Milan has confirmed the signing of Colombia international Carlos Bacca from Sevilla.<p>The striker, also a target for Roma following his exceptional displays in 2014-15, will move to San Siro …

Brazil turns to former players in bid to stop the rot

The Brazilian football confederation (CBF) has decided to call upon the experience of former national team coaches to help improve performances after a series of disappointing results in major tournaments.<p>The confederation’s announcement that it will create a panel of former coaches comes in the …

Brazil

Police raid homes of Dinamo Zagreb bosses

Croatian police have raided the homes and offices of the controversial Dinamo Zagreb bosses who are suspected of tax evasion and bribery.<p>Dinamo president Zdravko Mamic and his younger brother, coach Zoran Mamic, have been under investigation for some time by country’s anti-corruption agency …

Dinamo Zagreb

Arda Turan Previously Called Leo Messi 'The Best Player in History of the Game'

It looks like Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan is on his way to Barcelona.<p>The Turkish international has also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea but neither of those clubs has Lionel Messi.<p>Turan spoke of his respect for Messi in an interview with <i>GQ</i> in the past.<p>He said, as per <i>SPORT</i>: "To …

Soccer

Outburst costs Dempsey USA captaincy

US skipper Clint Dempsey has been stripped of the captain's armband for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign following his ban for ripping up a referee's notebook.<p>US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Thursday he'd spoken to Dempsey, and decided that Michael Bradley would captain the Americans for the …

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Milan secures Adriano signing

Luiz Adriano will join Milan for the start of the new season after the Serie A club reached an agreement with Shakhtar.<p>Milan has announced the signing of Brazil striker Luiz Adriano from Shakhtar.<p>Adriano, who scored nine times in seven UEFA Champions League appearances last season, has signed a …

Chelsea Transfer News: Mohamed Salah Move Uncertain, Juan Cuadrado Exit Rumours

Serie A clubs are circling Stamford Bridge to pinch the services of several Chelsea wingers this summer. Mohamed Salah's Fiorentina future is up in the air, while Juventus join Atletico Madrid in pursuit of Juan Cuadrado.<p>Salah spent the second half of last season on loan in Florence, and a clause …

Soccer

U.S. trio on shortlist for Women’s World Cup Golden Ball

Megan Rapinoe, Julie Johnston and Carli Lloyd could each take home the award for most valuable player in this year’s World Cup.<p>A trio of United States players headline the race to capture the Golden Ball at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.<p>Defender Julie Johnston and midfielders Carli Lloyd and Megan …

Megan Rapinoe

Germany Coach Joachim Low Obligated to Speak out After Bundesliga Doping Probe

On Monday, Joachim Low was implicated in a scandal that could take a heavy toll on the reputation of German football. A report released by a commission to investigate doping in the Bundesliga (h/t <i>Deutsche Welle</i>) revealed that Freiburg and Stuttgart, both clubs for which the current Germany coach …

Soccer

MLS and Players Reportedly Agree to New CBA Deal: Latest Details and Reaction

There will be no strike in Major League Soccer. While negotiations went down to the final hours before this weekend's season-opening matches, the MLS and MLS Players Union have struck a deal to get the ball rolling on Friday.<p>Continue for updates.<p>MLSPU Executive Director Bob Foose Talks New …

NBA

Real Madrid Transfer News: Major Rumours Surrounding Carlo Ancelotti's Squad

Link to Media<p>Keylar Navas' time as a member of Real Madrid could soon come to an end, as the goalkeeper's agent has revealed to reporters his client has told Los Blancos he wants to leave the club.<p>Premier League side Liverpool are reportedly already preparing an offer for the Costa Rica …

Soccer

Morocco banned from 2017, 2019 African Cups

Morocco have been banned from the next two African Nations Cup tournaments as punishment for withdrawing from hosting the 2015 event over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.<p>The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has also been fined $1m and ordered to pay $9.12m in damages to the …

Africa

Africa Cup of Nations: We can expect quality final - Grant

<b>Ghana coach Avram Grant is expecting a good game with Ivory Coast in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations Cup final.</b><p>"We've seen quality players and quality football in this tournament but we can expect even more," he said.<p>"There are a lot of good players in both line-ups and I think because of that we …

Africa

Manchester City vs. Hull City: Winners and Losers from Premier League Game

Manchester City lost ground in the English Premier League title race Saturday, as they drew 1-1 with Hull City at the Etihad Stadium.<p>The Citizens needed a stoppage-time equalizer from James Milner to save face in front of a shocked home crowd on the blue half of Manchester.<p>Despite holding over 70 …

Soccer

Ivanovic sinks Villa as Chelsea extend lead at the top

Branislav Ivanovic's second-half goal earned Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa as the Premier League leaders moved seven points clear at the top on Saturday.<p>Manchester City's draw against Hull enabled Jose Mourinho's side to extend their lead in the title race as the Blues boss finally claimed a …

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Wenger: Arsenal 'not good enough' against Spurs

The Gunners manager cut his side no slack after Saturday's 2-1 Premier League loss to North London rival Tottenham.<p>Arsene Wenger described Arsenal's performance in the 2-1 Premier League defeat to bitter rival Tottenham as simply "not good enough."<p>Mesut Ozil's early opener provided a promising …

Soccer

Holders Atletico thrash Real Madrid

Substitute Saul Niguez scored a spectacular overhead kick for Atletico Madrid who tore apart local rivals Real Madrid 4-0 to open up the La Liga title race.<p>Real, who were missing key players defensively, began sluggishly and goal-keeper Iker Casillas was at fault as he allowed a Tiago Cardoso shot …

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