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Barca, Spain face wait on Valdes

Spain and Barcelona face a nervous wait over the fitness of Victor Valdes after he sustained a calf injury during <i>La Roja's</i> shock 1-0 friendly defeat …

Victor Valdés injury: Goalkeeper reportedly has a torn calf muscle

Barcelona's starting goalkeeper could face six weeks out if early reports of a torn calf muscle are true.<p>Victor Valdés could be facing six weeks or more out of action if early reports about a torn calf muscle are true. The Barcelona goalkeeper was injured in Spain's loss against South Africa on …

Player gets injured after own goal - Jordens Peters

FIFA slams Qatar over labour issues

ZURICH -- Pressure on Qatar to improve conditions for migrant workers building 2022 World Cup projects increased on Wednesday with FIFA president …

Who I am to argue with Zlatan Ibrahimovic? The World Cup may very well not be worth watching without him

Paris St Germain striker believes football's greatest stage will be missing its best player this summer now that Sweden have failed to qualify for the World Cup finals<p>At least it gives us four weeks of next summer back. As Sweden failed to qualify for Brazil 2014, their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic …

Cristiano Ronaldo could seal immortality by leading Portugal to glory at 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil

Portuguese capped glorious year against Sweden to suggest he could lead the nation to success in Brazil<p>A good player can only hope to win a vital game with his talent. A great one can decide to. Zlatan Ibrahimovic raised <b>Sweden</b> to the cusp of <b>World Cup</b> qualification. <b>Cristiano Ronaldo</b> lifted <b>Portugal</b> …

Champions League: BT Sport wins £897m football rights deal

<b>BT Sport has announced an exclusive £897m three-year deal to broadcast live Champions League and Europa League football matches.</b><p>The broadcaster has won the rights to show all 350 fixtures each season from 2015 after talks with European governing body Uefa.<p>A BT spokesman said it had "shaken up the …

David Alaba close to new Bayern deal

Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba has been offered a fresh six-year deal, which would earn him six million euros per year, Austrian media …

Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini registers image rights in tax haven

Guernsey move could see Chilean exploit favourable tax rates on any earnings from his commercial image<p>Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has taken the unusual step of applying to register his image rights on the Channel Island of Guernsey.<p>Pellegrini, who left his position as Malaga manager …

Karim Benzema: Drought not attitude

Karim Benzema has dismissed suggestions that his long international goal drought is "a problem of attitude" and defended his commitment to France's …

Forget about Gareth Bale and return to winning ways, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas warns squad

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has called on Tottenham to now put the Gareth Bale saga behind them and get back to winning ways - starting with the visit of Norwich on Saturday.<p><b>Spurs</b>' build-up to the new campaign was overshadowed by the frenzied speculation over the future of Wales forward Bale, who …

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are all smiles

• Spanish giants show off £166m worth of talent • Bale may make debut at Villarreal on Saturday<p>For Real Madrid the chance to show off £166m worth of talent was too good to pass up and the hope for the Spanish giants is that Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo get on this well when it comes to …

Why Shinji Kagawa Is Being Left Out at David Moyes' Man United

Shinji Kagawa is not injured.<p>And if there were any questions regarding his fitness, they were put aside once and for all when he left two Ghana players in the dust, out-maneuvered a third and lashed the ball past the goalkeeper and inside the near post in a Tuesday international friendly against …

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Liverpool apologise after Twitter account mocks Munich air disaster

Liverpool have apologised and launched an investigation after their Twitter account appeared to mock the Munich air disaster.<p>@LFC asked fans to suggest three tracks to be played over the Tannoy at Anfield ahead of Sunday's meeting between the Premier League's two fiercest rivals.<p>One fan apparently …

Daniel Agger reveals why he stayed at Liverpool despite Barcelona offer

Daniel Agger has spoken publicly for the first time about Barcelona's interest in him, saying he is flattered by it but that he is happy to remain at Liverpool, the club that "have given him everything". The newly appointed Liverpool vice-captain has been courted by the Catalans for two consecutive …

Arsène Wenger: Arsenal will not 'panic buy' at end of transfer window

Arsène Wenger maintains Arsenal will not "panic buy" as they look to strengthen a depleted squad in the closing days of the transfer window.<p>With the Germany forward Lukas Podolski, who is set for up to three months out because of a hamstring injury, joining the England midfielder Alex …

Uefa Europa League groups 2013 – in full

The three British clubs will all face trips to Russia in the group stage of the Europa League. Swansea City were drawn in Group A with Valencia and the Russian European debutants Kuban Krasnodar, who beat Motherwell and Feyenoord in the play-offs. They are joined by the Swiss side St …

Manchester United move for Ander Herrera and 'bid for Daniele De Rossi'

Athletic Bilbao have turned down a €30m (£25m) bid from Manchester United for their 24-year-old midfielder Ander Herrera.<p>Meanwhile the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera is reporting that United have offered €12m (£10m) for the Roma midfifelder Daniele De Rossi, a target for Manchester City …

Lack, Hansen lead Canucks to shutout win over Flames

Jannik Hansen scored the game-winning goal and rookie goalie Eddie Lack made 18 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.<p>Vancouver took the lead in the final minute of the first period on a terrific breakaway pass from Henrik Sedin and an even …

Why Manchester City Will Make the Champions League Knockout Stages This Season

Manchester City have been handed a tough task, as they strive to achieve something they have singularly failed to do in the last two seasons: make it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.<p>The Champions League draw put the Blues into Group D with Bayern Munich, the reigning European …

Falcao and Andre-Pierre Gignac Headline Marseille vs. Monaco Clash

Sunday night’s box office Ligue 1 clash is the early season’s top two going head-to-head at the Stade Velodrome.<p>Olympique de Marseille entertaining AS Monaco would have been a heavyweight battle at any point this season, with both heavily tipped during preseason to challenge Paris Saint-Germain for …

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Liverpool v Manchester United: David Moyes defends his record at Anfield

Before David Moyes’s last trip to Anfield as Everton manager, his pre-match television briefing was cut short by a question he did not much care for. “Why have you never won at Anfield?”<p>Moyes fixed a glare on the inquisitor that resembled a typical Govan portrait of his <b>Manchester United</b> …

Wayne Rooney has 48 hours to demand move from Manchester United to Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has told Wayne Rooney he has 48 hours to demand a move to Chelsea after admitting Manchester United’s “special fans” could keep the forward at Old Trafford.<p>Despite being the subject of two rejected bids from <b>Chelsea</b> this summer, Rooney produced a man-of-the-match performance for <b>United</b> …

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The Hottest Strikers from Week Two of the Premier League

It's been a bit of a barren week on the goals front, at least for the out-and-out goalscorers.<p>We saw the first Old Trafford stalemate since May 2009, which was one of three goalless draws—a phenomenon that only occurred twice during 2012-13—while in other more fruitful matches the frontmen were …

Gareth Bale frustrated and skips training as Daniel Levy gets tough

Gareth Bale failed to report for training at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday morning, giving the clearest indication yet that he feels his time at the club is over.<p>The Wales forward is set on a move to Real Madrid and late interest from Manchester United has not produced a change of heart. He has only …

Gareth Bale set to be first €100m player after Spurs-Real Madrid switch

At Real Madrid they have already erected a tented scaffold in one of the stands at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, a small stage upon which they hope the football world will focus later this week. Gareth Bale, the Cardiff boy who made good at Tottenham Hotspur, is set to be unveiled as the world's …

Everton expect Leighton Baines to stay out of Manchester United's grasp

Roberto Martínez has claimed Manchester United's £12m bid for Leighton Baines in June was a final offer and that he expects the England international to remain at Everton.<p>Everton rejected United's approach for the 28-year-old and, despite David Moyes's interest in Baines and Marouane Fellaini, …