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Jozy Altidore's resurgence underlines USA's strong World Cup qualifiers

The numbers don't lie<p>Let's start with a rather banal but crucial fact which overshadows everything else we have to say about the fourth, fifth and …

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Neymar's skill helps Brazil to Confederations Cup win over Mexico

Neymar all but secured Brazil's place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup on Wednesday as they defeated Mexico 2-0 in their Group A tie at …

European Under-21 Championship: team of the tournament | Tor-Kristian Karlsen

As Spain cruised to yet another tournament win it was hard to look past their squad for the stand-out players of the recent Uefa Under-21 …

Arsenal: Are the Gunners Better with or Without Jack Wilshere?

Jack Wilshere's return from injury was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Arsenal's 2012-13 campaign. He was viewed by many fans as a messiah who could single-handedly save the Gunners' season.<p>His early form suggested that the expectation levels were justified. Wilshere marked his return from his …

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David Beckham fans hurt in stampede at Chinese university

At least seven people have been injured in a stampede after fans stormed a stadium gate to get a glimpse of David Beckham at a Chinese …

Henrik Larsson's son Jordan scores in his father's comeback game, for Sweden's Hogaborg

The name "Larsson" was once again on a scoresheet in a Swedish football match as former international striker Henrik Larsson made a comeback, but this time it was his 15-year-old son Jordan who scored the goal.<p>"We didn't combine a whole lot but obviously I'm proud," Henrik Larsson told newspaper …

Rio Ferdinand: Man Utd's tough start is 'blessing in disguise'

<b>Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United's tough start to their Premier League campaign could actually help new manager David Moyes.</b><p>The defending champions face Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their first five league games.<p>"This will just really focus the guys and when we come back into …

Lionel Messi summoned to testify on alleged tax fraud

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been summoned by a Spanish court for questioning as part of an investigation into tax fraud allegations.<p>A …

Gareth Bale will be at Tottenham next season, insists André Villas-Boas

André Villas-Boas insists Gareth Bale will not be leaving White Hart Lane this summer despite Real Madrid's very public pursuit of the coveted …

The Premier League Needs to Introduce a Transfer Window for Managers

The modern transfer window system was first mooted in 1991 and finally put into action in 2002-03.<p>The idea of creating a bi-annual period for transfer activity was to create stability. Players would no longer leave their clubs at crucial times of the year, and coaches could focus on <i>actual coaching</i> …

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Cristiano Ronaldo understandably tempts David Moyes, but Manchester United need a central midfielder

David Moyes returns from holiday next week to begin life as Manchester United manager in earnest with an answer required to a question he could never have contemplated during his eleven years at Everton.<p>Should I pursue a move for Cristiano <b>Ronaldo</b>?<p>As the Scot attempts to adjust to his new …

Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal: Gunners Reportedly Will Sign Real Madrid Striker

Arsenal have agreed to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain to a £150,000-a-week deal after agreeing on a £22 million transfer fee with Real Madrid, reports David Kent of the <i>Daily Mail</i>.<p>Higuain spent the past six-and-a-half seasons with Real Madrid. He's coming off a campaign in which he was forced to …

Del Piero will lead A-League All-Stars against Manchester United in July

Fifteen players have been chosen by fans to represent the A-League against Premier League holders Manchester United. The match is in Sydney on July 20.<p>30,000 fan votes combined with opinions of an expert panel have provided the A-League All-Stars side that will compete against Manchester United at …

Arsenal Fans Have Found a New Cult Hero in Santi Cazorla

On the opening day of the 2012-13 Premier League season, a new hero was born.<p>From the moment he stepped onto the pitch until the referee blew his whistle to tell him to depart, he spun, twisted and wove his way through the opposition's defense and sent an electrical pulse through the crowd at the …

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Spain vs. Tahiti, 2013 Confederations Cup: Final score 10-0, which is really unfortunate

That was mean, Spain.<p>Tahiti had a rough night against Spain on Thursday. Against Nigeria, they got the crowd behind them and managed to score a goal. Against Spain, they were overrun from the beginning. Instead of holding their own for the opening minutes, they were outclassed from the start and …

Abby Wambach breaks international goal-scoring record

With her 159th international goal, Abby Wambach has broken Mia Hamm's record for the most goals in international play by any footballer, male or female. She did it in style -- scoring a hat trick in 29 minutes on Thursday.<p>Abby Wambach entered Thursday night's game against South Korea behind Mia …

Fernando Torres' Record Outing vs. Tahiti Sends Message to Chelsea

If Fernando Torres' true intentions are to stay at Chelsea, the controversial striker sent the message loud and clear back to Stamford Bridge on Thursday.<p>Participating in this year's Confederations Cup as part of the Spanish national team, Torres had the game of his life before a raucous Jamaican …

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