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Van Gaal on the Boxing Day ropes

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is at risk of a knockout punch as his side visit Stoke City in the weightiest fixture of the Premier League's jam-packed Saturday programme.<p>The 64-year-old Dutchman is reportedly one or two bad results away from the sack after a run of six winless games that …

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Pressure mounts on van Gaal after Stoke stun Man Utd

Former Premier League winners have failed to win any of their last seven games.<p>Louis van Gaal's position in the Old Trafford hot seat looked even more precarious as Stoke City swept Manchester United aside in a comfortable 2-0 victory to kickstart a busy day of Premier League holiday action.<p>Goals …

World Cup pressure is on Brazil

Brazilians must play amid a simmering stew of protests, expectations<p>Has there ever been more pressure on a soccer team than there is on Brazil in this World Cup?<p>Short answer: absolutely not.<p>Brazil opens its quest for an unprecedented sixth World Cup trophy Thursday, taking on Croatia in the …

Brazil Holds Off Croatia 3-1 In World Cup Opener (VIDEOS)

The final score doesn't always tell the whole story.<p>Brazil escaped from the opening match of the 2014 World Cup with a controversial victory over Croatia that was more intense and evenly contested than the 3-1 final indicates. Playing before a raucous crowd in Sao Paulo, the teams were deadlocked …

As FIFA World Cup Readies Kick-Off, Pele Says 'More To Life Than Football'

That’s soccer to us gringoes. The FIFA World Cup 2014 matches get under way in São Paulo on Thursday in an opening match between Brazil and Croatia. It’s a time of celebration and reverie in Brazil, whose national team won the cup five times and is gunning for a sixth. The last time World Cup …

Real Madrid wins 10th European Cup

This time, Cinderella's slipper didn't fit.<p>Two minutes away from completing what would have been a historic double, Atletico Madrid stumbled at the finish Saturday, giving up a goal three minutes into stoppage time and then three more in overtime as Real Madrid swept by for a 4-1 victory in the …

Toni Kroos confirms he is not signing for Manchester United

• ‘Manchester is and was not an issue,’ says Kroos • ‘I am expecting to play for Bayern Munich next season’ • Louis van Gaal ends United interest in Kroos<p>Toni Kroos has no intention of being a Manchester United player next season. The Bayern Munich midfielder has long been linked with a move to Old …

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Latest Odds, Betting Tips for Madrid Derby 2014

Before Atletico and Real Madrid contest the 2014 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, plenty of fans will be offering a wager or two on more than just the outcome.<p>With the help of Oddschecker.com, here are some of the latest odds and best tips for a hugely significant Madrid derby.<p><b>Meet the</b> …

Klinsmann dances around Donovan questions

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann tried to dance around the questions: Why take unproven youngsters to the World Cup and leave Landon Donovan home?<p>A day after announcing his momentous decision to drop the most accomplished player in American men's soccer, the U.S. coach hinted at answers …

Robinho and Kaka linked to move to Orlando City in MLS

Kaka's move to Orlando closer after World Cup selection snub Robinho seeking to dissolve contract for move to MLS Milan's failure to reach Europe makes for motivated sellers<p>Orlando City, the expansion team who will begin play in MLS next season, may do so with not one, but two Brazilian superstars, …

Arsenal lead race as James Milner tells Manchester City he wants to leave

• Bacary Sagna could leave Arsenal for Manchester City • Premier League transfer guide: Arsenal to Manchester City • Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton also after midfielder • Exit may leave Joe Hart as only English first-team player<p>Arsenal want to sign James Milner from Manchester City after the …

Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 19

With a new points record set thanks to their win over Cagliari on Sunday, another title-winning season has come to an end for Juventus. That is certain to see the transfer chatter surrounding the Serie A champions intensify, with a long list of names linked with moves to Turin this summer.<p>Over the …

Nike announce AS Monaco kit deal, raise bar with first effort

AS Monaco will kick off their Champions League campaign with a new kit from Nike, having worn Macron over the previous few seasons. Guys, this one is a bit of a looker.<p>Big-spending Ligue 1 side AS Monaco finished the 2013-14 season, their first after attaining promotion from Ligue 2, in second …

Lionel Messi Declares He'll Leave Barcelona Only When Fans Want Him to Go

Lionel Messi has suggested the only way he'll leave Barcelona is if the fans no longer want him. The Argentinian superstar confirmed he is "very happy to stay" in Catalonia, as long as his presence remains the best thing for the club.<p>Speaking after Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid—which …

Manchester United appoint Louis van Gaal as manager - CNN.com

Louis van Gaal is the new manager of Manchester United after signing a three-year contract to succeed David Moyes.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Chosen One MK II<p>Trophies galore<p>Catalan success<p>Divisive figure<p>German double<p>Tough guy<p>World Cup looming<p>Giggs to stay<p><i>Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- …

Obafemi Martins Scores from Ridiculous Angle for Seattle Sounders

The Seattle Sounders beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on Saturday night in Major League Soccer, and the game's only goal was worthy of winning just about any match.<p>It came in the eighth minute via Seattle's Obafemi Martins, who responded to being snubbed for Nigeria's World Cup squad this week by …

Juventus Complete 102-Point Season, Break European Record

Juventus completed their absolutely brilliant season on Sunday, beating Cagliari 3-0 to finish with 102 points from 38 matches.<p>Per BBC Sport, that's not only a Serie A record, but a record across all of Europe's top 10 leagues as well.<p>On top of that achievement, the home win also gave them a 100 …

Arsenal comes back to win FA Cup final, end nine-year trophy drought

Aaron Ramsey ended Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought, completing his team's comeback in extra time in the FA Cup final to clinch a 3-2 victory over Hull.<p>Saturday was shaping up as an embarrassing day for Arsenal at Wembley Stadium, when Hull scored twice in the first eight minutes. Hull has never …

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Messi Tells Barcelona They Must Sign Aguero Before He Renews Contract

Leo Messi has reportedly asked Barcelona to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero before he renews his contract at the Nou Camp.<p>The Catalan club …

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Would AC Milan Be Smart to Sell Mario Balotelli?

“Why always me?” Mario Balotelli famously asked whilst at Manchester City, and the answer is as complex and difficult as the player himself. The first black player to appear for Italy in a major tournament, his background, public profile and on-field talent mean his every step is dissected in …

Javier Zanetti retires after almost 20 years at Internazionale

• 'To retire at 40 is a priceless feeling,' says Argentinian defender • Zanetti set to take new role as Inter sporting director<p>The Internazionale stalwart Javier Zanetti has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season, bringing down the curtain on a playing career that has spanned three …

Could AC Milan regret letting Clarence Seedorf go?

Backroom disagreements could lead to Clarence Seedorf exiting AC Milan. Will they come to regret the day they let him leave?<p>Clarence Seedorf’s AC Milan have hit their best form of the season over recent weeks, capped by winning the Derby della Madonnina against Inter Milan on Sunday. They have won …