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Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

Milan – Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a […]

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US women’s football star Solo accuses Blatter of sexual assault

US women’s football star Solo accuses Blatter of sexual assault

Lisbon – US women’s football star Hope Solo accused Sepp Blatter of sexual assault on Friday, claiming the disgraced former FIFA president groped her backside at the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony. The 36-year-old Solo, her country’s standout goalkeeper, claimed the 81-year-old Blatter pounced as she was about to present an award to her teammate Abby […]

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England reserves determined not to be embarrassed

England reserves determined not to be embarrassed

London – It was meant to be an opportunity to let England’s young lions roam free to demonstrate how they may just be equipped to inject fear into the two best teams in world football. Instead, the build-up to the glamour friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley has been accompanied in the English media […]

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Fernandinho, Stones, Otamendi key to Man City’s strong start

Fernandinho, Stones, Otamendi key to Man City’s strong start

London – With Manchester City scoring at will and playing some bewitching attacking football, it has been easy to overlook the contribution made by their three most defensive outfield players. Fernandinho, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are never likely to hog the headlines in a team that has plundered 52 goals in all competitions and […]

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Video ref reform calls in Germany

Video ref reform calls in Germany

German football chiefs want to reorganise refereeing in the Bundesliga after the head of their fledgeling video refereeing (VAR) system was sacked amidst accusations of bias. The VAR system is being trialled this season in Italy and Germany, generating much debate in both countries with fans complaining it slows games down. FIFA have yet to […]

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Bayern needs new blood to stay at the top – Lewandowski

Bayern needs new blood to stay at the top – Lewandowski

London – Bayern Munich must make sure they bring in top players every season to stay competitive and ease the pressure on an ageing squad, Poland captain Robert Lewandowski said on Tuesday. Lewandowski, with the national team for friendlies against Uruguay on Friday and Mexico on Monday, also told Reuters in an interview that Bayern’s […]

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Ex-Real player Pepe criticises unenthusiastic Madrid fans

Ex-Real player Pepe criticises unenthusiastic Madrid fans

Istanbul – Former Real Madrid defender Pepe has blasted the Liga club’s fans as “unenthusiastic“, contrasting the hushed atmosphere of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium with the cauldron of noise he is now exposed to with Turkish champions Besiktas. The Portugal international left Real for Besiktas in July after winning three Liga titles, two King’s Cup […]

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Spurs star Kane out of Germany, Brazil games

Spurs star Kane out of Germany, Brazil games

London – Tottenham Hotspur’s prolific striker Harry Kane withdrew from the England squad for prestigious friendlies with World Cup holders Germany and five-time winners Brazil on Monday due to a knee injury. His Spurs team-mate, midfielder Harry Winks, also limped out with an ankle problem, bringing the absentees from the club to three as Dele […]

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Nadal quits Paris with knee injury to cast doubt on London

Nadal quits Paris with knee injury to cast doubt on London

Paris – Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters before his quarter-final with a knee injury on Friday which could also rule the 16-time Grand Slam champion out of the season-ending World Tour Finals. World number one Nadal, who has suffered from knee and wrist injuries throughout his career, decided to withdraw on Friday […]

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‘Monstrous’ Messi to enter Barca’s 600 club

‘Monstrous’ Messi to enter Barca’s 600 club

Lionel Messi will celebrate his 600th start for Barcelona on Saturday in what his manager Ernesto Valverde hails as “a monstrous” achievement. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner becomes only the third player to reach the milestone for the Catalan club after ex-playmaker Xavi Hernandez (767 appearances) and the current captain Andres Iniesta (642). In his […]

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