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Adrian Targets West Ham Stay As First-Choice Goalkeeper

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West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian is eager to continue his career at the Premier League club and has set his sights on becoming their first choice shot-stopper. The Spaniard shared duties with on-loan English keeper Joe Hart in a difficult season that saw the club finish 13th in the league. Both players missed out on…

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New PSG Boss Tuchel Backs ‘Artist’ Neymar To Express Himself

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Brazilian forward Neymar is an “artist” and Paris St Germain need to build their team around the 26-year-old if they are to get the best out of him, the Ligue 1 club’s new manager Thomas Tuchel has said. Neymar joined the French champions from Barcelona for a record 222 million euros (194 million pounds) last…

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Draw Enough To Give Santos Laguna Mexican League Title

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MEXICO CITY – Santos Laguna took their sixth Mexican league title on Sunday when a 1-1 draw at Toluca was enough to give them a 3-2 aggregate win after a tense two-legged Clausura final. Argentine Julio Cesar Furch put Santos ahead after nine minutes but his countryman Gabriel Hauche brought things level for the home…

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Man City Eye Era Of Dominance Under ‘Relentless’ Guardiola

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Premier League champions Manchester City are driven by manager Pep Guardiola’s “relentless” desire for success and will be even hungrier for trophies next season, club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said. Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola joined City in 2016 and guided them to the league title with a record tally of 100…

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Belgium Coach Martinez Extends Contract Until 2020

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BRUSSELS – The Belgian football association and Roberto Martinez have agreed to extend the contract of the national soccer coach by two years until 2020. The association said in a statement on Friday that it had confidence in the Spaniard after he steered Belgium to the World Cup with nine wins and one draw. Martinez,…

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Bournemouth To Pay Blackburn Compensation For Mahoney

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Bournemouth have been ordered by the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC) to pay an initial 425,000 pounds to Blackburn Rovers for the transfer of winger Connor Mahoney, the Premier League club have said. The south coast team signed Mahoney from third-tier League One side Blackburn last July after the 21-year-old’s contract at Ewood Park ended…

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Allardyce Sacked As Everton Manager

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LONDON – Everton sacked manager Sam Allardyce on Wednesday after a six-month reign that saw the former England national team boss steer the Merseyside club to eighth place in the Premier League. Allardyce, who replaced sacked Dutch manager Ronald Koeman in November with the club 13th and five points above the relegation zone, still had…

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Everton Must Offload Players To Make Room For Quality – Allardyce

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Everton will trim their squad ahead of next season to facilitate the arrival of “top quality” players who can help them qualify for Europe, the Premier League club’s manager Sam Allardyce has said. Everton recruited heavily this season, spending over 140 million pounds in the summer and about 47 million pounds in January but even…

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Ozil Out With Back Injury But Expects To Be Fit For World Cup

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not expected to return for the remaining two games of the Premier League season due to a back injury but the German is confident he will be fit for the World $Cup. Ozil, who played in Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League semi-final second leg defeat at Atletico Madrid last week, watched…

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Messi ‘Put Pressure On Referee’ In Clasico – Ramos

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BARCELONA – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said Barcelona forward Lionel Messi put pressure on the referee at halftime in Sunday’s thrilling ‘Clasico’ at the Nou Camp which ended 2-2 after a series of controversial decisions. Barca defender Sergi Roberto had been sent off right at the end of the first half for clashing with…

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Simeone Hails Costa After ‘Historic’ Night For Atletico

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MADRID – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed “aggressive” striker Diego Costa after the Spain international fired his side to a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Thursday, taking them into the Europa League final with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Atletico splashed out 57 million euros (£50.24 million) to bring Costa back from Chelsea last year…

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Pochettino Looks To Champions League And Beyond

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LONDON- Mauricio Pochettino will not rest until Tottenham secure a place in the Champions League but his focus is already switching towards the club’s prospects of progressing next season. Monday’s victory against Watford opened up a five-point gap on Chelsea, who sit in fifth position, and with three games left to play it is increasingly…

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Liverpool In Champions League Final

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Liverpool reached the Champions League final after riding their luck to contain a fired-up AS Roma in a 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday that sent them through 7-6 on aggregate. Liverpool, who will face Real Madrid in the final on May 26, twice took the lead but were forced to hang on…

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Rugby – Genia Returns As Rebels Bid To End NZ Losing Streak

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MELBOURNE – Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia has returned from injury in a timely boost for the Melbourne Rebels ahead of their home Super Rugby clash against champions Canterbury Crusaders on Friday. Genia suffered a hamstring strain in the Rebels’ loss to Argentina’s Jaguares three weeks ago and sat out further defeats against the Bulls and…

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Real Madrid Reach Third Straight Champions League Final

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MADRID – Holders Real Madrid reached the Champions League final for a third year in a row after taking advantage of Bayern Munich’s carelessness in attack and defence to draw 2-2 in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday, winning 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich put them in front in the third minute but…

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Rooney Calls For Everton Stability, Backs ‘Thick-Skinned’ Allardyce

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Everton striker Wayne Rooney hopes the club can restore stability at Goodison Park and has backed manager Sam Allardyce to extend his stay beyond the current campaign. Following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman and a short spell for David Unsworth as caretaker early on in the season, Allardyce took charge of Everton in November and…

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Hughes Wants Consistency From Southampton To Avoid Relegation

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Southampton’s last two results have lifted the mood at St Mary’s but they must show consistency to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone, manager Mark Hughes has said. Saints followed up a draw against Leicester City with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, moving within a point of an escape with three…

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Malaysia Edge Saudi Arabia 1-0 To Advance To Quarterfinals

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia edged their more fancied opponents Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their last Group C match in the AFC Under -23 Championship at the Kunshan Stadium in China today. The result saw Malaysia qualifying for the quarterfinals after securing four points (one defeat, one draw and today’s victory). Midfielder Danial Amier Norhisham from…

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Malaysia Super League Teams Wooing National B-22 Captain

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SHAH ALAM – National under-22 (B-22) football team captain Muhammad Adib Zainudin has revealed that three teams had expressed their interest in taking him as their player for the Malaysia Super League next season. “Discussions are ongoing but there is no black and white or final decision between myself and the clubs,” he told reporters…

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Brazil To Introduce VAR After Refereeing Error

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Video Assistant Referees (VAR) are to be introduced in the Brazilian first division, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Monday, the day after league leaders Corinthians beat Vasco da Gama with a goal bundled into the net by an arm. Former Brazil striker Jo used his arm to score the…

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4 Arrests As Arsenal Match Delayed Amid Crowd Disoder

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LONDON- Arsenal’s Europa League group stage match at home to FC Cologne was delayed by an hour on Thursday, with four arrests made for public order offences after extra police had to be deployed at The Emirates Stadium in north London. British media said 20,000 Cologne fans had made their way through London towards the…

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Coaches Keep Eye On Ball For Malaysia Cup Quarter-Finals

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KUALA LUMPUR: Portuguese coach Eduardo Almeida has achieved his goal of guiding Melaka into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup for the first time in a decade. But the question now is whether Melaka can continue their fairy tale run as heavyweights Darul Ta’zim await them in the two-leg quarter-final tie. For Almeida, anything beyond…

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Hong Kong Show No Fear Of Malayan Tiger

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MELAKA – Malaysian fans may disagree and even feel insulted. Hong Kong claimed they will be the favourites in the Asian Cup qualifier against Malaysia at Hang Jebat Stadium tomorrow. Hong Kong head coach, Kim Pan-Gon appears to be less than impressed with the current Malayan Tigers, preferring the style of the previous Malaysian national…

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Transformation Of Football Ticket System Necessary

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KUALA TERENGGANU – The weakness in the system of ticket sales for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017) football final on Monday (Aug 28) which led to a commotion at the Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor, should be taken as a lesson by the parties concerned including the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). Kelantan Football…

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KL2017: Don’t Blame The Keeper, Says Kim Swee On

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KUALA LUMPUR – National under-22 squad coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee refused to blame goalkeeper, Muhammad Haziq Nadzli for his error that handed a goal, and eventually victory to Thailand in the 2017 Sea Games football final at the Shah Alam Stadium. At a press conference after the game, Kim Swee said the unfortunate error…

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So Close, Yet So Far: Thailand Edge Malaysia 1-0

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SHAH ALAM – A calamitous error by Malaysia goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli handed Thailand a 1-0 win and the Sea Games men’s football gold medal in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium tonight. A harmless cross into the Malaysian six-yard box did not look like it would cause trouble. But instead of catching the ball,…

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Thanabalan Is Malaysia’s Son – Thanabalan’s Mother

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SEREMBAN – Tonight will decide who gets the mother of all gold medals at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) at the football final between Malaysia and Thailand. N. Thanabalan’s mother, V. Thiru Sundari, 52, said when she was watching the match between Malaysia and Indonesia on Saturday (Aug 26), she was nervous when…

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Chelsea Might Have Given Man Utd ‘Last Piece Of Jigsaw’

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CHELSEA may have handed Manchester United “the last part of the jigsaw” by selling them midfielder Nemanja Matic, says former England striker Ian Wright. The 29-year-old Serb, who joined for £40m, was United’s third summer buy after Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea won the Premier League title last season, finishing…

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Malaysia Lose 0-2 To India In Friendly Match

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian women’s football team lose 0-2 to India in a class  ‘A’ international friendly match at  Selayang Municipal Council Stadium (MPS) tonight. Substitute player Pyari  Xava was the toast of India when she scored two goals in the second half to ensure a valuable win for the South Asian Confederation Cup champions. Malaysia will face Singapore…

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Malaysia Whip Brunei To Extend Winning Streak

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Under 15 (U-15) team continue their scintillating performance display by whipping Brunei 3-0 in the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation U-15 Football Championship in Chonburi, Thailand, today. The Malaysian boys, who had secured two straight victories in the preliminary match, got off to a perfect start after Muhammad Azrul Haikal Ramlee drew the first…

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