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MLS Week 19 round-up: Beckham leads Galaxy past Portland

17 Jul 2012

Week 19 was easily one of the most exciting weeks of the MLS season to date. Among the highlights: David Beckham produced one of his most inspired performances of his career - perhaps sending a message to messrs Hodgson...
 

Drogba arrives at Shangai Shenhua

14 Jul 2012

Didier Drogba will be officially presented on Saturday as a Shanghai Shenhua FC player at a press conference with club President Zhou Jun. He has signed a two and a half year contract with the Chinese club taking him up to the end...
 

Historic Lillestrom fight to avoid relegation

14 Jul 2012

Lillestrom have been in Norway's premier division (Tippeligaen) for over 30 years. They have been in the top flight since 1975. However, following recent poor form, frustrated fans are concerned for the future as the...
 

Berlusconi says Ibrahimovic and Silva have been sold to PSG

13 Jul 2012

AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have been sold to Paris Saint-Germain. It is understood a €65m offer was enough to persuade Berlusconi to part company with two of the club’s...
 

Mourinho escapes Super Cup ban

11 Jul 2012

Jose Mourinho has escaped a two match Spanish Super Cup ban for eye-gouging after an amnesty on bans from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). Mourinho received the ban after the dramatic second leg of last year’s Super Cup; in...
 

Russian manager shortlist includes Redknapp and Capello

11 Jul 2012

Harry Redknapp (pictured) is a surprise candidate included in the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) 13-man shortlist for the managerial vacancy left by Dick Advocaat. Advocaat had already agreed to take over at PSV Eindhoven, before...
 

Next season's La Liga fixtures revealed

10 Jul 2012

The Primera Division gets off to a flying start come the weekend of August 18/19, as defending champions Real Madrid face off against Valencia in a tough opening fixture at the Bernabeu. Meanwhile, Barcelona welcome Real Sociedad to the...
 

Javi Martinez to Barcelona?

10 Jul 2012

Barcelona continue to be strongly linked with Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez. Martinez (pictured) has been linked with a move to several clubs for sometime, including Real Madrid, but the most recent speculation has surrounded...
 

MLS Week 18 round-up: Injuries befall New York while LA surge past Chicago

10 Jul 2012

The hectic midsummer schedule took its toll on MLS players this week, with managers hastily adjusting lineups due to injuries, fatigue and suspensions. Not helping matters has been the unseasonably warm summer in the United States, with...
 

Cardiff will stage 2014 UEFA Super Cup

9 Jul 2012

European’s football governing body UEFA has announced that Cardiff has won the rights to stage the 2014 UEFA Super Cup Final. The match, which is a one-off showpiece between the previous season’s winners of the UEFA...
 

Fluminense win 100th anniversary derby

9 Jul 2012

A goal from Fred ensured Fluminense defeated city rivals Flamengo on the 100th anniversary of the “Classic of the Multitudes.” Sunday’s game was the 391st fixture the two sides have played and it was 100 years since the Rio de...
 

Didier Deschamps announced as new France manager

9 Jul 2012

World Cup winning captain Didier Deschamps (pictured) has been named as the new manager of France. The 43-year-old takes over after Laurent Blanc resigned following defeat to Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. The...
 

French adventure for Kalou

8 Jul 2012

Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has joined former French champions Lille on a four-year deal. The 26-year-old (pictured) was available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Stamford Bridge last month. The...
 

Keita says bye bye to Barca

8 Jul 2012

Mali midfielder Seydou Keita has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Dalian Aerbin, the Chinese Super League club. The move comes less than 24 hours after confirming his exit from Barcelona. The midfielder, who joined...
 

Forlan on his way back to South America

6 Jul 2012

Inter Milan striker Diego Forlan is set for a move to Brazilian club Internacional as his contract is terminated over the weekend. The 33-year-old (pictured) moved to the San Siro from Atletico Madrid last season but failed to...
 

MLS week 17.5 round-up: last-gasp goal stuns galaxy again

6 Jul 2012

In honour of U.S. Independence Day, the MLS held a full slate of matches mid-week, giving us Septics the chance to do one of our favourite things: watch sports, either in the stadium or on the couch. With most clubs also in action both...
 

Corinthians lift first Copa Libertadores

5 Jul 2012

Corinthians were founded in 1910 and have had their fair share of success throughout their history, winning the Brazilian national league five times, the Copa do Brasil three times and claiming the title of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2000. ...
 

MLS Week 17 round-up: Galaxy squander big lead

3 Jul 2012

This is arguably the most critical point of the season for MLS clubs. In addition to a heavy schedule, MLS teams are also using the mid-summer international transfer window to bolster their squads. So in addition to the usual three...
 

Barcelona agree fee for Spanish star Alba

28 Jun 2012

Barcelona have announced they have agreed a fee to sign Spanish star Jordi Alba. The 23-year-old left back will leave Valencia and join his new team-mates once Euro 2012 concludes at the weekend. The...
 

Bayern snap up Mandzukic

28 Jun 2012

Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of VFL Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic on a four year contract. The 26-year-old Croatian, who is currently joint top of the Golden Boot award at Euro 2012, becomes the...