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Iniesta edges award for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe

31 Aug 2012

Andres Iniesta edged the votes to win UEFA’s Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday. The 28-year-old, who was nominated ahead of Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, won the live poll conducted by...
 

Del Piero looks down under for final challenge

30 Aug 2012

Sydney FC have been in talks with former Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero regarding a possible move to the A-League side. Since his release from the Italian champions back in May after 19 years in Turin, the 2006 World Cup...
 

Wenger watches on as Arsenal dominate their NextGen opener

30 Aug 2012

Arsene Wenger watched from the stands at Barnet on Wednesday evening as Arsenal put on a dominant display in their NextGen Series opener against Marseille. Nico Yennaris opened the scoring for the Gunners after only nine minutes and...
 

Super Cup glory for Modric and Madrid

30 Aug 2012

Luka Modric has now won more trophies for Real Madrid in two days than he did in four years playing for Spurs. The Croatian midfielder (pictured) came on as a substitute as Jose Mourinho's men overturned a 3-2 first leg deficit...
 

Shanghai unrest could end Chinese stay for Drogba

30 Aug 2012

It’s been a whirlwind three months for Didier Drogba since silencing the Munich masses with the penalty that clinched the Champions League and his spot in Chelsea folklore. The Ivorian left Stamford Bridge to join former...
 

CSKA Moscow too clinical for Chelsea in NextGen Series

29 Aug 2012

Chelsea lost their NextGen Series clash against a well-organised CSKA Moscow side on Tuesday evening. The Blues took the lead after only nine minutes through Patrick Bamford, after some excellent work by new signing Thorgan Hazard...
 

MLS Week 25 round-up: Galaxy continue to roll, Red Bulls get lucky

28 Aug 2012

With the season down to its last weeks, the MLS playoff races became a lot tighter. MLS bubble teams - those who currently do not have a playoff spot but are making a strong push to get one - delivered inspired performances. ...
 

Two lengthy bans as referees become victims

24 Aug 2012

Match fixing, violence and bribery are things that seems to have been an unfortunate part of Turkish football. The Super Lig is known for its problems recently and the difficulties continue, with players involved in some ugly scenes on...
 

Barcelona take advantage into second leg with Real Madrid

24 Aug 2012

Barcelona came from behind to beat Real Madrid 3-2 on Thursday in the opening leg of the Spanish Super Cup, giving Tito Vilanova a victory in his first meeting as head coach against counterpart Jose Mourinho. The first meeting of the...
 

Song seals Barcelona switch

20 Aug 2012

Alex Song has completed his transfer from Arsenal to La Liga giants Barcelona for £15m. The Cameroon international finalised a £70,000-per-week contract at the Nou Camp on Monday morning, a significant pay-raise compared to his...
 

Barca held by Anderlecht

16 Aug 2012

The second season of the NextGen Series kicked-off on Wednesday night and Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw with NextGen debutants RSC Anderlecht at the Mini Estadi. The Belgians showed some fantastic defensive qualities and...
 

La Liga trio shortlisted for UEFA Best Player Award

15 Aug 2012

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta will battle it out to win UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award later this month. The three La Liga stars gained the most points in a vote among 53 sports journalists who represent each...
 

MLS week 23 round-up: Galaxy thrash Chivas, San Jose snatch late victory

15 Aug 2012

Though every MLS team is mathematically still eligible for a playoff spot, this was the week in which the top five teams in each conference division, separated space from themselves and the others in the league. With a...
 

Antonio Conte banned for 10 months over match-fixing claims

10 Aug 2012

The match-fixing scandal that has plagued Italian football for over a year has claimed another victim in Juventus manager Antonio Conte. Conte, who led Juventus to the Serie A title last season without losing a game, was handed a 10...
 

Series two of the NextGen series ready for kick-off

8 Aug 2012

The senior professionals aren't far away now from the kick-off of a new season but neither is one of the biggest trophies for the stars of the game tomorrow. The hugely successful NextGen series is about to begin its...
 

Successful surgery for Gomez

8 Aug 2012

Mario Gomez has undergone successful ankle surgery. Earlier this week, Gomez had surgery on his left ankle after picking up a knock in Bayern Munich's LIGA Total Cup participation last weekend. The...
 

MLS week 22 round-up: Seattle thrash Los Angeles, Houston overpower New York

7 Aug 2012

Poor finishing in April causes concern for a player. Poor finishing in August can cost teams dearly in the standings. That is a lesson that some clubs learned the hard way this week. LA Galaxy misfired in the first half of...
 

Abidal eyes December return for Barca

6 Aug 2012

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is hopeful of a return to action before the end of the year. The 32-year-old French international (pictured) has been out of action since undergoing a liver transplant in April, having undergone...
 

Real Madrid defeat Santos Laguna in Las Vegas

6 Aug 2012

Real Madrid continued their pre-season tour of the United States by securing another victory; this time against Mexican club Santos Laguna in the stifling Las Vegas heat on Sunday. Xabi Alonso opened the scoring for Los Merengues in...
 

Arsenal target Nuri Sahin free make Bernabeu exit‏

3 Aug 2012

Turkish playmaker and Arsenal target Nuri Sahin is free to leave Real Madrid on-loan this summer, as manager Jose Mourinho can't guarantee the player regular first-team football at the Santiago Bernabeu this season. The 23-year-old...