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WC Qual. Europe

Thierry Henry becomes Belgium assistant coach

Former France star Thierry Henry has been named as the new assistant coach of Belgium, the national coach announced Roberto Martinez announced on Friday.


La Liga to hold minute's silence for Italy victims

Games in Spain's top two divisions will hold a minute's silence before kick-off over the weekend for victims of the devastating earthquake in Italy.

West Ham FC Astra Giurgiu
Q. Europa League

West Ham knocked out of Europa League

English Premier League club West Ham suffered a shock defeat by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu on Thursday that saw them knocked out of the Europa League in a mirror image of last season's campaign.

Serie A

Napoli sign youngster Diawara from Bologna

Defensive midfielder Amadou Diawara has left Bologna to sign for Serie A rivals Napoli, the two clubs announced on Friday.


Lewandowski hits hat-trick despite hole in right boot

Hot-shot Robert Lewandowski blasted a hat-trick in Bayern Munich's 6-0 win over Werder Bremen in Friday's opening game of the Bundesliga season -- with a hole in his goal-scoring boot.

Premier League

Rashford better off with Under-21's: Mourinho

Striker Marcus Rashford is better off in the England Under 21 side than playing second or third fiddle to Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy for the England senior team, says his club manager Manchester United's Jose Mourinho.

International Friendly

Injured Ronaldo absent from Portugal squad

Still recovering from the knee injury that forced him off in the final of Euro 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the Portugal squad for the start of their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Olympique Marsella Lorient
Ligue 1

Marseille see off Lorient for first win

Marseille got their Ligue 1 campaign up and running as they beat Lorient 2-0 at the Stade Velodrome on Friday to pick up their first win of the season.

More featured matches

UEFA guarantee four Champions League berths to top leagues

The top four leagues in Europe will be guaranteed four places in the group stage of the Champions League from the 2018/19 season, UEFA confirmed on Friday.


Guardiola handed Barcelona reunion with Manchester City in Champions League draw

Pep Guardiola will return to former club Barcelona with Manchester City in the Champions League after the two sides were thrown together in Thursday's group stage draw in Monaco.

Premier League

Stuttgart sign Japan's Asano on loan from Arsenal

German side Stuttgart confirmed on Friday that they had signed Arsenal's Japanese forward Takuma Asano on a year-long loan.

International Friendly

Olympics trio named for Schweinsteiger's Germany farewell

Germany head coach Joachim Loew has called up three members of the team which lost the Olympic final in Rio for Manchester United reject Bastian Schweinsteiger's farewell international next Wednesday.

International Friendly

Belgium football squad to play Spain and Cyprus

New Belgium manager Roberto Martinez announced a squad featuring no surprises for his first games in charge against Spain and Cyprus in September.


Main German league transfers for 2016/17

Ahead of the start of the 2016-17 Bundesliga season on Friday, AFP Sports takes a look at the main transfers during the close season in Germany:

Premier League

United star Mata warns against complacency, City's Bravo eyes debut

Juan Mata has warned Manchester United not to underestimate Hull ahead of their trip to the surprise high-flyers, while Claudio Bravo's footwork will be in the spotlight if Manchester City's new goalkeeper makes his debut against West Ham.

Premier League

Klopp seeks Liverpool lift-off on Spurs return

Jurgen Klopp returns to the scene of his first game as Liverpool manager at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, still searching for an effective winning formula.

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