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WC Qual. Europe

Deco: Ronaldo dedication borders on sickness

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner is known for his intense attitude in training, a focus which his former companion in international colours believes is almost pathological


Bayern can challenge on all fronts - Effenberg

Following the Bundesliga leader's 5-1 thumping of Borussia Dortmund, the former star believes they are primed to pose a real threat in every competition they play

La Liga

Juninho: Neymar must not focus on replacing Messi

The former Lyon midfielder has warned his fellow Brazilian not to exert too much energy into trying to replace injured Barcelona star Lionel Messi


Robben & Ribery fitness boosts for Bayern

The Dutchman could make his comeback immediately after the international break, while his French colleague is nearing the end of his injury nightmare

WC Qual. Asia

Hong Kong fined by FIFA over booing fans

FIFA has fined Hong Kong after fans jeered the Chinese national anthem and threw a drink at a rival player during a World Cup qualifier, the city's football authorities said on Tuesday.

FIFA head hopeful accuses Blatter of smear

FIFA presidential hopeful Chung Mong-Joon on Tuesday accused Sepp Blatter of trying to smear him via the body's ethics committee, in a bid to force the South Korean to drop his candidacy.


Fear of Champions League failure haunts peerless Bayern Munich

Their Bundesliga rivals are waving the white flag for the fourth season in a row, but fear of more Champions League failure is driving Bayern Munich on in Germany.

WC Qual. Europe

Brazil faces World Cup clashes without Neymar

Much has changed for Brazil's national team since last year's humiliating World Cup exit, but as the 2018 qualifying campaign gets underway Thursday one worrying factor stays the same: the absence of superstar Neymar.

La Liga

Bale voted Welsh player of the year for record fifth time

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was voted Welsh player of the year for a record fifth time on Monday.

EC Qualifying

Germany out to book Euro 2016 ticket in Dublin

Joachim Loew is both battling time and fatigue ahead of Thursday's key Euro 2016 qualifier away to Ireland, but wants the world champions to finish their qualifying campaign in style.

EC Qualifying

Injured Carvajal out of Spain's Euro qualifiers

Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal was one of three players to withdraw from Spain's Euro 2016 qualifiers later this week due to an ankle injury.


Aubameyang Bundesliga goal run continues

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued an amazing German Bundesliga goal run at the weekend while Ghana playmaker Andre Ayew was among five African scorers in the English Premier League.

EC Qualifying

Deschamps backs Lacazette to come good

France coach Didier Deschamps is backing striker Alexandre Lacazette to make his mark despite a poor start to the season.

Premier League

Rodgers 'incredibly disappointed' by Liverpool exit

Brendan Rodgers said on Monday that he was "incredibly disappointed" to have been sacked as manager of Liverpool, but paid warm tributes to the club's players, staff and fans.

EC Qualifying

Balotelli snubbed again despite Berardi injury

Controversial forward Mario Balotelli was snubbed again on Monday as striker Domenico Berardi pulled out of the Italy squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers this week.

EC Qualifying

Dorrans drafted into Scotland squad

Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans has been called into the Scotland squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against Poland and Gibraltar, the Scottish Football Association announced on Monday.

World Cup

IOC boss Bach would welcome FIFA reforms

International Olympic Committee boss Thomas Bach would welcome FIFA following the IOC example by undertaking far-reaching reforms, as Sepp Blatter faces fresh calls to resign as president of football's governing body, he said on Monday.

La Liga

Xavi wants Barcelona return

The former Blaugrana midfielder, currently in Qatar, would love to return to Camp Nou as part of the coaching staff once he calls time on his illustrious playing career

Premier League

Man Utd haven't seen the best of Martial yet - Deschamps

The France coach is happy with the 19-year-old's development and believes he has a lot of potential after a bright start at Old Trafford


Ribery's rehab at Bayern gets space-age help

Franck Ribery's return to the Bayern Munich squad is drawing closer, thanks to some space-age help with the injured French winger working out on a running machine developed by NASA.

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