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  • Secret payments to soccer officials cloaked by car names

    Payments to the head of Peruvian soccer were masked under the name "Fiat." Money for Paraguay's boss was listed as "Honda." Excel spreadsheets detailed the cloak-and-dagger recording system of money given to "Benz," ''VW," ''Toyota," ''Kia," and "Peugeot," among others, including a pair of...

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  • Soccer-Italy boss Tavecchio resigns after World Cup elimination

    ROME, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the national team failed to qualify for...

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  • Bayern Munich Confirm 'Very Good' Sandro Wagner Talks Amid Transfer Rumours

    Bayern Munich look to have taken a significant step toward completing the January signing of Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner after confirming "very good talks" have taken place ahead of the winter transfer window. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic spoke to the media and said an agreement over the transfer fee is the main obstacle, per ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld: "We held very good talks. Of course, it will also be about the transfer fee. We are relaxed, have no pressure, but have...

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  • West Ham Fans Warned to Stop Calling 999 to Complain About Club

    Essex Police have taken to Twitter to tell West Ham United fans not to ring 999 to complain about the club losing. The Force Control Room sent the message out after the Hammers lost 2-0 to Watford on Sunday: Force Control Room added it was a "genuine call" they had received, one of "hundreds" wrongfully made to 999 on a daily basis. Manager David Moyes was taking charge of his first game with the Irons, but his side failed to muster a result as Will Hughes and Richarlison fired the Hornets to...

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  • Soccer: How Moreno reinvented himself by embracing defending

    (Reuters) - Liverpool left back Alberto Moreno made a name for himself at Sevilla thanks to his thrusting forward runs but nearly ruined his career in England with a disastrous performance against his former side in the 2016 Europa League final.

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  • Italy soccer boss resigns after World Cup elimination

    ROME (Reuters) - Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup finals.

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  • Mohamed Salah Backed to Join Real Madrid by Former Egypt International Mido

    Former Egypt international Mido has backed Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to join Real Madrid. The retired striker, who counts Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic among his former clubs, hailed his compatriot after he bagged a brace in the Reds' 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday: The goals took Salah's tally to 14 for the season in 18 appearances, putting him level with last year's top scorer Philippe Coutinho—who scored the same number in twice as many games—and he also has...

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  • Qatar urges Gulf neighbors to let nationals attend 2022 soccer World Cup

    DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar is urging the four countries imposing a diplomatic and trade boycott against it to allow their nationals to attend the World Cup in Doha in 2022, a senior Qatari organizer said on Monday.

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  • Barcelona Reportedly Considering Mesut Ozil as Philippe Coutinho Alternative

    Barcelona will reportedly look to Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil as an alternative to Philippe Coutinho this January, with the Catalan club's board said to be divided on whether to revive interest in Liverpool's talisman.  Pete Jenson of MailOnline reported Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez wishes to pick up their pursuit of Coutinho where the club left off, while general manager Pep Segura wants to consider Ozil as an option. The Blaugrana were linked with Coutinho throughout the...

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  • Arsenal to Reportedly Sign Borussia Dortmund Chief Scout Sven Mislintat

    Arsenal are reportedly close to announcing the recruitment of Borussia Dortmund's chief scout Sven Mislintat.  According to Sport Bild (h/t Owen Fulda of the Daily Star), the Gunners have paid £1.8 million to Dortmund in compensation to sign Mislintat, who will replace chief scout Steve Rowley at the Emirates Stadium, with Rowley leaving the club at the end of the season. James Olley of the Evening Standard reported the compensation fee to be lower: He added it is not yet known whether...

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  • Manchester United Reportedly Prioritise Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann Transfers

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will reportedly be handed "full command" of the club's transfers as part of his new contract, with Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann top of his list. Catalan newspaper Sport reported United are desperate to keep Mourinho and will hand him a new deal worth £19.5 million per year to ensure he doesn't leave for the Paris Saint-Germain (h/t Joe Short of the Daily Express). Part of that agreement will see the Portuguese tactician...

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  • Soccer-Pulis sacked as West Brom head coach

    Nov 20 (Reuters) - Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager after a sequence of poor results, the Premier League club said on Monday.The...

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  • Soccer: Pulis sacked as West Brom head coach

    (Reuters) - Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager with assistant coach Gary Megson being named as caretaker boss, the Premier League club said on Monday.

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  • Could the Return of Peerless Paul Pogba Reignite the Premier League Title Race?

    It seems a little superfluous to point out Manchester United missed their £89.3 million midfielder. A little like idly speculating one might miss a misplaced leg.Yet even in a world where it is hard to think of any news that would be small enough not to be news at all, Paul Pogba's 10-week absence, encompassing 13 matches, seems a little unreported. Or more pertinently, the consequences of his absence have. There have been minute-by-minute updates on various visits to barber shops but less in...

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  • Tony Pulis Sacked by West Brom: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

    West Bromwich Albion have sacked manager Tony Pulis following the team's disappointing run of form in the Premier League.  News that Pulis has been given his marching orders came via the club's official website on Monday. Baggies chairman John Williams thanked Pulis for his efforts but made it clear that results were not good enough in comments to the club's official website: "These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club. "We are in a results business and...

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  • Manchester City to Reportedly Duel Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk After Stones KO

    Manchester City are reportedly on a winter collision course with Liverpool after it emerged the Citizens will up their interest in Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk after losing John Stones to a hamstring injury. City manager Pep Guardiola told reporters after Saturday's 2-0 win against Leicester City that Stones looked likely to be sidelined for six weeks, which could force the club to invest in their defence during the January transfer window: “We’re going to discuss when January is...

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  • Italian Football Federation Want Antonio Conte to Return as Italy Manager

    Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian Football Federation, has given a strong indication he wants Antonio Conte to take over as Italy boss for a second time.  He spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t BBC Sport) and implied Conte is his first choice: "[Massimiliano] Allegri, [Roberto] Mancini, [Carlo] Ancelotti...I say getting warmer. And Conte? Fire." Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as Italy boss after they lost to Sweden in their play-off for the 2018 World Cup, the first time since 1958 the...

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  • Shkodran Mustafi Labels Inter Milan Rumours 'The Biggest S--t' in Media Outburst

    Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has launched a stern defence of his place at Arsenal and described this past summer's rumours linking him with a move to Inter Milan as "the biggest s--t" conjured up by the media.  The Germany international was touted as a possible signing for the Nerazzurri, but a move never materialised, and when quizzed on those rumours after scoring in Saturday's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, he told reporters: “You like to get the s--t, the biggest s--t. That's your...

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  • Paul Pogba Is 'Great' but Not Yet at Steven Gerrard's Level, Says Rafa Benitez

    Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has said Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is not yet at the level Steven Gerrard achieved following the Magpies' 4-1 defeat to the Red Devils on Saturday. According to the Mirror's David McDonnell, Benitez said: "No, they’re different. Stevie was a top-class player for so many years. He was very consistent and could make the difference in every game, with or without the ball. "He was a top-class player. Pogba is a great player, but he still has to be...

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  • PSG Reportedly Eye Liverpool Star Philippe Coutinho as Primary Summer Target

    Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is reportedly at the top of Paris Saint-Germain's shopping list ahead of next summer, with the French club hoping to revive one of 2017's biggest transfer sagas.  Barcelona were the club most closely associated with a move for Coutinho over the summer months, but PSG ran a close second, and French journalist Julien Maynard has said he'll be their priority at the end of this season (h/t Daily Mirror). James Benson of the Daily Express provided a translation...

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  • World Cup bribes, death threats: Corrupt world of FIFA

    Hour after hour in a New York City courtroom, the schemes to corrupt world soccer are spilling out. The millions of dollars in "inducements" to secure contracts to televise matches. The bribes sought by FIFA executives with the power to determine World Cup hosts. The death threats for...

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  • Ranking the Players Who Are More and Less Important to Liverpool Than 1 Year Ago

    Former British prime minister Harold Wilson once famously said "a week is a long time in politics." In the Premier League, a year seems like an eternity. After 12 games of the 2016/17 season, Manchester United were languishing in sixth place in the table, Diego Costa and Yaya Toure were scoring crucial goals for Chelsea and Manchester City, respectively, and West Bromwich Albion's fans were singing Tony Pulis' name after a 4-0 win over Burnley. When it comes to Liverpool, however, some things...

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  • Soccer: Barcelona to appeal Suarez, Pique yellow cards

    (Reuters) - La Liga leaders Barcelona will appeal the yellow cards handed to defender Gerard Pique and striker Luis Suarez during Saturday's 3-0 win at Leganes, the Spanish club has said.

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  • Manchester United chasing Premier, Champions League titles: Ibrahimovic

    (Reuters) - Manchester United are able to mount a serious challenge for both the Premier and Champions League titles this season thanks to a stronger squad, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said.

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