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LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal named Spaniard Unai Emery as their first new manager for 22 years on Wednesday following Arsene Wenger’s departure at the end of the last campaign. The Premier League club’s website www.arsenal.com said the 46-year-old would join as head coach, having spent the last two years at Paris St Germain, with whom he recently claimed a domestic...

(Reuters) – Players from newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) Team of the Year announced on Wednesday, occupying five out of 11 spots. City defenders Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi, midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne as well as all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero were named in...

TURIN (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a bicycle kick which was outrageous even by his standards to lead Real Madrid to an emphatic 3-0 win away to Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday. With his back to goal, Ronaldo launched himself into the air to meet Dani Carvajal’s chipped ball and produced a perfectly-executed bicycle...

(Reuters) – Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp has vowed “there will be fire” when the Merseyside club faces Manchester City in Wednesday’s Champions League showdown, saying his team, at their best, are capable of defying the odds to reach the semi-finals. City visit Anfield in the first leg of their quarter-final tie, resuming a rivalry which has seen 12 goals scored...

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the squad to face Las Palmas on Saturday while captain Sergio Ramos and midfielder Isco will miss the trip to the Canary Islands due to injury. Defender Dani Carvajal is suspended, while midfielder Toni Kroos and left back Marcelo have also been rested against Las Palmes ahead of Real’s Champions...

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is still feeling discomfort with his thigh and the club need to exercise caution to ensure he does not tear the muscle, coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday ahead of his side’s La Liga game at Sevilla. Messi joined up with the Argentina squad after ending Barca’s 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao with a muscle...

(Reuters) – European soccer has lost a “huge player” in Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the striker will raise the level of the game in the U.S following his move to LA Galaxy, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. Ibrahimovic last week ended a short but successful stint at United – where he won the League Cup and the Europa League – to become the latest...

The Blues have lost two of their last three league games. Antonio Conte accepts Chelsea will face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League if they fail to beat Tottenham. Conte’s Premier League champions have been unable to mount a title defence this season and, with eight fixtures remaining, are fighting for a top-four finish alongside Spurs, Liverpool...

MADRID, March 30 (Reuters) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and midfielder Isco are not fit to face Las Palmas in La Liga and coach Zinedine Zidane refused to say whether top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will make the trip the Canary Islands. Isco has not trained due to a back problem since scoring a hat-trick in Spain’s 6-1 hammering of Argentina on Tuesday and defender...

LONDON (Reuters) – No British referees will take part in this year’s World Cup in Russia, the first such absence in 80 years. The list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees published by world soccer’s ruling body FIFA on Thursday confirmed officials from 46 countries but none from England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. The United States, with two referees...

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona must decide whether to field Lionel Messi as they resume their bid for the Liga title away to Sevilla on Saturday amid doubts about their talisman’s fitness at the start of a gruelling period of seven games in 22 days. Messi missed Argentina’s friendlies against Italy and Spain due to a muscle problem sustained after Barca’s last...

(Reuters) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has backed striker Alvaro Morata to play an important role in the final stretch of the Premier League season and boost his chances of making Spain’s squad for the World Cup this year. Morata made a brisk start after signing from Real Madrid in the close season but has gone off the boil in recent weeks. He scored the last of...

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has won the first FIFA ‘The Best’ Award as he was named the best player at FIFA awards ceremony in Zurich Switzerland. Ronaldo beat to the award his rival Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antonie Griezmann, concluding a fine year for the 31 years old. “I tell you 2016 was the best year of my career,” said...

Gonzalo Higuain netted twice as league leaders Juventus win 3-0 over Bologna in Turin and they set a new Serie A record of 26 straigh home wins. The former Napoli striker Higuain gave Juventus the lead after he scored a wonderful goal assisted by Miralem Pjanic. Paulo Dybala scored the second goal before the half-time with a penalty after Marios Oikonoumou fouled over...

Dec 29 (Reuters) – It is the perfect year-ending treat: Liverpool versus Manchester City, two Premier League title challengers brimful of attacking, pass-and-move brio and full of goals duelling at high pace at one of England’s noisiest and most storied venues. “If I wasn’t sitting on the bench, I would buy a ticket!” boomed Juergen Klopp with a smile on Thursday...

Dec 23 (Reuters) – AC Milan lifted the Italian Super Cup after 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s save from Paulo Dybala secured a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Juventus on Friday. Giorgio Chiellini put Juve ahead and Giacomo Bonaventura equalised, both in the first half, as a free-flowing match finished 1-1 after extra-time. Gianluca Lapadula’s first...

Dec 23 (Reuters) – Brazilian international midfielder Oscar will join Chinese club Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea, the English Premier League club said on its website. Although no financial details of the transfer was released, media reports suggest Shanghai paid 60 million euros ($62.63 million) for Oscar. A club statement read: “Chelsea Football Club and Shanghai...

The latest gossip and rumours from the newspapers and online: The Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is in talks with Marseille over a move away from Stamford Bridge. The Daily Mail writes that Arsenal will have to pay around £10million a year to keep Chile forward Alexis Sanchez at the club. The Daily Mail is also reporting that Hull forward...

* Manchester City came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 * Second-placed City cut Chelsea’s lead to seven points * Walcott put Arsenal ahead, finishing flowing three-man move on four minutes * Goal makes him fifth highest in Arsenal history with 63, one more than Robert Pires * Sane equalised after the break with first City goal since his move (adsbygoogle=window.adsbygoogle...

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will marry next summer his childhood girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo. The wedding is expected to take place in their hometown Rosario in Argentina, where they met through Antonella’s cousing and Messi’s close friend Lucas Scaglia. Argentine journalist Juan Pablo Varsky broke the news from a radio program yesterday. The newspaper La Capital...