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Scolari Pulls Out Of England Running

Luiz Felipe Scolari has sensationally pulled out of the running to be the next England manager just 24 hours after he was considered a dead cert to be Sven-Goran Eriksson’s replacement. The Brazilian, who will manage Portugal at this summer’s World Cup finals, revealed in a press conference that he didn’t want to be considered…

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Rafael Marquez hopes more countrymen will come to Europe

The most famous Mexican player in the world talks about his example to fellow players, his growth as a player, his contract, and a nagging knee injury. Rafael Marquez is the first Mexican to make it to the Champions League final. Though glad for the achievement, he’s saddened by the lack of compatriots in Europe….

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Messi Making Injury Progress

Young Argentinean phenom, Leo Messi is making progress and hopes to play in UEFA Champions League final versus England’s Arsenal. Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi visited a Buenos Aires hospital on Thursday where he had a scan on the muscle injury in his right leg that has kept him out of action for over…

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UEFA Cup: Middlesbrough Do the Impossible! Again!

Middlesbrough completed one of the most improbable comebacks in UEFA Cup history… again. Heading into the match ‘Boro were a goal down to Steaua Bucharest and then 3-0 down 25 minutes into the second leg. But with the Riverside behind them, the English club responded with four goals to advance to the UEFA Cup finals…

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UEFA Cup: Puerta Sends Sevilla Through

Sevilla will meet Middlesbrough in this year’s Uefa Cup final after an extra time goal from Antonio Puerta gave the Spaniards a 1-0 aggregate win over Schalke in the semi-finals. Sevilla 1, Schalke 0 Sevilla advance 1-0 on aggregate The local-born midfielder fired a superb half-volley past keeper Frank Rost ten minutes into extra time…

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Chivas: ‘Nothing is Certain’

Chivas understands the hardest part of reaching the quarterfinals will be in the away game, but their coach is confident in his squad. Despite the impressive 3-0 shellacking of Independiente Santa Fe at Jalisco Wednesday, the Chivas are not celebrating just yet. “I think we took a good advantage, but we still have to play…

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Uefa Cup Countdown: History Beckons For Last Four

The Uefa Cup may be a bit of an Ugly Duckling of a competition, a strange hybrid forever in the shadow of the Champions League; but the trophy itself is mammoth, a handsome chunk of silverware to grace any club’s sideboard. And now that we’re down to the last four, the clubs still involved are…

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Quick Strikes From the Women’s Side

A round-up of women’s soccer news from around the world. U.S. skipper Greg Ryan has revealed the 18 players that he will take to Japan for the scheduled friendlies on May 7th and 9th. The U.S. will look to improve on its 14-0-3 all-time record against Japan in the first meetings between the two countries…

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Big Phil For England – Report

The BBC is reportung that Luiz Felipe Scolari has been offered the job of England manager and is discussing terms with the Football Assocation. According the BBC report, FA chief executive Brian Barwick is in Lisbon to work out a deal with Portugal’s Brazilian manager, who masterminded England’s defeat in both the 2002 World Cup…

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Dein Urges Henry To Stay

Arsenal’s vice-chairman David Dein has urged Thierry Henry to stay with the Champions League finalists, although is clearly clueless as to the Frenchman’s intentions. Henry, who has been strongly linked with Barcelona for over a year, will have just one year left on his contract come the end of the season, but has refused to…

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Mexico: Despite injury Cuauhtémoc wants to play

Snubbed by the national team, Cuauhtémoc Blanco wants to do everything he can to get the slumping Eagles into the postseason. Club America star Cuauhtémoc Blanco is hoping and praying, in spite of injuries, to continue playing in order to help his team make the Clausura ‘06 playoffs. Last Saturday, Blanco, whose exclusion from the…

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Official: Zidane to Retire After World Cup

One of the true masters of the game, Zinedine Zidane, confirmed today that he will retire after the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “Today I am making the decision to leave it all behind,” Zidane said at a press conference today. The Real Madrid star, who turns 34 during the World Cup, said he wanted…

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Lehmann sinks yellow submarine

Villarreal, Spain (Sports Network) – Jens Lehmann proved why he was selected as Germany’s goalkeeper for the World Cup by blocking a late Villarreal penalty shot to ensure a scoreless draw and Arsenal a spot in the Champions League final match. Lehmann blocked Juan Roman Riquelme’s penalty kick in the 90th minute to preserve Arsenal’s…

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Canetti Resigns Red Bull Post

General Manager Chris Canetti leaves Red Bull New York. Red Bull New York announced Monday that Chris Canetti has resigned from his position as Assistant General Manager of Red Bull New York effective immediately. Canetti joined the club (then known as the MetroStars) in May of 2000. He served several different capacities during his six-year…

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Champions League SF Showdowns: Destination Paris

Both tickets to the final of the 2006 UEFA Champions’ League will be punched this week as Europe’s best this season. Arsenal, Villarreal, AC Milan, and Barcelona take the last step toward making it to the showpiece event of the European season. Arsenal and Barcelona appear to be in the driver’s seat at the moment…