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Flamengo Bring Back Juninho

Former Atlético Madrid and Middlesbrough star Juninho Paulista has returned to Flamengo, wher he spent a happy 2002 season on loan. “To play important tournaments, and even more the Copa Libertadores, is always very special,” said the 33-year old attacker. “I’m very happy for being back here,” exclaimed Juninho. “I’ve loved living in Rio de…

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Cannavaro: "I Hope This Shuts My Critics Up"

Italy and Real Madrid centre-back Fabio Cannavaro, this year’s FIFA World Player, mixed his happiness at winning the award with a spiked message that all those who rubbished his candidature for the Ballon D’Or should now clam up. “For a defender it’s so much more difficult when you’re competing alongside footballers of the calibre of…

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Internacional stuns Barca on Adriano's late tally

Yokohama, Japan (Sports Network) – Substitute Luiz Adriano scored in the 82nd minute to lift South American champions Internacional to a 1-0 win over European champions Barcelona on Sunday, securing the FIFA Club World Cup for a Brazilian side for the second straight year. Fellow Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo upset Liverpool in last year’s final,…

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Fergie's Right-Hand Man In USA's Sights

U.S. Soccer have found their next top target, Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz. Queiroz, Sir Alex Ferguson’s top assistant at Manchester United, has long been rumored one of the top prospects to land the U.S. coaching vacancy, and even more so now following Jürgen Klinsmann’s decision not to take the job. The Sun published a…

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Pinto Named As New Colombia Boss

Colombia have appointed Jorge Luis Pinto as their new coach, with designs on ending their World Cup drought in 2010. The 2001 Copa America champs have failed to qualify for the last two World Cups. “The aim is to build a team which will lead us to the World Cup finals,” declared Pinto at his…

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No Simão Offers, Says Benfica

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has hushed long standing rumours linking star man Simão Sabrosa with several buig name clubs. The Portugal winger has been mentioned as a target for the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Valencia. “We have not received an offer for Simão recently, not from England or any other country,” said…

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USA To Host Mexico In February

The United States and Mexico will renew their regional rivalry in the first quarter of 2007. In a battle of (the) CONCACAF heavyweights, USA will host Mexico on February 7, 2007, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The match will kickoff at 9:00 p.m. ET, and tickets will go on sale December…

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Adu Pleased With New Address

Fresh Real Salt Lake catch Freddy Adu says he delighted to be shifting his MLS career from Washington D.C. to the Rockies. The U.S. Under-20 captain will get to play his favored playmaking role under familiar coach John Ellinger. “I cannot be happier here,” Adu told the New York Times. “This is something I wanted,…

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Totti Reveals Old Trafford Dream

Italian legend Francesco Totti has revealed his dream to play at Old Trafford. On the eve of the Champions League knockout stage draw, AS Roma talisman Francesco Totti stated his desire to face the legendary Manchester United. Such a draw would mean an Old Trafford debut for the Azzurro World Cup winner. “At this stage…

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Real Closing On Higuain Capture

According to River Plate executive Hector Grinberg, Real Madrid are on the verge of completing a €12.5 million move for Millionairos starlet Gonzalo Higuain. “We expect to complete negotiations today,” he told reporters on Thursday. “We had to stop things this morning because the people from Real had a Christmas lunch with the players, but…

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Wenger & Roeder Sad For Pardew

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed sadness about West Ham United’s decision to fire Alan Pardew. Although Wenger and Pardew were involved in a well-publicised row on the touchline last month when Pardew’s celebration of a late Hammers goal against the Gunners was perceived by Wenger as disrespectful, the Arsenal boss told BBC Five Live…

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Simeone Basking In Title Glow

Freshman Estudiantes boss Diego Simeone is on cloud nine after sealing an improbable Argentine championship with a 2-1 victory over Boca Juniors on Wednesday night. The Bombonera crew only needed a draw on the final day of the season, but lost to set up the one-game playoff. “In this stadium, I started my career as…

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U.S. to face Mexico in February

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The U.S. Men’s National Team announced Thursday that it will play Mexico in an exhibition game Feb. 7 at Glendale, Ariz., the second game for the MNT under interim head coach Bob Bradley. Bradley was appointed to the position last week after former German star player and national team head…

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Convey Close To Running Again

Reading attacker Bobby Convey is progressing after knee surgery and could be ready to train on his own next week. The American Abroad has not played since a Premiership match since October 28th. “Bobby’s doing strength work, and once he’s strong enough to start running then he will do that,” Royals physio Jon Hearn told…

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Pastorino Aims To Keep Adu Real

Real Salt Lake general manager Steve Pastorino knows the giants of Europe are watching, but says he intends to have Freddy Adu wearing the team’s shirt for as long as he can. The US wonder boy arrived in a trade from D.C. United over the weekend. “Freddy is a dynamic, brilliant young player who is…