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Toni’s Bayern Deal Done – Report

Fiorentina’s Luca Toni could be a Bayern Munich player as early as Wednesday, according to reports in Germany. The Italian club announced on Monday that the prolific striker was leaving the club after making it clear he no longer wanted to play in Florence. A 13 million euro deal has reportedly been agreed with Bayern…

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Azzurri Want Nesta To Return

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni is hoping he can persuade AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta not to give up on the national team. The 31-year-old, along with Roma captain Francesco Totti, has opted against playing for the Azzurri since last summer. Nesta was a member of Italy’s World Cup-winning squad, but was injured during the group…

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Forlan, Henry, Makaay On Barca Shortlist

Reports coming out of Spain suggest that Barcelona have drawn up a shortlist of strikers they plan to target over the summer. One of the key signings Barcelona will make this summer is that of a striker, particularly with Santi Ezquerro and Javier Saviola on the way out. Barca are still looking to fill the…

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O’Brien: Ireland Call Can Wait

Toronto FC winger Ronnie O’Brien claims international play is not a priority of his, but admits he could answer Ireland boss Steve Staunton’s call at another time. The flank threat begged out of a recent summons to continue regaining full fitness from a knee injury. “I know a lot of players have aspirations to play…

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Altidore Pays Midfielder Respect

After working from a foreign midfield spot in their 3-0 victory over Chicago on Thursday night, New York strike phenom Josmer Altidore claims he has a new found awe for regulars inhabitants of the position. The teenager opened less than a minute into the contest and Juan Pablo Angel added a pair of insurance goals….

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Messi Furious With Reports Of Lack Of Team Spirit

Lionel Messi has responded vehemently to suggestions that the the Barcelona dressing room is fractured. “I get furious when I read stories of disputes within the team,” the Argentine told World Soccer magazine. “How could we have had as much success if we were not united? “There is great spirit within the team, which is…

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Eto'o And Torres Head Rafa's Shortlist – Report

Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres are at the top of Rafa Benitez’s shortlist of strikers, as the Liverpool coach looks to move quickly in the transfer market. Despite falling in the final of the Champions League on Wednesday, Liverpool are losing no time and are set to continue their prominence in European football by signing…

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Ruud Makes Peace With Coach

Ruud van Nistelrooy is available again for selection for Holland after making peace with Oranje coach Marco van Basten. The Real Madrid forward has had tense relations with Van Basten since last year’s World Cup, but is now available for Euro 2008 qualifying although he did not feature in Friday’s squad for friendlies with South…

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Bravo Eyes Stuttgart Reunion

CD Guadalajara forward Omar Bravo has revealed that discussions have begun over a move to German champs Stuttgart, where he would be able to suit up alongside Mexico mates Ricardo Osorio and Pavel Pardo. “You always want to improve and, if playing in Europe is going to help me to be better in my career,…

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Kaka Wants Real Madrid Move – Robinho

Real Madrid forward Robinho has revealed that Kaka told him he would love to move to Real Madrid, should Milan allow him to. He also spoke about his own future. “I am scoring important goals and I hope to continue in the same vein until the end of the season,” he said, speaking on Marca…

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Bradley names US Gold Cup roster

Bob Bradley completed one of his first tasks as official US Head Coach, naming a 23-man roster for June’s CONCACAF Gold Cup Competition. Ten players will be returning from last year’s World Cup team, while 14 will vying for their first Gold Cup cap. ROSTER BY POSITION GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim…

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Carra: Reds Must Do Better

Jamie Carragher’s cold assessment of Liverpool’s failure in Athens was brutally clear: “We were just not good enough.” Anfield’s lion-hearted defender saw AC Milan grab their opener from a free-kick deflected past Jose Reina by Filippo Inzaghi’s arm, before a late break through the Reds’ defence by the same striker as Liverpool were pressing desperately…

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Kaka: I Never Feared Istanbul Repeat

Brazilian playmaker Kaka believes AC Milan were destined to make amends for their Istanbul nightmare after claiming the Champions League crown on Wednesday night. Milan beat Liverpool 2-1 in Athens to clinch their seventh European title, with Kaka setting up Filippo Inzaghi for his second goal of the night as the Italians avenged their painful…

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Champions League Final 2007 – AC Milan v. Liverpool

Only two years ago, these two sides clashed in Istanbul in one of the most memorable Champions League Finals ever. Today, we enjoy the rematch. How will it play out? Which player will rise to the challenge? Put your thoughts here. In 2005, AC Milan surged out to a 3-0 halftime lead, but Liverpool leveled…

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Aldo – Benitez Must Make Right Decisions

Liverpool legend John Aldridge maintains that Rafael Benitez must get all his best players on the pitch together – even if that means playing Steven Gerrard on the right – if the Reds are to clinch a sixth European Cup triumph. Benitez is believed to be considering whether he can do without midfielder Xabi Alonso…