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Barca looking for bragging rights

Barcelona’s disappointing away form will come under the spotlight again this weekend when they make the short trip to city rivals Espanyol. Barca have been heavily criticised for their lack of success away from the Nou Camp this season, with the team winning just one of their six league matches on their travels. They have…

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Henry Looks Forward To MLS

Barcelona strike ace Thierry Henry has explained some of the reasons he wants to finish his career in America: NBA basketball and more public anonymity. The France superstar will look forward to the chance to see friend Tony Parker play in person on a regular basis, but it is the full stateside experience that he…

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Becks Scores In Galaxy Loss

David Beckham overcame an injury scare to score from a trademark free-kick as Los Angeles Galaxy were beaten 5-3 by Hyundai A-League side Sydney FC at the Telstra Stadium. The former England captain’s left ankle collapsed under his body in the 28th minute before Sydney midfielder Brendon Santalab slid into him after losing his footing…

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Henry Missing For Barca

Barcelona will be without Thierry Henry as they go to Lyon in search of the win they need to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Henry will miss Tuesday’s Group E clash with a back problem that surfaced during Barca’s 3-0 win over Recreativo Huelva at the weekend. The Frenchman has spearheaded…

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Agent: Jozy Will Listen To Real

Although New York strike phenom Josmer Altidore is not searching for the exit door, his agent claims that they could lend an ear to Real Madrid representatives visitng New York this week. “We’ve heard of the interest, and for any soccer player, it is a thrill to be linked with Real Madrid,” Richard Motzkin told…

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Hoddle Tips Capello For England

Glenn Hoddle has urged the Football Association to appoint Fabio Capello as the next England manager. Capello has enjoyed a glittering coaching career at some of Europe’s greatest clubs including AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid, winning a vast array of silverware including the Champions League. Former England boss Hoddle insists Capello is the right…

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England Fail to Quality for EURO 2008

England fell 2-3 to Croatia at home in Wembley, failing to secure the point needed for qualify for the European Championships next year. A 10-man Russia advanced to the competition, eeking out 1-nil victory over Andorra. England fell behind quickly, allowing 2 goals in the first half. A penalty conversion by Frank Lampard and a…

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No Italy Return For Totti

Roma captain Francesco Totti has ruled out a return to international football despite Italy qualifying for the finals of Euro 2008. Totti played his last game for Italy in the World Cup final against France in Berlin last summer before announcing his wish to retire from international duty. Roma fans had hoped the 31-year-old would…

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Gerrard: Time For England To Deliver

Steven Gerrard has told his England team-mates it is “time to deliver” as they prepare for Wednesday night’s make-or-break Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia. Israel’s win over Russia on Saturday means England need just a draw at Wembley to secure a place in next year’s tournament. And Gerrard, captain in the absence of John Terry,…

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Riquelme: I'll Return To Bocas

Fresh from pacing Argentina to a World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia, outcast Villarreal playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme revealed that he is busy engineering a return to Boca Juniors. The superstar #10 is essentially persona non grata with the Yellow Submarines, but remains a Bombonera hero after leading the team to a Copa Libertadores crown…

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Morelia, Cruz Azul reach Mexican quarter-finals

MEXICO CITY, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Cruz Azul and Morelia completed the line-up for the Mexican championship quarter-final ties by winning their repechage matches. Cruz Azul hammered defending champions Pachuca 4-0 to win 6-0 on aggregate while Morelia went through 3-1 on aggregate, despite losing 1-0 to America. Cruz Azul, already 2-0 ahead from the…

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De Rosario header gives Houston repeat MLS Cup

Second half goals from Joseph Ngwenya and Dwayne De Rosario rallied Houston for a 2-1 MLS Cup victory over New England in Washington D.C. on Sunday afternoon. The Revolution began more brightly than the holders and had the opening salvo in the 20th minute. Steve Ralston got loose on the right and picked out Taylor…

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Kaka would vote for Cristiano Ronaldo as Europe's best

MILAN, Nov 18 (Reuters) – AC Milan and Brazil playmaker Kaka has said he would vote for Cristiano Ronaldo if he could vote for the European footballer of the year. Kaka is hot favourite to win the award next month, handed out by magazine France Football, but believes Manchester United’s Portuguese winger deserves the accolade…

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Croatia would be happy with Wembley draw

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Croatia coach Slaven Bilic said his team would be happy with a draw against England at Wembley on Wednesday, a result that would send the home side to Euro 2008 alongside their opponents. Israel’s upset 2-1 win over Russia on Saturday sent Croatia through and left England needing a point…

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Donadoni hails Italy's fantastic achievement

GLASGOW, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Italy coach Roberto Donadoni said securing qualification for Euro 2008 with a last-gasp 2-1 victory in Scotland on Saturday was a fantastic achievement. By Kenny MacDonald The world champions, who went into the game third in Group B after a mixed campaign, overcame driving rain and a Scottish fightback thanks…