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Rafa: Liverpool Can Beat Anyone in Europe

Rafael Benitez aims to make it two Champions League wins out of two on Tuesday night and insists Liverpool can “beat anyone” in Europe. Liverpool have won six games in succession and beat Hungarian champion Debrecen 1-0 in their opening Group E match a fortnight ago. If the Reds can win against Fiorentina in the…

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Ibra Out? Henry To Take Center Stage

Thierry Henry looks set to start in the center-forward role for Barcelona at Malaga on Saturday with Zlatan Ibrahimovic a doubt for the game. Ibrahimovic has been named in a 19-man squad to face the Andalusians and will travel to Malaga with the rest of his team-mates. But the Sweden striker, who has scored in…

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Kaka: Real Madrid can get even better

Kaka claims Real Madrid still have room for improvement despite making it four league wins from four with their 2-0 triumph over Villarreal. Kaka netted his first competitive goal for Madrid with a second-half penalty to help coach Manuel Pellegrini enjoy a happy return to the club he left in the summer and ensure the…

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Ronaldinho refutes retirement talk

AC Milan playmaker Ronaldinho has denied speculation in the Spanish press he is considering retiring from football at the end of the season. The Brazilian star has not featured in the Rossoneri’s last two games and has yet to find the back of the net after three appearances with the Serie A giants this campaign….

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Manchester Derby delight for City slayer Owen

Michael Owen believes he proved his dedication to Manchester United with his dramatic last-gasp winner against Manchester City at Old Trafford. Owen spent eight years playing for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool but Sir Alex Ferguson signed him this summer – and the 29-year-old scored his second goal for the club to seal a 4-3 win…

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United Manager: Man City are 'a bit cocky'

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester City have become “a bit cocky” since their lavish summer spending spree. City were the top flight’s biggest spenders during the transfer window as Hughes snapped up the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure and Carlos Tevez for big fees. Hughes has been rewarded with a 100…

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No regrets over stamp – Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor insists he “can’t regret” stamping on Robin van Persie because he did not intend to hurt his former Arsenal teammate. The Football Association have hit Adebayor with a three-match ban for violent conduct following an incident in Manchester City’s 4-2 win over Arsenal last weekend. The Togo international caught Van Persie in the…

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Eduardo steals Arsenal win over Standard

Arsenal staged a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to beat Standard Liege 3-2 in their Champions League Group H opener on Wednesday evening. The Gunners went into the game having lost successive league games to Manchester United and City – and it looked like it would be three defeats on the spin as they were…

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MLS To Pause For World Cup Group Play

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has announced that for the first time in its history, MLS will not play League games during the group phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The group phase includes the first 48 games of the 64-game tournament that begins on June 11, 2010 in South Africa. The last…

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Guardiola keen to thank Eto'o

Pep Guardiola wants to thank Samuel Eto’o for his service to Barcelona as the Catalans prepare to face their former hero on Wednesday night in Champions League play. Barca take on Inter Milan in the Champions League having swapped strikers in the summer, and while Zlatan Ibrahimovic welcomed his move, the Cameroon striker has aired…

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Lampard, Chelsea settle for gutsy victory

Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea were not at their best as they posted a narrow 1-0 victory over FC Porto at a rain-sodden Stamford Bridge. The Blues’ opening Champions League Group D match was settled by Nicolas Anelka’s strike three minutes after the interval, but good football was thin on the ground as torrential rain in…

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Double trouble for City's Adebayor

The FA have hit Emmanuel Adebayor with two charges following his controversial performance in Manchester City’s win over Arsenal on Saturday. Adebayor is facing a three-match ban for violent conduct for the incident involving Robin van Persie, while the City striker is likely to face an additional punishment for the celebration that followed his goal…

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Eduardo wins appeal against CL ban

Arsenal have won their appeal against striker Eduardo’s two-match ban following his alleged dive in the Champions League match against Celtic. The Croatia striker was initially suspended for two Champions League games for allegedly diving to win a penalty in the qualifier at the Emirates at the end of August. Eduardo successfully converted the spot-kick…

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Xavi impressed by Ibrahimovic

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has praised the impact made by new striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Sweden international has scored twice since joining Barca from Inter Milan over the summer in a swap deal which involved Samuel Eto’o going the opposite way. But it is in the dressing room where Ibrahimovic has made the biggest impact, according…