Italy football shakeup offers hope to Juve’s rivals

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Milan (AFP) – The shakeup in Italian football promised by Roberto Mancini following the Azzurri’s World Cup flop has offered hope to Juventus’s rivals that it could impact the Serie A next season. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri met with club bosses on Monday to discuss his future contract and potential summer signings after claiming a fourth league and Cup doubles in as many years in Turin. Napoli challenged Juventus for much of the season but the Turin giants again came out on top by a four-point margin to extend their dominance for a seventh consecutive season. The 2017-2018 Serie A season was overshadowed by the drama playing out within a national side in tatters after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi —- three players who helped Italy to Continue reading "Italy football shakeup offers hope to Juve’s rivals"

Matic says Man Utd ‘can fight for Premier League title’ with right signings

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London (AFP) – Nemanja Matic says Manchester United “can fight for the title and the Champions League” if they make the right signings in the transfer window after defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup final left the Old Trafford trophy cabinet bare. Jose Mourinho’s team lost Saturday’s showpiece at Wembley 1-0 to Matic’s former club, with Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty enough to settle the contest. The defeat means Jose Mourinho was unable to add to the League Cup and Europa League double from his first campaign in charge at Old Trafford. United finished second in the Premier League, their best position since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, but they were 19 points behind their neighbours Manchester City. Mourinho has been backed heavily by the club since his arrival, bringing in the likes of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku and Matic for big money, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Continue reading "Matic says Man Utd ‘can fight for Premier League title’ with right signings"

Peru fans literally praying for Guerrero deliverance

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Lima (AFP) – Hundreds of Peruvian fans joined full-back Luis Advincula in prayer on Sunday, hoping divine intervention will deliver skipper Paolo Guerrero to the World Cup despite a doping ban. The 34-year old Peru captain already has the backing of Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra and now Advincula wants God on his side too. The right-back gave a press conference in Lima when he led hundreds of fans in the “Our Father”. “If there’s a sliver of hope, we’re all going to cling to it,” Advincula said. Guerrero was slapped with a 14-month ban last Monday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland over a positive cocaine test and will miss the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russia.  Vizcarra said Wednesday that Guerrero would file an appeal with the Swiss Federal Court to fight the ban. Guerrero and the president of the Peruvian Football Federation, Continue reading "Peru fans literally praying for Guerrero deliverance"

Sarri hints at Napoli exit amid Chelsea links

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri hinted Sunday that he was set to exit the Serie A club after finishing runner-ups for the second time in his three seasons behind Juventus. The 59-year-old former banker has been linked with Chelsea to replace fellow Italian Antonio Conte whose future at the English Premier League club remains uncertain. When asked about Sarri’s future, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said: “Will Sarri remain? I don’t know, time has run out.” Fans held up flags with “Sarri, stay with us!” as Napoli ended their record-breaking season with a 2-1 win that condemned Crotone to second-tier football next season. “In life everything comes to an end,” said Sarri after the match. “Sometimes it’s better to finish stories while they are good. “When I arrived, the team had finished 24 points off the top. Now, we are four points behind,” added Sarri who Continue reading "Sarri hints at Napoli exit amid Chelsea links"

Napoli condemn Crotone, AC Milan crush Fiorentina in Serie A finale

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli ended their record-breaking season with a 2-1 win that condemned Crotone to second-tier football next season as AC Milan sealed direct access to the Europa League group stage with a 5-1 rout of Fiorentina  Lorenzo Insigne orchestrated both Napoli goals as the southerners achieved a club record 91 points for the season — four behind champions Juventus. Juve lifted the Scudetto for the seventh consecutive year with a game to spare and capped the season with a 2-1 win over Verona on Saturday, during which goalkeeping star Gianluigi Buffon called time on his 17-year career with the Turin giants. Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli also became the first Serie A side to reach 90 points and still not win the league. Crotone return to Serie B after two seasons in the top flight where they join already-relegated Verona and Benevento. Although their dream of a first Serie A Continue reading "Napoli condemn Crotone, AC Milan crush Fiorentina in Serie A finale"

‘Kid to a legend’: Torres bids Atletico farewell with two goals

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Madrid (AFP) – Fernando Torres scored twice on an emotional final outing for Atletico Madrid on Sunday but was denied a victorious farewell as Eibar snatched a 2-2 draw. Torres struck in each half much to the delight of his adoring fans at the Wanda Metropolitano but a Lucas Hernandez red card helped Eibar claim a point on the last day of the La Liga season.  Atletico finish the campaign second in the table, Eibar sit 10th. Enrique Garcia had given the visitors a surprise early lead and Ruben Pena capitalised on the numerical advantage by equalising late on, but this match was always going to be about Torres.  On his 404th appearance for Atletico, his goals were his 128th and 129th for the club, coming 17 years after his first, scored against Albacete in the Segunda Division in June 2001.  Torres has yet to declare his Continue reading "‘Kid to a legend’: Torres bids Atletico farewell with two goals"

Teens Pulisic, Weah lead young US team to face Bolivia

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Chicago (AFP) – Teen midfielders Tim Weah and Christian Pulisic lead a young United States squad with an average age of 22 into a May 28 friendly against Bolivia, US Soccer announced Sunday. Young European-based talent called up by US national team coach Dave Sarachan includes Paris Saint-Germain’s Weah, the 18-year-old son of Liberian president and former star striker George Weah, and 19-year-old Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund. “The theme is to offer opportunity to this younger generation of talented players that have potential down the road,” Sarachan said. England-based defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers of Tottenham Hotspur, Matt Miazga of Chelsea, Matthew Olosunde of Manchester United and Erik Palmer-Brown of Manchester City will appear, as will Stuttgart midfielder Julian Green. “We’ve been really happy to see the progress of a number of our players abroad this season,” Sarachan said. US 2017 Player of the Year Pulisic was a mainstay in his second Continue reading "Teens Pulisic, Weah lead young US team to face Bolivia"

Courtois urges Chelsea to spend big amid Conte uncertainty

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London (AFP) – Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes the FA Cup winners need to spend heavily if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season. Eden Hazard’s 22nd-minute penalty saw Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. But that could not disguise the fact that the Londoners, champions in the previous season, finished a massive 30 points behind title-winners Manchester City. There has long been speculation linking Courtois with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, while Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge despite the FA Cup triumph. The Blues were known for spending lavishly under Russian owner Roman Abramovich but the billionaire now finds himself effectively going up against a state in City’s Sheikh Mansour, a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi and a deputy president of the United Arab Continue reading "Courtois urges Chelsea to spend big amid Conte uncertainty"

Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome

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Rome (AFP) – Elina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favourite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday. In a repeat of last year’s final at the Foro Italico, Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fourth, was up against Halep a day after the Romanian top seed had ousted Russian Maria Sharapova. But Halep’s hopes of overturning last year’s defeat to her 23-year-old opponent quickly evaporated in a completely one-sided encounter that saw the Romanian fail to produce a real challenge. Svitolina, the world number four, has now successfully defended three career titles, in Baku, Dubai and also Rome; she also won in Brisbane and Dubai this season to take her 2018 title total to three. The win also marked Svitolina’s 12th career title on what was her eighth final in succession. “It’s amazing that I could do this Continue reading "Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome"

Eintracht Frankfurt pull off stunning win over Bayern

The DFB Pokal final saw Eintracht Frankfurt beating Bayern Munich 3 -1 and claiming the title for the first time in 20 years. Bayern finished the season 35 points above Eintracht and so the game should have been a cakewalk of sorts. However it didn’t quite work out that way. On the plus side for […]

Liverpool new third shirt revealed for 2018/19 season [PHOTOS]

Leaked images of Liverpool’s third shirt for the 2018/19 season reveal that the design from New Balance will feature a unique pattern. Released by the experts at FootyHeadlines, the leaked photos and designs show a one-of-a-kind design that will be very interesting to see what it looks like in person and on television. Liverpool’s third shirt for the 2018/19 season has a dizzying design. It reminds me a little of the album cover for Dazzleships by the Liverpool pop-band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Here’s what we know so far:

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Six injured, two seriously, in Juventus title parade

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Six Juventus fans were injured, two seriously, when a truck they were travelling in during the Italian champions’ victory parade on Saturday night struck the electric cables of the city’s tramway, according the media reports. The team were celebrating winning their seventh straight Serie A title and fourth Italian Cup in a row with an open top bus parade through the streets of Turin. According to reports, the truck was carrying supporters from one of the team’s fan clubs and was closely following the players’ bus before becoming entangled in the electric cables of the tram. Six were injured and two will remain in hospital overnight, one being treated for concussion and the other a neck injury.  One fan is reported to be a 38-year-old Italian and the second a 63-year-old Irishman. Earlier Saturday, club legend Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus, bringing Continue reading "Six injured, two seriously, in Juventus title parade"

‘I’ll never change’ — FA Cup winner Conte warns Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea he will never change his demanding ways as the FA Cup winning boss waits to discover if he will be sacked. Conte ended a troubled season on a high note thanks to Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in Saturday’s final at Wembley. Eden Hazard’s first half penalty was followed by a backs to the wall display as Conte won the second trophy of his two-year reign in what may prove his final game in charge. Whether FA Cup glory will be enough to convince Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich not to sack Conte remains in doubt after the Blues finished fifth in the Premier League and missed out on Champions League qualification. The Italian has been embroiled in a turbulent campaign marred by his feud with the club’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans following last season’s Premier League Continue reading "‘I’ll never change’ — FA Cup winner Conte warns Chelsea"

Mourinho bemoans losing at his own game to Chelsea’s Conte

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Wembley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United Jose Mourinho bemoaned old foe Antonio Conte’s tactics as his side failed to breakdown Chelsea’s defensive wall in losing the FA Cup final 1-0 on Saturday. Eden Hazard’s 22nd minute penalty proved the difference between the teams to ensure Mourinho’s second season at Old Trafford ends without a trophy. United enjoyed a far better Premier League season than Chelsea as Conte’s men failed to even qualify for the Champions League by finishing fifth just a year after claiming the title. However, despite finishing second in the league to a record-breaking Manchester City side, Mourinho’s approach has been much-criticised this season for lacking the flair and invention displayed by City and Champions League finalists Liverpool. “I congratulate them because they won but I don’t think they deserved to win,” said Mourinho. “I’m curious to read today and tomorrow, to watch, to listen (to) your Continue reading "Mourinho bemoans losing at his own game to Chelsea’s Conte"

Hazard the hero as Chelsea hold firm to win FA Cup

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Wembley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup thanks to Eden Hazard’s penalty at Wembley on Saturday to salvage a disappointing season. In what is still widely expected to be Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s final game in charge, the Blues withstood a second-half onslaught from United after Hazard’s 22nd-minute spot-kick to ensure Jose Mourinho’s men end the season trophyless. On a day where the world’s eyes were on a royal wedding 18 miles west in Windsor, Chelsea reigned on the field to salvage a campaign in which they failed to even qualify for the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League. And should it prove to be Conte’s last game in charge, the Italian’s bowed out on a high as his decision to start first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the first time in the FA Cup this season over Willy Caballero Continue reading "Hazard the hero as Chelsea hold firm to win FA Cup"

Chelsea, Man Utd battle to be Cup kings in England’s other showpiece

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Wembley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The eyes of the world may be on a Royal wedding at Windsor, but 18 miles to the east English football’s own showpiece event sees Chelsea and Manchester United face off in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday (1615GMT). Both sides are in need of silverware to salvage underwhelming seasons. Chelsea’s need is the greater, though, as having missed out on Champions League football for next season by finishing fifth in the Premier League, many expect Antonio Conte to take charge of the Blues for the last time, regardless of the outcome. Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League and the FA Cup final in his debut season in England last year. And he launched a fierce defence of his record at Stamford Bridge on the eve of what could he his last clash with old foe Jose Mourinho in England. “I like Continue reading "Chelsea, Man Utd battle to be Cup kings in England’s other showpiece"

Isco to Vardy and back again – how Charlie I’Anson became English pioneer in Spain

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Murcia (Spain) (AFP) – There are twice as many footballers from the island of Curacao playing in England’s top divisions as there are English players in Spain but Real Murcia’s Charlie I’Anson is happy to be in the minority. I’Anson, born in Luton and brought up in Malaga, is one of three Englishmen to have kicked a ball this season in Spain’s top three tiers, including its lowest, Segunda B, which spans into four separate leagues. “Players from England often ring me up,” I’Anson said, in an exclusive interview with AFP.  “They ask what it’s like, and they’re interested, they just never make the jump.”  The likes of Isco and Jamie Vardy have appeared on I’Anson’s winding journey to this point but the 24-year-old’s immediate focus is Real Murcia, whose fight for promotion to the second tier begins with a play-off at home to Elche on Sunday.  Continue reading "Isco to Vardy and back again – how Charlie I’Anson became English pioneer in Spain"

Where to find Bayern Munich vs. Frankfurt on US TV and streaming: DFB Pokal Final

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bayern Munich vs. Frankfurt in the German Cup final (aka DFB Pokal final), you’ve come to the right place. The final game of the DFB Pokal competition features Bayern Munich against Frankfurt in what should be a very memorable game. It’ll be Jupp Heynckes last competitive game in charge of the German Bundesliga champions. Plus the final will be against Eintracht Frankfurt — who recently replaced manager Niko Kovač since he’ll be heading to Bayern Munich as their new coach soon after Heynckes steps down and retires.
Match: Bayern Munich vs. Frankfurt
Kickoff: Saturday, 2pm ET
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Where to find Scottish FA Cup Final on US TV and streaming: Celtic vs. Motherwell

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Celtic vs. Motherwell on US TV in the Scottish FA Cup Final, you’ve come to the right place. The 2017/18 Scottish Cup Final will be televised live on GolTV for viewers in the United States. Even if you don’t get GolTV on your cable or satellite system, you can watch the game for free. More details are below.
Match: Celtic vs. Motherwell
Kickoff: Saturday, 10am ET
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What: Scottish FA Cup Final
When: Game kicks off at 10am ET / 7am PT; Saturday, May 19,

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I’ll never hate Chelsea fans, says Mourinho

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told Chelsea fans he will never hate them no matter how much abuse he receives during Saturday’s FA Cup final. Mourinho remains the most successful boss in Chelsea’s history after winning three Premier League titles, as well as the three League Cups and one FA Cup, during his two spells with the west London club. But some Chelsea supporters no longer show the same gratitude and adulation to Mourinho as they did when he won the team’s first English title for 50 years in 2005. Mourinho angered Blues fans by joining their rivals United and the tension boiled over when Chelsea won a fiery FA Cup quarter-final between the sides at Stamford Bridge last season. Mourinho, twice sacked by Chelsea, was branded a “Judas” by supporters who sang “you’re not special any more”, to which the Portuguese coach responded Continue reading "I’ll never hate Chelsea fans, says Mourinho"