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FIFA president Infantino leaning toward a 48-team World Cup

FIFA president Infantino leaning toward a 48-team World Cup

After campaigning for a 40-team World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino is now leaning toward an even bigger expansion to 48. "I like 48 because it gives a particular flavor, but I'm still really torn," Infantino said Wednesday after meetings outside Paris. Infantino said he is also...

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Messi set for Celtic return

Messi set for Celtic return

Lionel Messi looks set to return for Barcelona's Champions League trip to Celtic Wednesday after overcoming a sickness bug that forced the Argentine to miss Barca's 0-0 draw with Malaga Saturday. Messi was forced to pull out of Barca's matchday squad just hours before kick-off and the...

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Without Messi, Barcelona held to home draw by Malaga

Without Messi, Barcelona held to home draw by Malaga

 Ineffective without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Barcelona was held to 0-0 by Malaga, missing a chance to move to the top of the Spanish league on Saturday. Despite playing at home and with an extra player from the 68th minute, Barcelona was unable to overcome the absence of the...

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English Premier League sells China TV rights for $700 million

English Premier League sells China TV rights for $700 million

The English Premier League has sold its television rights in China to streaming service PPTV for $700 million (565 million pounds), a source familiar with the matter said, several times the size of past deals as it cashes in on a growing enthusiasm for football. A spokesman for PPTV, part of...

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Messi will never leave Barcelona - club president

Messi will never leave Barcelona - club president

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu predicted Wednesday that Lionel Messi would not only extend his contract with the Catalan club but also end his playing days there too. Speaking at the launch of a 55 million euros ($59 million) a year shirt sponsorship deal Bartomeu told journalists...

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Wawrinka proves poor substitute for Federer in Nishikori loss

Wawrinka proves poor substitute for Federer in Nishikori loss

With six-times champion Roger Federer absent, Swiss fans dotted around London's O2 Arena were rooting for Stan Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday but left feeling short-changed after their man was thrashed by Kei Nishikori. Wawrinka, who claimed a third grand slam title at this...

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Brazil enjoy the best of Neymar

Brazil enjoy the best of Neymar

(Marca)- With his 50th international goal and an overall stellar performance, Neymar helped Brazil to see off the challenge of Argentina on Thursday night and Barcelona fans will be hoping the 24-year-old can play similarly well for the Blaugrana as the season goes on. Although his start to...

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Chelsea 'punishing' Mikel over Olympics

Chelsea 'punishing' Mikel over Olympics

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr claims Mikel Obi is being "punished" by Premier League club Chelsea for playing at the Rio Olympics. Mikel, 29, missed most of Chelsea pre-season as he helped his country win a bronze medal at the football event of the Summer Olympic Games. He has yet to play...

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Wayne Rooney rejected offer to play in China, says Beijing Guoan chairman

Wayne Rooney rejected offer to play in China, says Beijing Guoan chairman

Wayne Rooney turned down an offer to join Beijing Guoan in the summer, after his agent Paul Stretford met representatives, according to the Chinese club’s honorary chairman. Rooney is the subject of continuing interest from China’s Super League and Guoan tried to tempt the Manchester...

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Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín close to agreeing new contract extension

Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín close to agreeing new contract extension

(The Guardian)- Héctor Bellerín is close to agreeing a contract extension at Arsenal after his agent held productive talks in London last week. The Spain defender has been in sparkling form for Arsène Wenger’s side this season, helping them remain unbeaten since the opening day of the...

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Federer can still be a threat, says Edberg

Federer can still be a threat, says Edberg

Roger Federer has fallen outside the world's top 10 for the first time since 2002 but he could still win another grand slam title, according to former great Stefan Edberg. While Andy Murray's rise to world number one was the main talking point of Monday's new ATP rankings, 17-times major...

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Aubameyang hits four, Hoffenheim hold Bayern

Aubameyang hits four, Hoffenheim hold Bayern

 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted four goals on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund routed bottom side Hamburg 5-2 away, while Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw by Hoffenheim. The result at the Allianz Arena means second-placed RB Leipzig can now move level on points...

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Best squad in the world not enough for Zidane

Best squad in the world not enough for Zidane

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists his squad of superstars can't rest on their laurels after blowing a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Polish champions Legia Warsaw in midweek. Zidane's men return to La Liga action Sunday at home to Leganes and the Frenchman wants a more rounded performance...

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Djokovic defeat opens door for Murray to claim top spot

Djokovic defeat opens door for Murray to claim top spot

Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Paris Masters in straight sets to Marin Cilic on Friday, opening the door for Andy Murray to snatch the world number one ranking and end the Serb's two-year stranglehold at the top. Djokovic, who was chasing a fifth title in Paris, was beaten 6-4 7-6 (2),...

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Djokovic survives Dimitrov scare in Paris

Djokovic survives Dimitrov scare in Paris

(The Daily Star)-  Novak Djokovic, fighting to extend his run as world number one, recovered from an early wobble to defeat Grigor Dimitrov in the last 16 of the Paris Masters Thursday. The record four-time champion will remain top of the rankings if he reaches the final in the French...

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Real Madrid to renew Cristiano Ronaldo and three others within two weeks

Real Madrid to renew Cristiano Ronaldo and three others within two weeks

(Marca)- Gareth Bale is unlikely to be the last Real Madrid player to have his contract renewed this year, given that the capital city club is working to finalise new deals for Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Isco and Dani Carvajal.  Los Blancos hope to have the new contracts signed within the...

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Olivier Giroud ready to seize Arsenal moment as Wenger looks long-term

Olivier Giroud ready to seize Arsenal moment as Wenger looks long-term

(The Guardian)- Olivier Giroud hopes to stake a claim for greater involvement at Arsenal by impressing on his first start of the season against Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday. The France international is convinced his “turn will come” after a slow start to his campaign. The striker...

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Bayern's Martinez out of PSV Eindhoven clash

Bayern's Martinez out of PSV Eindhoven clash

(The Daily Star)- Bayern Munich will be without Spain international Javi Martinez for Tuesday's Champions League clash at PSV Eindhoven, the German giants have confirmed. The center-back went off after only 29 minutes of the Bundesliga leaders' 3-1 win at Ausgburg Saturday and Bayern...

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