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Russia's Vladimir Putin wants World Cup stadiums used for football

19 hours 54 minutes ago
A quick run through of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that took place between 14 June - 15 July 2018. KALININGRAD, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the country's 12 World Cup venues should be mainly used for football, and not transformed into concert halls or exhibition centres. Russia hosted the World Cup in 11 cities in June and July without any major security or discriminatory incidents, receiving praise from fans and global football governing body FIFA. The country's efforts are now turning to ensure that the venues and infrastructure built for the month-long tournament...
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Goalkeeper Fabri confirms he's leaving Besiktas for Fulham

19 hours 59 minutes ago
Fabri is set to move to Fulham. First-choice Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri Agosto Ramirez confirmed he's set to join Premier League side Fulham. The Spanish keeper played his final game for Besiktas on Friday evening during the Turkish Super Lig side's 3-1 friendly win over Krasnador. "As you know the Premier League is a major league and one I am interested in joining," Fabri said after the game. "Negotiations between the two clubs are ongoing but there is a verbal agreement with Fulham. I want to thank Besiktas for my time here." Sources...
Eren Sarigul

Liga MX predictions: Who will win the title? Finish top scorer? Get relegated?

20 hours 18 minutes ago
Can Pedro Caixinha lead Cruz Azul to its first Liga MX title since 1997? The new Liga MX season is upon us and we asked our Mexico writers to predict how the season would shake out. Who will win the league? Tom Marshall: Tigres. They are the best team, have had a full preseason behind them and have Argentine Guido Pizarro back. Liga MX's system means the strongest side doesn't always lift the trophy, but Tigres are undoubtedly the team to beat. Again. Cesar Hernandez: Monterrey. The additions of Jesus Gallardo and Rodolfo Pizarro -- and new manager Diego...
Tom Marshall and Eric Gomez, Mexico writers

Sounders part ways with midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem

20 hours 49 minutes ago
Magnus Wolff Eikrem scored his first MLS goal as the Seattle Sounders snapped a three-match losing streak with a 2-1 win over DC United. The Seattle Sounders have parted ways with Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem after just six months in MLS. Wolff Eikrem joined Seattle in January from Malmo in Sweden and made 17 appearances, scoring twice, including a winner against D.C. United last month. The move will free up an international roster spot for the Sounders, with the club recently linked to 23-year-old Argentinian forward Nicolas Stefanell and Dutch left-back Miquel Nelom. Eikrem spent the past three seasons with Malmo...
ESPN

Fernando Torres aiming to put Sagan Tosu on world football's map

21 hours 27 minutes ago
Fernando Torres ends speculation of his next club as he announces he'll be joining J.League side Sagan Tosu. The career of Fernando Torres has come full circle. The Spanish striker fell in love with football from reading the legendary Japanese comic "Captain Tsubasa." "I remember when I was a kid, we couldn't find the signal really well on TV, but everyone in school was talking about this cartoon about football, from Japan," Torres said back in 2012. "I started playing football because of this ... that was the first contact I had with Japan." The last chapter of a football career that has seen spells with...
John Duerden, Asia correspondent

Everton set to land Richarlison from Watford in £40m deal - sources

21 hours 40 minutes ago
ESPN Brazil's Murilo Augusto examines the reasons behind Richarlison's immediate impact in the Premier League with Watford after his move from Fluminense. Watch five of the most unbelievable goals as Everton recorded a 22-0 preseason win over Austrian side ATV Irdning. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest rumours making the rounds in Transfer Rater, involving Jasper Cillessen, Thibaut Courtois and more. Everton are closing in on a £40 million move for Watford star Richarlison, sources have told ESPN FC. The two clubs are in advanced talks over a deal for the Brazilian, who has flown back from Watford's preseason tour of Austria for talks and a medical. New Everton boss Marco Silva is a big fan of Richarlison, having signed him while he was in charge of Watford last season, and he is keen to be reunited with him at Goodison Park. Richarlison caught the eye at the start of last season following...
Peter O'Rourke

Mahrez shows glimpse of City prowess

22 hours 10 minutes ago
Manchester City fell 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund in their preseason opener. But among a cast of kids and ex-loanees with uncertain futures, Riyad Mahrez provided a taste of what's to come from England's champions. Jon Smith &#187

Riyad Mahrez's Manchester City debut hints at an even more potent Pep Guardiola attack

22 hours 10 minutes ago
Mario Gotze converted after Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick to lead Borussia Dortmund past Manchester City in an ICC showdown in Chicago. Pep Guardiola says nothing is decided on Joe Hart's future after the English goalkeeper played 45 minutes in Man City's ICC loss to Dortmund. CHICAGO -- With so many of Manchester City's first-team players still to return to preseason following the World Cup, Riyad Mahrez made his first start for the club in a 1-0 defeat Saturday to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup among an eclectic lineup of youngsters and ex-loanees with uncertain futures. But in a disjointed game that was more about dusting off the cobwebs of the summer break, the £60 million club-record signing offered a glimpse of why Pep Guardiola decided...
Jonathan Smith, Manchester City correspondent

The mixed success of Kaizer Chiefs' last five coaches

22 hours 11 minutes ago

Italian coach Giovanni Solinas has been tasked with taking Kaizer Chiefs back to the glory days of lifting trophies as the best and most respected club in the country. He faces a daunting task to build a squad capable of competing with defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns and a resurgent Orlando Pirates, but does at least have experience of the Premier Soccer League after two brief spells with Free State Stars in 2016. Chiefs have had five permanent coaches in the last 11 years and had mixed...
Nick Said((

Madrid's return to Galactico spending

22 hours 26 minutes ago
Real Madrid have become conservative in the transfer market in recent years. But while the club continue their focus on young players with huge potential, this summer they seem destined to spend big on a Galactico. Sid Lowe &#187
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