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Lukaku joins Everton in club record £28m deal

Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their first goal during the English FA Cup quarter final football match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 8, 2014Everton broke their club transfer record on Wednesday when they paid £28 million (35.4m euros, $47.4m) to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku on a five-year deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea, the club announced. Lukaku finished as Everton's top scorer last season after finding the net 16 times in 33 appearances while on loan at Goodison Park, helping Roberto Martinez's side to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League. The 21-year-old played for Belgium at the World Cup, but his chances of establishing himself at Chelsea were hindered by the arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and the return of veteran striker Didier Drogba.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:49 pm

Saints sign Bertrand on loan from Chelsea

Chelsea's English defender Ryan Bertrand talks during a press conference for the forthcoming UEFA Europa League quarter final football match against Rubin Kazan at Chelsea's training ground, Stoke D'Abernon, south London, on April 3, 2013Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand has agreed a season-long loan deal with Southampton, the south-coast English club confirmed on Wednesday. Bertrand has been with the Chelsea since 2006 but has found action hard to come by, spending last season on loan at Aston Villa. "For me personally, this is another chance to play and a chance to join a fantastic club that's moving in the right direction," said Bertrand. Southampton are believed to have the option to buy the 24-year-old English player outright next summer.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:40 pm

Glazers to raise $150 million by cutting Man Utd stake

Soccer: Friendly-Inter Milan vs Manchester UnitedBy Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) – The Glazer family will make around $150 million by selling part of its stake in Manchester United although the deal will leave the Americans firmly in control of the English soccer club. The Glazers, who bought United for 790 million pounds ($1.34 billion) in 2005, are selling 8 million of their shares in the club which amounts to a stake of about five percent. Once the shares are sold, the six children of the late Malcolm Glazer will still own more than 80 percent of the club's total shareholding. None of the proceeds will go to the club itself, a fact that is likely to annoy some fans who have long campaigned against owners they accuse of burdening United with excess levels of debt following their takeover.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:36 pm

Soccer-Glazers to raise $150 million by cutting Man Utd stake

By Keith Weir LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – The Glazer family will make around $150 million by selling part of its stake in Manchester United although the deal will leave the Americans firmly in control of the English soccer club. The Glazers, who bought United for 790 million pounds ($1.34 billion) in 2005, are selling 8 million of their shares in the club which amounts to a stake of about five percent. Once the shares are sold, the six children of the late Malcolm Glazer will still own more than 80 percent of the club’s total shareholding. None of the proceeds will go to the club itself, a fact that is likely to annoy some fans who have long campaigned against owners they accuse of burdening United with excess levels of debt following their takeover.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:28 pm

Celtic’s Euro dreams in tatters after Legia rout

Ronny Deila, coach of Norwegian football team Stroemsgodset, is pictured after a Norwegian Football Cup match against the team of Tromsdalen in Tromsoe, Norway on June 4, 2014Miroslav Radovic scored twice to spark Polish champions Legia Warsaw into a 4-1 first-leg advantage over 10-man Celtic on Wednesday in the Champions League third qualifying round. Callum McGregor had gifted Celtic an ideal start when he put the Scottish Premiership title-holders ahead on eight minutes, but the visitors' lead was cancelled out almost immediately by Radovic. The Serbian striker then netted his second of the evening on 36 minutes to put Legia ahead before things took a further turn for the worse for Celtic as Nigerian centre-half Efe Ambrose was dismissed for a professional foul just prior to half-time. Two late goals from Michal Zyro and Jakub Kosecki ultimately consigned Celtic to a heavy defeat that could have been even worse had Legia captain Ivica Vrdoljak not missed a pair of second-half penalties.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:25 pm

Soccer-Copenhagen fans attacked in Kiev, match interrupted

Fighting between rival fans caused a 15 minute interruption to the Champions League qualifier between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Copenhagen at the Olimpiysky stadium in Kiev on Wednesday. Supporters of the Danish club were attacked by an unidentified group of people believed to be Dnipro fans and forced to seek refugee under the stands with referee Andre Marriner postponing the start of the second half for 15 minutes. FC Copenhagen issued a letter of complaint to UEFA, a representative of the Danish club told a news conference after the 0-0 draw. We have complained to UEFA.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:24 pm

Soccer-Champions League qualifying round 3 results

July 30 (Infostrada Sports) – Results from the Champions League Qualifying Round 3 first leg matches on Wednesday Qualifying Round 3Wednesday, July 30, first legLegia Warsaw (Poland) – Celtic (Scotland) 4-1 (halftime: 2-1) Maribor (Slovenia) – Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 1-0 (halftime: 0-0) AaB Aalborg (Denmark) – Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 0-1 (halftime: 0-0) Feyenoord (Netherlands) – Besiktas (Turkey) 1-2 (halftime: 0-1) Ludogorets (Bulgaria) – Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 0-0 (halftime: 0-0) Standard Liege (Belgium) – Panathinaikos (Greece) 0-0 (halftime: 0-0) Grasshoppers (Switzerland) – Lille …

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:35 pm

Keshi set for improved Nigeria deal

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi answers a question during a press conference at The Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre on June 24, 2014, before a training sessionThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed on Wednesday they are finalising a new deal for national coach Stephen Keshi. Following an executive committee meeting in Abuja the NFF said in a statement they have approved that acting president Mike Umeh call an emergency meeting to ensure Keshi's re–engagement "within the shortest possible time". The 52-year-old led Nigeria to the round of 16 in Brazil after guiding the Super Eagles to a third Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa last year. Meanwhile, the NFF said that an extraordinary congress will no longer take place on Thursday as planned because of "unforeseen circumstances" and promised a new date.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:22 pm

Argentine FA chief, FIFA executive Grondona dies

By Luis Ampuero BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine Football Association president Julio Humberto Grondona died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 82, South American soccer’s governing body CONMEBOL said. Grondona, who became AFA chief in 1979 during the former military dictatorship and was senior vice-president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, died at the Mitre Sanatorium in Buenos Aires after suffering an aortic aneurysm. “Julio Humberto Grondona has died, one of this continent’s most distinguished directors of recent times in the management of the Argentine Football Association,” CONMEBOL said. In a statement it sent its condolences to Grondona’s family and everyone involved in Argentine football.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:51 pm

OBITUARY-Soccer-Julio Grondona, Argentine FA strongman

By Javier Leira BUENOS AIRES, July 30 (Reuters) – Julio Grondona, one of the most powerful men in Argentine and global soccer, died on Wednesday aged 82, shortly after going to hospital for a heart condition. Buffeted by controversies throughout his long career, Grondona was at the time of his death head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and number two at the world body for the sport, FIFA. “Don Julio”, as he was known in his country, took over the presidency of AFA in 1979, a year after Argentina won the World Cup for the first time and in the midst of the repressive military dictatorship’s so-called ‘Dirty War’ against its opponents. Grondona joined FIFA’s executive committee in 1988 and rose up the ranks to become senior vice-president and key internal dealmaker despite his lack of knowledge of English.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:46 pm

Soccer – Google News

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Premier League to use World Cup ‘vanishing spray’ this season – Washington Post (blog)


SFGate

Premier League to use World Cup 'vanishing spray' this season
Washington Post (blog)
“It was clear from watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that vanishing spray benefited referees, players and all those who watched the matches,” Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore told the Associated Press. Now, if only if only
Premier League referees to use vanishing spray during matchesFOXSports.com
Premier League to use vanishing spray in matchesSFGate
Premier League confirm match officials WILL use vanishing spray next seasonDaily Mail
Bleacher Report -Telegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:37 pm

Fifa: we will monitor Qatar’s treatment of migrant World Cup workers closely – The Guardian


The Guardian

Fifa: we will monitor Qatar's treatment of migrant World Cup workers closely
The Guardian
Fifa, football's world governing body, has said it will monitor Qatar's treatment of migrant workers building the 2022 World Cup facilities closely, following revelations that labourers on the first stadium under construction have been earning as

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:30 pm

2014 MLS All-Star Game events guide: Soccer tournaments, viewing parties, a … – The Oregonian


2014 MLS All-Star Game events guide: Soccer tournaments, viewing parties, a
The Oregonian
If you've missed all the hubbub around town, the MLS All-star game is coming to Portland and it's kind of a big deal. The best players in Major League Soccer will square off against German powerhouse Bayern Munich, but the big match is only a small
TriMet says take transit to MLS All-Star Week eventsPortland Tribune

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:58 pm

Win tickets for ICC soccer game at Michigan Stadium – The Ann Arbor News


Win tickets for ICC soccer game at Michigan Stadium
The Ann Arbor News
“Manchester United and Real Madrid are the two most storied clubs in soccer and fans in Ann Arbor quickly realized the magnitude of the game,” said Charlie Stillitano, CEO of Relevent Sports, the tournament organizer. “This weekend in August will be

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:27 pm

US, FIFA Should ‘Reconsider’ Holding Next World Cup in Russia, Sen. McCain … – ABC News (blog)


ABC News (blog)

US, FIFA Should 'Reconsider' Holding Next World Cup in Russia, Sen. McCain
ABC News (blog)
Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who has traveled to Ukraine with McCain and worked closely with him in support of the Ukrainian government, agreed that FIFA, the governing body of World Cup soccer, needs to press Putin by holding out the possibility that Russia …
Senators to FIFA, others: Don't reward Putin with the World Cup in 2018Washington Times
Senators to FIFA: Russia unfit to host World CupThe Hill
World Cup 2018: American senators increase calls for pressure on FIFASportingNews.com
Goal Singapore
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:16 pm

Dark Ages of Prejudice Cast Shadow Over Beautiful Game – New York Times


New York Times

Dark Ages of Prejudice Cast Shadow Over Beautiful Game
New York Times
Jeffrey Webb, the Cayman Islander who heads Concacaf, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has more than enough on his plate trying to clean up FIFA's own image and Concacaf's financial mess. But Webb has …
FIFA to investigate racist remarksAljazeera.com
FIFA seeks probe into racist remarks by ItalianMiamiHerald.com
FIFA calls for Italian FA probe into Pogba racism caseYahoo Sports

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:20 am

Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | MLS Match Preview – Major League Soccer


Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | MLS Match Preview
Major League Soccer
The Chicago Fire will be looking to jumpstart the second half of the season when they play host to a Vancouver Whitecaps FC side aiming to hang on to a top-five place when the teams meet Wednesday evening at Toyota Park. The Fire are four points out of …

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:53 pm

Miami expansion bid hinges on downtown stadium, MLS Commissioner Don … – Major League Soccer


Major League Soccer

Miami expansion bid hinges on downtown stadium, MLS Commissioner Don
Major League Soccer
… tell us what they would like and work out some kind of a plan. "With all the hoopla with the World Cup that we had a couple of weeks ago, soccer is the sport of the future here, and I know we have a lot of new [Miami] residents that really are big
David Beckham's Expansion MLS Franchise In Miami Is Suddenly In Danger Of Business Insider
Miami's MLS future continues to hinge on downtown stadium dealNBCSports.com
David Beckham's Major League Soccer plans in jeopardyazcentral.com

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:39 pm

MLS All-Star Game features best talent yet in 19th season – The Oregonian


Major League Soccer

MLS All-Star Game features best talent yet in 19th season
The Oregonian
Since its inception in 1996, Major League Soccer has put its best talent on display during the summer in the MLS All-Star Game. The inaugural format of the MLS All-Star Game pitted the best of the league's Eastern Conference against the best of the
All-Star: MLS WORKS, ESPN to hold Special Olympics match between North Major League Soccer
Breaking Down MLS' Attendances and TV Viewing Figures Following US World Bleacher Report
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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:09 pm

With Huge Sums in Play, FIFA Sponsors Are Reluctant to Push Reforms – New York Times


New York Times

With Huge Sums in Play, FIFA Sponsors Are Reluctant to Push Reforms
New York Times
Adidas, the German sportswear manufacturer, warned that “the negative tenor of the public debate around FIFA at the moment is neither good for football nor for FIFA and its partners.” Their sentiments were echoed by others, including Coca-Cola, Visa, …

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 2:25 am

BBC Sport – Football

Perez scores as Newcastle beat Owls

Ayoze Perez scores the only goal as Newcastle edge out Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 for their third straight pre-season win.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 10:01 pm

Milk Cup match marred by violence

Ugly brawls break out at Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup match against Mexico as four players are sent off in Coleraine.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 10:01 pm

Fabregas scores in Chelsea friendly win

Cesc Fabregas scores his first goal for Chelsea in their 3-1 friendly victory over Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:59 pm

Southampton sign Bertrand on loan

Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand joins fellow Premier League side Southampton on a season-long loan.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:25 pm

Fifa vice-president Grondona dies

Julio Grondona, the head of the Argentine FA and Fifa’s senior vice-president has died aged 82.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:10 pm

Legia Warsaw 4-1 Celtic

Ronny Deila suffers a nightmare first loss as Celtic boss with a 4-1 loss to Legia Warsaw in the Champions League qualifiers.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:39 pm

Everton complete £28m Lukaku signing

Everton sign Belgian World Cup striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for a club record fee of £28m.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:28 pm

Lazio sign Dutch defender De Vrij

Italian club Lazio sign Netherlands centre-back Stefan de Vrij from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:01 pm

Dons ready for Real, says McInnes

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes says his team are confident they can produce a positive result against Real Sociedad.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:00 pm

Scholes not expecting Man Utd role

Paul Scholes says he does not expect to return to Manchester United’s coaching staff now after taking a TV pundit role.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:15 pm