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Africa football body denies ‘deal’ to delay 2015 Nations Cup

The logo of the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 (CAN 2012) is seen on a giant screen during the draw ceremony for the upcoming CAF 2012 competition, in Malabo, on October 29, 2011Africa Cup of Nations organisers CAF on Friday dismissed reports of a deal with Morocco to postpone the 2015 continental showcase due to the Ebola epidemic. Morocco this month requested delaying the January 17 to February 8 Nations Cup as they fear a spread of the deadly virus. Moroccan daily As-Sabah, citing "an authorised source", claimed in its Friday edition that "a deal in principle" had been reached to delay the competition at a meeting with CAF president Issa Hayatou on Wednesday. According to As-Sabah, Hayatou "showed himself open to accepting Morocco's request" to defer the Nations Cup until June, or even January 2016.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:54 am

Bayer’s Son hit with three-match cup ban

Leverkusen's South Korean striker Heung Min Son on October 25, 2014 in Leverkusen, GermanyBerlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen striker Son Heung-Min was on Friday banned for three German Cup matches after being sent off in his side's second round win at fourth division Madgeburg.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:49 am

Gerrard shocked by Suarez’s Ballon d’Or omission

Real Madrid's Rodriguez challenges Barcelona's Suarez during their Spanish first division "Clasico" soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in MadridLONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has criticised what he called FIFA's political decision not to include former team mate Luis Suarez on their shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award as the world's best footballer. The list, announced earlier this week, had 23 names on it, but not that of the Uruguayan striker, who was banned for four months by FIFA after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in June. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:47 am

FIFA sorry for Crimea video blunder

People watch as the facade of the historical Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated with the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in central Moscow on late October 28, 2014FIFA has apologised for an embarrassing diplomatic faux-pas when its video launching the 2018 World Cup logo portrayed the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia. The disputed clip was beamed on to the facade of Russia's historic Bolshoi Theatre at the official unveiling of the 2018 logo in the Russian capital on Tuesday. The strategic peninsula of Crimea, long home to Russian military bases, was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in March, sparking the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:34 am

World-leading goal-machine Aleksandar Duric quits at 44

Singapore's Aleksandar Duric during an AFP interview on the side of a football training at the Clementi Stadium in Singapore, May 10, 2013Singapore great Aleksandar Duric will bid farewell to one of football's most extraordinary and prolific careers when he plays his last match on Friday at the age of 44. The Yugoslav-born marksman is credited with more goals in a single league than any other active player, and he is the second oldest international goal-scorer in football history. Along the way, Duric kayaked for newly formed Bosnia at the 1992 Olympics and played in Sweden, Hungary, China and Australia before making his home in Singapore in 1999. The Tampines Rovers striker, with 376 Singapore club goals to his name, will sign off at Jalan Besar stadium with the cheers of a grateful public ringing in his ears.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:31 am

CSKA to test Zenit’s title claims

Zenit´s players pose for the team photo prior to the first leg UEFA Champions League Group C football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Zenit St Petersburg, in Leverkusen, western Germany on October 22, 2014Zenit St Petersburg's title ambitions face a stiff test on Saturday when Andre Villas-Boas' Russian league leaders take on reigning champions CSKA Moscow. Zenit top the Premiership table with 29 points from 11 matches, four points clear of CSKA, with FC Krasnodar in third on 21 points. Against the Red Army side Zenit are hoping to bounce back after crashing out of the Russian Cup Wednesday with a 3-2 extra-time defeat to lowly Arsenal Tula. "It's a big shock for us," former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Villas-Boas said.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:05 am

Keshi undecided on Nigeria return

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Stephen Keshi says he will take his time to make the “difficult” decision of whether to return as coach of the Nigeria national side. Keshi was axed from the role earlier this month with the Super Eagles third in their African Nations Cup qualification pool and was replaced by a consortium of coaches headed by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical director Shaibu Amodu. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 9:39 am

Nigeria set to avoid FIFA suspension after court case is dropped

France's Pogba heads to score a goal against Nigeria during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game in BrasiliaCAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Nigeria look like avoiding a FIFA suspension after a court case involving a battle for the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) was withdrawn from the High Court on Thursday. Dropping the case paves the way for FIFA-backed NFF president Amaju Pinnick and his executive to resume their duties after they had been ousted from office by an interim ruling last Thursday by Justice Ambrose Allagoa, who placed Chris Giwa in charge. Judge Allagoa ruled that the elective congress that brought Pinnick to power on Sept. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 7:30 am

Eto’o can help Lukaku bloom, says Everton hero Latchford

Everton's Samuel Eto'o celebrates after scoring his teams third goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor in BurnleyBy Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) – Bob Latchford, one of the most popular players ever to don the blue shirt of Everton, says the arrival of Samuel Eto'o at the club will help turn Romelu Lukaku into a worthy centre forward successor. Particularly deadly in the air, Latchford scored 138 goals in 289 appearances for the Toffees from 1974 to 1981, also winning 12 England caps, and takes a keen interest in his former club. He feels Eto'o's experience will accelerate the progress of Lukaku, who became the club's record signing when he joined for 28 million pounds($44. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 7:25 am

Neymar to be called up for Brazil’s 2016 Olympic team

Barcelona's Neymar gestures to his teammates during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi near BarcelonaSAO PAULO (Reuters) – Neymar will be selected as one of Brazil's three over-age players for the 2016 Olympics, the team's manager Alexandre Gallo said on Thursday. Olympic soccer gold is the only major title Brazil have not won and with Rio de Janeiro hosting the Games the pressure is on – even with the tournament still almost two years away. Gallo said he would call up Barcelona striker Neymar and two other over-age players. All teams must take under-23 squads but are permitted three over-age players. "I will take (those) three players," Gallo said in an interview with Sportv. "Or rather two. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 7:22 am

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Investors eye site near Mpls. Farmers Market for MLS soccer stadium – Minnesota Public Radio News


Minneapolis Star Tribune

Investors eye site near Mpls. Farmers Market for MLS soccer stadium
Minnesota Public Radio News
Minnesota United FC defenseman celebrates with fans after scoring a goal on Swansea City in the first half of their friendly soccer match on July 19, 2014 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. Andy Clayton-King / Getty Images …
Moguls vying for Major League Soccer team also look at stadium sitesMinneapolis Star Tribune
Soccer: MLS commissioner calls Minnesota expansion 'a priority'TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:17 am

MLS unveils Chivas USA replacement in LA with star-studded ownership – SI.com


Reuters

MLS unveils Chivas USA replacement in LA with star-studded ownership
SI.com
Three days after Chivas USA shut down, MLS commissioner Don Garber on Thursday set Southern California soccer on a new path by introducing the owners of the tentatively-named Los Angeles Football Club, which will take a field to be determined in 2017 …
Major League Soccer awards new team to Los AngelesMLSsoccer.com
Dream team? Magic Johnson, Mia Hamm, Tony Robbins, among deep-pocketed Fortune
Business As Usual: Chris Klein says the addition of LAFC to MLS changes LA Galaxy
Reuters -NBCSports.com -89.3 KPCC
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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 6:05 am

New York Red Bulls 2, Sporting Kansas City 1 | MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap – MLSsoccer.com


SFGate

New York Red Bulls 2, Sporting Kansas City 1 | MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap
MLSsoccer.com
A spirited comeback effort by the New York Red Bulls dumped the defending MLS Cup champions, Sporting Kansas City, out of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, after a 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena on Thursday. The league's leading scorers in …
Fans gather at Sporting Park to watch KC defend MLS title against New Yorkfox4kc.com
DC United will face New York Red Bulls in MLS playoffsWashington Post (blog)
Defending MLS champs ousted by NYSFGate
SB Nation -The Guardian -Kansas City Star
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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 2:34 am

Fifa apologises for video showing Crimea as part of Russia – The Guardian


Fifa.com

Fifa apologises for video showing Crimea as part of Russia
The Guardian
Fifa has expressed regret after its video launching the logo for the 2018 World Cup showed the disputed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia. The video, broadcast as the logo was beamed on to Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre on Tuesday, included a map of the …
FIFA receives bidding documents for 2019 FIFA Women's World CupFifa.com
FIFA Apologizes for Map Error Putting Crimea in RussiaBloomberg
FIFA sorry for Crimea video blunderBusiness Insider
Yahoo Sports -Designboom
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:18 pm

MLS Wants Fans’ Help To Pick Team Name, Logo For New ‘LA Football Club’ – CBS Local


CBS Local

MLS Wants Fans' Help To Pick Team Name, Logo For New 'LA Football Club'
CBS Local
MLS Commissioner Don Garber was on hand at Siren Studios on Sunset Boulevard to introduce the new “Los Angeles Football Club” – which will begin playing in 2017 in a new soccer stadium in the greater Los Angeles area built specifically for the team.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:15 pm

FIFA’s third-party ownership crusade has major implications in S. America – SI.com


FIFA's third-party ownership crusade has major implications in S. America
SI.com
The ruling came down in late September from the FIFA Executive Committee that third-party ownership would be phased out and ultimately eradicated. Current TPO legislation worldwide is minimal, although FIFA transfer regulations and Premier League rules …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:06 pm

New Los Angeles MLS team has 22 owners, including Tony Robbins, Mia Hamm … – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

New Los Angeles MLS team has 22 owners, including Tony Robbins, Mia Hamm
USA TODAY
The new Los Angeles MLS team, which will join the league in 2017, revealed a new website and ownership group on Thursday. The team, which is being called LAFC for the time being (the name is a placeholder and could change), will have 22 owners.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:05 pm

Paint it purple: Orlando City SC to unveil 2015 MLS home uniforms next week – MLSsoccer.com


MLSsoccer.com

Paint it purple: Orlando City SC to unveil 2015 MLS home uniforms next week
MLSsoccer.com
While most of the league is focused on the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, expansion club Orlando City are set to mark another significant milestone on their journey to their 2015 debut season with the unveiling of their inaugural MLS home …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:28 pm

Watch LIVE as MLS announces new Los Angeles club & ownership group | 2 pm … – MLSsoccer.com


Watch LIVE as MLS announces new Los Angeles club & ownership group | 2 pm
MLSsoccer.com
On Thursday afternoon, the next era for soccer in Los Angeles will officially kick off, when Major League Soccer announces its new Los Angeles club and ownership group. MLS Commissioner Don Garber is due to be joined by many special guests for the …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:33 pm

MLS Playoff Predictions: Who will win MLS Cup? What’s Donovan’s last act? – SI.com


MLSsoccer.com

MLS Playoff Predictions: Who will win MLS Cup? What's Donovan's last act?
SI.com
Not that that's going to stop us. Planet Fútbol got together and decided to try and predict the outcome of this 10-team dance anyway, from conference champions, to MLS Cup winners, to what retiring U.S. legend Landon Donovan's final act will be as a
MLS Cup Pick'em – beat the expertsMLSsoccer.com
Breaking down the 2002 MLS Cup | #FirstToFiveLA Galaxy

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 4:38 am

BBC Sport – Football

Barcelona v Celta Vigo

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday’s Spanish La Liga game between Barcelona and Celta Vigo.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:52 am

VIDEO: Rachel Riley’s Focus predictions

Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley gives her predictions ahead of some of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:33 am

Symons set to remain Wales assistant

Newly-appointed Fulham manager Kit Symons set to remain as assistant to Wales manager Chris Coleman.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:10 am

Messi ‘more skilful’ than Ronaldo

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is more skilful than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, says former England boss Fabio Capello.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:25 am

Pellegrini under pressure – Savage

BBC Sport’s Robbie Savage on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s pivotal week as he prepares for the Manchester derby.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:15 am

K is for King: Manchester derby A-Z

From Denis Law’s backheel to relegate United to Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick to down City, here’s the Manchester derby A-Z.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:15 am

McFall wants better from Portadown

Ronnie McFall demands a better display from his team after last weekend’s ‘embarrassing’ defeat by Coleraine.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:03 am

Bristol City return excites Johnson

Oldham manager Lee Johnson says his history with Bristol City will give Saturday’s League One clash added impetus.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 9:51 am

Gerrard open to move from Liverpool

Steven Gerrard says he could join another club next summer if Liverpool do not offer him a new contract.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 8:27 am

‘No agenda’ for ref meeting – Monk

Garry Monk says he has ‘no agenda’ for his meeting with referees’ boss Mike Riley after criticising decisions given against Swansea City.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 8:02 am