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Pilots, oil workers strike as France seeks way out of crisis

A striking French labour union employee stands near a burning barricade during a police operation to free up a fuel depot near the Donges oil refineryBy Emmanuel Jarry and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) – Air France pilots voted on Monday to go on strike and oil storage workers extended a job walkout, compounding the French government's woes as it scrambled to calm rolling protests against labor reforms ahead of the Euro soccer tournament. After more than three months of tense talks, often violent street protests, and waves of strikes in the transport and energy industries, the Socialist government is under pressure to find a solution before the Euro 2016 kick-off on June 10. As France braced for further nationwide rail strikes on Tuesday, people involved in the talks said the government's strategy was to push for deals with individual firms such as the state-run SNCF rail operator to try and blunt the momentum behind protests.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 5:45 pm

Strikes, protests pose new headache for Paris tourism

A view shows the Eiffel Tower and Seine river on a sunny spring day in Paris, FranceBy Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) – As Paris tourism struggles to overcome last November's Islamist attacks, the world's most visited city faces a new threat: a wave of protests and further planned strikes, tourism officials warned on Monday. "The scenes of guerrilla-type action in central Paris, beamed around the world, reinforce the feeling of fear and misunderstanding from visitors in an already angst-filled climate," Frederic Valletoux, head of the Paris region tourist board said in a statement on Monday. The tourist board issued the warning a few hours before French authorities began a new campaign to bolster the appeal of the French capital to foreign visitors.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 5:43 pm

Soccer-Former Croatia captain Boban given high-ranking FIFA role

(Adds details, background, Samoura quotes) By Brian Homewood ZURICH, May 30 (Reuters) – Former Croatia captain Zvonimir Boban was given a high-ranking role at FIFA on Monday when soccer’s global ruling body named him as one of its two new deputy secretary generals. Boban, 47, will oversee the “football pillar” of FIFA’s new administration, focusing on developing the game and the organisation of competitions, FIFA said in a statement. Marco Villiger, currently FIFA’s legal director, was named as the other deputy secretary general and will be in charge of commercial and administrative operations.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 5:19 pm

Phoenix club Wimbledon reach third tier

AFC Wimbledon fans cheer for their team at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, central England, on December 2, 2012AFC Wimbledon continued their fairytale rise up the English league system after beating Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in Monday's League Two play-off final at Wembley to reach the third tier. The south London club was formed by supporters in 2002 after the old Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes, 56 miles (90 kilometres) to the north, and was re-branded as Milton Keynes Dons. AFC Wimbledon will now meet the MK Dons in League One next season after a 78th-minute goal from top scorer Lyle Taylor and a stoppage-time Adebayo Akinfenwa penalty secured victory over Plymouth.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 5:13 pm

Ex-Croatian international Boban becomes FIFA official

France's Johan Micoud (C) vies with Croatia captain Zvonimir Boban (R) in a friendly won by France 3-0 in the stade de France 13 November 1999FIFA on Monday named former Croatian international Zvonimir Boban as a deputy secretary general as part of its reform process to redeem its tainted image. Boban, who played 48 times for Yugoslavia and Croatia, will take charge of football affairs as the world body divides up its administration into business and sporting divisions. On top of his footballing achievements, 47-year-old Boban became a Croatian hero when he kicked a Yugoslav policeman attacking a fan during a Dinamo Zagreb-Red Star Belgrade match in 1990.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 4:57 pm

German FA hit Wolfsburg with record fine

Wolfsburg's players celebrate with the fans after the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, first-leg football match against Real Madrid on April 6, 2016 in Wolfsburg, northern Germany£68,494) after a flare fired by one of their fans hit the Hanover bench during a Bundesliga match in March. The firework was one of several fired by visiting Wolfsburg fans from the away section at Hanover's HDI Arena on March 1 when the visitors romped to a 4-0 victory. Just before kick-off, one of the flares hit the roof of the Hanover bench and exploded, forcing the home substitutes to scatter.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 4:49 pm

Soccer-Former Croatia international Boban given high-ranking FIFA role

Former Croatia midfielder Zvonimir Boban was given a high-ranking role at FIFA on Monday when soccer’s global body named him as one of its two new deputy secretary generals. Boban, 47, will oversee the “football pillar” of FIFA’s new administration, focusing on developing the game and the organisation of competitions, the sport’s ruling body said in a statement. Marco Villiger, currently FIFA’s legal director, was named as the other deputy secretary general and will be in charge of commercial and administrative operations.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 4:31 pm

Soccer-I will retire if no interesting job offers – Pellegrini

Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini would consider retiring from management if he does not get any exciting offers. The 62-year-old, who guided City to their first Champions League semi-final this season, has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Everton. “If I don’t have a really interesting option I will stop until I find one,” Pellegrini told the Guardian.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 3:54 pm

Injured Carvajal set to miss Euro 2016

Dani Carvajal of Real Madrid is led off the pitch after injuring himself during the UEFA Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016 in MilanReal Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is likely to miss out on Spain's Euro 2016 campaign with the hamstring injury that forced him off in Saturday's Champions League final. Carvajal was substituted in tears early in the second half of Saturday's game against Atletico Madrid in Milan, which Real won 5-3 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 at the end of extra time. In a statement on their website on Monday, Real said Carvajal "has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury to the right iliopsoas.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 3:11 pm

Soccer-Juanfran thanks Atletico fans after shootout miss

Atletico Madrid right back Juanfran has thanked fans for the support he received following his penalty shootout miss in Saturday’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid. The defender’s effort rebounded off the post before Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning spot kick to hand Real their 11th European Cup in Milan. Spain international Juanfran was in tears and did not speak to the media after the match but on Monday he wrote a letter on the club’s official website.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 3:00 pm

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Fatma Samoura pays courtesy visit to FIFA staff – FIFA.com


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Fatma Samoura pays courtesy visit to FIFA staff
FIFA.com
On Monday 30 May 2016, just over two weeks after having been appointed by the FIFA Council as the next FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura paid a courtesy visit to the Home of FIFA in Zurich. Ms Samoura took part in a management …

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Posted on 30 May 2016 | 3:54 pm

Soccer Stars David Villa, Maurice Edu and Charlie Davies Share Secret to Social Media Success – ABC News


ABC News

Soccer Stars David Villa, Maurice Edu and Charlie Davies Share Secret to Social Media Success
ABC News
Soccer stars David Villa, Maurice Edu and Charlie Davies appeared on "Good Morning America" this morning share the secrets to achieving their large social media followings. Edu has played 46 games for the U.S. National Team, Davies was the leading …

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Posted on 30 May 2016 | 2:05 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo brands his critics ‘jealous’ after third Champions League triumph – The Independent


The Independent

Cristiano Ronaldo brands his critics 'jealous' after third Champions League triumph
The Independent
Cristiano Ronaldo has called his critics “jealous” after scoring the deciding penalty which handed Real Madrid their 11th Champions League triumph in Milan on Saturday night. The Portuguese was criticised for a limp display during the match itself, a 1
Juanfran writes letter to fans in wake of Champions League final penalty missFOXSports.com
Cristiano Ronaldo basks in personal glory of Champions League triumph and insists his powers remain 'at the top level'Telegraph.co.uk
Real Madrid celebrates Champions League titleNewsday
Forbes –Mirror.co.uk –Sports Illustrated
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Posted on 30 May 2016 | 1:59 pm

Bayern, Leverkusen chiefs critical of Prem – ESPN FC


ESPN FC

Bayern, Leverkusen chiefs critical of Prem
ESPN FC
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller have both questioned the quality of the Premier League and the desire of the world's best players to move to England. Bayern might have lost coach Pep Guardiola

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Posted on 30 May 2016 | 1:28 pm

‘Why Fifa has banned me from playing for Under-15 team’ – BBC Sport


BBC Sport

'Why Fifa has banned me from playing for Under-15 team'
BBC Sport
A 15-year-old Scottish footballer has been told by Fifa that he can't play over the border in England because of international transfer rules. Louis Scott has fallen foul of the rules designed to tackle the practice of European clubs poaching Under 16s

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Posted on 30 May 2016 | 11:57 am

High-profile tax fraud cases could hurt Spanish soccer – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

High-profile tax fraud cases could hurt Spanish soccer
USA TODAY
The cases have brought unwanted attention to Spanish soccer, and could start scaring some players away just as the Spanish league tries to find ways to become more competitive against the Premier League, whose clubs have the financial power to go after …
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Headline 2016 Champions League Squad of the YearBleacher Report
UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season – News – UEFA.comUEFA.com
Messi "is better," medical corps of Argentine national soccer team saysFox News Latino

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Posted on 30 May 2016 | 10:57 am

Mexican police mount hunt for kidnapped soccer star Alan Pulido – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune

Mexican police mount hunt for kidnapped soccer star Alan Pulido
Chicago Tribune
Star Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido was rescued Sunday night, several hours after he was kidnapped in the crime-ridden northern border state of Tamaulipas, the Associated Press reported. The rescue took place before midnight, according to a state …
Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido rescued hours after kidnappingFox News
Kidnapped Mexican Soccer Star Alan Pulido Found, Rescued SafelyABC News
Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido rescued several hours after abductionLos Angeles Times
NBCNews.com –TIME –KABC-TV
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Posted on 30 May 2016 | 10:43 am

The Soccer World Cup Started This Week, but It’s Not the One You Think It Is – TIME


TIME

The Soccer World Cup Started This Week, but It's Not the One You Think It Is
TIME
As soccer powerhouses like Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay gear up for the prestigious Copa America tournament this weekend and England, France, Germany and Spain prepare to compete at Euro 2016 just a few days later, a World Cup is already under way

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Posted on 30 May 2016 | 7:07 am

FC Cincinnati has become an American soccer outlier – Cincinnati.com


Cincinnati.com

FC Cincinnati has become an American soccer outlier
Cincinnati.com
Now a third of the way through its inaugural season, Futbol Club Cincinnati has grown into an outlier in American soccer in a matter of months. From a strong start to its inaugural season to sizable crowds, FC Cincinnati has slowly developed a few

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 1:12 am

New York City FC 2, Orlando City SC 2 | MLS Match Recap – MLSsoccer.com


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New York City FC 2, Orlando City SC 2 | MLS Match Recap
MLSsoccer.com
New York City FC took another body blow on Sunday afternoon, throwing away a two-goal lead – and a golden chance at a three-goal lead – to concede a stoppage-time equalizer to Kevin Molino and Orlando City SC in a 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium, just a …
NYCFC's David Villa attempted the worst penalty kick of the MLS seasonFor The Win
Soccer-Villa blunder opens door for OrlandoYahoo News

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Posted on 29 May 2016 | 11:17 pm

BBC Sport – Football

Rotherham to hold talks with Stubbs

Hibernian “reluctantly” allow Rotherham United to talk to head coach Alan Stubbs about the vacancy at New York Stadium.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 5:52 pm

Akinfenwa released after play-off final

AFC Wimbledon’s iconic striker Adebayo Akinfenwa revealed he had been released – seconds after their League Two play-off final victory

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 5:35 pm

Hillsborough T-shirt offence man charged

A man has been charged with a public order offence after wearing an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 4:57 pm

AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

AFC Wimbledon beat Plymouth in the League Two play-off final to reach the third tier for the first time in their history.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 4:19 pm

Kidnapped Mexico footballer Pulido freed

International football player Alan Pulido has been freed in north-east Mexico hours after his kidnapping.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 3:47 pm

Hamilton boss extends own playing deal

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning will register as a player again next season, while Danny Redmond also signs a new deal.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 2:27 pm

Foran appointed Caley Thistle manager

Veteran striker and captain Richie Foran is promoted to manager by Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a four-year deal.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 2:09 pm

Northern Ireland team jet off to Euros

The Northern Ireland football team have said farewell to Belfast ahead of the European Championship finals.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 2:05 pm

Ginola back at home after surgery

Former France winger David Ginola, 49, is back at home following his quadruple heart bypass operation.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 1:58 pm

Deportivo La Coruna sack boss Sanchez

Deportivo La Coruna sack boss Victor Sanchez after winning just two of their last 22 games in La Liga.

Posted on 30 May 2016 | 1:44 pm