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Valcke expecting 'busy days ahead' of World Cup

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke arrived in Brazil on Monday to oversee the final preparations for the World Cup, saying he expects "busy days ahead" to make sure everything is ready in time. The FIFA official in charge of the tournament arrived a day after Brazil held the last two test events at its delayed stadiums, including at the Sao Paulo venue that will host th...Full Story »

Simeone won't rule Costa out of Champions final

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid isn't ruling Diego Costa out of the Champions League final yet despite the striker's chances of playing looking slim. Costa limped off early in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Barcelona that clinched Atletico's first Spanish league title in 18 years, and the club said on Monday the Brazilian born forward had suffered a right hamstring injury that will be evaluated day...Full Story »

Party animal Van Gaal the perfect fit for United

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

By Karolos Grohmann (Reuters) - Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is a man who rarely goes unnoticed and he should feel right at home attempting to following in the massive footsteps of Manchester United club legend Alex Ferguson. Emotional during victories and resembling a red-hot volcano ready to explode after defeats, the 62-year-old, who was named United manager on Monday, thrives in the spotligh...Full Story »

Barcelona appoint Luis Enrique as new coach

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

Madrid (AFP) - Barcelona on Monday appointed their former captain and outgoing Celta Vigo manager Luis Enrique as their new coach to replace Gerardo Martino after a disappointing trophyless season, the club said. Enrique, 44, scored 109 goals in 300 appearances for the Catalan team in eight years after joining from eternal rivals Real Madrid in 1996, and also had great success in three seasons ...Full Story »

Bayern says Neuer, Lahm fit for World Cup

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

MUNICH (AP) — Germany captain Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be fit in time for the World Cup despite sustaining injuries in the German Cup final, Bayern Munich said Monday. Neuer finished the match with a right-shoulder injury. Lahm was substituted after injuring his left ankle. Both were examined Monday by Bayern's doctor. Bayern said their World Cup was not in jeopardy ...Full Story »

Arsenal to release limited edition shirt to commemorate FA Cup victory

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014 by Dailymail

Arsenal are to create a commemorative shirt following their FA Cup win, celebrating the 20-year partnership with Nike that has come to an end this season. It is is a patchwork of many different Arsenal kits from years gone by, and will be produced after the ending of their nine-year run without silverware. The Gunners won the FA Cup on Saturday, coming back from two goals down to beat Hull 3-2...Full Story »

Roy Hodgson is turning up the heat on England as the squad head to Portugal

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014 by Dailymail

England were given a thunderous send-off by the Kaiser Chiefs at their charity ball last night as they prepare to head out to Portugal at lunchtime. The Lions and Roses dinner, which was held at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire, marked the starting point for the country’s World Cup preparations. Roy Hodgson’s 23 man squad, plus John Stones and Jon Flanagan, will convene at the pres...Full Story »

Man United star Robin van Persie joins van Gaal number two Patrick Kluivert for a BBQ

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014 by Dailymail

Holland captain Robin van Persie posts picture of himself with Patrick Kluivert on Twitter Former Dutch striker Kluivert is Louis van Gaal's assistant Kluivert is expected to join United alongside van Gaal after the World Cup Robin van Persie tweeted a picture of himself with Louis van Gaal's assistant manager Patrick Kluivert on Sunday night. Holland captain van Persie, who scored a brill...Full Story »

Bayern Munich players gather to celebrate domestic double with adoring fans

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014 by Dailymail

Bayern Munich fans gathered in their thousands to celebrate their team's 2-0 German Cup win against Borussia Dortmund while getting a glimpse of the double winners. The Bayern players were presented to the fans from the Munich city hall as each squad member took his turn to raise both the Bundesliga shield and the DFB-Pokal cup. Fans were serenaded by Bayern midfielder Thomas Muller before see...Full Story »

Premier League: Micah Richards among stars set to leave Manchester City

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014 by Dailymail

Micah Richards: Could be leaving City this summer Manchester City are still willing to let three of their homegrown players leave this summer despite the restrictions placed on the club for failing to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules. City will see their Champions League squad trimmed to 21 names as one of the punishments handed out by European football's governing body, but it app...Full Story »

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