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Mexico announces squad for Gold Cup in June

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BARCELONA (AFP) - Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates, who clinched a third straight Spanish league title on Wednesday, were treated to an enthusiastic reception by thousands of fans here Friday. Supporters spilled out onto the streets of the Catalan capital to see the team paraded on an open top bus sporting a banner declaring "Champions 2010-2011". "It's a very special day with youngste...Full Story »

Ferguson faces charge over Webb comments

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association on Friday over remarks about referee Howard Webb. Ferguson's comments that Webb was the "best man for the job" prior to last weekend's game with Chelsea were largely innocuous but an FA statement said they contravened rules about commenting on referees in the build-up to matc...Full Story »

Reina pledges future to Liverpool

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has allayed fears he may seek a transfer, saying Friday he expects to remain at the club after being impressed by new manager Kenny Dalglish. Spanish keeper Reina was one of several players linked with a move out of Anfield this season as Liverpool languished in the bottom half of the table under Roy Hodgson's regime. But the 28-year-old is c...Full Story »

Spartak’s Brazilian playmaker Alex to join Corinthians

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MOSCOW, May 13 (Reuters) - Spartak Moscow playmaker Alex will be joining Brazilian club Corinthians, the Russian Premier League side said on Friday. “Spartak and Corinthians have principally agreed on a deal involving 29-year-old midfielder Alex,” Spartak said on their website (www.spartak.com). “Today Alex will fly to Brazil for a medical and to discuss a personal contract...Full Story »

FA Cup: Yaya Toure motivated by brother’s absence

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MANCHESTER, England (AP)—Even if Yaya Toure and Manchester City claim the club’s first trophy in 35 years at Wembley on Saturday, the midfielder’s day will be tinged with sadness. The Ivory Coast international, who will be part of the City team that plays Stoke in the FA Cup final, left Barcelona for Manchester last summer because he wanted to play with his brother, Kolo. But...Full Story »

Juve thwarted in 30m-euro Benzema bid: report

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by

ROME (AFP) - Juventus have had a 30 million euros ($43m) bid for French striker Karim Benzema rejected by Real Madrid, according to reports in the Italian media on Friday. Real president Florentino Perez reportedly met with representatives from Juve in Madrid but does not want to lose the 23-year-old France international, who has scored 13 league goals and six Champions League goals this term. ...Full Story »

Schalke debt climbs to 155m euros

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AFP) - The level of debt at Champions League semi-finalists Schalke 04 has risen from 20 million euros to 155 million euros ($220m), the German club announced on Friday. "We have invested a lot in the team in order to be competitive in the Champions League," the club said after publishing their financial results. Schalke exceeded expectations by reaching the last four i...Full Story »

Bundesliga roundup-Dortmund’s Kagawa back in squad

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BERLIN, May 13 (Reuters) - Brief news from the Bundesliga before this weekend’s matches: * Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who has been out injured for five months, will return to champions Borussia Dortmund’s squad for their final match of the season against Eintracht Frankfurt. The 22-year-old, who had a spectacular start to his debut Bundesliga season scoring eight goals, bro...Full Story »

Under fire Thai chief loses presidency - report

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BANGKOK, May 13 (Reuters) - FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi, who has been implicated in a World Cup bribery scandal, has lost his job as head of the Thai Football Association (FAT), local media reported. The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) said the postponement of last Friday’s election for the presidency of FAT was illegal, according to Thursday’s Bangkok Post. Wo...Full Story »

FA charges Ferguson over comments about referee

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AP)—The Football Association has charged Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson with improper conduct over comments made about referee Howard Webb. The FA says the charge relates to comments made last Friday, two days before Webb took charge of United’s match against Chelsea. The FA didn’t specify the offending comments, but Ferguson told reporters that his “bi...Full Story »

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