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Ex-Premier League striker Bridges quits

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

SYDNEY (AFP) - Former Premier League striker Michael Bridges announced his retirement Friday to take up a position with his Australian club, Newcastle Jets. The ex-Sunderland, Newcastle and Leeds marksman and current Newcastle Jets captain, aged 32, said he was swayed by the offer of his new job as the A-League outfit's international football and business development manager. "After great cons...Full Story »

Spain to play Venezuela in friendly in June

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID (AFP) - World Cup champions Spain will face Venezuela in a friendly in the South American country on June 1, the Spanish football federation announced Friday. It said the venue for the match has yet to be determined. Spain has already agreed to play the United States in a friendly in Boston on June 4, the first encounter between the two sides since the USA defeated Spain 2-0 in the semi...Full Story »

Wolves escape drop zone with win at Bremen

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) - 2009 champions VfL Wolfsburg boosted their chances of Bundesliga survival on Friday with a 1-0 win at Werder Bremen to move clear of the bottom three for the first time in nearly two months. This is the first time since March 5 Wolves have moved out of the drop zone places after defender Sascha Riether netted a 22nd-minute winner and the three points boosted Wolfsburg to...Full Story »

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger: Manchester United's Chicharito is an exceptional player that we were tracking

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has highlighted the threat posed by Manchester United’s Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, as the Frenchman’s team prepares to face their title rivals. The two sides go into Sunday’s battle nine points apart following the Gunners' crushing defeat at the hands of Bolton last weekend. Wenger has pinpointed United’s signing of the season ...Full Story »

French soccer investigates discrimination report

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

PARIS (AP)—French soccer officials denied accusations of racial discrimination on Friday after a report claimed that the federation agreed to reduce the number of black and Arab players in national training programs. An angry French federation president Fernand Duchaussoy and national team coach Laurent Blanc said in separate news conferences that such a move was never discussed. Investi...Full Story »

Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson: We might not have the Cristiano Ronaldo factor, but we do not understand the word defeat

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed suggestions that his Manchester United side has lacked style since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson was quick to defend his team, which has been criticized by some for lacking an attacking edge, as it looks to clinch a record 19th league title and a place in the Champions League final."This team might not have the Ronaldo factor, but it doesn't underst...Full Story »

Tottenham's Harry Redknapp concedes 'pole position' to Manchester City in race for Champions League but refuses to give up

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has conceded that Manchester City have ‘pole position’ in the race for fourth place and Champions League qualification.A string of disappointing results, which continued with the 2-2 home draw with West Brom last Saturday, has left Spurs four points behind City, yet Redknapp has not given up hope of catching Roberto Mancini’s men.Speaking at Friday...Full Story »

Arsenal’s Vermaelen ready for return from injury

Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) - Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has declared himself fit for a return to first team action after nearly eight months out with an ankle injury. The Belgian centre back played a full game for the reserve team on Thursday having recovered from an achilles problem picked up on international duty in September. “I’m fit at the moment, I feel great and, in t...Full Story »

Deportivo La Coruna vs Atletico Madrid preview - Flores warns against complacency

Posted Friday, April 29, 2011 by PA

Atletico Madrid coach Quique Sanchez Flores has warned his side not to drop their guard ahead of four fixtures against teams fighting relegation. Atleti have been flying in recent weeks having lost just once in their past 10 games to move into the final Europa League place. With a seemingly favourable run-in they look good bets to be playing in Europe next term, but Sanchez Flores is not get...Full Story »

Cesena vs Inter Milan preview - Leonardo hoping to delay Milan celebrations

Posted Friday, April 29, 2011 by PA

Inter Milan coach Leonardo is confident his team can at least postpone AC Milan's Scudetto celebrations by beating Cesena on Saturday afternoon. The Nerazzurri are well aware that anything but a win at the Dino Manuzzi stadium, coupled with an AC Milan triumph over Bologna, will see the league title head to the Rossoneri camp for the first time since 2004. Inter trail Milan, who have a bette...Full Story »

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