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Austria, Faroe Islands seek early WCup qualifier

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)—Austria and Faroe Islands want to move their 2014 World Cup qualifying match so it is played before next year’s European Championship. Unless FIFA approves the move, the schedule of qualifying matches also involving Germany, Sweden, Ireland and Kazakhstan could be thrown into disarray. The six national federations agreed on a qualifying schedule Thursday in ...Full Story »

Sion loses court battle against FIFA

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BERNE, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Swiss club Sion, which defied FIFA and UEFA statutes by taking a case over a transfer ban to the civil courts, has lost the latest round in its legal battle after an appeal went in favour of soccer’s governing body. FIFA said on Friday that the Valais cantonal court had ruled that Sion can no longer field six players signed during the ban in the summer, a decisio...Full Story »

Manchester United’s Cleverley out for longer than expected

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MANCHESTER, England, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is still several weeks away from a return after his ankle injury turned out to be worse than thought, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday. The 22-year-old player, whose energy and distribution skills allowed him to break into the first team this season, picked up the injury during last month’s 1-0 win at E...Full Story »

Guardiola: Messi set to play against Zaragoza

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola expects forward Lionel Messi to overcome fatigue and play against Zaragoza, while Pedro Rodriguez should also return from injury for Saturday’s match. Messi only arrived Thursday from a lengthy spell of international duty with Argentina and even Guardiola was surprised by how motivated the midfielder was to play. “Messi is i...Full Story »

Torres eyes return to form against former club

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AP)—Fernando Torres couldn’t pick a better time to signal a long-awaited return to his blistering form of old when Chelsea hosts his former club Liverpool in the standout match in the English Premier League this weekend. Since making a club-record 50-million-pound (then $81 million) move to Chelsea in January, the Spain striker has scored just three times in the league and...Full Story »

Barca interest ‘flatters’ Bale

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale said Friday he was flattered to be linked to Spanish giants Barcelona, but said he was committed to helping Spurs return to the Champions League. Reports in Spain suggest the Spanish and European champions could bid for Bale but that the club would not pay over the odds for him. Spurs value Bale at £50million but the 22-year-old Wales international insists he ...Full Story »

FIFA wins case against banned Sion players

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BERNE, Nov 17 (Reuters) - FIFA has won an appeal against a civil court ruling which had allowed Sion to field six players who were signed when the Swiss club was subject to a transfer ban, soccer’s governing body said on Friday. The six joined Sion in the close season when the club were still serving a ban imposed after they were judged to have poached a player from an Egyptian club in 20...Full Story »

Mancini says Tevez won’t play for City again

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has reiterated his belief that troublesome Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez will not play for the club again. The 27-year-old flew to Argentina without the permission of the club last week, further straining already tense relations after the furore following claims he refused to go on as a substitute during a Champions League match with Bayern Munich. Ci...Full Story »

Cypriot club closes in on Champions League success

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP)—Founded inside a pastry shop in the heart of the capital’s old Venetian-walled city, a nondescript soccer club from Cyprus is one game away from achieving an unprecedented level success on the small Mediterranean island. APOEL Nicosia is unbeaten through four matches in the group stage of Europe’s top club tournament, and at least a draw against Russ...Full Story »

FC Sion loses Swiss verdict in transfer ban case

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Swiss club FC Sion sustained a major defeat Friday in its legal battles against football authorities over six players it signed despite a FIFA transfer ban. A cantonal (state) court ruled in favor of FIFA and the Swiss Football League in an appeal case judgment which denies Sion’s players the right to be registered. League president Thomas Grimm told The Associated Press that the verdict...Full Story »

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