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'Vultures' circle over Lille's double-winners

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

PARIS (AFP) - At a time when they should be looking forward to next season's Champions League adventure, fans of French double-winners Lille are starting to worry whether their team will survive the summer intact. Lille ended a 56-year trophy drought last season by claiming victory in both Ligue 1 and the French Cup, but coach Rudi Garcia's history-making squad is already beginning to disintegr...Full Story »

Jamaica top Gold Cup group, Guatemala advance

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

HARRISON, New Jersey (AFP) - Jamaica finished the first round of the Gold Cup on top of Group B after a 1-0 victory over Honduras on Monday, with both teams advancing to the quarter-finals along with Guatemala. Guatemala booked their berth with a 4-0 victory over Grenada, which was enough to put them through as one of the best two third-placed teams in group play. Ryan Johnson got the goal for...Full Story »

Pakistan ready to host Bangladesh World Cup qualifier

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

KARACHI (AFP) - Pakistani football said on Tuesday it is confident next month's home World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh will go ahead, promising tight security for the match. After the first leg of their Asian zone qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Dhaka on June 29, the two sides were scheduled to meet in Lahore on July 3. But arrangements ran into trouble after Bangladesh asked FIFA, th...Full Story »

'Partying' Gullit faces last Chechnya chance

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian managerial career of Dutch legend Ruud Gullit was on the line on Tuesday after he was accused by the strongman leader of Chechnya of caring more about parties than his Terek Grozny club. Gullit and his unfancied side from war-ravaged Chechnya travelled on Tuesday to a crunch away match at fellow Russian Premier League strugglers Amkar Perm that Chechen leader Ramzan K...Full Story »

Jamaica beats Honduras to win Gold Cup Group B

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

HARRISON, New Jersey (AP)—Ryan Johnson scored a lucky first-half goal that bounced off the goalkeeper’s head as Jamaica defeated Honduras 1-0 on Monday to top Group B en route to the Gold Cup quarterfinals. The 58th-ranked Jamaica won all three of its group matches and will now play the second-place finisher in Group C—possibly the United States—on Sunday in Washington, ...Full Story »

Ozil happy in Madrid - German star shuns fresh link with United

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by skysports.com

Ozil: Happy at Real Madrid Mesut Ozil insists he has no plans to leave Real Madrid after being linked again with a move to Manchester United. The Real Madrid star shunned a move to England last summer after he impressed hugely at the World Cup finals. But with Madrid busy bolstering their squad this summer, Ozil had been linked with a possible departure from the Santiago Bernaebu. United wer...Full Story »

Kid Kebbie can crack it at Barca

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by The Sun

LEEDS UNITED youngster Elliot Kebbie is a target for Barcelona.The winger, 16, joined the European champions on trial earlier this month and played for their famous youth team on Sunday.He has been at Leeds since the age of eight but has moved to Spain and is hoping to join Pep Guardiola's side.The Whites still expect to receive a hefty fee if he secures a switch to the Catalan giants.Kebbie c...Full Story »

How Lionel Messi has grown under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona - & it has nothing to do with hormones

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by Goal.com

Lionel Messi has, quite literally, grown up at Barcelona. The brilliant Argentine forward is now the best player in the world, but he wouldn't be where he is today without the Catalan club. Already a prospect as an 11-year-old, Messi was starring in the youth side at Newell's and was also impressing River Plate. But there was a problem: he was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency. At that tim...Full Story »

Under-fire Wenger's future is in your hands, Arsenal chief Gazidis tells fans

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by crystalpalace-mad.co.uk

Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis says Arsene Wenger's future as manager will ultimately be decided by the club's fans. Gazidis gave his backing to the underfire Frenchman - who has gone six seasons without a trophy - as he met more than 200 fans at an Arsenal Supporters' Trust meeting. He said: 'Arsene is ultimately accountable to the fans - they ultimately make judgment. If you are se...Full Story »

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