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Pep Guardiola urges 'brave' Barcelona to attack Real Madrid in Copa del Rey final

Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by YAHOO Sport107 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists his team will be ready to handle Real Madrid when the two giants meet in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday night. It's the second of four Clasicos between the historic rivals and a chance for Barca to grab some silverware. "I guess it's a final where anything can happen and there will be a very festive atmosphere. We have to encourage our team and have...Full Story »

Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas: We cannot afford to lose Copa del Rey final to Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport62 hits

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has stressed the importance of winning the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on Wednesday evening. The two teams confront each other for the second time in less than a week at the Mestalla. On Saturday, Madrid welcomed Barca at the Bernabeu and drew 1-1 to remain eight points behind the leaders, but will hope to win the Copa del Rey Cup for the first ...Full Story »

Villarreal pair face bans for deliberate bookings

Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by xinhuanet.com39 hits

NYON, Switzerland (AP)—Villarreal players Nilmar and Santi Cazorla could be suspended for the first leg of the Europa League semifinal against FC Porto for getting deliberate yellow cards in the previous round. UEFA said Tuesday that its disciplinary committee will hear their cases Wednesday. The Brazil forward and Spain midfielder received yellow cards near the end of Villarreal’...Full Story »

Pato facing spell out - Milan striker sidelined with thigh problem

Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by skysports.com57 hits

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato looks set to miss a chunk of the run-in after being ruled out for two to three weeks with a thigh problem. The Brazilian sustained the injury in Saturday's 3-0 victory at home to Sampdoria, when he had to be substituted before half-time. Scans have now revealed the extent of the damage and Milan confirmed on their official website that it would take at least a...Full Story »

Spain turn down Copa America invite

Posted Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Supersport.com49 hits

World and European champions Spain have turned down an invitation to play in this year's Copa America due to their busy timetable, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday. The offer came earlier this month when Japan withdrew from July's tournament in Argentina after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Asian country's northeastern coast. "The RFEF's board appreciated th...Full Story »

Sampdoria vs Lecce preview - Gastaldello: We must win

Posted Sunday, April 10, 2011 by PA54 hits

Sampdoria defender Daniele Gastaldello is backing his side to beat the drop as they prepare to face fellow relegation strugglers Lecce at the Luigi Ferraris stadium on Sunday. The Blucerchiati have managed to finish in the top half of the standings for the last seven seasons since gaining promotion to the top flight in 2003. However, Samp have their work cut out to defend their Serie A status ...Full Story »

Report: Spain to be invited to Copa America in case of Japan withdrawal

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport55 hits

Spain could be in line to be the first European nation to ever compete in the Copa America, after reports from Argentina emerged suggesting the Furia Roja are CONMEBOL's first choice in the case of Japan's withdrawal. La Nacion reports that the Japanese are on the verge of dropping out of July's South American tournament, due to the upheaval it would cause to the nation's domestic schedule. The...Full Story »

Japan confirm withdrawal from Copa America

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport29 hits

* Japan pull out of Copa America * JFA to concentrate on recovery from earthquake (Adds details) ASUNCION, April 4 (Reuters) - Japan will not take part in the Copa America, officials confirmed on Monday, after the country’s northeastern coast was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami last month. Japan Football Association (JFA) president Junji Ogura, whose team had been invited to the...Full Story »

AS Roma vs Juventus preview - Del Piero backs team-mates to prosper

Posted Sunday, April 03, 2011 by PA53 hits

Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero is confident his team-mates can overcome his absence when they travel to the Stadio Olimpico to face Roma. Del Piero sustained a left thigh injury during training on Thursday and will be sidelined for two weeks. His injury is a further blow for Juve coach Luigi Del Neri, who only last week lost striker Vincenzo Iaquinta with a season-ending injury. Howeve...Full Story »

Brechin vs Alloa preview - Duo sidelined for in-form Brechin

Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2011 by PA25 hits

Second-placed Brechin will be missing full-back Paul McLean and midfielder Charlie King when Alloa visit Glebe Park. Gerry McLauchlan, Jamie Redman and Rory McAllister are expected to feature despite carrying knocks, though. Manager Jim Weir has urged his players to continue their recent form following the 6-0 hammering of Dumbarton on Saturday. He said: "The title is Livingston's to throw aw...Full Story »

Comolli delighted Torres is gone

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2011 by hits

Liverpool's newly-promoted director of football Damien Comolli insists the £50million departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea in January lifted a cloud at the club. The Spain international had given the impression he was unhappy for most of the season but the timing of his transfer request just a couple of days before the window closed irked senior figures inside Anfield. However, after...Full Story »

Leeds star Gradel gets first Ivory Coast call-up

Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by YAHOO Sport35 hits

Max Gradel's impressive performances for English Championship side Leeds United earned him his first international call-up by the Ivory Coast on Tuesday for Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Benin. The 23-year-old midfielder - who began his career in England with Leicester City - has been in stunning form for the former English giants this season scoring 17 times in all competitions...Full Story »

Balotelli seeks Prandelli help

Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by Supersport.com69 hits

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli revealed on Monday that Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has appealed to him for help to control his behaviour on the pitch. Balotelli has been left out of the Azzurri squad for their upcoming games against Slovenia and Ukraine for breaking Prandelli's 'code of ethics' playing for his club. Balotelli was shown a red card for a high tackle on Goran Popov i...Full Story »

Juventus 2 : 1 Brescia - Del Piero saves Old Lady

Posted Sunday, March 20, 2011 by PA36 hits

Alessandro Del Piero struck a second-half winner to end Juventus' four-game losing streak against lowly Brescia. Milos Krasic gave the Turin side a first-half lead, but that was cancelled out by Citadin Eder before the interval. Del Piero would not be denied, though, and struck with 2 2 minutes remaining, with any hopes of a Brescia comeback then ended by Victor Mareco's dismissal. Alessandr...Full Story »

Real Sociedad 1 - 1 Levante - Del Horno leaves it late

Posted Wednesday, March 02, 2011 by PA28 hits

Asier Del Horno struck an equaliser 13 minutes from time to earn a 1-1 draw for Levante at Real Sociedad. David Zurutuza`s goal after a mundane first half looked to have given Sociedad all three points at San Sebastian. But former Chelsea left-back Del Horno slammed home from 25 yards to give his side a point they had seldom looked like winning. Sociedad`s Mikel Aranburu had the first chance ...Full Story »

Atletico Madrid 2 : 2 Sevilla - Reyes to the rescue for Atletico

Posted Saturday, February 26, 2011 by PA26 hits

Jose Antonio Reyes netted a late equaliser against former club Sevilla to earn Atletico Madrid a share of the spoils from a 2-2 draw in a hugely entertaining clash between two of La Liga's struggling big guns at the Vicente Calderon. Sevilla, who this week were knocked out of the Europa League, twice took the lead through goals from Alvaro Negredo and Ivan Rakitic but Atletico hit back both tim...Full Story »

Juventus vs Bologna preview - Consistency is key for Del Piero

Posted Saturday, February 26, 2011 by PA79 hits

Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero admits his side desperately need to find consistency if the Bianconeri are to secure European qualification this season. The Turin giants lost 2-0 at Lecce last Sunday to fall out of the Europa League places, and they face a crucial clash with Bologna. Consistency has been Juve's main problem this campaign. Having lost at Udinese and Palermo, Juve bounc...Full Story »

Cristiano Ronaldo's Girlfriend is Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Cover Model

Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 by Nbcmiami.com5820 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo's girl landed the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Although the news is not supposed to officially be announced until the "Late Show With David Letterman" airs Monday night, a quick-acting girl with a cell phone camera snapped a shot of the billboard featuring Russian beauty Irina Shayk and leaked it on Twitter. "I saw it from my office window," Ran...Full Story »

Cagliari vs Juventus - Del Neri wants respect

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by PA32 hits

Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri goes into the match at Cagliari lamenting the treatment of his team by referees in midweek. In Wednesday's clash at Palermo, the Bianconeri believed referee Emidio Morganti should have awarded them two penalties. Palermo went on to win 2-1 to leapfrog Juve in the Serie A standings. "We want to be respected," Del Neri said. "We don't expect every penalty to be giv...Full Story »

Birmingham 2 - 2 Manchester City: Gardner delivers City blow

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 by PA24 hits

Craig Gardner was Birmingham's hero for the second time in a week as he dealt a blow to Manchester City's fading title hopes in a 2-2 draw at St. Andrew's. Gardner had scored the goal which earned Alex McLeish's side victory over West Ham in the Carling Cup semi-final and followed that up with a late equaliser from the penalty spot as his side salvaged a precious point. The visitors twice led ...Full Story »

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