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Injuries Could Force Chelsea Manager Mourinho To Rest Starters Sunday At Liverpool

04 / 24 / 14

EPL Chelsea Manager José Mourinho "threatened to protect Chelsea’s chances of reaching the Champions League final" by fielding a reserve team at Anfield on Sunday "in a dramatic move" that could all but hand Liverpool the Premier League title, according to Matt Hughes of the LONDON TIME...

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08/26/13
Football Notes

Two officials "have been given life bans" by UEFA for an attempt to fix the result of a Europa League match last month. Armenian referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan, who officiated in the match between FC Inter Turku and Vikingur, "were suspended for life" by the UEFA Control a ...

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08/23/13
Players Warned To Avoid Certain Clubs

Professional footballers have been warned by the world players' union FIFPro "to think twice before signing to play for clubs in Cyprus, Greece or Turkey," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Players were advised to be especially wary of clubs who were not playing in European competition, with F ...

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08/23/13
Rio Mayor: Brazil Needs 'Sports Policy'

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said that "it is a shame" his city will host the 2016 Olympics because Brazil "lacks a sports policy," according to the BBC. Paes said that "his city should not pay for high performance athletes." Paes said, "That is the role of the federal government." Howeve ...

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08/23/13
Study Illustrates Warning Of Qatar Heat

A report by the University of Bedfordshire said that "teams contesting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will need a month to prepare for the country's sweltering heat," according to the AFP. The study recommends that teams arrive in Qatar at least four weeks in advance of the tournament, "which is c ...

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08/23/13
Football Notes

Brasileiro club Náutico has "threatened to boycott Brazilian championship matches after being scheduled to play two games in three days in a re-arranged fixture list." Internacional was also angry after it were left facing four games in eight days as the Brazilian Football Confederation ...

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08/22/13
Israeli Club To Offer Free Tickets

Israeli Premier League side Ironi Ramat Hasharon "announced this week the launch of an innovative -- and quite likely unique -- plan to attract fans to its matches," according to Allon Sinai of the JERUSALEM POST. The club "will hand out around 200 season tickets for free, as long as the s ...

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08/22/13
Brazil Asks FIFA To Lower Hotels

Brazil's tourism board said that "it has officially told FIFA and hotel operators to negotiate lowering prices during the 2014 World Cup," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. The request came just days after a study showed that room rates will be up to 500% more expensive during the World Cup ...

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08/22/13
Father, Son Ticket Tours Spared Jail

A father and son who banked more than £600,000 ($940,620) from ticket touting have been spared jail after a court heard they have been "signed up" by ManU, according to Chris Osuh of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Richard Rowe, 54, and his 30-year-old son, Richard Rowe Jr., "cashed in by sellin ...

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08/22/13
Bale Transfer Talk Raises Questions

The numbers discussed -- $145M or thereabouts -- to bring Gareth Bale to Real Madrid "are staggering," according Gabriele Marcotti of ESPN. As such, how do you "value a player like Bale?" The starting point is how much better he would make Real Madrid and whether you can put a value on it: "the bene ...

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08/21/13
Football Makes Return To Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s football team "sparked rowdy celebrations across the war-battered nation" Tuesday after securing a convincing 3-0 win over rival Pakistan "in the first international match in Kabul for 10 years," according to the AFP. A "delirious 6,000 capacity crowd" packed the Afghanistan Foot ...

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