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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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06/12/13
Clubs Pressure League On Standing Trials

The Football League board "is to explore what steps need to be taken in order to hold trials of safe-standing areas within grounds," according to Robin Scott-Elliot of the London INDEPENDENT. Pressure "is growing on the League after a majority of its member clubs backed a motion in support of the is ...

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06/12/13
Study: Messi Is Football's Most-Skilled

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was ranked as the most-skilled footballer in the world during the '12-13 season, according to Bloomberg Sports' first "Power Football 50" list unveiled Wednesday. The rankings provide a scientifically-based analysis that evaluates players on skills relevant to their respecti ...

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06/12/13
145,000 Confed Cup Tickets Available

Days from the start of the 2013 Confederations Cup, 145,000 of the 795,697 tickets that went on sale are still available for the tournament that begins Saturday in Brazil, according to LA AFICION. The game with the fewest tickets available is the match between Spain and Uruguay on June 16, with just ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/12/13
Nepali Clubs Attract African Players

The All Nepal FA said that Nepal's national football league, "the Martyrs' Memorial A Division League has been attracting almost a hundred footballers from Africa who are trying to put their mark in Asian football, especially India and South East Asia," according to XINHUA. Every year in the league ...

Tags: International Football, Asia

06/12/13
UEFA To Open Match-Fixing Probe

UEFA "will open disciplinary proceedings against Turkish teams Besiktas and Fenerbahce after allegations of match-fixing," according to Christopher Elser of BLOOMBERG. UEFA said in a statement on its website Tuesday a case was opened against Besiktas and two club officials “in relation to matc ...

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06/12/13
Argentina Fan Killed By Riot Police

A football fan was killed and another badly injured during fighting between hooligan "barrabravas" and riot police before an Argentine first division match in Buenos Aires on Monday, according to Ampuero & Gowar of REUTERS. Argentine First Division side Estudiantes' game with title challeng ...

Tags: International Football, South America

06/12/13
Football Notes

Jordanian FA President Prince Ali said that he "will not put his name forward for Asian Football Confederation president when the post becomes vacant again in 2015" ( INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 6/11 ). ... Italy's Confederations Cup campaign has not "got off to the best start after a portion of their ...

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06/11/13
World Cup Qualification To Boost Code

While Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop "is under no illusions that football would receive a 'rocket boost' from qualifying for the World Cup, he won't budge from his stance that the A-League is now the defining yardstick for the code's success," according to Sebastian Hassett of the BR ...

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06/11/13
Putin Signs 'World Cup Law'

Russian President Vladimir Putin "signed into law Friday measures giving FIFA powers to stop commerce in large areas of the 2018 World Cup host cities," according to R-SPORT. The "so-called World Cup Law mandates that FIFA or its nominees must give written approval for any trading or advertisin ...

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06/10/13
FA Chair Rejects Winter World Cup Move

Outgoing FA Chair David Bernstein has "dismissed a proposal to reschedule the 2022 World Cup to better suit the climate in Qatar," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. Bernstein said moving the tournament from summer to winter to avoid the searing desert heat would be “fundamenta ...

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