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Nearly 25,000 Pay Tribute To Hillsborough Victims At Anfield With Bells, Lights, Scarves

04 / 16 / 14

Almost 25,000 people made their way to Anfield on Tuesday "to pay tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims at a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster," according to Eleanor Barlow of the LIVERPOOL ECHO. Among those attending were the full Liverpool FC first team squad, Liverpool Chair T...

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03/25/13
Russia, Ukraine Football Merger Planned

Plans to merge the top divisions of the Russian and Ukrainian football leagues "have won further support from club owners keen to replicate the commercial success of the English Premier League and Europe-wide Champions League," according to Kavanagh, Chazan & Olearchyk of the FINANCIAL TIMES. A ...

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03/25/13
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03/25/13
Reports Claim Chinese FA To Sack Coach

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03/25/13
Even Beckham May Struggle In China

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03/25/13
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Iraq will be allowed to play friendly matches at home again following approval from FIFA. The reprieve does not apply to World Cup qualifiers for which Iraq uses Doha as its home base ( REUTERS, 3/22 ). ... Real Madrid is planning to sue Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish doctor at the center of a ...

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03/22/13
Study: Int'l Players Mostly At Top Clubs

The number of int'l footballers in Europe drops from 46% for Big Five clubs to 15% for fourth echelon leagues, according to a paper written by three CIES Football Observatory researchers. At the start of the current season, Man City had 24 int'l players, the highest figure in Europe. Man City is als ...

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03/22/13
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03/22/13
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