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Chelsea Striker Wants to Sign for European Club this Summer

Romelu Lukaku wants to go out on loan next season – but it is unlikely to be West Brom. The Belgian wonder kid, 19, has scored 13 times in just 15 starts for the Baggies on his season-long arrangement from Chelsea. But he is understood to want to play in European competition to enhance his claim for a starting berth at the 2014 World Cup with Belgium. West Brom’s poor form in the second half of the season h ...

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Mikel Arteta: Days away from Football Helped Arsenal to Refocus

Mikel Arteta believes that the time spent away from Arsenal during the international break allowed him and his team-mates to regroup and refocus ahead of the Premier League run-in. The Arsenal players not away with their national teams were given a few days off by Arsène Wenger ahead of Saturday's 4-1 win over Reading. And the Spanish midfielder, who scored from the penalty spot on Saturday, believes that t ...

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Messi scores against every team in La Liga consecutively

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona's World Player of the Year Lionel Messi scored in a 19th successive La Liga match on Saturday, entering a new statistic in the record books by netting against every team in the league consecutively. The Argentine set up Barca's first and scored the second but struggling Celta Vigo spoiled his celebrations by grabbing an 88th-minute equaliser to hold the visitors to a 2-2 draw. M ...

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Afghanistan Beats Bahrain in Asian T20 Cricket

Afghanistan on Thursday beat Bahrain in the Asian T20 cricket by 72 runs, raising its chances of qualifying for the World Cup 2015 after beating Oman earlier this week. Afghanistan proved too strong for Gulf nation, setting a 157 run target for Bahrain with Gulbadin Naib batting the highest score for the Afghans with 46 runs. Bahrain could not even double Naib's batting score, making only 85 runs. Naib shon ...

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Alexis Sanchez Keen to Stay at Barcelona

Alexis Sanchez has insisted that he is happy at Barcelona despite reports suggesting he will quit Camp Nou in the summer. The winger joined the Catalans from Udinese in 2011 but has failed to recapture the sort of form that made him one of Europe's most desirable forwards. As a result, the transfer rumour mill has continued to link him with a move back to Italy, with reigning Serie A champions Juventus repo ...

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Joleon Lescott Set For Cut-Price Man City Exit

Joleon Lescott has been told his services are no longer required at Manchester City according to The Mail On Sunday. The defender was left out of Roy Hodgson's England squad after finding himself marginalised at the Etihad Stadium this season. The centre-back currently finds himself behind the likes of Gary Cahill, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Dawson and Chris Smalling in the pecking order as England prepare for ...

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Afghanistan Jumps 48 Places in FIFA Rankings

Afghanistan has jumped 48 places in the international football federation's (FIFA) world rankings – the biggest mover in the latest edition of the rankings – boosted by its success in the qualifiers for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup. The Afghan national team climbed to the 141 position from the 189 spot after qualifying for the 2014 Challenge Cup to be played in the Maldives next year. ...

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Spurs Goalkeeper Brad Friedel: I Live with Racism Ever Day – It’s Disgusting

Brad Friedel thinks the authorities face a long and hard battle in their bid to stamp out racism in football after the problem reared its ugly head during Tottenham's defeat to Inter Milan last night. Emmanuel Adebayor scored in extra-time to send Tottenham through on away goals, but his evening was overshadowed by the racist behaviour of a pocket of Inter fans. Some Nerazzurri supporters monkey chanted whe ...

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Health Benefits of Hiking

Countless studies and research have consistently shown that regular exercise not only improves our overall health and fitness, but lengthens and improves the quality of our lives. Regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease, and decreases the risk for colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It also helps to control weight; contributes to healthy bones ...

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Barcelona Want Jackson Martinez, Claims Agent

The Catalans are just one of a number of teams keeping tabs on the striker, including an "important" Madrid club, following his fine displays this season Jackson Martinez's Italian representative, Giovanni Fiore, has claimed Barcelona are interested in signing the Porto striker. The Colombia international has been in fine form since joining Porto from Jaguares at the start of the 2012-13 campaign, and his g ...

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United finish with aplomb early on but Chelsea recover to finish with parity

For a long time it had looked as though this could be added to the list of indignities facing Rafael Benítez. It is not often the chants of "sacked in the morning" emanate from both sets of supporters and, at 2-0, this was shaping up to be another bruising experience for the most famous interim manager in the business. What followed can be partly attributed to the sapping effects of Manchester United's defe ...

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Ryan Giggs: Nani Red Card against Real Madrid was the Biggest Shock of my Career

Ryan Giggs has described Nani's controversial red card in Manchester United's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid as 'the biggest shock of his career'. Giggs, 39, who was playing in his 1000th career match, admits he was left stunned when the referee gave the Portuguese winger his marching orders for a mid-air challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa midway through the second-half of Real's 2-1 win at Old Trafford. ' ...

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Afghans clinch T20 series against Scots

KABUL - Afghanistan mauled Scotland by seven wickets in the second T20 match to clinch the series at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday night, a board official said on Tuesday. Scotland won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 139 runs, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News. Calum MacLeod, Matthew Machan and Moneeb Iqbal contribut ...

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ACB, PCB to sign MoU on cooperation

KABUL - Pakistan would technically support Afghan players and arrange trial camps for them under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would be signed soon, officials said on Tuesday. "The MoU between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is under process and will be formally signed soon," PCB Media General Manager Nadeem Sarwar told Pajhwok Afghan News. The two sides agree ...

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Afghanistan pip Mongolia for 2nd win

KABUL -  Maintaining their triumphant run, Afghanistan overcame Mongolia 1-0 in their second match of the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Laos on Monday. Divided into five groups, 20 countries are participating in the annual competition, whose winners be qualify for the Asian Football Confederation Cup. In the first half, neither side could score any goal, but Bilal Arezu found the ...

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Edin Dzeko drops Manchester City exit hint with Bundesliga revelation

Edin Dzeko has opened the door to a summer switch away from Manchester City after admitting he wants a return to the Bundesliga. The striker, who was a £27million arrival from Wolfsburg in January 2011, has found himself unable to hold down a regular place in Roberto Mancini’s side this season, despite being City’s top league scorer with 12 goals. Now, with Mancini expected to further strengthen his attacki ...

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Nabi Vows his Level Best Good Job

KABUL : All-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who replaced Nawroz Mangal as Afghanistan's captain on Sunday, has promised he would try his level best to galvanise the team into proving its mettle in upcoming international events. The game's regularity authority named Nabi as skipper for the Asian Games campaign, replacing Mangal, under whose leadership Afghanistan gained one-day international status and qualified for ...

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Everton star admits Chelsea transfer interest

Chelsea transfer news: Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini sets sights on Stamford Bridge switch. Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini admits he still has a burning desire to join Chelsea this summer, reports the Sunday People. The 25-year-old Belgian international insists he will not push for a move away from Goodison Park tat the end of the season, but concedes that the opportunity to test himself in the ...

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Rafael: This is my Best Season Yet for Manchester United

The Manchester United full-back believes he has added consistency to his impressive array of attributes this term, but admits he still sees room for improvement in his displays Rafael believes he is playing the best football of his Manchester United career this season, but insists he can still improve. The Brazilian has been a key member of Sir Alex Ferguson's side this term, making 31 appearances in all co ...

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  Everton star Marouane Fellaini believes English Premier League referees are 'frightened' of him because of his hairstyle. Fellaini is six foot four and has an extremely thick affrow, which marks the Belgian as a focal point on the pitch for his team-mates. The 25-year-old has been in superb form this season for Everton and is the clubs-leading scorer with 11 goals. However, standing out in the crowd ...

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