Iker Casillas signs new FC Porto deal and will end playing career with club

Iker Casillas has signed a new contract with FC Porto which he says will see him end his professional career with the club. The 167-time capped Spain international goalkeeper will turn 38 in May and his new deal – one year plus an option for another – could take him to the age of 40, when Casillas says he will retire. Casillas has been with Porto since 2015, having spent the entirety of his career until that point with Real Madrid. He has continued to impress this season, with Porto…

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Rayo Vallecano reappoint Paco Jemez to stave off relegation threat

Paco Jemez has returned for a second spell in charge of Rayo Vallecano as the LaLiga club bid to avoid relegation. Michel was sacked by Rayo on Monday after seven straight defeats left them 19th in the table, six points adrift of safety. And with 10 games left after the international break, Rayo have turned back to Jemez by handing their former coach a deal that runs until June 2020. OFICIAL | Paco Jémez nuevo entrenador del Rayo Vallecano hasta el 30 de junio de 2020.La presentación oficial tendrá lugar…

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Barcelona prepare €50m bid to sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt

Barcelona are preparing a bid of €50m (£43m) to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, according to a new report. The Serbia striker has scored 15 goals in 24 Bundesliga games while adding a further seven strikes in the Europa League on Eintracht’s way to the quarter-finals. The 21-year-old is on loan at Eintracht from Benfica but the German club have already agreed to sign him permanently at the end of this season. They want €65-€70m for the striker if he leaves this summer. The report says Barcelona have been…

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Cristiano Ronaldo charged with improper conduct for Atletico celebration

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing disciplinary action for his celebration after one of the three goals he scored in last week’s 3-0 win over Atlético Madrid in the Champions League. Uefa said the Portuguese would face a hearing on Thursday for “improper conduct” during the last-16 second leg match, where Juventus completed a 3-2 aggregate win. Ronaldo made a similar gesture to Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who celebrated his team’s opening goal in the first leg by turning to the crowd and putting his hands on his trousers. Simeone was fined €20,000 for…

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FA Cup semi-final draw: Brighton face Manchester City, Watford v Wolves

Manchester City were paired with Brighton in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, while Watford will face Wolves following the draw, which was made immediately after Brighton’s penalty shootout defeat of Millwall on Sunday. City came from two goals down to defeat Championship side Swansea 3-2 on Saturday, and Brighton overcame Millwall on penalties on Sunday. Watford, runners-up in 1984, will play four-time winners Wolves, in their first semi-final since 1998, in the other all-Premier League tie. When Brighton reached the 1983 FA Cup final – the only time the club has reached the final in its…

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Monchi returns to Sevilla as sporting director

Monchi has returned to Sevilla for a second spell as the club’s general sporting director, despite reports linking him with a role at Arsenal. Monchi left his role as Roma’s technical director this month following the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco and his backroom staff. Newspaper reports had claimed he was a contender to replace Sven Mslintat as Arsenal’s head of recruitment due to his existing relationship with Gunners manager Unai Emery, but the Spaniard has chosen to return to La Liga after his two years in Italy. Solo eso….. que…

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Sevilla sack manager Pablo Machin after disappointing Europa exit

Sevilla have sacked manager Pablo Machin, a day after they were dramatically knocked out of the Europa League by Slavia Prague. The five-time Europa League winners suffered a 4-3 defeat in the Czech Republic, thanks to Ibrahim Traore’s extra-time goal in the 119th minute, which saw them lose 6-5 on aggregate. Machin, 43, joined from Girona in May. Sevilla blamed “a string of poor results in past weeks” for his dismissal after 10 months. The club are sixth in La Liga, five points off the Champions League places. Since Unai Emery left…

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Arsenal play Napoli and Chelsea face Slavia Prague in Europa League quarter-finals

Arsenal have been drawn against Napoli, while Chelsea will face Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals. Villarreal take on fellow Spanish side Valencia with Portuguese team Benfica playing Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt. The first and second legs will be played on 11 April and 18 April, with the semi-final draw keeping Arsenal and Chelsea apart should they get that far. Arsenal boss Unai Emery is chasing a fourth Europa League title as manager after three successive wins at Sevilla. The Gunners reached the last-eight after overturning a 3-1 deficit to…

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Tottenham face Manchester City in Champions League quarter-finals

Tottenham will play Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona. Last year’s beaten finalists Liverpool will play Porto, and Ajax will face Juventus in the other ties. The semi-final draw was also made and Manchester United will meet Liverpool if both win their last-eight ties. The quarter-final first legs take place on 9 April and 10 April. The semi-finals start on 30 April and 1 May. City and United were both drawn away in the first leg of their ties, but they…

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Real Madrid sign Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Porto for €50m

Real Madrid have agreed to sign defender Eder Militao from Porto at the end of the season for his buy-out clause of €50m. Both clubs announced the move on Thursday and the Spanish club say the 21-year-old Brazil international will sign a contract until 2025 with them. The centre-back is Real Madrid’s first signing following the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager. Militao, who has won one cap for Brazil, began with his hometown club São Paulo before moving to Porto in August 2018. This season he has helped the Portuguese champions reach the quarter-finals…

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Bernardo Silva extends Manchester City contract until summer of 2025

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has agreed to a new three-year contract extension with the Premier League champions. The deal means Silva is now committed to City until 2025 after joining from Monaco in a £43m deal two years ago. The Portuguese 24-year-old has scored five goals and picked up six assists in the Premier League this season. 🔥 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣5️⃣ 🔥 🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/HagWIwntue — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 13, 2019 He joins teammates Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Phil Foden in committing to City long term. Silva’s ninth goal of the…

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Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele faces up to one month out with injury

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele faces up to a month out with a hamstring injury sustained against Lyon, it has been confirmed. A report in Diario Sport claimed the Frenchman suffered pain in the femoral biceps of his left leg after netting in Wednesday’s 5-1 Round of 16 victory. The 21-year-old replaced Philippe Coutinho with 20 minutes remaining having not made the starting XI due to a fitness concern sustained against Rayo Vallecano four days earlier. Dembele did not celebrate his goal due to the pain but still completed the final…

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Zinedine Zidane returns to coach Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has made a surprise return to coach Real Madrid less than a year after leaving the Spanish giants in the wake of one of its great European successes. The 46-year-old Frenchman led Real to three consecutive Champions League trophies during his first spell in charge at the Bernabeu but then stepped down in May 2018. Zidane replaces sacked former teammate Santiago Solari, who was promoted to the role of Real coach after Julen Lopetegui was dismissed following a poor run of form in October. https://twitter.com/realmadrid/status/1105158556976861184 “Real Madrid appreciates…

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Birmingham City fan jailed for pitch attack on Jack Grealish

A Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 weeks for attacking Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish during the second city derby. Paul Mitchell, of Rubery, Worcestershire, hit Grealish from behind on the pitch about 10 minutes into Sunday’s game. Mitchell, 27, admitted assault and encroachment on to the pitch at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court earlier. He “cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning”, his solicitor said. “His initial foolish intention was to just go on to the pitch and whip up the crowd,” said Vaughn Whistance, defending. Mitchell, of…

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New Tottenham stadium to be used competitively in first week of April

Tottenham will play the first competitive fixture at their new stadium in the first week of April. Spurs were scheduled to move to the new White Hart Lane stadium in September but construction has been delayed. Who their first opponents are hinges on Brighton’s FA Cup campaign. If Brighton beat Millwall in the FA Cup on 17 March, Crystal Palace will be Spurs’ visitors on 3 April, but if the Seagulls are knocked out, they will be the opposition on 6 or 7 April. New Stadium: Test Event Matches and…

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Roma appoint Claudio Ranieri eight days after Fulham sack

Former Leicester and Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has been appointed Roma manager until the end of the season. Ranieri, 67, was sacked by Fulham eight days ago after winning three of his 17 games in charge. But the Roma fan – who managed the club between 2009 and 2011 – has been handed a quick return to management, replacing Eusebio di Francesco. “I’m delighted to be coming back home,” Ranieri said on Friday. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.” OFFICIAL | 📝 | Claudio Ranieri takes charge at #ASRoma More…

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Aguero picks up Premier League player of the month award for February

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has picked up the Premier League’s player of the month award, after a string of standout performances in February. The Argentine centre-forward managed to score seven goals during a great month for the English champions, which saw them return to the top of the table ahead of Liverpool. Aguero hit a hat-trick against Arsenal at the start of February before securing another treble during a 6-0 demolition of Chelsea and scoring the winner in a narrow victory against West Ham. Guardiola’s side have finally seized the initiative in this year’s title race after chasing Liverpool for much…

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Roma sack Eusebio di Francesco after Porto and Lazio defeats

Roma have sacked head coach Eusebio di Francesco following Champions League last-16 defeat by Porto on Wednesday. The Italian side lost 4-3 on aggregate after an Alex Telles extra-time penalty in Portugal, having led 2-1 from the first leg. Roma are fifth in Serie A and lost 3-0 to city rivals Lazio on Saturday. Di Francesco, 49, took over in June 2017, leading Roma to last year’s Champions League semi-finals, where they were beaten by Liverpool. “On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I’d like to thank Eusebio for his work and…

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PSG’s Neymar calls Manchester United VAR penalty decision ‘a disgrace’

Neymar has called the decision to give Manchester United a late penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night “a disgrace” and said that the VAR officials in charge “knew nothing about football”. The 27-year-old, who missed the tie because of injury, was incensed after officials awarded United a spot-kick for a handball by Presnel Kimpembe deep into stoppage time, which Marcus Rashford then coolly converted to send the Premier League side through to the quarter-finals. “This is a disgrace, they put four people who know nothing about football…

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino given touchline ban by FA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been given a two-match touchline ban and fined £10,000 by the Football Association for angrily confronting referee Mike Dean after his side’s 2-1 defeat at Burnley. Pochettino admitted he “crossed the line” with the official and later made a public apology to Dean. The 46-year-old accepted an FA charge of improper conduct. “It is not the way to behave,” he said following the incident. Dean was later moved from his fourth official duties for Spurs’ game at Chelsea the following week. Pochettino will serve his ban in…

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Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba out for rest of season with knee injury

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has been ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging knee ligaments. Bamba, 34, was forced off the field on a stretcher during Cardiff’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Wolves on Saturday. Manager Neil Warnock confirmed the Ivory Coast international ruptured his cruciate knee ligament and now needs surgery. Bamba has started all bar one of Cardiff’s top-flight games this season. His absence will be a significant blow for the Bluebirds, currently in the relegation places after three successive defeats. “Unfortunately our biggest fears have…

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Fifa confirm Chelsea have appealed against transfer ban

Chelsea have appealed against Fifa’s decision to ban them from signing players in the next two transfer windows. It follows the world governing body’s investigation into Chelsea’s signing of foreign under-18 players. Fifa says it found breaches in 29 cases out of 92 investigated, including striker Bertrand Traore, now at Lyon. The governing body says it has received an appeal but could not confirm when this would be heard. Chelsea have also been fined £460,000, while the Football Association has been fined £390,000. The ban, which runs until the end…

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Joachim Löw confirms Bayern trio will be dropped from Germany squad

Joachim Löw has confirmed that Jérôme Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller will be dropped from the upcoming Germany squad. Die Mannschaft endured a terrible 2018, going out int he group stages of the Russia World Cup and getting relegated from their Nations League group. Plenty of people in the country have called for an overhaul of the squad, and now the coach has confirmed that the Bayern trio will be missing from the squad to face Serbia and Netherlands this month. “2019 is the year of the new start for…

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Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez may be out for rest of season

Alexis Sanchez could be out for the rest of the season, according to Chile’s national team physiotherapist, Pedro Onate. Sanchez damaged ligaments in his right knee during the 3-2 home win against Southampton on Saturday and the 30-year-old could be unavailable for the next two months, Onate claimed. “We communicated with Sánchez, he has had his scans and that’s the injury – there will be no problems for him to play in the Copa América [this summer] because it will be six to eight weeks without playing,” Oñate told the El Mercurio…

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West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass charged by Football Association

West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has been charged with allegedly abusing anti-doping officials, the Football Association has said. The alleged incident took place at the Hammers’ training ground on 6 February. The 31-year-old Scotland international, who faces a one-match ban and an £8,000 fine, has until 18 March to respond to the charge. “Robert Snodgrass has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3(1),” the FA said in a statement on Monday. “It is alleged the player used abusive and/or insulting words towards UK anti-doping officials who were visiting…

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