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Spain begin World Cup defence with hard fought win


September 12th, 2012 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Sep 12 (IANS) Reigning football World Cup champions Spain needed an 87th minute goal from striker Roberto Soldado to begin their title defence with a 1-0 win away ... Read more...

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VIlla happy to be back in Spanish squad


September 8th, 2012 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Sep 8 (IANS) Spanish striker David Villa expressed his satisfaction at returning to international football with a goal against Saudi Arabia.Villa came on as a substitute for Fernando ... Read more...

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Easy win for Spain against Saudi Arabia


September 8th, 2012 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Sep 8 (IANS) Reigning World and European Champions Spain enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in a friendly.The Spanish totally outplayed a Saudi side Friday that ... Read more...

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Ghana third best African side on FIFA ranking


September 6th, 2012 - 1:49 pm ICT by IANS
Accra (Ghana), Sep 6 (IANS) Ghana moved one place up from the 32nd to the 31st position on the September edition of the FIFA world rankings, the Ghana Football Association ... Read more...

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Portugal fourth in FIFA rankings


September 5th, 2012 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS
Zurich, Sep 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Portugal rose to fourth in the new FIFA rankings published Wednesday, dropping Uruguay down a place.Portugal won their only match in August beating Panama 2-0 ... Read more...

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Olympic basketball: Spain, US set up rematch of Beijing final (Second Lead)


August 11th, 2012 - 7:53 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 11 (IANS) Spain and the US are going to perform a rematch of the 2008 Beijing Games final at the men's basketball event of the London Olympics after ... Read more...

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England rises to 3rd spot in FIFA rankings


August 8th, 2012 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS
London, August 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) England climbed to the third position in the new FIFA rankings published Wednesday, the team's highest ever placing.World and European champions Spain held on to ... Read more...

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Olympic football: Spain slump to shock defeat


July 27th, 2012 - 5:14 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Spain suffered a surprise defeat in their Olympic football opener Thursday, going down 1-0 to Japan and having a man sent off.Yuki Otsu was the ... Read more...

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Gazprom inks sponsorship deal with Chelsea


July 18th, 2012 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian energy giant Gazprom has inked a three-year sponsorship deal with Roman Abramovich-owned Chelsea football club.The contract announced late Tuesday commits the company, which is ... Read more...

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Chelsea set to announce deal for Brazil starlet Oscar


July 18th, 2012 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, July 18 (IANS) Chelsea is this week expected to confirm the signing of Brazilian starlet Oscar after the midfielder underwent a medical with the European champions.The 20-year-old's ... Read more...

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Russia avoids US, draws Spain in Olympic basketball


July 9th, 2012 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS
Caracas, July 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia has avoided the United States but has been drawn in a group with European champions Spain for the men's Olympic basketball tournament.The Russians secured ... Read more...

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Illaramendi for injured Thiago in Spanish Olympic squad


July 7th, 2012 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, July 7 (IANS) Spain's Olympic coach Luis Milla confirmed that Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi will replace injured Barcelona player Thiago Alcantara in the Olympic Games.Thiago hurt his right ... Read more...

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Spanish press hail Euro 2012 triumph


July 2nd, 2012 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, July 2 (IANS) The Spanish media hailed their football team after they were crowned European Champions Sunday night with a 4-0 win over Italy.Spain's victory, which came ... Read more...

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Spanish football fans celebrate victory


July 2nd, 2012 - 6:28 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, July 2 (IANS) Football fans across Spain celebrated their country's 4-0 win over Italy in the final of the European Championship Sunday night.Goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, ... Read more...

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Euro 2012: Spain coach Del Bosque rejects past glories


July 1st, 2012 - 7:20 am ICT by IANS
Warsaw, July 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Spain's status as reigning European champions will not help them in their quest to retain the title in Sunday's Euro 2012 final, Spanish coach Vicente ... Read more...

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Euro 2012: Italy ready for German pressure, says coach Prandelli


June 28th, 2012 - 2:38 am ICT by IANS
Warsaw, June 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Keeping hold of the ball will negate Germany's main tactic of pinning Italy back inside their half, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli said ahead of their ... Read more...

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Netherlands can repeat success of 1988, says Muhren


June 7th, 2012 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS
The Hague, June 7 (IANS) Arnold Muhren, who helped the Netherlands win the 1988 European Football Championship, says the new Dutch generation can repeat the feat in the 2012 edition ... Read more...

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Chelsea, United battle it out for Dembele


June 2nd, 2012 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 2 (IANS) English clubs Chelsea and Manchester United are locked in a battle for signing Belgian star midfielder Mousa Dembele. The two teams have opened talks over ... Read more...

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Liverpool unveil Rodgers as new manager


June 1st, 2012 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) English football club Liverpool officially unveiled former Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers as their new head coach here Friday.With the appointment of the 39-year-old, Liverpool ... Read more...

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Lille playmaker Hazard hints at Chelsea move


May 22nd, 2012 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 22 (IANS) French club Lille's Belgian star Eden Hazard has hinted at a move to newly-crowned European champions Chelsea admitting that their Champions League victory has made a ... Read more...

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Bosque to name Spanish squad after May 25


May 5th, 2012 - 4:06 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, May 5 (IANS) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said his definitive squad for the European Champions will be named after the Copa del Rey final between Athletic Club ... Read more...

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Ajax capture 31st Dutch league title


May 3rd, 2012 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS
Brussels, May 3 (IANS) Ajax secured their 31st Dutch league title by beating VVV-Venlo 2-0 in their penultimate game of the season.A brace from Siem de Jong Wednesday gave ... Read more...

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Team Britain given tough football draw in Olympics


April 25th, 2012 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 25 (IANS) The British men's football team has been handed out a tough draw in the 2012 London Games.Britain have been clubbed with African giants Senegal, reigning Copa ... Read more...

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Barca look to narrow Primera Liga gap with Real


March 30th, 2012 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, March 30 (IANS) Defending champions Barcelona would look to eat into the six points that current league leaders Real Madrid have at the top of the table when ... Read more...

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Spain to play three warm-up games for Euro 2012


March 29th, 2012 - 7:48 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, March 29 (IANS) Spain will play international friendlies against Serbia, South Korea and China ahead of the Euro 2012 Football championships in June-July.The World and European champions will face ... Read more...

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Champions League: Milan draw Barca, Chelsea face Benfica


March 16th, 2012 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS
Nyon (Switzerland), March 16 (IANS) Italian giants AC Milan were drawn against tournament favourites Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals draw held here Friday, while Chelsea, the only English ... Read more...

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League title all but lost: Barca coach Guardiola


February 12th, 2012 - 9:29 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Feb 12 (IANS) FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admitted Sunday that his side had all but lost its chances of winning the Spanish La Liga football title following ... Read more...

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Pinto extends Barca contract until 2013 season


January 3rd, 2012 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Jan 3 (IANS) Spanish giants Barcelona have announced an agreement to extend the contract of goalkeeper Manuel Pinto till the 2013 season.The 36-year-old former Celta Vigo goalkeeper joined Barca ... Read more...

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Club World Cup: Qatar’s Al-Sadd beat Esperance 2-1


December 11th, 2011 - 7:48 pm ICT by IANS
Tokyo, Dec 11 (IANS) Asian club champions Al-Sadd of Qatar beat African champions Esperance Sportive de Tunis 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup at ... Read more...

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Manchester ‘big two’ crash out of champions league


December 8th, 2011 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 8 (IANS) The big two from Manchester, United and City, failed to qualify for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and will now be playing ... Read more...

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‘El Clasico’ to played Dec 10


November 19th, 2011 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Nov 19 (IANS) The eagerly awaited game between Spanish football giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will be played Dec 10.The announcement was made by the Spanish Football League ... Read more...

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Germany down Netherlands in football friendly, England beat Sweden


November 16th, 2011 - 2:45 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, Nov 16 (IANS) Germany sealed their first win against the Netherlands since 1996 after they blanked the Dutch outfit 3-0 in a football friendly at Hamburg Tuesday. England scored ... Read more...

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England upset Spain 1-0 in football friendly


November 13th, 2011 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 13 (IANS) A Frank Lampard goal in the 49th minute was enough to secure an upset 1-0 win for England over world and European champions Spain in an ... Read more...

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Injured Ibrahimovic ruled out of Barcelona clash


September 13th, 2011 - 3:58 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Sep 13 (IANS) AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of the European Champions League football game against Barcelona after he picked an injury during ... Read more...

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Barcelona plans to increase Camp Nou capacity by 10,000


September 8th, 2011 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Sep 8 (IANS) Spanish and European Champions FC Barcelona are considering reforming their famous Camp Nou Stadium to increase its capacity and allow a further 10,000 football fans to ... Read more...

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