Alonso confirms retirement at end of season


Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has confirmed he will retire when his contract expires in the summer. Alongside a picture of him waving goodbye, the 35-year-old Spain international wrote on Twitter: “Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.” He won club honours with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern and the World Cup and two European Championships. Alonso told Bayern’s TV ...

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Ghana moves up to 43rd on FIFA rankings


  The Black Stars of Ghana have moved two places up to 43rd place on the latest world football rankings released by FIFA on Thursday March 9. Ghana moved up nine places last month (February) after placing fourth at the 2017 AFCON and their surge up the rankings continued despite not playing a match in the period under review. On ...

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Messi creates more history in the Champions League


  Barcelona’s match against Paris Saint-Germain was one of the most attractive games in the recent history of the Champions League, with Barcelona’s attempt at a historic comeback as they went 3-0 ahead thanks to Lionel Messi’s penalty, the eleventh of his career in the competition.While Messi has now equalled Cristiano Ronaldo on 11 penalties, the Portuguese attacker is still ...

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Bayern run riot again to crush dispirited Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate


Bayern Munich ran riot with a second successive 5-1 hammering of Arsenal to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 10-2 on aggregate at a stunned Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.Trailing 5-1 from the first leg and striving to become the first team in Champions League history to overturn such a deficit, Arsenal led at halftime through Theo Walcott’s goal.But once Robert Lewandowski ...

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Pele’s son released after arrest for drug trafficking in Brazil


  The son of football legend Pele has been released by a Brazilian court after he was arrested six days ago on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. Pele’s son, Edson Cholbi do Nascimento (nicknamed Edinho) was released by the high court temporarily till his final appeal is assessed. Edinho, an ex-convict was released from a prison in Santos, ...

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Fernando Torres is discharged from hospital: Fortunately it was just a scare


After sustaining suspected head trauma sustained during Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna, Fernando Torres has been discharged from hospital. Torres, on as a second-half substitute, fell face down on the pitch in the 85th minute after challenging for the ball with Deportivo’s Alex Bergantinos and required urgent treatment.Bergantinos and new Deportivo coach Pepe Mel, who both visited Torres ...

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Cules want Sampaoli to be appointed Barcelona coach next season


There are plenty of options on the table, and although the board has yet to pick what is assumed to be Luis Enrique’s successor for next season, the Barcelona fans have already spoken.In a poll in which over 40,000 MARCA readers have voted, both Jorge Sampaoli and Ernesto Valverde are preferred to the current coach.The current Sevilla boss is preferred ...

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