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  • Atletico Madrid success built on shaky economic foundations April 8, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid's emergence as a third force in Spain and contenders among Europe's elite rests on wobbly economic foundations and the edifice could come crashing down if they cannot sustain their remarkable run. The club's success is in large measure down to inspirational coach Diego Simeone, who since taking charge...
  • Sports fraternity mourns 'miracle' man Mandela December 6, 2013

    South African rugby paid tribute to the "miracle" performed by Nelson Mandela in uniting his country, partly through his embrace of the Springbok rugby team at the 1995 World Cup, after the death of the former president on Thursday. Tributes poured in from across the sporting world for Mandela, who died...
  • AC Milan defender Mexes banned for four games October 8, 2013

    Rome: AC Milan central defender Philippe Mexes was banned for four games Monday after punching Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini in a Series A clash in Italy's Turin city on Sunday. The Rossoneri centreback's violence went unnoticed by the match officials, but was captured by TV, according to which the Italian football authorities...
  • Real Madrid ready to sell Chelsea target Alonso July 8, 2013

    Madrid: Spanish giants Real Madrid are preparing to sell their midfielder Xabi Alonso. According to reports, Real will sell Xabi once they wrap up a deal for Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi. Illarramendi will move to Madrid as a direct replacement for Xabi, who is wanted by former club Liverpool and...
  • English soccer is '100 per cent clean', says Wenger February 8, 2013

    London: English soccer is "100 per cent clean" with no corrupt referees, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday as he expressed his surprise at the extent of the global matchfixing scandal that has cast a shadow over the game. European police said on Monday that about 680 suspicious matches, including...
  • Premier League clubs agree costcontrol measures February 7, 2013

    London: English Premier League clubs responded to concerns about spiraling wages by agreeing on Thursday to impose the first spending controls by a major European league. UEFA warned on Monday that the failure to control salaries, which have risen 40 per cent at leading European clubs in five years, was...