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Bayern shelve plans for charity match in Japan

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) - German champions Bayern Munich on Friday shelved plans to play a benefit match in Japan next month for the victims of the earthquake which has devastated the country. The Bavarian giants had proposed to play a benefit match in the Japanese city of Osaka between May 17-25 against a local side to raise money for the earthquake and tsunami on March 11 which left nearly 28,0...Full Story »

Stevens quits as coach of Austria’s Salzburg

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

SALZBURG, Austria (AP)—Coach Huub Stevens and sports director Dietmar Beiersdorfer have left Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg with immediate effect. The club said in a statement Friday they parted company by mutual consent but did not disclose further details. Technical trainer Ricardo Moniz will replace Stevens until the end of the season, while former Croatia international Niko Ko...Full Story »

Gerrard out for rest of season: Dalglish

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LIVERPOOL, England (AFP) - Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a groin injury, manager Kenny Dalglish confirmed Friday. Gerrard had recently returned to training following a groin operation in early March but broke down last Friday after sustaining a similar injury, dealing a blow to Liverpool's push for a European place. Dalglish said...Full Story »

Referee pressured over Rooney report - Ferguson

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MANCHESTER, England (AFP) - Sir Alex Ferguson believes referee Lee Mason was pressured into writing the report that allowed the FA to charge and ban Wayne Rooney for his expletive-laden rant. The Manchester United manager told reporters Friday he believed Mason had been ordered to mention that he would have sent off Rooney had he heard Rooney's tirade, a fact that enabled the FA to charge the E...Full Story »

Tevez nominated, Berbatov snubbed for award

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AP)—Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been nominated for England’s player of the year award, but Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov was overlooked by his fellow pros despite being the Premier League’s top scorer. Tevez has made the short list of seven in the Professional Footballers’ Association awards on Friday after scoring 19 league goals so far...Full Story »

Madrid to do without Benzema

Posted Friday, April 08, 2011 by PA

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will be unable to call on Karim Benzema for Saturday's Primera Division encounter at Athletic Bilbao despite welcoming the France international back to training this week.Benzema has been sidelined since picking up a thigh injury on international duty recently and missed Madrid's surprise home reverse against Sporting Gijon last weekend and the 4-0 win over Totte...Full Story »

Ex Palermo coach 'was told to drop Miccoli'

Posted Friday, April 08, 2011 by Supersport.com

Sacked Palermo coach Serse Cosmi says he was told to drop top striker Fabrizio Miccoli by the club president in the latest wacky episode at the Serie A club. Featuring a "real diamond", a slighted captain, an "old doctor", an outspoken president, two jilted coaches, three shock results and an unlikely reunion, the last two months at the Sicilian club have been straight out of a soap opera. C...Full Story »

Inter Boss Stands by Leonardo

Posted Friday, April 08, 2011 by english.cri.cn

Italian owner gives Brazilian a vote of confidence after two damaging results in one week. Moratti and Leonardo discuss his struggling Inter side. Moratti yesterday gave Leonardo a vote of confidence. Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is standing by coach Leonardo after two heavy defeats in four days virtually ended their hopes of retaining their Serie A and Champions League titles. "My e...Full Story »

Porto, Benfica, Villarreal in goal feast

Posted Friday, April 08, 2011 by Supersport.com

Porto's Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick to help the newly-crowned Portuguese champions thrash Spartak Moscow 5-1 as goals flowed and South American players shone in Europa League quarterfinal first leg ties on Thursday. Porto's compatriots Benfica, attempting to reach their first European semifinal for 17 years, thrashed PSV Eindhoven 4-1 with all their goals coming from Argentines -- two f...Full Story »

'Clasicos' overshadow Real's trip to Lions' den

Posted Friday, April 08, 2011 by Supersport.com

The first of up to four clashes with arch-rivals Barcelona is casting a long shadow over Real Madrid's trip to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's men are midway through their Champions League quarterfinal with Tottenham Hotspur, though they travel to London on Wednesday with a handsome 4-0 advantage, and they welcome the La Liga leaders to the Bernabeu next Saturday. Fou...Full Story »

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