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Ronaldo confident of win over 'strong' Barcelona

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona are a tough proposition but Real Madrid will gain the upper hand when the Spanish giants clash in the first classico of the season on Monday, Real's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Thursday. "Barcelona is still a very difficult team. Barca is a very strong team, especially when they play at home. They are there to fight for the league title," he told reporte...Full Story »

Holders Internacional set for easy Libertadores Cup start

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

By Daniela Desantis ASUNCION, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Holders Internacional of Brazil were handed an easy group in Thursday’s draw for next year’s Libertadores Cup, the South American champions’ league. Inter, who will take part in next month’s Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, were drawn with Wilstermann of Bolivia, Ecuador’s as yet unknown second participants and the winn...Full Story »

Arsenal loan Ramsey to Forest

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal's Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan until the beginning of January, the Premier League club announced on Thursday. The 19-year-old is bidding to return to fitness after breaking his leg in a challenge by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in February. He played for 45 minutes in Arsenal's reserves match against Wolves ...Full Story »

African women’s team accused of fielding men

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP)—The Nigerian Football Federation has made an official complaint to the African governing body accusing Equatorial Guinea of fielding two men on its women’s team. NFF spokesman Robinson Okosun tells The Associated Press “the protest is on. We have lodged our protest with CAF. We are waiting for the response.”  Equatorial Guinea’s federation...Full Story »

Wembley resolves pitch troubles ahead of CL final

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

WEMBLEY, England (AP)—Wembley Stadium’s chairman has assured UEFA ahead of the Champions League final in May that the problems with the much criticized playing surface have finally been resolved by installing a partially artificial pitch.  In the three years after England’s rebuilt national stadium was completed in 2007, the pitch had to be relaid more than 10 times after...Full Story »

Wenger hopes Fabregas only out for a fortnight

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AFP) - Arsene Wenger was optimistic Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas would be sidelined for just two weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered in the Gunners' Champions League loss at Sporting Braga. The Spain midfielder was withdrawn after 70 minutes in a match Arsenal surprisingly lost 2-0 in Portugal on Tuesday and Gunners boss Wenger told Arsenal TV online on Thursday: "Fabregas will...Full Story »

SAmerica to vote for Spain-Portugal for 2018 WCup

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP)—A senior official for the South American football federation says its three votes for the 2018 World Cup will go to the joint bid from Spain and Portugal. Eduardo Deluca , general secretary of CONMEBOL, made the announcement on Thursday ahead of the Dec. 2 vote. Spain and Portugal are competing with bids from England, Russia and a combined bid from Belgium and the...Full Story »

Madrid counts on Mourinho to snap Barcelona jinx

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

—Real Madrid’s transformation under Jose Mourinho gets its biggest test with Monday’s highly-anticipated “clasico” meeting with Barcelona. Spanish leader Madrid and Barcelona are separated by one point and head into the season’s biggest game in great form: Madrid has won seven straight and is coming off a 4-0 rout of Ajax, Barcelona has won six straight inclu...Full Story »

Samuel Eto'o sorry for headbutting Chievo Verona player in Serie A match

Posted Thursday, November 25, 2010 by theguardian.com

Internazionale striker Samuel Eto'o has apologised for headbutting a Chievo Verona player during their Serie A defeat on Sunday that led to the Cameroonian being given a three-match ban. "I wish to offer my sincere apologies to all the people who could have been shocked and surprised by my unfortunate gesture last Sunday in Verona," Eto'o said via his agent. Eto'o struck Chievo defender Cesar ...Full Story »

Rooney releases his pent-up frustration

Posted Thursday, November 25, 2010 by theguardian.com

Even before his goal against Rangers, the United striker looked leaner, fitter and more motivated than he has for some time Wayne Rooney displayed some rustiness, but plenty of energy in Manchester United's win over Rangers. The moment Wayne Rooney craved arrived three minutes from the end. Here was the goal he probably needed to soothe his state of mind and seal his second coming as a Manches...Full Story »

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