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Ballack clings on to captaincy but will he make the team?

September 2, 2010

SOCCER-GERMANY/When Germany coach Joachim Loew confirmed Michael Ballack as team captain this week he put an end to a tug-of-war with defender Philipp Lahm. Lahm had been the captain at the World Cup in South Africa and wanted to remain after Ballack’s return from injury.

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Major League Soccer turns to training clubs’ ticket sales staff

August 31, 2010

mls1With new teams on the way and attendance rising, Major League Soccer has turned to a league-funded program to train its clubs' new sales staffers to help drive ticket demand.

Transfer deadline day live blog

August 31, 2010

We’re following all the deals as they happen on the final day of activity in the transfer market. Comments always welcome…

Who will be Mourinho’s Milito this year?

August 30, 2010

Should Real Madrid have stepped in and taken Zlatan Ibrahimovic off Barcelona’s hands instead of AC Milan?

Milan again drawn in Real’s group for Champions League

August 26, 2010

New Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will get a quick return to the San Siro but instead of facing former club and champions Inter Milan, it’s another double header with AC Milan for the Spaniards like last year.

The strange story of Ibra and Pep

August 25, 2010

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As Barcelona close in on the signing of Javier Mascherano from Liverpool, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at the club seems to becoming ever more complicated.

Toothless Liverpool losing touch already

August 24, 2010

Liverpool’s current plight was laid bare on Monday when they were humbled 3-0 by Manchester City — a result which left Roy Hodgson’s side fourth bottom of the Premier League.

Ibrahimovic? Milan need something

August 23, 2010

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AC Milan have confirmed they are trying to sign Barcelona forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and judging by their pre-season form, they really need a spark.

Deja vu all over again? Soccer romantics will hope so

August 20, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/FULHAM-HUGHES‘Plus ca change’ was the defining refrain of the Premier League’s opening weekend, but football fans tired of the established order will hope déjà vu is lurking round the corner for Manchester United and Chelsea.

Real put faith in youth to topple Barcelona

August 18, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Real Madrid’s signing of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is further proof that they have opted for youth and pace this year, after glitz and glamour failed to knock Barcelona off their perch last season.