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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, who retired from international competition with Spain earlier this week, landed in Germany on Thursday where he is expected to sign a two-year deal with Bundesliga champ Bayern Munich. News of Alonso's impending transfer came to light during the unveiling of former AS Roma defender ... Read the whole story
Roy Hodgson on Thursday named Wayne Rooney captain of England following the retirement of former captain Steven Gerrard this summer. The 28-year-old, who is also Manchester United captain, will lead a new-look England side featuring four uncapped players (Newcastle's Jack Colback, Arsenal's Calum Chambers, Tottenham's Danny Rose and Aston Villa's ... Read the whole story
Rafael Benitez lamented his team's errors as Napoli crashed out of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, losing 3-1 to Athletic Club in Bilbao, and ultimately losing the two-game series 4-2 on aggregate. According to reports in Italy, the exit will cost the club between 20 ($26.4 million) and 25 ... Read the whole story
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Thursday confirmed that striker Olivier Giroud had surgery on an injured tibia and will be sidelined for the rest of 2014. The French tactician also revealed that the club would not seek an immediate replacement for the France striker. Wenger was speaking following his team's ... Read the whole story
Chelsea's Diego Costa has reportedly suffered a minor muscular injury to his hamstring in training, but the club has yet to rule the former Atletico Madrid striker out of Saturday's game at Everton, sources tell Reuters. The full extent of the injury is not yet known, although some British media ... Read the whole story
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday received the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the 2013-14 season, finishing ahead of Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben. The Portuguese forward scored a remarkable 17 goals in 11 UEFA Champions League appearances last season, en route to helping ... Read the whole story
Liverpool, making its return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2010, was handed a Group B double-date with reigning European champion Real Madrid during the UCL draw on Thursday, while Bayern Munich, Manchester City and AS Roma turned up together in Group E. Elsewhere, Arsenal and ... Read the whole story
Netherlands and AC Milan legend Marco van Basten on Thursday mysteriously left his post as AZ Alkmaar coach after suffering "severe symptoms." The Dutch club released a vague statement noting that van Basten would be away "unexpectedly longer than first expected." From the club's statement: "The Coach is struggling because ... Read the whole story


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