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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Once again, it was all about Mario Balotelli, as Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers fielded a barrage of questions about the Italian striker following his team's disappointing 3-0 loss at home to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night. With the score already 3-0 to the visitor, Rodgers ... Read the whole story
In a candid interview, Arsenal center-back Per Mertesacker admits that the Gunners are low on confidence in addition to having personnel issues, particularly in defense. The Premier League giant dodged a big bullet on Wednesday night when a pair of late goals from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski led to ... Read the whole story
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA fell six places to 23rd in FIFA's international rankings following a pair of draws with Ecuador and Honduras during the most recent international break. Other notable moves included former world No. 1 Spain falling two more places to 10th after losing to Slovakia in Euro 2016 qualifying, ... Read the whole story
Chelsea is expected to be without striker Diego Costa when the Blues visit Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Spain international, who has been suffering with a hamstring problem for months, was released from the hospital on Monday following treatment for a severe stomach bug. He is also ... Read the whole story
Lionel Messi heads into Saturday's game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu just one goal short of Telmo Zarra's record of 251 goals in La Liga, a record that has stood for nearly 50 years. Should the Barcelona striker break it this weekend by scoring twice against his team's great ... Read the whole story
Sporting Lisbon has lodged a formal complaint with UEFA demanding a replay of its UEFA Champions League Group G game against Schalke, which the Portuguese team lost 4-3 thanks to a last-gasp penalty on Tuesday. Referee Sergei Karasev awarded the spot-kick deep into injury-time after what he thought was a ... Read the whole story
Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus still has a good chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 despite falling to third place in Group A of the UEFA Champions League after Wednesday night's 1-0 loss at Olympiakos. After the game, Allegri blamed the loss on a poor first half: "We were ... Read the whole story
Reports in Sweden claim that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could require surgery on the heel injury that has sidelined him for more than a month after the Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden striker returned to his native country to seek medical advice on the problem. Now back in Paris, the big Swede is ... Read the whole story

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