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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, Dec. 18, 2009
VfB Stuttgart's goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who starred for Germany at the 2006 World Cup and 2008 European Championship, continues adding to his list of transgressions, the latest earning him a three-game suspension for bumping and stomping on the foot of Mainz striker Aristide Bance. After the ejection against Mainz, Lehmann ... Read the whole story
Two days after Caleb Porter was given a new five-year contract, ending speculation that he'd fill the D.C. United head coaching vacancy, the University of Akron announced plans to upgrade its soccer facility at Lee Jackson Field. According to Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill, the first phase of a two-phase ... Read the whole story
James Riley, one of two players who are representing the Seattle Sounders in union matters, says player rights are the key issues in the ongoing negotiations with MLS on a new collective bargaining agreement. "It's absolutely absurd that a guy can finish out his four-year contract," he says, "but he ... Read the whole story
Barcelona has set its sights on Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and is ready to part with as much as $60 million -- or $45 million plus Ivorian midfield star Yaya Toure -- to sign the 22-year-old Spaniard. Says Barca president Joan Laporta, "Cesc Fabregas is desired by us for many ... Read the whole story
The clubs that have reached the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League have earned an average of $72 million according a MasterCard study. The revenues are up despite the economic downturn. The income comes from participation and prize monies, UEFA and club commercial revenues, ticket sales and increased squad ... Read the whole story
Luis Bueno writes that the key to Mexico success at next summer's World Cup, in which it faces host South Africa, France and Uruguay, is a win in the opener, a healthy Cuauhtemoc Blanco, and a pair of 20-year-olds: Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela, who play for Tottenham Hotspur ... Read the whole story

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