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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal emerged as a surprise contender to succeed Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham coach after the Dutchman admitted his desire to work in the Premier League, although Van Gaal insists he is unwilling to take the job until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Read the whole story
Fulham coach Rene Meulensteen on Monday confirmed that USA captain Clint Dempsey is nearing a return to Craven Cottage on a short-term loan from the Seattle Sounders, but the medical and paperwork, which began last Friday, are both still ongoing. Read the whole story
Luis Suarez continued his rich vein of form over the weekend, scoring a brilliant brace in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday, which propeled the Reds to the top of the Premier League standings. After the game, coach Brendan Rodgers declared the Uruguayan one of the best players ... Read the whole story
Sunderland coach Gus Poyet launched a thinly veiled criticism of USA striker Jozy Altidore following yet another goalless outing in the Black Cats' 0-0 draw at home to Norwich on Saturday. Altidore was taken off midway through the second half to a rousing ovation for Steven Fletcher. He had one ... Read the whole story
Fresh from winning the Club World Cup with Bayern Munich on Saturday, winger Franck Ribery, one of the favorites for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or, said he would not play for another team in Europe but hinted that he might consider a move to Major League Soccer. Ribery, 30, has ... Read the whole story
Speaking ahead of Chelsea's crucial Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, Jose Mourinho set himself the ambitious target of being Blues manager for another 12 years, even though he's currently in the midst of his "worst contract" in the past six seasons. According to reports, the ... Read the whole story
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi on Friday sensationally accused Barca Vice President Javier Faus, who earlier this month said he saw no reason to improved Messi's contract "every six months", of being a businessman "who knows nothing about soccer." In an interview, the 26-year-old told RAC1 that Team Messi had not ... Read the whole story
In a conference call with U.S. media, Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinted that he might consider playing in Major League Soccer someday. When asked about narrowly missing out on being a FIFA Ballon d'Or finalist, Ibrahimovic said: "I'm not nominated for the Golden Ball so, I don't know, maybe ... Read the whole story


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