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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
The reaction in the Spanish press to Cristiano Ronaldo winning the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or was nearly unanimous: that the best man had won soccer's top individual prize. In the capital, the top sports papers celebrated the Real Madrid forward's victory. AS led with 'The Best Won' on its cover, ... Read the whole story
As was largely expected, former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes, who led the club to an historic treble of the German Bundesliga, German Cup, and UEFA Champions League in 2013, was named the FIFA Ballon d'Or Coach of the Year. The other two finalists were former Manchester United coach Alex ... Read the whole story
Premier League referee Mike Jones was not handed a game to officiate this weekend following his controversial display at St James Park on Sunday. Jones came under scrutiny from both Newcastle coach Alan Pardew and Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini for his performance in City's 2-0 win. Read the whole story
AC Milan on Tuesday appointed former midfielder Clarence Seedorf as its new head coach. Seedorf, who won two UEFA Champions League titles with Milan and had been playing in the Brazilian league with Botafogo, announced his retirement as a player at the same time as being appointed Massimiliano Allegri's replacement. ... Read the whole story
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Manchester City is exploring the possibility of bringing Barcelona midfielder maestro Xavi Hernandez to New York City FC, the British club's MLS franchise, which begins play next year. By that time, Xavi will be 35 with one year remaining on his Barca contract. It ... Read the whole story
Referees in the Concacaf region, which represents North and Central America as well as the Caribbean, have been told to stop games in the event of racist chanting or insults. Concacaf is introducing a protocol to deal with such incidents, including halting games to play a public-address announcement first warning ... Read the whole story
Former Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid forward Luis Garcia has announced his retirement at the age of 35. Garcia made more than 100 appearances for the Reds, scoring 33 goals and winning the UEFA Champions League in 2005, as well as the FA Cup in 2006. Garcia finished his career ... Read the whole story
Nemanja Matic on Tuesday told Portuguese paper A Bola that he has played his last game for Benfica, as the 25-year-old is set for a return to Premier League giant Chelsea. According to reports in England, the defensive midfielder is in London completing a medical ahead of signing for Jose ... Read the whole story


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