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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has taken a dig at world No. 1 Spain a little more than four months ahead of the World Cup opener in Sao Paulo by claiming that his team is the favorite. "I'm increasingly sure that we're going to win the World Cup," Big Phil ... Read the whole story
Cesare Prandelli has warned AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli that he has to sort himself out mentally in order to realize his full potential. In an interview with FIFA.com, the Italy coach spoke about working with Balotelli, as well as former World Cup winners Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon. "Mario ... Read the whole story
Following a comfortable 2-0 win against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg at the Etihad on Tuesday, Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino promised that his players would not lose concentration during the return at the Camp Nou on March 12. Star striker Lionel Messi gave the ... Read the whole story
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini was absolutely furious with referee Jonas Eriksson following his team's 2-0 loss at home to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg on Tuesday, claiming that the Swedish referee should not have awarded a penalty or sent-off Martin Demichelis for his obvious ... Read the whole story
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain steamrolled Bayer Leverkusen in a 4-0 away win at the BayArena in the first game of the teams' two-game UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series. Ibra's two goals, the second of which was a stunning first-time left-footed strike from distance, catapulted him ... Read the whole story
Michael Laudrup is continuing with legal action against Swansea City after he was fired less than a year after leading the Welsh club to its first-ever major trophy, the 2013 League Cup. Laudrup claims he was fired for an alleged "breach of contract," although the Dane says he has no ... Read the whole story
Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a new five-and-a-half year contract with Manchester United in the next 48 to 72 hours, the Press Association reports. With the England striker's current deal set to expire at the end of next season, United is eager to secure his services until 2019, when ... Read the whole story
Brazil's World Cup stadium woes continue, but FIFA insists that all stadiums, including the problematic Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, will be completed in time for the event, which opens in four months' time. According to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, the Curitiba stadium has been given a new deadline ... Read the whole story


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