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Report: Gareth Bale Crowned World's Fastest Player

Gareth Bale is the world's fastest soccer player, according to a new FIFA-backed report from Mexican club Pachuca, with the Liga MX club's own player Jurgen Damm, finishing second, according to its study. Manchester United wing-back Antonio Valencia was third, ahead of both Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Bayern Tries to Make Nice Ahead of Der Klassiker

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Tuesday extended an olive branch to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke ahead of their Bundesliga meeting, dubbed "Der Klassiker," at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. The clubs' have shared the last five Bundesliga titles, and also met in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium in 2013. This season, first-place Bayern is nearly ...
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Britain Will Not Play Soccer in Rio Olympics

Britain will not have soccer teams at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because the English Football Association failed to gain support from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Britain had men's and women's teams at the London Olympics in 2012, but that was regarded as a one-time only deal.
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UEFA Agrees New Deal with Top European Clubs

European clubs will now get a greater say in UEFA's decision-making as well as extra money from European tournaments under a new accord announced on Tuesday. The move follows up a similar agreement (which included a triple pay-increase) between FIFA and top European clubs about deciding the international calendar.
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UEFA Charges Montenegro, Russia for Abandoned Qualifier

UEFA on Monday charged Montenegro after missiles were thrown at Russian players during its Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica on Friday, which was eventually abandoned. The Montenegro soccer association was charged with holding a match that was not completed, and for fans throwing fireworks and missiles. The Russian soccer union was also charged for its supporters throwing fireworks and other ...
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Study: Messi 2015's Best Forward; Ronaldo 29th

According to a new study from CIES Football Observatory, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, with 17 goals so far in 2015, is the best performing forward this year, while Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is a disappointing 29th, per its algorithm for determining efficacy in each position. Messi's closest competitors in the chart are Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and Wolfsburg striker ...
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Rooney: 'Excitement' Surrounds England Again

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney says there is "excitement" about England again following the 4-0 win against Lithuania on Friday, a result which sees the Three Lions top Group E with 15 points from five games. Rooney, who scored the opener of Friday, is now just two goals shy of Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record of 49 strikes ...
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Bale Fires Wales to ECQ Group B Summit

Wales on Saturday took a giant step towards Euro 2016 thanks to a Gareth Bale-inspired 3-0 win in Israel that took Chris Coleman's men to the summit of European championship qualifying Group B. The Real Madrid winger created the first goal for Aaron Ramsey before scoring the next two himself, including a brilliant free-kick for his first, in a result ...
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Brazil Looking Like Copa America Favorite

Following friendly wins against France (3-1) and Chile (1-0), Brazil has now reeled off eight straight victories since Dunga took charge of the national team following its disappointing World Cup campaign. Though the Seleccao will head to Chile for this summer's Copa America as one of the favorites, Dunga says the priority will still be qualifying for the next World ...
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Real Madrid is 'Frustrating' Chicharito

Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez describes his situation at Real Madrid as "frustrating" after managing only 590 minutes since joining the club on loan from Manchester United. The Mexico international spoke of his frustration and waning confidence after scoring El Tri's only goal in a 1-0 win against Ecuador.
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Suarez: Playing for Barca Harder Than Liverpool

In an interview with German sports daily kicker, Luis Suarez admits it is more difficult playing for Barcelona than it was at Liverpool, his previous employer, because he is afforded much less space in Spain than he was in the English Premier League. Despite a tough start to life in La Liga, the Uruguayan has eight goals and nine assists ...
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Guardiola to Coach Qatar in 2022?

According to reports in Germany, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola could take over as coach of the 2022 World Cup host Qatar after his current deal with the German champ expires at the end of next season. The German news daily Sport Bild dedicated its front page on Wednesday to speculation that the former Barcelona manager could be tempted by ...
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Messimania Hits Washington, D.C.

Lionel Messi and Argentina were practicing in Washington, D.C. yesterday ahead of the Albiceleste's clash with El Salvador on Friday night. The Washington Post tells the story of several fans who came from all over just to get a glimpse of the Barcelona star. Apparently, Messi is a big deal now, even in the U.S.
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Hazard: UCL Elimination a 'Blessing in Disguise'

In an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe, Chelsea's Belgian winger Eden Hazard says that the Blues' elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hand of Paris Saint-Germain could be a "blessing in disguise" as bowing out of the competition has allowed Jose Mourinho's men to focus on wrapping up the English Premier League title. Chelsea is currently six ...
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Reports: Xavi to Join Qatari Club

Reports in Spain claim that Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is poised to sign a three-year contract with Qatari club Al Sadd, instead of MLS. According to the reports, the 35-year-old Spanish playmaker will join the Qatari team at the end of the season, earning a salary of EUR10 million. He will also study for his coaching license during his time ...
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