• Report: BVB to Sell Gundogan
    Borussia Dortmund on Thursday announced that Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will not renew his contract, which expires next year, sparking speculation he will be sold at the end of the season. The 24-year-old has been linked to both Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Premier League giants Manchester United and Dortmund will want to sell him when the season ends next month or risk losing him on a free transfer the following summer.
  • Bournemouth to Play in the EPL Next Season
    Barring an impossible 20-goal swing in the final games on Saturday, English championship club Bournemouth will be promoted to England's Premier League for the first time in its 116-year history. Bournemouth is second in the Championship standings, three points ahead of third-place Middlesbrough, but it has a goal difference that is 19 goals better. "It's been an amazing journey, one we never expected to go on. It doesn't seem real," coach Eddie Howe said after Monday's promotion-clinching 3-0 win against Bolton. He added that it is hard to believe that nearly seven years ago the club was close to bankrupt.
  • Marseille Hoping to Stop the Slide
    The AFP claims that Marseille, which was seen as potential Ligue 1 champion as recently as Christmas, is in such bad form that even second-bottom Metz will fancy its chances for their showdown on Friday. Fourteen games after the winter break, when Marcelo Bielsa's team was in first-place, OM now trails AS Monaco in third-place by five points, and is a full 11 points behind Lyon, and a massive 14 adrift of leader Paris Saint-Germain. Last week, Marseille lost 5-3 in a humiliating defeat to relegation-threatened Lorient, after which OM president Vincent Labrune said, "That looked like collective suicide."
  • Mourinho Hails 'Phenomenal' Chelsea Win
    Jose Mourinho described his players as "phenomenal" after a half-time team-talk inspired Chelsea to a 3-1 win at Leicester City that leaves the Blues on the brink of claiming the club's first Premier League title in five years. "It's fantastic because I know April is the month where everybody was waiting for Chelsea to slip, was waiting for Chelsea to lose points, lose one game, lose and draw, take this title race to the last couple of matches," the Portuguese said. "But it was exactly in this month - a month with problems, a month without Diego Costa, without Loic ...
  • BVB Outlasts Bayern on Penalties, Bayern Loses Injured Robben
    Bayern Munich was knocked out of the DFB-Pokal semifinals (German Cup) by Borussia Dortmund in a penalty shootout on Tuesday after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. The newly-crowned German Bundesliga champion missed four consecutive penalties before falling, 2-0, in the shootout. After the game, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said he was "prouder than ever" of his team, which played its "best game against BVB in my period here in Germany". It was later revealed that the Bavarian club lost winger Arjen Robben for the rest of the season with torn calf ligaments, while striker Robert Lewandowksi is a ...
  • Bayern Signs $1 Billion Adidas Extension
    Bayern Munich on Tuesday extended its shirt sponsorship deal with German apparel-maker Adidas until 2030 for a reported 900 million euros ($1 billion). The German champion's existing deal had another five years to run, but Adidas moved early to secure another 10 years. The announcement came shortly before the club's loss on penalties to Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal semifinal on Tuesday.
  • Pastore Leads PSG Past Metz
    Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore was in inspired form as Paris Saint-Germain beat relegation-threatened Metz 3-1 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday to move three points ahead of second-place Lyon in the Ligue 1 table. The Parisiens, aiming for a third successive league title, started the day behind Lyon on goal difference, but moved ahead thanks to Pastore's hat-trick of assists.
  • Barca Forward Trio Sets Record
    Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar on Tuesday collectively passed the 100-goal mark for the season during Barca's 6-0 thrashing of Getafe, surpassing the record tally of 99 goals amassed by Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o during the 2008/09 season. By comparison, Real Madrid's forward trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have amassed 89 goals so far.
  • Report: Real, Atleti Commit Youth Transfer Offenses
    Spanish radio program "El Larguero" claimed on Tuesday that both Real and Atletico Madrid have committed similar offenses to those which have seen La Liga rival Barcelona banned from signing any new players until January 2016. FIFA's rules only permit international youth transfers when either the player's parents have moved to a country for their own reasons, the player is between 16 and 18 and the move takes place inside the European Union, or if the player's home is within 31 miles from the national border being crossed. Real has since said that the "El Larguero" report is "absolutely false."
  • President: No Big Changes for PSG
    Though Paris Saint-Germain's 5-1 quarterfinal defeat to Barcelona over two games has once again raised questions over personnel at the Parc des Princes, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said he does not plan on replacing coach Laurent Blanc, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or Argentine forward Javier Pastore. Asked whether Blanc would still be in charge at the beginning of next season, the Qatari replied, "Yes, of course."
  • International Champions Cup Schedule Released
    The International Champions Cup schedule was released on Tuesday at venues across the USA during July and into August. English champion-elect Chelsea will take on the New York Red Bulls of MLS, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, and Barcelona before facing Fiorentina back in London, while Manchester United will open up against Mexico City-based Club America, before taking on San Jose Earthquakes, Barcelona and finally, PSG, before heading back to the UK.
  • Belgian Player in Critical Condition Following Collapse
    Sporting Lokeren defender Gregory Mertens remains in "critical condition" after he collapsed on the field in the first half of Monday's reserve-game against Genk with a heart-related illness. The 24-year-old is currently in an induced coma on a life support machine at a Genk hospital. The Belgian Jupiler league club says the exact nature of his heart condition is yet to be established. Mertens had passed all the required pre-season health tests.
  • Fergie: Ronaldo Better Than Messi
    Former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has weighed in on the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo debate, revealing that he thinks former United star Ronaldo is a better all-around player than Messi, which is why he has his vote as the world's best player. "Ronaldo could play for Millwall, QPR, Doncaster Rovers, anyone, and score a hat-trick. I'm not sure Messi could do that," he said, during a BBC snooker broadcast. "Ronaldo's got two feet, he's quick, great in the air and brave." He added: "I think Messi is a Barcelona player."
  • Bale, Benzema Boost for Madrid Ahead of UCL Semis
    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said that Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will miss Wednesday's home clash with Almeria, but the Italian expects the injured duo to return for Los Blancos' UEFA Champions League semifinal first-leg at Juventus next Tuesday. Bale, who will return to full training Thursday, could also make Saturday's trip to Sevilla, he said. Their return will be a boost for what Ancelotti describes as a "life and death" final couple of weeks, with just two points separating Real from league leader Barcelona and only five La Liga games remaining.
  • Hazard Named PFA Player of the Year
    Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season on Sunday, shortly after he and his teammates saw out a 0-0 stalemate at second-place Arsenal. The 24-year-old Belgium international has scored 13 goals and added eight assists in 33 games so far this season, finishing ahead of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who scooped up this year's Young Player of the Year award, and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in third.
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