• Practice makes perfect for Chile's Vargas
    Striker Eduardo Vargas, whose long-range strike with his second goal of the game powered host Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America, said he had been working on his shooting from distance. "I've been practicing shots from outside the area," he said afterwards. "I was confident. I'm glad it went in." The win moved La Roja into te Copa America final for the first time in 28 years and kept alive its quest for its first South American championship.
  • Reports: Clyne Close to Liverpool Switch
    Southampton and Liverpool are close to agreeing a $19.62 million (GBP12.5 million) fee for right-back Nathaniel Clyne. The 24-year-old recently rejected an offer to extend his current contract, which runs out in 2016, with the Saints, making a transfer away likely. As long as he passes a medical, Clyne will be join the club's other transfer acquisitions this summer: James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez.
  • Phil Jones Signs United Extension
    Manchester United defender Phil Jones on Tuesday signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2019. The 23-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers in 2011, had one year remaining on his previous deal. He made 23 appearances for the Red Devils last season as United finished fourth in the Premier League. "Phil is a relatively young defender who is developing all the time," United coach Louis van Gaal said. "He missed some of last season due to injury but I was impressed by his professionalism and attitude during those periods."
  • Altidore Heaps Praise on USMNT, Klinsmann
    In an interview with FIFA.com, USA striker Jozy Altidore talks about the progress the team has made since its round of 16 exit at the World Cup last summer. "If you look at the trajectory of U.S. soccer - where we've come over the last 12 or 15 years - it's incredible," the Toronto FC forward said. "We're constantly growing and getting better."
  • Ronaldo Could Play in 2016 Olympics
    Portugal could take Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2016 Olympics as one of its three overage players, the president of the Portuguese soccer federation (FPF) said Monday. Ronaldo, 30, will likely represent Portugal at next summer's European Championship in France; afterwards, "it is a possibility" he could join up with the Portuguese U-23 team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, president Fernando Gomes said, adding, "Cristiano is one of those being considered, but we have not yet sat down to discuss it."
  • Chile's Jara Receives Three-Game Ban
    Chile defender Gonzalo Jara has been suspended for three matches by the Copa America disciplinary committee for provoking Uruguay's Edinson Cavani during its 1-0 Copa America quarterfinal win. Jara came up behind Cavani and poked him in the backside. The Uruguay forward reacted by raising his hand toward Jara's head and the Chilean collapsed feigning injury. The referee missed Jara's provocation and sent off Cavani instead. Jara will now miss the rest of the tournament.
  • Hiddink Quits as Dutch Coach After Only 10 Months
    Guus Hiddink stepped down as Dutch national head coach after just 10 months in charge. He had a contract until the end of Euro 2016, but the Oranje lost five of 10 games -- including a 4-3 defeat to the USA in a friendly. "I am sorry that it went this way," said Hiddink. "I thought it was an honor to again coach the Dutch national team and I wish my successor, the staff and the players every success on the way to the European Championships in France." The Dutch are third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group ...
  • Cech Seals Arsenal Switch
    Petr Cech on Monday completed his 10 million-pound transfer to Arsenal from Premier League champion Chelsea after 11 years and more than 400 appearances for the Stamford Bridge club. The 33-year-old agreed a four-year deal. "Petr Cech is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased that he has decided to join us. He has proven over many seasons that he is one of the outstanding keepers in the world and he will add great strength to our squad," Gunners coach Arsene Wenger said. Cech, who wrote a personal message to Chelsea fans ...
  • Martino Doubted Tevez in Shootout Win
    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said he doubted whether match-winner Carlos Tevez would handle the pressure of another Copa America penalty shoot-out against Colombia on Friday. Martino's men eventually reached the semi-finals by winning 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in Vina del Mar, with Tevez stepping up to clinch victory with his side's seventh kick. Tevez's coach later confessed that he had held back the striker in case he could not cope with the memories of his vital mistake in Argentina's shoot-out exit to Uruguay in 2011.
  • Report: Ramos Wants to go to Man United
    Sources tell the Guardian that Sergio Ramos has told Real Madrid he wants to leave for Manchester United this summer. According to the report, Ramos was informed that Real received a formal bid from United valued at 40 million euros and that he told the club he wants to leave, but only for United. The 29-year-old's buyout clause is a staggering 180 million euros, but Real is willing to settle for close to 100 million euros. The report claims that United is determined to use goalkeeper David de Gea, who is wanted by Real, as leverage in gaining a better ...
  • FIFA Denies Blatter Has Changed His Mind
    Apparently, Sepp Blatter might not be resigning as FIFA president after all. In an interview with Swiss newspaper Blick, the Swiss said, "I did not resign. I put myself and my office in the hands of the FIFA congress." The question now is: does that mean Blatter could run again at the FIFA Congress to be held between December of this year and March 2016? Though he previously said he would not stand again, sources tell AFP that the 79-year-old has not ruled out going back on his decision to resign after having received messages of support from the Asian ...
  • FIFA Film Director Full of Regrets
    In his first interview since the disastrous U.S. opening of United Passions, the FIFA movie he directed at a cost of $30 million but which took in just $918 in its opening weekend in the U.S., French director Frederic Auburtin tells The Hollywood Reporter he was trying to strike a balance between "a Disney propaganda film [and] a Costa-Gavras/Michael Moore movie," but the project ultimately tipped in FIFA's favor. "Now I'm seen as bad as the guy who brought AIDS to Africa or the guy who caused the financial crisis. My name is all over [this mess]," Auburtin said, "and ...
  • Guerrero Fires Peru to Copa Semis
    Paolo Guerrero scored all three goals as Peru beat Bolivia 3-1 to reach the semifinals of the Copa America, where it faces host Chile on Tuesday. With his hat-trick, the Flamengo striker joined Chile's Arturo Vidal at the top of the Copa America scoring charts with three goals in four games. He also pulled to within two goals of Peru's all-time scoring record of 26. "We're getting better and better," the 33-year-old said after the convincing win. "Not many people had much confidence in us before this tournament but once again we're showing that we're a good side."
  • Wambach Warned Over Referee Comment
    FIFA on Thursday issued a warning to U.S. women's national team striker Abby Wambach for the comments she made about referee Stephanie Frappart's following the USA's 2-0 win against Colombia at the Women's World Cup in Canada. Wambach suggested that the French referee purposefully gave yellow cards to teammates Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, who were also booked in earlier games, so that they would miss the quarterfinal. Though the 35-year-old later apologized for her comments, FIFA said its Disciplinary Committee was examining the matter.
  • Report: Douglas Costa Headed to Bayern
    Bayern Munich is closing in on a 35 million-euro deal for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas Costa, According to German broadcaster Sport 1, the runaway Bundesliga champion has reached a verbal agreement with the player and his club, with the move set to be made official soon. The attacking midfielder, 24, is currently representing Brazil at the Copa America. Separately, Dubai club Al Ahli announced on Wednesday that it has agreed a fee to sign Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano, who scored nine goals in last season's Champions League, with news of the transfer to follow.
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