• Wenger says Arsenal will do winter shopping
    Coach Arsene Wenger says he expects to be busy throughout the January transfer window as he looks for players who can help keep Arsenal at the top of the EPL standings. With a squad still suffering the effects of injuries to key personnel, Arsenal has been linked with moves for Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez and Victor Wanyama of Southampton.
  • Chelsea's Mikel hails Hiddink
    Cheslea hasn't exactly been lighting it up since Jose Mourinho was sacked and replaced with interim coach Guus Hiddink, but midfielder John Obi Mikel says Hiddink has improved the mood in the locker room. "We have moved on and the atmosphere has improved since the change of manager," Mikel said. " ... We are down there in the table for a reason so he can not come in and perform miracles."
  • Messi scores 425th goal in 500th game
    Playing in his 500th game for Barcelona, Lionel Messi scored his 425th goal for the club as it downed Real Betis, 4-0, to end 2015 on top of La Liga. An own goal and Luis Suarez's two strikes rounded out the scoring as Barcelona finished the year with 180 goals in all competitions, a Spanish record.
  • Did Platini already violate his ban?
    Banned UEFA president Michel Platini could face further investigation from FIFA's Ethics Committee after attending an awards ceremony and conference in Dubai despite being barred from "all soccer activity." Six days after FIFA's Ethics Committee placed him on an eight-year ban, the Frenchman attended the Dec. 27 Globe Soccer Awards organized by the Dubai Sports Council, along with stars such as Argentine Lionel Messi and Italian Andrea Pirlo.
  • English weather cramps Klopp's style
    Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp said that the English climate has a profound effect on how soccer is played in the Premier League. "The wind can be quite extreme in England," he said. "I have to adapt my style of football as a result as well. Often, you are forced to keep things simple. And there are a lot more duels for the second ball here, and more duels in general. That makes the game even more intense."
  • Messi's 500th Game for Barca
    Barcelona star Lionel Messi will make his 500th appearance for the club in all competitions when Luis Enrique's team takes on Real Betis in La Liga action on Wednesday.
  • Blatter: FIFA Has Abandoned Me
    Sepp Blatter took a swipe at the organization he used to preside over in an interview with a German magazine on Monday, accusing FIFA of abandoning him.
  • Report: Naismith to Join Norwich
    The BBC on Monday reported that Everton striker Steven Naismith will join Norwich next month in a $12 million deal.
  • Former Newcastle Keeper Dies Suddenly
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek on Tuesday died due to cardiac arrest. The 47-year-old had been in an induced coma in the Czech Republic since collapsing while out jogging on Dec. 20, and a decision was taken to take him off life support. The former Czech Republic international collapsed while out running near his home in Ostrava just days after promoting his forthcoming autobiography, Pavel Is A Geordie.
  • Kompany to Miss Another Month
    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany now faces an additional three to four weeks on the sideline, coach Manuel Pellegrini confirmed on Monday. The City and Belgium captain returned on Boxing Day after a month out with a calf injury but only lasted nine minutes before re-aggravating his muscle. According to Pellegrini, Kompany will now miss another month. City on Monday drew 0-0 away to second-place Leicester City.
  • Arsenal's Ozil makes case for EPL's best player
    German Mesut Ozil scored one goal and set up Gabriel Paulista for the second with his 16th assist of the season as Arsenal beat Bournemouth, 2-0, to take over the lead in the EPL by one point over idle Leicester City, which plays Manchester City on Tuesday.
  • Real Madrid loses appeal of Copa del Rey ban
    The Spanish government's Disciplinary Committee for Sports rejected an appeal by Real Madrid's after the Spanish club's expulsion from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, Denis Cheryshev, in a 3-1 victory over third division Cadiz. The TAD said in a written ruling that the decision was final.
  • Blatter: FIFA's U.S. sponsors won't pull out
    Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter said FIFA's American sponsors -- McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Visa and Budweiser brewer AB InBev -- are bluffing about pulling their top-line sponsorship deals if meaningful reforms don't happen.
  • Villa: MSN is Barcelona's best threesome ever
    New York City FC striker David Villa says the Barcelona forward line of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is the best threesome in the history of the club.
  • Platini lawyers cry 'procedural sabotage'
    Facing a Jan. 26 deadline to get his name cleared by the FIFA appeals committee, Court of Arbitration for Sport and FIFA electoral commission, suspended UEFA president Michel Platini faces an uphill fight. His legal team termed the FIFA decision not to allow Platini to take his case directly to CAS as "procedural sabotage."
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