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Cameroon ‘gave everything’ in defeat

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Cameroon ‘gave everything’ in defeat MALABO, Equatorial Guinea: Cameroon coach Volker Finke insisted his team had given everything despite a 1-0 defeat to the Ivory Coast on Wednesday which saw them eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage. A solitary first half goal by Max Alain Gradel did for the Indomitable Lions, who bow out without...


Football: Transfers hit a record high of $4 billion – FIFA

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Football: Transfers hit a record high of $4 billion – FIFA LAUSANNE: The global football transfer market hit a record high in 2014, breaking the $4 billion (3.5 billion euros) barrier for the first time, a report published by FIFA on Wednesday revealed. England, with its highly lucrative Premier League, provided the biggest investors and, despite their failure at the World Cup, Brazilian players were the...


Neymar target’s Olympic salvation for Brazil

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Neymar target’s Olympic salvation for Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO: Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar is gunning for Olympic glory with Brazil to make up for last year’s World Cup disappointment. The World Cup brought double hurt for the 22-year old as not only did the Selecao fail for a second time after 1950 to win the event on home soil but...


Football: Australia beat UAE to reach Asian Cup final

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Football: Australia beat UAE to reach Asian Cup final NEWCASTLE: First-half goals from defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson fired Australia into their second straight Asian Cup final with a 2-0 win over United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. Sainsbury and Davidson were both on target within the first 15 minutes before the Socceroos withstood consistent pressure from the Gulf team to reach Saturday’s final...


Spaniard Palanca joins Adelaide United

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Spaniard Palanca joins Adelaide United SYDNEY:  Spanish forward Miguel Palanca has signed to play the rest of the season with Adelaide United in Australia’s A-League, the club said Tuesday. Palanca, 27, joins the Reds from Numancia, where he played 22 times over 18 months and scored five goals for the Segunda Division club. Palanca increases the Spanish influence at the...


We’ve won nothing yet, Son warns South Korea

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We’ve won nothing yet, Son warns South Korea SYDNEY: South Korea forward Son Heung Min has warned team-mates and an expectant nation to keep their feet on the ground after reaching their first Asian Cup final in 27 years. The Korean pin up’s sparkling performances have put his country within touching distance of a first Asian Cup title since 1960 and after Monday’s...


Holders Arsenal progress as Cup shocks dry up

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Holders Arsenal progress as Cup shocks dry up LONDON: Premier League Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Ham United reached the fifth round of the FA Cup as calm returned to the competition on Sunday, ending a weekend, which reminded spectators that David can beat Goliath. A day after Chelsea and Manchester City were stunned by Bradford City and Middlesbrough respectively, holders Arsenal beat...


Equatorial Guinea advance with 2-0 win over Gabon

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Equatorial Guinea advance with 2-0 win over Gabon BATA: Equatorial Guinea reached the African Nations Cup quarter-finals after second half goals by Javier Balboa and substitute Iban Salvador gave them a 2-0 win over Gabon in a pulsating Group A clash onSunday. The victory ensured the host nation finished runners-up withfive points and advanced two points adrift of group winners Congo, who edged...


Football: 2022 World Cup in winter, says AFC boss

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Football: 2022 World Cup in winter, says AFC boss MELBOURNE: The 2022 World Cup in Qatar looks increasingly likely to be played in November and December to avoid the region’s blazing summer heat, Asia’s football supreme said. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who heads the FIFA taskforce charged with investigating potential dates for the 2022 World Cup, told...


South Africa denied by Senegal

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South Africa denied by Senegal MONGOMO: South Africa once again failed to hold onto a lead at the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Senegal in Mongomo. Oupa Manyisa gave Bafana Bafana the lead at the start of the second half with a low strike from inside the area,...


Ref’s namesake becomes Facebook ‘fave’ in Iran

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Ref’s namesake becomes Facebook ‘fave’ in Iran SYDNEY, Jan  24, 2015 (AFP) – An American namesake of Asian Cup referee Ben Williams has been bombarded with Facebook messages from Iran after a controversial red card in their quarter-final loss to Iraq. Ben Williams of Baltimore, Maryland, received nearly a thousand friend requests from Iranians after Team Melli were sent tumbling out by...


Iraq hero Mahmoud dreaming of Cup repeat By Peter HUTCHISON

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Iraq hero Mahmoud dreaming of Cup repeat By Peter HUTCHISON CANBERRA: Iraq hero Younis Mahmoud said he’s dreaming of an incredible repeat Asian Cup win after taking center stage once again as they reached the semi-finals in dramatic fashion. The veteran, an icon for his winner in the 2007 final, was on target against arch-rivals Iran before starring in the penalty shoot-out with an audacious...


Football: Black armbands at Asian Cup for Saudi king

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Football: Black armbands at Asian Cup for Saudi king SYDNEY:  UAE players wore black armbands and striker Ali Mabkhout refused to celebrate his opening goal as the death of Saudi King Abdullah was marked at the Asian Cup on Friday. Mabkhout walked away with his arms down after scoring the opener against Japan in their quarter-final in Sydney, in a mark of respect for...


Football: ‘Lucky’ ballboy backs China to beat Aussies

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Football: ‘Lucky’ ballboy backs China to beat Aussies BRISBANE, Australia, Jan 21, 2015 (AFP) – The “lucky” ballboy who helped China save a penalty which sparked their run to the Asian Cup quarter-finals has backed Alain Perrin’s men to upset his beloved Australia on Thursday. Twelve-year-old Stephan White became a sensation in China after telling goalkeeper Wang Dalei which way to dive when...


Football: Qatar 0 Bahrain 1 at half-time

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Football: Qatar 0 Bahrain 1 at half-time SYDNEY: Sayed Shubbar fired Bahrain to a 1-0 half-time lead over Qatar in an entertaining Group C dead rubber at the Asian Cup on Monday. Shubbar rifled his shot through the defenders on 34 minutes in a half in which both teams hit the woodwork and Qatar twice had shots cleared off the line. Source:...


Football: Iran 0 United Arab Emirates 0 at half-time

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Football: Iran 0 United Arab Emirates 0 at half-time BRISBANE, Australia: Iran and the United Arab Emirates were locked at 0-0 at the break after an entertaining first half of their Asian Cup group match in Brisbane on Monday. With the outcome of the match determining who tops Group C and thus avoid a probable quarter-final against Japan, both teams created plenty of chances...


Football: Iraq boss fears Cup could ‘destroy’ reputation

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Football: Iraq boss fears Cup could ‘destroy’ reputation CANBERRA: Radhi Shenaishil said Monday that he had taken a huge risk to his reputation by agreeing to fill in at the last minute as Iraq’s coach for the Asian Cup. Hakim Shakir was sacked as Iraq boss just weeks before the start of the continental showpiece, after the Lions of Mesopotamia finished bottom of...


Football: Birmingham City questioned over convicted ex-boss

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Football: Birmingham City questioned over convicted ex-boss HONG KONG: England’s Football League is quizzing Birmingham City over the continuing influence of the club’s former owner Carson Yeung, who is languishing in a Hong Kong prison for money laundering, reports said Thursday. Yeung, 54, was jailed for six years last March in a case that gripped the southern Chinese city and fans of...


Football: ‘Kim Jong-Un, ole ole ole!’

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Football: ‘Kim Jong-Un, ole ole ole!’ SYDNEY: Brief stories from the Asian Cup on Thursday: ‘There’s only one Kim Jong-Un!’ A sizeable crowd of North Korea supporters were heard serenading the country’s leader during Wednesday’s match against Saudi Arabia. A few hundred people chanted, “Kim Jong-Un, ole ole ole!” while bouncing up and down in the style of Spanish football fans....


Football: Ange revolution takes shape for Australia

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Football: Ange revolution takes shape for Australia SYDNEY: Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his team could still get better at the Asian Cup after two emphatic wins showed his rebuilding efforts are paying off. Thumping 4-1 and 4-0 victories over Kuwait and Oman have put the hosts into the quarter-finals but Postecoglou said there was more to come as tougher challenges await....


Football: From Pyongyang with love

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Football: From Pyongyang with love SYDNEY: Brief stories from the Asian Cup on Wednesday: Great Love from the Great Leader North Korea’s side have been boosted by personal instruction from leader Kim Jong-Un as they seek an unlikely win at the Asian Cup. The Chollima (“Thousand Mile Horse”) are yet to improve on their showing from 1980, when they placed...


Football: Ref rage boils over at nascent Asian Cup

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Football: Ref rage boils over at nascent Asian Cup MELBOURNE: As the big guns flex their muscles at the Asian Cup, refereeing controversies are leaving players and coaches hopping mad with the tournament barely five days old. Iran, Oman and holders Japan all raged at the officials after their opening games — not the start Asian officials were hoping for after a determined drive...


Football: Ball boy, 12, becomes China penalty hero

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Football: Ball boy, 12, becomes China penalty hero BRISBANE, Australia: If China go far in this Asian Cup, they may have a 12-year-old ball boy to thank. Unassuming Brisbanite Stephan White has been hailed in China after helping goalkeeper Wang Dalei save a crucial penalty in the 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia. As Naif Hazazi lined up his kick, Wang asked White which...


Victor Valdes signed for Manchester United as “the number two goalkeeper”

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Victor Valdes signed for Manchester United as “the number two goalkeeper” Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has signed for Manchester United as “the number two goalkeeper”, said manager Louis van Gaal. The 32-year-old Spain international has penned an 18-month deal, with the option of another year. Valdes, 32, came through the ranks of the FC Barcelona youth system, making his senior debut in 2002. Victor Valdes...


Football: Prince Ali’s FIFA bid doomed, say Asia chiefs

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Football: Prince Ali’s FIFA bid doomed, say Asia chiefs MELBOURNE: Asia’s top sports leaders on Friday refused to back Prince Ali bin Al Hussein’s election challenge to FIFA president Sepp Blatter and insisted it was doomed to failure. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa told AFP there would be no about-turn on the regional body’s previous commitment to back...


Football: Miss semis and we’ve failed, says Korea’s Lee

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Football: Miss semis and we’ve failed, says Korea’s Lee CANBERRA: Former Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven star Lee Young-Pyo Thursday told AFP that South Korea’s Asian Cup would be considered a “failure” if they don’t reach the semi-finals. The retired full-back, who is one of South Korea’s most capped players of all time, said the squad were under pressure to perform after a disappointing...


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