Chelsea snap up starlet

The new manager of English football club Chelsea on Saturday announced a deal with Barcelona to sign teenager Oriol Romeu, as the London team prepared for a game in Thailand on their Asia tour.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas confirmed agreement had been reached with the Spanish giants but said the 19-year-old defensive midfielder had yet to finalise personal terms or pass a medical. The fee was

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L’pool title contenders

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes a rejuvenated Liverpool can emerge as genuine contenders in this season’s Premier League race, reports said Friday.
The England striker, who fired a hattrick for United this week during their tour of the United States, said that Liverpool’s summer transfer activity would leave them better equipped to challenge for

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Barcelona return to training

Spanish and European champions Barcelona began their pre-season training on Monday with just their Argentinian and Brazilian players who took part in the Copa America missing.
Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique were among the 18 Barca players who took part in a light training session after completing physical

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L’pool seal D’s deal

England winger Stewart Downing completed his £20 million ($32 million) transfer from Aston Villa to Liverpool on Friday after passing a medical, the Anfield giants announced.
The 26-year-old, who has played 27 times for England, becomes Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish’s fourth major signing of the summer following Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and

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L’pool triumph in a sea of red

Liverpool’s preparations for the up-coming English Premier League continued as they recorded an in-the-end comfortable 6-3 victory over a Malaysia XI in a friendly match in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The Reds went ahead in the 26th minute thanks to a controversial penalty. Referee Nagor Amir Bin Noor Mohamed ruled that the Reds’ new record signing Andy Carroll had been brought down illegally

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Brazil beat Ecuador 4-2 to reach Copa quarters

After two cagey rounds of games at the Copa America, save for Argentina’s swatting of Costa Rica, the championship burst into life Wednesday as Brazil hit four goals against Ecuador to reach the quarter-finals.
While the samba stars were finally getting their act together with a 4-2 win thanks to doubles from Neymar and Pato their Group B rivals Venezuela, not to be outdone, served up even more of a

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Ilievski rings the changes

In his first game in charge against Pakistan, Bangladesh national team coach Nikola Ilievski had no choice but to stick with the squad that was entrusted to him. But ahead of their second World Cup qualifier against Lebanon, the 56-year old Macedonian brought in a number of changes based on his viewings of the ongoing Grameenphone Super Cup

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Danish footballer in line to represent Bangladesh

A Danish footballer of Bangladesh origin named Jamal Bhuyan is likely to represent the national side after he was picked by the Bangladesh Football Federation in the 27-member preliminary squad for the World Cup pre-qualifiers on Friday.
Jamal, son of a Bangladeshi living in Denmark, was born and brought up in Copenhagen and

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A cry for football

The thought of having to share the Bangabandhu National Stadium with cricket came as a big surprise to many sports organisers especially those involved with football but they wanted to believe that the premier of the government has been provided with a one-sided information on purpose.
“We have come to know it through newspapers and don’t want to believe that until

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