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Ronaldo gets nod for Juventus debut against Chievo

Milan - Cristiano Ronaldo is curious to find out about life in Serie A and will make his debut in the opening match of the season for champions Juventus against Chievo in Verona, coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Friday.

Sampdoria and Genoa's Serie A games postponed after bridge collapse

Milan - Both Genoa clubs had requested that their opening games of the season be pushed back with Sampdoria due to host Fiorentina and Genoa playing at AC Milan on Sunday.

La Liga moves into post-Ronaldo era as Atletico threaten Real, Barcelona

Madrid - The Spanish season kicks off this weekend with La Liga entering a new era following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta, and with Atletico Madrid posing a huge threat to the big two.

Former Cagliari keeper survives 'apocalyse' Genoa bridge collapse

Rome - A former goalkeeper for Italian Serie A club Cagliari survived the deadly collapse of a motorway viaduct in Genoa on Tuesday despite going down with the bridge in his car and finishing among the rubble.

Facebook to broadcast La Liga games for free in Indian subcontinent

Madrid - Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale and a host of La Liga stars will be beamed for free to viewers in the Indian subcontinent as part of a landmark deal with Facebook to broadcast live matches, the Spanish top flight division said Tuesday.

Twelve killed when Ecuador bus with football fans crashes

Quito - Twelve people were killed and 30 injured when a bus carrying fans of Barcelona S.C., Ecuador's most popular football club, crashed Sunday, officials said.

Expectant Juventus fans await first glimpse of megastar Ronaldo

Villar Perosa - Juventus fans will get their first look at superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the famous black and white stripes when he makes his debut on Sunday in an intimate alpine setting.

Iran TV accused of muting anti-regime stadium chants

Tehran - Iranians reported Saturday that the state broadcaster had muted stadium noise during the previous evening's football match in Tehran, in an apparent attempt to drown out anti-government chants.

Spain taxman knocks 2 million euros off Ronaldo tax settlement: report

Madrid - After ordering football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to pay 18.8 million euros ($21.6 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, Spanish authorities have reduced the sum by two million euros, the El Mundo daily reported Friday.

Mexican TV network Televisa denies bribery allegations

Mexico - Mexican station Televisa hit back on Thursday at a lawsuit filed in New York against the world's biggest Spanish-language network alleging it paid "millions of dollars" in bribes to secure World Cup hosting rights.

Turkey to block Periscope during live football broadcasts

Ankara - A Turkish court on Saturday ruled to block the live video-streaming service Periscope during top flight football matches, following a demand from the company with the exclusive rights to broadcast the games.

Higuain signs for AC Milan as Bonucci returns to Juventus

Rome - Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on Thursday moved to AC Milan in a three-player swap deal between the seven-time European champions and Juventus that will see Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin after just a season away.

Stick it like Gianni: Italian scores with football album collection

San Felice Sul Panaro - Newspapers recalling decades of sporting glory line the walls, cupboards overflow with stickers of footballing legends and on a desk, pristine packets lie tantalisingly waiting to be opened: welcome to the home of Gianni Bellini, the man with a claim t...

Erdogan calls Ozil, praises exit from German team

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said he had backed Mesut Ozil's decision to quit the German national team on racism grounds in a telephone call with the Turkish-origin football star, wading into a controversy that caused uproar in Germany.

Turks in Berlin rally around Ozil in racism row

Berlin - "He did the right thing," said 63-year-old Abbas Haydin, as Turks in Berlin on Monday rallied around football star Mesut Ozil and praised his decision to quit the Germany team over perceived racism."He has set an example.

Turks in Berlin rally around Ozil in racism row

Berlin - "He did the right thing," said 63-year-old Abbas Haydin, as Turks in Berlin on Monday rallied around football star Mesut Ozil and praised his decision to quit the Germany team over perceived racism."He has set an example.

Pussy Riot members lose appeal over World Cup pitch invasion

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday threw out appeals by Pussy Riot punk group members after they were sentenced to brief jail terms for invading the pitch at the World Cup final.

Ozil defends controversial picture with Erdogan

Berlin - Footballer Mesut Ozil said Sunday he had no regrets about his controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany's national squad ahead of the World Cup.

Ozil defends controversial picture with Erdogan

Berlin - Footballer Mesut Ozil said Sunday he had no regrets about his controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany's national squad ahead of the World Cup.

Wealthy Qatar clubs fined for not paying players

Lausanne - Two clubs from gas-rich Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, were amongst six fined by FIFA on Thursday for non-payment of salaries to players and were warned they face a transfer ban as a consequence.

Multi-racial French World Champions draw praise, controvery

Paris - Former US President Barack Obama chose celebrations to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth to laud the benefits of diversity by holding up France's World Cup success by way of example.

French fans sentenced for World Cup robberies, violence

Paris - A French court gave two men suspended sentences Wednesday and fined a third for robbery and violence on the sidelines of France's World Cup victory celebrations.

Paris police urge women to report World Cup sexual assaults

Paris - Paris's police chief urged women on Wednesday to report any cases of sexual assault during the celebrations of France's World Cup win, after dozens of accounts by victims were posted on social media in recent days.

AC Milan's Europa League ban appeal set for Thursday

Lausanne - AC Milan's appeal against a European ban for breaking UEFA's financial fair play rules will be heard Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the court announced.

'Paris won't die': Scenes of joy at Paris bar targeted by terror

Paris - Striking images of World Cup celebrations at a Paris bar targeted in the deadly November 2015 attacks ricocheted around social media Monday, potent symbols of France's resolve to not live in fear despite a persistent terror threat.

Macron basks in World Cup glow, hoping to capture feel-good factor

Paris - For a president who has travelled the globe for a year telling audiences that "France is back" under his leadership, the country's World Cup victory couldn't come at a better time for Emmanuel Macron as he confronts growing challenges on multiple front...

Russia targeted by almost 25 million cyber-attacks during World Cup: Putin

Moscow - Russia was the target of almost 25 million cyber-attacks during the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin said, though he did not indicate who may have been behind the attacks.

France set for heroes' welcome after thrilling World Cup win

Paris - The World Cup-winning French team were travelling home on Monday for a victory parade on the Champs Elysees following their triumph in Moscow that sparked wild celebrations nationwide.

Clashes, road accidents mar French World Cup partying

Paris - Dozens of youths shattered windows at a popular store on the Champs Elysees avenue Sunday while hundreds of thousands of fans celebrated France's World Cup victory, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

Macron cheers from the stands — then 'dabs' in the changing room

Moscow - President Emmanuel Macron was pictured cheering from the stadium, got drenched in the rain on the pitch, then attempted to "dab" with the players in the changing room Sunday after France's victory in the World Cup.
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