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  • Banker Gaetano Micciche elected new president of Serie A

    Banker Gaetano Micciche is the new head of Serie A.MILAN -- Banker Gaetano Micciche has been elected president of Serie A. Micciche, the president of Banca IMI, was chosen unanimously on Monday by the Italian league's 20 clubs. He succeeds Maurizio Beretta, who left the position nearly a year ago. The league has been under emergency leadership, first by former Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio then by Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago. Malago recommended Micciche for the position. The federation remains under...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:45:05

  • Football 'crazy' Ronald Koeman admits he leapt at Netherlands job

    Ronald Koeman signed on to manage his native Netherlands after he was sacked as manager at Everton.New Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman admits he was "crazy'' about football after being sacked by Everton, which is why he jumped at the chance to manage the national team. The 54-year-old was axed by the Toffees in late October after a 5-2 defeat by Arsenal left the club perilously close to the Premier League relegation zone. However, by February he was back in a job after signing a four-and-a-half-year contract to take charge of his native country up until the 2022 World Cup. With Netherlands failing...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:30:06

  • Football 'crazy' Ronald Koeman admits he lept at Netherlands job

    Ronald Koeman signed on to manage his native Netherlands after he was sacked as manager at Everton.New Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman admits he was "crazy'' about football after being sacked by Everton, which is why he jumped at the chance to manage the national team. The 54-year-old was axed by the Toffees in late October after a 5-2 defeat by Arsenal left the club perilously close to the Premier League relegation zone. However, by February he was back in a job after signing a four-and-a-half-year contract to take charge of his native country up until the 2022 World Cup. With Netherlands failing...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:00:10

  • Paul Pogba 'cannot be happy' with his situation at Manchester United - Didier Deschamps

    With Jose Mourinho planning a summer overhaul at Old Trafford, Craig Burley examines the futures of 10 Manchester United players. With Paul Pogba uncertain to face Sevilla, Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes debate whether Man United can overcome Sevilla in their UCL second leg. With Paul Pogba uncertain to face Sevilla, Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes debate whether Man United can overcome Sevilla in their UCL second leg. Shaka Hislop defends Paul Pogba and explains what the real problem is for the Man United star after Gary Neville said football is a joke to him. Shaka Hislop defends Paul Pogba and explains what the real problem is for the Man United star after Gary Neville said football is a joke to him. Paul Pogba "cannot be happy" with his current situation at Manchester United, according to France boss Didier Deschamps. The 25-year-old midfielder, who has been called up by Deschamps for France's upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Russia, has missed several important games for United in recent weeks. Pogba did not feature when Jose Mourinho's side beat Liverpool in the Premier League, came on as a late substitute in the Champions League defeat to Sevilla and was absent against Brighton in...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:11

  • FAZ reveal eye-watering new MTN sponsorship deal

    The Football Association of Zambia have announced a new sponsorship deal with telecommunications giant MTN, with FAZ President Andrew Kamanga confirming the details of the partnership in a statement on Monday. MTN are committing to backing Zambian football to the tune of $4.5 million over three years, with Kamanga revealing that the league winners now stand to pocket 500,000 Zambian Kwacha - the equivalent of just over $52,000. FAZ's previous sponsorship deal was $3 million over three years, and...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:30:08

  • Brazil to stay at Spurs' newly-built players' lodge before World Cup

    Brazil manager Tite insisted he will not rush Neymar back for the World Cup if the forward is not fit to play. Pele speaks to ESPN Brazil about his belief in Brazilian manager Tite and the challenges he faces of managing the national team in the modern era of football. With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer. The Brazilian national team will prepare for the World Cup as the first visitors to Tottenham Hotspur's newly-built players' lodge this summer, the Premier League club has announced. Brazil will be based at Hotspur Way from 28 May until 8 June before departing for the World Cup in Russia, where they face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in the group stage. The five-time world champions will be the first official visitors to Spurs' 45-room bedroom players' lodge, situated at Myddleton Farm, adjacent...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:15:06

  • Arsenal, Real Madrid to stage two legends matches for charity

    Arsene Wenger is looking forward to Europa League quarter-finals after Arsenal knocked AC Milan out of the competition on Thursday night, but the manager still believes in a "miracle" top four Premier League finish. Stewart Robson says Arsenal's comfortable win over AC Milan should give them the confidence to beat CSKA Moscow. Arsenal and Real Madrid will stage two legends matches this year, with former club greats getting together to raise money for charity. Real Madrid will host Arsenal's legends at the Santiago Bernabeu on June 3 before the teams face each other again at the Emirates on Sept. 8, with the money from ticket sales going to the clubs' respective foundations. Arsenal said their side for the games is expected to include former "Invincibles" Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Freddie Ljungberg, Gilberto Silva and...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:15:06

  • Injury dashes Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's Cameroon return

    Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's return to international action with the Cameroon national side has been postponed after the Stoke City forward suffered an injury in Premier League action. His withdrawal was confirmed in a statement issued by Cameroon Team Press Officer Vincent de Paul Atangana, as obtained by KweséESPN. The 28-year-old retired from international football ahead of the Indomitable Lions' victorious 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, but had been lured back to the fold by interim...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:45:04

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi: Chocolates and fizzy drinks made me throw up

    Shaka Hislop gets heated over Steve Nicol insisting Lionel Messi is a better footballer than Pelé was. Lionel Messi has revealed the reason he no longer gets sick and vomits on the pitch during games: a simple change in his diet. The Barcelona forward admitted in 2014 that it happened to him "all the time" after vomiting while playing an international friendly with Argentina. "I ate badly for many years: chocolates, fizzy drinks, and everything," Messi told La Cornisa TV. "That is what made me throw up during games. Now I look after myself better. I eat fish, meat, salads. Everything is...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:45:06

  • Fiorentina to rename training centre after late captain Davide Astori

    The players and supporters of ACF Fiorentina gave Davide Astori a moving sendoff during the 13th minute of their match against Benevento, the first match after Astori's tragic death. Stars of Italian football and thousands of Fiorentina fans have gathered at the Santa Croce church in Florence for the funeral of captain Davide Astori. ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses the reaction to the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori across the footballing world. Serie A commissioner Giovanni Malago speaks on the decision to postpone Sunday's Serie A and Serie B matches following the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. Fiorentina are to rename their training centre after late club captain Davide Astori. Astori died in his sleep a fortnight ago at the age of 31, ahead of Fiorentina's Serie A game at Udinese. The remainder of that weekend's Serie A fixtures were postponed and his funeral took place nine days ago. As a degree of normality slowly returns at the club and in Italian football, Fiorentina have decided to rename their Campini sports centre, adjacent to the Stadio Franchi, in Astori's memory. "We've made...

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    Source: www.espnfc.com | Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:17