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World Cup, Champions League winner Lúcio retires at age 41

World Cup and Champions League winner Lúcio announced his retirement on Wednesday at the age of 41. Lúcio was a starter and a leader in Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning team. Eight years later he helped lead Inter Milan to the club's first European Cup title since 1965.

Bayern
Bayern's Boateng and Goretzka in training ground scuffle - reports

Munich (Germany) (AFP) - Veteran Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng and young Germany international Leon Goretzka came to blows over a late training ground tackle on Wednesday.

Bayern chief Rummenigge attacks plans to expand Champions League
Bayern chief Rummenigge attacks plans to expand Champions League

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit out at proposals to expand the Champions League and questioned the motives behind creating new and bigger competitions at club and international level.

Tottenham
Tottenham's Walker-Peters joins Southampton on loan

Southampton completed the loan signing of Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker-Peters until the end of the season on Wednesday. The 22-year-old has made 24 first-team appearances for Spurs, but has only featured once since Jose Mourinho took charge in November. "It was clear this month that we could use additional support in the full-back positions, and Kyle was exactly the profile of player I was hoping we could bring in," said Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.

Man United agree deal to sign Bruno Fernandes
Man United agree deal to sign Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United have agreed a deal worth up to 80 million euros (£67 million, $88 million) to sign Portuguese international midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Fernandes, 25, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for many months, but United were previously unwilling to meet Sporting's valuation.

Transfer rumor roundup: Richarlison to Barca for $110m? Spurs
Transfer rumor roundup: Richarlison to Barca for $110m? Spurs' striker search

Everton reportedly rejected Barcelona's astounding bid for Richarlison, but why?

Setien keen for Barcelona to sign striker as cover for Suarez
Setien keen for Barcelona to sign striker as cover for Suarez

Barcelona coach Quique Setien said on Wednesday it would be "interesting" if the club signed a striker this month to replace the injured Luis Suarez. Suarez is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee, with Barca keen to buy a replacement to play in the centre of their attacking trio. Negotiations with Valencia over a deal for Rodrigo Moreno have reportedly stalled while Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan would be difficult to lure mid-season.

Struggling West Ham sign Tomas Soucek on loan
Struggling West Ham sign Tomas Soucek on loan

West Ham have completed the signing of Czech international Tomas Soucek on loan for the remainder of the season as they battle for Premier League survival, the club announced on Wednesday. The Hammers have the option to make the deal for the Slavia Prague midfielder permanent at the end of the campaign. Soucek, 24, is the second addition to David Moyes' squad at the London Stadium following the return of goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Man United confirm agreement for Bruno Fernandes
Man United confirm agreement for Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes is on the brink of becoming a Manchester United player.

Besiktas appoint ex-Turkey star Yalcin as coach
Besiktas appoint ex-Turkey star Yalcin as coach

Istanbul (AFP) - Top Istanbul club Besiktas on Wednesday appointed former international star Sergen Yalcin as coach, the official Anadolu news agency reported.

China
China's women's team quarantined in Australia over virus fears

China's national women's soccer team has been quarantined in Australia.

FPL Draft Bargain Hunter Gameweek 25
FPL Draft Bargain Hunter Gameweek 25

Andrew Gastelum analyzes the best bargain buys for your FPL Draft team in the latest edition of The Bargain Hunter. (Getty Images)

Injured Felix to miss Madrid derby
Injured Felix to miss Madrid derby

Atletico Madrid said on Wednesday that Joao Felix has sustained a muscle injury, meaning the striker is likely to miss Saturday's city derby against Real Madrid. Felix's absence could persuade Atletico to accelerate their pursuit of Edinson Cavani, who is keen to leave Paris Saint-Germain this

Top 5 PL goals: Tottenham v. Man City
Top 5 PL goals: Tottenham v. Man City

From USMNT legend Claudio Reyna to former Spurs star Robbie Keane, watch five of the best Premier League goals between Manchester City and Tottenham before they face off this weekend.

Arsenal sign defender Mari on loan from Flamengo
Arsenal sign defender Mari on loan from Flamengo

Pablo Mari arrives amid Arsenal's defensive injury crisis.

Arsenal sign Pablo Mari on loan for the rest of the season
Arsenal sign Pablo Mari on loan for the rest of the season

Arsenal have signed Spanish defender Pablo Mari on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy at the end of the campaign, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 26-year-old joins from Brazilian side Flamengo, where he helped the Rio de Janeiro-based team win the Brazilian title

Wolves sign French teen Loiodice on loan
Wolves sign French teen Loiodice on loan

Wolves have signed teenage midfielder Enzo Loiodice on loan from Dijon for the rest of the season with an option to buy, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 19-year-old France Under-20 international has made 24 senior appearances for the Ligue 1 club. "I'm very happy to be

Spurs complete Bergwijn transfer from PSV
Spurs complete Bergwijn transfer from PSV

Steven Bergwijn is the newest Spurs player, arriving a day after Christian Eriksen's departure.

Tottenham sign PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn
Tottenham sign PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn

Tottenham announced the signing of Dutch international Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday. Last season's beaten Champions League finalists have also added Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes on loan, while Christian Eriksen, who previously wore the number 23 shirt, has departed for Inter Milan.

Police probe attack on home of Man Utd chief Ed Woodward
Police probe attack on home of Man Utd chief Ed Woodward

Police have launched an investigation into an attack on the home of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward as fans' frustrations mount over the plight of the 20-times English champions. A statement from Cheshire Police said officers were notified of an incident of criminal damage at around 10:45 pm (2245 GMT) on Tuesday. Woodward, who is married with two young children, is reported to have been away from his home at the time of the attack.

China's women's Olympic soccer team quarantined in Australia

China's national women's soccer team has been quarantined in Australia ahead of an Olympic qualifying tournament as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. Health officials in Queensland state said on Wednesday that 32 people, including players, coaches and staff, traveled through the virus-effected Chinese city of Wuhan a week ago. The team was placed in isolation by border officials after arriving in Brisbane from Shanghai on Tuesday, and will be confined to a Brisbane hotel until Feb. 5.

China women
China women's football team quarantined in Australia over virus

China's women's football team has been quarantined in a Brisbane hotel over fears about the deadly coronavirus after arriving for an Olympic qualifying competition, reports said Wednesday. Queensland state chief health officer Jeannette Young said no one from the group, reportedly 32-strong including officials and staff, had shown any symptoms and that the quarantine was a precautionary measure. "If any of these footballers develop any symptoms we will of course be taking them immediately to one of our hospitals... to be immediately assessed and tested and isolated," she added.

Virus fears prompt venue switch for AFC Champions League
Virus fears prompt venue switch for AFC Champions League

All home games for Chinese clubs in the AFC Champions League's group stage in February and March will be rescheduled and played as away fixtures, officials said Wednesday, due to the deadly virus sweeping the country. The Asian Football Confederation said the decision was a "precautionary measure

US women defeat Haiti 4-0 to open Olympic qualifying
US women defeat Haiti 4-0 to open Olympic qualifying

Christen Press scored the opening goal off a shoeless assist from Lynn Williams and the United States beat Haiti 4-0 on Tuesday in its opening match of the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. The U.S., which won the Women's World Cup last summer, extended its unbeaten streak to 24

USWNT opens Olympic qualifying with win over Haiti
USWNT opens Olympic qualifying with win over Haiti

The USWNT attack was lackluster for much of the game, but Vlatko Andonovski's substitutes paid dividends and the U.S. took care of business.

Report: Chelsea may ask Abraham to play through injury
Report: Chelsea may ask Abraham to play through injury

With no striker reinforcements imminent, Frank Lampard is considering deploying an injured Tammy Abraham up front against Leicester City this weekend.

Ed Woodward
Ed Woodward's house attacked by Man United fans with flares

A video claims to show fans hurling flares towards the residence of the Manchester United CEO.

Costa Rica downs Panama 6-1 in Olympic qualifying tournament
Costa Rica downs Panama 6-1 in Olympic qualifying tournament

Melissa Herrera and Priscilla Chinchilla each scored two goals and Costa Rica beat Panama 6-1 on Tuesday to open the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. Herrera caught Panama goalkeeper Yenith Bailey out of her net for the opening goal in the ninth minute. Raquel Rodriguez, who plays

PL Preview: West Ham v. Liverpool
PL Preview: West Ham v. Liverpool

Can a banged up West Ham surprise a Sadio Mane-less Liverpool side on a historic run of form?

10-man Athletic beats Tenerife on penalties in Copa del Rey

Athletic Bilbao beat second-division club Tenerife 4-2 on penalties Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after playing nearly the entire game with 10 men. Athletic played a man down from the second minute after goalkeeper Iago Herrerín was sent off for a tackle outside the area on

Man Utd executive Woodward
Man Utd executive Woodward's house attacked with flares

The home of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was attacked with flares and graffiti on Tuesday night by a mob of disgruntled supporters. Woodward has been a target of offensive chanting by United fans in recent matches due to his role in the club's declining fortunes on the field

Calhanoglu rescues AC Milan in Coppa Italia quarters
Calhanoglu rescues AC Milan in Coppa Italia quarters

The 25-year-old scored a late equalizer and extra-time winner to keep AC Milan unblemished in January.

Çalhanoğlu scores twice to help Milan beat Torino 4-2 in cup
Çalhanoğlu scores twice to help Milan beat Torino 4-2 in cup

Hakan Çalhanoğlu scored a stoppage-time equalizer and then added another goal in extra time to help AC Milan beat Torino 4-2 on Tuesday in the Italian Cup quarterfinals. Zlatan Ibrahimović added Milan's fourth goal two minutes later, prodding the ball into the back of the net after being teed up

Wayne Rooney scores first Derby County goal
Wayne Rooney scores first Derby County goal

The 34-year-old has found the back of the net for the first time since returning to England.

Ada Hegerberg suffers torn ACL
Ada Hegerberg suffers torn ACL

The 24-year-old goal machine is set for a long spell on the sidelines.

Trezeguet sends Aston Villa into League Cup final
Trezeguet sends Aston Villa into League Cup final

Trezeguet struck deep into stoppage time to send Aston Villa into their first League Cup final for a decade with a 2-1 win over Leicester on Tuesday to progress to Wembley 3-2 on aggregate. Matt Target's early opener put Villa in front, but Leicester enjoyed the majority of possession and chances

California settles lawsuit with soccer fan over vanity plate
California settles lawsuit with soccer fan over vanity plate

A California soccer fan has won in his attempt to honor his favorite soccer team with the vanity plate "COYW" -- an acronym for the slogan "Come On You Whites." The state Department of Motor Vehicles initially said the tagline has offensive connotations. The DMV said on Tuesday it would give Jonathan

Minnows Belfort dump Montpellier out of cup, Rennes edge thriller
Minnows Belfort dump Montpellier out of cup, Rennes edge thriller

Fourth-tier Belfort made it through to the French Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday after knocking out Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier in a dramatic penalty shootout, while holders Rennes edged 5-4 a nine-goal thriller with top flight Angers. Montpellier are sixth in the French top division but failed to find

Reports: Man United nears Bruno Fernandes deal
Reports: Man United nears Bruno Fernandes deal

The 25-year-old midfielder appears to finally be on his way to Old Trafford.

Man Utd close to completing Fernandes deal - reports
Man Utd close to completing Fernandes deal - reports

Manchester United are confident of completing the transfer of Portuguese international midfielder Bruno Fernandes after a breakthrough in negotiations with Sporting Lisbon, according to widespread reports in the British media on Tuesday. United are badly in need of midfield reinforcements due to long-term

Cardiff begin legal action over transfer of tragic Sala
Cardiff begin legal action over transfer of tragic Sala

Cardiff City have made a legal complaint in a French court to "fully understand" the events surrounding the air crash death of Emiliano Sala, the Championship club told AFP on Tuesday. Argentine Sala was killed just over a year ago when the small plane taking him to join Cardiff after being

LIVE, League Cup semifinal: Aston Villa v. Leicester
LIVE, League Cup semifinal: Aston Villa v. Leicester

Villa host Leicester in the second leg of their League Cup semifinal with the tie perfectly poised at 1-1. All the action from Villa Park, here.

Spanish officials dismiss concerns over Wuhan team's arrival

Spanish authorities in the Andalucia region told local citizens on Tuesday that they have no reason to be concerned about the arrival of a Chinese soccer club from Wuhan for a preseason training camp. Wuhan Zall, based in the center of the deadly outbreak of a new virus, will be training in southern

Spanish officials dismiss concerns over Wuhan team's arrival

Spanish authorities in the Andalucia region told local citizens on Tuesday that they have no reason to be concerned about the arrival of a Chinese soccer club from Wuhan for a preseason training camp. Wuhan Zall, based in the center of the deadly outbreak of a new virus, will be training in southern

Cyprus, UEFA agree to work closely on fighting match-fixing

Cypriot authorities and UEFA officials have agreed to forge closer links in order to strengthen the fight against possible match-fixing, the country's justice minister said on Tuesday. Minister George Savvides said UEFA officials and Cypriot law enforcement agreed to establish "direct lines of communication

AC Milan to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant ahead of cup game
AC Milan to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant ahead of cup game

AC Milan will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence during an Italian Cup game in memory of devout fan Kobe Bryant.

German FA chief sets semi-final target for Euro 2020
German FA chief sets semi-final target for Euro 2020

The president of the German FA has ramped up the pressure on coach Joachim Loew by saying he expects the national team to reach at least the semi-finals of Euro 2020. Keller was speaking in Leipzig at celebrations to mark the 120th anniversary of the founding of the DFB. This summer's European

Solskjaer drawing on PSG comeback to upset City
Solskjaer drawing on PSG comeback to upset City

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 28, 2020) (MUTV - NO ARCHIVE. NO RESALES. DO NOT OBSCURE LOGO) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, SAYING: "Well, it looked like it was over at half-time, because I have to say in the second part of that first half they (Manchester City) outplayed us for a while and it was hard, but then when we got the goal of course, you're back in it. We hope for another one, but now we've got to go into the memory bank and think about PSG, because we've done it against good teams before and it gives us some hope. And the game in December, of course, gives us hope that we can do something...

Eriksen seals Inter move; Fernandinho signs new contract
Eriksen seals Inter move; Fernandinho signs new contract

Christian Eriksen has finally moved to Inter Milan from Tottenham, while Fernandinho has signed a new contract at Manchester City.

Report: Barcelona to edge out Man United, sign Fernandes
Report: Barcelona to edge out Man United, sign Fernandes

It appears Barcelona are now in the driving seat to sign Sporting Lisbon's Bruno Fernandes, and not Manchester United.


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