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Messi in doubt for Mallorca, PSG
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Lionel Messi remains in doubt for Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Paris Saint-Germain following tests.
Messi was withdrawn at half-time in the 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, when he appeared to suffer a leg injury shortly after putting Barcelona 1-0 ahead.

The Argentina star has since undergone scans, and the club have confirmed he has a problem with his right femoral bicep, putting him in doubt for Saturday's Liga match with Real Mallorca.

A statement on Barca's official website read: "Tests have confirmed that Leo Messi has a muscle injury in the femoral bicep ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 490 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 20:59

Pallota stands by Roma decisions
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Roma president James Pallotta has defended his record after a potentially significant investment in the club failed to materialise.
The American entrepreneur, who is a member of the executive board of the NBA's Boston Celtics, took charge of Roma last August, succeeding countryman Thomas DiBenedetto.

A mystery Middle Eastern investor was reportedly close to sealing a 100 million-euro investment in the Serie A club last month, only for the deal to fall through. 

Pallota has since been accused of being duped by 'fake sheikh' Adnan Adel Aref Al Qaddumi Al Shtewi.
Category: News Views: 407 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 20:51

Xavi has faith in Barca depth
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Barcelona midfielder Xavi is confident his side have the depth to replace Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.
The Argentine duo picked up injuries in the Catalans' 2-2 Champions League draw against Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday's quarter-final first leg in the French capital.

Messi stayed behind in the dressing-room at half-time after picking up a hamstring injury, and will undergo a series of tests on Wednesday to determine its extent.

Mascherano will be out of action for an estimated six weeks due to a knee problem he picked up late in the second half.
Category: News Views: 427 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 20:44

Robben taking nothing for granted
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Arjen Robben has warned Bayern Munich of complacency following Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League win over Juventus.
The Bavarians appear to have one foot in the semi-final following their victory over the Serie A champions in the first leg at Allianz Arena.

But Bayern winger Robben has warned that his side's narrow escape in the round-of-16 tie against Arsenal shows that anything can still happen.

"I think we were very confident and overall we played very well," the Dutchman told uefa.com.

"Scoring a goal within 30 seconds was a grea ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 432 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 20:39

Reina stays in Rodgers´ plans
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has rubbished speculation linking Pepe Reina with a move away from Anfield.
The Spanish goalkeeper's form this term has fallen well below the high standards set in previous campaigns.

Yet it has done little to deter talk of a close-season switch away from the Merseyside club with Arsenal and Barcelona both reportedly interested.

However, Rodgers has moved to quell rumours of Reina's exit and maintains that the 30-year-old will remain an integral part of his squad for some time yet.

"He's never been ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 416 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 20:35

Laudrup eyes transfer spree
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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is lining up to six potential new signings in the close season, according to assistant Alan Curtis.
Laudrup's side earned qualification to the Europa League via their League Cup triumph in February and, sitting in ninth place in the Premier League, are already virtually guaranteed a third straight Premier League campaign.

And the former Mallorca coach is now preparing for a recruitment drive that will enable his side to cope with the bloated schedule that comes with competing on the continent, Swansea assistant manager Curtis says.

"I'm sure we will buy in players ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 394 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 20:26

Zidane adds to Bale plaudits
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Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane believes Gareth Bale is nearing the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Welshman has scored 17 goals in 27 Premier League appearances this term to lead Tottenham's chase for a top-four finish - form which has seen him strongly linked with a close-season move to the Spanish capital.

And three-time Ballon d'Or winner Zidane has fuelled further speculation by lavishing praise on the winger.

"This year the player who has impressed me most is not actually playing in the Champions League," Zidane told Sky Sports. "He is playing in the other cup ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 375 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 20:22

Champions League: Real Madrid - Galatasaray
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Jose Mourinho's side will hope to take a giant stride towards a record 24th semi-final appearance in the European Cup when they host the Turkish champions on Wednesday night

Real Madrid have a fully-fit squad at their disposal for the Champions League quarter-final first-leg meeting with Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Defenders Raphael Varane (back) and Fabio Coentrao (foot) have recovered from injuries and are set to start, while Diego Lopez is expected to keep his place in goal ahead of the fit-again Iker Casillas.

Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Mesut O ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 702 Added: Better Date: 03.04.2013 - 18:10

Copa do Brasil: Bangu - Betim
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Category: Betting Tips Views: 743 Added: Better Date: 03.04.2013 - 17:53

Pohar Ceske posty: Liberec - Teplice
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The Czech Cup football match between Liberec and Teplice kicks off on 03 April 2013.

Liberec has played 10 Czech Gambrinus Liga matches this season on Stadion U Nisy. On home ground Liberec has won 6, drawn 3 and lost 1 matches. This ranks Libe 4th in home team performance in the Czech Gambrinus Liga.

Teplice has played 10 Czech Gambrinus Liga matches this season away from home. On away ground Teplice has won 0, drawn 2 and lost 8 matches. This ranks the Sklari (the Glassmakers) 16th in away team performance in the Czech Gambrinus Liga ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 595 Added: Better Date: 03.04.2013 - 17:46

Champions League: Malaga - Dortmund
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Both sides have made astonishing progress in Europe this season and meet one another hoping to take one step towards the semi-finals

Malaga can be expected to name much the same team that played against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Vitorino Antunes will continue at left-back in the place of long-term injury victim, Eliseu, who is their only major absence.

They are expected to shuffle the pack up front, though. Joaquin is likely to push out to the right wing, with Julio Baptista dropping back into the No.10 role, with either Javier Saviola or Roque Santa Cruz replacing ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 567 Added: Better Date: 03.04.2013 - 17:28

Alonso expects Mourinho stay
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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is hopeful that head coach Jose Mourinho will not leave Real Madrid in the close season.
Mourinho is being linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Portuguese stating more than once that he has set his sights on a return to the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Alonso thinks that the 50-year-old will stay put for the foreseeable future.

"I know he loves the Premier League and its atmosphere, and the way the game is played in England. He will go back to England one day, he said so himself. But I believe and hope that he is with us next season," Spai ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 458 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 16:38

Drogba backs Mourinho-Chelsea reunion
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Galatasary striker Didier Drogba believes Chelsea will thrive if Jose Mourinho was to return to Stamford Bridge.
Drogba, who will take on his former manager when Galatasary face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday, feels Mourinho has unfinished business in west London.

Mourinho has been linked with a return to his former club in the past months, and Drogba believes the 50-year-old could help turn Chelsea's fortunes around.

"I think for the club it is the best solution to bring Jose back," Drogba told The Guardian. "The fans want him back. He loves Chelsea.
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Category: News Views: 418 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 16:37

Glory embrace underdog status
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Perth Glory defender Scott Jamieson says his side are relishing the role of underdogs as they prepare for the A-League finals.
Having squeezed into the top six on goal-difference courtesy of last weekend's draw with Adelaide, Glory face a cut-throat elimination final at Melbourne Victory on Friday.

And Jamieson is quite happy for the hosts to carry the extra pressure of the favourites tag.

"If you look at where we were six weeks ago, to get where we are now was unexpected," Jamieson said.

"But now we're not going to rest and take i ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 445 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 16:35

Champions League preview: Real Madrid - Galatasaray
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Real Madrid should be fully rested and ready to go when they host Galatasaray in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg.
The Spanish champions' head coach Jose Mourinho picked Mesut Oezil, Angel di Maria, Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira among the substitutes in Real Madrid's 1-1 draw away to Real Zaragoza on Saturday.

That decision should give Real a genuine advantage at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday in a tie they are already hot favourites for.

While Galatasaray played a full-strength side in their 2-0 v ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 534 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 16:02

Champions League preview: Malaga - Borussia Dortmund
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Malaga will attempt to continue their impressive debut Champions League campaign against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals.
The Spanish side have endured a solid domestic season to sit sixth in La Liga, while Dortmund are second in the Bundesliga - a massive 20 points behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich.

With a comfortable 3-1 away win against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, Malaga got an important victory and were also able to rest star Argentine striker Javier Saviola, who will be fresh for Wednesday's quarter-final first leg.

In their path to the quarter-finals, the Qatari-owned side have enjoyed a dream run, which includ ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 485 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 15:51

Varane amazed at Real Madrid progress
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Raphael Varane has warned his Real Madrid team-mates of the attacking threat posed by Galatasaray on the eve of their quarter-final clash.
Madrid are favourites to progress to their third successive Champions League semi-final after eliminating Manchester United in the first knockout round.

But Jose Mourinho's men will be up against it on Wednesday when Galatasaray arrive at the Bernabeu, with the Turkish giants boasting the likes of tournament joint-top scorer Burak Yilmaz and Didier Drogba.

"Galatasaray have no fear of playing against us," the Madrid defender told reporters.  ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 458 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 15:13

Ancelotti blasts ´diver´ Sanchez
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Carlo Ancelotti has slammed Alexis Sanchez after he won a late penalty in the 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
The Chilean striker was brought down by Salvatore Sirigu late on with the scores level at 1-1, allowing Xavi to notch a second away goal before Blaise Matuidi's last-gasp equaliser.

Although replays showed there was contact between the players, Paris Saint-Germain coach Ancelotti insists the referee made an incorrect call, but claimed he is used to the former Udinese winger attempting to earn fouls.

"Alexis looked for the goalkeeper, it was not a penalty," he told Canal + after ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 546 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 14:09

Mourinho aware of Turkish pride
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Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho is wary of the threat Galatasaray pose ahead of their Champions League meeting on Wednesday.
Madrid edged Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate and now face Galatasaray in the quarter-finals of Europe's most illustrious club competition.

Many pundits believe Madrid will breeze into the final four but Mourinho is not expecting things to be so easy for his star-studded team.

"Yes, it will be a tough match," the dual Champions League-winning coach said.

"They (Galatasaray) ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 451 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 14:07

Champions League: PSG 2:2 Barcelona
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Two late goals saw Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain play out a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Tito Vilanova returned to the Barca dugout for the first time in months after undergoing cancer treatment in New York, but his long-awaited comeback was tainted somewhat by the departure of Lionel Messi at half-time with a hamstring injury.

But the Argentine still managed to leave his mark, slotting home the opener from a Dani Alves assist to give Barca a narrow lead at the interval, after PSG were the more threatening side.

The French side would cont ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 610 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 14:03

Champions League: Bayern Munich 2:0 Juventus
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Bayern Munich took a significant step towards the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 2-0 first-leg success over Juventus.
After opening the scoring inside a minute on Tuesday courtesy of a deflected drive from David Alaba, the runaway Bundesliga leaders dominated what many felt would be the most closely contested of the four quarter-finals and were full value for a victory which was deservedly capped by a second-half strike from Thomas Muller.

Bayern had gone into the game on the back of a devastating 9-2 domestic defeat of Hamburg but even they could not have imagined that they would open the scoring against the tightest def ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 577 Added: Sky Date: 03.04.2013 - 14:01

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