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Ox earns Hodgson plaudits
Roy Hodgson has praised the contribution of goal-scoring substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in England's 2-2 draw against Brazil.
Fred had opened the scoring just after half-time for the home side, before Arsenal's 19-year-old midfielder came off the bench to equalise with a volley. 

Wayne Rooney looked to have secured an unlikely victory with his deflected effort to make it 2-1, until Paulinho levelled for the hosts.

Brazil had been dominant in the first half, but England responded well in the second period and Hodgson credited Oxlade-Chamberlain with bringing energy and attacking intent in the middle of the pitch, sparking the comeback.

"Alex of cours ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 1047 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 06:40

Allegri set to stay at Milan
Massimiliano Allegri will remain at AC Milan after holding talks with president Silvio Berlusconi and chief executive Adriano Galliani.
Allegri's long-term future as head coach had been in doubt despite the team securing UEFA Champions League qualification, with Serie A rivals Roma reportedly ready to swoop.

However, he finally sat down with the club's hierarchy and Galliani and Berlusconi have decided to retain his services.

"With Galliani and Allegri we had a frank and cordial discussion in which we revisited and analysed the past season, so there was a clarification on certain things," Berlusconi said.

"We reached an agreement on the rights and duties of ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 883 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 06:39

Livorno promoted to Serie A
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Livorno have gained promotion from Serie B after a 2-1 aggregate win over local rivals Empoli in the play-off finals on Sunday.
The first leg ended 1-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani in Empoli on Wednesday, following goals from Francesco Tavano and Livorno midfielder Alfred Duncan. 

Paulinho gave Livorno the advantage in the second leg when he burst between the two Empoli centre-backs to head home a Pasquale Schiattarella cross from the right in the 32nd minute.

Federico Dionisi almost made it 2-0 after pouncing on a Riccardo Saponara error, before the visitors went close to an equaliser in the final minute.

Category: News Views: 902 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 06:39

International Friendly: USA 4:3Germany
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USA celebrated the centenary of their football federation with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Germany at the RFK Stadium on Sunday.
Juergen Klinsmann, who earned 108 caps and scored 47 times as a player for Germany, saw his USA side go 2-0 up inside 16 minutes before the visitors pulled one back in the second half.

However, a brilliant brace from Clint Dempsey proved to be enough for the hosts to claim their first win over Germany since 1999, despite late goals from Max Kruse and Julian Draxler.

Klinsmann made four changes to his side beaten 4-2 by Belgium on Thursday, with Brad Evans co ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 1002 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 06:37

International Friendly: Brazil 2:2 England
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A late goal from Paulinho salvaged a 2-2 draw for Brazil in an entertaining friendly with England in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Brazil dominated the first half at the redeveloped Maracana Stadium, but were kept at bay by England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's men took the lead through Fred early in the second half, but then fell behind as England rallied, with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney putting them in front.

However, Paulinho intervened eight minutes from the end to stop the visitors from becoming the first side to beat Brazil on home soi ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 972 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 06:36

Alonso to miss Confederations Cup
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso will sit out Spain's Confederations Cup campaign due to injury.
The former Liverpool star has been struggling with a groin injury and missed Real's final two matches of the Liga season.

He will not recover in time to represent his country in Brazil later this month, with Spain coach Vicente del Bosque leaving him out of the final 23-man squad, along with Benat Etxebarria of Real Betis and Manchester City's Javi Garcia.

Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Pepe Reina (Liverpool).

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real M ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 926 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 06:34

Brazil 2-2 England
England recorded an unlikely draw against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, as Roy Hodgson's side battled from a goal down to take the lead before Paulinho sent the iconic Maracana Stadium into raptures with a late leveller.

The Selecao had to wait until the second half to score despite dominating the early exchanges, with Fred tucking the ball into the net after Hernanes had hit the bar. But England responded through substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's stinging volley.

Wayne Rooney, somewhat against the run of play, then gave the Three Lions an unexpected lead with a driving run and long-range finish before Paulinho acrobatically volleyed an equaliser just minutes later.

Category: News Views: 722 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 06:33

International Friendly: Republic of Ireland 4:0 Georgia
international friendlyRobbie Keane scored two goals as the Republic of Ireland eased to a 4-0 victory over 10-man Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
The visitors saw goalkeeper Giorgi Loria sent off for a foul on Shane Long in the 20th minute and Ireland made their extra man count as Richard Keogh, Simon Cox and substitute Keane punished them with clinical goals.

Giovanni Trapattoni made nine changes to his team that drew 1-1 with England at Wembley on Wednesday, with only Long and James McCarthy retained.

Meanwhile, Georgian boss Temuri Ketsbaia was short of striking options as Vladimir Dva ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 683 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 00:48

Buriram go top as Muang Thong draw
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Buriram United moved to the top of the Thai Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Ratchaburi on Sunday.
The hosts went ahead in the 50th minute through Javier Patino but Brazilian striker Douglas immediately hit back for Ratchaburi.

Carmelo Gonzalez's second-half strike proved to be decisive as the visitors were unable to find an equaliser, before goalscorer Douglas was sent off with two minutes remaining.

Muang Thong United slipped into second place due to Buriram's win as they failed to find a winning goal at home to Osotspa. 

Chonburi climbed into third place after a thrilling seven-goal game wi ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 611 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 00:45

Eriksen open-minded over next move
Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen has explained that the style of play of the clubs interested in him will have a bearing on his next move.
The highly-rated playmaker, whose contract expires at the end of next season, has been linked with both Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in recent months.

And, though Eriksen has previously stated his desire to seek a new challenge, he remains keen to find a good fit when he eventually departs Ajax.

"The most important thing is to do what I feel is right. My next club has to express that they really want me," he told

"I have to feel that it is the right place and then their style of play has to fit me. I can't ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 565 Added: Sky Date: 03.06.2013 - 00:44

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