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Centralised venues to be anti-Covid answer to Asia’s club question

KUALA LUMPUR: The next Asian Champions League and expanded AFC Cup will be played in centralised group stages this year. The AFC Champions League will be held in the West and East Regions while the AFC Cup will be staged across the five AFC Zones. ...
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Neuer breaks old Bayern Munich hero Kahn’s clean sheet record

FRANKFURT: Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer set a Bundesliga record on Sunday, finishing his 197th game without conceding a goal in the 4-0 Bundesliga win over relegation-bound Schalke. This clean sheet meant Neuer overtook the previous mark set by old Bayern hero Oliver Kahn – who ...
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Supersub Fernandes is decisive as United put an end to Liverpool Cup bid

LONDON: Another trophy chance has escaped Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool slipped out of ther FA Cup with a 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford. It was the second weekend in which Klopp failed to get the better of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Seven days ...
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Chelsea sack Lampard . . . man of ‘great integrity’ but ultimately not enough experience

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Chelsea have sacked manager Frank Lampard despite progressing in the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over second tier Luton Town on Sunday. The 42-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge in July 2019 and, despite a transfer bar, guided the Blues to ...
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Coaching triumph for Crespo as Defensa land Copa Sudamericana

BUENOS AIRES: Little-known Defensa y Justicia from Florencio Varela in the Buenos Aires region have won their first major trophy in beating fellow Argentinian opponents Lanus 3-0 in the final of the Copa Sudamericana. Former national team striker Hernan Crespo thus also won the first ...
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FIFA launches first-ever digital platform dedicated to professional football

  —- FIFA has today launched the FIFA Professional Football Landscape, the first-ever digital database comprising key facts and figures on players, clubs, transfers and top-tier competitions across all 211 member associations. Bringing together data from a broad spectrum of key performance indicators ...
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New CAS controversy as Asian football body escapes unfair elections sanctions

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The credibility and even viability of the Court of Arbitration for Sport is starting to appear questionable after another apparently illogical verdict in a high-profile sports politics case. In December a CAS panel vindicated the findings of the World Anti-Doping Agency in ...
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IOC and Japanese join forces to reject speculation about Games cancellation

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer will go ahead – at least, according to the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government. Am insistent statement to that effect, in defiance of rising tide of doubt around the world, has ...
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Court supports EU attack on skating body’s monopoly of competitions

BRUSSELS: In a case likely to spark interest from elite football clubs, the International Skating Union has failed to overturn a European Union order to stop penalising speed skaters for taking part in new, independently-organised big money events. The judgment by the European General Court in ...
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