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Former Milan player George Weah claims he has Juventus ‘in his blood’ and regrets never playing for them. The Liberian, who also played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Marseille during a distinguished career, credits his support of the Old Lady to having grown up watching Michel Platini. “Juventus have been my favourite team since I was a child,” Weah told French sports daily L’Equipe. “In Liberia I used to play in a Juventus shirt. It was because of Michel Platini, who made me fall in love with those colours. “When I then met him I couldn’t stop smiling.”…

Dick Advocaat has been named as Holland coach for the third time with Ruud Gullit becoming his assistant. The former Rangers and Sunderland boss, who turns 70 in September, become his country’s oldest national coach, surpassing Guus Hiddink who was 68 when he left the job in June 2015. Advocaat is set to start the role in June after leaving Turkish club Fenerbahce and replaces Danny Blind, who was sacked in March with Netherlands fourth in their World Cup qualifying group. He previously managed his country from 1992-94, with the Dutch reaching the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup, and…

Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari says he would walk off the pitch again, adding that Fifa and Uefa are “not taking racism seriously”. The Pescara player, 32, was sent off after leaving the field claiming he was racially abused during a Serie A game. In a BBC interview, the ex-Portsmouth player claims racism is “everywhere and getting worse”, and encourages players to go on strike to combat it. “I went through hell, I was treated just like a criminal,” he said. “I went off the field because I felt it wasn’t right for me to be on the field while I…

The Brazilian star left Barca a long time ago, but so far only one version of his departure has been made known. Guardiola did not need him for the project he wanted to lead Barca to Ronaldinho ‘FourFour Two’ the real reason for his departure. Ronaldinho has ‘cleared’ Guardiola, revealing that his departure from FC Barcelona was on his own. “I wanted to know something else, that’s why I left. I always have friends in Barcelona. Before I left, Pep Guardiola and I talked. He wanted to keep me, but I wanted to know something else, “says the Brazilian. “Pep…

FIFA has overturned its decision to suspend Barcelona star Lionel Messi for four international matches after a successful appeal by the Argentine Football Association, world football’s governing body has announced. A statement on the ruling reads: “The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result.” Messi was dealt the ban for insulting an assistant referee. It was imposed when the FIFA disciplinary committee gave its ruling hours before Argentina’s 2-0…

There is an anonymous quote, the type that was once funny but is now the subject of a thousand memes about poor decision-making: ‘Everything happens for a reason.Sometimes that reason is that you’re stupid and make bad choices.’For the Serie A’s disciplinary committee, that has become a mantra. They could have it printed on t-shirts to wear while they lunch together, or have it emblazoned on coasters to rest their coffee cups on.Or perhaps have it scrawled onto a bed sheet and have it hanging above their table while they leap to yet another misguided conclusion? Football does a strong line…

Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini has apologized to Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari and condemned racist abuse from fans. The incident caused huge controversy, as not only was Muntari booked for complaining to the referee about the racist insults, his yellow card was not rescinded and Cagliari escaped punishment because it was “only around 10 people” making the chants. “I am sorry for Sulley, it must be horrible to feel insulted like that. I can only condemn what happened,” said President Giulini. “Sulley and Pescara know full well that Cagliari is not a racist city and I thank their President Daniele Sebastiani…

Ghanaian Striker Iddrissu Zibore Abdallah, on Wednesday capped off an impressive display with the only goal of the game to hand Costa do Sol an away victory against ENH Vilankulo on Match week 10 of the 2016-17 Mocambola. The victory ensures that Costa maintain their third position on the league with 19 points, just a point behind second placed LD Maputo. The former Bechem United forward has struggled for game time in recent weeks following a very promising start to life in the Mozambique top flight. However, Head coach Nelson Santos decided to hand the powerful forward a start and the…

Levante will give free season tickets to the club’s members following their promotion to La Liga, president Quico Catalan has said. Having finished as the top flight’s basement club last season, the Valencia-based outfit ran away with the second tier crown this year – Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Real Oviedo confirming their promotion with six matches still to play. The move looks set to see around 80% of the club’s 12,500 membership (10,000 fans) receive free season tickets for La Liga, which will be subsidised by a sharp increase in TV income. “All our members that went to watch our…

FIFA has fined the Albanian soccer federation 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,500) for improper conduct by fans who forced a World Cup qualifying match in Italy to be stopped. Play was delayed for nine minutes in Palermo last month when Albania fans threw flares on the field despite warnings earlier in the game. Albania’s fine announced on Thursday by FIFA is its fourth for fan incidents at five World Cup qualifiers. Italy, which won the game 2-0, was fined 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,075). FIFA holds member federations responsible for security at home matches. Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico were again fined for…

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