Soccer

  • CAF meet over Ebola-clouded Cup of Nations

    When and where the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged should be resolved within days amid pleas from hosts Morocco to postpone the tournament over the Ebola epidemic. The virus has claimed almost 5,000 lives this year, almost all in west African countries Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Morocco fear a potential influx of several hundred thousand supporters from the other 15 finalists could spread the epidemic. African football body CAF will hold a meeting of their executive in Algeria on Sunday and 24 hours later president Issa Hayatou will lead a delegation to Morocco for further talks.

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  • Barca target Clasico bounceback on Suarez's home debut

    Luis Suarez will make his competitive home debut as La Liga leaders Barcelona look to put the disappointment of their defeat to Real Madrid last weekend behind them against Celta Vigo on Saturday. The Catalans' defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu was their first in the league since coach Luis Enrique left Celta in May to take charge at the Camp Nou and brought Barca back into a five-strong pack at the top of the table separated by just two points. Suarez returned from a four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup to make his Barca bow against Madrid and had a positive immediate impact as he set up Neymar's early opener.

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  • Napoli host Roma in high-risk Serie A clash

    Napoli host Roma on Saturday in a clash whose title repercussions could be eclipsed by the painful memories for the family of the last victim of Italian football-related violence. The sides meet at Napoli's San Paolo stadium for the first time since the death of 31-year-old Ciro Esposito, a Napoli fan who was killed by a hardline Roma 'ultra' on the fringes of the Italian Cup final last May. Esposito was allegedly shot by a former 'ultra' leader, Daniele De Santis, who has since been arrested and is facing manslaughter charges. When Esposito died on June 25, Napoli fans called for revenge.

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  • PSG bid to crank up pressure on stuttering Marseille

    As their meeting with bitter rivals Marseille approaches, Paris Saint-Germain will look to further increase the pressure on the Ligue 1 leaders with a win at struggling Lorient on Saturday. PSG are the only side in France's top flight to still boast an unbeaten record after Marseille went down 1-0 at Lyon last weekend, a result that means the two clubs are now separated by just four points at the top of the table. The clubs clash in the French game's biggest grudge match at the Parc des Princes on November 9, and Paris would love to go into 'Le Classique' with a chance of seizing first place from OM. A win at Lorient would leave just one point between the sides and turn up the heat on Marseille, who host Lens at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday night.

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  • Dortmund determined to bounce back at Bayern

    Germany international Kevin Grosskreutz insists Borussia Dortmund can bounce back from their Bundesliga nightmare -- starting with Saturday's clash at league leaders Bayern Munich. Bayern host Dortmund with the teams having shared the last four league titles between them, but Borussia have been rocked by four straight league defeats -- their worst sequence of Bundesliga results in 15 years. Just two wins in their opening nine league games leaves last season's runners-up languishing in 15th place in the table, a staggering 14 points behind league leaders Bayern.

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  • Celtic boss aims to develop young talent

    Glasgow (AFP) - Celtic boss Ronny Deila hopes the Scottish champions can become a magnet for the best young talent in Europe.

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  • Liverpool ready to hit peak form, says Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his players are finally starting to gel on the pitch ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle at St James's Park on Saturday. The Reds have yet to convince in the early part of the campaign following the addition of several new players after selling Uruguay forward Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Liverpool, who were runners-up to Manchester City last season, are nine points behind leaders Chelsea in seventh place in the table after nine games.

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  • Cahill vows to hold off Zouma in selection battle

    Gary Cahill admits he feels under pressure from Kurt Zouma in his battle to remain first choice Chelsea centre-back. England defender Cahill will resume his partnership with Chelsea skipper John Terry when the Premier League leaders face west London rivals QPR at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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  • Arsenal eye title bounce against Burnley

    Arsenal will attempt to step up their Premier League title challenge by recording back-to-back league wins for the first time this season when Burnley visit the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arsene Wenger's side claimed three points for the first time in four games when two goals from Alexis Sanchez secured victory at Sunderland last weekend.

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  • High-flying Saints set sights on silverware

    Southampton midfielder Steve Davis says his high-flying side are starting to dream of winning major silverware following their League Cup success against Stoke this week. Ronald Koeman's team will attempt to extend their superb run to 10 wins from their last 11 games in all competitions when they resume Premier League action at Hull City on Saturday.

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  • Arsenal face fight to catch Premier League leaders, says Wenger

    Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars they can't afford to lose any more ground in the Premier League title race if they want to overhaul leaders Chelsea. Wenger's side have fallen nine points adrift of their London rivals after a spluttering start to the season. Arsenal have won only three of their nine league games so far and, with Chelsea unlikely to slip up against lowly QPR, they must improve that disappointing total at home to bottom of the table Burnley on Saturday.

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  • Nothing to envy for Van Gaal in City squad

    Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said he is not jealous of defending champions Premier League champions' Manchester City's squad as the Dutchman prepares for his first derby match in English football.

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  • Jerome brace gets Norwich back on track

    London (AFP) - Norwich striker Cameron Jerome struck twice to seal a 2-1 win over Bolton that put his side's Championship promotion challenge back on track on Friday.

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  • Kamara faces racism punishment over Ebola protest

    Sierra Leone international midfielder John Kamara faces punishment for "racism" after making a protest against his treatment by his club Lamia over the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. The 26-year-old is set to face the disciplinary committee of the Greek Football League on November 6 for a violation of anti-racism regulations, the league said Friday. Earlier this month, Kamara had complained that his club forced him to respect a lengthy rest period when returning from international duty due to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. In an interview with the BBC, Kamara, back from Cameroon where his team had lost 2-0 in Yaounde, had accused Lamia of telling him that he "may not be with the team during 15-21 days" because he went to "play in Africa and because of the Ebola virus".

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  • Schalke up to seventh as Di Matteo wins again

    Berlin (AFP) - Schalke 04 moved up to seventh in the Bundesliga as new coach Roberto di Matteo picked up his third win in four games with Friday's 1-0 victory over Augsburg.

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  • Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

    Oct 31 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the Ligue 1 on Friday 10 Andre-Pierre Gignac (Olympique Marseille) 8 Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyon) 6 Carlos Eduardo (Nice) Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse) 5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain) Lucas Moura (Paris St Germain) 4 Daniel Wass (Evian Thonon Gaillard FC) Juan Falcon (Metz) Diego Rolan (Girondins Bordeaux) Cheick Tidiane Diabate (Girondins Bordeaux) Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyon) Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain) Paul-Georges Ntep (Stade Rennes) 3 Mathieu Duhamel (Caen) Claudio Beauvue (En Avant Guingamp) Valentin Lavigne (FC Lorient) ...

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  • Neymar to play at 2016 Rio Olympics - coach

    Brazil captain Neymar will be part of the home nation's Olympic football squad at Rio 2016, the team's coach Alexandre Gallo said Friday. "I'll be calling up three players over 23, well, two in fact, as one of those will be Neymar," he said in an interview with Arena Sport TV. Barcelona forward Neymar will be 24 when the Olympics come around. "Neymar is a figurehead.

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  • Henry, Donovan seek final glory in MLS Cup playoffs

    By Simon Evans (Reuters) - Major League Soccer's playoffs kick off in earnest on Saturday with two of the league's best known players, Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry, seeking to end their careers on a high note. LA Galaxy forward Donovan, the league's all-time top scorer, has announced he will retire at the end of this campaign while former France and Arsenal striker Henry's contract with New York Red Bulls runs out at the end of the playoffs. ...

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  • Resurgent Gladbach eye club record

    Borussia Moenchengladbach can equal a 40-year-old club record by beating Hoffenheim on Sunday to stay second to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, but coach Lucien Favre just wants three points. Favre's Gladbach are unbeaten in 16 matches in all competitions this season and can match the club's record from the 1970/71 season, when they won the league title, with a home win over undefeated Hoffenheim, who are fourth in the Bundesliga. Favre turns 57 on Sunday, but Gladbach's Swiss coach says all he wants is to see his team break down the compact Hoffenheim defence to stay hot on the heels of Pep Guardiola's league leaders Bayern.

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  • Aussie fans -- all 11 of them -- proud and loud in Riyadh

    They will be a dot in an ocean of Al Hilal blue but Australian fans -- all 11 of them -- plan to make their voices heard when Western Sydney Wanderers try to make history Saturday. "We're gonna have lots of colour, flags, red and black... and we're gonna sing our hearts out," said Pablo Bateson, 58. He and Luke Wimble, 41, were the first Wanderers fans to arrive in the Saudi capital Friday morning from Sydney ahead of the AFC Champions League final second leg against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal. The main group lands Saturday morning after a stopover in Dubai," Bateson said.

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