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BUENOS AIRES: Ernesto Vecchio, the first coach of Lionel Messi when the budding superstar was a young rookie in Argentina, has died at the age of 65, the Newell’s Old Boys club announced on Friday (Saturday in Manila). “We regret to announce the death of Ernesto Vecchio, the technical director…

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Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami said that extensive planning is essential if the Philippines is to be successful in the Asian Cup qualifiers. The Azkals will play in Group F during the third round of games against Tajikis­tan, Nepal and Yemen in a home and away series that will…

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Local team Stallion Laguna FC is all set for their maiden voyage in the Philippines Football League (PFL) that will kick-off in March. The 2013 United Football League champion recently announced that they would be adopting Biñan, Laguna, as its home turf. The team was previously based in Barotac Nuevo,…

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LIBREVILLE: Senegal coach Aliou Cisse insists Africa Cup of Nations opponents Cameroon are favorites to win the eagerly awaited quarterfinals in Franceville on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Pundits beg to differ, though, making the Senegalese Teranga Lions favourites not only to reach the semi-finals, but to go on and win…

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BERLIN: Ralf Rangnick says the Bundesliga will flaunt its future on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) when his “sexy” second-placed RB Leipzig face unbeaten Hoffenheim with both aiming to chase down leaders Bayern Munich. “We are proud, modern and attractive, sexy even,” Leipzig’s director of sport, who has taken the Red…

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Women’s football action resumes as the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Women’s League returns on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. After a one-week break to give way to the international match between Filipino team Global FC and Tampines Rovers of Singapore, the domestic top tier women’s football tournament resumes…

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LIVERPOOL: Southampton reached the League Cup finals for the first time since 1979 as Shane Long grabbed the goal that sealed a memorable 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the semifinal second leg on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Leading by Nathan Redmond’s goal from the first leg two weeks ago, Claude…

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PORT-GENTIL, Gabon: Mohamed Salah’s thumping early free-kick gave Egypt a 1-0 win against Ghana on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as they sealed their place in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations. The record seven-time winners of the competition only needed a draw to be certain of going through…

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TURIN, Italy: A superb curling free-kick from Miralem Pjanic kept Juventus on track for a third consecutive Serie A and Italian Cup double on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after a dramatic 2-1 quarter-final win over 10-man AC Milan. Milan were looking to hand the two-time defending Cup champions their third…

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BERLIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the German league’s top scorer, is set to return for Borussia Dortmund at Mainz on Sunday (Monday in Manila) after Gabon’s early Africa Cup of Nations exit. “He will be back with us again by Thursday so he will definitely be fit and an option for our…

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