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BUENOS AIRES: The statue of Lionel Messi in Buenos Aires has been vandalized again — this time the Argentine hero was cut off at the ankles between Sunday night and Monday (Tuesday in Manila) morning. Messi’s boots still chased a ball on the plinth while the severed body was pushed…

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ATHENS: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed captain Gianluigi Buffon and midfielder Miralem Pjanic were both in doubt for Tuesday night’s (Wednesday in Manila) crunch Champions League game against Olympiakos. Juventus — runners-up twice in the last three seasons — head to Athens needing a win to ensure their passage to…

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LOS ANGELES: United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati said Monday (Sunday in Manila) he will not seek re-election next year as the fallout from the USA’s failure to qualify for the World Cup claimed another victim. Gulati told ESPN in an interview that he had decided not to enter…

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Stephan Shrock buried the match-winner in the closing minutes as Ceres Negros FC downed Kaya FC-Makati, 1-0, in the first leg of their Finals Series faceoff in the Philippines Football League (PFL) on Sunday at the University of Makati Football Stadium. Former Azkals stalwart Shrock beat three defenders before firing…

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The Philippines absorbed a stunning defeat to host Taiwan, 0-3, in the Chinese-Taipei Football Association (CTFA) International Tournament 2017 on Sunday night at the Municipal Stadium in the Taiwanese capital. The undermanned Philippine Azkals conceded a hat trick of headers to the lower-ranked Taiwan en route to suffering their first…

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Mindanao-based Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), along with LA Galaxy coaches Wes Meadows, Job Quevedo and Chris Howe, had their first Youth Football Day at McKinley Stadium in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Over 100 kids, with ages ranging from 8-16, got to participate in the free event hosted by Davao…

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MADRID: As a red-hot Antoine Griezmann hopes to keep Atletico Madrid’s faint Champions League hopes alive at Stamford Bridge, the stage is also set for the Frenchman to showcase his talents to a host of Premier League suitors. Atletico need to beat Chelsea in London on Tuesday and hope Roma…

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DEFENDING seven-time champion Far Eastern University-Diliman turned to French Talaroc to edge De La Salle-Zobel, 2-1, in a rematch of last year’s Finals on Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 juniors football tournament at the PFF National Training Center inside the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Talaroc struck…

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TOKYO: Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier has cast doubt on the country’s hopes of surviving their group at next year’s World Cup, describing their draw as ‘bad news.’ The Frenchman, who led the Blue Samurai to the last 16 as 2002 co-hosts, fears that Colombia and Senegal could have too…

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Hikaru Minegishi and Wesley Dos Santos spearheaded a late charge as Global Cebu FC pulled off a 2-1 comeback win over FC Meralco Manila in the first leg of their Finals Series in the Philippines Football League (PFL) on Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. Minegishi…

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