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Inspired Brazil see off Italy

An inspired second-half showing from Brazil earned the Confederations Cup hosts a 4-2 win over Italy in Salvador on Saturday to win Group A and avoid a potential semi-final meeting with Spain.

Man Utd bid for Barca’s Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United, in Australia ahead of their A-League All Stars clash, have made a STG25 million ($A41.

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Barcelona sign Gerardo Martino as new coach

Gerardo Martino

Argentine coach Gerardo Martino has been named as Barcelona's new boss on a two-year deal, the club confirmed on Tuesday.

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Traore may be answer to Osieck's back line puzzle

Adama Traore

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck admits he is yet to find a solution for the perennial problem spot of left-back and says he would consider Melbourne Victory's Adama Traore if he can get citizenship in...

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Germany's Klose set to retire after WC

Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller's goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year's World Cup.

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Panthers' bid for Wanderers demonstrates its potential

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Craig Foster Even rugby league diehards would have to admit Penrith Panthers' attempt to acquire the Wanderers is a demonstration of how far the dynamics of the two sports have altered.

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Negredo saves City, first win for Palace

Alvaro Negredo.

Tom Williams Alvaro Negredo came off the bench and scored for the second Premier League game running as Manchester City edged promoted Hull City 2-0 on Saturday.

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Netherlands, Italy qualify for World Cup

Robin van Persie.

The Netherlands became the first European nation to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday.

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Europe ponders 2022 World Cup position

Qatar 2022

Leading clubs expect UEFA to decide next week on European football’s position in the debate about switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer to a different time of year.

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Breakthrough night for Moyes at Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney

Paul Hayward Wayne Rooney's 200th goal for Manchester United eased the team's new manager, David Moyes, into the wonderland of Champions League football, where he faces a test far more exotic than the quest to...

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Repeat of Celtic fairytale unlikely, but Brits should claim three spots

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Alan Hansen Alan Hansen rates the chances of the five British representatives in the Champions League, which kicks off on Tuesday.

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England's soft centre may yet melt World Cup hopes

Alan Hansen Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is the biggest danger to England's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup on Tuesday as he is so well equipped to exploit the weak heart of the English defence.

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Bayern blast four past Barcelona

Thomas Mueller.

Ryland James Bayern Munich are on the verge of their third Champions League final in four years after routing Barcelona 4-0 in Tuesday's semi-final, first leg.

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Lewandowski hits four as Dortmund rout Real

Robert Lewandowski.

Ryland James Poland striker Robert Lewandowski netted all four goals in Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win over Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first-leg to strengthen the possibility of an...

Dortmund drive home German dominance

Henry Winter Football's coming home and it will be striding through the Wembley door wearing lederhosen and yellow-and-black shirts.

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Time is right for FFA to tap into German juggernaut

Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett WHILE it's been quite a week in Australian football, it's clearly been the biggest week for German football in decades. At least since they won the World Cup 23 years ago, anyway.

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Lost love: Van Persie inflicts pain on fans, scoring on his return to Arsenal

Robin van Persie

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Robin van Persie's equaliser for Manchester United on his return to the Emirates Stadium had left the fans of his former club nursing feelings of ''disappointed...

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Bayern destroy Barca to reach Champions League final

Robben

Bayern Munich cruised into their third Champions League final in four years as a 3-0 win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday gave them an incredible 7-0 aggregate victory.

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Chelsea snatch last-gasp Europa win

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic sits on a goalpost after they defeated Benfica in their Europa League final.

Tom Williams A stoppage-time goal by Branislav Ivanovic gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Benfica on Wednesday in the final of the Europa League in Amsterdam.

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Beckham calls time on glittering career

Becks

Football megastar David Beckham announced on Thursday that he is to retire after a glittering 20-year playing career in which he became one of the most widely recognised figures in world sport.