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Rooney will always start for Manchester United, says van Gaal

Graham Chase Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested Wayne Rooney has "privileges" as he prepares his side to travel to Leicester on Sunday.

Gyros and glory for soccer club run by women

Canteen boss Angela Argyropoulos.

Liam Mannix “I don’t want to sound sexist here, but you know what it’s like when women run things well,” Mary Orfanidis says wryly.

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ARU chief Bill Pulver floats plan for retired rugby star Pat McCabe to become a referee

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David Polkinghorne Will retired Wallaby Pat McCabe step into a new career as a rugby union referee?

Arsene Wenger warns critics to lay off Arsenal's German star Mesut Ozil

Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil doesn't deserve to be made the scapegoat for Arsenal's spluttering performances despite the German star's lacklustre efforts this season.

Louis van Gaal wants to bring Ronaldo back to Manchester United

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Mark Ogden Louis van Gaal has confirmed Manchester United's interest in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

Soccer

Singapore arrests 14 people in fixing case

Singapore Fourteen people believed to be members of an organised crime ring involved in football match-fixing activities have been arrested in police raids across Singapore, authorities said Wednesday.

Sydney FC recruit Bernie Ibini ready to take career in right direction after tough year

Lightning fast: Bernie Ibini has settled in well at Sydney FC.

Sebastian Hassett Bernie Ibini knows he could be chasing riches and fame elsewhere. He certainly has the talent to be on the recieving end of all the luxury that a footballer's life has to offer.

Manchester City bid to keep Chelsea in check

Manchester City are winless in three matches in all competitions.

Tom Williams Stung by a last-minute defeat in the Champions League, Manchester City will attempt to make up ground in the Premier League title race when they host leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

Football

Cooma confident of springing NPL upset over Sydney heavyweights Bonnyrigg

Cooma captain Goran Josifovski.

Jon Tuxworth Cooma Tigers captain insists semi-final meltdown hasn't dented belief in the squad.

Victory sign Tunisian international

Fahid Ben Khalfallah:

Experienced Tunisian international Fahid Ben Khalfallah has joined Melbourne Victory in on a one-year deal.

Everton crush Wolfsburg in Europa League

Everton marked their first appearance in Europe since the 2009/2010 season with a 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsburg on Thursday while Celtic and Tottenham were held to draws in tricky away...

Nikolai Topor-Stanley leads by example for A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers in AFC Champions League

Excited but focused: Wanderers' defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley is feeling hopeful ahead of the Asian Champions League quarter-final.

Dominic Bossi Nikolai Topor-Stanley put in a captain's performance to form the foundation of the Wanderers' defensive wall against FC Seoul, but says the honour of the armband was never his motivation.

FFA boss David Gallop says football's ticket to the big-time depends on grassroots

Sebastian Hassett Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has declared the sport must urgently engage with its grassroots or risk never fulfilling the sport's much-vaunted potential.

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Given a free hand, David Gallop tackles his FFA role with zest

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Roy Masters There was something presidential about FFA chief executive David Gallop's "State of the Game" address in Sydney on Thursday, a US-style declaration of national goals achieved and those still to be...

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Football

A-League 'not big enough': David Gallop

Over 5000 fans attended Tuggeranong's FFA Cup match with Melbourne Victory but a Canberra A-League team is unlikely any time soon.

Roje Adaimy, Warwick Goodman A 10-team A-League competition is not big enough, but expansion is still a fair way off.

Chelsea frustrated in draw with Schalke

Chelsea's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (R) vies with Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Chelsea have made a spluttering start to their Champions League campaign as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's second-half equaliser earned Schalke a surprise 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng goal secures late Champions League win against Manchester City

Jerome Boateng celebrates the winning goal.

A superb strike by Jerome Boateng with a minute remaining has earned Bayern Munich a dramatic 1-0 victory against Manchester City in their opening Champions League game of the season.

Western Sydney Wanderers hang on for goalless draw in Seoul

Winding up: Labinot Haliti goes for goal.

Dominic Bossi Tony Popovic was true to his pre-game mantra that the Wanderers were here to win, but as events transpired, even they realised that was not going to happen.

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Football

Canberra backed as A-League venue after FFA Cup success

Homecoming: Melbourne Victory and Socceroos star Carl Valeri in action on Tuesday night.

David Polkinghorne Socceroos midfielder Carl Valeri says Canberra has shown it should be home to the next A-League team.

Tony Popovic encouraged by Western Sydney Wanderers' resilience

Antony Golec skins FC Seoul's Go Yo-Han down the touchline.

Dominic Bossi  The Wanderers may have tilted the tide in the mental battle of their Asian Champions League semi-final tie against FC Seoul after heaping more pressure on the underperforming strike force of...