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English National Team
LMA calls for an end to the Eriksson furore (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
The League Managers' Association today called for closure on the controversy surrounding their president, the England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Players will forgive Sven, claims PFA chief Taylor (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Players' union chief Gordon Taylor believes the England team will still give their backing to manager Sven-Goran Eriksson despite his indiscreet remarks about some of them to an undercover reporter.
English Premier League
Ehiogu is a no-go as Baggies pull plug on deal (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Ugo Ehiogu was heading back to Middlesbrough tonight after West Brom announced they had ended their interest in the 33-year-old defender.
Curbishley eager to bring in more fresh blood (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley is keen to add more new faces to his squad during the transfer window, but accepts it may now be time for other 'surplus players' to move on.
Rovers pull plug on Ahn trial (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Blackburn have dropped plans to give a trial to Korean striker Ahn Jung-Hwan.
Anelka ready to commit future to Fenerbahce (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Nicolas Anelka insists he is happy with Fenerbahce and not seeking a return to the Premiership.
Zamora earns new contract with West Ham (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Bobby Zamora has signed a new contract which will keep him at West Ham until the summer of 2010.
I'm staying at Old Trafford, insists Silvestre (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Under-fire Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has insisted his future remains at Old Trafford despite widespread criticism of his recent performances.
Pompey splash out £100,000 on new pitch (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Portsmouth are spending £100,000 to lay a new pitch ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round tie against European champions Liverpool.
Come and join us, Henry tells Walcott (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Thierry Henry has pleaded with teenage striker Theo Walcott to join Arsenal this month. The Gunners are locked in a battle with Chelsea for the 16-year-old Southampton sensation.
Owen insists he is enjoying life at Newcastle (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Michael Owen celebrated his return to training yesterday and quickly dismissed Sven-Goran Eriksson's suggestion that he is unhappy at Newcastle.
Bruce to think carefully about transfer move (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Steve Bruce has revealed he has only sufficient funds to buy one player during the January transfer window to help Birmingham's bid to survive in the Premiership.
English League Championship
Wolves chairman denies Bhoys Miller interest (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey has denied Kenny Miller is poised for an imminent move to Celtic, despite increasing speculation north of the border.
Newell arrives at Soho Square for bung summit (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Luton manager Mike Newell arrived at the Football Association for talks following his recent claims that a 'bung' culture still exists in football.
Blades increase offer for Burnley striker Akinbiyi (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Sheffield United have made a second bid for Burnley striker Ade Akinbiyi, according to the player's representative.
Scottish Premier League
Genk threaten Hearts over failed Beslija transfer (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hearts have refused to enter into a war of words with Racing Genk after the Belgian club threatened legal action over the collapse of Mirsad Beslija's transfer to Tynecastle.
German rail union may strike during World Cup (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
German railway workers may stage strikes during the World Cup if the government moves to split up the state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn.
Bad boy van Hooijdonk shown door at Breda (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Pierre van Hooijdonk's second spell at NAC Breda looks set to be cut short after the striker was offered a free transfer.
Defender Escude leaves Ajax for Sevilla (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Ajax Amsterdam defender Julien Escude has agreed to join Spain's Sevilla, the Dutch side said on Wednesday.
Italian Serie A
Italian Government steps into TV rights row (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Italy's communications minister Mario Landolfi told Serie A clubs and television networks to find a compromise on Wednesday and resolve a row about TV rights that has threatened the competition.
Vicenza striker Gonzalez loses arm after car crash (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Paraguayan international Julio Gonzalez has had his left arm amputated four weeks after being involved in a car crash in northern Italy, his Italian club Vicenza said on Wednesday.
Spanish Primera División
Mallorca sign Portuguese defender Nunes from Braga (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Mallorca have signed Braga central defender Jose Carlos de Araujo Nunes on a three-and-a-half-year contract, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.
Nihat staying with Sociedad until end of the season (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Sociedad's Turkish striker Nihat Kahveci said on Wednesday he would not leave the Primera Liga club before the end of the season.
Villarreal sign Franco, Figueroa moves to River Plate (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Villarreal signed Mexico striker Guillermo Franco and agreed a deal to send Argentine striker Luciano Figueroa to River Plate, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.
Regueiro relishing chance to shine at Valencia (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Valencia winger Mario Regueiro is keen to make the most of his chances at the Primera Liga club after almost leaving from a lack of first-team football.
Real to be patient with Woodgate comeback (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Injury-troubled Jonathan Woodgate has been given the backing of Real Madrid vice-president Emilio Butragueno.
Sakhnin's closed doors punishment halved on appeal (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Israeli premier league club Bnei Sakhnin had a spectator ban at their home ground for crowd violence cut from four games to two on Wednesday.
Dream debut for Real Madrid new boy Cassano (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Italy striker Antonio Cassano scored four minutes into his Real Madrid debut to give them a 1-0 win over Real Betis in the first leg of their King's Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
Serie A leaders Juventus held 1-1 by Chievo (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Juventus had their lead at the top of Serie A trimmed to eight points when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Chievo Verona on Wednesday.
AZ Alkmaar victory turns up heat on leaders PSV (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Ten-man AZ Alkmaar cruised to a 3-1 win at home to ADO Den Haag on Wednesday to move level on points with second-placed Feyenoord in the Dutch first division.
Nancy join Nice and Le Mans in French League Cup semis (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Nancy joined Nice and Le Mans in the semi-finals of the French League Cup after a 1-0 win over Ligue 1 bottom club AC Ajaccio on Wednesday.
Bird flu stops Bulgarian clubs going to Turkey (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Five Bulgarian Premier league teams have cancelled plans to schedule their traditional winter training in Turkey because of bird flu.
CSKA Sofia to sign Liege defender Mutavdzic (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia will sign Standard Liege's 29-year-old defender Alexandar Mutavdzic for an undisclosed fee, the club said on its website on Wednesday.
Dynamo keeper Shovkovsky out for two months (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Ukraine's first-choice goalkeeper Olexander Shovkovsky will be out of action for two months after breaking a collar bone in a friendly, his club Dynamo Kiev said on Wednesday.
African player of the year ceremony moved (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
The African Footballer of the Year will now be announced on Feb. 16 at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, the Confederation of African Football announced in Cairo on Wednesday.
Blatter and Hayatou slam European clubs (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
CAIRO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Europe needs to do more to stamp out racism in its football and to free up Africa's players to play for their countries, African soccer chief Issa Hayatou said on Wednesday
Weather blamed for January African Nations kick-off (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
CAF president Issa Hayatou says rainy weather in Africa through June and July is why the African Nations Cup cannot be moved from its controversial date in January.
Dick in for Zimbabwe, but Mpofu is forced to pull out (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Zimbabwe have called up defender Herbert Dick to replace the injured Dumisani Mpofu in their 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup finals, team officials said on Wednesday.
Busan I'Park look to land North Korean midfielder (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
South Korea's Busan I'Park hope to sign North Korean midfielder Ahn Young-hak within the next few days, a club spokesman said on Wednesday.
India join bidding for 2011 Asian Cup (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
India has confirmed it will challenge Iran for the right to stage the 2011 Asian Cup, aiming to become the first country from the sub-continent to host the tournament.
World Cup 2006
Blatter backs African claims for more World Cup places (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called for African countries to be given an extra sixth place when South Africa hosts the 2010 World Cup.
Germany urges end to panic over stadium safety (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Germany has survived the past 60 years without disasters at its sports stadiums and there is no reason to believe that its venues are unsafe despite a recent damning report, Germany's interior ministr
South Africa to appoint coach for 2010 within months (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
South Africa plan to soon appoint a full-time coach to take charge for the 2010 World Cup finals but only after the African Nations Cup in Egypt has finished.
Blatter wants more African teams at World Cup (Jan 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter called on Wednesday for African countries to be given a bigger presence at future World Cup finals.