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Football: Five youngsters eyeing Premier League stardom

AFP News - 10 hours ago From Ryan Giggs to Harry Kane via Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Premier League has proved a breeding ground for some of European football's biggest stars. Brendan Galloway (19, Everton) Everton supporters got their first glimpse of Galloway at the back end of last season when he started their final two league matches. Born in Zimbabwe, he moved to …

  • Football: New boys Bournemouth enjoy rags-to-riches rise AFP News - 10 hours ago

    Just seven years after coming within hours of going out of business, Bournemouth will complete a remarkable rags-to-riches rise when they kick off their first Premier … More »Football: New boys Bournemouth enjoy rags-to-riches rise

    Just seven years after coming within hours of going out of business, Bournemouth will complete a remarkable rags-to-riches rise when they kick off their first Premier League campaign this weekend. For decades, genteel Bournemouth was known primarily as one of the most popular retirement spots on England's south coast and …

  • Football: Uneven Man United look for winning balance AFP News - 10 hours ago

    After returning to the Premier League's top four, Manchester United have once again recruited extensively, but there are concerns about the balance of their squad ahead … More »Football: Uneven Man United look for winning balance

    After returning to the Premier League's top four, Manchester United have once again recruited extensively, but there are concerns about the balance of their squad ahead of the new season. Manager Louis van Gaal has spent around �77 million ($120 million, 110 million euros), notably bolstering his midfield with the additions …

  • Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (L) and Tottenham's defender Eric Dier  vie for the ball during the Audi Cup football match in Munich, southern Germany, on August 4, 2015
    Bale scores as Real Madrid meet Bayern in Audi Cup final AFP News - 12 hours ago

    Gareth Bale scored against former club Tottenham Hotspur as Real Madrid won 2-0 on Tuesday to set up a final against Bayern Munich in the pre-season Audi Cup friendly … More »Bale scores as Real Madrid meet Bayern in Audi Cup final

    Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (L) and Tottenham's defender Eric Dier  vie for the ball during the Audi Cup football match in Munich, southern Germany, on August 4, 2015

    Gareth Bale scored against former club Tottenham Hotspur as Real Madrid won 2-0 on Tuesday to set up a final against Bayern Munich in the pre-season Audi Cup friendly tournament in Germany. The Wales international was playing against Spurs for the first time since his £85.3m world record transfer to Madrid in September …

  • Ajax Amsterdam's Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi (2nd-R) challenges Rapid Wien's Slovakian goalkeeper Jan Novota (2nd-L) during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round football match at the Amsterdam Arena on August 4, 2015
    Ajax dumped out of Champions League, Monaco through AFP News - 12 hours ago

    Four-time European champions Ajax have been eliminated at the third qualifying round stage of the Champions League after a humiliating 3-2 second-leg defeat to Rapid … More »Ajax dumped out of Champions League, Monaco through

    Ajax Amsterdam's Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi (2nd-R) challenges Rapid Wien's Slovakian goalkeeper Jan Novota (2nd-L) during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round football match at the Amsterdam Arena on August 4, 2015

    Four-time European champions Ajax have been eliminated at the third qualifying round stage of the Champions League after a humiliating 3-2 second-leg defeat to Rapid Vienna on Tuesday as Monaco advanced with a 4-0 win over Swiss side Young Boys. After a 2-2 first-leg draw in the Austrian capital last week, Ajax were strong …

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng is a 28-year-old midfielder, who is also a German citizen and has played for Schalke 04 since 2013
    Boateng set for Sporting Lisbon move AFP News - 14 hours ago

    Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng arrived in Portugal on Tuesday where he is set to sign a two-year deal with Sporting Lisbon, local media reported. The 28-year-old … More »Boateng set for Sporting Lisbon move

    Kevin-Prince Boateng is a 28-year-old midfielder, who is also a German citizen and has played for Schalke 04 since 2013

    Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng arrived in Portugal on Tuesday where he is set to sign a two-year deal with Sporting Lisbon, local media reported. The 28-year-old midfielder, who is also a German citizen and has played for Schalke 04 since 2013, did not make any comment as he was shown on television at Lisbon …

  • The Dutch football Federation (KNVB) unveiled their plans to train referees in the use of video technology from September, with the hope of putting an unprecedented practice into place within two years, they announced
    Dutch football federation to train video referees AFP News - 15 hours ago

    The Dutch football Federation (KNVB) unveiled their plans to train referees in the use of video technology from September, with the hope of putting an unprecedented practice … More »Dutch football federation to train video referees

    The Dutch football Federation (KNVB) unveiled their plans to train referees in the use of video technology from September, with the hope of putting an unprecedented practice into place within two years, they announced

    The Dutch football Federation (KNVB) unveiled their plans to train referees in the use of video technology from September, with the hope of putting an unprecedented practice into place within two years, they announced Tuesday. "The KNVB believes that video assistance represents the future for football," the federation …

  • A handout picture made available by the Aspetar hospital on August 4, 2015 shows Argentinian football player Angel Di Maria (L) taking a routine medical check at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha
    Di Maria passes PSG medical in Doha AFP News - 16 hours ago

    Argentine international Angel di Maria's proposed move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain has moved closer after the winger passed a medical with the French … More »Di Maria passes PSG medical in Doha

    A handout picture made available by the Aspetar hospital on August 4, 2015 shows Argentinian football player Angel Di Maria (L) taking a routine medical check at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha

    Argentine international Angel di Maria's proposed move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain has moved closer after the winger passed a medical with the French champions in Doha on Tuesday. The 27-year-old had extensive tests at the Aspetar sports hospital after being given permission by the Premier League giants …

  • Football: Di Maria passes PSG medical in Doha AFP News - 16 hours ago

    Argentine international Angel di Maria's proposed move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain has moved closer after the winger passed a medical with the French … More »Football: Di Maria passes PSG medical in Doha

    Argentine international Angel di Maria's proposed move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain has moved closer after the winger passed a medical with the French champions in Doha on Tuesday. The 27-year-old had extensive tests at the Aspetar sports hospital after being given permission by the Premier League giants …

  • Li Dongna (L) of China fights for the ball with Kim Yun Mi (R) of North Korea during their women's East Asian Cup football match  at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium in Wuhan on August 4, 2015
    N. Korea beat China 3-2 at women's East Asia Cup AFP News - 16 hours ago

    North Korea beat China 3-2 at the women's East Asian Cup in Wuhan on Tuesday, meaning the team will now face off with political foe South Korea in the finals. Early … More »N. Korea beat China 3-2 at women's East Asia Cup

    Li Dongna (L) of China fights for the ball with Kim Yun Mi (R) of North Korea during their women's East Asian Cup football match  at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium in Wuhan on August 4, 2015

    North Korea beat China 3-2 at the women's East Asian Cup in Wuhan on Tuesday, meaning the team will now face off with political foe South Korea in the finals. Early goals by Kim Yun-Mi and Wi Jong-Sim put North Korea ahead, while China gained some momentum with a spotkick by Li Dongna in the 30th minute, China's state …

  • Ivorian forward Max-Alain Gradel has been capped over 40 times by Ivory Coast, scoring eight goals, and was an influential member of the team that triumphed against Ghana in the final of this year's Africa Cup of Nations
    Gradel joins Bournemouth from Saint-Etienne AFP News - 17 hours ago

    Promoted Premier League side Bournemouth on Tuesday announced the signing of Ivory Coast forward Max-Alain Gradel from Saint-Etienne on a four-year contract. The deal … More »Gradel joins Bournemouth from Saint-Etienne

    Ivorian forward Max-Alain Gradel has been capped over 40 times by Ivory Coast, scoring eight goals, and was an influential member of the team that triumphed against Ghana in the final of this year's Africa Cup of Nations

    Promoted Premier League side Bournemouth on Tuesday announced the signing of Ivory Coast forward Max-Alain Gradel from Saint-Etienne on a four-year contract. The deal sees Gradel, 27, return to a club where he previously spent two spells on loan during the 2007-08 season. The transfer fee was not disclosed, but British …

  • Football: Gradel joins Bournemouth from Saint-Etienne AFP News - 17 hours ago

    Promoted Premier League side Bournemouth on Tuesday announced the signing of Ivory Coast forward Max-Alain Gradel from Saint-Etienne on a four-year contract. The deal … More »Football: Gradel joins Bournemouth from Saint-Etienne

    Promoted Premier League side Bournemouth on Tuesday announced the signing of Ivory Coast forward Max-Alain Gradel from Saint-Etienne on a four-year contract. The deal sees Gradel, 27, return to a club where he previously spent two spells on loan during the 2007-08 season. The transfer fee was not disclosed, but British …

  • Jeon Ga Eul of South Korea controls the ball during their women's East Asian Cup football match against Japan at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium in Wuhan on August 4, 2015
    S. Korea beat Japan 2-1 in Women's East Asian Cup AFP News - 17 hours ago

    South Korea beat Japan 2-1 at the Women's East Asian Cup in Wuhan on Tuesday, giving the team their second victory in the ongoing tournament after they defeated China … More »S. Korea beat Japan 2-1 in Women's East Asian Cup

    Jeon Ga Eul of South Korea controls the ball during their women's East Asian Cup football match against Japan at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium in Wuhan on August 4, 2015

    South Korea beat Japan 2-1 at the Women's East Asian Cup in Wuhan on Tuesday, giving the team their second victory in the ongoing tournament after they defeated China on Saturday.

  • Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic eyes the ball during a training session at Saputo stadium in Montreal on July 31, 2015
    Ibrahimovic to miss PSG's season opener at Lille AFP News - 17 hours ago

    Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the champions' season opener at Lille on Friday because of a right knee sprain, the Ligue 1 club … More »Ibrahimovic to miss PSG's season opener at Lille

    Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic eyes the ball during a training session at Saputo stadium in Montreal on July 31, 2015

    Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the champions' season opener at Lille on Friday because of a right knee sprain, the Ligue 1 club announced on Tuesday.

  • UEFA also fined the Albanian side Kukes 70,000 euros ($76,793, £49,268) and ordered them to play their next two European home games behind closed doors
    Legia Warsaw awarded win after Europa League trouble AFP News - 18 hours ago

    UEFA have awarded Polish side Legia Warsaw a 3-0 win in their Europa League third qualifying round, first-leg tie against Kukes after trouble marred last week's match … More »Legia Warsaw awarded win after Europa League trouble

    UEFA also fined the Albanian side Kukes 70,000 euros ($76,793, £49,268) and ordered them to play their next two European home games behind closed doors

    UEFA have awarded Polish side Legia Warsaw a 3-0 win in their Europa League third qualifying round, first-leg tie against Kukes after trouble marred last week's match in Albania. The match last Thursday was abandoned with Legia leading 2-1 after the visitors' Slovakian midfielder Ondrej Duda appeared to be struck in the …

  • Atletico Madrid's Argentina forward Luciano Vietto (centre) is challenged by Shanghai's midfielder Jiajie Wang (left) and Argentinian forward Dario Conca during a friendly match in Shanghai on August 4, 2015
    Torres scores with first touch in Atletico win AFP News - 20 hours ago

    Fernando Torres scored with his first touch as Atletico Madrid cruised to a 3-0 exhibition match victory over Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai International Port Group … More »Torres scores with first touch in Atletico win

    Atletico Madrid's Argentina forward Luciano Vietto (centre) is challenged by Shanghai's midfielder Jiajie Wang (left) and Argentinian forward Dario Conca during a friendly match in Shanghai on August 4, 2015

    Fernando Torres scored with his first touch as Atletico Madrid cruised to a 3-0 exhibition match victory over Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) in China on Tuesday. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker came on at half-time and scored just seconds after the restart with a neat header from …

  • Milton Casco (left), of Argentina's Newell's Old Boys, vies for the ball with Jo, of Brazil's Atletico Mineiro, during their 2013 Copa Libertadores second leg semifinal football match at Arena Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte, on July 10, 2013
    Marseille set to make Casco latest signing AFP News - Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Argentina defender Milton Casco is set to complete a move from Newell's Old Boys to Marseille, the French club announced on Tuesday. "The final details will be dealt … More »Marseille set to make Casco latest signing

    Milton Casco (left), of Argentina's Newell's Old Boys, vies for the ball with Jo, of Brazil's Atletico Mineiro, during their 2013 Copa Libertadores second leg semifinal football match at Arena Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte, on July 10, 2013

    Argentina defender Milton Casco is set to complete a move from Newell's Old Boys to Marseille, the French club announced on Tuesday. "The final details will be dealt with in the coming hours," said Marseille on their official website, with local media saying the Ligue 1 club will pay a fee of around 2.5 million euros ($2.7m, …

  • Paris Saint-Germain defender Maxwell during the French Trophy of Champions match against Lyon at Saputo stadium in Montreal on August 1, 2015
    PSG looking for rivals as financial reality bites AFP News - Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The new Ligue 1 season begins on Friday with Paris Saint-Germain expected to win a fourth straight title and the rest of France just hoping they won't run away with the … More »PSG looking for rivals as financial reality bites

    Paris Saint-Germain defender Maxwell during the French Trophy of Champions match against Lyon at Saputo stadium in Montreal on August 1, 2015

    The new Ligue 1 season begins on Friday with Paris Saint-Germain expected to win a fourth straight title and the rest of France just hoping they won't run away with the championship. Last season, PSG eventually won the league by an eight-point margin but Lyon did at least push them all the way into May. However, right …

  • Football: English Premier League 2015-16 line-up AFP News - Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The teams competing in the English Premier League in the 2015-16 season (last season's position in brackets): More »Football: English Premier League 2015-16 line-up

    The teams competing in the English Premier League in the 2015-16 season (last season's position in brackets):

  • Football: Chelsea trust in continuity as season dawns AFP News - Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    It is a reflection of Chelsea's dominance last season that although they are yet to strengthen their squad, they remain strong favourites to retain the Premier League … More »Football: Chelsea trust in continuity as season dawns

    It is a reflection of Chelsea's dominance last season that although they are yet to strengthen their squad, they remain strong favourites to retain the Premier League title in 2015-16. Arsenal, third last season, appear better-equipped for a title tilt, while Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have spent …

  • Arsenal's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates with the trophy on the pitch after the FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 2, 2015
    Oxlade-Chamberlain hits back at Keane's jibes AFP News - Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has slammed claims by Roy Keane that Arsenal's players are more interested in selfies and six-packs than winning trophies. Keane was highly critical … More »Oxlade-Chamberlain hits back at Keane's jibes

    Arsenal's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates with the trophy on the pitch after the FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 2, 2015

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has slammed claims by Roy Keane that Arsenal's players are more interested in selfies and six-packs than winning trophies. Keane was highly critical of what he perceives as a culture of self-obsession among Arsene Wenger's squad. The former Manchester United captain, who now works as Republic of …