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China says football stars of future need training from birth
China says football stars of future need training from birth

China`s footballing stars of the future need to start being trained from birth, the government said on Friday as President Xi Jinping signed off on a new plan to boost the country`s much-maligned efforts at the sport.

AS Roma avenge win over Juventus to close gap
AS Roma avenge win over Juventus to close gap

The teams in Serie A face off on Monday when AS Roma host Juventus, with the home side hoping they can reverse the 3-2 defeat they suffered against the champions in October to close the gap at the top of the standings.

 Manchester City aim to break new ground by beating Barcaelona
Manchester City aim to break new ground by beating Barcaelona

Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday`s last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders.

Nani weeps with emotion after 30-metre goal
Nani weeps with emotion after 30-metre goal

Nani wept with emotion after scoring an outrageous 30-metre goal for Sporting Lisbon in their 2-0 over Gil Vicente on Sunday.

''Pathetic'' Newcastle United embarrass Alan Shearer
''Pathetic'' Newcastle United embarrass Alan Shearer

Newcastle United`s display in their 5-0 capitulation against champions Manchester City was "pathetic", according to former captain and record goalscorer Alan Shearer.

Neymar asks Brazil``s fans to get behind Cup team

Brazil`s exciting young forward Neymar called on fickle home fans to get behind the team at the World Cup, saying they could be the most important "player" in the drive for a record sixth championship.

Bus strike hits World Cup host city Natal

Bus drivers in Natal, one of Brazil`s 12 World Cup host cities, have announced they will go on strike on the day the tournament opens.

LeBron James eager for role with Beckham`s Miami franchise

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham`s plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami.

Van Persie becomes all-time top Dutch scorer after 8-1 win

A hat trick from Robin van Persie earned the striker the status as the Netherlands` all-time leading scorer as the already-through Dutch hammered Hungary 8-1 in their World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam on Friday.

Embarrassing loss for India but Koevermans says goal achieved

Indian football coach Wim Koevermans did not say in as many words that Nepal were the better side in today`s group match of the SAFF Football Tournament which his side lost 1-2, but insisted his players have achieved their goal of reaching the semifinals.

Three Bundesliga teams knocked out in German Cup

Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach and newly-promoted Braunschweig were eliminated by lower league teams in the first round of the DFB Pokal German Cup.

Liverpool confirm they rejected Arsenal offer for Suarez

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has confirmed the club rejected an offer from Arsenal for Luis Suarez and remain determined to keep hold of the Uruguay international.

Fernandinho honoured after Manchester City debut

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has expressed his excitement after making his debut for the club on Sunday.

Piazon sings new Chelsea arrival Wallace`s praises

Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon has sung the praises of new signing Wallace, whom he has played alongside for Brazil`s youth international sides.

Forlan`s double sees off Fluminense

Uruguay`s Diego Forlan scored two first-half goals to help International beat reigning champions Fluminense 3-2 in Brazil`s Serie A football championship.

Bruno Cortez seals Benfica loan

Benfica have confirmed the loan signing of Sao Paulo left-back Bruno Cortez in a deal that includes the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

2013 Asian Beach Soccer Cup kicks off in China

The 2013 Asian Beach Soccer Cup kicked off in Haiyang, host city of the third Asian Beach Games in eastern China`s Shandong Province.

Manchester United owe success to strikers: Benitez

Chelsea interim boss said in a statement that Manchester United owe their success to strikers. He added that with strikers like Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, United are bound to be at the position they are sitting on.

Bayern thrash Hamburg 9-2

Bayern Munich humiliated Hamburg 9-2 thanks to four goals by Claudio Pizzaro to show why they are on the way to snatch their 23rd Bundesliga title.

Philippines earn AFC Challenge Cup spot

The Philippines defeated Turkmenistan 1-0 to earn a spot in next year`s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in the Maldives.