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World Cup stars fail to sparkle on Premier League return

Their dazzling displays lit up the World Cup, but the stars of the summer have failed to arrive on time for the Premier League party, with one of the tournament`s flops stealing the early limelight.

Luis Suarez adds bite but Barca hopes hinge on defence

Barcelona have added Luis Suarez to their star-studded forward line but it could be their defensive reinforcements that make the difference as they look to win back the La Liga title.

Arsene Wenger to summon German World Cup stars for Euro tie

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is considering bringing his German World Cup winners back into the squad ahead of schedule for the first leg of Tuesday`s Champions League play-off at Besiktas.

Luis Suarez trains with Barcelona for first time

Luis Suarez trained with his new Barcelona team mates, including Neymar, for the first time on Friday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that he need not be banned from all football activity.

England`s Roy Hodgson had ``dark moments``, never considered quitting

Roy Hodgson suffered "dark moments" but did not think of resigning as England manager following his team`s disappointing group-stage exit at this year`s World Cup in Brazil.

PSG need big signing David Luiz to strike gold

World Cup flop David Luiz desperately needs to pay dividends of his big transfer move to Paris Saint Germain form Chelsea. The Brazilian defender is the costliest defender in the world after French champions paid a huge sum of £40m (50m euros) to get his services.

Neymar trains for first time with Barca since fracturing vertebra during WC

Barcelona striker Neymar has trained for the first time since a vertebra in his back got fractured during Brazil`s World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia.

World Cup ticket-scalping suspect released from Brazilian jail

Ray Whelan, chief executive of a Swiss hospitality company implicated in an alleged World Cup-ticket resale scheme, was released from jail on Wednesday on the order of Brazil`s Supreme Court, Rio`s prison authorities said.

Neymar back injury healing `satisfactorily`

Neymar`s injured back is healing "satisfactorily" although there is no specific date for the Brazil forward to return to training, his club Barcelona said on Tuesday.

Real lure Costa Rica keeper Navas from Levante

Real Madrid have agreed to sign highly-rated Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who shone at the World Cup, from La Liga rivals Levante on a six-year contract, the European champions said.

Zenit new recruit Garay targets titles

Argentine international defender Ezequiel Garay says he wants to win as many titles as possible with his new club Zenit St Petersburg.

World Cup party over but summer of soccer set to rock US

The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport`s glamour clubs looking to expand their brand.

Real Madrid sign six-year deal with James Rodriguez

Real Madrid on Tuesday signed Colombian striker James Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup, from Monaco on a six season contract.

Dunga gets second chance as Brazil coach

Dunga won the World Cup as a player for Brazil and now the country is giving him a second chance to get the trophy as a coach.

FA chairman backs manager Roy Hodgson despite World Cup flop

England coach Roy Hodgson retains the support of the Football Association despite the team`s dismal showing at the World Cup last month, FA Chairman Greg Dyke said on Tuesday.

South Korea in no rush to appoint new coach

The South Korea Football Association hope to appoint a new technical chief this week, the first step in a overhaul that will end with a new head coach after their disappointing World Cup showing in Brazil.