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Van der sar to retire this season, says Fergie

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said Thursday he expects Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to retire at the end of the season

Henry to renounce his World Cup bonus

Thierry Henry confirmed Thursday he would be renouncing his World Cup bonus following France's disastrous display in South Africa.

Benitez struck down by poisoned chalice

Rafael Benitez paid the price for his failure to meet impossible expectations on Thursday when he was fired as coach of Inter Milan after less than six months in the hot-seat.

Inter sack Benitez

European champions Inter Milan sacked coach Rafael Benitez on Thursday just a few days after he guided them to the World Club Cup title.

No Christmas gift for Schalke fans from Neuer

German number one goalkeeper Manuel Neuer doused his club Schalke 04'S hopes he would end speculation over his future by saying on Wednesday he would not sign a new contract over the Christmas break

Bayern, Dutch, reach agreement over Robben

Bayern Munich have finally reached agreement with the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) in their long running dispute over compensation in the Arjen Robben injury affair.

Liverpool's Gerrard to return after a month out

Steven Gerrard will return to action after more than a month out injured when Liverpool plays Blackpool on Sunday

Kakuta signs new deal at Chelsea

French youngster Gael Kakuta has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea, the club has announced on its official website

Blatter defends World Cup choices in historic year

FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Wednesday defended the "historic" choice of Russia and Qatar to host the World Cups in 2018 and 2022, calling it part of a "natural" progression into new regions.

Anelka, Henry hold out on World Cup bonuses

Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry are the only two members of France's disgraced World Cup team not to have forfeited their bonuses from the tournament, a French Football Federation (FFF) source told AFP on Tuesday

Robben to return against Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal said Tuesday he was counting on Arjen Robben returning to action for the first Bundesliga game after the winter break against Wolfsburg on January 15

Mancini relieved at end of Tevez saga

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits he is relieved to see Carlos Tevez end his attempts to force his way out of Eastlands

Benitez denies talk of sacking

Rafael Benitez on Monday brushed aside speculation about his future, the Spaniard stating that he still "feels like the Inter Milan coach" despite media reports here that he is set to be fired by the Italian giants

City star Tevez withdraws transfer request

Manchester City revealed on Monday that star striker and captain Carlos Tevez has withdrawn his transfer request following clear-the-air talks

Berbatov named Bulgarian player of 2010

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has been voted Bulgarian footballer of 2010 for a record seventh time, the Bulgarian Football Union announced on Monday

Cassano set to pen AC Milan deal

Controversial Italian forward Antonio Cassano has reached agreement to join AC Milan after falling out of favour at Sampdoria and will sign for his new club on Tuesday, the ANSA news agency reported

Fergie refuses to consider retirement

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists he will put any thoughts of retirement on the back-burner for as long as he remains in good health

Zanetti completes Bologna takeover

Massimo Zanetti, boss of coffee brand Segafredo, confirmed on Monday that he has been appointed president of Bologna, the Serie A club he saved from bankruptcy

Germany can win Euro or World Cup, says Loew

Germany coach Joachim Loew sees his side as one of football's most consistent teams in recent years

Di Maria rescues 10-man Real with Sevilla winner

Argentine winger Angel di Maria scored a vital 77th minute winner as 10-man Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 1-0 at the Bernabeu on Sunday to close to within two points of league leaders Barcelona ahead of the Christmas break

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