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Former Belgium manager Waseige dies at 79

Brussels (AFP) – Former Belgium national team manager Robert Waseige died on Wednesday at the age of 79. The first Walloon coach in the history of the Red Devils had been hospitalised for a week with heart failure and kidney problems, French language RTBF TV reported. “Belgian football has lo...

Sterling hits brace as City hammer West Ham in China

Nanjing (China) (AFP) – Record Manchester City signing Rodri made his debut and Raheem Sterling scored twice as the Premier League champions came from behind to beat West Ham United 4-1 on Wednesday in China. West Ham took the lead with a Mark Noble penalty before City levelled through Davi...

Former Belgium manager Waseige dies at 79: reports

Brussels (AFP) – Former Belgium national team manager Robert Waseige died on Wednesday at the age of 79, Belgian television reported on Wednesday. The first Walloon coach in the history of the Red Devils had been hospitalised for a week with heart failure and kidney problems, French languag...

Pogba shines as United thrash Leeds

Perth (Australia) (AFP) – Paul Pogba shined as an under-pressure Manchester United stepped up their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of old rivals Leeds on Wednesday. United had faced criticism after an unconvincing 2-0 victory over a depleted Perth Glory on the weekend.  In a much-nee...

Newcastle thrashed by Wolves as fans bemoan Bruce appointment

Nanjing (China) (AFP) – The scale of the task facing new head coach Steve Bruce was brutally laid bare as Newcastle United were thrashed 4-0 by Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in China on Wednesday. Former Manchester United defender Bruce, whose appointment was confirmed jus...

Spain probes Football Leaks target Doyen Sports

Madrid (AFP) – A Spanish court said on Wednesday it had opened a tax probe into Doyen Sports, whose football funding schemes and third-party player ownership activities were exposed by Football Leaks. The court said the firm, founded in 2011 in Malta and since closed down, is suspected o...

West Ham break club transfer record to sign Eintracht striker Haller

London (AFP) – West Ham smashed their transfer record on Wednesday as the Premier League club signed French striker Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt. Haller agreed a five-year contract with the Hammers for a reported £45 million (50 millions euros), in a deal that surpasses the £42 millio...

North, South Korea to face off in World Cup qualifiers

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – North and South Korea will face off in politically-charged World Cup qualifiers after being drawn in the same group Wednesday, while arch-rivals Iran and Iraq will also meet. Heavyweights Iran, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Saudi Arabia — who all played in the 2018...

Senegal star Mane out to press Ballon d’Or case

Cairo (AFP) – After a Champions League title with Liverpool, Sadio Mane is out to conquer a second continent in as many months as Senegal attempt to capture a first Africa Cup of Nations title against Algeria in Friday’s final in Cairo. A calf injury ruined Mane’s 2015 Cup of Nations, while...

Former Man City star Barton charged with actual bodily harm

London (AFP) – Fleetwood manager Joey Barton was charged with actual bodily harm on Wednesday following an alleged incident during a third tier match at Barnsley in April. Former Manchester City and Marseille midfielder Barton has “emphatically denied” accusations that he confronted Barnsley ma...

Newcastle gamble on Bruce as head coach

London (AFP) – Newcastle risked stoking the anger of their frustrated fans by hiring former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce as their head coach on Wednesday. Bruce has agreed a three-year contract with the Premier League club, but his appointment to succeed Rafael Benitez wasn’t met with universa...

Steve Bruce named Newcastle United head coach: club

London (AFP) – Newcastle United announced Wednesday that Steve Bruce has been appointed head coach following the departure of Rafael Benitez from the Premier League club. “Newcastle United can now announce that Steve Bruce has been appointed as the club’s new head coach,” the club said on its...
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