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  • Suarez has extra motivation, says Barca boss Enrique

    Suarez has extra motivation, says Barca boss Enrique

    Reuters
    Suarez has extra motivation, says Barca boss Enrique

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is expecting an even greater impact from Luis Suarez this season with the cloud of disciplinary problems no longer hanging over the Uruguay striker. Suarez, signed from Liverpool, was unable to make his competitive debut for Barca until October last year following his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil. …

  • Torres scores with first touch in Atletico win

    Torres scores with first touch in Atletico win

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    Torres scores with first touch in Atletico win

    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 Yannick Carrasco's looping cross. In an open and attacking game played in very humid conditions at Shanghai Stadium, Atletico had opened the scoring in the ninth minute when …

  • Van Gaal faces many questions as season looms

    Van Gaal faces many questions as season looms

    Reuters
    Van Gaal faces many questions as season looms

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United's fourth place in last season's Premier League was regarded as a qualified success but more importantly the launch pad to return the club to former glory. A few weeks later, however, with uncertainty over the future of goalkeeper David de Gea, Angel di Maria's expected sale to Paris St Germain rumbling on and worries about virtually every area of the pitch, United's legions of fans still need convincing that things are moving in the right …

  • Sherwood backs Veretout to make a difference at Villa

    Sherwood backs Veretout to make a difference at Villa

    Reuters
    Sherwood backs Veretout to make a difference at Villa

    (Corrects name to Sherwood from Veretout in 3rd paragraph) REUTERS - Aston Villa's new signing Jordan Veretout is not yet the finished article but the French midfielder can offer the Premier League club "something different", manager Tim Sherwood said on Tuesday. The 22-year-old recently joined Villa from Ligue 1 club Nantes on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee reported in British media to be around seven million pounds ($10.9 million). "Jordan gives us something different to the other …

  • Con Messi y Neymar, Barcelona trata de enderezar el rumbo

    Con Messi y Neymar, Barcelona trata de enderezar el rumbo

    Associated Press
    Con Messi y Neymar, Barcelona trata de enderezar el rumbo

    BARCELONA (AP) — El triplete es un recuerdo. El "sextete" una ilusión. La realidad que media entre ambos es que Barcelona perdió sus tres primeros partidos de pretemporada y espera que el retorno de Lionel Messi y Neymar en el choque del miércoles con Roma le permita enderezar el rumbo antes de enfrentar a Sevilla por la Supercopa, el primero de los seis trofeos que buscará este año. …