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  • 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

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    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

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    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 …

  • Liverpool loan goalkeeper Vigouroux to Swindon Town

    Liverpool loan goalkeeper Vigouroux to Swindon Town

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    Liverpool loan goalkeeper Vigouroux to Swindon Town

    REUTERS - Goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has left Liverpool to join English third-tier side Swindon Town on a season-long loan, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Vigouroux was on trial at Swindon and played for them against the Merseyside club in their pre-season fixture on Sunday. The 21-year-old joins fellow youngsters Jordan Williams and Kevin Stewart at the County Ground, Liverpool said on its website (www.liverpoolfc.com). Liverpool signed Vigouroux, who has represented Chile at the …

  • Mourinho says disagreements with owner Abramovich are over

    Mourinho says disagreements with owner Abramovich are over

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    Mourinho says disagreements with owner Abramovich are over

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's previous disagreements with owner Roman Abramovich are over and he is ready to fight for his fourth Premier League title starting this weekend, the Portuguese said on Tuesday. In his first spell at the club, starting in 2004, Mourinho won the league in both his first two seasons, only to fall out with the Russian owner and leave in September 2007. When I left Real Madrid to come here, Mr Abramovich asked me to fight for titles. …