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  • Robben replaces Van Persie as Netherlands captain

    Robben replaces Van Persie as Netherlands captain

    Reuters
    Robben replaces Van Persie as Netherlands captain

    Arjen Robben will replace Robin van Persie as the Netherlands captain, new coach Danny Blind said on Friday after naming the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey next month. "I did not make the choice on the basis of their football quality," Blind said in a statement released by the Dutch football association KNVB. "In their guidance and leadership of their teammates Van Persie and Robben are not inferior to each other. …

  • Two more milestones for Mourinho

    Two more milestones for Mourinho

    Reuters
    Two more milestones for Mourinho

    It will be his 200th league match, of which he has lost only 20, and a 100th home league game with only one defeat -- by lowly Sunderland in April. "I'm proud of the record but I don't think it has any influence in the future," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. "It's not normal, 99 matches in the most competitive league and a defeat could have happened in so many matches." In his first spell at the club, between 2004-07, Mourinho won two league titles, adding a third on his return …

  • Spain coach Del Bosque calls up unsettled De Gea

    Spain coach Del Bosque calls up unsettled De Gea

    Reuters
    Spain coach Del Bosque calls up unsettled De Gea

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has included unsettled Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in his squad for the holders’ Euro 2016 qualifiers at home to Group C leaders Slovakia and away to Macedonia next month. Del Bosque called up De Gea despite the fact that United coach Louis van Gaal has not used him this season amid widespread speculation that the 24-year-old will seal a move to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes on Monday. …

  • Former European champs Ajax, Celtic grouped in Europa League

    Former European champs Ajax, Celtic grouped in Europa League

    Associated Press
    Former European champs Ajax, Celtic grouped in Europa League

    MONACO (AP) — Former European champions Ajax and Celtic have been grouped together with Fenerbahce and Molde in the Europa League. …

  • Spain coach calls up David de Gea for Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Spain coach calls up David de Gea for Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Associated Press
    Spain coach calls up David de Gea for Euro 2016 qualifiers

    MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has included goalkeeper David de Gea, Diego Costa and Juan Mata in his squad to take on Slovakia and Macedonia in qualifying matches for next year's European Championship. …