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  • Hiddink steps down as Netherlands coach

    Hiddink steps down as Netherlands coach

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    Hiddink steps down as Netherlands coach

    Guus Hiddink has quit as coach of the Netherlands after spending less than one year in his second spell in the job, the Football Association (KNVB) announced on Monday. The 68-year-old hands over to assistant Danny Blind with the Dutch third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, facing the possibility of a playoff tie to win a spot at next year's championship in France. The much-travelled Hiddink has delivered some mediocre results and been heavily criticised since taking over from Manchester …

  • UEFA softening break-even rule to attract investors

    UEFA softening break-even rule to attract investors

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    UEFA softening break-even rule to attract investors

    By Brian Homewood PRAGUE (Reuters) - UEFA has softened its break-even 'Financial Fair Play (FFP)' regulations in an attempt to encourage investment in European club soccer and move from "austerity to sustainable growth". General secretary Gianni Infantino said FFP, implemented in 2012, had succeeded in curbing potential ruinous excessive spending by teams desperate for success and it was now time to encourage investors who may have been inhibited by the rules. "We are sure these new rules …

  • Gerrard starts Galaxy training next week

    Gerrard starts Galaxy training next week

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    Gerrard starts Galaxy training next week

    England midfielder Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool captain who has left behind the English Premier League for Major League Soccer, will be unveiled Saturday by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Gerrard will be welcomed to the club in a half-time ceremony at the July 4 Independence Day match against visiting Toronto, then take the field with his new teammates on July 7 for his first official workout with the Galaxy. Gerrard, 35, will become eligible to play for the Galaxy the next day when the …

  • Jones extends Man United contract

    Jones extends Man United contract

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    Jones extends Man United contract

    Defender Phil Jones has signed a contract extension with Manchester United to keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2019, the Premier League club said on Monday. The 23-year-old England international joined United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 for a reported fee of 16.5 million pounds ($26 million). "We are delighted that Phil has signed a new contract," United manager Louis van Gaal told the club's website. …

  • Chelsea great Cech 'hungry for success' after Arsenal move

    Chelsea great Cech 'hungry for success' after Arsenal move

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    Chelsea great Cech 'hungry for success' after Arsenal move

    Petr Cech said he had the "same hunger for success" after his move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal was confirmed Monday when the Gunners announced he had agreed to join them on a "long-term contract for an undisclosed fee" from the Premier League champions. Cech, however, has recently found himself playing understudy to Belgian-shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois and made just 15 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last season. "I'm really excited about joining Arsenal Football Club …