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Eight international footballers including Ronaldinho reach Islamabad

ISLAMABAD -UNS– The wait of fans is finally over as eight popular international footballers including Brazilian legend and current club ambassador for FC Barcelona, Ronaldinho have on Saturday reached Islamabad. The other international players include David James, George Botang, Luis Bova, Nicolas Anelka, Robert Pyres, Ryan Giggs and Roberto Carlos, …

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Eight int’l footballers to arrive in Pakistan today

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Eight international footballers, including former Brazilian footballers Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, are arriving in Pakistan today (Thursday). Brazilian football celebrity Ronaldinho will be accompanied by Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning teammate, Roberto Carlos, former French midfielder Robert Pires, France’s Nicolas Anelka, Portugal’s Luis Boa Morte, Holland’s George …

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Football, showbiz stars gather for Messi’s wedding

ROSARIO (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday. Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, …

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Gulf crisis ties global soccer governance into knots

By James M. Dorsey International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots with football associations grappling with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Qatar that lays bare the contradictions embedded in their insistence that sports and politics do not mingle. The contradictions …

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FIFA scandal: Argentine firm agrees to $112.8 mn settlement

NEW YORK: Argentine sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias S.A. agreed Tuesday to pay $112.8 million to settle charges in the United States stemming from a massive FIFA corruption scandal, authorities said. Torneos “admitted to its role in the 15-year scheme, including its role in paying tens of millions of …

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FIFA chief wants video refs for next World Cup

PARIS: FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is in favour of introducing video refereeing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after previously expressing fears it would break up games too much. The head of world football’s governing body told Tuesday’s Le Parisien newspaper that he was sceptical at first …

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Soccer Asian Tournament: Pak U-16 winner team return

LAHORE –UNS  Pakistan Under-16 soccer team reached Allama Iqbal Airport, Lahore from Sri Lanka on Friday night after winning the Asian School Youth Tournament. The Pakistan youth team beat hosts Sri Lanka 4-2 in the final to lift the winning Asian School Youth Tournament title. The Green shirts thrashed arch …

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