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Euro 2016: Clashes in Marseille ahead of England-Russia match

MARSEILLE -UNS : English and Russian soccer fans hurling bottles and chairs clashed with each other and French riot police in Marseille on Saturday ahead of their teams´ opening Euro 2016 match. There were also scuffles between visiting fans and locals in the narrow streets …

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Ronaldo strikes shoot-out winner as Real crowned kings of Europe

MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo added the finishing touches as Real Madrid were crowned kings of Europe for an 11th time with a 5-3 penalties victory over Atletico Madrid, after a 1-1 draw in the Champions League final on Saturday. Two years after reviving Real’s bid for …

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Real edge past City to set up all-Madrid final

MADRID, Spain: Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final for the second time in three years after overcoming Manchester City 1-0 in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday. Brazilian midfielder Fernando deflected Gareth Bale’s cross into his own net after 20 …

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Football: Niguez stunner hands Atletico slender lead over Bayern

MADRID (AFP) – A sensational solo effort from Saul Niguez handed Atletico Madrid a precious 1-0 advantage over Bayern Munich from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday (Apr 27). The Spanish under-21 international skipped past four Bayern …

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BRASILIA: The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

UNS REPORT A – Abysmal Asia The continent’s four teams failed to grab a win in Brazil, the first time Asia has gone without a victory at a World Cup since 1990 when United Arab Emirates and South Korea each lost all three group games. …

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Buying the World Cup

By Irfan Husain QATAR’s ruling family must be feeling hard done by. Having spent a fortune in securing, and then preparing for, the 2022 World Cup event, the tiny state is now under fire for having bought the right to host the tournament. Right from …

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A ballsy move by Sialkoti entrepreneurs

By Murtaza Haider The success of Sialkot-based entrepreneurs is not because of government policy but despite it. -AP Photo The success of Sialkot-based entrepreneurs is not because of government policy but despite it. -AP Photo There is more to Pakistan than Bin Laden, polio, and …

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Pakistan football maker to fulfil World Cup dream

SIALKOT: It was when he felt the roar of the crowd at the 2006 World Cup in Germany that Pakistani factory owner Khawaja Akhtar first dreamt up a goal of his own: to manufacture the ball for the biggest soccer tournament on the planet. “The …

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Football: World Cup lesson from ‘worst team ever’

WELLINGTON (UNS /AFP) – As the best footballing nations on the planet prepare for the World Cup, a new documentary celebrates how the game s worst team, American Samoa, bounced back from a record 31-0 defeat. The film, “Next Goal Wins”, tells how an unlikely …

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Football WC: Singapore swoops on illegal betting ring

SINGAPORE: Singapore police said they have arrested 18 people believed to be part of a multi-million dollar illegal football betting ring less than a month before the World Cup starts. “Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are believed to have received illegal soccer bets amounting …

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