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Lionel Messi confident of perfect Copa finale

Around the Argentina base in Santiago, there’s not much of a sense they’re on the brink of history, that they are “one little step” — as Leo Messi put it — from ending a 22-year wait for a trophy.

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Sexism — the game’s last great hurdle

The build-up to this summer’s Women’s World Cup was overshadowed by one thing: a dispute about turf.

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Trevor Croly quits as Bray in strife again

Not for the first time this season, confusion surrounded Bray Wanderers last night with manager Trevor Croly understood to have quit ahead of this evening’s Airtricity League fixture in Limerick (6.30pm).

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Deflected John Mountney strike snatches win for Dundalk

Drogheda United 1 Dundalk 2: John Mountney’s deflected 90th-minute free-kick proved decisive as Dundalk snatched victory in an entertaining Louth derby at United Park last night.

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Radamel Falcao seals Chelsea move

Chelsea have completed the loan signing of Radamel Falcao with Blues boss Jose Mourinho hoping to bring out the real form of the Colombian after his mediocre year at Manchester United.

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Steven Gerrard: I had other options

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a “couple of nice opportunities” to move to a club in Europe in order to pursue a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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Pep Guardiola: Schweinsteiger must choose between Bayern Munich and Man United

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be given the choice of whether to stay or leave the Bundesliga champions — with Manchester United lying in wait.

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Ryan Swan swoops as UCD snatch Europa League win

UCD 1 F91 Dudelange 1: Teenager Ryan Swan delighted his watching father Derek by emulating him by also scoring in Europe to earn UCD a remarkable Europa League victory.

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John Caulfield: No Euro crisis yet

Cork City 1 KR ReykjavikKR 1: Reykjavik will be favourites to advance after Oskar Hauksson’s first-half away goal gave the Icelandic a share of the spoils in last night’s entertaining Europa League clash at Turner’s Cross last night.

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Liam Buckley confident St Patrick’s Athletic can bounce back despite Riga defeat

Skonto Riga 2 St Patrick’s Athletic 1: Liam Buckley was looking on the upside last night despite his St Patrick’s Athletic side losing their Europa League first leg tie away to Skonto Riga.

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Ireland star Paul McShane signs for Reading

Reading yesterday signed Ireland defender Paul McShane on a three-year contract following his release by Hull City.

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Jordan Henderson will be an England great, says Michael Owen

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes the club’s captain-elect Jordan Henderson will be England’s dominant midfielder over the next few years.

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AC Milan swoop for South American attacking stars

AC Milan went on a spending spree last night as they agreed deals for two hot European properties.

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Cork City ready for return to the big stage

Five years after being wound up in the high court, a reborn Cork City return to European football tonight as they welcome Iceland’s KR Reykjavik to Turner’s Cross for a Europa League first round qualifying tie that is sure to attract a bumper crowd to the Curragh Road venue (7.45pm).

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Darren Randolph takes scenic route to the top

West Ham’s Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph reflects on his circuitous route back to the big time.

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Neal Horgan: It’s time to enjoy another great European adventure

When the players of FC Haka of Finland walked off the pitch at Turner’s Cross in July 2008 following an entertaining 2-2 draw, few of the home fans could have predicted that it would be seven long years before the ground would hold another European club fixture.

 

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Mourinho backs decision to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal

Jose Mourinho claims he supports Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s decision to sell Petr Cech to rivals Arsenal.

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My conscience is clean and I will see heaven, insists Sepp Blatter

Fifa president Sepp Blatter insists he has a clean conscience and that anyone who calls him corrupt should be sent to jail.

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Liverpool deals a signal of intent, says Nathaniel Clyne

New Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne admits the Reds have to improve this season but believes their summer recruitment has signalled their intent.

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