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Edgar Davids

From Barcelona to Barnet: Edgar Davids joins worst team in the Football League in order to 'help English football'

Edgar Davids, the former Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona midfielder had declared he has taken the managerial post at Barnet to "help English football".

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli to miss Italy's World Cup qualifier

Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's World Cup qualifier with Armenia tonight after failing to recover from the flu, the FIGC announced on their official website this morning.

Alessandro Del Piero trains with Sydney FC

Alessandro Del Piero rejected Liverpool approach out of respect for Heysel victims

Sydney FC striker Alessandro Del Piero has admitted rejecting an approach from Liverpool out of respect for victims of the Heysel disaster.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli reveals Mario Balotelli was nearly dropped

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he toyed with the idea of dropping Mario Balotelli from his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Denmark after being left “hurt” by the Manchester City striker's decision to schedule laser eye surgery during the last international break.

Inter’s Walter Samuel scores to give his side the advantage
One of the big names who left Milan in the summer, Antonio Cassano, and joined Inter

Italy: Milan clubs need derby win to buy time for rebuilding

With Napoli the main threat to another Juventus title the Milan derby may seem a sideshow in Serie A but there is much intrigue in tomorrow's match. Both clubs are rebuilding but, as Andre Villas-Boas discovered at Chelsea, big clubs expect to keep winning while regenerating.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte has touchline ban reduced to six months

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte will return to the touchline in December after having his lengthy suspension from football reduced by six months today.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Brendan Rodgers critical of 'lazy' Liverpool following defeat to Udinese

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers accused his team of being “lazy” and warned their defending must improve after a 3-2 home defeat to Udinese.

Antonio Di Natale is relishing the chance to face Liverpool at Anfield

Liverpool play host to Udinese, masters of talent production

Those who spend their Saturdays at Vicarage Road might want to turn on their television at a few minutes past eight tonight. It will be a chance to see their first team in action.

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Massimo Ambrosini makes plea to fans amid disappointing ticket sales for the Milan derby at the San Siro

AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini has appealed to fans to go to the San Siro for this Sunday's derby against Inter Milan with poor ticket sales threatening to leave large parts of the stadium empty.

Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring City’s late winner on Saturday
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Dimitar Berbatov appeared on the verge of a move to Italy, with either Fiorentina or Juventus. But a last minute intervention from Martin Jol may have swerved the Bulgarian's decision. The Manchester United man, who cost £30.75m four years ago, is apparently keen to stay in England due to family reasons. The 31-year-old will cost in the region of £5m.

Berbatov close to Fulham move as Rooney stays put

Fulham were last night near to achieving what Juventus, the Italian champions, failed to do: convince Dimitar Berbatov to join them.

Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov undergoes medical at Fulham

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is undergoing a medical at Fulham, manager Martin Jol revealed today.

Dimitar Berbatov fell out of favour at Old Trafford

Transfer news: Fulham close to snatching Dimitar Berbatov away from Juventus move

Dimitar Berbatov was last night deciding between joining Italian champions Juventus or his old manager Martin Jol at Fulham as both clubs agreed fees with Manchester United.

Gary Hooper scores Celtic’s first goal as they reach the group stage

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wary of drawing another Champions League 'Group of Death'

Manchester City could face another fearsomely difficult group in today's Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.

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