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Midfielder Britto and Rafael Silva of Uniao Barbarense both wore the number five

Xabi Alonso injury not as bad as Real Madrid feared

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is likely to be sidelined for only a couple of weeks after an Achilles injury proved to be less serious than was at first feared.

Bitter rivals leave Argentina in danger of missing World Cup

Argentina 1 Brazil 3

Pirlo will not join Chelsea insists Berlusconi

Andrea Pirlo will spend the rest of his career at AC Milan and will not join former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, the Serie A club's owner Silvio Berlusconi said today.

Trezeguet commits to Juventus

Juventus striker David Trezeguet has put an end to speculation over his immediate future by pledging to remain in Turin for the upcoming campaign.

Barcelona dismiss Puyol Manchester City link

Barcelona head coach Josep Guardiola has dismissed speculation that club captain Carles Puyol could leave the Camp Nou this summer.

Sampdoria to tempt Adriano with Serie A return

Sampdoria sporting director Beppe Marotta has said that his club would consider making a move for former Internazionale striker Adriano if he was interested in returning to Serie A.

Platini blasts big-spending Real

UEFA president Michel Platini has launched a scathing attack on Real Madrid.

Barca remain keen on Villa

Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes that his club still have a chance of signing Spain international striker David Villa from Valencia this summer.

La Liga's ambition to be bigger than the Premier League

Real have the stars, Barça have the Champions League trophy, and between them they may win over Asia's huge television markets. In Madrid, Pete Jenson reports on the Spanish league's rise to power

Bayern sell Lucio to Inter

Bayern Munich have agreed to sell defender Lucio to Internazionale.

Juventus confirm Melo signing

Juventus have wrapped up the signing of Brazil international midfielder Felipe Melo from Fiorentina, with Marco Marchionni moving in the opposite direction.

Fabiano's AC Milan deal 'dead'

Luis Fabiano's proposed move from Sevilla to AC Milan has reached a "dead end", according to the Italian club.



Fabiano 'wants to join' AC Milan

Luis Fabiano's agent has revealed the Brazil striker has set his heart on a move to AC Milan.

Kaka: 'Ronaldo and I are worth every penny'

Kaka has rejected suggestions that Real Madrid have paid over the odds to sign him and fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

Real drop interest in Maicon

Real Madrid appear to have dropped their interest in signing Internazionale full-back Douglas Maicon this summer.

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