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League Two Swindon sprang a surprise when they gambled on the maverick Italian, yet the greater shock, he tells Nick Szczepanik, is he will be big on discipline and respect for officials

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The Leicester City manager tells Ian Herbert that a return to the Premier League is on the menu after taxing times with Thaksin Shinawatra

Manchester City target Mauro Zarate wants to stay at Lazio

Reported Manchester City target Mauro Zarate wants to remain at Lazio next season, according to the player's agent.

West Brom wait on Zoltan Gera decision

West Brom expect to find out in the next few days whether midfielder Zoltan Gera will be rejoining them.

Out-of-contract Klose signs deal with Lazio

German striker Miroslav Klose has transferred to Lazio after failing to agree to a new contract with Bayern Munich.

Al Habsi gifts City win on a Silva platter

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Thomas Hitzlsperger is confident that West Ham will avoid relegation and even thinks a place in the FA Cup final is not beyond the club's grasp after Monday night's fifth-round hammering of Burnley. After six months out with a thigh injury, Hitzlsperger finally made his Hammers debut at Upton Park. The German could not have expected his bow to have gone any better as he opened the scoring with a blistering 25-yard strike to set his team on their way to a 5-1 win.

Thomas Hitzlsperger confident of West Ham success

Thomas Hitzlsperger is confident that West Ham will avoid relegation and even thinks a place in the FA Cup final is not beyond the club's grasp after last night's fifth round hammering of Burnley.

Valon Behrami leaves West Ham for Fiorentina

West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami has completed a move to Fiorentina, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed.

Sven Goran Eriksson: 'I liked city. they'll win the league – absolutely'

Sven Goran Eriksson tells Tim Rich a warm welcome awaits his old club at Leicester despite his messy Eastlands exit in 2008

Roque Santa Cruz rejects Lazio loan move

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has rejected the chance to join Lazio on loan, according to the Italian club.

Barcelona apologise for late showing

The Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has apologised for the 50-minute delay to the match at Real Osasuna on Saturday. Confusion surrounded the start of the game (won 3-0 by Rosell's side), with Barcelona originally announcing the game would be postponed for 24 hours because of the strike by air traffic controllers which grounded flights in Spain. But Osasuna said the Spanish Football Federation had not moved the fixture.

Serie A players decide to strike

Serie A players will go on strike for the 16th round of games in Italy following a breakdown in negotiations between the Lega Calcio and the players' union, on a new collective bargaining agreement.

James Lawton: Mancini is failing to imbue City with courage of winners

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