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Lots on confusion in Argentina without Grondona

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s football leadership seems to be struggling to make decisions following the death of longtime strongman Julio Grondona.

The Argentine Football Association on Tuesday changed the mid-week schedule for league games three times — trying to adjust for a strike by stadium workers — but eventually settled on the original schedule for Wednesday and Thursday matches. 74 more words

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Xabi Alonso retires from international football

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, one of the key figures in Spain’s dominant era that included two European championships and a World Cup title, says he is retiring from international football. 100 more words

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Fazio joins Tottenham from Sevilla

LONDON (AP) — Tottenham has signed Argentina defender Federico Fazio from Spanish side Sevilla on a four-year deal.

The Premier League club announced the signing on Wednesday without disclosing the fee, which is reported in the British media to be 8 million pounds ($13.25 million). 41 more words

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Mali seeks venue outside Algeria for African Cup

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali is seeking to move its African Cup of Nations qualifier out of Algeria over fears of violence.

Mali football federation spokesman Manfa Keita says the body has asked the African Football Confederation to move the Sept. 47 more words

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Hamburger SV completes transfer of defender Cleber

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV says it has completed the transfer of Brazilian defender Cleber from Corinthians.

Cleber signed a four-year contract after the two clubs agreed on transfer details. 50 more words

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FC Seoul reaches Asian Champions League semifinals

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Goalkeeper Yu Shang-hun made three saves in the shootout Wednesday as FC Seoul defeated Pohang Steelers 3-0 on penalties to reach the Asian Champions League semifinals following another 0-0 draw. 335 more words

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Striker Dimitris Diamantakos gets Greece call up

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece coach Claudio Ranieri has called up 21-year-old striker Dimitris Diamantakos for the opening European Championship qualifier against Romania on Sept. 7. 84 more words

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