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Soccer-Blatter shrugs off Figo dictator jibe as election nears
By Mike Collett ZURICH, May 26 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter shrugged off Luis Figo's accusation he had turned world soccer's ruling body into a dictatorship as the election campaign moved towards its final stages on Tuesday. Former world player of the year Figo, 42, of Portugal, fired a parting shot when withdrawing his presidential candidacy last week, saying Blatter was a dictator and the election was nothing more than a plebiscite, meaning it was not a fair and open contest. The 79-year-old Swiss, arriving at a Zurich hotel for a meeting with delegates from the CONCACAF confederation which...
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Philippe Coutinho and Barcelona would be a perfect fit, says ex-Brazil star Ronaldinho
Former Brazil star Ronaldinho believes that his compatriot Philippe Coutinho could slot seamlessly into his old club Barcelona's side to help fill the void left by the departing Xavi.
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Transfer News LIVE: Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid latest
With the Premier League season having concluded on Sunday, managers are now focusing on improving their squads for the forthcoming campaign in August.
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Manchester United want Barcelona right back Dani Alves on free transfer
IAN LADYMAN: Manchester United have Barcelona right back Dani Alves on a list of potential transfer targets this summer. The Brazilian could be available on a free transfer.
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Liverpool All-Star match featuring Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres raises £1m for charities
The Anfield match that saw Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher lead sides stacked with legends of the past and present raised £1million that will be distributed to local charities.
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal reveals he's been forced to give team talks sat on the TOILET at away grounds
Looking back on his first season in English football, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and revealed that he has given some of his pre-match team talks while sat on the toilet.
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Chelsea top the league for Match of the Day opening slots
Garry Monk's side may have enjoyed a record season and finished comfortably in the top half of the Premier League, but they were still last most on Match of the Day with 10 show-closing appearances.
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West Ham claim chance to qualify for Europa League through fair play league... but now face early start to season and potential trip to continent's backwaters
West Ham have qualified for Europe for the first time in nine years after finishing top of the fair play league, but that means a series of dubious honours for whoever succeeds Sam Allardyce as boss.
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Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli the biggest losers while Eden Hazard and Harry Kane shine as Sportsmail reporters review the season
Chelsea were crowned champions at the end of another season of engrossing action that saw the Blues lift the Barclays Premier League title for the fourth time.
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Barcelona go behind-the-scenes at Xavi's farewell as club legend says goodbye
It was an emotional day of tears, tributes and another title for Barcelona legend Xavi as he waved goodbye to the adoring Nou Camp faithful after 17 years. And a club video takes us behind-the-scenes
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Premier League - Cahill: Costa can be next Drogba
Didier Drogba has left "big shoes to fill" at Chelsea but Gary Cahill has backed Diego Costa to replicate the outgoing striker's influence.
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Football - Blatter shrugs off Figo dictator jibe as election nears
FIFA president Sepp Blatter shrugged off Luis Figo's accusation he had turned world soccer's ruling body into a dictatorship as the election campaign moved
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Carlo Ancelotti struck by Champions League curse after Real Madrid sacking... joining Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
It is the biggest and most prestigious club competition in the world, but there is a worrying trend for the mangers that have got their hands on the Champions League trophy in recent years.
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Xavi wanted by PSG as French giants consider loan move for Barcelona legend
Outgoing Barcelona legend Xavi is attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain in the form of a one-year loan deal, according to French-based paper Le Parisien.
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Premier League - Ibe pulls out of England U20 squad
Liverpool's Jordon Ibe has withdrawn from the England Under-20s squad due to a recurring knee injury.
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Football - Terry could make MLS move
John Terry has opened up the prospect of a move to Major League Soccer, although the Chelsea captain wishes to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.
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Football - Ibe pulls out of England U20 squad
Liverpool's Jordon Ibe has withdrawn from the England Under-20s squad due to a recurring knee injury.
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Football - Blades begin search for new manager
Bradford boss Phil Parkinson and out-going Brentford manager Mark Warburton have emerged as early favourites to succeed Nigel Clough at Sheffield United.
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Local-boy Ross has Cup final dream
Nick Ross is determined not to be overwhelmed by the pressure of playing for local team Inverness in the Scottish Cup final.
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Football - Blatter hits back at Figo claims
Sepp Blatter hit back at claims from Luis Figo that he is a dictator and expressed confidence that he will be re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president on
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Football - Cahill: Costa can be next Drogba
Didier Drogba has left "big shoes to fill" at Chelsea but Gary Cahill has backed Diego Costa to replicate the outgoing striker's influence.
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Football - Davies signs for Stanley
Accrington have signed defender Tom Davies following his departure from Fleetwood.
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Football - Houston grappling with Loy dilemma
Peter Houston is wrestling with the biggest selection dilemma of his managerial career ahead of Falkirk's William Hill Scottish Cup final against Inverness at
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Football - Cuthbert pens Hatters deal
Luton have signed defender Scott Cuthbert following his departure from Leyton Orient.
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Bournemouth join Tottenham in race to sign Burnley defender Kieran Trippier
• Burnley right-back’s current contract has a £3.5m release clause• Presence of Kyle Walker could dissuade Trippier from Spurs move• Premier League season review: player of the yearTottenham Hotspur will have to convince Kieran Trippier he will be given regular game-time in order to secure his signature for the north London club, with Bournemouth having joined the race for the Burnley right-back.The Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to buy Trippier but he faces competition from Bournemouth whose manager Eddie Howe signed the former Manchester City player on a permanent basis in January 2012 when in charge at Turf Moor....
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