US blends MLS, Europe-based talent to face Ecuador, Chile

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team head coach Gregg Berhalter will see how top European-based players and Major League Soccer talent from his January camp mix when the Americans host friendlies against Ecuador and Chile.

Berhalter, tasked with guiding the US squad back to the World Cup in 2022 after a flop in 2018 qualifying, will pit his charges against Ecuador on Thursday at Orlando and Chile on Tuesday at

Ronaldo signing signals Serie A renaissance: Baresi

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London (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo signing for Juventus last year was a shot in the arm for Serie A and bolstered the impression that the league is undergoing a renaissance Italy and AC Milan legend Franco Baresi told AFP.

Baresi, widely considered to be one of the greatest ever defenders, said that Ronaldo’s arrival in Serie A was a clear statement the Italian championship is once again attracting star names.

Women’s Super League lands multi-million pound sponsorship

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London (AFP) – Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes says Barclays’ multi-million pound sponsorship of England’s Women’s Super League is a watershed moment for the game.

Barclays Bank was announced as the first title sponsor of the Women’s Super League on Wednesday in a deal understood to be worth more than £10 million ($13 million).

The three-year partnership will start from next season, with the competition rebranded as the Barclays FA

Alexander-Arnold pulls out of England squad

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London (AFP) – Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn from the England squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers due to a back injury.

Alexander-Arnold had been struggling with the problem before linking up with England and on Wednesday it was decided the right-back wouldn’t recover in time to feature against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

The 20-year-old has returned to Liverpool to continue treatment on the injury with a view

Former Colombia footballer Viafara arrested over drug trafficking

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Cali (Colombia) (AFP) – Former Colombia international Jhon Viafara has been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and could be extradited to face charges in the United States, the public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old former midfielder was one of five people detained on Tuesday in the western city of Jamundi and Medellin, in the north west, in a joint operation between the public prosecutor’s office and the