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MLS Week 16 round-up: Keane and Galaxy defeat WhiteCaps and Red Bulls topple United

28 Jun 2012

For the ten nations knocked out before the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, not to mention the hundreds of others around the world who either didn’t qualify or are ineligible for the second most prestigious football tournament in the world, MLS...

Bright start for Team USA World Cup qualifying campaign

28 Jun 2012

While the football world is focused on Euro 2012, Team USA started its qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup in fine form, pummelling minnows Antigua & Barbuda 3-1 at home and drawing 1-1 away to Guatemala in a match they largely...

Barca dismiss reports that Drogba will join them

26 Jun 2012

Didier Drogba is on the verge of a shock move to Barcelona from his new club Shanghai Shenhua, according to a Spanish broadcaster. The Ivorian (pictured) signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Chinese club just last week. The...

Drogba the latest to go east as money talks

20 Jun 2012

Shanghai Shenhua’s acquisition of Didier Drogba is the just the latest example of a rapidly growing trend in world football. As economies across Europe falter, clubs from China, Russia and the Middle East have emerged with blank...

CSKA Moscow ready to offer Dzagoev a new contract

13 Jun 2012

CSKA Moscow are already scrambling to keep Alan Dzagoev away from Premier League clubs. Reports say CSKA will offer Russian hotshot Dzagoev a new deal following a Euro 2012 masterclass. The 21-year-old netted a brace on...

Dortmund trio set for exit

11 Jun 2012

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda claims that three of Borussia Dortmund’s star players are set to leave the German champions this summer. Poland grabbed a 1-1 draw with Greece in the opening game of Euro 2012 with Dortmund striker...

Preciado’s passing shocks Spanish football

7 Jun 2012

Spanish manager Manuel Preciado has died suddenly from a heart-attack, 24 hours after taking over at second division side Villarreal. The 54-year-old had previous worked wonders at Real Sporting de Gijón in nearly six years at the...

MLS Week 13 round-up: Rowe Revs New England to douse Fire

6 Jun 2012

With most of its stars away on international duty for World Cup qualifying, and other clubs involved in the Open Cup (North America’s version of the League Cup, only far less prestigious), MLS had just one game this week. New...

Lloris may leave Lyon according to chairman

3 Jun 2012

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris may leave the club this summer. Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old French international stopper, but Aulas believes that Lloris will join one of Europe's elite clubs if he departs Stade Gerland.

Lavezzi set for PSG move

2 Jun 2012

Paris Saint-Germain look set to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli in a deal that could potentially be worth €31m (£25m). The 27-year-old Argentina international had attracted the interest of several top clubs, with Inter also said to be keen on the striker’s signature.

MLS Week 12 round-up: Galaxy continue to implode, Toronto finally win

30 May 2012

This last week has seen a raft of MLS rarities come to light. All of the home sides won except for Portland and Chivas USA, who both drew. That includes Toronto, who finally earned their first points of the MLS season. ...

West Brom frontrunner Ranieri signs for Monaco

30 May 2012

Monaco have appointed West Brom target Claudio Ranieri as their new manager. The move has ended speculation that the former Chelsea man would take the reins at the Hawthorns. The Italian has signed a two-year deal with the...

Didier Drogba could move to Madrid

29 May 2012

Didier Drogba could be set to re-unite with former boss Jose Mourinho by moving to Real Madrid. The 34-year-old is wanted by the Spanish champions and his representatives are locked in negotiations with Madrid over a two year...

Muntari to sign two-year deal with AC Milan

28 May 2012

Sulley Muntari’s agent says that the midfielder will sign on a two-year deal with AC Milan following a successful loan spell from rivals Inter. Muntari originally joined in January until the end of the season. The Ghanaian...

No trophies but United are still brand champions

23 May 2012

Manchester United remain the world’s most valuable football brand, despite ending the year without a trophy. The Red Devils have a brand value for 2012 of $853m, some $67m ahead of second placed Bayern Munich. United...

MLS Week 11 Round-Up: L.A. Galaxy’s cosmic struggles continue as Red Bulls gallop on

23 May 2012

Total Football’s regular readers will remember that this MLS season has been full of surprises. Just when a trend starts to form, it gets washed away, like sand castles washed away by rising tides. This week, the tide came up...

Napoli's president hints at Lavezzi exit

23 May 2012

Napoli ended their season on a high on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Juventus in the Coppa Italia final. Juve, who were unbeaten in the league all season were no match for the Azzurri who lifted their first Coppa Italia in 22...

Mourinho signs new deal at Real Madrid

22 May 2012

Jose Mourinho has committed his future to Real Madrid after signing a new four year deal with the club. The Portuguese manager guided the club to their first La Liga title since 2008 and also recorded a memorable victory over...

Russians prepared to offer Van Persie £300,000 a week

21 May 2012

Guus Hiddink has been given a blank cheque to sign three world class players for Anzhi Makhachkala. And Hiddink has put Arsenal striker Robin van Persie at the top of his shopping list. Anzhi owner Suleyman...

Barrios joins Guangzhou Evergrande

21 May 2012

Striker Lucas Barrios is leaving Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund to join Guangzhou Evergrande on a four year contract. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says they are letting Barrios go "in recognition of his past...