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  • On to Burnley, Van Gaal needs a Man United win

    August 28, 2014

    LONDON (AP) - From the World Cup semifinals to a bruising introduction in Britain, Louis van Gaal's fortunes have changed rapidly inside two months.The coach who led the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup enters his fourth match as Manchester United manager still searching for his first win.

  • 10 World Cup vets on US roster

    August 28, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected 10 players from this year's World Cup team to play against the Czech Republic next Wednesday.Such stars as Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley were not on the roster as Klinsmann chose a mixture of youngsters and veterans to Prague. Howard is taking a one-year-sabbatical from the national team.

  • Boca Juniors fire coach Carlos Bianchi

    August 28, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Carlos Bianchi was fired as Boca Juniors coach a day after the team lost for the third time in four games in the Argentine league.Boca president Daniel Angelici made the announcement Thursday, saying it was ''painful to rescind the contract'' of the most successful coach in the club's history.

  • New Wembley set for lowest England attendance

    August 28, 2014

    LONDON (AP) - Wembley Stadium is set to be more than half empty for England's friendly against Norway next week in a sign of public apathy following the national team's worst-ever World Cup campaign.The English Football Association said Thursday that only 35,000 to 40,000 fans are expected in the 90,000-capacity national stadium to see Roy Hodgson's side. The friendly on Wednesday will witness the lowest crowd for an England game since the new Wembley opened in 2007.

  • Michel Platini won't run against Sepp Blatter

    August 28, 2014

    MONACO (AP) - Michel Platini won't fight Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, though he still hopes somebody will.The UEFA president decided Thursday not to challenge Blatter in an election next May, insisting he was not dodging a battle with his former mentor.

  • Alessandro Del Piero joins ISL side Delhi Dynamos

    August 28, 2014

    MILAN (AP) - Alessandro Del Piero has joined Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos.The 39-year-old forward, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, confirmed the move on Thursday via his Twitter account, adding that he will also be an ambassador for the new league.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player in Europe award

    August 28, 2014

    MONACO (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League.The Real Madrid and Portgual forward beat Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer of Germany and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben.

  • Real Madrid gets Liverpool in Champions League

    August 28, 2014

    MONACO (AP) - European greats Real Madrid and Liverpool will meet again in the group stage of the Champions League after a draw on Thursday that promised many reunions.Aiming to be the first club to retain world football's most coveted club trophy for 25 years, the road for ten-time winner Madrid leads to five-time champion Liverpool on Oct. 22.