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Podolski’s late goal dashes Aussie hopes of repeat win

Germany’s midfielder Lukas Podolski (left) celebrates scoring the equalizing goal with midfielder Andre Schuerrle during their friendly match against Australia in Kaiserslautern

Lukas Podolski came off the bench to save Germany’s blushes with a late equaliser which secured the world champions a 2-2 draw with Asian champions Australia in their friendly on Wednesday. The match had started on a sombre note with a minute’s silence in tribute [...]

Messi takes in Wizards clash with Pacers

Lionel Messi and teammates of the Argentinean National football team look on as the Washington Wizards play the Indiana Pacers at Verizon Centre March 25

Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi took a break from football on Wednesday, joining Argentinian team-mates at the Washington Wizards’ home NBA game against the Indiana Pacers. Messi posted a photo of the action at the Wizards’ Verizon Centre arena on his Instagram account, captioned [...]

Khedira confirms Real Madrid exit

Germany’s midfielder Sami Khedira (right) and Australia’s forward Mathew Leckie vie for the ball during their friendly match in Kaiserslautern, southern Germany March 25

Germany midfielder Sami Khedira on Wednesday said he will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season. “There is nothing more to say than what I told the sports magazine (Kicker), when there’s anything more, I’ll say it,” the 27-year-old [...]

Mancini reignites row over non-Italian born players

Roberto Mancini 

A debate over the eligibility of players born to Italians living outside the country has been reignited after criticism of Coach Antonio Conte’s decision to draft South American-born players into the national side. Palermo’s Argentinian-born midfielder Franco Vazquez and Brazilian-born Sampdoria striker Eder were among [...]

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