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Attempt to launch European Super League with 7 Premier League clubs quashed

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Satisfaction was written all over the face of European Club Association (ECA) President and German football legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the organisation rejected plans for a widespread reform of the Champions League and a new European Super League starting from 2018.

An initiative of investors from the US, England and Asia sought the formation of a new 24-club league with 16 permanent teams and eight qualifiers.

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Italian footballers waste the least time, Spain's players waste the most

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For many years, an unwritten rule in football said a game lasted 90 minutes. The survey by a sports magazine has now revealed that the actual average playing time in the top four football leagues in Europe is less than 58 minutes - even accounting for added time.

While in Germany's Bundesliga, the actual net playing time is 56 minutes and five seconds, in the English Premier League it is also about 56 minutes. The Spanish La Liga only provides its fans with just under 54 minutes. Italian fans are best off with the Serie A's 57 minutes.

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German striker Kevin Kuranyi announces retirement

Former Germany striker Kevin Kuranyi has in an official statement announced his retirement from professional football.

"I will retire from football. Why now? Because it was a process over several months to come to this conclusion, and because it was very difficult for me to say goodbye," Kuranyi said on Friday.

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Arsenal, Bayern fined; Delle Alli suspended

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The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) decided on Friday to fine Arsenal and Bayern Munich, as well as suspend Tottenham Hotspur's Delle Alli for three matches.

UEFA stated that a fine of 5,000 euros (about $5,400) has been imposed on Arsenal for the field invasion by their fans in the second leg of the Champions League's last 16, played in London on March 7 against Bayern Munich.

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Juan Carlos Unzue throws his hat in the ring for Barcelona top job

FC Barcelona assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue has dropped a hint that he would like to succeed Luis Enrique as first team coach when the latter leaves the Catalan football club at the end of the season.

The former goalkeeper made the declaration while watching the Tour of Catalonia (Volta de Catalunya) cycle race from a privileged position in the team car of the Spanish based "Movistar" cycling team, which his brother manages.

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Ligue 1: Monaco, PSG register crucial wins

Monaco maintained their recent momentum with a 3-0 away win over Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday to maintain a three-point lead over defending champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), who beat Olympique Lyon 2-1 at home.

Missing their top scorer Radamel Falcao due to a hip injury, French football league leaders Monaco were boosted by an excellent performance by promising youngster Kylian Mbappe.

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Dutch Eredivisie: Feyenoord win, Ajax held

Dutch Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord booked a crucial 2-1 win at SC Heerenveen with main rivals Ajax Amsterdam dropping points following a 1-1 draw at Excelsior.

Heerenveen were the better side in the first half against Feyenoord and took the lead in the 18th minute of Sunday evening's encounter. Heerenveen striker Reza Ghoochannejhad was brought down by Miquel Nelom and the Iranian converted the penalty himself. Thanks to several saves by their goalkeeper Brad Jones, Feyenoord only conceded one goal in the first half.

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