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23 man Canadian squad announced for World Cup Qualifiers

Canada Soccer have released their 23-man squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The September series represents a final two-match, three-nation dash for one spot in CONCACAF's final round of qualification matches for Russia 2018, "The Hex."

Canada will face Honduras away on Friday 2 September and then El Salvador at home on Tuesday 6 September. The home match will be played at BC Place in Vancouver


Man City get Barcelona, Arsenal get PSG in interesting Champions League Group Stage draw

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A UEFA Champions League draw lacking traditional English powerhouses Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea would have been unheard of a decade ago, but such are the changing times in football that a whole host of new exciting young teams will be challenging for the biggest prize that European football has to offer.

The draw for the Group Stages of the competition was held in Nyon this evening and chances are none of the four English sides represented in the competition will be too unhappy with what they've earned.


Manchester City announce arrival of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo

Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on Thursday joined English football club Manchester City from Spanish giants FC Barcelona after signing a four-year contract. Bravo brings with him a wealth of experience including back-to-back La Liga titles with Barcelona and successive Copa America triumphs with Chile with whom the 33 year-old has won 106 caps and is also the captain.

He won his 100th international cap in the Copa America Centenario as Chile beat Argentina in the final on penalties and is the first Chilean to win a century of caps.


Lionel Messi's goal against Roma wins UEFA's Goal of the Season Award

Lionel Messi's goal for Barcelona in the first round of the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League game against AS Roma was chosen by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as the best of last season.

Messi scored the goal as a result of collective play with fellow Barca forwards Neymar and Luis Suarez. That encounter, played at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium last November, ended in a 6-1 victory for the hosts.


World class Arsenal and Chelsea target on the verge of joining Juventus

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Real Madrid's Colombian forward James Rodriguez is looking for a house in Turin, real estate company Proto Group Ltd said on Thursday, amid speculation regarding his future club football career. The company released a statement saying that the player's lawyers will be in Turin to clarify the amount of rent paid for a villa in the Italian city that is home to Italian football champions Juventus. For several weeks, the company has been commissioned by the 25-year-old to find a suitable home in Turin with the deal to be closed later on Thursday.

James joined Real Madrid in the 2014/15 season and has since won a UEFA Champions League, Club World Cup and two UEFA Super Cups.


Barcelona complete signing of Jasper Cillessen

Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was revealed on Thursday as a new signing for FC Barcelona as a replacement for Chilean Claudio Bravo, who is on the brink of a move to Manchester City. Cillessen has joined the Catalan giants on a 5 year contract.

Barcelona announced through their website that the 27-year-old Dutchman had been signed from Amsterdam side AFC Ajax for 13 million euros ($14.6 million) plus two million euros ($2.2 million) variables, with a release clause of 60 million euros ($67.7 million).


Bastian Schweinsteiger: "I want to thank the fans for the amazing support"

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has said English Premier League football side Manchester United would be his "last club in Europe".

The 33-year-old Schweinsteiger has not gained a chance to play for the team in the new season under new United boss Jose Mourinho. As the transfer window closes just a week away, the German on Wednesday, took to Twitter expressing that he has no desire to leave Old Trafford.


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