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India rise to two decade best FIFA ranking of 96

India's football team has achieved its best FIFA ranking since February 1996 - it has been placed 96th in the July rankings released on Thursday. India's best ranking till date was 94, which was attained in February 1996, while 99 was India's second-best (November 1993).

India have risen by four spots in the past month after their impressive showing during the international break in June when they notched up a 2-0 friendly win over Nepal and a 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers group match.

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Arsenal break transfer record to sign French forward

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French forward Alexandre Lacazette set up a club record transfer fee of English Premier League football side Arsenal with a move from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.

Arsenal on Wednesday announced that Lacazette has agreed to join on a long-term contract without specifying the fee. But according to a press release from Lyon, Lacazette's transfer fee could reach as much as 60 million euros ($68.2 million), including a seven-million ($7.95) incentive. The club's previous record of 50 million euros ($56.28 million) was paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

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Casillas commits one more season to Porto

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Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Thursday confirmed he will stay at Portuguese side Porto for one more season.

Many have speculated about the future of the former Real Madrid goalkeeper and linked him with a move to France or England. However, the 2010 World Cup winner Casillas said via Facebook that he was happy to stay for one more season at Porto, which ended the last campaign second to champions Benfica.

Casillas joined Porto in 2015 after 16 years at Madrid, with a two-season contract and an option that enables the Euro 2008, 2012 champion to extend it for one more season if he plays in 70 matches, which he achieved on February 17.

Real Betis takes Jordi Amat on loan from Swansea City

Real Betis and Swansea City reached an agreement on Wednesday to loan defender Jordi Amat to the Spanish team for one season. According to sources, the Spaniard, 25, is set to arrive in the next few hours in Seville to formalise his contract.

Amat, under contract with Swansea until June 2019, has spent the last four seasons with the Welsh team, where he has played 72 official matches, 17 of them in the last edition of the Premier League.

Formed in the youth teams of Espanyol, Amat debuted with the club's first team in the 2009-10 season and then left to Rayo Vallecano in 2012 before, a year later, making the leap to the English Premier League.

Bayern boss reacts to Sanchez rumours

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Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that Arsenal forward Alexis Sachez is out of the German club's reach.

"The salaries being talked about up front of around 20.26 million euros ($23 million) every year are definitely an amount that isn't feasible for FC Bayern," Hoeness told German website Kicker on Monday.

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Chris Pontius Replaces Kenny Saief on U.S.A. 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has called up Philadelphia Union midfielder Chris Pontius as an injury replacement for Gent midfielder Kenny Saief for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Having made his U.S. MNT debut in Saturday's 2-1 friendly win against Ghana, Saief has been sidelined with a groin injury that rules him out of the confederation championship.

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Messi ends speculation about his future by inking new deal with Barcelona

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FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi will stay with the club until 2021, the Calatan giants said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Barcelona and Leo Messi have agreed on a contract renewal that will keep the Argentinian at the Club until June 30th, 2021," the team said in a statement on its official website.

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