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Footballer Park Joo-ho to return home from Germany to treat injury, get ready for World Cup

SEOUL, April 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korean World Cup hopeful Park Joo-ho will return home from his German-based club before the conclusion of the season there, his agency said on Friday, as the fullback hopes to recover from a foot injury and make the national team for the big tournament. Seoul-based agency GSEN said Park, who plays for FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga, will arrive in South Korea on Monday. The German club has three games remaining this season.

Footballer Park Joo-ho to return home from Germany to treat injury, get ready for World Cup

SEOUL, April 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korean World Cup hopeful Park Joo-ho will return home from his German-based club before the conclusion of the season there, his agency said on Friday, as the fullback hopes to recover from a foot injury and make the national team for the big tournament. Seoul-based agency GSEN said Park, who plays for FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga, will arrive in South Korea on Monday. The German club has three games remaining this season.

Football: Former Rangers star Jardine dies, aged 65

Former Rangers and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine has died at the age of 65 after losing his battle with cancer. Jardine, one of Rangers' most decorated players, was diagnosed with liver cancer 18 months ago and the Glasgow club announced his death on Thursday. Jardine, who also played for Hearts and served as joint manager of the Edinburgh outfit from 1986 to 1988, established himself as an Ibrox legend in more than 400 appearances for Rangers.

Football: Martinez won't give up on top-four spot

Roberto Martinez believes Everton will overhaul Arsenal into the race to qualify for the Champions League if they win their last three matches. Martinez's fifth-placed team trail fourth-placed Arsenal by a point after their bid to finish in the top four fell out of their own hands with last week's 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace. A 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday in the following match revived Everton's belief that they can still qualify for Europe's elite club competition.

Football: Scottish Premiership table

Scottish Premiership table ahead of the weekend's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Celtic 34 28 5 1 85 19 89 -- champions Aberdeen 34 19 7 8 47 30 64 Motherwell 34 19 4 11 58 53 61 Dundee Utd 34 15 9 10 57 42 54 Inverness CT 34 15 8 11 40 35 53 St Johnstone 34 15 6 13 43 34 51 Hibernian 34 8 10 16 29 46 34 St Mirren 34 9 7 18 36 55 34 Kilmarnock 34 9 6 19 42 59 33 Partick 34 7 12 15 38 58 33

Football: Zenit to extend lead in Russia

Russian league leaders Zenit St Petersburg, who have found a fresh lease of life under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, have an excellent chance to extend their advantage when they take on lowly Volga this weekend. Zenit, who have a perfect record under Villas-Boas' tenure so far with five wins from as many matches, are a point ahead of second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow. Volga Nizhny Novgorod, who are battling against relegation, earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Rostov last week for their first win since October 20.

Football: Giggs aims to revive troubled United after Moyes exit

Ryan Giggs will bid to revive Manchester United's battered spirits as the Old Trafford icon takes charge against Norwich on Saturday following the abrupt end to David Moyes' disastrous reign. Moyes' miserable 10-month spell at United reached a bitter conclusion with his sacking on Tuesday after 24 hours of speculation that the Scot was set for the axe in the wake of a 2-0 defeat at his former club Everton. That loss was United's 11th Premier League reverse of a campaign which has seen the English champions suffer a shocking slump to seventh in the table.

Football: Valencia next up on Atletico title charge

Atletico Madrid can take another huge step towards their first La Liga title in 18 years when they travel to face Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday. Diego Simeone's men need to win just three of their remaining four games to mathematically seal the championship. However, Simeone's task this weekend is complicated by one of his side's most difficult away trips of the season falling between the two legs of Atletico's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.

Football: United eye post-Moyes lift, Liverpool in title crunch

All eyes will be on the Old Trafford dug-out and the Chelsea teamsheet this weekend as Manchester United begin life after David Moyes, while Liverpool aim to move within touching distance of the Premier League title. Ryan Giggs, assisted by three fellow members of United's famed 'Class of 92', will be in temporary charge of the troubled giants when struggling Norwich visit Manchester for the first match following Moyes' sacking.

Football: Uruguay World Cup hero remembers 1950 goal, then silence

Alcides Ghiggia still remembers the shocked hush in the Maracana stadium, packed with more than 200,000 people, after he scored the goal that felled football's superpower. It was a "great, stunning silence," Ghiggia, the only surviving player from the Uruguayan and Brazilian teams that disputed the decisive 1950 World Cup game, told AFP in an exclusive interview.
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