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Football: Brussels confirm bid to host Euro 2020 matches

The Belgian football federation (URBSFA) confirmed on Thursday that Brussels will be officially presented as one of the candidate cities to host matches during Euro 2020. Federation president Francois De Keersmacker announced that a dossier had been passed onto governing body UEFA with the deadline for proposals set to expire on Friday. UEFA will announce the 13 cities set to play host to the tournament in September as president Michel Platini puts into place the unprecedented new format across the continent.

Football: 'Tough' sanctions for finance inquiry clubs

UEFA will take "tough" action against top European clubs whose financing is being investigated, but none risks a Champions League ban, UEFA chief Michael Platini said Thursday. Media reports have said England's Manchester City and Paris St Germain of France face particular scrutiny from the UEFA inquiry. "I think significant sanctions will hit the big clubs. We are going to take this to the end," Platini told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview.

Football: Real Madrid fans jams streets to celebrate Cup win

Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides.

Football: Real Madrid fans jam streets to celebrate Cup win

Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides.

Football: Bale stunner delivers Cup joy for Madrid

Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday. The Welshman had previously been wayward with a series of efforts on goal, but he finally made his mark as he galloped through on goal from inside his own half before prodding the ball past Jose Manuel Pinto. Madrid had gone in front after just 10 minutes as Angel di Maria raced onto Karim Benzema's through ball and fired low into the corner.

Football: Bale stunner delivers Cup joy for Madrid

Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday. The Welshman had previously been wayward with a series of efforts on goal, but he finally made his mark as he galloped through on goal from inside his own half before prodding the ball past Jose Manuel Pinto. Madrid had gone in front after just 10 minutes as Angel di Maria raced onto Karim Benzema's through ball and fired low into the corner.

Football: Bale stunner delivers Cup joy for Madrid

Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday. The Welshman had previously been wayward with a series of efforts on goal, but he finally made his mark as he galloped through on goal from inside his own half before prodding the ball past Jose Manuel Pinto. Madrid had gone in front after just 10 minutes as Angel di Maria raced onto Karim Benzema's through ball and fired low into the corner.

Football: No Brazil move for Anelka -- Mineiro

Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro said Tuesday they had scrapped plans to sign French forward Nicolas Anelka. Club director of football Eduardo Maluf indicated Mineiro had been unable to contact the former Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea veteran and would not pursue their interest in the 35-year-old. "At no time did we manage to speak to the player," Brazilian media quoted Maluf as saying. Mineiro, current club of veteran Brazil star Ronaldinho, confirmed to AFP the deal was off.

Football: USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup

America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden will be leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy for the first time. "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on," Biden assured Monday's audience at the State Department, where the 2014 World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States as part of a global tour before heading later to Brazil.

Football: USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup

America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden will be leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy for the first time. "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on," Biden assured Monday's audience at the State Department, where the 2014 World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States as part of a global tour before heading later to Brazil.
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