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Sports / Can You Please Identify The Following Managers Full Name...eg Jm-jose Mourinho by soccerecho(m): 1:17pm On Oct 05, 2016
1. *FDB*.....30pts
2. *MP*.......10pts
3. *AC*.......10pts
4. *TP*........35pts
5. *AP*.........20pts
6. *SB*.........20pts
7. *LVG*.......5pts
8. *DM*........15pts
9. *UE*.........25pts
10. *LB*........25pts
11. *JS*.........30pts
12. *CA*.........10pts
13. *AW*........10pts
14. *PG*.........10pts
15. *MP*........15pts
16. *JL*.........15pts
17. *RH*.........20pts
18. *ZZ*.........5pts
19. *DD*........15pts
20. *LE*..........10pts
21. *SA*..........20pts
22. *VDB*........20pts
23. *TM*..........25pts
24. *TT*...........30pts
25. *JK*...........5pts
26. *RM*............20pts
27. *RB*............20pts
Sports / *which Of These News Will Surprise You Most.*? by soccerecho(m): 1:00pm On Oct 05, 2016
1. Mourinho sacks by Manchester united

2. Chelsea win the EPL 2016/2017

3. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal crown Uefa champions league winners 2016/2017

4. Liverpool win both capital one and FA cup this season

5. Messi leaves Barcelona to Real Madrid

6. Suarez bits Ronaldo in El clasico

7. Pep crowns trophy less manager of year

8. Klopp crowns best coach in the world

9. Depay wins the EPL golden boot for this season

10. Leicester city to relegation

11. Newcastle and Aston villa to return to the premiere league
Sports / *africa's Richest Man Aliko Dangote Plots Arsenal Takeover Within Four Years* by soccerecho(m): 5:00pm On Sep 23, 2016
The 59-year-old, a self-professed Gunners fan, will become the first African owner of a Premier League club if his takeover bid is successful

*_Business magnate Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal_*

Aliko Dangote , a successful Nigerian businessman with a reported worth of $10.9billion, outlined his plans in an interview with Bloomberg Television in New York on Wednesday.

The 59-year-old, a self-professed Arsenal supporter, will become the first African owner of a Premier League club if his takeover bid is successful.

However, after losing $4.4billion this year mainly due to the depreciation of Nigeria's currency, he is waiting for his finances to improve before attempting to buy the club.

*Dangote said:*

“It’s not about buying Arsenal and just continuing with business as usual,”

“It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around. I’ve run a very successful business and I think I can also run a very successful team."

"Right now, with what we’re facing, over $20 billion of projects, I cannot do both.”

Stan Kroenke, Arsenal's current majority shareholder with a 66% stake in the club, has an estimated worth of $8billion.
Sports / To All Liverpool Fans!!! by soccerecho(m): 6:39pm On Sep 22, 2016
Red is our colour
Liverpool is our team
Anfield is our home
Klopp our boss
king kenny our hero
Steven Gerrard our legend
Mignolet our stopper
Sturridge our scorer
Gorgino our playmaker
Coutinho our magician
Lucas our commitment
Firminho our miracle
Can our field marshall
Sakho our mutant
Lallana our workaholic
Matip our defender
Lovren our gladiator
Woodburn our future.
I LUV LIVERPOOL FC WE ARE NOT JUST A CLUB
WE ARE A FAMILY​
(Y.N.W.A)

Sports / Courtois: I Want To Return To Spain by soccerecho(m): 10:06am On Sep 22, 2016
Thibaut Courtois has admitted he wants to return to La Liga and may not sign a new contract at Chelsea to engineer a move back to Spain. The Chelsea goalkeeper has revealed he cried when his time at Atletico Madrid came to end in 2014 and says that he feels "half Spanish" as he enjoys the lifestyle so much.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a fruitful stint with the Spanish outfit, playing a key role in them winning La Liga in 2014, as well as the Copa del Rey in 2013 and also the Europa League in 2012.

Courtois is not the only Chelsea player to reveal his interest in securing a switch back to Atletico, with Diego Costa having also admitted he tried to return to his former club in the summer.
Sports / *full List Of Premier League Players Who Could Be Called Up To Take Part In The by soccerecho(m): 1:59pm On Sep 13, 2016
Elneny, Arsenal – Egypt
Afobe, Bournemouth – DR Congo
Gradel, Bournemouth – Ivory Coast
Sako, Crystal Palace – Mali
Souare, Crystal Palace – Senegal
Bolasie, Everton – DR Congo † (£30m)
Gueye, Everton – Senegal (£7.1m)
Mbokani, Hull – DR Congo
Amartey, Leicester – Ghana
Mahrez, Leicester – Algeria
Schlupp, Leicester – Ghana
Slimani, Leicester – Algeria † (£29.7m)
Mane, Liverpool – Senegal (£30m)
Matip, Liverpool - Cameroon
Bailly, Manchester United – Ivory Coast (£30m)
Toure, Manchester City – Ivory Coast
Traore, Middleborough – Mali * (UNDISCLOSED)
Boufal, Southampton – Morocco † (£16m)
Djilobodji, Sunderland – Senegal (£8m)
Khazri, Sunderland – Tunisia
Kone, Sunderland – Ivory Coast
Ndong, Sunderland – Gabon † (£13.5m)
Bony, Stoke City – Ivory Coast (£2m loan fee)
Diouf, Stoke – Senegal
Sobhi, Stoke – Egypt (£5m)
Amrabat, Watford – Morocco
Dja Djedje, Watford – Ivory Coast (£4m)
Guediora, Watford – Algeria
Nyom, West Brom – Cameroon (£3m)
Ayew, A, West Ham – Ghana † (£20.5m)
Feghouli, West Ham – Algeria
Kouyate, West Ham – Senegal
Sakho, West Ham – Senegal
Sports / MAN.CITY To Work It Out With Fans In Africa by soccerecho(m): 1:49pm On Sep 13, 2016
Manchester City will lose fans across Africa because of the way Yaya Toure has been treated by Pep Guardiola, according to the Ivory Coast midfielder's agent.

Toure, 33, has since been left out of the squad for the Champions League group stage with UEFA rules forcing Guardiola to drop an overseas player with only 17 of his 18 foreign players eligible.

His adviser, Dimitri Seluk, believes the decision to omit the four-time African Player of the Year winner will not be popular on his home continent.

"They will lose a lot of millions of supporters from Africa because of this decision from Guardiola," Seluk told Sky Sports. "Now they will support Manchester United. A lot of people in Africa say they will never see any more matches of City on TV."

Toure has not featured in the starting lineup or even on the bench for any of City's three Premier League fixtures this season.

His only appearance came in the Champions League playoff second leg against Steaua Bucharest with the tie effectively over following City's 5-0 win in Romania.

Sports / Simeone Is Perfect Choice To Replace Wenger At Arsenal' by soccerecho(m): 1:37pm On Sep 13, 2016
Arsenal should look to appoint Diego Simeone as Arsene Wenger successor, says former Gunner Ray Parlour. Wenger, the Premier League's longest-serving active manager is in the last year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, prompting talk of who could step into the hot seat should he depart after over 20 years at the club.

Eddie Howe has been touted as a replacement in recent weeks but Arsenal legend Parlour feels the young Englishman could be detrimental to the Gunners going forward and Atletico Madrid head coach Simeone is a far better fit. "I don't think he would know enough about big foreign players to attract them," Parlour said. Parlour felt that Simeone should the favourite to succeed Wenger without any doubt.

Sports / Career Stats Between Eden Hazard Vs Alexis Sanchez. Eden Hazard by soccerecho(m): 9:45pm On Sep 09, 2016
2011-12 (Lille fc)
39 games, 20 goals, 17 assists.
2012-13(chelsea fc)
34 games
13 goals
18 assists
2013-14 (Chelsea fc)
48 games
16 goals
17 assists
Total stats at lille fc from 2007-2012)
(98 games, 36 goals, 34 assists)
National Team
50 games, 6 goals, 16 assists
Chelsea fc
82 games
29 goals
35 assists.
TROPHIES-
LIGUE 1 TITLE- 2010-11
COUPE DEFRANCE- 2010-11
EUROPA - 2012-13
PERSONAL AWARDS
- Ligue 1 Player of the year 2010-11, 2011-12.
- Ligue 1 young player of the year 2008-09,
2009-2010.
- Ligue 1 team of the year 2010, 2011, 2012.
- PFA young player of the year 2013-14.
- EPL team of the year. 2012-13, 2013-14.
- Chelsea player of the year 2013-14.
- Bravo Award 2011
- Nominated for Uefa team of the year 2011
- Best goal of the year in ligue 1 2011-12
- 14 times voted ligue 1 MOTM in 2011-12
- Won ligue 1 POTM (Player of the month) 4
times in 2011-12.
- Nominated for the 23 man shortlist for 2013
ballon d'ore.
- Nominated for EPL POTY in 2012-13, 2013-14
( Came 2nd in 2013-14)
- Nominated for EPL YPOTY in 2012-13, 2013-14
NET WORTH - £150m
ALEXIS SANCHEZ-
2011-12 (Barca fc)
25 games, 12 goals, 6 assists
2012-13
29 games, 8 goals, 9 assists
2013- 14
34 games, 19 goals, 6 assists.
UDINESE
95 games, 20 goals, 11 assists
BARCA fc
88 games, 39 goals, 21 assists.
TROPHIES
La liga 2012-13
CDR 2011-12
Super cup 2011.
Fifa club world cup 2011.
NATIONAL TEAM
71 games, 24 goals, 8 assists
PERSONAL AWARD
-Won SERIA A POTM (Player of the month) once.
- 3 times name MOTM
NET WORTH
£32m
Well for those comparing both, I think you mean
THORGAN HAZARD ( the junior brother of EDEN)
not EDEN HAZARD. The stats are now obvious
who's the better player in every category.
Sports / *2016/17 Premier League Club Stats* _*wins*' by soccerecho(m): 9:40pm On Sep 09, 2016
1. Chelsea *3*
2. Man City *3*
3. Man Utd *3*
4. Everton *2*
5. Hull *2*
6. Arsenal *1*
7. Burnley *1*
8. Leicester *1*
9. Liverpool *1*
10. Middlesbrough *1*

_*Losses*_

1. Bournemouth *2*
2. Burnley *2*
3. Crystal Palace *2*
4. Stoke *2*
5. Sunderland *2*
6. Swansea *2*
7. Watford *2*
8. West Ham *2*
9. Arsenal *1*
10. Hull *1*

_*Goals*_

1. Man City *9*
2. Chelsea *7*
3. Arsenal *6*
4. Man Utd *6*
5. Liverpool *5*
6. Everton *4*
7. Hull *4*
8. Leicester *3*
9. Middlesbrough *3*
10. Sunderland *3*

_*Clean Sheets*_

1. Man Utd *2*
2. West Brom *2*
3. Arsenal *1*
4. Burnley *1*
5. Chelsea *1*
6. Everton *1*
7. Hull *1*
8. Leicester *1*
9. Middlesbrough *1*
10. Swansea *1*

_*Shots*_

1. Liverpool *55*
2. Southampton *53*
3. Man Utd *52*
4. Chelsea *51*
5. Man City *50*

_*Hit Woodwork*_

1. Everton *2*
2. Middlesbrough *2*
3. Chelsea *1*
4. Liverpool *1*
5. Man City *1*

_*Goals From Inside Box*_

1. Man City *9*
2. Arsenal *6*
3. Chelsea *5*
4. Man Utd *5*
5. Hull *4*

_*Goals From Outside Box*_

1. Burnley *2*
2. Chelsea *2*
3. Everton *1*
4. Liverpool *1*
5. Man Utd. *1*

_*Tackles*_

1. Crystal Palace *75*
2. Middlesbrough *69*
3. Spurs *69*
4. Hull *67*
5. Arsenal *64*

_*Blocks*_

1. Hull *20*
2. Burnley *17*
3. Bournemouth *15*
4. Stoke *15*
5. Middlesbrough *13*

_*Clearances*_

1. Hull *114*
2. Swansea *103*
3. Middlesbrough *92*
4. Spurs *91*
5. Bournemouth *89*

_*Saves*_

1. Burnley *18*
2. Hull *15*
3. Watford *12*
4. West Ham *12*
5. Stoke *11*

_*Passes*_

1. Man City *1,761*
2. Liverpool *1,760*
3. Chelsea *1,742*
4. Southampton *1,596*
5. Man Utd *1,584*

_*Long Balls*_

1. Hull *254*
2. Middlesbrough *249*
3. Everton *238*
4. Spurs *234*
5. Crystal Palace *231*

_*Crosses*_

1. Crystal Palace *98*
2. Swansea *89*
3. Southampton *75*
4. Chelsea *71*
5. Man Utd *66*

_*Corners Taken*_

1. Chelsea *21*
2. Liverpool *21*
3. Man City *21*
4. Spurs *21*
5. Sunderland *19*
Sports / Bayern Chief : Gotze Will Have To Decide His Own Future by soccerecho(m): 12:14pm On May 26, 2016
Bayern Munich say Mario Gotze will have to decide for himself whether he wants to move away from the club.
The Germany international, who famously scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has struggled to establish himself in Bayern's starting eleven since joining from Borussia Dortmund.
Sky sources understand the 23-year-old is a transfer target for Liverpool, where he would be reunited with his former boss at Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp.
And with new head coach Carlo Ancelotti set to begin work at the Allianz Arena, Bayern's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refused to give Gotze any guarantees.
"I had talks with him (Mario) and (Carlo) Ancelotti. Mario knows the thoughts of Bayern," Rummenigge told Kicker magazine. "Everything was clearly and seriously explained to Mario.
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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/05/bayern-chief-gotze-will-have-to-decide.html

Sports / Liverpool Fans Create Hilarious Mamadou Sakho Banner For Europa League Final by soccerecho(m): 11:53am On May 17, 2016
Liverpool fans have created a hilarious banner tribute to Mamadou Sakho ahead of the Europa League final.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are in Basel preparing to take on holders Sevilla in tomorrow night’s showpiece.
But they’re without Sakho – with the French defender currently banned from playing after failing a drugs test in March.
He’s been a standout performer for Liverpool since Klopp’s arrival at the club and has had some of his displays in the Europa League.
And despite the severity of his failed drugs test, the supporters still hold Sakho in high regard, with some planning to pay tribute to him at St. Jakob-Park tomorrow night with this apt banner:
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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/05/liverpool-fans-create-hilarious-mamadou.html

Sports / Worst Referee Decisions Of The Season by soccerecho(m): 12:51pm On Apr 20, 2016
After Sergio Aguero scored from a clearly offside position against Newcastle last night, SoccerEcho take a look at the worst refereeing decisions of the season and which teams have been most affected, for better or worse.
Spoiler: this piece is almost entirely subjective and will likely make you really angry and want to abuse the author.
So, in chronological order…
Benteke goal incorrectly given against Bournemouth
Back in August, when Christian Benteke was still a credible Premier League striker, and Brendan Rodgers was Liverpool manager, there was all manner of controversy over the Reds’ winner against Bournemouth.
Philippe Coutinho was interfering with play in the build up to the goal, with his attempt to convert Jordan Henderson’s cross distracting goalkeeper Artur Boruc, before Benteke tapped home.
A change in the offside ruling over the summer meant Coutinho should have been flagged and the goal disallowed.
As it was, the goal was given, and Liverpool won 1-0.

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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/worst-referee-decisions-of-season.html

Sports / Jose Mourinho To Manage England... (in Charity Match) by soccerecho(m): 12:06pm On Apr 20, 2016
Jose Mourinho will be returning to management this summer - and at Old Trafford too.
However, before United fans get carried away, the former Chelsea boss will take charge of England against Claudio Ranieri's Rest of the World side for this summer's Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford.
The two teams of celebrities will meet on June 5 in the sixth Soccer Aid, which raises money for Unicef.
Mourinho will be assisted by Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, with Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams on board as coach.
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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/jose-mourinho-to-manage-england-in.html

Sports / Liverpool And Everton Combined XI by soccerecho(m): 11:52am On Apr 20, 2016
SoccerEcho takes a look at which Liverpool and Everton stars would make it into a combined XI based on this season's statistics, ahead of tonight's Merseyside derby at Anfield (8pm).

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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/liverpool-and-everton-combined-xi.html

Sports / Why Arsenal Must Sack Arsene Wenger? by soccerecho(m): 10:00am On Apr 19, 2016
1) Never won back to back titles
People talk about Arsene Wenger as a legend of British football. His record in terms of trophies though isn’t that good. In fact over his time at Arsenal it is poor given that the club are regarded as a top club. He’s been at the club for 20 years and delivered just three league titles. That isn’t good enough. In that period he never won the coveted back to back titles that any great team wins. Jose Mourinho did this and Sir Alex Ferguson won three on the spin. This is what separates the good teams from the absolutely great. Regardless of a season unbeaten he never followed it up.

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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/why-arsenal-must-sack-arsene-wenger.html

Sports / Jamie Vardy To Dash Leicester's Title Hopes Over Misconduct Charge by soccerecho(m): 9:47am On Apr 19, 2016
Plainly no exceptions can be made for a Roy of the Rovers storyline when a footballer reacts to his sending off with abusive and threatening behaviour towards a referee – if that is what Vardy was guilty of in Sunday’s volcanic game against West Ham.
Romance has nothing to do with it. Nor is “swearing” the main issue. A distinction can be drawn between “bad language” and allegedly jabbing a finger at a referee’s face and attaching offensive labels to him. This kind of personal abuse is no more acceptable in a football match than it would be in an office. If this is indeed how Vardy responded to a legitimate dismissal, the official, Jonathan Moss, deserves protection from the authorities.
The Football Association has a poor record of shielding match officials from obnoxious conduct, though Chelsea’s Diego Costa recently picked up an extended ban for throwing a tantrum about being sent off.

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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/jamie-vardy-to-dash-leicesters-title.html

Sports / Eden Hazard Commits Futrure To Chelsea After Meeting With Antonio Conte by soccerecho(m): 9:38am On Apr 19, 2016
Antonio Conte has met with Eden Hazard to discuss the Belgian international’s future and expects him to now stay at Stamford Bridge.
That’s the word from the Daily Mail, who claim that despite rumours of late suggesting that the former Lille man would be the first major casualty of Conte’s west London campaign, he is now set to continue his career in England.
CONTE AND HAZARD MEET
HAZARD FORM
In the rumoured meeting, Conte is believed to have outlined how Hazard will fit into his Chelsea squad next season. The winger, in turn, now privately is of the belief that he will continue with the Blues.


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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/eden-hazard-commits-futrure-to-chelsea.html

Sports / Liverpool FC Supporters Plan Pre-match Welcome For Dortmund by soccerecho(m): 2:34pm On Apr 14, 2016
Jurgen Klopp commended the intimidating atmosphere the Anfield support provided in their spectacular 2-0 win over fierce rivals Manchester United last month in the Europa League. At the weekend,the German called for a similar atmosphere for Thursday’s crucial second-leg decider against Borussia Dortmund.
The fans seem to have answered Klopp’s call, with a procession being planned to welcome the team bus at Anfield, followed by an early occupation of the stadium to set the atmosphere for an enthralling European night.


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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/liverpool-fc-supporters-plan-pre-match.html

Sports / Liverpool Arrive Anfield Ahead Of Big Clash With Dortmund by soccerecho(m): 2:22pm On Apr 14, 2016
LIVERPOOL have arrived at Anfield as the begin their final preparations ahead their Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.




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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/liverpool-arrive-anfield-ahead-of-big.html

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Sports / I Want To Retire Where I Am - Leicester Boss Claudio Ranieri Announces by soccerecho(m): 2:00pm On Apr 14, 2016
Ranieri is on the brink of winning the Premier League with the Foxes in his first season in charge - a remarkable feat given the club's previous campaign.
Last term the midlands side seemed destined for relegation before a spirited display after Christmas saw them claw their way to a 14th place finish.
But now with just five Premier League games to go and sitting seven points clear of closet rivals Tottenham, they look like being crowned champions.

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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/i-want-to-retire-where-i-am-leicester.html

Sports / Klopp Handed Boost In Pursuit Of Bundesliga Star by soccerecho(m): 1:28pm On Apr 14, 2016
Hummels has been on the books at the Westfalenstadion since 2008 and has developed in to one of the best central defenders in world football during his nine year career with Dortmund.


The 27-year-old played under Jurgen Klopp for several years and helped guide the club to successive Bundesliga titles between 2010 and 2012 while he was also pivotal in the side that lost out to Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League final.



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Sports / Cristiano Ronaldo : Most Goals Plus Assists In Europe by soccerecho(m): 4:17pm On Apr 11, 2016
No one doubts that having Cristiano Ronaldo firing on all cylinders is one of the best ways to overcome a 2-0 deficit against Wolfsburg. In fact, this season he has scored and assisted more than anyone else in Europe.
This is borne out by combining the stats from La Liga and the Champions League as it shows Ronaldo as Europe's deadliest striker.
He has 43 goals in the Spanish League and 15 in Europe, putting him ahead of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski.
Los Blancos benefited from the forward's keen eye for goal in their last match against Eibar as the Portuguese star netted with a sensational overhead kick.
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http://www.soccerecho.com/2016/04/cristiano-ronaldo-most-goals-plus.html

Sports / Euro 2016 Championships Under Threat By ISIS Terror Group by soccerecho(m): 4:00pm On Apr 11, 2016
French publication Liberation has revealed a shocking plan by Islamic terror group ISIS to launch attacks during the much-anticipated Euro 2016 Championship. The newspaper further reports that the revelations came from one terror suspect Mohamed Abrini, who was captured last week in Belgium after being linked with the Brussels terror attack where 32 people died and 300 others injured.
The Islamic terror group also carried out a similar attack on Friday Novermber 2015 during an international friendly match between France and Germany in Paris and it’s northern suburb Saint-Denis. In the attack, three suicide bombers struck a few meters from the Stade de France. What followed was a series of well-coordinated mass shootings at public places such as cafes, music halls and restaurants. The incident claimed more than 130 lives and injured more than 368.
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Sports / Chelsea New Manager Antonio Conte Face Italian Court Over Alleged Match Fixing by soccerecho(m): 4:11pm On Apr 05, 2016
An Italian court on Tuesday called for new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to receive a six-month suspended prison sentence over match-fixing allegations.
The current Italy manager, who will take over Chelsea after Euro 2016, is accused of sporting fraud.
The ‘Calcioscommesse’ corruption probe says the 46-year-old former Juventus boss failed to expose an alleged rigged second division match in May 2011.
The game involved Siena, which Conte managed at that time.
• More: Conte’s to-do list once he takes over Chelsea
Conte, who denies any wrongdoing, was also ordered to pay an 8,000 euros (dh33.05, $9,000 US) fine, by Italian public prosecutor Roberto Di Martino.
The May 29 2011 game suspected of being fixed for betting purposes ended with a 1-0 away win for Conte’s side at AlbinoLeffe.
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Sports / Wolfsburg Coach Dieter Hecking And Midfielder Vieirinha To Talk To Press Ahead O by soccerecho(m): 3:53pm On Apr 05, 2016
Coming up shortly, Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking and midfielder Vieirinha will be discussing Wednesday's tie against Real Madrid ...

European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / PSG Vs Manchester City:UCL (2 - 2) On 6th April 2016 by soccerecho(m): 2:36pm On Apr 05, 2016
Manuel Pellegrini has backed Eliaquim Mangala to rise to the occasion when Manchester City face an in-form Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain.

France defender Mangala has faced criticism from some quarters over his form since moving to Etihad Stadium for a reported fee of £42million from Porto in August 2014.

But with captain Vincent Kompany (calf) leading a damaging injury list that also includes goalkeeper Joe Hart (calf), Raheem Sterling (groin) and possibly Yaya Toure (knee), Mangala is set to continue deputising against the Ligue 1 champions.

Mangala's performances may have been indifferent, but Pellegrini is confident the 25-year-old can keep a brilliant PSG attack - led by the evergreen Ibrahimovic - quiet at the Parc des Princes.

"If you have the statistics then you will see every time Mangala plays then we win," Pellegrini said.

"In a few games this season he has made mistakes, which is very awful to concede, but if you review his overall performances, he is a very good player.

"I don't think the price made a difference for him. He is a very young player, he is adapting to a difficult league in the Premier League.

"He has all the conditions to be a very important player here and I'm sure he will improve in every season he plays in the Premier League."

The tie marks City's first foray in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after being knocked out in the last 16 by Barcelona in the previous two seasons, as they seek to finally translate their domestic form into Europe.

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Sports / First Ever Messi - Zidane El Classico by soccerecho(m): 2:42pm On Apr 02, 2016
Every encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid is watched the world over as some of the biggest stars in football go head to head.
Many of these star players from the two clubs are old acquaintances who have squared up to each other several times in El Clasico duels.
But there has to a first time for everything. Marca take a trip down memory lane to see how these old hands shaped up for their very first time.
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Sports / Alexandre Pato Makes Debut With A Bang At Villa Park by soccerecho(m): 2:11pm On Apr 02, 2016
Brazilian Alexandre Pato finally made his Chelsea debut in Saturday's Premier League game against Aston Villa and marked the occasion with a goal from the penalty spot.
The 26-year-old forward moved to London from Brazilian club Corinthians in January on loan but had to wait three months to kick a ball in a competitive fixture.
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Sports / 11 Arrests Made After Disturbances At Manchester Derby by soccerecho(m): 12:43pm On Mar 21, 2016
Greater Manchester Police reported minor incidents of disorder and fighting between supporters around the ground before kick-off and after the final whistle, but no major incidents.
All those arrested are men and all remain in custody.
One was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
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Sports / Check Out How Chelsea Could Swap Eden Hazard For Real Madrid’s Star by soccerecho(m): 3:44pm On Mar 15, 2016
A few big wins to start off the Frenchman’s reign were expected, the stuttering away performances were not.
Where next on their travels? Camp Nou and a date with reigning La Liga and European champions Barcelona.
If this weekend’s results keep the status quo the same going into El Clasico and Los Blancos lose that particular fixture, then Real will find themselves 15 points behind the leaders at close of play.
Enough for the president to consider another appointment at season’s end? You bet.
In any event, Real have the threat of an 18-month transfer ban hanging over them. It’s likely not to be ratified until after this summer’s window meaning that the club can instigate a root and branch overhaul.
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Sports / How Arsenal Can Beat Barcelona - 5 Things To Put Into Consideration by soccerecho(m): 3:22pm On Mar 15, 2016
Arsenal head into Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Barcelona as significant underdogs, having completely torpedoed their chances of progression with a wasteful display of dominance at the Emirates.
After sitting deep and springing Barca perfectly on the counter, Arsenal completely lacked the poise and extra quality to be able to finish the chances they were creating.
The moment that perhaps demonstrated their struggles better than any other was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injuring himself after a heavy first touch ruined another brilliant opening on the counter-attack.
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