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Messi will never leave Barca - club president

Josep Maria Bartomeu predicted that Lionel Messi would not only extend his contract with the Barca but also end his playing days there too.

Messi will never leave Barca - club president
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Pipe dreams: Kazakhstan's hopes of sports empire hit by oil crash

A quartet of state-of-the art, government-built stadia rise out of former marshland in energy-rich Kazakhstan's futuristic capital Astana, but the Central Asian state's soaring sporting ambitions have been shot down by the global oil slump.

Pipe dreams: Kazakhstan's hopes of sports empire hit by oil crash
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China's Evergrande 'world's most valuable club'

China's Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao has become the world's most valuable football club.

China's Evergrande 'world's most valuable club'
Blatter compares FIFA ethics probe to 'inquisition'
Blatter compares FIFA ethics probe to 'inquisition'

Sepp Blatter said that he was the target of "an inquisition" by FIFA's ethics committee, which has suspended him for 90 days and called for further sanctions over corruption charges.

Blatter compares FIFA ethics probe to 'inquisition'
FIFA approves five presidential candidates, Platini pending
FIFA approves five presidential candidates, Platini pending

FIFA approved five candidates to stand in February's vote to replace Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body, but Michel Platini has not yet made the list.

FIFA approves five presidential candidates, Platini pending
French footballer Benzema held over sextape blackmail: legal source
French footballer Benzema held over sextape blackmail: legal source

French footballer Karim Benzema was arrested in connection with blackmail over a sextape featuring fellow player Mathieu Valbuena, a source close to the probe told AFP.

French footballer Benzema held over sextape blackmail: legal source
Blatter blames 'bad losers' as seven candidates retained
Blatter blames 'bad losers' as seven candidates retained

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter blamed England, the United States and Michel Platini for the corruption scandal engulfing the organisation.

Blatter blames 'bad losers' as seven candidates retained
UEFA backs Platini's right to defend himself
UEFA backs Platini's right to defend himself

UEFA said it supports suspended president Michel Platini's right to defend himself against corruption allegations following an emergency meeting in Nyon, Switzerland.

UEFA backs Platini's right to defend himself
Platini on tenterhooks ahead of UEFA crisis meeting
Platini on tenterhooks ahead of UEFA crisis meeting

Michel Platini will get a strong indication of the level of support from the organisation he heads when UEFA holds its crisis meeting in Nyon.

Platini on tenterhooks ahead of UEFA crisis meeting
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Can Kazakhstan keep Netherlands out of Euro 2016?

Kazakhstan's national football team plays against the Netherlands at the UEFA Euro Qualifiers in Astana on October 10

Can Kazakhstan keep Netherlands out of Euro 2016?
Blatter fights ban amid FIFA turmoil
Blatter fights ban amid FIFA turmoil

FIFA president Sepp Blatter appealed against the 90 day ban that forced him out of office, a report said as world football's sleaze-tainted governing body headed into months of turmoil over how to find a new leader.

Blatter fights ban amid FIFA turmoil
UEFA defies FIFA ban on Platini
UEFA defies FIFA ban on Platini

UEFA refused to name a new leader after FIFA banned its president Michel Platini from all football activity for 90 days.

UEFA defies FIFA ban on Platini
Platini hits out at 'insidious' suspension leaks
Platini hits out at 'insidious' suspension leaks

UEFA leader Michel Platini hit out at "insidious" leaks claiming he faces a 90-day suspension from world football's governing body FIFA.

Platini hits out at 'insidious' suspension leaks
Chung says will start "embezzlement" case against Blatter
Chung says will start "embezzlement" case against Blatter

FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon said he plans to start legal action against world football leader Sepp Blatter who he slammed as "a hypocrite and a liar."

Chung says will start "embezzlement" case against Blatter
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Canas rescues historic point for Kazakhstan's Astana

Roger Canas rescued a point for Astana in a 2-2 draw at home to Galatasaray as the Kazakh side became the first team from the Central Asian nation to stage a match in the Champions League group stage.

Canas rescues historic point for Kazakhstan's Astana
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Football: Astana host Galatasaray in Kazakhstan's first CL game

Football fans in Kazakhstan's capital Astana are eagerly gearing up to welcome Turkish team Galatasaray for the first ever Champions League group match in the Central Asian nation on Wednesday.

Football: Astana host Galatasaray in Kazakhstan's first CL game
Blatter, Platini risk suspension amid FIFA ethics probe
Blatter, Platini risk suspension amid FIFA ethics probe

The future of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his heir-apparent Michel Platini was in play, as they faced scrutiny by the football world body's ethics committee.

Blatter, Platini risk suspension amid FIFA ethics probe
David Beckham launches UN appeal to protect kids
David Beckham launches UN appeal to protect kids

Football legend, male model and father of four David Beckham went to UN headquarters in New York to call on world leaders to end violence against children.

David Beckham launches UN appeal to protect kids
Astana FC's Stoilov invited to head Beijing Guoan FC for $5 million

Beijing Guoan FC offers the Head Coach of Kazakhstan's Astana FC Stanimir Stoilov a 5 million contract.

Astana FC's Stoilov invited to head Beijing Guoan FC for $5 million
Trump denies he wants to buy Pope's favorite football team
Trump denies he wants to buy Pope's favorite football team

It seems not even bombastic billionaire Donald Trump would go so far as to snatch something so close to the heart of Pope Francis.

Trump denies he wants to buy Pope's favorite football team