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Let’s dance: Thailand’s Chenrop Samphaodi (No. 9 jersey) celebrating his goal with a team-mate after scoring the first goal against Malaysia during their 2018 AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers Group H match at the Suphachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday. Thailand won 3-0. — NUR RIDZUAN / www.asiana.my

Reality bites Malaysia after heavy defeat by host

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia were brought back down to earth after suffering a 3-0 loss to heavyweights Thailand in their penultimate Group H match of the 2018 AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers.

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Barca target Coutinho sets up Asia Trophy win for Liverpool

23 July 2017

HONG KONG (Reuters) - - Juergen Klopp revealed he spoke to Philippe Coutinho about Barcelona's attempts to sign the Brazilian before the playmaker delivered a match-winning performance to help Liverpool win the Premier League Asia Trophy against Leicester City on Saturday.

Shock findings thrust mental health into soccer spotlight

23 July 2017

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The issue of mental health in soccer was thrown back into the spotlight this week as figures released in Norway showed that four in 10 of the nation's elite soccer players have suffered from anxiety and depression.

Goalkeeper Randolph leaves West Ham for Middlesbrough

22 July 2017

(Reuters) - Middlesbrough have signed goalkeeper Darren Randolph from West Ham United on a four-year contract for a fee of five million pounds ($6.50 million), the Championship team said on Saturday.

 Cristiano (left) with Lim.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo had 'a great time in Singapore'

22 July 2017

SINGAPORE: Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who was in Singapore for a day, said he had a great time here and described Singapore billionaire Peter Lim as "a great friend".

Barcelona manager Valverde quashes Neymar 'rumours'

22 July 2017

HARRISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, who will lead the club for the first time in Saturday's pre-season match against Juventus, has dismissed speculation linking Neymar with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

FIFPro asks for investigation after player attacked in changing room

22 July 2017

ZURICH (Reuters) - The world players' union FIFPro has asked for an investigation after a player from Serbian club FK Vojvodina alleged he was attacked in the changing room by his team's own fans following a Europa League tie.

Zouma signs six-year Chelsea deal, joins Stoke on loan

21 July 2017

(Reuters) - Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has signed a new six-year contract at the club but will spend the 2017-18 campaign on loan with Stoke City, the Premier League champions said on Friday.

Newcastle sign defender Manquillo from Atletico

21 July 2017

(Reuters) - Newcastle United have signed right back Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid on a three-year contract, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Friday.

Leicester knock back Roma bid for Mahrez

21 July 2017

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed the club received an offer from AS Roma for want-away winger Riyad Mahrez but have declined the Italian club's bid.

Luiz loves responsibility but expects Cahill to lead Chelsea

21 July 2017

(Reuters) - Centre back David Luiz expects Gary Cahill to succeed John Terry as Chelsea captain and says he is prepared to shoulder more responsibility regardless of who wears the armband.

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