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Real Madrid turn attention to domestic duties

Having acquired a lifeline in their bid to retain the Champions League, Real Madrid now switch their sights to domestic matters and a win at Alaves today is vital if they are to keep up the pressure on league leaders Real Sociedad.

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Pires to miss Arsenal's semis tie

Arsenal will take on Sheffield United in today#8217;s FA Cup semi-final without injured French winger Robert Pires, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.

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A Cup that counts for the Saints

The FA Cup final has been restored to its traditional slot as the final game of the English domestic season but only one of today's Cardiff combatants regards it as the pinnacle of the year.

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Real test begins for France

The 2003 Confederations Cup represents the first real test for hosts France to prove to the world that they have recovered from their pitiful showing at last year#8217;s World Cup.

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England call-up for Kirkland

Uncapped Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was named on Saturday in the England squad for next week's friendly against Croatia but Everton striker Wayne Rooney was left out due to injury.

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Ranieri gives Veron a run-out

Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri, still worried by the fitness level of Juan Sebastian Veron, gives the Argentine midfielder a run-out against Notts County in the English League Cup today.

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Lissek happy with the ‘new’ team

After months of acrimony and uncertainty, the national hockey team now has a new determination and spirit. And national coach Paul Lissek is a happy man these days.

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Barca ride on league form

Barcelona need their superb league form to rub off in the UEFA Cup against Celtic today if Frank Rijkaard#8217;s side are to overturn a 1-0 deficit and reach the quarter-finals.

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France go into battle with Holland without usual midfield

No Zidane, no Vieira, no Pires - coach Jacques Santini will send out a France side missing their usual midfield in today's friendly against Holland.

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UEFA Cup semi-final sets Spanish Eastern coast on fire

Never before has the UEFA Cup been so important on Spain's Eastern coast.