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Baggio takes a dig at Trapattoni

Former European Player of the Year Roberto Baggio has responded to appeals for him to be recalled to the Italy side with a jibe at coach Giovanni Trapattoni's interest in picking Argentine-born winger Mauro Camoranesi.

America robs cradle to get talented footballer

Freddy Adu, a 13-year-old from Ghana who received a United States passport earlier this month, has become the youngest football player ever named to a US team for an international competition.

Dida convicted over false papers

AC Milan goalkeeper Dida has been handed a seven-month prison sentence by an Italian judge for falsifying papers to obtain a Portuguese passport, I>Gazzetta dello Sport's /I>website reported on Thursday.

From jeers to cheers

Nearly 20 years ago all Zola Budd #8211; or Zola Budd-Pieterse as she now prefers to be known #8211; heard when she was running in Britain were jeers from anti-apartheid activists.

Mexican football hit by alleged false nationality papers scandal

Mexico will check the naturalisation papers of 23 foreign-born football players after media reports alleged that a Brazilian had forged his papers.

Greenlight for national team to travel, minus Shalin

The agonising wait for the national bowlers to get back into international competition is over. All of them except three-time Asian women's number one Shalin Zulkfili will take part in the Philippines Open.

Top scorer Christiansen goes over to Hanover

Joint top Bundesliga scorer Thomas Christiansen has joined Hanover 96 for the next three seasons from VfL Bochum. Hanover said Christiansen had passed a medical examination on Friday and signed a deal late on Friday.

Fadiga signs three-year deal with Inter Milan

Senegalese international midfielder Khalilou Fadiga signed for Italian giants Inter Milan on Wednesday from French Cup winners Auxerre for a fee of 3mil euros (US$3.4mil), the buying club announced.

Inter: Fadiga’s heart a cause for concern

Khalilou Fadiga's move from Auxerre to Inter Milan could be in danger after the Senegal midfielder failed to prove his fitness during a medical, according to media reports on Thursday.

Barcelona’s Kluivert not allowed into the US

Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert was not allowed into the United States on Friday because of his involvement in a fatal car accident eight years ago, Spanish news reports said.