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Court sets aside appeal against NFF

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Claudio Ranieri: Riyad Mahrez 'much better' served by staying at Leicester

Claudio Ranieri discusses Jamie Vardy's decision to stay, N'Golo Kante's decision to leave and the future of Riyad Mahrez.

Riyad Mahrez is "our champion" at Leicester City, says manager Claudio Ranieri, who claimed the Foxes can offer him more time in the spotlight than bigger clubs who are interested in signing the playmaker.

The Algeria international was named PFA Player of the Year while guiding Leicester to the Premier League title, and has understandably drawn interest from some of Europe's most prestigious clubs.

But in an effort to keep him at the King Power Stadium, Ranieri says he told Mahrez that it would...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria's Appeals Court confirms NFF's position as legitimate administrators

The secretary general of the Nigerian Football Federation says Gianni Infantino's visit is good news for the country.

Nigeria's Appeal Court on Monday set aside the ruling of a federal high court re-listing a case against the Nigeria Football Federation which was struck out in October 2014.

The judgement means that the controversy over who actually leads the NFF has been brought to an end, with Amaju Pinnick and his executive committee confirmed as the legitimate administrators of Nigerian football.

In October 2015, a federal high court granted an interim injunction restraining Pinnick and his executive committee...

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Villarreal agree a deal with Corinthians for Alexandre Pato - reports

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Alexandre Pato spent two years on loan at Sao Paulo.

Villarreal have reached an agreement with Brazilian side Corinthians for Alexandre Pato, according to reports.

The La Liga side will pay Corinthians in the area of €3 million for 60 percent of the former Selecao man's rights.

The move puts a somewhat happy end to a disastrous signing for Corinthians, who spent €15m to bring Pato from AC Milan in the winter of 2013, only to loan him out soon after to rivals Sao Paulo and then to Chelsea last winter.

The 26-year-old's contract with Corinthians...

 By PA Sport

FA chief Martin Glenn denies England are a 'basket case'

Sam Allardyce says he was never given the chance to win trophies at a big club, but defends his managerial achievements.
Sam Allardyce says he is the right fit for the England job because of his experience and man management skills.

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has denied England are a "basket case."

The CEO was speaking after new boss Sam Allardyce was unveiled at St George's Park following England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.

Former manager Roy Hodgson quit following a last-16 defeat to Iceland as England's trophy drought extended to 50 years.

Allardyce has signed a two-year deal to lead the Three Lions into their World Cup qualifying campaign which starts in Slovakia in September.

And Glenn insists...

 By PA Sport

Wayne Rooney's England future depends on Jose Mourinho - Allardyce

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop wonders who will lead England should Sam Allardyce not choose Wayne Rooney as captain.
The ESPN FC crew discuss what Wayne Rooney's role at Manchester United should be next season.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Jose Mourinho's suspected formation for Manchester United and how Wayne Rooney will figure in.

Sam Allardyce has offered Wayne Rooney no assurances over his role in the new England setup, admitting Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could hold the key to his future.

Rooney has captained his country for the past two years, is the record scorer with 53 goals and most experienced campaigner with 115 caps.

He has vowed to continue his Three Lions career under Allardyce, who was officially presented as Roy Hodgson's successor at St George's Park on Monday, but serious question marks exist...

Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen almost quit football three years ago

Vincent Janssen is set to complete a move to Tottenham from AZ Alkmaar after a medical on Monday.
A brief profile of the rumoured Tottenham target, AZ Alkmaar forward Vincent Janssen.

MELBOURNE, Australia - Tottenham Hotspur new boy Vincent Janssen has revealed he nearly quit football after failing to make the grade at Feyenoord.

Janssen spent three years with the Dutch giants but was released in 2013, aged 19, and dropped down to the Dutch second tier with minnows Almere City FC.

After two seasons at Almere, he returned to the Eredivisie and finished top scorer in the division in his only season with AZ Alkmaar, bagging 27 goals in 34 appearances last term to earn a £17...