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Director Monchi signs four-year Roma deal

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Benteke handshake no disrespect to Liverpool - Mamadou Sakho

Christian Benteke says he respects his former club and chose to not show them up after scoring his goals.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the sides defensive mistakes proved costly in their defeat to Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho has defended his controversial handshake with fellow Liverpool castaway Christian Benteke.

Palace surprised the Anfield outfit on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat of Jurgen Klopp's side thanks to a brace from former Reds big-money signing Benteke, the first of which was followed by an elaborate greeting between he and Sakho.

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Benteke and the on-loan Sakho, who was ineligible to play against his parent club, staged an encore performance at the conclusion of the match,...

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Frank Yallop steps down as Phoenix Rising coach amid bid to join MLS

Didier Drogba was given a hero's welcome in Phoenix as the Ivorian forward arrived at Sky Harbor Airport.

Frank Yallop resigned as the coach of Phoenix Rising on Monday, less than a month into the USL club's season and in the midst of its bid to move to Major League Soccer.

The move comes one day after the club introduced former Chelsea star Didier Drogba as a new player and executive.

The Arizona city is among a group of a dozen U.S. locations hoping to be awarded one of four MLS expansion bids either later this year or thereafter.

Phoenix had won its past two games after starting the season with two...

 By Dami Ugbane

Ilechukwu: We have the quality to be league champions

Head coach of title chasing MFM FC, Fidelis Ilechukwu, says he wants to guide the Olukoya Boys to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title this season.

The club have done well to build on the experience they gained in their debut season last year, following an equally strong start to the league campaign, which eventually saw them battle relegation.

MFM FC are on a good run of form this season, sitting comfortably in 2nd place on the table. In an exclusive chat with,...

Sporting director Monchi signs four-year Roma deal after leaving Sevilla

Monchi has agreed to lead Roma for the next four years.

Monchi officially joined Roma as the Italian club's new sporting director on Monday after ending his 17-year stint with Sevilla last month.

One of the men behind Sevilla's recent run of Europa League titles, Monchi signed a four-year contract.

The Spaniard had been recognised as the person who brought through the likes of Jesus Navas, Jose Antonio Reyes and Sergio Ramos at Sevilla whilst also signing unheralded stars such as Carlos Bacca, Dani Alves and Ivan Rakitic.

In a statement, Roma president...

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Tony Adams to offer Reo-Coker, Richardson summer Granada deals

Arsenal legend Tony Adams is enthusiastic about shaking things up at his new club Granada, as he aims to keep them in La Liga.

Granada head coach Tony Adams have revealed that former Premier League duo Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson will be offered contracts in the summer.

The pair, who Adams brought in on trial, have been training since the former England captain took charge of the first team two weeks ago and have impressed enough to earn permanent deals.

However they will not be offered contracts immediately, with the club's financial situation preventing the LaLiga strugglers from signing them.

Adams told Sky...

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Ugo Ehiogu's widow to start charity in former defender's name

Before Tottenham's FA Cup semifinal with Chelsea, both clubs paid respect to the late Ugo Ehiogu.
Spurs correspondent Dan Kilpatrick reveals how highly the club regarded youth coach Ugo Ehiogu after his death aged 44.

The widow of Ugo Ehiogu has set up a fundraising page in his memory following his death on Friday.

The former England, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender died at the age of 44 after he collapsed at Tottenham's training centre on Thursday -- where he was working as the club's under-23s coach -- after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Gemma Ehiogu started up a page on JustGiving on April 22 with a notional target of £1,000 to set up a charity in her husband's name and, by 6 p.m. on Monday evening,...