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Rode told to stay at Bayern despite offers

 By Ben Gladwell

Gianluigi Buffon: Juventus will bounce back from nightmare start

Inter Milan's Hernanes and Marseille's Mario Lemina hope to boost Juventus' midfield following their deadline day arrival.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has backed his side to recover from their poor start to the season.

Juve have made their worst start to a season since 1912, losing their first two league matches, and are one of five sides without a point at the foot of the table.

But Buffon told Sky Sport Italia: "These are actually the challenges which bring the best out of me.

"It's great -- fantastic in fact -- to be at the start of a new cycle. Changes are good for you because they give you even more motivation.


Derby County: Businessman takes over as American owners sell stake

Derby were in a strong position last season before a dramatic meltdown in form.

The American owners of Derby County have sold their stake in the club to local businessman Mel Morris.

The Championship club, who missed out on the playoffs following a collapse in form during the second half of the season, were taken over by a consortium fronted by former Detroit Pistons executive Andy Appleby seven years ago.

But within nine months of the deal going through, the Rams...

 By Kelvin Leong

Chelsea's Courtois says new Singapore GK coach Martens will add value

Guy Martens (bottom row, fifth from right) was instrumental in guiding Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois during his formative years at KRC Genk.

Following the appointment of Guy Martens as Singapore's goalkeeping coach on Thursday, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says his Belgium countryman would add value to Singapore football.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) confirmed the appointment of 56-year-old Martens -- formerly goalkeeping coach with Belgian club KRC Genk where Courtois started his senior career in 2009 -- on Thursday ahead of the national team's away World Cup qualifier against Syria.

Genk -- who groomed experienced...

 By Ben Gladwell

Italy's Antonio Conte wants support as Fiorentina fans plan Malta boycott

Antonio Conte speaks ahead of Italy's Euro qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria.
Italy striker Eder has backed Antonio Conte's side to live up to their potential.

Antonio Conte has called on Italy supporters to unite behind the team as Fiorentina fans prepare to boycott the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Malta.

Azzurri coach Conte has looked particularly downbeat in the past few days as he prepares to enter Florence's Stadio Artemio Franchi, a place where the former Juventus boss is unlikely to find much support.

Fans of Fiorentina -- one of Juve's fiercest Serie A rivals -- are to boycott the game as a show of their lack of support in the current Italy...

FIFA: Francois Carrard panel begins work on reform after scandal

FIFA's new reform committee has gathered for the first time as part of a two-day meeting in the Swiss capital of Berne, in the latest attempt to clean up the troubled governing body.

The panel charged with reforming FIFA in the wake of the corruption scandal that has engulfed world football's governing body began its work on Wednesday

Former International Olympic Committee director general Francois Carrard chaired a 12-member group of football officials and lawyers in a two-day session at a hotel in Switzerland.

Members of Carrard's team -- picked by FIFA's six continental confederations -- declined to make any comment, with the Swiss lawyer due to speak at a news conference...

Sebastian Rode: Bayern Munich told me to stay despite summer offers

While the Brazilian defender has positive memories from his time at Bayern Munich, Dante says he is looking forward to helping his new club VfL Wolfsburg catch up to them.
The ESPN FC panel discuss why Manchester United bought Anthony Martial instead of someone like Mario Gotze or Marco Reus.
Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer and winger Arjen Robben has paid tribute to Dante, after the defender left th Bundesliga champions.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says that despite criticism of Dante's defensive skills, the Brazilian centre back will be a great addition to VfL Wolfsburg.
French midfielder Kingsley Coman joins Bayern Munich on a two-year loan from Juventus.
Sebastian Rode has only played eight minutes of Bayern Munich's 2015-16 Bundesliga campaign so far.

Sebastian Rode has told kicker that he turned down interest from Tottenham, Schalke, Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen after being told he was still needed at Bayern Munich.

Rode, 24, joined Bayern on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer and made 34 appearances for the Bundesliga champions in his debut season, but started just 10 of those.

The holding midfielder was not selected in Pep Guardiola's matchday squads for the first two league games of the new campaign, and was limited to...