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Gallop admits A-League clubs will find it 'tough' to sign high-profile players

David Gallop
David Gallop says that A-League clubs will be hard-pressed to lure big, marketable names to Australia.

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop says A-League clubs may still find it difficult to sign high-profile international stars even with the new guest-player slot.

FFA recently introduced a full-season guest player role tailor-made to help Melbourne City sign Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill.

However Gallop warned clubs will still be hard-pressed to lure big, marketable names to Australia as they struggle to balance star power with a desire to win games -- all in a salary-cap system.

"It's...

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Man United vs. City International Champions Cup game cancelled

Ahead of their ICC meeting with Man City in Beijing, Jose Mourinho says his only objective is to take his players home without injury.

BEIJING -- The International Champions Cup fixture between Manchester United and Manchester City has been called off because of concerns over the state of the pitch at the Bird's Nest stadium.

Beijing has been hit significant rainfall in recent days and another major downpour overnight ha led to the pitch at the 80,000-capacity ground being deemed unplayable.

United manager Jose Mourinho had branded the pitch "very bad" in the lead up to the friendly match against Pep Guardiola's City.

Following...

New Peterborough signing Bradden Inman breaks leg in preseason training

Brad Inman
Brad Inman, 24, joined Peterborough United from Crewe Alexandra in June.

Socceroos midfielder Bradden Inman has suffered a broken leg in preseason training in a disastrous start to life with his new club Peterborough United.

Inman, 24, only signed with the English League One outfit last month after three seasons with Crewe Alexandra and is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

The Adelaide product, who previously represented Scotland at under-19 and under-21 levels, tweeted a picture from his hospital bed and said he was "devastated" to have suffered the injury.

Inman...

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Sam Allardyce's England to face Croatia in friendly - reports

England's new manager Sam Allardyce intends to get to know his staff as he settles in at the helm of the national team.
New England manager Sam Allardyce believes the job has come at the right time for him.
Sam Allardyce is all smiles after being named England manager, a job he says he has waited years for.

Sam Allardyce's first game in charge of England will be a friendly against Croatia, according to British newspaper reports.

Allardyce was appointed England manager last Friday, succeeding Roy Hodgson following the nation's round-of-16 exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.

The team's next confirmed fixture is against on Sept. 4 when they take on Slovakia in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier.

But The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror report that the Three Lions will take on Croatia in...

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Manchester United's David De Gea says Chinese fans are unbelievable

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti says Jose Mourinho has been frustrated by Manchester United's preseason tour.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts look ahead to Manchester United's preseason International Champions Cup games.
The FC panel breakdown Manchester United's loss to Borussia Dortmund and if it's a bad omen for the start of their season.
Borussia Dortmund showed their class as they eased past Jose Mourinho's Man Utd in the International Champions Cup.

"Unbelievable" is the word that goalkeeper David De Gea has used to describe Manchester United fans across China.

The first Manchester derby to be played on foreign soil will take place on Monday evening in Beijing in the International Champions Cup.

And, with both clubs under new managers, the level of interest reached fever pitch when Man United arrived from Shanghai on Sunday night. That's despite concerns over the state of the pitch in the Chinese capital.

De Gea has had little time to rest...

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Roberto Mancini refuses to rule out Mauro Icardi move to Napoli

The ESPN FC panel discuss Mauro Icardi's request for a new Inter Milan deal and if he does enough to warrant a pay increase.

Rumours linking Mauro Icardi to Serie A rivals Napoli continue to swirl after the Inter Milan captain was absent during the side's preseason defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

Inter coach Roberto Mancini remained coy when asked of Icardi's potential trade following the Italian club's 3-1 loss to PSG in the International Champions Cup.

"As for whether Icardi is not for sale, you'll have to ask the president," Mancini said when questioned post-match.

Icardi is under contract until 2019, but reports...