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What's trending: FIFA admits World Cup hosting bribes for first time

Here are the latest stories from Wednesday.

FIFA: FIFA has acknowledged for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests

- FIFA has filed a legal claim with the United States' Department of Justice for restitution of assets seized by U.S. prosecutors in their investigation into corruption within world football's governing body. 

- Just how exactly is FIFA going to seek restitution from itself and its member federations? ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti answers our questions

MAN CITY: Vincent Kompany looks set to be out for at least a month after limping out of Manchester City's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev with a recurrence of his calf muscle injury. The match ended 0-0, as City won 3-1 on aggregate.

- Without Kompany, City might go no further in the Champions League, writes Tony Evans, while Richard Jolly reflects on the club making history as they reached the quarterfinals for the first time.

- VIDEO: Who'll step up in Kompany's absence?

BARCELONA: Neymar says he does not see himself leaving Barcelona, although there has yet to be an announcement over his contact renewal with the club facing increasing financial worries.

- Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says he does not know where he will be playing his football next season.

- VIDEO: Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique aiming to win at Camp Nou

ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid match-winner Juanfran Torres said his side had shown "hunger and heart" after the right-back netted the winning penalty for his side to progress 8-7 in the shootout past PSV Eindhoven in Tuesday's tense Champions League round-of-16 second leg.

- VIDEO: Burley: No one wants to draw Atleti in UCL

ARSENALArsene Wenger insists his motivation to manage Arsenal is stronger than ever, seemingly dismissing suggestions that fan disgruntlement could make him consider stepping down after 20 years in charge.

Mesut Ozil says Arsenal have to remain "ice cold" in the heated atmosphere of the Camp Nou to have a chance of beating Barcelona in Wednesday's round-of-16 Champions League match.

- VIDEO: How should Arsenal approach second leg at Barca?

CHELSEA: Italian coaching chief Renzo Ulivieri has criticised Chelsea for what he perceives as a total absence of "education and manners" in the Premier League club's pursuit of Antonio Conte.

JUVENTUS: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has said his side can cope with injuries to three key players as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

BAYERN MUNICH: Arjen Robben is a major doubt for Bayern Munich's Champions League clash with Juventus, coach Pep Guardiola has said.

LEICESTER: In the shadow of the possession game made famous by Barcelona, Leicester and Tottenham are proving you don't always need the ball in order to win big, writes Michael Cox.

MAN UNITEDWhile talks engulfing Louis van Gaal's future continue to swirl around Old Trafford, former Manchester United great Paul Scholes has urged his old club to sign Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba to revive their ailing fortunes.

Ryan Giggs says Manchester United's players should be relishing the high-pressure games against Liverpool and Manchester City this week.

REAL MADRID: To truly be afforded a chance at success with Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane needs to be given a say in summer transfer dealings, writes Rob Train.

- Real Madrid centre-forward Karim Benzema looks set to return for his club in Sunday evening's La Liga clash with Sevilla at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

PSG: Laurent Blanc has delivered three straight Ligue 1 trophies, yet he still has his detractors. But there are far fewer now than ever before, writes Julien Laurens.

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has said the squad were surprised Rafael Benitez joined the club, but believes they have a better chance of survival under him.

SERIE A: Roma president James Pallotta has said Francesco Totti should seriously consider retiring once his contract expires in the summer.

MLS: Caleb Porter and his Portland Timbers team are looking ahead to 2016, but they recently received a nice reminder of what was accomplished in 2015: championship rings.



Come back for another review of the trending stories across world football.


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