Fabio Cannavaro’s two-year reign as Guangzhou Evergrande coach appears to be all but over after captain Zheng Zhi took temporary charge of the Chinese Super League leaders on Monday. The club made the announcement following a 2-2 home draw on Sunday against mid-table Henan Jianye, cutting Guangzhou’s lead at the top of the CSL to 

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Virgil van Dijk is one of seven Liverpool players named on the 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d’Or. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alisson have also been chosen from the Reds. Five Manchester City players – Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero 

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Former Adelaide United striker Ken Ilso Larsen was banned Friday for two years by Australian authorities after testing positive for cocaine. The presence of benzoylecgonine — the drug’s main byproduct — was detected during a test in January. Larsen was provisionally suspended in March while an investigation was conducted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s former club Sporting Lisbon could name their stadium after the Portuguese legend as his career has always been linked with the club he joined at the tender age of 12. Ronaldo’s display at the Estadio Jose Alvalade against Manchester United in 2003 propelled the Premier League giants to sign him. Ronaldo has now 

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Iranian women entered the country’s national stadium in Tehran on Thursday after being able to purchase tickets for a national team game for the first time in 40 years. But under pressure from world governing body FIFA and women’s rights campaigners, Iranian authorities earmarked around 3,000 tickets for women to Thursday’s World Cup Asian qualifier 

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Robbie Fowler’s first season as a coach gets underway this weekend when Australia’s ailing and expanded A-League kicks off, with the Liverpool great keen to stamp his mark on a Brisbane Roar side that struggled last year. While Fowler was briefly player-coach of Thai club Muangthong United, and has worked extensively at Liverpool’s academy, he 

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