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David Villa to retire at end of J-League season….

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Spain’s all-time top goalscorer David Villa will retire next month, at the end of Japan’s J-League season. The former Barcelona striker will end a 19-year career, in which he won the 2010 World Cup and 2008 European Championship with his country.

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Ibrahimovic confirms LA Galaxy exit….

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his two-season stint at LA Galaxy made him “feel alive again” as he confirms he will leave the Major League Soccer side. The former Sweden striker, 38, scored 52 goals in 53 starts for LA Galaxy since arriving in March 2018.

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Thierry Henry is new coach of Montreal Impact….

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Thierry Henry has taken over as coach of Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact. The former France and Arsenal striker has signed a two-year deal, which has an option for 2022, with the club. Henry, who was sacked as Monaco manager in January, spent four and a half years with MLS side New York Red Bulls before retiring as a player in December 2014.

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Dickson Etuhu’s sentence appealed….

Both prosecution and defence will appeal over former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu’s sentence after he was found guilty of attempted match-fixing. A Swedish appeals court handed down its ruling and sentencing on Wednesday with Etuhu and his lawyers saying immediately they would launch an appeal.

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Dickson Etuhu found guilty of match-fixing in Sweden….

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Former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu has been found guilty of attempted match-fixing by a Swedish appeals court. The Court of Appeal in Stockholm said in a release on Wednesday that it was clear that Etuhu and an unnamed former player tried to influence AIK keeper Kyriakos “Kenny” Stamatopoulos to fix a match in Sweden’s top division in 2017.

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Dominika Cibulková retires from tennis….

Former world number four and Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulková has announced her retirement from tennis. The 30-year-old won eight WTA titles – including the prestigious WTA Finals in 2016 – and in 2014 became the first Slovak to reach a Grand Slam final, losing to Li Na in Melbourne.

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Saudi Arabia to host Spanish Super Cup….

The Spanish Super Cup tournament will be played in Saudi Arabia in January 2020, the national football association (RFEF) said on Monday. The four-team event features Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah.

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Man jailed for trying to rob Arsenal stars….

An armed mugger who tried to rob Arsenal footballers Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac has been jailed. Ashley Smith (left) admitted attempting to steal luxury watches worth £200,000 from the pair in Hampstead, north-west London. A second man, Jordan Northover (right), 26, has also admitted his role in the robbery.

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