#ASEDEYHOT – TEARS FLOW AS CHAPECOENSE RETURN TO ACTION

Chapecoense player Alan Ruschel, one of the three players that survived the air crash almost two months ago, comforts a relative of those that did not survive, during the Sudamericana trophy award ceremony prior to a match against Palmeiras, in Chapeco, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Almost two months after the air tragedy that killed 71 people, including 19 team players, Chapecoense plays at its Arena Conda stadium against the 2016 Brazilian champion Palmeiras. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Thousands of fans gathered under a blazing sun in southern Brazil on Saturday as Chapecoense played their first match since most of their players were killed in an air crash in Colombia in November. The friendly against Palmeiras was the first game of the season for both sides but it…

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#ASEDEYHOT – CARROLL HAPPY AT WEST HAM

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Andy Carroll has pledged his future to the Hammers. Carroll’s future has been uncertain because of his disappointing injury record.  The England striker says  he will stay, with boss Slaven Bilic.   Andy Carroll on Soccer Parole.

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#ASEDEYHOT – FIFA AND THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES. 2016, A TERRIBLE YEAR FOR ‘INTEGRITY’

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Gianni Infantino’s triumphant pre-Christmas claim that FIFA was now close to being an integrity-credible organisation was met with thinly veiled amusement in many quarters – not least the press worldwide who dutifully re-reported the FIFA president’s latest musings. There is of course a far more credible integrity viewpoint. “It has…

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#ASEDEYHOT – TEVEZ JOINS THE CHINESE FOREIGN LEGION FOR RECORD €84M

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Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has become  the latest international star to head for China after signing for Shanghai Shenhua from his boyhood club Boca Juniors. Although China is taking steps to reduce the number of overseas players in the Chinese Super League and boost development of domestic players, Tevez is reported…

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#ASEDEYHOT – ALLARDYCE: LOSING ENGLAND JOB AMONG ‘DARKEST DAYS’

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The new Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce said losing the England manager’s job after just 67 days, is one of the “Darkest Days” of his life. Sam Allardyce  Soccer Parole.

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#ASEDEYHOT – INFANTINO THINKS BIG, OPTING FOR 48-TEAM WORLD CUP EXTRAVAGANZA

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It will not be formally agreed by the FIFA Council until early January but it now seems likely future World Cup finals after 2022 will feature 16 groups of three in a 48-team tournament if Gianni Infantino obtains sufficient support for the idea. Members of the  Council are reported to…

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#ASEDEYHOT: SOUTHGATE REACTS TO ENGLAND APPOINTMENT

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Gareth Southgate the manager of the England Under-21 team gives instructions to his players during a training session at St Georges Park on September 3, 2013 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate gives his reaction after being named England’s permanent manager on a 4-year contract. Southgate explains his thoughts of being confirmed the new manager of England’s national senior football team. Gareth Southgate on Soccer Parole.

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#ASEDEYHOT – NO ELECTRICS, NO FUEL – PILOT RECORDING BEFORE CHAPECOENSE PLANE CRASHED

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The chartered plane that tragically crashed in Colombia wiping out virtually an entire Brazilian football team was running out of fuel, according to the pilot’s final words. The disaster on Monday night killed 71 people, including 19 Chapecoense players, sending shock waves round the football world. Only six on board…

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#ASEDEYHOT – WENGER: NO NOVEMBER BLIP FOR ARSENAL

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t think his side are going through a dip in form. They drew 2-2 with PSG in the Champions League, a third successive draw. Wenger was responding rather tetchily to claims that the Gunners’ first stumbles after a typically promising start have historically come in this…

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#ASEDEYHOT – INFANTINO CLAIMS MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR HIS EXPANDED WORLD CUP PLANS

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Gianni Infantino says the majority of FIFA members are in favour of his plans to expand the World Cup finals to either 40 or 48 teams. Despite mounting disaffection among some stakeholders, including leagues and clubs, over the controversial move, details of which are due to be announced in January,…

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#ASEDEYHOT – QATAR 2022 SIGNS DEAL TO OPEN UP CONSTRUCTION SITES FOR INSPECTION

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Widely criticised over the treatment of migrant workers employed on construction sites, organisers of the World 2022 in Qatar have given the green light for its stadiums to be inspected by officials of the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), a global federation of some 300 trade unions in the building industry that…

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#ASEDEYHOT – SOUTHGATE: ENGLAND HAVE STRENGTH IN DEPTH

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England interim manager Gareth Southgate is pleased with the options available to him ahead of Friday’s World Cup Qualifier against Scotland. Gareth Southgate on Soccer Parole.

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#ASEDEYHOT – HOME-GROWN PLAYERS HIT RECORD LOWS IN CLUBS ACROSS EUROPE, SAYS REPORT

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Home-grown players continue to be on the decline across Europe while foreign imports have reached a new high. That is the latest sobering conclusion issued by the CIES Football Observatory on the profile of players active in 31 top European leagues. The latest study notably shows that the presence of “club-trained players”- those…

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#ASEDEYHOT – TONY PULIS RELAXED UNDER NEW WEST BROM OWNERS

Tony Pulis has never experienced relegation as a manager.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis talks about the club’s new owner, his contract extension and what he believes is an exciting future for the Baggies. Tony Pulis on Soccer Parole.

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#ASEDEYHOT – INFANTINO MAKES CASES FOR EXPANDING WORLD CUP AND REDUCING CLUB SQUAD SIZES

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Battered by widespread criticism of his plans to expand the World Cup finals, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has come out fighting by insisting the move will provide a better spectacle for both fans and sponsors. Many observers view Infantino’s pledge to increase the number of finalists from 32 to either…

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