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South American Coaches Add Spice

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After years of trying, South American coaches are finally gaining a foothold in European football and their growing influence will be heavily felt as the Champions League round of 16 gets under.

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Man City On Guard For Barcelona Baptism

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Barcelona appear to have hit form with ominous timing for Champions League knockout-phase debutants Manchester City ahead of Tuesday's last 16 first leg between the sides at the Etihad Stadium.

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Rodgers Rues Suarez Treatment In Loss

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Luis Suarez's reputation is being unfairly held against him after the striker was denied a penalty during his side's FA Cup defeat at Arsenal.

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Arsenal To Face Everton In Quarters

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Arsenal set up an FA Cup quarterfinal meeting with Everton after overcoming Liverpool 2-1 in a feisty and gripping fifth-round match at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Liverpool had trounced Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend, but the London club took revenge through goals in each half by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski.

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Porter Double Sees Blades Into Quarters

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Sheffield United substitute Chris Porter struck twice in the closing stages as the Blades beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Victory at their Bramall Lane ground took the third tier club into the last eight, where they will now face Sheffield Wednesday if their local rivals get past Charlton in a re-arranged fixture.

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Real Rejoin Barca, Atletico At The Top

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Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run to 25 matches and rejoined Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga when Jese, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric scored in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday.

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Sunderland Beat Saints Into FA Cup Quarters

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Sunderland continued their cup success this season as a much-changed side saw off a poor Southampton team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Gus Poyet's Black Cats have already reached the Capital One Cup final and they were rarely tested as Craig Gardner's fine strike settled the tie.

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Man City Easily See Off Chelsea

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Manchester City exacted their revenge on a Chelsea side that has beaten them twice in the Premier League this season with a convincing win that puts them in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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NFF Sets Things Straight On Keshi

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President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari is livid with the reports going on that the NFF are planning to impose a foreign assistant on Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi.

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Bayern Welcome Back Schweinsteiger

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Bayern Munich hope Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will start against Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday as the holders warm-up for next week's Champions League clash at Arsenal.

The 29-year-old made his comeback after three months out with an ankle injury, playing the last 25 minutes of Wednesday's 5-0 romp at Hamburg in the German Cup quarterfinals.

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Fabregas 'Flattered' By Man Utd Interest

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he was "flattered" by Manchester United's interest last summer.

The 26-year-old was the subject of two close-season bids from Old Trafford but chose to stay at the Nou Camp.

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Emotional Adriano Plays First Match

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Former Brazil and Inter Milan forward Adriano played his first match for nearly two years when he made a late cameo appearance in Atletico Paranaense's 1-0 win over The Strongest in the Libertadores Cup.

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Liverpool 'May Be Chihuahuas' In Title Race

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Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool "may be the chihuahuas that run in between the horses' legs" in the title race.

The manager's quip was a reference to Jose Mourinho's depictions of his Chelsea side as a "little horse" and Manchester City as a "jaguar".

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Sherwood Buzzing After Four-Goal Show

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood, for once, praised his team's start to a game after Emmanuel Adebayor struck twice in a 4-0 romp at Newcastle United on Wednesday.

It was the London club's first win at St James's Park since 2004 and left them with outside title hopes, occupying fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

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Johnson Still Hopeful Of Title

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SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson has not ruled out catching log-leading Kaizer Chiefs before the end of the season, despite trailing Amakhosi by 11 points midway though the season.

Johnson's team climbed up to third in the Premiership on Wednesday evening, courtesy of a 2-0 victory over visiting Mpumalanga Black Aces in Atteridgeville.

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Moyes Looks To Past For United Inspiration

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Manchester United manager David Moyes wants his players to draw inspiration from the club's history as they attempt to resurrect their imperilled bid for a Champions League place.

United were held to a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Tuesday and their disappointment was compounded by the news that Champions League qualification rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur had both won.

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