Interesting Facts:

— Football originated in China around 476 B.C.

— Football is the most played and most watched sport on earth.

— Football is the most popular sport in the world. Over one billion fans watch World Cup Football on television.

— The largest Football tournament saw no less than 5,098 teams. They competed in 1999 for the second Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition. Over 35,000 players participated.

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West Ham v Sunderland preview

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  • 27.02.2016

Sam Allardyce returns to West Ham for the first time since leaving the club at the end of last season when Sunderland are the visitors to Upton Park.
Allardyce took charge of West Ham in June 2011, leading the Hammers back to the Premier League at the first time of asking before helping them secure three mid-table finishes in the top-flight.
The Sunderland boss wasn't a popular figure with the West Ham fans, who were critical of his style, but Allardyce's successor Slaven Bilic has praised the job he did at Upton Park.

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Liverpool amend ticket prices for Europa League clash with Manchester United

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  • 27.02.2016

Liverpool have moved quickly to amend their ticket prices for the Europa League first-leg match against Manchester United after the website initially announced a top price of £59 for the game on March 10.
Adult tickets for the round-of-32 second leg against Augsburg ranged between £27 and £35 and fans looking to book tickets after the draw on Thursday afternoon were shocked to see prices almost doubled for the match against their north-west rivals.

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Celtic boss Ronny Deila did not make excuses after the 1-1 draw with Hamilton

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  • 27.02.2016

Celtic manager Ronny Deila was not prepared to make excuses for his team dropping two points in their 1-1 draw at Hamilton.
In an incident-packed encounter at New Douglas Park Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata was dismissed by Craig Thomson, who could have issued a second red card to Darian MacKinnon of Hamilton for two reckless challenges in the second half.
The Hoops were leading through a Leigh Griffiths penalty when Boyata was dismissed just before the break for a last-man tackle on Carlton Morris just outside the box, and although the defender appeared to take the ball first, Thomson swiftly produced a red card.

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Steven Gerrard contemplates retiring at end of MLS season

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  • 26.02.2016

Steven Gerrard says the forthcoming Major League Soccer season could be his last as a player before he moves into coaching.
The former England captain joined MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy on a two-year contract last year after a glorious career with Liverpool, where he racked up 689 appearances and scored in the finals of the League Cup, FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League.
In his Daily Telegraph column, Gerrard confirmed he will commence his UEFA A licence shortly and is keen to pursue further his coaching ambitions.

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Aberdeen skipper Ryan Jack delighted for Craig Storie

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  • 26.02.2016

Ryan Jack is delighted to see Craig Storie emerge as a first-team contender while injury has kept the Aberdeen captain on the sidelines.
Jack and Willo Flood have both been out recently with hamstring injuries and since then Storie has earned himself a new two-year contract, along with making four starts in central midfield.
The Dons skipper is aware there will now be competition within the squad for midfield positions but he has told Storie to keep enjoying his breakthrough into the starting XI.

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Excelsior 2-0 NEC Nijmegen: Tom van Weert secures Eredivisie win

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  • 26.02.2016

Tom van Weert scored twice to give Excelsior a much-needed 2-0 victory over NEC Nijmegen in the Eredivisie on Friday.
The Kralingers, who had slipped to 16th after a winless run of 12 matches, took the lead as Van Weert fired home from the edge of the box after 13 minutes.
The striker added his second of the match - and eighth of the season - within the last 10 minutes when he connected with Adil Auassar's through ball.

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