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World Cup : Germany Win World Cup

Germany beat Argentina to win World Cup final with late Mario G¶tze goal.

Germany's Mario G¶tze (left) celebrates with Thomas Muller after scoring the winning goal during ext

When the goal finally arrived, 112 minutes into a long, wearing night, there were members of Germany’s entourage who seemed intent on re-enacting the infamous end to the Ryder Cup at Brookline in 1999. Their victory run, en masse, took them all the way from the dugout to the opposite side of the pitch where Andr© Sch¼rrle had set up Mario G¶tze for the decisive moment.

G¶tze had taken down Sch¼rrle’s cross on his chest with his first touch. His second was to arrow a left-foot volley into the net and that ensured Germany will always remember Rio de Janeiro with the same fondness as Bern in 1954, Munich in 1974 and Rome in 1990.

They are worthy champions, even if they could not play with the distinction that made their semi-final such a harrowing ordeal for Brazil, and it was a wonderful goal that ensured their name was engraved into the trophy for a fourth time. It is the culmination of a story that should be an inspiration to others, bringing together intelligent forward thinking and all those other established German qualities, and G¶tze is an apt match-winner as one of the new generation of players to come off the conveyor belt.

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Premiership : Luis Suarez: Liverpool & Barcelona Agree £75m Deal For Striker

Liverpool have agreed to sell striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a fee thought to be about £75m.

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The Uruguayan, 27, who is serving a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, will sign a five-year deal.

Suarez, who scored 31 league goals last season, will travel to the Spanish club next week for a medical.

“Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played,” said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Suarez – last season’s Premier League top scorer and winner of the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards – signed for Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 for £22.7m, and had four years left on his contract.

The move to Barcelona takes Suarez closer to his wife Sofia’s family.

“I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision,” said the striker, who is banned from “all football-related activity” until the end of October as he serves his third suspension for biting an opponent.

“This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.”

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Premiership : Arsenal Sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona

Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez has signed for Arsenal from Barcelona on a long-term contract for in the region of £35million.

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The 25-year-old scored 47 goals in 141 appearances for Barca and netted two goals in the World Cup in Brazil.

He said: “I’m so happy to be joining a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players and huge support around the world.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League and Champions League.”

The Gunners also remain on course to sign French right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 28, from Newcastle United.

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Premiership : Man City : Samir Nasri Signs Five-Year Contract Extension

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has signed a new five-year contract with the club.

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The 27-year-old had a year left on his existing deal, which he signed when joining City from Arsenal in 2011.

A verbal agreement was reached before Nasri, who was not selected for France’s World Cup squad, departed for the summer break.

“I’m really happy to have signed this contract and commit my future to City,” he told the club’s website.

“I’m 27 now and if you listen to some of the best managers in the game, they say that a midfield player’s best years are between 27 and 30 so I hope that I will give my best years to City.”

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World Cup : Luis Suarez Appeal Against Bite Ban Rejected

Fifa has rejected Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s appeal against a four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

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Suarez was also banned for nine international matches after the incident at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Uruguayan FA had described Fifa’s ruling as an “excessive decision” for which “there was not enough evidence”.

Suarez can now make a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Football’s global governing body also imposed a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs (£65,000) on Suarez, who has apologised for his behaviour.

Under the terms of the suspension, Suarez cannot train with his club and is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium, although players’ union Fifpro argue the details “lack clarity”.

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Premiership : Patrice Evra : Likely to Join Juventus After Asking to Leave

Patrice Evra has asked Manchester United to be allowed to leave and end eight successful years at Old Trafford due to personal reasons, with the Frenchman effectively forcing through an expected £2m move to Juventus.

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At the close of last season United exercised an option on Evra’s contract to extend his stay at the club for a further year. While the 33-year-old has not made an official transfer request, Evra asked that the United should not stand in his way, a request to which the club have reluctantly acceded.

The left-back has decided that, due to his wife wishing to move away from the area, the time is right to end a United career in which he has won five Premier Leagues, the Champions League and three League Cups.

Juventus are expected to pay £2m for him and offer around £55,000 a week in what will be an initial two-year deal.

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Conference North : Boston Utd : Opening Friendly

Boston United kick-off their pre-season campaign at The Jakemans Stadium

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The Pilgrims entertain Norwich City’s under-21s (kick-off 3.00pm) four weeks before their Conference North curtain-raiser against Barrow.

New signings Dayle Southwell, Jack Barlow, Kaine Felix and Connor Smythe could all feature alongside United’s existing players and a clutch of trialists.

Marc Newsham is the only likely absentee as he nears full fitness following a knee injury.

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Premiership : Everton Sign Midfielder Gareth Barry

Everton have signed midfielder Gareth Barry on a three-year contract.

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The 33-year-old spent last season at Goodison Park on loan from Manchester City, helping Roberto Martinez’s side finish fifth in the Premier League.

Barry, whose contract with City expired at the end of June, is Martinez’s first signing of the summer.

“I’m delighted now that everything is signed and I’m going to be spending the next few years at Everton,” the midfielder said.

“When you are on loan, it is never the same as being a signed player. I was really settled last year – but now I am an official Everton player and it feels really good.”

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World Cup : Brazil Can Cope Without Neymar

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says his side will cope without injured striker Neymar when they face Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final.

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The 22-year-old has scored four of Brazil’s eight goals at the tournament but will play no further part after he suffered a fractured vertebra in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia.

Scolari said his squad were fully focused on the task at hand.

“Neymar has done his share. Now it’s up to us to do our share,” the coach said.

“We have accepted what has happened and we are focusing on other things.

“In this match we will be playing not just for ourselves [and] everything we’ve ever dreamed of, but also for Neymar and everything he’s done for us.”

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Conference South : Bath City Fixtures Published

City will open a sixth successive season on the road following the the publication of the 2014-15 Conference South fixtures.

They will head to Canvey Island on Saturday 9 August to face Concord Rangers, coincidently the same location they completed their 2013-14 campaign with a 2-0 win. The first visitors to Twerton Park are Basingstoke Town on Tuesday 12 August before Chelmsford City head to the West Country the following Saturday. Weston Super Mare provide the usual Christmas and New Year opposition and the regular season will come to a close at Staines Town on Saturday 25 April. The full fixture list can be found at the Results & Fixtures link above.

The draw for the 2014-15 Somerset Premier Cup has given City a 1st Round trip to Radstock Town. The game will take place the week commencing  29 September 2014.