Capello dismissed, gets $22m payoff
MOSCOW • Russia's Football Union has dismissed Fabio Capello as national coach, ending the Italian's three years in charge after a string of disappointing results.
The 69-year-old, reportedly the highest-paid coach in international football, will get around US$16.3 million (S$22 million) in compensation.
Spanish La Liga to kick off on Aug 23
MADRID • Spain's new football league season will start on Aug 23. The "clasico" clashes between the country's top sides Real Madrid and Barcelona are set for Nov 8 in Madrid and April 3 in Barcelona.
Sports Illustrated covers for US team
NEW YORK • Each member of the United States women's World Cup-winning football team will get the cover girl treatment from Sports Illustrated.
The respected American sports magazine said copies of this week's edition would be printed with 25 different covers - one for each player, one for coach Jill Ellis and one shot of the whole squad.
Tomic's father may sue Tennis Australia
MELBOURNE • The relationship between Australian tennis' governing body and Bernard Tomic, one of its brightest stars, seems almost beyond repair, with the youngster's father yesterday threatening to sue Tennis Australia for defamation.
The potential legal action follows a "clerical error", where TA reported Tomic would be playing in the "Hall of Shame" tournament in the organisation's daily results e-mail.
Kiwis to appeal ejection from Olympic qualifiers
WELLINGTON • New Zealand Football chief Andy Martin says he is shocked at the country's dramatic late ejection from the Olympic qualifiers and will appeal the decision.
The nation's footballers were thrown out of the qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player, just hours before they were due to contest Sunday's tournament final at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
Martin maintains that South Africa-born full-back Deklan Wynne, the player in question, is a bona fide New Zealander .
Lamps, Gerrard in MLS All-Star squad
NEW YORK • Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard may be set for a swift midfield reunion after the former England football stars were named in a Major League Soccer All-Star squad to face Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly match later this month.
The riddle of how to successfully pair the duo stumped a succession of England managers before they quit international football and opted for MLS.
Island Wide League registration opens
REGISTRATION has opened for amateur football clubs in Singapore to participate in this year's Island Wide League.
The tournament, which boasts a single-round format, will be contested from Aug 23 to Nov 1.
The winners will advance to the National Football League (NFL) play-offs for a chance to compete in next season's NFL.
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