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Hitzfeld Predicts Player Unrest in Powerful Bayern Squad

Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld thinks there could be a player backlash when the Bundesliga champions return to full strength, he explained in an interview with Bild on Wednesday.

"Each player currently accepts spending some time on the bench," said Hitzfeld, who led the club to Champions League glory over Valencia in 2001 at the San Siro.

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Let the Best Stay but Get Rid of Mediocre Foreigners, Says FA Chief

Greg Dyke, chairman of England's Football Association, has called for mediocre foreign players to be prevented from playing in English leagues at the detriment to local players.

The FA has announced proposals to cut the number of players from outside the European Union coming into the English game by up to 50 percent, including banning clubs sending such players out on loan, preventing Football League clubs from signing them and making the appeals process much tougher.

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Madrid Starts Champions League Defense in Style

Real Madrid started the defense of its Champions League crown with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Basel on Tuesday, while Liverpool celebrated its return to Europe's top club competition with a dramatic 2-1 win against Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

Madrid's win should end talk of crisis following a poor start to the club's domestic season.

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Bayern Midfielder Ribery out of Man City Match

Franck Ribery will miss Bayern Munich's opening Champions League game against Manchester City on Wednesday because of a recurrence of his knee problem.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola says the Frenchman, who scored in his comeback against Stuttgart on Saturday, will definitely not play, but Arjen Robben could make an appearance.

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Union Appeals Rice's Indefinite Suspension by NFL

The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a February 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

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Rio Organizers Announce Olympic Ticket Prices

Organizers have announced the basic outline of ticket prices for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Organizers said Tuesday that 7.5 million tickets will be issued for the Rio Games. Half of them — 3.8 million — will be priced under $30. Organizers said the cheapest ticket will be about $20.

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Zidane Interested in France Coaching Role

Former France captain Zinedine Zidane, currently coach of the Real Madrid reserve side, admitted Tuesday he would consider a coaching job with his native France.

The former World Player of the Year worked as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant as Real won the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season and is following in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola by beginning his career in management in the Spanish third tier.

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Champagne Confirms Plan to Challenge Blatter

Former FIFA international relations director Jerome Champagne has confirmed his plan to challenge President Sepp Blatter in next year's election.

Champagne wrote on his campaign website Monday that he informed FIFA's 209 member federations and the election supervisor, Domenico Scala, of his decision.

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N.Korea Main Focus of Attention at Asian Games

The formidable North Korean women's football team has more reasons than usual to kick off its Asian Games campaign with a stirring win over Vietnam.

The participation of 150 North Korean athletes competing in 14 sports is drawing special attention in Incheon because of enduring tensions on the divided peninsula dating from the 1950-1953 Korean War that ended in a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.

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Gervinho Extends Contract with Roma until 2018

Roma forward Gervinho has extended his contract with the Serie A club by a year, tying him to the Stadio Olimpico until 2018.

Roma said Monday the Ivory Coast international's new deal "has a four-year duration, with a fixed expiry date of June 30, 2018."

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