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With Neuer out, Bayern still looking to sign a goalkeeper

Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann wants a new goalkeeper before the Bundesliga season resumes next week.

Bayern has been looking for alternatives for the injured Manuel Neuer, who broke his leg in a skiing accident last month, but the club's search has failed to yield results so far.

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Madrid beats Valencia on penalties in Super Cup semifinal

Real Madrid will get another chance to celebrate a Spanish Super Cup title in Saudi Arabia.

Madrid defeated Valencia 4-3 in a penalty shootout in Wednesday's semifinal and will try to win its third Super Cup title in the Middle East nation on Sunday.

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Morocco pull out of CHAN tournament, blaming Algeria

Morocco announced Thursday that it was cancelling its participation in the African Nations Championship, blaming host Algeria, the kingdom's neighbor and arch-rival, for closing its airspace to Moroccan flights.

"The Moroccan national team is unable to reach (the Algerian city of) Constantine because permission for their flight with Royal Air Maroc, the team's official transporter, has not been confirmed," the Morocco's FRMF football federation said in a statement.

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Messi scores in 1st game after World Cup as PSG wins

Lionel Messi scored in his first game since leading Argentina to the World Cup title as French league leader Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers 2-0 on Wednesday.

Nearly four weeks after the final against France in Qatar, Messi needed only five minutes to make an impact. He turned neatly near the penalty area and threaded a pass to right back Nordi Mukiele, whose cross was turned in by 20-year-old forward Hugo Ekitiké.

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Collins, Kvitova advance to Adelaide International QFs

Last year's Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins needed seven match points but advanced to the Adelaide International quarterfinals on Wednesday with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over Swiss qualifier Jil Teichmann.

Collins never lost serve in the first set against Teichmann, although she saved two break points in the eighth game. But she came from 3-1 down in the second set, and won four straight games.

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Felix joins Chelsea on loan, but extends Altletico contract

Portugal forward João Félix has joined Chelsea on loan from Atlético Madrid in a deal that will keep him at the Premier League club until the end of the season.

Felix has also extended his contract with Atletico for one more year until June 2027, it was announced on Wednesday.

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Man United, Newcastle advance to League Cup semifinals

Manchester United cannot stop winning. Marcus Rashford cannot stop scoring.

Make that eight straight wins in all competitions for United after a 3-0 victory over third-tier Charlton Athletic secured a place in the English League Cup semifinals on Tuesday.

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Iran protests to Iraq over Gulf football cup name

Iran has protested to Iraq over the use of the name "Arabian Gulf" for a regional football competition held in the neighboring country, state media reported Wednesday.

The Islamic republic insists the body of water should be called the "Persian Gulf" and has repeatedly raised the issue with countries and organisations that refer to it otherwise.

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Wales boss wants Bale to stay involved in international set-up

Wales manager Rob Page wants Gareth Bale to stay involved in the international set-up after the star forward announced he was hanging up his boots.

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France captain Lloris retires from international football

France captain Hugo Lloris has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 36, three weeks after his country lost the World Cup final on penalties to Argentina in Doha.

"I have decided to stop my international career, with the feeling that I have given everything," Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Lloris said in an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe published on Monday.

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