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Frank Lampard joins New York City FC

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has joined New York City FC, the Major League Soccer franchise have announced.

The 36-year-old left Chelsea at the end of last season after 13 seasons and as the clubs record goal scorer with 211 goals.

More: Lampard: Gascoigne will always be my hero

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Frank: "I will fight to make #NYCFC a club that New Yorkers will be proud of."

New York City are co-owned by Manchester City and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.

Lampard start with New York in February 2015, when the MLS season gets underway.

Read: Lampard faces New York hostility over 9/11 behaviour

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Shakhtar to move away from conflict-ridden Donetsk

England played Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk during Euro 2012.
England played Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk during Euro 2012. Credit: PA

Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from the Ukraine's conflict-ridden east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed.

The Ukraine champions were forced to move from Donetsk, which has become a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who are fighting army forces controlled by the government.

Offered a choice of four venues by European soccer governing body UEFA, Shakhtar chose to play their games at Lviv Arena, a stadium that hosted matches during the European championship in 2012.

Shakhtar opened the new season with a 2-0 win at rivals Dynamo Kiev in the Super Cup game in Lviv on Tuesday.

Spanish team unveil new 'tuxedo' football kit

A Spanish second division team has unveiled a remarkable new tuxedo-style football strip.

A Cultural Leonesa player models the eye-catching new strip.
A Cultural Leonesa player models the eye-catching new strip. Credit: Cultural Leonesa

Cultural Leonesa usually play in all-white at home, but launched their smart new "limited edition" jersey in an "eagerness to innovate" and an attempt to "generate resources for the club."

"This kit is an idea of the Management Board," the club said.
"This kit is an idea of the Management Board," the club said. Credit: Cultural Leonesa

James Rodriguez strike voted best goal of World Cup

Colombian striker James Rodriguez's stunning volley against Uruguay has been voted the best goal of the World Cup, Fifa has announced.

The Monaco midfielder, who is rumoured to be on the verge of a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, also won the Golden Boot after netting five times at the tournament in Brazil.

James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his spectacular goal against Uruguay.
James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his spectacular goal against Uruguay. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

He beat off competition from the Netherlands' Robin van Persie, whose impressive header against Spain was voted the second best goal.

Read: James Rodriguez wins Golden Boot as top scorer

1D's LouisTomlinson's Doncaster Rovers 'takeover off'

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson will not be taking over Doncaster Rovers, ITV News has learned.

Last month it was reported that the 22-year-old had completed a takeover deal of the League One club with his business partner cosmetic surgery magnate John Ryan.

But Ryan told ITV News that the "takeover was off" and that the duo had not passed the Football League's "fit and proper person's test".

1D's Louis Tomlinson had asked fans to help him raise funds to buy Doncaster Rovers.
1D's Louis Tomlinson had asked fans to help him raise funds to buy Doncaster Rovers. Credit: PA

Fans were asked to pledge money to the club in exchange for membership, branded clothes and collectors' items, with an aim to bump funds to £2million, but less than half the money was raised.

However, Ryan said the takeover was "not dependent on the crowdfunding project", adding that he was now "finished with football."

Read: Tomlinson's crowd sourcing fundraiser failure throws takeover into 'serious doubt'

Fans who pledged cash will not lose any money, according to the football club's website.

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England slip 10 places to 20th in Fifa world rankings

Roy Hodgson's England lost to Italy and Uruguay and drew with Costa Rica.
Roy Hodgson's England lost to Italy and Uruguay and drew with Costa Rica, who move up to 16th. Credit: PA

England have slipped 10 places to 20th in Fifa's world rankings after a disastrous World Cup campaign.

Roy Hodgson's side managed only one point from their three group games in Brazil.

World champions Germany rise one place to the top of the rankings while Netherlands move up 12 places to third.

Spain fall from top spot to eighth and hosts Brazil fall four places to seventh.

France striker Loic Remy banned from driving

French World Cup footballer Loic Remy has been banned from driving and fined after admitting to being over the drink-drive limit.

Loic remy was banned for 14 months and fined £3,750. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

The 27-year-old QPR striker, who was on loan at Newcastle last season, was stopped by police in March, with a test showing he had 56mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - 20mg over the limit.

A judge at Newcastle Magistrates' Court banned Remy for 14 months and fined him £3,750 plus £200 costs and a victim impact surcharge of £120.

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