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Miroslav Klose retires from international football

All-time World Cup leading goalscorer Miroslav Klose has retired from international football.

The 36-year-old's announcement comes less than a month after helping Germany win the World Cup in Brazil.

Miroslav Klose ended his international career on a high after Germany's World Cup victory. Credit: Reuters

His 16th World Cup goal in the 7-1 semi-final humiliation of Brazil made him the all-time leading scorer in the tournament's history ahead of Ronaldo.

The Poland-born striker played in four World Cups, scoring at all of them.

The Lazio striker follows Germany captain Phillipp Lahm into international retirement.


Arsenal players tweet delight after Wembley win

Arsenal stars have taken to Twitter to share their delight at winning the first silverware of the season.

The Gunners took the Community Shield with a 3-0 victory over Manchester City at Wembley, with four new players among the starting line-up.


Getting soaked in champagne after the game beats getting soaked in rain before the game!!


Arsenal beat Man City 3-0 to take Community Shield

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates scoring their third goal.
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates scoring their third goal. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arsenal have won the Community Shield after beating Manchester City 3-0 in the season's curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium.

First-half goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey put the Gunners in a commanding position at the interval, before Olivier Giroud added a third shortly into the second period.

Arsenal take 2-0 lead into half time against champions

Santi Cazorla puts Arsenal in the lead at Wembley.
Santi Cazorla puts Arsenal in the lead at Wembley. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arsenal have taken a two-goal lead in the first half of the Community Shield tie against Premier League champions Manchester City.

Goals from midfielders Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners the comfortable cushion going into the interval at Wembley in a game which they had started as underdogs.


Community Shield Preview - Arsenal v. Manchester City

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Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini
Ready for Battle: Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini Credit: Press Association Images

The annual curtain-raiser for a new football season kicks off this afternoon at Wembley as champions Manchester City take on FA Cup winners Arsenal.

And although the Community Shield may not be priority number one for either team, this week's war of words between Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini has added spice to the encounter.

On Monday the Arsenal manager questioned the motives behind Frank Lampard's move to the Etihad.

He suggested the move had been a ploy to get round Financial Fair Play rules by ensuring Lampard signed for City's sister club New York City FC on loan first.

Pellegrini refuted the claim saying Lampard had been a free agent after Chelsea decided not to renew his contract.

The City manager hit back at Wenger saying:

"As managers we have enough problems with our teams without talking about other teams."

Lampard and Toure
Frank Lampard in action against Manchester City Credit: Press Association Images

As for Lampard he will play no part at Wembley as he's not yet match-ready.

Bacary Sagna, on loan from Arsenal will also miss out due to a lack of fitness.

The other five City players who participated in the later rounds of the World Cup - Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany - have been put on a separate pre-season training programme and are also unavailable.

For Arsenal new signings Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers could all make their debuts.

City's recent record at Wembley is mixed.

The 2013 defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup final marked the end of Roberto Mancini's reign but last season's victory over Sunderland in the League Cup final may have exercised some of the ghosts of that day.

In their last Community Shield outing in 2012 the Citizens defeated Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park.


Luis Suarez begins appeal against four month biting ban

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez's appeal against his four month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup has begun at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Luis Suarez arrives for a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport today.
Luis Suarez arrives for a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport today. Credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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The Uruguayan forward brushed passed photographers and refused to make any comment as he arrived by taxi at the court's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 27-year-old was suspended for nine competitive internationals and banned from all football activity for four months by Fifa - but was still allowed to complete his transfer from Liverpool to the Spanish side.

Suarez, who has already lost an appeal before Fifa's own disciplinary committee, has previously been banned twice for biting and initially denied sinking his teeth into Chiellini.

The hearing is expected to last all day and is being held behind closed doors, with CAS saying "the final decision is likely to be rendered some days after the conclusion of the hearing."

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Celtic reinstated in Champions League despite 6-1 loss

Celtic have been reinstated in the Champions League despite a humiliating 6-1 defeat on aggregate to Legia Warsaw - who played an ineligible player.

Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk looks dejected during the Champions League match against Legia Warsaw.
Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk looks dejected during the Champions League match against Legia Warsaw. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

The Polish side brought on Bartosza Bereszynski, who should have been suspended, as a substitute with four remaining minutes in their 2-0 victory at Murrayfield.

Uefa ruled that Legia Warsaw must forfeit their second leg match and awarded Celtic a 3-0 victory - meaning the Scottish champions progress on away goals.

If a side fields a suspended player they must forfeit the match, according to Uefa rules.

Legia Warsaw have the right to appeal the decision.

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