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9 year old Swedish wonderkid signs for FC Barcelona

9 year old Swedish footballing prodigy Zico Jr Marecaldi will leave his home town of Malmö in southern Sweden this week to move to Barcelona after having been signed up by the all-conquering Catalans.

“On Wednesday Zico leaves for Barcelona for new challenges,” BK Olympic, a Swedish fifth-tier club based in Malmo, announced on their website.


Bale agents bag €12m from Real Madrid deal

The management group that secured the Welshman’s €100 million move to the Spanish capital have themselves earned a staggering nine-figure sum through his signing-on fee and salary.

Gareth Bale joined a small elite of mega-rich sportsmen when he completed his world-record €100 million transfer to Real Madrid earlier this month.

But a sizeable portion of the 24-year-old’s monstrous €358,000-a-week wages will go to the management firm who made the deal happen.


Oduro scores late winner for Crew

If there is a team and player in MLS that gives the Montreal Impact headaches, it is the Columbus Crew and Dominic Oduro.

The Impact looked to be cruising to a win after Marco Di Vaio’s goal in the 23rd minute when the crafty Federico Higuain went to work, setting up a pair of second-half goals in the Crew’s 2-1 comeback victory on Saturday afternoon.

Defender Chad Marshall and striker Dominic Oduro scored for Columbus, which has been a thorn in Montreal’s side this season.


Costa Rica celebrate a place in Brazil

Costa Rica celebrated qualification for next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil despite a stoppage time equaliser from Jermaine Anderson giving Jamaica a 1-1 draw in their CONCACAF qualifier.

‘Los Ticos’ were just moments away from being able to celebrate on the field in Kingston before Anderson struck for the bottom placed Reggae Boyz.

But the 2-2 draw between Honduras and Panama, played one hour later, ensured that the celebrations could begin in earnest as Costa Rica earned their fourth World Cup finals appearance after 1990, 2002 and 2006.


Carmelo sweet show in big Buriram win

TPL leading scorer Carmelo Gonzalez was on target yet again as the Spanish forward scored four times in Buriram United’s convincing 5-1 win over Samut Songkhram.

The win, which also saw Spain-born Philippines international Javier Patino find the back of the net, comes just days after Buriram returned home following their 1-0 loss in the first leg of their AFC Champions League quarter-final meeting with Esteghlal in Tehran.


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