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Ivory Coast hero 'Copa' announces international retirement BRUSSELS: Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar "Copa" Barry who became a national hero when he scored the decisive penalty in the Africa Cup of Nations final announced on Tuesday his international retirement. The 35-year-old, who only played in the final against Ghana because first choice 'keeper Sylvain Gbohouo was injured in the semi-final, saved two spotkicks and then scored the winning penalty in an epic shootout that finished 9-8 to the Elephants, giving them their first continental triumph since 1992. Copa, who plays for Belgian side Lokeren, and his Ivory Coast teammates, as well as French coach Herve Renard, were welcomed home as heroes on their return by millions of Ivorians who flocked to the streets in Abidjan.They were also given collectively 3 million euros ($3.4m) in bonuses by Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in a package that included houses for the squad and conferred with the highest national honour the ...

Estoril part ways with coach Jose Couceiro LISBON: Estoril Praia announced Tuesday that coach Jose Couceiro has been released after the Portuguese league strugglers had lost all of their last five matches.The Lisbon suburb side explained the contract with Couceiro was "termined by mutual agreement".Estoril Praia, who are currently 12th in the 18-team league, seven points above the relegation zone, were thrashed 6-0 by leaders Benfica on Saturday.Couceiro, 52, had joined Estoril in May 2014 after stints with Porto, Sporting Lisbon as ...

Former Soviet striker Protasov fired as Astra coach BUCHAREST: Romanian Cup winners FC Astra have sacked coach Oleg Protasov after less than five months in the job, the top-flight club said in a statement.The former Soviet Union striker took over from Daniel Isaila in October but led the side to just two wins in nine league matches.Astra are fifth in the table with 32 points from 19 matches, 12 points behind leaders Steaua Bucharest.Protasov's team were also beaten 3-0 by Steaua in the ...

Castrogiovanni dropped by Italy for France, Wales matches ROME: Prop Martin Castrogiovanni, ruled out of Italy's win over Scotland at the weekend because of a dog bite, has been dropped for the Six Nations matches against France and Wales.Castrogiovanni, who needed 14 stitches after being bitten on the nose by a friend's dog, was not in the 30-man squad named by coach Jacques Brunel on Tuesday and did not figure among the players who were listed as excluded through injury.Versatile back Andrea Masi, ...

UEFA to sell 46,000 Champions League final tickets to public BERNE: Around one third of the 70,500 tickets for this year's Champions League final in Berlin will be reserved for football officials, sponsors and corporate hospitality, UEFA said on Tuesday.European soccer's governing body said 20,000 tickets would be allocated to supporters of each of the two finalists, with another 6,000 going on sale to neutral fans via UEFA's website."As usual, fans and the general public are being allocated the majority of the tickets for the ...

Barca's Pique fined for abusing police over parking ticket BARCELONA: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was fined 10,500 euros ($11,740) by a Spanish judge on Tuesday for abusing police after the car he was travelling in was given a parking ticket.Pique wrote an apology to the court hearing in Barcelona for the public order offence that took place on Oct. 13, last year.Judge Maria Asuncion Gonzalez fined Pique for "disrespectful behaviour and being verbally aggressive".The centre back's brother was given a ticket for leaving his ...

Alonso to miss season-opening Australian GP MADRID: Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso will miss 2015's opening Grand Prix in Australia after suffering concussion in a crash, his McLaren team said TuesdayDoctors recommended that the 33-year-old Spaniard sit out the race as he recovers from the smash during testing in Barcelona on February 22.Jenson Button and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen will get the McLaren Honda cars for the March 15 race in Melbourne."It will be tough not to be in ...


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