inter-fansThe 2014-15 Serie A fixture list was released today and Walter Mazzarri will be pretty happy with an opening five matches of Torino (A), Sassuolo (H), Palermo (A), Atalanta (H) and Cagliari (H).

Inter’s first big test is week seven when then they meet Napoli at home. The Derby di Milano is in Week 12, so towards the end of November, on the same weekend as Lazio-Juventus while the first Derby d’Italia between Juventus-Inter takes place on in Week 17.

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Messi-ArgentinaThe tax courts have not been very favorable to Barcelona and there players this year. First the club was hit with the “Neymar Affair”a and then today a Spanish judge rejected a prosecutor’s request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.

A court statement said there is “sufficient evidence” to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star “could have known and consented” to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights.

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saints-bossI cannot remember a time when a club, who had not been relegated, has sold so many of its best players as Southampton have done this summer.

So far Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren have all left St Mary while striker Dani Osvaldo has reportedly agreed personal terms with Inter Milan ahead of that impending move and Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez also targets of other Premier League clubs. In total, Southampton have received around £100 million in transfer fees this summer.

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The_FortThe New England Revolutions losing streak is up to eight games after Saturday nights 2-1 home defeat to the struggling Columbus Crew.

A.J. Soares’ 50th-minute goal brought the Revs’ level after Columbus scored the first goal just before halftime, but Ethan Finley’s game-winning goal in the 84th-minute sealed the win for the visiting Crew.

This was a game that was there to be won by New England, but eventually the braver moves by Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter were the difference in the game.

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vidic-interMauro Icardi scored the decisive penalty as Inter beat European Champions Real Madrid 3-2 on penalties in San Francisco in their first game of the Guinness International Champions Cup.

Forget the earlier warm-up games in Europe, this was the beginning of the real preseason for Walter Mazzarri’s side. This was a chance for the Nerazzurri to see where they stood against one of the elite teams in world football.

The world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale showed his class almost immediately as he hit the bar with a header after three minutes. The Welsh winger was just warming up though as he followed that up with a stunning strike from distance that gave Samir Handanovic no chance.

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Romelu Lukaku ChelseaRomelu Lukaku wants to leave Chelsea and make a permanent switch to Everton this summer according to the clubs head of recruitment Ian Atkins.

Atkins was on TalkSport today and said that the Chelsea striker, who spent last season on loan at Merseyside wants a permanent move to Goodison:

“Romelu had a terrific season for Everton last year and I know everyone at the football club wants to see him back.”

“Hopefully things can be sorted out, I think he’s quite settled in his mind that he wants to come to Everton, and hopefully he’ll be pulling on our blue shirt again next term.

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lallana-liverpoolOne of Liverpool‘s big summer signings Adam Lallana, will miss the start of the Premier League season after damaging his lateral collateral ligament in training.

The England international does not require surgery but he is expected to miss Liverpool’s first three Premier League games of the season.

But Brendan Rodgers said that Liverpool will not rush Lallana back saying:

“Of course it was very disappointing – it’s probably going to be four to six weeks,” Rodgers said at a press conference from Soldier Field in Chicago.

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louis-van-gaalIt promises to be a record breaking transfer summer in England as Manchester United are poised to spend close to £200 million to get back into race for the Premier League title again. How will last season’s top four of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal react to United’s spending spree? Will they match it with one of their own?

The transfer window re-opened on the final day of the domestic season and will close at 23:00 BST on Monday, 1 September.

Clubs could buy domestic players again once they had played their final game of the season. International deals can go through from 10 June.

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Arjen-Robben2Note: Brazil has added two September friendlies in the US. Sept 5 v Colombia in Miami and Sept 9 v Ecuador in New York. Ticket details below.

This summer promises to be an exciting one for US soccer fans as some of the biggest club sides in the world with Champions League winner Real Madrid, Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, German champions Bayern Munich and English champions Manchester City all slated to play in the US this summer.

Plus with Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Roma touring also this might be the best group of teams to ever visit the US in one summer.

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liverpool-kopLiverpool have once again plundered Southampton with the news they have signed center back Dejan Lovren for a reported £20 million. Lovren is their third signing from the Saints this summer following striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana move to Anfield.

Signing a top quality center back has been Brendan Rodgers top priority this summer after Liverpool conceded 50 goals in the Premier League last season, something that probably cost them the title.

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