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The Footy Files: Weekly European soccer betting odds and analysis

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The busy and exciting world of European soccer can sometimes be difficult to navigate for bettors. Monty Andrews takes a look at some of the most important news stories, odds, key injuries, and betting trends to help with your footy wagers.

Barcelona furious after transfer ban upheld

The Score Dec 30, 2014 - 3:45 PM ET
Barcelona said Tuesday it could make a new appeal against the "disproportionate" one year transfer ban ordered by FIFA to a Swiss court. The Spanish team said it "totally disagrees" with the FIFA ban upheld on Tuesday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Barcelona’s appeal over transfer ban heading to court

Pro Soccer Talk Nov 12, 2014 - 6:48 AM ET
FC Barcelona will finally find out of they will have to endure a year-long transfer ban from FIFA. An appeal hearing has been arranged for Dec. 5. at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as Barca questioned their sentence and have now had their appeal fast-tracked so it can be heard, and a decision can be made, before the winter transfer window opens across Europa on Jan.

Messi equals Champions League goals record

ESPN FC Nov 6, 2014 - 8:56 AM ET
Lionel Messi equalled Raul's Champions League goal-scoring record with the 71st of his career during Barcelona's 2-0 Group F win at Ajax on Wednesday. Messi entered Barcelona's game against Ajax on 69 goals for his career and headed in his 70th in the 36th minute.

Gerrard admits he denied move to Real Madrid

Pro Soccer Talk Oct 22, 2014 - 7:39 AM ET
Ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday night, Steven Gerrard has admitted that he turned down the chance to move to Madrid earlier in his career and that he may regret doing so. “I think it is very flattering to be linked to a huge club like Real Madrid,” Gerrard said Tuesday night.

Messi nothing to do with tax evasion insists father

Daily Mirror Oct 16, 2014 - 1:10 PM ET
Lionel Messi's father insists the Barcelona star has nothing to do with the tax controversy that threatens to tarnish his name. The Argentine and father Jorge have been accused of tax evasion over three offences from 2007 to 2009 - swindling the Spanish state of more than £3.2million.

Man Utd to launch world-record bid for Gareth Bale

The Express Oct 10, 2014 - 1:19 PM ET
The Red Devils had been hoping to strike a deal for the Old Trafford favourite, but Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is adamant his client will be staying at the Santiago Bernabeu and has no desire to return to England. And according to the Daily Star, Louis Van Gaal will now instead focus on taking Bale back to the Premier League, with the player failing to grasp Carlo Ancelotti's latest change in formation.

Tebas says authorities 'chose to hide' match-fixing

Covers Oct 7, 2014 - 7:53 PM ET
An investigation has been launched into a match between Levante and Real Zaragoza with the suspicion of match-fixing. However, La Liga president Javier Tebas is questioning if the process works."Our integrity department in La Liga, for example, last weekend detected match-fixing activity in the third division," Tebas says.

Man U to use Di Maria and Falcao in bid for Coentrao

The Express Oct 3, 2014 - 11:08 AM ET
Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be on the look-out for a new left-back in the transfer window, and Coentrao is the player set to be sacrificed ahead of Brazilian Marcelo. The former Benfica star has made just three appearances for Los Blancos this season, and Van Gaal is willing to offer him a way out after the Red Devils failed with a bid during the last window.

Barcelona are confident they can keep Messi

Sky Sports Oct 2, 2014 - 12:13 PM ET
Barcelona are ignoring ongoing speculation regarding Lionel Messi's future and expect him to remain at the club. Despite being an iconic figure at the Nou Camp, and having spent his entire career to date with the Catalan giants, regular rounds of rumours continue to suggest that Messi could soon be on the move.

Kaka 'wishes he'd joined Manchester City in 2009'

ESPN FC Sep 26, 2014 - 10:49 AM ET
Kaka regrets not joining Manchester City in 2009, the Premier League champions' former chief executive Garry Cook has claimed. City made what was then a world-record 100 million-pound bid for the Brazilian just four months after Sheikh Mansour had bought the club.

Man U calculate the cost of Ronaldo’s return: £140m

The Guardian Sep 26, 2014 - 9:20 AM ET
Manchester United will have to pay at least £140m to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford with Real Madrid reportedly ready to cash in on a move that will also alert Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and other European heavyweights.

Bettors heavily behind Atletico Madrid

Covers Sep 13, 2014 - 8:55 AM ET
Real Madrid visits Atletico Madrid in La Liga action Saturday, and bettors are heavily backing the home club.Pinnacle Sports is currently seeing the majority of action on Atletico Madrid, with 79 percent of bets behind the defending champs as of Friday evening."In what's become one of club soccer's great rivalries, we have the rare occurrence of Real Madrid looking like something of a sharp play despite its great name," said a source from Pinnacle Sports.

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to return to ManU one day

Daily Mirror Sep 4, 2014 - 8:54 AM ET
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he hopes to return to Manchester United before the end of his career. The Real Madrid superstar swapped Old Trafford for the Bernabeu back in 2009 for a then world record £80million transfer fee. But five years down the line the 29-year-old Ballon d'Or winner has spoken fondly about his time at United and hinted he would be keen on a return one day.

Bayern Munich agree deal with Real Madrid's Alonso

ESPN FC Aug 28, 2014 - 7:35 AM ET
Bayern Munich have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Xabi Alonso over the Real Madrid midfielder's proposed move to the Bundesliga champions. Alonso, 32, is expected to have a medical on Thursday with the German club, who anticipate reaching an agreement with the European champions over a transfer "in the next two days." The former Real Sociedad and Liverpool midfielder is set to become Bayern's second major signing of the week, following the arrival of defender Medhi Benatia from Roma.

Man United sign Di Maria for record $99M

ESPN FC Aug 26, 2014 - 2:33 PM ET
Manchester United have completed the British record signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid on a five-year contract. Louis van Gaal's side have paid an initial 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) for the Argentina international, who becomes their fourth summer addition.

Man United agree £63.9m fee for Angel di Maria

Sky Sports Aug 25, 2014 - 7:44 AM ET
The 26-year-old Argentina international is expected to fly into Manchester on Monday to hold talks with United next week with the hope of being ready to face Burnley at Turf moor next Saturday. When the transfer is finalised, the fee will be a record in Britain, eclipsing the £50m Chelsea paid for Fernando Torres three years ago.

Angel di Maria closes on Man United transfer

Sky Sports Aug 24, 2014 - 10:50 AM ET
The Argentine winger is expected to hold talks with United next week over a transfer that is though to be worth up to £56million. Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague exclusively revealed the news. "At long last there is significant movement in the seemingly never ending, ‘Will he stay or will he go’ saga of Angel di Maria.

Sami Khedira keen to join Bayern

ESPN FC Aug 19, 2014 - 6:57 PM ET
Sami Khedira is eager to join Bayern Munich as Real Madrid attempt to offload the Germany midfielder this summer, sources have told ESPN FC. Bayern saw Javi Martinez suffer an anterior cruciate ligament injury earlier this month and coach Pep Guardiola has said in Bild that "it would be nice" to reinforce.

Man U prepare £100m package for Di Maria

Daily Mail Aug 18, 2014 - 8:08 AM ET
Manchester United are prepared to commit as much as £100million to their pursuit of Angel Di Maria as the ailing Barclays Premier League club try to beef up Louis van Gaal’s squad before the end of the summer transfer window. United manager Van Gaal is desperate for world-class additions and has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to do all he can to bring winger Di Maria to the club from Real Madrid.
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