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Man United move planned before nightclub shooting - Salvador Cabanas

Former Paraguay international Salvador Cabanas said he was close to joining Manchester United eight years ago before becoming involved in a nightclub shooting.

Cabanas survived being shot in the head in Mexico City in January 2010 but was eventually forced to retire four years later.

"I had signed a pre-contract agreement for $1.7 million for a transfer to Europe," he said in an interview on Paraguay television station Telefuturo. "They told me my destination would be Manchester United.

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Paraguay, former Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio agree to new deal

Paraguay has hired former Mexico national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio as their new boss, the country's federation announced Monday.

The length of the deal will encompass the 2019 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The Colombian had been reportedly linked to open positions with the national teams of his native country and the United States.

Osorio parted ways with Mexico last month following their round of 16 exit at the World Cup in Russia. The team knocked off 2014 champions Germany...

South American football chief Napout gets nine years, $4.3 million fine

A former head of the governing body for football in South America was sentenced to nine years in prison by a U.S. judge on Wednesday for crimes stemming from the bribery scandal that engulfed the sport three years ago, a spokesman for prosecutors said.

Juan Angel Napout, 60, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, New York, who also ordered him to pay more than $4.3 million in financial penalties, according to John Marzulli, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue.

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Paraguay World Cup great Carlos Gamarra, 47, could come out of retirement

Former Paraguay international Carlos Gamarra could make a sensational return to football at the age of 47 -- 11 years after announcing his retirement.

Gamarra -- who won 110 caps for Paraguay and was named in FIFA's Team of the Tournament at the 1998 World Cup -- played for Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan as well as various teams in Brazil and Argentina in a career which spanned from 1991 to 2007.

Rubio Nu technical director Juan Sosa believes the Copa Paraguaya has been "devalued" and...

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Japan collect first win of 2018 in final World Cup friendly vs. Paraguay

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Japan claimed their first victory of the year on Tuesday, coming from behind to beat Paraguay 4-2 and boost sagging morale a week before their opening World Cup Group H match against Colombia.

It was The Blue Samurai's first win under coach Akira Nishino, who had lost friendlies against Ghana and Switzerland since taking over in April.

Japan, one of the most successful Asian teams, having qualified for the World Cup for a sixth consecutive time, scored four times despite managing only three shots...