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Saudi Arabia to host Italian Super Cup

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will host the Italian Super Cup between AC Milan and Juventus early next year, the country's sports authority said Wednesday. "The kingdom will witness early next year the final of the 2019 Italian Super Cup, which will bring together Juventus and AC Milan," it said in a statement on Twitter. The authority also posted pictures and video clips of the Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al-Sheikh and Marco Brunelli, head of the Italian professional football league, signing an agreement. Juventus last…

‘We’re not Brad Pitt’

MILAN: Gennaro Gattuso warned AC Milan not to get carried away by recent wins as they prepare to play Udinese coached his former Italy and Milan teammate Massimo Oddo. "We're not Brad Pitt now, we've got to continue being as ugly as me and my beard, with bags under the eyes," said Gattuso ahead of Sunday's Serie A game. Gattuso took over late in November and the former European giants have now achieved three consecutive Serie A victories and held Lazio in the Italian Cup semi-final. "We mustn't forget what people…

Brazilian star Kaka announces retirement

RIO DE JANEIRO: Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player Sunday, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards. "I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete," the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner told Globo television. "I would like to take part in a club in a role more like... a manager, a sporting director -- someone between the field and the club." Kaka, 35, said AC…

Juventus beat Milan to win Italian Cup

MILAN: Juventus won a second consecutive double when substitute Alvaro Morata's extra-time goal secured a 1-0 Italian Cup final win over AC Milan who missed out on Europe for a third successive season on Saturday.

Real humbled in derby but Chelsea on fire

LONDON: Stuttering Real Madrid lost in the derby as La Liga titleholders Atletico Madrid gained a modicum of revenge for their Champions League final defeat while Manchester United are up and running even if Paris St Germain are yet to hit their stride.