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Cannon Fodder News and Links: Friday

News and links for Friday, August 26, 2016.

Leicester City v Arsenal - Premier League Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

FC Fidel: when Cuba joined the German fourth tier
Beset by all the issues that come with amateur status, Cuban football moved east to Germany in 1999 when the national team all joined Bonner Sport-Club.

US Soccer terminates Hope Solo's contract, suspends her for 6 months -
After her comments about the Swedish national team during the Olympics, US Soccer has had enough of Hope Solo.

Real Madrid | EU orders Spain to recover state aid paid to Real Madrid -
The Commissioner for Competition’s ruling hands Spanish government four months to recover 18.4 million euros paid to Real by Madrid City Hall.

Transfer News: James Rodriguez to stay at Real Madrid - Zidane -
James Rodriguez remains an important player for Real Madrid and is not for sale, according to head coach Zinedine Zidane

Wilfried Zaha to Tottenham: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says 'no chance' of a deal after 'ridiculous' bid | Transfers | Sport | The Independent
The 23-year-old is reported to have requested to leave Selhurst Park this summer.

Left-Backs & Defensive Midfielders Are Buzzwords, But Liverpool Need A Centre-Back Partnership Too | uMAXit Football
The big issue is that Liverpool have not been able to arrange a preferred pairing and establish an understanding in defence, not just this season but for years previously.

Diego Simeone: Griezmann deserved Ronaldo's award -
Antoine Griezmann was Europe's best player last season despite losing out on UEFA's award to Cristiano Ronaldo, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has said.

DC United is more than just a name - it should be the goal for the future
DC United isn't a perfect soccer club, but many of its practices and beliefs should be continued and expanded both the team and MLS itself.

The never-ending love affair between Werder Bremen and Claudio Pizarro
The tale of Claudio Pizarro is one of the best in the Bundesliga. No matter where he goes, he always seems to return home - and provide a little magic.