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James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

Colombia forward James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal to play at Real Madrid
Harold Heckle, The Associated Press

MADRID - A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja.

"I'm very happy," Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. "Everything went well."

Dunga returns for second stint as Brazil coach

After Scolari resignation, Dunga hired for second stint as Brazil coach following Cup flop
Stephen Wade, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is bringing back Dunga to coach the national football team, four years after he was fired from the same job.

Tuesday's hiring comes two weeks after Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals.

The 50-year-old Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week after Brazil failed to win football's premier event on its home soil.

Steven Gerrard retires from international football

England captain Steven Gerrard retires from international football to concentrate on Liverpool
The Associated Press

LONDON - England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international football on Monday to focus on playing for Liverpool.

The 34-year-old midfielder made 114 appearances for England over 14 years.

Gerrard said he "agonized" over his future after the World Cup in Brazil, where England went out after the first round.

He told the Football Association that "this has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I've had to make in my career."

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