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Ghana calls in World Cup veteran Richard Kingson despite age controversy

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It’s been two years since Ghanaian goalkeeper Richard Kingson made an appearance for the Black Stars. Or any other team.

After being released from Blackpool after its one season in the English Premier League in 2010-11, Kingson was without a club team until July 2013, when he signed with Doxa Katokopias in the top flight of Cypriot soccer. The 35-year-old has started all four First Division matches for his new club this season.

That has led to a return to the national team, as Kingson is once again in the squad for Ghana before its two-legged playoff against Egypt in the last hurdle to 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. His last international match was a 2-1 loss to South Korea on June 7, 2011, just after his release from Blackpool. Before that, Kingson was Ghana’s No. 1 in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup, as well as the 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

However, it hasn’t all been rosy since Kingson found a new employer and earned another call-up. After the Ghana squad was named, former Ghana Football Association president Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe accused Kingson of lying about his age on multiple official documents.

“Don’t tell me Kingson is 35,” Nyaho-Tamakloe told Radio XYZ in Ghana (via Kickoff.com). “The man is definitely 40-years-plus.”

On Monday, the Confederation of African Football refuted Nyaho-Tamakloe’s claim outright in a press release on its website, which was picked up by the Ghana FA site.

“Indeed, there has been no such correspondence from CAF in that regard, and any such report lacks credibility and is totally false,” the statement reads. “Our record indicates that the date of birth of Richard Kingson is 13 June 1978, and that reflects in all our official documents.”

Ghana restricts media access to players

Based on Ghana’s announced schedule for the upcoming first leg against Egypt, only once will members of the media be able to interview players before the match. Despite daily training sessions and a friendly against a league side, players will only be available following a training session on Wednesday in Accra, Ghana.

Instead, a “media briefing at the end of the training session by a media officer” will be held on every other day.

WATCH: Man City’s Aguero, Nasri play soccer tennis atop Great Wall of China

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Manchester City stars Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero have both been under pressure in recent weeks for being out of shape, at least according to Pep Guardiola’s pizza-free standards.

One way to help fix that is better fitness, though we’re doubting that soccer tennis atop the Great Wall of China is necessarily going to tip the scales (pun absolutely, 100 percent intended).

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Nasri and James Horsfield of Man City took on teammates Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho in the match, which resulted in a half-dozen balls sent over the wall.

Games like this, sometimes even more than actual matches, remind many of us how far we are from the magical touch and control of elite players.

Reports: Pogba passes Manchester United medical; Announcement nears

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The seemingly inevitable to end to years of speculation is nigh.

With the record-breaking fee agreed, Paul Pogba has reportedly passed his medical with Manchester United and is set to join the club in England.

It’s also worth noting that Pogba hasn’t been dealing with injuries, and reporting that he’s passed a medical is a pretty safe bet.

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Pogba, 23, left Manchester United for Juventus in 2012 after the Old Trafford club didn’t meet his contractual demands, infuriating then-manager Alex Ferguson.

His play at Juventus proved his caliber, and new boss Jose Mourinho has been adamant that United needed to acquire the midfielder.

Hints that Real Madrid — who loooooves to break transfer records — had edged back into the race have been squashed, though we’ve learned anything can happen when United and Real are involved in a transfer (See: De Gea, Beckham, Ronaldo).

Atletico Madrid edges frame-rattling Spurs 1-0; Yedlin impresses at LB

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29:  DeAndre Yedlin of Tottenham Hotspur and Sime Vrsaljko of Atletico de Madrid compete for the ball during 2016 International Champions Cup Australia match between Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico de Madrid at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 29, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Diego Godin’s close range redirection gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in an open match in Australia on Friday.

The International Champions Cup match was missing several big names including Harry Kane, Koke, Dele Alli, and Antoine Griezmann, so it’s hard to make any judgments either way.

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Spurs rattled the post and banged one off the crossbar in the loss, which comes days after a 2-1 setback of sorts against Juventus.

USMNT back DeAndre Yedlin and American prospect Cameron Carter-Vickers started in the back line. Yedlin was again at left back, and impressed in 60 minutes of work.

Godin appeared to be well offside in the 40th minute when Kyle Walker‘s ill-fated flick came his way inside the six.

USMNT keeper Guzan staying in Premier League, joins Boro

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 16:  Goalkeeper Brad Guzan #1 of the United States defends against Ecuador during the 2016 Quarterfinal - Copa America Centenario match at CenturyLink Field on June 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Brad Guzan is leaving a relegation campaign, and hopes he won’t be facing another.

The USMNT goalkeeper and starter at this summer’s Copa America Centenario, Guzan was announced Friday as the latest signing in a busy summer for newly-promoted Middlesbrough.

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Guzan will have a heck of a battle for the No. 1 shirt, as new recruit Victor Valdes and incumbent Dimitrios Konstantopoulos are in the fold at Riverside Stadium.

The 31-year-old leaves Aston Villa after eight seasons and 171 appearances, a tenure that included a 16-appearance loan to Hull City. He was a runner-up in the League Cup and FA Cup, and internationally won the Golden Glove at the 2015 Gold Cup.

Boro have added Antonio Barragan, Alvaro Negredo, Gaston Ramirez, Viktor Fischer, Marten de Roon, and Bernardo Espinosa this summer in preparation for their first PL campaign since 2008-09.