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Wednesday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Messi, Premier League and more

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Most of the world’s biggest stars will only play in one major tournament this summer, however, Sweden is set to feature its biggest star at a second competition.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been included in Sweden’s preliminary roster for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. If Ibrahimovic makes the squad’s final 23-man roster, he will serve as one of the team’s three overaged players for the tournament. (REPORT)

Argentina head coach Gerardo Martino has confirmed that Lionel Messi will start Saturday’s Copa America quarterfinal against Venezuela. The Barcelona forward has made two substitute appearances for La Albiceleste¬†in the tournament after recovering from a back injury.¬†(REPORT)

The Premier League has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2016/17 season, which includes Arsenal-Liverpool and Chelsea-West Ham United on opening weekend. (REPORT)

Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal with reigning La Liga champions Barcelona. (REPORT)

Iceland defender¬†Kari Arnason says Cristiano Ronaldo is a “sore loser” after the comments the Portuguese made following Tuesday’s 1-1 tie at Euro 2016. (REPORT)

Dr. Tony Xia and Aston Villa have confirmed the Chinese businessman has officially completed his takeover of the English Championship side. (REPORT)


U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson is currently scheduled to miss the start of Werder Bremen’s 2016/17 season after continuing rehab on his injury hip. (REPORT)

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he isn’t worried about being forced to make a change for the suspended DeAndre Yedlin ahead of Thursday’s quarterfinal against Ecuador. (REPORT)

D.C. United has reportedly signed U.S. youth international Chris Durkin to a Homegrown contract. (REPORT)

The Professional Refereeing Organization (PRO) has come into question after allegedly paying MLS official Alan Kelly an additional salary to his collectively bargained contract with the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA). (REPORT)

After failing to advance out of the Copa America group stage, Brazil has fired head coach Dunga after two years in charge. (REPORT)

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