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DFL releases Bundesliga fixtures on Friday

The Bundesliga is currently enjoying the summer break but the new season is moving ever closer. The German Football League (DFL) will release the 2015/16 league fixture list on Friday seven weeks before the start of the 53rd Bundesliga campaign on 14 August. As the reigning champions, FC Bayern open the new season with a home game at the Allianz Arena.

Pizarro in last eight of Copa America

Claudio Pizarro and his fellow Peruvians have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Copa América in Chile. A goalless draw with Columbia was enough to see the Blaquirroja through to the last eight as runners-up in Group C. Bolivia are their next opponents on Thursday.

World Cup exit for FCB duo

The Women’s World Cup in Canada has run its course for Carolin Abbé and Vanessa Bürki. Switzerland, led by captain Abbé, lost 1-0 to the hosts in the Round of 16. Josee Belanger scored the winner for Canada on 52 minutes in an evenly balanced encounter. Abbé prevented a greater deficit shortly after that when she cleared a shot off the line. At the other end, Bürki had a chance to level from close range on 78 minutes.