July 27, 2016Why pizzas are off the menu for Manchester City players...
Pizzas are off the menu for Manchester City players as manager Pep Guardiola has imposed strict weight parameters on the squad breaching which will result in training bans, left back Gael Clichy has said.
July 26, 2016Higuain joins Juventus from Napoli in third biggest transfer ever
Juventus have completed the signing of Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.
Will new manager Allardyce convert England's potential into reality?
New manager Sam Allardyce said the days of talking about England's potential are over and it has to become reality as he looked ahead to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
July 25, 2016Former India footballer Marto Gracias passes away
Former India football player Marto Gracias died in Mumbai on Sunday following a cardiac arrest, according to informed sources.
Delta Corp chairman Mody buys 65 percent stake in FC Goa
Jaydev Mody, chairman of Delta Corp, has bought the 65 per cent stake jointly held by Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo in the FC Goa football team, which is part of the Indian Super League.
July 24, 2016Higuain feels the wrath of Napoli fans over reported move to Juventus
Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is feeling the wrath of the club's fans following widespread reports he is about to jump ship and join bitter rivals Juventus.
Mourinho hopes to avoid injuries on poor pitch in China
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is more worried about avoiding injuries on a poor pitch in Beijing than he is about winning their pre-season derby against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup (ICC).
England boss Allardyce convinced the time is right for him
New England manager Sam Allardyce believes it is just the right time in his career for him to be taking on what some have called the impossible job.
'Pogba is not worth 86 million pounds'
Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
July 23, 2016Captain Rooney says Allardyce is a 'good appointment'
England captain Wayne Rooney has welcomed the appointment of Sam Allardyce as national team manager and confirmed he is not planning on retiring from international football after the country's disappointing showing at the European Championship.
Sunderland appoint Moyes as Allardyce's replacement
Sunderland named David Moyes as their new manager on Saturday, replacing Sam Allardyce who was appointed as England manager.
Giggs on Futsal: I have learnt a lot and enjoyed it
Former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has compared futsal with Twenty20 cricket.
July 22, 2016Allardyce 'honoured' to become England manager
Sam Allardyce has been named England manager on a two-year contract, the Football Association said in a statement on Friday.
FC Goa co-owners Dempo, Salgaocar 'quit' ISL. Was the move pre-planned?
FC Goa co-owners Srinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar withdrew their stakes from the franchise, on Friday, surprisingly soon after the Indian Super League Appeals Panel lifted the ban on the duo for "bringing disrepute" to the tournament following last year's final.
Mata is a good player and he has space in the United squad: Mou
There is space for Juan Mata at Manchester United but the midfielder must fight to break into the first team, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
July 21, 2016'Messi will arrive as always with enthusiasm to play'
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique expects Lionel Messi to bounce back from a difficult summer with his usual enthusiasm -- and does not rule out a return to international football.
Why Germany striker Gomez was forced to leave Turkish club Besiktas
Germany forward Mario Gomez is leaving Turkish champions Besiktas due to the volatile political situation in the country, he said on Wednesday.
July 20, 2016Conte pours cold water on Costa transfer speculation
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte indicated that striker Diego Costa will stay at the club, despite a series of reports in the Spanish media linking him with a return to Atletico Madrid.
July 19, 2016Nobody can match Messi's level, says Xavi
Barcelona legend Xavi believes nobody will ever be able to replace his former teammate Lionel Messi with respect to his abilities and achievements. Comparing the Argentine with Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi said that Messi was way above the Portugal's Euro 2016 winner.
Hull boss Bruce is second manager to be interviewed for England job
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has been interviewed by a three-man Football Association (FA) panel for the England manager's job, according to British media reports.
Why Ranieri is not losing sleep over Leicester's title defence
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is not losing sleep over his team's Premier League title defence and believes the pressure to succeed is more on the new managers of the big-name clubs.
Three reasons why Xhaka is the 'perfect signing' for Arsenal
Defender Per Mertesacker expects Granit Xhaka to set the tempo from the Arsenal engine room this season and described him as the 'perfect signing' for the club.
Dortmund in talks with Bayern over Goetze return
Borussia Dortmund have started transfer talks with Bayern Munich over attacking midfielder Mario Goetze's possible return to Westfalenstadion, according to a media report.
Ronaldo vows to come back stronger after injury
Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo said that he intends to come back stronger for the upcoming season.
July 18, 2016No regrets for Vicente del Bosque as he leaves Spain post
Outgoing Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no regrets as he prepares to leave his post at the end of July after eight years in charge during which they won the World Cup and Euro 2012.
Ronaldinho leaves for Brazil, not to play Goa leg of Futsal
Brazilian great Ronaldinho, who enthralled the crowd with his deft skills during the first two matches of the Premier Futsal will not be a part of the Goa leg as he has left for his country.
La Liga players dominate UEFA's Best Player in Europe shortlist
La Liga players dominate this year's Best Player in Europe shortlist, announced by the continent's governing body UEFA on Monday, with seven of the top 10 contenders for the prestigious award currently plying their trade in Spain.
Euro 2016: Thousands arrested in global football gambling raids
More than 4,000 people have been arrested worldwide and more than $13 million seized across Asia in operations targeting illegal gambling during the Euro 2016 football tournament, Interpol said on Monday.
Will Pogba stay at Juventus?
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is confident Paul Pogba will stay put at the club despite talks about the French midfielder leaving for England or Spain.
Robben out for six weeks; Klopp hopes Matip injury not serious
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been ruled out for around six weeks after sustaining a groin muscle injury in Saturday's friendly against lower division side Lippstadt, the Bundesliga champions said.
Find out who won the battle of Chelsea 'old boys'
Frank Lampard scored for the fifth time in six games and claimed bragging rights over former Chelsea team mate Didier Drogba as New York City FC beat Montreal Impact 3-1 in Major League Soccer on Sunday.
July 17, 2016Messi still the best despite international failures: Ronaldinho
Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world despite never winning a major international trophy for Argentina, former Barcelona team mate and Brazil great Ronaldinho said on Sunday.
Messi is to Neymar, what I was to Messi: Ronaldinho
Former Brazilian great Ronaldinho feels that Lionel Messi has been the perfect senior to Neymar at Barcelona, exactly the role played by him when the Argentine stalwart joined the first team of the Catalan giants more than a decade ago.
July 16, 2016Premier Futsal: Late bloomers Kochi beat Mumbai 4-1
Led by their marquee player Michel Salgado, Kochi 5s thrashed Mumbai 5s 4-1 in their Premier Futsal match in Chennai on Saturday.
July 15, 2016Umtiti hungry to learn after 'dream move' to Barcelona
France international Samuel Umtiti has completed a "dream move" to Barcelona knowing he is not guaranteed a first-team place but says he is willing to learn to prove his potential.
Futsal: Giggs's Mumbai record opening win; Ronaldinho's Goa go down
Football legends Ryan Giggs and Hernan Crespo led from the front in Mumbai 5's and Kolkata 5's identical 4-2 wins over Chennai and Goa respectively, in the inaugural Premier Futsal League that got off to a grand start at the floodlight Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium in Chennai on Friday.
Belgium sack coach Wilmots after Euros disappointment
Belgium sacked national coach Marc Wilmots on Friday after their highly fancied team of talents failed to advance beyond the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 this month, Belgian FA president Francois De Keersmaecker said.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 'El Clasico' set for December
Spanish soccer's 'El Clasico' encounters between Barcelona and Real Madrid will happen in December and April, two of the most anticipated games of the 2016-17 Primera Division season whose fixtures were announced on Friday.
Eager Nani sets sights on Valencia's European return
Nani, who was recently crowned European champion with Portugal, wants to help bring the good times back to new club Valencia.
Kluivert to act as PSG's director of football
French champions Paris St Germain have appointed former Netherlands international Patrick Kluivert as the club's director of football, the Ligue 1 side said.
Will Diego Forlan play for Atletico de Kolkata?
Former Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan's is widely speculated to become the marquee player of Atletico de Kolkata for the third season of ISL but the team owners remained tight-lipped on the subject.
July 14, 2016Pogba tips Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or glory
Amid increasing speculation surrounding his potential move to Real Madrid, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba believes that Cristiano Ronaldo should win the coveted Ballon d'Or trophy following victories in the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals.
Terry will remain Chelsea's captain, says new manager Conte
Long-serving defender John Terry will remain Chelsea's captain in the coming season, new manager Antonio Conte said on Thursday at his first news conference since joining the Premier League club.
Juventus set to sign defender Benatia from Bayern Munich
Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia has arrived in Turin for a medical as he looks to complete a switch from Bayern Munich to Juventus, the Serie A champions said on Thursday.
No Champions League, no problem!
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes lack of European football will be an advantage for the club in the Premier League and same will be the case for Chelsea.
FC Goa sanctions: Verdict on ISL final fiasco deferred
Former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Kshitij Vyas, will pronounce his verdict next week over FSDL and FC Goa's appeal against sanctions imposed on them by Indian Super League's Regulatory Commission for boycotting the prize distribution ceremony following last edition's Indian Super League final.
Sunderland boss in talks over England manager's job
Sunderland have given permission to the Football Association (FA) to speak to manager Sam Allardyce about the vacant England post, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Brazil football legend Ronaldinho arrives in India for Premier Futsal
Former Brazilian superstar footballer Ronaldinho arrived in India late on Wednesday to participate in the Virat-Kohli backed Premier Futsal.
July 13, 2016Liverpool to be without recovering Sakho for EPL opener against Arsenal
One player who is unlikely to be lining up for Liverpool for their Premier League opener against Arsenal on August 14 is defender Mamadou Sakho, who underwent treatment for a long-standing Achilles problem.
Neymar claims 2014 World Cup injury 'nearly ended career'
Brazil star striker Neymar has claimed that the severe back injury he had suffered at the 2014 World Cup could have brought a premature end to his booming career.
Klopp minces no words about Balotelli's Liverpool future
Manager Juergen Klopp has told Mario Balotelli that with so much competition for places up front at Liverpool he should look for another club.
United veteran Rooney 'motivated' by Mourinho's arrival at Old Trafford
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits the arrival of Jose Mourinho has given him added motivation for the season ahead.
July 12, 2016Germany's coach Loew to stay on despite Euro disappointment
Germany's Joachim Loew said he would stay on to lead the World Cup winners to their title defence in Russia in 2018 despite an initial hesitation on whether to continue after a disappointing semi-final defeat to France last week at the Euro 2016.
Giggs, Ronaldinho to kick-off Premier Futsal on July 15
Brazilian football great Ronaldinho and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will kick-off Premier Futsal, the world's first multi-national tournament, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on July 15.
Tottenham sign Dutch striker Janssen
Tottenham Hotspur have signed Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
New manager Ancelotti feeling no pressure at Bayern
New Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has no plans to rip up the foundations laid by predecessor Pep Guardiola and says he will look to continue the club's tradition of attacking football when the season kicks off in August.
Euro 2016: Team of the Tournament revealed; Bale misses out
The Euro 2016 has come to an end with Portugal defeating hosts France on Sunday to lift their biggest football title. UEFA, the organising body of European Championships has now revealed the Team of the Tournament for Euro 2016.
Dimitri Payet is worth 50 million pounds!
Dimitri Payet is worth not a penny less that 50 million pounds ($65.3 million), West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has said, but even that might not be enough to prise the France midfielder away from the London club.
Schweinsteiger, Ivanovic spotted in Venice for their wedding
Germany and Manchester United's football star Bastian Schweinsteiger and his fiancée tennis ace Ana Ivanovic are reportedly getting married today (June 12) in Venice.
Pogba may stay at Juventus, says agent
Paul Pogba may stay put at Juventus despite talks about the French midfielder's possible move to England or Spain, his agent Mino Raiola has said.
Barcelona play down Messi exit rumours
Lionel Messi is not interested in leaving Barcelona in the wake of his sentencing for tax fraud, according to club spokesman Josep Vives.
July 11, 2016Antoine Griezmann named player of the European Championship
France forward Antoine Griezmann was named player of the tournament on Monday after leading the Euro 2016 hosts to Sunday's final where they lost to Portugal in extra time.
Euro 2016: Champions Portugal fly home to hero's welcome
Thousands of fans greeted Euro 2016 champions Portugal as they landed in Lisbon on Monday, chanting the name of goal hero Eder, whose extra-time screamer sealed the 1-0 victory over France.
Expanded Euro format did Portugal a favour
The expanded European soccer Championship format with 24 teams in the finals instead of 16 contributed to fairytale runs by so-called minnows at Euro 2016 but also helped Portugal lift their first major trophy.
Euro 2016: How Portugal proved they are not one man army
Portugal proved they can flourish without their talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo, at least on the pitch, in beating France to win Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Tear gas, water cannon used at fan zone
French police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of people trying to enter the "fan zone" at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to watch the final of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament on Sunday evening to prevent overcrowding.
It's ours! Portuguese media hails Euro 2016 triumph
Portugal's triumphant soccer team arrive home later on Monday on a plane named after the country's late football legend Eusebio and will continue their celebrations after the dramatic win over hosts France in the Euro 2016 final.
Wenger does not rule out England job after Arsenal deal ends
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is open to managing England but will not break his current contract with the Premier League club.
Ronaldo's five records in Euro history
Cristiano Ronaldo is a colossal figure in club football having completed a hat-trick of Champions League (1 Manchester United, 2 Real Madrid) victories.
Euro: Portugal wonderkid Renato Sanches wins Young Player award
Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches has been named as the Young Player of the Tournament at UEFA Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: One of the happiest moments of my career, says Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo wept tears of despair then tears of joy as Portugal stunned host France to lift the 2016 Euro Title in Paris. The Portuguese talisman has won everything at club level with Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Euro 2016: Antoine Griezmann wins Golden Boot
Griezmann finished on the losing side in the Euro final but the France forward won the Golden Boot after finishing top scorer with six goals.
There are no words to comfort my players, says France coach
France coach Didier Deschamps did not hide his bitter disappointment after finding himself on the losing end of a final for a change on Sunday.
Losing to Ronaldo again sucks, says Griezmann
Losing a final to Cristiano Ronaldo has become an unfortunate habit for Antoine Griezmann and he is not happy about it.
Ronaldo the cheerleader or assistant manager?
When you're a star as big as Cristiano Ronaldo, it's very difficult to fade into the background.
Ronaldo goes from agony to ecstasy as Portugal triumph
He has won it all at club level and has three world player of the year awards but on Sunday Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated as never before -- with tears of joy streaming down his face after his Portugal beat France 1-0 to win the European Championship.
Ronaldo celebrates Euro win with Ferguson
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his nation's maiden Euro 2016 victory with a special man.
Jubilant Portugal fans hit the streets after Euro triumph
Portugal erupted into jubilation on Sunday as the country defeated France to win the Euro 2016, its first major international soccer championship.
Euro final: When Ronaldo's prediction came true
Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Portugal's Euro 2016 hero Eder would score the winning goal in their 1-0 extra-time triumph over France and gave him the encouragement to settle Sunday's final.
Portugal beat France to win Euro 2016 title
Portugal won their first Euro title after defeating France 1-0 at the Stade de France in Paris on Sunday.
'Messi' moth buzzing around Ronaldo breaks Twitter
As Ronaldo cried over his fate while the moth sat on his eye, some smart folk decided to create a meme out of the situation.
Rosberg handed time penalty, loses second place
Nico Rosberg had his Formula One world championship lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton cut to one point after the German was demoted from second to third place in the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
July 10, 2016Virat Kohli-backed Premier Futsal unsanctioned: AIFF
The All India Football Federation said on Sunday that the unsanctioned Premier Futsal, scheduled to begin on July 15, will create unnecessary issues and also expressed serious doubts about the survival of the tournament.
Euro 2016: Portugal look to spoil French party in final
Hosts France are aiming to win their third European Championship on Sunday when they face Portugal in the Euro 2016 final with the outcome potentially hinging on the teams' attacking talismans Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona launch campaign backing sentenced Messi
Barcelona have launched a campaign in support of Lionel Messi and his father Jorge after the Argentine pair were sentenced to prison terms this week over tax fraud.
France's Sagna, Lloris relish end of long journey back to the top
A lot has changed for France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris and defender Bacary Sagna since they were part of the team that left the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in disgrace.
July 09, 2016French President believes Euro win would boost nation's morale
A victory for France over Portugal in Sunday's European soccer Championship final would give the country a welcome morale boost, French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.
Euro final: French defender Sagna 'not afraid' of Ronaldo challenge
France right back Bacary Sagna will face the daunting task of keeping a close eye on Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday's Euro 2016 final.
'Griezmann in same league as Ronaldo, Messi'
France right back Bacary Sagna said teammate Antoine Griezmann now belonged to the same elite club as the Portugal forward.
Euro final: Portugal boosted by return of Pepe to training
Euro 2016 finalists Portugal received a boost on Saturday when central defender Pepe trained with his teammates and appeared to be free of any injury problems.
Meet Deschamps, France football's coach-cum-philosopher
Didier Deschamps, who captained France to both World Cup and European triumphs, shared some of his sports psychology secrets on Saturday on the eve of his French side's Euro 2016 final against Portugal.
The No 7 shirt set to take centre stage at Euro 2016 final
The fate of Sunday's intriguing European Championship final between France and Portugal weighs largely on two men wearing the number seven shirt, one already at the top of the game and the other one getting there fast.
Boyish Griezmann shapes himself into France's superhero at Euro
The 25-year-old striker, who stands 1.76 metres tall, caught the eye on the big stage against Germany, driving home a penalty at the end of the first half before poking in the ball on 72 minutes following a rare blunder by Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Ronaldo has the opportunity to leave Messi in the shade
Wales welcomed home by hundreds of thousands of fans
Chris Coleman's team, featuring in a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup, exceeded all expectations by reaching the semi-finals in France before being knocked out by Portugal.
July 08, 2016I want City to play beautiful football, says Guardiola
New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come to England to prove himself and wants to produce the "beautiful football" for which his teams are famed, he told reporters on Friday.
Euro: Griezmann and Ronaldo clash in final for second time in 6 weeks
When France meet Portugal in Sunday's Euro 2016 final, the outcome is likely to depend on the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann -- the second time the two players have clashed with a European trophy at stake in six weeks.
Will Real, Barca, Bayern join tournament to rival Champions League?
The group is seeking support in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany by promising more places in an enlarged tournament and higher revenues from broadcasting rights, Marco Bogarelli, the strategic director of Wanda Sports Holding, the Chinese group's sports arm, told the newspaper.
Czech veteran Cech announces international retirement
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech announced his retirement from international soccer on Friday following his country's group stage exit at Euro 2016.
Spanish court drops fraud investigation against Neymar
Spain's High Court said on Friday it had dropped a fraud and corruption investigation into Brazilian soccer captain and Barcelona player Neymar saying no crime had been committed.
Blatter's appeal against six-year FIFA ban to be heard on August 25
An appeal by former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six-year ban from all soccer-related activities will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 25, CAS said on its website on Friday.
Euro: Deschamps bids for captain and coach double
Didier Deschamps has let his hair go grey naturally since the last time he picked up a European title 16 years ago.
Euro: Griezmann extends lead over Ronaldo for Golden Boot
Following his heroics against world champions Germany in the semifinal at Marseille, France forward Antoine Griezmann has emerged as a clear favourite to bag the Golden Boot award at the 2016 European Championship.
Euro: 5 reasons why World champions Germany failed
World champions Germany will not be present at the Euro 2016 final in Paris after being knocked out by hosts France 0-2 at Marseille.
Why this Argentina coach quit his club after just TWO days!
Former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa resigned as manager of Lazio after just two days in charge, the Italian Serie A club said in a statement on Friday.
Juergen Klopp signs Liverpool extension
Manager Juergen Klopp has extended his contract with Liverpool, less than a year since joining the club, the English Premier League side announced on Friday.
England's Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final
England's Mark Clattenburg will be the referee for Sunday's European Championship final between France and Portugal at the Stade de France, governing body UEFA said on Friday.
Is Pogba 'perfect' for Manchester United?
Paul Pogba could spearhead Manchester United's Premier League title challenge if the playmaker can be lured back to Old Trafford, the club's former midfielder Paul Ince has said.
France again have a hero, a striker who can make them win tournaments
France have found a new hero in Antoine Griezmann and the striker has his eyes firmly set on lifting the Euro 2016 trophy after his two goals fired Les Bleus past Germany on Thursday and into the final.
We were the better team, says beaten Germany coach Loew
Germany were the better team in their 2-0 loss to France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday, coach Joachim Loew said as he cursed his team's bad luck for costing them a place in the final.
Euro 2016: What France must do before the final...
France may have ousted rivals Germany for the first time in 58 years but it will mean nothing if they lose Sunday's Euro 2016 final against a Portugal team that have had more recovery time, said Didier Deschamps.
How France hero Griezmann swapped tears for joy...
Antoine Griezmann had plenty of painful memories to erase in Thursday's European Championship semi-final against Germany and he did that in style, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an historic 2-0 victory over the world champions.
Euro 2016: Griezmaan fires France past Germany to take on Portugal in final
Two goals from Antoine Griezmann helped hosts France overcome world champions Germany 2-0 on Thursday to reach the final of Euro 2016, a first competitive victory over their old rivals in 58 years.
July 07, 2016Paraguay starlet Diaz eager to shine at Real Madrid
Paraguay starlet Sergio Diaz is thrilled to be moving to Real Madrid but has yet to find out if he will join the first team squad for pre-season training or play for the club's Castilla reserve side, he told Spanish media.
Euro 2016: Santos orchestrates Portugal's tactical renaissance
Portugal head into Sunday's Euro 2016 final after another disciplined performance, proving again in their 2-0 win over Wales that they perform like a well-rehearsed orchestra rather than a solo act.
Tevez turns down West ham's offer to become their best-paid player
West Ham United's bid to re-sign Carlos Tevez stalled because of the striker's salary demands, the Premier League side's co-chairman David Sullivan has said.
How the Portuguese press reacted to Ronaldo's heroics...
Portugal's press gave a big salute to Cristiano Ronaldo and the entire national team on Thursday after their 2-0 win over Wales clinched a return to the European Championship final for the first time in 12 years.
This is what Ronaldo told Bale after the semis...
Cristiano Ronaldo was seen consoling Gareth Bale after the final whistle, and he also congratulated the Welshman.
Euro 2016: Three main reasons why Wales lost...
Wales manager Chris Coleman said he was 'immensely proud' of his team after their hopes of reaching the Euro 2016 final were dashed by a brief lapse of focus during a 2-0 defeat by Portugal on Wednesday.
Look who is backing Allardyce as England boss!
Sam Allardyce is the obvious candidate to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager if the FA decide to go with a home-grown candidate for the job, former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has said.
Cristiano Ronaldo's most modest quote!
Cristiano Ronaldo said he is not obsessed by breaking records and believes Portugal have reached the Euro 2016 final thanks to a team effort after they beat Wales in the last four on Wednesday.
'Time to give Portugal some credit'
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was time to give credit to his team after their 2-0 win over Wales took them to the Euro 2016 final on Wednesday.
Messi's conviction, a dent in Tata Motors' plan?
Tata Motors might have to rethink its association with sportstar Lionel Messi.
Love him, loathe him but Ronaldo delivers on big stage!
There is no denying Cristiano Ronaldo delivers when it matters most.
Euro 2016: Ronaldo, Nani power Portugal into final
Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani struck in quick succession early in the second half to fire Portugal to a 2-0 win over Wales in the first Euro 2016 semi-final on Wednesday.
Ronaldo ties record for all-time Euro goals
Portugal hero Cristiano Ronaldo has created another record after scoring the first goal in the 2-0 victory against Wales in the semi-final of 2016 Euro Championship.
Euro: Germany can draw on Brazil rout to offset home advantage
In the history of football there has been no more devastating nullification of supposed home advantage than Germany's 7-1 humbling of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, so playing France in Marseille holds no fears for the world champions.
July 06, 2016Inter Milan sign Argentina midfielder Banega
Inter Milan have signed Argentina midfielder Ever Banega on a three-year contract, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.
Manchester United players begin life under Mourinho
As the black-tinted sports cars carrying Manchester United's millionaire footballers rolled into the club's Carrington complex for the start of pre-season training on Wednesday, no one wound down any windows to discuss the start of life under Jose Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan signs for Man United on four-year deal
Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Manchester United from German club Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: France bid to end 58-year run of losing to Germans
Coach Didier Deschamps believes his players are ready to write a new page in the history of French football at Euro 2016 on Thursday when the hosts attempt to beat Germany for the first time for 58 years in a competitive match.
Griezmann and Pogba step into massive boots of Platini and Zidane
Used to relying heavily on one key player for their European glory in the past -- Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane in the 1984 and 2000 tournaments respectively -- French fans have two talented players on whom to pin their hopes at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: High payoff for Marc Wilmots a hurdle for Belgian FA
A payoff of at least one million euros ($1.11 million) for Belgium soccer manager Marc Wilmots could be a problem and the national federation does not have the means to hire a big name to replace him, the federation's head said.
Messi sentenced to 21 months in prison, unlikely to serve time
Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after a court in Barcelona found him guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a statement from the court said on Wednesday.
Manchester United is the right club for Mourinho: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be a "massive improvement" on predecessor Louis van Gaal, according to former Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson.
Zambrotta named head coach of Delhi-based ISL side
Italian 2006 World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta has been appointed as the new head coach of Delhi Dynamos, the Indian Super League (ISL) side announced in a statement.
Euro 2016: Germany forced to make key changes for semi-final
Germany coach Joachim Loew has been forced to make changes to his team for Thursday's semi-final against hosts France at Euro 2016 because of injuries and a suspension, including replacing key goalscorer Mario Gomez.
Euro 2016: Greek lessons and pragmatism key to Portugal's progress
Having reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals without winning a game in 90 minutes it is probably time for Portugal fans to stop worrying about their misfiring forwards and instead give credit to the coach and defenders who have got the to the last four.
Euro 2016: UEFA tells Wales to keep their children off the pitch
The sight of Welsh players bringing kids on to the pitch after their quarter-final victory over Belgium at the European Championship last week may have warmed the hearts of millions around the world, but for UEFA it appears to have been a step too far.
Euro 2016: Portugal defender Pepe doubtful for semi-final
Centre-half Pepe is doubtful for Portugal's Euro 2016 semi-final against Wales on Wednesday and a decision on his fitness will be made in the morning.
Flashback PHOTOS: Semi-finalists Portugal at the Euros
Here is a look at what happened in their previous Euro semis...
July 05, 2016Coach Martino quits over Argentine FA leadership problems
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino resigned on Tuesday citing a leadership vacuum at the Argentine FA (AFA) and problems trying to pick an 18-man squad for the Olympic soccer tournament in Rio de Janeiro in August, the AFA said.
UEFA deems new 24-team Euro format a success
UEFA believes the 24-team format introduced for the first time at Euro 2016 is a success and will boost soccer in some of the continent's smaller nations, tournament director Martin Kallen said on Tuesday.
Time for German youngsters to step up against 'favourites' France
France are favourites in the Euro 2016 semi-final against injury-hit Germany but the world champions' absences will not affect their game, with a string of youngsters ready to step up, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: How they celebrated at Euro 2016
Rediff.com presents a flashback of those moments at Euro 2016 that personify pure ecstasy...
'I want to win matches, everything,' declares Mourinho
Jose Mourinho, unveiled as Manchester United's new manager on Tuesday, declared he is a winner who aims to return the club to its traditional position of dominance.
Football Transfers: Barcelona buy back Suarez from Villarreal
Spanish champions Barcelona have exercised the buy-back clause to re-sign midfielder Denis Suarez from Villarreal, the Catalan club announced on Monday.
Euro: Ronaldo, Bale take different approaches to leadership role
In playing terms, both are the leaders of their teams but they take very different approaches to their role. While Bale is widely acclaimed as an inspiration for his national team, Ronaldo's influence on Portugal is the subject of debate.
Euro: Wales out to inflict more semi-final woe on Portugal
It will be virgin territory for Wales when they face Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-finals yet their opponents could be forgiven a sense of deja vu as they step on to the pitch in Lyon on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Bale plays down importance of Ronaldo duel
Gareth Bale says Wales' Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal on Wednesday will not be decided by his personal duel with Real Madrid team mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
July 04, 2016Land of geysers and glaciers can generate footballers too
Iceland's run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 showed that a Nordic island known for its volcanoes and pioneering geothermal power has the potential to generate plenty of its own talented footballers too.
Euro 2016: France euphoria is extra motivation, says German coach Leow
The host nation's bulging euphoria over France's Euro 2016 semi-final qualification is added motivation for Germany as they prepare to face them on Thursday, coach Joachim Loew said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Portugal defender Pepe misses training
Portugal defender Pepe missed a training session on Monday as a precaution after suffering a problem with his thigh, a team spokesman told reporters.
Why Wales boss refuses to consider England job...
Wales manager Chris Coleman has poured cold water on the possibility of him filling the England manager's post recently vacated by Roy Hodgson.
Euro 2016: Who will win the Golden Boot award?
The race for Golden Boot award at the 2016 Euro Championship heats up with French players occupying the top three spots ahead of the semi-final round.
Euro 2016: Meet the four semi-finalists
Hosts France have sealed the last semi-final spot and will meet World Champions Germany in a mouth-watering clash at Marseille.
How UEFA can avoid repeat of Euro 2016 violence...
Russia was among 14 countries which signed a convention between the Council of Europe and European soccer body UEFA on Sunday aimed at stopping a repeat of fan violence which has marred Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Why Germany should be wary of France
After tweaking his formation and starting lineup at Euro 2016, France coach Didier Deschamps seems to have found the perfect formula at just the right time.
New City boss Guardiola aims to prove himself in England
New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no intention of ditching the methods that brought him success in Spain and Germany and wants to prove it is possible to win in the Premier League by playing attractive football.
How Iceland's historic journey came to an end...
Iceland failed to use their brains in Sunday's 5-2 defeat to France at Euro 2016, joint coach Lars Lagerback said, though he spoke with pride of the team's achievements in getting to the quarter-finals in their first tournament appearance.
After ending Iceland's dream, Germany next on France's platter
France's players immediately turned their minds to a semi-final with Germany on Thursday after putting Iceland to the sword in a 5-2 win at Euro 2016.
Here's why Olivier Giroud is trending...
Forward Olivier Giroud, jeered by France supporters barely a month ago, won them over on Sunday with what he described as his best performance for his country in a major tournament, scoring twice in the 5-2 win over Iceland at Euro 2016.
Euro: Germany's Gomez out; Khedira, Schweinsteiger doubtful for semis
Germany's Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the rest of Euro 2016 with a thigh muscle injury while Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger are doubtful after being injured in Saturday's quarter-final win over Italy.
July 03, 2016Arteta joins Manchester City coaching staff
Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has joined ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola's coaching staff, the Premier League club said on Sunday.
Latest summer transfers: Chelsea sign Belgian forward Batshuayi
Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has signed a five-year contract with Paris St Germain, the French champions said in a statement on Sunday.
Why Italy's Conte is Euro's most flamboyant boss...
Antonio Conte far exceeded expectations with a limited Italy squad at Euro 2016 and the coach, who is heading for pastures new at English club Chelsea, is likely to prove a tough act for replacement Giampiero Ventura to follow.
How German stars failed to shine but youth showed experience
Germany's younger generation can rightfully feel they are the ones to be trusted when the world champions line up for a Euro 2016 semi-final next week after they stood up to be counted in the country's first tournament victory over Italy on Saturday.
Argentina fans plead Messi to return to national team
Hundreds of Argentines protested in the pouring rain on Saturday, demanding that soccer star Lionel Messi return to Argentina's national team after he unexpectedly quit following a loss in the regional Copa America final.
Mournful Conte bids farewell to Italy, looking forward to Chelsea adventure
Antonio Conte bowed out as Italy coach on Saturday after a Euro 2016 shootout defeat by Germany sounding almost broken-hearted that he was leaving behind a "fantastic" group of players.
Germany v Italy: Was it the worst shootout in history of Euros?
Germany's players hailed their first victory against Italy in a major tournament as an exceptional moment in their history as they reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals by beating their old rivals 6-5 on penalties.
Meet the unexpected heroes of Germany
Germany coach Joachim Loew and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer praised the team's less experienced players for stepping up to convert in their dramatic penalty shootout against Italy, firing the world champions into the Euro 2016 final four.
Euro 2016: Germany beat Italy in epic penalty shootout
Germany defeated old rivals Italy 6-5 in a penalty shootout at Euro 2016 with a winning spot kick from Jonas Hector after the game finished 1-1 following extra time on Saturday to reach the semi-finals.
Euro 2016: We can win it, says Iceland captain
Captain Aron Gunnarsson says Iceland will take inspiration from fellow underdogs Wales when they take on hosts France in the quarter-finals on Sunday -- and the tiny country even believe they can win Euro 2016 outright.
July 02, 2016Euro 2016: The day France laughed before playing Iceland
In September 1998, the France players nearly created a diplomatic incident before a game against Iceland when several of them burst out laughing during the national anthems.
Mkhitaryan joins Mourinho revolution at Manchester United
Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund, the German club said on Saturday.
Euro: 'Iceland deserve to be where they are'
France realise how dangerous Iceland can be from long throw-ins and have been working on ways to counter that weapon when they face the surprise packages of the European Championship in the quarter-finals, coach Didier Deschamps said on Saturday.
I-League exit: Salgaocar, Sporting Clube's demands before AIFF
Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa, who have pulled out of the I-League in protest against All India Football Federation's re-structuring proposals, have put up three demands before the AIFF if they have to reconsider their decision of withdrawal.
Euro 2016: Welsh underdogs revel in greatest night with Belgium win
Ecstatic Wales coach Chris Coleman praised his "soldiers" after a shock 3-1 win over Belgium at Euro 2016 took the country to their first major tournament semi-final, and said they could match anyone if they were not afraid to fail.
This tactical disaster cost Belgium at Euro 2016
Wales's Euro 2016 victory over Belgium, officially the second-best team in football, showed again that you can have all the attacking talent in the world but if you are weak at the back you will be found out at the highest level.
Euro: Wales demolish Belgium to reach first ever semi-final
Rampant Wales defeated Belgium 3-1 to reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals with a victory that included a sensational strike by Hal Robson-Kanu and a goal for captain Ashley Williams on Friday.
July 01, 2016Polish progress eases pain of penalty heartache
Polish fans had bittersweet feelings about their quarter-final exit from Euro 2016 on Friday, frustrated by the shootout loss to Portugal but still rejoicing in their team's best run in a major tournament for decades.
It's a deal! Neymar signs five-year contract extension with Barcelona
Brazilian striker Neymar has extended his contract with Barcelona until June 2021, the Catalan club said in a statement on Friday.
Euro 2016: How minnows are causing upsets...
Whether it is Greece's victory at Euro 2004, Denmark's success in 1992 or Iceland's run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, the similarities between successful smaller countries and their approaches seem striking.
Talented players, dull matches... 'anything is possible' for Portugal
Portugal continue to be a paradox at Euro 2016, reaching the semi-finals without ever giving the kind of uplifting performance that their talented team should be capable of.
Gurpreet scripts Indian football history!
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's ground-breaking journey through uncharted territory reached the most important milestone as he became the first Indian
Euro Preview: Can Germany snap out of Italy nightmare?
Title contenders Germany will come face to face with their ultimate tournament nightmare when they take on Italy in their Euro 2016 quarter-final in Bordeaux on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Captain Ronaldo produces another disappointing show
Portugal entered the Euro 2016 quarter-final after defeating Poland 5-3 on penalties in Marseille on Thursday.
Drama in store as Ibrahimovic writes final chapter
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to write the final chapter in a glittering career with Manchester United in England's Premier League and although drama is guaranteed, a happy ending is not.
US to meet Cuba in first friendly in 69 years
The US men's national soccer team will play their first friendly against Cuba in 69 years when they meet in Havana's Estadio Pedro Marrero on October 7, US Soccer said on Thursday.
Reaching Euro 2016 semis 'a dream' for Portugal's youngsters
Portuguese coach Fernando Santos said his hardest task will be keeping his 'kids' grounded after they advanced to the semi-finals with a win over Poland on Thursday.
Manager of Spain's 'invincibles', Del Bosque to retire
Former Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros and current Granada manager Paco Jemez both said earlier on Thursday that they were interested in the position if Del Bosque was to leave.
Euro 2016: When Portugal's starlet Sanches overshadowed star Ronaldo
Portugal coach Fernando Santos turned to teenager Renato Sanches in a bid to bring some fluency to the midfield in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Poland on Thursday and was handsomely rewarded for the decision.
PHOTOS: The Icelandic saga at Euros
The smallest country ever to compete at the Euros surprised soccer fans around the world after comfortably knocking out England, the overwhelming favourites in the last 16 match with a 2-1 victory to set up a dream tie with hosts France.
Flamboyant Conte roars out of garage and burns up grass
Antonio Conte, who spends matches ranting incessantly at his players and the referee from the touchline, is one of the most passionate coaches at Euro 2016 and has led an ageing, technically-limited side further than many felt possible.
Portugal beat Poland in shootout to reach Euro semis
A superb shootout save by Portugal's Rui Patricio allowed Ricardo Quaresma to be the hero again as his spot kick against Poland sent them into the Euro 2016 semi-finals 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 finish following extra time.
June 30, 2016Euro: UEFA to hold "moment of applause" for Istanbul attack victims
European soccer body UEFA will hold a "moment of applause" before the Poland v Portugal Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Thursday in memory of victims of the gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's main airport this week.
Six found guilty of match fixing in Sweden
A Swedish court of appeal has found six men, including three former players of the Kristianstads FF club, guilty of match fixing after one of the players admitted his involvement.
Ibrahimovic to join Manchester United
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday he was joining Manchester United, the highest-profile signing to date by new manager Jose Mourinho.
Euro 2016: Problems in defense for France in Iceland challenge
France coach Didier Deschamps, who has kept tinkering with his squad since the start of the European Championship, will be forced to rejig once again when the hosts face Iceland for a place in the semi-finals.
Euro 2016: Don't have any Italy trauma, says Germany's Kroos
German players have no interest in thinking about past losing battles against Italy as they prepare to face them in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday, with midfielder Toni Kroos sounding confident they will finally emerge victorious.
Neymar close to new five-year deal at Barcelona
Neymar is close to signing a three-year contract extension with Barcelona that will tie the Brazil captain to the La Liga champions until June 2021, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced on Thursday.
Wake up France! Iceland next, says Evra
France, who have earned a reputation for leaving it late at this European Championship, would be well-advised to wake up early when they face Iceland for a place in the semi-finals, veteran defender Patrice Evra warned on Thursday.
Euro 2016: It's Bale vs Hazard as Wales faces 'home team' Belgium
Wales are happy to cast themselves as underdogs in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium on Friday but such modesty belies their proven ability to bite hard.
Euro 2016: Bruising Chiellini leaves opponents breathless
Giorgio Chiellini, famously bitten by Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during a 2014 World Cup match, comes across as a typically bruising centre back but off the field, the Italy defender is a quiet and dignified figure.
Simeone vows to stay on and improve Atletico de Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, a month on from a second Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in three years, has made it clear that his immediate future is with the Spanish club.
Euro 2016: Italian defender Chiellini 'fears domino effect' of Brexit
When Britain's voters sent shockwaves through the continent last week by voting to leave the European Union, most footballers who were asked about it shrugged their shoulders and said it was nothing to do with them.
Ryan Giggs 'set to leave' Manchester United
Ryan Giggs has rejected an offer to stay at Manchester United and is ready to end his association with the club after 29 years, a British newspaper reported on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Favourite Southgate 'does not want England job'
Gareth Southgate, the bookmakers' favourite to be the new England manager, does not want the job either on a temporary or permanent basis, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Portugal wonderkid Sanches draws parallels with Dutchman Davids
One of Europe's most expensive teenagers Renato Sanches has yet to nail down a starting spot with Portugal but the brawny midfielder is making his presence felt on the continent's biggest stage.
Portugal keep faith in 'amazing' captain Ronaldo
Talismanic Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo struggled against Croatia producing just one shot on goal, but coach Fernando Santos defended his "amazing" captain.
Euro 2016: Injured De Rossi set to miss quarters
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi looks unlikely to face Germany in Saturday's Euro 2016 quarter-final because of a bruised thigh.
Euro 2016: Portugal and the untying of the proverbial Gordian Knot
'I think it's a 50-50 match. My players know that. They (Poland) are here on their own merit'
June 29, 2016Neymar, Douglas Costa named in Brazil's Olympic squad
Barcelona's Neymar and Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa were chosen as over-age players for Brazil's Olympic squad on Wednesday in a selection packed with striking firepower.
Euro 2016: Resistance to change in Spain despite exit
The suggestion that Spain need to change their playing style is already meeting resistance even though another disappointing performance at a major soccer tournament suggests that tiki-taka has run its course.
Euro 2016: Germany desperate to rewrite history vs Italy
Germany are determined to snap their tournament losing streak to Italy dating back almost half a century when the two meet in a Euro 2016 quarter-final on Saturday in Bordeaux, players said on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Lewandowski takes on less glamorous role for Poland
It is a measure of the importance of captain Robert Lewandowski to Poland that the striker is the first name coach Adam Nawalka writes on the team sheet despite his goal drought at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Spain veteran Casillas hints at retirement
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has given a strong indication that he will retire from international footbal after 16 years.
How will history remember Argentina's Messi
Lionel Messi does not need a Copa America win to feel like the king of the world. He captured that crown a long ago, says Dhruv Munjal.
Euro 2016: How the last 8 teams measure up
With eight teams remaining at Euro 2016, a guide to the form of the quarter-finalists, looking at their strengths and weaknesses.
Euro 2016: Iceland want Leicester-type ending
Surprise Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Iceland want a fairytale ending to their run, like the one that Leicester City enjoyed when they stunned the soccer world by clinching the Premier League title this season, team coaches said on Wednesday.
England to name Southgate as temporary manager?
England under-21 coach Gareth Southgate looks likely to be put in temporary charge of the national team after the resignation of Roy Hodgson following the side's Euro 2016 exit, British media reported on Wednesday.
Who should be the next England manager?
As England begin the search for their fifth new manager in 10 years following their humiliating exit from Euro 2016, there appear more unemployed former holders of the job than serious contenders to replace Roy Hodgson.
How Iceland's Cinderella story is a model for others...
Iceland's fairytale progress to the last eight of the European Championship is just what the competition needs to prevent it going stale and a model for smaller nations to realise their dreams, UEFA said on Tuesday.
Euro Preview: Ronaldo poses biggest threat to Polish defense
Poland have an impressive defensive record at Euro 2016 but standing in their way to a semi-final spot is arguably one of sport's greatest-ever athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo.
June 28, 2016Euro exit: English WAGs comfort the stars
The Wives and girlfriends of the England stars playing in cash-rich Premier League have rocked England shirts with their other-half's name on.
Here's why Podolski is critical of 'stupid' expanded Euro format
Germany forward Lukas Podolski has criticised the new 24-team format for the European Championship, labelling it 'stupid' as it created a great deal of confusion among the players.
President, Maradona urge Messi to stay with Argentina
Argentina president Mauricio Macri has personally contacted star striker Lionel Messi and urged him not to call it quits to the national team.
Euro exit: What England need to learn from failure...
Goalkeeper Joe Hart has urged the youngsters in the England squad to learn from the experience of their humiliating exit to Iceland at the Euro 2016 championship on Monday.
How the British media reacted to England's worst loss...
England's soccer journalists left their readers with no illusions on Tuesday after their side's Euro 2016 hopes were crushed by Iceland, describing the 2-1 loss as the worst in their history.
'It's a really sad time to be English'
Soccer fans mock as England dumped out of Europe twice in a week.
England's defeat by Iceland a perfectly logical result
England's 2-1 defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016 may have looked like one of the worst reverses in their history yet in many was it was a perfectly logical result.
Did England think it would be a walk in the park?
The greatest achievement in Iceland's soccer history came more easily than expected as a lacklustre England failed to put the tournament debutantes under any serious pressure, their joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said on Monday.
England manager Hodgson quits after Euro 2016 exit
England soccer coach Roy Hodgson's four-year reign came to an abrupt end after their shock 2-1 defeat by tiny Iceland at the Euro 2016 round of 16 stage on Monday.
Euro 2016: England suffer embarrassing exit vs superb Iceland
Iceland pulled off one of the greatest shocks in European Championship history when they recovered to beat England 2-1 in their last 16 clash on Monday and will now face hosts France in the quarter-finals.
The highs and lows of Lionel Messi's Argentina career
Argentina's star player Lionel Messi on Monday announced his retirement from international football after missing a penalty in the team's 2-4 defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Messi fails to match Maradona success in Argentina shirt
They were two small Argentina players with the same enormous challenge -- to meet the expectations of a soccer-mad country.
Euro 2016: Club spirit saw Italy brush aside Spain
Forget Italy's image of Catenaccio (or "door chain defence"). Antonio Conte's Italy showed in a 2-0 defeat of Spain at Euro 2016 on Monday that they can do unchained attacking football too.
Euro 2016: Italy defeat shows Spain's golden era ended
Like an ailing heavyweight, Spain and their hopes of a third straight European title ended in a tame surrender as their 2-0 defeat by Italy represented the definitive end to a golden era in their footballing history.
June 27, 2016Euro 2016: Italy knock out holders Spain; face Germany next
Holders Spain were knocked out of Euro 2016 in a 2-0 defeat by Italy on Monday after goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle set up a quarter-final with world champions Germany.
"Don't go, Leo," plead Argentina fans
Argentines begged Lionel Messi not to abandon the national team before the 2018 World Cup after he tearfully announced his retirement in frustration at another last-gasp international defeat.
Juventus sign Barcelona's Dani Alves
Barcelona right back Dani Alves has completed his move to Italian champions Juventus on a two-year contract, the Turin-based club said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Belgian fan club founder dies after match
The founder of the supporters club of the Belgian national team died of a heart attack after the country's crushing 4-0 victory over Hungary at Euro 2016 on Sunday, the national football association said on its website.
Portugal's coach makes all players feel important: Fonte
'If the coach considers it, I am ready to play the next game'
Starting 11? Flexibility is the name of the game for Germany
Germany coach Joachim Loew has not used the same starting 11 in any of his team's four matches at the Euro 2016 so far and is unlikely to do so in their quarter-final clash with either holders Spain or Italy.
'More Argentina players may retire from internationals'
Sergio Aguero and other Argentina players could follow the lead of captain Lionel Messi and retire from international football after losing the final of the Copa America on penalties to Chile for the second straight year.
England's Hodgson dismisses report of Rooney-Vardy rift
England manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed 'salacious' suggestions of a possible rift between forwards Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy and said the team were fully focussed on the Euro 2016 round of 16 match against Iceland later on Monday.
Germany's Draxler is only missing piece in Loew's puzzle
Germany's coach Joachim Loew looks to have found the last piece of his jigsaw as they eye a fourth European crown, with Julian Draxler sparking the attack into life in the 3-0 Euro 2016 win over Slovakia.
PHOTOS: How Chile rejoiced after beating 'the best'
Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi took great pride in steering his country to victory in Sunday's Copa America final against a team he believes to be the best side in the world with the best player in history.
Messi's Argentina find Chile too hot to handle!
Chile have never beaten Argentina in open play in 27 Copa America meetings in 100 years yet have twice in 12 months dashed the hopes of Lionel Messi's team of lifting a major trophy.
All you need to know about Lionel Messi
A factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi
Why Belgium players don't want to talk about Euro final...
Belgium's Euro 2016 title credentials were boosted by a big win over Hungary in the last 16 on Sunday but before they can even think about reaching the final they face a tricky rematch with recent conquerors Wales.
Messi announces retirement from international football
Lionel Messi says he is retiring from international soccer after Argentina lost to Chile in Copa America final.
Chile clinch Copa America title in shootout
Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to retain their title in the world's oldest continental soccer competition.
Euro 2016: Hazard-inspired Belgium crush Hungary
An early Toby Alderweireld header was the prelude to three late goals that sent Belgium past Hungary and into a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final against Wales.
Euro 2016: Spain coach expects the 'real Italy' to turn up
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque is not expecting a repeat of their crushing 4-0 victory over Italy in the final four years ago when the two sides meet in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Monday.
June 26, 2016Euro 2016: Germany delivers complete performance in Slovakia rout
Germany thumped Slovakia 3-0 with goals from Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler to cruise into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Sunday and confirm their status as tournament favourites with a sparkling performance.
Euro 2016: We're like an army taking on England, says Iceland coach
Iceland joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson likened his team to an army on Sunday heading for a "win-win" second-round battle with England at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Ireland coach complains about preparation time after defeat
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill complained that France had far more time to prepare for Sunday's second-round 2-1 defeat of the Irish than his squad.
Euro 2016: France's Griezmann spreads wings with perfect timing
France striker Antoine Griezmann had looked slightly below par in their opening games at Euro 2016 and the host nation's fans feared he might be exhausted after a gruelling season.
Euro 2016: Griezmann leads France back from deficit to beat Ireland
Hosts France came from behind to beat 10-man Ireland 2-1 and reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals after two second-half strikes from forward Antoine Griezmann at Parc OL on Sunday.
Euro 2016: How Portugal can muddle their way to the final
After teetering on the brink of first-round elimination and being involved in the most boring match of the tournament, there is now a real chance Portugal could muddle their way through to the Euro 2016 final.
Euro: Mouth-watering clash of styles as Spain take on Italy
Spain, chasing an unprecedented third successive European Championship title and looking forward to facing Germany or Slovakia in the next round, have the upper hand in recent history, having not lost a competitive match against Italy since the 1994 World Cup.
Bacca goal guides Colombia to third place in Copa America
Carlos Bacca's first-half goal was enough to give Colombia a 1-0 victory over the United States in the third-place playoff at the Centenary Copa America in Arizona on Saturday.
Euro: England risk ultimate slip against upstarts Iceland
Iceland have already exceeded expectations by qualifying second in their group behind Hungary and will go into the game with nothing to lose and the whole world, beyond England, willing them on.
Euro 2016: Quaresma gives Portugal last-gasp win over Croatia
Substitute Ricardo Quaresma turned in three minutes from the end of extra time as Portugal edged a tense encounter to book a UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-final date with Poland.
Without Rafa, Muguruza flies Wimbledon flag for Spain
Wimbledon will naturally miss an old favourite with Rafael Nadal sidelined by injury yet Garbine Muguruza, armed with her sunny demeanour and blistering talent, seems perfectly happy and equipped to fill the void left by her great Spanish compatriot.
June 25, 2016Euro 2016: Northern Ireland own goal sends Wales into last 8
Wales reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland thanks to an own goal by Gareth McAuley in a poor encounter at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Shaqiri's overhead goal draws similarities with goals of yore
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri astonishing equalising goal against Poland in their Euro 2016 last-16 match brought back memories of great goals of the past from club and international football.
Euro: 10 Spain players drug tested by UEFA
Two-time defending champions Spain's preparations for their Euro last 16 match with Italy were disrupted as 10 players were forced to take an anti-doping control by UEFA on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Poland sink Switzerland on penalties to reach quarters
Poland reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday when they beat Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the sides had drawn 1-1 after extra-time.
Euro 2016: 'Laughing De Bruyne can be Belgium's key man'
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots insists Kevin De Bruyne is enjoying his football again and will get even better when his side play Hungary in their Euro 2016 round of 16 clash on Sunday.
Henry handball no matter of revenge for Ireland, feels French team
Thierry Henry's infamous handball in a qualification playoff game for the 2010 World Cup against Ireland will play no role when the two teams meet on Sunday for a place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Saturday.
Euro: Ireland's Duffy relishing second coming after brush with death
A little over six years after almost losing his life in a training-ground accident with the Ireland team, defender Shane Duffy will probably start one of the biggest games of his career against France in the second round of Euro 2016.
England to land Euro 2016 knockout blow?
If England win their Euro 2016 last-16 clash on Monday they can add the prized scalp of Iceland to those of Paraguay, Belgium, Cameroon, Denmark, Ecuador and Spain - the only teams they have beaten in a tournament knockout game since 1966.
Euro Preview: Will Germany's Boateng be ready for Slovakia challenge?
Germany will decide on the eve of their Euro 2016 round of 16 match against Slovakia on Sunday whether defender Jerome Boateng can help them to another clean sheet en route to what they hope is their fourth continental crown.
Euro Preview: Why Belgium must be vary of Hungary...
The Euro 2016 draw has opened up for Belgium, but Marc Wilmots' side are still to confirm their title credentials before their round of 16 match against undefeated Hungary on Sunday.
Henry handball gives Irish extra motivation vs France
Thierry Henry's handball sent such shockwaves that barely anyone remembers it was actually William Gallas who scored the infamous goal France that ruined Ireland's chances of a World Cup appearance more than six years ago.
How did the last 10 finals of Copa America pan out?
The Copa America was played as a 12-team tournament from 1993 when the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) invited two teams from CONCACAF, the North and Central America and Caribbean region, to join in.
How Croatia can control Ronaldo
Croatia will be focussing on containing Cristiano Ronaldo as well as bidding to score a first ever goal against Portugal when they meet in the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Saturday, coach Ante Cacic said.
June 24, 2016Euro: In-form Koke 'ready to help when called upon'
Spain midfielder Koke is hoping coach Vicente del Bosque gives him a chance to play against Italy on Monday in the last 16 of Euro 2016.
Can Messi end Argentina drought in Copa final?
Chile face Argentina in Sunday's Copa America final for the right to call themselves South America's dominant team but perhaps an even bigger question for football fans the world over regards whether Lionel Messi can finally win a major international title.
Euro 2016: Lewandowski does not have to score, says Poland coach
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski can finish Euro 2016 without a goal to his name as long as the team keep grinding out results starting with Saturday's last-16 clash against Switzerland, coach Adam Nawalka said on Friday.
AIFF expresses surprise over exit of Goan I-League clubs
The All India Football Federation's senior vice-president Subrata Datta termed the decision by two I-League clubs SalgaocarSC and Sporting Clube de Goa to pull-out of I-League as something 'really unfortunate'.
England Euro 2016 contenders despite tough draw: Kane
England striker Harry Kane believes they can still win Euro 2016 despite being in the harder half of the draw and he rejected the idea that the team's forwards are battling anxiety ahead of the match against Iceland.
Euro 2016: Chiellini sees Spain as Italy's bogey team
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has described Spain as Italy's bogey team and urged their fans not to dream too much.
Brexit is a dance they do in the NBA!
Spain's Nolito clueless about British referendum moniker
'The president and his entourage should play the I-League now'
Mohun Bagan, East Bengal blast AIFF after Goan clubs quit I-League
Del Bosque defends tactics to go with unchanged sqaud
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has defended his decision to use the same starting side in all three Euro 2016 games so far.
Euro 2016: 5 disappointments of group stage
Euro 2016's round of 16 gets under way on Saturday after the completion of the group stages. With shocks aplenty, we saw some major upsets and heartbreaks in the preliminary round.
Euro 2016: Standout stats from the group stage
The 2016 Euro moves to its knockout rounds with eight teams taking an early flight home. The group stages saw some memorable action in which many records broken.
Blow for Indian football: Salgaocar, Sporting Clube quit I-League
Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa, Indian football's traditional outfits, decided to "withdraw" from the forthcoming season of the I-League over the All India Football Federation's decision to restructure the domestic league system.
Not so Nice! England will try to punish Iceland
Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson have called on England to be ruthless in their attacking play during their Euro 2016 knockout clash with Iceland in Nice on Monday.
No Euro swansong but Ibrahimovic proud after final curtain call
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's international career did not end in a blaze of glory at the European Championship but the striker said he was proud to have represented Sweden at the tournament.
Copa America: 'Noodle' Di Maria hoping to be 'al dente' for final
Angel Di Maria is working hard on his fitness for the chance to play a part in Argentina's Copa America Centenario final against title holders Chile on Sunday after bad luck in two previous finals.
Will Iceland melt under English pressure?
Iceland's performance at Euro 2016 so far means that they have no reason to sweat over Monday's last-16 clash against England, midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson said.
How new-look Euro 2016 passes drama test...
Wednesday evening's dramatic Euro 2016 group stage finale concluded an engrossing opening round that was tight and tense to the last as the expanded new-look European Championship passed its first test.
Blanc parts ways with PSG
Coach Laurent Blanc parted ways with Paris St Germain, putting pen to paper on a 22-million-euro ($25 million) severance deal.
Albania out of Euro 2016 but etched in a nation's pride
Albania's football team were knocked out of the European Championship in the group stages but they were feted on their return home on Thursday as if they had won the tournament.
Euro Preview: Expensive Bale faces free agent in all-British affair
The world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale of Wales, will face an ageing goalkeeper looking for a club in Saturday's intriguing all-British showdown against fellow debutants Northern Ireland.
Euro Preview: Will Lewandowski shine for Poland?
Poland forward Robert Lewandowski and Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, who have yet to shine at Euro 2016, will have another chance to brighten up the tournament when their teams clash in St Etienne in the last 16 on Saturday.
Euro Preview: Portugal braced for 'series of finals'
Portugal are ready to move up a gear when they face Croatia in their mouth-watering last-16 clash in Lens on Saturday, coach Fernando Santos said.
June 23, 2016Premier Futsal league rope in Manchester United legend Scholes
Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has signed a marquee deal to play for the next three editions of Premier Futsal, with the inaugural season scheduled to be held next month, the League announced, on Thursday.
How Spain's De Gea turned criticism into inspiration...
Criticism of David de Gea's performance after Spain's 2-1 defeat by Croatia is fuelling the goalkeeper's determination to do better in his team's Euro 2016 showdown with Italy.
Wales v N Ireland: Physical battle on the cards for British derby
Wales must be ready for a physical contest against Northern Ireland in Saturday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash, their manager coach Chris Coleman said.
Vardy rejects Arsenal; signs new contract with Leicester
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has signed a four-year contract extension with the Premier League champions, seemingly ending speculation about a move.
Swedish footballer red-carded for farting during match
A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match.
Euro: 'Ireland loss won't dampen Italian morale'
Italy's 1-0 defeat by Ireland in their last Euro 2016 Group E match will not affect the morale of the squad ahead of the last- 16 game against defending champions Spain, coach Antonio Conte said on Wednesday.
Ireland's O'Neill wants repeat performance against France
Ireland will need to produce a similar performance to the one that helped them beat Italy on Wednesday if they are to have any chance of knocking out hosts France in the last 16 of Euro 2016, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill said.
Copa America: Chile beat Colombia to set up final against Argentina
Chile beat Colombia 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final on Wednesday and will face Argentina in Sunday's final after surviving a tumultuous match in Chicago.
Euro 2016: What not to do against Belgium...
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, in typically self-confident mood, warned that any opponents who opened up against his team would be punished after their 1-0 win against Sweden on Wednesday.
Euro: 'Iceland not afraid of England'
Iceland do not fear facing England at Euro 2016 joint coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said on Wednesday after his indefatigable players beat Austria 2-1 to book a place in the last 16.
Will Sweden find another Ibrahimovic? No says coach
Zlatan Ibrahimovic played his last game for Sweden when they were knocked out of Euro 2016 on Wednesday and his coach said the country was unlikely to find another player like him.
Euro: Ireland make history, enter last 16 after late Brady goal
Ireland reached the knockout phase at a European Championship for the firs time when Robbie Brady's late goal earned them a 1-0 victory against Group E winners Italy on Wednesday.
Euro: Belgium's late strike sends them through as Ibrahimovic bows out
Belgium went through to the last-16 at Euro 2016 on Wednesday when Radja Nainggolan's late strike gave them a 1-0 win over Sweden, who were knocked out after scoring only once in three games.
The factors that put Austria out of the Euro Championships
Iceland's last-ditch defending, never-say-die attitude and a touch of luck was just too much for Austria's inexperienced side, beaten coach Marcel Koller said.
Euro: Hungary deserve to be in the knockouts, says coach Stork
Euro 2016 upstarts Hungary have steadily improved during the group stage of the tournament and played their best football in Wednesday's pulsating 3-3 draw against Portugal, coach Bernd Storck said.
Euro: Hungary and Portugal through after thrilling 3-3 draw
Hungary and Portugal reached the Euro 2016 knockout stages after a rip-roaring 3-3 draw in which Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice and became the first player to score at four European Championship finals on Wednesday.
June 22, 2016Euro: Iceland advance to last 16 after 2-1 win against Austria
Iceland snatched a stoppage-time winner to continue their fairytale story at Euro 2016 by making it through to the last 16 after a deserved 2-1 victory against Austria in their final Group F match on Wednesday.
Nobody is scared of England: Shearer
England's performances at Euro 2016 so far will leave none of their opponents scared at the prospect of a knockout clash with the country, according to former striker Alan Shearer.
Ronaldo sets record for scoring at four Euros
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at four European Championship tournaments with a brilliant back-heel flick against Hungary at Euro 2016 on Wednesday after setting a finals appearance record.
Angry Ronaldo throws reporter's microphone in lake
Video footage has emerged of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo bringing an impromptu interview to a sudden halt -- by throwing the reporter's microphone into a nearby lake.
Euro 2016: French FA slams clubs for poor pitches
French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet told the country's top clubs on Wednesday to make the quality of their pitches an absolute priority, describing one ground at Euro 2016 as "a failure".
Euro 2016: Here's why teams will dread facing England...
Other countries will dread the prospect of facing England in the Euro 2016 knockout rounds, midfielder Eric Dier has said, despite his side's failure to secure top spot in Group B.
Power of freshness! Croatia rested five players and still won!
Croatia's players showed the world they are not like the supporters who brought shame on the country with their behaviour at Euro 2016, coach Ante Cacic said on Tuesday.
Messi: From red card on debut to Argentina's all-time top goalscorer
Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who became his country's all-time top goalscorer on Tuesday when he scored his 55th international goal.
Record-breaking Messi leads Argentina to Copa final
Lionel Messi scored his 55th international goal to become his country's all-time leading scorer as Argentina thrashed hosts the United States 4-0 to ease into the final of the Centenary Copa America on Tuesday.
Euro: Will Germany's Boateng be fit in time for last 16?
Germany coach Joachim Loew is confident key centre back Jerome Boateng will be fit for his side's last-16 encounter despite coming off with a calf problem during Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland.
Euro: Slovakia, Hungary and Northern Ireland make last 16 push
Slovakia, Hungary and Northern Ireland were all assured of qualifying for the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Tuesday despite not playing, or in Northern Ireland's case, losing.
Euro: Turkey beat Czechs 2-0 to stay in last-16 contention
Goals by Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan gave Turkey a 2-0 win over Czech Republic in Euro 2016 on Tuesday that secured third place in Group D and kept alive their hopes of reaching the tournament's knockout stages.
Euro: Impressive Croatia stun defending champs Spain, top group
Holders Spain lost for the first time in 15 matches at the European Championship finals on Tuesday when Croatia beat them 2-1 to win Group D at Euro 2016.
Poland not worried about goal-shy Lewandowski
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is still the team's driving force despite the goal drought he is currently enduring, his coach Adam Nawalka said on Tuesday.
Germany rewarded for this tactical change against N Ireland
Germany waited for their last group match at Euro 2016 to field a proper striker in their starting line-up and were rewarded when Mario Gomez did just enough to give them a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
June 21, 2016Euro: Blaszczykowski strike sends Poland into last 16
Jakub Blaszczykowski's goal gave Poland a 1-0 win over Ukraine in their final Euro 2016 Group C match on Tuesday and sent them into the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time.
Euro: Germany beat Northern Ireland 1-0 to win group
Germany's Mario Gomez scored in the first half to secure a 1-0 win over a stubborn Northern Ireland side and a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 as Group C winners on Tuesday.
UEFA decides to replace Lille pitch after poor weather
UEFA said it would replace the pitch at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille after Wednesday's final group E match between Italy and Ireland.
Real to buy back Morata, confirm Juventus
Real Madrid look set to activate a buy-back clause to take Alvaro Morata back to the Bernabeu from Juventus, the Italian club's chief executive, Giuseppe Marotta, said on Tuesday.
Mayor promises tighter security in Rio de Janeiro during Olympics
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday regretted the assault by street criminals of an Australian athlete over the weekend but said that security would be stronger in the city by the time the Olympics begin on August 5.
French police break up fight among Polish fans in Marseille
French police on Tuesday broke up a fight between Polish fans in Marseille and detained two of them ahead of Poland's final Euro 2016 group stage match against Ukraine.
Ibrahimovic to retire from international football after Euro 2016
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Tuesday that he would retire from international football at the end of Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Iniesta's secret is all in his head
Spain's influential midfielder Andres Iniesta says the secret to his top form at Euro 2016 has been his speed of thought.
Euro 2016: Pedro unhappy with bit-part role for Spain
Spain winger Pedro is frustrated by the lack of opportunities he has been given so far in his country's opening two fixtures at the European Championship in France.
Euro 2016: Best is yet to come from Pogba, says Wenger
France's Paul Pogba has yet to show his full potential and it remains too early to judge the midfielder, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said of his compatriot.
How India wants to promote football after PM Modi's complaint
An ambitious project to awaken a sleeping giant of Asian soccer looks like confirming Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's famous remark that India pricks up its ears only when comparisons with China are made.
Coach Blanc to leave French champions PSG
Coach Laurent Blanc will leave French Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain by the end of the week, despite signing a two-year contract extension in February, his agent Jean Pierre Bernes said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Irish hopeful of memorable win against Italy
For Ireland to reach the knockout stages at Euro 2016 they must achieve something they haven't done in 28 years - win a game at the European Championship.
Euro 2016: Goal-shy Sweden in a do-or-die game against Belgium
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may wonder whether he even needs to turn up to face Sweden on Wednesday given his opponents' dismal attacking record at Euro 2016.
Meet the surprise package of Euro 2016
Wales enjoyed their greatest day in football for more than half a century by overwhelming Russia 3-0 in Toulouse on Monday to win Group B at Euro 2016 ahead of their oldest rivals England.
Euro: Ronaldo's Portugal promise goals will start to flow
Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of Portugal's biggest culprits, missing an easy chance late in the 1-1 draw with Iceland and firing a penalty against the post late in the Austria match.
Euro: Does Germany have weaknesses?
Northern Ireland have enough tools to get a result in their final group match against a fallible German team, Northern Ireland's coach Michael O'Neill said on Monday.
PHOTOS: This is how football fans should be!
While it's usually the hooligans who make the headlines, we turn our attention to the peace loving fans of the Euros.
Euro: England advance after stalemate with Slovakia
England drew 0-0 with Slovakia on Monday to finish second in Euro 2016 Group B and qualify for the knockout phase behind Wales who beat Russia 3-0 in their final match.
Euro: Wales thump Russia to top group, enter last sixteen
Wales outplayed Russia 3-0, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes, as they moved into the round of 16 at Euro 2016 by winning Group B on Monday.
Euro: Where does Belgium's engine of the team lie?
Belgium have the wealth of talent to come up with a variety of approaches to their Euro 2016 matches but still need to find the right formula, said captain Eden Hazard on Monday.
France forwards paying price for defensive efforts: Payet
France entered Euro 2016 supposedly as an attacking side with defensive weaknesses, yet Les Bleus have confounded that image by conceding only one goal while scoring four in the group phase.
June 20, 2016Euro: Croatia gets suspended ticket ban, fine for crowd trouble
Croatia's soccer federation has been handed a suspended ban from selling tickets to hooligans and given a 100,000 euros ($113,190.00) fine after their team's supporters caused crowd trouble at Euro 2016, UEFA said on Monday.
Puma says ripped Swiss shirts due to batch of defective material
Kit manufacturer Puma said it had traced a problem with ripped shirts for the Swiss team at Euro 2016 to a defective batch of material used only in a limited number of home jerseys for the team.
Germans want to take early advantage against Northern Ireland
Germany must come out firing from the first minute when they meet Northern Ireland on Tuesday or they could risk giving the underdogs the confidence to spring a surprise in their final Euro 2016 group game, centre back Mats Hummels said.
UEFA defends Euro 24-team format
We have had so far a tight and intense competition, says Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of competitions
Fever-stricken Buffon doubtful for Italy's game against Ireland
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon skipped Sunday's training with a fever and is doubtful for his team's final Euro 2016 group game against Ireland, the Italian federation (FIGC) said on Monday.
What Germany MUST do against Northern Ireland
Germany have promised that their attack will pack a bigger punch when they face Northern Ireland on Tuesday after struggling up front in their first two Euro 2016 matches.
Euro Preview: Eyes on troublesome fans as Croatia meet Spain
When Croatia meet Spain in their final Euro 2016 group match on Tuesday there will be as much scrutiny of developments in the stands as on the pitch.
Euro Preview: Turkey hope to seize last chance against Czechs
Turkey have left it late to bid for a place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 but defender Gokhan Gonul believes they still have a chance, if they can beat a buoyant Czech side in their final Group D game on Tuesday.
'Without fear, Swiss ready for knockout stage'
Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic has no preference over which side his team will face next after the scoreless draw against France that saw his men advance to the knockout stages of the Euros for the first time.
Revealed! Albania's unique formula for success...
Albania's first win at Euro 2016 against Romania on Sunday was the ultimate display of coach Gianni De Biasi's one-for-all and all-for-one mentality.
Group mission accomplished, now France need to step up a gear
France are still a work in progress requiring tweaks despite coasting through to the knockout phase of Euro 2016 as group winners on Sunday, according to coach Didier Deschamps.
Vardy will stay at Leicester: Wenger
Striker Jamie Vardy is likely to turn down a move to Arsenal and stay at Premier League Champions Leicester City, the north London club's manager Arsene Wenger has said.
France v Switzerland: From ripped shirts, to cut-up pitch, to burst ball...
While France and Switzerland largely got what they wanted with a 0-0 draw at Euro 2016 on Sunday, it was a night of shame for ground staff and sports manufacturers.
It's a gamble! England to leave out Rooney against Slovakia
England captain Wayne Rooney will be left out of the starting lineup for their last Euro 2016 Group B match against Slovakia.
Russian striker accuses British of antagonising other fans
Russia striker Fyodor Smolov insists that English and Welsh fans were guilty of antagonising their Russian counterparts during scuffles that broke out in Lille earlier in Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Albania keep hopes alive with historic win vs Romania
A first-half header by striker Armando Sadiku gave Albania a 1-0 win over Romania at Euro 2016 on Sunday and kept alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stages in their first major tournament.
Euro 2016: Switzerland follow France through to last 16 with a draw
Switzerland followed France through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 by holding the host nation to a 0-0 draw in their final Group A match on Sunday after the unlucky French hit the woodwork three times on Sunday.
June 19, 2016Euro 2016: I will kick Sturridge if I have to, says Slovakia's Skrtel
Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel will have no second thoughts about kicking England striker Daniel Sturridge, his Liverpool team mate, to help his country win their final Euro 2016 Group B game on Monday.
Euro 2016: Nani outshines Portugal teammate Ronaldo
Portugal's Nani is poised to make his 99th appearance for his country in a crunch clash with Hungary on Wednesday and has been an automatic choice for the Selecao for a decade, yet there is a feeling the forward has not fulfilled his dazzling potential.
Euro 2016: England tight-lipped on choice of strikers
England manager Roy Hodgson gave few clues on Sunday when asked about his attack for the final Group B game against Slovakia from which they need a point to qualify for the knockout stage of Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Italy coach Conte still hammering away at his players
Italy's famously demanding coach Antonio Conte is not letting up at his players even after they made sure of a place in the round of 16, and top spot in their group at Euro 2016, with one match to spare.
Euro 2016: Germany's Goetze unfazed by criticism for lack of goals
Germany's Mario Goetze brushed off criticism of his lacklustre performances at Euro 2016 on Sunday and said players were used to being praised one day and knocked off their pedestal the next.
Euro 2016: Buffon misses Italy training with fever
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon missed training on Sunday morning because of a fever, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said.
UEFA charge Hungary, Belgium and Portugal after crowd trouble
Disciplinary proceeding have been opened by UEFA against Hungary, Belgium and Portugal after there was further crowd trouble at three Euro 2016 games on Saturday, the governing body said in a statement.
Why Portugal coach won't discuss Ronaldo...
Portugal coach Fernando Santos hauled off Ricardo Quaresma after the winger failed to follow his tactical instructions as they struggled to make their domination count in a 0-0 draw with Austria at Euro 2016 on Saturday.
Euro Preview: Will England super-subs start against Slovakia?
England coach Roy Hodgson will be strongly tempted to start with Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge in attack against Slovakia on Monday after both came off the bench to score in the 2-1 win over Wales.
Euro Preview: Wales could hit heights or depths in final countdown
The thousands of Welsh supporters who have brought their nation's famed singing, not to mention plenty of plastic dragons, to a major tournament after a wait of more half a century are steeling themselves to hit the heights -- or rock bottom -- on Monday.
How Hungary denied Iceland historic win
Having been in soccer's doldrums for nearly half a century, Hungary are a whisker away from reaching the Euro 2016 knockout stages after a patient and almost forgotten approach bore fruit in a 1-1 draw against Iceland.
EXPOSED! Ronaldo's set-piece obsession
One question stands out after Portugal's 0-0 draw with Austria on Saturday -- does Cristiano Ronaldo have to take every single free kick and penalty?
Copa America: Messi equals record as Argentina, Chile advance to semis
Argentina and Chile advanced to the semi-finals of the Copa America on Saturday with Chile beating Mexico 7-0 and Lionel Messi getting a goal in Argentina's 4-1 win over Venezuela to equal his country's all-time scoring record.
Euro: Ronaldo misses penalty as Portugal held to 0-0 draw with Austria
Portugal played out a goalless draw against Austria after captain Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in their Euro 2016 Group F match at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Saturday.
Federer admits he was 'never good enough' to beat Nadal in Paris
Describing Rafael Nadal as his greatest rival, Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer has admitted that he could never maintain a complete stranglehold over the Spaniard at the French Open, which is considered as the former's stronghold.
Euro: Belgium reply to criticism with clinical show
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots was happy to encourage speculation that Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku would be dropped for Saturday's 3-0 win over Ireland at Euro 2016 in which both not only played but were key performers.
Injured Rosicky could miss remainder of Euro
Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky looked set to miss the rest of Euro 2016 after picking up a thigh injury in their 2-2 draw against Croatia in Saint-Etienne on Friday.
June 18, 2016Euro 2016: Late own goal gives Hungary 1-1 draw with Iceland
Iceland were within two minutes of a famous victory on their first appearance at a major tournament on Saturday only for Birkir Saevarsson to put through his own net to hand Hungary a 1-1 draw that leaves Euro 2016 Group F wide open.
Euro 2016: Spain's No 9 problem solved?
It has been a long time coming but Spain look as if they may finally have solved their number nine problems following Alvaro Morata's two goals in the 3-0 win over Turkey.
Euro: Swiss not fazed after their French lesson at World Cup
Switzerland have no fears coming into their game against hosts France on Sunday despite being thrashed 5-2 when they met two years ago at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Vladimir Petkovic said.
Euro: Hungarian fans and police scuffle before Iceland v Hungary game
Hungarian fans and police forces scuffled in Marseille's stadium on Saturday ahead of a Euro 2016 Iceland v Hungary match.
Euro: Lukaku scores twice as Belgium batter Ireland
Belgium rediscovered their most blistering form to batter group E rivals Ireland 3-0 thanks to a brace from Romelu Lukaku and an Axel Witsel header on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Quiet Kante shows he can make it count even for Les Bleus
Blue is definitely the colour for the discreet N'Golo Kante, now shining for France on the pitches of Euro 2016 after playing a key role in LeicesterCity's fairytale run to the Premier League title in England.
Do you agree with Loew that the 16-team Euro format was better?
'There are teams playing ultra defensively. But they do that well. The smaller nations like Albania or Wales are defensively very well schooled. They see their chance in that, so that is why we had only up to two goals per game until yesterday's Spain win (3-0) over Turkey'
Euro: Can Germany top their group?
Title contenders Germany do not have fundamental scoring problems despite a goalless draw against Poland and will top their Euro 2016 Group C with a win over Northern Ireland next week, coach Joachim Loew said on Saturday.
Croatia, Turkey face UEFA action over crowd trouble
Europe's soccer governing body UEFA said on Saturday it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the soccer federations of Croatia and Turkey for crowd trouble during the Euro 2016 tournament in France.
Euro Preview: Here's what Albania needs to do against Romania
After a couple of solid defensive performances in defeats by Switzerland and France, Albania need to discover some scoring form against Romania, their Italian coach Gianni De Biasi said ahead of Sunday's vital Euro 2016 Group A fixture.
4 reasons why Spain can win Euro 2016...
Friday's win should add weight to the predictions of many that Spain are favourites to capture a third straight European title.
Copa America: Colombia reach semis after shootout
Colombia beat Peru 4-2 in a penalty shootout on Friday to progress to the semi-finals of the Copa America after the two sides played to a dull scoreless draw in New Jersey.
Euro 2016: Spain coasts into last 16 with rout of Turkey
Holders Spain became the first team to score more than two goals in a game at Euro 2016, beating Turkey 3-0 as Andres Iniesta shone again and forward Alvaro Morata answered his critics with two goals.
Euro 2016: Austria wary of Ronaldo threat, vows to attack
Austria will double mark Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo when the teams clash at Euro 2016 on Saturday, but fear that it could create space for his teammates to wreak havoc, Austria's captain Christian Fuchs said.
Euro 2016: Coach Cacic labels Croatian hooligans 'sports terrorists'
Croatia fans who caused trouble during their team's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic on Friday were "sports terrorists" and had no place in football stadiums, the Balkan nation's coach told a news conference.
Euro 2016: Flares on pitch raise serious security concerns
Croatia's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic was held up for several minutes after their fans threw flares on to the pitch and began fighting among themselves on Friday.
June 17, 2016Euro 2016: Coach Conte wants Italian fans to show their pride
Italy coach Antonio Conte said he wants more of the team's supporters at Euro 2016 to show their pride by wearing blue shirts after they secured their place in the knockout stages with a 1-0 win over Sweden on Friday.
Euro 2016: Zlatan and Sweden on the brink
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose rare talent burst into the limelight with a splendid goal against Italy at Euro 2004, was a shadow of his brilliant best when Sweden lost 1-0 to the same opponents on Friday.
Euro 2016: Belgium coach threatens wholesale changes
Belgium could make wholesale changes for Saturday's European Championship clash with Ireland as they seek to keep their tournament hopes alive, coach Marc Wilmots said.
Euro: Late Eder goal sends Italy through to last 16
A brilliant 88th minute strike by Eder helped Italy beat Sweden in a Group E match at the Euro 2016 and seal a last 16 berth.
How 200 Russian fans 'beat up' thousands of English: Putin on Euro clashes
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the football hooligan violence at Euro 2016 a "disgrace" but questioned how Russian fans could have overpowered a far larger contingent of English supporters.
Euro 2016: Hollywood star Banderas offers services to Spain
Spain go into Friday's Euro 2016 game against Turkey determined to be more efficient in front of goal and no fan is more eager for that to happen than Antonio Banderas.
How an astronaut is boosting Italy's dream at Euros
Italy coach Antonio Conte summoned help from astronaut Luca Parmitano to inspire his players ahead of Friday's Euro 2016 game against Sweden in Toulouse.
Euro: Belgium await friendly invasion by Ireland
For however much or little it counts, Belgium have history on their side in not having lost to the Irish for 50 years, which includes beating them by a single goal in the playoffs to win a place at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Two sevens, Ronaldo and Arnautovic, look for redemption
Cristiano Ronaldo will not be the only number seven hoping to redeem himself when his Portugal side meet Austria in their Euro 2016 group F match in Paris on Saturday. Ronaldo's less heralded opposite number for Austria, Marko Arnautovic, also came into the tournament with high hopes only to start with a below-par display made worse by a sulky attitude.
Copa chiefs want homophobic chants to stop but will take no action
Centenary Copa America officials say homophobic chanting at international matches "must stop" but they have opted not to take action against offending teams.
'Compact and solid' Hungary bid to extend hot streak over Iceland
Two of the surprise teams of the opening round of matches at Euro 2016 meet on Saturday when Iceland face Hungary in Group F.
Pele backs new coach Tite to help Brazil win elusive Olympic gold
Brazil's failure to claim an Olympic soccer gold medal, the one major tournament they have never won, is all because Pele never played in the competition, the soccer great joked on Thursday.
Copa America PHOTOS: US reach semis with 2-1 win over Ecuador
The United States survived a late onslaught to beat Ecuador 2-1 and advance to the semi-finals of the Copa America for the first time since 1995 after a pulsating and sometime fractious match in Seattle on Thursday.
Euro: How toothless Germany were checked by plucky Poland
Germany bolstered their back line with the return of central defender Mats Hummels on Thursday but lacked penetration at the other end of the field as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Poland at Euro 2016.
Poland coach on why a 0-0 draw with Germany was a 'fair result'
Poland coach Adam Nawalka said he was never concerned about Germany scoring a breakthrough goal as his team held the world champions to a 0-0 draw in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Poland hold World champs Germany goalless
Germany and Poland edged closer to the Euro 2016 knockout stage after playing out the first 0-0 draw of this year's tournament at the Stade de France on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Second Northern Ireland fan dies in France
A Northern Ireland fan collapsed and died during their 2-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2016 on Thursday, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.
Euro 2016: Spain's Del Bosque not getting drawn into mind games
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no time for mind games and is wary of a suggestion from his opposite number that Turkey will play for a draw against them in Friday's Euro 2016 match.
Euro 2016: Why England coach feels subs will be a major factor
England coach Roy Hodgson, basking in a 2-1 victory over Wales on Thursday clinched by goals from two substitutes, said fringe players would be a major factor at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Northern Ireland shock Ukraine to seal historic win
Northern Ireland scored two second-half goals to beat Ukraine 2-0 in a feisty Euro 2016 Group C match on Thursday that was briefly suspended due to a hailstorm.
Euro 2016: Italy's clockwork defence wary of Ibrahimovic
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon denied that Friday's Euro 2016 opponents Sweden are a one-man team but says they are wary of "superstar" forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
June 16, 2016Atletico Madrid sign Argentina midfielder Gaitan
Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Benfica to sign their Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan for 25 million euros ($28.06 million), the La Liga club said on Thursday.
England defeat is low point of career, says Wales coach
Wales coach Chris Coleman conceded on Thursday that a stoppage-time loss to England was the low point of his career, but he said he could take inspiration from Roy Hodgson's side who had also come back from deep disappointment.
Euro 2016: Bold Hodgson reaps reward as Wales sit back
If England coach Roy Hodgson's two halftime substitutions proved decisive in turning the tide in their 2-1 victory over Wales on Thursday, he still risked a charge of not having made them before the game rather than midway through.
Euro 2016: Record worthless if Romania fail to progress, says Stancu
Bogdan Stancu's achievement in becoming the first Romanian to score twice at a European Championship would mean nothing if his team failed to progress to the last 16, the striker said on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Croatia's Srna ready to play on after father's death
Croatia captain Darijo Srna says he is ready to play against the Czech Republic at Euro 2016 on Friday following the death of his father.
Ibrahimovic rumours don't bother Sweden, we're used to it: Hamren
Speculation surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future is not affecting Sweden's Euro 2016 campaign, coach Erik Hamren has said.
Euro shame: Russian fans jailed for up to 2 years
A French court jailed three Russian football supporters for up to two years for their role in violence before the England-Russia Euro 2016 match in Marseille.
Euro 2016: Italy determined to prove the doubters wrong
Italy midfielder Alessandro Florenzi believes they can prove the doubters wrong again in Friday's Euro 2016 clash with Sweden in Toulouse.
Euro: Sturridge's late strike helps England edge past Wales
Substitute Daniel Sturridge scored a dramatic winner in injury time to steer England towards a 2-1 win over Wales and top spot in their Group B clash Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: I am ready for anything, says Spain's Juanfran
Spain's right back Juanfran says his costly penalty shootout miss in Atletico Madrid's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid has made him a better player at Euro 2016.
Euro: It's Ibra vs a collective Italy as Sweden face mighty Azzurri
Italy's victory over Belgium was celebrated as a triumph of the team over individual talents, but Friday's opponents Sweden are relying on the singular genius of frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to get their Euro 2016 campaign off the ground.
Diplomatic relations on line as Moscow terms Euro 2016 'anti-Russian'
The French envoy was notified about "discrimination" towards Russian citizens, it said, adding that "further fanning of anti-Russian sentiments" could damage relations between France and Russia.
Under-fire Turkey captain Turan gets Barca teammate Alba's backing
Spain left-back Jordi Alba knows his Barcelona teammate Arda Turan of Turkey is under a lot of pressure to put in a strong performance on Friday when their sides meet at Euro 2016.
Euro: Wales wary of provoking England's Alli
Provoking England midfielder Dele Alli could end up being a plan that backfires, Wales defender and Tottenham Hotspur teammate Ben Davies has said ahead of their Euro 2016 Group B encounter in Lens on Thursday.
Controversy surrounds appointment of Brazil coach Tite. Here's why...
Corinthians manager Tite has accepted an offer to coach Brazil but his appointment was met with fury at his former club, who accused the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) of underhand tactics and unethical behaviour.
Euro: Romania dogged by injury woes after Switzerland draw
Romania face mounting injury problems ahead of their decisive Euro 2016 tie with Albania following a bruising 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Wednesday.
Dimitri Payet is unconvincing France's man of the moment
But it was man-of-the-match Dimitri Payet who scored his second goal in as many matches to put the Frenchmen through to the knockouts.
Euro shame: 36 England fans arrested by for creating ruckus in Lille
French riot police charged and used tear gas to disperse rowdy English football fans in Lille on Wednesday, though the northern city was spared feared clashes with Russian supporters.
Turning point: The ploy that worked for Deschamps's France
France coach Didier Deschamps was more than just relieved after his team scored two late goals to beat a stubborn Albania team 2-0 on Wednesday and reach the second round of Euro 2016.
Euro: Griezmann, Payet help France edge past resolute Albania
Hosts France were made to work hard by Albania but two late goals sealed the Group A match in their favour. Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet scored late to earn the nervous hosts the result they sought.
June 15, 2016Euro: Switzerland draw with Romania to edge closer to last 16
Switzerland edged closer to a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 when they fought back to draw 1-1 with Romania in a lively Group A game at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Poland keeper Szczesny ruled out of Germany clash
Poland's first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss Thursdays Euro 2016 clash with Germany but could return for their final Group C game against Ukraine, coach Adam Nawalka said.
'Messi is always going to be one step ahead of Ronaldo'
Iceland defender Kari Arnason has responded angrily to Cristiano Ronaldo's "small mentality" jibe after the 1-1 draw with Portugal at Euro 2016, saying that the Real Madrid star was no Lionel Messi.
Euro: Slovakia make life difficult for Russia with 2-1 win
Just 24 hours after UEFA told Russia it would be expelled from the tournament if their fans caused more crowd trouble, the Slovaks outplayed them for large parts of a match contested under a closed roof because of forecasts of heavy rain.
Champions Leicester vs Hull: Check out EPL's opening day fixtures
Champions Leicester City will begin their Premier League title defence with a trip to newly promoted Hull City on August 13, according to the 2016-17 fixtures released on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Why Belgium MUST beat Ireland...
Belgium can not afford any mistakes against Ireland in their second Euro 2016 Group E match on Saturday.
What Wales must do to cope with new Rooney role...
Wales will need to defend deep if they are to stifle England captain Wayne Rooney's influence on their European Championship clash on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Hungary celebrate first return since 1972 in style
Hungary made their first appearance at a European Championship for 44 years a memorable occasion by grabbing their goal chances to score a 2-0 win over old rivals Austria in a Group F clash on Tuesday.
Ronaldo slams Iceland's 'small mentality'; they tell him to stop whining
Cristiano Ronaldo slammed minnows Iceland for proverbially 'parking the bus' in
Tonight Anglo-Welsh rivalry will reach new peak!
A rivalry dating back 137 years will reach a new level of intensity in Lens on Thursday when England and Wales meet at a major tournament for the first time.
There's more to Poland than Lewandowski and Germany knows it
World champions Germany have warned that there is more to their biggest Euro 2016 group rivals Poland than Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski.
PIX: Flying tackles, bloodied noses, coaches kisses and more at Euro
From sharp, flying tackles and tough possession-fights, bloodied noses to scissor kicks in attempt to finding those crucial goals and the ecstatic celebrations thereafter, Rediff.com gives you a quick rewind of all the excitement that has transpired over the last five days across France...
Euro 2016: What cost Portugal victory?
Coach Fernando Santos blamed a lack of pace and a failure to stay calm in the frantic final minutes for Portugal's inability to beat rank outsiders Iceland in their Euro 2016 opener on Tuesday.
Copa America: Chile's Sanchez, Vargas shine; Argentina win group
Chile advanced to the quarter-finals of the Copa America on Tuesday after two goals in the first half from Eduardo Vargas and two in the second from Alexis Sanchez gave them a 4-2 win over Panama in Philadelphia.
Portugal draw feels like a win, says Iceland coach
The scoreline may have been 1-1, but level-headed Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson was unable to prevent the word 'victory' passing his lips as the Nordic side held Portugal at Euro 2016.
Euro: Debutants Iceland hold Ronaldo's Portugal to shock draw
Rank outsiders Iceland enjoyed a superb big-stage debut as they clinched a shock 1-1 draw against Euro 2016 Group F favourites Portugal on Tuesday.
Alaba gets Austria coach backing despite failing to contribute
David Alaba was quiet as Austria's Euro 2016 campaign got off to a poor start with a 2-0 defeat by Hungary on Tuesday, leaving coach Marcel Koller to suggest the player's versatility might be hurting him.
'Germans just jealous of Kenyan athletes' achievements'
Kenya reacted angrily on Tuesday to calls by the German Athletics Federation (DLV) that its athletes be barred from the Rio Olympic Games due to doping concerns.
Coach Dunga fired after Brazil's ouster from Copa America
Brazil fired Dunga as coach on Tuesday, the national football confederation said, two days after his side failed to get past the group stages of the Centenary Copa America.
Nolito 'living a dream' with Spain at Euro
Nolito is adamant that he will not allow growing speculation about his club future to become a distraction as he "lives a dream" with Spain at Euro 2016.
June 14, 2016Euro: Hungary stun 10-man Austria 2-0 in thrilling match
Austria, who were undefeated in 10 qualifying games, were beaten 2-0 by old rivals Hungary in the opening match of Euro 2016 Group F on Tuesday.
Former rebel now France's wise old man
It has been a tortuous journey for France's Patrice Evra, once blamed for playing a dark role in the worst scandal in the history of the national team but now in the limelight as the wise old man of a team with high hopes.
Blatter reveals frozen balls ruse at European club draws
Frozen balls containing team names have been used to rig European soccer's club competition draws although the ruse was never used at FIFA, the former chief of the game's world governing body, Sepp Blatter, has said.
Euro 2016: UEFA hands Russia suspended disqualification and fine
The Russian national football team has been handed a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 and a 150,000-euro ($168,300.00) fine after their fans were involved in violent clashes in Marseille, the governing body UEFA said on Tuesday.
Why Wales boss feels Bale is 'most down-to-earth boy'
Wales boss Chris Coleman has come out in support of his star play maker Gareth Bale.
Should Wales use Bale as a striker against England?
Wales boss Chris Coleman is considering deploy Gareth Bale as a striker against England on Thursday after he played a similar role in their European Championship opener against Slovakia.
France wants to deport almost 50 Russian soccer fans
France wants to deport almost 50 Russian soccer fans, Alexander Shprygin, the head of a Russian supporters' group, said on Tuesday, saying French riot police had stopped a bus carrying fans in Cannes who were on their way to Lille.
This time fans cause crisis for Russian sport
Football fans have opened up a new sporting crisis for Russia.
3 things England must do to beat Wales
England will need to stick to the tactics used in Saturday's European Championship draw against Russia when they face Wales on Thursday.
Copa America: Corona stunner earns Mexico top spot in group
Mexico's Jesus Manuel Corona weaved his way past five players before firing home in the 80th minute to give his side a 1-1 draw with Venezuela that secured top spot in Group C of the Copa America on Monday.
Barcelona pay HUGE fine to settle Neymar transfer case
Barcelona agreed to pay a fine of 5.5 million euros ($6.21 million) to the Spanish authorities to settle a tax fraud case over the transfer of Brazil international Neymar in 2013.
Euro Preview: Romania's selection dilemma for crunch Swiss game
Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu must decide whether veteran left back Razvan Rat can repel the danger of Xherdan Shaqiri in what could be the defining confrontation of his team's Euro 2016 clash with Switzerland on Wednesday.
Euro Preview: Will Pogba and Griezmann rise to the occasion?
Albania are unlikely to pose much of a threat to France but Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann will be expected to produce sharper performances in Wednesday's Group A match when victory should assure the hosts a last 16 spot in Euro 2016.
Juventus sign Serie A's leading playmaker Pjanic for 32 million euros
Italian champions Juventus signed creative midfielder Miralem Pjanic for 32 million euros ($36.14 million) from Serie A rivals Roma on a five-year contract, the Turin-based club said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: How Conte's Italy tactically outfoxed Belgium
A superbly-executed strategy by coach Antonio Conte helped Italy to a deserved 2-0 win over Belgium in their Euro 2016 opener with outstanding goals by Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle on Monday.
Ibrahimovic again fails to shine in City of Light
In the city where they are accustomed to savouring his magic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again failed to live up to his own exalted billing for Sweden as he went missing in their fortuitous 1-1 draw with Ireland.
Euro: Dominant Italy down Belgium 2-0
Italy were clinical in their approach as they beat Belgium 2-0 in their Euro 2016 Group E encounter on Monday.
Champions Spain: Big on possession but lacked finishing touch
Spain huffed and puffed, making hard work of their Euro 2016 opener before a late Gerard Pique goal blew away the CzechRepublic resistance -- yet it could not conceal further evidence that Vicente del Bosque's champions may lack a killer instinct.
Euro: Clark own goal hands Sweden lucky draw vs Ireland
A Ciaran Clark own goal earned Sweden a fortunate 1-1 draw against a spirited Ireland side in their Euro 2016 Group E opener at the Stade de France on Monday.
June 13, 2016Hungary hungry to show Euro qualification was no fluke
Coach Bernd Storck says Hungary want to prove their first European Championship appearance in 44 years is no fluke when the former powerhouses meet neighbours Austria in their Group F opener on Tuesday.
Russian hooligans see themselves as Kremlin foot soldiers
Ultra-nationalist and schooled in their country's historical grievances, Russian soccer hooligans see themselves as fighting the Kremlin's geopolitical battles in miniature when they clash with foreign fans at the Euro 2016 tournament.
Euro: 'New Belgium' Austria not getting carried away by expectations
Austria coach Marcel Koller is determined to make sure his team do not get swept away on a tide of national euphoria on the eve of a rare appearance at a major tournament.
Russians ready for 'ultra-violent' action involved in Euro 2016 clashes
Russian hooligans prepared for "ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action" were involved in the worst of the fighting that hit Marseille at the start of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, the French city's chief prosecutor said on Monday.
Euro: Czech coach believes his team can progress
Despite their close loss to Spain in their opening Euro 2016 Group D match in Toulose on Monday, Czech coach Pavel Vrba set a target of four points from the remaining games against Croatia, on Friday, and then Turkey on June 21.
Euro: Spain optimistic after brushing past plucky Czechs
Relief ran through Spanish ranks after Gerard Pique's late header secured a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in their opening Group D match at Euro 2016 on Monday.
'Responsible' Iniesta still at the centre of the action
If bookmakers introduced a bet on who would be named official man-of-the-match at tournaments, Andres Iniesta would be a short-priced favourite in every Spain match at Euro 2016.
Iceland unfazed by big stage debut v Portugal
Iceland will head into their maiden appearance in a major tournament devoid of stage fright, their coach Lars Lagerback and key players said ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2016 Group F clash with Portugal in St Etienne.
Euro: Spain edge Czechs after Pique's late header
Reigning champions Spain left it late but Gerard Pique's 87th-minute header earned them a deserved 1-0 victory over a dogged Czech Republic in their Euro 2016 Group D opener on Monday.
Euro 2016: Wales need cool heads against England, says manager Coleman
Wales must have cool heads and not get carried away by the emotion of Thursday's all-British Euro 2016 Group B clash with England in Lens, manager Chris Coleman said on Monday.
Euro 2016: French court jails English fans for violence
A judge jailed two British soccer fans on Monday for their involvement in the street violence in Marseille at the opening of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.
Euro 2016: Manager Hodgson calls on England fans to behave
England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney have appealed to fans to behave around Thursday's Group B game against Wales after European soccer chiefs threatened to throw the country out of Euro 2016 following three days of violence in Marseille.
Euro 2016: De Gea given full support by Spain coach after sex case implication
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has praised goalkeeper David de Gea for the way he has handled an off-field controversy at Euro 2016.
Austria's Garics stays at Euro 2016 despite father's death
Austria's Hungarian-born defender Gyoergy Garics has decided to stay at Euro 2016 despite his father's death last week, saying his last words were to carry on.
We can beat Wales, says former England captain Beckham
England will beat Wales in their Euro 2016 Group B clash in Lens on Thursday if they match the team spirit of Chris Coleman's side, according to former captain David Beckham.
Euro fan violence: '150 Russian supporters were hooligans'
Russians trained to fight were involved in the worst of the fan violence that erupted in Marseille during the opening of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, the French city's chief prosecutor said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Spain counting on fresh faces for World Cup redemption
Spain are steadily turning to the next generation ahead of their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic later on Monday as the defending champions look to redeem themselves after a miserable World Cup two years ago.
Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise retires
Former Liverpool and Norway left back John Arne Riise has decided to call time on his career, the player confirmed in a blog post on his official website on Monday.
'England do not lack passion or desire at Euro 2016'
England manager Roy Hodgson has hit out at critics who have questioned his team's patriotism and desire ahead of their European Championship clash against Wales in Lens on Thursday.
1st Copa casualty: Paraguay coach Diaz resigns
Paraguay coach Ramon Diaz has resigned after the team's elimination in the group phase of the Copa America Centenario, Paraguayan FA (APF) sources said on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Northern Ireland fan dies in Nice
A Northern Irish soccer fan died in the French city of Nice after scaling a sea-front railing and falling on his head onto a stone beach, a local official said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Victorious Poles keep feet on ground with Germans ahead
Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak urged his team mates not to get carried away by their first ever victory at a European championship finals against Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 on Sunday.
Euro 2016: What Germany needs to do after opening win
Germany defence must get better despite opening win.
Iceland coach brands Ronaldo and Pepe as 'Hollywood actors'
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and defender Pepe could land roles in Hollywood because of their playacting, Iceland coach Lars Lagerback has said ahead their European Championship Group F clash in St Etienne on Tuesday.
Speculation rife about Dunga's future
Defiant Brazil manager Dunga brushed off suggestions that early elimination from the Copa America would cost him his job on Sunday, telling reporters that he feared 'only death' and not unemployment.
Copa America: Controversial Peru goal knocks Brazil out
Substitute Raul Riudiaz's hotly disputed goal earned Peru a shock 1-0 win over Brazil in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday, the defeat knocking the five-time world champions out the Copa America at the group stage.
Srna to return to Croatia after father's death
Skipper Darijo Srna is leaving Croatia's Euro 2016 squad following the death of his father.
Why Super-sub Schweinsteiger 'can't play 90 minutes'
Bastian Schweinsteiger does not believe he can yet offer Germany a 90-minute show at Euro 2016 but against Ukraine on Sunday the playmaker proved he only needs a short cameo to make a big difference.
Shell-shocked Ukraine have no answers to German 'machine'
Never a man of many words, Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko could find no other reason to explain his side's spirited but ultimately vain attempt to hold off the German steamroller in an opening Euro 2016 Group C game that ended 2-0.
June 12, 2016Turkey coach rues missed chance in Croatia defeat
Turkey coach Fatih Terim was left to rue a missed chance in the first half of their Euro 2016 Group D defeat by Croatia, which he believes would have changed the outcome of Sunday's match.
Euro: Milik powers Poland to win over Northern Ireland
Poland's Arkadiusz Milik scored the winner as they downed Northern Ireland 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group C opening match in Nice on Sunday.
What Modric had to say about this intruder...
It could have been a supporter from Turkey, but thank God it was a Croatian supporter," Luka Modric said.
Luka goes from moderate to majestic Modric
Croatia coach Ante Cacic hailed the man-of-the-match performance of the majestic Luka Modric following his side's winning start against Turkey at Euro 2016 on Sunday.
How Rakitic eclipsed Barca pal Turan as Croatia kicked off campaign with win
Ivan Rakitic outshone Barcelona team mate Arda Turan as Croatia ran out 1-0 winners against Turkey at Euro 2016 on Sunday, a victory that was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
More fan violence at Euro 2016, this time involving Northern Ireland
Violence also briefly erupted in Nice, where Northern Irish and local fans hurled glass bottles and chairs at each other late on Saturday.
France mulls alcohol ban after fan violence escalates at Euro C'ships
France's interior minister called on tough sanctions against England and Russia after violent clashes in Marseille and urged hosting cities to consider a ban on alcohol around match days.
Euro 2016: Will Del Bosque drop De Gea?
Spain goalkeeper David De Gea is in line to start their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday despite being involved in an off-field controversy, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Sunday. The final decision, though, would be made on Monday.
Euro: Magical Modric helps Croatia down Turkey 1-0, exact 2008 revenge
Croatia needed a touch of Luka Modric magic to beat Turkey 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group D opener on Sunday, gaining a measure of revenge after their bitter quarter-final elimination by the same opponents at Euro 2008.
Why Sweden's Ibrahimovic has asked his team-mates to sit back...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he was under pressure to perform well in Sweden's opening Euro 2016 game against Ireland at the Stade de France on Monday but that the greatest pressure came from himself.
England, Russia face Euro disqualification if fan violence persists
European soccer's governing body warned the English and Russian football associations on Sunday that if fan violence continued their teams could be disqualified from the Euro 2016 tournament.
Euro 2016: 'Disgusted' UEFA investigates Russian fan violence
European soccer's governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union on Sunday after violence marred the end of Russia's Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille on Saturday evening.
Sweden fans could be left stranded by SAS airline strike
Thousands of Swedish soccer fans planning to travel to France for the European championship could be left stranded if a strike by pilots at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is not resolved in time.
Euro 2016: What went wrong with England's opener
For all the positives that England can take from their performance against Russia in their opening Euro 2016 game there remains the worrying issue that their sophisticated modern defenders remain vulnerable to the most basic of attacking ploys -- a long punt into the box.
Welsh work ethic disproves Bale one-man team theory
Wales were billed as a team dependent on Gareth Bale but a 2-1 win over Slovakia in their Euro 2016 opener on Saturday was built on a pacey, fearless performance that should help prove they are more than a one-man show.
Copa America: Injury woes of Argentina's Di Maria continue
The 'Noodle' has broken again with Angel Di Maria injured during a third consecutive major tournament playing for Argentina at the end of a busy club season.
Euro 2016: Russia face disciplinary proceedings after stadium violence
European soccer's governing body, UEFA, said on Sunday it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union following crowd disturbances at the end of the Russia-England Euro 2016 match in Marseille.
Copa America: U.S. win group after Costa Rica stun Colombia
The United States beat Paraguay 1-0 and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Copa America as Group A winners on Saturday after Costa Rica stunned already-qualified Colombia 3-2.
Euro 2016: England denied by Russia's last-gasp equaliser
Vasili Berezutski struck in added time as Russia, second best for long periods, rescued a draw from their UEFA EURO 2016 opener against England in a Group B clash at Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
June 11, 2016Euro 2016: Bale, Robson-Kanu give Wales 2-1 win over Slovakia
Wales forward Gareth Bale got their Euro 2016 campaign off to a dream start with an early goal and substitute Hal Robson-Kanu struck a late winner as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in the Group B opener on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Leave me alone, prolific Giroud tells mudslingers
Olivier Giroud said he had breathed a sigh of relief after scoring the first goal in Euro 2016 and wished the boos he has faced throughout his career would now go away.
Euro 2016: Swedes close ranks ahead of crunch Ireland game
Sweden elected to train behind closed doors on Saturday as they prepared for their Euro 2016 opener against Ireland following several flare-ups between players and coaches in training on Friday.
Euro 2016: 2008 memories rush back as Croatia, Turkey face-off
Croatia captain Darijo Srna still feels the pain of losing on penalties to Turkey at the 2008 European Championship, but refused to talk of revenge ahead of another meeting between the teams at Euro 2016 on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Belgium coach tells players not to be naive
Belgium must not be naive in their approach to their opening European Championship match against Italy, coach Marc Wilmots warned on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Rowdy England fans cause havoc in Marseille
English soccer fans hurling empty beer bottles and chairs clashed with French riot police in Marseille on Saturday, ahead of England's opening match of the Euro 2016 championships against Russia.
Euro 2016: Schaer header seals Swiss win over 10-man Albania
An early goal by defender Fabian Schaer earned Switzerland a 1-0 victory over debutants Albania whose captain was sent off before halftime in the Euro 2016 Group A match on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Will pilots strike disrupt travel plans of football fans?
Air France pilots went on a four-day strike over pay cuts on Saturday that could disrupt transport plans for football fans on the second day of Europe's soccer championship.
Copa America: Messi 'tricks as Argentina ease into quarters
Lionel Messi came off the bench to score a hat-trick in just 18 minutes on Friday as Argentina hammered Panama 5-0 and eased into the quarter-finals of the Copa America.
Euro Previews: Ukraine set to test Germany defence; Croatia cautious
Germany's defence will be put to the test in their opening Euro 2016 group match against Ukraine in Lille on Sunday with major questions still to be answered about the world champions' new-look rearguard.
Euro 2016: Hazard limps out of training session
Eden Hazard has suffered a knock and is expected to return to training for Belgium after limping out of their behind-closed-doors session on Friday, coach Marc Wilmots said.
Euro 2016: Points Table
How the teams stand in the European Football Championship.
Payet's late stunner helps France floor Romania in Euro opener
Dimitri Payet's spectacular late strike earned France a 2-1 win over Euro 2016 Group A rivals Romania on Friday, giving the host nation a flying start to their campaign.
June 10, 2016Spain's De Gea denies links to prostitution case
Spain goalkeeper David De Gea has said press reports linking him to a prostitution case currently under investigation in Spain were false and he would not leave the Spanish squad.
'I know it is tough being a manager at Real Madrid'
In Maximum City as the Wellness Ambassador of Kanakia Paris, a French-themed residential complex, the French football icon opened up about Real Madrid, Euro 2016 and the current France team among other topics. Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com was all ears.
Why Guardiola will not have it easy while Mourinho will be hit...
Chelsea forward Pedro fears Pep Guardiola, his former coach at Barcelona, could be in for a rude awakening at Manchester City next season.
Euro 2016: Germany's Neuer ready to play mentor's role
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is ready to play the mentor's role irrespective of who leads the team in their Euro 2016 opener against Ukraine on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Aaron Ramsey backs Wales to spring a surprise
Representing Wales at the European Championship is a welcome change from being on "holiday" during a major international tournament, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said.
Euro 2016: British soccer fans and locals clash in Marseille
Police intervened to halt skirmishes involving British soccer fans and locals in the port city of Marseille overnight, just hours before the Euro 2016 championship opens in France.
Euro 2016: Divided loyalties as Switzerland face Albania
Switzerland may get a taste of their own medicine on Saturday when they meet an Albania side featuring several players who benefited from the highly-acclaimed Swiss youth set-up.
Euro 2016: England start campaign against Russia
England and Russia are the big beasts of Group B and, though each would love a winning start when they meet on Saturday, the fear of losing could well become all-pervading and lead to a cagey encounter.
Assassin Messi could be unstoppable, says Panama coach
No amount of preparation is enough to snuff out the threat of Argentina's "assassin" Lionel Messi, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez said ahead of Friday's Copa America clash between the teams.
Copa America: Venezuela win puts Suarez-less Uruguay on the brink of exit
A goal by Salomon Rondon gave Venezuela an upset 1-0 win over Uruguay in Philadelphia on Thursday that put them on the verge of the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals with the record 15-times champions facing elimination.
June 09, 2016'Messi has no personality, lacks the character to be a leader'
Football icon Diego Maradona has claimed that current Argentina skipper Lionel Messi does not have the character to be a leader.
Will AIFF take legal action against Premier Futsal League?
The All India Football Federation is considering 'legal action' against organisers of Premier Futsal League, headed by legendary Portuguese playmaker Luis Figo.
'Wales's Bale can terrify opponents at Euro 2016'
Wales winger Gareth Bale has enough firepower to terrorise opponents in this month's European Championship in France, midfielder Joe Allen has said.
First Look: France football legend Zidane in Mumbai
The French coach, who took over Real Madrid following Rafael Benitez's sacking in January is in the city to promote a Mumbai-based real estate brand Kanakia Group, known for its themed residences.
Can Ireland's McLean cast aside his bitter memories of Euro 2012?
Midfielder James McClean hopes he can cast aside his bitter memories of the Euro 2012 campaign and play a key role for Ireland in this month's European Championship in France.
Ronaldo urges Portugal to stay grounded after Estonia romp
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his team mates not to get carried away by the 7-0 romp over Estonia ahead of their campaign at the Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Will Northern Ireland's Lafferty bask in glory?
Striker Kyle Lafferty is certain that Northern Ireland can beat any team at Euro 2016 if he can continue his scintillating form at the international stage.
Benteke happy to stay at Liverpool but wants more game time
Christian Benteke wants to stay at Liverpool but is reluctant to commit his future to the Anfield club unless he gets more game time under manager Juergen Klopp.
Rooney wants to finish his career at Manchester United
Wayne Rooney says it is highly unlikely that a scenario would arise causing him to switch allegiances to any Premier League side other than Manchester United or boyhood club Everton in the future.
FIFA U-17 World Cup: You think you can play football?
If an Indian born player with valid Indian passport thinks that he can play football, then All India Football Federation's Chief operating officer (COO) for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Abhishek Yadav is looking for you.
Pele auction: World Cup trophy fetches £395,000
Pele's medal from his first World Cup victory in 1958 when he was just a teenager sold for £200,000 at least £60,000 more than its estimated price tag.
Copa America: Messi trains with Argentina, eyes Panama
Lionel Messi trained alongside his Argentina team-mates at the Copa America Centenario as he targets a return from injury in his team's second Group D game against Panama.
Euro 2016: Football fever grips France ahead of Romania opener
France kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Romania on Friday with the host nation desperate for a ray of sunshine after being hit by strikes, floods and scandals in the build-up.
Preview: Who's going to take the Euro 2016 Cup home?
Bigger than ever, the European Championship kicks off in Paris on Friday with a four-week feast of football that promises to elevate the game above the corruption scandals and security fears that have overshadowed its build-up.
Revealed: The most valuable squad at Euro 2016
Belgium will boast the most valuable squad at Euro 2016, with their 23 players worth over 50 million pounds ($72.54 million) more than world champions Germany, according to a study.
Euro 2016: Germany's Boateng bars family due to security risk in France
A Germany footballer who was playing in Paris in November when suicide bombers launched an attack outside the stadium has barred his family from Euro 2016 matches due to security concerns.
Euro 2016: Premier League provides most players
Spain may have an iron grip on Europe's club competitions but the English Premier League is the dominant power when it comes to the number of players competing at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Ronaldo scores brace as Portugal blank Estonia 7-0 in warm-up
Mercurial forward Ricardo Quaresma scored twice and set up three more goals in a sparkling individual performance as Portugal demolished Estonia 7-0 in their final friendly before Euro 2016 on Wednesday.
Why the Euro scores over Copa America
You can see Messi, Suarez and other South American superstars play in the Copa America.
Copa America: Brazil hammer hapless Haiti 7-1
Philippe Coutinho grabbed a hat-trick as Brazil ramped up their Copa America campaign with a resounding 7-1 win over a hapless Haiti on Wednesday.
June 08, 2016Banned Platini can attend Euro 2016 matches but...
Banned UEFA president Michel Platini will be allowed to attend matches at the European soccer Championship providing he does not do it in any official role, the European governing body's acting general secretary said on Wednesday.
Fit Ronaldo 'ready to take Portugal to important success'
Cristiano Ronaldo is in top condition and showing more resolve than ever to lead Portugal to the European title, national team coach Fernando Santos said ahead of their final Euro 2016 warm-up match on Wednesday.
Villarreal defender Bailly signs for Manchester United
Central defender Eric Bailly joined Manchester United from Spanish side Villarreal on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Struggles in front of goal concern Spain coach Del Bosque
Spain are among the favourites to win the European Championship this summer but the team's 1-0 home defeat to Georgia on Tuesday has set alarm bells ringing.
Iconic Nigerian player and manager Keshi dies aged 54
Former Nigeria defender Stephen Keshi, who won the African Nations Cup as both a player and a coach, died of a suspected heart attack on Wednesday, the country's football association has confirmed.
Gayle equates himself to soccer stars Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic
West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has equated himself with football superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo in his recently-released autobiography 'Six Machine'.
Copa America: Rodriguez stars for Colombia, US hammers Costa Rica
Colombia became the first side to book a spot in the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals on Tuesday after beating Paraguay in Pasadena, while the United States kept their hopes of advancing alive by thrashing Costa Rica 4-0.
UEFA reveal the best ever Euro XI
The football fever reaches sky-high with all eyes on Euro 2016. Tournament host France will play the opener against Romania, which will be aired in India post mid-night on June 11.
Euro 2016: Spain stunned by Georgia in final warmup
Spain's preparations for Euro 2016 suffered a blow as they were beaten 1-0 by Georgia on Tuesday in their final warmup friendly ahead of the tournament in France.
June 07, 2016Everton agree deal for Dutch manager Ronald Koeman
Everton have agreed a deal with Dutchman Ronald Koeman to become the Premier League club's manager, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Giampiero Ventura named as next Italy coach
Giampiero Ventura, a 68-year-old who has never won a major title, was named on Tuesday as the next Italy coach to replace Antonio Conte after Euro 2016.
Chelsea and Mourinho reach settlement with former doctor Carneiro
Chelsea and former manager Jose Mourinho have reached an undisclosed settlement with former team doctor Eva Carneiro at an employment tribunal in London, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
India thrash Laos 6-1, book Asian Cup Qualifiers berth
Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua scored twice as India recovered from a one-goal deficit to thrash Laos 6-1 in one of the biggest ever wins and book a berth in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football Qualifiers.
Britain warns of potential terror attacks at Euro 2016 venues
Britain's Foreign Office has warned fans travelling to France for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament that its venues are "potential targets for terrorist attacks".
Spain hungry to bring Euro Cup 'where it belongs'
Reigning champions Spain are hungry to hold onto their title at the European Championship that kicks off this week, midfielder Cesc Fabregas said, but admitted there was no clear favourite.
'Vardy's exit will be catastrophic for Leicester'
Losing striker Jamie Vardy to Arsenal could spark an exodus of players from Leicester City, former defender Gerry Taggart has said, adding that the move could be catastrophic for the Premier League champions.
Casillas hails healthy competition with de Gea
Spain captain Iker Casillas believes David de Gea is "no longer a future prospect but a strong contender" to play in goal for the national team at Euro 2016.
Messi could return for second game, says Argentina coach
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino expects Lionel Messi to be fit for his team's second Copa America Centenario fixture this week -- even if he is satisfied that the two-time world champions are adjusting to life without their injured superstar.
This is LEGENDARY! Kohli, AR Rahman work together for Premier Futsal
India's music maestro AR Rahman and India's Test cricket captain Virat Kohli will join forces to compose the official anthem for the inaugural season of the star-studded Premier Futsal League.
The day Paul Pogba's mother took on Alex Ferguson
Yeo Moriba laughed as she recalled her showdown with the fearsome Alex Ferguson, one of many confrontations with football authority over the future of her son Paul Pogba.
Ronaldo's museum expanded to three times its original size
Cristiano Ronaldo's museum on Madeira has upsized to a larger home in anticipation of the Real Madrid star winning "future trophies", his cousin told AFP on Monday.
Copa America: Argentina, sans Messi, too good for Chile
Argentina shrugged off the injury absence of Lionel Messi to launch their Copa America Centenario campaign with a 2-1 defeat of defending champions Chile in Santa Clara, United States on Monday.
Euro 2016: France fearful of 'soft target' attack
Despite putting unprecedented security measures in place for Euro 2016, France remains deeply concerned over the jihadists' ability to strike a soft target.
Ukraine says detained man planned attacks on Euro soccer championship
Ukraine's state security service said on Monday a French citizen detained in late May on the border with Poland had been planning attacks in France to coincide with the Euro 2016 soccer championship it is hosting.
Euro 2016: Toothless Poland held 0-0 by Lithuania in warm-up
Poland rested striker Robert Lewandowski and missed his firepower as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Lithuania in a Euro 2016 warm-up in the former capital city of Krakow on Monday.
Euro 2016: Focus on England, not transfers, Hodgson tells players
England manager Roy Hodgson has told his squad to forget about potential club transfers and focus on their Euro 2016 campaign.
'Copa America has been arranged in the US to favour Mexico'
Wilmar Valdez, the head of Uruguay's football association, says it was a mistake to play the Centenary Copa America in the US.
Euro 2016: Italy thrash Finland 2-0 in warm-up
Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva gave a dazzling performance as he scored a penalty and set up a second goal in a 2-0 win over Finland in their fast-paced final Euro 2016 warm-up in Verona on Monday.
June 06, 2016Ukraine detain man who planned attacks during Euro soccer
Ukraine's state security service said on Monday a French citizen detained in late May on the Ukrainian-Polish border had been planning attacks in France to coincide with the Euro 2016 soccer championship it is hosting.
Messi has unfinished business going into Copa America
Argentina's Lionel Messi has unfinished business going into the Centenary Copa America that is being staged in the United States with the Barcelona star keen to help his nation capture a first major title in 23 years.
Chinese retail giant buys near-70 percent stake in Inter Milan
Chinese retail giant Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd has agreed to buy nearly 70 percent of famed Italian soccer club Inter Milan for 270 million euros ($307 million), the highest-profile takeover of a European team so far by a Chinese firm.
Boateng does not see England making it to Euro semis
Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has questioned whether England have enough quality to excel at the European Championship that will commence in France this week.
They think he will take Manchester City to new level...But will he?
Pep Guardiola is a 'proven winner' who will take Manchester City to a 'whole new level', the Premier League club's chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said.
Euro warm-ups: Zlatan stars in Sweden's win; Czech stunned
A round-up of Euro 2016 warm-up matches played on Sunday
Copa America: Mexico strike late to down Uruguay in thriller
Mexico scored twice in the final five minutes to beat Uruguay 3-1 in a pulsating Copa America Group C match in which each side had a man sent off on Sunday.
Why Uruguay players were left bemused before their Copa America match
Copa America organisers were left red-faced on Sunday after playing the wrong national anthem for Uruguay before their match against Mexico in Arizona.
June 05, 2016Why would Vardy want to join Arsenal?
France and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has fuelled speculation that Jamie Vardy is on his way to the Gunners by saying he has heard the Leicester City striker is keen to move.
Find out why the FIFA president is fuming...
FIFA president blasts critics, says salary not decided.
Euro 2016 warm-ups: Croatia score record win; N Ireland extend unbeaten
Mario Mandzukic and Nikola Kalinic grabbed hat-tricks as Croatia achieved a record win as an independent nation by demolishing San Marino 10-0 in their final Euro 2016 warm-up match in Rijeka.
Giroud defies boo-boys with double in France win
Much-maligned Olivier Giroud struck twice to help attack-minded France sink Scotland 3-0 in a final warm-up game on Saturday before they launch Euro 2016 on home soil next week.
Copa America: Ecuador hold Brazil; Peru sole winners
Eight time champions Brazil were held 0-0 by Ecuador in the glamour game as the second day of the centenary Copa America tournament mustered up only one, albeit spectacular, goal from three matches on Saturday.
June 04, 2016Copa America: Hosts US fall to Colombia in opener
Colombia scored two first half goals to tame hosts the United States and open the Copa America tournament with a convincing 2-0 victory in front of a big crowd on Friday.
Ibrahimovic will sign for Manchester United - Sky sources
Manchester United will swoop for Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer as new manager Jose Mourinho's first marquee signing at Old Trafford, Sky Sports has reported.
Arsenal trigger Vardy's Leicester buy-out clause
Arsenal have triggered a buy-out clause in striker Jamie Vardy's contract with English champions Leicester City after making a bid of about 20 million pounds, several British media reports said.
June 03, 2016'Hard working, history-making' Pepe wants to stay at Real
Portugal defender Pepe is in the last year of his contract with Real Madrid but is keen to prove doubters wrong by signing a new deal with the Spanish club.
Messi should be acquitted for tax evasion, says prosecutor
Soccer's five-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi should be acquitted on tax evasion charges against him, Spain's public prosecutors' office said on Friday as the trial drew to a close.
Swiss authorities search FIFA HQ in corruption probe
Swiss authorities have again searched the Zurich headquarters of FIFA and seized documents and electronic data in its corruption probe surrounding the global soccer body, the Swiss attorney general's office said on Friday.
Carvajal concedes defeat in fitness fight for Euro 2016
Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has announced he will miss next month's Euro 2016 tournament after the 24-year-old Spaniard sustained a muscular injury to his right leg during Saturday's Champions League final.
Italian giant Buffon stands test of time as Euro beckons
There is no stopping master goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in his ambition to add more major titles to his collection of the 2006 World Cup and seven Serie A championships.
Mourinho will be a success at United: De Gea
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is excited about the new era that is about to begin at his club with coach Jose Mourinho.
Will Neymar leave Barcelona for Real Madrid?
Barcelona are convinced Brazil captain Neymar will commit his long-term future to the Nou Camp as protracted negotiations between the Spanish champions and the striker continue over an extension to his current deal, which expires in June 2018.
Giggs to leave Manchester United after 29 years
Ryan Giggs will leave Manchester United in the close season to explore opportunities in management away from the club, Sky Sports reported on Friday, citing sources.
Why Ronaldo's presence is a threat to Portugal...
Portugal star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's presence makes the team a potential target for terror attacks during Euro 2016, said coach Fernando Santos.
What England must do to prosper at Euro 2016
England must be a bit more 'streetwise' if they are to have any chance of winning the Euro 2016 in France, according to defensive midfielder Eric Dier.
PHOTOS: Smalling smiling after England sink Portugal
England defender Chris Smalling headed the only goal with five minutes left as they beat 10-man Portugal 1-0 in a turgid Euro 2016 warm-up match at Wembley in London, on Thursday.
Wet Roland Garros will suit underdogs, expect new champion at French Open
If there is a new member of the grand slam champions' club this weekend, nobody should be surprised -- the conditions at this year's sodden, chilly French Open suit the underdog.
Barca's super defender Alves to leave Nou Camp
Barcelona's Brazil right back Dani Alves has decided to leave the Nou Camp after eight years with the Spanish champions, the club said on Thursday.
June 02, 2016Air France pilot unions call for strike during Euro 2016
Air France's pilot unions have called on members to strike during the first week of the Euro 2016 soccer championship in a protest over pay.
Paris police to get reinforcements for some Euro 2016 games
Paris security forces will receive reinforcements to protect fan zones during Euro 2016 soccer matches held in the French capital, the city's police force said on Thursday.
More chances at United or Real would have made me a star: Chicharito
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez says he was not given enough chances to shine during his spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Knew nothing about tax fraud, never interested in that: Messi
Soccer's five-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi said on Thursday he knew nothing about an alleged tax evasion scheme when he signed contracts related to image rights.
Manchester City sign midfielder Guendogan from Dortmund
German midfielder Ilkay Guendogan has joined Manchester City from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.
Del Bosque confident of Spain's chances at Euro 2016
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is delighted with his side's preparations for the European Championships but was not ready to claim they were short odds to register a third successive triumph at the tournament hosted by France.
Mourinho's dwindling options bode well for Man United
Having returned to England after his humiliating ouster from Chelsea, it is up to Jose Mourinho to leave a positive legacy at Manchester United.
Pele to donate auction money to Santos, charity
Brazilian great Pele said he was putting more than 2,000 items up for auction, including his three World Cup medals and a one-of-a-kind Jules Rimet trophy, in order to raise funds for charity and his former club Santos.
Broadcast bonanza sets the Premier League apart
Premier League clubs enjoyed record revenues of 3.3 billion pounds ($4.76 billion) in 2014-15 thanks to broadcast deals that will be even more lucrative next season, according to Deloitte.
Poland lose to young Dutch side in Euro warm-up
A strong Poland side lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in a Euro 2016 warm-up friendly as Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum scored to secure victory for a young Dutch team.
Nolito and Morata fire Spain to easy win over South Korea
European Champions Spain produced a dominant display to thrash South Korea 6-1 in Salzburg, Austria on Wednesday in their penultimate friendly before Euro 2016.
Injured Kaka out of Brazil's Copa America squad
Kaka has dropped out of the Brazil squad for the Centenary Copa America due to injury and will be replaced by Paulo Henrique Ganso, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said.
June 01, 2016Euro 2016: Belgium's Lukaku rates himself among world's top strikers
Everton's Romelu Lukaku has described himself as one of the most gifted strikers in world football after scoring 25 goals in all competitions for his Premier League club last season.
Tendulkar kicks-off plans for a residential football academy in Kerala
Legendary cricketer and co-owner of Indian Super League football club Kerala Blasters, Sachin Tendulkar, on Wednesday met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss about setting up a state-of-the-art residential football academy in the state.
Frenchman Benzema stokes fresh flames of racism charges before Euro
Racism cost me Euro 2016 spot, claims Benzema
Zlatan tight-lipped about future at Sweden training camp
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has remained tight-lipped about his future at club and international level, telling reporters on Wednesday that he would let them know his plans when he was good and ready.
Manchester United's Memphis vows to return stronger next season
Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is keen to breathe fresh life into his faltering career in England under new manager Jose Mourinho after enduring a disappointing debut campaign under former boss Louis van Gaal.
'In the Premier League if I focus on Pep, another team will win'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will not stoke his rivalry with fellow new recruit Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season because it could damage his team's Premier League title hopes.
Euro 2016: Montolivo misses out for Italy again, De Rossi in
Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo missed out on his second straight major tournament due to injury on Tuesday while Daniele De Rossi was included in Italy's 23-man squad for next month's European Championship in France.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal squad for Euro 2016
Any sliver of a doubt over whether Cristiano Ronaldo would lead Portugal into the Euro 2016 was erased on Tuesday when he was named in their 23-man squad for the finals.
May 31, 2016Euro 2016: Rami, Umtiti named in France squad
France coach Didier Deschamps confirmed his final Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday, including defenders Adil Rami and Samuel Umtiti in place of the injured Raphael Varane and Jeremy Mathieu.
Euro 2016: Rashford, Sturridge make England squad
Strikers Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge made Roy Hodgson's final 23-man England squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday but winger Andros Townsend and midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Fabian Delph were left out.
Perez hails Zidane's influence at Real Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has praised Zinedine Zidane for changing the "recent history" of the club as a player and a coach.
Delhi Dynamos to join Barca, Man United at Soccer Congress
Indian Super League team Delhi Dynamos FC has been invited to be a part of the World Soccer Congress in Shanghai, China.
Euro 2016: Bellerin in Spain's squad
Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin will be in Spain's Euro 2016 squad, the country's football federation said on Tuesday.
Winger Reus left out of Germany's Euro 2016 squad
Winger Marco Reus was left out of World Cup winners Germany's final Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday over injury concerns, coach Joachim Loew said.
Euro 2016: Experimental Portugal still a threat
They may be over dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo and struggling to replace old faithfuls, yet under the wily leadership of Fernando Santos, Portugal can still be a threat.
Despite success, Bengaluru FC parts ways with coach Westwood
Ending months of speculation, I-League champions Bengaluru FC and successful head coach Ashley Westwood have parted ways "by mutual consent".
Messi misses first day of tax fraud trial
Barcelona's five-time soccer World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went on trial on Tuesday along with his father on accusations of defrauding the Spanish state of millions of euros (dollars).
Euros: Mix of youth and experience may help Spain prove doubters wrong
For all Vicente del Bosque's confidence that he has the right balance of experience and youth to return Spain to their familiar place on the winner's rostrum, questions remain about his best starting line-up ahead of Euro 2016.
Euro warm-up: Sweden in 0-0 draw with Slovenia; France edge Cameroon
Sweden missed the influence of captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was resting a sore calf muscle, as they struggled to create chances in a dull 0-0 draw with Slovenia in their penultimate Euro 2016 warm-up in Malmo on Monday.
'You killed my country's dream but even so, all the best'
Manchester United's new manager Jose Mourinho made peace with Bobby Charlton as he met the Old Trafford icon at the club's Carrington training ground.
Kidnapped Mexican striker Pulido escaped by punching captor
The authorities billed it as a rescue, but Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido escaped his kidnappers by punching the one guarding him, snatching a cellphone and calling for help, a top official in the country's violent northeast said.
May 30, 2016Juanfran begs Atletico fans for forgiveness after missed penalty in CL final
Atletico Madrid right back Juanfran has thanked fans for the support he received following his penalty shootout miss in Saturday's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid.
Teen Rashford signs lucrative extension deal with Manchester United
Manchester United teenage striker Marcus Rashford is all set to sign a new lucrative long-term deal with the club.
Kidnapped Mexican footballer Pulido rescued
Mexican footballer Alan Pulido has been rescued by authorities and is home, Mexican officials have said.
Euro warm-up: Slovakia stun green Germany; Portugal, Spain win
An inexperienced Germany suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Slovakia in a storm-affected friendly ahead of Euro 2016.
German Boateng gets support after being targeted by anti-migrant party
Germany's main anti-immigrant party triggered outrage on Sunday when its vice-chairman said people would not want German black soccer star Jerome Boateng as their neighbour.
May 29, 2016Dempo make a return to I-League
Dempo Sports Club sealed a comeback to the elite I-League after scoring a convincing 3-1 win over Minerva Academy FC to top the Second Division I-League at the Nehru Stadium,
Platini under scanner as French prosecutor mulling Qatar 2022 WC probe
French financial authorities are considering investigating how Qatar was awarded the 2022 soccer World Cup, financial prosecutor Eliane Houlette said on Sunday.
Simeone may not have the stomach to reinvent Atletico again
Diego Simeone may not have the stomach to reinvent Atletico Madrid again after they suffered another morale-shattering loss to Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final.
PHOTOS: Kings of Europe Real Madrid take celebrations to the street
Newly-crowned European club football champions Real Madrid took their Champions League celebrations on to the streets of Madrid.
Heroic Zidane assured place in Real hearts
In leading Real Madrid to their 11th European Cup less than five months after inheriting an unhappy team from Rafael Benitez, Zinedine Zidane has cemented his heroic status at the Bernabeu and appears to have assured his immediate future.
Ramos is Real hero again after turbulent year
Just as he did two years ago, Sergio Ramos left his footprint all over Real Madrid's Champions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid following a turbulent 12 months.
Losing two finals is a failure, says distraught Atletico coach Simeone
A downbeat Diego Simeone did not confirm whether he wanted to continue as Atletico Madrid coach on Saturday after suffering a second agonising Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in three years.
'Work work, work' is Real's mantra as Zidane praises subdued Ronaldo
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane lavished praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after the three-time world player of the year appeared to struggle through the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Real edge Atletico in penalties to win 11th UEFA Champions League crown
Real Madrid win UEFA Champions League
May 28, 2016De Bruyne's long-range strike helps Belgium sink Switzerland
A dipping long-range strike from Kevin de Bruyne gave Belgium a late 2-1 win away at 10-man Switzerland in a friendly between the two Euro 2016 finalists on Saturday.
Here's where Spurs will play their Champions League games
Tottenham Hotspur have reached agreement with the FA to host Champions League games at Wembley next season with an option to use the national stadium for all matches in the 2017-18 campaign while they are building a new ground.
Messi worries Argentina with back injury in 1-0 win
Argentina had a scare when Lionel Messi had to be substituted after incurring a back injury during a 1-0 win over rugged Honduras in a Copa America Centenario warm-up friendly on Friday.
May 27, 2016Stage set for Mourinho-Manchester United's successful marriage
Jose Mourinho will forget what has gone on for the last three disappointing seasons at Manchester United, he said in his first interview after being installed as manager on Friday.
How the Sports Ministry plans to promote football in India
With an aim to make the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup a huge success, the Sports Ministry has urged all the states and Union Territories to take necessary steps to popularise and promote football in their region by including the game in various programmes.
Did Cantona call France football coach Deschamps a racist?
France soccer coach Didier Deschamps will file a legal complaint against Eric Cantona after his former national teammate suggested the squad selection for Euro 2016 was racially motivated, Deschamps's lawyer said on Friday.
It's official! Manchester United appoint Mourinho as manager
Manchester United have appointed Jose Mourinho as their manager, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Why soccer managers are often on the move...
England's League Managers' Association has revealed that the average tenure of a Premier League manager is now little more than two seasons, with 11 of last year's 20 starters already kicked out.
Ibrahimovic tightlipped on future
Ibrahimovic said he had received offers from the Premier League, Italy and outside Europe but gave no more details.
UEFA Champions League: Atletico have history on their mind
Two years on from their defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Atletico Madrid are back on the same stage against the same rival - wiser and determined not to be haunted by the memories of Lisbon.
May 26, 2016What Ronaldo feels about Van Gaal's reign at Man Utd
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has said his former club Manchester United lacked 'a bit of an identity' under the tutelage of sacked manager Louis van Gaal.
Simeone boost for Atletico ahead of CL final
Atletico Madrid were given a big boost ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid in Milan with the news that coach Diego Simeone will be staying on next season.
Find out why Man Utd may have to pay Chelsea...
Jose Mourinho is expected to be named Manchester United's new manager either later, in Thursday, or Friday, after the tangled issue of who owns his name - and, crucially, is licensed to exploit it commercially - is resolved.
India draw UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran in AFC U-16 Championships
India will be up against UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iran in the group stages of AFC U-16 Championship as the draw for the event, which will act as a dress rehearsal for next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup, was held amid much fanfare in Panaji, Goa on Thursday.
Germany defender Boateng questions England's quality
Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has questioned whether England have enough quality to excel at next month's European Championship.
'Van Gaal got what he deserved at Manchester United'
Manchester United were right to sack Louis van Gaal after the club failed to qualify for next season's Champions League, according to his fellow Dutchman Ruud Gullit.
Why Manchester City signed Guardiola...
'Pep Guardiola is a fantastic manager because he is able to build a really strong identity of his team.'
Copa America to use Hawk-Eye for goal-line technology
Hawk-Eye technology will be used to decide whether the ball has crossed the goal-line at next month's Copa America Centenario in the United States, the tournament's organising committee said on Wednesday.
Defence is best form of attack for fitter Atletico
A fitter Atletico Madrid will face off against Spanish neighbours Real Madrid in their second UEFA Champions League final in three years.
Humility, charm are strengths of result-delivering Zidane
'We've always been behind Zidane because he is a humble person who likes to listen, and that always makes things easier'
Ronaldo fit and raring to fire Real to more European glory
Cristiano Ronaldo says he will be "100 percent" in Saturday's Champions League final as he attempts to fire Real Madrid to a record-extending 11th European Cup and further torment their city rivals, Atletico.
May 25, 2016Ronaldo wants Real Madrid to renew his contract
Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid to renew his contract and said he wanted to see out his career in the Spanish capital.
Manchester set for derby delight if Mourinho comes: Schweinsteiger
Manchester should brace itself for some fascinating local derbies if Jose Mourinho joins United, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Wednesday.
No Atletico player would make Real's XI, Bale says
Gareth Bale would not pick any Atletico Madrid player over one of his teammates, the Real Madrid forward said, as the two Spanish sides prepare to square off in Saturday's Champions League final.
Guardiola will change the face of English football: Xavi
Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi has backed incoming ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola to leave his mark on the Premier League after taking over from the departing Manuel Pellegrini on July 1.
Manchester United: The Three Key Mistakes...
As Manchester United prepare to embark on a new era following Louis van Gaal;s departure, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com offers a diagnosis of what went wrong with the most successful Premier League club after Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day.
Mata's Manchester United future bleak with Mourinho's impending arrival
He does not fit the bill for a prototype Mourinho midfielder. He lacks defensive attributes because he has no pace, is weak in the air, cannot tackle and is heavily reliant on his left foot.
Rami to replace injured Varane in France Euro 2016 squad
France's Euro 2016 hopes suffered a setback on Tuesday when first-choice centre back Raphael Varane was ruled out of the tournament through injury.
Road to Euro 2016: Ronaldo remains Portugal's talisman
Cristiano Ronaldo owes most of his fame and fortune to his exploits with Real Madrid, yet he also remains a hugely influential figure when representing his country.
Giggs could be demoted on Mourinho's coaching staff
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has reportedly been offered a new role on the coaching staff led by Jose Mourinho, who is being considered as the favourite to replace Louis van Gaal at the helm of the Old Trafford club.
Has Mourinho agreed to a deal with Manchester United?
English football's biggest club seem to have secured the services of the sport's most colourful manager after Jose Mourinho, according to Sky TV reports, agreed personal terms with Manchester United on Tuesday.
May 24, 2016Ronaldo declares himself fit for Champions League final
Cristiano Ronaldo reassured Real Madrid fans he will be fit to play in Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in Milan after limping out of Tuesday's training session.
Zidane praises Simeone ahead of Champions League final
Zinedine Zidane had few equals as a player but heading into his first Champions League final as a coach, he admits that unlike Atletico Madrid counterpart Diego Simeone he still has much to learn.
He feels Van Gaal deserved better treatment
Netherlands international Daley Blind believes sacked Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal deserved more respect, better treatment.
Meet Ukraine's 'new Shevchenko'
Andriy Yarmolenko, whose 22 goals have established him as the player most likely to fill the role a full decade after he was saddled with the tag of the "new Shevchenko".
Will Poland's Lewandowski sizzle on biggest stage in Euro 2016?
Poland's Robert Lewandowski has chalked up so many big-game landmarks during his club career that the 27-year-old seems overdue a major tournament performance with his country.
England set to extend 50 years of hurt...
When England fans sang about '30 years of hurt' at Euro '96 they had high hopes of ending the pain with a first trophy since the 1966 World Cup but 20 years on from that agonising near miss there is precious little optimism in the air.
Euro 2016: Spotlight back on the pitch
Bigger than ever, the European Championship kicks off in Paris next month with a four-week feast of football that promises to elevate the game above the corruption scandals and security fears that have overshadowed its build-up.
All you need to know about former United manager Louis van Gaal
Factbox on Dutchman Louis van Gaal who left his job as Manchester United manager on Monday.
Messi, Sanchez and Alves headline final Copa rosters
Five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi of Argentina, Chile's Alexis Sanchez and Brazilian Dani Alves were among the big names in the final rosters announced on Monday for next month's Copa America Centenario.
Did Manchester United disrespect Van Gaal?
News of Van Gaal's impending departure from the club leaked out minutes after Saturday's 2-1 extra-time victory over Palace and, following relentless media speculation and a day of negotiations, it was confirmed by both sides on Monday evening.
May 23, 2016Conte omits Balotelli, Pirlo from provisional Italy Euro squad
Italy manager Antonio Conte named his provisional squad for the European Championship on Monday, and his selection was notable as much for the player he left off as for those he chose.
Big-hearted Beckham buys lunch for homeless man
David Beckham is indeed a big-hearted person, proved his recent gesture.
Manchester United sack manager Van Gaal, Mourinho likely to take over
Manchester United manager Louise van Gaal has been sacked, British media reports have claimed.
Manchester United shares waver as Mourinho expected to join club
Shares in English soccer giant Manchester United wavered in volatile trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on Monday, following media reports that the club was set to replace its manager with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
'Kings of Spain', Barca players celebrate Copa del Rey win in style
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the jubilant Catalan team...
Football friendly: Kane, Vardy inspire England to win
England's Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy struck in a 2-1 friendly win over fellow Euro 2016 finalists Turkey on Sunday as the home side warmed up with a performance that highlighted their potency in attack and defensive limitations.
'Barcelona is made of champions'
Despite Barcelona's exit from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, coach Luis Enrique said their victory over Sevilla in the King's Cup on Sunday had capped a "fantastic" season.
Suarez doubtful for Copa America
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is in doubt for next month's Copa America.
King's Cup PIX: Barca complete double with win over Sevilla
Barcelona retained the King's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla to complete a domestic double.
May 22, 2016Former United player Neville makes Mourinho-Ferguson comparison
Jose Mourinho is a proven winner who is the perfect choice as Manchester United manager, the club's former defender Phil Neville said on Sunday.
Real's Varane to miss Champions League final
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss the Champions League final after suffering a hamstring injury in training, Spanish media reported on Sunday.
Growing interest for football indicates a fruitful future: PM
With India gearing up to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he sees the "outset of a footballing atmosphere" in the country that longs to one day compete in the sport's showpiece event.
Klinsmann opts for experience in US Copa America squad
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has turned to experience for next month's Copa America Centenario on home soil, but said he had to make some "very close, tight decisions" before announcing his 23-player squad on Saturday.
FA Cup champs United to make Mourinho announcement next week?
Jose Mourinho will be appointed Manchester United manager next week to replace Louis van Gaal despite Saturday's FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace, British media have reported.
Ibrahimovic bids farewell to PSG with French Cup win
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bid farewell to Paris St Germain in style by scoring twice and setting up another as the French champions completed a second successive domestic treble by beating Olympique de Marseille 4-2 in the French Cup final on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Juventus win Italian Cup, complete double
Juventus won a second consecutive double when substitute Alvaro Morata's extra-time goal secured a 1-0 Italian Cup final win over AC Milan who missed out on Europe for a third successive season on Saturday.
Bayern win German Cup in Guardiola farewell
Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on penalties to win the German Cup for the 18th time on Saturday, handing coach Pep Guardiola another domestic double in his final game in charge.
PHOTOS: Sublime Lingard volley sees United win 12th FA Cup title
Manchester United substitute Jesse Lingard's superb volley in extra time secured a 2-1 win over CrystalPalace in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for their first major trophy in three years.
May 21, 2016King's Cup final: Barca not taking Sevilla lightly
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes his team will be made to suffer by Sevilla in the King's Cup final on Sunday, but that they will emerge victorious.
Atletico must play CL final as if it was their last: Koke
Midfielder Koke issued a rallying cry to his Atletico Madrid teammates on Saturday ahead of next week's Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Atletico's hard-working Griezmann gets top rating
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone rates Antoine Griezmann as one of the top three players in the world and says the forward owes it to his ability to work hard and the willingness to listen.
Who will score Real Madrid's 100th goal of the season?
Real Madrid's attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema need to score twice in the Champions League final on May 28 against Atletico Madrid to hit the century mark for goals this season for the first time.
Catalan nationalists to give Scottish flags to Barcelona fans
Catalan nationalists said on Friday they would hand out 10,000 Scottish flags to Barcelona supporters in the Spanish King's Cup Final soccer match on Sunday after Madrid banned the display of the Catalan pro-independence flag in the stadium.
Italian honour for Leicester manager Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri has received an honour from the Italian president after the soccer manager led rank outsiders Leicester City to the top of the English Premier League.
May 20, 2016'Winning mindset will see Manchester United recapture glory days'
Manchester United will soon be "winning in style" again courtesy of their never-say-die attitude on the pitch, midfielder Juan Mata has said ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Zidane was born to coach, says Beckham
David Beckham believes Real Madrid should give his former team mate at the club, Zinedine Zidane, time to succeed even if the French great fails to inspire them to victory in the Champions League final later this month.
FIFA ethics investigation recommends two-year ban against Germany's Niersbach
The investigatory chamber of world soccer body FIFA's ethics committee has recommended a two-year ban and a fine against former German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach.
English Football League set for major shake-up?
The Football League has proposed introducing a fifth division as part of a revamp that would involve the biggest shake-up of the English game since the Premier League was founded in 1992.
Meet the highest paid MLS players...
Brazilian veteran Kaka is the highest paid player in Major League Soccer, with a 2016 guaranteed salary of $7.167 million, according to figures released by the Players' Union on Thursday.
3 months in office and salary still not confirmed...
FIFA president Gianni Infantino's salary has still not been confirmed three months after he took office, the head of soccer's global body said on Thursday.
May 19, 2016'Sorry Man United seek to raise spirits with FA Cup win'
A club of Manchester United's stature should be vying for silverware on all fronts, midfielder Ander Herrera said, adding that a win in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday would raise spirits after a poor season.
English champions Leicester visit Thai king's palace
English Premier League champions Leicester City paid a visit to Bangkok's glittering Grand Palace on Thursday and signed a well-wishing book for the country's revered monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
German footballer diagnosed with tumour after doping test
Eintracht Frankfurt captain Marco Russ has been diagnosed with a tumour after he had initially tested positive in a routine doping test, the Bundesliga club said on Thursday.
'Man Utd hero Rashford deserves England recognition'
Marcus Rashford's impressive form at Manchester United earned him a spot in England's provisional Euro 2016 squad and according to team mate Wayne Rooney the teenaged striker deserves all the recognition.
FA Cup, Man Utd v Palace: Will Van Gaal do a Ferguson?
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal goes into the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday facing echoes of the 1990 showpiece between the two sides that proved so pivotal in the career of Alex Ferguson.
Chinese magnate to buy English soccer team Aston Villa
A Chinese magnate has agreed to buy historic English football club Aston Villa, the latest in a series of investments from China into football worldwide as President Xi Jinping looks to make the country a global powerhouse in the sport.
Is Brazil on time for 'safe' Olympics?
All infrastructure for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be ready before they begin in August, including a much-delayed metro line, Brazil's newly appointed Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani said in an interview on Wednesday.
Why Spanish clubs dominate European football...
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp had praised Spanish clubs on the eve of the match, saying they had better scouting, coaches and player development than their English, German and Italian equivalents.
Europa PIX: Sevilla shock Liverpool; win third straight title
Sevilla conjured up a dazzling comeback to clinch a record third successive Europa League title on Wednesday, flooring Liverpool with a 3-1 victory that showed why the Spanish side have become masters of Europe's second-tier competition.
May 18, 2016Terry signs for another year with Chelsea
Chelsea long-serving captain John Terry has signed a new one-year contract, making a U-turn after saying in January he would be leaving at the end of the season.
Pedro has no regrets over swapping Barcelona for Chelsea
Spain midfielder Pedro has no regrets over leaving Barcelona in search of more playing time, despite failing to nail down a regular starting berth in his debut season at Chelsea.
Chile kick-off 120 hour soccer match!!!
Chile internationals Christopher Toselli and Bryan Carrasco joined forces with amateurs in a "crazy" attempt to set a new world record for playing the longest soccer match.
Bundesliga club sacks Indian-origin manager
Robin Dutt, Indian-origin manager of the German football Bundesliga first division club VfB Stuttgart, has been sacked following the team's relegation from the premier league.
Will Guardiola push Manchester City to new heights?
Pep Guardiola to be a hard task master who will extract the best out of a side that has shone domestically but struggled against Europe's elite.
Defiant Van Gaal booed by United fans after season finale
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal blamed injuries and unrealistic expectations for his team's disappointing season after a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday confirmed a fifth place finish in the Premier League.
World champs Germany go for youth in preliminary Euro 2016 squad
Germany coach Joachim Loew has named four talented youngsters, including three uncapped players, in his preliminary 27-man squad for Euro 2016.
Exciting teen midfielder Sanches named in Portugal Euro squad
Portugal coach Fernando Santos left Bernardo Silva, one of the country's brightest young players, out of his final 23-man Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday but included 18-year-old Renato Sanches.
EPL: United ease past Bournemouth to seal fifth spot
Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford scored to lift Manchester United to a comfortable 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday that secured fifth place in the Premier League table.
May 17, 2016No ISL, I-League merger: AIFF's new roadmap for Indian football
Ending speculation around the merger of Indian Super League with I-League, the All India Football Federation on Tuesday virtually recognised ISL as the country's premier league as per a new roadmap, which will have three more seven-month leagues in a hierarchical system from 2017 onwards.
Costa, Mata, Torres and Cazorla left out of Spain squad
Premier League-based trio Diego Costa, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla were among a high-profile list of absentees when Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque named his provisional 25-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday. Costa injured his hamstring against Liverpool in Chelsea's penultimate game of the season.
Europa League: A red revolution on cards under Klopp's watchful gaze
Juergen Klopp, who has breathed new life into Liverpool in his seven months in charge, would seal his place in the hearts of the club's supporters if he pulls off victory over Sevilla in Wednesday's Europa League final.
Euro 2016 security chief 'cool and confident' despite militant threat
The job of keeping millions of soccer fans safe at one of the world's biggest sporting events would be enough to keep most people awake at night.
England capable of matching any opponent at Euros: Rooney
England have what it takes to get the better of any opponent but need to be consistent if they are to win their first European Championship in France, captain Wayne Rooney has said.
PHOTOS: The party's on in Leicester City...
Players, manager, fans celebrate title triumph with victory parade
Ranieri wins League Managers' award
Claudio Ranieri was named the League Managers' Association (LMA) manager of the year on Monday after leading 5,000-1 outsiders LeicesterCity to an improbable Premier League title.
May 16, 2016Future Chelsea coach Conte acquitted in match-fixing case
An Italian judge on Monday acquitted Antonio Conte, the future coach of English Premier League club Chelsea, for allegedly doing nothing to halt a 2011 match-fixing scandal while he was in charge of the Siena soccer team.
England's Wilshere will be fit in time for Euros?
Injury-plagued midfielder Jack Wilshere is fit and with a few more games under his belt will be ready to play for England at the European Championship next month, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said.
Police demands inquiry into Manchester Utd fake bomb 'fiasco'
Manchester's police commissioner demanded an inquiry into the 'fiasco' of a fake bomb left behind from a training exercise at Old Trafford that forced the abandonment on Sunday of a Premier League soccer match.
Footballers of the weekend: Suarez shines again in Europe
Check out the top footballers of the weekend...
Abandoned Manchester United game rearranged for Tuesday
Manchester United's final Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth, which was abandoned on Sunday after the discovery of a suspect device at Old Trafford, will be played on Tuesday, the League announced in a statement.
Tearful Terry tells Chelsea fans: 'I want to stay'
John Terry made an emotional address to his devoted Chelsea fans on the Stamford Bridge pitch on Sunday, telling them that he still wanted to stay at the club.
How Pep announcement made Pellegrini's life difficult...
Manuel Pellegrini aimed what felt like a surprise parting shot at Manchester City on Sunday by saying his life had been made difficult by the club's decision to announce in February that Pep Guardiola would take over as manager next season.
Suspect package destroyed at Manchester Utd stadium was training device
A suspicious package destroyed by a bomb disposal team after prompting the evacuation of Manchester United's stadium on Sunday was a fake device accidentally left behind after a training exercise, police said.
May 15, 2016Federation Cup: Aizawl FC to clash with Mohun Bagan in final
Aizawl FC booked a berth in the summit clash of the Federation Cup football tournament in their maiden appearance after they drew with Sporting Clube de Goa 2-2 in the second leg semi-finals, in Margao, on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Newcastle stun Spurs; Giroud hat-trick lifts Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur fluffed their last-day lines with a 5-1 defeat at relegated, 10-man Newcastle United that left them third in the Premier League behind bitter north London rivals Arsenal.
Controlled explosion carried out at Manchester Utd stadium
A controlled explosion was carried out on a suspect package inside Manchester United's stadium on Sunday and the club's Premier League match against Bournemouth was abandoned.
That's how Ibrahimovic bids farewell to Parc des Princes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrated his last game at the Parc des Princes with Paris St Germain by breaking the club's goal record in a top flight season in the French champions' 4-0 win against Nantes in the final round of Ligue 1 on Saturday.
May 14, 2016Brilliant 40-goal Suarez crucial to Barca's title win
Luis Suarez has progressed from his impressive debut La Liga campaign to produce the most prolific season of his career and fire Barcelona to a second straight title, free of the stigma of his ban for biting which accompanied him to Spain in 2014.
PHOTOS: Bayern celebrate Bundesliga title, Stuttgart relegated
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski took the honours as the league's top scorer with 30 goals after netting in the champions' 3-1 victory over already-relegated Hanover 96.
PHOTOS: Suarez 'tricks' Barcelona to La Liga title
Barcelona won the La Liga title with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Granada thanks to a Luis Suarez hat-trick in the season finale on Saturday.
Ranieri to make 'emotional' return to Stamford Bridge
LeicesterCity manager Claudio Ranieri says it will be "amazing" to walk onto the pitch as a league champion on Sunday at Chelsea, the club that sacked him 12 years ago.
FIFA gets first female secretary general
FIFA named an African woman with no experience in football administration as its second most powerful official on Friday, part of changes made by the sport's ruling body to move on from a major corruption scandal.
Barca coach feels Messi and Co can keep calm to retain La Liga title
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said on Friday he trusted his team to handle the occasion of this weekend's season finale at lowly Granada, where a win would guarantee their 24th La Liga title.
No contract signed between Mourinho-Manchester United?
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no agreement in place to take over at Manchester United, Sky Sports television said on Friday quoting unnamed sources.
Spain's Costa could be sidelined for Euros
Spain striker Diego Costa could miss next month's European Championship finals due to his latest hamstring injury, Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink said on Friday.
Can Real Madrid pip Barca to La Liga crown in season finale?
Real Madrid can pip Barcelona to the La Liga title on Saturday even though their destiny is out of their hands, coach Zinedine Zidane said on the eve of the season finale.
May 13, 2016ISIS gun down 14 Real Madrid fans in Iraq
ISIS militants have killed at least 14 Real Madrid fans at a supporters club in northern Iraq.
Chelsea's Terry offered one-year contract
Chelsea captain John Terry, who feared he had played his last game for the club, has been offered a new one-year contract, interim manager Guus Hiddink said on Friday.
Is Arsenal manager Wenger on his way out?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not yet decided on his future, with his contract due to expire at the end of next season, the Frenchman said on Friday.
Leicester's Vardy is Premier League Player of the Season
Leicester City's England striker Jamie Vardy has been named Premier League Player of the Season after his pivotal role in the club's remarkable title-winning campaign.
Factors that made a difference to Arsenal's EPL title chase
Overall fatigue and long-term injuries to key players combined to end Arsenal's pursuit for the Premier League title this season, goalkeeper Petr Cech has said.
Ibrahimovic to play last game at PSG on Saturday
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Friday he would leave Paris Saint Germain after four years during which he played an integral part in turning the club into a force to reckon with on the European stage.
Clubs ready cheque books as 'king' Ibrahimovic confirms PSG exit
Sweden's larger-than-life captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play his final game for Paris Saint Germain on Saturday, he said in a social media post that is likely to send clubs around the world reaching for their cheque books.
Miracle-worker Zidane saves Real Madrid
Real Madrid defender Marcelo says the club needed new direction after stuttering under Rafael Benitez and has praised Zinedine Zidane for 'breathing life back' into the team since taking over as coach in January.
What not to miss in EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Former football skipper alleges sexual harassment
Former India women's football team captain Sona Chaudhary, has made serious allegations against the sport's administrators in her recently launched
May 12, 2016World's most valuable football team is...
Real Madrid retained top spot on a list of the world's most valuable football teams for a fourth consecutive year.
EPL PIX: Benteke salvages point for Liverpool; Norwich go down
Christian Benteke headed home from close range as Liverpool grabbed a stoppage-time leveller to snatch a point against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday after Eden Hazard's dazzling opener for the visitors.
May 11, 2016Welbeck's England Euro dream over, faces nine months out
Arsenal's England striker Danny Welbeck will miss Euro 2016 after being sidelined for nine months following surgery on his right knee, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Juve pair Buffon and Barzagli sign up until 2018
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Andrea Barzagli have extended their contracts with the Italian champions until 2018, they said on Wednesday.
Free-kick maestro Messi equals Koeman's mark at Barcelona
The 28-year-old Argentine has scored seven goals from direct free-kicks in this year's La Liga, the latest in Sunday's 5-0 triumph over Espanyol.
Benzema's return to boost Real Madrid in Champions League final
Karim Benzema is returning to full fitness at just the right time for Real Madrid, who will play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.
Goal-machine Suarez on course for another landmark
Luis Suarez could become Barcelona's highest scoring Uruguayan in Saturday's La Liga match at Granada, having equalled in only two seasons what compatriot Ramon Alberto Villaverde Vazquez aggregated in his decade-long stint with the club.
Mahrez voted Leicester's player of the season
Riyad Mahrez was voted LeicesterCity's player of the season by the club's supporters on Tuesday, while French midfielder N'Golo Kante was voted best player by his team mates.
Ranieri, Aguero pick up monthly Premier League awards
LeicesterCity boss Claudio Ranieri has been named the Premier League manager of the month for April, while ManchesterCity striker Sergio Aguero has won the award for the players.
EPL: Life bans in store for unruly Hammers fans
The fans who soured West Ham's farewell party at Upton Park on Tuesday night will be banned for life once identified, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Liverpool will build on the improvement, says manager Klopp
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is certain his side will improve next season and feels that his first seven months at the Merseyside club have provided a solid foundation for the future.
I am happy at Leicester, says Vardy
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has given the Premier League champions further encouragement that he will stay with them next season by saying he is happy at the club.
PIX: Loss at West Ham leaves United's Champions League hopes in shreds
West Ham bade farewell to the Boleyn Ground after 112 years with a pulsating 3-2 victory over Manchester United to leave the visitors' top-four hopes in tatters on Tuesday.
May 10, 2016Soccer transfers: Bayern Munich swoop for Sanches and Hummels
Bayern Munich have signed 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches from Benfica and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.
What Leicester need to do to gear up for next season's Champions League
Leicester City head of recruitment Steve Walsh has said the newly crowned Premier League champions will focus on signing players with a strong work ethic in the close season to bolster a squad preparing to fight on two fronts.
Messi reveals his favourite for Champions League glory this season
Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi has backed Atletico Madrid to seal this year's Champions League title, saying his team don't want to see Real Madrid claim the trophy.
Martial to be rested for West Ham tie as United vie for top-four finish
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial may be rested for Tuesday's Premier League trip to West Ham United to avoid aggravating a hamstring injury, manager Louis van Gaal has said.
There's good news and bad as Barca aim for La Liga crown in final round
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique believes his team deserves to win "the best league in Europe" as they aim to clinch La Liga in a potentially thrilling climax to the Spanish season on Saturday.
Aussie tennis brats unperturbed by Rio Games warning
Nick Kyrgios has defended compatriot Bernard Tomic against allegations of failing to try during a match and said it was up to the Australian Olympic Committee whether the pair were picked to represent the country at the Rio Olympics.
Meet the men in line to replace Platini at UEFA
Angel Maria Villar, the interim UEFA President, and General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis are bookmaker William Hill's favourites at 6-1 to replace Michel Platini as head of the European soccer's governing body.
Another milestone awaits Ronaldo...
Cristiano Ronaldo achieved another milestone in his Real Madrid career when he scored his 200th goal at the Bernabeu on Sunday but he looks like failing in his bid to become La Liga's top scorer for the third season in a row.
May 09, 2016ISL organisers appeal to Commission to reconsider FC Goa points deduction
With a 15 point deduction set to turn FC Goa's participation in the Indian Super League football next year into an exercise in futility, the organisers Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) a joint venture between IMG-Reliance and Star India, appealed to members of Regulatory Commission reconsider their decision.
FC Goa appeals against ISL fine, owners' ban
Indian Super League side FC Goa, which was slapped a Rs 11 crore fine and their co-owners Shrinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar banned for two and three seasons respectively, has challenged the order of the tournament's regulatory commission.
Platini loses appeal over ethics ban, to quit UEFA
Suspended European football boss Michel Platini will resign as head of governing body UEFA after losing a top level appeal against a ban for ethics violations, but said he would continue his fight to clear his name.
Klopp tells ticketless Liverpool fans to avoid Basel trip
Manager Juergen Klopp has backtracked on his call for Liverpool fans without tickets to head to Basel for the Europa League final against Sevilla on May 18, and said he regretted making the statement.
Another knee injury renders England's Welbeck doubtful for Euros
England striker Danny Welbeck sustained a knee injury in Arsenal's Premier League match at Manchester City on Sunday, raising doubts about his availability for next month's European Championship.
Pellegrini's home Manchester City farewell falls flat
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said a fond Etihad Stadium farewell to the supporters on Sunday but it was hardly the feel good, celebratory goodbye that he or the fans craved.
Can Spain's trusted, old war-horses manage an encore at Euro 2016?
The shadow of their disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign still hangs over Spain as they prepare to defend their European Championship crown in France next month, according to coach Vicente del Bosque.
Footballers of the weekend: Jamie Vardy shines in Europe
In England, the celebrations went on at Leicester City as they marked their fairytale Premier League success with another win while champions Juventus' long unbeaten streak in Italy came to an end.
May 08, 2016La Liga PIX: Barca thrash Espanyol, one win away from title
Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title by thrashing local rivals Espanyol 5-0 on Sunday as Atletico Madrid dropped out of the race after losing 2-1 at Levante and Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-2.
Fed Cup semis: Bagan take five-goal advantage over Lajong
Jeje Lalpekhula scored a hat-trick as a rampaging Mohun Bagan routed Shillong Lajong 5-0 in their home leg semifinal of the Federation Cup football tournament at the Vidyasagar Krirnagan in Barasat, West Bengal, on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: City CL hopes hit by home draw with Arsenal; Reds win
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
Wenger 'hurt' to see Leicester win Premier League
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that it hurts to see Leicester City winning this year's Premier League title.
Serie A: Totti plays 600th league game as Roma go second
Francesco Totti came off the bench to make his 600th league appearance for AS Roma as they beat in-form Chievo 3-0 at home on Sunday to climb to second place in Serie A.
Man City's Belgian defender Kompany to miss Euro 2016
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of this year's Euro 2016 campaign due to a thigh injury.
Ranieri urges players to stick with Leicester
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to stick around for next season after helping the club to a remarkable English Premier League triumph.
Middleborough back in EPL, Burnley win Championship
Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion in their multi-million pound promotion decider on Saturday while Burnley sealed the Championship title with a 3-0 victory at Charlton Athletic.
Serie A: Inter secure fourth spot, Milan boost European hopes
Inter Milan clinched fourth place in Serie A after a 2-1 home victory over Empoli on Saturday while AC Milan gave their European aspirations a boost with a 1-0 triumph over 10-man Bologna.
EPL: Has Terry played his final Chelsea game?
Captain John Terry may have played his final game for Chelsea after receiving his second red card of the season in Saturday's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Sunderland.
PHOTOS: Vardy ensures winning coronation for champions Leicester
Premier League champions Leicester City beat Everton 3-1 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as a Jamie Vardy double completed a perfect coronation for Claudio Ranieri's miracle men.
May 07, 2016Bundesliga: Bayern Munich secure record fourth straight title
Bayern Munich secured a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with a game to spare after a 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt on Saturday helped them put the disappointment of their midweek Champions League semi-final exit behind them.
Despite Champions League success Zidane unsure of Real future
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he is unsure of his future at the club despite leading them to the Champions League final.
EPL PIX: Man Utd win; Sunderland boost survival hopes
Manchester United maintained their push for a Champions League place after a Juan Mata goal on Saturday pushed Norwich City to the brink of relegation.
Thai owners expect best behaviour from Leicester stars
Premier League champions Leicester City have been warned to behave on their tour to Thailand - after last year's antics led to the sacking of three players and manager Nigel Pearson.
May 06, 2016ISL: FC Goa coach Zico terms penalties disgusting, says video doctored
Lambasting the Indian Super League (ISL) for the heavy penalties it imposed on FC Goa, the club's Brazillian coach Zico said the order is based on a "clearly cooked" video and has left him disgusted.
Knee injury ends Chamberlain's Euro 2016 hopes
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces up to two months on the sidelines with a knee injury that also rules the England international out of the European Championships, his club manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
Meet the new 'Thinkerman' of football
Claudio Ranieri re-named himself The Thinkerman on Thursday as he reflected on masterminding Leicester City's improbable rise from relegation candidates to Premier League champions.
Fellaini and Huth handed three-match suspension
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester City defender Robert Huth have been banned for three matches by the Football Association (FA) for their violent conduct during Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw.
La Liga: Will history repeat itself for Barca?
When Barcelona host local rivals Espanyol on Saturday hoping to edge closer to the La Liga title, many may be haunted by Raul Tamudo's 89th minute equaliser which wrecked their title bid in 2006/07.
PFA Player of the Year Mahrez tells Leicester he wants to stay
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez has given the Premier League champions a boost by telling the owners he wants to stay at the club next season, British media reported on Thursday.
'Guardiola has failed Bayern Munich'
Bayern Munich's outgoing coach Pep Guardiola has failed to make an impact at the club despite keeping the Bavarian giants as the dominant force in Germany, the club's former forward Ivica Olic said on Thursday.
Europa League: Liverpool sink Villarreal to set up Sevilla final
Liverpool romed into the Europa League final with a 3-0 win over Villarreal on another magical night at Anfield to tee up a showpiece clash with holders Sevilla who swatted away visitors Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 on Thursday.
May 05, 2016ISL final fracas: FC Goa fined Rs 11 crore; owners banned
The five-member Regulatory Commission of the Indian Super League met in Mumbai over the three days, in continuation of its earlier sittings since February 2016, to hear the submissions of the respective parties in the matter of Football Sports Development Limited vs FC Goa; FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC; FC Goa vs Elano Blumer and Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa.
Syrian whose plight went viral finds refuge in Spanish soccer
Mementos from the soccer world that brought Syrian refugee Osama Abdul Mohsen to Spain are strewn around the flat he shares with two of his sons, including a ball signed by Real Madrid's star players and a banner for the local team, Getafe.
Ranieri's mum terms him 'King of England' after career resurrection
LeicesterCity's unexpected Premier League title triumph has helped Claudio Ranieri rediscover himself as a manager after his failed spell at AS Roma, the Italian's mother, Renata Ranieri has said.
Champions League final: Real ready for tough Atletico sequel?
As soon as the final whistle confirmed Real Madrid's berth in the Champions League final against local rivals Atletico with a 1-0 aggregate victory over Manchester City on Wednesday, memories of 2014's all-Spanish final came flooding back.
Leicester City... and football's surprise champions' club
As Leicester City celebrates its unexpected title triumph, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com lists similar success stories across Europe's top leagues.
Who deserves credit for Real Madrid's revival?
Exactly four months after succeeding Rafael Benitez and inheriting a Real Madrid side on the brink of institutional crisis, Zinedine Zidane completed the team's revival by guiding them past Manchester City to the Champions League final.
Have Manchester City been unlucky in Champions League exit?
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini said his side did not deserve to be eliminated from the Champions League despite having only one effort on target in their 1-0 semi-final, second leg defeat to Real Madrid.
Champions League PIX: How Real tamed Manchester City to reach final
Real Madrid reached their 14th European Cup final and crushed Manchester City's hopes of a maiden title after Gareth Bale's deflected effort secured a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Champions League last four clash on Wednesday.
It's Madrid derby in Milan! Real in Champions League final
Real Madrid have made their 14th Champions League final following their 1-0 win over Manchester City.
May 04, 2016I have no regrets, says Guardiola
Departing Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been assured a bittersweet farewell at the German club with the pending celebration of a record fourth straight Bundesliga title soured by another failure to shine on the European stage.
Will Atletico write Champions League history?
Atletico Madrid are not seeking revenge for their 2014 Champions League final defeat but instead want to write a new chapter in the club's history with their first European Cup after getting past Bayern Munich.
Always a pragmatic manager... now a champion!
As Leicester City celebrates its Premier League triumph, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com salutes the man behind it.
Is Guardiola a failure at Bayern Munich? Tell Us!
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was brought to the club to extend their European dominance, but will leave at the end of the season having lost three successive Champions League semi-finals.
May 03, 2016Young Afghan Messi fan flees over kidnap fears
A young Afghan fan of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi has fled his home and gone to Pakistan because his family feared he could be kidnapped after he became an unlikely Internet sensation, the boy's uncle said on Tuesday.
Ronaldo fit but Benzema and Casemiro out against City: Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Cristiano Ronaldo "is 100 percent" and will face Manchester City in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg but striker Karim Benzema and midfielder Casemiro will miss the game.
Soccer shots: Levante relegated; Werder earn Bundesliga lifeline
Levante were relegated from La Liga after a six-season stay in the Spanish top flight as two late goals condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at Malaga on Monday.
Serie A: Higuain and Totti shine as Napoli and Roma win
Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and evergreen AS Roma forward Francesco Totti lit up Serie A on Monday as the two teams won in contrasting fashion to boost their bids for an automatic Champions League spot.
EPL PIX: Tottenham lose their heads and title chances
Tottenham Hotspur lost their cool and their Premier League title hopes as they let slip a two-goal lead at Chelsea to draw a stormy London derby 2-2 on Monday.
De Gea matches Ronaldo as he is crowned United's Player of the Year
Goalkeeper David de Gea has bagged Manchester United's Player of the Year award for the third consecutive time.
'Clear-minded Leicester will thrive in European soccer'
English champions Leicester City will have few problems against the giants of European soccer when they contest the Champions League next season, says the Thai monk who has been regularly blessing the newest sensations of world sport.
Leicester's success mantra: Ranieri and a forgotten football philosophy
The statistics of a stunning campaign tell an astonishing tale of how Leicester have turned the clock back by shunning possession and glorying in the long ball to a pacey striker, while spurning rotation in favour of a settled, almost self-selecting side
EPL PHOTOS: Euphoric Leicester fans throng streets in celebration
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the jubilant Leicester fans...
Is Leicester's 5,000-1 upset the greatest sporting shock?
At the start of the English football season last August, bookmakers in Britain were offering odds of 5,000-1 against LeicesterCity winning the Premier League.
Leicester boss Ranieri lauds players' determination and thanks Chelsea
Jubilant with his side's maiden Premier League title, LeicesterCity manager Claudio Ranieri has heaped praised on his players' determination and focus that led his side to the recent glory.
Leicester's victory a triumph for football and 'hope to smaller teams'
FIFA president Gianni Infantino echoed the most common and apt description of the "beautiful story" as a "fairytale" after the 5,000-1 outsiders, who performed a miraculous escape from relegation last season, were crowned champions on Monday.
Champions Leicester City are 'having a party' with EPL title in the bag
Here are a few pictures from the Foxes' celebrations that the club posted on their Twitter page with the hashtag -- Having a party!
Leicester's fairytale: From impending doom to glorious resurrection
In April last year Leicester City were seven points adrift at the foot of the Premier League and seemingly going down.
May 02, 2016Ronaldo likely to return for Real against City for Champions League tie
Real Madrid's talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to face Manchester City in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg after coming through training on Monday.
Leicester's Vardy is football writers' player of the year!
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA).
Pellegrini unhappy with Sunday kick-off with Madrid looming
ManchesterCity manager Manuel Pellegrini said he had no option but to name a much-changed team for Sunday's 4-2 Premier League defeat by Southampton with the club's Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid scheduled on Wednesday.
La Liga: Villarreal beat Valencia to secure fourth spot
Villarreal secured their place in the Champions League qualifying round with a 2-0 win at local rivals Valencia on Sunday, guaranteeing fourth place in La Liga.
Manchester United manager's bizarre interview
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was at his bizarre best again after his team's 1-1 Premier league draw with Leicester City as he complained that a hair-pulling incident during the match was only acceptable in 'sex masochism'.
Champions League: Will Guardiola end semis misery against Atletico
Bayern Munich are desperate to avoid losing a third consecutive Champions League semi-final to Spanish opponents when they host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday but coach Pep Guardiola has his work cut out to end his time in Germany on a high.
EPL: Leicester champagne on ice, City crash at Southampton
Leicester City failed to grasp their first chance to clinch the Premier League title when they drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday but they moved ever closer to a first English top-flight crown.
Leicester inch closer to EPL title...but why are Thais celebrating?
About 900 jubilant fans and employees of the Thai billionaire who owns Leicester City roared when the final whistle blew in their team's 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
May 01, 2016Mum's the word as Ranieri misses potential title decider
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will not be able to watch the game which could deliver his side their first-ever Premier League title because he wants to have lunch with his 96-year-old mother on her birthday.
Bravo calf injury a worry for Barca in title chase
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo injured his calf in their 2-0 victory at Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday, making him a doubt for the final two games of their title challenge.
Qatar investigates death at World Cup site as labour rights under scrutiny
The organisers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup said on Sunday they were investigating the death of an Indian labourer at one of its sites but denied it was caused by working conditions which the wealthy Gulf country is under pressure to improve.
Real's Ronaldo returns to training after injury
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury and could be fit to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
Serie A: No let up as champions Juventus win again
Juventus refused to let up despite having already won Serie A and notched their 25th win in their last 26 league games by beating Carpi 2-0 on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Leicester draw at United; Ayew teaches Liverpool a lesson
Leicester City must wait at least one more day for their first-ever Premier League title after drawing 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Bayern made to wait for title after Gladbach draw
Bayern Munich's party was wrecked by Borussia Moenchengladbach who hit back for a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, forcing the Bavarians to wait at least a week to clinch a fourth straight Bundesliga title.
I don't care if we shine as long as we win, says Barca's Rakitic
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic embraced the art of winning ugly after they beat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 to move closer to retaining their La Liga title.
It's disappointed love, Wenger says about protests
Arsene Wenger dismissed protests against him as more 'disappointed love' than 'real aggression' after disenchanted supporters held up banners calling for his resignation in the 1-0 victory over Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday.
April 30, 2016Fed Cup: Aizawl FC stun I-League champions Bengaluru
Aizawl FC stunned I-League champions Bengaluru FC 2-1 in their maiden match of the Federation Cup football tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, in Aizawl, on Saturday.
EPL Photos: Everton edge Bournemouth; Defoe boosts Sunderland
Under-pressure Everton manager Roberto Martinez enjoyed some respite as his struggling side won for the first time in eight league matches.
La Liga: Bale header keeps Real's title hopes burning
Gareth Bale again came to Real Madrid's rescue by heading home the winner in a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday that keeps their title hopes alive.
Glorious summer in sight for Leicester City after many winters of discontent
The English city's unheralded football club is on the brink of becoming league champions for the first time in their 132-year history, with just three defeats all season.
April 29, 2016Tottenham Hotspur's boss Pochettino extends contract until 2021
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has agreed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021.
Atletico boss Simeone would be boring in English football
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reckons Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone would be labelled boring for his defence-oriented style if the Argentine were managing a Premier League club.
Ranieri set to be richer by 5 million pound if Leicester win title
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will earn a five million pound ($7.33 million) bonus if his team win the Premier League title.
Liverpool must pay Burnley up to 8 million pounds for Ings
Liverpool have been told by a tribunal to pay Championship (second-tier) leaders Burnley up to eight million pounds ($11.7 million) for striker Danny Ings.
Dortmund's Hummels seeks Bayern move
Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels has told his club that he wants to join Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after the season ends.
EPL: With three-match ban Tottenham's Alli out for rest of season
Alli was caught on video deliberately swinging his arm into the stomach of West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob during Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane
Europa League semis: Villarreal jolt Liverpool late, Sevilla held
Villarreal's Adrian Lopez produced a stinging sucker punch in stoppage time to leave Liverpool reeling and move the Spaniards closer to a maiden European final after their Europa League last four first leg clash finished 1-0 on Thursday.
April 28, 2016Liverpool's Sakho provisionally suspended for anti-doping violation
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing an anti-doping test, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Thursday.
Will Guardiola win Champions League with Bayern Munich?
Guardiola is on track to lead Bayern to a third consecutive Bundesliga title but his three-year spell there will ultimately be judged on whether he can win Europe's elite club competition with them.
Kompany anticipates 'career-defining' match in Madrid
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is looking forward to a 'career-defining' clash against Real Madrid in next week's Champions League semi-final, second leg and has backed his team to pick off their more illustrious rivals.
Injured Ronaldo to undergo stem cell therapy for quick recovery?
It's been a week now since Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo hobbled off the pitch after injuring his thigh against Villarreal during a La Liga match last Wednesday.
'80 Percent fit' Ronaldo set to miss another La Liga game
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo faces a race against time to be fit for the Champions League semi-final second leg with Manchester City on May 4.
Champions League PIX: It's all Saul as Atletico go one up over Bayern
A breathtaking individual goal from Saul Niguez put Atletico Madrid in the box seat in their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich with a 1-0 victory in a tense first leg on Wednesday.
April 27, 2016Champions League PIX: Manchester City hold Ronaldo-less Real
Manchester City survived a late grilling by Real Madrid thanks to goalkeeper Joe Hart to hold on for a 0-0 draw on Tuesday that keeps alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League final for the first time.
April 26, 2016Victims of Hillsborough stadium disaster were unlawfully killed: Jury
The 96 soccer fans who died in Britain's worst-ever sporting disaster, the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium crush, were unlawfully killed, with police failures to blame, a jury hearing inquests into the death concluded on Tuesday.
'I don't really want to go back to France. I love England'
Leicester's Mahrez rules out PSG move
Narrow escape for Leicester's Gray
Leicester City's Demarai Gray dodged death after almost walking into the tail rotor blades of a helicopter prior to Sunday's Professional Footballers' Association Awards.
Magical Mahrez and his journey to the top at Leicester
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri mused on Sunday that, if he had his wish, every one of his wonderful squad would have been honoured as Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers' Association awards night.
Bhutia wants better deal for home-grown footballers from ISL, I-League
'We want more and more teams to join the I-League and ISL. With this, the two competitions will get stronger. We need more teams so that more players get chances'
Leicester's Vardy gets additional one-game ban
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will miss the Premier League leaders' visit to Manchester United on Sunday after being banned for an additional game for improper conduct, the BBC reported.
EPL: Spurs drop points and likely title in West Brom draw
West Brom's Dawson is villain and hero as Spurs' chances at League title fades; Leicester now need just one win from three games to claim EPL crown
April 25, 2016Guess who is India's footballer of the year?
Mohun Bagan and India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua was declared winner of the 'Indian Player of the Year' award by the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) at its annual awards function held at the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai.
Juventus win fifth successive Serie A title
Juventus won Serie A for the fifth season in a row without kicking a ball on Monday after Napoli, the only team who could have caught them, were sunk 1-0 by a late Radja Nainggolan goal at AS Roma.
Will Hazard stay at Chelsea next season?
Manager Guus Hiddink dismissed speculation that Eden Hazard will leave English Premier League champions Chelsea, insisting that the winger is content to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Will faltering Arsenal manage to make EPL top four?
Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted concern over Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League with a top-four league finish after Sunday's goalless draw against relegation-threatened Sunderland.
I'd take a pay cut if there was less business in soccer: Mata
Manchester United's Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata has admitted in an interview that he and other professional footballers earn "obscene" amounts of money and "live in a bubble".
Champions League is the Real deal, says Madrid's Bale
The Champions League is part of Real Madrid's folklore and it is the nature of the Spanish side to always set their sights on Europe's most prestigious club tournament, having won it more times than any other team, winger Gareth Bale has said.
Mahrez first ever Leicester player to be named PFA Player of the Year
Leicester City's attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez has bagged the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
3 things Man City must do to win against Real Madrid
Until this season Manchester City's progression in the Champions League could be measured in baby steps but on Tuesday they can make a huge leap forward when they host Real Madrid in their first European semi-final for 45 years.
Footballers of the weekend: Suarez shines in Europe
Check out the top footballers of the weekend.
April 24, 2016Palace beat Watford to book FA Cup final with Man Utd
Crystal Palace set up a repeat of the 1990 FA Cup final against Manchester United after Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham securd a 2-1 victory over Watford at Wembley on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester on verge of title; Sunderland draw with Arsenal
Leicester City were left in touching distance of a fairytale first Premier League title on Sunday after Leonardo Ulloa's double helped them outclass Swansea City at a delirious King Power Stadium.
La Liga: Suarez makes history as Barca thrash Gijon
Suarez moved ahead of Ronaldo as the league's top scorer on 34 goals after netting four times, twice with penalties, in the space of 25 second-half minutes
United edge Everton to enter FA Cup final after Martial's late goal
Anthony Martial snatched a late winner to send Louis van Gaal's Manchester United into a potentially season-redeeming FA Cup final as the favourites following a 2-1 victory over Everton at Wembley on Saturday.
April 23, 2016Bale inspires Real Madrid comeback victory at Rayo Vallecano
Gareth Bale made up for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring twice to inspire Real Madrid to come from two goals down and win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Premier League: Iheanacho at the double as City go third
Manchester City thrashed Stoke City 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to leapfrog Arsenal into third place in the Premier League.
Who is to be blamed for City's domestic slump?
The Champions League has not been a distraction for Manchester City in the Premier League, manager Manuel Pellegrini said after his side's erratic performances continued in Tuesday's draw with struggling Newcastle United.
Ranieri comes clean: Leicester are going for the title
With just four matches remaining, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri finally acknowledged the obvious and said his unsung side were fighting for the Premier League title and could win it.
April 22, 2016Injured Ronaldo doubtful for Champions League clash against City
Cristiano Ronaldo faces a race against time to get fit for Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg at Manchester City on Tuesday after he picked up a thigh muscle injury.
Under-pressure Wenger says Arsenal want to finish as high as possible
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been feeling the pressure in the race for a Champions League place but a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Thursday got his team back up to third spot.
It took 'guts' to pick Rashford, says Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave himself a pat on the back on Thursday for having the "guts" to give teenage striker Marcus Rashford his break in the side.
Under-fire Neymar gets Suarez backing
Barcelona's Luis Suarez has come to the rescue of under-fire teammate Neymar and added it was important to get back to winning ways against Deportivo after Barca suffered three consecutive league defeats for the first time since 2003, allowing Atletico Madrid to draw level on points with them and Real Madrid to move one behind.
Suarez 'privileged' to overtake Brazil and Barca legend Ronaldo
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said he felt "privileged" after scoring four goals against Deportivo La Coruna to move ahead of Brazilian Ronaldo's tally of 48 goals in a season for the club.
La Liga: Ronaldo allays injury concerns before Rayo visit
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has played down an injury suffered during his side's 3-0 win over Villarreal in their La Liga match on Wednesday, saying that he is in a good condition.
PHOTOS: Arsenal record 500th EPL win and leapfrog City to go third
Arsenal's resurgent Alexis Sanchez scored twice to help ease their top-four jitters in a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at a less than full Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
How Arsenal missed their big title chance
The Londoners are fourth in the Premier League table, 13 points behind leaders Leicester City with five games left.
April 21, 2016Managerial futures at stake as FA Cup semis kick-off this weekend
Three of the four managers leading their teams out at Wembley for this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals will do so knowing defeat could have serious ramifications for their short-term future.
Serie A: Juve close in on title, Totti scores in Roma win
AS Roma stalwart Francesco Totti came off the bench with four minutes left and scored twice to give his Champions League-chasing side a dramatic 3-2 win over Torino in Serie A on Wednesday.
Barcelona decides where Neymar will play...
Neymar will play in the Olympics in August and will miss the Centenary Copa America in the United States in June, his club Barcelona said on Wednesday to end months of speculation.
EPL: Darmian shines as United beat Palace; Liverpool hit Everton for four
An inspired Matteo Darmian scored his first goal for Manchester United and set up another as Louis van Gaal's side kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish with a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
'Ronaldo needs more rest after injury scare'
Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo needed to take time off and even miss games if he is to see out an arduous season after he limped off before the end of Real Madrid's 3-0 victory over Villarreal on Wednesday, according to manager Zinedine Zidane.
La Liga: Big win for Barcelona; Real see off Villarreal
A red hot Luis Suarez scored four goals and contributed three assists as Barcelona's stuttering La Liga title charge sparked back to life with a spectacular 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.
Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico resume title race
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid resume a nail-biting La Liga title race on Saturday after all notched up victories on Wednesday. Leaders Barcelona, who ended a four-game winless streak by hammering Deportivo La Coruna 8-0 away from home, host struggling Sporting Gijon on Saturday.
Leicester fairytale sprinkles magic dust on rival fans
Leicester City's remarkable charge on the Premier League title has given fans of other clubs hope that their teams can achieve a similar feat, winger Marc Albrighton has said.
April 20, 2016Neymar under scrutiny as Barca's campaign stutters
Barcelona forward Neymar finds himself at the centre of unwanted media attention in Spain as his struggling team's promising season threatens to unravel after a run of defeats.
France to extend state of emergency to cover Euro 2016
France plans to extend the state of emergency in place since Novembe'r's attacks on Paris for a further two months to ensure security at the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday.
Mourinho, Ranieri to manage at Old Trafford for charity
Jose Mourinho's next managerial role has been revealed with the Portuguese leading 'England' against Claudio Ranieri's 'Rest of the World' side as the former Chelsea bosses clash at Old Trafford on June 5 in a charity match for UNICEF.
'2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup can bring football revolution'
Buoyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support to the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in the country next year, Tournament Director Javier Ceppi said the government's involvement in the prestigious event will play a major role towards creating a "football revolution" in India.
'One-season wonder' tag inspired Kane to lead title push
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane's determination to prove his doubters wrong after a slow start to the campaign has driven the England international to the top of the scoring charts in a remarkable season for the player and his club.
Statistics favour Tottenham in chasing EPL dream
'Tottenham's teamwork which has given them a chance of reeling in Leicester.'
Aston Villa: Some memories... and the reality!
Aston Villa's relegation from the Premier League for the first time and from the English the top flight after 28 years leaves Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com with a tinge of regret.
Mueller goals send Bayern into German Cup final
Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller scored in each half as the Bundesliga leaders beat Werder Bremen 2-0 on Tuesday to reach the German Cup final and stay firmly on course for a treble of titles this season.
French Cup: Ibrahimovic sends PSG into final
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second-half strike earned Paris St Germain a spot in the French Cup final as the holders beat Lorient 1-0 away on Tuesday.
April 19, 2016PSG approach Mourinho to replace Laurent Blanc?
Paris St Germain on Tuesday issued a terse "no comment" following reports in England that the French champions had approached Jose Mourinho to become their new manager.
'Conte's discipline the right tonic for Chelsea'
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said the uncompromising attitude to hard work of incoming manager Antonio Conte is exactly what is needed to galvanize the outgoing Premier League champions.
EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham's win at Stoke adds spice to title race
Tottenham Hotspur took a large bite out of Leicester City's Premier League lead with two goals apiece from Harry Kane and Dele Alli earning them a 4-0 victory at Stoke City on Monday.
Leicester's success a divine right after good karma?
Good karma is what will land Leicester their first English Premier League title.
Tiring 'MSN' trident shouldering blame for Barcelona slump
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were being touted as the best strike force in soccer history a month ago as they spearheaded Barcelona's record unbeaten run but the tiring trio are now taking the blame as the club's season unravels.
April 18, 2016Leicester's Jamie Vardy charged with improper conduct
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been charged with improper conduct following his sending off against West Ham United in their 2-2 Premier League draw at the weekend, the Football Association said on Monday.
'It is not normal for Barcelona to lose so many matches'
Luis Figo and Carlos Puyol find it inexplicable, while Raul thinks it's a testament to the quality of Spanish football but all three La Liga legends are sure that Barcelona's astonishing slump would not last too long.
EPL: Pep talk ended Manchester City's title bid, says Pellegrini
ManchesterCity's Premier League title challenge derailed once the club announced Pep Guardiola would take charge from next season, outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini has said.
Barcelona down but not out...
'We still depend on ourselves. Our margin for error has run out and we are aware of the challenge.'
Footballers of the weekend: Ronaldo, Lewandowski sizzle in Europe
Check out the top footballers of the weekend...
Italy's Marchisio to miss Euro 2016 with injury
Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss this year's European Championship after tearing knee ligaments during Juventus' 4-0 Serie A victory over Palermo on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Teenager Pulisic puts Dortmund close on heels of Bayern
Borussia Dortmund eased past nine-man Hamburg SV 3-0 to keep their slim Bundesliga title hopes alive on Sunday as they moved seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich with four games remaining.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca lose to Valencia while Atletico catch up
Barcelona's stuttering title bid suffered another setback when they lost 2-1 at home to Valencia on Sunday, while Atletico Madrid moved level on points with the La Liga leaders after a comfortable win over Granda.
April 17, 2016I-League: Bengaluru FC crowned champions
Bengaluru FC were crowned as I-League football champions for the second time in three years as they blanked Salgaocar 2-0 in their penultimate league match, in Bengaluru, on Sunday.
Serie A: Juventus tighten grip on top spot, Totti saves Roma
Juventus moved nine points clear at the top of Serie A after defeating Palermo 4-0 at home on Sunday and Francesco Totti bagged a dramatic late equaliser as AS Roma drew 3-3 at Atalanta.
EPL PHOTOS: West Ham dent Leicester's title challenge; Liverpool beat Bournemouth
Leicester City stumbled on their march towards the Premier League title when they drew 2-2 with West Ham United and had goalscorer Jamie Vardy sent off at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern close on title as Lewandowski strikes
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Schalke 04 on Saturday that edged them closer to a record fourth consecutive league title.
EPL PHOTOS: Aguero hat-trick keeps City on the rise; sinks Chelsea
Sergio Aguero was acclaimed as "the best striker in the Premier League" by manager Manuel Pellegrini after his hat-trick helped Manchester City beat Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
I-League: Aizawl FC edge plucky DSK Shivajians
Missed chances cost DSK Shivajians, who went down fighting 0-1 to Aizawl FC in the final home game of the Hero I-League 2015-16 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi on Saturday.
April 16, 2016Ligue1: Ibrahimovic double helps PSG rebound with Caen thrashing
Paris St Germain rebounded after their Champions League exit to ManchesterCity with a 6-0 victory over Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Madrid wallop Getafe to put pressure on Barca
Real Madrid moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona after Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo all scored in a 5-1 thrashing at struggling Getafe on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Villa relegated as Rashford nets United winner
Aston Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time since it began in 1992 when they suffered their 24th loss of the season in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Defiant Blatter regrets not reforming FIFA
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter acknowledged on Friday that he failed to reform the scandal-ridden world soccer organisation but asserted he was not responsible for corruption in its regional organisations.
Bundesliga: Gladbach's Champions League hopes fall in defeat to Hanover
Borussia Moenchengladbach's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered a blow as they were beaten 2-0 at bottom club Hanover 96 on Friday.
Liverpool's German midfielder Can likely to be fit in time for Euros
Germany midfielder Emre Can looks set to miss the next four to six weeks of Liverpool's season after rupturing ankle ligaments.
EPL: City without key players against 'empty' Chelsea
Manchester City will be without David Silva, Raheem Sterling and captain Vincent Kompany for this weekend's visit to Chelsea, manager Manuel Pellegrini told reporters on Friday.
Clubs need former players at the helm: Bergkamp
More clubs should follow the Ajax Amsterdam model of promoting former players to executive roles, according to the Dutch side's assistant manager Dennis Bergkamp.
Sporting Clube De Goa hold EB to goalless draw
Sporting Clube de Goa held a lacklustre East Bengal to a goalless draw in their penultimate I-League fixture at the Vidyasagar Krirangan, in Barasat on Friday.
April 15, 2016Super manager Ranieri wants to stay at Leicester
'If the chairman is happy then I'm happy'
'Benzema distraught at Euro 2016 omission'
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Frenchman Karim Benzema is "distraught" about being left out of the squad for this year's European Championship, the only major tournament to be played in his home country during his career.
Injured Schweinsteiger doubtful to play any more this season: Van Gaal
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for his club again season due to a knee injury, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
Europa League: Sevilla to meet Shakhtar; Reds face Villareal in semis
Sevilla, winners of the Europa League for the past two years, will play Shakhtar Donetsk in this season's semi-final.
Champions League semis draw: It's Real vs City and Atletico vs Bayern
A repeat of the 2014 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is still possible after Friday's semi-final draw.
Liverpool stun Dortmund to make Europa League semis
Liverpool added another fairytale comeback to the history books as they fought back from 3-1 down against Borussia Dortmund to reach the Europa League semi-finals after Dejan Lovren's towering stoppage-time header secured a 4-3 win on Thursday.
April 14, 2016Manchester City hit by UEFA charge over fireworks during PSG game
Manchester City have been charged by UEFA after fireworks were set off during their 1-0 Champions League quarter-final, second-leg win over Paris St Germain on Tuesday night.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Will Barca's Champions League exit hit their La Liga bid?
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique fears his side's shock elimination from the Champions League could disturb their bid to retain the La Liga title as they host Valencia on Sunday looking for a first win in four league games.
Manchester City bracing themselves to face the best in semis: Aguero
Manchester City are ready to face the best players in Europe, striker Sergio Aguero said after a 3-2 aggregate Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris St Germain booked their place in the next round.
After knocking Barca out, is Simeone the best coach?
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised his team's spirit after knocking holders Barcelona out of the Champions League.
FA Cup: Man United spoil West Ham party to reach semis
Manchester United ended a momentous evening hinting at a brighter future after reaching the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory.
Barca in a hole after elimination, admits Luis Enrique
'It's evident that we are in a hole, we aren't at our best at the moment nor our most effective.'
PHOTOS: How Bayern reached fifth Champions League semis in a row
Bayern Munich booked their fifth successive Champions League semi-final spot with a 2-2 draw at Benfica on Wednesday to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory that kept the Germans on course for a treble of titles.
Champions League PIX: Atletico stun Barcelona at fortress
Holders Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Atletico Madrid.
April 13, 2016AFC Cup: Bagan draw with Yangon, on verge of knockout round berth
Top Indian side Mohun Bagan played out a 1-1 draw against Yangon United in their away match to put themselves on the verge of booking a historic knockout berth in the AFC Cup football tournament in Yangon on Wednesday.
Superb De Bruyne shows anything still possible for City
ManchesterCity's season began to unravel when Kevin de Bruyne missed 10 matches with a knee injury but as he showed when he scored against Paris St Germain on Tuesday, anything is possible with him back in the team.
Of Zidane's tactical brain and Ronaldo's goal-scoring prowess
Zinedine Zidane overcame the biggest challenge of his fledgling coaching career as Real Madrid brushed aside VfL Wolfsburg to overturn a first-leg deficit and reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Facing Dortmund will be like playing video game: Sturridge
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has drawn comparisons between his team's upcoming Europa League quarter-final, second-leg clash against Borussia Dortmund and playing the FIFA video game.
Spurs need to win all to maintain pressure on Leicester: Lamela
Instead of hoping for a slip-up from Premier League leaders Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur must win their remaining five games to give Spurs their best chance of winning their first league title since 1961, midfielder Erik Lamela said.
The Champions League and a season of missed chances for Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg came close to staging a minor Champions League miracle but their 3-0 loss at Real Madrid in the last eight on Tuesday for a 3-2 aggregate defeat was a reflection of a season of missed opportunities, club officials said.
With EPL entering the business end, Ozil wants to play for the fans
Midfielder Mesut Ozil is looking to reassure Arsenal's fans that he is committed to fighting for honours until the end of the season after saying last month that the club only had an outside chance of winning any silverware.
Why Leicester's Ranieri is wary of Spurs
'We're in the Champions League, but the last five games will be terrible.'
Champions League: Can Atletico repeat 2014 result against Barca?
Atletico Madrid captain Gabi said his team would not be lulled into complacency by Barcelona's faltering form when they host the Champions League holders in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.
How Leicester's Ranieri keeps his striker Vardy fresh...
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy is banned from taking part in shooting drills at the training ground, the prolific striker revealed, because manager Claudio Ranieri wants him to rest his legs for Premier League matches.
US soccer star pleads guilty to driving under influence of intoxicants
Retired US women's soccer star Abby Wambach pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants on Tuesday, agreeing to enter a diversion program that could see her conviction wiped out in a year.
Does the buck really stop with PSG's Blanc?
'I selected the team, I selected the strategy and I am as disappointed as the players, but the buck stops with me.'
Goals are in my DNA, says Ronaldo after taming Wolves
Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at his critics after a remarkable 35th career hat-trick fired Real Madrid past VfL Wolfsburg.
PHOTOS: Man City oust PSG to reach first Champions League semis
Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time after a superb curling shot from Kevin de Bruyne gave them a 1-0 second-leg win over Paris St Germain that sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory on Tuesday.
Champions League PIX: Ronaldo's treble takes Real to semis
Cristiano Ronaldo's fifth Champions League hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to a 3-0 comeback victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday that clinched a place in the semi-finals for a sixth successive season.
April 12, 2016AC Milan sack coach, Brocchi takes charge
AC Milan sacked coach Sinisa Mihajlovic on Tuesday and replaced him with youth team coach Cristian Brocchi, who will take charge until the end of the season, the Serie A club said on its website.
Meet the world's highest paid footballer...
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi still remains the world's highest earning footballer with an annual income of 74 million euros.
Champons League: Benfica coach faces another test of ability against Bayern Munich
Benfica coach Rui Vitoria faces another test of his powers of improvisation as he tries to patch up a team without topscorer Jonas against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
How Barcelona can seal their passage to Champions League semis...
Last season's treble winners Barca are in their worst run of form in La Liga since coach Luis Enrique took charge in August 2014.
5 things Real Madrid must do to beat Wolfsburg...
Real Madrid must play with patience against VfL Wolfsburg when they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in Tuesday's ChampionsLeague quarter-final second leg, manager Zinedine Zidane said.
Champions League: History beckons for Man City against PSG
Manchester City look to take an important step in their transformation into one of the world's leading clubs on Tuesday by reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the first time.
12 things you should know about 'super galactico' Cristiano Ronaldo
From an exclusive interview with GQ magazine's Daniel Riley, for GQ India's April 2016 issue, here are 12 things you should know about Cristiano Ronaldo - the footballer, the father and the man
April 11, 2016Man City's Kompany ruled out of PSG game
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will not make his return from injury in the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St Germain, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Monday.
In the summer I will have a job: Mourinho
'At this moment I can promise you that I don't have a contract with anybody'
Champions League: Can Real script comeback against Wolfsburg at home?
Real Madrid are determined to create an intimidating atmosphere for visitors VfL Wolfsburg as they try to overturn a two-goal deficit in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Soccer: Barca lose as Ronaldo breaks another record; Leicester cruise
Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga was cut after a second consecutive defeat and LeicesterCity's improbable march towards the Premier League title showed no sign of slowing as they won a fifth straight match.
La Liga: Late Negredo strike lifts Valencia, Villarreal beat Getafe
Alvaro Negredo struck in stoppage-time as stuttering Valencia won 2-1 against his former club Sevilla on Sunday to earn coach Pako Ayesteran victory in his first home game in charge since succeeding Gary Neville.
April 10, 2016Dortmund twice squander lead in draw at Schalke
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund twice squandered the lead as they drew 2-2 at Schalke 04 in the Ruhr derby on Sunday, allowing leaders Bayern Munich to move closer to another Bundesliga title.
Napoli brush aside Verona without Higuain
Second-placed Napoli comfortably overcame the absence of suspended top scorer Gonzalo Higuain to brush aside bottom-of-the-table Verona 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday.
Arbeloa and Pique in war of words as title race heats up
Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa reignited his long-running war of words with Barcelona's Gerard Pique by suggesting that the Spanish League leaders manage to win only if opposing teams have had players sent off.
April 09, 2016La Liga: Ronaldo sets goal record as Real thrash Eibar
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to hit 30 La Liga goals in six consecutive seasons as he inspired Real Madrid to a 4-0 thrashing of Eibar on Saturday.
I-League: Bagan's title hopes virtually over after draw against DSK
Mohun Bagan's hopes of retaining the I-League title virtually went up in smokes after they were held to a 3-3 draw by DSK Shivajians in an enthralling I-League contest.
Bundesliga: Bayern edge past Stuttgart to stay on title course
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were made to work extremely hard for a 3-1 victory at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday that sent them eight points clear at the top of the table with five games left.
EPL PIX: Carroll scores hat-trick as West Ham hold Arsenal; Chelsea lose
Andy Carroll scored a eight-minute hat-trick as West Ham United's last London derby at Upton Park ended in a barnstorming 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Saturday -- a result that dented both club's respective ambitions.
April 08, 2016EPL player of the month award goes to...
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been named the Premier League manager of the month for March, while Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has won the players' award.
Bayern's Robben set to miss Benfica return leg
Injured Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is unlikely to recover in time for the side's Champions League quarter-final return leg in Benfica next week, coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
Europa League: Liverpool hold Dortmund on Klopp's return, Sevilla win
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp enjoyed a satisfying return to Borussia Dortmund as his new side frustrated his former charges and claimed a valuable away goal to draw 1-1 in their Europa League quarter-final, first leg on Thursday.
April 07, 2016FIFA Rankings: Argentina top as South America dominate; India at 162!
Argentina moved top as South America dominated the monthly FIFA rankings on Thursday with five teams, half of the continent's total, in the top 10.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Prince William pushes for FA reform to stay relevant
Britain's Prince William has urged the Football Association to reform its governance structure to avoid falling short of modern standards.
Football's reputation at stake! Swiss police raid UEFA headquarters
Swiss police raided the headquarters of the European soccer body UEFA on Wednesday to gather information about a contract signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of the global soccer body FIFA, that was reported in the Panama Papers.
Zidane reacts to Real Madrid loss
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane urged his side to remain calm after their Champions League hopes suffered a setback with a shock 2-0 loss at VfL Wolfsburg in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic is not a happy man. Find out why...
Nothing usually fazes an ice cool Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the Sweden striker was taken aback when he failed to score a penalty during Paris St Germain's 2-2 draw with Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
Champions League PIX: Wolfsburg shock Real; City draw against PSG
Wolfsburg shock Real Madrid 2-0 to crown big European night.
April 06, 2016Sunderland manager seeks hand of God to upset Leicester
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will seek divine intervention ahead of Sunday's clash with Premier League leaders Leicester City after watching his relegation-threatened side fail to convert dominance into goals last weekend.
Reprieve for West Ham's Kouyate as FA rescind red card
West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is free to face Arsenal on Saturday after the Football Association rescinded the red card he received against CrystalPalace in last weekend's 2-2 Premier League draw.
Manchester City's Demichelis accepts FA betting charge
The 35-year-old was accused last month of committing 12 breaches of FA rules governing betting on football matches between Jan. 22-28.
Champions League: Atletico slam ref for not carding aggressive Suarez
'You realise the fear when Barcelona could get knocked out. It would hurt UEFA a lot. I don't know what they have to do for someone to send one of them off'
FIFA chief Infantino defends himself after name found in Panama Papers
'I am dismayed and will not accept that my integrity is being doubted by certain areas of the media, especially given that UEFA has already disclosed in detail all facts regarding these contracts'
Champions League PIX: Barca beat 10-man Atletico; Bayern edge Benfica
Barcelona's Luis Suarez netted twice for a 2-1 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday after the visitors' Fernando Torres opened the scoring and was later sent off.
April 05, 2016'Futsal is a combination of speed and skills'
Portugal football legend Luis Figo launched Premier Futsal, a five-a-side game played on a shorter arena, in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Figo: Ronaldo can make a difference in France
In Mumbai to launch a business venture, Portuguese football legend Luis Figo, winner of the Ballon d'Or in 2000 and the FIFA World Player of 2001, discusses Barcelona, Real Madrid...
Pochettino hopes European exit helps Spurs hunt down Leicester
Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Manchester United on Sunday will show whether manager Mauricio Pochettino made the right call when he sacrificed progress in Europe to focus on clinching Spurs' first Premier League title in 55 years.
Real to carry 'Clasico' winning momentum, says coach Zidane
Real Madrid will carry their momentum from Saturday's 'Clasico' victory over rivals Barcelona into their Champions League quarter-final first leg at struggling VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday, coach Zinedine Zidane said.
Barca's Pique likens Guardiola to Ferguson
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has lavished praise on incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, comparing the Spaniard with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Video: Archis Patil, the freestyle footballer
Archis Patil was forced to abandon professional football after injuries, but his passion for the sport found other outlets, discovers Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com
Champions League: Why mega-rich PSG, Man City need to deliver NOW!
It is time to deliver for Paris St Germain and Manchester City as the two mega-rich teams prepare to lock horns in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Atletico's talisman Godin back to torment Barca's MSN attack
Atletico Madrid will have centre backs Diego Godin and Stefan Savic available again for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Barcelona.
Midfield advocate Conte could ring in positive change at ageing Chelsea
A fierce work ethic, an astute tactical brain and the ability to forge superb team spirit all combined to make Italian Antonio Conte an acclaimed winner in his own country which is why Chelsea have chosen him to revive their fortunes in England.
Manchester City's Toure headed to Inter?
Manchester City's midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure will leave the club at the end of the season having not been offered a new contract, his agent said on Monday.
Panama Papers: Family deny Messi involvement in tax evasion scheme
An earlier tax fraud case against Messi is to be heard in a Barcelona court between May 31 and June 3 after the World Player of the Year and his father Jorge were accused by the tax office in 2013 of defrauding the Spanish state of 4.2 million euros ($4.5 million) from 2007-09.
All you need to know about new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
Rediff.com presents a factbox Antonio Conte who will take over from Guus Hiddink after Euro 2016.
April 04, 2016'Messi, Suarez and Neymar are not machines'
'They aren't machines, they are the best players in their position but they aren't unbeatable or unsurpassable.'
Conte handed job of making Chelsea champions again
Italian Antonio Conte was named as Chelsea's new head coach with a three-year contract, the outgoing Premier League champions announced on Monday.
Messi, Platini and disgraced FIFA officials named in Panama Papers
Disgraced FIFA officials, suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi were amongst the names found on Sunday in leaked documents which reveal offshore financial dealings.
EPL: United boost top-four hopes with 1-0 win over Everton
Manchester United maintained their push for a top-four Premier League finish when they beat Everton 1-0 with a second-half goal by French striker Anthony Martial at Old Trafford on Sunday.
How Tactically astute Zidane learnt from Benitez's mistakes
Coach Zinedine Zidane learned the lessons of predecessor Rafael Benitez's disastrous tactics in the last encounter and employed defensive midfielder Casemiro in favour of more attack-minded players, opting instead to sit and wait for Barcelona.
April 03, 2016Serie A: Higuain sent off as Napoli lose at Udinese
Gonzalo Higuain scored his 30th league goal of the season but was later sent off and had to be restrained by his team mates as Napoli lost 3-1 at Udinese on Sunday, severely denting their Serie A title hopes.
Charlton honoured as Old Trafford stand is named after him
Bobby Charlton, still Manchester United's record goalscorer more than 40 years after retiring as a player, was given an emotional salute on the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday when the South Stand was named the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand in his honour.
EPL PHOTOS: Morgan's header puts Leicester seven clear at the top
Leicester beat Southampton to open seven-point gap at the top.
Former Italy coach Cesare Maldini dies
Former AC Milan defender and Italy coach Cesare Maldini has died, his long-time club said on Sunday. He was 84.
EPL PIX: Spurs draw at Liverpool leaves Pochettino frustrated
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino punched the Anfield turf in frustration at the final whistle after his side drew 1-1 with Liverpool in a Premier League match full of thrilling, attacking action on Saturday.
UK doc claims he prescribed dope to EPL footballers, England cricketer
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said it was "deeply concerned and shocked" by a Sunday Times report in which a British doctor alleged he had prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to 150 sportsmen including several Premier League footballers.
Serie A: Juventus beat Empoli to continue unbeaten streak
Mario Mandzukic scored a trademark first-half header as Juventus defeated Empoli 1-0 on Saturday to provisionally extend their lead at the top of Serie A to six points.
Clasico PHOTOS: Late Ronaldo goal ends Barca's 39-match win streak
Real Madrid's star striker Cristiano Ronaldo made up for his otherwise quiet night by scoring the winner to beat Barcelona 2-1 win at the CampNou in Barcelona on Saturday.
April 02, 2016Zlatan Ibrahimovic stars as PSG thrash Nice
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged a hat trick as Paris St Germain geared up for their Champions League clash against Manchester City with a convincing 4-1 Ligue 1 home win over Nice on Saturday.
Griezmann grabs double as Atletico rout Betis
Atletico Madrid got in the mood for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona by thrashing Real Betis 5-1 on Saturday, their biggest win of the season.
Sublime Ribery volley keeps Bayern on title course
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery scored a sensational volley to lead the German champions to a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday that sent them eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with six matches left.
Leicester's title surge built on simple foundations
Leicester rely on the old fashioned virtues of work rate, no-nonsense defending and speedy attacks.
April 01, 2016Euro 2016: Rooney is 'doing great'; Schweinsteiger doubtful
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney "is doing great" in his recovery from a knee injury, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
I-League: Penalty miss denies Shivajians win against Salgaocar FC
Striker Aser Perrick Dipanda muffed up a second half penalty, forcing DSK Shivajians FC to share points with Salgaocar FC after a 1-1 draw in an I-League clash at Tilak Maidan, in Goa, on Friday.
Being Clasico underdogs no problem for Real, says Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is unconcerned by suggestions that his Real Madrid side go into Saturday's 'Clasico' against runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona as big underdogs.
Ferguson calls on United fans to rally behind Van Gaal
Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United supporters to get behind under-fire manager Louis van Gaal despite the side struggling to avoid a third hugely disappointing campaign since the all-conquering Scot retired.
Barca seek 'Clasico' win as fitting tribute to Cruyff
Memories and images of Johan Cruyff will provide an emotional backdrop to Saturday's Nou Camp 'Clasico' against Real Madrid when Barcelona pay tribute to the man who transformed the club from also-rans into one of the game's superpowers.
We mucked up our season, concedes Arsenal's Ozil
Arsenal have only themselves to blame after a run of two wins in nine games in all competitions has left them with only an outside chance of winning any silverware, midfielder Mesut Ozil was quoted as saying on Thursday.
March 31, 2016It's difficult playing in a foreign country, says Bale
Gareth Bale learnt valuable lessons from his disappointing Real Madrid campaign last season, he said on Wednesday.
Valencia sack manager Neville, appoint Ayestaran
Gary Neville was sacked as Valencia manager on Wednesday as the club brought an end to his fraught four-month spell in charge after the former England and Manchester United defender had delivered only three league wins.
March 30, 2016Messi generous donation makes Egypt angry
World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi found himself the unlikely figure of controversy in Egypt after a local politician and a soccer official reacted angrily when he donated a pair of his boots to raise money for charity.
'Supporters should show more respect to Cristiano'
Kaka wants Real fans to show more gratitude to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mexican players launch campaign against homophobia
Mexico's national team has launched a campaign to discourage fans from shouting homophobic slurs during football matches.
Infantino suggests 40-team World Cup in 2026
Broadening the World Cup finals to include 40 teams could come about in 2026, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said during a tour of South America on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Portugal beat Belgium in shadow of Brussels attacks; Eng lose
A round-up of all the international friendlies played on Tuesday
Garde leaves Aston Villa by 'mutual consent'
Remi Garde parted company with Aston Villa almost five months after taking over as manager on Tuesday having failed to turn around the Premier League club's dismal season.
Toure to leave Man City when Guardiola arrives?
Manchester City's Yaya Toure has reportedly been preparing to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer as the midfielder is yet to be told about his future under Pep Guardiola.
Why soccer legend Pele has sued Samsung...
Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has sued Samsung Electronics Co for at least $30 million, alleging the Korean company improperly used a look-alike in an advertisement that ran in the New York Times without permission.
Barca coach Luis Enrique hails Cruyff legacy at memorial
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique led tributes to the late Johan Cruyff in a memorial organised by the club on Tuesday and vowed to "continue copying and improving his style of attacking football".
PHOTOS: Messi scores 50th Argentina goal; Alves rescues Brazil
Photos from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers played on Tuesday
March 29, 2016Guardiola legacy to carry on at Bayern, says Alonso
German champions Bayern Munich will continue to reap the benefits of manager Pep Guardiola's coaching even after the Spaniard leaves the club at the end of the season, midfielder Xabi Alonso has said.
FIFA scam: Ex-Honduran leader pleads guilty in US bribery case
Former Honduran President Rafael Callejas pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. charges that he participated in bribery schemes that are under investigation at soccer's world governing body FIFA.
Euro friendlies: Northern Ireland set unbeaten record; Wales lose
Northern Ireland set a record of 10 games unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Slovenia after a goal by Conor Washington in a friendly on Monday in the build-up to their first European Championship.
The key to Manchester United future...
'Manchester United must always continue their tradition of bringing through players from the youth academy.'
March 28, 2016Casillas close to bowing out despite clean sheet
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas said he was keen to carry on racking up the international accolades after equalling the record for most caps by a European player but acknowledged he was closing in on retirement.
Manchester United-linked Ibrahimovic ready for Premier League move
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinted on Sunday at a move to the Premier League and promised big things to come in his career.
March 27, 2016England come from two down to beat Germany in friendly
Substitute Jamie Vardy scored with a stunning flick, his first international goal, and Eric Dier headed a last-gasp winner as England hit back from two goals down to beat old rivals Germany 3-2 in a friendly on Saturday.
March 26, 2016I-League: Aizawl humble Mohun Bagan
Defending I-League champion Mohun Bagan was defeated by Aizawl Football Club (AFC) 2-1 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, in Aizawl, on Saturday.
WC Qualifiers: Suarez scores on Uruguay return in 2-2 draw against Brazil
Luis Suarez ended his nine-match biting ban in fine style on Friday, grabbing the second-half equaliser that gave Uruguay a 2-2 draw in an enthralling battle with Brazil in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Friendly: Ronaldo misses penalty as Bulgaria shock Portugal
Brazilian-born Marcelinho scored on his Bulgaria debut while Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty for Portugal as the visitors pulled off a shock 1-0 friendly win over the Euro 2016 finalists on Friday.
The man who changed football
'Generations of football fans will eternally be grateful to Johan Cruyff and what he did for the beautiful game,' says Aabhas Sharma.
March 25, 2016Argentina fight back for 2-1 win on Messi return
Lionel Messi's return sparked Argentina to a 2-1 win over Chile in Santiago on Thursday, breathing new life into their South American qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
Netherlands to hold Cruyff tribute during France friendly
The friendly between Netherlands and France on Friday will be halted for a minute's silence in the 14th minute in a tribute to Johan Cruyff.
How world reacted to Johan Cruyff, Total Footballer's death...
Reaction to the death of football great Johan Cruyff, who died in Barcelona on Thursday following a five-month battle with lung cancer.
World Cup qualifiers: Late goals rescue Ecuador; Colombia
A stoppage-time goal helped Ecuador rescue a 2-2 draw at home to Paraguay in World Cup qualifying on Thursday, preserving their record as South America's only unbeaten side and keeping them top of the 10-team standings in the race to Russia.
Euro 2016 warmup: Spain secures draw with Italy
Aritz Aduriz scored his first goal for Spain at the age of 35 to give the European champions a fortuitous 1-1 draw away to Italy in a Euro 2016 warm-up for both teams on Thursday.
FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Iran blank India
Indian football team's dismal run continued as they suffered a humiliating 0-4 loss to Iran in a Group D match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
March 24, 2016The legend of 'Flying Dutchman' Johan Cruyff
The following is a factbox on former Dutch international who was popularly known as 'Flying Dutchman'.
Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff passes away
Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch soccer striker and coach, died aged 68, according to a message posted on his website.
Football Friendlies: Goals by Perisic and Brozovic help Croatia sink Israel
Goals by Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic earned hosts Croatia a 2-0 friendly win over Israel in Osijek on Wednesday in a free-flowing match containing several missed chances.
March 23, 2016Schweinsteiger out with partly torn knee ligaments
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss friendly matches against England and Italy after partly tearing ligaments in his right knee.
Juve's Khedira banned for two matches
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has been banned for two matches after being sent off in the derby against Torino for verbally abusing the referee.
Brussels attacks: Belgium-Portugal friendly to be played in Leiria
A friendly soccer international between Belgium and Portugal has been moved to Portugal from Brussels over security fears after Tuesday's Islamic State attacks in the Belgian capital.
Belgium call off second football training session
The Belgian national team will not train for a second day following the Brussels bomb attacks, calling off a scheduled session on Wednesday in the wake of the deaths of at least 30 people, the country's football association said.
Leicester to face Barca, PSG in Champions Cup
Leicester City will play Barcelona, Celtic and Paris St Germain in this year's International Champions Cup (ICC), the Premier League leaders said on Tuesday.
Soccer player banned for throat-slit gesture
Werder Bremen's on-loan Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji has received a three-match ban for making a throat-slitting gesture in Saturday's 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Mainz.
March 22, 20162006 FIFA World Cup: Formal proceedings against Beckenbauer, others
FIFA's ethics watchdog has started formal proceedings against six individuals, including soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer, over the awarding of hosting rights to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, global soccer's governing body said on Tuesday.
Now, Euro 2016 ticket sales under scrutiny
Germany's federal cartel office on Tuesday launched an investigation into the German football association's (DFB) sale of tickets for the national team's matches at Euro 2016.
Cech voted Czech player of the year for record eighth time
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was voted Czech Republic player of the year for 2015, the former Chelsea stopper picking up the award for a record eight time.
4 things Tottenham's boss must do to sharpen their title race
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is readying his squad for a final tilt at the Premier League title, aware that he can ask his players to remain focused on one game at a time when a bulk of them return from the international break.
Carrick hopes Hodgson keeps England door open for Euros
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick remains positive over his chances of being named in the England squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France, admitting he has discussed the matter with national coach Roy Hodgson.
Lights go out on Brazil ahead of friendly match
Brazil's Olympic soccer team trained in the headlights of a lorry on Monday after the floodlights failed at their training ground, local news media reported.
March 21, 2016Qatar considering tented desert camps for World Cup fans
Organisers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup are considering a proposal to house football fans in Bedouin-style desert camps amid growing concerns about a potential shortage of accommodation during the tournament.
Chhetri ruled out of India's World Cup qualifier vs Iran
Influential skipper Sunil Chhetri has been ruled out of India's World Cup qualifier against Iran owing to a groin injury, dealing a body blow to the beleaguered outfit's prospects of putting up a fight.
Rashford's heroics illuminating Manchester United dressing room
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's unusually upbeat tones after the latest match-winning heroics of 18-year-old Marcus Rashford in the Premier League derby suggested that the Dutchman had discovered his own young mood-changer.
Eredivisie: Ajax win at champions PSV to take over top spot
Ajax Amsterdam scored after 72 seconds and added a second goal near the end to inflict a 2-0 home defeat on champions PSV Eindhoven and take over the lead of the Dutch league.
Zidane optimistic about Nou Camp visit after Sevilla rout
Real Madrid warmed up for their crunch meeting against Barcelona by thrashing Sevilla 4-0 and coach Zinedine Zidane believes his team "can do great things" if they match the performance they produced against Unai Emery's side.
La Liga: Barcelona squander two goal lead at Villarreal
Barcelona squandered the chance to go 11 points clear in La Liga on Sunday after blowing a two-goal lead in the space of six minutes in a 2-2 draw at Villarreal overshadowed by a controversial penalty.
March 20, 2016Istanbul cancels soccer derby on security fears
A soccer derby between Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Galatasaray in Istanbul was cancelled and the stadium evacuated hours before the match was due to start on Sunday evening after the local governor's office said "serious intelligence was obtained".
Buffon sets Serie A record for longest run without conceding
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set a Serie A record by completing 930 minutes without conceding a goal during his side's match against Torino on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: More heroics from United's Rashford in Manchester derby win
Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford wrote another chapter in his fairytale introduction to top-flight football, scoring a brilliant goal to secure a 1-0 win in his first derby match against Manchester City on Sunday.
Did Mourinho sign Manchester United pre-contract in February?
Jose Mourinho signed a pre-contract in February to take over as manager of Manchester United in place of Louis van Gaal at the end of the season, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the Portuguese.
La Liga: Atletico's loss steers Barcelona closer to title
Barcelona moved ever closer towards a successful defence of their La Liga title after nearest challengers Atletico Madrid suffered a shock late collapse at struggling Sporting Gijon to lose 2-1 on Saturday.
March 19, 2016Bundesliga: Bayern edge closer to title with Cologne win
Bundesliga leading scorer Robert Lewandowski grabbed an early goal to give leaders Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory at Cologne that sent them eight points clear at the top of the table with seven matches left in the season.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester surge on towards title; Chelsea halt West Ham
First-half goals by Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi earned Arsenal a first win in four league games to revive their Premier League title hopes in the early kickoff at Goodison Park on Saturday.
FIFA announces new sponsorship deal, says more on the way
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a wind of change was blowing through football's scandal-plagued world governing body after announcing a sponsorship deal with China's Wanda Group on Friday.
Bundesliga: Lucky Schalke snatch 2-1 win over Gladbach
Schalke 04 needed Leon Goretzka's late deflected winner and an own goal to snatch a 2-1 win against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday and leapfrog them into fourth place in the Bundesliga in the battle for a Champions League spot.
March 18, 2016Dortmund v Liverpool draw is nightmare for Klopp
Juergen Klopp's Europa League nightmare came true on Friday when his Liverpool side was drawn to meet former club Borussia Dortmund in next month's quarter-finals.
Champions League: Barca to face Atletico; PSG meet Man City
Holders Barcelona will face fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, runners-up two seasons ago, in the Champions League quarter-finals following the draw in Nyon on Friday.
UEFA charge Man Utd, Liverpool over crowd trouble
European soccer body UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United and Liverpool on Friday after fans clashed and threw objects during a Europa League tie at Old Trafford.
Euro 2016: Rooney not a guaranteed England starter
Wayne Rooney will make Euros but may not start, says Roy Hodgson.
Ranieri rules out Italy job, hopes to retire at Leicester
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri ruled himself out of the running for the job of Italy head coach on Thursday and said he hoped to stay at the Premier League leaders for years to come.
Liverpool oust Manchester United from Europa League
An impudent individual goal from Philippe Coutinho steered Liverpool comfortably into the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday after a 1-1 draw at bitter rivals Manchester United completed a 3-1 aggregate win.
March 17, 2016The pressure of being Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola this week offered a rare insight into the pressure he feels to deliver Bayern Munich a Champions League trophy.
EPL: Aguero urges City to seal top-four spot in Sunday's derby clash
Striker Sergio Aguero has admitted the Premier League title is slipping out of ManchesterCity's reach and urged his teammates to keep rivals Manchester United at bay in the race for Champions League qualification ahead of Sunday's derby.
What not to miss in EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Champions League PHOTOS: Bayern script late comeback to knock out Juve
Photos from the match between Bayern Munich and Juventus played on Wednesday
Champions League PIX: Barca's MSN down Arsenal to enter quarters
Photos from the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, 2nd leg match played between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou on Wednesday
March 16, 2016City expect injured Kompany to be out for a month
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is likely to be sidelined for about a month after suffering a recurrence of a calf problem on Tuesday as his side qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals.
The tie is not sealed and Arsenal are a dangerous team: Barca manager
Barcelona will not be complacent in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Arsenal despite leading 2-0 from the first game in London.
PHOTOS: Manchester City script Champions League history
Celebration was tinged with disappointment for Manchester City who eased into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time on Tuesday but lost Vincent Kompany to injury in a 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev.
Champions League PIX: Atletico win thrilling shootout to reach quarters
Atletico Madrid celebrated like they had won the trophy after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals by edging past PSV Eindhoven 8-7 on penalties on Tuesday following 210 goalless minutes in their last-16 tie.
March 15, 2016Spurs sharp-shooter Kane revelling in goal rush
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is loving his duel with Leicester City forward and England team mate Jamie Vardy for the Premier League golden boot this season.
Will Rooney be back for Everton date?
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has said he expects to make his first-team return from a knee ligament injury next month.
Manchester City's Sterling raises Champions League expectations
ManchesterCity winger Raheem Sterling has said a first Champions League quarter-final will not be enough and the English side should be aiming to lift the trophy with the talent in their squad.
Chelsea's Costa charged by FA for improper conduct
Chelsea forward Diego Costa has been charged for improper conduct following his red card in their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
High-flying Leicester's next dream...qualifying for Europa
Claudio Ranieri's Tinkerman days may be over after he again named an unchanged team but his cautious talk remained, refusing to contemplate the title after Leicester City beat Newcastle United on Monday.
Champions League: Bayern emerge from mini-crisis ahead of Juventus test
Bayern Munich are confident they have overcome a mini-slump just in time for their Champions League round of 16 second leg against Juventus on Wednesday as they chase a treble of titles this season.
Is the EPL now a two-horse race for the title?
Leicester City's win over Newcastle on Monday not only sent them five points clear of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League, it effectively ended the challenge of Manchester City and Arsenal.
March 14, 2016FA Cup quarter-final: Van Gaal accuses West Ham's Payet of diving
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has defended Dimitri Payet after the influential midfielder was accused of diving by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal during Sunday's 1-1 FA Cup draw.
How Harry Kane got Tottenham's title challenge back on track
Harry Kane was hailed as 'unbelievable' after the England striker's 21st and 22nd goals of the season inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a routine win at hapless Aston Villa on Sunday that boosted their Premier League title ambitions.
Ibrahimovic dominates European football weekend
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagging four goals, while Juventus and Bayern Munich preserved their leads and FA Cup holders Arsenal were dumped out of the competition.
Zlatan promises to stay at PSG if they replace Eiffel Tower with his statue
'If they put a statue of me in place of the Eiffel Tour, of course I'll stay.'
La Liga: Casemiro scores dramatic late goal for Real to snatch win
Casemiro headed an 89th minute winner to earn Real Madrid a barely deserved 2-1 victory at Las Palmas in La Liga on Sunday as they closed the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid to four points.
PSG demolish Troyes to clinch fourth straight Ligue 1 title
Four goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic spurred Paris St Germain to their fourth successive Ligue 1 title with a 9-0 rout of Troyes, becoming the first team to win the championship after 30 matches.
FA Cup: Watford dump holders Arsenal out, United set for replay
Arsenal's bid to win the FA Cup for a third successive year ended on Sunday when they lost 2-1 at home to Watford in a pulsating quarter-final tie.
March 13, 2016Santosh Trophy: Services beat Maharashtra 2-1 to retain title
Riding on Arjun Tudu's double strike Services retained the Santosh Trophy National Football Championships title after beating hosts Maharashtra 2-1 in the summit clash in Nagpur.
Zidane unsure of long-term future at Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane cast doubt on his long-term future at Real Madrid by saying he is unsure if he will be in charge of the club next season.
Bayern crush Werder with Mueller, Thiago doubles
Thomas Mueller and Thiago Alcantara struck twice as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich thumped Werder Bremen 5-0 on Saturday to open an eight-point gap at the top with their first win in three games.
I-League: Salgaocar beat Shillong Lajong 1-0
Salgaocar held on to their first half strike by Gilbert Olivera to beat Shillong Lajong 1-0 and came out of the relegation in the Hero I-League in Vasco on Saturday.
Barca thrash Getafe to record 12th straight La Liga win
Barcelona equalled a club record of 12 consecutive league wins as Neymar and Lionel Messi were among the scorers in a 6-0 thrashing of struggling Getafe 6-0 at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
March 12, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Man City suffer blow to title hopes with Norwich stalemate
ManchesterCity's hopes of regaining the Premier League title suffered a potentially grievous blow on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by struggling NorwichCity at Carrow Road.
March 11, 2016Newcastle United put faith in Rafa Benitez to save them
Newcastle United put their faith in Rafa Benitez on Friday, hoping the Spaniard will keep them in the Premier League after they won only six of 28 league games under the sacked Steve McClaren.
Newcastle call time on McClaren's unhappy reign
Newcastle United finally put manager Steve McClaren out of his misery when they sacked him on Friday after a period of intense speculation surrounding his future.
Own goals give Services, Maharashtra berths in Santosh Trophy final
Four-time champions Services stunned formidable Goa 1-0 in the first semi-final, while Maharashtra beat Tamil Nadu by a similar margin in the second at the SEC Railways stadium. Interestingly, both the matches were decided by own goals.
Court upholds easing of restrictions on Benzema
A court on Friday confirmed an easing of restrictions on the movements of Karim Benzema, the French striker at the centre of a sex tape blackmail investigation.
EPL player of the month award goes to...
Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino has been named Premier League manager of the month for February, while Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster picked up the players' award.
City's Aguero to join Independiente after World Cup
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero said on Thursday that he will leave ManchesterCity to return home to his first club Independiente after his contract expires following the 2018 World Cup.
Pele to auction memorabilia and 'share story with generations to come'
Triple World Cup soccer winner Pele is putting some 2,000 items up for auction, including his three World Cup medals and a one of a kind Jules Rimet trophy that could fetch up to one million dollars, auctioneers said on Thursday.
Scholes, Ferdinand slam Van Gaal after United's 'disastrous' night
'It was shambolic ... so bad'
Respectful of Liverpool fans, Klopp says it's payback time
'It was a great atmosphere, I am so pleased for all of the people who have had harder times with us this season'
Europa League: Lethal Liverpool sink United; Reus lifts Dortmund
Liverpool handed their fiercest rivals a painful lesson on Thursday with a dominant 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of a Europa League last-16 clash.
March 10, 2016Napoli coach happy for Higuain to stay grumpy
Gonzalo Higuain has led Napoli's challenge for their first Serie A title since 1990 with a remarkable 26 goals in 28 league games, yet the fiery Argentine does not seem to have enjoyed a single moment of it.
Livepool players ready to give it all for 'jhappi' happy Klopp
'He went for a big hug and I just fell into his arms, looking exhausted'
Forget Leicester, Aberdeen are Britain's shock title challengers
A huge shock is on the cards in British football as a rank outsider is threatening to gatecrash the millionaire favourites. But it is Scottish hopefuls Aberdeen and not English league leaders Leicester who have bridged the biggest financial gulf.
Ibrahimovic silences his critics with a goal and funny quotes
Brilliant Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Chelsea feeling blue.
Champions League: Makeshift Benfica shock Zenit to reach quarters
Benfica, helped by an excellent Champions League debut from goalkeeper Ederson, clung on desperately then scored two late goals to beat Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 and reach the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: How Chelsea were dumped out of Champions League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner as Paris St Germain beat Chelsea 2-1 to knock them out of the Champions League for the second successive season at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
March 09, 2016Santosh Trophy: Tamil Nadu to face Maharashtra in semis
Tamil Nadu thrashed Punjab 5-0 and qualified for the semi-finals of the 70th Santosh Trophy Senior National Football Championship in Nagpur on Wednesday.
AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan thrash South China; Bengaluru FC lose
Mohun Bagan notched up their second consecutive victory with a 4-0 thrashing of a 10-man South China of Hong Kong in an away match of the AFC Cup football tournament in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Liverpool seek Europa win over Manchester United
Liverpool full back Nathaniel Clyne is eager to end Manchester United's Europa League campaign after losing both Premier League matches against their arch rivals for a second successive season.
Olympics priority for Neymar says Brazil coach Dunga
Brazil coach Dunga said Tuesday he would pick star striker Neymar for the Olympics rather than the Copa America Centenario if he is only cleared to play in one tournament this summer.
FA CUP: Arsenal show they are alive as Giroud, Walcott shine
Holders Arsenal kept up their bid for a hat-trick of FA Cup trophies, marching into the quarter-finals as Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott netted twice in a 4-0 replay win at second-tier Hull City on Tuesday.
Real Madrid fans BOO Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was booed by Real Madrid fans despite grabbing one goal and laying on another in their 2-0 Champions League last-16 second leg win over AS Roma on Tuesday.
Champions League PIX: Ronaldo leads Real into last eight
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was the scourge of AS Roma again as he inspired the hosts to a 2-0 win and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, scoring and setting up a goal Rodriguez to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory.
March 08, 2016Ronaldo fan KILLS Messi supporter; sent to four-day police custody
An argument over whether Barcelona's Lionel Messi or Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's best footballer led to a Nigerian man being charged with the murder of his friend.
'Women can help solve FIFA's problems'
Recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told on Monday that 'women are part of the solution' to the problems that have plagued football's scandal-plagued world governing body.
March 07, 2016Goa, TN in Santosh Trophy semis after solitary goal wins
Goa finished the league stage with 10 points after three victories (Assam 1-0, West Bengal 3-1 and Punjab 1-0) a goalless draw with Tamil Nadu.
Hiddink urges Chelsea to be tough underdogs against PSG
Chelsea must channel their anger properly and focus of being 'tough underdogs' when they host French champions Paris St Germain in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday, manager Guus Hiddink has said.
Here's why Leicester players are not nervous
Manager Claudio Ranieri is confident that nerves will not derail Leicester City's season, after watching his team defeat Watford 1-0 to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Van Gaal blasts Mata for rash red card
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has slammed Juan Mata for receiving a red card, saying that the midfielder had 'damaged' the club's chances of victory.
Messi, Ronaldo dominate European football weekend
European heavyweights Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris St Germain all maintained their leads and Benfica toppled Sporting Lisbon.
Serie A: Juventus restore lead with Atalanta win
Goals by Andrea Barzagli and Mario Lemina propelled Juventus to a 2-0 win at Atalanta Bergamo on Sunday and allowed them to restore their three-point advantage at the top of Serie A.
March 06, 2016Messi double keeps Barcelona's record rolling
A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona tightened their grip on the La Liga title race with a comprehensive 4-0 win at Eibar on Sunday to open up an 11-point lead at the top.
Beckenbauer unaware of money to Qatari firm
Former organising chief Franz Beckenbauer denied any wrongdoing on Saturday in an affair involving the 2006 World Cup in Germany and said he knew nothing of a multi-million payment to a disgraced former FIFA official in Qatar.
Infantino starts to change FIFA's image
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino sent a clear message that his leadership style would be very different from his predecessor Sepp Blatter when he flew to his first official overseas appointment by budget airline on Friday.
Serie A: Chiriches goes from villain to hero in Napoli win
Stand-in defender Vlad Chiriches atoned for an early blunder by scoring his first Serie A goal to help Napoli come from behind and beat Chievo 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday, putting them level at the top with Juventus.
PSG second-string stutter to Montpellier stalemate
Paris St Germain fielded a second-string side and were held 0-0 at home by Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Saturday as they restored a 23-point advantage at the top of the table.
German Bundesliga PHOTOS: Bayern stay well clear after holding Dortmund
Bayern Munich kept their five-point lead at the top of the table on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at second-placed Borussia Dortmund to stay on track for a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.
EPL PHOTOS: Mahrez sends Leicester clear, Spurs held by Arsenal
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday
Ronaldo second highest scorer in La Liga as Madrid crush Celta 7-1
Cristiano Ronaldo, fired up by rival Lionel Messi's midweek hat-trick for Barcelona, struck four goals in 26 second-half minutes as Real Madrid crushed Celta Vigo 7-1 at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
March 05, 20165 players to watch in MLS this season
Five players to watch during the 2016 Major League Soccer season, which opens on Sunday.
Ouch! It stings! Wenger rebukes Henry
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back over former striker Thierry Henry's comments that he had never seen the club's supporters as angry as they were during the club's defeat to Swansea City.
After biting ban...Suarez returns to Uruguay
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is set to play his first competitive international later this month since being banned for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup after he was called up on Friday for qualifiers against Brazil and Peru.
2026 World Cup bid must be 'bullet-proof', says new FIFA boss
FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process 'absolutely bullet-proof' because the entire organisation's credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.
March 04, 2016You wanted suspense, now you've got it: Guardiola
German fans have finally got their wish for a more exciting Bundesliga season and the title race will really hot up when leaders Bayern Munich lock horns with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
'Champions League needs Man United more than Leicester'
Top European soccer clubs have discussed changing the Champions League to ensure the elite are always in it and the likes of Leicester City are not, according to a US sports executive involved in the talks.
Cech's injury dents Arsenal's title hopes
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be out for three to four weeks with the calf injury he picked up in Wednesday's Premier League defeat by Swansea City, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
Will treble-chasing Barca do an encore this season?
After setting a Spanish record 35 matches unbeaten in all competitions, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is relishing the run-in to the end of the season with his side on course for a second successive La Liga, King's Cup and Champions League treble.
EPL: Kompany says can't make more mistakes in this unpredictable season
ManchesterCity cannot afford to make any more mistakes if they hope to launch a serious bid for the Premier League title this campaign, captain Vincent Kompany has said.
Will United youngster Rashford get call-up for Euros?
'My hope for Rashford, and it is a vain hope, is that he will be allowed to develop in peace and it won't suddenly be a question of, 'You have scored two goals for Man United and you're going to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo' or every time he has two or three bad games he is a flash in the pan'
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca crack 35-match win record after Messi treble
Beat Real Madrid's unbeaten run in the 1988-89 season, and thump Rayo Vallecano 5-1
March 03, 2016What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Can Chelsea break into the EPL's top four?
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic hopes a late season flourish can make amends for the champions' dreadful start to the current campaign and put them in contention to break into the Premier League's top four for Champions League spots.
England footballer Johnson facing jail after child sex conviction
English soccer player Adam Johnson, who was sacked by Premier League club Sunderland last month, was facing jail after being found guilty on Wednesday of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
Coppa Italia: Juve trump Inter on penalties, to face AC Milan in final
Juventus held off a remarkable Inter Milan comeback by winning their Italian Cup tie 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday after a 3-3 draw on aggregate to set up a final against AC Milan.
Why there is a dent in Manchester City's title hope...
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes tiredness was behind their 3-0 defeat by Liverpool on Wednesday after a third successive Premier League loss put a hefty dent in their faltering title hopes.
La Liga: Ronaldo scores as Real win at Levante
Cristiano Ronaldo netted a first-half penalty as injury-depleted Real Madrid recovered from their derby defeat by Atletico Madrid at the weekend with a 3-1 win at Levante on Wednesday.
Bundesliga: Bayern suffer shock loss at home to Mainz
Bayern Munich slumped to their first defeat for three months when the Bundesliga leaders suffered a shock 2-1 reverse at home to Mainz 05 on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester hopes high after Reds crush City; Spurs also lose
Photos from the English Premier League matches played across England on Wednesday
March 02, 2016Platini takes FIFA ban appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport
Banned UEFA president Michel Platini has taken his appeal against a ban from soccer by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Swiss-based sports tribunal said.
Arsenal midfielder Cazorla suffers injury setback
Injured Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has suffered an Achilles problem in training which will delay his return to first-team action, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
Milan ruin Alessandria's dream run to romp into Italian Cup final
AC Milan ruthlessly extinguished any remote prospect of a footballing fairytale as they hammered third-tier Alessandria 5-0 in the second leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Leaders Leicester drop points even after 22 shots on goal!
Photos and summary of the English Premier League matches played on Tuesday, including the story of Chelsea's resurgent win
La Liga: Atletico hot on Barca's heels after crushing win over Sociedad
Atletico Madrid cruised to a 3-0 home win over Real Sociedad on Tuesday to close the gap behind La Liga leaders Barcelona to five points.
20 years playing for India and yet no Arjuna Award!
'I regret not having played an individual sport. When it came to rewarding an athlete, it was always one in an individual sport who was favoured.'
March 01, 2016Infantino wants more player involvement in FIFA decisions
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants players to become more involved in the running of the sport and has recommended a cautious approach to the use of technology.
Salgaocar win puts East Bengal's title hunt in jeopardy
Salgaocar FC picked up their first home win of the season today as they breezed past East Bengal by a margin of 3-1 at the Tilak Maidan.
After rant, Ronaldo apologises to Real Madrid teammates
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his apology to teammates for his controversial remark that the club would be at the top of La Liga if every player was on his level.
Are they EPL title favourites?
Tottenham Hotspur are favourites to win the Premier League this season according to table-topping Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, because their title charge has virtually gone under the radar.
It's 'squeaky-bum time' in the EPL
Alex Ferguson famously described the Premier League title run-in as 'squeaky-bum time' and leaders Leicester City and second-placed Tottenham Hotspur look best-placed to handle the pressure.
Alonso is hero and villain as Fiorentina hold Napoli
Marcos Alonso scored for Fiorentina and then almost immediately gifted Gonzalo Higuain the equaliser for Napoli in a pulsating, end-to-end 1-1 Serie A draw on Monday.
Is India-born Gulati in line for BIG FIFA post?
The victory celebration over, new FIFA president Gianni Infantino's first major decision in charge of the troubled world football organisation will be to appoint a secretary general, effectively a chief executive, to run day-to-day operations.
Why Chelsea boss is urging doctors to challenge FA...
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has urged doctors at the Football Association (FA) and Premier League clubs to stand up against English football's gruelling fixture list.
Rashford determined to build on 'crazy' start at Manchester United
Fledgling forward Marcus Rashford is keen to build on his 'crazy' start in Manchester United's first team after impressing with two more goals in Sunday's 3-2 win over title-chasing Arsenal.
February 29, 2016New FIFA head Infantino still says has not been told salary
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on his first full working day he still did not know what he would be paid as head of soccer's global governing body.
Italian footballer Insigne robbed at gunpoint
Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne was held up at gunpoint and robbed as he was driving through crime-plagued Naples over the weekend, his agent said on Monday.
Managers are hired to take risks, says Ranieri as Foxes chase title
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said it was his job to take risks and chase victories if they are to land the unlikeliest of Premier League titles.
Bundesliga: Dortmund strike late to beat ten-man Hoffenheim
Borussia Dortmund scored three times in the last 10 minutes to rally from a goal down and beat 10-man Hoffenheim 3-1 on Sunday, allowing them to maintain their lone pursuit of runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Meet the Wembley hero who SAVED the day for Manchester City
Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero's penalty shootout heroics sealed a League Cup final win against Liverpool.
Serie A: Juventus blank Inter Milan; go four points clear
Leonardo Bonucci and Alvaro Morata were on target as Juventus defeated Inter Milan 2-0 in the 'derby of Italy' to open a four-point lead at the top of Serie A on Sunday.
PSG's 36-game unbeaten streak broken at Lyon
Paris St Germain's league record 36-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt when they lost 2-1 at Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.
Barca launch fight back to down Sevilla; equal La Liga win record
Defender Gerard Pique grabbed a rare winner and Lionel Messi scored yet another beauty as Barcelona came from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Sunday and reclaim an eight-point lead at the top of La Liga.
What the critics are saying about Wenger's Arsenal...
Arsene Wenger remained defiant on Sunday after Arsenal's 3-2 capitulation at Manchester United prompted much criticism, with one distinguished former international suggesting their performance bordered on 'a joke'.
Manchester City beat Liverpool to win League Cup
ManchesterCity beat Liverpool 3-1 on penalties to win the League Cup after Sunday's final finished 1-1 after extra time.
February 28, 2016PHOTOS: Van Gaal delights fans and it's HILARIOUS
Van Gaal has been criticised for showing a lack of passion on the touchline but the Dutchman showed plenty.
EPL PHOTOS: Teenager Rashford inspires United; Tottenham close gap at top
Teenager Marcus Rashford followed up two goals on his Manchester United debut in midweek with another double plus an assist as Louis van Gaal's team dented Arsenal's Premier League title hopes with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
I-League: Bengaluru FC beat Aizawl; grab 2nd spot
Striker C K Vineeth struck a second-half goal as Bengaluru Football Club beat new entrant Aizawl FC by a solitary goal in an I-League match in Bengaluru, on Sunday.
Check out new FIFA boss's first official act
Gianni Infantino opened FIFA's new museum in his first official act as president of football's governing body on Sunday.
Ronaldo backs Zidane after first defeat as Real coach
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Zinedine Zidane a ringing endorsement as Real Madrid coach after their 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in the city derby at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
La Liga: Is the league over for Real Madrid?
Atletico Madrid extended their dominance over neighbours Real with a 1-0 derby win on Saturday that leaves the Bernabeu team virtually out of the Liga title race.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea sinks Southampton; Leicester's dream stays alive
Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic struck late goals to earn improving champions Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
February 27, 2016I-League: Cornell Glen brace sinks Salgaocar
Cornell Glen struck twice as defending champions Mohun Bagan continued their winning run by notching up a convincing 3-1 win over Salgaocar FC to remain at the top of the table after the 9th round of the Hero I-League played at Tilak Stadium, in Vasco, on Saturday.
Why the Arabs are bitter after FIFA presidency elections
The Arab region squandered the chance to help elect their first FIFA president because their two candidates failed to cooperate, leaving the door open for Swiss Gianni Infantino to triumph on Friday, Arab soccer chiefs and pundits said.
What Asia needs to do after Infantino's win
Asian football said it was looking forward to working with new FIFA President Gianni Infantino, despite the region's two candidates losing out to the Swiss in Friday's election, and called for unity to help push the reform process forward.
Will AIFF be able to establish fruitful relations with new FIFA boss?
All India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel is hopeful of establishing fruitful relations with new FIFA president Gianni Infantino and work towards the development of the game in the country.
Key developments at Friday's FIFA congress
Key developments and reaction when world football's governing body FIFA elected Gianni Infantino as new president and voted in a series of reforms at its congress on Friday
Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin end winless streak, record first win of 2016
Hertha Berlin snatched their first Bundesliga victory of 2016 on Friday, edging past Cologne 1-0 thanks to a Vedad Ibisevic goal as the visitors tightened their grip on third place.
Venezuelan soccer official Esquivel agrees to US extradition
Venezuelan soccer official Rafael Esquivel has agreed to be extradited from Switzerland to face charges in the United States in an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption in the sport, the Swiss government said on Friday.
Maradona suggests life imprisonment for Blatter, Platini
He also branded new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino, the former UEFA general secretary, a "traitor" for not standing by UEFA president Platini
Quote-unquote: Infantino promises 'to bring FIFA back to football'
Selected quotes from Swiss Gianni Infantino's first news conference after the former UEFA general secretary was elected president of scandal-hit world soccer's governing body FIFA on Friday:
February 26, 2016Gianni Infantino replaces Sepp Blatter as FIFA president
Six months ago Gianni Infantino was a low-profile right-hand man to European soccer boss Michel Platini. He was the striking, shaven-headed character who pulled balls out of glass pots during televised UEFA competition draws.
Fifa election: Reforms passed to prevent corruption
FIFA approved major reforms at a congress on Friday, part of world football's effort to end the culture of corruption that has plagued its governing body for years.
FIFA elects Swiss Infantino to lead it out of era of scandal
Running highlights from FIFA's congress. World soccer's governing body has voted on a series of reforms and will elect a new president later on Friday (all times GMT):
Tokyo Sexwale pulls out before first round of FIFA presidential vote
Tokyo Sexwale withdrew from the FIFA presidential race minutes before the vote on Friday, announcing his decision at the very end of his candidate's speech.
It's Manchester Utd vs Liverpool in Europa League last 16
Manchester United and Liverpool, English football's two most decorated clubs, were drawn together in the last 16 of the Europa League on Friday.
How the FIFA election works
Factbox explaining how the voting system will work at the FIFA presidential election on Friday.
Why Arsenal is vary of resurgent Man United...
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is expecting an underperforming Manchester United to rise to the occasion when the sides meet at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.
Amid Zika concerns US football's Solo may skip Rio Olympics
Renowned US football player Hope Solo said Thursday she was unlikely to join her teammates for the Rio Olympic Games without more information about Zika as she hoped to have children and was concerned about the virus' health effects.
Blatter disappointed soccer ban upheld by FIFA appeal body
Longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter is disappointed the global soccer body's appeal committee upheld his ban from the sport, he told a Swiss newspaper in an interview published on Friday.
All you need to know about FIFA elections
Crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA faces one of the most important days in its 112-year history when it elects a new leader on Friday hoping to usher in a fresh era after decades of tawdry controversy.
Watch out for this unknown teenager who rescued Man United
Manchester United's teenage striker Marcus Rashford was a late inclusion against Midtjylland in Thursday's Europa League clash after a team mate was injured in the warm-up and delivered two goals in a 5-1 win for a dream debut.
Europa League PIX: United flirts with calamity before remarkable win
Manchester United flirted with calamity before coasting into the Europa League last 16 as debutant Marcus Rashford helped them overcome an early blow with two goals in a 5-1 home victory over Midtjylland on Thursday.
Why Australia will vote for Prince Ali in FIFA election
Prince Ali is one of five candidates standing to replace Sepp Blatter to try to lead FIFA out of its crisis.
FIFA's Rogues' Gallery: Banned, fined or suspended!
Following is a list of high-ranking officials to have been implicated or punished in the bribery and corruption crisis that has engulfed FIFA.
February 25, 2016FIFA polls to go ahead but Blatter told to stay away
World soccer's governing body FIFA will proceed with an election to pick a new president on Friday to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter and vote on a set of reforms aimed at restoring its credibility after the worst graft scandal in its history.
Former Arsenal and FC Goa footballer Pires hangs his boots
Former Arsenal and France midfielder Robert Pires, a member of France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 42.
Messi makes five-year old Afghan boy's day
Now, through the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Messi has kept his promise and gifted his five-year-old fan, Murtaza Ahmadi, two autographed jerseys and a signed football, CNN reported.
PHOTOS: Ten-man PSV hold on to frustrate Atletico Madrid
PSV Eindhoven played for more than 20 minutes with 10 men but held on for a goalless draw at home to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Manchester City close in on last eight
Manchester City moved within touching distance of a first appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals after a dynamic first-half display at Dynamo Kiev helped them secure a 3-1 last-16 first-leg win
Europa League: 'Manchester United must learn to ignore critics'
Manchester United must learn to ignore their critics as their performances may have been affected by the intense scrutiny the team have been under throughout the campaign, manager Louis van Gaal said on Wednesday.
Champions League: City record big win in Kiev; Atletico-Eindhoven in goalless draw
Manchester City beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 during their UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match in Kiev on Wednesday.
Blatter, Platini bans upheld but shortened by FIFA appeal panel
FIFA's appeal committee has upheld bans on longtime President Sepp Blatter and European football head Michel Platini for ethics violations but reduced them to six years from eight, it said on Wednesday.
Prince Ali loses appeal to suspended FIFA elections
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan's request for Friday's election to be postponed because of an issue with the voting booths has been rejected by sport's highest tribunal.
February 24, 2016AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan drub Maldivian club Maziya Sports 5-2
Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan kicked off their AFC Cup football campaign with a commanding 5-2 victory over Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of the Maldives in Guwahati on Wednesday.
'It is not only the coach who is disappointed...but all of us'
Bayern Munich were left to rue a number of missed chances in their Champions League last 16 first leg against Juventus on Tuesday after the Germans squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 despite dominating for much of the game.
PHOTOS: Masterful Messi's late double sinks Arsenal
Barcelona's Lionel Messi broke free from Arsenal's shackles to score two late goals and put the Champions League holders on the brink of the quarter-finals with a clinical 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Sturaro seals Juve comeback in draw with Bayern
Juventus staged a superb revival to battle back from two goals down and rescue their Champions League hopes with a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich in their last 16 first leg on Tuesday.
Champions League: Messi scores as Barca down Arsenal; Juve hold Bayern
Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half to help Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Arsenal in their UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match at the Emirates Stadium in London on Tuesday.
February 23, 2016What's the Mata? 'FA Cup goal was 200 percent offside'
Referee Robert Madley was "200 percent wrong" to allow Juan Mata's goal to stand during Manchester United's 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over League One Shrewsbury Town, according to former FIFA official Mark Halsey.
'Give Van Gaal time, it is not easy being manager of United'
Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has urged Louis van Gaal's critics to be patient by giving the Dutch coach time to spark a turnaround in his old club's fortunes.
PHOTO: 'Thierry Henry & The Magical Trio'
Thierry Henry's loyalties may be torn when two of his former sides, Arsenal and Barcelona, meet in the Champions League last-16, first leg on Tuesday.
Mikel wants Hiddink to extend Chelsea stay beyond season-end
Midfielder John Obi Mikel wants interim manager Guus Hiddink to extend his stay at Chelsea beyond the current season, despite the Dutchman confirming his intention to leave the club in May.
'In 2016, every footballer wants to come to China...'
China can challenge for World Cup glory by 2026 , says Eriksson.
FIFA elections: Who is saying what...
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has protested to football's world governing body about the number of observers allowed into the hall for Friday's election, saying he believed they were working for his rivals.
Champions League: 'Home comforts' for PSV against Atletico?
PSV Eindhoven will miss striker Luuk de Jong when they entertain Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.
Don't judge me on Champions League alone, says Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is determined to win the Champions League for a third time but will not be judged a failure even if he leaves at the end of the season without lifting Europe's biggest prize again.
FA Cup: Relief for Van Gaal as United march into last eight
Manchester United provided some blessed relief to under-fire manager Louis van Gaal by powering into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 romp at League One (third-tier) Shrewsbury Town.
Barcelona worried about Premier League's financial clout
Barcelona are concerned about the financial clout of the Premier League when the new English television deal kicks in for top-flight clubs next season, said president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Serie A: Sarri sent off as Napoli held at home by Milan
Coach Maurizio Sarri was sent off as Napoli wasted a chance to return to the top of Serie A when they were held 1-1 at home by AC Milan in a tense encounter.
February 22, 2016Easier preparing for Barca than Hull, claims Wenger
'Barcelona are super favourites for this game and tomorrow everyone is already convinced that we have to be totally focused as a whole squad'
FIFA bans Thailand's Makudi for three months
FIFA's disciplinary committee has banned Worawi Makudi, former president of the Football Association of Thailand and a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee, for three months for failing to comply with an earlier suspension, FIFA said.
What makes Suarez special to any team set-up? Wenger explains
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger used to dream about Luis Suarez, the signing that got away, and he will be hoping the Uruguayan striker doesn't give him nightmares when holders Barcelona visit in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Bizarre! Trabzonspor player shows red card to referee!
Trabzonspor's Salih Dursun was sent off for showing the referee a red card during his team's 2-1 defeat by Galatasaray in a fractious Turkish league encounter on Sunday.
Why Bayern must be careful against Juventus...
Not much has thwarted the predatory instincts of Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski this season but even that dynamic duo will have their work cut out to pierce the rock-solid Juventus defence on Tuesday.
Champions League: How Barcelona can beat Arsenal
Barcelona take a 32-match unbeaten run to Arsenal for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday as the Catalans continue their bid to become the first team to retain the trophy in 26 years.
Why Roma's Totti was sent home just before Serie A match...
Francesco Totti was left out of AS Roma's squad for Sunday's Serie A match against Palermo after the talismanic playmaker complained about a lack of playing time in a television interview.
'Disgusting' Chelsea fans throw coins at City players
Coin-throwing fans marred the FA Cup for the second consecutive day on Sunday with Chelsea supporters under fire after an incident during their 5-1 defeat of Manchester City on Sunday.
La Liga: Ronaldo misses penalty as Madrid teams falter
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty as Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico were held to draws leaving Barcelona with an eight-point lead at the top of La Liga and 13 matches left.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Chelsea crush weakened City, Spurs knocked out
Chelsea exploited Manchester City's decision to field a weakened team by romping to a 5-1 win in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday as they joined London rivals West Ham United and Crystal Palace in the quarter-finals.
February 21, 2016I-League: East Bengal move to second after win over Salgaocar
East Bengal rode on defender Bello Rasaq's header to defeat Salgaocar 2-1 and jump to second place in the I-League football tournament in Barasat on Sunday.
West Ham thrash Blackburn to reach FA Cup quarters
West Ham United eased into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 5-1 romp at second-tier Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
February 20, 2016La Liga: Barcelona survive tough test; Suarez and Neymar strike
Goals from the prolific duo of Luis Suarez and Neymar earned Barcelona a tight 2-1 win at Las Palmas on Saturday to propel them nine points clear at the top of La Liga.
Bundesliga: Mueller double earns Bayern win over Darmstadt
Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller scored twice, including a 71st- minute bicycle kick, to given the Bundesliga leaders a 3-1 victory over Darmstadt 98 on Saturday and lift them 11 points clear at the top of the table.
No transparent voting booths at FIFA election
FIFA has rejected a demand from a presidential candidate to use transparent voting booths at next week's election to ensure delegates do not photograph their ballot papers when they choose the head of football's world ruling body.
I-League: Bagan consolidate top spot
Defending champions Mohun Bagan pipped Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 courtesy Katsumi Yusa's late strike, tightening their grip on the pole position of the I-League football tournament, in Barasat, on Saturday.
FA Cup: Hull City frustrate holders Arsenal
Holders Arsenal's long unbeaten run in the FA Cup continued but they were frustrated by stubborn Championship leaders Hull City on Saturday, drawing 0-0 in a dreary fifth-round tie at the Emirates Stadium.
His life changed when Hull City paid him 15,000 pounds by mistake!
Former Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard, who is now retired, says the club 'changed his life' by paying him up to an extra 15,000 or 16,000 pounds a week by mistake.
Serie A: Leaders Juve held at Bologna, denied 16th straight win
Leaders Juventus were denied a 16th successive Serie A win when they were held 0-0 at Bologna in a game marred when an object, possibly a firecracker, was hurled at their team bus as they arrived.
February 19, 2016All you need to know about reforms to be voted on by FIFA
World soccer's governing body, FIFA, is expected to pass wide-ranging reforms at a Congress in Zurich next Friday, when a new president will also be elected.
FIFA faces day of reckoning as threats mount
The spotlight at next week's FIFA Congress will fall on the presidential election - but the real key to the future of football's beleaguered governing body is embedded in a document with the unglamorous title 'Draft statutes - Congress 2016'.
United fans, 'we're f****** s***'; Van Gaal admits, they were right to abuse
Manchester United have alienated a section of their fans with a series of soporific displays this season.
De Gea adds to Man United's woes
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will have a scan on a knee problem he suffered warming up for their 2-1 Europa League defeat by Danish side Midtjylland on Thursday.
Why tainted Blatter won't back any candidate in FIFA election
Sepp Blatter said he will not support any of the five candidates standing to succeed him as FIFA president, through all but one of them had spoken to him about their bids.
Europa League: Danish side embarrass United; red-hot Valencia
Manchester United's hopes of salvaging their season in the Europa League suffered a stinging setback when they lost 2-1 at Danish side Midtjylland in the first leg of their last-32 clash on Thursday.
February 18, 2016Zidane turns his mind to La Liga chase
Benzema authorized to meet with Valbuena in sex-tape case
A magistrate lifted on Thursday a ban on France striker Karim Benzema meeting teammate Mathieu Valbuena, whom he is suspected of trying to blackmail over a sex video, which has meant the two cannot feature on the same team.
'Kolkata to turn into FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 HQ'
The city of Kolkata will turn into the headquarters of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 as well as the main broadcasting centre to cater stories of the entire tournament to 209 countries, FIFA Head of Events Jaime Yarza
FIFA 'satisfied' with India's preparations to host U-17 World Cup
Expressing satisfaction over the work done at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan, a FIFA inspection team on Thursday proposed few minor changes to turn the facility into a world class stadium.
Argentina judge releases ex-soccer official in FIFA probe
A judge in Argentina on Wednesday ordered the release of a former top South American football official who has been charged by US justice officials with involvement in a FIFA bribery racket.
Now, demands rise to scrutinise Gareth Bale's Real transfer deal
Three Euro MPs want the European Union to probe Gareth Bale's 100 million euros ($111.25 million) move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013, according to media reports.
UEFA Champions League PIX: Wolves overpower nervy Gent
Photos from the Champions League match played between Wolfsburg and Gent on Wednesday
Champions League PHOTOS: Ronaldo breaks Roma resistance as Real win 2-0
Photos from the Champions League match played between Real Madrid and AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday
PHOTOS: 300 and counting... Messi creates La Liga goal history
Lionel Messi became the first player to notch 300 La Liga goals as his double blast powered Barcelona to a 3-1 win at Sporting Gijon that sent them six points clear at the top of the table on Wednesday.
UEFA Champions League: Real, Wolfsburg record crucial away wins
Cristiano Ronaldo continued from where he left off in the early stages of the UEFA Champions League, adding to his goal tally as Real Madrid beat AS Roma 2-0 in their round of 16, first leg tie on Wednesday.
February 17, 2016Franz Beckenbauer fined, warned by FIFA ethics committee
FIFA's ethics watchdog on Wednesday imposed a warning and 7,000 Swiss franc ($7,055) fine on German football great Franz Beckenbauer for stonewalling an investigation.
Under-17 Football World Cup: D Y Patil stadium impress FIFA delegates
The D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai brightened its prospects of hosting Under-17 World Cup football matches next year, with the head of a FIFA delegation on Wednesday calling it a 'high quality' arena.
Fan or follower? Lokomotiv's Tarasov courts controversy
Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Tarasov insists he acted alone when he wore a T-shirt praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, leaving the player and team facing an anxious wait over possible sanctions for Tuesday's incident in Turkey.
CONCACAF lawyers warn of serious risks if reforms fail
CONCACAF, the corruption-plagued soccer organisation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, could face dramatic consequences, including being disbanded, if it fails to reform, the organisation's lawyers have told its members.
Manchester United fans to protest Europa League ticket price
Manchester United fans are planning to protest against being asked to pay 71 pounds ($101.5) per ticket for their Europa League away match against Danish league winners Midtjylland on Thursday, according to reports in the British media.
Ronaldo riled up over volley of uncomfortable questions
From comments about the healthy relationship shared between Barca trio -- Messi, Suarez and Neymar, to questions about his goal drought in away matches, an angry Ronaldo had the response to it all
Champions League PIX: Jonas snatches stoppage-time win for Benfica
Photos from the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match played between Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon on Tuesday
Champions League PHOTOS: Super-sub Cavani to PSG's rescue
Paris St Germain substitute Edinson Cavani, criticised by French media lacking composure in front of goal, responded in style to earn a 2-1 home win over Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.
Champions League: Cavani helps PSG sink Chelsea; Benfica edge Zenit
Paris Saint-Germain took a crucial advantage after beating Chelsea 2-1 in an entertaining UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Tuesday.
February 16, 20164 ways how Manchester United can save this season...
Manchester United need to win trophy to save season, says Wayne Rooney.
World class Sturridge gives Liverpool 'fear factor'
Daniel Sturridge's return from injury to the starting line-up is a massive bonus and will bring the 'fear factor' back to Liverpool, captain Jordan Henderson has said.
Manchester United's 'Class of '92' player Butt to head club's academy
Manchester United have named former midfielder Nicky Butt as head of their academy as the club continues to overhaul their youth coaching set-up.
Is Chelsea's Hazard eyeing a move to PSG or Real Madrid?
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has reminded Eden Hazard of his priorities, asking the midfielder to focus on improving his form.
PSG's Blanc shows Aurier who's the boss...
Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc criticised the new generation of footballers after defender Serge Aurier was suspended indefinitely by the French champions for insulting the former national team manager.
Man City's Pep talk may come back to haunt them in taxing fortnight
Successive home defeats by leaders Leicester City and second placed Tottenham Hotspur have left City six points off the pace with serious doubts about whether their expensively-assembled squad is still playing for the manager.
Brazil court freezes Neymar's yacht and jet, among other assets
Brazilian authorities have blocked assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties worth almost US$50 million, according to The Associated Press.
Platini hopes to be back for Euro 2016 after marathon appeal hearing
Banned UEFA president Michel Platini said he hoped to clear his name in time for the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament in June after attending a hearing on Monday to appeal against his suspension.
Champions League: Injured Terry to miss PSG showdown
Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Paris St Germain after failing to recover from injury, the Premier League club said.
Champions League: Real and Ronaldo can't take speedy Roma lightly
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reckons Cristiano Ronaldo is on top form as the Portuguese looks to increase his Champions League goals tally when they visit AS Roma in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.
February 15, 2016FIFA scandal: Platini says done 'nothing wrong' as appeal hearing starts
Michel Platini was banned for eight years in December along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter's approval for work done a decade earlier.
Why City manager Pellegrini is fuming...
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini could face disciplinary action from the English Football Association after the Chilean criticised referee Mark Clattenburg in the wake of his side's 2-1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Here is how Dutch football 'lost its innocence'
Probe had uncovered a bid by Ibrahim Kargbo, then a player at Willem II Tilburg, to fix the outcome of a league match against FC Utrecht in August 2009 in co-operation with convicted Singaporean fraudster Wilson Raj Perumal
CL: Favourites PSG could find Chelsea tough to crack in last 16 tie
Paris St Germain would be odds-on certainties to easily beat Chelsea and take a big step towards the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday if statistics and domestic form decided matches.
Focus on elite prize as Champions League action returns
The last-16 knock-out round kicks-off this week with Chelsea visiting Paris on Tuesday; Zidane to coach Real Madrid as manager in his first match in Europe
Messi's penalty kick trickery raises many questions...
Lionel Messi passed up the chance to net his 300th La Liga goal and instead put a hat-trick on a plate for team mate Luis Suarez with an outrageous penalty routine.
Arsenal's Welbeck, Barca's Suarez dominate European football weekend
Ten-man Premier League leaders Leicester City lost at title-chasing Arsenal, while La Liga pacesetters Barcelona crushed Celta Vigo and Juventus took over from Napoli at the top of Serie A by edging their rivals.
Tottenham leap to highest spot on EPL table at this stage since 1985!
Spurs' triumph at the Etihad Stadium moved them within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester City and kept them in second place above Arsenal on goal difference with 12 matches to play
La Liga: Suarez 'tricks' as Barca thrash Celta 6-1
Luis Suarez completed a hat-trick thanks to a cheeky Lionel Messi assist from the penalty spot as Barcelona crushed Celta Vigo 6-1 to restore their three-point cushion over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
February 14, 2016I-League: Odafe strikes twice to disappoint Mumbai FC
Odafe Okolie scored twice from the penalty spot to guide Sporting Clube de Goa to their first win at home as they rallied to beat Mumbai FC 3-2 in the Hero I-League, in Margao, Goa, on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Welbeck scores late Arsenal winner; Liverpool crush Villa
Danny Welbeck, making his first appearance of the season as a late substitute, headed a stoppage-time winner to give Arsenal a 2-1 home win over league leaders Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
5 Reasons why Chelsea's Hiddink is delighted
Chelsea finally produced a performance befitting of champions to demolish Newcastle United 5-1.
February 13, 2016La Liga: Real keep up pace behind Barca with win over Athletic
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 4-2 in a thrilling match at the Bernabeu to move within a point of leaders Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday.
Why top four finish is DIFFICULT for Man Utd...
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted it would be very hard to finish in the top four after his team's insipid 2-1 loss at Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.
I-League: Deja vu for Mohun Bagan as they spoil Bengaluru party
Lalpekhlua Jeje and Sony Norde scored spectacular goals to hand Mohun Bagan a 2-0 win over Bengaluru FC in a round eight clash of the Hero I-League football tournament at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Dark day Manchester United
David de Gea's late own goal earned Sunderland a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday and a vital three points in their bid for Premier League survival.
I'm 2-0 up in battle against cancer, says Cruyff
Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff says he is "2-0 up in the first half" of his fight against lung cancer and confident of winning the battle.
Why Chelsea is a team of 'Zorros'
Chelsea striker Diego Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to wear a protective mask after breaking his nose, leading interim manager Guus Hiddink to liken his side to a 'team of Zorros'.
'Have to beat everyone because the league is strange this year'
?The unpredictable nature of the Premier League this season means it is essential for ManchesterCity to beat second-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to keep their title aspirations alive, right back Bacary Sagna said.
Injured Bale will not be rushed back: Zidane
Real Madrid will not take any risk in rushing forward Gareth Bale back from injury and the Wales international will only return when he is ready, manager Zinedine Zidane said.
February 12, 2016Van Gaal not convinced about United-Mourinho talks
'I think that if they speak with another manager, they would tell me because our relationship is like that'
'Ranieri will make sure you know every game in training counts'
Ranieri is sparking a remarkable turnaround in Leicester's fortunes, and, Reuters has asked three players who worked under him during a previous Premier League stint at Chelsea from 2000-04 to offer an insight into the Italian coach's methods.
Benzema admits to lying in sex tape row
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted to lying to fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video at the centre of an alleged blackmailing attempt, Le Parisien reported on Friday.
FIFA candidate and AFC head Salman signs amended human rights pledge
FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has signed an amended version of an Amnesty International pledge to end human rights abuses and corruption in the sport should he win election to soccer's top job later this month.
Leicester on top but can they handle pressure?
Premier League leaders Leicester City can win the title but their players must prove they can cope with the pressure of expectation, says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
King's Cup final: It's Barcelona v Sevilla
Sevilla set up a King's Cup showpiece clash against Barcelona with a 6-2 aggregate semi-final victory over Celta Vigo after a 2-2 second-leg draw on Thursday.
Sunderland sack Johnson after child sex charge admission
England international Adam Johnson has been sacked by Premier League Sunderland after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, the club said on Thursday.
February 11, 2016Leicester City must continue to grow beyond this season: Ranieri
Leicester City must ensure they maintain their rapid progress beyond the current campaign, manager Claudio Ranieri said ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against third-placed Arsenal.
Manchester United shine off pitch with higher profit forecast
English Premier League football club Manchester United showed its commercial strength when it raised its core earnings expectations for the year as it posted a 26.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue.
Samir Nasri wants to finish career at Manchester City
Samir Nasri hopes to end his career at Manchester City despite the club replacing the injury-plagued midfielder with young striker Kelechi Iheanacho in their Champions League squad for the knockout rounds earlier this month.
Sunderland player pleads GUILTY to two child sex charges
England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has admitted one count of sexual activity with a 15-year-old school girl and one of grooming at Bradford crown court on Wednesday.
Leicester enter unfamiliar territory...
Leicester City will be wary of a reality check when the Premier League front-runners visit Arsenal on Sunday before Tottenham Hotspur's burgeoning title ambitions come under scrutiny at Manchester City.
Why Chelsea fans need to thank Beckham, Ronaldinho
Chelsea fans may have Ronaldinho and David Beckham to thank as they celebrate midfielder Willian slotting home free-kicks.
German Cup: Bayern ease into semis with win over Bochum
Bayern Munich eased into the German Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 victory over 10-man VfL Bochum on Wednesday with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice to keep their treble hopes on track.
King's Cup: Barca salvage draw against improved Valencia
Cameroonian teenager Wilfrid Kaptoum scored a late equaliser to give Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Valencia that wrapped up an 8-1 aggregate success in their King's Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
February 10, 2016'Leicester City players are very intelligent in every situation'
Leicester City's rapid counter-attacking game has bamboozled defences during a remarkable ascent to the Premier League summit but manager Claudio Ranieri also credits having bright players as another reason for their success.
Injured Marcelo to miss Real's Champions League match at Roma
Real Madrid full back Marcelo looks set to miss the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie away to AS Roma next week after dislocating his shoulder.
Dortmund reach 13th Cup semis amid ticket protest by Stuttgart fans
Borussia Dortmund reached the German Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday as fans protested against high ticket prices by staying away at the start and throwing tennis balls on to the pitch.
FA Cup: Late Ogbonna goal sees West Ham knock out Liverpool
Angelo Ogbonna leapt high to power home a header in the dying seconds of extra time to claim a timely first goal for the club as West Ham United sank Liverpool 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup.
Mourinho makes big revelation, claims Manchester United job 'done deal'
Van Gaal said on Sunday he thought reports of negotiations between United and Mourinho were an invention of the media
February 09, 2016Klopp wants Liverpool to find solution to ticket price row
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged the Liverpool board to find a satisfactory solution with the supporters after concerns were raised about the club's ticket pricing structure at Anfield next season.
Can Arsenal stifle Leicester charge in big-ticket weekend match?
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes the North London can choke LeicesterCity's unexpected Premier League title charge after picking up their first win in five matches in Sunday's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Chelsea's Zouma could miss Euro Championships after knee surgery
Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma will be out for six months after surgery on a knee injury suffered at the weekend, the Premier League champions said on Monday.
Messi struck by kidney problems again
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is expected to play in Wednesday's King's Cup semi-final against Valencia despite missing training on Monday to have tests on his kidneys, the La Liga club said.
February 08, 2016Russia says Blatter, Platini to be invited to World Cup
Disgraced world soccer president Sepp Blatter and the sport's European head, Michel Platini, will be invited to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday.
Fans walkout no excuse for Liverpool draw, says Henderson
The walkout by home fans in the 77th minute over rising ticket prices is no excuse for Liverpool's 2-2 Premier League draw with Sunderland on Saturday, captain Jordan Henderson has said.
EPL: United ditch 'dull' style in search of top finish
Manchester United have shown they are capable of playing an attractive and attacking brand of football in their recent games, midfielder Juan Mata said after Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at his former club Chelsea.
'Whole country wants Leicester to win'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the entire nation is relishing the prospect of Leicester City lifting the Premier League title this season.
4 Reasons why it is IMPOSSIBLE for Chelsea to qualify for CL
Chelsea's Guus Hiddink believed his side could qualify for next season's Champions League with a top-four finish but he has now virtually written off their chances.
European soccer PIX: Napoli take slender lead; Di Maria stars for PSG
A summary of the results of the football matches played across Europe on Sunday
EPL PHOTOS: Late Costa strike helps Chelsea hold Man United
A goal in added time by Diego Costa earned Chelsea a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday and preserved Guus Hiddink's unbeaten record while denying Dutch compatriot Louis van Gaal victory.
February 07, 2016Arsenal back in EPL title race with win at Bournemouth
Arsenal re-established themselves as serious contenders for their first Premier League title since 2004 with a comfortable victory at lowly Bournemouth on Sunday.
Is Mourinho on his way to Manchester United?
Jose Mourinho, sacked as manager of Chelsea in December seven months after winning the English Premier League title, has said he is not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back in management.
Torres reaches century, Atletico keep pressure on Barca
Substitute Fernando Torres scored his 100th Atletico Madrid goal as they rallied from 1-0 down to beat visiting Eibar 3-1 and go level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
February 06, 2016EPL PHOTOS: Leicester City take giant step towards title
Robert Huth's double and a Riyad Mahrez goal sent Premier League leaders Leicester City six points clear after a stunning 3-1 victory at shell-shocked title rivals Manchester City on Saturday.
February 05, 2016Di Maria positive that PSG can make Champions League final
Paris St Germain have what it takes to reach rhe Champions League final this season after three consecutive quarter-final exits, Argentine winner Angel Di Maria said on Friday.
Inflated ticket prices could see protesting Reds fans stage walkout
Liverpool could suffer the embarrassment of a mass exodus on Saturday with supporters' groups calling on fans to leave their seats during the Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield to protest a rise in ticket prices.
EPL player of the month award goes to...
Southampton's Ronald Koeman has been named Premier League manager of the month for January, becoming the first Saints manager to receive the award on three separate occasions, while Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero won the players' award.
BEWARE of Manchester City's 'magicians'
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has warned his players that Manchester City's 'magicians' can pick up three points even if the Foxes play a perfect game, when both sides meet in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Football fan Pope Francis meets Ronaldinho
Brazilian football star Ronaldinho, who widely considered a footballing deity during his playing days, met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Will Mourinho replace Van Gaal as Man United manager?
Chelsea's sacked manager Jose Mourinho, who is the favourite to replace current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, has reportedly agreed a deal to take over at Old Trafford.
Brazilian judge throws out Neymar tax evasion case
A Brazilian judge threw out a tax evasion case against Barcelona forward Neymar on Thursday because Brazil's inland revenue has yet to finish its own deliberations in the case.
February 04, 2016Magical Four driving Bayern in Guardiola swansong
Bayern Munich will not be deterred by what the club say are false reports of discontent in coach Pep Guardiola's team as they focus on becoming the first side to win a fourth straight Bundesliga title.
How and why Leicester's crunch time starts NOW...
Surprise leaders Leicester City face a severe test of their Premier League title credentials over the next 10 days, starting with Saturday's trip to Manchester City.
Why King's Cup match against Barca was Gary Neville's WORST experience
Valencia coach Gary Neville described his team's 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona in the Spanish King's Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday as one of his worst experiences in football.
Racist chants overshadow Napoli's win
Napoli maintained their two-point advantage at the top of Series with a 2-0 victory at Lazio on Wednesday in a game suspended due to racist chanting as Juventus beat Genoa 1-0 to break a club record for consecutive league wins in a single season.
King's Cup: Suarez scores four as Barca crush Valencia 7-0
Luis Suarez scored four goals and Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick as Barcelona all but wrapped up their King's Cup semi-final by crushing Valencia 7-0 in the first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
EPL PIX: Chelsea fail to fire, Everton sink Newcastle
There was no way through for Chelsea as Watford halted their recent resurgence in a goalless Premier League stalemate at Vicarage Road while Everton piled more woe on Newcastle United with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday.
Football transfers: The Chinese pay big money
Football's winter transfer window closed on February 1, and, surprisingly, none of Europe's biggies made even a slight move, let alone sign a player.
February 03, 2016Freedom of expression helps Old Trafford find its voice
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal appeared to need the sword of Damocles hanging over his head before he resorted to adopting the traditional fluid attacking style that served the team well in an impressive 3-0 win over Stoke City.
It's about the timing, Pep!
Pep Guardiola's appointment at the high-flying Premier League club is certainly ill-timed, argues Bikash Mohapatra.
5 Reasons why Arsenal's EPL title chances are fading...
A dispirited Arsene Wenger lamented his team's recent goal drought as Arsenal.
Why Neymar should be a worried man...
Brazilian prosecutors filed a formal complaint against Neymar and his father on Tuesday for tax evasion and providing false information.
Vardy scores the 'best goal of his life'
A smiling Jamie Vardy reckoned he had never scored a finer goal than the blistering long-distance volley which helped Leicester City's footballing fantasy enter ever more surreal territory on Tuesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Vardy steals the show, Man City grind out win
Jamie Vardy sent a screaming reminder that leaders Leicester City are in the Premier league title race for the long haul with a sensational strike in a 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday.
February 02, 2016Look! Leicester has found a new fan...
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is a fan of Leicester's playing style.
Will Guardiola's Manchester City risk pay off?
Pep Guardiola, who will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as a new manager of Manchester City for next season, admitted that he is taking a risk by joining the England club.
13 Things you need to know about next City manager Guardiola
Pep Guardiola will take charge of Premier League Manchester City from July on a three-year contract. Keep reading to know more about Guardiola...
No Messi for Argentina at Rio Olympics
Lionel Messi will not chase a second Olympic football gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said on Monday.
Check out the BIG spenders in EPL
English clubs took their spending on players for the season soaring past 1 billion pounds on Monday, but the biggest signing on transfer deadline day was that of a manager as Manchester City confirmed Pep Guardiola will take over this summer.
February 01, 2016Manchester City land Guardiola to drive European dream
English Premier League club Manchester City have named Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as their new manager from July, hoping the Spaniard can emulate the glory years he enjoyed at Barcelona.
Guardiola to replace Pellegrini at Manchester City next season
The former Barcelona manager, who had in December announced that he would leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, will replace 62-year-old Manuel Pellegrini.
Chelsea v Man City: Lip-smacking FA Cup tie on the cards
Premier League champions Chelsea, beginning to find their form under Guus Hiddink after a shocking start to the season, will face Manchester City in the outstanding tie of the FA Cup fifth round following Sunday's draw.
Messi keen to meet Afghan boy in plastic jersey after his pics go viral
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said on Monday.
Unfair to blame Van Gaal, says Rooney
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has backed his embattled manager Louis Van Gaal, saying that his side's players are responsible for their poor form this season and not the Dutchman.
Dubai policeman jailed for posting Messi's passport online
A Dubai policeman has been court sentenced to one month in prison for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's passport on social media, local media reported on Monday.
With focus on fitness, Zidane's Real producing the results
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored thrice to help his side thrash Espanyol 6-0 in a ruthless attacking display in La Liga clash at Santiago Bernabeu.
BIZARRE send-off: Fiorentina coach gets caught playing ball
Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa was involved in one of the oddest dismissals of the season on Sunday when he was sent off against Genoa for intercepting the ball while it was still in play.
7 reasons why Chelsea's John Terry will always be a LEGEND
John Terry will pass into Chelsea folklore as their greatest captain during the most successful period in their history and his announcement on Sunday that he will leave at the end of the season marks the end of an era.
Messi, Ibrahimovic dominate European football weekend
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez secured victory over nine-man Atletico Madrid in La Liga's top of the table clash, while Juventus won a 12th straight Serie A game to stay hot on the heels of leaders Napoli.
PIX: After cricket and football, hockey gets Sakshi Dhoni's attention
Sakshi Dhoni was seen cheering her husband's team Ranchi Rays during a Hockey Indian League match.
Race for Serie A title heating up
, Juventus thumped Chievo 4-0 away to win their 12th league game in a row but it was not enough to topple leaders Napoli who thrashed Empoli 5-1.
La Liga: Ronaldo 'tricks for Real; win eludes Valencia's Neville
Prolific Cristiano Ronaldo hit a 35th hat-trick for Real Madrid who swept aside Espanyol 6-0 in a ruthless attacking display in La Liga on Sunday.
No fairytale ending for Terry at Chelsea
Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the Premier League champions when his contract expires at the end of the season, he told British media on Sunday.
January 31, 2016Everton spoil Carlisle's big day in the FA Cup
Everton missed out on the chance of a Wembley final in the League Cup when they lost the second leg of their semi-final to ManchesterCity on Wednesday, going out 4-3 on aggregate, but Lennon is eyeing some FA Cup glory.
I-League: Aizawl rally to hold Salgaocar to draw
R Malsawntluanga's injury time goal helped Aizawl FC hold Salgaocar to 1-1 draw in a fifth round encounter of the I-League, in Vasco on Sunday.
Europe football round-up: El Shaarawy stars in Roma win; Monaco lose
Debutant Stephan El Shaarawy scored with a crafty backheeled volley to give AS Roma a 3-1 win over Frosinone in Serie A on Saturday, their first under coach Luciano Spalletti.
Barca coach shocked by Filipe Luis challenge on Messi
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he was shocked by the wild knee-high challenge on world player of the year Lionel Messi that triggered a straight red card for Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis on Saturday.
January 30, 2016FA Cup heroics from Peterborough, Arsenal march on
Third tier Peterborough United produced the performance of the FA Cup fourth round when they twice came from behind in the dying minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Premier League West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
I-League: Bengaluru FC pip East Bengal, widen gap at top
Sunil Chhetri led former champions Bengaluru FC to a 1-0 win over East Bengal with his second-half strike that consolidated their position atop the standings in the I-League football at the Vidyasagar Krirangan, in Barasat, on Saturday.
Crystal Palace's Wickham suspended for three games
CrystalPalace forward Connor Wickham has been handed a three-match ban for elbowing Tottenham Hotspur's Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen in last weekend's Premier League game, the FA said on Friday.
Greek's 2nd division league players protest in support of migrants
A Greek soccer match was delayed on Friday when players staged a sit-down protest in a moving tribute to migrants who have lost their lives trying to reach Greece's Aegean islands.
Nearly $1 mln in FIFA funds missing in Guatemala?
Nearly $1 million in funds from soccer's global governing body FIFA may have gone missing from Guatemala's soccer federation last year, according to sources and an internal audit seen by Reuters.
La Liga clubs Real and Atletico transfer bans suspended pending appeals
The pair, who are third and second respectively in La Liga, were hit with the bans by FIFA for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players.
FA Cup: United's win over Derby allows Van Gaal to breathe easy
Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal enjoyed a rare highlight after weeks of gloom when his side comfortably beat Derby County 3-1 on Friday to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
January 29, 2016Former Man United captain Vidic retires
Former Manchester United captain and defensive rock Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement on Friday, saying injuries had taken their toll and it was time to call it a day.
Barcelona host Atletico in Liga title showdown
First meets second as Barcelona host Atletico Madrid on Saturday looking to tighten their grip on the La Liga title race.
January 28, 2016'I've been sacked by 'awful' media three times'
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal slammed the British media on Thursday for 'awful and horrible' stories about his future and said the club's support, while welcome, had put more pressure on him.
FA CUP: Under pressure United clash with Derby; Chelsea play catch up
All eyes will be on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal when he takes his team to Derby County for an FA Cup fourth-round tie on Friday with the fans' boos from their home defeat by Southampton still ringing in his ears.
King's Cup: Holders Barcelona in semis, Atletico Madrid crash out
Holders Barcelona produced a second-half blitz to come from behind and beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to book a place in the King's Cup semi-finals after Atletico Madrid crashed out in a shock 3-2 defeat by Celta Vigo.
De Bruyne faces a potentially lengthy spell on the sidelines
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is facing a potentially lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was carried off on a stretcher with a suspected knee ligament injury in Wednesday's League Cup semi-final win over Everton.
Aguero heads Man City into League Cup final against Liverpool
Manchester City reached the League Cup final after recovering from a shaky start as Sergio Aguero's brilliant header sealed a 3-1 win over Everton in the semi-final second leg to clinch a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Coppa Italia: Morata's brace helps Juventus sweep aside Inter
Holders Juventus swept aside old rivals Inter Milan 3-0 with some flowing attacking football and a brace from Alvaro Morata in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.
League Cup: Argentine duo send holders PSG into third final
Holders Paris St Germain reached their third consecutive League Cup final when goals by Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria gave the French champions a 2-0 victory over Toulouse.
PSV win at Excelsior to close on Eredivisie leaders Ajax
Luuk de Jong's early goal set PSV Eindhoven on their way to a 3-1 victory at Excelsior in the Dutch league that moved them to within one point of leaders Ajax Amsterdam
January 27, 2016After historic win Mohun Bagan coach blasts AIFF
After becoming the first Indian football club to win a AFC Champions League qualifying game, Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen, on Wednesday, lashed out at the bigwigs of All India Football Federation.
I-League: Mumbai FC end Bengaluru FC's perfect start
Mumbai FC put up a good disciplined performance to register a morale-boosting 2-0 win against Bengaluru FC in a third round match of the I-League football tournament, and played at the Cooperage ground, Mumbai, on Wednesday.
It's Arab world vs soccer world!
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said that as head of soccer's governing body he would seek to move the 2022 Qatar World Cup from November-December to late European spring - a step that would please European associations by averting disruption of their season.
Why Cahill wants to leave EPL champions Chelsea
England centre back Gary Cahill is so frustrated by a lack of first-team football at Chelsea that he wants to leave the club in an attempt to safeguard his international place at the European Championship in the summer.
Real Madrid will not boost squad ahead of ban
Real Madrid will not seek to boost their squad ahead of their transfer ban, which starts at the end of the month, club president Florentino Perez said on Wednesday.
League Cup: Liverpool reach final after penalty drama
Keeper Simon Mignolet proved the shootout hero as Liverpool reached the League Cup final on penalties after a gripping last-four second leg tie at Anfield ended 1-1 on aggregate on Tuesday.
Coppa Italia: Balotelli penalty helps Milan scrape past Alessandria
AC Milan scraped a 1-0 win over third tier Alessandria thanks to a Mario Balotelli penalty, his first goal for four months, in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.
January 26, 2016I-League: Martins goal helps EB sink debutants Shivajians
East Bengal rode on a Ranty Martins strike to pip debutants DSK Shivajians by a solitary goal in the I-League football tournament at the Vidyasagar Krirangan in Barasat in West Bengal on Tuesday.
January 25, 2016I-League: Sporting beat Aizawl 2-0
Sporting Clube de Goa produced a dominating display to beat debutants Aizawl FC 2-0 and earn their first win of I-League football in a round four fixture Aizawl on Monday.
'Real Madrid will have to fight for the league until the end'
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shrugged off his first setback since taking over from the sacked Rafa Benitez after his new team could only manage a 1-1 draw at Real Betis in La Liga.
Serie A: Napoli score four to stay top, Inter lose further ground
Inter Milan's Serie A title hopes suffered a setback as they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser and were held 1-1 at home by relegation-threatened Carpi and leaders Napoli swept to a 4-2 win at Sampdoria.
January 24, 2016La Liga: After Sevilla draw, Atletico cede top spot to Barca
Atletico Madrid surrendered top spot in La Liga to Barcelona when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to 10-man Sevilla in a fiercely contested La Liga clash on Sunday.
I-League: Bengaluru FC thrash Shillong Lajong to emerge on top
North Korean Kim Song Yong struck a brace in Bengaluru FC's convincing 3-0 win over Shillong Lajong to emerge as table toppers in the I-League, in Bengaluru, on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal miss chance to return to top
Arsenal missed their chance to go back to the top of the Premier League after being forced to play with 10 men for much of the game against London rivals Chelsea on Sunday.
Did jobless Mourinho send 'love letter' to Man Utd?
Jose Mourinho's agent has dismissed as 'absolutely ridiculous and totally absurd' a report that the Portuguese wrote a 'love letter' to Manchester United to trumpet his case to be their next manager.
I'm loving it, says Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen could not deny Sydney Thunders a Big Bash League triumph but his blistering 74 for Melbourne Stars in Sunday's tense final reminded England what they will be missing at this year's Twenty20 World Cup in India.
TOP reason why United boss Van Gaal is feeling the heat
Manchester United stayed in fifth place, one point above West Ham, but it was another depressingly dull day at Old Trafford where United were booed off after losing 1-0 to Southampton.
Euro football round-up: PSG thump Angers 5-1; Milan drop points
Photos from matches played in the French Ligue 1 and Serie A matches played on Saturday
January 23, 2016I-League derby: Spoils shared in lacklustre encounter
A listless Mohun Bagan were saved by former Trinidad and Tobago World Cupper Cornell Glen as they managed to hold arch-rivals East Bengal to a 1-1 draw in the much-anticipated Kolkata derby of the I-League.
La Liga: Barca back on top after Messi stunner
Barcelona leapfrogged Atletico Madrid to go top of La Liga after Lionel Messi's acrobatic volley secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory against tenacious Malaga on Saturday.
EPL PIX: Liverpool sink Norwich; Leicester fairytale continues
Liverpool substitute Adam Lallana struck deep into stoppage time to snatch a 5-4 win over shell-shocked Norwich City in an extraordinary Premier League game at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski double lifts Bayern on league restart
Robert Lewandowski struck twice to steer champions Bayern Munich to a 2-1 win at Hamburg SV on Friday that stretched their lead at the top to 11 points as the Bundesliga resumed following a one-month winter break.
Infantino gets massive UEFA backing for FIFA presidency
Gianni Infantino's bid for the FIFA presidency with the aim of leading the world football body out of the worst graft scandal in its history was boosted on Friday when the Swiss lawyer won "overwhelming" backing from Europe's football associations.
UEFA agrees to goal-line technology
Goal-line technology would be used in the Champions League from the final qualifying round but not in the first three preliminary rounds. It could also be introduced in the Europa League from 2017-18.
January 22, 2016Rainy Manchester ideal for Messi, jokes Aguero
It rains hard and often and is a far cry from the beaches of Barcelona, yet Argentina striker Sergio Aguero believes world player of the year Lionel Messi would find Manchester to his liking.
January 21, 2016Mascherano sentenced to a year in prison over tax fraud: Reports
Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax evasion on Thursday as part of a plea bargain, Spanish media reported, although he is unlikely to serve time in jail.
Valdes set to leave Manchester United on loan deal - reports
Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes's unhappy stay at Old Trafford looks to be drawing to a close with the Spaniard on the verge of a loan move to Belgium club Standard Liege, according to media reports on Thursday.
Fit-again Fit-again Sanchez ready to return for Arsenal
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez and playmaker Mesut Ozil are fit for Sunday's Premier League clash with Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger said.
Check out the TOP 10 richest soccer clubs
Real Madrid are the richest soccer club by revenue for the 11th straight year and La Liga rivals Barcelona have leapfrogged Manchester United into second.
FA Cup: Son shines as Spurs beat Leicester, Liverpool through
Son Heung-min's thunderous finish helped Tottenham Hotspur secure a 2-0 victory at Leicester City and Liverpool eased past fourth-tier Exeter City 3-0 in FA Cup third-round replays on Wednesday.
January 20, 2016Dubai policeman in trouble for revealing Messi's passport online
The incident took place at Dubai airport where Messi landed last month to attend the seventh edition of the Globe Soccer Awards, in which he received the prize of best team and best player, local dailies said.
Iraq to back Prince Ali in FIFA election
The Iraq Football Association (IFA) pledged their support for Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in next month's FIFA presidential election.
January 19, 2016Real Madrid's Bale suffers injury
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale damaged a calf muscle in Sunday's La Liga game at home to Sporting Gijon, tests confirmed on Tuesday.
FIFA's Blatter is still being paid his salary despite ban
FIFA's Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president's salary from world soccer's governing body, a spokesman for FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee told Reuters on Monday.
EPL PHOTOS: Swansea beat Watford to move out of relegation zone
Swansea City climbed out of the relegation zone after a first-half header by captain Ashley Williams gave them a 1-0 win over Watford on Monday just hours after they named Francesco Guidolin as their new head coach.
January 18, 2016Terry keen to extend Chelsea contract
Chelsea captain John Terry, whose current deal expires at the end of the season, is confident he will extend his stay at the club and the 35-year-old defender brushed aside any concerns he may have lost a yard of pace over the years.
Ronaldo backs Zidane after second straight win
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo gave a ringing endorsement of new coach Zinedine Zidane and handed a rebuke to his sacked predecessor Rafa Benitez after Sunday's 5-1 La Liga victory at home to Sporting Gijon.
European football: Roma held by Verona; Monaco up to second in France
New coach Luciano Spalletti failed to inspire AS Roma as they were held 1-1 at home by bottom club Verona on his debut on Sunday and Juventus notched their 10th Serie A win in a row by hammering Udinese 4-0 away.
PHOTOS: Status quo maintained in La Liga as big teams cruise
Atletico Madrid maintained a two-point lead in La Liga with a 3-0 victory at Las Palmas and Barcelona and Real Madrid stayed hard on their heels with thumping wins over Athletic Bilbao and Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
January 17, 2016EPL: At last! Sweet win for United at Anfield
Wayne Rooney blasted the rebound past the helpless Simon Mignolet.
Cristiano Ronaldo nearly bares it all for GQ cover!
Cristiano Ronaldo posed with model Alessandra Ambrosio for GQ's Body Issue and needless to say that the cover is drool worthy.
La Liga: Neville still without win as Valencia held by Rayo
Gary Neville's disappointing start as Valencia coach continued when the ambitious Singapore-owned club drew 2-2 at home to lowly Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday, prompting more rumblings of discontent from the fans.
European soccer: Higuain extends Napoli's lead; Villareal drop points
Photographic summary of the football matches played across Spain, Italy and France
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester back on top after draw; Chelsea win thriller
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday
January 16, 2016Terry saves Chelsea with late equalizer against Everton
Chelsea captain John Terry went from zero to hero, first netting an own goal but eventually coming up with a 98th minute equaliser in an extraordinary 3-3 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Inter Milan miss the chance to grab Serie A lead
Inter Milan's title challenge faltered when they were held 1-1 at Atalanta in Serie A on Saturday but goalkeeper Samir Handanovic at least saved them from suffering a defeat.
Zidane content with Real squad after FIFA ban
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is happy with his squad and the club has not discussed possible reinforcements despite FIFA's decision to ban them from the next two transfer windows, he said on Saturday.
January 15, 2016Football great Pele recovering well from hip surgery
Pele is recovering well from a small operation to repair his replacement hip, an official who works with the former Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos great said on Thursday.
Chelsea's Hiddink haunted by relegation ghosts
Champions Chelsea are involved in the relegation battle this season, manager Guus Hiddink said on Friday ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Everton.
King's Cup: Super-sub Griezmann sends Atletico through to quarters
Antoine Griezmann scored twice off the bench as Atletico Madrid sealed a place in the King's Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at home to Rayo Vallecano on Thursday while Valencia also advanced with victory by the same scoreline at Granada.
January 14, 2016Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid get 2-window transfer bans - FIFA
Real Madrid and their neighbours Atletico Madrid have both been banned from signing new players for the next two transfer windows for breaching rules over the transfer of minors, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Thursday.
After Golden Ball, Messi targets 500 career goals
With a fifth world player of the year award safely tucked away in the trophy cabinet, Lionel Messi can set his sights on one of the next milestones in his remarkable career: reaching 500 goals for club and country.
Barca ease into King's Cup quarters with derby win
Holders Barcelona cruised into the King's Cup quarter-finals when a side missing several regulars beat city rivals Espanyol 2-0, with Munir El Haddadi netting both goals in a thumping 6-1 aggregate success on Wednesday.
January 13, 2016FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke dismissed
FIFA said on Wednesday it had fired General Secretary Jerome Valcke, once one of the global soccer body's most powerful figures, amid alleged corruption involving World Cup ticket sales.
Suarez ban: Barca appeal rejected
FC Barcelona's appeal against Luis Suarez's two-match King's Cup ban for allegedly provoking a fracas in the tunnel after last week's game against Espanyol has been rejected, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said.
FIFA probe: Guatemala arrests ex-soccer chief Jimenez
Guatemalan police on Tuesday arrested fugitive former national soccer federation president Brayan Jimenez in connection with a corruption probe into the sport's world governing body FIFA.
EPL PHOTOS: Rooney-inspired United held by Toons; Villa win at last
Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to win a Premier League match for the first time since August while a late goal from Paul Dummett earned a 3-3 draw for Newcastle United against Manchester United on Tuesday.
January 12, 2016PHOTOS: Music, big names light up Ballon d'or Gala night
Here are some special moments from the gala night in Zurich on Monday...
Guardiola apologises for speculation-fuelling admission
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has apologised for putting some of his Premier League counterparts under pressure by publicly announcing an intention to trade Germany for England at the end of the season.
Van Gaal concedes that United have been 'dull' 'boring' this season
Even Louis van Gaal has been "very bored" watching Manchester United's dull games this season, the Dutch manager has admitted.
Aussie Rules Football rocked by dozens of drug bans
Thirty-four past and present players from Australian Rules team Essendon Bombers, one of the country's richest and most storied football clubs, were issued two-year bans for doping on Tuesday in a ruling that stunned the sports-mad nation.
Arsenal to face Burnley, United travel to Derby for FA Cup fourth round
Holders and Premier League leaders Arsenal will be at home to Championship (second tier) Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup after most of the big guns avoided top flight opponents in Monday's draw.
PHOTOS: Messi 'grateful to football, fans on claiming fifth Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year on Monday from his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo who had walked off with the award for the previous two years.
Messi wins Ballon d'Or for fifth time
Lionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year on Monday from his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo who had walked off with the award for the previous two years.
January 11, 2016Bale 'disappointed' with sacking of Benitez
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has expressed disappointment over the sacking of Rafael Benitez as a manager, saying that it was really sad to see him go.
Historic new record for perfect Olympiakos
Greek Super League leaders Olympiakos Piraeus set a club record 17 successive league wins by beating Levadiakos 3-1 at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium on Sunday.
Serie A: Five-goal Napoli go top after Inter lose at home
Napoli thrashed Frosinone 5-1 away to go top of Serie A on Sunday after previous leaders Inter Milan were sunk by a Domenico Berardi penalty in the fifth minute of injury time in a 1-0 home defeat against modest Sassuolo.
Neville asks for patience after Valencia's defeat
Valencia coach Gary Neville has asked the fans for patience after watching his side stumble to a 2-0 reverse at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday that left him still winless in Spain's top flight.
La Liga: Atletico reclaim top spot from Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco each conjured moments of magic as Atletico Madrid recaptured top spot in La Liga from Barcelona with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Celta Vigo on Sunday.
FA Cup: Swansea shocked, Chelsea win, Kane saves Spurs
Premier League Swansea City fell victims to the first major giant-killing of the FA Cup third round on Sunday when they lost 3-2 away to League Two (fourth tier) side Oxford United.
I'm playing on for two years, says 39-year-old Totti
Veteran AS Roma forward Francesco Totti vowed to play on for another two years in a light-hearted birthday message to his former team mate Daniele Conti.
January 10, 2016Serie A leaders Inter Milan stunned by Sassuolo
Domenico Berardi converted a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time on Sunday to give Sassuolo a shock 1-0 win away to Serie A leaders Inter Milan, who dominated the match but were repeatedly foiled by the visitors' goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
La Liga: Bale gives Zidane flying start as Real Madrid manager
Zinedine Zidane got off to a flying start as Real Madrid coach when Gareth Bale hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday after a Lionel Messi treble had fired Barcelona to the top of La Liga.
FA Cup: Rooney spares Manchester United blushes
It was not a day for FA Cup romantics as Manchester United scrambled past Sheffield United and minor league Eastleigh came within a whisker of causing the third round's only genuine shock.
January 09, 2016Villa's Richards gets in heated argument with fans
Aston Villa captain Micah Richards became embroiled in a heated pitchside debate with disgruntled fans on Saturday as the Premier League strugglers' desperate season unravelled further with a 1-1 draw at fourth-tier Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup.
I-League: Holders Mohun Bagan off to flier
Defending champions Mohun Bagan easily defeated debutants Aizawl FC 3-1 to begin their campaign with a bang in the I-League football tournament opener at Vidyasagar Krirangan, Kolkata, on Saturday.
La Liga: Messi treble lifts Barca to the top of table
Lionel Messi netted his first hat-trick in 10 months as Barcelona swept aside struggling Granada 4-0 to climb above Atletico Madrid to the top of La Liga on Saturday.
FA Cup: Heartbreak for Eastleigh; Arsenal progress
Minor league Eastleigh suffered FA Cup heartbreak when they conceded a late equaliser to four-times winners Bolton Wanderers on a gluepot pitch at their snug Ten Acres ground on Saturday.
Barca's Alves rants against media
Barcelona defender Dani Alves launched a foul-mouthed tirade on social media on Friday over football coverage by the Spanish press.
FIFA panel tells Blatter, Platini why they were banned
FIFA's ethics panel said on Saturday it has formally given outgoing president Sepp Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini the reasons for their eight-year bans from the game.
January 08, 2016Barca's Suarez handed Cup ban for provocative comments
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been given a two-match cup ban for using provocative language after their King's Cup last-16 first-leg clash against Espanyol, the Spanish federation said on Friday.
Barcelona dominate UEFA's 2015 Team of the Year
Players from European champions Barcelona made up nearly half of UEFA's Team of the Year which was revealed on Friday, while Cristiano Ronaldo made the lineup for a record 10th time.
Chelsea's Oscar denies training ground bust-up with Costa
Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar has taken to Twitter to deny reports of a training ground row with team mate and Spain international Diego Costa.
Gabon's Aubameyang wins African Footballer of the Year
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named African Footballer of the Year on Thursday, narrowly edging out Yaya Toure at the Confederation of African Football award ceremony.
Banned Platini withdraws candidacy for FIFA presidency
Banned European soccer boss president Michel Platini has withdrawn his candidacy from the race for the presidency of soccer's scandal-plagued governing body FIFA, he told French sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday.
January 07, 2016Drogba undecided on playing future
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said he is discussing his future with Major League Soccer team Montreal Impact but that retirement talk was premature.
Formal proceedings begun against FIFA Secretary General Valcke
World soccer body FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday it opened formal proceedings against Secretary General Jerome Valcke, after its investigators recommended a nine-year ban against him.
Real Madrid fan Nadal backs Zidane appointment
Real Madrid fan Rafael Nadal has extended his support over the appointment of new manager Zinedine Zidane, saying that he deserves to lead one of the most important clubs in the world.
Italian Serie A: Inter retain top spot, Juve continue resurgence
Champions Juventus continued their resurgence by beating Hellas Verona 3-0 at home for an eighth successive Serie A victory as Inter Milan remained top after winning 1-0 at Empoli.
King's Cup: Messi double helps Barcelona thrash nine-man Espanyol
Lionel Messi struck a spectacular free kick, scored another goal and set up two more in a 4-1 victory for Barcelona over nine-man city rivals Espanyol in the first leg of their King's Cup last-16 clash on Wednesday.
Januzaj poised for Manchester United return
Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj is poised to return to Manchester United after a disappointing loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, British media reported on Wednesday.
League Cup: Martinez hails 'perfect' Lukaku for Everton
Manager Roberto Martinez described Romelu Lukaku as the perfect striker for Everton after the Belgian bagged his 19th goal of the season to secure a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday.
January 06, 2016I-League-ISL merger on the cards...
I-League-ISL merger on the cards...
With eye on coaching role, Henry takes managerial lessons from Wenger
The former Arsenal legend, who is assistant coach at the Gunners' junior squad, has revealed that he speaks to 'The Professor' about everything related to coaching
With 11 players injured will Liverpool's Klopp enter transfer market?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could enter the transfer market after Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren suffered hamstring pulls to deepen the club's injury crisis, British media reported.
1 thing Manchester City boss Pellegrini insists on...
Manuel Pellegrini has said he would choose winning the Premier League with Manchester City and being shown the door over continuing as the team's manager for an extended period without any major success.
'England Player of Year' award goes to...
Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has been named England Player of the Year 2015 for the second consecutive time after becoming his country's all-time leading goal scorer.
It was an honour to work for Real Madrid, says sacked Benitez
Sacked Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez says it was "an honour and privilege" to lead the club he has always supported and has sent a "good luck" message to his successor, former France great Zinedine Zidane.
League Cup: Ibe strike helps Liverpool earn vital win at Stoke
Jordon Ibe came off the bench to drive home the winner as Liverpool took a big step towards reaching the League Cup final with a 1-0 victory at Stoke City in the first leg of their last-four tie on Tuesday.
Meet Real Madrid's Zidane dynasty
Zidane was accompanied on stage by his wife and four sons, who all look good to follow in the footsteps of their father.
January 05, 2016Don't compare me with 'incredible' Guardiola, says Zizou
'Good football has always been important at this place and I am going to continue that. It has to be offensive football, balanced and nothing else'
9 year ban for FIFA's Valcke?
FIFA's ethics watchdog has recommended a nine-year ban for secretary-general Jerome Valcke over World Cup ticket selling accusations, one of many corruption allegations involving officials at soccer's crisis-plagued governing body.
With Benitez gone, can Manchester United lure Gareth Bale?
After the axing of Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez, Manchester United are getting ready to re-launch a bid to sign Gareth Bale.
Beckham hails Zidane as the right choice for Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane is the right man for the job of Real Madrid coach, former team-mate David Beckham said on Monday after the Spanish club sacked Rafa Benitez and replaced him with the French World Cup winner.
I'm emotional, more than when I signed as a Real player: Zidane
Zinedine Zidane's appointment as Real Madrid coach in place of Rafa Benitez has handed the club's former France great his chance to follow up a stellar career on the pitch with management success at the highest level.
Chelsea can still get to a Champions League position: Hiddink
Chelsea still have a chance of finishing in the Premier League top four and securing Champions League football at the end of the season, interim manager Guus Hiddink has said.
'Real'ity bites: Perez shows Benitez the door, appoints Zidane
Real Madrid have sacked coach Rafa Benitez after less than half a season in charge and promoted their former France great Zinedine Zidane from the B team to replace him, president Florentino Perez said on Monday.
January 04, 201610 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
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Real Madrid manager Benitez reportedly sacked
Rafa Benitez has been sacked as coach of Real Madrid, according to reports in the Spanish press.
Kohli calls Chhetri's strike mind blowing, congratulates team
Indian cricket's Test captain Virat Kohli has congratulated the national football team and lavished praise on skipper Sunil Chhetri for leading the side to a record seventh SAFF Cup triumph.
Spurs disappointed after dropping two points at Everton
The London club dominated the first half but fell behind to a superb goal from their former winger Aaron Lennon before young midfielder Dele Alli furthered his case for a place in England's midfield with a classy equaliser just before the break.
Normality returning for Chelsea under Guus Hiddink
In the middle of Chelsea's most chaotic season in decades, a semblance of normality has broken out.
Benitez in 'Real' trouble as Valencia hold 10-man Madrid
A Paco Alcacer header gave Valencia a 2-2 draw in a highly charged La Liga clash against third-placed Real Madrid who had taken the lead with eight minutes remaining on Sunday.
January 03, 2016India edge past Afghanistan to lift SAFF Cup for 7th time
Jeje Lalpekhlua (72nd minute) and Sunil Chhettri (101th) scored for India after Zubayr Amiri had given Afghanistan the lead in the 69th minute at the Greenfield Stadium.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea lord over Palace with 3-0 win
Chelsea put all their struggles away and looked like a renewed squad, stamping their class over Crystal Palace in their English Premier League match at the Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Rooney ends goal drought and inches closer to EPL goal record
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney rose to second place on the all-time Premier League scoring list with a clever winner against Swansea City on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal go three clear at top, United end winless streak
Arsenal's victory was scrappy and nervy but Laurent Koscielny's 72nd-minute winner was enough to move them two points clear at the summit after LeicesterCity's surprise push faltered with a goalless draw at home to 10-man Bournemouth.
Neymar target of racist chants: Iniesta
Barcelona star Neymar was subjected to allegedly racist chants during Saturday draw at local rivals Espanyol, his teammate Andres Iniesta confirmed.
Real Madrid need more consistency, says Benitez
Under-fire Rafa Benitez said Real Madrid needed to be more consistent and also accused his players of easing off in games ahead of Sunday's La Liga clash with his former club Valencia.
Espanyol put brakes on Barca, Atletico go top
Barcelona dropped points for the third time in four league games as they were held 0-0 by local rivals Espanyol in a heated Catalan derby.
January 02, 2016Premier League: Relief for Van Gaal as United end winless run
Arsenal's Premier League title charge gathered momentum as they moved two points clear at the top with a scrappy 1-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday as Leicester City's push faltered with a goalless home draw against Bournemouth.
Leaders Barcelona held in derby stalemate by Espanyol
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both hit the woodwork as Barcelona were held 0-0 by Espanyol in a hard fought derby that could see Atletico Madrid go top of La Liga.
January 01, 2016Petr Cech's 'Arsenal' is THREE languages
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has given an insight to the multinational shape of the modern Premier League by revealing he speaks to his defenders during matches in three languages.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Liverpool, level on points with Manchester United, can add to the pressure if they take three points at West Ham United in Saturday's lunchtime kickoff.
FC Goa in trouble, AIFF issues show cause notice
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has issued a show cause notice to FC Goa, asking them to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for the fracas after their defeat to Chennaiyin FC in the final of Indian Super League (ISL) on December 20.
4 ways Swansea can sour Van Gaal's 'Happy' New Year hopes
Any hopes of a Happy New Year will evaporate for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal if his side fail to beat struggling Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
December 31, 2015'Van Gaal deserves more time, it's still a work in progress for him'
Rejected former boss David Moyes says Manchester United must not become a club that are continuously sacking managers and should give his under-fire successor Louis van Gaal time to build a successful side.
When 5 is not enough... Barca want more in 2016
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is still not satisfied despite winning five trophies in 2015 and is aiming to do even better next year.
Liverpool's Klopp ends year as a happy manager
Juergen Klopp refused to rule out Liverpool as Premier League title contenders on Wednesday after ending the year level on points with Manchester United and nine behind leaders Arsenal.
In the last match of the year Barca set loads of records
Luis Suarez struck twice and Lionel Messi scored on his 500th appearance for Barcelona who set a new Spanish record of goals in a calendar year with a 4-0 win over Real Betis that lifted them top of La Liga on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Benteke lifts Liverpool; Sunderland slump continues
Christian Benteke condemned struggling Sunderland to a 1-0 defeat and sent Liverpool level on points with sixth-placed Manchester United in the last Premier League game of the year on Wednesday.
December 30, 2015Primera Liga: Ronaldo double as Real Madrid sink Sociedad
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty and missed another as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 3-1.
Swiss deliver first evidence to US in FIFA case
Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) on Wednesday handed over the first batch of evidence to US authorities for its investigation into alleged bribery schemes for soccer marketing rights.
'Nobody wants to win the Premier League!'
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has underscored the unpredictable nature of the Premier League this season, stating that it seemed as if "nobody wants to win the league".
Playing the perfect 'cover' drive
Vanity Fair's August issue, featuring Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as 1976 Olympic gold medal-winning decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, on the cover was the magazine's best-selling issue in years.
December 29, 2015There is a media campaign against Real Madrid and me: Benitez
Under-pressure Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez believes there is a campaign against him and the club and that the team is not playing as badly as is being made out ahead of the La Liga game against Real Sociedad on Wednesday.
'In Messi, Neymar and Suarez we've the best trident in history'
Fresh from propelling Barcelona to their fifth trophy of 2015, their prolific strikes are now seeking to break the Spanish record of goals in a calendar year when they play Real Betis on Wednesday.
Now tainted Blatter wants to fight for his honour
Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter feels 'abandoned' by the global soccer body and will now focus on clearing his name, the 79-year-old Swiss told German magazine Bunte.
Hiddink pleased with striker-less Chelsea's point at Old Trafford
Interim manager Guus Hiddink was satisfied with Chelsea's 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Monday, especially as the Premier League champions played without a recognised striker.
Ronaldo to retire at Real Madrid?
Cristiano Ronaldo will call curtains on his illustrious career at Real Madrid, according to the Portuguese international's agent.
Ozil gets Bergkamp comparison even as he closes in on Henry's record
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the contribution of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, comparing him to former Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp.
It's confirmed! Real Madrid expelled from King's Cup
Real Madrid's expulsion from the King's Cup for fielding an ineligible player was upheld on Monday by the Spanish government's Disciplinary Committee for Sports (TAD) following an appeal by the 10-times European champions.
Arsenal's Cech sets new 'keeping record
After picking the ball out of his net several times in a 4-0 drubbing at Southampton two days earlier, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech celebrated a record on Monday by keeping his 170th Premier League clean sheet.
6 reasons why Van Gaal won't quit
Under-fire manager Louis van Gaal said he would not quit after Manchester United extended their run without a victory to eight games in all competitions with a 0-0 draw with champions Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.
EPL PHOTOS: United in entertaining draw with Chelsea; Arsenal top
Manchester United's winless run continued but they gave under-fire coach Louis van Gaal crumbs of cheer with a committed display in an entertaining 0-0 draw with Chelsea while Arsenal went top of the table on Monday.
December 28, 2015Barca, Messi win laurels at Globe Soccer Awards
Spanish football giants Barcelona received big honours at the annual Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Sunday.
EPL: Van Gaal mulls quitting United even as Carrick defends flop show
United suffered their fourth successive defeat in all competition on Saturday when they were beaten by Stoke in the Premier League -- a result that extended their winless run to seven games.
Tainted Salvadoran footballer Pacheco shot dead
Alfredo Pacheco, a soccer player who played for the Salvadoran national side before being banned from the sport for life for his involvement in match-fixing, was murdered on Sunday, the Salvadoran attorney general's office said.
December 27, 2015SAFF Cup: India thrash Nepal, march into semis
India thrashed Nepal 4-1 at the Trivandrum International Stadium, in Kerala, on Sunday, to finish on top of Group A and seal a place in the semi-finals.
Double Dutch for United, Chelsea in eerie showdown
Manchester United against Chelsea has often been a seminal fixture in deciding the destiny of the Premier League title in recent years but Monday's clash at Old Trafford has a very different backdrop.
Chelsea has 24 hours to solve their problems...
"Diego Costa's out which means we have to solve that problem in 24 hours," new interim coach Guus Hiddink told reporters.
Boxing Day blues for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger acknowledged Southampton were the sharper team as they crushed Arsenal 4-0 on Saturday but he also blamed the defeat on bad luck.
December 26, 2015EPL PHOTOS: Man City crush Sunderland, Leicester lose to Liverpool
Leicester City were give a Premier League reality check when the unlikely leaders lost 1-0 at Liverpool on Saturday after Manchester United slumped to a third consecutive league defeat to pile more pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.
Stoke beat Manchester United to pile misery on Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal's position in the Old Trafford hot seat looked even more precarious as Stoke City swept Manchester United aside in a comfortable 2-0 victory to kickstart a busy day of English Premier League holiday action on Saturday.
FC Goa players 'ganged up Elano, threatened referees' after ISL final loss
FC Goa co-owner Dattaraj Salgaocar claimed that Chennaiyin FC marquee player Elano Blumer had elbowed him and caught his neck, but Match commissioner AK Mamukoya hit the Goan team for ganging up Chennaiyin FC captain, Elano Blumer.
December 25, 2015Liverpool's Klopp a fan of Leicester's near-perfect style
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is full of admiration for Leicester City's style of football which has propelled the Midlands club to the top of the Premier League.
We are fighting for the manager and trying to get results: Rooney
Manchester United players are right behind under-fire manager Louis Van Gaal and are determined to get their season back on track, captain Wayne Rooney said.
December 24, 2015Manchester United players 'fighting' for Van Gaal, says Rooney
Manchester United players are right behind under-fire manager Louis Van Gaal and are determined to get their season back on track, captain Wayne Rooney said.
Messi spills the beans on Barcelona No 10 jersey
Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi has revealed that his former team-mate Ronaldinho had promised him to give his No 10 jersey months before the Brazilian's departure from the club in 2008.
This festive period, Liverpool can kick on and Saints need miracle
Liverpool have enough quality and strength in depth in the squad to win games and pick up important points during a demanding festive schedule, striker Christian Benteke has said.
Can Drogba come to the rescue at Chelsea?
Struggling Premier League champions Chelsea have held talks with Montreal Impact over former Blues striker Didier Drogba, the Major League Soccer team has said.
A tale of two EPL managers...
Seasonal cheer has been scarce for Louis van Gaal after a six-match winless sequence for his Manchester United side intensified rumours that he will be sacked and Stoke City are unlikely to be offering any solace on Saturday.
December 23, 2015EPL: Top four finish still possible for Chelsea?
Guus Hiddink believes it is still possible for Chelsea to finish in the English Premier League's top four but has told the club's players to have a long look in the mirror.
10 BEST Sports Images of the Week!
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December 22, 2015Can Chelsea climb back up under Hiddink?
Struggling Premier League champions Chelsea have the quality to climb back up the table under interim manager Guus Hiddink, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.
Figures tell damning tale for Manchester United
Manchester United's insistence on playing possession football under manager Louis van Gaal means they take far more passes for every shot than any other Premier League team, statistics released on Monday showed.
It's too early to say we can win the Premier League: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it was too soon to talk about his team winning the Premier League title after they beat one of their principal title race rivals Manchester City.
Premier League: Walcott and Giroud help Arsenal beat Man City
Arsenal landed a meaty blow in the Premier League title race with a 2-1 win at home to rivals Manchester City that swept away a few more doubts about their title credentials.
December 21, 2015Platini vows to take FIFA fight to court
The head of European soccer, Michel Platini, vowed on Monday to go to court to fight a decision by the independent Ethics Committee of the world football body FIFA to ban him for eight years, calling it a "pure masquerade".
'Wanted to show Elano that we Goans are not cowards'
FC Goa's co-owner Dattaraj says 'Elano's ungentlemanly behaviour forced me to file FIR'
Check out who is bookmaker's favourite to head FIFA
Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa from Bahrain was made the favourite to become FIFA's new president in February's election by bookmaker William Hill on Monday following the eight-year ban on UEFA president Michel Platini.
Blatter to fight eight-year FIFA ban, vows to be back
His message contained some defiance: he vowed to fight the ban, insisted he had done no wrong and hit out at those who had questioned his integrity and honesty.
The Blatter, Platini bans: What FIFA says
Here is the full text of the statement issued by FIFA on Monday detailing the suspension of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini for eight years.
FIFA bans Blatter, Platini for eight years
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini were both banned for eight years on Monday by FIFA's Ethics Committee.
Premier League loses a Special One...step forward then Pep
After the spectacular implosion of the Jose Mourinho regime at Chelsea, there is now just one world-beating coach left in the global game with a glittering curriculum vitae unsullied by the stain of any striking failure. Step forward then Pep Guardiola...
Midnight drama unfolds after pulsating ISL final
The victory celebrations for Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC turned sour as their marquee Brazilian Elano Blummer was arrested by the local police for allegedly assaulting FC Goa co-owner Dattaraj Salgaoncar.
Serie A: Beaten Inter's lead cut; Juventus, Napoli win easy
Inter Milan's lead at the top of Serie A was cut when they lost 2-1 at home to Lazio on Sunday while AS Roma beat Genoa 2-0 to record their first win in eight games and ease the pressure on under-fire coach Rudi Garcia.
Premier League: Ighalo's brace helps Watford shock Liverpool
Nigerian international Odion Ighalo scored twice as a buoyant Watford won 3-0 at home to Liverpool to consolidate seventh position in the Premier League, only one point behind the top four.
La Liga: Real Madrid hit 10 past nine-man Rayo, Atletico lose
Real Madrid closed to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona after demolishing nine-man Rayo Vallecano 10-2 while Atletico Madrid missed a chance to seize top spot outright by losing 1-0 at Malaga.
Leicester's Christmas fairytale: Bottom to top in a year!
A fresh chapter in Leicester City's unlikely fairytale was written on Saturday as they ensured they would sit top of the Premier League tree on Christmas Day exactly one year after languishing at the foot of the table.
December 20, 2015PHOTOS: Messi, Suarez lead Barca to Club World Cup title
Lionel Messi broke the deadlock and Luis Suarez scored twice in the second half to give Barcelona a typically emphatic 3-0 win over River Plate in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.
Pellegrini would like Guardiola to succeed him at Man City
Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he wants to see Pep Guardiola take charge of Manchester City one day, saying that the most coveted coach in football can turn out to be important for the club.
Pressure intensifies on Manchester United boss Van Gaal
Bookmakers were busy slashing the odds on Louis van Gaal to be replaced in the Manchester United hotseat by Jose Mourinho on Saturday after a 2-1 home defeat to struggling Norwich City in the Premier League.
Lyngdoh, Bala Devi bag top AIFF awards
Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh ended Sunil Chettri's two-year hold on the AIFF men's Player of the Year trophy, while in-form striker Bala Devi was chosen for the women's honour for a second successive time in the AIFF Annual General Body Meeting held in Goa, on Sunday.
EPL: Harry shoots Spurs into the top four
Harry Kane may have had his thunder as England's brightest young strike hope stolen of late by Jamie Vardy but Tottenham Hotspur's own home-polished jewel sparkled once more on his 100th appearance for the club on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich's win overshadowed by Guardiola speculation
Champions Bayern Munich opened up an eight-point lead in the Bundesliga at the start of the German season's one-month winter break by beating Hanover 96 1-0 on Saturday amid mounting speculation over the future of coach Pep Guardiola.
La Liga: New coach Neville still winless
New Valencia coach Gary Neville remains without a La Liga win after his side twice recovered from a goal down to rescue a fortunate 2-2 draw at home to Getafe on Saturday.
December 19, 2015Indian-origin footballer signs contract with EPL giants Liverpool FC
Birmingham-born playmaker Dhanda, 17, joined Liverpool FC's academy in July 2013 from West Brom, and has now signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Anfield-based club.
Messi reveals Maradona was his inspiration for playing football
The duo has constantly been compared in terms of their playing style, in addition to having represented Spanish giant club Barcelona and captained Argentina.
The door is shut on Mourinho at Real Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out an immediate return of the recently sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho despite having `good memories` under the Portuguese's tenure in the club.
I-League has been a failure, says India's most popular footballer
Former captain and current advisor to All India Football Federation, Bhaichung Bhutia has admitted that the eight-year old I-League has been a failure and feels that the 'successful' Indian Super League should be given a few more seasons before a possible merger of the two.
The ugly side of the beautiful game
Switzerland extradited a former Costa Rican soccer boss to the United States on Friday and approved the handover of a former South American federation chief to Uruguay in the latest judicial steps in the corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport.
For now, Van Gaal lives to fight another day
Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal knows losing too many more matches 'could be the end of the world' but said he still has the full backing of the club's board.
Quotable quotes from the mouth of 'Special One' Mourinho
Mourinho did leave a legacy of colourful quotes from his time in charge at the west London club in two separate stints from 2004-07 and from 2013.
December 18, 2015King's Cup: It's 'Partey' time for Atletico
Thomas Partey scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid as they reached the last 16 of the King's Cup with a 1-0 home victory over third-tier Reus on Thursday that secured a 3-1 aggregate success.
From footballer to hotelier: Ronaldo to invest in 'CR7' hotels
Cristiano Ronaldo has announced he will invest over USD 40 million in hotels bearing his CR7 moniker in his native Portugal, Madrid and New York.
Mourinho was sacked to 'protect the interests of Chelsea'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was sacked to "protect the interests of the club" and owner Roman Abramovich had to act because of a "palpable discord between manager and players", technical director Michael Emenalo said.
Guus Hiddink new Chelsea manager?
Guus Hiddink is set to take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season.
December 17, 20155 reasons why Chelsea sacked 'Special One' Mourinho
Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at surprise league leaders Leicester City on Monday, their ninth loss in 16 league games since the start of a season that has gone spectacularly wrong, proved to be the final straw.
How the world reacted to Mourinho's sacking
'You cannot sack all the players so sack the manager -- whether right or wrong'
Here's everything you need to know about former Chelsea manager Mourinho
Factbox on Jose Mourinho who was sacked as Chelsea manager on Thursday:
Look who is named Swiss of the Year!!!
Suspended world soccer chief Sepp Blatter was named 'Swiss of the Year' on Thursday by a weekly magazine in his native Switzerland, on the same day he appeared before a FIFA ethics committee to face questioning in a corruption scandal.
Jose Mourinho gets the boot
Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Premier League champions Chelsea on Thursday, according to BBC sources, following a dreadful run of results.
Club World Cup: Suarez 'tricks as Barcelona stroll into final
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick, including an exquisite second goal, as Barcelona strolled into the Club World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday.
Does Blatter deserve Nobel prize?
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter was 'a very respected person', adding that it was up to investigators to establish whether there actually were cases of corruption in the world soccer body.
Setback! Messi ruled out of Club World Cup semi-final
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was ruled out of their Club World Cup semi-final on Thursday after suffering from abdominal pain, the European champions said.
Judgment day: Tainted Blatter appears before FIFA ethics board
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter appeared before the ethics committee of world football's governing body on Thursday in a case that could end with him banned from the sport for years.
PHOTOS: Football's most prolific goal-scorer bows out
Abby Wambach, the most prolific goals-corer of all time in international football, bowed out of the game in defeat on Wednesday when the United States women's team lost 1-0 to China, ending an unbeaten run of 104 matches on home soil.
De Gea dismisses talk of dressing room unrest at Man Utd
Goalkeeper David de Gea has dismissed reports of discontent in the Manchester United dressing room and credited captain Wayne Rooney with keeping the squad together and pulling in the same direction.
Messi tax fraud case should be dropped, say lawyers
A tax fraud case involving Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge should be dropped because of errors in the investigation and court proceedings, their lawyers said.
Sergio Aguero in line for Manchester City return at Arsenal
Manchester City could have striker Sergio Aguero available for Monday's Premier League clash with Arsenal after the Argentine returned to full training following a heel injury.
One billion watched 2014 World Cup final on TV
More than one billion television viewers watched last year's World Cup soccer final between Germany and Argentina in Brazil although audience figures for the tournament were slightly down because of adverse kickoff times, according to a FIFA report.
Inter's Mancini sees no need for major reshuffle in January
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini says a major reshuffle of his squad is not needed in the January transfer window as they firmly sit on top of the Serie A table.
Italian Cup: Juventus in last eight; Fiorentina, Roma dumped out
AS Roma were dumped out of the Italian Cup on penalties by second-tier Spezia after a 0-0 draw at home extended their winless streak to seven matches and heaped pressure on coach Rudi Garcia.
'We aim to improve each year, praise will not go to our heads'
Atletico Madrid's players will not allow praise to go to their heads even though they are level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, coach Diego Simeone has said.
December 16, 2015Indian Super League: Chennaiyin to face FC Goa in final
Chennaiyin FC stormed into the final of the Indian Super League football on 4-2 aggregate against defending champions Atletico de Kolkata despite losing the semi-final second leg 1-2.
Hernandez blames Van Gaal for leaving United
Javier Hernandez left Manchester United because manager Louis van Gaal told him he had a "one percent chance" of playing as a striker if he stayed at the club, the Mexican has said.
Zidane likely to replace Benitez at Real Madrid
Zidane is currently in charge of Real's B team Castilla, and has for some time been linked with the manager's post.
Ronaldo furious with Rafa's free-kick advice
Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in a new row with Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez, according to reports in the Spanish media.
Two football officials plead not guilty in FIFA bribe case
Two football bosses including a former president of Honduras pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to US charges they took bribes in exchange for media and marketing contracts in a scandal that has rocked the business of global football.
December 15, 2015FC Goa reach final with 3-0 (aggregate 3-1) win over Delhi Dynamos
Producing an inspirational performance, FC Goa demolished Delhi Dynamos 3-0 in the second leg semi-final to breeze into the summit clash of the Indian Super League (ISL), at Margao on Tuesday night.
'Yes, Leicester are top of the league and our fans can dream'
Lecister City's dynamic duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are not for sale at any price, manager Claudio Ranieri asserted after the pair combined again to fire their team back to the top of the Premier League.
At the moment Chelsea is in a zone where I feel ashamed: Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho watched his team suffer a 2-1 loss at table-topping Leicester City and then said he felt ashamed at their lowly Premier League position and betrayed by his players.
Premier League: Leicester return to summit, Chelsea woes continue
Sublime goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez sent Leicester City back to the Premier League summit after a deserved 2-1 win over lacklustre Chelsea whose march to the title last season seems a distant memory.
December 14, 2015Klopp hails Anfield fans in West Brom draw
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has probably not celebrated too many draws with quite the fervour that he greeted Divock Origi's stoppage time leveller to grab a point at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Pochettino baffled by Tottenham's collapse against Newcastle
"Our first half was fantastic, we dominated the game. The second is not easy to explain," a baffled Pochettino told reporters. "No-one would expect this end to the game if you see the first half.
French Ligue 1: Unstoppable PSG crush Lyon to go 17 points clear
Paris St Germain continued their irrepressible march towards a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title with a 5-1 home win against Olympique Lyonnais to move 17 points clear at the top.
I was never worried about Icardi, says Mancini as Inter build lead
Coach Roberto Mancini has insisted that he never doubted his captain Mauro Icardi after the striker scored two goals in Inter Milan's 4-0 victory at Udinese in Serie A.
La Liga: Atletico draw level with leaders Barca, Real lose
Atletico Madrid turned up the heat on champions Barcelona when they fought back to secure a 2-1 win at home to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday as Real Madrid slipped off the pace with a 1-0 loss at Villarreal.
December 13, 2015Barca coach blames 'stupid mistakes' for Deportivo draw
Angry Barcelona coach Luis Enrique blamed stupid mistakes after the La Liga pacesetters threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Manchester United stunned by Bournemouth, City back on top
Manchester United's calamitous week hit rock bottom as Bournemouth famously consigned them to a 2-1 defeat on Sunday and, to rub salt into the wounds, neighbours Manchester City moved back to the top of the English Premier League.
December 12, 2015Platini will be suspended for several years: FIFA
Suspended European football chief Michel Platini will "be suspended for several years", the spokesman of FIFA's ethics committee Andreas Bantel told French sports daily L'Equipe.
December 11, 2015The 'Real' problem behind Ronaldo's topsy turvy form
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that his 'personal problems' have been affecting his form this season but insisted that he will not be leaving the La Liga giants this summer.
It's a clean sweep! Vardy wins again
Jamie Vardy was named the Premier League's player of the month for the second month in succession, while Claudio Ranieri bagged the managerial award to ensure a clean sweep for Leicester City.
Honduras international footballer Arnold Peralta shot dead
Honduras national team midfielder Arnold Peralta was shot to death in a shopping mall parking lot in his hometown of La Ceiba on the country's Caribbean coast, police said.
Europa League PHOTOS: Heartbreak for Ajax
Four-time European Champions Ajax Amsterdam were felled at the first hurdle of the continent's second tier Europa League on Thursday, exiting in the group stage two days after rivals PSV Eindhoven celebrated long-awaited success.
December 10, 2015Manchester United's Schweinsteiger banned for three matches
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will serve a three-match ban for violent conduct following a clash with West Ham United's Winston Reid in the Premier League last Saturday, the FA said on Thursday.
Benzema banned by France over 'Valbuena' blackmail case
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been suspended indefinitely from the France team because of the blackmail case he is embroiled in, the president of the national football federation (FFF) said on Thursday.
I was wrong to throw bib at Mourinho, says Chelsea's Costa
Chelsea striker Diego Costa says he was wrong to throw his bib towards manager Jose Mourinho when he was left on the bench during the goalless English Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur last month.
Koscielny best defender in Premier League: Rio Ferdinand
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is the best defender in the Premier League, according to former England and Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Leicester's EPL title credentials on show against champions Chelsea.
Win the Champions League? Let's see, says Mourinho
Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea team could challenge for the Champions League this season despite their woeful form in the Premier League.
Champions League PIX: Chelsea outclass Porto; Giroud inspires Arsenal
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea turned from domestic whipping boys back to European stalwarts on Wednesday, beating his former club Porto 2-0 to top Champions League Group G.
December 09, 2015Internal FIFA probe of Blatter finds scant evidence
An internal investigation of suspended FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter has found no evidence of corruption over a 2 million Swiss franc (£1.3 million) payment to European football head Michel Platini, the Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung said on Wednesday.
Swansea reluctantly sack manager Monk after poor run
Swansea City "reluctantly" sacked manager Garry Monk on Wednesday, following a dreadful run which has seen the Welsh club plummet towards the Premier League relegation zone.
What led to Manchester United's European exit...
Manchester United's 3-2 Champions League defeat at VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday was difficult to understand, said manager Louis van Gaal after they crashed out in the group stage for the first time since 2011.
Champions League: Ronaldo sets goals record; PSG shake Shakhtar
Cristiano Ronaldo set a record for goals scored in the group stage of the Champions League of 11 when he netted four against Malmo in Group A on Tuesday.
Carneiro v Mourinho: FIFA medical chief backs former Chelsea doctor
The head of FIFA's medical committee Michel D'Hooghe has stated his support for Chelsea's former club doctor Eva Carneiro, who has brought a legal case against the club for constructive dismissal, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Champions League: United crash out in thriller; City finish on top
VfL Wolfsburg reached the Champions League last 16 and dealt a knockout blow to Manchester United with a 3-2 victory to claim top spot in Group B and condemn their opponents to the Europa League on Tuesday.
December 08, 2015Van Gaal needs time to prove his worth at United: Schmeichel
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal needs to be given more time so that the club can reap the rewards of allowing him to develop his own ideas, former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said on Tuesday.
Look who's eyeing Manchester United job...
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he wants to return to management at the start of next season and hinted that he would relish the chance to take charge of Manchester United in the future.
4 reasons why Mourinho has survived the axe at Chelsea... so far
Ex-Chelsea coach cites past glories behind Jose Mourinho's survival.
Now, Champions League sword hangs over Mourinho's head
Jose Mourinho's job could be on the line when Chelsea host Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday and Alex Ferguson has urged the Londoners not to jettison their manager even if the result goes against them.
Arsenal's favourite tournament is here... they begin title defence!
Arsenal will begin their quest to become the first team in modern times to win the FA Cup three years running with a home tie against fellow Premier League side Sunderland in January.
Young African footballers duped, dumped
On the pitches of ramshackle football academies across West Africa, teenage boys chase one another in pursuit of the ball, the chance to impress, and the prospect of a lucrative contract with one of Europe's top teams.
December 07, 2015Sensational Jamie Vardy breaks Guinness World Record
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy was officially presented with Guinness World Records certificate in honour of his 11 game record goal-scoring run in the English Premier League.
Mourinho faces the boot: Can any of these men change Chelsea's fortunes?
After the reigning English Premier League champions suffered a shocking 0-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, will Jose Mourinho continue to lead the defending champions for the second half of the season?
David Beckham devastated...
David Beckham said he had mixed feelings when his son Romeo told him he no longer wanted to play football.
Euro soccer round-up: Shock results shake big guns and more...
A weekend of surprise results across Europe's big leagues saw Bayern Munich's unbeaten run come to an end, Napoli knocked off top spot in Serie A and Manchester City toppled in the Premier League where Leicester City are the new leaders.
PHOTOS: Timbers clinch first MLS Cup
Portland Timbers scored two quick goals then held on to clinch the Major League Soccer Cup final with a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew in Ohio on Sunday.
December 06, 2015Bundesliga: Gladbach shock Bayern
In-form Borussia Moenchengladbach struck three times in 14 minutes in the second half to floor champions Bayern Munich 3-1 on Saturday and inflict their first Bundesliga defeat of the season.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real's turbulent week ends; Barca held
Real Madrid ended a turbulent week off the pitch on a high when Karim Benzema struck twice in a 4-1 victory over Getafe in La Liga on Saturday before leaders Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia.
When Manchester United 'forgot to score'
Louis van Gaal praised his side's attacking display against West Ham United but said they 'forgot to score goals' after a fourth 0-0 draw in their last six home matches on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea stunned by Bournemouth, Leicester go top
English Premier League champions Chelsea's fall from grace continued with a humiliating defeat by lowly Bournemouth on Saturday after Leicester City's improbable title challenge was bolstered by a 3-0 victory at Swansea City.
December 05, 2015EPL: Leicester go top; United draw at West Ham
Jamie Vardy's record scoring streak ended but LeicesterCity's improbable Premier League title challenge continued with Riyad Mahrez's hat-trick sealing a 3-0 win at SwanseaCity that put them top on Saturday.
Serie A: Juve extend winning run as Dybala masterclass sinks Lazio
Juventus won 2-0 at Lazio on Friday to extend their winning run in Serie A to five matches thanks to an early own goal from Santiago Gentiletti and a glorious Paulo Dybala effort.
FIFA probe: Former Peru soccer chief claims innocence after arrest
The former longtime president of Peru's soccer federation, Manuel Burga, has been arrested as part of an ongoing US-led investigation into corruption at the sport's world governing body, FIFA.
Arrested FIFA officials banned from football for 90 days
FIFA executive committee members Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been suspended from football for 90 days after their arrest in Switzerland, the ethics committee of the football's governing body said on Friday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic breaks PSG's league scoring record
Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scripted another record playing for his club Paris Saint-Germain on Friday, scoring twice in a 3-0 win at Nice to become the club's outright all-time leading league scorer.
Real Madrid thrown out of Cup over ineligible player
Real Madrid included Denis Cheryshev in their starting lineup for their first match of the 2015-16 competition even though he should have been serving a one-match suspension and the Russia forward opened the scoring in a 3-1 victory.
December 04, 2015Mumbai City FC stuns Atletico de Kolkata to register first away win
Mumbai City FC edged out defending champions Atletico de Kolkata 3-2 in their concluding round match of the Indian Super League on Friday.
This former banker proves Maradona wrong, takes Napoli atop Serie A
'I understood that if I dedicated myself solely to coaching, I could get much better at it'
South American soccer heads charged in latest FIFA probe
The United States Soccer Federation said in a statement on the new charges that its hosting of the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament would go ahead as planned.
December 03, 2015Liverpool boss has reason to smile
There is often nothing more dangerous than a striker with a point to prove as Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi showed in Liverpool's League Cup mauling of Southampton on Wednesday.
Two Americas football bosses arrested as FIFA corruption scandal deepens
Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) named the men as Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, acting president of the CONCACAF federation and a FIFA vice-president, and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, head of the South American football federation CONMEBOL. CONCACAF administers football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Sextape scandal: Benzema insists he has done nothing wrong
France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema insisted on Wednesday he has done nothing wrong after being put under investigation in France in connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail a fellow international with the use of a sex video.
Here's why Real Madrid is facing disqualification
Real Madrid are set be thrown out of the Spanish King's Cup after playing banned Russian winger Denis Cheryshev in their last-32 win over Cadiz on Wednesday.
League Cup PIX: Stunning Liverpool hit Southampton for six
Liverpool ran riot to reach the League Cup semi-finals with a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton on Wednesday in which Divock Origi grabbed a hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge scored twice as the Juergen Klopp juggernaut rolled on.
December 02, 2015Manchester United legend Gary Neville takes over at Valencia
Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville is the new boss of Valencia -- his first managerial post.
Pellegrini hoping for Hart and Aguero return
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and goalkeeper Joe Hart could return from injury in time for Saturday's Premier League game against Stoke City, manager Manuel Pellegrini has said.
Furious fans leave CARROTS for players
Shell-shocked AS Roma followed up their midweek Champions League debacle in Barcelona by losing 2-0 at home to nine-man Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday.
Will THIS picture land Lindegaard in trouble?
West Brom's goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard took to social media to hit back at his former Manchester United teammate, Wayne Rooney.
WANTED! Independent oversight of reform process
Leading sponsors of football's world governing body have demanded independent oversight of FIFA's reform process in an open letter published on Tuesday ahead of a key meeting to finalise proposed reforms at the scandal-plagued organisation.
League Cup PHOTOS: Man City, Stoke, Everton down underdogs
The plucky underdogs were brought down to earth as Manchester City, Everton and Stoke City reached the League Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, ending the hopes of second-tier sides who felled fancied opponents in the last round.
December 01, 2015Bayern's Lewandowski bags FOUR Guinness World Records
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski netted the Bundesliga's fastest hat-trick on his way to a sensational five-goal haul and was officially recognised by Guinness World Record.
What happens if you celebrate too much...
Everton were guilty of celebrating Ross Barkley's late goal for too long as Bournemouth snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time on Saturday, goalkeeper Tim Howard said.
Did Neymar deserve the kick?
Barcelona have filed a formal complaint against two former Real Madrid players turned pundits after they suggested Barca forward Neymar deserved the kick he received from Real midfielder Isco in this month's La Liga 'El Clasico'.
Who will win FIFA Women's Player of the Year? Tell Us!
Carli Lloyd, captain and hat-trick hero for the United States in their World Cup final triumph, heads the trio of nominees for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, announced on Monday.
November 30, 2015Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar for Ballon d'Or. Pick your winner!
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go head-to-head once again for the title of world's best footballer after being short-listed along with Neymar on Monday for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Leicester's Vardy dominates European football weekend
Barcelona's rampant trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi all found the net at the weekend and unsung Leicester City found themselves in the record books when their England striker Jamie Vardy scored for the 11th straight game.
EPL news: What's hot, What's not!
Arsenal fear Sanchez injury loss could be 'big blow'.
EPL PHOTOS: Norwich frustrate Arsenal; Spurs hold Chelsea
Arsenal missed the chance to heighten the congestion at the top of the Premier League and suffered fresh injury blows when a frustrating 1-1 draw at Norwich City failed to take them alongside leaders Manchester City and Leicester City on Sunday.
November 29, 2015AFC Awards night, PHOTOS: Khalil named Asian player of the year
Emirati Ahmed Khalil got a modicum of revenge on Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi when he pipped the Chinese to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year award on Sunday.
Political fallout: Russia bans clubs from signing Turkish players
Russia introduced a raft of punitive economic measures and sports sanctions on Saturday after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane earlier in the week
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea drop Costa, and then points against Tottenham
Jose Mourinho dropped his main striker Diego Costa for Chelsea's Premier League visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday but the champions still proved toothless up front as they ground out an undistinguished goalless draw at White Hart Lane.
Meet the 'fantastic man' in EPL
Jamie Vardy wrote a new chapter in his fairytale rise from the wilderness of non-League football to playing for England, when he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches on Saturday.
Premier League: Vardy breaks record as Leicester draw with United
Jamie Vardy became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches when he gave Leicester City the lead in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
La Liga: Neymar double as Barca's rampant strikers sink Sociedad
A Neymar double, a spectacular volley from Luis Suarez and a goal for Lionel Messi saw top of the table Barcelona's unstoppable strike force sweep aside Real Sociedad 4-0 in La Liga on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Rampant Bayern ease past Hertha to go 11 points clear
Unbeaten Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich opened up an 11-point gap at the top after goals from Thomas Mueller and Kingsley Coman eased them past Hertha Berlin 2-0 on Saturday, their 13th win in 14 league games.
November 28, 2015Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos beat North East, in semi-finals
Brazilian winger Gustavo Dos Santos' late strike enabled Delhi Dynamos to pip North East United 2-1 en route their semi-final qualification in the Indian Super League.
November 27, 2015Chelsea on right track again: Azpilicueta
Premier League champions Chelsea are getting their confidence back after winning back-to-back games for only the second time this campaign, says defender Cesar Azpilicueta.
Anelka slams Mumbai players, says future with the ISL club uncertain
Dejected French striker Nicolas Anelka is on the hunt for his 13th club after failing to guide Mumbai City into the knockout stage of the Indian Super League.
Injury scare for Liverpool's Sturridge
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered another injury setback after a foot problem picked up in training ruled him out of a return against Girondins Bordeaux in the Europa League
ISL: After playing out 1-1 draw, semis hope over for Kerala, Mumbai
Antonio German struck in the penultimate minute before time to help Kerala Blasters FC negate Mumbai City FC's first-half lead and draw the India Super League football game at 1-1, in Mumbai, on Thursday.
November 26, 2015Double tragedy in US sports: Former boxer shot dead; Footballer injured
Forty-year-old O'Neil Bell was killed during a robbery in Atlanta, while suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey underwent surgery after shootout
Champions League PHOTOS: United play-offs hopes in balance; Real win
Photos from the UEFA Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday
November 25, 2015Indian Super League: FC Goa hold North East United to a draw
FC Goa came from behind to hold North East United to a 1-1 draw in the 12th round encounter of the Indian Super League.
Gerrard to train with Liverpool...but rules out loan return
Steven Gerrard will return to former club Liverpool to train next week and is looking forward to learning from manager Juergen Klopp, but has ruled out returning to Anfield in a playing capacity.
'Kisses and cuddles', that's how Mourinho made up with Costa!
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he and striker Diego Costa have made up with 'kisses and cuddles' after their halftime row in Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League win over Israeli opponents Maccabi Tel Aviv.
So, what is Ibrahimovic's perfect Champions League scenario?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hoping the home crowd in Sweden sing his name on Wednesday, despite his determination to fire Paris Saint Germain into the knockout stages of the Champions League and end boyhood club Malmo FF's European adventure.
ISL: Chennaiyin FC thrash Delhi; jump to fourth spot
Chennaiyin FC produced another superlative performance to overwhelm Delhi Dynamos by a whopping 4-0 margin and put themselves in contention for the play off in the second Hero Indian Super League football Championship, in Chennai, on Tuesday.
Check out the UEFA's Team of the Year...
Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi and Read Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo have been named in the 40-man shortlist for the UEFA's Team of the Year.
FIFA seeking life ban for UEFA president Platini
Former French football great Michel Platini, until recently seen as the man to lead soccer's governing body FIFA out of its worst ever graft crisis, could face a life ban from the sport if recommendations from FIFA ethics investigators are followed.
Champions League PIX: Barca drub Roma; Arsenal's hopes alive
Barcelona's Luis Suarez hit a brace and set up a double for a spritely Lionel Messi to score in his first start after injury in a rampant 6-1 Champions League victory over AS Roma on Tuesday.
November 24, 2015Mata hails 'genius forever' George Best as United eye PSV win
Juan Mata hailed George Best "a genius forever" as an injury-hit Manchester United aim to mark the 10th anniversary of the Northern Irishman's death with a Champions League victory against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
City have experience for Champions League challenge: Aguero
Manchester City now have enough experience of playing against the European elite to mount a serious challenge in the Champions League, striker Sergio Aguero has said.
Morata-Dybala partnership could give Juve added edge over City
Juventus need to beat Manchester City to reach the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday and many fans still believe the best way to achieve this is by fielding Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala together in attack.
Who will go? Benitez or Ronaldo?
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has rebuffed calls from angry fans for him to step down and backed coach Rafael Benitez after Saturday's humiliating 4-0 defeat at home to Barcelona in the La Liga 'El Clasico'.
Zidane in 'no rush' to replace Benitez as Real manager
Real Madrid great Zinedine Zidane has quashed speculations that he is going to replace under-fire Rafael Benitez as the team coach, saying that he is still in a learning process when it comes to coaching a senior team.
EPL PHOTOS: Sunderland pull off shock win
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe cashed in on a horrendous defensive mix-up to give his struggling side a much-needed 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday.
November 23, 2015We need to keep getting results for the Chelsea fans: Mourinho
Chelsea are growing in confidence after a poor start to the season and optimistic for Champions League qualification ahead of Tuesday's tie against last-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, manager Jose Mourinho said.
Mourinho is best manager, Hazard says while dismissing reports of rift
Eden Hazard has come under fire for some underwhelming performances and was benched by Jose Mourinho during Chelsea's woeful start to the campaign, but the Belgian says there is no problem with his manager and backed him to turn things around.
All hail Klopp, the man behind Liverpool's phenomenal rise
Liverpool players hail Juergen Klopp impact after defeating City.
Will Ronaldo reunite with Manchester?
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has expressed his desire to bring back their former star Cristiano Ronaldo to the club, saying that he is 'hopeful' for the latter's return.
Rejuvenated Chelsea look ready for Champions League
John Terry believes Chelsea's fortunes could be changing at a timely moment as the struggling English champions travel to Israel with the prospect of securing qualification for the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
November 22, 2015Indian Super League: Holders Atletico de Kolkata thrash FC Goa
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata handed a 4-0 rout to FC Goa to climb atop the table and put one step in the semifinals after a one-sided Indian Super League (ISL) clash.
Pressure mounts on Rafa Benitez after Madrid's Clasico fiasco
It was always going to be a tough task for Rafa Benitez to replace his popular, Champions League winning predecessor Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid and Saturday's woeful 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona has turned the pressure up a notch.
Jamie Vardy's rise reads like an old-fashioned comic book
Jamie Vardy's rise from the wilderness of non-League football to playing for England, scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches and leading Leicester City to the top of the table reads like a story from an outdated comic book.
'Chelsea's an impossible mission, maybe Tom Cruise can do it'
A 64th-minute goal from wayward striker Diego Costa earned Chelsea their first win in four Premier League matches on Saturday and some breathing space for Jose Mourinho, who said he was still targeting a top-four finish.
Eredivisie: Klaassen double keeps Ajax on top as PSV slip
Davy Klaassen scored twice as Ajax Amsterdam trounced SC Cambuur 5-1 to extend their lead at the top of the Dutch league on Saturday as second-placed PSV were held to a draw.
Suarez, Neymar humiliate Real in 4-0 'Clasico' romp
Barcelona dealt a stinging blow to Real Madrid's title hopes when Luis Suarez and Neymar continued their scintillating form to fire the champions to a stunning 4-0 victory in the La Liga 'Clasico' on Saturday.
November 21, 2015Mendoza hat-trick helps Chennaiyin rout Kerala Blasters
Colombian striker Stiven Mendoza fired in his second hat-trick of the season as hosts Chennaiyin FC crushed Kerala Blasters 4-1 in an Indian Super League football encounter, in Chennai, on Saturday.
Vardy equals record as Leicester go top, Chelsea win at last
Jamie Vardy equalled the English Premier League record by scoring for a 10th successive match as his Leicester City side went top after winning 3-0 at Newcastle United while champions Chelsea ended their slump with a 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday.
Another blow for Indian football as Wahingdoh joins I-League exodus
The I-League on Saturday suffered another jolt with Shillong-based Royal Wahingdoh deciding not to play in the upcoming season, citing 'lack of proper roadmap for the league' and financial inviability, thereby becoming the third club to pull out of the nation's top football competition.
November 20, 2015Full Real Madrid squad available to Benitez for El Clasico
Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has a full squad available, including forward Karim Benzema, for Saturday's La Liga Clasico at home to Barcelona.
'It will be hard to play football again but we have to do it'
Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted it would be hard to play football when they visit Lorient in Ligue 1 on Saturday eight days after the deadly attacks in Paris.
Indian Super League: Northeast beat Mumbai, inch closer to semis
Northeast United FC brightened their semi-final prospects with a 2-0 win over strugglers Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at Guwahati, helping the Highlanders move to fourth position in the pecking order.
Bayern Munich's Ribery closing in on comeback, confirms Guardiola
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, sidelined with an injury since March, could return to team training in the coming few weeks, coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
EPL: Mourinho promises Chelsea turnaround
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that not having another international break until March will help his team recapture their best form after a woeful start to the season.
United without Rooney, Martial, Carrick, Fellaini for Watford visit
Manchester United will be without skipper Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial for their visit to Watford on Saturday when the Premier League resumes after the international break.
EPL will pay tribute to Paris attack victims this weekend
Expressing solidarity with the people of Paris in the wake of devastating terrorist attacks, the Premier League has said that a choral version of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, will be played before all of this weekend's matches.
When Arsene Wenger talks, we listen...
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been 'deeply affected' by last week's Paris attacks and might not be in the right frame of mind to play in Saturday's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
Top quote! Chile's coach compares possession to flirting with a woman
Here is a terrific quote that is doing the rounds from Chile's coach, Jorge Sampaoli.
ISL: Dynamos jump to second spot after win over Pune City FC
Propped up by goals from Adil Nabi and Enas Edathodia and John Arne Riise, Delhi Dynamos broke their winless run at home and closed in on a semifinal berth with a convincing 3-1 victory over Pune City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL), in New Delhi, on Thursday.
November 19, 2015I don't do anything but delegate, and earn a lot of money: Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal does "nothing" as Manchester United manager but earns a lot because the most important job for a top-level coach is delegating responsibilities to his staff.
REVEALED! Attackers planned multiple explosions in stadium
A group of several attackers planned to set off multiple explosives in Hanover soccer stadium at Tuesday night's friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands, which was called off, daily Bild reported on Thursday.
Sex tape blackmail haunts Pique-Shakira
Barcelona star Gerard Pique and his Colombian pop star partner Shakira have found themselves at the centre of a storm.
PSG will play with this special message on their shirts...
The Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain will wear in special shirts, on Saturday, against Lorient to honour victims of Paris attacks.
Chile football chief is not in US for a holiday!
The president of Chile's ANFP national football association Sergio Jadue has resigned from his post and gone to the United States to talk to the FBI about corruption at football governing body FIFA, local media reported on Wednesday.
November 18, 2015ISL: Atletico beat Chennaiyin to jump to 2nd place
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata came from a goal down to beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1 and jump to the second spot in the Indian Super League football tournament, in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
Major setback for Blatter, Platini
Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini have lost their appeals against provisional 90-days bans by the global soccer body's ethics committee, FIFA said on Wednesday.
Germany-Netherlands match cancelled due to real threat
German officials had concrete indications of a security threat that led them to call off Tuesday night's soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands, the premier of the state of Lower Saxony said on Wednesday.
Meet the Sexiest Man Alive...
People magazine has named former England football player David Beckham as its Sexiest Man Alive for 2015.
Andre, Nani give experimental Portugal win in Luxemburg
Midfielder Andre broke the deadlock for the Euro 2016 finalists in difficult, wet conditions just after the half hour and Nani, celebrating his 29th birthday, scored direct from a free kick in the 89th minute.
PHOTOS: After cricket, football gets Sakshi Dhoni's attention
Just like MS Dhoni, his wife Sakshi is also a big football fan.
Germany v Netherlands friendly called off
A friendly soccer game between hosts Germany and Netherlands in Hanover has been called off less than two hours before its start on Tuesday, German police said.
November 17, 2015WC qualifiers: Hong Kong dents China's soccer dream
Hong Kong held China to a nil-nil draw in a World Cup qualifying soccer match on Tuesday played amid lingering political tensions between the two sides after last year's massive pro-democracy protests in the financial hub.
'It's the worst defeat in my life...'
We don't deserve to wear Mumbai FC Jersey, says coach Nicolas Anelka.
PHOTOS: At soccer match with France, British PM to lead show of solidarity
Prime Minister David Cameron will lead a show of solidarity with France at an England-France soccer match in London on Tuesday following the bloody attacks on Paris, with English fans expected to sing the French national anthem.
ISL PHOTOS: Dudu, Haokip hat-tricks help Goa sink Mumbai
Thongkoisep Haokip and Dudu Omagbemi scored a hat-trick each as FC Goa demolished Mumbai City FC 7-0 in the biggest win of the Indian Super League football, in Margao, on Tuesday.
Paris attacks fallout: Soccer match called off; Murray plays down fears
A soccer friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks, the Belgian soccer federation said in a statement.
November 16, 2015