May 25, 2017Roma legend Totti to say goodbye after nearly 3 decades at the club
"From Monday, I'm ready to go again. I'm ready for a new challenge," said Totti on his Twitter feed.
'Poets don't win many titles,' Mourinho does!
Juan Mata praised Jose Mourinho's remarkable knack for coming out on top on the biggest occasions after Manchester United beat Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 on Wednesday to signal the Portuguese coach's 12th triumph in a final from 14 attempts.
Barcelona 'fully support' Messi after fraud sentence
La Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail.
Arsenal face defensive crisis ahead of FA Cup final
With Shkodran Mustafi also an injury doubt, manager Arsene Wenger is running out of central defensive options.
PHOTOS: Manchester United outclass Ajax to win Europa League on emotional night
Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal in each half as their team comfortably outclassed Ajax Amsterdam to win an emotional Europa League final 2-0 and qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
May 24, 2017Europa League final importance waned after Manchester attack: Neville
'Players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard -- they've been brought up in this city. Paul Pogba was brought up in the city from the age of 14. They will find if difficult'
Real Madrid sign 16-year-old Brazilian for 46 million euros
Real Madrid reached an agreement with Brazilian side Flamengo to sign 16-year old forward Vinicius Junior in July 2018.
May 23, 2017When Manchester City and United came together
Touching tributes have poured in from Manchester's two football clubs, as well as a number of prominent players have expressed their condolences to the family and friends of the victims, some of whom were young children.
Former champion Kvitova set for Wimbledon return post stabbing
Twice champion Petra Kvitova is set to play at Wimbledon this summer, less than seven months after she was stabbed by an intruder in her home, a member of her support team told Reuters on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: La Liga champs Real Madrid felicitated by local govt offices
After taking home their first La Liga trophy in five years, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. took their celebrations from streets in CelebesPlaza to the Town Hall.
Sports shorts: Chelsea's Conte named Manager of the Year
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
May 22, 2017Wounded Arsenal favourites for FA Cup?
Arsenal are favourites to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final as they will be motivated to end their season on a high.
Guardiola promises improvement after first English season
Manchester City are already working on how they can improve next season after sealing a spot in the Champions League, manager Pep Guardiola said as he mulled over potential targets in the summer transfer window.
Here's why Real Madrid deserve La Liga title
Real Madrid's consistency and hard work made them worthy La Liga champions, captain Sergio Ramos said after their 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday ended a five-year wait for the title.
REVEALED! What cost Barcelona La Liga title
Barcelona's inconsistency over the season had cost them the La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique has said.
5 ways Real Madrid broke Barca's La Liga stranglehold
Real Madrid became La Liga champions for the first time since 2012 on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Malaga, denying arch-rivals Barcelona three consecutive league titles.
Real title win 'an incredible feeling' for Zidane
Zinedine Zidane declared that leading Real Madrid to their first La Liga title in five years, and 33rd overall, was one of the happiest days of his glittering sporting career.
Ronaldo hands Real first La Liga title since 2012
Real Madrid ended their five-year wait for the La Liga title on Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored in a 2-0 win at Malaga, clinching a 33rd league triumph.
May 21, 2017PIX: Champions Chelsea bid farewell to captain Terry
Stamford Bridge erupted in celebration on Sunday as departing Chelsea captain John Terry lifted the Premier League trophy in Antonio Conte's record-breaking first season in charge, but the carnival atmosphere had a bitter-sweet edge.
Vineeth strikes as Bengaluru beat Bagan to lift Fed Cup
CK Vineeth showed his predatory skills with double strike in the extra time as Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan 2-0 to win the 38th Federation Cup football tournament.
Tottenham's Kane wins Golden Boot again
Harry Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot for the second successive year after scoring a second hat- trick in four days as Tottenham thrashed relegated Hull City 7-1 on Sunday.
EPL: Chelsea score five against Sunderland in Terry's final league game
Chelsea celebrated their title and captain John Terry's last game at Stamford Bridge with a 5-1 defeat of relegated Sunderland on Sunday , bringing their season's Premier League win tally to a record 30 games.
EPL PIX: City, Liverpool in Champions League; Arsenal victory in vain
Manchester City made sure of third place in the Premier League when they romped to a 5-0 win at Watford on Sunday to ensure a Champions League berth for next season.
Serie A: Juventus beat Crotone to clinch sixth successive title
Juventus clinched their sixth successive Serie A title, and completed a third league and cup double in a row, when they beat relegation-threatened Crotone 3-0 on Sunday.
EPL's Player of the Year Kante completes unique hat-trick
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante was named Player of the Year by the Premier League on Sunday, adding a third individual accolade to a list of achievements this season that includes winning a second consecutive Premier League title.
La Liga: Zidane hails 'spectacular' squad as Real close in on title
Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid's remarkable strength in depth as the key to his side entering their final game of the season at Malaga on the brink of lifting their first La Liga title since 2012.
May 20, 2017Sacked Vineeth gets Sports Ministry backing
India national team and Bengaluru FC footballer, CK Vineeth was given the pink slip by Kerala Accountant General for lack of attendance
May 19, 2017Will manager Wenger continue at Arsenal?
Wenger's future at Arsenal will be decided after FA Cup final
Why Arsenal star Sanchez is frustrated...
Arsenal have the players and qualities to challenge for the Premier League title and their failure to do so is frustrating, striker Alexis Sanchez has said.
EPL: Four-goal Kane helps Spurs punish Leicester
A rampant Harry Kane netted four goals and livewire Son Heung-Min scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Leicester City 6-1 in an action-packed Premier League clash on Thursday.
May 18, 2017'Kochi stadium fit to host U-17 World Cup matches'
Tournament director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi made the announcement at a press conference in Kochi after inspecting the works being carried out in the stadium and the training sites.
EPL: Man United held by Southampton in goalless stalemate
Southampton missed a penalty as they held a makeshift Manchester United side to a 0-0 draw in a tepid Premier League clash on Wednesday.
La Liga: Real Madrid on verge of title after Ronaldo inspires
Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday to take Zinedine Zidane's side three points clear at the top of La Liga.
May 17, 2017AFC Cup: Bagan dent Bengaluru FC's chances with 3-1 win
Jeje Lalpekhlua (9th minute), Kean Lewis (74th) and Bikramjit Singh (80th) scored for Mohun Bagan while Seminlen Doungel (52nd) found the target for Bengaluru FC in the Group E match.
Former Livepool footballer Kuyt hangs his boots
The much anticipated announcement came after Kuyt captained his club to an emotional title victory with a 3-1 win over Heracles Almelo, and he led fevered celebrations in front of some 150,000 people in Rotterdam on Monday.
East Bengal bite the bullet, take ISL bid papers
Though a bid cannot be expected from either of the two Kolkata giants just because the document has been taken up for consideration, this is a sign that both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are easing their stance against the IMG-Reliance owned league.
Ignored by Deschamps, but Benzema not giving up on France recall
'I asked the coach for an explanation. An explanation can be just two minutes long. It's not complicated ... But I am still at the coach's disposal. The coach knows this'
Bereaved Pogba to miss Man United's clash against Southampton
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss his side' s Premier League clash against Southampton on Wednesday as he has to attend his father's funeral.
EPL: Man City on brink of Champions League spot, Arsenal win
Manchester City moved back into third place and almost guaranteed Champions League qualification thanks to a 3-1 home victory against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.
May 16, 2017'Cristiano is one of the greatest in history, but Messi is better'
'I hope Messi wins something with his national team and not only with his club, then he would have won everything with everyone'
Arsenal fighting to stave off Champions League 'disappointment'
Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League table with two games to play. They will miss out on finishing in the top four for the first time in more than 20 years if they win their remaining matches but Liverpool and Manchester City do not drop points.
Terry mulls over retirement
Chelsea captain John Terry is assessing whether to retire from football after the Premier League champions' final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday.
Bayern, Barcelona would have sacked me by now : Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Bayern Munich and Barcelona would have sacked him if he had overseen a similar campaign to the one his Manchester City team have had at either of the European powerhouses.
Present perfect, future tense for Aizawl FC
India's prolific film industry churns out scores of movies with plotlines bordering on the absurd every year but even Bollywood might have dismissed as too preposterous the story of the rise of soccer club Aizawl FC.
Terry in the limelight for good and bad
John Terry has had many highs and a few lows in his two decades at Chelsea, so it was fitting that he was both hero and villain in what was possibly his last full appearance for the club he joined as a 14-year-old schoolboy.
EPL: Chelsea celebrate title with romp against Watford
Departing captain John Terry led his Chelsea champions to a rip-roaring 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday, scoring the first goal on an evening of celebration, fireworks and streamers rather than vintage football at Stamford Bridge.
May 15, 2017Tottenham sign off from the Lane in a blaze of glory
It is their best finish for 54 years, since the glory days of the 1960s when the club was setting new standards in English football under Bill Nicholson.
PHOTOS: Real Madrid thrash Sevilla to home in on title
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th goal for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane's side closed in on a first La Liga title since 2012, easing to a 4-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday while Neymar hit a hat-trick for Barcelona, who thrashed Las Palmas 4-1.
May 14, 2017EPL PIX: Spurs take runners-up spot in White Hart Lane finale, Reds win
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
'Cramped schedule' renders Chhetri doubtful for rest of season
India's star striker Sunil Chhetri is in doubt for India's Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan as well as the international friendly against Lebanon next month, according to his I-League club Bengaluru FC's chief executive officer.
U-17 World Cup ticket to cost less than Rs 50 but there's a catch!
The catch here is that one has to buy the season tickets to get the discount of "about 60 per cent".
Conte's straight talk after rumours of move to Inter make rounds
The champion coach to stay and improve Chelsea next season
May 13, 2017EPL: Man City rise to third, Arsenal maintain top four hunt
Manchester City survived a stirring Leicester City fightback to claim a 2-1 win that lifted them above Liverpool into third in the Premier League on Saturday.
How Luiz has become Chelsea's defensive rock
Chelsea's David Luiz never really looked cut out for a role as a defensive rock in one of England's meanest rearguards.
10 games which made Chelsea EPL Champions
Key moments in Chelsea's Premier League title-winning season.
EPL title in the bag, Conte sets sights on FA Cup
Antonio Conte spent the immediate aftermath of Chelsea's title-winning 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Friday being bounced skywards by his players but once back on terra firma his mind was already focusing on the next target -- the double.
How Conte steered Chelsea to EPL title
Antonio Conte's title ranks as one of the finest of the Abramovich era because this title was so unexpected. Out of the blue, in fact.
Chelsea score late winner to clinch EPL title
The victory, Chelsea's 28th of the season, put the long-time league leaders 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only three games left to play.
May 12, 2017Alia Bhatt lends her support to Indian football
Now, the sensational actress has lent her support to Indian football as the country prepares to host the FIFA Under-17 Word Cup in October, later this year.
After football Sachin Tendulkar pads up for Pro Kabaddi
The cricket icon is a co-owner of the Chennai franchise, one of the new teams added to the sport league
United cling on against Celta in tense match to reach Europa final
Ajax to face United in final despite defeat at Lyon
May 11, 2017Justice Mudgal elected head of FIFA Governance Committee
Justice Mukul Mudgal was on Thursday elected as head of FIFA's governance committee at the world football governing body's 67th Congress in Bahrain's capital city of Manama.
AIFF extends support to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar
'Indians living in Qatar will play a significant role in making the 2022 World Cup a success'
Why Chelsea deserve top position in EPL
Chelsea's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Monday moved them seven points clear at the top with three games left and a win at West Brom will make them champions.
'Manchester United should be embarrassed by their EPL performance'
Manchester United should be "embarrassed" at trailing Premier League leaders Chelsea by 19 points and Jose Mourinho's first year in charge will not be considered a success even if they win the Europa League, former skipper Roy Keane said.
Mourinho's 'not special any more', Chelsea hail 'The Confather'
How quickly affections can switch in soccer. Where once they would serenade coach Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge with an operatic flourish, now Chelsea fans have fallen headlong for another man driving them inexorably to the Premier League title.
Glorious failure a fitting finale for Atletico's Calderon
In the dying minutes of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid, a thunderstorm rolled in and drenched Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium.
EPL: Sanchez, Giroud send Arsenal up to fifth
Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud were on target as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday to move up to fifth in the Premier League and fuel their hopes of a late push for the top four.
Juventus vs Real Madrid: Get ready for 'beautiful final'
Zinedine Zidane was thrilled to steer Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League final in which his team will bid to defend their title against his former club Juventus.
Champions League: Real survive Atletico onslaught to reach final
Real Madrid survived an early Atletico Madrid onslaught to reach the Champions League final 4-2 on aggregate on Wednesday and set up a mouth-watering clash against Juventus.
May 10, 2017EPL: Wing back Moses credits Conte for reviving his career
Nuggets of news coming from the English Premier League
Dope-tainted India goalkeeper gets three weeks to prove innocence
India goalkeeper Subrata Paul has three weeks to present his case before an anti-doping panel after his 'A' sample tested positive for a banned substance, the chief of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) said on Wednesday.
FIFA asks Man United for details of Pogba deal
FIFA have asked Manchester United for information about Paul Pogba's world record transfer from Juventus, following leaks which claimed to give details about the huge deal, a spokesman for the governing body said on Tuesday.
AIFF website hacked
The All India Football Federation's (AIFF) website on Tuesday was hacked by an anonymous group called 'Zero Cool'.
Allegri hoping Juventus can end wait for European glory
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri shunned the plaudits after his side move closer to the treble by beating AS Monaco to reach the Champions League final on Tuesday.
Alves leads Juventus into Champions League final
Juventus defender Dani Alves produced an inspired display capped by a stunning volleyed goal in a 2-1 win over AS Monaco on Tuesday that took the Italians into their second Champions League final in three years.
May 09, 2017Here's why Real will not sit and defend their lead
Real Madrid will attack city rivals Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final second leg and not sit back and defend their 3-0 lead as they chase a place in the final, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.
Will Real Madrid dash Atletico's dreams?
Atletico Madrid have built a reputation for gargantuan achievements under coach Diego Simeone and have not given up hope of a remarkable turnaround against Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.
FIFA boss vows to fight racist 'idiots'
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he intends to talk with Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari, the victim of racist abuse in Italian football, and vowed to fight racist 'idiots'.
Venky's face local backlash after Blackburn's relegation to third tier
Blackburn Rover became the first former English Premier League champions to be relegated to the third tier.
Why Mumbai missed out on U17 football World Cup final
'Mission XI Million is the most ambitious football engagement programme to date in India.'
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea close in on title after Boro thrashing
Chelsea moved within three points of clinching the Premier League title with a 3-0 victory that condemned Middlesbrough to relegation on Monday after goals from Spaniards Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso plus a tap-in by Nemanja Matic.
May 08, 2017Slick Arsenal end Manchester United's unbeaten run
Arsenal scored twice in three minutes through a deflected Granit Xhaka strike and Danny Welbeck's header to claim a deserved 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday and inflict a first Premier League defeat on the visitors in 26 games.
Football Writers' Player of the Year award goes to...
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has been named Player of the Year by the Football Writers Association(FWA) on Monday, adding to his list of accolades this season, including the PFA Player of the Year award.
Champions League: How Monaco can make comeback against Juventus
AS Monaco, beaten 2-0 at home in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Juventus, will have to make history in Tuesday's return if they are to end Ligue 1's long absence from the final.
In defeat, Mourinho remains optimistic
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho both insisted the London side's 2-0 win on Sunday was not about them, or their rivalry, but in many ways it was.
Here's why top four finish is IMPOSSIBLE for United
Jose Mourinho admitted that Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal means it will now be "impossible" for Manchester United to finish in the top four.
May 06, 2017EPL: Man City thrash Palace to move into third place
Manchester City strengthened their Premier League top-four aspirations with a 5-0 thrashing of a woeful Crystal Palace side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Relief for Aizawl FC! No immediate I-League, ISL merger
The All India Football Federation, on Saturday, ruled out an immediate merger of the I-League and the Indian Super League, deciding that the former will remain the country's top-tier tournament for the next two-three years.
EPL: Tottenham suffer crushing title blow
Tottenham Hotspur's exhilarating Premier League title surge came to a shuddering halt as they lost 1-0 at West Ham United on Friday to leave Chelsea needing six points from four games to be crowned champions.
May 05, 2017First football team from Kashmir set to play on foreign soil
Real Kashmir FC made their I-League debut last season and had mixed results, winning three of their six fixtures in the preliminary round.
'Aizawl's threats are unfair, AIFF won't be intimidated'
'Till a new road map is decided the old one continues. Why is somebody complaining? You cannot complain on a hypothetical situation. But if they want to shout let them shout, we are not going to be intimidated'
Ronaldo to sit out for Granada visit, no problem says Zidane
'I speak with Cristiano all the time and I know him very well. He knows that until now he played 60-70 games a season and the accumulation of all those years meant he needs to rest a little'
Messi's four-match Argentina ban lifted
'Despite the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee considered Lionel Messi's behaviour as reproachable, the former concluded that the evidence available was not sufficient to establish...(sanctions) could be applied'
Neymar, Barcelona ordered to stand trial for corruption
Brazilian forward Neymar has been cleared of fraud but still faces a corruption trial in Spain in connection with the value of his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona, the Spanish National High Court said on Thursday.
Europa: Rashford rocket gives United away win in semi
Manchester United's teenage striker Marcus Rashford struck a stunning second-half free-kick to secure a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final, first leg on Thursday.
FIVE memorable Arsenal v Manchester United clashes
Arsenal host Manchester United on Sunday in a clash crucial to both clubs as they try to finish the season in the top four of the Premier League. We look at five standout matches between the clubs.
May 04, 2017AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC stunned by Bangladesh's Abahani
Bengaluru FC conceded two late goals in dramatic fashion as they lost 0-2 to 10-man Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh in their AFC Cup group match in Dhaka.
An epic weekend beckons as Wenger and Mourinho renew rivalry
A fixture that once enjoyed the cachet of a heavyweight title fight -- and often resembled one on the pitch as England's preeminent teams slugged it out -- has been relegated in status with United fifth and Arsenal sixth in the Premier League.
Wenger wants players to focus on themselves during United's visit
'Now even winning our games does not guarantee us to be in the Champions League, that is what we have to achieve'
La Liga: Can Real keep title hopes alive at Granada?
Barca must beat Villareal on the weekend if they are to stand a chance of overhauling Real in the run in.
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.
Buffon celebrates 100th Juve Champions League game in style
Gianluigi Buffon celebrated his 100th Champions League game for Juventus in typical fashion on Wednesday, making a string of brilliant saves in a 2-0 win at Monaco in the first leg of their semi-final.
Champions League PIX: Higuain double sends Juve close to final
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain struck twice as the Italian side produced a masterful all-round display to beat Monaco 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
India rises to 100 in FIFA rankings after 21 years
This is India's best-ever FIFA Ranking since April 1996 when India were also ranked 100.
The man who scripted Aizawl's fairytale success
Khalid Jamil scripted one of India's most remarkable sporting success stories.
Europa League: Traore brace puts Ajax on course for final
Ajax Amsterdam produced a performance worthy of the club's illustrious past when they crushed Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 on Wednesday to move to the brink of their first European final since 1996.
May 03, 2017AS Roma great Totti to retire at end of season
AS Roma's all-time appearance record holder and top scorer Francesco Totti is to call time on his 24-year career with the club and retire from soccer at the end of this season, the club's new sporting director Monchi said on Wednesday.
I-League champs Aizawl FC threaten 'fast unto death' if relegated
Aizawl FC have threatened to 'fast unto death' after finding themselves in the bizarre position of staring at relegation next season despite winning India's top division title on Sunday.
Atletico hoping against hope as history repeats itself at the Bernabeu
Real's victory at the Santiago Bernabeu means they are poised to knock Atletico out of the competition for the fourth successive year.
All hail Ronaldo the Real Madrid centre-forward!
The Portuguese forward, who also scored a treble in the quarter-final against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu, and five goals across that tie, is revelling in the central striker's role he has adopted this season.
May 02, 2017Footballers Bembem Devi, Jeje nominated for Arjuna
One of the biggest names in the women's game, the 36-year-old Bembem called time on her illustrious international career at the end of the South Asian Games last year in Shillong.
Preview: Free-scoring Mbappe and Monaco face Juventus wall
Mbappe, 18, has scored 18 goals in his last 18 competitive games, including three in the 6-3 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the last eight.
EPL: Liverpool's Coutinho hopeful of quick return after leg injury
The 24-year-old limped off the pitch in the first 15 minutes of the match at Vicarage Road and was replaced by Adam Lallana but manager Juergen Klopp said that the Brazilian had not been badly injured.
EPL: Can nets 'one of the great Liverpool goals' for top-four push
A game that had been meandering along amid much mediocrity came to life on the stroke of halftime when Can's extraordinary overhead scissors kick from Lucas's chipped through ball rocketed into the top corner.
Ibrahimovic set to make full recovery after successful knee surgery
United's leading goal-scorer suffered knee ligament damage during the 2-1 Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht last month and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
May 01, 2017Why this photograph of Aizawl FC fans is trending
Why this photograph of Aizawl FC fans is trending
Aizawl FC's success story is harbinger of hope for Indian football
Relegated in their debut season, Aizawl FC were readmitted to make up the numbers when Goan clubs fell out with the All India Football Federation over the I-League and Indian Super League merger issue. They made the opportunity count by winning the I-League in only their second season to script a rare and incredible story in present-day Indian football.
Champions League: Will Atletico be fourth time lucky?
Atletico aim for Champions League revenge against Real at fourth attempt.
EPL: Spurs beat Arsenal to keep up title challenge
Tottenham Hotspur beat local rivals Arsenal with second-half goals from prolific pair Dele Alli and Harry Kane on Sunday to maintain their Premier league title challenge.
April 30, 2017Chelsea inch closer to EPL title with win at Everton
Chelsea took a major step towards the Premier League title with an impressive 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Aizawl FC script history; win I-League title
In one of the biggest achievements in Indian football history, unheralded Aizawl FC on Sunday lifted the I-League crown after they held Shillong Lajong 1-1 in a tense match in Shillong.
EPL: United's top four hopes suffer after Swansea draw
Manchester United's hopes of a top four finish suffered a blow on Sunday as relegation-threatened Swansea City came back for a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
La Liga: Suarez double keeps Barca top, Marcelo rescues Real
Barcelona came through a testing local derby at Espanyol, winning 3-0 to cling to their slender lead at the top of La Liga after rivals Real Madrid had set the challenge by beating Valencia 2-1 in the earlier kick-off.
EPL: Vardy on target for Leicester; Stoke and West Ham draw
Jamie Vardy pounced just before halftime to earn Leicester City a 1-0 over West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday, to take them closer to Premier League survival.
Bayern win fifth straight Bundesliga crown
The Bavarians are on 73 points with RB Leipzig in second place on 63 after they were held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt earlier in the day.
April 29, 2017Bengaluru FC end I-League campaign in style, finish 4th
The result ensured they ended their campaign on 30 points from 18 matchese. Churchill on the other hand finished with 20 points from 18 matches, their position in the table to be decided on Sunday.
Serie A: Defensive error costs Juventus in draw at Atalanta
Dani Alves appeared to have won the game for Juventus when he headed them in front in the 83rd minute but Remo Freuler pounced to equalise six minutes later as he punished some sloppy defending.
April 28, 2017Mourinho says United lacked belief under Van Gaal
Mourinho has a reputation for creating a siege mentality at the clubs he manages, and he has used the injury crisis -- which saw top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and key defender Marcos Rojo suffer serious knee injuries last week - to create a spirit of resistance amongst his current squad.
Zidane's straight talk on politics
Warns against Le Pen in France election run-off
Manchester derby: United hold on for goalless draw at City
Manchester United held on for a goalless draw in a feisty derby with Manchester City after midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off for a headbutt in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.
April 27, 2017EPL PIX: Tottenham refuse to give up title chase, Arsenal eye top-four
With less than a month of the Premier League season left it remains Chelsea's title to lose but Tottenham Hotspur defiantly stayed in contention by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
La Liga: Real, Barcelona still neck and neck after big wins
Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 to stay level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Wednesday after the Catalans crushed Osasuna 7-1, condemning the minnows to relegation.
April 26, 2017Leicester's Shakespeare wants more from in-form Vardy
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League games but manager Craig Shakespeare wants more from the England international.
Meet MLS's top-paid player for third straight year
Orlando City midfielder Kaka is the highest-paid Major League Soccer player for a third consecutive year with over $7 million in annual earnings, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union on Tuesday.
La Liga: Villarreal end Atletico's run, Granada lose again
Atletico Madrid suffered a first defeat in 13 games in all competitions as they lost 1-0 at home to Villarreal on Tuesday after a late strike from substitute Roberto Soriano.
EPL: Chelsea calm nerves and extend lead
Buoyant Chelsea extended their Premier League lead and calmed nerves at Stamford Bridge with a 4-2 win over Southampton on Tuesday that moved them seven points clear of their nearest pursuers Tottenham Hotspur.
April 25, 2017'Manchester derby is game of the season: Herrera
Manchester United's match against ManchesterCity in the Premier League on Thursday is "the game of the season" and will play a decisive role in both teams' chances of finishing in the top four, midfielder Ander Herrera has said.
Atletico's Griezmann set for Old Trafford move?
Manchester United showing 'concrete interest' in the French forward
India 'keeper Subrata Paul opts for 'B' sample after failing dope test
National Anti-Doping Agency chief Navin Agarwal confirmed the former India captain was tested by NADA officials in March but declined to elaborate further.
Look who's back in the English Premier League!
Newcastle thump Preston in tense match to romp back to the top-tier
April 24, 2017Can faltering Liverpool keep European hopes alive?
'I think they're in a big fight now'
Euro football round-up: Juve thump Genoa; Monaco edge Lyon
A summary of results from matches played in the Italian Serie A and Ligue 1
'Arsenal want to win FA Cup for Wenger'
Arsenal beat City 2-1 in extra time to book a place in the final against Chelsea on May 27 and their progress is in contrast to the Premier League season that could see them miss out on a Champions League spot for the first time under Wenger.
How milestone man Messi shaped Real's downfall at the Bernabeu
Messi scored twice with his stunning second strike settling a pulsating clash in the last minute of stoppage time, drawing Barcelona level with Madrid on 75 points at the top of La Liga, although Los Blancos have a game in hand.
El Clasico: Messi scores late winner as Barca down 10-man Real Madrid
That was also Messi's 500th goal for Barcelona.
EPL: Palace striker Benteke's double beats old club Liverpool
'We knew it was going to be hard to play against them, but I give all the praise to the lads for the hard work.'
Arsenal edge City to set up FA Cup final with Chelsea
Arsenal had to come from behind after Sergio Aguero scored his 30th goal of the season for City in the 63rd minute, racing away on to a pass from Yaya Toure.
April 23, 2017EPL: Rooney scores on return as United close in on City
Wayne Rooney scored on his return to the Manchester United starting-line up as Jose Mourinho's side enjoyed a 2-0 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday to close in on the top four and extend their unbeaten league run to 23 games.
Barcelona leaves Neymar out of El Clasico
Barcelona has decided to leave Neymar out of the decisive El Clasico against Real Madrid because of the legal uncertainty over an appeal to overturn his
Chelsea edge Tottenham in thrilling Cup semi-final
Late goals from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matric sealed a 4-2 victory for Chelsea over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a rip-roaring FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
April 22, 2017EPL: Hull, Swansea win to lift survival hopes, Boro sink deeper
Hull City and Swansea City earned valuable victories in their battle for Premier League survival but Middlesbrough slid further towards the drop after a 4-0 hammering at Bournemouth.
April 21, 2017German soccer bomb suspect wanted to profit on stocks: prosecutor
In a statement, the federal chief prosecutor said the 28-year old man, a dual German and Russian national identified as Sergei V., had bought options on Borussia Dortmund's stock before the attack.
Europa League draw: United to face Celta Vigo in last four
The return fixtures will be played on May 11 and the final in Stockholm on May 24.
Defender Monreal reveals Arsenal's targets
Arsenal started the season strongly with a six-game winning streak that lifted them to second position in the league but have since faded and are seven points behind fourth-placed City with just two wins in their last six league games.
Champions League semis: Real to take on Atletico; Monaco v Juve
Eleven-time champions Real Madrid will take on neighbours Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, after a draw made on Friday.
Can Messi reignite season in El Clasico?
Lionel Messi requires two more goals to reach 500 for Barcelona and will have his sights set on achieving the milestone against great rivals Real Madrid in Sunday's Clasico.
German police arrest suspect in Borussia Dortmund bus attack
German police arrested a man on Friday who is suspected of planting explosives targeting the bus of soccer team Borussia Dortmund last week, the office of the German federal chief prosecutor said.
Europa League: Ajax stun Schalke, Lyon win
Ajax Amsterdam, trailing 3-0 and down to 10 men, scored two late goals to overcome Schalke 04 in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday while Olympique Lyonnais won a 16-kick penalty shootout against Besiktas.
Europa: Rashford scores winner but United suffer Ibrahimovic blow
Manchester United needed an extra-time winner from Marcus Rashford to defeat Anderlecht 2-1 at Old Trafford on Thursday and move into the last four of the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
April 20, 2017El Clasico: Can Barca stop 'eternal rivals' Real in their tracks?
Real are unbeaten since February, winning 10 of their last 12 games. In contrast, Barcelona have won just two of their previous five in all competitions and were dumped out of Europe in midweek.
Why Messi & Co flopped against Juventus
Barcelona rarely looked capable of repeating their heroic comeback in the last 16 against Paris St Germain.
Mbappe, Falcao send Monaco into semi-finals
Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao struck early as Monaco reached the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund in an enthralling game on Wednesday that sealed a 6-3 aggregate victory.
Steely Juventus shut down Barcelona to enter semis
Barcelona's hopes of staging another sensational Champions League comeback fell flat against a hardened Juventus side who held the Catalans to a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.
April 19, 2017Don't boo me, I'm always trying: Ronaldo tells Real Madrid fans
'I'm not asking them to name streets after me, the only thing I ask is that they don't boo me here'
This Brazilian football club was crowned champions after 30 years!
Court finds Sport 1987 Brazil champions, 30 years on.
Atletico prove fairytale killers to end Leicester's run
Atletico Madrid proved too streetwise to entertain another Leicester City fairytale as they quelled a stirring home display to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the third time in four seasons on Tuesday, winning 2-1 on aggregate.
Were Bayern robbed in Madrid?
Bayern left fuming over Champions League 'robbery'.
CL: Madrid see off Bayern in controversial thriller to reach semis
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-2 extra-time win and 6-3 aggregate success against 10-man Bayern Munich in controversial circumstances on Tuesday.
April 18, 2017Lampard lauds Terry as greatest Premier League defender
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has hailed John Terry as the Premier League's greatest ever defender after the club announced their captain will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Chelsea: Keep calm and win the EPL title
Chelsea have enough experience to keep their composure in the title race after Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United cut their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points with six games left, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has said.
Can Barcelona produce second miracle comeback?
Barcelona striker Neymar is confident the Catalans can launch another remarkable Champions League comeback as they look to overturn a 3-0 quarter-final deficit against Juventus on Wednesday.
Arsenal keep Champions League hopes alive with Boro win
Arsenal kept alive their slim hopes of securing a Champions League spot next season with a 2-1 Premier League victory at Middlesbrough on Monday that left the hosts in deep danger of relegation.
April 17, 2017Terry to leave Chelsea at end of season
The 36-year-old former England international played over 700 games for Chelsea and has been their most successful captain.
Can Spurs surge to English Premier League title?
The fixture list suggests that Chelsea should still be able to finish above challengers Tottenham Hotspur. But strange things can happen when the pressure reaches it's greatest intensity and here was certainly something strange about Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Euro football: Celta sink Granada; Ligue 1 game abandoned
Bastia game abandoned after fans attack Lyon players
India colts to face European clubs as preparation for U-17 football WC
After taking on Vitoria de Setubal at Troia, the team will cross swords against leading Portuguese club sides Belenenses, Benfica, Estoril and Sporting Club Portugal.
EPL: How Manchester United outclassed Chelsea
'I want to say I was convinced even before (the defeat by Chelsea in February's FA) Cup match that controlling the two players that play behind Diego (Costa) and controlling the full-backs, because they go really deep with two wide men, would create lots of problems and I repeat the same'
Chelsea's fall at Old Trafford re-opens EPL title race
'We lost two games but these two games were totally different. Against Crystal Palace we didn't deserve to lose. Today we deserved to lose the game'
April 16, 2017EPL: United offer hope to Spurs with 2-0 win over Chelsea
Manchester United opened up the Premier League title race with a convincing 2-0 home victory over leaders Chelsea on Sunday that leaves second-placed Tottenham Hotspur just four points behind.
PHOTOS: Barcelona, Real Madrid bag nervy wins
Lionel Messi's double strike helped Barcelona scrape a 3-2 victory over Real Sociedad on Saturday to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who needed a brace from Isco to beat Sporting Gijon by the same scoreline.
April 15, 2017EPL PIX: Man City climb to third, Tottenham keep up Chelsea chase
Tottenham Hotspur's tenacious chase of leaders Chelsea continued as they claimed a 12th consecutive Premier League home win with a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth on Saturday to cut the gap to four points.
April 14, 2017Wenger focused on team amid reports board split on his future
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he was unsure whether there were divisions in the club's boardroom regarding his future and that he was more focused on salvaging his team's stuttering Premier League campaign.
Europa League: Ajax win, United held, trouble delays match at Lyon
European football was given good and bad reminders of its past on Thursday with an impressive 2-0 win for once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam over Schalke 04 in one Europa League game but ugly scenes in the crowd at Lyon delaying another.
April 13, 2017Centurion Ronaldo reaches another milestone
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo may be on course for his worst domestic goal haul since 2010 but with two strikes against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday he became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA competitions.
Meet the six footballers shortlisted for England's PFA award
Premier League-leading Chelsea's success on the pitch has been recognised by the Professional Footballer's Association (PFA) with Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante making the shortlist for the organisation's Players' Player of the Year award.
No evidence to link suspect to Dortmund bus attack
Islamist arrested over Dortmund bus attack was IS member in Iraq
Day after bus blast Dortmund put the 'beautiful game' in perspective
'Until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn't think about football'
Dortmund's Bartra recovering well after injuries from bus blast
Bartra, who joined Dortmund for 8 million euros ($8.49 million) from Barcelona at the start of the season, was operated on for a broken wrist and shrapnel in his arm.
'UEFA treated it as if a beer can had been thrown at the bus'
The match was immediately rescheduled for Wednesday and Monaco ran out 3-2 winners in what turned out to be a pulsating game.
Controversial Griezmann penalty gives Atletico edge over Leicester
The France striker was fouled by Leicester's Marc Albrighton on the edge of the box and referee Jonas Eriksson deemed the action to have continued into the penalty area.
Champions League PIX: How Real Madrid rallied to victory over Bayern
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA competitions when he struck twice as holders Real Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
Champions League: Monaco's Mbappe stuns Dortmund after bus attack
Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored twice to give AS Monaco a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a Champions League quarter-final first-leg match that was postponed following an attack on the home team's bus.
April 12, 2017Defiance and shock as Dortmund and Monaco face off after attack
Borussia Dortmund fans put on a show of defiance on Wednesday as they poured into their home stadium for their match against AS Monaco, postponed after an attack on the team bus a day earlier.
Here's why Barcelona don't believe in second miracle comeback
Barcelona are on the verge of Champions League elimination after being thrashed 3-0 by Juventus in Turin on Tuesday, and few believe lightning can strike twice.
Dortmund attack probe: Germany detains suspect with Islamist background
A man of Islamist background has been detained by German investigators probing blasts against a bus carrying players of Borussia Dortmund soccer club, the federal public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.
'Every Europa League game like a final for Manchester United'
'The Europa League is a massive thing for us now -- it's a trophy and it gives us qualification for the Champions League. With the players we have got, we can be unstoppable'
Leicester manager Shakespeare denies argument with Ranieri
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has said that he never had any arguments with predecessor Claudio Ranieri and there was no ill feeling between the pair prior to the Italian's sacking.
Messi successor 'Jewel' Dybala enjoys childhood dream
Paulo Dybala said his two-goal performance against Barcelona on Tuesday was the sort of night he had dreamed about since he used to play on the bumpy pitches of the Argentine second division as a slightly-built teenager.
Dreamers Leicester ready for hardened Atletico
Before Leicester enchanted the sporting world last year with their miraculous Premier League title win, Atletico had worked similar wonders in 2014 by breaking the strangehold of Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga.
Champions League preview: Real's 'BBC' trio out to reignite spark against Bayern
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to rekindle some of the magic they once served up under Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday when they face their old coach in the latest edition of Real Madrid's rivalry with Bayern Munich.
Who is behind Dortmund bus blast? Islamist militants or Neo Nazis?
German investigators are looking into the possibility that explosions targeting a bus carrying players of soccer club Borussia Dortmund may have been carried out by Islamists militants, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Barca's Neymar to miss Clasico after receiving three-match ban
Barcelona star Neymar will miss the Clasico after receiving a three-match ban following his red card against Malaga, dealing a big blow to the Catalans who lie three points behind Real Madrid having played a game more than their rivals.
Champions League PIX: Dybala upstages Messi as Juve stun Barcelona
Paulo Dybala upstaged his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi by scoring two exquisitely taken goals to set Juventus on the way to an emphatic 3-0 win over an underwhelming Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Player injured in Borussia Dortmund bus blast; match rescheduled
At least one person has been injured by an explosion on the bus taking the Borussia Dortmund soccer team to their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg match against Monaco in Dortmund on Tuesday.
April 11, 2017Underperforming Argentina sack coach Bauza
Media reports suggest Sevilla's Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has never disguised his ambition to take charge of the national team and steered neighbouring Chile to the Copa America title in 2015, will step into the vacancy.
Champions League preview: Juve wary of Barca attack
Instead, Allegri said on Monday, he would throw on all his best attacking players in an attempt to outscore his opponents in the first leg at the Juventus stadium.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal cave in at Palace, blow chance for top-four finish
Images from the English Premier League match played between Arsenal and Crystal Palace on Monday
April 10, 2017Manchester United will fight to the finish for Champions League spot
I'm not happy with just fighting for fourth, I want to fight for trophies, says manager Jose Mourinho
April 09, 2017I-League: Bengaluru FC edge Aizawl 1-0
Both teams had their chances in the match and just when all had thought that points would be split, substitute Marjan Jugovic leapt to head in a perfect Sunil Chhetri free-kick taken from the edge of the box.
EPL: Leicester's winning run ends, United cruise to victory
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 28th goal of the season in all competitions put United ahead and Sunderland's cause became all but impossible after Seb Larsson was sent off close to halftime.
EPL: Chelsea in champion form at Bournemouth, win 3-1
Chelsea had the look of champions again as they maintained their comfortable seven-point advantage at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday -- but Tottenham Hotspur will not give up the chase.
La Liga: Barcelona miss chance to go top
Barcelona fall to shock Malaga defeat.
April 08, 2017La Liga: Griezmann's late goal dents Real Madrid's title charge
Pepe opened the scoring for Real with a looping header that flew past Jan Oblak in the 52nd minute and it looked like the hosts would earn three points to move five clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
EPL PHOTOS: Spurs crush Watford to close gap; Liverpool down Stoke
Title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur made hay in the sunshine as Son Heung-min scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Watford that closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to four points in Saturday's early kickoff.
April 07, 2017Sports Shorts: Former United striker Cole has kidney transplant
Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole is recovering in hospital after undergoing a kidney transplant, the club said in a statement on Friday.
Conte plays down exit talk, says future is at Chelsea
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave short shrift to media reports linking him with a move away from the English Premier League leaders and said he was eager to build "something important" at Stamford Bridge.
April 06, 2017Can Tottenham spoil Chelsea's EPL party?
Tottenham Hotspur have the chance to exert psychological pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea when they open the weekend programme at home to Watford on Saturday.
India rise to best-ever FIFA rankings in two decades
The Indian football team achieved its best-ever FIFA ranking in over two decades as it jumped to 101 in the latest list released on Thursday.
Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time in seven years
Five-times world champions Brazil have returned to what they will consider their rightful place at the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years.
La Liga: Real stay top, Barca thump Sevilla
Real Madrid beat Leganes 4-2 on Wednesday despite resting key players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as goals from Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez helped them stay top of La Liga after Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Sevilla.
EPL: Chelsea win but Tottenham keep the title race alive
Chelsea ticked off three more points in their Premier League title quest with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday but Tottenham Hotspur's Houdini-like 3-1 win at Swansea means the race is far from over.
April 05, 2017Why Irish women's soccer team changed in public toilets?
Members of Ireland's women's soccer team threatened on Tuesday to boycott their next international match unless the country's football association tackles what they described as "humiliating" working conditions.
Reds ready to 'play ugly'; Pep tells players to prove their worth
Juergen Klopp has said his Liverpool team must be prepared to play ugly football to secure Champions League qualification following the injury to productive forward Sadio Mane ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash against Bournemouth.
EPL heating up! Mourinho urges Shaw to develop football brain
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said full back Luke Shaw used "his body with my brain" during his side's 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday and has urged the England international to develop a better understanding of the game.
La Liga: Red-hot Atletico earn fifth straight win
Brazilian defender Filipe Luis scored for the second game running as Atletico Madrid beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Tuesday to rack up a fifth straight win in La Liga and provisionally consolidate third place in the standings.
Meet United's 'lion' among pussycats
In a TV interview before Tuesday's match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been asked if he was the best striker in the Premier League.
EPL: Late Ibra penalty saves Man Utd, more Sunderland woe
Manchester United's struggle to achieve a top-four finish continued on Tuesday as Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to their rescue with an added time penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw against Everton in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
April 04, 2017PHOTOS: Ronaldo naked is everything we imagined!
Real Madrid's football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo shared glimpses of his upcoming naked photoshoot on social media with a cleverly positioned hand concealing his privates.
April 03, 2017Chelsea boss taking season 'step by step' ahead of Man City test
Premier League leaders Chelsea are focused on getting results in their remaining nine games as they fight for the title, instead of dwelling on Saturday's 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, manager Antonio Conte said.
Euro football: Juve hold out for tense draw at Napoli, Milan held
A round-up of the top-flight football matches played across Italy and Germany on Sunday
Guardiola's Manchester City remain unconvincing title challengers
Guardiola has crafted a sleek offensive unit but, after a breathless opening 15 minutes at The Emirates, they appeared to ease off as their intensity levels dropped and they allowed Arsenal back into the match.
EPL: Have Manchester United given up on a top-four finish?
Manchester United may field weakened teams in the league if a top-four finish seems beyond them in order to boost their chances of winning the Europa League, manager Jose Mourinho said.
The Professor thanks fans even as days at Arsenal looked numbered
Against a background of supporter discontent over the form of Wenger's team as the Frenchman decides his future, with a protest outside the ground before kick-off urging the manager to leave his post, Arsenal were nervy from the start.
La Liga: Neymar strikes his 100th Barca goal in win over Granada
Barca are now second on 66 points, two behind Real who have a game in hand as they chase a first title triumph since 2012.
April 02, 2017Here's what happened after Barca B left their opponents in tears
Eldense provisionally suspended all sporting activities on Sunday, the day after a 12-0 thrashing by Barcelona B which was a joint-record defeat in the third tier of Spanish soccer.
La Liga: Real consolidate first place
Real Madrid tightened their grip on top spot by beating Alaves 3-0 at home in La Liga on Sunday to provisionally move five points ahead of nearest challengers Barcelona despite coach Zinedine Zidane making a string of changes in defence.
EPL: Man City hold Arsenal; Middlesbrough frustrate Swansea
Images from the English Premier League matches played across England on Sunday.
Retirement is like dying for Arsenal manager Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has repeated his intention to stay in management next season, saying retirement would be like dying.
April 01, 2017EPL PIX: Palace stun Chelsea, Man United held
Philippe Coutinho inspired Liverpool to a comfortable 3-1 home win over Everton in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday to move provisionally up to third in the Premier League.
March 31, 2017FIFA hands 1,300-page corruption report to Swiss authorities
FIFA has completed a 22-month internal inquiry into allegations of high-level corruption and criminal misconduct that buffeted world football and handed its report to Swiss authorities, soccer's ruling body said on Friday.
March 30, 2017FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup
Under the proposal, made by the FIFA Bureau, for the enlarged tournament beginning in 2026, Europe would get 16 direct places, Africa nine, Asia eight, South America six, CONCACAF six and Oceania one, totalling 46 teams.
'Even Jesus couldn't please everyone': Sculptor defends Ronaldo bust
'I asked him what he thought of the result and he said he liked it'
Here's why Mourinho is against international friendlies
Scheduling mid-season international friendlies alongside qualification matches makes no sense, says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, after defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling picked up injuries on England duty last week.
March 29, 2017Ronaldo Airport naming ceremony overshadowed by dodgy statue
Madeira renamed its airport in honour of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday -- although it is a new statue of the four-time world player of the year that is likely to grab the headlines.
Barcelona condemn 'unfair and disproportionate' Messi ban
Barcelona have condemned FIFA's decision to impose a four-match international ban on striker Lionel Messi for verbally abusing a match official in Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Chile last week.
Will Ibrahimovic extend his contract at Manchester United?
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing his time at the Premier League club and is in talks to extend his contract, saying he "never leaves a job unfinished".
The first team to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup is...
Brazil have become the first team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, maintaining their proud record as the tournament's only ever-present side with a little help from Lionel Messi's foul mouth and lightly-regarded Peru.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo scores but Portugal lose; Italy add to Dutch misery
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his Madeira homecoming with an early strike but Sweden wrecked the party by hitting back from two down to win 3-2.
WC qualifiers: Neymar keeps Brazil ticking; Bolivia stun Argentina
Neymar shrugged off some rough tackling and a missed penalty to score a brilliant solo goal as he led Brazil to a 3-0 win over Paraguay that moved them within sight of the 2018 World Cup finals on Tuesday.
March 28, 2017'FIFA decision process on 48 World Cup teams unacceptable'
The ECA, an organisation representing 220 soccer clubs, opposes the world governing body's decision which Rummenigge, the former Germany international who is also Bayern Munich's chief executive, has previously dismissed as "nonsense".
Asian Cup qualifiers: Chhetri strike ends India's 64-year-old jinx
A last-minute strike by Sunil Chhetri helped India break a 64-year-old jinx as they pipped Myanmar by a solitary goal to begin their AFC Asian Cup qualifiers campaign on a promising note, in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday.
Messi gets four-match FIFA ban for insulting ref
According to Associated Press, Messi was banned for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday, FIFA said hours before kickoff in La Paz.
Qualifiers: Australia finally win, Iran close in on 2018 FIFA World Cup
Iran took a significant step towards qualifying for next year's World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over China on Tuesday that pushed Marcello Lippi's team closer to the brink of elimination.
March 27, 2017U-17 WC: Kolkata to host final; Mumbai, Guwahati get semis
Kolkata will host the summit clash of the U-17 World Cup football on October 28 while Navi Mumbai and Guwahati were chosen to stage the semi-finals.
Ozil soon to decide on his Arsenal future
Meanwhile, Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard says his "heart is at Old Trafford" and negotiations are ongoing over a new deal with the club that will extend a contract that runs out at the end of next season.
PHOTOS: Germany crush Azerbaijan, England struggle to victory
World champions Germany cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Azerbaijan to stay on track for a spot in next year's World Cup in Russia, while England laboured to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.
March 26, 2017West Bengal win Santosh Trophy for 32nd time
West Bengal, on Sunday, lifted the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time after Manvir Singh struck in the 119th minute for a 1-0 win over Goa, extending their domination in the premier domestic football tournament.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo takes Portugal tally to 70, Bulgaria shock Dutch
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two stunning goals and took his international tally to 70 as he led Portugal to an emphatic 3-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
March 25, 2017DY Patil is the best stadium, it is benchmark for other venues: FIFA
"I said last year that I was happy with the stadium and I haven't changed my mind. It is a fantastic stadium and most of the works which we have requested to be able to host four teams and all the logistical organisational aspects of the World Cup have been completed," Yarza told reporters after the inspection visit.
Football PHOTOS: Spain, Italy register easy wins
Spain strolled to a 4-1 win at home to Israel, while Italy survived some first-half scares on the way to a 2-0 win and Ukraine registered a 1-0 home win over Ukraine in an action-packed game.
March 24, 2017Tottenham's Alli suspended for three European games
Alli was dismissed for a wild challenge on Gent's Brecht Dejaegere in the first half of the match at Wembley.
U-17 WC: FIFA 'deeply concerned' over incomplete work at Kochi stadium
'The venue has a very strong football culture and it would be a matter of great shame if we don't manage to fulfil the requirements in time'
Sports Shots: FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players
A round-up of all football-related news...
German great Beckenbauer questioned by Swiss prosecutors for corruption
The Swiss Attorney General's Office (OAG) opened criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer and three other former high-ranking German soccer officials last September. The proceedings related to allegations of fraud, criminal mismanagement, money laundering and misappropriation.
WC qualifiers: Messi helps Argentina edge Chile; Brazil, Japan on track
A round-up of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers played on Thursday
March 23, 2017U-17 World Cup: Here's why Goa is unlikely to get marquee matches
One of the traditional hubs of Indian football alongside Kolkata and Kerala, Goa's chances of hosting marquee matches in the FIFA U-17 World Cup appear to have taken a hit owing to low attendance in the AFC U-16 event last year.
UEFA mulls squad limits, transfer market changes
'We do have to examine new mechanisms like luxury taxes and in particular sporting criteria like squad limitations and fair transfer rules, to avoid player hoarding and excessive concentration of talent within a few teams'
Asian Cup berth in 2019 essential for India, says coach Constantine
India, currently ranked 132nd in the FIFA world rankings, have never played in the World Cup finals and kick off the latest phase of their attempt to qualify for the Asian Cup on Tuesday when they take on Myanmar in Yangon.
Friendly: Podolski bids goodbye with stunning winner over England
Germany's Lukas Podolski capped his international swansong with a sensational goal to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly on Wednesday.
March 22, 2017India outclass Cambodia in football friendly
The Indian football team broke a 12-year-old jinx of not winning a match away from home as they beat lower ranked Cambodia 3-2 in an international friendly in Phnom Penh.
U-17 World Cup: FIFA urges to speed up preparation work in Delhi
The FIFA's inspection team on Wednesday sounded fairly satisfied over the progress at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, one of the venues for the Under-17 World Cup, but urged authorities to speed up work on core areas like competition and training sites.
What United should do to secure Champions League spot...
Manchester United should focus on winning the Europa League this season, which would bring the club a trophy they have never won and secure qualification for next season's Champions League, former manager Alex Ferguson has said.
'Fake news': Wenger denies rumours of PSG move
Arsene Wenger has denied he has been offered a two-year deal to become coach at Paris Saint-Germain.
A perfect stage set for Podolski's farewell
Germany's Lukas Podolski will receive an appropriate farewell when the world champions meet England in a high-quality friendly on Wednesday with the winger having become one of the country's all-time greats, coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday.
March 21, 2017Chicago Fire sign Schweinsteiger from Manchester United
The 32-year-old German, who signed for United at the start of last season, has fallen out of favour since manager Jose Mourinho arrived at the club at the start of the current campaign.
Referee banned after South Africa hit by new match-fixing crisis
The ban results from a penalty Lamptey awarded to South Africa in a 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November.
EPL: City charged with misconduct in Liverpool game
Referee Michael Oliver was surrounded by City players after he awarded Liverpool a spot kick following a Gael Clichy foul on Roberto Firmino.
Leicester's Vardy got death threats over Ranieri sacking
Ranieri left the Midlands club in February, just nine months after winning the Premier League title, with Leicester 17th in the standings and battling relegation. Vardy has since faced accusations of influencing the decision to sack the Italian.
March 20, 2017La Liga: Messi at double as Barca beat Valencia, Atletico see off stuttering Sevilla
Lionel Messi scored twice as La Liga champions Barcelona saw off a persistent Valencia side, who had Eliaquim Mangala sent off in the first half, to win 4-2 on Sunday and stay on the heels of leaders Real Madrid.
Guardiola 'happy and proud' as City draw with Liverpool
Pep Guardiola won 21 trophies in seven years while in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich but said his Manchester City side's 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday was one of his happiest moments in management.
PHOTOS: City hit back to earn a draw with Liverpool
Manchester City had to come from behind to hold Liverpool 1-1 as both teams lost ground in the Premier League following victories for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
March 19, 2017EPL: Spurs keep up Chelsea chase; United punish Boro
Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur kept up the distant chase of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Southampton to cut the gap to 10 points on Sunday.
Euro football: Inter's Champions League hopes dented, Nice held
Romelu Lukakuare still five points off the Champions League places after Antonio Candreva's equaliser rescued a solitary point in a 2-2 draw at Torino in a thrilling Serie A clash on Saturday.
Wenger hints at Arsenal end game
A downbeat Arsene Wenger said he has decided on his Arsenal future and would reveal all soon after his side slumped to a dismal 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
FIFA promises to deliver 'magnificent' U-17 World Cup
India's vast size and diversity posed as obstacles in the initial preparatory stage, but having crossed the hurdles, FIFA's head of events Jaime Yarza
Injured Sanchez could miss World Cup qualifiers
Sanchez's ankle in 'terrible state', says Wenger
EPL: Chelsea 13 points clear; Arsenal stunned
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.
La Liga: Casemiro guides Real through Athletic test
Real Madrid went five points clear at the top of La Liga after coming through a testing game at Athletic Bilbao to win 2-1 thanks to Brazilian midfield lynchpin Casemiro's strike on Saturday.
March 18, 2017Chelsea's eye on points table but not looking too far ahead
Chelsea need 24 points from their remaining 11 fixtures to win the Premier League title, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday ahead of their trip to Stoke City on Saturday.
March 17, 2017Klopp says Liverpool not favourites but it's possible to beat City
Liverpool should not be considered favourites when they travel to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday, despite his side's impressive record against teams near the top of the table.
Barca assistant Unzue receives players' backing for top job
Unzue is one of the two leading candidates to succeed Luis Enrique, who announced this month he will leave at the end of this season, along with Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde.
We have a realistic chance of qualifying for AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri
Football captain Sunil Chhetri wants India to "set a benchmark" by regularly qualifying for AFC Asian Cup, the continent's premier tournament.
PHOTOS: United, Schalke and Ajax into Europa League last eight
Schalke 04 hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and overcome fellow Germans Borussia Moenchenglach on away goals in their Europa League last 16 tie while Manchester United edged Rostov 1-0 to progress on Thursday.
March 16, 2017Defoe back for England at age of 34
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe was recalled to the England squad at the age of 34 on Thursday ahead of next week's friendly in Germany and a World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.
Champions League: Nasri brands Vardy 'a cheat' after red card
Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri has accused Jamie Vardy of cheating after the Frenchman was sent off for squaring up to the Leicester forward and bumping foreheads in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
Atletico march into quarters as Oblak shines
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was the hero as the Spanish side reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row after drawing 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen in an open last-16 second leg.
PHOTOS: Monaco knock Manchester City out of Champions League
Monaco swept into the Champions League quarter-finals and left Manchester City to pick up the pieces of another failed European campaign after a 3-1 victory on Wednesday sent them through on away goals.
March 15, 2017Mourinho praise: Pogba doesn't give an ass to what people say about him
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of Paul Pogba after the under-fire midfielder came in for further criticism following a below-par performance in Monday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea.
Like father like son, Schmeichel saves day for Leicester
Just like his father nearly two decades ago, Kasper Schmeichel proved a formidable last line of defence.
Champions League: Revitalised Leicester stun Sevilla; Juve through
From heroes to zeros and back again, Leicester City's remarkable rollercoaster ride took another twist as a superb 2-0 victory over Sevilla put them in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.
March 14, 2017Champions League Preview: Can Monaco knock City out?
Monaco owe most of their recent success to their young guns, but when they face Manchester City looking to overturn a two-goal deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, they will turn to a more experienced player in Radamel Falcao.
I'm still Chelsea's number one, says beaten Mourinho
Manchester United's Jose Mourinho, humbled for the second time this season in front of the Chelsea fans who once idolised him, did not go quietly on Monday as he declared that he remains the London club's number one manager.
FA Cup: Chelsea beat Mourinho's 10-man United to reach semis
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte got the upper hand on Jose Mourinho for the second time this season as his double-chasing side beat 10-man Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup semi-finals on Monday.
March 13, 2017Euro football: Roma and Napoli win 3-0; PSG beat Lorient
A round-up of matches played in the Serie A and French Ligue 1 on Sunday
La Liga: Ramos heads Real Madrid to top after Barca's shock loss
Real fought back after a calamitous own goal from keeper Keylor Navas gave Betis the lead in the 25th minute, just after the Costa Rican escaped a possible red card. Cristiano Ronaldo pulled the hosts level in the 41st with a diving header.
EPL: Can seals comeback win to maintain Liverpool's top four push
Liverpool kept their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League on course as Emre Can thundered home a second-half winner to complete a hard-earned 2-1 comeback win over Burnley at a relieved Anfield on Sunday.
March 12, 2017FA Cup: Kane injury mars Spurs' six-goal stroll
Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals but an injury to Harry Kane marred the party as they marked their last tie at their White Hart Lane home with a 6-0 thrashing of third-tier London rivals Millwall on Sunday.
Shakespeare appointed Leicester manager for rest of season
Craig Shakespeare has been appointed as Leicester City's manager for the rest of the season, the Premier League champions announced on Sunday.
La Liga: Deportivo stun Barca
Barcelona were in danger of being toppled from the top of La Liga standings on Sunday after they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna.
FA Cup: Arsenal end Lincoln's adventure
FA Cup: Arsenal end Lincoln's adventure
March 10, 2017EPL player of the month award goes to...
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been named the Premier League manager of the month for February, while in-form Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane picked up his fourth player of the month award.
After 'crazy' win, Rakitic agrees new deal with Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has agreed a new four-year contract with the Spanish champions until 2021, the club said a day after they reached the Champions League quarter-finals by thrashing Paris St Germain 6-1.
After Camp Nou loss, PSG players confronted by angry fans at airport
Police have launched an investigation after Paris St Germain's players were confronted by angry supporters upon their return to the French capital on Wednesday following their 6-1 Champions League defeat in Barcelona, the Ligue 1 club has said.
Europa League: United earn draw at Rostov, Lyon beat Roma 4-2
Europa League favourites Manchester United secured a 1-1 draw on a threadbare pitch at Rostov, while Olympique Lyonnais beat AS Roma 4-2 helped by a fine individual goal from Nabil Fekir in their last 16, first leg ties on Thursday.
March 09, 2017Will Trump's immigration ban affect US bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup?
The United States would have to grant entry to players, officials and fans from any country that qualified if it won the right to host the 2026 World Cup finals, soccer body FIFA said.
'India has a fast-growing football scene'
Former France defender Mikael Silvestre, who played for Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC in the inaugural edition in 2014, feels that football is growing fast in India.
No official recognition for Luis Figo's Premier Futsal, says AIFF
The AIFF also asked its state units not to allow their players to participate in the 'unauthorised and unofficial Futsal league'.
Xabi Alonso: A versatile midfielder who won all there was to win
'I never thought I would have such a great career and I hope there are still some more things to be added to those'
Fans' views will influence Wenger's future at Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will take into consideration the views of the club's divided fan base before deciding whether to extend his 20-year reign at the north London side.
Bayern's Xabi Alonso to quit football at end of season
The 35-year-old, who quit international football in 2014, took to Twitter, to reveal his decision.
The GREATEST comebacks in UEFA Champions League history
Following this stunning turn-around of fortunes for Barcelona, here is a flashback of some of the best come-from-behind wins recorded in Europe's premier club competition.
Bournemouth defender Mings banned for five matches
Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match ban for violent conduct against Manchester United last weekend, the FA said on Wednesday.
Aubameyang hat-trick leads Dortmund into last eight
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund crushed Benfica 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate.
Manchester City drop crucial points at home against Stoke
Manchester City failed to fire in a frustrating 0-0 home draw with StokeCity on Wednesday that dealt a damaging blow to their Premier League title hopes and left them 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Is PSG coach Emery's job at stake after Champions League exit?
Paris Saint Germain's Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said there were no excuses for not going through to the quarters as he came to terms with the team's earliest exit from the Champions League since the club was taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority in 2011.
Where did PSG lose the plot? Emery searches for answers
Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery cursed his side for switching off in the final minutes of their 6-1 defeat at Barcelona which sent the French champions out of the Champions League before the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.
Post Camp Nou heroics, Barca now Champions League favourites
It was arguably the greatest comeback in Champions League history and one that very few people saw coming, as punters shied away from backing Barcelona to complete an extraordinary comeback against Paris St Germain on Wednesday.
Barca's night of miracle will prompt lots of love making: Pique
Barcelona's amazing 6-1 victory over Paris St Germain on Wednesday that sent them through to the Champions League quarter-finals will forever stay in the memories of supporters, coach Luis Enrique said.
Barcelona pull off the mother of all comebacks
Barcelona completed one of the most extraordinary comebacks in European football history to knock Paris St Germain out of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory that rewrote the record books.
March 08, 2017PHOTOS: Ramos double rescues Real Madrid
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos performed another rescue act to wreck Napoli's brave comeback attempt and take the Champions League title-holders into the quarter-finals.
PHOTOS: Bayern humiliate dispirited Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate
Arsenal conceded five goals for the first time at their Emirates Stadium as they suffered their worst home defeat for 19 years.
I-League: Balwant late strike saves Mohun Bagan blushes
Mumbai FC almost pulled off a spectacular upset before Mohun Bagan rode on a Balwant Singh strike in the dying moments for a thrilling 2-2
March 07, 2017La Liga: Sevilla held at Alaves after mistake by keeper Rico
Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico blundered and then made two brilliant late stops as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Alaves on Monday that dented their La Liga title bid.
I-League: EB official abuses referee following defeat to Churchill
Trouble erupted after East Bengal suffered a 1-2 defeat to Churchill Brothers as fans booed coach Trevor Morgan and a home side support staff member was seen abusing referee Santosh Kumar.
Ibrahimovic handed three match ban for violent conduct
Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a three-match ban with immediate effect on Tuesday after admitting a charge of violent conduct and accepting the standard penalty, the FA said.
Table toppers Chelsea won't get casual
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte welcomed the pressure other clubs are trying to maintain on his runaway Premier League leaders and said he expected a battle until the season is over.
CL Preview: Barca prepare for miraculous comeback
Barcelona first struggled to come to terms with their shock 4-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in the Champions League last 16 first leg but have sparkled in their last two games and are daring to believe they can defy history by reaching the quarter-finals.
EPL: Chelsea ease past West Ham thanks to Hazard and Costa
Chelsea brushed aside London rivals West Ham United with a 2-1 away win that restored their 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Monday.
March 06, 2017Wenger rejects reports of Sanchez bust-up
'(The media reports are) completely false. But I understand that you have to fill the newspapers and we respect that'
ISL club Chennaiyin FC and coach Materazzi part ways
Materazzi guided Chennaiyin to the title in the second season as they dramatically came from behind to beat hosts FC Goa 3-2 in the final.
EPL: Ibrahimovic, Mings charged with violent conduct
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings were charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday.
Could United lose Champions League spot?
'If you look at the points we've lost at home -- all the matches where we draw -- you're thinking about 10 or 12 and, with these points we wouldn't just be speaking about the top four, we'd be speaking about the top two or the top one'
Why Chelsea's Conte hates not being in Champions League
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hates not being in the Champions League and has made it his mission to ensure the Premier League leaders consistently qualify for Europe's elite competition.
Champions League Preview: Arsenal facing mission impossible
Arsenal will have to produce the biggest second leg comeback in a Champions League knockout tie to avoid a seventh successive exit at the last 16 stage when they host Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
EPL: Manchester City keep up title chase
Sergio Aguero proved he is still vital to Manchester City's cause as the Argentine paved the way for a routine 2-0 victory at bottom club Sunderland on Sunday.
La Liga: Griezmann, Gameiro get Atletico back to winning ways
Atletico Madrid's French forwards Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro fired them to a first win in three league outings as they beat Valencia 3-0 on Sunday to maintain their hold on Spain's fourth Champions League qualifying place.
March 05, 2017EPL: Kane double against Everton helps Spurs cut Chelsea's lead
Harry Kane's superb scoring streak continued as Tottenham Hotspur survived some late nerves to beat Everton 3-2 at White Hart Lane on Sunday and cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.
Has Wenger dug himself deeper into a hole with Sanchez decision?
Arsene Wenger reckoned that leaving his leading marksman Alexis Sanchez on the substitutes' bench had been a "debatable" decision but it was one that appeared to backfire on the Arsenal manager in the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool crush Arsenal, Zlatan misfires for United
Liverpool put their recent troubles behind them, showing touches of their best early-season vibrancy to overcame Arsenal 3-1 at a jubilant Anfield and leapfrog the Gunners into third place in the Premier League on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Real and Barcelona win; Bayern ease past Cologne
Lionel Messi was in inspired form as champions Barcelona hammered Celta Vigo 5-0 on Saturday, recording a fourth straight league victory which keeps them top of La Liga after Real Madrid had put the pressure on the Catalans with a 4-1 win at Eibar.
March 04, 2017La Liga: Real Madrid thrash Eibar without Bale and Ronaldo
Real Madrid romped to a 4-1 win at tiny Eibar on Saturday, provisionally returning to the top of La Liga, despite the absence of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for Zinedine Zidane's side.
I-League: Churchill stun Mohun Bagan
Churchill Brothers came back from behind strongly to end Mohun Bagan's unbeaten run with a 2-1 win in the 12th round match of Hero I-League at Tilak Stadium, in Vasco, on Saturday.
EPL: Wasteful Man United held; Southampton edge seven-goal thriller
Manchester United spurned a chance to move into the Premier League's top four after striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bournemouth on Saturday.
Shootouts could get tennis tiebreak-type system
Soccer's rule makers are considering a tennis tiebreak-type system to make penalty shootouts fairer.
March 03, 2017Rooney move to Everton is 'nonsense' talk
Rooney, the all-time leading goalscorer for club and country, has started eight Premier League games this season and has not played since Feb. 1.
Conte picks Carroll as West Ham's danger man
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reiterated his commitment to the Premier League leaders on Friday, following media reports that he was finding hard to adjust to life in England without his family.
Luis Enrique on quitting: 'I need to disconnect'
'I haven't lost any strength in the last four days and in one sense I feel a little relieved but focused on the objectives we set for ourselves at the start of the season'
Klopp urges inconsistent Liverpool to get back on track
Liverpool, who are fifth in the table and have won just one league game since the turn of the year, host fourth-placed Arsenal on Saturday looking to bounce back immediately from one of their worst performances of the season.
Atletico's Torres released from hospital after head injury
Striker Fernando Torres has been released from hospital, his club Atletico Madrid said on Friday, after sustaining a head injury during Thursday's 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.
Former France and Real Madrid great Kopa passes away at 85
Former France soccer great Raymond Kopa, who won three European Cups with Real Madrid in the 1950s, died at the age of 85 on Friday.
Why Luis Enrique never got the same credit as Guardiola
Underlying tensions mean Luis Enrique will not be remembered with the same reverence as Pep Guardiola, even though he has delivered a similar trophy haul.
Atletico 'nervous and worried' by Torres neck injury
Fernando Torres's head injury shocked his Atletico Madrid team mates as the striker had to be carried off on a stretcher towards the end of Thursday's 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.
March 02, 2017Bale says sorry after red card dents Real Madrid's title bid
'He said sorry, he's not happy with the red card, but it's over now. These things happen and we can't chance it, but with 10 men we still managed to equalise'
Under fire at Arsenal, Wenger linked to Barcelona move
'I've been here 20 years and many times had the opportunity to leave. I don't have to convince you my preference has always been Arsenal'
First female coach to lead a men's club hopes to inspire other women
Chan Yuen-ting, the first female coach to lead a men's professional soccer club to a top-flight title, hopes her success with Hong Kong's Eastern will inspire other women to follow their dreams.
Roundup: Bayern storm past Schalke into German Cup semis
Robert Lewandowski struck twice in the first half as holders Bayern Munich cruised past Schalke 04 3-0 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup semi-finals.
FA Cup: Aguero at the double as Man City ease into quarters
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City survived an early scare to romp into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 5-1 home drubbing of second-tier Huddersfield Town in a fifth-round replay on Wednesday.
La Liga: Barca run riot before coach bombshell, Real falter
Barcelona thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1 to go top of La Liga on a dramatic night in Spain on Wednesday as Luis Enrique announced he was stepping down as the Catalan club's coach at the end of the season.
Barca boss Luis Enrique to leave at end of season
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is leaving the Spanish La Liga champions at the end of the season when his contract expires after three trophy-laden seasons at the club.
March 01, 2017Portugal's Luis Norton de Matos appointed India U-17 coach
The All India Football Federation, on Wednesday appointed Portugal's Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India U-17 team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup scheduled to be held in October this year.
Are referees really favouring Real Madrid?
Real Madrid on top because of performances, not referees, says coach Zidane.
Will Ranieri find new job immediately?
Claudio Ranieri will not have to wait long for another job following his sacking by Leicester City, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday.
February 28, 2017EPL champions Leicester may turn to Shakespeare to revive fortunes
Craig Shakespeare is the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Claudio Ranieri as manager of Leicester City after taking charge of Monday's impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool.
Fiorentina jeered off after squandering another two-goal lead
Fiorentina squandered a two-goal lead at home for the second time in five days on Monday and were jeered off the field following a 2-2 draw with Torino which heaped the pressure on coach Paulo Sousa.
'Lion' Ibrahimovic takes on critics after League Cup heroics
'I'm from the old school where they work hard and get what they get from doing the hard work, not like the new school where it is easy to get what you want'
Sharp and in ship shape, Kane announces 'I'm among best in the world'
'I feel that if you look at my stats, my goals, then I'm up there. If you guys want to print that (I'm one of the best in the world), I'm more than happy to have that'
Germany's World Cup hero sidelined with 'metabolic disturbances'
Dortmund's Mario Goetze has suffered with muscular problems in recent months, prompting a comprehensive internal investigation into the possible causes, the club said on Monday.
EPL: Vardy nets brace as Leicester stun Liverpool
In their first match since manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked after five successive defeats in which they failed to score a goal, Leicester produced the kind of vibrant display that carried them to glory last May.
February 27, 2017Mourinho asks United fans to urge Ibrahimovic to stay
Manchester United supporters should camp outside Zlatan Ibrahimovic's house to make sure he signs a contract extension at the club, manager Jose Mourinho said after the Swede's deadly double decided the League Cup final.
Real Madrid's late comeback stuns Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both scored as Real Madrid staged a remarkable late comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Villarreal and stay top of La Liga.
PHOTOS: Ibrahimovic strikes twice as Manchester United win League Cup
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved his hunger for silverware has not diminished with age as the Swede's double earned a 3-2 win over Southampton in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley.
Messi strikes late again to sink Atletico
Lionel Messi came to Barcelona's rescue for the second time in a week by snatching a late winner to give his side a barely deserved 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday which provisionally took the champions top of La Liga.
February 26, 2017Chelsea surge 11 points clear, Leicester into bottom three
Chelsea are now 11 points ahead of Manchester City who have 13 games left to play and while Italian Conte is too cagey to start proclaiming his side yet, only a monumental loss of form can deny them the title.
February 25, 2017My dream has died, says sacked Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri said his "dream died" when he was sacked by Leicester City nine months after leading them to the English Premier League title against all the odds.
February 24, 2017Simeone seeks first Liga win over Barca in his 300th game
The toughness and guile that made Diego Simeone a great player has been there for all to see in his time as manager of Atletico Madrid, and the Argentinian marks his 300th game at the club with a major challenge on Sunday against Barcelona.
Manchester United handed tough Europa league draw
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Friday's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League against Russian side Rostov has been unkind to his team, the favourites.
Most searched player in China...
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is comfortably the most influential soccer player online in China.
Ranieri sacked again, but now has a golden legacy
Even by the standards of modern soccer management mayhem, the vertiginous rise and equally stunning fall of Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri takes the breath away.
Roberto Mancini may replace Ranieri at Leicester
Decision to sack Claudio Ranieri nine months after he led Leicester City to a historic title widely criticised.
PHOTOS: Spurs exit Europa League, Lyon in seventh heaven
Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League hopes were crushed by mid-table Belgian side Gent, who booked their spot in the last 16 with a 2-2 draw at Wembley on Thursday as the hosts paid the penalty for Dele Alli's first-half red card.
February 23, 2017United win but boss Mourinho is miffed...
Jose Mourinho's delight at Manchester United's progress to the last 16 of the Europa League has been tempered by the timing of their FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea, with the manager criticising the tie being scheduled for a Monday.
FIFA U17 WC: Ticket to cost less than Rs 100; Delhi to host matches
Watching a match during the Under-17 FIFA World Cup, first ever in India, would cost the fans less than Rs 100, the Tournament Director said on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Vardy strike offers Leicester hope, Juventus close in on quarters
Jamie Vardy scored his first goal in the Champions League to give Leicester City some hope of staying in Europe's elite competition despite a 2-1 loss to an utterly dominant Sevilla in Wednesday's last-16 first leg.
February 22, 2017Too many foreigners managing EPL teams, little for locals, laments Giggs
There are too many foreign managers in the Premier League and little opportunity for local talents, according to former Manchester United winger and assistant manager Ryan Giggs.
'Attack, attack, attack!' That's what Manchester City did
Attack is the best form of defence for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
Champions League: Atletico close in on last eight
Manchester City came out on top in an epic Champions League battle against Monaco whereasAtletico Madrid beat hosts Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in a topsy-turvy encounter.
Five-star Manchester City edge thriller with Monaco
Manchester City came out on top in an epic Champions League battle against Monaco as late goals by John Stones and Leroy Sane secured a 5-3 victory in a last 16 first-leg thriller on Tuesday that had goals galore and a missed penalty.
February 21, 2017Barca fans boo coach but players rally behind him
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has decried the fans who booed manager Luis Enrique and the players in Sunday's laboured 2-1 home win over Leganes in La Liga as having a short-term memory.
FA Cup: 100th goal for Walcott as Arsenal end Sutton's dream run
Sutton United's FA Cup fairytale ended as Arsenal forward Theo Walcott scored his 100th goal for the club in a 2-0 fifth round victory on a surreal night at Gander Green Lane on Monday.
February 20, 2017CL Preview: Guardiola wary of Monaco's 'killers in the box'
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned his side to beware of Monaco's "killers in the box" when they host the principality club in the first leg of their Champions League, last 16 tie on Tuesday.
FA Cup: Ibrahimovic fires Manchester United into quarters
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score the winner as they recovered from an early deficit to beat Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers 2-1 away in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.
La Liga: Messi penalty rescues Barcelona
Lionel Messi's late penalty saw bedraggled Barcelona scrape a 2-1 victory over Leganes on Sunday at a divided Nou Camp as the La Liga champions looked as if they had still not recovered from their harrowing midweek defeat to Paris St Germain.
February 19, 2017FA Cup: Kane nets hat-trick as Tottenham stroll past Fulham
Harry Kane's hat-trick turned Tottenham Hotspur's potentially tricky FA Cup fifth-round tie at Championship side Fulham into a Sunday stroll by the River Thames as they won 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
Conte keeps feet on ground as Chelsea edge closer to double
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte paid tribute to the performances of his back-up players as his in-form team moved a step closer to a league and cup double.
La Liga: Bale scores as Real tighten grip; Gameiro hits five-minute hat-trick
Gareth Bale marked his return to action after a long injury layoff by sealing a 2-0 victory for Real Madrid over Espanyol on Saturday to provisionally stretch Zinedine Zidane's side's lead at the top of La Liga to three points.
Leicester gloom deepens as Ranieri's men suffer FA Cup shock
If Claudio Ranieri was hoping there might be a player lurking in his reserves to salvage Leicester City's unravelling season he was left disappointed on Saturday as his side were beaten 1-0 by third-tier Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round.
February 18, 2017I-League: Mohun Bagan down Shivajians; Mumbai FC hold Bengaluru
Balwant Singh slammed a brilliant brace in a magical two-minute display as Mohun Bagan bounced back from a goal down to beat DSK Shivajians FC 3-1 in the
FA Cup: Lincoln stun Burnley to reach quarters
Minor league Lincoln City produced a huge FA Cup shock to beat top-flight Burnley 1-0 and reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history on Saturday.
Here's why Barcelona have not given up on Champions League
Luis Suarez said Barcelona have not given up on the Champions League despite a "difficult and painful" 4-0 drubbing by Paris St Germain in their last 16 tie this week.
February 17, 2017I will manage somewhere next season, says Arsenal's Wenger
Arsene Wenger said on Friday that he will definitely still be a manager next season, whether at Arsenal or 'somewhere else'.
Wenger gives indication on his Arsenal future
Arsene Wenger to decide on Arsenal future within two months
Ozil agent launches defence of under-fire midfielder
'I don't agree that Mesut has not had an impact on big matches. What about the win at home to Chelsea this season and Manchester United the year before?'
'Too noisy, too funny, too relaxed'
Mourinho miffed at United players' attitude in St Etienne win
Klopp spells out reason for Liverpool's slump
The lack of a winter break in English football took its toll on Liverpool players' fitness levels and played a part in the Merseyside club's poor form since the start of the year, manager Juergen Klopp has said.
Trump's wall no concern with CONCACAF's likely joint World Cup bid
The CONCACAF region is widely viewed as favourite to host the 2026 tournament given FIFA rules that restrict Europe and Asia from hosting again so quickly.
It's raining hat-tricks in the Europa League!
United's Ibrahimovic, Roma's Dzeko find the net thrice to give clubs first leg advantage
February 16, 2017Euro football clouded with match-fixing and doping allegations
A total of 18 people, including three soccer players, are to stand trial for match-fixing, a judge in Pamplona ruled on Thursday.
FIFA to encourage co-hosting for 2026 World Cup
The 2026 soccer World Cup could be split between up to four countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, announcing the organisation would encourage applications to co-host the tournament.
Calls for Wenger to be replaced as Arsenal stare at another exit
According to BBC, the manager's future will be decided at season end
Zidane reckons game still open despite Real's first leg advantage
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned that it was still all to play for in their Champions League last-16 clash against Napoli after the holders strolled to a 3-1 win in the first leg on Wednesday.
Champions League PIX: Real beat Napoli 3-1; Bayern rout sorry Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez had equalised for the visitors, scoring on the rebound after Manuel Neuer saved his 30th-minute penalty but the Gunners suffered when captain Laurent Koscielny limped off injured to leave the defence exposed.
After hammering Arsenal, Bayern played fantastic football, says coach
'I am a bit surprised by the score, but it is the Bayern mentality.'
February 15, 2017'Professional' Martial impresses Manchester United teammate Ibrahimovic
Champions League: Busquets lists reasons for Barca's nightmare in Paris
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has criticised their tactical and physical frailties after a 4-0 thrashing at Paris St Germain in the last 16 left them on the brink of their earliest Champions League exit in a decade.
Can Maradona inspire Napoli to continue unbeaten run against Real?
An estimated 10,000 Napoli supporters, including the team's most famous player Diego Maradona, are expected to make the trip to the Spanish capital for the first competitive meeting with Real Madrid since the 1987.
PIX: Birthday boys Di Maria, Cavani help PSG thrash Barca; Benfica win
Five-times European champions Barca, with their trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar subdued, have not exited in the last 16 since going out to Liverpool in the 2006/07 season and the score equalled their worst Champions league loss.
February 14, 2017Champions League: Arsenal look to go one better against Bayern
Bayern Munich and Arsenal meet in their big-name Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday, both hoping European success will help lift mid-season gloom on their domestic fronts.
La Liga: Atletico stun Celta late on, Sevilla edge Las Palmas
Simeone's side leapfrogged Real Sociedad into fourth on 42 points, while Sevilla stayed third in the standings on 46 after beating Las Palmas 1-0, also on Sunday, thanks to a late strike from substitute Joaquin Correa
EPL PHOTOS: Aguero makes strong return as City go second
In the 69th minute, the Argentine slid in to meet a cross from Sterling and, although it appeared Mings got the final touch for an own goal -- ultimately, a decision for the dubious goals committee -- no-one was going to persuade Aguero that he was not responsible for putting City two up.
February 13, 2017Angry Ranieri hints at dropping Leicester underperformers
Leicester City's beleaguered manager Claudio Ranieri suggested he is ready to drop some of the players who won them the Premier League title as the Italian seeks to stave off relegation just one season later.
Aguero set to leave Manchester City?
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has done little to quell the uncertainty surrounding Sergio Aguero's future at the club, saying that he is unsure where the mercurial Argentine striker would be plying his trade next season.
February 12, 2017EPL: Chelsea go 10 points clear with draw at Burnley
Premier League leaders Chelsea moved 10 points clear at the top on Sunday despite being held by Burnley in an entertaining game played amid flurries of sleet and snow.
I-League: East Bengal, Mohun Bagan play out goalless draw
The much hyped I-League football derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan at Kanchenjunga Stadium, in Siliguri, ended in a goalless draw with both teams goalkeepers returning heroes.
La Liga: Real back on top after Osasuna win
Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga after winning a testing game at Osasuna 3-1 on Saturday.
EPL: Mane double puts Liverpool back on track
Liverpool belatedly kick-started their year and damaged Tottenham Hotspur's slender Premier League title hopes as Sadio Mane struck both goals in a 2-0 victory at Anfield.
La Liga: Messi, Suarez, Neymar score as Barca rout Alaves
Barcelona provisionally went top of La Liga for the first time since October after Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi scored in a 6-0 thrashing of Alaves on Saturday although the win was overshadowed by a serious injury to Aleix Vidal.
February 11, 2017I-League: Minerva hold Bengaluru FC; Chennai win
Bengaluru FC dropped their first points at home this season after a fortuitous goal allowed Minerva Punjab FC claim a point with a 1-1 draw at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday.
EPL: Sanchez double lifts Arsenal gloom, United make it sweet 16
Results and images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.
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.
February 10, 2017Klopp denies Liverpool are suffering from fatigue
Manager Juergen Klopp has denied that Liverpool are suffering from fatigue after last weekend's setback at Hull City, and urged fans to get behind the team when Tottenham Hotspur visit Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
La Liga takes legal action over threats to Zozulya
La Liga has taken legal action against 10 people who allegedly threatened Ukraine international Roman Zozulya following his move to Rayo Vallecano last week, the Spanish league said in a statement on Thursday.
Suarez handed two-match ban, will miss King's Cup final
The suspension was handed down by the Competition Committee of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Thursday and applies to Cup matches only.
Maradona given FIFA ambassadorial role
Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona has been handed an ambassadorial role by the game's global governing body FIFA.
China's big bucks luring soccer's talent
Carlos Tevez is getting paid £615,000 a week at Shanghai Shenhua, making him the world's best-paid player.
February 09, 2017Tevez's club fail to make Asian Champions League, apologise to fans
China's Shenhua were dumped out by Australian club Brisbane Roar in the qualifiers
Euro football: Dortmund beat Hertha on penalties in German Cup
Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 3-2 on penalties to reach the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.
History-makers Alaves to face Barca in King's Cup final
Alaves reached the King's Cup final for the first time in their 96-year history as Edgar Mendez's 83rd-minute strike saw off Celta Vigo 1-0 in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday to take the Basque side through 1-0 on aggregate.
Stunning goals help Leicester escape with a win
Leicester City scored two stunning goals in extra time through Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray to reach the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-1 win over second tier Derby County in a replay.
February 08, 2017Euro football: Bayern into last eight with narrow Wolfsburg win
Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa scored a first-half winner as the holders did the bare minimum to beat VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 on Tuesday and move into the German Cup quarter-finals.
Bayern captain Lahm to retire at end of season
Lahm, a defensive midfielder, is among Germany's most successful players of all time, having won almost every trophy with club and country, including seven Bundesliga titles, the Champions League and the World Cup.
Hero to villain: Suarez denied place in Cup final after pivotal role
Luis Suarez was incredulous after being sent off in Barcelona's thrilling King's Cup semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, ruling him out of the final in May after playing a pivotal role in getting his team there.
February 07, 2017Leicester give under-pressure Ranieri 'unwavering support'
Leicester City said on Tuesday that Claudio Ranieri would be given the opportunity to turn things around at the relegation-threatened Premier League champions.
AFC Cup: Norde stars as Bagan advance to play-offs
Riding on Haitian Sony Norde's superb display, Mohun Bagan beat Colombo Football Club 2-1 in the return leg fixture to storm into the play-off stage of the AFC Cup South Asia Zone on 4-2 aggregate in Kolkata on Tuesday.
AIFF and Under-17 coach Nicolai part ways
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) officially announced on Tuesday that it has decided to part ways with beleaguered U-17 World Cup coach Nicolai Adam by "mutual consent".
Don't believe rumours, United's Martial tells fans
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has put to bed all speculations about him leaving Old Trafford this summer.
February 06, 2017Aguero wants to stay at City till season end, puts ball in club's court
Striker Sergio Aguero says he is eager to win back his place in ManchesterCity's starting line-up and it will be up to the Premier League club to decide whether to keep him once the season ends.
Brand Beckham in eye of storm after a series of email leaks
Among them was his foul-mouthed reaction when he found out he was not going to be knighted and his reluctance to donate his own money to a charity project. The leaked emails also suggested that Beckham had billed UNICEF for a flight which he didn't need to take, and was reluctant to contribute his own money to the charity.
Serie A: Cuadrado's rocket sees Juve end Inter streak
A spectacular piledriver from Juan Cuadrado gave Serie A leaders Juventus a 1-0 win over Inter Milan, ending a run of seven successive Serie A wins for their opponents in a pulsating end-to-end match on Sunday.
Remember EPL champs Leicester? They are facing relegation now
Champions Leicester will be relegated from the Premier League if they don't improve quickly, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said after their 3-0 home defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
EPL: United extend long unbeaten run
Manchester United continued their push for a top-four finish with a comfortable 3-0 victory at champions Leicester City on Sunday, extending their unbeaten Premier League run to 15 games.
February 05, 2017EPL: Jesus to City's rescue in late win over Swansea
Gabriel Jesus scored twice, including a 92nd-minute winner, as Manchester City climbed to third in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory against a dogged Swansea City on Sunday.
I-League: Lajong beat Churchill to climb to 4th spot; EB rout Chennai
Dipanda Dicka's solitary second half goal gave Shillong Lajong their fourth home win of the season as they beat Churchill Brothers 1-0 in a seventh round I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Sunday.
Ukraine's 'racist' Zozulya to choose family over football
Ukraine striker Roman Zozulya has hinted he will cancel his on-loan move to Rayo Vallecano despite safety guarantees for his family from La Liga after the club's radical fans protested against the transfer.
Bayern held by Schalke in Lahm 500th appearance
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich survived several first-half scares in a 1-1 home draw with midtable Schalke 04 on Saturday as Philipp Lahm made his 500th appearance for the Bavarian club.
Barca midfielder Rafinha breaks nose after clashing with Ter Stegen
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has broken his nose and could miss their King's Cup semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday as well as the first match of their Champions League tie with Paris St Germain on February 14.
Can no more buy best players to kill rivals: Mourinho
The days of Manchester United weakening their Premier League rivals by poaching their best players are a thing of the past, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
La Liga: Real Madrid v Celta postponed after stadium damaged in storm
"According to the report issued from the city hall in Vigo, they consider that the Balaidos stadium is not safe for spectators or for players to attend the game on Sunday," said a statement from La Liga.
February 04, 2017Another record for Messi as Barcelona sink Bilbao
La Liga champions Barcelona stayed on the heels of leaders Real Madrid by coasting to a 3-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday as Lionel Messi became the club's top scorer from free kicks.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea crush Arsenal, Liverpool lose
Chelsea moved 12 points clear of Arsenal, who suffered their fourth defeat in nine league matches, while fourth-placed Liverpool fell 13 point adrift after their wretched 2017 continued with a shock 2-0 defeat at resurgent Hull City.
February 03, 2017Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez arrested
Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez was arrested in the early hours of Friday on suspicion of having assaulted his girlfriend, Spanish police said.
When football managers behave badly...
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said elite-level coaches cannot give guarantees about their touchline behaviour due to the pressure that comes with being involved in the Premier League but he urged his counterparts to set higher standards.
FIVE memorable Chelsea vs Arsenal matches
Ahead of their high-profile clash on Saturday, check out the five standout clashes between Arsenal and Chelsea.
February 02, 2017EPL: Arsenal face day of reckoning at Chelsea
Arsenal travel across town to a vengeful Chelsea on Saturday knowing that another depressing defeat at Stamford Bridge would see their Premier League title hopes swept away with the lunchtime leftovers.
ISL: Marcelinho threatens legal action against Delhi Dynamos
Marcelo Leite Pereira, the Golden Boot winner of Indian Super League 3, has threatened to take legal action against his franchise Delhi Dynamos and possibly approach FIFA for non-payment of dues amounting to $ 25,000.
Former England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard retires at 38
Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday after spending last year with New York City in Major League Soccer in the United States.
Firmino fined, gets one-year driving ban
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was fined 20,000 pounds ($25,286.00) on Wednesday and banned from driving for a year after he pleaded guilty to charges of drink-driving.
Former Mumbai City FC striker Anelka joins Dutch club as consultant
Former France international Nicolas Anelka is joining Roda JC Kerkrade as a consultant for the Dutch top flight side, the club said on Thursday.
Why this footballer was forced to leave hours after transfer
I arrived at Seville airport wearing a shirt with the badge of Ukraine. This journalist reported that I was wearing a shirt from a paramilitary group, whose badge is distinguished from the badge of my country, claims Ukraine forward Roman Zozulya.
Euro football round-up: Totti's stoppage-time penalty sinks Cesena
AS Roma needed a penalty from 40-year-old forward Francesco Totti in the seventh minute of stoppage time to scrape past second-tier Cesena 2-1 in their Coppa Italia quarter-final on Wednesday.
Transfer rumours: Griezmann to Man United, Ibra to Napoli?
France international striker Antoine Griezmann has reached an agreement with Manchester United over a transfer from Atletico Madrid at the end of the season, Yahoo Sport has reported.
Frustrated Mourinho claims 'rules for me are different'
Jose Mourinho was far from happy after his Manchester United side failed to beat struggling HullCity at Old Trafford on Wednesday, walking out of one interview and claiming in another that he was treated differently from other managers.
EPL PHOTOS: United frustrated by Hull, City thrash Hammers
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Wednesday
King's Cup: Barca take edge over Atletico after late drama
February 01, 2017I-League: Brandon's late goal earns win for Aizawl
Aizawl FC came back to their winning ways in the I-League as they notched up a 1-0 win over DSK Shivajians, thanks to a last-gasp goal by substitute Brandon
Trump policies cloud potential US World Cup bid
President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policies could hurt an expected U.S. bid to host the 2026 World Cup although plenty of time remains for concerns to ease before the decision by world soccer's governing body FIFA.
Villareal's Kuruniyan to return home after injury
Villarreal youngster Ashique Kuruniyan, signed on loan from Indian Super League club FC Pune City, is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury.
Bengaluru FC fail to qualify for AFC Champions League
Bengaluru FC now have the possibility of facing another Indian side in Mohun Bagan at the group stage of the AFC Cup.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea held by Liverpool, Arsenal stunned by Watford
Images from the English Premier League matches played across England on Tuesday
January 31, 2017Ranieri has betrayed me, says Leicester striker Ulloa
Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa has accused manager Claudio Ranieri of betraying him and said he will never play for the Premier League champions again.
'The calendar in the best country of world football is nonsense'
Mourinho hits out at Man United's 'crazy' fixture congestion
Can deflated Liverpool bring EPL title chase to life against Chelsea?
Liverpool will attempt to sweep away the January blues on the last day of a wretched month when they host commanding Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday.
Five top-flight UK clubs caught up in soccer abuse scam, state police
Five English Premier League and three Championship (second tier) soccer clubs are being investigated in relation to allegations of widespread historical child sex abuse in the sport dating back to the 1970s, British police said on Monday.
January 30, 2017Banned Wenger says critics would prefer to see him jailed
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger brushed off suggestions that his four-match touchline ban for pushing a fourth official was too lenient, saying his critics would still not be satisfied if he was put behind bars.
FA Cup: Watford, Hull and Leeds suffer upsets; Man Utd through
Premier League clubs Watford and Hull City, and Championship side Leeds United paid the penalty for fielding weakened teams when they were all knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round on Sunday -- but holders Manchester United won comfortably.
How Ronaldo turned boos to cheers for Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off the boos of his own supporters to fire Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday.
January 29, 2017Roundup: Bayern record 13th consecutive win; Inter win seventh game in a row
Bayern Munich edged past Werder Bremen 2-1 on Saturday for a Bundesliga record 13th consecutive win over them to stay three points clear at the top of the table.
Football returns to battle-scarred Aleppo after five-year absence
Some semblance of normality returned to battle-scarred Aleppo for a few hours on Saturday as local soccer clubs Al Ittihad and Horiyah met in the first derby in the city for five years.
La Liga: Lacklustre Atletico Madrid held at Alaves
Atletico Madrid's troubles away from home continued when they were held to a goalless draw at Alaves on Saturday, dropping points on the road for a second consecutive week and losing Uruguay international Jose Maria Gimenez to injury.
January 28, 2017I-League: Lajong ride on Dicka's brace to beat 10-man Mumbai FC
Shillong Lajong rode on a double strike from Dipanda Dicka to beat Mumbai FC 3-1 in a fifth I-league round match at the Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Saturday.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Liverpool stunned by Wolves
Liverpool suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, handing manager Juergen Klopp a third home defeat in a row.
Wenger handed four-match ban
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been given a four-match touchline ban after admitting a Football Association (FA) misconduct charge for appearing to push the fourth official during their Premier League win over Burnley on Sunday.
January 27, 2017I-League: Churchill Brothers score maiden win against Bengaluru
Churchill Brothers scored their maiden win of the season when they came back from behind to down 10-man Bengaluru FC 2-1 in the fifth round of the hero
League Cup: United edge past spirited Hull to reach final
Manchester United reached the League Cup final but were made to sweat as Hull City won the second leg of their last-four encounter 2-1 on Thursday to come within one goal of forcing extra time.
King's Cup: Barcelona thrash Real Sociedad to reach semis
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on target as holders Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 5-2 to reach the King's Cup semi-finals for the seventh successive year with a 6-2 aggregate victory on Thursday.
January 26, 2017Here's why unhappy Liverpool boss slammed officials
Juergen Klopp expressed disappointment at the officiating and his Liverpool side's poor finishing in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final at Anfield on Wednesday after Southampton claimed a late 1-0 victory to book a spot in the final.
King's Cup: Real Madrid crash out; Atletico advance
Real Madrid crashed out of the King's Cup quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate after being held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Wednesday in another major setback for the stuttering European champions.
January 25, 2017No one will beat Rooney's Manchester United record: Ferguson
'In the present-day game, it is difficult to see any club having players who can stay with them for 10 years'
January 24, 2017'Do you love football or money?'
Toure criticises players for accepting lure of China cash
AIFF prez Patel takes dig at Goan clubs for I-League pull out
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel took a veiled dig at Goan clubs on Tuesday for not having the required "bandwidth" to continue in the revamped top tier league as they are "not investing" in football while providing excuses.
January 23, 2017Arsenal's Wenger charged with misconduct
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged with misconduct after appearing to push the fourth official during a Premier League match against Burnley, the FA said on Monday.
La Liga: Messi, Suarez help Bara down Eibar, Sevilla stage fightback
Messi stretched Barca's lead by finishing off a brilliant move with Luis Suarez in the 50th minute and the Uruguayan joined his close friend and strike partner on 15 league goals by robbing an Eibar defender and finishing inside the near post in the 68th.
January 22, 2017EPL PHOTOS: Ten-man Arsenal win thriller; Chelsea stretch lead
Arsenal snatched a dramatic 2-1 victory over Burnley to keep their title hopes on track after the referee Jon Moss awarded penalties to both sides and sent off home manager Arsene Wenger in injury time.
I-League: East Bengal stun Bengaluru FC; Aizawl down Mumbai FC
Striker Robin Singh struck the match-winner as Bengal made a stunning second-half comeback to upset defending champions Bengaluru FC 2-1 in a high-profile I-League football clash, in Barasat, West Bengal on Sunday.
EPL: Champions Leicester slip to new low
Champions Leicester City's alarming slump continued with a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton on Sunday that left them just five points off the drop zone and firmly embroiled in a relegation fight.
Balotelli: Is racism legal in France?
A furious Mario Balotelli asked fans whether racism was "legal in France" after the Nice striker accused Bastia supporters of abusing him during his team's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw on Friday, prompting a French League investigation.
Dimitri who? Hammers fans have old hero back to cheer them
The Dimitri Payet saga may have been preying on the minds of West Ham fans of late but the swaggering talent of big Andy Carroll is helping them forget all about the unseemly sideshow involving their French midfielder.
La Liga: Resurgent Ramos sinks Malaga as Real increase lead at top
Sergio Ramos made amends for his untimely own goal last week at Sevilla by scoring twice as Real Madrid bounced back from two successive defeats by beating Malaga 2-1 on Saturday to go four points clear at the top of La Liga.
EPL PIX: Liverpool, Tottenham drop points, Rooney record
Brief reports of English Premier League matches on Saturday:
January 21, 2017Liverpool title challenge dented by Swansea
Liverpool were on the end of the biggest sensation of the English Premier League season when bottom club Swansea City repelled a dramatic comeback from Juergen Klopp's title chasers to earn their first-ever league win at Anfield.
January 20, 2017King's Cup: Barca beat Sociedad away, Atletico cruise
King's Cup holders Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in their quarter-final first leg to end a nine-and-a-half year barren spell at home of the Basque side while Atletico Madrid crushed Eibar on Thursday.
January 19, 2017Will football without offside rule be a possibility?
FIFA technical director Marco van Basten would like to see how football works without offside and limit the number of fouls a player can commit during a game.
Manchester Utd topple Real Madrid from perch to become richest club
Manchester United have deposed Real Madrid as the world's richest soccer club after revenue grew to a record $735 million in 2015-16, according to Deloitte's annual Money League published on Thursday.
King's Cup: Real hopes hit by second successive defeat
Real Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Celta Vigo in their Spanish King's Cup quarter-final first leg on Wednesday to slump to their second defeat in a row following a record winning streak.
FA Cup: Rare Lucas goal edges Liverpool past Plymouth
Lucas ended a goal drought stretching back to 2010 and Divock Origi missed a late penalty as Liverpool beat fourth tier Plymouth Argyle 1-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday.
January 17, 2017Former United, Barca manager Van Gaal ends career after family tragedy
Former Manchester United and Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal ended his coaching career following a family tragedy.
January 16, 2017Serie A: Juve's lead at the top cut after defeat at Fiorentina
Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back three minutes later with a typically opportunist goal, the Argentine's 13th in the league this season, to set up a tense final half hour.
Ramos sees reverse in fortunes as Real's record run ends
Sergio Ramos has so often been Real Madrid's man of the moment but the captain saw the tables turn as his own goal helped his former club Sevilla to a 2-1 win over the La Liga leaders on Sunday, ending a record-breaking 40-game unbeaten run.
Mourinho-Klopp touchline confrontation adds to EPL publicity
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho played down the touchline confrontation that flared up between him and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp near the end of Sunday's Premier League draw.
EPL: Exceptional Ibra to United's rescue again in Liverpool draw
Zlatan Ibrahimovic noted this week in his own inimitably self-regarding fashion that he had taken just three months to conquer England.
January 15, 2017Manchester City's title hopes hit by Everton teens
Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were delivered a grievous blow on Sunday as Everton's inspired Romelu Lukaku and teenagers Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman made it another crushing afternoon for Pep Guardiola.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal enjoy big wins
Chelsea made light of striker Diego Costa's absence to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a 3-0 win at champions Leicester City.
January 14, 2017EPL: Special hat-trick for new dad Kane as Spurs thrash West Brom
Kane, who became a father for the first time last Sunday, celebrated with a treble -- and it could have been more -- as Spurs coasted to a surprisingly easy win, their seventh straight victory in all competitions, to move into second in the table.
FC Barcelona director removed after anti-Messi remarks
Barcelona removed Pere Gratacos as their institutional sporting relations director on Friday after he claimed that Lionel Messi "would not be as good" without his teammates.
Zico leaves FC Goa after three seasons in charge
In its immediate next step, the club is in the process of appointing a Technical Director, who has the relevant coaching experience and scouting knowledge within the Indian footballing ecosystem.
Chelsea drop Costa after row over fitness?
Costa, the Premier League's leading scorer with 14 goals, will miss Saturday's game following a disagreement with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and a club fitness coach Julio Tous, the reports say.
January 13, 2017Holders Barcelona avoid Real Madrid in King's Cup draw
Holders Barcelona were drawn on Friday to play Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup while Celta Vigo will take on Real Madrid.
King's Cup: Real claim record with last-gasp draw against Sevilla
Real Madrid set a Spanish record of 40 matches unbeaten in all competitions after they came back from two goals behind to snatch a 3-3 draw at Sevilla with a last-gasp equaliser from Karim Benzema in the King's Cup on Thursday.
January 12, 2017FIFA Rankings: Constantine-coached India climb 42 places in less than two years
'The National Team gaining its best ranking since December 2005 shows that we are on the upsurge. The ranking enables us to be placed in pot two when the draw for the Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019 is to be conducted later this month'
PHOTOS: Messi fires Barca to victory, Southampton stun Liverpool
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target as holders Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Wednesday to overturn a deficit from the first leg and advance to the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.
January 11, 2017Euro 2016 gave France massive financial boost
Last year's European Championship soccer tournament generated a 1.22 billion euro ($1.3 billion) boost for host France, a study commissioned by the French government showed on Wednesday.
Financial caps could see Messi leave Barca for FREE!
The club could also sell other players to in order to create a new contract for Messi, who is the top scorer in La Liga this season with 13 goals.
World's oldest soccer player to play another season!
Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura will extend one of soccer's longest professional careers by 12 months after the 49-year-old agreed a new deal with second division Yokohama FC on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Lionel Messi statue in Buenos Aires broken in two
A statue of Lionel Messi in Argentina's capital has been broken in half, with the player's upper body, arms and head removed.
Inspiring! Two young footballers from Kashmir to play for Spanish club
Mohammed Asrar Rehbar and Basit Ahmed, two 18-year old footballers hailing from Srinagar city of Kashmir, have been shortlisted to play for Sociedad Deportiva Lenense, a third division professional club in Spain.
PHOTOS: Manchester United turn frustration into jubilation
Manchester United turned frustration into jubilation as they planted one foot in the League Cup final after a late Marouane Fellaini header gave them a 2-0 win over Hull City in the first leg of their last four clash.
FIFA to expand World Cup teams to 48. Do you support the move?
The new format will be made up of 16 groups of three teams.
January 10, 2017FIFA agrees to expand football World Cup to 48 teams
The World Cup will expand to 48 teams from its current 32, starting with the 2026 edition of football's showpiece tournament.
Maradona backs plans to expand World Cup to 48 teams
Diego Maradona is delighted by plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and Argentina's former captain said on Monday that it would rekindle interest in the tournament.
The night Ronaldo stole the show
The night Ronaldo stole the show
Ronaldo wins FIFA's Player of the Year Award
'I'm very happy and I can say that 2016 was the best year of my career, the trophy shows that people aren't blind and watch the games.'
January 09, 2017PHOTOS: Messi salvages draw for Barcelona, Juventus set record
Barcelona's Lionel Messi rescued a 1-1 draw at Villarreal with a sensational late free-kick on Sunday but could not prevent the champions finishing the weekend third in La Liga, five points behind leaders Real Madrid.
January 08, 2017FA Cup: Fourth-tier Plymouth hold Liverpool; Chelsea win
Determined defending and unstinting effort kept the League Two team in the game against opponents lying second in the Premier League, almost 70 places above them.
I-League: 10-man Mohun Bagan pip Churchill Brothers
Former champions Mohun Bagan rode on a Balwant Singh first-half strike and held their nerves after being reduced to 10 men to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers in their 10th I-League opener in Barasat on Sunday.
Europe football: Napoli snatch 95th minute win against 10-man Sampdoria
Draxler makes PSG debut as holders advance into French Cup last 32
Matching Charlton beyond my imagination, says Rooney
Wayne Rooney said he could never have imagined equalling Bobby Charlton's Manchester United scoring record after bagging his 249th goal for the club in his side's 4-0 FA Cup win over Reading on Saturday.
Five reasons for Real Madrid's unbeaten run
Real Madrid's 5-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions. Reuters Sport takes a look at the factors behind their run.
January 07, 2017Modi-Costa discuss football exchange programmes
PM Modi gifted Cristiano Ronaldo's autographed jersey by Portugal PM
I-League: Bukenya saves EB the blushes in season opener
Super sub Ivan Bukenya's strike a minute before the regulation time saved East Bengal the blushes as they managed to hold minnows Aizawl FC to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the 10th I-League football tournament in Barasat (West Bengal) on Saturday.
Rooney matches Charlton to become Manchester United's leading scorer
Wayne Rooney made history by equalling Bobby Charlton's Manchester United record and becoming the club's leading all-time goalscorer after netting his 249th goal (543 matches) during an FA Cup match against Reading on Saturday.
Real Madrid go unbeaten and equal record after thrashing Grenada
Real Madrid equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing struggling Granada 5-0 on Saturday to go six points clear at the top of La Liga.
Guardiola wants Manchester City to become 'believers'
ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola had his spirits cheered with a 5-0 FA Cup thrashing of West Ham United on Friday that the Spaniard hopes will turn his side into "believers" for the rest of the campaign.
January 06, 2017Intelligent Ronaldo accepts need to rest more: Zidane
Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted that he needs to rest more and that sitting out the odd game is in the interests of him and Real Madrid, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.
Mourinho backs World Cup expansion, video technology
Jose Mourinho believes an expanded World Cup tournament would develop the sport in areas lacking strong soccer foundations without proving to be a burden for both clubs or players in major leagues.
Pique wants refreeing to improve
'We want to play football and not roulette, which is what this type of refereeing provokes. The penalty claims by Neymar and me are clear but we already know how this works'
Barcelona lose first leg of cup tie in fiery Bilbao affair
King's Cup holders Barcelona have a fight on their hands if they are to remain in the competition after losing a fiery first leg of their last-16 tie at Athletic Club 2-1 on Thursday despite playing the final 10 minutes with a two-man advantage.
I'm not going to retire in two or three years: Guardiola
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has clarified comments that suggested he was making plans for an early retirement, with the Spaniard insisting he was not ready to quit management.
Leicester's Mahrez named African Footballer of the Year
Riyad Mahrez, who inspired Leicester City to an extraordinary Premier League title triumph last season, was named African Footballer of the Year on Thursday.
Nice striker Balotelli banned for two matches
Mario Balotelli has been banned for two games after being sent off near the end of Nice's 0-0 draw with Girondins de Bordeaux on December 21, Ligue 1's disciplinary said on Thursday.
Chelsea's Mikel joins China gold rush with move to Tianjin
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has become the latest big name player to join the Chinese Super League gold rush after leaving Chelsea for Tianjin Teda.
January 05, 2017PHOTOS: Tottenham ends Chelsea's winning streak
Tottenham Hotspur denied Chelsea a record 14th consecutive Premier League win and loosened their grip on the title race as two Dele Alli headers secured a 2-0 victory.
January 04, 2017PHOTOS: Arsenal's stunning comeback to snatch draw at Bournemouth
Out-battled for an hour by their modest south coast opponents, Arsenal belatedly sparked into life and Olivier Giroud's glancing header two minutes into stoppage time completed their remarkable recovery from 3-0 down.
January 03, 2017Germany midfielder Draxler joins PSG from Wolfsburg
Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has joined Paris St Germain on a four-and-a-half year contract from VfL Wolfsburg, the French champions said on Tuesday.
For Kerala, ISL 3 finale was bigger than Euro 2016 final
Hero ISL received, in its third edition, a total viewership of 216 million as compared to around 207 million last year. One of the highlights of the season was the sharp increase in rural India viewership registering a cumulative figure of 101 million, indicating the widespread appeal of the sport.
Guardiola ready to end managerial career
'I will not be on the bench until I am 60 or 65 years old. I feel the process of my goodbye has already started'
Costa praises manager Conte for Chelsea turnaround
Chelsea striker Diego Costa credited manager Antonio Conte for the side's record-equalling run of 13 consecutive victories that has propelled them to the top of the English Premier League table.
Do Ronaldo, Messi feature in your World XI?
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann appear among the 55 nominees for the FIFPro 2016 World 11 released on Friday but England forward Wayne Rooney failed to make the shortlist for the first time.
Wenger, Mourinho criticise EPL Christmas match schedule
'It's very difficult to play football in these circumstances within 48 hours. It's amazing for the fans around the world, everybody has the Premier League, I'm more than happy to do that but it's very hard for the players'
Ibra's offside goal, questionable red card mark United's dramatic win
Manchester United clinched a sixth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since April 2015 as Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored second-half goals in a controversial 2-0 victory at 10-man West Ham United on Monday.
January 02, 2017India enter SAFF Women's Football final
India produced a clinical display to beat Nepal 3-1 to enter the final of the SAFF Women's Football Championship at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri on Monday.
EPL PHOTOS: Sunderland hold Liverpool; 10-man City beat Burnley
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Monday
Oscar arrives in China to Shanghai SIPG fans cheers
Financial details of Oscar's transfer to Shanghai SIPG from English Premier League club Chelsea have not been released, but media reports have suggested Shanghai paid 60 million euros ($62.6 million) to lure the 25-year-old to the Chinese super league club.
EPL: Giroud gem inspires Arsenal, Spurs rout Watford
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud produced a piece of New Year's Day magic to keep Arsenal in sight of Premier League leaders Chelsea while Harry Kane's double bolstered Tottenham Hotspur's ambitions as London's triple assault on the title continues.
January 01, 2017EPL: Kane and Alli strike twice as Tottenham crush Watford
Tottenham Hotspur steamed into the top four with Harry Kane marking his 100th Premier League appearance with a double in a 4-1 thrashing of Watford on Sunday.
'Listen to me, not your agent,' Mourinho tells Martial
Jose Mourinho urged Anthony Martial to resist the temptation to move away from Old Trafford.
PHOTOS: EPL fans on New Year's Eve
Reaction from supporters of EPL clubs.
EPL: Wijnaldum header gives Liverpool win over Man City
Liverpool finished 2016 second in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over third-placed Manchester City on Saturday.
December 31, 2016EPL PIX: Chelsea extend lead at the top, United leave it late
Chelsea were given a stiff examination by Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday before extending their lead at the top of the Premier League.
Prandelli quits; slammed for 'giving up' on ailing Valencia
Outgoing Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli was fiercely criticised on Saturday for 'giving up' on the ailing Spanish giants and for looking for excuses to walk out on the team as they hover above the relegation zone.
December 30, 2016High-flying Chelsea keep focus, United still hopeful of EPL title
Antonio Conte brushed aside the praise being heaped upon him and his high-flying Chelsea team on Friday, adamant that he would not let the plaudits distract them in their surge towards the English Premier League title.
Ronaldo rejects 300 million euro move to China, reveals agent
Speaking to Sky Italia at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, Jorge Mendes said the deal would have been worth 100 million euros a year to the Portugal striker.
December 29, 2016EPL: What you must not miss this weekend
The much-anticipated clash between Liverpool and ManchesterCity at Anfield on Saturday looks like a knockout to determine who can challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title.
Tevez joins Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua; Retired Veron returns
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez will join Shanghai Shenhua from boyhood club Boca Juniors, the Chinese Super League side said on Thursday.
EPL PHOTOS: Alli double helps Spurs sink 10-man Southampton
Spurs, who stayed fifth in the table with 36 points from 18 matches, one behind arch-rivals Arsenal and three adrift of third-placed Manchester City, visit 10th-placed Watfor
December 28, 2016US-Canada-Mexico may join hands to bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup
Formal discussions over a possible joint US-Canada-Mexico bid are likely to start in 2017 once "all the rules and regulations" related to the bid are announced.
Big game against City at Anfield has Klopp excited
Juergen Klopp is looking forward to Liverpool's Premier League showdown against Manchester City after hearing that their manager, Pep Guardiola, was in attendance for his side's 4-1 victory over Stoke City at Anfield on Tuesday.
Swansea City sack manager Bradley
Swansea City sacked manager Bob Bradley on Tuesday less than three months after the American took charge, with the January transfer window looming and the Premier League's second-bottom club desperate to get out of relegation trouble.
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool rally to thrash Stoke, move to 2nd spot
Goals from Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino put the home side ahead by halftime and they romped to victory with a Giannelli Imbula own goal and Daniel Sturridge strike after Stoke threatened an upset with a Jonathan Walters header.
December 27, 2016Liverpool midfielder Firmino charged with drunk driving
Liverpool's attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino has been charged with drunk driving after the Brazilian was arrested in Merseyside.
'Won't die if I don't win Ballon d'Or'
Barcelona star striker Neymar has said that although winning the Ballon d'Or award is one of his goals, he will not 'die' even if he never lifts the coveted individual prize in his career.
Arsenal's go-to guy, Giroud reminds Wenger of his worth
Olivier Giroud proved the difference for Arsenal in a typically hard-fought 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday, again demonstrating his worth to manager Arsene Wenger after spending the majority of the season on the substitutes' bench.
EPL PHOTOS: Record-breaking Chelsea go seven points clear
Spaniard Pedro scored twice as Chelsea tightened their grip on top spot by sweeping past Bournemouth 3-0 on Monday, a club record 12th successive Premier League win taking them seven points clear.
December 25, 2016PSG agree deal to sign Draxler from Wolfsburg
French champions Paris St Germain have agreed to sign Germany midfielder Julian Draxler from VfL Wolfsburg on a four-year deal subject to a medical, the Bundesliga club said on Saturday.
December 24, 2016No Christmas holiday for Manchester City's players
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will not allow his players time off for Christmas as he wants to ensure they are fully prepared for Monday's English Premier League trip to basement team Hull City.
December 23, 2016Mourinho admits its Chelsea's title to lose
Chelsea's ability to grind out victories will make it very difficult for anyone to catch them in the English Premier League, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said.
Will Costa's absence hurt Chelsea?
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen to see how his side cope with the absence of striker Diego Costa and midfielder N'Golo Kante and may change his favoured 3-4-3 formation when Bournemouth visit.
December 22, 2016India rises to best annual FIFA ranking in 6 years
India jumped two places to finish 2016 at 135, their best in the last six years, in the FIFA rankings published on Thursday.
Irresistible Chelsea looking to break Arsenal's win record
Irresistible Chelsea go into the Christmas round of fixtures knowing they can end the year by re-writing the record books.
Mourinho 'too young' to be tempted by Chinese riches
Wealthy Chinese clubs are unlikely to lure Jose Mourinho away from England as the Manchester United manager says he is enjoying the challenge of competing in the Premier League.
Euro football shorts: Bayern down Leipzig; PSG snap winless streak
Bayern Munich put upstarts RB Leipzig firmly in their place by sweeping to an emphatic 3-0 home win, with all the goals coming in the first half, in a disappointingly one-sided top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash on Wednesday.
December 21, 2016Toure spells out his dream for Manchester City
'I want this club to change, I want this club to be bigger than United'
Cameroon players shunning African Nations Cup could face club ban
Liverpool's Matip did not want to play for Cameroon for the moment because of a 'bad experience' with the previous coaching staff
Will Manchester United extend Mourinho's contract?
It seems like Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could stay with the club beyond the three-year contract he signed in the summer.
Bundesliga: Dortmund stumble against Augsburg, Eintracht win again
Borussia Dortmund missed a bagful of chances to draw 1-1 at home with Augsburg on Tuesday, as they squandered the opportunity to make up ground in the Bundesliga title race heading into the winter break.
Vardy's three-game ban appeal rejected
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension after the club's appeal against his dismissal during Saturday's 2-2 Premier League draw with Stoke City was rejected, the Football Association (FA) said on Tuesday.
December 20, 2016Patel to be re-elected AIFF president for third term
Incumbent Praful Patel is set to be re-elected unopposed as the president of All India Football Federation for his third term at its Annual General Meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday after the Delhi High Court vacated a stay on the elections of the national sports body on Tuesday.
BFC begin I-League title defence against Shillong on Jan 7
Bengaluru FC will begin their I-League title defence against Shillong Lajong at home at Kanteerava Stadium in the inaugural game of the new season on January 7.
Mane the main man as last-gasp Liverpool triumph
Sadio Mane struck four minutes into stoppage time to give Liverpool a last-gasp 1-0 win over derby rivals Everton that lifted them into second place in the English Premier League.
Ronaldo signs off perfect year in style
Cristiano Ronaldo signed off his stellar 2016 in style on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick to lift Real Madrid to Club World Cup glory and underline his status as the world's best player.
December 19, 20162018 World Cup to stay in Russia
In the wake of the latest findings of the McLaren report, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has ruled out taking the 2018 World Cup from Russia.
FIFA fine England 45,000 Swiss francs over poppy tribute
The Football Associations of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have been fined by world soccer's governing body FIFA for displaying poppies during World Cup qualifiers played in November.
Chile handed third stadium ban for homophobic chanting
South American champions Chile have been handed a stadium ban for the third time in the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition because of homophobic chanting by their fans, FIFA said on Monday.
ISL to be main league from next season, hints AIFF
In its bid to restructure the country's football, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has formed a task force and one of the decisions taken is to hold the popular Indian Super League (ISL) over a longer period, according to its General Secretary Kushal Das.
India on course to host Under-17 World Cup
Javier Ceppi, tournament director of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by India next year, expressed his happiness about the way things were moving ahead in the preparation of the tournament.
PHOTOS: Messi magic helps Barcleona cut deficit to Real
Lionel Messi produced a vintage second-half performance to help Barcelona to a 4-1 win over local rivals Espanyol on Sunday which saw the champions cut the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to three points.
PHOTOS: Manchester City rally to beat Arsenal
Second-half goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling stunned Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1 and move seven points behind leaders Chelsea.
December 18, 2016Atletico Kolkata down Kerala Blasters in penalties to win 2nd ISL title
Atletico de Kolkata were crowned Indian Super League champions for the second time in three years after they edged out Kerala Blasters 4-3 in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout after both sides were locked 1-1 in regulation time in Kochi on Sunday.
La Liga: Sampaoli outshines Emery as Sevilla join title race
Sevilla's devastating display to dispatch Malaga 4-1 on Saturday put them in their highest league position after 16 games for a decade and left little doubt that hiring coach Jorge Sampaoli to succeed serial winner Unai Emery was the right choice.
Infantino defends use of video replays at Club World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has defended the use of the video assistant referee system at the ongoing Club World Cup in Japan after the technology sparked controversy on both instances it was used.
Real Madrid rally to win Club World Cup after Ronaldo hat-trick
Real Madrid suffered an almighty fright before a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick hauled them back from 2-1 down and gave them a 4-2 win over rank outsiders Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Ibrahimovic double lifts United to victory
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again at his irrepressible best with another double earning Jose Mourinho's increasingly confident Manchester United a 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.
December 17, 2016La Liga: Saul goal gives Atletico first win in four matches
Saul Niguez's second-half strike gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win at home to Las Palmas on Saturday, their first victory in four games in all competitions.
'God grabbed me and gave me a second chance'
Seat swap may have saved Chapecoense player's life in plane crash
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea seal win at Palace, Stoke hold Leicester 2-2
Leaders Chelsea stretched their Premier League winning run to a club record-equalling 11 as Diego Costa's header shortly before halftime secured a 1-0 victory at London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Sanchez puts onus on Arsenal to end contract stand-off
Alexis Sanchez has said he is very happy at Arsenal but the Chile winger has put the onus on the north London club to put an end to the protracted contract negotiations to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger tells Arsenal to be brave against Man City
Manager Arsene Wenger wants Arsenal to reinforce their title credentials by beating Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday and called on his players to show no fear at the Etihad Stadium.
December 16, 2016Mourinho targets United push in second half of season
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting the second half of the season to build on the team's recent improvement and launch a serious Premier League challenge.
Conte has done a fantastic job, Chelsea look unbeatable: Pardew
There is a stark contrast between the two teams' form, with Chelsea having won 10 league games in succession to open up a six-point lead at the top while Palace have managed only one victory in their last 10 matches.
FIFA panel upholds one-year ban on ex-German FA chief
Global soccer body FIFA's Appeal Committee on Friday rejected an appeal by former German Football Association President Wolfgang Niersbach, maintaining a one-year ban imposed in July.
Benzema trial to go ahead, Cisse's case sent back to judge
A French court rejected Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema's request to stop a trial over his alleged attempt to blackmail fellow French soccer international Mathieu Valbuena using a sex video, a judicial source said on Friday.
Suarez agrees new contract with Barcelona to 2021
Prolific striker Luis Suarez has agreed a new contract with Barcelona until 2021, the Spanish champions announced on Thursday.
December 15, 2016Zidane deems video referrals 'confusing'
Criticisms from all corners for FIFA's new video technology
Benzema, Ronaldo book Real's place in Club World Cup final
Real will play Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in Sunday's final in Yokohama, looking to become world champions for the second time in three years and earn a record 21st international title.
West Brom and Watford fined by FA
West Bromwich Albion and Watford have been fined 45,000 pounds ($56,100) apiece by the FA after admitting to a misconduct charge for failing to control their players during a Premier League game on December 3.
ISL PHOTOS: Kerala shoot out Delhi to set up final against ATK
Kerala Blasters strode into the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) after a 10-man Delhi Dynamos, in a shocking display, missed thrice in the penalty shootout in their second-leg semi-final in New Delhi,
PHOTOS: Fabregas earns Chelsea perfect 10, City and Liverpool win
Chelsea maintained their stranglehold on the Premier League by beating Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday to register their 10th successive win and move six points clear at the top of the table.
December 14, 2016Cristiano Ronaldo talks of partnering Lionel Messi
After lifting his fourth Ballon d'or award, Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that the competition for the trophy would have been fiercer if he and Lionel Messi were in the same team.
Indian football inspired by Iceland in grassroots expansion
The country of 1.3 billion is finally waking up to the most popular sport on the planet. Kushal Das, secretary general of the All India Football Federation, has said the country is aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.
PHOTOS: 10-man Kolkata hold Mumbai goalless to enter ISL final
Atletico de Kolkata, reduced to ten men from the 43d minute, reached the final of the Indian Super League on goal aggregate after playing out a hard-tackling, goalless draw with Mumbai City FC in the second leg semi-final.
PHOTOS: Arsenal lose to Everton, Leicester back into doldrums
Ashley Williams powered home a towering header in the 86th minute as Everton fought back to claim a 2-1 win over Arsenal as the title hopefuls blew the chance to return to the Premier League summit.
December 13, 2016Bayern striker Lewandowski extends deal to 2021
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has extended his contract with the German champions by two years to 2021, the club said on Tuesday.
Six-yr-old Afghan boy Murtaza meets his idol Messi
An Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi football shirt went viral finally got to meet his superstar idol on Tuesday.
Ballon d'or award win spoiled by tax fraud allegations: Ronaldo
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who defeated Barcelona star Lionel Messi to clinch the Ballon d'or award for the fourth time, has said the victory celebrations have been tarnished by allegations of tax fraud.
Brazil fans vote Chapecoense keeper Player of Year
Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo, who was killed in the Colombian air crash last month, was posthumously named Brazil's Player of the Year after a vote by fans.
Ronaldo's golden year rewarded with fourth Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo capped a remarkable year by claiming a fourth Ballon d'Or award on Monday after leading Portugal to an emotional European Championship title and Real Madrid to a record-extending Champions League crown in 2016.
December 12, 2016Champions League: Arsenal get Bayern; Barca face PSG
Arsenal will have another chance to beat Bayern Munich in a Champions League knockout tie after the sides were paired in the round of 16 following Monday's draw.
Mourinho backs Fellaini despite frosty reception from fans
Jose Mourinho understands why Manchester United supporters gave Marouane Fellaini a negative reception during Sunday's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur but the manager will do all he can to protect the midfielder.
Euro football PHOTOS: Juve snatch win in Turin derby; Schalke lose
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain again showed his killer instinct with two expertly-taken goals in a late 3-1 win at Torino after their less illustrious neighbours had scored first and dominated the Serie A game on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Origi spares Liverpool blushes against West Ham
Liverpool took the lead against West Ham United but then had to come from behind in another game of thrills and spills for Juergen Klopp's unpredictable side who where held to a 2-2 home draw in the Premier League on Sunday.
December 11, 2016PHOTOS: Real snatch dramatic late win, Barca back on track
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos again came to his side's rescue as they snatched a dramatic 3-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday to keep Zinedine Zidane's side six points clear at the top of La Liga and set a club record 35 games unbeaten.
PHOTOS: Leicester thrash City, Arsenal go top
Arsenal shoved Chelsea off the top of the table but Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, with a dazzling hat-trick, was the man of the moment on Saturday as the struggling Premier League champions blew aside Manchester City 4-2.
December 10, 2016EPL: Arsenal hit back to beat Stoke and move top
Free-scoring Arsenal replaced Chelsea as Premier League leaders as goals either side of halftime by Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil helped them recover from a slow start to beat Stoke City 3-1 on Saturday.
ISL: ATK rally past Mumbai City 3-2 in dramatic first leg semis
Iain Hume struck twice as former champions Atletico de Kolkata rallied to edge past Mumbai City
La Liga: Barca back to winning ways as they down Osasuna
Barcelona put pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid by picking up their first win in four games as two second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suarez secured a 3-0 win at struggling Osasuna on Saturday.
Unfair that inferior teams are higher than United: Mourinho
United, who have drawn six of their 14 league matches, are in sixth position going into Sunday's home game with fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur
December 09, 2016Roma midfielder Strootman gets two-match ban overturned
AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman's two-match ban for simulation during his team's 2-0 win over local rivals Lazio on Sunday has been overturned, the Italian FA said on Friday.
Bangladesh unions sue FIFA over Qatar World Cup workers' rights
Bangladesh labour activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly.
British police say soccer child sex scandal may affect 98 clubs
British police investigating allegations of widespread child sex abuse at soccer clubs dating back to the 1970s said on Friday they had identified 83 potential suspects and possible links to 98 clubs, including some from the Premier League.
Disrespectful Infantino won't answer my calls: Blatter
Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says successor Gianni Infantino has showed him no respect by failing to return his phone calls.
Romanian lifter, Russian boxer stripped of Rio Olympic medals
Romanian weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian and Russian boxer Misha Aloian have been stripped of their 2016 Olympic medals after failing doping tests at the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.
PHOTOS: Mkhitaryan sparkles as United reach Europa last 32
Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who made a mockery of his two-month exile from the starting lineup with a superb individual effort, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured an easy win that banished memories of their earlier group stage struggles.
December 08, 2016PHOTOS: Dortmund beat Real to top spot, Porto crush Leicester
Real Madrid failed to win their Champions League group for the first time in four years when a late goal by substitute Marco Reus allowed Borussia Dortmund to equalise and clinch a 2-2 draw.
December 07, 2016Former Real players Alonso, Di Maria, Carvalho charged with tax fraud
Spanish prosecutors have brought tax fraud charges against three former Real Madrid players, Xabi Alonso, Ricardo Carvalho and Angel di Maria and opened investigations into two other players, a prosecution source confirmed on Wednesday.
Bengaluru FC to face Jordan's Al Wehdat in ACL prelims stage 2
I-League champions Bengaluru FC will play against Jordanian club Al Wehdat SC in their AFC Champions League Preliminary Stage 2 fixture in an away tie on January 31.
Mourinho's agent: Coach paid $27 million in taxes in Spain
Jose Mourinho's agent says the Manchester United manager paid more than 26 million euros (USD 27 million) in taxes when he lived in Spain from 2010-13.
Roma midfielder Strootman gets two-match ban for simulation
AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has been banned for two games for unsportsmanlike conduct during his team's 2-0 win over local rivals Lazio on Sunday, the Serie A disciplinary committee said on Tuesday.
Former champs Dempo SC pull out of I-League
Dempo SC, on Wednesday, withdrew from the I-League for the upcoming season in protest against AIFF's proposed roadmap to restructure domestic football, dealing another body blow to the sport in India.
Fans stabbed in Kiev before Champions League tie
Ten people were treated in hospital for knife wounds after hundreds of Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas fans clashed in the Ukrainian capital before Tuesday's Champions League match, local media reported.
Champions League: Bayern beat Atletico; Barca and Arsenal win
Robert Lewandowski scored a brilliant free kick to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in their last Champions League Group D outing on Tuesday, ending the 100 percent record of their opponents.
December 06, 2016Ronaldo set to win Ballon d'or, claims Spanish media
Real Madrid star striker Critiano Ronaldo has been reportedly informed that he will be crowned this year's Ballon d'or winner.
United have ability to finish in top four, says Guardiola
ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola has expressed doubts over whether Manchester United can challenge for the Premier League title but believes they have a realistic chance of finishing in the top four.
Man City, Chelsea charged with failing to control players
Later on Monday, West Bromwich Albion and Watford were also charged for failing to control their players in Saturday's league game at the Hawthorns, which the hosts won 3-1
Brazil invite Colombia to play in Chapecoense charity match
Brazil have invited Colombia to play a friendly match next month with proceeds from the game going to families of the Chapecoense players and staff killed in the Medellin air crash, a Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) spokesman told Reuters on Monday.
EPL: Middlesbrough edge Hull thanks to Ramirez header
Middlesbrough moved away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Hull City thanks to a second-half header from midfielder Gaston Ramirez in the Premier League on Monday.
December 05, 2016Former Barca striker Gudjohnsen offers to play for Chapecoense
Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has offered to play for Brazilian team Chapecoense following the air crash in Colombia last week in which most of their players died.
Man City's Aguero gets four-match ban for violent conduct
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will serve a four-match ban for violent conduct, the English Football Association (FA) said.
Ex-FIFA boss Blatter loses appeal against six-year ban
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter lost his appeal against a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake the world soccer body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.
Euro football: Roma win bloody derby; Hamburg record 1st win
Photos from the football matches played in the Serie A, Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 on Sunday
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool and United thwarted in dramatic finales
Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United were caught by late sucker punches in two games that finished far more dramatically than they began on Sunday.
December 04, 2016Chapecoense set to be named Copa Sudamericana champions
Six people survived, including three members of the club, en route to the Copa Sudamericana final against local side Atletico Medellin, the biggest game in Chapecoense's history.
PHOTOS: Sanchez 'tricks' Arsenal to victory
Alexis Sanchez grabbed a 15-minute hat-trick as Arsenal shook off any hangover from their midweek League Cup defeat to thrash West Ham United 5-1 and climb to second in the English Premier League.
December 03, 2016El Clasico PIX: Ramos strikes late equaliser as Real Madrid hold Barca
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos scored in the 90th minute to hold FC Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Mumbai finish on top after playing goalless draw vs Delhi
Mumbai City FC ended their League engagements with a goalless draw against Delhi Dynamos to finish on top of Indian Super League football in Mumbai on Saturday.
Olympian and former India defender Salam passes away
Former India footballer and coach Syed Abdus Salam, who was awarded Best Defender in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died at his Salarjung Colony residence in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Malaysia player pips Messi, Neymar to FIFA shortlist
A Malaysian footballer has beaten the likes of Neymar and Messi to score a place in FIFA's shortlist for top three goals of the year.
EPL PHOTOS: Ruthless Chelsea rally to sink Man City; Spurs down Swansea
Chelsea came from behind to secure a 3-1 win at Manchester City and forge further clear at the top of the Premier League as a dramatic top-of-the-table clash ended in a mass brawl and two City players being sent off on Saturday.
Ronaldo, Mourinho in tax evasion row
One of the publications, the French investigative portal Mediapart, said Ronaldo and his Portuguese compatriot Mourinho had benefited from a tax optimisation system developed by their agent Jorge Mendes, who owns Gestifute.
Euro football: Napoli rediscover scoring touch; Bayern back on top
Napoli rediscovered their scoring touch as they brushed aside Inter Milan 3-0 on Friday, sending their opponents' new coach Stefano Pioli back to the drawing-board.
Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer crash victims
The Brazilian town of Chapeco, its streets wet with drizzle and buildings draped in the green of its devastated soccer club, prepared Saturday to receive the bodies of victims of an air crash in Colombia that killed 71 people and wiped out the team.
Vote: Is Premier League title out of United's reach?
Manchester United might have left themselves too much ground to make up in the Premier League title race as they trail leaders Chelsea by 11 points after 13 games, according to their manager Jose Mourinho.
Kanoute's El Clasico prediction: Real 2, Barca 1
On the eve of the big game, the Malian footballer tell Rediff.com's Norma Godinho why Real Madrid are favourites and what is plaguing Barcelona this season.
December 02, 2016ISL: ATK-Pune play out goalless draw
Atletico de Kolkata were guilty of missing too many chances and were held to a goalless draw against FC Pune City in their concluding group encounter of Hero Indian Super League at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata, on Friday.
ISL 2016 final to be played in Kochi
Kochi is all set to host the Indian Super League finale on December 18.
No team better than Barca; Real will be defensive, claims Luis Enrique
'Barca are the best team around and when we play as we know how we are unstoppable'
Change in substitution rule for German Cup
Teams competing in the men's and women's German Cup this season will be allowed to make four substitutions if matches go into extra time, with Germany taking part in a pilot project, the country's football association (DFB) said on Friday.
Colombia crash victims to take final flight home
Dozens of hearses carrying the coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain will leave Medellin for the airport on Friday to be flown home.
West Brom's Pulis disappointed with High Court verdict
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis said on Friday he was disappointed to have lost a High Court battle last week after being ordered to pay 3.7 million pounds ($4.66 million) to his former club Crystal Palace in a dispute over the way he left.
Will former FIFA chief Blatter win ban appeal?
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will discover on Monday whether he has won his appeal against a six-year ban from football imposed for ethics violations amid the biggest corruption scandal ever to shake the world soccer body.
Drogba's charity cleared of fraud but may have misled donors
A charity set up by Ivorian football star Didier Drogba to help children in West Africa has been cleared of fraud and corruption but may have "misled" donors, Britain's charity watchdog said on Friday.
El Clasico: Will struggling Barcelona stop Real Madrid's charge?
Real Madrid have enviously looked on as Barcelona claimed six La Liga titles in the last eight years, but Zinedine Zidane's side can take a huge step towards a first crown since 2012 with victory over their bitter rivals at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
December 01, 2016ISL: FC Goa edge Chennaiyin in nine-goal thriller
Young Indian player Sahil Tavora struck twice, including a last-gasped stunner, as FC Goa beat champions Chennaiyin FC 5-4 in Indian Super League's highest scoring nail-biting match in Margao, on Thursday.
High-flying Chelsea face tough test at Man City
Only one point separates the two sides with Chelsea on 31 and City on 30 but Antonio Conte's impact at Stamford Bridge appears greater than his City counterpart Pep Guardiola's at the Etihad.
Man United sweep past West Ham, Arsenal ousted by Southampton
Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice each to help Manchester United ease into the League Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 home victory over West Ham United on Wednesday as Arsenal suffered a 2-0 home defeat by Southampton.
Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team ran out of fuel
The plane that crashed in Colombia virtually wiping out an entire Brazilian football team was running out of fuel, had no electrical power, and was preparing for an emergency landing, according to the pilot's final words.
November 30, 2016Soccer crash survivors undergo operations in Colombia, probe begins
Of the players, goalkeeper Jackson Follmann was recovering from the amputation of his right leg. Defender Helio Neto remains in intensive care with severe trauma to his skull, thorax and lungs. Fellow defender Alan Ruschel had spine surgery.
Chapecoense vow to rebuild after airline accident
The small club from Chapeco in southern Brazil will be aided in their comeback by other senior teams, a group of whom called for the club to be exempt from relegation for three years.
November 29, 2016Three Chapecoense players survive plane crash: Colombian authorities
Three players from Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team have survived a plane crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, Colombian authorities said on Tuesday
Soccer world descends into sorrow as Neymar, Chettri send condolences
The soccer world was in mourning on Tuesday as clubs, players and fans from around the globe sent tributes and support to Brazilian side Chapecoense following a deadly air crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, including several players.
United manager Mourinho charged again by FA
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after he was sent off at the weekend for the second time in a month.
Plane carrying football players from Brazil crashes, 76 dead
A plane carrying 72 people, including football players from Brazil, has reportedly crashed in Colombia.
November 28, 2016Kerala Blasters' coach Coppell questions ISL's objective
Questioning Indian Super League's basic aim, Kerala Blasters FC coach Steve Coppell said on Monday that the league's objective should be to develop facilities for kids and come out with a product that's more competitive and can take India into top-100 ranking within 5-10 years.
No European football has Chelsea in advantageous position
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard expects ManchesterCity and Liverpool to be the London side's main rivals in the Premier League title race after the top three sides all enjoyed victories on the weekend.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca fall six points behind Real
Barcelona's poor run away to Real Sociedad continued when the champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Anoeta on Sunday and slipped six points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid before next week's 'Clasico' against their arch rivals.
PHOTOS: Mourinho sent off on bad day for United; Arsenal win again
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sent off for the second time in a month on Sunday as the controversial coach watched his side draw 1-1 at home to West Ham United and lose more ground in the English Premier League title race.
November 27, 2016Serie A leaders Juventus blown away by Genoa in half an hour
Genoa blew away Serie A leaders Juventus on Sunday, scoring three times in an astonishing first half hour on the way to a pulsating 3-1 win.
La Liga: Atletico return to top four with comfortable win at Osasuna
Atletico Madrid put last week's painful defeat by Real Madrid behind them with a 3-0 win over Osasuna on Sunday that included two goals in the space of a minute and allowed them to return to the top four in La Liga.
Manchester City and English FA probe alleged sexual abuse
The English Football Association (FA) has launched an internal review to examine allegations of children being sexually abused at professional soccer clubs.
ISL: Marcelo tricks as Delhi wallop Goa 5-1
Brazillian striker Marcelo Pereira scored a brilliant hat-trick as Delhi Dynamos continued with their impressive form with a 5-1 walloping of FC Goa in New Delhi on Sunday and put themselves in a strong position for a play-offs berth in the Indian Super League football tournament.
EPL: Sanchez's double helps Arsenal sink brave Bournemouth
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez and another from Theo Walcott ended Bournemouth's brave resistance at the Emirates stadium as Arsenal won 3-1 to stay in touch with the Premier League leaders on Sunday.
Euro soccer: Monaco down Marseille to go top; Bayern end winless streak
Monaco's firepower was far too hot to handle for Olympique de Marseille as the Principality side moved top of the French Ligue 1 standings with a 4-0 home win on Saturday.
Soccer legend Maradona mourns 'second father' Castro
For soccer great Diego Maradona, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro was more than a friend and fellow Latin American legend, he was "a second father."
PHOTOS: Colours of the rainbow light up Premier League matches
In an effort to show equality and inclusiveness towards people of all races and sexual orientation, players, officials from the English Premier League and even the historic Wembley Stadium was decked in the colours of the rainbow.
November 26, 2016La Liga: Ronaldo scores brace as Real ride luck to beat Sporting
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his rich vein of form by scoring twice in Real Madrid's 2-1 home win over struggling Sporting Gijon on Saturday, although the La Liga leaders got a lucky break when the visitors squandered a second-half penalty.
ISL: NorthEast hold Chennaiyin 3-3 in dramatic match
NorthEast United scored in the final minute of the added time to hold defending champions Chennaiyin FC to a 3-3 draw in a thrilling match and kept themselves alive for a play-offs berth in the Indian Super League football in Chennai on Saturday.
Confederations Cup hosts Russia drawn with Portugal, Mexico
Hosts Russia were drawn on Saturday in Group A at next year's Confederations Cup along with Portugal, Mexico and New Zealand.
EPL PIX: Liverpool down Sunderland to go top; Swansea stun Palace
Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday.
Rooney cleared over drinking controversy following FA probe
England captain Wayne Rooney has been cleared following a Football Association (FA) inquiry into the 'Wedding-gate' furore.
Guardiola wants Messi to end his career at Barca
Despite Manchester City officials trying their best to sign Lionel Messi in recent years, manager Pep Guardiola has in contrast expressed his deep desire to see Argentine star striker end his illustrious career at Barcelona.
November 25, 2016'Perfect Rooney deserves more respect'
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has leapt to the defence of club mate Wayne Rooney, saying the Manchester United captain is a "perfect" player who does not get enough respect in England.
Bournemouth's Ibe 'fine' after knifepoint robbery
Bournemouth winger Jordan Ibe has suffered no ill-effects from being robbed of an expensive watch at knifepoint recently, according to manager Eddie Howe.
Injury-ridden Wilshere will be offered new Arsenal deal
Midfielder Jack Wilshere will be offered a new Arsenal contract despite being sent to Bournemouth on loan this season, the London club's manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
ISL: Kerala Blasters down Pune, back in reckoning for semis
Kerala Blasters put themselves back in the semi-finals race as they brushed aside Pune City FC challenge with a 2-1 in an ISL match, in Kochi on Friday.
In pictures: Liverpool legend Gerrard
While he never managed to win an English league title medal with Liverpool, Gerrard will forever be associated with the Champions League final in 2005 when Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down at halftime to win on penalties in Istanbul.
PHOTOS: Rooney ignites Man Utd; Inter slump out of Europe
An inspired Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer in European competition to ignite their crucial 4-0 trouncing of Feyenoord.
November 24, 2016Messi, Suarez resume domestic duties to face Real Sociedad
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are both back for domestic duties as second-placed Barcelona resume their chase of La Liga leader Real Madrid with a tricky trip to red-hot Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Bale to undergo ankle surgery in London
Gareth Bale will undergo ankle surgery next week to repair damaged tendons, Real Madrid said on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
A match by match look at this weekend's English Premier League fixtures.
FIFA chief Infantino wants video replays at 2018 World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is hoping video replays will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia to help referees avoid serious mistakes during the tournament.
PHOTOS: Rostov stun Bayern, PSG denies Arsenal top spot
Atletico Madrid sealed top spot in Champions League Group D after second half goals from Frenchmen Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann but Napoli were held to a 0-0 Champions League draw at home by Dynamo Kiev.
PHOTOS: Messi double lifts Barcelona, Man City advance
The dazzling Lionel Messi returned from illness to score yet another double to help Barcelona ease into the knockout stages of the Champions League for a 13th successive year with their 2-0 win at Celtic on Wednesday.
November 23, 2016ISL: Mumbai seal maiden semis berth after beating Chennai
Table toppers Mumbai City FC qualified for the semi-finals of the Indian Super League for the first time in three seasons after they outclassed defending champions Chennaiyin FC 2-0 in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Zlatan's Manchester United contract to be extended
Manchester United will exercise their option to extend veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract for a second season at Old Trafford, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
Spanish court wants two-year prison sentence for Neymar
Spain's public prosecutor has called for Barcelona soccer player Neymar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a corruption case over his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to the Liga champions in 2013, said a court filing on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Leicester reach last 16 but Spurs knocked out
Leicester City added another tale of remarkable success to an incredible year by reaching the last 16 of the Champions League in their debut season with a 2-1 victory over Club Bruges.
PHOTOS: Real and Juventus win to qualify; Dortmund set record
Real Madrid edged past Sporting Lisbon 2-1, while Juventus came from behind to secure a 3-1 win at Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund crushed Legia Warsaw 8-4 to set a record for the most goals scored in a Champions League match.
November 22, 2016Sporting Clube de Goa confirm withdrawal from I-League
Sporting clube de Goa confirmed they have formally withdrawn from I-League 2016-17 owing to "strong objections" to the proposed road map by All India Football Federation and its marketing partners IMG-Reliance for Indian football.
Champions League: Buoyant City seek knockout spot
Manchester City, who crushed Gladbach 4-0 at home in September, are in second place in the group on seven points, three ahead of the Germans, and can wrap up qualification with victory in Germany.
United States fire head coach Klinsmann
Juergen Klinsmann has been fired as head coach of the US men's national team in the wake of consecutive losses during the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
November 21, 2016Justin Bieber trains with Neymar at FC Barcelona
Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber had a fan boy moment when he visited the FC Barcelona training base on Monday.
Domestic slump aside, Leicester target last 16 in Europe
At the start of the season Leicester City fans could hardly have imagined their side would take the Champions League by storm.
Messi boost for Barcelona ahead of Celtic game
Lionel Messi returned to training on Monday after recovering from a stomach bug that caused him to miss Barcelona's goalless draw against Malaga on Saturday.
India targets qualification for 2022 football World Cup in Qatar
All India Football Federation president Praful Patel said India must ensure that 'right steps' are taken as it targets qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Inter's Perisic snatches last-gasp draw in Milan derby
Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic scored with almost the last kick of the game to snatch a 2-2 draw against AC Milan in Serie A under new coach Stefano Pioli after their neighbours twice led through Suso in Sunday's derby.
ISL: Misfiring Chennaiyin rally to hold Kolkata
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC rallied from one-goal deficit to play out a 1-1 draw against Atletico de Kolkata in their Indian Super League football match in Chennai.
EPL: Chelsea go top after beating Middlesbrough
Chelsea replaced Liverpool at the top of the English Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough.
November 20, 2016La Liga: Ronaldo treble sinks Atletico, Barcelona held
Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Atletico Madrid fans will have bitter memories of the last local derby at the Vicente Calderon stadium by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 win for La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday.
November 19, 2016ISL: Forlan tricks as Mumbai thrash Kerala 5-0
10 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan struck a brilliant hat-trick, the first of the season, to power Mumbai City FC to the top of the Indian Super League table with a 5-0 demolition of Kerala Blasters in Mumbai on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Giroud to the rescue as Arsenal hold Manchester United
Images from the English Premier League matches played at Old Trafford on Saturday
November 18, 2016ISL: Pune stun Delhi in a 3-2 win
Delhi Dynamos suffered a shock 3-4 defeat at the hands of Pune City FC in a thrilling match but still maintained their top spot at the points table in the Indian Super League football in Pune on Friday.
Barca manager Enrique on Messi move speculation
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he believes Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with the Spanish champions despite reports the five times World Player of the Year is stalling over a new deal.
Can a weakened United snap Arsenal's 16-match unbeaten run?
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is fit to face Arsenal on Saturday, his manager Jose Mourinho said, after reportedly injuring his knee tripping over an energy drink bottle in the Wembley dressing room last week.
FIFA chief's radical proposal to popularise Club World Cup
'That's what we're trying to do, by creating a tournament that is much more attractive than the current one, with more quality among participants and more clubs. That will attract more sponsors and television companies from around the world'
Zambrotta reckons hosting under-17 World Cup good for India's future
The 2006 FIFA World Cup winner and Delhi Dynamos coach says 'ISL can also improve Indian players by having good coaches, academies which will help to grow Indian football'
November 17, 2016ISL: Hume's last minute goal helps ATK hold NorthEast
Canadian striker Iain Hume proved his worth once again as he scored a last minute goal to help Atletico de Kolkata hold NorthEast United FC to a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League match, in Kolkata, on Thursday.
Southgate wants England manager job permanently
England interim manager Gareth Southgate wants the job on a permanent basis, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said on Thursday.
November 16, 2016Coach Constantine offered contract extension after India's good run
Indian national footbal team coach Stephen Constantine has been offered a one-year extension by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) keeping in mind preparations for the 2019 Asian Cup.
ISL: Mumbai City FC hold Goa to goalless draw
FC Goa have made their life difficult for themselves after being held to a goalless draw by Mumbai City FC in a crucial round-robin fixture of the Indian Super League football tournament, in Margao on Wednesday.
Carrick says Manchester United still in EPL title race. Do you agree?
'We just don't feel we've got the results our performances have warranted, have not hit top gear'
PHOTOS: Jesus shines as Brazil down Peru
An outstanding performance from Gabriel Jesus helped Brazil to a 2-0 win over Peru on Tuesday and moved the five times World Cup winners four points clear at the top of the South American qualifying group for Russia 2018.
PHOTOS: Spain rally to hold England; Italy vs Germany goalless
Isco scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Spain launched an improbable fightback to snatch a 2-2 friendly draw against England with both their goals coming after the 89th minute at Wembley on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Messi magic puts Argentina back on World Cup track
A Lionel Messi masterclass, netting a brilliant free kick before laying on two more goals, put Argentina's World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a resounding 3-0 win over Colombia in San Juan on Tuesday.
November 15, 2016Could Liverpool legend Gerrard take up coaching role at Anfield?
'I've got options on the pitch and off the pitch, I have got a bit of thinking to do in the next few weeks'
ISL: Chennaiyin back in reckoning after 2-0 win over Pune
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC snapped their five-match winless streak as Jeje Lalpekhlua and Davide Succi scored once in each half to beat FC Pune City 2-0 in their Indian Super League football match in Chennai on Tuesday.
World Cup qualifiers, PICS: Lippi's China held by Qatar; SK, Japan win
Marcelo Lippi's first game as China coach ended in a 0-0 draw with Qatar in a World Cup qualifier in Kunming on Tuesday, seriously damaging both team's hopes of reaching the finals in Russia.
Swiss-based trade union to inspect Qatar 2022 World Cup sites
A global trade union for construction workers that has criticized labour conditions in Qatar will inspect soccer stadiums being built for the 2022 World Cup in the Gulf Arab state.
November 14, 2016Chelsea legend Lampard ends New York stay
New York City coach Patrick Vieira saluted Frank Lampard after the former England and Chelsea midfielder announced on Monday he will be leaving the Major League Soccer team when his contract expires next month.
Steven Gerrard hints at LA Galaxy exit
Former England skipper Steven Gerrard has once again added fuel to the speculations of him leaving the LA Galaxy.
Ibrahimovic hails Brazilian Ronaldo as the best player ever
Describing Cristiano Ronaldo as a `phenomenal` player, Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that he was in awe of the Real Madrid star as a youngster and wanted to be exactly like him in his career.
WC Qualifiers: Ronaldo lifts Portugal, Belgium net 8
Cristiano Ronaldo converted one penalty, missed another and also scored from open play as Portugal beat Latvia 4-1 in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
November 13, 2016WC qualifiers: Croatia beat Iceland behind closed doors
Croatia stayed on course to reach the 2018 World Cup after two superb strikes by midfielder Marcelo Brozovic gave them a 2-0 home win over Iceland in a Group I qualifier played behind closed doors in Zagreb on Saturday.
ISL: 10-man Dynamos rally in enthralling draw vs Kolkata
Delhi Dynamos maintained their unbeaten run at home despite playing the entire second half with 10 men, as they rallied twice to hold Atletico de Kolkata 2-2 in an enthralling Indian Super Lague football match in New Delhi on Sunday.
November 12, 2016PHOTOS: England, Germany register big wins in WC qualifiers
France midfielder Dimitri Payet scored the winner after setting up the equaliser in a 2-1 victory over Sweden in a top-of-the-table clash as they opened up a three-point lead in World Cup qualifying Group A at the Stade de France on Friday.
November 11, 2016British police launch probe into suspected soccer corruption
British police said on Friday they had opened an inquiry into an allegation of bribery following a review of a newspaper's investigation into suspected soccer corruption.
ISL: 10-man FC Goa snatch dramatic win over NEUFC
FC Goa struck late to floor NorthEast United FC 2-1 for their first home win this season in the Hero Indian Super League on Friday.
ISL: Undisciplined FC Goa mired in a new row
Indian Super League side FC Goa have been slapped with a fine of Rs 4,40,000 ($6,537) for two separate incidents of team misconduct while two of its players were suspended for two matches each for "offensive behaviour" by All India Football Federation's Disciplinary Committee.
PHOTOS: Brazil thrash hapless Argentina 3-0
First half goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar were followed by a third from Paulinho after 58 minutes to sink the Argentines and extend their winless run to four games.
November 10, 2016Chelsea's Costa out of Spain squad through injury
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been ruled out of Spain's matches against Macedonia and England through injury, the Spanish football federation said on Thursday.
Aguero dropped, Messi to lead Argentina vs Brazil
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been left out of the Argentina squad for the crucial World Cup qualifier clash against Brazil to be held at the Mineirao Stadium later this evening.
November 09, 2016Ibrahimovic confident of winning EPL title with Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sure he will win the Premier League with Manchester United and says his performances will improve once he picks up the rhythm of the English game.
ISL: Malouda stars in Delhi's 4-1 drubbing of Chennaiyin
Former France and Chelsea star Florent Malouda scored twice, inspiring Delhi Dynamos to a 4-1 drubbing of defending champions Chennaiyin FC in an Indian Super League football match in New Delhi on Wednesday.
FIFA Ethics Committee asks for life ban for Rafael Callejas
FIFA's Ethics Committee on Wednesday called for Rafael Callejas to be banned from soccer for life, alleging the former president of the Honduran Football Association breached the scandal-hit soccer governing body's code of conduct.
November 08, 2016Ibrahimovic apologises to United fans for Arsenal suspension
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised to fans after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against SwanseaCity in the Premier League on Sunday, which rules him out of their next game against Arsenal.
Barcelona appeal Messi yellow card for time wasting
Barcelona have announced they will appeal the yellow card given to Lionel Messi during the team's 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday.
When Fenerbahce striker Van Persie was nearly blinded!
Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie, who suffered a horrific eye injury in his side's latest win against Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Super Lig, calmed fears of his eyesight saying his eye is 'undamaged'.
November 07, 2016Spanish court wants Neymar trial over Barcelona transfer
Barcelona forward Neymar, his parents and two of the club's executives should stand trial for alleged corruption, Spain's High Court said on Monday as it wrapped up a fraud investigation into the Brazil international's transfer to the Catalan team.
Indian football: Infrastructure, money remain impediments
Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Monday said the lack of top-class infrastructure still remains an impediment to the development of football in the country, while AIFF president Praful Patel lamented the absence of enough money in sports other than cricket.
I want to end my career at Real Madrid: Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo's new five-year contract with Real Madrid which ties him to the Spanish club until the age of 36 will not be his last, he said on Monday.
Self-obsessed Ibra loves scoring 25,000th Premier League goal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was back to his irrepressible, boastful best on Sunday as he joked about the landmark 25,000th Premier League goal that signalled a change in his fortunes.
Euro round-up: Leipzig go level with leaders Bayern; PSG win
RB Leipzig continued their remarkable first season in the Bundesliga when they brushed aside Mainz 05 3-1, their fifth win in a row, to go level on points with leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Wilshere, Kane get England recall for Scotland tie amid poppy row
Jack Wilshere and Harry Kane have been recalled to the England squad for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly against Spain, the FA announced on Sunday.
Juve beat Chievo in Buffon's 600th Serie A match
Miralem Pjanic's free kick gave Juventus a 2-1 win at Chievo on Sunday as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrated his 600th Serie A appearance.
Can resurgent Liverpool maintain top-spot on EPL table?
While, Reds' manager Juergen Klopp is realistic about his team being league leaders, you, dear reader, can convey your opinion by casting your vote in the poll below
'Extraterrestrial' and 'best of all time' Messi nets 500th Barca goal
There was no dearth of praise for little magician Lionel Messi who struck his 500th goal for FC Barcelona on Sunday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Sensational Messi inspires Barca comeback
A mesmeric Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to come from behind and beat Sevilla 2-1 in a thrilling encounter on Sunday as the champions kept the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who saw off Leganes 3-0 thanks to a double from Gareth Bale.
November 06, 2016Bundesliga: Dortmund's Aubameyang scores four; Bayern draw
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich stumbled to a 1-1 home draw against Hoffenheim on Saturday but stayed three points clear at the top as Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired four goals past Hamburg SV following his midweek ban.
Ronaldo deserves to finish his career at Real Madrid: Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said there was nothing wrong with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese marked his longest run without scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu with a near anonymous display in a 3-0 win over Leganes on Sunday.
La Liga: Bale helps leaders Real see off Leganes
A first-half double from Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid cement their position at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at home to Leganes on Sunday.
November 05, 2016Air Force Club ground Bengaluru FC to lift AFC Cup title
India's Bengaluru FC lost an opportunity to make history after being grounded by Iraqi club Air Force Club by a 1-0 margin in the AFC Cup final in Doha on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City held after Boro strike late equaliser
A stoppage-time goal from Martin de Roon earned Middlesbrough an unlikely 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.
ISL: Mumbai FC regain top spot with 1-0 win over NEUFC
Mumbai City FC defeated NorthEast United FC by a 1-0 margin to go atop the table in their ISL match in Guwahati on Saturday.
Mourinho lauds Zlatan's attitude despite lack of goals
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has no concerns over striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's barren spell as he expects the Swede's 'brilliant' attitude to soon be rewarded with goals.
November 04, 2016ISL: Delhi Dynamos go on top after beating Kerala Blasters
Delhi Dynamos finally broke their winless streak at home as they struck twice early into the second half to notch up a comfortable 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters to move to the top of the standings in the Indian Super League (ISL) in New Delhi on Friday.
AC Milan to be sold by December: Reports
The deal to sell top-flight Italian soccer team AC Milan to a consortium of Chinese investors will be completed at the beginning of December or even earlier, two sources told Reuters on Friday.
Robben back for Dutch World Cup qualifier after a year away
Arjen Robben is set to make his return to the Netherlands team for the first time in a year for their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
'They started at 100mph and we started really slowly'
Jose Mourinho accused his Manchester United side of playing with the intensity of a summer friendly as their season suffered another setback with a 2-1 Europa League defeat at Fenerbahce on Thursday.
Mourinho's woes continue as Manchester United lose again
Manchester United's woes deepened as stunning goals by Moussa Sow and Jeremain Lens gave Fenerbahce a 2-1 Europa League win on Thursday that left Jose Mourinho's side facing a battle to reach the knockout stages.
November 03, 2016 ISL: Goa condemn Pune City to the bottom of the table
FC Goa secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City to climb up from the bottom of the Indian Super League points table in Pune on Thursday.
Zidane laments Real 'relaxing' to gift Legia draw
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane cursed his side's carelessness after the European champions threw away a two-goal lead against Legia Warsaw and needed a late equaliser from Mateo Kovacic to salvage a 3-3 draw on Wednesday.
Champions League: Dortmund into knockout stage; Leicester draw
Last-minute starter Adrian Ramos scored a first-half header to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 victory over Sporting on Wednesday and earn a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League with two Group F matches to spare.
Europa preview: Mourinho still excited about United despite poor start
In just a few months at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho has been dismissed from the touchline and fined for his conduct as his side endured a poor start to the season -- yet the Portuguese is still enjoying being Manchester United manager.
Can Bengaluru FC script Indian football history?
Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri feels that his club making it to the summit clash of the AFC Cup heralds a beginning in the revival of Indian football.
Champions League PIX: Real salvage draw in 3-3 thriller at Warsaw
Mateo Kovacic's late strike avoided embarrassment for Real Madrid as the European champions surrendered a two-goal lead before drawing 3-3 with Legia Warsaw in an enthralling Champions League game played amid an empty stadium on Wednesday.
November 02, 2016Champions League PHOTOS: PSG advance; Napoli draw at Besiktas
Thomas Meunier volleyed a spectacular last-minute goal to give Paris St Germain a 2-1 win at FC Basel, which took them into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Real's Champions League tie to be played in empty Legia stadium
'There is no advantage. I always prefer to play in front of supporters even away from home because that's what football is all about, but that's the situation we face'
PIX: City stun Barca to keep hopes alive; Atletico, Bayern through
Coach Pep Guardiola was left thrilled after ManchesterCity revived their Champions League bid by beating his old club Barcelona 3-1 in a gloriously open Group C encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
November 01, 2016Mourinho hit with second misconduct charge
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for comments made to the referee during last weeekend's English Premier League match against Burnley, the Football Association said on Tuesday.
World Cup winner Klose retires, joins Germany's coaching team
Germany's record goalscorer Miroslav Klose is starting a traineeship with the national team as the retired striker looks to kick off his coaching career, the German Football Association said.
Inter Milan sack coach Frank De Boer
His overall record of five wins, two draws and seven defeats included shock losses to Hapoel Beer Sheva and Sparta Prague in the Europa League and at home to Cagliari in Serie A.
'Managers star in English Premier League, players shine in Spain'
The English Premier League boasts some of the top managers in the game but to see the best players in the world you have to watch Spanish soccer, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said.
Barcelona ready to punish City again; Arsenal target top spot
Barcelona will put Manchester City to the sword if they commit the same kind of errors as they did in their Champions League encounter last month, coach Luis Enrique said.
October 31, 2016YOU will get to vote at FIFA Football Awards!
Under the new system, half the votes would belong to the players and coaches of the world's 211 national teams and half to the public, who will take part via an online ballot, and selected media representatives.
Real Madrid's Pepe faces a month out
Real Madrid defender Pepe is likely to be out of action for a month after suffering a thigh injury.
Happy, hard-working Bale says Real Madrid stay a learning curve
Moving to Real Madrid has made Gareth Bale a better person and lived up to all his expectations, the Welsh winger said on Monday.
Aguero's inclusion could give City much-needed boost vs Barca
Manchester City cannot afford another defeat on Tuesday at home to Barcelona, who thumped them 4-0 two weeks ago, having taken just one point from their last two Champions League Group C matches.
World Cup-winning manager Loew wants to guide Germany to Euro glory
Extends contract up to 2020
Chilean footballer does a Cantona, kicks spectator after match
A player from Chilean top flight side Audax Italiano has apologised after being arrested for climbing onto a fence and kicking a spectator following a match at the weekend.
Improving Chelsea, big winning Liverpool downplay title talk
Chelsea need to improve a lot before they could be considered Premier League title contenders, manager Antonio Conte has said after his resurgent side beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday.
Euro round-up: Milan climb to third; Fifth straight win for Hoffenheim
Giacomo Bonaventura's free kick earned Milan a 1-0 win over Pescara to move them into the top three of Serie A on Sunday.
October 30, 2016Bale extends Real Madrid contract to 2022
Wales international Gareth Bale has extended his Real Madrid contract until 2022, the Spanish club said on Sunday.
October 29, 2016Ronaldo 'tricks' in Real Madrid's comeback win
Cristiano Ronaldo answered his critics with a hat-trick as Real Madid came from behind to win 4-1 at Alaves and provisionally go three points clear at the top of La Liga.
October 28, 2016ISL: Atletico de Kolkata down NEUFC to top table
Atletico de Kolkata produced a gritty performance as they scored twice in the second half to notch up a 2-1 win over hosts NorthEast United in an entertaining Hero Indian Super League match at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Friday.
Manchester United are a team in progress: Mourinho
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will prove his worth at Manchester United once he adapts to the rigours of English football, according to his manager Jose Mourinho.
'Goalless Ronaldo is angry with himself'
Cristiano Ronaldo is angry with his recent record in front of goal but not anxious about when he will find the net next, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.
Luis Enrique tells Guardiola critics: 'He's going to win'
'Critics will always appear because people don't like it when the same people win all the time, but I'm sure Pep is going to win'
Luis Enrique defends Barca values after bottle incident
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique defended his team's integrity on Friday after a week in which his players were criticised by the highest powers in Spanish soccer following last week's dramatic 3-2 win at Valencia.
Wenger downplays hooliganism problem in English game
Hooliganism is not a problem in English football, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, despite a week in which disturbances at West Ham United's League Cup tie against Chelsea tarnished the game's glossy image.
Klopp's Liverpool prepared for Benteke backlash
Juergen Klopp returns to the scene of one his Liverpool side's most controversial victories of last season this Saturday with the man who fashioned it lining up against him.
La Liga: With 'BBC' under pressure, can Real stay on top?
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is under pressure to break up his misfiring attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale when he takes the La Liga leaders to Alaves on Saturday.
October 27, 2016FC Barcelona call for disciplinary action against La Liga president
Barcelona have asked Spain's Court for Sport (TAD) to open disciplinary proceedings against La Liga chief Javier Tebas after he criticised the team's reaction to an empty bottle being thrown in from the stands during a goal celebration.
ISL: Delhi have record draws after stalemate against Pune
Delhi Dynamos dominated the proceedings but yet again played out a draw in a 1-1 result against FC Pune City in a familiar show of their strikers missing chances galore in the Indian Super League football match in New Delhi on Thursday.
Mourinho, Moyes charged with misconduct by FA
Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in the wake of his comments about referee Anthony Taylor before Manchester United's goalless draw with Liverpool last week, the Football Association said on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Manchester United down City, Chelsea lose to West Ham
Juan Mata swept home to steer Manchester United into the League Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over holders and bitter local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho got one over old adversary Pep Guardiola.
Thierry Henry on ISL, Wenger, Pep
'You have to have a good coach to direct you on the right path.'
When 'King Henry' left Mumbai spellbound
Thierry Henry came to Mumbai and left his fans in a daze as he showed off that famed, magical footwork while he trained budding talent from the city.
October 26, 2016How Carlos Alberto scored one of football's great goals
Brazil were winning 3-1 and the 1970 World Cup final against Italy was over as a contest when Carlos Alberto looked up to see the whole of the right wing open to him and started to motor.
Brazilian football great Carlos Alberto Torres dies
Carlos Alberto, who scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in the 1970 final against Italy, has died aged 72 following a heart attack.
Life in Manchester 'bit of a disaster', says Mourinho
The Portuguese has endured a mixed start to his stint as United boss, having lost three of his nine league games, including a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Liverpool down Spurs, Arsenal through
Arsenal eased past second-tier Reading 2-0 with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring twice, while Newcastle United romped to a 6-0 win over 10-man Preston North End and Hull City won 2-1 at Bristol City.
Henry keeps date with Kolkata
Mecca of Indian Football, Kolkata had a date with French football superstar Thierry Henry as he enthralled the crowd here at Rabindra Sarovar stadium by lighting the lamp at Atletico de Kolkata's home game against Mumbai City FC on Tuesday.
October 25, 2016ISL: Forlan strikes as Mumbai snap ATK's dream run, go top
Star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan struck a late goal as Mumbai City FC ended Atletico de Kolkata's unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory and jumped to the top spot in the Indian Super League football in Kolkata on Tuesday.
'King' Henry on Ballon D'Or favourites, Paul Pogba and Indian football
France football legend Thierry Henry, who's on his maiden visit to India, has put Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among the top contenders to win this year's Ballon d'Or trophy.
Brazil soccer legend Carlos Alberto dies aged 72
He played 53 games for Brazil and led them to the 1970 World Cup victory after scoring arguably the greatest goals in World Cup football history.
League Cup will help assess young players at Chelsea, says Conte
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said that the League Cup will provide an opportunity for him to assess the development of the youngsters in his squad.
India to host 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup from October 6-28
India will stage the Under-17 football World Cup from October 6 to 28 next year, the sport's world governing body FIFA announced today while ratifying Kolkata as the sixth venue for the mega-event after an inspection in Kolkata.
Who will win Ballon d'Or? Ronaldo or Messi?
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their perennial battle to be crowned the world's best footballer after they headed the shortlist of 30 players for the 2016 Ballon d'Or announced on Monday.
October 24, 2016Nevilles slam Manchester United midfield 'mannequins', 'garbage defending'
Former Manchester United full-backs Gary and Phil Neville slammed the club's "garbage" defending after Sunday's crushing 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in the English Premier League.
Ronaldo scripts unwanted personal record at Real
Cristiano Ronaldo's teammates have issued a strong defence of his value to Real Madrid as the Portuguese striker grapples with a barren streak that has sparked a debate about his place in the team.
ISL: Kerala Blasters rally to beat FC Goa
Kerala Blasters FC came from behind to beat FC Goa 2-1 in their 2016 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Monday.
Aubameyang shortlisted along with Ronaldo, Bale for Ballon d'or award
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale have been shortlisted for this year's coveted Ballon d'Or award.
Prince Ali says FIFA needs to speed up reforms
Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is concerned about the pace of reform in world soccer's governing body and says new president Gianni Infantino has "no time to lose" in bringing transparency to the organisation.
FIH fails to recognise majority of Indo-Pak hockey history
Going by the hockey parent body's new data collection, India and Pakistan have met in only 47 head-to-head internationals and many more fails. Read on to find out how the history of this famed rivalry is being binned
What did Mourinho whisper in Conte's ear?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte that his antics in whipping up the crowd during the London club's 4-0 victory on Sunday were "humiliating", according to Italian television.
Guwahati gets FIFA nod for U-17 football World Cup
Guwahati became the fifth Indian city to be ratified as a venue for next year's Under-17 football World Cup after a FIFA inspection team gave its thumbs up to the venue's preparedness and facilities.
La Liga: Morata takes Real Madrid top, Sevilla sinks Atletico
Alvaro Morata again proved decisive from the bench by striking a late winner against Athletic Bilbao and firing a lacklustre Real Madrid to the top of La Liga on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Mourinho's United routed on return to Stamford Bridge
Images from the match played between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
October 23, 2016ISL: Pune City rescue a point against Chennaiyin FC
FC Pune City's home woes in the Hero Indian Super League continued as they dropped precious points in a 1-1 draw against Chennaiyin FC at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi, Pune, on Sunday.
Serie A: Late penalty sends Inter to third successive league defeat
Mauricio Pinilla converted a late penalty to give Atalanta a 2-1 win over Inter Milan and condemn their troubled opponents to a third successive Serie A defeat on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern down Gladbach as Dortmund stumble again
Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa struck as Bayern Munich disposed of Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 on Saturday to claim their first win in three Bundesliga matches and power three points clear at the top.
EPL: Sunderland match unwanted 110-year milestone
Sunderland became the first top-flight club in more than 100 years to fail to register a win in any of their first nine league games in two successive seasons when they suffered a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United on Saturday.
Worker dies in 'work-related fatality' at Qatar WC stadium
A worker has died in a "work-related fatality" at the site of a 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar, the country's World Cup organizing body said late on Saturday.
Injured Iniesta faces long spell out for Barcelona
Barcelona could be without captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of the year after the midfielder sustained a knee injury in an eventful 3-2 La Liga win for the leaders at Valencia on Saturday.
October 22, 2016ISL: Hume guides Atletico de Kolkata to win over Delhi Dynamos
Iain Hume struck from a spot-kick after some Debjit Majumder heroics under the bar as a 10-man Atletico de Kolkata secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over
La Liga: Last-gasp Messi penalty seals dramatic Barcelona win
Lionel Messi squeezed home a stoppage-time penalty to grab a 3-2 win for champions Barcelona at Valencia in a thrilling and controversial La Liga match on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Arsenal go on top; Spurs stay unbeaten
Arsenal moved top of the Premier League table but were unconvincing in a 0-0 home draw with Middlesbrough who were well worth their point on Saturday.
Goa given green light to host FIFA U-17 World Cup India
Goa on Saturday joined Kochi and Navi Mumbai as one of the venues to host next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup after it received the green signal from a high-level delegation of football's world body.
Didier Drogba fined for refusing to play
Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba has been fined by Major League Soccer (MLS) for his refusal to play against Toronto FC last Sunday, the league announced on Friday.
Messi returns to Argentina squad for Brazil, Colombia games
Lionel Messi is back in the Argentina squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia after missing the last three due to injury in which his team have dropped seven points.
October 21, 2016ISL: FC Goa record their first win of the season in Mumbai
Richarlyson Felisbino struck the only goal of the game as FC Goa breathed new life into their Hero Indian Super League campaign with a gritty 1-0 victory over Mumbai City FC at Mumbai Football Arena, in Mumbai, on Friday.
Is there a formula to stop Messi?
Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli has conceded there is no point trying stop Lionel Messi as he prepares to face the in-form Barcelona talisman when his side host the La Liga champions on Saturday.
Terry fit for Chelsea's clash with United
John Terry has recovered from an ankle injury and will be available for Chelsea's home clash with Manchester United on Sunday, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday.
'Wins mean more than fan approval for Mourinho'
Jose Mourinho will have no qualms about frustrating entertainment-hungry Manchester United fans if it means securing a win on his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Follow Japan... Rivaldo tells 'sleeping giant' India
He is certainly not the first to say this but World Cup and Ballon d'Or winner Rivaldo too feels India should follow the 'Japan model' in order to improve the standard of football in the country.
'There's pressure on every manager, whether you're Sunderland or you're Pep'
Sunderland manager David Moyes says he is under pressure to turn around their poor Premier League form, but it is no different for coaches at the other end of the table.
How Wenger has managed to survive in Premier League...
Manager Arsene Wenger has urged in-form Arsenal to stay vigilant against complacency, with the Frenchman saying his years spent in England have taught him not to take the "jungle" that is the Premier League for granted.
Europa League PIX: Pogba nets twice as Man United trounce Fenerbahce
Paul Pogba repaid some of his world record transfer fee with two goals as Manchester United rediscovered their early-season shine, cruising to a 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce to go top of their group on Thursday.
Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba ruled out with injuries for Barcelona
Barcelona are in the middle of an injury crisis as they head to Valencia for Saturday's La Liga game looking to keep up with pacemaking pair Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
October 20, 2016ISL: Chennaiyin FC break NorthEast jinks
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC broke their Guwahati jinks with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over NorthEast United FC in an absorbing Hero Indian Super League clash at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, in Guwahati, on Thursday.
Suarez picks up European Golden Shoe
Luis Suarez has received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe's top domestic leagues last season.
What not to miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings you the previews of the main matches scheduled for this weekend in the English Premier League.
Youth-injected India log best FIFA rankings in 6 years
The Indian football team achieved their best FIFA ranking in over six years when the side leaped 11 places to be 137th in the list released on Thursday.
Enrique and Guardiola praise carefree Messi
'We saw Messi play like a kid in the school playground today'
Champions League PIX: Messi treble grounds City; Arsenal thrash Ludo
Images from the UEFA Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday
October 19, 2016Bengaluru FC scripts history, 1st Indian club to enter AFC Cup final
India captain Sunil Chhetri led Bengaluru FC to a historic AFC Cup final by scripting an inspiring 3-1 win over defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim with his stunning double strike in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Luka Modric agrees new Real Madrid contract until 2020
Luka Modric's top priority is to win La Liga this season, the midfield maestro said on Wednesday after signing a new contract that will keep him at Real Madrid until 2020.
National level woman footballer dies of dengue
National woman's footballer Poonam Chauhan has died of dengue on Tuesday.
Can Leicester turn around failing EPL campaign?
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has asked for a change in mentality to revive the club's Premier League campaign which is in stark contrast to their impressive Champions League form.
Kochi gets FIFA nod to host U-17 football World Cup
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Wednesday became the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup after it received a green signal from a high-level delegation of football's world body.
Champions League PHOTOS: Leicester close in on knock-outs, Sevilla win
Images from Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
Guardiola tried to bring Messi, Neymar to Manchester City?
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has denied a newspaper report that he tried to sign strikers Lionel Messi and Neymar from former club Barcelona in the close season.
Champions League PIX: Five-star Real hammer Warsaw; Spurs held
Images from Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
City's Guardiola makes emotional return to Barca
Pep Guardiola's formidable managerial skills will be put to the test again when his stuttering ManchesterCity side visit his former club Barcelona in a top-of-the-bill Champions League clash on Wednesday.
October 18, 2016ISL: Delhi Dynamos, Mumbai City tied in six-goal thriller
Delhi Dynamos staged a remarkable comeback to play out a 3-3 draw with Mumbai City FC in a high-scoring encounter of the Indian Super League (ISL), which witnessed end-to-end football throughout in New Delhi on Tuesday.
AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC eye a place in Indian football history
On the verge of scripting history, Bengaluru FC will seek to become the first Indian club to enter the final of AFC Cup when they lock horns with defending champions Johor Darul Takzim in the semi-final of the premier event in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.
Mourinho criticises 'cautious' Liverpool as Ibra rues goal miss
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused Liverpool of being the 'cautious team' in a dull goalless draw in their Premier League clash at Anfield.
Champions League: In-form Spurs start favourites against Leverkusen
It is a mark of how far Tottenham Hotspur have come that they start as favourites to win what could be a pivotal Champions League Group E fixture away to Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday despite the absence of key defender Toby Alderweireld.
FIVE ways Barcelona have evolved without Guardiola
As Barcelona prepare to welcome back Pep Guardiola to the Nou Camp for Wednesday's Champions League game against Manchester City, check out how the club has evolved since the visionary coach departed in 2012.
After the hype... Liverpool and Man United deliver drab draw
One of the most eagerly-awaited clashes of the Premier League season turned into a major letdown as Liverpool and Manchester United nullified each other in a largely undistinguished goalless draw at Anfield on Monday.
October 17, 2016Barca contract: Will Neymar sign on the dotted line?
Brazil forward Neymar will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona on Friday, the La Liga champions said on Monday.
Wolfsburg sack coach Hecking
VfL Wolfsburg parted ways with coach Dieter Hecking on Monday after their disappointing start to the Bundesliga season, the club said.
ISL: Pune City play out draw with Kerala Blasters
Cedric Hengbart scored the fastest goal of the third edition of Indian Super League but that wasn't enough for the Kerala Blasters as they were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Pune City, in Pune, on Monday.
CL Preview: Ranieri urges Leicester to raise game; Juve without Chiellini
Manager Claudio Ranieri has challenged Leicester City to put in their best performance of the season when they host FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Tuesday.
What Leicester need to do to rediscover winning habit
Premier League champions Leicester City must pick themselves up to rediscover the winning habit and get their season back on track, winger Marc Albrighton has said.
Not just Bengaluru, this match is about India: Chhetri
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Monday urged the entire nation to root for his club Bengaluru FC as they chase a historic final berth in the AFC Cup in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
'Years at Liverpool changed Suarez from good striker to best ever'
FC Barcelona's Croatia international Rakitic, who joined the La Liga champions in June 2014, believes striker Luis Suarez's spell at Liverpool made him the most feared striker in the world.
Is Neymar the next Messi?
Brazilian Neymar is set to become the next best player in the world after Argentina's Lionel Messi, according to Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
EPL: Liverpool's Henderson eyes Mourinho revenge for 2014 loss
Victory over Manchester United in Monday's Premier League clash would "put to bed" bitter memories of Liverpool's defeat to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea two years ago, midfielder Jordan Henderson has said.
UEFA CL: Walcott warns against complacency despite superb form
Arsenal striker Theo Walcott expects Bulgarian side Ludogorets to be fearful ahead of their visit to the Emirates for the Champions League group stage tie on Wednesday.
Serie A: AC Milan beat Verona, climb to joint third
AC Milan surged into third place in Serie A with a 3-1 win at Chievo Verona on Sunday but their great city rivals Inter Milan were left in turmoil as their captain Mauro Icardi again came under fire from his own fans in the 2-1 defeat by Cagliari.
Drogba storming up a row at Montreal
A disgruntled Didier Drogba refused to play for the Montreal Impact on Sunday after learning that he would not be in the starting lineup, coach Mauro Biello said.
Bundesliga: Promoted Leipzig stun Wolfsburg, go to third
RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg secured a 1-0 win at VfL Wolfsburg with a second-half goal to atone for earlier missing a penalty as the promoted club moved within two points of the Bundesliga top spot on Sunday.
EPL: Southampton's Austin sinks Burnley, Watford beat 'Boro
Southampton's rich vein of form in the Premier League continued as they beat Burnley 3-1 with two goals from Charlie Austin on Sunday while another promoted side, Middlesbrough, fared just as poorly, losing 1-0 at home to Watford.
October 16, 2016ISL: FC Goa steal a point against Atletico de Kolkata
Last season's runners-up FC Goa rallied to hold Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 and open their account after a hat-trick of defeats in an intense Indian Super League football clash, in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Serie A: Dzeko scores two as Roma beat Napoli, Juve win again
Edin Dzeko scored twice to set up a 3-1 win for AS Roma away to Napoli in the battle for second place in Serie A on Saturday and Paulo Dybala also notched up a brace for leaders Juventus in their 2-1 win over Udinese.
Bundesliga: Bayern held at Frankfurt, Gladbach miss two penalties
Leaders Bayern Munich twice surrendered the lead in a 2-2 Bundesliga draw at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and Borussia Moenchengladbach missed two penalties in a goalless draw against Hamburg SV.
October 15, 2016La Liga: Messi on target as Barca hammer Deportivo
Lionel Messi scored within three minutes of returning to action for the first time in more than three weeks to help fire La Liga champions Barcelona to a resounding 4-0 home win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
ISL: Delhi Dynamos, NorthEast United split points
NorthEast United rallied to play out a thrilling 1-1 draw with Delhi Dynamos, playing their first home match of the season, to remain on top of the table in the Indian Super League football, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
EPL: Chelsea hammer Leicester in battle of last two champions
Chelsea demolished the team that succeeded them as Premier League winners when champions Leicester City succumbed tamely 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Mourning Thailand asks to move World Cup qualifier
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) is seeking to move the home World Cup qualifier against Australia on Nov. 15 out of the country amid mourning for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Nice go atop Ligue 1 with 2-0 win against Lyon
Nice strengthened their grip on the Ligue 1 standings when they beat 10-man Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 at home on Friday.
Bundesliga: Dortmund salvage late draw against Hertha
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty before scoring an 80th-minute equaliser as an injury-hit Borussia Dortmund failed to win for the second straight game after stumbling to a 1-1 home draw against Hertha Berlin on Friday.
October 14, 2016ISL: Chopra scores as Kerala Blasters beat Mumbai City
Michael Chopra scored his first goal in the Hero Indian Super League as Kerala Blasters notched up their first win of the season, beating Mumbai City FC 1-0 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Kochi, on Friday.
Europe barred by FIFA from bidding for 2026 World Cup
European countries will be able to bid to host the 2026 World Cup only if none of the eligible candidates are good enough, soccer's governing body said on Friday.
Klopp, Son pick up monthly Premier League awards
Liverpool's Juergen Klopp has been named Premier League manager of the month after leading the club to three consecutive wins in September, the first time the German has won the award.
VOTE! Would you prefer a 32, 40 or 48-team football World Cup?
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that proposals for a 32, 40 or 48-team World Cup in 2026 are still on the table and that a larger tournament would not mean a drop in quality.
Dream to stay at Real Madrid for years to come: Ronaldo
Describing it as his 'dream' to stay at Real Madrid for many years to come, star striker Cristiano Ranoldo has reiterated his desire to continue with the Spanish giants following a stellar year for the Portugal forward.
October 13, 2016Show-off Neymar won't let up despite criticism
'I'm definitely not going to change, players have to know that when they face me that I have my own way of playing and that is dribbling, scoring goals and helping my team mates'
Haryana girls beat Nagaland, social biases to lift U-17 Subroto Cup
'Gone are those days when a girl from our state is supposed to get married at a younger age and spend the rest of her life struggling in the kitchen'
Can Coppell reverse the English curse in ISL?
'I am puzzled why English coaches are not successful here. But I am determined to reverse that trend'
ISL: Chennaiyin inflict more misery on winless FC Goa
Chennaiyin FC added to FC Goa's misery by handing them a 2-0 defeat, the latter's third successive loss in the 3rd season of the Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai, on Thursday.
Breakaway league mulled after Champions League changes
A group of leading clubs from counties including Denmark, Scotland and the Netherlands are in talks to create a new trans-European soccer league in response to recent proposals to change the format of the Champions League.
EPL: Liverpool, Manchester United warn fans against misbehaviour
Liverpool and Manchester United have warned fans that they will be removed from Anfield and could face criminal charges if found engaging in "offensive or discriminatory behaviour" in Monday's Premier League clash.
Pakistan woman footballer dies in accident
Pakistan's women's football team striker Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch has died in a car accident in Karachi on Thursday.
What drives super managers Wenger and Mourinho?
Arsenal 'keeper Petr Cech has the answer...
Why clubs may oppose 48-team football World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino's proposal for a bigger World Cup is complete insanity, putting more pressure on already stretched players and risking damage to the sport's showcase event, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Thursday.
October 12, 2016ISL: NorthEast United returns to top by beating Pune
NorthEast United FC returned to the top of the Indian Super League table with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.
Messi injury absence threatens Argentina World Cup hopes
Lionel Messi, having reversed his decision to quit international soccer with a view to playing at another World Cup, could miss out on Russia 2018 if Argentina continue their downward spiral.
Aguero acknowledges 'picky' Pep allows him more freedom upfront
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's coaching style is giving Sergio Aguero more freedom up front, despite the Spaniard being "picky about everything", the striker said.
What not to miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings you the previews of the main matches scheduled for this weekend and early next week in the English Premier League calendar
WC Qualifiers: Brazil beat Venezuela to go top
Brazil went top of the South American World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Venezuela in a match played in torrential rain and halted for almost half an hour when the floodlights failed in Merida.
PHOTOS: Sloppy England held goalless, Poland edge past Armenia
England were indebted to inspired keeper Joe Hart as they stumbled to a 0-0 draw in Slovenia in World Cup qualifying Group F on Tuesday -- a result which ended their 14-game winning sequence in qualifying matches.
Messi-less Argentina beaten at home by Paraguay
Argentina, lacking the inspiration of injured captain Lionel Messi, suffered a humiliating setback in their World Cup qualifying campaign when they lost 1-0 at home to Paraguay on Tuesday.
October 11, 20162018 WC qualifier: Japan hold Australia in thriller
Genki Haraguchi scored an early goal but gave away a second-half penalty as Japan drew 1-1 with Australia in a pulsating World Cup qualifier in Melbourne on Tuesday.
ISL: Atletico Kolkata hold 10-man Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC moved to the top of the table with a point against Atletico de Kolkata after a going down to 10-men in a closely fought 1-1 draw in their Indian Super League encounter, in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Pogba willing to adapt himself defensively for United's cause
Paul Pogba feels more comfortable in an attacking midfield role but is willing to work on the defensive side of his game in order to adapt to manager Jose Mourinho's tactics at Manchester United.
Infantino's grand World Cup plan under scrutiny
Infantino's plan is for 32 teams to take part in a preliminary knockout round played in the host country, with the 16 winners progressing to the group stage, where they would join 16 more teams who would get byes.
PHOTOS: Pogba's strike gives France win, Benteke bags fastest goal
France midfielder Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive player, scored with a swirling long-range shot after 30 minutes to secure a vital 1-0 win away to the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Why Tiger Woods may never make successful comeback
Tiger Woods' decision to postpone his tournament golf comeback has raised more questions about his future with some former players wondering if he will ever successfully return to regular competition.
England DROP captain Rooney for World Cup qualifier vs Slovenia
England captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped for Tuesday's World Cup Group F qualifier in Slovenia for tactical reasons, manager Gareth Southgate told a news conference on Monday.
Ramos out for six weeks; Barca goalkeeper injured
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is at risk of missing next month's derby with Atletico Madrid after scans revealed the knee injury he sustained playing for Spain on Sunday was worse than first feared.
October 10, 2016FIFA sued over treatment of Qatar World Cup workers
A Bangladeshi man who says he was harshly exploited while working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar is suing FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure workers are treated fairly.
Freedom under Mourinho led to Spain call-up: Herrera
Midfielder Ander Herrera has thanked Jose Mourinho for giving him the license to express himself and credited the Manchester United manager's tactics for his first call-up to the Spain squad.
Pique to quit Spain team after latest controversy
Influential Spain defender Gerard Pique has said he will retire from international soccer after the 2018 World Cup, because he is "tired" of the criticism levelled at him from supporters.
World Cup QFs: Spain, Italy and Croatia win; Wales held
Gareth Bale scored his 25th goal for Wales but Georgia fought back strongly to earn a deserved 1-1 draw in a World Cup Group D qualifier in Cardiff on Sunday.
October 09, 2016ISL: Kerala Blasters, Delhi Dynamos share spoils
Kerala Blasters secured their first point in the Hero Indian Super League after playing out a goalless draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Kochi, on Sunday.
WC Qualifiers: England, Germany cruise to victories
Gareth Southgate's plea for England to play with adventure and style was answered only fitfully as his reign as caretaker manager began with a 2-0 win over Malta in a World Cup Group F qualifier on Saturday.
October 08, 2016ISL: FC Pune City edge FC Goa in last minute thriller
A last-gasp goal by substitute Momar Ndoye helped FC Pune City beat FC Goa 2-1 and secure their first win in the Indian Super League football at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Saturday.
PHOTOS: France, Belgium and Dutch post big wins
France produced a scintillating show as they put memories of one of the most painful moments in their soccer history to one side by crushing Bulgaria 4-1 in a World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo scores four as Portugal flatten nine-man Andorra
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals, including two in the first five minutes, to lead European champions Portugal to a 6-0 win over nine-man Andorra in their World Cup qualifier on Friday.
October 07, 2016ISL: Forlan's penalty gives Mumbai City full points
Captain Diego Forlan led from the front as hosts Mumbai City FC defeated NorthEast United FC 1-0 in a Hero Indian Super League clash, in Mumbai, on Friday.
Here's why Italy's Pelle was kicked out of the national team
Italy forward Graziano Pelle has been kicked out of the national squad over his angry reaction to being substituted against Spain when he refused a handshake from coach Giampiero Ventura.
World Cup qualifiers: South Korea edge plucky Qatar 3-2
South Korea were caught out by two Qatari counter attacks before fighting back for a 3-2 win in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, and while coach Uli Stielike is concerned about defensive lapses he will not change their attacking focus.
Neymar left bloodied in Brazil's thumping win; Argentina held
Brazil hammered Bolivia 5-0 in World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, giving coach Tite his third successive win in the most convincing performance from the five-time world champions for some time.
World Cup qualifiers: Italy salvage a draw vs Spain
Italy's Daniele De Rossi scored a late penalty to earn a 1-1 draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, sparing home goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's blushes after he gifted the visitors the lead.
October 06, 2016ISL: Marcelinho stars in Delhi's win over Chennaiyin
Brazilian winger Marcelo Pereira struck twice as Delhi Dynamos notched up a facile 3-1 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai, on Thursday.
Can Arsenal win three trophies this season?
Former Arsenal star Alexander Hleb says he made a mistake by leaving the Emirates to join Barcelona in 2008, and expressed regret at turning his back on managerial 'great' Arsene Wenger.
Cazorla eager to extend stay at Arsenal
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla would be happy to sign a new contract with Arsenal despite local media linking him with a move to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
October 05, 2016ISL: Lara's strike helps Atletico edge past Kerala Blasters
Former champions Atletico de Kolkata notched up their first victory of the tournament with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League football match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, on Wednesday.
Pandita first Indian to sign up for Spanish La Liga club
The All India Football Federation on Wednesday hailed Bangalore lad Ishan Pandita's signing a contract with Spanish La Liga side Club Deportivo Leganes to play in the youth team, describing it a landmark achievement.
October 04, 2016ISL: NorthEast United beat FC Goa 2-0
Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro struck twice to help NorthEast United FC beat FC Goa 2-0 and register their second consecutive win in the Indian Super League football in Guwahati on Tuesday.
England not worried about Allardyce sacking
'As a group we need to stick together and concentrate on the football. The other side is not our issue'
WC qualifier: Can new-look Spain avenge loss to Italy?
Spain and Italy have undergone managerial changes since Antonio Conte handed Vicente del Bosque a tactical masterclass at Euro 2016, but Spain go into Thursday's World Cup qualifier in Turin in better shape than their Group G rivals.
FIFA chief Infantino moots 48-team football World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose election promises included expanding the World Cup finals to 40 countries, on Monday proposed an even larger tournament involving 48 teams.
October 03, 2016Will Balotelli get Italy recall?
Maverick forward Mario Balotelli will be in line for an Italy recall if he can keep up his current scoring spree, coach Giampiero Ventura said on Monday.
Belgian FA starts inquiry into player bets on own matches
Belgium's soccer federation has started an inquiry into allegations that several players in the country's top league bet on their own matches.
Forlan assist helps Mumbai City edge Pune 1-0 in Maha derby
Mumbai City FC's marquee signing Diego Forlan showed glimpses of yore as they tasted a rare away win after putting it across FC Pune City 1-0 in their opening match of the Hero Indian Super League at Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Monday.
Eibar take over Bernabeu jacuzzi to celebrate Real draw
La Liga minnows Eibar celebrated their first draw at Real Madrid in the club's 76-year history by taking over the jacuzzi at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Giovanni wants to move out of the shadows of his father's greatness
'But I want to be Giovanni and nothing more. It is not easy to live with his greatness. That's why I have to become stronger than him. I have to prove that, if I'm here, it's only because of me'
3 things Guardiola's City must learn from defeat by Spurs
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola finds nothing abnormal in his team's 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur but wants the side to learn from Sunday's loss and put their Premier League campaign back on track.
Aston Villa sack manager Di Matteo
Aston Villa have sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo, the Championship club said on Monday.
Real Madrid not in crisis, says Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied his side were facing a crisis after they drew 1-1 at home to La Liga minnows Eibar and racked up a fourth consecutive draw for the first time in more than 10 years.
Who is to be blamed for Barca's stunning loss at Celta?
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique made no excuses after they lost 4-3 at Celta Vigo and missed the chance to top La Liga on Sunday.
Shocking! Barca lose to Celta
Barca had the chance to go top after Real drew a fourth consecutive game in all competitions for the first time in over a decade but they were rattled by rampant Celta
Arsenal snatch last-gasp win for Wenger's 20th anniversary
A controversial last-gasp goal deflected into the net off Laurent Koscielny's hand from a close-range shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Arsenal a lucky 1-0 victory at Burnley on Sunday as manager Arsene Wenger marked his 20th anniversary at the club.
October 02, 2016ISL: Chennaiyin hold Atletico Kolkata in thrilling draw
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata played out a highly-entertaining 2-2 draw in their campaign opening match in the Indian Super League football tournament in Kolkata on Sunday.
Serie A: Napoli lose unbeaten record, Higuain gets brace for Juve
Napoli suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday when they lost 1-0 at lowly Atalanta while Serie A leaders Juventus surged on with a 3-0 win at Empoli, helped by a Gonzalo Higuain brace.
AFC U-16 C'ships: Iraq clinch title after shoot-out
Iraq beat Iran 4-3 via penalty shootout to win their maiden Asian Football Confederation U-16 Championships title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Sunday.
La Liga PIX: Real slump to fourth straight draw as Atletico go top
Real Madrid's stuttering run continued as they were held 1-1 at home by La Liga minnows Eibar on Sunday, drawing a fourth consecutive game in all competitions for the first time in more than a decade.
ISL 3: NorthEast United begin on winning note
Egged on by a vociferous home crowd, NorthEast United FC kick-started their campaign in the 3rd Hero Indian Super League on a winning note with a 1-0 victory over Kerala Blasters, in Guwahati, on Saturday.
October 01, 2016Bundesliga: Bayern drop first points in draw with Cologne
Bayern Munich's perfect Bundesliga start came to a screeching halt when they drew 1-1 with visiting Cologne on Saturday after winning their first five matches of the season.
PHOTOS: ISL 3 off to colourful, star-studded start
The third edition of the Indian Super League got off to a colourful start with a star-studded opening ceremony even as the fans, wearing their passion for the game on their sleeves, descended at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium to witness the gala ceremony.
EPL PIX: Chelsea end winless run; Milner gives Liverpool win
Second-half goals from Willian and Diego Costa helped Chelsea ease past Hull City 2-0 on Saturday and grab their first win in four Premier League games.
Materazzi calls ISL 2 final fracas an 'isolated event'
Chennaiyin FC's optimistic coach Marco Materazzi stressed on the need to click as a unit, implying that the departure of the mercurial Stiven Mendoza and Elano Blumer would not affect the defending champions in Indian Super League 3.
EPL: Everton up to third despite frustrating draw
Everton moved up to third place in the Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace as Belgium strikers Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku both got on the scoresheet in a battling encounter on Friday.
September 30, 2016Man United boss Mourinho laments gruelling October fixture
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described next month's fixture list as a 'poisoned gift' following Thursday's Europa League 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk.
FA request newspaper to give 'unfettered disclosure' of evidence
The Football Association (FA) have urged the Daily Telegraph to provide "full and unfettered disclosure of all available material" following allegations of corruption by the newspaper.
Allardyce was OUT before England players got postcards
England squad members received postcards from Sam Allardyce saying their 'journey has just begun' on Thursday, two days after his short reign as manager was brought to an abrupt end, according to British media reports.
PHOTOS: United edge past Zorya, Inter suffer more Europa woe
Inter Milan's aversion to Europa League football continued with a 3-1 defeat at Sparta Prague, while AS Roma ended a continental hoodoo stretching back seven games with a 4-0 home win over Romanian side FC Astra on Thursday.
September 29, 2016Chennaiyin FC's Materazzi confident of winning ISL again
Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi expressed confidence of his team winning the Indian Super League title for the second straight year, saying that his players were raring to go after their strenuous training in the country and pre-season stint in Italy.
AFC U-16: Iran beat DPR Korea to set up clash with Iraq in final
Iran beat defending champions DPR Korea via sudden death (6-5) after both the teams were locked 1-1 in the regulation time to set up a title clash with Iraq in the AFC U-16 Championship, in Margao on Thursday.
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.
FA director drops Wenger's name for England manager role
Arsene Wenger would be an ideal England coach and the Football Association should be prepared to wait until his Arsenal contract runs out in order to appoint the Frenchman, former FA executive director David Davies has said.
Guardiola on the lessons for City after draw vs Celtic
Manager Pep Guardiola tempered his delight at ManchesterCity's ability to fight back three times in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday by urging his players to understand the importance of a good start.
Vardy shares similarity with Bolt. Here's what it is...
England striker is a 'genetic freak' like the Olympic champ, says Leicester City scientist
Champions League: Barca rally to down Gladbach; Atletico beat Bayern
Barcelona battled back from a goal down and scored twice in the second half to overcome hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in their Champions League Group C match on Wednesday despite the absence of the injured Lionel Messi.
September 28, 2016AFC Cup semis: Bengaluru hold Johor
A stunning left-footed strike by Eugeneson Lyngdoh earned Bengaluru FC a
Here's why Rooney may not start against Zorya
Wayne Rooney may not start Manchester United's Europa League match against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk for his own protection as he is struggling with a back injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
Alia, Jacqueline to sizzle at Indian Super League's opening ceremony
Bollywood glamour will meet sporting world to kick off the third Indian Super League football tournament, in Guwahati, on October 1.
Did you like AIFF's 'young, contemporary' new logo?
A new logo of All India Football Federation was launched by FIFA president Gianni Infantino during his whirlwind visit in Goa.
Here is how 'silly' Sam lost his 'dream' job
An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce said on Wednesday an error of judgement had led to his shock exit as England manager following a newspaper sting.
How Klopp's attacking style is producing many goalscorers at Liverpool
Liverpool's wide range of goalscorers this season is a direct result of their attacking style, according to manager Juergen Klopp.
Guardiola hopeful of De Bruyne return in three weeks
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said Kevin de Bruyne's hamstring problem is "not a big injury" and believes the midfielder could return to action in around three weeks.
England manager Allardyce sacked after newspaper sting
Sam Allardyce was sacked as England manager on Tuesday having behaved "inappropriately" when seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters, bringing a crushing end to his dream job after one match and 67 days in charge.
Champions League PHOTOS: Dortmund deny Real; Leicester beat Porto
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
September 27, 2016Official Emblem launched for FIFA U-17 World Cup
The Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 (LOC) on Tuesday unveiled the official emblem for what will be the country's first international football event.
India are the world champions of passion: FIFA boss Infantino
In his first visit to India since being elected the FIFA President Gianni Infantino labelled India as the "passionate giant," of Football.
Qatar to build Bedouin camp for 2022 World Cup fans
Qatar is to construct a special Bedouin-style desert camp to house thousands of fans during the 2022 World Cup as the Gulf state looks to broaden accommodation for the tournament beyond the limited number of apartments and hotels.
'Atletico proved any team can win the Champions League'
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld insists his run to the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid two years ago proves that underdogs can compete with Europe's elite and win the competition.
Champions League: Celtic braced for Manchester City raiders
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has a goalkeeping dilemma to resolve before ManchesterCity turn up for their Group C Champions League match in Glasgow on Wednesday.
AFC elections for FIFA council postponed
Asia's top soccer officials delivered a major snub to FIFA on Tuesday, forcing the postponement of an election for three spots on the world body's new governing Council in a row over the disqualification of a Qatari candidate.
Messi-less Barca not short of options for Champions League tie
Barcelona will travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach for their Champions League match on Wednesday without Lionel Messi but the Spaniards have enough options and firepower to plug the gap left by the Argentine, coach Luis Enrique said.
England manager Allardyce caught in sting, criticises Hodgson, players
England football team manager Sam Allardyce has been caught up in a newspaper sting in which he is alleged to have met a bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the Premier League's billion pound transfer market.
Burnley beat Watford 2-0 in first EPL meeting
Burnley struck either side of halftime with headers from Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane to claim a 2-0 Premier League home win over Watford on Monday in the first top-flight meeting of the two clubs.
September 26, 2016Zidane dismisses talk of rift with Ronaldo
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied on Monday there was a rift between him and Cristiano Ronaldo after the team's talisman appeared to react angrily to being substituted in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Las Palmas.
'NorthEast United FC will highlight region's passion'
NorthEast United FC players and stakeholders feel the upcoming ISL opening ceremony will be a fitting recognition to the region's passion and contribution
AFC U-16: DPR Korea beat Oman; meet Iran in semis
DPR Korea beat Oman 5-3 via penalty shootout to set up a clash with Iran in the semi-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship, in Margao, on Monday.
Indian footballer Aditi makes a stellar comeback
Making a stellar comeback, Indian footballer Aditi Chauhan effected three saves in the penalty shootout and paved the way for her team West Ham United Ladies FC's victory over Swindon Town at Thurrock in the FA Women's Premier League Plate.
Shameful! FIFA disbands anti-racism task force
World soccer's governing body FIFA was under fire on Monday for winding up its anti-racism task force with former presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan describing the move as worrying and shameful.
No age-cheating at AFC Under 16!
Conclusive scientific testing carried out on the players competing at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship India 2016 has confirmed that there was no age-cheating at the tournament.
Champions League Preview: Tough test for Real in Dortmund
European champions Real Madrid head to rampaging Borussia Dortmund for their Champions League Group F game on Tuesday in a frazzled state with their buoyant start to the season having been punctured by successive La Liga draws.
Why at the moment West Ham's 'just not good enough'...
West Ham United's Mark Noble admitted with rare post-match candour that they were fortunate to escape with a 3-0 defeat by Southampton at the London Stadium on Sunday - their fourth successive reverse in the Premier League.
3 things Leicester can do to start winning again
After a string of defeats, defender Danny Simpson admits that Leicester City is struggling. Here is how they can do better
Mourinho's words that stoked a fire in United's belly
'It's a case of realising how lucky we are and how we should go out there and enjoy it. You can see that everyone did enjoy it and the message clearly did get across'
Guardiola and the reason for City's 'Sterling' show
Raheem Sterling has hailed ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola for helping him turn around his year, in particular for encouraging the winger to "enjoy scoring goals".
American football player in Canada killed in shooting
An American player in the Canadian Football League (CFL) was killed in an early morning shooting outside a nightclub in the western city of Calgary, the gaming body said on Sunday.
September 25, 2016Totti's 250th Serie A goal fails to save Roma
Francesco Totti, two days short of his 40th birthday, scored his 250th Serie A goal for AS Roma on Sunday but it was not enough as they lost 3-1 at Torino.
EPL: Southampton's Austin roars on at spluttering Hammers
Southampton won 3-0 at West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday to record their fourth successive victory in all competitions and increase the concerns of home supporters about their dismal record at their new stadium.
La Liga PIX: Barcelona close gap as Real draw
Substitute Sergio Araujo struck a late equaliser as Las Palmas held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw and left them with a one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
10 out of 10 for Pep's unstoppable Manchester City
The perfectionist in Pep Guardiola forbids him to get remotely carried away by Manchester City's 100 per cent record this season even though they made it 10 wins out of 10 under their new Spanish manager on Saturday.
Arsenal's Wenger happy to shed his Chelsea hoodoo
Arsene Wenger hailed his team's first-half performance as "nearly perfect" and allowed himself to entertain the possibility of winning the title, despite Manchester City winning all six of their games so far to sit five points ahead of Arsenal.
Arsenal blank Chelsea after first half blitz
Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, scoring all three goals in the first half to claim their first Premier League victory over their London rivals in 10 attempts.
September 24, 2016Barcelona cruise past Sporting Gijon without Messi
Luis Suarez and Rafinha scored in the first half before three late goals in seven minutes including two from Neymar gave Barcelona a 5-0 win at 10-man Sporting Gijon on Saturday, their first game this season without Lionel Messi.
Bayern need late Kimmich goal to edge past Hamburg
Champions Bayern Munich needed an 88th-minute winner by Joshua Kimmich to beat Hamburg SV 1-0 on Saturday and protect their three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
Important to have a good, fit squad: Mumbai City's Forlan
Important to have a good, fit squad: Mumbai City's Forlan
EPL: Rooney on bench, Rashford in for Leicester game
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was dropped to the substitutes' bench for the Premier League match against champions Leicester City on Saturday.
Rooney enjoys no 'privileges' at Mourinho's Manchester United
Blaming Wayne Rooney's disappointing form for the criticism he attracted when playing for England against Slovakia, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that the skipper doesn't enjoy any privileges and can be dropped from the team.
Ligue 1: Ten-man PSG slump to second league defeat
Paris St Germain suffered their second defeat of the Ligue 1 season when they lost 2-0 at Toulouse after being reduced to 10 men on Friday.
Bundesliga: Dortmund join Bayern on top
Title contenders Borussia Dortmund twice hit the woodwork as they beat Freiburg 3-1 to join leaders Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.
Are you looking at the worst manager in the history of football?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sarcastically labelled himself the worst manager in the history of football after he faced criticism following a recent slump in form.
September 23, 2016Spanish court reopens fraud investigation against Neymar
Spain's High Court said in a written ruling on Friday it had reopened a fraud and corruption investigation into Brazilian soccer player Neymar over his transfer to Barcelona three years ago.
Barcelona must manage Messi's playing time, says Bauza
Barcelona should manage Lionel Messi's playing time better, Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has said following the forward's latest injury.
Real Madrid wooing benched Fabregas?
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has quashed persistent transfer rumours, saying he had never thought of leaving the StamfordBridge and that he is extremely happy with his current club.
Can anger bring consistency to Liverpool's game?
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants his players to be "angry" and guard against complacency when they entertain promoted HullCity on Saturday.
September 22, 2016Barca must do 'a little bit more" without Messi
The rest of Barcelona's squad will have to do "a little bit more" to make up for the absence of five-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi for the next three weeks, according to captain Andres Iniesta.
'London is perfect choice for Euro 2020 final'
New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes London is the perfect choice to stage the climax to Euro 2020 after 12 other cities across the continent host earlier matches, he said on Wednesday.
Dutch Cup: Video referee makes first impact as yellow turns to red
Willem II Tilburg midfielder Anouar Kali became the first player in the Netherlands to get his marching orders from the 'video assistant referee' (VAR) after his yellow card in a Dutch Cup tie against Ajax Amsterdam was turned into a red on Wednesday.
League Cup: Manchester clubs win to tee up fourth round tie
Manchester City continued their imperious start to the season with a 2-1 win over Swansea City to reach the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday but it was a testing night for rivals United who eventually overcame Northampton Town 3-1.
La Liga: Barca held by Atletico after Messi limps off; Real drop points
Barcelona failed to capitalise on Real Madrid dropping points against Villarreal as the La Liga champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, while talisman Lionel Messi limped off with a groin injury.
September 21, 2016John Abraham meets Assam CM to discuss ISL opening ceremony
Bollywood actor John Abraham, also the owner of NorthEast United Football Club (NEUFC), called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and discussed with him issues related to the opening ceremony of the third edition of Indian Sports League (ISL) in Guwahati.
'Extraordinary' Neymar gets Enrique, Simeone backiing
Former Barcelona great Michael Laudrup lambasted the Brazil international for "provoking" the opposition in Saturday's 5-1 win at Leganes and Neymar's flamboyant style will be scrutinised again on Wednesday when Barcelona host Atletico.
Fit-again Ronaldo, Bale to return against Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will return to action for Real Madrid's La Liga game with Villarreal on Wednesday, coach Zinedine Zidane said.
PSG beat Dijon 3-0 to keep pressure on Monaco
Champions Paris St Germain provisionally moved back to the top of Ligue 1 as Adam Lang's own goal, Edinson Cavani's penalty and a second-half header from Lucas Moura downed promoted Dijon 3-0 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
Milan building momentum in Serie A after 2-0 win over Lazio
AC Milan beat visitors Lazio 2-0 to claim consecutive Serie A wins for the first time since February thanks to Carlos Bacca's fifth goal of the season and an M'Baye Niang penalty on Tuesday.
League Cup: Fabregas gives Chelsea win at Leicester, Everton lose
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas gave his manager a reminder of his talents by scoring twice in extra time as they fought back from two goals down to knock Premier League champions LeicesterCity out of the League Cup 4-2 on Tuesday.
September 20, 2016Guardiola demands apology before Toure plays again
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure will not play for Manchester City again until the Premier League club receive an apology for comments made by his agent, manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday.
Michael Chopra hits back at India's coach Constantine
National football coach Stephen Constantine may have ruled Michael Chopra out from representing India but the British PIO today said he's not lost hope and was waiting the 53-year-old's exit.
Ranieri urges fans to give returning Kante warm welcome
LeicesterCity manager Claudio Ranieri hopes Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante will be given a warm reception when he returns to his old stomping ground for the first time since leaving the English champions.
Wenger surprised by Bendtner's move to Forest
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was surprised by his former striker Nicklas Bendtner's move to second-tier side NottinghamForest, but hoped it would revive the Dane's stalled career.
EPL: Realist Koeman downplays 'crazy' title talk
I don't think we can do a Leicester. I am realistic, says Everton manager
Plea talks under way in FIFA bribery case as US trial date set
Several defendants charged in a wide-ranging corruption case involving soccer's global governing body FIFA are in talks with US officials about possibly pleading guilty, a US prosecutor said on Monday.
September 19, 2016Serie A: Allegri blasts Juve after defeat at Inter
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri criticised his players for letting their guard down and losing 2-1 at arch-rivals Inter Milan after taking the lead in the second half at the San Siro.
La Liga PIX: Real Madrid equal record for successive wins
Real Madrid brushed off the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to beat Espanyol 2-0 away and maintain their 100 per cent start to the league season while matching the La Liga record of 16 consecutive victories.
EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham's Kane sinks Sunderland then stretchered off
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane pounced on a piece of comical defending to secure a 1-0 win over Sunderland in the Premier League on Sunday although he was later wheeled away on a stretcher after suffering an ankle injury.
September 18, 2016Everton manager hails 'perfect player' Barry
Gareth Barry is the perfect player for Everton, manager Ronald Koeman has said after the midfielder scored in his 600th Premier League appearance to help the club beat Middlesbrough 3-1.
De Bruyne on 'another level'... just like Guardiola's City
Kevin de Bruyne was hailed as playing football "on another level" by his manager Pep Guardiola after the Belgian maestro orchestrated another Manchester City symphony on Saturday.
September 17, 2016Bayern come back to beat Ingolstadt and stay top of table
Bayern Munich came from a goal down at home to beat Ingolstadt 3-1 on Saturday and make it three wins in three Bundesliga matches as they went two points clear at the top.
La Liga: Barcelona win easily, Atletico thrash Sporting
Barcelona's attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target as the champions roared back into life in La Liga with a dominant 5-1 victory at promoted Leganes on Saturday.
Aguero, Higuain set for Argentina return
Sergio Aguero, in fine scoring form for Manchester City this season, looks set to lead Argentina's attack in next month's World Cup qualifiers after being recalled to their squad on Friday.
Thiago Silva gets Brazil recall for World Cup qualifiers
Brazil coach Tite has recalled veteran central defender Thiago Silva to his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela.
French Ligue 1: Four-star Cavani helps PSG sink Caen
Edinson Cavani silenced his critics when he scored four goals in Paris St Germain's 6-0 victory at Caen in Ligue 1 on Friday.
EPL PHOTOS: Henderson stunner headlines Liverpool win over Chelsea
A stunning strike from Jordan Henderson helped Liverpool secure a comfortable 2-1 win at Chelsea on Friday that ended the London club's unbeaten start to the season and underlined the growing potential of Juergen Klopp's side.
Stoke manager Hughes to not contest FA charge
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he will not contest the Football Association's misconduct charge against him after he was sent off in Saturday's 4-0 Premier League defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
EPL: Silva may miss out for Manchester City
ManchesterCity could be without playmaker David Silva for Saturday's home game against Bournemouth while midfielder Ilkay Guendogan may make his Premier League debut.
September 16, 2016After Champions League win, Ranieri urges players to start anew
Leicester City face the latest challenge of Claudio Ranieri's remarkable managerial reign on Saturday, to come back down to earth from the high of a Champions League win for a domestic game against Burnley.
Arsenal's Cech to make return at Hull
Petr Cech will return in goal for Arsenal at HullCity on Saturday after missing the 1-1 Champions League draw at Paris St Germain in midweek.
Payet showboating doesn't bother West Ham boss Bilic
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has defended France midfielder Dimitri Payet after Watford players accused him of showboating last Saturday.
Did FIFA chief Infantino lobby for new UEFA president?
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has dismissed as "imagination and lies" any suggestion that he lobbied in favour of Aleksander Ceferin who was elected head of European soccer's governing body UEFA this week.
CAS accepts Real Madrid appeal, lifts ban on signing foreign minors
Real Madrid have won a small victory in their dispute with FIFA over the illegal signing of under-age foreigners after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) temporarily lifted its ban on appeal.
Will Simeone make early exit from Atletico?
Diego Simeone has opened the door to the possibility of leaving Atletico Madrid in the next two years after announcing on Friday that he had reduced his contractual commitment from 2020 to 2018.
After back-to-back defeats Mourinho to return to 'normal team'
Manchester United will return to their 'normal team' for the Premier League clash against Watford on Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho said, after suffering a surprising 1-0 defeat against Feyenoord in the Europa League.
It's time for Aguero to get individual awards
It is just a matter of time before Sergio Aguero's goal-scoring ability earns him individual honours, his Manchester City team mate John Stones has predicted.
'Fabregas needs to improve defensively'
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas must continue to sharpen the defensive side of his game to earn a place in Chelsea's starting line-up, manager Antonio Conte has said.
Europa League's STUNNING night! United beaten by Feyenoord; Inter lose
Three time European champions Inter Milan were stunned 2-0 at home by Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva and Manchester United were floored by a late goal from Feyenoord as the Europa League group stage got underway on Thursday.
September 15, 2016FIFA rankings: Win against Puerto Rico sees India climb four places
The Indian football team jumped four places to be at 148th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released today, on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico in Mumbai last week.
Dortmund's 'super' Mario on road to redemption
Mario Goetze could not stop smiling after scoring his first goal for Borussia Dortmund since his return in their 6-0 demolition of Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Wednesday.
What is United's Mourinho hinting at?
Manchester United's chances of winning the Premier League could be hindered by their Europa League campaign, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
Guardiola hails clinical hat-trick hero Aguero
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola praised Sergio Aguero's natural goalscoring ability after his hat-trick on Wednesday helped defeat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 in their opening Champions League Group C match at the Etihad Stadium.
When Sporting gave Real Madrid a scare
Cristiano Ronaldo said Real Madrid's late escape act against Sporting Lisbon should serve as a warning after the European champions staged a remarkable four-minute turnaround to open their Champions League defence with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.
Champions League PIX: Aguero hat-trick leads City; Monaco stun Tottenham
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his 100 per cent record at the club with a commanding 4-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in their rearranged Champions League Group C opener on Wednesday.
September 14, 2016AFC Cup QF: Bengaluru FC beat Singapore's Tampines Rovers in first leg
C K Vineet's strike guided Bengaluru FC to a solitary goal victory over Singapore's Tampines Rovers in the first-leg quarter-final of the AFC Cup at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.
Suarez delighted to run riot with Messi and Neymar again
Luis Suarez said he had missed linking up with his insatiable strike partners Neymar and Lionel Messi after Barcelona's 'MSN' attack scored six goals in their 7-0 record rout of Celtic on Tuesday.
Meet UEFA's new president, Slovenia's Ceferin
Aleksander Ceferin, the president of Slovenia's football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer's governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress on Wednesday.
Disgraced Platini says he has done nothing wrong
Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini insisted he had done nothing wrong and said his conscience was clear as he gave a farewell speech to European soccer's governing body at their extraordinary Congress on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Sachin Tendulkar celebrates Onam with Kerala Blasters lads!
Legendary cricketer and co-owner of Indian Super League football club Kerala Blasters, Sachin Tendulkar wished everyone on the auspicious day of Onam.
Messi is total football! Do you agree?
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed hat-trick hero Lionel Messi as the greatest player in the world "in every position" after the Argentine maestro sent another record tumbling in a thumping 7-0 Champions League win over Celtic.
Newcastle romp past QPR and move up to second
Newcastle United thrashed Queens Park Rangers 6-0 away to move into second place in the Championship (second tier) on Tuesday with former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey scoring twice.
Man City v Borussia Moenchengladbach tie postponed after heavy rain
Torrential rain before kickoff meant Manchester City's opening Champions League Group C clash with Borussia Moenchengladbach was postponed on Tuesday because of safety concerns.
Champions League PIX: Messi sets hat-trick record; PSG wasteful
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar combined to devastating effect as Barcelona swatted Celtic aside 7-0 at the Nou Camp to lay down a marker in Champions League Group C on Tuesday.
Vardy lays down marker before Champions League debut
England striker Jamie Vardy says Leicester City have no intention of treating the Champions League as some sort of belated Premier League victory parade, and are ready to add another chapter to last season's stunning success story.
September 13, 2016Fit-again Ronaldo to play full 90 minutes against Sporting: Zidane
Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will play the full 90 minutes against boyhood club Sporting Lisbon as he steps up his return from injury in the Champions League on Wednesday, coach Zinedine Zidane said.
Cauvery fallout: AFC Cup tie to be played behind closed doors
The AFC Cup quarter-final between Bengaluru FC and Singapore's Tampines Rovers will be played behind closed doors in Bengaluru on Wednesday after incidents of street violence and vandalism in the city owing to the Cauvery water dispute.
EPL: Luiz likely to replace injured Terry for Liverpool clash
Chelsea long-serving captain John Terry has been ruled out for around 10 days with strained ligaments in his foot and will miss Friday's Premier League clash with Liverpool, the London club said on Tuesday.
Ronaldo cannot wait for 'special' Sporting match
Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo faces an emotional reunion with boyhood club Sporting Lisbon when his side begin the defence of their Champions League crown on Wednesday.
Barcelona's players unhappy with coach Enrique?
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique played down talk of a rift with his squad after their surprise home defeat by Alaves and is hoping to put things right in their Champions League opener against Celtic on Tuesday.
EPL: Lukaku's 11-minute 'trick' powers Everton to victory
Everton's Romelu Lukaku ended his longest goal drought in English football with an 11-minute hat-trick to power the visitors to an emphatic 3-0 win over Sunderland on Monday and third place in the Premier League table.
September 12, 2016Big signings, no European football hits Manchester United's profits
Manchester United expect profits to fall back from last season's record levels after the club splashed out on new players to try to regain its place in Europe's soccer elite.
Zaha's price tag is set!
Crystal Palace will not consider selling Wilfried Zaha for less that 50 million pounds ($66.39 million), manager Alan Pardew has said after the winger helped the club to their first Premier League win of the season.
German FA wants to stick with coach Loew past 2018
Germany's football association (DFB) is eager to extend the contract of national team coach Joachim Loew past the 2018 World Cup, DFB president Reinhard Grindel said on Monday.
Balotelli reveals the worst decision of his life...
Mario Balotelli has revealed that joining the Anfield club was the worst decision he has ever made.
Balotelli scores twice on Nice debut
Mario Balotelli lit up the Riviera derby with two goals on his Nice debut to hand them a 3-2 victory over Olympique Marseille on Sunday -- his first league goals for a year.
Totti penalty gives Roma a win in wet Serie A
Veteran Francesco Totti scored a stoppage-time winner from a penalty in his first appearance of the season as Roma beat Sampdoria 3-2 in Serie A on Sunday.
Champions League Previews: City buoyant; Barca eyeing chance to make amends
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are not yet ready to compete with Europe's elite but his side will be confident of opening their Champions League campaign with victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday.
European football SPLIT
UEFA elects a new president on Wednesday whose main task will be to stop what European officials say is an inexorable slide towards a breakaway football Super League open only to wealthy clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester City.
September 11, 2016EPL: Chelsea held by Swansea in controversial 2-2 draw
Diego Costa scored twice but could not prevent Chelsea losing their 100 percent Premier League record in a controversial 2-2 draw at Swansea on Sunday.
'India needs larger pool of skilled football coaches'
For India to grow substantially in football, it needs a larger pool of skilled coaches and coach educators, says Jeremy Weeks, head coach of Premier Skills, an initiative of English Premier League.
FA will investigate West Ham crowd trouble during EPL match
The Football Association will investigate reports of crowd trouble among West Ham United supporters at Saturday's Premier League game against Watford.
Mourinho undone by 'the one that got away'
On the face of it, Jose Mourinho shouldered the blame for the wounding defeat in his first Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Saturday.
La Liga: Barcelona stunned; Real and Atletico cruise
Promoted Alaves dealt champions Barcelona a shock 2-1 defeat at the Nou Camp on Saturday while Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury to help Real Madrid thrash Osasuna 5-2 and go two points clear at the top of La Liga.
Ronaldo wants Real to offer him a 10-year contract
Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested Real Madrid should offer him a 10-year contract to ensure he sees out his career at the Spanish club.
September 10, 201611-minute hat-trick in Bundesliga drama
Substitute Joel Pohjanpalo scored a hat-trick in the last 11 minutes to fire Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 win at home to Hamburg SV on an afternoon of late Bundesliga drama on Saturday.
La Liga: Ronaldo scores on return as Real equal club record
Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his return from injury as Real Madrid thrashed Osasuna 5-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to equal the club's 1960-61 record of 15 successive La Liga wins.
EPL PIX: Spurs sink Stoke; Arsenal win; West Ham stunned
Santi Cazorla scored a 94th-minute penalty as sub-par Arsenal beat Southampton on Saturday with Laurent Koscielny's overhead kick having earlier cancelled out Petr Cech's own goal.
Mourinho cries foul but Guardiola delighted
A delighted Joseph Guardiola praised his team's first-half performance and jumped to the defence of Manchester City's new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Manchester derby: First blood to Guardiola as De Bruyne inspires City
Pep Guardiola drew first blood in his renewed managerial duel with Jose Mourinho as Manchester City deservedly won an absorbing Premier League derby 2-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski steers Bayern to 2-0 win at Schalke
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski made amends for several glaring misses when he scored a late goal and set up another as the German champions ground out a 2-0 win at battling Schalke 04 on Friday.
What brings FIFA chief Infantino to Goa on September 27
FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be in Goa to attend the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Extraordinary Congress on September 27 to elect three additional AFC members to the FIFA council.
September 09, 2016PHOTOS: Five memorable Manchester derbies
Despite all the hype, however, the match will do well to live up to some of the Manchester derby tussles down the years.
Hull's Phelan named EPL manager of the month
HullCity manager Mike Phelan has been named the Premier League manager of the month for August after guiding the promoted club to an impressive start in England's top flight.
Chelsea's Luiz, Alonso unlikely to start at Swansea
New Chelsea signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso are not ready for a first-team place in Sunday's Premier League clash with SwanseaCity, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday.
Zidane 'can't understand' transfer ban for Real youth team
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident the team's results will not suffer from a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaking rules regarding the signing of under-age foreign players.
Spurs set to break British attendance record for Champions League
Tottenham Hotspur say next week's clash with Monaco will be played in front of the highest attendance for a Champions League game in England, with more than 80,000 tickets sold.
FIFA chamber probes ex-boss Blatter for bribery, corruption
FIFA's ethics watchdog is investigating ex-president Sepp Blatter and two other former executives on a raft of possible violations including bribery and corruption, the world soccer body said on Friday.
Ronaldo ready for Real comeback
Real Madrid will welcome back the added firepower of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and striker Karim Benzema when they entertain promoted Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday.
September 08, 2016Brazil's former star Rivaldo to grace Subroto Cup in Kolkata
Brazil's former star striker and World Cup winner Rivaldo will grace the finals of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament beginning September 14, exactly a year after the legendary Pele's visit to the country for the school tournament.
Not slotting internationals nothing to do with ISL: Bhaichung
Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said not slotting international friendlies has got nothing to do with ISL dates.
Sanches faces battle to force his way into Bayern team
Portugal's impressive midfielder Renato Sanches is finally ready for his Bayern Munich debut although the 19-year-old Euro 2016 winner still faces a tough challenge to claim a regular place in the team.
UEFA under fire following changes to Champions League
The recently-announced changes to the Champions League are detrimental to domestic football in Europe and will increase the gap between the wealthiest clubs and the rest, Europe's domestic football leagues (EPFL) said on Thursday.
I still have ambitions to play for India: Michael Chopra
Former Newcastle and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra says he has not given up on his ambition to represent India in international football.
Manchester derby: United and City clash set to ignite season
A clash between supposedly the two most expensive lineups in history overseen by two of the most decorated coaches will end the phoney war and ignite the Premier League season for real when Manchester United host Manchester City on Saturday.
September 07, 2016Kolkata derby called off as Mohun Bagan refuse to play
India's biggest football draw -- clash between bitter foes Mohun Bagan and East Bengal -- was on Wednesday called off here after a no-show from the former team in the Calcutta Football League Premier Division.
Simeone committed to lead Atletico into next season
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has reaffirmed his commitment to the club by saying he wants to lead them into their new stadium in 2017.
Sagna hands Guardiola fitness boost ahead of Manchester derby
Full back Bacary Sagna says he is fit to play for Manchester City in Saturday's Premier League derby against Manchester United after sustaining a hamstring injury last month.
Bale says La Liga title is Real's top target this season
Gareth Bale said Real Madrid are determined to wrest back the Spanish league title from Barcelona this season after going four years without tasting La Liga success.
Mourinho vs Guardiola: The rivalry set to recommence
Not many people talk badly of Pep Guardiola, a sainted figure in football, but Manchester City's manager will find two of his most vocal critics facing him down at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Rashford bags hat-trick on England Under-21 debut
Marcus Rashford grabbed a hat-trick on his England Under-21 debut as they crushed Norway 6-1 in a European Championship qualifier on Tuesday.
2018 WC qualifiers: Swiss stun Portugal; Otamendi equaliser saves Argentina
Switzerland struck twice in quick succession to stun Euro 2016 champions Portugal 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday and hand them a first competitive defeat in two years under coach Fernando Santos.
El Salvador footballers claim they were offered to fix WC qualifier
Salvadorian businessman approached the players with financial inducements before they travelled to Canada for the match at the weekend.
September 06, 2016Clubs say new Champions League fairer and more lucrative
European clubs are anticipating another windfall after changes to the Champions League and say the new system will be fairer as well as making them richer.
Costa revival is good news for Spain, says Morata
Diego Costa is in favour with Spain's national team again after a couple of terrific displays -- and nobody is happier than the country's other premier striker, Alvaro Morata.
2018 WC qualifier: Another match-fixing scandal stares at FIFA
El Salvador players claim they have been offered financial inducements to win, draw or avoid a heavy defeat in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Canada.
2018 WC Qualifiers: Spain maul Liechtenstein; Iceland hold Ukraine
Spain started their World Cup qualifying campaign with a crushing 8-0 win over Liechtenstein, laying down a marker in Group G with a ruthless second-half display on Monday.
September 05, 2016FIFA allows players to switch to represent Kosovo
Kosovo were given permission to field former Albanian internationals Samir Ujkani and Alban Meha and ex-Norway player Valon Berisha on Monday, hours before their first-ever competitive international.
Will consider leaving Atletico only if Simeone goes: Griezmann
France forward Antoine Griezmann says he would only leave Atletico Madrid if manager Diego Simeone also quit the La Liga club.
Messi's son Thiago has little interest in football
Argentina talisman Lionel Messi has revealed that his eldest son, Thiago, has little interest in the game in which his father has arguably become the greatest of his generation.
German soccer icon Beckenbauer has bypass surgery
German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer underwent open heart bypass surgery on Saturday in an operation scheduled long before Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against him last week, Germany's Bild newspaper reported Monday.
September 04, 20162018 WC qualifiers: England grab last-gasp win over 10-man Slovakia
England's Adam Lallana scored his first international goal with the last kick of the game as they beat 10-man Slovakia 1-0 in their World Cup Group F qualifier on Sunday to get new manager Sam Allardyce's reign off to a winning start.
September 03, 2016ISL: Delhi Dynamos sign former Real Madrid star Ruben Gonzalez
Delhi Dynamos FC have signed former Real Madrid player Ruben Gonzalez as their second marquee player for the Hero Indian Super League Season 3.
Superb India rally to thump Puerto Rico 4-1 in soccer friendly
Masterminded superbly by ace striker Sunil Chhetri, a dominant India scripted a sensational 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico in an international football friendly at the Andheri Sports Complex stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Argentina's Messi sidelined for World Cup qualifier vs Venezuela
Injured Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Venezuela on Tuesday with a groin problem.
Manchester United leave out Schweinsteiger from Europa League squad
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been left out of Manchester United's Europa League squad by coach Jose Mourinho, as the midfielder continues to be marginalised at the club.
Man City's Aguero BANNED for violent conduct
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct, the Football Association said on Friday.
September 02, 2016Why Messi's Argentina comeback could be short-lived
Lionel Messi's triumphant Argentina comeback has been tempered by a hint he may not be fit to play in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Venezuela.
Yaya Toure left out of Man City's Champions League squad
Yaya Toure has been left out of Manchester City's Champions League squad by coach Pep Guardiola, further undermining the Ivorian's position at the club.
Video feedback convinces referee to book rather than send off player
The use of video technology for the first time in an international spared a France player an early red card in their friendly against Italy on Thursday and cut down on arguing over decisions, the match referee said.
Gurpreet named captain for India's game against Puerto Rico
India's national football coach Stephen Constantine on Friday anointed towering goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu as captain for Saturday's international friendly against higher-ranked Puerto Rico at the suburban Andheri Sports Complex ground in Mumbai.
Gareth Bale on Champions League and United's Pogba
The possibility of winning Europe's most prestigious club competition in his hometown has given Wales winger Gareth Bale extra motivation to help Real Madrid become the first club to defend their Champions League title.
World Cup qualifiers: Messi goal puts Argentina top
Lionel Messi marked his retirement about face with a goal to give 10-man Argentina a 1-0 win over Uruguay on Thursday that lifted them to the top of the South American qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
September 01, 2016Danny Simpson extends Leicester contract until 2019
Leicester City defender Danny Simpson has signed a new three-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2019.
Swiss launch criminal probe of German soccer great Beckenbauer
Swiss federal prosecutors are investigating soccer great Franz Beckenbauer and three other German soccer officials for fraud and money laundering in connection with the award of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.
Should extra-time be abolished in football?
Europe's top coaches pondered the idea of abolishing extra-time after drawn matches in European competition and going straight to penalties at their annual meeting on Wednesday.
Check out the TOP 5 football transfers for 2016-17 season
Fees paid by Premier League clubs passed one billion pounds for the first time, according to financial analysts Deloitte. That was inflated by the world record 89 million pounds ($115.98 million) that Manchester United paid Juventus for France midfielder Paul Pogba.
Here's what Mourinho has to say on Manchester derby
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said the international break has made his plans for the Manchester derby a bit more 'complicated' than he would have liked, especially with his South American players returning a day before the clash.
Transfer deadline day: Chelsea biggest spenders, Leicester splash the cash
Chelsea re-signed David Luiz and Premier League champions Leicester City broke their transfer record for striker Islam Slimani as English clubs exceeded the one billion pounds barrier when the curtain fell on transfer deadline day.
IN PICS: Emotional Schweinsteiger bids international farewell
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger won his 121st cap in his last match for Germany as they beat Finland 2-0 in an international friendly in Moenchengladbach on Wednesday.
August 31, 2016Chelsea sign defender Alonso from Fiorentina
Chelsea have signed left back Marcos Alonso from Italian top-flight club Fiorentina on a five-year contract, the Premier League side announced on Wednesday.
Want more football players to play outside India: Gurpreet
Playing in Norway for top division club Stabaek has helped him grow as a footballer, feels goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh, who wants more of his countrymen to follow in his footsteps to help India rise as a power in the sport.
Manchester City's Samir Nasri joins Sevilla on loan
Samir Nasri has left Manchester City for Sevilla on a season-long loan, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
Dynamos FC sign former Real Madrid player Marcos Tebar
Delhi Dynamos Football Club announces the signing of former Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Tébar Ramiro for the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League.
August 30, 2016Rooney to quit internationals after 2018 World Cup
Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday.
Barcelona sign Alcacer from Valencia
Barcelona announced on Tuesday the signing of Spain forward Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year contract.
Schweinsteiger still dreams of playing for Manchester United
Bastian Schweinsteiger wants to continue playing for Manchester United this season, even though manager Jose Mourinho said last week that the former Germany captain is unlikely to figure in his plans.
No contract extension talks between Barca and Luis Enrique for now
Barca are also planning to offer new deals to forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, and midfielder Ivan Rakitic before the end of the year.
Conte wants Chelsea to 'keep last season in mind'
Chelsea have made a promising start to a new Premier League season but manager Antonio Conte wants the players to remember the difficulties of last season and learn from that experience.
WC qualifiers: Messi's Argentina comeback in cloud after injury
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has returned home to Argentina but remains doubtful for World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela with his club confirming the 29-year-old is struggling with a sore left hamstring.
August 29, 2016Argentina lose injured Aguero, Pastore for World Cup qualifiers
Argentina suffered a blow to their 2018 World Cup qualifying plans when Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero withdrew on Monday from their squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela.
Ramos surprised by Casillas exclusion from Spain squad
Spain defender Sergio Ramos was surprised to learn that the country's record appearance maker and long-time captain Iker Casillas had been left out of the Spain squad by coach Julen Lopetegui.
Leicester eager to enjoy Champions League debut, says Vardy
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has said the club will look to enjoy competing against Europe's elite in their Champions League debut.
Valencia striker Alcacer undergoes Barca medical
Barcelona are on the verge of completing a reported 30 million euro ($33.57 million) move for Spain international Paco Alcacer from Valencia after the striker arrived for a medical with the La Liga champions on Monday.
'United have momentum, confident ahead of Manchester derby'
Manchester United's unbeaten start to the Premier League has helped the club build momentum before the derby clash against ManchesterCity, striker Wayne Rooney has said.
England boss Allardyce defends decision to omit Barkley
England manager Sam Allardyce has defended the decision to leave Everton midfielder Ross Barkley out of his first squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia at the weekend.
It's early days, but Premier League has familiar look once more
Three matches into the Premier League season following a stunning title success by 5,000-1 outsiders LeicesterCity, the table already has a more familiar look.
Sterling, Lewandowski dominate European football weekend
Heavyweight trio Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea kept up their 100 per cent starts to the Premier League season this weekend.
La Liga: Rakitic header earns Barca victory in Bilbao
Champions Barcelona came through a gruelling La Liga test at a rainswept San Mames on Sunday, beating Athletic Bilbao 1-0 thanks to Ivan Rakitic's first-half header.
August 28, 2016United boss Mourinho reserves special praise for Rashford
Jose Mourinho hailed Marcus Rashford's late contribution against Hull City on Saturday and hinted that the 18-year-old has a big role to play for Manchester United this season.
Serie A: Napoli win six-goal thriller against nine-man Milan
Napoli squandered a two-goal halftime lead, then scored two late goals to beat nine-man AC Milan 4-2 in a stormy Serie A match which saw eight other players booked on Saturday.
La Liga: Kroos missile delights Real; Atletico held
A late goal by Toni Kroos sealed victory as Real Madrid defeated an impressive Celta Vigo side 2-1 to win their first home La Liga game of the campaign on Saturday.
August 27, 2016PHOTOS: Chelsea top after one-sided victory; United edge past Hull
Danny Rose scored a second-half equaliser to cancel out James Milner's penalty as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to draw 1-1 with Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
La Liga: Why Bilbao is one of hardest away games for Barca...
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is expecting another gruelling game at Athletic Bilbao when the La Liga champions visit San Mames on Sunday.
Ex-City boss Pellegrini joins Hebei China Fortune
Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune have appointed former Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, Chinese and British media reported on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski treble as six-goal Bayern rout Werder
Robert Lewandowski's hat-trick helped give coach Carlo Ancelotti a flying start to his first Bundesliga campaign as Bayern Munich cruised to an easy 6-0 win over Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena on Friday.
August 26, 2016Rodriguez could become a problem for Real: Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has opened the door to out-of-favour midfielder James Rodriguez leaving the club by admitting the player's lack of appearances could become a problem.
Why Mourinho will pick youngsters over Schweinsteiger...
German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for Manchester United this season, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.
Injured Ronaldo to miss Portugal's World Cup qualifier
The 31-year-old is still recovering from the knee injury which forced him to limp out of the Euro 2016 final against France in the first half, coach Fernando Santos said.
Thierry Henry named Belgium assistant coach
Former France star Thierry Henry was named assistant coach of Belgium on Friday.
Points Table: English Premier League 2016-17
The points table of the English Premier League 2016-17 season.
Gerrard encourages young English players to switch to MLS
Major League Soccer would provide a good platform for young English players who have struggled to break into the first team, former England captain Steven Gerrard has said.
All you need to know about EPL team's spending
Spending by Premier League teams has already broken last season's record and could exceed one billion pounds ($1.32 billion) by the time the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Deportivo striker Perez to join Arsenal?
Deportivo La Coruna have granted permission to Lucas Perez to withdraw from the squad to face Real Betis on Saturday amid media talks linking the striker to a potential move to Premier League club Arsenal.
Granada suspend new boy Angulo over failed drugs test
Granada have suspended new signing Jose Angulo after he failed a drug test with his former Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle during the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.
UEFA keeps it in the family as Champions League changed
The top four European leagues will each have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from 2018/19 under changes announced by European soccer body UEFA on Friday.
Ronaldo says Griezmann deserved Best Player in Europe award
After being named this year's UEFA's Best Player in Europe, Portugal and Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann deserved the coveted trophy more than him.
Is Manchester United ready for Europa League?
We want to fight for that title and we are very excited to see the draw, says Ander Herrera
West Ham ousted by Romanian Astra in Europa playoff
Romanians Astra handed West Ham United their first competitive defeat at the London Stadium as Slaven Bilic's team were beaten in the Europa League playoffs on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo is UEFA's 2015-16 'Best Player in Europe'
Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted UEFA's 2015-16 Best Player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid team mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann.
August 25, 2016Guardiola returning to Barcelona in Champions League
Pep Guardiola will return to the Nou Camp in the Champions League group stage after his new club Manchester City were drawn against his former Barcelona team on Thursday.
Goalkeeper Eduardo joins Chelsea on one-year contract
Goalkeeper Eduardo has joined Chelsea on a one-year deal from Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Enrique seeks 100th victory as Barca coach at Bilbao
Barcelona will attempt to give Luis Enrique his 100th victory in his 125th game in charge of the team when they play at Athletic Bilbao in la Liga on Sunday.
City sign goalkeeper from Barcelona; Everton have no interest in Hart
Manchester City have signed Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona on a four-year contract for an initial 18 million euros (15.37 million pounds), the clubs confirmed on Thursday.
EPL: Can Mourinho's Manchester United maintain winning momentum?
Jose Mourinho takes Manchester United to Hull City with both teams having won their opening two games on the weekend.
Ronaldo gearing up for Real Madrid return
Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been out of action since injuring his knee in the successful Euro 2016 final, has vowed to return soon after stepping up training at Real Madrid's Valdebebas training base.
Liverpool look to their Mane man as Spurs visit beckons
Such is the impact Sadio Mane has made on Liverpool that the 24-year-old is an automatic pick to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday while experienced international teammates scrap it out to play alongside him.
'Ramsey's injury could have been prevented'
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's injury could have been prevented, Wales manager Chris Coleman has said, adding he was surprised the Euro 2016 semi-finalist was rushed back for the opening Premier League game against Liverpool.
Sturridge frustrated with playing in new position
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has urged manager Juergen Klopp to deploy him in his favoured centre forward position, where he operates on "autopilot".
AFC Champions League: FC Seoul, Al Nasr inch closer to semis
FC Seoul and Al Nasr inched closer to a place in the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League following comprehensive victories in their respective quarter-final first leg matches on Wednesday.
Yedlin joins Newcastle on five-year deal
DeAndre Yedlin has joined Championship (second tier) side Newcastle United on a five-year deal from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, the clubs have announced.
League Cup: Sunderland win; Burnley, Middlesbrough sent packing
Premier League teams Burnley and Middlesbrough were knocked out of the English Cup by lower-league teams in the second round on Wednesday.
August 24, 2016Bale targets Champions League final in Cardiff with Real Madrid
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale said on Wednesday he has an extra incentive to reach a third Champions League final in four years because the title game will be played in his hometown of Cardiff.
Man United will be Schweinsteiger's last European club
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says he will not play for another club in Europe despite being unable to seal a place in the squad under new manager Jose Mourinho.
ISL: Former Chelsea, Barcelona striker Gudjohnsen signs up for Pune FC
Hrithik Roshan co-owned Indian Super League team FC Pune City on Tuesday announced former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen as their marquee player for the 2016 edition of the league.
Pique expects Barcelona to benefit from Neymar's Olympic glow
Neymar should return to Spain with renewed enthusiasm after leading Brazil to their first soccer gold medal at an Olympic Games, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said.
Will Rooney sign up for American Major League Soccer?
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney would be a "great signing" for Major League Soccer, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said, adding that the 30-year-old still has plenty to offer.
Summer transfer window: Bale renews Real Madrid contract until 2021?
Real Madrid star striker Gareth Bale has reportedly been rewarded for his stellar performances with a new five-year contract that will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2021.
Petr Cech calls on Arsenal to stop 'silly' losses
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech believes that the Gunners need to stop silly losses against the teams they are expected to beat if they want to progress in the Premier League.
Woeful nine-man Roma miss out on Champions League group stage spot
AS Roma suffered another European humiliation on Tuesday when they had two players sent off, lost 3-0 at home to Porto and missed out on the Champions League group stage.
August 23, 201611-year-old Odisha slum-dweller to train at Bayern Munich academy
Defying all odds, an 11-year-old football prodigy from an impoverished area of Bhubaneswar has been selected to train at Germany's most iconic club Bayern Munich, as an academy player for two months.
EPL transfers: Manchester United youngster joins Wolves on loan
Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Wolves on a season-long loan, the Premier League club confirmed on Twitter.
ISL: Guwahati to host season-opener
The Indian Super League 2016 season will kick-off in Guwahati, Assam, with an opening ceremony and the season opening match.
EPL: Liverpool manager Klopp not pressing panic button yet
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp called for his players to "stay calm" and does not expect to expect wholesale changes against Burton Albion on Tuesday as they seek to quickly bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at Burnley.
August 21, 2016Brazil soccer gold will be the memory Rio never forgets
In Brazil it will be the Olympic moment everyone remembers.
Rio Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil elusive soccer gold
Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men's soccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw following extra-time on Saturday.
Suarez treble and Messi double lift six-goal Barca
Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged two goals as Barcelona began their quest for a third straight La Liga title with a 6-2 rout of Real Betis on Saturday.
August 20, 2016PHOTOS: Liverpool stunned by Burnley, Costa caps Chelsea comeback
Liverpool were sent spinning to a 2-0 defeat at promoted Burnley in the English Premier League on Saturday while Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at Watford thanks to late goals from Michy Batshuayi and Diego Costa.
August 19, 2016EPL transfers: Pardew confirms Benteke move to Crystal Palace
Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is having a medical before completing his move to Crystal Palace, the London club's manager Alan Pardew said on Friday.
August 18, 2016'Best midfielder' Pogba ready for United debut against Southampton
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that record signing Paul Pogba is ready to make his second Manchester United debut when Southampton visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Friday.
Marvellous Turan fires Barcelona to Super Cup glory
Two goals from Arda Turan and one from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup second leg on Wednesday to seal a 5-0 aggregate victory.
August 17, 2016Brazil fans ask: What now for women's football?
Brazil's Olympic women's football team was showered with joyous attention until their heart-breaking semi-final elimination on Tuesday which brought forward a key question: Was the interest the start of something big or another false dawn?
Sweden beat Brazil in shoot-out to reach women's soccer final
Sweden beat Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the teams were locked goalless following extra-time on Tuesday to reach the final of the women's football tournament at the Rio Olympics.
August 15, 2016Germany's Podolski ends international career
Germany's World Cup winner Lukas Podolski announced his retirement from international football on Monday, bringing to an end a glittering 12-year career.
EPL: Ibra scores in United victory; Liverpool edge Arsenal in thriller
Jose Mourinho's first Premier League game as manager of Manchester United ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Bournemouth on Sunday.
August 13, 2016EPL: Champions Leicester stunned by Hull in opener; City win
Leicester City's Premier League title defence got off to a terrible start as they were beaten 2-1 at promoted Hull City, who shrugged off an injury crisis to shock the champions on the opening day of the new season on Saturday
Messi to come out of international retirement
Lionel Messi announced on Friday that he wants to return to play for the national team, reversing his decision to retire earlier this year.
August 12, 2016EPL opponents playing defensive game: Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has accused Manchester United's Premier League rivals of playing a "defensive game" ahead of the coming campaign but is making no secret of his side's own title aspirations.
EPL: Pogba suspended for Manchester United opener
Manchester United will be without world record signing Paul Pogba for their Premier League opener against Bournemouth on Sunday due to a suspension, the Football Association said on Friday.
August 11, 2016Rio Games: Brazil find form; Argentina and champs Mexico dumped out
After going two games without a goal and being booed off the field by their own fans, the Brazilian men's soccer team found their scoring touch at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over Denmark that sealed their place in the next round.
August 10, 2016Barcelona squad is best ever, says Luis Enrique
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes his current squad is the strongest he has ever had and he is very confident of retaining the La Liga and King's Cup titles.
UEFA Super Cup: Carvajal helps Real win thriller against Sevilla
Dani Carvajal scored a stunning late goal as Champions League winners Real Madrid beat Europa League holders Sevilla 3-2 after extra-time in a UEFA Super Cup thriller in Trondheim, Norway on Tuesday.
August 09, 2016City signing makes Stones world's second most expensive defender!
Manchester City have signed England centre back John Stones from Everton as new manager Pep Guardiola continues to reshape his side for the start of the English Premier League season.
De Boer replaces Mancini as Inter Milan coach
Inter Milan have appointed former Ajax Amsterdam manager Frank de Boer as their new head coach on a three-year contract replacing Roberto Mancini.
Pogba joins United for world record fee
France midfielder Paul Pogba has rejoined Manchester United from Italian champions Juventus on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year, the Premier League club said in a statement on Monday.
'Marta better than Neymar!' Brazil warming up to women footballers
Brazil's women's football team was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans in Manaus on Monday, as their performances and fame all of a sudden eclipsed that of their struggling male counterparts.
Real without Ronaldo, Bale, Kroos and Pepe for Super Cup
Real Madrid will be without forward pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, midfielder Toni Kroos and defender Pepe for Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup encounter with Sevilla in Trondheim, Norway.
August 08, 2016Mourinho relieved to finally get his hands on Pogba
Jose Mourinho was delighted that Manchester United were on the brink of signing France midfielder Paul Pogba from Serie A champions Juventus, the Portuguese coach said on Sunday.
Furious fans turn on Brazil after second humiliating draw
Brazilian fans turned on the men's soccer team after a 0-0 draw with Iraq on Sunday that left them in serious danger of exiting at the first stage of the Olympics.
August 06, 2016UEFA Best Player award: Vote
Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are in the running with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
August 05, 2016EPL: Did Mourinho just confirm Pogba's arrival to Old Trafford?
Jose Mourinho has dropped a heavy hint that Paul Pogba's protracted transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is close to completion.
Liverpool will keep players to mount title challenge: Klopp
Liverpool are determined to end the trend of selling their best players during the close season in order to build a squad capable of consistently challenging for major honours, manager Juergen Klopp said.
Europa League: West Ham start life at new home with emphatic win
West Ham United marked their first match at the Olympic Stadium with a 3-0 win over Slovenian side NK Domzale, Cheikhou Kouyate scoring twice to help secure a place in the Europa League playoff round.
Brazil held goalless in opener, Argentina lose to Portugal
Brazil failed to make a winning start despite home advantage, a multi-million dollar strike force and a man advantage as they were held 0-0 by South Africa in their opening soccer match at the Rio Olympics on Thursday.
August 04, 2016Brazil's women kick-off Games soccer with easy win
Brazil got off to a winning start in their home Olympics on Wednesday when the women's soccer team beat China 3-0 in host city Rio de Janeiro. Although the opening ceremony takes place on Friday, the soccer competitions began ahead of time with six women's matches on Wednesday and another eight men's games on Thursday.
UEFA Champions League: Classy Klaassen helps Ajax progress
Former European Cup winners Celtic and Ajax Amsterdam safely negotiated tricky Champions League third-round qualifying ties on Wednesday to move one step away from the lucrative group stage.
August 03, 2016Ibrahimovic says Rooney is 'perfect partner'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing alongside Wayne Rooney at Manchester United and described his new team mate as the "perfect partner for a striker".
Two Slovenian footballers killed in car crash
UEFA have offered their support to Slovenian club Maribor following the deaths of two of their young players in a car crash on Tuesday.
August 02, 2016Zico arrives in Goa; ends speculation over ISL future
Brazilian legend Zico arrived in Goa on Tuesday and was accorded a warm welcome by the FC Goa officials, laying all speculation to rest that he will not return back for the third edition of the ISL after the tournament's regulatory committee's decision.
New coach Bauza plans to woo Messi back for Argentina
Argentina's new coach Edgardo Bauza has set his mind to wooing Lionel Messi back from international retirement as he ponders his squad for next month's South American 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Argentina pick Bauza as coach
Argentina, still reeling from the shock resignations of captain Lionel Messi and coach Gerardo Martino, have chosen Edgardo Bauza as their new coach, the Argentine FA said on Monday.
August 01, 2016Conte unsure of Costa's future at Chelsea
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is uncertain about the future of Diego Costa, as Spanish media reports have linked the striker with a possible return to Atletico Madrid.
Wenger hoping injured Gunners regain fitness in time for new season
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be fully fit in time for the start of the Premier League season after the midfielder struggled with a knee injury last campaign.
Zidane insists Morata is staying at Real Madrid
Real Madrid have no intention of making a quick profit on striker Alvaro Morata after the Champions League winners opted to take him back to the Bernabeu from Juventus last month, the Spanish side's manager Zinedine Zidane has said.
July 31, 2016'Unfinished business' at Leicester made Vardy decision easy
Rejecting a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal was an easy decision for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy because he has "unfinished business" with the champions.
Olympics warm up: Brazil record easy win over Japan
Brazil scored twice in a dominant first half to beat Japan 2-0 in their final Olympic warmup friendly on Saturday before they begin their bid for a first soccer gold medal at next month's home Games.
Messi quiet but Barcelona stroll past Celtic
A blond-haired Lionel Messi failed to get on the scoresheet but it hardly mattered as under-strength Barcelona taught Celtic a footballing lesson in a Dublin friendly.
Friendly: Massive crowds in Michigan as Ronaldo-less Real beat Chelsea
A near-record crowd of 105,826 saw Real Madrid score three first-half goals and hang on for a 3-2 win against Chelsea in a friendly at Michigan Stadium on Saturday. The attendance was less than 4,000 shy of the United States record attendance for a soccer match, set two years ago at the same stadium in Ann Arbor when 109,318 watched Real Madrid and Manchester United square off.
Debutant Ibra's stunner takes centre stage in United's friendly win
Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a superb goal just four minutes into his Manchester United debut and promised that there would be much more to come after they thrashed Turkish side Galatasaray 5-2 in a friendly in Gothenburg on Saturday.
July 30, 2016Mourinho waxes eloquent about 'humble, friendly' Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing a pivotal role in creating a friendly atmosphere in the Manchester United dressing room, manager Jose Mourinho has said, adding that the striker should not restrict his role in the squad to goalscorer.
50th anniversary of WC win leaves English football with mixed feelings
Fifty years on from the greatest day in the history of English football, pessimists fear that the prospect of becoming world champions again is as remote as it has ever been.
July 29, 2016Soccer: Northern Irish striker Lafferty charged for betting
Norwich City and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has been charged with a betting offence, the Football Association said on Friday.
Ireland keeper Given hangs gloves on international career
Goalkeeper Shay Given has decided to retire from international football at the age of 40 after representing Ireland for more than two decades.
What you must know about Germany legend Schweinsteiger
Factbox on Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who announced his retirement from international football on Friday.
Germany's Schweinsteiger retires from international football
German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired from international football, he announced on Friday, saying he was disappointed to have not finished his career with a win at Euro 2016 in France.
How Sturridge plans to stave off injury
Daniel Sturridge has said manager Juergen Klopp has put the Liverpool squad through the "most intense" pre-season of his career with the England striker pushing himself to the limit in a bid to avoid another injury-disrupted campaign.
3 things Chelsea must do in new season
New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged his players to retain the aggressiveness they have shown during the pre-season, saying that the combative nature of the game was essential to the style of play he is looking to impose at the club.
How Juventus's most expensive player plans to repay the massive fee...
Gonzalo Higuain aims to repay Juventus for splashing out 90 million euros ($99.74 million) to sign him from Napoli and make the Argentina striker the third most expensive player in world football.
July 28, 2016Manchester City boss Guardiola confirms interest in Stones, Sane
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he is interested in signing Everton's young centre back John Stones, who has been linked with a 50 million-pounds ($65.72 million) move to the Etihad Stadium.
Cahill vows to fight for England future under Allardyce
Defender Gary Cahill has said he is ready to prove his worth to new England manager Sam Allardyce to retain his place in the national team.
July 27, 2016FA Cup to allow fourth substitute in extra-time
Teams progressing to the latter stages of the FA Cup next season will be allowed to field a fourth substitute in extra time, the English Football Association (FA) announced on Wednesday.
'Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target'
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club.
Why 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 scho