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May 06, 2016
La Liga: Will history repeat itself for Barca?
When Barcelona host local rivals Espanyol on Saturday hoping to edge closer to the La Liga title, many may be haunted by Raul Tamudo's 89th minute equaliser which wrecked their title bid in 2006/07.
PFA Player of the Year Mahrez tells Leicester he wants to stay
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez has given the Premier League champions a boost by telling the owners he wants to stay at the club next season, British media reported on Thursday.
'Guardiola has failed Bayern Munich'
Bayern Munich's outgoing coach Pep Guardiola has failed to make an impact at the club despite keeping the Bavarian giants as the dominant force in Germany, the club's former forward Ivica Olic said on Thursday.
Europa League: Liverpool sink Villarreal to set up Sevilla final
Liverpool romed into the Europa League final with a 3-0 win over Villarreal on another magical night at Anfield to tee up a showpiece clash with holders Sevilla who swatted away visitors Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 on Thursday.
May 05, 2016
ISL final fracas: FC Goa fined Rs 11 crore; owners banned
The five-member Regulatory Commission of the Indian Super League met in Mumbai over the three days, in continuation of its earlier sittings since February 2016, to hear the submissions of the respective parties in the matter of Football Sports Development Limited vs FC Goa; FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC; FC Goa vs Elano Blumer and Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa.
Syrian whose plight went viral finds refuge in Spanish soccer
Mementos from the soccer world that brought Syrian refugee Osama Abdul Mohsen to Spain are strewn around the flat he shares with two of his sons, including a ball signed by Real Madrid's star players and a banner for the local team, Getafe.
Ranieri's mum terms him 'King of England' after career resurrection
LeicesterCity's unexpected Premier League title triumph has helped Claudio Ranieri rediscover himself as a manager after his failed spell at AS Roma, the Italian's mother, Renata Ranieri has said.
Champions League final: Real ready for tough Atletico sequel?
As soon as the final whistle confirmed Real Madrid's berth in the Champions League final against local rivals Atletico with a 1-0 aggregate victory over Manchester City on Wednesday, memories of 2014's all-Spanish final came flooding back.
Leicester City... and football's surprise champions' club
As Leicester City celebrates its unexpected title triumph, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com lists similar success stories across Europe's top leagues.
Who deserves credit for Real Madrid's revival?
Exactly four months after succeeding Rafael Benitez and inheriting a Real Madrid side on the brink of institutional crisis, Zinedine Zidane completed the team's revival by guiding them past Manchester City to the Champions League final.
Have Manchester City been unlucky in Champions League exit?
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini said his side did not deserve to be eliminated from the Champions League despite having only one effort on target in their 1-0 semi-final, second leg defeat to Real Madrid.
Champions League PIX: How Real tamed Manchester City to reach final
Real Madrid reached their 14th European Cup final and crushed Manchester City's hopes of a maiden title after Gareth Bale's deflected effort secured a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Champions League last four clash on Wednesday.
It's Madrid derby in Milan! Real in Champions League final
Real Madrid have made their 14th Champions League final following their 1-0 win over Manchester City.
May 04, 2016
I have no regrets, says Guardiola
Departing Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been assured a bittersweet farewell at the German club with the pending celebration of a record fourth straight Bundesliga title soured by another failure to shine on the European stage.
Will Atletico write Champions League history?
Atletico Madrid are not seeking revenge for their 2014 Champions League final defeat but instead want to write a new chapter in the club's history with their first European Cup after getting past Bayern Munich.
Always a pragmatic manager... now a champion!
As Leicester City celebrates its Premier League triumph, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com salutes the man behind it.
Is Guardiola a failure at Bayern Munich? Tell Us!
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was brought to the club to extend their European dominance, but will leave at the end of the season having lost three successive Champions League semi-finals.
May 03, 2016
Young Afghan Messi fan flees over kidnap fears
A young Afghan fan of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi has fled his home and gone to Pakistan because his family feared he could be kidnapped after he became an unlikely Internet sensation, the boy's uncle said on Tuesday. Ronaldo fit but Benzema and Casemiro out against City: Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Cristiano Ronaldo "is 100 percent" and will face Manchester City in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg but striker Karim Benzema and midfielder Casemiro will miss the game. Soccer shots: Levante relegated; Werder earn Bundesliga lifeline
Levante were relegated from La Liga after a six-season stay in the Spanish top flight as two late goals condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at Malaga on Monday.
Serie A: Higuain and Totti shine as Napoli and Roma win
Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and evergreen AS Roma forward Francesco Totti lit up Serie A on Monday as the two teams won in contrasting fashion to boost their bids for an automatic Champions League spot.
EPL PIX: Tottenham lose their heads and title chances
Tottenham Hotspur lost their cool and their Premier League title hopes as they let slip a two-goal lead at Chelsea to draw a stormy London derby 2-2 on Monday.
De Gea matches Ronaldo as he is crowned United's Player of the Year
Goalkeeper David de Gea has bagged Manchester United's Player of the Year award for the third consecutive time.
'Clear-minded Leicester will thrive in European soccer'
English champions Leicester City will have few problems against the giants of European soccer when they contest the Champions League next season, says the Thai monk who has been regularly blessing the newest sensations of world sport.
Leicester's success mantra: Ranieri and a forgotten football philosophy
The statistics of a stunning campaign tell an astonishing tale of how Leicester have turned the clock back by shunning possession and glorying in the long ball to a pacey striker, while spurning rotation in favour of a settled, almost self-selecting side
EPL PHOTOS: Euphoric Leicester fans throng streets in celebration
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the jubilant Leicester fans...
Is Leicester's 5,000-1 upset the greatest sporting shock?
At the start of the English football season last August, bookmakers in Britain were offering odds of 5,000-1 against LeicesterCity winning the Premier League.
Leicester boss Ranieri lauds players' determination and thanks Chelsea
Jubilant with his side's maiden Premier League title, LeicesterCity manager Claudio Ranieri has heaped praised on his players' determination and focus that led his side to the recent glory.
Leicester's victory a triumph for football and 'hope to smaller teams'
FIFA president Gianni Infantino echoed the most common and apt description of the "beautiful story" as a "fairytale" after the 5,000-1 outsiders, who performed a miraculous escape from relegation last season, were crowned champions on Monday.
Champions Leicester City are 'having a party' with EPL title in the bag
Here are a few pictures from the Foxes' celebrations that the club posted on their Twitter page with the hashtag -- Having a party!
Leicester's fairytale: From impending doom to glorious resurrection
In April last year Leicester City were seven points adrift at the foot of the Premier League and seemingly going down.
May 02, 2016
Ronaldo likely to return for Real against City for Champions League tie
Real Madrid's talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to face Manchester City in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg after coming through training on Monday.
Leicester's Vardy is football writers' player of the year!
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA).
Pellegrini unhappy with Sunday kick-off with Madrid looming
ManchesterCity manager Manuel Pellegrini said he had no option but to name a much-changed team for Sunday's 4-2 Premier League defeat by Southampton with the club's Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid scheduled on Wednesday.
La Liga: Villarreal beat Valencia to secure fourth spot
Villarreal secured their place in the Champions League qualifying round with a 2-0 win at local rivals Valencia on Sunday, guaranteeing fourth place in La Liga.
Manchester United manager's bizarre interview
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was at his bizarre best again after his team's 1-1 Premier league draw with Leicester City as he complained that a hair-pulling incident during the match was only acceptable in 'sex masochism'.
Champions League: Will Guardiola end semis misery against Atletico
Bayern Munich are desperate to avoid losing a third consecutive Champions League semi-final to Spanish opponents when they host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday but coach Pep Guardiola has his work cut out to end his time in Germany on a high.
EPL: Leicester champagne on ice, City crash at Southampton
Leicester City failed to grasp their first chance to clinch the Premier League title when they drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday but they moved ever closer to a first English top-flight crown.
Leicester inch closer to EPL title...but why are Thais celebrating?
About 900 jubilant fans and employees of the Thai billionaire who owns Leicester City roared when the final whistle blew in their team's 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
May 01, 2016
Mum's the word as Ranieri misses potential title decider
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will not be able to watch the game which could deliver his side their first-ever Premier League title because he wants to have lunch with his 96-year-old mother on her birthday.
Bravo calf injury a worry for Barca in title chase
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo injured his calf in their 2-0 victory at Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday, making him a doubt for the final two games of their title challenge.
Qatar investigates death at World Cup site as labour rights under scrutiny
The organisers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup said on Sunday they were investigating the death of an Indian labourer at one of its sites but denied it was caused by working conditions which the wealthy Gulf country is under pressure to improve.
Real's Ronaldo returns to training after injury
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury and could be fit to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
Serie A: No let up as champions Juventus win again
Juventus refused to let up despite having already won Serie A and notched their 25th win in their last 26 league games by beating Carpi 2-0 on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Leicester draw at United; Ayew teaches Liverpool a lesson
Leicester City must wait at least one more day for their first-ever Premier League title after drawing 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Bayern made to wait for title after Gladbach draw
Bayern Munich's party was wrecked by Borussia Moenchengladbach who hit back for a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, forcing the Bavarians to wait at least a week to clinch a fourth straight Bundesliga title.
I don't care if we shine as long as we win, says Barca's Rakitic
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic embraced the art of winning ugly after they beat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 to move closer to retaining their La Liga title.
It's disappointed love, Wenger says about protests
Arsene Wenger dismissed protests against him as more 'disappointed love' than 'real aggression' after disenchanted supporters held up banners calling for his resignation in the 1-0 victory over Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday.
April 30, 2016
Fed Cup: Aizawl FC stun I-League champions Bengaluru
Aizawl FC stunned I-League champions Bengaluru FC 2-1 in their maiden match of the Federation Cup football tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, in Aizawl, on Saturday.
EPL Photos: Everton edge Bournemouth; Defoe boosts Sunderland
Under-pressure Everton manager Roberto Martinez enjoyed some respite as his struggling side won for the first time in eight league matches.
La Liga: Bale header keeps Real's title hopes burning
Gareth Bale again came to Real Madrid's rescue by heading home the winner in a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday that keeps their title hopes alive.
Glorious summer in sight for Leicester City after many winters of discontent
The English city's unheralded football club is on the brink of becoming league champions for the first time in their 132-year history, with just three defeats all season.
April 29, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur's boss Pochettino extends contract until 2021
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has agreed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021.
Atletico boss Simeone would be boring in English football
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reckons Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone would be labelled boring for his defence-oriented style if the Argentine were managing a Premier League club.
Ranieri set to be richer by 5 million pound if Leicester win title
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will earn a five million pound ($7.33 million) bonus if his team win the Premier League title.
Liverpool must pay Burnley up to 8 million pounds for Ings
Liverpool have been told by a tribunal to pay Championship (second-tier) leaders Burnley up to eight million pounds ($11.7 million) for striker Danny Ings.
Dortmund's Hummels seeks Bayern move
Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels has told his club that he wants to join Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after the season ends.
EPL: With three-match ban Tottenham's Alli out for rest of season
Alli was caught on video deliberately swinging his arm into the stomach of West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob during Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane
Europa League semis: Villarreal jolt Liverpool late, Sevilla held
Villarreal's Adrian Lopez produced a stinging sucker punch in stoppage time to leave Liverpool reeling and move the Spaniards closer to a maiden European final after their Europa League last four first leg clash finished 1-0 on Thursday.
April 28, 2016
Liverpool's Sakho provisionally suspended for anti-doping violation
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing an anti-doping test, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Thursday.
Will Guardiola win Champions League with Bayern Munich?
Guardiola is on track to lead Bayern to a third consecutive Bundesliga title but his three-year spell there will ultimately be judged on whether he can win Europe's elite club competition with them.
Kompany anticipates 'career-defining' match in Madrid
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is looking forward to a 'career-defining' clash against Real Madrid in next week's Champions League semi-final, second leg and has backed his team to pick off their more illustrious rivals.
Injured Ronaldo to undergo stem cell therapy for quick recovery?
It's been a week now since Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo hobbled off the pitch after injuring his thigh against Villarreal during a La Liga match last Wednesday.
'80 Percent fit' Ronaldo set to miss another La Liga game
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo faces a race against time to be fit for the Champions League semi-final second leg with Manchester City on May 4.
Champions League PIX: It's all Saul as Atletico go one up over Bayern
A breathtaking individual goal from Saul Niguez put Atletico Madrid in the box seat in their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich with a 1-0 victory in a tense first leg on Wednesday.
April 27, 2016
Champions League PIX: Manchester City hold Ronaldo-less Real
Manchester City survived a late grilling by Real Madrid thanks to goalkeeper Joe Hart to hold on for a 0-0 draw on Tuesday that keeps alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League final for the first time.
April 26, 2016
Victims of Hillsborough stadium disaster were unlawfully killed: Jury
The 96 soccer fans who died in Britain's worst-ever sporting disaster, the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium crush, were unlawfully killed, with police failures to blame, a jury hearing inquests into the death concluded on Tuesday.
'I don't really want to go back to France. I love England'
Leicester's Mahrez rules out PSG move
Narrow escape for Leicester's Gray
Leicester City's Demarai Gray dodged death after almost walking into the tail rotor blades of a helicopter prior to Sunday's Professional Footballers' Association Awards.
Magical Mahrez and his journey to the top at Leicester
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri mused on Sunday that, if he had his wish, every one of his wonderful squad would have been honoured as Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers' Association awards night.
Bhutia wants better deal for home-grown footballers from ISL, I-League
'We want more and more teams to join the I-League and ISL. With this, the two competitions will get stronger. We need more teams so that more players get chances' Leicester's Vardy gets additional one-game ban
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will miss the Premier League leaders' visit to Manchester United on Sunday after being banned for an additional game for improper conduct, the BBC reported.
EPL: Spurs drop points and likely title in West Brom draw
West Brom's Dawson is villain and hero as Spurs' chances at League title fades; Leicester now need just one win from three games to claim EPL crown
April 25, 2016
Guess who is India's footballer of the year?
Mohun Bagan and India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua was declared winner of the 'Indian Player of the Year' award by the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) at its annual awards function held at the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai.
Juventus win fifth successive Serie A title
Juventus won Serie A for the fifth season in a row without kicking a ball on Monday after Napoli, the only team who could have caught them, were sunk 1-0 by a late Radja Nainggolan goal at AS Roma.
Will Hazard stay at Chelsea next season?
Manager Guus Hiddink dismissed speculation that Eden Hazard will leave English Premier League champions Chelsea, insisting that the winger is content to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Will faltering Arsenal manage to make EPL top four?
Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted concern over Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League with a top-four league finish after Sunday's goalless draw against relegation-threatened Sunderland.
I'd take a pay cut if there was less business in soccer: Mata
Manchester United's Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata has admitted in an interview that he and other professional footballers earn "obscene" amounts of money and "live in a bubble".
Champions League is the Real deal, says Madrid's Bale
The Champions League is part of Real Madrid's folklore and it is the nature of the Spanish side to always set their sights on Europe's most prestigious club tournament, having won it more times than any other team, winger Gareth Bale has said.
Mahrez first ever Leicester player to be named PFA Player of the Year
Leicester City's attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez has bagged the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
3 things Man City must do to win against Real Madrid
Until this season Manchester City's progression in the Champions League could be measured in baby steps but on Tuesday they can make a huge leap forward when they host Real Madrid in their first European semi-final for 45 years.
Footballers of the weekend: Suarez shines in Europe
Check out the top footballers of the weekend.
April 24, 2016
Palace beat Watford to book FA Cup final with Man Utd
Crystal Palace set up a repeat of the 1990 FA Cup final against Manchester United after Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham securd a 2-1 victory over Watford at Wembley on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester on verge of title; Sunderland draw with Arsenal
Leicester City were left in touching distance of a fairytale first Premier League title on Sunday after Leonardo Ulloa's double helped them outclass Swansea City at a delirious King Power Stadium.
La Liga: Suarez makes history as Barca thrash Gijon
Suarez moved ahead of Ronaldo as the league's top scorer on 34 goals after netting four times, twice with penalties, in the space of 25 second-half minutes
United edge Everton to enter FA Cup final after Martial's late goal
Anthony Martial snatched a late winner to send Louis van Gaal's Manchester United into a potentially season-redeeming FA Cup final as the favourites following a 2-1 victory over Everton at Wembley on Saturday.
April 23, 2016
Bale inspires Real Madrid comeback victory at Rayo Vallecano
Gareth Bale made up for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring twice to inspire Real Madrid to come from two goals down and win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Premier League: Iheanacho at the double as City go third
Manchester City thrashed Stoke City 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to leapfrog Arsenal into third place in the Premier League.
Who is to be blamed for City's domestic slump?
The Champions League has not been a distraction for Manchester City in the Premier League, manager Manuel Pellegrini said after his side's erratic performances continued in Tuesday's draw with struggling Newcastle United.
Ranieri comes clean: Leicester are going for the title
With just four matches remaining, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri finally acknowledged the obvious and said his unsung side were fighting for the Premier League title and could win it.
April 22, 2016
Injured Ronaldo doubtful for Champions League clash against City
Cristiano Ronaldo faces a race against time to get fit for Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg at Manchester City on Tuesday after he picked up a thigh muscle injury.
Under-pressure Wenger says Arsenal want to finish as high as possible
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been feeling the pressure in the race for a Champions League place but a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Thursday got his team back up to third spot.
It took 'guts' to pick Rashford, says Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave himself a pat on the back on Thursday for having the "guts" to give teenage striker Marcus Rashford his break in the side.
Under-fire Neymar gets Suarez backing
Barcelona's Luis Suarez has come to the rescue of under-fire teammate Neymar and added it was important to get back to winning ways against Deportivo after Barca suffered three consecutive league defeats for the first time since 2003, allowing Atletico Madrid to draw level on points with them and Real Madrid to move one behind.
Suarez 'privileged' to overtake Brazil and Barca legend Ronaldo
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said he felt "privileged" after scoring four goals against Deportivo La Coruna to move ahead of Brazilian Ronaldo's tally of 48 goals in a season for the club.
La Liga: Ronaldo allays injury concerns before Rayo visit
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has played down an injury suffered during his side's 3-0 win over Villarreal in their La Liga match on Wednesday, saying that he is in a good condition.
PHOTOS: Arsenal record 500th EPL win and leapfrog City to go third
Arsenal's resurgent Alexis Sanchez scored twice to help ease their top-four jitters in a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at a less than full Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
How Arsenal missed their big title chance
The Londoners are fourth in the Premier League table, 13 points behind leaders Leicester City with five games left.
April 21, 2016
Managerial futures at stake as FA Cup semis kick-off this weekend
Three of the four managers leading their teams out at Wembley for this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals will do so knowing defeat could have serious ramifications for their short-term future.
Serie A: Juve close in on title, Totti scores in Roma win
AS Roma stalwart Francesco Totti came off the bench with four minutes left and scored twice to give his Champions League-chasing side a dramatic 3-2 win over Torino in Serie A on Wednesday.
Barcelona decides where Neymar will play...
Neymar will play in the Olympics in August and will miss the Centenary Copa America in the United States in June, his club Barcelona said on Wednesday to end months of speculation.
EPL: Darmian shines as United beat Palace; Liverpool hit Everton for four
An inspired Matteo Darmian scored his first goal for Manchester United and set up another as Louis van Gaal's side kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish with a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
'Ronaldo needs more rest after injury scare'
Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo needed to take time off and even miss games if he is to see out an arduous season after he limped off before the end of Real Madrid's 3-0 victory over Villarreal on Wednesday, according to manager Zinedine Zidane.
La Liga: Big win for Barcelona; Real see off Villarreal
A red hot Luis Suarez scored four goals and contributed three assists as Barcelona's stuttering La Liga title charge sparked back to life with a spectacular 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.
Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico resume title race
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid resume a nail-biting La Liga title race on Saturday after all notched up victories on Wednesday. Leaders Barcelona, who ended a four-game winless streak by hammering Deportivo La Coruna 8-0 away from home, host struggling Sporting Gijon on Saturday.
Leicester fairytale sprinkles magic dust on rival fans
Leicester City's remarkable charge on the Premier League title has given fans of other clubs hope that their teams can achieve a similar feat, winger Marc Albrighton has said.
April 20, 2016
Neymar under scrutiny as Barca's campaign stutters
Barcelona forward Neymar finds himself at the centre of unwanted media attention in Spain as his struggling team's promising season threatens to unravel after a run of defeats.
France to extend state of emergency to cover Euro 2016
France plans to extend the state of emergency in place since Novembe'r's attacks on Paris for a further two months to ensure security at the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday.
Mourinho, Ranieri to manage at Old Trafford for charity
Jose Mourinho's next managerial role has been revealed with the Portuguese leading 'England' against Claudio Ranieri's 'Rest of the World' side as the former Chelsea bosses clash at Old Trafford on June 5 in a charity match for UNICEF.
'2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup can bring football revolution'
Buoyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support to the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in the country next year, Tournament Director Javier Ceppi said the government's involvement in the prestigious event will play a major role towards creating a "football revolution" in India.
'One-season wonder' tag inspired Kane to lead title push
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane's determination to prove his doubters wrong after a slow start to the campaign has driven the England international to the top of the scoring charts in a remarkable season for the player and his club.
Statistics favour Tottenham in chasing EPL dream
'Tottenham's teamwork which has given them a chance of reeling in Leicester.'
Aston Villa: Some memories... and the reality!
Aston Villa's relegation from the Premier League for the first time and from the English the top flight after 28 years leaves Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com with a tinge of regret.
Mueller goals send Bayern into German Cup final
Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller scored in each half as the Bundesliga leaders beat Werder Bremen 2-0 on Tuesday to reach the German Cup final and stay firmly on course for a treble of titles this season.
French Cup: Ibrahimovic sends PSG into final
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second-half strike earned Paris St Germain a spot in the French Cup final as the holders beat Lorient 1-0 away on Tuesday.
April 19, 2016
PSG approach Mourinho to replace Laurent Blanc?
Paris St Germain on Tuesday issued a terse "no comment" following reports in England that the French champions had approached Jose Mourinho to become their new manager.
'Conte's discipline the right tonic for Chelsea'
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said the uncompromising attitude to hard work of incoming manager Antonio Conte is exactly what is needed to galvanize the outgoing Premier League champions.
EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham's win at Stoke adds spice to title race
Tottenham Hotspur took a large bite out of Leicester City's Premier League lead with two goals apiece from Harry Kane and Dele Alli earning them a 4-0 victory at Stoke City on Monday.
Leicester's success a divine right after good karma?
Good karma is what will land Leicester their first English Premier League title.
Tiring 'MSN' trident shouldering blame for Barcelona slump
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were being touted as the best strike force in soccer history a month ago as they spearheaded Barcelona's record unbeaten run but the tiring trio are now taking the blame as the club's season unravels.
April 18, 2016
Leicester's Jamie Vardy charged with improper conduct
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been charged with improper conduct following his sending off against West Ham United in their 2-2 Premier League draw at the weekend, the Football Association said on Monday.
'It is not normal for Barcelona to lose so many matches'
Luis Figo and Carlos Puyol find it inexplicable, while Raul thinks it's a testament to the quality of Spanish football but all three La Liga legends are sure that Barcelona's astonishing slump would not last too long.
EPL: Pep talk ended Manchester City's title bid, says Pellegrini
ManchesterCity's Premier League title challenge derailed once the club announced Pep Guardiola would take charge from next season, outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini has said.
Barcelona down but not out...
'We still depend on ourselves. Our margin for error has run out and we are aware of the challenge.'
Footballers of the weekend: Ronaldo, Lewandowski sizzle in Europe
Check out the top footballers of the weekend...
Italy's Marchisio to miss Euro 2016 with injury
Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss this year's European Championship after tearing knee ligaments during Juventus' 4-0 Serie A victory over Palermo on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Teenager Pulisic puts Dortmund close on heels of Bayern
Borussia Dortmund eased past nine-man Hamburg SV 3-0 to keep their slim Bundesliga title hopes alive on Sunday as they moved seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich with four games remaining.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca lose to Valencia while Atletico catch up
Barcelona's stuttering title bid suffered another setback when they lost 2-1 at home to Valencia on Sunday, while Atletico Madrid moved level on points with the La Liga leaders after a comfortable win over Granda.
April 17, 2016
I-League: Bengaluru FC crowned champions
Bengaluru FC were crowned as I-League football champions for the second time in three years as they blanked Salgaocar 2-0 in their penultimate league match, in Bengaluru, on Sunday.
Serie A: Juventus tighten grip on top spot, Totti saves Roma
Juventus moved nine points clear at the top of Serie A after defeating Palermo 4-0 at home on Sunday and Francesco Totti bagged a dramatic late equaliser as AS Roma drew 3-3 at Atalanta.
EPL PHOTOS: West Ham dent Leicester's title challenge; Liverpool beat Bournemouth
Leicester City stumbled on their march towards the Premier League title when they drew 2-2 with West Ham United and had goalscorer Jamie Vardy sent off at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern close on title as Lewandowski strikes
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Schalke 04 on Saturday that edged them closer to a record fourth consecutive league title.
EPL PHOTOS: Aguero hat-trick keeps City on the rise; sinks Chelsea
Sergio Aguero was acclaimed as "the best striker in the Premier League" by manager Manuel Pellegrini after his hat-trick helped Manchester City beat Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
I-League: Aizawl FC edge plucky DSK Shivajians
Missed chances cost DSK Shivajians, who went down fighting 0-1 to Aizawl FC in the final home game of the Hero I-League 2015-16 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi on Saturday.
April 16, 2016
Ligue1: Ibrahimovic double helps PSG rebound with Caen thrashing
Paris St Germain rebounded after their Champions League exit to ManchesterCity with a 6-0 victory over Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Madrid wallop Getafe to put pressure on Barca
Real Madrid moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona after Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo all scored in a 5-1 thrashing at struggling Getafe on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Villa relegated as Rashford nets United winner
Aston Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time since it began in 1992 when they suffered their 24th loss of the season in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Defiant Blatter regrets not reforming FIFA
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter acknowledged on Friday that he failed to reform the scandal-ridden world soccer organisation but asserted he was not responsible for corruption in its regional organisations.
Bundesliga: Gladbach's Champions League hopes fall in defeat to Hanover
Borussia Moenchengladbach's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered a blow as they were beaten 2-0 at bottom club Hanover 96 on Friday.
Liverpool's German midfielder Can likely to be fit in time for Euros
Germany midfielder Emre Can looks set to miss the next four to six weeks of Liverpool's season after rupturing ankle ligaments.
EPL: City without key players against 'empty' Chelsea
Manchester City will be without David Silva, Raheem Sterling and captain Vincent Kompany for this weekend's visit to Chelsea, manager Manuel Pellegrini told reporters on Friday.
Clubs need former players at the helm: Bergkamp
More clubs should follow the Ajax Amsterdam model of promoting former players to executive roles, according to the Dutch side's assistant manager Dennis Bergkamp.
Sporting Clube De Goa hold EB to goalless draw
Sporting Clube de Goa held a lacklustre East Bengal to a goalless draw in their penultimate I-League fixture at the Vidyasagar Krirangan, in Barasat on Friday.
April 15, 2016
Super manager Ranieri wants to stay at Leicester
'If the chairman is happy then I'm happy'
'Benzema distraught at Euro 2016 omission'
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Frenchman Karim Benzema is "distraught" about being left out of the squad for this year's European Championship, the only major tournament to be played in his home country during his career.
Injured Schweinsteiger doubtful to play any more this season: Van Gaal
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for his club again season due to a knee injury, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
Europa League: Sevilla to meet Shakhtar; Reds face Villareal in semis
Sevilla, winners of the Europa League for the past two years, will play Shakhtar Donetsk in this season's semi-final.
Champions League semis draw: It's Real vs City and Atletico vs Bayern
A repeat of the 2014 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is still possible after Friday's semi-final draw.
Liverpool stun Dortmund to make Europa League semis
Liverpool added another fairytale comeback to the history books as they fought back from 3-1 down against Borussia Dortmund to reach the Europa League semi-finals after Dejan Lovren's towering stoppage-time header secured a 4-3 win on Thursday.
April 14, 2016
Manchester City hit by UEFA charge over fireworks during PSG game
Manchester City have been charged by UEFA after fireworks were set off during their 1-0 Champions League quarter-final, second-leg win over Paris St Germain on Tuesday night.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Will Barca's Champions League exit hit their La Liga bid?
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique fears his side's shock elimination from the Champions League could disturb their bid to retain the La Liga title as they host Valencia on Sunday looking for a first win in four league games.
Manchester City bracing themselves to face the best in semis: Aguero
Manchester City are ready to face the best players in Europe, striker Sergio Aguero said after a 3-2 aggregate Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris St Germain booked their place in the next round.
After knocking Barca out, is Simeone the best coach?
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised his team's spirit after knocking holders Barcelona out of the Champions League.
FA Cup: Man United spoil West Ham party to reach semis
Manchester United ended a momentous evening hinting at a brighter future after reaching the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory.
Barca in a hole after elimination, admits Luis Enrique
'It's evident that we are in a hole, we aren't at our best at the moment nor our most effective.'
PHOTOS: How Bayern reached fifth Champions League semis in a row
Bayern Munich booked their fifth successive Champions League semi-final spot with a 2-2 draw at Benfica on Wednesday to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory that kept the Germans on course for a treble of titles.
Champions League PIX: Atletico stun Barcelona at fortress
Holders Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Atletico Madrid.
April 13, 2016
AFC Cup: Bagan draw with Yangon, on verge of knockout round berth
Top Indian side Mohun Bagan played out a 1-1 draw against Yangon United in their away match to put themselves on the verge of booking a historic knockout berth in the AFC Cup football tournament in Yangon on Wednesday.
Superb De Bruyne shows anything still possible for City
ManchesterCity's season began to unravel when Kevin de Bruyne missed 10 matches with a knee injury but as he showed when he scored against Paris St Germain on Tuesday, anything is possible with him back in the team.
Of Zidane's tactical brain and Ronaldo's goal-scoring prowess
Zinedine Zidane overcame the biggest challenge of his fledgling coaching career as Real Madrid brushed aside VfL Wolfsburg to overturn a first-leg deficit and reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Facing Dortmund will be like playing video game: Sturridge
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has drawn comparisons between his team's upcoming Europa League quarter-final, second-leg clash against Borussia Dortmund and playing the FIFA video game.
Spurs need to win all to maintain pressure on Leicester: Lamela
Instead of hoping for a slip-up from Premier League leaders Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur must win their remaining five games to give Spurs their best chance of winning their first league title since 1961, midfielder Erik Lamela said.
The Champions League and a season of missed chances for Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg came close to staging a minor Champions League miracle but their 3-0 loss at Real Madrid in the last eight on Tuesday for a 3-2 aggregate defeat was a reflection of a season of missed opportunities, club officials said.
With EPL entering the business end, Ozil wants to play for the fans
Midfielder Mesut Ozil is looking to reassure Arsenal's fans that he is committed to fighting for honours until the end of the season after saying last month that the club only had an outside chance of winning any silverware.
Why Leicester's Ranieri is wary of Spurs
'We're in the Champions League, but the last five games will be terrible.'
Champions League: Can Atletico repeat 2014 result against Barca?
Atletico Madrid captain Gabi said his team would not be lulled into complacency by Barcelona's faltering form when they host the Champions League holders in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.
How Leicester's Ranieri keeps his striker Vardy fresh...
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy is banned from taking part in shooting drills at the training ground, the prolific striker revealed, because manager Claudio Ranieri wants him to rest his legs for Premier League matches.
US soccer star pleads guilty to driving under influence of intoxicants
Retired US women's soccer star Abby Wambach pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants on Tuesday, agreeing to enter a diversion program that could see her conviction wiped out in a year.
Does the buck really stop with PSG's Blanc?
'I selected the team, I selected the strategy and I am as disappointed as the players, but the buck stops with me.'
Goals are in my DNA, says Ronaldo after taming Wolves
Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at his critics after a remarkable 35th career hat-trick fired Real Madrid past VfL Wolfsburg.
PHOTOS: Man City oust PSG to reach first Champions League semis
Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time after a superb curling shot from Kevin de Bruyne gave them a 1-0 second-leg win over Paris St Germain that sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory on Tuesday.
Champions League PIX: Ronaldo's treble takes Real to semis
Cristiano Ronaldo's fifth Champions League hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to a 3-0 comeback victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday that clinched a place in the semi-finals for a sixth successive season.
April 12, 2016
AC Milan sack coach, Brocchi takes charge
AC Milan sacked coach Sinisa Mihajlovic on Tuesday and replaced him with youth team coach Cristian Brocchi, who will take charge until the end of the season, the Serie A club said on its website.
Meet the world's highest paid footballer...
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi still remains the world's highest earning footballer with an annual income of 74 million euros.
Champons League: Benfica coach faces another test of ability against Bayern Munich
Benfica coach Rui Vitoria faces another test of his powers of improvisation as he tries to patch up a team without topscorer Jonas against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
How Barcelona can seal their passage to Champions League semis...
Last season's treble winners Barca are in their worst run of form in La Liga since coach Luis Enrique took charge in August 2014.
5 things Real Madrid must do to beat Wolfsburg...
Real Madrid must play with patience against VfL Wolfsburg when they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in Tuesday's ChampionsLeague quarter-final second leg, manager Zinedine Zidane said.
Champions League: History beckons for Man City against PSG
Manchester City look to take an important step in their transformation into one of the world's leading clubs on Tuesday by reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the first time.
12 things you should know about 'super galactico' Cristiano Ronaldo
From an exclusive interview with GQ magazine's Daniel Riley, for GQ India's April 2016 issue, here are 12 things you should know about Cristiano Ronaldo - the footballer, the father and the man
April 11, 2016
Man City's Kompany ruled out of PSG game
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will not make his return from injury in the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St Germain, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Monday.
In the summer I will have a job: Mourinho
'At this moment I can promise you that I don't have a contract with anybody'
Champions League: Can Real script comeback against Wolfsburg at home?
Real Madrid are determined to create an intimidating atmosphere for visitors VfL Wolfsburg as they try to overturn a two-goal deficit in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Soccer: Barca lose as Ronaldo breaks another record; Leicester cruise
Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga was cut after a second consecutive defeat and LeicesterCity's improbable march towards the Premier League title showed no sign of slowing as they won a fifth straight match.
La Liga: Late Negredo strike lifts Valencia, Villarreal beat Getafe
Alvaro Negredo struck in stoppage-time as stuttering Valencia won 2-1 against his former club Sevilla on Sunday to earn coach Pako Ayesteran victory in his first home game in charge since succeeding Gary Neville.
April 10, 2016
Dortmund twice squander lead in draw at Schalke
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund twice squandered the lead as they drew 2-2 at Schalke 04 in the Ruhr derby on Sunday, allowing leaders Bayern Munich to move closer to another Bundesliga title. Napoli brush aside Verona without Higuain
Second-placed Napoli comfortably overcame the absence of suspended top scorer Gonzalo Higuain to brush aside bottom-of-the-table Verona 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday. Arbeloa and Pique in war of words as title race heats up
Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa reignited his long-running war of words with Barcelona's Gerard Pique by suggesting that the Spanish League leaders manage to win only if opposing teams have had players sent off.
April 09, 2016
La Liga: Ronaldo sets goal record as Real thrash Eibar
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to hit 30 La Liga goals in six consecutive seasons as he inspired Real Madrid to a 4-0 thrashing of Eibar on Saturday.
I-League: Bagan's title hopes virtually over after draw against DSK
Mohun Bagan's hopes of retaining the I-League title virtually went up in smokes after they were held to a 3-3 draw by DSK Shivajians in an enthralling I-League contest.
Bundesliga: Bayern edge past Stuttgart to stay on title course
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were made to work extremely hard for a 3-1 victory at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday that sent them eight points clear at the top of the table with five games left.
EPL PIX: Carroll scores hat-trick as West Ham hold Arsenal; Chelsea lose
Andy Carroll scored a eight-minute hat-trick as West Ham United's last London derby at Upton Park ended in a barnstorming 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Saturday -- a result that dented both club's respective ambitions.
April 08, 2016
EPL player of the month award goes to...
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been named the Premier League manager of the month for March, while Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has won the players' award.
Bayern's Robben set to miss Benfica return leg
Injured Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is unlikely to recover in time for the side's Champions League quarter-final return leg in Benfica next week, coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
Europa League: Liverpool hold Dortmund on Klopp's return, Sevilla win
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp enjoyed a satisfying return to Borussia Dortmund as his new side frustrated his former charges and claimed a valuable away goal to draw 1-1 in their Europa League quarter-final, first leg on Thursday.
April 07, 2016
FIFA Rankings: Argentina top as South America dominate; India at 162!
Argentina moved top as South America dominated the monthly FIFA rankings on Thursday with five teams, half of the continent's total, in the top 10.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Prince William pushes for FA reform to stay relevant
Britain's Prince William has urged the Football Association to reform its governance structure to avoid falling short of modern standards.
Football's reputation at stake! Swiss police raid UEFA headquarters
Swiss police raided the headquarters of the European soccer body UEFA on Wednesday to gather information about a contract signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of the global soccer body FIFA, that was reported in the Panama Papers.
Zidane reacts to Real Madrid loss
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane urged his side to remain calm after their Champions League hopes suffered a setback with a shock 2-0 loss at VfL Wolfsburg in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic is not a happy man. Find out why...
Nothing usually fazes an ice cool Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the Sweden striker was taken aback when he failed to score a penalty during Paris St Germain's 2-2 draw with Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
Champions League PIX: Wolfsburg shock Real; City draw against PSG
Wolfsburg shock Real Madrid 2-0 to crown big European night.
April 06, 2016
Sunderland manager seeks hand of God to upset Leicester
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will seek divine intervention ahead of Sunday's clash with Premier League leaders Leicester City after watching his relegation-threatened side fail to convert dominance into goals last weekend.
Reprieve for West Ham's Kouyate as FA rescind red card
West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is free to face Arsenal on Saturday after the Football Association rescinded the red card he received against CrystalPalace in last weekend's 2-2 Premier League draw.
Manchester City's Demichelis accepts FA betting charge
The 35-year-old was accused last month of committing 12 breaches of FA rules governing betting on football matches between Jan. 22-28.
Champions League: Atletico slam ref for not carding aggressive Suarez
'You realise the fear when Barcelona could get knocked out. It would hurt UEFA a lot. I don't know what they have to do for someone to send one of them off'
FIFA chief Infantino defends himself after name found in Panama Papers
'I am dismayed and will not accept that my integrity is being doubted by certain areas of the media, especially given that UEFA has already disclosed in detail all facts regarding these contracts'
Champions League PIX: Barca beat 10-man Atletico; Bayern edge Benfica
Barcelona's Luis Suarez netted twice for a 2-1 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday after the visitors' Fernando Torres opened the scoring and was later sent off.
April 05, 2016
'Futsal is a combination of speed and skills'
Portugal football legend Luis Figo launched Premier Futsal, a five-a-side game played on a shorter arena, in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Figo: Ronaldo can make a difference in France
In Mumbai to launch a business venture, Portuguese football legend Luis Figo, winner of the Ballon d'Or in 2000 and the FIFA World Player of 2001, discusses Barcelona, Real Madrid...
Pochettino hopes European exit helps Spurs hunt down Leicester
Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Manchester United on Sunday will show whether manager Mauricio Pochettino made the right call when he sacrificed progress in Europe to focus on clinching Spurs' first Premier League title in 55 years.
Real to carry 'Clasico' winning momentum, says coach Zidane
Real Madrid will carry their momentum from Saturday's 'Clasico' victory over rivals Barcelona into their Champions League quarter-final first leg at struggling VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday, coach Zinedine Zidane said.
Barca's Pique likens Guardiola to Ferguson
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has lavished praise on incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, comparing the Spaniard with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Video: Archis Patil, the freestyle footballer
Archis Patil was forced to abandon professional football after injuries, but his passion for the sport found other outlets, discovers Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com
Champions League: Why mega-rich PSG, Man City need to deliver NOW!
It is time to deliver for Paris St Germain and Manchester City as the two mega-rich teams prepare to lock horns in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Atletico's talisman Godin back to torment Barca's MSN attack
Atletico Madrid will have centre backs Diego Godin and Stefan Savic available again for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Barcelona.
Midfield advocate Conte could ring in positive change at ageing Chelsea
A fierce work ethic, an astute tactical brain and the ability to forge superb team spirit all combined to make Italian Antonio Conte an acclaimed winner in his own country which is why Chelsea have chosen him to revive their fortunes in England.
Manchester City's Toure headed to Inter?
Manchester City's midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure will leave the club at the end of the season having not been offered a new contract, his agent said on Monday.
Panama Papers: Family deny Messi involvement in tax evasion scheme
An earlier tax fraud case against Messi is to be heard in a Barcelona court between May 31 and June 3 after the World Player of the Year and his father Jorge were accused by the tax office in 2013 of defrauding the Spanish state of 4.2 million euros ($4.5 million) from 2007-09.
All you need to know about new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
Rediff.com presents a factbox Antonio Conte who will take over from Guus Hiddink after Euro 2016.
April 04, 2016
'Messi, Suarez and Neymar are not machines'
'They aren't machines, they are the best players in their position but they aren't unbeatable or unsurpassable.'
Conte handed job of making Chelsea champions again
Italian Antonio Conte was named as Chelsea's new head coach with a three-year contract, the outgoing Premier League champions announced on Monday.
Messi, Platini and disgraced FIFA officials named in Panama Papers
Disgraced FIFA officials, suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi were amongst the names found on Sunday in leaked documents which reveal offshore financial dealings.
EPL: United boost top-four hopes with 1-0 win over Everton
Manchester United maintained their push for a top-four Premier League finish when they beat Everton 1-0 with a second-half goal by French striker Anthony Martial at Old Trafford on Sunday.
How Tactically astute Zidane learnt from Benitez's mistakes
Coach Zinedine Zidane learned the lessons of predecessor Rafael Benitez's disastrous tactics in the last encounter and employed defensive midfielder Casemiro in favour of more attack-minded players, opting instead to sit and wait for Barcelona.
April 03, 2016
Serie A: Higuain sent off as Napoli lose at Udinese
Gonzalo Higuain scored his 30th league goal of the season but was later sent off and had to be restrained by his team mates as Napoli lost 3-1 at Udinese on Sunday, severely denting their Serie A title hopes.
Charlton honoured as Old Trafford stand is named after him
Bobby Charlton, still Manchester United's record goalscorer more than 40 years after retiring as a player, was given an emotional salute on the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday when the South Stand was named the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand in his honour.
EPL PHOTOS: Morgan's header puts Leicester seven clear at the top
Leicester beat Southampton to open seven-point gap at the top.
Former Italy coach Cesare Maldini dies
Former AC Milan defender and Italy coach Cesare Maldini has died, his long-time club said on Sunday. He was 84.
EPL PIX: Spurs draw at Liverpool leaves Pochettino frustrated
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino punched the Anfield turf in frustration at the final whistle after his side drew 1-1 with Liverpool in a Premier League match full of thrilling, attacking action on Saturday.
UK doc claims he prescribed dope to EPL footballers, England cricketer
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said it was "deeply concerned and shocked" by a Sunday Times report in which a British doctor alleged he had prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to 150 sportsmen including several Premier League footballers.
Serie A: Juventus beat Empoli to continue unbeaten streak
Mario Mandzukic scored a trademark first-half header as Juventus defeated Empoli 1-0 on Saturday to provisionally extend their lead at the top of Serie A to six points.
Clasico PHOTOS: Late Ronaldo goal ends Barca's 39-match win streak
Real Madrid's star striker Cristiano Ronaldo made up for his otherwise quiet night by scoring the winner to beat Barcelona 2-1 win at the CampNou in Barcelona on Saturday.
April 02, 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic stars as PSG thrash Nice
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged a hat trick as Paris St Germain geared up for their Champions League clash against Manchester City with a convincing 4-1 Ligue 1 home win over Nice on Saturday. Griezmann grabs double as Atletico rout Betis
Atletico Madrid got in the mood for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona by thrashing Real Betis 5-1 on Saturday, their biggest win of the season. Sublime Ribery volley keeps Bayern on title course
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery scored a sensational volley to lead the German champions to a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday that sent them eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with six matches left. Leicester's title surge built on simple foundations
Leicester rely on the old fashioned virtues of work rate, no-nonsense defending and speedy attacks.
April 01, 2016
Euro 2016: Rooney is 'doing great'; Schweinsteiger doubtful
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney "is doing great" in his recovery from a knee injury, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
I-League: Penalty miss denies Shivajians win against Salgaocar FC
Striker Aser Perrick Dipanda muffed up a second half penalty, forcing DSK Shivajians FC to share points with Salgaocar FC after a 1-1 draw in an I-League clash at Tilak Maidan, in Goa, on Friday.
Being Clasico underdogs no problem for Real, says Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is unconcerned by suggestions that his Real Madrid side go into Saturday's 'Clasico' against runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona as big underdogs.
Ferguson calls on United fans to rally behind Van Gaal
Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United supporters to get behind under-fire manager Louis van Gaal despite the side struggling to avoid a third hugely disappointing campaign since the all-conquering Scot retired.
Barca seek 'Clasico' win as fitting tribute to Cruyff
Memories and images of Johan Cruyff will provide an emotional backdrop to Saturday's Nou Camp 'Clasico' against Real Madrid when Barcelona pay tribute to the man who transformed the club from also-rans into one of the game's superpowers.
We mucked up our season, concedes Arsenal's Ozil
Arsenal have only themselves to blame after a run of two wins in nine games in all competitions has left them with only an outside chance of winning any silverware, midfielder Mesut Ozil was quoted as saying on Thursday.
March 31, 2016
It's difficult playing in a foreign country, says Bale
Gareth Bale learnt valuable lessons from his disappointing Real Madrid campaign last season, he said on Wednesday.
Valencia sack manager Neville, appoint Ayestaran
Gary Neville was sacked as Valencia manager on Wednesday as the club brought an end to his fraught four-month spell in charge after the former England and Manchester United defender had delivered only three league wins.
March 30, 2016
Messi generous donation makes Egypt angry
World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi found himself the unlikely figure of controversy in Egypt after a local politician and a soccer official reacted angrily when he donated a pair of his boots to raise money for charity.
'Supporters should show more respect to Cristiano'
Kaka wants Real fans to show more gratitude to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mexican players launch campaign against homophobia
Mexico's national team has launched a campaign to discourage fans from shouting homophobic slurs during football matches.
Infantino suggests 40-team World Cup in 2026
Broadening the World Cup finals to include 40 teams could come about in 2026, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said during a tour of South America on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Portugal beat Belgium in shadow of Brussels attacks; Eng lose
A round-up of all the international friendlies played on Tuesday
Garde leaves Aston Villa by 'mutual consent'
Remi Garde parted company with Aston Villa almost five months after taking over as manager on Tuesday having failed to turn around the Premier League club's dismal season.
Toure to leave Man City when Guardiola arrives?
Manchester City's Yaya Toure has reportedly been preparing to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer as the midfielder is yet to be told about his future under Pep Guardiola.
Why soccer legend Pele has sued Samsung...
Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has sued Samsung Electronics Co for at least $30 million, alleging the Korean company improperly used a look-alike in an advertisement that ran in the New York Times without permission.
Barca coach Luis Enrique hails Cruyff legacy at memorial
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique led tributes to the late Johan Cruyff in a memorial organised by the club on Tuesday and vowed to "continue copying and improving his style of attacking football".
PHOTOS: Messi scores 50th Argentina goal; Alves rescues Brazil
Photos from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers played on Tuesday
March 29, 2016
Guardiola legacy to carry on at Bayern, says Alonso
German champions Bayern Munich will continue to reap the benefits of manager Pep Guardiola's coaching even after the Spaniard leaves the club at the end of the season, midfielder Xabi Alonso has said.
FIFA scam: Ex-Honduran leader pleads guilty in US bribery case
Former Honduran President Rafael Callejas pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. charges that he participated in bribery schemes that are under investigation at soccer's world governing body FIFA.
Euro friendlies: Northern Ireland set unbeaten record; Wales lose
Northern Ireland set a record of 10 games unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Slovenia after a goal by Conor Washington in a friendly on Monday in the build-up to their first European Championship.
The key to Manchester United future...
'Manchester United must always continue their tradition of bringing through players from the youth academy.'
March 28, 2016
Casillas close to bowing out despite clean sheet
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas said he was keen to carry on racking up the international accolades after equalling the record for most caps by a European player but acknowledged he was closing in on retirement.
Manchester United-linked Ibrahimovic ready for Premier League move
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinted on Sunday at a move to the Premier League and promised big things to come in his career.
March 27, 2016
England come from two down to beat Germany in friendly
Substitute Jamie Vardy scored with a stunning flick, his first international goal, and Eric Dier headed a last-gasp winner as England hit back from two goals down to beat old rivals Germany 3-2 in a friendly on Saturday.
March 26, 2016
I-League: Aizawl humble Mohun Bagan
Defending I-League champion Mohun Bagan was defeated by Aizawl Football Club (AFC) 2-1 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, in Aizawl, on Saturday.
WC Qualifiers: Suarez scores on Uruguay return in 2-2 draw against Brazil
Luis Suarez ended his nine-match biting ban in fine style on Friday, grabbing the second-half equaliser that gave Uruguay a 2-2 draw in an enthralling battle with Brazil in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Friendly: Ronaldo misses penalty as Bulgaria shock Portugal
Brazilian-born Marcelinho scored on his Bulgaria debut while Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty for Portugal as the visitors pulled off a shock 1-0 friendly win over the Euro 2016 finalists on Friday.
The man who changed football
'Generations of football fans will eternally be grateful to Johan Cruyff and what he did for the beautiful game,' says Aabhas Sharma.
March 25, 2016
Argentina fight back for 2-1 win on Messi return
Lionel Messi's return sparked Argentina to a 2-1 win over Chile in Santiago on Thursday, breathing new life into their South American qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
Netherlands to hold Cruyff tribute during France friendly
The friendly between Netherlands and France on Friday will be halted for a minute's silence in the 14th minute in a tribute to Johan Cruyff.
How world reacted to Johan Cruyff, Total Footballer's death...
Reaction to the death of football great Johan Cruyff, who died in Barcelona on Thursday following a five-month battle with lung cancer.
World Cup qualifiers: Late goals rescue Ecuador; Colombia
A stoppage-time goal helped Ecuador rescue a 2-2 draw at home to Paraguay in World Cup qualifying on Thursday, preserving their record as South America's only unbeaten side and keeping them top of the 10-team standings in the race to Russia.
Euro 2016 warmup: Spain secures draw with Italy
Aritz Aduriz scored his first goal for Spain at the age of 35 to give the European champions a fortuitous 1-1 draw away to Italy in a Euro 2016 warm-up for both teams on Thursday.
FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Iran blank India
Indian football team's dismal run continued as they suffered a humiliating 0-4 loss to Iran in a Group D match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
March 24, 2016
The legend of 'Flying Dutchman' Johan Cruyff
The following is a factbox on former Dutch international who was popularly known as 'Flying Dutchman'.
Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff passes away
Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch soccer striker and coach, died aged 68, according to a message posted on his website. Football Friendlies: Goals by Perisic and Brozovic help Croatia sink Israel
Goals by Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic earned hosts Croatia a 2-0 friendly win over Israel in Osijek on Wednesday in a free-flowing match containing several missed chances.
March 23, 2016
Schweinsteiger out with partly torn knee ligaments
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss friendly matches against England and Italy after partly tearing ligaments in his right knee.
Juve's Khedira banned for two matches
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has been banned for two matches after being sent off in the derby against Torino for verbally abusing the referee.
Brussels attacks: Belgium-Portugal friendly to be played in Leiria
A friendly soccer international between Belgium and Portugal has been moved to Portugal from Brussels over security fears after Tuesday's Islamic State attacks in the Belgian capital.
Belgium call off second football training session
The Belgian national team will not train for a second day following the Brussels bomb attacks, calling off a scheduled session on Wednesday in the wake of the deaths of at least 30 people, the country's football association said.
Leicester to face Barca, PSG in Champions Cup
Leicester City will play Barcelona, Celtic and Paris St Germain in this year's International Champions Cup (ICC), the Premier League leaders said on Tuesday.
Soccer player banned for throat-slit gesture
Werder Bremen's on-loan Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji has received a three-match ban for making a throat-slitting gesture in Saturday's 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Mainz.
March 22, 2016
2006 FIFA World Cup: Formal proceedings against Beckenbauer, others
FIFA's ethics watchdog has started formal proceedings against six individuals, including soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer, over the awarding of hosting rights to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, global soccer's governing body said on Tuesday.
Now, Euro 2016 ticket sales under scrutiny
Germany's federal cartel office on Tuesday launched an investigation into the German football association's (DFB) sale of tickets for the national team's matches at Euro 2016.
Cech voted Czech player of the year for record eighth time
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was voted Czech Republic player of the year for 2015, the former Chelsea stopper picking up the award for a record eight time.
4 things Tottenham's boss must do to sharpen their title race
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is readying his squad for a final tilt at the Premier League title, aware that he can ask his players to remain focused on one game at a time when a bulk of them return from the international break.
Carrick hopes Hodgson keeps England door open for Euros
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick remains positive over his chances of being named in the England squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France, admitting he has discussed the matter with national coach Roy Hodgson.
Lights go out on Brazil ahead of friendly match
Brazil's Olympic soccer team trained in the headlights of a lorry on Monday after the floodlights failed at their training ground, local news media reported.
March 21, 2016
Qatar considering tented desert camps for World Cup fans
Organisers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup are considering a proposal to house football fans in Bedouin-style desert camps amid growing concerns about a potential shortage of accommodation during the tournament. Chhetri ruled out of India's World Cup qualifier vs Iran
Influential skipper Sunil Chhetri has been ruled out of India's World Cup qualifier against Iran owing to a groin injury, dealing a body blow to the beleaguered outfit's prospects of putting up a fight.
Rashford's heroics illuminating Manchester United dressing room
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's unusually upbeat tones after the latest match-winning heroics of 18-year-old Marcus Rashford in the Premier League derby suggested that the Dutchman had discovered his own young mood-changer.
Eredivisie: Ajax win at champions PSV to take over top spot
Ajax Amsterdam scored after 72 seconds and added a second goal near the end to inflict a 2-0 home defeat on champions PSV Eindhoven and take over the lead of the Dutch league.
Zidane optimistic about Nou Camp visit after Sevilla rout
Real Madrid warmed up for their crunch meeting against Barcelona by thrashing Sevilla 4-0 and coach Zinedine Zidane believes his team "can do great things" if they match the performance they produced against Unai Emery's side.
La Liga: Barcelona squander two goal lead at Villarreal
Barcelona squandered the chance to go 11 points clear in La Liga on Sunday after blowing a two-goal lead in the space of six minutes in a 2-2 draw at Villarreal overshadowed by a controversial penalty.
March 20, 2016
Istanbul cancels soccer derby on security fears
A soccer derby between Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Galatasaray in Istanbul was cancelled and the stadium evacuated hours before the match was due to start on Sunday evening after the local governor's office said "serious intelligence was obtained".
Buffon sets Serie A record for longest run without conceding
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set a Serie A record by completing 930 minutes without conceding a goal during his side's match against Torino on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: More heroics from United's Rashford in Manchester derby win
Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford wrote another chapter in his fairytale introduction to top-flight football, scoring a brilliant goal to secure a 1-0 win in his first derby match against Manchester City on Sunday.
Did Mourinho sign Manchester United pre-contract in February?
Jose Mourinho signed a pre-contract in February to take over as manager of Manchester United in place of Louis van Gaal at the end of the season, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the Portuguese.
La Liga: Atletico's loss steers Barcelona closer to title
Barcelona moved ever closer towards a successful defence of their La Liga title after nearest challengers Atletico Madrid suffered a shock late collapse at struggling Sporting Gijon to lose 2-1 on Saturday.
March 19, 2016
Bundesliga: Bayern edge closer to title with Cologne win
Bundesliga leading scorer Robert Lewandowski grabbed an early goal to give leaders Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory at Cologne that sent them eight points clear at the top of the table with seven matches left in the season.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester surge on towards title; Chelsea halt West Ham
First-half goals by Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi earned Arsenal a first win in four league games to revive their Premier League title hopes in the early kickoff at Goodison Park on Saturday.
FIFA announces new sponsorship deal, says more on the way
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a wind of change was blowing through football's scandal-plagued world governing body after announcing a sponsorship deal with China's Wanda Group on Friday.
Bundesliga: Lucky Schalke snatch 2-1 win over Gladbach
Schalke 04 needed Leon Goretzka's late deflected winner and an own goal to snatch a 2-1 win against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday and leapfrog them into fourth place in the Bundesliga in the battle for a Champions League spot.
March 18, 2016
Dortmund v Liverpool draw is nightmare for Klopp
Juergen Klopp's Europa League nightmare came true on Friday when his Liverpool side was drawn to meet former club Borussia Dortmund in next month's quarter-finals.
Champions League: Barca to face Atletico; PSG meet Man City
Holders Barcelona will face fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, runners-up two seasons ago, in the Champions League quarter-finals following the draw in Nyon on Friday.
UEFA charge Man Utd, Liverpool over crowd trouble
European soccer body UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United and Liverpool on Friday after fans clashed and threw objects during a Europa League tie at Old Trafford.
Euro 2016: Rooney not a guaranteed England starter
Wayne Rooney will make Euros but may not start, says Roy Hodgson.
Ranieri rules out Italy job, hopes to retire at Leicester
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri ruled himself out of the running for the job of Italy head coach on Thursday and said he hoped to stay at the Premier League leaders for years to come.
Liverpool oust Manchester United from Europa League
An impudent individual goal from Philippe Coutinho steered Liverpool comfortably into the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday after a 1-1 draw at bitter rivals Manchester United completed a 3-1 aggregate win.
March 17, 2016
The pressure of being Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola this week offered a rare insight into the pressure he feels to deliver Bayern Munich a Champions League trophy.
EPL: Aguero urges City to seal top-four spot in Sunday's derby clash
Striker Sergio Aguero has admitted the Premier League title is slipping out of ManchesterCity's reach and urged his teammates to keep rivals Manchester United at bay in the race for Champions League qualification ahead of Sunday's derby.
What not to miss in EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Champions League PHOTOS: Bayern script late comeback to knock out Juve
Photos from the match between Bayern Munich and Juventus played on Wednesday
Champions League PIX: Barca's MSN down Arsenal to enter quarters
Photos from the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, 2nd leg match played between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou on Wednesday
March 16, 2016
City expect injured Kompany to be out for a month
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is likely to be sidelined for about a month after suffering a recurrence of a calf problem on Tuesday as his side qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals.
The tie is not sealed and Arsenal are a dangerous team: Barca manager
Barcelona will not be complacent in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Arsenal despite leading 2-0 from the first game in London.
PHOTOS: Manchester City script Champions League history
Celebration was tinged with disappointment for Manchester City who eased into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time on Tuesday but lost Vincent Kompany to injury in a 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev.
Champions League PIX: Atletico win thrilling shootout to reach quarters
Atletico Madrid celebrated like they had won the trophy after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals by edging past PSV Eindhoven 8-7 on penalties on Tuesday following 210 goalless minutes in their last-16 tie.
March 15, 2016
Spurs sharp-shooter Kane revelling in goal rush
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is loving his duel with Leicester City forward and England team mate Jamie Vardy for the Premier League golden boot this season.
Will Rooney be back for Everton date?
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has said he expects to make his first-team return from a knee ligament injury next month.
Manchester City's Sterling raises Champions League expectations
ManchesterCity winger Raheem Sterling has said a first Champions League quarter-final will not be enough and the English side should be aiming to lift the trophy with the talent in their squad.
Chelsea's Costa charged by FA for improper conduct
Chelsea forward Diego Costa has been charged for improper conduct following his red card in their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
High-flying Leicester's next dream...qualifying for Europa
Claudio Ranieri's Tinkerman days may be over after he again named an unchanged team but his cautious talk remained, refusing to contemplate the title after Leicester City beat Newcastle United on Monday.
Champions League: Bayern emerge from mini-crisis ahead of Juventus test
Bayern Munich are confident they have overcome a mini-slump just in time for their Champions League round of 16 second leg against Juventus on Wednesday as they chase a treble of titles this season.
Is the EPL now a two-horse race for the title?
Leicester City's win over Newcastle on Monday not only sent them five points clear of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League, it effectively ended the challenge of Manchester City and Arsenal.
March 14, 2016
FA Cup quarter-final: Van Gaal accuses West Ham's Payet of diving
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has defended Dimitri Payet after the influential midfielder was accused of diving by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal during Sunday's 1-1 FA Cup draw.
How Harry Kane got Tottenham's title challenge back on track
Harry Kane was hailed as 'unbelievable' after the England striker's 21st and 22nd goals of the season inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a routine win at hapless Aston Villa on Sunday that boosted their Premier League title ambitions.
Ibrahimovic dominates European football weekend
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagging four goals, while Juventus and Bayern Munich preserved their leads and FA Cup holders Arsenal were dumped out of the competition.
Zlatan promises to stay at PSG if they replace Eiffel Tower with his statue
'If they put a statue of me in place of the Eiffel Tour, of course I'll stay.'
La Liga: Casemiro scores dramatic late goal for Real to snatch win
Casemiro headed an 89th minute winner to earn Real Madrid a barely deserved 2-1 victory at Las Palmas in La Liga on Sunday as they closed the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid to four points.
PSG demolish Troyes to clinch fourth straight Ligue 1 title
Four goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic spurred Paris St Germain to their fourth successive Ligue 1 title with a 9-0 rout of Troyes, becoming the first team to win the championship after 30 matches.
FA Cup: Watford dump holders Arsenal out, United set for replay
Arsenal's bid to win the FA Cup for a third successive year ended on Sunday when they lost 2-1 at home to Watford in a pulsating quarter-final tie.
March 13, 2016
Santosh Trophy: Services beat Maharashtra 2-1 to retain title
Riding on Arjun Tudu's double strike Services retained the Santosh Trophy National Football Championships title after beating hosts Maharashtra 2-1 in the summit clash in Nagpur.
Zidane unsure of long-term future at Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane cast doubt on his long-term future at Real Madrid by saying he is unsure if he will be in charge of the club next season.
Bayern crush Werder with Mueller, Thiago doubles
Thomas Mueller and Thiago Alcantara struck twice as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich thumped Werder Bremen 5-0 on Saturday to open an eight-point gap at the top with their first win in three games.
I-League: Salgaocar beat Shillong Lajong 1-0
Salgaocar held on to their first half strike by Gilbert Olivera to beat Shillong Lajong 1-0 and came out of the relegation in the Hero I-League in Vasco on Saturday.
Barca thrash Getafe to record 12th straight La Liga win
Barcelona equalled a club record of 12 consecutive league wins as Neymar and Lionel Messi were among the scorers in a 6-0 thrashing of struggling Getafe 6-0 at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
March 12, 2016
EPL PHOTOS: Man City suffer blow to title hopes with Norwich stalemate
ManchesterCity's hopes of regaining the Premier League title suffered a potentially grievous blow on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by struggling NorwichCity at Carrow Road.
March 11, 2016
Newcastle United put faith in Rafa Benitez to save them
Newcastle United put their faith in Rafa Benitez on Friday, hoping the Spaniard will keep them in the Premier League after they won only six of 28 league games under the sacked Steve McClaren.
Newcastle call time on McClaren's unhappy reign
Newcastle United finally put manager Steve McClaren out of his misery when they sacked him on Friday after a period of intense speculation surrounding his future.
Own goals give Services, Maharashtra berths in Santosh Trophy final
Four-time champions Services stunned formidable Goa 1-0 in the first semi-final, while Maharashtra beat Tamil Nadu by a similar margin in the second at the SEC Railways stadium. Interestingly, both the matches were decided by own goals.
Court upholds easing of restrictions on Benzema
A court on Friday confirmed an easing of restrictions on the movements of Karim Benzema, the French striker at the centre of a sex tape blackmail investigation.
EPL player of the month award goes to...
Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino has been named Premier League manager of the month for February, while Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster picked up the players' award.
City's Aguero to join Independiente after World Cup
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero said on Thursday that he will leave ManchesterCity to return home to his first club Independiente after his contract expires following the 2018 World Cup.
Pele to auction memorabilia and 'share story with generations to come'
Triple World Cup soccer winner Pele is putting some 2,000 items up for auction, including his three World Cup medals and a one of a kind Jules Rimet trophy that could fetch up to one million dollars, auctioneers said on Thursday.
Scholes, Ferdinand slam Van Gaal after United's 'disastrous' night
'It was shambolic ... so bad'
Respectful of Liverpool fans, Klopp says it's payback time
'It was a great atmosphere, I am so pleased for all of the people who have had harder times with us this season'
Europa League: Lethal Liverpool sink United; Reus lifts Dortmund
Liverpool handed their fiercest rivals a painful lesson on Thursday with a dominant 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of a Europa League last-16 clash.
March 10, 2016
Napoli coach happy for Higuain to stay grumpy
Gonzalo Higuain has led Napoli's challenge for their first Serie A title since 1990 with a remarkable 26 goals in 28 league games, yet the fiery Argentine does not seem to have enjoyed a single moment of it.
Livepool players ready to give it all for 'jhappi' happy Klopp
'He went for a big hug and I just fell into his arms, looking exhausted'
Forget Leicester, Aberdeen are Britain's shock title challengers
A huge shock is on the cards in British football as a rank outsider is threatening to gatecrash the millionaire favourites. But it is Scottish hopefuls Aberdeen and not English league leaders Leicester who have bridged the biggest financial gulf.
Ibrahimovic silences his critics with a goal and funny quotes
Brilliant Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Chelsea feeling blue.
Champions League: Makeshift Benfica shock Zenit to reach quarters
Benfica, helped by an excellent Champions League debut from goalkeeper Ederson, clung on desperately then scored two late goals to beat Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 and reach the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: How Chelsea were dumped out of Champions League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner as Paris St Germain beat Chelsea 2-1 to knock them out of the Champions League for the second successive season at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
March 09, 2016
Santosh Trophy: Tamil Nadu to face Maharashtra in semis
Tamil Nadu thrashed Punjab 5-0 and qualified for the semi-finals of the 70th Santosh Trophy Senior National Football Championship in Nagpur on Wednesday.
AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan thrash South China; Bengaluru FC lose
Mohun Bagan notched up their second consecutive victory with a 4-0 thrashing of a 10-man South China of Hong Kong in an away match of the AFC Cup football tournament in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Liverpool seek Europa win over Manchester United
Liverpool full back Nathaniel Clyne is eager to end Manchester United's Europa League campaign after losing both Premier League matches against their arch rivals for a second successive season.
Olympics priority for Neymar says Brazil coach Dunga
Brazil coach Dunga said Tuesday he would pick star striker Neymar for the Olympics rather than the Copa America Centenario if he is only cleared to play in one tournament this summer.
FA CUP: Arsenal show they are alive as Giroud, Walcott shine
Holders Arsenal kept up their bid for a hat-trick of FA Cup trophies, marching into the quarter-finals as Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott netted twice in a 4-0 replay win at second-tier Hull City on Tuesday.
Real Madrid fans BOO Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was booed by Real Madrid fans despite grabbing one goal and laying on another in their 2-0 Champions League last-16 second leg win over AS Roma on Tuesday.
Champions League PIX: Ronaldo leads Real into last eight
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was the scourge of AS Roma again as he inspired the hosts to a 2-0 win and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, scoring and setting up a goal Rodriguez to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory.
March 08, 2016
Ronaldo fan KILLS Messi supporter; sent to four-day police custody
An argument over whether Barcelona's Lionel Messi or Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's best footballer led to a Nigerian man being charged with the murder of his friend.
'Women can help solve FIFA's problems'
Recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told on Monday that 'women are part of the solution' to the problems that have plagued football's scandal-plagued world governing body.
March 07, 2016
Goa, TN in Santosh Trophy semis after solitary goal wins
Goa finished the league stage with 10 points after three victories (Assam 1-0, West Bengal 3-1 and Punjab 1-0) a goalless draw with Tamil Nadu.
Hiddink urges Chelsea to be tough underdogs against PSG
Chelsea must channel their anger properly and focus of being 'tough underdogs' when they host French champions Paris St Germain in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday, manager Guus Hiddink has said.
Here's why Leicester players are not nervous
Manager Claudio Ranieri is confident that nerves will not derail Leicester City's season, after watching his team defeat Watford 1-0 to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Van Gaal blasts Mata for rash red card
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has slammed Juan Mata for receiving a red card, saying that the midfielder had 'damaged' the club's chances of victory.
Messi, Ronaldo dominate European football weekend
European heavyweights Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris St Germain all maintained their leads and Benfica toppled Sporting Lisbon.
Serie A: Juventus restore lead with Atalanta win
Goals by Andrea Barzagli and Mario Lemina propelled Juventus to a 2-0 win at Atalanta Bergamo on Sunday and allowed them to restore their three-point advantage at the top of Serie A.
March 06, 2016
Messi double keeps Barcelona's record rolling
A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona tightened their grip on the La Liga title race with a comprehensive 4-0 win at Eibar on Sunday to open up an 11-point lead at the top. Beckenbauer unaware of money to Qatari firm
Former organising chief Franz Beckenbauer denied any wrongdoing on Saturday in an affair involving the 2006 World Cup in Germany and said he knew nothing of a multi-million payment to a disgraced former FIFA official in Qatar.
Infantino starts to change FIFA's image
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino sent a clear message that his leadership style would be very different from his predecessor Sepp Blatter when he flew to his first official overseas appointment by budget airline on Friday.
Serie A: Chiriches goes from villain to hero in Napoli win
Stand-in defender Vlad Chiriches atoned for an early blunder by scoring his first Serie A goal to help Napoli come from behind and beat Chievo 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday, putting them level at the top with Juventus.
PSG second-string stutter to Montpellier stalemate
Paris St Germain fielded a second-string side and were held 0-0 at home by Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Saturday as they restored a 23-point advantage at the top of the table.
German Bundesliga PHOTOS: Bayern stay well clear after holding Dortmund
Bayern Munich kept their five-point lead at the top of the table on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at second-placed Borussia Dortmund to stay on track for a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.
EPL PHOTOS: Mahrez sends Leicester clear, Spurs held by Arsenal
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday
Ronaldo second highest scorer in La Liga as Madrid crush Celta 7-1
Cristiano Ronaldo, fired up by rival Lionel Messi's midweek hat-trick for Barcelona, struck four goals in 26 second-half minutes as Real Madrid crushed Celta Vigo 7-1 at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
March 05, 2016
5 players to watch in MLS this season
Five players to watch during the 2016 Major League Soccer season, which opens on Sunday.
Ouch! It stings! Wenger rebukes Henry
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back over former striker Thierry Henry's comments that he had never seen the club's supporters as angry as they were during the club's defeat to Swansea City.
After biting ban...Suarez returns to Uruguay
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is set to play his first competitive international later this month since being banned for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup after he was called up on Friday for qualifiers against Brazil and Peru.
2026 World Cup bid must be 'bullet-proof', says new FIFA boss
FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process 'absolutely bullet-proof' because the entire organisation's credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.
March 04, 2016
You wanted suspense, now you've got it: Guardiola
German fans have finally got their wish for a more exciting Bundesliga season and the title race will really hot up when leaders Bayern Munich lock horns with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
'Champions League needs Man United more than Leicester'
Top European soccer clubs have discussed changing the Champions League to ensure the elite are always in it and the likes of Leicester City are not, according to a US sports executive involved in the talks.
Cech's injury dents Arsenal's title hopes
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be out for three to four weeks with the calf injury he picked up in Wednesday's Premier League defeat by Swansea City, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
Will treble-chasing Barca do an encore this season?
After setting a Spanish record 35 matches unbeaten in all competitions, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is relishing the run-in to the end of the season with his side on course for a second successive La Liga, King's Cup and Champions League treble.
EPL: Kompany says can't make more mistakes in this unpredictable season
ManchesterCity cannot afford to make any more mistakes if they hope to launch a serious bid for the Premier League title this campaign, captain Vincent Kompany has said.
Will United youngster Rashford get call-up for Euros?
'My hope for Rashford, and it is a vain hope, is that he will be allowed to develop in peace and it won't suddenly be a question of, 'You have scored two goals for Man United and you're going to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo' or every time he has two or three bad games he is a flash in the pan'
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca crack 35-match win record after Messi treble
Beat Real Madrid's unbeaten run in the 1988-89 season, and thump Rayo Vallecano 5-1
March 03, 2016
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.
Can Chelsea break into the EPL's top four?
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic hopes a late season flourish can make amends for the champions' dreadful start to the current campaign and put them in contention to break into the Premier League's top four for Champions League spots.
England footballer Johnson facing jail after child sex conviction
English soccer player Adam Johnson, who was sacked by Premier League club Sunderland last month, was facing jail after being found guilty on Wednesday of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
Coppa Italia: Juve trump Inter on penalties, to face AC Milan in final
Juventus held off a remarkable Inter Milan comeback by winning their Italian Cup tie 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday after a 3-3 draw on aggregate to set up a final against AC Milan.
Why there is a dent in Manchester City's title hope...
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes tiredness was behind their 3-0 defeat by Liverpool on Wednesday after a third successive Premier League loss put a hefty dent in their faltering title hopes.
La Liga: Ronaldo scores as Real win at Levante
Cristiano Ronaldo netted a first-half penalty as injury-depleted Real Madrid recovered from their derby defeat by Atletico Madrid at the weekend with a 3-1 win at Levante on Wednesday.
Bundesliga: Bayern suffer shock loss at home to Mainz
Bayern Munich slumped to their first defeat for three months when the Bundesliga leaders suffered a shock 2-1 reverse at home to Mainz 05 on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester hopes high after Reds crush City; Spurs also lose
Photos from the English Premier League matches played across England on Wednesday
March 02, 2016
Platini takes FIFA ban appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport
Banned UEFA president Michel Platini has taken his appeal against a ban from soccer by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Swiss-based sports tribunal said.
Arsenal midfielder Cazorla suffers injury setback
Injured Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has suffered an Achilles problem in training which will delay his return to first-team action, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
Milan ruin Alessandria's dream run to romp into Italian Cup final
AC Milan ruthlessly extinguished any remote prospect of a footballing fairytale as they hammered third-tier Alessandria 5-0 in the second leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Leaders Leicester drop points even after 22 shots on goal!
Photos and summary of the English Premier League matches played on Tuesday, including the story of Chelsea's resurgent win
La Liga: Atletico hot on Barca's heels after crushing win over Sociedad
Atletico Madrid cruised to a 3-0 home win over Real Sociedad on Tuesday to close the gap behind La Liga leaders Barcelona to five points.
20 years playing for India and yet no Arjuna Award!
'I regret not having played an individual sport. When it came to rewarding an athlete, it was always one in an individual sport who was favoured.'
March 01, 2016
Infantino wants more player involvement in FIFA decisions
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants players to become more involved in the running of the sport and has recommended a cautious approach to the use of technology. Salgaocar win puts East Bengal's title hunt in jeopardy
Salgaocar FC picked up their first home win of the season today as they breezed past East Bengal by a margin of 3-1 at the Tilak Maidan.
After rant, Ronaldo apologises to Real Madrid teammates
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his apology to teammates for his controversial remark that the club would be at the top of La Liga if every player was on his level.
Are they EPL title favourites?
Tottenham Hotspur are favourites to win the Premier League this season according to table-topping Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, because their title charge has virtually gone under the radar.
It's 'squeaky-bum time' in the EPL
Alex Ferguson famously described the Premier League title run-in as 'squeaky-bum time' and leaders Leicester City and second-placed Tottenham Hotspur look best-placed to handle the pressure.
Alonso is hero and villain as Fiorentina hold Napoli
Marcos Alonso scored for Fiorentina and then almost immediately gifted Gonzalo Higuain the equaliser for Napoli in a pulsating, end-to-end 1-1 Serie A draw on Monday.
Is India-born Gulati in line for BIG FIFA post?
The victory celebration over, new FIFA president Gianni Infantino's first major decision in charge of the troubled world football organisation will be to appoint a secretary general, effectively a chief executive, to run day-to-day operations.
Why Chelsea boss is urging doctors to challenge FA...
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has urged doctors at the Football Association (FA) and Premier League clubs to stand up against English football's gruelling fixture list.
Rashford determined to build on 'crazy' start at Manchester United
Fledgling forward Marcus Rashford is keen to build on his 'crazy' start in Manchester United's first team after impressing with two more goals in Sunday's 3-2 win over title-chasing Arsenal.
February 29, 2016
New FIFA head Infantino still says has not been told salary
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on his first full working day he still did not know what he would be paid as head of soccer's global governing body. Italian footballer Insigne robbed at gunpoint
Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne was held up at gunpoint and robbed as he was driving through crime-plagued Naples over the weekend, his agent said on Monday. Managers are hired to take risks, says Ranieri as Foxes chase title
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said it was his job to take risks and chase victories if they are to land the unlikeliest of Premier League titles.
Bundesliga: Dortmund strike late to beat ten-man Hoffenheim
Borussia Dortmund scored three times in the last 10 minutes to rally from a goal down and beat 10-man Hoffenheim 3-1 on Sunday, allowing them to maintain their lone pursuit of runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Meet the Wembley hero who SAVED the day for Manchester City
Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero's penalty shootout heroics sealed a League Cup final win against Liverpool.
Serie A: Juventus blank Inter Milan; go four points clear
Leonardo Bonucci and Alvaro Morata were on target as Juventus defeated Inter Milan 2-0 in the 'derby of Italy' to open a four-point lead at the top of Serie A on Sunday.
PSG's 36-game unbeaten streak broken at Lyon
Paris St Germain's league record 36-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt when they lost 2-1 at Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.
Barca launch fight back to down Sevilla; equal La Liga win record
Defender Gerard Pique grabbed a rare winner and Lionel Messi scored yet another beauty as Barcelona came from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Sunday and reclaim an eight-point lead at the top of La Liga.
What the critics are saying about Wenger's Arsenal...
Arsene Wenger remained defiant on Sunday after Arsenal's 3-2 capitulation at Manchester United prompted much criticism, with one distinguished former international suggesting their performance bordered on 'a joke'.
Manchester City beat Liverpool to win League Cup
ManchesterCity beat Liverpool 3-1 on penalties to win the League Cup after Sunday's final finished 1-1 after extra time.
February 28, 2016
PHOTOS: Van Gaal delights fans and it's HILARIOUS
Van Gaal has been criticised for showing a lack of passion on the touchline but the Dutchman showed plenty.
EPL PHOTOS: Teenager Rashford inspires United; Tottenham close gap at top
Teenager Marcus Rashford followed up two goals on his Manchester United debut in midweek with another double plus an assist as Louis van Gaal's team dented Arsenal's Premier League title hopes with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
I-League: Bengaluru FC beat Aizawl; grab 2nd spot
Striker C K Vineeth struck a second-half goal as Bengaluru Football Club beat new entrant Aizawl FC by a solitary goal in an I-League match in Bengaluru, on Sunday.
Check out new FIFA boss's first official act
Gianni Infantino opened FIFA's new museum in his first official act as president of football's governing body on Sunday.
Ronaldo backs Zidane after first defeat as Real coach
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Zinedine Zidane a ringing endorsement as Real Madrid coach after their 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in the city derby at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
La Liga: Is the league over for Real Madrid?
Atletico Madrid extended their dominance over neighbours Real with a 1-0 derby win on Saturday that leaves the Bernabeu team virtually out of the Liga title race.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea sinks Southampton; Leicester's dream stays alive
Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic struck late goals to earn improving champions Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
February 27, 2016
I-League: Cornell Glen brace sinks Salgaocar
Cornell Glen struck twice as defending champions Mohun Bagan continued their winning run by notching up a convincing 3-1 win over Salgaocar FC to remain at the top of the table after the 9th round of the Hero I-League played at Tilak Stadium, in Vasco, on Saturday.
Why the Arabs are bitter after FIFA presidency elections
The Arab region squandered the chance to help elect their first FIFA president because their two candidates failed to cooperate, leaving the door open for Swiss Gianni Infantino to triumph on Friday, Arab soccer chiefs and pundits said.
What Asia needs to do after Infantino's win
Asian football said it was looking forward to working with new FIFA President Gianni Infantino, despite the region's two candidates losing out to the Swiss in Friday's election, and called for unity to help push the reform process forward.
Will AIFF be able to establish fruitful relations with new FIFA boss?
All India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel is hopeful of establishing fruitful relations with new FIFA president Gianni Infantino and work towards the development of the game in the country.
Key developments at Friday's FIFA congress
Key developments and reaction when world football's governing body FIFA elected Gianni Infantino as new president and voted in a series of reforms at its congress on Friday
Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin end winless streak, record first win of 2016
Hertha Berlin snatched their first Bundesliga victory of 2016 on Friday, edging past Cologne 1-0 thanks to a Vedad Ibisevic goal as the visitors tightened their grip on third place.
Venezuelan soccer official Esquivel agrees to US extradition
Venezuelan soccer official Rafael Esquivel has agreed to be extradited from Switzerland to face charges in the United States in an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption in the sport, the Swiss government said on Friday.
Maradona suggests life imprisonment for Blatter, Platini
He also branded new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino, the former UEFA general secretary, a "traitor" for not standing by UEFA president Platini
Quote-unquote: Infantino promises 'to bring FIFA back to football'
Selected quotes from Swiss Gianni Infantino's first news conference after the former UEFA general secretary was elected president of scandal-hit world soccer's governing body FIFA on Friday:
February 26, 2016
Gianni Infantino replaces Sepp Blatter as FIFA president
Six months ago Gianni Infantino was a low-profile right-hand man to European soccer boss Michel Platini. He was the striking, shaven-headed character who pulled balls out of glass pots during televised UEFA competition draws. Fifa election: Reforms passed to prevent corruption
FIFA approved major reforms at a congress on Friday, part of world football's effort to end the culture of corruption that has plagued its governing body for years. FIFA elects Swiss Infantino to lead it out of era of scandal
Running highlights from FIFA's congress. World soccer's governing body has voted on a series of reforms and will elect a new president later on Friday (all times GMT): Tokyo Sexwale pulls out before first round of FIFA presidential vote
Tokyo Sexwale withdrew from the FIFA presidential race minutes before the vote on Friday, announcing his decision at the very end of his candidate's speech.
It's Manchester Utd vs Liverpool in Europa League last 16
Manchester United and Liverpool, English football's two most decorated clubs, were drawn together in the last 16 of the Europa League on Friday.
How the FIFA election works
Factbox explaining how the voting system will work at the FIFA presidential election on Friday.
Why Arsenal is vary of resurgent Man United...
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is expecting an underperforming Manchester United to rise to the occasion when the sides meet at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.
Amid Zika concerns US football's Solo may skip Rio Olympics
Renowned US football player Hope Solo said Thursday she was unlikely to join her teammates for the Rio Olympic Games without more information about Zika as she hoped to have children and was concerned about the virus' health effects.
Blatter disappointed soccer ban upheld by FIFA appeal body
Longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter is disappointed the global soccer body's appeal committee upheld his ban from the sport, he told a Swiss newspaper in an interview published on Friday.
All you need to know about FIFA elections
Crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA faces one of the most important days in its 112-year history when it elects a new leader on Friday hoping to usher in a fresh era after decades of tawdry controversy.
Watch out for this unknown teenager who rescued Man United
Manchester United's teenage striker Marcus Rashford was a late inclusion against Midtjylland in Thursday's Europa League clash after a team mate was injured in the warm-up and delivered two goals in a 5-1 win for a dream debut.
Europa League PIX: United flirts with calamity before remarkable win
Manchester United flirted with calamity before coasting into the Europa League last 16 as debutant Marcus Rashford helped them overcome an early blow with two goals in a 5-1 home victory over Midtjylland on Thursday.
Why Australia will vote for Prince Ali in FIFA election
Prince Ali is one of five candidates standing to replace Sepp Blatter to try to lead FIFA out of its crisis.
FIFA's Rogues' Gallery: Banned, fined or suspended!
Following is a list of high-ranking officials to have been implicated or punished in the bribery and corruption crisis that has engulfed FIFA.
February 25, 2016
FIFA polls to go ahead but Blatter told to stay away
World soccer's governing body FIFA will proceed with an election to pick a new president on Friday to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter and vote on a set of reforms aimed at restoring its credibility after the worst graft scandal in its history.
Former Arsenal and FC Goa footballer Pires hangs his boots
Former Arsenal and France midfielder Robert Pires, a member of France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 42.
Messi makes five-year old Afghan boy's day
Now, through the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Messi has kept his promise and gifted his five-year-old fan, Murtaza Ahmadi, two autographed jerseys and a signed football, CNN reported.
PHOTOS: Ten-man PSV hold on to frustrate Atletico Madrid
PSV Eindhoven played for more than 20 minutes with 10 men but held on for a goalless draw at home to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Manchester City close in on last eight
Manchester City moved within touching distance of a first appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals after a dynamic first-half display at Dynamo Kiev helped them secure a 3-1 last-16 first-leg win
Europa League: 'Manchester United must learn to ignore critics'
Manchester United must learn to ignore their critics as their performances may have been affected by the intense scrutiny the team have been under throughout the campaign, manager Louis van Gaal said on Wednesday.
Champions League: City record big win in Kiev; Atletico-Eindhoven in goalless draw
Manchester City beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 during their UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match in Kiev on Wednesday.
Blatter, Platini bans upheld but shortened by FIFA appeal panel
FIFA's appeal committee has upheld bans on longtime President Sepp Blatter and European football head Michel Platini for ethics violations but reduced them to six years from eight, it said on Wednesday.
Prince Ali loses appeal to suspended FIFA elections
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan's request for Friday's election to be postponed because of an issue with the voting booths has been rejected by sport's highest tribunal.
February 24, 2016
AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan drub Maldivian club Maziya Sports 5-2
Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan kicked off their AFC Cup football campaign with a commanding 5-2 victory over Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of the Maldives in Guwahati on Wednesday.
'It is not only the coach who is disappointed...but all of us'
Bayern Munich were left to rue a number of missed chances in their Champions League last 16 first leg against Juventus on Tuesday after the Germans squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 despite dominating for much of the game.
PHOTOS: Masterful Messi's late double sinks Arsenal
Barcelona's Lionel Messi broke free from Arsenal's shackles to score two late goals and put the Champions League holders on the brink of the quarter-finals with a clinical 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Sturaro seals Juve comeback in draw with Bayern
Juventus staged a superb revival to battle back from two goals down and rescue their Champions League hopes with a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich in their last 16 first leg on Tuesday.
Champions League: Messi scores as Barca down Arsenal; Juve hold Bayern
Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half to help Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Arsenal in their UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match at the Emirates Stadium in London on Tuesday.
February 23, 2016
What's the Mata? 'FA Cup goal was 200 percent offside'
Referee Robert Madley was "200 percent wrong" to allow Juan Mata's goal to stand during Manchester United's 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over League One Shrewsbury Town, according to former FIFA official Mark Halsey.
'Give Van Gaal time, it is not easy being manager of United'
Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has urged Louis van Gaal's critics to be patient by giving the Dutch coach time to spark a turnaround in his old club's fortunes.
PHOTO: 'Thierry Henry & The Magical Trio'
Thierry Henry's loyalties may be torn when two of his former sides, Arsenal and Barcelona, meet in the Champions League last-16, first leg on Tuesday.
Mikel wants Hiddink to extend Chelsea stay beyond season-end
Midfielder John Obi Mikel wants interim manager Guus Hiddink to extend his stay at Chelsea beyond the current season, despite the Dutchman confirming his intention to leave the club in May.
'In 2016, every footballer wants to come to China...'
China can challenge for World Cup glory by 2026 , says Eriksson.
FIFA elections: Who is saying what...
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has protested to football's world governing body about the number of observers allowed into the hall for Friday's election, saying he believed they were working for his rivals.
Champions League: 'Home comforts' for PSV against Atletico?
PSV Eindhoven will miss striker Luuk de Jong when they entertain Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.
Don't judge me on Champions League alone, says Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is determined to win the Champions League for a third time but will not be judged a failure even if he leaves at the end of the season without lifting Europe's biggest prize again.
FA Cup: Relief for Van Gaal as United march into last eight
Manchester United provided some blessed relief to under-fire manager Louis van Gaal by powering into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 romp at League One (third-tier) Shrewsbury Town.
Barcelona worried about Premier League's financial clout
Barcelona are concerned about the financial clout of the Premier League when the new English television deal kicks in for top-flight clubs next season, said president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Serie A: Sarri sent off as Napoli held at home by Milan
Coach Maurizio Sarri was sent off as Napoli wasted a chance to return to the top of Serie A when they were held 1-1 at home by AC Milan in a tense encounter.
February 22, 2016
Easier preparing for Barca than Hull, claims Wenger
'Barcelona are super favourites for this game and tomorrow everyone is already convinced that we have to be totally focused as a whole squad'
FIFA bans Thailand's Makudi for three months
FIFA's disciplinary committee has banned Worawi Makudi, former president of the Football Association of Thailand and a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee, for three months for failing to comply with an earlier suspension, FIFA said.
What makes Suarez special to any team set-up? Wenger explains
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger used to dream about Luis Suarez, the signing that got away, and he will be hoping the Uruguayan striker doesn't give him nightmares when holders Barcelona visit in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Bizarre! Trabzonspor player shows red card to referee!
Trabzonspor's Salih Dursun was sent off for showing the referee a red card during his team's 2-1 defeat by Galatasaray in a fractious Turkish league encounter on Sunday.
Why Bayern must be careful against Juventus...
Not much has thwarted the predatory instincts of Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski this season but even that dynamic duo will have their work cut out to pierce the rock-solid Juventus defence on Tuesday.
Champions League: How Barcelona can beat Arsenal
Barcelona take a 32-match unbeaten run to Arsenal for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday as the Catalans continue their bid to become the first team to retain the trophy in 26 years.
Why Roma's Totti was sent home just before Serie A match...
Francesco Totti was left out of AS Roma's squad for Sunday's Serie A match against Palermo after the talismanic playmaker complained about a lack of playing time in a television interview.
'Disgusting' Chelsea fans throw coins at City players
Coin-throwing fans marred the FA Cup for the second consecutive day on Sunday with Chelsea supporters under fire after an incident during their 5-1 defeat of Manchester City on Sunday.
La Liga: Ronaldo misses penalty as Madrid teams falter
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty as Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico were held to draws leaving Barcelona with an eight-point lead at the top of La Liga and 13 matches left.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Chelsea crush weakened City, Spurs knocked out
Chelsea exploited Manchester City's decision to field a weakened team by romping to a 5-1 win in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday as they joined London rivals West Ham United and Crystal Palace in the quarter-finals.
February 21, 2016
I-League: East Bengal move to second after win over Salgaocar
East Bengal rode on defender Bello Rasaq's header to defeat Salgaocar 2-1 and jump to second place in the I-League football tournament in Barasat on Sunday.
West Ham thrash Blackburn to reach FA Cup quarters
West Ham United eased into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 5-1 romp at second-tier Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
February 20, 2016
La Liga: Barcelona survive tough test; Suarez and Neymar strike
Goals from the prolific duo of Luis Suarez and Neymar earned Barcelona a tight 2-1 win at Las Palmas on Saturday to propel them nine points clear at the top of La Liga.
Bundesliga: Mueller double earns Bayern win over Darmstadt
Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller scored twice, including a 71st- minute bicycle kick, to given the Bundesliga leaders a 3-1 victory over Darmstadt 98 on Saturday and lift them 11 points clear at the top of the table.
No transparent voting booths at FIFA election
FIFA has rejected a demand from a presidential candidate to use transparent voting booths at next week's election to ensure delegates do not photograph their ballot papers when they choose the head of football's world ruling body. I-League: Bagan consolidate top spot
Defending champions Mohun Bagan pipped Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 courtesy Katsumi Yusa's late strike, tightening their grip on the pole position of the I-League football tournament, in Barasat, on Saturday.
FA Cup: Hull City frustrate holders Arsenal
Holders Arsenal's long unbeaten run in the FA Cup continued but they were frustrated by stubborn Championship leaders Hull City on Saturday, drawing 0-0 in a dreary fifth-round tie at the Emirates Stadium.
His life changed when Hull City paid him 15,000 pounds by mistake!
Former Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard, who is now retired, says the club 'changed his life' by paying him up to an extra 15,000 or 16,000 pounds a week by mistake.
Serie A: Leaders Juve held at Bologna, denied 16th straight win
Leaders Juventus were denied a 16th successive Serie A win when they were held 0-0 at Bologna in a game marred when an object, possibly a firecracker, was hurled at their team bus as they arrived.
February 19, 2016
All you need to know about reforms to be voted on by FIFA
World soccer's governing body, FIFA, is expected to pass wide-ranging reforms at a Congress in Zurich next Friday, when a new president will also be elected.
FIFA faces day of reckoning as threats mount
The spotlight at next week's FIFA Congress will fall on the presidential election - but the real key to the future of football's beleaguered governing body is embedded in a document with the unglamorous title 'Draft statutes - Congress 2016'.
United fans, 'we're f****** s***'; Van Gaal admits, they were right to abuse
Manchester United have alienated a section of their fans with a series of soporific displays this season.
De Gea adds to Man United's woes
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will have a scan on a knee problem he suffered warming up for their 2-1 Europa League defeat by Danish side Midtjylland on Thursday.
Why tainted Blatter won't back any candidate in FIFA election
Sepp Blatter said he will not support any of the five candidates standing to succeed him as FIFA president, through all but one of them had spoken to him about their bids.
Europa League: Danish side embarrass United; red-hot Valencia
Manchester United's hopes of salvaging their season in the Europa League suffered a stinging setback when they lost 2-1 at Danish side Midtjylland in the first leg of their last-32 clash on Thursday.
February 18, 2016
Zidane turns his mind to La Liga chase
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Benzema authorized to meet with Valbuena in sex-tape case
A magistrate lifted on Thursday a ban on France striker Karim Benzema meeting teammate Mathieu Valbuena, whom he is suspected of trying to blackmail over a sex video, which has meant the two cannot feature on the same team. 'Kolkata to turn into FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 HQ'
The city of Kolkata will turn into the headquarters of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 as well as the main broadcasting centre to cater stories of the entire tournament to 209 countries, FIFA Head of Events Jaime Yarza
FIFA 'satisfied' with India's preparations to host U-17 World Cup
Expressing satisfaction over the work done at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan, a FIFA inspection team on Thursday proposed few minor changes to turn the facility into a world class stadium.
Argentina judge releases ex-soccer official in FIFA probe
A judge in Argentina on Wednesday ordered the release of a former top South American football official who has been charged by US justice officials with involvement in a FIFA bribery racket.
Now, demands rise to scrutinise Gareth Bale's Real transfer deal
Three Euro MPs want the European Union to probe Gareth Bale's 100 million euros ($111.25 million) move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013, according to media reports.
UEFA Champions League PIX: Wolves overpower nervy Gent
Photos from the Champions League match played between Wolfsburg and Gent on Wednesday
Champions League PHOTOS: Ronaldo breaks Roma resistance as Real win 2-0
Photos from the Champions League match played between Real Madrid and AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday
PHOTOS: 300 and counting... Messi creates La Liga goal history
Lionel Messi became the first player to notch 300 La Liga goals as his double blast powered Barcelona to a 3-1 win at Sporting Gijon that sent them six points clear at the top of the table on Wednesday.
UEFA Champions League: Real, Wolfsburg record crucial away wins
Cristiano Ronaldo continued from where he left off in the early stages of the UEFA Champions League, adding to his goal tally as Real Madrid beat AS Roma 2-0 in their round of 16, first leg tie on Wednesday.
February 17, 2016
Franz Beckenbauer fined, warned by FIFA ethics committee
FIFA's ethics watchdog on Wednesday imposed a warning and 7,000 Swiss franc ($7,055) fine on German football great Franz Beckenbauer for stonewalling an investigation.
Under-17 Football World Cup: D Y Patil stadium impress FIFA delegates
The D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai brightened its prospects of hosting Under-17 World Cup football matches next year, with the head of a FIFA delegation on Wednesday calling it a 'high quality' arena.
Fan or follower? Lokomotiv's Tarasov courts controversy
Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Tarasov insists he acted alone when he wore a T-shirt praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, leaving the player and team facing an anxious wait over possible sanctions for Tuesday's incident in Turkey.
CONCACAF lawyers warn of serious risks if reforms fail
CONCACAF, the corruption-plagued soccer organisation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, could face dramatic consequences, including being disbanded, if it fails to reform, the organisation's lawyers have told its members.
Manchester United fans to protest Europa League ticket price
Manchester United fans are planning to protest against being asked to pay 71 pounds ($101.5) per ticket for their Europa League away match against Danish league winners Midtjylland on Thursday, according to reports in the British media.
Ronaldo riled up over volley of uncomfortable questions
From comments about the healthy relationship shared between Barca trio -- Messi, Suarez and Neymar, to questions about his goal drought in away matches, an angry Ronaldo had the response to it all
Champions League PIX: Jonas snatches stoppage-time win for Benfica
Photos from the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match played between Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon on Tuesday
Champions League PHOTOS: Super-sub Cavani to PSG's rescue
Paris St Germain substitute Edinson Cavani, criticised by French media lacking composure in front of goal, responded in style to earn a 2-1 home win over Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.
Champions League: Cavani helps PSG sink Chelsea; Benfica edge Zenit
Paris Saint-Germain took a crucial advantage after beating Chelsea 2-1 in an entertaining UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Tuesday.
February 16, 2016
4 ways how Manchester United can save this season...
Manchester United need to win trophy to save season, says Wayne Rooney.
World class Sturridge gives Liverpool 'fear factor'
Daniel Sturridge's return from injury to the starting line-up is a massive bonus and will bring the 'fear factor' back to Liverpool, captain Jordan Henderson has said.
Manchester United's 'Class of '92' player Butt to head club's academy
Manchester United have named former midfielder Nicky Butt as head of their academy as the club continues to overhaul their youth coaching set-up.
Is Chelsea's Hazard eyeing a move to PSG or Real Madrid?
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has reminded Eden Hazard of his priorities, asking the midfielder to focus on improving his form.
PSG's Blanc shows Aurier who's the boss...
Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc criticised the new generation of footballers after defender Serge Aurier was suspended indefinitely by the French champions for insulting the former national team manager.
Man City's Pep talk may come back to haunt them in taxing fortnight
Successive home defeats by leaders Leicester City and second placed Tottenham Hotspur have left City six points off the pace with serious doubts about whether their expensively-assembled squad is still playing for the manager.
Brazil court freezes Neymar's yacht and jet, among other assets
Brazilian authorities have blocked assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties worth almost US$50 million, according to The Associated Press.
Platini hopes to be back for Euro 2016 after marathon appeal hearing
Banned UEFA president Michel Platini said he hoped to clear his name in time for the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament in June after attending a hearing on Monday to appeal against his suspension.
Champions League: Injured Terry to miss PSG showdown
Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Paris St Germain after failing to recover from injury, the Premier League club said.
Champions League: Real and Ronaldo can't take speedy Roma lightly
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reckons Cristiano Ronaldo is on top form as the Portuguese looks to increase his Champions League goals tally when they visit AS Roma in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.
February 15, 2016
FIFA scandal: Platini says done 'nothing wrong' as appeal hearing starts
Michel Platini was banned for eight years in December along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter's approval for work done a decade earlier.
Why City manager Pellegrini is fuming...
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini could face disciplinary action from the English Football Association after the Chilean criticised referee Mark Clattenburg in the wake of his side's 2-1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Here is how Dutch football 'lost its innocence'
Probe had uncovered a bid by Ibrahim Kargbo, then a player at Willem II Tilburg, to fix the outcome of a league match against FC Utrecht in August 2009 in co-operation with convicted Singaporean fraudster Wilson Raj Perumal
CL: Favourites PSG could find Chelsea tough to crack in last 16 tie
Paris St Germain would be odds-on certainties to easily beat Chelsea and take a big step towards the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday if statistics and domestic form decided matches.
Focus on elite prize as Champions League action returns
The last-16 knock-out round kicks-off this week with Chelsea visiting Paris on Tuesday; Zidane to coach Real Madrid as manager in his first match in Europe
Messi's penalty kick trickery raises many questions...
Lionel Messi passed up the chance to net his 300th La Liga goal and instead put a hat-trick on a plate for team mate Luis Suarez with an outrageous penalty routine.
Arsenal's Welbeck, Barca's Suarez dominate European football weekend
Ten-man Premier League leaders Leicester City lost at title-chasing Arsenal, while La Liga pacesetters Barcelona crushed Celta Vigo and Juventus took over from Napoli at the top of Serie A by edging their rivals.
Tottenham leap to highest spot on EPL table at this stage since 1985!
Spurs' triumph at the Etihad Stadium moved them within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester City and kept them in second place above Arsenal on goal difference with 12 matches to play
La Liga: Suarez 'tricks' as Barca thrash Celta 6-1
Luis Suarez completed a hat-trick thanks to a cheeky Lionel Messi assist from the penalty spot as Barcelona crushed Celta Vigo 6-1 to restore their three-point cushion over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
February 14, 2016
I-League: Odafe strikes twice to disappoint Mumbai FC
Odafe Okolie scored twice from the penalty spot to guide Sporting Clube de Goa to their first win at home as they rallied to beat Mumbai FC 3-2 in the Hero I-League, in Margao, Goa, on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Welbeck scores late Arsenal winner; Liverpool crush Villa
Danny Welbeck, making his first appearance of the season as a late substitute, headed a stoppage-time winner to give Arsenal a 2-1 home win over league leaders Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
5 Reasons why Chelsea's Hiddink is delighted
Chelsea finally produced a performance befitting of champions to demolish Newcastle United 5-1.
February 13, 2016
La Liga: Real keep up pace behind Barca with win over Athletic
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 4-2 in a thrilling match at the Bernabeu to move within a point of leaders Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday.
Why top four finish is DIFFICULT for Man Utd...
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted it would be very hard to finish in the top four after his team's insipid 2-1 loss at Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.
I-League: Deja vu for Mohun Bagan as they spoil Bengaluru party
Lalpekhlua Jeje and Sony Norde scored spectacular goals to hand Mohun Bagan a 2-0 win over Bengaluru FC in a round eight clash of the Hero I-League football tournament at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Dark day Manchester United
David de Gea's late own goal earned Sunderland a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday and a vital three points in their bid for Premier League survival.
I'm 2-0 up in battle against cancer, says Cruyff
Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff says he is "2-0 up in the first half" of his fight against lung cancer and confident of winning the battle. Why Chelsea is a team of 'Zorros'
Chelsea striker Diego Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to wear a protective mask after breaking his nose, leading interim manager Guus Hiddink to liken his side to a 'team of Zorros'.
'Have to beat everyone because the league is strange this year'
?The unpredictable nature of the Premier League this season means it is essential for ManchesterCity to beat second-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to keep their title aspirations alive, right back Bacary Sagna said.
Injured Bale will not be rushed back: Zidane
Real Madrid will not take any risk in rushing forward Gareth Bale back from injury and the Wales international will only return when he is ready, manager Zinedine Zidane said.
February 12, 2016
Van Gaal not convinced about United-Mourinho talks
'I think that if they speak with another manager, they would tell me because our relationship is like that'
'Ranieri will make sure you know every game in training counts'
Ranieri is sparking a remarkable turnaround in Leicester's fortunes, and, Reuters has asked three players who worked under him during a previous Premier League stint at Chelsea from 2000-04 to offer an insight into the Italian coach's methods.
Benzema admits to lying in sex tape row
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted to lying to fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video at the centre of an alleged blackmailing attempt, Le Parisien reported on Friday.
FIFA candidate and AFC head Salman signs amended human rights pledge
FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has signed an amended version of an Amnesty International pledge to end human rights abuses and corruption in the sport should he win election to soccer's top job later this month.
Leicester on top but can they handle pressure?
Premier League leaders Leicester City can win the title but their players must prove they can cope with the pressure of expectation, says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
King's Cup final: It's Barcelona v Sevilla
Sevilla set up a King's Cup showpiece clash against Barcelona with a 6-2 aggregate semi-final victory over Celta Vigo after a 2-2 second-leg draw on Thursday.
Sunderland sack Johnson after child sex charge admission
England international Adam Johnson has been sacked by Premier League Sunderland after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, the club said on Thursday.
February 11, 2016
Leicester City must continue to grow beyond this season: Ranieri
Leicester City must ensure they maintain their rapid progress beyond the current campaign, manager Claudio Ranieri said ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against third-placed Arsenal.
Manchester United shine off pitch with higher profit forecast
English Premier League football club Manchester United showed its commercial strength when it raised its core earnings expectations for the year as it posted a 26.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue.
Samir Nasri wants to finish career at Manchester City
Samir Nasri hopes to end his career at Manchester City despite the club replacing the injury-plagued midfielder with young striker Kelechi Iheanacho in their Champions League squad for the knockout rounds earlier this month.
Sunderland player pleads GUILTY to two child sex charges
England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has admitted one count of sexual activity with a 15-year-old school girl and one of grooming at Bradford crown court on Wednesday.
Leicester enter unfamiliar territory...
Leicester City will be wary of a reality check when the Premier League front-runners visit Arsenal on Sunday before Tottenham Hotspur's burgeoning title ambitions come under scrutiny at Manchester City.
Why Chelsea fans need to thank Beckham, Ronaldinho
Chelsea fans may have Ronaldinho and David Beckham to thank as they celebrate midfielder Willian slotting home free-kicks.
German Cup: Bayern ease into semis with win over Bochum
Bayern Munich eased into the German Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 victory over 10-man VfL Bochum on Wednesday with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice to keep their treble hopes on track.
King's Cup: Barca salvage draw against improved Valencia
Cameroonian teenager Wilfrid Kaptoum scored a late equaliser to give Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Valencia that wrapped up an 8-1 aggregate success in their King's Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
February 10, 2016
'Leicester City players are very intelligent in every situation'
Leicester City's rapid counter-attacking game has bamboozled defences during a remarkable ascent to the Premier League summit but manager Claudio Ranieri also credits having bright players as another reason for their success.
Injured Marcelo to miss Real's Champions League match at Roma
Real Madrid full back Marcelo looks set to miss the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie away to AS Roma next week after dislocating his shoulder.
Dortmund reach 13th Cup semis amid ticket protest by Stuttgart fans
Borussia Dortmund reached the German Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday as fans protested against high ticket prices by staying away at the start and throwing tennis balls on to the pitch.
FA Cup: Late Ogbonna goal sees West Ham knock out Liverpool
Angelo Ogbonna leapt high to power home a header in the dying seconds of extra time to claim a timely first goal for the club as West Ham United sank Liverpool 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup.
Mourinho makes big revelation, claims Manchester United job 'done deal'
Van Gaal said on Sunday he thought reports of negotiations between United and Mourinho were an invention of the media
February 09, 2016
Klopp wants Liverpool to find solution to ticket price row
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged the Liverpool board to find a satisfactory solution with the supporters after concerns were raised about the club's ticket pricing structure at Anfield next season.
Can Arsenal stifle Leicester charge in big-ticket weekend match?
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes the North London can choke LeicesterCity's unexpected Premier League title charge after picking up their first win in five matches in Sunday's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Chelsea's Zouma could miss Euro Championships after knee surgery
Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma will be out for six months after surgery on a knee injury suffered at the weekend, the Premier League champions said on Monday.
Messi struck by kidney problems again
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is expected to play in Wednesday's King's Cup semi-final against Valencia despite missing training on Monday to have tests on his kidneys, the La Liga club said.
February 08, 2016
Russia says Blatter, Platini to be invited to World Cup
Disgraced world soccer president Sepp Blatter and the sport's European head, Michel Platini, will be invited to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday. Fans walkout no excuse for Liverpool draw, says Henderson
The walkout by home fans in the 77th minute over rising ticket prices is no excuse for Liverpool's 2-2 Premier League draw with Sunderland on Saturday, captain Jordan Henderson has said.
EPL: United ditch 'dull' style in search of top finish
Manchester United have shown they are capable of playing an attractive and attacking brand of football in their recent games, midfielder Juan Mata said after Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at his former club Chelsea.
'Whole country wants Leicester to win'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the entire nation is relishing the prospect of Leicester City lifting the Premier League title this season.
4 Reasons why it is IMPOSSIBLE for Chelsea to qualify for CL
Chelsea's Guus Hiddink believed his side could qualify for next season's Champions League with a top-four finish but he has now virtually written off their chances.
European soccer PIX: Napoli take slender lead; Di Maria stars for PSG
A summary of the results of the football matches played across Europe on Sunday
EPL PHOTOS: Late Costa strike helps Chelsea hold Man United
A goal in added time by Diego Costa earned Chelsea a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday and preserved Guus Hiddink's unbeaten record while denying Dutch compatriot Louis van Gaal victory.
February 07, 2016
Arsenal back in EPL title race with win at Bournemouth
Arsenal re-established themselves as serious contenders for their first Premier League title since 2004 with a comfortable victory at lowly Bournemouth on Sunday.
Is Mourinho on his way to Manchester United?
Jose Mourinho, sacked as manager of Chelsea in December seven months after winning the English Premier League title, has said he is not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back in management.
Torres reaches century, Atletico keep pressure on Barca
Substitute Fernando Torres scored his 100th Atletico Madrid goal as they rallied from 1-0 down to beat visiting Eibar 3-1 and go level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
February 06, 2016
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester City take giant step towards title
Robert Huth's double and a Riyad Mahrez goal sent Premier League leaders Leicester City six points clear after a stunning 3-1 victory at shell-shocked title rivals Manchester City on Saturday.
February 05, 2016
Di Maria positive that PSG can make Champions League final
Paris St Germain have what it takes to reach rhe Champions League final this season after three consecutive quarter-final exits, Argentine winner Angel Di Maria said on Friday.
Inflated ticket prices could see protesting Reds fans stage walkout
Liverpool could suffer the embarrassment of a mass exodus on Saturday with supporters' groups calling on fans to leave their seats during the Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield to protest a rise in ticket prices.
EPL player of the month award goes to...
Southampton's Ronald Koeman has been named Premier League manager of the month for January, becoming the first Saints manager to receive the award on three separate occasions, while Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero won the players' award.
BEWARE of Manchester City's 'magicians'
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has warned his players that Manchester City's 'magicians' can pick up three points even if the Foxes play a perfect game, when both sides meet in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Football fan Pope Francis meets Ronaldinho
Brazilian football star Ronaldinho, who widely considered a footballing deity during his playing days, met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Will Mourinho replace Van Gaal as Man United manager?
Chelsea's sacked manager Jose Mourinho, who is the favourite to replace current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, has reportedly agreed a deal to take over at Old Trafford.
Brazilian judge throws out Neymar tax evasion case
A Brazilian judge threw out a tax evasion case against Barcelona forward Neymar on Thursday because Brazil's inland revenue has yet to finish its own deliberations in the case.
February 04, 2016
Magical Four driving Bayern in Guardiola swansong
Bayern Munich will not be deterred by what the club say are false reports of discontent in coach Pep Guardiola's team as they focus on becoming the first side to win a fourth straight Bundesliga title. How and why Leicester's crunch time starts NOW...
Surprise leaders Leicester City face a severe test of their Premier League title credentials over the next 10 days, starting with Saturday's trip to Manchester City.
Why King's Cup match against Barca was Gary Neville's WORST experience
Valencia coach Gary Neville described his team's 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona in the Spanish King's Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday as one of his worst experiences in football.
Racist chants overshadow Napoli's win
Napoli maintained their two-point advantage at the top of Series with a 2-0 victory at Lazio on Wednesday in a game suspended due to racist chanting as Juventus beat Genoa 1-0 to break a club record for consecutive league wins in a single season.
King's Cup: Suarez scores four as Barca crush Valencia 7-0
Luis Suarez scored four goals and Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick as Barcelona all but wrapped up their King's Cup semi-final by crushing Valencia 7-0 in the first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
EPL PIX: Chelsea fail to fire, Everton sink Newcastle
There was no way through for Chelsea as Watford halted their recent resurgence in a goalless Premier League stalemate at Vicarage Road while Everton piled more woe on Newcastle United with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday.
Football transfers: The Chinese pay big money
Football's winter transfer window closed on February 1, and, surprisingly, none of Europe's biggies made even a slight move, let alone sign a player.
February 03, 2016
Freedom of expression helps Old Trafford find its voice
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal appeared to need the sword of Damocles hanging over his head before he resorted to adopting the traditional fluid attacking style that served the team well in an impressive 3-0 win over Stoke City.
It's about the timing, Pep!
Pep Guardiola's appointment at the high-flying Premier League club is certainly ill-timed, argues Bikash Mohapatra.
5 Reasons why Arsenal's EPL title chances are fading...
A dispirited Arsene Wenger lamented his team's recent goal drought as Arsenal.
Why Neymar should be a worried man...
Brazilian prosecutors filed a formal complaint against Neymar and his father on Tuesday for tax evasion and providing false information.
Vardy scores the 'best goal of his life'
A smiling Jamie Vardy reckoned he had never scored a finer goal than the blistering long-distance volley which helped Leicester City's footballing fantasy enter ever more surreal territory on Tuesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Vardy steals the show, Man City grind out win
Jamie Vardy sent a screaming reminder that leaders Leicester City are in the Premier league title race for the long haul with a sensational strike in a 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday.
February 02, 2016
Look! Leicester has found a new fan...
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is a fan of Leicester's playing style.
Will Guardiola's Manchester City risk pay off?
Pep Guardiola, who will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as a new manager of Manchester City for next season, admitted that he is taking a risk by joining the England club.
13 Things you need to know about next City manager Guardiola
Pep Guardiola will take charge of Premier League Manchester City from July on a three-year contract. Keep reading to know more about Guardiola...
No Messi for Argentina at Rio Olympics
Lionel Messi will not chase a second Olympic football gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said on Monday.
Check out the BIG spenders in EPL
English clubs took their spending on players for the season soaring past 1 billion pounds on Monday, but the biggest signing on transfer deadline day was that of a manager as Manchester City confirmed Pep Guardiola will take over this summer.
February 01, 2016
Manchester City land Guardiola to drive European dream
English Premier League club Manchester City have named Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as their new manager from July, hoping the Spaniard can emulate the glory years he enjoyed at Barcelona.
Guardiola to replace Pellegrini at Manchester City next season
The former Barcelona manager, who had in December announced that he would leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, will replace 62-year-old Manuel Pellegrini.
Chelsea v Man City: Lip-smacking FA Cup tie on the cards
Premier League champions Chelsea, beginning to find their form under Guus Hiddink after a shocking start to the season, will face Manchester City in the outstanding tie of the FA Cup fifth round following Sunday's draw.
Messi keen to meet Afghan boy in plastic jersey after his pics go viral
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said on Monday.
Unfair to blame Van Gaal, says Rooney
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has backed his embattled manager Louis Van Gaal, saying that his side's players are responsible for their poor form this season and not the Dutchman.
Dubai policeman jailed for posting Messi's passport online
A Dubai policeman has been court sentenced to one month in prison for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's passport on social media, local media reported on Monday.
With focus on fitness, Zidane's Real producing the results
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored thrice to help his side thrash Espanyol 6-0 in a ruthless attacking display in La Liga clash at Santiago Bernabeu.
BIZARRE send-off: Fiorentina coach gets caught playing ball
Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa was involved in one of the oddest dismissals of the season on Sunday when he was sent off against Genoa for intercepting the ball while it was still in play.
7 reasons why Chelsea's John Terry will always be a LEGEND
John Terry will pass into Chelsea folklore as their greatest captain during the most successful period in their history and his announcement on Sunday that he will leave at the end of the season marks the end of an era.
Messi, Ibrahimovic dominate European football weekend
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez secured victory over nine-man Atletico Madrid in La Liga's top of the table clash, while Juventus won a 12th straight Serie A game to stay hot on the heels of leaders Napoli.
PIX: After cricket and football, hockey gets Sakshi Dhoni's attention
Sakshi Dhoni was seen cheering her husband's team Ranchi Rays during a Hockey Indian League match.
Race for Serie A title heating up
, Juventus thumped Chievo 4-0 away to win their 12th league game in a row but it was not enough to topple leaders Napoli who thrashed Empoli 5-1.
La Liga: Ronaldo 'tricks for Real; win eludes Valencia's Neville
Prolific Cristiano Ronaldo hit a 35th hat-trick for Real Madrid who swept aside Espanyol 6-0 in a ruthless attacking display in La Liga on Sunday.
No fairytale ending for Terry at Chelsea
Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the Premier League champions when his contract expires at the end of the season, he told British media on Sunday.
January 31, 2016
Everton spoil Carlisle's big day in the FA Cup
Everton missed out on the chance of a Wembley final in the League Cup when they lost the second leg of their semi-final to ManchesterCity on Wednesday, going out 4-3 on aggregate, but Lennon is eyeing some FA Cup glory.
I-League: Aizawl rally to hold Salgaocar to draw
R Malsawntluanga's injury time goal helped Aizawl FC hold Salgaocar to 1-1 draw in a fifth round encounter of the I-League, in Vasco on Sunday.
Europe football round-up: El Shaarawy stars in Roma win; Monaco lose
Debutant Stephan El Shaarawy scored with a crafty backheeled volley to give AS Roma a 3-1 win over Frosinone in Serie A on Saturday, their first under coach Luciano Spalletti.
Barca coach shocked by Filipe Luis challenge on Messi
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he was shocked by the wild knee-high challenge on world player of the year Lionel Messi that triggered a straight red card for Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis on Saturday.
January 30, 2016
FA Cup heroics from Peterborough, Arsenal march on
Third tier Peterborough United produced the performance of the FA Cup fourth round when they twice came from behind in the dying minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Premier League West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
I-League: Bengaluru FC pip East Bengal, widen gap at top
Sunil Chhetri led former champions Bengaluru FC to a 1-0 win over East Bengal with his second-half strike that consolidated their position atop the standings in the I-League football at the Vidyasagar Krirangan, in Barasat, on Saturday.
Crystal Palace's Wickham suspended for three games
CrystalPalace forward Connor Wickham has been handed a three-match ban for elbowing Tottenham Hotspur's Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen in last weekend's Premier League game, the FA said on Friday.
Greek's 2nd division league players protest in support of migrants
A Greek soccer match was delayed on Friday when players staged a sit-down protest in a moving tribute to migrants who have lost their lives trying to reach Greece's Aegean islands.
Nearly $1 mln in FIFA funds missing in Guatemala?
Nearly $1 million in funds from soccer's global governing body FIFA may have gone missing from Guatemala's soccer federation last year, according to sources and an internal audit seen by Reuters.
La Liga clubs Real and Atletico transfer bans suspended pending appeals
The pair, who are third and second respectively in La Liga, were hit with the bans by FIFA for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players.
FA Cup: United's win over Derby allows Van Gaal to breathe easy
Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal enjoyed a rare highlight after weeks of gloom when his side comfortably beat Derby County 3-1 on Friday to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
January 29, 2016
Former Man United captain Vidic retires
Former Manchester United captain and defensive rock Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement on Friday, saying injuries had taken their toll and it was time to call it a day.
Barcelona host Atletico in Liga title showdown
First meets second as Barcelona host Atletico Madrid on Saturday looking to tighten their grip on the La Liga title race.
January 28, 2016
'I've been sacked by 'awful' media three times'
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal slammed the British media on Thursday for 'awful and horrible' stories about his future and said the club's support, while welcome, had put more pressure on him.
FA CUP: Under pressure United clash with Derby; Chelsea play catch up
All eyes will be on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal when he takes his team to Derby County for an FA Cup fourth-round tie on Friday with the fans' boos from their home defeat by Southampton still ringing in his ears.
King's Cup: Holders Barcelona in semis, Atletico Madrid crash out
Holders Barcelona produced a second-half blitz to come from behind and beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to book a place in the King's Cup semi-finals after Atletico Madrid crashed out in a shock 3-2 defeat by Celta Vigo.
De Bruyne faces a potentially lengthy spell on the sidelines
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is facing a potentially lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was carried off on a stretcher with a suspected knee ligament injury in Wednesday's League Cup semi-final win over Everton.
Aguero heads Man City into League Cup final against Liverpool
Manchester City reached the League Cup final after recovering from a shaky start as Sergio Aguero's brilliant header sealed a 3-1 win over Everton in the semi-final second leg to clinch a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Coppa Italia: Morata's brace helps Juventus sweep aside Inter
Holders Juventus swept aside old rivals Inter Milan 3-0 with some flowing attacking football and a brace from Alvaro Morata in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.
League Cup: Argentine duo send holders PSG into third final
Holders Paris St Germain reached their third consecutive League Cup final when goals by Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria gave the French champions a 2-0 victory over Toulouse.
PSV win at Excelsior to close on Eredivisie leaders Ajax
Luuk de Jong's early goal set PSV Eindhoven on their way to a 3-1 victory at Excelsior in the Dutch league that moved them to within one point of leaders Ajax Amsterdam
January 27, 2016
After historic win Mohun Bagan coach blasts AIFF
After becoming the first Indian football club to win a AFC Champions League qualifying game, Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen, on Wednesday, lashed out at the bigwigs of All India Football Federation.
I-League: Mumbai FC end Bengaluru FC's perfect start
Mumbai FC put up a good disciplined performance to register a morale-boosting 2-0 win against Bengaluru FC in a third round match of the I-League football tournament, and played at the Cooperage ground, Mumbai, on Wednesday.
It's Arab world vs soccer world!
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said that as head of soccer's governing body he would seek to move the 2022 Qatar World Cup from November-December to late European spring - a step that would please European associations by averting disruption of their season.
Why Cahill wants to leave EPL champions Chelsea
England centre back Gary Cahill is so frustrated by a lack of first-team football at Chelsea that he wants to leave the club in an attempt to safeguard his international place at the European Championship in the summer.
Real Madrid will not boost squad ahead of ban
Real Madrid will not seek to boost their squad ahead of their transfer ban, which starts at the end of the month, club president Florentino Perez said on Wednesday. League Cup: Liverpool reach final after penalty drama
Keeper Simon Mignolet proved the shootout hero as Liverpool reached the League Cup final on penalties after a gripping last-four second leg tie at Anfield ended 1-1 on aggregate on Tuesday.
Coppa Italia: Balotelli penalty helps Milan scrape past Alessandria
AC Milan scraped a 1-0 win over third tier Alessandria thanks to a Mario Balotelli penalty, his first goal for four months, in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.
January 26, 2016
I-League: Martins goal helps EB sink debutants Shivajians
East Bengal rode on a Ranty Martins strike to pip debutants DSK Shivajians by a solitary goal in the I-League football tournament at the Vidyasagar Krirangan in Barasat in West Bengal on Tuesday.
January 25, 2016
I-League: Sporting beat Aizawl 2-0
Sporting Clube de Goa produced a dominating display to beat debutants Aizawl FC 2-0 and earn their first win of I-League football in a round four fixture Aizawl on Monday.
'Real Madrid will have to fight for the league until the end'
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shrugged off his first setback since taking over from the sacked Rafa Benitez after his new team could only manage a 1-1 draw at Real Betis in La Liga.
Serie A: Napoli score four to stay top, Inter lose further ground
Inter Milan's Serie A title hopes suffered a setback as they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser and were held 1-1 at home by relegation-threatened Carpi and leaders Napoli swept to a 4-2 win at Sampdoria.
January 24, 2016
La Liga: After Sevilla draw, Atletico cede top spot to Barca
Atletico Madrid surrendered top spot in La Liga to Barcelona when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to 10-man Sevilla in a fiercely contested La Liga clash on Sunday.
I-League: Bengaluru FC thrash Shillong Lajong to emerge on top
North Korean Kim Song Yong struck a brace in Bengaluru FC's convincing 3-0 win over Shillong Lajong to emerge as table toppers in the I-League, in Bengaluru, on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal miss chance to return to top
Arsenal missed their chance to go back to the top of the Premier League after being forced to play with 10 men for much of the game against London rivals Chelsea on Sunday.
Did jobless Mourinho send 'love letter' to Man Utd?
Jose Mourinho's agent has dismissed as 'absolutely ridiculous and totally absurd' a report that the Portuguese wrote a 'love letter' to Manchester United to trumpet his case to be their next manager.
I'm loving it, says Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen could not deny Sydney Thunders a Big Bash League triumph but his blistering 74 for Melbourne Stars in Sunday's tense final reminded England what they will be missing at this year's Twenty20 World Cup in India.
TOP reason why United boss Van Gaal is feeling the heat
Manchester United stayed in fifth place, one point above West Ham, but it was another depressingly dull day at Old Trafford where United were booed off after losing 1-0 to Southampton.
Euro football round-up: PSG thump Angers 5-1; Milan drop points
Photos from matches played in the French Ligue 1 and Serie A matches played on Saturday
January 23, 2016
I-League derby: Spoils shared in lacklustre encounter
A listless Mohun Bagan were saved by former Trinidad and Tobago World Cupper Cornell Glen as they managed to hold arch-rivals East Bengal to a 1-1 draw in the much-anticipated Kolkata derby of the I-League.
La Liga: Barca back on top after Messi stunner
Barcelona leapfrogged Atletico Madrid to go top of La Liga after Lionel Messi's acrobatic volley secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory against tenacious Malaga on Saturday.
EPL PIX: Liverpool sink Norwich; Leicester fairytale continues
Liverpool substitute Adam Lallana struck deep into stoppage time to snatch a 5-4 win over shell-shocked Norwich City in an extraordinary Premier League game at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski double lifts Bayern on league restart
Robert Lewandowski struck twice to steer champions Bayern Munich to a 2-1 win at Hamburg SV on Friday that stretched their lead at the top to 11 points as the Bundesliga resumed following a one-month winter break.
Infantino gets massive UEFA backing for FIFA presidency
Gianni Infantino's bid for the FIFA presidency with the aim of leading the world football body out of the worst graft scandal in its history was boosted on Friday when the Swiss lawyer won "overwhelming" backing from Europe's football associations.
UEFA agrees to goal-line technology
Goal-line technology would be used in the Champions League from the final qualifying round but not in the first three preliminary rounds. It could also be introduced in the Europa League from 2017-18.
January 22, 2016
Rainy Manchester ideal for Messi, jokes Aguero
It rains hard and often and is a far cry from the beaches of Barcelona, yet Argentina striker Sergio Aguero believes world player of the year Lionel Messi would find Manchester to his liking.
January 21, 2016
Mascherano sentenced to a year in prison over tax fraud: Reports
Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax evasion on Thursday as part of a plea bargain, Spanish media reported, although he is unlikely to serve time in jail.
Valdes set to leave Manchester United on loan deal - reports
Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes's unhappy stay at Old Trafford looks to be drawing to a close with the Spaniard on the verge of a loan move to Belgium club Standard Liege, according to media reports on Thursday. Fit-again Fit-again Sanchez ready to return for Arsenal
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez and playmaker Mesut Ozil are fit for Sunday's Premier League clash with Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger said. Check out the TOP 10 richest soccer clubs
Real Madrid are the richest soccer club by revenue for the 11th straight year and La Liga rivals Barcelona have leapfrogged Manchester United into second.
FA Cup: Son shines as Spurs beat Leicester, Liverpool through
Son Heung-min's thunderous finish helped Tottenham Hotspur secure a 2-0 victory at Leicester City and Liverpool eased past fourth-tier Exeter City 3-0 in FA Cup third-round replays on Wednesday.
January 20, 2016
Dubai policeman in trouble for revealing Messi's passport online
The incident took place at Dubai airport where Messi landed last month to attend the seventh edition of the Globe Soccer Awards, in which he received the prize of best team and best player, local dailies said.
Iraq to back Prince Ali in FIFA election
The Iraq Football Association (IFA) pledged their support for Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in next month's FIFA presidential election.
January 19, 2016
Real Madrid's Bale suffers injury
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale damaged a calf muscle in Sunday's La Liga game at home to Sporting Gijon, tests confirmed on Tuesday. FIFA's Blatter is still being paid his salary despite ban
FIFA's Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president's salary from world soccer's governing body, a spokesman for FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee told Reuters on Monday.
EPL PHOTOS: Swansea beat Watford to move out of relegation zone
Swansea City climbed out of the relegation zone after a first-half header by captain Ashley Williams gave them a 1-0 win over Watford on Monday just hours after they named Francesco Guidolin as their new head coach.
January 18, 2016
Terry keen to extend Chelsea contract
Chelsea captain John Terry, whose current deal expires at the end of the season, is confident he will extend his stay at the club and the 35-year-old defender brushed aside any concerns he may have lost a yard of pace over the years. Ronaldo backs Zidane after second straight win
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo gave a ringing endorsement of new coach Zinedine Zidane and handed a rebuke to his sacked predecessor Rafa Benitez after Sunday's 5-1 La Liga victory at home to Sporting Gijon. European football: Roma held by Verona; Monaco up to second in France
New coach Luciano Spalletti failed to inspire AS Roma as they were held 1-1 at home by bottom club Verona on his debut on Sunday and Juventus notched their 10th Serie A win in a row by hammering Udinese 4-0 away.
PHOTOS: Status quo maintained in La Liga as big teams cruise
Atletico Madrid maintained a two-point lead in La Liga with a 3-0 victory at Las Palmas and Barcelona and Real Madrid stayed hard on their heels with thumping wins over Athletic Bilbao and Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
January 17, 2016
EPL: At last! Sweet win for United at Anfield
Wayne Rooney blasted the rebound past the helpless Simon Mignolet.
Cristiano Ronaldo nearly bares it all for GQ cover!
Cristiano Ronaldo posed with model Alessandra Ambrosio for GQ's Body Issue and needless to say that the cover is drool worthy.
La Liga: Neville still without win as Valencia held by Rayo
Gary Neville's disappointing start as Valencia coach continued when the ambitious Singapore-owned club drew 2-2 at home to lowly Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday, prompting more rumblings of discontent from the fans.
European soccer: Higuain extends Napoli's lead; Villareal drop points
Photographic summary of the football matches played across Spain, Italy and France
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester back on top after draw; Chelsea win thriller
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday
January 16, 2016
Terry saves Chelsea with late equalizer against Everton
Chelsea captain John Terry went from zero to hero, first netting an own goal but eventually coming up with a 98th minute equaliser in an extraordinary 3-3 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Inter Milan miss the chance to grab Serie A lead
Inter Milan's title challenge faltered when they were held 1-1 at Atalanta in Serie A on Saturday but goalkeeper Samir Handanovic at least saved them from suffering a defeat. Zidane content with Real squad after FIFA ban
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is happy with his squad and the club has not discussed possible reinforcements despite FIFA's decision to ban them from the next two transfer windows, he said on Saturday.
January 15, 2016
Football great Pele recovering well from hip surgery
Pele is recovering well from a small operation to repair his replacement hip, an official who works with the former Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos great said on Thursday.
Chelsea's Hiddink haunted by relegation ghosts
Champions Chelsea are involved in the relegation battle this season, manager Guus Hiddink said on Friday ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Everton.
King's Cup: Super-sub Griezmann sends Atletico through to quarters
Antoine Griezmann scored twice off the bench as Atletico Madrid sealed a place in the King's Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at home to Rayo Vallecano on Thursday while Valencia also advanced with victory by the same scoreline at Granada.
January 14, 2016
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid get 2-window transfer bans - FIFA
Real Madrid and their neighbours Atletico Madrid have both been banned from signing new players for the next two transfer windows for breaching rules over the transfer of minors, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Thursday. After Golden Ball, Messi targets 500 career goals
With a fifth world player of the year award safely tucked away in the trophy cabinet, Lionel Messi can set his sights on one of the next milestones in his remarkable career: reaching 500 goals for club and country. Barca ease into King's Cup quarters with derby win
Holders Barcelona cruised into the King's Cup quarter-finals when a side missing several regulars beat city rivals Espanyol 2-0, with Munir El Haddadi netting both goals in a thumping 6-1 aggregate success on Wednesday.
January 13, 2016
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke dismissed
FIFA said on Wednesday it had fired General Secretary Jerome Valcke, once one of the global soccer body's most powerful figures, amid alleged corruption involving World Cup ticket sales.
Suarez ban: Barca appeal rejected
FC Barcelona's appeal against Luis Suarez's two-match King's Cup ban for allegedly provoking a fracas in the tunnel after last week's game against Espanyol has been rejected, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said.
FIFA probe: Guatemala arrests ex-soccer chief Jimenez
Guatemalan police on Tuesday arrested fugitive former national soccer federation president Brayan Jimenez in connection with a corruption probe into the sport's world governing body FIFA.
EPL PHOTOS: Rooney-inspired United held by Toons; Villa win at last
Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to win a Premier League match for the first time since August while a late goal from Paul Dummett earned a 3-3 draw for Newcastle United against Manchester United on Tuesday.
January 12, 2016
PHOTOS: Music, big names light up Ballon d'or Gala night
Here are some special moments from the gala night in Zurich on Monday...
Guardiola apologises for speculation-fuelling admission
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has apologised for putting some of his Premier League counterparts under pressure by publicly announcing an intention to trade Germany for England at the end of the season.
Van Gaal concedes that United have been 'dull' 'boring' this season
Even Louis van Gaal has been "very bored" watching Manchester United's dull games this season, the Dutch manager has admitted.
Aussie Rules Football rocked by dozens of drug bans
Thirty-four past and present players from Australian Rules team Essendon Bombers, one of the country's richest and most storied football clubs, were issued two-year bans for doping on Tuesday in a ruling that stunned the sports-mad nation.
Arsenal to face Burnley, United travel to Derby for FA Cup fourth round
Holders and Premier League leaders Arsenal will be at home to Championship (second tier) Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup after most of the big guns avoided top flight opponents in Monday's draw.
PHOTOS: Messi 'grateful to football, fans on claiming fifth Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year on Monday from his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo who had walked off with the award for the previous two years.
Messi wins Ballon d'Or for fifth time
Lionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year on Monday from his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo who had walked off with the award for the previous two years.
January 11, 2016
Bale 'disappointed' with sacking of Benitez
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has expressed disappointment over the sacking of Rafael Benitez as a manager, saying that it was really sad to see him go.
Historic new record for perfect Olympiakos
Greek Super League leaders Olympiakos Piraeus set a club record 17 successive league wins by beating Levadiakos 3-1 at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium on Sunday.
Serie A: Five-goal Napoli go top after Inter lose at home
Napoli thrashed Frosinone 5-1 away to go top of Serie A on Sunday after previous leaders Inter Milan were sunk by a Domenico Berardi penalty in the fifth minute of injury time in a 1-0 home defeat against modest Sassuolo.
Neville asks for patience after Valencia's defeat
Valencia coach Gary Neville has asked the fans for patience after watching his side stumble to a 2-0 reverse at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday that left him still winless in Spain's top flight.
La Liga: Atletico reclaim top spot from Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco each conjured moments of magic as Atletico Madrid recaptured top spot in La Liga from Barcelona with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Celta Vigo on Sunday.
FA Cup: Swansea shocked, Chelsea win, Kane saves Spurs
Premier League Swansea City fell victims to the first major giant-killing of the FA Cup third round on Sunday when they lost 3-2 away to League Two (fourth tier) side Oxford United.
I'm playing on for two years, says 39-year-old Totti
Veteran AS Roma forward Francesco Totti vowed to play on for another two years in a light-hearted birthday message to his former team mate Daniele Conti.
January 10, 2016
Serie A leaders Inter Milan stunned by Sassuolo
Domenico Berardi converted a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time on Sunday to give Sassuolo a shock 1-0 win away to Serie A leaders Inter Milan, who dominated the match but were repeatedly foiled by the visitors' goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
La Liga: Bale gives Zidane flying start as Real Madrid manager
Zinedine Zidane got off to a flying start as Real Madrid coach when Gareth Bale hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday after a Lionel Messi treble had fired Barcelona to the top of La Liga.
FA Cup: Rooney spares Manchester United blushes
It was not a day for FA Cup romantics as Manchester United scrambled past Sheffield United and minor league Eastleigh came within a whisker of causing the third round's only genuine shock.
January 09, 2016
Villa's Richards gets in heated argument with fans
Aston Villa captain Micah Richards became embroiled in a heated pitchside debate with disgruntled fans on Saturday as the Premier League strugglers' desperate season unravelled further with a 1-1 draw at fourth-tier Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup.
I-League: Holders Mohun Bagan off to flier
Defending champions Mohun Bagan easily defeated debutants Aizawl FC 3-1 to begin their campaign with a bang in the I-League football tournament opener at Vidyasagar Krirangan, Kolkata, on Saturday.
La Liga: Messi treble lifts Barca to the top of table
Lionel Messi netted his first hat-trick in 10 months as Barcelona swept aside struggling Granada 4-0 to climb above Atletico Madrid to the top of La Liga on Saturday.
FA Cup: Heartbreak for Eastleigh; Arsenal progress
Minor league Eastleigh suffered FA Cup heartbreak when they conceded a late equaliser to four-times winners Bolton Wanderers on a gluepot pitch at their snug Ten Acres ground on Saturday.
Barca's Alves rants against media
Barcelona defender Dani Alves launched a foul-mouthed tirade on social media on Friday over football coverage by the Spanish press.
FIFA panel tells Blatter, Platini why they were banned
FIFA's ethics panel said on Saturday it has formally given outgoing president Sepp Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini the reasons for their eight-year bans from the game.
January 08, 2016
Barca's Suarez handed Cup ban for provocative comments
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been given a two-match cup ban for using provocative language after their King's Cup last-16 first-leg clash against Espanyol, the Spanish federation said on Friday. Barcelona dominate UEFA's 2015 Team of the Year
Players from European champions Barcelona made up nearly half of UEFA's Team of the Year which was revealed on Friday, while Cristiano Ronaldo made the lineup for a record 10th time. Chelsea's Oscar denies training ground bust-up with Costa
Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar has taken to Twitter to deny reports of a training ground row with team mate and Spain international Diego Costa.
Gabon's Aubameyang wins African Footballer of the Year
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named African Footballer of the Year on Thursday, narrowly edging out Yaya Toure at the Confederation of African Football award ceremony.
Banned Platini withdraws candidacy for FIFA presidency
Banned European soccer boss president Michel Platini has withdrawn his candidacy from the race for the presidency of soccer's scandal-plagued governing body FIFA, he told French sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday.
January 07, 2016
Drogba undecided on playing future
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said he is discussing his future with Major League Soccer team Montreal Impact but that retirement talk was premature. Formal proceedings begun against FIFA Secretary General Valcke
World soccer body FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday it opened formal proceedings against Secretary General Jerome Valcke, after its investigators recommended a nine-year ban against him.
Real Madrid fan Nadal backs Zidane appointment
Real Madrid fan Rafael Nadal has extended his support over the appointment of new manager Zinedine Zidane, saying that he deserves to lead one of the most important clubs in the world.
Italian Serie A: Inter retain top spot, Juve continue resurgence
Champions Juventus continued their resurgence by beating Hellas Verona 3-0 at home for an eighth successive Serie A victory as Inter Milan remained top after winning 1-0 at Empoli.
King's Cup: Messi double helps Barcelona thrash nine-man Espanyol
Lionel Messi struck a spectacular free kick, scored another goal and set up two more in a 4-1 victory for Barcelona over nine-man city rivals Espanyol in the first leg of their King's Cup last-16 clash on Wednesday.
Januzaj poised for Manchester United return
Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj is poised to return to Manchester United after a disappointing loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, British media reported on Wednesday.
League Cup: Martinez hails 'perfect' Lukaku for Everton
Manager Roberto Martinez described Romelu Lukaku as the perfect striker for Everton after the Belgian bagged his 19th goal of the season to secure a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday.
January 06, 2016
I-League-ISL merger on the cards...
I-League-ISL merger on the cards...
With eye on coaching role, Henry takes managerial lessons from Wenger
The former Arsenal legend, who is assistant coach at the Gunners' junior squad, has revealed that he speaks to 'The Professor' about everything related to coaching
With 11 players injured will Liverpool's Klopp enter transfer market?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could enter the transfer market after Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren suffered hamstring pulls to deepen the club's injury crisis, British media reported.
1 thing Manchester City boss Pellegrini insists on...
Manuel Pellegrini has said he would choose winning the Premier League with Manchester City and being shown the door over continuing as the team's manager for an extended period without any major success.
'England Player of Year' award goes to...
Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has been named England Player of the Year 2015 for the second consecutive time after becoming his country's all-time leading goal scorer.
It was an honour to work for Real Madrid, says sacked Benitez
Sacked Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez says it was "an honour and privilege" to lead the club he has always supported and has sent a "good luck" message to his successor, former France great Zinedine Zidane.
League Cup: Ibe strike helps Liverpool earn vital win at Stoke
Jordon Ibe came off the bench to drive home the winner as Liverpool took a big step towards reaching the League Cup final with a 1-0 victory at Stoke City in the first leg of their last-four tie on Tuesday.
Meet Real Madrid's Zidane dynasty
Zidane was accompanied on stage by his wife and four sons, who all look good to follow in the footsteps of their father.
January 05, 2016
Don't compare me with 'incredible' Guardiola, says Zizou
'Good football has always been important at this place and I am going to continue that. It has to be offensive football, balanced and nothing else'
9 year ban for FIFA's Valcke?
FIFA's ethics watchdog has recommended a nine-year ban for secretary-general Jerome Valcke over World Cup ticket selling accusations, one of many corruption allegations involving officials at soccer's crisis-plagued governing body.
With Benitez gone, can Manchester United lure Gareth Bale?
After the axing of Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez, Manchester United are getting ready to re-launch a bid to sign Gareth Bale.
Beckham hails Zidane as the right choice for Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane is the right man for the job of Real Madrid coach, former team-mate David Beckham said on Monday after the Spanish club sacked Rafa Benitez and replaced him with the French World Cup winner.
I'm emotional, more than when I signed as a Real player: Zidane
Zinedine Zidane's appointment as Real Madrid coach in place of Rafa Benitez has handed the club's former France great his chance to follow up a stellar career on the pitch with management success at the highest level.
Chelsea can still get to a Champions League position: Hiddink
Chelsea still have a chance of finishing in the Premier League top four and securing Champions League football at the end of the season, interim manager Guus Hiddink has said.
'Real'ity bites: Perez shows Benitez the door, appoints Zidane
Real Madrid have sacked coach Rafa Benitez after less than half a season in charge and promoted their former France great Zinedine Zidane from the B team to replace him, president Florentino Perez said on Monday.
January 04, 2016
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Real Madrid manager Benitez reportedly sacked
Rafa Benitez has been sacked as coach of Real Madrid, according to reports in the Spanish press.
Kohli calls Chhetri's strike mind blowing, congratulates team
Indian cricket's Test captain Virat Kohli has congratulated the national football team and lavished praise on skipper Sunil Chhetri for leading the side to a record seventh SAFF Cup triumph.
Spurs disappointed after dropping two points at Everton
The London club dominated the first half but fell behind to a superb goal from their former winger Aaron Lennon before young midfielder Dele Alli furthered his case for a place in England's midfield with a classy equaliser just before the break.
Normality returning for Chelsea under Guus Hiddink
In the middle of Chelsea's most chaotic season in decades, a semblance of normality has broken out.
Benitez in 'Real' trouble as Valencia hold 10-man Madrid
A Paco Alcacer header gave Valencia a 2-2 draw in a highly charged La Liga clash against third-placed Real Madrid who had taken the lead with eight minutes remaining on Sunday.
January 03, 2016
India edge past Afghanistan to lift SAFF Cup for 7th time
Jeje Lalpekhlua (72nd minute) and Sunil Chhettri (101th) scored for India after Zubayr Amiri had given Afghanistan the lead in the 69th minute at the Greenfield Stadium.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea lord over Palace with 3-0 win
Chelsea put all their struggles away and looked like a renewed squad, stamping their class over Crystal Palace in their English Premier League match at the Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Rooney ends goal drought and inches closer to EPL goal record
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney rose to second place on the all-time Premier League scoring list with a clever winner against Swansea City on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal go three clear at top, United end winless streak
Arsenal's victory was scrappy and nervy but Laurent Koscielny's 72nd-minute winner was enough to move them two points clear at the summit after LeicesterCity's surprise push faltered with a goalless draw at home to 10-man Bournemouth.
Neymar target of racist chants: Iniesta
Barcelona star Neymar was subjected to allegedly racist chants during Saturday draw at local rivals Espanyol, his teammate Andres Iniesta confirmed. Real Madrid need more consistency, says Benitez
Under-fire Rafa Benitez said Real Madrid needed to be more consistent and also accused his players of easing off in games ahead of Sunday's La Liga clash with his former club Valencia.
Espanyol put brakes on Barca, Atletico go top
Barcelona dropped points for the third time in four league games as they were held 0-0 by local rivals Espanyol in a heated Catalan derby.
January 02, 2016
Premier League: Relief for Van Gaal as United end winless run
Arsenal's Premier League title charge gathered momentum as they moved two points clear at the top with a scrappy 1-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday as Leicester City's push faltered with a goalless home draw against Bournemouth.
Leaders Barcelona held in derby stalemate by Espanyol
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both hit the woodwork as Barcelona were held 0-0 by Espanyol in a hard fought derby that could see Atletico Madrid go top of La Liga.
January 01, 2016
Petr Cech's 'Arsenal' is THREE languages
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has given an insight to the multinational shape of the modern Premier League by revealing he speaks to his defenders during matches in three languages.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Liverpool, level on points with Manchester United, can add to the pressure if they take three points at West Ham United in Saturday's lunchtime kickoff.
FC Goa in trouble, AIFF issues show cause notice
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has issued a show cause notice to FC Goa, asking them to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for the fracas after their defeat to Chennaiyin FC in the final of Indian Super League (ISL) on December 20.
4 ways Swansea can sour Van Gaal's 'Happy' New Year hopes
Any hopes of a Happy New Year will evaporate for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal if his side fail to beat struggling Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
December 31, 2015
'Van Gaal deserves more time, it's still a work in progress for him'
Rejected former boss David Moyes says Manchester United must not become a club that are continuously sacking managers and should give his under-fire successor Louis van Gaal time to build a successful side.
When 5 is not enough... Barca want more in 2016
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is still not satisfied despite winning five trophies in 2015 and is aiming to do even better next year.
Liverpool's Klopp ends year as a happy manager
Juergen Klopp refused to rule out Liverpool as Premier League title contenders on Wednesday after ending the year level on points with Manchester United and nine behind leaders Arsenal.
In the last match of the year Barca set loads of records
Luis Suarez struck twice and Lionel Messi scored on his 500th appearance for Barcelona who set a new Spanish record of goals in a calendar year with a 4-0 win over Real Betis that lifted them top of La Liga on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Benteke lifts Liverpool; Sunderland slump continues
Christian Benteke condemned struggling Sunderland to a 1-0 defeat and sent Liverpool level on points with sixth-placed Manchester United in the last Premier League game of the year on Wednesday.
December 30, 2015
Primera Liga: Ronaldo double as Real Madrid sink Sociedad
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty and missed another as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 3-1.
Swiss deliver first evidence to US in FIFA case
Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) on Wednesday handed over the first batch of evidence to US authorities for its investigation into alleged bribery schemes for soccer marketing rights.
'Nobody wants to win the Premier League!'
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has underscored the unpredictable nature of the Premier League this season, stating that it seemed as if "nobody wants to win the league".
Playing the perfect 'cover' drive
Vanity Fair's August issue, featuring Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as 1976 Olympic gold medal-winning decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, on the cover was the magazine's best-selling issue in years.
December 29, 2015
There is a media campaign against Real Madrid and me: Benitez
Under-pressure Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez believes there is a campaign against him and the club and that the team is not playing as badly as is being made out ahead of the La Liga game against Real Sociedad on Wednesday.
'In Messi, Neymar and Suarez we've the best trident in history'
Fresh from propelling Barcelona to their fifth trophy of 2015, their prolific strikes are now seeking to break the Spanish record of goals in a calendar year when they play Real Betis on Wednesday.
Now tainted Blatter wants to fight for his honour
Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter feels 'abandoned' by the global soccer body and will now focus on clearing his name, the 79-year-old Swiss told German magazine Bunte.
Hiddink pleased with striker-less Chelsea's point at Old Trafford
Interim manager Guus Hiddink was satisfied with Chelsea's 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Monday, especially as the Premier League champions played without a recognised striker.
Ronaldo to retire at Real Madrid?
Cristiano Ronaldo will call curtains on his illustrious career at Real Madrid, according to the Portuguese international's agent.
Ozil gets Bergkamp comparison even as he closes in on Henry's record
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the contribution of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, comparing him to former Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp.
It's confirmed! Real Madrid expelled from King's Cup
Real Madrid's expulsion from the King's Cup for fielding an ineligible player was upheld on Monday by the Spanish government's Disciplinary Committee for Sports (TAD) following an appeal by the 10-times European champions.
Arsenal's Cech sets new 'keeping record
After picking the ball out of his net several times in a 4-0 drubbing at Southampton two days earlier, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech celebrated a record on Monday by keeping his 170th Premier League clean sheet.
6 reasons why Van Gaal won't quit
Under-fire manager Louis van Gaal said he would not quit after Manchester United extended their run without a victory to eight games in all competitions with a 0-0 draw with champions Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.
EPL PHOTOS: United in entertaining draw with Chelsea; Arsenal top
Manchester United's winless run continued but they gave under-fire coach Louis van Gaal crumbs of cheer with a committed display in an entertaining 0-0 draw with Chelsea while Arsenal went top of the table on Monday.
December 28, 2015
Barca, Messi win laurels at Globe Soccer Awards
Spanish football giants Barcelona received big honours at the annual Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Sunday.
EPL: Van Gaal mulls quitting United even as Carrick defends flop show
United suffered their fourth successive defeat in all competition on Saturday when they were beaten by Stoke in the Premier League -- a result that extended their winless run to seven games.
Tainted Salvadoran footballer Pacheco shot dead
Alfredo Pacheco, a soccer player who played for the Salvadoran national side before being banned from the sport for life for his involvement in match-fixing, was murdered on Sunday, the Salvadoran attorney general's office said.
December 27, 2015
SAFF Cup: India thrash Nepal, march into semis
India thrashed Nepal 4-1 at the Trivandrum International Stadium, in Kerala, on Sunday, to finish on top of Group A and seal a place in the semi-finals.
Double Dutch for United, Chelsea in eerie showdown
Manchester United against Chelsea has often been a seminal fixture in deciding the destiny of the Premier League title in recent years but Monday's clash at Old Trafford has a very different backdrop.
Chelsea has 24 hours to solve their problems...
"Diego Costa's out which means we have to solve that problem in 24 hours," new interim coach Guus Hiddink told reporters.
Boxing Day blues for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger acknowledged Southampton were the sharper team as they crushed Arsenal 4-0 on Saturday but he also blamed the defeat on bad luck.
December 26, 2015
EPL PHOTOS: Man City crush Sunderland, Leicester lose to Liverpool
Leicester City were give a Premier League reality check when the unlikely leaders lost 1-0 at Liverpool on Saturday after Manchester United slumped to a third consecutive league defeat to pile more pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.
Stoke beat Manchester United to pile misery on Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal's position in the Old Trafford hot seat looked even more precarious as Stoke City swept Manchester United aside in a comfortable 2-0 victory to kickstart a busy day of English Premier League holiday action on Saturday.
FC Goa players 'ganged up Elano, threatened referees' after ISL final loss
FC Goa co-owner Dattaraj Salgaocar claimed that Chennaiyin FC marquee player Elano Blumer had elbowed him and caught his neck, but Match commissioner AK Mamukoya hit the Goan team for ganging up Chennaiyin FC captain, Elano Blumer.
December 25, 2015
Liverpool's Klopp a fan of Leicester's near-perfect style
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is full of admiration for Leicester City's style of football which has propelled the Midlands club to the top of the Premier League.
We are fighting for the manager and trying to get results: Rooney
Manchester United players are right behind under-fire manager Louis Van Gaal and are determined to get their season back on track, captain Wayne Rooney said.
December 24, 2015
Manchester United players 'fighting' for Van Gaal, says Rooney
Manchester United players are right behind under-fire manager Louis Van Gaal and are determined to get their season back on track, captain Wayne Rooney said.
Messi spills the beans on Barcelona No 10 jersey
Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi has revealed that his former team-mate Ronaldinho had promised him to give his No 10 jersey months before the Brazilian's departure from the club in 2008.
This festive period, Liverpool can kick on and Saints need miracle
Liverpool have enough quality and strength in depth in the squad to win games and pick up important points during a demanding festive schedule, striker Christian Benteke has said.
Can Drogba come to the rescue at Chelsea?
Struggling Premier League champions Chelsea have held talks with Montreal Impact over former Blues striker Didier Drogba, the Major League Soccer team has said.
A tale of two EPL managers...
Seasonal cheer has been scarce for Louis van Gaal after a six-match winless sequence for his Manchester United side intensified rumours that he will be sacked and Stoke City are unlikely to be offering any solace on Saturday.
December 23, 2015
EPL: Top four finish still possible for Chelsea?
Guus Hiddink believes it is still possible for Chelsea to finish in the English Premier League's top four but has told the club's players to have a long look in the mirror.
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December 22, 2015
Can Chelsea climb back up under Hiddink?
Struggling Premier League champions Chelsea have the quality to climb back up the table under interim manager Guus Hiddink, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.
Figures tell damning tale for Manchester United
Manchester United's insistence on playing possession football under manager Louis van Gaal means they take far more passes for every shot than any other Premier League team, statistics released on Monday showed.
It's too early to say we can win the Premier League: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it was too soon to talk about his team winning the Premier League title after they beat one of their principal title race rivals Manchester City.
Premier League: Walcott and Giroud help Arsenal beat Man City
Arsenal landed a meaty blow in the Premier League title race with a 2-1 win at home to rivals Manchester City that swept away a few more doubts about their title credentials.
December 21, 2015
Platini vows to take FIFA fight to court
The head of European soccer, Michel Platini, vowed on Monday to go to court to fight a decision by the independent Ethics Committee of the world football body FIFA to ban him for eight years, calling it a "pure masquerade".
'Wanted to show Elano that we Goans are not cowards'
FC Goa's co-owner Dattaraj says 'Elano's ungentlemanly behaviour forced me to file FIR'
Check out who is bookmaker's favourite to head FIFA
Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa from Bahrain was made the favourite to become FIFA's new president in February's election by bookmaker William Hill on Monday following the eight-year ban on UEFA president Michel Platini.
Blatter to fight eight-year FIFA ban, vows to be back
His message contained some defiance: he vowed to fight the ban, insisted he had done no wrong and hit out at those who had questioned his integrity and honesty.
The Blatter, Platini bans: What FIFA says
Here is the full text of the statement issued by FIFA on Monday detailing the suspension of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini for eight years.
FIFA bans Blatter, Platini for eight years
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini were both banned for eight years on Monday by FIFA's Ethics Committee.
Premier League loses a Special One...step forward then Pep
After the spectacular implosion of the Jose Mourinho regime at Chelsea, there is now just one world-beating coach left in the global game with a glittering curriculum vitae unsullied by the stain of any striking failure. Step forward then Pep Guardiola...
Midnight drama unfolds after pulsating ISL final
The victory celebrations for Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC turned sour as their marquee Brazilian Elano Blummer was arrested by the local police for allegedly assaulting FC Goa co-owner Dattaraj Salgaoncar.
Serie A: Beaten Inter's lead cut; Juventus, Napoli win easy
Inter Milan's lead at the top of Serie A was cut when they lost 2-1 at home to Lazio on Sunday while AS Roma beat Genoa 2-0 to record their first win in eight games and ease the pressure on under-fire coach Rudi Garcia.
Premier League: Ighalo's brace helps Watford shock Liverpool
Nigerian international Odion Ighalo scored twice as a buoyant Watford won 3-0 at home to Liverpool to consolidate seventh position in the Premier League, only one point behind the top four.
La Liga: Real Madrid hit 10 past nine-man Rayo, Atletico lose
Real Madrid closed to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona after demolishing nine-man Rayo Vallecano 10-2 while Atletico Madrid missed a chance to seize top spot outright by losing 1-0 at Malaga.
Leicester's Christmas fairytale: Bottom to top in a year!
A fresh chapter in Leicester City's unlikely fairytale was written on Saturday as they ensured they would sit top of the Premier League tree on Christmas Day exactly one year after languishing at the foot of the table.
December 20, 2015
PHOTOS: Messi, Suarez lead Barca to Club World Cup title
Lionel Messi broke the deadlock and Luis Suarez scored twice in the second half to give Barcelona a typically emphatic 3-0 win over River Plate in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.
Pellegrini would like Guardiola to succeed him at Man City
Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he wants to see Pep Guardiola take charge of Manchester City one day, saying that the most coveted coach in football can turn out to be important for the club.
Pressure intensifies on Manchester United boss Van Gaal
Bookmakers were busy slashing the odds on Louis van Gaal to be replaced in the Manchester United hotseat by Jose Mourinho on Saturday after a 2-1 home defeat to struggling Norwich City in the Premier League.
Lyngdoh, Bala Devi bag top AIFF awards
Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh ended Sunil Chettri's two-year hold on the AIFF men's Player of the Year trophy, while in-form striker Bala Devi was chosen for the women's honour for a second successive time in the AIFF Annual General Body Meeting held in Goa, on Sunday.
EPL: Harry shoots Spurs into the top four
Harry Kane may have had his thunder as England's brightest young strike hope stolen of late by Jamie Vardy but Tottenham Hotspur's own home-polished jewel sparkled once more on his 100th appearance for the club on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich's win overshadowed by Guardiola speculation
Champions Bayern Munich opened up an eight-point lead in the Bundesliga at the start of the German season's one-month winter break by beating Hanover 96 1-0 on Saturday amid mounting speculation over the future of coach Pep Guardiola.
La Liga: New coach Neville still winless
New Valencia coach Gary Neville remains without a La Liga win after his side twice recovered from a goal down to rescue a fortunate 2-2 draw at home to Getafe on Saturday.
December 19, 2015
Indian-origin footballer signs contract with EPL giants Liverpool FC
Birmingham-born playmaker Dhanda, 17, joined Liverpool FC's academy in July 2013 from West Brom, and has now signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Anfield-based club.
Messi reveals Maradona was his inspiration for playing football
The duo has constantly been compared in terms of their playing style, in addition to having represented Spanish giant club Barcelona and captained Argentina.
The door is shut on Mourinho at Real Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out an immediate return of the recently sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho despite having `good memories` under the Portuguese's tenure in the club.
I-League has been a failure, says India's most popular footballer
Former captain and current advisor to All India Football Federation, Bhaichung Bhutia has admitted that the eight-year old I-League has been a failure and feels that the 'successful' Indian Super League should be given a few more seasons before a possible merger of the two. The ugly side of the beautiful game
Switzerland extradited a former Costa Rican soccer boss to the United States on Friday and approved the handover of a former South American federation chief to Uruguay in the latest judicial steps in the corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport.
For now, Van Gaal lives to fight another day
Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal knows losing too many more matches 'could be the end of the world' but said he still has the full backing of the club's board.
Quotable quotes from the mouth of 'Special One' Mourinho
Mourinho did leave a legacy of colourful quotes from his time in charge at the west London club in two separate stints from 2004-07 and from 2013.
December 18, 2015
King's Cup: It's 'Partey' time for Atletico
Thomas Partey scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid as they reached the last 16 of the King's Cup with a 1-0 home victory over third-tier Reus on Thursday that secured a 3-1 aggregate success.
From footballer to hotelier: Ronaldo to invest in 'CR7' hotels
Cristiano Ronaldo has announced he will invest over USD 40 million in hotels bearing his CR7 moniker in his native Portugal, Madrid and New York.
Mourinho was sacked to 'protect the interests of Chelsea'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was sacked to "protect the interests of the club" and owner Roman Abramovich had to act because of a "palpable discord between manager and players", technical director Michael Emenalo said.
Guus Hiddink new Chelsea manager?
Guus Hiddink is set to take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season.
December 17, 2015
5 reasons why Chelsea sacked 'Special One' Mourinho
Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at surprise league leaders Leicester City on Monday, their ninth loss in 16 league games since the start of a season that has gone spectacularly wrong, proved to be the final straw.
How the world reacted to Mourinho's sacking
'You cannot sack all the players so sack the manager -- whether right or wrong'
Here's everything you need to know about former Chelsea manager Mourinho
Factbox on Jose Mourinho who was sacked as Chelsea manager on Thursday:
Look who is named Swiss of the Year!!!
Suspended world soccer chief Sepp Blatter was named 'Swiss of the Year' on Thursday by a weekly magazine in his native Switzerland, on the same day he appeared before a FIFA ethics committee to face questioning in a corruption scandal.
Jose Mourinho gets the boot
Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Premier League champions Chelsea on Thursday, according to BBC sources, following a dreadful run of results.
Club World Cup: Suarez 'tricks as Barcelona stroll into final
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick, including an exquisite second goal, as Barcelona strolled into the Club World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday.
Does Blatter deserve Nobel prize?
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter was 'a very respected person', adding that it was up to investigators to establish whether there actually were cases of corruption in the world soccer body.
Setback! Messi ruled out of Club World Cup semi-final
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was ruled out of their Club World Cup semi-final on Thursday after suffering from abdominal pain, the European champions said.
Judgment day: Tainted Blatter appears before FIFA ethics board
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter appeared before the ethics committee of world football's governing body on Thursday in a case that could end with him banned from the sport for years.
PHOTOS: Football's most prolific goal-scorer bows out
Abby Wambach, the most prolific goals-corer of all time in international football, bowed out of the game in defeat on Wednesday when the United States women's team lost 1-0 to China, ending an unbeaten run of 104 matches on home soil.
De Gea dismisses talk of dressing room unrest at Man Utd
Goalkeeper David de Gea has dismissed reports of discontent in the Manchester United dressing room and credited captain Wayne Rooney with keeping the squad together and pulling in the same direction.
Messi tax fraud case should be dropped, say lawyers
A tax fraud case involving Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge should be dropped because of errors in the investigation and court proceedings, their lawyers said.
Sergio Aguero in line for Manchester City return at Arsenal
Manchester City could have striker Sergio Aguero available for Monday's Premier League clash with Arsenal after the Argentine returned to full training following a heel injury.
One billion watched 2014 World Cup final on TV
More than one billion television viewers watched last year's World Cup soccer final between Germany and Argentina in Brazil although audience figures for the tournament were slightly down because of adverse kickoff times, according to a FIFA report.
Inter's Mancini sees no need for major reshuffle in January
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini says a major reshuffle of his squad is not needed in the January transfer window as they firmly sit on top of the Serie A table.
Italian Cup: Juventus in last eight; Fiorentina, Roma dumped out
AS Roma were dumped out of the Italian Cup on penalties by second-tier Spezia after a 0-0 draw at home extended their winless streak to seven matches and heaped pressure on coach Rudi Garcia.
'We aim to improve each year, praise will not go to our heads'
Atletico Madrid's players will not allow praise to go to their heads even though they are level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, coach Diego Simeone has said.
December 16, 2015
Indian Super League: Chennaiyin to face FC Goa in final
Chennaiyin FC stormed into the final of the Indian Super League football on 4-2 aggregate against defending champions Atletico de Kolkata despite losing the semi-final second leg 1-2.
Hernandez blames Van Gaal for leaving United
Javier Hernandez left Manchester United because manager Louis van Gaal told him he had a "one percent chance" of playing as a striker if he stayed at the club, the Mexican has said. Zidane likely to replace Benitez at Real Madrid
Zidane is currently in charge of Real's B team Castilla, and has for some time been linked with the manager's post.
Ronaldo furious with Rafa's free-kick advice
Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in a new row with Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez, according to reports in the Spanish media.
Two football officials plead not guilty in FIFA bribe case
Two football bosses including a former president of Honduras pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to US charges they took bribes in exchange for media and marketing contracts in a scandal that has rocked the business of global football.
December 15, 2015
FC Goa reach final with 3-0 (aggregate 3-1) win over Delhi Dynamos
Producing an inspirational performance, FC Goa demolished Delhi Dynamos 3-0 in the second leg semi-final to breeze into the summit clash of the Indian Super League (ISL), at Margao on Tuesday night.
'Yes, Leicester are top of the league and our fans can dream'
Lecister City's dynamic duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are not for sale at any price, manager Claudio Ranieri asserted after the pair combined again to fire their team back to the top of the Premier League.
At the moment Chelsea is in a zone where I feel ashamed: Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho watched his team suffer a 2-1 loss at table-topping Leicester City and then said he felt ashamed at their lowly Premier League position and betrayed by his players.
Premier League: Leicester return to summit, Chelsea woes continue
Sublime goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez sent Leicester City back to the Premier League summit after a deserved 2-1 win over lacklustre Chelsea whose march to the title last season seems a distant memory.
December 14, 2015
Klopp hails Anfield fans in West Brom draw
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has probably not celebrated too many draws with quite the fervour that he greeted Divock Origi's stoppage time leveller to grab a point at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Pochettino baffled by Tottenham's collapse against Newcastle
"Our first half was fantastic, we dominated the game. The second is not easy to explain," a baffled Pochettino told reporters. "No-one would expect this end to the game if you see the first half. French Ligue 1: Unstoppable PSG crush Lyon to go 17 points clear
Paris St Germain continued their irrepressible march towards a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title with a 5-1 home win against Olympique Lyonnais to move 17 points clear at the top.
I was never worried about Icardi, says Mancini as Inter build lead
Coach Roberto Mancini has insisted that he never doubted his captain Mauro Icardi after the striker scored two goals in Inter Milan's 4-0 victory at Udinese in Serie A.
La Liga: Atletico draw level with leaders Barca, Real lose
Atletico Madrid turned up the heat on champions Barcelona when they fought back to secure a 2-1 win at home to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday as Real Madrid slipped off the pace with a 1-0 loss at Villarreal.
December 13, 2015
Barca coach blames 'stupid mistakes' for Deportivo draw
Angry Barcelona coach Luis Enrique blamed stupid mistakes after the La Liga pacesetters threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Manchester United stunned by Bournemouth, City back on top
Manchester United's calamitous week hit rock bottom as Bournemouth famously consigned them to a 2-1 defeat on Sunday and, to rub salt into the wounds, neighbours Manchester City moved back to the top of the English Premier League.
December 12, 2015
Platini will be suspended for several years: FIFA
Suspended European football chief Michel Platini will "be suspended for several years", the spokesman of FIFA's ethics committee Andreas Bantel told French sports daily L'Equipe.
December 11, 2015
The 'Real' problem behind Ronaldo's topsy turvy form
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that his 'personal problems' have been affecting his form this season but insisted that he will not be leaving the La Liga giants this summer.
It's a clean sweep! Vardy wins again
Jamie Vardy was named the Premier League's player of the month for the second month in succession, while Claudio Ranieri bagged the managerial award to ensure a clean sweep for Leicester City.
Honduras international footballer Arnold Peralta shot dead
Honduras national team midfielder Arnold Peralta was shot to death in a shopping mall parking lot in his hometown of La Ceiba on the country's Caribbean coast, police said.
Europa League PHOTOS: Heartbreak for Ajax
Four-time European Champions Ajax Amsterdam were felled at the first hurdle of the continent's second tier Europa League on Thursday, exiting in the group stage two days after rivals PSV Eindhoven celebrated long-awaited success.
December 10, 2015
Manchester United's Schweinsteiger banned for three matches
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will serve a three-match ban for violent conduct following a clash with West Ham United's Winston Reid in the Premier League last Saturday, the FA said on Thursday.
Benzema banned by France over 'Valbuena' blackmail case
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been suspended indefinitely from the France team because of the blackmail case he is embroiled in, the president of the national football federation (FFF) said on Thursday.
I was wrong to throw bib at Mourinho, says Chelsea's Costa
Chelsea striker Diego Costa says he was wrong to throw his bib towards manager Jose Mourinho when he was left on the bench during the goalless English Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur last month.
Koscielny best defender in Premier League: Rio Ferdinand
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is the best defender in the Premier League, according to former England and Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Leicester's EPL title credentials on show against champions Chelsea.
Win the Champions League? Let's see, says Mourinho
Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea team could challenge for the Champions League this season despite their woeful form in the Premier League.
Champions League PIX: Chelsea outclass Porto; Giroud inspires Arsenal
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea turned from domestic whipping boys back to European stalwarts on Wednesday, beating his former club Porto 2-0 to top Champions League Group G.
December 09, 2015
Internal FIFA probe of Blatter finds scant evidence
An internal investigation of suspended FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter has found no evidence of corruption over a 2 million Swiss franc (£1.3 million) payment to European football head Michel Platini, the Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung said on Wednesday.
Swansea reluctantly sack manager Monk after poor run
Swansea City "reluctantly" sacked manager Garry Monk on Wednesday, following a dreadful run which has seen the Welsh club plummet towards the Premier League relegation zone.
What led to Manchester United's European exit...
Manchester United's 3-2 Champions League defeat at VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday was difficult to understand, said manager Louis van Gaal after they crashed out in the group stage for the first time since 2011.
Champions League: Ronaldo sets goals record; PSG shake Shakhtar
Cristiano Ronaldo set a record for goals scored in the group stage of the Champions League of 11 when he netted four against Malmo in Group A on Tuesday.
Carneiro v Mourinho: FIFA medical chief backs former Chelsea doctor
The head of FIFA's medical committee Michel D'Hooghe has stated his support for Chelsea's former club doctor Eva Carneiro, who has brought a legal case against the club for constructive dismissal, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Champions League: United crash out in thriller; City finish on top
VfL Wolfsburg reached the Champions League last 16 and dealt a knockout blow to Manchester United with a 3-2 victory to claim top spot in Group B and condemn their opponents to the Europa League on Tuesday.
December 08, 2015
Van Gaal needs time to prove his worth at United: Schmeichel
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal needs to be given more time so that the club can reap the rewards of allowing him to develop his own ideas, former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said on Tuesday.
Look who's eyeing Manchester United job...
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he wants to return to management at the start of next season and hinted that he would relish the chance to take charge of Manchester United in the future.
4 reasons why Mourinho has survived the axe at Chelsea... so far
Ex-Chelsea coach cites past glories behind Jose Mourinho's survival.
Now, Champions League sword hangs over Mourinho's head
Jose Mourinho's job could be on the line when Chelsea host Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday and Alex Ferguson has urged the Londoners not to jettison their manager even if the result goes against them.
Arsenal's favourite tournament is here... they begin title defence!
Arsenal will begin their quest to become the first team in modern times to win the FA Cup three years running with a home tie against fellow Premier League side Sunderland in January.
Young African footballers duped, dumped
On the pitches of ramshackle football academies across West Africa, teenage boys chase one another in pursuit of the ball, the chance to impress, and the prospect of a lucrative contract with one of Europe's top teams.
December 07, 2015
Sensational Jamie Vardy breaks Guinness World Record
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy was officially presented with Guinness World Records certificate in honour of his 11 game record goal-scoring run in the English Premier League.
Mourinho faces the boot: Can any of these men change Chelsea's fortunes?
After the reigning English Premier League champions suffered a shocking 0-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, will Jose Mourinho continue to lead the defending champions for the second half of the season?
David Beckham devastated...
David Beckham said he had mixed feelings when his son Romeo told him he no longer wanted to play football.
Euro soccer round-up: Shock results shake big guns and more...
A weekend of surprise results across Europe's big leagues saw Bayern Munich's unbeaten run come to an end, Napoli knocked off top spot in Serie A and Manchester City toppled in the Premier League where Leicester City are the new leaders.
PHOTOS: Timbers clinch first MLS Cup
Portland Timbers scored two quick goals then held on to clinch the Major League Soccer Cup final with a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew in Ohio on Sunday.
December 06, 2015
Bundesliga: Gladbach shock Bayern
In-form Borussia Moenchengladbach struck three times in 14 minutes in the second half to floor champions Bayern Munich 3-1 on Saturday and inflict their first Bundesliga defeat of the season.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real's turbulent week ends; Barca held
Real Madrid ended a turbulent week off the pitch on a high when Karim Benzema struck twice in a 4-1 victory over Getafe in La Liga on Saturday before leaders Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia.
When Manchester United 'forgot to score'
Louis van Gaal praised his side's attacking display against West Ham United but said they 'forgot to score goals' after a fourth 0-0 draw in their last six home matches on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea stunned by Bournemouth, Leicester go top
English Premier League champions Chelsea's fall from grace continued with a humiliating defeat by lowly Bournemouth on Saturday after Leicester City's improbable title challenge was bolstered by a 3-0 victory at Swansea City.
December 05, 2015
EPL: Leicester go top; United draw at West Ham
Jamie Vardy's record scoring streak ended but LeicesterCity's improbable Premier League title challenge continued with Riyad Mahrez's hat-trick sealing a 3-0 win at SwanseaCity that put them top on Saturday.
Serie A: Juve extend winning run as Dybala masterclass sinks Lazio
Juventus won 2-0 at Lazio on Friday to extend their winning run in Serie A to five matches thanks to an early own goal from Santiago Gentiletti and a glorious Paulo Dybala effort.
FIFA probe: Former Peru soccer chief claims innocence after arrest
The former longtime president of Peru's soccer federation, Manuel Burga, has been arrested as part of an ongoing US-led investigation into corruption at the sport's world governing body, FIFA.
Arrested FIFA officials banned from football for 90 days
FIFA executive committee members Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been suspended from football for 90 days after their arrest in Switzerland, the ethics committee of the football's governing body said on Friday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic breaks PSG's league scoring record
Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scripted another record playing for his club Paris Saint-Germain on Friday, scoring twice in a 3-0 win at Nice to become the club's outright all-time leading league scorer.
Real Madrid thrown out of Cup over ineligible player
Real Madrid included Denis Cheryshev in their starting lineup for their first match of the 2015-16 competition even though he should have been serving a one-match suspension and the Russia forward opened the scoring in a 3-1 victory.
December 04, 2015
Mumbai City FC stuns Atletico de Kolkata to register first away win
Mumbai City FC edged out defending champions Atletico de Kolkata 3-2 in their concluding round match of the Indian Super League on Friday.
This former banker proves Maradona wrong, takes Napoli atop Serie A
'I understood that if I dedicated myself solely to coaching, I could get much better at it'
South American soccer heads charged in latest FIFA probe
The United States Soccer Federation said in a statement on the new charges that its hosting of the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament would go ahead as planned.
December 03, 2015
Liverpool boss has reason to smile
There is often nothing more dangerous than a striker with a point to prove as Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi showed in Liverpool's League Cup mauling of Southampton on Wednesday.
Two Americas football bosses arrested as FIFA corruption scandal deepens
Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) named the men as Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, acting president of the CONCACAF federation and a FIFA vice-president, and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, head of the South American football federation CONMEBOL. CONCACAF administers football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Sextape scandal: Benzema insists he has done nothing wrong
France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema insisted on Wednesday he has done nothing wrong after being put under investigation in France in connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail a fellow international with the use of a sex video.
Here's why Real Madrid is facing disqualification
Real Madrid are set be thrown out of the Spanish King's Cup after playing banned Russian winger Denis Cheryshev in their last-32 win over Cadiz on Wednesday.
League Cup PIX: Stunning Liverpool hit Southampton for six
Liverpool ran riot to reach the League Cup semi-finals with a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton on Wednesday in which Divock Origi grabbed a hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge scored twice as the Juergen Klopp juggernaut rolled on.
December 02, 2015
Manchester United legend Gary Neville takes over at Valencia
Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville is the new boss of Valencia -- his first managerial post.
Pellegrini hoping for Hart and Aguero return
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and goalkeeper Joe Hart could return from injury in time for Saturday's Premier League game against Stoke City, manager Manuel Pellegrini has said. Furious fans leave CARROTS for players
Shell-shocked AS Roma followed up their midweek Champions League debacle in Barcelona by losing 2-0 at home to nine-man Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday.
Will THIS picture land Lindegaard in trouble?
West Brom's goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard took to social media to hit back at his former Manchester United teammate, Wayne Rooney.
WANTED! Independent oversight of reform process
Leading sponsors of football's world governing body have demanded independent oversight of FIFA's reform process in an open letter published on Tuesday ahead of a key meeting to finalise proposed reforms at the scandal-plagued organisation.
League Cup PHOTOS: Man City, Stoke, Everton down underdogs
The plucky underdogs were brought down to earth as Manchester City, Everton and Stoke City reached the League Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, ending the hopes of second-tier sides who felled fancied opponents in the last round.
December 01, 2015
Bayern's Lewandowski bags FOUR Guinness World Records
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski netted the Bundesliga's fastest hat-trick on his way to a sensational five-goal haul and was officially recognised by Guinness World Record.
What happens if you celebrate too much...
Everton were guilty of celebrating Ross Barkley's late goal for too long as Bournemouth snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time on Saturday, goalkeeper Tim Howard said.
Did Neymar deserve the kick?
Barcelona have filed a formal complaint against two former Real Madrid players turned pundits after they suggested Barca forward Neymar deserved the kick he received from Real midfielder Isco in this month's La Liga 'El Clasico'.
Who will win FIFA Women's Player of the Year? Tell Us!
Carli Lloyd, captain and hat-trick hero for the United States in their World Cup final triumph, heads the trio of nominees for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, announced on Monday.
November 30, 2015
Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar for Ballon d'Or. Pick your winner!
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go head-to-head once again for the title of world's best footballer after being short-listed along with Neymar on Monday for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Leicester's Vardy dominates European football weekend
Barcelona's rampant trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi all found the net at the weekend and unsung Leicester City found themselves in the record books when their England striker Jamie Vardy scored for the 11th straight game.
EPL news: What's hot, What's not!
Arsenal fear Sanchez injury loss could be 'big blow'.
EPL PHOTOS: Norwich frustrate Arsenal; Spurs hold Chelsea
Arsenal missed the chance to heighten the congestion at the top of the Premier League and suffered fresh injury blows when a frustrating 1-1 draw at Norwich City failed to take them alongside leaders Manchester City and Leicester City on Sunday.
November 29, 2015
AFC Awards night, PHOTOS: Khalil named Asian player of the year
Emirati Ahmed Khalil got a modicum of revenge on Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi when he pipped the Chinese to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year award on Sunday.
Political fallout: Russia bans clubs from signing Turkish players
Russia introduced a raft of punitive economic measures and sports sanctions on Saturday after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane earlier in the week
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea drop Costa, and then points against Tottenham
Jose Mourinho dropped his main striker Diego Costa for Chelsea's Premier League visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday but the champions still proved toothless up front as they ground out an undistinguished goalless draw at White Hart Lane.
Meet the 'fantastic man' in EPL
Jamie Vardy wrote a new chapter in his fairytale rise from the wilderness of non-League football to playing for England, when he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches on Saturday.
Premier League: Vardy breaks record as Leicester draw with United
Jamie Vardy became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches when he gave Leicester City the lead in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
La Liga: Neymar double as Barca's rampant strikers sink Sociedad
A Neymar double, a spectacular volley from Luis Suarez and a goal for Lionel Messi saw top of the table Barcelona's unstoppable strike force sweep aside Real Sociedad 4-0 in La Liga on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Rampant Bayern ease past Hertha to go 11 points clear
Unbeaten Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich opened up an 11-point gap at the top after goals from Thomas Mueller and Kingsley Coman eased them past Hertha Berlin 2-0 on Saturday, their 13th win in 14 league games.
November 28, 2015
Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos beat North East, in semi-finals
Brazilian winger Gustavo Dos Santos' late strike enabled Delhi Dynamos to pip North East United 2-1 en route their semi-final qualification in the Indian Super League.
November 27, 2015
Chelsea on right track again: Azpilicueta
Premier League champions Chelsea are getting their confidence back after winning back-to-back games for only the second time this campaign, says defender Cesar Azpilicueta.
Anelka slams Mumbai players, says future with the ISL club uncertain
Dejected French striker Nicolas Anelka is on the hunt for his 13th club after failing to guide Mumbai City into the knockout stage of the Indian Super League.
Injury scare for Liverpool's Sturridge
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered another injury setback after a foot problem picked up in training ruled him out of a return against Girondins Bordeaux in the Europa League
ISL: After playing out 1-1 draw, semis hope over for Kerala, Mumbai
Antonio German struck in the penultimate minute before time to help Kerala Blasters FC negate Mumbai City FC's first-half lead and draw the India Super League football game at 1-1, in Mumbai, on Thursday.
November 26, 2015
Double tragedy in US sports: Former boxer shot dead; Footballer injured
Forty-year-old O'Neil Bell was killed during a robbery in Atlanta, while suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey underwent surgery after shootout
Champions League PHOTOS: United play-offs hopes in balance; Real win
Photos from the UEFA Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday
November 25, 2015
Indian Super League: FC Goa hold North East United to a draw
FC Goa came from behind to hold North East United to a 1-1 draw in the 12th round encounter of the Indian Super League.
Gerrard to train with Liverpool...but rules out loan return
Steven Gerrard will return to former club Liverpool to train next week and is looking forward to learning from manager Juergen Klopp, but has ruled out returning to Anfield in a playing capacity.
'Kisses and cuddles', that's how Mourinho made up with Costa!
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he and striker Diego Costa have made up with 'kisses and cuddles' after their halftime row in Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League win over Israeli opponents Maccabi Tel Aviv.
So, what is Ibrahimovic's perfect Champions League scenario?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hoping the home crowd in Sweden sing his name on Wednesday, despite his determination to fire Paris Saint Germain into the knockout stages of the Champions League and end boyhood club Malmo FF's European adventure.
ISL: Chennaiyin FC thrash Delhi; jump to fourth spot
Chennaiyin FC produced another superlative performance to overwhelm Delhi Dynamos by a whopping 4-0 margin and put themselves in contention for the play off in the second Hero Indian Super League football Championship, in Chennai, on Tuesday.
Check out the UEFA's Team of the Year...
Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi and Read Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo have been named in the 40-man shortlist for the UEFA's Team of the Year.
FIFA seeking life ban for UEFA president Platini
Former French football great Michel Platini, until recently seen as the man to lead soccer's governing body FIFA out of its worst ever graft crisis, could face a life ban from the sport if recommendations from FIFA ethics investigators are followed.
Champions League PIX: Barca drub Roma; Arsenal's hopes alive
Barcelona's Luis Suarez hit a brace and set up a double for a spritely Lionel Messi to score in his first start after injury in a rampant 6-1 Champions League victory over AS Roma on Tuesday.
November 24, 2015
Mata hails 'genius forever' George Best as United eye PSV win
Juan Mata hailed George Best "a genius forever" as an injury-hit Manchester United aim to mark the 10th anniversary of the Northern Irishman's death with a Champions League victory against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
City have experience for Champions League challenge: Aguero
Manchester City now have enough experience of playing against the European elite to mount a serious challenge in the Champions League, striker Sergio Aguero has said.
Morata-Dybala partnership could give Juve added edge over City
Juventus need to beat Manchester City to reach the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday and many fans still believe the best way to achieve this is by fielding Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala together in attack.
Who will go? Benitez or Ronaldo?
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has rebuffed calls from angry fans for him to step down and backed coach Rafael Benitez after Saturday's humiliating 4-0 defeat at home to Barcelona in the La Liga 'El Clasico'.
Zidane in 'no rush' to replace Benitez as Real manager
Real Madrid great Zinedine Zidane has quashed speculations that he is going to replace under-fire Rafael Benitez as the team coach, saying that he is still in a learning process when it comes to coaching a senior team.
EPL PHOTOS: Sunderland pull off shock win
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe cashed in on a horrendous defensive mix-up to give his struggling side a much-needed 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday.
November 23, 2015
We need to keep getting results for the Chelsea fans: Mourinho
Chelsea are growing in confidence after a poor start to the season and optimistic for Champions League qualification ahead of Tuesday's tie against last-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, manager Jose Mourinho said.
Mourinho is best manager, Hazard says while dismissing reports of rift
Eden Hazard has come under fire for some underwhelming performances and was benched by Jose Mourinho during Chelsea's woeful start to the campaign, but the Belgian says there is no problem with his manager and backed him to turn things around.
All hail Klopp, the man behind Liverpool's phenomenal rise
Liverpool players hail Juergen Klopp impact after defeating City.
Will Ronaldo reunite with Manchester?
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has expressed his desire to bring back their former star Cristiano Ronaldo to the club, saying that he is 'hopeful' for the latter's return.
Rejuvenated Chelsea look ready for Champions League
John Terry believes Chelsea's fortunes could be changing at a timely moment as the struggling English champions travel to Israel with the prospect of securing qualification for the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
November 22, 2015
Indian Super League: Holders Atletico de Kolkata thrash FC Goa
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata handed a 4-0 rout to FC Goa to climb atop the table and put one step in the semifinals after a one-sided Indian Super League (ISL) clash.
Pressure mounts on Rafa Benitez after Madrid's Clasico fiasco
It was always going to be a tough task for Rafa Benitez to replace his popular, Champions League winning predecessor Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid and Saturday's woeful 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona has turned the pressure up a notch.
Jamie Vardy's rise reads like an old-fashioned comic book
Jamie Vardy's rise from the wilderness of non-League football to playing for England, scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches and leading Leicester City to the top of the table reads like a story from an outdated comic book.
'Chelsea's an impossible mission, maybe Tom Cruise can do it'
A 64th-minute goal from wayward striker Diego Costa earned Chelsea their first win in four Premier League matches on Saturday and some breathing space for Jose Mourinho, who said he was still targeting a top-four finish.
Eredivisie: Klaassen double keeps Ajax on top as PSV slip
Davy Klaassen scored twice as Ajax Amsterdam trounced SC Cambuur 5-1 to extend their lead at the top of the Dutch league on Saturday as second-placed PSV were held to a draw.
Suarez, Neymar humiliate Real in 4-0 'Clasico' romp
Barcelona dealt a stinging blow to Real Madrid's title hopes when Luis Suarez and Neymar continued their scintillating form to fire the champions to a stunning 4-0 victory in the La Liga 'Clasico' on Saturday.
November 21, 2015
Mendoza hat-trick helps Chennaiyin rout Kerala Blasters
Colombian striker Stiven Mendoza fired in his second hat-trick of the season as hosts Chennaiyin FC crushed Kerala Blasters 4-1 in an Indian Super League football encounter, in Chennai, on Saturday.
Vardy equals record as Leicester go top, Chelsea win at last
Jamie Vardy equalled the English Premier League record by scoring for a 10th successive match as his Leicester City side went top after winning 3-0 at Newcastle United while champions Chelsea ended their slump with a 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday.
Another blow for Indian football as Wahingdoh joins I-League exodus
The I-League on Saturday suffered another jolt with Shillong-based Royal Wahingdoh deciding not to play in the upcoming season, citing 'lack of proper roadmap for the league' and financial inviability, thereby becoming the third club to pull out of the nation's top football competition.
November 20, 2015
Full Real Madrid squad available to Benitez for El Clasico
Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has a full squad available, including forward Karim Benzema, for Saturday's La Liga Clasico at home to Barcelona.
'It will be hard to play football again but we have to do it'
Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc admitted it would be hard to play football when they visit Lorient in Ligue 1 on Saturday eight days after the deadly attacks in Paris.
Indian Super League: Northeast beat Mumbai, inch closer to semis
Northeast United FC brightened their semi-final prospects with a 2-0 win over strugglers Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at Guwahati, helping the Highlanders move to fourth position in the pecking order.
Bayern Munich's Ribery closing in on comeback, confirms Guardiola
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, sidelined with an injury since March, could return to team training in the coming few weeks, coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
EPL: Mourinho promises Chelsea turnaround
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that not having another international break until March will help his team recapture their best form after a woeful start to the season.
United without Rooney, Martial, Carrick, Fellaini for Watford visit
Manchester United will be without skipper Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial for their visit to Watford on Saturday when the Premier League resumes after the international break.
EPL will pay tribute to Paris attack victims this weekend
Expressing solidarity with the people of Paris in the wake of devastating terrorist attacks, the Premier League has said that a choral version of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, will be played before all of this weekend's matches.
When Arsene Wenger talks, we listen...
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been 'deeply affected' by last week's Paris attacks and might not be in the right frame of mind to play in Saturday's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
Top quote! Chile's coach compares possession to flirting with a woman
Here is a terrific quote that is doing the rounds from Chile's coach, Jorge Sampaoli.
ISL: Dynamos jump to second spot after win over Pune City FC
Propped up by goals from Adil Nabi and Enas Edathodia and John Arne Riise, Delhi Dynamos broke their winless run at home and closed in on a semifinal berth with a convincing 3-1 victory over Pune City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL), in New Delhi, on Thursday.
November 19, 2015
I don't do anything but delegate, and earn a lot of money: Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal does "nothing" as Manchester United manager but earns a lot because the most important job for a top-level coach is delegating responsibilities to his staff.
REVEALED! Attackers planned multiple explosions in stadium
A group of several attackers planned to set off multiple explosives in Hanover soccer stadium at Tuesday night's friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands, which was called off, daily Bild reported on Thursday.
Sex tape blackmail haunts Pique-Shakira
Barcelona star Gerard Pique and his Colombian pop star partner Shakira have found themselves at the centre of a storm.
PSG will play with this special message on their shirts...
The Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain will wear in special shirts, on Saturday, against Lorient to honour victims of Paris attacks.
Chile football chief is not in US for a holiday!
The president of Chile's ANFP national football association Sergio Jadue has resigned from his post and gone to the United States to talk to the FBI about corruption at football governing body FIFA, local media reported on Wednesday.
November 18, 2015
ISL: Atletico beat Chennaiyin to jump to 2nd place
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata came from a goal down to beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1 and jump to the second spot in the Indian Super League football tournament, in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
Major setback for Blatter, Platini
Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini have lost their appeals against provisional 90-days bans by the global soccer body's ethics committee, FIFA said on Wednesday.
Germany-Netherlands match cancelled due to real threat
German officials had concrete indications of a security threat that led them to call off Tuesday night's soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands, the premier of the state of Lower Saxony said on Wednesday.
Meet the Sexiest Man Alive...
People magazine has named former England football player David Beckham as its Sexiest Man Alive for 2015.
Andre, Nani give experimental Portugal win in Luxemburg
Midfielder Andre broke the deadlock for the Euro 2016 finalists in difficult, wet conditions just after the half hour and Nani, celebrating his 29th birthday, scored direct from a free kick in the 89th minute.
PHOTOS: After cricket, football gets Sakshi Dhoni's attention
Just like MS Dhoni, his wife Sakshi is also a big football fan.
Germany v Netherlands friendly called off
A friendly soccer game between hosts Germany and Netherlands in Hanover has been called off less than two hours before its start on Tuesday, German police said.
November 17, 2015
WC qualifiers: Hong Kong dents China's soccer dream
Hong Kong held China to a nil-nil draw in a World Cup qualifying soccer match on Tuesday played amid lingering political tensions between the two sides after last year's massive pro-democracy protests in the financial hub.
'It's the worst defeat in my life...'
We don't deserve to wear Mumbai FC Jersey, says coach Nicolas Anelka.
PHOTOS: At soccer match with France, British PM to lead show of solidarity
Prime Minister David Cameron will lead a show of solidarity with France at an England-France soccer match in London on Tuesday following the bloody attacks on Paris, with English fans expected to sing the French national anthem.
ISL PHOTOS: Dudu, Haokip hat-tricks help Goa sink Mumbai
Thongkoisep Haokip and Dudu Omagbemi scored a hat-trick each as FC Goa demolished Mumbai City FC 7-0 in the biggest win of the Indian Super League football, in Margao, on Tuesday.
Paris attacks fallout: Soccer match called off; Murray plays down fears
A soccer friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks, the Belgian soccer federation said in a statement.
November 16, 2015
Look who is back in training!!!
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was back in training on Monday five days before the La Liga leaders play at second-placed Real Madrid in the first of the season's two Clasicos.
2016 European Championship to go ahead in France
UEFA has confirmed that the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament will take place in France as planned despite the deadly attacks that struck Paris on Friday.
Who will score 100th goal of ISL 2? Tell Us!
Mumbai City FC star Sunil Chhetri wants to see more Indians start upfront for their respective teams as the Hero Indian Super League 2 nears the 100-goal mark, saying the thought of scoring the landmark goal 'sounds special'.
FIFA scandal: Blatter, Platini facing six-year ban from football
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini could face a six-year ban from football-related activities due to corruption proceedings against them.
November 15, 2015
ISL: Kerala thrash Northeast
English striker Chris Dagnall scored twice as Kerala Blasters exposed NorthEast United's defensive frailties to notch up a 4-1 thumping win in their Indian Super League football match, in Guwahati, on Sunday.
Euro 2016 playoffs: Sweden triumph but Danes steal precious away goal
Sweden scored two quickfire goals either side of halftime to beat Denmark 2-1 in a Euro 2016 playoff first leg on Saturday but losing coach Morten Olsen believes his side can overturn the deficit in the return match.
PHOTOS: When Beckham was substituted by Beckham...
David Beckham's children extended their support to their father's UNICEF charity football match.
November 14, 2015
Red card could spell end for David Luiz
The international future of David Luiz looked to be in question after a poor performance and a needless sending off left coach Dunga fuming at his irresponsibility in Brazil's 1-1 draw against Argentina on Friday.
Road to Russia: CONCACAF big guns start with wins
CONCACAF big guns Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica all got off to winning starts on Friday in their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Euro 2016 playoffs: Late Dzeko goal saves Bosnia
A late goal by striker Edin Dzeko rescued a 1-1 draw for Bosnia after the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff with Ireland was hampered by poor visibility on Friday.
Football friendlies: Spain down England; Double for Dutchman Robben
Spain fullback Mario Gaspar scored with a stunning volley and midfielder Santi Cazorla added a late goal as the European champions handed England a chastening 2-0 defeat in a friendly between the continental heavyweights on Friday.
German football team warned about bombings before Paris attacks
German national football team manager Joachim Low has admitted his side were 'scared' ahead of Friday night's friendly with France due to an earlier bomb threat in the capital.
November 13, 2015
Euro 2016 playoffs: Hungary on verge of finals
Hungary moved tantalisingly close to a first appearance at a major tournament for nearly 30 years when Laszlo Kleinheisler's goal gave them a 1-0 win in the first leg of a Euro 2016 playoff against Norway in Oslo on Thursday.
World Cup qualifiers: Rodriguez snatches draw for Colombia
James Rodriguez struck in the second half to give Colombia a 1-1 draw away against Chile in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Thursday as the hosts dropped their first points of the South American campaign.
When the EPL stars wished Indian fans on Diwali...
Keeping pace with the changing times, star players of English Premier League giants Manchester United, Arsenal FC and Manchester City wished their vast Indian fan base on the occasion of Diwali.
November 12, 2015
I've put Sweden and France football on world map: Ibrahimovic
With two days to go before his country meet Denmark in the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff at the Friends Arena, Ibrahimovic also hinted that the two games against Sweden's Scandinavian rivals could be his last for the national team.
November 10, 2015
I'm not smart enough to be FIFA president, admits Ronaldo
World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is not clever enough to become FIFA president one day in the future.
What has happened to Diego Costa?
Diego Costa has turned into a pale imitation of the player who took the Premier League by storm last year and Chelsea must get him firing on all cylinders again to have any hope of salvaging their wretched season.
Another setback for Moyes...bid to resurrect career in Spain fails
David Moyes's bid to resurrect his career in La Liga ended in failure when Real Sociedad sacked him following a defeat at Las Palmas which left them hovering just above the relegation places.
November 09, 2015
When Liverpool's boss felt sad and alone at Anfield
After a six-match unbeaten start to his reign as Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp came down to earth with a bump as his side lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.
5 reasons how pressure is growing on Real Madrid...
Misfiring Real Madrid need quick response ahead of Barcelona visit.
November 08, 2015
La Liga: In-form Neymar strikes twice as Barca sink Villarreal
A delightful flick and volley from Neymar allowed him to complete a double as Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-0 to go three points clear at the top of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid's clash with Sevilla later on Sunday.
ISL: Mutu's last-minute strike helps Pune snatch draw against Goa
Eugenson Lyngdoh had found the net in the 32nd minute for the hosts but Rafael Coelho Luiz (34) and Jonatan Lucca (44) brought FC Goa back into the game.
EPL PHOTOS: Palace lord over Liverpool; Spurs hold Arsenal in derby
After seven consecutive league defeats, and one point from the last 30 on offer, had plunged Villa into crisis and cost Tim Sherwood his job, the former European champions produced a gritty display to frustrate City.
Lingard proves solution to Manchester United's striking woes
Manchester United found a home grown solution to their goalscoring problems in the shape of Jesse Lingard as the 22-year-old celebrated his first Premier League start by breaking an Old Trafford stalemate on Saturday.
More misery for absent Mourinho as Chelsea flop again
Chelsea failed to deliver the Premier League gift that might have taken the suffocating pressure off an absent friend as manager Jose Mourinho was forced to endure yet another defeat at Stoke City.
November 07, 2015
ISL: NorthEast stun champions Atletico de Kolkata
Bottom-placed NorthEast United FC struck through a Simao Sabrosa penalty to shock reigning champions Atletico de Kolkata 1-0 in an Indian Super League football match at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
Bundesliga: Goal king Salomon hits hat-trick for Hertha
Salomon Kalou scored a hat-trick as Hertha Berlin beat Hanover 96 3-1 on Friday, their second win in three matches helping them climb to fourth in the Bundesliga.
Warning! Mourinho's expletive-laden rant ahead...
FA details Mourinho's expletive-laden rant at West Ham
Who will win FIFA goal of year? Messi, Tevez or Hall
Argentina's Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez, English third tier player David Hall and U.S. women's international Carli Lloyd were among players included on the shortlist for FIFA's goal of the year award on Friday.
November 06, 2015
Sepp Blatter under medical evaluation
Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter suffered a health incident at the weekend and is undergoing stress-related health checks but is not in hospital, a spokesman for the suspended FIFA president said on Friday.
ISL: Mumbai allow Delhi to walk in injury-time equaliser
Local lad Robin Singh struck in the injury time to help Delhi Dynamos hold Mumbai Indians to a 1-1 draw in an eighth round match of the Indian Super League football tournament, in New Delhi, on Friday.
Effigy of 'Bad Guy' Blatter to go up in smoke
A giant effigy of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter will be set alight as part of the Bonfire Night celebrations of a small English town.
November 05, 2015
France snub Valbuena, Benzema amid sextape scandal
Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema, embroiled in a sextape scandal, were omitted from France's squad on Thursday for the games with Germany and England later this month while Hatem Ben Arfa was recalled.
ISL: Goa edge Chennaiyin, grab top spot
FC Goa scored two goals via penalties to beat Chennaiyin FC 2-0 and jump to the top spot of the Indian Super League football, in Chennai, on Thursday.
FIFA Rankings: India slip to 172; Belgium on top for first time
Indian football team's downward spiral in the FIFA rankings continued as it slipped five places to 172nd in the latest chart, on Thursday.
Football star Benzema faces charge in French sex-tape blackmail case
French Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was placed under formal judicial investigation on Thursday in connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow-France soccer international Mathieu Valbuena with the use of a sex video.
Look who is gaining maximum advantage from Messi's absence...
Barcelona strike duo Neymar and Luis Suarez have developed in the absence of Lionel Messi.
PHOTOS: Barcelona thrash BATE; Gent stun Valencia
A Neymar double and a clinical finish from Luis Suarez handed Barcelona a comfortable 3-0 victory over BATE Borisov that put them on the verge of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League for the 12th consecutive season.
Willian free kick gives Chelsea nervy win over Dynamo
A stunning free kick from Willian seven minutes from time gave Chelsea a nervy and hard-fought 2-1 UEFA Champions League Group G win over Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday to lift some of the gloom surrounding Stamford Bridge.
PHOTOS: Five-star Bayern hand Arsenal a thrashing!
Bayern Munich dismantled Arsenal 5-1 in UEFA Champions League Group F on Wednesday after a sensational first-half performance to close on the knockout stages with two matches left.
November 04, 2015
Top stars missing from football friendlies...
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will miss Wales' friendly at home to the Netherlands on November 13, manager Chris Coleman said on Wednesday.
ISL: Kerala notch up 1st win in 7 matches
Kerala Blasters put up a dominating performance to beat table toppers FC Pune City 2-0 and notch up their first win in seven matches in the Indian Super League football tournament, in Kochi, on Wednesday.
November 03, 2015
Police raid German soccer HQ over 2006 World Cup payment
Police raided the Frankfurt headquarters of Germany's football association (DFB) on Tuesday and searched the homes of officials to investigate suspected tax evasion linked to the awarding of the 2006 World Cup, prosecutors said.
Chelsea's Fabregas denies reports of rift with manager Mourinho
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has denied suggestions of a rift with manager Jose Mourinho, accusing "certain individuals from outside" of trying to destabilise the club and refuting reports that he is leading an alleged dressing-room revolt.
Chelsea boss Mourinho gets stadium ban and fine
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined 40,000 pounds ($61,680.00) over a misconduct charge, the Football Association said on Monday.
Mourinho is proven world class...Chelsea should stick with him
Chelsea's players must look at themselves and start performing, former Blues stalwart Frank Lampard said as speculation continues to swirl over the future of manager Jose Mourinho.
Champions League: Confident Arsenal out to tame Bayern again
Confident Arsenal travel to Bayern Munich on Wednesday hoping to tame the German champions for a second time in two weeks, and are promising to attack despite a string of injuries.
November 02, 2015
'I-League-ISL merger may take two-three years to materialise'
"In fact, we are in negotiation with stakeholders including ISL franchisees on the issue," Dhar told reporters at the 11th Convocation of Tata Football Academy (TFA) in Jamshedpur.
Ref lets off Costa for kicking Skrtel during EPL match
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has avoided disciplinary action after appearing to kick out at Liverpool's Martin Skrtel in Saturday's 3-1 defeat, according to English Football Association sources.
Check out who is creating maximum buzz in EPL...
Jamie Vardy continued shooting his way towards a Premier League record when he extended his goal streak in Leicester City's 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Champions League: Real heavyweights returning for PSG clash
Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has been relying on second-string players to get the club through a mini injury crisis but should have several of his heavyweights back when Paris St Germain visit in the Champions League on Tuesday.
November 01, 2015
Serie A: Fiorentina turn on the style to join Inter at top
Fiorentina hit four goals before halftime, including a cheeky backheel by Gonzalo Rodriguez and a Panenka-style penalty from Khouma Babacar, to beat Frosinone 4-1 and join Inter Milan at the top of Serie A on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Everton crush Sunderland thanks to Kone hat-trick
Arouna Kone grabbed a hat-trick as Everton piled on the Premier League relegation worries for Sam Allardyce's Sunderland with a 6-2 demolition job at Goodison Park on Sunday.
ISL: Hume's hat-trick powers Atletico past Mumbai City
Canadian striker Ian Hume made light of a bandaged head to score a fine hat-trick and help defending champions Atletico de Kolkata drub Mumbai City FC 4-1 in a fast-paced Indian Super League football match at the D Y Patil Stadium, in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Dortmund close on Bayern
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus scored twice in a 3-1 victory at Werder Bremen on Saturday to put them within five points of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich while Borussia Moenchengladbach continued their sensational winning run with a 4-1 demolition of Hertha Berlin.
Wenger hails Arsenal's continued improvement
A clinical second-half display earned Arsenal a 3-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday and proved they are ready to mount a sustained Premier League title challenge.
October 31, 2015
La Liga: Ronaldo helps Real to remain on top
Real Madrid opened a three-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga when Cristiano Ronaldo scored his eighth goal of the campaign in a 3-1 victory at home to promoted Las Palmas on Saturday.
ISL 'South India' derby: Kerala Blasters, Chennaiyin FC settle for draw
Kerala Blasters missed a crucial second-half penalty kick and had to settle for a 1-1 draw against rivals Chennaiyin FC in the Hero Indian Super League football, in Kochi, on Saturday.
So, is Mourinho getting sacked in the morning?
Jose Mourinho's future as Chelsea manager looked increasingly uncertain after Liverpool beat them 3-1 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
1st World Beach Games in San Diego!!!
San Diego will host the inaugural World Beach Games in 2017 after the general council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) voted on Friday to back the bid of the city in Southern California.
Ligue 1: Di Maria fires PSG 10 points clear
Angel Di Maria volleyed in with 15 minutes left to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win at Stade Rennais on Friday and extend their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table to 10 points.
Bundesliga: Eintracht end Bayern's winning league run with draw
Leaders Bayern Munich's express start to the season finally ran out of steam on Friday with a goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, following 10 wins out of their 10 previous Bundesliga games.
October 30, 2015
Indian Super League: Injury-time goal gives Delhi win over Kolkata
Brazilian striker Gustavo dos Santos struck an injury-time goal as Delhi Dynamos beat defending champions Atletico de Kolkata by a solitary goal in a closely-fought Indian Super League match.
Axe hangs over Mourinho as struggling Chelsea face Liverpool
Fans are openly speculating that owner Roman Abramovich, a man who places notoriously high demands on his managers, could call time on Jose Mourinho's second spell at Stamford Bridge if Liverpool can inflict another defeat on the champions.
I would not enjoy playing for Van Gaal's United: Scholes
The former Manchester United midfielder, who was an integral part of Alex Ferguson's dominant United teams for almost two decades, said there is a "lack of creativity and risk" in Van Gaal's team.
October 29, 2015
West Ham's position in the table motivates the players: Bilic
West Ham United players are motivated by their position in the Premier League table and they are keen to stay close to the top for as long as possible, manager Slaven Bilic said on Thursday.
Is Mourinho still the right man for Chelsea?
The Premier League champions have endured a dismal season so far, losing eight of the 16 games they have played in all competitions, and were knocked out of the League Cup, that they also won last season, in a penalty shootout against Stoke City on Tuesday night.
October 28, 2015
Meet the SEVEN confirmed candidates vying for FIFA presidency
In a statement, Zurich-based FIFA said the candidates proposed are: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Musa Hassan Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Michel Platini, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale.
Nepal kicked out of AFC youth tourney for fielding over-age player
Nepal have been kicked out of the Asian Football Confederation's under-16 championships in India next year after being found guilty of fielding an over-age player in the qualifying tournament.
Defiant Mourinho doesn't need 'assurances' after Chelsea exit Cup
Mourinho's men came from 1-0 down to send the tie into extra time but Chelsea's miserable season continued unchecked as they failed to find a winner against a Stoke side that played with 10 men for all of extra time.
Chelsea great Lampard gets OBE
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) from Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
US soccer legend Abby Wambach retires
American Abby Wambach, who tallied more goals in international competition than any other football player in history, male or female, said on Tuesday she was retiring at age 35.
Obama gives thumbs up to US women's soccer team
President Barack Obama on Tuesday lauded the World Cup champion US women's soccer team for inspiring 'millions of girls to dream bigger' and suggested that goal-scoring phenom Carli Lloyd might want to consider becoming his White House successor.
Beckham mulls adding school to Miami stadium in bid for MLS team
Retired English football star David Beckham is considering a proposal to build a sports high school at a new football stadium in Miami as part of his quest to bring a Major League football team to the city.
Brazil's most costly football stadium may not host Olympic games
Tickets for matches in Brasilia have already been on sale for months and it remains unclear how fans, many of whom may have bought flights and booked hotels, would be reimbursed
Chelsea's Costa hospitalised following rib injury
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Diego Costa was taken to hospital with a rib injury suffered during Chelsea's Capital One League Cup match at StokeCity on Tuesday.
October 27, 2015
Cheeky reactions to India football jersey for BRICS Cup
The Indian football team's jersey for the Under-17 BRICS Diplomatic Football Cup was unveiled last week.
'Smalling one of top three centre halves in world football'
The United regular vows to repay faith shown by Rooney and Van Gaal
Beckham to play football in 7 continents... all for the love of the game
Former soccer star David Beckham will star in the documentary film 'David Beckham: For the Love of the Game,' which has been commissioned by the BBC.
Bid for FIFA presidency: Meet the men who could replace Blatter
The race to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of Fifa is picking up steam and there is a scramble for nominations.
October 26, 2015
Leicester manager Ranieri delivers on pizza promise
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will deliver on his vow to buy pizza for the squad after they kept their first clean sheet of the season in beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at the weekend.
La Liga: Suarez treble gives Barcelona comeback win over Eibar
Barcelona needed Luis Suarez to be at his clinical best with a hat-trick in a 3-1 comeback win at home to modest Eibar on Sunday which put the champions level on 21 points with arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
October 25, 2015
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City return to top after dull derby draw
Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League by drawing 0-0 away to Manchester United in a disappointing local derby on Sunday.
Aston Villa sack manager Tim Sherwood
Aston Villa have sacked manager Tim Sherwood, the Premier League club announced on Sunday.
It was a weekend filled with joy for Wenger and gloom for Mourinho...
Bitter rivals Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho had wildly contrasting afternoons on Saturday as Arsenal went top of the Premier League and champions Chelsea lost again with their manager being sent off.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea's woes continue; Arsenal go top of table
Chelsea's terrible start to the season plumbed new depths on Saturday when the Premier League champions lost 2-1 at West Ham United.
October 24, 2015
La Liga: Real clear at the top after win at 10-man Celta
Leaders Real Madrid pulled three points clear of second-placed Celta Vigo when they held off the valiant 10-man Galicians to secure a nervy 3-1 victory in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash in La Liga.
Bundesliga: Robben scores on comeback in Bayern's 1,000th league win
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben sparkled on his comeback from injury after almost two months, scoring the champions' first goal in a 4-0 demolition of Cologne on Saturday for their 1,000th victory in the Bundesliga that put them 10 points clear at the top.
Mourinho banished to stands as 10-man Chelsea lose again
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was banished from the dugout and midfielder Nemanja Matic was sent off the pitch as the Premier League champions lost 2-1 at West Ham United who climbed to second in the table on Saturday.
Four teams fined by UEFA for fan trouble at Euro qualifiers
UEFA has fined England, Poland, Scotland and Lithuania for failing to control their fans in recent European Championship qualifying matches, the governing body said in a statement on Friday.
October 23, 2015
Chelsea may not be over the blues yet, admits Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is unsure if the Premier League champions are over the worst following their poor start to the season, but he said on Friday that a win and two clean sheets in the last week had lifted everyone at the club.
Dybala consigned to the bench while Juventus struggle for goals
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri's decision to consign 40 million euro ($44.16 million) forward Paulo Dybala to the substitutes' bench appears to have backfired after his side's failure to score in their last two games.
Football is no theatre and I'm no angel on the pitch: Costa
Portrayed as a pantomime villain in some quarters, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said he will not be changing his aggressive style of play to win new friends.
'FIFA's role more important than ever'
Highlighting the divisions, the former French diplomat pointed out that the top European clubs spend millions on players while Papua New Guinea's football federation struggles to pay air fares for its team.
PHOTOS: Liverpool toil as Klopp's old Dortmund team shine
Juergen Klopp got a taste of the problems at Liverpool as his first home game as manager ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan who played more than 50 minutes with 10 men in the Europa League on Thursday.
October 22, 2015
Total football exponent, Dutch great Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer
"Over the past weeks, Johan Cruyff has been undergoing medical examinations at a hospital in Barcelona. During these examinations, lung cancer has been uncovered. The examinations are still ongoing," the statement said.
October 21, 2015
German great Beckenbauer under FIFA ethics investigation
German football great Franz Beckenbauer on Wednesday became the latest FIFA official named as under investigation, along with FIFA vice-president Angel Maria Villar and several other former executive committee members.
October 19, 2015
Platini defends $2 million FIFA fee, says he undercharged
In an interview with the Le Monde newspaper published on Monday, the head of Europe's powerful UEFA football federation said the money was for work he did for FIFA president Sepp Blatter from 1998 to 2002.
Ronaldo, Bayern mark record-breaking weekend in Europe
Cristiano Ronaldo finally became the highest scorer in Real Madrid's history while Bayern Munich set a record for the greatest number of successive wins at the start of a season in the Bundesliga this weekend.
October 18, 2015
WC row: Former German footballer Beckenbauer rejects bribery claims
Franz Beckenbauer, who headed the organising committee for the 2006 soccer World Cup rejected claims that a slush fund had been set up to buy votes and bring the tournament to Germany back in 2000.
La Liga: Celta joint top after 2-1 win at 10-man Villarreal
"We are really pleased and we just have to enjoy it," Celta defender Gustavo Cabral told Spanish television.
Roma win as De Rossi joins 500 club; Bayern unstoppable
AS Roma's Daniele De Rossi celebrated his 500th appearance for the club with a goal in their 3-1 win over Empoli at the Olympic Stadium as they moved up to second place in Serie A on Saturday.
Record Ronaldo goal helps put Real Madrid top of La Liga
Real Madrid opened a two-point lead over Villarreal at the top of La Liga when Cristiano Ronaldo set a club scoring record in a 3-0 stroll at home to Levante on Saturday.
Premier League: Manchester duo hit scoring spree, Arsenal win
Goals rained in for Manchester City and Manchester United but Juergen Klopp's first game in charge of Liverpool was solid rather than spectacular with his new side drawing 0-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.
October 17, 2015
Blatter fighting to return for FIFA handover in February
Sepp Blatter, suspended president of soccer's world governing body, FIFA, said he aimed to return to office in time to hand over power to a successor to be elected at a special congress in February.
Ligue 1: Rafael earns Lyon a point at 10-man Monaco
A late equaliser by Rafael earned Olympique Lyonnais a 1-1 draw at AS Monaco in Friday's Ligue 1 clash at the Stade Louis II.
Bundesliga: Dortmund snap winless run with win at Mainz
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund beat hosts Mainz 05 2-0 on Friday in coach Thomas Tuchel's return to his former club, ending their three-game winless run in the Bundesliga to close in on leaders Bayern Munich.
Mourinho receives Pulis backing as he readies to appeal fine
"I have to be honest with myself so I have to appeal," he told a news conference on Friday, a day after calling the punishment "an absolute disgrace".
October 16, 2015
No 'irregularities' in 2006 World Cup bid win: German FA
The German Football Association (DFB) has found no indication of wrongdoing in the process of winning the right to host 2006 World Cup, it said on Friday after an internal investigation was completed.
UEFA calls for a quick decision for Platini
European football's governing body UEFA called for a quick decision in the case of its suspended president Michel Platini on Thursday and said the FIFA presidential election, which he is contesting, should go ahead in February as planned.
EPL player of the month award goes to...
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino have bagged the Premier League player and manager of the month awards for September.
Iconic Raul to retire in November
Former Real Madrid forward Raul, the Spanish giants' joint-record scorer, will hang up his boots in November after a stellar 21-year career as one of the game's finest talents.
Furious Mourinho calls FA fine a 'disgrace'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has described his Football Association fine as a 'disgrace' and branded his suspended one-match stadium ban 'astonishing' after his comments about referees, British media reported on Thursday.
Pele offers to help organise grassroots exchange program with Santos
Football legend Pele described the FIFA corruption scandal as a "shame", but made it clear that the reputation of the game was not tarnished.
Here is what Liverpool's new boss Klopp expects from the team...
"We want to get back the trust and confidence in our own skills, in our quality. That needs time," he told reporters.
October 15, 2015
Prince Ali formally submits candidature for FIFA presidency
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan formally submitted his candidature to be FIFA president on Thursday, pledging to restore the reputation of world soccer's scandal-ridden governing body.
October 13, 2015
Insatiable Ronaldo collects fourth Golden Shoe award
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo collected a record fourth Golden Shoe award as Europe's top scorer on Tuesday for his 48-goal haul in La Liga last season.
Platini did not disclose deal with Blatter, says former UEFA chief
Former UEFA president Lennart Johansson says that the European football body was never told about the payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) from Sepp Blatter to current UEFA boss Michel Platini.
October 12, 2015
FIFA ethics committee says Platini complaints "not valid"
FIFA's ethics committee rejected criticism from UEFA president Michel Platini over the manner of his suspension, saying the argument that he was not allowed to defend himself is "not valid."
'I always played with a good heart; thank you very much'
Football legend Pele tells defending Indian Super League champions Atletico de Kolkata to always respect the opponent.
This is how Albanians celebrate reaching first major football finals...
Albania qualified for Euro 2016, their first ever major tournament, when a 3-0 away win over Armenia clinched second place in Group 'I' above Denmark on Sunday sparking wild celebrations across the country.
October 09, 2015
20 AMAZING facts you didn't know about soccer legend Pele
As Pele readies to awaken the 'sleeping giant of football' with his presence, Rediff.com lists some lesser known facts from the legend's life. Read on and be amazed...
Blatter's ship finally runs aground
History is not likely to be so kind to the 79-year-old Swiss, who only recently compared himself to a mountain goat that keeps "going and going and going and cannot be stopped." Instead, his name is likely to be associated with the succession of corruption scandals which occurred on his watch.
Why football will never see any other like Pele again!
He might be travelling halfway across the globe to promote youth football through Subroto Cup but Brazilian legend Pele on Friday declared that there won't be another like him and the man who draws constant comparisons with him, the inimitable Diego Maradona.
October 08, 2015
Cameroon's Hayatou to stand in for suspended Blatter
Cameroon's Issa Hayatou will take over as interim FIFA president following the provisional suspension of Sepp Blatter in a corruption scandal.
ISL: Delhi Dynamos edge past Chennaiyin
Delhi Dynamos edged past Chennaiyin FC by a solitary goal in a close-fought match to register their first victory in the second season of Indian Super League in New Delhi, on Thursday.
Klopp set to sign as new Liverpool boss after agreeing terms
After days of speculation, the charismatic 48-year-old was expected to finally sign his contract as replacement for Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked on Sunday.
Will Barcelona striker Messi be jailed for tax fraud charges?
Although the prosecutor has argued Lionel Messi should not have to answer the charges as his father oversaw his finances, a court document published on Thursday showed the judge in the case had ruled he must still appear as a defendant.
US charges Honduran football club chief with laundering drug money
The president of a top Honduras football club and two family members were charged by US authorities on Wednesday with engineering a decade-long scheme to launder drug trafficking and foreign bribery proceeds through US accounts.
October 06, 2015
Manchester United's Martial plays down comparisons with Henry
Manchester United's deadline day signing Anthony Martial has played down comparisons with Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry, saying he still has everything to prove.
Honed in Barca school of football, Josue ready to wow India
As Kerala Blasters kick-off their ISL campaign against NorthEast United FC in their opener in Kochi on Tuesday, October 6, Spaniard Josue Currais-Preito is looking forward to wow Indian crowds with his technical acumen.
October 05, 2015
Chelsea give under-fire Mourinho 'full support'
English Premier League champions Chelsea have given their full backing to under-fire manager Jose Mourinho following the team's torrid start to the season.
October 04, 2015
Sevilla hand champions Barca second straight away defeat
Champions Barcelona suffered their second defeat in three matches in La Liga on Saturday, with Michael Krohn-Dehli scoring and setting up another goal in a 2-1 victory for Sevilla.
Southampton send Chelsea crashing
Chelsea's early season slump turned into a full-blown crisis on Saturday when they were beaten 3-1 by Southampton while Manchester City went top of the Premier League with Sergio Aguero scoring five in a 6-1 win over Newcastle United.
October 02, 2015
Giggs would make perfect Manchester United manager, says Beckham
David Beckham has no doubt that his former team mate and "Class of 92" graduate will make a success of the job if he takes it.
Eight players of Iran's women's football team are 'MEN'!!!
Eight players of Iran's women's national football team are apparently men
September 29, 2015
When football ref pulled a GUN on the pitch!
A lower-league match in Brazil turned bizarre when a referee pulled out a gun and pointed it towards players after tempers boiled over.
September 28, 2015
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com takes you in flashback as we rewind the best from the sporting world in the week gone by.
PHOTOS: United top, Messi injured, Bayern perfect
Manchester United took over at the top of the Premier League while Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi could be out for up to two months with a knee injury and rampant Bayern Munich extended their perfect start to seven league wins.
Why FIFA boss Blatter has become the focus of a criminal investigation
A Swiss national who has run soccer's powerful governing body for the past 17 years, 79-year-old FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has now for the first time become the focus of a criminal investigation.
'I am sure Manchester City will win the Champions League'
Manchester City's barnstorming start to the English soccer season, producing five straight wins, is in danger of becoming a fading memory after consecutive defeats by West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur allowed Manchester United to knock them off the top of the table.
Why Platini is no longer the favourite to succeed Blatter at FIFA
Bookmakers lengthened the odds that European soccer boss Michel Platini will succeed Sepp Blatter as head of global soccer body FIFA, after Swiss prosecutors said they were investigating Blatter over a payment to Platini.
September 27, 2015
Champions Juventus beaten again, Roma up to fourth
Champions Juventus lost for the third time in six Serie A matches this season after goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain secured a 2-1 home win for Napoli on Saturday.
More trouble in store for Blatter, could face FIFA ethics investigation
FIFA president Sepp Blatter, already facing a criminal investigation from Swiss prosecutors, may now come under scrutiny from his organisation's own ethics investigators if they find evidence of potential wrongdoing, according to FIFA's ethics procedure.
PHOTOS: Villarreal top after Real held by Malaga, Messi suffers injury
Villarreal went top with a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday after a toothless Real Madrid were held 0-0 at home to 10-man Malaga and Lionel Messi suffered a serious injury as Barcelona beat Las Palmas 2-1.
Chelsea stage two-goal rally to draw at Newcastle
English Premier League champions Chelsea needed two late goals to salvage a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United on Saturday, with Brazilians Ramires and Willian coming off the bench to earn Jose Mourinho's stuttering side a point.
September 26, 2015
Judge freezes Neymar's assets in tax evasion probe
The parents of Brazil forward Neymar have denied any wrongdoing after a judge froze 188.8 million reais ($47.6 million) of the player's assets in a tax evasion case.
FIFA sets winter dates for Qatar World Cup
FIFA announced on Friday that the 2022 World Cup, to be held in Qatar, will start on November 21 with the final to be played on December 18 - cutting four days off the length of the competition.
Mourinho launches new attack on Wenger
Jose Mourinho's long-running feud with Arsenal's Arsene Wenger continued on Friday when the Chelsea boss said there was one exception in English football to the rules applying to every other manager.
September 22, 2015
Soccer Updates! Costa, Gabriel charged after Stamford Bridge battle
Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista have both been charged by the Football Association after incidents in Saturday's bad-tempered Premier League derby at Stamford Bridge.
September 20, 2015
Club footballers want stability, not more transfers
'More than 95 percent of the players are happy with their contract and happy with their club; they want the kids to go to school, they have a normal life; so I don't think that will happen'
September 19, 2015
UP Govt promises to construct football stadium in Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced that a football stadium of international standard will be constructed in Lucknow for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed soon.
September 18, 2015
Soccer Shorts: 'Shaw set for second operation on Friday'
Manchester United's Luke Shaw is set to undergo a second operation on Friday after breaking his right leg in two places in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven, according to British media reports.
September 17, 2015
Soccer Updates! Bale sidelined by calf muscle injury
Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale damaged a calf muscle in his left leg during Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League Group A victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, tests confirmed on Thursday.
Iranian women's football captain banned... by husband!
The Iranian woman's football captain, Niloufar Ardalan, will miss the Asian Cup tournament as her husband has confiscated her passport in a domestic quarrel.
September 15, 2015
India's best-known footballer on why ISL and I-League should not merge
Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said on Tuesday that a merger of the newly floated Indian Super League (ISL) and the long-running I-League is neither going to happen nor is it advisable.
PSV to play fearless football against favourites Manchester United
The Dutch club are returning to the group phase of the competition for the first time in seven years.
September 12, 2015
European football round-up: Lasogga lifts Hamburg
The win lifted Hamburg, who needed a relegation playoff to stay up last season, to seventh on six points.
September 11, 2015
Soccer shots: De Gea signs new four-year United contract
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September 10, 2015
ISL bringing Manchester United striker Rooney to India?
Brazilian great Pele is not the only football star scheduled to touch down in Kolkata with Indian Super League team Atletico de Kolkata co-owner Sourav Ganguly claiming that England superstar Wayne Rooney would also be visiting the city later this year.
September 09, 2015
Swede-bashing Austrians reach Euros for second time
Martin Harnik scored twice as Austria qualified for the finals of the European Championship for the first time by thrashing Sweden 4-1 on Tuesday.
Substitute Neymar inspires Brazil to win over US
Substitute Neymar scored two second-half goals to inspire Brazil to a 4-1 win over the United States in Massachusetts on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Rooney breaks Charlton's record in England win
Wayne Rooney became England's all-time record scorer when he smashed home his 50th international goal from the penalty spot as England beat Switzerland 2-0 in their Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at Wembley on Tuesday.
September 07, 2015
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Dutch football in crisis after losing to Turkey
The two losses in Blind's first two games left the Dutch floundering in fourth place in Group A, needing to overhaul a two-point deficit on third placed Turkey with two games to play in October to have any chance of reaching the Euro 2016 finals via the November play-offs.
September 06, 2015
Football friendlies: Hulk shines in lacklustre Brazil's win
Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk scored after nine minutes when he muscled his way past a defender and fired home from 12 metres.
September 05, 2015
PHOTOS: Messi, Aguero strike braces as Argentina thump Bolivia
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero struck two goals apiece in Argentina's 7-0 romp against an out-of-sorts Bolivia while Mexico were held 3-3 by Trinidad & Tobago in friendlies in the United States on Friday.
September 04, 2015
Did Pedro reject Manchester United offer to avoid Van Gaal?
Chelsea summer recruit Pedro has dismissed reports that he refused a move to Manchester United because he was averse to working under coach Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
September 03, 2015
Manchester United signs deal with Indian IT giant HCL
English Premier League club Manchester United said on Wednesday it had signed a partnership deal with IT firm HCL Technologies to improve its website and app as it gears up to launch a new digital media strategy.
Transfer Truths: The EPL's biggest gambles this summer
Rediff.com makes an assessment of the biggest gambles made by the leading Premier League teams this summer.
September 02, 2015
Man City flex muscles as English clubs break spending record
There was the usual frenzy of last-minute deals as the English Premier League brought the curtain down on another bumper European transfer window in which Manchester City again flexed their financial muscle as the continent's top spenders.
September 01, 2015
United keeper De Gea's transfer to Real scuppered by paperwork delay?
Confusion reigns over goalkeeper David De Gea's expected transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid after media reported the relevant paperwork was not delivered in time on Spain's deadline day.
August 31, 2015
Euro soccer round-up: Roma hand Juve second successive defeat
After losing only three league games last season Juventus have now lost the first two of the new campaign as a deserved 2-1 defeat at AS Roma on Sunday condemned the champions to their worst-ever Serie A start.
August 28, 2015
Football shorts: West Brom rule out Berahino move
West Bromwich Albion have ruled out the prospect of Saido Berahino leaving the club during the current transfer window, leading Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to compare his club's pursuit of the striker to a frustrated love affair.
August 27, 2015
Soccer shots: Balotelli completes loan move to Milan from Liverpool
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August 26, 2015
Soccer Roundup: Meet United's new 'bully' and more...
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August 25, 2015
After Messi, Ibra... Indian football uses Player Tracking System
In a first of sorts for Indian football, the national team implemented the 'Player Tracking System' at its ongoing preparatory camp at the DSK Dream City, the home of DSK Shivajians Football Club, in Pune.
There is no corruption in football, reckons FIFA chief Blatter
"If there are people who don't like the organisation or don't like me, they will realise they have been wrong... they will realise that."
August 23, 2015
Soccer Roundup: Atletico make winning La Liga start
Atletico Madrid got their La Liga campaign up and running in less than convincing fashion when Antoine Griezmann's deflected free kick secured an edgy 1-0 win at home to promoted Las Palmas on Saturday.
August 21, 2015
United could have signed Pedro if they wanted, says Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal played down the club's interest in signing Pedro from Barcelona and blamed the media for exaggerating his interest in the Spanish international.
Best of enemies: Blatter-Platini rift to shape FIFA election
What's in Michel Platini's head at the moment is how to take Sepp Blatter's job, and whether the Swiss can conspire to stop him.
What's to blame for champions Chelsea's poor start to the season
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic believes the earlier-than-usual start to the English Premier League season has hurt the team's performance.
August 20, 2015
Soccer Roundup: Women call for 30 per cent representation in FIFA
FIFA's Task Force for Women's Football has called for a target of 30 percent women's participation in the governing body's leading structures and top jobs, FIFA said on Thursday.
Spain forward Pedro joins Chelsea from Barcelona
Chelsea will pay 30 million euros ($33.54 million) for the player, three of which will be based on performance, the Spanish champions said on their website.
August 19, 2015
Soccer updates: Inter's Kovacic agrees big-money move to Real
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August 18, 2015
Infamous 'Hand of God' ref reunites with Maradona after 29 years
The pair exchange gifts for the cameras when they met in Tunis on Monday with Bennaceur handing the former Argentina skipper a framed photo of himself, Maradona and Shilton, who captained England, before the match at the Azteca Stadium.
Soccer Updates: Bilbao stun Barcelona for historic Super Cup win
Athletic Bilbao claimed their first silverware in more than three decades when they wrapped up a 5-1 aggregate win over 10-man Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup on Monday and unleash ecstatic celebrations in the Basque city.
August 15, 2015
Soccer Updates! Bilbao hammer Barca 4-0
Aritz Aduriz's second half hat-trick sent Barcelona spinning to a shock 4-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Friday.
Januzaj rewards United faith with winner at Villa
Adnan Januzaj reminded Manchester United fans of his class as his 29th-minute goal earned a 1-0 win at Aston Villa and propelled them, after two humdrum triumphs, to the top of the table on Friday.
August 14, 2015
Soccer updates! United to continue without De Gea
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August 10, 2015
Football weekend scarred by violence on and off the pitch
Hertha Berlin team bus shot at by motorcyclist and penalty prompts riot police to protect referee in Brazil league match.
Check out Europe's chaotic soccer weekend
Rediff.com brings you the top highlights of the soccer weekend.
August 06, 2015
Chelsea outspent by rivals but confident of defending EPL title
Jose Mourinho's side had paid lavish sums to bolster key areas by this time last year but, having claimed the title at a canter, the motto of this transfer window seems to be: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
August 05, 2015
Points Table: English Premier League 2015-16
The points table of the English Premier League 2015-16 season.
'Football is not ballet,' says Milan coach after De Jong tackle
AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has dismissed complaints about a Nigel de Jong tackle during Tuesday's friendly match against Bayern Munich by saying that "football is not ballet."
Brazilian senators to head to US, Switzerland, in soccer probe
A Brazilian Senate committee investigating corruption in soccer will send three of its members to Switzerland and Miami to interview key players charged in a massive bribery scandal.
Bizarre! Politician mulls day of remembrance for Brazil's 7-1 WC loss
Jota Silva said the day would serve to "reflect on what happened on July 8," the day in 2014 when eventual world champions Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.
August 02, 2015
Will Wenger's Arsenal end his Mourinho jinx?
The Community Shield showpiece at Wembley will be the 14th time Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have locked horns in opposing dugouts and Wenger is still waiting to get one over the Portuguese.
Beaten Man City let in four goals in Stuttgart friendly
Manchester City conceded four goals in 36 hapless minutes on Saturday as they slumped to a 4-2 defeat by VfB Stuttgart in a pre-season friendly.
July 30, 2015
Mourinho lashes out after Benitez's wife sparks row
'The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan where, in six months, he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time'
July 28, 2015
Mexico football coach Herrera accused of punching journalist
The coach of Mexico's national soccer team was accused on Monday of punching a journalist in the neck during an altercation at the Philadelphia airport, a day after Mexico's triumph in Sunday's CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
July 26, 2015
FIFA, AIFF launch football development program in seven states
India has been termed the sleeping giant of world football by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) president Sepp Blatter and to awaken the dormant potential of the region, the international football association has launched a new program in partnership with the football association of seven Indian states.
July 22, 2015
'Invincibles' Campbell, Parlour relive Arsenal's golden run!
Arsenal legends Ray Parlour and Sol Campbell says while it might be difficult for the Gunners to recreate the unbeaten season of 2003-04 they could certainly challenge for the title in the coming season provided the club signs up a couple of good players this season.
July 21, 2015
Real Madrid's Ramos could be moving towards Manchester United
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted the club may be pursuing Real Madrid's Spain defender Sergio Ramos and could also sign a "surprise" striker.
Football great Pele leaves hospital after back surgery
Brazilian football legend Pele left the hospital on Monday after undergoing back surgery, the latest in a series of health complications for the 74-year-old former star striker.
July 20, 2015
Four of six confederations ready to back Platini for FIFA president
As well as UEFA, the continental confederations representing South America (Conmebol), North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and Asia (AFC) have all reportedly told Platini they would back his candidacy for FIFA president. The other two confederations are Africa's CAF and Oceania's OFC.
PHOTOS: Protester showers FIFA's Blatter with fake money
FIFA president Sepp Blatter was showered with paper money by a protester before the start of a press conference in Zurich on Monday.
July 19, 2015
Brazil soccer great Pele undergoes back surgery
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has undergone back surgery, a close aide told Reuters on Saturday, the latest in a series of recent health problems afflicting the 74-year-old former player.
July 17, 2015
FIFA, others defeat US lawsuit over soccer concussions
A US judge has dismissed much of a lawsuit by soccer players and parents seeking to force FIFA and other governing bodies to change the sport's rules to limit the risk of concussions and other head injuries, especially for children.
Lack of football culture hurting India
Not focussing on grassroot development over the years has led to the players learning the basics only late in their career, says national coach Stephen Constantine. Benitez wants Real to put behind row over Casillas exit
The controversial departure of Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has created "division" at the Spanish giants and they must put it behind them as soon as possible, coach Rafa Benitez said on Friday.
July 16, 2015
Swiss authorities begin questioning detained FIFA officials
Swiss authorities have begun questioning the soccer officials who were arrested in Zurich in May in a corruption scandal and are facing extradition to the United States, legal sources said.
Why Manchester United want to sell Valdes six months after buying him
Manchester United will sell goalkeeper Victor Valdes after the Spaniard refused to play in the reserves, manager Louis van Gaal said.
July 13, 2015
'Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for'
Manchester United signed Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich on a three-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.
July 11, 2015
Bayern's Schweinsteiger to join Manchester United
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed to join English Premier League side Manchester United from German champions Bayern Munich, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Saturday.
July 09, 2015
'It's the revolution in Indian football that has made me come here'
Delhi Dynamos unveiled Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto its marquee manager-cum-player for the second season of the Indian Super League. Manu Shankar/Rediff.com reports
FIFA bans Chuck Blazer from football for life
Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer was banned for life from all football activities on Thursday by the sport's governing body, which is engulfed in a scandal over alleged corruption.
Smart Dealers: Europe's best-selling football clubs
The policy of buying players cheap and selling them for a higher price a few years on is a business model that worked well for clubs like Atletico Madrid and FC Porto. With the transfer window open for the next few weeks, Rediff.com takes a look at clubs that made smart deals over the years.
July 02, 2015
ISL buzzing as Brazil's World Cup winner Carlos set to arrive
Amid talks of former Brazil and Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos joining the Delhi team as marquee manager, the second season of the Indian Super League is kicking up the same kind of buzz that preceded the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Schweinsteiger set to move to Manchester United?
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be given the choice of whether to stay or leave the Bundesliga champions, manager Pep Guardiola said on Thursday.
June 28, 2015
What caused Brazil's Copa America exit in quarter-finals
Brazil coach Dunga blamed a virus that hit several players for his team's early elimination from the Copa America at the hands of Paraguay on Saturday.
I'm happy at Real Madrid, says Ronaldo
World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has broken several months of near-silence to rebuff media reports he is unhappy at Real Madrid and might be seeking an exit.
Copa America: Paraguay down Brazil on penalties
Derlis Gonzalez slotted two penalties, one in regular time and again in the shootout, to help Paraguay beat Brazil 4-3 after a 1-1 draw on Saturday that advanced them to a Copa America semi-final against Argentina.
June 24, 2015
AIFF's 'ingenious' idea to boost Indian football...
India FA eye origin players for short-term solution
June 23, 2015
ISL: Former Brazil skipper Lucio signs for FC Goa
Former Brazil skipper and 2002 World Cup winner Lucio Former Brazil skipper Lucio signs for FC Goasigned up as FC Goa's marquee player for the second season of the burgeoning Indian Super League (ISL).
Does Mandzukic's Juventus move mean Tevez on his way out?
Mandzukic signing adds to the Serie A champs' big haul of strikers as Paul Pogba is targetted by Barca and PSG among other clubs
June 22, 2015
Brazil won't appeal Neymar's four-game suspension
Brazil have decided not to appeal against the four-game ban that will keep Neymar out of the Copa America but the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) hit out at CONMEBOL for their harsh treatment of the forward.
June 21, 2015
Here comes the ridiculously hot soccer dads
Unlike some young football players of his generation, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is a complete family man.
June 20, 2015
Serbia edge past Brazil to win U-20 FIFA World Cup
Nemanja Maksimovic scored an 118th minute goal on the counter attack to give Serbia a 2-1 victory over Brazil in extra time in the under-20 World Cup final at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday.
Blatter backs German proposal for FIFA integrity checks
FIFA president Sepp Blatter endorsed a German proposal for stronger integrity checks to vet top soccer officials as the sport's global governing body grapples with the fallout of a massive corruption scandal.
Chile crush Bolivia 5-0, finish top of Copa Group A
Hosts Chile brushed aside Bolivia 5-0 at the Copa America on Friday to finish top of Group A and ensure they remain in the capital Santiago for their quarter-final.
Banned Neymar out of Copa America
Brazil's Neymar has been banned for four matches after being sent off at the Copa America and will play no further part in the tournament, the South American football federation CONMEBOL said on Friday.
June 18, 2015
Neymar goes from Barcelona hero to Brazil zero
A little under two weeks ago Neymar netted the goal that wrapped up Barcelona's UEFA Champions League triumph against Juventus but his needless sending off at the Copa America on Wednesday means the Brazil forward may have played his last game at the tournament.
With tears in his eyes, soccer star Vidal asks for forgiveness
Choking back tears, midfielder Arturo Vidal made a public apology for crashing his Ferrari.
FIFA's Blatter, Valcke hire top US lawyers for corruption probe
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and its secretary general Jerome Valcke have both hired high-powered US lawyers to represent them as a corruption probe roils soccer's global governing body.
June 17, 2015
FIFA ethics chief says probing soccer officials over World Cup bids
The chief ethics investigator of FIFA said on Wednesday he is conducting several proceedings against unnamed football officials based on initial findings from an investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
Serbia to face Brazil in U-20 World Cup final
Ivan Saponjic scored from a header in extra-time to give Serbia a 2-1 victory over Mali in the under-20 World Cup on Wednesday and set up a final against Brazil, who demolished a 10-man Senegal 5-0, two of those goals coming from Marcos Guilherme.
June 16, 2015
Number of goals never matters, says Chhetri, after notching 50!
The prolific striker became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals, in his 87th match, when he reduced the margin in the dying minutes as India went down 1-2 to Guam in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
This 'Hope' is not 'Solo'
American soccer star Hope Solo remains a controversial figure off the field.
June 14, 2015
Rodriguez sneaks 1-0 win for disappointing Uruguay
Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez scored a soft goal in the holders' laboured 1-0 win over outsiders Jamaica when they opened their defence of their Copa America title on Saturday.
Messi scores but Paraguay hold Argentina to a 2-2 draw
Paraguay's Lucas Barrios scored in the 90th minute to give his side a dramatic 2-2 draw against Argentina in the Copa America in Santiago, on Saturday.
Blatter may seek to stay as FIFA boss: report
Sepp Blatter may seek to stay on as the president of FIFA, a Swiss newspaper quoted an anonymous source close to Blatter as saying on Sunday.
June 13, 2015
US probes Nike payments under Brazil football deal
US authorities are examining payments made by Nike Inc under a 1996 football sponsorship deal with Brazil.
June 11, 2015
PHOTOS: The growing popularity of women's football...
Global television audiences for the Women's World Cup in Canada bounced sharply higher in the opening days of the tournament and merchandise flew off the shelves, underscoring the growing popularity of the beautiful game.
US stun World Cup winners Germany with late goal
The United States beat World Cup winners Germany 2-1 thanks to an 88th-minute goal from Bobby Wood in an entertaining international friendly in Cologne, on Wednesday.
June 08, 2015
It's official: Germany named 'Die Mannschaft'
Germany on Monday launched their new logo, including the use of term 'die Mannschaft', in an effort to increase international branding of the hugely popular World Cup winners.
June 07, 2015
'Football will never change, it will always be about winning'
Jose Mourinho believes football is only about winning and that managers who favour a possession-dominated beautiful game and neglect steely defence and lethal counter-attacking are "stupid".
June 06, 2015
US fight back to stun Dutch 4-3 in football friendly
It was the first time the US had beaten the Dutch whose defeat continued a run of mediocre results since they came third at last year's World Cup. It will also heap the pressure on them ahead of next week's vital Euro 2016 qualifier away to Latvia.
June 05, 2015
Brazil soccer probe: Sponsors feel the heat
Nike Inc and some other big international companies face a grilling over their powerful role in Brazilian soccer.
June 03, 2015
Alllahabad-born Gulati in race for FIFA top job?
Indian American Sunil Gulati, who is currently serving a record third term as President of the US Soccer Federation, could be in the race to replace Sepp Blatter as the new FIFA chief.
May 29, 2015
'Under-17 football World Cup can be most attended sports event in India'
Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director of the 2017 Under-17 football World Cup, which India will host, says the success of the event depends on the country's fans. Laxmi Negi reports.
FIFA shortlists six venues for U-17 football World Cup in India
Announcing the window for the 24-team championship, which includes India as hosts, Tournament Director Javier Cepii told a media conference in Mumbai that the D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai is among the four centres, which has been given provisional approval to host matches in the 23-day event.
'Russia, Qatar as World Cup venues led to FIFA's problems'
Scandal-plagued FIFA may have avoided its current problems if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen as hosts of the next two World Cups, President Sepp Blatter said on Friday.
FIFA arrests spur Brazil to probe soccer corruption
Brazilian police began investigating allegations of corruption in its soccer industry on Thursday, prompted by the arrests of top officials at world soccer body FIFA in a US bribery probe.
Heysel 1985: Football's forgotten tragedy remembered
On the 30th anniversary of the football tragedy, Rediff.com's Bikash Mohapatra, in an exclusive interaction with Italian author Francesco Caremani, discusses the incident that affected so many people, including himself.
May 28, 2015
Scandal brought shame and humiliation to football: Blatter
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday the corruption scandal surrounding the world soccer body had brought shame and humiliation to football.
Soccer sponsors dismayed by FIFA corruption allegations
World Cup sponsors are in an awkward position, experts said, because they are under pressure from consumers to distance themselves from any corruption, but such sponsorships are lucrative in the long term.
FIFA boss Blatter promises to root out any wrongdoing in football
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, who is standing for re-election as FIFA president on Friday, added that the investigations will help to reinforce measures world soccer's governing body has already taken.
Undeterred by arrests, FIFA boss Blatter plots another great escape
Sepp Blatter comes across as an amiable character with eccentric ideas about football but he has shown in the past that he possesses a ruthless instinct for survival and extraordinary political nous.
Warner's "football tsunami" warning finally comes true for FIFA
Almost exactly four years to the day since former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner stood in the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel and warned FIFA a "football tsunami" was about to hit it, his words have finally came true.
May 27, 2015
Factbox - Soccer officials arrested in Switzerland
Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said.
FIFA says Blatter to seek fifth term despite arrests
Soccer's governing body FIFA called the arrest of six of its leading figures on bribery charges a "difficult moment" but said president Sepp Blatter would not step down and that the next World Cups would go ahead as planned in Russia and Qatar.
May 24, 2015
Drogba to leave Chelsea for second time
The Ivory Coast striker, who first signed for Chelsea in 2004, has scored 104 goals in 253 league matches, becoming a talisman during the most successful era in the west London club's history.
May 22, 2015
India's football coach blasts Kolkata clubs; targets to break 100 mark
National football coach Stephen Constantine said his 'target' was to breach the 100 mark by the time his two-year contract expires. One match to go, but Chelsea's champion players are already partying!
Chelsea won the English Premier League earlier this month with three games to spare. And the players tried to make maximum out of the situation.
Detractors must unite to oust Blatter: Van Praag
'It is impossible that FIFA moves on with its current presidency'
May 21, 2015
Tricky forty-five minutes that could change world football's fate
When Sepp Blatter is not comparing FIFA to a boat in calm or choppy waters he often uses football analogies to illustrate his point so it might amuse him to think he faces a tricky 45 minutes at this month's Congress.
May 20, 2015
Can a 'peace match' help Israel and Palestine?
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestine FA (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body, on Tuesday proposed a peace match.
May 15, 2015
Gerrard farewell: How Liverpool legend will avoid the tears?
Steven Gerrard says he has been dreading the moment he must wave goodbye to his adoring Anfield fans .
Find out why weekend football Argentina is suspended
The Libertadores Cup derby between Boca Juniors and River Plate was called off at halftime on Thursday after River players were sprayed with an irritant by a fan of their bitter rivals.
May 14, 2015
Juve's joy overshadows wage row at Singapore soccer school
While Juventus look forward to a first Champions League final in more than a decade and the riches that success brings, former employees at the Italian giants' Singapore-based soccer school push on with their fight for unpaid wages.
Tale of two Japanese footballers in India
Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com caught up with the two footballers to find out more about their time in the country.
May 13, 2015
Soccer eases life in Jordan refugee camp, until goal dispute!
Playing helps me forget the war, the bombs, the rockets and the children who were killed.
May 12, 2015
Footballers Paul, Lawrence recommended for Arjuna
India football captain Subrata Paul is among retired stars Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli to have been recommended by the All India Football Federation for the prestigious Arjuna Awards.
Chelsea's Hazard named England's Footballer of Year
Hazard collected 53 percent of the vote making him a comfortable winner, while he and Terry's Chelsea team mates Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also featured in the top 10.
Belgian footballer, 23, dies of heart attack on pitch
Belgian lower-league defender Tim Nicot, 23, died on Monday after suffering a heart attack during a friendly on Saturday, the second such death in Belgium in two weeks.
May 11, 2015
Bayern's Guardiola rules out Manchester City move
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola on Monday shot down swirling rumours of a possible move to Manchester City next season, saying he would see out his contract at the German champions.
European Soccer Roundup: Barca close in on title, PSG almost there
Barcelona look well set to wrap up the La Liga title.
May 10, 2015
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca four points clear after Real held
Real Madrid's hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona suffered a stinging blow when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia.
May 08, 2015
Brazil soccer great Pele is stable after prostate surgery
In a statement, the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele had undergone a transurethral resection of the prostate. According to the US National Institutes of Health's website, the procedure involves removing an internal part of the prostate gland in order to treat an enlarged prostate.
May 07, 2015
PHOTOS: TEN Most Valuable football teams in the world
Real Madrid top Forbes' most valuable soccer teams list, followed by their La Liga counterparts, FC Barcelona.
May 05, 2015
I was chasing the ball, Blatter is chasing champagne: Maradona
Argentina's World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona launched a blistering attack on FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday saying that world soccer's governing body has descended into anarchy with the 79-year-old Swiss in charge.
'Special One' Mourinho already looking ahead to next season
Chelsea look capable of beginning a period of sustained domestic dominance. The average age of their squad is 26.9 -- with most of their key players in or approaching their prime years.
May 04, 2015
Prince Ali hints he might pull out of FIFA presidential race
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Monday he would consider withdrawing from the FIFA presidential election race to allow a single candidate to challenge Sepp Blatter when the votes are cast at the FIFA Congress on May 29.
Romeo makes history; first Indian to play in Brazilian football league!
Star winger Romeo Fernandes became the first-ever Indian footballer to play for a Brazilian club, enjoying a fairly successful debut in his club Atletico Paranaense's thrashing of Nacional over the weekend.
Match-fixing in cricket has affected football's popularity in India
"India should also be a powerhouse in world football but it is not, because of match-fixing in cricket for goodness sake'
May 03, 2015
Football rallies round grieving Ferdinand
Football rallied round on Saturday to offer support to former England captain Rio Ferdinand following the death of his wife, Rebecca Ellison, from cancer.
May 02, 2015
Will Berlusconi sell off AC Milan to Thai businessman Bee?
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday more time is needed to seal an accord over a sale of a stake in AC Milan with Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol but said he could retain control of the soccer club.
European clubs give boost to football in Asia
Visits by major English and European clubs to Asia are helping to boost the game in the region.
April 30, 2015
Belgian footballer Mertens dies after collapsing on pitch
Belgium under-21 international Gregory Mertens died on Thursday, three days after collapsing with heart failure during a match, a spokesman for his club, Lokeren, said.
April 29, 2015
EPL PHOTOS: Hull edge clear of danger; Wigan relegated
Hull City edged towards Premier League safety while Wigan Athletic, will play in the third tier of English football.
German Cup: Dortmund end Bayern's treble hopes
Bayern Munich slumped out of the German Cup semi-finals 2-0 on penalties to Borussia Dortmund.
April 28, 2015
Boring Chelsea? Mourinho says '18 teams more boring than us'
Jose Mourinho has again refuted criticism that his team plays dull football after Arsenal fans jeered them with chants of "Boring, boring Chelsea" during the London derby on Sunday.
When Sandhu defied his dad and chose football over cricket
, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's father wanted his son to become a cricketer but the goalkeeper is glad he did not heed the paternal advice.
April 26, 2015
U-14 girls football team return safely from quake-hit Nepal
The Indian U-14 Girls' team landed safely in New Delhi from an earthquake struck Kathmandu on Sunday.
Serie A: Icardi strikes late to hand Inter win over Roma
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi scored with two minutes remaining to hand them a 2-1 win over AS Roma.
La Liga PHOTOS: Neymar, Messi help 10-man Barca beat Espanyol
Neymar scored the opener to continue his rich vein of form as 10-man Barcelona won a one-sided La Liga derby against Espanyol.
April 24, 2015
Indian footballer Sandhu makes European top flight breakthrough
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club after the custodian made his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on Wednesday.
April 23, 2015
The UEFA Champions League's greatest comebacks
Following Bayern Munich's brilliant 7-4 (on aggregate) win over FC Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, here's a look at a few memorable come-from-behind victories in Europe's premier football competition.
April 22, 2015
Chelsea face striker crisis ahead of Arsenal showdown
Chelsea go into Sunday's game holding a 10-point lead over second-placed Arsenal and manager Jose Mourinho may have to thrust one of his young strikers into the fray.
April 20, 2015
Ebola unites football icons Zidane, Ronaldo
Football idols Zidane and Ronaldo team up in UN Ebola fundraiser.
April 17, 2015
Chelsea worst-behaved team; Liverpool most respectful!
Data, complied by FA Fair Play delegates who attend every Premier League match, shows Chelsea have the least respect towards match officials, the Telegraph reported.
April 15, 2015
Will Klopp take over at Manchester City or Real Madrid?
Juergen Klopp is being tipped as Manchester City's next manager after announcing on Wednesday that he would be leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season after seven years in charge.
Coach Klopp calls time on Borussia Dortmund reign
Juergen Klopp will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season after a seven-year reign as coach which delivered two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final.
How January slump is proving costly for Manchester City!
After Sunday's crushing 4-2 derby defeat at Manchester United, even a top four finish and a place in next season's Champions League is no longer a certainty.
Resurgent Manchester United rediscover their mojo
They are well placed to qualify for the Champions League and with manager Louis van Gaal sure to be given substantial funds to bolster his squad, United fans are dreaming of a return to the glory years they enjoyed with Alex Ferguson at the helm.
April 14, 2015
AFC Cup: East Bengal, Bengaluru register easy wins
Despite fielding their reserve team, East Bengal dominated the proceedings to hammer Balestier Khalsa FC 3-0 for their first win this season in the the AFC Cup football tournament
India drawn with Iran, Oman in football World Cup qualifiers
The Indian football team was pooled with Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam at the draw for AFC nations in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
April 13, 2015
From20 footballs to 80 million euro, Di Maria has seen it all
Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria's transfers might have amounted to more than 100 million euros, but the price of the Argentine when his first ever transfer was made was just 20 footballs.
Coach Constantine dissects issues that ail Indian football
Stephen Constantine has first hand knowledge of how difficult it is to wake up India from its soccer slumber but the Englishman insists he can make a difference at his second attempt or he would not have accepted the offer.
April 07, 2015
World football plagued by racist, abusive fans
AC Milan youth players subjected to alleged racist abuse; Argentine fan punches player.
April 06, 2015
PHOTOS: Ronaldo dominates European football weekend with five goals
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his first five-goal haul in Real Madrid's 9-1 hammering of Granada while title-chasing Bayern Munich and Chelsea won again in Germany and England.
April 01, 2015
Football friendlies: Netherlands haunt Spain; Italy hold England
Netherlands revived bitter Spanish memories from last year's World Cup finals when they beat a second-string La Roja 2-0 in a friendly.
March 31, 2015
Football friendly: Falcao equals Colombia goals record
Striker Radamel Falcao equalised Colombia's international goals record with a 74th-minute penalty in his country's 3-1 away win over Kuwait in a friendly on Monday.
March 30, 2015
Zidane interested in managing Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane said he would be willing to become Real Madrid head coach although he is not in a hurry.
PHOTOS: Brazil sink feisty Chile, Germany ease past Georgia
Roberto Firmino's goal gave Brazil a 1-0 victory over Chile in a feisty friendly at the Emirates Stadium in London on Sunday, their eighth successive win since last year's disappointing World Cup campaign.
March 27, 2015
Football friendly: Brazil hand France first defeat since World Cup
Brazil inflicted France's first defeat since the World Cup when a perfectly executed second-half performance earned them a 3-1 win in a friendly game at the Stade de France on Thursday.
March 25, 2015
Platini re-elected as Blatter sits through criticism
Sepp Blatter sat through the day-long proceedings as a guest and had to endure some stinging criticism from his challengers for the FIFA presidency who were invited to make presentations to delegates.
Falcao may quit Manchester United at end of season
Manchester United's on-loan striker Radamel Falcao hinted he could leave the club at the end of the season in search of more regular football.
March 20, 2015
United is my last job in football: Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will retire from football when he leaves his job at Old Trafford, he was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph on Thursday.
March 17, 2015
Advocaat replaces Poyet as coach at Sunderland
Sunderland are banking on the guile of Dick Advocaat to save them from relegation after the English Premier League strugglers appointed the Dutchman as head coach until the end of the season.
March 12, 2015
Will Real Madrid sell out-of-form Bale to Manchester United?
While it is unfair to blame the Wales winger for all of Real's recent woes, it cannot be denied that he appears to be struggling for form and confidence.
March 11, 2015
India, Bhutan kick off 2018 FIFA WC qualifying
The long road to Russia 2018 kicks off in the outposts of Asia on Thursday with the world's worst international team, Bhutan, making their World Cup qualifying debut and eyeing a first win of any sorts since 2008.
March 06, 2015
Cisse faces long ban after accepting FA spit charge
Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse will face a severe punishment after accepting an FA charge of spitting at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in Wednesday's Premier League match.
February 27, 2015
China wants future football stars to start training from birth!
3 wishes for China: To qualify for another World Cup since 2002 finals, to host a World Cup and to eventually win one.
February 25, 2015
Greece suspends professional football indefinitely
The move follows a pitch invasion at the end of the Athens derby last weekend and a Super League board meeting which ended in a brawl on Tuesday, with Greece's recently-elected Syriza ruling party aiming to stamp out the problem of crowd violence.
Could Messi's failed penalty return to haunt Barcelona?
If Barcelona fail to secure their eighth consecutive UEFA Champions League quarter-final appearance, Lionel Messi's failed penalty at Manchester City on Tuesday could well prove their "what if" moment.
No club compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup: FIFA
FIFA announced that clubs will not get compensation for losing players and suffering domestic disruption due to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.
Australia's Bresciano quits internationals
Veteran Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano has called time on his international career after celebrating the Socceroos' Asian Cup triumph on home soil last month.
February 23, 2015
Football round-up: Shock loss for Barca; Goal leaves Nani in tears
Barcelona lost ground on La Liga leaders Real Madrid when their 11-match winning streak was snapped by Malaga, while Premier League pacesetters Chelsea dropped points at home to Burnley.
February 10, 2015
Uruguay's star footballer Forlan among HSBC's Swiss account holders
Uruguayan soccer player Diego Forlan on Monday denied evading taxes by hiding money in Swiss accounts with the British bank HSBC Holdings PLC.
February 09, 2015
Shocking weekend for Real Madrid; Gerrard plays last match at Everton
La Liga leaders Real Madrid were thumped 4-0 away by city rivals Atletico Madrid to open up the Spanish title race, while Chelsea strengthened their hold on top spot in the English Premier League after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
TRAGIC! 22 people killed outside Cairo soccer stadium
Twenty-two people were killed outside an Egyptian soccer stadium.
February 07, 2015
Chelsea go seven points clear as City held by Hull
Chelsea landed a potentially decisive blow in the Premier League title race with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Saturday that put them seven points clear of Manchester City, who self-destructed in a 1-1 draw at home to Hull.
February 04, 2015
Wounded Redknapp leaves QPR but not quitting football
Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of struggling Queens Park Rangers.
January 27, 2015
Mayor pulls back support from Becks' dream football franchise
Mayor of Miami, Carlos Gimenez, has pulled back his support from former England football captain David Beckham's 200 million pounds US football franchise to leave the star midfielder's dreams in tatters.
January 26, 2015
Holders Arsenal progress as Cup shocks dry up
Arsenal beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
January 22, 2015
Cameroon's most BIZARRE and HORRENDOUS football kits!
We watch the African Cup of Nations for the football, but we also look out for the funny hairstyles, fashion and most importantly, the kits.
Real Madrid is richest football club in the world
A leap in commercial and broadcast revenue lifted Manchester United into second place behind Real Madrid on the list of the world's richest clubs in 2013-14, according to Deloitte's latest Football Money League.
January 21, 2015
Gerrard to sign up for Chelsea on loan?
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has joked that he might make a bid to sign Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on loan when he leaves for the United States at the end of the season.
France footballer Trezeguet hangs his boots
Trezeguet had recently played in the Indian Super League for Pune City FC.
January 19, 2015
Cazorla shines as Arsenal hit Man City's title bid
Arsenal ended their away hoodoo against Premier League title challengers with a 2-0 victory at Manchester City on Sunday that left Chelsea five points clear at the top.
January 16, 2015
Falcao must prove himself at United, says Van Gaal
Manchester United's Radamel Falcao may have hoped for a crumb of comfort from his manager Louis van Gaal, but was instead told on Friday to prove himself or get used to a supporting role at Old Trafford.
Confirmed: Constantine back as India's head football coach
Stephen Constantine is returning to coach India. The country's football federation confirmed on Friday that the Englishman has agreed to a second stint with the national team.
January 14, 2015
Domestic violence case against US soccer star dismissed
The domestic violence case against Hope Solo, a goalkeeper for the US women's soccer team, was dismissed by a Seattle-area judge on Tuesday, local broadcaster King 5 reported.
January 12, 2015
Messi says he "doesn't know" where he will be next year
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi raised eyebrows when he said in passing on Monday that he did not know where he would be next year.
Magical goal sees Iraq beat Jordan 1-0 at Asian Cup
A magical goal from midfielder Yaser Kasim gave Iraq a crucial 1-0 win over a 10-man Jordan in the Asian Cup on Monday.
Saints sub Tadic sinks United, Arsenal cruise
Substitute Dusan Tadic fired the only goal as Southampton recorded a first league win over Manchester United for 27 years on Sunday, climbing above them into third in the Premier League.
January 11, 2015
Chelsea pull clear as Man City held by Everton
Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-0 for a 10th successive Premier League home win at their Stamford Bridge stronghold on Saturday to reassert themselves as Premier League leaders while champions Manchester City drew at Everton.
January 09, 2015
Australia hammer Kuwait 4-1 in stunning Asian Cup start
Australia shook off a nervous start and an early goal before trampling over Kuwait 4-1 to kick off their home Asian Cup football tournament in emphatic style in Melbourne on Friday.
Meet the African Footballer of the Year...
Yaya Toure was named African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth straight time at the annual Confederation of African Football awards on Thursday.
January 08, 2015
Messi-Enrique conflict pushes Barcelona into crisis
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is head strong but it appears as though he may be fighting a losing battle with the four times World Player of the Year.
January 07, 2015
Messi set for summer move to Chelsea?
The Argentine is reportedly unhappy with coach Enrique's way of running the dressing room at Barcelona.
January 06, 2015
Former football coach Constantine offered India job
The All India Football Federation decided to offer Stephen Constantine the job coach the Indian football team after the recommendations of the Technical Committee.
January 05, 2015
Barcelona sack Zubizarreta as director of football
Barcelona have sacked Andoni Zubizarreta as their director of football, the Spanish club said on Monday.
January 03, 2015
Gerrard confirms he will head to MLS
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join a Major League Soccer team in the United States when he leaves Anfield at the end of the season, the former England captain told the English club's TV channel on Saturday.
Alan Pardew leaves Newcastle to manage Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew has left Newcastle United to become manager of Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, the clubs confirmed on Saturday.
Iron-willed Gerrard among Liverpool's greatest
It is testament to Steven Gerrard's ability that his Liverpool career will be remembered for heroic acts of willpower that ensured no deficit was irretrievable and no opponent unbeatable, rather than the league title that eluded him.
December 31, 2014
West Brom set to name Pulis as manager: BBC
West Bromwich Albion are set to name former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis as their manager, British media reports said on Wednesday.
December 29, 2014
ISL provides hope to football, but national team slips in 2014
The 'sleeping giant' woke up to a new dawn with the Indian Super League putting Indian football on the global map, but the national team continued to paint a grim picture, plummeting to its worst-ever rankings in an eventful year for the sport.
December 28, 2014
Man City blow golden chance to close on Chelsea
Manchester City squandered a gilt-edged opportunity to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea when they let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to struggling Burnley on Sunday.
December 27, 2014
Constantine gets second stint as India's football coach
Stephen Constantine will return as Indian football team's chief coach for the second time as his name has been cleared by the AIFF.
FIFA Ranking: Indian football team drops to lowest in history
Indian national football team slumped to its worst-ever FIFA rankings, 171, in the 209-nation chart.
Van Gaal rewarded for Christmas offering at United
Louis van Gaal's carrot and stick approach worked wonders on Friday as his rapidly-improving Manchester United beat Newcastle United 3-1 to cement third spot in the Premier League.
Chelsea stroll to victory over West Ham
Chelsea overpowered West Ham United and Manchester City outclassed West Bromwich Albion as the Premier League title rivals signalled their intent at the start of a hectic holiday programme on Friday.
December 26, 2014
Ronaldo overtakes Messi as world's No 1 footballer
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted as the No 1 footballer in the world overtaking Argentina skipper Lionel Messi for the top spot.
December 25, 2014
PHOTOS: Soldiers in Afghanistan play soccer in memory of WW1 truce
That moment in 1914 - when troops along Europe's Flanders front met after four months killing each other to sing carols, exchange gifts and play soccer in No Man's Land - is celebrated as a triumph of humanity over the savagery of war.
December 24, 2014
Balotelli not suited to Liverpool's style, says Rodgers
Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool's squad for the festive programme but manager Brendan Rodgers was hardly effusive in his praise of the Italy's striker's credentials.
AIFF wants Kolkata to host Under-17 football World Cup final
Following the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, India would bid for both the 2018 Club World Cup and the 2020 Under-20 football World Cup.
Here what makes Swedish footballer Ibrahimovic unhappy
The PSG striker came second to tennis legend Borg on a list of Sweden's all-time sporting greats.
Olympian footballer Buzanszky stable but to remain in hospital
The health of Jeno Buzanszky, the last living member of Hungary's Magical Magyars team, is improving but the 89-year-old will stay in hospital until next year, his son told FourFourTwo magazine on Tuesday.
December 22, 2014
Big wins for City and Barca as they up the ante before Christmas
Here is the round-up of all the football action across Europe on the weekend
December 19, 2014
FIFA agrees to publish Garcia report in "appropriate form"
FIFA's executive committee has voted to allow publication of former ethics investigator Michael Garcia's investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups, president Sepp Blatter said in a statement on Friday.
Arsenal hotshot Sanchez ready to haunt Liverpool
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez can show Liverpool why he would have made the perfect replacement for Luis Suarez when the Chilean travels to Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.
December 18, 2014
Sterling shines for Liverpool, Spurs thump Newcastle
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling netted a sharply-taken double in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday to set up a League Cup semi-final with Chelsea.
December 17, 2014
Robben landmark as Bayern Munich set new record
Arjen Robben grabbed his 100th goal for the club as undefeated Bayern Munich outclassed Freiburg 2-0.
Real Madrid sail into Club World Cup final with 4-0 romp
European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 in Marrakech.
December 16, 2014
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry hangs his boots
Former World Cup winner and Arsenal's record goal-scorer Thierry Henry announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, bringing an end to his a glittering 20-year career.
December 15, 2014
Champions League last 16: It's City vs Barcelona, Chelsea vs PSG
Arsenal will face manager Arsene Wenger's former club Monaco with defending champions Real Madrid pitted against German club Schalke.
Leicester City sack director of football
Leicester City sacked director of football Terry Robinson on Sunday as the Premier League's bottom side look to avoid another transfer window of disappointment.
European roundup: Real Madrid extend winning run, United down Liverpool
Real Madrid were the big winners in Spain as their success at Almeria was followed by a Barcelona draw and a surprise Atletico Madrid defeat.
December 14, 2014
De Gea stars in United's sixth successive win
The difference in fortunes since Liverpool won 3-0 away to Manchester United in March was illustrated when Louis Van Gaal's team reversed that scoreline on Sunday.
December 13, 2014
Ronaldo brace helps Real Madrid extend record win streak
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a late double as La Liga leaders Real Madrid thumped Almeria 4-1 to extend their Spanish record for consecutive victories in all competitions to 20.
December 12, 2014
Holders Sevilla go through as Europa League group stage ends
Holders Sevilla maintained their Europa League challenge with a 1-0 win over Rijeka in a winner-takes-all clash on Thursday.
December 11, 2014
Lightning struck Peruvian footballer 'out of danger'
A Peruvian footballer, who was struck by lightning while playing in a cup semi-final, is reportedly recovering in hospital and his teammate has said that their friend is out of danger.
Manchester City complete great escape in Rome
Manchester City qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with goals from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta sinking Roma 2-0 to eliminate the Italians.
Neymar rocket helps Barcelona secure top spot
Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their UEFA Champions League match.
Champions League: Ruthless Chelsea end Sporting hopes
Chelsea rounded off the UEFA Champions League group stage with a 3-1 victory over Sporting.
December 10, 2014
Liverpool knocked out despite late Gerrard strike
Liverpool's UEFA Champions League challenge ended in a 1-1 draw against FC Basel, who booked their spot in the last 16.
Real Madrid set Spanish record of 19 consecutive wins
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed his "extraordinary" players after they set a Spanish record for consecutive victories of 19 thanks to a 4-0 success at home to Ludogorets.
December 08, 2014
Hat-trick and 400th club goal for Messi in Barcelona rout
Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick and surpassed 400club goals as Barcelona came from behind to win the Catalan derby 5-1 against Espanyol.
December 07, 2014
ISL: Mumbai down Kolkata to keep semis hopes alive
Mumbai City FC bounced back from three consecutive defeats with a spirited 2-1 victory against Atletico de Kolkata 2-1 in their 13th round Indian Super League match, in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Delhi down Pune to keep semis hopes alive in ISL
Brazilian winger Gustavo dos Santos' magical left-foot kept Delhi Dynamos in contention for a semi-final berth as they beat Pune City FC 1-0 in the Indian Super League.
December 06, 2014
Chelsea's unbeaten runs ends, Arsenal lose to Stoke
Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse struck twice in a 2-1 victory against English Premier League leaders Chelsea.
December 05, 2014
Boycott of FIFA could splinter soccer
A European-led boycott of FIFA or the World Cup is unrealistic.
December 04, 2014
Actor Elba joins forces with footballers Vieira, Toure to fight Ebola
The Africa United campaign (http://www.weareafricaunited.org), unveiled ahead of the African Cup of Nations draw in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo on Wednesday, broadcasts information on the disease and how to stop it spreading in French, English, Krio and other local languages.
December 03, 2014
Stadium violence and its distructive impact on football
Simeone urges Atletico fans to keep violence out of football
Meet 1st female footballer to be nominated for FIFA's goal of the year
Irish female footballer Stephanie Roche, who currently plays for French division 1 Feminine club ASPTT Albi, has earned a unique distinction of being the only woman to have been shortlisted for FIFA's goal of the year alongside fellow strikers Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez.
December 02, 2014
Chelsea aim to make it another Bridge of sighs for Spurs
Chelsea will look to stretch one of the longest unbeaten sequences in the top flight when the runaway leaders entertain arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
Neuer joins Ronaldo, Messi on Ballon D'Or shortlist
Manuel Neuer became the first goalkeeper since 2002 to make the final short list for the FIFA world player of the year award on Monday when he was included alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the final three.
December 01, 2014
Hope to see India in 2022 WC: German Ambassador
Pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the football in India, German Ambassador Michael Steiner, on Monday said that he is looking forward to India's participation at the World Cup by 2022.
Henry confirms New York Red Bulls departure
Thierry Henry is leaving Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, the former France and Arsenal striker said on Monday.
Soccer star Beckham and son 'shaken' after car crash
Retired English soccer star David Beckham and his teenage son Brooklyn were involved in a car crash outside Arsenal's training ground in Hertfordshire, north of London, but did not suffer any injuries but were shaken.
Soccer legend Pele's renal support removed until Monday
Brazilian football legend Pele's health continued to improve on Sunday, with doctors removing renal support temporarily to assess the evolution of a urinary tract infection.
Plenty of scope for football and cricket to co-exist in India: Materazzi
In an exclusive chat with rediff.com Materazzi throws light on his team's rise in the ISL and the camaraderie among his players.
Meet Super Victor, mascot for 2016 Euro football C'ships
Following an online poll by fans across the world, the mascot for the Euro 2016 football championships has been named Super Victor.
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November 30, 2014
Clincial City crush Southampton, Spurs beat Everton
Champions Manchester City galvanised their pursuit of Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday with an emphatic 3-0 victory over a Southampton side who have surprisingly come between the leading title protagonists.
Bruno strike takes Chennaiyin closer to securing semis berth
Brazilian midfielder Bruno Pelissari's individual brilliance saw Chennayin FC edge past Kerala Blasters 1-0 to all but ensure a place in the semi-final of the Indian Super League in Kochi.
November 29, 2014
Record-equalling Bayern Munich storm 10 points clear
Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 courtesy of an Arjen Robben goal to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 10 points and extend their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 16 games over two seasons.
Arsenal edge past West Brom, United crush Hull
Manchester United consolidated their fourth place, on 22 points, after first-half goals from Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney and a brilliant, morale-boosting strike from Robin van Persie after the break sealed a 3-0 victory over Hull City.
Spirited Pune hold Kolkata to a draw in ISL
Atletico de Kolkata's erratic run in away games continued as a spirited Pune City FC held them to a 1-1 draw in an 11th round encounter of the Indian Super League, in Pune, on Saturday.
Soccer legend Pele improving, still in intensive care
Brazilian soccer great Pele "is in better condition" though he remains in an intensive care unit being treated for a urinary tract infection, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said on Friday.
November 28, 2014
ISL: Delhi Dynamos thrash Mumbai City
Skipper Hans Mulder scored a breathtaking goal, before Mads Junker, Gustavo Santos and Manish Bhargav added to the tally to propel Delhi Dynamos to a crushing 4-1 win over Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League match in New Delhi.
Tottenham charged by UEFA over pitch invasions
Tottenham Hotspur have been charged by UEFA after their Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday was suspended for several minutes following three separate pitch invasions which appeared to be part of an online prank.
Liverpool's Rodgers joint favourite for the sack
You would have been hard pressed at the start of the season to find anyone to bet on Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers becoming the first Premier League manager to get the sack, but he is now the bookies' joint favourite.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
With Premier League leaders Chelsea on top form, Manchester City will be hoping their Champions League win over Bayern Munich boosts confidence and re-ignites their title defence when they visit high-flying Southampton on Sunday (1900 IST) .
November 27, 2014
Pele in 'special care' as condition worsens
Brazil great Pele, 74, was on Thursday taken into a "special care" unit in a Sao Paulo hospital after his health worsened, three days after being admitted with a urinary infection, the hospital confirmed.
Former AIFF Gen Secy Alberto Colaco banned for accepting payment
The All India Football Federation's former general secretary has been banned for accepting a payment during Asian Football Confederation (AFC) elections in 2009, FIFA's ethics committee said in a statement on Thursday.
ISL, I-League to merge within five years, says AIFF official
India's two rival football leagues will merge within five years and will be profitable not long after, a senior official at the country's football association said on Wednesday.
November 25, 2014
Soccer legend Pele hospitalized again
Three-time World Cup winner Pele was taken to hospital on Monday with an urinary infection, local media have reported, the second time this month he has been admitted for medical treatment.
November 23, 2014
Palace fight back to win as Liverpool collapse again
Crystal Palace heaped more misery on Liverpool when they came from behind to win 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, six months after effectively ending the northern club's title hopes when they drew 3-3.
Wigan chairman Whelan threatens to quit over racism row
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says he will resign if the English FA find him guilty of racism over comments he made defending the appointment of controversial manager Malky Mackay.
Magical Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing
Anyone who has watched the Argentine in recent years knows he can do things with a football that seem to defy the laws of physics and he does not fit into the mould of a traditional striker.
Ronaldo grabs double as Messi breaks goal record
Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as leaders Real Madrid subdued Eibar 4-0 on Saturday while Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals with a hat-trick in second-placed Barcelona's 5-1 rout of Sevilla.
Messi hits hat-trick, sets La Liga record of 253 goals
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals when he grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 win at home to Sevilla, the latest milestone for the four-times World Player of the Year.
Rooney seals United triumph at Arsenal, Chelsea win again
Manchester United won away for the first time this season when they beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to climb to fourth in the Premier League table.
November 22, 2014
Materazzi keeps his cards close to his chest
Chennaiyin FC's player-cum manager Marco Materazzi on Saturday made it pretty clear that he will not risk star player Elano Blumer, the highest goal scorer, striker John Stiven Mendoza and Gourmangi Singh in the key encounter against Mumbai City FC at the DY Patil on Sunday.
November 20, 2014
Chhetri impressed with youngsters' showing in ISL
Impressed with the standard of football in the ongoing Indian Super League, India captain Sunil Chhetri feels the newly-launched tournament is an ideal platform for youngsters to perform and open the gates for selection to the national team.
Football friendlies: Uruguay win in Chile, Mexico lose to Belarus
Uruguay made light of the absence of striker Luis Suarez to recover from a goal down and beat 2015 Copa America hosts Chile 2-1 in a friendly in Santiago.
November 19, 2014
Football friendlies: Spain beaten by late Kroos missile for Germany
Toni Kroos struck with a fierce long-range shot a minute from time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Spain in a friendly between two injury-depleted European heavyweights in Vigo on Tuesday.
November 18, 2014
FIFA lodges criminal complaint over 2018 and 2022 World Cups
World soccer's governing body FIFA on Tuesday lodged a criminal complaint over the "possible misconduct of individual persons" in connection with the awarding of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Garcia's header helps Kolkata beat NorthEast United
Luis Garcia fired in a stunning header in the second-half to help Atletico de Kolkata end their four-match winless run by registering a 1-0 win over
Beard ban for footballers!
A leading Turkish soccer club have banned their players from growing beards after their chairman said they looked like students of Islamic vocational schools and set a bad example.
November 16, 2014
Orji goal sinks listless Delhi Dynamos
Delhi Dynamos extended their dismal run in the Hero Indian Super League as they lost by a solitary goal to Kerala Blaster to remain at the bottom of the table and put themselves in a difficult position to qualify for the semi-finals in New Delhi.
Reliable Welbeck delights England boss Hodgson
Danny Welbeck may frustrate at club level but put the Arsenal striker in an England shirt and he has proved himself to be a reliable figure on the international stage.
Indian football ranking to rise in the next 7 years, feels Abraham
Indian Super League franchise NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) co-owner John Abraham expressed optimism that the country's ranking in international football would go up to 'double digit' from the current 159th position in the next seven years.
November 14, 2014
Kolkata stay top of ISL despite goalless draw against Chennaiyin
Atletico de Kolkata played out a goalless draw against Chennaiyin FC to maintain their top spot in the Indian Super League, in Kolkata, on Friday.
Soccer Frendly: Luis Suarez scores against Costa Rica
Luis Suarez scored an equaliser and was just wide with what could have been a spectacular winner as Uruguay were held to a 3-3 draw by Costa Rica in a friendly.
Maradona says Blatter wanting to drive him out of football
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has leveled charges against the FIFA president Sepp Blatter, accusing him of attempting to force him out of football.
Nishikori beats stand-in Ferrer, now must wait
Japan's Kei Nishikori surged to a three-set victory over alternate David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday before sitting back to watch his fate unfold in the night match.
November 13, 2014
FIFA clears Russia and Qatar to host World Cup
FIFA cleared Russia and Qatar on Thursday of wrongdoing in their bids to host the World Cup, but the former U.S. prosecutor who led the investigation by soccer's governing body said it had misrepresented his findings.
Goa ride on Bengelloun's brace to sink Delhi
FC Goa got their act together after a couple of winless outings as they handed Delhi Dynamos an embarrassing 4-1 defeat, riding on Youness Bengelloun's twin strikes in an Indian Super League encounter in New Delhi.
Sports Shorts: Soccer star Pele to leave hospital soon
Brazilian soccer legend Pele is doing 'fine' and will be discharged from a Sao Paulo hospital early on Thursday after he was admitted for stomach pains, one of his aides said.
Football friendlies: Messi, Neymar shine as Argentina, Brazil record wins
Lionel Messi's penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United's Upton Park ground on Wednesday.
November 12, 2014
ISL: Subrata Paul shines in a goalless draw
Kerala Blasters couldn't cash in on home advantage as they were played out a goalless draw with Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League home match in Kochi.
I was Man United scapegoat, says Fellaini
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini believes he was made the scapegoat for the team's torrid time under former manager David Moyes in the Premier League last season.
November 11, 2014
Moyes can restore tarnished reputation at Real Sociedad
New Real Sociedad coach David Moyes faces a tough challenge to get the Basque club back on La Liga track but it is also a chance for the Scot to restore his reputation after a failed stint at Manchester United.
November 09, 2014
EPL: North London nightmare as Arsenal and Spurs lose
Swansea City came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 and Tottenham Hotspur's misery continued with a 2-1 home defeat by Stoke City, making it a nightmare Sunday for north London.
Greatest footballer? Ronaldo will have to wait for the honour...
World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is of the opinion that he would be considered one of the greatest footballers of all time in history by the time he retires.
November 08, 2014
Mourinho crowns Chelsea 'autumn champions', Saints win
Chelsea were declared the "autumn champions" by coach Jose Mourinho as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win at Anfield on Saturday that kept them four points clear of Southampton at the top of the Premier League.
Van Gaal feeling "lousy" after Manchester United's poor start
After losing 1-0 at fierce rivals Manchester City last weekend, United are 10th in the English Premier League following their worst start to a campaign since 1986.
ISL can rival world's biggest soccer leagues, says Tendulkar
The diminutive batsmen believes that football might one day emulate the national sport of cricket in India.
Costa to start for Chelsea, but rested by Spain
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said striker Diego Costa will start against Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday despite being left out of the Spain squad for this month's international matches because of persistent injuries.
November 06, 2014
ISL: Gonsalves strike helps Kerala down Goa
Milagres Gonsalves's second half strike helped Kerala Blasters edge past FC Goa 1-0 to register their second victory in the Indian Super League in Kochi, on Thursday.
'Winter Games will not move for 2022 football World Cup'
Asia's top Olympic official ruled out the possibility of the 2022 Winter Olympics being shifted from its traditional February time-slot to avoid clashing with the football World Cup, saying FIFA needs to sort out its own problems.
November 03, 2014
"Not too smart" Smalling dismays United's Van Gaal
It was a wonder that Louis van Gaal's face did not turn as scarlet as his team's shirts.
Why the once legendary football clubs of Kolkata are fading
Bogged down by inefficient administration and unable to attract financing, the once legendary football clubs of Kolkata are fading into irrelevance.
Soccer Roundup: Aguero sizzles for City in derby; Barca lose again
Barcelona lost for the second straight La Liga game in a 1-0 home reverse against Celta Vigo but there was no such trouble for Manchester City, who beat 10-man Manchester United 1-0 thanks to Sergio Aguero.
Rojo has dislocated shoulder, United confirm
Argentina defender Marcos Rojo dislocated his shoulder in Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday, their manager Louis van Gaal confirmed.
November 02, 2014
Sports Shorts: Footballer gets 50-year ban!
A Swiss amateur footballer has been handed a 50-year ban from the sport for kicking the ball at a referee and insulting him in a fourth-tier match, local media reported.
Ten-man United beaten in Van Gaal's first Manchester derby
A goal by Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City a 1-0 victory against neighbours Manchester United, who played with 10 men for more than 50 minutes on Sunday.
November 01, 2014
Rooney back for Manchester derby but Falcao unfit
Wayne Rooney, who has scored more goals than anyone in the Manchester derby, is back after suspension and fit for Sunday's meeting between the city's two biggest clubs at the Etihad Stadium.
October 31, 2014
Suspect in killing of SA captain Meyiwa arrested
A suspect in the killing of the captain and goalkeeper of South Africa's national soccer team has been arrested after witnesses picked him out in an identity parade, police said in a statement on Friday.
Arsenal can still win Premier League, says Wenger
Arsenal are still in contention for the English Premier League title and it is too soon to say that leaders Chelsea can go through the season undefeated, manager Arsene Wenger said.
October 29, 2014
Police release sketches of suspects in death of SAfrica football captain
South African police issued identikit pictures on Tuesday of two men suspected of killing the national football captain, a death that led to more calls for tighter gun laws a week after track star Oscar Pistorius was jailed for shooting his girlfriend.
October 28, 2014
Real Madrid set for stadium overhaul after Abu Dhabi IPIC deal
Real Madrid chose a design led by German architects GMP for the remodelling of the Bernabeu, which was opened in the 1950s and holds just over 80,000 spectators, at an estimated cost of 400 million euros.
Sports Shorts: Real to appeal Zidane suspension over coaching licence
Real Madrid will appeal a three-month suspension slapped on assistant B team coach Zinedine Zidane for not having the correct licence, the club said on Monday.
'The ISL is the most interesting time for Indian football'
He spoke to Rediff.com's on why ISL could prove to be a much-needed shot in the arm for Indian football and how it attracted him back to India.
October 27, 2014
South Africa shocked by murder of national soccer captain
His death highlighted the problem of gun violence in South Africa only days after Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
Analysis: Mourinho frustrated as United break out of jail
Jose Mourinho shared the honours with former mentor Louis van Gaal as his Chelsea side drew at Manchester United in the Premier league on Sunday, but there was no doubt which of the pair was happier with the 1-1 result.
Another shootout in South Africa; soccer captain Meyiwa killed
South Africa soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead by intruders when trying to protect his girlfriend during a robbery at her home near Johannesburg, officials said on Monday.
October 26, 2014
EPL: Chelsea denied by Van Persie equaliser
Robin Van Persie scored a dramatic stoppage time equaliser to earn Manchester United a deserved 1-1 draw at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
Rampant Real riding high after 'Clasico' triumph
Real Madrid's decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.
Old Trafford is more like Gold Trafford for Chelsea
A trip to Manchester United has in the past struck fear into the heart of many an opposition team, but that will not apply to Chelsea on Sunday because they know history is on their side.
October 23, 2014
Spotted: India footballer Gouramangi Singh with Amitabh Bachchan
Chennaiyin FC and India footballer Gouramangi Singh was left star-struck when he met Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan in the locker room after the club's ISL match against Kerala Blasters on Tuesday.
Champions League: Ronaldo leads rout as Real outclass Liverpool
Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield on Wednesday which appeared as classy as it was dominant.
October 22, 2014
Van Gaal's United not good enough, says Neville
After an indifferent Premier League start and without an away win this season, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's belief that his side can still win the Premier League is misplaced, says former club captain Gary Neville.
Amitabh Bachchan believes football has potential to grow in India
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is hopeful that a tournament like the Indian Super League can help increase the popularity and growth of football in the country.
Should Liverpool drop Balotelli for Real Madrid clash?
Italy striker Balotelli has scored only once in nine appearances since signing from AC Milan for 16 million pounds and has often cut a frustrated figure during a series of low-key displays.
October 21, 2014
Sunderland to refund fans after 8-0 defeat at Southampton
Sunderland players have offered ticket refunds to all 2,500 fans who made the long trip to watch their side's humiliating 8-0 thrashing at Southampton in the Premier League, club captain John O'Shea confirmed on Tuesday.
Deaths on the football pitch
Rediff.com lists the footballers who died while playing, in the last decade.
October 20, 2014
Costa ruled out of Maribor clash as injuries hit Chelsea
Midfielders John Obi Mikel, Andre Schurrle and Ramires will all play no part while striker Didier Drogba is not fit enough to play for 90 minutes, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
Indian footballer dies after goal celebration
A 23-year-old Indian footballer has died from severe spinal cord damage after attempting to celebrate a goal with a somersault, an official said on Monday.
October 19, 2014
Four goals in last seven minutes as Liverpool beat QPR
Liverpool scored a stunning 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers with four of the five goals coming in the last seven minutes capping an astonishing finale to their Premier League match at Loftus Road on Sunday.
ISL: Elias stunner helps Delhi hold Kolkata to a draw
Czech midfielder Pavel Elias struck a stunner to help Delhi Dynamos halt Atletico de Kolkata's two-match winning run as both teams settled for a point each after a thrilling 1-1 draw in their Indian Super League match in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Messi nears scoring record, Ronaldo double fires Real
Lionel Messi notched his 250th La Liga goal to move one off the all-time league scoring record as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 against Eibar on Saturday ahead of next weekend's Clasico with Real Madrid.
October 17, 2014
ISL: Expect entertaining, attacking football from Mumbai City FC
Talking to Rediff.com's , on the eve of the match against Pune City FC, Reid, the massively experienced manager of Mumbai City FC, promises entertaining, attacking football to fans of the club.
This Arsenal footballer is in the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons...
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has endured a difficult time of late having been ruled out for up to six weeks out with a knee ligament injury, and, it would now appear, that he is on the verge of a break-up from girlfriend Mandy Capristo.
Greater say for soccer fans via takeover rule shake-up?
New buyers of English and Welsh soccer clubs may be forced to sell up to 10 per cent of their stakes to fans of the club under plans put forward on Friday by Britain's opposition Labour party to shake up club ownership and governance rules.
October 16, 2014
On the football field or ramp... this Indian footballer is a hit!
This 23-year-old footballer exhibits glamour and style. Prathamesh Maulingkar, says , made heads turn at the recent India Fashion Week.
October 15, 2014
For us there is one league and it is the I-League: FIFA
With India set to host the Under-17 World Cup in less than three years time, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is also gearing up to bid for hosting the prestigious Under-20 World Cup.
John Abraham says NorthEast will 'fight like no one has seen' vs Kolkata
Riding high on NorthEast United FC's home win against Kerela Blasters, team co-owner John Abraham said that his team will put up a strong fight in his side's next Indian Super League match against
Football friendlies: Argentina trounce Hong Kong; Honduras draw with US
The Hong Kong Football Association were left red-faced and out of pocket after only managing to sell half the tickets for Tuesday's glamour friendly against Argentina to mark their centenary.
October 14, 2014
Neymar scores all four as Brazil rout Japan
Neymar scored all four goals in a sumptuous display for Brazil as the five-times world champions routed an under-strength Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday to maintain Dunga's perfect start since returning as coach.
Points Table: Indian Super League 2014
Check out the points table of the Indian Super League 2014.
ISL will change the face of Indian football, says Tendulkar
Legendary Sachin Tendulkar feels that Indian Super League has begun on the right note and the 'fantastic start' on Sunday would be a huge boost towards changing the face of the game in the country.
Suarez nets first Uruguay goals since biting ban
Luis Suarez scored his first Uruguay goals since the World Cup finals and his biting bran in a 3-0 friendly win over Oman on Monday.
October 12, 2014
Kolkata drub Mumbai 3-0 in a spectacular ISL opening night
Atletico de Kolkata gave the football-crazy city fans a night to remember in their 3-0 drubbing of Mumbai City FC as the inaugural Hero Indian Super
Courtois defends Chelsea handling of his head injury
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended the Premier League leader's handling of the head injury he suffered during last weekend's 2-0 league victory over Arsenal.
October 11, 2014
PHOTOS: Messi misses penalty as Argentina lose to Brazil
Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued their defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversaries Argentina in a feisty friendly in Beijing, on Saturday.
Tendulkar, Ranbir, Hrithik star attractions at ISL opening ceremony
Legendary Sachin Tendulkar along with his one-time opening partner Sourav Ganguly will be once again seen together along with Bollywood A Listers like Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and some of the other prominent actors like John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan at the opening ceremony of the cash-rich Indian Super League.
Friendlies: Suarez scores on international return; Donovan bids farewell
Luis Suarez returned for Uruguay for the first time since his infamous World Cup biting incident and scored in a 1-1 friendly draw against Saudi Arabia.
'I'm here to be a part of the development of football in India'
Amid the buzz surrounding what has been termed a game-changer for Indian football, Brazilian legend Zico says the 158-ranked nation's hopes of scaling greater heights in the world sport depends solely on the local players' "mentality" and their "ability" to develop.
Can the Indian Super League reignite India's passion for the beautiful game?
India's new soccer league with its cast of celebrity owners, experienced foreign managers and a sprinkling of high-profile players will kick off on Sunday, igniting hopes of waking the country from its football slumber.
October 10, 2014
Nabi named captain as Mumbai gear up for ISL opener vs Kolkata
India midfielder Syed Rahim Nabi was named captain of Indian Super League side Mumbai City Football Club ahead of the tournament lung opener against Atletico de Kolkata at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata.
Sports Shorts: Nadal recovering satisfactorily from appendicitis
Rafael Nadal is recovering satisfactorily from appendicitis and will continue a course of antibiotics in a bid to be fit for the remainder of the 2014 season, the World No 2's spokesman said on Thursday.
October 08, 2014
Football Roundup: Is Rooney ready to overtake Greaves?
James Milner, set to win his 50th England cap against San Marino on Thursday, believes his international captain Wayne Rooney has a good chance of reaching another significant landmark in the coming days.
Preview: UEFA's first 'week of football'
Europe is preparing for UEFA's first full-blown 'week of football' as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing - although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience.
October 05, 2014
EPL: Mourinho and Wenger clash as Chelsea beat Arsenal
Jose Mourinho maintained his hold over Arsene Wenger with leaders Chelsea enjoying a routine 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday after the two old adversaries became involved in an ugly touchline spat.
October 04, 2014
No racism in football, people deservedly get jobs, observes Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes there is no need for English football to introduce American Football's 'Rooney Rule', saying "there is no racism" in the game.
October 03, 2014
Europa League: Hamsik haunts former club as Napoli shine
Napoli's Marek Hamsik enjoyed a memorable return to his former club Slovan Bratislava, scoring one and creating another, in a 2-0 victory on Thursday as the Italians joined five others who made it two wins from two in the Europa League group stage.
Sports Shorts: Alves blames media for Brazil's World Cup debacle
Dani Alves has blamed the media for Brazil's unsuccessful World Cup campaign but conceded that the team did not prepare properly ahead of the humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semi-final.
October 02, 2014
Asian Games: South Korea beat North to win soccer gold
South Korea's Rim Chang-woo lashed home the winner in the last minute of extra time to give the Asian Games hosts a 1-0 win over fierce rivals North Korea in the final of the men's soccer tournament on Thursday.
September 29, 2014
Tendulkar unveils jersey and anthem of his ISL team, Kerala Blasters
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Monday unveiled the team jersey and anthem of Kerala Blasters, the Indian Super League team co-owned by him, and promised to support local talent in the state.
Europe Football: Barcelona, Juventus keep clean sheet; Chelsea march on
Diego Costa continued his rich vein of form as he helped leaders Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa while Louis van Gaal enjoyed only his second Premier League win as Manchester United manager following a 2-1 victory against West Ham.
Sports Shorts: Nadal loses on return; Serena, Cilic advance in China
US Open champions Marin Cilic and Serena Williams kicked off their China Open campaigns with straight sets victories against battling underdogs on Monday, but Rafael Nadal suffered defeat in a rare doubles outing on his return from injury.
EPL Player of the Weekend: Lampard, City's trump card again
Frank Lampard's loan spell at Manchester City is due to end in January but the Premier League champions might want to delay his departure across the Atlantic to enhance their chances of fighting his old club for the title.
Wenger confident of upturn in Arsenal results
Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal can rekindle the art of winning after a series of frustrating Premier League draws but their quest may be hindered by a "worrying" injury crisis.
September 28, 2014
Lack of proper training affected Indian footballers: Garcia
ISL team Atletico de Kolkata's marquee player Luis Garcia said Indian footballers have talent but lack of proper training impedes their success.
La Liga: Messi strikes landmark 400th goal for Barca
Lionel Messi netted the 400th goal of his storied career on Saturday as Barcelona trounced Granada 6-0 to maintain the pace at the top of La Liga.
Did Rooney deserve a red card?
Manchester United captain Rooney deserved the sending-off that jeopardised his side's nervy 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United on Saturday, his manager Louis van Gaal said.
September 27, 2014
I'm just a servant of football, says Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a mere servant at the service of football, he said on Friday as he re-stated his intention to run for a fifth mandate in next May's election.
Xavi still valuable to Barca's plans: Luis Enrique
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has given his backing to Xavi and says the veteran midfielder remains a valuable member of the squad despite having played just 45 minutes in the opening five La Liga games.
September 26, 2014
To play for Liverpool a dream come true, says new signing Lovern
Dejan Lovern talks about his ambition to become a Liverpool legend at Anfield and why victory in the Merseyside derby against Everton could propel Reds' chances this season.
September 25, 2014
Fit-again Ronaldo back to his prolific best
The Portuguese admitted he had over-stretched himself after having knee problems at the back end of the last season which he carried into the World Cup and then suffered a hamstring injury at the start of this campaign.
September 24, 2014
Messi posts selfie with girfriend and son Thiago
The 27-year-old Argentine posted a selfie on Facebook featuring his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo and 22-month old son Thiago.
FIFA exco member wants ethics investigation made public
The public has a "full right to know" the contents of the ethics investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said.
Sports Shorts: Sharapova shocked by Swiss qualifier in Wuhan
Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky continued to swipe past the seeds at the Wuhan Open on Wednesday by dumping World No 4 Maria Sharapova from the hard court tournament with a 7-6(3), 7-5 victory.
Arsenal legend Pires says Wenger encouraged him to play in ISL
French football legend Robert Pires says it was his 'second daddy' Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who convinced him to come out of retirement and play in the Indian Super League.
Ronaldo claims four-goal haul in Elche rout
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his prolific start to the season with four goals, including two penalties, as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Elche 5-1 in La Liga on Tuesday.
Manchester United need massive investment on new players: Neville
Manchester United, who spent 150 million pounds on new players in the summer, might need to spend another 100 million pounds before they can compete for the Premier League title, according to former defender Phil Neville.
September 23, 2014
Cricket star Kohli signs up for India's new soccer league
The Indian cricketer also gave his thumbs up to ISL saying it could prove to be a blessing in disguise for the younger players in the country.
Football can be big in India through ISL: Materazzi
Set to start his stint as manager-cum-player of Chennaiyin FC, Italian World Cup winner Marco Materazzi promised to do his best to raise the profile of the game in the country through the Indian Super League which kicks off next month.
September 22, 2014
Foreigners in ISL will help raise standard of Indian players, says Ganguly
Former Indian cricket captain and co-owner of Atletico de Kolkata Sourav Ganguly on Monday said the presence of eminent foreign players in the Indian Super League (ISL) will help the Indian players raise their playing standards and improve Indian football in the years to come.
Asian Games: India men's football team crash out after losing to Jordan
The Indian football team put up a better display in their second group game but lost 2-0 to a superior Jordan thus ending their campaign in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Monday.
Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup, says FIFA's Zwanziger
The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.
EPL: Is Mourinho's Chelsea adopting small team mentality?
Following Chelsea's tame draw against Manchester City, questions are being raised about the Jose Mourinho-managed team's game plan and attitude.
Football Roundup: Astonishing EPL; Real and Barca on goal spree
Manchester United dropped further down the table after losing 5-3 against newcomers Leicester City.
ISL-bound Capdevila says Spain should stick to 'tiki-taka' football
Former world champions Spain will have to wait to regain their past glory but they need not discard their attractive brand of football that earned them fans and laurels, World Cup-winning defender Joan Capdevila told Reuters in an interview.
Asian Games schedule for Monday
India's squash ace Dipika Pallikal will be in action against the formidable Nicol David in the semi-final round on Monday, the third day of the Asian Games.
September 21, 2014
EPL: Super-sub Lampard stuns Chelsea to score equaliser for City
Frank Lampard, Chelsea's all-time record scorer, came on as a late substitute for Manchester City and scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad as the champions ended his former club's perfect start to the Premier League season on Sunday.
EPL: Manchester United suffer shock defeat at Leicester City
A controversial penalty in the dying minutes cost Manchester United dear as they suffered another defeat after Leicester City fought back brilliantly to win 5-3 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Will funding Hamas cost Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup?
Protesters have claimed that Qatar should stop funding terror group Hamas or the country should be banned from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
EPL: Ozil helps Arsenal trounce Villa, Liverpool stumble
Mesut Ozil helped Arsenal shake off the hangover of a midweek pounding in Germany with a starring role in a 3-0 win at Aston Villa while sloppy Liverpool lost 3-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.
September 20, 2014
Stunned Swedes blame 'football politics' for Euro 2020 snub
The leader of Sweden's Euro 2020 bid said "football politics" had denied his country a chance to provide a host city for the Euro 2020 tournament.
EPL: Will Van Gaal bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford?
Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal would reportedly like to sign Real Madrid's ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo, but he does not expect the Spanish giants to sell.
Diamond is Van Gaal's new best friend
After switching to a new-look formation that sparkled against Queens Park Rangers last weekend, a diamond may just be Louis van Gaal's new best friend as the Manchester United boss looks set to continue with it against Leicester City on Sunday.
September 18, 2014
Arsenal legend Ljungberg signs up for Mumbai City FC
The former Swedish captain, was an integral part of Arsenal's feared line-up in the early part of the last decade. He also played a key role in the North London club's record-breaking 49-game unbeaten run in 2003-04.
India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings
After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the latest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany.
World Cup 2022 the ultimate goal for reborn Afghanistan
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been beset by controversy, but for the visionaries bringing soccer back to life in Afghanistan it represents a shining, magical light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel.
September 17, 2014
Late Burak strike earns Galatasaray 1-1 Anderlecht draw
A stoppage time strike from Burak Yilmaz earned Galatasaray a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in their opening Group D Champions League fixture on Tuesday after Dennis Praet had put the visitors on course for victory.
Champions League: Hulk, Witsel help Zenit win at Benfica
Goals from Hulk and Axel Witsel helped Zenit St Petersburg get their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start as they beat 10-man Benfica 2-0 away on Tuesday.
Champions League: Olympiakos stun last season's finalists Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory over last year's Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid to make a dream start to their Group A campaign on Tuesday.
Frustrating Liverpool pull-off hard-fought win against Ludogorets
After five years away, Champions League drama returned to Anfield like a long lost friend on Tuesday as Liverpool beat debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria 2-1 with Steven Gerrard scoring a last-gasp penalty.
How Dortmund's Immobile found his touch and put Arsenal in state of inertia
Dortmund's Ciro Immobile hadn't scored since joining the club this season. But while he was getting restless, the striker was asked by coach Juergen Klopp to be patient and persistent.
Champions League: Real thrash Basel 5-1; Arsenal lose to Dortmund
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.
September 16, 2014
'Unhappy', 'unsettled' Ronaldo may return to Manchester United
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has claimed that star forward Cristiano Ronaldo could make a return to Manchester United because he is disillusioned at the La Liga side.
EPL: Hull's new signings make impact but drop points
A Curtis Davies own goal gifted West Ham United a point after Hull City had twice taken the lead in a frenetic 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Monday.
'Strong as ever' Atletico set to keep Olympiakos on their toes
A rousing 2-1 La Liga victory at Real Madrid on Saturday may suggest otherwise, but Atletico Madrid are still rebuilding after losing several key players in the close season, coach Diego Simeone said on Monday.
Manchester United find their Angel of the North
Angel Di Maria, with all the abundant gifts that make him at nearly 60 million pounds the most expensive signing in English football, may have found a club where he could again become the king, not some undervalued courtier.
Injury woes for Bayern ahead of Manchester City game
Bayern, who won the Champions League in 2013, have yet to hit top form this season, with many players tired after the World Cup and others, including Thiago Alcantara, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Rafinha, out injured.
Van Gaal hails first win as 'new start'
What a difference an international break makes.
September 15, 2014
Asian Games: UAE crush India 5-0 in men's football
An unimpressive display by India saw them surrender without a fight to United Arab Emirates as they went down 0-5 in their opening Group G match at the Asian Games in Incheon.
September 14, 2014
It's a puzzle for beaten Liverpool without missing pieces
Liverpool's 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday was more than an early season setback - it raised the question of whether they have the strength in depth to cope with the dual challenge ahead of them this term.
La Liga: Real beaten by Atletico, Neymar lifts Barca
Real Madrid's early-season woes deepened when they lost 2-1 at home to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, while substitute Neymar struck twice in Barcelona's 2-0 win against visiting Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
September 13, 2014
'Lost son' Kagawa scores on Dortmund return, Bayern win
Japan international Shinji Kagawa sparkled on his return to Borussia Dortmund, scoring one goal for the Ruhr Valley club and helping set up another in a 3-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday.
Costa hat-trick downs Swansea, City draw at Arsenal
Chelsea's Diego Costa continued his stunning start to life in the Premier League with a hat-trick in a 4-2 comeback win over Swansea City on Saturday that left champions Manchester City staring up the table after a 2-2 draw at Arsenal.
September 12, 2014
Materazzi joins Chennai in Indian Super League
Former Italy defender Marco Materazzi has joined Chennai in the new Indian Super League (ISL) following in the footsteps of former national team mate Alessandro Del Piero.
September 11, 2014
Hull owner puts Premier League club up for sale
Hull City owner Assem Allam has put the Premier League club up for sale, the businessman said on Thursday.
Mumbai City FC set to sign former France striker Anelka for ISL
Nicolas Anelka could be a part of the Indian Super League football tournament as Mumbai City FC's negotiations with the former France and Chelsea striker are at an "advanced" stage.
September 10, 2014
Football friendly: Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador
Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in an international friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday with a first half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory.
September 09, 2014
Wait over, Indian footballers cleared for Asian Games
India will not take part in baseball, bowling, fencing, karate, modern pentathlon, rugby, softball, soft tennis and triathlon because of the athletes' poor standards.
September 08, 2014
Blatter seeks to stay as FIFA president into his 80s
The news comes as little surprise as Sepp Blatter had dropped strong hints he would stand again and if he sees out his potential four-year term he will be 83 by the time of the next planned election in 2019.
September 06, 2014
Di Maria claims Real pressure not to play World Cup final
Angel Di Maria has claimed his former club Real Madrid put pressure on Argentina not to play him in the World Cup final in another bitter chapter in his departure from the Spanish giants.
September 05, 2014
What makes Luis Suarez feel like a footballer?
Luis Suarez is starting to "feel like a footballer" once again after being allowed to train with new club Barcelona following his appeal against a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.
September 04, 2014
Asiad: India could face penalties if it withdraws from certain events
In an embarrassment to India, the country has been warned of heavy penalty by the Olympic Council of Asia if it withdraws from sending teams in a few disciplines in the upcoming Asian Games, a development which led to the IOA slamming some government officials for "ruining sport".
September 03, 2014
Mumbai City, Atletico de Kolkata to kick-off ISL on October 12
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg and Spanish World Cupper Luis Garcia will be the centre of attention when Mumbai City FC kick off the inaugural Indian Super League football tournament on October 12 at Atletico de Kolkata, in a tournament that will feature 61 games spread across 70 days.
Footballer Chopra ready to give up British passport to play for India
Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.
August 31, 2014
Chelsea sign France forward Remy from QPR
Chelsea have bolstered their attacking options by signing France forward Loic Remy from Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers on a four-year deal, the 2012 European champions announced on Sunday.
EPL: Irresistible Liverpool trounce Spurs, Villa win
Brendan Rodgers marked his 100th game in charge by watching Liverpool produce an irresistible performance as they beat a toothless Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
August 30, 2014
EPL: City stunned by Stoke, United frustrated again
Champions Manchester City suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City on Saturday as their cast of attacking talents were blunted in a lifeless display that cost them their first dropped points of the season.
Liverpool defender Agger returns to Brondby
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has returned to Danish side Brondby, the club where he started his career, for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Saturday.
August 28, 2014
Platini rules out running for FIFA presidency
UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football on Thursday, saying he "could not convince himself" that opposing incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency was the right thing to do.
Champions League: Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again
Arsenal qualified for a 17th successive season with a nervy 1-0 win at home to Besiktas and Malmo made it for the first time with a 3-0 win over Salzburg, whose participation ended in the qualifiers for the ninth time in a row.
Top 10 transfers in the English Premier League
Check out the 10 most expensive transfers in British soccer history.
August 27, 2014
Xabi Alonso quits international football
Spain's Xabi Alonso has retired from international football, the World Cup and twice European Championship winning midfielder said on Wednesday.
United smash British record by signing Di Maria
Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7 million on Tuesday.
August 26, 2014
England football ace Lampard quits internationals
England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps, he said on Tuesday.
August 24, 2014
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal salvage late Everton draw, Chelsea win
Chelsea, who beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from home debutant Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, and Swansea City, who sank Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium, head the early season standings with six points.
August 18, 2014
Points Table: English Premier League 2014-15
The points table of the English Premier League 2014-15 season.
August 17, 2014
PHOTOS: 10-man India beat arch rivals Pakistan in football friendly
Down to 10 men, India showed character to prevail 1-0 over Pakistan in the first friendly football match, in Bangalore, on Sunday.
August 16, 2014
Will football improve Indo-Pak ties?
Pakistan football team captain Kaleem Ullah has said that he hoped a two-match series against arch-rivals India in the coming week would lead to peace and friendship between the two nations.
India, Pakistan face-off in moutherwatering football friendly
In what will be a curtain-raiser to the upcoming Asian Games, India and Pakistan resume their rivalry on the football pitch as they lock horns in the first of two friendly matches in
Sports Shorts: Dutch sprinter Schippers wins 200m gold at Euro C'ships
Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers ran the fastest 200 metres this year on Friday to collect her second gold medal of the European championships.
'Football is all about entertainment, entertainment, entertainment'
Louis van Gaal's biggest challenge as Manchester United manager will be to provide entertaining football for the club's supporters, he said on Friday.
August 10, 2014
Dominant Arsenal thrash City in one-sided Shield win
Arsenal, who went nine years without a trophy before winning the FA Cup in May, collected their second piece of silverware in three months when they crushed champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
Sports shorts: Federer storms into final, Venus upsets Serena
Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.
August 08, 2014
Meet Donovan, America's first soccer star!
When the history of the growth of soccer in the United States is written, the soon-to-retire Landon Donovan will undoubtedly go down as the country's first true star in the game.
August 07, 2014
'Football is macho, difficult to accept women in governance'
A day before the Women's U-20 World Cup kicked off in Canada, FIFA President Sepp Blatter reportedly said that it is difficult to accept women in FIFA's executive committee because Football is very macho.
August 05, 2014
Sports Shorts: Xavi quits, F1 boss agrees to $100m settlement
Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has retired from internationals at the age of 34, he said on Tuesday.
August 03, 2014
Record US football crowd sees Manchester Utd beat Real Madrid
The largest crowd to watch a football match in the United States - 109,318 - poured into Michigan Stadium on Saturday to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly.
July 27, 2014
Sports Shorts: Di Maria expected back at Real for training
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is expecting Angel Di Maria to begin pre-season training on August 5 and has no information about the Argentina winger leaving for Paris St Germain.
July 25, 2014
Chelsea re-sign striker Drogba
Chelsea have re-signed Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba on a one-year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.
July 24, 2014
The Top 10 football transfers of 2014-15
Though there's still a month left in the transfer window, most of the major deals have been completed. We take a look at the top 10 transfers so far.
July 23, 2014
PHOTOS: World Cup over but summer of soccer set to rock US!
The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport's glamour clubs looking to expand their brand.
July 22, 2014
Real Madrid sign Colombia's World Cup hero Rodriguez
No details of the fee for Rodriguez were disclosed but media reports said it was around 80 million euros (63.2 million pounds).
July 21, 2014
England captain Gerrard retires from international soccer
The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000.
July 18, 2014
Is 'selfish' Ronaldo to be blamed for Portugal's World Cup failure?
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been accused of loving himself too much and his unbalanced attitude has been said to be at the root of Portugal's 2014 World Cup failure.
July 17, 2014
PHOTOS: German players 'gaucho' dance, 'disrespectful'or 'spontaneous'
The head of Germany's national soccer association said on Wednesday that German players celebrating their World Cup triumph did not intend to be disrespectful when they performed a dance that poked fun at their defeated opponent Argentina.
July 16, 2014
Hangover: Footy stars and their pretty WAGs flaunt hot-bodies
After a stressful World Cup, most of the soccer stars are headed for beach vacations.
A Finale worthy of the Maracana
The entire tournament has been unpredictable but Germnay's Mario Goetze Andre Schuerrle are looking at another decade or more of glorious careers, says .
World Cup: Germany's sexy fan flashes, courts controversy
Germany were crowned FIFA World Champions in Brazil but it was pop singer Rihanna who had a time of her life.
FIFA World Cup teams' performance in three words
A new study has revealed three words that are most widely used by people around the world to describe each of the 32 teams in the ongoing World Cup.
July 15, 2014
Latest Sporting Buzz: US footballer Zusi 'hunkiest' player at World Cup!
Graham Zusi was declared as the hunkiest of all the footballers at the recently concluded World Cup that was played in Brazil.
World Champions Germany arrive home to rousing reception
The newly crowned football world champions Germany arrived in Berlin amidst cheer and lots of fanfare. Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the celebrations!
Heroes welcome for Messi and co. while the party in Germany continues
Germany are champions of the world again after snatching victory against Argentina in the soccer showpiece with a superb extra-time goal from baby-faced Mario Goetze to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.
A sneak peek into Germany's World Cup journey
In late May, as the Germany football team gathered at their World Cup training camp in Italy. A look into the champions journey.
Meet the sporting and the unsporting politicians
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez admitted on Monday she had not watched a single one of the country's matches in the World Cup soccer tournament, including the final, a blunder that some observers said exposed her as out of touch with the national mood.
Did Messi deserve Golden Ball? No, says Maradona
Argentina forward Lionel Messi did not deserve to win the World Cup 'Golden Ball' as the tournament's best player, according to his compatriot and former great Diego Maradona.
FIFA World Cup 2014: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Now that the World Cup is over, we take a look at the good, bad and ugly moments in the month-long football extravaganza.
World Cup: Suarez, Palacio and Dutch goalie trolled on the internet!
The beautiful Rio de Janeiro sunset that was aired live during Germany's one goal victory against Argentina during their World Cup final clash has reportedly been treated with Uruguayan Luis Suarez 's bite meme.
Vote for Best goal of 2014 World Cup
Goals are flying in by the bucketload at World Cup 2014. Fans, having waited four years to watch and drool over their favourite football players, have already been rewarded. Who scored the best goal of 2014 World Cup? Vote and Tell Us!
Messi wins 'sad prize' as World Cup dream remains elusive
Lionel Messi must now set his sights on Russia in 2018 as he seeks to cap an already stellar career by leading Argentina to World Cup glory.
July 14, 2014
Manchester United agree record $1.3 billion Adidas kit deal
The 10-year agreement announced on Monday is a world record for a soccer club and is more than double the 31 million pounds-a-year deal Adidas was reported to have with Spanish side Real Madrid, previously the biggest deal.
Scolari fired as Brazil manager, newspaper reports
Brazil have sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari just hours after the end of a home World Cup in which they suffered two of their worst defeats in the tournament's history, one of Brazil's leading newspapers reported on Monday.
'World champions' scream German media as team brings home World Cup
There was a lot for the German media to 'scream' about after their team lifted the World Cup after 24 years.
World Cup: When Brazilian footballers left Amitabh Bachchan disappointed!
Not even Bollywood's megastar Amitabh Bachchan was spared from the football bug that had bitten the whole world over the last month. Bachchan Sr tweeted about his trip to Rio de Janeiro and watching Brazil fall to another loss in the 3rd place match against The Netherlands at the just concluded FIFA World Cup.
A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Football: Germans world over revel in World Cup win
Jubilant Germans celebrated in the streets on Sunday night, lighting fireworks, embracing strangers, honking car horns and revelling in their first World Cup win in 24 years.
Germany's Podolski goes on selfie spree after World Cup win
Germany's forward Lucas Podolski went on a selfie spree after the team's first World Cup win in 24 years.
World Cup: Argentina loyalists Kolkata celebrate German triumph
Football runs through the veins of every Kolkatan. And their love for the game was on show when Germany took on Argentina in the FIFA World Cup final on Sunday.
Pele, Kaka grace final even as Beck's boys reveal their favourite team
It was rain of footballing gods as former stars Pele, Kaka, David Beckham and Carles Puyol graced the final.
PHOTOS: How Germany WAGs congratulated their men...
As soon as the final whistle of the extra-time blew confirming Germany's 1-0 win, Wives, girlfriends (WAGs) and children join the German team on the pitch after their World Cup final victory over Argentina at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.
10 flops of the World Cup 2014
Rediff.com takes a look at the 10 big names that flopped at the World Cup 2014.
World Cup final fallout: Riots add to gloom in grief-stricken Argentina
Argentine riot police fired tear gas and water cannon on Sunday to break up dozens of rock-hurling youths in central Buenos Aires after the nation's hopes of a first World Cup win in 28 years were dashed by Germany in the final.
What they said: Memorable quotes from the Football World Cup!
From Luis Suarez's bite to commenting on Brazil's big loss in the semi-final, everyone had their two-bit to share.
Shakira's World Cup song 'La,La,La' - Hit or Flop? Tell Us!
Colombian star Shakira wowed the crowd with her performance of "Dare (La,La,La)" during the World Cup closing ceremony at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night.
Just what went wrong for Argentina?
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella heaped praise on his team after Sunday's 1-0 World Cup final defeat by Germany on Sunday, saying they gave their all but lacked cutting edge in front of goal during an even game.
What made Germany click, secret revealed...
Germany's World Cup victory on Sunday was not just down to 50 days of good preparation for the tournament but was the culmination of a meticulously-planned long-term project, coach Joachim Loew said.
All hail Germany's wonder boy Goetze
Germany forward Mario Goetze, who plundered the extra-time winner in the World Cup final against Argentina, is a wonder boy with immense qualities, coach Joachim Loew said on Sunday.
World Cup Player of the Day: Magical Goetze eclipses Messi
Mario Goetze's superb extra-time volley sealed a fourth World Cup for Germany with a 1-0 win over Argentina in a thrilling final on Sunday as they became the first European team to triumph on South American soil.
Messi wins Golden Ball; Rodriguez Golden Boot
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper of the World Cup. Argentina captain Lionel Messi had never scored at the world finals prior to Brazil 2014, a record he em
PHOTOS: Super Mario stunner guides Germany to World Cup glory
Photos of the World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina.
PHOTOS: Shakira, Samba light up WC closing ceremony
Photos of the World Cup closing ceremony
Germany beat Argentina in extra-time to win World Cup
Mario Goetze of Germany slips the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the World Cup final on Sunday.
July 13, 2014
World Cup chit-chat: Scolari says future yet to be decided after loss
Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said his future had yet to be decided and urged optimism after the hosts crashed to another heavy defeat in their final match of the World Cup on Saturday.
World Cup: Dutch exceed expectations under talismanic Van Gaal
The Netherlands far exceeded expectation in finishing third at the World Cup in Brazil, tearing up not only up the formbook but their own rules on how best to play the game as their coach provided a talismanic touch.
World Cup PHOTOS: Hard reality sets in for Brazil fans; players apologise
The last place Brazilians expected to be embarrassed in the World Cup was on the pitch.
World Cup Final: It's Latin pride v Germany
Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil in Sunday's final against Argentina whose captain Lionel Messi is out to emulate the great Diego Maradona.
World Cup: Playmaker Messi crucial to Argentina's success
Lionel Messi is not only Argentina's key attacking threat but he is also instrumental in helping the defence.
PHOTOS: Netherlands stroll past hapless Brazil to secure third spot
Photos of the third-place playoff match between Brazil and Netherlands
Early Dutch goal hands Julio Cesar unwanted record
The Netherlands' opening goal against Brazil on Saturday was the 16th conceded by Julio Cesar in World Cup matches, handing him the unwanted record of conceding the most goals at the finals for the five-times champions.
Brazil blunders resurface as Dutch grab third place
Brazil ended their home World Cup to a cacophony of boos on Saturday as the defensive errors that crushed their bid for a sixth title resurfaced in a shoddy 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff match.
July 12, 2014
Blasted in Belo Horizonte
With a well-oiled midfieldand strikers of the caliber of Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, the Germans will start the title match as the favorites in the final, says .
World Cup: Have Germany finally found a winning combination?
It is hard to image Germany coach Joachim Loew making any changes to the team that demolished hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final for Sunday's final against Argentina after spending much of the tournament tinkering to find the right mix.
World Cup: 'Spanish' Messi prepares for Argentina's third title
Argentina's Lionel Messi, the most unassuming and also one of the most admired talents in world sport, can join the elite of soccer greats by winning the World Cup in Sunday's final against Germany.
FIFA announces World Cup's Golden Ball shortlist. Check out the 10
Germany have four players and Argentina three in the 10-man FIFA shortlist for the adidas Golden Ball, which is awarded to the World Cup's most outstanding performer.
July 11, 2014
Preview: Brazil face must-win game the Dutch don't even want!
After Brazil's utter humiliation against Germany, anything less than a win in Saturday's third-place match against an indifferent Netherlands team would deepen the gloom hanging over the World Cup hosts.
PHOTOS: Brazilian bombshells root for their team
Anything less than a win in Saturday's third-place match against Netherlands would deepen the gloom hanging over Brazil. To cheer their team the Brazilian beauties are leaving no stone unturned.
What a Signing! Arsenal beef up attack with Sanchez
Arsenal signalled their attacking intent for the looming Premier League season by completing the signing of Chile striker Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona on Thursday. It's Adidas 2 Nike 0 at the World Cup!!!
With Adidas sponsoring both teams in Sunday's World Cup final, the German sportswear brand has declared victory over U.S. rival Nike in the latest round of its battle to remain the biggest global football brand.
World Cup chit-chat: Argentina's Di Maria trains in hope of making final
Argentina winger Angel Di Maria trained lightly on Thursday in the hope of being able to play a part in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday despite suffering a thigh injury just days ago.
World Cup: Take a look at Argentina's journey to the final
Argentina reached their first World Cup final in 24 years on Wednesday, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the first scoreless semi in the tournament's history, with old foes Germany awaiting them in Sunday's showpiece.
World Cup: Take a look at Germany's journey to the final
Take a look at Germany's journey to the World Cup final in Brazil. It takes years for a fine wine to mature and the Germany team that ripped Brazil apart 7-1 in an astonishing World Cup semi-final has become a rare vintage with coach Joachim Loew finally getting the blend right.
It wasn't a normal challenge, says an emotional Neymar
An emotional Neymar cried as he recalled the challenge that ended his World Cup on Thursday and said he felt blessed not to have ended up in a wheelchair.
Have you met Lionel Messi's sexy girlfriend?
But can Lionel Messi secure a place among the game's greats with a World Cup triumph? But for now on a lighter note we bring Messi's better half, Antonella Roccuzzo.
BEST Photos from the World Cup knock-outs
Rediff.com brings you a quick flashback of the Round of 16 matches at the World Cup through these stunning captures!
July 10, 2014
World Cup: 'It's over' mourns the Dutch media
Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
World Cup chit-chat: FIFA rejects Suarez appeal against ban for biting
FIFA has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match.
World Cup Quote Hanger: 'What madness, we are in the final'
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of the day from Brazil!
5 things that we learnt from Argentina-Netherlands semis
The Netherlands and Argentina cancelled each other out in a tactical encounter that the South Americans won but only after penalties. The match will go down in the record books as the first World Cup semi-final to finish goalless after extra time.
This is what happened when Van Gaal ran out of tricks...
Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
10 shockers that shook the sports world
Following the latest 'disaster', Rediff.com takes a look at various sporting shockers, which shook the world.
PHOTOS: Romero's heroics guide Argentina into World Cup final
Photos of the World Cup semi-final game between Argentina and Netherlands
Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to enter final
Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 via penalties to enter the final of the World Cup on Wednesday. The teams were goalless at the end of 120 minutes, and extra-time in the second semi-final.
World Cup Player of the Day: Romero the hero
Argentina's Sergio Romero launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans' first World Cup final appearance in 24 years.
Stage set, now can Messi secure his place among the greats?
Lionel Messi can secure his place among the game's greats with a World Cup triumph after Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties on Wednesday to reach the final.
July 09, 2014
Brazil's defence goes missing in embarrassing defeat
Brazil have been blamed for not being attacking enough since the World Cup started but it was their once admired defence that will carry the can for Tuesday's incredible 7-1 loss to Germany.
Ghosts of 1950 return to haunt Brazil
After waiting 64 years to exorcise the ghosts of the Maracanazo, Brazil have instead suffered another defeat that may haunt them for decades.
World Cup: WAGS, Brazilian fans give Germany heroes welcome
Brazilians in a northeastern town near Germany's training base adopted an "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to Tuesday's World Cup semi-final defeat by throwing their support behind the side that had thrashed them 7-1 just hours earlier.
World Cup chit-chat: Unwell Van Persie doubtful for semis
The Netherlands have concerns over striker Robin van Persie, who was suffering from stomach problems ahead of their semi-final game against Argentina in Sao Paulo.
The death of the yellow jersey
'Living in Brazil, I had internalised the football mythology of that country, the way I had learnt Mahabharata stories in my childhood. The tragedy at the Maracana stadium in 1950, when a confident Brazil had lost to Uruguay in the finals. They tell the story of this debacle, this 'Hiroshima' that hit them, like the Shias lament the death of Ali. It led to the Brazilian team burning their white uniforms and switching later to Yellow and blue symbolising their national colours,' says Ambassador , India's former envoy to Brazil.
World Cup: Shocked media slams 'Disgraceful' Brazilians
Brazilian newspapers and websites were unanimous on Tuesday that the national team's 7-1 hammering by Germany in the World Cup semi-final was the greatest shame in the country's illustrious footballing history.
World Cup: Tell us, did Brazil wilt under weight of expectations?
Brazil rode a wave of emotion, patriotism and prayer to reach the World Cup semi-finals but Tuesday was the day when the weight of expectation caught up with them.
World Cup: When Scolari had no face to show for Brazil's 'sorry' effort
The nation whose attacking soccer has thrilled the world for generations was left heart-broken on Tuesday after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.
Football World Cup: For heart-broken Brazil fans, the tears just won't stop!
For many Brazilians, Tuesday's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany accomplished the unthinkable -- a disaster even worse than the last time the country hosted the World Cup, in 1950.
All eyes on Messi and Robben with Rio in sight
The Netherlands are one win away from a second straight World Cup final while opponents Argentina head into Wednesday's last-four clash looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the biggest game of all.
Hottest Sporting Buzz: I didn't watch football, says Tim Howard's girlfriend
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard's Scottish girlfriend, Sara McLean has revealed that she did not care for soccer till she started going out with him.
PHOTOS: Germany pump seven past hosts Brazil, make eighth final
Images from the first World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
German blitzkrieg in Belo Horizonte, hosts Brazil humiliated 7-1
Germany scored five goals in 18 first-half minutes on the way to a 7-1 destruction of Brazil in the semi-final on Tuesday to leave the host nation in a state of stunned disbelief at the most amazing World Cup result of all time.
Klose scores 16th World Cup goal to break all-time record
Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored after 23 minutes of the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday to become the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.
July 08, 2014
World Cup PHOTOS: Brazilian fans pray for a miracle
Brazil remain bitter about the tackle that ended their marquee striker Neymar's World Cup but hope his absence will inspire the rest of the team in Tuesday's semi-final against Germany.
World Cup PHOTOS: This is how Colombians welcome their heroes
The Colombian football team returned home to an incredible welcome as thousands of fans turned out to celebrate the South American nation making history for reaching last eight of the FIFA World Cup for the first time.
Brazil without captain as nation awaits Germany clash
Brazil will be without captain Thiago Silva for their World Cup semi-final against Germany after FIFA on Monday rejected an appeal against his yellow card, denting home hopes of lifting the trophy for the sixth time.
Have you met Neymar's sexy girlfriend, Bruna?
If all goes well, Neymar will be seen cheering for his team as a fan from the stands. And we will surely find his sexy girlfriend Bruna Marquezine accompanying the ailing star.
Four key battles in Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final
The four key battles in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte's Mineirao stadium.
World Cup chit-chat: Reliance to probe black marketing of its WC tickets
With the World Cup football tickets it had originally bought being caught in the hands of alleged scalpers, Reliance Industries on Tuesday said it is investigating how the much-coveted and expensive tickets ended up in the Brazilian black market.
July 07, 2014
Riveting Football in Rio
Will the German discipline take them to the final? Will Brazil be able to overcome the loss of Neymar Jr.? Will Argentina move its game to the next level for the semi-final? Or would the Dutch shrug off a bad day at work to reach the final again and get a shot at redemption?
Di Maria ruled out; Brazil try to get Thiago Silva back
Brazil launched a desperate appeal to have skipper Thiago Silva's ban for their World Cup semi-final against Germany overturned on Sunday but Argentine hopes of seeing Angel Di Maria in action were ended by injury.
5 memorable World Cup semi-finals
With two potentially epic semi-finals in prospect this week between Brazil and Germany and Argentina and the Netherlands, take a look back at five classic World Cup semi-finals.
'Brazil players are treating match against Germany like a final'
Brazil will play Germany next week in what the hosts' players are calling the final before the final and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is facing selection dilemmas four days ahead of the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.
Will Van Gaal's wishful thinking work again for the Dutch?
Louis van Gaal's tactical masterstroke got them out of a sticky situation again in the quarter-final on Saturday but the Netherlands will know they cannot continue relying on their coach to conjure up tricks if they are to go further at the World Cup.
Argentina, the Netherlands have rich history to live up to
If the past is any guide, we should be in for something memorable on Wednesday in Sao Paulo when the Netherlands meet Argentina in the World Cup semi-final at the Corinthians arena.
Brazil will derive strength from Neymar's absence: Schweinsteiger
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger said he was saddened Brazil's Neymar will not feature in their semi-final but believed the hosts may play above themselves with the whole nation behind them.
World Cup: Football fans think out loud through these banners!
Be it protests or a kind word, football fans think out loud through these banners at the World Cup in Brazil!
World Cup chit-chat: Brazil appeals for withdrawal of suspension of skipper Silva
Brazil have appealed to FIFA World Cup authorities to withdraw the yellow card suspension imposed on their captain Thiago Silva so that he can turn out for Tuesday's semi-final clash against Germany.
Was Dutch penalty hero Krul unsporting? Tell Us!
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul was back defending himself on Sunday, less than 24 hours after making two stunning penalty saves against Costa Rica to book his team's place in the World Cup semi-finals.
Germany shielded from public at beachside fortress
Germany have spent most of their time at the World Cup behind the high walls of their 'Campo Bahia' fortress on the shores of the Atlantic - largely avoiding contact with fans, locals and the media.
July 06, 2014
Di Maria loss would be hefty blow for Argentina
If a scan on Sunday confirms Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria is out of the World Cup it would be a significant blow to the South Americans' hopes of winning the tournament for the third time.
World Cup: Costa Rica can leave with their heads held high
Costa Rica achieved "wonderful things" at this World Cup and are proud to bow out having conceded only two goals and without losing a game, coach Jorge Luis Pinto said on Saturday.
World Cup: Argentina coach Sabella likens Messi to an oasis
Lionel Messi is like water in the desert, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said after his team beat Belgium 1-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday.
World Cup: Belgium boss Wilmots not impressed by Argentina, Messi
Beaten and bored by "ordinary" Argentina, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said he was less than impressed by a team that ended his side's World Cup hopes on Saturday.
World Cup: 'Football has shed a tear over Neymar'
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has accused Colombia's Juan Zuniga of an "evil, violent" tackle that has put Neymar out of the World Cup and said on Saturday he favoured tougher sanctions against violent play.
World Cup chit-chat: Broken Neymar still dreams of being champion
Injured Brazil forward Neymar thanked fans for their support on Saturday and said his teammates will do everything to keep his dream of winning the World Cup alive.
World Cup Player of the Day: Krul plays Dutch saviour
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul made a dramatic entrance off the bench to save two penalties in a shootout win over Costa Rica on Saturday following a 0-0 draw after extra time, sending the Dutch into a World Cup semi-final with Argentina.
PHOTOS: Super-sub Krul puts Dutch into semis
Photos of the quarter-final match between Netherlands and Costa Rica
Krul shootout saves send Dutch into semis
The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Higuain strike puts Argentina in World Cup semis
Photos of the quarter-final match between Argentina and Belgium
July 05, 2014
Higuain fires Argentina past Belgium into World Cup semis
Argentina reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 24 years on Saturday when an early goal by Gonzalo Higuain and a strong defensive display proved enough to beat a disappointing Belgium side 1-0.
Watch out for Robben's dives, says Costa Rica coach
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto urged referee Ravshan Irmatov to keep a close eye on Dutchman Arjen Robben in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands.
Brazil shocked, angered by Neymar's back injury
Neymar's exit from the World Cup due to a back injury left Brazilians shocked and angered on Friday, darkening the mood after the hosts' 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarter-finals had sparked nationwide celebrations.
Neymar injury leaves Scolari and Brazil in a quandary
Brazil striker Neymar's World Cup is over and the loss of their talisman and top goalscorer to injury leaves manager Luiz Felipe Scolari with a big headache ahead of their semi-final against Germany on Tuesday.
World Cup: Neymar ruled out with broken vertebra
Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe's biggest remaining team Germany.
World Cup: Will Eden prove a Hazard to shaky Argentina?
Belgium pointed to Eden Hazard as a potential match winner as they laid out a strategy to combat Lionel Messi and Argentina when they meet in their World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday.
Loew keeps lid on celebrations after recent near-misses
There were no wild celebrations or congratulatory backslaps for Germany after they beat France 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Friday to become the first country to reach the semi-finals at four successive World Cups.
Neymar may miss crucial semis with Germany
Brazil forward Neymar was taken to hospital after being injured in the closing stages of the 2-1 World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday that kept the hosts on course for a sixth title.
PHOTOS: Luiz wonder-kick sets up Brazil date with Germany
Images from the World Cup quarter-final game between Brazil and Colombia.
Brazil beat gritty Colombia to enter semis
Brazil scored an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Colombia to enter the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday night. They will meet Germany.
Les Bleus put World Cup blues behind them
France may have been knocked out of yet another World Cup by nemesis Germany on Friday but restoring their image and rebuilding expectations ahead of Euro 2016 were even more important after their debacle in South Africa four years ago.
July 04, 2014
PHOTOS: Hummels heads Germany into World Cup semis
Germany reached their fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final after defender Mats Hummels's first-half header gave the three-time winners a 1-0 victory over France at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana on Friday.
World Cup: Germany beat France to enter semis
Mats Hummels scored with a header in the 14th minute to give Germany a 1-0 victory over France in the first quarter-final of the World Cup at the Maracana, in Brazil, on Friday.
One of the most open World Cups in recent memory
As much as I would love to witness a Brazil-Argentina final at the Copacabana beach, Colombia, Germany, Netherlands and Argentina look like the semi-finalists and, if Argentina peaks at the right time, Germany vs Argentina could be the title match, says Mauktik Kulkarni.
Football World Cup: Agony and Ecstasy in Brazil
Emotions run high at the World Cup and tears and cheers are in full view as footballers strut their stuff on the field. Rediff.com snaps fans as all their emotions lay bare in Brazil.
6 keepers who raise the bar at the World Cup
In a tournament that well before the quarter-final stage exceeded the 145 goals scored in South Africa in 2010, goalkeepers have stolen the limelight with a string of scintillating performances.
World Cup: One dead as overpass collapses in host city
At least one person died on Thursday when an unfinished overpass collapsed in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, overshadowing the buildup to the first quarter-finals in which France face Germany and Brazil take on Colombia.
World Cup chit-chat: Psychologists roped in to help Brazil squad?
Brazil play Colombia in Fortaleza in Friday's afternoon kick-off and, with the weight of expectation upon them, there are concerns about whether a team that have failed to sparkle so far can cope with the pressure.
Take a look at the bookies' favourite for Golden Ball, Boot...
Argentina's Lionel Messi is the bookmaker's favourite to win the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball at the World Cup while France, Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands are favourites to win their matches in the quarter-finals which start on Friday.
World Cup: Petition filed to name US goalkeeper Howard Secretary of Defense!
US goalkeeper Tim Howard, who pulled off a record-setting 16 saves in a 1-2 World Cup loss against Belgium, was momentarily named Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia as an enthusiastic fan edited the Wikipedia entry.
Want to perform in World Cup? Have 'sex', says study!
The FIFA World Cup 2014 carnival in Brazil has reached the business end and we can sit and analyse the teams left in the fray. Research has shown that those with a more relaxed view on the matter are enjoying better results on the pitch.
July 03, 2014
World Cup chit-chat: Seven German players have mild cases of flu: Loew
Seven Germany players are suffering mild flu symptoms ahead of the quarter-final match against France on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said in a German radio interview without identifying the players.
World Cup SWOT Analysis: How the 8 quarter-finalists measure up