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December 03, 2016
El Clasico PIX: Ramos strikes late equaliser as Real Madrid hold Barca
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos scored in the 90th minute to hold FC Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Mumbai finish on top after playing goalless draw vs Delhi
Mumbai City FC ended their League engagements with a goalless draw against Delhi Dynamos to finish on top of Indian Super League football in Mumbai on Saturday.
Olympian and former India defender Salam passes away
Former India footballer and coach Syed Abdus Salam, who was awarded Best Defender in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died at his Salarjung Colony residence in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Malaysia player pips Messi, Neymar to FIFA shortlist
A Malaysian footballer has beaten the likes of Neymar and Messi to score a place in FIFA's shortlist for top three goals of the year.
EPL PHOTOS: Ruthless Chelsea rally to sink Man City; Spurs down Swansea
Chelsea came from behind to secure a 3-1 win at Manchester City and forge further clear at the top of the Premier League as a dramatic top-of-the-table clash ended in a mass brawl and two City players being sent off on Saturday.
Ronaldo, Mourinho in tax evasion row
One of the publications, the French investigative portal Mediapart, said Ronaldo and his Portuguese compatriot Mourinho had benefited from a tax optimisation system developed by their agent Jorge Mendes, who owns Gestifute.
Euro football: Napoli rediscover scoring touch; Bayern back on top
Napoli rediscovered their scoring touch as they brushed aside Inter Milan 3-0 on Friday, sending their opponents' new coach Stefano Pioli back to the drawing-board.
Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer crash victims
The Brazilian town of Chapeco, its streets wet with drizzle and buildings draped in the green of its devastated soccer club, prepared Saturday to receive the bodies of victims of an air crash in Colombia that killed 71 people and wiped out the team.
Vote: Is Premier League title out of United's reach?
Manchester United might have left themselves too much ground to make up in the Premier League title race as they trail leaders Chelsea by 11 points after 13 games, according to their manager Jose Mourinho.
Kanoute's El Clasico prediction: Real 2, Barca 1
On the eve of the big game, the Malian footballer tell Rediff.com's Norma Godinho why Real Madrid are favourites and what is plaguing Barcelona this season.
December 02, 2016
ISL: ATK-Pune play out goalless draw
Atletico de Kolkata were guilty of missing too many chances and were held to a goalless draw against FC Pune City in their concluding group encounter of Hero Indian Super League at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata, on Friday.
ISL 2016 final to be played in Kochi
Kochi is all set to host the Indian Super League finale on December 18.
No team better than Barca; Real will be defensive, claims Luis Enrique
'Barca are the best team around and when we play as we know how we are unstoppable'
Change in substitution rule for German Cup
Teams competing in the men's and women's German Cup this season will be allowed to make four substitutions if matches go into extra time, with Germany taking part in a pilot project, the country's football association (DFB) said on Friday.
Colombia crash victims to take final flight home
Dozens of hearses carrying the coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain will leave Medellin for the airport on Friday to be flown home.
West Brom's Pulis disappointed with High Court verdict
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis said on Friday he was disappointed to have lost a High Court battle last week after being ordered to pay 3.7 million pounds ($4.66 million) to his former club Crystal Palace in a dispute over the way he left.
Will former FIFA chief Blatter win ban appeal?
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will discover on Monday whether he has won his appeal against a six-year ban from football imposed for ethics violations amid the biggest corruption scandal ever to shake the world soccer body.
Drogba's charity cleared of fraud but may have misled donors
A charity set up by Ivorian football star Didier Drogba to help children in West Africa has been cleared of fraud and corruption but may have "misled" donors, Britain's charity watchdog said on Friday.
El Clasico: Will struggling Barcelona stop Real Madrid's charge?
Real Madrid have enviously looked on as Barcelona claimed six La Liga titles in the last eight years, but Zinedine Zidane's side can take a huge step towards a first crown since 2012 with victory over their bitter rivals at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
December 01, 2016
ISL: FC Goa edge Chennaiyin in nine-goal thriller
Young Indian player Sahil Tavora struck twice, including a last-gasped stunner, as FC Goa beat champions Chennaiyin FC 5-4 in Indian Super League's highest scoring nail-biting match in Margao, on Thursday.
High-flying Chelsea face tough test at Man City
Only one point separates the two sides with Chelsea on 31 and City on 30 but Antonio Conte's impact at Stamford Bridge appears greater than his City counterpart Pep Guardiola's at the Etihad.
Man United sweep past West Ham, Arsenal ousted by Southampton
Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice each to help Manchester United ease into the League Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 home victory over West Ham United on Wednesday as Arsenal suffered a 2-0 home defeat by Southampton.
Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team ran out of fuel
The plane that crashed in Colombia virtually wiping out an entire Brazilian football team was running out of fuel, had no electrical power, and was preparing for an emergency landing, according to the pilot's final words.
November 30, 2016
Soccer crash survivors undergo operations in Colombia, probe begins
Of the players, goalkeeper Jackson Follmann was recovering from the amputation of his right leg. Defender Helio Neto remains in intensive care with severe trauma to his skull, thorax and lungs. Fellow defender Alan Ruschel had spine surgery.
Chapecoense vow to rebuild after airline accident
The small club from Chapeco in southern Brazil will be aided in their comeback by other senior teams, a group of whom called for the club to be exempt from relegation for three years.
November 29, 2016
Three Chapecoense players survive plane crash: Colombian authorities
Three players from Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team have survived a plane crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, Colombian authorities said on Tuesday
Soccer world descends into sorrow as Neymar, Chettri send condolences
The soccer world was in mourning on Tuesday as clubs, players and fans from around the globe sent tributes and support to Brazilian side Chapecoense following a deadly air crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, including several players.
United manager Mourinho charged again by FA
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after he was sent off at the weekend for the second time in a month.
Plane carrying football players from Brazil crashes, 76 dead
A plane carrying 72 people, including football players from Brazil, has reportedly crashed in Colombia.
November 28, 2016
Kerala Blasters' coach Coppell questions ISL's objective
Questioning Indian Super League's basic aim, Kerala Blasters FC coach Steve Coppell said on Monday that the league's objective should be to develop facilities for kids and come out with a product that's more competitive and can take India into top-100 ranking within 5-10 years.
No European football has Chelsea in advantageous position
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard expects ManchesterCity and Liverpool to be the London side's main rivals in the Premier League title race after the top three sides all enjoyed victories on the weekend.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barca fall six points behind Real
Barcelona's poor run away to Real Sociedad continued when the champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Anoeta on Sunday and slipped six points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid before next week's 'Clasico' against their arch rivals.
PHOTOS: Mourinho sent off on bad day for United; Arsenal win again
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sent off for the second time in a month on Sunday as the controversial coach watched his side draw 1-1 at home to West Ham United and lose more ground in the English Premier League title race.
November 27, 2016
Serie A leaders Juventus blown away by Genoa in half an hour
Genoa blew away Serie A leaders Juventus on Sunday, scoring three times in an astonishing first half hour on the way to a pulsating 3-1 win.
La Liga: Atletico return to top four with comfortable win at Osasuna
Atletico Madrid put last week's painful defeat by Real Madrid behind them with a 3-0 win over Osasuna on Sunday that included two goals in the space of a minute and allowed them to return to the top four in La Liga.
Manchester City and English FA probe alleged sexual abuse
The English Football Association (FA) has launched an internal review to examine allegations of children being sexually abused at professional soccer clubs.
ISL: Marcelo tricks as Delhi wallop Goa 5-1
Brazillian striker Marcelo Pereira scored a brilliant hat-trick as Delhi Dynamos continued with their impressive form with a 5-1 walloping of FC Goa in New Delhi on Sunday and put themselves in a strong position for a play-offs berth in the Indian Super League football tournament.
EPL: Sanchez's double helps Arsenal sink brave Bournemouth
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez and another from Theo Walcott ended Bournemouth's brave resistance at the Emirates stadium as Arsenal won 3-1 to stay in touch with the Premier League leaders on Sunday.
Euro soccer: Monaco down Marseille to go top; Bayern end winless streak
Monaco's firepower was far too hot to handle for Olympique de Marseille as the Principality side moved top of the French Ligue 1 standings with a 4-0 home win on Saturday.
Soccer legend Maradona mourns 'second father' Castro
For soccer great Diego Maradona, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro was more than a friend and fellow Latin American legend, he was "a second father."
PHOTOS: Colours of the rainbow light up Premier League matches
In an effort to show equality and inclusiveness towards people of all races and sexual orientation, players, officials from the English Premier League and even the historic Wembley Stadium was decked in the colours of the rainbow.
November 26, 2016
La Liga: Ronaldo scores brace as Real ride luck to beat Sporting
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his rich vein of form by scoring twice in Real Madrid's 2-1 home win over struggling Sporting Gijon on Saturday, although the La Liga leaders got a lucky break when the visitors squandered a second-half penalty.
ISL: NorthEast hold Chennaiyin 3-3 in dramatic match
NorthEast United scored in the final minute of the added time to hold defending champions Chennaiyin FC to a 3-3 draw in a thrilling match and kept themselves alive for a play-offs berth in the Indian Super League football in Chennai on Saturday.
Confederations Cup hosts Russia drawn with Portugal, Mexico
Hosts Russia were drawn on Saturday in Group A at next year's Confederations Cup along with Portugal, Mexico and New Zealand.
EPL PIX: Liverpool down Sunderland to go top; Swansea stun Palace
Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday.
Rooney cleared over drinking controversy following FA probe
England captain Wayne Rooney has been cleared following a Football Association (FA) inquiry into the 'Wedding-gate' furore.
Guardiola wants Messi to end his career at Barca
Despite Manchester City officials trying their best to sign Lionel Messi in recent years, manager Pep Guardiola has in contrast expressed his deep desire to see Argentine star striker end his illustrious career at Barcelona.
November 25, 2016
'Perfect Rooney deserves more respect'
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has leapt to the defence of club mate Wayne Rooney, saying the Manchester United captain is a "perfect" player who does not get enough respect in England.
Bournemouth's Ibe 'fine' after knifepoint robbery
Bournemouth winger Jordan Ibe has suffered no ill-effects from being robbed of an expensive watch at knifepoint recently, according to manager Eddie Howe.
Injury-ridden Wilshere will be offered new Arsenal deal
Midfielder Jack Wilshere will be offered a new Arsenal contract despite being sent to Bournemouth on loan this season, the London club's manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
ISL: Kerala Blasters down Pune, back in reckoning for semis
Kerala Blasters put themselves back in the semi-finals race as they brushed aside Pune City FC challenge with a 2-1 in an ISL match, in Kochi on Friday.
In pictures: Liverpool legend Gerrard
While he never managed to win an English league title medal with Liverpool, Gerrard will forever be associated with the Champions League final in 2005 when Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down at halftime to win on penalties in Istanbul.
PHOTOS: Rooney ignites Man Utd; Inter slump out of Europe
An inspired Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer in European competition to ignite their crucial 4-0 trouncing of Feyenoord.
November 24, 2016
Messi, Suarez resume domestic duties to face Real Sociedad
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are both back for domestic duties as second-placed Barcelona resume their chase of La Liga leader Real Madrid with a tricky trip to red-hot Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Bale to undergo ankle surgery in London
Gareth Bale will undergo ankle surgery next week to repair damaged tendons, Real Madrid said on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
A match by match look at this weekend's English Premier League fixtures.
FIFA chief Infantino wants video replays at 2018 World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is hoping video replays will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia to help referees avoid serious mistakes during the tournament.
PHOTOS: Rostov stun Bayern, PSG denies Arsenal top spot
Atletico Madrid sealed top spot in Champions League Group D after second half goals from Frenchmen Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann but Napoli were held to a 0-0 Champions League draw at home by Dynamo Kiev.
PHOTOS: Messi double lifts Barcelona, Man City advance
The dazzling Lionel Messi returned from illness to score yet another double to help Barcelona ease into the knockout stages of the Champions League for a 13th successive year with their 2-0 win at Celtic on Wednesday.
November 23, 2016
ISL: Mumbai seal maiden semis berth after beating Chennai
Table toppers Mumbai City FC qualified for the semi-finals of the Indian Super League for the first time in three seasons after they outclassed defending champions Chennaiyin FC 2-0 in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Zlatan's Manchester United contract to be extended
Manchester United will exercise their option to extend veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract for a second season at Old Trafford, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
Spanish court wants two-year prison sentence for Neymar
Spain's public prosecutor has called for Barcelona soccer player Neymar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a corruption case over his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to the Liga champions in 2013, said a court filing on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Leicester reach last 16 but Spurs knocked out
Leicester City added another tale of remarkable success to an incredible year by reaching the last 16 of the Champions League in their debut season with a 2-1 victory over Club Bruges.
PHOTOS: Real and Juventus win to qualify; Dortmund set record
Real Madrid edged past Sporting Lisbon 2-1, while Juventus came from behind to secure a 3-1 win at Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund crushed Legia Warsaw 8-4 to set a record for the most goals scored in a Champions League match.
November 22, 2016
Sporting Clube de Goa confirm withdrawal from I-League
Sporting clube de Goa confirmed they have formally withdrawn from I-League 2016-17 owing to "strong objections" to the proposed road map by All India Football Federation and its marketing partners IMG-Reliance for Indian football.
Champions League: Buoyant City seek knockout spot
Manchester City, who crushed Gladbach 4-0 at home in September, are in second place in the group on seven points, three ahead of the Germans, and can wrap up qualification with victory in Germany.
United States fire head coach Klinsmann
Juergen Klinsmann has been fired as head coach of the US men's national team in the wake of consecutive losses during the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
November 21, 2016
Justin Bieber trains with Neymar at FC Barcelona
Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber had a fan boy moment when he visited the FC Barcelona training base on Monday.
Domestic slump aside, Leicester target last 16 in Europe
At the start of the season Leicester City fans could hardly have imagined their side would take the Champions League by storm.
Messi boost for Barcelona ahead of Celtic game
Lionel Messi returned to training on Monday after recovering from a stomach bug that caused him to miss Barcelona's goalless draw against Malaga on Saturday.
India targets qualification for 2022 football World Cup in Qatar
All India Football Federation president Praful Patel said India must ensure that 'right steps' are taken as it targets qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Inter's Perisic snatches last-gasp draw in Milan derby
Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic scored with almost the last kick of the game to snatch a 2-2 draw against AC Milan in Serie A under new coach Stefano Pioli after their neighbours twice led through Suso in Sunday's derby.
ISL: Misfiring Chennaiyin rally to hold Kolkata
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC rallied from one-goal deficit to play out a 1-1 draw against Atletico de Kolkata in their Indian Super League football match in Chennai.
EPL: Chelsea go top after beating Middlesbrough
Chelsea replaced Liverpool at the top of the English Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough.
November 20, 2016
La Liga: Ronaldo treble sinks Atletico, Barcelona held
Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Atletico Madrid fans will have bitter memories of the last local derby at the Vicente Calderon stadium by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 win for La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday.
November 19, 2016
ISL: Forlan tricks as Mumbai thrash Kerala 5-0
10 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan struck a brilliant hat-trick, the first of the season, to power Mumbai City FC to the top of the Indian Super League table with a 5-0 demolition of Kerala Blasters in Mumbai on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Giroud to the rescue as Arsenal hold Manchester United
Images from the English Premier League matches played at Old Trafford on Saturday
November 18, 2016
ISL: Pune stun Delhi in a 3-2 win
Delhi Dynamos suffered a shock 3-4 defeat at the hands of Pune City FC in a thrilling match but still maintained their top spot at the points table in the Indian Super League football in Pune on Friday.
Barca manager Enrique on Messi move speculation
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he believes Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with the Spanish champions despite reports the five times World Player of the Year is stalling over a new deal.
Can a weakened United snap Arsenal's 16-match unbeaten run?
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is fit to face Arsenal on Saturday, his manager Jose Mourinho said, after reportedly injuring his knee tripping over an energy drink bottle in the Wembley dressing room last week.
FIFA chief's radical proposal to popularise Club World Cup
'That's what we're trying to do, by creating a tournament that is much more attractive than the current one, with more quality among participants and more clubs. That will attract more sponsors and television companies from around the world'
Zambrotta reckons hosting under-17 World Cup good for India's future
The 2006 FIFA World Cup winner and Delhi Dynamos coach says 'ISL can also improve Indian players by having good coaches, academies which will help to grow Indian football'
November 17, 2016
ISL: Hume's last minute goal helps ATK hold NorthEast
Canadian striker Iain Hume proved his worth once again as he scored a last minute goal to help Atletico de Kolkata hold NorthEast United FC to a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League match, in Kolkata, on Thursday.
Southgate wants England manager job permanently
England interim manager Gareth Southgate wants the job on a permanent basis, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said on Thursday.
November 16, 2016
Coach Constantine offered contract extension after India's good run
Indian national footbal team coach Stephen Constantine has been offered a one-year extension by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) keeping in mind preparations for the 2019 Asian Cup.
ISL: Mumbai City FC hold Goa to goalless draw
FC Goa have made their life difficult for themselves after being held to a goalless draw by Mumbai City FC in a crucial round-robin fixture of the Indian Super League football tournament, in Margao on Wednesday.
Carrick says Manchester United still in EPL title race. Do you agree?
'We just don't feel we've got the results our performances have warranted, have not hit top gear'
PHOTOS: Jesus shines as Brazil down Peru
An outstanding performance from Gabriel Jesus helped Brazil to a 2-0 win over Peru on Tuesday and moved the five times World Cup winners four points clear at the top of the South American qualifying group for Russia 2018.
PHOTOS: Spain rally to hold England; Italy vs Germany goalless
Isco scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Spain launched an improbable fightback to snatch a 2-2 friendly draw against England with both their goals coming after the 89th minute at Wembley on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Messi magic puts Argentina back on World Cup track
A Lionel Messi masterclass, netting a brilliant free kick before laying on two more goals, put Argentina's World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a resounding 3-0 win over Colombia in San Juan on Tuesday.
November 15, 2016
Could Liverpool legend Gerrard take up coaching role at Anfield?
'I've got options on the pitch and off the pitch, I have got a bit of thinking to do in the next few weeks'
ISL: Chennaiyin back in reckoning after 2-0 win over Pune
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC snapped their five-match winless streak as Jeje Lalpekhlua and Davide Succi scored once in each half to beat FC Pune City 2-0 in their Indian Super League football match in Chennai on Tuesday.
World Cup qualifiers, PICS: Lippi's China held by Qatar; SK, Japan win
Marcelo Lippi's first game as China coach ended in a 0-0 draw with Qatar in a World Cup qualifier in Kunming on Tuesday, seriously damaging both team's hopes of reaching the finals in Russia.
Swiss-based trade union to inspect Qatar 2022 World Cup sites
A global trade union for construction workers that has criticized labour conditions in Qatar will inspect soccer stadiums being built for the 2022 World Cup in the Gulf Arab state.
November 14, 2016
Chelsea legend Lampard ends New York stay
New York City coach Patrick Vieira saluted Frank Lampard after the former England and Chelsea midfielder announced on Monday he will be leaving the Major League Soccer team when his contract expires next month.
Steven Gerrard hints at LA Galaxy exit
Former England skipper Steven Gerrard has once again added fuel to the speculations of him leaving the LA Galaxy.
Ibrahimovic hails Brazilian Ronaldo as the best player ever
Describing Cristiano Ronaldo as a `phenomenal` player, Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that he was in awe of the Real Madrid star as a youngster and wanted to be exactly like him in his career.
WC Qualifiers: Ronaldo lifts Portugal, Belgium net 8
Cristiano Ronaldo converted one penalty, missed another and also scored from open play as Portugal beat Latvia 4-1 in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
November 13, 2016
WC qualifiers: Croatia beat Iceland behind closed doors
Croatia stayed on course to reach the 2018 World Cup after two superb strikes by midfielder Marcelo Brozovic gave them a 2-0 home win over Iceland in a Group I qualifier played behind closed doors in Zagreb on Saturday.
ISL: 10-man Dynamos rally in enthralling draw vs Kolkata
Delhi Dynamos maintained their unbeaten run at home despite playing the entire second half with 10 men, as they rallied twice to hold Atletico de Kolkata 2-2 in an enthralling Indian Super Lague football match in New Delhi on Sunday.
November 12, 2016
PHOTOS: England, Germany register big wins in WC qualifiers
France midfielder Dimitri Payet scored the winner after setting up the equaliser in a 2-1 victory over Sweden in a top-of-the-table clash as they opened up a three-point lead in World Cup qualifying Group A at the Stade de France on Friday.
November 11, 2016
British police launch probe into suspected soccer corruption
British police said on Friday they had opened an inquiry into an allegation of bribery following a review of a newspaper's investigation into suspected soccer corruption.
ISL: 10-man FC Goa snatch dramatic win over NEUFC
FC Goa struck late to floor NorthEast United FC 2-1 for their first home win this season in the Hero Indian Super League on Friday.
ISL: Undisciplined FC Goa mired in a new row
Indian Super League side FC Goa have been slapped with a fine of Rs 4,40,000 ($6,537) for two separate incidents of team misconduct while two of its players were suspended for two matches each for "offensive behaviour" by All India Football Federation's Disciplinary Committee.
PHOTOS: Brazil thrash hapless Argentina 3-0
First half goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar were followed by a third from Paulinho after 58 minutes to sink the Argentines and extend their winless run to four games.
November 10, 2016
Chelsea's Costa out of Spain squad through injury
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been ruled out of Spain's matches against Macedonia and England through injury, the Spanish football federation said on Thursday.
Aguero dropped, Messi to lead Argentina vs Brazil
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been left out of the Argentina squad for the crucial World Cup qualifier clash against Brazil to be held at the Mineirao Stadium later this evening.
November 09, 2016
Ibrahimovic confident of winning EPL title with Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sure he will win the Premier League with Manchester United and says his performances will improve once he picks up the rhythm of the English game.
ISL: Malouda stars in Delhi's 4-1 drubbing of Chennaiyin
Former France and Chelsea star Florent Malouda scored twice, inspiring Delhi Dynamos to a 4-1 drubbing of defending champions Chennaiyin FC in an Indian Super League football match in New Delhi on Wednesday.
FIFA Ethics Committee asks for life ban for Rafael Callejas
FIFA's Ethics Committee on Wednesday called for Rafael Callejas to be banned from soccer for life, alleging the former president of the Honduran Football Association breached the scandal-hit soccer governing body's code of conduct.
November 08, 2016
Ibrahimovic apologises to United fans for Arsenal suspension
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised to fans after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against SwanseaCity in the Premier League on Sunday, which rules him out of their next game against Arsenal.
Barcelona appeal Messi yellow card for time wasting
Barcelona have announced they will appeal the yellow card given to Lionel Messi during the team's 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday.
When Fenerbahce striker Van Persie was nearly blinded!
Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie, who suffered a horrific eye injury in his side's latest win against Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Super Lig, calmed fears of his eyesight saying his eye is 'undamaged'.
November 07, 2016
Spanish court wants Neymar trial over Barcelona transfer
Barcelona forward Neymar, his parents and two of the club's executives should stand trial for alleged corruption, Spain's High Court said on Monday as it wrapped up a fraud investigation into the Brazil international's transfer to the Catalan team.
Indian football: Infrastructure, money remain impediments
Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Monday said the lack of top-class infrastructure still remains an impediment to the development of football in the country, while AIFF president Praful Patel lamented the absence of enough money in sports other than cricket. I want to end my career at Real Madrid: Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo's new five-year contract with Real Madrid which ties him to the Spanish club until the age of 36 will not be his last, he said on Monday.
Self-obsessed Ibra loves scoring 25,000th Premier League goal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was back to his irrepressible, boastful best on Sunday as he joked about the landmark 25,000th Premier League goal that signalled a change in his fortunes.
Euro round-up: Leipzig go level with leaders Bayern; PSG win
RB Leipzig continued their remarkable first season in the Bundesliga when they brushed aside Mainz 05 3-1, their fifth win in a row, to go level on points with leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Wilshere, Kane get England recall for Scotland tie amid poppy row
Jack Wilshere and Harry Kane have been recalled to the England squad for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly against Spain, the FA announced on Sunday.
Juve beat Chievo in Buffon's 600th Serie A match
Miralem Pjanic's free kick gave Juventus a 2-1 win at Chievo on Sunday as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrated his 600th Serie A appearance.
Can resurgent Liverpool maintain top-spot on EPL table?
While, Reds' manager Juergen Klopp is realistic about his team being league leaders, you, dear reader, can convey your opinion by casting your vote in the poll below
'Extraterrestrial' and 'best of all time' Messi nets 500th Barca goal
There was no dearth of praise for little magician Lionel Messi who struck his 500th goal for FC Barcelona on Sunday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Sensational Messi inspires Barca comeback
A mesmeric Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to come from behind and beat Sevilla 2-1 in a thrilling encounter on Sunday as the champions kept the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who saw off Leganes 3-0 thanks to a double from Gareth Bale.
November 06, 2016
Bundesliga: Dortmund's Aubameyang scores four; Bayern draw
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich stumbled to a 1-1 home draw against Hoffenheim on Saturday but stayed three points clear at the top as Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired four goals past Hamburg SV following his midweek ban.
Ronaldo deserves to finish his career at Real Madrid: Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said there was nothing wrong with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese marked his longest run without scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu with a near anonymous display in a 3-0 win over Leganes on Sunday.
La Liga: Bale helps leaders Real see off Leganes
A first-half double from Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid cement their position at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at home to Leganes on Sunday.
November 05, 2016
Air Force Club ground Bengaluru FC to lift AFC Cup title
India's Bengaluru FC lost an opportunity to make history after being grounded by Iraqi club Air Force Club by a 1-0 margin in the AFC Cup final in Doha on Saturday.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City held after Boro strike late equaliser
A stoppage-time goal from Martin de Roon earned Middlesbrough an unlikely 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.
ISL: Mumbai FC regain top spot with 1-0 win over NEUFC
Mumbai City FC defeated NorthEast United FC by a 1-0 margin to go atop the table in their ISL match in Guwahati on Saturday.
Mourinho lauds Zlatan's attitude despite lack of goals
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has no concerns over striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's barren spell as he expects the Swede's 'brilliant' attitude to soon be rewarded with goals.
November 04, 2016
ISL: Delhi Dynamos go on top after beating Kerala Blasters
Delhi Dynamos finally broke their winless streak at home as they struck twice early into the second half to notch up a comfortable 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters to move to the top of the standings in the Indian Super League (ISL) in New Delhi on Friday.
AC Milan to be sold by December: Reports
The deal to sell top-flight Italian soccer team AC Milan to a consortium of Chinese investors will be completed at the beginning of December or even earlier, two sources told Reuters on Friday.
Robben back for Dutch World Cup qualifier after a year away
Arjen Robben is set to make his return to the Netherlands team for the first time in a year for their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
'They started at 100mph and we started really slowly'
Jose Mourinho accused his Manchester United side of playing with the intensity of a summer friendly as their season suffered another setback with a 2-1 Europa League defeat at Fenerbahce on Thursday.
Mourinho's woes continue as Manchester United lose again
Manchester United's woes deepened as stunning goals by Moussa Sow and Jeremain Lens gave Fenerbahce a 2-1 Europa League win on Thursday that left Jose Mourinho's side facing a battle to reach the knockout stages.
November 03, 2016
ISL: Goa condemn Pune City to the bottom of the table
FC Goa secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City to climb up from the bottom of the Indian Super League points table in Pune on Thursday.
Zidane laments Real 'relaxing' to gift Legia draw
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane cursed his side's carelessness after the European champions threw away a two-goal lead against Legia Warsaw and needed a late equaliser from Mateo Kovacic to salvage a 3-3 draw on Wednesday.
Champions League: Dortmund into knockout stage; Leicester draw
Last-minute starter Adrian Ramos scored a first-half header to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 victory over Sporting on Wednesday and earn a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League with two Group F matches to spare.
Europa preview: Mourinho still excited about United despite poor start
In just a few months at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho has been dismissed from the touchline and fined for his conduct as his side endured a poor start to the season -- yet the Portuguese is still enjoying being Manchester United manager.
Can Bengaluru FC script Indian football history?
Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri feels that his club making it to the summit clash of the AFC Cup heralds a beginning in the revival of Indian football.
Champions League PIX: Real salvage draw in 3-3 thriller at Warsaw
Mateo Kovacic's late strike avoided embarrassment for Real Madrid as the European champions surrendered a two-goal lead before drawing 3-3 with Legia Warsaw in an enthralling Champions League game played amid an empty stadium on Wednesday.
November 02, 2016
Champions League PHOTOS: PSG advance; Napoli draw at Besiktas
Thomas Meunier volleyed a spectacular last-minute goal to give Paris St Germain a 2-1 win at FC Basel, which took them into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Real's Champions League tie to be played in empty Legia stadium
'There is no advantage. I always prefer to play in front of supporters even away from home because that's what football is all about, but that's the situation we face' PIX: City stun Barca to keep hopes alive; Atletico, Bayern through
Coach Pep Guardiola was left thrilled after ManchesterCity revived their Champions League bid by beating his old club Barcelona 3-1 in a gloriously open Group C encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
November 01, 2016
Mourinho hit with second misconduct charge
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for comments made to the referee during last weeekend's English Premier League match against Burnley, the Football Association said on Tuesday.
World Cup winner Klose retires, joins Germany's coaching team
Germany's record goalscorer Miroslav Klose is starting a traineeship with the national team as the retired striker looks to kick off his coaching career, the German Football Association said.
Inter Milan sack coach Frank De Boer
His overall record of five wins, two draws and seven defeats included shock losses to Hapoel Beer Sheva and Sparta Prague in the Europa League and at home to Cagliari in Serie A.
'Managers star in English Premier League, players shine in Spain'
The English Premier League boasts some of the top managers in the game but to see the best players in the world you have to watch Spanish soccer, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said.
Barcelona ready to punish City again; Arsenal target top spot
Barcelona will put Manchester City to the sword if they commit the same kind of errors as they did in their Champions League encounter last month, coach Luis Enrique said.
October 31, 2016
YOU will get to vote at FIFA Football Awards!
Under the new system, half the votes would belong to the players and coaches of the world's 211 national teams and half to the public, who will take part via an online ballot, and selected media representatives.
Real Madrid's Pepe faces a month out
Real Madrid defender Pepe is likely to be out of action for a month after suffering a thigh injury.
Happy, hard-working Bale says Real Madrid stay a learning curve
Moving to Real Madrid has made Gareth Bale a better person and lived up to all his expectations, the Welsh winger said on Monday.
Aguero's inclusion could give City much-needed boost vs Barca
Manchester City cannot afford another defeat on Tuesday at home to Barcelona, who thumped them 4-0 two weeks ago, having taken just one point from their last two Champions League Group C matches.
World Cup-winning manager Loew wants to guide Germany to Euro glory
Extends contract up to 2020
Chilean footballer does a Cantona, kicks spectator after match
A player from Chilean top flight side Audax Italiano has apologised after being arrested for climbing onto a fence and kicking a spectator following a match at the weekend.
Improving Chelsea, big winning Liverpool downplay title talk
Chelsea need to improve a lot before they could be considered Premier League title contenders, manager Antonio Conte has said after his resurgent side beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday.
Euro round-up: Milan climb to third; Fifth straight win for Hoffenheim
Giacomo Bonaventura's free kick earned Milan a 1-0 win over Pescara to move them into the top three of Serie A on Sunday.
October 30, 2016
Bale extends Real Madrid contract to 2022
Wales international Gareth Bale has extended his Real Madrid contract until 2022, the Spanish club said on Sunday.
October 29, 2016
Ronaldo 'tricks' in Real Madrid's comeback win
Cristiano Ronaldo answered his critics with a hat-trick as Real Madid came from behind to win 4-1 at Alaves and provisionally go three points clear at the top of La Liga.
October 28, 2016
ISL: Atletico de Kolkata down NEUFC to top table
Atletico de Kolkata produced a gritty performance as they scored twice in the second half to notch up a 2-1 win over hosts NorthEast United in an entertaining Hero Indian Super League match at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Friday.
Manchester United are a team in progress: Mourinho
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will prove his worth at Manchester United once he adapts to the rigours of English football, according to his manager Jose Mourinho.
'Goalless Ronaldo is angry with himself'
Cristiano Ronaldo is angry with his recent record in front of goal but not anxious about when he will find the net next, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.
Luis Enrique tells Guardiola critics: 'He's going to win'
'Critics will always appear because people don't like it when the same people win all the time, but I'm sure Pep is going to win'
Luis Enrique defends Barca values after bottle incident
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique defended his team's integrity on Friday after a week in which his players were criticised by the highest powers in Spanish soccer following last week's dramatic 3-2 win at Valencia.
Wenger downplays hooliganism problem in English game
Hooliganism is not a problem in English football, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, despite a week in which disturbances at West Ham United's League Cup tie against Chelsea tarnished the game's glossy image.
Klopp's Liverpool prepared for Benteke backlash
Juergen Klopp returns to the scene of one his Liverpool side's most controversial victories of last season this Saturday with the man who fashioned it lining up against him.
La Liga: With 'BBC' under pressure, can Real stay on top?
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is under pressure to break up his misfiring attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale when he takes the La Liga leaders to Alaves on Saturday.
October 27, 2016
FC Barcelona call for disciplinary action against La Liga president
Barcelona have asked Spain's Court for Sport (TAD) to open disciplinary proceedings against La Liga chief Javier Tebas after he criticised the team's reaction to an empty bottle being thrown in from the stands during a goal celebration.
ISL: Delhi have record draws after stalemate against Pune
Delhi Dynamos dominated the proceedings but yet again played out a draw in a 1-1 result against FC Pune City in a familiar show of their strikers missing chances galore in the Indian Super League football match in New Delhi on Thursday.
Mourinho, Moyes charged with misconduct by FA
Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in the wake of his comments about referee Anthony Taylor before Manchester United's goalless draw with Liverpool last week, the Football Association said on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Manchester United down City, Chelsea lose to West Ham
Juan Mata swept home to steer Manchester United into the League Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over holders and bitter local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho got one over old adversary Pep Guardiola.
Thierry Henry on ISL, Wenger, Pep
'You have to have a good coach to direct you on the right path.'
When 'King Henry' left Mumbai spellbound
Thierry Henry came to Mumbai and left his fans in a daze as he showed off that famed, magical footwork while he trained budding talent from the city.
October 26, 2016
How Carlos Alberto scored one of football's great goals
Brazil were winning 3-1 and the 1970 World Cup final against Italy was over as a contest when Carlos Alberto looked up to see the whole of the right wing open to him and started to motor.
Brazilian football great Carlos Alberto Torres dies
Carlos Alberto, who scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in the 1970 final against Italy, has died aged 72 following a heart attack.
Life in Manchester 'bit of a disaster', says Mourinho
The Portuguese has endured a mixed start to his stint as United boss, having lost three of his nine league games, including a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Liverpool down Spurs, Arsenal through
Arsenal eased past second-tier Reading 2-0 with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring twice, while Newcastle United romped to a 6-0 win over 10-man Preston North End and Hull City won 2-1 at Bristol City.
Henry keeps date with Kolkata
Mecca of Indian Football, Kolkata had a date with French football superstar Thierry Henry as he enthralled the crowd here at Rabindra Sarovar stadium by lighting the lamp at Atletico de Kolkata's home game against Mumbai City FC on Tuesday.
October 25, 2016
ISL: Forlan strikes as Mumbai snap ATK's dream run, go top
Star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan struck a late goal as Mumbai City FC ended Atletico de Kolkata's unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory and jumped to the top spot in the Indian Super League football in Kolkata on Tuesday.
'King' Henry on Ballon D'Or favourites, Paul Pogba and Indian football
France football legend Thierry Henry, who's on his maiden visit to India, has put Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among the top contenders to win this year's Ballon d'Or trophy.
Brazil soccer legend Carlos Alberto dies aged 72
He played 53 games for Brazil and led them to the 1970 World Cup victory after scoring arguably the greatest goals in World Cup football history.
League Cup will help assess young players at Chelsea, says Conte
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said that the League Cup will provide an opportunity for him to assess the development of the youngsters in his squad.
India to host 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup from October 6-28
India will stage the Under-17 football World Cup from October 6 to 28 next year, the sport's world governing body FIFA announced today while ratifying Kolkata as the sixth venue for the mega-event after an inspection in Kolkata.
Who will win Ballon d'Or? Ronaldo or Messi?
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their perennial battle to be crowned the world's best footballer after they headed the shortlist of 30 players for the 2016 Ballon d'Or announced on Monday.
October 24, 2016
Nevilles slam Manchester United midfield 'mannequins', 'garbage defending'
Former Manchester United full-backs Gary and Phil Neville slammed the club's "garbage" defending after Sunday's crushing 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in the English Premier League.
Ronaldo scripts unwanted personal record at Real
Cristiano Ronaldo's teammates have issued a strong defence of his value to Real Madrid as the Portuguese striker grapples with a barren streak that has sparked a debate about his place in the team.
ISL: Kerala Blasters rally to beat FC Goa
Kerala Blasters FC came from behind to beat FC Goa 2-1 in their 2016 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Monday.
Aubameyang shortlisted along with Ronaldo, Bale for Ballon d'or award
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale have been shortlisted for this year's coveted Ballon d'Or award.
Prince Ali says FIFA needs to speed up reforms
Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is concerned about the pace of reform in world soccer's governing body and says new president Gianni Infantino has "no time to lose" in bringing transparency to the organisation.
FIH fails to recognise majority of Indo-Pak hockey history
Going by the hockey parent body's new data collection, India and Pakistan have met in only 47 head-to-head internationals and many more fails. Read on to find out how the history of this famed rivalry is being binned
What did Mourinho whisper in Conte's ear?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte that his antics in whipping up the crowd during the London club's 4-0 victory on Sunday were "humiliating", according to Italian television.
Guwahati gets FIFA nod for U-17 football World Cup
Guwahati became the fifth Indian city to be ratified as a venue for next year's Under-17 football World Cup after a FIFA inspection team gave its thumbs up to the venue's preparedness and facilities.
La Liga: Morata takes Real Madrid top, Sevilla sinks Atletico
Alvaro Morata again proved decisive from the bench by striking a late winner against Athletic Bilbao and firing a lacklustre Real Madrid to the top of La Liga on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Mourinho's United routed on return to Stamford Bridge
Images from the match played between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
October 23, 2016
ISL: Pune City rescue a point against Chennaiyin FC
FC Pune City's home woes in the Hero Indian Super League continued as they dropped precious points in a 1-1 draw against Chennaiyin FC at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi, Pune, on Sunday.
Serie A: Late penalty sends Inter to third successive league defeat
Mauricio Pinilla converted a late penalty to give Atalanta a 2-1 win over Inter Milan and condemn their troubled opponents to a third successive Serie A defeat on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern down Gladbach as Dortmund stumble again
Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa struck as Bayern Munich disposed of Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 on Saturday to claim their first win in three Bundesliga matches and power three points clear at the top.
EPL: Sunderland match unwanted 110-year milestone
Sunderland became the first top-flight club in more than 100 years to fail to register a win in any of their first nine league games in two successive seasons when they suffered a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United on Saturday.
Worker dies in 'work-related fatality' at Qatar WC stadium
A worker has died in a "work-related fatality" at the site of a 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar, the country's World Cup organizing body said late on Saturday.
Injured Iniesta faces long spell out for Barcelona
Barcelona could be without captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of the year after the midfielder sustained a knee injury in an eventful 3-2 La Liga win for the leaders at Valencia on Saturday.
October 22, 2016
ISL: Hume guides Atletico de Kolkata to win over Delhi Dynamos
Iain Hume struck from a spot-kick after some Debjit Majumder heroics under the bar as a 10-man Atletico de Kolkata secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over
La Liga: Last-gasp Messi penalty seals dramatic Barcelona win
Lionel Messi squeezed home a stoppage-time penalty to grab a 3-2 win for champions Barcelona at Valencia in a thrilling and controversial La Liga match on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Arsenal go on top; Spurs stay unbeaten
Arsenal moved top of the Premier League table but were unconvincing in a 0-0 home draw with Middlesbrough who were well worth their point on Saturday.
Goa given green light to host FIFA U-17 World Cup India
Goa on Saturday joined Kochi and Navi Mumbai as one of the venues to host next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup after it received the green signal from a high-level delegation of football's world body.
Didier Drogba fined for refusing to play
Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba has been fined by Major League Soccer (MLS) for his refusal to play against Toronto FC last Sunday, the league announced on Friday.
Messi returns to Argentina squad for Brazil, Colombia games
Lionel Messi is back in the Argentina squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia after missing the last three due to injury in which his team have dropped seven points.
October 21, 2016
ISL: FC Goa record their first win of the season in Mumbai
Richarlyson Felisbino struck the only goal of the game as FC Goa breathed new life into their Hero Indian Super League campaign with a gritty 1-0 victory over Mumbai City FC at Mumbai Football Arena, in Mumbai, on Friday.
Is there a formula to stop Messi?
Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli has conceded there is no point trying stop Lionel Messi as he prepares to face the in-form Barcelona talisman when his side host the La Liga champions on Saturday.
Terry fit for Chelsea's clash with United
John Terry has recovered from an ankle injury and will be available for Chelsea's home clash with Manchester United on Sunday, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday.
'Wins mean more than fan approval for Mourinho'
Jose Mourinho will have no qualms about frustrating entertainment-hungry Manchester United fans if it means securing a win on his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Follow Japan... Rivaldo tells 'sleeping giant' India
He is certainly not the first to say this but World Cup and Ballon d'Or winner Rivaldo too feels India should follow the 'Japan model' in order to improve the standard of football in the country.
'There's pressure on every manager, whether you're Sunderland or you're Pep'
Sunderland manager David Moyes says he is under pressure to turn around their poor Premier League form, but it is no different for coaches at the other end of the table.
How Wenger has managed to survive in Premier League...
Manager Arsene Wenger has urged in-form Arsenal to stay vigilant against complacency, with the Frenchman saying his years spent in England have taught him not to take the "jungle" that is the Premier League for granted.
Europa League PIX: Pogba nets twice as Man United trounce Fenerbahce
Paul Pogba repaid some of his world record transfer fee with two goals as Manchester United rediscovered their early-season shine, cruising to a 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce to go top of their group on Thursday.
Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba ruled out with injuries for Barcelona
Barcelona are in the middle of an injury crisis as they head to Valencia for Saturday's La Liga game looking to keep up with pacemaking pair Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
October 20, 2016
ISL: Chennaiyin FC break NorthEast jinks
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC broke their Guwahati jinks with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over NorthEast United FC in an absorbing Hero Indian Super League clash at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, in Guwahati, on Thursday.
Suarez picks up European Golden Shoe
Luis Suarez has received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe's top domestic leagues last season.
What not to miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings you the previews of the main matches scheduled for this weekend in the English Premier League.
Youth-injected India log best FIFA rankings in 6 years
The Indian football team achieved their best FIFA ranking in over six years when the side leaped 11 places to be 137th in the list released on Thursday.
Enrique and Guardiola praise carefree Messi
'We saw Messi play like a kid in the school playground today'
Champions League PIX: Messi treble grounds City; Arsenal thrash Ludo
Images from the UEFA Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday
October 19, 2016
Bengaluru FC scripts history, 1st Indian club to enter AFC Cup final
India captain Sunil Chhetri led Bengaluru FC to a historic AFC Cup final by scripting an inspiring 3-1 win over defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim with his stunning double strike in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Luka Modric agrees new Real Madrid contract until 2020
Luka Modric's top priority is to win La Liga this season, the midfield maestro said on Wednesday after signing a new contract that will keep him at Real Madrid until 2020.
National level woman footballer dies of dengue
National woman's footballer Poonam Chauhan has died of dengue on Tuesday.
Can Leicester turn around failing EPL campaign?
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has asked for a change in mentality to revive the club's Premier League campaign which is in stark contrast to their impressive Champions League form.
Kochi gets FIFA nod to host U-17 football World Cup
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Wednesday became the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup after it received a green signal from a high-level delegation of football's world body.
Champions League PHOTOS: Leicester close in on knock-outs, Sevilla win
Images from Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
Guardiola tried to bring Messi, Neymar to Manchester City?
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has denied a newspaper report that he tried to sign strikers Lionel Messi and Neymar from former club Barcelona in the close season.
Champions League PIX: Five-star Real hammer Warsaw; Spurs held
Images from Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
City's Guardiola makes emotional return to Barca
Pep Guardiola's formidable managerial skills will be put to the test again when his stuttering ManchesterCity side visit his former club Barcelona in a top-of-the-bill Champions League clash on Wednesday.
October 18, 2016
ISL: Delhi Dynamos, Mumbai City tied in six-goal thriller
Delhi Dynamos staged a remarkable comeback to play out a 3-3 draw with Mumbai City FC in a high-scoring encounter of the Indian Super League (ISL), which witnessed end-to-end football throughout in New Delhi on Tuesday.
AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC eye a place in Indian football history
On the verge of scripting history, Bengaluru FC will seek to become the first Indian club to enter the final of AFC Cup when they lock horns with defending champions Johor Darul Takzim in the semi-final of the premier event in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.
Mourinho criticises 'cautious' Liverpool as Ibra rues goal miss
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused Liverpool of being the 'cautious team' in a dull goalless draw in their Premier League clash at Anfield.
Champions League: In-form Spurs start favourites against Leverkusen
It is a mark of how far Tottenham Hotspur have come that they start as favourites to win what could be a pivotal Champions League Group E fixture away to Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday despite the absence of key defender Toby Alderweireld.
FIVE ways Barcelona have evolved without Guardiola
As Barcelona prepare to welcome back Pep Guardiola to the Nou Camp for Wednesday's Champions League game against Manchester City, check out how the club has evolved since the visionary coach departed in 2012.
After the hype... Liverpool and Man United deliver drab draw
One of the most eagerly-awaited clashes of the Premier League season turned into a major letdown as Liverpool and Manchester United nullified each other in a largely undistinguished goalless draw at Anfield on Monday.
October 17, 2016
Barca contract: Will Neymar sign on the dotted line?
Brazil forward Neymar will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona on Friday, the La Liga champions said on Monday.
Wolfsburg sack coach Hecking
VfL Wolfsburg parted ways with coach Dieter Hecking on Monday after their disappointing start to the Bundesliga season, the club said.
ISL: Pune City play out draw with Kerala Blasters
Cedric Hengbart scored the fastest goal of the third edition of Indian Super League but that wasn't enough for the Kerala Blasters as they were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Pune City, in Pune, on Monday.
CL Preview: Ranieri urges Leicester to raise game; Juve without Chiellini
Manager Claudio Ranieri has challenged Leicester City to put in their best performance of the season when they host FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Tuesday.
What Leicester need to do to rediscover winning habit
Premier League champions Leicester City must pick themselves up to rediscover the winning habit and get their season back on track, winger Marc Albrighton has said.
Not just Bengaluru, this match is about India: Chhetri
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Monday urged the entire nation to root for his club Bengaluru FC as they chase a historic final berth in the AFC Cup in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
'Years at Liverpool changed Suarez from good striker to best ever'
FC Barcelona's Croatia international Rakitic, who joined the La Liga champions in June 2014, believes striker Luis Suarez's spell at Liverpool made him the most feared striker in the world.
Is Neymar the next Messi?
Brazilian Neymar is set to become the next best player in the world after Argentina's Lionel Messi, according to Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
EPL: Liverpool's Henderson eyes Mourinho revenge for 2014 loss
Victory over Manchester United in Monday's Premier League clash would "put to bed" bitter memories of Liverpool's defeat to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea two years ago, midfielder Jordan Henderson has said.
UEFA CL: Walcott warns against complacency despite superb form
Arsenal striker Theo Walcott expects Bulgarian side Ludogorets to be fearful ahead of their visit to the Emirates for the Champions League group stage tie on Wednesday.
Serie A: AC Milan beat Verona, climb to joint third
AC Milan surged into third place in Serie A with a 3-1 win at Chievo Verona on Sunday but their great city rivals Inter Milan were left in turmoil as their captain Mauro Icardi again came under fire from his own fans in the 2-1 defeat by Cagliari.
Drogba storming up a row at Montreal
A disgruntled Didier Drogba refused to play for the Montreal Impact on Sunday after learning that he would not be in the starting lineup, coach Mauro Biello said.
Bundesliga: Promoted Leipzig stun Wolfsburg, go to third
RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg secured a 1-0 win at VfL Wolfsburg with a second-half goal to atone for earlier missing a penalty as the promoted club moved within two points of the Bundesliga top spot on Sunday.
EPL: Southampton's Austin sinks Burnley, Watford beat 'Boro
Southampton's rich vein of form in the Premier League continued as they beat Burnley 3-1 with two goals from Charlie Austin on Sunday while another promoted side, Middlesbrough, fared just as poorly, losing 1-0 at home to Watford.
October 16, 2016
ISL: FC Goa steal a point against Atletico de Kolkata
Last season's runners-up FC Goa rallied to hold Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 and open their account after a hat-trick of defeats in an intense Indian Super League football clash, in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Serie A: Dzeko scores two as Roma beat Napoli, Juve win again
Edin Dzeko scored twice to set up a 3-1 win for AS Roma away to Napoli in the battle for second place in Serie A on Saturday and Paulo Dybala also notched up a brace for leaders Juventus in their 2-1 win over Udinese.
Bundesliga: Bayern held at Frankfurt, Gladbach miss two penalties
Leaders Bayern Munich twice surrendered the lead in a 2-2 Bundesliga draw at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and Borussia Moenchengladbach missed two penalties in a goalless draw against Hamburg SV.
October 15, 2016
La Liga: Messi on target as Barca hammer Deportivo
Lionel Messi scored within three minutes of returning to action for the first time in more than three weeks to help fire La Liga champions Barcelona to a resounding 4-0 home win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
ISL: Delhi Dynamos, NorthEast United split points
NorthEast United rallied to play out a thrilling 1-1 draw with Delhi Dynamos, playing their first home match of the season, to remain on top of the table in the Indian Super League football, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
EPL: Chelsea hammer Leicester in battle of last two champions
Chelsea demolished the team that succeeded them as Premier League winners when champions Leicester City succumbed tamely 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Mourning Thailand asks to move World Cup qualifier
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) is seeking to move the home World Cup qualifier against Australia on Nov. 15 out of the country amid mourning for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Nice go atop Ligue 1 with 2-0 win against Lyon
Nice strengthened their grip on the Ligue 1 standings when they beat 10-man Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 at home on Friday.
Bundesliga: Dortmund salvage late draw against Hertha
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty before scoring an 80th-minute equaliser as an injury-hit Borussia Dortmund failed to win for the second straight game after stumbling to a 1-1 home draw against Hertha Berlin on Friday.
October 14, 2016
ISL: Chopra scores as Kerala Blasters beat Mumbai City
Michael Chopra scored his first goal in the Hero Indian Super League as Kerala Blasters notched up their first win of the season, beating Mumbai City FC 1-0 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Kochi, on Friday.
Europe barred by FIFA from bidding for 2026 World Cup
European countries will be able to bid to host the 2026 World Cup only if none of the eligible candidates are good enough, soccer's governing body said on Friday.
Klopp, Son pick up monthly Premier League awards
Liverpool's Juergen Klopp has been named Premier League manager of the month after leading the club to three consecutive wins in September, the first time the German has won the award.
VOTE! Would you prefer a 32, 40 or 48-team football World Cup?
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that proposals for a 32, 40 or 48-team World Cup in 2026 are still on the table and that a larger tournament would not mean a drop in quality.
Dream to stay at Real Madrid for years to come: Ronaldo
Describing it as his 'dream' to stay at Real Madrid for many years to come, star striker Cristiano Ranoldo has reiterated his desire to continue with the Spanish giants following a stellar year for the Portugal forward.
October 13, 2016
Show-off Neymar won't let up despite criticism
'I'm definitely not going to change, players have to know that when they face me that I have my own way of playing and that is dribbling, scoring goals and helping my team mates'
Haryana girls beat Nagaland, social biases to lift U-17 Subroto Cup
'Gone are those days when a girl from our state is supposed to get married at a younger age and spend the rest of her life struggling in the kitchen'
Can Coppell reverse the English curse in ISL?
'I am puzzled why English coaches are not successful here. But I am determined to reverse that trend'
ISL: Chennaiyin inflict more misery on winless FC Goa
Chennaiyin FC added to FC Goa's misery by handing them a 2-0 defeat, the latter's third successive loss in the 3rd season of the Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai, on Thursday.
Breakaway league mulled after Champions League changes
A group of leading clubs from counties including Denmark, Scotland and the Netherlands are in talks to create a new trans-European soccer league in response to recent proposals to change the format of the Champions League.
EPL: Liverpool, Manchester United warn fans against misbehaviour
Liverpool and Manchester United have warned fans that they will be removed from Anfield and could face criminal charges if found engaging in "offensive or discriminatory behaviour" in Monday's Premier League clash.
Pakistan woman footballer dies in accident
Pakistan's women's football team striker Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch has died in a car accident in Karachi on Thursday.
What drives super managers Wenger and Mourinho?
Arsenal 'keeper Petr Cech has the answer...
Why clubs may oppose 48-team football World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino's proposal for a bigger World Cup is complete insanity, putting more pressure on already stretched players and risking damage to the sport's showcase event, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Thursday.
October 12, 2016
ISL: NorthEast United returns to top by beating Pune
NorthEast United FC returned to the top of the Indian Super League table with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.
Messi injury absence threatens Argentina World Cup hopes
Lionel Messi, having reversed his decision to quit international soccer with a view to playing at another World Cup, could miss out on Russia 2018 if Argentina continue their downward spiral.
Aguero acknowledges 'picky' Pep allows him more freedom upfront
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's coaching style is giving Sergio Aguero more freedom up front, despite the Spaniard being "picky about everything", the striker said.
What not to miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings you the previews of the main matches scheduled for this weekend and early next week in the English Premier League calendar
WC Qualifiers: Brazil beat Venezuela to go top
Brazil went top of the South American World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Venezuela in a match played in torrential rain and halted for almost half an hour when the floodlights failed in Merida.
PHOTOS: Sloppy England held goalless, Poland edge past Armenia
England were indebted to inspired keeper Joe Hart as they stumbled to a 0-0 draw in Slovenia in World Cup qualifying Group F on Tuesday -- a result which ended their 14-game winning sequence in qualifying matches.
Messi-less Argentina beaten at home by Paraguay
Argentina, lacking the inspiration of injured captain Lionel Messi, suffered a humiliating setback in their World Cup qualifying campaign when they lost 1-0 at home to Paraguay on Tuesday.
October 11, 2016
2018 WC qualifier: Japan hold Australia in thriller
Genki Haraguchi scored an early goal but gave away a second-half penalty as Japan drew 1-1 with Australia in a pulsating World Cup qualifier in Melbourne on Tuesday.
ISL: Atletico Kolkata hold 10-man Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC moved to the top of the table with a point against Atletico de Kolkata after a going down to 10-men in a closely fought 1-1 draw in their Indian Super League encounter, in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Pogba willing to adapt himself defensively for United's cause
Paul Pogba feels more comfortable in an attacking midfield role but is willing to work on the defensive side of his game in order to adapt to manager Jose Mourinho's tactics at Manchester United.
Infantino's grand World Cup plan under scrutiny
Infantino's plan is for 32 teams to take part in a preliminary knockout round played in the host country, with the 16 winners progressing to the group stage, where they would join 16 more teams who would get byes.
PHOTOS: Pogba's strike gives France win, Benteke bags fastest goal
France midfielder Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive player, scored with a swirling long-range shot after 30 minutes to secure a vital 1-0 win away to the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Why Tiger Woods may never make successful comeback
Tiger Woods' decision to postpone his tournament golf comeback has raised more questions about his future with some former players wondering if he will ever successfully return to regular competition.
England DROP captain Rooney for World Cup qualifier vs Slovenia
England captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped for Tuesday's World Cup Group F qualifier in Slovenia for tactical reasons, manager Gareth Southgate told a news conference on Monday.
Ramos out for six weeks; Barca goalkeeper injured
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is at risk of missing next month's derby with Atletico Madrid after scans revealed the knee injury he sustained playing for Spain on Sunday was worse than first feared.
October 10, 2016
FIFA sued over treatment of Qatar World Cup workers
A Bangladeshi man who says he was harshly exploited while working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar is suing FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure workers are treated fairly.
Freedom under Mourinho led to Spain call-up: Herrera
Midfielder Ander Herrera has thanked Jose Mourinho for giving him the license to express himself and credited the Manchester United manager's tactics for his first call-up to the Spain squad.
Pique to quit Spain team after latest controversy
Influential Spain defender Gerard Pique has said he will retire from international soccer after the 2018 World Cup, because he is "tired" of the criticism levelled at him from supporters.
World Cup QFs: Spain, Italy and Croatia win; Wales held
Gareth Bale scored his 25th goal for Wales but Georgia fought back strongly to earn a deserved 1-1 draw in a World Cup Group D qualifier in Cardiff on Sunday.
October 09, 2016
ISL: Kerala Blasters, Delhi Dynamos share spoils
Kerala Blasters secured their first point in the Hero Indian Super League after playing out a goalless draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Kochi, on Sunday.
WC Qualifiers: England, Germany cruise to victories
Gareth Southgate's plea for England to play with adventure and style was answered only fitfully as his reign as caretaker manager began with a 2-0 win over Malta in a World Cup Group F qualifier on Saturday.
October 08, 2016
ISL: FC Pune City edge FC Goa in last minute thriller
A last-gasp goal by substitute Momar Ndoye helped FC Pune City beat FC Goa 2-1 and secure their first win in the Indian Super League football at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Saturday.
PHOTOS: France, Belgium and Dutch post big wins
France produced a scintillating show as they put memories of one of the most painful moments in their soccer history to one side by crushing Bulgaria 4-1 in a World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo scores four as Portugal flatten nine-man Andorra
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals, including two in the first five minutes, to lead European champions Portugal to a 6-0 win over nine-man Andorra in their World Cup qualifier on Friday.
October 07, 2016
ISL: Forlan's penalty gives Mumbai City full points
Captain Diego Forlan led from the front as hosts Mumbai City FC defeated NorthEast United FC 1-0 in a Hero Indian Super League clash, in Mumbai, on Friday.
Here's why Italy's Pelle was kicked out of the national team
Italy forward Graziano Pelle has been kicked out of the national squad over his angry reaction to being substituted against Spain when he refused a handshake from coach Giampiero Ventura.
World Cup qualifiers: South Korea edge plucky Qatar 3-2
South Korea were caught out by two Qatari counter attacks before fighting back for a 3-2 win in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, and while coach Uli Stielike is concerned about defensive lapses he will not change their attacking focus.
Neymar left bloodied in Brazil's thumping win; Argentina held
Brazil hammered Bolivia 5-0 in World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, giving coach Tite his third successive win in the most convincing performance from the five-time world champions for some time.
World Cup qualifiers: Italy salvage a draw vs Spain
Italy's Daniele De Rossi scored a late penalty to earn a 1-1 draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, sparing home goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's blushes after he gifted the visitors the lead.
October 06, 2016
ISL: Marcelinho stars in Delhi's win over Chennaiyin
Brazilian winger Marcelo Pereira struck twice as Delhi Dynamos notched up a facile 3-1 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai, on Thursday.
Can Arsenal win three trophies this season?
Former Arsenal star Alexander Hleb says he made a mistake by leaving the Emirates to join Barcelona in 2008, and expressed regret at turning his back on managerial 'great' Arsene Wenger.
Cazorla eager to extend stay at Arsenal
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla would be happy to sign a new contract with Arsenal despite local media linking him with a move to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
October 05, 2016
ISL: Lara's strike helps Atletico edge past Kerala Blasters
Former champions Atletico de Kolkata notched up their first victory of the tournament with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League football match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, on Wednesday.
Pandita first Indian to sign up for Spanish La Liga club
The All India Football Federation on Wednesday hailed Bangalore lad Ishan Pandita's signing a contract with Spanish La Liga side Club Deportivo Leganes to play in the youth team, describing it a landmark achievement.
October 04, 2016
ISL: NorthEast United beat FC Goa 2-0
Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro struck twice to help NorthEast United FC beat FC Goa 2-0 and register their second consecutive win in the Indian Super League football in Guwahati on Tuesday.
England not worried about Allardyce sacking
'As a group we need to stick together and concentrate on the football. The other side is not our issue'
WC qualifier: Can new-look Spain avenge loss to Italy?
Spain and Italy have undergone managerial changes since Antonio Conte handed Vicente del Bosque a tactical masterclass at Euro 2016, but Spain go into Thursday's World Cup qualifier in Turin in better shape than their Group G rivals.
FIFA chief Infantino moots 48-team football World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose election promises included expanding the World Cup finals to 40 countries, on Monday proposed an even larger tournament involving 48 teams.
October 03, 2016
Will Balotelli get Italy recall?
Maverick forward Mario Balotelli will be in line for an Italy recall if he can keep up his current scoring spree, coach Giampiero Ventura said on Monday.
Belgian FA starts inquiry into player bets on own matches
Belgium's soccer federation has started an inquiry into allegations that several players in the country's top league bet on their own matches.
Forlan assist helps Mumbai City edge Pune 1-0 in Maha derby
Mumbai City FC's marquee signing Diego Forlan showed glimpses of yore as they tasted a rare away win after putting it across FC Pune City 1-0 in their opening match of the Hero Indian Super League at Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Monday.
Eibar take over Bernabeu jacuzzi to celebrate Real draw
La Liga minnows Eibar celebrated their first draw at Real Madrid in the club's 76-year history by taking over the jacuzzi at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Giovanni wants to move out of the shadows of his father's greatness
'But I want to be Giovanni and nothing more. It is not easy to live with his greatness. That's why I have to become stronger than him. I have to prove that, if I'm here, it's only because of me'
3 things Guardiola's City must learn from defeat by Spurs
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola finds nothing abnormal in his team's 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur but wants the side to learn from Sunday's loss and put their Premier League campaign back on track.
Aston Villa sack manager Di Matteo
Aston Villa have sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo, the Championship club said on Monday.
Real Madrid not in crisis, says Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied his side were facing a crisis after they drew 1-1 at home to La Liga minnows Eibar and racked up a fourth consecutive draw for the first time in more than 10 years.
Who is to be blamed for Barca's stunning loss at Celta?
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique made no excuses after they lost 4-3 at Celta Vigo and missed the chance to top La Liga on Sunday.
Shocking! Barca lose to Celta
Barca had the chance to go top after Real drew a fourth consecutive game in all competitions for the first time in over a decade but they were rattled by rampant Celta
Arsenal snatch last-gasp win for Wenger's 20th anniversary
A controversial last-gasp goal deflected into the net off Laurent Koscielny's hand from a close-range shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Arsenal a lucky 1-0 victory at Burnley on Sunday as manager Arsene Wenger marked his 20th anniversary at the club.
October 02, 2016
ISL: Chennaiyin hold Atletico Kolkata in thrilling draw
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata played out a highly-entertaining 2-2 draw in their campaign opening match in the Indian Super League football tournament in Kolkata on Sunday.
Serie A: Napoli lose unbeaten record, Higuain gets brace for Juve
Napoli suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday when they lost 1-0 at lowly Atalanta while Serie A leaders Juventus surged on with a 3-0 win at Empoli, helped by a Gonzalo Higuain brace.
AFC U-16 C'ships: Iraq clinch title after shoot-out
Iraq beat Iran 4-3 via penalty shootout to win their maiden Asian Football Confederation U-16 Championships title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Sunday.
La Liga PIX: Real slump to fourth straight draw as Atletico go top
Real Madrid's stuttering run continued as they were held 1-1 at home by La Liga minnows Eibar on Sunday, drawing a fourth consecutive game in all competitions for the first time in more than a decade.
ISL 3: NorthEast United begin on winning note
Egged on by a vociferous home crowd, NorthEast United FC kick-started their campaign in the 3rd Hero Indian Super League on a winning note with a 1-0 victory over Kerala Blasters, in Guwahati, on Saturday.
October 01, 2016
Bundesliga: Bayern drop first points in draw with Cologne
Bayern Munich's perfect Bundesliga start came to a screeching halt when they drew 1-1 with visiting Cologne on Saturday after winning their first five matches of the season.
PHOTOS: ISL 3 off to colourful, star-studded start
The third edition of the Indian Super League got off to a colourful start with a star-studded opening ceremony even as the fans, wearing their passion for the game on their sleeves, descended at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium to witness the gala ceremony.
EPL PIX: Chelsea end winless run; Milner gives Liverpool win
Second-half goals from Willian and Diego Costa helped Chelsea ease past Hull City 2-0 on Saturday and grab their first win in four Premier League games.
Materazzi calls ISL 2 final fracas an 'isolated event'
Chennaiyin FC's optimistic coach Marco Materazzi stressed on the need to click as a unit, implying that the departure of the mercurial Stiven Mendoza and Elano Blumer would not affect the defending champions in Indian Super League 3.
EPL: Everton up to third despite frustrating draw
Everton moved up to third place in the Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace as Belgium strikers Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku both got on the scoresheet in a battling encounter on Friday.
September 30, 2016
Man United boss Mourinho laments gruelling October fixture
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described next month's fixture list as a 'poisoned gift' following Thursday's Europa League 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk.
FA request newspaper to give 'unfettered disclosure' of evidence
The Football Association (FA) have urged the Daily Telegraph to provide "full and unfettered disclosure of all available material" following allegations of corruption by the newspaper.
Allardyce was OUT before England players got postcards
England squad members received postcards from Sam Allardyce saying their 'journey has just begun' on Thursday, two days after his short reign as manager was brought to an abrupt end, according to British media reports.
PHOTOS: United edge past Zorya, Inter suffer more Europa woe
Inter Milan's aversion to Europa League football continued with a 3-1 defeat at Sparta Prague, while AS Roma ended a continental hoodoo stretching back seven games with a 4-0 home win over Romanian side FC Astra on Thursday.
September 29, 2016
Chennaiyin FC's Materazzi confident of winning ISL again
Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi expressed confidence of his team winning the Indian Super League title for the second straight year, saying that his players were raring to go after their strenuous training in the country and pre-season stint in Italy.
AFC U-16: Iran beat DPR Korea to set up clash with Iraq in final
Iran beat defending champions DPR Korea via sudden death (6-5) after both the teams were locked 1-1 in the regulation time to set up a title clash with Iraq in the AFC U-16 Championship, in Margao on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
FA director drops Wenger's name for England manager role
Arsene Wenger would be an ideal England coach and the Football Association should be prepared to wait until his Arsenal contract runs out in order to appoint the Frenchman, former FA executive director David Davies has said.
Guardiola on the lessons for City after draw vs Celtic
Manager Pep Guardiola tempered his delight at ManchesterCity's ability to fight back three times in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday by urging his players to understand the importance of a good start.
Vardy shares similarity with Bolt. Here's what it is...
England striker is a 'genetic freak' like the Olympic champ, says Leicester City scientist
Champions League: Barca rally to down Gladbach; Atletico beat Bayern
Barcelona battled back from a goal down and scored twice in the second half to overcome hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in their Champions League Group C match on Wednesday despite the absence of the injured Lionel Messi.
September 28, 2016
AFC Cup semis: Bengaluru hold Johor
A stunning left-footed strike by Eugeneson Lyngdoh earned Bengaluru FC a
Here's why Rooney may not start against Zorya
Wayne Rooney may not start Manchester United's Europa League match against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk for his own protection as he is struggling with a back injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
Alia, Jacqueline to sizzle at Indian Super League's opening ceremony
Bollywood glamour will meet sporting world to kick off the third Indian Super League football tournament, in Guwahati, on October 1.
Did you like AIFF's 'young, contemporary' new logo?
A new logo of All India Football Federation was launched by FIFA president Gianni Infantino during his whirlwind visit in Goa.
Here is how 'silly' Sam lost his 'dream' job
An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce said on Wednesday an error of judgement had led to his shock exit as England manager following a newspaper sting.
How Klopp's attacking style is producing many goalscorers at Liverpool
Liverpool's wide range of goalscorers this season is a direct result of their attacking style, according to manager Juergen Klopp.
Guardiola hopeful of De Bruyne return in three weeks
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said Kevin de Bruyne's hamstring problem is "not a big injury" and believes the midfielder could return to action in around three weeks.
England manager Allardyce sacked after newspaper sting
Sam Allardyce was sacked as England manager on Tuesday having behaved "inappropriately" when seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters, bringing a crushing end to his dream job after one match and 67 days in charge.
Champions League PHOTOS: Dortmund deny Real; Leicester beat Porto
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
September 27, 2016
Official Emblem launched for FIFA U-17 World Cup
The Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 (LOC) on Tuesday unveiled the official emblem for what will be the country's first international football event.
India are the world champions of passion: FIFA boss Infantino
In his first visit to India since being elected the FIFA President Gianni Infantino labelled India as the "passionate giant," of Football.
Qatar to build Bedouin camp for 2022 World Cup fans
Qatar is to construct a special Bedouin-style desert camp to house thousands of fans during the 2022 World Cup as the Gulf state looks to broaden accommodation for the tournament beyond the limited number of apartments and hotels.
'Atletico proved any team can win the Champions League'
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld insists his run to the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid two years ago proves that underdogs can compete with Europe's elite and win the competition.
Champions League: Celtic braced for Manchester City raiders
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has a goalkeeping dilemma to resolve before ManchesterCity turn up for their Group C Champions League match in Glasgow on Wednesday.
AFC elections for FIFA council postponed
Asia's top soccer officials delivered a major snub to FIFA on Tuesday, forcing the postponement of an election for three spots on the world body's new governing Council in a row over the disqualification of a Qatari candidate.
Messi-less Barca not short of options for Champions League tie
Barcelona will travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach for their Champions League match on Wednesday without Lionel Messi but the Spaniards have enough options and firepower to plug the gap left by the Argentine, coach Luis Enrique said.
England manager Allardyce caught in sting, criticises Hodgson, players
England football team manager Sam Allardyce has been caught up in a newspaper sting in which he is alleged to have met a bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the Premier League's billion pound transfer market.
Burnley beat Watford 2-0 in first EPL meeting
Burnley struck either side of halftime with headers from Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane to claim a 2-0 Premier League home win over Watford on Monday in the first top-flight meeting of the two clubs.
September 26, 2016
Zidane dismisses talk of rift with Ronaldo
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied on Monday there was a rift between him and Cristiano Ronaldo after the team's talisman appeared to react angrily to being substituted in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Las Palmas.
'NorthEast United FC will highlight region's passion'
NorthEast United FC players and stakeholders feel the upcoming ISL opening ceremony will be a fitting recognition to the region's passion and contribution
AFC U-16: DPR Korea beat Oman; meet Iran in semis
DPR Korea beat Oman 5-3 via penalty shootout to set up a clash with Iran in the semi-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship, in Margao, on Monday.
Indian footballer Aditi makes a stellar comeback
Making a stellar comeback, Indian footballer Aditi Chauhan effected three saves in the penalty shootout and paved the way for her team West Ham United Ladies FC's victory over Swindon Town at Thurrock in the FA Women's Premier League Plate.
Shameful! FIFA disbands anti-racism task force
World soccer's governing body FIFA was under fire on Monday for winding up its anti-racism task force with former presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan describing the move as worrying and shameful.
No age-cheating at AFC Under 16!
Conclusive scientific testing carried out on the players competing at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship India 2016 has confirmed that there was no age-cheating at the tournament.
Champions League Preview: Tough test for Real in Dortmund
European champions Real Madrid head to rampaging Borussia Dortmund for their Champions League Group F game on Tuesday in a frazzled state with their buoyant start to the season having been punctured by successive La Liga draws.
Why at the moment West Ham's 'just not good enough'...
West Ham United's Mark Noble admitted with rare post-match candour that they were fortunate to escape with a 3-0 defeat by Southampton at the London Stadium on Sunday - their fourth successive reverse in the Premier League.
3 things Leicester can do to start winning again
After a string of defeats, defender Danny Simpson admits that Leicester City is struggling. Here is how they can do better
Mourinho's words that stoked a fire in United's belly
'It's a case of realising how lucky we are and how we should go out there and enjoy it. You can see that everyone did enjoy it and the message clearly did get across'
Guardiola and the reason for City's 'Sterling' show
Raheem Sterling has hailed ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola for helping him turn around his year, in particular for encouraging the winger to "enjoy scoring goals".
American football player in Canada killed in shooting
An American player in the Canadian Football League (CFL) was killed in an early morning shooting outside a nightclub in the western city of Calgary, the gaming body said on Sunday.
September 25, 2016
Totti's 250th Serie A goal fails to save Roma
Francesco Totti, two days short of his 40th birthday, scored his 250th Serie A goal for AS Roma on Sunday but it was not enough as they lost 3-1 at Torino.
EPL: Southampton's Austin roars on at spluttering Hammers
Southampton won 3-0 at West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday to record their fourth successive victory in all competitions and increase the concerns of home supporters about their dismal record at their new stadium.
La Liga PIX: Barcelona close gap as Real draw
Substitute Sergio Araujo struck a late equaliser as Las Palmas held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw and left them with a one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
10 out of 10 for Pep's unstoppable Manchester City
The perfectionist in Pep Guardiola forbids him to get remotely carried away by Manchester City's 100 per cent record this season even though they made it 10 wins out of 10 under their new Spanish manager on Saturday.
Arsenal's Wenger happy to shed his Chelsea hoodoo
Arsene Wenger hailed his team's first-half performance as "nearly perfect" and allowed himself to entertain the possibility of winning the title, despite Manchester City winning all six of their games so far to sit five points ahead of Arsenal.
Arsenal blank Chelsea after first half blitz
Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, scoring all three goals in the first half to claim their first Premier League victory over their London rivals in 10 attempts.
September 24, 2016
Barcelona cruise past Sporting Gijon without Messi
Luis Suarez and Rafinha scored in the first half before three late goals in seven minutes including two from Neymar gave Barcelona a 5-0 win at 10-man Sporting Gijon on Saturday, their first game this season without Lionel Messi.
Bayern need late Kimmich goal to edge past Hamburg
Champions Bayern Munich needed an 88th-minute winner by Joshua Kimmich to beat Hamburg SV 1-0 on Saturday and protect their three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
Important to have a good, fit squad: Mumbai City's Forlan
Important to have a good, fit squad: Mumbai City's Forlan
EPL: Rooney on bench, Rashford in for Leicester game
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was dropped to the substitutes' bench for the Premier League match against champions Leicester City on Saturday.
Rooney enjoys no 'privileges' at Mourinho's Manchester United
Blaming Wayne Rooney's disappointing form for the criticism he attracted when playing for England against Slovakia, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that the skipper doesn't enjoy any privileges and can be dropped from the team.
Ligue 1: Ten-man PSG slump to second league defeat
Paris St Germain suffered their second defeat of the Ligue 1 season when they lost 2-0 at Toulouse after being reduced to 10 men on Friday.
Bundesliga: Dortmund join Bayern on top
Title contenders Borussia Dortmund twice hit the woodwork as they beat Freiburg 3-1 to join leaders Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.
Are you looking at the worst manager in the history of football?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sarcastically labelled himself the worst manager in the history of football after he faced criticism following a recent slump in form.
September 23, 2016
Spanish court reopens fraud investigation against Neymar
Spain's High Court said in a written ruling on Friday it had reopened a fraud and corruption investigation into Brazilian soccer player Neymar over his transfer to Barcelona three years ago.
Barcelona must manage Messi's playing time, says Bauza
Barcelona should manage Lionel Messi's playing time better, Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has said following the forward's latest injury.
Real Madrid wooing benched Fabregas?
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has quashed persistent transfer rumours, saying he had never thought of leaving the StamfordBridge and that he is extremely happy with his current club.
Can anger bring consistency to Liverpool's game?
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants his players to be "angry" and guard against complacency when they entertain promoted HullCity on Saturday.
September 22, 2016
Barca must do 'a little bit more" without Messi
The rest of Barcelona's squad will have to do "a little bit more" to make up for the absence of five-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi for the next three weeks, according to captain Andres Iniesta.
'London is perfect choice for Euro 2020 final'
New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes London is the perfect choice to stage the climax to Euro 2020 after 12 other cities across the continent host earlier matches, he said on Wednesday.
Dutch Cup: Video referee makes first impact as yellow turns to red
Willem II Tilburg midfielder Anouar Kali became the first player in the Netherlands to get his marching orders from the 'video assistant referee' (VAR) after his yellow card in a Dutch Cup tie against Ajax Amsterdam was turned into a red on Wednesday.
League Cup: Manchester clubs win to tee up fourth round tie
Manchester City continued their imperious start to the season with a 2-1 win over Swansea City to reach the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday but it was a testing night for rivals United who eventually overcame Northampton Town 3-1.
La Liga: Barca held by Atletico after Messi limps off; Real drop points
Barcelona failed to capitalise on Real Madrid dropping points against Villarreal as the La Liga champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, while talisman Lionel Messi limped off with a groin injury.
September 21, 2016
John Abraham meets Assam CM to discuss ISL opening ceremony
Bollywood actor John Abraham, also the owner of NorthEast United Football Club (NEUFC), called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and discussed with him issues related to the opening ceremony of the third edition of Indian Sports League (ISL) in Guwahati.
'Extraordinary' Neymar gets Enrique, Simeone backiing
Former Barcelona great Michael Laudrup lambasted the Brazil international for "provoking" the opposition in Saturday's 5-1 win at Leganes and Neymar's flamboyant style will be scrutinised again on Wednesday when Barcelona host Atletico.
Fit-again Ronaldo, Bale to return against Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will return to action for Real Madrid's La Liga game with Villarreal on Wednesday, coach Zinedine Zidane said.
PSG beat Dijon 3-0 to keep pressure on Monaco
Champions Paris St Germain provisionally moved back to the top of Ligue 1 as Adam Lang's own goal, Edinson Cavani's penalty and a second-half header from Lucas Moura downed promoted Dijon 3-0 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
Milan building momentum in Serie A after 2-0 win over Lazio
AC Milan beat visitors Lazio 2-0 to claim consecutive Serie A wins for the first time since February thanks to Carlos Bacca's fifth goal of the season and an M'Baye Niang penalty on Tuesday.
League Cup: Fabregas gives Chelsea win at Leicester, Everton lose
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas gave his manager a reminder of his talents by scoring twice in extra time as they fought back from two goals down to knock Premier League champions LeicesterCity out of the League Cup 4-2 on Tuesday.
September 20, 2016
Guardiola demands apology before Toure plays again
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure will not play for Manchester City again until the Premier League club receive an apology for comments made by his agent, manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday.
Michael Chopra hits back at India's coach Constantine
National football coach Stephen Constantine may have ruled Michael Chopra out from representing India but the British PIO today said he's not lost hope and was waiting the 53-year-old's exit.
Ranieri urges fans to give returning Kante warm welcome
LeicesterCity manager Claudio Ranieri hopes Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante will be given a warm reception when he returns to his old stomping ground for the first time since leaving the English champions.
Wenger surprised by Bendtner's move to Forest
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was surprised by his former striker Nicklas Bendtner's move to second-tier side NottinghamForest, but hoped it would revive the Dane's stalled career.
EPL: Realist Koeman downplays 'crazy' title talk
I don't think we can do a Leicester. I am realistic, says Everton manager
Plea talks under way in FIFA bribery case as US trial date set
Several defendants charged in a wide-ranging corruption case involving soccer's global governing body FIFA are in talks with US officials about possibly pleading guilty, a US prosecutor said on Monday.
September 19, 2016
Serie A: Allegri blasts Juve after defeat at Inter
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri criticised his players for letting their guard down and losing 2-1 at arch-rivals Inter Milan after taking the lead in the second half at the San Siro.
La Liga PIX: Real Madrid equal record for successive wins
Real Madrid brushed off the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to beat Espanyol 2-0 away and maintain their 100 per cent start to the league season while matching the La Liga record of 16 consecutive victories.
EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham's Kane sinks Sunderland then stretchered off
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane pounced on a piece of comical defending to secure a 1-0 win over Sunderland in the Premier League on Sunday although he was later wheeled away on a stretcher after suffering an ankle injury.
September 18, 2016
Everton manager hails 'perfect player' Barry
Gareth Barry is the perfect player for Everton, manager Ronald Koeman has said after the midfielder scored in his 600th Premier League appearance to help the club beat Middlesbrough 3-1.
De Bruyne on 'another level'... just like Guardiola's City
Kevin de Bruyne was hailed as playing football "on another level" by his manager Pep Guardiola after the Belgian maestro orchestrated another Manchester City symphony on Saturday.
September 17, 2016
Bayern come back to beat Ingolstadt and stay top of table
Bayern Munich came from a goal down at home to beat Ingolstadt 3-1 on Saturday and make it three wins in three Bundesliga matches as they went two points clear at the top.
La Liga: Barcelona win easily, Atletico thrash Sporting
Barcelona's attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target as the champions roared back into life in La Liga with a dominant 5-1 victory at promoted Leganes on Saturday.
Aguero, Higuain set for Argentina return
Sergio Aguero, in fine scoring form for Manchester City this season, looks set to lead Argentina's attack in next month's World Cup qualifiers after being recalled to their squad on Friday.
Thiago Silva gets Brazil recall for World Cup qualifiers
Brazil coach Tite has recalled veteran central defender Thiago Silva to his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela.
French Ligue 1: Four-star Cavani helps PSG sink Caen
Edinson Cavani silenced his critics when he scored four goals in Paris St Germain's 6-0 victory at Caen in Ligue 1 on Friday.
EPL PHOTOS: Henderson stunner headlines Liverpool win over Chelsea
A stunning strike from Jordan Henderson helped Liverpool secure a comfortable 2-1 win at Chelsea on Friday that ended the London club's unbeaten start to the season and underlined the growing potential of Juergen Klopp's side.
Stoke manager Hughes to not contest FA charge
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he will not contest the Football Association's misconduct charge against him after he was sent off in Saturday's 4-0 Premier League defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
EPL: Silva may miss out for Manchester City
ManchesterCity could be without playmaker David Silva for Saturday's home game against Bournemouth while midfielder Ilkay Guendogan may make his Premier League debut.
September 16, 2016
After Champions League win, Ranieri urges players to start anew
Leicester City face the latest challenge of Claudio Ranieri's remarkable managerial reign on Saturday, to come back down to earth from the high of a Champions League win for a domestic game against Burnley.
Arsenal's Cech to make return at Hull
Petr Cech will return in goal for Arsenal at HullCity on Saturday after missing the 1-1 Champions League draw at Paris St Germain in midweek.
Payet showboating doesn't bother West Ham boss Bilic
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has defended France midfielder Dimitri Payet after Watford players accused him of showboating last Saturday.
Did FIFA chief Infantino lobby for new UEFA president?
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has dismissed as "imagination and lies" any suggestion that he lobbied in favour of Aleksander Ceferin who was elected head of European soccer's governing body UEFA this week.
CAS accepts Real Madrid appeal, lifts ban on signing foreign minors
Real Madrid have won a small victory in their dispute with FIFA over the illegal signing of under-age foreigners after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) temporarily lifted its ban on appeal.
Will Simeone make early exit from Atletico?
Diego Simeone has opened the door to the possibility of leaving Atletico Madrid in the next two years after announcing on Friday that he had reduced his contractual commitment from 2020 to 2018.
After back-to-back defeats Mourinho to return to 'normal team'
Manchester United will return to their 'normal team' for the Premier League clash against Watford on Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho said, after suffering a surprising 1-0 defeat against Feyenoord in the Europa League.
It's time for Aguero to get individual awards
It is just a matter of time before Sergio Aguero's goal-scoring ability earns him individual honours, his Manchester City team mate John Stones has predicted.
'Fabregas needs to improve defensively'
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas must continue to sharpen the defensive side of his game to earn a place in Chelsea's starting line-up, manager Antonio Conte has said.
Europa League's STUNNING night! United beaten by Feyenoord; Inter lose
Three time European champions Inter Milan were stunned 2-0 at home by Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva and Manchester United were floored by a late goal from Feyenoord as the Europa League group stage got underway on Thursday.
September 15, 2016
FIFA rankings: Win against Puerto Rico sees India climb four places
The Indian football team jumped four places to be at 148th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released today, on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico in Mumbai last week.
Dortmund's 'super' Mario on road to redemption
Mario Goetze could not stop smiling after scoring his first goal for Borussia Dortmund since his return in their 6-0 demolition of Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Wednesday.
What is United's Mourinho hinting at?
Manchester United's chances of winning the Premier League could be hindered by their Europa League campaign, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
Guardiola hails clinical hat-trick hero Aguero
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola praised Sergio Aguero's natural goalscoring ability after his hat-trick on Wednesday helped defeat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 in their opening Champions League Group C match at the Etihad Stadium.
When Sporting gave Real Madrid a scare
Cristiano Ronaldo said Real Madrid's late escape act against Sporting Lisbon should serve as a warning after the European champions staged a remarkable four-minute turnaround to open their Champions League defence with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.
Champions League PIX: Aguero hat-trick leads City; Monaco stun Tottenham
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his 100 per cent record at the club with a commanding 4-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in their rearranged Champions League Group C opener on Wednesday.
September 14, 2016
AFC Cup QF: Bengaluru FC beat Singapore's Tampines Rovers in first leg
C K Vineet's strike guided Bengaluru FC to a solitary goal victory over Singapore's Tampines Rovers in the first-leg quarter-final of the AFC Cup at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.
Suarez delighted to run riot with Messi and Neymar again
Luis Suarez said he had missed linking up with his insatiable strike partners Neymar and Lionel Messi after Barcelona's 'MSN' attack scored six goals in their 7-0 record rout of Celtic on Tuesday.
Meet UEFA's new president, Slovenia's Ceferin
Aleksander Ceferin, the president of Slovenia's football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer's governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress on Wednesday.
Disgraced Platini says he has done nothing wrong
Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini insisted he had done nothing wrong and said his conscience was clear as he gave a farewell speech to European soccer's governing body at their extraordinary Congress on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Sachin Tendulkar celebrates Onam with Kerala Blasters lads!
Legendary cricketer and co-owner of Indian Super League football club Kerala Blasters, Sachin Tendulkar wished everyone on the auspicious day of Onam.
Messi is total football! Do you agree?
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed hat-trick hero Lionel Messi as the greatest player in the world "in every position" after the Argentine maestro sent another record tumbling in a thumping 7-0 Champions League win over Celtic.
Newcastle romp past QPR and move up to second
Newcastle United thrashed Queens Park Rangers 6-0 away to move into second place in the Championship (second tier) on Tuesday with former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey scoring twice.
Man City v Borussia Moenchengladbach tie postponed after heavy rain
Torrential rain before kickoff meant Manchester City's opening Champions League Group C clash with Borussia Moenchengladbach was postponed on Tuesday because of safety concerns.
Champions League PIX: Messi sets hat-trick record; PSG wasteful
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar combined to devastating effect as Barcelona swatted Celtic aside 7-0 at the Nou Camp to lay down a marker in Champions League Group C on Tuesday.
Vardy lays down marker before Champions League debut
England striker Jamie Vardy says Leicester City have no intention of treating the Champions League as some sort of belated Premier League victory parade, and are ready to add another chapter to last season's stunning success story.
September 13, 2016
Fit-again Ronaldo to play full 90 minutes against Sporting: Zidane
Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will play the full 90 minutes against boyhood club Sporting Lisbon as he steps up his return from injury in the Champions League on Wednesday, coach Zinedine Zidane said.
Cauvery fallout: AFC Cup tie to be played behind closed doors
The AFC Cup quarter-final between Bengaluru FC and Singapore's Tampines Rovers will be played behind closed doors in Bengaluru on Wednesday after incidents of street violence and vandalism in the city owing to the Cauvery water dispute.
EPL: Luiz likely to replace injured Terry for Liverpool clash
Chelsea long-serving captain John Terry has been ruled out for around 10 days with strained ligaments in his foot and will miss Friday's Premier League clash with Liverpool, the London club said on Tuesday.
Ronaldo cannot wait for 'special' Sporting match
Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo faces an emotional reunion with boyhood club Sporting Lisbon when his side begin the defence of their Champions League crown on Wednesday.
Barcelona's players unhappy with coach Enrique?
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique played down talk of a rift with his squad after their surprise home defeat by Alaves and is hoping to put things right in their Champions League opener against Celtic on Tuesday.
EPL: Lukaku's 11-minute 'trick' powers Everton to victory
Everton's Romelu Lukaku ended his longest goal drought in English football with an 11-minute hat-trick to power the visitors to an emphatic 3-0 win over Sunderland on Monday and third place in the Premier League table.
September 12, 2016
Big signings, no European football hits Manchester United's profits
Manchester United expect profits to fall back from last season's record levels after the club splashed out on new players to try to regain its place in Europe's soccer elite.
Zaha's price tag is set!
Crystal Palace will not consider selling Wilfried Zaha for less that 50 million pounds ($66.39 million), manager Alan Pardew has said after the winger helped the club to their first Premier League win of the season.
German FA wants to stick with coach Loew past 2018
Germany's football association (DFB) is eager to extend the contract of national team coach Joachim Loew past the 2018 World Cup, DFB president Reinhard Grindel said on Monday.
Balotelli reveals the worst decision of his life...
Mario Balotelli has revealed that joining the Anfield club was the worst decision he has ever made.
Balotelli scores twice on Nice debut
Mario Balotelli lit up the Riviera derby with two goals on his Nice debut to hand them a 3-2 victory over Olympique Marseille on Sunday -- his first league goals for a year.
Totti penalty gives Roma a win in wet Serie A
Veteran Francesco Totti scored a stoppage-time winner from a penalty in his first appearance of the season as Roma beat Sampdoria 3-2 in Serie A on Sunday.
Champions League Previews: City buoyant; Barca eyeing chance to make amends
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are not yet ready to compete with Europe's elite but his side will be confident of opening their Champions League campaign with victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday.
European football SPLIT
UEFA elects a new president on Wednesday whose main task will be to stop what European officials say is an inexorable slide towards a breakaway football Super League open only to wealthy clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester City.
September 11, 2016
EPL: Chelsea held by Swansea in controversial 2-2 draw
Diego Costa scored twice but could not prevent Chelsea losing their 100 percent Premier League record in a controversial 2-2 draw at Swansea on Sunday.
'India needs larger pool of skilled football coaches'
For India to grow substantially in football, it needs a larger pool of skilled coaches and coach educators, says Jeremy Weeks, head coach of Premier Skills, an initiative of English Premier League.
FA will investigate West Ham crowd trouble during EPL match
The Football Association will investigate reports of crowd trouble among West Ham United supporters at Saturday's Premier League game against Watford.
Mourinho undone by 'the one that got away'
On the face of it, Jose Mourinho shouldered the blame for the wounding defeat in his first Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Saturday.
La Liga: Barcelona stunned; Real and Atletico cruise
Promoted Alaves dealt champions Barcelona a shock 2-1 defeat at the Nou Camp on Saturday while Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury to help Real Madrid thrash Osasuna 5-2 and go two points clear at the top of La Liga.
Ronaldo wants Real to offer him a 10-year contract
Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested Real Madrid should offer him a 10-year contract to ensure he sees out his career at the Spanish club.
September 10, 2016
11-minute hat-trick in Bundesliga drama
Substitute Joel Pohjanpalo scored a hat-trick in the last 11 minutes to fire Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 win at home to Hamburg SV on an afternoon of late Bundesliga drama on Saturday.
La Liga: Ronaldo scores on return as Real equal club record
Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his return from injury as Real Madrid thrashed Osasuna 5-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to equal the club's 1960-61 record of 15 successive La Liga wins.
EPL PIX: Spurs sink Stoke; Arsenal win; West Ham stunned
Santi Cazorla scored a 94th-minute penalty as sub-par Arsenal beat Southampton on Saturday with Laurent Koscielny's overhead kick having earlier cancelled out Petr Cech's own goal.
Mourinho cries foul but Guardiola delighted
A delighted Joseph Guardiola praised his team's first-half performance and jumped to the defence of Manchester City's new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Manchester derby: First blood to Guardiola as De Bruyne inspires City
Pep Guardiola drew first blood in his renewed managerial duel with Jose Mourinho as Manchester City deservedly won an absorbing Premier League derby 2-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski steers Bayern to 2-0 win at Schalke
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski made amends for several glaring misses when he scored a late goal and set up another as the German champions ground out a 2-0 win at battling Schalke 04 on Friday.
What brings FIFA chief Infantino to Goa on September 27
FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be in Goa to attend the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Extraordinary Congress on September 27 to elect three additional AFC members to the FIFA council.
September 09, 2016
PHOTOS: Five memorable Manchester derbies
Despite all the hype, however, the match will do well to live up to some of the Manchester derby tussles down the years.
Hull's Phelan named EPL manager of the month
HullCity manager Mike Phelan has been named the Premier League manager of the month for August after guiding the promoted club to an impressive start in England's top flight.
Chelsea's Luiz, Alonso unlikely to start at Swansea
New Chelsea signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso are not ready for a first-team place in Sunday's Premier League clash with SwanseaCity, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday.
Zidane 'can't understand' transfer ban for Real youth team
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident the team's results will not suffer from a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaking rules regarding the signing of under-age foreign players.
Spurs set to break British attendance record for Champions League
Tottenham Hotspur say next week's clash with Monaco will be played in front of the highest attendance for a Champions League game in England, with more than 80,000 tickets sold.
FIFA chamber probes ex-boss Blatter for bribery, corruption
FIFA's ethics watchdog is investigating ex-president Sepp Blatter and two other former executives on a raft of possible violations including bribery and corruption, the world soccer body said on Friday.
Ronaldo ready for Real comeback
Real Madrid will welcome back the added firepower of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and striker Karim Benzema when they entertain promoted Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday.
September 08, 2016
Brazil's former star Rivaldo to grace Subroto Cup in Kolkata
Brazil's former star striker and World Cup winner Rivaldo will grace the finals of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament beginning September 14, exactly a year after the legendary Pele's visit to the country for the school tournament.
Not slotting internationals nothing to do with ISL: Bhaichung
Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said not slotting international friendlies has got nothing to do with ISL dates.
Sanches faces battle to force his way into Bayern team
Portugal's impressive midfielder Renato Sanches is finally ready for his Bayern Munich debut although the 19-year-old Euro 2016 winner still faces a tough challenge to claim a regular place in the team.
UEFA under fire following changes to Champions League
The recently-announced changes to the Champions League are detrimental to domestic football in Europe and will increase the gap between the wealthiest clubs and the rest, Europe's domestic football leagues (EPFL) said on Thursday.
I still have ambitions to play for India: Michael Chopra
Former Newcastle and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra says he has not given up on his ambition to represent India in international football.
Manchester derby: United and City clash set to ignite season
A clash between supposedly the two most expensive lineups in history overseen by two of the most decorated coaches will end the phoney war and ignite the Premier League season for real when Manchester United host Manchester City on Saturday.
September 07, 2016
Kolkata derby called off as Mohun Bagan refuse to play
India's biggest football draw -- clash between bitter foes Mohun Bagan and East Bengal -- was on Wednesday called off here after a no-show from the former team in the Calcutta Football League Premier Division.
Simeone committed to lead Atletico into next season
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has reaffirmed his commitment to the club by saying he wants to lead them into their new stadium in 2017.
Sagna hands Guardiola fitness boost ahead of Manchester derby
Full back Bacary Sagna says he is fit to play for Manchester City in Saturday's Premier League derby against Manchester United after sustaining a hamstring injury last month. Bale says La Liga title is Real's top target this season
Gareth Bale said Real Madrid are determined to wrest back the Spanish league title from Barcelona this season after going four years without tasting La Liga success.
Mourinho vs Guardiola: The rivalry set to recommence
Not many people talk badly of Pep Guardiola, a sainted figure in football, but Manchester City's manager will find two of his most vocal critics facing him down at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Rashford bags hat-trick on England Under-21 debut
Marcus Rashford grabbed a hat-trick on his England Under-21 debut as they crushed Norway 6-1 in a European Championship qualifier on Tuesday.
2018 WC qualifiers: Swiss stun Portugal; Otamendi equaliser saves Argentina
Switzerland struck twice in quick succession to stun Euro 2016 champions Portugal 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday and hand them a first competitive defeat in two years under coach Fernando Santos.
El Salvador footballers claim they were offered to fix WC qualifier
Salvadorian businessman approached the players with financial inducements before they travelled to Canada for the match at the weekend.
September 06, 2016
Clubs say new Champions League fairer and more lucrative
European clubs are anticipating another windfall after changes to the Champions League and say the new system will be fairer as well as making them richer.
Costa revival is good news for Spain, says Morata
Diego Costa is in favour with Spain's national team again after a couple of terrific displays -- and nobody is happier than the country's other premier striker, Alvaro Morata.
2018 WC qualifier: Another match-fixing scandal stares at FIFA
El Salvador players claim they have been offered financial inducements to win, draw or avoid a heavy defeat in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Canada.
2018 WC Qualifiers: Spain maul Liechtenstein; Iceland hold Ukraine
Spain started their World Cup qualifying campaign with a crushing 8-0 win over Liechtenstein, laying down a marker in Group G with a ruthless second-half display on Monday.
September 05, 2016
FIFA allows players to switch to represent Kosovo
Kosovo were given permission to field former Albanian internationals Samir Ujkani and Alban Meha and ex-Norway player Valon Berisha on Monday, hours before their first-ever competitive international.
Will consider leaving Atletico only if Simeone goes: Griezmann
France forward Antoine Griezmann says he would only leave Atletico Madrid if manager Diego Simeone also quit the La Liga club.
Messi's son Thiago has little interest in football
Argentina talisman Lionel Messi has revealed that his eldest son, Thiago, has little interest in the game in which his father has arguably become the greatest of his generation.
German soccer icon Beckenbauer has bypass surgery
German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer underwent open heart bypass surgery on Saturday in an operation scheduled long before Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against him last week, Germany's Bild newspaper reported Monday.
September 04, 2016
2018 WC qualifiers: England grab last-gasp win over 10-man Slovakia
England's Adam Lallana scored his first international goal with the last kick of the game as they beat 10-man Slovakia 1-0 in their World Cup Group F qualifier on Sunday to get new manager Sam Allardyce's reign off to a winning start.
September 03, 2016
ISL: Delhi Dynamos sign former Real Madrid star Ruben Gonzalez
Delhi Dynamos FC have signed former Real Madrid player Ruben Gonzalez as their second marquee player for the Hero Indian Super League Season 3.
Superb India rally to thump Puerto Rico 4-1 in soccer friendly
Masterminded superbly by ace striker Sunil Chhetri, a dominant India scripted a sensational 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico in an international football friendly at the Andheri Sports Complex stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Argentina's Messi sidelined for World Cup qualifier vs Venezuela
Injured Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Venezuela on Tuesday with a groin problem.
Manchester United leave out Schweinsteiger from Europa League squad
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been left out of Manchester United's Europa League squad by coach Jose Mourinho, as the midfielder continues to be marginalised at the club.
Man City's Aguero BANNED for violent conduct
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct, the Football Association said on Friday.
September 02, 2016
Why Messi's Argentina comeback could be short-lived
Lionel Messi's triumphant Argentina comeback has been tempered by a hint he may not be fit to play in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Venezuela.
Yaya Toure left out of Man City's Champions League squad
Yaya Toure has been left out of Manchester City's Champions League squad by coach Pep Guardiola, further undermining the Ivorian's position at the club.
Video feedback convinces referee to book rather than send off player
The use of video technology for the first time in an international spared a France player an early red card in their friendly against Italy on Thursday and cut down on arguing over decisions, the match referee said.
Gurpreet named captain for India's game against Puerto Rico
India's national football coach Stephen Constantine on Friday anointed towering goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu as captain for Saturday's international friendly against higher-ranked Puerto Rico at the suburban Andheri Sports Complex ground in Mumbai.
Gareth Bale on Champions League and United's Pogba
The possibility of winning Europe's most prestigious club competition in his hometown has given Wales winger Gareth Bale extra motivation to help Real Madrid become the first club to defend their Champions League title.
World Cup qualifiers: Messi goal puts Argentina top
Lionel Messi marked his retirement about face with a goal to give 10-man Argentina a 1-0 win over Uruguay on Thursday that lifted them to the top of the South American qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
September 01, 2016
Danny Simpson extends Leicester contract until 2019
Leicester City defender Danny Simpson has signed a new three-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2019. Swiss launch criminal probe of German soccer great Beckenbauer
Swiss federal prosecutors are investigating soccer great Franz Beckenbauer and three other German soccer officials for fraud and money laundering in connection with the award of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.
Should extra-time be abolished in football?
Europe's top coaches pondered the idea of abolishing extra-time after drawn matches in European competition and going straight to penalties at their annual meeting on Wednesday.
Check out the TOP 5 football transfers for 2016-17 season
Fees paid by Premier League clubs passed one billion pounds for the first time, according to financial analysts Deloitte. That was inflated by the world record 89 million pounds ($115.98 million) that Manchester United paid Juventus for France midfielder Paul Pogba.
Here's what Mourinho has to say on Manchester derby
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said the international break has made his plans for the Manchester derby a bit more 'complicated' than he would have liked, especially with his South American players returning a day before the clash.
Transfer deadline day: Chelsea biggest spenders, Leicester splash the cash
Chelsea re-signed David Luiz and Premier League champions Leicester City broke their transfer record for striker Islam Slimani as English clubs exceeded the one billion pounds barrier when the curtain fell on transfer deadline day.
IN PICS: Emotional Schweinsteiger bids international farewell
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger won his 121st cap in his last match for Germany as they beat Finland 2-0 in an international friendly in Moenchengladbach on Wednesday.
August 31, 2016
Chelsea sign defender Alonso from Fiorentina
Chelsea have signed left back Marcos Alonso from Italian top-flight club Fiorentina on a five-year contract, the Premier League side announced on Wednesday.
Want more football players to play outside India: Gurpreet
Playing in Norway for top division club Stabaek has helped him grow as a footballer, feels goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh, who wants more of his countrymen to follow in his footsteps to help India rise as a power in the sport.
Manchester City's Samir Nasri joins Sevilla on loan
Samir Nasri has left Manchester City for Sevilla on a season-long loan, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
Dynamos FC sign former Real Madrid player Marcos Tebar
Delhi Dynamos Football Club announces the signing of former Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Tébar Ramiro for the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League.
August 30, 2016
Rooney to quit internationals after 2018 World Cup
Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday.
Barcelona sign Alcacer from Valencia
Barcelona announced on Tuesday the signing of Spain forward Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year contract.
Schweinsteiger still dreams of playing for Manchester United
Bastian Schweinsteiger wants to continue playing for Manchester United this season, even though manager Jose Mourinho said last week that the former Germany captain is unlikely to figure in his plans.
No contract extension talks between Barca and Luis Enrique for now
Barca are also planning to offer new deals to forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, and midfielder Ivan Rakitic before the end of the year.
Conte wants Chelsea to 'keep last season in mind'
Chelsea have made a promising start to a new Premier League season but manager Antonio Conte wants the players to remember the difficulties of last season and learn from that experience.
WC qualifiers: Messi's Argentina comeback in cloud after injury
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has returned home to Argentina but remains doubtful for World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela with his club confirming the 29-year-old is struggling with a sore left hamstring.
August 29, 2016
Argentina lose injured Aguero, Pastore for World Cup qualifiers
Argentina suffered a blow to their 2018 World Cup qualifying plans when Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero withdrew on Monday from their squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela.
Ramos surprised by Casillas exclusion from Spain squad
Spain defender Sergio Ramos was surprised to learn that the country's record appearance maker and long-time captain Iker Casillas had been left out of the Spain squad by coach Julen Lopetegui.
Leicester eager to enjoy Champions League debut, says Vardy
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has said the club will look to enjoy competing against Europe's elite in their Champions League debut.
Valencia striker Alcacer undergoes Barca medical
Barcelona are on the verge of completing a reported 30 million euro ($33.57 million) move for Spain international Paco Alcacer from Valencia after the striker arrived for a medical with the La Liga champions on Monday.
'United have momentum, confident ahead of Manchester derby'
Manchester United's unbeaten start to the Premier League has helped the club build momentum before the derby clash against ManchesterCity, striker Wayne Rooney has said.
England boss Allardyce defends decision to omit Barkley
England manager Sam Allardyce has defended the decision to leave Everton midfielder Ross Barkley out of his first squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia at the weekend.
It's early days, but Premier League has familiar look once more
Three matches into the Premier League season following a stunning title success by 5,000-1 outsiders LeicesterCity, the table already has a more familiar look.
Sterling, Lewandowski dominate European football weekend
Heavyweight trio Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea kept up their 100 per cent starts to the Premier League season this weekend.
La Liga: Rakitic header earns Barca victory in Bilbao
Champions Barcelona came through a gruelling La Liga test at a rainswept San Mames on Sunday, beating Athletic Bilbao 1-0 thanks to Ivan Rakitic's first-half header.
August 28, 2016
United boss Mourinho reserves special praise for Rashford
Jose Mourinho hailed Marcus Rashford's late contribution against Hull City on Saturday and hinted that the 18-year-old has a big role to play for Manchester United this season.
Serie A: Napoli win six-goal thriller against nine-man Milan
Napoli squandered a two-goal halftime lead, then scored two late goals to beat nine-man AC Milan 4-2 in a stormy Serie A match which saw eight other players booked on Saturday.
La Liga: Kroos missile delights Real; Atletico held
A late goal by Toni Kroos sealed victory as Real Madrid defeated an impressive Celta Vigo side 2-1 to win their first home La Liga game of the campaign on Saturday.
August 27, 2016
PHOTOS: Chelsea top after one-sided victory; United edge past Hull
Danny Rose scored a second-half equaliser to cancel out James Milner's penalty as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to draw 1-1 with Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
La Liga: Why Bilbao is one of hardest away games for Barca...
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is expecting another gruelling game at Athletic Bilbao when the La Liga champions visit San Mames on Sunday.
Ex-City boss Pellegrini joins Hebei China Fortune
Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune have appointed former Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, Chinese and British media reported on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski treble as six-goal Bayern rout Werder
Robert Lewandowski's hat-trick helped give coach Carlo Ancelotti a flying start to his first Bundesliga campaign as Bayern Munich cruised to an easy 6-0 win over Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena on Friday.
August 26, 2016
Rodriguez could become a problem for Real: Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has opened the door to out-of-favour midfielder James Rodriguez leaving the club by admitting the player's lack of appearances could become a problem.
Why Mourinho will pick youngsters over Schweinsteiger...
German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for Manchester United this season, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.
Injured Ronaldo to miss Portugal's World Cup qualifier
The 31-year-old is still recovering from the knee injury which forced him to limp out of the Euro 2016 final against France in the first half, coach Fernando Santos said.
Thierry Henry named Belgium assistant coach
Former France star Thierry Henry was named assistant coach of Belgium on Friday.
Points Table: English Premier League 2016-17
The points table of the English Premier League 2016-17 season.
Gerrard encourages young English players to switch to MLS
Major League Soccer would provide a good platform for young English players who have struggled to break into the first team, former England captain Steven Gerrard has said.
All you need to know about EPL team's spending
Spending by Premier League teams has already broken last season's record and could exceed one billion pounds ($1.32 billion) by the time the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Deportivo striker Perez to join Arsenal?
Deportivo La Coruna have granted permission to Lucas Perez to withdraw from the squad to face Real Betis on Saturday amid media talks linking the striker to a potential move to Premier League club Arsenal.
Granada suspend new boy Angulo over failed drugs test
Granada have suspended new signing Jose Angulo after he failed a drug test with his former Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle during the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.
UEFA keeps it in the family as Champions League changed
The top four European leagues will each have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from 2018/19 under changes announced by European soccer body UEFA on Friday.
Ronaldo says Griezmann deserved Best Player in Europe award
After being named this year's UEFA's Best Player in Europe, Portugal and Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann deserved the coveted trophy more than him.
Is Manchester United ready for Europa League?
We want to fight for that title and we are very excited to see the draw, says Ander Herrera
West Ham ousted by Romanian Astra in Europa playoff
Romanians Astra handed West Ham United their first competitive defeat at the London Stadium as Slaven Bilic's team were beaten in the Europa League playoffs on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo is UEFA's 2015-16 'Best Player in Europe'
Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted UEFA's 2015-16 Best Player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid team mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann.
August 25, 2016
Guardiola returning to Barcelona in Champions League
Pep Guardiola will return to the Nou Camp in the Champions League group stage after his new club Manchester City were drawn against his former Barcelona team on Thursday.
Goalkeeper Eduardo joins Chelsea on one-year contract
Goalkeeper Eduardo has joined Chelsea on a one-year deal from Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Enrique seeks 100th victory as Barca coach at Bilbao
Barcelona will attempt to give Luis Enrique his 100th victory in his 125th game in charge of the team when they play at Athletic Bilbao in la Liga on Sunday.
City sign goalkeeper from Barcelona; Everton have no interest in Hart
Manchester City have signed Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona on a four-year contract for an initial 18 million euros (15.37 million pounds), the clubs confirmed on Thursday.
EPL: Can Mourinho's Manchester United maintain winning momentum?
Jose Mourinho takes Manchester United to Hull City with both teams having won their opening two games on the weekend.
Ronaldo gearing up for Real Madrid return
Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been out of action since injuring his knee in the successful Euro 2016 final, has vowed to return soon after stepping up training at Real Madrid's Valdebebas training base.
Liverpool look to their Mane man as Spurs visit beckons
Such is the impact Sadio Mane has made on Liverpool that the 24-year-old is an automatic pick to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday while experienced international teammates scrap it out to play alongside him.
'Ramsey's injury could have been prevented'
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's injury could have been prevented, Wales manager Chris Coleman has said, adding he was surprised the Euro 2016 semi-finalist was rushed back for the opening Premier League game against Liverpool.
Sturridge frustrated with playing in new position
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has urged manager Juergen Klopp to deploy him in his favoured centre forward position, where he operates on "autopilot".
AFC Champions League: FC Seoul, Al Nasr inch closer to semis
FC Seoul and Al Nasr inched closer to a place in the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League following comprehensive victories in their respective quarter-final first leg matches on Wednesday.
Yedlin joins Newcastle on five-year deal
DeAndre Yedlin has joined Championship (second tier) side Newcastle United on a five-year deal from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, the clubs have announced.
League Cup: Sunderland win; Burnley, Middlesbrough sent packing
Premier League teams Burnley and Middlesbrough were knocked out of the English Cup by lower-league teams in the second round on Wednesday.
August 24, 2016
Bale targets Champions League final in Cardiff with Real Madrid
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale said on Wednesday he has an extra incentive to reach a third Champions League final in four years because the title game will be played in his hometown of Cardiff.
Man United will be Schweinsteiger's last European club
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says he will not play for another club in Europe despite being unable to seal a place in the squad under new manager Jose Mourinho.
ISL: Former Chelsea, Barcelona striker Gudjohnsen signs up for Pune FC
Hrithik Roshan co-owned Indian Super League team FC Pune City on Tuesday announced former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen as their marquee player for the 2016 edition of the league.
Pique expects Barcelona to benefit from Neymar's Olympic glow
Neymar should return to Spain with renewed enthusiasm after leading Brazil to their first soccer gold medal at an Olympic Games, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said.
Will Rooney sign up for American Major League Soccer?
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney would be a "great signing" for Major League Soccer, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said, adding that the 30-year-old still has plenty to offer.
Summer transfer window: Bale renews Real Madrid contract until 2021?
Real Madrid star striker Gareth Bale has reportedly been rewarded for his stellar performances with a new five-year contract that will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2021.
Petr Cech calls on Arsenal to stop 'silly' losses
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech believes that the Gunners need to stop silly losses against the teams they are expected to beat if they want to progress in the Premier League.
Woeful nine-man Roma miss out on Champions League group stage spot
AS Roma suffered another European humiliation on Tuesday when they had two players sent off, lost 3-0 at home to Porto and missed out on the Champions League group stage.
August 23, 2016
11-year-old Odisha slum-dweller to train at Bayern Munich academy
Defying all odds, an 11-year-old football prodigy from an impoverished area of Bhubaneswar has been selected to train at Germany's most iconic club Bayern Munich, as an academy player for two months.
EPL transfers: Manchester United youngster joins Wolves on loan
Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Wolves on a season-long loan, the Premier League club confirmed on Twitter.
ISL: Guwahati to host season-opener
The Indian Super League 2016 season will kick-off in Guwahati, Assam, with an opening ceremony and the season opening match.
EPL: Liverpool manager Klopp not pressing panic button yet
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp called for his players to "stay calm" and does not expect to expect wholesale changes against Burton Albion on Tuesday as they seek to quickly bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at Burnley.
August 21, 2016
Brazil soccer gold will be the memory Rio never forgets
In Brazil it will be the Olympic moment everyone remembers.
Rio Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil elusive soccer gold
Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men's soccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw following extra-time on Saturday.
Suarez treble and Messi double lift six-goal Barca
Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged two goals as Barcelona began their quest for a third straight La Liga title with a 6-2 rout of Real Betis on Saturday.
August 20, 2016
PHOTOS: Liverpool stunned by Burnley, Costa caps Chelsea comeback
Liverpool were sent spinning to a 2-0 defeat at promoted Burnley in the English Premier League on Saturday while Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at Watford thanks to late goals from Michy Batshuayi and Diego Costa.
August 19, 2016
EPL transfers: Pardew confirms Benteke move to Crystal Palace
Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is having a medical before completing his move to Crystal Palace, the London club's manager Alan Pardew said on Friday.
August 18, 2016
'Best midfielder' Pogba ready for United debut against Southampton
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that record signing Paul Pogba is ready to make his second Manchester United debut when Southampton visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Friday.
Marvellous Turan fires Barcelona to Super Cup glory
Two goals from Arda Turan and one from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup second leg on Wednesday to seal a 5-0 aggregate victory.
August 17, 2016
Brazil fans ask: What now for women's football?
Brazil's Olympic women's football team was showered with joyous attention until their heart-breaking semi-final elimination on Tuesday which brought forward a key question: Was the interest the start of something big or another false dawn?
Sweden beat Brazil in shoot-out to reach women's soccer final
Sweden beat Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the teams were locked goalless following extra-time on Tuesday to reach the final of the women's football tournament at the Rio Olympics.
August 15, 2016
Germany's Podolski ends international career
Germany's World Cup winner Lukas Podolski announced his retirement from international football on Monday, bringing to an end a glittering 12-year career.
EPL: Ibra scores in United victory; Liverpool edge Arsenal in thriller
Jose Mourinho's first Premier League game as manager of Manchester United ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Bournemouth on Sunday.
August 13, 2016
EPL: Champions Leicester stunned by Hull in opener; City win
Leicester City's Premier League title defence got off to a terrible start as they were beaten 2-1 at promoted Hull City, who shrugged off an injury crisis to shock the champions on the opening day of the new season on Saturday
Messi to come out of international retirement
Lionel Messi announced on Friday that he wants to return to play for the national team, reversing his decision to retire earlier this year.
August 12, 2016
EPL opponents playing defensive game: Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has accused Manchester United's Premier League rivals of playing a "defensive game" ahead of the coming campaign but is making no secret of his side's own title aspirations.
EPL: Pogba suspended for Manchester United opener
Manchester United will be without world record signing Paul Pogba for their Premier League opener against Bournemouth on Sunday due to a suspension, the Football Association said on Friday.
August 11, 2016
Rio Games: Brazil find form; Argentina and champs Mexico dumped out
After going two games without a goal and being booed off the field by their own fans, the Brazilian men's soccer team found their scoring touch at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over Denmark that sealed their place in the next round.
August 10, 2016
Barcelona squad is best ever, says Luis Enrique
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes his current squad is the strongest he has ever had and he is very confident of retaining the La Liga and King's Cup titles.
UEFA Super Cup: Carvajal helps Real win thriller against Sevilla
Dani Carvajal scored a stunning late goal as Champions League winners Real Madrid beat Europa League holders Sevilla 3-2 after extra-time in a UEFA Super Cup thriller in Trondheim, Norway on Tuesday.
August 09, 2016
City signing makes Stones world's second most expensive defender!
Manchester City have signed England centre back John Stones from Everton as new manager Pep Guardiola continues to reshape his side for the start of the English Premier League season.
De Boer replaces Mancini as Inter Milan coach
Inter Milan have appointed former Ajax Amsterdam manager Frank de Boer as their new head coach on a three-year contract replacing Roberto Mancini.
Pogba joins United for world record fee
France midfielder Paul Pogba has rejoined Manchester United from Italian champions Juventus on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year, the Premier League club said in a statement on Monday.
'Marta better than Neymar!' Brazil warming up to women footballers
Brazil's women's football team was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans in Manaus on Monday, as their performances and fame all of a sudden eclipsed that of their struggling male counterparts.
Real without Ronaldo, Bale, Kroos and Pepe for Super Cup
Real Madrid will be without forward pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, midfielder Toni Kroos and defender Pepe for Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup encounter with Sevilla in Trondheim, Norway.
August 08, 2016
Mourinho relieved to finally get his hands on Pogba
Jose Mourinho was delighted that Manchester United were on the brink of signing France midfielder Paul Pogba from Serie A champions Juventus, the Portuguese coach said on Sunday.
Furious fans turn on Brazil after second humiliating draw
Brazilian fans turned on the men's soccer team after a 0-0 draw with Iraq on Sunday that left them in serious danger of exiting at the first stage of the Olympics.
August 06, 2016
UEFA Best Player award: Vote
Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are in the running with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
August 05, 2016
EPL: Did Mourinho just confirm Pogba's arrival to Old Trafford?
Jose Mourinho has dropped a heavy hint that Paul Pogba's protracted transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is close to completion.
Liverpool will keep players to mount title challenge: Klopp
Liverpool are determined to end the trend of selling their best players during the close season in order to build a squad capable of consistently challenging for major honours, manager Juergen Klopp said.
Europa League: West Ham start life at new home with emphatic win
West Ham United marked their first match at the Olympic Stadium with a 3-0 win over Slovenian side NK Domzale, Cheikhou Kouyate scoring twice to help secure a place in the Europa League playoff round.
Brazil held goalless in opener, Argentina lose to Portugal
Brazil failed to make a winning start despite home advantage, a multi-million dollar strike force and a man advantage as they were held 0-0 by South Africa in their opening soccer match at the Rio Olympics on Thursday.
August 04, 2016
Brazil's women kick-off Games soccer with easy win
Brazil got off to a winning start in their home Olympics on Wednesday when the women's soccer team beat China 3-0 in host city Rio de Janeiro. Although the opening ceremony takes place on Friday, the soccer competitions began ahead of time with six women's matches on Wednesday and another eight men's games on Thursday.
UEFA Champions League: Classy Klaassen helps Ajax progress
Former European Cup winners Celtic and Ajax Amsterdam safely negotiated tricky Champions League third-round qualifying ties on Wednesday to move one step away from the lucrative group stage.
August 03, 2016
Ibrahimovic says Rooney is 'perfect partner'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing alongside Wayne Rooney at Manchester United and described his new team mate as the "perfect partner for a striker".
Two Slovenian footballers killed in car crash
UEFA have offered their support to Slovenian club Maribor following the deaths of two of their young players in a car crash on Tuesday.
August 02, 2016
Zico arrives in Goa; ends speculation over ISL future
Brazilian legend Zico arrived in Goa on Tuesday and was accorded a warm welcome by the FC Goa officials, laying all speculation to rest that he will not return back for the third edition of the ISL after the tournament's regulatory committee's decision.
New coach Bauza plans to woo Messi back for Argentina
Argentina's new coach Edgardo Bauza has set his mind to wooing Lionel Messi back from international retirement as he ponders his squad for next month's South American 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Argentina pick Bauza as coach
Argentina, still reeling from the shock resignations of captain Lionel Messi and coach Gerardo Martino, have chosen Edgardo Bauza as their new coach, the Argentine FA said on Monday.
August 01, 2016
Conte unsure of Costa's future at Chelsea
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is uncertain about the future of Diego Costa, as Spanish media reports have linked the striker with a possible return to Atletico Madrid.
Wenger hoping injured Gunners regain fitness in time for new season
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be fully fit in time for the start of the Premier League season after the midfielder struggled with a knee injury last campaign.
Zidane insists Morata is staying at Real Madrid
Real Madrid have no intention of making a quick profit on striker Alvaro Morata after the Champions League winners opted to take him back to the Bernabeu from Juventus last month, the Spanish side's manager Zinedine Zidane has said.
July 31, 2016
'Unfinished business' at Leicester made Vardy decision easy
Rejecting a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal was an easy decision for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy because he has "unfinished business" with the champions.
Olympics warm up: Brazil record easy win over Japan
Brazil scored twice in a dominant first half to beat Japan 2-0 in their final Olympic warmup friendly on Saturday before they begin their bid for a first soccer gold medal at next month's home Games.
Messi quiet but Barcelona stroll past Celtic
A blond-haired Lionel Messi failed to get on the scoresheet but it hardly mattered as under-strength Barcelona taught Celtic a footballing lesson in a Dublin friendly.
Friendly: Massive crowds in Michigan as Ronaldo-less Real beat Chelsea
A near-record crowd of 105,826 saw Real Madrid score three first-half goals and hang on for a 3-2 win against Chelsea in a friendly at Michigan Stadium on Saturday. The attendance was less than 4,000 shy of the United States record attendance for a soccer match, set two years ago at the same stadium in Ann Arbor when 109,318 watched Real Madrid and Manchester United square off.
Debutant Ibra's stunner takes centre stage in United's friendly win
Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a superb goal just four minutes into his Manchester United debut and promised that there would be much more to come after they thrashed Turkish side Galatasaray 5-2 in a friendly in Gothenburg on Saturday.
July 30, 2016
Mourinho waxes eloquent about 'humble, friendly' Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing a pivotal role in creating a friendly atmosphere in the Manchester United dressing room, manager Jose Mourinho has said, adding that the striker should not restrict his role in the squad to goalscorer.
50th anniversary of WC win leaves English football with mixed feelings
Fifty years on from the greatest day in the history of English football, pessimists fear that the prospect of becoming world champions again is as remote as it has ever been.
July 29, 2016
Soccer: Northern Irish striker Lafferty charged for betting
Norwich City and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has been charged with a betting offence, the Football Association said on Friday.
Ireland keeper Given hangs gloves on international career
Goalkeeper Shay Given has decided to retire from international football at the age of 40 after representing Ireland for more than two decades.
What you must know about Germany legend Schweinsteiger
Factbox on Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who announced his retirement from international football on Friday.
Germany's Schweinsteiger retires from international football
German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired from international football, he announced on Friday, saying he was disappointed to have not finished his career with a win at Euro 2016 in France.
How Sturridge plans to stave off injury
Daniel Sturridge has said manager Juergen Klopp has put the Liverpool squad through the "most intense" pre-season of his career with the England striker pushing himself to the limit in a bid to avoid another injury-disrupted campaign.
3 things Chelsea must do in new season
New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged his players to retain the aggressiveness they have shown during the pre-season, saying that the combative nature of the game was essential to the style of play he is looking to impose at the club. How Juventus's most expensive player plans to repay the massive fee...
Gonzalo Higuain aims to repay Juventus for splashing out 90 million euros ($99.74 million) to sign him from Napoli and make the Argentina striker the third most expensive player in world football.
July 28, 2016
Manchester City boss Guardiola confirms interest in Stones, Sane
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he is interested in signing Everton's young centre back John Stones, who has been linked with a 50 million-pounds ($65.72 million) move to the Etihad Stadium.
Cahill vows to fight for England future under Allardyce
Defender Gary Cahill has said he is ready to prove his worth to new England manager Sam Allardyce to retain his place in the national team.
July 27, 2016
FA Cup to allow fourth substitute in extra-time
Teams progressing to the latter stages of the FA Cup next season will be allowed to field a fourth substitute in extra time, the English Football Association (FA) announced on Wednesday.
'Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target'
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club.
Why pizzas are off the menu for Manchester City players...
Pizzas are off the menu for Manchester City players as manager Pep Guardiola has imposed strict weight parameters on the squad breaching which will result in training bans, left back Gael Clichy has said.
July 26, 2016
Higuain joins Juventus from Napoli in third biggest transfer ever
Juventus have completed the signing of Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.
Will new manager Allardyce convert England's potential into reality?
New manager Sam Allardyce said the days of talking about England's potential are over and it has to become reality as he looked ahead to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
July 25, 2016
Former India footballer Marto Gracias passes away
Former India football player Marto Gracias died in Mumbai on Sunday following a cardiac arrest, according to informed sources.
Delta Corp chairman Mody buys 65 percent stake in FC Goa
Jaydev Mody, chairman of Delta Corp, has bought the 65 per cent stake jointly held by Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo in the FC Goa football team, which is part of the Indian Super League.
July 24, 2016
Higuain feels the wrath of Napoli fans over reported move to Juventus
Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is feeling the wrath of the club's fans following widespread reports he is about to jump ship and join bitter rivals Juventus.
Mourinho hopes to avoid injuries on poor pitch in China
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is more worried about avoiding injuries on a poor pitch in Beijing than he is about winning their pre-season derby against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup (ICC). England boss Allardyce convinced the time is right for him
New England manager Sam Allardyce believes it is just the right time in his career for him to be taking on what some have called the impossible job.
'Pogba is not worth 86 million pounds'
Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
July 23, 2016
Captain Rooney says Allardyce is a 'good appointment'
England captain Wayne Rooney has welcomed the appointment of Sam Allardyce as national team manager and confirmed he is not planning on retiring from international football after the country's disappointing showing at the European Championship.
Sunderland appoint Moyes as Allardyce's replacement
Sunderland named David Moyes as their new manager on Saturday, replacing Sam Allardyce who was appointed as England manager.
Giggs on Futsal: I have learnt a lot and enjoyed it
Former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has compared futsal with Twenty20 cricket.
July 22, 2016
Allardyce 'honoured' to become England manager
Sam Allardyce has been named England manager on a two-year contract, the Football Association said in a statement on Friday.
FC Goa co-owners Dempo, Salgaocar 'quit' ISL. Was the move pre-planned?
FC Goa co-owners Srinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar withdrew their stakes from the franchise, on Friday, surprisingly soon after the Indian Super League Appeals Panel lifted the ban on the duo for "bringing disrepute" to the tournament following last year's final.
Mata is a good player and he has space in the United squad: Mou
There is space for Juan Mata at Manchester United but the midfielder must fight to break into the first team, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
July 21, 2016
'Messi will arrive as always with enthusiasm to play'
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique expects Lionel Messi to bounce back from a difficult summer with his usual enthusiasm -- and does not rule out a return to international football.
Why Germany striker Gomez was forced to leave Turkish club Besiktas
Germany forward Mario Gomez is leaving Turkish champions Besiktas due to the volatile political situation in the country, he said on Wednesday.
July 20, 2016
Conte pours cold water on Costa transfer speculation
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte indicated that striker Diego Costa will stay at the club, despite a series of reports in the Spanish media linking him with a return to Atletico Madrid.
July 19, 2016
Nobody can match Messi's level, says Xavi
Barcelona legend Xavi believes nobody will ever be able to replace his former teammate Lionel Messi with respect to his abilities and achievements. Comparing the Argentine with Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi said that Messi was way above the Portugal's Euro 2016 winner.
Hull boss Bruce is second manager to be interviewed for England job
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has been interviewed by a three-man Football Association (FA) panel for the England manager's job, according to British media reports.
Why Ranieri is not losing sleep over Leicester's title defence
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is not losing sleep over his team's Premier League title defence and believes the pressure to succeed is more on the new managers of the big-name clubs.
Three reasons why Xhaka is the 'perfect signing' for Arsenal
Defender Per Mertesacker expects Granit Xhaka to set the tempo from the Arsenal engine room this season and described him as the 'perfect signing' for the club.
Dortmund in talks with Bayern over Goetze return
Borussia Dortmund have started transfer talks with Bayern Munich over attacking midfielder Mario Goetze's possible return to Westfalenstadion, according to a media report.
Ronaldo vows to come back stronger after injury
Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo said that he intends to come back stronger for the upcoming season.
July 18, 2016
No regrets for Vicente del Bosque as he leaves Spain post
Outgoing Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no regrets as he prepares to leave his post at the end of July after eight years in charge during which they won the World Cup and Euro 2012.
Ronaldinho leaves for Brazil, not to play Goa leg of Futsal
Brazilian great Ronaldinho, who enthralled the crowd with his deft skills during the first two matches of the Premier Futsal will not be a part of the Goa leg as he has left for his country.
La Liga players dominate UEFA's Best Player in Europe shortlist
La Liga players dominate this year's Best Player in Europe shortlist, announced by the continent's governing body UEFA on Monday, with seven of the top 10 contenders for the prestigious award currently plying their trade in Spain.
Euro 2016: Thousands arrested in global football gambling raids
More than 4,000 people have been arrested worldwide and more than $13 million seized across Asia in operations targeting illegal gambling during the Euro 2016 football tournament, Interpol said on Monday.
Will Pogba stay at Juventus?
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is confident Paul Pogba will stay put at the club despite talks about the French midfielder leaving for England or Spain.
Robben out for six weeks; Klopp hopes Matip injury not serious
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been ruled out for around six weeks after sustaining a groin muscle injury in Saturday's friendly against lower division side Lippstadt, the Bundesliga champions said.
Find out who won the battle of Chelsea 'old boys'
Frank Lampard scored for the fifth time in six games and claimed bragging rights over former Chelsea team mate Didier Drogba as New York City FC beat Montreal Impact 3-1 in Major League Soccer on Sunday.
July 17, 2016
Messi still the best despite international failures: Ronaldinho
Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world despite never winning a major international trophy for Argentina, former Barcelona team mate and Brazil great Ronaldinho said on Sunday.
Messi is to Neymar, what I was to Messi: Ronaldinho
Former Brazilian great Ronaldinho feels that Lionel Messi has been the perfect senior to Neymar at Barcelona, exactly the role played by him when the Argentine stalwart joined the first team of the Catalan giants more than a decade ago.
July 16, 2016
Premier Futsal: Late bloomers Kochi beat Mumbai 4-1
Led by their marquee player Michel Salgado, Kochi 5s thrashed Mumbai 5s 4-1 in their Premier Futsal match in Chennai on Saturday.
July 15, 2016
Umtiti hungry to learn after 'dream move' to Barcelona
France international Samuel Umtiti has completed a "dream move" to Barcelona knowing he is not guaranteed a first-team place but says he is willing to learn to prove his potential.
Futsal: Giggs's Mumbai record opening win; Ronaldinho's Goa go down
Football legends Ryan Giggs and Hernan Crespo led from the front in Mumbai 5's and Kolkata 5's identical 4-2 wins over Chennai and Goa respectively, in the inaugural Premier Futsal League that got off to a grand start at the floodlight Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium in Chennai on Friday.
Belgium sack coach Wilmots after Euros disappointment
Belgium sacked national coach Marc Wilmots on Friday after their highly fancied team of talents failed to advance beyond the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 this month, Belgian FA president Francois De Keersmaecker said.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 'El Clasico' set for December
Spanish soccer's 'El Clasico' encounters between Barcelona and Real Madrid will happen in December and April, two of the most anticipated games of the 2016-17 Primera Division season whose fixtures were announced on Friday.
Eager Nani sets sights on Valencia's European return
Nani, who was recently crowned European champion with Portugal, wants to help bring the good times back to new club Valencia.
Kluivert to act as PSG's director of football
French champions Paris St Germain have appointed former Netherlands international Patrick Kluivert as the club's director of football, the Ligue 1 side said. Will Diego Forlan play for Atletico de Kolkata?
Former Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan's is widely speculated to become the marquee player of Atletico de Kolkata for the third season of ISL but the team owners remained tight-lipped on the subject.
July 14, 2016
Pogba tips Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or glory
Amid increasing speculation surrounding his potential move to Real Madrid, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba believes that Cristiano Ronaldo should win the coveted Ballon d'Or trophy following victories in the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals.
Terry will remain Chelsea's captain, says new manager Conte
Long-serving defender John Terry will remain Chelsea's captain in the coming season, new manager Antonio Conte said on Thursday at his first news conference since joining the Premier League club.
Juventus set to sign defender Benatia from Bayern Munich
Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia has arrived in Turin for a medical as he looks to complete a switch from Bayern Munich to Juventus, the Serie A champions said on Thursday. No Champions League, no problem!
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes lack of European football will be an advantage for the club in the Premier League and same will be the case for Chelsea.
FC Goa sanctions: Verdict on ISL final fiasco deferred
Former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Kshitij Vyas, will pronounce his verdict next week over FSDL and FC Goa's appeal against sanctions imposed on them by Indian Super League's Regulatory Commission for boycotting the prize distribution ceremony following last edition's Indian Super League final.
Sunderland boss in talks over England manager's job
Sunderland have given permission to the Football Association (FA) to speak to manager Sam Allardyce about the vacant England post, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Brazil football legend Ronaldinho arrives in India for Premier Futsal
Former Brazilian superstar footballer Ronaldinho arrived in India late on Wednesday to participate in the Virat-Kohli backed Premier Futsal.
July 13, 2016
Liverpool to be without recovering Sakho for EPL opener against Arsenal
One player who is unlikely to be lining up for Liverpool for their Premier League opener against Arsenal on August 14 is defender Mamadou Sakho, who underwent treatment for a long-standing Achilles problem.
Neymar claims 2014 World Cup injury 'nearly ended career'
Brazil star striker Neymar has claimed that the severe back injury he had suffered at the 2014 World Cup could have brought a premature end to his booming career.
Klopp minces no words about Balotelli's Liverpool future
Manager Juergen Klopp has told Mario Balotelli that with so much competition for places up front at Liverpool he should look for another club.
United veteran Rooney 'motivated' by Mourinho's arrival at Old Trafford
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits the arrival of Jose Mourinho has given him added motivation for the season ahead.
July 12, 2016
Germany's coach Loew to stay on despite Euro disappointment
Germany's Joachim Loew said he would stay on to lead the World Cup winners to their title defence in Russia in 2018 despite an initial hesitation on whether to continue after a disappointing semi-final defeat to France last week at the Euro 2016.
Giggs, Ronaldinho to kick-off Premier Futsal on July 15
Brazilian football great Ronaldinho and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will kick-off Premier Futsal, the world's first multi-national tournament, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on July 15.
Tottenham sign Dutch striker Janssen
Tottenham Hotspur have signed Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. New manager Ancelotti feeling no pressure at Bayern
New Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has no plans to rip up the foundations laid by predecessor Pep Guardiola and says he will look to continue the club's tradition of attacking football when the season kicks off in August.
Euro 2016: Team of the Tournament revealed; Bale misses out
The Euro 2016 has come to an end with Portugal defeating hosts France on Sunday to lift their biggest football title. UEFA, the organising body of European Championships has now revealed the Team of the Tournament for Euro 2016.
Dimitri Payet is worth 50 million pounds!
Dimitri Payet is worth not a penny less that 50 million pounds ($65.3 million), West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has said, but even that might not be enough to prise the France midfielder away from the London club.
Schweinsteiger, Ivanovic spotted in Venice for their wedding
Germany and Manchester United's football star Bastian Schweinsteiger and his fiancée tennis ace Ana Ivanovic are reportedly getting married today (June 12) in Venice.
Pogba may stay at Juventus, says agent
Paul Pogba may stay put at Juventus despite talks about the French midfielder's possible move to England or Spain, his agent Mino Raiola has said.
Barcelona play down Messi exit rumours
Lionel Messi is not interested in leaving Barcelona in the wake of his sentencing for tax fraud, according to club spokesman Josep Vives.
July 11, 2016
Antoine Griezmann named player of the European Championship
France forward Antoine Griezmann was named player of the tournament on Monday after leading the Euro 2016 hosts to Sunday's final where they lost to Portugal in extra time.
Euro 2016: Champions Portugal fly home to hero's welcome
Thousands of fans greeted Euro 2016 champions Portugal as they landed in Lisbon on Monday, chanting the name of goal hero Eder, whose extra-time screamer sealed the 1-0 victory over France.
Expanded Euro format did Portugal a favour
The expanded European soccer Championship format with 24 teams in the finals instead of 16 contributed to fairytale runs by so-called minnows at Euro 2016 but also helped Portugal lift their first major trophy.
Euro 2016: How Portugal proved they are not one man army
Portugal proved they can flourish without their talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo, at least on the pitch, in beating France to win Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Tear gas, water cannon used at fan zone
French police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of people trying to enter the "fan zone" at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to watch the final of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament on Sunday evening to prevent overcrowding.
It's ours! Portuguese media hails Euro 2016 triumph
Portugal's triumphant soccer team arrive home later on Monday on a plane named after the country's late football legend Eusebio and will continue their celebrations after the dramatic win over hosts France in the Euro 2016 final.
Wenger does not rule out England job after Arsenal deal ends
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is open to managing England but will not break his current contract with the Premier League club.
Ronaldo's five records in Euro history
Cristiano Ronaldo is a colossal figure in club football having completed a hat-trick of Champions League (1 Manchester United, 2 Real Madrid) victories.
Euro: Portugal wonderkid Renato Sanches wins Young Player award
Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches has been named as the Young Player of the Tournament at UEFA Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: One of the happiest moments of my career, says Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo wept tears of despair then tears of joy as Portugal stunned host France to lift the 2016 Euro Title in Paris. The Portuguese talisman has won everything at club level with Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Euro 2016: Antoine Griezmann wins Golden Boot
Griezmann finished on the losing side in the Euro final but the France forward won the Golden Boot after finishing top scorer with six goals.
There are no words to comfort my players, says France coach
France coach Didier Deschamps did not hide his bitter disappointment after finding himself on the losing end of a final for a change on Sunday.
Losing to Ronaldo again sucks, says Griezmann
Losing a final to Cristiano Ronaldo has become an unfortunate habit for Antoine Griezmann and he is not happy about it.
Ronaldo the cheerleader or assistant manager?
When you're a star as big as Cristiano Ronaldo, it's very difficult to fade into the background.
Ronaldo goes from agony to ecstasy as Portugal triumph
He has won it all at club level and has three world player of the year awards but on Sunday Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated as never before -- with tears of joy streaming down his face after his Portugal beat France 1-0 to win the European Championship.
Ronaldo celebrates Euro win with Ferguson
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his nation's maiden Euro 2016 victory with a special man.
Jubilant Portugal fans hit the streets after Euro triumph
Portugal erupted into jubilation on Sunday as the country defeated France to win the Euro 2016, its first major international soccer championship.
Euro final: When Ronaldo's prediction came true
Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Portugal's Euro 2016 hero Eder would score the winning goal in their 1-0 extra-time triumph over France and gave him the encouragement to settle Sunday's final.
Portugal beat France to win Euro 2016 title
Portugal won their first Euro title after defeating France 1-0 at the Stade de France in Paris on Sunday.
'Messi' moth buzzing around Ronaldo breaks Twitter
As Ronaldo cried over his fate while the moth sat on his eye, some smart folk decided to create a meme out of the situation.
Rosberg handed time penalty, loses second place
Nico Rosberg had his Formula One world championship lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton cut to one point after the German was demoted from second to third place in the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
July 10, 2016
Virat Kohli-backed Premier Futsal unsanctioned: AIFF
The All India Football Federation said on Sunday that the unsanctioned Premier Futsal, scheduled to begin on July 15, will create unnecessary issues and also expressed serious doubts about the survival of the tournament.
Euro 2016: Portugal look to spoil French party in final
Hosts France are aiming to win their third European Championship on Sunday when they face Portugal in the Euro 2016 final with the outcome potentially hinging on the teams' attacking talismans Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona launch campaign backing sentenced Messi
Barcelona have launched a campaign in support of Lionel Messi and his father Jorge after the Argentine pair were sentenced to prison terms this week over tax fraud.
France's Sagna, Lloris relish end of long journey back to the top
A lot has changed for France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris and defender Bacary Sagna since they were part of the team that left the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in disgrace.
July 09, 2016
French President believes Euro win would boost nation's morale
A victory for France over Portugal in Sunday's European soccer Championship final would give the country a welcome morale boost, French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.
Euro final: French defender Sagna 'not afraid' of Ronaldo challenge
France right back Bacary Sagna will face the daunting task of keeping a close eye on Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday's Euro 2016 final.
'Griezmann in same league as Ronaldo, Messi'
France right back Bacary Sagna said teammate Antoine Griezmann now belonged to the same elite club as the Portugal forward.
Euro final: Portugal boosted by return of Pepe to training
Euro 2016 finalists Portugal received a boost on Saturday when central defender Pepe trained with his teammates and appeared to be free of any injury problems.
Meet Deschamps, France football's coach-cum-philosopher
Didier Deschamps, who captained France to both World Cup and European triumphs, shared some of his sports psychology secrets on Saturday on the eve of his French side's Euro 2016 final against Portugal.
The No 7 shirt set to take centre stage at Euro 2016 final
The fate of Sunday's intriguing European Championship final between France and Portugal weighs largely on two men wearing the number seven shirt, one already at the top of the game and the other one getting there fast.
Boyish Griezmann shapes himself into France's superhero at Euro
The 25-year-old striker, who stands 1.76 metres tall, caught the eye on the big stage against Germany, driving home a penalty at the end of the first half before poking in the ball on 72 minutes following a rare blunder by Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Ronaldo has the opportunity to leave Messi in the shade
Wales welcomed home by hundreds of thousands of fans
Chris Coleman's team, featuring in a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup, exceeded all expectations by reaching the semi-finals in France before being knocked out by Portugal.
July 08, 2016
I want City to play beautiful football, says Guardiola
New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come to England to prove himself and wants to produce the "beautiful football" for which his teams are famed, he told reporters on Friday.
Euro: Griezmann and Ronaldo clash in final for second time in 6 weeks
When France meet Portugal in Sunday's Euro 2016 final, the outcome is likely to depend on the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann -- the second time the two players have clashed with a European trophy at stake in six weeks.
Will Real, Barca, Bayern join tournament to rival Champions League?
The group is seeking support in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany by promising more places in an enlarged tournament and higher revenues from broadcasting rights, Marco Bogarelli, the strategic director of Wanda Sports Holding, the Chinese group's sports arm, told the newspaper.
Czech veteran Cech announces international retirement
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech announced his retirement from international soccer on Friday following his country's group stage exit at Euro 2016. Spanish court drops fraud investigation against Neymar
Spain's High Court said on Friday it had dropped a fraud and corruption investigation into Brazilian soccer captain and Barcelona player Neymar saying no crime had been committed.
Blatter's appeal against six-year FIFA ban to be heard on August 25
An appeal by former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six-year ban from all soccer-related activities will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 25, CAS said on its website on Friday.
Euro: Deschamps bids for captain and coach double
Didier Deschamps has let his hair go grey naturally since the last time he picked up a European title 16 years ago.
Euro: Griezmann extends lead over Ronaldo for Golden Boot
Following his heroics against world champions Germany in the semifinal at Marseille, France forward Antoine Griezmann has emerged as a clear favourite to bag the Golden Boot award at the 2016 European Championship.
Euro: 5 reasons why World champions Germany failed
World champions Germany will not be present at the Euro 2016 final in Paris after being knocked out by hosts France 0-2 at Marseille.
Why this Argentina coach quit his club after just TWO days!
Former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa resigned as manager of Lazio after just two days in charge, the Italian Serie A club said in a statement on Friday.
Juergen Klopp signs Liverpool extension
Manager Juergen Klopp has extended his contract with Liverpool, less than a year since joining the club, the English Premier League side announced on Friday.
England's Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final
England's Mark Clattenburg will be the referee for Sunday's European Championship final between France and Portugal at the Stade de France, governing body UEFA said on Friday.
Is Pogba 'perfect' for Manchester United?
Paul Pogba could spearhead Manchester United's Premier League title challenge if the playmaker can be lured back to Old Trafford, the club's former midfielder Paul Ince has said.
France again have a hero, a striker who can make them win tournaments
France have found a new hero in Antoine Griezmann and the striker has his eyes firmly set on lifting the Euro 2016 trophy after his two goals fired Les Bleus past Germany on Thursday and into the final.
We were the better team, says beaten Germany coach Loew
Germany were the better team in their 2-0 loss to France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday, coach Joachim Loew said as he cursed his team's bad luck for costing them a place in the final.
Euro 2016: What France must do before the final...
France may have ousted rivals Germany for the first time in 58 years but it will mean nothing if they lose Sunday's Euro 2016 final against a Portugal team that have had more recovery time, said Didier Deschamps.
How France hero Griezmann swapped tears for joy...
Antoine Griezmann had plenty of painful memories to erase in Thursday's European Championship semi-final against Germany and he did that in style, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an historic 2-0 victory over the world champions.
Euro 2016: Griezmaan fires France past Germany to take on Portugal in final
Two goals from Antoine Griezmann helped hosts France overcome world champions Germany 2-0 on Thursday to reach the final of Euro 2016, a first competitive victory over their old rivals in 58 years.
July 07, 2016
Paraguay starlet Diaz eager to shine at Real Madrid
Paraguay starlet Sergio Diaz is thrilled to be moving to Real Madrid but has yet to find out if he will join the first team squad for pre-season training or play for the club's Castilla reserve side, he told Spanish media. Euro 2016: Santos orchestrates Portugal's tactical renaissance
Portugal head into Sunday's Euro 2016 final after another disciplined performance, proving again in their 2-0 win over Wales that they perform like a well-rehearsed orchestra rather than a solo act. Tevez turns down West ham's offer to become their best-paid player
West Ham United's bid to re-sign Carlos Tevez stalled because of the striker's salary demands, the Premier League side's co-chairman David Sullivan has said.
How the Portuguese press reacted to Ronaldo's heroics...
Portugal's press gave a big salute to Cristiano Ronaldo and the entire national team on Thursday after their 2-0 win over Wales clinched a return to the European Championship final for the first time in 12 years.
This is what Ronaldo told Bale after the semis...
Cristiano Ronaldo was seen consoling Gareth Bale after the final whistle, and he also congratulated the Welshman.
Euro 2016: Three main reasons why Wales lost...
Wales manager Chris Coleman said he was 'immensely proud' of his team after their hopes of reaching the Euro 2016 final were dashed by a brief lapse of focus during a 2-0 defeat by Portugal on Wednesday.
Look who is backing Allardyce as England boss!
Sam Allardyce is the obvious candidate to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager if the FA decide to go with a home-grown candidate for the job, former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has said.
Cristiano Ronaldo's most modest quote!
Cristiano Ronaldo said he is not obsessed by breaking records and believes Portugal have reached the Euro 2016 final thanks to a team effort after they beat Wales in the last four on Wednesday.
'Time to give Portugal some credit'
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was time to give credit to his team after their 2-0 win over Wales took them to the Euro 2016 final on Wednesday.
Messi's conviction, a dent in Tata Motors' plan?
Tata Motors might have to rethink its association with sportstar Lionel Messi.
Love him, loathe him but Ronaldo delivers on big stage!
There is no denying Cristiano Ronaldo delivers when it matters most.
Euro 2016: Ronaldo, Nani power Portugal into final
Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani struck in quick succession early in the second half to fire Portugal to a 2-0 win over Wales in the first Euro 2016 semi-final on Wednesday.
Ronaldo ties record for all-time Euro goals
Portugal hero Cristiano Ronaldo has created another record after scoring the first goal in the 2-0 victory against Wales in the semi-final of 2016 Euro Championship.
Euro: Germany can draw on Brazil rout to offset home advantage
In the history of football there has been no more devastating nullification of supposed home advantage than Germany's 7-1 humbling of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, so playing France in Marseille holds no fears for the world champions.
July 06, 2016
Inter Milan sign Argentina midfielder Banega
Inter Milan have signed Argentina midfielder Ever Banega on a three-year contract, the Serie A club said on Wednesday. Manchester United players begin life under Mourinho
As the black-tinted sports cars carrying Manchester United's millionaire footballers rolled into the club's Carrington complex for the start of pre-season training on Wednesday, no one wound down any windows to discuss the start of life under Jose Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan signs for Man United on four-year deal
Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Manchester United from German club Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Euro 2016: France bid to end 58-year run of losing to Germans
Coach Didier Deschamps believes his players are ready to write a new page in the history of French football at Euro 2016 on Thursday when the hosts attempt to beat Germany for the first time for 58 years in a competitive match.
Griezmann and Pogba step into massive boots of Platini and Zidane
Used to relying heavily on one key player for their European glory in the past -- Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane in the 1984 and 2000 tournaments respectively -- French fans have two talented players on whom to pin their hopes at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: High payoff for Marc Wilmots a hurdle for Belgian FA
A payoff of at least one million euros ($1.11 million) for Belgium soccer manager Marc Wilmots could be a problem and the national federation does not have the means to hire a big name to replace him, the federation's head said.
Messi sentenced to 21 months in prison, unlikely to serve time
Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after a court in Barcelona found him guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a statement from the court said on Wednesday.
Manchester United is the right club for Mourinho: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be a "massive improvement" on predecessor Louis van Gaal, according to former Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson.
Zambrotta named head coach of Delhi-based ISL side
Italian 2006 World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta has been appointed as the new head coach of Delhi Dynamos, the Indian Super League (ISL) side announced in a statement.
Euro 2016: Germany forced to make key changes for semi-final
Germany coach Joachim Loew has been forced to make changes to his team for Thursday's semi-final against hosts France at Euro 2016 because of injuries and a suspension, including replacing key goalscorer Mario Gomez.
Euro 2016: Greek lessons and pragmatism key to Portugal's progress
Having reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals without winning a game in 90 minutes it is probably time for Portugal fans to stop worrying about their misfiring forwards and instead give credit to the coach and defenders who have got the to the last four.
Euro 2016: UEFA tells Wales to keep their children off the pitch
The sight of Welsh players bringing kids on to the pitch after their quarter-final victory over Belgium at the European Championship last week may have warmed the hearts of millions around the world, but for UEFA it appears to have been a step too far.
Euro 2016: Portugal defender Pepe doubtful for semi-final
Centre-half Pepe is doubtful for Portugal's Euro 2016 semi-final against Wales on Wednesday and a decision on his fitness will be made in the morning.
Flashback PHOTOS: Semi-finalists Portugal at the Euros
Here is a look at what happened in their previous Euro semis...
July 05, 2016
Coach Martino quits over Argentine FA leadership problems
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino resigned on Tuesday citing a leadership vacuum at the Argentine FA (AFA) and problems trying to pick an 18-man squad for the Olympic soccer tournament in Rio de Janeiro in August, the AFA said.
UEFA deems new 24-team Euro format a success
UEFA believes the 24-team format introduced for the first time at Euro 2016 is a success and will boost soccer in some of the continent's smaller nations, tournament director Martin Kallen said on Tuesday.
Time for German youngsters to step up against 'favourites' France
France are favourites in the Euro 2016 semi-final against injury-hit Germany but the world champions' absences will not affect their game, with a string of youngsters ready to step up, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: How they celebrated at Euro 2016
Rediff.com presents a flashback of those moments at Euro 2016 that personify pure ecstasy...
'I want to win matches, everything,' declares Mourinho
Jose Mourinho, unveiled as Manchester United's new manager on Tuesday, declared he is a winner who aims to return the club to its traditional position of dominance.
Football Transfers: Barcelona buy back Suarez from Villarreal
Spanish champions Barcelona have exercised the buy-back clause to re-sign midfielder Denis Suarez from Villarreal, the Catalan club announced on Monday.
Euro: Ronaldo, Bale take different approaches to leadership role
In playing terms, both are the leaders of their teams but they take very different approaches to their role. While Bale is widely acclaimed as an inspiration for his national team, Ronaldo's influence on Portugal is the subject of debate.
Euro: Wales out to inflict more semi-final woe on Portugal
It will be virgin territory for Wales when they face Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-finals yet their opponents could be forgiven a sense of deja vu as they step on to the pitch in Lyon on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Bale plays down importance of Ronaldo duel
Gareth Bale says Wales' Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal on Wednesday will not be decided by his personal duel with Real Madrid team mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
July 04, 2016
Land of geysers and glaciers can generate footballers too
Iceland's run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 showed that a Nordic island known for its volcanoes and pioneering geothermal power has the potential to generate plenty of its own talented footballers too.
Euro 2016: France euphoria is extra motivation, says German coach Leow
The host nation's bulging euphoria over France's Euro 2016 semi-final qualification is added motivation for Germany as they prepare to face them on Thursday, coach Joachim Loew said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Portugal defender Pepe misses training
Portugal defender Pepe missed a training session on Monday as a precaution after suffering a problem with his thigh, a team spokesman told reporters. Why Wales boss refuses to consider England job...
Wales manager Chris Coleman has poured cold water on the possibility of him filling the England manager's post recently vacated by Roy Hodgson.
Euro 2016: Who will win the Golden Boot award?
The race for Golden Boot award at the 2016 Euro Championship heats up with French players occupying the top three spots ahead of the semi-final round.
Euro 2016: Meet the four semi-finalists
Hosts France have sealed the last semi-final spot and will meet World Champions Germany in a mouth-watering clash at Marseille.
How UEFA can avoid repeat of Euro 2016 violence...
Russia was among 14 countries which signed a convention between the Council of Europe and European soccer body UEFA on Sunday aimed at stopping a repeat of fan violence which has marred Euro 2016. Euro 2016: Why Germany should be wary of France
After tweaking his formation and starting lineup at Euro 2016, France coach Didier Deschamps seems to have found the perfect formula at just the right time.
New City boss Guardiola aims to prove himself in England
New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no intention of ditching the methods that brought him success in Spain and Germany and wants to prove it is possible to win in the Premier League by playing attractive football. How Iceland's historic journey came to an end...
Iceland failed to use their brains in Sunday's 5-2 defeat to France at Euro 2016, joint coach Lars Lagerback said, though he spoke with pride of the team's achievements in getting to the quarter-finals in their first tournament appearance.
After ending Iceland's dream, Germany next on France's platter
France's players immediately turned their minds to a semi-final with Germany on Thursday after putting Iceland to the sword in a 5-2 win at Euro 2016.
Here's why Olivier Giroud is trending...
Forward Olivier Giroud, jeered by France supporters barely a month ago, won them over on Sunday with what he described as his best performance for his country in a major tournament, scoring twice in the 5-2 win over Iceland at Euro 2016.
Euro: Germany's Gomez out; Khedira, Schweinsteiger doubtful for semis
Germany's Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the rest of Euro 2016 with a thigh muscle injury while Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger are doubtful after being injured in Saturday's quarter-final win over Italy.
July 03, 2016
Arteta joins Manchester City coaching staff
Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has joined ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola's coaching staff, the Premier League club said on Sunday.
Latest summer transfers: Chelsea sign Belgian forward Batshuayi
Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has signed a five-year contract with Paris St Germain, the French champions said in a statement on Sunday.
Why Italy's Conte is Euro's most flamboyant boss...
Antonio Conte far exceeded expectations with a limited Italy squad at Euro 2016 and the coach, who is heading for pastures new at English club Chelsea, is likely to prove a tough act for replacement Giampiero Ventura to follow.
How German stars failed to shine but youth showed experience
Germany's younger generation can rightfully feel they are the ones to be trusted when the world champions line up for a Euro 2016 semi-final next week after they stood up to be counted in the country's first tournament victory over Italy on Saturday.
Argentina fans plead Messi to return to national team
Hundreds of Argentines protested in the pouring rain on Saturday, demanding that soccer star Lionel Messi return to Argentina's national team after he unexpectedly quit following a loss in the regional Copa America final.
Mournful Conte bids farewell to Italy, looking forward to Chelsea adventure
Antonio Conte bowed out as Italy coach on Saturday after a Euro 2016 shootout defeat by Germany sounding almost broken-hearted that he was leaving behind a "fantastic" group of players.
Germany v Italy: Was it the worst shootout in history of Euros?
Germany's players hailed their first victory against Italy in a major tournament as an exceptional moment in their history as they reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals by beating their old rivals 6-5 on penalties.
Meet the unexpected heroes of Germany
Germany coach Joachim Loew and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer praised the team's less experienced players for stepping up to convert in their dramatic penalty shootout against Italy, firing the world champions into the Euro 2016 final four.
Euro 2016: Germany beat Italy in epic penalty shootout
Germany defeated old rivals Italy 6-5 in a penalty shootout at Euro 2016 with a winning spot kick from Jonas Hector after the game finished 1-1 following extra time on Saturday to reach the semi-finals.
Euro 2016: We can win it, says Iceland captain
Captain Aron Gunnarsson says Iceland will take inspiration from fellow underdogs Wales when they take on hosts France in the quarter-finals on Sunday -- and the tiny country even believe they can win Euro 2016 outright.
July 02, 2016
Euro 2016: The day France laughed before playing Iceland
In September 1998, the France players nearly created a diplomatic incident before a game against Iceland when several of them burst out laughing during the national anthems. Mkhitaryan joins Mourinho revolution at Manchester United
Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund, the German club said on Saturday. Euro: 'Iceland deserve to be where they are'
France realise how dangerous Iceland can be from long throw-ins and have been working on ways to counter that weapon when they face the surprise packages of the European Championship in the quarter-finals, coach Didier Deschamps said on Saturday.
I-League exit: Salgaocar, Sporting Clube's demands before AIFF
Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa, who have pulled out of the I-League in protest against All India Football Federation's re-structuring proposals, have put up three demands before the AIFF if they have to reconsider their decision of withdrawal.
Euro 2016: Welsh underdogs revel in greatest night with Belgium win
Ecstatic Wales coach Chris Coleman praised his "soldiers" after a shock 3-1 win over Belgium at Euro 2016 took the country to their first major tournament semi-final, and said they could match anyone if they were not afraid to fail.
This tactical disaster cost Belgium at Euro 2016
Wales's Euro 2016 victory over Belgium, officially the second-best team in football, showed again that you can have all the attacking talent in the world but if you are weak at the back you will be found out at the highest level.
Euro: Wales demolish Belgium to reach first ever semi-final
Rampant Wales defeated Belgium 3-1 to reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals with a victory that included a sensational strike by Hal Robson-Kanu and a goal for captain Ashley Williams on Friday.
July 01, 2016
Polish progress eases pain of penalty heartache
Polish fans had bittersweet feelings about their quarter-final exit from Euro 2016 on Friday, frustrated by the shootout loss to Portugal but still rejoicing in their team's best run in a major tournament for decades.
It's a deal! Neymar signs five-year contract extension with Barcelona
Brazilian striker Neymar has extended his contract with Barcelona until June 2021, the Catalan club said in a statement on Friday.
Euro 2016: How minnows are causing upsets...
Whether it is Greece's victory at Euro 2004, Denmark's success in 1992 or Iceland's run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, the similarities between successful smaller countries and their approaches seem striking.
Talented players, dull matches... 'anything is possible' for Portugal
Portugal continue to be a paradox at Euro 2016, reaching the semi-finals without ever giving the kind of uplifting performance that their talented team should be capable of.
Gurpreet scripts Indian football history!
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's ground-breaking journey through uncharted territory reached the most important milestone as he became the first Indian
Euro Preview: Can Germany snap out of Italy nightmare?
Title contenders Germany will come face to face with their ultimate tournament nightmare when they take on Italy in their Euro 2016 quarter-final in Bordeaux on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Captain Ronaldo produces another disappointing show
Portugal entered the Euro 2016 quarter-final after defeating Poland 5-3 on penalties in Marseille on Thursday.
Drama in store as Ibrahimovic writes final chapter
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to write the final chapter in a glittering career with Manchester United in England's Premier League and although drama is guaranteed, a happy ending is not.
US to meet Cuba in first friendly in 69 years
The US men's national soccer team will play their first friendly against Cuba in 69 years when they meet in Havana's Estadio Pedro Marrero on October 7, US Soccer said on Thursday.
Reaching Euro 2016 semis 'a dream' for Portugal's youngsters
Portuguese coach Fernando Santos said his hardest task will be keeping his 'kids' grounded after they advanced to the semi-finals with a win over Poland on Thursday.
Manager of Spain's 'invincibles', Del Bosque to retire
Former Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros and current Granada manager Paco Jemez both said earlier on Thursday that they were interested in the position if Del Bosque was to leave.
Euro 2016: When Portugal's starlet Sanches overshadowed star Ronaldo
Portugal coach Fernando Santos turned to teenager Renato Sanches in a bid to bring some fluency to the midfield in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Poland on Thursday and was handsomely rewarded for the decision.
PHOTOS: The Icelandic saga at Euros
The smallest country ever to compete at the Euros surprised soccer fans around the world after comfortably knocking out England, the overwhelming favourites in the last 16 match with a 2-1 victory to set up a dream tie with hosts France.
Flamboyant Conte roars out of garage and burns up grass
Antonio Conte, who spends matches ranting incessantly at his players and the referee from the touchline, is one of the most passionate coaches at Euro 2016 and has led an ageing, technically-limited side further than many felt possible.
Portugal beat Poland in shootout to reach Euro semis
A superb shootout save by Portugal's Rui Patricio allowed Ricardo Quaresma to be the hero again as his spot kick against Poland sent them into the Euro 2016 semi-finals 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 finish following extra time.
June 30, 2016
Euro: UEFA to hold "moment of applause" for Istanbul attack victims
European soccer body UEFA will hold a "moment of applause" before the Poland v Portugal Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Thursday in memory of victims of the gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's main airport this week.
Six found guilty of match fixing in Sweden
A Swedish court of appeal has found six men, including three former players of the Kristianstads FF club, guilty of match fixing after one of the players admitted his involvement.
Ibrahimovic to join Manchester United
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday he was joining Manchester United, the highest-profile signing to date by new manager Jose Mourinho. Euro 2016: Problems in defense for France in Iceland challenge
France coach Didier Deschamps, who has kept tinkering with his squad since the start of the European Championship, will be forced to rejig once again when the hosts face Iceland for a place in the semi-finals.
Euro 2016: Don't have any Italy trauma, says Germany's Kroos
German players have no interest in thinking about past losing battles against Italy as they prepare to face them in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday, with midfielder Toni Kroos sounding confident they will finally emerge victorious.
Neymar close to new five-year deal at Barcelona
Neymar is close to signing a three-year contract extension with Barcelona that will tie the Brazil captain to the La Liga champions until June 2021, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced on Thursday.
Wake up France! Iceland next, says Evra
France, who have earned a reputation for leaving it late at this European Championship, would be well-advised to wake up early when they face Iceland for a place in the semi-finals, veteran defender Patrice Evra warned on Thursday.
Euro 2016: It's Bale vs Hazard as Wales faces 'home team' Belgium
Wales are happy to cast themselves as underdogs in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium on Friday but such modesty belies their proven ability to bite hard.
Euro 2016: Bruising Chiellini leaves opponents breathless
Giorgio Chiellini, famously bitten by Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during a 2014 World Cup match, comes across as a typically bruising centre back but off the field, the Italy defender is a quiet and dignified figure. Simeone vows to stay on and improve Atletico de Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, a month on from a second Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in three years, has made it clear that his immediate future is with the Spanish club.
Euro 2016: Italian defender Chiellini 'fears domino effect' of Brexit
When Britain's voters sent shockwaves through the continent last week by voting to leave the European Union, most footballers who were asked about it shrugged their shoulders and said it was nothing to do with them.
Ryan Giggs 'set to leave' Manchester United
Ryan Giggs has rejected an offer to stay at Manchester United and is ready to end his association with the club after 29 years, a British newspaper reported on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Favourite Southgate 'does not want England job'
Gareth Southgate, the bookmakers' favourite to be the new England manager, does not want the job either on a temporary or permanent basis, the BBC reported on Thursday. Portugal wonderkid Sanches draws parallels with Dutchman Davids
One of Europe's most expensive teenagers Renato Sanches has yet to nail down a starting spot with Portugal but the brawny midfielder is making his presence felt on the continent's biggest stage.
Portugal keep faith in 'amazing' captain Ronaldo
Talismanic Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo struggled against Croatia producing just one shot on goal, but coach Fernando Santos defended his "amazing" captain.
Euro 2016: Injured De Rossi set to miss quarters
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi looks unlikely to face Germany in Saturday's Euro 2016 quarter-final because of a bruised thigh.
Euro 2016: Portugal and the untying of the proverbial Gordian Knot
'I think it's a 50-50 match. My players know that. They (Poland) are here on their own merit'
June 29, 2016
Neymar, Douglas Costa named in Brazil's Olympic squad
Barcelona's Neymar and Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa were chosen as over-age players for Brazil's Olympic squad on Wednesday in a selection packed with striking firepower. Euro 2016: Resistance to change in Spain despite exit
The suggestion that Spain need to change their playing style is already meeting resistance even though another disappointing performance at a major soccer tournament suggests that tiki-taka has run its course.
Euro 2016: Germany desperate to rewrite history vs Italy
Germany are determined to snap their tournament losing streak to Italy dating back almost half a century when the two meet in a Euro 2016 quarter-final on Saturday in Bordeaux, players said on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Lewandowski takes on less glamorous role for Poland
It is a measure of the importance of captain Robert Lewandowski to Poland that the striker is the first name coach Adam Nawalka writes on the team sheet despite his goal drought at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Spain veteran Casillas hints at retirement
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has given a strong indication that he will retire from international footbal after 16 years.
How will history remember Argentina's Messi
Lionel Messi does not need a Copa America win to feel like the king of the world. He captured that crown a long ago, says Dhruv Munjal.
Euro 2016: How the last 8 teams measure up
With eight teams remaining at Euro 2016, a guide to the form of the quarter-finalists, looking at their strengths and weaknesses.
Euro 2016: Iceland want Leicester-type ending
Surprise Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Iceland want a fairytale ending to their run, like the one that Leicester City enjoyed when they stunned the soccer world by clinching the Premier League title this season, team coaches said on Wednesday.
England to name Southgate as temporary manager?
England under-21 coach Gareth Southgate looks likely to be put in temporary charge of the national team after the resignation of Roy Hodgson following the side's Euro 2016 exit, British media reported on Wednesday.
Who should be the next England manager?
As England begin the search for their fifth new manager in 10 years following their humiliating exit from Euro 2016, there appear more unemployed former holders of the job than serious contenders to replace Roy Hodgson.
How Iceland's Cinderella story is a model for others...
Iceland's fairytale progress to the last eight of the European Championship is just what the competition needs to prevent it going stale and a model for smaller nations to realise their dreams, UEFA said on Tuesday.
Euro Preview: Ronaldo poses biggest threat to Polish defense
Poland have an impressive defensive record at Euro 2016 but standing in their way to a semi-final spot is arguably one of sport's greatest-ever athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo.
June 28, 2016
Euro exit: English WAGs comfort the stars
The Wives and girlfriends of the England stars playing in cash-rich Premier League have rocked England shirts with their other-half's name on.
Here's why Podolski is critical of 'stupid' expanded Euro format
Germany forward Lukas Podolski has criticised the new 24-team format for the European Championship, labelling it 'stupid' as it created a great deal of confusion among the players.
President, Maradona urge Messi to stay with Argentina
Argentina president Mauricio Macri has personally contacted star striker Lionel Messi and urged him not to call it quits to the national team.
Euro exit: What England need to learn from failure...
Goalkeeper Joe Hart has urged the youngsters in the England squad to learn from the experience of their humiliating exit to Iceland at the Euro 2016 championship on Monday.
How the British media reacted to England's worst loss...
England's soccer journalists left their readers with no illusions on Tuesday after their side's Euro 2016 hopes were crushed by Iceland, describing the 2-1 loss as the worst in their history.
'It's a really sad time to be English'
Soccer fans mock as England dumped out of Europe twice in a week.
England's defeat by Iceland a perfectly logical result
England's 2-1 defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016 may have looked like one of the worst reverses in their history yet in many was it was a perfectly logical result.
Did England think it would be a walk in the park?
The greatest achievement in Iceland's soccer history came more easily than expected as a lacklustre England failed to put the tournament debutantes under any serious pressure, their joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said on Monday.
England manager Hodgson quits after Euro 2016 exit
England soccer coach Roy Hodgson's four-year reign came to an abrupt end after their shock 2-1 defeat by tiny Iceland at the Euro 2016 round of 16 stage on Monday.
Euro 2016: England suffer embarrassing exit vs superb Iceland
Iceland pulled off one of the greatest shocks in European Championship history when they recovered to beat England 2-1 in their last 16 clash on Monday and will now face hosts France in the quarter-finals.
The highs and lows of Lionel Messi's Argentina career
Argentina's star player Lionel Messi on Monday announced his retirement from international football after missing a penalty in the team's 2-4 defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Messi fails to match Maradona success in Argentina shirt
They were two small Argentina players with the same enormous challenge -- to meet the expectations of a soccer-mad country.
Euro 2016: Club spirit saw Italy brush aside Spain
Forget Italy's image of Catenaccio (or "door chain defence"). Antonio Conte's Italy showed in a 2-0 defeat of Spain at Euro 2016 on Monday that they can do unchained attacking football too.
Euro 2016: Italy defeat shows Spain's golden era ended
Like an ailing heavyweight, Spain and their hopes of a third straight European title ended in a tame surrender as their 2-0 defeat by Italy represented the definitive end to a golden era in their footballing history.
June 27, 2016
Euro 2016: Italy knock out holders Spain; face Germany next
Holders Spain were knocked out of Euro 2016 in a 2-0 defeat by Italy on Monday after goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle set up a quarter-final with world champions Germany.
"Don't go, Leo," plead Argentina fans
Argentines begged Lionel Messi not to abandon the national team before the 2018 World Cup after he tearfully announced his retirement in frustration at another last-gasp international defeat.
Juventus sign Barcelona's Dani Alves
Barcelona right back Dani Alves has completed his move to Italian champions Juventus on a two-year contract, the Turin-based club said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Belgian fan club founder dies after match
The founder of the supporters club of the Belgian national team died of a heart attack after the country's crushing 4-0 victory over Hungary at Euro 2016 on Sunday, the national football association said on its website.
Portugal's coach makes all players feel important: Fonte
'If the coach considers it, I am ready to play the next game'
Starting 11? Flexibility is the name of the game for Germany
Germany coach Joachim Loew has not used the same starting 11 in any of his team's four matches at the Euro 2016 so far and is unlikely to do so in their quarter-final clash with either holders Spain or Italy.
'More Argentina players may retire from internationals'
Sergio Aguero and other Argentina players could follow the lead of captain Lionel Messi and retire from international football after losing the final of the Copa America on penalties to Chile for the second straight year.
England's Hodgson dismisses report of Rooney-Vardy rift
England manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed 'salacious' suggestions of a possible rift between forwards Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy and said the team were fully focussed on the Euro 2016 round of 16 match against Iceland later on Monday.
Germany's Draxler is only missing piece in Loew's puzzle
Germany's coach Joachim Loew looks to have found the last piece of his jigsaw as they eye a fourth European crown, with Julian Draxler sparking the attack into life in the 3-0 Euro 2016 win over Slovakia.
PHOTOS: How Chile rejoiced after beating 'the best'
Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi took great pride in steering his country to victory in Sunday's Copa America final against a team he believes to be the best side in the world with the best player in history.
Messi's Argentina find Chile too hot to handle!
Chile have never beaten Argentina in open play in 27 Copa America meetings in 100 years yet have twice in 12 months dashed the hopes of Lionel Messi's team of lifting a major trophy.
All you need to know about Lionel Messi
A factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi
Why Belgium players don't want to talk about Euro final...
Belgium's Euro 2016 title credentials were boosted by a big win over Hungary in the last 16 on Sunday but before they can even think about reaching the final they face a tricky rematch with recent conquerors Wales.
Messi announces retirement from international football
Lionel Messi says he is retiring from international soccer after Argentina lost to Chile in Copa America final.
Chile clinch Copa America title in shootout
Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to retain their title in the world's oldest continental soccer competition.
Euro 2016: Hazard-inspired Belgium crush Hungary
An early Toby Alderweireld header was the prelude to three late goals that sent Belgium past Hungary and into a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final against Wales.
Euro 2016: Spain coach expects the 'real Italy' to turn up
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque is not expecting a repeat of their crushing 4-0 victory over Italy in the final four years ago when the two sides meet in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Monday.
June 26, 2016
Euro 2016: Germany delivers complete performance in Slovakia rout
Germany thumped Slovakia 3-0 with goals from Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler to cruise into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Sunday and confirm their status as tournament favourites with a sparkling performance.
Euro 2016: We're like an army taking on England, says Iceland coach
Iceland joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson likened his team to an army on Sunday heading for a "win-win" second-round battle with England at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Ireland coach complains about preparation time after defeat
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill complained that France had far more time to prepare for Sunday's second-round 2-1 defeat of the Irish than his squad.
Euro 2016: France's Griezmann spreads wings with perfect timing
France striker Antoine Griezmann had looked slightly below par in their opening games at Euro 2016 and the host nation's fans feared he might be exhausted after a gruelling season.
Euro 2016: Griezmann leads France back from deficit to beat Ireland
Hosts France came from behind to beat 10-man Ireland 2-1 and reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals after two second-half strikes from forward Antoine Griezmann at Parc OL on Sunday.
Euro 2016: How Portugal can muddle their way to the final
After teetering on the brink of first-round elimination and being involved in the most boring match of the tournament, there is now a real chance Portugal could muddle their way through to the Euro 2016 final.
Euro: Mouth-watering clash of styles as Spain take on Italy
Spain, chasing an unprecedented third successive European Championship title and looking forward to facing Germany or Slovakia in the next round, have the upper hand in recent history, having not lost a competitive match against Italy since the 1994 World Cup.
Bacca goal guides Colombia to third place in Copa America
Carlos Bacca's first-half goal was enough to give Colombia a 1-0 victory over the United States in the third-place playoff at the Centenary Copa America in Arizona on Saturday.
Euro: England risk ultimate slip against upstarts Iceland
Iceland have already exceeded expectations by qualifying second in their group behind Hungary and will go into the game with nothing to lose and the whole world, beyond England, willing them on.
Euro 2016: Quaresma gives Portugal last-gasp win over Croatia
Substitute Ricardo Quaresma turned in three minutes from the end of extra time as Portugal edged a tense encounter to book a UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-final date with Poland.
Without Rafa, Muguruza flies Wimbledon flag for Spain
Wimbledon will naturally miss an old favourite with Rafael Nadal sidelined by injury yet Garbine Muguruza, armed with her sunny demeanour and blistering talent, seems perfectly happy and equipped to fill the void left by her great Spanish compatriot.
June 25, 2016
Euro 2016: Northern Ireland own goal sends Wales into last 8
Wales reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland thanks to an own goal by Gareth McAuley in a poor encounter at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
Shaqiri's overhead goal draws similarities with goals of yore
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri astonishing equalising goal against Poland in their Euro 2016 last-16 match brought back memories of great goals of the past from club and international football.
Euro: 10 Spain players drug tested by UEFA
Two-time defending champions Spain's preparations for their Euro last 16 match with Italy were disrupted as 10 players were forced to take an anti-doping control by UEFA on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Poland sink Switzerland on penalties to reach quarters
Poland reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday when they beat Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the sides had drawn 1-1 after extra-time.
Euro 2016: 'Laughing De Bruyne can be Belgium's key man'
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots insists Kevin De Bruyne is enjoying his football again and will get even better when his side play Hungary in their Euro 2016 round of 16 clash on Sunday.
Henry handball no matter of revenge for Ireland, feels French team
Thierry Henry's infamous handball in a qualification playoff game for the 2010 World Cup against Ireland will play no role when the two teams meet on Sunday for a place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Saturday.
Euro: Ireland's Duffy relishing second coming after brush with death
A little over six years after almost losing his life in a training-ground accident with the Ireland team, defender Shane Duffy will probably start one of the biggest games of his career against France in the second round of Euro 2016.
England to land Euro 2016 knockout blow?
If England win their Euro 2016 last-16 clash on Monday they can add the prized scalp of Iceland to those of Paraguay, Belgium, Cameroon, Denmark, Ecuador and Spain - the only teams they have beaten in a tournament knockout game since 1966.
Euro Preview: Will Germany's Boateng be ready for Slovakia challenge?
Germany will decide on the eve of their Euro 2016 round of 16 match against Slovakia on Sunday whether defender Jerome Boateng can help them to another clean sheet en route to what they hope is their fourth continental crown.
Euro Preview: Why Belgium must be vary of Hungary...
The Euro 2016 draw has opened up for Belgium, but Marc Wilmots' side are still to confirm their title credentials before their round of 16 match against undefeated Hungary on Sunday.
Henry handball gives Irish extra motivation vs France
Thierry Henry's handball sent such shockwaves that barely anyone remembers it was actually William Gallas who scored the infamous goal France that ruined Ireland's chances of a World Cup appearance more than six years ago.
How did the last 10 finals of Copa America pan out?
The Copa America was played as a 12-team tournament from 1993 when the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) invited two teams from CONCACAF, the North and Central America and Caribbean region, to join in.
How Croatia can control Ronaldo
Croatia will be focussing on containing Cristiano Ronaldo as well as bidding to score a first ever goal against Portugal when they meet in the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Saturday, coach Ante Cacic said.
June 24, 2016
Euro: In-form Koke 'ready to help when called upon'
Spain midfielder Koke is hoping coach Vicente del Bosque gives him a chance to play against Italy on Monday in the last 16 of Euro 2016.
Can Messi end Argentina drought in Copa final?
Chile face Argentina in Sunday's Copa America final for the right to call themselves South America's dominant team but perhaps an even bigger question for football fans the world over regards whether Lionel Messi can finally win a major international title.
Euro 2016: Lewandowski does not have to score, says Poland coach
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski can finish Euro 2016 without a goal to his name as long as the team keep grinding out results starting with Saturday's last-16 clash against Switzerland, coach Adam Nawalka said on Friday. AIFF expresses surprise over exit of Goan I-League clubs
The All India Football Federation's senior vice-president Subrata Datta termed the decision by two I-League clubs SalgaocarSC and Sporting Clube de Goa to pull-out of I-League as something 'really unfortunate'.
England Euro 2016 contenders despite tough draw: Kane
England striker Harry Kane believes they can still win Euro 2016 despite being in the harder half of the draw and he rejected the idea that the team's forwards are battling anxiety ahead of the match against Iceland.
Euro 2016: Chiellini sees Spain as Italy's bogey team
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has described Spain as Italy's bogey team and urged their fans not to dream too much.
Brexit is a dance they do in the NBA!
Spain's Nolito clueless about British referendum moniker
'The president and his entourage should play the I-League now'
Mohun Bagan, East Bengal blast AIFF after Goan clubs quit I-League
Del Bosque defends tactics to go with unchanged sqaud
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has defended his decision to use the same starting side in all three Euro 2016 games so far.
Euro 2016: 5 disappointments of group stage
Euro 2016's round of 16 gets under way on Saturday after the completion of the group stages. With shocks aplenty, we saw some major upsets and heartbreaks in the preliminary round.
Euro 2016: Standout stats from the group stage
The 2016 Euro moves to its knockout rounds with eight teams taking an early flight home. The group stages saw some memorable action in which many records broken.
Blow for Indian football: Salgaocar, Sporting Clube quit I-League
Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa, Indian football's traditional outfits, decided to "withdraw" from the forthcoming season of the I-League over the All India Football Federation's decision to restructure the domestic league system.
Not so Nice! England will try to punish Iceland
Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson have called on England to be ruthless in their attacking play during their Euro 2016 knockout clash with Iceland in Nice on Monday.
No Euro swansong but Ibrahimovic proud after final curtain call
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's international career did not end in a blaze of glory at the European Championship but the striker said he was proud to have represented Sweden at the tournament.
Copa America: 'Noodle' Di Maria hoping to be 'al dente' for final
Angel Di Maria is working hard on his fitness for the chance to play a part in Argentina's Copa America Centenario final against title holders Chile on Sunday after bad luck in two previous finals.
Will Iceland melt under English pressure?
Iceland's performance at Euro 2016 so far means that they have no reason to sweat over Monday's last-16 clash against England, midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson said.
How new-look Euro 2016 passes drama test...
Wednesday evening's dramatic Euro 2016 group stage finale concluded an engrossing opening round that was tight and tense to the last as the expanded new-look European Championship passed its first test.
Blanc parts ways with PSG
Coach Laurent Blanc parted ways with Paris St Germain, putting pen to paper on a 22-million-euro ($25 million) severance deal.
Albania out of Euro 2016 but etched in a nation's pride
Albania's football team were knocked out of the European Championship in the group stages but they were feted on their return home on Thursday as if they had won the tournament.
Euro Preview: Expensive Bale faces free agent in all-British affair
The world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale of Wales, will face an ageing goalkeeper looking for a club in Saturday's intriguing all-British showdown against fellow debutants Northern Ireland.
Euro Preview: Will Lewandowski shine for Poland?
Poland forward Robert Lewandowski and Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, who have yet to shine at Euro 2016, will have another chance to brighten up the tournament when their teams clash in St Etienne in the last 16 on Saturday.
Euro Preview: Portugal braced for 'series of finals'
Portugal are ready to move up a gear when they face Croatia in their mouth-watering last-16 clash in Lens on Saturday, coach Fernando Santos said.
June 23, 2016
Premier Futsal league rope in Manchester United legend Scholes
Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has signed a marquee deal to play for the next three editions of Premier Futsal, with the inaugural season scheduled to be held next month, the League announced, on Thursday.
How Spain's De Gea turned criticism into inspiration...
Criticism of David de Gea's performance after Spain's 2-1 defeat by Croatia is fuelling the goalkeeper's determination to do better in his team's Euro 2016 showdown with Italy.
Wales v N Ireland: Physical battle on the cards for British derby
Wales must be ready for a physical contest against Northern Ireland in Saturday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash, their manager coach Chris Coleman said.
Vardy rejects Arsenal; signs new contract with Leicester
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has signed a four-year contract extension with the Premier League champions, seemingly ending speculation about a move.
Swedish footballer red-carded for farting during match
A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match.
Euro: 'Ireland loss won't dampen Italian morale'
Italy's 1-0 defeat by Ireland in their last Euro 2016 Group E match will not affect the morale of the squad ahead of the last- 16 game against defending champions Spain, coach Antonio Conte said on Wednesday.
Ireland's O'Neill wants repeat performance against France
Ireland will need to produce a similar performance to the one that helped them beat Italy on Wednesday if they are to have any chance of knocking out hosts France in the last 16 of Euro 2016, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill said.
Copa America: Chile beat Colombia to set up final against Argentina
Chile beat Colombia 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final on Wednesday and will face Argentina in Sunday's final after surviving a tumultuous match in Chicago.
Euro 2016: What not to do against Belgium...
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, in typically self-confident mood, warned that any opponents who opened up against his team would be punished after their 1-0 win against Sweden on Wednesday.
Euro: 'Iceland not afraid of England'
Iceland do not fear facing England at Euro 2016 joint coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said on Wednesday after his indefatigable players beat Austria 2-1 to book a place in the last 16.
Will Sweden find another Ibrahimovic? No says coach
Zlatan Ibrahimovic played his last game for Sweden when they were knocked out of Euro 2016 on Wednesday and his coach said the country was unlikely to find another player like him.
Euro: Ireland make history, enter last 16 after late Brady goal
Ireland reached the knockout phase at a European Championship for the firs time when Robbie Brady's late goal earned them a 1-0 victory against Group E winners Italy on Wednesday.
Euro: Belgium's late strike sends them through as Ibrahimovic bows out
Belgium went through to the last-16 at Euro 2016 on Wednesday when Radja Nainggolan's late strike gave them a 1-0 win over Sweden, who were knocked out after scoring only once in three games.
The factors that put Austria out of the Euro Championships
Iceland's last-ditch defending, never-say-die attitude and a touch of luck was just too much for Austria's inexperienced side, beaten coach Marcel Koller said.
Euro: Hungary deserve to be in the knockouts, says coach Stork
Euro 2016 upstarts Hungary have steadily improved during the group stage of the tournament and played their best football in Wednesday's pulsating 3-3 draw against Portugal, coach Bernd Storck said.
Euro: Hungary and Portugal through after thrilling 3-3 draw
Hungary and Portugal reached the Euro 2016 knockout stages after a rip-roaring 3-3 draw in which Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice and became the first player to score at four European Championship finals on Wednesday.
June 22, 2016
Euro: Iceland advance to last 16 after 2-1 win against Austria
Iceland snatched a stoppage-time winner to continue their fairytale story at Euro 2016 by making it through to the last 16 after a deserved 2-1 victory against Austria in their final Group F match on Wednesday.
Nobody is scared of England: Shearer
England's performances at Euro 2016 so far will leave none of their opponents scared at the prospect of a knockout clash with the country, according to former striker Alan Shearer.
Ronaldo sets record for scoring at four Euros
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at four European Championship tournaments with a brilliant back-heel flick against Hungary at Euro 2016 on Wednesday after setting a finals appearance record.
Angry Ronaldo throws reporter's microphone in lake
Video footage has emerged of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo bringing an impromptu interview to a sudden halt -- by throwing the reporter's microphone into a nearby lake.
Euro 2016: French FA slams clubs for poor pitches
French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet told the country's top clubs on Wednesday to make the quality of their pitches an absolute priority, describing one ground at Euro 2016 as "a failure".
Euro 2016: Here's why teams will dread facing England...
Other countries will dread the prospect of facing England in the Euro 2016 knockout rounds, midfielder Eric Dier has said, despite his side's failure to secure top spot in Group B.
Power of freshness! Croatia rested five players and still won!
Croatia's players showed the world they are not like the supporters who brought shame on the country with their behaviour at Euro 2016, coach Ante Cacic said on Tuesday.
Messi: From red card on debut to Argentina's all-time top goalscorer
Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who became his country's all-time top goalscorer on Tuesday when he scored his 55th international goal.
Record-breaking Messi leads Argentina to Copa final
Lionel Messi scored his 55th international goal to become his country's all-time leading scorer as Argentina thrashed hosts the United States 4-0 to ease into the final of the Centenary Copa America on Tuesday.
Euro: Will Germany's Boateng be fit in time for last 16?
Germany coach Joachim Loew is confident key centre back Jerome Boateng will be fit for his side's last-16 encounter despite coming off with a calf problem during Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland.
Euro: Slovakia, Hungary and Northern Ireland make last 16 push
Slovakia, Hungary and Northern Ireland were all assured of qualifying for the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Tuesday despite not playing, or in Northern Ireland's case, losing.
Euro: Turkey beat Czechs 2-0 to stay in last-16 contention
Goals by Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan gave Turkey a 2-0 win over Czech Republic in Euro 2016 on Tuesday that secured third place in Group D and kept alive their hopes of reaching the tournament's knockout stages.
Euro: Impressive Croatia stun defending champs Spain, top group
Holders Spain lost for the first time in 15 matches at the European Championship finals on Tuesday when Croatia beat them 2-1 to win Group D at Euro 2016.
Poland not worried about goal-shy Lewandowski
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is still the team's driving force despite the goal drought he is currently enduring, his coach Adam Nawalka said on Tuesday.
Germany rewarded for this tactical change against N Ireland
Germany waited for their last group match at Euro 2016 to field a proper striker in their starting line-up and were rewarded when Mario Gomez did just enough to give them a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
June 21, 2016
Euro: Blaszczykowski strike sends Poland into last 16
Jakub Blaszczykowski's goal gave Poland a 1-0 win over Ukraine in their final Euro 2016 Group C match on Tuesday and sent them into the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time.
Euro: Germany beat Northern Ireland 1-0 to win group
Germany's Mario Gomez scored in the first half to secure a 1-0 win over a stubborn Northern Ireland side and a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 as Group C winners on Tuesday.
UEFA decides to replace Lille pitch after poor weather
UEFA said it would replace the pitch at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille after Wednesday's final group E match between Italy and Ireland.
Real to buy back Morata, confirm Juventus
Real Madrid look set to activate a buy-back clause to take Alvaro Morata back to the Bernabeu from Juventus, the Italian club's chief executive, Giuseppe Marotta, said on Tuesday.
Mayor promises tighter security in Rio de Janeiro during Olympics
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday regretted the assault by street criminals of an Australian athlete over the weekend but said that security would be stronger in the city by the time the Olympics begin on August 5.
French police break up fight among Polish fans in Marseille
French police on Tuesday broke up a fight between Polish fans in Marseille and detained two of them ahead of Poland's final Euro 2016 group stage match against Ukraine.
Ibrahimovic to retire from international football after Euro 2016
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Tuesday that he would retire from international football at the end of Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Iniesta's secret is all in his head
Spain's influential midfielder Andres Iniesta says the secret to his top form at Euro 2016 has been his speed of thought. Euro 2016: Pedro unhappy with bit-part role for Spain
Spain winger Pedro is frustrated by the lack of opportunities he has been given so far in his country's opening two fixtures at the European Championship in France.
Euro 2016: Best is yet to come from Pogba, says Wenger
France's Paul Pogba has yet to show his full potential and it remains too early to judge the midfielder, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said of his compatriot.
How India wants to promote football after PM Modi's complaint
An ambitious project to awaken a sleeping giant of Asian soccer looks like confirming Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's famous remark that India pricks up its ears only when comparisons with China are made.
Coach Blanc to leave French champions PSG
Coach Laurent Blanc will leave French Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain by the end of the week, despite signing a two-year contract extension in February, his agent Jean Pierre Bernes said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Irish hopeful of memorable win against Italy
For Ireland to reach the knockout stages at Euro 2016 they must achieve something they haven't done in 28 years - win a game at the European Championship.
Euro 2016: Goal-shy Sweden in a do-or-die game against Belgium
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may wonder whether he even needs to turn up to face Sweden on Wednesday given his opponents' dismal attacking record at Euro 2016.
Meet the surprise package of Euro 2016
Wales enjoyed their greatest day in football for more than half a century by overwhelming Russia 3-0 in Toulouse on Monday to win Group B at Euro 2016 ahead of their oldest rivals England.
Euro: Ronaldo's Portugal promise goals will start to flow
Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of Portugal's biggest culprits, missing an easy chance late in the 1-1 draw with Iceland and firing a penalty against the post late in the Austria match.
Euro: Does Germany have weaknesses?
Northern Ireland have enough tools to get a result in their final group match against a fallible German team, Northern Ireland's coach Michael O'Neill said on Monday.
PHOTOS: This is how football fans should be!
While it's usually the hooligans who make the headlines, we turn our attention to the peace loving fans of the Euros.
Euro: England advance after stalemate with Slovakia
England drew 0-0 with Slovakia on Monday to finish second in Euro 2016 Group B and qualify for the knockout phase behind Wales who beat Russia 3-0 in their final match.
Euro: Wales thump Russia to top group, enter last sixteen
Wales outplayed Russia 3-0, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes, as they moved into the round of 16 at Euro 2016 by winning Group B on Monday.
Euro: Where does Belgium's engine of the team lie?
Belgium have the wealth of talent to come up with a variety of approaches to their Euro 2016 matches but still need to find the right formula, said captain Eden Hazard on Monday.
France forwards paying price for defensive efforts: Payet
France entered Euro 2016 supposedly as an attacking side with defensive weaknesses, yet Les Bleus have confounded that image by conceding only one goal while scoring four in the group phase.
June 20, 2016
Euro: Croatia gets suspended ticket ban, fine for crowd trouble
Croatia's soccer federation has been handed a suspended ban from selling tickets to hooligans and given a 100,000 euros ($113,190.00) fine after their team's supporters caused crowd trouble at Euro 2016, UEFA said on Monday.
Puma says ripped Swiss shirts due to batch of defective material
Kit manufacturer Puma said it had traced a problem with ripped shirts for the Swiss team at Euro 2016 to a defective batch of material used only in a limited number of home jerseys for the team.
Germans want to take early advantage against Northern Ireland
Germany must come out firing from the first minute when they meet Northern Ireland on Tuesday or they could risk giving the underdogs the confidence to spring a surprise in their final Euro 2016 group game, centre back Mats Hummels said.
UEFA defends Euro 24-team format
We have had so far a tight and intense competition, says Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of competitions
Fever-stricken Buffon doubtful for Italy's game against Ireland
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon skipped Sunday's training with a fever and is doubtful for his team's final Euro 2016 group game against Ireland, the Italian federation (FIGC) said on Monday.
What Germany MUST do against Northern Ireland
Germany have promised that their attack will pack a bigger punch when they face Northern Ireland on Tuesday after struggling up front in their first two Euro 2016 matches.
Euro Preview: Eyes on troublesome fans as Croatia meet Spain
When Croatia meet Spain in their final Euro 2016 group match on Tuesday there will be as much scrutiny of developments in the stands as on the pitch.
Euro Preview: Turkey hope to seize last chance against Czechs
Turkey have left it late to bid for a place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 but defender Gokhan Gonul believes they still have a chance, if they can beat a buoyant Czech side in their final Group D game on Tuesday.
'Without fear, Swiss ready for knockout stage'
Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic has no preference over which side his team will face next after the scoreless draw against France that saw his men advance to the knockout stages of the Euros for the first time.
Revealed! Albania's unique formula for success...
Albania's first win at Euro 2016 against Romania on Sunday was the ultimate display of coach Gianni De Biasi's one-for-all and all-for-one mentality.
Group mission accomplished, now France need to step up a gear
France are still a work in progress requiring tweaks despite coasting through to the knockout phase of Euro 2016 as group winners on Sunday, according to coach Didier Deschamps.
Vardy will stay at Leicester: Wenger
Striker Jamie Vardy is likely to turn down a move to Arsenal and stay at Premier League Champions Leicester City, the north London club's manager Arsene Wenger has said.
France v Switzerland: From ripped shirts, to cut-up pitch, to burst ball...
While France and Switzerland largely got what they wanted with a 0-0 draw at Euro 2016 on Sunday, it was a night of shame for ground staff and sports manufacturers.
It's a gamble! England to leave out Rooney against Slovakia
England captain Wayne Rooney will be left out of the starting lineup for their last Euro 2016 Group B match against Slovakia.
Russian striker accuses British of antagonising other fans
Russia striker Fyodor Smolov insists that English and Welsh fans were guilty of antagonising their Russian counterparts during scuffles that broke out in Lille earlier in Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Albania keep hopes alive with historic win vs Romania
A first-half header by striker Armando Sadiku gave Albania a 1-0 win over Romania at Euro 2016 on Sunday and kept alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stages in their first major tournament.
Euro 2016: Switzerland follow France through to last 16 with a draw
Switzerland followed France through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 by holding the host nation to a 0-0 draw in their final Group A match on Sunday after the unlucky French hit the woodwork three times on Sunday.
June 19, 2016
Euro 2016: I will kick Sturridge if I have to, says Slovakia's Skrtel
Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel will have no second thoughts about kicking England striker Daniel Sturridge, his Liverpool team mate, to help his country win their final Euro 2016 Group B game on Monday.
Euro 2016: Nani outshines Portugal teammate Ronaldo
Portugal's Nani is poised to make his 99th appearance for his country in a crunch clash with Hungary on Wednesday and has been an automatic choice for the Selecao for a decade, yet there is a feeling the forward has not fulfilled his dazzling potential.
Euro 2016: England tight-lipped on choice of strikers
England manager Roy Hodgson gave few clues on Sunday when asked about his attack for the final Group B game against Slovakia from which they need a point to qualify for the knockout stage of Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Italy coach Conte still hammering away at his players
Italy's famously demanding coach Antonio Conte is not letting up at his players even after they made sure of a place in the round of 16, and top spot in their group at Euro 2016, with one match to spare.
Euro 2016: Germany's Goetze unfazed by criticism for lack of goals
Germany's Mario Goetze brushed off criticism of his lacklustre performances at Euro 2016 on Sunday and said players were used to being praised one day and knocked off their pedestal the next.
Euro 2016: Buffon misses Italy training with fever
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon missed training on Sunday morning because of a fever, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said.
UEFA charge Hungary, Belgium and Portugal after crowd trouble
Disciplinary proceeding have been opened by UEFA against Hungary, Belgium and Portugal after there was further crowd trouble at three Euro 2016 games on Saturday, the governing body said in a statement.
Why Portugal coach won't discuss Ronaldo...
Portugal coach Fernando Santos hauled off Ricardo Quaresma after the winger failed to follow his tactical instructions as they struggled to make their domination count in a 0-0 draw with Austria at Euro 2016 on Saturday.
Euro Preview: Will England super-subs start against Slovakia?
England coach Roy Hodgson will be strongly tempted to start with Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge in attack against Slovakia on Monday after both came off the bench to score in the 2-1 win over Wales.
Euro Preview: Wales could hit heights or depths in final countdown
The thousands of Welsh supporters who have brought their nation's famed singing, not to mention plenty of plastic dragons, to a major tournament after a wait of more half a century are steeling themselves to hit the heights -- or rock bottom -- on Monday.
How Hungary denied Iceland historic win
Having been in soccer's doldrums for nearly half a century, Hungary are a whisker away from reaching the Euro 2016 knockout stages after a patient and almost forgotten approach bore fruit in a 1-1 draw against Iceland.
EXPOSED! Ronaldo's set-piece obsession
One question stands out after Portugal's 0-0 draw with Austria on Saturday -- does Cristiano Ronaldo have to take every single free kick and penalty?
Copa America: Messi equals record as Argentina, Chile advance to semis
Argentina and Chile advanced to the semi-finals of the Copa America on Saturday with Chile beating Mexico 7-0 and Lionel Messi getting a goal in Argentina's 4-1 win over Venezuela to equal his country's all-time scoring record.
Euro: Ronaldo misses penalty as Portugal held to 0-0 draw with Austria
Portugal played out a goalless draw against Austria after captain Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in their Euro 2016 Group F match at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Saturday.
Federer admits he was 'never good enough' to beat Nadal in Paris
Describing Rafael Nadal as his greatest rival, Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer has admitted that he could never maintain a complete stranglehold over the Spaniard at the French Open, which is considered as the former's stronghold.
Euro: Belgium reply to criticism with clinical show
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots was happy to encourage speculation that Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku would be dropped for Saturday's 3-0 win over Ireland at Euro 2016 in which both not only played but were key performers.
Injured Rosicky could miss remainder of Euro
Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky looked set to miss the rest of Euro 2016 after picking up a thigh injury in their 2-2 draw against Croatia in Saint-Etienne on Friday.
June 18, 2016
Euro 2016: Late own goal gives Hungary 1-1 draw with Iceland
Iceland were within two minutes of a famous victory on their first appearance at a major tournament on Saturday only for Birkir Saevarsson to put through his own net to hand Hungary a 1-1 draw that leaves Euro 2016 Group F wide open.
Euro 2016: Spain's No 9 problem solved?
It has been a long time coming but Spain look as if they may finally have solved their number nine problems following Alvaro Morata's two goals in the 3-0 win over Turkey.
Euro: Swiss not fazed after their French lesson at World Cup
Switzerland have no fears coming into their game against hosts France on Sunday despite being thrashed 5-2 when they met two years ago at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Vladimir Petkovic said.
Euro: Hungarian fans and police scuffle before Iceland v Hungary game
Hungarian fans and police forces scuffled in Marseille's stadium on Saturday ahead of a Euro 2016 Iceland v Hungary match.
Euro: Lukaku scores twice as Belgium batter Ireland
Belgium rediscovered their most blistering form to batter group E rivals Ireland 3-0 thanks to a brace from Romelu Lukaku and an Axel Witsel header on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Quiet Kante shows he can make it count even for Les Bleus
Blue is definitely the colour for the discreet N'Golo Kante, now shining for France on the pitches of Euro 2016 after playing a key role in LeicesterCity's fairytale run to the Premier League title in England.
Do you agree with Loew that the 16-team Euro format was better?
'There are teams playing ultra defensively. But they do that well. The smaller nations like Albania or Wales are defensively very well schooled. They see their chance in that, so that is why we had only up to two goals per game until yesterday's Spain win (3-0) over Turkey'
Euro: Can Germany top their group?
Title contenders Germany do not have fundamental scoring problems despite a goalless draw against Poland and will top their Euro 2016 Group C with a win over Northern Ireland next week, coach Joachim Loew said on Saturday.
Croatia, Turkey face UEFA action over crowd trouble
Europe's soccer governing body UEFA said on Saturday it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the soccer federations of Croatia and Turkey for crowd trouble during the Euro 2016 tournament in France.
Euro Preview: Here's what Albania needs to do against Romania
After a couple of solid defensive performances in defeats by Switzerland and France, Albania need to discover some scoring form against Romania, their Italian coach Gianni De Biasi said ahead of Sunday's vital Euro 2016 Group A fixture.
4 reasons why Spain can win Euro 2016...
Friday's win should add weight to the predictions of many that Spain are favourites to capture a third straight European title.
Copa America: Colombia reach semis after shootout
Colombia beat Peru 4-2 in a penalty shootout on Friday to progress to the semi-finals of the Copa America after the two sides played to a dull scoreless draw in New Jersey.
Euro 2016: Spain coasts into last 16 with rout of Turkey
Holders Spain became the first team to score more than two goals in a game at Euro 2016, beating Turkey 3-0 as Andres Iniesta shone again and forward Alvaro Morata answered his critics with two goals.
Euro 2016: Austria wary of Ronaldo threat, vows to attack
Austria will double mark Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo when the teams clash at Euro 2016 on Saturday, but fear that it could create space for his teammates to wreak havoc, Austria's captain Christian Fuchs said. Euro 2016: Coach Cacic labels Croatian hooligans 'sports terrorists'
Croatia fans who caused trouble during their team's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic on Friday were "sports terrorists" and had no place in football stadiums, the Balkan nation's coach told a news conference.
Euro 2016: Flares on pitch raise serious security concerns
Croatia's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic was held up for several minutes after their fans threw flares on to the pitch and began fighting among themselves on Friday.
June 17, 2016
Euro 2016: Coach Conte wants Italian fans to show their pride
Italy coach Antonio Conte said he wants more of the team's supporters at Euro 2016 to show their pride by wearing blue shirts after they secured their place in the knockout stages with a 1-0 win over Sweden on Friday.
Euro 2016: Zlatan and Sweden on the brink
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose rare talent burst into the limelight with a splendid goal against Italy at Euro 2004, was a shadow of his brilliant best when Sweden lost 1-0 to the same opponents on Friday.
Euro 2016: Belgium coach threatens wholesale changes
Belgium could make wholesale changes for Saturday's European Championship clash with Ireland as they seek to keep their tournament hopes alive, coach Marc Wilmots said.
Euro: Late Eder goal sends Italy through to last 16
A brilliant 88th minute strike by Eder helped Italy beat Sweden in a Group E match at the Euro 2016 and seal a last 16 berth.
How 200 Russian fans 'beat up' thousands of English: Putin on Euro clashes
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the football hooligan violence at Euro 2016 a "disgrace" but questioned how Russian fans could have overpowered a far larger contingent of English supporters. Euro 2016: Hollywood star Banderas offers services to Spain
Spain go into Friday's Euro 2016 game against Turkey determined to be more efficient in front of goal and no fan is more eager for that to happen than Antonio Banderas.
How an astronaut is boosting Italy's dream at Euros
Italy coach Antonio Conte summoned help from astronaut Luca Parmitano to inspire his players ahead of Friday's Euro 2016 game against Sweden in Toulouse.
Euro: Belgium await friendly invasion by Ireland
For however much or little it counts, Belgium have history on their side in not having lost to the Irish for 50 years, which includes beating them by a single goal in the playoffs to win a place at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Two sevens, Ronaldo and Arnautovic, look for redemption
Cristiano Ronaldo will not be the only number seven hoping to redeem himself when his Portugal side meet Austria in their Euro 2016 group F match in Paris on Saturday. Ronaldo's less heralded opposite number for Austria, Marko Arnautovic, also came into the tournament with high hopes only to start with a below-par display made worse by a sulky attitude.
Copa chiefs want homophobic chants to stop but will take no action
Centenary Copa America officials say homophobic chanting at international matches "must stop" but they have opted not to take action against offending teams.
'Compact and solid' Hungary bid to extend hot streak over Iceland
Two of the surprise teams of the opening round of matches at Euro 2016 meet on Saturday when Iceland face Hungary in Group F.
Pele backs new coach Tite to help Brazil win elusive Olympic gold
Brazil's failure to claim an Olympic soccer gold medal, the one major tournament they have never won, is all because Pele never played in the competition, the soccer great joked on Thursday.
Copa America PHOTOS: US reach semis with 2-1 win over Ecuador
The United States survived a late onslaught to beat Ecuador 2-1 and advance to the semi-finals of the Copa America for the first time since 1995 after a pulsating and sometime fractious match in Seattle on Thursday.
Euro: How toothless Germany were checked by plucky Poland
Germany bolstered their back line with the return of central defender Mats Hummels on Thursday but lacked penetration at the other end of the field as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Poland at Euro 2016.
Poland coach on why a 0-0 draw with Germany was a 'fair result'
Poland coach Adam Nawalka said he was never concerned about Germany scoring a breakthrough goal as his team held the world champions to a 0-0 draw in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Poland hold World champs Germany goalless
Germany and Poland edged closer to the Euro 2016 knockout stage after playing out the first 0-0 draw of this year's tournament at the Stade de France on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Second Northern Ireland fan dies in France
A Northern Ireland fan collapsed and died during their 2-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2016 on Thursday, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said. Euro 2016: Spain's Del Bosque not getting drawn into mind games
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no time for mind games and is wary of a suggestion from his opposite number that Turkey will play for a draw against them in Friday's Euro 2016 match.
Euro 2016: Why England coach feels subs will be a major factor
England coach Roy Hodgson, basking in a 2-1 victory over Wales on Thursday clinched by goals from two substitutes, said fringe players would be a major factor at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Northern Ireland shock Ukraine to seal historic win
Northern Ireland scored two second-half goals to beat Ukraine 2-0 in a feisty Euro 2016 Group C match on Thursday that was briefly suspended due to a hailstorm.
Euro 2016: Italy's clockwork defence wary of Ibrahimovic
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon denied that Friday's Euro 2016 opponents Sweden are a one-man team but says they are wary of "superstar" forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
June 16, 2016
Atletico Madrid sign Argentina midfielder Gaitan
Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Benfica to sign their Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan for 25 million euros ($28.06 million), the La Liga club said on Thursday. England defeat is low point of career, says Wales coach
Wales coach Chris Coleman conceded on Thursday that a stoppage-time loss to England was the low point of his career, but he said he could take inspiration from Roy Hodgson's side who had also come back from deep disappointment. Euro 2016: Bold Hodgson reaps reward as Wales sit back
If England coach Roy Hodgson's two halftime substitutions proved decisive in turning the tide in their 2-1 victory over Wales on Thursday, he still risked a charge of not having made them before the game rather than midway through. Euro 2016: Record worthless if Romania fail to progress, says Stancu
Bogdan Stancu's achievement in becoming the first Romanian to score twice at a European Championship would mean nothing if his team failed to progress to the last 16, the striker said on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Croatia's Srna ready to play on after father's death
Croatia captain Darijo Srna says he is ready to play against the Czech Republic at Euro 2016 on Friday following the death of his father.
Ibrahimovic rumours don't bother Sweden, we're used to it: Hamren
Speculation surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future is not affecting Sweden's Euro 2016 campaign, coach Erik Hamren has said.
Euro shame: Russian fans jailed for up to 2 years
A French court jailed three Russian football supporters for up to two years for their role in violence before the England-Russia Euro 2016 match in Marseille.
Euro 2016: Italy determined to prove the doubters wrong
Italy midfielder Alessandro Florenzi believes they can prove the doubters wrong again in Friday's Euro 2016 clash with Sweden in Toulouse.
Euro: Sturridge's late strike helps England edge past Wales
Substitute Daniel Sturridge scored a dramatic winner in injury time to steer England towards a 2-1 win over Wales and top spot in their Group B clash Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: I am ready for anything, says Spain's Juanfran
Spain's right back Juanfran says his costly penalty shootout miss in Atletico Madrid's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid has made him a better player at Euro 2016. Euro: It's Ibra vs a collective Italy as Sweden face mighty Azzurri
Italy's victory over Belgium was celebrated as a triumph of the team over individual talents, but Friday's opponents Sweden are relying on the singular genius of frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to get their Euro 2016 campaign off the ground.
Diplomatic relations on line as Moscow terms Euro 2016 'anti-Russian'
The French envoy was notified about "discrimination" towards Russian citizens, it said, adding that "further fanning of anti-Russian sentiments" could damage relations between France and Russia.
Under-fire Turkey captain Turan gets Barca teammate Alba's backing
Spain left-back Jordi Alba knows his Barcelona teammate Arda Turan of Turkey is under a lot of pressure to put in a strong performance on Friday when their sides meet at Euro 2016.
Euro: Wales wary of provoking England's Alli
Provoking England midfielder Dele Alli could end up being a plan that backfires, Wales defender and Tottenham Hotspur teammate Ben Davies has said ahead of their Euro 2016 Group B encounter in Lens on Thursday.
Controversy surrounds appointment of Brazil coach Tite. Here's why...
Corinthians manager Tite has accepted an offer to coach Brazil but his appointment was met with fury at his former club, who accused the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) of underhand tactics and unethical behaviour.
Euro: Romania dogged by injury woes after Switzerland draw
Romania face mounting injury problems ahead of their decisive Euro 2016 tie with Albania following a bruising 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Wednesday.
Dimitri Payet is unconvincing France's man of the moment
But it was man-of-the-match Dimitri Payet who scored his second goal in as many matches to put the Frenchmen through to the knockouts.
Euro shame: 36 England fans arrested by for creating ruckus in Lille
French riot police charged and used tear gas to disperse rowdy English football fans in Lille on Wednesday, though the northern city was spared feared clashes with Russian supporters.
Turning point: The ploy that worked for Deschamps's France
France coach Didier Deschamps was more than just relieved after his team scored two late goals to beat a stubborn Albania team 2-0 on Wednesday and reach the second round of Euro 2016.
Euro: Griezmann, Payet help France edge past resolute Albania
Hosts France were made to work hard by Albania but two late goals sealed the Group A match in their favour. Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet scored late to earn the nervous hosts the result they sought.
June 15, 2016
Euro: Switzerland draw with Romania to edge closer to last 16
Switzerland edged closer to a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 when they fought back to draw 1-1 with Romania in a lively Group A game at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Poland keeper Szczesny ruled out of Germany clash
Poland's first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss Thursdays Euro 2016 clash with Germany but could return for their final Group C game against Ukraine, coach Adam Nawalka said.
'Messi is always going to be one step ahead of Ronaldo'
Iceland defender Kari Arnason has responded angrily to Cristiano Ronaldo's "small mentality" jibe after the 1-1 draw with Portugal at Euro 2016, saying that the Real Madrid star was no Lionel Messi.
Euro: Slovakia make life difficult for Russia with 2-1 win
Just 24 hours after UEFA told Russia it would be expelled from the tournament if their fans caused more crowd trouble, the Slovaks outplayed them for large parts of a match contested under a closed roof because of forecasts of heavy rain.
Champions Leicester vs Hull: Check out EPL's opening day fixtures
Champions Leicester City will begin their Premier League title defence with a trip to newly promoted Hull City on August 13, according to the 2016-17 fixtures released on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Why Belgium MUST beat Ireland...
Belgium can not afford any mistakes against Ireland in their second Euro 2016 Group E match on Saturday.
What Wales must do to cope with new Rooney role...
Wales will need to defend deep if they are to stifle England captain Wayne Rooney's influence on their European Championship clash on Thursday.
Euro 2016: Hungary celebrate first return since 1972 in style
Hungary made their first appearance at a European Championship for 44 years a memorable occasion by grabbing their goal chances to score a 2-0 win over old rivals Austria in a Group F clash on Tuesday. Ronaldo slams Iceland's 'small mentality'; they tell him to stop whining
Cristiano Ronaldo slammed minnows Iceland for proverbially 'parking the bus' in
Tonight Anglo-Welsh rivalry will reach new peak!
A rivalry dating back 137 years will reach a new level of intensity in Lens on Thursday when England and Wales meet at a major tournament for the first time.
There's more to Poland than Lewandowski and Germany knows it
World champions Germany have warned that there is more to their biggest Euro 2016 group rivals Poland than Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski.
PIX: Flying tackles, bloodied noses, coaches kisses and more at Euro
From sharp, flying tackles and tough possession-fights, bloodied noses to scissor kicks in attempt to finding those crucial goals and the ecstatic celebrations thereafter, Rediff.com gives you a quick rewind of all the excitement that has transpired over the last five days across France...
Euro 2016: What cost Portugal victory?
Coach Fernando Santos blamed a lack of pace and a failure to stay calm in the frantic final minutes for Portugal's inability to beat rank outsiders Iceland in their Euro 2016 opener on Tuesday.
Copa America: Chile's Sanchez, Vargas shine; Argentina win group
Chile advanced to the quarter-finals of the Copa America on Tuesday after two goals in the first half from Eduardo Vargas and two in the second from Alexis Sanchez gave them a 4-2 win over Panama in Philadelphia.
Portugal draw feels like a win, says Iceland coach
The scoreline may have been 1-1, but level-headed Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson was unable to prevent the word 'victory' passing his lips as the Nordic side held Portugal at Euro 2016.
Euro: Debutants Iceland hold Ronaldo's Portugal to shock draw
Rank outsiders Iceland enjoyed a superb big-stage debut as they clinched a shock 1-1 draw against Euro 2016 Group F favourites Portugal on Tuesday.
Alaba gets Austria coach backing despite failing to contribute
David Alaba was quiet as Austria's Euro 2016 campaign got off to a poor start with a 2-0 defeat by Hungary on Tuesday, leaving coach Marcel Koller to suggest the player's versatility might be hurting him.
'Germans just jealous of Kenyan athletes' achievements'
Kenya reacted angrily on Tuesday to calls by the German Athletics Federation (DLV) that its athletes be barred from the Rio Olympic Games due to doping concerns.
Coach Dunga fired after Brazil's ouster from Copa America
Brazil fired Dunga as coach on Tuesday, the national football confederation said, two days after his side failed to get past the group stages of the Centenary Copa America.
Nolito 'living a dream' with Spain at Euro
Nolito is adamant that he will not allow growing speculation about his club future to become a distraction as he "lives a dream" with Spain at Euro 2016.
June 14, 2016
Euro: Hungary stun 10-man Austria 2-0 in thrilling match
Austria, who were undefeated in 10 qualifying games, were beaten 2-0 by old rivals Hungary in the opening match of Euro 2016 Group F on Tuesday.
Former rebel now France's wise old man
It has been a tortuous journey for France's Patrice Evra, once blamed for playing a dark role in the worst scandal in the history of the national team but now in the limelight as the wise old man of a team with high hopes.
Blatter reveals frozen balls ruse at European club draws
Frozen balls containing team names have been used to rig European soccer's club competition draws although the ruse was never used at FIFA, the former chief of the game's world governing body, Sepp Blatter, has said.
Euro 2016: UEFA hands Russia suspended disqualification and fine
The Russian national football team has been handed a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 and a 150,000-euro ($168,300.00) fine after their fans were involved in violent clashes in Marseille, the governing body UEFA said on Tuesday.
Why Wales boss feels Bale is 'most down-to-earth boy'
Wales boss Chris Coleman has come out in support of his star play maker Gareth Bale.
Should Wales use Bale as a striker against England?
Wales boss Chris Coleman is considering deploy Gareth Bale as a striker against England on Thursday after he played a similar role in their European Championship opener against Slovakia.
France wants to deport almost 50 Russian soccer fans
France wants to deport almost 50 Russian soccer fans, Alexander Shprygin, the head of a Russian supporters' group, said on Tuesday, saying French riot police had stopped a bus carrying fans in Cannes who were on their way to Lille.
This time fans cause crisis for Russian sport
Football fans have opened up a new sporting crisis for Russia.
3 things England must do to beat Wales
England will need to stick to the tactics used in Saturday's European Championship draw against Russia when they face Wales on Thursday.
Copa America: Corona stunner earns Mexico top spot in group
Mexico's Jesus Manuel Corona weaved his way past five players before firing home in the 80th minute to give his side a 1-1 draw with Venezuela that secured top spot in Group C of the Copa America on Monday.
Barcelona pay HUGE fine to settle Neymar transfer case
Barcelona agreed to pay a fine of 5.5 million euros ($6.21 million) to the Spanish authorities to settle a tax fraud case over the transfer of Brazil international Neymar in 2013.
Euro Preview: Romania's selection dilemma for crunch Swiss game
Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu must decide whether veteran left back Razvan Rat can repel the danger of Xherdan Shaqiri in what could be the defining confrontation of his team's Euro 2016 clash with Switzerland on Wednesday.
Euro Preview: Will Pogba and Griezmann rise to the occasion?
Albania are unlikely to pose much of a threat to France but Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann will be expected to produce sharper performances in Wednesday's Group A match when victory should assure the hosts a last 16 spot in Euro 2016.
Juventus sign Serie A's leading playmaker Pjanic for 32 million euros
Italian champions Juventus signed creative midfielder Miralem Pjanic for 32 million euros ($36.14 million) from Serie A rivals Roma on a five-year contract, the Turin-based club said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: How Conte's Italy tactically outfoxed Belgium
A superbly-executed strategy by coach Antonio Conte helped Italy to a deserved 2-0 win over Belgium in their Euro 2016 opener with outstanding goals by Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle on Monday.
Ibrahimovic again fails to shine in City of Light
In the city where they are accustomed to savouring his magic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again failed to live up to his own exalted billing for Sweden as he went missing in their fortuitous 1-1 draw with Ireland.
Euro: Dominant Italy down Belgium 2-0
Italy were clinical in their approach as they beat Belgium 2-0 in their Euro 2016 Group E encounter on Monday.
Champions Spain: Big on possession but lacked finishing touch
Spain huffed and puffed, making hard work of their Euro 2016 opener before a late Gerard Pique goal blew away the CzechRepublic resistance -- yet it could not conceal further evidence that Vicente del Bosque's champions may lack a killer instinct.
Euro: Clark own goal hands Sweden lucky draw vs Ireland
A Ciaran Clark own goal earned Sweden a fortunate 1-1 draw against a spirited Ireland side in their Euro 2016 Group E opener at the Stade de France on Monday.
June 13, 2016
Hungary hungry to show Euro qualification was no fluke
Coach Bernd Storck says Hungary want to prove their first European Championship appearance in 44 years is no fluke when the former powerhouses meet neighbours Austria in their Group F opener on Tuesday.
Russian hooligans see themselves as Kremlin foot soldiers
Ultra-nationalist and schooled in their country's historical grievances, Russian soccer hooligans see themselves as fighting the Kremlin's geopolitical battles in miniature when they clash with foreign fans at the Euro 2016 tournament.
Euro: 'New Belgium' Austria not getting carried away by expectations
Austria coach Marcel Koller is determined to make sure his team do not get swept away on a tide of national euphoria on the eve of a rare appearance at a major tournament.
Russians ready for 'ultra-violent' action involved in Euro 2016 clashes
Russian hooligans prepared for "ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action" were involved in the worst of the fighting that hit Marseille at the start of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, the French city's chief prosecutor said on Monday.
Euro: Czech coach believes his team can progress
Despite their close loss to Spain in their opening Euro 2016 Group D match in Toulose on Monday, Czech coach Pavel Vrba set a target of four points from the remaining games against Croatia, on Friday, and then Turkey on June 21.
Euro: Spain optimistic after brushing past plucky Czechs
Relief ran through Spanish ranks after Gerard Pique's late header secured a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in their opening Group D match at Euro 2016 on Monday.
'Responsible' Iniesta still at the centre of the action
If bookmakers introduced a bet on who would be named official man-of-the-match at tournaments, Andres Iniesta would be a short-priced favourite in every Spain match at Euro 2016.
Iceland unfazed by big stage debut v Portugal
Iceland will head into their maiden appearance in a major tournament devoid of stage fright, their coach Lars Lagerback and key players said ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2016 Group F clash with Portugal in St Etienne.
Euro: Spain edge Czechs after Pique's late header
Reigning champions Spain left it late but Gerard Pique's 87th-minute header earned them a deserved 1-0 victory over a dogged Czech Republic in their Euro 2016 Group D opener on Monday.
Euro 2016: Wales need cool heads against England, says manager Coleman
Wales must have cool heads and not get carried away by the emotion of Thursday's all-British Euro 2016 Group B clash with England in Lens, manager Chris Coleman said on Monday.
Euro 2016: French court jails English fans for violence
A judge jailed two British soccer fans on Monday for their involvement in the street violence in Marseille at the opening of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.
Euro 2016: Manager Hodgson calls on England fans to behave
England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney have appealed to fans to behave around Thursday's Group B game against Wales after European soccer chiefs threatened to throw the country out of Euro 2016 following three days of violence in Marseille.
Euro 2016: De Gea given full support by Spain coach after sex case implication
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has praised goalkeeper David de Gea for the way he has handled an off-field controversy at Euro 2016.
Austria's Garics stays at Euro 2016 despite father's death
Austria's Hungarian-born defender Gyoergy Garics has decided to stay at Euro 2016 despite his father's death last week, saying his last words were to carry on. We can beat Wales, says former England captain Beckham
England will beat Wales in their Euro 2016 Group B clash in Lens on Thursday if they match the team spirit of Chris Coleman's side, according to former captain David Beckham.
Euro fan violence: '150 Russian supporters were hooligans'
Russians trained to fight were involved in the worst of the fan violence that erupted in Marseille during the opening of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, the French city's chief prosecutor said on Monday.
Euro 2016: Spain counting on fresh faces for World Cup redemption
Spain are steadily turning to the next generation ahead of their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic later on Monday as the defending champions look to redeem themselves after a miserable World Cup two years ago.
Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise retires
Former Liverpool and Norway left back John Arne Riise has decided to call time on his career, the player confirmed in a blog post on his official website on Monday.
'England do not lack passion or desire at Euro 2016'
England manager Roy Hodgson has hit out at critics who have questioned his team's patriotism and desire ahead of their European Championship clash against Wales in Lens on Thursday.
1st Copa casualty: Paraguay coach Diaz resigns
Paraguay coach Ramon Diaz has resigned after the team's elimination in the group phase of the Copa America Centenario, Paraguayan FA (APF) sources said on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Northern Ireland fan dies in Nice
A Northern Irish soccer fan died in the French city of Nice after scaling a sea-front railing and falling on his head onto a stone beach, a local official said on Monday. Euro 2016: Victorious Poles keep feet on ground with Germans ahead
Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak urged his team mates not to get carried away by their first ever victory at a European championship finals against Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 on Sunday. Euro 2016: What Germany needs to do after opening win
Germany defence must get better despite opening win.
Iceland coach brands Ronaldo and Pepe as 'Hollywood actors'
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and defender Pepe could land roles in Hollywood because of their playacting, Iceland coach Lars Lagerback has said ahead their European Championship Group F clash in St Etienne on Tuesday.
Speculation rife about Dunga's future
Defiant Brazil manager Dunga brushed off suggestions that early elimination from the Copa America would cost him his job on Sunday, telling reporters that he feared 'only death' and not unemployment.
Copa America: Controversial Peru goal knocks Brazil out
Substitute Raul Riudiaz's hotly disputed goal earned Peru a shock 1-0 win over Brazil in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday, the defeat knocking the five-time world champions out the Copa America at the group stage.
Srna to return to Croatia after father's death
Skipper Darijo Srna is leaving Croatia's Euro 2016 squad following the death of his father.
Why Super-sub Schweinsteiger 'can't play 90 minutes'
Bastian Schweinsteiger does not believe he can yet offer Germany a 90-minute show at Euro 2016 but against Ukraine on Sunday the playmaker proved he only needs a short cameo to make a big difference.
Shell-shocked Ukraine have no answers to German 'machine'
Never a man of many words, Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko could find no other reason to explain his side's spirited but ultimately vain attempt to hold off the German steamroller in an opening Euro 2016 Group C game that ended 2-0.
June 12, 2016
Turkey coach rues missed chance in Croatia defeat
Turkey coach Fatih Terim was left to rue a missed chance in the first half of their Euro 2016 Group D defeat by Croatia, which he believes would have changed the outcome of Sunday's match.
Euro: Milik powers Poland to win over Northern Ireland
Poland's Arkadiusz Milik scored the winner as they downed Northern Ireland 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group C opening match in Nice on Sunday.
What Modric had to say about this intruder...
It could have been a supporter from Turkey, but thank God it was a Croatian supporter," Luka Modric said.
Luka goes from moderate to majestic Modric
Croatia coach Ante Cacic hailed the man-of-the-match performance of the majestic Luka Modric following his side's winning start against Turkey at Euro 2016 on Sunday.
How Rakitic eclipsed Barca pal Turan as Croatia kicked off campaign with win
Ivan Rakitic outshone Barcelona team mate Arda Turan as Croatia ran out 1-0 winners against Turkey at Euro 2016 on Sunday, a victory that was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
More fan violence at Euro 2016, this time involving Northern Ireland
Violence also briefly erupted in Nice, where Northern Irish and local fans hurled glass bottles and chairs at each other late on Saturday.
France mulls alcohol ban after fan violence escalates at Euro C'ships
France's interior minister called on tough sanctions against England and Russia after violent clashes in Marseille and urged hosting cities to consider a ban on alcohol around match days.
Euro 2016: Will Del Bosque drop De Gea?
Spain goalkeeper David De Gea is in line to start their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday despite being involved in an off-field controversy, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Sunday. The final decision, though, would be made on Monday.
Euro: Magical Modric helps Croatia down Turkey 1-0, exact 2008 revenge
Croatia needed a touch of Luka Modric magic to beat Turkey 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group D opener on Sunday, gaining a measure of revenge after their bitter quarter-final elimination by the same opponents at Euro 2008.
Why Sweden's Ibrahimovic has asked his team-mates to sit back...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he was under pressure to perform well in Sweden's opening Euro 2016 game against Ireland at the Stade de France on Monday but that the greatest pressure came from himself.
England, Russia face Euro disqualification if fan violence persists
European soccer's governing body warned the English and Russian football associations on Sunday that if fan violence continued their teams could be disqualified from the Euro 2016 tournament.
Euro 2016: 'Disgusted' UEFA investigates Russian fan violence
European soccer's governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union on Sunday after violence marred the end of Russia's Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille on Saturday evening.
Sweden fans could be left stranded by SAS airline strike
Thousands of Swedish soccer fans planning to travel to France for the European championship could be left stranded if a strike by pilots at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is not resolved in time.
Euro 2016: What went wrong with England's opener
For all the positives that England can take from their performance against Russia in their opening Euro 2016 game there remains the worrying issue that their sophisticated modern defenders remain vulnerable to the most basic of attacking ploys -- a long punt into the box.
Welsh work ethic disproves Bale one-man team theory
Wales were billed as a team dependent on Gareth Bale but a 2-1 win over Slovakia in their Euro 2016 opener on Saturday was built on a pacey, fearless performance that should help prove they are more than a one-man show.
Copa America: Injury woes of Argentina's Di Maria continue
The 'Noodle' has broken again with Angel Di Maria injured during a third consecutive major tournament playing for Argentina at the end of a busy club season.
Euro 2016: Russia face disciplinary proceedings after stadium violence
European soccer's governing body, UEFA, said on Sunday it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union following crowd disturbances at the end of the Russia-England Euro 2016 match in Marseille.
Copa America: U.S. win group after Costa Rica stun Colombia
The United States beat Paraguay 1-0 and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Copa America as Group A winners on Saturday after Costa Rica stunned already-qualified Colombia 3-2.
Euro 2016: England denied by Russia's last-gasp equaliser
Vasili Berezutski struck in added time as Russia, second best for long periods, rescued a draw from their UEFA EURO 2016 opener against England in a Group B clash at Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
June 11, 2016
Euro 2016: Bale, Robson-Kanu give Wales 2-1 win over Slovakia
Wales forward Gareth Bale got their Euro 2016 campaign off to a dream start with an early goal and substitute Hal Robson-Kanu struck a late winner as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in the Group B opener on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Leave me alone, prolific Giroud tells mudslingers
Olivier Giroud said he had breathed a sigh of relief after scoring the first goal in Euro 2016 and wished the boos he has faced throughout his career would now go away.
Euro 2016: Swedes close ranks ahead of crunch Ireland game
Sweden elected to train behind closed doors on Saturday as they prepared for their Euro 2016 opener against Ireland following several flare-ups between players and coaches in training on Friday. Euro 2016: 2008 memories rush back as Croatia, Turkey face-off
Croatia captain Darijo Srna still feels the pain of losing on penalties to Turkey at the 2008 European Championship, but refused to talk of revenge ahead of another meeting between the teams at Euro 2016 on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Belgium coach tells players not to be naive
Belgium must not be naive in their approach to their opening European Championship match against Italy, coach Marc Wilmots warned on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Rowdy England fans cause havoc in Marseille
English soccer fans hurling empty beer bottles and chairs clashed with French riot police in Marseille on Saturday, ahead of England's opening match of the Euro 2016 championships against Russia. Euro 2016: Schaer header seals Swiss win over 10-man Albania
An early goal by defender Fabian Schaer earned Switzerland a 1-0 victory over debutants Albania whose captain was sent off before halftime in the Euro 2016 Group A match on Saturday.
Euro 2016: Will pilots strike disrupt travel plans of football fans?
Air France pilots went on a four-day strike over pay cuts on Saturday that could disrupt transport plans for football fans on the second day of Europe's soccer championship.
Copa America: Messi 'tricks as Argentina ease into quarters
Lionel Messi came off the bench to score a hat-trick in just 18 minutes on Friday as Argentina hammered Panama 5-0 and eased into the quarter-finals of the Copa America.
Euro Previews: Ukraine set to test Germany defence; Croatia cautious
Germany's defence will be put to the test in their opening Euro 2016 group match against Ukraine in Lille on Sunday with major questions still to be answered about the world champions' new-look rearguard.
Euro 2016: Hazard limps out of training session
Eden Hazard has suffered a knock and is expected to return to training for Belgium after limping out of their behind-closed-doors session on Friday, coach Marc Wilmots said.
Euro 2016: Points Table
How the teams stand in the European Football Championship.
Payet's late stunner helps France floor Romania in Euro opener
Dimitri Payet's spectacular late strike earned France a 2-1 win over Euro 2016 Group A rivals Romania on Friday, giving the host nation a flying start to their campaign.
June 10, 2016
Spain's De Gea denies links to prostitution case
Spain goalkeeper David De Gea has said press reports linking him to a prostitution case currently under investigation in Spain were false and he would not leave the Spanish squad.
'I know it is tough being a manager at Real Madrid'
In Maximum City as the Wellness Ambassador of Kanakia Paris, a French-themed residential complex, the French football icon opened up about Real Madrid, Euro 2016 and the current France team among other topics. Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com was all ears.
Why Guardiola will not have it easy while Mourinho will be hit...
Chelsea forward Pedro fears Pep Guardiola, his former coach at Barcelona, could be in for a rude awakening at Manchester City next season.
Euro 2016: Germany's Neuer ready to play mentor's role
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is ready to play the mentor's role irrespective of who leads the team in their Euro 2016 opener against Ukraine on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Aaron Ramsey backs Wales to spring a surprise
Representing Wales at the European Championship is a welcome change from being on "holiday" during a major international tournament, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said. Euro 2016: British soccer fans and locals clash in Marseille
Police intervened to halt skirmishes involving British soccer fans and locals in the port city of Marseille overnight, just hours before the Euro 2016 championship opens in France.
Euro 2016: Divided loyalties as Switzerland face Albania
Switzerland may get a taste of their own medicine on Saturday when they meet an Albania side featuring several players who benefited from the highly-acclaimed Swiss youth set-up.
Euro 2016: England start campaign against Russia
England and Russia are the big beasts of Group B and, though each would love a winning start when they meet on Saturday, the fear of losing could well become all-pervading and lead to a cagey encounter. Assassin Messi could be unstoppable, says Panama coach
No amount of preparation is enough to snuff out the threat of Argentina's "assassin" Lionel Messi, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez said ahead of Friday's Copa America clash between the teams.
Copa America: Venezuela win puts Suarez-less Uruguay on the brink of exit
A goal by Salomon Rondon gave Venezuela an upset 1-0 win over Uruguay in Philadelphia on Thursday that put them on the verge of the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals with the record 15-times champions facing elimination.
June 09, 2016
'Messi has no personality, lacks the character to be a leader'
Football icon Diego Maradona has claimed that current Argentina skipper Lionel Messi does not have the character to be a leader.
Will AIFF take legal action against Premier Futsal League?
The All India Football Federation is considering 'legal action' against organisers of Premier Futsal League, headed by legendary Portuguese playmaker Luis Figo.
'Wales's Bale can terrify opponents at Euro 2016'
Wales winger Gareth Bale has enough firepower to terrorise opponents in this month's European Championship in France, midfielder Joe Allen has said.
First Look: France football legend Zidane in Mumbai
The French coach, who took over Real Madrid following Rafael Benitez's sacking in January is in the city to promote a Mumbai-based real estate brand Kanakia Group, known for its themed residences.
Can Ireland's McLean cast aside his bitter memories of Euro 2012?
Midfielder James McClean hopes he can cast aside his bitter memories of the Euro 2012 campaign and play a key role for Ireland in this month's European Championship in France.
Ronaldo urges Portugal to stay grounded after Estonia romp
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his team mates not to get carried away by the 7-0 romp over Estonia ahead of their campaign at the Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Will Northern Ireland's Lafferty bask in glory?
Striker Kyle Lafferty is certain that Northern Ireland can beat any team at Euro 2016 if he can continue his scintillating form at the international stage.
Benteke happy to stay at Liverpool but wants more game time
Christian Benteke wants to stay at Liverpool but is reluctant to commit his future to the Anfield club unless he gets more game time under manager Juergen Klopp.
Rooney wants to finish his career at Manchester United
Wayne Rooney says it is highly unlikely that a scenario would arise causing him to switch allegiances to any Premier League side other than Manchester United or boyhood club Everton in the future.
FIFA U-17 World Cup: You think you can play football?
If an Indian born player with valid Indian passport thinks that he can play football, then All India Football Federation's Chief operating officer (COO) for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Abhishek Yadav is looking for you.
Pele auction: World Cup trophy fetches £395,000
Pele's medal from his first World Cup victory in 1958 when he was just a teenager sold for £200,000 at least £60,000 more than its estimated price tag.
Copa America: Messi trains with Argentina, eyes Panama
Lionel Messi trained alongside his Argentina team-mates at the Copa America Centenario as he targets a return from injury in his team's second Group D game against Panama.
Euro 2016: Football fever grips France ahead of Romania opener
France kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Romania on Friday with the host nation desperate for a ray of sunshine after being hit by strikes, floods and scandals in the build-up.
Preview: Who's going to take the Euro 2016 Cup home?
Bigger than ever, the European Championship kicks off in Paris on Friday with a four-week feast of football that promises to elevate the game above the corruption scandals and security fears that have overshadowed its build-up.
Revealed: The most valuable squad at Euro 2016
Belgium will boast the most valuable squad at Euro 2016, with their 23 players worth over 50 million pounds ($72.54 million) more than world champions Germany, according to a study.
Euro 2016: Germany's Boateng bars family due to security risk in France
A Germany footballer who was playing in Paris in November when suicide bombers launched an attack outside the stadium has barred his family from Euro 2016 matches due to security concerns.
Euro 2016: Premier League provides most players
Spain may have an iron grip on Europe's club competitions but the English Premier League is the dominant power when it comes to the number of players competing at Euro 2016.
Euro 2016: Ronaldo scores brace as Portugal blank Estonia 7-0 in warm-up
Mercurial forward Ricardo Quaresma scored twice and set up three more goals in a sparkling individual performance as Portugal demolished Estonia 7-0 in their final friendly before Euro 2016 on Wednesday. Why the Euro scores over Copa America
You can see Messi, Suarez and other South American superstars play in the Copa America.
Copa America: Brazil hammer hapless Haiti 7-1
Philippe Coutinho grabbed a hat-trick as Brazil ramped up their Copa America campaign with a resounding 7-1 win over a hapless Haiti on Wednesday.
June 08, 2016
Banned Platini can attend Euro 2016 matches but...
Banned UEFA president Michel Platini will be allowed to attend matches at the European soccer Championship providing he does not do it in any official role, the European governing body's acting general secretary said on Wednesday.
Fit Ronaldo 'ready to take Portugal to important success'
Cristiano Ronaldo is in top condition and showing more resolve than ever to lead Portugal to the European title, national team coach Fernando Santos said ahead of their final Euro 2016 warm-up match on Wednesday.
Villarreal defender Bailly signs for Manchester United
Central defender Eric Bailly joined Manchester United from Spanish side Villarreal on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Struggles in front of goal concern Spain coach Del Bosque
Spain are among the favourites to win the European Championship this summer but the team's 1-0 home defeat to Georgia on Tuesday has set alarm bells ringing.
Iconic Nigerian player and manager Keshi dies aged 54
Former Nigeria defender Stephen Keshi, who won the African Nations Cup as both a player and a coach, died of a suspected heart attack on Wednesday, the country's football association has confirmed. Gayle equates himself to soccer stars Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic
West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has equated himself with football superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo in his recently-released autobiography 'Six Machine'.
Copa America: Rodriguez stars for Colombia, US hammers Costa Rica
Colombia became the first side to book a spot in the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals on Tuesday after beating Paraguay in Pasadena, while the United States kept their hopes of advancing alive by thrashing Costa Rica 4-0. UEFA reveal the best ever Euro XI
The football fever reaches sky-high with all eyes on Euro 2016. Tournament host France will play the opener against Romania, which will be aired in India post mid-night on June 11.
Euro 2016: Spain stunned by Georgia in final warmup
Spain's preparations for Euro 2016 suffered a blow as they were beaten 1-0 by Georgia on Tuesday in their final warmup friendly ahead of the tournament in France.
June 07, 2016
Everton agree deal for Dutch manager Ronald Koeman
Everton have agreed a deal with Dutchman Ronald Koeman to become the Premier League club's manager, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Giampiero Ventura named as next Italy coach
Giampiero Ventura, a 68-year-old who has never won a major title, was named on Tuesday as the next Italy coach to replace Antonio Conte after Euro 2016.
Chelsea and Mourinho reach settlement with former doctor Carneiro
Chelsea and former manager Jose Mourinho have reached an undisclosed settlement with former team doctor Eva Carneiro at an employment tribunal in London, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
India thrash Laos 6-1, book Asian Cup Qualifiers berth
Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua scored twice as India recovered from a one-goal deficit to thrash Laos 6-1 in one of the biggest ever wins and book a berth in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football Qualifiers.
Britain warns of potential terror attacks at Euro 2016 venues
Britain's Foreign Office has warned fans travelling to France for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament that its venues are "potential targets for terrorist attacks".
Spain hungry to bring Euro Cup 'where it belongs'
Reigning champions Spain are hungry to hold onto their title at the European Championship that kicks off this week, midfielder Cesc Fabregas said, but admitted there was no clear favourite.
'Vardy's exit will be catastrophic for Leicester'
Losing striker Jamie Vardy to Arsenal could spark an exodus of players from Leicester City, former defender Gerry Taggart has said, adding that the move could be catastrophic for the Premier League champions.
Casillas hails healthy competition with de Gea
Spain captain Iker Casillas believes David de Gea is "no longer a future prospect but a strong contender" to play in goal for the national team at Euro 2016.
Messi could return for second game, says Argentina coach
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino expects Lionel Messi to be fit for his team's second Copa America Centenario fixture this week -- even if he is satisfied that the two-time world champions are adjusting to life without their injured superstar. This is LEGENDARY! Kohli, AR Rahman work together for Premier Futsal
India's music maestro AR Rahman and India's Test cricket captain Virat Kohli will join forces to compose the official anthem for the inaugural season of the star-studded Premier Futsal League.
The day Paul Pogba's mother took on Alex Ferguson
Yeo Moriba laughed as she recalled her showdown with the fearsome Alex Ferguson, one of many confrontations with football authority over the future of her son Paul Pogba.
Ronaldo's museum expanded to three times its original size
Cristiano Ronaldo's museum on Madeira has upsized to a larger home in anticipation of the Real Madrid star winning "future trophies", his cousin told AFP on Monday.
Copa America: Argentina, sans Messi, too good for Chile
Argentina shrugged off the injury absence of Lionel Messi to launch their Copa America Centenario campaign with a 2-1 defeat of defending champions Chile in Santa Clara, United States on Monday. Euro 2016: France fearful of 'soft target' attack
Despite putting unprecedented security measures in place for Euro 2016, France remains deeply concerned over the jihadists' ability to strike a soft target.
Ukraine says detained man planned attacks on Euro soccer championship
Ukraine's state security service said on Monday a French citizen detained in late May on the border with Poland had been planning attacks in France to coincide with the Euro 2016 soccer championship it is hosting. Euro 2016: Toothless Poland held 0-0 by Lithuania in warm-up
Poland rested striker Robert Lewandowski and missed his firepower as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Lithuania in a Euro 2016 warm-up in the former capital city of Krakow on Monday.
Euro 2016: Focus on England, not transfers, Hodgson tells players
England manager Roy Hodgson has told his squad to forget about potential club transfers and focus on their Euro 2016 campaign.
'Copa America has been arranged in the US to favour Mexico'
Wilmar Valdez, the head of Uruguay's football association, says it was a mistake to play the Centenary Copa America in the US. Euro 2016: Italy thrash Finland 2-0 in warm-up
Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva gave a dazzling performance as he scored a penalty and set up a second goal in a 2-0 win over Finland in their fast-paced final Euro 2016 warm-up in Verona on Monday.
June 06, 2016
Ukraine detain man who planned attacks during Euro soccer
Ukraine's state security service said on Monday a French citizen detained in late May on the Ukrainian-Polish border had been planning attacks in France to coincide with the Euro 2016 soccer championship it is hosting. Messi has unfinished business going into Copa America
Argentina's Lionel Messi has unfinished business going into the Centenary Copa America that is being staged in the United States with the Barcelona star keen to help his nation capture a first major title in 23 years.
Chinese retail giant buys near-70 percent stake in Inter Milan
Chinese retail giant Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd has agreed to buy nearly 70 percent of famed Italian soccer club Inter Milan for 270 million euros ($307 million), the highest-profile takeover of a European team so far by a Chinese firm.
Boateng does not see England making it to Euro semis
Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has questioned whether England have enough quality to excel at the European Championship that will commence in France this week.
They think he will take Manchester City to new level...But will he?
Pep Guardiola is a 'proven winner' who will take Manchester City to a 'whole new level', the Premier League club's chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said.
Euro warm-ups: Zlatan stars in Sweden's win; Czech stunned
A round-up of Euro 2016 warm-up matches played on Sunday
Copa America: Mexico strike late to down Uruguay in thriller
Mexico scored twice in the final five minutes to beat Uruguay 3-1 in a pulsating Copa America Group C match in which each side had a man sent off on Sunday.
Why Uruguay players were left bemused before their Copa America match
Copa America organisers were left red-faced on Sunday after playing the wrong national anthem for Uruguay before their match against Mexico in Arizona.
June 05, 2016
Why would Vardy want to join Arsenal?
France and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has fuelled speculation that Jamie Vardy is on his way to the Gunners by saying he has heard the Leicester City striker is keen to move.
Find out why the FIFA president is fuming...
FIFA president blasts critics, says salary not decided.
Euro 2016 warm-ups: Croatia score record win; N Ireland extend unbeaten
Mario Mandzukic and Nikola Kalinic grabbed hat-tricks as Croatia achieved a record win as an independent nation by demolishing San Marino 10-0 in their final Euro 2016 warm-up match in Rijeka.
Giroud defies boo-boys with double in France win
Much-maligned Olivier Giroud struck twice to help attack-minded France sink Scotland 3-0 in a final warm-up game on Saturday before they launch Euro 2016 on home soil next week.
Copa America: Ecuador hold Brazil; Peru sole winners
Eight time champions Brazil were held 0-0 by Ecuador in the glamour game as the second day of the centenary Copa America tournament mustered up only one, albeit spectacular, goal from three matches on Saturday.
June 04, 2016
Copa America: Hosts US fall to Colombia in opener
Colombia scored two first half goals to tame hosts the United States and open the Copa America tournament with a convincing 2-0 victory in front of a big crowd on Friday.
Ibrahimovic will sign for Manchester United - Sky sources
Manchester United will swoop for Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer as new manager Jose Mourinho's first marquee signing at Old Trafford, Sky Sports has reported.
Arsenal trigger Vardy's Leicester buy-out clause
Arsenal have triggered a buy-out clause in striker Jamie Vardy's contract with English champions Leicester City after making a bid of about 20 million pounds, several British media reports said.
June 03, 2016
'Hard working, history-making' Pepe wants to stay at Real
Portugal defender Pepe is in the last year of his contract with Real Madrid but is keen to prove doubters wrong by signing a new deal with the Spanish club.
Messi should be acquitted for tax evasion, says prosecutor
Soccer's five-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi should be acquitted on tax evasion charges against him, Spain's public prosecutors' office said on Friday as the trial drew to a close. Swiss authorities search FIFA HQ in corruption probe
Swiss authorities have again searched the Zurich headquarters of FIFA and seized documents and electronic data in its corruption probe surrounding the global soccer body, the Swiss attorney general's office said on Friday.
Carvajal concedes defeat in fitness fight for Euro 2016
Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has announced he will miss next month's Euro 2016 tournament after the 24-year-old Spaniard sustained a muscular injury to his right leg during Saturday's Champions League final.
Italian giant Buffon stands test of time as Euro beckons
There is no stopping master goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in his ambition to add more major titles to his collection of the 2006 World Cup and seven Serie A championships.
Mourinho will be a success at United: De Gea
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is excited about the new era that is about to begin at his club with coach Jose Mourinho.
Will Neymar leave Barcelona for Real Madrid?
Barcelona are convinced Brazil captain Neymar will commit his long-term future to the Nou Camp as protracted negotiations between the Spanish champions and the striker continue over an extension to his current deal, which expires in June 2018.
Giggs to leave Manchester United after 29 years
Ryan Giggs will leave Manchester United in the close season to explore opportunities in management away from the club, Sky Sports reported on Friday, citing sources.
Why Ronaldo's presence is a threat to Portugal...
Portugal star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's presence makes the team a potential target for terror attacks during Euro 2016, said coach Fernando Santos.
What England must do to prosper at Euro 2016
England must be a bit more 'streetwise' if they are to have any chance of winning the Euro 2016 in France, according to defensive midfielder Eric Dier.
PHOTOS: Smalling smiling after England sink Portugal
England defender Chris Smalling headed the only goal with five minutes left as they beat 10-man Portugal 1-0 in a turgid Euro 2016 warm-up match at Wembley in London, on Thursday.
Wet Roland Garros will suit underdogs, expect new champion at French Open
If there is a new member of the grand slam champions' club this weekend, nobody should be surprised -- the conditions at this year's sodden, chilly French Open suit the underdog.
Barca's super defender Alves to leave Nou Camp
Barcelona's Brazil right back Dani Alves has decided to leave the Nou Camp after eight years with the Spanish champions, the club said on Thursday.
June 02, 2016
Air France pilot unions call for strike during Euro 2016
Air France's pilot unions have called on members to strike during the first week of the Euro 2016 soccer championship in a protest over pay.
Paris police to get reinforcements for some Euro 2016 games
Paris security forces will receive reinforcements to protect fan zones during Euro 2016 soccer matches held in the French capital, the city's police force said on Thursday.
More chances at United or Real would have made me a star: Chicharito
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez says he was not given enough chances to shine during his spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Knew nothing about tax fraud, never interested in that: Messi
Soccer's five-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi said on Thursday he knew nothing about an alleged tax evasion scheme when he signed contracts related to image rights.
Manchester City sign midfielder Guendogan from Dortmund
German midfielder Ilkay Guendogan has joined Manchester City from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.
Del Bosque confident of Spain's chances at Euro 2016
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is delighted with his side's preparations for the European Championships but was not ready to claim they were short odds to register a third successive triumph at the tournament hosted by France.
Mourinho's dwindling options bode well for Man United
Having returned to England after his humiliating ouster from Chelsea, it is up to Jose Mourinho to leave a positive legacy at Manchester United.
Pele to donate auction money to Santos, charity
Brazilian great Pele said he was putting more than 2,000 items up for auction, including his three World Cup medals and a one-of-a-kind Jules Rimet trophy, in order to raise funds for charity and his former club Santos.
Broadcast bonanza sets the Premier League apart
Premier League clubs enjoyed record revenues of 3.3 billion pounds ($4.76 billion) in 2014-15 thanks to broadcast deals that will be even more lucrative next season, according to Deloitte.
Poland lose to young Dutch side in Euro warm-up
A strong Poland side lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in a Euro 2016 warm-up friendly as Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum scored to secure victory for a young Dutch team.
Nolito and Morata fire Spain to easy win over South Korea
European Champions Spain produced a dominant display to thrash South Korea 6-1 in Salzburg, Austria on Wednesday in their penultimate friendly before Euro 2016.
Injured Kaka out of Brazil's Copa America squad
Kaka has dropped out of the Brazil squad for the Centenary Copa America due to injury and will be replaced by Paulo Henrique Ganso, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said.
June 01, 2016
Euro 2016: Belgium's Lukaku rates himself among world's top strikers
Everton's Romelu Lukaku has described himself as one of the most gifted strikers in world football after scoring 25 goals in all competitions for his Premier League club last season.
Tendulkar kicks-off plans for a residential football academy in Kerala
Legendary cricketer and co-owner of Indian Super League football club Kerala Blasters, Sachin Tendulkar, on Wednesday met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss about setting up a state-of-the-art residential football academy in the state.
Frenchman Benzema stokes fresh flames of racism charges before Euro
Racism cost me Euro 2016 spot, claims Benzema
Zlatan tight-lipped about future at Sweden training camp
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has remained tight-lipped about his future at club and international level, telling reporters on Wednesday that he would let them know his plans when he was good and ready.
Manchester United's Memphis vows to return stronger next season
Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is keen to breathe fresh life into his faltering career in England under new manager Jose Mourinho after enduring a disappointing debut campaign under former boss Louis van Gaal.
'In the Premier League if I focus on Pep, another team will win'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will not stoke his rivalry with fellow new recruit Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season because it could damage his team's Premier League title hopes.
Euro 2016: Montolivo misses out for Italy again, De Rossi in
Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo missed out on his second straight major tournament due to injury on Tuesday while Daniele De Rossi was included in Italy's 23-man squad for next month's European Championship in France.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal squad for Euro 2016
Any sliver of a doubt over whether Cristiano Ronaldo would lead Portugal into the Euro 2016 was erased on Tuesday when he was named in their 23-man squad for the finals.
May 31, 2016
Euro 2016: Rami, Umtiti named in France squad
France coach Didier Deschamps confirmed his final Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday, including defenders Adil Rami and Samuel Umtiti in place of the injured Raphael Varane and Jeremy Mathieu. Euro 2016: Rashford, Sturridge make England squad
Strikers Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge made Roy Hodgson's final 23-man England squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday but winger Andros Townsend and midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Fabian Delph were left out.
Perez hails Zidane's influence at Real Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has praised Zinedine Zidane for changing the "recent history" of the club as a player and a coach.
Delhi Dynamos to join Barca, Man United at Soccer Congress
Indian Super League team Delhi Dynamos FC has been invited to be a part of the World Soccer Congress in Shanghai, China.
Euro 2016: Bellerin in Spain's squad
Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin will be in Spain's Euro 2016 squad, the country's football federation said on Tuesday. Winger Reus left out of Germany's Euro 2016 squad
Winger Marco Reus was left out of World Cup winners Germany's final Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday over injury concerns, coach Joachim Loew said.
Euro 2016: Experimental Portugal still a threat
They may be over dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo and struggling to replace old faithfuls, yet under the wily leadership of Fernando Santos, Portugal can still be a threat.
Despite success, Bengaluru FC parts ways with coach Westwood
Ending months of speculation, I-League champions Bengaluru FC and successful head coach Ashley Westwood have parted ways "by mutual consent".
Messi misses first day of tax fraud trial
Barcelona's five-time soccer World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went on trial on Tuesday along with his father on accusations of defrauding the Spanish state of millions of euros (dollars).
Euros: Mix of youth and experience may help Spain prove doubters wrong
For all Vicente del Bosque's confidence that he has the right balance of experience and youth to return Spain to their familiar place on the winner's rostrum, questions remain about his best starting line-up ahead of Euro 2016.
Euro warm-up: Sweden in 0-0 draw with Slovenia; France edge Cameroon
Sweden missed the influence of captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was resting a sore calf muscle, as they struggled to create chances in a dull 0-0 draw with Slovenia in their penultimate Euro 2016 warm-up in Malmo on Monday.
'You killed my country's dream but even so, all the best'
Manchester United's new manager Jose Mourinho made peace with Bobby Charlton as he met the Old Trafford icon at the club's Carrington training ground.
Kidnapped Mexican striker Pulido escaped by punching captor
The authorities billed it as a rescue, but Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido escaped his kidnappers by punching the one guarding him, snatching a cellphone and calling for help, a top official in the country's violent northeast said.
May 30, 2016
Juanfran begs Atletico fans for forgiveness after missed penalty in CL final
Atletico Madrid right back Juanfran has thanked fans for the support he received following his penalty shootout miss in Saturday's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid. Teen Rashford signs lucrative extension deal with Manchester United
Manchester United teenage striker Marcus Rashford is all set to sign a new lucrative long-term deal with the club.
Kidnapped Mexican footballer Pulido rescued
Mexican footballer Alan Pulido has been rescued by authorities and is home, Mexican officials have said.
Euro warm-up: Slovakia stun green Germany; Portugal, Spain win
An inexperienced Germany suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Slovakia in a storm-affected friendly ahead of Euro 2016.
German Boateng gets support after being targeted by anti-migrant party
Germany's main anti-immigrant party triggered outrage on Sunday when its vice-chairman said people would not want German black soccer star Jerome Boateng as their neighbour.
May 29, 2016
Dempo make a return to I-League
Dempo Sports Club sealed a comeback to the elite I-League after scoring a convincing 3-1 win over Minerva Academy FC to top the Second Division I-League at the Nehru Stadium,
Platini under scanner as French prosecutor mulling Qatar 2022 WC probe
French financial authorities are considering investigating how Qatar was awarded the 2022 soccer World Cup, financial prosecutor Eliane Houlette said on Sunday.
Simeone may not have the stomach to reinvent Atletico again
Diego Simeone may not have the stomach to reinvent Atletico Madrid again after they suffered another morale-shattering loss to Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final.
PHOTOS: Kings of Europe Real Madrid take celebrations to the street
Newly-crowned European club football champions Real Madrid took their Champions League celebrations on to the streets of Madrid.
Heroic Zidane assured place in Real hearts
In leading Real Madrid to their 11th European Cup less than five months after inheriting an unhappy team from Rafael Benitez, Zinedine Zidane has cemented his heroic status at the Bernabeu and appears to have assured his immediate future.
Ramos is Real hero again after turbulent year
Just as he did two years ago, Sergio Ramos left his footprint all over Real Madrid's Champions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid following a turbulent 12 months.
Losing two finals is a failure, says distraught Atletico coach Simeone
A downbeat Diego Simeone did not confirm whether he wanted to continue as Atletico Madrid coach on Saturday after suffering a second agonising Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in three years.
'Work work, work' is Real's mantra as Zidane praises subdued Ronaldo
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane lavished praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after the three-time world player of the year appeared to struggle through the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Real edge Atletico in penalties to win 11th UEFA Champions League crown
Real Madrid win UEFA Champions League
May 28, 2016
De Bruyne's long-range strike helps Belgium sink Switzerland
A dipping long-range strike from Kevin de Bruyne gave Belgium a late 2-1 win away at 10-man Switzerland in a friendly between the two Euro 2016 finalists on Saturday.
Here's where Spurs will play their Champions League games
Tottenham Hotspur have reached agreement with the FA to host Champions League games at Wembley next season with an option to use the national stadium for all matches in the 2017-18 campaign while they are building a new ground.
Messi worries Argentina with back injury in 1-0 win
Argentina had a scare when Lionel Messi had to be substituted after incurring a back injury during a 1-0 win over rugged Honduras in a Copa America Centenario warm-up friendly on Friday.
May 27, 2016
Stage set for Mourinho-Manchester United's successful marriage
Jose Mourinho will forget what has gone on for the last three disappointing seasons at Manchester United, he said in his first interview after being installed as manager on Friday.
How the Sports Ministry plans to promote football in India
With an aim to make the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup a huge success, the Sports Ministry has urged all the states and Union Territories to take necessary steps to popularise and promote football in their region by including the game in various programmes.
Did Cantona call France football coach Deschamps a racist?
France soccer coach Didier Deschamps will file a legal complaint against Eric Cantona after his former national teammate suggested the squad selection for Euro 2016 was racially motivated, Deschamps's lawyer said on Friday.
It's official! Manchester United appoint Mourinho as manager
Manchester United have appointed Jose Mourinho as their manager, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Why soccer managers are often on the move...
England's League Managers' Association has revealed that the average tenure of a Premier League manager is now little more than two seasons, with 11 of last year's 20 starters already kicked out.
Ibrahimovic tightlipped on future
Ibrahimovic said he had received offers from the Premier League, Italy and outside Europe but gave no more details.
UEFA Champions League: Atletico have history on their mind
Two years on from their defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Atletico Madrid are back on the same stage against the same rival - wiser and determined not to be haunted by the memories of Lisbon.
May 26, 2016
What Ronaldo feels about Van Gaal's reign at Man Utd
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has said his former club Manchester United lacked 'a bit of an identity' under the tutelage of sacked manager Louis van Gaal.
Simeone boost for Atletico ahead of CL final
Atletico Madrid were given a big boost ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid in Milan with the news that coach Diego Simeone will be staying on next season.
Find out why Man Utd may have to pay Chelsea...
Jose Mourinho is expected to be named Manchester United's new manager either later, in Thursday, or Friday, after the tangled issue of who owns his name - and, crucially, is licensed to exploit it commercially - is resolved.
India draw UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran in AFC U-16 Championships
India will be up against UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iran in the group stages of AFC U-16 Championship as the draw for the event, which will act as a dress rehearsal for next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup, was held amid much fanfare in Panaji, Goa on Thursday.
Germany defender Boateng questions England's quality
Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has questioned whether England have enough quality to excel at next month's European Championship.
'Van Gaal got what he deserved at Manchester United'
Manchester United were right to sack Louis van Gaal after the club failed to qualify for next season's Champions League, according to his fellow Dutchman Ruud Gullit.
Why Manchester City signed Guardiola...
'Pep Guardiola is a fantastic manager because he is able to build a really strong identity of his team.'
Copa America to use Hawk-Eye for goal-line technology
Hawk-Eye technology will be used to decide whether the ball has crossed the goal-line at next month's Copa America Centenario in the United States, the tournament's organising committee said on Wednesday.
Defence is best form of attack for fitter Atletico
A fitter Atletico Madrid will face off against Spanish neighbours Real Madrid in their second UEFA Champions League final in three years.
Humility, charm are strengths of result-delivering Zidane
'We've always been behind Zidane because he is a humble person who likes to listen, and that always makes things easier'
Ronaldo fit and raring to fire Real to more European glory
Cristiano Ronaldo says he will be "100 percent" in Saturday's Champions League final as he attempts to fire Real Madrid to a record-extending 11th European Cup and further torment their city rivals, Atletico.
May 25, 2016
Ronaldo wants Real Madrid to renew his contract
Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid to renew his contract and said he wanted to see out his career in the Spanish capital.
Manchester set for derby delight if Mourinho comes: Schweinsteiger
Manchester should brace itself for some fascinating local derbies if Jose Mourinho joins United, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Wednesday.
No Atletico player would make Real's XI, Bale says
Gareth Bale would not pick any Atletico Madrid player over one of his teammates, the Real Madrid forward said, as the two Spanish sides prepare to square off in Saturday's Champions League final.
Guardiola will change the face of English football: Xavi
Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi has backed incoming ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola to leave his mark on the Premier League after taking over from the departing Manuel Pellegrini on July 1.
Manchester United: The Three Key Mistakes...
As Manchester United prepare to embark on a new era following Louis van Gaal;s departure, Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com offers a diagnosis of what went wrong with the most successful Premier League club after Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day.
Mata's Manchester United future bleak with Mourinho's impending arrival
He does not fit the bill for a prototype Mourinho midfielder. He lacks defensive attributes because he has no pace, is weak in the air, cannot tackle and is heavily reliant on his left foot.
Rami to replace injured Varane in France Euro 2016 squad
France's Euro 2016 hopes suffered a setback on Tuesday when first-choice centre back Raphael Varane was ruled out of the tournament through injury.
Road to Euro 2016: Ronaldo remains Portugal's talisman
Cristiano Ronaldo owes most of his fame and fortune to his exploits with Real Madrid, yet he also remains a hugely influential figure when representing his country.
Giggs could be demoted on Mourinho's coaching staff
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has reportedly been offered a new role on the coaching staff led by Jose Mourinho, who is being considered as the favourite to replace Louis van Gaal at the helm of the Old Trafford club.
Has Mourinho agreed to a deal with Manchester United?
English football's biggest club seem to have secured the services of the sport's most colourful manager after Jose Mourinho, according to Sky TV reports, agreed personal terms with Manchester United on Tuesday.
May 24, 2016
Ronaldo declares himself fit for Champions League final
Cristiano Ronaldo reassured Real Madrid fans he will be fit to play in Saturday's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in Milan after limping out of Tuesday's training session.
Zidane praises Simeone ahead of Champions League final
Zinedine Zidane had few equals as a player but heading into his first Champions League final as a coach, he admits that unlike Atletico Madrid counterpart Diego Simeone he still has much to learn.
He feels Van Gaal deserved better treatment
Netherlands international Daley Blind believes sacked Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal deserved more respect, better treatment.
Meet Ukraine's 'new Shevchenko'
Andriy Yarmolenko, whose 22 goals have established him as the player most likely to fill the role a full decade after he was saddled with the tag of the "new Shevchenko".
Will Poland's Lewandowski sizzle on biggest stage in Euro 2016?
Poland's Robert Lewandowski has chalked up so many big-game landmarks during his club career that the 27-year-old seems overdue a major tournament performance with his country.
England set to extend 50 years of hurt...
When England fans sang about '30 years of hurt' at Euro '96 they had high hopes of ending the pain with a first trophy since the 1966 World Cup but 20 years on from that agonising near miss there is precious little optimism in the air.
Euro 2016: Spotlight back on the pitch
Bigger than ever, the European Championship kicks off in Paris next month with a four-week feast of football that promises to elevate the game above the corruption scandals and security fears that have overshadowed its build-up.
All you need to know about former United manager Louis van Gaal
Factbox on Dutchman Louis van Gaal who left his job as Manchester United manager on Monday.
Messi, Sanchez and Alves headline final Copa rosters
Five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi of Argentina, Chile's Alexis Sanchez and Brazilian Dani Alves were among the big names in the final rosters announced on Monday for next month's Copa America Centenario.
Did Manchester United disrespect Van Gaal?
News of Van Gaal's impending departure from the club leaked out minutes after Saturday's 2-1 extra-time victory over Palace and, following relentless media speculation and a day of negotiations, it was confirmed by both sides on Monday evening.
May 23, 2016
Conte omits Balotelli, Pirlo from provisional Italy Euro squad
Italy manager Antonio Conte named his provisional squad for the European Championship on Monday, and his selection was notable as much for the player he left off as for those he chose.
Big-hearted Beckham buys lunch for homeless man
David Beckham is indeed a big-hearted person, proved his recent gesture.
Manchester United sack manager Van Gaal, Mourinho likely to take over
Manchester United manager Louise van Gaal has been sacked, British media reports have claimed.
Manchester United shares waver as Mourinho expected to join club
Shares in English soccer giant Manchester United wavered in volatile trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on Monday, following media reports that the club was set to replace its manager with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
'Kings of Spain', Barca players celebrate Copa del Rey win in style
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the jubilant Catalan team...
Football friendly: Kane, Vardy inspire England to win
England's Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy struck in a 2-1 friendly win over fellow Euro 2016 finalists Turkey on Sunday as the home side warmed up with a performance that highlighted their potency in attack and defensive limitations.
'Barcelona is made of champions'
Despite Barcelona's exit from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, coach Luis Enrique said their victory over Sevilla in the King's Cup on Sunday had capped a "fantastic" season.
Suarez doubtful for Copa America
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is in doubt for next month's Copa America.
King's Cup PIX: Barca complete double with win over Sevilla
Barcelona retained the King's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla to complete a domestic double.
May 22, 2016
Former United player Neville makes Mourinho-Ferguson comparison
Jose Mourinho is a proven winner who is the perfect choice as Manchester United manager, the club's former defender Phil Neville said on Sunday.
Real's Varane to miss Champions League final
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss the Champions League final after suffering a hamstring injury in training, Spanish media reported on Sunday. Growing interest for football indicates a fruitful future: PM
With India gearing up to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he sees the "outset of a footballing atmosphere" in the country that longs to one day compete in the sport's showpiece event.
Klinsmann opts for experience in US Copa America squad
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has turned to experience for next month's Copa America Centenario on home soil, but said he had to make some "very close, tight decisions" before announcing his 23-player squad on Saturday.
FA Cup champs United to make Mourinho announcement next week?
Jose Mourinho will be appointed Manchester United manager next week to replace Louis van Gaal despite Saturday's FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace, British media have reported.
Ibrahimovic bids farewell to PSG with French Cup win
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bid farewell to Paris St Germain in style by scoring twice and setting up another as the French champions completed a second successive domestic treble by beating Olympique de Marseille 4-2 in the French Cup final on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Juventus win Italian Cup, complete double
Juventus won a second consecutive double when substitute Alvaro Morata's extra-time goal secured a 1-0 Italian Cup final win over AC Milan who missed out on Europe for a third successive season on Saturday.
Bayern win German Cup in Guardiola farewell
Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on penalties to win the German Cup for the 18th time on Saturday, handing coach Pep Guardiola another domestic double in his final game in charge.
PHOTOS: Sublime Lingard volley sees United win 12th FA Cup title
Manchester United substitute Jesse Lingard's superb volley in extra time secured a 2-1 win over CrystalPalace in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for their first major trophy in three years.
May 21, 2016
King's Cup final: Barca not taking Sevilla lightly
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes his team will be made to suffer by Sevilla in the King's Cup final on Sunday, but that they will emerge victorious.
Atletico must play CL final as if it was their last: Koke
Midfielder Koke issued a rallying cry to his Atletico Madrid teammates on Saturday ahead of next week's Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Atletico's hard-working Griezmann gets top rating
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone rates Antoine Griezmann as one of the top three players in the world and says the forward owes it to his ability to work hard and the willingness to listen.
Who will score Real Madrid's 100th goal of the season?
Real Madrid's attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema need to score twice in the Champions League final on May 28 against Atletico Madrid to hit the century mark for goals this season for the first time.
Catalan nationalists to give Scottish flags to Barcelona fans
Catalan nationalists said on Friday they would hand out 10,000 Scottish flags to Barcelona supporters in the Spanish King's Cup Final soccer match on Sunday after Madrid banned the display of the Catalan pro-independence flag in the stadium.
Italian honour for Leicester manager Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri has received an honour from the Italian president after the soccer manager led rank outsiders Leicester City to the top of the English Premier League.
May 20, 2016
'Winning mindset will see Manchester United recapture glory days'
Manchester United will soon be "winning in style" again courtesy of their never-say-die attitude on the pitch, midfielder Juan Mata has said ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Zidane was born to coach, says Beckham
David Beckham believes Real Madrid should give his former team mate at the club, Zinedine Zidane, time to succeed even if the French great fails to inspire them to victory in the Champions League final later this month.
FIFA ethics investigation recommends two-year ban against Germany's Niersbach
The investigatory chamber of world soccer body FIFA's ethics committee has recommended a two-year ban and a fine against former German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach.
English Football League set for major shake-up?
The Football League has proposed introducing a fifth division as part of a revamp that would involve the biggest shake-up of the English game since the Premier League was founded in 1992.
Meet the highest paid MLS players...
Brazilian veteran Kaka is the highest paid player in Major League Soccer, with a 2016 guaranteed salary of $7.167 million, according to figures released by the Players' Union on Thursday.
3 months in office and salary still not confirmed...
FIFA president Gianni Infantino's salary has still not been confirmed three months after he took office, the head of soccer's global body said on Thursday.
May 19, 2016
'Sorry Man United seek to raise spirits with FA Cup win'
A club of Manchester United's stature should be vying for silverware on all fronts, midfielder Ander Herrera said, adding that a win in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday would raise spirits after a poor season. English champions Leicester visit Thai king's palace
English Premier League champions Leicester City paid a visit to Bangkok's glittering Grand Palace on Thursday and signed a well-wishing book for the country's revered monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
German footballer diagnosed with tumour after doping test
Eintracht Frankfurt captain Marco Russ has been diagnosed with a tumour after he had initially tested positive in a routine doping test, the Bundesliga club said on Thursday.
'Man Utd hero Rashford deserves England recognition'
Marcus Rashford's impressive form at Manchester United earned him a spot in England's provisional Euro 2016 squad and according to team mate Wayne Rooney the teenaged striker deserves all the recognition.
FA Cup, Man Utd v Palace: Will Van Gaal do a Ferguson?
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal goes into the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday facing echoes of the 1990 showpiece between the two sides that proved so pivotal in the career of Alex Ferguson.
Chinese magnate to buy English soccer team Aston Villa
A Chinese magnate has agreed to buy historic English football club Aston Villa, the latest in a series of investments from China into football worldwide as President Xi Jinping looks to make the country a global powerhouse in the sport.
Is Brazil on time for 'safe' Olympics?
All infrastructure for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be ready before they begin in August, including a much-delayed metro line, Brazil's newly appointed Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani said in an interview on Wednesday.
Why Spanish clubs dominate European football...
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp had praised Spanish clubs on the eve of the match, saying they had better scouting, coaches and player development than their English, German and Italian equivalents.
Europa PIX: Sevilla shock Liverpool; win third straight title
Sevilla conjured up a dazzling comeback to clinch a record third successive Europa League title on Wednesday, flooring Liverpool with a 3-1 victory that showed why the Spanish side have become masters of Europe's second-tier competition.
May 18, 2016
Terry signs for another year with Chelsea
Chelsea long-serving captain John Terry has signed a new one-year contract, making a U-turn after saying in January he would be leaving at the end of the season.
Pedro has no regrets over swapping Barcelona for Chelsea
Spain midfielder Pedro has no regrets over leaving Barcelona in search of more playing time, despite failing to nail down a regular starting berth in his debut season at Chelsea.
Chile kick-off 120 hour soccer match!!!
Chile internationals Christopher Toselli and Bryan Carrasco joined forces with amateurs in a "crazy" attempt to set a new world record for playing the longest soccer match.
Bundesliga club sacks Indian-origin manager
Robin Dutt, Indian-origin manager of the German football Bundesliga first division club VfB Stuttgart, has been sacked following the team's relegation from the premier league.
Will Guardiola push Manchester City to new heights?
Pep Guardiola to be a hard task master who will extract the best out of a side that has shone domestically but struggled against Europe's elite.
Defiant Van Gaal booed by United fans after season finale
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal blamed injuries and unrealistic expectations for his team's disappointing season after a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday confirmed a fifth place finish in the Premier League.
World champs Germany go for youth in preliminary Euro 2016 squad
Germany coach Joachim Loew has named four talented youngsters, including three uncapped players, in his preliminary 27-man squad for Euro 2016.
Exciting teen midfielder Sanches named in Portugal Euro squad
Portugal coach Fernando Santos left Bernardo Silva, one of the country's brightest young players, out of his final 23-man Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday but included 18-year-old Renato Sanches.
EPL: United ease past Bournemouth to seal fifth spot
Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford scored to lift Manchester United to a comfortable 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday that secured fifth place in the Premier League table.
May 17, 2016
No ISL, I-League merger: AIFF's new roadmap for Indian football
Ending speculation around the merger of Indian Super League with I-League, the All India Football Federation on Tuesday virtually recognised ISL as the country's premier league as per a new roadmap, which will have three more seven-month leagues in a hierarchical system from 2017 onwards.
Costa, Mata, Torres and Cazorla left out of Spain squad
Premier League-based trio Diego Costa, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla were among a high-profile list of absentees when Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque named his provisional 25-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday. Costa injured his hamstring against Liverpool in Chelsea's penultimate game of the season.
Europa League: A red revolution on cards under Klopp's watchful gaze
Juergen Klopp, who has breathed new life into Liverpool in his seven months in charge, would seal his place in the hearts of the club's supporters if he pulls off victory over Sevilla in Wednesday's Europa League final.
Euro 2016 security chief 'cool and confident' despite militant threat
The job of keeping millions of soccer fans safe at one of the world's biggest sporting events would be enough to keep most people awake at night.
England capable of matching any opponent at Euros: Rooney
England have what it takes to get the better of any opponent but need to be consistent if they are to win their first European Championship in France, captain Wayne Rooney has said.
PHOTOS: The party's on in Leicester City...
Players, manager, fans celebrate title triumph with victory parade
Ranieri wins League Managers' award
Claudio Ranieri was named the League Managers' Association (LMA) manager of the year on Monday after leading 5,000-1 outsiders LeicesterCity to an improbable Premier League title.
May 16, 2016
Future Chelsea coach Conte acquitted in match-fixing case
An Italian judge on Monday acquitted Antonio Conte, the future coach of English Premier League club Chelsea, for allegedly doing nothing to halt a 2011 match-fixing scandal while he was in charge of the Siena soccer team.
England's Wilshere will be fit in time for Euros?
Injury-plagued midfielder Jack Wilshere is fit and with a few more games under his belt will be ready to play for England at the European Championship next month, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said.
Police demands inquiry into Manchester Utd fake bomb 'fiasco'
Manchester's police commissioner demanded an inquiry into the 'fiasco' of a fake bomb left behind from a training exercise at Old Trafford that forced the abandonment on Sunday of a Premier League soccer match.
Footballers of the weekend: Suarez shines again in Europe
Check out the top footballers of the weekend...
Abandoned Manchester United game rearranged for Tuesday
Manchester United's final Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth, which was abandoned on Sunday after the discovery of a suspect device at Old Trafford, will be played on Tuesday, the League announced in a statement.
Tearful Terry tells Chelsea fans: 'I want to stay'
John Terry made an emotional address to his devoted Chelsea fans on the Stamford Bridge pitch on Sunday, telling them that he still wanted to stay at the club.
How Pep announcement made Pellegrini's life difficult...
Manuel Pellegrini aimed what felt like a surprise parting shot at Manchester City on Sunday by saying his life had been made difficult by the club's decision to announce in February that Pep Guardiola would take over as manager next season.
Suspect package destroyed at Manchester Utd stadium was training device
A suspicious package destroyed by a bomb disposal team after prompting the evacuation of Manchester United's stadium on Sunday was a fake device accidentally left behind after a training exercise, police said.
May 15, 2016
Federation Cup: Aizawl FC to clash with Mohun Bagan in final
Aizawl FC booked a berth in the summit clash of the Federation Cup football tournament in their maiden appearance after they drew with Sporting Clube de Goa 2-2 in the second leg semi-finals, in Margao, on Sunday.
EPL PIX: Newcastle stun Spurs; Giroud hat-trick lifts Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur fluffed their last-day lines with a 5-1 defeat at relegated, 10-man Newcastle United that left them third in the Premier League behind bitter north London rivals Arsenal.
Controlled explosion carried out at Manchester Utd stadium
A controlled explosion was carried out on a suspect package inside Manchester United's stadium on Sunday and the club's Premier League match against Bournemouth was abandoned.
That's how Ibrahimovic bids farewell to Parc des Princes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrated his last game at the Parc des Princes with Paris St Germain by breaking the club's goal record in a top flight season in the French champions' 4-0 win against Nantes in the final round of Ligue 1 on Saturday.
May 14, 2016
Brilliant 40-goal Suarez crucial to Barca's title win
Luis Suarez has progressed from his impressive debut La Liga campaign to produce the most prolific season of his career and fire Barcelona to a second straight title, free of the stigma of his ban for biting which accompanied him to Spain in 2014.
PHOTOS: Bayern celebrate Bundesliga title, Stuttgart relegated
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski took the honours as the league's top scorer with 30 goals after netting in the champions' 3-1 victory over already-relegated Hanover 96.
PHOTOS: Suarez 'tricks' Barcelona to La Liga title
Barcelona won the La Liga title with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Granada thanks to a Luis Suarez hat-trick in the season finale on Saturday.
Ranieri to make 'emotional' return to Stamford Bridge
LeicesterCity manager Claudio Ranieri says it will be "amazing" to walk onto the pitch as a league champion on Sunday at Chelsea, the club that sacked him 12 years ago.
FIFA gets first female secretary general
FIFA named an African woman with no experience in football administration as its second most powerful official on Friday, part of changes made by the sport's ruling body to move on from a major corruption scandal.
Barca coach feels Messi and Co can keep calm to retain La Liga title
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said on Friday he trusted his team to handle the occasion of this weekend's season finale at lowly Granada, where a win would guarantee their 24th La Liga title.
No contract signed between Mourinho-Manchester United?
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no agreement in place to take over at Manchester United, Sky Sports television said on Friday quoting unnamed sources.
Spain's Costa could be sidelined for Euros
Spain striker Diego Costa could miss next month's European Championship finals due to his latest hamstring injury, Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink said on Friday.
Can Real Madrid pip Barca to La Liga crown in season finale?
Real Madrid can pip Barcelona to the La Liga title on Saturday even though their destiny is out of their hands, coach Zinedine Zidane said on the eve of the season finale.
May 13, 2016
ISIS gun down 14 Real Madrid fans in Iraq
ISIS militants have killed at least 14 Real Madrid fans at a supporters club in northern Iraq.
Chelsea's Terry offered one-year contract
Chelsea captain John Terry, who feared he had played his last game for the club, has been offered a new one-year contract, interim manager Guus Hiddink said on Friday.
Is Arsenal manager Wenger on his way out?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not yet decided on his future, with his contract due to expire at the end of next season, the Frenchman said on Friday. Leicester's Vardy is Premier League Player of the Season
Leicester City's England striker Jamie Vardy has been named Premier League Player of the Season after his pivotal role in the club's remarkable title-winning campaign.
Factors that made a difference to Arsenal's EPL title chase
Overall fatigue and long-term injuries to key players combined to end Arsenal's pursuit for the Premier League title this season, goalkeeper Petr Cech has said.
Ibrahimovic to play last game at PSG on Saturday
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Friday he would leave Paris Saint Germain after four years during which he played an integral part in turning the club into a force to reckon with on the European stage.
Clubs ready cheque books as 'king' Ibrahimovic confirms PSG exit
Sweden's larger-than-life captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play his final game for Paris Saint Germain on Saturday, he said in a social media post that is likely to send clubs around the world reaching for their cheque books.
Miracle-worker Zidane saves Real Madrid
Real Madrid defender Marcelo says the club needed new direction after stuttering under Rafael Benitez and has praised Zinedine Zidane for 'breathing life back' into the team since taking over as coach in January. What not to miss in EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Former football skipper alleges sexual harassment
Former India women's football team captain Sona Chaudhary, has made serious allegations against the sport's administrators in her recently launched
May 12, 2016
World's most valuable football team is...
Real Madrid retained top spot on a list of the world's most valuable football teams for a fourth consecutive year.
EPL PIX: Benteke salvages point for Liverpool; Norwich go down
Christian Benteke headed home from close range as Liverpool grabbed a stoppage-time leveller to snatch a point against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday after Eden Hazard's dazzling opener for the visitors.
May 11, 2016
Welbeck's England Euro dream over, faces nine months out
Arsenal's England striker Danny Welbeck will miss Euro 2016 after being sidelined for nine months following surgery on his right knee, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Juve pair Buffon and Barzagli sign up until 2018
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Andrea Barzagli have extended their contracts with the Italian champions until 2018, they said on Wednesday.
Free-kick maestro Messi equals Koeman's mark at Barcelona
The 28-year-old Argentine has scored seven goals from direct free-kicks in this year's La Liga, the latest in Sunday's 5-0 triumph over Espanyol.
Benzema's return to boost Real Madrid in Champions League final
Karim Benzema is returning to full fitness at just the right time for Real Madrid, who will play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.
Goal-machine Suarez on course for another landmark
Luis Suarez could become Barcelona's highest scoring Uruguayan in Saturday's La Liga match at Granada, having equalled in only two seasons what compatriot Ramon Alberto Villaverde Vazquez aggregated in his decade-long stint with the club.
Mahrez voted Leicester's player of the season
Riyad Mahrez was voted LeicesterCity's player of the season by the club's supporters on Tuesday, while French midfielder N'Golo Kante was voted best player by his team mates.
Ranieri, Aguero pick up monthly Premier League awards
LeicesterCity boss Claudio Ranieri has been named the Premier League manager of the month for April, while ManchesterCity striker Sergio Aguero has won the award for the players.
EPL: Life bans in store for unruly Hammers fans
The fans who soured West Ham's farewell party at Upton Park on Tuesday night will be banned for life once identified, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Liverpool will build on the improvement, says manager Klopp
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is certain his side will improve next season and feels that his first seven months at the Merseyside club have provided a solid foundation for the future.
I am happy at Leicester, says Vardy
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has given the Premier League champions further encouragement that he will stay with them next season by saying he is happy at the club.
PIX: Loss at West Ham leaves United's Champions League hopes in shreds
West Ham bade farewell to the Boleyn Ground after 112 years with a pulsating 3-2 victory over Manchester United to leave the visitors' top-four hopes in tatters on Tuesday.
May 10, 2016
Soccer transfers: Bayern Munich swoop for Sanches and Hummels
Bayern Munich have signed 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches from Benfica and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.
What Leicester need to do to gear up for next season's Champions League
Leicester City head of recruitment Steve Walsh has said the newly crowned Premier League champions will focus on signing players with a strong work ethic in the close season to bolster a squad preparing to fight on two fronts.
Messi reveals his favourite for Champions League glory this season
Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi has backed Atletico Madrid to seal this year's Champions League title, saying his team don't want to see Real Madrid claim the trophy.
Martial to be rested for West Ham tie as United vie for top-four finish
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial may be rested for Tuesday's Premier League trip to West Ham United to avoid aggravating a hamstring injury, manager Louis van Gaal has said. There's good news and bad as Barca aim for La Liga crown in final round
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique believes his team deserves to win "the best league in Europe" as they aim to clinch La Liga in a potentially thrilling climax to the Spanish season on Saturday.
Aussie tennis brats unperturbed by Rio Games warning
Nick Kyrgios has defended compatriot Bernard Tomic against allegations of failing to try during a match and said it was up to the Australian Olympic Committee whether the pair were picked to represent the country at the Rio Olympics.
Meet the men in line to replace Platini at UEFA
Angel Maria Villar, the interim UEFA President, and General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis are bookmaker William Hill's favourites at 6-1 to replace Michel Platini as head of the European soccer's governing body.
Another milestone awaits Ronaldo...
Cristiano Ronaldo achieved another milestone in his Real Madrid career when he scored his 200th goal at the Bernabeu on Sunday but he looks like failing in his bid to become La Liga's top scorer for the third season in a row.
May 09, 2016
ISL organisers appeal to Commission to reconsider FC Goa points deduction
With a 15 point deduction set to turn FC Goa's participation in the Indian Super League football next year into an exercise in futility, the organisers Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) a joint venture between IMG-Reliance and Star India, appealed to members of Regulatory Commission reconsider their decision.
FC Goa appeals against ISL fine, owners' ban
Indian Super League side FC Goa, which was slapped a Rs 11 crore fine and their co-owners Shrinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar banned for two and three seasons respectively, has challenged the order of the tournament's regulatory commission.
Platini loses appeal over ethics ban, to quit UEFA
Suspended European football boss Michel Platini will resign as head of governing body UEFA after losing a top level appeal against a ban for ethics violations, but said he would continue his fight to clear his name.
Klopp tells ticketless Liverpool fans to avoid Basel trip
Manager Juergen Klopp has backtracked on his call for Liverpool fans without tickets to head to Basel for the Europa League final against Sevilla on May 18, and said he regretted making the statement.
Another knee injury renders England's Welbeck doubtful for Euros
England striker Danny Welbeck sustained a knee injury in Arsenal's Premier League match at Manchester City on Sunday, raising doubts about his availability for next month's European Championship.
Pellegrini's home Manchester City farewell falls flat
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said a fond Etihad Stadium farewell to the supporters on Sunday but it was hardly the feel good, celebratory goodbye that he or the fans craved.
Can Spain's trusted, old war-horses manage an encore at Euro 2016?
The shadow of their disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign still hangs over Spain as they prepare to defend their European Championship crown in France next month, according to coach Vicente del Bosque.
Footballers of the weekend: Jamie Vardy shines in Europe
In England, the celebrations went on at Leicester City as they marked their fairytale Premier League success with another win while champions Juventus' long unbeaten streak in Italy came to an end.
May 08, 2016
La Liga PIX: Barca thrash Espanyol, one win away from title
Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title by thrashing local rivals Espanyol 5-0 on Sunday as Atletico Madrid dropped out of the race after losing 2-1 at Levante and Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-2.
Fed Cup semis: Bagan take five-goal advantage over Lajong
Jeje Lalpekhula scored a hat-trick as a rampaging Mohun Bagan routed Shillong Lajong 5-0 in their home leg semifinal of the Federation Cup football tournament at the Vidyasagar Krirnagan in Barasat, West Bengal, on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: City CL hopes hit by home draw with Arsenal; Reds win
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
Wenger 'hurt' to see Leicester win Premier League
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that it hurts to see Leicester City winning this year's Premier League title. Serie A: Totti plays 600th league game as Roma go second
Francesco Totti came off the bench to make his 600th league appearance for AS Roma as they beat in-form Chievo 3-0 at home on Sunday to climb to second place in Serie A.
Man City's Belgian defender Kompany to miss Euro 2016
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of this year's Euro 2016 campaign due to a thigh injury.
Ranieri urges players to stick with Leicester
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to stick around for next season after helping the club to a remarkable English Premier League triumph.
Middleborough back in EPL, Burnley win Championship
Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion in their multi-million pound promotion decider on Saturday while Burnley sealed the Championship title with a 3-0 victory at Charlton Athletic.
Serie A: Inter secure fourth spot, Milan boost European hopes
Inter Milan clinched fourth place in Serie A after a 2-1 home victory over Empoli on Saturday while AC Milan gave their European aspirations a boost with a 1-0 triumph over 10-man Bologna.
EPL: Has Terry played his final Chelsea game?
Captain John Terry may have played his final game for Chelsea after receiving his second red card of the season in Saturday's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Sunderland.
PHOTOS: Vardy ensures winning coronation for champions Leicester
Premier League champions Leicester City beat Everton 3-1 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as a Jamie Vardy double completed a perfect coronation for Claudio Ranieri's miracle men.
May 07, 2016
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich secure record fourth straight title
Bayern Munich secured a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with a game to spare after a 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt on Saturday helped them put the disappointment of their midweek Champions League semi-final exit behind them.
Despite Champions League success Zidane unsure of Real future
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he is unsure of his future at the club despite leading them to the Champions League final. EPL PIX: Man Utd win; Sunderland boost survival hopes
Manchester United maintained their push for a Champions League place after a Juan Mata goal on Saturday pushed Norwich City to the brink of relegation.
Thai owners expect best behaviour from Leicester stars
Premier League champions Leicester City have been warned to behave on their tour to Thailand - after last year's antics led to the sacking of three players and manager Nigel Pearson.
May 06, 2016
ISL: FC Goa coach Zico terms penalties disgusting, says video doctored
Lambasting the Indian Super League (ISL) for the heavy penalties it imposed on FC Goa, the club's Brazillian coach Zico said the order is based on a "clearly cooked" video and has left him disgusted.
Knee injury ends Chamberlain's Euro 2016 hopes
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces up to two months on the sidelines with a knee injury that also rules the England international out of the European Championships, his club manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
Meet the new 'Thinkerman' of football
Claudio Ranieri re-named himself The Thinkerman on Thursday as he reflected on masterminding Leicester City's improbable rise from relegation candidates to Premier League champions.
Fellaini and Huth handed three-match suspension
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester City defender Robert Huth have been banned for three matches by the Football Association (FA) for their violent conduct during Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw.
La Liga: Will history repeat itself for Barca?
When Barcelona host local rivals Espanyol on Saturday hoping to edge closer to the La Liga title, many may be haunted by Raul Tamudo's 89th minute equaliser which wrecked their title bid in 2006/07.
PFA Player of the Year Mahrez tells Leicester he wants to stay
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez has given the Premier League champions a boost by telling the owners he wants to stay at the club next season, British media reported on Thursday.
'Guardiola has failed Bayern Munich'
Bayern Munich's outgoing coach Pep Guardiola has failed to make an impact at the club despite keeping the Bavarian giants as the dominant force in Germany, the club's former forward Ivica Olic said on Thursday.
Europa League: Liverpool sink Villarreal to set up Sevilla final
Liverpool romed into the Europa League final with a 3-0 win over Villarreal on another magical night at Anfield to tee up a showpiece clash with holders Sevilla who swatted away visitors Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 on Thursday.
May 05, 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