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March 30, 2013
Lewandowski goal delays Bayern title party
Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski scored eight minutes from time to give champions Borussia Dortmund a nervous 2-1 win at 10-man VfB Stuttgart on Saturday and delay the all but inevitable Bayern Munich title party by at least a week.
Juventus beat Inter to move 12 points clear in Serie A
Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 12 points after winning a pulsating 'derby of Italy' with Inter Milan 2-1 on Saturday.
Soccer player to quit game after revealing he is gay
United States international Robbie Rogers has said it is 'impossible' to remain in soccer after publicly declaring your homosexuality.
FA seek evidence of racism claims against Ferdinands
The English FA has yet to establish whether England fans sang a racist song aimed at brothers Rio and Anton Ferdinand during the World Cup qualifier against San Marino, the organisation said in a statement.
March 29, 2013
Ferdinand shocked by allegations of England racism
Rio Ferdinand is shocked by the allegation England fans sang racist songs about him and his brother Anton during the 8-0 World Cup qualifying victory in San Marino, the Manchester United defender said on Friday.
March 28, 2013
WC qualifier: Uruguay's Suarez banned for Venezuela game
Striker Luis Suarez will miss South American champions Uruguay's crucial World Cup qualifier in Venezuela, the upstarts threatening to deny them a place in next year's finals in Brazil.
Barca's Pedro sidelined for 10 days with calf injury
Barcelona forward Pedro has damaged a calf muscle while away on international duty and will be out of action for 10 days, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Wednesday.
Inter chief confirms approaching Mourinho for manager job
Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti expects coach Andrea Stramaccioni to stay in charge next season despite acknowledging that he has been in contact with former coach Jose Mourinho.
March 27, 2013
WC qualifiers: Asian heavyweights wounded by underdogs
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni was left to rue a profligate forward line as the Blue Samurai blew a chance to become the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. US frustrate Mexico in goalless draw
A battling United States held Mexico to their third straight draw in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, grinding out a goalless stalemate in a tense encounter at the Azteca Stadium on Tuesday.
Messi's Argentina slip, Venezuela close to World Cup spot
Lionel Messi struggled in the thin air of La Paz, fluffing a gilt-edged chance to end his goal drought against Bolivia, while Colombia marksman Radamel Falcao was kept scoreless in Venezuela on Tuesday.
March 26, 2013
Soccer friendly: Fred rescues Brazil in draw with Russia
Fred scored a last-minute equaliser to give World Cup hosts Brazil a 1-1 draw against Russia in a football friendly on Monday as the South Americans remained winless since the return of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
FBI denies arresting Chelsea owner Abramovich
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation denied a report on Monday that it had detained Roman Abramovich, the Russian metals tycoon who owns London's Chelsea soccer club.
March 25, 2013
Is Mourinho planning a return to Stamford Bridge?
Real Madrid head-coach Jose Mourinho has strongly hinted at a 'spectacular' return to his former club Chelsea as he gets ready to leave Madrid at the end of the season.
March 23, 2013
I-League: Churchill top table after draw with ONGC
Luck was impartial on Saturday in the 21st round I-League encounter between ONGC and Churchill Brothers at Ambedkar Stadium.
March 22, 2013
Late Smith goal sees NZ bt New Caledonia in WC qualifiers
Central defender Tommy Smith scored a stoppage time goal to give New Zealand a 2-1 victory over New Caledonia in Dunedin on Friday and qualify for the intercontinental playoff for a place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
'Football needs black Mourinho, should be multi-cultural'
AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who led a walk-off in a club friendly in January after being racially abused, believes the game needs to be more multi-cultural.
March 20, 2013
Prayag United beat champions East Bengal for IFA Shield
Prayag United rode on Ranty Martins's second-half strike to beat defending champions East Bengal and end their 14-match unbeaten run in the final of the IFA Shield in Kolkata on Wednesday.
I-League: Sporting Clube rally to down Salgaocar
A nine-man Salgaocar succumbed to repeated attacks from Sporting Clube de Goa as they went down 1-3 in a rescheduled 12th round I-League clash at the Duler stadium, Mapusa, Goa, on Wednesday.
Malaga upbeat over appeal against UEFA ban
Malaga are confident their appeal against a UEFA ban from future continental competition over delays in payments to creditors will be successful, club director general Vicente Casado has said.
Bhutia to head AIFF technical committee
Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been appointed chairman of the All India Football Federation's technical committee, marking the Sikkimese sniper's foray into administration.
Mourinho unhappy with FIFA coach vote
Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho did not attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala because he was warned by some of those who voted for him as coach of the year that their votes showed up as supporting other candidates instead.
Burger ad poking fun at Chelsea's Torres removed
The blushes of Chelsea's misfiring striker Fernando Torres have been spared after a local council ordered the removal of an advertising hoarding that mocked his performances for the European champions.
March 19, 2013
I-League: Churchill ground Air India to top table
Churchill Brothers Sports Club raced to the top of the I-League ladder with a 3-0 demolition of Air India at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa on Tuesday.
Michael Owen to retire at end of season
Former England striker Michael Owen announced on Tuesday that he would retire from professional soccer at the end of the season. 'I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career,' the 33-year-old said on his personal website (www.michaelowen.com).
March 18, 2013
Police involved as drama unfolds at Chelsea match
Two fans have been arrested over racially-aggravated public order offences at the Chelsea v West Ham United Premier League match at the weekend, London's Metropolitan Police said on Monday.
I may have played with new Pope, says Di Stefano
Alfredo Di Stefano may have kicked a ball about with Argentine compatriot Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected Pope Francis I last week, when they were growing up around the same time in Buenos Aires, the Real Madrid great has said.
Ferdinand pulls out of England squad
Defender Rio Ferdinand withdrew from the England squad on Monday for their next two World Cup qualifiers after telling coach Roy Hodgson his pre-planned training regime would prevent him from playing.
March 17, 2013
Greek soccer player banned over Nazi salute
AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis was handed a life ban from all national teams by Greece's soccer federation EPO on Sunday after he appeared to give a Nazi salute to supporters during a match.
Manchester Utd 15 points clear after City fall at Everton
Manchester City's fingertip hold on their Premier League title was further loosened when a 2-0 loss at Everton followed by runaway leaders Manchester United's 1-0 win over Reading left them praying for a football miracle.
Lampard scores 200th goal for Chelsea
Midfielder Frank Lampard scored his 200th goal for Chelsea to give them the lead against his former club West Ham United in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
EPL: Sunderland drop points against 10-man Norwich
Sunderland's run without a Premier League win stretched to seven matches when they failed to beat 10-man NorwichCity in a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
March 16, 2013
Everton leave Man City's title hopes in tatters
Manchester City's fingertip hold on their Premier League title was loosened further after a demoralising 2-0 defeat at Everton on Saturday left them hoping for a footballing miracle.
March 15, 2013
Barca appeal against Valdes four-game ban rejected
The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) has rejected Barcelona's appeal against a four-match ban imposed on goalkeeper Victor Valdes for verbally abusing a referee after this month's 2-1 La Liga reverse at Real Madrid.
PSG's director Leonardo proposes to partner live on TV
Paris St Germain sports director Leonardo asked his Sky Italia presenter partner Anna Billo to marry him live on air after Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw.
Inter Milan face more racism accusations
There were renewed calls for action against racism in Italian football on Friday after Inter Milan fans were accused of abusing Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor in a Europa League last 16 clash in the San Siro. Barca to face PSG, Real meet Galatasaray in CL quarters
Four-times winners Bayern Munich will face resurgent Juventus in the pick of the Champions League quarter-finals following the draw made in Nyon on Friday, with favourites Barcelona paired with Paris St Germain.
March 14, 2013
Ferdinand recalled to England squad
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was recalled to the England squad by manager Roy Hodgson on Thursday for this month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
Former Germany captain Ballack and Loew bury hatchet
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack and coach Joachim Loew have ended their years-long feud with the latter accepting an invitation to attend the retired player's farewell game.
India jumps 24 places to 143 in FIFA rankings
Despite its unimpressive performance in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers earlier this month, India jumped 24 places to occupy 143rd in the FIFA rankings, issued on Thursday. India earned 79 points this month for a total of 177 points and jumped from 167 to 143. United look for return to form against Reading
Eliminated from the Champions League and almost knocked out of the FA Cup, Manchester United return to the relatively calmer waters of the Premier League when they host relegation-threatened and managerless Reading on Saturday.
Bayern, Malaga reach Champions League quarters
Nervy Bayern were beaten 2-0 at home by Arsenal but progressed thanks to their 3-1 success in London in the first leg.
Tevez charged with driving while disqualified: Sky News
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez has been charged with driving while disqualified and without insurance, Sky News reported on Wednesday.
March 13, 2013
East Bengal hold Xuan Thanh of Vietnam in AFC Cup
Federation Cup champions East Bengal played out a goal-less draw against Xuan Thanh FC of Vietnam in an away match of AFC Cup at Ho Chi Minh city on Wednesday. Chelsea v Manchester Utd FA Cup replay on April 1
Holders Chelsea and Manchester United will replay their FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge on April 1, the Football Association said in a statement on Wednesday. The match, on the Easter Monday holiday, will kick-off at 1700 IST.
Messi inspires Barca to thrilling victory over Milan
Barcelona pulled off a remarkable Champions League comeback when Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-0 victory at home to AC Milan on Tuesday that sent the Spanish club through to the last eight 4-2 on aggregate.
March 08, 2013
Rooney assured over future as Ferguson breaks silence
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson broke his silence on Friday over this week's Champions League exit and dismissed media speculation that dropped striker Wayne Rooney's Old Trafford days were numbered.
Tevez arrested after driving while disqualified: Reports
Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has been arrested for allegedly driving while disqualified and if he is charged and found guilty he could be sentenced to up to six months in prison, according to British media reports.
Barca must play intelligently against Milan: Fabregas
Barcelona need to avoid over-exuberance if they are to overturn a 2-0 deficit in Tuesday's Champions League clash at home to AC Milan, midfielder Cesc Fabregas said on Thursday.
Europa: Tottenham thump Inter, Chelsea stunned by Steaua
Tottenham Hotspur trounced a sorry Inter Milan 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday while last year's European champions Chelsea were humbled 1-0 by Steaua Bucharest after being stung by a Raul Rusescu penalty.
March 07, 2013
India lose to Myanmar; chances to make AFC Challenge slim
The Indian football team suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Myanmar in its last league match of the qualifying event of the AFC Challenge Cup in Yangon on Wednesday. PSG and Juventus end long wait for quarter-final places
Paris St Germain squeezed past Valencia and Juventus saw off Celtic to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after long absences on Wednesday, joining Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the last eight.
March 06, 2013
Ronaldo returns to knock Manchester United out
Former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner against his old club to give Real Madrid a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.
March 05, 2013
Vidic backs Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford next season
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has said that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo may be back at Old Trafford for the next season, ahead of the second leg of their Champions League pre-quarterfinal clash against Real Madrid.
Kompany nears return as City wall keeps title hopes alive
For all the millions splashed out by Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners on attacking talents, it is the English champions' grit in defence that is keeping them in the Premier League title hunt.
March 04, 2013
Chhetri scores twice as India rout Guam
Skipper Sunil Chhetri found the target twice as a dominating India thrashed Guam 4-0 for their second victory in as many matches in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers, in Yangon, on Monday. Thanks to the convincing victory, India, with six points, are very much in contention for a berth in next year's AFC Challenge Cup.
Bale and Lennon lift Spurs to win over Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal 2-1 in a typically frantic North London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday to move into third place in the Premier League and open up a seven-point gap on their arch-rivals in the hunt for a Champions League spot.
March 03, 2013
Services beat Kerala to retain Santosh Trophy title
Services successfully defended their Santosh Trophy title after they defeated the hosts Kerala 4-3 in penalty shootout in the summit clash of the 67th edition of the National Football Championships in Kochi, on Sunday.
Arsenal deny bid approach from gulf investors
Arsenal said on Sunday there had been no approach from potential bidders for the Premier League football club and that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke had no plans to sell up.
Off-side rule tweaked, goal-line tech for some matches
Goal-line technology could be used in some matches in a competition and not others following a decision taken by the International Board, soccer's law-making body, on Saturday.
Gulf investors eye $2billion bid for Arsenal: report
A Middle Eastern consortium is poised to bid 1.5 billion pounds for full ownership of Britain's Arsenal Football Club in the biggest-ever takeover of a soccer team, The Telegraph newspaper reported.
QPR's Redknapp quashes drinking allegations in Duba
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has described newspaper allegations his players indulged in a late-night drinking session during a training camp in Dubai this week as 'disgusting'and 'abrication'
Serie A: Pazzini brace helps Milan leapfrog Lazio
Giampaolo Pazzini's double helped AC Milan take third place in Serie A with a 3-0 home victory over 10-man Lazio at the San Siro on Saturday.
Liverpool's 'trickster' Suarez tops EPL scoring charts
Liverpool's Luis Suarez scored his second hat-trick of the season to top the Premier League scoring charts on Saturday, the Uruguayan taking his tally to 21 with some lethal finishing in the 4-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic.
2022 Qatar WCup could be played in winter: FIFA
The 2022 Qatar World Cup could be rescheduled from summer to winter if medical evidence shows the intense Middle East heat would harm players, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Saturday.
March 02, 2013
Ramos nods late winner as Real beat Barca again
Real Madrid inflicted a second painful defeat on stuttering Barcelona in five days when Sergio Ramos nodded a late winner in a 2-1 success in La Liga on Saturday.
Kagawa hat-trick sends Manchester United 15 points clear
Manchester United's relentless surge towards a 20th English title continued with Shinji Kagawa's hat-trick inspiring a 4-0 home win over Norwich City on Saturday but Ryan Giggs must wait a little longer for his 1,000 appearance after being rested.
March 01, 2013
Fourth goal-line technology system approved by FIFA
A fourth system of goal-line technology has been approved and granted a licence, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday.
Age-defying Giggs signs new one-year United deal
Manchester United's age-defying midfielder Ryan Giggs signed another one-year contract on Friday that will mean he is playing for the Premier League leaders when he turns 40.
Ferguson eyes director's role at United after coaching job
Alex Ferguson sees himself becoming a director at Manchester United when he finally decides to quit management.
Street in Lisbon suburb to be named after Mourinho
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is to get a street in Setubal named after him in honour of his sporting achievements, the town hall of his home city said on Thursday.
Churchill release Lebanese player involved in fixing
Akram Moghrabi was released by Churchill Brothers before the Lebanese player was named in a major match-fixing scandal in his native country, the Indian I-League club told Reuters on Friday.
My relationship with Abramovich is very good: Benitez
Chelsea's beleaguered interim manager Rafael Benitez still enjoys a 'very good' relationship with the club's owner Roman Abramovich, he told BBC in an interview on Thursday.
February 28, 2013
German Cup: Bayern edge Dortmund
The Bavarians advanced to the German Cup last four after eliminating holders Dortmund, who had also won back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, with a sparkling performance. I-League player in Lebanese fixing scandal
A Lebanese footballer, playing till very recently for I-League club Churchill Brothers, has been implicated in the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the west Asian nation, and the Lebanese FA has informed the AIFF about sanctions imposed on the footballer. Of the 24 players implicated, Akram Moghrabi, who had signed for the Goan club last July on a one-year deal, is one of them. No matchfixing link to Lebanon World Cup games, say AFC
The Asian Football Confederation is not aware of any suspicion linking Lebanon's World Cup qualifiers to the country's matchfixing scandal but has requested a full report, the regional body said on Thursday. FIFA bans Italian, Korean players and officials for fixing
Football's governing body FIFA has banned 74 Italian and South Korean officials and players from world football on charges of match-fixing. Decoding Chelsea's big-mouth gaffer Benitez
Factbox on Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez, who confirmed on Wednesday he was leaving the club at the end of the season. He said he was unhappy with the actions of the board and the fans.
Angry Benitez lashes out at Chelsea board, fans
In a bitter outburst at the fans who have barracked him relentlessly and an angry swipe at the club's board for only appointing him 'interim' manager, Rafael Benitez said on Wednesday he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.
Europol rules out France involvement in soccer fixing scam
Europol's investigation into a global soccer match-fixing scandal has not revealed any suspicious games in French competitions, the European anti-crime agency said. UEFA directs Lazio to play matches in empty stadium
Lazio say they have been ordered to play their next two home games in European competition behind closed doors after their fans were again found guilty of racist behaviour by UEFA. Ibrahimovic gets ban, Schalke's Drogba protest dismissed
Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was suspended for two games by UEFA on Wednesday for his sending off in the Champions League last 16 first leg match with Valencia, the governing body said.
King's Cup: Atletico set up final with Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid set up a King's Cup final with city rivals Real after Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao scored in a 2-2 second leg draw at Sevilla on Wednesday, to progress 4-3 on aggregate.
FA Cup: Holders Chelsea to meet United in quarters
Second-half goals from Ramires and Victor Moses secured FA Cup holders Chelsea a 2-0 fifth round win at second tier Middlesbrough on Wednesday and set up a mouthwatering quarter-final away at Manchester United.
February 27, 2013
Ralte earns E Bengal victory in AFC Cup opener
Lalrindika Ralte's goal gave East Bengal a 1-0 victory over Selangor FA in their AFC Cup Group H opener.
February 26, 2013
Santosh Trophy: Maharashtra enter semis
Maharashtra entered the semi-finals of the 67th Santosh Trophy national football tournament, beating Tamil Nadu 2-1 in a group B quarter-final league match in Kollam on Tuesday. Inter fined 50,000 euros for Balotelli racist abuse
Inter Milan have been fined 50,000 euros after fans racially abused their former player Mario Balotelli in Sunday's city derby with AC Milan, Serie A said in a statement on Tuesday.
February 25, 2013
Santosh Trophy: Punjab pip Bengal 4-3 in thriller
Punjab overcame a spirited challenge from West Bengal to carve out a 4-3 win in Group D to progress to the semi-finals of the 67th Santosh Trophy football tournament, in Kollam on Monday. FIFA extends China match-fixing bans worldwide
Match-fixing bans on 58 Chinese soccer officials and players will be extended worldwide, the sport's governing body FIFA said on Monday. Third goal-line technology system gets FIFA nod
A third goal-line technology system has been approved and granted a licence, making it eligible to be considered for use at the 2014 World Cup, FIFA said in a statement on Monday. Italian media shrug off racist abuse of Balotelli
Racist chants against Mario Balotelli made little impact in Italian media on Monday, which focused more on the AC Milan striker's failure to score in his first city derby against his former club Inter.
February 24, 2013
Toure, Tevez strike to give City glimmer of hope
Second-half goals by Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez earned Manchester City a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday that gave their fading hopes of retaining the Premier League crown a boost.
February 23, 2013
Santosh Trophy: Punjab beat Manipur 3-0
Punjab thrashed Manipur 3-0 to start their campaign in the quarter-final league of the 67th Santosh Trophy National Football Tournament on a winning note in Kollam on Saturday. Neymar not ready to shoulder Brazil burden, says Pele
Brazil are placing too much hope on the shoulders of Neymar and the 21-year-old becomes "an ordinary player" when represents his country, according to Pele.
Wenger's desire burns bright despite Arsenal's dim hopes
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger adopted a fresh approach on Friday to the persistent questions over his future, swapping tetchiness for humour as he stressed he was committed to getting the best out of his beleaguered side.
Mancini swears he is fed up of questions over future
If Mario Balotelli had left his "Why Always Me?" T-shirt behind in Manchester, his former manager Roberto Mancini might well have fancied wearing it on Friday.
February 22, 2013
Schalke ask UEFA to look into Drogba eligibility
Schalke 04 have asked UEFA to check whether Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba was eligible to participate in Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League draw in Istanbul, the German club said.
Europa: Hazard to Chelsea's rescue as Torres fails
Fernando Torres left Chelsea fans wondering if they would ever see the striker who once terrorised defences after another forlorn performance as they limped into the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday.
February 21, 2013
Three held for questioning after clash in Lyon
Three Frenchmen, one a member of a far-right organisation, were held for questioning after allegedly assaulting Tottenham fans ahead of the London-based team's Europa League match against Olympique Lyon, police said on Thursday. Barca's Abidal cleared to play after liver transplant
Barcelona's dismay at losing 2-0 at AC Milan in Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg was offset on Thursday by the news that defender Eric Abidal had been cleared to play after almost a year out to undergo a liver transplant.
Soccer match-fixing suspect detained at Milan airport
Italian police have detained an associate of soccer match-fixing suspect Tan Seet Eng at Milan's Malpensa airport, two judicial sources told Reuters on Thursday, following a tip-off by Singapore authorities.
February 20, 2013
Former banker takes on top role at Manchester United
Former investment banker Ed Woodward will take on the top executive role at Manchester United from July, working with manager Alex Ferguson to hire new players for the 19-times English soccer champions.
Long-serving Man Utd chief executive to step down
Manchester United's David Gill will step down in June after a decade as chief executive of the English Premier League football club, United said on Wednesday.
February 19, 2013
FIFA confirms goal-line technology in World Cup
Soccer's governing body FIFA has confirmed that goal-line technology will be used at the 2014 World Cup and has invited more providers to submit tenders. Realistic Terry set to fight for his place in Chelsea team
John Terry is prepared to bide his time as he battles to win back a regular starting place, the Chelsea captain said on Tuesday following reports of a dressing-room bust-up with interim manager Rafa Benitez.
February 18, 2013
Juve's Conte named Italian coach of year
Antonio Conte of Juventus has been voted coach of the 2011/12 Serie A season by his Italian peers after leading the Turin side undefeated to the title.
Ince named Blackpool manager
Former England international Paul Ince has revived his managerial career with second-tier Blackpool, where his son Tom is top scorer.
Ex-Chinese football chiefs given life bans, Shenhua hit
Two former Chinese soccer chiefs have been banned for life after they were jailed in June for accepting bribes while Shanghai Shenhua have been hit by a points deduction for next season, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.
February 17, 2013
'Vidic, Ferdinand could never play in tandem'
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said senior defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand could never play in tandem again for the club.
'Current Man U squad stronger than 1999 treble-winners'
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his current squad is even stronger than his treble-winning team in 1999, adding he could have put out two teams of internationals against Real Madrid during their Champions League clash.
Roma's Totti sinks leaders Juve with wonder goal
AS Roma striker Francesco Totti scored a stunning long-range goal just before the hour mark to sink Serie A leaders Juventus 1-0 in a nail-biting clash at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Messi landmark as Barca succeed where Real failed
Lionel Messi helped Barcelona triumph at a venue where champions Real Madrid lost two weeks ago, scoring twice at Granada in La Liga on Saturday to pass 300 goals for the club and earn the leaders a 2-1 win.
EPL: Coutinho scores on Liverpool debut to crush Swansea
Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho scored on his first start for Liverpool who leapfrogged SwanseaCity into seventh place in the Premier League by crushing the below-strength Welsh side 5-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
FA Cup: Chelsea thump Brentford, Aguero double lifts City
The Premier League's big-hitters restored some normality to the FA Cup on Sunday with holders Chelsea crushing third tier Brentford 4-0 in a fourth round replay while Manchester City also dismissed Leeds United 4-0 in a fifth round tie.
February 16, 2013
Blackburn sign Bentley and Rekik on loan
Tottenham Hotspur flop David Bentley rejoined former club Blackburn Rovers on loan on Friday and Manchester City's Dutch teenager Karim Rekik has also moved to the English second tier side on a short-term deal.
February 15, 2013
FIFA plans biological profiling at World Cup
FIFA plans to use biological profiling of players at this year's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup in its efforts to tackle doping, soccer's governing body on Friday.
Europa League: Russian joy as holders Atletico stunned
Russian clubs ruled the Europa League roost on Thursday as Rubin Kazan upset holders Atletico Madrid while Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg opened up commanding first-leg advantages in their last 32 ties.
Diego Maradona becomes a father again
Diego Maradona's girlfriend Victoria Ojeda has given birth to a boy called Diego Fernando and the Argentine soccer great is now expected to travel back to Buenos Aires to meet his son.
Rob Baan slams club for over interference
Stressing on the fact that coach should get a freehand, while selecting to training, AIFF technical director, slammed the club presidents for their over interference in the selection and training matters.
February 14, 2013
We cannot go against FIFA guidelines: AIFF chief
All India Football Federation President, Praful Patel has said that the contentious Sports Code should ensure that National Federations were not pitted against their international parent bodies and it should be approved by Parliament if at all it has to be implemented.
Barca's Villa in hospital with kidney stones
Barcelona forward David Villa has returned to hospital after failing to recover from kidney stones and is out of Saturday's league game at Granada, the La Liga leaders said on Thursday.
Hummels redeemed himself with equaliser, says Klopp
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels could have been facing a dressing down from coach Juergen Klopp but ended up the hero with the equaliser in Wednesday's 2-2 Champions League last-16 first-leg match.
February 13, 2013
Chhetri joins Churchill Brothers on loan
India football captain Sunil Chhetri has taken a break from his foreign stint with Sporting Lisbon and joined I-League club Churchill on loan for four months.
'PSG success proves Champions League credentials'
Paris St Germain's 2-1 Champions League win at Valencia on Tuesday is proof that the big-spending Ligue 1 club have become a force in Europe but they should not get carried away, according to director of football Leonardo.
February 12, 2013
South Korean Park to get London Games medal: Source
South Korean footballer Park Jong-woo will receive his bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics despite triggering a diplomatic row in a match against Japan, an Olympic source told Reuters on Tuesday. Inter fined over fans' racist chants against Balotelli
Inter Milan have been fined 15,000 euros after fans chanted racist slogans about their former striker Mario Balotelli during a Serie A match on Sunday.
February 11, 2013
PSG's Beckham may play next week's Ligue 1 tie
David Beckham is likely to feature in the Paris St Germain squad for the first time when the Ligue 1 leaders take on arch rivals Olympique Marseille on February 24, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
Giggs on target as Man United scent 20th league title
Ryan Giggs demonstrated his enduring value to Manchester United with the opening goal in a 2-0 home win over Everton on Sunday that put his side almost out of sight in the title race.
February 10, 2013
Messi strikes again as Barcelona crush Getafe
Lionel Messi notched up his 35th league goal of the season as an understrength Barcelona strolled to a crushing 6-1 home win against Getafe that put them 12 points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
Ronaldo grabs Real hat-trick ahead of United tie
Cristiano Ronaldo warmed up in style for Wednesday's Champions League showdown with former club Manchester United by claiming a hat-trick and an assist as Real Madrid crushed Sevilla 4-1 in La Liga on Saturday.
Bayern crush Schalke 4-0 to go 15 points clear
Bayern Munich demolished Schalke 04 4-0 with two goals from David Alaba to open a 15-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday as champions Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen slipped up.
City lose at Southampton after defensive howlers
Manchester City's Premier League title defence fell apart at the seams in a 3-1 defeat to Southampton on Saturday when goalkeeper Joe Hart committed a howler and Gareth Barry scored a bizarre own goal.
February 09, 2013
Arsenal's Wenger calls for compulsory blood tests
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on soccer authorities to introduce compulsory blood testing to check for drugs cheats.
Ibrahimovic strikes again as PSG sprint six points clear
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic started on the bench but still netted his 21st goal in as many Ligue 1 appearances as Paris St Germain opened a six-point lead at the top with a 3-1 home win over Bastia on Friday.
Bale brace boosts Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal win
The unstoppable Gareth Bale scored twice in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday while rivals Chelsea and Arsenal also won to add spice to the race for the Champions League spots.
European federations accused of diluting FIFA reforms
European soccer federations have been accused of trying to water down reforms aimed at making the sport's governing body FIFA more transparent and less prone to corruption.
Club owners should be allowed to splash cash: Mancini
Soccer club owners should be allowed to spend as much money as they want, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said as he gave new financial fair play rules a big thumbs down.
February 08, 2013
Chelsea without injured Terry for Wigan clash
Chelsea will be without captain John Terry for Saturday's Premier League match at home to relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic as the centre back has an inflamed knee, manager Rafael Benitez said.
Ferguson fined for linesman comments
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was fined 12,000 pounds by the Football Association (FA) on Friday for comments he made about a linesman, but avoided a touchline ban.
UEFA cuts price of cheapest CL final tickets
UEFA has cut the price of the cheapest seats for the Champions League final at Wembley after the outcry at the cost of tickets for the same fixture two years ago.
Young boost for United before busy week
Manchester United winger Ashley Young is fit for Sunday's Premier League match at home to Everton after recovering from a knee injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Messi signs new contract with Barcelona until 2018
The 25-year-old penned a deal agreed in December, which includes a two-year extension on his previous agreement and secures his services until he is 31.
February 07, 2013
Liverpool stalwart Carragher to quit at end of season
Liverpool's Jamie Carragher will retire from soccer at the end of the season after making more than 700 appearances for the club, the former England defender said on Thursday.
Nigeria and Burkina Faso set up battle for African crown
Rampant Nigeria and impressive Burkina Faso will meet in the final of the African Nations Cup at SoccerCity in Johannesburg on Sunday after two highly dramatic if contrasting semi-final victories on Wednesday.
England coach Hodgson warns Lampard against US move
Frank Lampard underlined his importance to England with a superb winner in his side's 2-1 victory over Brazil in Wembley on Wednesday but his chances of reaching the 100-cap milestone could be scuppered by a move out of Europe, coach Roy Hodgson said.
Pedro double helps Spain beat Uruguay
Pedro extended his recent purple patch for Spain when he struck twice to help the world and European champions to a 3-1 win over Uruguay in a friendly in Qatar on Wednesday.
Germany break France jinx with win in Paris
Germany claimed their first win over France in 26 years when goals by Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira secured a 2-1 win in an entertaining friendly at the Stade de France in Paris, on Wednesday.
Messi shackled but Argentina outclass Sweden
Argentina's Lionel Messi failed to score but his team outplayed Sweden to seal a 3-2 win in an entertaining friendly in Stockholm.
Lampard seals England win against Brazil
Luiz Felipe Scolari's second coming as Brazil manager ended in a defeat as goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard earned a vibrant England side a 2-1 win at Wembley on Wednesday, their first over the south Americans for 23 years.
February 06, 2013
I-League: Tight security for return leg of Kolkata derby
Mohun Bagan have requested the state government to put up a three-tier security arrangement for their return leg of the Kolkata derby against East Bengal on February 9, to avoid a December 9 like incident.
Football friendly: India fall 2-4 after Palestine's late rally
Playing their first International match at home after the Nehru Cup, India suffered a 2-4 defeat against Palestine in a friendly football game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Silence on match-fixing probe puts Singapore at risk
Singapore is working with European authorities investigating the fixing of football matches on a global scale but its silence on any action being taken against local suspects risks damaging the reputation of the wealthy, tightly regulated Asian country.
United's pampered players humbled by Munich memories
Manchester United players need to remember the legacy of those affected by the Munich air disaster because the aftermath of the tragedy is part of what makes the club great, Ryan Giggs said on the 55th anniversary on Wednesday.
Debrecen keeper claims innocence amid CL fixing row
Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic has denied attempting to fix his Hungarian side's Champions League match with Liverpool in 2009, saying his performance should speak for itself.
Gerrard backs Wilshere to become best in the world
England midfielder Jack Wilshere can become one of the best players in the world after a remarkable recovery from serious injury, his national team captain Steven Gerrard has remarked.
AC Milan vice-president under fire for racist remark
AC Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi has landed the Serie A giants in hot water after making a racist remark days after the unveiling of new signing Mario Balotelli.
Scolari says he deserves second chance with Brazil
Luiz Felipe Scolari is refusing to accept that he has lost his magic touch and believes he merits a second stint as Brazil coach, despite criticism of his recent coaching record.
Ronaldinho told he must justify his Brazil inclusion
Ronaldinho has been told by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari that he must justify his surprise inclusion for Brazil after a one-year absence.
Cole looking over his shoulder on eve of 100th cap
Ashley Cole is regarded as one of the best left backs in the world and will start his 100th match for England against Brazil on Wednesday but reputation will count for nothing in the meritocratic world of coach Roy Hodgson.
Singapore joins probe into match-fixing scam
Singapore, which European investigators say is the source for hundreds of soccer matches being fixed in a global betting scam, promised on Tuesday to aid the probe but some in the game said many of the revelations are nothing new.
'Fixing has and will always exist in football'
Burkina Faso coach Paul Put, whose own career was blighted by his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Belgium in 2005, says the problem has always existed in soccer and little can be done.
February 05, 2013
Singapore police helping European bodies over match-fixing
Singapore's police said on Tuesday it was helping its European counterparts investigate a syndicate accused of fixing the outcome of hundreds of soccer matches. Debrecen slams CL fixing reports as old news
Reports linking Hungarian side Debrecen with match-fixing are merely raking over old ground, the club said in a statement on Tuesday. Bulgaria, Hungary lose appeals against racism sanctions
Bulgaria and Hungary have lost appeals against the decision to make them play their next home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors after their fans were found guilty of racist and anti-semitic behaviour respectively. 'Corruption is not uncommon in Spanish football'
Match-fixing and illegal betting exist in Spanish soccer and some authorities have yet to recognise the problem, a vice president of the country's professional league (LFP) said on Tuesday.
February 04, 2013
European investigators expose huge soccer match fixing
European investigators have uncovered evidence that hundreds of football matches at club and national level were fixed around the globe in a scam run from Singapore, police said on Monday. Barton cries foul after first Ligue 1 dismissal
English midfielder Joey Barton said he had been the victim of "cheats" after being sent off for the first time since joining Olympique Marseille during a defeat to struggling Nancy on Sunday. Injured Xavi pulls out of Spain squad
Barcelona midfielder Xavi has withdrawn from the Spain squad to play Uruguay this week because of a hamstring problem, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Monday.
Serie A: Balotelli makes news on AC Milan debut
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli flew straight into another storm as he made his AC Milan debut on Sunday, even if it was not directly of his making.
La Liga: Messi nets in Barca draw, Atletico win
Lionel Messi scored in his 12th consecutive La Liga game to help leaders Barcelona earn a 1-1 draw at Valencia, allowing second-placed Atletico Madrid to close to within nine points after a 1-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.
Magician Aguero salvages draw for City
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored from a near-impossible angle to salvage a 2-2 home draw with Liverpool but a memorable Steven Gerrard goal still helped boost Premier League leaders Manchester United on Sunday.
February 03, 2013
Ronaldo own goal sends Real to shock defeat in Granada
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first own goal of his career to send Real Madrid to a shock 1-0 defeat at Granada in La Liga on Saturday, further damaging their already slim hopes of retaining the title.
Ivory Coast decision on Drogba awaited
Favourites Ivory Coast step back into the African Nations Cup spotlight on Sunday, spoilt for choice as they meet Nigeria in the quarter-finals in Rustenburg.
February 02, 2013
EPL: Chelsea suffer late loss at Newcastle
Chelsea surrendered another three points in their quest for a top-four Premier League finish as Newcastle United's new signing Moussa Sissoko struck in the last minute to grab a 3-2 win that left Rafa Benitez's side reeling.
AS Roma sack under-performing manager Zeman
Italian Serie A club AS Roma sacked manager Zdenek Zeman on Saturday after a 4-2 loss at home to Cagliari on Friday night.
Lajong FC edge past Sikkim, 10-man EB beat Arrows
A wrap of the I-League football matches played across the country on Saturday. United manager Ferguson denies misconduct charge
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson faces a Football Association hearing and a possible touchline ban after denying a charge of misconduct on Friday.
February 01, 2013
Sporting stun 10-man Churchill Brothers
Table toppers Churchill Brothers suffered a shock solitary goal defeat at the hands of Sporting Clube de Goa in a 19th round match of the I-League at Duler Stadium in Mapusa. Mohun Bagan beat ONGC 3-1 ahead of derby
Mohun Bagan tasted their first win after the revocation of their ban by the AIFF as they thrashed ONGC 3-1 in a Round 19 I-League fixture at Kalyani in Kolkata. Maradona cleared of Italy tax evasion: Lawyer
Football great Diego Maradona has won a 30-year battle over tax evasion charges in Italy and will soon return to Naples, the scene of some of his greatest sporting triumphs, his lawyer said on Friday.
Calls grow for arrest of football 'fixer' in Singapore
Assertions by authorities that tackling match-fixing in soccer will be a long and complex process have been rejected by a leading expert on corruption in the game, who says the arrest of one person will make a difference. Barca's Alves cries racism at Bernebeu after Cup 'Clasico'
Barcelona's Brazilian fullback Daniel Alves has complained of racist abuse following Wednesday's King's Cup semi-final first leg at Real Madrid and said Spain was a 'lost war' when it came to tackling the issue.
Beckham's PSG salary to be donated to children's charity
David Beckham's salary at Paris St Germain will be donated to a children's charity in Paris, the former England captain said on Thursday.
January 31, 2013
Beckham poised to join Paris St Germain
David Beckham is poised to join Ligue 1 club Paris St Germain, Sky Sports News reported on Thursday. African Nations Cup: Togo move into last eight
Togo took the last quarter-final place at the African Nations Cup to maintain the flow of outsiders into the last eight at the end of the group phase on Wednesday. Balotelli move to AC Milan complete
Italy striker Mario Balotelli has completed his move to AC Milan from ManchesterCity, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Brazil unveils official poster for 2014 World Cup
Brazil presented the official poster for the 2014 World Cup at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, unveiling bright colors and fluid patterns that evoke the tropical nation's rich flora and fauna. Bangladesh want to host Messi's Barcelona in August
Bangladesh are considering an offer to host four-times European champions Barcelona for a match when they make a pre-season visit to Asia in August.
January 30, 2013
Accepting Indian citizenship toughest decision: Arata
The first Person of Indian origin to find a place in India's football squad, Japanese-born Arata Izumi says accepting the country's citizenship was one of the 'toughest decisions' of his life.
AC Milan agree to sign Balotelli from Manchester City
Mario Balotelli, whose wacky antics have filled the British newspapers almost daily in the last two and a half years, is set to return to Italy with AC Milan after a deal was agreed with Manchester City on Tuesday.
Italian Cup: Lazio outwit Juventus to reach final
Sergio Floccari struck deep into stoppage time to send Lazio into the Italian Cup final after a 2-1 second-leg win on Tuesday as Juventus saw their hopes of a domestic double destroyed. African Nations Cup: Nigeria go through, Zambia bow out
Burkina Faso sprung a major surprise at the African Nations Cup when they drew 0-0 with holders Zambia on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals along with Nigeria who beat Ethiopia 2-0.
January 29, 2013
Koevermans names 23 for Palestine friendly
National football coach Wim Koevermans has named his squad of 23 for the international friendly against Palestine, scheduled to be played in Kochi on February 6. Beckham trains with Arsenal to maintain fitness
Former England football captain David Beckham is training with Arsenal in a bid to maintain his fitness, manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.
Drogba eyes more CL glory at Galatasaray
Istanbul club Galatasaray have agreed with Shanghai Shenhua to sign striker Didier Drogba, the club said in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange on Monday.
FIFA warns Brazil against World Cup delays
With just 500 days to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, soccer's world governing body FIFA warned that the hosts cannot afford any further delays in getting their venues ready. Cut losses or face new laws, MPs tell English soccer clubs
New laws should be introduced to force English football clubs to clean up their finances unless they adopt European rules to curb spending, a group of British MPs said on Tuesday. African Cup: Ghana, Mali progress in contrasting styles
Ghana and Mali took contrasting routes to join Ivory Coast, South Africa and Cape VerdeIslands in the African Nations Cup quarter-finals on Monday. Manchester United is world's most valuable sports team
English Premier League soccer club Manchester United are the world's first professional sports team to be valued at more than $3 billion, according to Forbes Magazine.
January 28, 2013
Nations Cup: Joy for SA, Cape Verde after late drama
A night of unrelenting emotion ended in joy for South Africa and Cape VerdeIslands and sorrow for Morocco and Angola as the four Group A teams served up an African Nations Cup treat on Sunday. Bayern go 11 points clear after Mandzukic magic
Mario Mandzukic scored one goal and created the other as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich pulled 11 points clear of their nearest title rivals with a 2-0 victory at VfB Stuttgart on Sunday. Brazil's first 2014 WC stadium hosts local matches
The Arena Castelao, the first of Brazil's 2014 World Cup stadiums to be completed, held its first matches on Sunday -- a doubleheader in the northeastern Copa do Nordeste. La Liga: Another record for Messi as he nets four agianst Osasuna
Lionel Messi hit four goals for leaders Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick for Real Madrid as the two teams warmed up for their midweek King's Cup semi-final clash with crushing La Liga victories on Sunday.
Drogba Joins Galatasaray, says CNN
Ivory Coast captain and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has left Shanghai Shenhua to sign a 1-1/2 year contract with Galatasaray, Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk said on Sunday.
FA Cup: Liverpool stunned by Oldham
Third-tier Oldham Athletic stunned seven-times FA Cup winners Liverpool with a shock 3-2 fourth-round win on Sunday and Leeds United caused another big upset by knocking out Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Elland Road.
January 27, 2013
I-League:Dempo rally to hold ONGC
Injury time goal by substitute Peter Carvalho helped defending champions Dempo to come from behind and hold ONGC to a 1-1 draw in the 18th round of the I-League played at Duler stadium, Mapusa, on Sunday. FA Cup: Torres rescues holders Chelsea against Brentford
Much-maligned striker Fernando Torres rescued FA Cup holders Chelsea from an ignominious fourth-round exit after his 83rd-minute equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw at third tier Brentford on Sunday. La Liga: Hat-trick man Ronaldo passes 300 goals for Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and passed the landmark of 300 club goals as Real Madrid put a turbulent week behind them with a 4-0 win at home to Getafe in La Liga on Sunday to close to within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Giant-killing Luton slay Norwich in FA Cup
Luton Town made a mockery of the 85 places between themselves and Norwich City to become the first minor league club to beat a top-flight side in the FA Cup for 24 years on Saturday.
January 26, 2013
Lazio given suspended ban over Spurs chants?
Lazio have been handed a suspended one-game stadium ban by UEFA following anti-semitic chanting by home fans in a Europa League game against Tottenham Hotspur in November, Italian media reported on Friday. FA Cup: Man City score late to edge past Stoke
ManchesterCity booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup as Pablo Zabaleta scored a late winner with a neat finish to beat an organised StokeCity 1-0 on Saturday. Slumping Villa knocked out of FA Cup by Millwall
Aston Villa's miserable season went from bad to worse when they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at second tier Millwall in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday.
Platini and Wenger want January window axed
The January transfer window should be abolished or at least limited because it is unfair and distorts competitions, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and UEFA president Michel Platini said on Friday.
January 24, 2013
Swansea hold Chelsea to reach League Cup final
SwanseaCity reached their first major English final after holding Chelsea in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final to win 2-0 on aggregate on Wednesday but the match will be remembered more for the bizarre sending off of playmaker Eden Hazard.
West Ham's Potts knocked unconscious during Arsenal match
West Ham United's teenage defender Daniel Potts was taken to hospital suffering from concussion after being briefly knocked out in a second-half clash of heads with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna in their Premier League match on Wednesday.
King's Cup: Real Madrid advance to semis
Real Madrid survived red cards for Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria, and an injury to Iker Casillas, to draw 1-1 in Valencia, and qualify for the King's Cup semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.
Real president denies report of Mourinho rift
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez angrily denied a report in Marca sports daily on Thursday that said there was a rift between coach Jose Mourinho and club captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.
Real, Barca highest revenue earners
Real Madrid and rivals Barcelona proved that passion for Spanish soccer remains undimmed despite the country's financial crisis, cementing their place as the highest revenue earners in the world's most popular sport, business services group Deloitte said on Thursday. African Nations Cup: SA close in on quarters in Group A
South Africa closed in on the African Nations Cup knockout stages with a win on Wednesday while debutantsCape VerdeIslands narrowly failed to do the same as Group A came alive after its moribund start. Transfer talk: Is Drogba heading to Milan?
Didier Drogba would be a great addition to AC Milan's squad, coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Wednesday as Italian media speculated that a deal was in the offing.
January 23, 2013
Michu signs four-year deal with Swansea
Spanish striker Michu has signed a new four-year contract to keep the prolific goalscorer at Swansea City until 2016, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
January 21, 2013
Blackburn's Indian owners abused by fans
Jitendra Desai, husband of owner Anuradha, was hit in the face as he got out of their limos at the entrance to Ewood Park before last Saturday's defeat in new manager Michael Appleton's first game in charge.
January 20, 2013
Dempsey denies United with late equaliser for Spurs
Chelsea enjoyed some much-needed home comfort with goals from Juan Mata and Frank Lampard securing a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
I League: Salgaocar stun Bagan
Salgaocar Football Club scored a goal in each half to beat Karim Bencherifa's Mohun Bagan with a clinical 2-0 victory at Duler Stadium in Mapusaon Sunday. La Liga: Barca suffer first defeat this term
Leaders Barcelona suffered their first defeat in La Liga this season when Real Sociedad stormed back from two-goals down and made the most of a red card for Gerard Pique to record a 3-2 home win on Saturday.
January 19, 2013
EPL: City, Liverpool record easy home victories
Manchester City seized the chance to put Premier League leaders Manchester United under pressure with David Silva's double in a 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday while Liverpool recorded a 5-0 win at home to Norwich City.
Argentina, Brazil fail to qualify for youth World Cup
Argentina and holders Brazil, who between them have 11 titles, will miss this year's Under-20 World Cup in Turkey after abysmal results in the South American qualifying tournament. I-League: Churchill down East Bengal 3-0
In a top-of-the-table clash, Henry Antchouet struck twice as Churchill Brothers brightened their I-League title hopes with a crushing 3-0 win over local heavyweights and last year's runners-up East Bengal in a round 17 fixture, in Kolkata on Saturday.
January 16, 2013
Bayern Munich appoint Pep Guardiola to replace Heynckes
Bayern Munich have appointed former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to replace Jupp Heynckes from the end of this season, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.
Chelsea had to fire me to get results: Villas-Boas
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he made mistakes at Chelsea and that they were right to dismiss him after less than nine months in charge.
Former Barca coach Guardiola wants to manage EPL club
Pep Guardiola finds English football 'fascinating' and his ambition is to manage a Premier League club in future, the sought-after former Barcelona coach said.
Transfers: Chinese club offers Lampard 250k pound deal
Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua has offered Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard a 250,000 pound per week deal after tax offer to join his former teammate Didier Drogba at the club.
'Milan walkoff against the rules'
AC Milan's walkoff after midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was racially abused in a friendly this month was against the rules but the club will not be punished, Serie A's disciplinary commissioner said on Tuesday. King's Cup: Real near semis after 1st leg win vs Valencia
Real Madrid put themselves on course for a place in the King's Cup semi-finals after securing a 2-0 first leg victory over Valencia at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
City's Kompany wins red card appeal
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has won his appeal for wrongful dismissal in Sunday's league win at Arsenal, prompting a sigh of relief from defenders across England who feared for the future of the tackle.
FA Cup: Walters brace helps Stoke win; Sunderland upset
Jon Walters re-set his radar to score twice in Stoke City's 4-1 extra-time win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Tuesday to make up for his weekend horror show against Chelsea.
January 15, 2013
AIFF lifts Mohun Bagan ban, slaps 2 crore fine
In a change of stance, AIFF has lifted the three-year suspension on Mohun Bagan but have imposed a Rs 2 crore fine, it has been reported. FIFA mulls points deduction to curb racism
Deducting points from teams whose fans or players are guilty of racism is a better way of tackling the problem than players walking off the pitch and abandoning matches, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Monday.
January 14, 2013
AIFF set to soften stand against Mohun Bagan
The All India Football Federation might consider reducing the two-year ban on Mohun Bagan, besides giving the club a breather as far as imposing financial sanctions is concerned, when the federation's executive committee meets in New Delhi. Serie A: Lazio cut Juve's lead
Lazio took another bite out of Juventus's lead at the top of Serie A when they beat Atalanta 2-0 on Sunday after Sergio Floccari appeared to use his hand before scoring the opening goal. La Liga: Record for Barca as they march on at Malaga
Rampant unbeaten leaders Barcelona ended the first half of the La Liga season with a record 55 of a possible 57 points when Lionel Messi scored one goal and had a hand in two more in a 3-1 win at Malaga on Sunday.
January 12, 2013
Bagan fans demand ouster of officials Mitra, Debasihish
Mohun Bagan President Swapan Sadhan Bose has backed under-fire General Secretary Anjan Mitra and Finance Secretary Debashish Dutta even as a group of club supporters demanded the ouster of the duo in the wake of the AIFF suspension till 2014-15. EPL: Walters' own goals allow Chelsea stroll at Stoke
Two own goals from Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters set Chelsea on their way to a 4-0 Premier League victory on Saturday that gave under-fire interim manager Rafael Benitez some respite.
I-League: ONGC continue stunning run, beat Salgaocar
ONGC's stunning form at home continued as they beat former champions Salgaocar by a solitary goal in a Round 16 I-League match at Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. EPL: Struggling QPR hold Spurs to goalless draw
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp had to be content with a point in his first game against former club Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road lifting the strugglers off the foot of the Premier League. Taarabt asked to apologise for insulting Morocco coach
Morocco are demanding an apology from midfielder Adel Taarabt for insulting the national team coach, who left him out of the African Nations Cup.
January 11, 2013
Bhutia at Vasai Taluka Kala Krida Mahotsav
The 23rd Vasai Taluka Kala Krida Mahotsav 2012 was a huge success with over 45,000 participants and an encouraging audience turning up. The event, staged to encourage up-and-coming talent, featured sport, culture and literature. Legal settlement agreed with former owners: Liverpool
Liverpool said on Friday that a settlement between former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and directors involved in the sale of the Premier League football club had been agreed following a long-running legal battle.
West Brom turn down QPR bid for Olsson
West Bromwich Albion have turned down a bid for Sweden defender Jonas Olsson from the Premier League's basement side Queens Park Rangers, manager Steve Clarke said on Thursday. Real's Ramos gets five-match ban for insulting ref
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was handed a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Thursday, after being sent off and insulting the referee in their King's Cup victory over Celta Vigo.
January 10, 2013
Ronaldo backs Mourinho following fans' backlash
Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded with Real Madrid fans to get off Jose Mourinho's back and to support the team after a couple of jittery home performances where their coach has been whistled by sections of the Bernabeu.
Chelsea slump to shock home loss to Swansea in Cup
Swansea City inflicted the second shock home defeat in eight days on Chelsea, goals from Michu and Danny Graham giving the Welsh club a 2-0 win in their Capital One (League) Cup semi-final first leg.
Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real Madrid into quarters
Cristiano Ronaldo was the decisive figure for the second time in four days as he scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory over Celta Vigo that put them in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.
January 09, 2013
Messi sends shirt to Mueller after breaking his record
Lionel Messi has sent a signed shirt to Gerd Mueller after the Argentina forward broke the former Germany striker's record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year in 2012. 41 players get life bans for South Korea match-fixing
Forty one South Korean players have been handed worldwide lifetime bans following a match-fixing scandal in the country's K-League, world governing body FIFA said on Wednesday. Majority of Real members say Mourinho is bad for image
Almost two-thirds of Real Madrid's members believe coach Jose Mourinho has a negative impact on the La Liga club's image, according to a survey published in Marca sports daily on Wednesday.
Brazil's football WCup winners get bonus 50 years later!
Brazil's World Cup winning players from 1958, 1962 and 1970 have been awarded a bonus and a pension from the government in a controversial move that has split public opinion. EPL player Sordell receiving help for Twitter obsession
News that Bolton Wanderers forward Marvin Sordell is being helped by his club for a possible 'obsession' with social networking site Twitter may not come as a surprise to those who believe soccer players have too much time on their hands.
Benitez warns time's up for Chelsea 'legends'
Chelsea interim coach Rafael Benitez has heralded a changing of the guard at the Premier League club by saying that new players are needed for them to carry on winning.
EPL: Overpriced tickets have Man City fans crying hoarse
While Manchester City's wealthy Dubai owners continue to bankroll the club, the Premier League champions' supporters look to be adopting a more frugal approach.
Youthful Villa playing dangerous game in FA Cup
Pioneers Aston Villa have put almost all their faith in young players this season but the bold policy is at risk of badly backfiring for the Premier League club after Tuesday's defeat at fourth tier Bradford City. Valencia, Malaga cruise into King's Cup quarters
Valencia eased past La Liga rivals Osasuna into the quarter-finals of the King's Cup on Tuesday, while Malaga flirted with danger against third-tier Eibar before a flurry of late goals put them safely into the last eight.
January 08, 2013
ONGC stun E Bengal with Yusa Katsumi's late goal
ONGC rode on Yusa Katsumi's late goal to beat heavyweights East Bengal 1-0 and pull off their second major upset of the season, in a 15th round I-League encounter at the Ambedkar stadium in Delhi on Tuesday. Following the victory, ONGC, who had shocked fancied Dempo 3-0, moved up a rung, to seventh, with 16 points from 14 matches.
Messi wins World Player of the Year for fourth time
Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo was second, the third time the 2008 winner has finished runner-up, and Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was third as Spain again missed out.
January 07, 2013
Chelsea rule out Lampard contract extension
Chelsea have told Frank Lampard's agent that the England midfielder will not be offered a new contract with the European champions at the end of the English Premier League season.
Will SRK manage to buy stake in I-League club Dempo?
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's proposed deal to buy stake in the Goa-based Dempo Sports Club is reportedly "dying out" as the superstar is finding it difficult to attend soccer matches as required by a clause.
Serie A: Juve stunned by Sampdoria
Argentine teenager Mauro Icardi scored twice as Serie A leaders Juventus lost 2-1 at home to lowly 10-man Sampdoria and Edinson Cavani's hat-trick helped Napoli to a 4-1 win over AS Roma on Sunday. Walking off during match no solution to racism: FIFA chief
Walking off the field in the face of racist abuse, as AC Milan players did last week, is not the solution to the problem according to FIFA head Sepp Blatter.
La Liga: Barca strengthen hold at top, Real scrape
Leaders Barcelona kept up their relentless pace at the top of La Liga with a 4-0 thrashing of city rivals Espanyol and 10-man Real Madrid needed two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo to see off Real Sociedad 4-3 on Sunday.
FA Cup: Liverpool win controversial tie, Arsenal held
Daniel Sturridge scored on his Liverpool debut and Luis Suarez caused controversy as the seven-times winners beat minor league Mansfield Town 2-1 to reach the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.
January 06, 2013
SA reinstates officials suspended in fix scandal
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has reinstated its chief and four other leading officials suspended over a match fixing scandal involving the national team, saying they were improperly removed from office. Demba Ba steers Chelsea to big win; Persie saves United
Chelsea striker Demba Ba struck twice on his debut as the FA Cup holders enjoyed a 5-1 drubbing of Southampton in the third round on Saturday and Robin van Persie's majestic last-gasp equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw for Manchester United at West Ham.
January 05, 2013
Milan walkout re-ignites racism row in Italy
Racist chanting that led AC Milan players to walk off the pitch during a friendly match provoked howls of outrage in Italy on Friday, while club owner Silvio Berlusconi vowed his team would abandon all matches where they suffer similar abuse.
January 04, 2013
Japan new market for footaball talent, says Wenger
Having seen the well of talent dry up in France, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Japan as an emerging market to find new players for his Premier League side.
AC Milan players walk-off pitch after racist chanting
AC Milan striker Kevin-Prince Boateng led the team off the pitch during a friendly at Italian lower division side Pro Patria on Thursday in protest at racist chanting by the home fans.
January 03, 2013
Mancini, Balotelli in training-ground spat: Report
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was involved in a training ground bust-up with volatile forward Mario Balotelli on Thursday, the Manchester Evening News reported. Barca coach Vilanova returns to work after cancer surgery
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has returned to work sooner than expected and oversaw training on Wednesday for the first time since a throat operation two weeks ago.
Real's Pepe undergoes ankle surgery
Real Madrid centre back Pepe had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle on Wednesday, the La Liga champions said, adding to coach Jose Mourinho's selection problems in defence.
Ronaldo brushes aside queries about Madrid future
Cristiano Ronaldo is to avoid public discussions of a possible contract renewal with Real Madrid and plans to focus instead on winning matches, he said on Wednesday.
Wenger rules out Henry's Arsenal return
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out bringing legend Thierry Henry back to the club for a second loan spell.
January 01, 2013
Happy start for Fulham in new year with win at West Brom
Fulham winger Alex Kacaniklic sealed a 2-1 Premier League win at high-flying West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday to end a sorry run of results for the Londoners. Mancini rues missing out on buying Van Persie
Robin van Persie's decision to join Manchester United instead of Manchester City is proving the difference in the race to the Premier League title, according to City manager Roberto Mancini.
No talks yet of renewing Lampard's Chelsea contract
Frank Lampard's goals have ensured he will always have a fond place in Chelsea fans' hearts but with no contract extension on the horizon his future at the heart of the club looks increasingly doubtful.
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