December 31, 2012Bagan appeals to AIFF to review suspension
Beleagured Mohun Bagan on Monday appealed to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for a review of its decision to suspend the club till 2015-16 season for abandoning the December 9 I-League derby against arch-rivals East Bengal.
Chinese whispers abound as 'brand Beckham' mulls offers
Football icon David Beckham has lined up big money transfer offers from Chinese clubs as the former Manchester United star ponders over a future move after leaving American football team LA Galaxy.
Shakir edges Maradona to become Iraq's national coach
Iraq football association has promoted Hakeem Shakir to the head coach's post, ending speculations of a possible appointment of Diego Maradona for the job.
December 30, 2012United will make no major signings in January: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson does not expect to make any major signings during the January transfer window after expressing his satisfaction with the strength of the current squad.
Dzeko inspires Man City as United seal win
Edin Dzeko shone to give 10-man Manchester City a battling 4-3 victory at Norwich City but leaders Manchester United also won as own goals and more controversial refereeing marked the last Saturday of 2012.
December 29, 2012Mohun Bagan players free to play for any club
Mohun Bagan's star players like Okolie Odafa, Tolgay Ozbey and Syed Rahim Nabi are free to leave the green-and-maroon brigade and play for some other clubs.
Bhutia blames Bagan officials for I-League ban
Bagan, India's oldest soccer club, was handed a two-year ban from the I-League for pulling out of its violence-marred derby match against the bitter rivals in Kolkata.
Bagan suspended for two years from I-League
Century-old club Mohun Bagan was on Saturday slapped with a two-year suspension by the All India Football Federation for abandoning their violence-marred I-League match against East Bengal on December 9.
December 28, 2012Ferguson accuses Pardew of hypocrisy over referee rant
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson played down his outburst at referee Mike Dean during Wednesday's 4-3 win over Newcastle United and accused opposite number Alan Pardew of hypocrisy.
December 27, 2012Blackburn fire manager Berg after 57 days in charge
Blackburn Rovers sacked Henning Berg on Thursday after only 57 days and 10 games in charge, becoming the second manager to depart a foreign-owned English Championship (second division) club in the space of a few hours.
Knee injury rules Wayne Rooney out for three weeks
Wayne Rooney faces two or three weeks on the sidelines after the Manchester United striker injured his knee in training ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Newcastle United.
Man United win seven-goal thriller while City lose
Manchester United trailed three times before a last-gasp goal from Javier Hernandez earned a rip-roaring 4-3 win over Newcastle United that opened a seven-point lead at the top of the English Premier League.
December 24, 2012EPL: Chelsea hit Villa for eight, leaders United held
Chelsea, playing with a swagger missing for much of the season, routed Aston Villa 8-0 on Sunday as Premier League leaders Manchester United wasted the chance to move six points clear after a 1-1 draw at Swansea City.
December 23, 2012Barca end the year on a high as Real lose
Unbeaten La Liga leaders Barcelona ended 2012 on a high when Lionel Messi struck his 91st goal of the year in a 3-1 win at Real Valladolid while their arch-rivals Real Madrid slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Malaga.
December 21, 2012Cancer-striken Barca coach undergoes successful surgery
Surgery on Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova's saliva glands went to plan on Thursday, the La Liga club said, as assistant Jordi Roura oversaw his first training session since taking charge on a temporary basis.
'No support for Wenger from Arsenal board'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not had enough support from the Premier League club's board, shareholder Alisher Usmanov said on Thursday.
Maradona eyes World Cup as Iraq coach job beckons
Diego Maradona is on the brink of becoming coach of Iraq and wants to take the country to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, Argentine agent Hernan Tofoni said on Thursday.
Toure named African Footballer of the Year again
Manchester City's Yaya Toure won the African Footballer of the Year award for a second successive time on Thursday, holding off a strong challenge from compatriot and Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba.
December 20, 2012Praful Patel elected AIFF president
Praful Patel was unanimously elected president of the All India Football Federation at its Annual General Body Meeting, at Football House, the AIFF's headquarters, in Delhi on Thursday.
Chelsea face Sparta Prague in Europa League
European champions Chelsea will play Czech side Sparta Prague in the last 32 of the Europa League after the draw was made in Switzerland on Thursday.
Real Madrid vs Manchester Utd in Champions League last 16
Nine-times winners Real Madrid will play Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League after the draw was made at UEFA's headquarters in Switzerland on Thursday.
AIFF allay fears over sanctions by the Ministry or FIFA
India's soccer federation elections do not violate any regulations and there is no risk of any sanctions being imposed either by FIFA or the government, a leading official with the authority told Reuters on Thursday.
EPL: Arsenal-West Ham Boxing Day clash postponed
Arsenal's Premier League match against West Ham United on December 26 has been postponed due to proposed industrial action on London Underground, the club said in a statement on Wednesday.
QPR's Taarabt wants to play in African Nations Cup
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt wants to play for Morocco in the African Nations Cup next month despite manager Harry Redknapp's plea for him to help the Premier League club battle relegation.
Wilshere, Chamberlaine extend Arsenal stay
England's Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are among five young internationals to have pledged their long-term futures to Arsenal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Napoli stunned by Bologna in Italian Cup
Holders Napoli, already reeling after being deduced two Serie A points for match-fixing, were knocked out of the Italian Cup last 16 after suffering a last-gasp 2-1 home defeat by Bologna on Wednesday.
Chelsea crush Leeds to enter League Cup semis
Chelsea brought a ray of light to a largely miserable December when they reached the Capital One (League) Cup semi-finals after a 5-1 triumph at second tier Leeds United on Wednesday.
December 19, 2012Barca coach Vilanova suffers cancer relapse
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has suffered a relapse on the cancer in his saliva glands, Spanish daily El Pais reported on Wednesday citing sources at the club.
Police to open new inquiry in Hillsborough soccer disaster
Britain ordered a new investigation into the deaths of 96 soccer fans in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster on Wednesday, three months after an independent report suggested the police had tried to cover up their mishandling of the tragedy.
December 17, 2012City bosses order Mancini to sell 'menace' Balotelli
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been advised by the influential members of the Etihad hierarchy to get rid of madcap striker Mario Balotelli or risk losing his own job.
Aus fan faces stadium ban for racially abusing player
The spectator who reportedly racially abused Wellington Phoenix player Paul Ifill during their A-League match against Adelaide United will be banned from attending matches if found guilty, Football Federation of Australia (FFA) said on Monday.
City's Balotelli in fresh row over 'unjustified' fine
Mario Balotelli is reportedly taking Manchester City to a Premier League tribunal to overturn a 340,000 club fine.
City star Kolarov probed for alleged racist language
Manchester City player Aleksandar Kolarov is reportedly at the centre of an alleged racism complaint.
Juventus beat Atalanta, extend Serie A lead
Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A with an embarrassingly easy win over Atalanta, who trailed by three goals and were reduced to 10 men after barely more than half an hour on Sunday.
La Liga: Barca beat Atletico to take nine point lead
Leaders Barcelona struck a potentially decisive blow in the La Liga title race when Lionel Messi scored twice in a 4-1 win at home to second-placed Atletico Madrid to move nine points clear at the top on Sunday.
EPL: Wilshere set to sign new deal with Arsenal
England midfielder Jack Wilshere has given beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger some good news by saying he expects to sign a new long-term contract with the Premier League club within the next few weeks.
Brazil unveils first stadium for 2014 World Cup
The Castelao Arena in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza became the first stadium to be inaugurated for the 2014 World Cup finals on Sunday.
December 15, 2012EPL: United beat Sunderland to maintain six point lead
Robin van Persie was back on target for Manchester United as the Premier League leaders swept aside Sunderland 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday to stay six points clear at the top.
FIFA chief says racism social not football problem
FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes that completely ridding soccer of racism will be impossible while it remains a problem in society as a whole.
FIFA backs goal-line technology to stay
After unsuccessful tests of goal-line technology in 2005 and 2007, FIFA promised on Saturday that future World Cups would be free of any more shocking Frank Lampard moments.
EPL: Liverpool coach expects tough outing against Villa
In-form Liverpool face a 'difficult' match on Saturday against an Aston Villa side who have improved after a change in system, boss Brendan Rodgers said as he welcomes back top scorer Luis Suarez after a one-match ban.
December 13, 2012Chelsea romp into Club World Cup final
Fernando Torres continued his recent resurgence as Chelsea brushed aside Mexico's Monterrey 3-1 with a confident display to reach the final of the Club World Cup in Japan on Thursday.
December 12, 2012Brazil's Corinthians reach Club World Cup final
Corinthians beat African champions Al-Ahly 1-0 on Wednesday to reach the final of the Club World Cup but the Brazilian side failed to impress as they set up a potential showdown with Chelsea. Peru striker Paolo Guerrero twisted superbly to head the winner for the Libertadores Cup holders on the half-hour mark to the delight of the Corinthians fans in Toyota.
December 11, 2012Platini still opposed to goal-line technology
UEFA President Michel Platini remains ardently opposed to the use of goal-line technology, which is being employed by FIFA for the first time at the Club World Cup, and said on Tuesday the money would be better spent developing the game.
Britain seeks fresh inquest into 1989 FA cup deaths
The deaths of 96 soccer fans in Britain's worst sporting disaster could be reinvestigated after the country's chief prosecutor launched on Monday a formal application to quash their inquests' verdicts.
Lazio fail to keep pace after draw at Bologna
Fourth-placed Lazio missed the chance to keep pace with leaders Juventus when they were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Bologna in Serie A on Monday and are now eight points off top spot.
Police charge nine over crowd trouble at Manchester derby
Nine people have been charged after Sunday's derby between Manchester City and Manchester United, police said on Monday although they are still trying to identify the person who threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand.
EPL: Rodallega heads Fulham past Newcastle
Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega headed the decisive goal to seal a 2-1 win over Newcastle United in an absorbing Premier League match at Craven Cottage on Monday.
Mueller hopes Messi record will last another 40 years
Barcelona great Lionel Messi's new mark of 86 goals in a calendar year could last another 40 years, previous record holder Gerd Mueller said on Monday.
December 10, 2012Fabregas sidelined for three weeks with muscle strain
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas will be out for three to four weeks after damaging a thigh muscle in the early stages of Sunday's 2-1 La Liga win at Real Betis.
Record-breaking Messi helps Barca to close win over Betis
The unstoppable Lionel Messi set a record for goals scored in a calendar year and kept unbeaten La Liga leaders Barcelona six points clear of Atletico Madrid in a nervy 2-1 win at Real Betis on Sunday.
December 09, 2012Arsenal midfielder Cazorla's tumble sparks diving debate
Santi Cazorla became the latest player embroiled in a diving row when the Spaniard's tumble earned Arsenal the first of their two penalties in a 2-0 Premier League win home over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
December 08, 2012Owen blames Liverpool mismanagement for injuries
Former England striker Michael Owen has blamed mismanagement in his early days at Liverpool for the injuries that have blighted his career.
Ferguson says EPL title race between Manchester rivals
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson predicted on Friday the Premier League title will be won by either his team or their fierce rivals Manchester City.
December 07, 2012EPL title race between United and City: Ferguson
The teams clash at the Etihad stadium on Sunday (1700 IST) with United three points clear of champions City.
Dunga hails Scolari's appointment as Brazil coach
Former captain and coach Dunga hailed the appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari as coach saying he will take Brazil to great success.
Arsenal sign Henry on loan to rescue club's fortunes
Arsenal has agreed to a six-week return deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) team New York Red Bulls for former captain Thierry Henry, starting next month, in order to rescue them from their catastrophic form in the Premier League.
Euro 2020 to be hosted across Europe
Soccer's European Championship in 2020 will take place in cities across the continent, rather than in one or two host countries, in a radical departure from the traditional format, UEFA said on Thursday.
FIFA renews Bin Hammam ban after full probe
FIFA's ethics committee has completed its latest investigation into former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and extended his provisional ban pending a final verdict, soccer's world governing body said Thursday.
Europa: Liverpool, Spurs advance to last 32, Atletico lose
Five-times European champions Liverpool survived a late scare to move into the last 32 of the Europa League with a 1-0 win over Italian side Udinese on Thursday.
Chelsea's Mikel gets three-match ban over Clattenburg row
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been given a three-match ban and a 60,000 pounds fine after admitting a charge of using threatening or abusive language towards referee Mark Clattenburg after a home defeat by Manchester United in October.
December 06, 2012Spanish giants Barcelona to scout talent in India
Spanish football giants FC Barcelona on Thursday said that they want to scout talent at the grassroot level in India and will soon hold training camps across the country.
December 03, 2012Mourinho bats away questions over his future at Real
Jose Mourinho refused to add to the media speculation surrounding his future as Real Madrid coach on Monday, but failed to nip it in the bud when questioned in the run up to the Champions League visit of Ajax.
Chelsea deny reports linking Avram Grant return
European champions Chelsea have denied British media reports linking former manager Avram Grant to an assistant role alongside interim coach Rafael Benitez at Stamford Bridge.
S Korea's Park banned for two games for Olympic protest
South Korea's Park Jong-woo has been banned for two games by FIFA and fined 3,500 Swiss francs ($3,800) after he inflamed a diplomatic row with Japan at the London Olympic football tournament, the governing body said on Monday.
December 02, 2012Barca six clear at the top as Atletico stumble
Unbeaten leaders Barcelona pulled six points clear of chasing Atletico Madrid and set a record for the best start to a La Liga season when Lionel Messi scored twice in a 5-1 drubbing of Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Beckham ends American adventure with second title
Leaving the field draped in the Union flag and the Stars and Stripes, David Beckham bowed out of Major League Soccer on a winning note on Saturday as L.A. Galaxy retained their title with a 3-1 victory over Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final. An entertaining game in front of a lively, capacity 30,510 crowd, was a fitting way for Beckham to end his six seasons in MLS as he added another title to his collection.
December 01, 2012I-League: Dempo beat Salgaocar, regain top position
Goals from Rohan Ricketts and Ryuji Sueoka helped Dempo beat Salgaocar 2-1 and regain the top position after their ninth round I-League match at the Nehru Stadium on Saturday.
Manchester Utd win thriller; Chelsea, Arsenal lose
Manchester United moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League after an extraordinary 4-3 victory at Reading. Third-placed Chelsea surrendered a half-time lead to lose 3-1 at West Ham United while Arsenal were humbled 2-0 by Swansea City.
November 30, 2012Brazilian stadium may not be ready for 2014 World Cup
FIFA fired off a warning to the Brazilian city of Manaus on Friday, telling the Amazonian capital it must speed up construction work on its stadium or risk being cut from the 2014 World Cup.
EPL is a three-horse race at the moment: Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says the race for the Premier League title is not just a battle between themselves and local rivals Manchester United.
United captain Vidic set for midweek return
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic could return to action for next week's Champions League clash against CFR Cluj after missing more than two months with a knee injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Cut points, serve Euro bans for racism: Vieira
Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira has said clubs should be docked points or kicked out of European competitions if their fans or players are found guilty of racism.
November 29, 2012Scolari back to lead Brazil's World Cup campaign
Luiz Felipe Scolari took over as the coach of 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil on Thursday, returning for a second stint to lead his country's bid to win a sixth world title on home soil in little more than 18 months' time.
November 28, 2012Scolari to be named Brazil coach: source
Luiz Felipe Scolari is set to be named as the new coach of 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil on Thursday, a source close to Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said.
Lajong trounce Pailan Arrows
A double strike by in-form Sushil Kumar Singh and another goal from Friday Gbeneme helped Shillong Lajong FC beat Pailan Arrows 3-1 at the J N Stadium in Shillong on Wednesday afternoon.
Redknapp starts QPR reign with stalemate
Harry Redknapp's salvage operation at Queens Park Rangers started with a battling 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Sunderland in a dour Premier League match on Tuesday.
November 27, 2012Chidi takes East Bengal past Salgaocar
East Bengal rode on a second-half strike from Edeh Chidi to beat Salgaocar 1-0 and go four points clear of Dempo at the top of the table after their Round 8 I-League fixture in Kolkata on Tuesday.
West Ham fan banned for anti-Semitic chants
West Ham United have banned a season ticket holder and promised action against other offenders after anti-Semitic chanting in Sunday's 3-1 Premier League loss at Tottenham Hotspur.
'Aston Villa must be up for the fight'
Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan knows Reading will be fighting as if their English Premier League survival is at stake on Tuesday and says his side must not take the Royals lightly.
Barca's Alves sidelined for up to three weeks
Barcelona fullback Dani Alves has been ruled out with a hamstring strain for 15 to 20 days, the La Liga leaders said on Monday.
Former Utd hero Solskjaer first in Norway's Hall of Fame
Former Norway and Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who enjoyed a glittering career as a player before becoming a successful manager, is the first to be inducted into the country's Hall of Fame, it was announced on Monday.
Seria A: Napoli jump to second, Inter lose
Napoli jumped to second place in Serie A thanks to a laboured 1-0 win at lowly Cagliari while fellow title hopefuls Inter Milan suffered a 1-0 defeat at Parma in Monday's late game.
November 26, 2012Football: Brazil's World Cup mascot named 'Fuleco'
FIFA has named the mascot for the 2014 Brazil World Cup Fuleco, a word which organisers say transmits a message of environmental awareness.
Former United manager Sexton dies at 82
Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Dave Sexton has died aged 82, the English Football Association said in a statement on Sunday.
November 24, 2012Manchester United recover to send Redknapp's QPR reeling
Manchester United fought back from a goal down to return to the top of the Premier League table after defeating Queen's Park Rangers 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Pune FC's Moga scores within 10 seconds of kick-off
Pune FC's James Moga scored one of the quickest goals in the history of Indian football as his side held United Sikkim (USFC) to a 2-2 draw in a seventh round I-League match in Pune.
EPL: West Brom move to 3rd, record best start since 1953
West Bromwich Albion moved up to third in the Premier League, at least until Chelsea play on Sunday, when they won 4-2 at Sunderland in the early match on Saturday.
I-League: Churchill ride on Moghrabi's strike
A brilliant goal from Akram Moghrabi in injury time helped Churchill Brothers earn full points against hosts Shillong Lajong in their round seven match of the I-League at the JN Sports Complex in Shillong on Saturday.
Dempo grab three points after Abranches's late goal
Joaquim Abranches's late strike helped Dempo Sports Club score a solitary goal win over a spirited Air India in the I-League tie played at the Nehru Stadium in Margoa on Saturday.
Attack on Spurs fans in Rome raises fears of neo-fascism
A brutal attack on fans of English football club Tottenham Hotspur in Rome has stoked fears in Italy of rising right-wing and anti-Semitic violence.
Redknapp replaces Hughes as QPR manager
Harry Redknapp has been named manager of Queens Park Rangers following Friday's sacking of Mark Hughes, the Premier League's bottom club announced on Saturday.
Lampard and Cole to leave Chelsea: Benitez
Chelsea's interim manager Rafa Benitez has said he expects the club's long-serving England players Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, British media reported on Saturday.
City's Aguero is Premier League's most lethal striker
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero sets his sights on Chelsea on Sunday bolstered by statistics proving his strike rate since joining the club is the best in Premier League history.
November 23, 2012I-League: Pailan Arrows surprise Sporting Clube
Pailan Arrows took Sporting Clube de Goa by surprise, scoring a solitary goal victory in a seventh round I-League match, at the Nehru stadium, in Fatorda, Goa, on Friday. Narayan Das scored the only goal of the match in the second session.
QPR sack manager Hughes after winless start
Queens Park Rangers sacked manager Mark Hughes on Friday with the team bottom of the Premier League table without a win in 12 matches this season.
November 22, 2012Real Madrid, Arsenal through; Manchester City out
Real Madrid and AC Milan led a procession of six teams into the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday while big-spending Manchester City failed again on the European stage to further dent English soccer's standing.
November 21, 2012No offer made for Beckham, say Paris St Germain
Paris St Germain have ruled out a move for David Beckham after the former England midfielder announced he was leaving LA Galaxy after next month's Major League Soccer Cup final.
Messi sends Barca through, Chelsea lose to Juventus
Lionel Messi fired Barcelona into the last 16 of the Champions League with two goals in their 3-0 victory at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday but holders Chelsea are walking a tightrope after a crushing defeat by Juventus.
November 20, 2012Arsenal still vulnerable despite derby boost
Arsenal are buzzing after their resounding victory over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur but they go into Wednesday's Champions League home clash with Montpellier aware that any slip could be costly to their last 16 hopes.
Chelsea ponder dropping Torres for Juventus match
Chelsea could drop Fernando Torres for their Champions League clash against Juventus on Tuesday but manager Roberto Di Matteo said the holders would not be playing for a draw in Turin.
Where next for Beckham after Galaxy exit?
Former England captain David Beckham, hailed as a success for soccer in the United States, will say his farewell to LA Galaxy in next month's MLS Cup final with one more mission yet to accomplish.
Dempsey wins US player of the year award
Striker Clint Dempsey was named US Soccer's 'Athlete of the Year' for 2012, winning the award for the third time and second in a row, the federation said on Monday.
EPL: West Ham move to sixth place after home draw
West Ham United moved level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City in a dour Premier League clash at Upton Park on Monday.
Police probe death threats against Sunderland's McClean
Police are investigating death threats made to Sunderland winger James McClean after the Ireland international declined to wear a poppy to mark Remembrance Sunday.
November 19, 2012Bencharifa takes over as chief coach of Mohun Bagan
Moroccan Karim Bencherifa, beginning his second stint as coach of Mohun Bagan, said his main aim would be to regain the I-League title.
Liverpool's Sterling apologises to Watson over collision
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has wished Wigan Athletic's Ben Watson a speedy recovery after a freak collision between the pair on Saturday left Watson with a suspected shin fracture.
Ferguson ready to welcome 'unbuyable' Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo would always be welcomed back to play for Manchester United but manager Alex Ferguson doubts he will return because the Real Madrid man is now 'unbuyable'.
November 18, 2012Messi nets another double as Barcelona march on
Barcelona pulled six points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga when Lionel Messi netted his seventh double of the campaign and set up Alex Song to open his account for the club in a 3-1 success at home to Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
Manchester United, Chelsea slip; City hit five
Manchester United were humbled 1-0 by Norwich City and Chelsea upset at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as Premier League champions Manchester City took advantage of their rivals' mistakes with a 5-0 demolition of Aston Villa.
November 17, 2012Chelsea's Di Matteo thanks West Brom for sacking him
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo returns to former club West Bromwich Albion convinced that his sacking there last year strengthened his resolve and helped him become a European champion.
November 16, 2012Beckham's team deny FFA talk of Australia move
David Beckham's representatives have shot down claims made by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) that they were negotiating a move to the A-League for the former England captain.
Terry out for three weeks, says Di Matteo
Chelsea skipper John Terry will be sidelined for around three weeks after injuring his knee in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool last weekend, manager Roberto Di Matteo said on Friday.
I-League: ONGC shock champions Dempo for first win
After showing only promise in their last couple of games, ONGC caused the season's biggest upset, bringing champions Dempo down to earth with a 3-1 victory in a sixth round I-League match at the Ambedkar stadium, in Delhi, on Friday.
November 15, 2012Alves believes Seville derby tougher than a 'Clasico'
The Real Madrid-Barcelona 'Clasico' is televised around the world and often decides the La Liga title, but a Seville derby is a tougher proposition, Barca defender and former Sevilla favourite Dani Alves has said.
Neymar misses penalty as Colombia hold Brazil
Neymar conjured up a superb equaliser and a dreadful penalty miss in a pulsating 1-1 draw between 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil and Colombia in their friendly.
Late magic settles Asian World Cup qualifiers
Three moments of late magic helped Uzbekistan, Iraq and Qatar grab key 1-0 wins in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday as Asian champions Japan rode their luck before edging to the brink of a place in Brazil.
Gerrard makes 100th appearance for England
Steven Gerrard became the sixth English player to play 100 times for his country when he captained his side against Sweden in their friendly international to open the Friends Arena on Wednesday.
November 13, 2012Gerrard facing scan as he waits for 100th cap
Steven Gerrard will become the sixth Englishman to win 100 caps if, as the English Football Association expects, he is passed fit after a scan on his knee to play against Sweden in Wednesday's friendly.
Chelsea deny hypocrisy in referee racism claims
Chelsea have denied any hypocrisy in making a complaint against English referee Mark Clattenburg for inappropriate language while standing by club captain John Terry over his four-match ban for racial abuse.
November 12, 2012Messi nets twice as shaky Barca beat Mallorca
Unbeaten leaders Barcelona extended their near-perfect start but again suffered the defensive lapses that have plagued them this season when Lionel Messi netted twice in a 4-2 La Liga win at Real Mallorca on Sunday.
Terry faces scan to assess knee injury
John Terry will have a scan on Monday to assess the extent of the knee injury he suffered on his return to domestic action after his four-match ban ended on Sunday.
November 11, 2012Hernandez inspires Manchester Utd comeback at Villa
Javier Hernandez went off clutching the match ball after helping leaders Manchester United fight back for a 3-2 win at Aston Villa after Arsenal were held in another rip-roaring Saturday of Premier League action.
November 10, 2012Arsenal waste two-goal lead to draw with Fulham
Arsenal's topsy-turvy season took another turn for the worse when they let slip a two-goal lead and missed a late penalty to draw 3-3 at home to a Dimitar Berbatov-inspired Fulham on Saturday.
Champions League win helps Chelsea to profit
Premier League Chelsea have moved into profit for the first time since Russian Roman Abramovich bought the soccer club in 2003, reporting a small surplus after winning the Champions League.
La Liga: Real's Higuain, Benzema doubtful for Levante tie
Real Madrid strikers Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain are doubts for the trip to play Levante in La Liga on Sunday, a ground that has proved an uncomfortable venue for Jose Mourinho's side over the last two seasons.
La Liga: Barca don't need a Plan B, says Alves
Barcelona should seek to refine their current playing style and forget about adopting a Plan B for situations such as those they faced against Celtic in the Champions League, defender Dani Alves said on Friday.
No sense in having black players' unions: Soccer body
Separate unions for black players would not make sense and would make it more difficult to stand up for the rights of footballers, the world players' union FIFPro said on Friday.
November 09, 2012Odafa disappoints, Mohun Bagan held by ONGC
Star striker Odafa Okolie failed to make an impact as Mohun Bagan were held goalless by ONGC in a dull Round 5 match of the I-League in Delhi on Friday.
Pune FC blank Pailan Arrows
Pune FC returned to winning ways, defeating a spirited Pailan Arrows 2-0, in a Round 5 I-League fixture that halted the AIFF developmental outfit's unbeaten run in Kolkata on Friday.
November 08, 2012Ballack handed driving ban, fine in Spain
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack has been banned from driving for 18 months and fined 6,750 euros ($8,600) after he was clocked speeding at 211 kilometres per hour on a Spanish highway in October.
India's football friendly against Yemen cancelled
The Indian football team's international friendly against Yemen, which was slated to be played on November 14 in Guwahati, has been cancelled after the visiting team informed the All Indian Football Federation that they won't be able to make the trip due to ticketing problems.
November 07, 2012Porto, Malaga seal Champions League last 16 berths
Porto and debutants Malaga became the first teams to reach the last 16 of the Champions League when they guaranteed their progress from the group stage with two games to spare on Tuesday.
Koevermans names 20 for Yemen friendly
National football coach Wim Koevermans named a 20-man squad for the international friendly against Yemen, in Guwahati on November 14, and said the match is very important for India.
Injured Cole ruled out of Chelsea's game against Shakhtar
England left back Ashley Cole will miss holders Chelsea's Champions League Group E game at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday because of a hamstring injury.
November 06, 2012PSG-Dinamo Zagreb fans clash ahead of C League tie
A scuffle between Paris St Germain and Dinamo Zagreb erupted in central Paris on Monday ahead of the two clubs' Champions League clash, local police said.
November 05, 2012Brazil veteran Rivaldo leaves Angolan club
Former World Footballer of the Year Rivaldo, 40, has left Kabuscorp after completing a short-term contract with the Angolan team.
Chhetri unlikely to play India's friendly against Yemen
Star striker Sunil Chhetri is doubtful for the Indian football team's international friendly against Yemen, according to chief coach Wim Koevermans, who was in Guwahati on Monday to take stock of the ground conditions for the November 14 match.
Barca's Pique to return for Celtic trip after recovery
Centre back Gerard Pique has returned to the Barcelona squad after injury and is fit for Wednesday's trip to Celtic in Champions League Group G.
EPL: Suarez gives Liverpool draw with Newcastle
Liverpool failed to mark captain Steven Gerrard's 600th appearance for the club with a win when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle United in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday which leaves them mired in mid-table.
November 04, 2012Gerrard makes 600th appearance for Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was presented with a statue of the city's liver bird symbol to mark his 600th appearance for the club before their Premier League game against Newcastle United at Anfield on Sunday.
I-League: Air India beat ONGC 4-2
M Pradeep struck twice as Air India registered their first full points in this season's I-League with a comfortable 4-2 win over ONGC at Ambedkar Stadium, in New Delhi on Sunday.
Odafe 'tricks as Bagan beat Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1
Odafa Okolie struck a hat-trick to power Mohun Bagan to a 3-1 win over Sporting Clube de Goa in a fourth round I-League clash in Kolkata on Sunday.
I-League: Lajong beat Prayag United 3-2
Shillong Lajong FC defeated Prayag United FC 3-2 at an I-League match at the J N Stadium in Shillong on Sunday. The match was witnessed by a 18,000 strong crowd.
Pune FC go down to Churchill Brothers at home
Pune FC was unlucky not to earn a point after being done in 0-1 by Churchill Brothers in an I-League Round 4 encounter at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi, in Pune on Sunday.
EPL: QPR, Reading still winless after 1-1 draw
Queens Park Rangers and Reading were left both still looking for their first Premier League wins of the season after playing out a 1-1 draw in an early-season relegation scrap at Loftus Road on Sunday.
Inter Milan end Juve's unbeaten run at 49 matches
Juventus's Serie A unbeaten run came to an end after 49 matches on Saturday when Diego Milito's double helped Inter Milan win 3-1 in a pulsating 'Derby of Italy' clash in Turin.
Barca beat Celta to equal best La Liga start
Barcelona equalled the La Liga record for the most points after 10 games and moved three clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday.
November 03, 2012Man United go top as Van Persie haunts Arsenal
Robin van Persie helped fire Manchester United to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday as the Dutchman scored against his former club at Old Trafford.
November 02, 2012Ferguson refuses to believe Chelsea claims
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson stirred the pot in the latest racism storm to hit English soccer on Friday when he dismissed Chelsea's allegations that referee Mark Clattenburg racially abused two of their players last week.
November 01, 2012Benzema, Kaka steer Real to King's Cup win
Karim Benzema and Kaka guided a weakened Real Madrid to a 4-1 win at third-tier Alcoyano in a King's Cup last-32 first leg on Wednesday.
October 31, 2012United SC sacks rape-accused, E Bengal retains another
United SC terminated the contract of Baldeep Singh, while East Bengal stood by Jagpreet Singh after both were accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. The duo, along with another player, Jaspal Parmar, a former India international and ex-East Bengal defender, are accused of rape.
City's Richards out for up to 16 weeks
Manchester City defender Micah Richards will be out of action for up to four months after undergoing a knee operation, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.
King's Cup: Barcelona have it easy against Alaves
Andres Iniesta celebrated being named on the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year award with a glorious goal for Barcelona as the holders won 3-0 at Alaves in a King's Cup last-32 first leg on Tuesday.
EPL: Referee Clattenburg to be probed for alleged racism
Referee Mark Clattenburg is facing allegations he used racist language towards a Chelsea footballer, the English players' union boss confirmed on Tuesday as police and the Football Association continued their investigations.
October 30, 2012Messi wins Golden Boot, desires to end career at Barca
Lionel Messi dreams of retiring at Barcelona, the club who trained him as a teenager and where he began his professional career in 2004, the Argentine World Player of the Year said on Monday.
Norwegian FA calls for extra player rule for lopsided matches
The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) has a novel idea to even out one-sided matches - if a team go four goals down they can bring on another player, a proposal backed by former international Henning Berg.
Messi in contention for fourth Player of the Year award
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is in line to become the first man to win the World Player of the Year award for the fourth time in a row after the shortlist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or was published on Monday.
FA to probe ref Clattenburg following Chelsea complaint
The English Football Association has launched an investigation after Chelsea accused referee Mark Clattenburg of using 'inappropriate language' towards two of their players in Sunday's defeat by Manchester United.
October 29, 2012I-League: Edeh takes East Bengal past Pune FC
East Bengal rode on Chidi Edeh's first-half strike and some moments of luck to beat Pune FC 1-0 in a Round Three I-League fixture, in Kolkata, on Monday.
EPL: Chelsea file complaint over referee's language
Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg could find himself in hot water after Chelsea lodged an official complaint about him using 'inappropriate language' to two of their players in a tumultuous 3-2 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
October 28, 2012Man City beat Swansea and climb to second
Champions Manchester City climbed to second in the English Premier League table after a Carlos Tevez thunderbolt in the second half gave them a 1-0 win over Swansea City.
Messi hits 301 career goals mark in Rayo rout
Lionel Messi took his senior career goals tally to 301 as he scored twice in Barcelona's 5-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano which put them three points clear at the top of La Liga.
October 27, 2012Napoli charged for match-fixing, get UEFA warning
Napoli were charged by the Italian football federation over match-fixing on the final day of the 2009-10 season and sanctioned by UEFA on Friday over stadium and fan problems this term.
October 26, 2012Manchester United suffer Kagawa injury setback
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a knee injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Serbian FA suspends Under-21 players over Eng racism row
The Serbian Football Association has suspended Under-21 national team players Ognjen Mudrinski and Nikola Ninkovic for a year for their involvement in a brawl with England rivals during a Euro 2013 qualifier.
Europa: Inter record last gasp win, Reds down Anzhi
Rodrigo Palacio snatched an 88th minute win for Inter Milan over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday while Lazio were on the wrong end of some late drama in a 1-1 draw at Panathinaikos.
October 24, 2012Maradona magic enthrals thousands of football fans
Legendary Diego Maradona cast a spell on football crazy fans of Kerala, entertaining them with some magical moves with the ball, including his left-footed manoeuvres and headers, at the jam-packed Municipal Jawahar stadium.
Shahktar beat Chelsea; Barca, Manchester Utd recover
Shakhtar Donetsk led the way for the Champions League underdogs as they beat holders Chelsea 2-1 while former European champions Barcelona and Manchester United came from behind to maintain perfect starts on Tuesday.
Brothel, funeral home bail out Greek soccer clubs
A brothel and a funeral home have become the newest benefactors of two cash-strapped Greek soccer clubs struggling to survive the country's economic crisis.
October 23, 2012Manchester United "not for sale" - executive
The Glazer family remains committed to Manchester United which is not for sale following its US stock market listing, the English Premier League soccer club's vice-chairman said.
David Booth succeeds Bencherifa at Salgaocar
British coach David Booth has been appointed Salgaocar's chief coach for the ongoing I-League season. He replaces Karim Bencharifa, who moved to Mohun Bagan. Booth previously coached Mahindra United and Mumbai FC.
Champions League: United rest Ferdinand, Evra
Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra will be rested for Manchester United's Champions League clash against Braga on Tuesday ahead of the Premier League match against Chelsea, manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday.
Maradona in Kerala with jewellery on his mind
Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona arrived in Kunnur, Kerala to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of football crazy fans from all over the state.
Dortmund eye top spot when they face injury-hit Real
Borussia Dortmund entertain Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday with the Germans eager to take advantage of their injury-hit Spanish opponents by grabbing top spot in Group D.
October 22, 2012Champions League: Russian clubs search for first points
Ambitious Russian clubs and Spartak Moscow go in search of their first Champions League points this week as they attempt to improve their country's unimpressive record in the competition.
Chelsea unlikely to extend Terry's, Lampard's contracts
Chelsea will reportedly not be offering John Terry a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of next season, it has emerged.
Two draws, two own goals and two reds in England
Sunderland drew with Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light while Queens Park Rangers and Everton also drew at Loftus Road.
October 21, 2012Bundesliga: Dortmund, Schalke fans held after clashes
About 200 Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 fans were taken into custody after a snack bar was destroyed and police were attacked as trouble broke out at the Ruhr Valley derby on Saturday.
FA to investigate attack on 'keeper Kirkland
The FA is to investigate the incident in which Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was attacked during a match by an opposing fan, English soccer's ruling body said on Saturday.
Ligue 1: Nadal watches as PSG go top
Paris St Germain went to the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday after a Kevin Gameiro header clinched a hard-fought 1-0 home victory over Stade Reims.
Serie A: Substitutes give Juventus 2-0 win over Napoli
Serie A leaders Juventus scored twice in as many minutes late in the second half through substitutes Jose Martin Caceres and Paul Pogba to beat second-placed Napoli 2-0 on Saturday.
October 19, 2012Bencherifa appointed Mohun Bagan coach
Legendary Kolkata-based football club, Mohun Bagan, have confirmed that Karim Bencherifa will officially take over as head coach from 18 November.
Terry retains captaincy despite punishment by Chelsea
Chelsea captain John Terry will continue to lead the side despite being found guilty of racial abuse by a Football Association regulatory commission.
Lazio fined for racist chanting at Europa game
Lazio have been fined 40,000 euros for racist behaviour by their fans during the Europa League tie at Tottenham Hotspur last month, UEFA said on Thursday.
October 18, 2012FIFA's Valcke taken to hospital in Rio
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been taken to hospital during a visit to Brazil to assess progress for the next year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.
Cole fined by FA for Twitter insult
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been fined 90,000 pounds by the Football Association for a Twitter insult he aimed at the governing body last week, the FA said in a statement on Thursday.
October 17, 2012England held 1-1 by Poland in World Cup qualifier
England missed the chance to go three points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group H when they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Poland on Wednesday.
Former India goalkeeper Kakade passes away
Former India football goalkeeper Bandya Kakade, a member of the squad that won a bronze at the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok, passed away in Mumbai.
England U-21 players attacked by Serbia opponents
England players and officials were attacked by their Serbian opponents and racially abused by home fans moments after a 1-0 win over Serbia in a European Under-21 playoff on Tuesday.
WC qualifiers: Germany, Spain held, rain affects Eng tie
Germany squandered a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 with Sweden while world champions Spain conceded in stoppage time to draw 1-1 with France as both teams lost 100 percent records in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
October 16, 2012Evergrande's Lippi dismisses rumours of Drogba swoop
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is not a transfer target for Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, coach Marcello Lippi has said.
Japan angered by French TV's 'Fukushima effect' joke
Japan has reacted angrily to a French television host who showed a composite picture of national team goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima with four arms and made a joke about the "Fukushima effect".
Basel coach fired five months after winning double
Heiko Vogel was fired as coach of FC Basel on Monday, only five months after leading them to a Swiss league and cup double.
Benzema vows France will play like warriors against Spain
France will field 11 warriors intent on proving Spain are not unbeatable when they play the world and European champions in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on Tuesday, according to striker Karim Benzema.
Former AFC chief Bin Hammam appeals to CAS over ban
Former FIFA presidential candidate and executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over his provisional ban from soccer, the latest episode in a long-running saga.
October 15, 2012Real's Marcelo out with foot injury
Brazil and Real Madrid full back Marcelo has fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot while on international duty, his club said in a statement on Sunday.
October 14, 2012Drogba double for Ivorians sparks riot in Dakar
Two goals from Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba sparked a riot in Senegal on Saturday forcing the abandonment of the biggest African Nations Cup qualifier of the weekend after police fired tear gas in the stadium. The trouble in Dakar overshadowed qualification for Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia and holders Zambia who are all through to the finals in South Africa in January.
October 13, 2012Mohun Bagan coach Santosh Kashyap resigns
Mohun Bagan's merry-go-round with their coaches continued for yet another season with Santosh Kashyap becoming the latest victim after their string of poor shows.
Denmark claim racism after Bulgaria match
Denmark are to complain to FIFA over alleged racist chants directed at defender Patrick Mtliga during their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia on Friday, the Danish FA (DBU) said.
Messi shines as Argentina trounce Uruguay
Lionel Messi guided Argentina past a tough Uruguay side in the final half hour with two brilliant goals for a 3-0 win on Friday that keeps them top of South America's World Cup qualifiers.
Pedro scores hat-trick as Spain rout Belarus
Spain and hat-trick hero Pedro turned on the style in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Belarus amid a television blackout while Germany had Irish viewers turning off in droves as they romped to a 6-1 away win on Friday.
AC Milan denies plans to sell stake to Qatar
AC Milan said there are no plans to sell a stake in the soccer club to the Qatar sovereign wealth fund or other investors.
October 12, 2012I must improve my attitude on the pitch: Suarez
Uruguay's Luis Suarez, in the eye of a diving storm in England, has recognised that he needs to curb his volatile reactions to refereeing decisions to avoid more suspensions.
Oscar, Kaka star as Brazil slam six past Iraq in friendly
Kaka scored on his Brazil comeback after a two-year absence and Oscar notched a brace as the 2014 World Cup hosts demolished Iraq 6-0 in a one-sided friendly in Sweden on Thursday.
Cole admits FA charge over Twitter rant
England defender Ashley Cole has admitted a misconduct charge from the Football Association (FA) for an insulting comment he made on Twitter, the governing body said on Thursday.
Former Germany forward Haller dead
Former Germany striker Helmut Haller, who scored in the 1966 World Cup final and was one of the first German footballers to carve out a career in Italy, has died at the age of 73, his home club Augsburg said on Thursday.
Rooney to captain England as Lampard ruled out
Wayne Rooney will be given the opportunity to captain England for the first time in a competitive international in their World Cup qualifier against San Marino after Frank Lampard was ruled out of the match through injury.
October 11, 2012Lebanese striker Moghrabi 'tricks' in Churchill's big win
A summary of Thursday's second round matches in the I-League.
October 10, 2012Kaka is my idol: Neymar
Brazil international striker Neymar has admitted his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside Real Madrid playmaker Kaka for the first time.
Germans to get monetary boost for each W Cup qualifier
Germany players will earn 20,000 euros for every World Cup qualifier they have played in if they make it to the 2014 tournament in Brazil, the country's football association (DFB) said on Tuesday.
Eng defenders looking to fill gap left vacant by Terry
England begin life without stalwart John Terry on Friday but San Marino are the perfect opponents for his yet unknown replacement to ease his way into the centre back's boots with all the goals expected at the other end.
Injured Fellaini sidelined for Belgian WC qualifier
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been sidelined for three weeks with a knee injury and will miss Belgium's World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland.
SAARC football: India U-14 team beat Afghans in opener
Striker Krishna Pandit struck twice to help Indian juniors register a 2-1 victory over Afghanistan in their opening encounter of the U-14 SAARC Tournament at the Tokinosumika Sports Centre in Shizuka, Japan.
'Mata's absence is proof of quality in Spain squad'
The absence of Juan Mata from Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad is proof of the quality the world and European champions can draw on, midfielder Javi Martinez said on Tuesday.
Uruguay face Messi headache ahead of WC qualifier
Stopping Lionel Messi is the primary concern of South American teams facing Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers. This week it is Uruguay's turn.
Abidal back in training following liver transplant
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is training in the Pyrenees mountains following a liver transplant in April, the La Liga club said on Tuesday.
October 09, 2012India to bid for 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
The AFC Challenge Cup, Asia's second biggest football tournament, may return to India after a gap of six years as the country is set to bid for the 2014 edition.
English FA rules out British men's team at Rio Olympics
Britain will not enter a men's football team for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, English Football Association General Secretary Alex Horne said on Tuesday.
Bolton sack manager Coyle after poor start to season
Bolton Wanderers have sacked manager Owen Coyle after the club suffered a poor start to their Championship (second division) campaign following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.
I-League: Venkatesh takes Pune FC past ONGC
Pune FC rode on to Shanmugham Venkatesh's 71st minute strike to win their I-League season-opening match against ONGC FC 3-2, after surviving 15-odd anxious minutes when they were reduced to ten men, at the Balewadi Sports Complex stadium in Pune, on Monday.
October 08, 2012Ronaldo to join Portugal squad despite shoulder injury
Cristiano Ronaldo's shoulder injury is not serious and he will join up with the Portugal squad later on Monday, his club Real Madrid said.
Chelsea's Cole charged by FA over Twitter rant
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was charged by the Football Association (FA) on Monday over his foul-mouthed Twitter rant against the governing body.
Messi, Ronaldo score twice in drawn 'Clasico'
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stole the limelight as Barcelona and Real Madrid drew 2-2 in a thrilling La Liga 'El Clasico' at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
Man United in rampant mood, four straight wins for Spurs
A turbo-charged start yielding two goals in the opening 15 minutes and a spectacular effort by Tom Cleverley led Manchester United to a 3-0 victory at Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.
October 07, 2012Chelsea to take action against Cole for anti-FA tweet
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will be disciplined by the club for his foul-mouthed Twitter rant against the Football Association (FA), manager Roberto Di Matteo said on Saturday.
Bayern beat Hoffenheim to maintain five-point lead
Bayern Munich made it seven wins out of seven in the Bundesliga on Saturday as two goals from Franck Ribery led them to a 2-0 win over a toothless Hoffenheim in an embarrassingly one-sided match.
October 06, 2012Chelsea move four points clear, City up to second
Chelsea brushed Norwich City aside 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League after Everton, who were second, drew 2-2 at Wigan Athletic and slipped to third.
October 05, 2012FA explain reasons for Terry ban and fine
The Football Association have released their report explaining why they rejected Chelsea captain John Terry's defence and found the player guilty of racially insulting Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last year.
Hodgson apologises after saying Rio's 'career is over'
A traditional strength of England teams, the centre back position has suddenly become a nagging worry for manager Roy Hodgson.
Liverpool go down to Udinese in Europa League
Samuel Eto'o scored twice to give ambitious Anzhi Makhachkala a 2-0 Europa League win over Young Boys on Thursday while Liverpool lost 3-2 at home to Udinese and Videton, Sparta Prague and Molde pulled off surprise wins.
October 04, 2012Celtic keeper Forster gets first England call-up
England coach Roy Hodgson gave Celtic's tall goalkeeper Fraser Forster a first international call-up when he named the 24-year-old in his squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
Kaka working his way back into Real contention
Real Madrid coach Mourinho surprised many by including Kaka in the starting lineup for Wednesday's 4-1 Champions League win at Ajax and he responded with a performance full of verve and creativity that suggests he may be working his way back into contention.
India climb a rung to 168th in FIFA rankings
The Indian football team moved a place up to 168 in the latest FIFA rankings issued on Thursday.
Wigan manager Martinez fined for referee tirade
Roberto Martinez, the manager of Premier League club Wigan Athletic, was fined 10,000 pounds by the Football Association on Wednesday for comments he made after his side's 4-0 defeat to Manchester United last month.
Serie A club Napoli's offices raided by finance police
Italian finance police raided Serie A club Napoli's head offices on Wednesday, taking away a number of documents in an investigation into possible foul play.
Black out disrupts Argentina-Brazil friendly
Argentina's friendly against Brazil was abandoned before kickoff due to a floodlight failure at the Centenario stadium in the northern city of Resistencia on Wednesday.
CL: Real ride on Ronaldo hat-trick, City, PSG flop
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League win at Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday but big spending trio Zenit St Petersburg, Paris St Germain and Manchester City failed to win.
October 02, 2012Former Germany captain Ballack retires at 36
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack announced his retirement at the age of 36 on Tuesday to end a career in which he played for Bayern Munich and Chelsea and helped his country reach the 2002 World Cup final.
Messi not right choice for Ballon d'Or: Ibrahimovic
Lionel Messi does not deserve to win the next FIFA Ballon d'Or as he has only won one minor trophy this year, his former Barcelona team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Tuesday.
West Ham continue fine start, add to QPR woes
West Ham United climbed to seventh place in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at bottom club Queens Park Rangers on Monday, the London club's first away win of the season.
September 28, 2012Dempo set up Fed Cup final with East Bengal
I-League champions Dempo ousted reigning champions Salgaocar from the 34th Federation Cup with a clinical 2-0 victory on Friday to set up a summit clash against last year's runners-up East Bengal. The final is on Sunday.
Kaka named in Brazil squad after two-year absence
Former World Player of the Year Kaka is set to play his first match for Brazil for more than two years after being recalled on Thursday for next month's friendlies.
September 27, 2012Fed Cup: East Bengal down Churchill to reach final
Lalrindika Ralte struck in the second-half of the extra time to help East Bengal advance into the final of the 34th Federation Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers at the floodlit Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri on Thursday.
John Terry banned for four matches
Chelsea captain John Terry has been banned for four domestic matches after a hearing found him guilty of racial abuse, the English FA said on Thursday.
EPL: Terry in focus as Chelsea look to gun down Arsenal
Chelsea captain John Terry has been under the spotlight all week and there will be no change when the Premier League leaders play Arsenal on Saturday, the European champions' first big game of the season according to teammate Branislav Ivanovic.
Mancini slams rival managers for touchline behaviour
Manchester City's Roberto Mancini has expressed frustration with the treatment he receives from rival managers after his latest touchline altercation during Tuesday's League Cup defeat to Aston Villa.
Santiago Bernabeu Trophy: Kaka scores hat-trick
Kaka, who has yet to play for Real Madrid in an official game this season, gave a reminder of his abilities with a hat-trick in his team's 8-0 rout of Colombia's Millonarios in the annual Santiago Bernabeu Trophy on Wednesday.
Zidane's head-butt immortalised in statue
Zinedine Zidane's infamous head-butt on Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final has been immortalised in a statue now on display in Paris.
League Cup: United beat Newcastle, Reds sink West Brom
Manchester United fielded a defence boasting only two first-team appearances but still proved too good for Premier League rivals Newcastle United with a 2-1 win in the League Cup third round at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
September 26, 2012Former Man City manager Bond dies aged 79
Former Manchester City manager John Bond has died at the age of 79, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Mourinho reckons he'll be coaching even at 70!
Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho has given a heavy hint that he is planning to emulate Alex Ferguson at Manchester United by continuing to coach until he is in his 70s.
September 25, 2012East Bengal pip Kalighat to enter Federation Cup semis
Last year's runners-up East Bengal registered a thrilling 4-3 win over Kalighat Milan Sangha to set up a semi-final clash against Churchill Brothers in the 34th Federation Cup.
'Ibrahimovic will score more than 30 league goals'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will become the first player since Jean-Pierre Papin to score at least 30 goals in a French league season, the former France striker predicted on Tuesday.
Hodgson disappointed with Terry retirement decision
England manager Roy Hodgson has reluctantly accepted John Terry's retirement from internationals but said he was disappointed in the defender's decision.
Walcott wants to stay at Arsenal as talks continue
England international Theo Walcott expressed his desire to stay at Arsenal on Monday although he said he was happy to let contract negotiations with the north London club run their course.
September 24, 2012England keen to stage 2020 Euro finals
England would be keen to stage the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 if UEFA president Michel Platini's plan to hold the tournament across Europe became a reality, English FA chairman David Bernstein said on Monday.
Salgaocar, Churchill advance to Fed Cup semi-finals
Reigning champions Salgaocar and Churchill Brothers booked semi-final berths by registering facile wins over their respective opponents in the 34th Federation Cup on Monday.
AIFF gets government nod to host U-17 World Cup
Three days ahead of India's formal bid for the Under-17 Football World Cup in 2017, the AIFF received a shot in the arm as the central government gave its approval for hosting the prestigious event.
La Liga: Abandoned Real-Rayo game to be played on Monday
Real Madrid have reluctantly agreed to play their La Liga match at Rayo Vallecano at 1745 GMT on Monday, a day after the game was abandoned because of alleged lighting sabotage at Rayo's Estadio de Vallecas stadium.
September 23, 2012AFC U-16: India go down fighting to Uzbekistan
India gave title contenders Uzbekistan a mighty scare before going down fighting 2-3 in their opening match of the AFC U-16 Football Championship in Tehran on Sunday.
Serie A: Cagliari game called off after club defies order
Cagliari's Serie A match at home to AS Roma was called off in bizarre circumstances on Sunday after the club defied orders from local authorities to stage the fixture behind closed doors.
EPL: Van Persie sinks Liverpool, Man City held
Robin van Persie's late penalty earned below-par Manchester United a 2-1 victory over 10-man Liverpool in an emotionally-charged Premier League clash at Anfield and champions Manchester City were held to a 1-1 home draw by Arsenal on Sunday.
Federation Cup: Dempo in semi-finals
I-League champions Dempo stormed into the semi-finals, while East Bengal and Sporting Clube de Goa registered hard-fought wins to stay in contention in the 34th Federation Cup.
Bundesliga: Bayern sting Schalke, Dortmund lose
Flawless Bayern Munich struck twice in three minutes to beat Schalke 04 2-0 on Saturday and stay top of the Bundesliga with four wins from four as rivals Borussia Dortmund lost 3-2 at Hamburg SV to end a 31-match unbeaten run.
La Liga: Xavi, Messi score late to help Barca stay on top
Barcelona's Xavi crashed a shot into the top corner three minutes from the end and Lionel Messi forced a stoppage-time own goal as the hosts overcame stubborn Granada 2-0 to maintain their perfect La Liga start on Saturday.
September 22, 2012Ferguson asks Manchester Utd fans to avoid personal hatred
Manager Alex Ferguson has written to Manchester United fans attending Sunday's match against Liverpool, urging them not to let the rivalry between the clubs turn into 'personal hatred'.
September 21, 2012Dempo beat Shillong Lajong, Pailan hold Mumbai FC
I-league champions Dempo earned three points against Shillong Lajong, defeating them by a solitary first-half goal, while Pailan Arrows held Mumbai FC 2-2 in Group A encounter of the 34th Federation Cup football tournament in Jamshedpur on Friday.
September 20, 2012Mourinho takes legal action against journalist
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has taken legal action against a journalist at the sports daily Marca following an article published on Monday.
'Standard of Indian football up due to foreign recruits'
The standard of Indian football has been improved due to the presence of foreign recruits in various clubs across the country, AIFF Vice-president Ankur Dutta said in Jamshedpur on Thursday.
Arsenal build momentum in France before trip to City
Arsenal's 2-1 Champions League win at Montpellier on Tuesday was another sign the club is building real momentum this season, and it could not have come at a better time with Premier League champions Manchester City up next.
Brazil beat Argentina with last-gasp Neymar penalty
Neymar converted a penalty with the final kick of the match to hand Brazil a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Argentina in a friendly international at the Serra Dourada in Goiania on Wednesday.
Messi upstages Ronaldo with Spartak double
Lionel Messi proved that anything Cristiano Ronaldo can do he can do better when he struck twice for Barcelona to rescue a 3-2 comeback win for the favourites at home to Spartak Moscow in their Champions League Group G opener on Wednesday.
September 19, 2012Barca fullback Alba out of Spartak game
Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba has recovered from flu but is still not fit enough to feature in Wednesday's Champions League Group G game at home to Spartak Moscow, the La Liga club said on Tuesday.
Prayag's spectacular journey in Indian football
From a toddler languishing in the fifth division of the Kolkata Football League during the mid-nineties to a big spending top-tier club in 2012, the journey spanning almost 18 years has been nothing short of spectacular.
This Salgaocar squad is one for the future: Bencherifa
A day ahead of their season opener against Prayag United, Salgaocar coach Karim Bencherifa speaks about his team's preparations, Indian football and a lot more.
Ronaldo's last-gasp goal takes Real Madrid past Man City
Real Madrid fashioned a stunning comeback to beat Manchester City 3-2 in a classic Champions League match with a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo strike in their Group D opener on Tuesday.
September 18, 2012Defence is key for Man United, says Ferguson
Keeping his defenders fit is the key to Manchester United's hopes of avoiding a repeat of last season's costly group-stage exit in the Champions League, manager Alex Ferguson said.
September 17, 2012Del Piero's aim: Awakening soccer passion in Australia
Alessandro Del Piero aims to stir a latent passion for soccer among the Australian people in his two years playing at Sydney FC, the Italy and Juventus great said on Monday.
Defoe brace earns Villas-Boas first Spurs win
Andre Villas-Boas secured his first Premier League victory as Tottenham Hotspur manager when his side outclassed Reading 3-1 on Sunday with two goals from England striker Jermain Defoe.
September 16, 2012Indian women defend SAFF title in style
Defending champions India fought back from a goal down to defeat Nepal 3-1 and retain the Women's SAFF Football Championship in Colombo on Sunday.
September 15, 2012Man United and Arsenal move up after emphatic wins
Manchester United and Arsenal moved into the top four of the Premier League after emphatic home wins over Wigan Athletic and Southampton on Saturday.
Ferdinand snubs Terry and Cole in pre-match handshake
The feud between Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea captain John Terry continued on Saturday when Ferdinand ignored Terry in the pre-match handshake at Loftus Road.
September 14, 2012Dutch firm BAM to build Man City training centre
Manchester City hope to start producing more of their own young players at a new training centre to be built by Dutch-owned construction firm BAM next to the Etihad Stadium, home of the English Premier League champions.
Soccer: Police may face action over Hillsborough disaster
Police accused of serious failings and a cover-up over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster could face investigation after their force said on Thursday it was preparing to refer the case to the police watchdog.
September 13, 2012I'm focused on winning, not contracts, says Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is concentrating on playing well for Real Madrid and is not agitating to improve the terms of his contract with the Spanish champions, the Portugal forward said.
September 12, 2012British PM Cameron apologises for 1989 stadium disaster
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he is "profoundly sorry" for failures and cover-ups in the wake of the 1989 Hillsborough soccer disaster in which 96 spectators died after a crowd crush in the stadium.
Greece's Karagounis joins Fulham on free transfer
Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis has signed for Fulham on a free transfer, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
Football: India U-16 lose second friendly
The Indian Under-16 team lost 1-2 to the UAE in a friendly match during the final phase of their practice ahead of the AFC U-16 Tournament to be played here later this month.
WC qualifiers: Spain, Germany labour to wins, Eng held
Holders Spain stretched their winning run in qualifiers to 23 as they began the journey to the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 victory in Georgia on Tuesday but along with Germany and Italy they struggled to take the points.
Jordan stun Australia in World Cup qualifier
Australia face a fight to reach the World Cup after they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Jordan on Tuesday to leave the Socceroos still searching for their first win in the fourth round of Asian qualifying.
September 11, 2012UEFA hands out millions to clubs for Euro 2012
UEFA will share 100 million euros among the clubs who released players for the Euro 2012 soccer finals and qualifying competition, the European Clubs Association (ECA) said on Tuesday.
Japan beat Iraq 1-0 in World Cup qualifier
Japan survived early pressure from Zico's Iraq to beat them 1-0 at home on Tuesday, taking a significant step towards qualifying for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.
UEFA withholds prize money in first 'fair play' sanctions
European soccer's governing body (UEFA) revealed the first sanctions under its financial fair play rules on Tuesday, announcing it is withholding prize money for 23 clubs because of their failure to comply with the new rules.
September 09, 2012SAFF Cup: Indian eves drub Sri Lanka 5-0
Parameshwori Devi scored a brace as defending Champions India routed hosts Sri Lanka 5-0 to brighten their semi-final chances in the Women's SAFF Championship, in Colombo on Sunday.
WC qualifier: Czechs hold Denmark to goalless draw
The Czech Republic hung on to claim a point away to Denmark with a 0-0 draw in their opening World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
September 08, 2012Knee surgery sidelines United's Jones for two months
Manchester United defender Phil Jones could be out for up to two months after having a knee operation, the club has said.
WC qualifiers: Canada, Mexico, Jamaica take charge
Canada and Mexico took big steps towards the next phase of World Cup qualification after wins in the CONCACAF region on Friday while Jamaica tasted victory over the United States for the first time.
Federation Cup qualifiers to commence from Tuesday
The qualifying rounds of the 34th Federation Cup football tournament will be held in Jamshedpur from September 11 to 16.
Magical Messi leads Argentina to top of World Cup table
Lionel Messi's Argentina brushed aside Paraguay 3-1 to go top of the South American 2014 World Cup qualifiers at the Mario Kempes stadium on Friday.
England, Germany, France win but Italy stumble
England, Germany, France and the Netherlands all started the long road to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with victories but Italy stumbled out of the blocks when the European qualifying campaign began on Friday.
September 06, 2012FIFA wants India to host Under-17 World Cup
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has reportedly told Sports Minister Ajay Maken that organising the event will bring about a "big change in Indian football."
September 05, 2012Casillas, Xavi win prestigious Spanish sports award
Spain captain Iker Casillas and teammate Xavi Hernandez have been jointly awarded the nation's most prestigious sports prize, the Premio Principe de Asturias de los Deportes, the jury announced on Wednesday.
AIFF optimistic even as FIFA ranking dips
On the day India hit their lowest ever FIFA ranking, the country's soccer chief said he was eyeing a place at their first World Cup finals in Qatar 2022.
'Sad' Ronaldo says, it is not about the money
Cristiano Ronaldo said on Tuesday his sadness had nothing to do with money as the Real Madrid forward looked to head off media speculation he simply wanted for a more lucrative deal.
September 03, 2012Serie A: Juventus pile on the misery for hapless Udinese
Juventus thumped Udinese 4-1 away on Sunday after the hosts, still coming to terms with their failure to qualify for the Champions League, had goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic sent off after 13 minutes.
La Liga: Ronaldo gets Real back on track, Barca win
Real Madrid notched their first victory of the La Liga campaign at the third attempt when Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in a 3-0 win for the champions at home to 10-man Granada on Sunday.
Chelsea to splash 48 million pounds on Radamel Falcao
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, whose hat-trick shot down Chelsea in the European Super Cup, may join the London club in January.
Bundesliga: Bayern score six against shoddy Stuttgart
Bayern Munich left more than 50 million eurosworth of new signings on the bench, yet still managed to destroy shoddy VfB Stuttgart 6-1 in an embarrassingly one-sided Bundesliga contest on Sunday.
September 02, 2012Podolski on target as Arsenal cruise past Liverpool
Arsenal kick-started their Premier League season at the expense of Liverpool with new signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla both opening their accounts in a comfortable 2-0 win at Anfield.
Old hands lift Man City while Spurs booed off
Manchester City again splashed the cash on transfer deadline day but it was old hands Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez who secured a 3-1 Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
September 01, 2012Premier League: Swansea and Everton lose perfect records
Spanish striker Michu hit his fourth goal in three league games but Swansea City missed the chance to top the fledgling Premier League standings after the Welsh side were held 2-2 at home by Sunderland on Saturday.
EPL: Carroll fits in quickly as West Ham thump Fulham
England striker Andy Carroll made an immediate impact for new club West Ham United in a 3-0 Premier League demolition of Fulham on Saturday, showing he could prosper in the capital after an ineffective spell with Liverpool.
Real Madrid sign Essien on loan from Chelsea
Real Madrid agreed to take Ghana midfielder Michael Essien on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season.
Dempsey quits Fulham to join Spurs
United States forward Clint Dempsey completed a shock move from Fulham to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.
Falcao hat-trick leads Atletico to Super Cup win
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao scored a brilliant first-half hat-trick as Atletico Madrid crushed European champions Chelsea 4-1.
August 31, 2012Milan sign Dutch midfielder De Jong
Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong has been included in the AC Milan squad to face Bologna after joining the Serie A side on a three-year-contract from English champions Manchester City on Friday.
Berbatov joins Fulham on two-year deal
Dimitar Berbatov finally completed a switch from Manchester United to Fulham on Friday following a merry-go-round week in which he backed out of moves to Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Juventus.
Nehru Cup: Samuel leads Cameroon to 1-0 win over India
India got a taste of what Cameroon football is all about during their 0-1 defeat to the Africans in the last round robin league encounter of the Nehru Cup in New Delhi.
Chelsea owner Abramovich wins legal battle
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich emerged victorious on Friday from a long and hugely expensive legal battle with his former friend Boris Berezovsky.
Europa League: Liverpool strike late to break Hearts
An 87th-minute goal from Luis Suarez took Liverpool through to the Europa League main draw at the expense of Scotland's Hearts as CSKA Moscow crashed out to AIK Solna on Thursday.
August 30, 2012Arsenal only non-winners seeded for Champions League draw
English Premier League club Arsenal were the only club not to have won the Champions League to be placed among the top seeds for the 2012/2013 draw, later on Thursday (1545GMT).
Iniesta wins UEFA's Best Player in Europe award
Andres Iniesta of Barcelona beat off a strong challenge from club mate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid to be named on Thursday as UEFA's Best Player in Europe last season.
August 29, 2012Nehru Cup: Cameroon beat Maldives, set up final with India
Cameroon made light work of Maldives, beating the islanders 3-1, to set up a summit showdown with hosts India in the Nehru Cup football tournament in New Delhi.
Udinese miss out on Champions League after penalty blunder
Udinese missed out on the Champions League for the second season running on Tuesday, losing on penalties to Braga in the play-offs after a comical shoot-out miss to leave Italy with only two clubs in Europe's top competition.
League Cup: Stoke knocked out by lowly Swindon
Stoke City became the highest-profile casualty in the English League Cup second round when third-tier Swindon Town pulled off a dramatic 4-3 win late in extra time on Tuesday.
August 28, 2012India play out a goalless draw with Nepal in Nehru Cup
The wet surface at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium had the final say as defending champions India and Nepal played out a goalless draw in the Nehru Cup football tournament in New Delhi.
Kagawa eyeing more goals, assists in Rooney's absence
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has said he was relieved to score his first goal for the club, and added that he would like to score as well as make more goals for the team, especially in the absence of injured Wayne Rooney.
Eto'o refuses to return to 'amateurish' Cameroon setup
Samuel Eto'o has rejected the chance to make a comeback for Cameroon, saying the team environment is still plagued by 'amateurism and bad management'.
Stakeholders row may force Shanghai to sell Drogba, Anelka
Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could be sold by China's Shanghai Shenhua due to an escalating equity stake row among shareholders, local media reported.
Nehru Cup: Maldives scrape past Syria
A goal by Ahmed Rasheed deep into second half stoppage time saw Maldives edge past Syria 2-1 and stay in the hunt for a place in the final of the Nehru Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. While Maldives have six points from three matches, Syria could muster only one from that many outings.
August 27, 2012Nehru Cup: India hoping beat Nepal and seal final berth
Closing in on a final berth after a couple of convincing victories, the Indian football team will have to guard against complacency when it takes on the tournament's whipping boys Nepal in the Nehru Cup in Delhi on Tuesday.
Real Madrid agree on Modric deal with Spurs
Real Madrid have agreed to sign Croatia playmaker Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract as the stuttering Spanish champions look to tap into his guile and creativity to get their season back on track.
August 26, 2012Defensive errors cost Liverpool victory against City
Two defensive howlers cost Liverpool all three points as they drew 2-2 with English Premier League champions Manchester City at Anfield.
Nehru Cup: Cameroon thrash Nepal 5-0
Cameroon pumped in five goals against a hapless Nepal in their second match of the Nehru Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Stoke hold Arsenal goalless
Stoke City and Arsenal fought out a largely sterile 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday leaving both still looking for their first wins of the season.
Serie A: Juventus win, Fiorentina grab late victory
Champions Juventus enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Parma with banned coach Antonio Conte watching in the stands and Fiorentina came from behind to grab a last-minute win in the first matches of the Serie A season on Saturday.
August 25, 2012EPL: Van Persie strikes as United edge Fulham 3-2
The shade of the shirt may have changed but Robin van Persie remains a red-hot Dutch master after marking his first Manchester United start with a goal in a 3-2 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday.
Nehru Cup: Chhetri brace leads India to win over Maldives
Skipper Sunil Chhetri led by example scoring twice while Syed Rahim Nabi found the target once, as India posted a convincing 3-0 win over Maldives for their second victory in the Nehru Cup football tournament, in New Delhi on Saturday.
Eto'o returns for Cameroon after eight-month ban
Samuel Eto'o will end a lengthy international suspension next month after being recalled by Cameroon for an African Nations Cup first round first leg qualifier against Cape Verde Islands.
Liverpool confirm loan deal for Real Madrid's Sahin
Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid playmaker Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan, the English Premier League club said on Saturday.
August 24, 2012Nehru Cup: Syria eke out draw against Cameroon
Ouday Abduljaffal turned out to be Syria's saviour as his crucial strike helped the west Asian nation hold Cameroon to a 2-2 draw and stay alive in the Nehru Cup football tournament in New Delhi on Friday.
Chelsea sign defender Azpilicueta from Marseille
Chelsea have signed Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille, the English Premier League club said on Friday.
Rodgers concedes Liverpool needs more quality players
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted the current squad at his disposal is too small to mount any serious challenge for trophies this season, and believes he needs to bring in more quality players to improve their chances.
Europa League: Inter seal win in Zanetti's 800th game
Javier Zanetti made his 800th appearance for Inter Milan in the Italians' 2-0 win at Romania's Vaslui in a Europa League tie on Thursday.
Valdes error keeps Real in hunt for Super Cup
An error from Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes allowed Real Madrid to grab a late second goal, which kept them alive in the Spanish Super Cup, after Barcelona ran out 3-2 winners in Thursday's first leg.
August 23, 2012Nehru Cup: Maldives score over Nepal
The Maldives kicked off their campaign in the Nehru Cup football tournament on a perfect note, beating Nepal 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, in Delhi, on Thursday.
Champions League: Malaga take control, Udinese held
Malaga gave themselves an excellent chance of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time by beating Panathinaikos 2-0 at home in the first leg of their playoff on Wednesday.
Manchester United may dump Portuguese winger Nani
Manchester United striker Nani could be dumped by manager Sir Alex Fergusson following his poor performance in the 1- 0 defeat to Everton.
Late Chelsea flurry earns victory over Reading
A late goal by Fernando Torres drove Chelsea to their second successive victory of the new season when they came from behind to beat promoted Reading 4-2 on Wednesday.
August 22, 2012Nehru Cup: India open with win over Syria
Dutchman Wim Koevermans's stint as coach of the Indian football team started on a positive note as Portugal-returned skipper Sunil Chhetri and Anthony Pereira's strikes propelled the hosts to a 2-1 win over Syria in the Nehru Cup opener in Delhi on Wednesday.
Juve coach Conte loses ban appeal
Juventus coach Antonio Conte is set to miss the whole of the Serie A season with the defending champions after losing his appeal against a 10-month ban over a match-fixing scandal on Wednesday.
I will go where people really want me: Jose Mourinho
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has reiterated his desire to come back to the English Premier League, saying he would only join a English club where he would feel really wanted.
English striker Rohan Ricketts signs for Dempo
English striker Rohan Ricketts has been signed for the I-League Champion, Dempo SC for the 2012-13 season.
Tottenham sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur have signed striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Premier League champions Manchester City on a permanent deal, the London club said on Tuesday.
Milan, Inter set to swap Cassano and Pazzini
AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano is set to join Inter, with Giampaolo Pazzini moving in the opposite direction, the two clubs said on Tuesday.
Dutch defender Buttner moves to Man United
Uncapped Dutch defender Alexander Buttner completed his move from Vitesse Arnhem to Manchester United on Tuesday, signing a five-year contract with the Premier League club.
August 21, 2012Man City relieved as Aguero injury is less serious
Manchester City breathed a sigh of relief after striker Sergio Aguero was only ruled out for a month with a knee injury he suffered during their 3-2 win over Premier League new boys Southampton on Sunday.
Fellaini and Everton stun Man United in league opener
Everton stunned Manchester United 1-0 thanks to a bullet header in the second half by Marouane Fellaini after both teams got their Premier League campaigns underway on Monday.
George Soros reveals stake in Manchester United
Billionaire money manager George Soros reported a nearly 2 percent stake in Manchester United Plc on Monday, in one of the first revelations of investors in the British soccer club's controversial initial public offering earlier this month.
August 19, 2012City survive scare to win, Chelsea take it easy
Samir Nasri struck an 80th minute winner as Manchester City came from behind to begin the defence of their Premier League title with a patchy 3-2 win over promoted Southampton on Sunday.
August 18, 2012Arsenal midfielder Song set for Barca move
Arsenal have agreed terms with Barcelona to sell Cameroon international midfielder Alex Song to the Spanish side for 19 million euros ($23.36 million), the Premier League club said on Saturday.
Liverpool beaten on opening day, Arsenal draw
Brendan Rodgers endured a sorry Premier League start as Liverpool boss with a 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season on Saturday while Arsenal, without Robin van Persie, were held 0-0 by Sunderland.
Arsenal had no choice but to sell Van Persie: Wenger
Striker Robin Van Persie wanted to leave Arsenal and left the club with no choice but to sell him, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday after the Dutch international joined Manchester United.
August 17, 2012Fergie backs 'Fab four' for goal glut reminiscent of 1999
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has sent a stern warning to rivals that his forwards Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez could emulate his 'Fab four' strikers from the 1999 treble winning season, scoring goals at will.
Liverpool set to sign Moroccon winger Assaidi
Liverpool have agreed to sign Morocco winger Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen, the Premier League club said on their website (www.liverpoolfc.com) on Thursday.
Dutch midfielder Anita joins Newcastle
Newcastle United completed the signing of Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Vurnon Anita on Thursday with the Dutch international hopeful his new club can end their 43-year trophyless spell.
Ferguson hopeful Van Persie will play EPL opener
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is hopeful new signing Robin van Persie will play in his side's Premier League opener against Everton on Monday after a medical on Thursday.
August 16, 2012Arsenal agree to sell Van Persie to Man United
Arsenal have agreed terms to sell their captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United, the two Premier League rivals said on their websites on Wednesday.
August 15, 2012Muamba retires on doctors advice
Fabrice Muamba has retired from football on the advice of doctors, his Premier League club Bolton Wanderers said in a statement on Wednesday.
August 14, 2012Terry gets go ahead to play CLeague opener after appeal
Chelsea captain John Terry will be free to play in their opening Champions League match this season after his three-match European ban was modified on appeal by UEFA on Monday.
August 12, 2012Manchester City beat 10-man Chelsea
Manchester City's failure to find a big-name signing appeared to matter little as they began the new season with a 3-2 win over 10-man Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday.
August 11, 2012Grappler Yogeshwar loses in pre-quarters
Indian wrestlers continued to disappoint at London Olympics, as Yogeshwar Dutt lost his pre-quarter-final bout in the men's 60kg freestyle category at the ExCel Arena on Saturday. Yogeshwar, a gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, gave a tough fight to four-time and reigning World champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia but eventually lost 0-3 on classification points.
Hockey India orders inquiry into Olympic debacle
Stunned by the national team's humiliating bottom-place finish at the London Olympics, Hockey India secretary-general Narender Batra, while taking full responsibility, ordered an internal inquiry into the debacle. The internal reports of coach Michael Nobbs, the team manager and physiotherapist will be submitted within ten day to Hockey India.
August 09, 2012Manchester Utd bidding for Van Persie
Manchester United are trying to sign Dutch international striker Robin van Persie from Premier League rivals Arsenal, said manager Alex Ferguson.
August 08, 2012Brazil a step closer to elusive soccer gold
Brazil's dream of winning an elusive Olympic soccer gold came a step closer to reality when they beat South Korea 3-0 in a one-sided semi-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
August 01, 2012Egypt overcome Belarus to enter men's football QF
Egypt, who endured a torrid start to the competition when they trailed Brazil 3-0 in their opening match, completed a remarkable recovery by reaching the men's football quarter-finals at the Olympics with a 3-1 win over Belarus on Wednesday. Gold medal favourites Brazil completed their perfect run of three straight wins when they beat New Zealand 3-0 at St James' Park in Newcastle.
July 30, 2012Favourites Spain eliminated from men's football
Medal favourite Spain was eliminated from the men's football at the London Olympics on Sunday in another 1-0 upset loss after Honduras forward Jerry Bengtson scored an early goal. In another match, played atthe same time, Ryan Giggs got his goal and Britain got a 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates to keep its Olympic title dreams going.
July 28, 2012Chelsea's Terry charged by FA over Ferdinand incident
Chelsea captain John Terry was charged by the FA on Friday following a verbal exchange with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last October.
July 27, 2012Japan kick off Olympics with shock win over Spain
Japan produced the first upset of the Olympic Games when they beat potential gold medallists Spain 1-0 at Hampden Park, Glasgow on the opening day of the men's soccer competition on Thursday.
July 19, 2012Former AFC chief Bin Hammam's life ban overturned by CAS
Former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam has won his appeal against a life ban from all soccer-related activity over bribery allegations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday.
Spurs defender King quits football after long injury spell
Tottenham Hotspur's injury-plagued defender Ledley King announced his retirement from the game on Thursday.
AIFF finds 70 percent under-14 trainees overage
Seventy percent of boys called for an under-14 camp held by the All India Football Federation at Kalyani in West Bengal were found to be overage with some of them as old as 17 years.
July 18, 2012Dudelange stun Salzburg in Champions League qualifiers
Luxemburg's FC Dudelange produced a stunning upset in the Champions League qualifiers with a 1-0 home win over Austrian double winners Salzburg on Tuesday.
PSG sign striker Ibrahimovic on three-year deal
Paris St Germain have reached an agreement with AC Milan to sign Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Ligue 1 club's general manager Leonardo said on Tuesday.
July 17, 2012Vidic fitness boost for Manchester United
Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic will be fit for the start of the new Premier League season, manager Alex Ferguson said on Tuesday.
Bin Hammam suspended by AFC for financial wrongdoing
The Asian Football Confederation have suspended former President Mohamed Bin Hammam after a lengthy audit of their accounts revealed fresh allegations of financial wrongdoing, the body said in a statement on Tuesday.
July 16, 2012'Capello appointed Russia football manager'
Former England manager Fabio Capello will take charge of the Russia team, Italian sports daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport reported on Monday.
Giggs mulling coaching career post retirement
Ryan Giggs, who will captain the British soccer team at the Olympic Games this month, says he is considering a career in management when he finally quits playing.
July 14, 2012Liverpool sign Italy's Borini as Maxi departs
Liverpool signed AS Roma's Italy forward Fabio Borini while Argentina midfielder Maxi Rodriguez left Anfield for Newell's Old Boys as new manager Brendan Rodgers began reshaping his squad on Friday.
Capello has landed Russia job, says Arshavin
Former England manager Fabio Capello, tipped to become Russia's new coach, has already been given the job, according to national team captain Andrei Arshavin.
Drogba says money did not motivate his move to China
It is not money but the big challenge in an unfamiliar land that lured Didier Drogba to China, the Ivory Coast striker said on Saturday.
July 13, 2012John Terry not guilty of racial abuse
Former England soccer captain John Terry was found not guilty on Friday of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last October.
Man City, Spurs agree Adebayor deal: reports
Emmanuel Adebayor, who spent last season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, will move to the London club permanently after Spurs and Manchester City agreed a deal for the striker, British media reported on Friday.
July 12, 2012First Look: India football captain Chhetri in Portugal
Following the announcement by Football One about Sunil Chhetri's move to Sporting Clube de Portugal for the next season, the Indian football captain arrived in Portugal early in the morning.
Former FIFA boss Havelange named in bribe case
Ex-FIFA President Joao Havelange and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira took multi-million dollar bribes on World Cup deals, Swiss prosecutors said in a legal document released on Wednesday, dealing a fresh blow to world soccer's ruling body.
July 10, 2012Spanish League: 'Clasicos' set for October and March
Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet in the opening La Liga "Clasico" of the season on the weekend of October 6-7 at Barca's Nou Camp stadium, according to the draw held at the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) headquarters in Madrid on Tuesday.
AIFF plan IPL style football league
AIFF general secretary Kushal Das admitted that the federation is indeed planning to hold an IPL-style league but everything is at a very preliminary stage.
July 09, 2012Bengal footballer dies after colliding with 'keeper
In a tragic incident Mahesh Thapa, a 27-year-old footballer who plays in the Bengal football league, died moments after a collision with the goalkeeper during a match in Jalpaiguri.
July 07, 2012Former Chelsea forward Kalou to join Lille
Lille signed Ivory Coast international Salomon Kalou on Saturday in a bid to bolster their depleted forward line having sold Eden Hazard to the European champions.
July 06, 2012Beckham banned one game for 'provocative behaviour'
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been suspended one game for 'confrontational and provocative behaviour' near the end of last week's loss to San Jose, Major League Soccer (MLS) said on Thursday.
July 05, 2012'1970 Brazil side more gifted than Euro champs Spain'
Brazil's 1970 World Cup winners contained more gifted individuals than Spain's current all-conquering national side, the Brazilian side's greatest player Pele said on Wednesday.
India captain Chhetri joins Sporting Lisbon
In news that will delight hordes of Indian football fans, India captain Sunil Chhetri has reportedly joined Portugal's premier league club Sporting Lisbon.
Iniesta more nervous about marriage than football
Walking down the aisle to get married this weekend will be much more nerve-racking than playing in Euro 2012, said Spain's Andres Iniesta, who was voted the best player of the tournament for his cool, commanding performances.
Soccer body to decide on goal line technology
A decade of debate over the use of goal-line technology in soccer could finally end on Thursday when the sport's rule-makers meet with an expected decision on the prickly issue at the top of the agenda.
Van Persie says won't extend Arsenal contract
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie will not extend his contract after revealing on Wednesday he was unhappy with the direction the Premier League club was taking.
July 04, 2012Brazil slump to record low in FIFA rankings
Brazil slumped to 11th in the FIFA rankings on Wednesday, their lowest ever position, while tiny Tahiti surged 41 places after their astonishing win at the Oceania Nations Cup.
AFC C'ship: India knocked out after Oman thrashing
India crashed out of AFC U-22 football championship after suffering a 0-4 thrashing at the hands of hosts Oman, on Tuesday, in a must-win final league round match at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat.
Manchester United to list on NY stock exchange
Manchester United has picked the New York Stock Exchange to make its stock market debut, ending months of speculation over where the world's best-supported soccer club would list.
German football team under fire over national anthem
Germany's national soccer players, still reeling from a 2-1 defeat to Italy in last week's Euro 2012 semi-final, are now being accused of being unpatriotic after failing to sing the national anthem.
July 02, 2012Italy striker Balotelli to become a father
Italy striker Mario Balotelli was told he was to become a father hours before scoring twice against Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.
AFC U-22: Do-or-die for India against Oman
India face a must-win situation against hosts Oman in their final league round match of the AFC U-22 football championship in Muscat on Tuesday to brighten their chances of booking a berth in next year's Asian Cup.
Spain's Iniesta named Euro 2012's best player
The midfielder played a central role for Spain in Sunday's 4-0 win over Italy as they became the first country to retain the title.
Deschamps leaves Olympique Marseille
Didier Deschamps is leaving Olympique Marseille after three years as a coach, the Ligue 1 club and the former world and European champion said on Monday.
Euro 2012 chat: Discuss the final
Barcelona devotee, Messi fan and Rediff.com's Assistant Editor (Sports) Norma Godinho will discuss Sunday night's Euro 2012 final at 2pm IST on Monday.
FACTBOX: Spain's emphatic Euro 2012 triumph
Spain retained the Euro title by convincingly beating Italy 4-0 on Sunday in Kiev. Following are interesting facts about Spain's Euro win.
Prandelli concedes Italy were dominated by Spain
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was generous in his praise of European champions Spain after their 4-0 victory in Sunday's final but was left ruing the lack of preparation time his team had.
Superb Spain rout Italy to retain title in style
Spain cemented their status as soccer's global superpower in vintage style by thrashing an overwhelmed Italy 4-0 to retain their European championship title on Sunday.
June 30, 2012Platini floats idea of multi-country Euro 2020
The 2020 European Championship could be spread across 12 or 13 cities around Europe, rather than being staged in just one or two countries, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Saturday.
'Indian football needs to develop with a young set of boys'
India's new football coach Wim Koevermans and technical director Rob Baan spoke about coaching philosophy, discipline and a lot more.
June 29, 2012Germany have no plans for major overhaul after exit
The Germans, among the favourites after winning 15 straight competitive games before Thursday's loss, will learn from this experience and eye their next title challenge with a lot more mental strength, according to coach Joachim Loew.
Euro 2012 chat: Discuss the Italy vs Germany semi-final
Barcelona devotee, Messi fan and Rediff.com's Assistant Editor (Sports) Norma Godinho will discuss Wednesday night's Spain v Portugal Euro 2012 semi-final at 3pm IST on Thursday.
Eto'o accused of tax evasion in Spain
A Spanish public prosecutor has accused Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o of conspiring to evade 3.5 million euros in taxes owed on income from his image rights when he was playing for Barcelona between 2006-2009.
June 28, 2012Barcelona agree to sign fullback Alba from Valencia
Barcelona have strengthened their defence and found a replacement for Eric Abidal by sealing an agreement with Valencia to sign Spain fullback Jordi Alba on a five-year contract.
Beckham not selected in Britain Olympics squad
David Beckham has not been selected in Britain's Olympic football squad in a huge blow for the former England captain's hopes of crowning the twilight of his career in style.
Euro 2012 chat: Discuss the Spain vs Portugal match
Barcelona devotee, Messi fan and Rediff.com's Assistant Editor (Sports) Norma Godinho will discuss Wednesday night's Spain v Portugal Euro 2012 semi-final at 3pm IST on Thursday.
I-League: United SC signs Costa Rican international
Having struck a deal with ace striker Ranty Martins, United Sports Club's next season's I-League squad got a further boost by signing up Costa Rican mid-fielder Carlos Hernandez for the forthcoming season.
We rode our luck in the shootout, says Spain's coach
Spain rode their luck to reach their third major final in a row and Portugal were the better team for long periods, coach Vicente del Bosque said after a 4-2 win on penalties in their Euro 2012 semi-final on Wednesday.
June 27, 2012Stopping Pirlo the key for youthful Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger is winning his battle to be fit for Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy where the relentless midfielder will have to nullify the mercurial Andrea Pirlo if Germany are to end their hoodoo.
June 26, 2012French striker Giroud joins Arsenal
His 21 goals from 36 league games made him joint top scorer in the French league last season with Paris St Germain's Nene.
Indian football's proud Papas and his boys
In a sport whose roots in the history go deep, India are still chasing football in the modern age. And here is the man, entrusted to move the ball forward from knee-deep.
India colts go down fighting to Iran
The books may suggest the score for future but the spirit and camaraderie will never be reflected in that. This is a resurgent India who play till the final whistle.
Russian football chief resigns after Euro 2012 flop
Russian soccer chief Sergei Fursenko quit his post on Monday following Russia's disappointing showing at Euro 2012.
Police probe alleged racist tweets against Cole, Young
Police have launched an inquiry into alleged online racist abuse against two England soccer players after their missed penalties resulted in the team's Euro 2012 quarter-final exit on Sunday.
June 25, 2012Euro 2012 chat: Discuss the Italy vs England match
Barcelona devotee, Messi fan and Rediff.com's Assistant Editor (Sports) Norma Godinho will discuss Sunday night's Italy v England Euro 2012 quarter-final match at 1400 IST on Monday. With soccer fever at its peak, Godinho look back on the previous evening's matches with you, our readers on Rediff ZaraBol.
Blanc slams Nasri for rant at reporter
Samir Nasri's foul-mouthed rant at a reporter following France's lacklustre 2-0 defeat by Spain in their Euro 2012 quarter-final on Saturday was 'very, very bad' for his image, coach Laurent Blanc has said.
Italy into the semis after shootout win
Alessandro Diamanti scored the decisive spot kick as Italy beat England 4-2 on penalties after their action-packed Euro 2012 quarter-final finished goalless after extra-time on Sunday.
Betis defender Roque dies of cancer
Miquel Roque, a Real Betis defender who started out in Barcelona's youth ranks and had a stint at Liverpool, has died of cancer at the age of 23, Betis said on Sunday.
June 24, 2012Portugal's Eusebio stable after heart procedure
Former Portugal and Benfica great Eusebio is in a stable condition after doctors conducted a coronarography to examine the condition of his heart after he was taken to hospital in the Polish city of Poznan on Saturday.
I'm not Peter Pan, says Italy's bad boy Balotelli
Mario Balotelli has grown up and is no longer like Peter Pan, the Italian striker told a news conference on Saturday ahead of Italy's Euro 2012 quarter-final against England.
France's Nasri in foul-mouthed rant at reporter
France midfielder Samir Nasri was involved in a row with a French reporter after his team were knocked out of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals 2-0 by Spain on Saturday.
Alonso double puts Spain into semis
Xabi Alonso struck twice in his 100th international to lead Spain to a comfortable 2-0 win over a feeble France on Saturday and through to a Euro 2012 semi-final against Portugal.
June 23, 2012Kagawa seals Manchester United move
Manchester United have completed the capture of Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.
Germany coach Loew happy despite missed chances
It all turned out well in the end, though, as Germany roared into the semis with a 4-2 victory that set up a clash with Italy or England in Warsaw.
Germany trounce Greece to enter Euro semis
Germany survived a brief second-half scare before roaring back to crush Greece 4-2 in an almost entirely one-sided Euro 2012 quarter-final on Friday.
June 22, 2012Ronaldo fires Portugal into Euro 2012 semi-finals
Cristiano Ronaldo powered home a superb header to give Portugal a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Thursday and set up a Euro 2012 semi-final against holders Spain or France.
June 21, 2012England fined over crowd problems at Sweden match
The English FA has been fined 5,000 euros after England fans tried to invade the Kiev pitch during their 3-2 win over Sweden in Euro 2012 Group D on Friday, UEFA said in a statement.
UEFA files new racism charge against Croatia
The Croatian football federation, fined 80,000 euros by UEFA on Tuesday for racist chanting by their fans at Euro 2012, faces further punishment after it was charged on Wednesday for the display of racist banners against Spain.
June 20, 2012Goal-line technology now a necessity: Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said goal-line technology is a "necessity" after officials controversially denied Ukraine a goal against England in their Euro 2012 match on Tuesday.
Drogba joins Anelka at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua
Didier Drogba ended weeks of speculation about his future by joining big-spending Chinese Super League strugglers Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday.
Ukraine's Shevchenko to quit international football
Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko announced he will retire from international football after his country's elimination from Euro 2012 with a 1-0 defeat by England on Tuesday.
Euro 2012: Rooney sends England through, Ukraine miss out
A Wayne Rooney goal on his belated entry to Euro 2012 earned England a 1-0 win over Ukraine on Tuesday that sent them into the last eight as Group D winners and eliminated the co-hosts.
Euro 2012: France through despite Sweden defeat
Below-par France qualified for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals as Group D runners-up on Tuesday despite a superb Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike and a late Sebastian Larsson goal condemning them to a 2-0 defeat by Sweden.
June 19, 2012Euro 2012 chat: Discuss Monday night's action
Barcelona devotee, Messi fan and Rediff.com's Assistant Editor (Sports) Norma Godinho will discuss Monday night's Italy v Ireland, Spain v Croatia Euro 2012 match at 1400 IST on Tuesday. With soccer fever at its peak, Godinho look back on the previous evening's matches with you, our readers on Rediff ZaraBol.
Euro 2012: Navas puts Spain through, Croatia out
An 88th-minute goal by substitute Jesus Navas gave Spain a 1-0 victory over Croatia that sent them into the Euro 2012 quarter-finals as Group C winners on Monday.
Euro 2012: Cassano, Balotelli send Italy into last eight
Antonio Cassano's first-half header and a spectacular Mario Balotelli volley in the final minute sent Italy through to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals as Group C runners-up after a 2-0 victory over Ireland on Monday.
June 18, 2012France in dilemma for Sweden game
France face a dilemma ahead of a game they can afford to lose when they take on eliminated Sweden in their final Euro 2012 Group D match on Tuesday.
Euro 2012 chat: Discuss Sunday night's action
Barcelona devotee, Messi fan and Rediff.com's Assistant Editor (Sports) Norma Godinho will discuss Thursday night's Italy v Croatia, Spain v Ireland Euro 2012 match at 1400 IST on Friday. With soccer fever at its peak, Godinho look back on the previous evening's matches with you, our readers on Rediff ZaraBol.
Injured Walcott doubtful for Ukraine match
Winger Theo Walcott suffered a hamstring injury in training and is doubtful for their final Euro 2012 Group D match against Ukraine, manager Roy Hodgson told the BBC on Sunday.
Dutch debacle at Kharkiv as Portugal make last eight
Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals as Portugal deservedly beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 and eliminate the Dutch, beaten World Cup finalists two years ago.
Bender strikes late to seal German win over Denmark
German defender Lars Bender scored a clinical late goal to give his team a workmanlike 2-1 win over Denmark on Sunday and secure top spot in Euro 2012 Group B.
June 17, 2012Jiracek goal helps Czechs knock Poland out
Poland slumped out of Euro 2012 on Saturday after losing 1-0 to the Czech Republic who reached the quarter-finals as Group A winners after a game in which the co-hosts will rue a host of early missed chances.
Karagounis scripts Greek Odyssey, Russia out
Greece beat Russia 1-0 with a first-half goal from captain Giorgos Karagounis to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Saturday, a result that sent the Russians home after the Czech Republic beat co-hosts Poland.
June 16, 2012Hodgson vindicated for faith in tradition
To his critics, it was a retrogressive move that promised little more than a return to the 'stone age' long-ball football for which many England teams have been criticised in the past.
Win or bust for Poland and Greece at Euro
Despite struggling with only a point, Greece can never be counted out as they proved in their shock march to the 2004 European title.
France weather storm, England sink Sweden
France brushed aside co-hosts Ukraine 2-0 in a Group D game suspended for 55 minutes by a violent thunderstorm and England fought back to beat Sweden 3-2 after more enthralling action at Euro 2012.
England hang on to eliminate Sweden
England survived a 10-minute meltdown to move closer to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals when substitute Theo Walcott scored one goal and set up another to earn a thrilling 3-2 win over Sweden who were eliminated from the tournament on Friday.
France storm past Ukraine in rain-affected match
Sparkling attacking football and goals from Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye earned France a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their Euro 2012 Group D match on Friday after the game was halted for 55 minutes due to a thunderstorm.
June 15, 2012Dutchman Koevermans named India's football coach
Wim Koevermans is the new coach of India's senior football team. The Dutchman, whose last assignment was with the Republic of Ireland as High Performance Director, was unveiled by Kushal Das, general-secretary of the All India Football Federation, at the AIFF headquarters, Football House, in Delhi on Friday.
Torres brace sees Ireland eliminated
Spain spoiled the Irish party in Gdansk when a rejuvenated Fernando Torres netted twice in a crushing 4-0 Group C victory that eliminated Giovanni Trapattoni's side from Euro 2012.
Russia to appeal UEFA sanctions over fan trouble
Russia will appeal UEFA's decision to dock the team six points in qualifying for the next European Championship if their fans misbehave again, the Russian soccer federation said on Thursday.
June 14, 2012Mandzukic strike earns Croatia draw against Italy
Mario Mandzukic scored his third goal of Euro 2012 as Croatia came from behind to draw 1-1 with Italy and strengthen their position in a tough Group C on Thursday.
Shanghai have good chance of signing Drogba: coach
Shanghai Shenhua have a good chance of signing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba but need to work hard to complete the deal, coach Sergio Batista said.
Wim Koevermans to take over as Indian football coach
The AIFF will announce the appointment of former Dutch international Wim Koevermans as the Indian football coach besides discussing issues concerning hosting of the Nehru Cup during its executive committee meeting in New Delhi.
EPL: Redknapp's successful Tottenham Hotspurs stay ends
Harry Redknapp will leave his role as Tottenham Hotspur manager, the club said on Thursday, bringing to an end a successful four-year spell with the English Premier League side.
Gomez brace gives Germany 2-1 win over Dutch
Two goals from Mario Gomez gave Germany a 2-1 victory over Netherlands in their Euro 2012 Group B match on Wednesday, putting them on the brink of the quarter-finals while the Dutch face a potential early exit.
Super-sub Varela scores late winner for Portugal
Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored a dramatic 87th-winner to give his side a 3-2 win over Denmark in a pulsating Euro 2012 Group B match on Wednesday.
June 13, 2012Di Matteo named Chelsea coach on permanent basis
Roberto Di Matteo gained his reward for steering Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup glory last season when he was appointed manager on a permanent basis on Wednesday.
UEFA to cut Russia six points if fan trouble persists
Russia will be docked six points in qualifying for the next European Championship if their fans step out of line again after disturbances at their opening Euro 2012 game against the Czech Republic last Friday, UEFA said on Wednesday.
Injured Rosicky hoping to be fit for Poland match
Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky said he could barely stand on his injured foot but was still hoping to play in his team's final Euro 2012 Group A match against Poland on Saturday.
Rosicky and Cech to have scans on injuries
Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky and goalkeeper Petr Cech were having scans on injuries they picked up in the 2-1 win over Greece, Czech team doctor Petr Krejci said on Wednesday.
Cassano apologises for gay remark
Italy forward Antonio Cassano apologised on Tuesday for saying he hoped there were no homosexuals in the national team.
Quickfire Czechs hang on to sink Greece
The Czech Republic took advantage of a makeshift Greek defence to score two quickfire goals in the first six minutes and held on for a 2-1 win in Euro 2012 Group A on Tuesday.
June 12, 2012'We've closed down Ronaldo before and can do it again'
Denmark are confident they can continue a good run of results against Portugal and shut down dangerman Cristiano Ronaldo when the sides meet on Wednesday in their second Euro 2012 game.
Shevchenko double gives Ukraine winning start
Two goals in six minutes by national hero Andriy Shevchenko led Ukraine to a 2-1 comeback victory over Sweden in their opening Group D game on Monday as the co-hosts joined the Euro 2012 party in spectacular style.
June 11, 2012England thwart France in 1-1 stalemate
France and England battled to a 1-1 stalemate in their opening Euro 2012 Group D match on Monday after Joleon Lescott's opener for England was cancelled out by Samir Nasri.
Croatia sink sloppy Irish in Poznan
Croatia made a flying start to Euro 2012 after pouncing on sloppy defending to beat Ireland 3-1 in their Group C opener on Sunday.
June 10, 2012Strikerless Spain held to 1-1 draw by Italy
Spain's gamble of starting without a recognised striker almost backfired when the holders needed a Cesc Fabregas equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Italy in their Euro 2012 Group C opener on Sunday.
Messi hat-trick takes Argentina past Brazil
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Argentina beat arch-rivals Brazil 4-3 in an end-to-end friendly on Saturday, dealing a blow to the Brazilians as they wrapped up their preparations for the London Olympics.
Gomez heads Germany to victory over Portugal
Mario Gomez thumped in a superb 72nd-minute header to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Portugal after they had been frustrated for long periods of a cagey Euro 2012 Group B match on Saturday.
June 09, 2012Wasteful Dutch beaten 1-0 by Denmark
Denmark survived a sustained assault by Netherlands to emerge with a 1-0 victory in their opening Euro 2012 Group B game on Saturday thanks to a first-half goal by Michael Krohn-Dehli and some poor Dutch finishing.
Four hurt after Russian fans attack Wroclaw stewards
Four stewards needed hospital treatment after being attacked by Russian fans at Wroclaw stadium after the Russia-Czech Republic Euro 2012 clash on Friday, the head of the Polish company in charge of coordinating the tournament said.
US, Mexico open World Cup qualifying in style
The United States and Mexico both opened their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaigns with 3-1 wins while Honduras suffered a surprise loss in the opening fixtures of the third round.
Ferdinand fears England career is over
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he fears his England career is over after being overlooked for Euro 2012 by manager Roy Hodgson.
Euro: Ukraine, Russian fans get into brawl after match
Russian and Ukrainian soccer fans scuffled briefly in the streets of Lviv in the early hours of Saturday after watching a Euro 2012 game in the city's fan zone, eyewitnesses said.
Rampant Russia beat dazed Czechs 4-1
Russia swept to a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic with a slick counter-attacking display and deadly finishing on Friday to take control of what was tipped to be a tight Euro 2012 Group A.
Injured Nani may miss Portugal game with Germany
Portugal winger Nani is struggling to shake off an injury to his right foot and may miss his country's opening Euro 2012 game against Germany, coach Paulo Bento said on Friday.
Poland held by Greece as two sent off
Greece substitute Dimitris Salpingidis scored a second-half equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw with Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland in a pulsating opening match on Friday in which the Greeks missed a penalty and both sides finished with 10 men.
June 08, 2012Germany want steel helmets for Ronaldo free kicks
Germany's players will need steel helmets for protection when Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo lines up to take free kicks in their Euro 2012 Group B match in Lviv on Saturday, Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick said.
Dutch players hear monkey chants at training
Coach Bert van Marwijk, Dutch officials and many of the press did not hear any racist abuse during Wednesday's session but it has since emerged that a handful of the squad did.
Sudha qualifies for Olympics 3000m steeplechase
Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh qualified for the upcoming London Olympics in the 3000m steeplechase by breaking her own National record in the VIII meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo championship in Huelva, Spain.
Euro: Racist monkey chants directed at Dutch players
Netherlands players heard monkey chants from the crowd at a Euro 2012 training session at Wisla Krakow's stadium, a team spokeswoman said on Friday, casting a shadow over what had been a near carnival atmosphere.
June 07, 2012Juve's Pepe, Stellini probed in match-fixing trial
Juventus winger Simone Pepe and his manager Antonio Conte's technical assistant Cristian Stellini are among the latest names to be called for questioning on Thursday in the match-fixing trial that has rocked Italy.
Blanc reckons Ferdinand omission not football related
France coach Laurent Blanc believes Rio Ferdinand was left out of the England Euro 2012 squad for reasons other than soccer, he said on Thursday.
Euro: Platini tells players to let referees handle racism
UEFA president Michel Platini has warned players they would be booked if they walked off the pitch for being racially abused at Euro 2012 and they should instead talk to the referee who can decide whether to stop the game.
Euro 2012: Greeks want to spread some joy amid debt crisis
Greece are determined to lift the mood back home during Euro 2012 with the country's huge debt woes causing worry and fear, striker Giorgos Samaras said on Wednesday.
Clarke follows Dalglish out of Liverpool
Liverpool first team coach Steve Clarke has left the Premier League club after the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager, the League Managers Association said on Wednesday.
June 05, 2012AIFF yet to approve Man United-Juventus match
The All India Football Federation on Tuesday said it was not consulted for the proposed marquee match between the world's most popular club Manchester United and Serie A champions Juventus.
Joe Cole advised me to join Chelsea, says Hazard
Former Chelsea and England winger Joe Cole played a major role in persuading Lille midfielder Eden Hazard to move to Stamford Bridge, the Belgian international said.
June 03, 2012Messi sends Argentina top in World Cup qualifying
Argentina's decision to play their four world class forwards was fully justified in a crushing 4-0 win over Ecuador that put them top of the South American World Cup qualifiers on Saturday.
June 02, 2012Czechs lose 2-1 to Hungary in final Euro warm-up
The Czech Republic suffered a 2-1 home defeat by Hungary in their final Euro 2012 warm-up game despite dominating possession as Adam Gyurcso netted a late winner for the visitors on Friday.
Italy thrashed 3-0 by Russia in Euro warm-up
Italy's troubles mounted as they produced some slapstick defending in a 3-0 defeat by fellow Euro 2012 finalists Russia on Friday in their only warm-up match for the tournament.
June 01, 2012Balotelli warning for racists at Euro 2012
Italy striker Mario Balotelli said he would "kill" anyone who threw a banana at him in the street during the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine next month.
Italy would quit Euros if asked: Prandelli
Italy would quit the European championship if they were asked to do so for the good of the game, coach Cesare Prandelli said on Friday after match-fixing allegations again tarnished the Azzurri's image.
'French government to boycott Euro 2012'
The French government will boycott the European soccer championships to be held in Ukraine in June in protest at the treatment of imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the French sports minister said on Thursday.
Shah Rukh to buy stake in I-League champion club Dempo
Sources close to the club said Shah Rukh Khan is in talks with the Goa-based I-League champion club and has also met its owner, Srinivas Dempo, a couple of times.
Euro: Improving Germany beat Israel in final warm-up
Germany worked hard for a 2-0 win over Israel in a Euro 2012 warm-up match on Thursday with Mario Gomez and Andre Schuerrle on target in their final test before next month's tournament.
French government to boycott Euro 2012
The French government will boycott the European soccer championships to be held in Ukraine in June in protest at the treatment of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the French sports minister said on Thursday.
Ronaldinho walks out on Flamengo
Former AC Milan and Barcelona striker Ronaldinho walked out on Flamengo on Thursday after winning a court injunction releasing him from his contract, his lawyer said.
Liverpool name Rodgers as manager
Liverpool have appointed Brendan Rodgers as manager, the Premier League club announced on Friday.
May 31, 2012Bramble cleared of sexual assault charges
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble was cleared on Thursday of sexually assaulting two women last September.
May 30, 2012Manchester United tops global fanbase league
Manchester United has doubled its global fanbase to 659 million over five years to reinforce its standing as the world's most popular soccer club, according to a survey.
Italy PM Monti urges halt to soccer after scandal
Italian professional soccer should be halted for two or three years to get over the match-fixing scandal which has spattered its image, Prime Minister Mario Monti said.
May 29, 2012Germany captain Lahm's position still open: Loew
Germany captain Philipp Lahm will find out only next week whether he will play in his favourite right back position or be moved to the left for next month's Euro 2012 as coach Joachim Loew ponders his options.
Euro: Ronaldo happy for Portugal to be outsiders
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo believes the pressure is off his country as they prepare for a daunting group at Euro 2012.
Euro: Italy omit Ranocchia, Destro
Defender Andrea Ranocchia and forward Mattia Destro were left out of Italy's 23-man Euro 2012 squad on Tuesday but centre back Leonardo Bonucci was included despite the match-fixing crisis engulfing the country.
Cech extends Chelsea contract until 2016
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech has extended his contract with Champions League winners Chelsea until 2016. Cech, who is in Prague preparing for Euro 2012 next month, has featured in more games (369) for the Londoners than any other overseas player.
Jagielka to replace injured Barry in England squad
Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry was ruled out of the European Championship on Monday with England manager Roy Hodgson calling up Everton's Phil Jagielka as his replacement.
Eden Hazard to join Chelsea
Highly-regarded Belgian international midfielder Eden Hazard has opted to join European champions Chelsea ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United.
May 28, 2012More arrests in Italy match-fixing probe
Italian police investigating a soccer match-fixing scandal searched 30 homes and made a number of arrests including the captain of Lazio Stefano Mauri and former Genoa midfielder Omar Milanetto, authorities said on Monday.
May 27, 2012German pride dented by Swiss, Spain win warm-up
German pride took a second bashing in eight days on Saturday as their Euro 2012 countdown began in earnest with a humbling 5-3 friendly defeat by Switzerland.
Unconvincing England give Hodgson winning start
Ashley Young's early goal earned England an unconvincing 1-0 friendly win over Norway is Oslo on Saturday in new manager Roy Hodgson's first match in charge.
'Services enjoy an edge in Santosh Trophy final'
This is Tamil Nadu's second entry to the Santosh Trophy final, the earlier one being forty years back. For Services, who have been Champions in 1960/61, the last entry to final was in 2007/08.
May 26, 2012Santosh Trophy: TN to face Services in final
Tamil Nadu struck once in either half as they went on to beat Manipur 2-0 in the semi-final to book a summit clash against Services in the 66th Santosh Trophy National Football Championships in Cuttack on Saturday.
Barca beat Bilbao to claim 26th King's Cup title
Barcelona won their 26th King's Cup when two goals from Pedro and one from Lionel Messi gave them a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in coach Pep Guardiola's final match in charge on Friday.
May 25, 2012Martinez made offer by Liverpool: Wigan owner
Wigan Athletic's Roberto Martinez has been "made an offer" by Liverpool's American owners who are searching for a new manager after sacking Kenny Dalglish, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said.
Euro: England lose third choice keeper through injury
England's third choice goalkeeper John Ruddy has been ruled out of Euro 2012 after breaking a finger in training, the Football Association said on Friday.
May 24, 2012UEFA mulls reviewing Champions League rule
The Champions League rule which has denied Tottenham Hotspur a place in next season's competition because Chelsea won Saturday's final could be reviewed by UEFA's executive committee, president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.
May 23, 2012Barton banned for 12 games
QPR midfielder Joey Barton has been banned for 12 matches by the FA for his behaviour after his red card at Manchester City.
EPL transfer news: Almunia to leave Arsenal
Arsenal's former first choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, is one of seven players leaving, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
Solskjaer rejects Aston Villa manager offer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned down the chance of managing Aston Villa, a spokesman for the English Premier League said on Tuesday.
May 22, 2012Drogba to leave Chelsea at end of June
Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba will leave Chelsea when his contract expires in June, the Premier League club said in a statement on Tuesday.
Mourinho to stay at Real Madrid till 2016
Jose Mourinho has agreed a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid which ties him to the club until 2016, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday.
Drogba to leave Chelsea: Report
Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is leaving Chelsea after playing a leading role in their Champions League triumph, according to a report to be published in French magazine France Football on Tuesday.
May 21, 2012My time at United is running out: Berbatov
Striker Dimitar Berbatov wants to leave Manchester United because he feels he has fallen out of favour with manager Alex Ferguson.
Napoli win first trophy since Maradona era
Napoli won their first major title since the Diego Maradona era, denied Serie A champions Juventus the double and handed their captain Alessandro Del Piero an unhappy end to 19 seasons at the club by beating the Turin side 2-0 in the Italian Cup final on Sunday.
Champions League is all Cech wanted for his birthday
Petr Cech celebrated a perfect 30th birthday on Sunday after producing another exceptional goalkeeping performance to help Chelsea land their first Champions League trophy.
Worst moments of my career with Chelsea: Torres
Chelsea's Spanish striker Fernando Torres has said he has had the worst moments of his career with the club this season and needs clarity about his future role with the newly-crowned European champions.
May 20, 2012Drogba fires Chelsea to Champions League glory
Chelsea stunned Bayern Munich to win the Champions League for the first time after a penalty shootout in the Allianz Arena after a tension-soaked final had ended 1-1 after extra time on Saturday.
May 18, 2012Wigan manager Martinez to hold talks with Liverpool
Liverpool have been granted permission to speak to Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez about taking over from Kenny Dalglish who was sacked on Wednesday.
May 17, 2012Owen leaves United after injury-hit spell
Former England forward Michael Owen has left Manchester United after a frustrating three years at the club where he barely featured and his injury curse continued to strike.
South Korea drop Park for World Cup qualifiers
Arsenal striker Park Chu-young has been left out of the South Korean squad for next month's final round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers amid a backlash from fans over his controversial decision to delay his mandatory military service.
May 16, 2012Gerrard to lead England at Euro 2012
England manager Roy Hodgson included Chelsea's John Terry, Liverpool striker Andy Carroll and Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy in a 23-man squad with Steven Gerrard named as captain on Wednesday for next month's European Championship.
May 15, 2012Pune FC win Under-20 I-League
Pune FC kept their winning run intact with a 2-0 verdict against Shillong Lajong FC to annex the Under-20 I-League title, their first-ever at any level since the club was established in 2007.
Man United's Paul Scholes to play on another season
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes will play on for another season, the Premier League club's manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday.
May 14, 2012Malaga striker Van Nistelrooy retires
Malaga's Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy announced his retirement on Monday, saying at the age of 35 his body could take no more.
La Liga: Madrid hit 100-points mark, Villarreal relegated
Newly-crowned champions Real Madrid beat Mallorca 4-1 to break the 100-point barrier on the final day of La Liga season as Villarreal sensationally slipped through the relegation trapdoor.
Sarita stuns world champ in quest for Olympic berth
India's L Sarita Devi (60kg) stunned defending champion and world No 2 Gulsum Tatar of Turkey to enter the pre-quarter-finals in the seventh World Women's Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, on Monday and inch closer to qualifying for the London Olympics.
May 13, 2012Manchester City win English Premier League title
Manchester City were crowned English champions for the first time since 1968 when they won the Premier League title in thrilling fashion on Sunday.
Dortmund thrash Bayern in Cup final to win double
Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund further challenged Bayern Munich's hold over German football on Saturday by crushing their rivals 5-2 with a treble by Poland's Robert Lewandowski to lift the German Cup.
Former Real striker Raul joins Qatar's Al Sadd
Former Real Madrid striker Raul has joined Al Sadd of Qatar after leaving Schalke 04 at the end of his contract with the Bundesliga club.
May 12, 2012Pardew and Kompany handed end-of-season awards
Newcastle United's Alan Pardew was named Premier League manager of the season on Friday to cap an impressive campaign in which he turned his unfancied side into contenders for Champions League qualification.
May 11, 2012Chelsea in talks with Drogba over contract extension
Chelsea will discuss a contract extension with Ivorian striker Didier Drogba after next week's Champions League final, the Premier League club's chief executive Ron Gourlay said on Thursday.
Current EPL season voted best ever
The current season has been voted the best since the Premier League began 20 years ago according to the League's panel of experts, chief executive Richard Scudamore said on Thursday.
Wenger believes Arsenal will seal C League spot
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team will not be daunted when they attempt to clinch a place in the Champions League at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday against a side playing their last match under England-bound coach Roy Hodgson.
Venky's deny rumours, will not sell EPL club Rovers
Indian owners Venky's will not sell relegated Blackburn Rovers and they sacked deputy chief executive Paul Hunt to cut costs, the poultry company said on Thursday.
May 10, 2012La Liga set for frenzied Sunday finale
A Champions League spot, two Europa League berths and two relegation places are to be claimed or avoided in what promises to be a nerve-wracking finale to the La Liga season on Sunday.
Confusion reigns at Venky's-owned Blackburn Rovers
The fallout surrounding Blackburn Rovers' relegation from the Premier League continued on Wednesday with reports the club's deputy chief executive had been sacked after criticising manager Steve Kean.
Blackpool set up high-stakes promotion final v West Ham
Blackpool thwarted a late rally by Birmingham City in a Championship (second division) play-off on Wednesday, drawing 2-2 to clinch a 3-2 aggregate victory and set up a high-stakes final with West Ham United next week.
Falcao leads Atletico Madrid to Europa League triumph
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao scored two superb goals and Diego added a late third to seal a commanding 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the all-Spanish Europa League final on Wednesday.
May 09, 2012AFC Cup: Kazma beat 10-man East Bengal, make last-16
Kuwaiti outfit Kazma scored in the dying minutes to register a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a 10-man East Bengal in their concluding Group B AFC Cup league match at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Wednesaday. The victory was enough to earn Kazma 11 points and a berth in the pre-quarter-finals.
May 08, 2012Injured Puyol out for six weeks, to miss Euro 2012
Spain defender Carles Puyol could miss Euro 2012 after his club Barcelona said on Tuesday he has a knee injury that requires arthroscopic surgery and will be out for around six weeks.
West Ham close on Premier League return
West Ham United edged closer to a Premier League return with a 3-0 home win over Cardiff City on Monday, completing a 5-0 semi-final aggregate triumph to ease into the Championship (second division) playoff final.
EPL: Venky's Blackburn relegated, Wigan survive
Blackburn Rovers were relegated from the Premier League on Monday after losing 1-0 at home to Wigan Athletic who ensured their survival in the top flight with the victory.
May 07, 2012Mourinho won't sell Higuain in transfer window
Spanish champions Real Madrid have no intention of letting striker Gonzalo Higuain leave but may need to buy a back-up goalkeeper if Antonio Adan cannot be persuaded to stay, coach Jose Mourinho said.
Juventus claim Serie A crown after AC lose Milan derby
Juventus clinched their first Italian title for nine seasons on Sunday but not until Serie A had dished up its customary climactic mix of chaos, drama and controversy.
May 06, 2012City close in on first title since 1968
Manchester City took a huge step towards their first title for 44 years when they won 2-0 at Newcastle United to stay top of the Premier League on goal difference from Manchester United with one match left.
Barreto leads Bagan to 2-0 win over Pune FC
One of the longest-serving foreigners in the country, Jose Ramirez Barreto led Mohun Bagan to a 2-0 win over Pune FC in their last I-League fixture to bid an emotional farewell to the club which he represented 398 times from his association since 1999-2000 season.
Marvellous Messi hits four in Guardiola's Barca farewell
Lionel Messi scored four goals to take his La Liga tally to 50 this season as Barcelona hammered Espanyol 4-0 on Saturday in an emotional last game at the Nou Camp for outgoing coach Pep Guardiola.
Chelsea win FA Cup as Di Matteo magic does the trick
Chelsea's remarkable turnaround since Roberto Di Matteo took over as interim coach has taken them to the brink of a cup double after they beat a disappointing Liverpool side 2-1 with goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba on Saturday.
May 05, 2012France full back Sagna ruled out of Euro
France right back Bacary Sagna will miss the European Championship after suffering a broken leg during Arsenal's 3-3 Premier League draw with Norwich City on Saturday.
Van Persie double in vain as Arsenal held by Norwich
Arsenal wasted the chance to go four points clear of Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United when, despite a double from Robin van Persie, they were held to a thrilling 3-3 home draw by Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Hodgson appoints Lewington to England coaching staff
New England manager Roy Hodgson has appointed Fullham's Ray Lewington to his coaching staff for next month's European Championship, the English FA said in a statement on Friday.
Wenger confident Van Persie will extend Arsenal stay
Arsenal are confident striker Robin van Persie will sign a new contract at the end of the season and finish his career at the club, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
Modric is irreplaceable at Tottenham, says Redknapp
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric is irreplaceable and the club must hold on to the Croatia international and their other top players to avoid becoming a mid-table team again, manager Harry Redknapp said on Friday.
Blackpool edge ahead in Championship playoff semi-final
Blackpool will take a slender lead into the second leg of their Championship (second division) playoff semi-final after beating Birmingham City 1-0 with an own goal by Curtis Davies on Friday.
May 04, 2012I-League: Salgocar, Lajong in goalless draw
Salgoacar SC held Shillong Lajong FC to a goalless draw in their last I-League match at the J N Stadium in Shillong on Friday. It was Shillong Lajong who dominated the game in the first half, but their forwards failed to convert as many as three easy opportunities that came their way.
Italian club sack coach for punching own player
Fiorentina promoted team manager Vincenzo Guerini to the role of head coach on Thursday after sacking Delio Rossi for punching his own player during a match.
EPL: United's Welbeck sidelined for Swansea match
Manchester United will be without striker Danny Welbeck for their penultimate Premier League game at home to Swansea City on Sunday while defender Jonny Evans is a major doubt for a game the faltering champions cannot afford to lose.
Robben extends Bayern stay to two years
Arjen Robben has extended his contract with Bayern Munich for another two years until 2015, ending months of media speculation about the Dutch winger's future.
May 03, 2012Serie A: AC Milan close in on Juventus
AC Milan moved to within a point of Juventus at the top of Serie A on Wednesday after the defending champions beat Atalanta 2-0 and a Gianluigi Buffon error gifted lowly Lecce a 1-1 draw in Turin.
EPL: Newcastle sink Chelsea, keep pressure on Arsenal
Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse has gatecrashed the Premier League in spectacular style and his second strike in Wednesday's win at Chelsea could sneak in as a goal of the season contender, especially given its potential importance.
May 02, 2012UEFA will not change Champions League suspension rules
The UEFA has ruled out changing its Champions League suspension rules regarding yellow cards for at least three years and has no intention of bringing them in line with the rules used in the European Championship, officials have told players' representatives.
Ferguson to spend 100 million pounds to get new players
To prevent Manchester City from replacing arch rivals United as the dominant force in the English Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson is all set to spend 100 million pounds to get new players this summer.
EPL: Dalglish slams Liverpool after home defeat by Fulham
Liverpool, who made nine changes to the team in their last game before the FA Cup final with Chelsea at the weekend, slumped to a 1-0 home defeat by Fulham in the Premier League on Tuesday much to the annoyance of manager Kenny Dalglish.
May 01, 2012Hodgson appointed England coach
Roy Hodgson has been appointed England manager on a four-year contract, the English FA said on Tuesday.
Advocaat to quit as Russia boss after Euro 2012
Dick Advocaat will quit as Russia coach and has agreed to join PSV Eindhoven after Euro 2012, the Dutchman said on Monday.
Manchester City sight title after Kompany sinks United
Vincent Kompany's powerful header sealed a 1-0 win for Manchester City over title rivals Manchester United on Monday to put Roberto Mancini's side within two victories of Premier League glory.
April 30, 2012Tevez makes peace; expresses desire to stay at City
Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has told Manchester City he wants to stay at the club for the long term in a remarkable turnaround for a player who was an outcast only months ago.
April 29, 2012Serie A: Juve win again, Cassano nets for Milan
Leaders Juventus stayed three points clear in Serie A on Sunday after they thumped lowly Novara 4-0 and second-placed AC Milan won 4-1 at Siena with Antonio Cassano scoring for the first time since heart surgery in October.
ILeague: Salgaocar edge past Chirag United Kerala
Salgaocar defeated Chirag United Kerala through a first half strike by Luciano Sobrosa in a penultimate round I-League match at Nehru Stadium in Margao on Sunday.
Torres hat-trick helps Chelsea rout QPR
Fernando Torres, suddenly oozing confidence in front of goal, netted his first Chelsea hat-trick as the Champions League finalists capped a sensational week by routing Queens Park Rangers 6-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Real beat Sevilla, close in on La Liga title
Cristiano Ronaldo struck his 43rd league goal of the campaign to set Real Madrid on their way to a 3-0 home win over Sevilla on Sunday that put them within a whisker of a first La Liga title in four years.
Zenit win Russian Premier League
Ten-man Zenit St Petersburg beat Dynamo Moscow 2-1 on Saturday to claim a second consecutive Russian Premier League title with three games to spare.
Lyon sink Quevilly to clinch French Cup
Olympique Lyon lifted their first trophy in four years after Lisandro Lopez secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over gallant amateurs Quevilly in the French Cup final on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Huntelaar sends Schalke into CL
Bundesliga leading scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice and Raul was also on target in his last home appearance as Schalke 04 thumped woeful Hertha Berlin 4-0 on Saturday to qualify for next season's Champions League.
April 28, 2012Three under-14 boys picked to train with Celtic FC
Three under-14 boys, two from Pandua SBS High School, Kolkata and the other from CRPF High School, Delhi, were chosen at the end of the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge at Bangalore on Friday to undergo a 10-day training at Scottish football club Celtic in Glasgow in August.
'Emotional' Messi pays tribute to 'mentor' Guardiola
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has paid an emotional tribute to Pep Guardiola, after he announced leaving the Catalans at the end of the season.
April 27, 2012No handshake again as Chelsea meet QPR in Premier League
The Premier League have agreed that no handshakes will take place in the match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea on Sunday because of tensions between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.
Europa: Bilbao to meet Atletico in all-Spanish final
Fernando Llorente netted a dramatic late winner for Athletic Bilbao to eliminate Sporting and Atletico Madrid comfortably held on to a first-leg lead to oust La Liga rivals Valencia on Thursday and set up an all-Spanish Europa League final.
April 26, 2012Serie A: Juventus maintain lead, Milan win
Marco Borriello bagged his first goal for Juventus as they maintained their three-point lead at the top of Serie A on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over already-relegated Cesena.
Bayern shock Real Madrid, meet Chelsea in Champions final
Bayern Munich ended Real Madrid's bid for a 10th European crown when they eliminated the Spaniards 3-1 on penalties in a nerve-jangling second leg semi-final at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
April 25, 2012Malaysia to host Manchester City in July
English Premier League title contenders Manchester City will play a friendly match against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur in July, promoters of the event said on Wednesday.
EPL: Bolton rally to beat Villa
Bolton Wanderers fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Tuesday and boost their chances of Premier League survival.
Chelsea dump holders Barca, enter Champions League final
Chelsea survived the dismissal of captain John Terry to eliminate holders Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate and clinch a place in the Champions League final after an action-packed last-four clash on Tuesday in which Lionel Messi missed a penalty.
April 24, 2012Olympics: Britain to face Senegal in first game
Hosts Britain, taking part in their first Olympic soccer event since 1960, will kick off the bid for gold against Senegal at Manchester United's Old Trafford on July 26.
Rangers given 12-month transfer ban by Scottish FA
Troubled Scottish club Rangers have been handed a 12-month transfer embargo and owner Craig Whyte has been given a life-time ban from Scottish football, the Scottish Football Association said.
Senegal beat Oman to make Olympic football
Senegal, who stunned the football world when they upset defending champions France in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup, reached the Olympic football tournament for the first time on Monday with a 2-0 win over Oman.
Rooney's dad cleared over betting claims
The father of Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has been cleared of involvement in an alleged betting scam, media reports said on Monday.
April 23, 2012La Liga: Arda stunner helps Atletico beat Espanyol
A quickfire Arda Turan double, including an acrobatic bicycle kick, fired Atletico Madrid to a 3-1 home win over Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday and lifted the Europa League semi-finalists up to seventh.
April 22, 2012Title race takes twist as United blow lead
The Premier League title race took another dramatic twist on Sunday when leaders Manchester United blew a two-goal lead to draw 4-4 with Everton and Manchester City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 to narrow the gap to three points.
Fergie sees red over Rooney's Olympic chance
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is fuming after being told Wayne Rooney is on the shortlist for the Great Britain squad at the London Olympics despite the striker being widely expected to go to Euro 2012 with England.
Beer-soaked Dortmund retain Bundesliga title
Borussia Dortmund, a young team assembled at minimum cost, won the Bundesliga for the second season running on Saturday after a 2-0 home win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Sevilla-Levante game halted by tennis ball protest
Sevilla's La Liga match at home to Levante was briefly suspended on Saturday when fans threw scores of tennis balls onto the pitch in protest over the kick-off time.
Ronaldo takes Real Madrid seven points clear of Barca
Real Madrid have one hand on a first La Liga trophy in four years after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant winner in a 2-1 victory at Barcelona on Saturday that stretched their lead over their bitter rivals to seven points with four games left.
April 21, 2012EPL: Newcastle surge on as Chelsea hold Arsenal
Newcastle United's charge towards Champions League qualification gathered pace on Saturday with a 3-0 home win over Stoke City which moved them into fourth spot in the Premier League as rivals Arsenal and Chelsea could only draw 0-0.
Rooney among new phone-hacking claimants
Football star Wayne Rooney and former Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie are among a new group of 46 people suing over alleged phone-hacking by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper, court documents showed on Friday.
April 20, 2012Villa's Petrov has pie named in his honour
Aston Villa fans will be able to munch on a special pie named in honour of their Bulgarian captain Stiliyan Petrov, who is battling leukaemia, in the home Premier League match against Sunderland on Saturday.
Wales striker Evans jailed for rape
Wales international Ched Evans was jailed for five years on Friday for the rape of a 19-year-old woman.
Rules not the same for all in title race: Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini suggested on Friday that rivals Manchester United may have gained ground in the title race because of poor refereeing decisions saying "the rules are not the same for everyone".
Injured Anderson out of Manchester United's run-in
Manchester United will be without midfielder Anderson for their Premier League run-in because of a hamstring injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Arsenal's Arteta out for rest of season, says Wenger
Arsenal's Mikel Arteta will miss the rest of the season but does not need ankle surgery, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
April 19, 2012Thousands gather in Bergamo for Morosini funeral
Thousands of mourners lined the streets and packed into a suburban church in the northern city of Bergamo on Thursday for the funeral of Piermario Morosini, the Italian footballer who collapsed on the pitch and died last week.
April 18, 2012I-League: Pune make merry against Salgaocar
Pune FC rode on Mandjou Keita's conversion from the spot and a late strike from Subhash Singh to beat defending champions Salgaocar SC 2-0 in an I-League match.
April 17, 2012La Liga: Getafe rout Sevilla to dent European dreams
Sevilla's hopes of a place in European competition next season suffered a big blow when they let slip a one-goal lead to lose 5-1 at Getafe in La Liga on Monday.
Bayern, Real Madrid will play a clean game: Heynckes
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will steer clear of the histrionics which have marred previous fixtures between the pair in the past, Jupp Heynckes, coach of the Bavarian side, said on Monday.
Wary Iniesta aware of Chelsea's 'desire for revenge'
Chelsea will be desperate for Champions League revenge after Barcelona snatched an added-time equaliser to deny them a place in the 2009 final, the scorer of the goal Andres Iniesta said on Monday.
Autopsy fails to reveal cause of Morosini's death
Italian medical experts said more tests would be needed to find the exact cause of death of Livorno's Piermario Morosini following an autopsy on Monday.
EPL: Battling Wigan stun Arsenal 2-1
Wigan Athletic pulled off a shock 2-1 win at third-placed Arsenal on Monday to continue their dramatic late bid to escape the Premier League relegation zone.
April 16, 2012Bolton's Muamba discharged from hospital
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba was discharged from the London Chest Hospital on Monday and said he would be forever in debt to the doctors who saved his life.
Sunday's 'trick' in vain as E Bengal beat Utd Kerala
David Sunday's hat-trick was in vain, as East Bengal rode on a late strike from Robin Singh to register a hard-fought 4-3 victory over United Kerala in an I-League match at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Monday.
Chelsea apologise after fans ruin Wembley silence
Chelsea have apologised after some of the club's fans jeered and chanted during a minute's silence before Sunday's FA Cup semi-final to remember those who died in the Hillsborough tragedy.
Man United ease past Villa to go five clear at top
Manchester United moved a step closer to retaining the Premier League title with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday to move five points clear at the top.
April 13, 2012We should be proud of our job at this moment: Mancini
Manchester City's expensively-assembled squad came back down to earth with a bump on Friday after manager Roberto Mancini said they should be happy finishing second to Manchester United because they are 'not on the moon'.
April 12, 2012Bundesliga: Dortmund beat Bayern to close in on title
Champions Borussia Dortmund closed in on their second consecutive Bundesliga title on Wednesday, beating rivals Bayern Munich 1-0 with a backheel from Robert Lewandowski to go six points clear at the top of the table with four games left.
Juve regain top spot after Del Piero's late strike
Juventus regained the Serie A lead after Alessandro Del Piero scored a late free kick on his 700th appearance for the club to seal a 2-1 home win over Lazio on Wednesday.
Real restore four-point lead as Ronaldo 'tricks again
Leaders Real Madrid restored their four-point advantage over chasing Barcelona when Cristiano Ronaldo netted his seventh hat-trick of the La Liga campaign in a 4-1 drubbing of city neighbours Atletico on Wednesday.
Chelsea to feature in MLS All-Star game
Chelsea will be the opponent in this year's Major League Soccer All-Star game, the North American league said on Wednesday.
United suffer loss as victorious City cut gap
A lethargic Manchester United lost 1-0 at lowly Wigan Athletic to open the door for Manchester City to cut their Premier League lead to five points with a thumping victory over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.
April 11, 2012Dempo down Churchill, extend lead at the top
Dempo Sports Club took a major step towards winning the I-League when they got the better of Churchill Brothers 4-2 in an exciting 23rd round match at the Nehru Stadium, in Fatorda, Goa, on Wednesday.
Chelsea defender Ivanovic charged by FA
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for an incident in the game against Wigan Athletic at the weekend, the FA said in a statement on Tuesday.
United's title march makes City's Richards cry
Manchester City defender Micah Richards says his team's faltering form which has allowed Manchester United to take a virtually unassailable lead in the Premier League title race, hurts so much that he 'wanted to cry'.
April 10, 2012Balotelli apologises for red card against Arsenal
Manchester City's volatile forward Mario Balotelli has said he is sorry for being sent off against Arsenal on Sunday, his agent told the Ansa news agency on Monday.
EPL: Spurs fall to Norwich, Chelsea drop points
Out-of-sorts Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League qualifying hopes received another jolt when they lost 2-1 at home to Norwich City on Monday while on-song Newcastle United boosted their chances with a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
April 09, 2012EPL: United close in on title after City lose
Manchester United are all but certain to retain their Premier League title after opening an eight-point lead by beating Queens Park Rangers 2-0 on Sunday while second-placed Manchester City crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.
April 07, 2012Nistelrooy won't be part of Dutch squad for Euro 2012
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has ruled striker Ruud van Nistelrooy out of this year's European championships, the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported on Friday.
EPL: Super Cisse helps Newcastle seal win over Swansea
Newcastle United's red-hot striker Papiss Cisse struck twice to earn a smash-and-grab 2-0 win at Swansea City in the Premier League on Friday that lifted his side above Chelsea into fifth place.
April 05, 2012Title-chasing Rooney eyeing Best's United tally
Wayne Rooney will have George Best's goalscoring tally in his sights when he tries to help Manchester United take a stranglehold on the Premier League title race at home to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday (1230 GMT).
Chelsea see off Benfica, meet Barca in semis
Chelsea nervously beat Benfica 2-1 in their Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory and set up a semi-final with holders Barcelona later this month. Real Madrid completed an 8-2 aggregate, thrashing of APOEL Nicosia, in the night's other match.
April 04, 2012Opara 'tricks' as Churchill trounce Chirag
Ndubuisi Opara rose from the bench to score a startling hat-trick as Churchill Brothers defeated Chirag United Kerala 4-0 in a 23rd round I-League match at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa, on Wednesday.
AFC Cup: Iraq's Arbil blank East Bengal
East Bengal's chances of progressing to the next round of the AFC Cup tournament received a further jolt when they were blanked 0-2 by Iraqi outfit Arbil SC in a Group B match in Kolkta on Wednesday. The Kolkata giants suffered their third successive defeat in the tournament having been beaten 0-1 by Al Orouba of Yemen and 0-3 by Kazma of Kuwait in their earlier group matches.
Barcelona, Bayern ease into Champions League semis
Holders Barcelona and Bayern Munich reached the Champions League semi-finals with home wins over AC Milan and Olympique Marseille respectively on Tuesday as Lionel Messi broke another record with his 13th and 14th goals of this season's competition.
April 03, 2012EPL: Valencia, Young help United take five-point lead
Manchester United stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points after in-form Antonio Valencia struck nine minutes from time to set up a 2-0 win at relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers on Monday.
April 02, 2012Italian police make arrests over alleged match fixing
Police in the southern Italian city of Bari have arrested a number of people including a player from a Serie A club in connection with alleged match fixing in last year's championship, officials said on Monday.
Adebayor double lifts Spurs, Newcastle win again
Two late headers by Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham Hotspur a 3-1 home win over promoted Swansea City on Sunday to boost their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League.
April 01, 2012Robben helps Bayern turn heat up on Dortmund
Bayern Munich threw the Bundesliga title race wide open when Arjen Robben secured a 1-0 win at Nuremberg on Saturday, closing the gap on leaders Borussia Dortmund to three points.
Controversy over Robinho goal as Milan held at Catania
Serie A leaders AC Milan dropped two precious points by drawing 1-1 at Catania on Saturday in another match featuring controversy over a goalline clearance.
Real thrash Osasuna, have 6-point lead over Barca
Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to a rampaging 5-1 win at Osasuna as the leaders hit the 100-goal mark this season and maintained a six-point lead over chasing Barcelona on Saturday.
Uncertainty over India's Premier League Soccer
Uncertainty over the inaugural edition of India's Premier League Soccer (PLS) increased on Saturday when organisers disputed a claim from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) that the competition had been cancelled.
March 31, 2012City's hopes knocked despite late draw with Sunderland
Manchester City salvaged a point with two late goals to draw 3-3 with Sunderland on Saturday but the result helped tip the balance in the Premier League title race more in Manchester United's favour.
March 30, 2012Aston Villa's Petrov diagnosed with leukaemia
Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, the club said in a statement on Friday.
I-League: EB beat MFC, keep title hopes alive
City giants East Bengal kept their title hopes alive with a thrilling 3-1 victory over Mumbai FC in a 22nd round I-League match at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Friday.
Muamba tweets hospital photo after cardiac arrest
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has tweeted a picture of himself in his hospital bed two weeks after suffering a cardiac arrest during his side's FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
UEFA slaps three-match ban on Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's has been given a three-match ban and fined 40,000 euros for confronting match officials after his side's Champions League exit against AC Milan this month.
City's Aguero ruled out with 'stupid' injury
Title-chasing Manchester City will be without striker Sergio Aguero for Saturday's Premier League clash at home to Sunderland after picking up a 'stupid' foot injury, manager Roberto Mancini said on Friday.
March 28, 2012Spurs and Everton set up FA Cup semi-final derbies
Tottenham Hotspur scored three late goals to beat Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday and set up an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, after replaying the game that was abandoned when midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.
March 27, 2012Man jailed for racist Twitter taunt against Muamba
A student who mocked footballer Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after the Bolton Wanderers midfielder collapsed during a match was jailed on Tuesday for inciting racial hatred.
Shaky Marseille see flicker of hope against Bayern
Olympique Marseille are on their knees and will have two key players missing when they host formidable Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday but hope springs eternal.
Odds stacked against Milan as Messi eyes record
Lionel Messi needs one more goal to break the Champions League season record of 12 goals, as title holders and favourites Barcelona visit AC Milan on Wednesday with the odds firmly stacked against the injury-hit Serie A team.
El Salvador crush US Olympic soccer dreams
El Salvador scored an injury-time equaliser to end Unites States of America's Olympic dreams.
Claudio Ranieri sacked as Inter Milan coach
Crisis-hit Inter Milan parted company with coach Claudio Ranieri after six months on Monday, hours after club president Massimo Moratti had said the beleaguered coach was likely to stay on.
EPL: Man United edge Fulham 1-0, move clear
Wayne Rooney's 21st Premier League goal of the season secured a 1-0 victory for Manchester United over Fulham on Monday to put them three points clear of Manchester City in the title race.
March 26, 2012EPL: Cisse double steers Newcastle closer to Europe
Newcastle United continued their push for Europa League football next season when two excellent goals from Papiss Cisse and a superb strike from Hatem ben Arfa gave them a 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.
La Liga: Ronaldo becomes fastest player to score 100 goals
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has set a new record after he became the fastest player to reach 100 goals in the Spanish league.
March 24, 2012Chelsea fail to close gap after draw with Spurs
Chelsea missed an opportunity to close the gap on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur as the lunchtime derby in the Premier League ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Real's Pepe gets two-match ban, Ramos cleared
Real Madrid defender Pepe was handed a two-match ban on Friday for insulting the referee after the 1-1 La Liga draw at Villarreal.
Muamba faces long recovery, say family
The family of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba have warned that he is facing a long period of recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest during last weekend's FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
Clashes in Egypt after al-Masry club banned
One person was shot dead and 18 injured in clashes between security forces and angry football fans in Egypt's Port Said after their club al-Masry was banned for two seasons following the country's worst stadium disaster, a medical source said.
March 23, 2012Tevez return shows City's desperation, says Ferguson
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson cranked up the mind games with Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Friday by suggesting their recall of Carlos Tevez smacked of desperation.
Rooney apologises for breaking young fan's wrist
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has apologised to young fan Jamie Thomas after he broke the nine-year-old's wrist with a wayward shot during the warm-up for Sunday's Premier League game at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
La Liga: Rondon fires Malaga to brink of top four
Salomon Rondon scored twice in Malaga's 4-2 win over Rayo Vallecano on Thursday to vault the home side into the hunt for the Champions League qualification places.
March 22, 2012Muamba was 'dead' for 78 minutes, says doctor
Bolton Wanderers's Fabrice Muamba has made a miraculous recovery after being 'in effect dead' for 78 minutes following his cardiac arrest in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final, doctors said on Wednesday.
Figo owes Spain 2.4m euros in tax dues
Former World Player of Year Luis Figo has been ordered to pay around 2.4 million euros in income tax to the Spanish government from his time as a Barcelona player, the country's supreme court ruled on Wednesday.
Bayern to face Dortmund in German Cup final
Bayern Munich set up a mouth-watering German Cup final with Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach on penalties on Wednesday to keep their treble chances on track.
La Liga: Title race heats up as Real draw vs Villareal
Real Madrid conceded a late freekick to draw for the second time in four days as they were held 1-1 at struggling Villarreal, cutting their lead at the top of La Liga cut to six points on Wednesday.
Comeback man Tevez inspires City to win over Chelsea
Carlos Tevez marked his Manchester City return by setting up Samir Nasri's late winner in a vital 2-1 home victory over Chelsea on Wednesday that kept the pressure on leaders Manchester United in the title race.
March 21, 2012Indian football player dies on pitch
A local football player died on the pitch following a massive heart attack during a tournament in Bangalore, police said on Wednesday.
Lisbon to host 2014 Champions League final
Lisbon's Estadio da Luz (Stadium of Light) will host the 2013-14 Champions League final, UEFA's executive committee said on Tuesday.
Vucinic helps Juventus book place in Italian Cup final
Mirko Vucinic scored a stunning extra-time goal to help Juventus into the Italian Cup final with a 4-3 aggregate win over Serie A title rivals AC Milan in the semi-final second leg on Tuesday.
Dortmund reach German Cup final with late goal
Borussia Dortmund needed a fortunate last-gasp goal in extra-time by substitute Ilkay Gundogan to edge past second division Greuther Fuerth 1-0 and reach the German Cup final on Tuesday.
Marseille exit from French Cup
Olympique Marseille hit a new low when they were knocked out of the French Cup quarter-finals 3-2 after extra time at third division Quevilly on Tuesday.
EPL: Rovers bt Sunderland, move out of relegation zone
Blackburn Rovers moved clear of the Premier League relegation zone with a deserved 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday.
Record man Messi helps Barca close gap on Real
Lionel Messi's stunning hat-trick set a Barcelona scoring record of 234 goals as the La Liga champions won an action-packed home game against Granada 5-3 to close within five points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Tuesday.
March 20, 2012Messi one goal away from Barca record
Lionel Messi needs one goal to equal the Barcelona scoring record after Cesar Rodriguez's total was revised to 232 from 235, the La Liga club said.
Guardiola concedes Barca can't win La Liga
Barcelona still have very little chance of catching leaders Real Madrid and securing a fourth successive La Liga title despite closing the gap to eight points, coach Pep Guardiola said on Monday.
Serie A: Roma beat Genoa, inch closer to third spot
AS Roma moved four points behind third-placed Lazio in Serie A's Champions League qualifying spot after Pablo Osvaldo's early goal secured a 1-0 win over Genoa on Monday.
Footballer Muamba recovering, able to recognise family
Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba has been able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup quarter-final, the hospital said on Monday.
March 19, 2012Preview: City must beat Di Matteo's rejuvenated Chelsea
Chelsea's renaissance under Roberto Di Matteo faces the ultimate test on Wednesday, a trip to fortress Eastlands to face a Manchester City side who must win to stay on the coat tails of leaders Manchester United.
Fiancee makes appeal on Twitter to pray for Muamba
Fans around the world have been asked by the fiancee of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba to pray for him as he remains in a critical condition in hospital after collapsing during Saturday's FA Cup tie against Tottenham.
March 18, 2012Bolton's Muamba still critically ill
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba remained in a critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, the hospital and club said in a joint statement on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Robben hat-trick sees Bayern rout Berlin
Bayern Munich continued their astonishing scoring run by demolishing Hertha Berlin 6-0 away on Saturday with Arjen Robben scoring a hat-trick as the Bavarians took their tally to 20 goals in three matches.
EPL: Sigurdsson grabs double as Swansea climb
Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson produced his second two-goal blast in three games to inspire promoted Swansea City to an emphatic 3-0 win at Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday.
La Liga: Xavi, Messi star in Barca win over Sevilla
A Xavi free kick and an exquisite lob from Lionel Messi fired Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Sevilla that cut Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga back to seven points on Saturday.
FA Cup: Mignolet saves help Sunderland hold Everton
Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet produced a spectacular double save in stoppage time to earn his side a 1-1 draw at Everton after a pulsating end-to-end FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
Bolton's Muamba critically ill after collapsing on pitch
Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup quarter-final against Bolton Wanderers was abandoned on Saturday after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed near the centre circle.
March 17, 2012I never want to leave Barcelona: Messi
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wants to spend the rest of his career with the European champions, who he believes are one of the greatest club sides of all time.
WSH: Marines, Shers score big wins
India discard Arjun Halappa led from the front in brilliant fashion, scoring a brace of goals and assisting in a third, as cellar outfit Karnataka Lions whipped Mumbai Marines 4-2 in a fast-paced World Series Hockey clash at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai on Friday night.
March 16, 2012Champions League: Barcelona to face AC Milan
Titleholders Barcelona were given a tough draw against Italian champions AC Milan in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday.
Manchester duo knocked out of Europa League
The Manchester clubs' wretched continental seasons ended on Thursday as outclassed United and battling City suffered contrasting Europa League last-16 exits to an exhilarating Athletic Bilbao and a fortunate Sporting respectively.
March 15, 2012Barca defender Abidal to have liver transplant
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is to have a liver transplant, the Spanish and European champions said on Thursday.
March 13, 2012AFC Challenge: India thrashed by DPR Korea
India's miserable campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup ended with a 0-4 rout by strong contenders DPR Korea in their last league encounter at the Dashrath Stadium, in Kathmandu, on Friday.
March 12, 2012Redknapp cools speculation about England job
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from the vacant England manager's post, saying on Monday he is happy at White Hart Lane and hinting that the national job would be too frustrating.
We don't have quality strikers: Medeira
As India bowed out of the AFC Challenge Cup after a second straight defeat, coach Savio Medeira rued the lack of opportunities for strikers to improve because of a flawed strategy of I-League clubs.
March 11, 2012Rooney goals lift Man United top after City lose
Two goals from Wayne Rooney put Manchester United back on top of the Premier League for the first time in five months when they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday and Manchester City went down to a 1-0 defeat at Swansea City.
IFA: Shield Arrows, United SC in semis
Pailan Arrows and United SC made it to the semi-finals of the 116th IFA Shield with contrasting victories against their respective opponents in Kolkata on Sunday.
Ronaldo double gives Real comeback win at Betis
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 31st and 32nd La Liga goals of the season to lift Real Madrid to a 3-2 comeback win at Real Betis on Saturday that stretched their lead over second-placed Barcelona to 13 points.
Drogba gives Chelsea victory, Spurs lose again
Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur are peering anxiously over their shoulders after a 1-0 Premier League loss at Everton on Saturday continued a slump in form while Chelsea beat Stoke City by the same scoreline to keep the pressure on their London rivals.
March 09, 2012AFC Challenge Cup: India lose to Tajikistan
Defending champions India made a disastrous start to their AFC Challenge Cup campaign, going down 0-2 to Tajikistan in Kathmandu, on Friday.
Europa League: Manchester rivals outplayed, beaten
United lost 3-2 at home to a fearless and skilful Athletic Bilbao, their second successive European defeat at Old Trafford, in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie. Central defender Xandao scored with a cheeky back-heel to give Sporting a 1-0 win over City in Lisbon, ending the Premier League leaders' run of six straight wins.
March 08, 2012Wenger charged with improper conduct by UEFA
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was charged with improper conduct by UEFA Wednesday for comments made about the referee following Arsenal's Champions League exit to AC Milan.
Messi scores five as Barcelona rout Bayer Leverkusen
Lionel Messi, at his breathtaking best, tore Bayer Leverkusen apart with a record five-goal Champions League haul on Wednesday as Barcelona swept into the quarter-finals 7-1 on the night and 10-2 on aggregate. The Argentine World Player of the Year became the first player to score five in a Champions League match.
APOEL stun Europe and Lyon
APOEL Nicosia again ripped the Champions League record books to shreds and kicked off an island party by becoming the first Cypriot team to make the last eight of any European competition on Wednesday.
March 07, 2012IFA Shield: Yakubu double sees United SC pip MFC
Yusif Yakubu struck twice in the second-half to help United Sports Club make a stunning comeback and beat Mumbai FC 3-2 in a 116th IFA Shield fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Wednesday.
FIFA rankings: Argentina climb back into top-10
Argentina moved back into the top 10 of the FIFA rankings on Wednesday and Brazil also climbed, although the two South American giants were upstaged by tiny Sao Tome and Principe, who leapt 53 places.
Chelsea begin life under Di Matteo with Cup win
Chelsea started life after Andre Villas-Boas with an improved performance as goals from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles secured a 2-0 win over second tier Birmingham City in an FA Cup fifth-round replay.
Benfica see off Zenit to reach quarters
Twice European champions Benfica reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2006 when goals by Uruguay's Maxi Pereira and Portugal's Nelson Oliveira secured a convincing 2-0 win over Russia's Zenit St Petersburg.
AC Milan survive Arsenal onslaught to progress
AC Milan survived an almighty scare against a rejuvenated Arsenal to scrape into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday despite being thrashed 3-0 by the London side.
March 06, 2012Barcelona to appeal Pique red card in Gijon match
Barcelona will appeal against the red card shown to Gerard Pique in Saturday's La Liga match against Sporting Gijon, a club spokesman said on Monday.
La Liga: Levante beat Betis to go fourth
Levante continued to defy their humble status as Valencia's second club when they beat Real Betis 3-1 to reclaim fourth place in La Liga on Monday.
FIFA set to scrap August internationals
World governing body FIFA said it had made progress on streamlining the international match calendar on Monday, saying it would recommend a UEFA-backed plan that would abolish unpopular international friendlies in August.
March 05, 2012Chhetri to lead India in AFC Challenge Cup
AIFF Player of the Year, Sunil Chhetri will lead India in the AFC Challenge Cup to be held in Kathmandu from March 8.
Serie A: Lazio beat 10-man Roma in controversial derby
Lazio secured a controversial 2-1 derby win over bitter-rivals AS Roma who had goalkeeper Marten Stekelenburg sent off after eight minutes in Serie A on Sunday.
La Liga: Ronaldo scores again as Real rout Espanyol
Cristiano Ronaldo took his league tally for the season to 30 as leaders Real Madrid swept aside Espanyol 5-0 at the Bernabeu to restore their 10-point advantage over Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday.
March 04, 2012Clinical United dismantle Spurs, close in on City
Two Ashley Young goals helped Manchester United slice Manchester City's lead at the top of the Premier League to two points with a clinical 3-1 win at third-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Chelsea sack manager Andre Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas's tortured spell as Chelsea manager came to an end on Sunday when the Premier League club sacked the Portuguese after less than nine months in charge.
Ibrahimovic 'tricks' to keep Milan on top
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrated his return from a three-match ban by scoring a 15-minute first-half hat-trick as leaders AC Milan demolished Palermo 4-0 away in the Serie A.
Keita and Xavi keep Barcelona in title race
Seydou Keita and Xavi struck in the last 11 minutes to earn 10-man Barcelona a nervy 3-1 home win over lowly Sporting Gijon that kept their La Liga title hopes alive on Saturday.
Man City swell lead, Chelsea slump at West Brom
Manchester City raced five points clear in the league with a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday while Chelsea's woes under Andre Villas-Boas continued after a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.
March 03, 2012Football body approves goal-line technology, hijab
Goal-line technology was approved in principle by the soccer's lawmakers on Saturday and could be used for the first time at FIFA's Club World Cup finals in Japan at the end of the year.
EPL: City beat Bolton, Arsenal rally against Liverpool
Premier league Leaders Manchester City piled the pressure on Manchester United with a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday to move five points clear of their neighbours.
FIFA to decide on headscarf, technology in July
FIFA deferred a final decision on whether Islamic women can play in a headscarf, or hijab, until July when they will also make their long-awaited decision on what goal-line technology system to employ.
IFA Shield: East Bengal edge Bhowanipore Club 2-1
A brace from Robin Singh helped East Bengal pip Bhowanipore Club 2-1 in the 116th IFA Shield opener at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Saturday.
March 02, 2012Gurjinder, Adil Khan in squad for AFC Challenge Cup
Gurjinder Singh and Adil Khan are the two new faces in India's 23-member football squad, announced by national coach Savio Medeira, for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup, which begins in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 9.
March 01, 2012Liverpool's Agger out for weeks with fractured rib
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger will be sidelined for 'a few weeks' after fracturing his rib in the Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff City, his manager Kenny Dalglish said on Thursday.
February 29, 2012Australia end Saudi Arabia's WC hopes
Australia scored three goals in three minutes in a second-half burst to beat Saudi Arabia 4-2 in Melbourne on Wednesday and dash the Middle Eastern country's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Brazil floor Bosnia with late own goal
Brazil's experimental team came through a torrid friendly against Bosnia on Tuesday, winning 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time own goal by Sasa Papac after several near misses from the East Europeans.
Tevez makes low-key return to City colours
Carlos Tevez made a low-key return to action for Manchester City when he completed 45 minutes of a reserve match against Preston North End at the Premier League club's Carrington training ground on Tuesday.
February 28, 2012Villas-Boas unsure of having Chelsea owner's backing
Andre Villas-Boas is unsure if he has the backing of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and wonders if he will be sacked in the same way as predecessor Carlo Ancelotti was last May, the Portuguese coach said on Monday.
February 27, 2012Indian soccer legend Sailen Manna passes away
Known as one of the best Indian defenders who went on to become a captain of high repute, he made his first international appearance at the 1948 London Olympics.
February 26, 2012Man City stretch lead, Chelsea end dismal run
Manchester City took another step toward the Premier League title when they brushed aside Blackburn Rovers 3-0 for their 18th successive home league win to move five points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table Saturday.
February 25, 2012'Some Arsenal players lack faith in Wenger'
Some Arsenal players appear to have lost faith in manager Arsene Wenger and are more concerned with their image, former midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes.
February 23, 2012Oman trounce India in football friendly
India went down 1-5 to much higher-ranked Oman at the Sultan Qaboos, Sports Complex Stadium, in Muscat on Thursday. The friendly was a part of the Indian football team's preparation for the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup.
Mancini accepts Tevez apology
The Argentine striker said that his wish was to concentrate on playing for City again and helping them push for their first English league title since 1968.
Man City send Porto crashing out of Europa League
Holders Porto crashed out of the Europa League after a 4-0 thumping at Manchester City completed a 6-1 aggregate win for the English Premier League leaders on Wednesday.
February 22, 2012Porto face disciplinary hearing over Balotelli chanting
Porto will face a disciplinary hearing after opponents Manchester City complained that striker Mario Balotelli suffered racist abuse during their Europa League match last Thursday.
Tevez apologises to Man City over conduct
Manchester City finally got the apology they had been waiting for on Tuesday when striker Carlos Tevez said he was sorry for his behaviour over recent months, setting up a possible return to action at the Premier League club.
February 21, 2012Ferguson regrets not having a change of Hart
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has recognised he missed a trick in failing to sign England goalkeeper Joe Hart for a bargain 100,000 pounds ($158,100) earlier in his career.
February 20, 2012Turkish match-fixing charges are a smear: defendant
One of the main defendants in a match-fixing scandal that has tarnished Turkey's multi-billion-dollar soccer league, dismissed the charges against him on Monday as 'despicable' and a 'smear'.
Villas-Boas sweats before Napoli pressure cooker
His ageing outfit are fifth in the English Premier League and in danger of missing the Champions League for next term as fans begin to wonder if one stellar year as coach of Porto has given the 34-year-old enough experience to cope at Stamford Bridge.
Napoli favourites against Chelsea?
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has laughed off talk that his side are favourites ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg against Chelsea in Naples.
New-look CSKA face uphill battle against Real
Real Madrid have won 27 of their last 30 matches in all competitions, suffering only one league defeat against Barcelona, and a draw and a defeat against their arch-rivals which put them out of the King's Cup last month.
Milan keep the goals flowing to lead Serie A
Free-scoring AC Milan, 4-0 winners over Arsenal in the Champions League last week, kept the goals flowing with a 3-1 win at bottom club Cesena on Sunday that ensured they finished the weekend top of Serie A.
Raul strikes 400th goal in Schalke win
Raul scored his 400th professional goal to set Schalke 04 on their way to an emphatic 4-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday, handing visiting coach Felix Magath an unhappy return to the club he left just under one year ago.
La Liga: Messi stars in Barca win over Valencia
Lionel Messi scored four as Barcelona came from behind to thrash Valencia 5-1 at home, closing the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid back to 10 points on Sunday.
FA Cup: Liverpool hit six, Stoke go through
This season's FA Cup favourites Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 0-0 draw at third tier Stevenage Sunday but Liverpool laid their claim to be the real frontrunners with a 6-1 fifth-round thrashing of Brighton & Hove Albion.
February 19, 2012Woeful Arsenal dumped out of Cup, Chelsea held
Arsenal's miserable week got worse on Saturday when they were knocked out of the FA Cup in a 2-0 fifth round defeat at Sunderland while beleaguered Chelsea fared only slightly better by scraping a 1-1 draw against second tier Birmingham City.
February 18, 2012FA Cup: Chelsea held by second tier Birmingham
Daniel Sturridge headed in the equaliser as Chelsea drew 1-1 with Birmingham City on Saturday to force a replay of their FA Cup fifth-round encounter after a performance that did nothing to alleviate the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas.
West Ham's Morrison admits homophobic tweet charge
West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison has admitted an FA charge of "using abusive and/or insulting words" after a homophobic remark on Twitter, the governing body said.
February 17, 2012'I need backing of Chelsea owner not players'
Under-fire Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas only needs the support of owner Roman Abramovich to carry out his duties and does not require the full backing of his squad, the Portuguese said on Thursday.
Real Madrid out to break records and Barca monopoly
Real Madrid's 10-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga should be more than enough to secure a first title since 2008.
February 16, 2012I treated Tevez too well, not like a dog: Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini rejected Carlos Tevez's accusation he had treated him 'like a dog' and said on Wednesday he had, if anything, been too nice to the rebel striker.
Serie A: Juventus stay second after Parma draw
Juventus missed the chance to return to the top of Serie A when they were held to a 0-0 draw at mid-table Parma on Wednesday.
CLeague: Ibrahimovic, Robinho help Milan rout Arsenal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired AC Milan to a 4-0 demolition of Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, although the sorry performance of the visitors had as much to do with the scoreline as the volatile Swede's brilliance.
February 15, 2012Giggs awaits 900th Manchester United appearance
Ryan Giggs will have to wait a little longer before making his 900th appearance for Manchester United after being left out of the squad for the Europa League round-of-32 first-leg match against Ajax in Amsterdam on Thursday.
Man United fan sells land to block City expansion
A Manchester United fan aims to block rival Manchester City's 'goals of football domination' by selling off thousands of parcels of a site earmarked by the world's richest club for a 100-million-pound training complex.
Ronaldinho, Neymar, Ganso in Brazil squad
Brazil could field Ronaldinho, Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso, a key trio in their 2014 World Cup ambitions, when they meet Bosnia in a friendly in Switzerland on February 28.
Gomes quits Churchill Brothers, Carlos to take charge
Churchill Brothers's Portuguese coach Manuel Gomes has tendered his resignation, after he was hauled by the club boss Churchill Alemao in front of the team for having lost against Mumbai FC.
Arsenal defender Mertesacker out with injury
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker could be sidelined for a month with an ankle injury, manager Arsene Wenger said on the eve of Wednesday's Champions League game at AC Milan.
Champions League: Sanchez double delights Barca
Two goals by Alexis Sanchez -- his first in the Champions League -- led Barcelona to a 3-1 first-leg win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to put the holders in the driving seat in their round of 16 tie.
February 14, 2012CLeague: 'Leverkusen pose physical test for Barca'
Bayer Leverkusen hold a physical advantage over holders Barcelona and will be a tough nut to crack in their Champions League last 16 tie, Barca coach Pep Guardiola said on Monday.
February 13, 2012La Liga: Ronaldo tricks as Real open 10 point-lead
Real Madrid opened a 10-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga after Cristiano Ronaldo's sixth hat-trick of the season clinched a 4-2 comeback win at home to 10-man Levante on Sunday.
NBA: Bryant leads Lakers to win over Raptors
Kobe Bryant rescued the fading Los Angeles Lakers by dropping a baseline jump shot with four seconds to play to close out a six-game road trip with a 94-92 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Zambia beat Ivory Coast to claim African Nations Cup
Didier Drogba's ghosts returned to haunt him as Zambia won the African Nations Cup for the first time after beating Ivory Coast 8-7 in a drama-filled penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
February 11, 2012AIFF to withdraw support for Premier League Soccer
The much-anticipated IPL-style Premier League Soccer (PLS) may reach a dead end, with the AIFF set to withdraw the permission of conducting the tournament, during its all-powerful Emergency Committee meeting, in New Delhi on Monday.
EPL: Rooney double sends United top in dramatic tie
Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to the top of the Premier League on Saturday after they beat Liverpool 2-1 in a match preceded by Luis Suarez's refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand before the kickoff.
I-League: Shillong stun East Bengal 2-1
North-East football giant Shillong Lajong came from behind to beat Kingfisher East Bengal 2-1 in a thrilling encounter, witnessed by more than 20,000 strong fans at the J N Stadium in Shillong on Saturday.
Redknapp expects to finish season with Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp aims to finish the season with the Premier League club despite the clamour for him to be appointed as England coach, he said.
February 10, 2012Henry's loan at Arsenal cannot be extended: Wenger
Thierry Henry, Arsenal's all-time leading scorer, will return to New York Red Bulls next week as his loan spell cannot be extended past the agreed date, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Give me England job so I can relegate them: Ferguson
If England want a new manager with a glittering record they need look no further than Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who would love to take the job just so he could sabotage the team.
Hijab ban driving women away from soccer
Muslim women are being driven away from soccer by FIFA's ban of the hijab, with more likely to follow if rulemakers fail to reverse the decision at a meeting next month, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan said.
Giggs extends Man United contract for another year
Ryan Giggs, who made his United debut in March 1991, has made a club record 898 appearances, scoring 162 goals.
February 08, 2012Tottenham manager Redknapp cleared of tax evasion
After the verdict, Harry Redknapp, one of the best known figures in English soccer, said the strain of the investigation had been "horrendous" as he fought back tears.
King's Cup: Bilbao maul Mirandes to reach final
Athletic Bilbao ended tiny Mirandes's remarkable run with a ruthless 6-2 win in their King's Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday to set up a final with either Barcelona or Valencia.
FIFA donate $250,000 to victims of Egypt disaster
FIFA are to donate $250,000 (157,321.75 pounds) to the families of the victims of last week's Egyptian stadium disaster in which 74 people were killed after violence flared at a soccer match in Port Said between al-Masry and Cairo-based Al Ahli.
February 06, 2012Barca dig deep with King's Cup final in sight
Injury-hit Barcelona will not be complaining if another 'lucky' black cat helps Lionel Messi find the net at the Nou Camp on Wednesday when they bid for a third King's Cup final appearance in four years.
I don't agree with FA over Terry sacking: Capello
England manager Fabio Capello disagrees with the Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the national team captaincy, the Italian said on Sunday.
February 05, 2012Three goals down, Man Utd rally to hold Chelsea
Manchester United fought back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Chelsea in a thrilling Premier League match at Stamford Bridge Sunday.
EPL: Manchester City go clear at the top
Manchester City comfortably beat Fulham 3-0 to move three points clear of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table as snow engulfed northern England in freezing conditions Saturday.
February 03, 2012FA strip Terry of England captaincy
John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy, the English FA said on Friday
Tottenham's Redknapp denies he lied to court
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp angrily denied prosecution claims on Thursday that he had told a "pack of lies" to a court when giving evidence over tax evasion claims.
FIFA seeks report into Egypt violence
FIFA has requested a full report from Egyptian authorities into the violence at a soccer match in Port Said that left 74 people dead, world soccer's governing body said on Thursday.
February 02, 2012Premier League Soccer gets AIFF backing
The All India Football Federation fully backs the IPL-style Premier League Soccer, to be held in Bengal, but wants 'correct procedures' regarding the participation of active international stars, a top official said on Thursday.
I-League: Churchill edge Air India
Churchill Brothers secured full points from their 18th round encounter against Air India on Thursday and placed themselves in a position to threaten Dempo SC in the race to the top in the I-League football championship.
Timeline - Football stadium disasters
At least 73 people were killed and 1,000 injured in a riot at a soccer match in the Egyptian city of Port Said on Wednesday, the worst disaster in the country's soccer history, government officials said. Here is a look at some of the major disasters in soccer stadiums in the last 30 years:
Messi thwarted as Valencia hold Barca in Cup
Lionel Messi had a penalty saved early in the second half as Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia in a hard-fought King's Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
EPL: Newcastle go fifth, Arsenal faltering
Newcastle United closed in on the top four with a 2-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday and Arsenal slipped to seventh after a goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers stretched their winless run in the Premier League to four matches.
More than 70 dead in Egypt's worst football disaster
Seventy-four people were killed and at least 1,000 injured on Wednesday when Egyptian football fans staged a pitch invasion in the city of Port Said, the deadliest incident since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak from power.
February 01, 2012Chelsea's Terry denies racism charges
Chelsea and England soccer captain John Terry pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of racially abusing opponent Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match in October.
Chelsea posts record turnover
Chelsea reduced their losses and posted a record turnover in the year ending June 30, 2011 with the club saying Tuesday's figures showed they were focused on meeting UEFA's new financial rules.
Transfer talk: Pizzaro on loan at City
Premier League leaders Manchester City signed AS Roma's Chilean midfielder David Pizarro on Tuesday on loan until the end of the season, manager Roberto Mancini again linking up with the tidy passer.
African Nations Cup: Gabon down Tunisia, finish top
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for the third successive game at the African Nations Cup to give co-hosts Gabon a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Tuesday that ensured they finished top of Group C.
Chelsea skipper Terry faces court over racism claims
Chelsea and England captain John Terry will face claims that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match in October when his case comes before a London court on Wednesday.
Fan handcuffs himself to goalpost during Man City game
The Premier League match between Everton and leaders Manchester City at Goodison Park was halted for around four minutes just before halftime on Tuesday when a male fan handcuffed himself to a goalpost.
EPL: United join beaten City at top
Ex-Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson did his old club a huge favour by scoring the winner for Everton in a 1-0 victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City, while United moved level on points at the top after beating Stoke City 2-0.
January 31, 2012Vincent's injury time goal helps Prayag stun E Bengal
Kayne Vincent's injury time goal enabled Prayag United shock Kingfisher East Bengal 1-0 in the I-League match at the Yuba Bharati Krinangan in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Gary Speed spoke of taking life in text message
Gary Speed talked "in terms of taking his life" in a text message to his wife only days before he died, the former Wales manager's widow told an inquest hearing on Monday.
January 30, 2012Roberto Carlos to retire at end of year
Brazilian fullback Roberto Carlos has said he will hang up his football boots at the end of 2012 but continue to work behind the scenes at Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala.
Serie A: Milan close in on leaders Juve
Zlatan Ibrahimovic curled home a stunning freekick and then turned provider as AC Milan moved to within one point of Juventus at the top of Serie A with a 3-0 home win over Cagliari on Sunday.
FA Cup: Van Persie on the spot as Arsenal beat Villa
Arsenal scored three goals in a seven-minute burst after halftime against visitors Aston Villa, including two penalties from Robin van Persie, as they staged a dramatic comeback to win 3-2 and reach the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.
January 29, 2012Police probe fan's 'monkey' gesture at Liverpool match
Liverpool are working closely with Merseyside police in an attempt to identify a man who appeared to have made racist gestures during their FA Cup fourth round victory over Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday.
La Liga: Barca draw sees Real go seven clear
Real Madrid moved seven points clear at the top of La Liga with a comfortable 3-1 win over bottom side Real Zaragoza as Barcelona could only draw 0-0 at lowly Villarreal on Saturday.
January 28, 2012FA Cup: Van der Vaart lifts Spurs, Everton through
Rafael van der Vaart's speculative long shot just before halftime sent Tottenham Hotspur into the FA Cup fifth round with a fortunate 1-0 win at Watford on Friday.
Tevez could stay at Manchester City: Advisor
Carlos Tevez could stay at Manchester City until the end of the season even though he has not kicked a ball for them since September and is unlikely ever to do so again.
January 27, 2012I-League: East Bengal hold Churchill Brothers
Churchill Brothers let East Bengal off the hook and had to settle for a 1-1 draw in an I-League clash at the Nehru stadium, in Fatorda, Goa, on Friday. In another match, in Kolkata, Mohun Bagan beat Pailan Arrows 2-0.
Iniesta ruled out for three weeks
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring tear, the European and Spanish champions said on Thursday.
January 26, 2012Bellamy sends Liverpool into League Cup final
Craig Bellamy scored the decisive goal against his former club as Liverpool reached the League Cup final on Wednesday by beating Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate, prompting manager Kenny Dalglish to go all teary-eyed.
January 25, 2012Van Persie says no fallout with Wenger
Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has played down any fallout with manager Arsene Wenger despite his apparent show of dissent during his side's 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
Tevez gets hefty fine for gross misconduct
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been found guilty of gross misconduct and fined six weeks' wages after flying home to Argentina without permission, a club source told Reuters on Tuesday.
Cardiff reach League Cup final on penalties
Second tier Cardiff City beat 10-man Championship rivals Crystal Palace 3-1 on penalties on Tuesday to secure a dream League Cup final date at Wembley with Manchester City or Liverpool.
Gabonese quiet celebrations after sealing opening win
Gabon fans kept their celebrations in check and resisted the urge to party hard after the co-hosts won their opening African Nations Cup game on Monday.
January 24, 2012Jeje doubtful for AFC Challenge Cup
National football team striker Jeje Lalpekhlua has been advised eight-weeks rest and stays doubtful for India's campaign in the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup to be held in Nepal.
Balotelli charged with violent conduct
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent conduct following an incident in Sunday's Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, the FA said Monday.
January 22, 2012Man Utd edge past Arsenal to stay in title race
Manchester United kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City as Danny Welbeck's late strike clinched a dramatic 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
EPL: Chelsea thwarted, Newcastle and Liverpool slump
Chelsea were held and Newcastle United and Liverpool humbled on a day of surprises in the Premier League on Saturday when the lesser lights enjoyed some unexpected success against the more established teams.
January 21, 2012EPL: Resolute Norwich hold Chelsea to goalless draw
Chelsea wasted the chance to get back into the Premier League title race after Norwich defended resolutely to earn a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road on Saturday, their frustrations increased by an injury to midfielder Frank Lampard.
I-League: East Bengal edge HAL 2-0
East Bengal lifted themselves up from a gloomy first-half and fired two late goals to blank HAL, Bangalore in their return leg I-League fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Saturday.
January 20, 2012Spurs primed for acid test at Man City
The in-form north London club travel to the Etihad Stadium five points behind Roberto Mancini's City in third place and two behind second-placed Manchester United, who face Arsenal at the Emirates on what could be a pivotal day at the top.
January 19, 2012FIFA tells Brazil it must have beer at World Cup
Alcoholic drinks have been banned in Brazil's stadiums since 2003 as part of the Supporters' Statutes, aimed at preventing violence among hardcore fans at football matches.
Abidal grabs Cup winner for Barcelona at Real
Eric Abidal netted a rare but superbly-taken goal to give Barcelona a 2-1 comeback win at holders Real Madrid in a King's Cup quarter-final first leg.
January 18, 2012Last-gasp Espanyol in dramatic Cup win
Espanyol struck three goals in four minutes to snatch a dramatic 3-2 comeback win at home to third-tier Mirandes in a King's Cup quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.
FA Cup: QPR survive MK Dons scare, meet Chelsea next
Danny Gabbidon headed in the winner as Queens Park Rangers weathered a spirited performance from third tier MK Dons to win 1-0 in their FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday and give new manager Mark Hughes his first victory.
Newcastle sign Senegal striker Cisse in five-yr deal
Newcastle United have signed Senegal striker Papiss Cisse from bottom of the table Bundesliga team Freiburg on a five-and-a half-year deal, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
Blackburn reject Samba's transfer request
Dressing room unrest joined Blackburn Rovers' list of problems Tuesday with the struggling Premier League club turning down captain Chris Samba's transfer request.
January 17, 2012Time for a new FIFA: Champagne
FIFA's former director of international relations Jerome Champagne has suggested changes in the world governing body to help end a perception it is run by self-interested men who do not care enough about the game.
Dzeko heads gritty Man City clear at top
Edin Dzeko's first-half header lifted Manchester City three points clear at the top of the Premier League as the leaders swapped flair for functionality in a gritty 1-0 win at bottom club Wigan Athletic.
January 16, 2012Cannavaro and Pires set for IPL style soccer league
Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, former Argentina skipper Juan Pablo Sorin and Frenchman Robert Pires are set to feature in an Indian soccer competition that hopes to replicate the success of cricket's Indian Premier League.
Pele is not part of Indian 'Super Football' event
Sport 10, which has the worldwide commercial rights to Pele's image and intellectual property, has denied the Brazilian ace's association with the football match, to be played between Superstars XI and India Dream XI.
EPL: Henry and Hughes make losing returns
Swansea City turned on the style to beat Arsenal 3-2 and deny Thierry Henry a magical return to the Premier League and Mark Hughes made a losing start as manager of struggling Queens Park Rangers.
Real and Barca made to work, delight for Inter
Real Madrid and Barcelona were made to work hard before grinding out wins in La Liga at the weekend while Inter Milan scored a surprise derby victory over AC Milan in Serie A.
EPL: Swansea blank Arsenal 3-2
Swansea City beat Arsenal 3-2 to deny super-sub Thierry Henry a magical return to the Premier League and Mark Hughes made a losing start as manager of struggling Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
January 15, 2012Scholes rolls back years to put Man United joint top
Evergreen Paul Scholes marked his return to Premier League duty with the first goal for Manchester United in a 3-0 home win against Bolton Wanderers as the champions moved level on points with leaders Manchester City on Saturday.
January 13, 2012Sporting Clube snatch exciting win over Arrows
Substitute Ogba Kalu Nnanna struck after coming off the bench in the closing minutes to hand Sporting Clube de Goa a fine 3-2 win over a dogged Pailan Arrows in an intense round 14 fixture of the I-League at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Friday.
Barcelona through to face Real Madrid in King's Cup
A second-string Barcelona set up a King's Cup quarter-final clash against holders and great rivals Real Madrid when they came back from a goal down to beat Osasuna 2-1 on Thursday for a 6-1 aggregate victory.
January 12, 2012Ramires could transform Chelsea's season
Chelsea have almost unwittingly stumbled on a winning formation centred on Brazilian midfielder Ramires that could galvanise their fortunes in the second half of the season.
Disgraced Doni a 'destroyed man', says lawyer
Former Atalanta captain and Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni is a destroyed man after being banned and arrested for match-fixing, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Blackburn fans mull protest against club owners
Blackburn Rovers fans have called off their truce with the ailing Premier League club's owners and are planning a 24-hour demonstration outside Ewood Park from Friday.
King's Cup: Levante reach first quarter-final since 1941
Levante's extraordinary season continued when they thrashed second-division Alcorcon 4-0 on Wednesday to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory and advance to the King's Cup quarter-finals for the first time in more than 70 years.
EPL: Tottenham down Everton, go level on points with Man United
Tottenham Hotspur continued their Premier League title push with a 2-0 win over Everton on Wednesday to put them level on points with second-placed champions Manchester United and three behind leaders Manchester City.
League Cup: Liverpool in semis after Gerrard strikes at City
Manchester City suffered a third loss in four matches as Steven Gerrard earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at the Etihad Stadium Wednesday.
January 11, 2012Kings Cup: Real scrape to quarters after 'keeper howler
Holders Real Madrid were helped into the King's Cup quarter-finals by a goalkeeping howler from Malaga's Willy Caballero on Tuesday which gifted them a 1-0 away win.
Appeal rejected, Kompany to serve four-match ban
Manchester City centre-back Vincent Kompany will serve a four-match ban after the FA dismissed his appeal on Tuesday against the red card he was shown in last weekend's defeat by Manchester United.
January 10, 2012Bayern rout India in Bhutia's farewell match
German giants Bayern Munich expectedly thrashed the Indian national team 4-0 in Bhaichung Bhutia's farewell match, which had little in quality, in Delhi on Tuesday. Around 35,000 spectators watched the match at the floodlit Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, but the national team, led for the last time by Bhutia, was no match for the highly-fancied German side, which had overwhelming ball possession and did most of the attacking.
Chhetri awarded the AIFF Player-of-the-Year award
Indian striker Sunil Chhetri was awarded the AIFF Player-of-the-Year award during the farewell exhibition match of Bhaichung Bhutia against German giants Bayern Munich in New Delhi.
Bhaichung thanks Yuvraj for helping earthquake victims
Bhaichung Bhutia expressed his gratitude towards star cricketer Yuvraj Singh for standing by victims who were affected by earthquake in Sikkim, last year.
January 09, 2012Evergreen Scholes makes winning return for Man Utd
Former England midfielder Paul Scholes made a winning return to Manchester United colours after coming out of retirement to help his team beat Manchester City 3-2 in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
La Liga: Barca drop points at Espanyol, go five behind Real
Barcelona slipped five points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid when Alvaro Vazquez netted a shock late equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw for Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Sunday.
FA Cup: Liverpool face Man Utd, Chelsea play QPR
Liverpool will play Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers face a potential tie against Chelsea, in what would be a re-run of two matches at the heart of recent racism rows in English soccer, after Sunday's FA Cup fourth round draw.
Liverpool apologise over fresh racial abuse claims
Liverpool have offered an apology over the alleged racist abuse suffered by Oldham Athletic's Tom Adeyemi at Anfield during Friday's third round FA Cup match for which a spectator was arrested and charged over the weekend.
January 07, 2012Man Utd reject report claiming Rooney's departure
Manchester United and Wayne Rooney have described as "complete nonsense" a newspaper report that the England striker is set to leave the Premier League champions.
FA Cup: Carroll, Gerrard strike as Liverpool crush Oldham
Andy Carroll scored at Anfield for the first time this season to help Liverpool reach the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 5-1 win over League 1 (third division) Oldham Athletic on Friday.
January 06, 2012Lampard not joining Man Utd: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has dismissed speculation that he was considering signing Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard in the January transfer window.
Dawson, Lennon back in Spurs squad after recovery
Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson will make his first appearance in more than four months against fourth division Cheltenham in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Henry back at Arsenal on short-term loan
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has rejoined the club on a short-term loan deal, the Premier League club said in a statement on Friday.
January 05, 2012Messi, Fabregas give Barca 4-0 win over Osasuna
Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas each scored twice as Barcelona thrilled the Nou Camp with a crushing 4-0 win over Osasuna in their King's Cup last-16 first leg on Wednesday.
January 04, 2012Messi, Valdes miss Cup game through illness
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Victor Valdes are unavailable for the King's Cup last-16 first leg at home to Osasuna on Wednesday because of flu and fever, the La Liga club said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.es).
Kolkata set to play host to stars Pele, Cafu
The home of Indian football is once again gearing up for another football fiesta when a galaxy of international stars, led by two-time World Cup winner Brazilian Cafu, will be up against a dream Indian XI at the Salt Lake Stadium on January 23.
Real storm back to take charge in Cup
Holders Real Madrid scored three times in 10 minutes at the Bernabeu on Tuesday in a dramatic comeback to beat Malaga 3-2 in their King's Cup last 16 first leg.
Man City move three points clear with Liverpool victory
Premier League leaders Manchester City put their recent run of poor form behind them to beat Liverpool 3-0 on Tuesday, while Tottenham Hotspur maintained their title push with a 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion.
January 03, 2012I-League: Pune FC rally to upset Bagan 2-1
Hosts Pune FC came back from a goal down to defeat Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan 2-1 in a 13th round I-League clash at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune on Tuesday.
Beckham not moving to Paris Saint Germain, club discloses
David Beckham will not be joining Paris Saint Germain and will remain in Los Angeles, the big-spending Ligue 1 soccer club said on Tuesday.
I want all my Real players to stay: Mourinho
Jose Mourinho does not want any Real Madrid players to leave in the January transfer window, the coach said on Monday.
Man United striker Macheda joins QPR on loan
Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has joined struggling Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the season, the London club said on Monday.
Former Liverpool and Everton player Ablett dies
Former Liverpool and Everton defender Gary Ablett, the only player to win the FA Cup with both Merseyside clubs, has died at the age of 46 after a 16-month battle with cancer.
Chelsea win, Arsenal lose in more late drama
Chelsea and Arsenal experienced contrasting late drama in the Premier League on Monday with an 89th minute Frank Lampard goal giving Chelsea a 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers while Bobby Zamora's last-gasp strike handed Fulham a 2-1 win over Arsenal.
January 02, 2012Ji Whiz! Sunderland sink leaders Man City
Sunderland stunned Manchester City with a stoppage-time winner to beat the Premier League leaders 1-0 on Sunday as Roberto Mancini's side let the slip-ups of their main title rivals go unpunished.
December 31, 2011Super sub Gerrard inspires Liverpool to victory
Steven Gerrard's huge influence on Liverpool was clearly apparent again on Friday as he took just 31 minutes to inspire a 3-1 Premier League win over Newcastle United in his team's final fixture of the year.
December 30, 2011Henry set to rejoin Arsenal on loan
Thierry Henry is close to rejoining Arsenal on loan for two months if insurance arrangements can be agreed with his club the New York Red Bulls, Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
I will continue to play my heart out for Spurs: Modric
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric said he was almost 100 percent sure he would stay at the club until the end of the season amid speculation that he could leave during the January transfer window.
Wolves should start bullying refs: Hunt
Wolverhampton Wanderers should take a leaf out of other team's books and try to con referees to get opposing players sent off, according to their midfielder Stephen Hunt.
Capello calls for action over stealing young talent
Tighter rules should be introduced by FIFA to stop European clubs from "stealing" talented young players from other countries, England manager Fabio Capello said on Thursday.
December 28, 2011Brilliant Bale keeps Spurs in touch with Man City, United
Gareth Bale's superb double fired Tottenham Hotspur to a convincing 2-0 win at Norwich City Tuesday and narrowed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City and Manchester United to seven points. The pacey Welsh international took his league tally this season to seven goals, lifting third-placed Spurs, who have a game in hand on the two Manchester clubs, up to 38 points from 17 matches.
December 27, 2011Berbatov treble puts Man United level with City
Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick as rampant Manchester United beat Wigan Athletic 5-0 to go level on points with Manchester City after the Premier League leaders were held 0-0 at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
December 24, 2011Mancini wants away-day cheer for Man City
While Manchester City can boast an embarrassment of riches, United and the rest of the pursuing pack are feeling the pinch a little with injuries and suspensions testing their squads.
Injury sidelines United winger Young
Manchester United winger Ashley Young will be sidelined for several weeks with a knee injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
December 23, 2011FA appoints first woman director in its 148 years
The English FA appointed its first woman board member since it was formed in 1863 when it named Heather Rabbatts as one of two new independent non-executive directors on Thursday.
Spurs and Chelsea share London derby spoils
London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea slugged out a 1-1 draw in an exciting derby at White Hart Lane on Thursday as the home team held on to third spot in the Premier League.
Nine-goal Barca enjoy King's Cup romp
Barcelona, fielding a side full of youngsters from the club's academy, routed Catalan neighbours Hospitalet to complete a 10-0 aggregate win over the third-tier side to reach the last 16 of Spain's King's Cup on Thursday.
December 21, 2011Chelsea's Terry to be prosecuted over race abuse claim
Chelsea soccer captain John Terry will be prosecuted over alleged racial abuse made during a Premier League soccer match in October, authorities said on Wednesday.
Arsenal and Chelsea fixtures a doubt because of strike
Arsenal and Chelsea could be forced to postpone their December 26 Premier League fixtures because of a strike planned by London Underground train drivers which threatens to bring the capital to a halt.
Bolton heap more pressure on Blackburn's Kean
Steve Kean's tenure as Blackburn Rovers manager was left hanging by a thread after his team slumped to the bottom of the Premier League following a 2-1 home defeat by neighbours and fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.
Suarez gets eight-match ban for racist slur against Evra
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches and fined 40,000 pounds for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a Premier League match at Anfield in October, the FA said on Tuesday.
December 20, 2011Stake-holder Nadal sells shares in La Liga club Real Mallorca
Tennis World No 2 Rafa Nadal and his uncle Miguel Angel Nadal sold their 10 percent shareholding in Spanish football team Real Mallorca on Monday, the club said in a statement.
Barca's Villa on way to recovery after successful surgery
Barcelona striker David Villa had successful surgery on his broken left leg on Monday and doctors said it would take him four to five months to recover.
Celtic in trouble with UEFA for offensive banner
A week after fining Celtic for illicit chanting, UEFA opened new disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish club after their fans displayed an offensive banner and set off fireworks at last Thursday's Europa League match at Udinese.
December 19, 2011Serie A: Juventus, Inter record easy wins
Striker Fabio Quagliarella scored his first goal for a year to help Juventus to a 2-0 win over lowly Novara in Serie A on Sunday while Inter Milan's revival continued with a 1-0 win at Cesena.
December 18, 2011French League to probe alleged racial slur by ref
The French League have opened an investigation into alleged racist remarks made by an assistant referee to AJ Auxerre midfielder Kamel Chafni at Stade Brest on Saturday.
Messi leads Barca to Club World Cup title
Lionel Messi scored two wonder goals as European champions Barcelona thrashed Brazil's Santos 4-0 to win their second Club World Cup in two years on Sunday.
Serie A: Milan edge Siena, go one point clear of Juve, Udinese
AC Milan went a point clear in Serie A on Saturday after Antonio Nocerino and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty gave the champions a hard-earned 2-0 win over lowly Siena at the San Siro.
La Liga: Ronaldo hat-trick puts Real back on top
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his fifth La Liga hat-trick of the campaign as Real Madrid brushed off Pepe's 44th-minute dismissal to secure a crushing 6-2 victory at Sevilla and move back above Barcelona to the top of the standings on Saturday.
Bendtner makes public apology after arrest
Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner issued a public apology on Saturday following his arrest in Britain on Thursday.
Chelsea stumble after Petr Cech error
High-flying Chelsea stumbled in the Premier League title race when a rare mistake by goalkeeper Petr Cech cost them a late goal in a 1-1 draw at lowly Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
December 17, 2011I-League: Autchouet's 'trick puts Churchill atop table
Churchill Brothers surged to the top of the I-League ladder for the first time after securing a comfortable 6-0 victory over Shillong Lajong FC in their tenth round I-League encounter at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday.
Switzerland threatened with FIFA suspension
FIFA have threatened to suspend Switzerland over the case involving first division club Sion, soccer's governing body said in a statement on Saturday.
Depleted United to refrain from panic buying
There will be no panic buying in the January transfer window despite serious injuries to key players, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
December 16, 2011Barca face Leverkusen in Champions League last 16
Holders Barcelona will play Bayer Leverkusen, a team famous for fading in the final straight, while their arch-rivals Real Madrid face a trip to icy Moscow in the Champions League round of 16 following the draw on Friday. Bayern Munich, whose Allianz Arena will host the final, take on FC Basel, the underdogs who spectacularly ousted Manchester United, in another of the top ties.
Holders Porto draw Manchester City in Europa League
Holders Porto will face Premier League leaders Manchester City while former European champions Ajax Amsterdam will meet Manchester United in two glittering Europa League Round-of-32 ties following Friday's draw.
Sunderland players arrested over car damage
Sunderland players Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole have been arrested and questioned after an incident in which cars were damaged in Newcastle city centre earlier this month.
Barca vow to win Club World Cup for injured Villa
European champions Barcelona have pledged to capture the Club World Cup for striker David Villa, who suffered a sickening leg break in Thursday's semi-final in Japan.
Rubin, Udinese, Bruges make Europa knock-out
Rubin Kazan, Udinese, Bruges and AZ Alkmaar qualified for the Europa league knock-out stages on Thursday and will go into the draw for the round of 32 with big guns Manchester United and Manchester City after their Champions League elimination.
Injured Villa sidelined for up to five months
Striker David Villa will be out for up to five months after breaking his left leg in Barcelona's 4-0 Club World Cup semi-final victory over Al Sadd of Qatar on Thursday.
December 15, 2011Club World Cup: Barca drub Al Sadd to set up Santos final
European champions Barcelona overpowered Qatar's Al Sadd 4-0 on Thursday to reach the Club World Cup final, Brazilian defender Adriano scoring twice in an embarrassingly one-sided contest.
Salzburg through at PSG's expense
Paris St Germain went out of the Europa League despite a 4-2 win over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, losing their place to fellow big spenders Salzburg who fought back to win 3-2 at Slovan Bratislava.
Wolfsburg eye Arsenal's Rosicky, Bayern's Olic
VfL Wolfsburg are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky and Bayern Munich forward Ivica Olic as they seek to turn their season around after the winter break, coach Felix Magath said on Wednesday.
December 14, 2011Benzema named French player of the year
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was named French player of the year by France Football magazine on Tuesday.
'Al Sadd need 16 players to stop Barcelona'
Qatar's Al Sadd want FIFA to let them field a team of 16 players when they face European kings Barcelona in Thursday's Club World Cup semi-final in Japan.
Man United's Fletcher extends break for health reasons
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is taking an extended break from football due to health problems, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.
King's Cup: Inspirational Ronaldo takes Real into last-32
Cristiano Ronaldo scored as holders Real Madrid beat third tier Ponferradina 2-0 away in a King's Cup last-32, first-leg match on Tuesday, slightly easing the pain of their 'Clasico' defeat by Barcelona.
December 13, 2011Arsenal's Santos out for three months
Arsenal defender Andre Santos will undergo ankle surgery this week and is expected to be sidelined for around three months, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Lampard penalty ends Man City's unbeaten run
Frank Lampard came off the bench to convert a late penalty as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 on Monday to inflict the Premier League leaders' first defeat of the season and lift themselves back into title contention
December 12, 2011Serie A: Milan held as Udinese go top
Modest Udinese, whose coach Francesco Guidolin's target this season is to avoid relegation, went top of Serie A on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Chievo while AC Milan were held 2-2 at Bologna.
La Liga: Villarreal held at home by 10-man Sociedad
Marco Ruben rescued a point for misfiring Villarreal as they could only draw 1-1 at home with 10-man Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.
EPL: Larsson's late strike helps Sunderland trump Rovers
Seb Larsson's stoppage-time free kick gave Sunderland a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League on Sunday as manager Martin O'eill watched his side come from behind for a win in his first match in charge.
December 11, 2011India beat Afghanistan to lift SAFF Cup
India pumped in four goals in the last 20 minutes with a controversial penalty triggering the 4-0 route of Afghanistan in an ill-tempered summit clash as the home side lifted the SAFF Championship for the sixth time in New Delhi on Sunday.
Fabregas rallies Barca to victory at Real Madrid
superb diving header from Cesc Fabregas earned Barcelona a 3-1 win at Real Madrid on Saturday that lifted the champions above their bitter rivals to the top of La Liga.
December 10, 2011Rooney, Nani spur Man United to 4-1 win over Wolves
Wayne Rooney and Nani both ended lengthy scoring droughts with two goals each as Manchester United finished a bad week on an upbeat note with an emphatic 4-1 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday.
United's Ferguson faces up to Europa League penalty
Alex Ferguson said his remark that having to play in the Europa League was Manchester United's "penalty" for not reaching the Champions League knockout stage was not a criticism of the second-tier competition and they wanted to win the trophy.
December 09, 2011Chhetri double takes India to SAFF Championship final
Star striker Sunil Chhetri struck twice as holders India defeated Maldives 3-1 in an entertaining semifinal to book a berth in the summit clash of the SAFF Football Championship in New Delhi.
Manchester United defender Vidic out for the season
Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament in the Champions League defeat by Basel, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Neymar plays down comparisons with Messi
Neymar has distanced himself from remarks made by Brazilian great Pele claiming the Santos striker is better than Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi.
Platini sees no problem in Champions League format
Michel Platini sees no need to change the Champions League format after this year's group stage produced a flurry of one-sided games, painfully illustrating the gap in standards between some of the domestic leagues.
King's Cup: Atletico stunned by Albacete in first leg
A second-string Atletico Madrid missed a penalty and had a man sent off in a 2-1 defeat at third-tier Albacete in their King's Cup last-32 first-leg match on Thursday.
Rooney ban reduced from three to two
England striker Wayne Rooney's ban at next year' Euro 2012 finals was reduced from three to two games following an appeal heard by UEFA on Thursday.
No irregular betting in Champions League games: UEFA
UEFA has not detected any irregular betting patterns in Wednesday's Champions League matches to justify an enquiry, the European governing body said on Thursday.
December 08, 2011Spurs can push for the Premier League title: Walker
Kyle Walker speaks about his recent good form and why he believes Tottenham Hotspur can go all the way and win the English Premier League title this season.
Manchester Utd, City knocked out of Champions League
Needing victory over last year's runners-up, Basel battled to a 2-1 win to jump ahead of United into second place in Group C and send the English champions into the Europa League. City, running riot at the top of the Premier League, beat already-qualified Bayern Munich 2-0 in their final Group A match but it proved in vain for the competition's newcomers as Napoli won 2-0 at Villarreal to grab second place.
December 07, 2011Brazil likely to allow alcohol at World Cup venues
Brazil has moved closer to overturning a ban on alcoholic drinks at sports venues, drafting a bill that would allow for their sale at 2014 World Cup matches out of deference to world soccer's governing body FIFA.
Champions League: Manchester duo, Lille face elimination
Manchester United and Manchester City could both get knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday while French champions Lille will also endure a nerve-wracking 90 minutes.
Milan agree to loan deal for Tevez, await City decision
AC Milan have agreed terms with Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez and have sent a loan offer to the Premier League leaders, chief executive Adriano Galliani said on Tuesday.
Champions League: Drogba leads Chelsea into knockout phase
Two goals from Didier Drogba steered Chelsea to an emphatic 3-0 victory over Valencia and top spot in Group E at Stamford Bridge Tuesday as they moved into the Champions League knockout phase for the ninth consecutive season.
December 06, 2011We want to win the SAFF Championship at any cost: Miranda
Stressing there isn't any room for slip-ups, Clifford Miranda speaks at length about the team's plan in the SAFF Championship.
Beckham not interested in management role
David Beckham has ruled out management as a post-playing career, saying he did not enjoy his time as an assistant to England manager Fabio Capello at last year's World Cup.
Villa's Shay Given sidelined for a month with injury
Aston Villa and Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given will be out of action for a month after suffering a torn hamstring, the Premier League club said on their website (www.avfc.co.uk) on Monday.
CL: Win on Chelsea's mind as they face Valencia in crucial tie
Chelsea only have themselves to blame if they suffer an early Champions League exit on Tuesday, manager Andre Villas-Boas said on the eve of their final Group E match against Valencia.
Guardiola plays down 'classico' hype
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has played down this weekend's 'clasico' match at Real Madrid by saying a European Union summit meeting on Friday and moves to save the Euro were much more significant.
EPL: Late Dempsey winner sinks 10-man Liverpool
Clint Dempsey pounced for an 85th-minute winner as Fulham beat Liverpool 1-0 in a dramatic Premier League match at Craven Cottage on Monday after a rare mistake from keeper Pepe Reina.
'I hope Rooney will be available for Euro'
England manager Fabio Capello will decide whether to include Wayne Rooney in his Euro 2012 squad after UEFA's decision over Thursday's appeal against his three-match suspension, the Italian said.
Ballon d'Or: Messi favourite to complete hat-trick of titles
Lionel Messi is on course for a record-equalling third consecutive Ballon d'Or, soccer's highest individual award, after the Argentine forward was among the three shortlisted nominees named on Monday.
December 05, 2011Chhetri, Miranda star as India rout Bhutan
Striker Sunil Chhetri and Clifford Miranda scored two goals each as a rampaging India drubbed Bhutan 5-0 in their second league match to keep their semi-finals hopes in the SAFF Championships alive, in Delhi, on Monday. Chhetri scored in the 69th and 84th minutes while Miranda struck in the 44th and 58th, after Syed Rahim Nabi (29th) had given India the lead.
Tolgay nets the winner for East Bengal
East Bengal handed Sporting Clube de Goa their second consecutive defeat in the I-League when they sailed to a 1-0 win at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Monday.
EPL: Wolves rally to beat Sunderland, Stoke stun Everton
Steven Fletcher scored twice as Wolverhampton Wanderers staged a remarkable comeback to beat Sunderland 2-1 at Molineux on Sunday and underline the tough task ahead for the visitors' new manager Martin O'Neill.
Del Piero to spend night in hospital following head injury
Alessandro Del Piero will spend the night in hospital after requiring eight stitches in a head wound sustained during Juventus's 2-0 win over Cesena on Sunday, the Turin club said.
December 04, 2011FA Cup draw throws up juicy Manchester derby
Holders Manchester City will host rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup third round after Sunday's draw threw up a mouth-watering derby.
Churchill end Dempo's unbeaten run, win 2-1
Churchill Brothers ended Dempo's dream run of seven straight wins as they overcame a second half challenge to edge past the city rivals 2-1 in an eighth round I-League clash at the Nehru Stadium in Margao on Sunday.
Former Brazil captain Socrates dies at 57
Former Brazil World Cup captain Socrates died in hospital Sunday At the age of 57, Brazilian media reported citing hospital sources.
Rangers stint has made me more confident: Chhetri
India striker Sunil Chhetri, who returned after a six-day trial with Scottish football giants Glasgow Rangers, felt that the trip has instilled more confidence in him.
Man Utd win, but Chicharito out for up to four weeks
Manchester United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez could be out for four weeks with torn ligaments, manager Alex Ferguson said after the Premier League champions' 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday.
December 03, 2011EPL: Leaders Man City thrash Norwich 5-1
Sergio Aguero opened the floodgates as unbeaten Manchester City thrashed promoted Norwich City 5-1 Saturday to power seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Chelsea accept Anelka and Alex transfer requests
Chelsea have accepted transfer requests from former France striker Nicolas Anelka and Brazilian defender Alex, the Premier League club said on Saturday.
Sunderland appoint O'Neill as manager
Sunderland have appointed Martin O'Neill as manager after sacking Steve Bruce earlier this week, the Premier League club said on Saturday
December 02, 2011Old rivals Germany and Netherlands drawn in Euro 2012
Old rivals Germany and Netherlands were drawn together on Friday in the toughest of the four groups for next year's Euro 2012 soccer finals in Poland and Ukraine.
Pak, Bangladesh play drab draw in SAFF opener
The opening match of the SAFF Championship tournament between Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in a drab, goalless draw, in Delhi, on Friday. The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, hosting a football match after a gap of 20 years, wore a deserted look as the two South Asian nations failed to liven up proceedings.
My future at Chelsea is safe: Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas believes there is no imminent danger of him being sacked even though Chelsea have already lost six games this season, a run of poor form that is almost unparalleled since billionaire owner Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.
Liverpool's Lucas out for rest of the season with knee injury
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee in the League Cup win against Chelsea on Tuesday, the Premier League club said.
Europa League: Schalke, Stoke power into last 32
Schalke 04, Lokomotiv Moscow and Stoke City sealed places in the last 32 of the Europa League but a 2-0 defeat at Salzburg left Paris St Germain coach Antoine Kombouare looking over his shoulder on Thursday.
November 30, 2011Ronaldo poised for leading 2014 World Cup role
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has been invited to take a leading 2014 World Cup role and a formal announcement is expected in the coming days, a local organising committee (LOC) source told Reuters on Tuesday.
November 29, 2011Speed did not quarrel with wife before killing himself: Agent
Deceased Welsh manager Gary Speed was not depressed and did not quarrel with his wife before hanging himself, his agent Hayden Evans has said.
Police question Chelsea skipper Terry over racism claims
Chelsea captain John Terry was questioned by Hammersmith and Fulham police as part of a probe over racist allegations.
Bulgaria's PM nominated for soccer player of year award!
Bulgaria's flamboyant Prime Minister Boiko Borisov is in the running to be named the country's soccer player of the year after Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov got bored of winning.
November 28, 2011Milan chief says Tevez can only arrive on loan
AC Milan are still interested in Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez but only want to sign players on loan in the January transfer window, chief executive Adriano Galliani said on Monday.
'Speed was one of the nicest men in football'
The Wales manager was found hanged at his home in the early hours of Sunday, according to Cheshire Police, who added in a statement that no suspicious circumstances surrounded the death.
November 27, 2011Manchester City held at Liverpool
Manchester City failed to win in the Premier League for only the second time in 13 matches this season when they drew 1-1 at Liverpool on Sunday and finished with 10 men after substitute Mario Balotelli was sent off for two yellow cards.
Wales manager Gary Speed found dead at home
Wales soccer manager Gary Speed was found dead on Sunday, at the age of 42, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) said in a statement.
November 26, 2011Man United stutter in pursuit of leaders City
Manchester United missed the chance to make significant inroads into Manchester City's lead at the top of the Premier League after stumbling to a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
November 24, 2011I-League: Salgaocar, Churchill draw
Salgaocar Sports Club and Churchill Brothers were locked 1-1 in a seventh round I-League match at the Nehru stadium, in Fatorda, Goa, on Thursday. ND Opara drew first blood for Churchill in the 49th minute only for Chidi Edeh to pull it back for Salgaocar in the 71st.
November 23, 2011Prayag stun Bagan; Dempo, E Bengal win big
A summary of the seventh round of matches in the I-League.
Beckham backs Redknapp for England coach job
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has praised the managerial skills of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Redknapp, saying that the 64-year-old is the perfect fit to succeed England manager Fabio Capello.
November 22, 2011Dempo up against resurgent Lajong
Despite winning all of their six matches so far, and that too convincingly, Dempo Sports Club coach Armando Colaco is wary of Shillong Lajong.
Beckham leaves English Premier League door open
The 36-year-old midfielder though he said he could not see himself playing against his beloved Manchester United.
Chelsea will put it right, says Villas-Boas
The Londoners have lost three of their last four English Premier League matches including two in a row at home against Arsenal and Liverpool.
Bayern, Man United, Inter eye last 16
Premier League leaders Manchester City face a tricky match at Napoli but they would also advance to the next stage with victory in southern Italy.
EPL: Adebayor double lifts Spurs to third
Tottenham Hotspur celebrated the return of manager Harry Redknapp with a comfortable 2-0 win over Aston Villa which lifted them to third in the Premier League on Monday.
November 21, 2011Sports Bill needed to bring accountability, says Bhutia
Football ace Baichung Bhutia came out in support of the Sports Development Bill, which seeks to bring in accountability and transparency in the country's sports associations, saying it has a provision under which 25 per cent of the posts (in associations) would be reserved for sports persons, which would help them use their expertise.
Beckham's Galaxy win MLS Cup
David Beckham's LA Galaxy captured the MLS Cup championship with a 1-0 triumph over the Houston Dynamo in front of a celebratory home crowd on Sunday.
EPL: Liverpool add to Chelsea's misery with last gasp winner
Chelsea's faltering Premier League title challenge suffered another blow on Sunday when they lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool whose defender Glen Johnson struck the winner three minutes from time.
November 20, 2011I-League: Dempo maintain winning run
Goa giants Dempo maintained their unbeaten record this season, defeating hosts Pune FC 3-1 for their sixth consecutive victory in I-League on Saturday.
Manchester City maintain grip atop EPL
Free-scoring Manchester City maintained their grip at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 home win over Newcastle United on Saturday to take their goals tally to 42 from 12 games.
November 19, 2011Van Persie double maintains Arsenal revival at Norwich
A Robin van Persie double earned Arsenal a fifth consecutive Premier League victory on Saturday as Arsene Wenger's side beat Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road.
Manchester United's Cleverley out for longer than expected
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is still several weeks away from a return after his ankle injury turned out to be worse than thought, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Man City announce record loss
Premier League leaders Manchester City have revealed an annual loss of £194.9 million ($308 million) for 2010-11, the biggest ever in English football.
November 18, 2011Blatter apologises but will not resign
Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter apologised for his controversial comments about racism Friday but said he would not be resigning despite a growing clamour in Britain for him to step down.
Rooney appeal brought forward one day
England striker Wayne Rooney's appeal against a three-match international ban which will force him to miss the group stage of Euro 2012 has been brought forward one day to Dec. 8, UEFA said Thursday.
November 17, 2011Suarez charged by FA over alleged racist taunt
The English FA charged Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez on Wednesday with racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield last month.
Call for Blatter's head over racism comments
Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of England's players' union, called on FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign on Thursday saying the Swiss 75-year-old's comments on racism showed he was 'out of tune and out of time.'
FIFA chief says players should forget about racist jibes!
Players who are racially insulted during matches should accept it as part of on-field provocation and shake hands with their opponent at the end, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.
Referee has final say on England's 2,000th goal
The official scorer of England's winning goal against Sweden in a friendly on Tuesday will not be finally decided until the FA receives the report of Czech referee Pavel Kralovec.
November 16, 2011Hiddink contract ended after Turkey Euro exit
Guus Hiddink's contract as Turkey coach has been terminated by mutual consent following the team's failure to reach the Euro 2012 finals, the Turkish Football Federation said on Wednesday, ending a disappointing spell in charge for the Dutchman.
England end 43-year wait for win over Sweden
An own goal by Daniel Majstorovic helped England end a 43-year wait for a win over Sweden with a 1-0 triumph over their fellow Euro 2012 finalists in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday.
UEFA to hear Rooney appeal on December 9
England striker Wayne Rooney's appeal against a three-match ban which will force him to miss the group stage of Euro 2012 will be heard on December 9, UEFA said on Tuesday.
Tottenham Hotspur to go private
Tottenham Hotspur, one of the country's best-known soccer clubs, is to go private, saying the cost of a stock market listing would be better spent helping expand its stadium.
WC qualifier: Messi stars as Argentina rally to win over Columbia
Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez, club mates at Barcelona, sparkled as Argentina and Chile put behind them a weekend to forget with victories in the South American 2014 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.
WC qualifiers: Lebanon shock South Korea, Iraq advances
Lebanon produced a stunning performance to beat South Korea 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday to keep their fairytale campaign going, while Alberto Zaccheroni's unbeaten run as Japan coach ended in North Korea with a 1-0 defeat.
Manchester United increases earnings and cuts debt
English Premier League soccer champions Manchester United, on Tuesday, reported an increase in first quarter earnings and said it had reduced its debt, benefiting from a sharp rise in commercial revenue.
November 15, 2011Man United's Owen sidelined for six weeks with thigh injury
Manchester United striker Michael Owen will be sidelined for six weeks with a thigh injury, the Premier League champions said on Monday.
November 13, 2011Lampard header gives England victory over Spain
England claimed a memorable and unlikely 1-0 win over World champions Spain thanks to a headed goal from Frank Lampard and some resolute defending during the closing stages of a hugely entertaining friendly at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
November 12, 2011Euro 2012 play-offs: Ireland, Croatia all but seal places
Ireland led the way on Friday as they and Croatia reeled off convincing away wins to move within reach of booking their places in the Euro 2012 soccer finals. Ireland won 4-0 in Estonia in the first leg to erase memories of previous play-off disappointments while Croatia crushed Turkey 3-0 in Istanbul.
November 11, 2011Beckham has delivered: MLS chief
David Beckham's five years in Major League Soccer (MLS) have 'delivered on all aspects', commissioner Don Garber said on Thursday, adding that he hopes the England international will stay on in the league.
St James' Park name change sparks outrage among Newcastle fans
Newcastle United fans reacted with fury on Thursday after the club announced it was dropping the 119-year-old name of its ground St James' Park and calling it the Sports Direct Arena instead.
France ban away fans for PSG v Marseille clashes
Away fans will be banned from attending Ligue 1 clashes between Olympique Marseille and Paris St Germain, the French interior ministry said on Thursday, citing security reasons following a history of violent clashes between supporters of the clubs.
November 10, 2011I-League: Salgaocar take full points from Mumbai FC
Karanjit Singh saved a late penalty as Salgaocar Sports Club rode their luck to secure a 1-0 victory over Mumbai FC in a fifth round clash of the I-League, at the Nehru Stadium, in Fatorda, Goa, on Thursday.
FIFA approves poppies on armbands for England team
FIFA has agreed to let the England team wear embroidered poppies on their black armbands to mark Remembrance Day during Saturday's friendly against Spain, the English Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday.
Cech's injury has Czechs worried ahead of Euro game
Goalkeeper Petr Cech has tried out a specially-designed mask to protect his broken nose and allow him to try to play for the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 playoff against Montenegro on Friday.
November 09, 2011I-League: East Bengal score over Pune FC
Pune FC's spirited effort fell short as they went down 1-3 to Kingfisher East Bengal in an I-League Round-5 encounter at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan, in Kolkata, on Wednesday. The defeat was Pune FC's second consecutive in away games at Kolkata. They have five points, all from home matches.
Tevez misses training, returns to Argentina
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez could be in more trouble after he missed training without permission on Wednesday in order to return to Argentina.
I-League: Pailan Arrows hold Sporting Clube goalless
Sporting Clube de Goa were stopped in their tracks by a determined Pailan Arrows as the two teams were locked goalless in a fifth round clash of the I-League at the Nehru Stadium, in Fatorda, Goa, on Wednesday. Sporting Clube were on a two-match winning streak and expected to complete a hat-trick of wins, but lacked the necessary sharpness upfront.
AFC Under-19: India finish in 3rd spot after losing to Pakistan
A profligate India finished their campaign in the AFC Under-19 qualifiers in the third place after a 1-2 defeat against Pakistan in Tehran.
Former Juve manager gets jail sentence over match-fixing
An Italian court has sentenced former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi to five years and four months in jail for his role in the 2006 match-fixing case which led to Juve being demoted and having their 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles taken away.
November 07, 2011Terry named in England squad for friendlies
John Terry was included in England's squad on Sunday for friendlies against Spain and Sweden despite an ongoing FA investigation into alleged racist comments made by the captain.
Police investigate death threat to QPR's Ferdinand
British police are investigating a threatening letter sent to Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand who is involved in a race row with Chelsea and England soccer captain John Terry.
EPL: Wolves and Bolton lift the gloom
Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Wigan Athletic 3-1 to secure their first Premier League victory since August and leave their opponents rooted to the foot of the table on Sunday.
November 05, 2011Ferguson celebrates 25th anniversary with win
Alex Ferguson celebrated 25 years as Manchester United's manager as his team beat Sunderland 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday although the occasion overshadowed United's less than glittering performance.
Spurs manager Redknapp set to return in two weeks
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp should be back in the dugout for the Premier League match at home to Aston Villa in just over two weeks after having minor heart surgery.
FA appeals against Rooney's three-match ban
The Football Association (FA) has decided to appeal against England striker Wayne Rooney's three-match ban imposed by UEFA after his sending-off in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro last month.
November 04, 2011No one to blame but me for red card, says Rooney
England striker Wayne Rooney blames no one but himself for what he called his 'stupid' red card that has ruled him out of three matches at next year's European championship.
Beckham drives Galaxy past Bulls to Western final
David Beckham had a hand in both goals as the L.A Galaxy beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Thursday to book a place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference final, where they will face Real Salt Lake.
Europa: Perfect Anderlecht reach last 32, Bilbao through
Former UEFA Cup winners Anderlecht reached the Europa League knockout stage with the only perfect record on Thursday and were joined in the last 32 by Athletic Bilbao, Legia Warsaw, PSV Eindhoven and Twente Enschede with two games to spare.
November 02, 2011SAFF Cup: India, Pakistan drawn in different groups
Drawn in Group A alongside Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bhutan, five-time winners and holders India will kick off their campaign in the SAFF Cup with a match against Afghanistan on December 3.
November 01, 2011United return to site of drubbing without Vidic
Manchester United return to the scene of their recent domestic humiliation for Wednesday's Champions League game at home to Otelul Galati without captain Nemanja Vidic who has been the tonic easing their recovery.
Spain dominate World Player of the Year shortlist
World and European champions Spain dominated the shortlist for the Player of the Year award announced on Tuesday with seven players among the 23 nominees.
EPL: Ba hat-trick lifts Newcastle to third
Demba Ba scored a hat-trick as Newcastle United continued their impressive start to the season with a deserved 3-1 win at Stoke City in the Premier League on Monday.
Champions League: Barca, Milan eye early qualification
Barcelona, AC Milan and Arsenal can all book places in the knockout stages of the Champions League with wins on Tuesday.
AFC Qualifiers: India U-19 down Turkmenistan in opener
In a clinical display by the Indian football team, the colts got off to a winning start in the AFC U-19 Qualifiers, beating 10-man Turkmenistan 3-1 at the Takhti Stadium in Tehran, Iran on Monday.
October 31, 2011Serie A: Di Natale goal keeps Udinese in hunt for top spot
Antonio Di Natale, last season's Serie A top scorer, grabbed his seventh goal of the campaign to give Udinese a 1-0 win over Palermo and keep them one point behind leaders Juventus on Sunday.
10-man Osasuna bring Levante down to earth, Barca thump Mallorca
Levante's first experience of life at the top of La Liga in their 102-year history ended when the surprise early pacesetters suffered a first defeat of the season in a 2-0 loss at 10-man Osasuna on Sunday.
Bale brace fires Spurs to win over QPR
Two goals from Gareth Bale and one from Rafael van der Vaart gave Tottenham Hotspur a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in a cracking London Premier League derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
October 29, 2011EPL: Arsenal hit five, City and United win
Skipper Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Chelsea 5-3 in a remarkable Premier League match at Stamford Bridge but Manchester City stayed top of the Premier League with a 3-1 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Chelsea to take on Liverpool in League Cup
Liverpool will play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge twice in just over a week after the two Premier League teams were drawn to face each other in the quarter-finals of the English League Cup on Saturday.
Organisers snub Maken, not invited for Indian GP
Bollywood celebrities and cricket stars are set to grace the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix on Sunday but one dignitary who would be conspicuous by his absence would be sports minister Ajay Maken who has not yet been invited for the high-profile event by the organisers.
Sunderland's Bramble charged with sex offences
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, and one of urinating in public, police said, on Friday.
October 28, 2011United winger Young suffers toe injury
Manchester United winger Ashley Young has picked up a toe injury before the champions' trip to Everton for Saturday's Premier League, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Savio Medeira appointed Indian football coach
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has promoted Savio Medeira as the coach of Indian team, till the expiry of his contract in May 2012.
October 27, 2011Dempo too good for Mumbai FC
Former champions Dempo Sports Club had things their way in a 4-0 victory over Mumbai FC, in a second round I-League match, at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa, on Thursday.
Inter struggle to overcome penalty curse
Struggling Inter Milan are praying their penalty curse does not strike again when they face Serie A leaders Juventus on Saturday.
League Cup: Man City thrash Wolves, Liverpool rally
Goal-happy Manchester City continued where they left off at Manchester United on Sunday as they came from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 on Wednesday to march into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
October 26, 2011Terry welcomes FA racism enquiry
John Terry has welcomed the Football Association's (FA) decision to launch an investigation into an allegation of racist abuse during Chelsea's ill-tempered west London derby at Queens Park Rangers.
La Liga: Xavi lifts listless Barca to win at Granada
Xavi celebrated setting a club record for La Liga appearances when he netted a superb free kick to give an otherwise listless Barcelona a 1-0 win at Granada on Tuesday in a scrappy game in which the home side finished with nine men.
League Cup: Man United hit back after City drubbing
Manchester United beat League Two Aldershot Town 3-0 in the League Cup fourth round on Tuesday to begin the road to recovery after their humiliating 6-1 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday.
October 25, 2011FA charge Chelsea with failing to control players
Chelsea were charged by the Football Association Association on Tuesday for the behaviour of their players during their weekend defeat to Queens Park Rangers in which they had two sent off. The governing body has also written to manager Andre Villas-Boas to demand an explanation of his post-match comments about referee Chris Foy.
'Balotelli can be among top-three if he changes his mindset'
Mario Balotelli can be one of the world's top three players if he can cut out his eccentric behaviour, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said after the striker's two goals inspired Sunday's 6-1 rout of Manchester United.
Former England coach Eriksson leaves Leicester
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has left Leicester City, the English championship club said on Monday.
Marseille fine director for criticising coach
Olympique Marseille sports director Jose Anigo has been fined for criticising coach Didier Deschamps, the Ligue 1 club's president said on Monday.
Stuck in traffic, Casillas fined for arriving late to training
Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas was fined for turning up late to training on Monday despite having evidence for coach Jose Mourinho that he was stuck in a traffic jam.
October 24, 2011City humble United, Levante stay ahead
Manchester City humbled their neighbours United by beating them 6-1 and Levante still lead in Spain where European champions Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw by Sevilla.
Referee slammed after nine-man Chelsea lose
Manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised referee Chris Foy after his Chelsea team had two players sent off in a shock 1-0 defeat at west London neighbours Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
October 23, 2011I League: Bagan victory riding Odafa hattrick
Odafa Onyeka Okolie spelled his magic on his I-League debut with a hat-trick for Mohun Bagan as he helped his team come from behind to thrash Pailan Indian Arrows 3-1 at the flood-lit Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
Rampaging City hit United for six in Manchester derby
Manchester City crushed Manchester United 6-1 for their biggest win at Old Trafford for 56 years to go five points clear of the champions at the top of the Premier League on Sunday.
Newcastle stay unbeaten, Liverpool held
Newcastle United maintained their unbeaten start to the season Saturday, sending Wigan Athletic to the bottom of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at St James' Park thanks to a late winner from Frenchman Yohan Cabaye.
October 22, 2011East Bengal go down to Churchill in I-League
Favourites East Bengal paid heavily for defensive lapses as they lost by a solitary goal to Churchill Brothers in their opening encounter of the fifth edition of the I-League football tournament at the floodlit Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
October 21, 2011Players fined in Mexico for 'gunshot' goal celebration
Mexican side Guadalajara have fined two players for a goal celebration in which one pretended to shoot the other in the head, sparking outrage in the country where drugs-related violence has claimed 44,000 lives.
Europa League: Pavlyuchenko props Spurs, Anderlecht win again
Anderlecht kept up their 100 percent record in the Europa League with a 2-0 win at Sturm Graz while Udinese struck late to sink Atletico Madrid by the same score in Thursday's top match.
October 20, 2011Champions League: Arsenal stun Marseille, wins for Barca, Chelsea
After Manchester took top billing in the Champions league on Tuesday it was London's turn on Wednesday when Chelsea and Arsenal recorded impressive, though contrasting, victories as the Premier League again flexed its muscles.
October 19, 2011Barca, Milan eye Champions League knockout stage
Barcelona and AC Milan can effectively seal their expected places in the Champions League knockout stage with three games remaining when they play rank outsiders Viktoria Plzen and BATE Borisov respectively in their Group H matches on Wednesday.
CLeague: Manchester clubs kick-start campaigns with wins
Manchester's two-pronged assault on the Champions League finally sprang to life on Tuesday when United won their first match of the campaign by beating Romanians Otelul Galati 2-0 away and City left it until stoppage time to beat Villarreal 2-1.
October 18, 2011East Bengal win in sudden death to lift Super Cup
Saikat Saha Roy kept his nerve at undoubtedly the most crucial moment of his life on a football turf as East Bengal prevailed over Salgaocar 5-4 in sudden death to lift the Super Cup in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Bencherifa best coach, Seoka is player of the season
Moroccan Karim Bencherifa was named the best coach for the 2010-11 season for helping Salgaocar SC achieve the rare double of winning the I-League as well as the Federation Cup while Ryuji Seoka was declared the player of the season.
UK government to release football stadium disaster report
The British government said on Monday it was committed to disclosing the full facts behind the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush, an incident that changed English soccer forever.
Bad boy Mutu at it again, gets 3-match ban for punching opponent
Cesena's Romanian striker Adrian Mutu has been banned for three Serie A matches after punching an opponent during Sunday's game against his former club Fiorentina.
Ferguson says Evra stands by Suarez racism claim
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is standing by his allegation that he was racially abused by Liverpool's Luis Suarez and will continue to pursue the matter, United manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday.
Abidal keen to extend stay at Barca
France fullback Eric Abidal wants to stay at Barcelona for two more seasons and is looking to wrap up a deal at a meeting with club officials on Thursday.
October 17, 2011Vidic back in Man U squad, Ferdinand misses out
Nemanja Vidic travelled with the Manchester United squad for their Champions League visit to Romania on Monday while fellow central defender Rio Ferdinand remained at home, the club confirmed on their website.
Coach Maradona dedicates opening win to mums in Argentina
Diego Maradona dedicated victory to the mothers of Argentina after his team Al Wasl made a winning start to their league season with a 3-0 win over Sharjah on Sunday.
October 16, 2011Van Persie double fires Arsenal to victory
Robin van Persie struck twice as Arsenal began to repair the damage from their poor start to the Premier League season with a 2-1 victory at home to Sunderland on Sunday.
FA to investigate Evra's racism allegation
The English FA will investigate an allegation by Manchester United defender Patrice Evra that he was racially abused by Liverpool forward Luis Suarez during Saturday's 1-1 draw in the Premier League.
Man U's Evra claims of racist abuse by Suarez
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has accused Liverpool striker Luis Suarez of racist abuse in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League clash between the two teams and has demanded action be taken against the Uruguayan.
La Liga: Messi's Barca double, Higuain shines for Real
Gonzalo Higuain bagged a remarkable third hat-trick in two weeks to steer Real Madrid to a 4-1 win over Real Betis on Saturday while Lionel Messi's double kept Barcelona top of La Liga with a 3-0 victory over Racing Santander.
Man City take top spot from United
Manchester City went top of the Premier League when they beat Aston Villa 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday after Manchester United dropped two points in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. City won with goals from Mario Balotelli, Adam Johnson, Vincent Kompany and James Milner against his former club and moved on to 22 points from their eight matches, two points clear of United who are on 20.
October 15, 2011Churchill win Durand Cup via tie-breaker
Churchill Brothers on Saturday regained the Durand Cup after a gap of one year by defeating Prayag United 5-4 via tie-breaker, in New Delhi.
October 14, 2011England striker Rooney handed three-match ban
England striker Wayne Rooney has been given a three-match international ban by UEFA for his sending-off against Montenegro last Friday, ruling him out of the group stage of Euro 2012.
October 13, 2011Durand Cup: Churchill, Prayag United to meet in final
Former champions Churchill Brothers outplayed Shillong Lajong FC 4-1 to set up a summit clash against Prayag United in the Durand Cup football tournament, in New Delhi, on Thursday.
Tevez to face disciplinary proceedings
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will face disciplinary proceedings for alleged breaches of contract after manager Roberto Mancini had said he refused to come on as a substitute in a Champions League game, the club announced on Wednesday.
Real Madrid table bid for Javier Hernandez
Spanish football giant Real Madrid have tabled a 30 million pound bid for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
October 12, 2011Durand Cup: Defending champs Prayag in final
Defending champions Prayag United ended Pune FC's Durand Cup campaign after defeating them 2-0 in the semi-final at the Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi on Wednesday.
Portugal among four seeds for Euro 2012 play-off draw
Portugal, Croatia, Ireland and the Czech Republic have been seeded for Thursday's draw, for next month's Euro 2012 playoffs, UEFA said in a statement Wednesday.
Venezuela stun Argentina in World Cup qualifier
Argentina's impressive opening qualifying victory over Chile last week was soon forgotten when the two-time World Cup winners were handed a humiliating 1-0 defeat by Venezuela on Tuesday.
Injured Totti to miss Sunday's Rome derby
AS Roma captain Francesco Totti is out of Sunday's Rome derby against Lazio because of a thigh strain, the club said on Tuesday.
October 11, 2011West Ham stadium deal falls through
A deal to award preferred bidder status for London's main 2012 Olympic stadium to English soccer club West Ham United has collapsed, according to a BBC report on Tuesday.
FIFA must be put in its place: Romario
FIFA must not be allowed to ride roughshod over Brazilian law when it stages the 2014 World Cup, former Brazil striker Romario, now a federal Congressman, said on Monday.
Real Madrid to offer Tevez escape from City
Spanish football giant Real Madrid is ready to offer Argentine star Carlos Tevez an escape from his Manchester City nightmare.
October 10, 2011Pune FC, Churchill enter Durand Cup semis
Pune FC beat Air-India 2-1 to enter the last four stage in the 124th Durand Cup at the Ambedkar stadium, in New Delhi.
Neville reckons England not good enough to win Euro
England are not good enough to win Euro 2012 because the players have 'no mobility and can't keep the ball' according to former England defender Gary Neville.
Rooney's England place in danger after red card
Fabio Capello has warned Wayne Rooney that he will not be automatically recalled to the England team after serving his suspension at the European championship next year.
Thigh injury rules Julio Cesar out of Brazil friendly
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar travelled back to his club Inter Milan on Sunday nursing a bruised thigh that has put him out of the upcoming friendly against Mexico, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) said.
Man United braces itself for Berbatov raid
Manchester United appears to be bracing itself for losing Bulgarian star Dimitar Berbatov to either Valencia or Paris Saint-Germain.
October 09, 2011Spain's Albiol out with fractured cheek bone
Spain defender Raul Albiol fractured a cheek bone in training on Sunday and is out of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Scotland.
October 07, 2011Rooney relaxed following dad's arrest: Capello
Wayne Rooney was relaxed following the arrest of his father and will start for England in their crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on Friday, manager Fabio Capello said.
Cannavaro believes Italy no favourites for Euro
Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro believes his country are outsiders to lift the Euro 2012 trophy and has tipped hometown club Napoli for success in this season's Champions League.
'Villas-Boas could be at Chelsea for 10-15 years'
Andre Villas-Boas could emulate Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal by remaining Chelsea's manager for 10 or 15 years, club chairman Bruce Buck said on Thursday.
'Playing Blackburn is an opportunity for us to learn'
Close on the heels of the Lionel Messi-led Argentine side's match in Kolkata, English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers will make a maiden appearance in India as they take on local side Pune FC in an exhibition match in Pune on Friday.
Blackburn Rovers too good for Pune FC
Visitors Blackburn Rovers brushed aside a spirited performance by a 10-man Pune FC as they defeated the hosts 3-0 in what was the first ever match in India by an English Premier League side here this evening.
Durand Cup: Salgaocar, United Sikkim score
I-League and Federation Cup champions Salgaocar began their campaign in the Durand Cup football tournament with a solitary goal win over Border Security Force in Delhi on Friday. United Sikkim beat Indian Air Force 3-0 in another quarter-final league match.
October 06, 2011Everton manager David Moyes 'best Premier League boss'
The latest figures have shown that Everton manager David Moyes is the best value-for-money as the football boss.
October 05, 2011AIFF gets go ahead to use Jawaharlal Nehru stadium
The All India Football Federation has received permission from the Sports Ministry to use the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for 40 days a year.
Euro: Germany look to tame Turkey in pursuit of perfection
Three-time European champions Germany are keen to notch their ninth win in as many Euro 2012 qualifiers when they take on Turkey on Friday as they seek to become the first German team to go through a qualifying campaign without dropping a point.
We have to fight back into a better position: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has written to the fans asking them to lower their expectations in the wake of the team's fourth Premier League defeat.
October 04, 2011Blackburn Rovers to arrive in Pune on Wednesday
English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers are set to arrive in Pune on Wednesday morning, by a chartered aircraft from Manchester to commence a three-day tour of the country.
Germany's Kroos doubtful for Euro qualifier against Turkey
Germany midfielder Toni Kroos could miss the Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey on Friday but could be fit for next week's game against Belgium, coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday.
Benzema ruled out of France qualifiers
France striker Karim Benzema has been ruled out of Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Albania and next Tuesday's game with Bosnia because of an abductor muscle problem and several other players are carrying injuries.
Arsenal and Spurs unite following ugly chants
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur put their intense on-field rivalry to one side on Monday by taking the unusual step of issuing a joint statement condemning the chants of some of their supporters at Sunday's north London derby at White Hart Lane.
October 03, 2011Ancelotti interested in Spurs job
Former Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to manage again in England and has hinted he would be interested in the Tottenham Hotpur job if Harry Redknapp takes over England when Fabio Cepello retires after Euro 2012.
Tevez set for talks with Man City officials
Carlos Tevez was meeting Manchester City officials on Monday as the inquiry into his actions during last week's Champions League match at Bayern Munich, takes a significant step forward, a source close to the player confirmed to Reuters.
CAS reject Bin Hammam bid to reclaim AFC presidency
Mohamed Bin Hammam has failed in his bid to be reinstated as head of Asian soccer by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Monday.
Arsenal's Sagna gets injured in Tottenham defeat
Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna broke his leg in the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur and could miss three months, the French Football Federation said, on Sunday, as he was replaced in France's Euro 2012 qualifying squad by Lille's Mathieu Debuchy.
Lampard treble fires Chelsea, Spurs beat Arsenal
Frank Lampard's hat-trick inspired Chelsea to a 5-1 thumping of Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur poured more misery on Arsenal with a 2-1 victory in a controversial north London derby in the Premier League on Sunday.
October 02, 2011Udinese go top in Italy with easy 2-0 win over Bologna
Udinese climbed above Napoli to the top of Serie A, on Sunday, as goals from Mehdi Benatia and Antonio Di Natale gave the Bianconeri a comfortable 2-0 home win over lowly Bologna.
Napoli go top after winning at 10-man Inter
Napoli shot to the top of Serie A with a controversial 3-0 win at 10-man Inter Milan on Saturday as Claudio Ranieri suffered his first defeat in charge and was sent off at halftime.
Bilbao win derby despite Martinez wonder strike
Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez scored from inside his own half in the Basque derby on Sunday, but Fernando Llorente's brace made sure Athletic Bilbao earned a 2-1 away win in La Liga.
October 01, 2011Man Utd stay on top, City end tough week with win at Blackburn
Manchester City's tough week ended on a high note on Saturday when they won 4-0 at Blackburn Rovers to maintain their unbeaten start in the Premier League and stay level on points with Manchester United at the top of the table.
Barca lose Fabregas to injury for three weeks
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas sustained a hamstring injury during training on Saturday and will be out of action for around three weeks, the European champions said.
September 30, 2011Rooney and Hernandez ready for Man United return
Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez have recovered from injury and are available for Saturday's Premier League game at home to Norwich City, manager Alex Ferguson said.
Wenger one of world's great managers, says Arsenal owner
Arsene Wenger is one of the world's greatest managers and his future at Arsenal is assured for as long as he wants to stay, the club's owner Stan Kroenke said in a rare interview on Friday.
Salgaocar won't release coach Bencherifa for India job
Salgaocar's Karim Bencherifa was, on Friday, offered a year's contract to become coach of the Indian football team but is unlikely to take up the job. His club made it clear that it will not release him for the national assignment.
Manchester City players to stand up for Tevez?
Manchester City players who were sitting next to Carlos Tevez in the dugout will tell investigators that they did not hear him refuse to play at Bayern Munich.
Europa League: Schalke trump Haifa, easy win for Spurs
New Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens rekindled memories of leading the Germans to 1997 UEFA Cup glory with an easy 3-1 win over Maccabi Haifa in the second round of Europa League group matches on Thursday but favourites Paris St Germain lost.
'Frustrated' Dzeko apologises to City teammates
Bosnian international Edin Dzeko has apologised for reacting angrily after being substituted in Manchester City's 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
September 29, 2011Salgaocar down East Bengal to win Federation Cup
Salgaocar Goa dashed East Bengal's hopes of a hat-trick of titles with a 3-1 victory in the final of the 33rd Federation Cup football tournament in Kolkata on Thursday. Edeh Chidi (fifth minute) and Francis Fernandes (19th) gave Salgaocar an early lead before substitute Ryuji Sueoka (66th minute) put the issue beyond doubt with a third goal to help Salgaocar regain the Federation Cup after a gap of 14 years.
Chasing records is not my goal: Messi
Lionel Messi has dismissed talk of chasing records after the Argentine struck twice in Wednesday's 5-0 Champions League win at BATE Borisov to equal Ladislau Kubala as Barcelona's second highest scorer of all time on 194 goals.
Man City suspend 'finished' Tevez for defying coach
Manchester City suspended striker Carlos Tevez for up to two weeks on Wednesday, a day after manager Roberto Mancini said the player had refused to come on as a substitute in their Champions League match at Bayern Munich.
Champions League: Messi sets up Barca win, Milan down Plzen
Holders Barcelona barely broke a sweat in a ruthless 5-0 hammering of BATE Borisov while former champions AC Milan made harder work of finding the net before overcoming new boys Viktoria Plzen 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
September 28, 2011Sunderland's Bramble held over alleged sex assault
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and drug possession, police said on Wednesday.
East Bengal, Salgaocar face-off in Fed Cup final
Twice lucky on their road to the third successive Federation Cup football final, two-time defending champions East Bengal will take on I-League winners Salgaocar in the title clash of the 33rd edition of the tournament, in Kolkata on Thursday.
Tevez denies he refused to play in Munich
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has denied he refused to play in Tuesday's Champions League Group A match against Bayern Munich, media reports said on Wednesday.
Tevez refused to play as sub against Bayern, reveals Mancini
Argentine forward Carlos Tevez refused to play for Manchester City when manager Roberto Mancini told him to come on as a substitute during their 2-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Mancini said on Tuesday.
Champions League: Manchester clubs suffer; Bayern, Real surge
Manchester United salvaged a point with a 90th minute header from Ashley Young to claim a 3-3 home draw with Basel in their Champions League Group C match on Tuesday after the Swiss champions came from 2-0 down to lead 3-2.
September 27, 2011Paes says football is in his genes, he is keen to promote it
Indian tennis icon Leander Paes, who will participate in the Olympics for the sixth time next year, said he is keen to promote Indian football, perhaps in the role of a brand ambassador.
East Bengal, Salgaocar clash in Federation Cup final
East Bengal once again had luck on their side as they registered a 2-1 victory over an impressive Prayag United SC to set up a summit clash with Salgaocar in the 33rd Federation Cup football tournament, in Kolkata, on Monday.
EPL fixtures list decided by TV broadcasters: Ferguson
Television has too much power over English soccer, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday.
Torres admits 'it's been difficult at Chelsea'
Fernando Torres's first few months at Chelsea have been "very difficult" but the Spain striker said the club's fans had always supported him.
No team is unbeatable and neither is Bayern: Dzeko
Bayern Munich are not unbeatable despite their impressive nine-game winning streak without conceding a goal, Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko said on Monday.
September 26, 2011Durand Cup swells budget, winner's prize up to 20 lakh
Its overall budget more than doubled to Rs 1.54 crore, the world's third oldest football tournament -- the Durand Cup -- has hiked the winners' purse from Rs five lakh to Rs 20 lakh for its 124th edition to be held next month.
Blackburn to tour India in early October
Blackburn Rovers will visit India early next month, having cancelled their July trip at the last minute following blasts in Mumbai, the Indian owners of the English Premier League side said on Monday.
Malaga held to 0-0 draw at Real Zaragoza
Malaga missed the chance to join Andalusian neighbours Real Betis at the top of La Liga when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Real Zaragoza on Sunday.
QPR draw with Villa after late own goal from Dunne
Queens Park Rangers salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday with their first home goal of the season coming from Villa defender Richard Dunne who put through his own net in stoppage time.
September 25, 2011Fed Cup: Salgaocar edge out Lajong FC, reach final
Reigning I-League champions Salgaocar rode on a late strike by Edeh Chidi to pip Shillong Lajong FC 1-0 and advance to the final of the 33rd Federation Cup at the floodlit Yuba Bharati Krirangan, in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Injury-hit East Bengal to face stiff challenge from Prayag
Injury-hit East Bengal will have to overcome stiff challenge from resurgent Prayag United SC when the two local teams lock horns, in what promises to be a thrilling second semifinal contest of the 33rd Federation Cup in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Manchester United drop first points but end day on top
Manchester United dropped their first points of the season after a 1-1 draw at Stoke City on Saturday but ended the day leading the Premier League table after vacating top spot to Manchester City for a few hours.
September 24, 2011EPL: Manchester City beat Everton to go top of the table
Manchester City went top of the Premier League, at least until Manchester United play at Stoke City later on Saturday, when they beat Everton 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium with goals from second-half substitutes Mario Balotelli and James Milner.
September 23, 2011Fabregas makes me a better player: Xavi
Playing alongside new Barcelona team mate Cesc Fabregas is helping Xavi improve his game, the 31-year-old Spanish international said on Thursday.
Milan's Pato ruled out for four weeks
AC Milan's Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato was ruled out for a month with a thigh injury on Thursday, adding to a worrying injury list for the Italian champions.
September 22, 2011Salgaocar whip Pailan Arrows, enter Fed Cup semis
I-League champions Salgaocar SC stormed into the semi-finals of the Federation Cup football tournament after blanking Pailan Arrows 3-0 at the Balewadi Sports Complex, in Pune, on Thursday.
Prayag United down Sporting Clube, enter Fed Cup semis
Kolkata challengers Prayag United registered a 2-1 victory over Sporting Clube de Goa on Thursday to set up a semi-final clash against seven-time champions East Bengal in the 33rd Federation Cup football tournament.
AIFF offers coach Armando one-year contract
Instead of a longer tenure as desired by him, national football coach Armando Colaco will be offered a one-year contract after his current term expires this month, the All India Football Federation (AIFF), said on Thursday.
Serie A: Vucinic on target for Juve then sent off
Juventus's new signing Mirko Vucinic scored and then got sent off before halftime as Juventus were held 1-1 at home by Bologna on Wednesday to drop their first points in Serie A this season.
Ranieri tipped to coach Inter after Gasperini gets fired
Inter Milan fired coach Gian Piero Gasperini on Wednesday after he managed only one draw and four defeats in his first five competitive games in charge.
La Liga: Barca draw at Valencia, Real held
Barcelona twice came from behind to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw at Valencia while Real Madrid dropped points again in a goalless affair at Racing Santander in La Liga on Wednesday.
League Cup: City, Liverpool Chelsea register wins
Debutant Owen Hargreaves scored his first goal for more than three years and Mario Balotelli grabbed his first of the season as Manchester City beat holders Birmingham City 2-0 in a League Cup third round tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
September 21, 2011Serie A: Shock loss for Inter at Novara
Inter Milan's miserable start to the season continued with a shock 3-1 defeat at promoted Novara on Tuesday heaping the pressure on beleaguered coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
League Cup: Owen brace cheers United, Spurs ousted
Michael Owen struck twice in his first game of the season as Manchester United thrashed bitter rivals Leeds United 3-0 in a League Cup third-round tie at Elland Road on Tuesday.
Fed Cup: Lajong qualify for semis; Bagan, Churchill out
Shillong Lajong qualified for the semi-finals of the Federation Cup football tournament after defeating Royal Wahingdoh by a solitary goal in Pune on Wednesday.
East Bengal in Federation Cup semis
Defending champions East Bengal booked a berth in the semi-finals of the Federation Cup football tournament following a scrappy 1-0 victory over Dempo, in a Group C fixture in Kolkata on Wednesday. On a rain-soaked evening, East Bengal, after displaying poor finishing in the opening session, made amends after the break, with Robin Singh scoring the match-winner in the 68th minute, at the floodlit Yuba Bharati Krirangan.
Arsenal have no plans to sack Wenger
Arsenal are not in crisis and fully support Arsene Wenger's efforts to turn around the club after a poor start to the season, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said on Tuesday.
September 20, 2011Salgaocar too good for HAL; Air India held
I-League champions Salgaocar registered their first victory in the 33rd Federation Cup football tournament, trouncing Hindustan Aeronautics Limited 4-0 in Pune on Tuesday.
Lajong show Bagan the exit; Dempo win
Shillong's Lajong Football Club beat Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan 3-1, while Dempo got the better of Mohammedan Sporting by a similar margin in the Federation Cup football tournament on Monday night.
September 19, 2011E Bengal edge Pune FC; Wahingdoh stun Churchill
Defending champions East Bengal showed their class as they beat Pune FC 2-1, while Meghalaya club Wahingdoh shocked Churchill Brothers by a similar margin, in the Federation Cup football tournament, at the Salt Lake Stadium, in Kolkata, on Monday.
Mourinho blames Khedira after Levante loss
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho criticised midfielder Sami Khedira after the German international got himself sent off in Sunday's shock 1-0 defeat at tiny Levante.
La Liga: Levante shock ten-man Real Madrid
Ten-man Real Madrid slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Levante on Sunday as the tiny Valencia-based club ended the nine-times European champions' perfect start to the season.
Serie A: Napoli down Milan as Cavani 'tricks'
Striker Edinson Cavani scored a superb hat-trick to give Napoli a 3-1 home win over defending Serie A champions AC Milan on Sunday.
September 18, 2011Mumbai FC hold Salgaocar, Prayag win
I-League champions Salgaocar, were held to a goalless draw by Mumbai FC but Prayag United rode on Joshimar Dasilva's strike to beat Chirag United Kerala 1-0 in their respective Federation Cup matches in Pune on Sunday.
Merciless Messi hits three as Barca win 8-0
A hat-trick by Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to an 8-0 rout of Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday as the champions responded with a devastating performance after a poor week by their high standards.
Serie A: Inter held by Roma, Cagliari lead way
Inter Milan and AS Roma picked up their first points of the Serie A season on Saturday after sharing an entertaining 0-0 draw at the San Siro.
September 17, 2011Fancied teams bite dust in Fed Cup openers
An inspired show by 10-man Pune FC helped them beat Dempo SC 2-1 in a group league match of the 33rd Federation Cup, which was held at the Salt Lake Stadium, in Kokata on Saturday.
Blackburn stun Arsenal, record first win of season
Blackburn Rovers heaped more misery on Arsenal when they came from behind to beat Arsene Wenger's side 4-3 in the Premier League on Saturday with the Gunners conceding two second half own goals at Ewood Park.
September 16, 2011David Beckham to get a new motorbike
Football star David Beckham is all set to buy a new custom built motorbike for himself.
September 14, 2011'Even Bolt would not have caught Pato'
Not even 100 metres world record holder Usain Bolt could have caught AC Milan's Alexandre Pato when he streaked through to score against Barcelona after 24 seconds on Tuesday, Barca coach Pep Guardiola said.
September 13, 2011Wahingdoh qualify for Fed Cup main phase
Royal Wahingdoh defeated ONGC 3-1 to qualify for the main phase of the Federation Cup football tournament in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Ferdinand to miss opening Champions League match
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will miss the Premier League champions' opening Champions League Group C match against Benfica in Lisbon on Wednesday, the club said on Tuesday.
September 12, 2011Federation Cup: Mohd Sporting qualify for main phase
Mohammedan Sporting qualified for the main phase of the Federation Cup football tournament after defeating Goa's Vasco SC 1-0 at the Kalyani Stadium on Monday. Sporting, who needed just a draw to make it to the main round, scored through Suman Chandra Dey in the 81st minute.
September 11, 2011Man United fear Cleverley has broken foot
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley may have broken his foot after what manager Alex Ferguson said was a bad tackle from Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies in the champions' 5-0 victory on Saturday.
Campagnaro puts Napoli on track
Defender Hugo Campagnaro, who survived a fatal car crash in his native Argentina in June, scored the decisive goal as Napoli won 3-1 at 10-man Cesena in their opening Serie A match of the season on Saturday.
Capello's reign as England manager under threat
England manager Fabio Capello's reign is reportedly coming under increasing threat from factions within the Football Association (FA).
Rampant Rooney and Man United trump City
Manchester United stole neighbours City's thunder again on Saturday when a Wayne Rooney treble inspired a 5-0 demolition of Bolton Wanderers after their Premier League city rivals had hammered Wigan Athletic 3-0 with a hat-trick of their own.
September 10, 2011Ar-Hima hold Vasco to goalless draw
Vasco Sports Club escaped with a goalless draw against Ar-Hima in their first match of the preliminary phase of the Federation Cup football tournament in Howrah on Saturday.
Sunderland striker Gyan to join Al-Ain on loan
Sunderland's Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is to join UAE side Al-Ain on a season-long loan after human "parasites" affected his form, manager Steve Bruce has said.
September 09, 2011Crowd-puller Beckham to lead Britain's Oly team
Olympic Association have made David Beckham Britain's Olympic football captain to help sell 1.5 million unsold tickets for the 2012 London Games.
September 07, 2011Queens Park Rangers use Twitter to woo Beckham
New Queens Park Rangers (QPR) owner Tony Fernandes has revealed his interest in recruiting former England football great and LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham through a Twitter, posting.
Spain and Italy through to Euro 2012
World champions Spain and Italy completed the formalities of qualification for Euro 2012 on Tuesday, Netherlands are as good as through and England are in a commanding position to secure a place in next year's finals.
Messi inspires Argentina to 3-1 win over Nigeria
Lionel Messi created two goals to inspire Argentina to a 3-1 international friendly win over Nigeria in Dhaka on Tuesday.
September 06, 2011Chelsea boosted by Cech's return to training
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech returned to full training on Tuesday after a knee ligament injury, handing the Premier League club a boost before their Champions League opener against Bayer Leverkusen next week.
September 05, 2011Overpriced tickets cloud Messi's Dhaka visit
After enthralling the city's soccer fans for five days, the Lionel Messi-led Argentine team on Monday headed for Dhaka for a friendly match against Nigeria, winding up a historic trip to India during which the talismanic striker led his team for the first time in an international game.
September 04, 2011Arsenal's Wilshere ruled out two more months
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out of action for at least another two months due to an ankle injury, the England international said on Sunday.
September 02, 2011Messi-inspired Argentina edge Venezuela in Kolkata
Lionel Messi's corner was headed in by Nicolas Otamendi in the 67th minute as Argentina defeated Venezuela 1-0 in an international friendly in Kolkata.
Premier League transfer spending on the rise
English Premier League clubs spent some 485 million pounds ($789 million) in the summer transfer window, a 33 percent rise on last year, according to analysis published by advisory firm Deloitte on Thursday.
Mourinho believes in me: Kaka
Real Madrid's Brazil playmaker Kaka believes he retains the full confidence of club coach Jose Mourinho despite a spate of injuries and loss of form since his move to La Liga.
August 31, 2011'We are obligated to be in the next WC'
High on confidence after a successful Copa America campaign, Venezuela coach Cecar Farias is determined to break his side's jinx of being the only Latin American nation yet to qualify for the football World Cup by making the cut for the 2014 edition in neighbouring Brazil.
Arsenal snap up Brazilian Santos from Fenerbahce
Arsene Wenger continued re-shaping his struggling Arsenal squad with the signing of Brazilian left back Andre Santos from Turkish club Fenerbahce on Wednesday.
Cole joins Lille on loan from Liverpool
England midfielder Joe Cole has joined French champions Lille on a one-year loan, the Ligue 1 club said on Wednesday.
Looking to rebuild team around Messi: Sabella
After the disappointing show at the Copa America, Argentina's recently-appointed football coach Alejandro Sabella is keen to rebuild the team around Lionel Messi that will begin their campaign for the 2014 World Cup with Wednesday's FIFA international friendly against Venezuela.
Manchester United's IPO to be two-tier: source
Manchester United's $1 billion initial public offering in Singapore will use a two-tier share structure to minimise the influence of its new shareholders, a source familiar with the transaction said.
August 30, 2011Uruguay's Forlan to leave Atletico for Inter
Diego Forlan is to leave La Liga club Atletico Madrid after four seasons and will join Serie A side Inter Milan, the Uruguay striker announced on Monday.
Argentina, Venezuela stars arrive amid fan frenzy
The countdown for the city's date with Lionel Messi began as Argentinian footballers including the star strikers Gonzalo Higuaín and Sergio Aguero arrived in Kolkata along with 19 members of Venezuela team in different batches for their FIFA International friendly on September 2.
August 29, 2011Swansea player breaks leg in golf buggy crash
Swansea City defender Alan Tate has broken his leg after a 'bizarre golfing accident', the Premier League newcomers said on Sunday.
Atletico and Bilbao held at home in La Liga
A new-look Atletico Madrid suffered a setback in their opening La Liga match of the season when they squandered several chances and twice struck the post in a 0-0 home draw with Osasuna on Sunday.
August 28, 2011Chelsea, Liverpool go top of EPL table
Juan Mata scored on his Chelsea debut in a 3-1 home win over promoted Norwich City while Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam netted their first Liverpool goals in another 3-1 triumph over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
August 27, 2011Messi drives Barca to European Super Cup win
Lionel Messi scored one goal and created another as Champions League winners Barcelona lifted their fourth European Super Cup trophy Friday with a 2-0 victory over Porto, who finished with nine men.
August 26, 2011Man City striker Adebayor joins Spurs on loan
Tottenham Hotspur have signed Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a season-long loan from Premier League rivals Manchester City, the London club said on Thursday.
Messi wins best player in Europe award
Lionel Messi won the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe award on Thursday, finishing ahead of Barcelona teammate Xavi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
August 25, 2011Dias strike in vain as India lose to Guayana
The Indian football team suffered their second successive defeat of the Caribbean tour when they went down 1-2 to Guyana in an international friendly at the National Stadium in Goergetown, on Thursday.
Spurs can challenge stadium decision
English soccer club Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday won legal clearance to challenge a decision to hand the 2012 Olympic stadium to rivals West Ham United after the Games.
Teenage Slavia Sofia player stabbed in back
Slavia Sofia midfielder Bozhidar Vasev was stabbed in the back by unknown attackers in downtown Sofia on Tuesday night, police said.
Liverpool lead the way in League Cup
Liverpool led the way into the third round of the English League Cup with a 3-1 win at third-tier Exeter on Wednesday after a series of surprises 24 hours earlier in which four Premier League sides including Sunderland were bundled out.
Fenerbahce barred from CL due to fixing probe
The Turkish Football Federation has barred Fenerbahce from this season's Champions League under pressure from UEFA in connection with a match-fixing investigation involving the top Istanbul club, the federation said on Wednesday.
Arsenal scrape past Udinese to book CLeague spot
Arsenal teetered on the brink of elimination before coming from behind to win 2-1 at Udinese and qualify for the Champions League for the 14th season in a row on Wednesday.
August 24, 2011Liverpool FC launch academy in India
In an attempt to promote football in a cricket-crazy country and attract youth to the sport, former England and Liverpool player Steve McMahon announced the launch of 'Steve McMahon Football Academy' in Delhi on Wednesday, in association with the British club.
Nayeemuddin, Shabbir Ali berate Bhutia
Dronacharya awardee coach Syed Nayeemuddin led a bunch of former football stars in lashing out against just-retired Bhaichung Bhutia, accusing him of conspiracy during the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in 2006.
Arsenal rollercoaster takes new twists and turns
Arsenal's early-season soap opera took more twists and turns on Tuesday with midfielder Samir Nasri poised to join Manchester City and manager Arsene Wenger given clearance by UEFA to delay his European ban.
Top-flight clubs make English League Cup exit
Premier League quartet Sunderland, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City were bundled out of the League Cup in the second round on Tuesday.
Barca's injured Pique to miss European Super Cup
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will miss this week's European Super Cup clash with Porto due to a calf injury, the Champions League holders said on Tuesday.
Champions League: Bayern canter through
Bayern Munich cantered into the Champions League group stages after a 1-0 victory at FC Zurich on Tuesday while two goals from Giuseppe Rossi rescued Villarreal against Odense.
Eto'o set to join Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala
Anzhi Makhachkala have agreed a transfer fee with Inter Milan for Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, the Russian Premier League club said on Tuesday.
August 23, 2011Arsenal agree to sell Nasri to Man City
Samir Nasri's move from Arsenal to Manchester City moved a step closer on Tuesday when Arsenal confirmed they had agreed terms with their Premier League rivals for the French midfielder.
Mikel's kidnapped father is released
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel' father has been released by his kidnappers in Nigeria, the player' management company said on Monday.
Barca refuse to file complaint against Mourinho
European champions Barcelona have refrained from making an official complaint against Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho for last week's eye poking incident and have called for an easing of tensions with their arch-rivals.
Welbeck inspires Man United to win over Spurs
Striker Danny Welbeck scored one goal and created another to inspire a youthful Manchester United team to a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in an entertaining Premier League match at Old Trafford on Monday.
August 22, 2011Wenger handed two-match European ban
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was handed a two-match European ban for failing to abide by the conditions of a previous suspension and will miss Wednesday's Champions League qualifier at Udinese, UEFA said on Monday. UEFA's disciplinary board also fined the English Premier League club 10,000 euros (12,608 pounds) "for improper conduct by its officials" during last week's play-off round first leg, which Arsenal won 1-0.
Football: Trinidad & Tobago rout India
Riding on Darryl Roberts' brace, Trinidad & Tobago defeated India 3-0 in an international friendly at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
Valencia agree to sell Mata to Chelsea
The 23-year-old has been mainstay of the Valencia side since 2008 with his speed and goals marking him out as one of Europe's most exciting widemen.
Man City go top, Montpellier lead in France
Big-spending Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the English Premier League season with a 3-2 win at Bolton Wanderers, while Arsenal capped a week to forget with a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool.
August 21, 2011Silva service lifts City top with win at Bolton
Manchester City, inspired by the outstanding David Silva and playing with new-found attacking panache, won 3-2 at Bolton Wanderers to go top of the Premier League Sunday.
August 20, 2011Sporting Clube de Goa lifts up Super Cup
Sporting Clube de Goa on Saturday trounced rivals Dempo Sports Club 6-4 in a penalty shoot-out to lift the Super Cup.
Chelsea fight back to win, Arsenal's woes grow
Florent Malouda scored a late winner as Chelsea came from behind to beat visitors West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Saturday, while Arsenal's woes deepened with a 2-0 defeat by Liverpool in the Premier League.
August 19, 2011Vidic faces up to five weeks out with calf injury
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic faces longer on the sidelines than initially expected with manager Alex Ferguson saying on Friday the defender would be out for up to five weeks with a calf injury.
Kolkata tie: Messi to lead Argentina, Tevez out
Striker Carlos Tevez has been left out of the star-studded Argentina football squad led by Barcelona supertstar Lionel Messi for a friendly against Venezuela, to be played at the Salt Lake Stadium on September 2.
Argentina recall Riquelme, Veron, name 2 squads
Juan Roman Riquelme and Juan Sebastian Veron were recalled by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella on Thursday in a squad of home-based players to prepare for two friendlies against arch-rivals Brazil next month.
Atletico Madrid spend 40 million euros on Falcao
Atletico Madrid have agreed to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao from Porto for a fee of 40 million euros ($57.26 million).
Wenger confused by UEFA touchline ban rules
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confused about UEFA's rules covering touchline bans after he was ordered to stop communicating with his team during a Champions League playoff win over Udinese.
August 18, 2011Man United applies for Singapore IPO: source
English Premier League soccer champions Manchester United have filed a preliminary application with the Singapore Exchange for a planned listing, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said on Thursday.
Malaysian Fernandes takes over QPR
Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes completed the takeover of Premier League club Queens Park Rangers on Thursday and promised to take the club to new heights in the next few years.
Chelsea's Mikel gets 'sizeable' demand for dad
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has received a "sizeable" ransom demand for the return of his kidnapped father, the player's management company confirmed on Thursday.
East Bengal open Fed Cup against qualifier
Defending champions East Bengal kick-off their campaign against a qualifier, while I-League champions Salgaocar take on Mumbai FC on the inaugural day of the 33rd Federation Cup football tournament, on September 17 in Kolkata and Pune respectively.
Fabregas makes winning debut for Barca
Cesc Fabregas made a winning debut as a substitute for Barcelona against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, just three days after completing his move from Arsenal.
Man City to sign Nasri in next 24 hours
Manchester City have moved closer to signing Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri and are reportedly trying to finalize the deal in the next 24 hours.
Mourinho is wrecking Spanish game: Pique
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has accused Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of "wrecking Spanish football" following the European champions' stormy Spanish Super Cup win on Wednesday.
Robben inspires Bayern to easy win over Zurich
Arjen Robben set up the first goal and scored a superb second to give Bayern Munich a comfortable 2-0 win over FC Zurich in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Wednesday.
Messi fires Barca to dramatic Super Cup win
Lionel Messi volleyed a late winner as Barcelona beat arch-rivals Real Madrid 3-2 in a fiery Spanish Super Cup second leg Wednesday to secure a 5-4 aggregate victory after the match ended with a mass brawl that saw three players sent off.
August 17, 2011India cancel football friendly against Barbados
The Indian football team's tour of the West Indies is turning out to be a hugely controversial one. Wednesday's first international friendly against Barbados was called off after a fuming coach Armando Colaco protested against the cold treatment meted out to them by the local organisers.
Arsenal's Champions League hopes in the balance
Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the 14th time in a row were in the balance after a 1-0 win at home to Udinese in the first leg of the playoffs on Tuesday.
August 16, 2011Newcastle and Arsenal charged by FA
Newcastle United and Arsenal were charged by the FA on Monday for failing to control their players during their bad-tempered goalless draw in the opening Premier League match of the season at St James' Park on Saturday.
Galaxy agree to sign Keane from Spurs
LA Galaxy have reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur to buy Ireland captain Robbie Keane, the MLS club said on their website on Monday.
August 15, 2011Welcome to England, Ferguson tells De Gea
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea's stuttering start to his career at his new club is just part of getting to grips with life in the Premier League, manager Alex Ferguson said on Sunday.
Barca grab 2-2 draw at Real in Super Cup opener
European and La Liga champions Barcelona held arch-rivals Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
Arsenal, Barcelona agree Fabregas deal
Barcelona and Arsenal have reached agreement in principal on the transfer of Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas to the Spanish club, Barcelona said on Sunday.
August 14, 2011Man United make winning start, Chelsea draw
English champions Manchester United opened their title defence with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday while Chelsea could manage a draw only in new coach Andre Villas-Boas' first Premier League match.
August 13, 2011Wasteful Liverpool held, QPR get harsh lesson
Liverpool rued a missed penalty and a disallowed goal as they drew 1-1 at home with Sunderland and newcomers Queens Park Rangers got a rude awakening on the opening day of the Premier League season on Saturday.
UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules in a nutshell
Europe's governing body UEFA says the rules, called Financial Fair Play (FFP), are designed to stop reckless spending on wages and transfer fees, and curb large cash injections from rich club owners.
August 12, 2011Fabregas signs for Barcelona: reports
Cesc Fabregas has finally signed for Barcelona on a five-year deal.
Liverpool complete signing of Enrique
Liverpool signed left back Jose Enrique on a long-term deal from Newcastle United on Friday after the Spaniard passed a medical, the club said.
EPL: Spurs opener postponed after riots
Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League match against Everton was postponed on Thursday in the aftermath of this week's riots in London, while the rest of this weekend's opening round of matches are poised to go ahead as planned.
August 11, 2011Tottenham's EPL opener postponed due to riots
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore told Sky Sports News a decision on the remainder of the weekend's topflight fixtures would be made at 1800 local time on Thursday.
Fabregas on brink of 36m pound Barca move
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is reportedly on the brink of sealing his dream move to Barcelona, but the midfielder will have to fork out 4.5 million pounds from his own pocket to do it.
August 10, 2011India lose to Pak in SAFF U-16 final
India's under-16 football team stumbled at the final hurdle, losing to Pakistan 1-2, in the SAFF Under-16 Championship in Kathmandu, on Wednesday.
Pune FC to release players for Caribbean tour
The All India Football Federation heaved a sigh of relief as I-League club Pune FC agreed to release their goalkeeper Subrata Paul and striker Jeje Lalpekhlua for the national team's tour of the Caribbean.
Colombia football coach quits after punching woman
Colombia coach Hernan Dario Gomez has resigned after apologising publicly on Monday for punching a woman in a bar, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said.
Clubs release players for India's Carib tour
Three top I-League clubs on Tuesday agreed to release their players for the national squad after initially threatening to call them back, paving the way for Indian football team's tour of the West Indies later this month.
Newcastle swoop to sign Man United winger Obertan
Newcastle United have signed French winger Gabriel Obertan on a five-year deal from Premier League champions Manchester United, the north-east club said on their website on Tuesday.
August 09, 2011England-Netherlands friendly victim of UK riots
England have cancelled Wednesday's international soccer friendly with the Netherlands at Wembley on police advice as forces focus on dealing with rioting and looting in the capital.
England call up Cleverley for Dutch friendly
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley was called up to the England squad on Monday for the midweek friendly with Netherlands after a sparkling performance in the Community Shield.
Colombia coach Gomez apologises for punching woman
Colombia coach Hernan Dario Gomez apologised on Monday for punching a woman who insulted him by criticising his work at the helm of the national team.
Tevez back in 'expensive' Manchester
Unsettled striker Carlos Tevez returned to Manchester City on Monday and the English city he had sworn he would never return to.
League Cup games postponed due to London riots
West Ham United's English League Cup game against Aldershot and Charlton Athletic's match with Reading on Tuesday have been postponed due to the riots sweeping London.
August 08, 2011Neuer, Boateng blunder as Bayern lose at home
Bayern Munich slumped to a shock home defeat by Borussia Moenchengladbach in their opening Bundesliga match on Sunday following a blunder by their most expensive new signings.
August 07, 2011United fight back to win thrilling Shield
Manchester United fought back from 2-0 down and struck deep into stoppage time to beat Manchester City 3-2 in a dramatic Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
August 06, 2011Milan edge out Inter in Super Cup
AC Milan earned the early bragging rights by beating city rivals Inter Milan 2-1 in the Italian Super Cup played in Beijing Sunday.
August 05, 2011SAFF Under-16: India in semis
India thrashed the Maldives 5-0 in their last group league match to enter the semi-finals in the Under-16 SAFF Championship, at the Dashrath stadium, in Kathamandu, Nepal, on Friday. The victory enabled the Indian colts finish second in Group A.
Teenager Romeu joins Chelsea from Barcelona
Chelsea have signed Barcelona's teenage midfielder Oriol Romeu on a four-year deal, last season's Premier League runners-up said on their website on Thursday.
Real Madrid loan midfielder Canales to Valencia
Real Madrid have agreed to loan attacking midfielder Sergio Canales to Valencia for the next two seasons, the Spanish clubs said in statements on Thursday.
Klinsmann names first squad as US coach
Juergen Klinsmann named his first squad as coach of the United States men's soccer team on Thursday, going with a mix of youth and experience for next week's international friendly against Mexico.
August 04, 2011India U-19 lose to Mexico's FC Chivas
The Indian under-19 side went down fighting to Mexico's FC Chivas 1-3 in the semi-finals of the Weifang Cup in Shandong, China. Pronoy Halder put India ahead early in the first half, but the team failed to hold on to the lead as Chivas restored parity just before the break.
Former Japan defender Matsuda dies
Former Japan defender Naoki Matsuda died in hospital on Thursday, three days after collapsing during training from a suspected heart attack. He was 34.
Dynamo Kiev, Rangers suffer early exits
Champions League regulars Dynamo Kiev and Rangers suffered early exits in the qualifying rounds on Wednesday while Benfica safely survived their tie against Trabzonspor.
Brazil to meet Argentina in September friendlies
Brazil will play Argentina in two friendlies next month, one in each country, with teams picked from the domestic leagues, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday.
August 03, 2011Real to help China build academy in Guangzhouz
Real Madrid will help China set up the country's biggest soccer academy in the southern city of Guangzhou and send coaches to help train young talent, according to local media reports.
Pele plays down feud with Teixeira
Brazil great Pele played down his feud with Brazilian FA chief Ricardo Teixeira on Tuesday, saying the most important thing was that his country stage a memorable World Cup in 2014.
CL qualifiers: Panathinaikos knocked out by Odense
Greek soccer, already plagued by match-fixing and crowd violence, suffered more misery on Tuesday when Panathinaikos lost 4-3 at home to Odense and were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers.
August 02, 2011Barca clear Jeffren to negotiate Lisbon move
Barcelona have given forward Jeffren permission to quit their tour of the United States to negotiate a transfer to Sporting Lisbon, the European champions said on Monday.
Bayern off to winning start at German Cup
Two first-half penalties helped Bayern Munich to a 3-0 win at second division Eintracht Braunschweig as they steered clear of trouble in the upset-strewn German Cup on Monday.
Australia call up Cahill for Wales friendly
Australia coach Holger Osieck has called up English Premier League players Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer in an 18-man squad for their friendly against Wales next week.
Sabella confirmed as Argentina coach
Alejandro Sabella has been confirmed as coach of Argentina until the 2014 World Cup finals after Sergio Batista had his contract rescinded following a disappointing Copa America.
Coach Klinsmann outlines modest goals for US
Juergen Klinsmann said that winning the World Cup was not a realistic short-term goal for the US side, despite the team's improved performance in recent years.
August 01, 2011India lose to Pak in SAFF U-16 football
India lost to Pakistan by a solitary goal in the opening match of the first-ever SAFF Under-16 football championship, at the Dharsath stadium, in Kathmandu, on Monday. Mansoor Khan scored the all-important goal in the 20th minute.
Serbia and Croatia in World Cup stare-down
The coaches of bitter Balkan rivals Serbia and Croatia were confident their teams would reach the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil after they were drawn together in a tough European qualifying Group A.
July 31, 2011Owen rallies Man Utd past Barcelona
Michael Owen scored a brilliant 76th minute goal to give Manchester United a 2-1 victory over FC Barcelona on Saturday night.
July 30, 2011Klinsmann named United States coach
Former Germany World Cup winner and manager Juergen Klinsmann was named United States coach on Friday, the U.S. soccer federation said.
Gerrard to miss start of season due to infection
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is in hospital and will miss the start of the new season after suffering an infection in a long-standing groin problem.
July 29, 2011Oman awarded win after violence stops WC qualifier
Oman advanced to the next stage of the Asian World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday after FIFA awarded them victory over Myanmar in a match abandoned in the 92nd minute because of crowd violence.
Bob Bradley fired as US national soccer coach
Bob Bradley was dumped as the United States national men's head coach on Thursday.
July 28, 2011India hold UAE with injury-time goal
A spirited India rallied with an injury-time goal to hold formidable United Arab Emirates 2-2, but it proved too little too late as they bowed out of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers under unplayable conditions at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi on Thursday.
Manchester Utd too good for MLS All Stars
Manchester United turned in an impressive showing as they beat MLS All Stars 4-0 at the at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, which drew a sellout crowd of 26,760, on Wednesday.
Argentine Aguero completes Manchester City move
Argentina forward Sergio Aguero has completed his move to big-spending Manchester City from Atletico Madrid, he said on his Twitter feed on Wednesday.
Man U's Hernandez hospitalised with concussion
Manchester United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez spent Tuesday night in hospital after suffering a concussion on the club's pre-season tour of the United States.
July 27, 2011Chelsea loan new keeper Courtois to Atletico
Towering goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who joined Chelsea from Belgian champions Racing Genk earlier this month, is to spend this season on loan at Atletico Madrid.
July 26, 2011Wenger backs plans for goalline technology
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has added his voice to calls for the introduction of goalline technology to the English Premier League -- perhaps as early as the 2012/13 season.
Copa America failure costs Batista Argentina job
Argentina's failure to win the Copa America as hosts and end an 18-year wait for a major title cost coach Sergio Batista his job on Monday.
July 25, 2011Bagan name Barreto as captain, Darby coach
Mohun Bagan named 35-year-old Brazilian Jose Ramirez Barreto as their captain for the upcoming season while presenting Englishman Steve Darby as the coach in a function at the club tent.
Balotelli back in Mancini's bad books
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli paid the price for attempting to score with an audacious trick shot against the LA Galaxy when he was immediately withdrawn from Sunday's friendly by manager Roberto Mancini after just 30 minutes.
Forlan scores two as Uruguay win Copa America
Diego Forlan scored twice after Luis Suarez's opening goal as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 to win the Copa America on Sunday and be crowned South American champions for a record 15th time.
July 24, 2011Red cards were not justified, says dejected Colaco
A dejected Indian football coach Colaco Colaco blamed his team's 0-3 defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates in a World Cup qualifying match to the two red cards his side was handed, saying they were "not justified."
UAE beat India 3-0 in World Cup qualifier
India suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates in a World Cup football second round qualifying match which was marred by two Indians being ejected early on at Al Ain near in Abu Dhabi.
FIFA hands Bin Hammam life ban for bribery
Asian soccer chief Mohamed Bin Hammam was banned for life Saturday after being found guilty by world football's ruling body of trying to buy votes ahead of last month's FIFA presidential election.
July 23, 2011''Pursue your passion, results will follow'
After being named as the proud recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award, star striker Sunil Chhetri feels that the award couldn't have come at a better time and will be a boost as India take on UAE in a World Cup qualifier in Al Ain on Saturday.
July 22, 2011WC football qualifier: India ready for UAE
Fresh from their historic 2-1 victory over Qatar in an international friendly, an inspired India will look to put up a spirited show when they take on UAE in the first leg of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Al Ain near Dubai on Saturday.
Paraguay coach banned for Copa final
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino will watch the Copa America final from the stands after he was suspended for two games following a brawl at the end of their semi-final win over Venezuela.
Chilean Sanchez to join Barca for $37 mln
Barcelona have agreed to sign Udinese's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez for 26 million euros ($36.9 million) plus a possible 11.5 million euros in variables as the Spanish and European champions made their first addition to their squad for next season.
July 21, 2011Paraguay beat unlucky Venezuela, enter Copa final
Paraguay rode their luck to hold Venezuela to a goalless draw before prevailing 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out on Wednesday to reach the final of the Copa America for the first time since 1979.
July 20, 2011Bhutia among probables for Indo-Pak soccer series
Veteran striker Bhaichung Bhutia is set to make a return to the Indian football squad having been named among the 32 probables for the three-match series against arch-rivals Pakistan in England starting August 25.
'Barca will fight to the end for Fabregas'
Barcelona are ready to fight to bring Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas back to the club right up until the transfer deadline on August 31, coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday.
Copa America: Uruguay beat Peru for place in final
Luis Suarez struck twice in three minutes as Uruguay beat Peru 2-0 in an enthralling encounter on Tuesday to reach the Copa America final and remain on course for a record 15th title.
Corinthians pull out of Tevez deal
Striker Carlos Tevez's proposed move to Corinthians has fallen through after the Brazilian club issued a statement on Tuesday saying time had run out to bring the Argentine back.
Blackburn postpone India trip following blasts
Blackburn Rovers have postponed their pre-season visit to India following last week's bomb blasts in Mumbai, the Indian-owned English Premier League club said on Tuesday.
July 19, 2011Villa sign Man City goalkeeper Given
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given from Manchester City on a five-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Inter to keep 2006 scudetto
Inter Milan were confirmed as 2006 Serie A champions on Monday after Italy's football federation (FIGC) said it did not have the authority to revoke the decision which stripped Juventus of the title.
July 18, 2011Barcelona have fortnight to secure Fabregas
Barcelona has two weeks to meet Arsenal's 40-million-pound asking price for Spanish midfield star Cesc Fabregas.
Man City set to sell Tevez to Corinthians
Manchester City have agreed to sell Carlos Tevez to Brazilian side Corinthians although a fee for the 27-year-old has yet to be finalised, City's manager Roberto Mancini said on Monday.
Japan shock US to win women's World Cup
Japan won the women's World Cup on Sunday for the first time, stunning the heavily favoured United States 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in extra time.
Brazil, Chile fall to shock Copa America defeats
South America's soccer hierarchy was hit by an Andean tremor as Venezuela stunned Chile 2-1 and Paraguay shocked holders Brazil by eliminating them from the Copa America on Sunday.
India beat Qatar in soccer friendly
Lowly India, ranked 147 in the world, pulled off a 2-1 victory over 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar in a friendly at the Al Sadd Stadium on Sunday.
July 17, 2011Messi's Copa dream crushed by old rivals
Lionel Messi's Copa America dream lay in tatters on Saturday after Argentina were beaten by old rivals Uruguay in a dramatic quarter-final.
July 16, 2011Bin Hammam tight-lipped over fresh allegations
Suspended Asian soccer chief Mohammed bin Hammam was tight-lipped on Saturday over reports alleging he was not fully co-operating in investigations over a cash-for-votes bribery scandal concerning his aborted bid for FIFA presidency.
Manchester City target Nasri, Aguero
Roberto Mancini broke the unwritten convention of talking about another club's player when he said he would like Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero to sign for Manchester City if his Argentina team-mate Carlos Tevez leaves the club.
Liverpool complete deals for Downing and Doni
Liverpool have completed the signing of winger Stewart Downing from Aston Villa and AS Roma's Brazilian goalkeeper Alexander Doni, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Football: Paul to lead India in Qatar friendly
Goalkeeper Subrata Paul who has been a hero in many of India's memorable triumphs of late was rewarded with captaincy for their international friendly against Qatar to be played in Doha on Sunday.
Manchester United world's most valuable team
English Premier League champions Manchester United have retained their title as the world's most valuable sports team, according to Forbes magazine's (www.forbes.com) annual top 50 list.
July 15, 2011Fabregas plight at Arsenal 'like a kidnapping'
The situation Cesc Fabregas finds himself in at Arsenal is akin to a 'kidnapping' and the English club should allow him to return to Barcelona, the mayor of his home town was quoted as saying on Friday.
World's oldest soccer rule book sold for $1.4mn
The world's oldest soccer rule book dating from the 1850s was sold for £881,250 ($1.4 million) at a Sotheby's auction in London, the book's owners Sheffield FC said on their website on Thursday.
Vieira retires and takes new role at Man City
Manchester City's former France midfielder Patrick Vieira formally announced his long-expected retirement as a player at the age of 35 on Thursday and was appointed as the club's Football Development Executive.
'Mourinho made me believe in myself again'
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is waiting for Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to call so he can return to the club where he had a successful loan spell last season and has ruled out moving anywhere else.
Don't compare Argentina with Barcelona: Messi
It is a mistake to compare Argentina with Barcelona as the Spanish club have been working as a unit for a lot longer, Lionel Messi said on Thursday.
July 14, 2011AIFF sticks to 40-match rule
Despite objection from some leading clubs, the All India Football Federation on Thursday decided to put the cap on the number of matches a player can play in domestic tournaments, including the I-League, to 40.
Arsenal boss Wenger pans 'disrespectful' Xavi
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised Barcelona midfielder Xavi for claiming Cesc Fabregas is "suffering" at the Premier League club.
US, Japan to clash in women's World Cup final
The United States struck twice late in the second half to beat France 3-1 on Wednesday and will face Japan in the women's World Cup final. The Japanese, playing in their first semi-final, beat Sweden by the same score with a double from Nahomi Kawasumi, including a spectacular 35-metre lob, to book a spot in Sunday's final.
Liverpool agree fee for Villa's Downing
Liverpool have agreed a fee with Aston Villa for England left winger Stewart Downing after the player handed in a transfer request, the Premier League clubs said on Wednesday.
Brazil beat Ecuador 4-2, to meet Paraguay in QF
Holders Brazil and their Group B rivals breathed life into the Copa America in two six-goal thrillers as they qualified for the quarter-finals with Venezuela and Paraguay on Wednesday.
July 13, 2011Barton misses Newcastle tour after US deny visa
Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton will miss his team's pre-season tour of the United States after being denied a visa, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Rovers to play exhibition match against Pune FC
In a historic first for Indian football, Pune FC will host English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in an exhibition match on July 22.
Copa America: Uruguay to face Argentina
Uruguay eliminated Mexico from the Copa America Tuesday to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Argentina, while Chile finished top of Group C after a 1-0 win over Peru.
Corinthians offer to bring Tevez back rejected
Corinthians have made an offer to Manchester City to bring Carlos Tevez back to Brazil, club president Andres Sanchez said on Tuesday, although British media reported that the bid had already been rejected.
July 12, 2011Govt plans affordable tkts for Messi match
In its effort to make ticket prices 'affordable' for the friendly between Argentina and Venezuela, involving star footballer Lionel Messi, on September 2, the West Bengal government is planning to introduce dedicated family blocks wherein tickets would be available at a discounted price.
Sneijder set for record move from Inter to Man Utd
Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has indicated that he is ready to sign for Manchester United and leave Inter Milan in a club record 35 million pound deal.
Corinthians bid shocking 36 mn pounds for Tevez
Brazilian club Corinthians has joined the race to sign Carlos Tevez, making a 36 million pound shock bid for the ace Argentine striker.
Maradona 'perfect' after car crash
Former Argentine soccer player and coach Diego Maradona escaped serious injury on Monday when his car was involved in a collision with a bus near his Buenos Aires home, local media and officials said.
July 11, 2011Arsenal seal deal for Ivorian striker Gervinho
Arsenal recruited Lille's 24-year-old Ivory Coast forward Gervinho Monday as they bid to boost their firepower this season and end a trophy drought stretching back to 2005.
Falcao goals put Colombia in quarter-finals
Striker Radamel Falcao scored twice as Colombia beat Bolivia 2-0 to win Group A at the Copa America on Sunday.
July 10, 2011Venezuela lead group, Brazil and Paraguay draw
Substitute Fred struck in a last-minute equaliser to give holders Brazil a 2-2 draw with Paraguay before unfancied Venezuela upset Ecuador 1-0 to go top of Group B at the Copa America on Saturday.
Ex-Italy skipper Cannavaro hangs up boots
Fabio Cannavaro, who led Italy to World Cup glory in 2006, announced his retirement from football at the age of 37 because of a nagging knee injury.
July 09, 2011Peru beat Mexico 1-0, Uruguay held by Chile
Peru edged Mexico 1-0 at the Copa America on Friday to move level on points at the top of Group C with Chile, who had earlier come from behind to draw 1-1 with Uruguay.
July 08, 2011Man City renames ground Etihad Stadium
Manchester City announced a hugely lucrative naming rights deal with Etihad Airways on Friday which will see their City of Manchester Stadium immediately renamed the Etihad Stadium.
Blackburn Rovers first team to visit India
English Premier League club, Blackburn Rovers, will make a visit to India on July 23.
Man U's O'Shea, Brown to move to Sunderland
Sunderland have signed defenders John O'Shea and Wes Brown from Manchester United on four-year contracts, the Premier League clubs said on Thursday.
Copa America: Young Costa Rica beat Bolivia
Teenage striker Joel Campbell shone as Costa Rica's second string team beat nine-man Bolivia 2-0 to push hosts and tournament favourites Argentina into third place in Group A at the Copa America on Thursday.
July 07, 2011Argentina escape with draw against Colombia
Argentina's hopes of making the quarter-finals of Copa America suffered a huge setback when they were held to a goalless draw, this time by Colombia, on Wednesday.
Liverpool sign Blackpool's Adam
Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
July 06, 2011Italian clubs to be allowed two non-EU signings
Serie A clubs will be allowed to sign two non-European Union players per season instead of the current one, the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) said on Tuesday.
Valencia injures ankle, misses next Copa match
Ecuador's Antonio Valencia has injured the ankle which he had surgery on last year and will miss their second Copa America Group B match against Venezuela on Saturday, a team doctor said on Tuesday.
Copa America: Argentina hope to avoid shock
The 'Elephants Graveyard' has played host to a string of major upsets through the years and Argentina are determined not to become the next giant to fall there when they face Colombia in the Copa America on Wednesday.
July 05, 2011Armando selects a squad of 30 for friendlies
A 30-member Indian squad has been selected for the twin international friendlies against Maldives and Qatar on Julu 10 and 17 respectively ahead of their World Cup qualifier against United Arab Emirates scheduled on July 23.
Tevez expresses desire to quit Manchester City
Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez wants to leave the Premier League club for personal reasons, the Argentine said in a statement to British media on Monday.
France midfielder Diarra joins Marseille
France midfielder Alou Diarra has joined Olympique Marseille from Girondins Bordeaux on a three-year deal, the 2010 French champions said on Monday.
Manchester City sign defender Clichy from Arsenal
Manchester City signed France left back Gael Clichy from Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday in a deal British media reported to be worth around 7 million pounds ($11.2 million).
July 04, 2011Liverpool appoint Keen as first team coach
Liverpool appointed Kevin Keen as first team coach on Sunday as part of manager Kenny Dalglish's reorganisation of his backroom staff.
Nasri hints at leaving Arsenal this summer
Arsenal's winger Samir Nasri has hinted that he may leave the club this summer and join rivals Manchester United.
Copa America: Brazil held 0-0 by Venezuela
Defending champions Brazil were held 0-0 by Venezuela in their opening Copa America Group B match on Sunday after being denied a possible penalty and seeing Alexandre Pato hit the bar.
WCup qualifying: Malaysia edge past Taiwan
Malaysia advanced to the second round of the 2014 World Cup Asian qualifying on Sunday after surviving a nerve-wracking finale to edge past Taiwan on away goals with a 4-4 aggregate score.
July 03, 2011Armando nominated for Dronacharya award
Dempo FC coach, Armando Colaco has been nominated by the All India Football Federation(AIFF) for the prestigious Dronacharya award, the highest honour for a coach in the country.
July 02, 2011Aguero rescues Argentina in Copa America
Argentina, bidding to end a trophy drought, kicked off the 43rd Copa America with a disappointing 1-1 draw with minnows Bolivia at La Plata outside Buenos Aires.
June 30, 2011Barcelona now offer 32m pounds for Fabregas
Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas's three-year wait to rejoin Barcelona is all set to end, as the Spanish club have increased their bid for Fabregas to 32 million pounds.
June 29, 2011Manchester United agree deal for keeper De Gea
Manchester United have agreed to sign Spain under-21 goalkeeper David De Gea from Atletico Madrid on a five-year contract, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday.
'England footballers want to impress media'
England players are constrained by fear and more interested in impressing the media than the manager, according to Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
Experienced Americans beat fresh-faced North Korea
Top-ranked United States beat North Korea 2-0 in their women's World Cup Group C opener on Tuesday with Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler on target in the second half.
June 28, 2011Gasperini surprised to bag Inter coach's job
Gian Piero Gasperini was stunned to receive the call asking if he wanted to manage Inter Milan and now intends to build on the club's existing foundations to bring success back to the blue-and-black half of Italy's second city.
Real Madrid sign French defender Varane from Lens
Real Madrid have agreed to sign French defender Raphael Varane from Lens on a six-year contract, the Spanish club said on Monday.
June 27, 2011Mexico win CONCACAF Gold Cup
Mexico won the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over the United States in a hugely entertaining final played in front of 93,000 fans.
Tevez dragged into match-fixing scandal
Manchester City skipper Carlos Tevez has been unintentionally dragged into a sensational match-fixing scandal, as a Greek court is examining evidence that City's Europa League game against Aris in February was the target of a betting scam.
Former Korea keeper confesses to match-fixing
A former South Korean national team goalkeeper has confessed to his involvement in fixing soccer matches in the growing K-League corruption scandal, according to local media.
June 26, 2011Cameroon fine Song for refusing handshake
Arsenal midfielder Alexander Song has been fined for refusing a reconciliatory handshake from Samuel Eto'o, reflecting continuing divisions in the Cameroon soccer team.
June 25, 2011Milan sign Genoa midfielder El Shaarawy
AC Milan have signed midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa and sent German Alexander Merkel in the opposite direction, the Italian champions said in a statement on Saturday.
June 23, 2011England forward Young joins Manchester United
Premier League champions Manchester United continued their close-season restructuring and acquisition of home-grown talent when they signed Aston Villa and England forward Ashley Young on Thursday. Young, who agreed a five-year contract in a deal estimated to be worth around 15 million pounds, is manager Alex Ferguson's second June buy.
Santos edge Penarol to claim Libertadores Cup
Santos were crowned champions of South America for the third time after goals from teenagers Neymar and Danilo gave them a 2-1 win over Penarol in the second leg of the Libertadores Cup final on Wednesday.
June 22, 2011Andre Villas-Boas is Chelsea's new manager
Chelsea confirmed the appointment of Portugal's Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager on Wednesday as the 33-year-old, who resigned from Porto on Tuesday, agreed to a three-year contract. Villas-Boas, who led Porto to a domestic double as well as winning the Europa League last season, replaces Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked in May after failing to win a trophy in his second season.
June 21, 2011Villas Boas quits Porto, set to join Chelsea
Porto coach Andre Villas Boas moved a step closer to an expected move to Premier League giants Chelsea after resigning his post with the Portuguese and Europa League champions on Tuesday.
June 20, 2011Jack Warner quits FIFA, ethics case dropped
FIFA vice president Jack Warner has resigned and an investigation into corruption allegations against him has been dropped, world soccer's governing body said on Monday.
JCT goes Mahindra way, disbands football team
In a big jolt to Indian football, Punjab-based JCT Club disbanded itself from professional football on Monday, citing lack of public interest in the game in the country.
India lose to Qatar in Olympic qualifiers
India unnerved a technically superior Qatar by taking the early lead but were eventually outplayed 1-3 in Doha in their second round qualifying football match for the 2012 Olympics.
June 18, 2011Picking youngsters step in right direction: Gawli
Mahesh Gawli was one of the few senior players who escaped coach Armando Colaco's axe but the veteran defender feels that infusing young blood is the right way to go in the current scenario of Indian football.
Furious Ballack calls farewell match a 'farce'
Former captain Michael Ballack has described as a 'farce' an offer to end his Germany career with a friendly against Brazil in August, saying on Friday he was not being treated with respect by coach Joachim Loew.
June 17, 2011Man United kick-off title defence at West Brom
Manchester United will kick-off their title defence away to West Bromwich Albion on August 13, the Premier League said on Friday. Runners-up Chelsea are also away from home on the opening day of the 2011/12 season, when they head to FA Cup finalists Stoke City.
South Korea ban 10 for life for match-fixing
South Korea's professional soccer league handed down 10 lifetime bans on Friday, its first ever in the country's top league, for match fixing.
Samuel Eto'o flirts with Premier League move
Samuel Eto'o said on Thursday he was considering a move from Inter Milan to the Premier League.
Wembley to stage Champions League final in 2013
Wembley stadium in London will stage the 2013 Champions League final only two years after hosting this year's match between Barcelona and Manchester United, UEFA said on Thursday.
June 16, 2011Pakistan can host WC qualifier, says FIFA
Pakistan have been cleared to play next month's 2014 World Cup qualifier at home in Lahore and there have been no formal requests from opponents Bangladesh to switch the game, FIFA said on Thursday. The Asian zone preliminary round second-leg tie will be one of the first important international sporting events to be held in Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore in 2009, killing seven people.
Euro Under-21: Lopez brace takes Spain past Czechs
Two goals from striker Adrian Lopez gave Spain a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic and England played out a goalless draw with Ukraine in Group B at the European Under-21 championship on Wednesday.
I am very happy being an Arsenal player: Fabregas
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has said he was happy at the Premier League club and no decision had been made about a possible move.
June 15, 2011India coach Colaco wants 'possession football'
Newly-appointed India football coach Armando Colaco says he wants to apply the 'possession football' he employs with his club, Dempo, but clarified that he had not talked about playing like FC Barcelona.
June 14, 2011Manchester City's Boateng agrees to join Bayern
Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng has agreed to join Bayern Munich for four years but the English club have not yet agreed the deal, the player said on Tuesday.
Chelsea-target Neymar to join Real Madrid?
Long time Chelsea target Neymar has agreed on a deal with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid. The nine-time champions of Europe have agreed a deal to sign the Brazilian ace from Santos, according to agent Ernesto Bronzetti, reports goal.com.
2014 football World Cup circus gets kicking
Less than one year after Spain beat the Netherlands to win the World Cup, the circus starts again on Wednesday although the opening match of the 2014 qualifying tournment will cause barely a ripple. Tiny Montserrat, who have won only two international matches, is scheduled to face Belize on neutral territory in a match which will be a far cry from last year's game at Soccer City, watched by an estimated 700 million television viewers.
Arsenal needs to buy players to end trophy drought
Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who is a major shareholder in the Arsenal Football Club, is of the opinion that manager Arsene Wenger needs to be given the financial backing to bring in experienced players to end the club's six-year trophy drought.
I'm not going to Man City: Ronaldo
Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed talk of an astronomical 150 million pound switch to Manchester City, saying that he is very happy living in Madrid.
June 13, 2011Manchester United sign teenager Jones
Manchester United have agreed to sign teenage defender Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers on a five-year deal, the Premier League champions said on Monday.
China's Zhang assumes office as AFC chief
Asian soccer federations should join hands to improve the sport in the region, Zhang Jilong said after assuming office as the acting president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Monday.
Messi's match a boost for Indian football: Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the international football friendly between Argentina and Venezuela to be played in Kolkata on September 2 was an indication that football's popularity was on the rise in this cricket-crazy country.
June 10, 2011Mexico maul Cuba in Gold Cup, reach quarter-finals
Javier Hernandez and Giovani dos Santos both scored twice as defending champions Mexico routed Cuba 5-0 in the Gold Cup on Thursday to become the first team to reach the quarter-finals.
Liverpool complete Henderson signing
Liverpool have completed the signing of England midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Five Mexico footballers test positive
Five players in Mexico's squad at the Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States have tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, the general secretary of the Mexican Football Federation (Femexfut) Decio de Maria said on Thursday.
Own goal gives France victory over Poland
A first-half own goal gave an experimental France side a 1-0 victory over Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland in a friendly in Warsaw on Thursday.
June 08, 2011Brazil name Pato, Ganso in Copa America squad
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has named injured pair Paulo Henrique Ganso and Alexandre Pato in his 22-man squad for the Copa America.
Liverpool agree fee for Sunderland's Henderson
Premier League club Liverpool have agreed a fee with Sunderland for their England midfielder Jordan Henderson in a deal which British media reported would cost the Merseysiders up to 20 million pounds ($32.79 million).
Brazil's Ronaldo plays farewell tie vs Romania
A chubby-looking Ronaldo said farewell to soccer in Brazil's lacklustre 1-0 win over Romania in a friendly on Tuesday, missing three chances in the 15 minutes he was on the pitch.
Altidore leads US to opening win over Canada
Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey were on target for the United States on Tuesday as they made a confident start to their Gold Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory over Canada.
Villa, Alonso help Spain win 3-0 in Venezuela
David Villa and Xabi Alonso netted long-range free kicks from near-identical positions to help Spain to a 3-0 win over Venezuela in a friendly international on Tuesday.
June 07, 2011Mumbai FC's Mehra gets two-year ban for dope
Mumbai FC footballer Nishant Mehra has been banned for two years by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for failing the dope test conducted on him in January this year.
Fulham name Dutchman Jol as new manager
English Premier League soccer club Fulham named Martin Jol as their new manager on Tuesday, signing the Dutchman to an initial two-year deal with an option for another year.
Sacked Ancelotti plans to take a year off
Sacked Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said Monday he was in no hurry to return to coaching and would take a year off.
Caribbean officials unhappy with FIFA probe
Caribbean soccer officials are unhappy about the appointment of former FBI head Louis Freeh to lead FIFA's investigation into bribery allegations and have urged the ruling body to replace him.
Debutant Martin fires France to victory in Ukraine
An experimental France side came from behind to beat Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine 4-1 in a friendly in Donetsk on Monday with Marvin Martin scoring twice on his debut for Les Blues after coming off the bench.
June 06, 2011Messi to play in Kolkata in September
It's good news for football-crazy fans of the city. Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and his teammates will play a FIFA official international friendly against Venezuela at Salt Lake's Yuba Bharati Krirangan on September 2.
Drogba brace leads Ivory Coast into Nations Cup
A Didier Drogba double helped the Ivory Coast become the second side to progress from the African Nations Cup preliminaries to next year's finals after a 6-2 win in Benin on Sunday.
Iran to complain to FIFA over women's ban
Iran will complain to world soccer's governing body FIFA after its women's team were banned from a qualifying game for next year's Olympics due to their Islamic dress, the ISNA news agency reported on Sunday.
June 05, 2011Euro 2012 qualifiers: Swiss hold England
Stuttering England were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Switzerland in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday while Russia's stand-in striker Roman Pavlyuchenko grabbed a hat-trick to secure a 3-1 win against Armenia.
June 04, 2011Euro 2012 qualifiers: Germany, Italy surge
Germany broke Austrian hearts with a last-gasp win in Vienna on Friday, extending their perfect start to Euro 2012 qualifying on a night of far more serene progress for Italy and frustration for France.
June 03, 2011Messi plays down punching incident
Argentina forward Lionel Messi played down an incident in which someone tried to punch him outside a restaurant in his home town of Rosario on Thursday.
Mark Hughes quits as Fulham manager
Mark Hughes left Fulham on Thursday less than a year after taking over as manager and denied he had another job lined up.
June 02, 2011Pune FC 'keeper Subrata quashes transfer rumours
Pune Football Club goalkeeper Subrata Paul put to rest all rumours of him shifting alliance to any other club for the forthcoming 2011-2012 season.
Bhutia not among WC qualifier probables
The AIFF dropped as many as 13 senior players who were part of the 23-member squad for the Asian Cup in Qatar early this year. Most of the youngsters, who were part of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying tournament in Malaysia, were named in the probables' list.
Churchill sack coach Drago Mamic
Churchill Brothers coach Drago Mamic, who failed to guide the team to I-League triumph, has been shown the door by club president Churchill Alemao.
Nigeria crush depleted Argentina in friendly
Nigeria registered their biggest win over a major footballing country by thrashing a depleted Argentina side 4-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.
Berbatov keen to fight for Man United place
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has no plans to leave the club despite the huge disappointment of being left out of the squad for the Champions League final against Barcelona on Saturday.
Houllier steps down as Villa manager
Frenchman Gerard Houllier has stepped down as Aston Villa manager after relinquishing control for the last five games of the season due to health problems, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
June 01, 2011Blatter wins final FIFA term, pledges reform
Sepp Blatter was re-elected unopposed as FIFA president on Wednesday, promising to use his final term to radically reform football's ailing world governing body.
Mohun Bagan signs Odafe for record Rs 2 cr
Mohun Bagan on Wednesday signed prolific Nigerian striker Odafe Onyeka Okolie for a record rupees two crore one-year contract, the highest ever deal in Indian football history.
I-League: HAL beat Dempo to save relegation
HAL defied form and name to upset former champions Dempo 4-2 to move out of the I-League's relegation zone and stay afloat for the next season.
West Ham appoint Sam Allardyce as manager
West Ham United appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager on Wednesday, the Briton succeeding Avram Grant, who was sacked following the London club's relegation from the Premier League.
German soccer boss wants Qatar WC reviewed
The head of Germany's soccer federation on Wednesday called for soccer's governing body FIFA to re-examine the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, following a corruption scandal.
Man United extend Owen's deal for a year
Manchester United striker Michael Owen has agreed a one-year contract extension, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday.
Antonio Conte to be named as new Juventus coach
Former midfielder Antonio Conte will be named as the new Juventus coach on Tuesday, club president Andrea Agnelli told reporters.
May 31, 2011I-League: Pune FC bt Churchill, finish 5th
Pune FC scored a 3-2 victory over Churchill Brothers to finish I-League 2010-11 in fifth position.
United midfielder Scholes announces retirement
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes retired on Tuesday, ending speculation over whether the 36-year-old would continue for another season with the Premier League champions.
May 30, 2011Salgaocar emerge I-League champs
Goa's love affair with the country's premier football club competition continued as Salgaocar made short work of JCT, wining 2-0, at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana to finish atop with 56 points from 26 matches, beyond the reach of any other club.
Italian Cup: Inter beat Palermo to save season
Inter Milan beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to lift the Italian Cup and rescue an otherwise disappointing season.
Sepp Blatter cleared for new term as FIFA prez
FIFA's ethics committee cleared president Sepp Blatter of any wrongdoing as two of soccer's most senior officials were suspended on Sunday in the worst corruption scandal to blight the sport's governing body.
May 29, 2011Sepp Blatter cleared by FIFA
FIFA's ethics committee cleared president Sepp Blatter on Sunday in soccer's bribery investigation.
Bin Hammam withdraws from FIFA presidential race
Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar withdrew his candidacy to be FIFA president on Saturday, one day before he is due to face an Ethics Committee hearing into bribery allegations.
Joy in Barcelona at fourth European crown
Thousands of Barcelona fans danced, sang and shouted with joy on the streets of the Catalan capital after their heroes secured a fourth European Cup triumph at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Barcelona swamp United to win Champions League
Barcelona, inspired by the peerless Lionel Messi, delivered a soccer masterclass to overwhelm Manchester United 3-1 in the Champions League final and lift the European Cup for the fourth time on Saturday.
May 28, 2011Embattled Blatter to miss Champions League final
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has cancelled plans to attend the Champions League final as he prepares to face an ethics committee at soccer's governing body on Sunday.
May 27, 2011Santosh Trophy: Bengal meet Manipur in final
Defending champions Bengal on Friday beat Railways by a solitary goal to set up a summit clash against Manipur in the Santosh Trophy football tournament in Guwahati.
Pune FC dash Dempo's I-League title hopes
Defending champions Dempo's I-League title hopes went up in smoke after they went down 2-3 to Pune FC in Pune on Friday.
Vidic warns against Messi obsession
Nemanja Vidic fears Champions League heartbreak for Manchester United if they become obsessed with shackling Lionel Messi in Saturday's final against Barcelona at Wembley.
Man City's Kolo Toure banned but can play from Sep
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure can resume playing in September after being handed a backdated six-month ban on Thursday following his positive doping test in March.
May 26, 2011JCT axe duo for signing contract with Salgaocar
Desperately seeking full points against Salgaocar Sports Club to avoid relegation in I-League, JCT have dropped two of their contracted players after they admitted to have signed with the Goan side for next season.
Manipur enter Santosh Trophy final
A solitary strike by Thoiba Singh helped Manipur prevail over Services 1-0 in extra time and book a berth in the final of the Santosh Trophy in Guwahati on Thursday.
Fair-play Fulham earn Europa League berth
Fulham will play in the Europa League next season after qualifying via the Fair Play League, the Premier League said on Thursday.
'Man City wouldn't want to be like Tottenham'
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has flown to Abu Dhabi to speak to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak amid a breakdown in relations at the club.
Arsene Wenger keen on signing Karim Benzema
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is trying to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who is worth 35 million pounds.
'Ronaldo's departure has liberated Man United'
Barcelona believes Manchester United is a better side without Real Madrid star winger Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to welcome back Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
May 25, 2011FIFA to investigate Warner, Hammam
FIFA is to open an investigation into a possible breach of its ethics code by presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam and executive committee member Jack Warner, football's ruling body said on Wednesday.
Salgaocar Jrs win NIKE-Man Utd Premier Cup
Salgaocar Juniors defeated Mumbai FC in a keenly-contested final to emerge 'India Champions' in the Indian leg of the NIKE-Manchester United Premier Cup. In a close match, at the Bharti Vidyapeeth grounds in Pune on Tuesday, goalkeeper Aldrich Fernandes saved three scoring attempts by Mumbai FC Juniors (U-15) before the Goa-based club won the summit clash 5-4 via the tie-breaker.
Man United line up De Gea to replace Van Der Sar
Manchester United are closing in on a deal to sign Atletico Madrid's highly-rated young goalkeeper David De Gea to replace Dutchman Edwin van der Sar who will retire after this weekend's Champions League final.
May 24, 2011Railways, Services in Nat football semis
Impressive Railways continued their winning streak and made it to the last four of the 65th National Football Championship, for the Santosh Trophy, after defeating Services 2-1 in their last quarter-final league match in Guwahati on Tuesday.
Aguero asks for release from Atletico contract
Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero, a target for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in January, has asked the La Liga club to release him from his contract, the Argentina international said on Monday.
UK lawmaker names Giggs in privacy row
A British politician defied a court order on Monday by identifying Manchester United's Ryan Giggs as the soccer star fighting a legal battle to prevent newspapers from publishing allegations of an affair.
May 23, 2011Tevez, Berbatov EPL's top scorers
Carlos Tevez of Manchester City and Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United emerged the top scorers with 20 goals in the English Premier League season, which concluded on Sunday. Arsenal's Robin van Persie, with 18 goals, was next best.
WC 2022 bid: Qatar deny bribery allegations
World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar delivered another strongly worded statement on Monday denying "serious, unsubstantiated and false" allegations from English media that they had bribed FIFA executive committee members to win the hosting rights.
Chelsea move quickly to fire Carlo Ancelotti
Chelsea sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti on Sunday after a season in which they failed to win a trophy but just a year after the Italian led them to the double.
'Man City can sell Carlos Tevez and win the title'
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has said that the club can lift the Premier League next season with or without skipper Carlos Tevez.
Arsenal all set to sell Fabregas to Barcelona
Arsenal is all set to sell skipper Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona for 50 million pounds.
May 22, 2011Blackpool, Birmingham relegated, Man City third
Blackpool and Birmingham City were relegated and Manchester City took third place on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.
Schalke lift German Cup to book European spot
Schalke 04 won the German Cup for the fifth time on Saturday, crushing second division Duisburg 5-0 to book a Europa League spot as Manuel Neuer lifted the trophy in probably his final game for the club.
May 21, 2011More awards for United duo Ferguson and Vidic
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and centre back Nemanja Vidic were named Barclays manager and player of the year on Friday.
May 20, 2011Colaco named India's interim football coach
The budget constraints notwithstanding, the All India Football Federation is looking for a technical director whose profile is bigger than former national coach Bob Houghton, according to AIFF officials.
May 19, 2011Salgaocar rally to down East Bengal
Salgaocar SC came from behind to outclass East Bengal 3-2 in a crucial I-League encounter, at the Nehru stadium, in Fatorda, Goa, on Thursday. Salgaocar now have one hand on their first ever I-League trophy as they cemented their place at the top of the table with 53 points from 25 matches, while the loss did no favour to the Red & Gold brigade as they find themselves six points behind the Goan outfit.
May 18, 2011Van Bommel extends AC Milan stay
Netherlands midfielder Mark van Bommel has extended his contract with AC Milan until June 2012 while Brazil defender Thiago Silva has signed a new deal until 2016, the Italian champions said on Wednesday.
Man City's Tevez scores twice, wants to stay
Carlos Tevez struck a superb double as Manchester City rose to third in the Premier League and closer to a guaranteed Champions League spot with a 3-0 win over FA Cup final opponents Stoke City on Tuesday.
May 17, 2011Ancelotti left in limbo amid Chelsea silence
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti still has no idea whether he should be calling a removal van after the club stayed silent amid fervent speculation over his future.
if you ask about Tevez ... we have Messi: Coach
Lionel Messi is Argentina's centre forward, coach Sergio Batista said on Monday as he closed the Copa America door to Carlos Tevez.
May 16, 2011Maradona signs as coach of Dubai's Al Wasl
Diego Maradona has signed a two-season contract to coach Dubai's Al Wasl, the club said on Monday.
Carlos Tevez could leave Manchester City after all
Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez has repeated his threat to leave the club to be closer to his family in Argentina.
May 15, 2011Chelsea held by Newcastle after late Taylor goal
Chelsea missed the chance to effectively seal the Premier League runners-up spot after a late Steven Taylor header secured Newcastle United a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
May 14, 2011Toure rocket wins FA Cup for Manchester City
Manchester City's 35-year wait for a trophy ended when Yaya Toure's unstoppable shot sealed a deserved 1-0 win over Stoke City in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Rooney penalty seals United's record 19th title
Manchester United were crowned champions of England for a record 19th time on Saturday when a Wayne Rooney penalty earned them a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers and the point they needed to win the Premier League title.
May 12, 2011United Sikkim: Bhutia's latest 'goal'
It was a call from his conscience -- a call which urged Bhaichung Bhutia to take mainstream football to his homeland Sikkim.
United ready to steal City's thunder again
Manchester City face Stoke City in the FA Cup final at Wembley at 1400 GMT by which time the day's English Premier League games will be over and United, should they draw at Blackburn Rovers, will be celebrating their 19th title and 12th under manager Alex Ferguson.
Nervy Barcelona secure yet another title
Barcelona drew 1-1 draw at Levante on Wednesday to seal their third consecutive La Liga title and the 21st in the club's history.
May 11, 2011Man City earn first Champions League tilt
Manchester City clinched a top-four finish in the English Premier League with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday and secured at least a place in the Champions League qualifiers next season.
Man City given Tevez boost before FA Cup final
Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez is likely to play some part in this weekend's FA Cup final against Stoke City after coming on towards the end of Tuesday's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Ronaldo hat-trick keeps Barca waiting for title
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 home win over Getafe on Tuesday, denying leaders Barcelona the chance to win the La Liga title without kicking a ball.
Van Bommel off as Palermo end Milan's double hopes
Serie A champions AC Milan's double hopes ended in a 2-1 Coppa Italia defeat at Palermo on Tuesday in which midfielder Mark van Bommel was sent off.
May 10, 2011France coach Blanc cleared by Sports Ministry
France coach Laurent Blanc has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Sports Ministry's investigation into the racism row that has shaken French football, Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno said on Tuesday.
Maxi hits three for five-star Liverpool
Maxi Rodriguez notched his second hat-trick in three matches as Liverpool thumped Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage on Monday to boost their chances of qualifying for the Europa League.
May 09, 2011Real Madrid sign Dortmund playmaker Sahin
Real Madrid signed Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund on a six-year contract on Monday as coach Jose Mourinho began strengthening his squad for next season.
AC Milan secure first scudetto in seven years
AC Milan secured a first Serie A trophy in seven years when they clinched the championship on Saturday with two games to spare.
Barca on the brink after easy win over Espanyol
Barcelona outclassed city rivals Espanyol 2-0 on Sunday to move to the brink of a third consecutive La Liga title.
EPL: Man Utd overpower Chelsea to close on title
Manchester United got one hand on the Premier League crown on Sunday as a 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea crushed their rivals' late bid to snatch the trophy from their grasp.
May 08, 2011Man Utd close in on title after Chelsea win
Manchester United got one hand on the Premier League crown on Sunday as a 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea crushed their rivals' late attempt to snatch the trophy from their grasp.
Arsenal's title hopes end with defeat at Stoke
Arsenal's last lingering mathematical chances of winning the Premier League title were finally extinguished on Sunday when they lost 3-1 at Stoke City.
Milan clinch Serie A with goalless draw at Roma
AC Milan won Serie A for the first time in seven years on Saturday as an insipid goalless draw at AS Roma clinched the title with two games to spare and finally ended Inter Milan's long stranglehold on the scudetto.
Zidane defends Blanc in quota row
Former France great Zinedine Zidane has urged national coach Laurent Blanc not to resign over a racial quota row which has thrown the game into turmoil.
Mourinho's ban excessive, says Valdano
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's five-match touchline ban in European competition is over the top, the club's director general Jorge Valdano said on Saturday.
Ronaldo scores four as Real crush Sevilla 6-2
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Real Madrid romped to a 6-2 La Liga win at Sevilla on Saturday to deny Barcelona the chance to wrap up the title when they host Espanyol on Sunday.
David Beckham in car accident, unhurt
Soccer star David Beckham was at the wheel of a Cadillac that struck another vehicle on a Los Angeles-area freeway, but he was not injured or cited in the collision, police said on Saturday.
City still on course after Blackpool hold Spurs
With three games remaining, Manchester City, who face Stoke City in the FA Cup final next week, are fourth on 62 points with Spurs fifth on 56 and Liverpool on 55.
May 07, 2011QPR promoted as club avoids points deduction
Queens Park Rangers' promotion to the Premier League was confirmed on Saturday as the Football Association announced the club would be fined but not deducted points over a player ownership and misconduct case.
Mourinho gets five-match ban, clubs to appeal
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been given a five-match touchline ban in European competition for his sending off and verbal outburst at the Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona, UEFA said Friday.
May 06, 2011Dutch ace Krol wants to be India's football coach
Former Holland skipper Rudi Krol has expressed interest in becoming the coach of the Indian football team, the post lying vacant since Bob Houghton's departure last month.
Beat Chelsea and title is United's, says Ferguson
Manchester United are counting on their formidable home record to take them to a victory in the big game against Chelsea on Sunday that manager Alex Ferguson says will secure them the English Premier League title.
Real Madrid appeal after UEFA reject protest
Real Madrid have appealed against UEFA's decision to reject their protests over the behaviour of Barcelona players and the sending-off of midfielder Pepe in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final last week.
Custodio goal puts Braga in all-Portuguese final
A headed goal by midfielder Custodio gave Braga's "group of heroes" an enthralling 1-0 win over Benfica on Thursday and a place in the first all-Portuguese Europa League final.
France side split over Blanc's role in quota row
France coach Laurent Blanc came under further pressure on Thursday in the row over ethnic quotas when he was criticised by teammates from the 1998 World Cup-winning side.
May 05, 2011Holders Inter bounced out of Libertadores Cup
Holders Internacional fell victim to another Uruguayan ambush of a Brazilian team when Penarol upset them 2-1 away to knock them out of the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday.
Manchester Utd rout Schalke, set up Barca final
Manchester United will face Barcelona in the Champions League final later this month after completing an emphatic 6-1 aggregate semi-final victory over Schalke 04 at Old Trafford Wednesday.
May 04, 2011Everyone knows refs favour Barca, Ronaldo alleges
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo repeated allegations that referees favour Barcelona after his side were eliminated from the Champions League by their bitter rivals in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Hooligans riot at Polish Cup final after Legia win
Hooligans clashed with police and damaged the stadium after Legia Warsaw won the Polish Cup final 5-4 on penalties against Lech Poznan in Bydgoszcz on Tuesday.
Warner re-elected, unopposed, as CONCACAF prez
Trinidadian Jack Warner was re-elected unanimously as president of CONCACAF, the confederation for North and Central America and Caribbean soccer, at its congress on Tuesday.
De Rossi, Perrotta banned for rest of season
AS Roma midfielders Daniele De Rossi and Simone Perrotta will miss their side's late push for a Champions League qualifying spot after Serie A confirmed their three-game bans in a statement on Tuesday.
Schalke seek inspiration from Inter win
Schalke 04 are hoping to draw inspiration from last month's shock victory at Inter Milan when they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit away to Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.
West Ham to send football experts to India
Experts from English Premier League (EPL) side West Ham United will soon be visiting the capital to conduct a 'Player Identification' camp and workshops for coaches and parents.
May 03, 2011Norwich City secure promotion to Premier League
Norwich City will return to the Premier League next season for the first time since 2005 after clinching promotion Monday.
Bin Hammam to miss key CONCACAF congress
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will campaign at the CONCACAF congress on Tuesday without his election rival Mohammed Bin Hammam present.
La Liga: Blow for Bilbao after defeat at Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao's bid for a berth in next season's Europa League stuttered when they lost 2-1 at Espanyol on Monday.
Serie A: Juve dream of Europe after beating Lazio
A late Simone Pepe goal earned Juventus a 1-0 win at Lazio on Monday to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for Europe.
Barcelona will attack Real: Guardiola
Barcelona plan to attack Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg despite holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, coach Pep Guardiola said on Monday.
May 02, 2011UEFA throws out Real, Barca protests
UEFA has thrown out protests made by Real Madrid and Barcelona against each other following their ill-tempered Champions League semi-final first leg last week.
FIFA needs new blood: Bin Hammam
FIFA must be kept on its toes and needs new blood, Asian soccer chief Mohamed Bin Hammam said on Sunday as he took his campaign for the presidency of soccer's governing body to South America.
Beckham's royal return ends in defeat for Galaxy
David Beckham' rush back from the royal wedding to play for LA Galaxy in Dallas ended in a soggy defeat on Sunday with his team falling to a 2-1 loss at Pizza Hut Park.
May 01, 2011EPL: Arsenal beat United to keep title race open
Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 to keep the Premier League title race wide open on Sunday with Aaron Ramsey's second-half winner cheered almost as loudly by Chelsea's fans as Arsenal's.
Barca lose at Sociedad, Real Madrid also beaten
Barcelona missed a chance to virtually wrap up a third straight La Liga title when they surrendered the lead and lost 2-1 at Real Sociedad Saturday.
Late Kalou winner keeps Chelsea in title race
Salomon Kalou came off the bench to score in the 89th minute and give Chelsea a 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday that keeps the champions' Premier League title hopes alive for at least another week.
April 30, 2011United striker Berbatov fit to face Arsenal
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has recovered from a groin injury and will be fit for the Premier League leaders' trip to Arsenal, manager Alex Ferguson said Friday.
Blatter willing to expand vote for World Cup hosts
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has vowed to consider changing the way World Cup hosts are chosen if he is re-elected to his post in June.
UEFA row stiffens Mourinho's resolve to stay
Jose Mourinho is more determined than ever to continue as Real Madrid coach despite Wednesday's 2-0 Champions League defeat by Barcelona and the disciplinary case he faces for his post-match comments.
April 29, 2011Benfica take slim lead over Braga
A thunderous free-kick by Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo gave Benfica a 2-1 first-leg home win over Braga in their all-Portuguese Europa League semi-final on Thursday.
Falcao scores four as Porto crush Villarreal
Prolific Colombian striker Radamel Falcao scored four goals in Porto's 5-1 demolition of Villarreal in their Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday. The Portuguese champions trailed at the break but an inspired second-half display put Porto on the brink of a place in next month's final in Dublin.
April 28, 2011Nasaf FC thrash Dempo 9-0 in AFC Cup
Dempo Sports Club was handed a humiliating 0-9 thrashing by Uzbekistan's Nasaf FC in their AFC Cup encounter in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. The result of the match is Dempo's worst ever in all competitions, and the heaviest in AFC Cup history.
Ranting Mourinho writes off Real's chances
Jose Mourinho wrote off Real Madrid's Champions League chances and accused Barcelona of being favoured by the footballing authorities after his 10-man side lost their semi-final first leg 2-0 on Wednesday.
Messi magic gives Barca upper hand over Real
Lionel Messi's sublime double lifted Barcelona to a 2-0 win over bitter rivals Real Madrid and lit up an acrimonious Champions League semi-final first leg in which the hosts finished with 10 men and had coach Jose Mourinho sent off.
April 27, 2011United's Ferguson hails Neuer
Schalke 04 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was praised by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson despite conceding two goals in two minutes during Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League semi-final second leg defeat.
CL: Man United outclass Schalke in 2-0 stroll
Manchester United outclassed Schalke 04 in a one-sided Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday, with goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney securing a 2-0 win for the English side.
April 26, 2011AFC Cup: East Bengal hold South China 3-3
Foreign recruit Tolgay Ozbey struck a goal in the dying minutes to help East Bengal snatch a 3-3 draw against South China in their return leg AFC Cup match at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Tuesday.
CLeague: Key words and phrases around 'El Clasico'
Real Madrid and Barcelona, the world's two richest clubs, have already played each other twice in five days in La Liga and the King's Cup, and now face off again over two legs for a place in the Champions League final.
NP Pradeep to get show cause notice from AIFF
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has taken strong exception to the outbursts by Dempo's striker Joaquim Abranches and Viva Kerala's midfielder N P Pradeep against the national body.
Deadly Edin Dzeko gives Man City precious victory
Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko's first Premier League goal gave Manchester City a 1-0 win at struggling Blackburn Rovers on Monday to keep alive their hopes of a top-three finish.
April 25, 2011Wenger takes blames for Arsenal shortcomings
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shouldered the blame for the way his team's Premier League title challenge has collapsed.
Berbatov misses Man United trip to Schalke
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov will miss the Champions League semi-final first leg against Schalke 04 with a groin injury, the Premier League leaders said on Monday.
April 24, 2011Arsenal title dream shattered at Bolton
Arsenal's Premier League hopes ended on Sunday when Tamir Cohen scored a last-minute header to give Bolton Wanderers a 2-1 victory that left them nine points behind Manchester United with four games to play.
Real rout Valencia, Barca labour past Osasuna
A weakened Real Madrid team routed Valencia 6-3 away on Saturday while an uninspiring 2-0 win for Barcelona at home to lowly Osasuna maintained their eight-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Marseille retain League Cup after Taiwo strikes
Olympique Marseille became the first team to retain the French League Cup when a late Taye Taiwo goal gave them a 1-0 win over Montpellier in a scrappy final at the Stade de France on Saturday.
Torres on target as Chelsea keep up the pressure
Fernando Torres finally scored his first goal for Chelsea on Saturday as the champions beat West Ham United 3-0 to remain six points behind Manchester United after the leaders had beaten Everton 1-0.
April 23, 2011I-League: Dempo halt Salgaocar's title chase
Man of the match Roberto Silva's brilliant performance helped Dempo score a convincing 3-1 victory to halt title aspirant Salgaocar's dream run in the I-League, played at Nehru Stadium, in Margao, on Saturday.
Sparkling Roma stay in Champions League hunt
AS Roma kept alive their faint hopes of landing a Champions League spot next season with an eye-catching 1-0 victory over Chievo Verona at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
Late Hernandez goal sends United nine points clear
Livewire striker Javier Hernandez struck six minutes from time to give Manchester United a 1-0 home win over Everton that extended their Premier League lead to nine points on Saturday.
Indian football team coach Houghton resigns
Experienced Englishman Bob Houghton's tumultuous yet productive five-year stint as Indian football coach came to an end on Saturday in controversial circumstances after a bitter stand-off with the AIFF, which had charged him for racially abusing an Indian referee.
April 21, 2011Real Madrid's Ramos drops King's Cup under a bus
Sergio Ramos suffered an embarrassing mishap during Real Madrid's celebration of Wednesday's King's Cup triumph when he dropped the trophy off the top of a bus at their victory parade.
Praful Patel named member of Ad-Hoc Committee
The President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Praful Patel was on Thursday appointed member of the Ad-Hoc Committee for Member Associations for the term 2011-2015 by the Executive Committee of the Asian Football Confederation.
India colts enter QFs of Dallas Cup soccer tourney
India's Under-15 football team has entered the quarter-finals of the Dallas Cup when they defeated a formidable Sockers FC U-15 side by a solitary goal in their last group match in Texas, USA.
Milan double hopes hurt by semi first-leg draw
AC Milan's hopes of a first domestic double suffered a hiccup when they drew 2-2 at home to Palermo in the Italian Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
West Ham's Cole fined for Ghana Twitter comments
West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has been fined 20,000 pounds ($32,790) for Twitter comments made during England's friendly against Ghana at Wembley last month, the Football Association said on Wednesday.
EPL: Arsenal held in thrilling derby, Chelsea win
Arsenal's Premier League title hopes suffered another blow when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Tottenham Hotspur in a pulsating north London derby on Wednesday.
April 20, 2011Chhetri's tweet in support of Houghton irks AIFF
A post by striker Sunil Chhetri on social networking site Twitter in support of national coach Bob Houghton in the ongoing racial abuse case has irked the All India Football Federation.
Dubai group to buy Spanish club Getafe
Royal Emirates Group will buy La Liga club Getafe for about 90 million euros ($129.6 million), the Dubai firm said on Wednesday following earlier reports it was eyeing a Spanish soccer team.
'I'm Real Madrid coach not Di Stefano'
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has responded to criticism of his tactics from honorary club president Alfredo Di Stefano by pointing out he is the one who makes the decisions about the way the team plays.
Celtic coach and fans sent parcel bombs
Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two high-profile supporters of the Scottish Premier League soccer club were intended recipients of parcel bombs, police said on Tuesday.
Man United squander chances in draw at Newcastle
Manchester United's title charge was slowed when they drew 0-0 at Newcastle United on Tuesday and missed the chance to move nine points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings.
April 19, 2011La Liga: Rossi takes Villarreal to 4th spot
Giuseppe Rossi kept Europa League semi-finalists Villarreal on course for a place in the Champions League next season with a penalty to secure a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Real Zaragoza in La Liga on Monday.
Mourinho faces tactical dilemma for Cup final
Jose Mourinho must resolve a tactical dilemma when he attempts to land his first piece of silverware as Real Madrid coach in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona at Valencia's Mestalla stadium.
Barcelona to appeal Iniesta's UEFA suspension
Barcelona have decided to appeal UEFA's proposal to ban Andres Iniesta for one Champions League match for deliberately collecting a yellow card.
April 18, 2011There is no problem with Wenger: Daglish
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish told his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger to 'p*** off', as the rival bosses clashed after Dirk Kuyt's 102nd-minute spot-kick that left the Gunners six points behind leaders Manchester United with just six games to go.
Carragher recovering well after sickening clash
Jamie Carragher has said he was all right after a sickening clash of heads with teammate John Flanagan.
El Classico: 'We were superior to Real Madrid'
Barcelona playmaker Xavi has dismissed the idea that Real Madrid's battling performance with 10 men in La Liga on Saturday would give them a confidence boost for Wednesday's King's Cup final.
Ten-man Bilbao battle back to beat Osasuna 2-1
Athletic Bilbao boosted their chances of securing a place in next season's Europa League when they fought back from a goal and a man down to snatch a 2-1 victory at struggling Osasuna on Sunday.
Spurs winger Bale named PFA Player of the Year
Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale was named the English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year on Sunday after a number of fine performances this season.
Arsenal held 1-1 by Liverpool after late drama
Arsenal's title hopes took another blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Liverpool on Sunday after an astonishing finale which saw both teams convert stoppage time penalties.
April 17, 2011FA Cup: Stoke stun Bolton to reach final
Stoke City reached the FA Cup final for the first time when three goals in the first 30 minutes paved the way to a stunning 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Barca close in on title after draw at Real Madrid
Barcelona took a giant stride towards a third straight La Liga title when they drew 1-1 at 10-man Real Madrid on Saturday to preserve their eight-point lead over their arch rivals at the top with six games left.
Man City down Man Utd to enter FA Cup final
Manchester City reached the FA Cup final for the first time since 1981 after a dramatic 1-0 win over arch rivals Manchester United, who finished with 10 men after midfielder Paul Scholes was sent off 18 minutes from time.
April 16, 2011Premier League: Chelsea close in on Arsenal
Didier Drogba was on target again as Chelsea, the only top-six team in Premier League action on Saturday, chalked up their 11th successive league win over West Bromwich Albion with a 3-1 triumph at the Hawthorns.
Mainz sink 10-man Gladbach
Andre Schuerrle unleashed an unstoppable drive with three minutes left to give Mainz 05 a 1-0 victory that piled on the relegation misery for bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.
Silent Mourinho prompts walkout by Spanish media
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho refused to speak at a news conference ahead of Saturday's 'Clasico' at home to La Liga leaders Barcelona, prompting a walkout by local journalists.
Barca captain Puyol back from injury for Real tie
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol's recovery from a knee injury has progressed sufficiently for him to be included in the squad to face Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday, the La Liga leaders said on Friday.
April 15, 2011No problem if Chelsea sack me: Ancelotti
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday it would be 'no problem' for him if he were sacked at the end of the season.
Pele, Charlton, Cafu join FIFA's task force
Pele, Bobby Charlton and former Brazil captain Cafu will join the FIFA task force which look at ways of brightening up the game and improve refereeing in time for the 2014 World Cup.
Portugese trio reach Europa semi-finals
Portuguese trio Porto, Benfica and Braga reached the Europa League semi-finals in contrasting styles as Europe's second-string club competition produced another goal feast on Thursday.
April 14, 2011CL: Carvalho banned for first leg against Barca
Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho will miss this month's Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona through suspension.
CL: Real edge Spurs, Schalke dispatch Inter
Real Madrid set up a titanic Champions League semi-final with arch-rivals Barcelona by beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday to complete a 5-0 aggregate victory.
April 13, 2011Man Utd, Barca enter Champions League semis
United, 1-0 up from the first leg quarter-final at Chelsea, beat their Premier League opponents 2-1 at Old Trafford, while Barcelona, 5-1 up from the first leg, won 1-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk.
April 12, 2011AFC Challenge: Dempo trounced by Nasaf FC
Hosts Dempo SC went down tamely 0-4 to Nasaf FC of Uzbekistan in a Group-A encounter of the AFC Challenge Cup, at the Balewadi Sports Complex, in Pune, on Tuesday.
Robben, Ribery to stay at Bayern
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will stay at the German champions next season even if they fail to qualify for the lucrative Champions League, the club said on Tuesday.
Injured Tevez set to miss FA Cup semi-final
Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez is set to miss Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United after suffering a hamstring injury against Liverpool on Monday.
Carroll double helps Liverpool crush Man City
England striker Andy Carroll scored his first goals for Liverpool with a double in a 3-0 defeat of fourth-placed Manchester City on Monday to maintain their faint hopes of Champions League football next season.
April 11, 2011Milan's Ibrahimovic banned for three games
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for three games for swearing at a linesman, Serie A said on Monday, as it handed down a second hefty suspension on the Swede in two appearances.
Bayern Munich's Robben handed two-game ban, fined
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was handed a two-game Bundesliga ban and a 15,000 euro ($21,644) fine by the German football federation on Monday after his sending-off against Nuremberg on Saturday for dissent.
Racial abuse charge 'baseless', says Houghton
India football coach Bob Houghton denied the racial abuse charges leveled against him by the All India Football Federation, terming them 'baseless', in a written submission made before a three-member panel of the national federation.
Arsenal agrees to £731mn takeover by Kroenke
Premier League club Arsenal said on Monday it had agreed to be taken over by American billionaire Stan Kroenke in a deal which would value the club at £731 million.
April 10, 2011EPL: Arsenal overcome Blackpool
Arsenal overcame a brief Blackpool fight-back to win 3-1 at Bloomfield Road and close the gap on Manchester United to seven points at the top of the Premier League on Sunday.
Indian Arrows play out 0-0 draw with Pune FC
Indian Arrows and Pune FC played out a dull goal-less draw in their Round 21 I-League match at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon on Sunday.
Serie A: Inter end bad week on a high
Italian champions Inter Milan ended a damaging week on a high by beating Chievo Verona 2-0 at the San Siro to move two points behind Serie A leaders AC Milan on Saturday.
Barca labour past Almeria
Lionel Messi ensured Barcelona maintained their eight-point lead over Real Madrid ahead of next weekend's Clasico, scoring twice as the leaders came back to beat basement side Almeria 3-1 in La Liga on Saturday.
Man United cruise past Fulham to go 10 clear
Manchester United enjoyed a stroll in the spring sunshine on Saturday as they eased to a 2-0 home win over Fulham to open a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
April 09, 2011Cole's 'immigrant' Twitter jibe sparks fury
West Ham United and England striker Carlton Cole has been charged with improper conduct for comments about Ghana fans on Twitter during last month's international at Wembley last month, the FA said on Friday.
April 08, 2011Fan sues Sunderland after being hit by ball
A Sunderland fan is suing his own club after being knocked out by a stray shot while watching a training session.
Porto, Benfica, Villarreal in Europa goal feast
Porto's Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick to help the newly-crowned Portuguese champions thrash Spartak Moscow 5-1 as goals flowed and South American players shone in Europa League quarter-final first leg ties on Thursday.
April 07, 2011Rooney loses appeal, gets two-match ban
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney lost his appeal on Thursday against a two-match ban imposed by the English FA for swearing into a TV camera.
Rooney answers his critics with superb winner
Wayne Rooney let his feet do the talking with a superb first-half goal to give Manchester United a 1-0 first leg win at Chelsea and tip the balance of the Champions League quarter-final their way on Wednesday.
Champs League: Man U down Chelsea; easy for Barca
Manchester United and Barcelona took huge strides towards a place in the semis of the Champions League with victories over Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively in their quarter-final first legs.
April 06, 2011Blackburn to play a friendly in India?
Indian-owned English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers are planning to play a pre-season friendly against Brazillian top side Flamengo in India this summer, reports said on Tuesday.
Rooney accepts charge but appeals against ban
Manchester United have accepted Wayne Rooney's charge from the FA for swearing at a TV camera, but are appealing against his two-match ban, the Football Association said on Tuesday.
Champions League: Schalke, Real on goal-spree
Schalke 04 thumped Inter Milan 5-2 while Real Madrid beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at the Bernabeu stadium to leave the first two quarter-finals virtually over before next week's second legs.
April 05, 2011Rooney charged over foul-mouthed outburst
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been charged with using foul language while celebrating a goal in Saturday's 4-2 win at West Ham United, the Football Association said in a statement on Monday.
Rooney is a silly boy, says Redknapp
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has criticised Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United striker was charged with using foul language while celebrating a goal in Saturday's 4-2 win at West Ham United.
April 02, 2011Rooney hat-trick inspires Man United comeback
A quick fire Wayne Rooney hat-trick rescued Manchester United on Saturday as they went eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after coming from two goals down to beat West Ham United 4-2.
April 01, 2011Clubs vow to improve behaviour towards officials
The 20 Premier League clubs have agreed to improve the behaviour of players and managers towards match officials next season after conceding on Thursday that things had got out of hand.
March 31, 2011Depleted Man United return to scene of thrashing
Manchester United lead the English Premier League standings on 63 points, five ahead of Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
Lucas signs new long-term deal at Liverpool
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract, the club said on Wednesday.
March 30, 2011Court blocks proposed La Liga strike action
Spain's league programme will go ahead this weekend after a Madrid court upheld a challenge from six breakaway clubs and blocked proposed strike action.
Russia's Pavlyuchenko salvages 1-1 draw in Qatar
Roman Pavlyuchenko scored his first international goal in nearly 19 months to salvage a 1-1 draw for Russia against Qatar in a friendly on Tuesday.
March 29, 2011Gallas extends Tottenham contract
France defender William Gallas has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Tottenham Hotspur until 2013, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Blatter orders Brazil to speed up work for 2014
FIFA president Sepp Blatter warned Brazil on Monday that they needed to speed up preparations to host the 2014 World Cup.
March 28, 2011Football coach to leave Kashmir after threats
Argentine football coach Juan Marcos, who started and International Football Academy Trust to train the Valley' youth four years ago, has decided to leave following death threats and attacks on him over the past three months.
African Nations Cup qualifier: Ivory coast cruise
Didier Drogba scored twice to maintain the Ivory Coast's perfect start to the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifiers on Sunday while other top contenders Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia also won.
Rare record: Brazilian 'keeper scores 100th goal
Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored the 100th goal of his career to give Sao Paulo a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Corinthians in a pulsating Paulista championship derby marred by three red cards on Sunday.
Two-goal Neymar shines as Brazil beat Scotland
Teenage strike Neymar scored twice on his third appearance for Brazil as the South Americans outclassed Scotland 2-0 in a friendly played in something of a carnival atmosphere at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
March 26, 2011Italy, France stretch leads in Euro qualifying
Italy sneaked a 1-0 win in Slovenia and France beat Luxembourg 2-0 as the European heavyweights soothed bruised reputations by taking charge of their Euro 2012 qualifying groups on Friday.
Record-breaking Villa again the hero for Spain
After riding to Spain's rescue game-after-game at the 2010 World Cup, David Villa did it again on Friday with a double that secured a 2-1 comeback win over Czech Republic in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier.
March 24, 2011Adebayor turns down chance to return for Togo
Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor turned down the chance to come out of international retirement on Wednesday, saying he would not face Malawi despite being named in the squad for the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier.
'Ronaldo could return for Spurs game'
Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit to play a part in Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Tottenham Hotspur, coach Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
March 23, 2011Alves extends Barcelona contract until June 2015
Barcelona fullback Dani Alves has agreed to extend his contract with the Spanish league leaders until the end of June 2015, the club said on Tuesday, dashing the hopes of potential suitors across Europe.
March 22, 2011Platini re-elected unopposed as UEFA president
UEFA president Michel Platini was re-elected unopposed for a second four-year term on Tuesday, pledging to continue his efforts to bring club spending under control and fight match-fixing and crowd violence.
IFA shield: PFC bow to Chidi double
Pune FC hopes of extending their winning run in the 115th IFA Shield received a jolt with a 2-0 loss to Mohun Bagan at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan, on Monday.
India drub Taipei in AFC Challenge qualifiers
Defending champions India kicked off their campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying round in style, drubbing Chinese Taipei 3-0 in their opening match in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
March 21, 2011Serie A: Inter, Napoli close in on Milan
Inter Milan and Napoli were suddenly breathing down the necks of nervy Italian Serie A leaders AC Milan who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Palermo.
La Liga: Villarreal leapfrog Valencia
Marco Ruben's header put Villarreal up to third in La Liga with a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, after Valencia fell to a solitary Ivan Rakitic strike in a pulsating encounter with Sevilla.
Chelsea sink City to keep title hopes alive
Chelsea scored two late goals to beat a toothless Manchester City side 2-0 on Sunday and keep alive their faint hopes of retaining the Premier League title.
March 20, 2011Chelsea beat toothless Man City to go third
A 78th-minute header by David Luiz and a late Ramires goal gave Chelsea a vital 2-0 home win over Manchester City, which took them above their guests into third place in the Premier League on Sunday.
Slick Suarez seals Liverpool points
Liverpool maintained their chase for a Europa League slot as a fortunate Dirk Kuyt penalty and a great goal by Luis Suarez secured a comfortable 2-0 Premier League win at Sunderland Sunday.
La Liga: Real win Madrid derby, Barca down Getafe
Real Madrid stayed hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona when in-form striker Karim Benzema scored to set them on their way to a 2-1 win at battling city rivals Atletico in La Liga on Saturday.
Capello reinstates Terry as England captain
England manager Fabio Capello reinstated John Terry as his captain on Saturday, saying the defender had been punished enough for newspaper stories about his private life that cost him the armband a year ago.
March 19, 2011Late goal sends Man United five points clear
Dimitar Berbatov came off the bench to give Manchester United a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday that put them five points clear in the Premier League while Arsenal rallied to draw at West Bromwich Albion.
Wasteful Tottenham held by West Ham
Tottenham Hotspur endured a frustrating time in front of goal on Saturday as West Ham United held the Champions League quarter-finalists 0-0 in an entertaining Premier League game at White Hart Lane.
UEFA hands Roma's De Rossi three-match ban
AS Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi received a three-match ban on Friday for an off-the-ball incident in last week's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Oly qualifiers: India women footballers win opener
A superb hat-trick by Bala Devi helped the Indian women's football team trounce hosts Bangladesh 3-0 to make a brilliant start in the qualifying tournament for next year's London Olympics.
March 18, 2011Chelsea, Man U to clash in Champions QF
Chelsea have the chance to avenge their shattering penalty shootout defeat to Manchester United in the 2008 final after being drawn to play them in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday.
Bin Hammam to run for FIFA presidency
AFC chief Mohamed Bin Hammam on Friday launched his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter as head of global soccer with a campaign built on transparency and technology.
Liverpool, Ajax dumped out of Europa League
Liverpool and Ajax Amsterdam, who have won the European Cup nine times between them, failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League after making embarrassing exits from the competition on Thursday.
March 17, 2011United's Ferguson handed five-match ban by FA
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was given a five-match touchline ban by the Football Association on Wednesday for comments he made about referee Martin Atkinson after his side's defeat at Chelsea this month.
Champions League: Chelsea, Real Madrid in last 8
Chelsea and Real Madrid moved into the last eight of the Champions League with minimum of fuss on Wednesday. The former drew 0-0 at home with a battling FC Copenhagen to complete a 2-0 aggregate victory, while the Spanish giants ended a six-year Champions League jinx, crushing Olympique Lyon 3-0 to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.
March 16, 2011CL: Hernandez brace sends Man U through
Javier Hernandez struck twice to lift Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Olympique Marseille on Tuesday and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth year in a row.
March 15, 2011Capello poised to reinstate Terry as captain
England manager Fabio Capello seems set to reinstate John Terry as England captain, having stripped the Chelsea central defender of the position last year following newspaper stories about his private life.
Holders Inter face uphill struggle against Bayern
Reigning champions Inter Milan will bid to overcome a 1-0 deficit when they face Bayern Munich in their Champions League round of 16 second leg on Tuesday.
Bilbao snatch point at the death in rainy Getafe
Athletic Bilbao forward Urko Vera netted his first La Liga goal deep into added time to snatch a 2-2 draw for the Basque club at Getafe on Monday.
Arsenal mull signing former keeper Lehmann
Arsenal have made a surprise move to sign their former goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on an emergency loan deal, British newspapers reported on Monday.
March 14, 2011Man City, Stoke eye overdue FA Cup success
Stoke City stayed on course for a first-ever FA Cup final appearance when they beat West Ham United 2-1 in a quarter-final full of controversial refereeing decisions at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. Man City and Stoke eye overdue FA Cup success
La Liga: Barca held to 1-1 draw in Sevilla
Barcelona's advantage over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga was cut to five points when they surrendered the lead and were held to a 1-1 draw in a thrilling clash at battling Sevilla on Sunday.
March 13, 2011United beat Arsenal to keep treble dreams alive
Manchester United kept their treble dreams alive by knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup five days after the London side's Champions League exit thanks to a deserved 2-0 quarter-final win at Old Trafford on Saturday.
March 12, 2011Late goal gives Bolton win over Birmingham
Bolton Wanderers ended Birmingham City's dream of an FA and League Cup double when South Korean Lee Chung-yong headed home in the 90th minute to secure a 3-2 win in their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
India's squad for AFC Challenge Cup qualifier
India left out most of their younger players who featured in the pre-Olympic qualifiers against Myanmar from the 23-member squad for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying round tournament, starting on March 21 in Kuala Lumpur.
March 11, 2011All Japanese matches cancelled after earthquake
Weekend soccer matches in Japan's J.League have been cancelled because of the devastating earthquake that hit north of Tokyo on Friday, killing many and triggering a tsunami.
UEFA is a dictatorship: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger likened UEFA to a dictatorship and said Europe's governing body should show humility after he was charged with improper conduct following the Champions League defeat by Barcelona.
Europa League: Braga floor Liverpool
Modest Braga, who have never won a Portuguese league title, stunned five-times European champions Liverpool 1-0 with a first-half penalty in the Europa League on Thursday.
March 10, 2011FIFA launches match-fixing probe over friendlies
FIFA is investigating six match officials over possible match-fixing in two friendly internationals in Turkey that produced a total of seven penalties last month.
Champions League: Spurs, Schalke in last 8
Tottenham Hotspur and Schalke 04 belied their reputations to knock seven-times winners AC Milan and twice finalists Valencia out of the Champions League on Wednesday with performances that went entirely against type.
March 09, 2011India in 2nd round of Olympic football qualifiers
India scored a last-gasp equaliser to eke out a 1-1 draw against Myanmar in the return leg of the 2012 Olympic football qualifiers and advanced to the second round of the competition. The Indian under-23 side, which had beaten Myanmar 2-1 in their home leg match in Pune 2-1 on February 23, won the first round tie on a 3-2 aggregate.
Injured Man U star Nani ruled out for three games
Manchester United winger Nani has been ruled out for at least three games after being cut to the bone by Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
My dismissal was a total joke, says Van Persie
Arsenal's Dutch striker Robin van Persie described his sending-off against Barcelona as "a total joke" after his team's 3-1 defeat at the Nou Camp ended their hopes of a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Fabregas takes blame for Arsenal defeat
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has taken the blame for his side's 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, describing the last 16 second leg defeat as one of the worst moments of his life.
Barca, Shakhtar cruise into CLeague quarters
Lionel Messi ended 10-man Arsenal's Champions League hopes for the second season in a row when he netted a brilliant goal and a penalty to send Barcelona through to the quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday.
March 08, 2011FIFA lifts ban on Israeli coach Fernandez
The Israel Football Association on Monday said national team coach Luis Fernandez could resume his duties after FIFA lifted its ban on him from all soccer activity due to an outstanding debt to a former club.
EPL: Lampard helps Chelsea bt Blackpool 3-1
Golden oldies Frank Lampard and John Terry inspired Chelsea to a 3-1 win at Blackpool on Monday to keep alive the club's outside hopes of retaining their Premier League crown.
March 07, 2011Benzema double helps Real keep Barca in sight
Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid survived without Cristiano Ronaldo to win 3-1 at Racing Santander and close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to seven points on Sunday.
March 06, 2011Kuyt hat-trick stuns faltering Man United
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt's hat-trick dealt a body blow to Manchester United's English Premier League title hopes as the leaders were beaten 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.
Keita fires Barca to 1-0 win over Zaragoza
Seydou Keita made the most of a rare place in the starting lineup to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at home to Real Zaragoza on Saturday that put the champions 10 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Serie A: Gattuso strike gives Milan win at Juve
Gennaro Gattuso finally had fans talking about his talent rather than his temper after his rare goal gave AC Milan a 1-0 win at beleaguered Juventus and stretched their Serie A lead to eight points on Saturday.
Mourinho plays down reports of knife attack
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has played down media reports of a knife attack apparently launched against him in La Coruna last weekend in which a club security guard was slightly injured.
March 05, 2011Ref error costs Arsenal EPL top spot
Arsenal handed the Premier League initiative back to leaders Manchester United on Saturday with a limp performance in a goalless home draw against a Sunderland side who had lost their previous four games.
Last-gasp Roma beat Lecce ahead of Shakhtar clash
AS Roma needed a last-minute penalty from David Pizarro to win 2-1 at lowly Lecce in Serie A on Friday and boost their confidence ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.
March 04, 2011Guardiola hospitalised with spinal disc hernia
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has been diagnosed with a spinal disc hernia after he was admitted to hospital overnight suffering from acute lower back pain, the La Liga club said on Thursday.
Ronaldo back on song as Real thrash Malaga
Cristiano Ronaldo broke his four-game scoring drought with a hat-trick as Real Madrid trounced lowly Malaga 7-0 in La Liga on Thursday to trim the gap with leaders Barcelona back to seven points.
FA charge Ferguson after outburst at referee
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association on Thursday for comments about referee Martin Atkinson after his side's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea this week.
Lucio, Maicon earn first Brazil call since 2010 WC
Brazil's World Cup captain Lucio and his Inter Milan teammate Maicon were recalled for the first time since the 2010 finals on Thursday to meet Scotland in a friendly in London on March 27.
March 03, 2011Schalke stun Bayern to reach German Cup final
Schalke 04 stunned holders Bayern Munich 1-0 with a goal from Spaniard Raul to reach the German Cup final on Wednesday and improve their chances of playing European football next season.
Ronaldo to play farewell Brazil match in June
Ronaldo will play a farewell match with Brazil in June to mark the end of a career in which he won two World Cup winners medals, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday.
Arsenal, Man City sweep into FA Cup quarters
Arsenal bounced back from their shock defeat by Birmingham City in the League Cup final when Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 demolition of Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on Wednesday.
Two-match ban, fine for player who kicked owl
The player who caused outrage by kicking an injured owl during a Colombian championship match was banned for two games and fined on Wednesday.
March 02, 2011Dempo beat Yemeni side in AFC Cup opener
I-League champions Dempo Sports Club began their AFC Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Yemen's Al Tilal in Pune on Tuesday. Dempo scored through Brazilian midfielder Roberto Mendes Silva (53rd minute) and Nigerian striker Ranti Martins Soleye (67th minute), while Al Tilal striker Tafese Tesfaye pulled one back in the 75th minute of the Group A encounter.
Reading upset Everton to reach FA Cup QF
Reading reached the FA Cup quarter-finals at Premier League at Everton's expense after a first-half goal from defender Matt Mills earned a 1-0 fifth round victory at Goodison Park on Tuesday.
Chelsea rally to beat Man United in thriller
Chelsea blew the title race wide open when they came from behind to beat Premier league leaders Manchester United 2-1 thanks to Frank Lampard's controversial 79th-minute penalty at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
March 01, 2011Iran calls London 2012 logo "racist": report
Iran said on Monday it might boycott the 2012 London Olympics because of the event's "racist" logo which resembles the word Zion, the official Irna news agency reported.
Rooney escapes FA punishment
Wayne Rooney will not face any FA action for elbowing Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy during Manchester United's Premier League game on Saturday after the referee confirmed that he had seen the incident.
February 28, 2011Rooney could face 4 match ban
Ace striker Wayne Rooney's fate rests in referee Mark Clattenburg's hands as Manchester United striker could face a four-match ban for elbowing on Wigan's James McCarthy.
Birmingham make Arsenal pay for late blunder
Substitute Obafemi Martins pounced on an 89th-minute defensive blunder to give Birmingham City a 2-1 upset win over Arsenal in a dramatic League Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
West Ham beat Liverpool to climb off the bottom
West Ham United climbed off the bottom of the Premier League with an uplifting and well-deserved 3-1 home win over Liverpool on Sunday.
February 27, 2011Messi inspires Barca to 3-0 win at Mallorca
Lionel Messi conjured a magical headed goal to set a depleted Barcelona on their way to a 3-0 win at Real Mallorca in La Liga on Saturday that stretched their lead over Real Madrid at the top to eight points.
February 26, 2011Hernandez double fires Man U four points clear
Striker Javier Hernandez's double helped move Manchester United four points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Bagan, Churchill in goalless draw
Runners-up Churchill Brothers and former title holders Mohun Bagan settled for a goalless draw in their 16th round I-league soccer match at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Saturday.
February 25, 2011Beckham defends decision to train with Spurs
David Beckham defended his decision to train in England and return late to pre-season preparation with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday, saying it was more useful than sitting on the beach.
Serbia likely to be expelled from Euro qualifiers
UEFA president Michel Platini warned Serbia on Thursday they would be thrown out of the Euro 2012 qualifiers and the country's clubs banned from European competition if their fans caused any more crowd trouble.
Arsenal captain Fabregas out of League Cup final
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will miss Sunday's League Cup final against Birmingham City at Wembley with a hamstring injury, the club said on Thursday.
Europa League: Liverpool in last 16
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt headed a late goal to send the five-times European champions into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 1-0 victory over a defiant Sparta Prague at Anfield on Thursday.
February 24, 2011EPL: Arsenal win overshadowed by injuries
Arsenal beat Stoke City 1-0 to cut Manchester United's Premier League lead to one point on Wednesday but the win was overshadowed by injuries to Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott.
February 23, 2011India beat Myanmar in FIFA Pre-Olympic qualifier
India struck twice in the first half to register a 2-1 win over a fighting Myanmar in the first leg of the FIFA Pre-Olympic Qualifier preliminary round encounter in Pune on Wednesday.
AIFF seeks legal opinion on sacking Houghton
Unhappy with the performance of the Indian football team in the Asian Cup, the AIFF executive committee on Wednesday decided to sack national coach Bob Houghton, but has sought legal opinion keeping in mind an imminent contract tangle with the Briton.
EPL: Spurs slump to 3-1 defeat at Blackpool
Tottenham Hotspur missed the chance to climb to third place in the Premier League when they suffered a 3-1 defeat at lowly Blackpool despite dominating the game for long periods at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday.
February 22, 2011Real seek psychological edge by parading Zidane
Real Madrid reminded Olympique Lyon who they were up against in the Champions League by parading their French soccer spy Zinedine Zidane on Monday.
Gattuso gets four-match ban for assault
AC Milan captain Gennaro Gattuso has been given a four-match European ban for head-butting the assistant coach of rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last week's Champions League tie, UEFA said Monday.
February 21, 2011Substitute Pato grabs win for leaders Milan
Substitute Alexandre Pato netted a superb winner after Robinho had opened the scoring using the top of his arm as Serie A leaders AC Milan ground out a precious 2-1 win at Chievo on Sunday.
La Liga: Ranieri resigns as Roma coach
Claudio Ranieri resigned as coach of AS Roma following their shock 4-3 loss at Genoa on Sunday in a game they had led 3-0.
Messi strikes late to rescue nervous Barcelona
Lionel Messi rescued a nervy Barcelona with a late goal to earn a 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in a thrilling La Liga match on Sunday.
Vela strikes late to salvage point for West Brom
Carlos Vela scored an injury-time equalizer to give West Bromwich Albion a 1-1 draw with Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in a typically passionate Black Country derby on Sunday.
FA Cup: Leyton Orient earn replay at Arsenal
Feisty Leyton Orient held Arsenal to a memorable 1-1 draw in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at Brisbane Road on Sunday when a powerful 89th-minute strike from substitute Jonathan Tehoue stunned the Premier League side.
February 20, 2011Real cruise to win and close on leaders Barca
Jose Mourinho's nine-year unbeaten home record in league matches was never under threat as his side eased past Levante 2-0 on Saturday to close within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.
FA Cup dreams over for Chelsea and Crawley Town
Phil Neville scored the decisive spot kick to give Everton a 4-3 penalty shootout win over holders Chelsea after their FA Cup fourth-round replay ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
February 19, 2011FA Cup: Everton win penalties to beat Chelsea
Everton knocked holders Chelsea out of the FA Cup when they won their fourth-round replay 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Everton end Chelsea's dreams of FA Cup treble
Everton skipper Phil Neville scored the decisive spot-kick to give his side a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over holders Chelsea after their FA Cup fourth-round replay ended in a 1-1 draw after extra-time at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Giggs signs new Manchester United deal
Ryan Giggs will extend his playing career with Manchester United into 2012 after the 37-year-old Welsh midfielder signed a contract extension until the end of next season.
February 18, 2011Man U to field strong side against Crawley Town
Manchester United will take no chances against non-league opponents Crawley Town in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday by fielding a strong team.
Liverpool draw with Sparta, late win for Porto
Substitute Fredy Guarin gave former European champions Porto a late 2-1 Europa League win at Sevilla on Thursday while their old rivals Benfica beat VfB Stuttgart by the same score.
February 17, 2011Champions League: Arsenal stun Barca
Barcelona suffered a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal and AS Roma's miserable run continued with a 3-2 home loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League last-16 first-round matches on Wednesday.
February 16, 2011Qatar not in talks to buy Man United - source
Qatar Holding, the investment arm of the Gulf Arab state's sovereign wealth fund, has not held discussions to buy Manchester United football club, a source close to Qatar Holding said on Wednesday.
UEFA opens disciplinary case against Gattuso
Gennaro Gattuso faces the prospect of disciplinary action for his headbutt on Tottenham Hotspur assistant coach Joe Jordan after UEFA said on Wednesday it was opening a case against the AC Milan captain.
Europa League: Man City held by Salonika
Aris Salonika maintained their 41-year unbeaten home record in European competition by holding Manchester City to a 0-0 draw in their Europa League last-32 first leg on Tuesday.
Newcastle script 2-0 win at Birmingham
Goals from Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best helped Newcastle United to a 2-0 win at Birmingham City as they moved further away from the Premier League drop zone on Tuesday.
CL: Spurs down Milan, Raul scores for Schalke
Tottenham Hotspur pulled off a 1-0 win at AC Milan and Raul made a goalscoring return to Spain to earn Schalke a 1-1 draw at Valencia as the Champions League returned with two last-16 first-leg matches on Tuesday.
February 15, 2011Chelsea, Fulham play out goalless draw
Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at neighbours Fulham on Monday and a disappointing night for the Premier League champions would have been even worse but for a stoppage-time penalty save by goalkeeper Petr Cech.
February 14, 2011Sturridge scores again as Bolton beat Everton 2-0
On-loan Bolton Wanderers striker Daniel Sturridge scored his third goal in three games to wrap up a 2-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Serie A: Juve down Inter in derby of Italy
A first-half goal from new signing Alessandro Matri gave Juventus a sweet 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in the derby of Italy on Sunday, dealing a huge blow to their opponents' bid to win a sixth successive scudetto.
Ten-man Real beat Espanyol to trim Barca's lead
Real Madrid recovered from the second-minute dismissal of goalkeeper Iker Casillas to secure a battling 1-0 win at Espanyol on Sunday and cut Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga to five points.
February 13, 2011Rampant Milan thrash Parma, Napoli beat Roma
Antonio Cassano scored his first AC Milan goal and Robinho struck twice to help the Serie A leaders end a run of two straight draws in a 4-0 home thrashing of Parma on Saturday.
February 12, 2011West Ham beat Spurs to 2012 Stadium prize
West Ham United won the battle on Friday to inherit the London Olympic stadium after the 2012 Games, delighting everyone from international sports bosses to fans of defeated rival bidder Tottenham Hotspur.
Hodgson makes quick return as West Brom manager
Roy Hodgson made a swifter than planned return to Premier League management on Friday when he was named West Bromwich Albion boss, one month after his departure from Liverpool.
Rooney's 'bicycle' pedals Man Utd past City
Wayne Rooney produced a spectacular overhead kick to earn Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Manchester City and a seven-point lead in the Premier League on Saturday.
February 11, 2011Nishant's 'B' sample also returns positive
The 'B' sample of Mumbai FC midfielder Nishant Mehra has also returned positive for a prohibited substance, raising the possibility of an I-League player being banned for doping for the first time.
February 10, 2011United aiming to silence City for another season
The "noisy neighbours" have been generally a bit quieter in recent weeks and should Manchester United beat Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday their title claims will be just about silenced.
Barca, Real lead the way again in Deloitte list
Europe's top 20 soccer clubs earned more than four billion euros ($5.46 billion) between them last season, bucking the financial downturn and leaving them well equipped to comply with UEFA's financial fair play rules.
West Ham chosen for Olympic stadium
West Ham United have been chosen to take over the London 2012 Olympics stadium after fending off rival bidders Tottenham Hotspur, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
February 09, 2011Mumbai FC's Nishant fails dope test
Mumbai FC's midfielder Nishant Mehra on Wecnesday tested positive for an in-competition prohibited substance -- tetrahydrocannabinol -- in the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) list. With this act he has gained the tag of being the first footballer in the history of the I-League to fail a dope test.
After signing Torres, Chelsea eye Fabregas
Chelsea is now reportedly planning to make a 50 million pound summer swoop for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Barcelona to drop UNICEF logo from shirt front
Barcelona plan to drop the UNICEF logo from the front of their first-team shirts from July and replace it with the name of their new Qatari sponsor, a vice president of the La Liga club said on Tuesday.
Guardiola to extend Barca contract to June 2012
Barcelona have secured the services of Pep Guardiola for one more season after their spectacularly successful coach agreed to extend his contract with the La Liga champions to the end of June 2012.
February 08, 2011Wolfsburg sack former England manager McClaren
VfL Wolfsburg sacked former England coach Steve McClaren on Monday, replacing him with his assistant Pierre Littbarski.
February 07, 2011Messi set to mesmerise Kolkata in September
In December 2008, legendary Diego Maradona had set foot in this football-crazy city. Come September 2, another Argentine stalwart Lionel Messi is set to arrive with his national team.
Bhutia scores in Laureus charity match
He is the lone face of Indian sports in a high-profile gathering of international stars at the Laureus World Sports Awards and football skipper Bhaichung Bhutia on Monday said it is the ultimate honour to be in a crowd that features the likes of the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton, Boris Becker and Patrick Vieira.
Serie A: Milan drop points again, Napoli close in
Serie A leaders AC Milan slipped up for the second straight game in a 1-1 draw at Genoa on Sunday which opened the door for Napoli to cut the gap at the top to three points.
Spanish League: Ronaldo double lifts Real to win
Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to lift Real Madrid to a 4-1 home win over Real Sociedad on Sunday which trimmed Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga to seven points.
February 06, 2011Liverpool beat Chelsea, ruin Torres debut
Liverpool ruined Fernando Torres's much-heralded Chelsea debut on Sunday when they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to spoil the champions' hopes of taking advantage of Manchester United's first defeat of the season.
Zigic earns Birmingham vital victory at West Ham
Nikola Zigic scored the only goal as Birmingham City beat West Ham United 1-0 to move out of the Premier League's bottom three on Sunday.
Messi hat-trick puts Barca 10 points clear
Lionel Messi's brilliant hat-trick fired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday that set a record for consecutive La Liga victories of 16 and stretched their lead over Real Madrid at the top to 10 points.
Wolves end Man United unbeaten run
Leaders Manchester United suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday as they went down 2-1 at bottom club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
February 05, 2011Newcastle stun Arsenal with four-goal comeback
Newcastle United produced an astonishing fightback to draw 4-4 at home to Arsenal on Saturday after trailing 4-0 with just 26 minutes gone in the Premier League on Saturday.
I will get back to my best form at Chelsea: Torres
Chelsea's new striker Fernando Torres believes he will recover his best form at the west London club after his British record transfer from Liverpool.
Churchill and ex-Liverpool player start academy
Goan heavyweights Churchill Brothers will set up a football academy at Cana Bednaulim near Panaji in association with former Liverpool midfielder-turned- commentator Steve McMohan.
February 04, 2011Kharja sets up title-chasing Inter's win at Bari
Inter Milan reignited their Serie A title charge thanks to Morocco midfielder Houssine Kharja setting up a 3-0 win at bottom side Bari on Thursday.
France leave out Evra for Brazil friendly
France left back Patrice Evra was omitted from the squad for next week's friendly against Brazil despite having served a five-match ban for his infamous World Cup walkout.
February 03, 2011I-League: Dempo down Viva Kerala
Despite the presence of India player N P Pradeep in the Viva Kerala midfield, the home side went down 0-2 to Dempo in a 13th round I-League match at the Municipal Jawahar Stadium in Kannur on Thursday. After a barren first-half, the Goan outfit forged ahead in the 70th minute through a booming long-ranger from Roberto Silva and Joaquim Abranches sealed Viva's fate with an accurate long ranger in the 77th.
Ronaldinho makes winning Flamengo debut
40,000 Flamengo fans packed the Enganhao stadium on Wednesday to greet Ronaldinho on his debut for the club with a mosaic that said 'Welcome R10'. In his first match for a Brazilian club for 10 years, Ronaldinho led Brazil's most popular team out as their new captain for a Carioca (Rio) state championship match against Nova Iguacu that Flamengo won 1-0.
"Red Nev" ends Manchester United passion play
Gary Neville called an end to a glittering career of devoted service to his beloved Manchester United and England on Wednesday by announcing his immediate retirement.
Suarez scores as Liverpool beats Stoke
Luis Suarez took just 16 minutes to make his impact on Anfield as the 22.8 million pounds striker came off the bench to score Liverpool's second goal in a 2-0 Premier League win over Stoke City on Wednesday.
Real Madrid to face Barcelona in King's Cup final
Emmanuel Adebayor came off the bench to score on his home debut for Real Madrid and put the icing on a 3-0 aggregate win over holders Sevilla that set up a mouthwatering King's Cup final against Barcelona.
February 02, 2011Unlucky Milan held to goalless home draw by Lazio
Injury-hit Serie A leaders AC Milan were unlucky to be held to a 0-0 draw at home with Lazio on Tuesday after missing several chances, giving their title rivals a boost ahead of the rest of the midweek programme.
February 01, 2011Real seek Cup solace after La Liga setback
Reaching the King's Cup final is of even greater importance than usual for Real Madrid following a demoralising setback in La Liga.
Luis Suarez completes Liverpool move
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez completed his move to five-times European champions Liverpool from Ajax Amsterdam on Monday, the Premier League club said.
Torres joins Chelsea in deadline day frenzy
The British transfer record was smashed twice on Monday as Liverpool sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea but raided Newcastle United for an immediate replacement in the shape of burly England frontman Andy Carroll.
January 31, 2011Marseille lose ground after Monaco stalemate
Champions Olympique Marseille lost ground in the Ligue 1 title race after being held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Monaco on Sunday.
La Liga: Real suffer shock defeat at Osasuna
Real Madrid's La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow with a surprise 1-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday which left Jose Mourinho's side seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
EPL transfer: Spurs striker Keane joins West Ham
Tottenham Hotspur have loaned Ireland striker Robbie Keane to the Premier League's bottom club West Ham United until the end of the season with an option for a permanent cross-London move, the clubs said on Sunday.
Debutant Pazzini puts Inter on winning track
Substitute Giampaolo Pazzini scored twice and won a penalty on a dream debut as Serie A champions Inter Milan roared back from 2-0 down to beat visiting Palermo 3-2 in an enthralling encounter on Sunday.
January 30, 2011Late penalty sends Arsenal through in FA Cup
Ten-man Arsenal scraped to a 2-1 home win over League One (third division) Huddersfield on Sunday after Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to score an 86th-minute penalty and send them into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Messi double helps Barca equal Liga win record
Lionel Messi scored two late goals on Saturday as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 away to Hercules, their 15th consecutive victory matching the La Liga record set by Real Madrid in the 1960-61 season.
FA Cup: Man United rally to beat Southampton
Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez scored second-half goals as Manchester United fought back to beat League One (third division) Southampton 2-1 in their FA Cup fourth-round tie at St Mary's on Saturday.
January 29, 2011Extra-time winner gives Japan fourth Asian Cup
Substitute Tadanari Lee struck a stunning left-foot volley in the second period of extra time to give Japan a 1-0 win over Australia on Saturday and a record fourth Asian Cup title.
I-League: AI hold Bagan to 1-1 draw
Injury-hit Air India (AI) held Kolkata's Mohun Bagan to a 1-1 draw in the 12th round match of the I-League at Shahu Maharaj ground in Kolhapur on Sunday.
'France should not pick Evra again'
France World Cup captain Patrice Evra should not be recalled to the national team after serving his ban for his role in the team's revolt in South Africa, French Minister of Sport Chantal Jouanno said on Saturday.
Kalou earns Chelsea FA Cup replay with Everton
Holders Chelsea needed a late equaliser by Salomon Kalou to snatch a 1-1 draw that kept them in the FA Cup after a Louis Saha header had put Everton on course for a fourth-round upset at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Asian Cup: South Korea finish third
South Korea survived a fightback from Uzbekistan to win the Asian Cup third-place playoff 3-2 on Friday and book a place at the next tournament in four years time.
January 28, 2011Man U's Evra, Van de Sar to miss FA Cup tie
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra will miss the FA Cup fourth round match at Southampton due to a family bereavement, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Man United goalkeeper Van der Sar to retire in May
Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will retire at the end of the season, the Dutchman said on Thursday.
Liverpool turn down Chelsea bid for Torres
Liverpool have rejected a bid for their Spain striker Fernando Torres from Premier League rivals Chelsea, British newspapers reported on Friday.
Roma beat Juventus to reach Italian Cup semis
Mirko Vucinic helped to send AS Roma into the Italian Cup semi-finals with a superb goal to set up a 2-0 win at Juventus on Thursday.
January 27, 2011Real Madrid, Barca on course for King's Cup final
Real Madrid and Barcelona are heading for a King's Cup showdown after the great rivals won their semi-final first legs on Wednesday. Real won a controversial game 1-0 at holders Sevilla thanks to a goal from Karim Benzema while Lionel Messi struck twice as 2009 winners Barca thumped Almeria 5-0 at the Nou Camp.
Gardner fires Birmingham to League Cup final
Craig Gardner struck the winner as Birmingham City set up a League Cup final against Arsenal after coming from behind to beat West Ham United 4-3 on aggregate on Wednesday.
Bhutia to rub shoulders with stars in Laureus game
Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia will rub shoulders with a host of yesteryear stars, including World Cup winner Marcel Desailly of France and former England winger Steve McManaman, in the Laureus Football Challenge charity match in Abu Dhabi on February 7.
Liverpool ensure happy Anfield return for Dalglish
Liverpool beat Fulham 1-0 on Wednesday to hand Kenny Dalglish his first home victory since returning to Anfield for his second spell as manager.
January 26, 2011Malaga hit with suspensions after Valencia protest
Malaga's stormy 4-3 La Liga defeat at Valencia at the weekend, when they finished with nine men on the pitch, left them with a raft of suspensions from the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Tuesday.
Injured Rafael to miss Man U's FA Cup game
Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva will miss Saturday's FA Cup fourth round match at Southampton after suffering concussion in the 3-2 victory over Blackpool, manager Alex Ferguson said on Wednesday.
Berbatov leads Man United back from the brink
Dimitar Berbatov struck twice as Premier League leaders Manchester United recovered from two goals down to beat promoted Blackpool 3-2 in a thrilling game on Tuesday.
Arsenal beat Ipswich to enter League Cup final
Arsenal battled to overcome a resilient Ipswich Town 3-0 on Tuesday before reaching the League Cup final where Arsene Wenger's men will hope to end their six-year wait for a trophy.
Julio Cesar returns for Brazil, Kaka overlooked
Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar was called up by Brazil for the first time since the 2010 World Cup on Tuesday for next month's friendly away to France. The 23-man squad picked by coach Mano Menezes includes uncapped midfielders Jadson of Shakhtar Donetsk and Renato Augusto of Bayer Leverkusen.
Australia rout Uzbeks to set-up Japan final
Australia secured a first Asian Cup final appearance against three-times champions Japan after they thrashed a disappointing Uzbekistan 6-0 at the Khalifa Stadium on Tuesday. Japan beat South Korea 3-0 in a penalty shootout after the two sides drew 2-2 in the first semi-final at the Al Gharafa Stadium.
January 25, 2011Milito, Mourinho win Italian football Oscars
Inter Milan striker Diego Milito was voted Italian players' association player of the year for 2009/10 on Monday with his former boss Jose Mourinho winning the best coach award.
Chelsea batter Bolton again to close gap at top
Chelsea confirmed their return to form with a ruthless 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Monday to keep a foothold in the Premier League title race.
January 24, 2011La Liga: Benzema helps Real edge Mallorca 1-0
Karim Benzema went some way to justifying the 35 million euros ($49 million) Real Madrid paid to sign him when his goal secured a scrappy 1-0 home win over Real Mallorca in La Liga on Sunday.
EPL: Blackburn bt West Brom, go to 7th spot
Blackburn Rovers leaped from 12th to seventh in the congested Premier League table following a comfortable 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Blackburn rise to seventh with West Brom win
Blackburn Rovers climbed from 12th to seventh in the Premier League on the back of a comfortable 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Qatari consortium keen on buying Man United?
Manchester United may soon follow in the footsteps of other Premier League clubs like Liverpool and Newcastle. The club is on the threshold of being resold. A sovereign wealth fund from Qatar has evinced an interest to take control at Old Trafford.
January 23, 2011I-league: Salgaocar down JCT
Ryuji Sueoka and Francis Fernandes scored a goal in each half to guide Salgaocar to their eight win as they beat JCT to a convincing 2-0 in the eleventh round of the I-League, played at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda in Margao, on Sunday.
Inter beaten for first time under Leonardo
Inter Milan suffered their first defeat in six games under new coach Leonardo when the Serie A champions deservedly lost 3-1 at in-form Udinese on Sunday.
Roma thrash Cagliari, Catania lose
AS Roma soothed internal strife by clambering up to second in Serie A with an easy 3-0 home win over Cagliari on Saturday.
EPL: Bent's debut goal helps Villa sink Man City
Darren Bent scored on his debut four days after becoming Aston Villa's most expensive player to give his new side a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Premier League at Villa Park on Saturday.
Late Kewell header gives Aus victory over Iraq
A header from striker Harry Kewell three minutes from the end of extra-time gave Australia a 1-0 victory over holders Iraq in their Asian Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
Man Utd, Arsenal inspired by hat-trick pair
Stunning hat-tricks from Dimitar Berbatov and Robin van Persie moved Manchester United and Arsenal ahead in the Premier League title race as strikers took the spotlight on Saturday.
January 22, 2011Berbatov hat-trick keeps unbeaten Man United top
Dimitar Berbatov scored his third hat-trick of the season as leaders Manchester United maintained their unbeaten Premier League record with a 5-0 drubbing of Birmingham City on Saturday. Arsenal moved into second place with a 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium.
January 21, 2011Asian Cup: Japan rally to enter semi-finals
A last minute goal from Masahiko Inoha gave Japan a 3-2 comeback victory over hosts Qatar in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup on Friday.
Indian businessman buys La Liga club
Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed has completed the purchase of La Liga club Racing Santander, his office said on Friday.
Real eliminate Atletico to reach King's Cup semis
Real Madrid knocked bitter city rivals Atletico out of the King's Cup on Thursday with a 1-0 win at a hostile Calderon to go through to the last four 4-1 on aggregate. Cristiano Ronaldo added to his phenomenal tally of goals this season with a 23rd minute strike to help set up a semi-final over two legs against holders Sevilla after the Andalusian club saw off Villarreal on Tuesday.
AC Milan beat Bari to reach Italian Cup quarters
Antonio Cassano made his first start for AC Milan as the Serie A leaders beat bottom side Bari 3-0 at home on Thursday to complete the lineup for the Italian Cup quarter-finals.
January 20, 2011FA Cup: Arsenal subdue Leeds to reach fourth round
Arsenal subdued a spirited Leeds United to reach the FA Cup fourth round with a 3-1 victory in a lively third-round replay at Elland Road on Wednesday.
Barca reach Cup semis despite Betis fightback
A depleted Barcelona reached the King's Cup semi-finals with a 6-3 aggregate win over Real Betis despite losing Wednesday's second leg to the second division leaders.
Indian businessman swoops for Racing Santander
An Indian businessman has become the latest non-Spaniard to attempt to buy into La Liga and is in talks to acquire Racing Santander, a heavily indebted club based in the north of the country.
January 19, 2011FA Cup: Man City sink gallant Leicester
Manchester City survived some jitters to beat Championship (second division) Leicester City 4-2 in a lively FA Cup third round replay at Eastlands on Tuesday.
Sevilla down Villarreal to reach King's Cup semis
Holders Sevilla led the charge into the last four of the King's Cup when Renato's early strike set them on their way to a 3-0 home win over Villarreal on Tuesday.
January 18, 2011Asian Cup: S Korea rout India
Australia beat Bahrain and South Korea swept past India as the two AFC heavyweights claimed Asian Cup quarter-final places on Tuesday. Twice champions South Korea easily beat already eliminated India 4-1 at a wet Al Gharafa Stadium to finish second in Group C and set up a last eight meeting with Group D winners Iran while Australia recorded a 1-0 win over Bahrain.
Japan thrash Saudis to qualify, Jordan through
Japan romped into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup as Shinji Okazaki scored a hat-trick to demolish Saudi Arabia 5-0 on a wet and windy Monday at the Al Rayyan Stadium on the edge of the Qatari desert.
FIFA member hits out at winter World Cup talk
A member of FIFA's executive committee criticised talk of moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter and said he believes the idea was floated informally even before votes on the host nation for the tournament.
Portugal midfielder Tiago quits national team
Portugal midfielder Tiago has decided to retire from international soccer citing personal reasons, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said on Monday.
Livepool's Babel fined over Twitter outburst
Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has been fined 10,000 pounds ($15,860) for comments about referee Howard Webb and the doctored picture he posted on Twitter after his side's FA Cup defeat by Manchester United this month.
January 17, 2011Asian Cup: Qatar, Uzbekistan through to quarters
Uzbekistan grabbed the point they needed against China and hosts Qatar thrashed Kuwait 3-0 as both booked places in the Asian Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.
January 16, 2011Ten-man Man United hold on for 0-0 draw at Spurs
Manchester United survived the 73rd-minute dismissal of fullback Rafael Da Silva to draw 0-0 at Tottenham Hotspur and edge back to the top of the Premier League on goal difference on Sunday.
EPL: Villa draw with Birmingham
James Collins came off the bench to rescue a point for Aston Villa who drew 1-1 at rivals Birmingham City in a feisty Premier League derby encounter on Sunday.
Tendulkar inspires me, says Bhutia
The influence of iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar transcends any sport in India and national football captain Bhaichung Bhutia says he draws inspiration from him to bring laurels for the country.
La Liga: Cani strike boosts four-goal Villarreal
Cani's brilliant effort from just inside Osasuna's half helped Villarreal to a 4-2 home win as La Liga reached the midway point of the season on Saturday.
Serie A: Rampant Inter extend winning run
Samuel Eto'o scored twice as Inter Milan swatted aside Bologna 4-1 on Saturday to record their fourth successive win under new coach Leonardo and continue their ominous climb up the Serie A table.
Stoppage time own goal takes Iraq past UAE
An own goal from Walid Abbas in the third minute of stoppage time gifted holders Iraq a precious 1-0 win over United Arab Emirates to kick-start their Asian Cup title defence on Saturday.
Tevez sparkles as City beat Wolves to go top
A sparkling two-goal display by Carlos Tevez overshadowed a promising debut by Edin Dzeko as Manchester City claimed a nervy 4-3 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers to go top of the Premier League on Saturday. Dzeko, a 27 million pounds ($42.77 million) buy from VfL Wolfsburg, made a good first impression as City led 4-1 but they were hanging on at the end against the doughty visitors.
Iraq snatch late winner to down UAE
An own goal from Walid Abbas in the third minute of stoppage time gifted holders Iraq a precious 1-0 win over United Arab Emirates on Saturday to kick-start their Asian Cup title defence.
January 15, 2011Asian Cup: Iran down NKorea to enter quarters
Flu-hit Iran qualified for the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup with a game to spare after a well-taken goal from Karim Ansari Fard gave them a 1-0 win over a dour North Korea side at the Qatar Sports Club on Saturday.
Tevez double sends Man City atop table
New signing Edin Dzeko made his debut but it was partner Carlos Tevez who scored twice in a nervy 4-3 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers that took Manchester City top of the Premier League on Saturday.
I-League: Chidi brace sinks Salgaocar
Edeh Chidi scored a brace as Mohun Bagan scored a comfortable 3-1 win over Salgaocar Sports Club to register their third win in the I-League at Nehru Stadium in Margao on Saturday.
Abdulatif scores four as Bahrain oust India
Striker Ismaeel Abdulatif scored four goals as Bahrain overcame India 5-2 at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday to end the Bhangra Boys's interest in the Asian Cup. Bahrain now need to beat Australia in their final Group C match to qualify for the quarter-finals.
'Indian soccer needs time to match best in Asia'
Bahrain football coach Salman Sharida feels India are emerging as a good team but will need time to match the best in Asia.
January 14, 2011Asian Cup: Japan down Syria in controversial tie
Japan beat Syria 2-1 in an Asian Cup Group B game that exploded into life in the closing stages when each side were awarded a penalty and Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was sent off.
Asian Cup: Japan down Syria in controversial tie
Japan beat Syria 2-1 in an Asian Cup Group B game that exploded into life in the closing stages when each side were awarded a penalty and Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was sent off.
Rooney Junior to play alongside Henry in MLS
John Rooney, younger brother of England and Manchester United striker Wayne, will team up with French striker Thierry Henry at the New York Red Bulls after being selected in the MLS draft on Thursday.
Banned FIFA officials register formal appeal
Two FIFA executive committee members have formally appealed against suspensions imposed on them last year over allegations they offered to sell their votes in the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
King's Cup: Comical Ozil goal seals win for Real
A bizarre last-minute goal from Mesut Ozil wrapped up a 3-1 comeback win for Real Madrid at home to city rivals Atletico Madrid on Thursday, giving them a healthy advantage in their King's Cup quarter-final.
Italian Cup: Juve knock out Catania
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had a solid game in his first appearance since the World Cup as his side eliminated Catania with a 2-0 home win in the Italian Cup last 16 on Thursday.
January 13, 2011Jordan dump Saudi Arabia out of Asia Cup
Three-times champions Saudi Arabia were dumped out of the Asian Cup on Thursday after an error from goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah gifted Jordan a surprise 1-0 victory.
Houghton compares Bhaichung with Tendulkar
National football team coach Bob Houghton on Wednesday compared Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for the influence they have on their respective team-mates "on and off the field".
India drop to 144 in FIFA rankings
India dropped two places, to 144, in the latest FIFA rankings, two days after a drubbing from Australia in their opening Asian Cup match in Doha on Monday. The top three places remain unchanged, with World champions Spain leading the table, while Netherlands and Germany are second and third respectively.
Blackpool beat Liverpool, complete league double
New manager Kenny Dalglish was again unable to deliver the Midas touch as Blackpool beat Liverpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road on Wednesday to complete a remarkable Premier League double over the 18-times champions.
Messi celebrates Ballon d'Or with Cup hat-trick
Lionel Messi celebrated a second successive World Player of the Year award with a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed second division Real Betis 5-0 in a King's Cup quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
League Cup: Ipswich stun Arsenal
Ipswich Town, thrashed 7-0 in the FA Cup by Chelsea three days ago, produced a memorable display to shock Arsenal 1-0 in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at Portman Road on Wednesday.
Ahmed gets Qatar party started as hosts beat China
Two first-half goals from striker Yusef Ahmed sent Qatar on their way to a 2-0 win over China as the host nation finally joined their own Asian Cup party on Wednesday and began dreaming of a place in the quarter-finals.
January 12, 2011Djeparov fires Uzbeks into Asian Cup last 8
Uzbekistan became the first side to reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals when they beat Kuwait 2-1 on Wednesday thanks to a superb strike from former Asian player-of-the-year Server Djeparov.
Totti hints at Roma exit for first time
AS Roma captain Francesco Totti, who has been at his hometown team his whole career, hinted for the first time on Tuesday that he could leave the club after a row with coach Claudio Ranieri.
Man City suffer Balotelli injury blow
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out for a month with a knee injury, City manager Roberto Mancini said on Tuesday.
Disciplined Iran grab late winner over Iraq
Iran showed the discipline and organisation teams need to win major titles when they came from behind to beat arch-rivals and reigning champions Iraq 2-1 in their opening Asian Cup Group D match in Doha, on Tuesday.
Premier League clubs want me: Maradona
Legendary footballer Diego Maradona wants to coach a Premier League club and Blackburn could be the favourites to get him.
January 11, 2011'We should be able to play better against Bahrain'
Despite conceding four goals in the AFC Asian Cup opener against Australia, India goalkeeper Subrata Paul does not seem to be too bothered as he expressed confidence that the team will put up a good show against formidable Bahrain in their next Group C clash on Friday.
UAE hold North Korea to 0-0 draw in Asian Cup
North Korea and United Arab Emirates produced the first 0-0 draw of the Asian Cup on Tuesday after the Koreans missed a first-half penalty in an evenly-matched Group D match at the Qatar Sports Club Stadium.
Slick South Koreans beat Bahrain in Asian Cup
South Korea began their campaign for a first Asian Cup title in 51 years with a polished passing display to beat Bahrain 2-1 in Qatar on Monday.
Bhutia still uncertain ahead of Bahrain clash
Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia remains a doubtful starter ahead of their Friday's match against Bahrain in the Asian Cup football tournament as he has still not recovered completely from his calf muscle injury, coach Bob Houghton said.
Prolific Cahill relishes pressure to keep scoring
Tim Cahill said he loved being under pressure to score goals after his brace in Australia's 4-0 win over India at the Asian Cup on Monday lifted his record to 24 goals in 48 internationals.
Despite loss, Indians earn respect from Aussies
Despite losing 0-4 to Australia, India earned respect for their doggedness from their formidable opponents who said Bob Houghton's wards deserved to be in the Asian Cup football tournament, the continent's biggest football event.
Ronaldinho signs for Brazil's Flamengo, says club
Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has signed a four-year contract with Flamengo in a bid to revive his flagging career and win a place in Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad.
Nadal tests recovery from flu in soggy Melbourne
World number one Rafa Nadal put his recovery from a bout of flu to the test with a rain-interrupted practice session at Melbourne Park on Tuesday ahead of next week's Australian Open.
Babel charged for mocking referee on Twitter
The Football Association (FA) charged Liverpool's Ryan Babel with improper conduct on Monday for posting a mocked-up picture of referee Howard Webb on Twitter after a weekend FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.
January 10, 2011Asian Cup: Spirited India lose 0-4 to Australia
Minnows India gave a spirited fight but found the Australian too hot to handle as they lost 0-4 to their formidable opponents in their opening match of the Asian Cup football tournament in Doha on Monday.
Asian Cup: Coach sacked after Syria stun Saudi
Saudi Arabian football chiefs sacked coach Jose Peseiro on Sunday immediately after his demoralized side slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of unfancied Asian Cup outsiders Syria.
Police arrest 15 fans during FA Cup match
Fifteen fans were arrested for public orders offences during Manchester United's 1-0 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday, police said.
Babel risks FA wrath after mocking ref on Twitter
Liverpool's Ryan Babel could face disciplinary action for posting on Twitter a mocked-up picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt after a 1-0 FA Cup loss on Sunday.
Maradona keen to take up EPL coaching offer
Diego Maradona said on Sunday he will fly to London next month to study an offer from an English Premier League club, Argentine media reported.
La Liga: Ronaldo hat-trick inspires Real Madrid
A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helped Real Madrid fight back to beat classy Villarreal 4-2 on Sunday to cut Barcelona's La Liga lead to two points.
January 09, 2011FA Cup: United beat 10-man Liverpool
A second-minute Ryan Giggs penalty and a red card for Steven Gerrard ensured a frustrating return for Kenny Dalglish on Sunday as Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 in their FA Cup third-round clash at Old Trafford.
Indian revolution begins with Socceroos test
India and Australia, whose main sporting rivalry is on the cricket pitch, switch codes to soccer at the Asian Cup on Monday with Australia the overwhelming favourites to hand out the equivalent of an innings victory.
Arsenal's Walcott apologises for diving
England forward Theo Walcott has apologised for trying to win a penalty by diving in Arsenal's 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw against Leeds United on Saturday.
India striker Sushil Singh to miss 2 matches
Indian football team suffered yet another blow before their Asian Cup opening match against Australia on Monday as striker Sushil Singh will not be available for two matches because of a pending ban on him.
Messi inspires Barca to 4-0 win at Deportivo
Lionel Messi scored a stunning freekick and helped set up two more goals as Barcelona swept hosts Deportivo Coruna aside 4-0 to surge five points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
FA Cup: Late Fabregas penalty rescues Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to score a last-minute penalty to earn 10-times winners Arsenal a 1-1 home draw with Championship (second division) side Leeds United in a pulsating FA Cup third-round match on Saturday.
January 08, 2011Liverpool dismiss Hodgson, turn to Dalglish
Liverpool ended the painful six-month reign of manager Roy Hodgson on Saturday and installed fans' favourite Kenny Dalglish as caretaker in a bid to restore harmony and arrest an alarming decline in form.
I-League: EB scores 1-0 victory over Pune FC
Tolgay Ozbey struck in the second half to help East Bengal to a 1-0 victory over Pune FC in an eighth round match of the I-League at Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
Asian Cup: China finish strongly to beat Kuwait
Second-half goals from defender Zhang Linpeng and midfielder Deng Zhuoxiang gave China the perfect start to their Asian Cup campaign as they beat highly-rated Kuwait 2-0 at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Saturday.
January 07, 2011Hosts Qatar fall to Uzbekistan in Asian Cup opener
Hosts Qatar made the worst possible start to the Asian Cup on Friday when they were beaten 2-0 by Uzbekistan who hardly had to raise their game above walking pace to secure a comfortable victory at the Khalifa Stadium.
Beckham likely to join Spurs: Tottenham coach
David Beckham is likely to join Tottenham Hotspur on loan from LA Galaxy, the Premier League club's manager Harry Redknapp said on Friday.
Roy Keane sacked as Ipswich manager: reports
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has been sacked as manager of English Championship (second division) club Ipswich Town, local media reported on Friday.
Beckham signing would be high risk: Keegan
Signing LA Galaxy's David Beckham on a short-term loan would be a big gamble, according to his former England manager Kevin Keegan.
January 06, 2011Mourinho, Preciado escape punishment over spat
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and his Sporting Gijon counterpart Manuel Preciado have escaped punishment over a row they had in November after the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) decided no action was needed.
King's Cup: Barca, Sevilla advance into quarters
Eric Abidal crowned a superb defensive display with a rare goal to help Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday and put the La Liga leaders through to the quarter-finals of the King's Cup on away goals.
Nadal wobbles into Qatar quarters
World number one Rafael Nadal suffered a rare second-set meltdown before recovering to beat plucky Slovakian Lukas Lacko and join rival Roger Federer in the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Chelsea lose again, Man City hold Arsenal
Chelsea's hopes of retaining the Premier League title looked forlorn and Carlo Ancelotti's future equally bleak on Wednesday as the champions' fall from grace continued with a 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
January 05, 2011EPL: Man Utd beat Stoke to go three points clear
Manchester United finally put space between themselves and the chasing pack when a 2-1 home win over Stoke City moved Alex Ferguson's side three points clear at the top of the Premier League on Tuesday.
January 04, 2011I-League: Viva Kerala stun Mohun Bagan
Hosts Viva Kerala surprised formidable Mohun Bagan, beating them 2-0 in a seventh round match in the I-League, in Kannur on Tuesday.
Blackburn chasing Ronaldinho and Beckham
Blackburn Rovers have made an offer for AC Milan forward Ronaldinho and are also chasing former England captain David Beckham, the Indian owners of the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
La Liga: Ronaldo brace sinks Getafe
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 18th and 19th La Liga goals of the season as Real Madrid survived some late pressure to win 3-2 at city rivals Getafe on Monday and trim the gap to leaders Barcelona back to two points.
January 03, 2011I-League: Odafe scores five in Churchill's big win
Odafe Okolie scored five goals as Churchill Brothers drubbed AIFF XI 6-0 in a seventh round I-League match at the Nehru stadium in Margao, Goa, on Monday.
Venky's chicken out of Ronaldinho deal?
Brazil winger Ronaldinho has become the central figure in the latest embarrassment to befall Blackburn Rovers' Indian owners, Venky's, following a Twitter post suggesting that they had offered the AC Milan ace a £six million a year deal.
La Liga: Pedro brace seals Barca win
Pedro scored twice as Barcelona made heavy weather of beating promoted Levante 2-1 to move five points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
Kaka likely to join Manchester United
Brazilian superstar Kaka is likely to join Manchester United in a shock loan deal this month, which could lead to a permanent, £50 million move.
Blatter to set up anti-corruption committee
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday he wanted to set up an anti-corruption committee after the allegations, which shook soccer's governing body last year.
January 02, 2011Blatter to set up anti-corruption committee
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday he wanted to set up an anti-corruption committee after the allegations which shook soccer's governing body last year.
EPL: Chelsea held 3-3 by Villa in thriller
Chelsea scored twice in the last two minutes in a stunning comeback against Aston Villa on Sunday only to concede an injury-time equaliser in a 3-3 draw that severely dents their hopes of retaining the Premier League title.
Manchester delight as United and City march on
Premier League pacesetters Manchester United and Manchester City ground out wins to stay clear at the top while Arsenal remained in dogged pursuit with a 3-0 victory at Birmingham City on Saturday.
January 01, 2011EPL: United scrape past West Brom
Wayne Rooney scored his first club goal in open play since March as Manchester United rode their luck to secure a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and move three points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Ronaldinho close to Milan exit
AC Milan forward Ronaldinho is on the verge of leaving the Serie A leaders after media reports on Saturday said he had left the club's training base in Dubai to return to Brazil.
Redknapp wants Beckham at Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has said he is "definitely interested" in bringing LA Galaxy's former England captain David Beckham to the Premier League club on loan this month.
December 31, 2010Hodgson apologises to Liverpool fans
Roy Hodgson has apologised to Liverpool fans after accusing them of failing to support him since he arrived to take over from Rafa Benitez.
Dzeko set to join Man City, Real eye striker
All eyes will be on Manchester City as the window opens, with Roberto Mancini expected to add more firepower to a squad who have emerged as genuine contenders for the Premier League title.
December 30, 2010Chelsea win, Arsenal draw as Liverpool lose
Chelsea ended their dire run with a 1-0 home Premier League win over Bolton Wanderers, but Arsenal, seeking to go joint-top with a win, conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at 10-man Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.
December 29, 2010Abramovich ready to stick with Ancelotti
Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich has broken off from preparing for a lavish New Year's Eve party in the Caribbean to reiterate to the Chelsea board that he intends to stick with Carlo Ancelotti as the club's manager to end the slump against Bolton Wanderers at Stamford.
I League: East Bengal steamroll Air India
I-League round-up of mathces played on Wednesday.
Man United on top after draw at Birmingham
Manchester United extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 18 games and regained top spot on Tuesday but there were no celebrations after they gave away another late goal in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City.
December 28, 2010EPL: Balotelli hat-trick puts Man City on top
Sulky striker Mario Balotelli managed a rare smile on Tuesday as he hit a hat-trick, including two penalties, to help Manchester City beat Aston Villa 4-0 and take his side to the top of the Premier League.
Arsenal too good for Chelsea
Chelsea's worrying slump turned into a full-blown crisis when the Premier League champions were comfortably beaten 3-1 by Arsenal at The Emirates on Monday.
December 27, 2010Dempo refuse to release Joaquim Abranches
Dempo have refused to release Joaquim Abranches after they were requested by the AIFF to send him for the national camp in Dubai less than 15 days prior to the Asian Cup 2011.
Asian Cup: Rafi left out of India's squad
Promising striker Mohammed Rafi got the axe as India on Monday announced a 23-member squad, to be captained by Bhaichung Bhutia, for the Asian Cup football tournament starting on January 7 in Doha, Qatar.
December 26, 2010EPL: Berbatov double seals victory for Man United
Dimitar Berbatov scored both goals on Sunday as Manchester United emerged from the grip of winter to beat Sunderland 2-0 at Old Trafford and consolidate top spot in the Premier League.
Van der Sar to retire at end of season?
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said he expects goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to retire at the end of this season.
Two EPL games postponed due to icy weather
Everton's match at home to Birmingham City and Blackpool's game against Liverpool were postponed on Sunday as Premier League fixtures once again fell victim to freezing conditions in Britain.
December 25, 2010Indian footballers slam team manager Chowdhury
Team manager Pradeep Chowdhury's out-of-the-blue decision to part ways with the Indian football squad has not gone down well with national players, who are preparing in Dubai for the Asian Cup, scheduled to be held in Doha from January 7.
Demichelis leaves Bayern for Spain's Malaga
Argentine defender Martin Demichelis will go on loan to Spanish club Malaga from Germany's Bayern Munich for six months with an option to extend, he told Bild newspaper on Friday.
Former Milan boss Leonardo named Inter coach
Last season's AC Milan coach Leonardo was named manager of city rivals Inter Milan on Friday in a move which has stunned the soccer world despite the Italian game's celebrated eccentricities.
December 23, 2010Benitez reign at Inter Milan ends in ignominy
Rafael Benitez's reign as Inter Milan coach ended in ignominy on Thursday when he left the European champions after just six months in charge having dared to question club owner Massimo Moratti's authority.
Barcelona want Guardiola to emulate Alex Ferguson
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola can extend his contract for as long as he wants and the club are hoping he will emulate long-serving Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, president Sandro Rosell said on Wednesday.
Pele six-time Brazilian title winner...40 years on
A large hole in the roll of honour of Pele, arguably soccer's greatest player, was filled 33 years after he quit when he was officially recognised as a six time Brazilian champion at the age of 70 on Wednesday. The championship officially started in 1971 but the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced that the Brasil Cup and Roberto.
Benzema on song as Real thump Levante
Karim Benzema cemented his return to form with his second hat-trick of the month and Cristiano Ronaldo also netted three goals as Real Madrid crushed lowly Levante 8-0 in their King's Cup last-16 first leg on Wednesday.
December 22, 2010I-League: East Bengal edge Salgaocar 1-0
A second-half strike by Tolgay Ozbey helped East Bengal register a solitary goal win over Salgaocar to climb up to the top of the standings after their fifth straight win in the I-League at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Benitez is still Inter coach for now, says Moratti
Confusion continued to reign over the future of Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez on Tuesday after club president Massimo Moratti played down widespread speculation that he had been sacked.
Impact of cold snap on European sport
How the snow and freezing temperatures are affecting the sporting calendar across Europe.
Bilbao hold Barca in King's Cup
Athletic Bilbao survived a constant state of siege to hold a weakened Barcelona to a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp in a King's Cup last 16 first-leg match on Tuesday. La Liga leaders Barca had won 10 successive games in all competitions, scoring 31 goals in the last seven, but they ran out of ideas against their resolute Basque visitors.
December 21, 2010'Mourinho is a crybaby for ref rant'
Jose Mourinho was branded a 'crybaby' by Valencia coach Unai Emery on Monday following his criticism of the match referee after Real Madrid's scrappy 1-0 home win over Sevilla on Sunday.
Beckham still keen on returning to England squad
Ace midfielder David Beckham has said that insists he still has a chance of making a sensational England comeback.
Berbatov urges scribes to stop voting for him
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov told reporters to stop voting for him after being named Bulgaria's Footballer of the Year for a seventh time on Monday.
Tevez changes mind, decides to stay at Man City
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez completed a remarkable U-turn on Monday when he committed his future to the club a week after handing in a written transfer request.
Milan sign Sampdoria's Cassano
AC Milan have reached a deal to sign Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano, a Milan spokesman said on Monday.
EPL: City blow top spot chance, lose to Everton
Carlos Tevez made his peace with Manchester City but failed to guide them to top spot in the Premier League as they lost 2-1 at home to Everton on Monday.
Eto'o named African Player of the Year
Cameroon and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o set a new landmark for individual success in African football on Monday after being named the continent's Footballer of the Year for a record fourth time.
December 20, 2010EPL: Tevez urges Man U to buy him back
Manchester City skipper Carlos Tevez has approached archrivals Manchester United to buy him back.
Bayern demolish Stuttgart with Gomez hat-trick
Mario Gomez scored a hat-trick against his former club to give champions Bayern Munich a 5-3 win at error-prone Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Di Maria snatches late winner for 10-man Real
Angel Di Maria kept Real Madrid on the heels of La Liga leaders Barcelona as they survived a red card for Ricardo Carvalho to beat Sevilla 1-0 at home on Sunday.
December 19, 2010Inter Milan win world title, give Benitez boost
European champions Inter Milan won the Club World Cup and brought some relief to beleaguered coach Rafael Benitez when they brushed aside Africa's TP Mazembe 3-0 in the final on Saturday.
La Liga: Barca crush derby rivals Espanyol 5-1
Leaders Barcelona scored five goals away at their city rivals Espanyol for the first time as they made light of a potentially tricky city derby on Saturday.
Serie A: Milan lose as Borriello hurts ex-club
Serie A leaders AC Milan lost 1-0 to AS Roma after striker Marco Borriello burst his former club's bubble and put his new side back in the title picture at a freezing San Siro on Saturday.
December 18, 2010Sunderland beat the freeze and Bolton to go sixth
Sunderland took full advantage of beating the freeze as they won 1-0 against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday to climb to sixth in the Premier League.
EPL: Chelsea v Man U called off as England freeze
Britain's sporting weekend was decimated by heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures with Sunday's Premier League showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United among the hundreds of fixtures to be called off.
I-League: Salgaocar thrash AIFF XI, top table
A double strike from Yusif Yakubu and Ryuji Sueoka kept Salgaocar's winning momentum going as they thrashed AIFF XI 5-0 to score their fourth win to move at the top of the table in the I-League, played at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, in Margoa on Saturday.
Beckham to get BBC lifetime achievement award
Former England football captain David Beckham will be conferred with the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on Sunday.
December 17, 2010Scholes ruled out of Man United's trip to Chelsea
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes will miss the Premier League leaders' trip to champions Chelsea on Sunday with a groin injury that will keep him out until the New Year, the club said on Friday.
Arsenal draw Barca in Champions knock-out
European champions Inter Milan will play Bayern Munich in a repeat of last season's final following the draw for the first knockout round of the Champions League on Friday.
Feared Barcelona keen to avoid French in CL draw
Barcelona are the club everyone wants to avoid in the draw for the Champions League Round of 16 on Friday and Barca coach Pep Guardiola has said he does not want to face a French side.
Spain's Xavi named World Soccer Player of the Year
Spanish midfielder Xavi, who orchestrated Spain's World Cup triumph, was named as World Soccer's Player of the Year on Thursday. The world champions completed a Spanish double by being named Team of the Year.
December 16, 2010I League: Bagan, Dempo share honours
Struggling for form in recent times, Mohun Bagan on Thursday put up a spirited display to hold defending champions Dempo 2-2 in a fourth round I-League match at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
India-Qatar friendly match called off
The Indian football team's international friendly match against Qatar on December 19 has been called off due to disagreement over venue.
Blackburn's Indian owners rule out Maradona
The Indian owners of Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday ruled out appointing Argentine Diego Maradona as manager of the Premier League club. Maradona's name has been in the frame since Venky's, the Indian poultry giant which acquired Rovers last month, sacked Sam Allardyce on Monday.
Europa League: Sevilla sneak through
Sevilla sneaked into the last 32 of the Europa League on Wednesday with a 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Dortmund as the German side failed to translate their devastating domestic form into European success.
Inter Milan cruise into Club World Cup final
European champions Inter Milan comfortably booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Seongnam of South Korea on Wednesday. Inter will meet surprise packages TP Mazembe of DR Congo on Saturday after the African champions upset Internacional of Brazil 2-0 to become the first team from outside Europe or South America to reach the final.
December 15, 2010Blackburn owners have Maradona on radar
Blackburn Rovers' owners on Wednesday dropped a bombshell when they admitted that that they are considering former Argentina coach Diego Maradona to succeed Sam Allardyce.
My focus is to save my job: Bhowmick
Roped in as Mohun Bagan's technical director after the exit of Stanley Rozario, Subhas Bhowmick said his first aim was to save his job before promising any long term success to the club.
December 14, 2010Allardyce lacked Rovers' Indian owners vision
Sam Allardyce was sacked because his football vision did not fit in with that of Blackburn Rovers' new Indian owners who believe the club should be fourth or fifth in the Premier League.
Blackburn sack manager Allardyce
Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce became the second mid-table Premier League manager to be sacked in eight days after the club's new Indian owners announced his departure with immediate effect on Monday.
Wenger slams Old Trafford pitch
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised the Old Trafford pitch as 'not good enough to play good football' after Monday's 1-0 defeat by Manchester United cost them top spot in the Premier League.
EPL: Man U knock Arsenal off top as Park strikes
Manchester United knocked Arsenal off the top of the Premier League as they stifled their title rivals' attacking flair with a 1-0 win thanks to Park Ji-sung's goal on Monday.
December 13, 2010Mumbai FC register third win
Mumbai FC notched their third win on the trot after defeating HAL Bangalore by a solitary goal in a third round I-League match in Kolhapur on Monday.
Ghana lifts ban to escape FIFA sanctions
Ghana sought to avoid FIFA action on Monday, saying it would immediately lift a temporary halt of league soccer imposed last week after police raided the football association in a tax and fraud probe.
December 12, 2010EPL: Bolton go fifth as Wolves down Birmingham
Bolton Wanderers rose to fifth in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over local rivals Blackburn Rovers while in Sunday's other derby Wolverhampton Wanderers bagged a vital 1-0 triumph against Birmingham City.
Serie A: AC Milan thump Bologna
Kevin Prince Boateng scored the first goal and impudently set up Robinho for the second to help rampant Serie A leaders AC Milan to a 3-0 win at troubled club Bologna on Sunday.
Man City reject Tevez's transfer request
Manchester City have rejected striker Carlos Tevez's written transfer request, the Premier League club said on Sunday.
Man City go joint top as Toure torments West Ham
Manchester City fired the opening shots at the start of a pivotal period in the Premier League title race with a 3-1 victory at bottom club West Ham United on Saturday despite the absence of suspended talisman Carlos Tevez.
December 11, 2010Barcelona in record shirt deal with Qatar
Barcelona have agreed a record shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation worth 30 million euros ($40 million) a season through to the end of the 2015-16 campaign, the La Liga champions said on Friday.
December 10, 2010Captain Terry questions Chelsea's desire
Chelsea captain John Terry has questioned his team's desire and called on them to end the bad run threatening to derail their Premier League title defence.
'Put AIFF in order to improve Indian football'
Slamming the All India Football Federation (AIFF) squarely for the declining standards of football in the country, former Iranian international Jamshed Nassiri on Friday asked AIFF to put its house in order with better governance for the standard to rise.
Materazzi says Zidane handshake happened
Marco Materazzi shook Zinedine Zidane's hand last month for the first time since the Frenchman's infamous headbutt on him in the 2006 World Cup final, the Italian said on Thursday.
December 09, 2010Pardew appointed Newcastle manager
Newcastle United named Alan Pardew as their 12th manager in the last 13 years on Thursday in place of Chris Hughton who was controversially sacked this week.
Indian football gets 700-crore boost
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Thursday roped in International Management Group-Reliance Industries Limited as their commercial partner by signing a 15-year agreement worth Rs 700 crore, one of the most lucrative deals in Indian sports.
December 08, 2010'Berbatov wants to end career at Old Trafford'
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov would be happy to stay with Manchester United until the end of his career, the player's agent said on Saturday.
Arsenal still fretting on last 16 CL place
Arsenal hope to complete a full set of English clubs going into the Champions League knockout phase on Wednesday though there could be a few anxious faces at The Emirates when they take on Partizan Belgrade.
Brazil's Ronaldo to take paternity test
Brazilian football star Ronaldo will undergo a paternity test to determine whether a five-year-old boy living in Singapore is his fourth child.
December 07, 2010Southall FC wants to set up academy for youngsters
UK's Southall football club is looking forward to set up an academy to develop the budding sportspersons, that in time is believed to extend beyond football, director of finance and marketing Rajesh Gautam said in London, on Tuesday.
UEFA cuts Mourinho ban to one match
UEFA has reduced on appeal a fine and two-match ban given to coach Jose Mourinho after allegations that two of his Real Madrid players engineered deliberate red cards in last month's Champions League game with Ajax Amsterdam.
Liverpool cruise past Villa on Houllier's return
Liverpool ensured it was an unhappy return for former manager Gerard Houllier with a comfortable 3-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa at Anfield on Monday.
December 06, 2010Xavi, Iniesta and Messi on Ballon d'Or shortlist
Spain's World Cup winners Xavi and Andres Iniesta were joined by holder Lionel Messi on an all-Barcelona shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or announced on Monday.
Sunderland, West Brom continue upward progress
Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion stayed in touch with the Premier League leaders with solid home wins over West Ham United and Newcastle United on Sunday.
December 04, 2010EPL: Arsenal surges to top; Chelsea's dull draw
Arsenal surged to the top of the Premier League with Samir Nasri scoring twice in their 2-1 win over Fulham as Chelsea's dire run continued with a 1-1 home draw against Everton on Saturday.
Qatar WC could be held in January: Beckenbauer
The 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar could take place in January or February to avoid the scorching temperatures of the summer months in the desert state, FIFA Executive Committee member Franz Beckenbauer said on Saturday.
FA chief quits, says cannot trust FIFA
Roger Burden, acting chairman of the Football Association, has withdrawn his application for the permanent position saying he can no longer trust FIFA members after the failure of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
December 03, 2010Atletico striker Aguero granted dual nationality
Atletico Madrid's Argentina striker Sergio Aguero has been granted dual Spanish nationality, the La Liga side said on their website (www.clubatleticodemadrid.com) on Friday.
Eto'o loses appeal against three-game headbutt ban
Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o has lost his appeal against a three-match Serie A ban for headbutting but a 30,000 euro ($39,570) fine has been dropped, the Italian soccer federation said in the statement on Thursday.
Liverpool lead charge into Europa League last 32
Liverpool, Paris St Germain, Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev, Sparta Prague and Villarreal reached the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday in contrasting fashions.
December 02, 2010Russia and Qatar to host 2018 and 2022 World Cups
Russia won the right to put on the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will stage the 2022 finals, both first-time hosts, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.
England bid focuses on soccer legacy for FIFA
England used its final presentation on Thursday to promise FIFA a commercially successful 2018 World Cup through an initiative that would match FIFA's current spending on soccer development.
Netherlands/Belgium bid gets FIFA applause
Netherlands and Belgium kicked off World Cup decision day with a highly impressive presentation to FIFA's executive committee -- the 22 men who will vote on the destinations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups later on Thursday.
Match-fixing claims to be investigated in Bulgaria
Bulgarian authorities are to investigate claims of possible match-fixing in eight soccer matches over the last year, said the parliamentary commission chief for education and sport.
Colombian Prez vows to remove drugs from soccer
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos promised on Wednesday to crack down on the involvement of drugs traffickers in soccer clubs.
Ligue 1: Marseille lead despite draw with Rennes
Olympique Marseille opened a one-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 after they were held to a goalless home draw by Stade Rennes in a rescheduled game on Wednesday.
Former Cluj coach suspended for smashing dugout
Former CFR Cluj coach Sorin Cartu, who was sacked for smashing up the dugout during a Champions League defeat, was fined 10,000 euros ($13,090) by UEFA and suspended for one match on Wednesday.
Voting for soccer WC hosts: How does it work?
FIFA will choose the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on Thursday. Following is a Q+A examining how the process will work.
FIFA set to take sport's biggest decision
FIFA will take the biggest and most far-reaching decision in international sport on Thursday when its executive committee votes on the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
League Cup: Pitch invasion mars Birmingham win
Ugly scenes marred Birmingham City's 2-1 League Cup quarter-final victory over local rivals Aston Villa on Wednesday with fans ripping up seats and throwing flares into the crowd after a post-match pitch invasion.
December 01, 2010Colaco accused of nominating himself for AFC award
Former AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco winning the AFC Distinguished Service Award has kicked up a controversy with top officials accusing him of recommending himself without consulting the executive committee.
2022 World Cup bidders prepare to play last cards
The five countries bidding to host the 2022 World Cup will play their final cards on Wednesday as the battle to host sport's biggest event reaches its climax.
Mourinho banned, Real fined after red card probe
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been given a two-match ban for improper conduct by UEFA after allegations that two of his players deliberately got sent off in a Champions League match against Ajax Amsterdam.
West Ham dump holders Man Utd out of League Cup
West Ham United humbled holders Manchester United 4-0 on Tuesday to reach the League Cup semi-finals with Old Trafford reject Jonathan Spector scoring twice in the swirling snow at Upton Park.
November 30, 2010FIFA dismisses Panorama allegations
FIFA has dismissed allegations made by a British Broadcasting Corporation programme against three executive committee members, saying Swiss authorities had already investigated and the case had been closed.
Chelsea's worst run of form since I joined: Drogba
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted that his club's recent downward slide in form has been the worst he has witnessed during his six-year time at Stamford Bridge.
Desailly on shortlist for Ghana coach job
Former France World Cup winner Marcel Desailly is among the candidates to become new Ghana coach, the Black Stars said on their website (www.ghanafa.org) on Monday.
India to play friendlies before Asian Cup
The Indian football team will play against Qatar and Syria on December 19 and 26 respectively in what will be their last two international friendlies in the lead upto the Asian Cup in January next year.
'FIFA should postpone World Cup vote'
FIFA should postpone Thursday's vote to choose the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts and allow an independent investigation into corruption allegations, watchdog body Transparency International (TI) said on Monday.
BBC makes new charges against FIFA ex-co members
An investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) accused three FIFA executives of taking bribes in a programme to be aired on Monday, three days before the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups are decided.
Villa double leads Barca to 5-0 rout of Real
David Villa struck twice to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 rout of Real Madrid on Monday with a scintillating performance which put the champions two points clear of their arch-rivals at the top of the Spanish La Liga.
November 29, 2010Stuttgart slap record fine on red-carded Marica
VfB Stuttgart have fined Romanian Ciprian Marica a reported 50,000 euros after he was sent off following a verbal attack on the referee in his team's 4-2 defeat by Hamburg SV on Saturday.
Luck was on my side at the Asian Games: Vijender
Handicapped by a dislocated thumb and up against a two-time world champion, Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Monday said he managed to pull off the Asian Games gold medal as 'luck was back' on his side a month after deserting him at the Commonwealth Games.
Man United to face arch-rivals Liverpool in FA Cup
Manchester United and Liverpool, England's two most successful clubs, will do battle in the third round of the FA Cup after the draw was made on Sunday.
November 28, 2010Chelsea held at Newcastle, Spurs beat Liverpool
Chelsea's Premier League title defence continued to splutter on Sunday when they could only draw 1-1 at Newcastle United and missed their chance of returning to the top of the standings.
Milan held by Samp as Ibrahimovic goes quiet
AC Milan were held 1-1 at Sampdoria on Saturday as the Serie A leaders failed to prove they can prosper even when Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not score.
November 27, 2010Everton keen to lure Beckham on loan deal
Everton have offered former England captain David Beckham a chance to return to the Premier League on a short-term loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy during Major League Soccer's close season.
Mainz beat Nuremberg to cut Dortmund's lead
Second-placed Mainz enjoyed a 3-0 win over Nuremberg on Friday to cut Borussia Dortmund's lead at the top of the Bundesliga to four points.
November 26, 2010Would have gone abroad if I had left Man U: Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said he would have moved overseas and had no intention of joining Manchester City if he had decided to leave the Old Trafford club before signing a new contract.
Ronaldo, Zidane to play UN charity match
World champion footballers and United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane have announced that the 8th Annual Match Against Poverty will raise funds for the nearly 25 million people affected by the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.
Putin boosts Russia's chance of hosting 2018 WC
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's impassioned support has made Russia a favourite to host a the 2018 World Cup. However, questions abound over the availability of infrastructure to host the event.
November 24, 2010Injured Fabregas out for 2-3 weeks
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas could be out of action for upto three weeks after injuring his hamstring in Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Braga, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
November 23, 2010Eto'o handed three-game ban for headbutt
Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o was banned on Tuesday for three Serie A matches for a headbutt during Chievo's 2-1 win on Sunday after being tried and convicted by league chiefs on television evidence.
Arteta grabs late equaliser at Sunderland
Mikel Arteta hauled struggling Everton another point clear of the Premier League drop zone on Monday with a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland that denied the hosts a place in the top six.
Real turn to Zidane for European inspiration
Real Madrid will seek inspiration from their former midfielder and France World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane for Tuesday's Champions League match at Ajax Amsterdam, according to Xabi Alonso.
Ajax ban Suarez for biting PSV player
Ajax Amsterdam have suspended their captain Luis Suarez for two matches after he bit PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder during their 0-0 draw on Saturday.
November 22, 2010Venky's to rename Blackburn stadium: report
Premier League club Blackburn Rovers are set to have their home ground Ewood Park renamed by their new Indian owners, a newspaper report said on Sunday.
Inter lose again as Eto'o does 'Zidane' headbutt
Inter Milan's crisis intensified on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat at Chievo, where Samuel Eto'o appeared to commit a Zinedine Zidane-like headbutt that could result in a lengthy suspension.
November 21, 2010Blackburn beat Villa 2-0, move up five places
Blackburn Rovers gave their new Indian owners an immediate return on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa that lifted the club five places in the English Premier League table.
Krasic returns to inspire Juve to victory
Juventus winger Milos Krasic returned from injury and suspension to again be the driving force in a 2-0 win at Genoa on Sunday.
Ronaldo, Messi hat-tricks light up La Liga
Barcelona blasted Almeria 8-0 to match their biggest ever away win but remained second in La Liga behind Real Madrid who thrashed Athletic Bilbao 5-1 on Saturday.
November 19, 2010Liverpool lose injured Gerrard for up to a month
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be sidelined for up to four weeks after suffering a "significant" hamstring injury while on England duty, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Raos complete Blackburn takeover
Blackburn have officially been purchased by the Rao family from India for about £43m.
November 18, 2010FIFA ban, fine ex-co members for corruption
FIFA executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii were banned from all soccer activities and fined on Thursday after an investigation into allegations that they had offered to sell their votes ahead of the decision for World Cup 2018 and 2022 hosting rights.
November 17, 2010Messi vies with Japanese teenager for top goal
Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben are battling with a Japanese teenager and a Swedish second division player for FIFA's goal of the year award.
November 16, 2010Manchester United owners to pay off huge debts
Manchester United received a double financial boost as their owners agreed to pay off huge debts from outside club funds while first-quarter results on Tuesday showed strong matchday and commercial revenues.
Lajong to play Sheffield FC in exhibition tie
English football club Sheffield FC will meet Shillong Lajong in an exhibition match to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Asiad football: Qatar, China knocked out
Khalfan Fahad fired into the far post from in front of an open goal in an inexplicable miss on Monday that cost defending champion Qatar a spot in the Asian Games football quarter-finals.
FIFA begins hearing into vote-selling allegations
FIFA has begun a three-day investigation into corruption allegations which have cast a shadow over the contest for the right to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Bayern Munich to play charity match in Kolkata
Top German club Bayern Munich will play a charity football match to support the street children of Kolkata.
November 15, 2010Torres injury a chance for Llorente to shine
The latest injury to Spain's Fernando Torres could hand his strike partner Fernando Llorente another chance to shine in Wednesday's friendly against neighbours Portugal.
Eng keeps away from media allegations over WC bid
The leaders of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup have written to FIFA's executive committee distancing themselves from British media allegations of corruption within world soccer's governing body.
England, France seek to end bad year on a high
England coach Fabio Capello and his French counterpart Laurent Blanc will both want to end a hugely disappointing year with a win on Wednesday but will try to achieve their aims in different ways.
Dallas upset Beckham's Galaxy to reach MLS final
David Beckham and the L.A Galaxy suffered a shock 3-0 home defeat to FC Dallas on Sunday in the MLS Western Conference championship game.
Gomez double sets up Bayern win, Ribery back
Mario Gomez kept up his Bayern Munich revival when he scored twice and won a penalty to inspire the Bundesliga champions to a 3-0 win over Nuremberg on Sunday.
Higuain snatches late win for Real Madrid
Real Madrid climbed back above arch rivals Barcelona to the top of La Liga when Gonzalo Higuain netted a late winner in a laboured 1-0 win at Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
Kuwait thump India 1-9 in football friendly
The Indian national football team suffered a humiliating 1-9 defeat at the hands of Kuwait in an international friendly match played as part of preparations for next next year's Asian Cup, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
EPL: Chelsea stunned 3-0 by inspired Sunderland
Chelsea suffered a shock defeat and their first home loss in the Premier League this season when Sunderland beat them 3-0 thanks to goals from Nedum Onuoha, Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck on Sunday.
November 13, 2010United escape at Villa, Spurs end winless run
Manchester United scored twice in the last eight minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday just when they looked to be heading for their first Premier League defeat of the season.
Dortmund charge seven points clear after victory
The deadly Shinji Kagawa and Lucas Barrios were on target again as Borussia Dortmund beat Hamburg SV 2-0 on Friday to power seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Zidane named special adviser of Real Madrid
Former France great Zinedine Zidane has been appointed as a special adviser to Real Madrid's first team.
November 11, 2010India seal knockout berth in Asian Games football
India qualified for the knockout stage of the Asian Games football competition for the first time since 1982 after outplaying Singapore 4-1 in Guangzhou, on Thursday.
Real Madrid thump Murcia to avoid Cup upset
Real Madrid avoided a repeat of last season's King's Cup exit to lowly opponents when they crushed third-tier Murcia 5-1 on Wednesday to advance by the same score on aggregate.
November 10, 2010Fergie's job? Why not, but not now: Blanc
France coach Laurent Blanc could be interested in a return to Old Trafford as a successor to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, the former French international said on Tuesday.
Whiff of change before Manchester derby
The red and blue sides of Manchester shared a rare moment of agreement among the barbs on Tuesday with mega-rich City and trophy-rich United sensing a change in the significance of derby day.
City's title credentials at stake against Man Utd
If Manchester City really are ready to challenge the Manchester United/Chelsea Premier League hegemony then Wednesday's derby at Eastlands is the time to prove it.
ManU boss Ferguson left with 'no idea' on team
Manchester United's problems with injury and illness have left Alex Ferguson with "no idea" which players he will be able to pick for Wednesday's Premier League derby against Manchester City, the manager said.
Drogba recovering from malaria, say Chelsea
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is almost back to full fitness after being diagnosed with malaria, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
EPL: Spurs held by Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur suffered another English Premier League setback on Tuesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sunderland at White Hart Lane, where a week ago they overwhelmed European champions Inter Milan.
November 09, 2010Asian Games football: India lose to Qatar
India let in two goals in the last 10 minutes after leading 1-0 to suffer a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to defending champions Qatar in their second group match of the Asian Games football competition in Guangzhou.
Venky's profits soar, will Blackburn benefit?
Whether rise in Venky's profits will ensure more investments in Blackburn remains to be seen
November 08, 2010Real ease to derby win, Barcelona see off Getafe
Real Madrid extended their dominance over city rivals Atletico and maintained their one-point lead at the top of La Liga when Ricardo Carvalho and Mesut Ozil scored in a comfortable 2-0 home win on Sunday.
Beckham inspires Galaxy into Conference final
David Beckham created both goals as LA Galaxy beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Sunday to earn a place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference final, where they will take on FC Dallas.
November 07, 2010Leaders Lazio lose derby, Milan and Juve win
Lazio goalkeeper Fernando Muslera watched in horror as Marco Borriello's weak penalty crept under his body and dribbled into the net to help city rivals AS Roma to a 2-0 win over the Serie A leaders on Sunday.
Chelsea slump at Liverpool as Arsenal lose at home
Champions and Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered their second defeat of the season as Fernando Torres scored twice to guide resurgent Liverpool to a deserved 2-0 victory at Anfield on Sunday.
India lose 2-0 to Kuwait in Asian Games football
India put up a valiant fight before going down 0-2 against Kuwait to get off their Asian Games football campaign on a disappointing note in Guangzhou on Sunday.
November 06, 2010Ibrahimovic fights with team-mate in training
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to blows with team-mate Oguchi Onyewu in training on Friday and the pair had to be separated by the rest of the squad.
November 05, 2010Gerrard's 15-minute hat-trick saves Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard came off the bench to score a hat-trick in the last 15 minutes as the struggling Premier League side came from behind to beat Napoli 3-1 in the Europa League on Thursday.
November 04, 2010Champions League: Real, Bayern, Chelsea through
Real Madrid scored seconds from time to force a 2-2 draw at AC Milan, secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League and leave coach Jose Mourinho with a smile on his face on his return to the San Siro on Wednesday. Real went through to the knockout stage along with Bayern Munich and Chelsea, although Arsenal, who could also have qualified with two matches to spare, lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk and will have to wait.
November 03, 2010Malaga sack coach Ferreira after poor start
La Liga strugglers Malaga sacked Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira on Tuesday after only four months in the job.
Language please! Sampdoria in a muddle after bans
Sampdoria have banished striker Antonio Cassano, possibly for good, for swearing at the club president and now his replacement Nicola Pozzi has been banned by Serie A for blaspheming in the dressing room after a game.
Batista officially named Argentina coach
Olympic gold medal-winning coach Sergio Batista was confirmed as expected on Tuesday to succeed Diego Maradona as Argentina's coach until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Inter outwitted by Spurs as leaders toil
The chinks in Inter Milan's armour were exposed again as Tottenham Hotspur beat the holders 3-1 in Champions League Group A and all three teams able to secure last-16 qualification flopped on Tuesday. Like Inter, 2009 winners Barcelona only needed a win to go through with two games to spare but drew 1-1 at FC Copenhagen in Group D while Olympique Lyon's three-match winning streak came to a halt in an enthralling 4-3 defeat at Benfica in Group B.
November 02, 2010'If there is an injury crisis it's not my fault'
Inter Milan manager Rafa Benitez delivered another of his famous statistically-led retorts on Monday to prove that his team were not suffering more than their fair share of injuries.
Blackpool overcome nine-man West Brom
Blackpool celebrated a first home win in the English top flight for nearly 40 years when they beat nine-man West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Bloomfield Road on Monday.
November 01, 2010Ferdinand to miss United's trip to Bursaspor
Defender Rio Ferdinand will miss Manchester United's Champions League match at Bursaspor, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Rooney is a troubled soul: Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson believes his star striker Wayne Rooney has been a troubled soul.
Barca will ignore Mourinho mind games: Messi
Barcelona will ignore attempts by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to play mind games, according to Lionel Messi.
Rodriguez snatches win for Liverpool
Maxi Rodriguez scored four minutes from time to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win at Bolton Wanderers, which lifted them out of the Premier League relegation zone on Sunday.
October 31, 2010Man United keep up the chase with win over Spurs
Manchester United maintained their stranglehold on Tottenham Hotspur with a controversial 2-0 Old Trafford victory to move back within five points of Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday.
October 30, 2010Houghton is not racist: Bhutia
India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia threw his weight behind national coach Bob Houghton, saying the Briton did not make any racist comment against referee Dinesh Nair and his allegation was "false".
Muntari stars for Inter Milan in Serie A
Sulley Muntari came in from the cold and scored his first club goal in a year to hand injury-hit Inter Milan a battling 1-0 Serie A win at Genoa on Friday.
October 29, 2010World Cup vote to go ahead: Blatter
The vote to decide the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will go ahead as planned on December 2 in Zurich, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.
Barca keeper Pinto gets two-match CL ban
Confusing an FC Copenhagen player into believing he was offside when clear through on goal earned Barcelona's Jose Manuel Pinto a two-match Champions League ban from UEFA on Friday.
Man United's Hernandez nearly quit football
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was close to quitting football last year, his father Javier Hernandez Gutierrez has revealed.
October 28, 2010Durand Cup: Salgaocar trounce Air India
Salgaocar SC scored a facile 3-1 win over Air India while Garwhal Heroes shocked Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 in quarter-final league matches of the 123rd Durand Cup football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi on Thursday.
Venkys rule out spending spree for Blackburn
Poultry firm Venkateshwara Hatcheries, which is set to seal a 46 million pounds ($72.77 million) takeover of Blackburn Rovers, ruled out any lavish spending sprees on the Premier League club on Wednesday.
Arsenal crush Newcastle in League Cup
Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner made goalscoring returns from injury on Wednesday as Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United 4-0 away to reach the last eight of the League Cup.
October 27, 2010Bhutia to launch football school
In his 15 years of international career, Bhaichung Bhutia has brought many laurels to the country. Now, the Indian football icon is now launching a football school, to teach the sport to underprivileged children free of cost.
Germany '54 WC win could be drug-tainted: study
West Germany's 1954 World Cup-winning team, feted as the men who helped put a nation back on its feet after World War Two, may have been boosted by a secret doping programme, according to a new university study.
Indian football team starts campaign versus Kuwait
Pitted against strong opponents in a tough group, India will kick off their Asian Games campaign against Kuwait on November 7 at Huadu Stadium, Guangzhou in China.
I was never going to leave Man United: Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has reportedly told a Red Devils' fan at Dubai's Burj Al Arab hotel that he was never going to leave the club.
Arsenal shouldn't get carried away: Fabregas
Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas insists that the club should not go overboard despite a successful Premier League campaign so far.
League Cup: Hernandez sends Man United through
Mexican substitute Javier Hernandez scored a last-minute winner to send holders Manchester United into the League Cup quarter-finals with a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
October 26, 2010Indian company Venky's to take over Blackburn
Indian poultry firm Venky's Limited is set to take over English Premier League (EPL) side Blackburn Rovers with the deal likely to be completed next month, the club said on Tuesday.
Serie A: Milan sink Napoli to seize second place
Forgotten man Massimo Oddo, only playing because of a raft of injuries, set up both goals to send AC Milan up to second in Serie A after an action-packed 2-1 win at 10-man Napoli in heavy rain on Monday.
October 24, 2010Rooney stand-in Hernandez hits two in United win
After a week when Wayne Rooney hogged the headlines, his stand-in Javier Hernandez scored twice to secure Manchester United's first away win in the Premier League this season in a 2-1 triumph at Stoke City on Sunday.
La Liga: Four-goal Ronaldo dazzles, Messi sizzles
Cristiano Ronaldo lit up the Bernabeu with a brilliant four-goal performance in Real Madrid's 6-1 drubbing of struggling Racing Santander on Saturday.
Leaders Chelsea break club record
Goals by Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou and a club record eighth consecutive home clean sheet helped Chelsea open a five-point lead in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. Malouda struck his seventh league goal of the season and Kalou came off the bench to seal victory after the break for Carlo Ancelotti's side whose early-season torrent of goals has slowed to a trickle in recent weeks.
October 23, 2010Schalke draw with Frankfurt, Werder crush Gladbach
Schalke 04's poor start to the Bundesliga campaign continued on Saturday when they drew 0-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt, while Werder Bremen crushed hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-1 to move up to eighth in the table.
EPL: Chelsea stretch lead at top, Spurs held
Champions Chelsea opened a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday with goals from Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou.
Portsmouth likely to close after deal collapses
English Championship (second division) club Portsmouth are likely to go out of business after a deal to remove them from administration was scuppered on Friday, the club said in a statement.
Bayern escape with draw at Hamburg
Bayern Munich were lucky to escape the traditional north-south derby against Hamburg SV with a goalless draw after the hosts dominated throughout and rattled the post late in Friday's game.
Pele @ 70: Beautiful game's greatest impression
Bikash Mohapatra salutes the legendary Brazilian who turns 70 today
October 22, 2010Rooney to stay at Manchester United
Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-year deal with Manchester United and is staying at Old Trafford. The agreement follows intensive discussions between the Club and the player's representatives and means that by the end of his contract Wayne will have been a Manchester United player for 11 years.
Perth squeeze more mirth out of Rooney gag
Australian team Perth Glory squeezed more mirth out of a joke Wayne Rooney would join the A-League side from Manchester United when a defender appeared at the club's news conference on Friday wearing a Rooney mask.
Portugal denies alleged collusion in World Cup bid
Portugal's soccer chief on Thursday rejected media allegations his country's joint bid with Spain to host the 2018 World Cup had been conducted in collusion with Qatar's bid for the 2022 finals in breach of FIFA rules.
Angry Man U fans storm Rooney's house
Manchester United fans had reportedly besieged the house of striker Wayne Rooney reportedly in protest at his decision to quit the club.
October 21, 2010Liverpool fans hurt in clashes before Napoli game
Two Liverpool fans have been injured overnight in clashes ahead of Thursday's Europa League game with Napoli, police sources said.
Uncertainty hangs over FIFA World Cup hosting
The contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, due to be decided by soccer's governing body FIFA has been discredited and thrown into uncertainty by allegations of vote-selling.
FIFA pair suspended over vote-selling claim
Two members of the FIFA executive committee linked to allegations of vote-selling for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting decision have been provisionally suspended, football's governing body announced on Wednesday.
Messi fires Barca, Inter thwart Spurs
Samuel Eto'o struck twice in a 4-3 win for Champions League holders Inter Milan as they survived a thrilling Tottenham Hotspur revival on Wednesday while Nani lifted the Rooney gloom at Manchester United.
October 20, 2010Rooney to miss Bursaspor match
Manchester United will be getting used to life without Wayne Rooney at home to Bursaspor in the Champions League on Wednesday when holders Inter Milan unleash red-hot Samuel Eto'o on Tottenham Hotspur. Rooney has shocked United by saying he wants to leave but manager Alex Ferguson will not have to make an awkward decision about playing him against the Turkish side after the club said the England striker had gone down with an ankle injury.
India play Myanmar in 2012 Olympic qualifier
India will play Myanmar in the first round of 2012 London Olympics men's football competition on February 23 and March 9, 2011, in the home and away format. Thirty-five teams are in the fray for three-and-a-half slots reserved for the continent.
FIFA begins probe into WC vote-selling allegations
FIFA will begin an investigation on Wednesday into allegations of vote-selling by two members of its executive committee in the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and that bidding nations may have colluded.
Real win aristocratic duel with AC Milan
Cristiano Ronaldo delivered the knockout blow for Real Madrid in their aristocratic battle with AC Milan on Tuesday, as Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich maintained their own perfect Champions League starts. While Arsenal provided a breathtaking collective display in a 5-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, nine-times European champions Real had the individual brilliance of the world's most expensive player to thank for their 2-0 win at the Bernabeu.