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  • Franck Ribery blasts FIFA Ballon d'Or as 'political' Yesterday

    Munich: Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has blasted the Ballon d'Or process, saying FIFA's top individual award is "purely political". Ribery watched his team-mate Manuel Neuer finish third in the ceremony earlier this month, the same spot the Frenchman himself finished a year earlier, reports espnfc.com. In both cases, the Bayern player...
  • France's Euro 2000 hero David Trezeguet retires: report 4 days ago

    Buenos Aires: France's 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning striker David Trezeguet, who enjoyed a decade leading the Juventus attack, has retired, Argentine daily Clarin reported. The 37-year-old's agent had confirmed the news of his retirement on Tuesday according to Clarin and he was now set to rejoin Italian champions...
  • Brazil need time to benefit from World Cup stadiums, says FIFA 4 days ago

    Sao Paulo: Brazil will need time to get the full benefit from the stadiums they built for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA's general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday, responding to criticism that the venues had become white elephants. Brazil built five new stadiums and renovated seven for the tournament, including...
  • Irina Shayk denies Cristiano Ronaldo's family caused split 6 days ago

    Los Angeles: Russian model Irina Shayk has confirmed her split from star Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, but denied his family was to blame for their break-up. The 29-year-old model made her acting debut along side Dwayne Johnson in the 2014 film Hercules, and the Real Madrid superstar dated for five years,...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's brand worth 54 million euros January 16, 2015

    Madrid: Portuguese football phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo, also known as CR7 (initials with jersey number), appears bent on breaking every record. Following the announcement earlier this week that the famed footballer had won the sport's highest honour, the coveted Golden Ball, the value of his CR7 brand shot up to a cool...
  • Mourinho named Portugal's 'Coach of the Century' January 15, 2015

    Lisbon: Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has been awarded the title of 'Portugal's Coach of the Century' by the country's football federation. The 51-year-old coach was feted at a gala ceremony held as part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Portuguese Football Federation on Wednesday. Mourinho has won two Champions...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo says his son is a Messi fan January 14, 2015

    Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy's father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday. After Ronaldo was named 2014 Ballon D'Or winner, beating four-time winner Messi into second place, the two players had a...
  • Cameroon's Alex Song retires from international football January 7, 2015

    London: Cameroon and West Ham midfielder Alex Song has retired from international football after his exclusion from his country's Africa Cup of Nations squad. Song announced on photo-sharing online platform Instagram on Tuesday: "I have taken the decision to retire from International football." "Since the World Cup in the summer and...
  • Elano Blumer declares wish for Santos return January 6, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: Former Manchester City footballer Elano Blumer has revealed a desire to return to his former club Santos. The 33-year-old said he had met with his good friend Robinho, currently on loan at Santos from AC Milan, about the prospect of rejoining the Brazilian club, reports Xinhua. "I met up...
  • Prince Ali to stand for FIFA presidency January 6, 2015

    Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday that he would stand for the presidency of world soccer's governing body FIFA later this year. The current FIFA vice-president and head of the Jordanian and West Asian Football Federations said he had been encouraged to stand in the May elections...
  • Germany aim to dominate for a decade: Coach Loew January 3, 2015

    Berlin: The fourth star on his players' shirts will always remind Joachim Loew of what happened in the summer of 2014. Despite his life-changing experience of winning the FIFA World Cup, the 54-year-old German head coach is a man who now has to learn how to deal with success. Loew knows...
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger calls on FA to ban divers December 31, 2014

    London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on the Football Association (FA) to ban players who dive in order to rid the game of play acting to win free kicks or penalties. Diving is once again a hot topic in the Premier League after three Chelsea players, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa...
  • AC Milan beat Real Madrid 4-2 December 31, 2014

    Dubai: Italian football club AC Milan registered a 4-2 victory over 2014 UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid in the Dubai Football Challenge at The Sevens Stadium. El Shaarawy scored twice in the 31st and 48th minute for AC Milan on Tuesday, reports Xinhua. Jeremy Menez made an opening strike and...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Luke Shaw's landlord December 28, 2014

    London: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has become a landlord to Manchester United's teenaged defender Luke Shaw. The 19-year-old, who was bought by Manchester United for a whopping 30 million pounds from Southampton, rents Ronaldo's plush five-bedroom mansion in Alderley, Cheshire. According to Mirror Online, the Portugal international has kept his property...
  • Indian football team drops to worst-ever FIFA ranking of 171 December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: In a year when the cash-rich ISL created waves and brought Indian football to the notice of the world, its national team slumped to its worst-ever FIFA rankings dropping to 171st in the 209-nation chart. The world's second most populous country now lies below little-known nations Montserrat in the...
  • FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup December 21, 2014

    London: England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday. "How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise," Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times. The 53-year-old, a former...
  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes December 19, 2014

    Marrakech: Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and that the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts. The decision...
  • Eric Abidal announces retirement 'for personal reasons' December 19, 2014

    Athens: Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for 'personal reasons'. Abidal, 35, made 67 appearances for France and last featured in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in November 2013. He...
  • Pele records message from hospital thanking fans December 5, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Pele has recorded a video message from his hospital room to thank his fans around the world for praying for him while he underwent treatment for a urinary tract infection. Pele said in the video posted on Friday on his Twitter and Facebook accounts that he is "doing fine"...
  • Germany lead FIFA rankings as minnows move up November 27, 2014

    Zurich: Germany still lead the FIFA rankings, while two of Europe's smallest nations made big gains after upset results. World Cup winner Germany stayed ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands in an unchanged top five. Further down, the Faeroe Islands climbed 82 places to No. 105 after beating Greece 1-0...
  • Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Ramos bury hatchet in Spain commitment spat November 26, 2014

    Cesc Fabregas was "pissed off" with Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos for raising doubts about his commitment to the national team but said the pair had buried the hatchet. Midfielder Fabregas pulled out of Spain's matches against Belarus and Germany this month citing injury, joining Chelsea team-mate Diego Costa on the sidelines. The...
  • Hard to quantify damage done by non publication of report: Jerome Valcke November 26, 2014

    FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday he did not know how much damage had been done to the organisation by the row over the non-publication of the Garcia report in full. "It's very difficult to say" he told a news conference in Belfast following a two-day annual meeting of...
  • Defending champions Nigeria miss out on African Cup November 20, 2014

    Nigeria won't get the chance to defend their title at the African Cup of Nations next year after drawing 2-2 at home to South Africa on Wednesday to miss out on the finals on the last day of qualifying. Ivory Coast, Ghana and Mali left it late, but managed to qualify...
  • Firmino strike gives Brazil sixth straight win under Dunga November 19, 2014

    Brazil chalked up their sixth successive win since Dunga replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari as coach following the World Cup when they beat Austria 2-1 with a stunning late drive by Roberto Firmino on Tuesday. Germany-based Firmino fired home from 25 metres in the 83rd minute of the friendly to give Brazil...
  • Joachim Loew on a high after Germany sink Spain in Vigo November 19, 2014

    Beating Spain was the perfect way to end a stellar year, Germany coach Joachim Loew said after the world champions recorded a 1-0 victory in a friendly on Tuesday. The European heavyweights were clashing for the first time since Spain's win by the same scoreline in the 2010 World Cup semi-finals...
  • Wayne Rooney's double helps England thump Scotland November 19, 2014

    England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed the opener in a 3-1 win over Scotland as the visitors dominated a typically passionate Auld Enemy friendly at Celtic Park on Tuesday. Rooney took his tally to 46 in his 101st international to move within three goals of Bobby Charlton's...
  • Luis Suarez to miss Uruguay friendly against Chile November 18, 2014

    Montevideo: Uruguay will be without ace striker Luis Suarez during their upcoming friendly against Chile. Suarez, who only recently rejoined the team after serving a four-month ban from all football-related activity, returned to Spain, where he plays for Barcelona, reports Xinhua. For Tuesday's game in Chile, national team coach Oscar Tabarez...
  • Neymar on track to surpass Messi: Romario November 18, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian striker Neymar is on track to surpass Argentine goal-poacher Lionel Messi in football's list of all-time greats, according to former Barcelona and Brazilian star Romario. Now a senator in Brazil, Romario predicted the 22-year-old would remain at the top until at least his mid-30s, reports Xinhua. "He has...
  • Brazil's Thiago Silva hits out at Neymar, coach after losing captaincy November 17, 2014

    Defender Thiago Silva has criticised Brazil coach Dunga and star player Neymar after claiming neither of them told him he was no longer Brazil captain. "He never came to talk to me," Thiago Silva said of Neymar, the Barcelona striker who was made captain by coach Dunga after the World Cup. "I...
  • Get your mind off World Cup ceremonies, Loew tells Germans November 15, 2014

    Germany have seen a dip in form since winning the World Cup in July and a 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Gibraltar on Friday was proof the players need to get their mind off the awards and start playing again, coach Joachim Loew said. The Germans had pledged a goal...