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  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer up for Ballon d'Or December 1, 2014

    Zurich: The goalkeeper who won the World Cup will be challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or. While the footballer of the year prize has switched between the world's top scorers since 2008, Manuel Neuer of Germany is the first goalkeeper to make the Ballon d'Or top three...
  • Detained Portugal ex-premier awaits fraud ruling November 23, 2014

    Lisbon, Portugal: Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud. Socrates, who was Portugal's center-left Socialist prime minister from 2005 to 2011, was due in a Lisbon court Sunday for a closed-door interrogation. Socrates,...
  • Raphael Guerreiro scores as Portugal beat Argentina 1-0 November 19, 2014

    'Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi' got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday. Raphael Guerreiro headed the winner in added time after a second half riddled with substitutions and missing the excitement...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo claims Euro goals record, Germany toil November 15, 2014

    Berlin: Cristiano Ronaldo became the European Championships' all-time top scorer by giving Portugal a 1-0 victory over Armenia, while Germany could only beat Gibraltar 4-0 as their World Cup victory hangover continued on Friday. Portugal captain Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute to take his tally across Euro finals...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Germany, Portugal, Dutch out to regain lost ground November 14, 2014

    Qualifying for the largest-ever European Championship in 2016 was supposed to be a simple task for the continent's top teams. It's not turning out that way. World champion Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands have made disappointing starts to their campaigns and are all outside the top two in their groups after three...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win over Denmark October 15, 2014

    Balkan rivalries cast a shadow over 2016 European Championship qualifying on Tuesday as the match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade was abandoned after an Albanian flag considered provocative by Serbian fans was flown over the stadium by a drone. English referee Martin Atkinson interrupted the match in the 41st minute...
  • Alexander Levy wins shortened Portugal Masters October 13, 2014

    Alexander Levy of France won the shortened Portugal Masters after the third and final round was abandoned because of further bad weather on Sunday. Thunderstorms and water-logged greens had already led to the event being reduced to 54 holes Friday, and more rain Sunday saw it finally cut to 36 holes. Levy's...
  • Benzema shines as France beat Portugal 2-1 in friendly October 12, 2014

    Paris: Fernando Santos began his reign at the helm of Portugal with a 2-1 loss at Euro 2016 host France in a friendly while Denmark salvaged a 1-1 draw in Albania in qualifying on Saturday. Striker Karim Benzema scored at Stade de France after only three minutes for his 25th international...
  • Jeev Milkha Singh makes cut, Shiv Kapur missed out in Portugal October 11, 2014

    Vilamoura: Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh came back strongly in the last four holes to make the cut in the weather-hit Portugal Masters. Jeev, who shot one-over 72, carded four-under 67 to get to three-under 139 and make the weekend rounds. His round included an eagle and a birdie in the...
  • Alexander Levy takes second round lead in Portugal October 11, 2014

    Alexander Levy of France surged into the clubhouse lead on Friday with a 10-under 61 in the rain-affected second round at the Portugal Masters. A downpour interrupted play for most of the afternoon and darkness fell on the course before most players could complete their rounds. The second round will resume...
  • Nicolas Colsaerts takes three-shot lead at Portugal Masters October 10, 2014

    Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium shot a brilliant 11-under 60 to take a three-shot lead of the Portugal Masters in the opening round on Thursday. Colsaerts came close to setting a European Tour record of 59 when his birdie putt missed on the par-4 18th hole. "I thought it was going to be...
  • Portugal coach Bento pays the price of failure September 12, 2014

    Paulo Bento paid for Portugal's disappointing World Cup and calamitous start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Thursday when his contract was terminated by the FPF. A statement on the Portuguese football association's website confirmed the news most had been waiting for since Portugal suffered an embarrassing home defeat by...
  • Germany win, Portugal lose in Euro qualifiers September 8, 2014

    London: Two months after winning the World Cup, Germany opened their 2016 European Championship campaign with a 21 victory over Scotland on Sunday, while Portugal and Greece both slumped to defeats in their qualifying matches. Thomas Mueller scored both Germany's goals a difficult backward header in the 18th minute and...
  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Portugal Euro 2016 qualifier August 29, 2014

    Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo is unfit and will miss Portugal's opening 2016 European Championship qualifier against visiting Albania. Portugal coach Paulo Bento said Friday that the country's star forward, who has been playing for Real Madrid at the start of the Spanish league season, was ruled unfit to play in the Sept....
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's mother says she tried to abort him July 19, 2014

    London: Cristiano Ronaldo's mother Dolores Aveiro has revealed in her autobiography that she had tried to abort the Portuguese football star when she was pregnant. In the book, Mae Coragem, released in Portugal on Friday, Aveiro claims that she drank warm beer and ran "until she dropped" after the doctors had...
  • FIFA rankings: Germany No.1 after World Cup triumph July 17, 2014

    Zurich: Germany have climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. The fourtime champions, who beat Argentina 10 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • The Beautiful Game: Portugal were not best prepared for the World Cup June 27, 2014

    Ronaldo's first goal of the World Cup earned Portugal a 21 win over Ghana but couldn't prevent his team being eliminated from the tournament. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Ronaldo earns Portugal 21 win against Ghana, both out June 26, 2014

    Brasilia: Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal of the World Cup earned Portugal a 21 win over Ghana but couldn't prevent his team being eliminated from the tournament along with the Africans on Thursday. Portugal finished level on four points with secondplace United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference....
  • The Beautiful Game: Portugal look to defy odds June 26, 2014

    Ronaldo and Portugal's hopes hang on a slim thread as they take on Ghana in their final Group game, facing a possible exit from the World Cup. ...
  • As it happened: Portugal vs Ghana, USA vs Germany June 26, 2014

    Catch all the updates from both the Group G matches as Portugal take on Ghana whereas USA face Germany. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal face a sobering early World Cup exit on Thursday even if their world footballer of the year produces pyrotechnics in their final group...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 15 June 26, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: It's the last day of the group stage at the World Cup, and seven teams are still vying for the last three spots in the Round of 16. While most teams are either on their way home or preparing for the knockout stage, there's still everything to play...
  • World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal face early exit June 25, 2014

    Brasilia: Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal face a sobering early World Cup exit on Thursday even if their world footballer of the year produces pyrotechnics in their final group game against Ghana. The Real Madrid player came to the World Cup bracketed alongside Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar as one of a...
  • World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo fails to inspire Portugal yet again June 24, 2014

    The world cup is a touchstone of greatness. You are not truly a football hero till you have had that moment, where you have decided the future of your team. That's what makes footballer true heroes. Cristiano Ronaldo, in that sense, is an enigma. The guy scores 30+ goals for...
  • World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo delivers cold dose of reality June 23, 2014

    Manaus: Portugal are not good enough to win the World Cup their world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo admitted after Sunday's thrilling 22 draw with the United States. Full coverage: World Cup 2014 The 29yearold Real Madrid superstar whose fitness has been a hot source of debate kept...
  • World Cup 2014: Ronaldo fitness no concern, says coach Paulo Bento June 23, 2014

    Manaus: Portugal coach Paulo Bento denies Cristiano Ronaldo is still hampered by a knee injury despite his subdued performance in Sunday's 22 draw with the US. The Real Madrid forward struggled for much of the match but provided the assist for Silvestre Varela's stoppagetime equaliser with a sumptuous cross, reports Xinhua. "Clinically...
  • Football World Cup 2014: How the world tweeted #USA versus #POR June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Cristiano Ronaldo set up Varela for a late equaliser on a hot and humid night in the jungle Sunday to give Portugal a 22 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup. While the match was on, the world...
  • World Cup 2014: Late goal keeps Portugal alive June 23, 2014

    Varela helped the Portuguese snatch a point and stay in the hunt for a place in the last 16 with an equaliser in the final minute of stoppage time. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Scenarios to make it to last16 in Group G June 23, 2014

    The United States and Germany both have four points and are atop Group G over Ghana and Portugal who have one point each. In the group stage of the World Cup, wins are worth three points, and draws are worth one point. All four teams have one game remaining. Germany and...
  • World Cup 2014: Varela keeps Portugal alive in a 22 draw against USA June 23, 2014

    Manaus: Cristiano Ronaldo set up Silvestre Varela for a late equaliser on a hot and humid night in the jungle Sunday to give the Portugal a 22 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup. Ronaldo, who has been playing despite...