Rio Ferdinand

  • Manchester United among teams to bid for Vermaelen August 8, 2014

    London: Manchester United is one of several teams to have made an offer for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen as the Belgium international prepares to leave Emirates Stadium after five years. Vermaelen has lost his place in Arsenal's team to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, and manager Arsene Wenger won't stand in...
  • New Old Trafford manager meant I was out, says Ferdinand July 29, 2014

    London: A change of manager at Manchester United from Ryan Giggs to Louis van Gaal led to the club telling Rio Ferdinand they did not want him anymore, the 35-year-old defender said on Monday. The centre back has signed a one-year contract at promoted Premier League side Queens Park Rangers having...
  • Former England defender Rio Ferdinand joins QPR July 18, 2014

    Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has joined Premier League Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer after he was released by Manchester United, the London club said on Thursday. Ferdinand, 35, has signed a one-year contract with QPR who were promoted back to the top flight through the second tier playoffs...
  • Rio Ferdinand set to sign for QPR, says Harry Redknapp July 4, 2014

    London: Former England centre back Rio Ferdinand has agreed to sign for promoted Queens Park Rangers, manager Harry Redknapp has said. Ferdinand, a free agent after leaving Manchester United at the end of last season, is working as an analyst for the BBC at the World Cup finals in Brazil. "Rio has...
  • Rio Ferdinand says has offers from several clubs June 8, 2014

    Rio Ferdinand, who left Manchester United at the end of the season, has no intention of retiring yet and has had offers from a number of clubs, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper. In his first column ahead of the World Cup, where he will be working as a television...
  • Rio Ferdinand to leave Manchester United after 12 years May 13, 2014

    Manchester: Rio Ferdinand brought his trophy-filled, 12-year stay at Manchester United to an end on Monday by announcing he would be leaving Old Trafford to continue his playing career. The 35-year-old Ferdinand, who became England's most expensive player when he joined United from Leeds for 29.1 million pounds in 2002,...
  • Football Association proposes English Premier League B teams May 8, 2014

    An FA commission wants to use the blueprint of the Spanish and German football leagues and allow Premier League clubs to enter B teams in lower divisions in a bid to improve the England national side, it said on Thursday. The Football Association is proposing a major overhaul of English soccer...
  • Rio Ferdinand hopes to erase 'embarrassing' year at Manchester United April 28, 2014

    Rio Ferdinand hopes to remain at Manchester United to help resurrect the fallen Premier League giants after an "embarrassing" season under former manager David Moyes. With his contract set to expire in June, the 35-year-old former England captain had appeared set to finish his 12-year career at the club after being...
  • Manchester United lose 2-0 to Olympiakos in Champions League February 26, 2014

    Greece: Manchester United's terrible season got even worse Tuesday night when the English power lost 2-0 at Olympiakos in their second-round Champions League opener. Alejandro Dominguez deflected Yiannis Maniatis's shot past David de Gea in the 38th minute, and Joel Campbell caught the goalkeeper off guard with a well-placed strike in...
  • Manchester United squad in air scare after 'frightening' plane landing November 27, 2013

    Manchester United's plane had to abort its landing seconds from touchdown as the squad flew to Germany for Wednesday's Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen, British media reported. The chartered 185-seater Monarch Airlines Airbus 321 jet circled before landing safely at the second attempt, 10 minutes late at Cologne's Konrad Adenauer...
  • Rio Ferdinand added to FA commission after diversity criticism October 21, 2013

    London: Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand was added to a commission set up by the English Football Association to improve the national team on Sunday after it was criticised by an FA board member for lacking diversity. The FA said that England manager Roy Hodgson had also been added to the group,...
  • Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson join FA commission October 20, 2013

    London: England coach Roy Hodgson and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand have agreed to join the Football Association's commission to improve the state of English football. The appointments came a day after the FA was accused by one of its board members of "letting down so many black and ethnic minority...
  • England must develop an identity, says Rio Ferdinand August 13, 2013

    England must develop their own identity if they are to flourish at international level and should be prepared to miss out on major tournaments to make it happen, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said. "What is our identity?", Ferdinand, who retired from international football in May, said in Tuesday's edition of...
  • Ferdinand backs new Manchester United manager Moyes July 19, 2013

    London: Had he been given the task of choosing Manchester United's new manager, Rio Ferdinand says he would have followed the club's decision to pick David Moyes. Moyes was handed a six-year contract to succeed Alex Ferguson at United and his first Premier League match in charge comes against Swansea in...
  • Rio Ferdinand ends his international career May 15, 2013

    London: England's Rio Ferdinand has quit international soccer, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday. The Manchester United defender, who made his England debut against Cameroon at Wembley in 1997 and won 81 caps, had informed England coach Roy Hodgson of his decision, the FA said in a statement. "After a...
  • Manchester United give perfect send-off to Ferguson, beat Swansea 2-1 May 12, 2013

    Manchester: Amid a carnival atmosphere at a rainy Old Trafford, Manchester United gave the retiring Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes the perfect send-off in their final home match by beating Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League. Ferguson, who is stepping down at the end of the season after nearly 27 years...
  • Wayne Rooney tops English Premier League wealth list April 28, 2013

    London: Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney is the richest player in the Premier League with a fortune estimated at 51 million pounds, according to the Sunday Times newspaper's sporting rich list. Twenty-four Premier League players are among the top 100 richest sportsmen in Britain and Ireland. Rooney's fortune has...
  • Defender Rio Ferdinand out of England qualifiers March 18, 2013

    London: England coach Roy Hodgson says defender Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of the squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro because he is unable to follow his "pre-planned training and medical program" on national-team duty. Ferdinand, who has been replaced by Steven Caulker, says he wants...
  • Ferdinand undecided over England call up: Ferguson March 15, 2013

    Manchester: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has not made up his mind over whether to accept his surprise England call-up because of fitness considerations, his club manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday. The 34-year-old centre back was recalled on Thursday after a nearly two-year absence from the international squad for...
  • England recall Ferdinand for World Cup qualifiers March 14, 2013

    London: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was recalled to the England squad by manager Roy Hodgson on Thursday for this month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Ferdinand, capped 81 times, has not featured for England since June 2011 and was snubbed for the Euro 2012 finals in...
  • Police charge nine over Manchester derby crowd trouble December 11, 2012

    Manchester: 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. United defender Ferdinand was cut just above his left eye after being hit by the coin...
  • FA chairman Bernstein calls for bans for violent fans December 10, 2012

    Fans who "hijack" matches with bad behaviour should be handed life bans, English FA chairman David Bernstein said on Monday. The FA chief spoke in the aftermath of Sunday's heated Manchester derby which saw United defender Rio Ferdinand struck by a coin thrown from the crowd and nine others charged by...
  • Ferdinand left bloodied by missile from crowd December 9, 2012

    Manchester: The sight of blood trickling down the face of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after being hit by an object thrown from the crowd marred his side's 3-2 victory in a dramatic Premier League derby against Manchester City on Sunday. Ferdinand was celebrating Robin van Persie's stoppage time winner when...
  • United can rest key players for Galatasaray clash November 19, 2012

    London: Wayne Rooney could be one of the few big names to start for already-qualified Manchester United in Tuesday's Champions League match at Galatasaray after recovering from tonsillitis. The England striker missed the 1-0 loss to Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday, but was back in training on Monday...
  • Ferdinand, Evra rested for Braga clash October 22, 2012

    London: 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. "He and Patrice Evra will not play. There is a big game at Chelsea on Sunday. They will...
  • Ferguson embarrassed at Ferdinand's behaviour October 20, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has criticized Rio Ferdinand for failing to wear a T-shirt promoting an anti-racism campaign, calling the decision "embarrassing" and hinting at disciplinary action for the defender. Players across England donned the T-shirts during the warm-up before league matches on Saturday as part of the Kick...
  • Alex Ferguson doubts England recall for Ferdinand September 28, 2012

    London: Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to recalled by England despite defender John Terry's international retirement, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday. The United defender was left out of the squad for the Euro 2012 finals by coach Roy Hodgson, who selected Terry despite allegations that he had racially abused...
  • Olympics: Bolt offered help to fulfil United dream August 8, 2012

    London: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has offered Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt help in getting a trial with the Premier League soccer club. Ferdinand told the 100 metres gold medallist he would put in a good word with manager Alex Ferguson after Bolt said he would jump at the chance...
  • FA charges Ferdinand over 'choc ice' tweet July 31, 2012

    London: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged over a comment on Twitter which referred to Chelsea's Ashley Cole as a "choc ice", the English FA said on Monday. "The FA has today charged Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter," the FA...
  • Ferdinand unhappy over Euros snub by Hodgson June 4, 2012

    London: Rio Ferdinand's representative says England coach Roy Hodgson has shown the defender a lack of respect by repeatedly ignoring him for the European Championship. After Gary Cahill was ruled out of Euro 2012 with a broken jaw, Hodgson selected Liverpool's Martin Kelly, who made his England debut in last week's...