CHAMPIONS

  • Problems mount for Bayern Munich as long-time team doctor quits Yesterday

    Bayern Munich's long-time team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt has surprisingly resigned following their Champions League loss to Porto, saying the medical department was blamed for the defeat. Mueller-Wohlfahrt, a respected doctor, has been in charge since 1977 and has also treated many other top global athletes, including sprinter Usain Bolt, while also...
  • Second edition of Champion Tennis League to be played in November-December Yesterday

    Hyderabad: The second edition of the Champion Tennis League (CTL), conceptualised by of former star Vijay Amritraj, will be played in November-December this year. The announcements concerning the tournament would be made next month and the players draft will be held in July, Amritraj told reporters on the sidelines of the...
  • Obama to honour Satya Nadella with 'Champion of Change' award Yesterday

    Washington: US President Barack Obama plans to honour Microsoft's Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella with the 'Champions of Change' award for bringing about change within his company to support working families. "Microsoft recently announced that over the next year it will make changes to ensure that a wide variety of suppliers that...
  • Ricardo Quaresma brace against Bayern Munich hints at what might have been Yesterday

    Porto: Ricardo Quaresma's brace in the first 10 minutes against Bayern Munich was another tantalising glimpse of what might have been if the mercurial forward had harnessed his talent more effectively. At the age of 31, Quaresma, who inspired Porto to a 3-1 win in Wednesday's quarter-final first leg, seems to...
  • Luis Suarez on hot streak for treble-chasing Barcelona Yesterday

    Luis Suarez was still in disgrace after the World Cup biting incident when Barcelona paid 81 million euros to buy him from Liverpool last July and a slow start in Spain prompted many to question the wisdom of the deal. Nine months on and Suarez has silenced the doubters with a...
  • Laurent Blanc rues PSG absentees after humbling Barcelona loss 2 days ago

    Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc was left to rue the absence of key players after the French champions were humbled 3-1 at home by Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday. PSG were without suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, who was sorely missed...
  • We take nothing for granted, says Barcelona coach Luis Enrique 2 days ago

    Barcelona will not make the mistake of underestimating Paris St Germain in their Champions League quarter-final second leg next week after securing a 3-1 win in Paris on Wednesday, according to coach Luis Enrique. The Spanish side outclassed the French champions with a goal by Neymar and two from Luis Suarez...
  • Champions League: Barcelona beat PSG 3-1 in quarters 2 days ago

    Paris: Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday as a goal from Neymar and a Luis Suarez double ended Paris St Germain's 33-game unbeaten home run in Europe with a 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes. PSG, who were without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, suspended for one...
  • Champions League: Quaresma gets 2 as Porto beat Bayern 3-1 in quarters 2 days ago

    Porto: Ricardo Quaresma's two early goals and a second-half strike from Jackson Martinez helped a slick Porto complete a stunning 3-1 home victory over a sloppy Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday. The Portuguese side raced out of the blocks with two goals in the opening...
  • UEFA not taking action over Carvajal bite allegations 2 days ago

    UEFA are not taking any action against Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal over allegations that he bit Atletico forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg. European soccer's governing body said in a statement that proceedings had been opened against hosts Atletico over "blocked stairways" and a pitch invasion....
  • Juergen Klopp to leave Borussia Dortmund at end of season 2 days ago

    Coach Juergen Klopp will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season despite a contract running to 2018 because he does not feel he is the right man for the job any more, the coach said on Wednesday. "I've always said that I would say it if I'm not the...
  • UEFA must act if Carvajal bite evidence conclusive, says Gabi 2 days ago

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid captain Gabi has called on UEFA to act if there is evidence Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal bit Atletico forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg. Carvajal, who could in any case be sanctioned by European soccer's governing body over a punch he threw at...
  • Rusty Andrea Pirlo still makes the difference for Juventus 2 days ago

    Turin: Even at 35 and playing his first game in seven weeks, Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo made the difference in their 1-0 win over Monaco on Tuesday. Coach Massimiliano Allegri took a calculated risk by thrusting the bearded midfielder into the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie for his comeback after...
  • Champions League: Pleased with my performance, says Jan Oblak 3 days ago

    Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak produced a heroic performance to repel holders Real Madrid and help secure a 0-0 draw in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday. Slovenian Oblak made a string of memorable saves against the team that beat Atletico in last season's final to...
  • Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim fumes over 'non-existent' penalty 3 days ago

    Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was furious after his side lost 1-0 to what he described as a "non-existent penalty" in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Juventus on Tuesday. The controversial decision will add to calls for the use of video replays as it was still not fully clear what...
  • Ancelotti urges more consistency after Real Madrid held at Atletico Madrid 3 days ago

    Holders Real Madrid will need to maintain their intensity for the whole of next week's return leg if they are to get past Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday. Real dominated their city rivals in the first half of Tuesday's quarter-final, first leg at...
  • Champions League: Bayern Munich count injuries but confident against Porto 3 days ago

    Bayern Munich may be missing some of their biggest names when they travel to Porto for the first leg of their Champions League last eight on Wednesday but the Germans are confident they have enough firepower to defend their favourites tag. Chasing a second treble after 2013, Bayern will be without...
  • PSG minus Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the defensive for Barcelona clash 3 days ago

    Paris St Germain are counting on a solid defence as the best means of attack in their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday, even though they are doing battle on their own turf, said coach Laurent Blanc. "The paradox for tomorrow is we're going to have to defend well even...
  • Madrid derby: Atletico hold Real to a goalless draw in Champions League 3 days ago

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak produced a heroic performance to repel holders Real Madrid and help secure a 0-0 draw in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday. Slovenian Oblak made a string of memorable saves against the team that beat Atletico in last season's final...
  • Champions League: Arturo Vidal scores in Juventus' 1-0 win over Monaco 3 days ago

    Turin: Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, leaving the tie on a knife-edge. Vidal, who has missed two penalties this season, held his nerve and fired into the roof...
  • Champions League: Thomas Mueller confident of Bayern Munich's good show 3 days ago

    Bayern Munich may have been ravaged by injuries ahead of the Champions League game at Porto on Wednesday but the squad's sense of unity is stronger, midfielder Thomas Mueller said on Tuesday. The Bavarians, chasing three titles this season, are without Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Alaba among...
  • Past counts for nothing in Champions League quarter-final: Diego Simeone 3 days ago

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone doesn't expect anything that has happened in the past to have any relevance for the Champions League football quarter-final, which sees his side face city rivals Real Madrid for the seventh time this season. Atletico lost last season's Champions League final 1-4 after extra time...
  • Chance to grab Champions League spot adds spice to Europa quarters 4 days ago

    The possibility of a final between teams from Russia and Ukraine plus the chance of qualifying for the Champions League has added some spice to the Europa League which reaches the quarter-final stage on Thursday. Napoli, in particular, will be glad of the rule change introduced this season, which allows the...
  • Juventus against Monaco could be boring, warns Massimiliano Allegri 4 days ago

    Turin: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expecting a "boring" match against AS Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday, believing that both sides will adopt a cautious approach. "Our target is to get through this round and reach the semi-finals, and if we qualify 1-0 or 1-1 (on aggregate), that's all...
  • Champions League: Juventus look to send out a message against Monaco 4 days ago

    Milan: Two-time European champions Juventus are beginning to emerge as a force on the international stage once again. A spot in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2003 would go a long way to reinforce that notion. Juventus will face Monaco on Tuesday in the first leg of...
  • Madrid derby in quarters a re-run of last Champions League final 4 days ago

    Madrid: Defending champions Real Madrid travel to last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid for the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final with more than a hint of revenge about it. Last year, Madrid lifted the silverware by beating an exhausted Atletico 4-1 after a very late Sergio Ramos goal extended the...
  • Gareth Bale fit for Real Madrid's Champions League clash at Atletico 4 days ago

    Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is fit for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final showdown at Atletico Madrid after sitting out Saturday's La Liga win at home to Eibar, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. There was a question mark over Bale's availability for the first-leg clash at the Calderon but Real's world...
  • Atletico Madrid match is balanced 50-50, says Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti 4 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes that the results previous meetings between his side and city neighbours Atletico Madrid have no relevance over the outcome of the Champions League quarter-final between the two sides on Tuesday night. Real and Atletico will slug it out for the seventh time this season...
  • Bayern Munich without Ribery and Schweinsteiger against Porto 4 days ago

    Bayern Munich will be without midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery when they travel to Porto for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg. Frenchman Ribery is not yet fully fit following a five-week absence with an ankle injury while Schweinsteiger has had a virus for the past few days. "Bastian and Franck...
  • Mario Mandzukic fit for Real Madrid clash in Champions League 5 days ago

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has recovered from a right foot injury in time for the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid. The Croatia international missed Atletico's last two Spanish league games. Atletico hosts their crosstown rival on Tuesday in the first leg of their final-eight tie, which will be...