CHAMPIONS

  • Champions League: Luis Enrique relishes battle with old pal Pep Guardiola 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is relishing the chance to pit his wits against Pep Guardiola, the man who turned the Spanish side's style of football into an iconic brand. Barca play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals and Guardiola will return as coach of the German side to the...
  • Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola expecting a 'special' game against Barcelona 2 days ago

    Berlin: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday he was happy to have drawn his former club Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and expected the clash to be a special experience for him. The Spaniard, a long-time Barca player, won 14 trophies in a four-year spell as head coach...
  • Champions League: Barcelona face Bayern, Juventus get Real Madrid in semis 3 days ago

    Nyon: Barcelona will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, pairing coach Pep Guardiola's past and current teams. Guardiola, who spent four trophy-filled years at Barcelona, took over at Bayern in 2013. In the other semifinal, defending champion Real Madrid will face Juventus, with the Italian champions playing at home...
  • Juventus has a couple of canine options for Luis Suarez if needed 3 days ago

    Milan: Juventus has a couple of canine solutions to keep Luis Suarez and his biting at bay if it draws Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. During an interview with Sky Italia TV late Wednesday, a studio member suggested to goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon that he bring a dog muzzle. Laughing, Buffon then...
  • Massimiliano Allegri exceeds expectations at Juventus 3 days ago

    When Massimiliano Allegri arrived in Turin last July, Juventus ownership had set two goals for him -- win a fourth straight "Scudetto" and reach the Champions League quarter-finals. The former AC Milan manager is set to do much better as Juve hold a 15-point lead in Serie A with seven games...
  • Rafa Benitez keeps option open over Napoli future 3 days ago

    Rafa Benitez is still unsure of his Napoli future despite leading a revival that has boosted their flagging Champions League qualification hopes. The Spaniard was under pressure after his side slipped from third to sixth in Serie A but have won three straight in all competitions, scoring 10 go als in...
  • Champions League: We're ugly but efficient, says Patrice Evra 4 days ago

    Under pressure to beat an inexperienced Monaco side and end a 12-year absence from the Champions League semi-finals, Juventus did what they do best and qualified in typical Italian style-playing ugly. After a 1-0 home win in the quarter-final, first leg, the Bianconeri held firm for the goalless stalemate that ensured...
  • Diego Simeone proud after Atletico Madrid's painful defeat by Real 4 days ago

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was proud of his team and said they were exiting the Champions League with heads held high after elimination by holders Real Madrid on Wednesday. Javier Hernandez's strike two minutes from time in the quarter-final second leg at the Bernabeu knocked out Atletico 1-0 on aggregate,...
  • Javier Hernandez goal puts Real Madrid into Champions League semis 4 days ago

    Madrid: A late goal by Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez gave Real Madrid a tense 1-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid and a place in the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday. After the first leg of their quarterfinal had finished 0-0 last week, Hernandez missed three good chances to break the deadlock for...
  • Juventus into Champions League semis with 1-0 aggregate win at Monaco 4 days ago

    Monaco: A trademark display of grit and resilience earned Juventus a goalless draw at Monaco as the Italian side qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2003 with a 1-0 aggregate victory on Wednesday. Juve, the first Italian team to reach the last four of Europe's...
  • UEFA charges Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola over T-shirt statement 4 days ago

    Switzerland: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been charged by UEFA after he wore a T-shirt to a Champions League news conference that supported a campaign to investigate the death of a journalist at last year's World Cup. UEFA said Wednesday that "disciplinary proceedings have been opened" against the Bayern coach...
  • UEFA confirms new Champions League seeding system 4 days ago

    Nyon: UEFA has published Champions League regulations for next season confirming a seeding change to reward national league winners. Top-seeded teams in eight groups will be the defending Champions League winner plus titleholders in the seven highest-ranked countries. If the Champions League winner also wins its national title, then the eighth top-seeded...
  • Monaco captain Jeremy Toulalan back to squad for Juventus game 5 days ago

    Paris: Monaco captain Jeremy Toulalan has been included in the squad to face Juventus at home in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg. The 31-year-old, who just extended his contract to June 2017 with the principle club over ten days ago, missed the first leg last Tuesday, a 1-0 Juve victory...
  • Barca treble depends on pressing game, says Luis Enrique 5 days ago

    Barcelona's ability to continue dictating play by pushing high up the pitch will determine if they can win a treble, coach Luis Enrique said after they reached the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday. Barca made a slow start to the campaign under their new coach but after beating Paris Saint Germain...
  • Juventus ready to end Italy's Champions League semis drought 5 days ago

    On Monaco's sun-kissed shores, Juventus can prove Italian football isn't on their deathbed. The first decade of this millennium was one of Italian glory. Between them, Milan's teams - AC and Inter - won the Champions League three times. Only Spain, with three titles from Real Madrid and Barcelona, did as...
  • Injury-hit Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid in Champions League 5 days ago

    Madrid: If beating Atletico Madrid wasn't hard enough for Real Madrid, the defending champions must now find a way to better their crosstown rivals in the Champions League without four of their most important players. A depleted Madrid hosts Atletico on Wednesday in the second leg of the quarterfinals. Their 0-0...
  • Bayern Munich rout Porto 6-1 to reach Champions League semi-finals 5 days ago

    Bayern Munich outclassed Porto 6-1 on Tuesday to reach their fourth consecutive Champions League semi-final. Robert Lewandowski scored two goals as the five-time champion overcame a 3-1 deficit from the first leg last week and advanced 7-4 on aggregate. Despite missing some of their biggest stars such as Arjen Robben and Franck...
  • Neymar nets twice as Barcelona beat PSG 2-0 to reach Champions League semi-finals 5 days ago

    Neymar scored two goals as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal their return to the Champions League semifinals, joining Europe's elite four teams for the seventh time in eight seasons. Neymar had already netted Barcelona's first goal in their 3-1 first-leg win, and the Brazil striker struck in...
  • Karim Benzema out injured before Real Madrid's match against Atletico Madrid 6 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid will be without striker Karim Benzema for Wednesday's Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. The European champions said Benzema has "a sprain to the medial collateral ligament of his right knee." Madrid did not say how long it expects the France international to be out. Madrid was already preparing for...
  • Champions League: Bayern hope Pep-talk will boost confidence for Porto tie 6 days ago

    Munich: Bayern Munich are on a mission with coach Pep Guardiola firing up his injury-hit team as they seek to reverse a 3-1 deficit against Porto in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday. The five-times European champions, who have reached the final three times since 2010, find themselves in...
  • Champions League: Barcelona keen to show PSG no mercy in 2nd leg 6 days ago

    Barcelona: Luis Enrique will celebrate his 50th match in charge of Barcelona as the club welcome Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. In that time, the relatively undemonstrative Spaniard has steered his team to 41 wins, three draws and five losses, with 141 goals scored and...
  • Champions League: PSG's Thiago Silva to miss Barcelona game 6 days ago

    Paris: Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva will miss this week's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona, the French club said on Monday. The Brazilian was injured in PSG's 3-1 home defeat in the first leg against the Spanish giants. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielder Marco Verratti will return to the...
  • Gareth Bale injures calf muscle, likely to miss Atletico Madrid match 1 week ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid says Gareth Bale has injured a calf muscle in his left leg and will likely miss Wednesday's match against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals. Madrid says its medical team "diagnosed a muscle injury in the soleus muscle of the left leg." During Madrid's 3-1 win over Malaga...
  • Yaya Toure being made Manchester City scapegoat, says agent 1 week ago

    London: Yaya Toure is being made a scapegoat for Manchester City's poor season and underfire boss Manuel Pellegrini is a "weak manager", according to the Ivorian midfielder's agent Dimitri Seluk. Champions City have faded dramatically since the turn of the year, falling to fourth in the Premier League, and were knocked...
  • Sentencing of ex-tennis ace Bob Hewitt postponed April 18, 2015

    Johannesburg: The sentencing of former tennis Grand Slam champion and convicted child molester Bob Hewitt has been postponed by a South African court till next month to allow his legal team to compile a report from a psychologist. Hewitt, 75, a six-time Grand Slam doubles champion was found guilty last month...
  • Problems mount for Bayern Munich as long-time team doctor quits April 17, 2015

    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 April 16, 2015

    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 April 16, 2015

    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 April 16, 2015

    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...