CHAMPIONS

  • Champions League: Bayern hope Pep-talk will boost confidence for Porto tie 4 hours 27 minutes 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 4 hours 37 minutes 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 17 hours 1 minutes 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 20 hours 42 minutes 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 Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 1 week 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 1 week 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...