Footbal

  • Barcelona striker Neymar says his back improving 4 hours 54 minutes ago

    Tokya: Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after his serious back injury suffered at the World Cup. The 22-year-old Neymar made a promotional trip to Tokyo where he will film a commercial for a Japanese mattress company. About 700 fans greeted him at Tokyo's Haneda Airport...
  • Lukaku wasn't highly motivated at Chelsea: Mourinho 5 hours 24 minutes ago

    London: Jose Mourinho says striker Romelu Lukaku is a "good kid" but was not motivated enough to fight for a starting spot at Chelsea. The Belgian international moved to Everton for a reported 28 million pounds on Wednesday, having scored 16 goals in 33 appearances while on loan, his second spell...
  • Rodgers 'pleased' with Liverpool's comeback win over City 6 hours 21 minutes ago

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side's positive response to tactical changes after they twice rallied against Manchester City to edge out the Premier League champions in a New York friendly on Wednesday. Stevan Jovetic gave City, who finished two points ahead of Liverpool last season, the lead twice...
  • Argentine football president Julio Grondona dies 9 hours 24 minutes ago

    Buenos Aires: Julio Grondona, the longtime head of the Argentine Football Association, has died. He was 82. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the South American football confederation, CONMEBOL. Grondona, a powerful ally of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, had been hospitalized earlier on Wednesday. Local media reported that he died hours...
  • Everton sign Chelsea striker Lukaku for club-record fee 9 hours 35 minutes ago

    Liverpool: Everton have broken their transfer record to sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for 28 million pounds ($47 million). The 21-year-old Belgium international is returning to Everton after scoring 16 goals in 33 appearances while on loan at Goodison Park last season. The transfer fee eclipses the 15 million pounds paid...
  • I need a hug, says Scolari on Gremio return 9 hours 57 minutes ago

    Sao Paulo: Luiz Felipe Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club Gremio after an 18-year absence. Scolari has endured three miserable weeks after his Brazil side crashed to an unprecedented 7-1 defeat by Germany in front...
  • Club owners to raise $150 million by cutting Manchester United stake 9 hours 58 minutes ago

    Manchester: The Glazer family will make around $150 million by selling part of its stake in Manchester United although the deal will leave the Americans firmly in control of the English soccer club. The Glazers, who bought United for 790 million pounds ($1.34 billion) in 2005, are selling 8 million...
  • I will quit if Russia lose belief in me, says coach Fabio Capello 23 hours 59 minutes ago

    Fabio Capello would quit as head coach of Russia if his employers and the squad lost belief in him, he told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference for the first time since Russia failed to progress from the group stages at the World Cup, the former England...
  • Carlo Ancelotti unfazed after Real Madrid suffer second setback Yesterday

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti tried to put up a brave face after a 0-1 defeat to Italian side AS Roma that saw his side eliminated from the Guinness International Champions Cup in the US. A Francesco Totti goal gave Roma a narrow win against the Champions League winners Tuesday...
  • Seydou Keita refused to shake hand with Pepe before friendly Yesterday

    An old feud has sparked up after Roma's Seydou Keita refused to shake Pepe's hand before his side's friendly against Real Madrid in Dallas. Keita snubbed Pepe and then threw a water bottle at him, which appeared to hit the Portugal defender on the shoulder. The two have endured a troubled relationship...
  • United need time to learn my methods: Louis van Gaal Yesterday

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has warned fans not to expect instant success, saying it will take three months for his players to get used to his style and methods. The Dutchman, brought in following the sacking of David Moyes less than 10 months after taking the job at...
  • Steven Gerrard says last three months 'worst of my life' Yesterday

    Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool's title hopes and England being knocked out the World Cup in the group stages have contributed to what has been "probably the worst three months of my life". Speaking to reporters on Liverpool's pre-season tour of North America, the 34-year-old addressed the...
  • Tax-fraud allegations against Lionel Messi, may have to appear in court for questioning Yesterday

    A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. A court statement said there was "sufficient evidence" to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star "could have known and consented"...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo may feature in United friendly, says Ancelotti Yesterday

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering well from his knee injury and may return to action in Saturday's friendly against his former club Manchester United in Michigan, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti. The Portugal captain and World Player of the Year has been hampered by a left knee problem...
  • Delhi Dynamos names Belgian Harm van Veldhoven as manager Yesterday

    New Delhi: Delhi Dynamos FC, the national capital's football team for the Hero Indian Super League, announced Harm van Veldhoven as their manager on Wednesday. Harm started his career as a striker on the football field and his tryst with coaching started in 1999 with FC Lommel, a renowned second division...
  • Pitch invasion as Roma beats Real Madrid Yesterday

    Dallas: Roma beat Real Madrid 1-0 on Tuesday in a friendly match disrupted by a pitch invasion, with a Palestinian flag being waved among the intruders. Approximately 20 fans, mostly young men, appeared to overwhelm the security officials. Players and team officials waited as the intruders were rounded up and removed...
  • Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped, released after ransom paid Yesterday

    The father of Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was kidnapped in Buenos Aires on Tuesday before being released following the payment of a ransom, according to local media. Reports said the footballer had initially looked to fly from Turin, where he is in pre-season training, to Argentina on hearing the news...
  • Alejandro Sabella quits as Argentina coach: reports Yesterday

    Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit as national team coach, Argentine media reported on Tuesday. The reports said the 59-year-old Sabella, whose side lost the Maracana final to Germany 1-0 after extra time, had told Argentine FA president Julio Grondona that...
  • Excited Didier Drogba aims to end Chelsea's five-year title wait Yesterday

    An excited Didier Drogba is back at Chelsea to try to help the former European champions end a five-year wait to land the Premier League title, he said on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Ivory Coast striker signed a 12-month deal last week to return to Stamford Bridge after having left the club...
  • EPL: Belgium striker Origi signs for Liverpool Yesterday

    Liverpool: Liverpool say they have signed Belgium striker Divock Origi from Lille and will loan him back to the French club for the whole of next season. The 19-year-old forward, who impressed during Belgium's run to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, completed his transfer in the United States - where...
  • Luke Shaw made to train alone as not fit enough for Van Gaal 2 days ago

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has ordered full back Luke Shaw to train alone, saying the 19-year-old is "not very fit" and unable to meet the Dutchman's expectations. Shaw joined United from fellow Premier League side Southampton after returning from England's dismal World Cup campaign in a deal reported to...
  • Juventus to visit Chievo in Serie A opening round 2 days ago

    Milan: Serie A champion Juventus will kick off their bid for a fourth straight title at Chievo Verona, while last season's runner-up Roma hosts Fiorentina on the opening day. The 2014-15 fixtures were announced on Monday and see new Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri return to San Siro to face former...
  • New Old Trafford manager meant I was out, says Ferdinand 2 days ago

    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...
  • Calum Chambers is our kind of player, says Arsene Wenger 2 days ago

    Nineteen-year-old Calum Chambers is a quality player who has everything Arsenal look for in a youngster, manager Arsene Wenger said of his new signing on Monday. "The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows that he has tremendous quality," Wenger told the...
  • Atletico Madrid sign France winger Antoine Griezmann 3 days ago

    Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have moved to bolster their attack by agreeing to sign France World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad. "Atletico de Madrid and Real Sociedad have reached an agreement for the transfer of Antoine Griezmann," Atletico said on their website (www.clubatleticodemadrid.com) on Monday. "The young French football player...
  • Manchester City beat AC Milan 5-1 in pre-season friendly 3 days ago

    Pittsburg: Stevan Jovetic scored twice to help Manchester City beat AC Milan 5-1 on Sunday in the International Champions Cup. Jovetic opened the scoring in the 11th minute, starting a run of four straight goals for Manchester City in their Pool B opener. His right-footed shot beat goalkeeper Ian Lawlor to...
  • Liverpool sign defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton 3 days ago

    London: Liverpool's raid on Britain's south coast continued with the capture of Southampton's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren on Sunday for a reported 20 million pounds ($33.95 million). "The 25-year-old Croatian international today put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Reds after completing his medical," the Premier League club's...
  • Liverpool pull out of Loic Remy deal after failed medical: reports 3 days ago

    Liverpool have pulled out of signing France international striker Loic Remy from promoted Queens Park Rangers, according to media reports in England and the United States where Liverpool are on tour. Remy, 27, flew to Boston last week to join up with the Liverpool squad and undergo a medical examination but...
  • Arsenal sign Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina 4 days ago

    London: Goalkeeper David Ospina is signing with Arsenal after helping Colombia reach the World Cup quarter-finals. The 25-year-old Ospina is moving to the Premier League club after making 189 Ligue 1 appearances during six years at French side Nice. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Ospina has "good experience and a proven record...
  • Real Madrid kick off pre-season with loss to Inter Milan 4 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid's pre-season got off on a losing note as they were worsted in a penalty shoot-out against Italian side Inter Milan in a friendly played in California. With key players for both sides still to return to action following World Cup duties this summer, both coaches on Saturday fielded...