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  • Marouane Fellaini contemplated Manchester United exit after difficult season 4 hours 0 minutes ago

    London: Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini contemplated leaving the club after a disappointing debut season but the towering Belgian believes he is now reaping the rewards of fighting for his place at Old Trafford. The 27-year-old Fellaini joined United in a 27 million-pound ($41 million) deal from Everton in 2013 to become...
  • Liverpool need 'top-level striker', says Brendan Rodgers 4 hours 9 minutes ago

    Liverpool need a top-level striker who can play every week and Daniel Sturridge could lose his role as the club's leading man after an injury-hit season, manager Brendan Rodgers has said. Liverpool scored 101 Premier League goals last season, with Sturridge and Luis Suarez netting 52 between them to help Rodgers's...
  • La Liga: Bilbao push Cordoba closer to relegation with 1-0 win 12 hours 20 minutes ago

    Cordoba: Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria scored with a deflected shot to secure a 1-0 win at last-place Cordoba in the Spanish league on Friday. Cordoba's 15th straight game without a win left them eight points from safety before the rest of the teams play this round. Etxebarria's shot went in...
  • Louis van Gaal thinks Ryan Giggs will be next Manchester United manager 12 hours 44 minutes ago

    Manchester: Louis van Gaal has said he believes Ryan Giggs will succeed him as Manchester United manager. Van Gaal, 63, is nearing the end of his first season in charge at Old Trafford and is contracted to the club until 2017. "I expect that he will be the next manager after I...
  • Bengaluru FC strike twice to down Bharat FC in I-League 23 hours 31 minutes ago

    Pune: A goal on either side of the break saw defending champions Bengaluru FC move smoothly past a sloppy Bharat FC on Friday and join leaders Mohun Bagan at the top of the I-League table with 28 points. Young Eugeneson Lyngdoh slammed the ball in on the run after being put...
  • Champions League: Luis Enrique relishes battle with old pal Pep Guardiola Yesterday

    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...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez among other Barcelona players to undergo dope tests Yesterday

    Sant Joan Despi: A list of 10 players from Spanish football club FC Barcelona including Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez underwent drug tests on Friday conducted by European football's governing body, the UEFA, the club said. On the eve of their La Liga game against Espanyol, and...
  • Mourinho plays down his supremacy over Wenger Yesterday

    Chelsea may be two wins away from regaining the Premier League title, but manager Jose Mourinho insists he is taking nothing for granted -- including his unblemished record against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The London rivals meet on Sunday with Chelsea 10 points clear at the top of the table. Victory...
  • Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola expecting a 'special' game against Barcelona Yesterday

    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...
  • Roberto Martinez wants celebration of former chairman against Manchester United Yesterday

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants Sunday's home game against Manchester United to be a tribute to former chairman Philip Carter, who died aged 87 on Thursday, having overseen some of the club's most successful years. Carter was in charge when Everton won the FA Cup, the European Cup Winners Cup and...
  • All-Italian Europa League final still on the cards Yesterday

    The possibility of an all-Italian Europa League final remained alive when Napoli and Fiorentina were kept apart in Friday's semi-final draw. Fiorentina will play holders Sevilla, with the first leg in Spain, and Napoli will have home advantage first against Ukraine's Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. No Italian club have reached the final since the...
  • Champions League: Barcelona face Bayern, Juventus get Real Madrid in semis Yesterday

    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...
  • Gurpreet Singh Sandhu makes European top flight breakthrough for India Yesterday

    Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club after the custodian made his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on Wednesday. The 23-year-old joined the former Norwegian champions on a three-year contract last year and is second choice goalkeeper...
  • Chelsea to tour Australia for first time in 50 years Yesterday

    Sydney: English football club Chelsea will tour Australia for the first time in 50 years after reportedly agreeing to play Sydney FC in June. The Premier League leaders are expected to play the A-League team in a friendly on June 2 at the 83,000-capacity Stadium Australia, reports Xinhua. The post-season match would...
  • Aston Villa warn Jack Grealish over nitrous oxide allegations Yesterday

    Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has warned Jack Grealish about his future behaviour after the teenage midfielder was pictured in a national newspaper allegedly taking nitrous oxide. Year-old images published by The Sun appeared to show Grealish taking the substance that is described as a legal 'high'. "I spoke to Jack first...
  • Barcelona, Real Madrid face tough away games in Spanish league Yesterday

    Barcelona: Having booked their spots in the Champions League semifinals, Barcelona and Real Madrid now face tough away fixtures in the Spanish league this weekend with just two points separating the title rivals as the season enters the final stretch. After their 5-1 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona will aim...
  • EPL: Arsenal look to delay Chelsea's title coronation Yesterday

    Manchester: With Chelsea holding a 10-point lead in the Premier League with six games left, it's surely no longer a question of whether the team will win the title. To many, it's about when it will happen. Beat Arsenal on Sunday in a match between the league's top two teams and Chelsea...
  • Sunderland's Adam Johnson charged with under-age sex offences 2 days ago

    London: Sunderland and England midfielder Adam Johnson has been charged with four offences concerning sex with an under-age girl, a prosecutor said on Thursday. "Following an investigation by Durham Police, I have today authorised police to charge Adam Johnson, aged 27, with four offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003," said...
  • Arsene Wenger not worried by poor record against Jose Mourinho 2 days ago

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to put an end to his winless run against Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho when the Premier League leaders visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash. Leaders Chelsea are 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal with six games remaining this season but Wenger,...
  • Coach Nicolai Adam plans 4 exposure trips before 2017 U-17 football WC 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Newly appointed German coach Nicolai Adam said on Thursday that he plans at least four foreign exposure trips for the football team as part of preparations for the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup, to he hosted by the country. Addressing his first press conference after taking charge as head...
  • Juventus has a couple of canine options for Luis Suarez if needed 2 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 2 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...
  • Jordan Henderson signs new long-term deal with Liverpool 2 days ago

    Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson has committed his future to the Reds by signing a new long-term contract, the Premier League club said on Thursday. No details were given on the Liverpool website but media reports indicated the midfielders' deal was for five years and worth at least 100,000 pounds ($150,000) a...
  • Rafa Benitez keeps option open over Napoli future 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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...