Football

  • Former England goalkeeper David James excited about playing in ISL 11 minutes ago

    The former England goalkeeper has been picked as marquee-player-cum-manager for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League (ISL). ...
  • ISL: Sachin Tendulkar's Kerala Blasters sign Michael Chopra 14 minutes ago

    Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar. ...
  • Mascherano backs Messi after World Cup disappointment 3 hours 28 minutes ago

    Barcelona: Javier Mascherano hasbacked his Argentina team mate Lionel Messi to respond to his World Cup disappointment on the pitch for Barcelona in the new season. Messi was named the best player at the World Cup after Argentina lost the final to Germany, a decision that was widely questioned after the...
  • Arsene Wenger has no regrets at rejecting Cesc Fabregas return 3 hours 31 minutes ago

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted on Thursday that it felt strange for him to see Cesc Fabregas playing in a blue Chelsea shirt, but insisted he had no regrets at not re-signing him. Wenger told reporters at a news conference that his only regret was that Fabregas had left Arsenal in...
  • Ronaldo fit for Real's Super Cup decider against Atletico 3 hours 31 minutes ago

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid on Friday, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday. The Portuguese went off as a precaution at half time during the first leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday suffering a hamstring strain during the 1-1...
  • Liverpool in talks to sign Mario Balotelli 3 hours 41 minutes ago

    Liverpool: Liverpool could be about to replace one controversial striker with another. Italy international Mario Balotelli has been lined up by the Premier League club as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who left Anfield to join Barcelona for $130 million. Liverpool are in talks with AC Milan over the permanent signing...
  • Manchester United, PSG target Angel Di Maria wants to leave Real Madrid 3 hours 39 minutes ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Argentina forward Angel Di Maria has asked for a transfer. The 26-year-old Di Maria has spent the last four years at Madrid and helped them win the Champions League last season. Ancelotti says "Di Maria has asked to leave and he has rejected an offer...
  • Atletico de Kolkata confident players would adjust to synthetic turf 4 hours 11 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Atletico de Kolkata officials are confident that the players they have drafted into their franchise for season 1 of the Indian Super League, including the foreign recruits, would be able to adjust to the synthetic turf at their home venue. "Ours is the only ground which has artificial turf, so...
  • Tough draw for Indian football teams in Asian Games 5 hours 56 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Indian men's U-23 national team will be playing Jordan and UAE in Group G while the women's senior national team have been placed in Group A with hosts South Korea, Thailand and Maldives in the upcoming Incheon Asian Games. The draw that was released on Thursday has 29...
  • Tendulkar-owned Indian Super League team picks striker Michael Chopra 9 hours 23 minutes ago

    Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League on Thursday. A total of 49 foreign players will be drafted during the session for the eight-franchise league, which is slated to run...
  • Team Chennai replaces Sun Group in ISL 11 hours 6 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Team Chennai has replaced the Sun Group promoted Bangalore franchise in the Indian Super League football tournament set to be held tentatively between October 12 and December 20, the organisers announced here on Thursday ahead of the International Player Draft featuring 49 players. "The eighth team in the ISL would...
  • Barcelona to appeal to CAS against FIFA ban 12 hours 44 minutes ago

    Madrid: Spanish football giant Barcelona confirmed that they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) after FIFA upheld its decision to ban the club from signing for the next two transfer windows for irregularities over the signing of underage players. FIFA's decision on Wednesday means that Barcelona will...
  • Ten European Cups in hand, Real Madrid aim to win La Liga this season 13 hours 9 minutes ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid are set to place an even greater emphasis on winning the Spanish league title after ending their quest for an elusive 10th European Cup last season. For 12 straight years, Madrid's coaches and players had been tasked with winning another Champions League title, a mission that had grown...
  • Manchester United complete signing of defender Marcos Rojo 13 hours 34 minutes ago

    Manchester: Manchester United completed the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for 20 million euros ($27 million) on Wednesday, and sent Nani on loan to the Portuguese club. The 24-year-old Rojo, who played for Argentina in the World Cup final loss to Germany last month and scored earlier in...
  • Champions League: Zenit, Porto close in on group stage with away wins 13 hours 55 minutes ago

    Zenit St Petersburg and Porto both put a foot in the Champions League group stage with 1-0 away wins in the first leg of their respective playoff ties on Wednesday. Oleg Shatov's first-half goal gave Andre Villas-Boas' Zenit a 1-0 win at Standard Liege and a second-half effort from Hector Herrera...
  • Edin Dzeko signs new four-year deal at Manchester City 21 hours 54 minutes ago

    Bosnia and Herzegovina captain Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester City, the Premier League champions announced on Wednesday. The 28-year-old striker, who signed for City from VfL Wolfsburg in 2011, penned the new deal to keep him at the club until 2018. "I knew from the beginning when...
  • Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini suffers injury 22 hours 1 minutes ago

    Marouane Fellaini is the latest Manchester United injury victim Marouane Fellaini has become the latest Manchester United player to suffer an injury, which media reports suggested could prevent him moving away from the club during the transfer window. Television pictures showed him hobbling on crutches, with a protective boot on his left...
  • Indian Super League to be revealed next month at Manchester convention 22 hours 10 minutes ago

    Plans for the eagerly anticipated Indian Super League (ISL) and the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup will be officially presented to the global football industry at the Soccerex Global Convention, to be held in Manchester between September 6-10. The move comes after the confirmation of the attendance of a senior Indian...
  • India suffer 0-2 defeat against Pak in football friendly Yesterday

    Bangalore: India suffered an embarrassing 0-2 defeat at the hands of a spirited Pakistan in the second football friendly to end the two-match series 1-1 on Wednesday. Wim Koeverman's team, which won the first friendly 1-0 on August 17, looked out of sorts and Pakistan were the better side in all...
  • Argentina's Federico Fernandez signs for Swansea City Yesterday

    London: Swansea City have signed Argentina defender Federico Fernandez from Napoli for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 25-year-old centre back, who has 26 caps for his country and made four appearances at the World Cup where Argentina reached the final, signed a four-year deal with...
  • Luka Modric commits to Real Madrid with new four-year deal Yesterday

    Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric will remain at the European Champions for the next four years after signing a new contract, the La Liga giants announced on Wednesday. "Real Madrid C. F. announces the extension Luka Modric's contract, linking him to the club for the next four seasons," the club...
  • FIFA rejects Barcelona appeal against transfer ban 22 hours 44 minutes ago

    Zurich: Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching rules over the transfer of youngsters. The Spanish giants will now ask sport's highest court to overturn the punishment, which resulted from the signing of 10 players under...
  • Spanish league keeps growing star power Yesterday

    Two months after Spain's national team flopped at the World Cup, the country's domestic league is ready to shine with even more star power. Already boasting the sport's two biggest names in Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the Spanish league got even richer in individual talent with the...
  • Champions Atletico Madrid aim to upstage La Liga big spenders again Yesterday

    While Real Madrid and Barcelona have once more spent vast sums to win back the La Liga crown, they are set to face dogged competition again from champions Atletico Madrid who have a side built on a fraction of the cost. Atletico became the first team since Valencia in 2004 to...
  • Risks and rewards for Barcelona in Spanish league Yesterday

    Aligning Luis Suarez with Lionel Messi and Neymar to spear Barcelona's attack looks like a winning formula, if the three can set aside their problems and possible distractions. The club has turned to former midfielder Luis Enrique, known for his forthright approach, to lead the rebuilding project that will likely have...
  • 'Sachin Tendulkar's interest in football is praiseworthy' Yesterday

    Kolkata: Former India international footballer IM Vijayan is flattered by cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar's knowledge of soccer and the little master's keenness to learn the finer points of the game. Vijayan on Tuesday said he had talks with Tendulkar after the Mumbaikar became the co-owner of the Kochi-based Indian Super League...
  • Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar joins Benfica Yesterday

    Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Benfica where he will attempt to revive his career after an unhappy last season and a disappointing World Cup. The Portuguese champions, who recently sold first-choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak to Atletico Madrid, confirmed on their website that the 34-year-old had signed a two-year contract. Julio...
  • Argentina name 20 World Cup players for Germany friendly Yesterday

    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino was true to his word and named predecessor Alejandro Sabella's World Cup players on Tuesday for next month's friendly against Germany in Duesseldorf. Martino's squad list posted on the Argentine FA website (www.afa.org.ar) has 20 European-based players, all part of the squad that lost the World Cup...
  • Champions League play-off: Ramsey sees red as Arsenal held to a draw at Besiktas Yesterday

    London: Arsenal held on with 10 men to draw 0-0 at Besiktas in the Champions League playoff round on Tuesday, while Bayer Leverkusen are better placed to reach the group stage after winning 3-2 at FC Copenhagen. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was sent off with 10 minutes left in the first...
  • Rodriguez scores on debut as Real draw 1-1 with Atletico in Super Cup first leg Yesterday

    Madrid: James Rodriguez scored in his Spanish debut as Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Super Cup on Tuesday. Rodriguez came on for Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half at the Santiago Bernabeu and found the back of the net in the...