Football

  • Spain should not dump tiki-taka, says Joan Capdevila 4 hours 4 minutes ago

    Former world champions Spain will have to wait to regain their past glory but they need not discard their attractive brand of football that earned them fans and laurels, World Cup winning defender Joan Capdevila told Reuters in an interview. Spain's golden spell during which they won the 2010 World Cup...
  • Liverpool struggling to cope with extra demands 6 hours 10 minutes ago

    Coping with tricky Premier League fixtures a few days after Champions League exertions is a knack Liverpool must learn quickly if this campaign does not become a second-rate sequel to last season's thriller. On the evidence of a 3-1 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday they have some way to...
  • Serie A: Carlos Tevez leads Juventus to 1-0 win at AC Milan 11 hours 1 minutes ago

    Milan: Carlos Tevez's fourth goal in three matches helped Juventus win 1-0 at AC Milan on Saturday in the first high-profile matchup of the Serie A. In the 71st minute at the San Siro, Paul Pogba set up Tevez with only the goalkeeper to beat, and he expertly chipped it...
  • West Ham stun Liverpool 3-1 at Upton Park 11 hours 4 minutes ago

    London: Liverpool's English Premier League challenge received another early blow as an impressive West Ham beat last season's runner-up 3-1 on Saturday. Liverpool were heavily favored to win at West Ham, but suffered successive league defeats for the first time since December. "We made a really slow start and before we knew...
  • Ozil, Welbeck seal Arsenal's 3-0 win over Aston Villa 17 hours 19 minutes ago

    London: Arsenal scored three goals in a four-minute span to beat Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday and halt the host's good start to the Premier League season. Mesut Ozil answered critics by scoring the first goal in the 32nd minute and then setting up Danny Welbeck two minutes later for the...
  • Ronaldo nets thrice as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo 8-2 10 hours 24 minutes ago

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 to emphatically end their two-game losing skid in the Spanish league on Saturday. After Madrid romped, defending champion Atletico Madrid slipped to a 2-2 draw with Celta...
  • Kranjcar's free kick gives QPR draw against Stoke in Premier League 19 hours 14 minutes ago

    London: Niko Kranjcar curled in a late free kick as Queens Park Rangers twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday. Mame Biram Diouf headed Stoke in front from close range in the 11th minute after Peter Crouch held off defender Rio Ferdinand to...
  • Asian Games football: Indian women face Thailand in crunch tie Yesterday

    Incheon: Smarting from their humiliating 0-10 loss to hosts South Korea, India women's football team head coach Tarun Roy admitted they need to regroup quickly before their crucial last Group A match against Thailand in the 17th Asian Games here Sunday. India have three points after two matches and will have...
  • Michel Platini plans to keep luxury gift, make charity donation Yesterday

    UEFA president Michel Platini has said he intends to ignore FIFA requests and not return a luxury watch valued at 25,000 Swiss francs ($26,600), given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Instead, he said on Friday in British media reports, he will make a donation for the same amount...
  • Italian football club president attacks referee, banned for five years Yesterday

    An Italian club president has been banned for five years after attacking and injuring a referee in the dressing room at halftime during a lower division match, causing the game to be suspended. Paolo Pilloni, president of Sardinian club Sanluri, punched match official Luigi Cannas on his cheek, causing him to...
  • EPL: Diamond is Louis van Gaal's new best friend Yesterday

    After switching to a new-look formation that sparkled against Queens Park Rangers last weekend, a diamond may just be Louis van Gaal's new best friend as the Manchester United boss looks set to continue with it against Leicester City on Sunday. United claimed their first three points of the season thanks...
  • Arsenal enjoy revenue boost after ending trophyless run Yesterday

    London: Arsenal generated revenue of more than 300 million pounds ($489 million) in 2013-14 when the English Premier League club ended a nine-year run without a major trophy. Arsenal returned to winning ways when they lifted the FA Cup in May, gaining a reward after investing in players including German midfielder...
  • Chelsea's Diego Costa to face Manchester City, despite fitness fight Yesterday

    London: Diego Costa will play for Chelsea against Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend despite not being 100 percent fit, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. The 32 million pounds($52.22 million) Brazil-born Spain striker, who has scored seven goals in four Premier League games since joining from Atletico Madrid, is...
  • London's Wembley stadium to host climax of Euro 2020 Yesterday

    London: UEFA president Michel Platini's vision of a European Championship spread across the continent came to fruition on Friday as London's Wembley Stadium was chosen to host the climax of Euro 2020 with 12 other cities joining the party. The 90,000-seater Wembley, rebuilt from 2003 to 2007 and venue of the...
  • Delhi Dynamos hold del Piero's ISL press conference in a parking lot Yesterday

    New Delhi: It wasn't a pleasant welcome for Italian football star Alessandro del Piero as his first official media interaction on Friday had to be held in a parking lot after his franchise Delhi Dynamos failed to find a proper place. The Juventus star, however, gladly obliged the media and the...
  • New league will lift Indian soccer, says Alessandro Del Piero Yesterday

    New Delhi: Alessandro Del Piero's two-year Sydney FC stint helped raise A-League's profile and the former Juventus great is confident of making a similar impact as the face of the Indian Super League (ISL), which kicks off next month. After 19 trophy-laden years at Juventus and the Australia sojourn, Del Piero...
  • Ludogorets eye another run to the champions league knockout stages Yesterday

    Sofia: Unfancied Bulgarian champions Ludogorets are determined to reach the knockout stages of a European competition for a second successive year despite being drawn against Champions League heavyweights Real Madrid and Liverpool, the club's owner said. Ludogorets, who reached the last 16 in the Europa League last season, were tipped to...
  • Only four people have seen FIFA probe report, says judge Yesterday

    FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, responsible for deciding whether there was corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, said only four people have seen the report following an investigation into the decisions. Eckert, who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee, said he hoped to...
  • FIFA best in world for ethics, says president Blatter Yesterday

    Soccer's governing body FIFA has an exemplary ethics set-up unmatched by any other sports organisation, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. "Since the reforms, we have had an exemplary organisation in ethics... we have two chambers... with independent chairmen," Blatter told the World Summit for Ethics in Sports. "We are the...
  • Eyes on Lampard as Manchester City and Chelsea renew rivalry 2 days ago

    Frank Lampard could make an emotional appearance against former club Chelsea this weekend as his new employers Manchester City host Jose Mourinho's side in an early showdown between the Premier League's heavyweights. Lampard, who became a talismanic figure at Stamford Bridge before leaving in the close-season after 10 successful years, is...
  • Real Madrid extend contract with Raphael Varene 2 days ago

    Madrid: Spanish football club Real Madrid announced they had extended the contract of central defender Raphael Varene until the summer of 2020. The 21-year-old French international arrived at Real Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011 for 10 million euros (around $12 million) and broke into the first team at...
  • Brandao given six-month ban for Thiago Motta headbutt 2 days ago

    Bastia striker Brandao has been suspended for six months for his post-match headbutt on Paris St Germain's Thiago Motta in August, the French soccer league said on Thursday. The Brazilian was handed a provisional four-week ban the week after the incident but the full case has now been assessed. "Brandao will be...
  • La Liga: Time for Real Madrid to keep the momentum rolling 2 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid finally got their act together in the Champions League, and now it's time to keep the momentum rolling into the domestic competition following a disappointing start. Madrid won their 10th European title last season and routed FC Basel 5-1 on Tuesday, but started this year's Spanish league with...
  • Serie A: Massimiliano Allegri returns to AC Milan as Juventus coach 2 days ago

    Milan: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will make his return to AC Milan on Saturday, and the reception he receives from his former fans could be as interesting as the match. Allegri will return to San Siro for the first time in a competitive match since he was fired by AC Milan...
  • Sevilla sparkle as Europa League returns with goal glut 2 days ago

    Sevilla's love affair with the Europa League was immediately rekindled as last season's champions and three-times winners began this year's group stage with a 2-0 home victory over Feyenoord on Thursday. On-loan midfielder Gerard Deulofeu's set-pieces proved too hot to handle for Feyenoord as two of his first-half free kicks were...
  • Roma defender David Astori out with knee injury 2 days ago

    Rome: Roma defender David Astori has sprained his right knee and will likely be out of action for about three weeks. Astori injured his knee in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Roma say the Italy defender, who has also injured his medial collateral ligament, has already started...
  • Mark Hughes deserves a good reception at QPR, says Harry Redknapp 2 days ago

    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes deserves a good reception from Queens Park Rangers fans despite being blamed for the club's relegation to the Championship in 2013, manager Harry Redknapp said on Thursday. The Welshman returns to Loftus Road on Saturday for the first time since he was sacked by Rangers chairman...
  • Liverpool don't need to find magic formula, says Brendan Rodgers 2 days ago

    London: Liverpool are not in need of a magic formula to win Premier League matches and their new arrivals are starting to settle in to life at Anfield, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday. After surpassing expectations last season and finishing second behind champions Manchester City, Liverpool have made an inconsistent...
  • Germans draw first blood in rivalry with English foes 3 days ago

    Berlin: German teams scored a point - or more accurately, seven - in their rivalry with English clubs this week, coming out on top in two of their three Champions League duels, with the third resulting in a share of the spoils. Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich certainly had the better of...
  • Sergi Samper the latest gem from Barcelona production line 3 days ago

    Barcelona: One thing that has stood out during the early stages of Luis Enrique's stint as Barcelona coach is the faith he is placing in recent graduates from the club's famed "La Masia" academy. At least in the opening weeks of the season, Luis Enrique is relying on home-grown talent more...