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  • Mattia Destro gets rousing reception on joining Milan from Roma 55 minutes ago

    London: Striker Mattia Destro joined struggling giants AC Milan from AS Roma on Thursday and was greeted by dozens of fans who created chaotic scenes at Milan central station. "It's been a wonderful welcome," the 23-year-old told Milan's website after he was met by chief executive Adriano Galliani and they were...
  • Striker Peter Crouch signs new two-year deal with Stoke City 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    London: Former England striker Peter Crouch has settled his immediate future by signing a two-year contract extension with Stoke City, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The news ends speculation that Crouch, who has scored 37 goals in 140 appearance for Stoke, would leave when his current deal expires at...
  • Brendan Rodgers excited by Daniel Sturridge's Liverpool return 1 hour 19 minutes ago

    London: Daniel Sturridge is set to make his Liverpool return on Saturday after five months out and for manager Brendan Rodgers there is hope for what he can bring and lingering disappointment over what might have been. When Sturridge was ruled out with a thigh injury on international duty in early...
  • Embattled Chelsea cancel news conference 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    London: Chelsea have cancelled their pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday's top-of-the-table crunch game against champions Manchester City, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday. Chelsea have been the focus of attention from the Football Association this week after manager Jose Mourinho was fined 25,000 pounds ($38,000) and pivotal striker Diego...
  • ISL not enough to reignite Indian football, says Mark Seagraves 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    Mark Seagraves, a former Liverpool and Manchester City player, says the Indian Super League will not skyrocket the country's football dreams as India still lacks a proper coaching infrastructure to develop football at grassroots level. On a cold and windy evening in Delhi, Mark settled around the dining table at his...
  • I-League: Haokip hat-trick powers Pune to a 5-2 win over Shillong 13 hours 10 minutes ago

    Pune: Thongkhosiem Haokip scored a hat-trick as Pune FC drubbed Shillong Lajong 5-2 in an I-League match in their first home match of the season here on Thursday. Haokip proved to be the star of the day as his side showed no mercy to their opponents in their Round 3 match...
  • Sepp Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees 13 hours 18 minutes ago

    Geneva: Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win. Blatter published a low-key message on Twitter confirming an expected bid to extend his scandal-scarred, 17-year leadership of football's wealthy governing body by four more years. "Today is a...
  • Diego Simeone proud of Atletico Madrid's rebellious streak 18 hours 19 minutes ago

    London: Atletico Madrid went too far in a bid to unsettle Barcelona in their King's Cup defeat on Wednesday but coach Diego Simeone was proud of his team's rebellious streak. Simeone's side ended with nine players and could have had others sent off as they adopted an overly physical approach in...
  • Sepp Blatter confirms he has submitted re-election bid 20 hours 41 minutes ago

    Zurich: FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed that he had submitted his bid to run for re-election on Thursday, the deadline day for nominations to be handed in. "Today is a key date in the electoral calendar. I've made my submission, now the electoral committee follow a process," the 78-year-old said on...
  • FA charges Chelsea's Costa over stamp in Liverpool semifinal Yesterday

    London: Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing a three-match ban after being charged on Wednesday by the English Football Association with violent conduct for stamping on an opponent during the League Cup semifinal win over Liverpool. The Spain international stamped on Emre Can's right ankle early in the game, but it...
  • Juventus get late winner to beat Parma 1-0 in Italian Cup Yesterday

    Parma: Serie A leader Juventus needed an 89th-minute goal from substitute Alvaro Morata for a 1-0 win at last-place Parma on Wednesday to advance to the Italian Cup semifinals. Fellow Spaniard Fernando Llorente set up Morata at the edge of the area and the former Real Madrid forward dribbled past a...
  • Tottenham Hotspur set up League Cup final against Chelsea Yesterday

    Sheffield: Christian Eriksen added a late goal to his sublime early free kick to help Tottenham scrape a 2-2 draw with third-tier Sheffield United on Wednesday and secure a place in the League Cup final against Chelsea. Tottenham advanced 3-2 on aggregate and will play in their first cup final in...
  • Manchester City facing the blues? Yesterday

    Defending Champions, best team in the league last season, yet they have failed considerably this year. Now facing a daunting task to recover their season, is it all over this year for the blue half of Manchester? Such are the expectations from this City team full of stars, anything other than...
  • Copa Del Rey: Neymar double sends Barca into semi-finals Yesterday

    Neymar struck twice as Barcelona came from behind to seal a 3-2 victory over nine-man Atletico Madrid and reach the King's Cup semi-finals 4-2 on aggregate on Wednesday. Fernando Torres put Atletico ahead inside the first minute with a precise strike from the edge of the area but Barca have clicked...
  • Arsenal strengthen defensive options by signing Gabriel Yesterday

    London: Arsenal have strengthened their depleted defensive options by signing Brazilian defender Gabriel from Villarreal, with Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell joining the Spanish club on loan as part of the deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed but Arsenal are reportedly paying 15 million pounds ($22.75 million) for Gabriel, who has been...
  • Abinash Ruidas scores in EB''s 1-0 win over Bengaluru FC Yesterday

    Kolkata: Abinash Ruidas sneaked in a second-half goal to hand East Bengal a creditable 1-0 win against defending champions Bengaluru FC in the Hero I-League football tournament, here today. The Federation Cup champions dominated the proceedings but they had to pay the price for their profligacy as Ruidas' 53rd minute goal...
  • Pune FC takes on Shillong Lajong in I-League Yesterday

    Pune: Pune FC will be motivated to build on recent dominant form when they face Shillong Lajong FC in their first home game of the new I-League season at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex here Thursday. Going into Round 3, Pune FC will be confident after a dominant 3-1 win over...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo handed two-match ban for kicking opponent Yesterday

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a two-match ban following his dismissal for kicking out at an opponent during their La Liga clash with Cordoba last Saturday, the Spanish league said on Wednesday. Ronaldo was unable to make an impact in the match and his frustration saw him first lash...
  • Manchester United must play Champions League next season: Juan Mata Yesterday

    London: Midfielder Juan Mata on Wednesday urged his team Manchester United to step up their bid for a top four place, admitting it is hard watching their rivals play in the Champions League this season while Louis van Gaal's side are excluded from Europe's elite competition. Mata, 26, moved to Old...
  • Chelsea pair face fitness race for Manchester City showdown Yesterday

    London: Premier League leaders Chelsea could be without midfielder Cesc Fabregas and defender Filipe Luis for Saturday's top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Both came off during Chelsea's 1-0 victory in the Capital One (League) Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool on Tuesday, while Branislav Ivanovic, who headed the...
  • Paul Pogba will never return to Manchester United: Andrea Pirlo Yesterday

    Turin: Veteran Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo believes Manchester United would be wasting their time in trying to re-sign team-mate Paul Pogba. The 21-year-old left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012 after growing frustrated with a lack of first-team appearances under Alex Ferguson. He has since developed into one of the best midfielders...
  • Real Madrid's Gareth Bale rules out Manchester United move Yesterday

    Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale says he is happy at the Bernabeu and has no intention of moving to Manchester United. Despite playing a significant role in Real winning their celebrated 10th European Cup and the King's Cup last season there has been talk of a move back to the Premier...
  • Valencia tie Spain striker Paco Alcacer until 2020 Yesterday

    Valencia: Valencia says Spain striker Paco Alcacer has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2020. The 21-year-old Alcacer is one of the Spain's most promising young talents. He has helped Valencia rise into fourth place in La Liga this season, and has eight goals...
  • Copa del Rey quarters look finely balanced for return legs Yesterday

    Atletico Madrid have to overturn a one-goal deficit at home against FC Barcelona Wednesday night as both sides look to book their places in the semi-finals of the Spanish King's Cup. With Real Madrid apparently unstoppable in the La Liga, the Cup perhaps offers the best chance for domestic honours for...
  • Neymar vows to help Brazil win Olympic gold in 2016 Yesterday

    Rio de Janeiro: Football superstar Neymar has vowed to end Brazil's Olympic gold duck by leading his nation to their first title on home soil in 2016. "I think we can learn from everything and if Brazil have still not won this football gold medal that we're all dreaming of, it's...
  • Koke commits future to Atletico Madrid Yesterday

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke says he is reluctant to leave the Spanish football club despite lucrative offers from abroad. English clubs Manchester United and Arsenal are believed to be interested in the playmaker. But the Spanish international, approaching his 200th club appearance ahead of his 23rd birthday, said he wants...
  • English clubs dominate international transfer deals: FIFA 2 days ago

    English clubs are spending more money in the international transfer market than any other country in the world according to a FIFA report published on Wednesday. The findings of the 2015 FIFA/TMS Global Transfer Market Systems Report, covering the last 12 months, shows English clubs spent more than $770 million on...
  • Chelsea into Capital One Cup final after fiery win over Liverpool 2 days ago

    London: Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea into the Capital One Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday, settling an enthralling semi-final in extra time. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Ivanovic rose to meet Willian's free kick in the 94th minute at Stamford Bridge to secure Chelsea's...
  • Arsenal's Joel Campbell joins Villarreal on loan 2 days ago

    London: Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has joined Villarreal on loan for the rest of the season, the Spanish club said on Tuesday. The Costa Rican's move to Spain is part of a deal in which Arsenal are set to sign Villarreal's Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, who has passed a medical in...
  • Samuel Eto'o completes transfer to Sampdoria from Everton 2 days ago

    Everton said striker Samuel Eto'o has completed a transfer to Serie A club Sampdoria on a two-and-a-half-year contract. The 33-year-old Eto'o joined Everton on a free transfer last August, and scored four times in 20 appearances before moving back to Italy, where he used to play for Inter Milan. Everton manager Roberto...