Football

  • Crystal Palace sign defender Brede Hangeland 2 hours 39 minutes ago

    London: Crystal Palace have signed former Fulham captain Brede Hangeland for the new English Premier League season. The 33-year-old Norway central defender left Fulham after the London club opted against offering a new contract following relegation from the Premier League in May. The Houston-born player's one-year contract at Palace was announced on...
  • Malaga sign Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa 2 hours 50 minutes ago

    Madrid: Spanish club Malaga have signed Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for a three-year contract after his standout performance at the World Cup. Ochoa's goalkeeping, including a string of stellar saves in a 0-0 draw with host Brazil, helped Mexico reach the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup. The 29-year-old Ochoa...
  • Frank Lampard set for Manchester City loan 3 hours 11 minutes ago

    Washington: Former Premier League side Chelsea star Frank Lampard will play for Manchester City under a loan deal from his new Major League Soccer team New York City FC, media reports said. Lampard, who spent 13 seasons with Chelsea, signed a two-year deal last week with New York City FC. He...
  • Didier Drogba still has killer instinct, says Jose Mourinho 18 hours 12 minutes ago

    Veteran striker Didier Drogba will still strike fear into defenders when he begins his second spell at Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. "The killer instinct is still there," Mourinho, in an interview with Sky Sports, said of the 36-year-old Ivorian who signed a 12-month contract last month after spells...
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy named as Netherlands assistant coach 19 hours 27 minutes ago

    Ruud van Nistelrooy has been named as one of the Netherlands national team assistant coaches, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Friday. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, who scored 35 goals in 70 internationals, will work under new coach Guus Hiddink and alongside Danny Blind, who will...
  • Guus Hiddink begins second stint as Netherlands coach 20 hours 36 minutes ago

    Guus Hiddink vowed on his first day as the Netherlands coach to put together a team that will play attractive but practical football. Hiddink has been set to replace Louis van Gaal since March. Van Gaal accepted the top job at Manchester United before leading the Netherlands on a flashy run...
  • Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in New York Yesterday

    New York: For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy. Villa, Spain's all-time top scorer, last month became the first player signed by New York City FC, co-owned...
  • Arsenal's Jenkinson joins West Ham on season-long loan Yesterday

    London: West Ham United have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of England fullback Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal on a season-long loan, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 22-year-old joined Arsenal from Charlton Athletic in 2011, making 57 appearances as back-up to first-choice right back Bacary Sagna. After Sagna...
  • Tottenham agree deal to sign Sporting defender Eric Dier Yesterday

    London: Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sign English defender Eric Dier from Portuguese side Sporting, subject to the 20-year-old passing a medical, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The versatile England Under-21 international is expected to cost about four million pounds ($6.75 million), said British media reports. "We are...
  • Expect Chelsea fight for first-choice keeper spot: Mourinho Yesterday

    London: Petr Cech is ready to take up the challenge of competing with Thibaut Courtois for the position of Chelsea's number one goalkeeper, manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday. Belgian international Courtois, 22, has returned to his parent club following a long-term loan spell with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid and...
  • Man sues Cristiano Ronaldo over 'CR7' trademark Yesterday

    Providence: A Rhode Island man has sued Cristiano Ronaldo over the phrase "CR7," which is used by soccer fans around the world as shorthand for the Real Madrid forward. Christopher Renzi filed the lawsuit on Monday in US District Court in Providence against the Portuguese soccer star and a Danish company,...
  • Barcelona's Gerard Pique relishing return of 'angry' Luis Suarez Yesterday

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes an "angry" Luis Suarez will be desperate to prove himself when he has served out a four-month ban for a biting incident at the World Cup. Uruguay striker Suarez was given a nine-match international suspension and banned from all football-related activity for four months by FIFA...
  • Barcelona striker Neymar says his back improving Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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' 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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...