Football

  • La Liga: No rest for weary Atletico as Valencia trip looms 25-04-2014 11:19 AM

    Atletico Madrid must put their Champions League ambitions to one side when they look to maintain their surprise La Liga title surge in a tough trip to Valencia on Sunday. They are on the verge of winning their first league title for 18 years and breaking the stranglehold of the...
  • Juventus could clinch Serie A title 25-04-2014 11:19 AM

    Closing in on their third successive Serie A title, Juventus will be watching very closely when second-place Roma host an AC Milan who are on a five-match winning streak on Friday. If Roma fail to beat Milan and Juventus then win at relegation-threatened Sassuolo on Monday, the Turin club will...
  • EPL: Liverpool seek to land knockout blow on Chelsea 25-04-2014 11:07 AM

    London: Liverpool can eliminate one of their two rivals from the Premier League title race by beating Chelsea on Sunday and the way the dice is rolling for them they might even have one hand on the trophy by the end of the weekend. If Brendan Rodgers's side overcome second-placed...
  • David Moyes left all at sea by scale of United job, says former coach 25-04-2014 10:41 AM

    David Moyes lost his job as Manchester United manager because he ignored advice and failed to appreciate the scale of the job, said Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at the Premier League club. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, with United now certain to...
  • I have chosen Brazil's World Cup squad: Luiz Felipe Scolari 25-04-2014 10:06 AM

    Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari knows his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals and has chosen Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Julio Cesar and Fred to act as captains, he said on Thursday. "I have no doubts," Scolari said at the Sao Judas Tadeu University in Sao Paulo after a...
  • Benfica and Sevilla secure Europa League wins0 25-04-2014 09:34 AM

    London: A stunning late goal from Benfica's Lima left Juventus's hopes of reaching a home Europa League final hanging in the balance after a 2-1 first-leg defeat, while Sevilla won 2-0 against Valencia in Thursday's all-Spanish last-four clash. Benfica scored early through Ezequiel Garay and were resolute in defence for...
  • AIFF launches academy certification programme 24-04-2014 05:39 PM

    The All India Football Federation on Thursday launched the 'AIFF Academy Certification', which aims to set a standard of youth development in the country through a certification model. The AIFF has developed a set of criteria on which the academies will be assessed and certified and they will be given...
  • No clubs facing European expulsion: UEFA president Michel Platini 24-04-2014 04:21 PM

    No club will be kicked out of European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA president Michel Platini said in an interview on Thursday. UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) policy, designed to stop clubs spending more than they generate, comes into effect next season with a maximum...
  • Fast-breaking Real home in on elusive tenth European crown 24-04-2014 04:02 PM

    Real Madrid took a step closer to an elusive 10th European Cup with a 1-0 home win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday and the Spanish side will hope to finish off the job in Germany having shown how effective they are on the counter-attack. Before the match, Bayern coach Pep...
  • Daniel Sturridge hopeful of returning against Chelsea 24-04-2014 03:46 PM

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is optimistic of returning from injury for the key clash against former team mates and title rivals Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday in a boost for the Premier League leaders. "Hopefully this weekend I'll be back," the league's second top scorer, with 20 goals to team...
  • Be optimistic about Brazil, says Sepp Blatter 24-04-2014 02:38 PM

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time. The Swiss said similar public scepticism had accompanied preparations for previous World Cups and...
  • Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real Madrid 24-04-2014 02:18 PM

    Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion's share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday. Bayern enjoyed 80 percent possession in the first half but...
  • Uruguay not among football's elite, says coach 24-04-2014 11:15 AM

    Copa America champions Uruguay are fifth in the FIFA rankings, finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup and in Luis Suarez have one of the world's deadliest strikers, but coach Oscar Washington Tabarez does not rate his side among the elite football nations. "In football there is also a first...
  • 'Class of 92' reunited to stabilize Manchester United 24-04-2014 10:39 AM

    Manchester United have brought the "Class of 92" back together. Renowned graduates of United's most successful youth team have been put in control of a team in turmoil following the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes. A notable absentee is David Beckham, who has never expressed a desire for team management....
  • Ancelotti happy as Real Madrid thrive without much from Ronaldo, Bale 24-04-2014 10:00 AM

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team for beating holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg without their two biggest names taking a leading role. Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in this season's competition, struggled after returning from injury and record signing Gareth Bale only played the...
  • Chelsea trio charged by FA after Sunderland defeat 24-04-2014 09:31 AM

    Chelsea were hit with disciplinary action by the English FA on Wednesday as manager Jose Mourinho, midfielder Ramires and coach Rui Faria were charged following last week's Premier League home defeat against Sunderland. Ramires, who could now miss their top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool on Sunday, was hit with a violent...
  • Benzema goal gives Real Madrid first-leg advantage over Bayern in Champions League semis 24-04-2014 01:53 AM

    Madrid: Real Madrid struck early through Karim Benzema and comfortably held Bayern Munich at bay to beat the holders 1-0 on Wednesday and move a step closer to a first Champions League final in 12 years. Chasing a record-extending 10th European crown, Real were content to cede possession to the...
  • Januzaj opts to play for Belgium, says coach Wilmots 23-04-2014 11:55 PM

    Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to play international football for Belgium, the country's national team manager Marc Wilmots said on Wednesday. Born in Belgium to ethnic Albanian parents from Kosovo, Januzaj was eligible to play for a number of countries and had been wooed by national teams including...
  • Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola not interested in Manchester United job 23-04-2014 08:38 PM

    Munich: Jurgen Klopp said he is not interested in taking up the job of Manchester United manager since he is committed to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. "Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people...
  • Current stars to blame for United woes, says former player 23-04-2014 06:41 PM

    Andrey Kanchelskis watches events at Old Trafford from afar these days but weighed into the debate over Manchester United's woes this week, saying several high-profile players are not good enough to wear the red shirt. The former United winger, now living 2,500kms from Manchester, also said he was surprised at...
  • David Moyes breaks silence after Manchester United sacking 23-04-2014 06:04 PM

    Manchester: Statement released by David Moyes on Wednesday, a day after being fired as manager of Manchester United after less than a season in charge. "To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I...
  • Ryan Giggs to be assisted by former teammates at Manchester United 23-04-2014 04:37 PM

    Manchester: Ryan Giggs will be assisted by former teammates Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville during his spell as interim manager of Manchester United following the dismissal of David Moyes. Neville was already the first-team coach under Moyes, while Butt had been working with United's Under-19s and Under-21s as...
  • FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal 23-04-2014 03:19 PM

    Zurich: Barcelona have been cleared to sign new players this off-season after FIFA froze the club's one-year transfer embargo while the sanction is appealed. FIFA said on Wednesday its appeal panel "considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect." Panel chairman Larry Mussenden took...
  • Brazil's Itaquerao stadium for football World Cup not yet complete 23-04-2014 11:14 AM

    Sao Paulo: Construction workers at Brazil's Itaquerao World Cup stadium "cannot waste a minute" if the venue is to be ready in time for the World Cup, football's governing body FIFA has warned. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday there would be time for just one official test...
  • Chelsea have Champions League advantage, Simeone concedes 23-04-2014 10:23 AM

    Madrid: Chelsea have the upper hand ahead of next week's Champions League semi-final, second leg after holding Atletico Madrid to a frustrating 0-0 draw in Tuesday's first leg, Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. Through to the last four of Europe's elite club competition for the first time in 40 years,...
  • Chelsea may field weakened team against Liverpool: Mourinho 23-04-2014 10:04 AM

    Chelsea could field a weakened team in their top of the table Premier League game at Liverpool on Sunday, said manager Jose Mourinho after Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid. With his second-placed side five points adrift of leaders Liverpool with only three games left, Mourinho is clearly prioritising next...
  • Walter Mazzarri to stay at Inter Milan next season: Erik Thohir 23-04-2014 09:41 AM

    Milan: Inter president Erik Thohir has insisted that Walter Mazzarri will stay put at the Nerazzurri next season in order to build the team. Mazzarri's life at Inter this season has been hard as his side faltered at times, but Thohir is sure of his coaching credentials, reported Xinhua. Thohir...
  • Sao Paulo express interest in Kaka 23-04-2014 09:28 AM

    Sao Paulo: Kaka's former club Sao Paulo has expressed interest in signing the playmaker in the next transfer window. "I would really like to have Kaka here," Xinhua quoted Sao Paulo's new president Carlos Miguel Aidar as saying on Tuesday, although admitting the club where Kaka began his career in...
  • Real's Bale a doubt for Bayern game with illness: reports 23-04-2014 09:17 AM

    Madrid: Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale could miss Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg at home to Bayern Munich due to illness, Spanish media reported on Tuesday. Bale, who has been suffering from flu, trained with the rest of the squad earlier on Tuesday but had not been able to...
  • Cech, Terry to miss rest of Premier League season 23-04-2014 09:05 AM

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season after landing heavily and injuring his right elbow in Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg. Captain John Terry will also be sidelined for the last three Premier League games of the campaign...