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  • Arsenal strengthen defensive options by signing Gabriel 6 hours 8 minutes ago

    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 6 hours 16 minutes ago

    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 9 hours 0 minutes ago

    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 9 hours 7 minutes ago

    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 11 hours 31 minutes ago

    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 11 hours 43 minutes ago

    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 12 hours 37 minutes ago

    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 12 hours 48 minutes ago

    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 13 hours 20 minutes ago

    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 14 hours 40 minutes ago

    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 15 hours 53 minutes ago

    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 16 hours 18 minutes ago

    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 18 hours 23 minutes 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 19 hours 57 minutes 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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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...
  • Royal Wahingdoh FC stun Bharat FC 2-1 in I-League Yesterday

    Pune: Fleet-footed Royal Wahingdoh FC cemented their place at the top of the table after stunning home side Bharat FC 2-1 in the Hero I-League at the Balewadi Sports Complex Stadium, here today. Lagging 0-1 after Kris Bright's 14th minute goal, Royal Wahingdoh scored through Kim Yeong-Song (59th) and Seityasen Singh...
  • Dempo blank Sporting 3-0 in I-League Yesterday

    Margao: Dempo FC scored a fluent 3-0 win over 10-man Sporting Clube de Goa to earn their first win in the third round of the Hero I-League, played at Nehru stadium, Fatorda, here today. With today's win, Dempo have collected 5 points from 3 matches. While Sporting Clube de Goa, who...
  • East Bengal to face Bengaluru FC in I-League Yesterday

    Kolkata: Smarting from their shock defeat against Pune FC at home, reigning champions and Federation Cup winners Bengaluru FC will face formidable East Bengal in the Hero I-League football tournament at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, here on Tuesday. With one point from two matches, BFC have slipped to 10th place...
  • Salgaocar look to bounce back in I-League Yesterday

    Margao: Salgaocar FC will look to bounce back after suffering a reverse in their last game, as they gear up to take on Mohun Bagan in the Hero I-League here on Wednesday. Salgaocar FC, who suffered their first defeat - against Royal Wahingdoh 0-1 in their last match, remains on one...
  • Dream come true to join Real Madrid: Lucas Silva Yesterday

    Madrid: Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva, who was presented as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium by club chairman Florentino Perez, said it was his dream come true. Lucas posed with club directors at the event on Monday holding his new shirt with the number 16. "I am very happy...
  • Neymar attributes good form to friend Lionel Messi Yesterday

    Barcelona: Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva has attributed a part of his good form this season to a strong relationship with Argentine star player and Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi. "When you are good friends and have a good relationship off the pitch, everything flows. My friendship with Leo is very strong...
  • Middlesbrough handed FA Cup trip to holders Arsenal Yesterday

    London: Middlesbrough were rewarded for beating Manchester City with a trip to FA Cup holders Arsenal while Chelsea's conquerors Bradford City host Sunderland or Fulham after the fifth round draw on Monday. Third tier Bradford and Championship (second tier) Middlesbrough overcame the odds to register two of the biggest FA Cup...
  • Champions League: Pauleta believes PSG capable of ousting Chelsea Yesterday

    Paris: Retired Portugal football star Pauleta said his former club Paris Saint-Germain is capable of beating Chelsea in the upcoming Champions League last-16 encounter. The 41-year-old, who said bid PSG farewell in 2008 after spending five years with Les Parisiens, said Monday he was confident that Laurent Blanc's side can turn...
  • Helen Mirren: David Beckham is unbelievably beautiful Yesterday

    Los Angeles: Actress Helen Mirren isn't fond of the word "beauty", but the actress has referred to former footballer David Beckham as "unbelievably beautiful". The 69-year-old actress, who is the face of L'Oreal Paris age perfect campaign, shared her views about beauty while filming an advertisement, reports dailymail.co.uk. The actress said:...
  • Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic joins Inter Milan on loan Yesterday

    Rome: Italian football powerhouse Inter Milan announced the signing of Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on a two-year loan. Inter did not disclose the specific price of the deal on Monday, reports Xinhua. Brozovic, 22, played with Dinamo Zagreb in 2012, scoring 10 times in 72 appearances for the club. Brozovic has seven caps...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's aggression at Cordoba must be punished: Neymar Yesterday

    Barcelona: Barcelona striker Neymar says players are often provoked, but must expect punishment if they retaliate as Cristiano Ronaldo did during Real Madrid's 2-1 win at Cordoba. Ronaldo was sent off on a straight red card for punching and kicking defender Edimar inside Cordoba's penalty area during a Spanish league clash....
  • Napoli beat Genoa 2-1 with controversial penalty in Serie A Yesterday

    Rome: Napoli moved back into third place in Serie A courtesy of a controversial penalty in a 2-1 win over visiting Genoa on Monday. In the 73rd minute at the San Paolo stadium, the referee ruled that Gonzalo Higuain was fouled following a free kick despite what appeared to be minimal...
  • Robin van Persie unsure over long-term Manchester United future Yesterday

    London: Robin van Persie admits he doesn't know if he will be offered a new contract when his current deal expires with Manchester United. Van Persie scored 30 goals and won the Premier League title in his first season with United following his move from Arsenal, but last season he struggled...
  • Getafe beat Celta Vigo 2-1 in the Spanish league Yesterday

    Madrid: A late goal by Pablo Sarabia gave Getafe a 2-1 comeback win against Celta Vigo in the Spanish league Monday. Charles had given the visitors the lead when he latched on to a long throw-in and beat Getafe goalkeeper Jordi Codina in the 15th minute. Alvaro Vazquez levelled with his third...