FOOTBALL

  • China's drinks king denies plans to buy Italy's AC Milan 6 hours 22 minutes ago

    The billionaire chairman of Chinese drinks maker Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co has knocked back reports he is planning a bid for struggling Italian soccer giants AC Milan, currently controlled by Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Zong Qinghou, worth an estimated $19 billion according to the latest annual Hurun rich list,...
  • Real Madrid defender Pepe sidelined by thigh injury 6 hours 29 minutes ago

    Real Madrid centre back Pepe has returned from international duty with Portugal with a thigh injury, the European champions said on Wednesday. Real did not say how long the 32-year-old would be out of action but local media reported he was likely to be sidelined for around 10 days. He will probably...
  • I am no money-grabber, says Liverpool's Raheem Sterling 7 hours 42 minutes ago

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has denied he is a "money-grabbing 20-year-old", but is in no rush to sign a new contract, he told the BBC on Wednesday. England international Sterling has been offered an eye-watering 100,000 pounds ($148,300) a week to sign a new deal with Liverpool, according to media reports,...
  • Brazil World Cup grounds up for sale following cash flow problems 18 hours 52 minutes ago

    Brazil's World Cup stadium in Natal is up for sale as the company that owns it is suffering from cash flow problems following a corruption scandal. Natal's Dunas arena is being sold by owner Grupo OAS, with the company also trying to sell the 50 percent share it owns of the...
  • Georgia, Poland face disciplinary action after qualifiers 22 hours 36 minutes ago

    Georgia and Poland are facing disciplinary action after problems at recent Euro 2016 qualifiers, UEFA said on Wednesday. Georgia have been charged over a pitch invasion and for poor organisation of their Group D match at home to Germany on Sunday, which they lost 2-0. Poland were charged after their fans threw...
  • Mats Hummels rubbishes talk of deal with Manchester United Yesterday

    Berlin: Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has shot down reports of a deal with Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal to join the Premier League club, saying they were invented. The Germany defender has long been a target for several top European clubs and he recently said he would like to play...
  • Arsenal awaiting decision on Chelsea keeper Petr Cech Yesterday

    London: English Premier League (EPL) side Arsenal are awaiting clarification regarding Petr Cech's future before making a move for the Chelsea goalkeeper. The Czech Republic international is set to leave Chelsea this summer, with the club now prepared to part with the keeper -- but only for 10 million pounds or...
  • Indian footballers should get best training facilities to improve: Robin Singh Yesterday

    Robin Singh is one of the regular starters for the Indian national team and serves as the strike partner for Sunil Chhetri in both club and national colours. Though Robin has never turned into a prolific striker but the forward at times has impressed with his physical presence in the...
  • Argentina beat Ecuador 2-1 in friendly match Yesterday

    East Rutherford: Sergio Aguero and Javier Pastore scored in each half and Argentina defeated Ecuador 2-1 in a friendly match on Tuesday. In a lively game under snowy conditions at the start, Argentina managed to get another win in their round of tuneups in the United States ahead of the Copa...
  • Netherlands haunt Spain again with 2-0 win in friendly Yesterday

    Netherlands revived bitter Spanish memories from last year's World Cup finals when they beat a second-string La Roja 2-0 in a friendly on Tuesday to become the first team to inflict two defeats on coach Vicente del Bosque. Rather than reliving their World Cup final triumph against the Dutch from 2010,...
  • Real Madrid agree deal to buy Porto defender Danilo Yesterday

    Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Porto to buy their Brazilian fullback Danilo, who will join the La Liga club next season, the European champions said on Twitter on Tuesday. The Spanish giants added the 23-year-old Brazil international, who plays mainly at right back, has a six-year contract until...
  • England's Townsend earns late draw against Italy Yesterday

    England substitute Andros Townsend fired home a superb late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy in a fiercely contested international friendly in Turin on Tuesday. Townsend struck in the 79th minute by rifling an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from 20 metres to give England a deserved result...
  • Lionel Messi out of Argentina friendly due to injury Yesterday

    Lionel Messi looks set to miss a second consecutive match because of a foot problem when Argentina meet Ecuador in a friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday. The Barcelona forward has been with Gerardo Martino's squad since the start of last week after tests showed he had no damage to his...
  • India held by Bangladesh in U-23 AFC match marred by power blackout Yesterday

    Dhaka: India and Bangladesh finished with a goalless draw in a power blackout-marred Group E exchange of the Under-23 AFC Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday. India threatened the Bangladesh citadel time and again in the first session, but the script was reversed after the lemon break as Bangladesh...
  • Hawk-Eye goal-line technology headed for Women's World Cup Yesterday

    Zurich: FIFA says it will use Hawk-Eye to rule on goal-line decisions at the Women's World Cup in Canada. The British camera-based system to track the ball's position is already used in the Premier League. It was developed in tennis and cricket. FIFA says Hawk-Eye will first be tested at the six...
  • Radamel Falcao equals Colombia's goal-scoring record Yesterday

    London: Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has equalled Colombia's national scoring record with his 24th goal for his country. The 29-year-old, at Manchester United on a season's loan from Ligue 1 club Monaco, drew level with former forward Arnoldo Iguaran's record by converting a penalty in a 3-1 win over Kuwait...
  • Manchester United fans worst troublemakers 2 days ago

    London: Manchester United fans were the worst troublemakers in the English Premier League (EPL), says a report from the British Transport Police (BTP). The report said Manchester fans sparked more trouble on trains than any other top-flight club. Over the past two seasons, they were involved in 37 of the total...
  • UEFA starts proceedings against Montenegro and Russia 2 days ago

    UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica was abandoned in the second half following crowd trouble and a scuffle among the players. European soccer's governing body said on Monday it was probing the "setting off and throwing of fireworks and objects" by...
  • Zinedine Zidane interested in managing Real Madrid 2 days ago

    Zinedine Zidane has said he would be willing to become Real Madrid head coach although he was not in a hurry. "Of course, if the role is offered to me I would agree to it but once again there is an amazing coach in place," Zidane, the Real Madrid reserve coach,...
  • Germany, Portugal boost Euro 2016 qualifying hopes 3 days ago

    Berlin: Traditional heavyweights Germany and Portugal earned important wins to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday, while Romania and Northern Ireland hold a big edge in their group after victories. Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller scored late in the first half to give Germany a...
  • France recover from Brazil defeat with 2-0 Denmark win in friendly match 3 days ago

    Saint-Etienne: France recovered from last week's defeat by Brazil when Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud earned a second-string side a 2-0 home friendly win over Denmark in St Etienne on Sunday. Lacazette, who was booed by the crowd before kickoff because he plays for St Etienne's bitter rivals Olympique Lyonnais, was...
  • Brazil sink Chile to continue winning run 3 days ago

    Brazil won their eighth successive game since the World Cup as Roberto Firmino's goal gave them a feisty 1-0 victory over Chile in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a...
  • Manchester United's Chris Smalling hails Louis van Gaal impact 3 days ago

    London: Manchester United defender Chris Smalling hailed manager Louis van Gaal as the reason behind his upturn in form and believes he is now playing the best football of his career. Smalling has struggled for consistency since joining United from Fulham in 2010 but the 25-year-old has flourished under Van Gaal...
  • Gandalf, Iron Man, Superman and many more; this is a soccer match worth watching 4 days ago

    Imagine, if there was a football match between DC and Marvel superheroes. Now lets crank it up a notch and add Gandalf the Grey (Lord of The Rings), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Neo (The Matrix), a Jedi Knight (Star Wars) and Shaolin monks. It would be unbelievably epic. Also imagine...
  • Guus Hiddink insists Netherlands will qualify despite setback 4 days ago

    Veteran Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink insisted his side would qualify for next year's European Championship as questions over his tenure re-emerged in the wake of a last-gasp 1-1 home draw with Turkey on Saturday. Hiddink's team needed a goal from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar two minutes into stoppage time to snatch a dramatic...
  • Wayne Rooney needs honours to be ranked with Bobby Charlton: Roy Hodgson 4 days ago

    Wayne Rooney might break Bobby Charlton's 45-year-old England scoring record of 49 goals this season but he must be successful at a major championship to be regarded as one of the country's greats said coach Roy Hodgson. Rooney, who will be 30 in October, has scored 47 goals in 102 appearances...
  • Xavi close to deal with Al Sadd, says Qatari club 4 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona midfielder and former Spain international Xavi is close to agreeing a deal to join Al Sadd, the Qatari side said on Saturday. The 35-year-old has played for Barca a record 751 times since he graduated from the academy to the first team in 1998 but has had limited playing...
  • Argentina, without Lionel Messi, beat El Salvador 2-0 in friendly 4 days ago

    Washington: Ever Banega scored on a deflected shot, Federico Mancuello added a late goal and Argentina beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly match on Saturday. Argentina were lackluster without their star Lionel Messi, who stayed on the bench with a bruise on his right foot. The Barcelona star took a...
  • Netherlands, Italy need late equalisers in 2016 Euro qualifiers 4 days ago

    The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalizers to rescue draws in European Championship qualifying on Saturday. And a pair of goals plus an assist by Gareth Bale put Wales atop its group. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in injury time as the Netherlands drew with Turkey 1-1 in Amsterdam, and Eder scored the...
  • Neymar can break Pele's Brazil goal record, says Dunga 4 days ago

    Brazil striker Neymar, who has scored 43 times for his country and is still only 23, can break Pele's long-standing record of 77 international goals, coach Dunga said on Saturday. Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, also helped Brazil win three World Cups, in 1958, 1962...