Football

  • Aston Villa, QPR humbled by lowly sides in League Cup 34 minutes ago

    Premier League Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa suffered humiliating 1-0 defeats against fourth-tier Burton Albion and third-tier Leyton Orient respectively in the second round of the League Cup on Wednesday. QPR sit bottom of the Premier League with two defeats from as many games but were expected to make light...
  • Champions League: Athletic Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again 40 minutes ago

    Athletic Bilbao took advantage of shambolic defending to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday and reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in 16 years, leaving the Italians counting the cost of their premature exit. Arsenal qualified for a 17th successive season with a nervy 1-0 win at home...
  • Xabi Alonso retires from international football 9 hours 42 minutes ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, one of the key figures in Spain's dominant era that included two European championships and a World Cup title, said he is retiring from international football. The 32-year-old Alonso announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday, saying it had been "an enormous honor" to play...
  • Federico Fazio joins Tottenham from Sevilla 10 hours 59 minutes ago

    London: Tottenham has signed Argentina defender Federico Fazio from Spanish side Sevilla on a four-year deal. The Premier League club announced the signing on Wednesday without disclosing the fee, which is reported in the British media to be 8 million pounds ($13.25 million). Fazio will provide added competition at center back, where...
  • ISL club Delhi Dynamos want to focus on developing domestic players 12 hours 56 minutes ago

    Delhi Dynamos have tied up with Dutch giants Feyenoord but for domestic players draft they took assistance from representatives of Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS) and their main focus is to find more and more of Indian talent. ...
  • Crystal Palace hire Neil Warnock for 2nd spell as manager 15 hours 8 minutes ago

    London: Neil Warnock has been hired by Crystal Palace for his second spell as the manager of the Premier League club. Palace have been without a manager since Tony Pulis quit two days before the start of the new season. The 65-year-old Warnock, who has signed a two-year deal, spent 2½ years...
  • Pune FC sign Sporting captain Matthew Gonsalves 15 hours 51 minutes ago

    Pune: Pune Football Club Wednesday signed Sporting Clube de Goa captain Matthew Gonsalves for the upcoming I-League season. The highly-experienced Goan joins Pune FC after spending 10 years with Sporting and will be a valuable addition to Karim Bencherifa's squad. The defender thus becomes the sixth new player signed this season...
  • Celtic slammed after second Champions League exit 17 hours 14 minutes ago

    Former Celtic players accused the club of refusing to invest sufficiently in the squad after the Scottish champions wasted a Champions League reprieve by crashing out of the competition in the play-off round. Having been beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw in the previous qualifying round, Celtic were reinstated in...
  • Roma firm up their worrisome defence with Kostas Manolas 22 hours 3 minutes ago

    Greece international Kostas Manolas has joined Roma on a €13 million ($17 million) transfer from Olympiakos, as coach Rudi Garcia looks to strengthen his worrisome defence before Serie A starts this weekend. Roma said on Tuesday they had signed the center back to a five-year contract. Manolas is an immediate replacement for...
  • Manchester United smash British record by signing Di Maria 22 hours 37 minutes ago

    Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($98.77 million) on Tuesday. Di Maria has signed a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on their website, with the fee breaking the British record of 50 million...
  • Barcelona confirm five-year deal with defender Douglas 23 hours 33 minutes ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Brazilian defender Douglas for 4,000,000 euros. In a statement, the Catalan club said a performance-based clause could add a further 1,500,000 euros to the transfer fee, as reported. Sao Paulo hold 60 per cent of the player's economic rights with the balance held...
  • United's Van Gaal says Di Maria won't provide instant fix 23 hours 42 minutes ago

    London: Manchester United's new winger Angel Di Maria will not change the course of their troubled season straight away following his British record transfer from Real Madrid, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday. The Dutchman was speaking after United's humiliating 4-0 loss at third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League...
  • Everton bolster attack with experienced Samuel Eto'o Yesterday

    London: Everton have bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Cameroon's seasoned striker Samuel Eto'o, who was a free agent after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season. The 33-year-old, crowned African Player of the Year a record four times, scored nine league goals in 21 games at Stamford...
  • Manchester United thrashed 4-0 by MK Dons in League Cup Yesterday

    London: Manchester United's early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round on Tuesday leaving new manager Louis van Gaal still looking for his first win. MK Dons' Will Grigg and substitute Benik Afobe scored two goals apiece as...
  • Barcelona extend contract of Javier Mascherano Yesterday

    FC Barcelona announced on Tuesday that the Spanish football giants have reached an agreement to extend the contract of Argentinean midfielder, Javier Mascherano until the summer of 2018. The move ensures the continuity of the Argentinean, who can play in central midfield, but has spent his recent seasons with Barcelona in...
  • Manchester United sign Angel Di Maria for 59.7 million pounds Yesterday

    Manchester: Manchester United broke the British transfer-fee record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) on Tuesday, extending a summer spending spree that was sparked by their most disappointing season in a generation. The 26-year-old Di Maria joined on a five-year contract, taking United's...
  • Bayern Munich agree deal for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia Yesterday

    Munich: Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich said they have reached a deal with Roma to sign Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia. Benatia will travel to Munich soon to undergo a medical and is expected to sign a five-year contract. Bayern said they have agreed with Roma not to disclose the terms of the deal....
  • Frank Lampard's retirement adds to England's central problem Yesterday

    Although it was far from unexpected, Frank Lampard's international retirement increased the challenge facing England manager Roy Hodgson as he looks to move the team forward for the 2016 European Championship and beyond. Lampard, on loan at Manchester City before heading to New York City, called time on his international career...
  • England's Frank Lampard retires from international football Yesterday

    London: England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps. The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester City on a six-month loan deal. Lampard scored 29 goals...
  • No plans to drop football team for Asian Games, says SAI Director General Yesterday

    New Delhi: Sports Authority of India on Tuesday denied any plans not to clear the national football team at government cost for the Asian Games. Reports claimed that the government was having second thoughts on sending the football team at government cost as India don't have much of a chance to...
  • Sikkim's Robin and Kunzang recruited by NorthEast United FC in ISL Yesterday

    Gangtok: Two Sikkimese footballers, Robin Gurung and Kunzang Bhutia, have been included in the Indian Super League Team - NorthEast United FC, co-owned and operated by Bollywood star John Abraham and Shillong Lajong FC. Gurung, a good technical defender first turned up in the year 2002, in the Under-12 category at...
  • Juventus turns to Massimiliano Allegri Yesterday

    Milan: Juventus were still celebrating their third straight Serie A title when Antonio Conte announced he was quitting the club. Less than 24 hours later, Massimiliano Allegri was revealed as his successor. "It was like a lightning bolt in a clear sky when I was called," Allegri said after signing a two-year...
  • Changes in Serie A after Allegri replaces Antonio Conte Yesterday

    Milan: There are plenty of changes in Serie A this season after a difficult and tumultuous period for Italian football. The pain in Italy began with the Italian Cup final in May, which was overshadowed by the shooting and later death of Napoli fan Ciro Esposito. It was hoped a good World...
  • Atletico Madrid coach Simeone suspended for eight games Yesterday

    Spanish champion Atletico Madrid will have to find a way to win without their inspirational coach for the next month. The Spanish football federation suspended Atletico coach Diego Simeone for eight matches on Monday after he was sent off for a vehement protest that included tapping an assistant referee on...
  • Manchester United agree record British transfer for Angel Di Maria 2 days ago

    Manchester United have agreed a British record transfer fee of 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) to secure Angel di Maria from Real Madrid and are set to announce his transfer officially on Tuesday, British media reported. The Argentina winger arrived in Manchester on Monday and would have a medical test later...
  • Liverpool gamble on mischief-maker Balotelli to replace Suarez 2 days ago

    Having just waved goodbye to a player who constantly courted controversy, Liverpool rolled out the welcome mat to Mario Balotelli on Monday, whose maverick if inconsistent talent is perhaps only rivalled by his ability to cause mischief. Following the departure of Luis Suarez on the back of a third suspension for...
  • Stevan Jovetic double helps Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 2 days ago

    Manchester: A Stevan Jovetic double and a third to Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City send out an ominous warning to those with designs on their Premier League crown, routing Liverpool 3-1 in the first heavyweight clash of the new season on Monday. With new signing Mario Balotelli watching from the...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo seals Real Madrid's 2-0 win to open league 2 days ago

    Barcelona: A bullet header from Karim Benzema and a late Cristiano Ronaldo strike allowed Real Madrid kick off their La Liga campaign with a 2-0 victory over newly promoted Cordoba. Benzema struck on the half-hour with a badly needed goal, having only scored once in the previous 15 games. Cordoba did...
  • Liverpool sign AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli 2 days ago

    England: Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from AC Milan on a "long-term" deal, the Premier League club said on Monday. The 24-year-old is the big signing Liverpool fans have craved since selling last season's top scorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona in July but Balotelli's famous on and off field...
  • Atletico's Diego Simeone handed eight-match ban for Super Cup fracas 2 days ago

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match touchline ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Monday following his dismissal and angry reaction in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid last Friday. The Argentine was sanctioned with four games for slapping the fourth official on the back of...