Football

  • Barcelona to sign defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia 1 hour 18 minutes ago

    Valencia's French defender Jeremy Mathieu will join Barcelona for a fee of 20 million euros ($26.9 million), the Catalan club said on Wednesday. "Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons plus a further optional," Barca said in a statement. "The cost of the transfer is 20...
  • India seniors Nandy, Climax, Dias picked by ISL franchises 2 hours 49 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Experienced footballers Sandip Nandy, Climax Lawrence, N P Pradeep and Steven Dias were among the home-grown stars picked on day two of the domestic players draft for the Indian Super League on Wednesday. A total of 84 players were on offer in the two-day draft process that concluded on Wednesday. Former...
  • Messi considered move to Arsenal: Spanish media 3 hours 19 minutes ago

    Madrid: A leading Spanish website has claimed that Lionel Messi was interested in a transfer to English Premier League club Arsenal before the Argentine star signed an extension with Barcelona in May. The 27-year-old was locked in contract extension talks with the Catalan giants and reportedly bonus payments was a cause...
  • Shakhtar move Champions League games away from Donetsk 3 hours 34 minutes ago

    Kiev: Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from the Ukraine's strife-torn east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed. The Ukraine champions were forced to move from Donetsk, a major industrial city in the East which...
  • Ecuador sack World Cup coach Rueda, hand reins to Vizuete 3 hours 36 minutes ago

    Ecuador have sacked World Cup coach Reinaldo Rueda following the team's failure to progress beyond the group stage in Brazil. "Professor Reinaldo Rueda will go no further with the national football team," Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga said. Colombian Rueda, who had also been to the 2010 World Cup finals...
  • Long tours not good for preparations, says Van Gaal 4 hours 51 minutes ago

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club's lengthy pre-season tour to the United States and said it is not helping preparations for the English domestic campaign. United play Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Wednesday and then have at least three more matches...
  • Former Barcelona president defends Neymar's deal before Spanish court 5 hours 27 minutes ago

    Madrid: Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was questioned in Spain's criminal high court over an alleged $12 million tax fraud and misappropriation in the signing of Brazilian striker Neymar last year. Rosell, who arrived at the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid with the club's general manager, Antoni Rossich, Tuesday defended the legality...
  • Title holders Manchester City still looking for reinforcements 5 hours 51 minutes ago

    English champions Manchester City are still in the market for new signings to boost their title defence, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Tuesday. Pellegrini has already brought in Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Porto, French fullback Bacary Sagna from Arsenal and goalkeeper Willy Caballero from former club Malaga but isn't convinced his...
  • Rodgers praises Suarez, says Liverpool moving on 7 hours 4 minutes ago

    Boston: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the team is moving on after Luis Suarez' departure to Barcelona for a $130 million transfer fee. "He gave everything for Liverpool," Rodgers said on Tuesday when asked if Suarez had let the club down. "Of course there have been issues, but they're in the...
  • Rodriguez Real Madrid's third most expensive signing 7 hours 46 minutes ago

    Madrid: Colombian international James Rodriguez has agreed to a six-year-contract which will see him earn around six million euros a year and keep him at Real Madrid until 2020. The Spanish giants on Tuesday confirmed Rodriguez's signing from French outfit AS Monaco for a fee believed to be in the region...
  • New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning 7 hours 59 minutes ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga has vowed to instill "organisation and planning" in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time. The 50-year-old on Tuesday replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week following Brazil's failure to reach the World Cup final...
  • Stoke City sign Bojan Krkic from Barcelona 8 hours 19 minutes ago

    Stoke City have signed one-time Spain international forward Bojan Krkic from Barcelona on a four-year deal, the Premier League side said on Tuesday. Bojan, 23, was part of Barcelona's youth system and scored 26 goals in 104 league appearances before leaving for AS Roma in 2011, having made his first team...
  • Dunga succeeds Scolari as Brazil manager 22 hours 16 minutes ago

    Brazil named Dunga as their manager for the second time on Tuesday, two weeks after they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals which led to the resignation of former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. The 50-year-old Dunga, who captained Brazil to their fourth world title in 1994, was...
  • Atletico de Kolkata select seven Indian players 23 hours 28 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Atletico de Kolkata on Tuesday signed seven Indian players on day one of the two-day inaugural eight-team Hero Indian Super League domestic players draft held here on Tuesday. Atletico de Kolkata signed up Arnab Mondal, Mohammed Rafi, Mohammed Rafique, Rakesh Masih, Cavin Lobo, Biswajit Saha and Denzil Franco. The club...
  • Juventus new signing Alvaro Morata out for seven weeks 23 hours 33 minutes ago

    Striker Alvaro Morata's 20 million euros ($26.97 million) move to Juventus has quickly turned sour after the Spaniard injured his knee in his first training session and was ruled out for seven weeks. The 21-year-old, who completed his move from Real Madrid on Saturday, suffered a second degree injury to the...
  • James Rodriguez signs six-year deal with Real Madrid Yesterday

    Madrid: James Rodriguez has signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid. The club said that the 23-year-old Colombia forward will be introduced to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. He scored a tournament-leading six goals at the World Cup in Brazil. Rodriguez passed a medical examination earlier at...
  • Money not very good but ISL won't harm Indian football: Bhaichung Bhutia Yesterday

    Mumbai: Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia is not particularly happy with the pay packages on offer in the much-awaited Indian Super League but insists that the event won't be detrimental to the sport either. "I am definitely not happy with the money. I would want them to get much more...
  • Subrata Paul, Nabi to play for Mumbai in ISL Yesterday

    Mumbai: Current India custodian Subrata Paul and midfielder Syed Rahim Nabi were the big signings by Mumbai franchise on day one of the two-day inaugural eight-team Hero Indian Super League domestic players draft held here on Tuesday. The other major signings for the day were defenders Nirmal Chetri and Gouramangi Singh,...
  • Tiago signs new two-year deal with Atletico Madrid Yesterday

    Portuguese midfielder Tiago has signed a new two-year deal with Atletico Madrid, the La Liga champions confirmed on Tuesday, ruling out a possible return to former club Chelsea. The 33-year-old originally turned down offers of a new contract at the Calderon and was widely reported to be set for a switch...
  • Iranian football legend Ali Karimi hangs up boots Yesterday

    Tehran: Iranian football legend and international star Ali Karimi has decided to hang up his boots. The 35-year-old made the announcement in a letter published on his Instagram account, saying that "the fans will always stay in my heart", Xinhua quoted Tehran Times as reporting on Monday. Karimi joined Iran's Persepolis club...
  • Luis Fernandez heads list of possible Ivory Coast coaches Yesterday

    Four Frenchmen, including former international Luis Fernandez, have been named on a shortlist of five prospective candidates to take over as national coach of the Ivory Coast, the country's football federation said. Francis Gillot, Frederic Antonetti, Herve Renard and Fernandez are joined on the shortlist by Manuel Jose, the Portuguese coach...
  • Kenya coach suspended for spitting at match official Yesterday

    Nairobi: Confederation of African Football (CAF) has slapped a one-year suspension on Kenya's head coach Adel Amrouche for his undisciplined behaviour against a match official. In a letter to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Monday, the continental football governing body Secretary General Hicham El Amrani said Amrouche was suspended after being...
  • ISL foreign player draft to be held next month Yesterday

    Mumbai: Footballers from South American countries powerhouses such as Brazil and Colombia along with those from Europe would be a part of the international players draft of the Hero Indian Super League to be held next month. "We will have the international players draft next month and 49 players would feature...
  • Forward James Rodriguez likely headed for Real Madrid Yesterday

    Madrid: James Rodriguez, the Colombia striker who was the top scorer at the World Cup, is closing in on a deal with Real Madrid. The 23-year-old Monaco forward scored six goals in Brazil, including a spectacular volley against Uruguay in the second round. Spanish sports newspaper As said on Monday that Monaco...
  • Brazil to name Dunga as coach: reports Yesterday

    Rio De Janeiro: Brazil are set to name their new national team coach, with reports suggesting Carlos Dunga is likely to return to the post. Brazil will announce a coach on Tuesday to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after Brazil failed to win the World Cup - eliminated in a...
  • Celebrated but unfulfilled, Gerrard calls time on England Yesterday

    At his best a midfield marauder who inspired team-mates and scored goals in equal measure, Steven Gerrard on Monday retired from England duty as the country's third most-capped player after an international career that promised more than it delivered. His relatively disappointing tally of 21 goals in 114 appearances, including several...
  • Patrice Evra joins Juventus from Manchester United Yesterday

    Turin: France left back Patrice Evra has completed a transfer from Manchester United to Italian champion Juventus. Juventus says they are paying United 1.2 million pounds ($2 million) but that the transfer price will increase to 1.5 million pounds ($2.5 million) if Juventus qualifies for the 2015-16 Champions League. The Turin club...
  • England captain Steven Gerrard announces international retirement Yesterday

    England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer, the Football Association said on Monday. The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000. "I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country, and it is...
  • Premier League clubs target Australian star Cahill 2 days ago

    Sydney: Australian midfielder Tim Cahill is in line for a surprise move back to the English Premier League only two years after leaving Everton. The Press Association Sport (PSA) on Monday claimed there has been significant interest from both Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland, as well as a number of other...
  • Aamir Khan's son Azad playing football with Abhishek Bachchan is the cutest thing you'll see today 2 days ago

    This has got to be the cutest image of the day. Two and a half year old Azad Rao Khan dribbled with a football at a recent celebrity charity football match. Azad played with mom Kiran Rao, who was part of one of the teams and Abhishek Bachchan. Azad's dad,...