Football

  • Roma defender David Astori out with knee injury 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    Rome: Roma defender David Astori has sprained his right knee and will likely be out of action for about three weeks. Astori injured his knee in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Roma say the Italy defender, who has also injured his medial collateral ligament, has already started...
  • Mark Hughes deserves a good reception at QPR, says Harry Redknapp 3 hours 1 minutes ago

    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes deserves a good reception from Queens Park Rangers fans despite being blamed for the club's relegation to the Championship in 2013, manager Harry Redknapp said on Thursday. The Welshman returns to Loftus Road on Saturday for the first time since he was sacked by Rangers chairman...
  • Liverpool don't need to find magic formula, says Brendan Rodgers 3 hours 14 minutes ago

    London: Liverpool are not in need of a magic formula to win Premier League matches and their new arrivals are starting to settle in to life at Anfield, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday. After surpassing expectations last season and finishing second behind champions Manchester City, Liverpool have made an inconsistent...
  • Germans draw first blood in rivalry with English foes 8 hours 8 minutes ago

    Berlin: German teams scored a point - or more accurately, seven - in their rivalry with English clubs this week, coming out on top in two of their three Champions League duels, with the third resulting in a share of the spoils. Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich certainly had the better of...
  • Sergi Samper the latest gem from Barcelona production line 8 hours 17 minutes ago

    Barcelona: One thing that has stood out during the early stages of Luis Enrique's stint as Barcelona coach is the faith he is placing in recent graduates from the club's famed "La Masia" academy. At least in the opening weeks of the season, Luis Enrique is relying on home-grown talent more...
  • India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings 8 hours 21 minutes ago

    After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the lastest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany. India though can take solace from the fact that all the other sub-continent teams are...
  • James Rodriguez starting to make a mark at Real Madrid 8 hours 24 minutes ago

    Madrid: Expectations were unsurprisingly sky high when Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid from Monaco after top scoring with six goals at the 2014 World Cup. Real, who play at Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga on Saturday, snapped up the golden boot winner for a fee of around 80...
  • Mumbai City FC announce Freddie Ljungberg signing 8 hours 53 minutes ago

    Mumbai City FC on Thursday announced the signing of former Sweden and Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg as their marquee player for the inaugural season of the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL). Ljungberg, a former Swedish captain and a midfielder, has been a critical part of football clubs such as Arsenal, West...
  • Diego Costa can't play every match because of injury, says Mourinho 9 hours 42 minutes ago

    Striker Diego Costa, who has scored seven goals for Chelsea in his first four Premier League games, cannot play more than once a week because of a hamstring problem, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said. Mourinho, looking down in the dumps after Chelsea could only draw 1-1 with Schalke 04 in...
  • Germany still ahead of Argentina in FIFA rankings 9 hours 51 minutes ago

    Zurich: World Cup winner Germany are still No. 1 in the FIFA rankings despite losing to second-place Argentina in a friendly rematch of their final this month. Colombia climb one place to No. 3 even though they lost to Brazil in a friendly, and trade places with the Netherlands which lost...
  • Bayern Munich frontline needs improvement despite win over Manchester City 11 hours 2 minutes ago

    Bayern Munich's last-minute victory over Manchester City may have left fans delighted with a winning Champions League Group E start but highlighted their need to improve their finishing after missing a string of clear chances. Last season's Bundesliga striker Robert Lewandowski, brought in to boost their frontline, has yet to score...
  • Hulk must earn Brazil recall, says coach Dunga 13 hours 33 minutes ago

    Rio de Janeiro: The absence of forward Hulk from Brazil's national squad is proof that no player is an automatic choice, says Selecao coach Dunga. Hulk, a regulator starter for Brazil for the past two years, was left out of Dunga's squad for friendlies against Argentina and Japan next month, reports...
  • Champions League: Bayern edge City; big wins for Roma, Porto 15 hours 27 minutes ago

    Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0. Bayern defender Jerome Boateng's powerful shot appeared to deflect off team-mate Mario Goetze, rising up and beyond the dive of his former City team-mate Joe...
  • Champions League: Chelsea held to a 1-1 draw by Schalke 15 hours 48 minutes ago

    Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 1-1 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wake-up call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season. After Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead with his first goal for...
  • Boateng's goal gives Bayern Munich 1-0 win over Manchester City 15 hours 45 minutes ago

    Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng returned to haunt his former club with a last-gasp goal that secured a 1-0 win over English title holders Manchester City in their opening Champions League Group E clash on Wednesday. Boateng, who joined Bayern from City in 2011, broke the deadlock in Munich with a...
  • Gerard Pique scores as Barcelona beat APOEL 1-0 in Champions League 14 hours 1 minutes ago

    An under-strength Barcelona got their Champions League campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start when Gerard Pique's header secured a laboured 1-0 win at home to APOEL in their Group F opener on Wednesday. Barca predictably dominated their Cypriot visitors at the Nou Camp and, after waves of attacks, eventually...
  • Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto extends contract Yesterday

    Barcelona: Barcelona say midfielder Sergi Roberto has agreed to sign a contract extension that will keep him at the Spanish club until the end of the 2018-19 season. The Catalan club said that the midfielder will put pen to paper on his new deal on September 26 with a buyout clause...
  • Dunga picks Robinho for Argentina match Yesterday

    Rio de Janerio: Brazil coach Dunga has called up Robinho for the team's friendly matches against Argentina and Japan next month. The striker had been left out of Dunga's team for friendlies earlier this month against Colombia and Ecuador but was later added to the squad after Hulk got injured. Brazil will...
  • Chennai ISL franchisee to be named 'Chennians FC' Yesterday

    Kolkata: The Chennai ISL franchisee would be soon be officially unveiled as 'Chennians FC', according to a team insider. "The owners want to give a name which would have a feel of the city. The team is awaiting the arrival of its marquee manager-cum-player Marco Materazzi. Maybe after he joins the...
  • Liverpool face challenge to revive fluent form Yesterday

    Without the departed Luis Suarez and injured Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool returned to the Champions League with a win but face a challenge to recover the free-scoring form that put them back among the European elite. A last-minute penalty converted by captain Steven Gerrard, after Dani Abalo had levelled for Bulgarian champions...
  • Asian Games football: Indian Women go down to Korea Republic Yesterday

    New Delhi: Indian women went down 0-10 to a superior Korea Republic in their second Group A match of the Women's Football Competition in the Incheon Asian Games. Korea Republic led five-nil at the interval. Four goals from Yoo Younga, hattrick from Jeon Gaeul, a brace from Jung Seoblin and one...
  • Everton ready to embrace Europa League Yesterday

    London: Bucking the trend of most successful Premier League managers, Roberto Martinez will not complain if his Everton side face some fixture congestion this season - in fact the Spaniard is positively hoping for it. Everton are back in Europe for the first time in five years and begin their Europa...
  • Arsene Wenger asks for patience with Welbeck after Dortmund defeat Yesterday

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked fans and critics for patience with England striker Danny Welbeck and his team after a forlorn display in their 2-0 Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Wenger, who takes his team to second-placed Aston Villa for a key Premier League fixture on Saturday,...
  • Atletico undone by inability to take chances - Simeone Yesterday

    Madrid: Failure to take their chances in the first half scuppered Atletico Madrid in their 3-2 reverse at Olympiakos Piraeus in Tuesday's Champions League Group A opener, according to Atletico coach Diego Simeone. Last year's runners-up to Manchester city rivals Real Madrid, Atletico were unable to recover after conceding two first-half...
  • Barcelona defender Dani Alves back for Champions League Yesterday

    Barcelona: Barcelona defender Dani Alves has recovered from a left knee problem and has been included in the team's squad for their Champions League opener. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has also included Brazilian back Douglas for the first time since his signing. Barcelona play Cypriot club APOEL at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Luis...
  • Superstar Alessandro Del Piero to arrive in city on Wednesday Yesterday

    New Delhi: The moment the Capital's football fraternity has been waiting for, will arrive on Wednesday with star Italian playmaker and striker Alessandro Del Piero making an entry into the city to play as marquee player for Delhi Dynamos in the inaugural Indian Super League. The ISL will be held in...
  • Casillas's fall from grace highlights divisions at Real Madrid Yesterday

    When Iker Casillas triumphantly hoisted the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft in Kiev after Spain claimed a second consecutive European crown in 2012, he could scarcely have believed that within two years he would be roundly whistled by fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium. Born and bred in the Spanish capital and...
  • Champions League: Bayern's Ribery out of Manchester City match Yesterday

    Munich: Franck Ribery will miss Bayern Munich's opening Champions League game against Manchester City on Wednesday because of a recurrence of his knee problem. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola says the Frenchman, who scored in his comeback against Stuttgart on Saturday, will definitely not play, but Arjen Robben could make an appearance. Ribery...
  • Sourav Ganguly urges fans to support Atletico de Kolkata in ISL Yesterday

    Kolkata: Showcasing his football skills, Sourav Ganguly struck three goals from the spot as he urged fans to turn up in huge numbers and support the city's newest team Atletico de Kolkata when the ISL kicks off here on October 12. The former India cricket captain might have left football to...
  • U-17 World Cup: AIFF tying up with Brazilian club Yesterday

    New Delhi: With the Under-17 World Cup slated to take place in the country in 2017, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is tying up with a Brazilian club, Atletico Paranaense, for an exchange programme for the U-17 team. Founded in 1924, Atletico Paranaense is a team from Curitiba in Parana,...