SOCCER

  • Senzo Meyiwa murder exposes South Africa's scary gun violence October 28, 2014

    Johannesburg: South Africa's national soccer goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead by burglars during a break-in, a killing that shocked the country and turned the spotlight once again on gun violence here. At an emotional news conference on Monday, Meyiwa's colleagues paid tribute to the 27-year-old, who was...
  • Frank Lampard joins Manchester City on loan August 6, 2014

    London: Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard began his loan spell at Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday, just two weeks after joining Major League Soccer club New York City FC. Lampard, 36, left Chelsea in June after 13 years at the club but will be back in the Premier League...
  • Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in New York August 1, 2014

    New York: For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy. Villa, Spain's alltime top scorer, last month became the first player signed by New York City FC, coowned...
  • Frank Lampard joins New York City on twoyear contract July 24, 2014

    Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has signed for new Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York City FC on a twoyear contract, the team said on Thursday. Lampard became New York's second major signing following the arrival of exBarcelona and Spain forward David Villa to the club which will join MLS...
  • Kaka rescinds contract with AC Milan June 30, 2014

    Milan: AC Milan midfielder Kaka has rescinded his contract with the Serie A club, leaving the former Brazil international free to sign for Orlando City Soccer Club. On Monday Milan says Kaka's contract has been "resolved by mutual consent." Kaka will fly to the United States on Monday night to sign for...
  • Guaranteed to make you smile: Amazing video of how a deaf and blind Brazil fan is experiencing the World Cup football matches June 20, 2014

    A video of a hearing impaired and blind Brazil fan experiencing World Cup football has gone viral. Carlos, who cannot hear or see is helped by friends in experiencing what a football match in which his side plays might feel like. The video description says: On 6/11, I woke up in...
  • David Beckham hints at possible comeback June 3, 2014

    London: David Beckham says he might come out of retirement and play soccer again. The former England captain, who retired last year after a final stint at Paris SaintGermain, said in a BBC documentary he had "a tough time" after hanging up his cleats and is tempted to come out...
  • English FA imposes worldwide betting ban on players May 21, 2014

    All professional players in English soccer will be banned from betting on matches anywhere in the world, the Football Association said on Wednesday. The ruling, which will come into force from Aug. 1, was ratified at the governing body's Annual General Meeting and covers players from the Premier League down to...
  • Beckham in Miami to pursue soccer stadium deal May 8, 2014

    Miami: Retired English soccer captain David Beckham lobbied Miami lawmakers on Wednesday to approve his proposed 25,000seat soccer stadium on the city's prized bayfront real estate. Beckham, wearing a tailored dark suit, went doortodoor in MiamiDade lawmakers' offices in downtown Miami throughout the morning and afternoon, meeting with commissioners and posing...
  • Eleven boys picked for training stint at Man United soccer school April 25, 2014

    Mumbai: Eleven under-16 football players, two of them from Mumbai, have been picked for a four-day training stint at the Manchester United Soccer School in the UK. The youngsters were selected as part of the Airtel Rising Stars six-month talent hunt conducted across seven cities in the country. Sanath Valldares and...
  • Indian Super League: Sourav Ganguly, Atletico Madrid come together March 29, 2014

    New Delhi: La Liga table toppers Atletico Madrid have bid for the Kolkata franchise of the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) along with former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, according to a report in The Times of India. It is also learnt that Atletico Madrid picked up the bid document separately...
  • Manchester United's Theatre of Dreams set to welcome two Indian teens March 16, 2014

    Kolkata: Two Indian teenagers, one the son of a sex worker and the other a street vendor, are among young players chosen to take part in a Manchester United Football Club training camp. Rajib Boy, whose mother earns 200 rupees (three dollars) a day, said he was dreaming big after being...
  • Barcelona vs Real Madrid King's Cup final set for April 16 in Valencia February 21, 2014

    Madrid: The King's Cup final between record winners Barcelona and Real Madrid has been set for Wednesday April 16 at Valencia's Mestalla stadium, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said on Thursday. The match, a repeat of the 2011 final at the same venue which Real won 10, will take place the...
  • Mourinho wants Ashley Cole to stay at Chelsea February 8, 2014

    London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants Ashley Cole to stay at the club but believes the defender could be persuaded to move to Major League Soccer. The contract of the England national team left back expires at the end of the season, and there has been speculation he might want to...
  • Dempsey returns to Fulham on twomonth loan deal December 25, 2013

    London: United States forward Clint Dempsey is rejoining Fulham on loan for two months from Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, the struggling Premier League club said on its website on Tuesday. The 30yearold, who can play as a deeplying striker or in midfield, returns to Craven Cottage having previously joined the...
  • MLS says no bending for Beckham in bid for Miami team December 4, 2013

    Miami: Major League Soccer would love to see a new franchise in Miami backed by David Beckham but there will not be a new team in South Beach until a stadium deal is in place, commissioner Don Garber said on Tuesday. Garber repeatedly emphasized that MLS is keen to work with...
  • David Beckham tells fans he's 'very interested' in Miami team October 31, 2013

    Miami: Retired England soccer star David Beckham told a live online Facebook (FB.O) event in London on Wednesday that he is "very interested" in launching a Major League Soccer team in Miami, appearing to confirm media reports he had chosen the Florida city over other destinations. Asked about the reports, Beckham...
  • Beckham picks Miami for MLS franchise: Source October 30, 2013

    Miami: Retired England soccer star David Beckham has chosen Miami for a new US Major League Soccer expansion team, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday. The former England captain who retired earlier this year after stints with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the MLS club LA Galaxy, had...
  • Iraq: 8 dead after deadly bomb blast hits soccer field October 4, 2013

    A bomb exploded near a soccer field while teenagers were playing south of Baghdad, the deadliest of three attacks that left eight dead in Iraq on Thursday, according to authorities. The blast struck in Madain, a mixed town of Sunni and Shiite Muslims about 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of the...
  • Leader Talk: In conversation with Baichung Bhutia, Michael Perschke September 1, 2013

    In this show we talk about leadership mantras with successful leaders from the world of sports and corporate India. ...
  • Pope Francis pays dues 'religiously' to favorite soccer club August 6, 2013

    Pope Francis, a cardcarrying fan of the San Lorenzo soccer club in his native Buenos Aires, is not letting his new global responsibilities distract him from paying his club dues on time, the team's vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, said on Monday. "His payment is there, bang on time, every month. He...
  • David Beckham to play a villain in 'The Secret Service'? August 4, 2013

    Los Angeles: Retired soccer champion David Beckham has reportedly been offered a cameo in new movie 'The Secret Service'. He has been asked to essay a villain. The 38yearold, who announced he was quitting the sport earlier this year, has been asked by Colin Firth to star in 'The Secret Service'....
  • Clint Dempsey joins MLS side Seattle Sounders August 4, 2013

    London: Clint Dempsey's sixyear spell in English football has come to an end after Tottenham announced on Saturday that the club had reached an agreement with Major League Soccer to transfer the United States forward to Seattle Sounders. Dempsey was introduced as the newest designated player for the Sounders on Saturday...
  • Juventus go down to LA Galaxy in Los Angeles August 4, 2013

    Los Angeles: Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane scored second half goals as the Los Angeles Galaxy surprised Juventus with a 31 victory on Saturday night in the International Champions Cup tournament. Omar Gonzalez scored in the first half, before Keane's pass set up US national team striker Donovan on the hour...
  • Clint Dempsey set to sign for MLS side Seattle Sounders August 3, 2013

    Seattle: Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has failed to hose down speculation he is chasing Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey, reports soccerway.com. Reports in the British media had claimed Dempsey was in the United States on Friday to speak to Everton about a possible move away from Tottenham but speculation had...
  • ExBrazil midfielder Juninho quits New York Red Bulls July 4, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Former Brazil and Lyon midfielder Juninho has quit the New York Red Bulls, just six months after joining the Major League Soccer club. The 38yearold confirmed his departure on Facebook, citing differences with coach Mike Pekte as a major reason for the decision, reports Xinhua. "I wasn't playing at...
  • Beckham says prospect of owning Miami MLS team 'exciting' June 2, 2013

    Miami: David Beckham said the prospect of owning an Major League Soccer team in Miami was "exciting" after he was urged to help bring a new franchise to Miami at a meeting with key political leaders on Saturday. Beckham, accompanied by Bolivian born billionaire Marcelo Claure, who wants to teamup with...
  • Gay soccer player Robbie Rogers joins LA Galaxy May 25, 2013

    Los Angeles: Robbie Rogers is joining the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in another step by openly gay athletes in professional sports. He told The Associated Press his fears about returning to soccer were eased by the strong support he received from family, fans and players, including Galaxy...
  • David Beckham talking to MLS about owning a new team May 18, 2013

    Miami: David Beckham could return to the United States as owner of a new club and his advisors have already held talks with Major League Soccer. Beckham announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday but has been tightlipped about his future plans after ending the season with French club...
  • Brazil to miss FIFA deadline for World Cup stadiums April 10, 2013

    Brasilia/Sao Paulo: More than half a million tickets have been sold for the Confederations Cup in June, but host nation Brazil has yet to finish the main stadiums to be used in the dress rehearsal for the 2014 soccer World Cup. On the eve of yet another FIFA deadline, Brazil...