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Ronaldo’s appeal rejected
Aug 17

Ronaldo’s appeal rejected

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his treatment by the Spanish Football Federation as “persecution” after his appeal against a five-game ban was rejected yesterday. The World Player of the Year will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT)...

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China Under-20 team to play in German league
Aug 16

China Under-20 team to play in German league

Beijing : China's Under-20 team will play matches in the fourth tier of German football this season as part of a drive to ramp up the fortunes of the much-maligned national side. China's Communist government, led by football fan President Xi Jinping, is throwing money at the sport in hopes of ending years of...

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Seferovic lifts Benfica
Aug 16

Seferovic lifts Benfica

Lisbon : Portuguese champions Benfica needed a stoppage-time strike from summer signing Haris Seferovic to secure a 1-0 win away to Chaves in their second outing of the new campaign on Monday. The Swiss international forward turned in a Rafa Silva assist in the 92nd minute to make it two wins from two outings...

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Paulinho's Barcelona move boosts China league - Villas-Boas
Aug 14

Paulinho's Barcelona move boosts China league - Villas-Boas

Shanghai : Brazil international Paulinho's imminent move to Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande is proof of the strength of the Chinese Super League (CSL), Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas said. The 29-year-old midfielder Paulinho is reportedly poised to sign for the Spanish giants for 40 million...

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Lukaku double lifts Man United
Aug 14

Lukaku double lifts Man United

Manchester : Romelu Lukaku introduced himself to Old Trafford in triumphant fashion with two goals as Manchester United crushed West Ham United 4-0 in an impressive Premier League opener yesterday. The Belgium striker, a £75 million ($97.6 million, 82.5 million euros) signing from Everton, struck either...

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 Neymar's Brazil top FIFA rankings
Aug 10

Neymar's Brazil top FIFA rankings

Paris : Captained by the Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar Brazil have knocked Germany off the top of the FIFA rankings released on Thursday. World champions Germany dropped to second despite winning the Confederations Cup last month after some rolling historical results were devalued. Lionel Messi's Argentina...

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PL chief doesn't foresee English Neymar move
Aug 09

PL chief doesn't foresee English Neymar move

London : Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore does not expect to see Premier League clubs pulling off transfers to match Neymar's record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain, he said on Wednesday. "I can't see anything like that (in the Premier League)," Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 Live. "When the...

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Super Cup for Madrid
Aug 09

Super Cup for Madrid

Skopje : A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital of Skopje yesterday. Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the...

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Zidane hints Ronaldo to feature against Man United
Aug 08

Zidane hints Ronaldo to feature against Man United

Skopje : Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane indicated that Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United after travelling with the squad to Skopje on Monday. Ronaldo was surprisingly named in the reigning European champions' group for Tuesday's match in the Macedonian capital...

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Arsenal win Community Shield
Aug 07

Arsenal win Community Shield

London : Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and star signing Alvaro Morata were the Chelsea fall guys as Arsenal won the Community Shield 4-1 on penalties at Wembley yesterday. Goals from Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal new boy Sead Kolasinac sent the game to a shootout and with both Courtois and Morata limply...

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Ronaldo 'wants England return'
Aug 05

Ronaldo 'wants England return'

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he "would like to return to England" due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday. The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax on his...

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Neymar waits as PSG make quick million on record investment
Aug 05

Neymar waits as PSG make quick million on record investment

Paris : Neymar will watch from the stands as Paris Saint Germain open their season Saturday, but the French club have already clawed back around a million euros on their world record investment thanks to selling a staggering 10,000 shirts bearing the Brazilian's name in just one day. The...

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Neymar, arriving Friday, pledges glory for PSG
Aug 04

Neymar, arriving Friday, pledges glory for PSG

Paris : Brazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club. The 25-year-old forward doubled the previous record fee with his 222 million euro ($264...

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Neymar free to complete record PSG move
Aug 04

Neymar free to complete record PSG move

Madrid : Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain is set to be completed when the player jets into France today after the Brazilian paid his 222 million euro ($263.6 million) buyout clause to Barcelona yesterday. Barca confirmed Neymar’s lawyers “made the payment of 222 million euros...

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Macron hails Neymar move to PSG as 'good news'
Aug 03

Macron hails Neymar move to PSG as 'good news'

Paris : French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday gave his seal of approval to Brazilian superstar Neymar's expected transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. "It adds attractiveness. Yes, it's good news," Macron told journalists as he visited a holiday centre for children outside Paris. Macron also congratulated...

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Neymar tells Barca teammates 'he is leaving'
Aug 02

Neymar tells Barca teammates 'he is leaving'

Barcelona : Neymar's potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer on Wednesday as the Brazilian informed his Barcelona teammates he is leaving the club, a Barca spokesperson told AFP. "The player came to train as scheduled and announced to his teammates that he is leaving,"...

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Arsenal pals in Dutch-England Euro showdown
Aug 02

Arsenal pals in Dutch-England Euro showdown

Zeist : Friends or not, Dutch keeper Sari van Veenendaal will be all business when she faces her on-form Arsenal teammate and England striker Jodie Taylor in the Euro semi-final on Thursday. Taylor is the tournament’s top scorer with five goals from just three games, after being rested for the final group...

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Real Madrid expected to give MLS stars intense match
Aug 01

Real Madrid expected to give MLS stars intense match

Chicago : Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard says top North American club players should expect "cut-throat" competition from Spanish giants Real Madrid in Wednesday's Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The All-Star match at Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears, marks the end of a four-match, 11-day...

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Ronaldo appears in court over tax evasion claims
Jul 31

Ronaldo appears in court over tax evasion claims

Madrid : Football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court near Madrid on Monday accused of evading millions of euros in taxes, the latest player to fall foul of Spain's taxman. The 32-year-old entered the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, in a car with tainted windows via an...

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Australia's 'Mr Football' Les Murray dies
Jul 31

Australia's 'Mr Football' Les Murray dies

Sydney : Les Murray, a veteran broadcaster whose voice became synonymous with football in Australia, has died aged 71 after a long period of illness, his employer said Monday. Widely known as Mr Football, Murray was the face of soccer coverage at multicultural broadcaster SBS and played a prominent role in growing...

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Pique lifts Barcelona
Jul 31

Pique lifts Barcelona

Miami : Gerard Pique delivered Barcelona’s match winner over Real Madrid on Saturday as El Clasico Miami lived up to the hype. The Spanish international steered in a Neymar free-kick in the 50th minute to seal a 3-2 win for the Catalan giants in front of 66,014 at the Hard Rock Stadium. Lionel Messi, who...

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Neymar set for China trip as speculation mounts
Jul 29

Neymar set for China trip as speculation mounts

Shanghai : The intrigue surrounding Neymar's future at Barcelona took another twist when the Brazilian star said Saturday that he would be in Shanghai on Monday. It comes a day after a major event organiser in China said a meet-and-greet with the forward on Monday in Shanghai was off because he and his advisers...

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Villar resigns from FIFA and UEFA roles
Jul 27

Villar resigns from FIFA and UEFA roles

Lausanne : Deposed Spanish football boss Angel Maria Villar, in custody on corruption charges, has resigned as vice-president of both FIFA and UEFA, the two governing bodies announced on Thursday. The 67-year-old's near three-decade tenure as head of the Spanish federation ended this week when he was suspended...

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I'm staying at Real, says Ronaldo
Jul 25

I'm staying at Real, says Ronaldo

Madrid : Ending weeks of speculation about his future, Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Spanish newspaper he is staying put at Real Madrid to plunder more silverware. "To win important trophies with my club and the personal honours last season was brilliant, to do it again would be nice," Ronaldo told the sports daily...

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De Gea 'guaranteed' to stay at United - Mourinho
Jul 23

De Gea 'guaranteed' to stay at United - Mourinho

Santa Clara : Jose Mourinho has given a "guarantee" that David De Gea will stay at Manchester United this season, despite the long-running saga over a potential move to Real Madrid. Transfer speculation over De Gea returning to hometown club Real has stretched on for the last two years, ever since the goalkeeper...

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Messi is world's best paid player
Jul 07

Messi is world's best paid player

Barcelona : Barcelona's Argentinian  striker Lionel Messi, who  recently extended his contract with the Catalan club, is "the best paid player in the world," club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Friday.  Barcelona announced Wednesday that Messi had agreed to extend his contract until 2021, in a...

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Brazilian midfielder Gustavo joins Marseille
Jul 04

Brazilian midfielder Gustavo joins Marseille

Marseille : Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo on Tuesday signed a four-year deal for a reported eight million euros to join French side Marseille from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen. "Experience, versatility and strength of character are his main...

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Chile can prove they're best in the world - Vidal
Jul 01

Chile can prove they're best in the world - Vidal

Saint Petersburg : Midfielder Arturo Vidal said Chile can prove they are the world's best team and throw down a marker for next year's World Cup by beating Germany in Sunday's Confederations Cup final. Copa America champions Chile take on world champions Germany in St Petersburg with the teams having already...

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Ronaldo won't quit Real -- club boss
Jun 20

Ronaldo won't quit Real -- club boss

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at Spanish giants Real Madrid and no offer has been received to tempt him away, club president Florentino Perez insisted Tuesday. Unhappy Ronaldo has been linked to Manchester United and other top clubs after reportedly threatening to leave Real and quit Spain after running...

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 Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021
Jun 19

Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

Madrid : Florentino Pérez will remain as president of Real Madrid until 2021 after no other candidates ran against him, the Spanish champions announced on Monday. "As no other candidature was put forward to the board ... it is proclaimed that Mr Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is president of Real...

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Real have 'full confidence' in Ronaldo over tax
Jun 14

Real have 'full confidence' in Ronaldo over tax

Madrid : Real Madrid backed star forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday after Spanish prosecutors accused the star player of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies. "Real Madrid C.F. have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality...

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Qatar risk FIFA action after T-shirt protest
Jun 14

Qatar risk FIFA action after T-shirt protest

Doha : Qatar's national team could face disciplinary action from FIFA after players warmed up for a World Cup qualifier against South Korea Tuesday in T-shirts showing support for the country's emir. The players prepared for the crucial game in Doha wearing white shirts emblazoned with a profile portrait...

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Broken arm fear for Tottenham's Son in Qatar
Jun 14

Broken arm fear for Tottenham's Son in Qatar

Doha : Tottenham's Son Heung-Min has a suspected broken arm after South Korea's World Cup qualifying defeat to Qatar on Tuesday. Son left the field in obvious pain in the 33rd minute clutching his right forearm after an aerial challenge during his country's 3-2 defeat.  He was escorted down the tunnel by...

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Ronaldo accused of 14.7 million euro tax evasion
Jun 13

Ronaldo accused of 14.7 million euro tax evasion

Madrid : Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Tuesday accused of a 14.7 million euro tax evasion through offshore companies, the public prosecutor's office in Madrid announced. The Portuguese footballer was accused of "four crimes against the public treasury between 2011-14... which involves tax fraud of...

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Australia skipper Jedinak out of Confederations Cup
Jun 13

Australia skipper Jedinak out of Confederations Cup

Sydney : Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has withdrawn from Tuesday's friendly with Brazil and this month's Confederations Cup with a groin injury, Football Federation Australia said. The Aston Villa midfielder pulled up sore after Australia's 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia last week and coach Ange...

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Southgate to study options as England set foot in France again
Jun 12

Southgate to study options as England set foot in France again

Paris : England come full circle on Tuesday as Gareth Southgate's side finish their season with a trip to France, scene of their disastrous showing a year ago at Euro 2016. Twelve months ago England were ousted from the European Championship in humiliating fashion by Iceland, depriving them the chance to face the...

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Infantino 'confident' in 2022 despite Qatar crisis
Jun 11

Infantino 'confident' in 2022 despite Qatar crisis

Lausanne : FIFA is confident the diplomatic crisis sweeping Qatar will normalise and not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation's president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published Sunday.  "We are facing a diplomatic crisis," Infantino told Switzerland's Le Matin Dimanche newspaper. "I am...

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Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes
Jun 08

Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes

New York : Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine's list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players. The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football...

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Korean player to visit Japan to apologise for elbow
Jun 07

Korean player to visit Japan to apologise for elbow

Seoul : A South Korean footballer is set to visit Japan to apologise for elbowing an opponent in the head during a recent Asian Champions League match, local media reported Wednesday. Jeju United defender Baek Dong-Gyu, an unused substitute, sprinted from the bench to throw...

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FIFA sponsors 'accelerate' China's World Cup chances
Jun 07

FIFA sponsors 'accelerate' China's World Cup chances

Beijing : China's footballers may be struggling on the pitch but its companies are proving to be a big player, signing sponsorship deals with FIFA as the giant Asian nation looks to boost its chances of hosting the World Cup. In the space of a year, football governing body FIFA has gained three major Chinese sponsors...

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Gulf row hits AFC Champions League quarters
Jun 06

Gulf row hits AFC Champions League quarters

Kuala Lumpur : Iran's Persepolis and Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli will no longer play their second leg Asian Champions League quarterfinals in Qatar, the football body said Tuesday, as a diplomatic crisis sweeps the region. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut ties...

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Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022
Jun 06

Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022

Doha : The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts said Monday. One of the areas that could feel the impact is Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup, football’s biggest tournament, in five years’...

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Record pay-out for champions Chelsea
Jun 02

Record pay-out for champions Chelsea

London : English champions Chelsea received a record Premier League pay-out of more than £150 million ($190 million, 172 million euros) this season, nearly £60 million more than their predecessors Leicester, after new TV deals came into force. The broadcast deals, including a bumper domestic contract,...

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Japan's Antlers fire coach who riled Ronaldo
May 31

Japan's Antlers fire coach who riled Ronaldo

Tokyo : Japan's Kashima Antlers have sacked manager Masatada Ishii five months after he steered them to the Club World Cup final, officials said Wednesday. The 50-year-old was dismissed after Kashima beat China's Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1 in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday, only to crash out of...

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Brazil great Roberto Carlos eyes Australia
May 30

Brazil great Roberto Carlos eyes Australia

Sydney : Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos is keen to coach Australian side South Melbourne, who are pushing to join an expanded domestic A-League. The 44-year-old, famous for his stunning free kicks, held talks in the city on Monday with club officials. "What I’ve seen here has moved me,...

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Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe
May 23

Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe

Barcelona : Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was arrested on Tuesday in a money laundering investigation related to image rights in the Brazilian national football team, a police spokesman told AFP. The police operation was mainly carried out in the northeastern region of Catalonia and for the...

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Kane hits hat-trick as Spurs sign off in style
May 22

Kane hits hat-trick as Spurs sign off in style

Kingston upon Hull : Harry Kane helped himself to a second hat-trick in four days as ruthless Tottenham Hotspur smashed relegated Hull City 7-1 to end the Premier League season in style. England striker Kane finishes with 29 league goals, winning the Golden Boot ahead...

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Real Madrid, Barca set up final day title showdown
May 15

Real Madrid, Barca set up final day title showdown

Madrid : The fight for the La Liga title will go down to the last day of the season after convincing wins for Real Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday left them locked together on 87 points at the top of the table. Madrid remain in the driving seat after the European champions...

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FIFA confirms Guatemala and Kuwait suspensions
May 11

FIFA confirms Guatemala and Kuwait suspensions

Manama : FIFA on Thursday confirmed the suspension of both the Guatemala and Kuwait football federations at its annual Congress in Bahrain. Delegates voted overwhelmingly to retain the suspensions against both federations, which were imposed in Kuwait's case in 2015 and Guatemala in 2016. The 211 delegate...

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 Japan's Gamba fined $17,500 over 'Nazi' flag
May 11

Japan's Gamba fined $17,500 over 'Nazi' flag

Tokyo : Japan's professional football J-League on Thursday announced a fine of two million yen ($17,500) on Gamba Osaka after the club's supporters waved a flag similar to Nazi SS insignia. The flag, which bore a double 'S' in the style of the Nazi paramilitary force, was seen during Gamba's 2-2 draw against city...

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