Football

15th November

Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger joins FIFA as global development chief

(Reuters) – Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been appointed as FIFA’s new chief of global football development, with the Frenchman set to oversee the growth of the sport plus technical matters, soccer’s world governing...

Manchester City’s Silva handed one-game ban over Mendy tweet

(Reuters) – Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one match and fined 50,000 pounds ($63,980) over a Twitter post concerning French team mate Benjamin Mendy, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday. Silva was criticised by anti-racism body Kick It Out after posting a message on Sept. 22 comparing Mendy to...

14th November

Ronaldo ready to play for Portugal despite Juve concerns – Santos

(Reuters) – Portugal’s Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play in their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Lithuania and Luxembourg despite concerns over his fitness which came to the fore last weekend, coach Fernando Santos said on Wednesday. Ronaldo was substituted in the 55th minute of Juventus’ win over AC Milan in Serie A on...

Court finds Etuhu guilty of attempted match-fixing in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – An appeals court has found former Premier League player Dickson Etuhu guilty of attempting to fix a match in Sweden’s top division, overturning the verdict of a lower court. The case centred on allegations that the 37-year-old Etuhu, who has played for Manchester City, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn as well as...

13th November

Spanish Super Cup to be held in Saudi Arabia, says federation

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish Super Cup tournament will be played in Saudi Arabia in January 2020, the national soccer association (RFEF) said on Monday, confirming long-mooted plans that have already attracted widespread criticism in and outside Spain. “The Spanish Super Cup will be held in Saudi Arabia over the next three years and will...

No pressure to land Club World Cup crown, says Liverpool’s Klopp

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says he feels no extra pressure to deliver the team’s first Club World Cup title next month but expects an intense tournament in Qatar amidst a busy run of fixtures across all competitions. Liverpool enter the tournament at the semi-final stage and face a second-round winner on Dec. 18...

12th November

Arsenal’s under-fire Emery gets club’s public backing

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been given the club’s public backing but the Premier League side’s hierarchy has warned the Spaniard that results must improve, the BBC reported on Monday. Emery’s position is under the spotlight after two wins in Arsenal’s last 10 league games with the latest setback coming in a...

Juve’s Dybala sinks Milan as angry Ronaldo substituted

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Juventus stayed top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over AC Milan thanks to Paulo Dybala’s fine strike on Sunday after Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted for the second game in a row and walked straight down the tunnel, clearly unhappy at the decision. Ronaldo’s replacement Dybala scored in the 77th...

Lyon sunk by Payet brace after team bus attacked

(Reuters) – Two first-half goals from Dimitri Payet gave Olympique de Marseille a stormy 2-1 win over bitter rivals Olympique Lyonnais, who complained that their team bus was pelted with missiles on the way to the Stade Velodrome on Sunday. The match, which saw Marseille go second in Ligue 1, was also interrupted for five...

Liverpool win over City suggests long wait may come to an end

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – There is still more than six months of the Premier League season left, with 26 games and no doubt many plot twists ahead, but Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday had the feel of a changing of the guard at the pinnacle of English football. It was not so...

11th November

Brazilian player sent off in Ukraine for reacting to racist insults

(Reuters) – Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Taison was sent off in a Ukrainian league match against visitors Dynamo Kiev on Sunday for reacting to racist insults from the crowd. A video of the incident showed that Taison stuck his finger up at a section occupied by Dynamo fans and then hoofed the ball into the...

Wolves beat Villa to move into top eight

WOLVERHAMPTON (Reuters) – Wolverhampton Wanderers shrugged off their midweek Europa League exertions to comfortably beat Aston Villa 2-1 in Sunday’s Midlands derby with goals by Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez. After a slow start to the season, and despite already playing 24 games, Wolves are gathering momentum and a comfortable win lifted them to eighth...

Lively Man United earn 3-1 win over Brighton

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United climbed back into the top half of the Premier League table on Sunday, as goals from Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford and an own goal from Davy Propper gave the side a 3-1 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion. United climbed to seventh place on 16 points from...

England women have gone backwards since World Cup, says Neville

(Reuters) – England have gone backwards since their semi-final run at the women’s World Cup in June-July and fatigue can no longer be used as an excuse for their poor run of results, head coach Phil Neville said. Neville was speaking after England lost 2-1 to Germany at Wembley in a friendly on Saturday which...

10th November

Messi gives set-piece masterclass as Barca crush Celta

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored two exquisite free kicks as he netted his first hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou on Saturday which took Barcelona back to the top of La Liga after a difficult week. Barca’s captain coolly converted a penalty to put the...

Chelsea and Leicester march on, Tottenham stuck in a rut

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea notched a sixth successive Premier League win as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0, while Leicester City beat Arsenal 2-0 to move into second place on Saturday. Stuttering Tottenham Hotspur’s winless run continued as they were held to a draw at home to Sheffield United, leaving last year’s Champions League runners-up languishing...

Ecuador’s Independiente win rain-interrupted Sudamericana final

ASUNCION (Reuters) – Unheralded Ecuadorean side Independiente del Valle overcame a rain-sodden pitch to beat Argentina’s Colon 3-1 and win the Copa Sudamericana on Saturday in a final interrupted for over half an hour by a tropical downpour. The game kicked off a new era which will see South American club competition finals follow the...

9th November

Soccer: U.S. women’s team granted class action status in equal-pay lawsuit

(Reuters) – The members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team who sued the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) in March over allegations of gender discrimination can pursue their claims as a class action, a California court ruled on Friday. The decision comes two months after the group filed a motion for class certification seeking to...

Soccer: Man jailed for 10 years for armed attack on Arsenal players

LONDON (Reuters) – A man who tried to rob Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac at knifepoint in a failed North London carjacking last July was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Friday. The BBC reported that Ashley Smith, 30, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court after admitting trying to steal watches worth...

8th November

Man United’s attacking trio gives Solskjaer reason for optimism

(Reuters) – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised forwards Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood after their ruthless display in front of goal secured passage to the Europa League knockout stages with a 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade. Teenager Greenwood opened the scoring on Thursday before a spectacular solo effort from Martial in...

Late goal gives Flamengo 1-0 win over city rivals Botafogo

RIO DE JANEIRO – Flamengo left it late but Lincoln’s goal two minutes from time was enough to give them a 1-0 win over Botafogo on Wednesday that preserved their eight-point lead in Brazil’s Serie A. The visitors struggled for much of the first half against their city rivals but took control shortly before halftime...

Man United brush Partizan aside to reach last 32

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United reached the Europa League knockout stages with two games to spare after goals by Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford secured a 3-0 home win over Partizan Belgrade in Group L on Thursday. The result left United top of the group on 10 points from four games, two...

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