Crashed plane carrying Brazilian football team ‘ran out of fuel’

Crashed plane carrying Brazilian football team ‘ran out of fuel’

The plane that crashed in Colombia virtually wiping out an entire Brazilian soccer team was running out of fuel, had no electrical power, and was preparing for an emergency landing, according to the pilot’s final words. The disaster on Monday night killed 71 people and sent shock waves round the global soccer world. Only six […]

Sam Allardyce quits as England manager after newspaper sting

Sam Allardyce quits as England manager after newspaper sting

Sam Allardyce has been sacked as England manager after one match and 67 days in charge having behaved “inappropriately” when caught up in a newspaper sting, the Football Association said on Tuesday. The 61-year-old’s departure follows a Daily Telegraph investigation claiming he offered advice to a bogus group of Far East businessmen on how to […]

Slovenian football chief Ceferin elected UEFA president

Slovenian football chief Ceferin elected UEFA president

Aleksander Ceferin, the president of Slovenia’s football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress on Wednesday. Ceferin, 48, beat Dutchman Michael van Praag, the only other candidate, by 42 votes to 13 and will succeed Frenchman Michel Platini, who announced his resignation in May […]

Football: Germany win on penalties to reach Euro 2016 semi-finals

Football: Germany win on penalties to reach Euro 2016 semi-finals

Germany moved into the semi-finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday but their un-German-like inefficiency in a penalty shootout with Italy almost cost them dear before Jonas Hector kept his head. Germany missed three penalties before triumphing 6-5 in a rollercoaster 18-penalty shootout as Hector slotted home his kick under the diving Gianluigi Buffon and raced […]

Messi retires from international football

Messi retires from international football

  EAST RUTHERFORD: Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football here Sunday after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America. The heartbroken Barcelona superstar was distraught after missing a spot-kick as Chile snatched victory in a penalty shoot-out – Messi’s fourth straight defeat in a […]

At least 36 football fans arrested in Lille unrest

At least 36 football fans arrested in Lille unrest

French riot police charged and used tear gas to disperse rowdy English soccer fans in Lille on Wednesday, though the northern city was spared feared clashes with Russian supporters. Throughout the day, police said, 36 people were arrested for various offences as Russia lost to Slovakiain Lille and England prepared to play Wales in the […]

‘I was playing football, I knew nothing,’ says Messi at tax fraud trial

‘I was playing football, I knew nothing,’ says Messi at tax fraud trial

Argentina football star Lionel Messi said Thursday he trusted his father with his finances and “knew nothing” about how his wealth was managed as he took the stand at his tax fraud trial. “I was playing football. I had no idea about anything,” the five-time World Player of the Year told the Barcelona court hearing […]

Liverpool close in on £4.7million Loris Karius as 22-year-old undergoes medical

Liverpool close in on £4.7million Loris Karius as 22-year-old undergoes medical

Loris Karius is a step closer to completing his £4.7million move from Mainz to Liverpool after he arrived on Merseyside to complete his medical. The German goalkeeper, who spent part of his youth career with Manchester City, will arrive to put pressure on current No 1 Simon Mignolet. Karius started all 34 Bundesliga games for […]

France beat Nigeria 2-0 for a place in World Cup quarter-finals

France beat Nigeria 2-0 for a place in World Cup quarter-finals

A header by Paul Pogba and a Joseph Yobo own goal sent France through to the World Cup quarter-finals as the French beat African champions Nigeria, 2-0, in Brasilia on Monday. France will play either Germany or Algeria in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. Nigeria, bidding to reach the last eight for the first time, […]

OFFICIAL BALL WORLD CUP IS MADE IN PAKISTAN

OFFICIAL BALL WORLD CUP IS MADE IN PAKISTAN

Pakistani soccer team is ranked 159th worldwide and has not qualified for the World Cup. However, the country plays a crucial role in organizing the 2014 World Cup. The official ball of the competition, where the eyes will be for a month, is manufactured in a factory located deep in the Punjab.

Brazil in last-minute rush to be ready for World Cup

Brazil in last-minute rush to be ready for World Cup

SAO PAULO: With just over a week to go before the World Cup kicks off, Brazil is racing to get its stadiums, airports, roads and phone networks ready before hundreds of thousands of soccer fans descend on the country. Airports in nearly all 12 host cities are swarmed with construction workers laying parking lots, installing […]

Messi world’s most valuable player, study shows

Messi world’s most valuable player, study shows

GENEVA: Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi remains the world’s most valuable footballer, even though his crown slipped this season, a market study showed on Wednesday. In its annual report on the player market, the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory put Messi’s value at 216 million euros ($294 million). Even though Messi’s lower performance levels slashed […]

Alabama’s new deal with Nick Saban worth nearly $7 million annually through 2022

Alabama’s new deal with Nick Saban worth nearly $7 million annually through 2022

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban will make nearly $7 million a year through 2022. The vote by the Alabama system trustees’ compensation committee made Saban’s new deal official nearly seven months after the university announced the agreement. The 62-year-old Saban will make $6.5 million in base pay and “talent fee” plus a $400,000 […]

Qatar World Cup: FIFA investigator set to reveal findings

Qatar World Cup: FIFA investigator set to reveal findings

As football’s reputation continues to be dragged through the mud following accusations of bribery during the FIFA World Cup bidding process, the man charged with repairing the sport’s image revealed he is close to concluding his investigation. New York lawyer Michael Garcia, who is set to meet Qatari officials in Oman following allegations of wrongdoing, […]

Football stadium blast kills scores in northern Nigeria

Football stadium blast kills scores in northern Nigeria

A bomb blast targeting a football match in northeastern Nigeria killed at least 40 people on Sunday, police sources said. The attack took place in the town of Mubi, which has seen previous attacks by Boko Haram Islamists. “There has been a bomb explosion at a football field this evening and so far more than […]

David Luiz in ‘£50mn’ switch from Chelsea to PSG

Chelsea has agreed to sell David Luiz to French champion Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that will reportedly make the Brazil international the world's most expensive defender.

David Luiz in ‘£50mn’ switch from Chelsea to PSG

Chelsea and PSG both announced the deal in separate statements late Friday, but did not disclose financial details. The British press is full of speculation as to his transfer fee, with it reported to be between 40 million pounds ($67 million) and 50 million pounds ($84 million) depending on incentives, which would be a record […]