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(Champions League) Roundup: Madrid avoids setback as Aguero scores hat trick for City

By AP - Thursday, 15 September 2016.

PARIS: Trailing until the 89th minute against Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid was reminded that becoming the first club to retain the trophy in the Champions League era won’t be an easy task.

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(Football) Candreva fires wasteful Inter into Cup quarters

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 09:32

MILAN: Antonio Candreva came off the bench to hit an extra-time winner as wasteful Inter Milan secured their Italian Cup quarter-final spot with a thrilling 3-2 win over Bologna on Tuesday.

(Football) Real, Barca kept apart in Spanish Cup draw

By AFP - Friday, January 13, 2017 - 21:48

MADRID: Real Madrid and eternal rivals Barcelona were kept apart in Friday’s draw for the Spanish Cup quarter-finals.

(Football) United brace for Liverpool crunch, Chelsea eye recovery

By AFP - Friday, January 13, 2017 - 09:00

LONDON: Manchester United have a golden opportunity to haul themselves into the Premier League title race at the expense of bitter rivals Liverpool this weekend, while leaders Chelsea will look to steady their nerves at Leicester.

MLS all grown up, not waiting for another Beckham

By Reuters - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 09:03

There will never be another David Beckham and those involved in perhaps the most significant signing in sport history say Major League Soccer does not need one having now established their own credentials and in no need of grandstanding.

(Football) Malaysia joy at FIFA goal of the year award

By AFP - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:08

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian football fans were elated Tuesday to wake up to the news that their countryman had won FIFA’s goal of the year award for his extraordinary swerving free-kick.

Martial, Pogba score late as Man United beats Middlesbrough

By AP - Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 03:09

MANCHESTER: Jose Mourinho’s year looked like ending badly before his Manchester United team scored two goals in the closing minutes to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

(Football) Joy as AC Milan beat Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

By AFP - Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 09:14

DOHA: AC Milan celebrated wildly after beating Juventus to win the Italian Super Cup in a penalty shoot-out to win their first trophy since 2011 on Friday.

(Football) Selangor in a bind with shortage of funding, quality players

By AJITPAL SINGH - Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 12:12

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor finally began their pre-season training yesterday – but they are far from settled in terms of funding and quality players.

(Football) Liverpool's Mignolet hopes Karius emerges stronger from difficult spell

By Reuters - Friday, December 16, 2016 - 16:46

LIVERPOOL: Simon Mignolet has expressed sympathy for fellow Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius at being dropped but urged his team mate to take it as a learning experience.

(Football) Fabregas fires Chelsea six points clear

By AFP - Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 08:48

SUNDERLAND: Cesc Fabregas struck as Antonio Conte’s Chelsea edged a battling Sunderland team 1-0 on Wednesday to establish a six-point advantage at the top of the Premier League.

(Football) Nainggolan fires Roma past 'unlucky' AC Milan

By AFP - Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 08:54

MILAN: Radja Nainggolan hit a second-half scorcher to secure a 1-0 win over AC Milan, who saw M’Baye Niang miss a first-half penalty, to close to within four points of leaders Juventus on Monday.

(Football) Ronaldo caps dream year with fourth Ballon d'Or

By AFP - Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 08:23

PARIS: Cristiano Ronaldo called it “a dream come true again” as he won his fourth Ballon d’Or on Monday to get one over his nemesis Lionel Messi for the title of best player in the world.

(Football) Ballon d'Or 2016 rankings

By AFP - Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 08:20

PARIS: Rankings for the 2016 Ballon d’Or after Cristiano Ronaldo won for the fourth time on Monday.

(Football) Ronaldo awaits fourth Ballon d'Or coronation

By AFP - Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 17:24

PARIS: Come 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Monday, what looks to be a poorly kept secret will officially be out – Cristiano Ronaldo will bag his fourth Ballon d’Or as the world’s top footballer.

(Football) Messi double brings Barca relief

By AFP - Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 23:15

MADRID: Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona recorded their first win in four La Liga games to close to within three points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at Osasuna.

(Football) Okaka's Watford brace deepens Everton gloom

By AFP - Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 23:02

WATFORD: Italian striker Stefano Okaka’s first two Watford goals inspired a 3-2 comeback win over Everton on Saturday, leaving Ronald Koeman’s side with one win in 10 Premier League games.

(Football) Old boy Stam set for United return in FA Cup

By AFP - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 08:59

LONDON: Former Manchester United hardman defender Jaap Stam will return to Old Trafford in January after the second tier side he manages Reading were drawn to meet the holders in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday.

Griezmann takes on Messi, Ronaldo for FIFA player award

By AP - Monday, December 5, 2016 - 17:12

ZURICH: Antoine Griezmann is the new challenger to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for FIFA’s annual player award.

(Football) Puskas finalist Faiz often watched Messi, Ronaldo freekicks on YouTube

By Bernama - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 21:05

JERLUN: Mohd Faiz Subri, who is the frontrunner for this year’s FIFA’s Puskas Award, often watched clips of freekicks taken by football superstars like Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on YouTube, said his father Subri Kadir.

How Faiz scored the wonder goal, who is Puskas?

By Bernama - Friday, December 2, 2016 - 23:54

KUALA LUMPUR: It all started on Feb 16, this year at a Super League match against Pahang, when Penang’s Mohd Faiz Subri’s effort which appeared to have defied physics, left the goalkeeper rooted to the ground as the ball curled from an impossible angle into the right corner of the net.

(Football) FIFA nominates Ronaldo, Messi, Griezmann for best of 2016

By AFP - Friday, December 2, 2016 - 23:32

PARIS: FIFA on Friday said it had nominated Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to battle it out for the accolade of world player of the year.

(Football) Sunderland must make Stadium of Light a fortress - Jones

By Reuters - Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 19:00

SUNDERLAND defender Billy Jones is hoping they can make the Stadium of Light a fortress after the basement side picked up their first Premier League home win of the season against fellow strugglers Hull City earlier this month.

(Football) Mourinho facing more hot water

By AFP - Monday, November 28, 2016 - 08:53

MANCHESTER: Jose Mourinho faces disciplinary action from the FA, and an almost definite touchline suspension, after being sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss during a 1-1 Premier League home draw with West Ham.

(Football) Llorente late double cheers Swans as Palace choke

By AFP - Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 02:16

SWANSEA: Spanish striker Fernando Llorente scored twice in injury-time Saturday to give Swansea a thrilling 5-4 win over fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and drag the Welsh club off the foot of the Premier League.

(Football) Sexual abuse in English soccer exposed as victims speak out

By AP - Friday, November 25, 2016 - 21:46

LONDON: Former English soccer players who were subjected to years of sexual abuse by youth team coaches entrusted with their care are breaking cover to expose the game’s dark secrets.

(Football) Drogba bids farewell to Montreal after final home game

By Reuters - Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 16:57

Striker Didier Drogba has indicated he will not return to Montreal Impact next season, with the Major League Soccer club releasing a video on Twitter thanking him for his service.

(Football) United, Saints eye Euro progress

By AFP - Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 09:09

PARIS: Europa League nights are a distraction for some, given far lower prize money than the Champions League, but a means of staying in touch for others such as Manchester United, who are seeking to reach the last 32 on Thursday.

Fan stabbed in Spain ahead of Sevilla-Juventus match

By AP - Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 00:21

MADRID: A man was stabbed during an altercation between fans ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match between Sevilla and Juventus, Spanish authorities said.

(Football) Giroud sucker-punch earns Arsenal draw at Man Utd

By AFP - Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 23:02

MANCHESTER: Substitute Olivier Giroud converted Arsenal’s first effort on target in the 89th minute to rescue a smash-and-grab 1-1 draw for Arsene Wenger’s side at Manchester United on Saturday.

(Football) Darren Lok to lead charge against Cambodia at AFF Cup tomorrow

By AJITPAL SINGH - Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 19:15

YANGON: England-born Darren Lok will lead Malaysia's attack, along with Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, in tomorrow's AFF Cup Group B match against Cambodia at Thuwunna Stadium here.