SHANGHAI: Chinese investors are close to agreeing an 80 percent stake buy in football club in AC Milan and will acquire the remaining 20 percent in the next two to three years, the China Daily newspaper reported on Friday.
SAO PAULO: Brazilian striker Neymar will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona this week, his agents said Thursday, ending speculation over his future at the Spanish champions.
MARSEILLE: Cristiano Ronaldo found himself overshadowed by the rising star of Portuguese football, 18-year-old Renato Sanches as they booked their place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.
MADRID: Vicente del Bosque brought the curtain down on one of the most successful managerial careers in football on Thursday, saying he has resigned from the Spain job and does not expect to coach again.
MARSEILLE: Poland have proved at Euro 2016 that they can compete with the best, but must now step up a level to be able to progress further in future tournaments, coach Adam Nawalka said on Thursday.
MARSEILLE: Portugal substitute Ricardo Quaresma, keeper Rui Patricio and 18-year-old midfield sensation Renato Sanches were the heroes as Portugal beat Poland 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday.
Paris: Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar forward will be playing next season.
LONDON: Ryan Giggs has rejected an offer to stay at Manchester United and is ready to end his association with the club after 29 years, a British newspaper reported on Thursday.
LONDON: Controversial Australian Bernard Tomic was ordered to apologise on Thursday after he used the word “retard” in a Wimbledon press conference.
LONDON: The Football Association (FA) might struggle to convince top managers to take the England job, chairman Greg Dyke has said.
SYDNEY: Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy has signed a three-year deal with Manchester City, joining the English Premier League side from sister club Melbourne City.
MUMBAI: Denied another stint as India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri has been embroiled in an ugly spat with former captain Sourav Ganguly, who was part of the panel which awarded the job to Anil Kumble last week.
PARIS: France coach Didier Deschamps is keeping his players out of the spotlight amid mounting expectations ahead of the Euro 2016 hosts’ quarter-final against Iceland on Sunday.
BORDEAUX: Wales are happy to cast themselves as underdogs in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium on Friday but such modesty belies their proven ability to bite hard.
MARSEILLE: Misfiring Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik has turned to Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp for assistance ahead of Thursday’s Euro 2016 quarter-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
MARSEILLE: Beating world champions Germany to a semi-final place at Euro 2016 will be like scaling Everest, but a united Italy are ready to strap on the crampons, says Alessandro Florenzi.
SPIELBERG: Nico Rosberg is out to confirm his renewed momentum in the title race by completing a hat-trick at one of his favourite circuits at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.
TAKING a page out of the football playbook, the Malaysian Rugby Union (MRU) are set to roll out a grassroots development initiative modeled after the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) and are also considering privatising their leagues in the mould of the Football Malaysia Limited Liabil
KUANTAN: Afghanistan national team captain Faysal Shayesteh is set to become the first footballer from his country to play in the Malaysian League after agreeing to join Pahang for the second round of the Super League and Malaysia Cup, which kicks off on July 15.
SHANGHAI: Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian international Hulk arrived in Shanghai Wednesday for talks with Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Shanghai SIPG side, as the cash-flush Chinese Super League embarks on a new round of transfer spending.
AC Milan have appointed former Fiorentina and Sampdoria boss Vincenzo Montella as their new manager on a two-year contract, the Serie A club said on their website on Tuesday.
BUENOS AIRES: Like neurotic parents, Argentines swung from criticism to unconditional love for their star footballer Lionel Messi this week, providing the soccer-mad nation’s many therapists with rich material for psychoanalysis.
MARSEILLE: Two of Europe’s most prolific marksmen go head-to-head as Robert Lewandowski aims to end Cristiano Ronaldo’s dreams of landing an international trophy when Poland meet Portugal in a Euro 2016 quarter-final clash on Thursday.
RIO DE JANEIRO: Ask athletes what goes into Olympic gold medals, and they will likely say sweat and years of training. For Brazil’s National Mint the answer is simpler: recycled silver.
LONDON: Senegal striker Sadio Mane has joined Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton on a “long-term contract” for an undisclosed fee, the Anfield club announced Tuesday.
MADRID: Sevilla have appointed Jorge Sampaoli as their new manager after the Spanish side confirmed that the former Chile coach has agreed a two-year deal with the Europa League champions to replace Unai Emery.
PARIS: Holders Spain may have been inferior in a 2-0 defeat by Italy in the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Monday but their exit did not mark the end of an era and they have a bright future, said coach Vicente Del Bosque
NICE: England’s 2-1 defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016 may have looked like one of the worst reverses in their history yet in many was it was a perfectly logical result.
NICE: Aron Gunnarsson, every inch the bearded Viking, ran shirtless toward the Iceland fans and led them in their victory chants.
Paris: Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle scored the goals as Italy exacted revenge for their Euro 2012 final hammering by dumping Spain out of Euro 2016 with a deserved 2-0 last 16 win in Paris on Monday.
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