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29-Mar-2017 Milan

Sacking as Leicester manager was a shock : Claudio Ranieri

Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said his sacking by the reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions was a huge shock to him.The Italian coach was axed from his post in February, just nine months after leading Leicester to an improbable EPL...

20-Mar-2017 Rio de Janeiro

Brazil has recovered winning DNA: Neymar

Neymar has praised the impact of Brazil coach Tite on the team's fortunes, saying the former Corinthians manager has helped the five-time World Cup winners recover their "DNA".Six months ago there were fears that Brazil could miss next year's World Cup in Russia...

09-Mar-2017 Barcelona

Lionel Messi will extend his stay at Barcelona, feels Neymar

FC Barcelona star Neymar believes that his Argentine teammate Lionel Messi will stay on with the club after they secured an improbable come-from-behind win in the Champions League round of 16 tie here on Wednesday.Barca completed a 6-5 aggregate win against...

09-Mar-2017 Barcelona

I have played the greatest game of my life : Neymar

From being written off after the first leg 0-4 defeat against Paris Saint Germain to making one of the greatest comebacks of all time by winning 6-1 on Wednesday night here and 6-5 on aggregate, Barcelona star Neymar said the game was his best till date."It's...

02-Mar-2017 London

Not interested in Barcelona coach job : Arsene Wenger

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Thursday said he is not looking to be head coach of FC Barcelona after, when Luis Enrique leaves the Catalan side's bench at the end of the football season.Wenger's name is on the list of possible coaches for Barcelona's coach,...

01-Mar-2017 Srinagar

Secretary Sports Council convenes review meeting in Srinagar

In two different meetings and interactions today held by the Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, in Srinagar related to the maximum youth participation in different sports activities and the ongoing centrally sponsored...

21-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Praful Patel re-elected AIFF president

Incumbent Praful Patel was unanimously elected the president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held here on Wednesday.The electoral process was completed in the presence of the appointed returning officer Justice Bipin...

09-Dec-2016 Luhansk (Ukraine)

United advance in Europa League, Nice end campaign with win

English football club Manchester United booked a place in the Europa League last 32 after a deserving 2-0 victory over bottom-of-the-group Zorya Luhansk.United only needed a point to progress but Henrikh Mkhitaryan's first goal for the club set them on the way...

08-Dec-2016 Porto (Portugal)

Porto, Sevilla grab remaining Champions League knockout berths, Real held

Porto and Sevilla claimed the last two slots in the Champions League football knockout stage, while title holders Real Madrid will have to settle for a second-place ticket to the last 16.Porto, a two-time Champions League winner, romped to a 5-0 win over English...

06-Dec-2016 Berlin

Atletico Madrid one of Europe's best teams : Carlo Ancelotti

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that Atletico Madrid are one of Europe's best teams and stressed that games against the Spanish football club are important whatever the circumstances.In a press conference held on Monday, the eve of Bayern's final...

18-Nov-2016 Madrid

Zinedine Zidane says Benzema can start in Madrid derby

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane on Friday said his team was ready for the upcoming La Liga football derby against Atletico Madrid and confirmed the inclusion of French striker Karim Benzema on Saturday.Benzema has been troubled by a hip problem recently...

07-Nov-2016 New Delhi

New book on football at grassroots level launched

A new book focussing on development of football at the grassroots level, written by global governing body FIFA's Regional Development Officer for South and Central Asia Shaji Prabhakaran, was launched here on Monday.Titled "Back To The Roots, A definitive...

03-Nov-2016 Warsaw

Lack of intensity hurt Real Madrid : Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has blamed lack of intensity for their 3-3 draw against Legia Warszawa in their Champions League group stage clash here.Real Madrid had opened up a 2-0 lead before Legia Warszawa rallied to level the scores at 2-2 here...

03-Nov-2016 Madrid

Real Madrid stumble, Dortmund advance in Champions League

Borussia Dortmund punched their ticket for the knockout stage of the 2016-2017 Champions League with a 1-0 win against Sporting, while title-holder Real Madrid needed a late goal to draw 3-3 with Legia Warsaw and Sevilla romped home 4-0 over Dinamo Zagreb.Leicester...

02-Nov-2016 Madrid

Atletico, Bayern, Arsenal advance in Champions League

Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain all won their respective matches to assure themselves of berths in the knockout stages of the 2016-2017 Champions League with two matches left to play.What remains to be determined is the order of...

02-Nov-2016 Jammu

JK to host football national championship

Youth Services and Sports Department on Wednesday flagged off 50 players who are scheduled to take part in the Sqay Martial Arts and Rope Skipping Championships which are being organized under the aegis of School Games Federation Of India at Goa and Gujrat...

01-Nov-2016 London

I feel important at Manchester United: Juan Mata

Midfielder Juan Mata says he "feels important" at Manchester United only months after reports suggested his career at Old Trafford was over following the arrival of manager Jose Mourinho in the summer."Too many stories were created... I'm the one that knows what...

23-Oct-2016 Pune

ISL: Pune salvage a point against Chennaiyin in 1-1 draw

FC Pune Citys home woes in the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament continued as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Chennaiyin FC here on Sunday.Chennaiyin arrived here on the back of two successive victories against FC Goa and NorthEast...

14-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Jayasuriya named STAIRS School Football League ambassador

Former Sri Lankan cricket skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was on Friday named brand ambassador of the third edition of the STAIRS School Football League (SSFL), starting here from October 19.STAIRS (Society For Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports)...

14-Oct-2016 Madrid

Want to stay at Real Madrid for long : Cristiano Ronaldo

Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday said he wants to stay with Spanish football giants Real Madrid for many years to come, quashing long-standing rumours that he might switch back to Manchester United.Ronaldo won the Champions League for a third time...

13-Oct-2016 London

You never win a tournament with a young team: Arsene Wenger

Known to rely a lot on youth, English Premier League club Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that having too many young players in the side could be a deterrent to its title hopes.The Frenchman was frank about ideal age of a team looking to be crowned...

09-Oct-2016 Rio de Janeiro

Brazil must be 'prepared to suffer': Gabriel Jesus

Teenage striker Gabriel Jesus said Brazil must be "prepared to suffer" as they bid for their fourth-in-a-row World Cup football qualifying victory against Venezuela on Tuesday.Brazil are second in the 10-team South American zone standings midway through the...

07-Oct-2016 Natal (Brazil)

Neymar leads Brazil to 5-0 romp against Bolivia

Neymar scored a goal and provided two assists to help Brazil to a 5-0 victory over Bolivia in their football World Cup qualifier here.The Barcelona forward on Thursday struck in the 11th minute before setting up Filipe Luis and Gabriel Jesus with defence-splitting...

02-Oct-2016 Madrid (Spain)

Wants to see best of Benzema again: Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane avoided commenting on the decision of France coach Didier Deschamps to exclude forward Karim Benzema, noting that he wants to see "the best of" Benzema again.Benzema was excluded from France squad until his legal situation...

28-Sep-2016 Dortmund (Germany)

Real Madrid held by Dortmund : Tottenham, Juventus rebound with wins

Reigning champions Real Madrid conceded a late equaliser against Germany's Borussia Dortmund, while England's Tottenham Hotspur and Italian champions Juventus bounced back from their poor opening day performances to post away wins in the Champions League football...

28-Sep-2016 Tehran

Russia beat Iran to enter Futsal World Cup final

Russia defeated Iran 4-3 to book their place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup final.Iran, who defeated defending champions Brazil in penalty shoot-out last Wednesday in a pre-quarterfinal match, went on to beat Paraguay 4-3 to qualify for Tuesday's semifinal encounter...

28-Sep-2016 Santiago (Chile)

Claudio Bravo, Jorge Valdivia return to Chile squad

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and veteran midfielder Jorge Valdivia have been recalled to Chile's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Peru next month.Bravo missed Chile's 2-1 loss to Paraguay and 0-0 draw with Bolivia last month due to...

27-Sep-2016 Panaji (Goa)

Official emblem for U-17 football World Cup launched

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the U-17 football World Cup, to be hosted by India next year, was unveiled here on Tuesday.The ceremony was attended by world football's governing body FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Praful Patel, the All India...

26-Sep-2016 Margao (Goa)

Sports Minister Vijay Goel unveils BRICS U-17 football logo

The logo of the first BRICS U-17 football tournament, to be held here in October, was unveiled by Union Sports Minsiter Vijay Goel here on Monday.A government of India initiative, the tournament will be played amongst the five BRICS countries Brazil, Russia,...

26-Sep-2016 Panaji

Will speak to AIFF over I-league exodusB : Vijay Goel

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday expressed concern over top football teams leaving the I-league, promising to speak to All India Football Federation (AIFF) to resolve the problem."I will speak to those from the federation and ask them to find a resolution...

25-Sep-2016 Madrid

Zidane pleased despite Real being held 2-2 by Las Palmas

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane was pleased with his side's performance despite the capital football giants being held to a 2-2 draw by Las Palmas at the Estadio de Gran Canaria in the La Liga.Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema scored for Real Madrid...

24-Sep-2016 New Delhi

Akshay Kumar inaugurates football tournament

Actor Akshay Kumar on Saturday inaugurated the third season of Hindustan Times Great Indian Football Action (GIFA) at the Thyagaraj Stadium here.The event, organised by the Hindustan Times Group, was also attended by the participating teams of young football...

22-Sep-2016 Barcelona

Midfielder Busquets signs new Barcelona deal until 2021

FC Barcelona confirmed on Thursday that Spain international midfielder Sergio Busquets has extended his contract with the football club until the end of June 2021 with the option for it to be extended by a further two years.Busquets has made 250 league...

18-Sep-2016 London

Liverpool eyeing Monchengladbach starlet Dahoud

German football club Borussia Monchengladbach star Mahmoud Dahoud has attracted the interest of English side Liverpool who are set to bid for the attacking midfielder in January.The Juergen Klopp coached side have an impressive arsenal of attacking weaponry...

17-Sep-2016 Madrid (Spain)

Zinedine Zidane confirms absence of Cristiano, Bale against Espanyol

Real Madrid French coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday that Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and Welshman Gareth Bale will not appear against Espanyol football club on Sunday in the fourth round of La Liga.At a press conference, the French coach explained...

15-Sep-2016 Madrid (Spain)

Real Madrid win it late: Leicester shine in return to Europe

Real Madrid began their Champions League title defence with a last gasp 2-1 comeback win against Sporting Lisbon, while Leicester City celebrated their 16-year absence from European football with a 3-0 victory over Club Brugge.Also on Wednesday, Manchester...

13-Sep-2016 Mumbai

Mumbai FC sign Fanai, Udanta Singh for ISL 2016

Mumbai City FC on Tuesday announced the signing of Lalchhuanmawai Fanai and Udanta Singh for the third season of Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament.Left-back Fanai has been retained by the franchise while striker Udanta was signed from I-League club...

13-Sep-2016 Madrid

Sporting Lisbon tie will be special: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the group stage game against Sporting Lisbon at the UEFA Champions league on Wednesday is a "special game"."It's a special game, they are a special team, they're got a good coach and it will be...

10-Sep-2016 Paris

Substitute Beric denies PSG chance to top Ligue 1 table

Substitute Robert Beric scored an injury-time equaliser to help Saint-Etienne tie 1-1 in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) who were playing their 1,000th football match at the Parc des Princes.Lucas Moura broke the deadlock for Les Parisiens on Friday...

07-Sep-2016 Kolkata

We are always on our toes: Indian football goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh

India football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu feels coach Stephen Constantine's 'perform or perish' policy is the reason for the national team's recent string of four wins on the trot.India made mincemeat of much-higher ranked Puerto Rico in an international...

05-Sep-2016 Oslo (Norway)

Germany win, Poland draw with Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifiers

Reigning world football champions Germany began their 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a sound 3-0 victory over Norway in Oslo, while Poland shared the spoils with Kazakhstan in Astana and Czech Republic and Northern Ireland played a goalless draw in Prague.Germany...

24-Aug-2016 Madrid (Spain)

Zidane reason behind my best season : Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has credited Zinedine Zidane's appointment as Real Madrid head coach as the catalyst for "one of the best seasons" of his illustrious football career.Reports in Spain suggested Ronaldo had an uneasy relationship with...

21-Aug-2016 Rio de Janeiro

Pele delighted after Brazil win maiden Olympic football gold

Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele described his country's historic first Olympic men's football triumph as the "perfect ending" to the Rio Games.Pele played an integral role in three of Brazil's five World Cup triumphs, but the nation had never tasted Olympic...

21-Aug-2016 Rio de Janeiro

Neymar holds nerve as Brazil win Olympic football gold

Neymar converted the decisive spot-kick as Brazil ended their long wait for Olympic football glory with a dramatic 5-4 (1-1) penalty shoot-out victory over their 2014 World Cup tormentors Germany here on Saturday.The Brazil captain held his nerve after the...

12-Aug-2016 London

Want to win titles with Manchester City: Pep Guardiola

English Club Manchester City new coach Pep Guardiola made his intentions clear that he is there to win titles.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is due to make his English Premier League debut on Saturday against Sunderland, reports Efe.Although Guardiola...

10-Aug-2016 Oslo

Real Madrid beat Sevilla 3-2 to win Supercup

Dani Carvajal's extra-time goal gifted Real Madrid a 3-2 win over Sevilla in the European Supercup final in Trondheim, Norway.Sevilla had been on the verge of victory leading 2-1 deep into added time before Sergio Ramos equalised for Real Madrid in the 93rd...

03-Aug-2016 Madrid (Spain)

James Rodriguez will stay at Real this season: Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has responded to the ongoing speculation surrounding James Rodriguez's future at the club, insisting that he wants him to stay.Rodriguez, who joined Real from Monaco shortly after the 2014 World Cup, continues to be linked...

03-Aug-2016 Rio de Janeiro

Pele says Bolt is master of new generation

Brazilian football legend Pele thinks world record holder Usain Bolt has surpassed his own legacy, and despite being dubbed by many as the "Master" Pele regards the Jamaican sprint legend as "Master of the new generation".In statements published by French newspaper...

30-Jul-2016 Vigo (Spain)

Berizzo rules out leaving Celta to coach Argentina

Celta de Vigo chief coach Eduardo "Toto" Berizzo has ruled out the possibility of leaving the Spanish football club to take up the post of Argentina coach, though he would meet with leaders of the Argentine Football Association if they asked.In an appearance...

28-Jul-2016 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Coach Conte wanted to bring me to Chelsea: Carlos Tevez

Boca Juniors veteran forward Carlos Tevez has revealed he received a call from Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte offering him a place in the London football club.Tevez confirmed that Conte, his former coach in Juventus, offered him a route back to Europe but...

20-Jul-2016 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

I would coach Argentina for free: Diego Maradona

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has expressed his desire to coach the national side and added that he is ready to work without payment.Maradona had previously coached Argentina from 2008 till the 2010 World Cup, but his tenure came to a premature end as Argentina...

17-Jul-2016 London

Can make Chelsea players great like Ronaldo, Messi : Antonio Conte

Newly-appointed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that he can help the English Premier League (EPL) club's players reach the level of icons like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The 2015-16 season was a campaign to forget for Chelsea, who finished 10th in the...

15-Jul-2016 Kolkata

Hope to inspire ATK to another ISL title: Head coach Molina

Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) head coach Jose Francisco Molina has said that he hopes to inspire the franchise to another Indian Super League (ISL) title.Atletico had won the trophy in 2014 -- the inaugural edition -- under Antonio Lopez Habas, who like Molina is...

14-Jul-2016 New Delhi

India vault 11 spots to No.152 in FIFA rankings

A brilliant 6-1 win in the Asian Cup qualifier against Laos last month propelled India to No. 152, a leap of 11 spots, in the latest global football rankings.Among other big movers were European championship runners-up France, who moved up 10 places to...

13-Jul-2016 Rio de Janeiro

I was afraid of Messi and Barca stars: Neymar

Brazilian superstar Neymar has admitted that he was quite overwhelmed when he first saw Lionel Messi and other FC Barcelona icons before his debut for the Catalan giants.The 24-year-old joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013 and has developed into one of the best...

11-Jul-2016 Paris

Ronaldo-less Portugal beat France 1-0 to win Euro 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal upset hosts France 1-0 in extra time of a breathtaking Euro 2016 final to clinch their first major football title at the Stade de France here.It was substitute forward Eder who on Sunday night fired the winning shot from outside...

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