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10-Jul-2017 Barcelona

Next season will be my most important : Neymar

For FC Barcelona and Brazil's star forward Neymar, the 2017-18 season will be the most important one in his career."I hope it will be a season with a lot of success and a lot of happiness," Neymar told ESPN Brasil at a charity event on Sunday. "That's what...

09-Jul-2017 Rio de Janeiro

Time to forget 2014 World Cup heartache : Neymar

Neymar has urged his Brazil teammates to bury the harrowing memory of the last FIFA World Cup and write a new chapter in the country's storied football history in Russia next year.Saddled with the pressure of hosting their first World Cup in 64 years, Brazil's...

07-Jul-2017 Mumbai

U-17 World Cup India team ready face any side : Sunil Chhetri

Praising the spirit and attitude of the Indian colts, senior national team skipper Sunil Chhetri on Friday expressed confidence that the Indian colts will give their best in the Under-17 FIFA World Cup.India have been clubbed with Colombia, thed United States...

06-Jul-2017 Kolkata

U-17 World Cup team players need clubs to play for : Bhaichung Bhutia

With the All India Football Federation (AIFF) deciding to increase the number of foreigners per club in the I-League, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday said the players of the national U-17 team will ned a platform after they are done with...

03-Jul-2017 Chennai

Theatres shut down in Tamil Nadu over double taxation

Theatres remained shut across Tamil Nadu on Monday over the state government's decision to levy 30 per cent state entertainment tax over and above the GST rate of 28 per cent.The double taxation will make the tickets in Tamil Nadu more expensive than in neighbouring...

14-Jun-2017 Bengaluru

India played best football against Kyrgyzstan : Sunil Chhetri

India skipper Sunil Chhetri says he does not remember in his decade-long career the last time the team played such good football after they rode on his superb second-half strike to beat Kyrgyzstan in a 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier here on Tuesday."I'm...

13-Jun-2017 Bengaluru

Chhetri stunner helps India win 1-0 against Kyrgyzstan

Skipper Sunil Chhetri scored a peach of a goal as India beat Kyrgyzstan 1-0 in their AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers Group A match here at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Tuesday.India now have six points from two outings and a clean slate to show for. The Stephen...

04-Jun-2017 Kolkata

Merge ISL, I-league, waive franchise fee : Bhaichung Bhutia

India's former soccer captain and former Football Players Association of India president Bhaichung Bhutia on Sunday pitched for merger of the Indian Super League and the I-League for a 20-team long-duration tourney and asserted that the age-old I-league clubs...

02-Jun-2017 Cardiff

I understand why James wants to leave Real Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo

Though hopeful that teammate and Colombia international James Rodriguez would stay put at Real Madrid, the Spanish football heavyweights' star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that the attacking midfielder has reasons to leave in the summmer."James has...

01-Jun-2017 Cardiff

Never faced booing by home fans at Man United : Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid's star forward Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he misses playing at his former football club Manchester United before the fans there ahead of his team's Champions League final clash against Juventus here on Saturday.Ronaldo was speaking about his frustration...

29-May-2017 Rio de Janeiro

Cristiano better than Messi this season : Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Best FIFA footballer of the year award in 2017, despite the fine performances of his rival Lionel Messi, according to Brazilian legend Ronaldo."This year I would choose Cristiano Ronaldo to win it," Ronaldo, a three-time recipient...

17-May-2017 Madrid

Gareth Bale making positive recovery : Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said that forward Gareth Bale has started training and is making a positive recovery.Bale will continue with the plan to recover from the injury to his left leg so that he can play in the Champions League final against...

10-May-2017 London

We will see how Chelsea respond next season : Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that teams battling in Europe and domestically will find it difficult to win the coveted English Premier League (EPL) title.With the nature of the EPL being physically tough, Wenger stated it will be difficult for teams involved...

04-May-2017 New Delhi

India break into top 100 in FIFA rankings

The Indian football team has made it into the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in 21 years.As per the updated rankings, released on Thursday, the Stephen Constantine-coached side has climbed a rung and is now placed at the 100th spot...

25-Apr-2017 Buenos Aires

Argentina at risk of missing World Cup : Diego Maradona

Argentina face an uphill battle to qualify for next year's World Cup without their suspended talisman Lionel Messi, according to Albiceleste legend Diego Maradona.Messi has served one match of a four-game international ban for abusing an assistant referee in a...

06-Apr-2017 Bengaluru

Rankings are fickle measurement of one's success, says Sunil Chhetri

Bengaluru FC star striker Sunil Chhetri on Thursday said consistency is not just a fillip in FIFA rankings, which is what Indian football will be seeking for the next few years.India on Thursday achieved their best-ever ranking of 101 in over two decades leaving...

06-Apr-2017 Madrid

Real Madrid, Barca, Atletico win in Spainish League

Real Madrid remain top of the Spanish football league with a two-point lead over FC Barcelona following a 4-2 away win over Club Deportivo Leganés but they were made to work much harder than expected by the La Liga minnows whose annual budget is less than...

01-Apr-2017 Barcelona

I want to win Ballon d'Or someday : Neymar da Silva

FC Barcelona striker Neymar da Silva Santos Jr has expressed a desire to win the Ballon d'Or one day, adding that he is not in a hurry to do so."To win the Ballon d'Or is something that I've set as a goal, it would be a personal victory. But I'm not in...

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...

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