• I can battle the  “forces that don’t want change”, after decades of corruption- FIFA President

    I can battle the “forces that don’t want change”, after decades of corruption- FIFA President

    Swiss-Italian Gianni Infantino who took over from Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s top official in February is confident soccer’s world governing body has “turned a page” and will overcome the “forces that don’t want change.” as the last five years have seen the world’s governing soccer body engulfed in accusations of bribery and corruption.

    FIFA made $5.7 billion in revenue in the four years leading up to the 2014 World Cup, while Infantino himself was recently implicated in the Panama Papers scandal […]

  • UEFA, FA want to bring us down- Mourinho

    UEFA, FA want to bring us down- Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho believed UEFA and the Football Association were out to ‘f**k us’ during his time at Chelsea, according to a new biography.

    A new book by Rob Beasley, Jose Mourinho: Up close and personal, which is being serialised by The Daily Mail, has given an insight into Mourinho’s anger behind UEFA’s decision to allow Thibaut Courtois to play against Chelsea for Atletico Madrid, and an FA fine of £8,000 for being sent off in the defeat to Aston Villa in […]

  • Banned Michel Platini given permission to address UEFA meeting

    Banned Michel Platini given permission to address UEFA meeting

    Michel Platini has been given permission to address European football’s governing body Uefa when it meets this week – despite the former president being banned from all football activity.

    Frenchman Platini, 61, was head of Uefa until his ban for breaching ethics rules over a £1.3m “disloyal payment”.

    Uefa is meeting to select the former France midfielder’s successor.

    It asked Fifa for permission for its ex-leader to attend the gathering.

    “The Fifa ethics committee has informed Uefa that Michel Platini will be allowed to […]

  • Man Utd legend Ferguson leads calls for extra time to be scrapped at Uefa meeting

    Man Utd legend Ferguson leads calls for extra time to be scrapped at Uefa meeting

    Uefa has discussed the possibility of ditching extra time at the end of drawn knockout matches and instead going straight to penalties.

    At a meeting with top European coaches in Nyon, Switzerland, on Wednesday, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the most vocal in support of a change to rules.

    The Scot feels players are often too fatigued to play 120 minutes of football, which has often failed to provide the level of entertainment expected in big games.

    ‘I […]

  • UEFA Champions League groups

    UEFA Champions League groups

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will return to Barcelona in Group C

    Arsenal handed games against PSG and Basle in Group A

    Tottenham go into Group E with CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen

    Leicester land Porto, Copenhagen and Club Brugge in Group G

    Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basle, Ludogorets

    Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas

    Group C: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic

    Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, Rostov

    Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham, Monaco

    Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, […]

  • Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    The forward has scooped the individual gong for the second time in his career after helping Real Madrid and Portugal to Champions League and Euro 2016 glory respectively.

    Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the second time.

    Ronaldo, 31, claimed the prize ahead of his club team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.

    The forward, who first won the award in 2014, scored the winning spot-kick as Madrid beat Atletico […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Europe’s Best Player for the second time after beating Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann to the 2015-16 honour.

    Ronaldo’s heroics for Euro 2016 winners Portugal and Champions League winners Real Madrid last term earned him the prize announced in Monaco.

    The presentation was made after Real were drawn in the Champions League’s Group F for this season with Legia Warsaw, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

    Ronaldo had already seen off competition from rival Lionel Messi […]

  • Messi’s Roma goal wins UEFA Goal of the Season award

    Messi’s Roma goal wins UEFA Goal of the Season award

    The Argentine has lifted another prize, this time for an outstanding strike against Roma, in which team-mates Neymar and Luis Suarez played a role.

    Lionel Messi has won the UEFA Goal of the Season award for a brilliantly worked strike against Roma in the Champions League.

    The Barcelona star exchanged slick passes with Neymar and Luis Suarez before dinking an inch-perfect finish past goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in a 6-1 victory over the Serie A side at Camp Nou last November.

    The Argentina international, […]

  • Champions League round-up: Thomas Vermaelen sees red on Roma début and Villarreal are beaten by Monaco

    Champions League round-up: Thomas Vermaelen sees red on Roma début and Villarreal are beaten by Monaco

    Roma hung on to draw 1-1 at Porto in a Champions League play-off first-leg on Wednesday after having defender Thomas Vermaelen sent off before half-time on his debut.

    Seeking to improve on Italian clubs’ dire run in the play-off round, Roma began strongly and led in the 21st minute when Porto defender Felipe diverted a cross into his own net.

    Porto dominated the second half against 10-man Roma but only scored through Andre Silva’s penalty in the 61st, awarded for handball against […]

  • Steaua Bucharest 0-5 Manchester City: Aguero hat-trick seals easy win

    Steaua Bucharest 0-5 Manchester City: Aguero hat-trick seals easy win

    The Argentina international scored three goals and missed two penalties as Pep Guardiola’s men took a commanding lead in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie.

    Sergio Aguero shook off two first-half penalty misses to score a hat-trick as Manchester City all but sealed their place in the Champions League group stage with a 5-0 away win over Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their play-off tie.

    The Argentina international had his first attempt from 12 yards saved by […]

  • Yaya Toure dropped from Manchester City Champions League squad

    Yaya Toure dropped from Manchester City Champions League squad

    Yaya Toure has been left out of the Manchester City squad for the first leg of the crucial Champions League playoff against Steaua Bucharest, a source has told ESPN.

    Toure, 33, was not included in Pep Guardiola’s 18-man squad for his first game in charge on Saturday — the 2-1 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League.

    And the Ivory Coast international did not even make the 21-man squad that flew to Romania on Sunday night.

    Toure’s representative Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports: […]