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Cristiano Ronaldo rallies Portugal troops ahead of the World Cup in Qatar

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is “ready to raise the name of Portugal very high” after being named in Fernando Santos' World Cup squad. The 37-year-old...

Infantino: ‘Women’s World Cup broadcast rights bids are unacceptable’

Broadcasters were criticized by FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Saturday for what he called unacceptably low offers for rights to screen the Women´s World...

Franck Ribery retires from football after an incredible career

"Dear friends, dear fans, I wanted to make this short video to tell you that the time has come for me to retire from...

UEFA opens investigation over chant following Ireland Women’s pro-IRA chants

Video footage circulated on social media after Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory at Hampden Park of the players singing the chant in the dressing room. The...

Dortmund sign Modeste from FC Koln as Haller replacement

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Koln striker Anthony Modeste. The club said that the 34-year-old Frenchman Modeste completed a medical check on...

UEFA clears English, German and French clubs to allow safe standing in European games

UEFA on Wednesday launched a programme to observe the use of standing facilities, which were previously only able to be used for domestic fixtures. The...

AS Roma’s Paulo Dybala breaks record for most shirts sold in Italy

The arrival of Paulo Dybala to the Italian capital did not go unnoticed by Giallorossi fans who, in order to support the club’s biggest...

PSG reject chance to sign Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo, 37, wants to leave Old Trafford in search of Champions League football in the coming season, only a year after rejoining the club...

Mauricio Pochettino sacked: PSG name Christophe Galtier as new manager

Paris Saint-Germain have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino despite the former Tottenham Hotspur boss leading the team to the Ligue 1 title with the French...

Man Utd agree £69m deal with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong

Erik ten Hag is closing in on his priority transfer target, and his first signing as United manager could be complete in a matter...

Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to Marcelo after his Real Madrid exit

Ronaldo and Marcelo forged a strong bond during the 37-year-old's trophy-laden stint at Los Blancos and have remained close ever since. Marcelo has racked up...

Robert Lewandowski announces decision to leave Bayern Munich

The 33-year-old has been at Bayern since 2014 and has won 19 team trophies with the club. He is under contract in Munich for another...

Bayern Munich continue to work on deal to sign Liverpool’s Sadio Mane

According to sources, Bayern have a real chance to sign Mane in the Summer and the deal could be done with just 42m. The...

UEFA to scrap controversial coefficient plan for Champions League in 2024

An agreement has been reached in Vienna between UEFA and the European Club Association on access to the new-look competition. The proposal to award two...

European clubs get €240m compensation to release players for Euro 2024

UEFA have allocated €240 million to pay clubs for releasing their players for national team competitions in the 2020-24 cycle as part of its...

Aubameyang and Lewandowski to form a golden duo at Barca

The Poland international is said to have turned down offers from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City in order to leave the Allianz...

Qatar World Cup’s impact on the 22/23 Premier League season

The Premier League will take a mid-season break to accommodate the World Cup - but preparation and recovery time will be extremely limited. The final...

Ronaldo urges fans to make their presence felt against North Macedonia

“For us, this is a game of our life. I want to thank the Portuguese for the unconditional support they gave throughout the game...

UEFA is set to release stricter Financial Fair Play rules

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin admitted last October that the 'old way of managing transfers' was not the right one - less than 18 months...

Ballon d’Or award announces four drastic rule changes

Lionel Messi’s record-setting win at this year’s ceremony led to controversy after he picked up the award ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and...

Laporta holds secret meeting with Raiola to discuss the signing of Haaland

A secret meeting between president Joan Laporta and technical secretary Jordi Cruyff with super-agent Mino Raiola took place in Monaco to discuss the signings...

UEFA are considering moving May’s Champions League final from Russia

UEFA is examining the prospect of moving the 2022 Champions League final from St. Petersburg after Russia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops into...

Besiktas president ironically says ‘Balotelli will join Juventus’

Besiktas President Ahmet Nur Çebi has started an argument with his Adama Demispor counterpart Murat Sancak saying that Mario Balotelli will join Juventus. Sancak had...

Sadio Mane to have stadium named after him after AFCON triumph

Sadio Mane stepped up to the penalty spot and fired an unsavable shot into the bottom corner, earning Senegal their first-ever Africa Cup of...

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang joins Barcelona as a free agent

After missing out on the AFCON championship owing to Covid complications, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to London but Arsenal had already made up their minds...

Roberto Mancini will hand Mario Balotelli his first Azzurri call up in three years

According to Fabrizio Romano, Balotelli will be named in Roberto Mancini’s squad for an Italy get-together at the Coverciano training ground next week. After reigning...

Ronaldo was named in the FIFPRO World XI and won FIFA Special Award

Cristiano Ronaldo has won a special FIFA award after being snubbed for their player of year shortlist. The Man United striker became the men's all-time...

AFCON referee blew for full-time early twice during Tunisia vs. Mali

The game was initially ended after the reff seemed to blow three times to end the game just 85 minutes into the match. After...

Manchester City to face Swindon despite 21 positive tests

The reigning Premier League champions had confirmed via an official statement that management duo Pep Guardiola and Juanma Lillo had both tested positive for...

Dembele ready to leave Barca after agreeing terms with Juventus

Ousmane Dembele is set to leave Barcelona in June 2022 after contract extension talks with the club collapsed this week. The winger demanded a gross...

Spain international Ferran Torres leaves Manchester City for Barcelona

Despite their financial struggles, FC Barcelona have reportedly agreed a deal worth an initial 47 million pounds for the 22-year-old winger. However, they could even...

AC Milan and Inter unveil plans for new ‘Cathedral’ stadium

The new 60,000-seat stadium is set to replace the Giuseppe Meazza, better known as the San Siro, which has been home to AC Milan...

Jude Bellingham fined £34,000 for alleged match-fixing comments

Referee Felix Zwayer had turned down Borussia Dortmund's appeals for a penalty before awarding one to Bayern for a handball from Mats Hummels. The England...

Africa Cup of Nations safety concerns: European seeking talks with FIFA

European Clubs Association (ECA) want urgent talks with FIFA over concerns about the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and other international football taking place...

Juventus could face relegation battle following tax fraud allegations

Juventus are involved in another scandal, 15 years on from the Calciopoli scandal in 2006, with the potential for the same consequence: relegation. The Italian...

Guardiola says it’s impossible to stop Lionel Messi ahead of PSG clash

Man City face PSG at the Etihad in the Champions League on Wednesday, and the home side needs a draw to qualify and a...

Gareth Southgate signs new three-year England contract

The Three Lions' most successful manager for more than 50 years, Gareth Southgate has agreed to stay in the job until 2024. Southgate took over...

Barça: Xavi Hernandez’s shortlist includes Five Chelsea players

Xavi is looking to revamp his Barcelona side with new a few classy players from the Premier League in January, according to Diario Sport. Barcelona...

Despite rumors, Aguero is not considering retiring from football just yet

Agüero, who joined FC Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer, had to be subbed in the first half of the Blaugrana's 1-1...

All 20 Premier League clubs opposed FIFA’s biennal World Cup plan

FIFA is conducting a feasibility study into holding the men’s and women’s World Cups every two years from 2028 as part of a radical...

Marcus Rashford received the prestigious MBE award from Prince William

The Man United and England forward and his mum Melanie Rashford arrived at Windsor Castle this morning for the ceremony. Marcus Rashford became a national...

Blatter and Platini indicted for fraud in Switzerland over £1.4m payment

The Office of the Swiss Attorney General (OAG) revealed that Platini worked as a consultant for then FIFA president Blatter between 1998-2002 and that...

Messi hits back at Laporta for his deceptive ‘play for free’ comments

Lionel Messi says it was inappropriate for Barcelona president Joan Laporta to say he could have played for free but has suggested he would...

Xavi Hernandez to replace Ronald Koeman as FC Barcelona manager

Spanish media outlet SPORT.es have learned from sources close to the deal that legend Xavi Hernandez and FC Barcelona have reached a deal for...

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals his pick for 2021 Ballon d’Or award

The nominees for the 2021 Ballon d’Or were announced late last week after being cancelled last time out due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lionel Messi...

Extending his Record: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 115th Portugal goal

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has set a new record after making 182 international appearances, outranking the European record set by Sergio Ramos. The Portuguese...

Alex Telles explains why CR7 was upset with his team-mates despite win

Manchester United entered Wednesday’s Champions League match needing a win after three defeats in their last four matches in all competitions. Cristiano Ronaldo did it...

Pochettino must solve a serious puzzle at PSG: the arrival of Lionel Messi

PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits his team remains far from its best following the arrival of Lionel Messi in the summer. "It is a...

Sterling agrees on Barca move after losing Man City leadership role

Barça have made the loan signing of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling a priority in the winter transfer window, according to reports. He has fallen...

UEFA Europa League rebrands alongside new Conference League launch

The Europa League was founded in 1971 and is the second-tier of European club football after the Champions League. This year sees the league...

More than 60,000 fans to attend Euro 2020 semi-finals, UK gov’t says

More than 60,000 fans will be permitted at the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley Stadium following an announcement by the UK...

Barcelona’s Dembele to leave on a free transfer next summer

According to Marca, negotiations regarding an extension got underway on Tuesday and have not started well. Both sides will be hopeful of reaching an...

Georginio Wijnaldum signs snubs Barca and signs with PSG

For a few days at least, Georginio Wijnaldum looked set to swap Liverpool for Barcelona. It would have been a fine career move for...

Aguero’s father accuses Guardiola of fake tears over Man City farewell

The 33-year-old frontman has departed City as the club's all-time leading scorer, with the experienced Argentine opting to run down his contract and make...

Lionel Messi on verge of signing new two-year contract with Barca

Messi’s future has been up in the air for around 12 months since the Argentina international attempted to depart the club last summer. FC...

Real Madrid expected to announce Carlo Ancelotti as new manager

'Los Blancos' have been on the hunt for a new manager since Zinedine Zidane decided to step down last week after a trophyless season. Rumours...

Juventus to sack Andrea Pirlo and reappoint Massimiliano Allegri as coach

Pirlo, 42, replaced Maurizio Sarri last summer but could only steer Juventus to fourth place in Serie A, as their nine-year hold on the...

Zinedine Zidane has resigns as Real Madrid coach

Zinedine Zidane has resigned as Real Madrid manager with immediate effect, the Spanish club said Thursday just days after they were beaten to the...

Donnarumma set to leave AC Milan for free this summer

End of an era at Milan; in more than one way. The Rossoneri qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2013,...

Man Utd expected line-up vs Villarreal in EL final with Maguire a doubt

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give Manchester United captain Harry Maguire every chance to prove his fitness for the Europa League final against Villarreal. Maguire sat...

Euro 2020: Squad lists increased to 26 players & Goalkeeper rule updated

National teams will be allowed to take 26 players to Euro 2020 instead of the standard 23-man squads, UEFA have confirmed. New regulations have also...

Mino Raiola names the most suitable clubs for Erling Haaland

Mino Raiola has suggested Borussia Dortmund may be tempted to sell Erling Haaland this summer. Haaland’s impressive form for Dortmund has made him one of...

Donnarumma has not responded to AC Milan’s contract offer for weeks

Peppe di Stefano via MilanNews.it is reporting that Mino Raiola has rejected AC Milan’s contract offer to Gianluigi Donnarumma worth €7 million, plus €1 million in bonuses...

Thomas Tuchel is displased with 2024 Champions League format

Thomas Tuchel has become the latest Premier League manager to blast UEFA's plans for an extended Champions League. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have both...

Florentino Perez refuses to admit European Super League collapse

Twelve founder members of the breakaway competition confirmed that they had signed up to the Super League on Sunday evening, but 48 hours later,...

UEFA: All clubs involved in European Super League will face punishment

The actions of the 12 clubs who signed up to join the European Super League, which included Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea Tottenham...

JP Morgan to finance the new European Super League with a $6bn injection

The announcement of 12 major European clubs of their intention to join the new breakaway league has been met with a backlash from La...

Ronald Koeman answers to Barcelona job security speculation

Ronald Koeman has said he finds it "strange" that his future as Barcelona coach is being linked to the result of Saturday's Copa del...

UEFA set to approve contentious new Champions League format next week

A controversial change is giving two of the four new places, worth tens of millions of euros (dollars), to clubs which did not qualify...

Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois set for Stamford Bridge return

Eden Hazard is in line to face Chelsea for the first time in his career. The former Chelsea winger has endured a torrid time since...

Manchester United hit with £6,000 fine by UEFA for improper conduct

Manchester United have been fined £6,000 by UEFA for 'improper conduct' after five players collected yellow cards in last week's win over Granada. Luke Shaw,...

Man United ready to spend £69 million to finally sign Milinkovic-Savic

Manchester United have been interested in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the past and the Serbian international is once again on their radar. Calcio Mercato reported that...

Forbes rates FC Barcelona as world’s most valuable club

Barcelona have leapfrogged Spanish rivals Real Madrid to become the world's most valuable football club with a valuation of $4.76 billion, according to a...

Mauro Icardi’s agents desperately trying to find their client a way out of PSG

The 28-year-old eventually left for Paris Saint Germain on loan in 2019, after falling out with the Nerazzurri management, and the Ligue 1 champions...

What Florentino Perez said to Fabinho after win over Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho was photographed meeting with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Tuesday night, but that sounds much more dire than it actually...

Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho to miss remainder of season after knee surgery

Coutinho started the 1-1 draw with Eibar on the bench before coming on in the second half but limped off the pitch during stoppage...

All Euro 2020 host cities will allow some fans into stadiums

UEFA have set a deadline of April 7 for host cities to submit plans over the number of fans allowed in their stadiums for...

Serbian referee sentenced to 15 months in prison for match-fixing

Srdjan Obradovic was sentenced to 15 months in prison, plus a ten-year suspension from the profession for abuse of authority as he favoured Spartak...

Juventus stars Dybala, McKennie & Arthur suspended for lockdown-breaking party

Juventus have suspended Weston McKennie, Paulo Dybala and Arthur ahead of their derby clash with Torino following reports the players attended a party at...

Panini launches Euro 2020 Tournament Edition Official Sticker Collection

Football fans and collectors are ready to get stuck in as the 96-page UEFA EURO 2020 Tournament Edition Official Sticker Collection launches, with stickers...

Euro 2020: UEFA lifts 30% venue capacity cap and allows 5 substitutes

UEFA has lifted its cap on the number of spectators allowed to attend matches in competitions organised by the governing body. In October, the organisation's...

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos criticizes World Cup in Qatar

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has described the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup as 'wrong', but believes that boycotting the tournament...

Lewandowski to miss PSG Champions League clash with knee injury

Lewandowski sustained the injury in Poland's World Cup qualifying win over Andorra on Sunday, ruling him out of their match against England on Wednesday, and had...

Referee apologizes to Ronaldo and Portugal for disallowed goal

Cristiano Ronaldo was left fuming after his late winner for Portugal was wrongly chalked off in the game against Serbia. A thrilling FIFA World Cup...

Thomas Muller admits he could follow Thiago in leaving Allianz Arena

The 31-year-old is a club legend in Bavaria, scoring 212 goals in 571 appearances, winning nine Bundesliga titles in the process, along with two...

Norway is leading growing calls for a boycott of the Qatar World Cup

Pressure is mounting on Norway to pull out of next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, should they qualify, amid concerns over human rights...

Gary Lineker calls for FIFA qualifier rule change after England’s 5-0 win

Lineker believes Gareth Southgate will have learned nothing from watching his side inflict another heavy defeat on the 210th ranked team in international football. His...

Benfica forced to deny Diego Costa transfer agreement

Benfica denies they are on the verge of signing Diego Costa. Costa's second spell at Atletico came to an end by mutual consent in...

Marco van Basten calls for offside rule to be scrapped

Legendary Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is Fifa's head of global development and launched his own offside overhaul to end VAR controversy last month. It would...

Pavel Nedved assures that Ronaldo & Pirlo will stay at Juventus

A lack of collective success this term has led to suggestions that Ronaldo could leave the club at the end of the season, with...

Alaba rules out a switch to the Premier League having set his sights on either Real or Barca

David Alaba has spent 13 years at Bayern Munich but wants to 'try something new' next season. Alaba has been a target for a...

Patrick Bamford decides international future after England snub

Patrick Bamford has finally ended the Republic of Ireland’s lingering hopes he might switch his international allegiance to them. Former Republic bosses Martin O’Neill and...

Xabi Alonso agrees to become Borussia Monchengladbach manager in June

Xabi Alonso will make his highly-anticipated step up to a top managerial role in the summer when he takes over at Borussia Monchengladbach, it...

Chinese Super League holders Jiangsu FC have pulled out of AFC Champions League

The shock news provoked hand-wringing about the state of football in China and prompted calls for a major rethink from top to bottom. Its Champions...

Southgate’s surprising snub from England’s World Cup qualifiers squad

Several players miss out on the squad through injury. Leicester City duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes have been sidelined in recent weeks, while...

FIFA plans to introduce real-time VAR offside calls

FIFA's 'semi-automated offside' technology — which was revealed by Sportsmail in 2019 and involves limb-tracking, automatic ball detection and creating a model of a...

PSG stars Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos’ homes broken into during Ligue 1 game

Both players' families were reportedly held hostage by robbers in what were described as 'very violent' robberies, prompting a police investigation. Shockingly, news of the...

Barcelona looking to offload Philippe Coutinho and sign Sergio Aguero

Joan Laporta heads a newly-elected board at the club and takes over a team in financial disarray. He’s not even a full week after his...

Transfer battle intensifies for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland

Haaland’s amazing goalscoring record of 76 goals in his last 74 matches in all competitions for the Bayern Munchen and former side RB Salzburg...

Lionel Messi received a surprise house-share offer from Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos

The Real defender said that should Lionel Messi decide to leave Camp Nou for the Bernabeu when his contract expires this year he could...