Category Archives: WORLD CUP

Copa Del Rey:?Rodrigo sends Valencia into final against Barcelona | football

Valencia’s Rodrigo celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Heino Kalis(REUTERS) Valencia set up a Copa del Rey final clash with Barcelona on Thursday as Rodrigo’s second-half goal sealed a 1-0 second-leg win over Real Betis at the Mestalla. A 2-2 first-leg draw had given Valencia the edge as

La Liga: Barcelona eye double triumph over Real Madrid but defensive doubts remain | football

Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) vies with Real Madrid’s French defender Raphael Varane during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) semi-final second leg.(AFP) After knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona now have the opportunity to send their rivals packing in the title race

Premier League:?Liverpool, Spurs face crucial derby showdowns | football

File image of players of Liverpool FC celebrating a goal.(REUTERS) As the Premier League title race gathers pace and the fight for top-four places heats up, two of English football’s biggest derbies will play a key role in the mounting drama. At the top, leaders Liverpool, one point ahead of Manchester City going into

AIFF President Praful Patel in race for AFC’s FIFA council member election | football

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and AIFF President Praful Patel exchange greetings at the end of an interaction with media after FIFA Council meeting in Kolkata on Friday.(PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel will be in the running to become one of the six FIFA Council members from the Asian

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopeful David De Gea will sign new Manchester United deal | football

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds the fans at the end of a match.(Action Images via Reuters) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Manchester United will be able to retain the services of David de Gea, the man he rates as the best goalkeeper in the world. But the future of captain Antonio Valencia is le

Premier League: Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford set for Southampton start, Anthony Martial misses out | football

Marcus Rashford (10) in action against Liverpool last weekend. (Action Images via Reuters) Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is set to start Saturday’s Premier League match against Southampton but team mate Anthony Martial has not yet recovered from a groin injury, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.

Premier League:?Jurgen Klopp upbeat on Roberto Firmino fitness for Merseyside derby | football

File photo of Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Firmino. (REUTERS) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino may return from an ankle injury to face Everton on Sunday in a vital clash for the Premier League leaders. Everton, in ninth place, have not beaten Liverpool since 2010 but would dearly love to spoil their neighbour

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur no longer a soft touch, insists manager Mauricio Pochettino | football

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Action Images via Reuters) Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted Friday that Spurs have shed their “soft” label are mentally equipped to bounce back from defeats at Burnley and Chelsea to win this weekend’s north London derby with Arsenal. A long-shot Premie

Lionel Messi must be more involved in second ‘Clasico’, says Barcelona manager Valverde | football

Lionel Messi in action against Real Madrid on Wednesday. (REUTERS) Barcelona need to ensure Lionel Messi is more involved in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at Real Madrid than he was in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg victory over their arch-rivals, coach Ernesto Valverde said. Messi, al

La Liga to cut Monday matches, say Spanish Football Federation after protests | football

La Liga has staged fixtures on Mondays since 2010 but clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are not included, due to their involvement in European competitions. (Reuters) La Liga has bowed to fan pressure and will remove Monday matches from next season, Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president

Premier League: Chelsea must be wary of Fulham after Ranieri exit – Sarri | football

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.(REUTERS) Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has warned his players to expect a reaction from relegation-threatened Fulham following the departure of Claudio Ranieri. Fulham, 19th in the standings, sacked Ranieri as manager on Thursday following a dismal run of results and appointed Scott Parker a