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Former number one has heart set on regaining England spot

Joe Hart believes his form for English Premier League side Burnley warrants a recall to the England squad after recovering from the hurt he felt at missing out on the World Cup finals he told The Times. The 31-year-old goalkeeper is back garnering positive headlines for his new club after a nomadic couple of years […]

Madagascar poised to make Africa Cup of Nations history

Madagascar will book a place at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time if they defeat visiting Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday.     Form favours the Malagasy as they edged their Group A opponents 1-0 away two days ago thanks to an early goal from France-based Faneva Andriatsima. He was among 10 foreign-based […]

Carrick hails Mourinho as managerial ‘great’ alongside Ferguson

Manchester United coach Michael Carrick says Jose Mourinho is in an elite group alongside Alex Ferguson as one of the greatest managers of the past 30 years despite his current problems at Old Trafford. The former midfielder, 37, took up a coaching role at the end of last season after a distinguished playing career at […]

Embattled Ronaldo presents selection headache for Juventus

by Emmeline MOORE Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play for Juventus against Udinese on Saturday, despite rape claims made against him, although his coach Massimiliano Allegri admits he may be tempted to rest the embattled star. “I could go with a front three of Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, or alternatively one of […]

New Zealand team named to play South Africa

The New Zealand team named Thursday to play South Africa in the sixth and final round of the Rugby Championship in Pretoria on Saturday:  New Zealand (15-1): Ben Smith; Waisake Naholo, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Shannon Frizell; Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock; Owen Franks, […]

Asian football boss seeks fresh term to stave off ‘chaos’

Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said he didn’t want to allow the organisation to lapse back into “chaos” as he announced a bid for re-election next year. The Bahraini royal first took the reins in 2013 when the Asian body was still reeling from a corruption scandal which saw his […]

Indonesian football league suspended after deadly fan beating

Indonesia has suspended play in its top professional football league after supporters of a rival team clubbed a fan to death with iron bars and planks, a football association spokesman said Wednesday, plunging the crisis-prone league into another scandal. The decision follows the weekend death of Haringga Sirla, a 23-year-old Persija Jakarta fan, who was […]

Modric threatens to end Ronaldo-Messi era as world’s best

by Kieran CANNING Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards is under threat from Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah when FIFA’s player of the year is announced on Monday. For the first time in 12 years Messi is not even nominated among the […]

Ronaldo sent off but 10-man Juventus ease past Valencia

by Thomas ALLNUTT Juventus believe they can win the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo, but they had to start by beating Valencia without him after he was controversially sent off on his debut in the competition for the Italian champions on Wednesday. A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch in disbelief in the 29th minute, having […]

Top 10 Richest Soccer players

Cristiano Ronaldo His net worth is 325.1 million dollars. Currently he is playing for Portugal in the FIFA tournament and is a player of the club, Real Madrid. He is just 33 at the moment and has won multiple awards. Uruguay will be “stopping 50% of Portugal” if they contain Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday’s last-16 […]

Preparations are Ready to Welcome World Cup Guests in Russia

By Atiya Riffat World Cup organisers say the competition will draw in excess of one million fans to Russia, making challenges that range from the strategic to the social for the hosts and their visitors. The varying languages, songs, flags and fan societies of the world will empower the roads of Russia’s host cities until […]

Tunisia Goalkeeper ‘Fakes Injury’ to Break Ramadan Fast

By Atiya Riffat A great many Muslims over the world are fasting in the heavenly month of Ramadan, abstaining from food and water from first light to sunset. In friendly matches against Portugal then Turkey, goalkeeper Mouez Hassen seemed to pretend injury at twilight, when the fast arrives at an end. As he lay on […]

Argentina Cancel Final World Cup Warmup Match Against Israel

By Atiya Riffat Argentina have cancelled their last World Cup warmup match against Israel, striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Tuesday, as political load arise ahead of Saturday’s planned fixture in Jerusalem. “They’ve finally made the best choice,” Higuain said in a meeting with ESPN, affirming reports the game had been cancelled. The match at Jerusalem’s […]

Ranbir Kapoor Injured While Playing Football

By Atiya Riffat Ranbir Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan are frequently spotted sweating it out at the playground joining football. The twosome has been part of a few all-star exhibition matches that fund-raise for charities. The match which occurred on Saturday saw Abhishek’s team won the trophy. Ranbir, the fiery actor who is dependably observed doing […]