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World Cup: England hits back at FIFA over 'corruption' probe updated 4 days ago

FIFA is coming under growing pressure from some of Europe's leading football federations to take "urgent action" and restore confidence in the world governing body.

Flare up in the San Siro. Italy-Croatia clash held up by crowd disorder updated 5 days ago

Crowd disorder caused a top of the table Euro 2016 qualifier between Italy and Croatia Sunday to be delayed as flares were thrown on the pitch.

Claudio Ranieri sacked by Greece after humiliating defeat to Faroe Islands updated 6 days ago

Claudio Ranieri paid the price for Greece's humiliating defeat to the Faroe Islands when it was confirmed Saturday that he had been sacked as national team coach.

100-cap Wayne Rooney scores in England win over Slovenia updated 6 days ago

Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th cap for England by scoring the equalizer in a 3-1 victory over Slovenia in an Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley Saturday.

Misfiring Die Mannschaft angers coach Low; Greece humiliated updated 6 days ago

It was the first win in three Euro 2016 qualifying games for the mighty Die Mannschaft but another unconvincing performance by Germany against the minnows of Gibraltar Friday.

World Cup: FIFA embroiled in civil war updated 7 days ago

It's all out civil war at the top of world football.

FBI moves ahead with FIFA corruption probe updated 8 days ago

U.S. investigators are stepping up the pace of a corruption investigation into senior leaders of FIFA, even as the world soccer body cleared itself.

The world according to Sepp: FIFA president's own goals and gaffes updated 8 days ago

Another day, another FIFA farce.

How do you squeeze 20 tons of tangerines into Ukraine? updated 9 days ago

Orange is the new snack -- that's the case in Ukraine anyway after one of the country's top football players donated 20 tons of tangerines to local children.

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes back in football updated 10 days ago

The 'Chosen One' is back in football.

Original hosts Morocco barred from 2015 Africa Cup of Nations updated 10 days ago

Morocco should be just two months away from hosting Africa's biggest sporting event. Instead, the country has been barred from taking part in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

World War One: Football's fallen heroes updated 11 days ago

"Good luck to Clapton Orient FC, no football club had paid a greater price to patriotism" (King George V)

Chelsea beats unlucky Liverpool updated 12 days ago

Chelsea came from a goal down to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield and open up a commanding lead at the top of the English Premier League Saturday.

Morocco urges cup delay over Ebola fears updated 12 days ago

The Moroccan government has urged African soccer's governing body to delay its flagship bi-annual continental competition over fears that it could help to spread Ebola.

Madrid hit five to go top updated 13 days ago

Real Madrid smashed five goals past Rayo Vallecano to return to the top of the Spanish league after briefly being deposed by rivals Barcelona.

Messi equals Raul's European Champions League goals record updated 16 days ago

It is another landmark in the career of one of football's greatest ever players.

NFL and soccer on global collision course? updated 16 days ago

A new invasion of pyrotechnics and full-body costumes will assault London this weekend, as the 2014 NFL International Series signs off with a third sell-out date at Wembley Stadium.

Champions League: Real Madrid edges past Liverpool updated 17 days ago

No team has ever retained the Champions League title since the competition was revamped in 1992 -- but perhaps, finally, this will be the year.

Enter stage right: World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf's new acting career updated 18 days ago

He puts the gun to the woman's head, pulls the trigger and watches as her body hits the floor.

EPL: Manchester City hold on to defeat ten man Manchester United updated 19 days ago

Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 thanks to a solitary Sergio Aguero strike.

Bayern Munich score late to down Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker updated 19 days ago

Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in Saturday's Der Klassiker clash thanks to goals from Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski.

Football: 'Magic' behind MLS' new Los Angeles franchise updated 20 days ago

Derbies often provide the highlight of any football season -- whether that be Boca Juniors vs. River Plate, AC Milan vs. Inter or Arsenal vs. Spurs -- and Major League Soccer (MLS) is now hoping that Los Angeles can join that illustrious list.

Western Sydney Wanderers win Asian Champions League updated 20 days ago

Western Sydney Wanderers defeat Al Hilal to become the first Australian club to win the Asian Champions League.

Ancelotti - 'Keep your mouth shut Sepp!' updated 23 days ago

The president of world soccer's governing body is used to being admonished.

Rogerio Ceni: 590 wins and counting updated 24 days ago

He's not a household name, but Rogerio Ceni is a footballer without equal.

Ballon d'Or: 'Disgraceful' Suarez omitted from key award for bite updated 24 days ago

Has the world of football bitten back?

Football world mourns death of South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa updated 25 days ago

The world of football is mourning the loss of Senzo Meyiwa after the South Africa captain was shot and killed Sunday during a botched robbery, according to authorities.

Robin van Persie rescues point for Man Utd in Old Trafford showdown updated 26 days ago

Robin van Persie salvaged a point for Manchester United against English Premier League leader Chelsea with an injury-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford Sunday.

El Clasico: Real Madrid end Barcelona's unbeaten run updated 27 days ago

Real Madrid ended Barcelona's unbeaten start to the La Liga season with an emphatic 3-1 victory at the Bernabeu in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday.

English Premier League: Manchester City trip up at West Ham updated 27 days ago

Manchester City's misfiring start to the English Premier League season continued on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to West Ham United at Upton Park.

Serbia and Albania punished by UEFA after drone brawl updated 28 days ago

It was a night which evoked hatred of years past -- now both Serbia and Albania have been punished for their part in dramatic night of violence in Belgrade.

Luis Suarez: Do sporting suspensions work? updated 28 days ago

Although he's vowed to keep his famous chops to himself, the world will soon find out if Luis Suarez can keep bagging goals without literally leaving his mark on defenders.

Champions League: Real Madrid crushes Liverpool at Anfield updated 30 days ago

Booed and jeered upon his entrance, cheered upon his exit -- perhaps even the most bitter of rivals are finally ready to submit to the mercurial talents of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Is this the future of football? Players refund fans after 8-0 defeat updated 30 days ago

Have English Premier League club Sunderland's players set a dangerous precedent for under-performing sports teams?

Bayern thumps Roma; Man City stunned behind closed doors in Moscow updated 31 days ago

The message will have been heard loud and clear across Europe.

From Jewish football to jihad: German ISIS suspect faces jail updated 31 days ago

Kreshnik Berisha was once part of Germany's largest Jewish sports club -- but now he's the first suspected member of ISIS to stand trial in Germany,

AS Roma's president James Pallotta: Rome's newest gladiator? updated 31 days ago

Own goal of the season? Santiago Vergini's volley stuns Sunderland updated 34 days ago

Santiago Vergini's 12th minute volley flashed past the goalkeeper to open the scoring in the English Premier League match at St Mary's between Southampton and Sunderland.

100 million and counting: Cristiano Ronaldo's Facebook fan club updated 35 days ago

He might be fighting it out with Lionel Messi for the title of the world's top soccer player, but Cristiano Ronaldo is in a league of his very own when it comes to social media followers.

Where has "Super" Mario gone? Balotelli's battle to fulfill potential updated 35 days ago

One goal in eight matches for new club Liverpool, and dumped by the Italian national team.

Inter Milan owner Erick Thohir: Why Italian football needs to change -- or 'die' updated 36 days ago

In a city where style is king, a Milanese football giant is in urgent need of a makeover, according to the Indonesian tycoon who has taken on the challenge.

Serbia and Albania game abandoned after drone invasion sparks brawl updated 37 days ago

Ethnic tensions in the Balkans and an incident involving a drone led to the abandonment of a major European international football game Tuesday.

Albanian prime minister's brother 'disgusted' by drone allegations updated 37 days ago

It's a plot twist that even a thriller writer might have struggled to come up with during Serbia's European qualifying clash with Albania in Belgrade.

Odegaard makes history as European qualifying's youngest player at 15 updated 39 days ago

Few 15-year-olds can claim to make history, but Martin Odegaard is fast accumulating a clutch of firsts in football.

Lionel Messi misses penalty as Brazil defeats Argentina, Suarez returns updated 41 days ago

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Brazil defeated Argentina 2-0 in the Superclasico de Las Americas friendly fixture in Beijing Saturday.

Germany humbled by Poland in Euro 2016 qualifier updated 41 days ago

Poland defeated Germany for the first time in it's footballing history Saturday thanks to goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila.

Can the empire strike back?: England football chief plots brighter future updated 42 days ago

It's a problem which is there in black and white.

Ebola fears sideline Guinea football star updated 42 days ago

Guinea star Lass Bangoura pulled out of a key African Cup of Nations match against Ghana Saturday because his club teammates feared he could contract Ebola.

India's new pro soccer league kicks off, but will it score with fans? updated 42 days ago

On Sunday, about 100,000 Indian spectators -- including a bevy of India's top celebrities and corporate bigwigs -- will pack into a stadium to watch two teams go at each other with everything they've got.

Roma chief eyes new overseas empire for Italian football updated 43 days ago

James Pallotta has already begun a revolution at Roma -- now he wants Italian football to take over the world with overseas Serie A matches.

Five sporting feuds of the moment updated 46 days ago

Everyone loves a sporting feud.

Chelsea stays top of EPL after managerial spat boils over updated 47 days ago

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho's managerial spat overshadowed Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal Sunday to extend its lead at the top of the EPL.

Bravo! Barcelona goalkeeper sets new La Liga record updated 48 days ago

Barcelona are known for scoring truckloads of goals, but the Catalan side were celebrating their miserliness on Saturday as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo set a new La Liga record for time spent on the pitch without conceding.

Rio Ferdinand: Soccer authorities must get ruthless on racism updated 50 days ago

Get ruthless. That is Rio Ferdinand's message to soccer's authorities in the fight to tackle the scourge of racism.

Rio Ferdinand: Alex Ferguson not to blame for Manchester United failures updated 50 days ago

Rio Ferdinand was one of the world's top defenders -- now he's turned his hand to defending the reputation of his former manager Alex Ferguson.

Michel Platini breaks silence over Garcia investigation updated 50 days ago

Michel Platini has broken his silence over FIFA's refusal to publish the long-awaited report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Champions League: Real Madrid survives Lugodorets scare updated 51 days ago

Ludogorets Razgrad may only have been founded 13 years ago but on Wednesday it stood on the brink of the biggest result in its brief history.

FIFA own-goal? Why women weren't good enough for World Cup report updated 51 days ago

Sepp Blatter once suggested women footballers should wear tighter shorts -- now his organization, FIFA, has been accused of blatant sexism in its selection of the person to lead an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Beyonce, Jay-Z and David Beckham -- at a football game? updated 51 days ago

They're three of the world's biggest superstars -- but few would have expected to see them together taking in a football match in Paris.

Meet football's answer to Tintin: Barcelona and PSG's comic hero updated 52 days ago

Meet football's answer to Tintin.

Messi nets 400th career goal as Barca thrash Granada updated 55 days ago

It's a landmark that most players can only dream of, but for Lionel Messi it was just a matter of time.

'Come Home Ronaldo' beg Man Utd fans with latest flying banner updated 55 days ago

Given their woeful defending of late you'd think Manchester United fans would want a decent center back to come to the club not another star forward -- albeit one of the world's best.

Jerome Champagne: Sepp Blatter is 'not a dictator' updated 57 days ago

Jerome Champagne, the only candidate currently standing against FIFA president Sepp Blatter, is resolutely refusing to take the gloves off against his rival in the race to decide who will lead football's world governing body.

FIFA: Michael Garcia wants World Cup bidding report to be made public updated 58 days ago

American lawyer Michael Garcia breaks ranks with FIFA by insisting his report on soccer World Cup bidding process should be made public.

The never-ending match: Liverpool and Middlesbrough's epic penalty shootout updated 58 days ago

Liverpool and Middlesbrough contested a marathon penalty shootout which was won 14-13 by the Premier League side after both teams had taken 15 spot kicks.

Soccer injury? All you need is cheese updated 59 days ago

When it comes to curing soccer injuries all you need is cheese, according to coach Felix Magath.

Mario Balotelli: Police probe racist abuse directed at Liverpool striker after tweet updated 60 days ago

Racist abuse on social media shows no sign of diminishing in European football after British police launched an investigation into abusive tweets sent to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

Manchester United suffers fresh humiliation at Leicester City updated 61 days ago

Last weekend Louis Van Gaal was hailing the beginning of a "new era" at Manchester United after a rout of QPR.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores treble as Real Madrid puts eight goals past Deportivo updated 62 days ago

Cristiano Ronaldo nets a hat-trick as Real Madrid scores eight goals against Deportivo la Coruna.

English Premier League: Liverpool beaten again, Arsenal bounces back updated 62 days ago

Liverpool beaten 3-1 by West Ham in English Premier League, while Arsenal bounces back with 3-0 win at Aston Villa.

Ligue 1: Brandao handed six-month ban for Motta headbutt updated 63 days ago

Brazilian-born striker Brandao had been handed a six-month ban for headbutting Paris St Germain midfielder Thiago Motta at Parc des Princes on August 16.

London's Wembley Stadium to host Euro 2020 final updated 63 days ago

Just like a Rolling Stone ... It's football's answer to rock and roll's arena tours.

Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer updated 64 days ago

The world of football has rallied around Jonas Gutierrez as the Argentine fights testicular cancer.

Champions League: Bayern Munich defeats Manchester City updated 65 days ago

Bayern Munich defeats Manchester City in the Champions League.

Talent spotting: Five stars in the making updated 65 days ago

The Champions League is back -- but do you know who the rising stars of this year's competition are likely to be?

Champions League: Captain Gerrard spares Liverpool's blushes updated 66 days ago

Drama and Liverpool go hand to hand in the European Champions League.

Champions League: Everything you need to know updated 66 days ago

The Champions League is back and we can't wait to get started.

First win of season for Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United updated 68 days ago

"This is the start of the new Manchester United," trumpeted Louis Van Gaal after his expensively rebuilt side kick started its Premier League campaign.

La Liga: Atletico edge Real in Madrid derby updated 69 days ago

They have long played second fiddle to their more illustrious city rivals, but Atletico Madrid took another giant step out of Real Madrid's shadow on Saturday with a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu.

English Premier League: Demichelis earns draw for Man City against Arsenal updated 69 days ago

A late Martin Demichelis header salvaged a point for Manchester City against Arsenal in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Martin Odegaard: European football's most coveted 15-year-old updated 72 days ago

He's just 15 and the world is seemingly already at his feet.

Netherlands suffer shock loss to Czechs in Euro qualifier updated 73 days ago

No one in the Netherlands will be panicking just yet but this isn't how the Dutch wanted to start their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Euro 2016: England and Spain off to winning starts updated 74 days ago

Could England be the team which comes from nowhere to win the European Championship finals in 2016?

Germany return with a win updated 75 days ago

A new look Germany got their European Championship qualification campaign off to a winning start by beating Scotland 2-1 in Dortmund.

France beat Spain as World Cup hangover lingers updated 78 days ago

After the inquisition, the exhibition -- or an exhibition game at the very least.

Human rights workers go missing in Qatar updated 78 days ago

The human rights record of 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar is under the spotlight again after two Nepalese-British workers "disappeared in Doha following harassment by the police," according to a non-governmental organization.

Team USA defeats Czech Republic as Klinsmann eyes 2018 World Cup updated 79 days ago

Look out Russia -- Team USA is coming.

Radamel Falcao seals loan move to Manchester United updated 80 days ago

They may be winless in competitive fixtures so far this season, but Manchester United scored a victory of sorts on European football's transfer deadline day.

Radamel Falcao: Everything you need to know updated 80 days ago

Who is #Falcao?

Liverpool swat Spurs aside updated 82 days ago

Mario Balotelli didn't score but, once again, it was still all about him.

English Premier League: Chelsea beat Everton to maintain 100% record updated 83 days ago

Others may already be faltering, but Chelsea march on.

Champions League draw: Real Madrid lands minnow Ludogorets updated 84 days ago

Real Madrid, the kings of Europe, will take on a team living one of the greatest fairytale stories in Bulgarian football history.

Referee! How Wilson Raj Perumal made football pay the penalty updated 85 days ago

Who'd be a referee? When the crowd aren't getting on your back you've got the players acting up or giving you an earful.

Champions League: Moti delivers Ludogorets fairytale updated 85 days ago

It is a football fairytale even Hollywood scriptwriters might view as stretching the bounds of credibility.

Champions League: Sanchez delivers as nervy Arsenal reach group stages updated 86 days ago

Football clubs spend big money on big players to deliver on the biggest stage.

U.S. lawsuit targets FIFA's rules on player concussions updated 86 days ago

A group of current and former soccer players has filed a lawsuit against FIFA, claiming football's world governing body isn't doing enough to manage the issue of concussion in the game.

How much of a fix is football in? updated 86 days ago

Recent revelations in print and now on television by convicted match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal are once again throwing the spotlight onto match-fixing in football.

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