Soccer: Everton’s Moshiri increases ownership stake in club

Soccer: Everton’s Moshiri increases ownership stake in club

September 11, (Reuters): Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has increased his ownership stake in the club from 49.9 percent to 68.6 percent, the Premier League side announced on Tuesday.   Moshiri purchased the additional 18.7 percent through his Blue Heaven Holdings Ltd. and the club said the British-Iranian businessman’s share should rise to 77.2 percent […]

Soccer: Italian optimism quickly drains away after Portugal loss

Soccer: Italian optimism quickly drains away after Portugal loss

MILAN, September 11 (Reuters): The optimism which followed Roberto Mancini’s appointment as Italy coach in May quickly drained away following their 1-0 loss to Portugal on Monday as thoughts turned to Nations League relegation.   Mancini made nine changes to his starting line-up against the European champions as he continued his search for the right […]

Soccer: Alli out of Switzerland friendly with muscle strain

Soccer: Alli out of Switzerland friendly with muscle strain

September 10 (Reuters): England midfielder Dele Alli has withdrawn from the squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland due to a minor muscle strain, the English Football Association said on Monday.   Alli, 22, picked up the injury in England’s 2-1 defeat by Spain in Saturday’s UEFA Nations League opener at Wembley Stadium. The Tottenham […]

VAR disrupts flow of game, says Barca’s Suarez

VAR disrupts flow of game, says Barca’s Suarez

BARCELONA, September 5 (Reuters): Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has criticised the introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR) in Spain this season, saying it disrupted the natural flow of games and that he would prefer to see the use of goal-line technology instead.   Suarez scored a goal in Barca’s 8-2 win over Huesca on […]

Soccer: Kabasele urges Watford to stay grounded after fast start

Soccer: Kabasele urges Watford to stay grounded after fast start

September 4 (Reuters): Watford’s win over Tottenham Hotspur has reinforced the belief that they can beat anyone in the Premier League but midfielder Christian Kabasele has warned the team not to get carried away with their fine start to the season.   Watford beat title contenders Spurs 2-1 on Sunday for a fourth victory from […]

Ronaldo, Modric and Salah on FIFA player of the year shortlist

Ronaldo, Modric and Salah on FIFA player of the year shortlist

September 3 (Reuters): Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have been nominated as finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, world soccer’s governing body announced on Monday.   Ronaldo, who has won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a transfer […]

Soccer: Real unity vital in flying start to post-Ronaldo era

Soccer: Real unity vital in flying start to post-Ronaldo era

MADRID, September 3 (Reuters): When Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid in July it was the end of an era at the Santiago Bernabeu as the European champions said goodbye to their all-time top goalscorer and best player.   But although Julen Lopetegui’s side failed to sign a replacement, they have started the season flying with […]

Asian Games: Tottenham’s Son secures military exemption after Korea win Asiad gold

Asian Games: Tottenham’s Son secures military exemption after Korea win Asiad gold

Son Heung Min of South Korea celebrates after winning the gold medal on September 1. (REUTERS)   BOGOR, Indonesia, September 1 (Reuters): Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min’s professional career received a boost in the form of military exemption when South Korea won the Asian Games soccer gold on Saturday.   Substitute Lee Seung-woo and Hwang […]

Soccer: Cahill joins Indian Super League side Jamshedpur

Soccer: Cahill joins Indian Super League side Jamshedpur

September 1 (Reuters): Australia’s record goal scorer Tim Cahill has joined Indian Super League (ISL) side Jamshedpur FC, the 38-year-old striker announced on Saturday.   Cahill struggled for playing time at club level last year and left A-League side Melbourne City in December to return to Millwall — where he first came to prominence 20 […]