Soccer: Ronaldo exit no excuse for Madrid – Casemiro

Soccer: Ronaldo exit no excuse for Madrid – Casemiro

TALLINN, August 16 (Reuters): Real Madrid cannot use the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo as an excuse for underachieving this season, midfielder Casemiro said after losing the UEFA Super Cup 4-2 to Atletico Madrid in Real’s first competitive game since their talisman joined Juventus.   “Of course we miss Cristiano, but that’s in the past now,” […]

Manchester City’s Silva retires from Spain duty

Manchester City’s Silva retires from Spain duty

MADRID, AUGUST 14 (Reuters): Spanish midfielder David Silva has joined compatriots Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique in retiring from international football.   The 32-year-old Manchester City playmaker won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012, a key player during Spain’s golden era.   Silva scored 35 goals in 125 […]

Barca lift Spanish Super Cup after late penalty save

Barca lift Spanish Super Cup after late penalty save

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi lifts the trophy as he celebrates winning the Spanish Super Cup with team mates. (Reuters Photo)   TANGIER, August 13 (Reuters): Barcelona lifted the Spanish Super Cup for a record extending 13th time by coming from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a stunning strike from France winger Ousmane […]

As you were in return of Premier League

As you were in return of Premier League

LONDON, August 13 (Reuters): There will be no seismic shifts in the balance of the world’s richest football competition if the first weekend of the new Premier League season is anything to go by.   Last season’s top five all won, most of them comfortably; none of the three promoted sides managed a victory and […]

Pogba penalty sets United on way to win over Leicester

Pogba penalty sets United on way to win over Leicester

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in action with David De Gea. (Reuters Photo)   MANCHESTER, August 11 (Reuters): World Cup winner Paul Pogba’s third minute penalty and a late goal from Luke Shaw gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford in the opening game of the Premier League season on Friday. […]

Man United players should consider curtailing holidays – Mourinho

Man United players should consider curtailing holidays – Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at the end of the match. (Reuters/Files)   (Reuters): Manchester United’s World Cup participants should consider cutting their holidays short to help the depleted team in the opening stages of the upcoming Premier League season, manager Jose Mourinho said.   Several players from United’s first-choice starting line-up, including Paul Pogba, […]

Soccer: Buffon joins PSG for final shot at Champions League glory

Soccer: Buffon joins PSG for final shot at Champions League glory

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon gestures to the fans as he is substituted off during a  Serie A match against  Hellas Verona at Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy on May 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File Photo) PARIS,  July 6 (Reuters):  Former Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed for French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on a one-year deal with […]

Technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

Technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

France’s Kylian Mbappe in action (REUTERS)   KAZAN, Russia, June 16 (Reuters): France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.   Striker Antoine Griezmann lashed home the […]

Cairney goal sends Fulham back into Premier League

Cairney goal sends Fulham back into Premier League

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic celebrates promotion to the Premier League with the trophy. (Reuters Photo)   LONDON, May 27 (Reuters): Fulham returned to the Premier League after a four-year absence as Tom Cairney scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday, the richest game […]

Relentless Ronaldo can break more Champions League records in final

Relentless Ronaldo can break more Champions League records in final

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo during training (REUTERS)   KIEV, May 26 (Reuters): Cristiano Ronaldo responded to his worst run of domestic form at Real Madrid with a record-smashing scoring streak in the Champions League and in Saturday’s final he can join the club’s iconic forward Alfredo di Stefano on five European Cup triumphs.   Ronaldo, […]

Klopp says Salah ‘full of power’ regardless of Ramadan plans

Klopp says Salah ‘full of power’ regardless of Ramadan plans

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah during training (REUTERS)   KIEV, May 25 (Reuters): Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp says forward Mohamed Salah will be at peak fitness for Saturday’s Champions League final regardless of whether or not he is observing the fasting rules of Ramadan.   The question of whether devout Muslim Salah has chosen to fast in […]

Supersub Petersen ready to spring World Cup surprise for Germany

Supersub Petersen ready to spring World Cup surprise for Germany

Germany’s Nils Petersen during the press conference (REUTERS)   Italy, May 25(Reuters): German forward Nils Petersen has built a reputation as a supersub, holding the record for most Bundesliga goals off the bench, and he hopes he can score his way to the World Cup.   With 20 Bundesliga goals as a substitute, the 29-year-old […]

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