The Spanish defender is once again in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, appearing to stamp on Raheem Sterling during Spain's loss to England in the UEFA Nations League. Video: Optus Sport
Posted: October 16, 2018, 2:06 am
The current generation of fans are used to seeing Ikhsan Fandi lead the line for Singaporeâ€™s national team these days. One such player was Noh Alam Shah whose no holds-barred style of play made him an endearing figure in the hearts of fans. In the 2007 edition of the tournament, the former striker wrote his name into the history books as he scored seven goals in an 11â€“0 win for Singapore against Laos in the group stage.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 12:45 am
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey examines what is going on with the German National team and what possible changes the team should consider.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 11:49 pm
Miranda welcomes the choice of Neymar as Brazil's captain
Posted: October 15, 2018, 11:13 pm
Gareth Southgate: 'England's quality and bravery were wonderful - the players should be incredibly proud'
Gareth Southgate says that Englandâ€™s exciting 3-2 victory over Spain proves that their exploits in reaching the World Cup semi-finals in the summer were not a â€œone-offâ€�. The England manager said he had also spoken to Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford before the Nations League tie to remind them of what good players they are after the â€œunderstandableâ€� criticism they have faced over their lack of goals. All three repaid Southgateâ€™s faith - Sterling scoredÂ twice and Rashford once in a brilliant first-half performance against Spain with Kane leading the line superbly and providing assists.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 10:31 pm
Raheem Sterling scored twice and England's Nations League win over Spain could help relegate World Cup runner-up Croatia to the â€œB League" of the competition.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 9:07 pm
In his first match as full-time Socceroos coach, Graham Arnold got the statement win he wanted as Australia brushed aside Kuwait 4-0 on Tuesday morning (AEDT). An own goal by defender Khalid Mohamed Ibrahim gave the visitors the perfect start after 12 minutes with Apostolos Giannou, Tom Rogic and debutant Awer Mabil all finding the net in a one-sided victory in Kuwait City.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 7:09 pm
Argentina may be without superstar Lionel Messi but the two-time world champions simply must beat Brazil in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero says. According to FIFA, this will be the 105th time the South American arch-rivals have faced each other in an official match, with Brazil marginally ahead on 40 wins to 38, with 26 draws.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 4:29 pm
Saudi Arabia want to invest in Manchester United and could launch a takeover of the Premier League club. Reports suggest that Crown Price Mohammad Bin Salman and the governing class of Saudi Arabia â€“ worth almost a trillion pounds â€“ could buy United in order to challenge Middle Eastern owners of clubs such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 3:02 pm
Eden Hazard revealing that he dreams of playing for Real Madrid did little to ease the nerves of Chelsea fans that their star man could be leaving Stamford Bridge in the next 12 months. While on international duty with Belgium Hazard, 27, hasÂ told Telefoot that the Blues were adamant he would not be sold to Real Madrid in the summer. â€œChelsea wereÂ clear with me.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 2:30 pm
Mesut Ozil seems to frustrate Arsenal fans as much as thrill them, with many citing his lack of consistency since his arrival in 2013. However, accusing the midfielder of being inconsistent in all departments seems deeply unfair when you take one particular
Posted: October 15, 2018, 2:28 pm
Vinicius Junior has aired his regret at having seen Cristiano Ronaldo depart Real Madrid before he got the chance to play alongside him. The Brazilian youngster became the most expensive teenager in world football when the Blancos struck a â‚¬46 million (Â£41m/$53m) deal with Flamengo in May 2017. Madrid are hoping to benefit from that obvious potential, but have favoured a cautious approach when it comes to his ongoing development.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 1:08 pm
Spain hosts England in the UEFA Nations League on Monday in Seville with an opportunity to wrap up first place in the group and a spot in the semifinals of the inaugural competition. Spain leads both England and Croatia by five points with all having
Posted: October 15, 2018, 12:52 pm
Barcelona are facing a defensive injury crisis, with Thomas Vermaelen having been ruled out for up to six weeks with a thigh complaint. The 32-year-old has endured a series of fitness issues throughout his time at Camp Nou, and is now facing up to another spell on the sidelines. Vermaelen will now play no part in Belgiumâ€™s upcoming friendly clash with the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 11:05 am
Sergio Romero wants Lionel Messi back in the Argentina squad as soon as possible, after the superstar announced he was taking some time away from international football after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 10:38 am
Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as his contract situation remains unresolved. Negotiations between United and the 27-year-old have been ongoing, with the Spanish international offered a Â£375,000-a-week, five-year extension, which has yet to be signed. The Sun report that United could exercise their unilateral one-year extension on his contract in January if there is no agreement, meaning that clubs across the continent would be confident of prising him away from Old Trafford in the summer.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 9:49 am
Juventus are considering offering Mario Mandzukic a new contract until 2021. Indeed, Mandzukic, who was a major part of Croatia's second-placed finish in the World Cup, reportedly turned down a financially lucrative offer from Manchester United to remain in Turin. Having joined the club in 2015 from Atletico Madrid, Mandzukic earns â‚¬5 million per season (Â£4.4m/$5.7m), but could be in line for one final payday with the Serie A giants.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 9:15 am
Speaking in the pre-match press conference on Monday, Krestinin remarked that his team have been in Malaysia for almost a week, preparing for the encounter. "We are taking the match very seriously, as Malaysia have recorded several big wins recently.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:25 am
Luke Shaw is in advanced talks over a new long-term contract as Manchester United move to thrash out the defenderâ€™s future. Shaw will be offered a huge increase on his current Â£100,000 a week contract to complete a remarkable turnaround under manager Jose Mourinho. The England internationalâ€™s deal runs out at the end of this season but United have initiated talks and are confident of sorting the terms this month.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:24 am
Laurent Koscielny hits out at Didier Deschamps as he reveals the torment of missing the 2018 World Cup
Laurent Koscielny hit out at France manager Didier Deschamps after announcing his international retirement at the weekend, with the Arsenal defender admitting that their World Cup triumph has hurt him â€œpsychologicallyâ€� more than the Achilles injury that currently has him sidelined. The 33-year-old has not played this season after missing the summer World Cup with an ankle injury, having ruptured his Achilles tendon towards the end of last season.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 7:58 am
Carlo Ancelotti praised Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, describing him as a managerial phenomenon, whose remarkable ability to project his ideas onto the pitch have made him the success he is today.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 7:44 am
Gareth Southgate criticises the Premier League's decision to start season so soon after the World Cup.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 7:42 am
Tusker goalkeeper Patrick Matasi is set to join Ethiopian club St. Georges, Goal can authoritatively report. According to a close source to the Tusker custodian, Matasi is set to depart for Ethiopia on Monday to complete the move. Goal reported in August about the impending transfer even though Tusker denied the reports.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:11 am
It would make no sense to ditch Alex McLeish as Scotland head coach before giving him every chance to qualify for Euro 2020, former Scotland international Willie Miller says. The Scots followed a Nations League defeat by Israel with Sunday's 3-1 loss in a home friendly against Portugal. And Scotland fans on social media have not taken kindly to a sixth defeat in eight games under the former Rangers and Aston Villa boss. "Alex McLeish has been invited to be the manager to get us qualified for the European Championships, so why don't we give him that time?" Miller, a former Aberdeen and Scotland team-mate of McLeish, said on BBC Scotland's Sportsound. "I think we should employ a manager to get
Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:04 am
N'Golo Kante believes beating Germany in the UEFA Nations League would reaffirm France's status as world champions.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:01 am
Caption Close FRISCO, Texas â€” Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half Sunday and the United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Heathâ€™s first came in the first two minutes of the match, and she added a second in the 29th. Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz and Morgan also had first-half goals as the United States built a 5-0 lead. Morganâ€™s second goal was a penalty kick in the 84th minute. The top-ranked United States is the defending champion of the sportâ€™s premier event, having won the final in the 2015 World Cup against Japan. It was the teamâ€™s third World Cup title. Canada, ranked
Posted: October 15, 2018, 4:32 am
Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti lauded unique Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe as a future superstar. Mbappe is among the nominees for the Ballon d'Or, after winning the World Cup with France and helping PSG claim a treble last season. The 19-year-old forward has enjoyed a fine start to the season, with eight Ligue 1 goals â€“ including a stunning four-goal haul against Lyon â€“ and two Champions League strikes.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 2:25 am
Daniel Ekonde, Special to KwesÃ©ESPN Cameroon will be without stand-in captain Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting when they face Malawi in Blantyre on Tuesday Choupo-Moting scored the only goal in the 62nd minute at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in YaoundÃ© as the Indomitable Lions defeated the Flames on coach Clarence Seedorf's home debut on Friday. Despite qualifying automatically for the 2019 AFCON as hosts, the Indomitable Lions are still taking part in the qualifying campaign in Group B. However, team press officer Lucrece Djemba has confirmed Choupo-Moting's absence from the return match, as well as that of two other players. "Absent from the trip to Malawi due to injuries are Choupo-Moting, Gaetan Bong
Posted: October 14, 2018, 10:50 pm
Gernot Rohr is proud of Odion Ighalo after he responded to his critics with three goals against Libya on Saturday. The Changchun Yatai striker helped the Super Eagles cruise to a 4-0 win over the north African in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash, with Samuel Kalu added the fourth. â€œI am very happy about the comeback of Ighalo,â€� Rohr told media.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 10:37 pm
AC Milan winger Suso says the club is in a better place now than the 'mess' that was created under the previous Chinese ownership. The club has experienced down times in recent years with Financial Fair Play being an issue for the San Siro side. Milan were originally banned from participating in the Europa League after finishing sixth last season in Serie A, but an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport saw the ban overturned.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 9:39 pm
Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah andÂ Luka Modric are all struggling following summer World Cup, saysÂ Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren has claimed all of Europeâ€™s top stars â€“ including England striker Harry Kane â€“ are suffering from post-World Cup exhaustion. Kane is aiming to end a six-game England goalscoring drought against Spain in Seville, having failed to make a breakthrough against Lovrenâ€™s Croatia on Friday night. England manager Gareth Southgate has backed his captain, while Kane has insisted he is not feeling tired.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 9:30 pm
Freshman forward Samantha Barnett defends Red Raider midfielder Jayne Lydiatt. Kansas dropped a 2-1 decision to Texas Tech Sunday afternoon at Rock Chalk Park. Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Peters couldnâ€™t stand up as the Red Raiders stormed the field in celebration just a few yards in front of her. The Red Raiders scored a goal in the final 90 seconds of the match, then again in the first 90 seconds of overtime off Kansasâ€™ own goal. â€œI donâ€™t think there was anything (Sarah) could have done about it,â€� coach Mark Francis said. The score helped Texas Tech finish off a 2-1 overtime victory over Kansas (11-3-2, 5-2-0 Big 12) Sunday afternoon at Rock Chalk Park. The Jayhawks could have moved into a three
Posted: October 14, 2018, 9:03 pm
Sergio Ramos has described Jordi Alba as one of the world's bestÂ full-backs as he continues to be overlooked by new Spain head coach Luis Enrique. One surprising element of Enrique'sÂ tenure following his post-World Cup appointment is his treatment of left-back Alba, a playerÂ he worked with at Barcelona. Alba is yet to be called up by the 48-year-old, despite previously being a key member of Spain's defence.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 7:43 pm
Sports broadcaster and commentator Peter Brackley has died in hospital aged 67 following a short illness. The former BBC Radio Sport presenter worked on Sport on 2, the forerunner to 5 live Sport, in the 1970s and 80s before working for ITV and Sky. Brackley, who began his career with BBC Radio Brighton, also commentated on Italian football for Channel 4 in the 1990s. Premier League football club Brighton paid tribute to a "lifelong fan". The Seagulls' chief executive Paul Barber said: "So many of us here at the club knew Peter well. "He was a hugely talented, knowledgeable, funny and, above all else, a good man. We will miss him. "Our condolences go out to Peter's family, including our colleague
Posted: October 14, 2018, 6:48 pm
The gap between first place and fifth place after eight weeks of last season in the Premier League was nine points, a departure from the norm. The previous two seasons saw the lead at three points. Itâ€™s two this year. Something that hasnâ€™t changed?
Posted: October 14, 2018, 5:27 pm
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has opened up on Tiemoue Bakayokoâ€™s difficult start to the season, amid reports the Chelsea midfielder could have his season-long loan deal with the Serie A side cut short. The 24-year-old was shipped out on loan by the Blues in the summer after an underwhelming first season in the Premier League following his big money arrival from Monaco. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in July, replaced Bakayoko by bringing in Jorginho from former side Napoli, whilst he also secured a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 4:23 pm
Hugo Lloris insists that being found guilty of drink-driving does not change the person he is. The Tottenham and France goalkeeper was given a 20-month driving ban and fined Â£50,000 last month after being stopped by police on August 24 and providing a sample that was more than twice the legal limit in England and Wales. Lloris suffered a thigh strain three days after the incident and only returned to action against Barcelona in the Champions League on October 3.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 4:23 pm
When you consider all the work Maurizio Sarri puts into getting ready for a match, it makes a little more sense that the anxious magician winds up with odd habits like chewing on cigarettes during the game. The Chelsea boss, 59, gave an interview to Corriere dello Sport where he admits he spends 10 hours a day getting ready for matches, (perhaps) joking that he doesnâ€™t allow himself to be disturbed. Itâ€™s a habit that came later in his managerial career, and one he believed propelled him to the stage he now ascends each weekend at Stamford Bridge and around the Premier League and Europa League.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 4:21 pm
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane has warned Bloemfontein Celtic ahead of their Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 encounterÂ next weekend. 'Mshishi' says the BraziliansÂ want to win the match andÂ hasÂ banked on the quality in their squad to lead the teamÂ all the way to the final. The fact we are playing them again, we need to win,â€� Zwane wasÂ quoted as saying by IOL.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 3:53 pm
Mats Hummels has hit out at Germany's critics, describing them as "disrespectful" and guilty of treating the team as "amateurs". Joachim Low's side are bottom of their Nations League group after a 3-0 defeat to Netherlands on Saturday, while memories of a humiliating 2018 World Cup group-stage exit are still fresh. This has led to fierce criticism from fans and media alike, but centre-back Hummels has reacted angrily to the continued scrutiny of the four-time world champions and believes Die Mannschaft should be receiving more support as they bid to reverse their fortunes.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 3:06 pm
Germany players share their opinion on their recent shortfalls, following Saturday's UEFA Nations League defeat to the Netherlands.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 2:43 pm
In a season which has very much underlined its superstars, Major League Soccer reaches its home stretch with plenty on the line for the teams of those megawatt names. [ MORE: Salah injury update ] Carlos Vela and expansion LAFC are in a race for the
Posted: October 14, 2018, 1:37 pm
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka believes Unai Emery has already improved him as a player. The Switzerland international came in for criticism during Arsene Wenger's final season in charge, but has made steady improvement this campaign under former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery. The 26-year-old has started every Premier League game for the Gunners and has been a central figure in their stunning run of nine consecutive wins in all competitions.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 1:34 pm
Antoine Griezmann is fixated on winning the Ballon d'Or because he believes it would fulfil his "dream" of ranking among Atletico Madrid's all-time greats. The shortlist for this yearâ€™s award was announced on Monday, with World Cup winner Griezmann one of 30 star-studded players to be vying for the coveted individual prize. The 27-year-old has made no secret of his hope to improve on the third-place finish he managed in 2016 and believes he has done enough to break the decade-long duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 12:01 pm
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk jokes that Jurgen Klopp was displeased with hia country's 3-0 victory because of the Liverpool bosses German nationality.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 9:31 am
Close to seeing his career stagnate, Paco Alcacer is making the most of a second chance to become Spain's top striker. Alcacer scored twice in his first appearance for Spain in two-and-a-half years to lead a 4-1 away win at Wales in a friendly last week. On Monday, the former Barcelona player will likely feature again when Spain hosts England in Seville seeking a second win over Gareth Southgate's team in the incipient Nations League.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 9:12 am
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt hints at signing former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo
Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt has hinted that they could sign former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani 'Bibo'Â Ntshumayelo. The 28-year-old player is currently on trial at the Clever Boys as he looks to relaunch his career after serving a two-year drug ban. Hunt is pleased with how Ntshumayelo is performing at training thus far as he looks to earn a deal with the Braamfontein-based club.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 7:00 am
Fabinhoâ€™s transfer was so quick to complete. The start to his Liverpool career has been the opposite. The Brazilian midfielder brought in from Monaco has had to be extremely patient in waiting to put on the red shirt, with only the League Cup and a very brief Champions League cameo to his name so far. This doesnâ€™t have him too concerned, though, and he fully expects to make an impact in a red shirt. â€œOf course I want to be playingâ€�, Goal report Fabinho as saying, â€œhowever, I know I am on a new team in a new league, and it has its period of adaptation. I already know the way our coach likes to play, Iâ€™m happy here in Liverpool. I hope that I will gradually gain a few minutes on the fieldâ€�. â€œThe
Posted: October 14, 2018, 5:00 am
Blues youngster Oleksandr Zunchenko is open to a January move to Napoli, according to the players agent. Zinchenko has made just two appearances for the blues so far this season, and almost joined the Serie A side in the summer. The Ukrainianâ€™s agent, Alan Prudnikov, has claimed he spoke with Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli earlier this year and has now suggested a deal could be resurrected. â€œWe always open to proposals coming from Italy. Napoli showed interest both over the summer and the year before, but never managed to find an agreement with Manchester City. I met with Giuntoli and we laid down the foundations of a deal with Zinchenko. But the two clubs could not agree a fee. Weâ€™d be ready
Posted: October 14, 2018, 5:00 am
The fact that there was no question marks in anybody's mindÂ when it came to Halder was testament to the midfielder's growing importance within the India setup. Much of the credit for the 0-0 draw must go to the defence which was led ably by Sandesh Jhingan and the organisation that Stephen Constantine has drilled into the side.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 4:31 am
FINAL SCORE:Â New England Revolution 2, Orlando City SC 0IN BRIEF:Â Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez scoreÂ second-half goals to give the Revs the victory.Â Box scoreHOWEVER . . .Â The Revolution were eliminated from playoff contention shortly before kickoff
Posted: October 14, 2018, 3:07 am