Football

Arsenal's Wilshere regrets new smoking mistake

Jack Wilshere #10 of Arsenal fights for the ball with Tim Cahill #17 of
New York Red Bulls during their friendly match at Red Bull Arena on July
26, 2014 in Harrison, NJ.   Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images/AFP

LONDON, July 27, 2014 (AFP) — Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has expressed regret after pictures of him smoking during a holiday in Las Vegas appeared in the British media. "The smoking? Of course I regret it," Wilshere was quoted as saying by the Sunday editions of several British newspape ... Read More

Philippe Troussier. PHOTO: AFP Troussier makes winning return to Africa
JOHANNESBURG, July 27, 2014 (AFP) — Celebrated French coach Philippe Troussier made a winning ... Read More

Minister confronts ref after Nkana triumph
JOHANNESBURG, July 27, 2014 (AFP) — Zambian sports minister Chishimba Kambwili confronted the ... Read More

France's forward Loic Remy
celebrate after a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria
at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA
World Cup on June 30, 2014.  AFP PHOTO Remy's Liverpool move collapses
LONDON, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Queens Park Rangers' French striker Loic Remy's proposed move to Liver ... Read More

Liverpool sign Croatian defender Lovren

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Croatia's defender Dejan Lovren takes part in a training session in
preperation for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil on May 23, 2014 in Bad
Tatzmannsdorf, Austria. AFP PHOTO

LIVERPOOL, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren has signed a long-term deal with Premier League side Liverpool from Southampton, his new club confirmed on Sunday. The 25-year-old becomes Brendan Rodgers' fifth signing of the summer and the third from Southampton, following striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana. The deal is reported to be worth an estimated £20 million ($33.9m). A Liverpool statement read: "Liverpool Football Club are delighted ... Read More

Jovetic brace lifts Man City over AC Milan in friendly

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

AC Milan's Riccardo Saponara (L) vies with Manchester City's Scott
Sinclair during a Champions Cup match at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on
July 27, 2014. Manchester City won 5-1.   AFP PHOTO

PITTSBURGH, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - English Premier League champions Manchester City cruised to a 5-1 triumph over Italy's AC Milan on Sunday in a weather-hit friendly at Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. Manuel Pellegrini's men stormed into an early 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Stevan Jovetic in the 11th minute and Scott Sinclair in the 14th, the two making the most of a Milan defense that struggled with Manchester City's pace down the right flank. City continued to dominat ... Read More

No 'hard feelings' for PSG Brazilian players

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Paris Saint-Germain's French coach Laurent Blanc holds a press conference on July 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO

HONG KONG, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said Saturday that he was confident that the club's Brazilian players will add to the team's success in the upcoming season despite their nation's disastrous World Cup. Brazil's national team was knocked out in a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, the worst in the five-time champion's history The Paris club's Brazilian players, including Thiago Silva and David Luiz, newly signed from Chelsea, will not have any ... Read More

Mashaba appointed to coach South Africa

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Mashaba appointed to coach South Africa

SOWETO, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba was named coach of South Africa Saturday in succession to sacked Gordon Igesund. National youth coach Mashaba was not present at the announcement in Soweto as he is in Mali with the under-20 squad. "I am thrilled to be given this opportunity and will not disappoint the people of South Africa," he replied when informed by telephone of his appointment. South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan urged the public and me ... Read More

FIFA fines Argentina for Falklands banner

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

FIFA fines Argentina for Falklands banner

ZURICH, July 26, 2014 (AFP) — FIFA has fined and reprimanded the Argentinian Football Association after the World Cup finalists put up a banner laying claim to the disputed Falkland Islands before a recent match. FIFA's Disciplinary Committee imposed a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) for the gesture before Argentina played Slovenia in a friendly in La Plata on June 7. Argentine players displayed a banner proclaiming "Las Malvinas Son Argentinas (The Malvinas are Argentinian)" to th ... Read More

Man United's Mata warms to Van Gaal tactics

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

Juan Mata PHOTO: AFP

LONDON, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata on Saturday gave his seal of approval to the new tactical system introduced by incoming manager Louis van Gaal. Having set United out in a 3-4-1-2 formation for their opening pre-season friendly against Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, with Mata playing in support of the two strikers, Van Gaal saw his new charges stroll to a 7-0 win. The 62-year-old coach used a similar formation with the Netherlands at the World Cup, where he ... Read More

Pirates edge Chiefs in 'fans' friendly

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

Pirates edge Chiefs in 'fans' friendly

SOWETO, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Orlando Pirates defeated Kaizer Chiefs 6-5 on penalties in Soweto Saturday after a goalless South African pre-season match with a difference. The starting line-ups for the annual match-up that an international brewer bankrolls were chosen by club supporters via mobile phones and the Internet. Pirates and Chiefs fans also made one second-half substitution each through mobile-phone voting and one supporter from each side sat in the team dug-outs. The match demonstr ... Read More

CSKA Moscow win Russian Super Cup

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

CSKA Moscow win Russian Super Cup

MOSCOW, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Russian champions CSKA Moscow battled back from a goal down to win their sixth Russian Super Cup on Saturday after beating nine-man Rostov 3-1 in Krasnodar. The annual Russian domestic season curtain-raiser that pits the league champions against the national cup winners was played for the second time in the southern city of Krasnodar, which also hosted the 2011 edition. Rostov, last season's Russian Cup winners, took the lead on 37 minutes through Croatian left-ba ... Read More

Defender Naby Sarr joins Sporting Lisbon

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

Lyon's French defender Mouhamadou Naby Sarr kicks the ball during the
French L1 football match Lyon (OL) vs Bordeaux (FC) on October 20, 2013
at the Gerland stadium in Lyon, central eastern France. AFP PHOTO

Lyon's central defender Naby Sarr has signed for six years with Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese club announced on Saturday. Ligue 1 side Lyon said that a one million euro ($1.3m) deal had been agreed with the Portuguese top flight side with an additional one million euro performance-related bonuses. The son of former Senegalese player Boubacar Sarr, the Marseille-born 20-year-old was a member of France's victorious under-20 World Cup team in 2013. The player's buy-out clause has been set at 4 ... Read More

Bayern to play Wolfsburg in Telekom Cup final

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (L) vies for the ball
with Moenchengladbach's Norwegian midfielder Havard Nordtveit during the
Telekom Cup semi-final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Borrusia
Moenchengladbach in the norhtern German city of Hamburg on July 26,
2014. AFP PHOTO

HAMBURG, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - German champions Bayern Munich advanced to the final of the pre-season Telekom Cup tournament on Saturday after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach on penalties following a 2-2 draw in Hamburg. Bayern, who edged Moenchengladbach 5-4 in a shootout, will face Wolfsburg in Sunday's final after they saw off Hamburg 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw. New recruit Robert Lewandowski, a prized acquisition from Borussia Dortmund this summer, scored Bayern's opening goa ... Read More



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