Association football
Cristiano Ronaldo has stripped down to his briefs in his most revealing shoot to date
Manchester United play Sevilla with a tie delicately poised at 0-0 after the first leg
Manchester City claim both goal and miss of the season in Burnley draw
Jose Mourinho on Alexis Sanchez as Anthony Martial scores Manchester United’s winner
Real Madrid v Villarreal video, highlights: Barcelona sit 16 points clear of Real in La Liga after loss
Football fan in Ireland shows brutal force of Storm Eleanor with football trick video that goes viral
Jose Mourinho rubbishes talk of a Manchester United departure
Cristiano Ronaldo has stripped down to his briefs in his most revealing shoot to date
2018-03-13 09:06:32 CRISTIANO Ronaldo has stripped down to his smalls in his most intimate photo shoot yet — shot on location at his own mansion — for his latest underwear range. UCL: Cristiano Ronaldo was the man to cap off a brilliant team goal for Real Madrid in their last-16 second leg at Parc des Princes. SOCCER superhero Cristiano Ronaldo has stripped down to his jocks in an extremely risque photo campaign for his latest underwear range   Read More ...
Greece's top soccer league suspended after PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis invades pitch with gun
2018-03-13 00:12:52 Greece has indefinitely suspended its top soccer league, a day after the owner of PAOK Thessaloniki marched onto the field carrying a gun following a disputed goal in a match. FIFA urged Greek authorities to take swift action against PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis or face a possible suspension. Savvidis walked onto the field twice accompanied by bodyguards, and appeared to be carrying a pistol in a holster around his waist   Read More ...
Manchester United play Sevilla with a tie delicately poised at 0-0 after the first leg
2018-03-12 04:33:28 However, Jose Mourinho is learning of the exacting demands of being Manchester United manager with incessant questions over not just results, but the manner in which they are obtained. “If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care,” Mourinho said after United defeated rivals Liverpool 2-1 on Saturday despite enjoying just 32 percent possession. The problem for Mourinho is not just United’s tradition for winning while playing on the front foot under great European Cup-winning managers Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson, but that United are no longer even the best team in Manchester   Read More ...
Former Wanderers star says FFA needs to embrace football fan culture and passion
2018-03-10 12:51:13 Former Western Sydney Wanderers defender Shannon Cole believes Football Federation Australia needs to welcome fan culture and passion - and not push the game to be like other sports. The relationship between the FFA and supporters has hit an all-time low this season with A-League crowds and TV figures plummeting as the campaign progresses. There has been regular protests by fans against the governing body including the infamous demonstration by the Wanderers supporter group Red and Block Bloc during last month's Sydney derby - in which flares were lit and anti-FFA messages were displayed   Read More ...
The Covert Agent: J-League club interested in signing Newcastle Jets star Dimi Petratos
2018-03-10 12:51:04 Only days after losing Andrew Nabbout, Newcastle Jets face a fight to keep potential Socceroo Dimitri Petratos in the Hunter Valley. The Covert Agent can reveal the star midfielder is being chased by J-League club Sagan Tosu - who are believed to have narrowed their search for an attacker down to the Australian and one other player. Petratos is understood to be entertaining the idea of a move to Japan to boost his chances of national team selection in a similar move to former teammate Nabbout - with the pair sharing the same agent   Read More ...
Graham Arnold to coach Australia football team after World Cup
2018-03-08 06:12:38 Graham Arnold will succeed Dutchman Bert van Marwijk as Australia coach after the World Cup in Russia and look to guide the Socceroos to a fifth successive appearance at the global showpiece in Qatar in 2022. A stalwart of Australian soccer, the Sydney FC coach returns for a second stint in the head role, having led the national team for a year after Guus Hiddink stepped down after the 2006 World Cup in Germany   Read More ...
Soccer - Arnold to return as Australia coach after World Cup
2018-03-08 05:56:22 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Graham Arnold will succeed Dutchman Bert van Marwijk as Australia coach after the World Cup in Russia and look to guide the Socceroos to a fifth successive appearance at the 2022 global showpiece in Qatar. A stalwart of Australian soccer, the Sydney FC coach returns for a second stint in the top job, having led the national team for a year after Guus Hiddink stepped down following the 2006 World Cup in Germany   Read More ...
World Cup Power Rankings: All 32 teams rated from best to worst
2018-03-07 02:09:09 2018 FIFA World Cup Power Rankings: All 32 teams in Russia rated from best to worst With fewer than 100 days until the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia, we take a look at all 32 teams involved and rate them based on their chances in the tournament. Click through to read about each team's chances, as we explore the ins and outs of their squads, form and playing style   Read More ...
A-League Review: Newcastle and Nabbout sink Sydney, Roar edge Adelaide
2018-03-04 12:20:00 Newcastle Jets overcame Roy O'Donovan's early red card to record a stirring 2-1 win over A-League leaders Sydney FC. O'Donovan caught Jordy Buijs with a flailing arm in the 10th minute and was controversially dismissed after a lengthy review, although Newcastle brilliantly made light of their disadvantage against the A-League's dominant force. They hit the front two minutes before half-time when Nikolai Topor-Stanley went down in the box under a light push from Buijs, who saw Dimitri Petratos convert from the spot after the VAR failed to spare Sydney   Read More ...
A-League All Stars: Who would make a North vs South game?
2018-03-02 12:47:38 With Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku suggesting an American-style All-Star game for football, who would be picked for an A-League version? The A-League All Stars concept has been dead since Juventus defeated a compilation of the Australian league's best players in 2014. But after Lukaku's idea for a Premier League All Stars game dividing England into a north and south team, why couldn't we do the same in Australia? The North XI, would be represented by Brisbane Roar, Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners, Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC   Read More ...
Ruthless Liverpool run riot to go second in the Premier League
2018-02-25 03:06:45 Liverpool have stretched their unbeaten home run in the Premier League to 16 games and moved to second after yet another devastating performance at Anfield gave them a 4-1 win over West Ham. Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan's Brighton did their survival hopes a favour by beating Swansea by the same scoreline, while injured countryman Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield also had a win, 2-1 over last-placed West Brom   Read More ...
Aloisi blasts ref after Brisbane Roar's loss to Newcastle Jets
2018-02-24 13:12:09 Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has blasted the referees for costing his side a share of the spoils in their 1-0 A-League defeat to the Newcastle Jets. A 79th-minute strike from Joseph Champness was all the Jets needed to record their 11th win of the season, which mathematically ensures they cannot drop out of the top six. But Aloisi was incensed his side was denied what looked a clear penalty in extra time on Saturday   Read More ...
Can English Premier League clubs conquer Europe?
2018-02-23 04:10:22 Given the hegemony of Real Madrid and Barcelona as the leading two soccer teams on the planet it might often appear that things are set in stone in the football world. But change comes, and often quickly - even in the biggest leagues and best-known competitions. Admittedly the dominance of money in the major leagues makes it harder to crack the established order: the big clubs, with their ability to generate more cash and therefore buy better players, tend to consolidate their position and go on to earn even more success   Read More ...
Champions League: Manchester United saved by superb David de Gea
2018-02-22 00:22:02 Seville: Goalkeeper David de Gea added another heart-stopping save to his collection as Manchester United held Sevilla to a goalless away draw in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday. The Spain international foiled the home side’s Colombian striker Luis Muriel from point-blank range at the end of the first half not long after tipping over an overhead kick from Argentine defender Gabriel Mercado   Read More ...
A-League clubs ask FIFA to overhaul governance of FFA and Australian football
2018-02-21 10:10:49 A-League clubs have called for FIFA's assistance with a large-scale overhaul of the administration of football in Australia and requested Football Federation Australia's board be "disqualified" from any future role in the formation of the expanded congress. A joint mission of representatives from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation met with several A-League club chairmen for more than two hours on Wednesday afternoon to help solve the impasse over the expansion of the FFA's membership tier   Read More ...
Mile Jedinak plays but Tim Cahill benched in the UK
2018-02-21 06:31:40 There were mixed results for Australia's international soccer players in the English Championship with Mile Jedinak playing a full game for Aston Villa while Tim Cahill was unused by Millwall. Cahill remained on the bench while fellow Australian James Meredith played 90 minutes as the hosts fought back from a goal down to defeat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1. The 38-year-old Cahill has made just two late cameos off the reserves bench in England's second tier competition since he rejoined the Foxes late in January   Read More ...
FIFA given clear view of fractures in Australian football after first day of joint mission
2018-02-20 09:12:29 A three person delegation from FIFA, world football's governing body, and the Asian Football Confederation met several stakeholder groups in Sydney on Tuesday in the first of three-days of meetings to help break the impasse over Football Federation Australia's failed attempts to expand its congress. In their talks one-on-one with groups representing referees, coaches, women's football, supporters, semi-professional clubs and male and professional players, the joint mission began to gain an unrestricted view of the root causes of each of Australian football's problems   Read More ...
Sydney FC put Asian Champions League ahead of A-League derby
2018-02-20 08:12:01 Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold will pick his strongest team to face Shanghai Shenhua in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday, despite the short turnaround and lengthy travel to China and back before Sunday's A-League derby. After losing their opening round ACL match at home to Suwon, Arnold will use everything in his arsenal to put the Sky Blues hopes back on track despite the lure of resting players to keep them fresh for their last ever derby against Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium   Read More ...
FA Cup: Will Grigg's on fire as Wigan Athletic stun 10-man Manchester City
2018-02-20 05:03:43 Third-tier Wigan Athletic lived up to the billing as Manchester City's bogey team by beating the 10-man Premier League leaders 1-0 in a stunning FA Cup fifth round upset on Monday. Will Grigg coolly slotted home the winner in the 79th minute to trigger chants of "Will Grigg's on fire" around the DW Stadium. The defeat ended City's hopes of an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season   Read More ...
Clubs see timing of FFA expansion call as cynical
2018-02-19 07:07:54 Football Federation Australia might have thought it would get a PR boost from the announcement that it planned to increase the A-League to 12 teams, with two expansion franchises for the 2019-20 season, but it has been met by an underwhelming response from two key club bodies. The Australian Association of Football Clubs, the body leading the push for a second tier for the professional game, was shocked by the FFA's failure to mention the prospect of a second division in the announcement that A-League expansion was firmly on its agenda   Read More ...
W-League: Melbourne City seal third title to shatter Sydney FC in the final
2018-02-18 10:09:00 Sydney FC's dream run crashed at the final hurdle after losing a home decider to Melbourne City, who continued their dominance of Australian women's football with a third triumph in as many seasons. Of their three titles, this was perhaps their least convincing, having never led in the regular season, but it mattered little to those connected with Melbourne City. The championship was just reward for the huge investment the club has made in it's women's program   Read More ...
Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick in hot water for slamming officials
2018-02-17 08:08:46 Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick could find himself in hot water for post-match comments slamming the performance of officials during his team's 2-2 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night. In yet another match marred by farcical use of the Video Assistant Referee that brought play to a lengthy standstills on three occasions, the Wanderers were awarded a controversial penalty for a Jets handball from a deflection   Read More ...
VAR overshadows Western Sydney Wanderers' thrilling draw with Newcastle Jets
2018-02-16 14:24:17 Two coaches from the same game have slammed the use of the Video Assistant Referee after Newcastle Jets' thrilling draw away to Western Sydney Wanderers was overshadowed by farcical delays, officiating and decisions. Jets coach Ernie Merrick was dismayed at what he described as a "disgraceful" performance from the referee and the VAR which lead to more than 7 minutes of injury time in their 2-2 draw at Spotless Stadium on Friday night, joining the chorus of coaches, players and pundits suggesting it is turning fans away from the game   Read More ...
Newcastle in shock Premier League win over Manchester United
2018-02-11 18:12:47 London: Matt Ritchie lifted the gloom on Tyneside with the winner in Newcastle United's crucial 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday – their first three-point haul at home since October. Newcastle had fallen into the bottom three before kickoff after Huddersfield Town's earlier win over Bournemouth, but they responded with a vibrant display capped by Ritchie's 65th minute effort   Read More ...
Rugby, soccer alliance could fix Ballymore
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Socceroos injury scare as Aaron Mooy injured at Bournemouth
2018-02-11 17:09:09 London: Australia's World Cup chances and Huddersfield's Premier League survival hopes may have taken a hit despite the Terriers' emphatic 4-1 win over Bournemouth. Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy was stretchered off with a knee problem 15 minutes from time. The 27-year-old had his head in his hands as he left the turf at the John Smith's Stadium with reports suggesting the former Wanderers and Melbourne City linchpin had suffered a deep cut following a clash   Read More ...
Mat Ryan the Brighton hero after penalty save
2018-02-11 01:14:48 Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan's magnificent late penalty save has salvaged a precious Premier League point for Brighton & Hove Albion at struggling Stoke City. Chris Hughton's side took a deserved lead through Jose Izquierdo's first-half opener but third-bottom Stoke equalised through Xherdan Shaqiri in the second half. But there was late drama in the 88th minute when referee Bob Madley pointed to the spot after Dale Stephens tussled with Jese in the box   Read More ...
Aguero claims four as Manchester City put on another demolition
2018-02-10 23:28:46 Sergio Aguero scored four second-half goals as Manchester City beat Leicester City 5-1 to extend their lead at the top of the EPL to a massive 16 points. Raheem Sterling put City in front after just three minutes and although Jamie Vardy equalised on 24 minutes, Aguero scored a 19-minute hat-trick and added a fourth in injury time to clinch a commanding victory   Read More ...
FIFA World Cup 2018: Motivated Bert van Marwijk out to make his mark
2018-02-10 12:12:56 After his first, and perhaps only, week in Australia as Socceroos coach, what do we now know about Bert van Marwijk? He's a keen student of the game, loves Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. He's not too keen on the A-League, or bringing his squad home for a farewell friendly in May. Unlike possession-mad predecessor Ange Postecoglou, he's not philosophically wedded to any one strategy   Read More ...
Wayne Rooney reveals desire to manage Everton after playing days
2018-02-10 05:10:22 There comes a point in every footballer's career when the end creeps closer and you consider the dreaded question: what next? Wayne Rooney has much more to offer as an Everton player, but, as we sit down to discuss his achievements in the game, he is at his most impassioned when contemplating his future. "The main thing I want to have a go at is management," he tells me   Read More ...
Liam Miller dies aged 36 after former Brisbane Roar, Celtic, Manchester United midfielder diagnosed with cancer
2018-02-10 02:09:26 A-League champion and former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has died, aged 36. Liam Miller's career Born: February 13, 1981 It was revealed Miller had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year. Miller won the A-League championship with the Brisbane Roar in the 2013-14 season, making 20 appearances and scoring three goals that season. He made 21 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring one goal   Read More ...
Tim Cahill given standing ovation in late run out return for Millwall
2018-02-10 01:09:44 Tim Cahill made his first appearance for Millwall since the 2004 FA Cup final in the Championship team's 1-1 home draw with Cardiff City. The Socceroos' record goalscorer came off the bench to a standing ovation in the 90th minute of Friday night's clash at The Den - for his first senior team action since leaving Melbourne City in early December   Read More ...
'Completely unacceptable' that women playing sport have nowhere to change
2018-02-10 00:12:08 For years, women at the Lara United Football Club have been getting changed on the side of the pitch and in cars, or arriving an hour early because the ground only has one changeroom. Former captain Claire Dew said it had been frustrating, given that 40 per cent of the soccer club's members were female. They have to share the changerooms with the men's teams   Read More ...
Central Coast Mariners' Antony Golec recounts extraordinary saga through Tansnistria and Iran
2018-02-09 08:13:09 It was pitched as the move that would give Antony Golec his best chance of playing in the illustrious UEFA Champions League, but buried in the fine print was a relocation to a country that doesn't exist. It was January 2016 and Golec was struggling for consistent football at Perth Glory when an offer to join Moldovan champions Sheriff FC arrived on his desk   Read More ...
Premier League 2017-18: Donald Trump's tax reform leads to Manchester United loss
2018-02-09 01:11:41 Manchester United have blamed Donald Trump's overhaul of the US tax system for their high half-year loss. United, who are owned by American tycoons the Glazer family, were forced to make an accounting write-off of almost £49 million after the US president's reforms resulted in the corporate tax rate being cut from 35 per cent to 21 per cent in December   Read More ...
Premier League 2017-18: Watford late show sinks 10-man Chelsea
2018-02-06 00:17:28 Ten-man Chelsea suffered another setback in their stumbling season as they lost 4-1 at Watford on Monday after conceding three late goals to suffer their second straight Premier League defeat. Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra all scored late on after Eden Hazard had dragged Chelsea back into the game with a curling shot in the 82nd minute. Mid-table Watford had taken the lead in the 43rd with a Troy Deeney penalty after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois brought down on-loan Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu   Read More ...
FIFA World Cup 2018: Tim Cahill scores for Millwall under-23s
2018-02-05 23:14:57 Tim Cahill has enjoyed a successful first appearance in his return to Millwall, grabbing a goal for the under-23s side in a 3-2 win over Coventry City. Despite being 38 years old, the veteran Socceroo was allowed to take the pitch, with rules allowing for each side to field three overage outfield players in their starting line-up. His close-range finish in the first half gave the Lions a 2-1 lead before the teams went to the half-time break at 2-2, a stalemate looming until Millwall grabbed a 90th minute winner   Read More ...
FIFA World Cup 2018: Cap Daniel Arzani for Socceroos quickly, urges John Didulica
2018-02-05 22:16:46 It's a no-brainer to give Daniel Arzani a Socceroos cap before the teen revelation is snapped up by Iran, players union chief John Didulica says. Arzani's mesmerising A-League rise with Melbourne City has made him the subject of an international tug of war before the World Cup. The 19-year-old admitted last week he had "no idea" if he wanted to represent Australia or Iran, prompting calls for new Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk to select him for Russia 2018 and give him a senior competitive cap   Read More ...
Melbourne City on track for ACL but face stern test against Sydney
2018-02-05 05:11:30 Melbourne City's 2-1 win over Brisbane in Queensland on Sunday night keeps them in striking distance of second placed Newcastle Jets, 2-0 winners over Melbourne Victory 24 hours earlier, on the A-League table. But just as importantly, it means that Warren Joyce's side is in a strong position to achieve something that no previous City team has done - qualify for the Asian Champions League   Read More ...
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp furious with penalty to Spurs' Harry Kane
2018-02-04 23:10:25 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was fuming at the decision to award Tottenham Hotspur a last-gasp penalty in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield on Sunday and the linesman bore the brunt of his ire. The hosts looked to be on course to go five points clear of Tottenham in fifth place after Mohamed Salah had put them 2-1 ahead in the 91st minute before Spurs were awarded a penalty   Read More ...