Belgian league leaders, Antwerp secured a shock 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur while AC Milan extended their unbeaten run to 23 games as they won 3-0 against Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday. Veteran striker Lior Refaelov’s first-half goal gave Antwerp their second win in Group J and...
Former Brazil striker Ronaldinho Gaucho said on Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating. The ex-FC Barcelona and Paris St-Germain (PSG) player was in Belo Horizonte, where he played for local side Atletico Mineiro, when he got his diagnosis. “I arrived in BH (Belo Horizonte) yesterday (Saturday) and...
FIFA has suspended Trinidad and Tobago from international football after its football association (TTFA) pursued a dispute through the country’s High Court in contravention of the world governing body’s statutes. The TTFA and FIFA have been at loggerheads since March after the world governing body dissolved the executive of the...
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday said he contemplated leaving Arsenal but opted to extend his contract. Aubameyang said his change of heart came after manager Mikel Arteta revitalised the English Premier League club and told him that he could leave behind a legacy at the Emirates Stadium. The Gabonese, Arsenal’s top goalscorer...
Bayern Munich beat Sevilla 2-1 after extra time on Thursday to lift the UEFA Super Cup and complete a quadruple under coach Hansi Flick. The match was the first European game played with fans in the stands since the sport returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Substitute Javi Martinez headed in the...
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday hit out at fans who sing and cheer at football matches, saying they were frustrating the fight against COVID-19 amid a surge in infections. Limited crowds have been allowed back in Dutch stadiums since the start of the new season this month. But that...
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said on Sunday he was not out to copy anyone, after beginning his new career with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sampdoria in Serie A. Pirlo, who only received his coaching badge last week, has cited Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte as his biggest...
Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is on the verge of sealing a move to Inter Milan from FC Barcelona after landing in Milan on Sunday. Inter Milan’s official Twitter account published a photo of Vidal’s arrival and a video of the 33-year-old player saluting fans saying “Hi Inter, I’m here”. Vidal, who...
African countries are gearing up for a return to international football in October but with many borders throughout the continent still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic most teams are headed to Europe to play. Cameroon are travelling to the Netherlands, Guinea to Portugal, while the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and...
Everton’s impressive 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday was their first against them for eight years, but of greater significance was the impact of their new signings. Optimism was hardly high at the end of the last campaign as Everton finished down in 12th place. But it has returned in...
Newly-promoted English Premier League (EPL) clubside Fulham have signed wing-back Ola Aina on a season-long loan from Italian Serie A side Torino. Fulham also have an option to make the 23-year-old’s arrival permanent and the Nigeria international said he was happy to return to London where he was born and...
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th goal for Portugal in their Nations League clash away to Sweden on Tuesday. The goal scored by Ronaldo meant he joined Iran’s Ali Daei as the only male player to score 100 goals or more in international soccer. Having been denied on a number of occasions...
Lionel Messi arrived at Barcelona’s training ground on Monday as he begins to reintegrate with the team following his failed attempt to leave the club this summer. Messi was seen driving into the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despi at just after 4:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Monday, where he...
English Premier League (EPL) clubside Everton on Saturday said they have signed Brazil midfielder Allan from Italian side Napoli on a three-year deal. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported Everton had paid a fee of around 25 million pounds to Napoli for the 29-year-old. Allan...
Former Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade is dead. He died yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after suffering cardiac arrest. We gathered that Babalade, 48, died while he was being taken to the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He was a squad member of the Eagles that won bronze...
Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez has said he was ready to end his ill-fated spell at former club Manchester United after only one training session with the Premier League side. Manchester United had signed Chile international Sanchez in January 2018 after he scored 80 goals in three and a half...
Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium could once again ring to the sound of chanting fans next month, with the English Premier League club on Wednesday, saying it planned to allow a reduced crowd. Matches had been played in empty stadiums since Premier League’s coronavirus lockdown was lifted in June. But last week, 2,500...