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Smith hopes for centenary victory

Monday, February 28, 2011

Kelly Smith hopes to mark her 100th international cap with victory as England prepare to face Italy in the Cyprus Cup.

Everton's Saha in Ferrari crash

Everton striker Louis Saha crashes into a fence while driving his Ferrari on a country road in Cheshire.

Fewer player sales hits Arsenal

Premier League club Arsenal makes a loss for the six months to December, after making less money on player sales.

Bantams make Jackson interim boss

Bradford City will continue to consider managerial applications from "very good candidates" while former player Peter Jackson takes interim charge.

Hughes sorry after Mancini spat

Fulham manager Mark Hughes apologises after his side's 1-1 draw at Manchester City was marred by a spat with City boss Roberto Mancini.

Oldham fail to pay players' wages

Oldham Athletic confirm their players have not received their wages for February because of a "cash-flow issue".

Drug test resulted in Mensing ban

Hamilton midfielder Simon Mensing serves a month-long suspension after testing positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.

SPL opts for earliest ever start

The 2011/12 Scottish Premier League season will kick off on 23 July, with clubs allowed to postpone one early game to appear in friendlies.

Rooney escapes FA ban over clash

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will face no action from the Football Association after appearing to elbow Wigan midfielder James McCarthy on Saturday.

Scottish footballer banned for doping

A Scottish Premier League player has served a month long ban after testing positive for a stimulant found in dietary supplements.

Chinese team to participate in IFA Shield

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A noted soccer club from China is likely to be seen in action in the IFA Shield football tournament to be held in Kolkata from March 11.

Grozny eye Brazil's retired Ronaldo

Terek Grozny, an ambitious side from Russia's war-torn Chechnya, are set to offer Brazil legend Ronaldo $8 million to reverse his retirement, a Moscow daily reported.

Platini warns Croatian teams face ban

UEFA president Michel Platini has warned Croatia its national and club teams face a lengthy suspension from European competitions if fan violence continues.

Brazil facing WC preparations challenges

Brazil is facing serious hurdles in its race to upgrade airports, improve infrastructure and build stadiums before the 2014 World Cup, according to a report from a government watchdog.

Ecuador's Bolanos shot in the arm

LDU Quito's Ecuador midfielder Luis Bolanos is in hospital after being shot in the arm on Friday but is out of danger, a director of the club said.

Weakened Bagan face Churchill test

When you have nothing to lose, you can be doubly dangerous. That's what Subhas Bhowmick is hoping for as his injury-crippled Mohun Bagan gear up for their 16th-round I-League encounter against Churchill Brothers at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday.

Salgaocar to be cautious vs ONGC

Top-placed Salgaocar will have to be at their cautious best when they take on ONGC on Sunday in the return match of the I-League, at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda.

'Sao Paulo will host 2014 WC opener'

Sao Paulo will "without question" host the 2014 World Cup opening match, according to the mayor of Latin America's biggest city even though work has yet to start on its stadium.

Indian Arrows hold East Bengal 1-1

Indian Arrows maintained their unbeaten streak at home with an impressive 1-1 draw against East Bengal in a Round XVI encounter of the I-League.

Viva Kerala rally to hold Pune FC

One weakness that hosts Pune FC need to badly rectify is their defensive lapses and this is what cost them valuable points against a tricky Viva Kerala side who staged rallied from 0-4 down to draw level with the hosts in a 16th round match of the I-League.

Hummels seal 3-1 win for Dortmund

Defender Mats Hummels sealed a 3-1 win for Borussia Dortmund at Bayern Munich on Saturday as the Bundesliga leader won at the Olympic Stadium for the first time since 1991.

Mohun Bagan let Churchill off the hook

Mohun Bagan let Churchill Brothers SC off the hook at Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday. That was how Churchill coach Vincent Subramanium summed up Saturday’s 16th-round I-League match.

Qatar name Rajeva as new coach

Serb Milovan Rajevac was named coach of the Qatari national side after Bruno Metsu was axed from the job following the team's failure to advance past the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup.

Cisse files lawsuit against Olympiakos

Djibril Cisse filed a lawsuit against Olympiakos owner Vangelis Marinakis for slander, verbal abuse and threats against him, the player's lawyer said.

Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund 1:3 Highlights

German Bundesliga: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund 1:3. Match highlights.

Everton vs Sunderland 2:0 MOTD

English Premier League: Everton FC vs Sunderland AFC 2:0.

Aston Villa vs Blackburn 4:1

English Premier League: Aston Villa FC vs Blackburn Rovers 4:1.

Wigan vs Manchester United 0:4 MOTD

English Premier League: Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United 0:4.

Blackpool vs Tottenham 3:1 Highlights

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

English Premier League: Blackpool FC vs Tottenham Hotspur 3:1. Highlights.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2:1 Highlights

Spain, Liga BBVA: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2.1. Highlights.

UEFA opens case against Gattuso

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gennaro Gattuso faces the prospect of disciplinary action for his headbutt on Tottenham assistant coach after UEFA said it was opening a case.

Barrios strikes to extend Dortmund's lead

Borussia Dortmund went 13-points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table after their 2-0 win at home to St Pauli as striker Lucas Barrios got amongst the goals.

Bagan denied practice on match eve

Denied practice on I-league match eve at the Sree Kanteerava stadium, Mohun Bagan coach Subash Bhowmick on Saturday blamed Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) for their failure to ensure the minimum requirements.

Chirag face the Salgaocar test

It's difficult to reach the top, but is even more difficult to stay there. That is what Salgaocar coach Karim Bencherifa believes, having learnt it the hard way.

Inter hit early winner to beat Cagliari

Inter Milan prepared for its Champions League match with Bayern Munich in midweek with a 1-0 win at home to Cagliari on Saturday.

Real Madrid beat Levante 2-0 in Spain

Mourinho's home record in league matches was never under threat as his side eased past Levante 2-0 to close within 2 points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Mainz vs Bayern 1:3 Highlights

German Bundesliga: FSV Mainz 05 vs Bayern Munich 1:3. Match highlights.

Manchester United vs Crawley 1:0 Highlights

English FA Cup: Manchester United vs Crawley Town 1:0. Match highlights.

Inter Milan vs Cagliari 1:0 Highlights

Italian Serie A: Inter Milan vs Cagliari Calcio 1:0. Match highlights.

Stoke vs Brighton 3:0 Highlights

English FA Cup: Stoke City FC vs Brighton Hove Albion FC 3:0. Highlights."

Lorient vs Bordeaux 5:1 Highlights

French Ligue 1: FC Lorient vs Girondins de Bordeaux 5:1. Match highlights.

Marseille vs St Etienne 2:1 Highlights

French Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs AS Saint Etienne 2:1. Match highlights.

Bologna vs Palermo 1:0 Highlights

Italian Serie A: Bologna FC vs US Palermo 1:0. Match highlights."

Man jailed for punching Stevenage player after FA Cup win

Friday, February 18, 2011

A man who ran on to the pitch and punched a Stevenage player after the team's FA Cup tie win over Newcastle United is jailed for 12 weeks.

Israel coach Fernandez suspended

Israel coach Luis Fernandez is suspended from football with immediate effect by world governing body Fifa.

Quick return expected for Corluka

Tottenham's Vedran Corluka should be back in full training in a "few weeks" after he sprained his ankle in a bad tackle by AC Milan's Mathieu Flamini.

Cotterill secures Portsmouth loan

Swansea City winger David Cotterill has joined Championship rivals Portsmouth on a month-long loan deal.

Euro final ticket prices revealed

Football fans will have to pay £176 for the cheapest tickets on general sale for this season's Champions League final at Wembley.

Essien's Ghana comeback uncertain

Chelsea star Michael Essien rules out a return to the Ghana squad for their upcoming matches against Congo and England.

Southend face new winding-up bid

Southend United are facing another winding-up petition for unpaid taxes, reports BBC Essex.

Gers failed to capitalise - Weiss

Vladimir Weiss is frustrated that Rangers allowed Sporting back into their Europa League tie to draw 1-1 at Ibrox.

Crosas exits Celtic to join Volga

Spanish midfielder Marc Crosas announces he has left Celtic to join Russian top-flight newcomers Volga.

Injured Ricketts out for season

Bolton's Sam Ricketts will not play again this season after rupturing his Achilles tendon during the FA Cup fourth-round replay win at Wigan.

Diouf will stay cool - Bougherra

Madjid Bougherra expects controversial Rangers team-mate El Hadji Diouf to stay cool in Sunday's Old Firm derby at Celtic Park.

Villa's Cuellar out for a month

Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar is sidelined for a month with a torn hamstring, while Luke Young is close to returning.

Dalglish seeks Reds cutting edge

Kenny Dalglish admits that Liverpool lacked attacking threat after drawing 0-0 at Sparta Prague in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie.

Lampard warns of Blues 'disaster'

Frank Lampard admits it would be a "disaster" if Chelsea failed to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Giggs signs new Man Utd contract

Veteran Welsh winger Ryan Giggs signs a one-year contract extension at Manchester United.

UEFA opens case against Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso faces the prospect of disciplinary action for his headbutt on Tottenham assistant coach after UEFA said it was opening a case.

Renedy, Manju to play for Bhutia's team

Baichung Bhutia has roped in Renedy Singh and NS Manju to play alongside him for his club United Sikkim Football Club in the I-League second division.

Podolski lifts Cologne out of drop zone

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lukas Podolski struck twice to lift Cologne out of the bottom three following their 4-2 win over Mainz, as his team picked up their second consecutive league victory.

Mallorca beat Bilbao 1-0

Pierre Webo's early goal led Mallorca to a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish League on Monday.

Flamengo remains perfect in Rio

Deivid scored the lone goal to give Flamengo a 1-0 win over Resende on Sunday for its seventh straight win in the Rio de Janeiro championship.

Foes reunited in Champions League

There was a distinct air of deja vu about the draw for the Champions League round of 16, with six teams drawn to face sides they encountered during last season's competition.

Boca Juniors crushed 4-1 by Godoy Cruz

Boca Juniors' image as Argentine title favourites took a severe battering in a 4-1 home defeat by Godoy Cruz in their opening match of Clausura championship.

'FIFA virus not to blame for Barca slip'

David Villa refused to blame the distraction of last Wednesday's international fixtures for the La Liga leaders' slip-up at Sporting Gijon on Saturday.

Socceroos to get bigger match fees

The recent success of the Australian national team has earned them bigger match fees and a greater share of commercial revenues, Football Federation Australia said on Monday.

Sky is the limit for Tottenham: Redknapp

Having reached the Champions League second round, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes there are no limits to what his young team can achieve.

FIFA to rule on Okazaki's Stuttgart move

World soccer's governing body FIFA will later on Tuesday rule whether Japan striker Shinji Okazaki can play for German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.

David Beckham's libel lawsuit dismissed

English football star David Beckham's 25 million-dollar libel and slander lawsuit against a magazine was dismissed by a US District Court judge.

City held as Salonika preserve record

Aris Salonika kept their 41-year unbeaten home record in European competition by holding Man City to a 0-0 draw in their Europa League last-32 first leg game.

Two-match suspension for EB's Okpara

East Bengal's Uga Okpara was slapped with a two-match suspension and a fine of Rs 20,000 while Mohun Bagan forward Asim Biswas' suspension has been extended by one match.

ONGC hold Arrows to draw in I-League

A goal in the dying minutes helped ONGC rally from a goal down and eke out a 1-1 draw against Indian Arrows in a Round 15 I-League match.

UEFA opens case against Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso faces the prospect of disciplinary action for his headbutt on Tottenham assistant coach after UEFA said it was opening a case.

Palermo vs Fiorentina 2:4 Highlights

Monday, February 14, 2011

Italian Serie A: US Palermo vs AC Fiorentina 2:4. Match highlights.

Juventus vs Inter Milan 1:0 Highlights

Italian Serie A: Juventus FC vs Inter Milan 1:0. Match highlights.

Espanyol vs Real Madrid 0:1 Highlights

Spain, Liga BBVA: RCD Espanyol vs Real Madrid 0:1. Match highlights.

Ballack misses training, undergoes test

Bayer Leverkusen's Michael Ballack missed training and underwent a medical check for a knee injury.

Serie A: Napoli won't talk about the title

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri refused to use the word title after his side's impressive 2-0 win at Roma kept them well and truly on Serie A leaders AC Milan's heels.

'Roberto Carlos moving to Russian club'

Corinthians says veteran left back Roberto Carlos has signed for Russian club Anzhi.

I-League: Salgaocar beat Viva Kerala

Yusuf Yakubu scored a brace as Salgaocar demolished Viva Kerala 4-0 to move into the top of the points table in their 14th round I-League match at the Nehru stadium.

Podolski lifts Cologne out of drop zone

Lukas Podolski struck twice to lift Cologne out of the bottom three following their 4-2 win over Mainz, as his team picked up their second consecutive league victory.

Bale may miss Milan clash: Redknapp

Gareth Bale is likely to miss Tottenham's Champions League clash with AC Milan due to an ongoing back injury, said Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

Flamengo remains perfect in Rio

Deivid scored the lone goal to give Flamengo a 1-0 win over Resende on Sunday for its seventh straight win in the Rio de Janeiro championship.

Foes reunited in Champions League

There was a distinct air of deja vu about the draw for the Champions League round of 16, with six teams drawn to face sides they encountered during last season's competition.

Boca Juniors crushed 4-1 by Godoy Cruz

Boca Juniors' image as Argentine title favourites took a severe battering in a 4-1 home defeat by Godoy Cruz in their opening match of Clausura championship.

'FIFA virus not to blame for Barca slip'

David Villa refused to blame the distraction of last Wednesday's international fixtures for the La Liga leaders' slip-up at Sporting Gijon on Saturday.

Socceroos to get bigger match fees

The recent success of the Australian national team has earned them bigger match fees and a greater share of commercial revenues, Football Federation Australia said on Monday.

Brazil's Ronaldo poised to quit: Report

Former Brazil striker and three-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldo will announce his retirement on Monday, according to a Brazilian newspaper.

Manchester United vs Manchester City 2:1 MOTD

Sunday, February 13, 2011

English Premier League: Manchester United vs Manchester City 2:1.

Bayern vs Hoffenheim 4:0 Highlights

German Bundesliga: Bayern Munich vs TSG Hoffenheim 4:0. Match highlights.

Sporting Gijon vs Barelona 1:1 Highlights

Spain, Liga BBVA: Sporting Gijon vs FC Barcelona 1:1.

Milan vs Parma 4:0 Highlights

Italian Serie A: AC Milan vs FC Parma 4:0. Highlights.

Sunderland vs Tottenham 1:2 MOTD

English Premier League: Sunderland AFC vs Tottenham Hotspur 1:2.

Liverpool vs Wigan 1:1 MOTD

English Premier League: Liverpool FC vs Wigan Athletic 1:1.

Cameroon win as Eto'o fires rare blank

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The rare failure of Eto'o to score did not prevent Cameroon defeating Macedonia in friendly as teams flexed muscles before Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Spanish league threatens to halt games

Spain's professional soccer league has threatened to postpone games if the government does not agree to scrap a rule that one La Liga game per matchday must be shown on TV for free.

I-League: Bagan dogged by injuries

With four of their stars out of action, former champions Mohun Bagan will be under pressure when they take on Pune FC in the second round match of the I-League on Saturday.

Puyol likely to miss Arsenal match

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says defender Carles Puyol is nearly certain to miss the team's Champions League match at Arsenal on Wednesday.

World Cup bonus controversy is over

The French Football Federation announced that the debate over the France squad's forfeit of their World Cup bonuses was "definitively closed".

Redknapp to face trial on tax evasion

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will go on trial in July on charges of tax evasion dating from his time in charge of Portsmouth.

Bagan target a winning start in 2nd leg

Mohun Bagan made a nightmarish start to their I-League campaign, bagging just a point from their first three matches, which cost Stanley Rozario his job.

Nishant's 'B' sample also returns positive

The 'B' sample of Nishant Mehra has also returned positive, raising the possibility of an I-League player being banned for doping for the first time.

Denmark vs England 1:2 Highlights

Thursday, February 10, 2011

International friendly match: Denmark vs England 1:2. Highlights.

Germany vs Italy 1:1 Highlights

International friendly match: Germany vs Italy 1:1. Match highlights.

France vs Brazil 1:0 Highlights

International friendly match: France vs Brazil 1:0. Match highlights.

Holland vs Austria 3:1 Highlights

International friendly match: Holland vs Austria 3:1. Highlights."

Scotland vs Northern Ireland 3:0 Highlights

International friendly match: Scotland vs Northern Ireland 3:0. Highlights.

Ukraine unlikely to face suspension: FIFA

Ukraine is unlikely to face a suspension which could have cost the country the chance to co-host Euro 2012, FIFA and UEFA said on Wednesday.

Greece beat Canada 1-0 in intl friendly

Yiannis Fetfatzidis scored the lone goal in the second half Wednesday to help Greece beat Canada 1-0 in an international friendly.

Bhutia's team to play in second division

Baichung Bhutia's team United Sikkim FC will be among the 21 teams participating in the second division preliminary round matches next month.

Iran stun Russia 1-0 with late winner

Mohammad Reza Khalatbari scored a late winner and was then sent off as Iran shocked Russia 1-0 in an international friendly Wednesday.

First dope taint in I-League

In a shocking first in the history of the I-League, Mumbai FC captain Nishant Mehra tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol, a synthetic drug found in cannabis and used in parties.

Mexico welcomes coach with 2-0 win

Javier Hernandez and Edgar Pacheco scored second-half goals to give Mexico a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in an international friendly on Wednesday and give new coach Jose Manuel de la Torre a winning debut.

West Ham may get Games Stadium

An Olympic body will meet to recommend a preferred tenant for London's main stadium after the 2012 Games, with West Ham football club emerging as the favoured option.

Bayern rely on Robbery to rescue season

Bayern's hopes of rescuing a disappointing season rest on Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, who could play together when champions take on Hoffenheim.

Nishant suspended after positive test

India's national soccer league provisionally suspended Mumbai FC midfielder Nishant Mehra after a positive test for tetrahydrocannabinol.

Probables for Pre-Olympic camp named

The All India Football Federation announced a 24 member probables for the upcoming first round Pre-Olympic qualifier against Myanmar.

Lennon backs Brown in Diouf row

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Celtic boss Neil Lennon defends Scott Brown in his war of words with Rangers' El-Hadji Diouf and backs the midfielder to captain Scotland.

Pearce questions player workload

England Under-21s manager Stuart Pearce questions the wisdom of scheduling English club fixtures so close to international games.

FA changes impossible - Triesman

Lord Triesman says it was "impossible" to make important changes during his time as FA chairman.

Everton's Turner in Preston loan

Preston are to sign Everton's Scottish goalkeeper Iain Turner on a 93-day emergency loan.

Martins handed Birmingham permit

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins is finally given the go-ahead to play for Birmingham City.

Gordon pulls out Scotland squad

Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is out of Scotland's squad as Kenny Miller captains the side against Northern Ireland.

Levein hails 'talented' Scotland

Scotland may lack experience compared to Northern Ireland but have a hugely-talented squad, according to coach Craig Levein.

Clubs issue 2012 player warning

Europe's top clubs oppose their players taking part in both the European Championships and the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Speed turns attention to England

New Wales boss Gary Speed hopes his players have learnt some lessons ahead of next month's Euro 2012 qualifier with England.

New FA chairman defends Richards

FA chairman David Bernstein insists his Premier League counterpart Sir Dave Richards has been "extremely co-operative" since he took the job.

Premier duo 'missed out on Gomez'

Bayern Munich turned down bids from Chelsea and Liverpool for striker Mario Gomez during the January transfer window, the BBC learns.

Redknapp backs Van der Vaart

Monday, February 07, 2011

Harry Redknapp says Rafael van der Vaart will keep taking penalties despite his contrasting fortunes this weekend.

Hughes backs Johnson for England

Mark Hughes has challenged fit-again Fulham striker Andrew Johnson to regain his England spot.

Barclays Premier League in numbers

We look back at the latest weekend of the Barclays Premier League season with some key facts and figures.

Goals galore in Barclays Premier League

The Barclays Premier League went goal crazy as records tumbled on another remarkable weekend.

Houllier: Walker still learning

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier says England newcomer Kyle Walker is "not yet the finished article".

Torres surprised by Reds' ploy

Striker Fernando Torres admits his old club Liverpool caught Chelsea by surprise on his debut on Sunday.

Berra rallying call for Wolves

Christophe Berra has called for consistency as Wolverhampton Wanderers battle to stay up.

Tevez stresses City commitment

Carlos Tevez has stressed his passion for Manchester City saying "I don't think anyone loves the shirt more than me."

Barton still keen to sign on again

Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton is keen to sign his new contract despite Andy Carroll's departure.

Teen wins Barclays Community sports award

Rabiya Ahmed from Preston, Lancashire, has been awarded the monthly Barclays Community Sports Award.

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Real Madrid vs Sociedad 4:1 Highlights

Spain, Liga BBVA: Real Madrid vs Real Socedad 4.1. Match highlights."

Real Madrid vs Sociedad 4:1 Highlights

Spain, Liga BBVA: Real Madrid vs Real Socedad 4.1. Match highlights."

Cagliari vs Juventus 1:3 Highlights

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Italian Serie A: Cagliari Calcio vs Juventus FC 1:3. Highlights.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 3:0 Highlights

Spain, Liga BBVA: FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 3:0. Highlights.

Wigan vs Blackburn 4:3

English Premier League: Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers 4:3.

Everton vs Blackpool 5:3

English Premier League: Everton FC vs Blackpool FC 5:3.

Hughes has sights set on top 10

Fulham boss Mark Hughes targets a top-10 finish in the Premier League after a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.

Defence & officials incense Bruce

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce fumes over his leaky defence and the match officials after Stoke scored two late goals to win 3-2.

Coyle incensed by referee display

Bolton manager Owen Coyle fumes at referee Mark Clattenburg's failure to give the Trotters a penalty in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.

Martinez hails 'complete' Wigan

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez salutes his side's "complete" performance as they move out of the relegation zone with a 4-3 win over Blackburn.

Everton boss hails four-goal Saha

Everton boss David Moyes describes four-goal striker Louis Saha's display as "unstoppable" after the thrilling win over Blackpool.

Capello calls up defender Walker

Aston Villa's on-loan defender Kyle Walker is the surprise inclusion in Fabio Capello's England squad for the friendly against Denmark on Wednesday.

West Ham v Birmingham

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's game between West Ham and Birmingham in the Premier League.

Swansea v Cardiff

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's game between Swansea and Cardiff in the Championship.

Boyd and Robson expect fireworks

Former Old Firm stars Kris Boyd and Barry Robson expect a typically fiery Old Firm match in Sunday's meeting.

Reina defends Torres Chelsea move

Liverpool's Pepe Reina defends former team-mate Fernando Torres ahead of facing Chelsea's new £50m striker at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Live - Sunday football

Chelsea host Liverpool in the big game of the day on Sunday, preceded by West Ham-Birmingham in the Premier League and the Championship derby clash between Swansea and Cardiff.

Redknapp fears resurgent Chelsea

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp says Chelsea will be hard to catch, especially after their recent spending spree.

England U21s call up Chamberlain

Southampton youngster Alex Chamberlain is given his maiden call-up to the England Under-21 squad for next Tuesday's friendly with Italy.

Man Utd's Neville announces retirement

Manchester United great Gary Neville announces his retirement with immediate effect.

Smith slams Diouf media reception

Rangers manager Walter Smith speaks up in defence of new signing El Hadji Diouf after the 1-0 win over Hearts.

Man City mentality angers Mancini

Manager Roberto Mancini demands Manchester City change their attitude after Birmingham twice fight back to claim a point and dent his side's title aspirations.

Suarez quality excites Dalglish

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish reveals new striker Luis Suarez had not even trained with his team-mates before scoring in the 2-0 win over Stoke.

Young sent to see knee specialist

Aston Villa full-back Luke Young visits a specialist in London to try to solve his ongoing knee problem.

Carroll cool on Torres comparison

New Liverpool striker Andy Carroll does not feel pressure to replace former Reds favourite Fernando Torres.

'No political interference in soccer body'

Ukraine's president denied political interference in his country's soccer federation, brushing aside charges that threaten Kiev's right to co-host Euro 2012 with Poland.

Netherlands agree to play Bayern

World Cup finalist the Netherlands and Bayern Munich have agreed to play each other next year as a way of "burying the hatchet" in their long-running dispute.

Santander's new owner to focus on talent

Racing Santander's new owner, Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed, said that the club will privilege talent over star power when it comes to recruiting players.

Benfica eye Cup final after first leg win

Benfica took a major step towards booking a place in the Portuguese Cup final by beating holders Porto 2-0 away in their semifinal first leg.

Serie A: Chievo dent Napoli title hopes

Mid-table Chievo put a huge dent in second-placed Napoli's Serie A title hopes as they completed the double over their opponents this season with a 2-0 win in Verona

Bielsa to stay as Chile coach: FA chief

Chile's 2010 World Cup coach Marcelo Bielsa is staying on in the job, Chilean FA (ANFP) President Sergio Jadue said on Wednesday.

Ukrainian body bows to UEFA demands

Ukraine's football federation told UEFA it was dropping calls for the departure of its long-time president in line with demands by European soccer's governing body.

I-League: Dempo down Viva Kerala 2-0

Despite the presence of India player N P Pradeep in the Viva Kerala midfield, the home side went down 0-2 to Dempo in a 13th round I-League match.

Flamengo reception moves Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho left the pitch struggling for words to describe his emotions after his debut for Flamengo.

Ballack set to miss Italy friendly

Michael Ballack is expected to be left out when the Germany squad is named for next week's friendly against Italy as he works his way back to fitness.

Fulham vs Newcastle 1:0

English Premier League: Fulham FC vs Newcastle United 1:0.

Liverpool vs Stoke 2:0

English Premier League: Liverpool FC vs Stoke City FC 2:0.

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