Soccer

Gianluigi Buffon's 1000th game just a number for evergreen goalkeeper full of surprises

In September 2013, Gianluigi Buffon had just produced a masterful performance for Italy in a 1-0 win over Bulgaria, and was surrounded by eager reporters after the match wanting to know how at the age of 35 he was still pulling off such stunning saves.<p>Buffon smiled and responded: "I don't know why …

Gianluigi Buffon

From Coman & Werner to Gabigol & Mastour - which wonderkids from 2014 are shining and which are struggling?

Some of those Goal tipped to shine in 2014 have lived up to the hype, but others have suffered setbacks in their development<p><b>ANALYSIS</b><p>As Europe’s biggest teams increasingly look to snap up the top talents at the earliest possible age, the hype surrounding young players reaches great heights. For many …

Dinamo Zagreb

Nainggolan on potential Chelsea move: 'Bring me the sun and I'll come'

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has confirmed Antonio Conte's efforts to lure him to Chelsea last summer, and the Belgian international concedes …

Chelsea FC

Arsene Wenger reveals his version of the Luis Suarez Liverpool to Arsenal fiasco, and explains £40,000,001 bid

Arsene Wenger revealed on Friday that Luis Suarez 'agreed' to sign for Arsenal in 2013, as he explained why the club made its infamous £40,000,001 bid.<p>The failed transfer was one of the most embarrassing episodes in the club's history, and prompted Liverpool owner John W. Henry to mock Arsenal on …

Luis Suarez

Arsenal and Bayern Munich slapped with UEFA fines after Champions League clash

Both clubs have been punished by European football's governing body in the aftermath of the Gunners' 5-1 loss to the Bavarians in March<p>Arsenal and Bayern Munich have been fined by UEFA following the Champions League clash between the two at the start of March.<p><b>Ozil suffers another injury</b><p>The Gunners, …

Bayern Munich

Brazil thrash Uruguay to close on World Cup place as Argentina edge past Chile

• Paulinho scores hat-trick as table-toppers Brazil win 4-1 in Montevideo • Lionel Messi penalty earns 1-0 win to lift Argentina into third place<p>Brazil were not intimidated by more than 60,000 raucous fans at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, as Tite’s side outclassed second-placed Uruguay to …

Lionel Messi

Date set for Messi appeal against tax fraud sentence

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court will consider Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi's appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud on April 20, a court spokesperson said on Friday.<p>That date is three days before the "Clasico" between Barca and Real Madrid which could go a long way …

Real Madrid

Which Chelsea EPL Legend Would Blues Fans Like to Reboot to Boost Current Team?

The Premier League table doesn't tell lies. Chelsea are 10 points clear as we enter the last eight weeks of the season, which means it's going to require a collapse of epic proportions in order to stop them claiming a sixth league title.<p>The chasing pack of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and …

Chelsea FC

Cool lob by Neymar against Uruguay

<b>Brazil's Neymar runs onto long pass from Joao Miranda, and then produces an exquisite lob over the Uruguay goalkeeper.</b><p>Neymar finishes in fine style against Uruguay.

Neymar

Isco backed to quit Real Madrid for Barcelona by Andres Iniesta and Denis Suarez

Catalans have reportedly offered Isco £17.3m signing bonus to join them as free agent in 2018<p>The Barcelona dressing room is eager for Isco to make …

Real Madrid

How will the USMNT line up vs. Honduras? Pressing questions for Bruce Arena

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s World Cup qualifying gameday for the U.S., and this one feels more tense than most. The U.S. is in real need of a win at home …

Sports

How do we save international football? Our experts offer their solutions

<b>International football is failing to draw the TV audiences like it once did and the level of interest in England continues to dwindle during long-winded and drawn out World Cup and European Championship qualifying campaigns. What can be done to turn the situation around? We asked our football</b> …

European Football

Italy's veteran manager turns to youth to restore their former World Cup glories

Gian Piero Ventura has been coaching for 41 years but the squads he has picked for Italy’s World Cup qualifiers show he has not lost his faith in young players<p>By Matt Santangelo for The Gentleman Ultra, of the Guardian Sport Network<p>Two hours of football in Berlin’s Olympiastadion were not enough to …

European Football

Carli Lloyd scores first goal for Man City in 1-0 Champions League win

Carli Lloyd scored the lone goal for Manchester City—her first since joining the club—to help the English club win the first leg of its Champions …

Carli Lloyd

Colorado’s Mallory Pugh, Lindsey Horan named to U.S. women’s roster for April friendlies

CHICAGO — Two Coloradans, Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan, were named the U.S. women’s national team roster for a pair of friendlies in Texas next …

NWSL

The future is now: Italy's young core primed to dominate Europe

Just a year ago, Italy seemed to hit a plateau. Apart from the silky brilliance of midfielder Marco Verratti, few youngsters inspired any kind of …

Italian Serie A

Luis Enrique changes up Barcelona training with bizarre drill with star players away on international duty

The international break can be a tough time for those not selected. Not only do you have to wave goodbye to your teammates, you also have to suffer …

Luis Enrique

Pressure's on teenager Christian Pulisic to produce for U.S. soccer team

Imagine a teenage Kobe Bryant, only without Shaquille O’Neal playing center for the Lakers. Or Julio Urias, with no Clayton Kershaw at the front of the Dodgers rotation.<p>And, oh, by the way, it’s up to them to get their teams back into postseason series in which they trail by a couple of …

American Soccer

Which Real Madrid Legend Would Fans Like to Reboot to Boost Current Team?

Real Madrid: one of the world's biggest clubs and one of Europe's best clubs. But they're not infallible.<p>Despite being top of La Liga and in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League, they are not guaranteed any further silverware this season. Because, like all sides, Real Madrid have weaknesses. …

Real Madrid

Germany's Weigl ruled out for Azerbaijan qualifier

Germany midfielder Julian Weigl has been ruled out of Sunday's World Cup qualifier at Azerbaijan after picking up a thigh injury in their friendly international against England this week.<p>The 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund player was taken off in the 66th minute of their 1-0 victory over England on …

German Football

'I am at the service of Madrid, not Ronaldo or Bale' - Benzema hoping for Bernabeu stay

The France international feels he has an important role at the La Liga giants in his own right and is planning an extended stay in the Spanish capital<p>Karim Benzema says he plays “for the group” at Real Madrid, not the benefit of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.<p>The Frenchman forms part of the …

Real Madrid

Watch: Milner scores a screamer in Tenerife training

James Milner lit up a short-sided game among Liverpool's squad in Tenerife with a stunning strike - and you can watch the No.7's brilliant effort now …

Liverpool FC

World Cup qualifiers 2018: Italy vs. Albania start time, TV channel, and live stream

Albania are unlikely to pose Italy too many problems in Palermo on Friday.<p>Italy have made as bright a start to their World Cup qualifying campaign as could have been realistically hoped, with Giampiero Ventura's men having picked up 10 points from their opening four matches. Only tiebreakers keep …

Italian Football

America's newest bikesharing program lets you drop off bikes basically anywhere

Earlier this month, Bay-Area-based startup Spin introduced the first large-scale deployment of a stationless bikesharing program in the US.<p>As of March 11, Austin, Texas now has hundreds of orange Spin bikes randomly scattered around the downtown area, each available for rent whenever and wherever …

Major League Soccer

Landon Donovan retires again, this time for good

After coming out of retirement last fall to join the LA Galaxy for one more shot at an MLS Cup, Landon Donovan has once again called time on his …

Major League Soccer

Daniel Sturridge expected to leave Liverpool in summer transfer window

Former Reds defender Phil Babb believes Jurgen Klopp cannot 'rely' on the England striker.<p>Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been tipped to leave …

Liverpool FC

Scouting Notebook: Brazilian Prodigy Vinicius Junior Flashing Ludicrous Talent

The South American Under-17 Football Championship is the ultimate breeding ground for prodigious South American talents, as the best 16- and 17-year-olds from up and down the continent commence battle over the course of a frantic, action-packed month of football.<p>The 2017 edition has just finished, …

AFC candidates cleared for FIFA council elections

(Reuters) - Candidates vying for the four available Asian Football Confederation (AFC) seats on the FIFA council have been cleared to stand for election by the world governing body, the AFC said on Friday.<p>The four successful candidates at May's AFC congress in Bahrain will represent Asia on the …

Asian Football

Real Madrid Are Looking To Lure Two Key Chelsea Players To The Bernabeu This Summer

Just leave Kante out of this<p>Sitting 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Antonio Conte's Chelsea are an entirely different beast …

Real Madrid

Manchester City’s Enes Unal ready to justify Turkish wonderkid hype

The striker has shone on loan with Twente this season and appears to be mastering what, for many of his compatriots, can be a difficult move overseas<p>Freddy Adu, Federico Macheda, Giovani dos Santos: the football world is full of wonderkids who never quite lived up to expectation. There are …

Manchester City FC