UEFA launches probe into abuse aimed at Ibrahimovic

Swedish striker, who has Bosnian roots, was subjected to ethnic abuse by an individual seated in a VIP box in Serbia. UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation after Italian club AC Milan’s striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was subjected to ethnic abuse in last week’s Europa League match against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia. Serbian media reported […]

‘Cash-burning machines’: Bundesliga chief slams Spanish clubs

Seifert criticises the clubs believed to be behind an effort to establish a breakaway European Super League. The head of the German football league Bundesliga has hit out at Spain’s big clubs for being “cash-burning machines” whose interest in a breakaway European Super League is driven by their business failures. Christian Seifert, chief executive of […]

UAE royal’s investment in Israeli football club put on hold

Questions over the sheikh’s finances have halted his proposed purchase of a 50 percent stake in Beitar Jerusalem. The acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem Football Club by a United Arab Emirates royal has been frozen due to questions over the sheikh’s finances. The club, which has gained notoriety for the […]

Bayern Munich win Club World Cup for sixth trophy of season

Pavard scored the only goal in Bayern’s win that led them to their sixth title in less than nine months. Bayern Munich beat Tigres UANL 1-0 in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar to lift their sixth title in less than nine months. Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of Thursday’s […]

Bayern Munich beat Al Ahly to reach Club World Cup final

Bayern Munich reached the Club World Cup final after goals in each half by Robert Lewandowski sealed a 2-0 victory over African champions Al Ahly at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, a host venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The German side will face Mexico’s Tigres in the final on Thursday after the […]

Club World Cup kicks off in Qatar against COVID backdrop

Tournament, delayed by almost two months due to the pandemic, kicks off on Thursday with stadiums operating at 30 percent capacity. The delayed 2020 FIFA Club World Cup will kick off in Qatar on Thursday as the country ramps up its preparation for the 2022 World Cup and also plays its “part for the safe […]

In Pictures: In India’s northeast, Nagas take pride in football

When someone asked the captain of independent India’s first national football team why they all played barefoot at the London Olympics in 1948, he is said to have answered: “We play football in India. Whereas you play bootball.” The captain of the team, Talimeren Ao, was a Naga, a group native to India’s northeastern frontier […]

Barcelona to sue newspaper for publishing Messi’s $674m contract

El Mundo says Lionel Messi’s deal is ‘largest in the history of sport’ and contributed to Catalan club’s financial woes. Barcelona will take legal action against the Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it published details of Lionel Messi’s current contract, which it says is worth up to 555 million euros ($674m) over four years. The […]

‘Humanity at its worst’: Man Utd star Rashford racially abused

England international receives racist abuse on social media after his team drew 0-0 with Arsenal. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says the racial abuse he received online after the 0-0 draw at Arsenal was “humanity and social media at its worst”. The 23-year-old England international said he refused to take screenshots of the multiple messages […]

Is Mesut Ozil’s ‘dream’ move to Fenerbahce a gamble?

Fenerbahce’s signing of Mesut Ozil from Arsenal has generated huge excitement among fans of the Turkish football club that has had little to cheer about in recent years. The Istanbul-based giants – one of Turkish football’s ‘big three’ clubs – have not won the Turkish Super League since 2014, an eternity for a club of […]

Cristiano Ronaldo under investigation over trip to Alps

Juventus striker allegedly broke coronavirus-related restrictions by travelling outside of Turin for his girlfriend’s birthday. Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is being investigated by police for a potential breach of Italy’s coronavirus regulations after he allegedly travelled between Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta regions. Valle d’Aosta police confirmed to the Reuters news agency on Thursday that a […]

Mesut Ozil rules out Germany comeback

Former member of the German national football team says will never play for them again. Mesut Ozil, one of the stars of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning side, has flatly ruled out a comeback for the national team as he signed a three-and-a-half contract with Turkish football club Fenerbahce. “I wish the German national team success, […]

Tuchel named new Chelsea manager

The 47-year-old former Paris St Germain coach replaces Lampard who was sacked this week. Thomas Tuchel has become the latest manager to take over the Chelsea hot seat with the Premier League club confirming the German as Frank Lampard’s replacement on Tuesday. Lampard was sacked by Chelsea on Monday – halfway through his second season […]

Asia football body axes tournaments, centralises Champions League

Forty-team Champions League will stage group games in one West Asian and one East Asian hub from mid-April amid COVID-19 pandemic. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has cancelled several tournaments and announced centralised group stages for the Asian Champions League (ACL) and AFC Cup club tournaments as it continues to battle disruptions caused by the […]

Chelsea fires coach Frank Lampard halfway through second season

Lampard leaves with the lowest points-per-game record of the dozen managers since 2003. Frank Lampard has been fired by Chelsea, halfway through his second season in charge, after being unable to replicate his success as the club’s record scorer in his first Premier League managerial job. Chelsea has lost five of its last eight Premier […]

FIFA: Breakaway European Super League ‘would not be recognised’

World football’s governing body says players risk being banned from the World Cup and other tournaments if involved. FIFA has gone on the offensive amid ongoing speculation about a European Super League, insisting any breakaway by leading football clubs “would not be recognised by either FIFA or the respective confederation”. It said in a statement […]

Bayern to face Al Ahly or Al Duhail in Club World Cup

Bayern Munich looking to add to the five trophies they won in 2020: Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and German Super Cup. European champions Bayern Munich will face either African champions Al Ahly of Egypt or the champions of hosts Qatar, Al Duhail, in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup next […]

How Zimbabwe’s footballers turned to ‘money games’ for survival

Harare, Zimbabwe – With organised football suspended in Zimbabwe due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s long-suffering footballers have once again turned to “money games” to make ends meet. On average, a club player earns 5,000 Zimbabwean dollars a month ($50 officially but $16 on the black market). The salary is less in the lower […]