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Germany crowned as Portugal bag bronze

Germany wins 2017

Germany have added the FIFA Confederations Cup to their bulging collection of trophies, winning this tournament for the first time after holding off an impressive but wasteful Chile side in Saint Petersburg. They prevailed after the most intriguing of finals, which pitted Russia 2017’s youngest side against its oldest; the tournament’s deadliest attack against its […]

Kovacic and Varane were two other crises for Zidane

Raphael Varane and Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid during training

Zinedine Zidane will face the oncoming crisis with Cristiano Ronaldo with total and absolute normality, just as he did when Mateo Kovacic and Raphael Varane caused him problems. Shortly after Ronaldo went public with a desire to move from Real Madrid, the Frenchman phoned the Portuguese, taking a first step in his attempt to solve […]

Arsène Wenger hints he could stay at Arsenal for at least four more years

The relationship between Arsène Wenger and Arsenal looks more strained now than at any time in the Frenchman’s 20-year tenure at the club. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Arsène Wenger has said his appetite for management remains strong and he has hinted he wants to continue for at least four more years – preferably at Arsenal. The Frenchman, whose 20-year reign at the club reached a crisis point on Wednesday with the 5-1 mauling at Bayern Munich, said he has no intention of […]

17 dead in Angolan football match

17 dead in Angolan football match

In the northern Angolan city of Uige, 17 were pronounced dead and 61 people were injured in a match between Santa Rita and Recreativo do Libolo. Tragedy struck in the seventh minute of the match, when a group of supporters were trying to enter the stadium, producing a domino effect and leaving many supporters trapped […]

Mauricio Pochettino: Simeone is a superstar

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino sent some praise his compatriot's way, defending his vision of the game and taking in pride in the amount of courage and passion Diego Simeone gives the sport.

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino sent some praise his compatriot’s way, defending his vision of the game and taking in pride in the amount of courage and passion Diego Simeone gives the sport. Pochettino knows LaLiga well from his time at Espanyol as both a coach and a player. “Simeone is a superstar,” he said. “He […]

Di Maria: We want to knock out Barcelona…and I see a final against Real Madrid

Di Maria

For former Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming Champions League opponents Barcelona are not an invincible monster. The French champions have met the Catalonian side several times in recent years, but this will be Di Maria’s first occasion since his time in Spain’s capital. “There are new players [at PSG] and this […]

Carlo Ancelotti warns Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti

Although Real Madrid are favourites to progress from their Champions League tie against Napoli, former coach Carlo Ancelotti has suggested their passage will be far from easy. The Italians have found their best form just in time for their biggest game of the season and will be full of confidence when they face Zinedine Zidane’s […]

What Lionel Messi is asking of Barcelona before agreeing to a renewal

Messi

As soon as Pep Guardiola touched down in Manchester the speculation that Lionel Messi would follow him was completely unsurprising, yet with the Argentine’s contractual situation still unclear at Barcelona it is interesting to look at just what demands he is making before signing once more. Arguably the Blaugrana’s greatest ever footballer is in a […]

Luis Suárez sent off as nine-man Barcelona edge out Atlético Madrid

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano shows a red card to Luis Suárez during the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg between Barcelona and and Atlético Madrid. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano shows a red card to Luis Suárez during the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg between Barcelona and and Atlético Madrid. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images Luis Suárez was sent off as nine-man Barcelona held on to reach the Copa del Rey final after a 3-2 aggregate victory over Atlético Madrid at […]

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi greatest danger for Atletico Madrid – Simeone

Lionel Messi

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted that his team have not always been at their best lately, but said he was proud to be leading them into Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semifinal at home to Barcelona, where Blaugrana attacker Lionel Messi would be the greatest danger. Atletico go into the game in inconsistent form through […]

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