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Beasley bags 3rd league goal for Puebla in loss (Mar 31, 2013 23:11 GMT)
American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored a tying goal in the 58th minute of Puebla's 2-1 loss at home to Tigres on Sunday in the Mexican first division.
Six injured at World Cup stadium re-opening (Mar 30, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Police used tear gas and smoke grenades in chaotic scenes in Brazil on Friday, as football supporters scrambled to buy tickets at the re-opening of the Arena Fonte Nova in the north-eastern state of Bahia.
Botafogo midfielder Seedorf faces six-game ban (Mar 29, 2013 12:31 GMT)
Botafogo midfielder Clarence Seedorf could be banned for six games after being sent off for leaving the pitch in "an incorrect manner" after being substituted.
Robbie Rogers: I had to quit football to come out (Mar 29, 2013 11:21 GMT)
Robbie Rogers has said he had to step away from football in order to come out as gay because it is "impossible" to do so while within the game.
Seedorf faces 12-match suspension in Brazil (Mar 28, 2013 18:16 GMT)
Clarence Seedorf is facing a suspension of up to 12 matches in Brazil after being red carded for leaving the field the wrong way following a substitution in the Rio de Janeiro state championship last weekend.
Italy seeks Argentina friendly dedicated to pope (Mar 27, 2013 20:05 GMT)
Lionel Messi's Argentina playing Mario Balotelli's Italy in a friendly dedicated to newly elected Pope Francis. That's something Italy coach Cesare Prandelli would like to see.
Asian leader wants Europe to push for winter Cup (Mar 27, 2013 19:50 GMT)
An Asian Football Confederation presidential candidate says European soccer leaders should ask FIFA to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to cooler winter months.
Duerden: Fightbacks and late scraps in Asia (Mar 27, 2013 07:00 GMT)
John Duerden reviews a frantic day of World Cup qualifying action in Asia that leaves the road to Brazil wide open.
Bradley's Egypt beats Zimbabwe as fans return (Mar 27, 2013 00:37 GMT)
Egypt beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
Messi, Argentina held 1-1 at Bolivia in qualifier (Mar 27, 2013 00:03 GMT)
Argentina fought back from a goal down to claim a potentially valuable point from its World Cup qualifier in Bolivia.
Snakes on a pitch at I-League venue (Mar 26, 2013 11:21 GMT)
A match in the Indian I-League narrowly missed the invasion of over a dozen poisonous snakes after Mohun Bagan took on Arrows on Sunday.
Beckham hails China tour as 'big success' (Mar 26, 2013 10:09 GMT)
David Beckham has hailed his recent five-day trip to China as "a big success" - but World Cup-winner Bixente Lizarazu said it showed his impact at Paris Saint-Germain would largely be off the pitch.
Joey Barton: Neymar no better than 'cat piss' (Mar 26, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has found himself in controversy after labelling Brazilian superstar Neymar as no better than 'cat piss'.
Taylor confident of England's U-20 WC chances (Mar 26, 2013 07:00 GMT)
England under-20 coach Peter Taylor is confident his side can 'go a long way' in this year's World Cup after drawing Chile, Iraq and the yet unidentified African champions.
Scolari unfazed by Russian blip (Mar 26, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Luiz Felipe Scolari denies he is concerned over Brazil's potential to challenge for the 2014 World Cup, despite the Selecao requiring a late Fred goal to salvage a 1-1 draw with Russia on Monday night.
Egypt to allow 10K fans to attend WCup qualifier (Mar 25, 2013 23:19 GMT)
About 10,000 fans will be allowed to watch Egypt's World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
Late Fred goal salvages tie for Brazil vs. Russia (Mar 25, 2013 22:44 GMT)
Fred scored in the 90th minute to give Brazil a 1-1 draw against Russia on Monday.
U.S. gets Spain, France in U20 World Cup draw (Mar 25, 2013 22:36 GMT)
Tournament-favorite Spain will play the United States, France and an African team to be determined in one of toughest groups at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Scolari wants side to play more in Brazil (Mar 25, 2013 16:17 GMT)
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes the national team should be playing more games in their own country, despite it currently being out of their own hands.
Mariners A-League ownership deal completed (Mar 25, 2013 08:03 GMT)
Central Coast have released a statement saying the A-League club's ownership restructure has been officially completed.
Duerden: England test rouses Dejan (Mar 24, 2013 09:14 GMT)
John Duerden sits down with Montenegro international Dejan Damjanovic ahead of the World Cup qualifier against England.
Mourinho thanks Pandev for backing him over FIFA (Mar 23, 2013 16:51 GMT)
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has thanked Macedonia captain Goran Pandev for his support over his allegations that FIFA's 2012 World Coach of the Year award was 'fixed.'
FIFA releases Pandev vote amid conspiracy talk (Mar 22, 2013 13:51 GMT)
FIFA has released a copy of Goran Pandev's voting paper for the 2012 Coach of the Year award, which appears to disprove the Macedonia captain's backing of Jose Mourinho's claim of "irregularities" in the vote which saw Vicente Del Bosque win the priz
Alves beckons Neymar to Europe one more time (Mar 22, 2013 12:01 GMT)
Dani Alves believes the time has come for his Brazil team-mate Neymar to make the move to Europe.
Boateng: Football needs a 'black Mourinho' (Mar 22, 2013 07:00 GMT)
AC Milan striker Kevin-Prince Boateng claims racism can be eradicated from football if there is greater multiculturalism amongst the game's most influential positions, insisting a "black Mourinho" would help to deal with prejudice.
Neymar a 'fan' of Balotelli (Mar 22, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Santos superstar Neymar admits he is a "big fan" of Mario Balotelli after witnessing the striker's superb equaliser in Italy's 2-2 friendly draw with Brazil on Thursday.
Super Mario burns Brazil with equalizer for Italy (Mar 21, 2013 22:25 GMT)
Mario Balotelli scored a stunning goal as Italy came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Brazil in an entertaining friendly in Geneva on Thursday.
UN joins soccer leaders' racism fight (Mar 21, 2013 22:11 GMT)
The U.N.'s top human rights official has joined some soccer officials and players in calling for an end to racism in sport.
Blatter tips Villar as possible successor for FIFA presidency (Mar 21, 2013 13:14 GMT)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested Spain's Angel Maria Villar as a possible rival to Michel Platini as his successor.
Pandev backs Mourinho in FIFA vote storm (Mar 21, 2013 08:45 GMT)
Napoli striker Goran Pandev has insisted his vote for FIFA Coach of the Year was changed - backing Jose Mourinho's claim that something untoward had happened.
Italy looks to end 31-year Brazil hex (Mar 20, 2013 22:14 GMT)
Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli is refusing to give Brazil any tactical clues as the Azzurri bid for a first win over the South American nation in over 30 years.
Off-form Drogba dropped from Ivory Coast squad (Mar 20, 2013 20:42 GMT)
Didier Drogba was dropped for Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifier against Gambia
Hogan Ephraim impressed by MLS since move (Mar 20, 2013 20:19 GMT)
Hogan Ephraim has been impressed by the standard of Major League Soccer in the United States since joining Toronto on loan from QPR.
Platini blasts Blatter for attacking European soccer (Mar 20, 2013 20:08 GMT)
Michel Platini has answered FIFA President Sepp Blatter's barbs over UEFA's plan to host the 2020 European Championship in 13 countries.
Beckham targets 'significant year' for China (Mar 20, 2013 09:12 GMT)
Former England captain David Beckham says it will be a 'significant year' for China as he begins his role as the country's first global football ambassador.
Webb urges FIFA to give CONCACAF more clout (Mar 20, 2013 03:50 GMT)
CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb will ask his FIFA executive committee colleagues this week to increase his region's share of influence on the panel, where it has only three of 25 seats.
Barca's Abidal returns to action after surgery (Mar 19, 2013 16:00 GMT)
Eric Abidal on Tuesday played his first match since being cleared to resume his career following liver surgery after featuring for Barcelona's reserve side in a friendly.
Di Stefano and pope: ex-street team-mates? (Mar 18, 2013 18:03 GMT)
Alfredo Di Stefano has said he may have played street football with the new pope when they were youngsters growing up in Argentina.
Africa 'must do more to combat match-fixing' (Mar 18, 2013 15:29 GMT)
African football must do more to combat match-fixing in order to restore people's faith in the game, former FIFA official Chris Eaton has said.
Times admits error over 'Dream Football League' (Mar 18, 2013 07:59 GMT)
The Times newspaper has accepted that its story surrounding a Qatari-backed 'Dream Football League' "appears to have been invented" after an internal investigation.
A-League: Postecoglou named All-Stars coach (Mar 18, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Melbourne Victory's Ange Postecoglou has been chosen by A-League fans to coach of the A-League All-Stars squad set to face Manchester United at ANZ Stadium.
A-League: CCM keep Premier's Plate race alive (Mar 17, 2013 08:45 GMT)
Central Coast Mariners have kept the race for the A-League Premier's Plate alive for another week after defeating Brisbane Roar 1-0 in Gosford.
Kelly: The Saints get their Pope (Mar 17, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Sam Kelly observes the reaction of Argentine football fans to the new Pope and the potential impact on the 2014 World Cup.
A-League: Wanderers notch 10 straight victories (Mar 16, 2013 09:57 GMT)
Western Sydney Wanderers have their eyes set on the Premier's Plate after notching their tenth straight victory with a 3-1 defeat of Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.
Duerden: Jilong declines AFC presidency (Mar 16, 2013 07:00 GMT)
East Asian football has been left in shock after the 11th hour withdrawal of Zhang Jilong for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation, writes John Duerden.
Copa Lib: Boca keep progression hopes alive (Mar 15, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Copa Libertadores runners-up Boca Juniors clinched a vital 1-0 win over Uruguayans Nacional to maintain their chances alive in the Group One.
U.S. drops to No. 33; Japan inches to 26th (Mar 14, 2013 15:34 GMT)
The United States has fallen one spot to No. 33 in FIFA's rankings while world and European champion Spain remains No. 1.
Mineiro into Copa last 16; Pato paces Corinthians (Mar 14, 2013 14:56 GMT)
Atletico Mineiro became the first team to book a berth in the Copa Libertadores last 16 as the Brazilians earned a 2-1 win over The Strongest in Bolivia.
Mexico includes 'Chicharito' vs. Honduras, U.S. (Mar 14, 2013 14:06 GMT)
Manchester United striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez was included Thursday in Mexico's 23-man Mexico squad for World Cup qualifiers with Honduras on March 22 and the United States at the Azteca on March 26.
First XI: Wild things (Mar 14, 2013 09:39 GMT)
After a pine marten made an unwelcome appearance in Switzerland, we pick out a First XI animal invasions.
New pope's 'suffering' for San Lorenzo (Mar 14, 2013 08:54 GMT)
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, elected as the new pope on Wednesday, is a fan of San Lorenzo who lives in "a permanent state of suffering" for the Argentine club.
Copa Lib: Atletico Mineiro through to last-16 (Mar 14, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Brazil club Atletico Mineiro became the first team to qualify for the Copa Libertadores last-16 after beating Bolivian side The Strongest 2-1.
United lead DFL opposition - report (Mar 14, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Manchester United is reportedly leading a number of English clubs in opposing plans to introduce a "Dream Football League" (DFL) in Qatar, according to The Times.
AFC CL: Al-Ahly top group, Al-Gharafa win (Mar 13, 2013 18:51 GMT)
Al-Ahly top Group C of the AFC Champions League after they won 2-1 at Al-Nasr, while Djibril Cisse's brace saw Al-Gharafa beat Sepahan 3-1.
Qatari FA denies 'DFL' knowledge (Mar 13, 2013 16:27 GMT)
The Qatari Football Association has denied having any knowledge of a 'Dream Football League' that would look to offer major financial incentives to the world's top clubs.
Brazil to play in charity match (Mar 13, 2013 08:59 GMT)
Brazil are to play a friendly against Bolivia in which all proceeds will be donated to the family of a 14-year-old boy who was killed by a flare during a recent Copa Libertadores game.
Qatar 'plans Dream Football League' (Mar 13, 2013 07:42 GMT)
World football could be about to experience a major shake-up with the potential introduction of the "Dream Football League" (DFL), according to The Times.
Copa Lib: Velez Sarsfield down rivals Penarol (Mar 13, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Argentinian champions Velez Sarsfield took sole leadership of Group Four of the Copa Libertadores thanks to a 3-1 home win over Uruguayans Penarol.
Holger Osieck: Socceroos will be ready for Oman (Mar 13, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck insists his side is "going to be ready" for the battle against Oman after naming his 23-man squad for the crunch World Cup qualifier.
AFC CL: Geilson rescues point for Teraktor Sazi (Mar 12, 2013 19:48 GMT)
A last-minute goal by Soares Geilson moments after coming on as a substitute ensured Teraktor Sazi FC remained at the top of AFC Champions League Group A with a 3-3 draw at El Jaish.
Brazil prosecutors accuse Barca chief of fraud (Mar 12, 2013 15:46 GMT)
Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has been accused in Brazil of illegally benefiting from an exhibition organized by his marketing company in 2008.
Herd blow for Aussies (Mar 12, 2013 07:00 GMT)
Aston Villa's Chris Herd has been ruled out of Australia's World Cup qualifier against Oman after injuring his foot in training.
Egyptian league games to continue after violence (Mar 11, 2013 16:29 GMT)
Egyptian league matches will continue despite further violence in which the headquarters of the Egyptian FA were set on fire, officials in the country have said.
FIFA suspends executive during ethics probe (Mar 11, 2013 15:19 GMT)
FIFA has suspended executive committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando while investigating corruption allegations in soccer.
Provisional ban for FIFA executive Fernando (Mar 11, 2013 15:11 GMT)
FIFA executive committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando has been suspended by world football's governing body while an investigation into corruption allegations is carried out.
Unopposed Hayatou re-elected as CAF president (Mar 11, 2013 13:09 GMT)
Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou has been re-elected without opposition for a seventh and final four-year term in charge of the organisation.
Hayatou retained un0pposed as CAF president (Mar 11, 2013 12:38 GMT)
Issa Hayatou has been re-elected unopposed as president of the African soccer confederation for a final four-year term.
Seedorf lands first trophy in charge of Botafogo (Mar 11, 2013 08:51 GMT)
Clarence Seedorf helped inspire Botafogo to the Guanabara Cup after defeating Vasco da Gama 1-0.
Gazza thinks he was near death, quits drinking (Mar 10, 2013 15:11 GMT)
Former English national team midfielder Paul Gascoigne believes he was on the brink of death when he slipped into a coma while receiving treatment for alcohol addiction in the United States.
Al-Ahly fans riot, set Egypt federation HQ ablaze (Mar 9, 2013 17:00 GMT)
An Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed the death sentences against 21 people for taking part in a deadly soccer riot but acquitted seven police officials for their alleged role in the violence. Suspected fans enraged by the verdict torched the socc
Ex-Flamengo goalkeeper convicted of murder (Mar 8, 2013 16:20 GMT)
Former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno has been convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.
Brazilian footballer found guilty over murder (Mar 8, 2013 15:50 GMT)
A Brazilian footballer has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after being found guilty of ordering the killing of his ex-girlfriend.
Duerden: China hurtling toward Beckham fix (Mar 8, 2013 08:50 GMT)
John Duerden examines China's move to appoint David Beckham as an ambassador from a grassroots perspective.
Copa Lib: Boca lose, Ronaldinho goal (Mar 8, 2013 08:00 GMT)
Uruguayan giants Nacional claimed a surprise win at La Bombonera as they beat Boca Juniors 1-0 in Buenos Aires to take sole lead in the Copa Libertadores Group 1.
Galaxy play to scoreless draw in Costa Rica (Mar 8, 2013 03:27 GMT)
The Los Angeles Galaxy and Herediano played a scoreless draw in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal on Thursday night.
Europa wrap: Newcastle holds Anzhi to draw (Mar 7, 2013 21:07 GMT)
Lazio put one foot in the quarterfinals of the Europa League with a confident display to beat Stuttgart on their own turf.
PSG owners eye LA Galaxy group takeover (Mar 7, 2013 13:40 GMT)
The Qatari investment fund that owns Paris Saint-Germain is involved in a push to take over the entertainment empire that includes Los Angeles Galaxy, according to L'Equipe.
Ronaldo hits back at Fergie's 'fat and old' jibe (Mar 7, 2013 09:45 GMT)
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo said Real Madrid's 2-1 Champions League win over Manchester United on Tuesday served to shut Alex Ferguson's mouth, after the United boss called him 'fat' in the build-up to the game.
Messi's golden boot to fetch $US5 million (Mar 7, 2013 08:00 GMT)
A solid gold replica of Lionel Messi's foot could fetch over $US5 million when it goes on sale this week.
Copa Lib: Corinthians slip up in title defence (Mar 7, 2013 08:00 GMT)
Reigning Copa Libertadores champions Corinthians had a bad night in their bid to retain the continental title as they lost 1-0 at Mexico's Tijuana.
Brazilian star denies ordering ex-girlfriend's killing (Mar 7, 2013 01:31 GMT)
Former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno has acknowledged for the first time that he knew about the death of his ex-girlfriend, but denies ordering her killing.
Davis' goal lifts Dynamo over Santos Laguna (Mar 6, 2013 08:00 GMT)
Brad Davis scored in the 89th minute to give the Houston Dynamo a 1-0 lead over Santos Laguna after the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series Tuesday night.
Copa Lib: Universidad go top with Newell's scalp (Mar 6, 2013 08:00 GMT)
Universidad de Chile went top of Group 7 in the Copa Libertadores with a 2-1 win against Argentinian outfit Newell's Old Boys.
Valcke hints Maracana is FIFA's biggest concern (Mar 6, 2013 06:22 GMT)
Jacques Anouma unable to run for CAF presidency (Mar 5, 2013 15:54 GMT)
Former Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) president Jacques Anouma has failed in appealing against a ruling barring him from running for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) next weekend.
Beckham to help boost image of Chinese soccer (Mar 5, 2013 02:14 GMT)
David Beckham will play in an all-star game in China this year as part of a deal to help raise soccer's profile in the world's most populous country.
Uruguay icon Cubilla dies at 72 after cancer fight (Mar 4, 2013 15:34 GMT)
Former Uruguay forward and later national team coach Luis Cubilla has died at the age of 72.
4 nominated in May 2 Asian football chief vote (Mar 4, 2013 14:37 GMT)
Thailand's Worawi Makudi will run against West Asian nominees Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Yousef Al Serkal of the United Arab Emirates and Hafez Al Medlej of Saudi Arabia for the vacant position as president of the Asian Football
Beckham named as China's soccer ambassador (Mar 4, 2013 09:05 GMT)
David Beckham has been appointed as China's first global soccer ambassador in a bid to revive the game's image after it was rocked by a match-fixing scandal and an exodus of internationals from the country's Super League.
Mexico beats U.S. in extra time to win U-20 title (Mar 4, 2013 04:11 GMT)
Mexico scored twice in extra time to beat the United States 3-1 and win the CONCACAF Under 20 Championship final on Sunday night in Puebla.
Football fan killed in Argentina 2nd division match (Mar 3, 2013 08:00 GMT)
A 31-year-old man has been killed during a brawl between fans of Gimnasia and Nueva Chicago ahead of their Argentina second division match on Saturday.
Duerden: Japan's flowers at risk flowers fading (Mar 3, 2013 07:59 GMT)
John Duerden examines the recent demise of Japan as a continental force in club football.
Offside rule tweaked for attackers influencing play (Mar 2, 2013 23:35 GMT)
Soccer's rule-making body sought Saturday to clarify the sport's offside definition in a bid to reduce widespread uncertainty for referees, players and fans.
FIFA: Goal-line technology to cost only £100,000 (Mar 2, 2013 20:28 GMT)
Goal-line technology will cost as little as £100,000 to install in a stadium,
FIFA's racism chief wants to meet Suarez, Terry (Mar 2, 2013 16:38 GMT)
FIFA's new anti-racism chief Jeffrey Webb believes soccer has failed to support abused players and needs tougher sanctions.
U.S.'s Gomez nets 2 for Santos in win at Chiapas (Mar 2, 2013 16:29 GMT)
American Herculez Gomez scored two goals to lead Santos to a 3-1 win over Chiapas on Friday.
Dwayne De Rosario suspended for head-butt (Mar 2, 2013 08:00 GMT)
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario has been suspended for two league games by Major League Soccer for violent conduct in a pre-season game.
FIFA: Fans to see goal-line decisions on screen (Mar 1, 2013 16:46 GMT)
Goal-line technology decisions will be shown on big screens in stadiums and to television viewers, FIFA have announced.
Blatter, Boateng to discuss Milan racism row (Mar 1, 2013 16:27 GMT)
Kevin-Prince Boateng will meet with FIFA president Sepp Blatter this month to discuss ways of dealing with racism in soccer.
FIFA licences goal-line system (Mar 1, 2013 12:25 GMT)
FIFA has announced that it has approved and granted a licence to a fourth goal-line technology system.
Copa Lib: Sao Paulo prove Strongest in Copa (Mar 1, 2013 08:00 GMT)
Brazilian giants Sao Paulo came from behind to defeat Bolivian side The Strongest 2-1 in Group Three of the Copa Libertadores.