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Samaras scores winner on debut for Greece (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Striker George Samaras scored the winner on his debut for Greece as the European champions beat Belarus 1-0 on the first day of the 10th International Football Tournament run by the Cyprus FA.
Maccabi's Berkovic suspended for six matches (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder Eyal Berkovic was banned for six matches by the Israel Football Association on Tuesday for verbally abusing a referee.
Raul envisages end of galacticos era (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid captain Raul hopes the term galactico disappears from use after Florentino Perez resigned as the club's president on Monday.
G14 to assist fully in EU review of football (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
The G14, which represents 18 of the world's most powerful soccer clubs, will participate in the independent review into how the game is run across the European Union, it was announced on Tuesday.
Ex-Belgium boss Antheunis retires due to ill-health (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former Belgium coach Aime Antheunis has resigned as coach of Lokeren due to ill-health and is retiring from the game.
Sousa quits struggling Rio Ave (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Antonio Sousa resigned as coach of Portuguese premier league strugglers Rio Ave on Tuesday, the ninth managerial casualty in the top-flight this season.
Turaci choses Turkey over Belgium (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Fenerbahce defender Onder Turaci, who holds a dual-nationality passport, has turned down Belgium and wants to play for Turkey.
Lyon still keen on Kompany despite injury (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Lyon hope to win the race to sign Anderlecht defender Vincent Kompany, the French club's chairman said on Tuesday.
Marin takes charge of Dinamo for second time (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Dinamo Bucharest appointed Ion Marin as coach on Tuesday, replacing Spaniard Esteban Vigo who quit on Monday without managing the team in an official game.
Let us entertain you Staunton's rallying cry (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton is demanding his players light up Lansdowne Road tomorrow to offer hope of a bright future.
Players are to blame for Real problems - Casillas (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas says the players are to blame for Real Madrid's poor form rather than Florentino Perez who resigned as president on Monday.
Mowbray unmoved by drama of cup draw (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Most of the country may have been waiting with baited breath to find out if Hearts and Hibernian would draw each other in the Tennent's Scottish Cup.
Safety concerns force PSG-Marseille game forward (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Sunday's Ligue 1 match between arch-rivals Paris St Germain and Olympique Marseille has been brought forward four hours for security reasons, the French league said on Tuesday.
Giggs and Bellamy excite Toshack (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
John Toshack has welcomed the chance to see Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy operate in tandem as the Welsh front two again.
Giggs sets challenge for Wales youngsters (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Captain Ryan Giggs has challenged Wales' new generation to grasp the chance to force themselves into their country's Euro 2008 campaign.
New Real president has close links with Perez (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A board member who has shied away from publicity, Fernando Martin has close links with his predecessor as Real Madrid president.
Zaragoza fined for fans' racist abuse of Eto'o (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Zaragoza were fined 9,000 euros ($10,728) by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Tuesday, after the club's fans directed racist abuse at Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o last weekend.
Finnish newspaper saved my leg - Paatelainen (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Finnish player Markus Paatelainen has revealed how a newspaper article in his homeland helped save his leg from amputation after a blood clot developed hours after he was caught on the shin by a late
Ballack denies four-year £25m Chelsea deal (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Germany captain Michael Ballack refuted a British newspaper report on Tuesday that he has signed a four-year deal worth £25 million ($43 million) to join Chelsea next season.
Galacticos in limbo as Perez quits Real (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Florentino Perez insists the pampering of David Beckham and his fellow Real Madrid 'galacticos' must cease if the club are to achieve their sporting ambitions.
Cech voted 2005 Czech Footballer of the Year (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been named Czech Footballer of the Year for the first time in his career.
Staunton hands Keane Republic captaincy (Feb 28, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Tottenham striker Robbie Keane was today appointed the new Republic of Ireland captain.
Galactico king Perez quits Real Madrid (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Florentino Perez has resigned as president of Real Madrid. The club immediately announced Fernando Martin would replace him, stepping up from his previous role as vice-president.
Tomasson pulls out of trip to Tel Aviv (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Jon Dahl Tomasson was one of four players to withdraw from Denmark's squad for their friendly international against Israel in Tel Aviv on Wednesday because of injury.
Nyatanga to supplant Giggs' Welsh record (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
John Toshack is set to make 17-year-old Lewin Nyatanga Wales' youngest ever full international.
Romanian club swaps defender for hunk of meat (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Romanian second division soccer club UT Arad sold a player in exchange for 15 kilograms of meat, local sport daily Pro Sport reported on Monday.
Udeze wants to quit PAOK after knife attack (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Nigerian defender Ifeanyi Udeze wants to leave PAOK Salonika after being attacked at knifepoint in his car on Sunday night.
Vigo quits Dinamo Bucharest in transfer row (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Spaniard Esteban Vigo quit on Monday as Dinamo Bucharest coach without managing the team in an official game.
O'Connor agrees 'bizarre' move to Lokomotiv (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Scotland and Hibernian striker Garry O'Connor has agreed terms on a £1.6 million move to Lokomotiv Moscow.
PSG 'hostage' of hooliganism, says chairman (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Paris St Germain chairman Pierre Blayau said on Monday the French club had been 'taken hostage' by rival groups of soccer hooligans who ransacked a motorway service station on their way back from a ma
Thompson handed second Northern Ireland test (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez has given another chance to Linfield striker Peter Thompson.
Anti-racist group demands protest after Eto'o slur (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A leading Spanish anti-racist organisation has called on professional footballers to delay the start of next weekend's league matches as part of a plea for tougher action against racism in Spanish foo
Ramos disappointed at lack of team spirit at Real (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has hinted that a lack of team spirit at the club is contributing to their failure to live up to expectations in recent games.
Pressley, Hartley withdraw from Scotland squad (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Scotland boss Walter Smith has been hit by the loss through injury of Hearts duo Steven Pressley and Paul Hartley ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Switzerland at Hampden Park.
Tomasson one of four to pull out of Denmark squad (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Jon Dahl Tomasson is one of four players to have withdrawn from Denmark's squad for their friendly international against Israel in Tel Aviv on Wednesday because of injury.
Red Star Belgrade stay clear of city rivals Partizan (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Round-up of weekend soccer action in Eastern Europe
It isn't rocket science... (Feb 27, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Phil Ball implores the Spanish FA to sort out La Liga's racism problems once and for all.
Ligue 1: Lille take advantage of mis-firing Monaco (Feb 26, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Lille upset off-form Monaco 1-0 away to move up to third in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Home defeat hurts third-placed Hamburg (Feb 26, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Third-placed Hamburg SV suffered a 2-0 home defeat by VfB Stuttgart on Sunday and are 11 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
La Liga: Real beaten away, Valencia slip up (Feb 26, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Third-placed Real Madrid lost 2-1 at lowly Real Mallorca on Sunday, ending their six-match winning run in the Primera Liga.
Serie A: Juve beat Lecce as top three win (Feb 26, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Serie A leaders Juventus led a clean sweep of victories for Italy's top three when they came from behind to beat relegation-threatened Lecce 3-1 on Sunday.
Eredivise: Two early goals seal PSV win (Feb 26, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Dutch leaders PSV Eindhoven struck twice in the first six minutes to secure a 2-1 victory at AZ Alkmaar on Sunday. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink headed home and Arouna Kone to doubled the lead.
Eto'o almost leaves pitch after racist abuse (Feb 26, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho said if his team mate Samuel Eto'o had walked off the pitch on Saturday after being racially abused during their Primera Liga match at Real Zaragoza, he would have gone
La Liga: Barca leave it late, Atletico impressive again (Feb 25, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Atletico Madrid continued their impressive form under new coach Pepe Murcia when they stretched their winning run to six matches with the 5-0 demolition of Primera Liga basement side Malaga on Saturda
Serie A: Livorno's Euro bid stutters with 1-1 draw (Feb 25, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Livorno's bid for a place in next season's UEFA Cup stuttered in a 1-1 draw with Reggina on Saturday.
Ligue 1: Inspired Rennes shock leaders Lyon (Feb 25, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Stade Rennes striker John Utaka scored a hat-trick to hand Olympique Lyon a shock 4-1 home defeat on Saturday.
Adriano's two-match ban re-imposed (Feb 25, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Italy's soccer authorities have re-imposed a two-match Serie A ban on Inter Milan striker Adriano for slapping an opponent, Inter's website reported on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Bayern take out Euro frustrations (Feb 25, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Bayern Munich put the frustration of their midweek Champions League draw against AC Milan behind them by thrashing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 on Saturday.
Hearts through, Gretna shock St Mirren in Cup (Feb 25, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hearts overcame stubborn resistance from third division Partick Thistle to reach the Scottish FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win on Saturday.
Real chief Perez: Henry will stay at Arsenal (Feb 24, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes that Arsenal striker Thierry Henry will stay with the London club next season rather than move to Spain.
La Liga: Valencia hoping for Barca, Real slip (Feb 24, 2006 12:00 GMT)
High-profile Champions League distractions for Barcelona and Real Madrid give Valencia a chance to profit from any slip-ups in the Primera Liga this weekend.
Serie A: Roma begin life without Totti (Feb 24, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti says his players will need a huge group effort to make up for the absence of Francesco Totti and win the Rome derby against Lazio on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Bayern hope to arrest slide (Feb 24, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Bayern Munich need a show of authority when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday after uncharacteristic displays of fallibility in the last week.
Ligue 1: In-form Lyon aim for Rennes win (Feb 24, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Olympique Lyon are aiming for a third consecutive victory in eight days when they host mid-table Stade Rennes in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
UEFA Cup Round of 16 draw (Feb 24, 2006 12:00 GMT)
UEFA Cup: Knockout draw
McClaren relishing hosting Roma in last 16 (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Delighted Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren was tonight looking forward to a dream UEFA Cup clash with Italian giants Roma after seeing his side edge past Stuttgart.
Lee insists this is not the end of Bolton in Europe (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Sammy Lee believes Bolton could be proud of themselves despite exiting the UEFA Cup.
Uefa Cup review: Hamburg end Thun's fairytale (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
An unlikely double from former Manchester City defender Daniel van Buyten was enough to take Hamburg past FC Thun and into the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.
Once bitten, twice shy Houllier may not release Abidal (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Olympique Lyon coach Gerard Houllier has threatened not to release defender Eric Abidal for France's friendly against Slovakia in Paris next week.
Spain's most prolific striker Zarra dies aged 85 (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Spain's most prolific striker Telmo Zarra has died at the age of 85, Radio Euskadi reported on Thursday.
Ronaldo must work hard to win over fans, says Raul (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid captain Raul believes his strike partner Ronaldo must work hard to win back the fans' affections after the Brazilian criticised their attitude towards him the day before the Champions Leag
France fail to agree with Ukraine over qualifiers (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
France have given up hope of reaching an agreement with Ukraine over their Euro 2008 qualifiers and are now waiting for a draw by UEFA to organise the timetable in Group B.
Adriano wins appeal against two-match ban (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Inter Milan striker Adriano has won his appeal against a two-match Serie A ban imposed by the Italian Football League's disciplinary committee.
Barcelona must move for Henry, insists Silvinho (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Barcelona star Silvinho has urged the Spanish giants to do everything they can to land his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry in the summer.
Bolton boss Allardyce passes late fitness test (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has flown out to Marseille for the club's UEFA Cup tie after a chest infection prevented him from travelling with the rest of the squad on Wednesday.
Woodgate injury woes baffle Real's Butragueno (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid vice-president Emilio Butragueno has not given up on Jonathan Woodgate despite sustaining yet another injury. He limped off after just nine minutes against Arsenal on Tuesday.
We haven't turned the corner, insists McClaren (Feb 23, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren believes his improving side can play twice as well they have in a run of five wins in six games.
Bruce gives blessing to son's international choice (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce has given his blessing to son Alex's decision to pursue an international career with the Republic of Ireland.
Controversial switch to PAOK Salonika for Dumitrescu (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former Romanian international Ilie Dumitrescu has been appointed head coach of PAOK Salonika, the Greek side said on Wednesday.
Keane warns Celtic not to rest on their laurels (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Roy Keane has fired out a warning to the rest of the Bank of Scotland Premier League that Celtic have no intention of throwing away the title.
Fans seen by authorities as key to EU football review (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Football fans from across the European Union are being asked to participate in a review into the way the game is run in the 25 EU countries.
Barca rule out move for Henry - for now at least (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Barcelona have no intention of pursuing their reported interest in Thierry Henry in the short term.
FIFA open talks on use of goal-line cameras (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
FIFA officials will discuss the merits of camera-based goal-line technology next month, with changes in the current laws possible depending on the outcome of the meeting in Switzerland.
Unloved Ronaldo not for sale insist Real (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid say they have no plans to sell Ronaldo despite media reports that they are thinking of offloading the Brazil striker after his criticism of the club's fans.
Milan open their doors to Ronaldo (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AC Milan president Adriano Galliani says his club would welcome Ronaldo with open arms should the Brazil striker leave Real Madrid at the end of this season.
Steaua sell all tickets as fans dream of new glory (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Steaua Bucharest's UEFA Cup match against Heerenveen on Thursday is a sell-out, a first since the rule of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Real to name reserve team stadium after Di Stefano (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid are to name their new reserve team stadium after honorary president Alfredo Di Stefano, the club announced on Wednesday.
Uefa Cup preview: Roma adjust to Totti's absence (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Roma, robbed of talismanic striker Francesco Totti, continue their bid for UEFA Cup glory on Thursday.
Capital city service derailed? (Feb 22, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Roma must continue their historic run without their favourite son reports Roberto Gotta.
Inter's title bid hit by Adriano suspension (Feb 21, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Inter Milan's fading bid to win the Serie A title suffered another blow on Tuesday when striker Adriano was banned for two matches after hitting an opponent.
Struggling Naval sack coach Magalhaes (Feb 21, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Portuguese premier league strugglers Naval have fired coach Alvaro Magalhaes, the club said on Tuesday.
Liverpool fans arrested ahead of Benfica tie (Feb 21, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Ten Liverpool fans have been arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit money ahead of the first leg of the Champions League knockout round tie against Benfica, Portuguese police said on Tuesday.
Coach resigns as Belgian after fixing investigation (Feb 21, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Gilbert Bodart has resigned as coach of Belgium's La Louviere, the latest departure triggered by a police investigation into alleged match-fixing.
Serie A strugglers Treviso sack coach Cavasin (Feb 21, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Treviso have sacked coach Alberto Cavasin and named youth team boss Diego Bortoluzzi as his successor, the bottom club in Serie A said on their website on Tuesday.
Tax authorities probe Mutu's 1999 Inter move (Feb 21, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Romania's fiscal authorities have launched an investigation into striker Adrian Mutu's transfer from Dinamo Bucharest to Inter Milan in 1999.
Inter striker Cruz signs two-year extension (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Inter Milan striker Julio Cruz has extended his contract until the end of June 2008. The 31-year-old Argentine's current deal expired at the end of this season.
Biliskov given four-match ban for head-butting (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
MSV Duisburg defender Marino Biliskov has been banned for four games for head-butting a player in Saturday's Bundesliga clash with Bayer Leverkusen.
Macedonia look to foreign leagues in fresh start (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
New Macedonia coach Srecko Katanec included only two home-based players in his squad on Monday for the friendly against Bulgaria on March 1 in Skopje.
Israel name squad for friendly against Denmark (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Israel coach Avraham Grant on Monday named the following 24-man squad for a March 1 friendly against Denmark in Tel Aviv which will be his last match in charge.
Ronaldo drops departure bombshell on Real (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Brazil striker Ronaldo paved the way for his departure from Real Madrid at the end of the season by saying he has never felt loved by the club's fickle fans.
Round-up of action from Eastern Europe (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Round-up of weekend's action in Eastern Europe.
Naysmith wins recall into Scotland squad (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Scotland manager Walter Smith welcomed Everton defender Gary Naysmith back into his squad for the first time in a year for the friendly against Switzerland at Hampden on March 1.
Ballack: The definition of unperturbed (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger marvels at the mastery of Bayern's Michael Ballack.
Getafe claim Pernia will sign for Atletico Madrid (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Primera Liga side Getafe have said that their Argentine fullback Mariano Pernia has agreed to join Atletico Madrid next season.
Porto beat Maritimo 1-0 to restore five-point lead (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Porto restored their five-point lead in the Portuguese Premier League with a 1-0 win over Maritimo on Sunday.
Olympiakos beat AEK to close in on title (Feb 20, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Two second-half goals from Rivaldo gave Olympiakos Piraeus a convincing 3-0 win over second-placed AEK Athens on Sunday and help them close in on a ninth Greek title in 10 years.
Watching the Olympiques (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Alex Chick warns against counting your chickens, be you an Olympian or a Scottish minnow.
Ligue 1: Basement side Metz upset Marseille (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A last-gasp goal by substitute Babacar Gueye gave bottom side Metz a 1-0 upset victory over Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
SPL: Celtic stick eight past helpless Pars (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Celtic thrashed Dunfermline 8-1, with Polish striker Maciej Zurawski netting four goals, to re-open a 13-point gap at the top of the Scottish Premier League on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Hamburg clip Bayern's lead to eight (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hamburg SV trimmed Bayern Munich's lead in the Bundesliga to eight points by winning 2-1 away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
Serie A: Roma equal record with 10th-straight win (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Roma equalled the all-time Serie A record of 10 wins in a row on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat of Empoli in which their captain Francesco Totti broke his ankle.
La Liga: Comeback win lifts Valencia to second (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Two goals from Mario Regueiro secured Valencia a 2-1 comeback victory at Real Sociedad in the Primera Liga on Sunday and put them back in second place.
Ankle break leaves Totti facing eight weeks out (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Roma striker Francesco Totti is expected to be out of action for about two months after breaking his ankle during a Serie A match against Empoli, the Gazzetta dello Sport's website said on Sunday.
Rampant Feyenoord move up to second (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Feyenoord destroyed neighbours Sparta Rotterdam 4-0 to move second in the Dutch first division while Utrecht pulled off a shock 3-2 victory at AZ Alkmaar on Sunday.
First Old Firm derby an anticlimax for Keane (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Celtic midfielder Roy Keane admits he was unimpressed by his first Old Firm derby - because Rangers have been so poor this season.
It was like another debut, says comeback striker Raul (Feb 19, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid captain Raul says he still has a way to go to reach full fitness after returning from a three-month layoff by coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 home win over Alaves.
Serie A: Juve, Inter both held to maintain parity (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Serie A leaders Juventus were held 2-2 by Messina on Saturday, but preserved their 12-point lead at the top after Inter Milan drew 0-0 at Livorno.
La Liga: Villarreal back on track, Real climb (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Villarreal cruised to a 4-0 home win over Espanyol in the Primera Liga on Saturday to boost their stuttering league campaign as they climbed two places to sixth.
Ligue 1: Nice beat Monaco in Riviera derby (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Nice snatched a deserved 2-0 victory over Monaco on Saturday, beating their Riviera rivals for the second time in 10 days.
SPL: Rangers snap four-game winless streak (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Champions Rangers ended their goal drought and four-game winless sequence by beating Hibernian 2-0 in the Scottish Premier League on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Distracted Bayern snatch draw (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Distracted Bayern Munich lost goalkeeper Oliver Kahn to injury but managed to snatch a 1-1 draw away to Hanover 96 on Saturday thanks to a Michael Ballack header a minute from time.
Red Star victory maintains gap at the top (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Leaders Red Star Belgrade beat third-placed Vozdovac Belgrade 2-0 at the restart of the Serbia and Montenegro first division to stay three points clear at the top.
Milenkovic cleared in match-fixing probe - for now (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Germinal Beerschot will take no action against defender Ninoslav Milenkovic who was questioned by police in relation to alleged match-fixing, the Belgian club said on Saturday.
Nikolov joins Bulgaria's Botev Plovdiv on loan (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Struggling Bulgarian club Botev Plovdiv have signed midfielder Asen Nikolov on loan until the end of the season from Azerbaijan's Turan, club director Kostadin Kostadinov said on Saturday.
McLeish doesn't view summer as end of the affair (Feb 18, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Alex McLeish hopes his love affair with Rangers will not come to an end completely when he leaves the club at the end of the season.
Luna becomes fourth coach of season for Alaves (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Aldo Duscher claims he has been in contact with Manchester United over a possible move to Old Trafford in the summer.
Inter's Mihajlovic to retire in May (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Aldo Duscher claims he has been in contact with Manchester United over a possible move to Old Trafford in the summer.
Depor midfielder Duscher claims Man Utd interest (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Aldo Duscher claims he has been in contact with Manchester United over a possible move to Old Trafford in the summer.
Anderlecht sack players in match-fixing case (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Anderlecht have sacked two players for 'wrongdoing' in relation to a match-fixing investigation in Belgium, the first division club said on Friday.
Raul returns to Real after three-month lay-off (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Spain striker Raul was named in the Real Madrid squad for Saturday's league match against Alaves, three months after suffering a serious knee injury.
Bundesliga: Magath relaxed about Euro distraction (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath accepts the Champions League will be a distraction in Saturday's clash with Hanover 96 but with a 10-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga he is not worried about it
Liga: Confident Real see tide turning in their favour (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Five straight league victories and a slump for leaders Barcelona have raised Real Madrid's hopes that the tide is turning in their favour. 'We are a stronger and more dangerous side,' Roberto Carlos s
Serie A: Roma eye record and European places (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Roma aim to equal the all-time record of 10 successive Serie A wins by beating Empoli on Sunday.
Beckham spurred on by fear of failure at Real (Feb 17, 2006 12:00 GMT)
England captain David Beckham admits he is desperate to avoid ending his career 'with a period of failure' at Real Madrid.
Thun and Middlesbrough clinch first leg victories (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Swiss side Thun gave themselves a real chance of progressing in the UEFA Cup after a 1-0 first-leg lead over Hamburg SV on Thursday.
Piterman sacks Oliva for refusing to obey orders (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Alaves president Dimitry Piterman has fired coach Juan Carlos Oliva after just over a month in the job for refusing to follow his orders over team selection for this weekend's match against Real Madri
Celtic keeper Marshall ready to look elsewhere (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall is looking for a loan deal in the summer after failing to break past Artur Boruc in the Hoops first team.
Di Canio meets Holocaust survivors in Rome (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Lazio's Paolo Di Canio has defended his political views after meeting with Jewish survivors of Nazi death camps on Thursday.
Artmedia coach Weiss leaves for Saturn Moscow (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Artmedia Bratislava coach Vladimir Weiss has signed a two-year deal to coach Russia's first division Saturn Moscow, Slovak media reported on Thursday.
Injured Abidal returns for Olympique Lyon (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
International defender Eric Abidal will return for champions Olympique Lyon on Saturday after a four-month injury layoff.
Three quizzed in Belgian match-fixing probe (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Belgian club Lierse have suspended two players and a coach after the its lawyers found evidence of wrong-doing by the trio during a match-fixing investigation.
Alaves coach Oliva lasts just one month (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Alaves have dismissed coach Juan Carlos Oliva just over a month after he took charge.
Larsson set for Helsingborg dotage (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Sweden striker Henrik Larsson has signed an 18-month contract with hometown club Helsingborg, taking him from Barcelona in the close season, the Swedish first division club said on Thursday.
Staunton names 5 new faces in Ireland squad (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
New Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton named a few surprises in his first squad since taking charge last month.
McClaren backs Downing for England (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren has urged England winger Stewart Downing to prove his World Cup credentials by turning on the style in the UEFA Cup against VfB Stuttgart tonight.
United slip behind Real in cash league (Feb 16, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Manchester United should not be written off as a commercial force despite being toppled by Real Madrid from their position as the richest club in the world, according to sports finance experts.
Partick Thistle beat Inverness in Cup shootout (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Third division Partick Thistle beat Premier League Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-2 on penalties in their Scottish Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday to guarantee their full-time status next season.
Penafiel's Roberto suspended for doping (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Penafiel's Brazilian striker Roberto Ballesteros has been tenporarily suspended after testing positive for the banned stimulant sultanol, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
UEFA Cup: Ten-man Roma win away....again (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Roma, the team of the moment in Italy, demonstrated their European pedigree with a battling 2-1 win at Club Bruges in their UEFA Cup first knockout round first-leg tie on Wednesday.
Zidane keeps fans guessing about retirement (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
France's Zinedine Zidane kept fans guessing about his retirement by saying he is still considering playing until 2007.
Murray lays it on the line for Rangers' stars (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Rangers chairman David Murray has warned the club's under-achieving stars: You are playing for your jobs.
Forlan remains upbeat despite scoring drought (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Villarreal striker Diego Forlan is remaining philosophical about his recent failure to find the net and believes past experience will help him overcome the problem.
Robertson succeeds Lambert as Livi manager (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Livingston this afternoon appointed John Robertson as their new manager.
Manzano returns to Mallorca to succeed Cuper (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Gregorio Manzano has succeeded Hector Cuper as coach of bottom club Real Mallorca. It is the 49-year-old Spaniard's second spell with the Primera Liga side, having led them to Copa triumph.
Youth given its head as Nyatanga makes Wales squad (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Derby teenager Lewin Nyatanga is set to become Wales' youngest full international ever after being named in John Toshack's squad to play Paraguay in a friendly in Cardiff on March 1.
Samaras earns first Greece call up (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
New Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras has been called up for the first time by Greece for a tournament in Cyprus at the end of the month.
Scots fear Euro 2008 fixture knockback (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
David Taylor admits Scotland's hopes of kicking off their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with back-to-back ties against France and Italy looks certain to be shattered.
Strachan finds himself in unfamiliar territory (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has no idea how his players will react to their 13-point lead at the top of the Bank of Scotland Premier League - because he has never been in such a situation.
Fernandez wary of Bolton threat (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Marseille coach Jean Fernandez believes European rookies Bolton deserve to be respected despite their lack of pedigree compared to their French visitors.
I'll decide when I stay or go insists Ballack (Feb 15, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Germany captain Michael Ballack says he is in no rush to decide his playing future and is unconcerned about Bayern Munich's end of March deadline for him to make up his mind.
Battling Real go down fighting in Spanish Cup (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid were unable to complete an epic comeback victory over Real Zaragoza despite a storming 4-0 win at the Bernabeu in the return leg of their King's Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
Spartans cup dream ends at hands St Mirren (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
First division leaders St Mirren disposed of non-league Spartans 3-0 in their Scottish FA Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday, 24 hours after escaping ejection from the tournament.
Ligue 1: St Etienne beaten in rearranged league clash (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Saint-Etienne were beaten 1-0 by French Cup finalists Nice in a rescheduled Ligue 1 match on Tuesday despite the return of the seven players who took part in the African Nations Cup.
Half blind Hibernian striker has eye removed (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A Scottish Premier League striker who is blind in one eye kept it secret from team mates at Hibernian and former clubs Manchester United and Arsenal.
Kluivert faces eight weeks out after knee op (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Valencia striker Patrick Kluivert will be sidelined for at least eight weeks after having surgery on his right knee, the club said on Tuesday.
UEFA Cup: New coaches ready to test mettle (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
The UEFA Cup cranks back into action this week after a slew of coaching changes and boasting the latest experiment in technology.
Barca blast at woeful Stamford Bridge pitch (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Barcelona star Silvinho has slammed Chelsea over the state of the Stamford Bridge pitch as the sides prepare to face each other in the last 16 of the Champions League next Wednesday.
Lyon boss Houllier hails Rangers target Le Guen (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier believes fellow Frenchman Paul Le Guen will be a big hit in Glasgow if he succeeds Alex McLeish as Rangers boss.
Gregory Hungary for Mighty Magyars post (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory could be set to make a surprise return to management with Hungary's national team. The Magyars are looking for a new boss after Lothar Matthaus resigned.
Cuper throws in the towel at struggling Mallorca (Feb 14, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hector Cuper has resigned as coach of Real Mallorca after a poor run of results left the club at the bottom of the Primera Liga.
Rivaldo header sends Olympiakos clear (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A rare headed goal from Rivaldo earned Olympiakos Piraeus a 1-0 win over Akratitos which restored their six-point lead at the top of the Greek first division on Monday.
Blow for Real as Garcia misses six weeks action (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid midfielder Pablo Garcia will be sidelined for up to six weeks after tests on Monday showed he had a partial tear of the lateral ligament in his left knee.
Thun sack coach, despite European success (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Thun have sacked the trainer who steered the tiny Swiss club to a shock place in this season's Champions League.
Betis striker Assuncao faces month on the sidelines (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Betis's Brazilian midfielder Marcos Assuncao will be out for up to a month after dislocating his shoulder in training on Monday, the club said.
Dynamo Moscow drop unsettled Costinha (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Dynamo Moscow left for their pre-season training camp in Spain on Monday without Portugal midfielder Costinha, who has been dropped from the first team for indiscipline.
Villa offers sympathy to inconsolable Valdes (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Valencia striker David Villa had words of support for Victor Valdes after the Barcelona goalkeeper committed a howler to gift Valencia victory in their top-of-the-table clash on Sunday.
Del Piero targets unprecedented trophy hat-trick (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero has set his sights on a treble of Serie A, Champions League and World Cup titles after scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan at the weekend.
There's a league! (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Phil Ball reports from Spain as Barca lose again and Jonathan Woodgate earns rave reviews.
Le Guen confirms Rangers discussions (Feb 13, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Paul Le Guen has confirmed he is in discussions with Rangers to become their new manager.
Ligue 1: Toulouse hold OM to home draw (Feb 12, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Olympique Marseille wasted the chance to go fourth in Ligue 1 when they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Toulouse on Sunday.
La Liga: Valencia reignite title race with Barca win (Feb 12, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Valencia breathed new life into the Spanish title race on Sunday, snatching a 1-0 win at home to Barcelona that left them just six points behind the champions at the top of the table.
Bundesliga: Makaay and Ballack keep Bayern well clear (Feb 12, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Roy Makaay and Michael Ballack combined to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win at home to Nuremberg on Sunday, sending the champions 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Kameni to be punished after delaying Nations return (Feb 12, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni will be disciplined by his club Espanyol after returning late from international duty at the African Nations Cup, the Primera Liga side has said.
Serie A: Del Piero helps Juve past rivals Inter (Feb 12, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Juventus' grip on Serie A tightened to a strangehold on Sunday when a late goal by Alessandro Del Piero gave them a 2-1 win at nearest challengers Inter Milan.
Stuttering Lyon wary of renewed title threat (Feb 12, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Three successive draws and a defensive injury crisis have left leaders Olympique Lyon fearing a renewed challenge to their Ligue 1 superiority.
SPL: McLeish signs off with Old Firm defeat (Feb 12, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Rangers manager Alex McLeish signed off with defeat in his final Old Firm derby at Ibrox.
Eredivisie: Ajax win, Feyenoord lose ground (Feb 12, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck 10 minutes into the second half to secure Ajax Amsterdam a 2-1 win at ADO Den Haag in the Dutch first division on Sunday.
La Liga: Osasuna settle for home draw, Sevilla hit four (Feb 11, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Osasuna had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Real Zaragoza in the Primera Liga on Saturday despite dominating their in-form opponents for most of the match.
Injury rules Deco out of top-of-the-table clash (Feb 11, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Portugal midfielder Deco is the latest Barcelona player to miss out on Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with Valencia after suffering a leg strain.
Ligue 1: Lyon need late Wiltord equaliser (Feb 11, 2006 12:00 GMT)
France forward Sylvain Wiltord scored a stoppage time equaliser to help Olympique Lyon salvage a 1-1 draw at Racing Lens on Saturday.
Lambert quits as Livingston player-manager (Feb 11, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Livingston player-manager Paul Lambert has resigned after the Bank of Scotland Premier League defeat by Dunfermline at Almondvale.
SPL: Hearts lose, Lambert quits Livingston (Feb 11, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hearts ended a turbulent week by losing 2-1 at home to Aberdeen on Saturday, wasting a chance to cut Celtic's lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
Bundesliga: Schalke triumph in 11-goal thriller (Feb 11, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Werder Bremen suffered a costly 2-0 defeat at home to bottom placed Kaiserslautern on Saturday, handing second spot to Hamburg SV and giving Bayern Munich the chance to move 10 points clear.
Den Haag Mayor bans Ajax fans after violence (Feb 11, 2006 12:00 GMT)
The Mayor of The Hague has banned Ajax Amsterdam supporters from attending Sunday's match against ADO Den Haag after hooligans attacked the ADO clubhouse injuring five fans.
Rangers boss McLeish wants Premiership job (Feb 11, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Rangers manager Alex McLeish has revealed his next move could be to the Premiership. McLeish will quit Rangers at the end of the season after winning seven trophies for the Glasgow club.
The conspiracy mentality (Feb 10, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Roberto Gotta explains why fans are sick of the conspiracy theories plaguing Serie A.
Udinese coach becomes ninth Serie A sacking (Feb 10, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Udinese have sacked their coach Serse Cosmi and replaced him with Loris Dominissini, the Serie A side announced on its website on Friday.
Eto'o won't be shying away from penalty duties (Feb 10, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Barcelona's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o says the penalty miss that put his country out of the African Nations Cup last Saturday will not stop him volunteering to take them in the Primera Liga.
Werder wary of basement club Kaiserslautern (Feb 10, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Werder Bremen are concerned that impending doom will prove a powerful motivation when bottom placed Kaiserslautern visit the Weserstadion in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Injury-hit Lyon aim to restore Ligue 1supremacy (Feb 10, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon will be chasing their first league victory for a month when they visit Racing Lens on Saturday.
Juve prepare to call time on Inter's Serie A bid (Feb 10, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Originally billed as Inter Milan's make-or-break bid for the title, the game against leaders Juventus at the San Siro on Sunday has lost some of its sparkle after the midweek round of matches.
Stuttgart quick to name Trapattoni replacement (Feb 10, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former Hansa Rostock and Augsburg coach Armin Veh will take over as manager from Giovanni Trapattoni at VfB Stuttgart, the club said on Friday.
Beckham 99% sure it's the Real deal (Feb 10, 2006 12:00 GMT)
England captain David Beckham has reaffirmed his commitment to staying at Real Madrid, saying there is '99% chance' he'll sign a new deal.
Copa Del Rey: El Rifle shoots down Depor (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A last-gasp goal by new signing Walter Pandiani earned Espanyol a 2-1 home win over 10-man Deportivo Coruna in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey semi-final on Thursday.
Hearts players to meet Romanov for talks (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hearts players will meet with majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov after the Aberdeen game on Saturday.
Rangers already have McLeish replacement (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Rangers will name Alex McLeish's successor following next month's Champions League tie against Villarreal - and the club already know his identity.
McLeish to leave Rangers at end of season (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Rangers manager Alex McLeish is to leave the Scottish Premier League champions at the end of the season after four years in charge.
Hamburg's Ailton out for weeks with broken jaw (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hamburg SV striker Ailton will be out for six to eight weeks after breaking his jaw in the club's 2-1 Bundesliga defeat by Hanover 96 on Wednesday.
Real determined to battle until the bitter end (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro is adamant his team can still progress to the Copa del Rey final despite their humiliating 6-1 defeat to Real Zaragoza in the first leg of their last four clash
Lokomotiv Plovdiv suspend three players (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Bulgarian Premier League club Lokomotiv Plovdiv has suspended three players for unprofessional behaviour, team coach Ayan Sadukov said on Thursday.
Embattled Gaydamak says he is committed to Betar (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Betar Jerusalem owner Arkady Gaydamak assured fans on Thursday of his long-term commitment to the club and said he was certain that police would clear him of wrongdoing in a money laundering investiga
Romania to investigate alleged illegal transfer abroad (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
The Romanian Soccer Federation (FRF) is investigating an allegedly illegal transfer abroad, an FRF official said on Thursday.
Bremen goalkeeper Reinke undergoes facial surgery (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Werder Bremen keeper Andreas Reinke has had surgery to repair facial injuries sustained in a collision during Wednesday's Bundesliga match at VfB Stuttgart.
Zaragoza determined to finish off Real Madrid (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Zaragoza say their tie is not won despite a 6-1 humiliation of Real Madrid in the first leg of their King's Cup semi-final at La Romareda on Wednesday.
Comedy cure suggested for Roma's racist fans (Feb 9, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Roma fan newspaper Il Romanista says it will give away copies of the Roberto Benigni comedy film 'Life is Beautiful' as a way of combating fans' neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic views.
Keane leads the way as Celtic move ten points clear (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Leaders Celtic surged 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 home win over Falkirk as Roy Keane scored his first goal for the club in a match that also marked Dion Dublin's debut.
Bremen held to goalless draw at Stuttgart (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Werder Bremen failed to make up ground on leaders Bayern Munich when they had to settle for a goalless draw at VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday.
Juve point extends lead as Inter are beaten (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Juventus stretched their Serie A lead on Wednesday despite a 1-1 draw at home to Parma after second-placed Inter Milan lost 2-1 at Fiorentina.
Feyernoord leave it late to secure victory (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Dirk Kuijt struck twice in the final seven minutes as Feyenoord beat NEC Nijmegen 2-1, while leaders PSV Eindhoven defeated Utrecht by the same score on Wednesday.
Zaragoza demolish Real Madrid 6-1 in Cup semi-final (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Diego Milito smashed in four goals as Real Zaragoza continued their devastating form in the King's Cup with a 6-1 demolition of Real Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.
Portugal's Arnaut to oversee EU soccer review (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former Portuguese deputy prime minister Jose Luis Arnaut has been appointed to oversee a review of how soccer is run across the 25-member European Union.
Sammer appointed new German technical director (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Matthias Sammer will be Germany's new technical director, the country's Football Association (DFB) decided at a meeting on Wednesday.
Kuhn anger over Huggel censure (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Switzerland coach Kobi Kuhn has criticised FIFA for denying Benjamin Huggel the opportunity to play at this summer's World Cup finals.
Muscle tear rules out Espanyol Tamudo (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Espanyol striker Raul Tamudo will miss next week's UEFA Cup match against Schalke 04 and Thursday's first leg of the King's Cup semi-final against Deportivo Coruna because of a muscle tear.
Edu back on training with Valencia (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Valencia midfielder Edu resumed training with the first team on Wednesday after missing most of the season because of a serious knee injury.
Galatasaray players boycott training over lack of wages (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Players from heavily indebted Galatasaray boycotted training on Wednesday after hearing two of the Istanbul club's foreign players had received their salaries, media reports said.
Valencia escape with fine after linesman 'attack' (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Valencia were fined 6,000 euros after a linesman was cut on the head by an object thrown from the crowd during their recent King's Cup tie against Deportivo Coruna.
Gonzalez delighted with dream debut for Sociedad (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Sociedad winger Mark Gonzalez, who returned to action after a nine-month injury layoff with a match-winning performance for his new club at the weekend, says his debut was the stuff of dreams.
German FA president recovering after heart surgery (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
German Football Association (DFB) president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder is recovering after a successful heart operation, the DFB said in a statement on Wednesday.
Camacho's hopes of Espanyol return dashed (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Shareholders at Espanyol have re-elected president Daniel Sanchez Llibre for another five years and rejected the plan of his rival to bring former coach Jose Antonio Camacho in as the club's new sp
Rix won't quit over Tannadice leadership melee (Feb 8, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Graham Rix has vowed to carry on as Hearts head coach despite refusing to deny suggestions majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov is picking the team.
Late goal puts Nice into first League Cup final (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Nice reached the League Cup final for the first time after a late winner by substitute Honorato Ederson gave them a 1-0 win over neighbours Monaco on Tuesday.
Livorno name Mazzone as new coach (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Livorno have appointed Carlo Mazzone as their new coach to replace Roberto Donadoni, the Serie A side said on its website on Tuesday.
Eredivisie: Arveladze hat-trick helps AZ to 5-0 win (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Shota Arveladze grabbed a second half hat-trick as AZ Alkmaar won 5-0 at bottom club RBC Roosendaal in the Dutch first division on Tuesday.
Bundesliga: Kahn rescues point for Bayern at Hertha (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hertha Berlin held visiting Bayern Munich to a goalless draw in the Bundesliga on Tuesday, offering a glimmer of hope to the chasing sides in Germany, with Oliver Kahn the star.
Rix silent on rumours of Romanov picking team (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hearts manager Graham Rix refused to comment on speculation the club's majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov had picked the team for the Premier League match at Dundee United.
Former Bulgaria great Lechkov faces fraud charges (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former Bulgaria international Iordan Lechkov is to face court proceedings for alleged malpractice in his role as mayor of the southern town of Sliven, the town's prosecutor said on Tuesday.
USA teen star Adu set for move to Europe (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
DC United admit Freddy Adu will 'have options' at the end of the 2006 Major League Soccer season as the 16-year-old looks set for a move to Europe.
Belgian clubs risk expulsion in match-fixing probe (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A number of Belgian clubs risk expulsion from the professional game after the country's soccer association announced on Tuesday an investigation into allegations of match-fixing.
McLeish accepts fans right to crticise poor Gers (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Rangers manager Alex McLeish believes fans have every right to voice their unhappiness after an angry mob gathered outside Ibrox following their Tennent`s Scottish Cup exit to Hibernian.
Israel-Denmark friendly threatened by cartoon rage (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A friendly soccer international between Israel and Denmark in Tel Aviv on March 1 is in doubt because of the wave of fury sweeping the Middle East and Asia over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
Keep focused on Fiorentina, Mancini warns Inter (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Inter coach Roberto Mancini has warned his players they must beat Fiorentina on Wednesday to avoid their top-of-the-table Serie A clash against Juventus falling flat later in the week.
Former Italy star Donadoni quits as Livorno coach (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former AC Milan midfielder and Italy international Roberto Donadoni quit as coach of Livorno on Tuesday after he was publicly criticised by the Serie A club's president.
Kluivert to go under the knife for exploratory surgery (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Valencia striker Patrick Kluivert will undergo exploratory surgery on his right knee in the Netherlands, the Primera Liga club said on their website.
Houllier not concerned by Lyon hiccup (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Olympique Lyon coach Gerard Houllier said he is not concerned by his team's dip in form and promised the French league leaders will be ready for their Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven late
Zaragoza keen to play underdog card against Real (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Despite knocking out Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, Real Zaragoza are keen to play the underdog card ahead of their King's Cup semi-final, first leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Strachan chose young duo over Riordan (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Gordon Strachan has revealed he would have been in the hunt for Derek Riordan had he not already possessed exciting young talents in Shaun Maloney and Aiden McGeady.
Rix welcomes Hearts selection 'headache' (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hearts head coach Graham Rix is welcoming the challenge he has to keep his new-look squad happy.
Beckham '99% certain' he will sign new Real deal (Feb 7, 2006 12:00 GMT)
David Beckham has revealed there is a '99% chance' he will sign a contract extension at Real Madrid before the end of the season.
Strachan rules out Larsson return to Celtic (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has ruled out the possibility of bringing Henrik Larsson back to the club.
Lyon defender Monsoreau out for up to six weeks (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Olympique Lyon defender Sylvain Monsoreau will be out of action for up to six weeks after he tore a muscle in his right thigh, the Ligue 1 side said on Monday.
Midfielder Ribery wants to stay with Marseille (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Olympique Marseille's talented young midfielder Franck Ribery has pledged his future to the Ligue 1 club despite interest from several European sides.
Wales striker Hartson quits international game (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Wales striker John Hartson has announced his immediate retirement from international football in order to concentrate on playing for Celtic.
Artmedia must play UEFA Cup game in Trnava (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Artmedia Bratislava have been ordered to play the first leg of their UEFA Cup tie against Levski Sofia on Feb. 15 in Trnava, 45km from Bratislava, because of a frozen pitch.
Riquelme heads home for specialist treatment (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Villarreal playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme will travel to Argentina for specialist treatment on a thigh injury that has kept him out of the last two league games, the club said on Monday.
Barcelona striker Messi to miss Valencia clash (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be sidelined for around 10 days after sustaining a leg muscle strain in Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by Atletico Madrid.
End of winning run no cause for alarm say Barca (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Primera Liga leaders Barcelona believe there is no cause for alarm despite their midweek exit from the Copa Del Rey and their first league defeat since September against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
That was the week that was! (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Phil Ball looks back at an extraordinary week of red cards and wonder goals in Spanish football.
Quiet man Ballack proving worth for Bayern (Feb 6, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Bayern Munich will be content if Michael Ballack continues to let actions speak louder than words when they continue their push for a seemingly inevitable 20th Bundesliga title away to Hertha Berlin o
Bundesliga: Moenchengladbach fall to Wolfsburg (Feb 5, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Borussia Moenchengladbach's hopes of playing in Europe next season suffered a blow when they were beaten 2-0 away to to VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
La Liga: Barca fall again to bogey team Atletico (Feb 5, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Atletico Madrid lived up to their reputation as Barcelona's bogey team when they ended the champions' 14-match winning run in the league with a 3-1 victory at the Nou Camp.
Serie A: Del Piero keeps Juventus eight clear (Feb 5, 2006 12:00 GMT)
An Alessandro Del Piero goal gave Serie A leaders Juventus a laboured 1-0 win over 10-man Udinese on Sunday.
Kujit seals Feyenoord win over Ajax (Feb 5, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Feyenoord beat arch-rivals Ajax Amsterdam 3-2 in the Dutch first division on Sunday.
Serie A: Roma maintain Champions League push (Feb 4, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AS Roma's charge for one of Italy's four Champions League berths maintained its momentum when they beat Parma 3-0 in Serie A on Saturday.
Ligue 1: Vieri opens Monaco account in victory (Feb 4, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Italy striker Christian Vieri scored his first two Ligue 1 goals on Saturday to help Monaco secure a welcome 3-1 win at Stade Rennes.
La Liga: Four-star Real cruise past Espanyol (Feb 4, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid ran riot against a poor Espanyol in the Bernabeu on Saturday, winning 4-0 to move up to second in the Primera Liga.
Bundesliga: Ballack keeps Bayern eight clear (Feb 4, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Michael Ballack scored a virtuoso goal to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and keep the champions eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Cascarino admits he was doped at Marseille (Feb 4, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has said he received injections for unidentified substances during his spell at Olympique Marseille.
Benfica midfielder Assis suspended for doping (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Benfica midfielder Nuno Assis has been temporarily suspended after testing positive for a banned substance at a Portuguese Premier League match, the club said on Friday.
Clemente defends himself against racist charges (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Athletic Bilbao coach Javier Clemente defended on Friday his comments about Samuel Eto'o spitting at an opponent by saying he was not racist except when it came to 'stupid and bad people'.
Aussie Thwaite blasts Romania 'slave system' (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Australia defender Michael Thwaite has complained to international soccer authorities about a 'slave system' at Romanian first division club National Bucharest.
Kluivert seeks specialist advice on knee problems (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Valencia striker Patrick Kluivert will travel to the Netherlands to seek specialist advice on his right knee after experiencing problems in training, the Primera Liga side said on Friday.
Ronaldo and Salgado return to Real Madrid squad (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Ronaldo was named in the Real Madrid squad for Saturday's home league match against Espanyol after a month out with a calf strain.
English clubs battling for Beckham, says Perez (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says a host of English clubs are interested in signing David Beckham but he hopes the midfielder will extend his contract at the end of the season.
Ronaldinho is no sinner, says Gods' orator (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
The Archbishop of Barcelona has intervened in the controversy surrounding Ronaldinho's red card against Real Zaragoza in the King's Cup, saying the Brazilian was unjustly punished.
Bundesliga: Bayer coach faces Bayern with hope (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
It would be an exaggeration to describe Bayer Leverkusen as confident before Saturday's trip to face Bayern Munich but a first league win in two months has at least given coach Michael Skibbe hope.
Serie A: Milan look to resurrect title bid at Lazio (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has insisted they can resurrect their challenge for the Serie A title by beating Lazio on Sunday. Milan travel to Rome's Olympic Stadium on the back of two poor resu
Liga Torres threatens Barca's unbeaten league run (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has a happy knack of scoring against Barcelona and poses the biggest threat to the leaders' 14-match winning streak in the Primera Liga on Sunday.
Ligue 1: Bordeaux must blunt Lyon attacking threat (Feb 3, 2006 12:00 GMT)
The most potent attack runs into the most miserly defence in France on Sunday when league leaders Olympique Lyon host second-placed Girondins Bordeaux.
Ajax get revenge on goalshy Heerenveen (Feb 2, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Ajax Amsterdam cruised to 3-0 win at Heerenveen in their Dutch Cup quarter-final on Thursday.
Coppa Italia: Inter through after Lazio win (Feb 2, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Holders Inter Milan progressed to the semi-finals of the Italian Cup when they beat Lazio 1-0 to complete a 2-1 win on aggregate on Thursday.
CSKA Moscow sign $7million sponsorship deal (Feb 2, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Russian champions CSKA Moscow on Thursday signed a $7-million sponsorship deal with Vneshtorgbank, the country's second largest bank, to replace oil company Sibneft as their title sponsors.
Romanian midfielder Trika completes move to Sofia (Feb 2, 2006 12:00 GMT)
CSKA Sofia have signed Romanian midfielder Eugen Trika on a two-year contract, the Bulgarian champions said on Thursday.
Rijkaard sees positives in Barcelona's Cup exit (Feb 2, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard remained positive about his side's display in the King's Cup on Wednesday, despite a 5-4 aggregate defeat by Real Zaragoza which cost them a semi-final clash with Real M
Keeper Keller extends Moenchengladbach contract (Feb 2, 2006 12:00 GMT)
United States international goalkeeper Kasey Keller has signed an extension to his contract with Borussia Moenchengladbach to keep him at the Bundesliga club until 2007.
Roma knock Juventus out of Italian Cup (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Serie A leaders Juventus were knocked out of the Italian Cup on the away goals rule on Wednesday after a 1-0 win at AS Roma meant the quarter-final finished 3-3 on aggregate.
Zaragoza knock Barcelona out of King's Cup (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Spanish champions and Primera Liga leaders Barcelona were knocked out of the King's Cup on Wednesday despite claiming a 2-1 victory over Real Zaragoza at the Nou Camp.
PSV beat Groningen to reach Dutch Cup semis (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Captain Philip Cocu struck twice to give PSV Eindhoven a 3-2 win over Groningen in their Dutch Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
PSG send Auxerre out of French Cup (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
A goal by striker Pedro Pauleta handed Paris St Germain a 1-0 victory over holders AJ Auxerre in the second round of the French Cup on Wednesday.
Twente coach Coolen resigns after bad run (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Twente Enschede coach Rini Coolen has resigned following a run of disappointing results, the Dutch first division club said on Wednesday.
Strachan allows Agathe to leave Celtic (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Celtic have confirmed Didier Agathe has left the club by mutual consent.
Rix celebrates winning 11 new Hearts (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Hearts manager Graham Rix is relishing the Scottish Premier league title chase with a complete new team after signing 11 players.
Just like watching Little Brazil (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Could Mantova be back in Serie A for the first time in decades? Roberto Gotta hopes so.
Beckham: Robinho starting to show his class (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham has praised the return to form of team mate Robinho, saying the Brazilian forward has a great future.
Hiddink admits PSV wanted Stam return (Feb 1, 2006 12:00 GMT)
PSV Eindhoven boss Guus Hiddink has revealed he fought until the last minute to bring AC Milan defender Jaap Stam back to the club.