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Pepe praises 'out of this world' Cristiano Ronaldo

Posted Saturday, June 23, 2012 by Goal.com146 hits

Portugal defender Pepe has given a glowing tribute to international and club team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after his goal booked the nation into the Euro 2012 semi-finals, while admitting that they faced a tough task to make it to the final. The Real Madrid star's header led the Portugal team past Czech Republic in Thursday's quarter-final, holding on to win 1-0. Their reward is a clash agains...Full Story »

Lahm hails 'world class' Gomez as Germany edge closer to qualification

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Goal.com204 hits

The full-back praised his country's two-goal hero after the Bayern Munich striker inspired his side to a win over the Netherlands that put them on the verge of progression Philipp Lahm has hailed Mario Gomez as "world class" after the striker hit a double against the Netherlands to put Germany on the brink of qualification for the Euro 2012 knockout stages. Two first-half goals from Gomez pu...Full Story »

Juventus have won the Azzurri three World Cups, now ItalJuve set their sights on the Euros

Posted Saturday, June 09, 2012 by Goal.com297 hits

Basing their team around Bianconero has served the nation well in the past, so there is now a temptation to do likewise ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 Group C opener against Spain Juventus are an incredibly divisive presence within Italian football. They are as loved as they are loathed, generating adulation and animosity in equal measure. The mere mention of their name never fails to provoke ...Full Story »

Messi is the best in the world, admits Brazil boss Menezes

Posted Friday, June 08, 2012 by Goal.com275 hits

Brazil boss Mano Menezes has acknowledged that, in Argentina attacker Lionel Messi, his troops are going up against the best player in the world on Saturday. The Selecao coach needed no reminding of the Barcelona forward's ability, but after watching a recording of the diminutive No.10 in action in last weekend's World Cup qualifying victory over Ecuador, he is acutely aware of the need to s...Full Story »

USA, Mexico begin World Cup qualifying run

Posted Friday, June 08, 2012 by YAHOO Sport55 hits

The United States and Mexico, the traditional mighty powers of CONCACAF, begin their qualifying run on Friday for the 2014 World Cup, which should result in a ticket to Brazil. The third of four stages of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup comprises twelve teams divided into groups of four. CONCACAF includes North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The top two from each group advan...Full Story »

Don’t quit, Rio! Hodgson: You could still have a World Cup future

Posted Tuesday, June 05, 2012 by The Sun240 hits

RIO'S RETURN? ... door has been left open for snubbed Ferdinand ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson has told Rio Ferdinand: You still have an international future. The Manchester United star is furious at TWICE being snubbed for the Euro 2012 squad. Hodgson has insisted Ferdinand, 33, was left out for “footballing reasons” though many believe it was because of his bitter fall-out with John T...Full Story »

Japan, Iran win in World Cup qualifying

Posted Monday, June 04, 2012 by YAHOO Sport36 hits

UNDATED (AP) Ryoichi Maeda and Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals on Sunday as Japan started its final round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers with a 3-0 win over Oman. Iran stunned Uzbekistan 1-0 with a goal in the final seconds of stoppage time. Qatar won at Lebanon 1-0. Jordan held Iraq to a 1-1 draw. Maeda gave Japan a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute of the Group B match at Saitama when he too...Full Story »

Japan beat Oman in football World Cup qualifying

Posted Monday, June 04, 2012 by YAHOO Sport45 hits

Asian Cup holders Japan beat Oman 3-0 on Sunday in the first match of the final Asian qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup. Goals early in both halves gave the hosts a comfortable win at the Saitama stadium, with CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda first on the scoresheet in the 12th minute, shooting into the right corner from a Yuto Nagatomo cross. Two-time J-League top scorer Ryoichi Mae...Full Story »

Sudan outplay African champs Zambia in World Cup

Posted Sunday, June 03, 2012 by YAHOO Sport56 hits

African champions Zambia lost in Sudan, Ivory Coast made a winning start under a new coach, and Senegal overcame two shocks to defeat Liberia in 2014 World Cup qualifiers Saturday. Zambia swept aside Sudan in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals with France-born coach Herve Renard saying the losers played "sleep-inducing" football. But the Sudanese Falcons were wide awake for the Grou...Full Story »

FIFA doesn't require 'new Brazil' for World Cup

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2012 by 75 hits

FIFA on Wednesday indicated that not all of Brazil's preparations for the World Cup would be ready in time for the big kickoff in two years time but stressed it was not asking for a "new country" by 2014. FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke - in hot water earlier this year for suggesting that Brazil needed "a kick up the backside" to be ready on time, forecast certain projects would not be fin...Full Story »

Barcelona give Guardiola perfect Cup send off

Posted Saturday, May 26, 2012 by 48 hits

Barcelona gave coach Pep Guardiola the perfect send off, beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in Madrid to win the Spanish Cup in the coach's last match in charge after a memorable four seasons in the Catalan hot seat. Lionel Messi, with his 73rd goal of the season, and a Pedro Rodriguez double finished off the Basque side inside the first half an hour and delivered Guardiola his 14th and final trophy a...Full Story »

Chiellini: I wouldn't miss Euro 2012 for the world

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Goal.com105 hits

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini says that he has no intention of allowing an injury to ruin his hopes of participating in Euro 2012. The versatile Juventus centre-back suffered a minor thigh injury in his club's final game of the Serie A season, against Atalanta, and was ruled out of action for 20 days. There are still concerns over whether Chiellini will be fully fit for the Azzurri's tour...Full Story »

Uproar over call for closed-door Spanish Cup final

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 by YAHOO Sport89 hits

There was uproar in Spain on Wednesday over a call for this week's King's Cup final to be suspended and held behind closed doors in another stadium to thwart protests by Basque and Catalan separatists. Madrid regional government president Esperanza Aguirre made the threat to scupper plans by some fans to whistle during the national anthem before Friday's match between Basque club Athletic Bilba...Full Story »

Napoli end Juventus run with Italian Cup triumph

Posted Monday, May 21, 2012 by YAHOO Sport83 hits

 Juventus' record-breaking 43-match undefeated run came to an end when Napoli won the Italian Cup 2-0. Serie A champions Juventus saw their hopes of a league and cup double shattered by two second-half goals, with defeat particularly painful for skipper Alessandro Del Piero, who was playing the last match of his 19-year career with the club. Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani opened the sco...Full Story »

Cup glory for Napoli - Cavani and Hamsik on target as Juventus are denied domestic double

Posted Monday, May 21, 2012 by skysports.com143 hits

Edinson Cavani: Set Napoli on their way to glory against the Old Lady Napoli claimed their first major trophy for 22 years and denied Juventus a domestic double with a 2-0 win in the Italian Cup final. Edinson Cavani broke the deadlock with a 63rd-minute penalty and Marek Hamsik made sure of victory when he finished off a sweeping counter-attack seven minutes from time. Napoli were awarded th...Full Story »

Portugal has the best coach and the best player in the world, says Jorge Mendes

Posted Sunday, May 20, 2012 by Goal.com149 hits

Fifa agent Jorge Mendes has hailed Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and striker Cristiano Ronaldo, saying that they are the best at what they do. Mendes received on Friday the Necklace of Honour for Sporting Merit from the hands of the Portuguese government for his role in football over the years. The Gestifute owner is hopeful that Portugal will scale great heights at Euro 2012 and did not f...Full Story »

Hearts crush 10-man Hibs in Scottish Cup final

Posted Sunday, May 20, 2012 by YAHOO Sport43 hits

Hearts crushed local rivals Hibernian 5-1 at Hampden Park on Saturday to win the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896. Hearts, who last won the competition in 2006, surged into a two-goal lead thanks to Darren Barr and Rudi Skacel before James McPake got one back for Hibs before the break. The turning point came soon after half-time when Hibs defender Pa Saikou Kujabi was sent off...Full Story »

Biggest day in world football

Posted Saturday, May 19, 2012 by The Sun256 hits

PUNCHING HIS WAIT ... Drogba is desperate to finally win Champions League IT’S the biggest day in world football — with a TV audience of 300million and £140million riding on two games... This afternoon there is £90m up for grabs as Blackpool face West Ham in the Championship play-off final. Then, tonight, Chelsea hunt for a £50m jackpot for beating Bayern Munich i...Full Story »

Robben eyes Chelsea win to erase cup disaster

Posted Sunday, May 13, 2012 by YAHOO Sport39 hits

Dutch winger Arjen Robben has said Bayern Munich must beat Chelsea in Saturday's Champions League final to erase the painful memory of their German Cup final humiliation. German champions Borussia Dortmund sealed the domestic double with a 5-2 rout of Bayern at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Saturday as Poland striker Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick past the hapless Bavarians. Bayern coach ...Full Story »

Liverpool avenge Cup loss to deny Chelsea fourth

Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2012 by YAHOO Sport50 hits

Liverpool scored three times in nine first-half minutes to avenge Saturday's FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea as they beat the Champions League finalists 4-1 at Anfield here on Tuesday. Michael Essien's own-goal and goals from Jordan Henderson, Daniel Agger and Jonjo Shelvey ensured Fernando Torres endured a nightmare return to his former club since leaving for £50 million ($81 million) in J...Full Story »

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