• Ronaldo tops 500-mark in goals, ties Raul's Madrid record
    Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals to give Real Madrid a 2-0 win over 10-man Malmo in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The goals were the 500th and 501st goals of his career. The second goal was his 323rd goal for Madrid, equaling Raul's club scoring record.
  • Allofs: VW scandal won't impact Wolfsburg
    Wolfsburg sports director Klaus Allofs said the emissions scandal rocking German automaker Volkswagen won't affect the company's investment in the Bundesliga club.
  • English FA won't punish Mourinho over Carneiro incident
    The English Football Association won't punish Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, accused of directing discriminatory comments at the then-club doctor Eva Carneiro in an incident during the opening day of the 2015-16 EPL season.
  • Juve suspends Caceres after smashing Ferrari
    Juventus defender Martin Caceres missed Wednesday's Champions League match against his former club, Sevilla, after he was suspended and fined for his involvement in a drunk-driving incident in Turin on Monday.
  • Swiss AG: Platini treated as 'between a witness and an accused person'
    Speaking at Zurich University, Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber said UEFA president Michel Platini was being treated as "between a witness and an accused person" in the investigation into the $2 million payment he received from UEFA in 2011. Lauber said authorities would raid Platini's UEFA office in Nyon if necessary to discover the "real truth."
  • Ronaldinho and Fluminense part ways -- on the field
    Ronaldinho has left Fluminense by mutual consent after just three months with the Brazilian club. He did not score in nine Campeonato Brasileiro games and was booed by Flu fans during a game against Atletico Mineiro. He had returned to Brazil after playing for Mexico Clausura runner-up Queretaro, where he finished the playoffs on the bench. Flu said in a statement that club and player will continue to work together. "It should be noted," it said, "that the player's hiring met all expectations with regarding to marketing returns, increasing ticket and shirt sales for the club as well ...
  • Costa Rican Li's extradition orders approved
    Switzerland's justice ministry agreed to hand over former Costa Rican federation president Eduardo Li to U.S. authorities for prosecution in the FIFA bribery case. Li was arrested in a predawn raid May 27 at a Zurich hotel two days before he was supposed to take up a seat on the FIFA executive committee.
  • Buffon: Juve Title Talk "Presumptuous"
    Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon said it would be "presumptuous" to talk about winning the Serie A again this season after his team slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Napoli on Saturday. The Bianconeri has lost three of its opening six games of the season and now lies 15th in the Italian first division table. "It would be superficial and presumptuous to talk of the Scudetto now," the veteran goalkeeper said. "The Champions League places have to be a target, it's the natural habitat of Juventus and the players on this team...With regards to the league, I'm sure we'll be in ...
  • Blatter Returns to Work, Awaits Ethics Committee Verdict
    Sepp Blatter on Monday said he would remain president of FIFA, reiterating that "he had done nothing illegal or improper" after criminal proceedings were opened against him last Friday by the Swiss attorney general. Though Blatter returned to work just three days after being interrogated by Swiss investigators, he is now awaiting a possible announcement from the FIFA ethics committee on whether he will be suspended as a result of the Swiss investigation into possible criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of FIFA money. statement.
  • Platini Refutes Scandal Speculation
    FIFA presidential hopeful and current UEFA president Michel Platini on Monday responded to speculation linking him to the FIFA scandal after it emerged Friday that soccer's world governing body had paid the Frenchman $2 million in 2011 for work completed nearly ten years earlier. Platini began his statement by pointing out that he has not been accused of any wrongdoing, before adding: "I wish to clarify that for the period 1998 to 2002 I was employed by FIFA to work on a wide range of matters relating to football. It was a full-time job, and my functions were known by ...
  • Enrique: Messi is 'Irreplaceable'
    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique acknowledged that it is impossible to replace Lionel Messi after the four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner tore his left MCL during Saturday's 2-1 win against Las Palmas. The club confirmed that the Argentina international will now miss seven to eight weeks. "A player like Leo is irreplaceable," Enrique said Monday ahead of Barca's return to UEFA Champions League action against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday
  • Lahm Hails 'Incredible' Lewandowski
    Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is in "incredible" form, captain Philipp Lahm noted after the Poland international notched two more goals in Saturday's 3-0 stroll at home to Mainz. Three days earlier, the 27-year-old scored five goals in the space of nine minutes as Bayern thrashed Wolfsburg-last season's second-place team-, 5-1 away from home, taking his tally for the week to seven goals. When asked about Lewandowski's current form, Lahm said, "Just incredible. He succeeds at everything. Of course we're happy to make the most of it." Against Mainz, Lewandowski reached a milestone 100 Bundesliga goals in 168 appearances, making ...
  • Guardiola Walks Out of Press Conference, Future Uncertain
    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola walked out of his press conference on Friday after being asked about the chances of him becoming the next England manager. The 44-year-old, who is in the final year of his Bayern contract, said, "I am the coach at FC Bayern," before leaving. While Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that negotiations with the Spaniard about extending his contract would soon begin, Guardiola refused to talk about those talks, either. After being asked about a report in UK tabloid The Sun claiming that Guardiola would replace Roy Hodgson as England coach if the Three Lions fail ...
  • Gabriel Red Card Rescinded, Ban Reduced to One Game
    Arsenal defender Gabriel on Friday saw his red card rescinded and his three-game ban reduced to one game following his dismissal during last weekend's 2-0 loss against Chelsea. According to the Guardian, the Brazilian center-back was handed a one-game ban for "improper conduct" relating to the manner in which he failed to leave the field immediately after being shown a red card by referee Mike Dean. Arsenal had successfully appealed Dean's decision earlier in the week, saying that the 24-year-old did not actually touch Chelsea striker Diego Costa, whom Arsenal accused of provoking its defender into getting sent off. While ...
  • FIFA Confirms Winter World Cup in 2022
    FIFA on Friday confirmed the long-rumored news that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be hosted in November, the first time the international tournament hasn't taken place between May and July. The timeline for the tournament will also be slightly compressed, being played in 28 days. The 2014 tournament in Brazil was held over 32 days, and while four days may not seem like a lot, USA Today points out that the World Cup schedule is already tight with teams often playing games with quick turnarounds. FIFA's biggest concern now is possible litigation from club leagues around the world, ...