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PSG and Chelsea wait to discover Champions League semi-final opponents

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea will discover their Champions League semi-final opponents on Wednesday as Liverpool host Real Madrid and Manchester City go to Borussia Dortmund in the remaining last-eight second legs.

Chinese football urged to 'add glory' to ruling Communist Party

Shanghai - China's top football official urged teams to make the Communist Party proud and said that the sport in the country is at "a historical turning point", days after champions Jiangsu FC were kicked out.

French football legend Thierry Henry quits social media over 'toxic' racism, abuse

Paris - Former French national team striker Thierry Henry has said he is quitting all social media until platforms do more to tackle racism and harassment, becoming the latest celebrity to scale down their online presence over abuse.

Messi misses penalty as Barcelona fail in latest PSG comeback attempt

Paris - Lionel Messi scored one stunning goal but then had a penalty saved as Barcelona failed in their attempt to produce a second Champions League comeback for the ages against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, a 1-1 draw taking the French side through to th...

Rio eyes renaming iconic Maracana stadium for Pele

Rio De Janeiro - Football's greatest living legend, Pele, could add another to his long list of accolades: the Rio de Janeiro state legislature has voted to rename Brazil's iconic Maracana stadium for him.

Chelsea sack manager Frank Lampard

London - Chelsea sacked manager Frank Lampard on Monday after a poor run of results left them languishing in mid-table in the Premier League.

Neymar laughs off reports of New Year's party for 500

Rio De Janeiro - Neymar laughed off controversy Thursday over reports he was throwing a mega New Year's party for 500 guests, posting a video online of preparations for what he called a "low-key dinner" with family and friends.

Brazil prosecutors investigate alleged Neymar New Years party

Mangaratiba - Brazilian prosecutors said Wednesday they were investigating reports that football star Neymar has organized a New Year's Eve mega-party at his luxury home near Rio de Janeiro, despite public health measures to curb rising coronavirus deaths.

Messi passes Pele as top scorer at a single club

Madrid - Lionel Messi beat Pele's record of goals for a single club when he scored his 644th for Barcelona in a 3-0 victory against Valladolid on Tuesday.

Barcelona's Griezmann says ending Huawei contract over Uighurs claims

Paris - Barcelona's World Cup-winning footballer Antoine Griezmann said Thursday he was ending his sponsorship contract with Huawei over reports the Chinese telecoms giant was involved in the surveillance of Uighur Muslims.

PSG, Basaksehir stage Champions League walk-out over official's alleged racism

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir staged an unprecedented joint walk-out over alleged racism by a Champions League match official on Tuesday, prompting UEFA to suspend the game and launch an investigation.

Day football dyed: Chinese match off because 'hair not black enough'

Shanghai - A women's university football match in China descended into farce and was eventually called off after players were told that they were not allowed to have dyed hair, state media said Tuesday.

Abu Dhabi royal family member buys half of Israeli football club

Jerusalem - A member of Abu Dhabi's royal family on Monday bought half of Beitar Jerusalem, a top Israeli football team notorious for its anti-Arab fan base, the club said.

Zidane gets breathing space after Sevilla win

Madrid - Under-pressure Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid's 1-0 win at Sevilla on Saturday, their first in La Liga since October, was significant after a testing run of games.

Maradona's doctor investigated for involuntary manslaughter

Buenos Aires - Diego Maradona's personal doctor was on Sunday being investigated for involuntary manslaughter four days after the Argentina legend suffered a fatal heart attack, prosecutors in San Isidro near Buenos Aires reported.

Maradona's death may trigger family inheritance battle

Buenos Aires - Diego Maradona's tormented private life, with its tangled relationships and paternity suits, suggests distributing his inheritance will be a complex task for lawyers bracing for claims from a slew of children -- those he recognized and those he didn't....

Police clash with fans at Maradona's wake

Buenos Aires - Riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes Thursday with football fans near the wake for Argentine football legend Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires.

Maradona's legend shaped by his Hand of God

Buenos Aires - Diego Maradona scored more than 300 goals, many touched with genius, but the two most famous came within four minutes of each other on June 22, 1986 in Mexico: one was voted Goal of the Century, the other is even more famous.

Diego Maradona, a divine talent with more than a touch of the devil

Buenos Aires - Diego Maradona was football's archetypal troubled genius, a world-beating player whose life and career scaled the most dazzling heights but also plumbed the darkest depths.

Qatar hotels fighting to survive until 2022 World Cup

Doha - Qatar has marketed its opulent skyscraper hotels as jewels in its World Cup 2022 crown but coronavirus curbs and a glut in new properties are jeopardising the industry.

'Our dream came true' says North Macedonia after winning Euro 2020 place

Skopje - The small Balkan state of North Macedonia was over the moon Friday after qualifying for next year's European football championships, a historic victory that goes beyond sport for a country which struggled for decades to have even its name recognised.

North Macedonia secure historic qualification for Euro 2020

Tbili - North Macedonia will go to a major tournament for the first time in their history after a Goran Pandev goal gave the Balkan nation a 1-0 win away to Georgia in their Euro 2020 qualifying play-off final on Thursday.

Maradona leaves hospital following surgery

Olivos - Argentine football legend Diego Maradona left hospital on Wednesday followed by a convoy of supporters, eight days after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Maradona allowed to leave hospital: doctor

Olivos - Argentine football legend Diego Maradona is expected to leave hospital on Wednesday, his doctor said, eight days after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Maradona progressing well after brain surgery

Olivos - Argentine football great Diego Maradona is progressing well after brain surgery on a blood clot and could be discharged this week, his doctor said Monday.Maradona, 60, underwent surgery last Tuesday to remove a clot lodged between his brain and skull.

Maradona to remain in hospital for treatment following surgery: doctor

Olivos - Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona is to remain in hospital for several more days to undergo treatment following surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain, his doctor said Thursday.

Iraq's 'stadium of horrors' in ruins, but the game goes on

Mosul - Mohamed Fathi, coach of Mosul's football club in northern Iraq, hardly recognises the ruined soccer stadium once used by Islamic State group fighters to fire rockets and lob mortars from.Piles of rubble lie alongside a pitch of bumpy sand.

Brazil's Santos and Robinho part ways amid pressure over rape conviction

S - Santos and veteran international striker Robinho said Friday they had agreed to part ways amid pressure brought to bear on the Brazilian soccer team over his conviction in Italy of having raped a young woman in 2013 when he played for Milan.

Ronaldo, Johnson test positive as coronavirus surge hits sport

Paris - Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and men's golf world number one Dustin Johnson both tested positive for the coronavirus as a surge in cases cast a shadow over the return of professional sport.

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19

Lisbon - Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese football federation announced on Tuesday.
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