Kobe: Vissel Kobe from Japanese top flight will be playing hosts to Barcelona in a friendly on Saturday. Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper -- all now Vissel players -- are looking forward to taking on their former teammates, with Iniesta saying on Friday that the face-off will be “an honour.”
London: Liverpool’s Champions League winning trio of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s player award, world soccer’s governing body announced on Wednesday. Salah and Mane shared the
Munich: Gareth Bale was not fit to travel with Real Madrid for their pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in Munich, manager Zinedine Zidane has said. Wales international Bale on Tuesday missed the Audi Cup match, which Spurs won 1-0, following the collapse of his proposed move to China.
South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has rubbished the contention by his Nigeria counterpart Gernot Rohr that Bafana Bafana are the favourites heading into Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final clash. Having only scraped through the group stage, Baxter’s side shocked tournament hosts Egypt in the last 16. However, South Africa’s
Sadio Mane’s Senegal and an Algeria side captained by Riyad Mahrez will attempt to secure their place in Africa Cup of Nations history in Friday’s final in Cairo.
Yokohama: J-League Champions Kawasaki Frontale pulled off a stunning 1-0 victory against Chelsea in friendly at Yokohama on Friday. Kawasaki striker Leandro Damiao headed in a Kengo Nakamura cross from a close range in the 87th minute to clinch the upset in front of 61,012 spectators. Chelsea struggled to find
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola took a swipe on Friday at Bayern Munich over their pursuit of Leroy Sane and said there had been no contact from them about the winger. Former Bayern star Lothar Matthaus was quoted as saying that the German can become the “new face” of the Bundesliga champions.
While Salah helped lead his club to a sixth European Cup triumph in June, a year on from an injury forcing him out of the final, he was powerless to stop the Pharaohs suffering humiliation on the international stage for the second time in 12 months.
Paul Pogba took the challenge to a different level.
Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino scored the goals as Brazil beat arch-rivals Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday to qualify for the Copa America final. Jesus and Firmino netted a goal apiece in each half to give Brazil a victory which ensured Lionel Messi’s frustrating wait for a major international tournament title