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Sporting a head bandage after a painful earlier clash it just had to be Martin Skrtel to perform injury time heroics to salvage a vital 2-2 draw for Liverpool against Arsenal Sunday.

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'Miracle' club Eibar a blueprint for soccer's future? updated 2 days ago

They do things differently at Sociedad Deportiva Eibar, up in the mist-cloaked valleys of the Basque country. And it is working.

Michael Garcia resigns from FIFA role updated 4 days ago

The man tasked with investigating the World Cup bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments resigned Wednesday, plunging world football into turmoil.

Whistle-blower: Woe betide anyone reporting 'FIFA corruption' updated 4 days ago

A soccer whistle-blower has criticized FIFA's "culture of self-protection" after the world governing body rejected her claim over a breach of confidentiality as the World Cup bidding saga rumbled on.

Thierry Henry: French football great bids adieu updated 5 days ago

After 20 years, over 300 goals and a host of major honors, Thierry Henry has called time on his football career.

Champions League: Holders Real Madrid draw Schalke 04 in last 16 stage updated 6 days ago

Champions League holders and arguably Europe's most in-form team Real Madrid were drawn against German side Schalke 04 in the last 16 of Europe's most prestigious competition.

Barcelona slips up in pursuit of record breaking Real Madrid updated 6 days ago

Barcelona failed to keep pace in the La Liga title race with record breaking Real Madrid Saturday after being held goalless at Getafe.

David De Gea heroics inspire Man Utd to sixth straight win updated 7 days ago

A litany of wasted chances and inspired goalkeeping from David De Gea combined with clinical finishing from the home side saw Manchester United pile the misery on Liverpool with a 3-0 win in the English Premier League Sunday.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy updated 7 days ago

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night during a ceremony in New York City.

NFL star Adrian Peterson's appeal denied updated 9 days ago

The NFL has denied Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's appeal of a season-long suspension, league spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Friday.

Jurgen Klinsmann: soccer offers U.S. kids route 'all the way to the top' updated 9 days ago

If you're an American kid thinking of fame and fortune you have a new path to help you achieve your dreams.

Mario Balotelli's 'I want a kiss from Queen' tweet tops World Cup list updated 11 days ago

He's yet to score a Premier League goal for Liverpool, but Mario Balotelli can claim one first in 2014 -- he had the most retweeted message of the World Cup.

Champions League: Liverpool crashes out after Basel draw updated 12 days ago

A decade and a day might have passed but the script was still the same.

Soccer legend Pele leaves hospital updated 12 days ago

Soccer legend Pele is out of a Brazilian hospital after more than two weeks for treatment of a urinary tract infection.

Landon Donovan hails 'perfect' finale to record-breaking U.S. career updated 12 days ago

It was little surprise that Landon Donovan described the end of his career as "perfect."

Lionel Messi keeps pace with Cristiano Ronaldo in hat-trick race updated 14 days ago

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are matching each other hat-trick for hat-trick as their remarkable scoring battle continues apace.

Newcastle end Chelsea's unbeaten run but who remain "Europe's Invincibles"? updated 15 days ago

It lasted 23 matches and 102 days but Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season is ended by Newcastle.

Roma defender undergoes successful brain surgery updated 18 days ago

Roma defender Leandro Castan underwent successful neurosurgery Wednesday, having previously complained of acute dizziness during an Italian Serie A match in September.

Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo - Battle of the brands updated 19 days ago

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo find themselves fighting it out for FIFA's Ballon d'Or award once again -- but the contest between the world's two highest-profile footballers isn't only being played out on the pitch.

Mario Balotelli sorry for 'offensive' social media post updated 19 days ago

Mario Balotelli's knack of attracting the wrong type of headlines shows no sign of abating with the Italian international facing a possible English Football Association charge for racially stereotyping Jewish and black people in a social media post.

World Cup bids corruption: 'Picasso painting offered as kickback' updated 20 days ago

Expensive works of art offered as inducements are at the center of the latest series of damaging allegations around the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, a published report claimed.

Soccer legend Pele off dialysis, but still in intensive care updated 20 days ago

Football legend Pele's condition is continuing to improve, but he remains in an intensive care unit.

Football: High-flying Chelsea held by Sunderland in EPL updated 22 days ago

Chelsea maintained its unbeaten start to the English Premier League season but were made to sweat against a dogged Sunderland side Saturday.

Unstoppable Real Madrid register club-record 16 wins in a row updated 22 days ago

Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale strike for Real Madrid to ensure reigning European champions break club record for consecutive victories.

Hospital: Pele lucid, talking, improving but still in intensive care updated 22 days ago

Soccer legend Pele is lucid and improving at a Brazil hospital, though still in intensive care.

Hospital: Pele's condition improves updated 23 days ago

Brazilian football legend Pele's condition has improved, according to a Thursday evening statement from a Sao Paulo hospital.

Headbutt lands Brazilian striker Brandao in jail updated 24 days ago

Brazilian striker Brandao has been handed a one-month jail sentence for headbutting an opposing player, with the severity of his punishment linked to the footballer's role model status, according to one of the lawyers involved in the case.

Whistle-blower who took on FIFA power brokers updated 24 days ago

One of the questions I've been asked the most in the 10 days since judge Hans-Joachim Eckert's summary was published of Michael Garcia's report into the conduct of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, is the extent to which I'm upset with the comments about me as the "Australian whistleblower."

Arsenal join Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League Last 16 updated 25 days ago

The jury may still be out for many Arsenal fans over the future of coach Arsenal Wenger but few can argue about the Frenchman leading the Londoners to the Champions League knockout stages for a 15th consecutive year.

Rayo Vallecano: 'Beautiful gesture' from 'guardian angel' towards homeless updated 26 days ago

Over the past five years evictions have become a symbol of Spain's economic crisis, but the latest homeowner to face the prospect of homelessness -- an 85-year-old woman -- has found an unlikely guardian angel.

Messi breaks "brutal" goals record updated 29 days ago

Lionel Messi broke the Spanish league's all-time scoring record after hitting a hat trick in Barcelona's 5-1 victory over Sevilla.

Man Utd beat Arsenal to go fourth updated 29 days ago

Manchester United secured a vital 2-1 victory against Arsenal, their first on the road in the English Premier League this season under coach Louis Van Gaal.

2018 World Cup hosts Russia should hand out life bans to 'racists' updated 30 days ago

Its record on dealing with racist abuse has been mixed and now Russia has been urged by a leading anti-apartheid activist to show a tougher approach to the issue ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

Reigning champion Nigeria crash out as Africa Cup of Nations qualifying comes to a close updated 31 days ago

The final round of qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations threw up a few surprises, the most notable of which being holders Nigeria bowing out.

World Cup: FIFA launches criminal case over 2018 and 2022 bidding process updated 33 days ago

The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has taken a new twist as football's world governing body FIFA lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss judiciary Tuesday.

World Cup: England hits back at FIFA over 'corruption' probe updated 34 days ago

FIFA is coming under growing pressure from some of Europe's leading football federations to take "urgent action" and restore confidence in the world governing body.

Flare up in the San Siro. Italy-Croatia clash held up by crowd disorder updated 35 days ago

Crowd disorder caused a top of the table Euro 2016 qualifier between Italy and Croatia Sunday to be delayed as flares were thrown on the pitch.

Claudio Ranieri sacked by Greece after humiliating defeat to Faroe Islands updated 36 days ago

Claudio Ranieri paid the price for Greece's humiliating defeat to the Faroe Islands when it was confirmed Saturday that he had been sacked as national team coach.

100-cap Wayne Rooney scores in England win over Slovenia updated 36 days ago

Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th cap for England by scoring the equalizer in a 3-1 victory over Slovenia in an Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley Saturday.

Misfiring Die Mannschaft angers coach Low; Greece humiliated updated 36 days ago

It was the first win in three Euro 2016 qualifying games for the mighty Die Mannschaft but another unconvincing performance by Germany against the minnows of Gibraltar Friday.

World Cup: FIFA embroiled in civil war updated 37 days ago

It's all out civil war at the top of world football.

FBI moves ahead with FIFA corruption probe updated 38 days ago

U.S. investigators are stepping up the pace of a corruption investigation into senior leaders of FIFA, even as the world soccer body cleared itself.

The world according to Sepp: FIFA president's own goals and gaffes updated 38 days ago

Another day, another FIFA farce.

How do you squeeze 20 tons of tangerines into Ukraine? updated 39 days ago

Orange is the new snack -- that's the case in Ukraine anyway after one of the country's top football players donated 20 tons of tangerines to local children.

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes back in football updated 40 days ago

The 'Chosen One' is back in football.

Original hosts Morocco barred from 2015 Africa Cup of Nations updated 40 days ago

Morocco should be just two months away from hosting Africa's biggest sporting event. Instead, the country has been barred from taking part in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

World War One: Football's fallen heroes updated 41 days ago

"Good luck to Clapton Orient FC, no football club had paid a greater price to patriotism" (King George V)

Chelsea beats unlucky Liverpool updated 42 days ago

Chelsea came from a goal down to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield and open up a commanding lead at the top of the English Premier League Saturday.

Morocco urges cup delay over Ebola fears updated 42 days ago

The Moroccan government has urged African soccer's governing body to delay its flagship bi-annual continental competition over fears that it could help to spread Ebola.

Madrid hit five to go top updated 43 days ago

Real Madrid smashed five goals past Rayo Vallecano to return to the top of the Spanish league after briefly being deposed by rivals Barcelona.

Messi equals Raul's European Champions League goals record updated 46 days ago

It is another landmark in the career of one of football's greatest ever players.

NFL and soccer on global collision course? updated 46 days ago

A new invasion of pyrotechnics and full-body costumes will assault London this weekend, as the 2014 NFL International Series signs off with a third sell-out date at Wembley Stadium.

Champions League: Real Madrid edges past Liverpool updated 47 days ago

No team has ever retained the Champions League title since the competition was revamped in 1992 -- but perhaps, finally, this will be the year.

Enter stage right: World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf's new acting career updated 48 days ago

He puts the gun to the woman's head, pulls the trigger and watches as her body hits the floor.

EPL: Manchester City hold on to defeat ten man Manchester United updated 49 days ago

Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 thanks to a solitary Sergio Aguero strike.

Bayern Munich score late to down Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker updated 49 days ago

Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in Saturday's Der Klassiker clash thanks to goals from Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski.

Football: 'Magic' behind MLS' new Los Angeles franchise updated 49 days ago

Derbies often provide the highlight of any football season -- whether that be Boca Juniors vs. River Plate, AC Milan vs. Inter or Arsenal vs. Spurs -- and Major League Soccer (MLS) is now hoping that Los Angeles can join that illustrious list.

Western Sydney Wanderers win Asian Champions League updated 50 days ago

Western Sydney Wanderers defeat Al Hilal to become the first Australian club to win the Asian Champions League.

Ancelotti - 'Keep your mouth shut Sepp!' updated 53 days ago

The president of world soccer's governing body is used to being admonished.

Rogerio Ceni: 590 wins and counting updated 54 days ago

He's not a household name, but Rogerio Ceni is a footballer without equal.

Ballon d'Or: 'Disgraceful' Suarez omitted from key award for bite updated 54 days ago

Has the world of football bitten back?

Football world mourns death of South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa updated 55 days ago

The world of football is mourning the loss of Senzo Meyiwa after the South Africa captain was shot and killed Sunday during a botched robbery, according to authorities.

Robin van Persie rescues point for Man Utd in Old Trafford showdown updated 56 days ago

Robin van Persie salvaged a point for Manchester United against English Premier League leader Chelsea with an injury-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford Sunday.

El Clasico: Real Madrid end Barcelona's unbeaten run updated 57 days ago

Real Madrid ended Barcelona's unbeaten start to the La Liga season with an emphatic 3-1 victory at the Bernabeu in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday.

English Premier League: Manchester City trip up at West Ham updated 57 days ago

Manchester City's misfiring start to the English Premier League season continued on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to West Ham United at Upton Park.

Serbia and Albania punished by UEFA after drone brawl updated 58 days ago

It was a night which evoked hatred of years past -- now both Serbia and Albania have been punished for their part in dramatic night of violence in Belgrade.

Luis Suarez: Do sporting suspensions work? updated 58 days ago

Although he's vowed to keep his famous chops to himself, the world will soon find out if Luis Suarez can keep bagging goals without literally leaving his mark on defenders.

Champions League: Real Madrid crushes Liverpool at Anfield updated 60 days ago

Booed and jeered upon his entrance, cheered upon his exit -- perhaps even the most bitter of rivals are finally ready to submit to the mercurial talents of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Is this the future of football? Players refund fans after 8-0 defeat updated 60 days ago

Have English Premier League club Sunderland's players set a dangerous precedent for under-performing sports teams?

Bayern thumps Roma; Man City stunned behind closed doors in Moscow updated 61 days ago

The message will have been heard loud and clear across Europe.

From Jewish football to jihad: German ISIS suspect faces jail updated 61 days ago

Kreshnik Berisha was once part of Germany's largest Jewish sports club -- but now he's the first suspected member of ISIS to stand trial in Germany,

AS Roma's president James Pallotta: Rome's newest gladiator? updated 61 days ago

Own goal of the season? Santiago Vergini's volley stuns Sunderland updated 64 days ago

Santiago Vergini's 12th minute volley flashed past the goalkeeper to open the scoring in the English Premier League match at St Mary's between Southampton and Sunderland.

100 million and counting: Cristiano Ronaldo's Facebook fan club updated 65 days ago

He might be fighting it out with Lionel Messi for the title of the world's top soccer player, but Cristiano Ronaldo is in a league of his very own when it comes to social media followers.

Where has "Super" Mario gone? Balotelli's battle to fulfill potential updated 65 days ago

One goal in eight matches for new club Liverpool, and dumped by the Italian national team.

Inter Milan owner Erick Thohir: Why Italian football needs to change -- or 'die' updated 66 days ago

In a city where style is king, a Milanese football giant is in urgent need of a makeover, according to the Indonesian tycoon who has taken on the challenge.

Serbia and Albania game abandoned after drone invasion sparks brawl updated 67 days ago

Ethnic tensions in the Balkans and an incident involving a drone led to the abandonment of a major European international football game Tuesday.

Albanian prime minister's brother 'disgusted' by drone allegations updated 67 days ago

It's a plot twist that even a thriller writer might have struggled to come up with during Serbia's European qualifying clash with Albania in Belgrade.

Odegaard makes history as European qualifying's youngest player at 15 updated 69 days ago

Few 15-year-olds can claim to make history, but Martin Odegaard is fast accumulating a clutch of firsts in football.

Lionel Messi misses penalty as Brazil defeats Argentina, Suarez returns updated 71 days ago

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Brazil defeated Argentina 2-0 in the Superclasico de Las Americas friendly fixture in Beijing Saturday.

Germany humbled by Poland in Euro 2016 qualifier updated 71 days ago

Poland defeated Germany for the first time in it's footballing history Saturday thanks to goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila.

Can the empire strike back?: England football chief plots brighter future updated 72 days ago

It's a problem which is there in black and white.

Ebola fears sideline Guinea football star updated 72 days ago

Guinea star Lass Bangoura pulled out of a key African Cup of Nations match against Ghana Saturday because his club teammates feared he could contract Ebola.

India's new pro soccer league kicks off, but will it score with fans? updated 72 days ago

On Sunday, about 100,000 Indian spectators -- including a bevy of India's top celebrities and corporate bigwigs -- will pack into a stadium to watch two teams go at each other with everything they've got.

Roma chief eyes new overseas empire for Italian football updated 73 days ago

James Pallotta has already begun a revolution at Roma -- now he wants Italian football to take over the world with overseas Serie A matches.

Five sporting feuds of the moment updated 76 days ago

Everyone loves a sporting feud.

Chelsea stays top of EPL after managerial spat boils over updated 77 days ago

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho's managerial spat overshadowed Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal Sunday to extend its lead at the top of the EPL.

Bravo! Barcelona goalkeeper sets new La Liga record updated 78 days ago

Barcelona are known for scoring truckloads of goals, but the Catalan side were celebrating their miserliness on Saturday as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo set a new La Liga record for time spent on the pitch without conceding.

Rio Ferdinand: Soccer authorities must get ruthless on racism updated 80 days ago

Get ruthless. That is Rio Ferdinand's message to soccer's authorities in the fight to tackle the scourge of racism.

Rio Ferdinand: Alex Ferguson not to blame for Manchester United failures updated 80 days ago

Rio Ferdinand was one of the world's top defenders -- now he's turned his hand to defending the reputation of his former manager Alex Ferguson.

Michel Platini breaks silence over Garcia investigation updated 80 days ago

Michel Platini has broken his silence over FIFA's refusal to publish the long-awaited report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Champions League: Real Madrid survives Lugodorets scare updated 81 days ago

Ludogorets Razgrad may only have been founded 13 years ago but on Wednesday it stood on the brink of the biggest result in its brief history.

FIFA own-goal? Why women weren't good enough for World Cup report updated 81 days ago

Sepp Blatter once suggested women footballers should wear tighter shorts -- now his organization, FIFA, has been accused of blatant sexism in its selection of the person to lead an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Beyonce, Jay-Z and David Beckham -- at a football game? updated 81 days ago

They're three of the world's biggest superstars -- but few would have expected to see them together taking in a football match in Paris.

Meet football's answer to Tintin: Barcelona and PSG's comic hero updated 82 days ago

Meet football's answer to Tintin.

Messi nets 400th career goal as Barca thrash Granada updated 85 days ago

It's a landmark that most players can only dream of, but for Lionel Messi it was just a matter of time.

'Come Home Ronaldo' beg Man Utd fans with latest flying banner updated 85 days ago

Given their woeful defending of late you'd think Manchester United fans would want a decent center back to come to the club not another star forward -- albeit one of the world's best.

Jerome Champagne: Sepp Blatter is 'not a dictator' updated 87 days ago

Jerome Champagne, the only candidate currently standing against FIFA president Sepp Blatter, is resolutely refusing to take the gloves off against his rival in the race to decide who will lead football's world governing body.

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