Six teenagers and one of their fathers were found guilty by a Dutch court Monday of the killing of an amateur football linesman last year.
It is one of the world's richest clubs -- and it needs fixing.
The score looked close, but Spain's domination was all too apparent as the world champions began the Confederations Cup with a 2-1 victory over Uruguay on Sunday.
Egypt moved closer to a first World Cup finals appearance since 1990 after reaching the African qualification playoffs on Sunday.
In his native Brazil, Neymar is being counted on to lead the South American nation to World Cup glory on home soil next year.
Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium was packed to the rafters: 200,000 expectant spectators prepared to celebrate Brazil's first World Cup triumph and its arrival as a football superpower.
Manchester City hired Manuel Pellegrini as its new manager Friday.
The head of world football's governing body has moved to allay fears Brazil will not be ready to host the forthcoming Confederations Cup.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Nelson Mandela
Watching dozens of crazed supporters trying to set fire to a stadium makes you question your love of football.
Germany's Under-21 team bowed out of the European Championship Finals in Israel on Wednesday -- but their experiences in Israel have left a lasting impression.
Soccer star Lionel Messi has denied allegations of wrongdoing after being accused of defrauding the Spanish authorities of over $5 million.
Australia moved within one win of a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after a commanding 4-0 defeat of Jordan in Group A of the Asian qualifying section.
Friends, Brazilians and soccer fans lend me your ears -- the shimmy and shake of the caxirola is coming to a football match near you soon.
Once "the Special One," Jose Mourinho now calls himself "the Happy One" -- but his much-hyped first press conference back at Chelsea revealed that his new character may well be "the Stable One."
Hardcore Italian football "ultra" Federico is a Lazio supporter who happily admits directing monkey chants at black players.
Rising star Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Egypt beat Zimbabwe 4-2 in Harare Sunday to all but book their place in the final stage of African qualifying.
Table topping Argentina were held goalless by Colombia in a fiery South American World Cup qualifier which saw both sides end the match with 10 men.
Belgian defender Vincent Kompany said this week there would be a "commotion" in Belgium if his country failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.
Manchester City have given another signal of their intent to wrest the English Premier League title back from neighbors Manchester United with the signing of Brazilian Fernandinho.
As Michael Ballack finally calls time on his 17-year professional career, German football can bask in the knowledge they boast the best two teams in Europe.
Mahmoud Sarsak is twice the man he used to be.
The German Bundesliga has set the standard on the football pitch in recent months, now the league's bank accounts are the envy of Europe after a report declared the competition to be the continent's most profitable.
Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele believes Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea will benefit the London club but he has warned there is no guarantee the Portuguese can deliver success.
Jupp Heynckes has poured cold water on suggestions he could take over at Real Madrid by announcing he will take a break from football after leading Bayern Munich to a historic treble.
An injury-time penalty from Keisuke Honda fired Japan into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making the Samurai Blue the first country to qualify for next year's tournament in Brazil.
Brazilian starlet Neymar completed his transfer to Barcelona on Monday and swiftly declared that his aim was to help Lionel Messi continue to be the best footballer on the planet.
Jose Mourinho has completed his widely-expected return to Chelsea after the English Premier League club ended weeks of speculation by confirming Monday that the former Real Madrid coach has agreed a four-year contract.
"The English media created an icon, an almost perfect human being." - soccer agent Paulo Texeira.
Brazil's preparations for hosting the 2014 World Cup have been hit by a series of setbacks in the past year, and the national team's results on the football pitch have been just as patchy.
Jose Mourinho's imminent return to Chelsea appears to be the worst-kept secret in world football -- and the English Premier League has already jumped the gun by announcing his reappointment before a deal has been done.
Pep Guardiola surely faces the most thankless task in world football after Bayern Munich clinched a historic treble on Saturday, adding the German Cup to the Champions League and Bundesliga crowns.
Favored haunt of James Bond, gamblers and luxury yacht owners, Monaco looks increasingly set to also become the preferred destination of world class footballers.
French club Monaco have served further notice of their intent to challenge at the top of world football by completing the signing of striker Radamel Falcao.
The English Football Association is facing a backlash from fans of women's football after being accused of throwing the future of one of the country's most loved clubs into jeopardy.
The deal is done. The dream is reality. Photographers' flashbulbs pop as the club scarf is held aloft. Smiles and handshakes ensue.
Brazil's preparations for a major international soccer tournament have been hit by "human error" and heavy rain, which caused the roof of Salvador's host stadium to partially collapse.
Two weeks after leading Chelsea to glory in the Europa League, Rafael Benitez has been unveiled as the new coach of Italian team Napoli.
Robbie Rogers was introduced as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, making him the first openly gay male athlete to compete in Major League Soccer.
Two days after staging the biggest club game on the planet, Wembley Stadium hosted the richest match in world football - with Crystal Palace taking spoils worth $180 million as they gained promotion to the English Premier League.
It's no secret among European football fans that for many years the U.S.'s attempts to embrace football -- or soccer as they like to call it -- were treated with derision.
Not content with having the world's best player, Lionel Messi, on their books, Barcelona have moved to sign Pele's "modern successor" -- Neymar.
The woe is over for Bayern Munich in Champions League finals after it defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in a pulsating all German contest in London on Saturday.
Bayern Munich won the Champions League soccer final on Saturday, defeating Borussia Dortmund by a 2-1 score at London's Wembley Stadium.
Inter Milan sacked coach Andrea Stramaccioni Friday and replaced him immediately with Walter Mazzarri.
AS Monaco have signed Porto pair Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez in a $90 million deal,
The head of European football has told players not to walk off the pitch if they are racially abused, saying any decision to stop a match should be left to the referee.
The Germans are coming -- and this time London cannot wait.
UEFA has introduced its new plan to tackle racism in football following a meeting in London Thursday.
European football's governing body UEFA says it will continue to monitor security ahead of Saturday's Champions League final in London.
When Germany's two biggest soccer clubs go head-to-head in Saturday's Champions League final, there can only be one winner: German industry.
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has added his name to May's managerial merry-go-round by announcing he is leaving the Spanish club at the end of this season.
The answer to the question will now never be known -- for many football fans had been wondering how Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze would fare when taking on future employers Bayern Munich in Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley.
Over the past few weeks some of the biggest names in world football have been guests on CNNFC.
Most fans would agree that a great football league needs some key ingredients: skilful players, excitement and drama on the pitch; and off the field, passionate supporters and owners who love and understand the game.
Bundesliga success down to youth policy says CEO ahead of Champions League final between Bayern and Dortmund.
Manchester City and New York Yankees partner to form new MLS franchise to be called New York City FC.
Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, the nine-time European champion's president Florentino Perez announced at a news conference on Monday.
The celebrations of Paris Saint-Germain's first French title in 19 years have only just finished but the Qatari-owned club already face a fight to keep hold of one of the their most valuable assets -- manager Carlo Ancelotti.
With tears streaming down his face, David Beckham said farewell in his final home game as a professional footballer Saturday.
Alex Ferguson's 1500th and final game in charge of Manchester United ended with a freak 5-5 draw at West Bromwich Albion.
Barcelona beat Valladolid 2-1 Sunday night before lifting the La Liga trophy for the 22nd time in front of their fans at a sodden Nou Camp.
Four walls, a bed and a slop bowl. If prison represents physical confinement and a loss of every personal freedom, what does imprisonment of the mind feel like?
Bayern Munich beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-3 while Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to Hoffenheim in Bundesliga.
If this was Jose Mourinho's swansong in a major cup final with Real Madrid, it didn't go as planned. It wasn't the best of nights for Cristiano Ronaldo, either.
David Beckham was always adept at curling the ball around a wall -- but when it came to the barrier of homosexuality in football, he broke straight through it.
Mario Balotelli has delivered his verdict on his time in the English Premier League -- he couldn't be happier to have left England.
Leading international soccer player Mario Balotelli has had enough -- the AC Milan striker has vowed to walk off the pitch next time he is racially abused at a football game.
A pop star wife, an estimated annual salary of $46 million and the most iconic player of this generation -- but to those who know the "real" David Beckham, he is just a "normal guy" and a "devoted dad".
End it like Beckham. One of the most iconic football stars of his generation, David Beckham is to retire at the end of the season to bring down the curtain on a glittering career.
Mario Balotelli tells CNN in an exclusive interview that he was "not surprised" at seeing Roberto Mancini lose his job as manager of Manchester City.
Branislav Ivanovic's dramatic late winner fired Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Benfica in the final of the Europa League in Amsterdam Wednesday.
Vienna, Austria. 1990. A man weeps by a grave. He lowers his head and murmurs a few quiet words.
The retirements are coming thick and fast out of Old Trafford, with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand the latest to call time -- on his international career.
Arsenal ended Wigan Athletic's eight-year stay in the Premier League with a ruthless 4-1 win at the Emirates to keep their UEFA Champions League dreams alive.
The head of world football's global governing body has criticized Italian soccer for not cracking down hard enough on a team whose fans racially abused an opposition player.
A leading Italian soccer coach has called for stronger action against racism after a top-level match between AC Milan and Roma was suspended Sunday due to abusive chants by supporters.
A year to the day after winning Manchester City's first championship in nearly half a century, coach Roberto Mancini was sacked as the club's ambitious Abu Dhabi owners finally lost patience with the Italian.
Lionel Messi's remarkable La Liga scoring streak came to an end on Sunday as Barcelona celebrated reclaiming the Spanish title with a less than convincing 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.
It was a fitting end to a remarkable era -- Alex Ferguson celebrated his final home game as manager of Manchester United with a dramatic late victory against Swansea on Sunday.
Barcelona clinched a 22nd Spanish league title on Saturday when second-placed Real Madrid could only draw 1-1 at Espanyol.
In a sporting world where the big boys invariably grab all the glory, there is one competition where the romantic notion of the underdog toppling the giant sometimes becomes reality.
Thiago Silva knows his history -- it's a good job too given it's very much weighing on his shoulders.
David Moyes has been appointed as the new manager of Manchester United after agreeing a six-year deal.
English soccer's most successful manager -- Manchester United's Alex Ferguson -- is retiring at the end of the season, the club announced Wednesday.
English soccer's most successful manager -- Manchester United's Alex Ferguson -- is retiring at the end of the season, the club announced Wednesday.
The news that Alex Ferguson would be stepping down as Manchester United manager after 26 trophy-laden seasons will be reverberating far beyond British shores Wednesday, and no more so than in Asia where the club has a huge following.
Despite not kicking a ball, Arsenal were the biggest winners on Wednesday night as Chelsea drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur in a game that football fans almost forgot.
Alex Ferguson's decision to step down as Manchester United manager after more than a quarter of a century in charge leaves the club's hierarchy with the unenviable task of replacing the Scot, given his phenomenal success at Old Trafford.
From a 2-0 defeat at Oxford United on November 6, 1986 to a English Premier League coronation party through the streets of Manchester on May 13.
The biggest occasion in their 81-year history is approaching for minnows Wigan but the FA Cup final might prove an unwelcome distraction in their battle to retain English Premier League status.
If Jose Mourinho's time at Real Madrid is nearing an end then he seems determined not to go quietly.
Amid all the talk of Germany's new-found domination of European football after the success of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in reaching the Champions League final, Juventus' achievement of winning the Italian title for a record-extending 29th time almost passed by without notice at the weekend.
A heavyweight tome of 536-pages "On China" was described by the New York Times as "fascinating, shrewd and sometimes perverse".
German football is riding the crest of a triumphant wave with two Bundesliga teams in the Champions League final and the national side one of the favorites for the 2014 World Cup.
Football's world governing body FIFA has provisionally suspended outgoing Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer for 90 days "based on the fact that various breaches of the Code of Ethics appear to have been committed" by the American.