- Sun Jun 17 5:30 PM
Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes Eden Hazard
can be one of the stars of the World Cup as the Chelsea man prepares to lead his nation into their tournament opener against
- Sun Jun 17 3:10 PM
Samara (Russia) (AFP) – Aleksandar Kolarov
’s brilliant second-half free-kick gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup group match in Samara on Sunday. The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough
- Sun Jun 17 2:00 AM
In their first games in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, watch Costa Rica vs. Serbia for free with a 7-day trial to fuboTV. On television, the match will be shown live on FOX. But if
- Sat Jun 16 11:49 AM
Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Diego Costa looked like a misfit at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, where Spain’s inability to accommodate the burly centre-forward contributed to their disastrous campaign. But on Friday in
- Sat Jun 16 12:17 AM
Every World Cup, there’s always at least one underdog team that exceeds expectations. Four years ago that team was Costa Rica. They finished the group stages on top of a group that included England and
- Fri Jun 15 4:36 PM
Yekaterinburg (Russia) (AFP) – Veteran coach Oscar
Tabarez said Uruguay “broke the spell” after they left it late to defeat an Egypt side shorn of Mohamed Salah 1-0 in their World Cup opener on Friday
- Thu Jun 14 4:52 PM
Yekaterinburg (Russia) (AFP) – Luis Suarez
has “matured a great deal” and is primed to lead Uruguay’s assault on the World Cup, coach Oscar
Tabarez said on the eve of their opening game in Russia
- Thu Jun 14 11:47 AM
Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Australia talisman Tim Cahill shot down talk of retirement on Thursday as he targets joining Pele on an elite, four-man list of players to have scored at four World Cups. But
- Wed Jun 13 3:00 AM
Four years ago CONCACAF sent four teams to the World Cup: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Somewhat remarkably three of those four teams made it to the knockout rounds: USA and Mexico both advanced
- Tue Jun 12 4:24 PM
Moscow (AFP) – Reigning champions Germany arrived in Russia on Tuesday to join the World Cup party as Belgium downplayed an injury scare over star player Eden Hazard
in their final warm-up match. Gareth Southgate’s
- Tue Jun 12 2:15 PM
Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Australia talisman Tim Cahill may have to settle for a World Cup cameo role while captain Mile Jedinak could start on the bench but the Socceroos say team changes will not
- Tue Jun 12 11:54 AM
Moscow (AFP) – Reigning champions Germany are set to arrive in Russia on Tuesday to join the World Cup party as Belgium downplayed an injury scare over star player Eden Hazard
in their final warm-up
- Tue Jun 12 11:11 AM
Brussels (AFP) – Belgium made light of injury to Eden Hazard
in their last warm-up before the World Cup on Monday, the Chelsea star limping off in the 4-1 defeat of Costa Rica in Brussels
- Mon Jun 11 10:15 PM
Brussels (AFP) – A powerful brace from Romelu Lukaku
and a glittering performance from Eden Hazard
saw Belgium beat Costa Rica 4-1 in Brussels in their finals World Cup warm up on Monday. But Belgium
- Mon Jun 11 8:58 PM
Istra (Russia) (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps spent part of his first day in Russia defending Olivier Giroud
as the Chelsea forward battles to stave off stiff competition for places ahead of Les Bleus’
- Thu Jun 7 10:10 PM
Leeds (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Marcus Rashford staked his claim to start England’s World Cup campaign with a stunning strike in a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in a friendly in Leeds on Thursday. Danny Welbeck also justified his inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s squad by coming off the bench to seal...
- Thu Jun 7 8:25 PM
Milan (AFP) – Serie A champions Juventus confirmed on Thursday they have activated the 40 million euro ($47 million) purchase clause to make Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa’s move to Italy permanent. The 27-year-old initially moved to Turin on loan for six million euros last summer with a 40 m...
- Thu Jun 7 1:05 PM
Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has been released from Persib Bandung, the Indonesian club said Thursday, the latest big foreign signing to be axed from the national league in the past two seasons. The Ghanaian, 35, who signed with the Bandung-based club just over a...
- Wed Jun 6 10:50 PM
Brussels (AFP) – Eden Hazard
scored once and assisted another goal in a 3-0 pre-World Cup friendly win over Egypt on Wednesday that gave worried Belgium fans hope of a promising World Cup campaign. Drawn in Group G containing England, Tunisia and tournament debutants Panama, Belgium are expected...
- Wed Jun 6 1:35 PM
London (AFP) – With their Premier League rivals already strengthening for next season, Chelsea risk losing further ground as uncertainty swirls over the future of manager Antonio Conte and even owner Roman Abramovich. A fifth-placed finish just a year after winning the league in Conte’s first sea...
- Mon Jun 4 12:55 PM
Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s ageing talisman Tim Cahill has endured a rocky road to his fourth World Cup but insists “given the chance, I’ll always produce when it counts”. Cahill, 38, who has spent most of this season on the sidelines, will join exalted company if he can silence his doubters and f...
- Sun Jun 3 3:25 AM
Sydney (AFP) – Tim Cahill will play in his fourth World Cup and teenager Daniel Arzani made the final cut as Australia’s coach Bert van Marwijk finalised his 23-man squad Sunday. The 38-year-old Cahill is his country’s most prolific international scorer with 50 goals and has scored at his three p...
- Fri Jun 1 4:11 PM
Moscow (AFP) – Chelsea football club’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has received Israeli citizenship and is now living there, Israel’s ambassador to Russia Gary Koren confirmed Friday. “He has completed the process as far as I know and has moved and is living in Israel and has received an Israe...
- Thu May 31 7:25 PM
Brussels (AFP) – Even today the marks on a board across a gap in the hedge in a small Belgian town are evidence of the youthful Eden Hazard
’s eager first steps as a footballer. Hazard and his three younger brothers grew up in a home separated from Braine-le-Comte’s Stade Sans Fond – or “bottomles...
- Thu May 31 5:16 PM
London (AFP) – English Premier League giants Chelsea announced Thursday they had shelved plans for a new 60, 000-seater stadium in London due to an “unfavourable investment climate”. “Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold, ” the Blues said in a stat...
- Thu May 31 11:50 AM
London (AFP) – Former England captain John Terry
said Thursday he was leaving Aston Villa and admitted he was “still hurting” after failing to help the Championship club reach the Premier League. The former Chelsea defender came to the former European champions on a one-year deal last July and ma...
- Tue May 29 2:15 PM
Moscow (AFP) – Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has the right to Israeli citizenship, the Kremlin said Tuesday, after the Chelsea football club-owner reportedly travelled to Israel and became a citizen after delays to his British visa application. “The Kremlin doesn’t think anything about this,...
- Mon May 28 6:15 PM
London (AFP) – Gary Cahill
admits he is relieved to be back in favour with England and Chelsea after a “frustrating” campaign. Cahill found himself dropped by both England manager Gareth Southgate and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at various times this term. But the former Bolton defender worked his...
- Mon May 28 6:00 PM
Montevideo (AFP) – Twelve years ago, a desperate Uruguay tasked Oscar
Tabarez to return to coaching the national team and put it back among football’s elite. After failing to survive the group phase in 2002 once-proud Uruguay hit rock bottom when they failed even to qualify for the 2006 World Cup...
- Wed May 23 6:35 PM
Milan (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti has reached agreement to take over as Napoli coach ending Maurizio Sarri’s three-year reign at the Serie A club, according to reports in Italy on Wednesday. Italian Ancelotti — who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September — hammered out a deal Wednesday after a ser...