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At least 17 killed during stampede in Angola football stadium

At least 17 people were killed by a stampede in a football stadium in northern Angola, local media reported.

Croatian footballer under investigation for tax evasion in Spain

Since joining Real Madrid in August 2012, Modric and his wife used the company in Luxembourg to charge for commercials and other sponsorship activities.

Inter held to home draw against Bologna; Totti scores 250th goal

Inter Milan were held 1-1 at home to Bologna Sunday while Roma lost 3-1 at Torino despite Francesco Totti's 250th Serie A goal.

Barcelona go top with 5-0 romp in Gijon, ahead of Real match

Neymar scored a late brace as Barcelona cruised to the top of the Spanish Liga on Saturday with an impressive 5-0 romp at 10-man Sporting Gijon.

Bayern leave it late in 1-0 at lowly Hamburg; Gladbach also win

Joshua Kimmich broke the deadlock in the 88th minute as Bayern Munich maintained their perfect start into the Bundesliga season with a hard-fought 1-0 at ailing SV Hamburg on Saturday.

Manchester United regain form with 4-1 thrashing of Leicester

Manchester United bounced back to form with a 4-1 thrashing of champions Leicester on Saturday to move up to third in the Premier League, for a few hours at least.

Real Madrid held 1-1 by Villarreal, fail to establish new record

Spanish leaders Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by defiant Villarreal on Wednesday as they failed to score a record 17th straight victory in La Liga.

Real Madrid face Club America or Asian team to start Club World Cup

European Champions League winners Real Madrid will face either Mexican Club America or an Asian team to start their campaign in the Club World Cup later this year.

Manchester City thrash Bournemouth to go five points clear

Manchester City crushed Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points with a fifth win out of five.

Barcelona go top with 5-1 romp at Leganes

Barcelona cruised to the top of the Spanish Liga on Saturday with an emphatic 5-1 romp at Leganes.

Argentina increase lead in FIFA rankings; Brazil, Kosovo climb

Argentina increased their lead in the football world rankings issued on Thursday by the ruling body FIFA while resurgent Brazil climbed five places into joint fourth.

Ronaldo helps holders Real to late victory; Leicester, City also win

Title holders Real Madrid fought back at the death for a 2-1 comeback victory against Sporting Lisbon at the start of the new Champions League campaign, while English champions Leicester City cruised 3-0 past Club Brugge in their debut on Wednesday.

Ceferin elected UEFA president as banned Platini bids farewell

Aleksander Ceferin of Slovenia was elected the new president of European football governing body UEFA on Wednesday to succeed the banned Michel Platini.

Messi hat-trick as Barca clobber Celtic 7-0; Bayern with record win

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as rampant Barcelona thrashed Celtic 7-0 for their biggest ever Champions League win to kick off the 2016-17 campaign on Tuesday.

Ronaldo confident Real can win back-to-back Champions League title

Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Real Madrid can become the first side to win back-to-back Champions Leagues, and calls for a good start on Wednesday against one of his former clubs Sporting Lisbon.

Manchester United post record revenue of more than 500 million pounds

Manchester United became the first English club to post revenues of more than 500 million pounds after they published their financial results to the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

City win Manchester derby 2-1 as Guardiola bests Mourinho

Manchester City threw down an early marker in the Premier League title race by beating rivals Manchester United 2-1 on Saturday.

FIFA opens proceedings against Blatter over salary and bonus payments

The FIFA ethics committee has opened new proceedings against banned former president Joseph Blatter relating to bribery and corruption, the world football governing body said Friday.

Albania defeat Macedonia in World Cup qualifier

Albania defeated Macedonia 2-1 Tuesday in a football World Cup qualifier which had been abandoned the previous evening after a heavy rainstorm.

Kosovo make their point on international football stage

After becoming a FIFA member in May, Kosovo celebrate a first point and first goal in international competition after a 1-1 draw against Finland in a World Cup qualifying match.

Turkey hold Croatia to 1-1 draw; Spain, Italy, Wales off to winning starts

Spain, Italy and Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales began their World Cup campaigns with victories while newcomers Kosovo earned their first point and scored their first goal in international competition in European qualifiers on Monday.

Kosovo boosted before World Cup opener as FIFA lets players switch

World Cup debutants Kosovo are being boosted Monday before their first-ever qualifier against Finland as players are still being assessed for eligibility, world governing body FIFA said.

Central African Chad to sponsor top-level French football club

Chad, the world's fourth-poorest country, has become the main sponsor of a French Ligue 1 football club.

Kosovo steps on world football stage

Kosovo take part in a major international competition for the first time in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but its unresolved diplomatic status still casts a shadow.

Swiss probe Beckenbauer, ex-DFB officials over World Cup payment

Swiss prosecuting authorities have opened criminal proceedings against football great Franz Beckenbauer and former senior German football federation officials in connection with a payment made around the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Rooney says he'll quit international football after 2018 World Cup

England captain Wayne Rooney said Tuesday that he'll retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Rakitic scores to give Barcelona 1-0 win at Bilbao

Spanish leaders Barcelona battle out a tight win 1-0 at dogged Athletic Bilbao, to keep pace with Las Palmas and Real Madrid atop La Liga.

Inter Milan draw at home as stuttering start continues

Inter Milan were held 1-1 at home by Palermo Sunday but Mauro Icardi's leveller at least gave them their first point from two Serie A games.

Kroos gives Real Madrid late win and top spot

Real Madrid went top of the Spanish Liga Saturday with a late 2-1 defeat of lively Celta Vigo, with Toni Kroos hitting the winner nine minutes from time.

Man Utd beat Hull with late goal, Chelsea stay perfect

Substitute Marcus Rashford scored an injury-time winner as Manchester United beat Hull City 1-0 on Saturday.

Khedira nets second goal of season to secure Juve win

Sami Khedira netted his second goal in as many rounds of the Serie A season to help champions Juventus win 1-0 at Lazio Saturday.

Ancelotti's Bayern begin with six-goal blitz against Bremen

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich stormed to a 6-0 win over Werder Bremen on Friday in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first Bundesliga game in charge of the German champions.

Man Utd up against Fenerbahce, Feyenoord in Europa League draw

Manchester United face Turkey's Fenerbahce and Dutch side Feyenoord in the group stage of the Europa League following the draw in Monaco on Friday.

UEFA approves Champions League format changes

The top four teams from the four highest-ranked European leagues will automatically go into the Champions League group stage from 2018, football's governing body UEFA said Friday.

Manchester City sign goalkeeper Bravo from Barcelona

Manchester City completed the signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for 18 million euros (15.4 million dollars) on Thursday.

Dinamo Zagreb through to Champions League group stage

In Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb battled out a heroic 2-1 win in extra-time to go through on a tight 3-2 aggregate.

Man City, Gladbach cruise into Champions League but Ajax out

Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach cruised into the Champions League Wednesday, along with Copenhagen and Dynamo Zagreb

Booming Bundesliga blows away transfer spending record

The 2016 off-season saw Bundesliga clubs spend more money than ever before on new players as the 18 teams spent upwards of 450 million euros (510 million dollars).

Celtic, Porto, Monaco reach Champions League

Celtic, Porto and Monaco qualified for the Champions League in Tuesday's play-offs, along with Legia Warsaw and Ludogorets.

Bayern Munich - and then? Bundesliga looks for a Leicester

Under new Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich remain favourites to win a fifth successive German league title. But not everyone sees them as a sure bet. Who else is there?

Werder Bremen exit German cup to third-division Lotte

Werder Bremen had a player sent off as they crashed out of the German Cup in a first-round 2-1 defeat at third-division Sportfreunde Lotte on Sunday.

Neymar no longer Brazil captain after Olympic triumph

Neymar's gold medal-winning match with Brazil in the Rio Olympics was his last as captain, the 24-year-old forward said Saturday.

Neymer returns colour and hunger to Brazil with Olympic victory

A first-ever Olympic gold medal in football has raised confidence in the Brazilian national team after two years of struggle.

Neymar the Hero de Janeiro as Brazil end long wait for Olympic gold

Neymar was the toast of Brazilian football Saturday after converting the winning penalty in a shoot-out to give Brazil a first Olympic football gold as they beat Germany in the men's final at a raucous Maracana Stadium.

Brazil win Olympic football gold for first time by beating Germany

Neymar converts the winning penalty in a shoot-out to give Brazil a first Olympic football gold, as they beat Germany 5-4 following a 1-1 draw in the men's final at a raucous Maracana Stadium.

Juve edge Fiorentina after Roma's easy win in Serie A league openers

Argentina ace Gonzalo Higuain netted the winner in his first game with Serie A champions Juventus Saturday as they edged Fiorentina 2-1 after Roma crushed Udinese 4-0 in a curtain-raiser.

Three-goal Suarez leads the charge as Barcelona thump Betis 6-2

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged two as Barcelona started their defence of their Spanish league title with a 6-2 destruction of Real Betis on Saturday.

Nigeria hold off Honduras for Olympic bronze in men's football

Nigeria claimed Olympic bronze in men's football Saturday by holding off Honduras 3-2 in Mineirao.

Ibrahimovic double helps Manchester United maintain perfect start

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals as Manchester United beat Southampton 2-0 on Friday to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Guardiola says goalkeeper Hart will decide his own Man City future

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday that it is up to goalkeeper Joe Hart whether he wants to stay and fight for his place in the team.

Germany back in the Maracana as Brazil seek atonement

Football powerhouses Germany and Brazil meet in the men's Olympics final in a match which revives memories of a traumatic World Cup defeat for the host nation.

Manchester City striker Iheanacho extends contract to 2021

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has extended his contract by two years until 2021.

Bundesliga club Wolfsburg presents "hungry" striker Mario Gomez

Bundesliga club Wolfsburg presented striker Mario Gomez on Thursday in a transfer deal with Italian club Fiorentina, under a three-year contract running until mid-2019, with the German international saying he is as hungry as ever to succeed.

West Ham confirm Ayew to miss four months with thigh injury

West Ham confirmed on Thursday that their record signing, Andre Ayew, will be out for around four months because of a thigh injury.

Barcelona cruise to Super Cup with another defeat of Sevilla

Barcelona cruised to triumph in the Spanish Super Cup with an impressive 3-0 destruction Wednesday of brittle Sevilla, with a handsome brace from Arda Turan followed by a final goal from Lionel Messi.

Neymar sets up Brazil v Germany rematch for Olympic gold

Barcelona superstar Neymar needed no more than 15 seconds to find the net in the 6-0 romp against Honduras on Wednesday and set Brazil en route to a rematch with Germany in the final of the men's Olympic football tournament.

West Ham striker Ayew faces lengthy absence with "significant injury"

New West Ham signing Andre Ayew faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a "significant" thigh injury in his side's loss at Chelsea on Monday.

Brazil 6-0 Honduras: Neymar inspires Brazilian dream of Olympic gold

Barcelona superstar Neymar needed no more than 15 seconds to find the net against Honduras on Wednesday and inspire Brazil into a thumping 6-0 win in the Olympic football semi-final in the Maracana Stadium.

Is Real Madrid's Perez losing his purchasing power?

Is Real Madrid president Florentino Perez losing his legendary ability to attract world football's top talents to the Estadio Bernabeu? This is the question being asked in Spanish and world football, after a second straight frustrating summer for the millionaire construction magnate.

Aguero from villain to hero as Man City enjoy 5-0 romp in Bucharest

Manchester City enjoyed a 5-0 romp at feeble Steaua Bucharest Tuesday in the play-offs for the Champions League, with Sergio Aguero bizarrely missing two early penalties for the visitors but then banging in a memorable hat-trick.

Coaches pick Bayern to win Bundesliga title, Leverkusen picked once

Bayern Munich are not only the bookmakers' favourite to defend their Bundesliga title but also the top pick for the overwhelming majority of the league's coaches themselves in a questionnaire released Tuesday.

Rejuvenated Barcelona set to continue their reign in Spain

Spanish champions Barcelona look set fair to continue their domination of La Liga, especially after their purchase of a handful of promising young guns

Manchester City staff evacuated from plane after smoke incident

A plane carrying Manchester City staff had to be evacuated on Monday when smoke was seen in the cabin, the BBC reported.

2014 world champ Podolski steps down from German national team

Twelve years, seven major tournaments and one World Cup crown proved to be enough for Lukas Podolski as the veteran striker announced Monday that he has stepped down from the "Mannschaft"

Arsenal's Wenger says players weren't fit for start of season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his players were "not physically ready" for the start of the season after they were beaten 4-3 at home by Liverpool on Sunday.

Bayern give Ancelotti first title with 2-0 Super Cup win over Dortmund

Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the German Super Cup to give coach Carlo Ancelotti a first title in his first competitive match in charge of the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern's Jerome Boateng voted Germany's best footballer of 2016

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng was voted by sports journalists as Germany's best football player of the year, the magazine Kicker said Sunday.

Brazil beat Colombia to progress to Olympic football semi-finals

Brazil have defeated Colombia 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals in Rio and keep their dream of an elusive first Olympic men's football gold medal alive.

Nigeria beat Denmark 2-0, go through to Olympic football semi-final

Nigeria defeated Denmark 2-0 in the Rio Olympics men's football quarter-finals on Saturday to advance to a semi-final contest against Germany.

Guardiola starts Man City era with win; Champions Leicester beaten

The Pep Guardiola era began with a win on Saturday as Manchester City eked out a 2-1 victory over Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Germany beat Portugal 4-0 to reach Oly semi-finals

Germany clearly dominated Portugal in men's Olympic football Saturday, winning 4-0 to advance to the semi-finals.

Champions Leicester beaten in first match of new season

The new Premier League season kicked off on Saturday with champions Leicester suffering a 2-1 defeat at newly-promoted Hull City.

Pizarro questionable for Werder's German Cup opener

Werder Bremen will likely be without Claudio Pizarro for their German Cup opener as the Bundesliga club said Saturday that the veteran forward suffered a left thigh injury.

Messi changes mind, will play again for Argentina

Superstar footballer Lionel Messi has changed his mind and will return to play for the Argentinian national team, various reports said Friday.

Brazil and Neymar still struggling at home two years after World Cup

Representing the most fanatical football country in the world can have advantages and disadvantages, as Brazil's misfiring forward Neymar is finding out.

Guardiola demands Man City play with soul as he prepares for debut

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday it would take time to create a team in his image but he expects them to give 100 per cent from the start.

Pogba suspended for Manchester United's opening match of season

World-record signing Paul Pogba will miss Manchester United's first game of the season at Bournemouth, the FA confirmed on Friday.

Turkey issues arrest warrant for former football star Hakan Sukur

Turkey has issued a detention warrant for former international football striker Hakan Sukur, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported Friday, amid a crackdown in the wake of last month's coup attempt.

Barcelona pinning their Super Cup hopes on new-look Messi

Barcelona will be looking to Lionel Messi to guide them in Sunday's Spanish Super Cup first leg, after the Argentine idol returned in style Wednesday against Sampdoria.

Super Cup promises plenty of drama as Hummels, Goetze face old clubs

Dortmund-Bayern never wants for drama, but the inclusion of Mats Hummels and Mario Goetze, who went in opposite directions between the clubs this summer, gives Sunday's Super Cup final added intrigue.

Big names jostle for Premier League title as Leicester open defence

Can Leicester City repeat their magic from last season? The Premier League opens this weekend with all 20 teams dreaming of hoisting the trophy at season's end.

Brazil survive, Argentina bow out of Olympic football tournament

Brazil are one step closer to winning an elusive first Olympic gold medal in football after defeating Denmark 4-0 in their last opening-round game at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.

Leicester manager Ranieri signs new contract until 2020

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions on Wednesday, tying him to the club until summer 2020.

Ten charged with fan violence at Saint-Etienne during EURO 2016

According to unofficial sources, the Croatian police have so far arrested and charged ten people in several Croatian towns linked to hooliganism at Saint-Etienne stadium in France during a match between the Czech Republic and Croatia on June 17.

Hooligans responsible for fan violence at Saint-Etienne arrested in Split and Sibenik

Police in Split and Sibenik arrested five football fans linked to hooliganism at Saint-Etienne stadium in France during the match between the Czech Republic and Croatia on 17 June.

Iceland's new president heads to European Championship after election

Historian and football fan Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson said Sunday he was heading to France to watch "our football boys" play England in the round of sixteen in Nice shortly after declaring victory in Iceland's presidential election.

FIFA punishes Croatia for incidents at two friendlies

The international football federation, FIFA, has ordered Croatia to play their next two home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors and fined it with 150,000 Swiss francs after incidents at two recent friendlies, played against Israel in Osijek, Croatia, and against Hungary in Budapest.

Ruling on Hillsborough football crush met with praise, police apology

A ruling that the 96 people who died in the 1989 crush at Britain's Hillsborough football stadium were "unlawfully killed" was met with praise, celebration and apologies Tuesday, following a long campaign by relatives of the victims.

Cameron hails "extraordinary courage" of Hillsborough campaigners

London (dpa) - Prime Minister David Cameron praises campaigners after the "landmark" verdict of unlawful killing, which "provides long overdue justice" for 96 football fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.

Jury rules 96 fans "unlawfully killed" in Hillsborough stadium crush

A jury ruled on Tuesday that 96 people were "unlawfully killed" in the 1989 crush at Hillsborough football stadium in the northern British city of Sheffield, saying "errors and omissions" by the police had contributed to the disaster.

Biography about Luka Modric published in Madrid

The book "Luka Modrich: El Hijo de la guerra" (Luka Modric; The Son of War, unofficial translation) by Spanish sports reporters Vicente Azpitarte and Jose Manuel Puertas, will be launched in Madrid on Wednesday.

Mexicans shooting documentary on Croatia's bronze-winning national football team

A group of Mexican film directors is shooting a documentary on the Croatian bronze-winning national football team, aimed at showing that a passion for football can be important in the creation of national identity.

Istanbul football derby cancelled one day after deadly bombing attack

Sunday's Turkish Super Lig football derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in Istanbul was postponed due to security concerns following a last-minute decision by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) and local officials.

Mandzukic brace helps Juve to seventh straight victory

The equalizer came in the 18th minute as Mandzukic elegantly controlled a rebound after Vid Belec saved a shot from Sami Khedira.