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Andorra end run of 58 defeats in 0-0 draw with Faroe Islands

Football minnows Andorra played to a 0-0 draw against the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Saturday to end a run of 58 straight defeats in competitive games spanning almost a dozen years.

Messi breaks 40-goal barrier again as Barcelona beat Valencia 4-2

Barcelona closed the gap on Real Madrid to two points with a 4-2 win over Valencia in the Spanish first division on Sunday.

Arsenal end Lincoln fairytale, Man City cruise into semi-finals

Arsenal ended the fairytale run of non-league Lincoln City as they won their FA Cup tie 5-0 at The Emirates on Saturday to take their place in the semi-finals.

Rakitic agrees to extend Barcelona deal until 2021

Ivan Rakitic has agreed a new four-year deal with Barcelona, the club announced Thursday.

Barcelona, Dortmund grab stunning second leg wins to reach quarters

Barcelona thrashed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 Wednesday to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals 6-5 on aggregate in one of the most incredible matches in recent Champions League history, while Borussia Dortmund thumped Benfica 4-0 to overcome a one goal deficit of their own.

Ibrahimovic to serve three-match ban after admitting violent conduct

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss three matches after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct on Tuesday.

Luis Enrique confirms decision to quit; Madrid draw leaves Barcelona top

Barcelona (dpa) - Barcelona beat Sporting Gijon 6-1 on Wednesday and coach Luis Enrique announced after the game he would quit at the end of the season.

Investigating judge lifts precautionary measures on ex-Dinamo boss

A Zagreb County Court investigating judge on Tuesday lifted the precautionary measures that had led to the pre-trial detention of former Dinamo Zagreb Football Club manager Zdravko Mamic and if the decision becomes final, Mamic will also be paid back 14 million kuna (2 million euro) bail.

Report: Former Croatian football star Cvetkovic found dead

The former Yugolsavia international and Bundesliga defender Zvezdan Cvetkovic has died, the Croatian state broadcaster HRT reported Monday.

Ibrahimovic lifts Man United past Southampton in League Cup final

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an 87th-minute winner as Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 in an exciting League Cup final on Sunday.

Real Madrid stage comeback to stay top; Messi scores in Barcelona win

Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Sunday to move top of the Spanish first division.

Six injured, 96 detained in Berlin fan clashes

Six people were treated in hospital and 96 detained in clashes in Berlin between fans of Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt, police said Sunday.

Bayern round the clock - German champions launch own TV channel

Bayern Munich fans will be able to follow goings on at the Bundesliga record champions in a new way from next week when the club launches its own television channel.

China wants to open 50,000 football schools by 2025

China plans to open 50,000 football schools by 2025, as part of a long-haul effort to become a world leader in the game, Chinese state media reported Wednesday.

Ancelotti makes charity donation after middle finger gesture

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to donate 5,000 euros (5,200 dollars) to a charity run by the German football federation DFB following his middle finger gesture towards Hertha Berlin fans.

Messi's last minute penalty saves Barcelona from shock draw

Barcelona beat Leganes 2-1 with a last minute penalty from Lionel Messi in the Spanish first division on Sunday.

Wenger says he'll manage next season at Arsenal or 'somewhere else'

Arsene Wenger said Friday he will manage next season whether it be at Arsenal “or somewhere else.”

Big five leagues spend record 573 million dollars in January window

France led the way as the top five leagues in Europe spent a record 573.2 million dollars on new players from abroad in the January transfer window, the ruling body FIFA said on Friday.

Argentina stay top in FIFA rankings; Afcon champs Cameroon 33rd

Argentina continue to lead football's world rankings in an all but unchanged top 10 while Cameroon rose 29 places to 33rd thanks to their Africa Cup of Nations title in the latest list issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA.

FIFA hands match-fixing detection to Sportradar; closes its division

Football's ruling body FIFA on Friday announced an agreement with data company Sportradar to detect match-fixing as it closed its own division to combat corruption in this area.

Balotelli rails against alleged racist insults from Bastia fans

Italian football star Mario Balotelli has reacted on social media after claiming to be racially abused by Bastia fans in a French Ligue 1 match on Friday.

Manchester United end Real Madrid's reign atop Football Money List

Manchester United generated the highest revenue of any football club in history last season, according to professional services company Deloitte.

Sevilla beat Real Madrid to end their 40-game unbeaten run

Sevilla ended Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run on Sunday in Spain’s top division with a 2-1 victory.

Barcelona president reassures supporters over Messi's future

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reassured supporters on Saturday that the club would renew Leo Messi’s contract.

Benzema strike helps Madrid set unbeaten record in cup thriller

Karim Benzema's stoppage time strike helped Real Madrid set a new Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten on Thursday, in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sevilla that saw Los Blancos reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Real still lead the way in UEFA financial report; big English growth

Real Madrid maintained first place in the latest Club Licensing Benchmark report by the ruling body UEFA published on Thursday, boasting revenue of 578 million euros (609 million dollars).

Report: UEFA suspends Partizan Belgrade over debts

European football's governing body UEFA has banned Serbia's multiple champions Partizan Belgrade from European competition over unpaid debts, the B92 news portal reported Wednesday.

Euro 2016 tournament in France generated $1.29 bn, study says

The Euro 2016 football tournament hosted by France over the summer had an economic impact of 1.22 billion euros (1.29 billion dollars), a study released Tuesday said.

World Cup finals expanded to 48 teams from 2026

The World Cup finals will be expanded to 48 teams from the 2026 edition, football governing body FIFA confirmed at a council meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

Rooney equals record as Manchester United cruise into round four

Wayne Rooney equalled Manchester United's all-time goalscoring record as his side cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Reading on Saturday.

Real Madrid equal record unbeaten run with easy win over Granada

Barcelona (dpa) - Real Madrid made it a record-equalling 39 games unbeaten with a 5-0 Spanish league win over Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Agent: Ronaldo offered 100-million salary in China

Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered a 100 million-euros (105 million dollars) salary per season by an unnamed club if he joins the Chinese Super League, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

Leaders Chelsea win 12th straight; Manchester City up to second

Chelsea set a club record with their 12th straight Premier League win on Monday and extended their lead at the top of the table.

AC Milan win shootout against Juventus in Super Cup game

AC Milan beat Juventus in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw Friday, to lift their third domestic trophy this year after the Serie A league and Italian cup titles clinched in May.

Real Madrid's transfer ban cut on appeal at CAS

Madrid (dpa) - Real Madrid have had their transfer ban cut in half by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the European champions said Tuesday.

Swedish court hears slander case filed by footballer Ibrahimovic

Lawyers for footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed Monday that the former coach of Sweden's athletics team slandered the footballer during a one-day trial in a Swedish court.

Real Madrid win FIFA Club World Cup with Ronaldo hat-trick

Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 4-2 in extra-time to win the Club World Cup in Yokohama on Sunday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick.

Reports: Chinese investors make delayed payment in AC Milan purchase

Chinese group Sino-Europe Sports have completed an advance payment of 100 million euros (106.5 million dollars) towards the purchase of Serie A club AC Milan, the ANSA news agency reported Tuesday.

Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d'Or award

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won football's Ballon d'Or award for a fourth time.

Real face Napoli, Barca meet PSG, Bayern and Arsenal battle again

European champions Real Madrid meet Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League while Bayern Munich are up against familiar foes Arsenal in the draw made Monday in Nyon, Switzerland.

Dramatic Real Madrid comeback sees them break unbeaten record

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos saved his team yet again with a header in stoppage time, earning them a dramatic 3-2 win over Deportivo la Coruna, ensuring they broke the club's all-time unbeaten record and kept their six-point advantage over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Police say 98 clubs impacted in child abuse investigations

Police say 98 clubs are impacted and 83 potential suspects have been identified in allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse in British football.

Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas charged for Champions League crowd trouble

Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas have been charged by European football governing body UEFA for the behaviour of their fans after violence marred Tuesday's Champions League match.

Reports: AC Milan sale to Chinese group postponed to March

AC Milan's controlling company Fininvest and Sino-Europe Sports have agreed on moving the sale of the Serie A club to the China investors from December to March, Italian media reported Wednesday.

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.

Chapecoense declared Copa Sudamericana champions after plane crash

The South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL Monday declared Chapecoense AF the winner of the 2-million-dollar Copa Sudamericana following an airplane crash last week that killed most of the team on its way to the cup finals.

Chelsea, Man City charged over scuffle; Aguero, Fernandinho banned

Chelsea and Manchester City face the likelihood of hefty fines after they were charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during a testy Premier League game on Saturday.

Blatter says he has lost CAS appeal against football ban

Former FIFA president Joseph Blatter said Monday he has lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a six-year ban from football.

Scrappy first win gives Hamburg hope; Frankfurt miss chance

SV Hamburg secured a scrappy first win of the season 2-0 away to Darmstadt on Sunday to move off the bottom of the Bundesliga while Eintracht Frankfurt were held 1-1 at midtable Augsburg.

Liverpool lose unbeaten streak at Bournemouth; Man Utd held

Liverpool conceded three late goals as they slipped to a dramatic 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, their first defeat in 16 matches in all competitions.

Ramos earns Real Madrid a dramatic draw in El Clasico

Sergio Ramos earned Real Madrid a dramatic late draw in El Clasico by heading in a Luka Modric free-kick to hold Barcelona 1-1 on Saturday.

Leaders Chelsea make statement with comeback win at Man City

Chelsea sent a strong statement to the rest of the Premier League on Saturday with a 3-1 comeback win at Manchester City that extended their lead in the table.

Convincing win takes Hoffenheim fourth in Bundesliga; Hertha third

Unbeaten Hoffenheim moved up to fourth in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 thrashing of Cologne Saturday while Hertha Berlin are third after a late 3-2 win at Wolfsburg.

Ronaldo, Griezmann and Messi leads FIFA awards shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been joined by Antoine Griezmann in final shortlist for the FIFA best men's player of 2016 award announced Friday by the world governing body.

Ranieri, Santos, Zidane make FIFA awards coaching shortlist

Claudio Ranieri, manager of surprise Premier League champions Leicester City, has made the shortlist for football's best coach of the year award alongside Euro 2016 winner Fernando Santos of Portugal and Zinedine Zidane who coached Real Madrid to Champions League glory.

About 350 have reported child sexual abuse in UK football, police say

About 350 victims have come forward to report child sexual abuse within UK football, police said on Thursday.

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho given one-match ban, fine

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match touchline ban for being sent off during Sunday's draw with West Ham, the Football Association said.

Gareth Southgate appointed as England manager

Gareth Southgate has been appointed as the England manager on a permanent basis, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

Berlusconi: AC Milan sale to Chinese could be postponed by six weeks

The deadline for the sale of AC Milan to a group of Chinese investors, scheduled for December 13, could be extended by 30-45 days, former Italian premier and club chairman Silvio Berlusconi said Sunday.

Bayern back to winning ways but Dortmund crash in Bundesliga

Champions Bayern Munich ended a mini-slump with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to stay on the heels of surprise Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

Ronaldo scores twice as Real extend lead with 2-1 defeat of Gijon

Real Madrid extended their lead atop the Spanish Liga to seven points on Saturday, with a 2-1 home defeat of lowly Sporting Gijon

Liverpool back on top after win over Sunderland; Man City second

Liverpool regained top spot in the Premier League on Saturday as they ground out a 2-0 win over Sunderland thanks to two late goals.

More footballers say they were sexually abused as scandal grows

Former England midfielder Paul Stewart believes "hundreds" of former players may have been subjected to sexual abuse when children, as more victims came forward on Friday.

Bayern Munich with another record-breaking financial season

Bayern Munich have generated a record turnover of 626.8 million euros (661.3 million dollars) in the 2015-16 season, an increase of more than 100 million euros, the Bundesliga champions said on Friday.

Rooney sets record as Man Utd survive in EL; Inter knocked out

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's record scorer in continental competition in Thursday's 4-0 Europa League win over Feyenoord, which kept alive their hopes of reaching the knock-out stage.

Brazil rise to second and Chile to fourth in FIFA rankings

Argentina retained first place in the global football rankings issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA, with Brazil rising to second and South America now having three teams in the top four.

Barcelona and Atletico progress as group winners but Bayern struggle

Spanish giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid progressed to the knock-out stages of the Champions League as group winners with comfortable victories on Wednesday but Bayern Munich slipped up to finish second.

Reports: Two Dynamo Kiev fans attacked with knives in Naples

Two Dynamo Kiev fans have been lightly injured in knife attacks ahead of their team's Champions League match at Napoli, Italian media reported on Wednesday.

Holders Real, Leicester into CL last 16; Dortmund in 8-4 goalfest

Title holders Real Madrid advanced into the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 2-1 win at 10-man Sporting Lisbon Tuesday; with Leicester City also through but Tottenham Hotspur eliminated.

Sweden great Ibrahimovic honoured with statue and 11th Golden Ball

Sweden's greatest footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic won his 11th Golden Ball at the annual Swedish football gala late Monday for "efforts at the highest level."

Real cruise 3-0 at Atletico, with Ronaldo hat-trick

Real Madrid opened up a four-point gap atop the Spanish Liga with a 3-0 win at neighbours Atletico on Saturday, after a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Khedira and Mandzukic set up each other as Juventus beat Pescara

Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic scored for Juventus, exchanging assists as the Serie A leaders defeated promoted Pescara 3-0 Saturday.

Giroud's late goal earns Arsenal 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Saturday.

FIFA boss Infantino wants 32-team Club World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the Club World Cup into a global event featuring 32 teams and move it from its current December time slot.

Albania-Israel match was terror target, say Kosovo police

Kosovo police say they have foiled terrorist plans, including an attack at the Albania-Israel World Cup qualifier, and arrested 19 people suspected of links to the Islamic State.

Ronaldo double boosts Portugal; Belgium hit eight in WC qualifiers

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and missed a penalty as Portugal defeated Latvia 4-1 in Faro to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Depay lifts Dutch 3-1 past Luxembourg; Swiss remain perfect

Substitute Memphis Depay spared the Netherlands blushes on Sunday with a second-half brace for a 3-1 win in World Cup qualifying at minnows Luxembourg.

Italy and Spain win, joy for Ireland but Wales held in WC qualifiers

Italy, Spain and Israel all won to stay in the running in their tight World Cup qualifying group while Ireland also enjoyed an important win but Wales were held by Serbia in Saturday's European qualifiers.

Germany, England, France continue down road to World Cup

Germany, England, France continued their progress towards the 2018 World Cup finals on Friday, with wins against San Marino, Scotland and Sweden respectively.

Former Honduran president Callejas faces life ban from football

Honduran ex-president Rafael Callejas is facing a life-ban from football following a FIFA ethics committee investigation, the world football governing body said Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo extends Real Madrid contract until 2021

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to extend his contract with Real Madrid until 2021, the European champions said on Sunday.

Arsenal miss chance to go top after draw with Tottenham

Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham at the Emirates on Sunday.

Bale gets brace as leaders Real Madrid beat Leganes 3-0

Gareth Bale scored twice and Alvaro Morata got the other as Spanish league leaders Real Madrid trounced lowly neighbours Leganes 3-0 on Sunday.

Chelsea go top as Man City slip up; Sunderland earn first win

Chelsea thumped Everton 5-0 on Saturday to go top in the Premier League as Manchester City slipped up with a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough.

Croatian Football Federation fined 50,000 Swiss francs over incident in Shkoder

A disciplinary commission of the international football federation FIFA has fined the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) 50,000 Swiss francs over incidents at a World Cup 2018 qualifier between Kosovo and Croatia, played in Shkoder, Albania, on October 6.

Man Utd manager Mourinho fined, given touchline ban for indiscretions

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been fined a total of 58,000 pounds (64,000 dollars) and will serve a one-match touchline ban for two separate incidents, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

City shock Barcelona; Bayern, Atletico, Arsenal go through

Manchester City came from behind to defeat Barcelona 3-1 as Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain booked places in the knock-out phase of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Manchester Utd manager Mourinho charged with misconduct

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was charged with misconduct by the Football Association for his behaviour during his side's 0-0 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

FIFA brings fans into voting for new "best player" awards

Fans will help to decide on the choice of the best players and coaches of the year 2016, FIFA said Monday in announcing the procedure for a new version of the world player of the year award.

Real Madrid extend contract of forward Bale to 2022

Real Madrid have extended the contract of forward Gareth Bale from 2019 to 2022, the European champions said on Sunday.

Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool continue logjam with away wins

Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool remain in a logjam atop the Premier League after each won away on Saturday.

Kalinic's penalty seals Fiorentina's win at Bologna

Fiorentina won 1-0 at 10-man Bologna Saturday, moving into sixth place in the Italian Serie A to close in on the European spots.

Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Real Madrid keep top spot

Cristiano Ronaldo ended his goal drought with a timely hat-trick as Real Madrid kept top spot in the Spanish Liga with a 4-1 romp at midtable Alaves on Saturday.

Bayern cruise to simple win over Augsburg but Leipzig keep pace

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich strolled to a simple 3-1 win away to midtable Augsburg on Saturday but pursuers RB Leipzig kept pace with a 2-0 success at Darmstadt.

Poll: Most fans would support gay players at clubs

The majority of football fans in Britain would have no issues with their club signing a gay player, according to a BBC Radio 5 live survey published Wednesday.

Manchester City back on top despite 1-1 draw with Southampton

Manchester City went back to the top of the Premier League on Sunday despite a 1-1 draw with Southampton that left them winless in five games.

Worker dies at World Cup stadium in Qatar

A worker has died in a "work-related" incident at a stadium in Qatar, local organizers for the 2022 World Cup said late Saturday.

AC Milan edge Juve 1-0 in dull game

AC Milan edged a dominating but ineffective Juventus to a 1-0 victory Saturday, going second in the Serie A thanks to a smashing drive from youngster Manuel Locatelli.

Bayern Munich down Gladbach to lead Bundesliga from Hertha Berlin

Bayern Munich cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach late Saturday to lead the Bundesliga by three points from the impressive Hertha Berlin.

Barcelona go top late on in Valencia but captain Iniesta injured

Barcelona stumbled to the top of the Spanish Liga on Saturday with a late 3-2 win at spirited Valencia but may have lost captain Andres Iniesta to a knee injury.