Some of the Japan players Mike Havenaar spared Japan’s blushes with a 69th-minute winner to give the Asian champions a 1-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates in a World Cup qualifying warm-up on Thursday. The Dutch-based forward powered home a close-range header from Yuichi [...]
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Andres Iniesta pipped Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award Thursday. The 28-year-old midfielder was named named player of the tournament as Spain won Euro 2012 and was in brilliant form for the Catalan [...]
Real Madrid will go into Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup second-leg against rivals Barcelona knowing a victory is the only option if they are to take the first title of the season. Anything less will add to a disappointing start to a campaign in which Madrid [...]
SINCE the formation of the Premier League two decades ago, Liverpool have been classed as one of the division’s “Big Four” but their weakening grip on a place among the true elite was eroded further by a woeful start to the new campaign. The kings of [...]
An error from Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes allowed Real Madrid to grab a late second goal which kept them alive in the Spanish Super Cup, after Barcelona ran out 3-2 winners in Thursday’s first leg. Pedro, Lionel Messi from the penalty spot, and Xavi scored [...]