Messi penalty lifts Barca as Griezmann eclipses Torres

17 February 2019, 6:50 AM
 Lionel Messi scored a penalty and missed another as La Liga leaders Barcelona ground out an unconvincing 1-0 win over Real Valladolid, while Antoine Griezmann surpassed Fernando Torres with his 130th goal for Atletico Madrid.
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Lionel Messi celebrates after penalty.
Ismaily goalkeeper.
Ismaily reinstated in CAF Champions League after disqualification 11 February 2019, 11:48 AM

Egyptian club Ismaily have been reinstated into the African Champions League after disqualification last month when fans forced the abandonment of a home fixture against Club Africain, the Confederation of African Football said on Monday.

Soccer coach
Lack of cup commitments gives Liverpool edge in league – Pellegrini 4 February 2019, 7:39 AM

Liverpool's exit from domestic cup competitions this season gives them the advantage over champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race, according to West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Pep Guardiola.
Man City have leaders to catch Liverpool, says Guardiola 3 February 2019, 7:46 AM

Pep Guardiola is convinced that Manchester City have enough leaders to chase down a significant points deficit in the league, something he has never previously achieved as a manager.

Portugal mulls revoking Ronaldo’s honours after tax fraud fine 24 January 2019, 9:13 PM

Portugal is considering pulling Cristiano Ronaldo's public honours after he was fined millions by Spain for committing tax fraud while at Real Madrid, the country's president said on Thursday.

Clinton Larsen
Chippa United counting on home ground advantage 24 January 2019, 7:06 PM

Newly appointed Chippa United head coach Clinton Larsen hopes his charges will be able to capitalise when they clash with Mamelodi Sundowns in a Nedbank Cup first round match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Family, friends grateful for the role Masinga played 24 January 2019, 12:54 PM

The family of the late soccer star - Philemon Masinga says they will forever be thankful for his positive life, and the role he played in many people's lives, particular in the soccer fraternity.

Sundowns logo and coach Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane vows to fight fire with fire 22 January 2019, 2:35 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has vowed to fight fire with fire in every match his team plays, be it local or international.

Banyana Banyana team
All systems go for Banyana’s Ma Winnie Challenge against Netherlands 18 January 2019, 9:35 PM

It's all systems go for the International friendly between Banyana Banyana and the Netherlands at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday,  the match that will be known as the Winnie Madikizela Mandela Challenge.

Bloemfontein Celtic players
Bloemfontein Celtic dismiss claims of player mutiny 17 January 2019, 5:25 PM

Embattled Bloemfontein Celtic management have denied reports of player mutiny in the club.

Tottenham investigate alleged racist abuse aimed at Son 14 January 2019, 8:29 PM

Tottenham Hotspur are investigating an alleged incident of racism by one of their own supporters towards South Korean forward Son Heung-min during Sunday's Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

Steven Pienaar
Masinga was a role model, a legend: Steven Pienaar 14 January 2019, 8:00 AM

Tributes are continuing to pour in for former Bafana Bafana star Phil 'Chippa' Masinga, who died on Sunday following a battle with cancer.

Khumbulani Konco
Celtic CEO denies plans to leave cash-strapped club 10 January 2019, 9:40 PM

Bloemfontein Celtic Chief Executive Officer Khumbulani Konco has denied that he is leaving the cash-strapped PSL club.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho rules himself out of Benfica job 10 January 2019, 8:58 PM

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of the vacant job at Benfica, saying he has no intention of coaching in his native Portugal for the time being.

Ernst Middendorp
Wits remain top of the PSL log despite defeat to Chiefs 10 January 2019, 9:21 AM

Wits remain top of the ABSA Premiership log, despite their loss to Kaizer Chiefs last night. Leonardo Castro and Hendrick Ekstein scored to give Chiefs a 2-0 victory, and to lift them to fifth position on the log.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah
This award is big very big for me: Salah 9 January 2019, 4:18 PM

Egypt striker Mohamed Salah was voted as the African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday.

FIFA President Gianni Infentino
FIFA should expand 2022 World Cup to 48 teams if possible – Infantino 2 January 2019, 4:09 PM

FIFA should, if possible, increase the size of the soccer World Cup in Qatar in 2022 to 48 from 32 teams, the global governing body's president Gianni Infantino said.

Samir Nasri
 Frenchman Nasri completes West Ham move after doping ban 1 January 2019, 11:53 AM

West Ham United have signed free agent Samir Nasri until the end of the campaign with the French midfielder having completed an 18-month doping ban, the Premier League side said on Monday.

Celtic player celebrating in front of fans
Celtic supporters not pleased with management 1 January 2019, 9:03 AM

Supporters of the cash strapped Bloemfontein Celtic have heavily criticised the club's management for failing to inform them about the developments in the team.

Manchester City
Liverpool open up six-point lead as Man City lose again at Leicester 26 December 2018, 8:05 PM

Liverpool moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League as the leaders eased past Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield and Manchester City were beaten for the second time in five days, 2-1 at Leicester.

Aaron Mooy
Mooy ruled out of Australia’s Asian Cup defence 24 December 2018, 2:40 PM

Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy has been ruled out of Australia's Asian Cup defence after a thorough assessment of his knee ligament injury, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Monday.

Amazulu players on the field
AmaZulu claim KZN derby bragging rights 23 December 2018, 12:30 PM

AmaZulu claimed the KZN derby bragging rights after beating Golden Arrows by two goals to NIL in an ABSA Premiership match played at the King Zwelithini stadium in Umlazi.

World Cup winners France organised yet unexciting, says Xavi 21 December 2018, 8:15 PM

Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi has said France’s World Cup triumph this year left him feeling “unenthusiastic” due to their style of play.

Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates scoring their second goal
Tottenham take revenge on Arsenal to reach League Cup semis 20 December 2018, 6:04 AM

Tottenham Hotspur gained sweet revenge over north London rivals Arsenal as goals in each half by Son Heung-min and Dele Alli earned them a 2-0 win on Wednesday and a League Cup semi-final place.

Former Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho
Mourinho says he has a future in football after United sacking 19 December 2018, 8:42 PM

Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday that he still had a future in football following his sacking as Manchester United Manager, but he would not talk about his departure out of the "deepest respect" for his former colleagues.

Darren Fletcher
Interim coach would hold United back: Fletcher 19 December 2018, 6:29 AM

Manchester United run the risk of "writing off" next season as well as the remainder of the current one if they appoint an interim manager to replace Jose Mourinho, former United midfielder Darren Fletcher has said.

FIFA bans Gambia football head for 4 years for corruption 18 December 2018, 4:22 PM

FIFA has banned Seedy Kinteh, former president of the Gambia Football Federation, from all football activities for four years after finding him guilty of bribery and corruption, world soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday.

Alain Giresse
Giresse named new Tunisia coach 14 December 2018, 5:46 PM

Former France international Alain Giresse was named Tunisia coach by the country’s football Federation on Thursday after signing an 18-month deal.

Jack Wilshere.
West Ham’s Wilshere faces spell out due to ankle injury 14 December 2018, 10:13 AM

West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere has sustained an ankle injury, putting him in doubt for a busy run of Premier League fixtures for December.

Barca visit Levante with Dembele in spotlight again 13 December 2018, 5:05 PM

La Liga leaders Barcelona visit Levante on Sunday with the cloud of in-form Ousmane Dembele’s latest misdemeanour hanging over them.

Tottenham Spurs celebrate
Tottenham’s draw against Barca sends them to last 16 12 December 2018, 3:56 PM

Tottenham Hotspur produced a bold and spirited performance, coming from behind to grab a 1-1 draw at Barcelona which saw them finish second in Champion’s League Group B and reach the last 16 at the expense of Inter Milan on Tuesday.