Barca chief says Setien to stay, has no regrets about Valverde

8 July 2020, 10:11 PM
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said coach Quique Setien will remain in charge of the team next season despite the team’s fading La Liga title bid, adding that he does not regret sacking Ernesto Valverde in January.
Belgium's Axel Witsel celebrates at the end of the match as Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and team mates look dejected.
Belgium knocks favourites Brazil out of the World Cup 6 July 2018, 10:51 PM

Belgium struck early and held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller on Friday that earned them a semi-final against France.

Anderson keeps African Wimbledon hopes alive 6 July 2018, 8:13 PM

South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson reached the Wimbledon last 16 for the fourth time with a straight-sets win over experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday.

Chadli, Fellaini start for Belgium, Marcelo back for Brazil 6 July 2018, 8:03 PM

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has brought Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini, who both scored as substitutes against Japan in the round of 16, into his starting line-up for the World Cup quarter-final against Brazil on Friday.

Captain Godin lauds Uruguay “lions”, exonerates goalkeeper 6 July 2018, 7:36 PM

Uruguay captain Diego Godin praised his team mates as "lions" after reaching the World Cup quarter-finals but falling 2-0 to France, and said goalkeeper Fernando Muslera's error for the second goal should be forgiven.

Russia says to mint half-rouble coin if team reaches World Cup semis 6 July 2018, 7:30 PM

Russia's central bank said on Friday it would issue a commemorative half-rouble coin if the national soccer team beats Croatia in their World Cup quarter-final this Saturday.

Griezmann inspires France past punchless Uruguay 6 July 2018, 6:12 PM

Raphael Varane's glancing header and a goalkeeping blunder that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal gave France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in the first World Cup quarterfinal on Friday and a set up a last-four tie with Brazil or Belgium.

Bridge grabs brace as Crusaders seal home advantage for playoffs 6 July 2018, 6:10 PM

Winger George Bridge scored two tries as the Canterbury Crusaders sealed the top spot in Super Rugby throughout the playoffs with a 45-22 victory over the Otago Highlanders to celebrate Wyatt Crockett's 200th match milestone on Friday.

Preview: Brazil v Belgium Factbox 6 July 2018, 6:00 PM

Brazil play Belgium in a World Cup quarterfinal in Kazan on Friday.

FIFA sanctions Swedish FA for breach of media, marketing rules 6 July 2018, 5:46 PM

FIFA has fined the Swedish Football Association 70,000 Swiss francs ($71,000) and warned it for breaching media and marketing regulations during the World Cup, the governing body said on Friday.

Juve considering ‘many opportunities’ amid Ronaldo signing speculation 6 July 2018, 5:23 PM

Italian champions Juventus FC said that they are considering many opportunities in the player market amid media speculation they are in talks to sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Thakur replaces injured Bumrah in India’s ODI squad v England 6 July 2018, 5:06 PM

Paceman Shardul Thakur will replace injured bowler Jasprit Bumrah in the Indian squad for this month's three-match one-day international series against England, the Indian cricket (BCCI) said on Friday.

Preview: Survivors Belgium brace for Brazil challenge 6 July 2018, 4:53 PM

At a World Cup rocked repeatedly by the fall of giants, Brazil and Belgium have managed to hold firm in the maelstrom and will meet in a blockbuster quarterfinal in Kazan on Friday. Most pre-tournament modelling has been put through the shredder by the eliminations of traditional heavyweights like Germany and Spain. However, the clash […]

Hamilton fastest at Silverstone, Grosjean crashes 6 July 2018, 4:20 PM

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton had his home fans cheering with the fastest lap in Friday's first practice for the British Grand Prix as Mercedes led one-two at the top of the timesheets.

Uruguay v France Factbox 6 July 2018, 3:40 PM

Uruguay play France in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Friday.

Cavani out, Stuani in for Uruguay against France 6 July 2018, 3:23 PM

Injured Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani failed to make the lineup for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against France, with Cristhian Stuani replacing him up front alongside Luis Suarez.

Uruguay tight-lipped on Cavani injury before France clash 6 July 2018, 3:03 PM

Edinson Cavani trained lightly on Thursday, but his coach would not be drawn on whether the Uruguay forward had recovered sufficiently from injury to have a chance of being fit for Friday's World Cup quarter-final with France.

Bending it like Beckham, Trippier is England’s ‘secret weapon’ 6 July 2018, 3:02 PM

When Gareth Southgate's England World Cup squad was announced, plenty of observers wondered how the team would be able to compensate for the absence of a genuine creative midfielder.

Preview: Steely Uruguay ready for Mbappe-fired France 6 July 2018, 2:56 PM

At a World Cup rocked repeatedly by the fall of giants, Brazil and Belgium have managed to hold firm in the maelstrom and will meet in a blockbuster quarterfinal in Kazan on Friday.

England can’t underestimate Sweden, says Stones 6 July 2018, 2:38 PM

England take on Sweden in Samara on Saturday with a place in the World Cup semi-finals at stake, and while some may be surprised to see the Scandinavians in the last eight, defender John Stones says they cannot be underestimated.

Belgium ‘as ready as they’ll ever be’ for Brazil – Martinez 6 July 2018, 1:52 PM

Roberto Martinez believes his Belgium side are as ready as they'll ever be to face one of the toughest challenges in football - a World Cup knockout match against mighty Brazil.

Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku looking to silence detractors against Brazil 6 July 2018, 6:11 AM

In-form Romelu Lukaku will be key to Belgium's plans to unlock Brazil's formidable defence in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.

Forget the pressure, it’s all about pleasure, say Russia before Croatia clash 5 July 2018, 8:19 PM

World Cup hosts Russia say pressure will be replaced by pleasure and national pride as they bid to sweep past Croatia and into the last four on Saturday.

Uruguay’s Cavani trains with team, as France loom 5 July 2018, 8:06 PM

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani joined his squad for a training session at the team's training ground on Thursday, as he sweats on a calf injury that could keep him out of Friday's World Cup quarter-final against France.

Stormers to take on the Sharks 5 July 2018, 8:05 PM

The Stormers team to face the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday shows five changes including Pieter Steph du Toit as captain in place of Siya Kolisi who is out with flu.

Tite backs under-fire Neymar, expects “beautiful” Belgium clash 5 July 2018, 6:57 PM

Brazil coach Tite has defended Neymar from criticism over his histrionics on the pitch and said he was just happy to have the team's talisman playing "at his best" ahead of Friday's quarter-final against Belgium.

Brazil’s ‘Eureka’ game v Mexico perfect prep for title win, says Juninho 5 July 2018, 3:52 PM

Brazil's hard-fought win over Mexico in the last 16 of the World Cup is the kind of victory that transforms a team that thinks they can win the tournament into one that knows they can...

Serena Williams
Serena powers past qualifier into third round 5 July 2018, 7:37 AM

Seven-time champion Serena Williams moved up a gear at Wimbledon to beat Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 6-1 6-4 on Wednesday, and reach the third round.

Godin won’t give ground to Griezmann in World Cup battle 5 July 2018, 5:48 AM

France's Antoine Griezmann knows not to expect any favourable treatment when confronted by close friend Diego Godin in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.

Survivors Belgium brace for Brazil challenge 4 July 2018, 9:24 PM

At a World Cup rocked repeatedly by the fall of giants, Brazil and Belgium have managed to hold firm in the maelstrom and will meet in a blockbuster quarter-final in Kazan on Friday.

Steely Uruguay ready for Mbappe-fired France 4 July 2018, 7:43 PM

Fleet-footed France will have to find a way past the tournament's joint-meanest defenders Uruguay in the first of two inter-continental World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.