Cristiano Ronaldo nets treble as Real Madrid hit eight past sorry Deportivo La Coruna
Cristiano Ronaldo nets treble as Real Madrid hit eight past sorry Deportivo La Coruna

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 27th career hat-trick and Gareth Bale struck twice as Real Madrid bounced back in style from consecutive defeats with a thumping 8-2 La Liga win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

World`s top coaches reject the idea of 2018 World Cup boycott
World`s top coaches reject the idea of 2018 World Cup boycott

Coaches from some of the world`s top teams have played down chances of a sporting boycott of Vladimir Putin`s showpiece 2018 football World Cup as a penalty for stoking the crisis in Ukraine.

Ottmar Hitzfeld predicts player unrest in powerful Bayern Munich squad
Ottmar Hitzfeld predicts player unrest in powerful Bayern Munich squad

Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld thinks there could be a player backlash when the Bundesliga champions return to full strength, he explained in an interview with Bild on Wednesday.

Alleged match-fixing kingpin, Dan Tan challenges detention
Alleged match-fixing kingpin, Dan Tan challenges detention

A Singaporean businessman suspected of running a global football match-fixing syndicate has filed a legal challenge against his nearly year long detention without trial, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Carlo Ancelotti backs Iker Casillas on keeper's 15th Real anniversary
Carlo Ancelotti backs Iker Casillas on keeper's 15th Real anniversary

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti gave captain Iker Casillas a vote of confidence on Friday as the decorated Spain goalkeeper celebrated 15 years since making his debut for the 10-times European champions.

Plenty of challenges for Antonio Conte with Italy

Unloved even in their own country, Italy`s national team clearly need a radical overhaul and, if anyone can do it, then it is the steely-willed Antonio Conte who was named as their new coach on Thursday.

Spain`s Xavi Hernández quits internationals

Spain midfielder Xavi has retired from internationals at the age of 34, he said on Tuesday.

Robin van Persie to miss Premier League opener

Dutch striker Robin van Persie is set to miss Manchester United`s opening Premier League match against Swansea City after being given an extended break after the World Cup.

Barcelona`s Gerard Pique relishing return of `angry` Luis Suarez

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes an "angry" Luis Suarez will be desperate to prove himself when he has served out a four-month ban for a biting incident at the World Cup.

Neymar aiming to return to action with Barcelona on August 18

Neymar`s injured back is healing well and he is aiming to return to action in a friendly for his club Barcelona on Aug. 18, the Brazil forward said on Thursday.

Carlos Queiroz challenge for South Africa

Salary demands could be a stumbling block to former Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiroz rejoining South Africa for a second spell as national coach.

Team spirit behind World Cup win, says Germany`s Neuer

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer hailed his side`s remarkable team spirit after their 1-0 World Cup final win over Argentina at the Maracana on Sunday.

Unorthodox Thomas Muller holds key to Germany`s chances against Argentina

There is no doubt the right word to describe Germany`s Thomas Muller is unorthodox.

2014 World Cup most polluted in history

FIFA statistics have showed that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the most polluted in history with the emission of 2.72 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Loew cuts lonely figure while taking Germany to final

The most enduring image of Joachim Loew at the 2014 World Cup for many Germans will be of an intense-looking man wearing a bathing suit, t-shirt, sun glasses and ear plugs while strolling barefoot completely alone on the beach.

Gisele Bundchen to carry 2014 World Cup Trophy at finals

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been selected to escort 2014 World Cup trophy to the field before the final match on July 13.

FIFA rejects Brazil's Silva plea, Neymar probe

FIFA disciplinary chiefs issued a double snub to World Cup hosts Brazil on Monday, rejecting an appeal for captain Thiago Silva`s semi-final suspension to be overturned and dismissing calls for retrospective action against Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga.

Five Dutch players with outside interests

Footballers have been accused of being solely focused on their sport but here AFP Sport highlights five of the Dutch squad, who face Argentina in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, who have time for other matters whether it be hobbies or charity work.

Halilhodzoic calls time on Algeria job

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has announced that he will not remain as coach after leading the country to an historic last 16 finish at the World Cup.

FIFA hit back at referee leniency claims

FIFA angrily hit back at suggestions referees had been told not to give red and yellow cards on Monday following the bruising World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and Chile.