New FIFA ethics chief Cornel Borbely won't be pushed around
New FIFA ethics chief Cornel Borbely won't be pushed around

Younger than some professional footballers, Swiss attorney Cornel Borbely is at first sight an unlikely choice as the man to step into Michael Garcia`s shoes and try to keep corruption out of FIFA.

Robinho eyes 2018 World Cup after Brazil recall
Robinho eyes 2018 World Cup after Brazil recall

Brazil forward Robinho said he already has an eye on the 2018 World Cup in Russia after earning an international recall.

Salah hands Juventus first home defeat for two years
Salah hands Juventus first home defeat for two years

Mohamed Salah kept up his excellent Fiorentina form by netting twice, including an outstanding solo effort, in a 2-1 Italian Cup win that handed Juventus their first home defeat for two years on Thursday.

Papiss Cisse faces long ban after accepting FA spit charge
Papiss Cisse faces long ban after accepting FA spit charge

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse will face a severe punishment after accepting an FA charge of spitting at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in Wednesday`s Premier League match.

Tony Pulis backs Ben Foster to make amends in Villa return
Tony Pulis backs Ben Foster to make amends in Villa return

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has backed under-fire goalkeeper Ben Foster ahead of his return to Aston Villa four days on from a costly error in the local derby.

Qatar World Cup chief: '2022 will be game-changer'
Qatar World Cup chief: '2022 will be game-changer'

The 2022 Qatar World Cup will be "a game-changer," tournament chief Hassan Al-Thawadi declared, facing down the many skeptics voicing serious reservations about the gas-rich Gulf state hosting the showpiece.

Chelsea fans in new race row, claim reports
Chelsea fans in new race row, claim reports

Chelsea fans have allegedly been caught in a fresh race row, according to British media reports on Thursday.

La Liga: Tough trip to euphoric Athletic awaits Real Madrid
La Liga: Tough trip to euphoric Athletic awaits Real Madrid

Real Madrid`s search for a return to form will be severely tested when the La Liga leaders travel to face an Athletic Bilbao side still high from reaching the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

Bundesliga: Bayern wary of `tough` Hanover trip as Shakhtar loom
Bundesliga: Bayern wary of `tough` Hanover trip as Shakhtar loom

Bayern Munich, fresh from reaching the German Cup quarter-finals, tune up for next week`s finely-balanced Champions League tie with a trip to Hanover on Saturday.

Ligue 1: PSG firing on four fronts as battle at the Bridge looms
Ligue 1: PSG firing on four fronts as battle at the Bridge looms

Paris Saint-Germain have the perfect opportunity to go top of Ligue 1 on Saturday, when they host lowly Lens ahead of their Champions League showdown against Chelsea in London next Wednesday. 

EPL: Spurs are back on track says Ryan Mason
EPL: Spurs are back on track says Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason believes Tottenham have overcome the disappointment of last week`s cup failures and are back on track in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Serie A: Pressure on Inzaghi as Juve look to tighten lead
Serie A: Pressure on Inzaghi as Juve look to tighten lead

The coaching future of former AC Milan star Filippo Inzaghi could hinge on the ailing Italian giants` home fixture with Verona on Saturday, as Juventus look to tighten their grip at the top of Serie A.

Pep Guardiola tells Franck Ribery to keep calm
Pep Guardiola tells Franck Ribery to keep calm

Pep Guardiola has warned Franck Ribery that Bayern Munich cannot afford any foolish red cards after the French winger lashed out during a German cup tie in midweek.

Luis Suarez set for Anfield return in charity game
Luis Suarez set for Anfield return in charity game

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will return to Anfield later this month for a star-studded charity match, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Former Osasuna chiefs arrested over missing millions
Former Osasuna chiefs arrested over missing millions

Three former board members of Spanish second division club Osasuna have been arrested in an investigation into the destination of 2.4 million euros ($2.67 million) taken from the club`s accounts, a court source confirmed on Thursday.

New Zealand skipper Winston Reid pens West Ham deal
New Zealand skipper Winston Reid pens West Ham deal

New Zealand captain Winston Reid has banished speculation about his West Ham United future by signing a new six-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

I didn't spit at Cisse, says United defender Evans
I didn't spit at Cisse, says United defender Evans

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans says he did not spit at Newcastle United`s Papiss Cisse during Wednesday`s 1-0 Premier League victory at St James` Park.

Real Madrid's Marcelo recalled for Brazil friendlies
Real Madrid's Marcelo recalled for Brazil friendlies

Brazil coach Dunga has recalled Real Madrid full back Marcelo for friendlies against France and Chile later this month in a squad he said mixed blend youth and experience.

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets out of Rayo Vallecano clash
Barcelona's Sergio Busquets out of Rayo Vallecano clash

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is battling to be fit for the El Clasico with Real Madrid after the club said on Thursday he will miss Sunday`s La Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet charged with improper conduct
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet charged with improper conduct

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct after an outburst during his side`s Premier League game against Hull City on Tuesday.