Australia face tough, but familiar, foe in Japan

After some tough physical battles en route to the last eight of the Women`s World Cup, Australia will face a very different challenge against defending champions Japan in Saturday’s quarter-final.

Swiss authorities say FIFA has handed over IT data
Swiss authorities say FIFA has handed over IT data

Switzerland`s Office of the Attorney General said soccer`s governing body FIFA had handed over IT data on Wednesday.

FIFA's woes could be clubs' gain, says Tom Fox
FIFA's woes could be clubs' gain, says Tom Fox

Leading clubs could benefit from the corruption storm engulfing FIFA if the world soccer body fails to clean up its act convincingly, Aston Villa`s American chief executive Tom Fox suggested on Wednesday.

US wants to ensure world soccer operates with integrity: Obama
US wants to ensure world soccer operates with integrity: Obama

President Barack Obama on Monday made his first comments on the scandal enveloping soccer`s governing body, saying the sport is a "massive business" that needs to be run with integrity.

Sepp Blatter re-elected as FIFA president, downplays US indictment

Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer.

Israel briefly detains travelling Palestine player

The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to world soccer`s governing body FIFA that Israeli authorities held up a national team player as the squad travelled from the West Bank to Tunisia on Thursday.

Amnesty report says Qatar still failing migrant workers

Qatar, host of soccer`s 2022 World Cup, is doing little to improve conditions for its 1.5 million migrant workers despite promising reforms last year, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Former Brazil soccer great Pele undergoes prostate surgery
Former Brazil soccer great Pele undergoes prostate surgery

Brazilian soccer legend Pele has undergone prostate surgery and is in stable condition, a Sao Paulo hospital said on Thursday.

Eight people killed at Brazilian football team's fan club

Police say eight people have been shot dead at a Brazilian soccer team's fan club in the city of Sao Paulo.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney eyes first FA Cup title
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney eyes first FA Cup title

Wayne Rooney has never won an FA Cup winner`s medal and the Manchester United captain is desperate to get his hands on one having fallen in love with the competition watching his team lose the final 20 years ago.

United ''forgot to score'' against Swansea, says Louis Van Gaal
United ''forgot to score'' against Swansea, says Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was frustrated his side "forgot to score" against Swnsea City but believes they were unlucky to lose 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Glory and more awaits Europa League winners

The race to become the first club to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League hots up on Thursday when Europe`s secondary competition restarts with 32 teams chasing glory in Warsaw in May.

Egypt police arrest 21 soccer fans following deadly stampede
Egypt police arrest 21 soccer fans following deadly stampede

Egyptian police have arrested 21 soccer fans in the wake of a deadly stampede outside a Cairo stadium and are accusing them of attacking policemen, damaging police cars and terrorizing the public, a prosecutor said.

I'm happy for not being an actor: David Beckham
I'm happy for not being an actor: David Beckham

Ace soccer David Beckham is pleased he dropped his acting ambitions because he would never have been able to reach the standard of the Hollywood stars.

Soldiers in Afghanistan play soccer in memory of WW1 truce
Soldiers in Afghanistan play soccer in memory of WW1 truce

British and German soldiers gathered in a dusty field in Afghanistan on Wednesday to play a game of soccer in memory of a Christmas truce spontaneously called between their armies a century ago during World War One.

Banned FIFA official charged with fraud, money-laundering
Banned FIFA official charged with fraud, money-laundering

A member of the financial watchdog committee at soccer`s ruling body FIFA has been charged with fraud, money-laundering and breach of trust by police in the Cayman Islands.

Pele son returns to jail after lost laundering appeal
Pele son returns to jail after lost laundering appeal

A son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele was arrested near Sao Paulo after losing an appeal against money laundering accusations, state judicial authorities said Wednesday.

I almost gave up football for cricket, says Sir Geoff Hurst
I almost gave up football for cricket, says Sir Geoff Hurst

Sir Geoff Hurst has revealed that he was on the verge of giving up his football career to become a cricketer.

Pirlo back for Italy after Bonaventura pulls out

 Playmaker Andrea Pirlo was recalled by Italy at the age of 35 on Monday, less than four months after playing what was widely thought to be his final game for his country.

Chelsea forced to settle for draw against Schalke

Chelsea wasted chance after chance and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge that made a mockery of both teams` early season form.