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Neil Etheridge: A Premier League dream comes true

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:36 PM

There is plenty to note about the Azkal's EPL debut, but mostly the self-belief that got him here

HISTORIC. Neil Etheridge is the first Southeast Asian to play in the English Premier League. Photo from Twitter (@Neil38Etheridge)


Neymar on the mark as PSG up and running under Tuchel

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The world's most expensive footballer scores just 10 minutes into his first start for Paris Saint-Germain in almost 6 months

DOMINATION. Neymar leads Paris St. Germain to a 3-0 thrashing of Caen. File photo Franck Fife/AFP


Ronaldo sprinkles star dust on Juventus in intimate opener

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Nearly 5,000 fans who went to see the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner are rewarded with a goal

STAR QUALITY. Cristiano Ronaldo displays his firepower for new team Juventus. Photo by Isabella Bonotto/AFP


LOOK: Neil Etheridge makes 1st Premier League season penalty save

Aug 12, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The Azkals goalkeeper inks another page of history in his Premier League debut

MORE HISTORY. Neil Etheridge is officially the first Southeast Asian to play in the Premier League and he also makes the first penalty save of the season. Photo from Twitter (@premierleague)

LOOK: Home United visits injured Patrick Reichelt

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:56 PM

The Ceres-Negros winger is still recovering in the hospital after sustaining a head injury from a collision with Home United keeper Rudy Khairullah

SPORTSMANSHIP. Home United FC head coach Aidil Sharin, general manager Badri Ghent and keeper Rudy Khairullah visit Patrick Reichelt in the hospital in Singapore. Photo from Home United FC Facebook

Chelsea signs Kepa in record deal, Courtois heads for Real

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Kepa Arrizabalaga becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in history as Chelsea agrees to sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid

RECORD DEAL. The 23-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga signs a 7-year contract with the English giants. Photo by Maciej Gillert/AFP

Ceres loses AFC Cup ASEAN crown to Home United

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The Singaporean club exacts revenge on Ceres in the zonal final rematch

DETHRONED. An undermanned Ceres-Negros FC falls to Home United finishing at 2nd place in the 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN Zone. File Photo from Ceres-Negros FC

Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Reports say the contentious relationship between France World Cup star Paul Pogba and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho prompted the move

CONTROVERSIAL. Speculations on the departure of French World Cup star Paul Pogba from Manchester United are rife. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Neil Etheridge: Gearing up for Premier League history

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The Azkals goalkeeper will debut in one of the world's biggest football leagues on Saturday, August 11

WORLD STAGE. Azkals Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is the first Southeast Asian to play in the English Premier League. Photo from Instagram (@neil38etheridge)

Neymar returns as PSG thrash Monaco in China

Aug 05, 2018 - 11:36 AM

The world's most expensive footballer came in as a late substitute but did not need to showcase his scoring prowess

RETURN. Neymar rejoins Paris Saint-Germain following his stint with Brazil in the World Cup. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP


IN PHOTOS: UP Diliman's new football pitch

Aug 04, 2018 - 11:57 AM

If the UP men's football team managed to win the UAAP championship without a pitch, imagine how strong they could be with a field of their own

PITCH PERFECT. Quezon City now has a second artificial football ground. All photos by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals coach Terry Butcher resigns

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) In a surprise announcement, the former England captain decides to quit just 50 days after taking over the Philippine men's football team

SHOCKING. Terry Butcher (right) leaves the Azkals without a coach as they gear up for the 2018 Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup. File photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

PH women's football set for Olympic qualifiers debut

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Philippines braces for a tough grind as only two teams from Asia will nab a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

BIG CHALLENGE. The Philippines will be one of 18 teams set to see action in the first round of the Olympic qualifiers. Photo from PFF

Ceres-Negros FC settles for draw vs Home United

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:34 PM

A frustrated Busmen side needs to bounce back and score away goals in the second leg of the AFC Cup 2018 ASEAN Zonal Final

Neymar blames 'brattish' behavior on his inner child

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:31 PM

The world's most expensive football gets back at his critics, saying they have no idea what he goes through

THEATRICS. Brazil's Neymar was widely lambasted in the recent World Cup for his theatrical reactions to challenges. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini


Hair to the throne? Arsenal's Guendouzi compared to Vieira

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The French midfielder is turning heads despite only 3 appearances with the Premier League football club

YOUNG COG. 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi had fans salivating in friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore. File photo by AFP Roslan Rahman/AFP


French World Cup glory costs China firm $9 million and counting

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The total payout of kitchen appliance maker Vatti's marketing stunt will amount to nearly $12 million

CHAMPS. France raises the World Cup trophy for the first time in 20 years. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP


Can a shorthanded Ceres Negros capture the ASEAN Zonal title?

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Minus Bienve Marañon – and possibly Stephan Schröck – the PFL champs face a two-legged challenge against Singapore's Home United

Ceres midfielder Manny Ott. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Tom Brady says 'ridiculous' linking trainer to Edelman ban

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:46 AM

The New England Patriots superstar gets irked at suggestions that link teammate Julian Edelman's drug suspension to his personal trainer

IRKED. Five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady cuts short a press conference following questions on trainer Alex Guerrero and wide receiver Julian Edelman. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP

France's Pavard wins World Cup goal of the tournament

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Fans pick Benjamin Pavard's spectacular half-volley against Argentina as best goal

STUNNING. France's Benjamin Pavard celebrates after scoring an incredible goal  against Argentina during the last 16 round of the 2018 World Cup. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Ceres-Negros FC ices dominant run with 2nd PFL title

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:07 PM

The Busmen reign anew to earn the right to represent Philippines in the preliminary rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League

TITLE DEFENSE. Ceres Negros FC is the PFL champion for the second straight time.  Photo by Mark Cristino

Ozil has 'respect of every player,' says Arsenal boss

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Arsenal assures embattled German player Mesut Ozil that he'll feel 'at home' with the football club

MOVING ON. Mesut Ozil looks to focus on Arsenal’s pre-season training following his surprise decision to quit the German national team. Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP

World Cup stars dominate FIFA best player award shortlist

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:49 AM

French World Cup champions Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane headline the 10-man list

ON TOP. Just weeks after ruling the World Cup, the French players again dominate the list of candidates in the FIFA awards. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Ceres-Negros aims for 2nd PFL title vs Global Cebu

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The Busmen are one point away from the championship

ON THE BRINK. Ceres-Negros' Bienvenido Marañon moves past Global Cebu's Jinggoy Valmayor. Photo by Ceres media

Mesut Ozil quits German national team over racism

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The midfielder has been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup

SCAPEGOAT. Mesut Ozil says he's also tired of being the scapegoat of Germany's World Cup elimination in the group stage. Photo by Benjamin Cremel/AFP

Liverpool signs Alisson in world-record deal

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:38 AM

Brazilian Alisson Becker becomes the world's most expensive goalkeeper after signing a deal worth 72.5 million euros

EXCITED. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker says it's a 'dream come true' to join Liverpool. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Australia legend Tim Cahill retires from international duty

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:58 PM

The 38-year-old striker finishes his Socceroo career with 50 international goals in 107 appearances

LEGENDARY. Australia's all-time leading goalscorer Tim Cahill announces his retirement from international football after representing the country in 4 FIFA World Cups. Photo by William West/AFP

Heroes' welcome for France World Cup winners

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The Paris metro system temporarily renames 6 of its stations in honor of key players

GLORIFIED. France's national football team players parade down Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris. Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP

Usain Bolt chases football dream in Australia

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The 8-time Olympic champion will try his luck in the A-League

NEWFOUND LOVE. Usain Bolt plays for the FIFA 98 team against France's 1998 World Cup national football team to mark the 20th anniversary of the country's first World Cup title. File photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

'Different' Ronaldo aims for Champions League success with Juve

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Football is not over yet for the 33-year-old superstar

NEW CHALLENGE. Cristiano Ronaldo faced Juventus in the quarterfinals in the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League, winning on a 4-3 aggregate. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

World Cup win symbolizes unity, diversity – French Ambassador in PH

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Ambassador Nicolas Galey praises French-Pinoy Alphonse Areola for exemplifying a united spirit in France's World Cup campaign

DIVERSITY. France's World Cup champion team brings hope to country's marginalized immigrant population. Photo by Frank Fife/AFP

Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:58 PM

The World Cup final between Croatia and France saw two of the tournament's best players lead their respective squads

AWARD-WINNERS. Croatia's Luka Modric (left) wins the Golden Ball despite losing in the final while France's 19-year-old wonder Kylian Mbappe nabs the young player plum. Modric photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP and Mbappe photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP


LOOK: Alphonse Areola is the first Filipino World Cup champion

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The 25-year-old goalkeeper is one of the 18 players in Les Bleus' young 24-man roster with immigrant backgrounds

CHAMPION. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, born to Filipino parents, is a member of the France team that won the 2018 World Cup. Photo from Areola's Instagram (@areolaofficiel)


IN PHOTOS: The highest scoring FIFA World Cup finals since 1966

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:57 AM

France joins Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for a second time

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

France frustrates Croatia, bags 2nd World Cup crown

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:36 AM

Kylian Mbappe becomes only the second teenager to score in the World Cup

FRENCH LOVE. Teen sensation Kylian Mbappe celebrates with his teammates France's title romp over Croatia. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Croatia optimistic it can make World Cup history

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The small Balkan nation swells with pride as its football squad gears up for the World Cup final against fancied France

ECSTATIC. The World Cup fever is rampant in Croatia, one of the smallest nations to reach the World Cup final. Photo by Denis Lovrovic/AFP

Malaysian girl in headscarf wows with freestyle football skills

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Sporting a headscarf, Qhouirunnisa' Endang Wahyudi executes deft moves, juggling the ball before balancing it on her soles and later on her forehead

FOOTBALL WHIZ. In this photograph female football freestyler Qhouirunnisa' Endang Wahyudi, 18, poses for pictures at a park in Klang, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.  Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

'Golden generation' completes Belgium's best World Cup finish

Jul 15, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard score as Belgium shuts out England to clinch 3rd place

CONSOLATION. Belgium's Eden Hazard (left) celebrates with teammates Dries Mertens (right) and Kevin De Bruyne after scoring their second goal in the consolation match versus England. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Croatia stands between France and World Cup glory

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:08 PM

A young but fancied France side hopes to avoid an upset from one of the smallest nations to reach the final

FOR ALL THE MARBLES. Kylian Mbappe (right) leads France's young charge against Domagoj Vida's Croatia. Photo by Gabriel Bouys and Adrian Dennis/AFP

2018 AFF Women's Championship: A test of character

Jul 14, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The Philippine women's football team absorbs another heartbreak but aims to keep on fighting

HEARTBREAK. The Philippine national women's football team fails to clinch the country's first berth in the knockout stages of the AFF Women's Championship. Photo by Mia Montayre/Philippine national women's football team

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

After gut-wrenching semifinal losses, England and Belgium hope to salvage a 3rd-place finish

Deep striker: FIFA World Cup 2018 best scorers

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Check out the top 5 contenders for the Golden Boot award

FRONTUNNER. England's Harry Kane leads the top Golden Boot candidates. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Thai 'Wild Boars' return to training after teammates' rescue

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:26 PM

'I want to tell the guys that I miss them and that I want to hug them,' says Wild Boars teammate Supaghid Pragaihong

WAITING FOR TEAMMATES. Members of the 'Wild Boars' football team take part in a training session in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 12, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Croatia reaches first World Cup final as England pain goes on

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:16 AM

Mario Mandzukic's extra-time winner sends Croatia to a title showdown against France

ECSTASY. Croatia's players Dejan Lovren (left) and Domagoj Vida celebrate at the end of their semifinal triumph over England. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The French midfielder says the young Thai football players rescued from a flooded cave are the 'heroes of the day'

CELEBRATION. French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates as France wins over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Ronaldo to Juventus: Time to open 'new stage'

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The football great ends 9-year Real Madrid reign to join Juventus in a deal worth over $100 million

FAREWELL. Cristiano Ronaldo says his stint in Real Madrid is one of the happiest in his life. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Paris erupts as France struts to World Cup final

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

A header from Samuel Umtiti seals France's semifinal triumph over Belgium

GAME HERO. French defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring the opening goal during France's semifinal match against Belgium. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

FIFA says rescued Thai boys won't attend World Cup final

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a FIFA event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration,' a spokesman says

RESCUE EFFORTS. This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 4, 2018 and taken on July 3 shows Adul Sam-on (R), a member of a Thai youth football team who is trapped with 11 other children and their coach, gesturing as he sits inside the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province. Handout image by the Royal Thai Navy/AFP

France and Belgium fight it out for World Cup final place

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:02 PM

France aims to return to the final for the first time since 2006 while Belgium looks to make history with its first

CLASH. Kylian Mbappe's (left) and Eden Hazard's teams will go head-to-head in the World Cup semifinal. Photos by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP (Mbappe) and Benjamin Cremel (Hazard)

Hoops-mad Philippines finally catches case of World Cup fever

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:16 PM

New Azkals head coach Terry Butcher eyes World Cup dream after the 2019 Asian Cup

FOOTBALL IS HERE. Football growth in the Philippines is also proven by the country's greater interest in the World Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation