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Balotelli back as Mancini plots Italy revival

May 20, 2018 - 2:30 PM

New Italy coach Roberto Mancini recalls the Nice striker to the national football team in a bid to turn the country's fortunes around

COMEBACK. Mario Balotelli suits up for the Azzurri for the first time since since Italy's group-stage exit in the 2014 World Cup.Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

What's so unique about PH football? Just ask Soca Loca

May 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Malaysian startup aims to spur the growth of Philippine football with a new mobile app

DEVELOP THROUGH TECH. Sayf Ismail (center) advocates the use of technology to grow the predominantly traditional sport of football. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

New Azkals coach on board next month as Asian Cup buildup gets going

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Team manager Dan Palami says the new Azkals coach succeeding Thomas Dooley will be introduced on June 14

SAME GOAL. The Azkals hope to sustain an impressive 2018 run under a new coach. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

PH Azkals surpass previous best, soar to highest FIFA ranking

May 17, 2018 - 6:08 PM

The year 2018 continues to look good for Philippine football since the Azkals clinched a historic Asian Cup berth

MILESTONE. The Philippine men's national football team continues to make history in 2018. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Griezmann fires Atletico Madrid to Europa League title

May 17, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The French striker bags first major title with Atletico, but deals with Barcelona transfer talk

DREAM RUN. Atletico players celebrate with the UEFA Europa League trophy. Photo by Frank Fife/AFP

Ceres advances to AFC Cup Zonal Finals on aggregate win over Yangon

May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

The Busmen set up another ASEAN finals rematch against Singapore’s Home United

BACK-TO-BACK. Ceres-Negros FC makes its second straight ASEAN Zonal finals appearance. Photo from AFC Cup

PH-Payatas misses podium in Street Child World Cup

May 16, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The all-girls Philippine football team bows to England in the battle for bronze

NO REGRETS. The Philippines-Payatas team settles for 4th, but the players receive another big prize in the form of university scholarships. Photo from Team Philippines Street Child World Cup's Facebook page

Mancini's Italy head coach appointment paves way for Balotelli return

May 15, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Italian forward Mario Balotelli is expected to reunite with his former Man City and Inter Milan coach

'DREAM JOB'. Roberto Mancini aims to rebuild the Italian national team that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacae/AFP

PSG appoints Thomas Tuchel as new coach

May 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The 44-year-old German agrees to succeed Unai Emery who will leave after the final game of the French season

NEW START. Thomas Tuchel will take the reins of the top team in Ligue 1. File photo by Sascha Schuermann/AFP

PH-Payatas falters vs Brazil in Street Child World Cup semis

May 14, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Filipino all-girls football squad surrenders a late goal against the defending champions

FOR THE PODIUM. The Philippine team can still secure the bronze medal against England. Photo from Team Philippines Street Child World Cup's Facebook page

PH-Payatas nails Street Child World Cup quarters berth

May 13, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The all-girls football team battles Mauritius in the next round

NEXT ROUND. The Philippines-Payatas team hopes to go all the way this time after settling for silver in the 2014 edition.

Wayne Rooney agrees 'deal in principle' to move to MLS

May 10, 2018 - 11:26 PM

DC United has reportedly offered the Everton striker a contract until 2020

STRUGGLE. Wayne Rooney is Everton’s top scorer this season with 11 goals, but has not scored since December. Photo by AFP

An underdog all his life, Neil Etheridge proves worth among elite

May 10, 2018 - 6:17 PM

After years of disappointment, the Azkals mainstay basks in twin glory with the Philippine team and Cardiff City FC

PROMOTED. Neil Etheridge relishes in Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League. Photo from Instagram (@neil38etheridge)

Ceres-Negros FC takes first leg win over Yangon United

May 09, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Myanmar club team keeps its hopes alive as Sylla scores a valuable pair of away goals

NOT OVER YET. Ceres-Negros FC will attempt to score its own away goals in the next leg. Photo by AFC Cup/Lagardere Sports

SCHEDULE: PH Azkals in the AFC Asian Cup 2019

May 08, 2018 - 7:16 PM

The Azkals are set to go up against South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in January 2019

EXCITED. Despite the Azkals' uphill tasks, they are excited to make their runs in the two big tournaments ahead. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Azkals keeper Etheridge makes history as Premier League’s first Southeast Asian player

May 06, 2018 - 10:52 PM

The Filipino-British earns the distinction after his club Cardiff City gained promotion in the world's most popular football league

BANNER YEAR. Neil Etheridge marks a big year with the Philippine Azkals and his club Cardiff City. Photo from Etheridge's Twitter account

Tough draw for PH Azkals in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

May 05, 2018 - 12:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine men's football team lands in Group C with South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in its maiden stint in the continental tournament

TOUGHER TASKS. The Philippine Azkals are set to compete among Asia's elite teams. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Are the Maroons the Ceres of the UAAP?

May 04, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Coach Anto Gonzales' undefeated State U team stands a class ahead of the field

UP HIGH. The UP Fighting Maroons bag their second UAAP men’s football title in 3 years. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Rolando extra-time strike sends Marseille to Europa League final

May 04, 2018 - 9:02 AM

After scoring a 3-2 aggregate win, Marseille becomes the first French side to reach a European final since 2004

SPIRITED SHOWDOWN. Salzburg's Xaver Schlager vies for the ball against Marseille's Adil Rami and Lucas Ariel Ocampos in their second-leg semis duel. Photo by Daniel Krug/AFP

Ian Clarino relishes last UAAP football battle with his brothers

May 03, 2018 - 8:27 PM

With his siblings by his side, the UP captain ends his UAAP career with 3 championships and a Season 80 MVP plum

HAPPY ENDINGS. Ian Clarino makes his UAAP exit with a decorated run. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez

UP Fighting Maroons cap dominant season with UAAP crown

May 03, 2018 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) The State University turns back UST to bag its 18th UAAP men's football title

CAPTAIN'S GOAL. Ian Clarino ends his last UAAP match with a championship thanks to his early goal. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez

Liverpool to play Real Madrid in Champions League final

May 03, 2018 - 8:47 AM

On a nervy night, Liverpool drops second leg but wins 7-6 on aggregate over Roma

CHALLENGE. Roma's Turkish midfielder Cengiz Under (right) and Liverpool's Scottish defender Andrew Robertson go at it during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Azkals join defending champ Thailand in tough AFF Suzuki Cup group

May 02, 2018 - 4:28 PM

The Philippine men's football team braces for another grueling campaign in the regional tournament

REDEMPTION. The Azkals look to bring the back the glory of the Philippine Football in the 2018 Suzuki Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Benzema double strike sends Real into Champions League final

May 02, 2018 - 8:59 AM

A 4-3 win on aggregate over Bayern Munich propels Real Madrid to its third straight title match

SURPRISE STAR. After scoring only one goal in his previous 12 games, Karim Benzema scores twice to secure Real Madrid a championship berth. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Clarino Clasico: Brothers battle on opposite sides in UAAP football final

May 02, 2018 - 12:05 AM

The sport has united the Clarinos, but the May 3 match will divide the family for a day

Messi hat trick seals Barca's 25th La Liga title in style

Apr 30, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Barcelona bags its 7th title in 10 seasons and extends its unbeaten streak to 41

TOYING WITH DEFENSE. Lionel Messi displayed his offensive prowess in the final, scoring all but one of Barcelona's goals. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Tuloy Foundation's new artificial-grass football field in Alabang

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:58 AM

The charitable organization led by Fr. Rocky Evangelista takes the wraps off the XO Field

Injured Neymar on track to be back for World Cup

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The Brazilian football star gears up for the World Cup, but puts a lid on his season with Paris Saint-Germain

ROAD TO RECOVERY. 'Neymar is recovering the best way possible,' the Brazil team doctor says of the 26-year-old forward. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Mitrovic stars as Fulham maintains bid for Premier League promotion

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The victory over Sunderland puts Fulham into second place

DECISIVE GOAL. In this file photo, Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates after scoring a goal in a recent international friendly. The Serbian striker scores anew for Fulham against Sunderland. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Maradona quits as coach of second division UAE team

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The lawyer of the Argentine legend says the decision came after his team failed to gain promotion

MOVING ON. Diego Maradona’s lawyer says the departure of the former World Cup winner “has been a mutual agreement.” Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

PSG coach Emery confirms departure at end of season

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Under Unai Emery, Paris Saint-Germain’s record in the Champions League leaves much to be desired

EXIT. The contract of Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish coach Unai Emery ends in June. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Iniesta breaks hearts with Barca farewell

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:14 PM

The 2010 World Cup hero boasts a decorated career that includes 4 Champions League and 7 Spanish league titles

GIFTED. Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta is tagged as one of the most gifted midfielders of all time. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Jarvey Gayoso credits UST for finding Blue Eagles' Achilles heel

Apr 27, 2018 - 4:26 PM

The phenom is determined to sharpen his physical and mental skills in a bid to come out stronger next season

LOOKING FORWARD. Season 79 Most Valuable Player Jarvey Gayoso aims to redeem the Blue Eagles' premature exit and improve himself in Season 81. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez

Browns make Oklahoma's Mayfield top pick in NFL draft

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Cleveland Browns team officials describe the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as an 'ultra-competitor'

TOPNOTCH. The 23-year-old Baker Mayfield emerges as the top choice in a draft field considered as one of the deepest in recent history. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP

Arsenal gets punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Antoine Griezmann scores away goal to help Atletico Madrid salvage a draw

SAVIOR. Atletico Madrid's French striker Antoine Griezmann evades a tackle by Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny on the way to scoring his team's first goal. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Marseille takes control in Europa League semi vs Salzburg

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'We need to show we deserve to go to the final,' says Marseille coach Rudi Garcia

SUBSTITUTE. Marseille's Cameroonian forward Clinton Njie (center) scores less than 3 minutes after coming off the bench. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Davao Aguilas FC finds solution for grueling home-and-away PFL games

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The pro football club hopes to ease travel issues with Cebu Pacific partnership

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. Cebu Pacific Air vice president of marketing and distribution Candice Iyog (left) shakes hands with Davao Aguilas FC general manager Michael Shaw. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

UP Fighting Maroons make finals return over DLSU

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:11 PM

This season's top seed arranges a UAAP men's football title showdown versus UST for the first time in 6 years

RETURN. UP Fighting Maroons solidify top seed elims finish with a finals berth. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez

Messi scores in EU court battle to trademark name

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The ruling comes just as the Argentine star moves past Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football

WINNER. Barcelona's star forward Lionel Messi wins a 7-year legal fight. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Dimacali's lone goal sends UST to the finals over defending champ Ateneo

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) UST clinches a UAAP men's football finals berth after 6 years

Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Go Ateneo

Want to train with German club Bayern Munich? Try futsal

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:19 PM

Allianz launches a nationwide futsal youth tournament where selected players get a chance to train with Bayern Munich in Germany

KICK OFF. Allianz, together with the Philippine Football Federation led by Mariano "Nonong" Araneta (back row, fifth from left), launch the event that will give young Filipino footballers a chance to train with the top German club. Photo by Bob Guerrero.

Real Madrid in pole position after Asensio winner at Bayern

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:57 AM

The Spanish club puts one foot in the Champions League finals after Marco Asensio goal completes comeback

ADVANTAGE. Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio (right) challenges Bayern Munich's Javier Martinez as Real gets the win and advantage for the return game in Madrid. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Global Cebu caps off 2018 AFC Cup run with win over Bali United

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Sanchez and Mulders save the Cebu-based club from finishing at the bottom of Group G

STATEMENT. Global Cebu FC's second win comes in their final match against Bali United in Indonesia. Photo from Global Cebu FC Facebook page

Home United takes match, group stage win at Ceres' expense in Bacolod

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:06 PM

(UPDATED) Both teams were guaranteed spots in the 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN zonal semi-finals even before the match started

TOP SEED. Ceres-Negros will face Persijia in the ASEAN Zonal semi-finals. Photo from Ceres-Negros FC Facebook page.

Salah superb but Liverpool gives Roma lifeline

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Liverpool rues its missed chances and poor late defending, but stays on track for a first final stint in 11 years

SUPERSTAR. Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Oxlade-Chamberlain injury casts shadow on 5-star Liverpool show

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:12 AM

After reviving his career in move to Liverpool, the midfielder gets sidelined by a season-ending injury

BIG BLOW. Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goes down during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Ceres looks to close out Group F with win over Home United in Bacolod

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) Regardless of result, the Busmen are in the last 4 of the 2018 AFC Cup's ASEAN zone

DO-OR-DIE. (from left to right) Home United head coach Aidil Sharin, midfielder Anumanthan Kumar, Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock and head coach Risto Vidakovic in the pre-match press conference in Bacolod City. Photo by Ceres Media

UAAP Men's Football: No coronation for UP just yet

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:25 PM

UP may be undefeated heading to the Final 4, but the Maroons face stiff competition for the crown

UNDEFEATED. UP's Fidel Tacardon and the Fighting Maroons hope to stay ahead of the pack. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Salah to hang around Liverpool longer – Henderson

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:02 AM

The Liverpool captain believes that Salah will not make the same decisions as Luis Suarez and Philip Coutinho who both moved to Barcelona

PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Mohamed Salah earns the Premier League's Player of the Year award with his feat of 41 goals in 46 appearances. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Unstoppable Ronaldo to be sole survivor of Real's 'BBC' era

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are starting to experience dips in their careers, as Ronaldo peaks

UNTOUCHABLE TRIO. (from left to right) The trio of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were once a fixture in the starting XI of Real Madrid. Photos by AFP (Bale), Javier Soriano/AFP (Ronaldo), Christophe Simon/AFP