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Ronaldo to go head-to-head with 'successor' Neymar

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:50 PM

If Neymar inspires PSG to victory in this tie, and then on to glory in the final in May, he will stand a good chance of ending their domination

FOOTBALL GREATS. Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar will be leading the front lines of their respective teams. Photo by Philippe Marcou/AFP (Ronaldo) and Alain Jocard/AFP (Neymar)

Football great Zico impressed by Pinoy's passion for the Beautiful game

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Zico enjoys his action-packed weekend in Manila with up-and-coming football players of the Philippines

LEGEND. Zico came to Manila to spend the weekend with aspiring Filipino footballers. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

From Russian doping to FIFA bribery, 2017 proves dark time for Russia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:19 PM

2017 turns outs to be a dark year for Russian sport as the country is mired in scandal

DARK YEAR. Fleece jackets with an inscription reading "Russia" are displayed at BOSCO store in central Moscow. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP.

FIFA threatens to boot Spain out of World Cup

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:14 AM

FIFA confirms it has written to the Spanish federation warning they could be suspended form the 2018 World Cup because of political interference

IN LIMBO. Despite threats, the RFEF and the Spanish government insist that Spain would go to the World Cup in Russia. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Gay fans warned over holding hands at Russia World Cup

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Anti-discrimination group Fare is producing a guide for supporters from the black and ethnic minority and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities

HOST NATION. People watch as the facade of the historical Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated with the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in central Moscow on late October 28, 2014.  Kirill Kudrayvtsev/AFP

FC Bhayangkara juara Liga 1, Presiden FIFA ucapkan selamat

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM

"Kami tidak perlu bicara panjang lebar lagi. FIFA sudah mengakui bahwa Bhayangkara FC juara Gojek Traveloka Liga 1."

Presiden FIFA Giovanni Vincenzo Infantino. Foto diambil dari FIFA.com

Mamma Mia! Dismay, disbelief as Italy fails to qualify to World Cup

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Italy not being at the World Cup is a new experience for most of the country's fans

TRAGIC. Italy fails to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, losing 0-1 aggregate to Sweden. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Blatter says Hope Solo's 'grabbed ass' claim is 'absurd'

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Sepp Blatter counters Hope Solo's allegations that he sexually harassed her

WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. The two-time world champion claims that the former FIFA president grabbed her ass. Photo from Wikipedia

Pemain Terbaik FIFA 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo menuju langit ketujuh

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:56 AM

"Rivalitasku dengan Messi baru dimulai."

RACE TO SEVEN. Cristiano Ronaldo earns his 5th Men's Player of the Year award but he wants 7 of that. Photo by Philippe Marcou/AFP

Ronaldo eyes more FIFA success as Real Madrid dominate awards

Oct 24, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo aims for his lucky 7th Men's Player of the Year award

RACE TO SEVEN. Cristiano Ronaldo earns his 5th Men's Player of the Year award but he wants 7 of that. Photo by Philippe Marcou/AFP

Geser Malaysia, Indonesia kini peringkat 165 FIFA

Oct 17, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Timnas Indonesia masih di bawah Filipina dan Thailand

Para pemain Timnas U-22 merayakan kemenangan atas Filipina pada babak penyisihan Grup B SEA Games XXIX di Stadion Shah Alam, Kamis (17/8). FOTO oleh Wahyu Putro /ANTARA

Swiss target PSG boss, ex-FIFA exec in World Cup rights probe

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The Swiss attorney general's office say the probe centers on allegations including bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document

INVESTIGATION. Jerome Valcke, who was Sepp Blatter's right-hand man at FIFA, has denied the allegations. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

What's next for Barca in case of Catalan independence?

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:48 AM

AFP Sports looks at the questions that lie ahead for the Catalan clubs and the Spanish football authorities in the coming months

POLITICAL TIGHTROPE. Catalan's fight for independence is becoming a threat to FC Barcelona's state in La Liga. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Qatar, FIFA urged to protect 800,000 workers from desert heat

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Human Rights Watch also calls on the Gulf state to investigate workers' deaths and make those findings public

TIME OUT. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Stringer/AFP

How the kafala system enslaves workers in Qatar

Sep 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

In the Middle East, an unregulated labor market gives employers so much control over workers but limits workers from airing grievances and complaints

The workers make a queue to go to the stadium to see the final of the Workers cup 2016. It's their main entertainment in the whole year. Photo by OM

WATCH: A look inside Qatar's labor camps

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Majority of Qatar's migrant labor force live inside camps set up far away from the city center

SNAPSHOT: Qatar's labor market

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Labor migrants comprise about 90% of Qatar's population

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

Ronaldo nominated for FIFA player award

Aug 18, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The list also includes Lionel Messi Luis Suarez and Neymar

SWEAT THE TECHNIQUE. Cristiano Ronaldo implies he's being investigated because of his celebrity status, telling a judge 'I am only here because my name is Cristiano Ronaldo.' Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Corrupt former FIFA official Chuck Blazer dead

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Blazer whose evidence to US investigators helped trigger the FIFA corruption scandal which brought down Sepp Blatter has died at age 72

OPULENT LIFESTYLE. Chuck Blazer had once rented a $6,000-a-month apartment in Trump Tower to house his cats before becoming a central figure in FIFA's corruption scandal. File photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

FIFA rilis laporan rahasia tentang Piala Dunia Qatar dan Rusia

Jun 28, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Demi transparansi FIFA menyambut laporan ini dipublikasikan

Foto diambil dari @fifamedia/Twitter

Azkals learn to live without mainstays for tough China, Tajikistan games

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Learn why Thomas Dooley s men will play two tough matches without some key players

NOT COMING. Neil Etheridge is just one of several Azkals mainstays who won't be playing for various reasons. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

U.S., Mexico, Canada issue joint bid for 2026 World Cup

Apr 11, 2017 - 3:39 AM

A bid to become to the first 3 way co hosts in the history of the World Cup is announced in New York

WORLD CUP. Germany's Mario Gotze scores the lone goal of the 2014 World Cup final. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Brazil tops FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Meanwhile the Philippines slips 3 spots to 127

TOP DOGS. Neymar and Brazil supplant rivals Argentina as the top rated national team in the world. File photo by Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Netherlands suffers shock setback to World Cup hopes

Mar 26, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Netherlands loses 2 0 to Bulgario leaving them 6 points back from group leader France

UPSET WIN. Spas Delev of Bulgaria celebrates after scoring against Netherlands. Photo by Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Brazil on brink of World Cup after thrashing Uruguay

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Brazil moves 7 points ahead of the 10 team round robin competition while Messi sinks the only goal in Argentina s win over Chile

DOMINANCE. Neymar and Brazil were in control throughout against Uruguay. Photo by Dante Fernandez/AFP

Azkals to brandish big guns for home games versus Malaysia and Nepal

Mar 18, 2017 - 1:14 PM

Stars Neil Etheridge and Javi Patiño are coming for these two games yet some issues remain

TRAINING. Misagh Bahadoran trains with his teammates and assistant coach Chieffy Caligdong. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Peringkat baru FIFA: Argentina kokoh, Indonesia turun

Jan 13, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Indonesia turun dari posisi 171 ke 173

Penyerang Argentina, Lionel Messi, dibayang-bayangi pemain Chile saat menggiring bola dalam partai final Copa America, pada 27 Juni 2016. Foto dari Twitter/@CA2016

A 48-team World Cup, but who can host it?

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:46 PM

The decision of FIFA to expand the World Cup to 48 teams beginning in 2026 faces a major question

48 TEAMS. This file photo taken on February 28, 2016 shows the World Cup trophy at the FIFA World Football Museum during its inauguration. FIFA's ruling council on January 10, 2017 unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, with a format of 16 groups of 3 nations. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Alasan Presiden FIFA menambah kuota peserta Piala Dunia

Jan 11, 2017 - 2:51 PM

“Sepak bola bukan sekadar Eropa dan Amerika Selatan ”

Ronaldo lambasts media campaign against him

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo claims he had to overcome media campaigns against him to win FIFA s inaugural best men s player award

Real Madrid and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo stands next to his trophy after winning the The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016 Award during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on January 9, 2017 in Zurich. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The move represents the first major change to the World Cup format since the tournament was boosted from 24 to 32 teams for the 1998 tournament in France

48 TEAMS. This file photo taken on February 28, 2016 shows the World Cup trophy at the FIFA World Football Museum during its inauguration. FIFA's ruling council on January 10, 2017 unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, with a format of 16 groups of 3 nations. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo crowned FIFA best men's player

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo adds another prize in a glittering year for the Portugal and Real Madrid star

BEST PLAYER. Real Madrid and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo kisses his trophy after winning the The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016 Award next to FIFA president Gianni Infantino during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on January 9, 2017 in Zurich. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

FIFA tambah kuota peserta Piala Dunia

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:02 PM

FIFA menambah kuota dari 32 tim menjadi 48 tim

SAKSIKAN: Gol terbaik 2016 dari pemain Malaysia, Mohd Faiz Subri

Jan 10, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Mohd Faiz Subri menjadi pemain Malaysia pertama yang mendapat penghargaan FIFA

Ronaldo pemain terbaik FIFA 2016

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Lionel Messi di peringkat kedua Sementara Claudio Ranieri menjadi pelatih terbaik

Cristiano Ronaldo terpilih sebagai pemain terbaik FIFA 2016. Foto dari Twitter/@Ronaldo

The 2016 Rappler Pinoy Football Awards

Dec 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Rappler honors the best in Philippine football for 2016 including the best player best coach and the 20 best goals

5 sports scandals to watch in 2017

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Corruption and doping – what sports scandals can we expect to follow in 2017?

This file photo taken on February 21, 2014 at the Olympic Park in Sochi shows a sign showing the direction to the anti-doping laboratory of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. LEON NEAL / AFP

WATCH: Indonesia's winning goals against Thailand in first Suzuki final

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Indonesia is just one step away from the AFF championship after defeating Thailand in the first leg of the Suzuki Cup finals

Sepp Blatter loses appeal against FIFA ban - spokesman

Dec 05, 2016 - 9:57 PM

The disgraced former FIFA head will have to serve his 6 year ban from the football governing body

UPHELD. An international court has shut down Sepp Blatter's bid to overturn his ban. File photo by Alain Grosclaude/AFP

Messi magic sparks Argentina, Brazil marches on in World Cup qualifiers

Nov 16, 2016 - 3:14 PM

The victory elevates Argentina into the qualifying places after a disastrous run of results which saw them take just two points from their previous four games

VICTORY. Argentina's Angel Di Maria (L) celebrates with teammate Lionel Messi after scoring against Colombia during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match in San Juan, Argentina, on November 15, 2016.  EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP

Marquez sinks US as Mexico snatches World Cup qualifying thriller

Nov 12, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Marquez heads home a Miguel Layun corner in the dying minutes of a pulsating battle to end the USA s long record of dominance at Columbus s Mapfre Stadium where they had beaten Mexico in the past 4 World Cup cycles

Members of the Mexico men's national team celebrate Rafael Marquez's goal against the US men's national team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio on November 11, 2016.  Paul Vernon / AFP

Azkals-Kyrgyzstan preview: Fitness a concern

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:19 PM

The team is working on conditioning as a new player comes in to boost squad

TRAINING. Azkals train for their upcoming friendly with Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

World champion Germany to meet Pope Francis at Vatican

Nov 01, 2016 - 10:27 AM

The German squad will meet the 79 year old Argentine who is known to be a football fan when they travel to Italy for an international friendly

MEET THE POPE. Germany's national football team, seen here waving from a truck during a victory parade post-FIFA World Cup title on July 15, 2014, will meet football fan Pope Francis. File photo by JAN WOITAS / DPA / AFP

FIFA minta Kongres PSSI digelar 10 November

Oct 15, 2016 - 4:47 PM

Pro kontra terkait lokasi Kongres PSSI selesai sudah Begitu juga tanggal pelaksanaan kongres setelah FIFA turun tangan

KONGRES PSSI. Jumpa pers pengumuman hasil verifikasi nama-nama calon Ketua Umum, Wakil dan anggota Exco PSSI oleh KP PSSI, Sabtu 10 September. Foto: Akun Twitter resmi PSSI.

Messi returns as Barca, Madrid battle 'FIFA virus'

Oct 14, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona s lineup after 3 weeks on the sidelines with a groin injury

BACK IN ACTION. Lionel Messi missed Argentina's World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Paraguay due to injury. File photo by Pedro Armestre/AFP

A little blood won't stop Neymar from playing flashy

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Brazil s striker isn t intimidated by defenders even after he was left bleeding heavily during a match against Bolivia last week

BLOODY FINISH. Neymar's flashy play sometimes makes him a target for rough tackles. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

England benches Wayne Rooney for Slovenia qualifier

Oct 11, 2016 - 2:37 AM

England s captain and all time goalscorer has been dropped to the bench for the Wold Cup qualifier at Slovenia

BENCHED. Liverpool's Jordan Henderson will replace Wayne Rooney in the starting lineup. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

FIFA slammed over disbandment of racism task force

Sep 27, 2016 - 4:23 PM

The task force was established in 2013 by disgraced former FIFA President Sepp Blatter to eradicate racism in football but was disbanded recently with the world sports body controversially insisting the mission had been a success

SLAMMED. The disbandment of FIFA's racism task force draws flack despite assurances by secretary general Fatma Samoura (L) that FIFA could live with the perception held by many that it was too soon to end the task force's work. Anthony Devlin / AFP

Panitia siapkan 22 ribu tiket pertandingan persahabatan timnas Indonesia kontra Malaysia

Sep 05, 2016 - 12:31 AM

Laga ini menjadi pertandingan perdana timnas senior pasca dilarang bertanding oleh organisasi FIFA

TIMNAS SENIOR. Sejumlah pemain tim nasional Indonesia senior melakukan sesi latihan di Stadion Pakansari, Cibinong, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat, pada 9 Agustus 2016. Foto oleh Yulius Satria Wijaya/ANTARA