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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)

Stateless footballers rescued from Thai cave granted citizenship

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:08 PM

'Today all of you get Thai citizenship,' Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham says in a ceremony, as they are handed national ID cards

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/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

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

Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour hits Manila

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Filipino sports fans get a chance to see rugby’s most coveted trophy

TROPHY TOUR. Junior players from development clubs and foundations of the Philippine Rugby Football Union pose with the Webb Ellis Cup.

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

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

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

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

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. AFP Photo

Trump tweets: No pay for NFL anthem protesters

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The US President provokes another round of debate on pro football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem

TAKE A KNEE. Many NFL players have been kneeling during the national anthem to highlight racial and social injustices. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Thai cave boys speak of 'miracle' rescue after hospital discharge

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The "Wild Boars" team members look healthy and happy as they answer questions about the 9 days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team

WILD BOARS. Rescued Thai football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) together with 12 children pays tribute during a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18, 2018 following their discharge from the hospital to volunteer and former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died during the rescue operation. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai cave boys to leave hospital, speak to media

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The Wild Boars football team are being discharged 'so media can ask them questions and after that they can go back to live their normal lives without media bothering them,' says a spokesman

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/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

Rescued Thai cave boys to leave hospital July 19

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'All 13 Wild Boars are in good physical health... all are in good spirits,' Thailand's public health minister tells reporters

IN GOOD SPIRITS. This video grab taken from undated handout footage released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 14, 2018 shows rescued "Wild Boars" football team coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) with two members of the team recovering at the hospital in Chiang Rai province. Photo handout by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/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

Thai cave rescue site to become a museum

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn tells reporters the site will ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue

RESCUE OPS. Bicycles belonging to members of a children's football team, who are trapped in a cave chamber along with their coach, are seen as Thai rescue personnel (background) conduct operations under floodlights at the entrance to Tham Luang cave. File photo by Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/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

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

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

Rooney lauds 'fantastic' England World Cup: 'We believe'

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The former Manchester United striker will make his MLS debut on Saturday, July 14

'WE BELIEVE'. Wayne Rooney wishes the England team good luck in the semifinals. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Former Barcelona coach Enrique tasked with reviving Spain

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:50 PM

2010 champion Spain crashed out in the last 16 of the World Cup on penalties against the 70th-ranked Russia

NEW FACE. Luis Enrique looks to turn around Spain's fortunes after a heartbreaking World Cup. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Croatia thrills as Russia's fairytale World Cup run ends in tears

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Luka Modric and his impressive Croatia side nip Russia on penalties to reach the semifinals

ECSTATIC. Croatia's players celebrate winning the penalty shootout against Russia. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

England sinks Sweden to clinch World Cup semis berth

Jul 08, 2018 - 1:41 AM

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli send England into last 4 against a Sweden side that sees the Three Lions going 'all the way'

STEP CLOSER. Dele Alli (right) doubles England’s lead against Sweden in the second half. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Letters of hope from boys trapped deep in a Thai cave

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Players from the 'Wild Boar' football team write short notes in the gloom, reassuring parents and relatives and expressing hopes of being reunited in the near future

LETTER. This undated handout photo released by the Royal Thai Navy SEAL on July 7, 2018 shows a letter written by one of the trapped boys and handed to a diver on July 6 stating "don't worry, we're all strong" as rescue operations continue for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in Tham Luang cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 7, 2018. Photo by Royal Thai Navy Seal/AFP

TIMELINE: Thai cave rescue

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Here is how the rescue attempt has unfolded so far

RESCUE OPS. This file photo taken and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 1, 2018 shows Thai Navy Seals navigating a flooded section of Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. File photo by Royal Thai Navy

Tactical masterstroke key as Belgium stuns 'bitter' Brazil

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Coach Roberto Martinez says the Belgian players 'deserve to be heroes' back home

SHOCKER. Belgium's Vincent Kompany (left) consoles Brazil superstar Neymar. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

France: Expect 'more to come' in World Cup semis

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Griezmann and Varane score as France eases past Uruguay to reach the last 4 for the first time since 2006

FRENCH BLISS. France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates his goal with teen sensation Kylian Mbappe. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

World Cup last 8: Uruguay ready for France's unstoppable Mbappe

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The tournament's top defensive team warns French teen sensation Mbappe won't have the same freedom

FACE-OFF. It's speed versus defense for Kylian Mbappe's France team (left) and Luis Suarez's Uruguay side. Photos by Franck Fife and Pascal Guyot/AFP