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

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 Rugby open international season with win over Guam

May 15, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Residents XV remain undefeated at home since the program started in 2016

MAN OF THE MATCH. Clark Jet Kingsley  Ballesteros finished with the Best on ground performance for Team Philippines. Photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

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 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.

High on rugby: Letts dreams of homegrown national team

May 11, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Philippine Rugby Football Union’s newly appointed general manager Jake Letts hopes to develop the sport's grassroots program

HOMEGROWN. Lito Ramirez is one of the Filipino talents discovered by the Philippine Rugby union. Photo from Instagram (@philippinerugby)

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)

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

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

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.

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

Iniesta says 'emotional' final may be his last for Barca

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:21 PM

After a sublime performance, the Barcelona captain weighs an offer from a China club

ONE LAST TIME. Andres Iniesta celebrates Barcelona’s Copa del Rey title romp, but admits it’s possibly his last. Photo by Luis Gene/AFP

Opportunity knocks for Arsenal in post-Wenger era

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:33 AM

After the changing of the guard, the Gunners may just find themselves back in the European football elite

FRUSTRATED. In this file photp, fans called for Arsene Wenger’s resignation as Arsenal slipped behind its Premier League rivals. Photo by AFP

No release clause in Neymar's PSG contract – French league

Apr 21, 2018 - 1:34 AM

Rumors abound the Brazilian football superstar may leave in the next transfer window

MILLION-DOLLAR STAR. Reports say Neymar’s release clause may be worth more that $300 million. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Tahnai Annis plans to move forward with PH women's national football team

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Despite the setbacks in and around the tournament, the Fil-Am captain wants to represent the country again

Neymar out until at least May 17, eyes 'dream' World Cup

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:51 PM

After sustaining a foot injury, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar hopes to get back in time to suit up for Brazil

INJURED. "I hope I won't watch the World Cup on TV," Brazilian superstar Neymar jokes. Photo by AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA

PH Women’s Football team bows down to S. Korea, fails to qualify for World Cup

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:01 AM

The Philippines finishes the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with just one win and 3 losses

CRUSHED. The Philippines Women's National Football team fails to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo by Mia Montayre/Philiippine Football Federation

Man City on verge of title after bouncing back at Spurs

Apr 15, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah hits 40 to solidify the team's hold in the top 4

OPENER. Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (R) opens the scoreline in the 22nd minute of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on April 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Neymar 'about a month' away from comeback after operation

Apr 14, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I need about a month, but it is healing well. Everything is happening normally,' says Neymar, who broke a metatarsal bone in his right foot late February

ROAD TO RECOVERY. Neymar says he is a month away from a full recovery from his foot injury. File photo by  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thailand crushes PH Women’s Football team for semis, World Cup berth

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:58 AM

Philippines hopes for a miracle as only a win in the battle for 5th can bring it to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

ONE MORE CHANCE. The Philippine Women's National Football team is assured of a playoff spot against Group B's 3rd place team. Photo by Mia Montayre/Philippine Football Federation

IN PHOTOS: Massive artificial-grass football pitch to open in Lipa

Apr 12, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Aboitiz has created a unique synthetic-grass football facility in the Outlets in Lipa that can accommodate two games at the same time