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Philippine Azkals absorb painful draw to Bahrain

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:26 AM

The Philippine men's football team starts its buildup under new coach Scott Cooper

The Philippine Azkals start their preparations with a friendly against the Bahrain national team. File photo from the Philippine Football Federation

Neil Etheridge emerges as Cardiff game hero

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:42 PM

The Filipino-British goalkeeper saves a last-gasp penalty as Cardiff salvages a scoreless draw against Newcastle

MAN OF THE MATCH. Neil Etheridge and the Bluebirds earn their first Premier League point. Photo from @premierleague

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)

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


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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

World Cup 2018: The elite 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The big guns are all primed up for global football's quarterfinal battles

FAVORED. England stands among the favorites to reach the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Sweden ends 24-year World Cup quarters wait

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Emil Forsberg delivers as Sweden squeaks past Switzerland to reach the last 8 for the first time since 1994

GAME-WINNER. Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg (center) gets congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

England snaps penalty jinx to reach World Cup last 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Luck finally smiles on England after edging Colombia in a shootout

PILE OF JOY. England players celebrate after ending a string of shootout heartaches. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Belgium strikes back to beat Japan in epic World Cup duel

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:44 AM

The Belgians rally from a two-goal deficit as the Japanese exit in the most painful fashion

TURNAROUND. Belgium stars (from left) Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Meunier and Nacer Chadli celebrate their incredible comeback. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Stylish Neymar steers Brazil past Mexico

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:02 AM

The Brazilians blank the Mexicans in a 'difficult match' to reach the World Cup quarterfinals

WHOOP IT UP.Neymar (top) celebrates with Brazil's midfielder Paulinho after scoring the opening goal. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Iniesta after Spain farewell: 'That's life'

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Spanish football icon Andres Iniesta ends his international career on a bitter note

SAD EXIT. Andres Iniesta admits it’s not the international farewell he wanted. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

World Cup penalty drama sets up Croatia against host Russia

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic plays hero as Croatia downs Denmark in shootout to advance to the quarterfinals

HISTORIC. Croatia's Danijel Subasic becomes the first goalkeeper in 12 years  to save 3 in a penalty shootout since Portugal's Ricardo against England. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Akinfeev stars as Russia knocks out Spain on penalties

Jul 02, 2018 - 1:12 AM

The host country advances to the World Cup quarterfinals at the expense of the 2010 champions

UPSET. Home team Russia continues to defy expectations by defeating favorites Spain. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP


France's Mbappe hailed as new global superstar

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:54 PM

The 19-year-old outshines Lionel Messi with two goals as France sends Argentina packing in the World Cup

Cavani optimistic over injury after firing Uruguay into quarterfinals

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:01 PM

The Paris Saint-Germain striker fires all of Uruguay's goals in a 2-1 win over Portugal before hobbling off the pitch with a calf problem

INJURY SCARE. Edinson Cavani had to be helped by Cristiano Ronaldo after suffering an injury late in Uruguay's win over Portugal. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP


Cristiano Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup KO

Jul 01, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Portuguese superstar makes his World Cup exit following a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the last 16

MUM. Cristiano Ronaldo says it is not the time to talk about his future after Portugal's last 16 exit in the World Cup. File photo from Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP


Will Messi quit the international stage after Argentina World Cup pain?

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Argentina's loss to France in the last 16 is the earliest Messi has exited in the quadrennial competition

HEARTBREAKER. Lionel Messi suffers another heartbreak in the World Cup. File photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP


Uruguay shatters Ronaldo, Portugal’s World Cup hopes

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:05 AM

Brilliant Cavani fires Uruguay into last 8 as Ronaldo dream ends

MATCH HERO. Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (left) says it's a 'special day' after scoring a brace to power Uruguay. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

France ends Messi's dream in World Cup classic

Jul 01, 2018 - 7:05 AM

Superb Mbappe strikes to send Messi, Argentina crashing out

TEEN TITAN. France’s forward Kylian Mbappe becomes the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Messi, Ronaldo gear up for World Cup knockout phase

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:54 AM

The football rivals are just a win away from setting a blockbuster quarterfinal clash

STAR POWER. Arentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo find themselves on the same side of a tough last 16 bracket. Photos by Lluis Gene/AFP

World Cup 2018: Messi must deliver, France must fire

Jun 30, 2018 - 12:18 AM

The first last-16 match features a fascinating clash between two underachieving squads

FACE-OFF. Argentina's Lionel Messi and France's Antoine Griezmann hope to recapture their best forms. Photos by Hector Retamal and Olga Maltseva/AFP

World Cup 2018: The last 16

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Check out how the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup's knockout stages

STRONG START. Belgium (in red) downs England, 1-0, in their final group game to join Croatia and Uruguay as the only teams to win all 3 games in the group stage. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

World Cup wide open after dramatic group stage

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Croatia stays impressive, Brazil finds its footing, while France and Argentina labor through

CONSISTENCY. Croatian star Luka Modric (right) looks to lead the way again in the last 16 after Croatia’s impressive run in the group stage. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

LOOK: Mexico fans laud South Korea for sealing team's place in last 16

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:28 PM

It's raining tequila in front of the South Korean embassy in Mexico City

VIVA KOREA! A football fan holds a flag of South Korea as thousands watch the World Cup match between Mexico and Sweden on a screen at the Angel de la Independencia Monument in Mexico City. Phot by Johan Ordonez/AFP

South Korea posts biggest World Cup shocker, but coach feels ‘empty’

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The unfancied South Koreans pull off an upset over Germany, but it isn't enough to secure them a last 16 spot

BITTERSWEET. South Korea can’t quite relish its monumental win. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP