ReutersThe Asian Football Confederation handed the reins of power to Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa on Thursday, ignoring concerns about alleged human rights breaches and electing the Bahraini as its new president and member of FIFA's all-powerful executive committee.Sheikh Salman secured 33 of the 46 presidential votes available from AFC member associations in Malaysia, to beat Yousuf Al
ReutersThe newly-crowned Bundesliga champions, who will play Borussia Dortmund in the May 25 final in London, had effectively killed off the tie with last week's 4-0 victory and there was no way back for Barca when Arjen Robben blasted the ball past Victor Valdes in the 49th minute.Barca's humiliation was completed late in the game when Gerard Pique skewed the ball into his own net and Thomas
Chelsea host FC Basel on Thursday holding a 2-1 lead from their semi-final first leg and Benitez is two matches away from claiming a European crown for a club he will leave at the end of the season.European success proved elusive for Mourinho despite the glittering array of domestic silverware he won during his three-year stint at Chelsea that ended in 2007.Even if he does succeed in Amsterdam
Ghana's Michael Essien said on Wednesday he is determined to re-establish himself at Chelsea after spending a season-long loan at Spanish giants Real Madrid.The injury-plagued central midfielder has made 30 appearances with Real this season, scoring one goal. He has been recently used by coach Jose Mourinho as a right-back."I will return to Chelsea with my head up and try to win my place back,"
Ahly Hossam El-Badry considers Tuesday's 2-0 win over Smouha a good preparation for Tunisia's CA Bizertin clash in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Sunday.Two goals by strikers Ahmed Abdel-Zaher and Emad Meteb guided the Red Devils to revenge from their 1-0 loss to Smouha in February and also to overtake ENPPI on top of Egyptian league with 24 points."I am very happy with
Hamburg SV are aiming to win their last three games of the season to snatch a Europa League spot for next season despite heavy recent defeats, coach Thorsten Fink said on Tuesday.The former European champions have enjoyed another lacklustre season and lie eighth in the Bundesliga, a point off the European spots."Our aim is to get all nine points out of the remaining games," Fink told the
ReutersAs they contemplate how to overturn a 4-1 deficit to reach the Champions League final, nine-times European Cup winners Real Madrid are taking inspiration from a similar feat against Derby County four decades ago.The Spanish giants were caught cold by Borussia Dortmund in their semi-final first leg last week, when, despite being one of the favourites to step out at Wembley on May 25, they
Despite uncertainties regarding the future of head coach Hossam El-Badry, Ahly will be in a must-win situation when they host rivals Smouha in the Egyptian Premier League on Tuesday.The Cairo giants are seeking revenge from the Alexandria-based club after their 1-0 defeat in the tournament's first round.Recent reports about El-Badry's departure might serve to impact the team's performance, as
ReutersThe Bundesliga side have a healthy 4-1 lead for the clash at Real's Bernabeu arena following their stunning victory in last week's first leg in Germany, when striker Robert Lewandowski scored all of Dortmund's goals.Klopp said his team's performance against Bayern Munich in the 2012 German Cup final in Berlin, when Lewandowski scored a hat-trick, was proof they can perform under pressure
Three days after their draw with Ittihad of Alexandria, Ismaily were held to another draw by Ittihad El-Shorta on Thursday in Cairo.El-Shorta took an early lead, thanks to Said Kamal's who opened the scoring in the 3rd minute.Ismaily's international midfielder Amr El-Soulaya made it 1-1 after converting a penalty in the 57th minute.Ismaily are now second in Group B with 23 points, seven points
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Borussia Dortmund, after missing their La Liga win over Atletico Madrid through injury, coach Jose Mourinho said.The Portugal international, top scorer in the latest edition of Europe's elite club competition with 12 goals, returned to training with his team mates on Monday after sitting
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho expects to take the blame instead of his players if they fail to overturn a 4-1 deficit against Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday.Mourinho was hired from Inter Milan three years ago to help Real win the 10th European crown that has eluded them since 2002 but the La Liga side are on the brink of a third straight failure at
Maqassa manager Hossam Hassan has expressed an interest in coaching Egyptian champions Ahly, if current coach Hossam El-Badry’s stay is not extended."It's normal that I coach Ahly. It's been one of my dreams since I started playing in Ahly when I was only 13 years old," the 46-year-old Hossam Hassan told an Egyptian television programme.The former Egypt, Ahly and Zamalek striker, who was
ReutersArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that if his team win their last three Premier League games they will qualify for the Champions League, but both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur could yet scupper his hopes.If Chelsea take at least nine points from their last four games, they will finish on 74 points. If Tottenham win their four remaining games, they would also finish on 74
APMaria Sharapova beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to successfully defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in a final between the last two French Open champions.The top-seeded Russian swept to her second title of the year after winning in Indian Wells, Calif. She became the first player to retain the Stuttgart title since Lindsey Davenport in 2005.''I thought it'd be the toughest match of the
ReutersBarcelona will try every trick in the book to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final return leg on Wednesday, honorary Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer warned on Monday.Bayern crushed the Spaniards last week in a surprisingly one-sided encounter but Beckenbauer, former player, coach and president of Germany's most successful club,
Zamalek will open their bid for the Egypt Cup against Tersana in the round of 32 on 21 May.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) held the cup draw on Sunday after six top-flight clubs withdrew from the country's second biggest tournament over a sponsorship dispute.The six clubs to withdraw are Ahly, Haras El-Hodoud, Ittihad El-Shorta, Beni Suef Telephones, Arab Contractors and
Egyptian Sports Minister El-Amry Farouk has congratulated Ahly for winning the African Handball Winners' Cup and promised them a warm reception.The Red Devils defeated Tunisia's AS Hammamet 31-18 in the final on Saturday in a one-side game that was 18-9 at half time."I am really happy with the championship. The players played like men and they earned the trophy," Ahly manager Assem Hammad was
Egypt's Ahly was fined $20,000 and ordered to play four continental matches without fans by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).According to Al-Ahram daily newspaper on Saturday, the decision by CAF's disciplinary committee came as a punishment for the misconduct of the Cairo giants' supporters.Ahly fans heavily threw firecrackers onto the pitch during the team's 2-0 victory over Kenya's
ReutersBarcelona must wait at least another week to wrap up the title after conceding a late goal to draw 2-2 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday while second-placed Real Madrid won 2-1 at city rivals Atletico.Victory for Barca at the San Mames and defeat for Real in the Madrid derby at the Calderon would have given the leaders an unassailable 16-point advantage with five La Liga matches left.Real's
ReutersManchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney is the richest player in the Premier League with a fortune estimated at 51 million pounds ($79.01 million), according to the Sunday Times newspaper's sporting rich list.Twenty-four Premier League players are among the top 100 richest sportsmen in Britain and Ireland.Rooney's fortune has risen by six million pounds from 2012 and his
English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur are contemplating signing Egypt's promising forward Mohamed Salah in the summer, the Daily Mail said on Friday.
The 20-year-old helped Swiss side Basel knock Tottenham out of the Europa League quarter-finals after putting in some superb displays.
He impressed in the first leg with his roving runs and catchy feints before finding the net in the
Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has blamed fatigue for the team's dull display in Thursday's 1-0 Egyptian Premier League victory over Wadi Degla.
The Red Devils needed a glancing header from forward El-Sayed Hamdi on the stroke of halftime to claim all three points after a mediocre display behind closed doors.
"We were affected by a state of fatigue. I hoped we would have some rest following the
Arsenal will keep with tradition and form a guard of honour for new Premier League champions Manchester United when the sides meet at The Emirates on Sunday
Saturday 27 April Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) 16:00 Barnsley vs. Hull City Mohamed Nagy "Gedo," (Hull City) 16:00 Barnsley vs. Hull City Ahmed Fathi (Hull City) 16:00 Barnsley vs. Hull City Ahmed Abou Mosallam (Lierse) 20:00 Lierse vs. Mons-Bergen Mostafa Shebeita (Lierse) 20:00 Lierse vs. Mons-Bergen Ahmed Samir Farag (Lierse) 20:00 Lierse vs. Mons-Bergen Sunday 28 April
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Bayern Munich's 4-0 rout of Barcelona in a Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday was partly down to two goals that should have been chalked off, said assistant coach Jordi Roura.Mario Gomez looked marginally offside when he turned in Thomas Mueller's header from close range for the second goal in the 49th minute.The two-goal Mueller also appeared to obstruct Jordi Alba when the full
ReutersBarcelona centre half Gerard Pique acknowledged his team were thoroughly second best as Bayern Munich romped to a 4-0 win in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday."They gave us a thrashing," he said. "We will try to turn it around in the return leg (on May 1) and put in a good performance for the fans."They were better and faster than us. There is no
English football legend Gary Lineker lamented the poor showing by Spanish giants and four-time European Champions Barcelona after their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday."It seems that it's Barcelona who need [Pep] Guardiola, not Bayern Munich. Bayern are doing very well," the former Barcelona and Tottenham midfielder told Al Jazeera's
AFPGreece has pulled two ancient statues from an ongoing Olympic Games exhibition in Qatar in a dispute over nudity, a culture ministry source said on Tuesday.“The statues have already returned to Greece,” a culture ministry source told AFP, adding: “Organisers in Qatar wanted to cover up the statues’ members with black cloth. So they were never put on display, they went