Messi returns to Barcelona training, Suarez fit again

Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi returned to the Camp Nou on Saturday after missing two group training sessions with a slight leg injury, while Luis Suarez is set to be fit for the La Liga restart next week. Messi trained alone indoors on Wednesday and Friday, but worked on the sidelines of a group session at … Continue reading Messi returns to Barcelona training, Suarez fit again

Solskjaer backs extra subs change

London (AFP) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the introduction of extra substitutions will be "welcome" when Manchester United resume their Premier League campaign later this month. The coronavirus pandemic forced the English top flight to be suspended in March. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Oli SCARFF AFP/File But even though Britain's official virus death toll … Continue reading Solskjaer backs extra subs change

Balotelli set to be released by Brescia

Rome (AFP) Mario Balotelli's ill-fated stint at hometown club Brescia appears to be coming to an end, with local media reporting Saturday his contract will be terminated after repeated absences from training. A letter notifying Balotelli of his release was sent to the Italy international by the club's lawyers on Friday, according to Sky Sport, … Continue reading Balotelli set to be released by Brescia

Freiburg hand Gladbach Champions League setback

Berlin (AFP) Borussia Moenchengladbach's push for a Champions League place was stalled by Freiburg who clinched a 1-0 win in the Bundesliga on Friday. Gladbach, enjoying their best season since 1984, remain in fourth place - the final Champions League qualifying spot - on 56 points. Waiting game: Freiburg coach Christian Streich (left) sits on … Continue reading Freiburg hand Gladbach Champions League setback

Solskjaer encouraged by return of ManUtd ‘edge’

London (AFP) Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident his side will hit the ground running when the Premier League resumes later his month. The English top-flight will be back in action in two weeks after several months of coronavirus-enforced inactivity. Confident - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Oli SCARFF AFP/File United are … Continue reading Solskjaer encouraged by return of ManUtd ‘edge’

France hopes Cup final can go ahead in front of fans

Paris (AFP) This season's postponed French Cup final could still go ahead with a limited number of spectators allowed into the stadium, the president of the French Football Federation said Friday. "That is what we are going to ask for. It is my wish anyway," Noel Le Graet told AFP. Anne-Christine POUJOULAT AFP/File "We are … Continue reading France hopes Cup final can go ahead in front of fans

Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at Anfield

London (AFP) Premier League leaders Liverpool could claim a first title for 30 years at Anfield after the initial batch of fixtures of the restart was announced on Friday. Jurgen Klopp's men, with a commanding 25-point lead at the top of the table, were just two wins away from clinching the title before coronavirus forced … Continue reading Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at Anfield

Chelsea declared English women’s champions on points-per-game

London (AFP) Chelsea were awarded the Women's Super League title on Friday as the Football Association applied a points-per-game formula to decide standings from the curtailed season. The Blues were a point behind Manchester City at the top of the table when the campaign was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, but had … Continue reading Chelsea declared English women’s champions on points-per-game

Barca confident Messi can face Mallorca, despite thigh injury

Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi has sustained a "minor" thigh injury, but Barcelona remain confident he will be fit for the team's first game back against Mallorca on June 13, the club said on Friday. Messi has not trained with the rest of the squad since Tuesday after working separately in the gym on both Wednesday … Continue reading Barca confident Messi can face Mallorca, despite thigh injury

Qatar completes third World Cup stadium

Doha (AFP) Qatar announced the completion of its third stadium for the 2022 World Cup, state media reported late Thursday, as the emirate prepared to mark three years of a regional feud. Education City stadium had been due to host the semi-final of the Club World Cup on December 18, but its opening was postponed … Continue reading Qatar completes third World Cup stadium