Football

The Beautiful Gamers: What are the most important football games?

From matchstick men to movie quality graphics, the football video game has come a long way in 37 years. BBC Radio 5 live has taken an in-depth look at the history of the genre in a special programme called the Beautiful Gamers, which you can watch on the BBC Sport website at 19:30 GMT on Thursday. And to mark the ...

Italian football scandal: 64 players and officials accused of tax evasion including Lavezzi, Crespo and AC Milan CEO

AC MILAN, Napoli and Lazio have dismissed their respective roles in the latest scandal to hit Italian football after dozens of players and officials were put under investigation on Tuesday. A total of 64 people, including Milan CEO Adriano Galliani, Modena coach Hernan Crespo and Paris Saint Germain striker Ezequiel Lavezzi have been targeted by an Italian police investigation into ...

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from football activities

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation. He was introduced as “the elected president of FIFA” but the Sepp Blatter who sat in front of reporters shortly after receiving an eight-year ban from football appeared very different to the confident man who had led the ...

Tottenham’s two-goal Harry Kane leads way in 4-1 rout of West Ham

Predictions have been pretty pointless so far in this topsy-turvy Premier League season but much more of this and people are going to start backing Tottenham Hotspur for a Champions League finish. After the encouragement of the performance, if not entirely the result, in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal before the international break they swatted aside a West Ham United ...

Pedro proved to be the hero for the Catalans as the wantaway winger

Barcelona can take a big step toward a fifth trophy in 2015 when they face Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup Friday, just three days after sealing the UEFA Super Cup with a remarkable 5-4 extra time win over Sevilla. Pedro Rodriguez proved to be the unlikely hero for the Catalans as the wantaway winger, who had been controversially ...

Israel says badminton player can’t get visa for worlds

The Olympic Committee of Israel says Indonesia has denied one of their athletes a visa to participate in the upcoming Badminton World Championships in Jakarta, which start Monday. OCI secretary general Gili Lustig says badminton player Misha Zilberman has not been granted a visa to enter Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim country – because he is Israeli. Zilberman ...

Backlash against corporate boxes a warning for sports stadium redevelopment

Australian sports stadiums have been warned against devoting too much space to corporate boxes as fans claw back prime seats in European football grounds. FC Barcelona, one of the world’s wealthiest sports team, is considering bringing its members – known as “Socios” – back into the middle tier of its home ground “Camp Nou” when it renovates its 99,000-seat stadium, according to ...

Eden Hazard could become the best player in the world

Eden Hazard could become the best player in the world if he heeds manager Jose Mourinho’s advice, according to new Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway. Hazard joined Chelsea from French side Lille in 2012 and has since developed into one of the world’s best players, playing a pivotal role in the club winning the Premier League and Capital One Cup ...

City prepared to meet Sterling’s $79 million valuation

Manchester City will meet Liverpool’s 50 million-pound ($79 million) asking price for Raheem Sterling, according to an exclusive report from British tabloid the Sunday Express. City previously failed with two bids in their attempts to prize away 20-year-old Sterling from Anfield, the latest a 40-million pound package that was flatly rejected by the Reds’ hierarchy Thursday. Liverpool’s American owners FSG ...

Morata sends Juventus into final at Madrid’s expense

Juventus will face Barcelona in the Champions League final after Alvaro Morata came back to haunt former club and holders Real Madrid with the precious away goal in a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their semifinal Wednesday to progress 3-2 on aggregate. With Juventus leading 2-1 from the first leg, Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half penalty had put the hosts ...