HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014


Arsenal down Man City to win Community Shield at Wembley

Arsenal delivered a rousing demonstration of their Premier League title credentials by overwhelming league champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

Arsenal's Vermaelen agrees Barcelona move

Barcelona signed Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen on Saturday beating Manchester United in the race who had been eagerly trying to get the defender on board too.

AFC bans two players for doping violations

Avchiev Takhir of Kyrgyzstan and Doan Ngoc Hao of Vietnam have been hit with two-year bans for doping offences, the Asian Football Confederation has announced.

Manchester City set to clash with Arsenal for Community Shield

Premier League champions Manchester City will be without eight players for Sunday's Community Shield clash with Arsenal at Wembley, the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season.

Inter Milan get debutants Stjarnan in Europa League playoffs

Italian giants Inter Milan will play European debutants Stjarnan for a place in the Europa League group stage. In the playoffs draw on Friday, three-time competition winners Inter were sent to Iceland for the first-leg match on August 21.

Bale looking forward to Supercup return

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is looking forward to returning 'home' next week when his side takes on Sevilla in the European Supercup.

Pepe Reina joins Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a three-year contract, the German football giants confirmed in a statement.

Luis Suarez bids to have Fifa biting ban halved

Luis Suarez on Friday pleaded his case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to halve his four-month Fifa ban for biting, boosted by a strong show of support from the world players' union.

Napoli face Athletic Bilbao in Champions League playoff round

Napoli, bidding to reach the Champions League group stage for the third time and the second in a row, were handed a daunting tie against Athletic Bilbao in the draw for the playoff round on Friday.

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba retires from internationals

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba announced his international retirement on Friday after scoring 61 goals in 103 appearances for his country. The Chelsea forward was a fixture in the national side for 12 years, playing in three World Cups.

US star Landon Donovan to retire after 2014 MLS season

Landon Donovan, the United States' all-time top scorer, will retire from the game at the end of the current Major League Soccer season, the player said on Thursday.

Bayern manager Guardiola angry after loss in 'friendly'

Angry Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola did not shake hands with his opposite number after his star-studded side lost to the MLS All-Star team in a fierce friendly in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday.

Xavi Hernandez retires from Spanish national team

Xavi Hernandez, Spain's leading playmaker in its run of three major titles, has retired from international duty after a disappointing World Cup.

Rodgers rules out Liverpool bid for Balotelli

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has rejected speculation linking him with a bid for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. 'Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool,' said an emphatic rodgers.

Qatar World Cup 'ludicrous' says Lineker

Former England striker Gary Lineker has accused Fifa of 'nauseating' corruption and said the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was 'ludicrous'.
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