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Del Bosque upbeat despite year to forget for Spain

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is feeling positive about 2015 despite the shock of failure at this year's World Cup and is confident he can successfully shepherd the team through qualification for Euro 2016.

A private homecoming for Atletico de Kolkata boys

When it comes to welcoming heroes, this city never fails to pull out all stops. Be it the thousands of people running along the bus that carried El Diego or the night vigil at the airport to get a glimpse of Lionel Messi.

AIFF technical panel shortlists Constantine, Herbert for top post

Seeking a national team coach on a decent budget, the All India Football Federation’s technical committee on Sunday shortlisted Englishman Stephen Constantine and New Zealander Ricki Herbert.

Real Madrid win, but Club World Cup debate is on

Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.

Atletico de Kolkata trump Kerala Blasters 1-0 to become ISL champions

Atletico de Kolkata defeated Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in the final to lift the ISL football trophy. A last gasp goal from forward Mohammed Rafique helped the Sourav Ganguly part-owned franchise clinch the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Fifa will not reopen 2018, 2022 World Cup ballots

Defiantly declaring that Fifa is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said on Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked.

Next year, ISL could be a three-month affair

As the inaugural Indian Super League season enters its final day, re-assessment of the league is finding voice. Learn and adapt seem to be the motto. Organisers have already begun the process and are planning to extend the 10-week event to three months.

Atletico de Kolkata, Kerala Blasters set for supercharged ISL final

A high voltage clash between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters promises to provide the perfect finale to the inaugural Indian Super League in Mumbai on Saturday.

Atletico de Kolkata prevail over FC Goa; advance to final

Atletico de Kolkata got their act right in the nick of time to humble crowd favourites FC Goa 4-2 in tie-breaker and advance to the final of the inaugural Indian Super League football tourney.

Kerala Blasters trump Chennaiyin, book ISL final berth

Kerala Blasters struck the match-winner deep into the extra time in a thrilling second leg semi-final to book a berth for the summit clash of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League football tournament on 4-3 aggregate over Chennaiyin FC.

Ex-France and Arsenal star Thierry Henry announces retirement

Former World Cup winner and Arsenal's record goal-scorer Thierry Henry announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, bringing an end to his a glittering 20-year career.

European football roundup: Atletico Madrid suffer rare loss, Manchester United down Liverpool

Real Madrid were the big winners in Spain as their success at Almeria was followed by a Barcelona draw and a surprise Atletico Madrid defeat.

Evergreen Luca Toni delighted to hit 300-goal mark

Luca Toni admitted his delight after hitting his 300th career goal in Hellas Verona's 2-1 win over Udinese that helped the former World Cup winner shade Antonio Di Natale in a 'battle of the veterans' in Italy's Serie A on Sunday.

EPL: Manchester United win to deepen Liverpool gloom

Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie scored as Manchester United rubbed salt into Liverpool's wounds with a crushing 3-0 home victory in the Premier League on Sunday.

Atletico squander home advantage to draw goalless with FC Goa

Atletico de Kolkata spurned the golden opportunity of making best use of home advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by FC Goa in the first-leg semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League, on Sunday.
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