CSL Preview: Guangzhou goals lighting up league

CSL Preview: Guangzhou goals lighting up league

Evergrande and R&F - first and fourth respectively - have hit the back of the net 45 times between them across the first eight rounds of fixtures, meaning they have managed two more goals than the rest of the top six put together.

Elkeson has led the way with six goals for the current league leaders, while Dong Xuesheng and Gao Lin have both chipped in with four strikes apiece.

Marcello Lippi will be hoping his menacing attack can deliver the goods once again on ... » Read more


J.League Preview: Sanfrecce face Sagan test, Kashima Antlers host Shimizu

J.League Preview: Sanfrecce face Sagan test, Kashima Antlers host Shimizu

Hajime Moriyasu's men are aiming to secure a third consecutive Japanese top-flight crown but have slipped up in recent weeks.

A goalless draw with Albirex Niigata was followed by a 3-0 home defeat to Kashima Antlers on Saturday, leaving Sanfrecce fourth, albeit only a point behind the top three.

Sagan are one of the sides above Sanfrecce and should be full of confidence after winning their last three league games.

Leaders Kashima host a Shimizu S-Pulse team ... » Read more


Hodgson wants bigger gap to World Cup

Hodgson wants bigger gap to World Cup

The Premier League campaign reaches its climax on May 11, although several England players could be involved in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals which take place on the following two weekends.

Hodgson will name a provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup in mid-May, before England host Peru in a friendly at Wembley on May 30.

Following that, England's squad will be trimmed down to 23 men ahead of their World Cup curtain-raiser with Italy on June ... » Read more


Liga MX Wrap: Pachuca, Leon reach play-offs

Liga MX Wrap: Pachuca, Leon reach play-offs

Enrique Meza's Pachuca booked their spot in the last eight courtesy of a dramatic 4-3 win over Queretaro at the Estadio La Corregidora on Friday.

The win was enough for Pachuca (24 points, +2) to jump to sixth in the standings, ahead of Leon (23 points, +6), who were 2-1 winners against seventh-placed Tijuana (24 points, -6).

Queretaro and Pachuca were both battling for a spot in the finals but it was the home side that were on track for the play-offs thanks to a ... » Read more


Uruguay Primera Division Wrap: Wanderers maintain pressure, Penarol stay top

Uruguay Primera Division Wrap: Wanderers maintain pressure, Penarol stay top

After Sud America had moved ahead through Nicolas Royon, Emanuel Centurion became the first man to see red for the visitors shortly after the half-hour mark.

Subsitute Nicolas Albarracin had an instant impact as he found the net a minute after the break for Wanderers, before Sergio Blanco put the hosts in front 20 minutes later.

Sud America's ill-discipline continued as they saw both Maximiliano Pereiro and Adrian Argacha given their marching orders for second ... » Read more


Belgium must approach World Cup with humility, says Courtois

Belgium must approach World Cup with humility, says Courtois

Belgium reached the finals for the first time since 2002 by finishing top of their qualifying pool and are expected to perform well at the tournament, which starts in Brazil on June 12.

Marc Wilmots' men have been drawn in Group H for the finals alongside Algeria, Russia and South Korea and will be fancied to progress to the last 16. 

However, Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Courtois, who is on loan at the Spanish club from Chelsea, feels Belgium need to approach ... » Read more


Brazil Serie A Wrap: Fluminense, Sao Paulo win big

Brazil Serie A Wrap: Fluminense, Sao Paulo win big

Cristovao Borges' Fluminense eased to a 3-0 victory over newly promoted Figueirense on Saturday, while Sao Paulo accounted for Botafogo by the same scoreline on Sunday.

Fluminense finished a disappointing 15th last season, just two points above the relegation zone but the Rio-based outfit got their season off to the perfect start at the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho.

Star man Rafael Sobis got Fluminense on their way with a 31st-minute opener before Fred doubled the ... » Read more


New MLS franchise for Atlanta

New MLS franchise for Atlanta

Arthur Blank - owner of NFL outfit the Atlanta Falcons - made the announcement along with league commissioner Don Garber in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday.

The franchise is the latest to be announced as part of the competition's expansion, with New York City and Orlando City set to join next year, and David Beckham's Miami-based operation pencilled in as future entrants.

Garber last year revealed plans to expand the league to 24 teams by 2020 - 19 currently take ... » Read more


Del Nero elected CBF president

Del Nero elected CBF president

Del Nero, currently president of Brazilian club Figueirense, will take up his position in 2015 having been elected unopposed on Wednesday. 

He will take over from incumbent Jose Maria Marin - who had held the position since 2012 and is the man responsible for delivering this year's FIFA World Cup.

Del Nero, the current vice president, promised "administrative continuity" on being handed the post.

"In all these years, as a sports director, ... » Read more


Cibulkova, Mayr-Achleitner secure progression in Malaysia

Cibulkova, Mayr-Achleitner secure progression in Malaysia

The Australian Open finalist already has a WTA singles title to her name this year and is on course to add to her Acapulco success after a 6-1 6-3 victory over the Turkish qualifier.

Cibulkova was always likely to be too strong for the world number 216 and so it proved as she raced into a 5-0 lead before wrapping up the opening set in 27 minutes at the WTA International hard-court event.

The second was a trickier test for the Slovakian who found herself 2-1 and 3-2 down ... » Read more