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


Mineiro lose patience with tardy Anelka

Mineiro lose patience with tardy Anelka

A shadow was cast over Anelka's prospective move to Mineiro on Monday when the striker was photographed in Kuwait at an Islamic conference, and on Tuesday, one of the club's directors withdrew their offer.

Mineiro had expected Anelka to arrive in Brazil on Monday but were told by the striker's representatives that he would not arrive until Saturday and director Eduardo Maluf said it was disrespectful to the reigning Copa Libertadores champions.

"He had ... » Read more


Primeira Liga: Estoril 1 Pacos de Ferreira 0

Primeira Liga: Estoril 1 Pacos de Ferreira 0

Joao Pedro Galvao's solitary strike was enough to hand Marco Silva's men all three points at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota.

The visitors knew that a maximum haul in the Primeira Liga encounter would have been enough to lift them out of the relegation play-off spot and into 13th.

And they made a solid enough start, looking assured in possession without troubling the home defence.

Estoril, too, were largely frustrated in attack, but the hosts made the ... » Read more


Turkish Super Lig Wrap: Fenerbahce move step closer to title

Turkish Super Lig Wrap: Fenerbahce move step closer to title

With nearest rivals Besiktas and Galatasaray both dropping points in Round 29 of action, Fenerbahce's victory put them 12 points clear with just five matches remaining.

Caner Erkin handed the high-flying hosts a 21st-minute lead, but they were pegged back by Isaac Promise's strike 10 minutes later.

Michal Kadlec restored their advantage seven minutes before the break, and the Czech added a third with a minute to go.

In the final ... » Read more


Russian Premier League Wrap: Hulk treble sends Zenit top as Lokomotiv held

Russian Premier League Wrap: Hulk treble sends Zenit top as Lokomotiv held

Andre Villas-Boas has made a perfect start to life in Russia, with Saturday's victory Zenit's fourth in as many matches under the Portuguese coach.

Hulk put them ahead in the 21st minute, but the visitors were level seven minutes after the interval through Joaozinho.

Parity lasted just 12 minutes though, as Hulk netted his second, and after Jose Rondon added a third, the Brazilian forward completed his treble in stoppage time.

That win sent Zenit two ... » Read more


FIFPro prepare for legal battle

FIFPro prepare for legal battle

The union presented details of their challenge in front of the European General Assembly in Dublin on Monday as part of an effort to gather support across Europe.

A statement released on FIFPro's official website underlined the objectives of the union's challenges, including the intention to "eliminate ineffective and unsustainable financial practises such as inflated agent fees and third-party ownership".

Secretary general Theo van ... » Read more