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European Soccer

Transfer window ends with a fizzle rather than a bang

Kim Kallstrom's loan move to Arsenal was perhaps the most notable in England. Photo: AFP

The much-hyped deadline day in Europe’s January transfer window passed with a flurry of late deals but few signings of note on Friday, with the richest teams opting to sit tight ahead of the last few months of the season.

Saturday, 1 February, 2014, 1:40pm

Portugal defeats Russia, revives World Cup hopes

Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates after scoring against the Faroe Islands during the World Cup qualifying match in Dublin. Photo: Reuters

Portugal revived their World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Russia 1-0, while Mario Balotelli was red-carded for Italy in a 0-0 draw at the Czech Republic that put the four-time world champions closer to next year's finals.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Real Madrid prepared for Borussia Dortmund in Champions League semi

Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria. Photo: AFP

Argentina forward Angel Di Maria insists Real Madrid have learned from their group stage defeat at Borussia Dortmund and will not make the same mistake twice in Champions League semi-final, first-leg.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:18am

Juventus coach Conte slams Italian game after exit

Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller (left) and Paul Pogba of Juventus fight for the ball on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Juve were outclassed during a 2-0 first-leg defeat to the newly crowned German champions last week in Munich and, despite a far better performance in Turin in the second leg, the hosts again lost by the same scoreline.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chelsea aim to move closer to treble of European titles

Ramires, Chelsea midfielder

Chelsea can take a step closer to becoming only the fourth side to win all three of Uefa's major club competitions by cementing a place in the Europa League semi-finals when they travel to Rubin Kazan today.

11 Apr 2013 - 10:05am

Barca favourites despite key injuries, says Xavi

Xavi Hernandez. Photo: EPA

Xavi Hernandez believes Barcelona are still favourites in their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain despite a number of key injuries in defence and the possibility that Lionel Messi could also miss the second-leg.

10 Apr 2013 - 4:13am

Bayern Munich title feat reflects dominance of Europe's top teams

Bayern Munich's players lift headcoach Jupp Heynckes in the air after winning the Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt. Photo: AFP

Bayern's 1-0 victory opened up a 20-point lead over the now-deposed champions Borussia Dortmund with six games left. While the Bavarians' dominance of their domestic league is unusually pronounced, they are not alone in such feats.

8 Apr 2013 - 4:12am

Mourinho warns Real Madrid to beware of a Galatasaray miracle

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates with Sergio Ramos after scoring Real's third goal against Galatasaray in their quarter-final. Photo: Reuters

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with his side's professionalism as they all but secured their place in the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Galatasaray.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:57am

Blues face Russian test in bid for Euro sweep

Chelsea players in a training session. Chelsea will play Rubin Kazan in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal. Photo: Reuters

Chelsea will resume their quest to become the first British side to win all three major European club competitions when they host Russian hopefuls Rubin Kazan in their Europa League quarter-final, first-leg tie tonight.

4 Apr 2013 - 4:25am

Juventus captain Biffon concedes Bayern supremacy

Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger challenges Andrea Pirlo of Juventus. Photo: Reuters

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon admitted his side could have no complaints after their 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich.

4 Apr 2013 - 4:57am

Barcelona play down injury fears for Messi after draw with PSG

PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Barcelona at Parc des Princes. Photo: Reuters

PSG came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with the Catalans at the Parc des Princes in a pulsating first leg, with Blaise Matuidi's stoppage-time shot squirming through the grasp of visiting keeper Victor Valdes.

4 Apr 2013 - 11:37am

Vicente Del Bosque hails Spain for toppling France in World cup qualifier

Spanish Coach Vicente Del Bosque plays with a ball during training session at Stade de France, on the eve of his team's World Cup 2014 qualifying match against France. Photo: AFP

With three rounds of games remaining, Spain are now a point ahead of France again, just four days after conceding top spot when their 1-1 home draw with Finland was combined with France beating Georgia.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

England's fate still in our hands, says Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

England were on course to go top in group H after Wayne Rooney gave them an early lead in Podgorica, but the visitors wilted in the second half and Montenegro stormed back to equalise with 14 minutes to play.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

Ireland back youth in World Cup qualifier

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni hopes his youthful Republic of Ireland team can continue to beat the odds when Austria visit Dublin.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:15am

Spain face must-win World Cup qualifier against France

Spain's national soccer coach Vicente del Bosque. Photo: Reuters

Vicente Del Bosque's side have not lost a competitive match since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but two consecutive home draws have seen them fall behind France in this qualifying campaign.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:55pm