Fifa World Cup

Soccer star Gerd Mueller's career suffered a sad crash landing

Gerd Mueller scores against the Soviet Union. Photo: AP

Lionel Messi rewrote Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for the most goals scored in a single year, but the lifestyles of "Der Bomber" and the magical Argentinian could not be more different.

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012, 2:31am

HK firm may win as soccer body seeks new partners

Putting all your eggs in one basket is not always wise, as Fifa found after its sole master product licensee for 2010's World Cup went belly up.

The world soccer federation has learnt its lesson and is now adopting a more defensive strategy in its search for partners to market its merchandise for the 2014 World Cup.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Winning edge

Creating a sporty watch isn't difficult, but sports-themed watches are a little tricker; a combination of the right association, a fitting tribute and an overall decent watch. But with the Olympics round the corner, and major sports like football, tennis and Formula One being big business, sports watches are starting to shape up.

Omega London 2012

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

New Indian league fires up blasts from the past

John Barnes lives a life on the move. After taking care of fatherly duties with his 13-month-old son at his Merseyside home this week, the former Liverpool winger hit the road to appear as a studio expert on British television coverage of the FA Cup.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Homeless footballers playing in Paris

Eight young Hongkongers have swapped a life of drug addiction for soccer shirts and the chance to represent their home town at the Homeless World Cup, which starts in Paris this afternoon.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

US soccer gets right man at last

He was so young then, a burgeoning citizen of the world, and if he was not the best soccer player on the planet he was certainly part of the conversation. And although he starred on a stoic and tactful German team that seemed to embody all of his homeland's charmless efficiency, there was nothing Teutonic about Jurgen Klinsmann.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Japan's soccer women score a winner against adversity

The final of the women's World Cup soccer tournament this month was not only a memorable event for the sport's fans. It was also a big moment for the wider world for what it showed us about women and about the Japanese.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Baresi: the maestro's voice

Franco Baresi delivers opinions with the same force and authority with which he used to dispossess strikers as one of the greatest defenders of all time. So when the AC Milan legend, who won the Champions League three times, says Barcelona have the edge over Manchester United in this Saturday's final, he's worth listening to.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

On the ball

The festive season usually provides at least some of the following: an embarrassing incident at the office party, weight gain, hangovers, presents that nobody would want and, of course, a glut of English Premier League football.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Jason Dasey

He was a manager with an almost pathological dislike of specialist fullbacks who replaced shrewd strategy with hugs and kisses yet could still outshine some of his players on the training pitch with precision free kicks.

1 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in Johannesburg

Sensibly, Sepp Blatter stopped short of calling South Africa 2010 the best World Cup ever. For that to be the case, the football needs to be of a significantly higher standard than the fare on offer throughout the past month.

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

'Today,' reads the slogan on huge advertising hoardings all over Johannesburg, 'this is the greatest country in the world.'

South Africans had every right to be in a boastful mood as the World Cup finals drew to a close, as the world's gaze fell on the country one last time for the 2010 tournament to watch Spain and the Netherlands do battle for the coveted crown.

12 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

FILM (1981)

Escape to Victory Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Max Von Sydow, Pele Director: John Huston

We call it 'the beautiful game'. It's the most popular sport in the world, gathering millions around the globe every four years for a month of pure excitement.

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

As the foreign fans file out of OR Tambo International Airport, packing up their vuvuzelas and following their vanquished teams on long flights home, the steady trickle back into South Africa continues for the lucky few as the climax approaches.

6 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Alvin Sallay

Sepp Blatter is a Luddite. The head of world soccer has made no secret that he is totally against modern technology. It was people like him who were against change in the 19th century, destroying mechanised looms during the Industrial Revolution.

4 Jul 2010 - 12:00am