Jese Rodriguez's strike sends Real Madrid into King's Cup semi-finals

Espanyol's goalkeeper Francisco "Kiko" Casilla makes a save during their Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Photo: AP

Real Madrid eased into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 win over Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu to progress 2-0 on aggregate.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 11:11pm

Self-belief fuels Chelsea's title charge, says Lampard

Chelsea's Frank Lampard (left) competes with Stoke City's Peter Crouch in their English FA Cup clash. Lampard say their victory  gave the Blues a confidence boost. Photo: AP

Frank Lampard believes there is a growing self-belief within the Chelsea squad ahead of their London derby against his former club West Ham in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Chelsea lie third in the division, behind Manchester City and leaders Arsenal.

28 Jan 2014 - 11:42pm

Letters to the Editor, May 31, 2013

Displaced Rohingya in a camp in Sittwe, Burma. Photo: AFP

Unseen forces pushing for incinerator site

Gina Chan Fung-chun ("Unbiased ruling for island waste site", May 25) is right to be suspicious of the Environmental Protection Department's motives in choosing Shek Kwu Chau, which is so obviously the wrong place to build an incinerator.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Bale bags awards treble with writers' honour

Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale completed a notable treble after being voted the 2013 Footballer of the Year by England's Football Writers' Association.

The 23-year-old Wales international topped the journalists' poll by a narrow margin with Manchester United's Robin van Persie, last season's winner when at Arsenal, the runner-up.

3 May 2013 - 4:48am

Football: 'Red Devils' rallying point in divided Belgium

Macedonia's defender Stefan Ristovski (L) and Belgium's forward Kevin Mirallas (C) fight for the ball during the 2014 World Cup qualifying football match between Belgium and Macedonia. Photo: AFP

The success of their ’Red Devils’ is a rare rallying point for football mad Belgium, otherwise deeply divided between its Flemish-speaking north and a Francophone south ahead of general elections next year.

30 Mar 2013 - 10:37am

Match-fixing scandal a wake-up call for football

A press conference was held after the police smashed a criminal network suspected of fixing 380 football matches, including in the Champions League and World Cup qualifiers. Photo: AFP

Match-fixing is probably as old as gambling, legal or illegal, in professional team sport. But it has never before been exposed on the scale of the claim by Europol - the European police - to have cracked a Singapore-based criminal betting cartel linked to 680 suspicious championship football matches.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:08am

Dutch youth football linesman dies after attack

The clubhouse of Dutch soccer club SC Buitenboys in Almere, Netherlands. Photo: EPA

A Dutch linesman officiating in his son’s youth football match was beaten and kicked by several players after the game and died the next day.

4 Dec 2012 - 10:05am

Man City and Everton suffer League Cup exits

Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov shoots to score the second goal in a match against Aston Villa on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Premier League champions Manchester City and in-form Everton were both sent packing from the League Cup on Tuesday, their respective managers paying the price for making wholesale changes to their starting line-ups for the third round ties.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Restructure could boost development of young players

Restructure could boost development of young players

By setting up four divisions in a straightforward ladder, could this be a prelude to professionalism and a portent that the Hong Kong Football Association has played a killer pass? Whether this move will produce the desired goals,  we will  have to wait and see.

31 Aug 2012 - 8:28am

Arsenal raise the roof - and fill the coffers

In the end, yesterday's Arsenal-Kitchee clash was about so much more than a game, it was about the future.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New-look Pegasus aiming to fly high again

League runners-up TSW Pegasus will play under the name of Sun Pegasus next season after securing a new sponsor and undergoing a team and management shake-up.

Team officials set a season target of a top-three league finish and at least one cup title when the side started their pre-season training at Shek Kip Mei Sports Ground yesterday.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Chan to make most of second chance

Troubled striker Chan Siu-ki is aiming to put his troubles behind him as he starts a second career playing for Chinese First Division side Sunray Cave.

The Hong Kong international confirmed yesterday he would join the Guangdong side for 18 months.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Low-key pre-season start for Caroliners' new faces

South China, once the team to beat in domestic competitions, started their pre-season quietly yesterday after ending last term without silverware for the first time under convenor Steven Lo Kit-sing.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Top-scoring mainlanders secure 360 HKU places

The University of Hong Kong admitted more than 360 mainlanders into its undergraduate programme, starting in September, out of its biggest-ever pool of 12,438 applicants. Among the successful applicants were 10 top provincial scorers, and 11 top city scorers.

Education discussionsstart of Legco campaign

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Injured Hayley Chan in race against time

The Hong Kong Windsurfing Association is confdent Hayley Chan Hei-man will be fit in time for the Olympics as she struggles to recover from three broken ribs.

Chan, 21, (pictured) who sacrificed a year's study at the University of Hong Kong to train for the chance to compete in London, suffered a training accident in England earlier this month.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am