Football in France

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.

Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 4:16am

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

Spain and France keep focus before World Cup qualifying showdown

Mikael Lustig (left) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Swedish national team take part in a training session at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Sweden play Ireland tonight. Photo: Reuters

With just over a year to go until the World Cup, some of Europe's leading nations are hoping to take a major step towards sealing their places in the finals in Brazil in a busy week of qualifying.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

David Beckham plays key role in first start for Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain's David Beckham (right) and Jeremy Menez (left) lose out in a challenge for the ball with Marseille's Joey Barton at Parc des Princes stadium. Photo: AP

After a 15-minute cameo appearance from the bench as PSG beat bitter rivals Marseille 2-0 in the league on Sunday, the veteran Englishman was handed his first start for his new club as the two clubs met again in the last 16 of the French Cup.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Loew praises team, Deschamps takes heart from compliment to Les Bleus

Joachim Loew

Germany had trailed at half-time through a Mathieu Valbuena header, but Thomas Mueller equalised at the Stade de France before Sami Khedira scored the winner for Loew's side, who became the first German team to beat France in 26 years.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:45am

Billionaire Zhu Jun takes on state firms by refusing to pay Drogba and Anelka

Shanghai Shenhua's flamboyant boss, Zhu Jun, welcomes former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba at a press conference in July. Photo: Reuters

Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are not the only ones coming to grips with the hardnosed and unpredictable style of Shanghai Shenhua boss Zhu Jun . The state-run enterprises trying to renege on a deal to give him full control of the club are also facing his wrath.

5 Oct 2012 - 7:01pm 2 comments

'Make or break' season ahead, admits Diaby

Abou Diaby isn't hiding from the enormity of the season he faces ahead with Arsenal. After a series of calf and hamstring injuries limited the powerful midfielder's appearances over the past few years, he was asked yesterday whether it was 'make or break' time for him at the Emirates Stadium.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Didier Drogba received a rousing welcome from mainland soccer fans this month when the former Chelsea striker (below) arrived to take his place on the Shanghai Shenhua team. Top footballers are often feted as heroes but few can claim to have ended a civil war, which is what Drogba did in his native Ivory Coast.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

China key to expanding Arsenal's online base

Asia, especially China, will be the key to Arsenal's campaign to become a global brand with the focus on building an online fan base, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

Let's just say that my suffering was beyond imagination

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng on his treatment before he was allowed to leave China for the United States

It is a colossal task to transform the industry's habits

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Thanks to Facebook, Fabregas and I are now friends

Thanks to the wonders of social networking, Spain international midfielder Cesc Fabregas 'friended' me this week around the time of his multimillion-pound move to Barcelona from Arsenal. But becoming Facebook pal #4064 of the man listed as Francesc Fabregas Soler on his profile is no guarantee of leisurely chats over Crema Catalana and Caf?Cortado in the city's Las Ramblas district.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

First-touch Torres puts seal on Chelsea triumph

Fernando Torres delighted fans by scoring his first goal on Chelsea's Asian tour to seal a 2-0 victory in the Barclays Asia Trophy at a sold-out Hong Kong Stadium last night.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fans go home happy as Chelsea stage lively show

Fans were given a rare treat as they witnessed English Premier League giants Chelsea thrash Hong Kong champions Kitchee 4-0 in their Barclays Asia Trophy opener last night.

Although about 6,000 of the 40,000 seats at Hong Kong Stadium were not filled, the atmosphere was electric, with the white and blue chequered flags of the visiting side being waved throughout the stands.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Chelsea travelling with embarrassment of riches

Two-time African Footballer of the Year Didier Drogba and GBP50 million (HK$628 million) January signing Fernando Torres will spearhead a powerful Chelsea challenge at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong next week.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Desailly launches search for most passionate fan

French World Cup winner and former Chelsea great Marcel Desailly wants to find Hong Kong's biggest English Premier League fan.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am