FC Krylia Sovetov Samara target victory in Lunar New Year AET Cup

Samara midfielder Igor Semshov (centre) trains with his team at a practice session yesterday at Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: Dickson Lee

Russian Super League side FC Krylia Sovetov Samara arrived in Hong Kong yesterday with one thing on their minds - winning the Lunar New Year AET Cup.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 10:30pm

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.

Jese Rodriguez got the only goal of the game after just eight minutes as Madrid set a club record by not conceding for the eighth consecutive game.

29 Jan 2014 - 11:11pm

French sports minister mistakes Ronaldo...for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo playing at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photo: EPA

Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron was left red-faced this week when confusing Ronaldo, the legendary Brazilian striker and former World Cup winner, with his Portuguese namesake, Real Madrid star Cristiano.

9 Nov 2013 - 2:15pm

Beckham says support from Fergie revived his career

David Beckham has praised Alex Ferguson's strong leadership. Photo: AFP

David Beckham hailed Alex Ferguson for helping get his career back on track after his infamous 1998 World Cup sending-off made him a hate figure in England.

In an interview with The Times newspaper, Beckham said the Manchester United manager was a tower of strength as he dealt with national vilification.

26 Oct 2013 - 4:28pm

England, Montenegro set for night of nerves

Roy Hodgson watches a training session ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Montenegro at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. Photo: Reuters

England’s chances of securing automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup in Brazil will be in the balance when they host Montenegro in their penultimate qualifying match on Friday.

10 Oct 2013 - 10:28am

Jagielka backs Baines to plug Cole hole

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero being challenged by Everton's Phil Jagielka, who has backed Leighton Baines to stand in for Ashley Cole. Photo: AFP

Phil Jagielka has backed Everton colleague Leighton Baines to prove an able deputy for the injured Ashley Cole in England’s penultimate World Cup qualifier at home to Montenegro on Friday.

Chelsea defender Cole has been ruled out of the game due to a rib injury and could also miss England’s final Group H game at home to Poland next Tuesday.

9 Oct 2013 - 10:38am

Australia’s A-League considering Asian expansion

Sydney player Alessandro del Piero in action during a match between the Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC in Brisbane. Photo: EPA

Australia’s domestic A-League could eventually expand into Asia with Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia showing interest, senior officials said on Tuesday.

The league currently has just 10 teams and while a move to expand is not imminent, it could reportedly stage games in Asia as soon as the next year-15 season.

8 Oct 2013 - 3:27pm

Sunderland take gamble and hire Poyet as manager

Gus Poyet has been appointed manager of Sunderland. Photo: AFP

Gus Poyet was hired as Sunderland’s sixth permanent manager in less than five years on Tuesday with the task of reviving the English Premier League club’s fortunes.

8 Oct 2013 - 6:10pm

Injured Cole to miss England’s World Cup qualifier

Ashley Cole has complained of a problem with his ribs. Photo: AFP

England will be without left back Ashley Cole for their penultimate World Cup qualifier against Montenegro this Friday.

Cole complained of a rib problem during Chelsea’s Premier League victory at Norwich on Sunday and scans on Monday confirmed he won’t be fit for the match at Wembley Stadium.

8 Oct 2013 - 12:58pm

Moyes unfazed by United's frustrating start

David Moyes says he isn’t worried about Manchester United’s start to the season. Photo: Reuters

David Moyes insists he isn’t worried about Manchester United’s frustrating start to the season hitting a new low at Sunderland on Saturday.

Under-fire boss Moyes has endured a bumpy beginning to his first season at Old Trafford, with United slumping to 12th in the Premier League table after their worst start since 1989.

5 Oct 2013 - 5:25pm

Fifa: no Qatar decision before 2014

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a press conference in Zurich. Photo: AFP

Fifa has launched a consultation process to decide whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar away from the traditional June-July slot and will not make a decision until mid-2014 at the earliest, president Sepp Blatter said yesterday.

5 Oct 2013 - 1:47am

Spurs easily overcome Anzhi Makhachkala

Jermain Defoe scores the opening goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Anji Makhachkala. Photo: EPA

Tottenham overcame cold conditions to maintain their billing as the Europa League’s top contender thanks to a confident victory on Thursday, when a goalkeeping gaffe sparked Valencia to their first win.

4 Oct 2013 - 2:05pm

Mancini guides Galatasaray to draw at Juventus

Roberto Mancini reacts during the game Juventus. Photo: AFP

Roberto Mancini guided Galatasaray to a 2-2 draw at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, just two days after taking over as coach at the Turkish club.

Substitute Fabio Quagliarella thought he had won it for Juventus with an 87th-minute header but Umut Bulut immediately equalised.

3 Oct 2013 - 2:24pm

Real Madrid destroy Copenhagen

Ronaldo scored two goals in the rout of Copenhagen. Photo: Reuters

Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria scored two goals each for Real Madrid in a 4-0 rout of Copenhagen, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic notched a brace for Paris Saint-Germain in a 3-0 demolition of Benfica.

3 Oct 2013 - 11:25am

Bayern crush Manchester City

Bayern's Mario Goetze, right, and Manchester City's Vincent Kompany challenge for the ball. Photo: AP

Barely four months after winning the Champions League at Wembley Stadium, Bayern Munich returned to England on Wednesday and showed they are in no mood to give up Europe’s most coveted trophy.

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