ABBA set to appear at football tournaments

ZURICH (Reuters) – A new penalty shootout system similar to the tennis tiebreak will be tested at the European under-17 championship, which began in Croatia on Wednesday, UEFA said.Known as ABBA, the system is designed to prevent the team that goes second from being put at the psychological disadvantage of always having to play catch-up.Currently… Continue reading ABBA set to appear at football tournaments

Indian champions threaten ‘fast unto death’ if relegated

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Surprise I-League winners Aizawl FC have threatened to “fast unto death” after finding themselves in the bizarre position of staring at relegation next season despite winning India’s top division title on Sunday. Based in India’s northeast state of Mizoram, Aizawl pulled off a massive surprise when they upstaged century-old powerhouses Mohun… Continue reading Indian champions threaten ‘fast unto death’ if relegated

Liverpool to name stand after ‘King Kenny’ Dalglish

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish is to have a stand named after him at Anfield in recognition of his contribution to the club as player and manager. The Premier League club said the Centenary Stand would be renamed later this year, on a date to be determined, in the 66-year-old Scot’s honour to… Continue reading Liverpool to name stand after ‘King Kenny’ Dalglish

Regal Ronaldo puts Real on verge of Champions League final

MADRID (Reuters) – A ruthless Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a crushing 3-0 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.The Portuguese forward put his team on the verge of their third final in four years and took his tally… Continue reading Regal Ronaldo puts Real on verge of Champions League final

Soccer – Muntari banned after racism complaint, Inter and Lazio sanctioned

MILAN (Reuters) – Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari has been banned for one game after he walked off the pitch at Cagliari on Sunday, having been booked for complaining to the referee about racist abuse in the crowd.Serie A’s disciplinary committee also said that no action would be taken against Cagliari because only around 10 supporters… Continue reading Soccer – Muntari banned after racism complaint, Inter and Lazio sanctioned

Talent-packed squad as key to Real success as Ronaldo – Ramos

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo hogged the headlines after his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid put Real Madrid on the verge of the Champions League final, although captain Sergio Ramos believes an effervescent squad was a crucial factor behind their success.Real shook off the absence of record signing Gareth Bale and an injury to Dani Carvajal… Continue reading Talent-packed squad as key to Real success as Ronaldo – Ramos