Messi Fined for Maradona Tribute Celebration

Lionel Messi and Barcelona have been fined a combined 780 euros ($943) after the player was shown a yellow card for lifting his shirt to pay tribute to the late Diego Maradona following his goal in Sunday's 4-0 win over Osasuna. Messi, who was fined 600 euros while his club were fined 180, paid h


Diop, who Delivered Memorable World Cup Upset, Dies at 42

Papa Bouba Diop, the tall Senegal midfielder who scored the goal that delivered one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, has died. He was 42. "FIFA is saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop,” the sport's governing body said Sunday. Diop was the hero when


Ibrahimovic Drops Sweden Return Hint Ahead of Euros

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Wednesday that he missed playing for Sweden and hinted that he may be open to a return to the national side for next year's Euros. The 39-year-old, who retired from international football after the World Cup in 2016, opened the door for a return after b


Football Legend Maradona Dies at 60

Diego Maradona, the Argentine football great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60. The office of Argentina's president will decree three days of national mourning because o


Salah Available Again for Liverpool in Champions League

Mohamed Salah is available to play for Liverpool in the Champions League match against Atalanta on Wednesday after returning to training following repeated negative tests for the coronavirus. The Egypt forward twice tested positive for COVID-19 during the international break and missed the 3-0 wi


Football: Juventus’ Turkish defender Demiral injured

Italian football side Juventus defender Merih Demiral has been sidelined for approximately 10 days after he got injured, the club said on Monday. "Merih Demiral was subjected to magnetic resonance imaging at J|Medical today, which revealed an elongation of the right iliopsoas muscle. The expected


Football: Roma forward Dzeko recovers from COVID-19

Edin Dzeko of Italian football club Roma tested negative for coronavirus, the footballer confirmed on Monday. "Finally, negative! I can’t wait to get back in training with my teammates and help them playing so well," Dzeko said on Twitter. On Nov. 6, the Bosnian player announced he had con


Barcelona Rests Messi, De Jong in Champions League Match

The Champions League has been Barcelona’s safe haven this season, so much so that the club will leave Lionel Messi at home for Tuesday's match in Ukraine. Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is resting Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the game against Dynamo Kyiv, when the Catalan club ca


Klopp Says Salah to Return after Negative Coronavirus Test

Mohamed Salah is set to return to training with Liverpool following a negative test for COVID-19, manager Jurgen Klopp said. Salah missed the 3-0 win over Leicester on Sunday following two positive tests for the coronavirus during the international break while on duty with Egypt. “I think


Borussia Dortmund midfielder Reyna extends his deal

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Giovanni Reyna on Friday extended his contract with the German football club. Dortmund said on the website that the new deal will keep the 18-year-old US player at the Signal Iduna Park until June 30, 2025. Reyna said that Dortmund is a big club and title contender i


COVID-19: Liverpool’s Salah tests positive again

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's second coronavirus test came back positive, the Egyptian football body said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Egyptian Football Federation said that the 28-year-old winger underwent a new swab test after he tested positive for the virus on Friday. It was said that


Galatasaray players Arda, Babel contract virus

A pair of Galatasaray players, Arda Turan and Ryan Babel, tested positive Tuesday for the novel coronavirus. Midfielder Turan from Turkey said on Instagram he is at a hospital receiving treatment and is isolated. Galatasaray reported three players tested positive for the


Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez contracts coronavirus

Spanish football club Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan star Luis Suarez tested positive for the novel coronavirus Monday. The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) confirmed the 33-year-old forward’s condition in a statement. Suarez was in the national team camp as Uruguay will face Brazil in th


Football: Former Barcelona star Mascherano retires

Former Barcelona player Javier Mascherano has retired from football. The decision was announced in a statement by Argentina's Estudiantes, his latest club, on Sunday. "I want to thank this club that gave me the opportunity to finish my career in Argentina," he was quoted as saying on their Insta


Football: Fenerbahce forward Valencia contracts virus

Turkish football club Fenerbahce announced Saturday that their forward Enner Valencia tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a statement, the Yellow Canaries said Valencia, who is currently in his national team camp, had contracted the virus. Signing a three-year deal, Valencia joined Fen


Egypt Team Doctor Says Salah Has Mild Coronavirus Symptoms

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has mild symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus and is due to spend at least the next week self-isolating in Egypt, the national team doctor said Saturday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Mohamed Abou Elela said Salah's attendance at his bro


Galatasaray defender Elabdellaoui contracts coronavirus

Turkish football club Galatasaray defender Omar Elabdellaoui tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Norwegian Football Federation confirmed on Friday. The federation said that Elabdellaoui was in good spirits and isolated from the rest of the squad. In August, Norwegian right-back Elabde


Neymar to Miss Brazil's Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers

Paris St. Germain striker Neymar has been ruled out of Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay next week in Montevideo. The forward arrived in Brazil with a leg injury and although he was certain to miss Friday’s game against Venezuela in Sao Paulo, the national team’s doct




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