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‘I’m back where I belong’: Manchester United confirms signs Cristiano Ronaldo

LONDON: Manchester United had confirmed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year subject to international clearance. United have paid an initial 15m euros (£12.85m) to sign the 36-year-old from

Sports revival

Sports was the biggest victim of the coronavirus pandemic and events were sidelined for much of the past two years. It still remains a huge logistical and economic challenge in holding large sporting events despite the progress we have made

‘End of an era’: Sergio Ramos to leave Real Madrid after 16 years

PARIS: Sergio Ramos burst into tears as he said farewell to Real Madrid today (Thursday) after a 16-year spell in which he won 22 trophies and became one of their iconic players. The central defender joined Madrid in 2005 and

Ronaldo’s gesture

Not just in Pakistan, people all over the world follow their favorite celebrities whether they are actors, models or sportsmen. Many die-hard fans even go a step ahead emulating them and even perform acts inspired by the lifestyle celebrities. Football

All six English clubs pull out from European Super League

LONDON: The proposed European Super League appeared dead in the water after all six English clubs withdrew following a furious backlash from fans and threats from football authorities. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal were six of

Faysal Qureshi urges PM to support Pakistani footballers after FIFA ban

Pakistan’s famed actor Faysal Qureshi has requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to support football for Pakistani sports athletes after the country was banned by FIFA.  The actor took to Twitter and wrote he is looking forward to positive intervention on

FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation after headquarter takeover

GENEVA: FIFA has announced the suspension of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) after a hostile takeover of its headquarters and outside interference. In a statement, the Bureau of the FIFA Council said it has suspended the PFF with immediate effect due

Two killed as blast hits football match in Panjgur

QUETTA: At least two people were killed and seven were injured in a powerful explosion near a football stadium in Panjgur district of Balochistan on Saturday. Initial reports suggest the blast occurred following a match between two football teams of

Argentine football legend Maradona laid to rest

BUENOS AIRES: Football legend Diego Maradona has been buried in a private ceremony after a day of emotional scenes in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Only around two dozen relatives and close friends attended the final ceremony. Earlier huge crowds

FIFA president meets Trump to discuss 2026 World Cup

ZURICH: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has met United States President Donald Trump to discuss preparations for the 2026 World Cup which the country will co-host with Mexico and Canada. Infantino attended a signing ceremony this week for a diplomatic deal

French footballer Mbappe tests positive for COVID-19

PARIS: French footballer Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and will miss this week’s Nations League international match against Croatia. “Given that the result of his COVID-19 test carried out by UEFA on Monday morning showed up

Neymar among three PSG players tested positive for COVID-19

PARIS: Neymar and three Paris Saint-Germain footballers have contracted the coronavirus after the Champions League runners-up announced several positive tests. “Three Paris Saint-Germain players have confirmed positive Sars CoV2 tests and are subject to the appropriate health protocol,” PSG said

Footballer Messi expected to leave Barcelona

MADRID: Footballer Lionel Messi told Barcelona he wants to leave the club on a free transfer signalling the end of an era. The decision is expected to trigger a legal battle over a buy-out clause worth hundreds of millions of

First Mountain Girls Premier League tournament held in Hunza

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Mountain Girls Premier League’ football tournament was held in Hunza. The final was played between Gulmit Young Stars Club as they defeated Shah Talib FC 2-0 in the final. Ten teams from all over Hunza have participated

Sports goods exports increase 6.44% to over $26 million in July

ISLAMABAD: The exports of sports goods witnessed an increase of 6.44 percent during the first month of the current fiscal year 2020-21 as against the exports of the corresponding month last year. The country exported sports goods worth $26.169 million

Qatar announces schedule for 2022 World Cup

DOHA: Qatar will kick off the 2022 World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, as organisers announced the schedule for the mega tournament. In a joint statement, FIFA and Qatar’s Supreme Committee organisational body said that Qatar

Qatar inaugurates third venue for 2022 World Cup

DOHA: Qatar has inaugurated the third venue for the 2022 World Cup on schedule and is set to host matches until the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. The Education City stadium was formally inaugurated with an online programme celebrating the contribution

Brazil withdraws bid to host 2023 Women’s World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil withdrew its bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, arguing it cannot offer football governing body FIFA the required financial assurances due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Brazilian Football Confederation also said

Euro 2020 to keep original name despite switch to 2021

PARIS: The next European Championship will continue to be called Euro 2020 despite being postponed by a year to 2021, the sport’s European governing body UEFA has confirmed. The decision comes following an Executive Committee meeting of European football’s governing

Cristiano Ronaldo goes in self-isolation as teammate tests positive

TURIN: Cristiano Ronaldo has informed team Juventus he will not be returning from Madeira after team-mate Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus. Defending Serie A champion Juventus is grappling with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy as all

Real Madrid in quarantine as La Liga suspends fixtures

MADRID: Football team Real Madrid went into quarantine on Thursday as La Liga announced that Spain’s top two divisions will be suspended for at least two weeks over the coronavirus. La Liga authorities made the decision after Real Madrid confirmed

Qatar delays launch of new 2022 World Cup venue

DOHA: Qatar has postponed to next year the opening of Education City stadium, its second newly built venue for the 2022 football World Cup. The venue was due to be inaugurated when it hosted the semi-final of the Club World

Messi wins record sixth men’s Ballon d’Or award

PARIS: Lionel Messi won a record sixth men’s Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in Paris, beating Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to take the honours. Now aged 32, it is Messi’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and his sixth

Messi receives record sixth European Golden Shoe

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi picked up a record-extending sixth – and third consecutive – European Golden Shoe award on Wednesday following his outstanding individual 2018-19 domestic campaign. The award is presented to the top goalscorer in league football across Europe,