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July 16, 2018 8:39 AM Croatia face uncertain future after run to World Cup final

Croatia went all the way to the World Cup final with a gifted team led by Luka Modric, but many players are in the twilight of their career and it is not clear if coach Zlatko Dalic will stay on. Moscow (dpa) - Croatia can expect a heroes' welcome when they return home later Monday despite losing the World Cup final to France, but the future looks uncertain 4

July 13, 2018 7:26 AM Croatia's Modric fits the bill for Golden Ball award

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been pulling the strings for his side at the World Cup. Could he be the player to win the Golden Ball award as best player? Moscow (dpa) - Wanted: one Golden Ball winner. Requirements: you must make the difference in the team, be able to read the game, change the game, be a leader within the team. "That makes somebody 11

July 12, 2018 11:59 PM Bulgaria edges closer to joining euro

BRUSSELS: Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country, moved a step closer to joining the euro on Thursday. After a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels, the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) said an evaluation could be completed in "around a year". "The European Commission welcomes Bulgaria's efforts to join the eurozone 8

July 10, 2018 2:28 AM Barcelona complete 40-million-euro deal for Gremio starlet Arthur

Barcelona have signed promising Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo from Gremio for 31 million euros (36.4 million US dollars) plus nine million in variables, the club confirmed Monday. The Spanish champions agreed on a deal for the 21-year-old playmaker in March and he will help fill the gap left by Andres Iniesta and Paulinho, who both departed this summer 8

July 8, 2018 12:59 AM Niger will continue to welcome African migrants

NIAMEY: Niger will continue to be a transit country for migrants, including those entering from neighbouring Libya, President Mahamadou Issoufou said Saturday. "We are a people open to hospitality, we are a generous people. We will welcome people who are in difficulty, who are in disarray. It is the tradition of our country," President Issoufou said after 6

July 4, 2018 12:51 AM Southgate looking ahead after England penalty shootout win

MOSCOW: England manager Gareth Southgate said he "doesn't want to go home" as he called on his young side to build on their penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the World Cup last 16 on Tuesday. After a second-half penalty gave Harry Kane his sixth goal of the tournament, Yerry Mina's last-gasp header kept Colombia alive, only for England to win on penalties 9

July 2, 2018 12:42 AM World Cup winner Iniesta ends Spain career after Russia defeat

Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta confirmed on Sunday that his international career is over after 130 caps highlighted by his scoring of the winner in the 2010 World Cup final. "It is a fact that today was my last game. A wonderful chapter has ended," the 34-year-old told reporters after Spain's elimination on penalties against hosts Russia in the World 13

June 27, 2018 3:21 AM 'Probably The Best Football Beer Game'

Carlsberg’s “Probably The Best” campaign has been making a hit with Carlsberg fans and consumers. From awesome and memorable exclusive experiences to fun-filled moments to cherish a lifetime, here’s another called Carlsberg’s “Probably The Best Football Beer Game” in view of the World Cup which has hardcore footie fans and leisure supporters of the game enthused 3

June 23, 2018 11:47 PM Midfield maestros Modric, Rakitic the World Cup's best – Corluka

ROSHCHINO: Croatia can match their historic run to the World Cup semi-finals 20 years ago thanks to Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic forming the best midfield on show in Russia, according to defender Vedran Corluka. Rivals at club level with Real Madrid and Barcelona, Modric and Rakitic have teamed up at international level for over a decade. But after both netted 7

June 15, 2018 11:35 PM Ronaldo toasts new career mark after hat-trick against Spain

SOCHI: Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his delight at setting another record in his remarkable career as his hat-trick against Spain on Friday allowed him to become just the fourth player to score in four World Cups. "I am very happy, it's a nice personal record to have, one more in my career," said the Portugal captain, whose goals secured a 3-3 draw for the European 7