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Euro 2016: Iceland fans react after victory over England
It was the biggest game in Icelandic football history, and now they have become the smallest nation to reach the quarter finals of the European Championships. Having beaten the Netherlands to get a place in France, the team began Euro 2016 with an extraordinary draw against Goliath Portugal, prompting a sulky response of captain Cristiano Ronaldo who dismissed it as a "lucky night." Iceland then drew against Hungary, defeated Austria, and on Monday they pulled off one of the biggest shocks whe...
Lionel Messi: Argentina forward retires from international football
Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years. "It's not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," the 29-year-old said after defeat by Chile at the Copa America. With Barcelona, Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues. But his only major international honour is 2008 Olympic gold. Argentina were beaten 1...
Germany impress in easy victory over Slovakia
Germany enhanced their status as favourites for Euro 2016 as they overwhelmed Slovakia in Lille to set up a quarter-final against Italy or Spain. Centre-back Jerome Boateng gave the world champions an eighth-minute lead with a superb 25-yard volley before Mario Gomez poked in the second. Julian Draxler, who provided a superb assist for the second, made it 3-0 with a near-post volley after the break. Mesut Ozil also missed a penalty for Germany in the 14th minute. Slovakia's best chance fell ...
France survive scare to beat Republic of Ireland
Hosts France came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland, who finished with 10 men, and reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. The Republic got off to a stunning start, leading in the second minute, as Robbie Brady converted a penalty after Shane Long was fouled in the box. But the French hit back through Antoine Griezmann, who nodded in the equaliser before driving in the winning goal. Shane Duffy was then sent off for a professional foul on Griezmann. Didier Deschamps' side will face ...
Russia doping: New Wada report reveals obstructions to testing
Anti-doping officials in Russia are being stopped from testing athletes and are also being threatened by security services, says a new report. The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) made its latest claims two days before Russia finds out whether it can send athletes to the 2016 Rio Olympics. They were banned from international competition after Wada accused Russia of state-sponsored doping. Athletics chiefs meet on Friday to decide whether to lift the ban.
Fifa: Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke & Markus Kattner 'awarded themselves £55m'
Former high-ranking Fifa officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves pay rises and bonuses worth $80m (£55m) over five years, say Fifa lawyers. Football's governing body revealed the contracts of ex-president Blatter, fired ex-secretary general Valcke and sacked former finance director Kattner one day after a Swiss police raid. Fifa's lawyers said there was evidence that the trio made "a coordinated effort" to "enrich themselves" between 2011 and 2015. Do...
Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend in hospital with respiratory issue
Boxing great Muhammad Ali is being treated in a hospital for a respiratory issue, a spokesman for the former world heavyweight champion has confirmed. Ali, 74, is being treated by doctors as a precaution and is described as being in a "fair condition". A brief hospital stay is expected. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, after quitting boxing. The three-time world champion was last hospitalised in January 2015following a severe urinary tract infection. A family spokes...
Lewis Hamilton wins epic Monaco Grand Prix over Daniel Ricciardo
Lewis Hamilton took a superb victory in a close battle with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in a thrilling Monaco Grand Prix to re-ignite his title campaign. Hamilton's first win this year cut his deficit to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished seventh, to 24 points. The world champion benefited from a slow pit stop for Ricciardo but also from his own brave call to delay a tyre change on a drying track until he could go straight to slick tyres. He then had to defend from Ricciardo for 45...
Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid had more experience, says forward
Real Madrid had more "experience" than their defeated Champions League final opponents Atletico Madrid, said match-winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal forward scored the decisive penalty in Real's 5-3 shootout win after Juanfran missed for Atletico. The win - after the match had finished 1-1 - brought Real's 11th European title and their second in three years, coming against the same opposition. "It is a fantastic night for us," said Ronaldo, 31. "Our team showed more experience and we sh...
Jose Mourinho: Man Utd confirm former Chelsea boss as new manager
Jose Mourinho has been officially confirmed as Manchester United manager and has signed a three-year contract. He replaces Dutchman Louis van Van Gaal, who was dismissed on Monday,two days after the club's FA Cup win. "Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today," said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Mourinho, 53, said: "To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world." He said he had always...
Jose Mourinho: Manchester United to appoint former Chelsea boss
Manchester United are set to appoint Jose Mourinho as their new manager, BBC Sport understands. It is believed a deal with the 53-year-old Portuguese was agreed in principle before United's FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace on Saturday. With United failing to qualify for the Champions League under Louis van Gaal, the Old Trafford hierarchy is thought to have decided a change is required. Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December. The club plan t...
Aston Villa takeover: Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia agrees £60m deal
Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia has agreed to buy relegated Aston Villa for £60m. The deal, which is subject to Football League approval, would see Xia take 100% ownership and become chairman. American billionaire Randy Lerner, who bought Villa in 2006 for £62.2m, put the club up for sale in 2014. A club statement said Lerner "sought the right owner to take care of the club and restore fortunes" and believes Xia is an "excellent choice". The Midlands club's ne...
Leicester City arrive in Bangkok to heroes' welcome
Members of Premier League-winning team Leicester City have arrived in Bangkok for a celebratory tour. Leicester City, who rose from likely relegation to league champions in just one season, are owned by Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who arranged their visit. Players and staff were welcomed to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport by cheering supporters. On Monday, more than 240,00 people watched them parade in their home town. Team coach Claudio Ranieri and capt...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paris St-Germain striker will leave in summer
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave Paris St-Germain at the end of the season. The 34-year-old Sweden striker's contract with the French champions expires in the summer, and he has been linked with Manchester United, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan. "I am very proud," he said. "I came like a king, I leave like a legend but I will be back." PSG said Ibrahimovic leaves as "the greatest striker and one of the very best players in the club's history".
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