NEUCHATEL, Switzerland Kosovo's remarkable rise in international football is often attributed to the passion of players representing a newly-independent country but coach Bernard Challandes says it has been as much about good football as pride.
ZURICH, Feb 20 Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for the club since last month's move from Tottenham Hotspur to set up a 2-0 win at Ludogorets Razgrad in their Europa League last 32, first leg on Thursday.
Atalanta president Antonio Percassi believes it is never too early to start supporting the club, so he sends a replica shirt to every baby born in the hospitals of their home city Bergamo.
NEUCHATEL, Switzerland Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes is unhappy with the format of next month's Euro 2020 playoff ties, saying it creates complex logistical problems for his team and makes it almost impossible for their fanatical fans to attend the decisive match.
ZURICH A fund has been set up to help footballers who are left without wages when their clubs fall into financial difficulties or go out of business, global soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday.
BRUSSELS Professional footballers have too much to lose if they speak their minds on issues affecting the game, such as being ostracised or 'forgotten' if they say the wrong things, according to former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
BRUSSELS Belgian defender Vincent Kompany believes that racism in soccer can be truly tackled only when there is diversity in the boardroom, which he said was not the case at the moment.
GENEVA Players' representatives are worried that moving next year's Africa Cup of Nations to January will create difficulties for the continent's footballers, but say there is no easy solution as to how to fit the competition into the calendar.
GENEVA Rugby players from the South Pacific islands are being caught up in a tug-of-war because their European clubs place "undue pressure" on them not to play international matches, the chief executive of the global players' union said on Wednesday.
GENEVA Global football union FIFPro says it will support any soccer player who defies a International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban on political protests and statements during events at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year.