Brussels: Even today the marks on a board across a gap in the hedge in a small Belgian town are evidence of the youthful Eden Hazard's eager first steps as a footballer.
Hazard and his three younger brothers grew up in a home separated from Braine-le-Comte'sRead More
An illustrious attack, an ageing defence, a safety-first approach — reigning European champions Portugal head into the 2018 FIFA World Cup shouldering the weight of expectations, having shed off their ‘underdog’ persona in the recent past.
US president Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on NATO allies, the European Union and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive G7 meeting over the weekend.
The escalating clash over trade between Washington and some of its closestRead More
A cursory glance at Germany's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup suggests that the team has enough firepower to lift the 36 cm high trophy made of solid 18-carat gold on 15 July in Russia. Die Mannschaft are defending world champions, 2017 Confederations CupRead More
Madrid: French striker Antoine Griezmann announced on Thursday he was staying put at Atletico Madrid in an eagerly awaited decision that ends intense speculation of a possible move to Barcelona.
The 27-year-old was heavily wooed by Barcelona but in the end
Lionel Messi's bid for World Cup redemption begins on Saturday when he leads Argentina against an unfancied Iceland side intent on springing a surprise in their first appearance on football's biggest stage.
Messi's eternal rival, Cristarino Ronaldo, made historyRead More
At least three people — a 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s — were killed in Japan after a strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka on Monday morning, setting off building fires, toppled concrete walls and cracked roads and water pipes. No tsunami warning wasRead More
The 32-team field in the World Cup has been cut in half, and starting Saturday, every match will end with someone going home.
France play Lionel Messi and Argentina at the Kazan Arena in Saturday's early game, followed by Uruguay and Luis Suarez against Portugal and CristianoRead More
It is often said that World Cups are not ideal homes for tactical innovations. Superior quality ultimately shines through in the month-long affair, where plucky minnows sometimes pull off an upset or two by resorting to game-breaking tactics. Shoehorning 64 matches into one or two tacticalRead More
Washington: When they met in April at the White House, President Donald Trump suggested to his French counterpart that France should quit the European Union (EU) and sign a bilateral trade deal with the US, The Washington Post reported onRead More
Réau (France): French police across the country have launched a massive manhunt for a notorious gangster who said his life of crime was inspired by Hollywood films like Scarface, after he pulled off a spectacular jailbreak Sunday, fleeing his prisonRead More
Into the last stages of the 2018 World Cup we head, but with all four semifinalist teams being from Europe, one may be tempted to write off the penultimate stage of the tournament as one without much variety.
Distinctive playing styles mark all four teams, and Saint Petersburg
Two of the World Cup's most potent attacking teams produced just one goal when France and Belgium met in Tuesday's semi-final in St Petersburg.
For the first 30 minutes or so it was all Belgium, the tournament's most prolific scoring team, with French defenders desperatelyRead More
The 2018 FIFA World Cup ended on Sunday and we are already feeling the void. In a classic final that took place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, Didier Deschamps' France overwhelmingly beat Croatia 4-2 to lift their second FIFA World Cup trophy. Strikes from AntoineRead More
JAIPUR: In response to a protest staged by the Congress against the expenses incurred by the BJP government in Rajasthan during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the state, the ruling party on Monday asked if the Congress paid for the visits of former Prime Minister ManmohanRead More
Will a time come when one can think of a destination in Chhattisgarh while planning a family vacation? And, what could that place be? "Bastar, and soon", came the reply from chief minister Raman Singh, even before the question could beRead More
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” One would think astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s decades-old opinion is no longer relevant in contemporary society, but the FIFA World Cup 2018Read More
Mataram: More than 500 hikers and their guides have been successfully evacuated from an Indonesian volcano after a deadly earthquake triggered landslides that trapped them on the mountain, officials said on Monday.
Tonnes of rock and mud were dislodged on Mount RinjaniRead More
India’s shuttlers could hardly have asked for a better opening day to their campaign in the 2018 World Badminton Championships.
Two of their men’s singles exponents (out of the four in the fray at Nanjing) and five doubles combinations vaulted their opening hurdles withRead More
Their erraticRead More
United Nations: The UN Security Council is poised to back a US proposal aimed at removing some of the hurdles that tough sanctions on North Korea have thrown up in the way of delivering humanitarian aid, according to documents obtained by AFP.
London: Chelsea shattered the world-record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday as the Premier League transfer window prepared to slam shut.
While the rest of Europe's leading leaguesRead More
Tallinn: Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions.
That came after KarimRead More