Italy football legend Gigi Riva dies aged 79

Luigi “Gigi” Riva, Italy’s all-time national team goalscorer, died at the age of 79, Italian media announced on Monday. Riva, nicknamed Rombo di Tuono (thunderclap) because to his strong presence and tremendous shooting, scored 35 goals in 42 national team appearances. Riva fell unwell at home in Sardinia over the weekend and was hospitalised for … Read more

Xavi cries foul after Real’s ‘remontada’

When questioned about the status of officiating in La Liga after his team’s 4-2 victory away to Real Betis on Sunday, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez did not mince words. “I have seen it…” “If we talk, we get sanctioned, but everyone saw it,” Xavi stated, alluding to Real Madrid’s difficult 3-2 comeback triumph against bottom … Read more

Milan keeper Maignan calls for sanctions to combat racism

AC Milan custodian Mike Maignan said strong measures must be applied to prevent racism after temporarily leaving the ground in protest during Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Udinese in Serie A. According to Italian media, Frenchman Maignan warned the referee before leaving the game after hearing repeated racist chanting from local spectators. His teammates followed him … Read more

‘Morsalin needs to fight for his place’

Sheikh Morsalin, one of Bangladesh football’s emerging talents, has struggled to earn a spot in the Bashundhara Kings starting XI this season, having not played a game for the club since December 11. The 19-year-old attacker came in as a substitute in their 1-0 loss to Odisha FC in the AFC Cup, and he has … Read more

Jota, Nunez send Liverpool five points clear

Liverpool overcame Mohamed Salah’s absence to go five points ahead at the top of the Premier League, with Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez scoring twice in a 4-0 victory against Bournemouth on Sunday. The Reds’ championship credentials will be challenged while their best player is overseas with Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations. However, … Read more

I don’t believe in Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best anymore: Ronaldo 

After winning three Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Friday, Al Nassr superstar Cristiano Ronaldo declared he ‘no longer believed’ in two of football’s finest individual honours. At the presentation, the 38-year-old earned the top Middle East Player honour, the Maradona honour for the top striker in 2023, and the Fans’ Favourite Player of the … Read more

Papon urges timely completion of BNS renovation

Youth and sports minister Nazmul Hassan Papon stressed on Sunday that the repair work at the country’s biggest athletic arena, the Bangabandhu National Stadium, will be completed by December. Papon relayed this instruction to the authorities involved in the BNS renovation during a review meeting with youth and sports secretary Dr Mohiuddin Ahmed, additional secretary … Read more

Infantino condemns ‘abhorrent’ racism during games in Italy, England

Following racist events in Italy and England on Saturday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for global stadium bans for fans and “automatic forfeits” for teams whose supporters hurl “abhorrent” insults. The chairman of the international governing organisation said that there is no room for prejudice in football or society as a whole. “The events … Read more