Football

2016-12-10T00:00:00.000+13:00

FA fines Manchester City defender $69,000 over Instagram message

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna 40,000 pounds (NZ $69,000) for an Instagram post about a referee.

Tragic death of son-in-law spells end of Van Gaal's coaching career

The 65-year-old has turned down a lucrative offer from China.

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Wellington scored two late goals to seal the win in front of a boisterous home crowd at Westpac Stadium.

Watch: Phoenix snap Victory's six-game streak with stunning 3-0 win

Wellington scored two late goals to seal the win in front of a boisterous home crowd at Westpac Stadium.

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Somehow Almeria's Casto Espinosa stayed on the pitch after this shocking challenge on David Querol of Reus.

Video: Spanish goalkeeper escapes red card despite brutal kung-fu kick to rival's head

Somehow Almeria's goalkeeper stayed on the pitch after this shocking challenge.

Carlos Tevez

China aim to cap 'irrational' spending on footballers

The Chinese Super League has drawn criticism for the high wages on offer to foreign players.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late goal earns Manchester United draw against Liverpool

Ibrahimovic equalised late for Man United to salvage a 1-1 draw against fierce rival Liverpool.

Everton hand Manchester City devastating loss in EPL

Pep Guardiola endured the heaviest league defeat of his coaching career as Manchester City was thrashed 4-0 by Everton.

Melbourne Victory striker's red card rescinded for Phoenix clash

Besart Berisha's controversial red card against Brisbane has been overturned for his side's match in Wellington on Tuesday.

Diego Costa no loss for Chelsea as EPL leader thump Leicester

Chelsea easily coped without top-scorer Diego Costa, sweeping aside fading champion Leicester 3-0.

Arsenal routs Swansea to go third in Premier League

Arsenal swept aside Swansea 4-0 to go third in the Premier League on today, claiming only a second away win since October.

Harry Kane's hat trick leads Tottenham big EPL win over West Bromwich

Kane's hat trick gave Tottenham a club record-equaling sixth straight Premier League victory today, beating West Bromwich Albion 4-0.

Phoenix secure comfortable win over Mariners in Wellington

The Phoenix defeated Central Coast 1-0 thanks to a goal from Michael McGlinchey.

'It's a crucial week for us' - Phoenix prepare for three games in eight days

Skipper Andrew Durante is adamant the horror run of fixtures won't define his team's season.

Southampton edge Liverpool in League Cup semi-finals

Liverpool endured more cup frustration when Southampton won the first leg of their League Cup semifinal 1-0 today.

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid competes for the ball with David Rodrguez Lombn (L) of Granada CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 7, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid to rest star Cristiano Ronaldo in Copa del Rey

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will not use Cristiano Ronaldo in the second leg against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey tomorrow.

Manchester City's players celebrate their fifth goal during the FA Cup third round soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the London stadium in London, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

English FA charges Manchester City with breach of anti-doping rules

The FA says Pep Guardiola's team failed to ensure that information about players' whereabouts was accurate.

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Football's governing body's expansion to a 48-team World Cup could benefit New Zealand.

Controversial FIFA decision gives All Whites World Cup hope

Football's governing body's expansion to a 48-team World Cup could benefit New Zealand.

US in talks with Mexico for joint bid at hosting biggest FIFA World Cup ever

FIFA expanded the tournament to 48 teams from 2026, meaning new avenues are being looked at by hopeful hosts.

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With his transfer papers completed, the former All Whites striker could make his official comeback in Perth tonight.

Shane Smeltz: Wellington Phoenix are 'a work in progress'

"There's definitely room for improvement, we know that, and hopefully that's going to come sooner rather than later."

FILE - In this July 13, 2014 file photo Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger holds up the World Cup trophy as the team celebrates their 1-0 victor over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FIFA is about to make the World Cup a bigger and, it hopes, richer event even at the cost of lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

With 80 matches instead of 64, FIFA forecasts the equivalent of $1.4 billion extra income.

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after he scored the opening goal of the game during the Europa League group A soccer match between Manchester United and Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Man U to face Wigan, Chelsea draw Brentford as fourth round of FA Cup revealed

The winner of the replay between Liverpool and Plymouth will face Wolverhampton.

Cristiano Ronaldo caps emphatic 2016 season with FIFA's best player award

"2016 was the best year of my career," Ronaldo said.

Chelsea's Willian, left, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Chelsea and Peterborough United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Chelsea cruise into fourth round of FA Cup with dominant win over Peterborough

The 4-1 win was spearheaded by Pedro who scored the opening and closing goals.

Young Liverpool side fails to fire against fourth-tier Plymouth in goalless FA Cup third round draw

Coach Juergen Klopp's decision to field Liverpool's youngest ever team backfired.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud scores his side's second goal of the game battle for the ball during their FA Cup Third Round soccer match against Preston North End at Deepdale, Preston, England, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Dave Howarth/PA via AP)

Arsenal leave it late to beat Preston North End in FA Cup

Olivier Giroud scored a late winner as Arsenal came from behind to beat Preston North End 2-0 in their FA Cup match today.

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid competes for the ball with David Rodrguez Lombn (L) of Granada CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 7, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid matches Barcelona's record of 39 unbeaten games

Real Madrid tied Barcelona's Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing Granada 5-0.

Manchester United thump Reading, Wayne Rooney ties record as club's top scorer

Rooney struck in the eighth minute at Old Trafford to equal the mark set by Bobby Charlton, who was watching the game.

Manchester City's players celebrate their fifth goal during the FA Cup third round soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the London stadium in London, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Man City demolish West Ham to reach FA Cup fourth round

Manchester City swept aside West Ham 5-0 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup today.

Ivan Franjic's wonder goal gives Melbourne City A-League win over Western Sydney

The Socceroo right-back volleyed City ahead after 19 minutes with a dipping volley.

Phoenix focus on converting, move on from controversial red card of Roy Krishna

Phoenix will turn their focus into converting their chances better rather than stewing too much over a harsh red card.

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