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Barcelona 5 : 1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk - Five-star Barca destroy Donetsk

Posted Thursday, April 07, 2011 by PA

Barcelona all but secured their spot in the Champions League semi-finals and a probable showdown with arch rivals Real Madrid after building a huge 5-1 first-leg lead over Shakhtar Donetsk. Following on from Madrid's 4-0 thumping of Tottenham, Barca appear to have done all the hard work in their home quarter-final tie after another memorable European night at the Nou Camp. Andres Iniesta, Dani...Full Story »

Coca-Cola has dropped Man United striker Rooney

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

LONDON (AP)—Coca-Cola has permanently ended its relationship with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who was initially dropped from the soft drink company’s ad campaigns following allegations over his private life. The 25-year-old Rooney was the face of Coke Zero, with his image appearing on cans and bottles, until last September, when he reportedly cheated on his then-pregnant...Full Story »

Raul plans to increase haul as Schalke stun Inter

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BERLIN (AFP) - Schalke 04's veteran Spain striker Raul is hoping to add to his record tally of Champions League goals having netted for the 72nd time in all European competitions in Tuesday's 5-2 hammering of holders Inter Milan. His 53rd-minute strike at Milan's San Siro stadium in the quarter-final, first-leg, was the 33-year-old's fourth Champions League goal this season. The all-time Champ...Full Story »

Putin demands strong Russian team for 2018

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday set the country's sports ministry and Russian Football Union (RFU) the task of preparing a strong team for the 2018 World Cup. "We should prepare a strong national team for the 2018 World Cup," Putin said at a meeting of 2018 World Cup organising board. "We all understand that this task could not be solved in one or just two yea...Full Story »

Boss Nerlinger says Bayern will improve defence

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BERLIN (AFP) - Bayern Munich's director of sport Christian Nerlinger said Wednesday the Bavarian giants will strengthen their defence at the end of the season, but dismissed reports they will rebuild their team. "We must act to improve the defence and we will make one or two changes this summer," Nerlinger told German magazine Sport Bild. "In total, there are three positions we have to think a...Full Story »

Egyptian FA says league will resume on April 13

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

CAIRO (AP)—The Egyptian league will resume next week as planned, the country’s football association said Wednesday, despite a violent riot by fans at an African Champions League game in Cairo last weekend. Following a meeting Tuesday which involved new Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, the Egyptian Football Association said the domestic league would return April 13. Saturday’s vio...Full Story »

Champions League: Tuesday's quarter final first legs - in pictures

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by theguardian.com

We bring you all action from the Bernabéu as Tottenham's Champions League odyssey continues with a visit to the home of nine-time European champions Real Madrid, and from the San Siro where current holders Inter play host to Schalke A poster outside Estadio Santiago Bernabeu advertising not only today's match - but in a bold and confident move also advertising and the possible semi fin...Full Story »

Frank Lampard's d-riv-en crazy

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by The Sun

YOU'VE got to admire FRANK LAMPARD's patience. His Spanish ex-girlfriend and mum to his two children ELEN RIVAS is more demanding than a tussle with a proper Barcelona midfielder. Her latest high-maintenance antics kicked off over a car Frank bought her - because the alloy wheels were the wrong colour. A source said: "Frank is under no legal obligation to look after Elen. He does it because...Full Story »

Moscow pain can spur on Chelsea against United, says Frank Lampard

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Midfielder calls on Chelsea to 'put right' their 2008 final defeat• Carlo Ancelotti likely to play Torres and Drogba up front Frank Lampard will make his 500th appearance for Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United. Frank Lampard has admitted Chelsea have been weighed down by the "burden" of their inability to win the club's first European Cup, bu...Full Story »

Airdrie 2-1 Brechin - Play-off lift for Airdrie

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by PA

Airdrie gave their Division Two play-off hopes a boost with a hard-fought 2-1 win at second-placed Brechin. The Diamonds are now just two points behind Forfar, who occupy the last play-off place. The visitors took the lead in the 32nd minute when Brechin defender Gerard McLauchlan unfortunately turned the ball past goalkeeper Craig Nelson and into his own net. David McKenna levelled matters j...Full Story »

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