How Scotland have fared when facing an opponent for the first time

Scotland take on Kazakhstan for the first time in Astana on Thursday. Alex McLeish’s side will be looking for a positive start to their 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign. Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Scotland fared in the previous five games where they came up against an opposition side for the first time. Scotland… Continue reading How Scotland have fared when facing an opponent for the first time

Women’s World Cup: Record nine countries tell Fifa they want to host in 2023

England go into this summer’s World Cup buoyed by victory in the four-nation SheBelieves Cup A record nine countries have told Fifa they want to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa have formally declared their interest. A joint bid for the tournament could also be made by North and South Korea. World football’s governing … Continue reading Women’s World Cup: Record nine countries tell Fifa they want to host in 2023

Aron Gunnarsson: Cardiff City midfielder set to leave at end of season

Aron Gunnarsson joined Cardiff City on a free transfer from Coventry City in July 2011. Cardiff City midfielder Aron Gunnarsson is set to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires. The 29-year-old signed a one-year extension following promotion to the Premier League last year but has now been linked with Qatari club Al-Arabi. The Iceland captain would join former … Continue reading Aron Gunnarsson: Cardiff City midfielder set to leave at end of season

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak’s comment on black players ‘smells of racism’

Pavel Pogrebnyak played in England for Fulham and Reading Former Fulham and Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak’s comment that it is “laughable” to have black players in the Russian national team has been condemned by Russian president Vladimir Putin’s human rights adviser. Mikhail Fedotov, head of the presidential Human Rights Council, said the former Fulham and Russia striker’s view “smelt of racism”. “I believe that any … Continue reading Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak’s comment on black players ‘smells of racism’

Hudson-Odoi determined to make an impact after receiving first England call-up

Callum Hudson-Odoi was “shocked” when told he had won his first England call-up – but is determined to “make an impact” with the national team. Part of the side that won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, the Chelsea winger has been subject of sustained interest from Bayern Munich, having made his first-team breakthrough at… Continue reading Hudson-Odoi determined to make an impact after receiving first England call-up

Manchester United legend Giggs hits back at Ibrahimovic criticism

Following two straight losses, the FC crew weigh up the pros and cons of making Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United’s permanent manager. Wolves comfortably beat a listless Manchester United 2-1 at Molineux to move on to the semifinals of the FA Cup. Despite them being big underdogs, Alejandro Moreno believes Manchester United have more of a chance than people think in their quarterfinal Champions League … Continue reading Manchester United legend Giggs hits back at Ibrahimovic criticism

Football gossip: Mane, Messi, Ronaldo, Hazard, Beckham, Sanchez, Suarez

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants to sign Liverpool’s Senegalese forward Sadio Mane, 26, in the summer. (France Football) Chelsea have rejected an initial offer from La Liga side Real Madrid for Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 28. (Daily Record) Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is expected to complete a takeover of cycling outfit Team Sky, is still interested in buying Chelsea but has baulked at … Continue reading Football gossip: Mane, Messi, Ronaldo, Hazard, Beckham, Sanchez, Suarez

PSG considering legal action against Manchester United legend Evra – sources

Angel Di María looked unstoppable against Marseille, scoring twice and providing the opening goal assist in a strong win at Le Parc des Princes. French Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappé (45’+2′) PSG 1-0 Marseille Kylian Mbappe’s 30th goal in all competitions is now just one shy of Lionel Messi for the lead among Europe’s top five leagues. PSG correspondent Julien Laurens calls PSG’s capitulation to Manchester … Continue reading PSG considering legal action against Manchester United legend Evra – sources

Scotland boss Alex McLeish wants to guide Scots to dream double

Alex McLeish’s Scotland topped their Nations League group with victory over Israel in November Euro 2020 qualifying: Kazakhstan v Scotland Venue: Astana Arena Date: Thursday, 21 March Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website; watch highlights on BBC Scotland Scotland boss Alex McLeish says it would be the “greatest thrill” of his career to … Continue reading Scotland boss Alex McLeish wants to guide Scots to dream double

Birmingham await decision on potential 12-point deduction

Birmingham face an anxious wait before learning whether an expected points deduction is severe enough to plunge them into a relegation battle. The Sky Bet Championship club have breached the English Football League’s profitability and sustainability rules and face a possible 12-point deduction and a transfer ban. An EFL spokesman said: “An Independent Disciplinary Commission… Continue reading Birmingham await decision on potential 12-point deduction

Ibrahimovic slams Manchester United’s Class of 92 for ‘complaining all the time’

Darwin Quintero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlos Vela are amongst an elite group in Major League Soccer who both score and assist just as much. Following two straight losses, the FC crew weigh up the pros and cons of making Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United’s permanent manager. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at Manchester United’s “Class of 92” for their criticism of the club in recent … Continue reading Ibrahimovic slams Manchester United’s Class of 92 for ‘complaining all the time’