Injuries

Football

Spate of A-League injuries prompts safety review of training grounds

Dominic Bossi The A-League players' union will inspect club training grounds following a spike in injuries this season.

Football

Sydney FC lead competition in injuries

Alessandro Del Piero

Dominic Bossi SYDNEY FC have suffered the highest number of injuries in the A-League this season. Their players have missed 92 games so far in the 2013-14 campaign.

Football

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina expects changes to result in fewer injuries being reported to FFA

Aaron Calver

Dominic Bossi Sydney FC have changed the way they reveal injuries to Football Federation of Australia after claiming they had been too ''honest'' in the way injuries had been reported in the past.

Soccer

Barcelona and Real Madrid hit by injuries

Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo can continue to boost his Ballon d'Or credentials as the Spanish league returns for the 13th round of games.

Soccer

Victory injuries mount

Marcos Flores.

Michael Lynch Victory is having to do without three of its key players in at the most critical point of the year.

Injuries hurt Victory's Asian prospects

Melbourne Victory's upcoming Asian Champions League campaign has been struck a double blow, with Grant Brebner and Carlos Hernandez both sidelined by injury.

Injuries may decimate Roar midfield

The high-flying Roar have been brought back down to earth with key midfielders Danny Tiatto and Matt McKay in doubt for their A-League match against Wellington.

Soccer

Ref blunder costs Victory chance: Muscat

Leigh Broxham of Melbourne Victory reacts after the AFC Champions League Group G match against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors ended in a scoreless draw.

A refereeing blunder unjustly ended Melbourne Victory's Asian Champions League campaign, coach Kevin Muscat says.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory knocked out of ACL

Injury-hit Melbourne Victory has been eliminated from the Asian Champions League after a scoreless draw with Jeonbuk Motors in South Korea.

Six reasons for Manchester City collapse

Mark Ogden Manchester City have spent big money to build a squad which has top quality cover in every position, but Manuel Pellegrini has operated a two-tier approach this season, barely resting the likes of...

Football

Matildas star Sally Shipard retires from soccer

Sally Shipard with Ellie Brush during happier times at Canberra United.

Chris Dutton Chronic injuries have forced Canberra and Australian star Sally Shipard to quit soccer at 26.

Soccer

Shooting stars so often fizzle out...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch As young players jockey to stake their claim as late selections for Ange Postecoglou's World Cup squad, it must be remembered that a precocious talent does not always translate into a productive,...

Football

Central Coast Mariners fuming over finals schedule

Central Coast Mariners.

Dominic Bossi Central Coast Mariners are furious with Football Federation Australia's scheduling of the A-League semi-finals after they were forced to play Western Sydney Wanderers only a day after returning to...

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Football

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final against Barcelona

Christiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona after failing to recover from knee and thigh muscle problems, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.

Soccer

Fixture pile-up is route to the fast lane for Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch There's always two sides to a fixture pile-up.

Football

Bayern humbled at home by Dortmund

Jonas Hofmann.

Ryland James Four days after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund claimed a second major scalp with a convincing 3-0 Bundesliga win at Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Arsenal rule out sacking Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger.

Jeremy Wilson Arsene Wenger will be permitted to decide his future even if Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 17 years and go a ninth consecutive season without silverware.

Football

Western Sydney Wanderers set to stand tall in finals, says striker Tomi Juric

The equaliser: Tomi Juric celebrates a goal against Brisbane last Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett Western Sydney Wanderers striker Tomi Juric has confidently declared his team – and not Brisbane Roar – is the team to beat in this year’s finals series.

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Harry Kewell to leave with aura dimmed but legend in place

Difficult return: Harry Kewell.

Sebastian Hassett When the whistle blows at full-time at AAMI Park on Saturday night, the career of the most talented player in the history of Australian soccer will be over.

Soccer

Victory travelling OK, says Muscat

Kevin Muscat

Roy Ward Some teams like to say they are stronger for the fall ... Kevin Muscat believes Melbourne Victory is stronger for its travels as it enters the most important A-League game of its season.