FIFA World Cup http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23666/all en Soccer-Ronaldo shocked by Boateng racism episode http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/soccer-ronaldo-shocked-boateng-racism-episode <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo said it was incredible that episodes of racism still happen in soccer stadiums after AC Milan abandoned a friendly in Italy last week because of offensive chants by spectators.</p> <p>However, the Portuguese forward was non-committal over Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng's decision to walk off the pitch over racist insults during the match against lower tier Pro Patria, saying it was a "personal decision."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/soccer-ronaldo-shocked-boateng-racism-episode" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Ballon d'Or Boateng Brazilian footballers CDATA Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 100 FIFA World Cup Kevin-Prince Boateng Person Career Quotation Real Madrid C.F. Ronaldo Sports Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:47:11 +0000 5731423 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Soccer-Messi wins Player of the Year for fourth time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-1-soccer-messi-wins-player-the-year-fourth-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Brian Homewood</p> <p>ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Argentina's Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named the world's best player for an unprecedented fourth year running on Monday.</p> <p>The award, officially known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or, came after the Barcelona player scored a remarkable 91 goals in 2012, a record for a calendar year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-1-soccer-messi-wins-player-the-year-fourth-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrés Iniesta Association football Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo Employment Change FIFA Ballon d'Or FIFA World Cup FIFA World Player of the Year Football in Spain Josep Guardiola Lionel Messi Person Career Quotation Ronaldo Xavi Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:47:41 +0000 5731429 at http://www.globalpost.com WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Messi sweeps to fourth successive award http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/wrapup-1-soccer-messi-sweeps-fourth-successive-award <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Brian Homewood</p> <p>ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named the world's best player for the fourth time in a row on Monday after a year in which finally produced his best form for Argentina as well as Barcelona.</p> <p>Messi was handed the FIFA Ballon D'Or award after a typically cheesy ceremony which featured a performance from a giant dancing armadillo named Fuleco, the mascot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/wrapup-1-soccer-messi-sweeps-fourth-successive-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrés Iniesta Association football Cristiano Ronaldo Employment Change FIFA Ballon d'Or FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Human Interest Josep Guardiola La Liga Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Person Career Quotation Radamel Falcao García Ronaldo Xavi Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:02:22 +0000 5731545 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Brazil's World Cup winners awarded bonus - 50 years late http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-brazils-world-cup-winners-awarded-bonus-50-years-late <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Andrew Downie</p> <p>SAO PAULO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Brazil's World Cup winning players from 1958, 1962 and 1970 have been awarded a bonus and a pension from the government in a controversial move that has split public opinion.</p> <p>Brazil's sports ministry said the 54 players or their survivors will be given a one-off bonus of 100,000 reais ($49,100) and will also qualify for a monthly stipend of 3,916 reais.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-brazils-world-cup-winners-awarded-bonus-50-years-late" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Brazilian footballers FIFA World Cup Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:15:45 +0000 5731711 at http://www.globalpost.com (Blank Headline Received) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/blank-headline-received-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BULGARIA ORDERED TO PLAY NEXT WORLD CUP QUALIFIER BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - FIFA</p> FIFA World Cup Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:15 +0000 5731732 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Barca rest key players for Cup clash, Adriano returns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-barca-rest-key-players-cup-clash-adriano-returns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Holders Barcelona will rest midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta, centre back Gerard Pique and forward Pedro for Thursday's King's Cup last-16 second leg at home to second-division Cordoba, the club said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Barca have a 2-0 lead from last month's first leg and despite the absence of the Spain quartet should have little trouble securing a last-eight meeting with Malaga, who eliminated third-tier Eibar on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-barca-rest-key-players-cup-clash-adriano-returns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:30:24 +0000 5732074 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into Cup quarters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-ronaldo-hat-trick-fires-real-cup-quarters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo was the decisive figure for the second time in four days as he scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory over Celta Vigo that put them in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup on Wednesday.</p> <p>The Portugal forward, runner up to Lionel Messi in Monday's World Player of the Year awards, netted twice inside the first 25 minutes at the Bernabeu as they sought to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-ronaldo-hat-trick-fires-real-cup-quarters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 23:00:36 +0000 5732399 at http://www.globalpost.com PREVIEW-Soccer-Ronaldo defends Mourinho, appeals for unity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/preview-soccer-ronaldo-defends-mourinho-appeals-unity <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Ronaldo suspended for Osasuna trip</p> <p>* Leaders Barca travel to fourth-placed Malaga</p> <p>By Mark Elkington</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded with Real Madrid fans to get off Jose Mourinho's back and to support the team after a couple of jittery home performances where their coach has been whistled by sections of the Bernabeu.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/preview-soccer-ronaldo-defends-mourinho-appeals-unity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Business Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Human Interest Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:45:03 +0000 5732544 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Higuain back and ready to try and fill Ronaldo's boots http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/soccer-higuain-back-and-ready-try-and-fill-ronaldos-boots <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has said he is ready to step up and fill Cristiano Ronaldo's boots when the champions visit bottom club Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday without their suspended leading scorer.</p> <p>The Argentina international has just returned from two months on the sidelines with a hamstring problem picked up against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League two months ago.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/soccer-higuain-back-and-ready-try-and-fill-ronaldos-boots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:15:39 +0000 5733158 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Villa out of Barcelona's La Liga game at Malaga http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/soccer-villa-out-barcelonas-la-liga-game-at-malaga <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Barcelona forward David Villa has damaged a thigh muscle and will miss Sunday's La Liga match at Malaga, the league leaders said on Saturday.</p> <p>Villa netted twice in Thursday's 5-0 King's Cup win against second-division Cordoba at the Nou Camp, which sent Barca through to the quarter-finals 7-0 on aggregate, but was taken off near the end as a precaution after pulling up and clutching the back of his right leg.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/soccer-villa-out-barcelonas-la-liga-game-at-malaga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:30:44 +0000 5733650 at http://www.globalpost.com RPT-Soccer-Wealthy Anzhi sign Russia defender Yeshchenko http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/rpt-soccer-wealthy-anzhi-sign-russia-defender-yeshchenko <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds dropped word in third para)</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Russia international Andrei Yeshchenko has joined big-spenders Anzhi Makhachkala from Russian rivals Lokomotiv Moscow on a "long-term" deal, the two clubs said.</p> <p>The 28-year-old left-back, who made his Russia debut under Fabio Capello against Israel in a World Cup qualifier in September, becomes the first major signing for the wealthy club from the volatile North Caucasus region in the off-season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/rpt-soccer-wealthy-anzhi-sign-russia-defender-yeshchenko" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA Confederations Cup FIFA World Cup Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:00:33 +0000 5733748 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-European roundup-Messi on target for record-setting Barca http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/soccer-european-roundup-messi-target-record-setting-barca <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Another goal from the prolific Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Malaga in La Liga as the leaders ended the first half of the season with a record points haul.</p> <p>Robin van Persie was on target as Premier League table-toppers Manchester United got the better of Liverpool but Juventus's lead in Serie A was cut once again after they were held 1-1 at Parma.</p> <p>SPAIN</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/soccer-european-roundup-messi-target-record-setting-barca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Sports Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:15:47 +0000 5733961 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Brazil to play England at Maracana reopening in June http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/soccer-brazil-play-england-at-maracana-reopening-june <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Brazil will play England in a friendly on June 2 when the Maracana stadium is reopened after its World Cup refurbishment, the five-times world champions confirmed on Tuesday.</p> <p>The match, a warm-up for the Confederations Cup Brazil will stage from June 15-30, will follow a friendly between the two teams at Wembley next month as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/soccer-brazil-play-england-at-maracana-reopening-june" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Labor Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:00:34 +0000 5734989 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Bayern eye European dominance with Guardiola at the helm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/soccer-bayern-eye-european-dominance-guardiola-at-the-helm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Karolos Grohmann</p> <p>BERLIN, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich have underlined their desire for European dominance and hunger for the continent's top prize by appointing Pep Guardiola as their coach for next season</p> <p>Bayern announced on Wednesday they had signed Guardiola, who took a year off after winning 14 titles with Barcelona including two Champions League crowns, as their coach from next season with a contract to 2016.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/soccer-bayern-eye-european-dominance-guardiola-at-the-helm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Business FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:23:47 +0000 5735141 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Barca's Thiago coping well with pressure of expectation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/soccer-barcas-thiago-coping-well-pressure-expectation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Being groomed to take over from Xavi when the Barcelona and Spain playmaker retires in a few years is a hefty burden for any young player but Thiago Alcantara appears to have both the skill and the temperament to deal with the pressure.</p> <p>The son of former Brazil midfielder Mazinho, part of their 1994 World Cup-winning side, the 21-year-old Thiago has already appeared for the senior Spain team and is gradually being handed more responsibility at club level by Barca coach Tito Vilanova.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/soccer-barcas-thiago-coping-well-pressure-expectation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Technology Thiago Alcantara Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:00:37 +0000 5735727 at http://www.globalpost.com