Category Archives: Observer Sport News

Ronaldo: That was my best at a World Cup

Sochi – Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant hat-trick for Portugal that lit up the World Cup on Friday capped one of the most extraordinary days in his remarkable career. In the afternoon, news broke in Spain that the Portuguese superstar has agreed to pay a huge, multi-million euro fine to settle a tax fraud claim, before his goals secured a 3-3 draw […]

Saudi thumping offers little hope for Asian teams

Cape Town – Asia’s quartet of World Cuprepresentatives failed to deliver a single victory four years ago and hopes of a turnaround in Russia are low, with continental powerhouses Japan and South Korea struggling for form. Five nations qualified from the Asian confederation for the 2018 World Cup but Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 thumping at the hands of the hosts in the tournament opener followed the pattern […]

Shell-shocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Moscow – Spain and Portugal clash on Friday in an early highlight of the World Cup in Russia as the Spanish camp insist they are united despite this week’s extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui. Egyptian fans, meanwhile, will hold their breath to see if prolific Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah really has recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered […]

Messi, the superstar illuminating a small Russian town

Bronnitsy – Lionel Messi’s arrival in Bronnitsy, a quiet town with 20 000 residents some 50km southeast of Moscow, has brought an unprecedented level of attention to a place most renowned for its Archangel Michael cathedral. But as the euphoric shouts echoing around a temporary stand suggests, its selection as Argentina’s team base camp has transformed it […]

Chelsea will forget me, says Man Utd’s Mourinho

Manchester – Jose Mourinho says nobody will remember he was ever Chelsea manager in five years’ time despite the success he brought to the club. The Manchester United manager takes his team to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face the club where he had two spells as manager between 2004 and 2015, winning three Premier League titles, […]

United don’t get enough credit, says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United deserve more credit for their performances this season, which critics have described as “conservative” and “negative”. The Red Devils received criticism for their cautious approach against Liverpool and Tottenham, two Premier Leagues games in which they kept clean sheets. Mourinho’s side made a flying start to the season where they went unbeaten in […]

Cazorla: I almost had foot amputated

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has given an insight into the severity of his injury lay-off after revealing that he almost had to have his foot amputated. Cazorla hasn’t played a competitive game in 13 months after picking up an Achilles injury in the early stages of last season. The Spanish midfielder has undergone eight operations in a bid […]

Chelsea, United battle to stay in touch with runaway City

London – Chelsea and Manchester United go head to head this weekend in a match neither club dare lose as Manchester City entertain Arsenal eyeing a chance to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten City are smashing records with impunity and are already five points clear of Jose […]

WRAP: English Premier League Schedule this weekend

Another weekend action is approaching, and here is what to expect from the English Premier League this weekend. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Stoke City v Leicester City – 15:30 Swansea City v Brighton & Hove Albion – 18:00 Newcastle United v Bournemouth – 18:00 Southampton v Burnley – 18:00 Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion – […]

Mourinho parks bus as United, Liverpool draw

Liverpool – Manchester United ceded the initiative in the Premier League title race after drawing 0-0 with arch foes Liverpool in a drab game at Anfield on Saturday. Despite his side having previously matched leaders Manchester City stride for stride, United manager Jose Mourinho resorted to familiar spoiling tactics that meant his team registered just one shot on target. Jurgen Klopp’s […]