FIFA suspended its ban on FC Barcelona signing new players in the forthcoming offseason as soccer’s ruling body considers an appeal by the Spanish champion.
Spanish soccer champion Barcelona will appeal a ban on trading players for bringing foreign athletes younger than 18 to the academy that trained four-time player of the year Lionel Messi.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will miss the rest of the Premier League season with a broken right leg, the London soccer club said.
Andres Iniesta emerged from under the bodies of his jubilant teammates as the scorer of the latest-ever World Cup winning goal. The Barcelona midfielder says he didn’t do anything special.
Lionel Messi, who broke soccer’s calendar-year scoring record earlier this month, agreed to extend his contract with Barcelona by two years through June 2018.
Carles Puyol ’s leaping header guaranteed a new soccer World Cup champion will be crowned in South Africa.
Manchester City will face the Spanish, Dutch and German title-holders in the Champions League group stage, while last season’s winner Chelsea will play Juventus, which won Italy’s Serie A in May.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson decided not to put Dimitar Berbatov in the squad for tonight’s Champions League final against Barcelona.
For the third time in six seasons, Barcelona is the king of European soccer.
"You are the best."
- Carles Puyol on Jul 11, 2010