Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Five facts on the Champions League group stage that gets underway on Tuesday:
Jose Mourinho has hailed Cesc Fabregas as the driving force behind Chelsea striker Diego Costa's blistering start to the season.
Barcelona begin their Champions League campaign at home to Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday in fine form having romped to the top of La Liga with three consecutive wins to give Luis Enrique a dream start to his reign.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Radamel Falcao made his debut as Manchester United belatedly kick-started their season with a breezy 4-0 win at home to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Sunday.
Valencia eased by Espanyol 3-1 at home on Sunday to remain unbeaten in the Spanish league under new coach Nuno Espirito Santo and continue its turnaround during a drawn-out sale of the club.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Substitute Paul-Georges Ntep de Madiba scored a second-half equalizer just 34 seconds after coming off the bench as Paris Saint-Germain produced another lackluster performance and was held at Rennes to 1-1 in the French League on Saturday.
Chelsea finally seems to have found the solution to its striking struggles. Diego Costa took his goal haul to seven in four matches with a hat trick against Swansea on Saturday while Loic Remy also scored on his debut.
Juventus showed little has changed since Massimiliano Allegri took charge as it eased to a 2-0 win against Udinese on Saturday in the former AC Milan coach's home debut.
Shinji Kagawa starred on his return for Borussia Dortmund in a 3-1 win over Freiburg, while Franck Ribery scored on his injury comeback as Bayern Munich defeated Stuttgart 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Japan and hosts South Korea will get the Asian Games off to an unofficial start Sunday when the bitter rivals begin their bids for glory in what could be a tense football competition.