May 23, 2004 |
Manchester United won the FA Cup on Saturday, beating Millwall, 3-0, behind two second-half goals by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. also was supported by an opening goal from 18-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo to help Manchester United win the showcase game of English soccer for the 11th time. "For me, it is awesome to win a cup and get a medal in my first year," Howard said. "It is a good feeling, better than advertised."
June 18, 2006 |
Portugal waited 40 years to once again get beyond the first round of the World Cup. Deco scored with a powerful first-time shot from outside the penalty area in the 63rd minute and Cristiano Ronaldo made a penalty kick 10 minutes from the end to give the Portuguese a 2-0 win over Iran on Saturday. That guaranteed advancement into the round of 16 for Portugal, which last got this far in 1966 behind its greatest player, Eusebio.
July 1, 2004 |
Portugal advanced to the final of a major soccer tournament for the first time, beating the Netherlands, 2-1, Wednesday night in the semifinals of the European Championship. Portugal, the host nation, will play Sunday against the winner of today's semifinal between Greece and the Czech Republic. "I'd trade everything I've ever won for this one moment," said Portugal's Luis Figo, who repeatedly penetrated the Dutch defense. "It's a historic moment for the country."
January 24, 2010
4 The number of goals scored by England striker Wayne Rooney on Saturday as Manchester United thrashed Hull City, 4-0, to move into first place in the English Premier League for the first time since November. 35 The number of days that have passed since the world's most expensive player, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, scored a goal for Real Madrid. 79 The number of international matches played for Germany by defensive midfielder Torsten Frings, who has been told by Coach Joachim Low that he will not be included on Germany's roster for the World Cup in South Africa.
May 22, 2005 |
Manchester United missed its chances, and Arsenal went home with the trophy. Patrick Vieira scored the deciding penalty kick on a rainy Saturday to send Arsenal to its 10th FA Cup title, the first in the 124th final of soccer's oldest cup competition to be settled by a shootout. The Gunners won the shootout, 5-4, after 120 scoreless minutes dominated by Manchester United, the defending champion seeking a record 12th FA Cup. "We were fortunate," Coach Arsene Wenger said.
January 7, 2013 |
Argentina's Lionel Messi and U.S. national team star Abby Wambach were named winners of FIFA's 2012 male and female players of the year awards Monday during world soccer's annual gala in Zurich. For Messi the award was his fourth in as many years, making him the first man to win the award more than three times. And he did so in record-breaking fashion, scoring 91 times for Argentina and his club team in Barcelona. Other finalists included Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid and Spain's Andres Iniesta, who is also Messi's teammate at Barcelona.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON -- The congratulatory telegram is so last century, the congratulatory phone call so last decade. When Michael Phelps awoke on Wednesday, he scrolled through his Twitter feed and discovered a congratulatory tweet from President Obama. "Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record," Obama tweeted. "You've made your country proud. -bo" Phelps tweeted back: "Thank you Mr. President!! It's an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!
January 29, 2012 |
The ancient story of Samson and Delilah shows how important a man's hairstyle can be. The tale has inspired sculptors, composers and screenwriters, and Samson's long locks are part of a long list of classic men's hairstyles. What follows is a look at other memorable men's hairdos throughout history and in pop culture. -- 2200 BC | Egyptian men wore their hair very short or they shaved their heads. Wealthy men or members of the royal elite would cover their heads with elaborate headdresses, wigs or hair extensions.
June 12, 2008 |
Wednesday was a day of high soccer drama at the European Championship, what with Portugal becoming the first team to reach the quarterfinals, then losing its coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, to English Premier League club Chelsea, and with tournament co-host Switzerland later becoming the first team eliminated.