Football Champions

So France lost 1-0 to China today. Which sounds bad. And is bad. But take a look at the goal from Deng Zhuoxiang that won it:

Either Deng is better than Pirlo/Juninho/Beckham combined, or every bad thing we’ve heard about the adidas Jabulani World Cup ball is true.


Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson struck in the first 15 minutes to secure Australia a 2-0 win over United Arab Emirates and an AFC Asian Cup final against Korea Republic. [read]

Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has joined Inter Milan from Dinamo Zagreb on loan, with the option to make the deal permanent, and discussed his emotions over the move. [read] runs the rule over Malaysia captain and set-piece specialist Safiq Rahim, who speaks about his increasingly important role in the national team. [read]

Rafa Benitez has praised Napoli's character following their hard-fought reverse of Genoa but rued their wasteful finishing. [read]

FIFA has taken a fundamental step towards the implementation of a pioneering global football stakeholder registration programme that will gather data from every corner of the footballing world. [read]

Younis Mahmoud has rejected the possibility of retirement, revealed he has several offers from clubs and expressed his desire to run out at the FIFA World Cup. [read]

New Zealand are the latest qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile but only after surviving a tense penalty shoot-out win over Tahiti in the Oceania final. [read] reviews the latest in women’s club football action with the frontrunners under pressure in Spain and France, as well as in the Belgium/Netherlands league. [read]

Son Heungmin has lauded the Korea Republic supporters but warned his team-mates against complacency, while Uli Stielike has discussed their defensive performances. [read]