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I’ll be back — earlier than expected: Neymar

BORDEAUX: Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is convalescing in Brazil after surgery on his injured right foot, will be back “in two to three weeks,” the club’s coach Unai Emery said on Friday. “I spoke with him this week, he’s good, relaxed,” Emery said. Emery was speaking in Bordeaux where PSG, shorn of their biggest star, face Monaco on Saturday in the French League Cup final. “We spoke about the final,” Emery said. “He’s going to follow the game.” Neymar, who is crucial to Brazil’s hopes at the World Cup…

Pakistani woman footballer displays sublime freestyle skills

KARACHI: A Pakistani female footballer displayed her sublime freestyle skills with the ball. In a video posted on Football Pakistan's official Facebook page , Zulfia Nazeer Ahmed Shah can be seen exhibiting her wonderful freestyle skills with the football. The female footballer manages to bounce the ball the on feet and then hold it on the back of her neck. Born on 30th May 1999, Zulfia plays for Pakistan as a Midfielder. She has also represented Balochistan United, Balochistan United Women Football Club along with…

Egypt adds ex-footballer to terror list

CAIRO: Egypt has added retired soccer star Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country's most renowned athletes, to a terror list for alleged ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, reports said. Egypt has listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and jailed thousands of its supporters since the military removed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from office in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. A committee established to seize and manage Brotherhood properties and funds had previously frozen the…

VIDEO: Spanish footballer brutally attacks referee

MADRID: A referee was assaulted by a Spanish footballer during the game, leading to latter’s expulsion from the club he was representing. The official, Fahd Abbou El Mourabit took refuge inside his dressing room after the incident until police arrived to identify his attacker and take him to hospital. He was punched to the floor by a player named locally as Rhanim Chouaib after showing a teammate a second yellow card for protesting a penalty their opponents had just scored to put them 2-0 up in an amateur regional…