LONDON (AP) — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday.
Beckham joins former United teammates with stake in Salford
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — David Beckham has joined some of his former Manchester United teammates by investing in fifth-tier English team Salford.
The move comes five years after Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt first bought a stake in the non-league team, which is located less than eight kilometers (five miles) from United's Old Trafford.
Kaka and Figo in Pakistan to launch World Soccer Stars event
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Soccer greats Luis Figo and Kaka arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to launch the World Soccer Stars event in a country more known for its cricket.
A private England-based group, Touchsky Group, will organize the event in late April in Karachi and Lahore with an aim toward portraying a softer image of Pakistan around the world.
Liam Gallagher will headline Parklife festival.
The 'Wall of Glass' hitmaker will return to his hometown to wow the crowds who will pack into Heaton Park in Manchester, north west England on June 9 and 10, 2018.
Tweeting about the exciting news, Liam wrote: "Parklife mcr gonna be BIBLICAL as you were LG x (sic)"
He will also be joined by the likes of the XX, Skepta, N*E*R*D, A$AP Rocky and Lorde in what promises to be an exciting weekend for music fans.
Thom Yorke, Gorillaz and LCD Soundsystem will headline Sonar Festival.
The huge acts will take to the stage at the Barcelona music extravaganza, which takes place on June 14-16, in celebration of the spectacle's 25th anniversary this year.
Several other stars will also perform, including Diplo, who will curate a showcase as part of Sonar by Day, as well as Wiley, Richie Hawtin, Modeselektor, Ólafur Arnalds, Cornelius, Bonobo, Goldlink, John Talabot, Laurel Halo, A-Trak, DJ Harvey, and Yung Lean.
Ryan Giggs lands 1st coaching job with Wales national team
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Ryan Giggs was hired as coach of Wales' national soccer team on Monday, his first full-time coaching job since ending an illustrious playing career with Manchester United.
Giggs' only previous experience as a manager was in 2014, when he took temporary charge of United for the final four games of the Premier League season following the firing of David Moyes.
Man United coach behind Beckham’s career honored by Queen
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is honoring the former Manchester United youth team soccer coach who helped to launch David Beckham's career.
Eric Harrison developed the renowned "Class of 92" at United that also featured winger Ryan Giggs, midfielder Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers, Phil and Gary, who played in defense.
In the British monarch's New Year honors list, the 79-year-old Harrison has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE.
Britton fills in as Swansea coach after Clement fired
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Player-coach Leon Britton will take charge of Swansea for its Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Saturday following the departure of manager Paul Clement.
The 35-year-old Britton, who has been a midfielder for Swansea for the last 15 years, joined the coaching staff last month.
Britton said he doesn't want to take the job on a full-time basis.
Gareth Barry on losing side in record 633rd EPL appearance
LONDON (AP) — Gareth Barry made a record 633rd English Premier League appearance but had little to celebrate.
The 36-year-old midfielder captained West Bromwich Albion in a 2-0 loss at Arsenal on Monday as he passed the mark set by former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs.
Barry's next target is breaking Giggs' top-flight record of 672 appearances, encompassing matches before the Premier League started in 1992.
West Brom, West Ham finish dull 0-0 draw in EPL
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — West Ham eased the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic by earning another point from a dull 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League on Saturday.
A week after beating Huddersfield 2-0, West Ham remains in the bottom three after five games but showing shoots of recovery.
West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang hit the crossbar from 45 yards and that was as close as anyone came to scoring.
Robson-Kanu sent off after scoring winner for West Brom
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu came on in the 63rd minute, scored the winner in the 71st and was sent off in the 83rd as West Bromwich Albion beat Burnley 1-0 on Saturday to maintain its perfect English Premier League start.
Robson-Kanu held off two Clarets defenders to fire home the only goal at Turf Moor, but he was then dismissed seven minutes from time when he caught Matt Lowton in the head with his elbow.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former Manchester United and Wales winger Ryan Giggs said Sunday he was impressed with Pakistan youngsters' love for soccer after seven iconic footballers, also including Ronaldinho, featured in a rare two-game exhibition series in the country.
"Football is huge here especially with the younger generation," Giggs said.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs were among soccer stars to arrive in Pakistan on Saturday to play exhibition matches which organizers hope will boost the sport in the country.
Dutchman George Boateng, former France players Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka, former England goalkeeper David James and Portugal's Luis Boa Morte flew in via private jet to the capital Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs were among several big international football names to arrive in Pakistan on Saturday to play exhibition matches.
Dutchman George Boateng, ex-French players Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka, former England goalkeeper David James and Portugal's Luis Boa Morte flew in via private jet to the capital Islamabad.
Brazilian Roberto Carlos was expected to arrive later for the first seven-a-side exhibition match in Karachi.