In this file photo taken on February 16, 2019 Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish League football match between Rayo Vallecano and Atletico de Madrid at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid.

Barcelona: Barcelona have announced that they have signed French forward Antoine Griezmann on a five-season contract.

The announcement came after the player's international representatives paid his 120-million-euro buyout clause included in his contract with Atletico Madrid at the LaLiga offices, reports Efe news.

"FC Barcelona has paid the 120 million euro buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid," the Catalan club said in a statement on its website on Friday.


London: Frank Lampard was denied a winning start in his first match in charge of Chelsea as Bohemians struck late to earn a 1-1 draw in a friendly on Wednesday.

Lampard named two separate line-ups for the first and second half in Dublin with a host of youngsters from the club's academy given their chance to shine.

Belgian international Michy Batshuayi, who has spent the last 18 months on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace, also took the opportunity to show his predatory instincts by opening the scoring.


Porto Alegre (Brazil): Five Brazil players have been selected in the 2019 Copa America's team of the tournament by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).

The tournament hosts won football's oldest international continental trophy by defeating Peru 3-1 in the final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium on Tuesday, reports Efe news.

Goalkeeper Alisson, right-back Dani Alves, center-back Thiago Silva, midfielder Arthur and forward Everton featured in the competition's best XI, published by CONMEBOL on social media.


United States' forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates poses witht the trophies after the France 2019 Women’s World Cup football final match between USA and the Netherlands, on July 7, 2019, at the Lyon Stadium in Lyon, central-eastern France

Washington: President Donald Trump needs to do better in caring for every single American, the triumphant US women's soccer captain Megan Rapinoe has said, as she hit back at him after he lectured her to win the World Cup title before she talked.

The 34-year-old forward has skyrocketed to national prominence for leading her team's win the World Cup on Sunday and also championing the lawsuit filed by 28 US Women's National Team players demanding pay equal to the men's squad.


Chennai: Former India goalkeeper A U Celestine died here after a brief illness, his family said.

He was 73 and is survived by his wife and son.

Celestine passed away at a hospital here late Monday night where he was undergoing treatment.

He had represented India in the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia in 1969.

The tall Celestine represented Tamil Nadu and was considered one of the state's top custodians.


Rio de Janeiro: Everton and Gabriel Jesus struck first-half goals before Richarlison converted a late penalty as hosts Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final here on Sunday.

Gremio forward Everton opened the scoring at the Maracana. Peru captain Paolo Guerrero netted from the penalty spot in the 44th minute, Xinhua reported.

Jesus restored Brazil's lead by slotting in a cool finish after a counter-attack on the stroke of halftime.


Rio De Janeiro: Brazil will be looking to maintain their defensive invincibility against Peru in Sunday's Copa America final, midfielder Casemiro says.

The hosts have yet to concede a goal in the tournament, including when they thrashed Peru 5-0 in a group-stage match earlier in the competition.

And keeping their goal intact will be key to lifting a ninth Copa crown, according to the Real Madrid man.

"Ending the competition without conceding a goal is one of our aims," said Casemiro.


Buenos Aires: The Argentine Football Association (AFA) on Wednesday lodged a complaint with South American football's governing body CONMEBOL over the "serious and gross refereeing errors" in their Copa America semi-final loss to arch rivals and tournament hosts Brazil.

Lionel Messi's side were beaten 2-0 as their wait for a first major title since 1993 was extended on Tuesday.


London: Chelsea on Thursday appointed former midfielder Frank Lampard as their manager on a three-year deal. He will succeed Maurizio Sarri, who left Stamford Bridge in June to take charge of Juventus.


Rio de Janeiro: Brazil winger Willian will miss Sunday's Copa America final at the Maracana stadium with a leg muscle injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has said.

The Chelsea player suffered the setback late in Brazil's 2-0 semifinal victory over Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. The 30-year-old remained on the pitch until the final whistle because Brazil coach Tite had already used his three substitutions.

Scans on Wednesday confirmed a hamstring tear in his right leg, a CBF spokesperson said, reports Xinhua news agency.