Rio de Janeiro: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he was frustrated with Mario Balotelli after the striker's shirtless goal celebration in the Azzurri's 2-1 victory over Mexico here in the Confederation Cup.

Chilean referee Enrique Osses cautioned Balotelli after the 21-year-old followed his 77th-minute winner Sunday by repeating the flexed-muscle pose he made famous during last year's European Championships, reports Xinhua.


Rio de Janeiro: Mario Balotelli struck a 77th-minute winner as Italy began their Confederations Cup football campaign with 2-1 victory over Mexico here at the packed Maracana Stadium.

On Sunday night in front of 70,000 fans at the Maracana, Balotelli ran onto Emanuele Giaccherini's delicate lob to slide the ball in between two defenders and goalkeeper Jose Corona, reports Xinhua.


Brasilia: Only three minutes into the match, Neymar got the job done. The Brazil striker scored early to help Brazil beat Japan 3-0 in the opening match of the Confederations Cup on Saturday, knocking in a firm shot from outside the penalty area.

Neymar connected with the ball after Fred controlled a long cross from Marcelo with his chest. The ball bounced only once before Neymar whacked it in.


Barcelona: Neymar became the eighth most expensive signing in football history by moving to Barcelona in a deal worth 57 million euros, uniting the Brazil star with Lionel Messi in a formidable attacking partnership.

Neymar signed a five-year contract with club president Sandro Rosell Monday, after choosing Barcelona over Real Madrid in an intense two-year bidding war between the fierce Spanish rivals.


London: English football club Chelsea Monday announced the appointnment of former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho as the club's manager.

The 50-year-old has signed a four-year contract and will make a return to the club where he won back-to-back Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.


Berlin: German record champions Bayern Munich defeated Stuttgart 3-2 in a dramatic German Cup final to wrap up a historic treble at the soldout Berlin Olympia Stadium here.

The Bavarians completed a perfect season in Jupp Henyckes last match as coach when they became the first German side to clinch the Bundesliga title, German Cup and UEFA Champions League Saturday night, reports Xinhua.

From the kick off both sides staged high paced and offensively minded football to the delight of 74,244 spectators.


Rio de Janeiro: Santos have rejected a 20 million-euro offer from Barcelona for Brazil star Neymar.

The Brazilian outfit, which last week turned down Barcelona's initial 18 million-euro bid for the striker, made the decision after a meeting of the club's board Wednesday night, reports Xinhua.

"Santos has analysed the the proposal and it doesn't meet our requirements," Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues told O Globo.


London: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was named the Premier League manager of the year and accepted the award from the League Manager Association Monday.

Ferguson, 71, announced his retirement last week after 27 years at the helm transforming United into a great team with a record of 20 top-flight league titles.

His 1,500th and last match in charge of United was a stunning 5-5 draw at West Brom Sunday.



Madrid: Atletico Madrid ended a 14-year wait by defeating neighbours Real Madrid in the final of the Spanish Copa del Rey football knockout competition.

Atletico had not beaten their cross city rivals in 14 years and 26 attempts but despite falling a goal behind to a Cristiano Ronaldo, who was later be sent off, header, goals from Diego Costa and Joao Miranda gave Atletico a 2-1 win late Friday night, Xinhua reported.


Rio de Janeiro: Former FIFA World Player of the Year winners Ronaldinho and Kaka have been left out of Brazil's squad for next month's Confederations Cup.

The Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari also excluded Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato from his 23-man squad for the June 15-30 tournament in Brazil, reports Xinhua.

Among the surprise inclusions was 20-year-old Atletico Mineiro midfielder Bernard, who is a reported target of Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.