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  • Spending £100m on Hazard no problem – ex-Real chief

    Eden Hazard, not Chelsea, will decide if he will move to Real Madrid this summer, according to former Real president Ramon Calderon. Chelsea insist Hazard is happy at Stamford Bridge and is settled in London with his young family. He is under...

  • We’ll be fired up to win derby for Coleman, says Jagielka

    We’ll be fired up to win derby for Coleman, says Jagielka

    Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes the horrific injury sustained by Seamus Coleman provides additional motivation for his team-mates heading into this weekend’s Merseyside derby. The popular Republic of Ireland defender is facing months out...

  • Decision process on 48 WCup teams is unacceptable – ECA

    Decision process on 48 WCup teams is unacceptable – ECA

    The decision-making process that led FIFA to increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 starting with the tournament in 2026 is unacceptable, European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said yesterday. The ECA, which...

  • Cristiano Ronaldo nicknamed ‘cry baby’ by childhood team-mates

    Cristiano Ronaldo nicknamed ‘cry baby’ by childhood team-mates

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed “cry baby” by his childhood team-mates due to the temper tantrums he threw when the team lost or if he did not receive the ball, Ricardo Santos played alongside the four-times world player of the...

  • Hibs striker Gilmar nets award for March

    Hibs striker Gilmar nets award for March

    Hibernians’ striker Gilmar Ribeiro da Silva is the BOV Player of the Month for March 2017. Hibernians had a good run during March with three wins over Sliema, Mosta and Pembroke to go top of the BOV Premier League. The Brazilian, who just turned...

  • Messi banned for four international matches

    Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next four competitive internationals, starting with last night’s World Cup qualifier in Bolivia, for swearing at a match official, FIFA said yesterday. The decision was announced less than...

  • Football news

    Robbie Fowler believes the Merseyside derby will provide a fitting Anfield send-off for former Liverpool captain and assistant manager Ronnie Moran. Moran, who served Liverpool in a variety of capacities for 49 years, died last Wednesday at the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Wright-Phillips: Shaun Wright-Phillips’s son D’Margio has been called into the England Under-16 squad. The Manchester City academy member is continuing a proud family tradition as his father and grandfather both won international recognition. Dad...

  • Italy add to Dutch misery as Spain win in France

    Italy add to Dutch misery as Spain win in France

    Italy recovered from an early own goal to beat the Netherlands 2-1 away in a friendly last night and cap a miserable few days for the hosts who sacked manager Danny Blind at the weekend. Italy’s Alessio Romagnoli deflected the ball into his own...

  • Dutch in no rush to appoint new coach

    Dutch in no rush to appoint new coach

    Interim-coach Fred Grim will lead Holland for the friendly against Italy in Amsterdam tonight, but there is no rush to appoint a permanent successor following the sacking of Danny Blind. The Oranje are in danger of failing to reach a second...

  • USA fund Elliott rescues deal to sell Milan

    US private equity fund Elliott has rescued former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s deal to sell Milan, throwing a financing lifeline to Chinese investors who were struggling to complete the transaction. Berlusconi’s holding company...

  • Ghedin upbeat despite upset

    Ghedin upbeat despite upset

    There were mixed feelings about the national team’s fifth successive defeat in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on Sunday following the 3-1 defeat to Slovakia at the National Stadium. The eastern European side proved a step too far for the...

  • Win in Malta crucial says Hamsik

    Win in Malta crucial says Hamsik

    Marek Hamsik said the 3-1 victory over Malta on Sunday was central to Slovakia’s chances of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia. The Slovaks had no margin of error at the National Stadium to maintain their hopes of finishing in...

  • FIFA says no word from Maradona over threat to quit

    FIFA says no word from Maradona over threat to quit

    FIFA said yesterday it had heard nothing official from Diego Maradona since the Argentine World Cup winner threatened last week to quit his ambassadorial role. FIFA said its last contact with Maradona had been when he took part in a draw for the...

  • Match-winner Martin hopeful of renewed Scotland optimism

    Match-winner Martin hopeful of renewed Scotland optimism

    Scotland striker Chris Martin hopes his winner against Slovenia has injected some renewed optimism into the fans but he will let them make their own mind up on his contribution. The substitute struck with two minutes left to earn the Scots a 1-0...

  • Defoe opens door for place at 2018 World Cup finals

    Defoe opens door  for place at 2018  World Cup finals

    Jermain Defoe hopes his scoring return for England on Sunday can start a new international chapter in his career. The 34-year-old marked his 56th cap with a typically astute strike after 21 minutes against Lithuania in their Group F World Cup...

  • Football news

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa suffered an injury scare during a training session with Spain. Costa was forced out of the session with a leg and ankle injury and underwent X-rays at the Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja, but was given the all-clear, the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ademi: Dinamo Zagreb and Macedonia midfielder Arijan Ademi has had his doping ban reduced from four years to two by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the sporting tribunal said yesterday. The 25-year-old tested positive for stanozolol...

  • Malta U-21 suffer 2-1 defeat in Belgium

    Belgium scored a goal in each half to beat Malta 2-1 in their opening UEFA Championship qualifier in Louvain yesterday. Ryan Kabir and Dion Cools were on the mark for the hosts while Jake Grech pulled a goal back for the Maltese put on a spirited...

  • Vella demands response ahead of group opener

    Vella demands  response ahead of group opener

    Silvio Vella says his players have a point to prove when they open their 2019 UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying campaign against Belgium, in Louvain, tonight (kick-off: 20.00). The U-21s had a rough build-up to today’s Group Six opener after...