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  • Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

    Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

    Jose Mourinho has played down the significance of today’s clash with Arsenal in the Community Shield showpiece at Wembley but a chance to strike an early blow against old adversary Arsene Wenger will prove irresistible. The traditional...

  • Wenger can rise above taunts – Keown

    Wenger can rise above taunts – Keown

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger can easily brush off Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s pre-season taunts, according to Martin Keown. Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Mourinho knows full well Chelsea are in little position to accuse rivals of buying...

  • Fred tests positive for banned substance

    Fred tests positive for banned substance

    Brazil midfielder Fred tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide during the June-July Copa America, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said yesterday. The 22-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk player denied using the substance,...

  • Stekelenburg keen to make his mark at Southampton

    Maarten Stekelenburg has gone from World Cup finalist to back-up goalkeeper over the past five years, making him all the more determined to prove his worth at Southampton. A long-term injury to England international Fraser Forster led Saints to...

  • Celtic off to a winning start

    Celtic off to a winning start

    Celtic began the defence of their Scottish Premiership title with a 2-0 home win over Ross County yesterday, but not without cost or controversy. Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring from the spot after only four minutes, but the striker then...

  • Beaten City let in four goals at Stuttgart

    Manchester City conceded four goals in 36 hapless minutes yesterday as they slumped to a 4-2 defeat by VfB Stuttgart in a pre-season friendly. The Bundesliga club took full advantage of a shambolic defensive display by the visitors in the first...

  • Wolfsburg beat Bayern to lift Super Cup

    Wolfsburg beat Bayern to lift Super Cup

    Wolfsburg captain Naldo lifts the Super Cup trophy after his team beat champions Bayern Munich in a penalty shoot-out last night. Nicklas Bendtner was Wolfsburg’s hero as he came off the bench to score the equaliser a minute from time after Arjen...

  • Football news

    Kukesi and Legia Warsaw have both been charged by UEFA after their Europa League qualifier on Thursday evening was abandoned due to crowd trouble. Visitors Legia had just taken a 2-1 lead early in the second half when their midfielder Ondrej Duda...

  • Briefs

    Hradecky: Brondby have agreed to sell Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt for around 15 million Danish crowns ($2.21 million). Bratislava-born Hradecky, 25, made his international debut in 2010 while playing...

  • Zico’s FIFA bid gets lukewarm backing from Brazil federation

    Zico’s FIFA bid gets lukewarm backing from Brazil federation

    Zico has been promised the backing of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) for his bid to run for the FIFA presidency if he can show he has the support of four other federations. Andrew Downie reports... Zico, a former Brazil international,...

  • Argentine executive to appear in US court in FIFA case

    The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business who was among 14 people indicted in a federal corruption case involving the soccer world’s governing body, FIFA, is expected to appear in US court on Friday. Alejandro Burzaco, an...

  • No deal to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker

    No deal to back Platini says CONCACAF powerbroker

    FIFA presidential hopeful Michel Platini has not secured the formal backing of the CONCACAF region, the head of the influential Caribbean Football Union (CFU) said suggesting the claim was “just politics”. CONCACAF has 35 votes in February’s...

  • Vallejo set for Real move

    Real Madrid announced yesterday an agreement to sign highly-rated teenage defender Jesus Vallejo from Real Zaragoza. The 18-year-old, who this summer captained Spain to victory in the UEFA Under-19 Championship, will sign a long-term contract with...

  • Walcott, Cazorla sign new Arsenal deals

    Walcott, Cazorla sign new Arsenal deals

    Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts with the Gunners, the Premier League club said yesterday. England international Walcott, who has scored 76 goals in 302 appearances since joining Arsenal...

  • Valletta sign Brazilian Romao on two-year deal

    Valletta sign Brazilian Romao on two-year deal

    Valletta have completed the signing of flank defender Romeu Romao. The Brazilian has put pen to paper on a two-year deal after impressing coach Paul Zammit since linking up with Valletta for a trial last month. Zammit had been keen to add a wide...

  • Costa and Cahill fit for Community Shield

    Costa and Cahill fit for Community Shield

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa and defender Gary Cahill will be fit to play against Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley tomorrow, manager Jose Mourinho has said. Spain striker Costa limped off with a hamstring problem in a pre-season friendly...

  • Jovetic leaves Man. City for Inter on loan

    Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic has joined Inter on an 18-month loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer, his Premier League parent club announced yesterday. The 25-year-old joined City from Fiorentina for £22 million in 2013 but has...

  • London rivals vie for the Shield

    London rivals vie for the Shield

    Wembley Stadium will host a London derby as Premier League champions Chelsea and Arsenal, the 2014/15 FA Cup winners, cross swords in the Community Shield final tomorrow. This is the third time that two London sides have met in the pre-season...

  • Hammers discipline a concern for Bilic

    Hammers discipline a concern for Bilic

    West Ham had their recent poor disciplinary record laid bare again on Thursday as both defender James Collins and manager Slaven Bilic were sent off in a 2-2 draw with Astra Giurgiu. The Hammers looked to be cruising after goals from Enner...

  • Premier League chief Scudamore unmoved on fixtures

    The Premier League will not move individual fixtures in an effort to placate clubs competing in the Champions League. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, in particular, has bemoaned such a short turnaround in fixtures with his players on occasion forced...