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  • Holders Real crush Basel but Atletico go down in Greece

    Holders Real crush Basel but Atletico go down in Greece

    Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League opener last night. But there was disappointment for last year’s finalists Atletico...

  • Van Gaal honest, not frightening, says Blind

    Van Gaal honest, not frightening, says Blind

    Daley Blind thinks Louis van Gaal’s brutally honest ways will help him become a much better player. With all the focus on Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, Blind’s contribution to Manchester United’s 4-0 win over QPR on Sunday largely flew under...

  • FIFA exco probed over World Cup watches

    Football governing body FIFA is investigating whether any ethics rules were broken when members of its executive committee received commemorative watches from sponsors of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) at the World Cup. “The CBF...

  • Malta seek to avoid further humiliation against Swiss

    Malta seek to avoid further humiliation against Swiss

    The Malta women’s team wrap up their commitments in the 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign when they take on Switzerland at the Tedesco Stadium this afternoon (kick-off 5pm). The match holds little significance for both teams as Switzerland have...

  • Van Basten swaps jobs with his assistant

    Marco van Basten stepped down as coach of AZ Alkmaar yesterday, saying he could no longer cope with the stress, but will stay at the Dutch club after swapping jobs with his assistant Alex Pastoor. The club had announced on Monday that the former...

  • Zidane could be interested in France coaching job

    Former France great Zinedine Zidane, who helped Les Bleus win the 1998 World Cup on home soil, has hinted he could be interested in coaching the national team. “I am ambitious. I am a coach now, and I tell myself ‘why not be national coach?’,” the...

  • Judge Eckert warns FIFA following Garcia probe

    Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge deciding what action to take following FIFA’s investigation into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, said he doubted “if football and ethics can still fit together”. The...

  • Barcelona honour Vilanova

    Barcelona have honoured the memory of former coach Tito Vilanova by renaming a training ground after him. The Catalan club’s board of directors agreed to name the number one pitch at the club’s training camp at Sant Joan Despi after...

  • English football results

    Championship: Bournemouth vs Leeds 1-3; Birmingham vs Sheffield Wed. 0-2; Blackpool vs Watford 0-1; Brentford vs Norwich 0-3; Cardiff vs Middlesbrough 0-1; Charlton vs Wolves 1-1; Huddersfield vs Wigan 0-0; Ipswich vs Brighton 2-0; Bolton vs...

  • Napoli need to turn the tide before it’s too late

    Napoli need to turn the tide before it’s too late

    Napoli’s season is already at a crossroads. This might sound strange at such an early stage of the season but the Partenopei’s 2014/15 campaign has started on a bad note. Unless the Coppa Italia holders up their game and improve defensively, they...

  • Everton receive go-ahead to plan new stadium

    Everton have been given the green light to begin planning a new 50,000-seater stadium in Walton Hall Park in north Liverpool, the Premier League club said yesterday. The new stadium will spearhead a major regeneration of the area planned by the...

  • Football news

    A Swiss goalkeeper has threatened legal action after fans of a rival lower league team urinated in his water bottle and then taunted him when, unawares, he took a sip during a match at the weekend. FC Muri goalkeeper Reto Felder said he had felt...

  • Sporting briefs

    Nottingham: The city has no presence in the Premier League but Nottingham has been voted England’s 2015 City of Football. Nottingham beat off Manchester and Portsmouth to earn the title, a reward for its efforts to get more people playing the game...

  • Liverpool score dramatic win over Ludogorets

    Liverpool score dramatic win over  Ludogorets

    Liverpool scored a dramatic 2-1 win over debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria with all three goals coming in the last 12 minutes of their Champions League Group B match at Anfield tonight. Mario Balotelli put Liverpool ahead after 82 minutes, Dani...

  • Real on song with 5-1 rout of Basel

    Real on song with 5-1 rout of Basel

    Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener. After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th...

  • Real out to break holders’ jinx in 60th European Cup

    Real out to break holders’ jinx in 60th European Cup

    It was Alex Ferguson who once noted famously that watching the World Cup was as excruciating as visiting the dentist while offering the counterpoint that the Champions League was much more fun, quite the best competition in football. To be...

  • Rio lifts lid on Moyes mistakes

    Rio lifts lid on Moyes mistakes

    Rio Ferdinand has highlighted a series of mistakes which he believes David Moyes made during his dismal Manchester United tenure – starting with the banning of chips the night before matches. The QPR defender, who endured an unhappy return to Old...

  • Inzaghi eyeing Juve ‘miracle’

    Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi hailed the character of his side after seeing them edge out Parma in a nine-goal thriller on Sunday –but believes they will need a “miracle” to beat three-time defending champions Juventus next weekend. Milan’s 5-4 win...

  • Darmanin Demajo urges officials to be more diligent

    Darmanin Demajo urges officials to be more diligent

    Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo has urged officials to tread with the utmost caution when dealing with individuals who use football to nurture their ego but often end up taking legal action to recover the money they poured into their...

  • BOV Premier League pictorial

    BOV Premier League pictorial

    Premier League statistics Scorers, red cards BalzanPiccioni 3; Guerrero 3; Mifsud Triganza 2; Micallef; Darmanin. Red card: Cassar (vs Naxxar). BirkirkaraLiliu 4; Rafael Ledesma 2; Grech; Eliandro; Fenech. FlorianaPiciollo 3;...