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  • Colombians Nacional lift Copa Libertadores with close 1-0 victory

    Colombians Nacional lift Copa Libertadores with close 1-0 victory

    An early goal from Miguel Angel Borja took Atletico Nacional to their second Copa Libertadores triumph as the Colombian side beat Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle 1-0 late Wednesday to give them a 2-1 aggregate victory. Macnelly Torres’s chip...

  • Hull City are hoping to name their new manager next week

    Hull City hope to name Steve Bruce’s successor next week after beginning to interview prospective managers. Bruce left the Tigers after four years in charge of the team following a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s owners, the...

  • Fabregas apologises for tackle on Klavan

    Fabregas apologises for tackle on Klavan

    Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has apologised to Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan for the studs-up challenge which saw the midfielder sent off in their International Champions Cup clash in Pasadena. The Spain international slid in and caught the new...

  • Higuain slams Napoli president after Juve switch

    Gonzalo Higuain could not stand to spend “another minute” with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, the striker has claimed after joining Juventus. The Argentina international, 28, became the third-most expensive player of all time when he...

  • Football news

    Wolves’ outgoing chief executive Jez Moxey will take up the same role with Norwich City. Moxey, 53, has spent the last 16 years in the role at Wolves, who confirmed last week he would leave after a three-month period of transition when they...

  • Sporting briefs

    Lirola: Young right-back Pol Lirola will play for Sassuolo in the new season after a two-year loan move from Juventus was confirmed yesterday. The 18-year-old Spaniard has only played in Juventus youth team so far. Sassuolo said: “Sassuolo Calcio...

  • Europa League: Birkirkara suffer heavy defeat in third round

    Europa League: Birkirkara suffer heavy defeat in third round

    BIRKIRKARA 0 FC KRASNODAR 3 Granqvist 45, Smolov 75 pen, Joaozinho 89 Birkirkara suffered a heavy defeat in the third round of the Europa League at the hands of their much-quoted opponents FC Krasnodar.   Drazen Besek’s gallant troop did not only...

  • Tough Krasnodar test up next for Besek’s Birkirkara

    Tough Krasnodar test up next for Besek’s Birkirkara

    Birkirkara are wary of the tough task they face to extend an extra-ordinary run in the Europa League this summer by another round as they host Russian side Krasnodar at the Hibs Stadium today (kick-off: 7.30pm). The Stripes wrote history in the...

  • Dardai hopes Ibisevic is fired up for Hertha

    Dardai hopes Ibisevic is fired up for Hertha

    Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai is pinning his hopes on a hungry and vengeful Vedad Ibisevic when his side make their return to European club competition action tonight. Hertha are back on the European stage after a six-year absence with a Europa...

  • Arsenal on the hunt for defender after Mertesacker injury

    Arsene Wenger admits Per Mertesacker’s knee injury means Arsenal are back in the market for another defender. The 31-year-old Germany international suffered the problem in Friday’s pre-season draw with Lens and did not travel with the squad for...

  • Blue plaque honour for hero Moore

    The house where England’s World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore lived when he first learnt his craft has been commemorated with a National Heritage plaque. Moore became the first footballer to receive a blue sign outside his childhood home days...

  • Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target, says Zidane

    Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target, says Zidane

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club. Reports in England and Spain linked Rodriguez, who joined Real...

  • Ex-German FA chief Niersbach to challenge FIFA ban

    Former German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach will appeal against a one-year ban by world soccer’s governing body FIFA, he said yesterday. FIFA’s Ethics Committee banned Niersbach on Monday for failing to report potential...

  • Besiktas eye move for Balotelli

    Besiktas could offer Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli a route out of Anfield after their president expressed a desire to sign the Italy international. Fikret Orman believes the 25-year-old, who did not travel with the Reds for their tour of the...

  • Lazio sign striker Immobile from Seville

    Italian side Lazio have signed striker Ciro Immobile from Spain’s Seville, both clubs said yesterday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but according to reports, the Stadio Olimpico club are paying €8.5m to secure the 26-year-old’s...

  • Citizens take sweet revenge

    Citizens take sweet revenge

    When in May 1978, Valletta met Floriana in the FA Trophy final they had an axe to grind. This was the fourth meeting between the two rivals that season and, to the Citizens’ obvious discomfort, Floriana won the first three. Valletta had already...

  • Messi goes blond for the new season

    Messi goes blond for the new season

    Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (right) controls the ball during pre-season training at the St George’s Park National Football Centre, England. With a new La Liga season set to begin next month, Messi has adopted a fresh new look and joined a growing...

  • Psaila upbeat about new Luxol project in the south

    Psaila upbeat about new Luxol project in the south

    Pippo Psaila, sports director of the Luxol St Andrew’s youth sector, has described the partnership agreement with the Sta Luċija FC nursery as an excellent opportunity for young players from the other side of the island to further their...

  • Football news

    Teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution during extra-time in the final three rounds of next season’s FA Cup. The FA is trialling a new format which will see teams who have made all three changes during the 90 minutes of a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Smith: Australia international left-back Brad Smith has joined Bournemouth from Liverpool on a four-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported that Bournemouth had paid three million pounds for the...