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  • Ronaldo may feature in United friendly, Ancelotti says

    Ronaldo may feature in United friendly, Ancelotti says

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering well from his knee injury and may return to action in Saturday's friendly against his former club Manchester United in Michigan, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti. The Portugal captain and World...

  • Van Gaal relishes task of emulating Ferguson

    Van Gaal relishes task of emulating Ferguson

    New coach Louis van Gaal has welcomed the challenge of trying to emulate the great Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and is confident his record of managing big clubs will stand him in good stead. Ferguson won 38 trophies in 26 success-laden...

  • Vidal staying at Juve says boss Allegri

    Vidal staying at Juve says boss Allegri

    Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is not heading for Manchester United but is fundamental to champions Juventus and is happy to stay, the Italian club’s new boss Massimiliano Allegri said yesterday. “The ideal thing would be not only to keep hold of...

  • Jose Callejon not joining Atletico Madrid – Benitez

    Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has rubbished speculation that Jose Callejon could join Atletico Madrid this summer by insisting there is “no chance” the Italian club would sell the forward. Primera Division champions Atletico were among the clubs...

  • Southampton duo not for sale

    Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has declared that neither Jay Rodriguez nor Morgan Schneiderlin will be sold this summer. With former manager Mauricio Pochettino be-lieved to be interested in taking the duo to join him at Tottenham, Saints fans...

  • Barca conduct training at St George’s Park

    Barca conduct training at St George’s Park

    Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were the obvious absentees as Barcelona are currently training at England’s football headquarters after arriving for a one-week camp in the midlands on Monday. Suarez is banned from all football activity for four...

  • Leipzig owner Mateschitz targeting the Bundesliga

    Leipzig owner Mateschitz targeting the Bundesliga

    RB Leipzig owner Dietrich Mateschitz says that immediate promotion to the Bundesliga would be too much to ask, but he does expect the club to reach the top flight of German football in the near future. Leipzig gained promotion from the third to...

  • West Ham’s Valencia granted work permit

    West Ham’s Valencia granted work permit

    Sam Allardyce has not had much good news of late but he will be delighted that Ecuador striker Enner Valencia has been granted a work permit to complete his move to West Ham United. With club-record signing Andy Carroll ruled out for four months...

  • Sabella quits as coach of Argentina

    Sabella quits as coach of Argentina

    Alejandro Sabella (picture), who steered Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit as national team coach, Argentine media reported yesterday. The reports said the 59-year-old Sa-bella, whose side lost the Maracana final to...

  • Liverpool sign Origi and loan him back to Lille

    Liverpool signed teenager Divock Origi yesterday before immediately loaning the Belgium World Cup striker back to Ligue 1 side Lille for next season. “I am very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me,” the 19-year-old...

  • Al Arabi move for Dejagah

    Ashkan Dejagah has left Fulham for Qatari club Al Arabi after an undisclosed fee was agreed for the Iran winger. Dejagah was one of the few players to impress at Craven Cottage last season but Fulham have been unable to retain him following their...

  • Champions League

    Third qualifying round (first legs)   1st leg 2nd leg Agg. Played yesterday       Sparta Prague vs Malmo FF 4-2     Slovan Bratislava vs FC Sheriff 2-1     Debrecen vs BATE Borisov 1-0     Playing today       Aktobe vs Steaua...

  • Torino back in Euro reckoning

    Torino back in Euro reckoning

    Torino will be in Sweden tomorrow to play IF Brommapojkarna in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. This match marks Torino’s return to Euro club competitions after several years in limbo. Bar for a brief participation in the 2002...

  • Football news

    FIFA is in the process of gathering information on the alleged racism directed at young Manchester City player Seko Fofana in Croatia last week. The 19-year-old claimed he was subjected to the abuse during City’s elite development squad’s friendly...

  • Sporting briefs

    Costa: Former Valencia captain Ricardo Costa has taken a new turn in his career by joining Qatari side Al-Sailiya. Last week the 33-year-old defender rescinded his contract with Valencia a year before it was due to expire. The Portugal...

  • Judge rules fraud case against Messi will go ahead

    Judge rules fraud case against Messi will go ahead

    A Spanish court will push ahead with the process of prosecuting Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor the charges be dismissed. The prosecutor argued back in June...

  • Juventus start their title defence against Chievo

    Juventus start their title defence against Chievo

    Juventus start the defence of their Serie A title at Chievo next month but the pick of the first-day fixtures announced yesterday will see last season’s runners-up Roma host Fiorentina who finished fourth. The opening weekend, on August 30-31,...

  • De Vrij closing in on Lazio transfer

    Holland defender Stefan de Vrij is to have a medical ahead of a move to Lazio, the Serie A club have announced. The 22-year-old impressed in his country’s run to third place in the World Cup and scored in their opening 5-1 rout of defending...

  • FIFA ask FIGC to investigate Italy racism row

    FIFA has asked the Italian football federation (FIGC) to investigate comments made by Carlo Tavecchio, the favourite to become its next president, in which he referred to African players as “banana eaters”. “Reports concerning alleged ra-cist...

  • Defender Lovren seals his move to Liverpool

    Defender Lovren seals his move to Liverpool

    Liverpool have announced the signing of defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton on a long-term contract. The Croatia international penned his deal with the Reds to become the third Southampton player to move to Anfield this summer following striker...