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  • Townsend strike earns England draw in Italy

    Townsend strike earns England draw in Italy

    Substitute Andros Townsend fired home a late equaliser to earn England a 1-1 draw against Italy in a fiercely contested friendly at the Juventus Stadium in Turin yesterday. Italy had taken the lead on the half-hour through Graziano Pelle’s deft...

  • Fellaini’s goal earns Belgium 1-0 win in Israel

    Marouane Fellaini grabbed an early goal as 10-man Belgium survived a spirited Israeli second-half performance to earn a 1-0 win in Euro 2016 qualifying Group B in Jerusalem yesterday. Belgium totally dominated the first half but could not...

  • Newcastle profits provoke questions

    Newcastle have emerged as one of the most profitable clubs in the Barclays Premier League after announcing record profits of £18.7 million last season. It is the fourth successive year the club has made a profit and cements Newcastle’s position,...

  • Clubs agree to more even distribution of the funds

    Clubs agree to more even distribution of the funds

    European clubs have agreed to distribute revenue from the Champions League and Europa League more evenly from next season, the European Clubs Association (ECA) and UEFA said yesterday. The announcement comes amid concerns that the gulf between...

  • Gatt selects women’s squad for qualifiers

    Women’s national team coach Mark Gatt yesterday announced his squad for the upcoming European Championship Group B preliminary round qualifiers which will be played in Malta. Gatt’s girls will be playing three matches between next Saturday and...

  • Eder keeps Azzurri Euro 2016 campaign on track

    On Saturday, a makeshift Italy side needed a late wonder goal by Sampdoria’s Eder to salvage a useful 2-2 draw in a Euro 2016 Group H qualifier in Bulgaria. The Brazil-born striker was one of two foreign-born players selected by Azzurri coach...

  • Football news

    Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has not given up hope of playing for Spain again. The 26-year-old has not featured for La Roja since a 3-0 triumph over Australia in Spain’s final group game at last year’s World Cup in Brazil. Mata, who...

  • Sporting briefs

    Hanover: Relegation-threatened Hanover are likely to be without forward Artur Sobiech for the last eight games of the season after he tore ligaments in his right knee in training on Tuesday, the club said. The 24-year-old Polish international, who...

  • Italy coach Conte banishes any suggestion of quitting

    Italy coach Conte banishes any suggestion of quitting

    Antonio Conte banished any idea that he was quitting as Italy coach yesterday and said that there was nothing wrong with hard work, in an apparent reply to suggestions he was overworking his players. Conte was in emotional mood as he returned to...

  • Spain on revenge mission

    Spain on revenge mission

    Spain will be on a revenge mission when they take on the Netherlands in Amsterdam, today. The Spaniards fell 5-1 to the Dutch – their heaviest defeat since 1963 – in their World Cup opener in Brazil last year. The result paved the way for Vincente...

  • Falcao breaks Colombia scoring record

    Falcao breaks Colombia scoring record

    Striker Radamel Falcao (picture) equalised Colombia’s international goals record with a 74th-minute penalty in his country’s 3-1 away win over Kuwait in a friendly yesterday. Falcao took his tally to 24 in 56 internationals, level with former...

  • Dunga frustrated with ref showing

    Dunga frustrated with ref showing

    Brazil manager Dunga claims referee Martin Atkinson failed to protect his players in their 1-0 friendly win over Chile at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. Firmino’s second-half finish ensured Brazil made it eight successive victories as Dunga’s side...

  • Cyprus officials determined to unify despite protest

    Turkish Cypriot soccer officials yesterday vowed to press ahead with attempts to reunite with the Cyprus Football Association, (CFA), triggering a political storm on the ethnically-split island. In a controversy running to the heart of the...

  • Germany will hit top form in crucial qualifiers, says Loew

    Germany will hit top form in crucial qualifiers, says Loew

    Germany will be at their best when they take on Euro 2016 qualifying rivals Poland, Scotland and Ireland later this year after their current period of experimentation, coach Joachim Loew has said. The Germans drew 2-2 in a friendly against Asian...

  • Montenegro, Russia face UEFA charges

    UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica was abandoned in the second half following crowd trouble and a scuffle among the players. European soccer’s governing body...

  • Malta FA withdraw charges against Buttigieg

    The Malta FA yesterday withdrew the match-fixing charges against Xewkija Tigers FC player Peter Buttigieg following further investigations by the association’s Prosecuting Officer. Earlier this month, Buttigieg was banned temporarily as the Malta...

  • Zidane keen on Real Madrid job

    Zinedine Zidane has said he would be willing to become Real Madrid head coach although he was not in a hurry. “Of course, if the role is offered to me I would agree to it but once again there is an amazing coach in place,” Zidane, the Real Madrid...

  • Football news

    Argentine Paulo Dybala is likely to leave Palermo in summer after rejecting the Sicily club’s offers to renew his contract. The 21-year-old striker has been repeatedly linked with the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain...

  • Sporting briefs

    Armenia: Armenia coach Bernard Challandes has stepped down in the wake of a 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat by Albania on Sunday, leaving the country without a win after four games. “It is written in my contract that we need to get a certain...

  • Baku setback fails to shake national coach’s faith

    Baku setback fails to shake national coach’s faith

    As the weary Malta players embarked on another exhausting return journey from Baku via Istanbul in the early hours of yesterday, the mood was distinctly low-key. The 2-0 defeat to Azerbaijan a few hours earlier had dampened their spirits as all...

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