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  • Juventus make winning start

    Juventus make winning start

    Juventus made a winning start to the defence of their Serie A title with a 1-0 result at Chievo which failed to reflect their dominance in Verona. An own goal by goalkeeper Franceso Bardi in the sixth minute of the game was ultimately all that was...

  • Update 2: Man City lose at home as Chelsea hit Everton for six

    Update 2: Man City lose at home as Chelsea hit Everton for six

    It was a day for role reversal as free-scoring Manchester City's attacking talents were blunted in a shock 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City while Jose Mourinho's often cautious Chelsea thumped Everton 6-3. City dropped their first points of the...

  • Capello not paid for three months, says Russian minister

    Capello not paid for three months, says Russian minister

    Russia head coach Fabio Capello and other support staff have not been paid for the last three months, according to sports minister Vitaly Mutko. "They have not been paid for three months," Mutko told the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS. "I knew...

  • Sevilla play down favourites tag

    Sevilla play down favourites tag

    Sevilla coach Unai Emery played down talk of them being favourites to retain the Europa League title this season after they were drawn to play Standard Liege, Feyenoord and HNK Rijeka in yesterday’s group stage draw. “It’s great to be back in...

  • Gomez, Reus called up for Germany matches

    Gomez, Reus called up for Germany matches

    Mario Gomez and Marco Reus, who both missed Germany’s World Cup-winning campaign through injury, have returned to the squad for next month’s friendly against Argentina and a Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Scotland. Fiorentina striker Gomez, who...

  • Bayern complete deal for midfielder Alonso

    Bayern complete deal for midfielder Alonso

    German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to boost their midfield options following a string of injuries. Spain’s double European champion...

  • Tough test awaits Mourinho’s Blues

    Tough test awaits Mourinho’s Blues

    Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have opened the season on a high after gathering all points from their two matches against Burnley (away) and Leicester (home). This evening, the Londoners will have to deal with a tougher challenge though as they play...

  • England line up top-class opponents

    England will play four prestige friendlies against world champions Germany, Spain, Italy and France over the next two years. Football Association general secretary Alex Horne said the friendlies against teams who have won four out of last five...

  • Juve will keep on winning says Pogba

    Juve will keep on winning says Pogba

    Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba believes his side will once again dominate Serie A this season despite the departure of coach Antonio Conte. The three-time defending champions open the campaign at Chievo this evening under new boss Massimiliano...

  • Chelsea and Milan agree Torres loan

    Milan agreed a two-year loan deal with Chelsea for misfit striker Fernando Torres on Friday but the Spaniard has yet to agree terms and decide to end his London nightmare. Milan are desperate for a cut-price but big-name forward after selling...

  • Football news

    Radamel Falcao has been re-called to the Colombia squad after missing the World Cup, as speculation over his club future continues. Falcao missed this summer’s tournament in Brazil as he continued his recovery from a serious knee injury suffered...

  • Sporting briefs

    Friendly Off: Israel and Germany have agreed to cancel a 2015 friendly game as turmoil in the Middle East has forced a rescheduling of a Euro 2016 qualifier. Israel, who were to host Belgium on Sept. 9 in a 2016 European championships qualifier,...

  • Holders Real face Liverpool

    Holders Real face Liverpool

    Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw yesterday. The eagerly-awaited event, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, had a...

  • Ronaldo wins another European award

    Ronaldo wins another European award

    Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid’s 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, was named UEFA’s Best Player in Europe yesterday. Ronaldo scored 17 goals in all as Real won the title for...

  • Bayern transfer ‘no-brainer’ – Benatia

    Mehdi Benatia has admitted it was a wrench to leave Roma but described his decision to join Bayern Munich as a ‘no-brainer’. The Moroccan put pen to paper on a five-year contract on Wednesday night, after successfully passing a medical. Bayern...

  • Juve’s Pirlo out for a month

    Juventus have suffered a blow ahead of the start of their Serie A title defence with news that veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo will be sidelined for a month. The Italy international suffered a hip injury during Saturday’s Tim Trophy tournament and...

  • Platini rules out standing against FIFA’s Blatter

    Platini rules out standing against FIFA’s Blatter

    UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football yesterday, the Frenchman deciding not to oppose incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency next year. Platini told the chairman and general...

  • Rooney named England captain, fulfils ‘dream’

    Rooney named England captain, fulfils ‘dream’

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (picture) was named the new captain of England yesterday. Rooney, who succeeds Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard, will lead his country in a friendly against Norway on Sept. 3 and their opening Euro 2016 qualifier...

  • Van Gaal warns against expecting Di Maria ‘miracle’

    Van Gaal warns against expecting Di Maria ‘miracle’

    Louis van Gaal warned Manchester United fans against regarding Angel Di Maria as “the miracle” when the Argentine was unveiled as United’s new No.7 yesterday. Di Maria, signed from Real Madrid this week for a British record £59.7 million ($98.96...

  • Europa League – Play-off round

      1st leg 2nd leg Agg. L. Warsaw (Poland) vs Aktobe (Kazakhstan) 1-0 2-0 3-0 Lok. Moscow (Russia) vs Apollon (Cyprus) 1-1 1-4 2-5 Villarreal (Spain) vs Astana (Kazakhstan) 3-0 4-0 7-0 M. Tel-Aviv (Israel) vs Asteras Tripolis...