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  • 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...

  • We are not inferior to Azerbaijan – Caruana

    Saturday’s loss in Baku was hard to stomach for the Maltese players but the team’s showing in the second half has galvanised Jonathan Caruana’s belief that they can hold their own against their fellow minnows in the home encounter. “I think we are...

  • Reus, Mueller on target as Germany beat Georgia 2-0

    Reus, Mueller on target as Germany beat Georgia 2-0

    World Cup winners Germany eased past hosts Georgia 2-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier yesterday with two goals in five minutes from Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller enough to get their Group D campaign back on track. Reus scored after 39 minutes and...

  • Romania labour to 1-0 win over Faroe Islands

    Romania continued their im-pressive run but were well short of their scintillating best as a Claudiu Keseru goal earned them a laboured 1-0 victory over Group F underdogs Faroe Islands in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Ploiesti yesterday. The...

  • Azzurri hope to put Bulgaria turbulence behind them

    Azzurri hope to put Bulgaria turbulence behind them

    Italy hope the focus will again turn to football after a turbulent 48 hours in Bulgaria that had coach Antonio Conte reportedly contemplating resignation. While the Italians gained an important Euro 2016 qualifying point from Saturday’s 2-2 draw...

  • Henderson eyes Italy revenge

    Jordan Henderson has tasted defeat against Italy in each of the last three years – a run the England midfielder is confident will not be extended this week. The Three Lions line up at the Juventus Stadium tomorrow evening for a mouth-watering...

  • Brazil sink feisty Chile

    Roberto Firmino’s goal gave Brazil a 1-0 victory over Chile in a feisty friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium yesterday, their eighth successive win since last year’s disappointing World Cup campaign. Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst...

  • Football results

    Serie B: Perugia vs Crotone 0-0; Bari vs Pro Vercelli 1-0; Catania vs Avellino 1-0; Cittadella vs Ternana 0-0; Modena vs Varese 1-1; Virtus Lanciano vs Entella 1-0; Brescia vs Trapani 1-1. Leading standings: Carpi 65; Bologna 56; Vicenza 52;...

  • Football news

    Gianni de Biasi has been granted Albanian citizenship after having led the country’s national team for the past three years. Former Torino and Udinese coach De Biasi is married to an Albanian woman and has been in charge of the Albania national...

  • Sporting briefs

    Santon: Former Newcastle defender Davide Santon has been called up to the Italy squad for tomorrow’s friendly against England. Santon, who made his loan move from Newcastle to Inter permanent last month, has been drafted into Antonio Conte’s squad...

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