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Southgate handed task of reviving England’s fortunes

Southgate handed task of reviving England’s fortunes

Gareth Southgate was handed the onerous task of ending England’s decades of under-achievement at major tournaments when he agreed a four-year deal to become national team manager yesterday. The 46-year-old former international defender had been in temporary charge since Sam Allardyce quit 67 days into his reign in September after becoming embroiled in a...

  • Ex-Brazil forward Ronaldinho pledges support to Chapecoense

    Ex-Brazil forward Ronaldinho pledges support to Chapecoense

    Former Brazil forward Ronaldinho is determined to do what he can to help Chapecoense’s efforts to rebuild after the devastating plane crash in Colombia, according to his brother. The charter jet carrying the Chapecoense team, along with club...

  • League title may be out of Man United's reach, says Mourinho

    League title may be out of Man United's reach, says Mourinho

    Manchester United might have left themselves too much ground to make up in the Premier League title race as they trail leaders Chelsea by 11 points after 13 games, according to their manager Jose Mourinho. United have won only two of their last 10...

  • Xavi confident Messi will stay at Barcelona

    Xavi confident Messi will stay at Barcelona

    Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez cannot imagine Lionel Messi leaving the Catalan club, despite the Argentine forward stalling over a new contract with the La Liga champions. Xavi is Barca’s all-time appearance leader and was the heartbeat of the...

  • Greens out to show mettle in duel with the leaders

    Greens out to show mettle  in duel with the leaders

    Six positive results on the spin have fuelled the optimism of the Floriana fans about their team’s prospects of challenging for a top-three finish but their resurgence will be put to the test tomorrow as the Greens face leaders Balzan at the...

  • Bayern Munich back on top

    Robert Lewandowski struck twice and Arjen Robben netted with a rare diving header as champions Bayern Munich came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Mainz to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga yesterday. The Bavarians have 30 points from 13 games,...

  • Griezmann joins the top contenders in FIFA contest

    Frenchman Antoine Griezmann joined regulars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the shortlist for FIFA’s Player of the Year award yesterday. Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos, the men behind two of the year’s biggest surprises, were nominated...

  • Sepp Blatter appeal decision for Monday

    Sepp Blatter appeal decision for Monday

    Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will discover on Monday whether he has won his appeal against a six-year ban from football imposed for ethics violations amid the biggest corruption scandal ever to shake the world soccer body. Blatter led the...

  • Six in a row for Lions

    Vittoriosa Stars 2Naxxar Lions 4 A slick first-half showing by Naxxar, during which they scored four times without reply, was enough for them to beat Vittoriosa  and chalk up their sixth win in a row to strengthen their top position at the top of...

  • Football news

    Teams competing in the men’s and women’s German Cup this season will be allowed to make four substitutions if matches go into extra time, with Germany taking part in a pilot project, the country’s football association (DFB) said yesterday. The...

  • Sporting briefs

    Girard: Nantes have parted company with coach Rene Girard following the club’s poor start to the season. Les Canaris were thrashed 6-0 at home by Lyon in midweek and head into this weekend second-bottom after 15 games. The 62-year-old, who led...

  • Under-fire Pardew admits Palace are in crisis

    Under-fire Pardew admits Palace are in crisis

    Under-fire manager Alan Pardew said Crystal Palace are in a crisis following their six-game losing streak but yesterday refuted claims that he is a game away from being sacked. Pardew said he had talks with the board over his team’s worrying form...

  • Watch: Goalkeeper scores most spectacular goal

    Watch: Goalkeeper scores most spectacular goal

    A goal scored by a South African goalkeeper in the final minute of injury time is being hailed as the most spectacular goal ever scored by a keeper.  Baroka trailed Orlando Pirates 1-0 as the fifth and final minute of injury time expired in their...

  • Southgate talks of great expectations amid the gloom

    Southgate talks of great expectations amid the gloom

    The Dickensian fog obscuring Wembley’s arch hardly looked a portent of a golden era for England’s national team as new manager Gareth Southgate spent his first day in the job trying to provide some cheer yesterday. On the field English football...

  • Former general secretary Linsi implicated

    The Swiss investigation into corruption at FIFA has widened to include the former general secretary of world football’s governing body, Urs Linsi. The 67-year-old Swiss football administrator and businessman held the second most important job at...

  • English FA boss Glenn doubts clubs acted to cover up abuse

    English FA boss Glenn doubts clubs acted to cover up abuse

    English FA boss Martin Glenn (picture) believes it is unlikely there was an organised attempt to “cover up” sexual abuse in the game but has promised to punish any club found guilty of doing so “regardless of size”. The FA chief executive was...

  • Goalkeeper Hart sees no future at Manchester City

    Joe Hart admits he is expecting to be made available for transfer again by Manchester City when his loan spell at Torino finishes. The England goalkeeper is on a season-long loan with the Italian outfit after slipping down the pecking order at...

  • It hurts me to drop players, says United boss Mourinho

    It hurts me to drop players, says United boss Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho said it hurt him to have to leave players out of his side after Manchester United swept aside West Ham United 4-1 to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday night. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and French forward Anthony Martial...

  • Għajnsielem oust Nadur after penalty shoot-out

    Għajnsielem  oust Nadur  after penalty shoot-out

    Għajnsielem advanced to the quarter-finals of the GFA Cup after eliminating Nadur Youngsters in a penalty shoot-out as the match ended in a 3-3 draw after extra-time. This was the third meeting between the two sides in the last few weeks. Last...

  • Rome derby fan boycott looms again

    Roma fans have said they will boycott Sunday’s derby against Lazio for the third time in a row, once again taking the gloss of what used to be one of Europe’s most passionate fixtures. The hardcore supporters who occupy the Curva Sud at Rome’s...

  • Football news

    Bayer Leverkusen forward Kevin Volland has been ruled out for the rest of the year after picking up a thigh muscle injury in training, the Champions League club said yesterday. The 24-year-old Germany international, who joined Leverkusen this...