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  • Juve coach Allegri ignores questions on Higuain deal

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri declined to give comments on multiple reports in Italy yesterday that the Italian champions had signed striker Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A rivals Napoli. Allegri was facing reporters after his team’s penalty...

  • Mourinho not worried after loss to Dortmund

    Mourinho not worried after loss to Dortmund

    Jose Mourinho was unconcerned by Manchester United’s heavy loss to Borussia Dortmund on Friday, pointing to the high-profile absentees and the “crucial” midfielder they have yet to sign. On a hot and humid night in Shanghai, the recently-appointed...

  • Big Sam will prove the football snobs wrong

    Big Sam will prove the football snobs wrong

    The appointment of Sam Allardyce as the new England manager was always likely to be controversial. The former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United boss is a bit of a Marmite manager – you either love him or hate him. And there...

  • Rattin recalls moment that sparked the rivalry between England and Argentina

    Diego Maradona’s Hand of God goal in the 1986 World Cup is the stand-out incident in soccer clashes between Argentina and England but the one that sparked an intense rivalry was Antonio Rattin’s sending-off at Wembley 20 years earlier. Rattin, the...

  • Ronaldo ruled out of UEFA SCup by injury

    Ronaldo ruled out of UEFA SCup by injury

    Cristiano Ronaldo will miss next month’s UEFA Super Cup, the Real Madrid forward an-nounced yesterday. Ronaldo, who led Portugal to the Euro 2016 title but suffered a knee injury in the final, is on an extended break on his home island of...

  • Young Lions make trip to Berlin

    Young Lions make trip to Berlin

    Four teams from the Naxxar Lions FC Youth Nursery travelled to Germany recently where they played a few friendly matches against Berlin-based teams, including the renowned FC Union Berlin. The Naxxar contingent in-cluded 46 young players from the...

  • Football news

    Cristian Tello is very close to extending his career in the Serie A as Fiorentina are engaged in talks with Barcelona over the permanent transfer of the left-winger. Sky Italia reported yesterday that Tello, who spent the last six months in...

  • Sporting briefs

    Evans: Ched Evans made his return to football after scoring in Chesterfield’s 3-0 friendly win at Ilkeston yesterday. The 27-year-old striker joined the Spireites on a 12-month deal in June just months before he faces a re-trial charged with rape.

  • Sports round-up

    Snoooker: Shaun Murphy (picture, right) is delighted to become the first snooker player to sign with global sports management company ISM. ISM manage a host of stars from other sports including golfers Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and snooker fan...

  • Dortmund beat Manchester Utd 4-1

    Dortmund beat Manchester Utd 4-1

    Jose Mourinho tasted defeat as Manchester United manager for the first time as Borussia Dortmund comprehensively won their friendly on a hot and humid evening in China. The International Champions Cup clash was the first real test of the...

  • ‘Penalty save was turning point’

    ‘Penalty save was turning point’

    A tireless performance, a four-hour coach journey from Edinburgh to Manchester and an early-morning flight to Malta inevitably took their toll on the Birkirkara players but nothing was going to wipe away their beaming smiles after a momentous...

  • Neilson ‘devastated’, Besek hails ‘big success’

    Coach Robbie Neilson admitted Hearts were devastated after being sent crashing out of Europe by a 2-1 home defeat to Birkirkara. Neilson pointed to the fact that Jamie Walker and Sam Nicholson hit the woodwork as he offered his analysis. The...

  • Juve start with tough match vs Fiorentina

    Juve start with tough match vs Fiorentina

    Serie A champions Juventus will start their bid for an unprecedented sixth successive league title with a tough match at home to Fiorentina after draws for the new season were held in Milan, yesterday. The championship in Italy gets underway on...

  • Midfielder Wijnaldum moves to Liverpool in £25m deal

    Liverpool have signed midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle in a £25 million deal. Reports last night said the Dutch international has signed a five-year contract and Liverpool will pay an initial £23 million with a further £2 million in...

  • England FA appoint Allardyce as manager

    England FA appoint Allardyce as manager

    Sam Allardyce was appointed England manager yesterday on a two-year contract, tasked with the job of restoring pride in the national team after their dismal performances at Euro 2016. Allardyce, at Sunderland since October, will replace Roy...

  • Bruce quits as boss of Hull City

    Steve Bruce has resigned as manager of Hull City, reports said. Bruce, 55, led Hull to promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in May, but has reportedly quit following a meeting with the club’s owners and did not take part in training...

  • Mourinho’s United begin China tour with 4-1 defeat to Borussia

    Mourinho’s United begin China tour with 4-1 defeat to Borussia

    Jose Mourinho tasted defeat as Manchester United manager for the first time yesterday as Borussia Dortmund comprehensively won their friendly match on a hot and humid evening in China. The International Champions Cup clash was the first real test...

  • Spurs push fades as Flores gets sack

    Spurs push fades as Flores gets sack

    Tottenham were the main challengers to champions Leicester City last season but they became erratic in the straight for home and had to settle for third place. Spurs’ forward line was great to watch last season but, perhaps, the biggest asset for...

  • Football news

    Arsenal have completed the signing of defender Rob Holding on a long-term contract from third tier Bolton Wanderers. The 20-year-old made 30 appearances last season as Bolton were relegated from the championship. British media reported that...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ibra: New Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed the number nine shirt for the forthcoming season – relegating previous incumbent Anthony Martial to no.11. The Swede be-comes the third player to wear that number in the last three...