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  • Allardyce appointed England manager

    Sam Allardyce has been named England manager on a two-year contract, the Football Association said in a statement today. Allardyce, in charge at Sunderland since October, will replace Roy Hodgson, who quit as England manager following the...

  • Midfielder Goetze back to Dortmund from Bayern

    Midfielder Goetze back to Dortmund from Bayern

    Germany midfielder Mario Goetze has rejoined his boyhood club Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal from Bayern Munich, the Ruhr valley club said on their website yesterday. Goetze won two Bundesliga titles at Borussia Dortmund before joining...

  • Title-starved Lazio hope to be crowned champions – of 1915

    Lazio are hoping they will soon be crowned Italian champions for a third time – by winning the title for the 1914/15 season, which was interrupted by World War One. After more than 30,000 Lazio supporters signed a petition, the Italian football...

  • Pogba fits the profile but United have other options

    Pogba fits the profile but United have other options

    Paul Pogba is one of three midfield transfer options Jose Mourinho is considering as the Manchester United manager looks to complete his squad. Four years on from departing Old Trafford without making a first-team start, the 23-year-old is being...

  • Juventus sign Croatian Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb

    Juventus have signed Croatia winger Marko Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb, the Serie A champions have announced, yesterday. The 21-year-old, who made three appearances for his country at Euro 2016 and has 11 caps in all, has signed a five-year contract...

  • Walsh named new director of football at Everton

    Everton have confirmed the appointment of Steve Walsh as their new director of football. Walsh arrives from Leicester having played a role in the club’s stunning Premier League title success last season. The 51-year-old, who has previously held...

  • Former Porto boss Lopetegui appointed Spain coach

    Former Porto boss Lopetegui appointed Spain coach

    Spanish football launched a new era with the appointment of 49-year-old former goalkeeper Julen Lopetegui to replace Vicente del Bosque as national team coach yesterday. After early exits from the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, the Spanish Football...

  • Football news

    Chinese group Fosun International have completed their £45 million takeover of Wolves, the club have announced. The Championship side have been up for sale since 2015 and Fosun will pump up to £30 million into the club over the next two years as...

  • Sporting briefs

    Dja Djedje: Marseille defender Brice Dja Djedje claims he has signed for Watford. The Ivory Coast international told L’Equipe he would be moving to the Premier League in a reported £4 million four-year deal. Dja Djedje said: “I had other...

  • Historic qualification for Birkirkara

    Historic qualification for Birkirkara

    Birkirkara wrote a new chapter in the history of Maltese football when they beat Scottish giants Hearts 2-1 at Tynecastle to reach the third qualifying round of the Europa League. It’s an extraordinary feat from Drazen Besek’s men who are the...

  • Our performances were a good advert for Maltese football – coach Zammit

    Our performances were a good advert for Maltese football – coach Zammit

    Valletta coach Paul Zammit has paid tribute to the work ethic and character of his players after the Maltese champions conjured up another spirited display against Red Star on Tuesday. As in the home leg of their Champions League second qualifying...

  • Stripes ready to play their hearts out at Tynecastle

    Stripes ready to play their hearts out at Tynecastle

    Birkirkara are bidding for an historic qualification to the third qualifying round of the Europa League when they play guests to Scottish side Hearts in the Europa League second leg, in Tynecastle, tonight (kick-off: 9pm). Last week’s goalless...

  • 2016 Summer Cup at the Luxol Stadium

    BOV Premier League champions Valletta and FA Trophy winners Sliema Wanderers will be among five teams from the top flight who will be competing in the Evolution Gaming 2016 Summer Cup at the Luxol Stadium this summer. The pre-season tournament,...

  • Allardyce set to be named England manager – reports

    Allardyce set to be named England manager – reports

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is set to be appointed England’s next manager in the next 24 hours, British media reported yesterday. England have been without a coach since Roy Hodgson stepped down following their Euro 2016 exit to Iceland in the...

  • Woodward not in China as Pogba chase hots up

    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has not travelled to China with Jose Mourinho’s squad amid reports that a world-record offer for Juve’s Paul Pogba has been rejected. The 23-year-old departed Old Trafford four years ago having...

  • Balotelli’s career at crossroads – Ventura

    Balotelli’s career at crossroads – Ventura

    Mario Balotelli’s career is in the balance after Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told the striker he has no future at Liverpool, Italy’s new coach Giampiero Ventura has said. The 25-year-old returned to Liverpool after an unsuccessful loan spell...

  • Portugal reward coach Santos with new contract

    Portugal coach Fernando Santos will remain in charge of the Euro 2016 winners until after the next Euro Championship. Santos, 61, led Portugal to its first European title with an extra-time triumph over hosts France in Paris earlier this...

  • No job for me at ’Pool just yet, says Gerrard

    Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists there is currently “no job opportunity” for him at the club despite being in contact with manager Jurgen Klopp. The 36-year-old midfielder is into the final six months of his contract with Los...

  • Atletico chief rules out striker Costa’s return

    Atletico chief rules out striker Costa’s return

    Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has ruled out Chelsea forward Diego Costa’s possible return to the Vicente Calderon stadium this summer despite reports suggesting otherwise. The arrival of Michy Batshuayi at Chelsea from Marseille has led...

  • Liverpool complete signing of defender Klavan

    Liverpool complete signing of defender Klavan

    Liverpool have signed centre-back Ragnar Klavan from Bundesliga side Augsburg on a long-term contract, the Premier League side said yesterday. The 30-year-old, who has more than 100 caps for Estonia, made 40 appearances for Augsburg last season...