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  • 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...

  • Football news

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has suffered a minor muscular injury in training but has not yet been ruled out of tomorrow’s league visit to Everton, sources at the Premier League club said. The full extent of the Spain forward’s injury is not yet...

  • Sporting briefs

    Shakhtar: The pitch in Donetsk used by FC Shakhtar to train on was hit four times by shelling, the club’s CEO Serhiy Palkin said yesterday. “Yesterday evening and into the night the training camp of FC Shakhtar was hit by four shells,” Palkin said...

  • Hibs fight back to beat ten-man Wanderers

    Hibs fight back to beat ten-man Wanderers

    Hibernians 3Edison 37; Jorginho 46; Degabriele 86;Sliema Wanderers 1Potezica 27; Hibernians gave another strong indication that they will be among the leading challengers this year when they came from behind to see off Sliema Wanderers, last...

  • Stalemate prevails in drab encounter

    Tarxien Rainbows 0Pieta Hotspurs 0 Tarxien Rainbows and Pieta Hotspurs failed to improve their positions at the lower half of the standings after cancelling each other out in a low-key encounter. The match turned out to be a drab affair with both...

  • Super-sub Darmanin wins points for Balzan

    Super-sub Darmanin wins points for Balzan

    Qormi 1Serrano Valero 70og;Balzan 2Guerrero 66; Darmanin 90; Ryan Darmanin gave a timely reminder of his striking qualities after coming off the bench two minutes from time and grab the all-important goal for a hard-fought Balzan win. Prior to his...

  • Mosta make it three from three

    Mosta make it three from three

    Żebbuġ Rangers 0Mosta 2Kaljevic 56 pen; 73; Bojan Kaljevic struck twice in the second half as Mosta beat Żebbuġ Rangers to make it three wins from three matches yesterday. The Blues had only one change from their previous outing, James Brincat...

  • United’s humiliation is Milton Keynes’ glory

    United’s humiliation is Milton Keynes’ glory

    From being the most reviled club in British football, MK Dons woke up yesterday to find they had gained new friends all over the world with a single result. Derided since their formation a decade ago as an artificial “franchise” club, the League...

  • Van Gaal says Di Maria won’t provide instant fix at United

    Manchester United’s new winger Angel Di Maria will not change the course of their troubled season straight away following his British record transfer from Real Madrid, manager Louis van Gaal said. The Dutchman was speaking after United’s...

  • Athletic Bilbao end Napoli’s Euro hopes

    Athletic Bilbao end Napoli’s Euro hopes

    Athletic Bilbao came from behind to secure their place in the group stage of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Napoli, last night. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Napoli nosed in front when Marek Hamsik opened the scoring two minutes...

  • City hope to avoid another ‘group of death’

    Pablo Zabaleta hopes Manchester City’s higher Champions League seeding will prevent another ‘group of death’ when the draw takes place in Monaco today. Manchester City’s current co-efficient in the UEFA listing will see Manuel Pellegrini’s side in...

  • Warnock back on C. Palace throne

    Neil Warnock has been appointed Crystal Palace’s new manager, the club have announced. The 65-year-old has signed a two-year deal to return to Selhurst Park, where he managed between 2007 and 2010, as Tony Pulis’s replacement. Warnock, who has not...