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  • Wenger expects Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

    Wenger expects Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

    Arsene Wenger has said Theo Walcott is likely to pen a new deal at Arsenal very soon – and has backed him to score plenty of goals this season. Walcott, 26, hit the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Wolfsburg 1-0 to secure Emirates Cup success...

  • Jovetic poised for Inter switch

    Jovetic poised for Inter switch

    Stevan Jovetic is set to join Inter after the Serie A side announced he will have a medical tomorrow. The Montenegro striker has failed to establish himself at Manchester City and will seek to relaunch his career in Italy. A post on Inter’s...

  • C. Palace can challenge all except top four, says Pardew

    Crystal Palace have the potential to challenge any team outside the top four in the English Premier League next season if they can stay largely injury free, manager Alan Pardew told reporters yesterday. “We can compete with any team below the tier...

  • Di Maria not on flight – Van Gaal

    Di Maria not on flight – Van Gaal

    Angel di Maria failed to board his flight to the United States and therefore did not join Manchester United’s pre-season tour party on Saturday, Louis van Gaal has revealed. Di Maria, subject of serious interest from Paris St Germain, was due to...

  • Vermaelen out to prove himself

    Thomas Vermaelen is determined to prove himself at Barcelona next season after enduring a “terrible” campaign at the Nou Camp. Barca signed Vermaelen from Arsenal for £15 million last summer, but the Belgian struggled to recover from a hamstring...

  • Bale will stay with Real Madrid says Wales coach Coleman

    Bale will stay with Real Madrid says Wales coach Coleman

    Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid – and that Wales will benefit from the forward’s decision. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United but Wales boss Coleman is convinced Bale’s future lies with the...

  • Bulgaria camp for Swieqi youngsters

    Bulgaria camp for Swieqi youngsters

    The Swieqi United FC Under-17 squad travelled to Kazanlak, Bulgaria, earlier this month for a seven-day training camp. Fourteen players and four coaches joined the trip which was coordinated by Swieqi academy director Andrea Vella and Rosen...

  • Football news

    Real Madrid have struck a deal to sell merchandise online via the Chinese platform Alibaba, the club confirmed yesterday. “We have strengthened still more our bond with the country through this agreement with Alibaba, a globally recognised leader...

  • Sporting briefs

    LA Galaxy: Will Bruin’s early goal set the tone for Houston on Saturday as the Dynamo cruised to a 3-0 home win over LA Galaxy. Bruin scored in the ninth minute to put Houston ahead before Brad Davis made it 2-0 in the 27th minute. Leonel Miranda...

  • Malta roars with delight as Three Lions await

    Malta roars with delight as Three Lions await

    The Three Lions are coming to town. After being drawn in the same group as Italy in the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 qualifiers, Malta will now meet England in the qualifying trek for the 2018 World Cup, to be staged in Russia. Group F promises to...

  • Spain and Italy paired in group draw

    Spain and Italy paired in group draw

    Spain and Italy were placed in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as were the Netherlands and France, but holders Germany were handed a kinder campaign with the Czech Republic their chief rivals in the draw made...

  • Berti proud of ‘special bond’ with the Inter supporters

    Berti proud of ‘special bond’ with the Inter supporters

    Nicola Berti, the symbol of Inter in the late eighties and nineties, is confident that the Nerazzurri are back on the right track after five trophyless years. Kevin Azzopardi spoke to the former Italy and Inter talisman... Enterprising, athletic,...

  • Sometimes loyalty is not enough

    Sometimes loyalty is not enough

    Fabian Delph became one of the least popular players in English football this week when he decided to join Manchester City just days after committing his future to Aston Villa. Some have suggested his unexpected u-turns makes him even less...

  • Falcao can get back to his best – Costa

    Falcao can get back to his best – Costa

    Chelsea loan signing Radamel Falcao can get back to his free-scoring best under Jose Mourinho and the Premier League champions will benefit from the Colombian’s indifferent loan spell at Manchester United, strike partner Diego Costa has said. The...

  • Marvellous goal by Mexes gives Milan win over Inter

    Marvellous goal by Mexes gives Milan win over Inter

    A breathtaking volley from central defender Philippe Mexes gave Milan a 1-0 win over rivals Inter in a pre-season friendly in Shenzhen, China, yesterday. The 33-year-old defender, who was awarded a surprise one-year contract extension earlier this...

  • Barcelona want best players – president Bartomeu

    Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has vowed to fight Premier League clubs for the best players in the world and stop them from dominating the transfer market des-pite their new-found riches. The top of the English game is now awash with even more...

  • No Man. City bid for De Bruyne says Hecking

    No Man. City bid for De Bruyne says Hecking

    Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking insists the Bundesliga runners-up have received no bids from Manchester City for winger Kevin De Bruyne. The 24-year-old former Chelsea player has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium all summer, with the...

  • Football news

    Argentine striker Franco Di Santo has made use of a buy-out clause in his contract with Werder Bremen to leave the north German club. Werder did not say which club Di Santo was set to join but German media reports said Europa League competitors...

  • Sporting briefs

    Clucas: Hull City have reportedly had a bid accepted for Chesterfield’s versatile left-sided player Sam Clucas. The Tigers, relegated from the Premier League last season, have agreed a £1m deal for the sought-after 24-year-old. Clucas has been the...

  • Dynamic Stripes pointing the way forward

    Dynamic Stripes pointing the way forward

    Birkirkara’s gutsy showings in the Europa League have given Maltese football a much-needed boost but their efforts will count for nothing if local clubs fail to maintain the momentum The exhausted Birkirkara players were waiting for the team bus...