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  • Blatter tells paper ‘not a candidate for presidency’

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a newspaper interview yesterday that he will not stand as a candidate to remain the head of world soccer’s governing body at a special elective congress of member associations which he called for earlier this...

  • Tevez to return to Boca Juniors

    Tevez to return to Boca Juniors

    Argentina forward Carlos Tevez is to leave Juventus after two seasons in which he has revived his career and will rejoin Boca Juniors, the club where he started out and remains a cult figure. The 31-year-old will cut short his three-year contract...

  • Canizares hopes for good solution to Casillas position at Real Madrid

    Santiago Canizares is hoping his former Spain team-mate Iker Casillas can find some peace after a turbulent two years at Real Madrid. Casillas’s future at Real is in doubt with the club thought to be interested in acquiring Manchester United...

  • Will Cech help Gunners bounce back?

    Will Cech help Gunners bounce back?

    A few weeks ago I wrote about David de Gea’s impending move to Real Madrid and how it will not be the tragedy some Manchester United fans fear. Partly this is because they have a more than capable replacement in Victor Valdes just waiting to take...

  • United States girls too strong for China

    United States girls too strong for China

    The United States maintained their record of having reached every semi-final of the women’s World Cup after their 1-0 win over China yesterday set up a last four encounter with Germany. The Americans came into the quarter-final in Ottawa missing...

  • Firmino put under pressure says Babbel

    Firmino put under pressure says Babbel

    Former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel believes a “brutal” £29m transfer fee puts new signing Roberto Firmino under immediate pressure. On Wednesday, the Reds confirmed the arrival of the 23-year-old Hoffenheim forward in a deal which will see...

  • Portugal reach the final after trouncing Germany

    Portugal reach the final after trouncing Germany

    Luis Figo and Rui Costa may have stumbled in the U-21 European Championship final 21 years ago, but it will take a lot to stop Portugal’s current crop from triumphing if their mauling of favourites Germany is anything to go by. What was supposed...

  • Blazer’s role to get Hollywood treatment

    Actor-director Ben Affleck is to help produce a feature film about the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, the author of an upcoming book said yesterday. Affleck and his friend since childhood, actor Matt Damon, will be among the producers of...

  • Football news

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has pledged his long-term future to the club, after admitting the fans’ faith in him was hard to ignore. Toure has been the subject of interest from Inter, who are managed by former City boss Roberto Mancini,...

  • Sporting briefs

    Dicko: Wolves striker Nouha Dicko has signed a new three-year deal keeping him at Molineux until the summer of 2018. The Mali international, 23, has scored 28 goals in 59 games since a permanent move from Wigan in January 2014. Dicko said: “I feel...

  • Blatter says has not resigned

    Blatter says has not resigned

    Sepp Blatter has told a Swiss newspaper he has not quit as FIFA president, adding to speculation he may try to stay on as head of world soccer’s governing body that is gripped by a corruption scandal. “I have not resigned, rather I am offering my...

  • Guerrero hat-trick eases Peru into the semi-finals

    Guerrero hat-trick eases Peru into the semi-finals

    Peru striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick to give his side a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bolivia at the Copa America late Thursday, setting up a last-four showdown with hosts Chile. Guerrero scored twice in three minutes midway through the...

  • Jara angers his club with Copa conduct

    Chile defender Gonzalo Jara has incurred the wrath of his club side Mainz following his controversial actions at the Copa America, with the Bundesliga outfit prepared to let the player leave. Jara has found himself in the spotlight for an incident...

  • Canada coach denies rifts ahead of England match

    Canada coach denies rifts ahead of England match

    The harmony surrounding Canada has hit a sour note this week and provided an unwanted distraction as the hosts prepare for a showdown with England tonight for a place in the women’s World Cup semi-finals. Coach John Herdman and his players have...

  • Don Diego, father of Maradona, dies in Argentine clinic aged 87

    Don Diego, father of Maradona, dies in Argentine clinic aged 87

    The father of Argentine great Diego Armando Maradona died late Thursday at the age of 87 after a battle against heart and respiratory problems, local media reported. Don Diego stood by 1986 World Cup winner Maradona throughout a turbulent career...

  • Dimech back to his roots after penning Sliema deal

    Dimech back to his roots after penning Sliema deal

    Luke Dimech followed his heart and returned to the club that launched his Premier League career when putting pen to paper on a one-year deal with Sliema Wanderers, yesterday. The former Malta international was subject to transfer speculation in...

  • Hamburg first up for Bayern

    Bayern Munich will get the new Bundesliga season under way with a home game against Hamburg, who avoided relegation last season via a play-off. The first game of the 53rd season of the Bundesliga will take place on Friday, August 14 at the Allianz...

  • FA director Ashworth keeping the faith

    FA director Ashworth keeping the faith

    England have once again floundered at a major tournament, but FA technical director Dan Ashworth remains confident they are on course to win the 2022 World Cup. A year to the day since the senior team’s disastrous World Cup came to a close,...

  • Foxes survive but Tigers take the dive

    Foxes survive but Tigers take the dive

    While Leicester went on fighting to the bitter end to retain their status in the Premier League for another year, Hull lost their way in the straight for home and will play in the Championship next season. Hull have spent four seasons in the top...

  • Football news

    Bournemouth have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Ipswich left-back Tyrone Mings. The 22-year-old is understood to be on the south coast discussing personal terms and preparing to undergo a medical in a deal that will see midfielder Ryan Fraser...