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  • Always good, rarely great

    Always good, rarely great

    After agonising over the decision for weeks, Steven Gerrard an­nounced that he is retiring from international football. But the sad truth is that he won’t be missed nearly as much as he should be. Like many other members of the so-called ‘golden...

  • Ospina is a Gunner – Puel

    Nice coach Claude Puel yesterday revealed goalkeeper David Ospina has completed his move to Arsenal. Reports have linked the Gunners with a move for the 25-year-old since his impressive World Cup displays with Colombia. And speaking to Sky Sports...

  • Goalkeeper Reina keen to end career in Spain

    Goalkeeper Reina keen to end career in Spain

    Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina wants to end his career in his native Spain as the uncertainty over his future persists. Reina is training with the Reds squad in America after finishing his loan deal at Napoli. The Rafael Benitez-managed Serie A...

  • Hull City held in Tykes friendly

    Hull City rounded off their preparations for a first European campaign with a 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell yesterday in a game where goalkeeping errors led to both goals. Shane Long put the Premier League side in front three minutes into...

  • Drogba: I’m here for business

    Drogba: I’m here for business

    Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba have warned the Premier League the striker’s Chelsea return is not a sentimental move. The Blues favourite returned to Stamford Bridge on Friday on a one-year deal after leaving in 2012 for stints at Shanghai...

  • Football news

    Reports in the Italian media yesterday said the deal for goalkeeper Sergio Romero from Sampdoria to Benfica is done. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the transfer agreement was quickly struck with the Portuguese club. They will pay €800,000 to...

  • Sporting briefs

    Areola: Bastia have signed France Under-21 international Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris St Germain. Areola has had few opportunities to impress at the Parc des Princes but played 35 matches to help Lens gain promotion to the top flight last...

  • FIFA says committed to WCup in Russia

    FIFA says committed to WCup in Russia

    FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, football’s world governing body said yesterday. The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and...

  • Argentine winger Pereyra joins Juve

    Argentine winger Pereyra joins Juve

    Juventus have signed Argentine winger Roberto Pereyra from Udinese in a 15.5 million-euro deal, the Italian Serie A champions said yesterday. “Juventus Football Club can today announce that Roberto Maximiliano Pereyra has completed a move to the...

  • Argentine FA fined by FIFA for ‘Las Malvinas’ banner

    FIFA has reprimanded the Argentine FA and fined it 30,000 Swiss francs (€24,600) after its national team players were pictured with a political banner before a friendly against Slovenia in June. Some players stood behind the banner which read “Las...

  • Di Maria has Real Madrid future – Ancelotti

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti appears keen to keep hold of Angel di Maria amid speculation the Argentinian might be sold following the big-money signings of World Cup stars James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. Di Maria has long been linked with a...

  • Ljungberg to promote India league

    Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has signed a three-month contract to promote Indian football across the world. Ljungberg, who retired in 2012 after ending his career in Major League Soccer, has signed the deal with the Indian Super...

  • Pinto decides to leave Costa Rica

    Coach Jorge Luis Pinto has decided to quit World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica because they refused to allow him to choose his backroom staff. “I realised I would not be able to count on conditions to carry out my work,” the 61-year-old...

  • Greece name Italian Ranieri as national team manager

    Greece name Italian Ranieri as national team manager

    Italian Claudio Ranieri has signed a two-year deal to manage the Greek national team through to the 2016 European Championship, the Hellenic football federation (EPO) said yesterday. The 62-year-old Ranieri takes over from Fernando Santos who left...

  • Time was right to sell Suarez – Henry

    Time was right to sell Suarez – Henry

    Liverpool chose the right time to part ways with the prolific-but-controversial striker Luis Suarez and the Premier League side will have no trouble coping without the Uru-guayan, the club’s principal owner John Henry said. Suarez has joined...

  • Barca need to play like they did in 2008, Iniesta says

    Barca need to play like they did in 2008, Iniesta says

    Barcelona are looking to recapture the kind of form they hit when former coach Pep Guardiola, the club’s most successful manager, took over in 2008, midfielder Andres Iniesta said yesterday. The Catalan club are in the process of rebuilding after...

  • German DFB moves Gibraltar friendly

    Germany will play Gibraltar in Nuremberg and not in Bremen this November after the German football federation (DFB) switched the venue due to an argument over policing costs. The DFB announced its decision after a board meeting in Frankfurt where...

  • Stoke, Sunderland strive to retain status

    Stoke, Sunderland strive to retain status

    Stoke City finished 12 points ahead of Sunderland who battled until the end of the season to avoid relegation after they reached the final of the League Cup. The Potters ended their long association with Tony Pulis and appointed Mark Hughes, while...

  • Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s pre-season tour schedule

    Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s pre-season tour schedule

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has echoed the sentiments of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in criticising the demands of their pre-season tour. Wenger said it was “impossible” to prepare his squad properly for the upcoming Premier League...

  • Football news

    Argentine striker Facundo Ferreira has become the second South American player to rejoin Shakhtar Donetsk after initially refusing to return to Ukraine because of security fears. Ferreira and Brazilian team-mate Fred were among six players who...