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  • Tomlinson takeover bid fails

    Tomlinson takeover bid fails

    Former Doncaster chairman John Ryan hopes One Direction star Louis Tomlinson can still help the club following the collapse of their joint takeover bid. The singer announced last month, after weeks of speculation, that he was teaming up with...

  • Football news

    The Italian football federation yesterday confirmed that the Azzurri’s first match at home from the Euro 2016 Group H qualifiers against Azerbaijan will be played in Palermo. The Italians will get their qualifying bid for the European Championship...

  • Sporting briefs

    Nigeria: Nigeria’s suspension from international football was lifted yesterday, world governing body FIFA said. The African country was banned earlier this month due to government interference in the national federation’s affairs. Fofana: Lyon...

  • Redknapp: Rio had other offers

    Redknapp: Rio had other offers

    Harry Redknapp has revealed Rio Ferdinand showed a desire to join QPR despite offers from 'two big London clubs'. The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal at Loftus Road yesterday and trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday...

  • Updated: Germany captain Lahm quits national side

    Updated: Germany captain Lahm quits national side

    Germany captain Philipp Lahm has quit international soccer just days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil. "It is the right time for me. I have totally enjoyed my time with the national team," the 30-year-old was quoted as saying...

  • Van Gaal to juggle with United’s football, commercial demands

    Van Gaal to juggle with United’s football, commercial demands

    New Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal said he believes he can meet expectations for success at “the biggest club in the world” but refused to indulge in forecasts when he was introduced to the media at Old Trafford yesterday. The Dutchman,...

  • Kroos agrees six-year contract to join Real

    Kroos agrees six-year contract to join Real

    Toni Kroos has declared confidently that he will have little trouble fitting into new club Real Madrid because he is “used to winning”. The midfielder completed his move to the European champions from Bayern Munich just four days after winning the...

  • Debuchy completes Arsenal transfer

    Arsenal have signed full-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United. The 28-year-old, who was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the World Cup quarter-finals, will present a ready-made English Premier League replacement for Bacary...

  • Germany on top

    Germany on top

    Germany’s World Cup triumph has seen them rise to the top of the world rankings for the first time in 20 years, FIFA announced yesterday. The 1-0 victory in the final has taken them up one place to top spot, ahead of their opponents in the Brazil...

  • Buttigieg named technical director of Floriana nursery

    Buttigieg named technical director of Floriana nursery

    Former Malta coach John Buttigieg has reached an agreement to become the technical director of the Floriana nursery, the Premier League club said in a statement yesterday. As reported by Times of Malta last week, the administration of the Floriana...

  • MFA probe finds no wrongdoing

    A Malta FA investigation into an internet conversation between a Vittoriosa Stars player and one of Floriana before the two teams met in a Relegation Pool match last season, has found no evidence of wrongdoing. In April, Floriana FC, at the time...

  • Europa League

    FC Astana vs H. Tel Aviv - 3-0Kairat Almaty vs Esbjerg fB - 1-1FK Neftchi vs Koper - 1-2Kosice vs S. Liberec - 0-1Laci vs Zorya - 0-3Buducnost vs Omonia Nicosia - 0-2Dinamo Minsk vs MYPA - 3-0Trencin vs Vojvodina - 4-0Elfsborg vs Inter Baku - 0-1K.

  • Football news

    French forward Emmanuel Riviere has joined Newcastle United from Monaco for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club has said. “This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve,” British media quoted...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ferdinand: Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has joined Premier League Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer after he was released by Manchester United, the London club said. Ferdinand, 35, has signed a one-year contract with QPR who were...

  • New Juventus coach Allegri keen to win over supporters

    New Juventus coach Allegri keen to win over supporters

    Massimiliano Allegri vowed to continue the winning tradition at Juventus and earn the respect of the club’s supporters during his unveiling as their new coach yesterday. Allegri has taken over the reins following Antonio Conte’s sudden departure...

  • Van Gaal begins reign as Man. United manager

    Van Gaal begins reign as Man. United manager

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal arrived at the club’s Carrington training ground yesterday to begin his new role. The Dutchman dodged the cameras at the main gate but was shown in pictures on the club’s Twitter feed alongside his...

  • We want to keep Vidal, says Marotta

    Juventus have no intention of selling Arturo Vidal unless the Chilean midfielder expresses his wish to leave. The 27-year-old Vidal, who has three years left on his contract with the Italian champions, is a reported target of Manchester United...

  • Parreira issues foreign warning

    Parreira issues foreign warning

    Departing Brazil technical director Carlos Alberto Parreira has warned the country’s football federation (CBF) against appointing a foreign coach. Luiz Felipe Scolari stood down as the Selecao’s coach after their World Cup dream fell apart in a...

  • We have nothing to hide, says Qatar official

    The 2022 World Cup will take place as planned in Qatar and the country has nothing to hide over allegations of corruption during the bid process, the tournament communications director Nasser Al Khater said on Wednesday. “We’ve held ourselves to...

  • Barcelona director defends Suarez over biting scandal

    Barcelona director defends Suarez over biting scandal

    Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta defended new signing Luis Suarez over his World Cup biting scandal yesterday, saying nobody was perfect. Suarez joined the Catalan club on a five-year-deal last week from Liverpool despite receiving a...