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  • Spain’s Alonso announces international retirement

    Spain’s Xabi Alonso has retired from international football, the World Cup and twice European Championship winning midfielder said yesterday. In a stellar career that spanned 11 years and 114 caps, since his debut against Ecuador in April 2003,...

  • English League Cup

    Second round resultsAston Villa vs Leyton Orient 0-1; Birmingham vs Sunderland 0-3; Bradford vs Leeds United 2-1; Burton Albion vs Queens Park Rangers 1-0; Stoke City vs Portsmouth 3-0. Third round drawChelsea vs Bolton Wanderers; Arsenal vs...

  • Farrugia halts Floriana march

    Farrugia halts Floriana march

    Slightly built and rather small, Leonard Farrugia did not fit well into the image of the traditional centre-forward. Yet, despite his small frame Farrugia developed into one of the deadliest Maltese goal-scorers of his era. What for many seemed to...

  • Hull City’s first experience in Europe

    Hull City’s first experience in Europe

    Manager Steve Bruce is currently guiding Hull City in the club’s first experience in Europe. Last week, in the Europa League play-offs first leg, the Tigers went down 1-0 to Lokeren in Belgium but they did well enough to suggest they can turn...

  • Football news

    Milan are hoping to acquire Chelsea pair Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel before the end of the summer transfer window. Milan club administrator Adriano Galliani has confirmed the outfit has made an official offer to Chelsea for 21-year-old...

  • Sporting briefs

    Scottish draw: League cup third round – Dundee vs Dundee United; Falkirk vs Rangers or Inverness; Ross County vs Hibernian; Kilmarnock vs St Johnstone; Aberdeen vs Livingston; Partick vs St Mirren; Celtic vs Hearts; Hamilton vs Motherwell. Ties to...

  • Derby win lifts City and Agius

    Derby win lifts City and Agius

    Floriana 0Valletta 2Elford-Aliyu 64; Nafti 85; Valletta are finally off the mark as last night the champions needed two second-half goals to see off rivals Floriana and chalk up their first victory of the season. It was far from a comfortable...

  • Fenech maintains Stripes’ perfect start

    Birkirkara 1Fenech 90+;Naxxar Lions 0 Paul Fenech was the toast of the town yesterday as the battling midfielder hit a last-gasp goal that enabled Birkirkara to overcome a stubborn Naxxar side and maintain his team’s perfect start to the...

  • Rodgers confident over Balotelli move

    Rodgers confident over Balotelli move

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident he can get the best out of Mario Balotelli despite the player’s colourful past. The 24-year-old has returned to the Premier League after finalising his £16 million move from Milan and was at the...

  • England’s Lampard quits international football

    England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps. The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester...

  • United smash record in Di Maria signing

    United smash record in Di Maria signing

    Manchester United have smashed the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid. United confirmed the signing of the Argentina winger yesterday evening after he completed a medical. United have paid £59.7 million for the former...

  • MK Dons pile pressure on Van Gaal

    Manchester United suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their long and proud history as MK Dons piled yet more misery on Louis van Gaal, last night. The new United boss, now without a win in three matches, watched on in misery as his...

  • Maribor end Celtic’s dream

    Celtic were denied a place in the Champions League group stages by plucky Slovenian champions Maribor, yesterday. The Glasgow giants had been given a second chance to reach the first-round proper of Europe’s top club competition after previous...

  • Results...

    English League CupSecond round: Bournemouth vs Northampton 3-0; Brentford vs Fulham 0-1; Burnley vs Sheff. Wed. 0-1; Crewe vs Bolton 2-3 aet; Derby vs Charlton 1-0; Gillingham vs Newcastle 0-1; Huddersfield vs N. Forest 0-2; Leicester vs...

  • Roma, Napoli out to dethrone Juve

    Roma, Napoli out to dethrone Juve

    Juventus start their title defence on Saturday with an away fixture at Chievo. The champions, now under the charge of Massimiliano Allegri, start among the favourites to retain their title but some critics are wondering whether Juve are still the...

  • Football news

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has stayed tight-lipped on the subject of his eight-match ban. The Argentine was hit with a four-match ban for tapping the back of the fourth official’s head, a two-match suspension for the protests which led to...

  • Sporting briefs

    Lukimya: Werder Bremen have extended Assani Lukimya’s contract until 2017. The defender’s previous contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has impressed enough since joining the club from Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2012 to earn a...

  • Man. City outclass Liverpool

    Man. City outclass Liverpool

    A Stevan Jovetic double and a third to Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City send out an ominous warning to those with designs on their Premier League crown, routing Liverpool 3-1 in the first heavyweight clash of the new season last night. The...

  • Mario Balotelli completes Liverpool move

    Mario Balotelli completes Liverpool move

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from Milan on a “long-term” deal, the Premier League club said yesterday. The 24-year-old is the big signing Liverpool fans have craved since selling last season’s top scorer Luis Suarez to...

  • Simeone handed eight-match ban for SCup fracas

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match touchline ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) yesterday following his dismissal and angry reaction in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid. The Argentine was sanctioned...