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  • Atkinson ‘threatened to kill his father’ before Taser death

    Former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson threatened to kill his elderly father in a “manic state” before he was Tasered by police, his brother said. The 48-year-old died 90 minutes after he was hit by the stun gun in the street where he grew up...

  • Schweinsteiger and Podolski get farewell games

    Schweinsteiger and Podolski get farewell games

    Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski will be honoured with farewell matches after announcing their retirement from international duty, according to a statement by the German football federation, yesterday. Schweinsteiger revealed his...

  • Winger Nafti seals move to Balzan

    Winger Nafti seals move to Balzan

    Abdelkarim Nafti will be extending his career in Maltese football by another year after agreeing to play for Balzan in the BOV Premier League in the new season starting this weekend. Nafti, 35, parted ways with Valletta in June. The Tunisian...

  • Juve the best by far in Italy

    Juve the best by far in Italy

    The 2016/17 Serie A starts this week with champions Juventus again tipped to scoop the major honours the Italian game could offer for yet another year. Roma, who staged a strong comeback in the second part of last season to finish third, will be...

  • Aguero misses two penalties, scores hat-trick in Manchester City rout

    Sergio Aguero missed two penalties in the first 20 minutes and then scored a hat-trick as Manchester City romped to a 5-0 win at Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Champions League playoff. David Silva and Nolito were also on target...

  • My philosophy is already working at Chelsea – Conte

    My philosophy is already working at Chelsea – Conte

    There was no pre-match fanfare to present Antonio Conte to the Stamford Bridge crowd before his debut as Chelsea manager, but Monday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United sent a clear message that the team are already marching to his orders. Conte’s side...

  • Football news

    Barcelona winger Cristian Tello will continue his spell on loan at Fiorentina, the Spanish champions announced yesterday. The 25-year-old joined Fio-rentina on a six-month loan deal during the January transfer market and made 13 Serie A...

  • Brazil’s former FIFA boss Havelange, 100, dies in Rio hospital

    Brazil’s former FIFA boss Havelange, 100, dies in Rio hospital

    Former FIFA president Joao Havelange has died aged 100. Havelange, a former Olympic swimmer, died in hospital in this year’s host city, Rio. A statement from the hospital yesterday read: “The Hospital Samaritano (Botafogo) reports that former FIFA...

  • Sporting briefs

    Advocaat: Fenerbahce have appointed much-travelled Dutchman Dick Advocaat as coach following the sacking of Vitor Pereira. Advocaat quit as assistant to Netherlands coach Danny Blind on Monday, just three months after taking the role. Fenerbahce...

  • Haber back to his roots

    Haber back to his roots

    Goalkeeper Justin Haber completed his switch to Floriana yesterday after putting pen to paper on a three-year contract. Having spent the early years of his career with Floriana, Haber had set his heart on a return to his hometown club after it...

  • No Toure in City squad in Bucharest

    No Toure in City squad in Bucharest

    Yaya Toure has been left out of Manchester City’s squad for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off at Romania’s Steaua Bucharest. The Ivory Coast midfielder did not even make the bench for the first match of new manager Pep...

  • Suarez, Munir strikes give Barca Super Cup advantage against Sevilla

    Suarez, Munir strikes give Barca Super Cup advantage against Sevilla

    Barcelona took a big step towards lifting the Spanish Super Cup after second-half strikes from Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi sealed a 2-0 win at Sevilla in the first leg late on Sunday. Suarez, La Liga top scorer last season, broke the deadlock...

  • Returning Morata promises to fight for Real Madrid spot

    Alvaro Morata has vowed to fight for his place at Real Madrid after returning to the Euro champions from Juventus. The striker made eight La Liga starts before leaving his boyhood club for Juve in 2014 for a fee that media reports put at €20...

  • Chiellini hails Juve signings ahead of title defence

    Chiellini hails Juve signings ahead of title defence

    Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini is impressed with the close season signings at Juventus but says the champions must step up preparations for their Serie A opener against Fiorentina on Saturday evening. Juve have sold Paul Pogba to Manchester...

  • Football news

    Rangers have stepped up their bid for a new striker by submitting a formal offer for Preston’s Joe Garner. Preston boss Simon Grayson has confirmed the Champion-ship outfit received a bid from the Glasgow giants for the 28-year-old over the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Izzy goes: Rotherham United have signed Chelsea forward Izzy Brown on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old, who is an England youth international, will spend the 2016-17 season at the New York Stadium, becoming boss Alan Stubbs’s 10th signing of...

  • Diamoutene seals Gżira United move

    Diamoutene seals Gżira United move

    Gżira United wrapped up a hectic week in the transfer market with the signing of another foreign player, Souleymane Diamoutene. The Mali defender, who was part of the Pescara squad that secured promotion to the Serie A last season, marked his...

  • Debutants Valletta aim to gain respect in Finland

    Valletta will be seeking to gain the respect of their opponents in their debut appearance in the UEFA Futsal Cup, in Finland,this week. The Maltese champions will meet Georgian title winners Tbilisi State University, Scotland’s Wattcell Futsal...

  • Guardiola settles for steady start

    Guardiola settles for steady start

    Pep Guardiola was satisfied with what he called “the first step” after launching his Manchester City reign with a victory. But the Spaniard admitted his side would have to improve on their season-opening 2-1 defeat of Sunderland. Guardiola arrived...

  • Bayern down Dortmund 2-0

    Bayern down Dortmund 2-0

    Bayern Munich ended their four-year wait for victory in the German Super Cup by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Westfalenstadion, last night. Arturo Vidal and Thomas Mueller scored the second-half goals to grant Carlo Ancelotti a winning...