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  • Suarez will be ready for Real return, says Barca director

    Suarez will be ready for Real return, says Barca director

    All eyes will be on Luis Suarez (picture) when he returns for Barcelona in the ‘Clasico’ this month and despite his four-month biting ban, sports director Andoni Zubi-zarreta expects him to be ready to face Real Madrid. Barca’s marquee signing...

  • Football news

    Roy Keane has revealed he will quit his role as assistant manager at Aston Villa if it affects his work with the Republic of Ireland. Keane was already assistant to Republic boss Martin O’Neill before he took his role working with Paul Lambert at...

  • Sporting briefs

    Grealish: Rising Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal. The 19-year-old academy product has made his breakthrough with Villa this season, coming on as a substitute in four Premier...

  • Spirited Malta stand tall in little-large clash with Italy

    Spirited Malta stand tall in little-large clash with Italy

    Malta 0Italy 1Pelle 23; When Michael Mifsud was given his marching orders after only 27 minutes, fears of a humiliating defeat engulfed the packed National Stadium last night. Malta were trailing to Graziano Pelle’s debut goal when Mifsud was...

  • Mifsud slams ref’s red card decision

    Mifsud slams ref’s red card decision

    Pietro Ghedin (Malta coach) “I’m proud of my players... they gave their all tonight and deserved the warm applause of the crowd at the end of the match. “Michael Mifsud’s dismissal was a 50/50 challenge. I have my doubts on the red card...

  • Holland slump to first loss to Iceland

    Holland slump to first loss to Iceland

    Holland’s World Cup hangover continues to linger and they remain off the pace in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 after a 2-0 loss in Iceland, last night. The Scandinavians – boosted by a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace – have nine points from nine in...

  • UEFA encouraged by ‘constructive’ discussions with top clubs – Platini

    UEFA president Michel Platini described a meeting with officials of Europe’s top clubs over the thorny issue of Financial Fair Play (FFP) yesterday as “constructive” and “encouraging”. Platini hosted the meeting in Nyon to discuss the evolution of...

  • Free-scoring Alcacer shows Costa the way for Spain

    Free-scoring Alcacer shows Costa the way for Spain

    While Diego Costa stuttered before getting his first goal for Spain against Luxembourg on Sunday, youngster Paco Alcacer is leading from the front for the new-look team in Euro 2016 qualifying. The 21-year-old Valencia striker scored on his...

  • Garcia chastises FIFA over secrecy

    FIFA’s chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia has criticised the culture of secrecy at the world governing body and called for greater transparency. Garcia, who has been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, said he...

  • South American giants for Asia friendlies

    South American giants for Asia friendlies

    Lionel Messi (centre) distracted during a training session with his Argentina team-mates ahead of today’s friendly match against Hong Kong in Asia. Last weekend, Argentina were beaten 2-0 by old foes Brazil in a tense Superclasico derby in China.

  • Football news

    Marco Simone, the former Milan and Italy striker, has been appointed coach of Switzerland’s FC Lausanne. Simone, who won the Serie A title four times and the Champions Cup twice in the Rossoneri shirt, was already engaged by FC Lausanne as a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Kramer: Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer has been ruled out of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland in Gelsenkirchen with a stomach virus. Kramer joined a long list of absent players, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus and Mesut...

  • Malta eager to salvage lost pride in Italy clash

    Malta eager to salvage lost pride in Italy clash

    ‘We can, not we hope’. This has been Pietro Ghedin’s maxim for the past four months and his players would do well to embrace his message ahead of tonight’s intimidating en-counter with Italy at the National Stadium. Optimism within the Malta squad...

  • Italy coach Conte expects Malta to close ranks

    Italy coach Conte expects Malta to close ranks

    The Italian reporters covering today’s Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Malta have been keen to discover what the ‘amateur’ Maltese players do for a living, the wages they get from their clubs and the Italians working in Maltese...

  • Norway game is water under the bridge – Mifsud

    Malta captain Michael Mifsud has called on his team-mates to put the Norway upset behind them as the national team target an improved display in today’s eagerly-awaited Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Italy. “We played against Norway on Friday...

  • Rooney closes on record with winner in Estonia

    Rooney closes on record with winner in Estonia

    Wayne Rooney struck with a 74th-minute free kick to give England a 1-0 win over 10-man Estonia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier yesterday and move to within six goals of Bobby Charlton’s record tally of 49. Rooney curled home his set-piece from...

  • Struggling Bolton name Lennon as manager

    Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been appointed manager of struggling Bolton Wanderers on a four-year deal, the English Championship (second tier) club said yesterday. The 43-year-old Lennon spent four seasons in charge of the Scottish side...

  • Football results

    Serie B: Catania vs Bari 2-3; Avellino vs Carpi 1-0; Crotone vs Pescara 1-4; Latina vs Bologna 1-2; Livorno vs Trapani 6-0; Lanciano vs Vicenza 4-0; Perugia vs Frosinone 0-1. Lega Pro: Group C – Lupa Roma vs Martina 0-0; Vigor Lamezia vs Catanzaro...

  • Scoring drought an old problem for new-look Germany

    Scoring drought an old problem for new-look Germany

    World champions Germany will be desperate to bounce back with home win over Ireland tomorrow to recover from a shock 2-0 defeat to Poland in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday but in order to achieve that, they need to start scoring goals. The...

  • Courtois defends Chelsea handling of his head injury

    Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended the Premier League leader’s handling of the head injury he suffered during last weekend’s 2-0 league victory over Arsenal. Courtois was injured in an early clash with Arsenal’s Chilean forward...

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