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  • Marvellous goal by Mexes gives Milan win over Inter

    Marvellous goal by Mexes gives Milan win over Inter

    A breathtaking volley from central defender Philippe Mexes gave Milan a 1-0 win over rivals Inter in a pre-season friendly in Shenzhen, China, yesterday. The 33-year-old defender, who was awarded a surprise one-year contract extension earlier this...

  • Barcelona want best players – president Bartomeu

    Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has vowed to fight Premier League clubs for the best players in the world and stop them from dominating the transfer market des-pite their new-found riches. The top of the English game is now awash with even more...

  • No Man. City bid for De Bruyne says Hecking

    No Man. City bid for De Bruyne says Hecking

    Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking insists the Bundesliga runners-up have received no bids from Manchester City for winger Kevin De Bruyne. The 24-year-old former Chelsea player has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium all summer, with the...

  • Football news

    Argentine striker Franco Di Santo has made use of a buy-out clause in his contract with Werder Bremen to leave the north German club. Werder did not say which club Di Santo was set to join but German media reports said Europa League competitors...

  • Sporting briefs

    Clucas: Hull City have reportedly had a bid accepted for Chesterfield’s versatile left-sided player Sam Clucas. The Tigers, relegated from the Premier League last season, have agreed a £1m deal for the sought-after 24-year-old. Clucas has been the...

  • Dynamic Stripes pointing the way forward

    Dynamic Stripes pointing the way forward

    Birkirkara’s gutsy showings in the Europa League have given Maltese football a much-needed boost but their efforts will count for nothing if local clubs fail to maintain the momentum The exhausted Birkirkara players were waiting for the team bus...

  • Proud Tedesco heaps praise on his players

    Proud Tedesco heaps praise on his players

    July 23, 2015 will go down in the record books as the biggest day in the history of Birkirkara FC. Inspired by the artistry of Fabrizio Miccoli, the solidity of Mauricio Mazzetti Latini in defence, the running of Rowen Muscat and, above all, the...

  • West Ham speak highly of towering Mazzetti

    West Ham speak highly of towering Mazzetti

    Birkirkara defender Mauricio Mazzetti could become a target for West Ham United on the back of his fine matches against the English side in the Europa League. Mazzetti was Birkirkara’s stand-out player as he followed up his solid display in last...

  • Ibrahimovic keen on US switch

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a move to Major League Soccer before he ends his career. The Paris St Germain star, 33, is currently in the United States with his club on a pre-season tour and admits the thought of playing in America is an idea he...

  • 2018 World Cup draw – how it works

    The draw for the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign takes place in St Petersburg this evening. The 52 European countries will be split into seven groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and...

  • Ibe shines as Liverpool held to a 1-1 draw in Malaysia

    Jordon Ibe scored a superb equaliser as Liverpool’s pre-season tour ended in frustration after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Malaysia XI yesterday. Ibe cut into the penalty area and lashed home a ferocious drive in the 28th minute to cancel out...

  • Valcke all but says he’s leaving FIFA

    Valcke all but says he’s leaving FIFA

    Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s often-outspoken secretary general, all but confirmed yesterday that he will be leaving his job when Sepp Blatter is replaced as president of world soccer’s governing body next February. Valcke, a 54-year-old Frenchman, has...

  • Hulk pulls out of WCup draw

    Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian striker Hulk has pulled out of today’s World Cup qualifying draw, only days after complaining of “gross and ugly” racism in Russian football. The Brazilian international will be replaced by former Russia captain...

  • Real Madrid rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd

    Real Madrid rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd

    Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour of Australia with a 4-1 win over a depleted Manchester City in front of a record soccer crowd of 99,382 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. Rafa Benitez celebrated his first win in charge of the...

  • Szczesny has Gunners future says Wenger

    Szczesny has Gunners future says Wenger

    Wojciech Szczesny (picture) has a future at Arsenal despite his impending loan move to Roma, insists manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners boss is prepared to allow the 25-year-old goalkeeper to leave on a temporary basis, having signed Petr Cech...

  • Stoke remain ninth, Sunderland survive

    Stoke remain ninth, Sunderland survive

    Mark Hughes begins his third season at Stoke City having steered them to ninth placing for the second year running. Sunderland appointed their third foreign manager in a row but Dutchman Dick Advocaat showed that he had the knowhow to guide them...

  • Sporting briefs

    Krkic: Bojan Krkic will make his return from injury in Stoke’s pre-season friendly against Brentford today. The 24-year-old former Barcelona playmaker was one of Stoke’s stand-out players until injuring his cruciate ligaments at Rochdale in the FA...

  • Football news

    Former Russia midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will play under his father Rinat at Rubin Kazan after signing on as a free agent. Rubin finished fifth in the league last season under coach Rinat, who joined the club at the beginning of 2014. In...

  • Maltese ref for semi-final

    UEFA has appointed Maltese FIFA Referee Esther Azzopardi as the referee of the Under 19 semi-final between Group B winners Germany and Group A runners-up Sweden, being played today.  She will be assisted by FIFA assistant referees Biljana...

  • Penalty heartache for Birkirkara

    Penalty heartache for Birkirkara

    Birkirkara 1Miccoli 15;West Ham United 0 (AET; West Ham win 5-3 on pens) On a momentous night for Maltese football, Birkirkara came tantalisingly close to achieving the impossible dream only to see their hopes fizzle out in the most dramatic and...