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  • Spain score five as Welbeck lifts England

    Spain score five as Welbeck lifts England

    Holders Spain kicked off their Euro 2016 title defence in style after a cheeky Sergio Ramos penalty set them up for a 5-1 victory over Macedonia in their opening Group C qualifier last night. Looking to bounce back from their 2014 World Cup...

  • Blatter seeks another term

    Blatter seeks another term

    The prospect of Sepp Blatter continuing as FIFA president into his early 80s came a step nearer yesterday when he confirmed he was standing for a fifth term of office next year. Blatter, who will be 79 when the votes are cast next June and who was...

  • Italy in confident mood

    Italy in confident mood

    Italy are eager to banish memories of their nightmare World Cup as they prepare for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway in Oslo tonight. The Azzurri failed to get beyond the group stage in Brazil after losing two of their three...

  • Veteran Pirlo to continue playing for the Azzurri

    Veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo announced yesterday that he will continue to play for Italy. The 35-year-old Juventus player admitted that he had considered retiring from international duty after the Azzurri’s disappointing group-stage exit from...

  • Football news

    Daniele de Rossi is the highest earner in the Serie A according to a report in Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday. The Italy and Roma midfielder is currently on a contract that sees him pocketing €6.5m a year, the findings show. He is top of the list...

  • Sporting briefs

    Friendly: Former German international Uli Stielike got a fair idea of the job at hand as the South Korean national team he would be coaching until 2018 went down 1-0 to Uruguay in a friendly at Goyang yesterday. After a tentative first half,...

  • Cautious Ghedin says Malta are facing one of the strongest teams in Europe

    Cautious Ghedin says Malta are facing one of the strongest teams in Europe

    Updated - Malta will be facing "one of the strongest teams in Europe" when they take on Croatia in their opening Euro 2016 Group H qualifier tomorrow evening at the Maksimir Stadium (kick-off 20.45). "Croatia are very strong," Malta coach Pietro...

  • Germany edge past bold Scotland 2-1

    Germany edge past bold Scotland 2-1

    Germany’s Thomas Mueller struck twice to lead the world champions to a nervous 2-1 victory over Scotland last night to kick off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Mueller scored with a flicked header in the 18th minute as Germany looked to be...

  • Franck Ribery ‘cannot refuse France call-up’

    Franck Ribery ‘cannot refuse France call-up’

    Franck Ribery could face a suspension if he refuses to represent his country again, according to UEFA president Michel Platini. Ribery announced his retirement from international football after injury ruled him out of the World Cup finals. But...

  • England would rather have met Swiss later, says Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson said he would have liked today’s opening European Championship Group E fixture away to Switzerland, the team he was once in charge of, to have come later in the qualifying programme. The air of negativity surrounding...

  • Football results

    Serie BBrescia vs Livorno 0-1; Bologna vs Entella 1-1; Carpi vs Varese 4-2; Cittadella vs Avellino 3-1; Spezia vs Frosinone 2-1; Ternana vs Pescara 1-1; Virtus Lanciano vs Modena 2-0; Trapani vs Vicenza 2-1; Pro Vercelli vs Catania 3-2; Bari vs...

  • Football news

    FIFA has asked for an explanation from a member of its financial watchdog who was arrested on suspicion of corruption in the Cayman Islands. Canover Watson, one of eight members of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, has denied the charges but...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ecuador: Ecuador put internal problems behind them and fielded several newcomers to crush Bolivia 4-0 in preparation for their meeting with Brazil tomorrow. The team, coached by Sixto Vizuete, won the friendly in Florida with goals from Christian...

  • Euro 2016 qualifying trek likely to be a damp squib

    Euro 2016 qualifying trek likely to be a damp squib

    Two wins in 10 matches could be enough to reach Euro 2016 following UEFA’s decision to expand the final tournament to 24 teams while keeping the same format for the qualifying competition Nearly half of UEFA’s 54 teams will take part at the...

  • Neymar gives Brazil win over Colombia

    A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly. It will take more than a win of this nature, against a team reduced to ten men for the...

  • Another last chance for Roy

    Another last chance for Roy

    When England played their first game since this summer’s World Cup on Wednesday, it was in front of the lowest ever crowd at the new Wembley Stadium. Just 40,000 people turned up to watch the Three Lions take on Norway, giving the stadium an eerie...

  • Beckham keen to help England

    Beckham keen to help England

    David Beckham has revealed he would be ‘proud’ to have some role with England in the future. The 39-year-old earned his 115th and final cap for the Three Lions in 2009 and his only duties with the national team off the pitch were when he served as...

  • Di Maria claims Real pressure not to play World Cup final

    Di Maria claims Real pressure not to play World Cup final

    Angel Di Maria has claimed his former club Real Madrid put pressure on Argentina not to play him in the World Cup final in another bitter chapter in his departure from the Spanish giants. Di Maria joined Manchester United from Real last month for...

  • Rooney targets winning start

    England captain Wayne Rooney believes it is vitally important to start the European Championship qualifying campaign with a positive result in Switzerland. Just 76 days after their disastrous World Cup campaign came to an end, thoughts have turned...

  • FIFA watchdog member arrested

    One of the eight members of FIFA’s financial watchdog has been arrested by police on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering. Canover Watson, a businessman from the Cayman Islands and vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union, has denied...

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