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  • Sporting briefs

    Girard: Nantes have parted company with coach Rene Girard following the club’s poor start to the season. Les Canaris were thrashed 6-0 at home by Lyon in midweek and head into this weekend second-bottom after 15 games. The 62-year-old, who led...

  • Under-fire Pardew admits Palace are in crisis

    Under-fire Pardew admits Palace are in crisis

    Under-fire manager Alan Pardew said Crystal Palace are in a crisis following their six-game losing streak but yesterday refuted claims that he is a game away from being sacked. Pardew said he had talks with the board over his team’s worrying form...

  • Watch: Goalkeeper scores most spectacular goal

    Watch: Goalkeeper scores most spectacular goal

    A goal scored by a South African goalkeeper in the final minute of injury time is being hailed as the most spectacular goal ever scored by a keeper.  Baroka trailed Orlando Pirates 1-0 as the fifth and final minute of injury time expired in their...

  • Southgate talks of great expectations amid the gloom

    Southgate talks of great expectations amid the gloom

    The Dickensian fog obscuring Wembley’s arch hardly looked a portent of a golden era for England’s national team as new manager Gareth Southgate spent his first day in the job trying to provide some cheer yesterday. On the field English football...

  • Former general secretary Linsi implicated

    The Swiss investigation into corruption at FIFA has widened to include the former general secretary of world football’s governing body, Urs Linsi. The 67-year-old Swiss football administrator and businessman held the second most important job at...

  • English FA boss Glenn doubts clubs acted to cover up abuse

    English FA boss Glenn doubts clubs acted to cover up abuse

    English FA boss Martin Glenn (picture) believes it is unlikely there was an organised attempt to “cover up” sexual abuse in the game but has promised to punish any club found guilty of doing so “regardless of size”. The FA chief executive was...

  • Goalkeeper Hart sees no future at Manchester City

    Joe Hart admits he is expecting to be made available for transfer again by Manchester City when his loan spell at Torino finishes. The England goalkeeper is on a season-long loan with the Italian outfit after slipping down the pecking order at...

  • It hurts me to drop players, says United boss Mourinho

    It hurts me to drop players, says United boss Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho said it hurt him to have to leave players out of his side after Manchester United swept aside West Ham United 4-1 to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday night. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and French forward Anthony Martial...

  • Għajnsielem oust Nadur after penalty shoot-out

    Għajnsielem  oust Nadur  after penalty shoot-out

    Għajnsielem advanced to the quarter-finals of the GFA Cup after eliminating Nadur Youngsters in a penalty shoot-out as the match ended in a 3-3 draw after extra-time. This was the third meeting between the two sides in the last few weeks. Last...

  • Rome derby fan boycott looms again

    Roma fans have said they will boycott Sunday’s derby against Lazio for the third time in a row, once again taking the gloss of what used to be one of Europe’s most passionate fixtures. The hardcore supporters who occupy the Curva Sud at Rome’s...

  • Football news

    Bayer Leverkusen forward Kevin Volland has been ruled out for the rest of the year after picking up a thigh muscle injury in training, the Champions League club said yesterday. The 24-year-old Germany international, who joined Leverkusen this...

  • Colombia and Brazil teams join in tribute after plane crash

    Colombia and Brazil teams join in tribute after plane crash

    At the moment when they were set to take the field as foes, two football teams a continent apart raised their voices in unison on Wednesday, paying tribute to the 71 lives lost in a plane crash that cancelled the final of the Copa...

  • Seven-goal Raphinha sparks City rout

    Seven-goal Raphinha sparks City rout

    Raphinha, top scorer of last season’s Gatorade League, hit seven goals to lead Valletta to a massive 20-1 victory over Tarxien JML and help the champions maintain their perfect start to the season. Three games from match-day two produced a bonanza...

  • Sporting briefs

    UEFA U-21: England U-21s will play holders Sweden, hosts Poland and Slovakia at Euro 2017 next summer.  The Young Lions are in Group A after the draw for the tournament was made yesterday in Krakow. The Group A matches will take place in Kielce...

  • Four foreigners made difference for us, says club president Casha

    Four foreigners made  difference for us, says club president Casha

    From time to time, cup football reminds us of its capacity to throw up the unexpected. That was certainly the case on Tuesday night as the first two games of the third round of this season’s FA Trophy produced not one but two giant-killing acts...

  • Chapecoense vow to rebuild team after airline accident

    Chapecoense vow to rebuild team after airline accident

    The vice-president of Brazilian top flight side Chapecoense has vowed to get the club back on its feet and playing again next year after a plane crash in Colombia wiped out almost the entire squad. Colombia’s worst air disaster in two decades...

  • Dimitrov handed two-match ban over goal celebration

    The day after their shock elimination from the FA Trophy at the hands of St Andrews, Birkirkara were dealt another setback after playmaker Srdjan Dimitrov was handed a two-match ban. Dimitrov was cautioned by referee Etienne Mangion in the closing...

  • Scottish goalkeeper Walker proves instant hit at Hibs

    Scottish goalkeeper Walker proves instant hit at Hibs

    The start of the 1936-37 football season was accompanied by a high dose of optimism for Hibernians FC. During the summer months, the town of Paola was gripped by enthusiasm as the club signed some high-profile foreign players. Hibs’ plans,...

  • Palermo axe coach De Zerbi

    Palermo sacked head coach Roberto De Zerbi and ap-pointed Eugenio Corini as his replacement, the Italian club said yesterday. The Serie A side were eliminated from the Italian Cup by second-tier side Spezia yesterday and despite chairman Maurizio...

  • Southgate handed task of reviving England’s fortunes

    Southgate handed task of reviving England’s fortunes

    Gareth Southgate was handed the onerous task of ending England’s decades of under-achievement at major tournaments when he agreed a four-year deal to become national team manager yesterday. The 46-year-old former international defender had been in...