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    Former Brazil skipper and 2002 World Cup winner Lucio has signed up as FC Goa‘s marquee player for the second season of the burgeoning Indian Super League (ISL), the club said. The 37-year-old former Bayern Munich and Inter defender had been...

  • Sporting briefs

    Navas: Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has revealed he will not have to go under the knife to repair his Achilles tendon injury. The Costa Rica international aggravated a recurring problem that has been troubling him in the recent friendly...

  • Israel champs await Hibs

    Israel champs await Hibs

    Hibernians’ quest to become the first Maltese club to reach the third qualifying round of the Champions League faces a daunting hurdle in the shape of Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv. “My reaction to the draw is somewhat mixed,” Hibs coach...

  • City to face Welsh side Newtown

    City to face Welsh side Newtown

    • Birkirkara paired with Armenia’s Ulisses • Zeljeznicar test for Euro debutants Balzan The draw for the first qualifying round of the 2015/16 Europa League served up mixed fortunes for the three Maltese clubs involved. Valletta will have been the...

  • Brazil beat Venezuela to set up Paraguay tie

    Brazil beat Venezuela to set up Paraguay tie

    Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored either side of half-time to fire Brazil to a 2-1 win over Venezuela at the Copa America, sending the five-times world champions into a quarter-final meeting with Paraguay. The victory completed the...

  • France shine as Canada scrape through to the quarter-finals

    Australia eliminated Brazil from the Women’s World Cup to advance to the quarter-finals along with a convincing France and battling hosts Canada. A goal from substitute Kyah Simon 10 minutes from the end earned Australia a 1-0 win over a Brazil...

  • Parma facing amateur football

    Bankrupt Parma’s hopes of a rescue ended yesterday when the receivers said that no buyers had come forward for the former Serie A club. The announcement means that Parma, who finished bottom of Serie A after a chaotic season, cannot register for...

  • Real squad very hard to improve –Benitez

    Real squad very hard to improve –Benitez

    It will be “immensely difficult” for Real Madrid to improve their squad but they still plan to make more signings in the close season, new coach Rafa Benitez said yesterday. The Spaniard was brought in to replace sacked Italian Carlo Ancelotti...

  • Mandzukic completes transfer to Juventus

    Juventus have completed the signing of Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid in a €19 million transfer deal. The 29-year-old striker completed a medical in Turin yesterday before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal with the...

  • Vietto joins Atletico Madrid

    Villarreal have sold Argentinian striker Luciano Vietto to Atletico Madrid, club president Fernando Roig announced yesterday. Vietto joined Villarreal last summer from Argentinian side Racing Club on a reported €5.5 million transfer deal and...

  • Azzurrini confidence boosted after draw

    Azzurrini confidence boosted after draw

    Italy Under-21 striker Andrea Belotti says there is renewed confidence around the team ahead of tomorrow’s crucial European Championship en-counter with England. Like the Young Lions, the Azzurrini endured a tough start to Group B as Sweden came...

  • Mosta celebrate U-17 title, KO honours for Valletta

    Mosta celebrate U-17 title, KO honours for Valletta

    Mosta are the winners of the 2014/15 APS Bank Under-17 Section A league. The Blues went down to Valletta in their final game but they had already sealed the title in their previous match. This was Mosta’s first success in the category. The...

  • Football news

    The Russian government or-dered 30 billion roubles ($560 million) in cuts in spending on the 2018 World Cup yesterday but said the construction of stadiums would not be affected. Russia has been forced to trim spending because of economic problems...

  • Sporting briefs

    Mulumbu: Newly-promoted Premier League club Norwich City have signed DR Congo international midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on a free transfer. The 28-year-old will join the Canaries on July 1 when his contract with fellow top-flight side West...

  • Higuain gives Argentina 1-0 win over Jamaica

    Higuain gives Argentina 1-0 win over Jamaica

    An early goal from Gonzalo Higuain was enough to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Jamaica at the Copa America yesterday and secure their place in the quarter-finals as winners of Group B. Higuain collected a pass from Angel di Maria in the 11th...

  • Star-struck striker takes on-pitch selfie with Messi

    Star-struck striker takes on-pitch selfie with Messi

    Lionel Messi is used to being sought after by fans, celebrities and even fellow professionals but he was still caught by surprise when Jamaica’s DeShorn Brown asked for a selfie following Argentina’s 1-0 Copa America win. Argentina won Group B...

  • Serbia have bright future after U-20 WCup win – coach Paunovic

    A brave Serbian outfit which won the Under-20 World Cup with a shock 2-1 win over Brazil in New Zealand on Saturday can become a major force at senior level, coach Veljko Paunovic said. Making their maiden appearance as an independent nation,...

  • Door not shut for Carroll – Hodgson

    Door not shut for Carroll – Hodgson

    Roy Hodgson has told Andy Carroll he can win his place back in the England squad if he hits the ground running next season. Deep in the bowels of the Stadion Stozice in Ljubljana earlier this month, Hodgson was reminiscing about the role Carroll...

  • Gignac heading to Mexico after sealing Tigres deal

    Gignac heading to Mexico after sealing Tigres deal

    Andre-Pierre Gignac has completed a move to Mexican giants Tigres, confirming his Marseille exit via Twitter. The 29-year-old striker signed his deal on Saturday and announced it a day later, while thanking OM after five years on the south coast...

  • Australia knock Brazil out

    Brazil were knocked out of the Women’s World Cup yesterday after a surprise 1-0 defeat by Australia in the round of 16. A goal from Kyah Simon 10 minutes from the end earned Australia a place in the quarter-finals where they will face the...