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  • Brazil and Germany into the semis of football tournament

    Brazil and Germany into the semis of football tournament

    Brazil beat Colombia 2-0 to move into the last four and a date with Honduras, while Nigeria and Germany both won during the weekend to set up an intriguing semi-final line-up in men’s football at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Brazil, who have never...

  • Football news

    Alan Pardew has revealed he expects Yannick Bolasie to conclude his proposed £30 million transfer to Everton this month. The forward made what appears to have been his last appearance for Crystal Palace when playing as a second-half substitute in...

  • Sporting briefs

    Larsson: Voetbal International yesterday claimed that Heerenveen’s winger Sam Larsson could make a move to Italy’s Sassuolo before the end of the transfer window on August 31. The Dutch magazine said Sassuolo are preparing their bid even though...

  • Liverpool goal rush stuns Arsenal

    Liverpool goal rush stuns Arsenal

    Liverpool put down an early marker as Premier League title contenders by scoring four times in 17 minutes to win 4-3 at Arsenal in a thrilling match. They had fallen behind to last season's runners-up when Theo Walcott, having just had a penalty...

  • Mourinho starts with United victory

    Mourinho starts with United victory

    BOURNEMOUTH 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3 Jose Mourinho's first Premier League game as manager of Manchester United ended in a comfortable victory away to Bournemouth. Juan Mata scored the first league goal of the new era in the 40th minute following an...

  • Newcastle still in search of first point after 2-1 defeat

    Newcastle are still searching for their first Sky Bet Championship point after they were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield at St James’ Park, yesterday. Rafael Benitez’s men had been hoping to bounce back from losing the opening game of the Championship...

  • Rangers down Dundee to claim opening win

    Rangers gave a signal of their intentions as they battled to their first Premiership victory of the new season with a 2-1 win at Dundee, yesterday. First-half strikes from Harry Forrester and Kenny Miller put the Light Blues two up as Mark...

  • Luis Enrique wary of Sevilla threat

    Luis Enrique wary of Sevilla threat

    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique expects Spanish Supercup opponents Sevilla to be just as much of a threat as before despite them undergoing a major summer rebuild. Sevilla head into tonight’s Super Cup first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan...

  • Seven candidates for new African places on FIFA council

    Seven candidates, including two Confederation of African Football (CAF) vice presidents, are standing for election to be the continent’s two new representatives on the reformed FIFA Council next month, CAF said yesterday. Africa is to get two...

  • The season ahead (part 2)

    The season ahead (part 2)

    Surprisingly enough, I didn’t get vast amounts of criticism for the first part of my annual Premier League predictions last Sunday. A few of you questioned my suggestion that Swansea are heading for the drop, but overall you seem to think I was...

  • Football news

    Arsenal have named defender Per Mertesacker as their new club captain following the departure of Mikel Arteta this summer, the club said yesterday. “Per is a very respected figure in the dressing room, is loved as well and is also a very demanding...

  • Briefs

    Daum: Romania’s new coach Christoph Daum included a quartet of uncapped home-based players and avoided any major surprises as he named his first squad yesterday for the World Cup qualifier at home to Montenegro next month. Steaua Bucharest’s...

  • Messi back for Argentina after reversing decision

    Messi back for Argentina after reversing decision

    Lionel Messi has announced that he will play on for Argentina, reversing his decision in June to retire from international soccer. The Barcelona forward said he would not play for Argentina again after the team lost to Chile in the final of the...

  • Goalkeeper Haber agrees terms with Floriana FC

    Goalkeeper Haber agrees terms with Floriana FC

    Justin Haber is on the verge of making a return to his hometown club in the BOV Premier League after reaching an agreement with Floriana FC. The much-travelled 35-year-old goalkeeper was seeking a move away from Hibernians this summer following...

  • Two new foreign players for Mosta

    Mosta are set to sign two new foreign players as the Blues continue to revamp their squad ahead of the new Premier League season. After tying up a deal for goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo, who joined from Valletta earlier this week, the Blues have...

  • Top Greek clubs threaten to withdraw from league

    Three of Greece’s top clubs have threatened to pull out of this season’s Super League in a dispute over refereeing selections, throwing the start of the new season into doubt. Panathinaikos, AEK Athens and PAOK Salonika all said they would refuse...

  • Pogba banned for opener

    Paul Pogba’s Manchester United debut will be delayed by a week after the English FA announced he would miss tomorrow’s game at Bournemouth through suspension. United secured Pogba’s return to Old Trafford to great fanfare earlier this week,...

  • Tuchel plays down Dortmund’s chances of Super Cup success

    Tuchel plays down Dortmund’s chances of Super Cup success

    Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has lowered his side’s expectations ahead of tomorrow’s German Super Cup (kick-off: 20.30). Dortmund face Bayern Munich at the Westfalenstadion with the first trophy of the German season at stake – but Tuchel...

  • Foxes start against Tigers

    Foxes start against Tigers

    English Premier League champions Leicester City start their title defence this afternoon at promoted Hull City as the big game of the opening weekend sees Arsenal host Liverpool tomorrow. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will not have to wait long...

  • I’ll continue to play for Argentina, says Messi

    Lionel Messi has announced that he will play on for Argentina, reversing his decision in June to retire from international soccer. The Barcelona forward said he would not play for Argentina again after the team lost to Chile in the final of the...