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    Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, the Premier League club said yesterday. The 22-year-old, who joined the west Londoners from Belgian side KRC Genk in 2011, has replaced Petr Cech as Chelsea’s...

  • Sporting briefs

    Zabaleta: Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is confident he will be fit for tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The full-back limped off during the team’s 4-2 friendly win over Germany last week. Zabaleta...

  • Resolute Malta performance boosts Ghedin’s optimism

    Resolute Malta performance boosts Ghedin’s optimism

    The challenge was an arduous one but Malta were not found wanting. Croatia away was always going to be a daunting opener for Malta but the general feeling after the game was that our players had given everything to the cause. It’s always hard to...

  • Conte thrilled with Italy show in Oslo

    Conte thrilled with Italy show in Oslo

    Italy coach Antonio Conte praised his team and claimed they were on the right path following their 2-0 win against Norway. The Azzurri produced a solid performance in their Euro 2016 qualifying Group H opener in Oslo on Tuesday. Goals from Simone...

  • Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador in NJersey friendly

    Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador in NJersey friendly

    Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in an international friendly in New Jersey, United States, late Tuesday with a first-half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory. The win came four days after Brazil beat Colombia and the...

  • Man. United expect profit to fall, seek Euro return

    Man. United expect profit to fall, seek Euro return

    Manchester United targeted a swift return to the lucrative Champions League yesterday, after forecasting lower profit this season when they will be absent from European competition for the first time in more than two decades. Twenty-times English...

  • Kaljevic player of the month

    Bojan Kaljevic is the BOV Player of the Month for August. The Mosta player from Montenegro had an impressive start to the season as he scored the only goal in his club’s shock win over champions Valletta in their opening match. Kaljevic followed...

  • Up to 80 countries a year hit by fixing allegations – Interpol

    Between 60 and 80 countries have reported allegations of match-fixing for each of the last three years, the head of the Interpol-FIFA initiative set up to fight the crime said. John Abbott, who is also leading Interpol’s and FIFA’s fight against...

  • Tottenham unlikely to move into new stadium by 2017-18

    Tottenham Hotspur are “highly unlikely” to move into a new stadium for the start of the 2017-18 season because of a High Court challenge, the Premier League club said yesterday. The delay means the north London club must find an alternative ground...

  • Ramsey doubtful for Arsenal against City

    Midfielder Aaron Ramsey could miss Arsenal’s Premier League clash with champions Manchester City on Saturday after twisting his ankle on a pitch described by Wales team-mate Gareth Bale as “the worst I have ever played on.” Ramsey, who has...

  • A thrilling 1972 derby final

    A thrilling 1972 derby final

    At the start of the 1971-72 season, St Patrick emerged favourites to win the Second Division cham-pionship. They played the best football in the early stages but then the Saints began to falter and what seemed certain at first began to look more...

  • Cash flows in at Premier League

    Cash flows in at Premier League

    Nobody can deny that the Premier League in England has become the most attractive football competition in the world not only for the quality play produced but also as witnessed by the overall attendances and cash that continues to flow in. Last...

  • Football news

    Former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has declared his interest in the vacant managerial position at Elland Road. The 42-year-old, who represented the Yorkshire club between 1997-1999, is keen to start a managerial career and would like the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Mathieu: Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has a right ankle problem and missed training yesterday, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen continued their recuperation from injury. Barca did not specify whether France international...

  • Valiant Malta succumb to second-half goals

    Valiant Malta succumb to second-half goals

    Croatia 2Modric 46; Kramaric 82;Malta 0 There is no joy in defeat but this Malta team deserve enormous credit for this indefatigable showing. It was never going to be easy for Malta to keep Croatia, described by national coach Pietro Ghedin as...

  • Italy tame Norway as Czechs beat Dutch

    Italy tame Norway as Czechs beat Dutch

    Goals from Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci gave new coach Antonio Conte victory in his first competitive game as Italy beat Norway 2-0 in a Euro 2016 Group H qualifying tie last night. Italy took the lead in the 16th minute when Zaza’s tame shot...

  • Euro clubs refuse to rule out summer World Cup in 2022

    Euro clubs refuse to rule out summer World Cup in 2022

    European soccer clubs have refused to rule out a summer World Cup in Qatar in 2022, saying they want to be given “strong, decisive” reasons before accepting a decision to move it to a different time of year. The European Clubs’ Association (ECA)...

  • UEFA U-21 results

    Finland vs San Marino 5-0; Lithuania vs Wales 1-1; Moldova vs England 0-3; Denmark vs Bulgaria 7-1; Russia vs Andorra 5-0; Spain vs Austria 1-1; Faroe Islands vs Montenegro 1-0; Germany vs Romania 8-0; Greece vs Poland 3-1; Sweden vs Turkey 4-3;...

  • Nigeria escape FIFA ban as officials return to power

    Nigeria have had the threat of a suspension from world football lifted after the country’s football federation (NFF) returned to office at the start of the week. The African champions had been given until Monday morning for a rival faction to...

  • Del Bosque remains upbeat after new-look Spain thump Macedonia

    Del Bosque remains upbeat after new-look Spain thump Macedonia

    Spain badly needed a convincing performance after their World Cup flop and coach Vicente del Bosque had plenty of positives to dwell on after Monday’s 5-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Macedonia. Goals from Sergio Ramos (penalty), Paco...

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