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  • UEFA chief Platini unlikely to enter FIFA presidential race

    They play for high stakes in the casinos of Monte Carlo, but in the latest round of soccer politics UEFA president Michel Platini looks increasingly likely to stay away from the tables, preferring instead to bide his time. The Frenchman is to make...

  • Top attraction at the Etihad

    Top attraction at the Etihad

    Manchester City and Liverpool, the top two teams in the Premier League last season, will clash at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Last weekend, champions Manchester City beat Newcastle United 2-0 and Liverpool won 2-1 at home against...

  • Hodgson urges young English players to move abroad

    Hodgson urges young English players to move abroad

    England manager Roy Hodgson has urged his young international players to move abroad and enrich their experience rather than sit on the subs’ bench at clubs stacked full of overseas signings. In an interview this week, Hodgson made clear he would...

  • Balotelli backed to excel with Liverpool

    Balotelli backed to excel with Liverpool

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Mario Balotelli could be the “perfect” fit for Liverpool – but insists they will still miss Luis Suarez. Liverpool are understood to be closing in on a £16 million deal to bring controversial...

  • Van Gaal silent on Welbeck future

    Louis van Gaal refused to comment on Danny Welbeck’s future as speculation mounts the England striker is set to leave Manchester United. Press Association Sport reported that Welbeck, who joined United in 2007, has been told he can depart Old...

  • Greece striker Samaras agrees to join West Brom

    West Bromwich Albion have signed Greece striker Georgios Samaras on a two-year contract following his release from Scottish champions Celtic, the English Premier League club said yesterday. The 29-year-old former Manchester City and Heerenveen...

  • Sporting briefs

    Carroll: Swansea City have signed Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Tom Carroll on loan for the rest of the season. Carroll has played seven Premier League games for Tottenham and also appeared for them in the Europa League but has found it hard to...

  • Fixtures

    Coppa Italia – 3rd Round Played yesterdayPescara vs Chievo - 1-0 TodayAtalanta vs Pisa - 18.00Varese vs Entella - 20.30Palermo vs Modena - 20.45Perugia vs Spezia - 20.45Bari vs Avellino - 21.00Cagliari vs Catania - 21.00 TomorrowLanciano vs Genoa...

  • Football news

    Neymar has likely been ruled out of Barcelona’s season-opening game against Elche after spraining his ankle. The Brazilian forward has only just recovered from the cracked verterbra he suffered at the World Cup finals and was back in full training...

  • Di Maria wants to leave – Ancelotti

    Di Maria wants to leave – Ancelotti

    Angel Di Maria has told European champions Real Madrid that he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed. Di Maria has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, with recent...

  • Ronaldo fit for the SCup decider

    Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup second leg against rivals Atletico Madrid today, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed yesterday. The Portuguese went off as a precaution at half-time during the first leg at the Bernabeu...

  • Douglas set to join Barca

    Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Brazilian right-back Douglas, according to Sao Paulo’s vice president of football Ataide Gil Guerreiro. But the deal to recruit the 24-year-old has been complicated by FIFA’s decision to reject Barca’s...

  • Europa League

    Play-off round, first legs   1st leg 2nd leg Agg. Aktobe (Kazakhstan) vs L. Warsaw (Poland) 0-1     Apollon (Cyprus) vs Lok. Moscow (Russia) 1-1     Astana (Kazakhstan) vs Villarreal (Spain) 0-3     Asteras Tripolis (Greece) vs M.

  • No Chelsea move for Roma striker Destro

    There will be no swap deal involving Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Roma forward Mattia Destro, according to the Italian player’s agent. Reports in Italy and the UK had suggested these past few days that Roma were keen to lure the Spaniard to...

  • FA investigates Mackay dossier

    FA investigates Mackay dossier

    The English FA is investigating a dossier on the conduct of Malky Mackay and Iain Moody submitted to the governing body by Cardiff City. The FA has confirmed it has received a detailed account of issues related to former Cardiff manager Mackay and...

  • Balotelli says farewell to Milan, may be heading for Liverpool

    Balotelli says farewell to Milan, may be heading for Liverpool

    Liverpool appear to be edging closer to a deal to bring maverick striker Mario Balotelli back to England from Milan. It has been reported that the two clubs have agreed a £16 million fee for the headline-grabbing former Manchester City...

  • Wenger has no regrets at rejecting Fabregas return

    Wenger has no regrets at rejecting Fabregas return

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted yesterday that it felt strange for him to see Cesc Fabregas playing in a blue Chelsea shirt, but insisted he had no regrets at not re-signing him. Wenger told reporters at a news conference that his only...

  • Bayern race to get fit as Dortmund prepare title tilt

    Bayern race to get fit as Dortmund prepare title tilt

    Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich and arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund look set to slug it out once again for the German league title when the season starts this evening. Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have strengthened their squads with...

  • Floriana, Mosta sign new foreigners

    Premier League sides Floriana and Mosta continued to strengthen their squads this week after bringing in new foreign imports. Floriana have reached an agreement to sign Italian goalkeeper Valerio Senatore. The Greens needed cover in their...

  • Football news

    Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has capped a dream start to the new Premier League season by signing a new four-year contract with the club. Dzeko dazzled in his side’s opening day win at Newcastle on Sunday after which boss Manuel Pellegrini...