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  • Conte quits Juve

    Conte quits Juve

    Antonio Conte has left his post as coach of Juventus after winning the Serie A title for three successive years. The 44-year-old announced his decision in a video interview on the club’s official website yesterday evening – just a day after the...

  • Roma defender Cole says English players are afraid to leave home

    Former Arsenal and Chelsea de-fender Ashley Cole says English players are afraid of leaving their comfort zone and playing overseas. The former England international has joined Serie A side Roma on a two-year deal after eight trophy-laden years at...

  • Early goal downs gritty City

    Early goal downs gritty City

    Valletta 0FK Qarabag 1Cicero 17; A fighting display from Valletta was not enough to avert defeat as Azeri champions Qarabag eked out a 1-0 victory to put themselves in the driving seat in this Champions League second qualifying round...

  • Costa signs Chelsea deal

    Spain striker Diego Costa has completed his move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, the Blues announced yesterday. The Brazil-born striker has long been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge and the clubs agreed a fee early this month, with...

  • 2018 hosts Russia with plenty to do

    2018 hosts Russia with plenty to do

    In the aftermath of Russia’s premature exit from the World Cup finals, Fabio Capello, instead of doing the noble gesture of stepping down, went on to hit the headlines by vehemently defending his record and vowed to see out the rest of his...

  • Football news

    Verona have bought the full playing registration of midfielder Romulo from Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee. The Brazil-born Italy international joined Verona on loan from Fiorentina last summer, with the two clubs each owning 50 per cent of his...

  • Sporting briefs

    Valero: Spain midfielder Borja Valero has pledged his long-term future to Fiorentina by signing a five-year contract extension. The 29-year-old’s previous deal ex-pired this summer but the new agreement will keep him with the Florence club until...

  • Ecstatic Berlin crowds welcome victorious German team home

    Ecstatic Berlin crowds welcome victorious German team home

    Hundreds of thousands of jubilant Germans welcomed their triumphant national soccer team home in Berlin this morning, waving flags and wearing the national colours as they basked in the nation's fourth World Cup victory. Landing at the capital's...

  • FIFA faces multiple problems after World Cup respite

    Soccer's governing body FIFA will have little time to bask in the glory of the 2014 World Cup as it faces a plethora of problems, ranging from a ticket touting scandal to the never-ending controversy over 2022 tournament hosts Qatar. A split...

  • Blatter 'surprised' by Messi award

    Blatter 'surprised' by Messi award

    Sepp Blatter has admitted he was surprised to see Lionel Messi awarded the prize for the best player at the World Cup. Messi picked up the prestigious Golden Ball accolade on Sunday night shortly after Argentina had lost the World Cup final to...

  • FIFA chief Blatter gives World Cup 9.25 out of 10

    FIFA chief Blatter gives World Cup 9.25 out of 10

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter stopped short of saying the World Cup in Brazil was the best ever staged, but he gave it 9.25 out of 10 yesterday, describing it as a “very, very special” tournament highlighted by attacking football. Speaking the day...

  • Germany shirt sold out

    Germany shirt sold out

    A new football shirt bearing four stars for Germany’s four World Cup wins had sold out yesterday within hours of the team’s triumph in Brazil – showing the kind of boost retailers can expect from the feel-good factor among fans in coming days. The...

  • Scolari fired as Brazil manager – report

    Brazil have sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari just hours after the end of a home World Cup in which they suffered two of their worst defeats in the tournament’s history, one of Brazil’s leading newspapers reported yesterday. Scolari’s Brazil were...

  • Maradona questions Messi choice

    Diego Maradona has declared that Lionel Messi did not deserve to be chosen as the best player of the 2014 World Cup, suggesting the Argentina forward won the award for marketing reasons. A dejected Messi picked up FIFA’s Golden Ball for...

  • Muted not magical, Messi misses again on big prize

    Muted not magical, Messi misses again on big prize

    Lionel Messi walked up the steps at the Maracana. It was at the end of 120 minutes of Sunday’s gripping World Cup final and the Argentine was collecting a revered golden trophy, one befitting his status as the greatest player of his...

  • Klose to consider future

    Klose to consider future

    Miroslav Klose, finally a World Cup winner at the fourth time of asking, will decide over the coming days whether he wants to continue playing for Germany Twelve years after tasting defeat in the final in Yokohama, Miroslav Klose took home his...

  • Man. United agree record Adidas deal

    Man. United agree record Adidas deal

    Adidas AG will pay a record £750 million to supply Manchester United with shirts and kit, underlining the enduring pulling power of the former English champions despite a dismal last season. The 10-year agreement announ-ced yesterday is a world...

  • England to make Scotland trip for November friendly

    Scotland and England will meet at Celtic Park on November 18 in an international friendly. The match was confirmed by both national associations yesterday and follows a Wembley encounter between the sides last August, which England won 3-2 thanks...

  • City coach targets clean sheet

    City coach targets clean sheet

    Valletta will need to muster all their famed spirit and resilience if they are to make a contest of their two-legged encounter with Qarabag FK in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. The Azeri champions may not be one of the most...

  • Ferencvaros show Ohawuchi interest

    Ferencvaros show Ohawuchi interest

    Stanley Ohawuchi’s prospects of continuing his career overseas have increased further with Ferencvaros the latest club to sound out Sliema Wanderers about the Nigerian striker. The Blues narrowly missed out on a place in the second qualifying...