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  • Hull City manager Bruce interviewed for England job

    Hull City manager Bruce interviewed for England job

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce has held “informal” talks with the English FA about the vacant England manager’s job, according to the club. The Tigers say no official approach has been made by the FA and have echoed Sunderland, whose manager Sam...

  • Pressure to win title is more on new managers – Ranieri

    Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is not losing sleep over his team’s Premier League title defence and believes the pressure to succeed is more on the new managers of the big-name clubs. Under Ranieri, 5000-1 outsiders Leicester won their first...

  • New Italy coach Ventura says he should not be judged by lack of titles

    New Italy coach Ventura says he should not be judged by lack of titles

    Italy’s new coach Giampiero Ventura, officially presented yesterday, said he should not be judged by his lack of major titles and that he had enjoyed “other victories” in his long career. Ventura, the second oldest coach to occupy the post,...

  • Gudmundsson moves to Burnley

    Gudmundsson moves to Burnley

    Burnley have signed Iceland international winger Johann Gudmundsson and goalkeeper Nick Pope from Charlton Athletic, the promoted Premier League side said. Burnley did not disclose financial details of the deals, but both players have signed...

  • Zidane says Real squad is ‘difficult to improve’

    Zidane says Real squad is ‘difficult to improve’

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has plenty of time for the talents of Paul Pogba, but insists his own current squad is “difficult to improve”. France midfielder Pogba has been linked with a big-money move away from Juventus, with a return to...

  • Juve continue to get stronger

    Juve continue to get stronger

    The draws for the 2016/17 Serie A season will be made on Friday with the opening day set for the third weekend of August. Although this summer’s transfer market will not come to a conclusion until the end of next month, there are already strong...

  • Sporting briefs

    Barcelona: La Liga champions Barcelona said they agreed a one-year extension to their shirt sponsorship with Qatar Airways, increasing the annual value of the deal to around €35 million according to Spanish media reports. Barca – once renowned for...

  • Football news

    Former England footballer turned pundit Ray Wilkins is being treated at a rehabilitation centre for alcoholism, a court has heard. The former Chelsea and Manchester United star was due to face magistrates on Monday accused of drink-driving. But...

  • New Italy coach says he should not be judged by lack of titles

    New Italy coach says he should not be judged by lack of titles

    Italy's new coach Giampiero Ventura, officially presented today, said he should not be judged by his lack of major titles and that he had enjoyed "other victories" in his long career. Ventura, the second oldest coach to occupy the post, praised...

  • Belief key as Zammit rallies City for stern Red Star test

    Belief key as Zammit rallies City for stern Red Star test

    The 2-1 defeat in the home encounter may have jeopardised Valletta’s chances of advancing to the third qualifying round of the Champions League but it has not diminished their resolve to produce another gutsy performance when they meet Crvena...

  • Pre-season tournament is ideal test for Premier teams

    Pre-season tournament is ideal test for Premier teams

    Ħamrun Spartans will face three other Premier League teams when they host the fifth Powerade Cup which gets under way at the Tedesco Stadium this Friday. Tarxien Rainbows meet Balzan in the opening match while the Spartans take on the other...

  • Mourinho urges patience with new signing Bailly

    Mourinho urges patience with new signing Bailly

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged patience with new recruit Eric Bailly, saying that the defender will take time to adapt to the demands of English football following his move from Spain. Bailly, Mourinho’s first signing since he...

  • Interpol makes over 4,000 arrests over illegal gambling on Euro 2016

    More than 4,100 people were arrested in co-ordinated raids across 11 different countries during Euro 2016 in one of the largest global police operations against illegal gambling in Asia. Nearly 4,000 raids were carried out in China, France,...

  • La Liga players dominate shortlist

    La Liga players dominate shortlist

    La Liga players dominate this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, announced by the continent’s governing body UEFA yesterday, with seven of the top 10 contenders for the prestigious award currently plying their trade in Spain. European...

  • Joao Mario to stay at Sporting

    Sporting president Bruno De Carvalho has reiterated his stance on Joao Mario amid reports Inter were close to signing the Portuguese midfielder. The Nerazzurri were believed to be in the running to sign the 23-year-old having observed his...

  • Gilmar set to join club in Saudi Arabia

    Gilmar set to join  club in Saudi Arabia

    Brazilian playmaker Gilmar is set to continue his career in the Middle East after agreeing a move to Al-Raed in Saudi Arabia. A spokesman for the player told Times of Malta that Gilmar is joining Al-Raed on loan from Maltese club Naxxar Lions,...

  • Joseph Grech – St George’s FC

    Sander Abela writes: Last week, the death was announced of former St George’s FC centre-half, Joseph Grech. A clever and sturdy defender, Grech played for the Pioneers at a time when the Saints were going through a grand revival of their fortunes.

  • Football news

    FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as its first regional World Cup sponsor yesterday. The global soccer body said Alfa Bank would “activate...

  • Sporting briefs

    Agazzi: Milan goalkeeper Michael Agazzi has joined Serie B side Cesena. The 32-year-old stopper, who spent last season on loan at M’boro, reached an agreement with Cesena and trained with his new team-mates yesterday. Agazzi joined the Rossoneri...

  • Andelkovic signs new deal at Birkirkara

    Andelkovic signs new deal at Birkirkara

    Mislav Andelkovic will again play for Birkirkara in the coming season after agreeing terms on a new one-year contract, the Premier League club announced yesterday. “Birkirkara FC completed an-other major signing as Croatian midfielder Mislav...