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  • Depay brace gives Man. United the edge

    Depay brace gives Man. United the edge

    Memphis Depay struck twice as Manchester United came from behind to beat Club Brugge 3-1 at Old Trafford in their Champions League qualifying play-off first leg last night. The Engish Premier League side got off to a dismal start when midfielder...

  • Marchisio ruled out for three weeks

    Juve’s Claudio Marchisio will miss the start of the new Serie A campaign after being ruled out for three weeks with a muscle injury in his right thigh. The Italy midfielder got hurt in training this week and underwent tests yesterday which...

  • Bilbao hold off Barcelona to claim the Super Cup

    Bilbao hold off Barcelona to claim the Super Cup

    Athletic Bilbao claimed their first silverware in more than three decades when they wrapped up a 5-1 aggregate win over 10-man Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup late Monday and unleash ecstatic celebrations in the Basque city. Bilbao, who...

  • Kovacic agrees big-money move to Real

    Real Madrid have added another player to their already swollen midfield ranks after agreeing to sign Croatian international Mateo Kovacic from Inter subject to a medical. Real said yesterday that the 21-year-old had agreed a six-year contract and...

  • Vassallo calls on youngsters to show more perseverance

    Vassallo calls on youngsters to show more perseverance

    Maltese youngsters can only make the grade overseas if they are prepared to make sacrifices to adapt to the rigours of professional football. Commenting on reports that at least two up-and-coming Maltese players had returned home after passing up...

  • Sixty-five teams enter FA Trophy

    A total of 65 clubs will compete in this season’s FA Trophy. Gozitan team Oratory Youths and Division Three side Marsa-skala will lift the curtains on the 2015/16 KO competition when they face each other in the only preliminary round match on...

  • Birkirkara to discuss striker Liliu’s future

    Birkirkara to discuss striker Liliu’s future

    Birkirkara’s title aspirations could receive a major boost in the coming days after it emerged that Brazilian striker Liliu is mulling a return to the Stripes’ fold after failing to secure a move abroad. Earlier this month, Liliu had announced...

  • Which team can dethrone Juve?

    Which team can dethrone Juve?

    Juventus could not have aspired for a more prosperous start to their 2015/16 campaign as they scored two second-half goals to claim their seventh Italian Super Cup at the expense of Lazio earlier this month. Although the reigning Italian champions...

  • Hugged by the hands of God, infamous ref meets Maradona

    Hugged by the hands of God, infamous ref meets Maradona

    Diego Maradona kissed and hugged the referee who allowed his handball goal in the 1986 World Cup and presented him with a signed Argentina jersey when the two met in Tunisia this week, local media reported. Maradona’s quarter-final goal against...

  • Football news

    West Bromwich Albion have rejected an offer for Saido Berahino from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and have no interest in selling the England under-21 striker, chairman Jeremy Peace said. No details were disclosed but, according to media...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ikeme: Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was called up by Nigeria for the first time yesterday in an 18-man list of foreign-based players selected for next month’s African Nations Cup qualifier in Tanzania. English-born Ikeme, 29, is joined by fellow...

  • Millions at stake in play-offs

    Millions at stake in play-offs

    Rank outsiders Skenderbeu and distant Astana will line up alongside traditional powers such as Manchester United, Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen as the Champions League play-offs get under way with first legs today. With millions of euros’ revenue,...

  • Van Gaal retains faith in misfiring Rooney

    Van Gaal retains faith in misfiring Rooney

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal maintains he has complete faith in Wayne Rooney despite his indifferent start to the campaign. Rooney has been restored to his role as a central striker this season despite spending much of last term in...

  • Blatter hits back at Chung over ‘corrupt’ remarks

    Blatter hits back at Chung over ‘corrupt’ remarks

    Outgoing president Sepp Blatter hit back at Chung Mong-joon, one of the candidates to replace him, for labelling FIFA a “corrupt organisation” yesterday and said the South Korean’s remarks were “disturbing”. Swiss Blatter also pointed out in a...

  • FIFA to probe alleged Platini smear

    FIFA confirmed yesterday that they will investigate the alleged distribution from their headquarters of an anonymous heavily critical ‘dossier’ on UEFA president Michel Platini following a complaint from European football’s governing body. German...

  • Overseas clubs set sights on Jorginho

    Overseas clubs set sights on Jorginho

    With the end of the August transfer window looming large, a host of overseas clubs are reportedly showing interest in signing Hibernians striker Jorginho. Jorginho recently inked a new three-year contract with Hiber-nians after playing a crucial...

  • Benteke goal sinks Bournemouth

    Benteke goal sinks Bournemouth

    Promoted Bournemouth are still waiting for their first Premier League points after succumbing to a controversial Christian Benteke goal in a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool last night. Belgian forward Benteke, playing his second Liverpool game following...

  • Messi in Argentina squad

    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino quashed any lingering speculation that Lionel Messi might take a break from internationals by naming the Barcelona player in his US tour squad yesterday. Messi will lead Argentina in friendlies against Bolivia and...

  • Kompany takes more pride in clean sheets than scoring goals

    Kompany takes more pride in clean sheets than scoring goals

    Captain Vincent Kompany has scored in both of Manchester City’s Premier League games this season but the clean sheets the club kept during the two wins gave the central defender more pleasure. Last season’s runners-up City won 3-0 at West Bromwich...

  • ‘I never wanted to leave’

    ‘I never wanted to leave’

    Sergio Ramos has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal at Real Madrid, insisting he never wanted to leave the club. The 29-year-old World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Manchester United for most of the...

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