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  • Team told to copy Malta in friendly as coach Penev leaves nothing to chance

    Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev is leaving nothing to chance in his preparations for tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Malta. After studying Malta’s performances in their opening three qualifiers, Penev roped in first division side Marek to play...

  • Rooney scores on 100th cap to spark England win

    Rooney scores on 100th cap to spark England win

    Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th England cap by scoring a penalty to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at Wembley yesterday which only came to life after half- time. The England skipper scored with a...

  • Italy midfielder De Rossi to celebrate milestone against Croatia in Milan

    Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi is ready to celebrate his 100th cap against Croatia tonight. The Azzurri meet Croatia in Milan where at least one of Euro 2016 qualifying Group H’s 100 per cent records will go. Both have won their three games so...

  • Liechtenstein end wait for away success

    Liechtenstein ended a 10-year wait for a competitive away win when they beat Moldova 1-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier yesterday. Franz Burgmeier curled a free-kick into the top left corner in the 74th minute to leave Liechtenstein with four points...

  • Fifa must think we’re fools

    Fifa must think we’re fools

    Like many Fifa-doubters, I was greatly looking forward to the publication of the report into the allegations of corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. After months of uncertainty, confusion, insinuations and smears, this was...

  • Get your mind off the ceremonies, Loew says

    Get your mind off the ceremonies, Loew says

    Germany have seen a dip in form since winning the World Cup in July and a 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Gibraltar on Friday was proof the players need to get their mind off the awards and start playing again, coach Joachim Loew said. The...

  • Georgia’s Ketsbaia steps down

    Temur Ketsbaia has stuck to his pledge to quit as Georgia manager. The former Newcastle striker said that Friday’s European Championship qualifier with Poland would be the final game of his five-year tenure as a result of a shocking start to their...

  • FIFA chiefs for talks over bidding probe

    FIFA’s two ethics chiefs will hold talks in the next few days after the investigation into World Cup bidding descended into a shambles. FIFA has confirmed it has received notification from ethics investigator Michael Garcia of his intention to...

  • Greece sack coach Ranieri – reports

    Greece sack coach Ranieri – reports

    Claudio Ranieri has paid the price for Greece’s embarrassing home defeat to the Faroe Islands, according to reports, yesterday. The veteran Italian coach has lost his job the day after a 1-0 European Championship qualifying loss to the minnows in...

  • Football results

    League OneCoventry-Notts County - 0-1Crewe-Chesterfield - 0-0Doncaster-Sheffield Utd - 0-1Gillingham-Leyton Orient - 3-2Oldham-Crawley - 1-1Port Vale-Rochdale - 1-0Preston-Bradford - 1-2Scunthorpe-MK Dons - ppSwindon-Bristol City -...

  • Football news

    A football fan has died from injuries sustained after he fell in a stairwell following the Euro 2016 qualifier between Scotland and Ireland at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Friday. The 22-year-old man passed away at Glasgow Infirmary. Scottish joy...

  • Sporting briefs

    Meulensteen: Philadelphia Union made another off-season move yesterday by appointing former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen as a consultant, the Major League Soccer (MLS) team announced. A week after installing Jim Curtin as...

  • Germany hit four past Gibraltar to bounce back

    Germany hit four past Gibraltar to bounce back

    World Cup winners Germany sauntered past minnows Gibraltar 4-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier yesterday to bounce back from a rocky start to the campaign as they prepare for their friendly against European champions Spain next week. Thomas Mueller...

  • France held

    Substitute Antoine Griezmann’s second-half goal helped France salvage a 1-1 draw against Albania in a friendly in Rennes but Les Bleus gave their worst display since the World Cup. Griezmann, who came on at half-time, scored in the 73rd minute to...

  • Publish the report and rebuild FIFA’s image, Champagne says

    The “absolutely incredible” events buffeting FIFA mean world soccer’s governing body must now release the full report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if it is to rebuild its tarnished image, the man who hopes to become...

  • Perseverance key for Farrugia

    Perseverance key for Farrugia

    The past three months have been anything but plainsailing for Jean Paul Farrugia but the new challenges he has had to face have helped him grow and mature as a person. Kevin Azzopardi talks to the striker who could earn his first start for Malta...

  • Vella names uncapped players for friendly match

    Malta U-21 coach Silvio Vella named nine uncapped players in his 18-man squad ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s warm-up against Azerbaijan at the Hibs Stadium. The match against the Azeris sees the Maltese youngsters kicking off preparations for their...

  • Another break as Blues and Saints maintain march

    Another break as Blues and Saints maintain march

    The English Premier League takes another break this weekend as Roy Hodgson’s national team faces Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley Stadium, today. Chelsea, the only undefeated team after 11 matches and with the best scoring record, are...

  • Mancini back at Inter

    Mancini back at Inter

    Roberto Mancini has been confirmed as the new coach of Inter. The news means that the former Manchester City boss will embark on a second spell in charge of the Nerazzurri, having first coached the club between 2004 and 2008. The former Italy...

  • Football news

    The English Premier League is to fund a scheme which aims to significantly boost the number of coaches from black and ethnic minority (BME) communities. A meeting of 20 club chairmen on Thursday agreed to fund a scheme that every year will see six...

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