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  • Tottenham unlikely to move into new stadium by 2017-18

    Tottenham Hotspur are “highly unlikely” to move into a new stadium for the start of the 2017-18 season because of a High Court challenge, the Premier League club said yesterday. The delay means the north London club must find an alternative ground...

  • Ramsey doubtful for Arsenal against City

    Midfielder Aaron Ramsey could miss Arsenal’s Premier League clash with champions Manchester City on Saturday after twisting his ankle on a pitch described by Wales team-mate Gareth Bale as “the worst I have ever played on.” Ramsey, who has...

  • A thrilling 1972 derby final

    A thrilling 1972 derby final

    At the start of the 1971-72 season, St Patrick emerged favourites to win the Second Division cham-pionship. They played the best football in the early stages but then the Saints began to falter and what seemed certain at first began to look more...

  • Cash flows in at Premier League

    Cash flows in at Premier League

    Nobody can deny that the Premier League in England has become the most attractive football competition in the world not only for the quality play produced but also as witnessed by the overall attendances and cash that continues to flow in. Last...

  • Football news

    Former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has declared his interest in the vacant managerial position at Elland Road. The 42-year-old, who represented the Yorkshire club between 1997-1999, is keen to start a managerial career and would like the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Mathieu: Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has a right ankle problem and missed training yesterday, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen continued their recuperation from injury. Barca did not specify whether France international...

  • Valiant Malta succumb to second-half goals

    Valiant Malta succumb to second-half goals

    Croatia 2Modric 46; Kramaric 82;Malta 0 There is no joy in defeat but this Malta team deserve enormous credit for this indefatigable showing. It was never going to be easy for Malta to keep Croatia, described by national coach Pietro Ghedin as...

  • Italy tame Norway as Czechs beat Dutch

    Italy tame Norway as Czechs beat Dutch

    Goals from Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci gave new coach Antonio Conte victory in his first competitive game as Italy beat Norway 2-0 in a Euro 2016 Group H qualifying tie last night. Italy took the lead in the 16th minute when Zaza’s tame shot...

  • Euro clubs refuse to rule out summer World Cup in 2022

    Euro clubs refuse to rule out summer World Cup in 2022

    European soccer clubs have refused to rule out a summer World Cup in Qatar in 2022, saying they want to be given “strong, decisive” reasons before accepting a decision to move it to a different time of year. The European Clubs’ Association (ECA)...

  • UEFA U-21 results

    Finland vs San Marino 5-0; Lithuania vs Wales 1-1; Moldova vs England 0-3; Denmark vs Bulgaria 7-1; Russia vs Andorra 5-0; Spain vs Austria 1-1; Faroe Islands vs Montenegro 1-0; Germany vs Romania 8-0; Greece vs Poland 3-1; Sweden vs Turkey 4-3;...

  • Nigeria escape FIFA ban as officials return to power

    Nigeria have had the threat of a suspension from world football lifted after the country’s football federation (NFF) returned to office at the start of the week. The African champions had been given until Monday morning for a rival faction to...

  • Del Bosque remains upbeat after new-look Spain thump Macedonia

    Del Bosque remains upbeat after new-look Spain thump Macedonia

    Spain badly needed a convincing performance after their World Cup flop and coach Vicente del Bosque had plenty of positives to dwell on after Monday’s 5-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Macedonia. Goals from Sergio Ramos (penalty), Paco...

  • Torres can revive career at the San Siro

    Torres can revive career at the San Siro

    Milan started the 2014/15 Serie A campaign in style as they beat Lazio 3-1 at the San Siro stadium last month. That was the tonic the Rossoneri needed as they embarked on a new campaign looking to make up for last season’s poor showing which saw...

  • Women’s national team squads

    Women’s team coaches Pierre Brincat and Mark Gatt yesterday announced their squads for the upcoming international assignments.Brincat’s senior team will be in Vejle to play their remaining away World Cup group qualifier against Denmark on...

  • Football news

    Australia coach Ange Poste-coglou was satisfied that the Socceroos were making progress after they won their first match in 10 months with a 3-2 friendly victory over Saudi Arabia in London on Monday night. After losing all three of their matches...

  • Briefs...

    Friendly: A goalkeeping blunder prolonged Javier Aguirre’s wait for his first victory as Japan coach as the Asian champions were held to a 2-2 draw by Venezuela in an international friendly at home yesterday. Japan seemed set for their first win...

  • Updated: 10-man Malta go down fighting in Croatia

    Updated: 10-man Malta go down fighting in Croatia

    CROATIA-2, MALTA-0 Malta produced a defiant performance but their brave efforts were not enough to prevent defeat as Croatia won this opening Euro 2016 Group H qualifier at Dinamo Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium. Ranked 16th in the world, Croatia, who...

  • Ghedin wants Malta ‘to earn respect’ despite daunting task

    Ghedin wants Malta ‘to earn respect’ despite daunting task

    The sun-drenched Maksimir Stadium pitch had a familiar feel to it as the Malta players went through their paces yesterday. The stands were empty, the atmo-sphere tranquil but that was the calm before the storm as this eve-ning Malta will be up...

  • Schembri thumbs-up for 3-5-2 approach

    Natural talent, hard work and perseverance have enabled André Schembri to forge a successful footballing career. Now plying his trade at German second division club FSV Frankfurt after a positive two-year spell with AC Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus,...

  • Spain score five as Welbeck lifts England

    Spain score five as Welbeck lifts England

    Holders Spain kicked off their Euro 2016 title defence in style after a cheeky Sergio Ramos penalty set them up for a 5-1 victory over Macedonia in their opening Group C qualifier last night. Looking to bounce back from their 2014 World Cup...

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