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  • Euro 2016 qualifying trek likely to be a damp squib

    Euro 2016 qualifying trek likely to be a damp squib

    Two wins in 10 matches could be enough to reach Euro 2016 following UEFA’s decision to expand the final tournament to 24 teams while keeping the same format for the qualifying competition Nearly half of UEFA’s 54 teams will take part at the...

  • Neymar gives Brazil win over Colombia

    A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly. It will take more than a win of this nature, against a team reduced to ten men for the...

  • Another last chance for Roy

    Another last chance for Roy

    When England played their first game since this summer’s World Cup on Wednesday, it was in front of the lowest ever crowd at the new Wembley Stadium. Just 40,000 people turned up to watch the Three Lions take on Norway, giving the stadium an eerie...

  • Beckham keen to help England

    Beckham keen to help England

    David Beckham has revealed he would be ‘proud’ to have some role with England in the future. The 39-year-old earned his 115th and final cap for the Three Lions in 2009 and his only duties with the national team off the pitch were when he served as...

  • Di Maria claims Real pressure not to play World Cup final

    Di Maria claims Real pressure not to play World Cup final

    Angel Di Maria has claimed his former club Real Madrid put pressure on Argentina not to play him in the World Cup final in another bitter chapter in his departure from the Spanish giants. Di Maria joined Manchester United from Real last month for...

  • Rooney targets winning start

    England captain Wayne Rooney believes it is vitally important to start the European Championship qualifying campaign with a positive result in Switzerland. Just 76 days after their disastrous World Cup campaign came to an end, thoughts have turned...

  • FIFA watchdog member arrested

    One of the eight members of FIFA’s financial watchdog has been arrested by police on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering. Canover Watson, a businessman from the Cayman Islands and vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union, has denied...

  • Doncic lands coaching job in Bahrain

    Doncic lands coaching job in Bahrain

    Danilo Doncic has stepped down from his post as coach of St Andrew’s after agreeing a deal to take charge of a club in Bahrain. The Serbian mentor was gearing up for his first full season at the helm of St Andrew’s after joining the club in...

  • Football results

    League OneBradford vs Yeovil - 1-3Bristol City vs Scunthorpe - 2-0Coventry vs Gillingham - 1-0Crawley vs Rochdale - 0-4Oldham vs Fleetwood - 1-0Peterborough vs Port Vale - 3-1Walsall vs Colchester - 0-0 Standings: Peterborough 15; Bristol City 14;...

  • Football news

    Former Brazil and Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho, twice the World Player of the Year, has signed a two-year deal with Queretaro, the Mexican first division club said. The 34-year-old, who has also played for Paris St Germain and Milan, became a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Palacio: Rodrigo Palacio has made himself available for Inter coach Walter Mazzarri after the Argentine striker took part in a training match yesterday. Palacio missed his club’s opening match of the season due to an ankle injury but has now...

  • New system suits team – Ghedin

    New system suits team – Ghedin

    Having had little time to work on the new 3-5-2-cum-5-3-2 formation during training, Pietro Ghedin harboured a few doubts as to how his players would adapt to the tactical switch but Malta’s disciplined performance in the 1-0 friendly defeat to...

  • Pointless Malta no match for Turkey

    Pointless Malta no match for Turkey

    Malta 0Turkey 3Bassan 13, 48, Demir 83; A disastrous campaign ended on a typically deflating note yesterday as Malta’s U-21 team succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Turkey in their final Group 7 qualifier. It was not the scoreline that made this defeat...

  • I feel like a footballer again, Suarez says

    I feel like a footballer again, Suarez says

    Luis Suarez is starting to “feel like a footballer” once again after being allowed to train with new club Barcelona following his appeal against a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last...

  • Spain striker Costa out of Macedonia qualifier

    Spain forward Diego Costa is out of the European champions’ opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia on Monday because of a thigh injury and has been replaced in the squad by teenager Munir el Haddadi. Costa, who played 66 minutes of Spain’s...

  • Chelsea lead from Swansea on first recess

    Chelsea lead from Swansea on first recess

    The first international recess is on this weekend and most clubs in the Premier League will have players on duty, hoping for the best for them not to return injured. With three matches played in the English top flight, only two teams have maximum...

  • Injured Sturridge ruled out of Switzerland match

    Injured Sturridge ruled out of Switzerland match

    England have been dealt a big blow ahead of their crunch qualifier against Switzerland after Daniel Sturridge was ruled out with a thigh injury. The Liverpool striker was one of the few players to impress in England’s otherwise poor 1-0 win over...

  • Conte pleased with Italy’s efforts

    Conte pleased with Italy’s efforts

    Antonio Conte was pleased with the battling qualities displayed by his Italy side in its 2-0 triumph over Holland in Thursday’s friendly. In his first game in charge of the national team, the former Juventus tactician watched on at Bari’s San...

  • FIFA completes probe into 2018, 2022 hosting

    FIFA ethics committee investigator Michael Garcia has completed his probe into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively, and handed in a 350-page report. The report, which has not...

  • Sporting briefs

    Friendly: Japan coach Javier Aguirre begun his reign with a difficult home defeat yeserday after two blunders by defensive debutant Tatsuya Sakai handed South American champions Uruguay a 2-0 win at the Sapporo Dome. The Sagan Tosu centre-back...