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  • Blatter to attend World Cup draw in Russia

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter will attend the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw in St Petersburg on July 25, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said yesterday. “Of course, he (Blatter) will attend (the draw),” Mutko said. “The whole of the (FIFA)...

  • Seven arrested in Italy for fixing Catania matches

    Catania soccer club president Antonino Pulvirenti and six others were arrested yesterday on suspicion of fixing matches this year to keep the club from being relegated from Serie B, Italy’s second division, investigators said. Those arrested...

  • Pepe Reina returns to Napoli

    Pepe Reina has returned to Napoli on a permanent basis after leaving Bayern Munich. The former Liverpool goalkeeper, who spent a year on loan at the Stadio San Paolo in 2013-14 before moving to the German side, is now back in Italy. “Pepe Reina...

  • Argentine coaches leave fingerprints all over Copa America

    Argentine coaches leave fingerprints all over Copa America

    It’s too early to say if 11 Argentines will lift the Copa America after the final in Chile on July 4 but the chances are that at least one Argentine will. Six of the 12 coaches who started the competition are Argentine and five of those who...

  • US eliminate Colombia, Bronze pure gold for England

    US eliminate Colombia, Bronze pure gold for England

    The United States capitalised on Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez’s dismissal to earn a 2-0 win and set up a women’s World Cup quarter-final against China, while England continue to build up a head of steam after coming from behind to beat...

  • Man. City’s Vieira impressed with Sterling

    Manchester City’s football development executive Patrick Vieira rates Raheem Sterling highly and believes the club’s interest in the Liverpool forward is understandable. City have already had two offers – the latest worth £40 million – rejected...

  • Montella among the big casualties as six Serie A clubs change coach

    Montella among the big casualties as six Serie A clubs change coach

    The 2015/16 Serie A will get underway in less than two months’ time now. Although the summer transfer window will officially start today week, the 20 clubs in the Italian top flight are all active on the transfer market trying to bolster their...

  • Milan return to drawing board

    Milan return to drawing board

    Milan will have to go back to the drawing board after missing out on their main transfer targets Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jackson Martinez. The Rossoneri were keen to strengthen their midfield line by signing French midfielder Kondogbia from Monaco...

  • Germany, Denmark reach semis

    Germany, Denmark reach semis

    Denmark and Germany booked their place in the semi-finals of the U-21 European Championships last night. The Danes beat Serbia 2-0 to finish top of Group A on six points. Germany could only manage a 1-1 draw with tournament hosts the Czech...

  • Football news

    Former Brazil skipper and 2002 World Cup winner Lucio has signed up as FC Goa‘s marquee player for the second season of the burgeoning Indian Super League (ISL), the club said. The 37-year-old former Bayern Munich and Inter defender had been...

  • Sporting briefs

    Navas: Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has revealed he will not have to go under the knife to repair his Achilles tendon injury. The Costa Rica international aggravated a recurring problem that has been troubling him in the recent friendly...

  • Israel champs await Hibs

    Israel champs await Hibs

    Hibernians’ quest to become the first Maltese club to reach the third qualifying round of the Champions League faces a daunting hurdle in the shape of Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv. “My reaction to the draw is somewhat mixed,” Hibs coach...

  • City to face Welsh side Newtown

    City to face Welsh side Newtown

    • Birkirkara paired with Armenia’s Ulisses • Zeljeznicar test for Euro debutants Balzan The draw for the first qualifying round of the 2015/16 Europa League served up mixed fortunes for the three Maltese clubs involved. Valletta will have been the...

  • Brazil beat Venezuela to set up Paraguay tie

    Brazil beat Venezuela to set up Paraguay tie

    Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored either side of half-time to fire Brazil to a 2-1 win over Venezuela at the Copa America, sending the five-times world champions into a quarter-final meeting with Paraguay. The victory completed the...

  • France shine as Canada scrape through to the quarter-finals

    Australia eliminated Brazil from the Women’s World Cup to advance to the quarter-finals along with a convincing France and battling hosts Canada. A goal from substitute Kyah Simon 10 minutes from the end earned Australia a 1-0 win over a Brazil...

  • Parma facing amateur football

    Bankrupt Parma’s hopes of a rescue ended yesterday when the receivers said that no buyers had come forward for the former Serie A club. The announcement means that Parma, who finished bottom of Serie A after a chaotic season, cannot register for...

  • Real squad very hard to improve –Benitez

    Real squad very hard to improve –Benitez

    It will be “immensely difficult” for Real Madrid to improve their squad but they still plan to make more signings in the close season, new coach Rafa Benitez said yesterday. The Spaniard was brought in to replace sacked Italian Carlo Ancelotti...

  • Mandzukic completes transfer to Juventus

    Juventus have completed the signing of Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid in a €19 million transfer deal. The 29-year-old striker completed a medical in Turin yesterday before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal with the...

  • Vietto joins Atletico Madrid

    Villarreal have sold Argentinian striker Luciano Vietto to Atletico Madrid, club president Fernando Roig announced yesterday. Vietto joined Villarreal last summer from Argentinian side Racing Club on a reported €5.5 million transfer deal and...

  • Azzurrini confidence boosted after draw

    Azzurrini confidence boosted after draw

    Italy Under-21 striker Andrea Belotti says there is renewed confidence around the team ahead of tomorrow’s crucial European Championship en-counter with England. Like the Young Lions, the Azzurrini endured a tough start to Group B as Sweden came...

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