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  • Sporting briefs

    Stark: Hertha Berlin have signed Germany’s former Under-19 European champion Niklas Stark on a four-year deal from second division Nuremberg. The 20-year-old Stark, who is now an Under-21 international, trained with the squad after completing his...

  • Pedro scores on Chelsea debut

    Pedro scores on Chelsea debut

    Chelsea’s Pedro scored and made a huge impact on his Premier League debut as the champions got their campaign off the ground with an entertaining 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion while Manchester City won 2-0 at Everton yesterday. Chelsea had taken...

  • Victory can be big boost – Rodgers

    Victory can be big boost – Rodgers

    Liverpool can land a psychological blow on Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal with victory at the Emirates Stadium tonight, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The Reds travel to the capital for an early meeting with another side who have...

  • Pochettino planning signings

    Tottenham’s timid display at Leicester highlighted their need to bring in reinforcements and manager Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful of concluding a deal this week. Up until the moment Nacer Chadli clipped in a lovely curling cross for substitute...

  • Juventus humbled by Udinese as Milan fall flat

    Juventus humbled by Udinese as Milan fall flat

    Serie A champions Juventus, weakened by a series of departures in the close season, slumped to a shock 1-0 home defeat against Udinese in their opening game of the new Italian league campaign yesterday. Defeat ended Juve’s 47-match unbeaten home...

  • Suarez earns Barca win at Bilbao in opener

    Suarez earns Barca win at Bilbao in opener

    Barcelona got their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years off to a winning start when Luis Suarez buried a fine volley shortly after half-time to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao yesterday. The Spanish and European champions’...

  • Dortmund win to go top

    Dortmund win to go top

    Borussia Dortmund struck four times in the second half to crush promoted Ingolstadt 4-0 yesterday and climb to the top of the Bundesliga on six points, ahead of champions Bayern Munich on goal difference. The 2011 and 2012 champions, who won their...

  • Cameroon player dies after collapsing during match

    A 26-year-old striker for Cameroonian second division soccer team Dynamo de Douala collapsed during a match and later died, the central African nation’s professional soccer league said yesterday. Leopold Angong Oben was fouled in the penalty area,...

  • Deila has faith in Celtic

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila will leave for Sweden this morning armed with faith in his squad after a much-changed team won 3-1 at Dundee United on Saturday. Only Emilio Izaguirre and Leigh Griffiths retained their places following Celtic’s 3-2...

  • FIFA’s reform committee says Blatter unfairly treated-paper

    Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been unfairly treated over the corruption scandal surrounding world soccer‘s governing body, the head of its reform committee told a Swiss newspaper yesterday. United States prosecutors in May indicted nine...

  • Football news

    Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba made a tame Major League Soccer debut for Montreal Impact in their 1-0 home loss to Philadelphia Union on Saturday. The former Ivory Coast player entered the game in the 59th minute to a standing ovation from...

  • Sporting briefs

    Vargas: Chile striker Eduardo Vargas has agreed to join Bundesliga side Hoffenheim from Serie A side Napoli. The forward underwent a medical last weekend and is set to complete the transfer. It is believed Napoli will receive €5m plus a percentage...

  • Substitute Vujacic denies Hibs

    Substitute Vujacic denies Hibs

    Balzan 1Vujacic 90;Hibernians 1Jorginho 57; Alexandar Vujacic came off the bench to stop Hibs from starting their title defence with a win as he fired home a stoppage-time equaliser for Balzan last night. It was an unexpected outcome to a match...

  • Luxol gear up for UEFA Futsal Cup

    Luxol will be showing a positive attitude and a winning mentality in their debut in the UEFA Futsal Cup when the Maltese national league champions take on Italian champions Pescara, Danish JB Futsal Gentofte and Andorran hosts FC Encamp this...

  • Late Mosta rally floors Floriana

    Late Mosta rally floors Floriana

    Floriana 1Bonnici 5;Mosta 2J. Brincat 83; Fidelis 87; Mosta scored two goals in the final seven minutes to come from behind and overcome Floriana in a drab early-season clash. It was a match that offered very little for much of the opening 75...

  • United held by visiting Newcastle

    United held by visiting Newcastle

    Promoted Bournemouth announced their arrival in the top flight with a bang after Callum Wilson’s hat-trick sealed their first-ever Premier League victory in a 4-3 success at West Ham United yesterday. The south coast side, who lost their two...

  • Everton protest is just plane daft

    Everton protest is just plane daft

    Sometimes football supporters can be a tiny bit delusional. Last weekend a group of Everton fans forked out some of their hard-earned money to fly a protest banner over the ground before their team’s away game with Southampton (presumably it’s...

  • Fraser keeps Ipswich top

    Ryan Fraser’s winner kept Ipswich at the top of the Championship as they sank Preston 2-1, yesterday. Brett Pitman scored the first goal conceded by Preston this season and Daniel Johnson levelled things up before the break. But the Tractor Boys...

  • Florenzi saves point for Roma against Verona

    Florenzi saves point for Roma against Verona

    Alessandro Florenzi’s long-range strike secured a 1-1 draw for Roma in their opening day clash at Verona, yesterday. Debutant goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was beaten by Bosko Jankovic as the hosts took the lead just after the hour mark. But Italy...

  • FIFA cannot be dominated by one continent, warns Blatter

    Scandal-hit FIFA can never be dominated by one continent, outgoing president Sepp Blatter said yesterday. Without going into details or naming anyone, Blatter said that in the past one continental federation had tried to exert a dominance over the...