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  • Sporting briefs

    Julio Cesar: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Benfica where he will attempt to revive his career after an unhappy last season and a disappointing World Cup. The Portuguese champions, who recently sold first-choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak to...

  • Napoli in at the deep end with Athletic Bilbao clash

    Napoli in at the deep end with Athletic Bilbao clash

    Napoli’s first game of the season could also be one of their most difficult and important as they host Spain’s Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie tonight. Arsenal, who visit Besiktas, will be aiming to reach...

  • Legia’s request for provisional measures rejected

    Legia’s request for provisional measures rejected

    Legia Warsaw’s request for provisional measures that would have allowed them to take part in the Champions League playoff round pending an appeal was denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday. The Polish club beat Celtic 6-1 on...

  • Real aim high ahead of clash with Atletico

    Real aim high ahead of clash with Atletico

    European champions Real Madrid could be without the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale and defender Pepe when they meet city rivals and domestic champions Atletico Madrid in today’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Both players were...

  • BOV Premier League

    BOV Premier League

    Standings   P W D L F A Pts Hibernians 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 Balzan 1 1 0 0 4 2 3 Birkirkara 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 Mosta 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 Qormi 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 Tarxien R. 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 Sliema W. 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 Pietà...

  • Hamann critical of Bayern Munich

    Former Bayern Munich midfielder Dietmar Hamann has criticised his ex-club for the way they have meddled in the affairs of rivals Borussia Dortmund lately. After activating a release clause to sign Mario Gotze from the Westphalians last summer,...

  • Fabregas, Costa lead Chelsea to victory

    Fabregas, Costa lead Chelsea to victory

    New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley yesterday. In a fiery atmosphere, the home side took a surprise lead in the...

  • Żebbuġ sign Beattie

    Żebbuġ Rangers have strengthened their forward line with the capture of Scottish striker Craig Beattie. The Premier League side were in search of a forward following the departure of Nigerian striker Obinna Obiefule who has moved to Saudi Arabia...

  • Bastia won’t take Brandao action

    Bastia have no intention of taking action against Brandao after his altercation with Paris St Germain’s Thiago Motta. Shortly after the meeting between the sides on Saturday footage emerged of a square-up between the two in the tunnel. The video...

  • Inzaghi sure Milan will peak for new campaign

    Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi is confident his team will peak in time for the start of the Serie A campaign. The Rossoneri have endured a dismal summer, losing all four of their pre-season games, including Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against Valencia in the...

  • Manchester United’s woes laid bare in opening day defeat

    Manchester United’s woes laid bare in opening day defeat

    In Louis van Gaal, Manchester United have the big name manager, but 90 minutes of struggle against Swansea City proved the Red Devils are still without the players required to bury the memory of last season’s horror show. Dutchman van Gaal was...

  • Football news

    The first of 734 ties leading to the FA Cup final on May 30 next year kicked off last weekend as the extra preliminary qualifying round got under way. Of the 368 contenders taking part, there were 623 goals scored and 35 games going to...

  • Sporting briefs

    Marin: Germany midfielder Marko Marin has joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan from Chelsea. Marin, 25, spent last season on loan in Spain with Europa League winners Sevilla and joins up with Serie A club Fiorentina ahead of their first game of...

  • Mosta shock champions

    Mosta shock champions

    Mosta 1Kaljevic 24;Valletta 0 Valletta’s title defence got off to a terrible start as Mosta grabbed a stunning victory to kick off their Premier League season in style. The Lilywhites dominated possession throughout but found themselves behind...

  • Chetcuti goal hands Qormi perfect start

    Chetcuti goal hands Qormi perfect start

    Qormi 1Chetcuti 48;Naxxar Lions 0 Joseph Chetcuti marked his return to Qormi FC with the winning goal as the Yellow-Blacks handed new coach Josef Mansueto a perfect debut in their Premier League with a deserved victory over Naxxar Lions...

  • Man. City, Liverpool start new campaign with wins

    Man. City, Liverpool start new campaign with wins

    One moment of attacking brilliance and a late Sergio Aguero strike gave Premier League holders Manchester City a winning start to their title defence as they eased past Newcastle United 2-0 away yesterday. Ivorian powerhouse Yaya Toure and Edin...

  • Rooney keen to move on from loss

    Wayne Rooney wants to forget his Manchester United captaincy debut as quickly as possible. The England striker had skippered United on several occasions before, but his first match as full-time captain came on Saturday when Swansea travelled to...

  • Plenty of challenges for Conte with Italy

    Plenty of challenges for Conte with Italy

    Unloved even in their own country, Italy’s national team clearly need a radical overhaul and, if anyone can do it, then it is the steely-willed Antonio Conte who was named as their new coach last week. In three seasons as Juventus coach, Antonio...

  • Rio passes first 2016 Olympic test, water quality surprises

    Rio de Janeiro passed its first 2016 Olympics test with the end of an international sailing regatta on Guanabara Bay, one of the most heavily criticised venues in a city under attack for disorganisation and construction delays. During the...

  • Results

    German CupFirst round: Rehden vs Aalen 1-1 (3-4 on pens); Carl Zeiss Jena vs Aue 0-1; Illertissen vs Werder Bremen 2-3 (aet); Holstein Kiel vs 1860 Munich 1-2; Uhlenhorster vs Hoffenheim 0-9; Arminia Bielefeld vs Sandhausen 4-1; Eintracht Trier vs...