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  • Sporting briefs

    Van Buyten: Veteran Belgium defender Daniel van Buyten an-nounced his retirement yesterday, ending speculation he was to join champions Anderlecht. The 36-year-old came to the end of his contract with Bayern Munich in June and although he held...

  • Hungry Dortmund beat Bayern to retain Super Cup

    Hungry Dortmund beat Bayern to retain Super Cup

    Borussia Dortmund eased past lacklustre Bayern Munich 2-0 with goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lift the German Super Cup yesterday and draw first blood in their rivalry with the Bavarians this season. With both clubs...

  • Kompany signs new Manchester City deal

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year contract with the club, the Premier League champions announced yesterday. Kompany, 28, is the most successful captain in the club’s history and penned the new deal to keep him at...

  • Ribery ends national team career

    Ribery ends national team career

    France winger Franck Ribery is ending his career with the national team to focus on his club and family, the player, who missed this year’s World Cup through injury, said yesterday. “I am stopping,” the 31-year-old told German magazine Kicker in...

  • Football results

    League Cup: First round – Coventry vs Cardiff 1-2; Sheffield Utd vs Mansfield 2-1. Scottish Premier: Dundee Utd vs Motherwell 1-0; Inverness vs Dundee FC 0-0; Kilmarnock vs Aberdeen 0-2; Partick vs Ross County 4-0; St Mirren vs Hamilton 0-2; St...

  • Martino takes the reins of Argentina

    Argentina named former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino as the new manager of the national soccer team yesterday following Alejandro Sabella’s decision to step aside in the wake of their World Cup final defeat in July. Martino, who won the...

  • Rooney gets the captain’s job at Manchester United

    Rooney gets the captain’s job at Manchester United

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has given England striker Wayne Rooney the role of team captain and made Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher his vice-captain. “It is a huge honour for me to be named captain of this great club,” Rooney...

  • Lions look to make a fast start

    Lions look to make a fast start

    This weekend, Naxxar Lions will embark on a new Premier League campaign determined to get the points on board as quickly as possible to guarantee their top flight status much earlier than they did in 2013-14. Last season, Winston Muscat’s men...

  • Real reinforcements shine in win over Sevilla

    Real reinforcements shine in win over Sevilla

    Real Madrid ended a 12-year wait for a 10th European Cup win in May but it would be no surprise if their next title arrives just 12 months later based on their performance in the 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the European Super Cup on Tuesday. Carlo...

  • Rich clubs still keen to rip off fans

    Rich clubs still keen to rip off fans

    Forbes’s latest estimate of the most valuable football teams shows that crack La Liga sides Real Madrid and Barcelona are occupying the first two places in the top-20 list. There are five English clubs in the top 10 rich teams list – 3. Manchester...

  • 1925 Cassar Cup

    1925 Cassar Cup

    This week’s photo takes us back to the 1920s when the game in Malta was at an all-time peak. Those were the golden days of Maltese football when attendances of 12,000 to 15,000 were a common norm. A look at the photo will confirm this as swarms of...

  • Football news

    Liverpool have reached an agreement to sign Spain full-back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla. The 22-year-old defender, who has played three times for his country, will cost the Anfield club about 12 million pounds. Moreno did not feature in Sevilla’s...

  • Sporting briefs

    Shaw: Manchester United’s Luke Shaw will miss the start of the Premier League season and could be sidelined for four weeks after suffering a hamstring injury, the club said yesterday. The 19-year-old left back, who arrived at Old Trafford from...

  • Ronaldo strikes twice as Real beat Sevilla in Cardiff

    Ronaldo strikes twice as Real beat Sevilla in Cardiff

    Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as a rampant Real Madrid side, featuring the most expensive strikeforce ever assembled, powered to a 2-0 win over Sevilla in the all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium yesterday. Real, starting with...

  • Hodgson never considered quitting

    Hodgson never considered quitting

    Roy Hodgson suffered “dark moments” but did not think of resigning as England manager following his team’s disappointing group-stage exit at this year’s World Cup in Brazil. Hodgson, 67, guided England to 2-1 defeats by Italy and Uruguay and a 0-0...

  • Ex-England boss Hoddle appointed QPR coach

    Ex-England boss Hoddle appointed QPR coach

    Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has been appointed first-team coach at Queens Park Rangers, the Premier League club said yesterday. The 56-year-old, who took charge of England at the 1998 World Cup, has not coached since leaving Wolves in 2006...

  • Pietà Hotspurs confident of retaining their status

    Pietà Hotspurs confident of retaining their status

    Pietà Hotspurs coach Noel Coleiro is upbeat about his team’s chances of avoiding the drop from the BOV Premier League as the newly-promoted side are gearing up for their first season in the top flight after an absence of six years. The Hotspurs...

  • Bayern, Dortmund clash in German Super Cup

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guar-diola has distanced himself from rumours linking his club with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus ahead of today’s German Super Cup meeting between the two sides. Bayern have already signed Mario Goetze and...

  • Legia to appeal ejection

    Poland’s Legia Warsaw have decided to appeal against their elimination from the UEFA Champions League over the use of a suspended player, saying yesterday they deserved to be in the next stage of the competition. Legia were stripped of their place...

  • Vieira blasts Tavecchio FIGC role

    Patrick Vieira has condemned Carlo Tavecchio’s election as the president of the Italian football federation. Seventy-one-year-old Tavecchio was put in office on Monday, winning 63.63 per cent of votes cast in the hunt for Giancarlo Abete’s...