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  • Japan name ex-Mexico boss Aguirre as coach

    Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre has been appointed to manage Japan’s national team replacing Alberto Zaccheroni. The 55-year-old Aguirre, who coached Mexico at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and was in charge of Espanyol last season, will go to...

  • Van Gaal hails United display after 7-0 win

    Van Gaal hails United display after 7-0 win

    Louis van Gaal hailed his “fantastic” players as he began his reign as Manchester United manager with a 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy. Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and debutant Reece James all scored twice, and Danny Welbeck also found the net...

  • I’m not heading to PSG, says former Juve coach Conte

    Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte has dismissed reports that he is set to replace Laurent Blanc as coach of Paris Saint-Germain, saying that the stories are “devoid of any truth”. “I learned in a newspaper, while I was on holiday, that there...

  • Rule changes required to attract better players, investors – sponsor

    Rule changes required to attract better players, investors – sponsor

    The image of Maltese football has taken a blow after the national team’s shock 1-0 defeat to Gibraltar in a friendly last month and local clubs failed to provide a much-needed boost in Europe after falling by the wayside at the first hurdle. In...

  • Football news

    Singaporean businessman Eric Ding Si Yang was sentenced to three years in jail yesterday after being found guilty of bribing three Lebanese referees with prostitutes to fix an Asian Football Cup match in April 2013. Last year, FIFA referee Ali...

  • Sporting briefs

    Piazon: Eintracht Frankfurt have signed midfielder Lucas Piazon on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The versatile Brazilian has found it difficult to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in 2012 and spent last season on...

  • Europa League results

      1st leg 2nd leg Agg. Shakhter Karagandy vs Klaipedos Atlantas 0-0 3-0 3-0 Hapoel Beer Sheva vs RNK Split 1-2 0-0 1-2 Myllykosken Pallo-47 vs Dinamo Minsk 0-3 0-0 0-3 Omonia Nicosia vs Buducnost Podgorica 2-0 0-0 2-0 FC Krasnodar vs JK...

  • Queen declares Games open

    Queen declares Games open

    The Queen formally declared the 20th Commonwealth Games open following a colourful ceremony at Glasgow's Celtic Park. The head of the Commonwealth spoke of the "bonds that unite" the 71 nations and territories when she delivered her message which...

  • English FA chief calls for thorough reform at FIFA

    English FA chief calls for thorough reform at FIFA

    Greg Dyke says the Football Association will not bid to host any FIFA tournaments while Sepp Blatter is still president but insists England will remain a member of the organisation. The FA chairman gave evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport...

  • Barcelona sign defender Mathieu from Valencia

    Barcelona sign defender Mathieu from Valencia

    Valencia’s French defender Jeremy Mathieu joined Bar-celona for a fee of €20 million, the Catalan club said yesterday. “Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons plus a further op-tional,” Barca said in a...

  • Rijeka deny Man. City racism claims after Fofana red card

    Croatian club HNK Rijeka have strenuously denied any of their players racially abused Manchester City’s Seko Fofana in a friendly. City’s elite development squad coach Patrick Vieira took his team off the pitch when the 19-year-old French...

  • Loew to lead Germany to Euro 2016

    Germany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old said yesterday. Loew was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said...

  • Long tours not good for preparations – Van Gaal

    Long tours not good for preparations – Van Gaal

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club’s lengthy pre-season tour to the United States and said it is not helping preparations for the English domestic campaign. United were due to play Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose...

  • Hibs pursuing interest in goalkeeper Bonello

    Hibs pursuing interest in goalkeeper Bonello

    Goalkeeper Henry Bonello is set to follow in the footsteps of his father John by donning the shirt of Hibernians as the latter are in talks with Sliema Wanderers over his transfer. After Sliema had indicated their readiness to listen to offers for...

  • Shakhtar move games away from Donetsk

    Shakhtar move games away from Donetsk

    Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from Ukraine’s strife-torn east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk also announced...

  • Champions League

    Second qualifying round 1st leg 2nd leg Agg. Aktobe vs Dinamo Tbilisi 1-0 3-0 4-0 HJK Helsinki vs Rabotnicki 0-0 2-1 2-1 Maribor vs Zrinjski Mostar 0-0 2-0 2-0 Steaua Bucharest vs Stroemsgodset 1-0 2-0 3-0 Ventspils vs Malmo...

  • First honour for Attard after thrilling victory over Melita

    First honour for Attard after thrilling victory over Melita

    On May 23, 1999, the old Pace Grasso ground relived some of its old glory. For the first time in several months, a large crowd assembled at the Paola football venue to witness that season’s Third Division decider between Attard FC and...

  • Champions Manchester City on goal rampage

    Champions Manchester City on goal rampage

    Manchester City wrapped up their 2012/13 Premier League campaign with 66 goals scored but improved their tally significantly last season as the Citizens hit a staggering 102 goals on their way to winning the major English championship. The title...

  • Glasgow promises great Games

    Glasgow promises great Games

    Glasgow’s ambition to host the greatest Commonwealth Games of all time passed its first big test last night with the opening ceremony in Glasgow. Organisers lived up to their promise as the ceremony delivered a message to the rest of the...

  • Football news

    Mainz have made their third signing of the summer by securing Serbia international Filip Djuricic on a season-long loan from Benfica. The 22-year-old forward has joined from last season’s beaten Europa League finalists to a side hoping to emulate...