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  • Hazard lifts Belgium in Euro qualifying

    Hazard lifts Belgium in Euro qualifying

    Eden Hazard ensured Belgium kicked off their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 on Thursday with a brace in a home victory over Russia. World Cup semi-finalists Belgium earned a battling 3-1 win over Russia in Brussels as Hazard struck twice for...

  • Depay fires Dutch past Belarus in Euro 2020 qualifying opener

    Depay fires Dutch past Belarus in Euro 2020 qualifying opener

    Memphis Depay dazzled for the Netherlands with a brace and two assists as they cruised past Belarus 4-0 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday despite having to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men. Depay set the Dutch on their way just...

  • Juve opt for Asian pre-season amid Ronaldo US rape claims - report

    Juve opt for Asian pre-season amid Ronaldo US rape claims - report

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus will play the pre-season International Champions Cup in Asia and not in the United States amid the Portugal star's rape investigation there, the New York Times has reported. Most of the matches take place in the United...

  • Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunch 2030 World Cup bid

    Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunch 2030 World Cup bid

    Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunched their bid to host the 2030 World Cup following a meeting of their presidents in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. The four national presidents committed to creating a local organizing committee with a...

  • Watch: Cannavaro gets off to losing start as Thailand down China 1-0

    Watch: Cannavaro gets off to losing start as Thailand down China 1-0

    Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro is set to face more criticism after his first outing as China coach on Thursday ended with a 1-0 loss at home to Thailand. His stint in charge got off to an inauspicious start before a 4,000-strong crowd as the loss...

  • Disgruntled Icardi back training with Inter

    Disgruntled Icardi back training with Inter

    Disgruntled Inter striker Mauro Icardi returned to training with the club on Thursday after a month on the sidelines amid a protracted contract dispute. The 26-year-old Argentine has been absent since February 13 after being stripped of the...

  • Watch: Scotland slump to humiliating 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan

    Watch: Scotland slump to humiliating 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan

    Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifying campaign got off to the worst possible start with an embarrassing 3-0 defeat by Kazakhstan in Nursultan on Thursday. The Kazakhs, ranked 117th in the world, struck twice inside 10 minutes through Yuriy Pertsukh and...

  • Ronaldo fined €20,000 for mimicking Simeone celebration

    Ronaldo fined €20,000 for mimicking Simeone celebration

    Cristiano Ronaldo was fined €20,000 by UEFA on Thursday for mimicking Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone's crotch-grabbing celebration in Juventus' Champions League last-16 win last week. The 34-year-old scored a second-leg hat-trick as the...

  • Goretzka strike salvages a draw for new-look Germany

    Goretzka strike salvages a draw for new-look Germany

    Leon Goretzka spared coach Joachim Loew a humiliating defeat with a second-half equaliser as a new-look Germany side were held to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday's friendly against Serbia. Having controversially dropped veterans Jerome Boateng, Mats...

  • Alexander-Arnold pulls out of England squad

    Alexander-Arnold pulls out of England squad

    Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn from the England squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers due to a back injury. Alexander-Arnold had been struggling with the problem before linking up with England and on Wednesday it was...

  • How does Euro 2020 qualifying work?

    How does Euro 2020 qualifying work?

    Euro 2020 qualifiers get under way on Thursday with 24 places up for grabs at next year's tournament, which will be held in 12 countries across Europe. How does it work?UEFA's 55 nations have been split into five groups of six teams and five...

  • Gudja coach Mansueto keen to wrap up promotion

    Gudja coach Mansueto  keen to wrap up promotion

    Qrendi 0Gudja United 2 Gudja coach Josef Mansueto has urged his players to handle the pressure as the southerners took another step towards promotion when they beat lowly Qrendi 2-0. It was a deserved victory for Gudja who scored a goal in each...

  • Ronaldo ban would be 'crazy', says Juve team-mate Bernardeschi

    Ronaldo ban would be 'crazy', says Juve team-mate Bernardeschi

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus teammate Federico Bernardeschi said Tuesday it would be "crazy" for UEFA to suspend the Portuguese forward for his controversial goal celebration. Ronaldo faces UEFA charges for "improper conduct" after mimicking...

  • Watch: Maltese Abroad: Magri opens account at Ebbsfleet

    Watch: Maltese Abroad: Magri opens account at Ebbsfleet

    CYPRUS Andre Schembri played 73 minutes in Apollon Limassol's 1-3 defeat at the hands of APOEL in the Cyprus championship. The latter have now returned into top spot with 54 points, one point ahead of Apollon. PORTUGAL Malta defender Zach Muscat...

  • Critics round on Cannavaro over China role

    Critics round on Cannavaro over China role

    Fabio Cannavaro's first task as China coach may be to win over a sceptical public after his appointment was met with criticism and even anger. Former players and state media questioned the credentials of the 2006 World Cup winner and world player...

  • Watch: Gżira duo Muscat, Haber eager to make most of Malta call-up

    Watch: Gżira duo Muscat, Haber eager to make most of Malta call-up

    Malta coach Ray Farrugia has finalised his 23-man squad for the opening Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Spain. The national team launch their Group F campaign against Faroe Islands at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 23,...

  • Saul replaces Ruiz in Spain squad for Norway, Malta games

    Saul replaces Ruiz in Spain squad for Norway, Malta games

    The Spain national team coach Luis Enrique has made amendments to his 23-man squad for the Norway, Malta games of their UEFA Euro 2020 group qualifiers after Fabian Ruiz was replaced by Saul. The decision was taken after Napoli's midfielder...

  • Watch: Five things we learned in European football this weekend

    Watch: Five things we learned in European football this weekend

    Zinedine Zidane marked his return to the Real Madrid dugout with a victory although Lionel Messi again stole the show in Spain with a magnificent hat-trick as Barcelona continued their march towards the La Liga title. AFP Sport looks at what we...

  • Napoli 'keeper Ospina improving after head injury scare

    Napoli 'keeper Ospina improving after head injury scare

    Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina remains under observation in hospital but is improving after his frightening collapse following a knock to the head in an Italian league game at the weekend, his father Hernan said on Monday. The Colombia...

  • UEFA probe Ronaldo for 'improper conduct' over 'cojones' goal celebration

    UEFA probe Ronaldo for 'improper conduct' over 'cojones' goal celebration

    UEFA on Monday opened an investigation into Cristiano Ronaldo's goal celebration after scoring a hat-trick in Juventus' Champions League comeback win against Atletico Madrid last week. European football's governing body said Ronaldo was facing...