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  • Ventura calls for patience ahead ofSpain showdown

    Giampiero Ventura hopes Italy have learned that trying to “overdo it” gets you nowhere as the Azzurri turn their thoughts towards September’s World Cup qualifying showdown with Group G leaders Spain. Ventura’s men raced out of the blocks in Sunday...

  • Diego Costa dreams of Atletico Madrid return

    Diego Costa dreams of Atletico Madrid return

    Diego Costa admits he sees no point in trying to fight for a future at Chelsea if he is not wanted and has again not ruled out rejoining Atletico Madrid this summer despite their transfer embargo. Costa claimed last week that Chelsea boss Antonio...

  • Coutinho hopes to mark birthday with win in Australia

    Coutinho hopes to mark birthday with win in Australia

    Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho wants to mark the occasion of his birthday and debut as national team captain with a win against Australia in Melbourne. The Liverpool playmaker turned 25 on the eve of today’s friendly at the MCG and, in the absence of...

  • Keepers Heaton, Butland given chance to impress

    Keepers Heaton, Butland given chance to impress

    England boss Gareth Southgate yesterday confirmed Tom Heaton and Jack Butland will share goalkeeping duties against France. Burnley keeper Heaton will take over from Joe Hart at the start in Paris with Stoke City’s Butland also set for playing...

  • Ramsey confident over Paneka against Serbia

    Aaron Ramsey has revealed how he won the battle of minds with Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic over his Panenka penalty. Ramsey netted from the spot in Wales’ 1-1 World Cup draw in Belgrade on Sunday night, taking a leaf out of the famous...

  • S. Korea suggest regional bloc hosts for 2030 World Cup

    South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in suggested yesterday that countries in Northeast Asia could form a bloc - including isolated North Korea - to co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, his presidential office said. “If the neighbouring countries in...

  • Football news

    Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has said his move to Premier League side Crystal Palace in 2016 was the “worst decision” of his career. The 33-year-old former Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur forward joined Palace on a six-moth loan spell in...

  • Sporting briefs

    Terry: Aston Villa are interested in signing John Terry, Sky Sports said yesterday. The 36-year-old former Chelsea man is considering a number of offers and Villa hope he can be persuaded to see out his career with the Midlands side. Villa boss...

  • European game struggling to find the right balance

    European game struggling to find the right balance

    Cork City supporters will never forget the day that the Irish semi-professional side hosted Bayern Munich in a European tie at their tiny ground. The game was preceded by a war of words in which Bayern midfielder Stefan Effenberg said that Cork’s...

  • Gareth Southgate making plans for Russia despite draw

    Gareth Southgate making plans for Russia despite draw

    England still have work to do to secure World Cup qualification, but preparations for Russia are well under way as Gareth Southgate attempts to prevent their all-too-frequent major tournament struggles. Having gone out of at the group stage in...

  • Andrew Robertson still believes that Scotland can qualify

    Andrew Robertson  still believes that Scotland can qualify

    Andrew Robertson believes Scotland can finish their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with the four wins they might well need to get to Russia. The Scots were denied a famous and much-needed win Group F against England at Hampden Park on...

  • England win World Under-20 title with Calvert-Lewin strike

    England won the Under-20 World Cup, the country’s first world title at any level since 1966, after a 35th minute goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave them a 1-0 victory over Venezuela yesterday. Venezuela missed a chance to equalise when England...

  • Football news

    Bayern Munich have signed former Arsenal midfielder, youth Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen on a three-year contract, the German champions said yesterday. The 21-year-old scored 11 league goals for Werder last season and was also the joint top...

  • Sporting briefs

    Leyton Orient: A judge is preparing to make decisions about the future of struggling Leyton Orient. Registrar Sally Barber is due to consider issues at a Bankruptcy & Companies Court hearing in London today in the wake of moves to have the club...

  • Italy hoping to hit goal-trail against Liechtenstein

    Italy hoping to hit goal-trail against Liechtenstein

    Italy forward Ciro Immobile has called on his team-mates to run up a big score against Liechtenstein to improve their chances of topping World Cup qualifying Group G ahead of Spain. Italy go into the game with Liechtenstein in Udine level on 13...

  • More to come from Argentina, says Sampaoli

    More to come from Argentina, says Sampaoli

    Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli insists there is more to come from his side after their 1-0 win over Brazil. Gabriel Mercado’s first-half goal earned Argentina victory in Melbourne in Sampaoli’s first game in charge on Friday. Sampaoli is...

  • Man. United agree fee for defender Lindelof

    Man. United agree fee for defender Lindelof

    Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Victor Lindelof from Benfica for 35 million euros. Having secured Champions League football by adding the Europa League to their EFL Cup and Community Shield triumphs, attention quickly turned to...

  • Oh no, not another Pep…

    Oh no, not another Pep…

    There were several things that irked me about Real Madrid’s Champions League victory last weekend. For starters I am getting pretty sick of this Spanish dominance of European football. I don’t mind a nation having a purple patch, but the Spanish...

  • Football news

    Patrick Kluivert has left Paris St Germain after less than a year as director of football, the French club have announced. Kluivert took up the post on July 14, 2016 but PSG announced on Friday they had mutually agreed a deal to end the former...

  • Sporting briefs

    Serie A: Serie A league said yesterday it was launching a new tender for television rights to transmit matches for the seasons from 2018-2021 after private broadcaster Mediaset made no bid in the original tender. “We don’t believe the offers...