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    Tottenham Hotspur suffered a setback ahead of their one-season tenure at Wembley after the Premier League said they cannot alter the dimensions of the playing surface, the Times reported yesterday. Spurs will play home matches at the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Newcastle: Newcastle are hopeful of completing a deal for Eibar defender Florian Lejeune within days. The Magpies have been locked in negotiations with the La Liga outfit for some time over the 26-year-old Frenchman, who has an £8.7m release...

  • No Ancelotti support for Lewandowski – agent

    Carlo Ancelotti failed to support Robert Lewandowski in his bid to finish ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Bundesliga top-scorer, his agent said yesterday. Lewandowski, 28, racked up his second successive 30-goal campaign at Bayern, taking...

  • Sporting briefs

    RANGERS: Striker Alfredo Morelos will be part of Rangers’ Europa League squad after the Ibrox side beat UEFA’s transfer deadline to seal his signature. The Ibrox outfit confirmed the signing of the 20-year-old from Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a...

  • Football News

    Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero says he expects Patrik Schick to sign for Juventus this summer. The Czech Republic under-21 forward is reportedly courted by a number of Italian clubs, including Juve and Inter, but Ferrero says the player has...

  • No Ancelotti support for Lewandowski – agent

    Carlo Ancelotti failed to support Robert Lewandowski in his bid to finish ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Bundesliga top-scorer, his agent said yesterday. Lewandowski, 28, racked up his second successive 30-goal campaign at Bayern, taking...

  • Crotone coach keeps promise and cycles the length of Italy

    Crotone coach keeps promise and cycles the length of Italy

    Two months ago, with his team looking set for relegation to the Italian second division, Crotone coach Davide Nicola promised that he would cycle the 1,300 km to his home town in Turin if they escaped the drop. Crotone went on to pull off one of...

  • Croatia investigates midfielder Modric for alleged false testimony

    Croatia’s state attorney is investigating Croatia international and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric on suspicion of giving false testimony in a criminal trial, the attorney’s office said yesterday. Modric testified last week at the trial of a...

  • Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

    Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

    Florentino Perez will stay on as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates presented a bid to rival the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline, the European champions announced in a statement yesterday. Perez, who began his second...

  • Time needed for new technology to be understood - Chile coach

    Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi believes more time is needed for new technology to be understood after his team felt the positive and negative results of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system being tested at the Confederations Cup in Russia. In...

  • Fresh-faced Germans made to sweat in 3-2 win over Australia

    Fresh-faced Germans made to sweat in 3-2 win over Australia

    Fresh-faced Germany were made to work harder than expected in their 3-2 victory over Australia in their Confederations Cup Group B debut yesterday with the world champions’ young squad still adjusting to tournament life. With half a dozen key...

  • Celtic face potential draw against Linfield

    Scottish champions Celtic will play Northern Ireland’s Linfield or La Fiorita of San Marino in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Brendan Rodgers’ side, who reached the group stages last season, will begin their competitive...

  • Mixed fortunes for the Maltese participants

    Valletta, Balzan and Floriana experienced mixed fortunes in yesterday’s first qualifying round draw of the Europa League held in Nyon yesterday. Surely Valletta were the happiest of the Maltese trio as being one of the seeded sides in yesterday’s...

  • Hibs drawn to play Estonia’s FCI Tallinn

    Hibs drawn to play Estonia’s FCI Tallinn

    Hibernians were handed a tricky tie in the Champions League qualifiers as yeterday the Paolites were drawn to face Estonia’s FCI Tallinn in the first qualifying round. The Paolites, winners of a 12th national league title last month, were one of...

  • Premier League suffers dip in attendances

    The football season in Malta is over, and while the level of play may have improved, the number of people watching top-flight matches has fallen once again. According to data issued by the Malta Football Association, stadium attendances dropped by...

  • Top clubs to keep powder dry in China’s window of uncertainty

    Top clubs to keep powder dry in China’s window of uncertainty

    Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande have no plans to make any additions to their squad in the mid-season transfer window, which looks set to open today in an air of uncertainty because of proposed new regulations. Estimates of spending by...

  • Pickford not fazed by transfer fee

    Pickford not fazed  by transfer fee

    England Under-21 goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has dismissed the pressure over his £30million price tag to refocus on Euro 2017. The 23-year-old became the world’s third most expensive shot-stopper when he completed his move to Everton from...

  • Luke Montebello returns to Stripes

    Luke Montebello returns to Stripes

    Birkirkara continued to inject more young blood in their squad yesterday as they welcomed back their own youth product Luke Montebello from Valletta. The Malta international started his football career with the Stripes before he embarked on a...

  • Australia coach is not taking young German players lightly

    Australia coach is not taking young German players lightly

    Australia coach Ange Postecoglou insists his players will take nothing for granted despite Germany taking a weakened side to their Confederations Cup opener this afternoon. Germany have picked a young squad for the tournament in Russia this...

  • Defender Hernandez set to cross Real-Atletico divide

    French teenager Theo Hernandez is set to become the first player to cross the divide from Atletico Madrid to Real Madrid since 2000, with Spanish media predicting his expected 30 million-euro ($33.5 million) move to be confirmed next week. France...

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