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  • Peru captain Guerrero cleared to play in World Cup after court ruling

    Peru captain Guerrero cleared to play in World Cup after court ruling

    Peru captain Paolo Guerrero was cleared to play at next month's World Cup after a Swiss court on Thursday agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension while it considered his appeal against a 14-month ban. The Swiss Federal Tribunal said in a...

  • Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach

    Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is leaving the European champions after two years in charge, he told a news conference on Thursday. Zidane claimed an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title when Real beat Liverpool 3-1 on...

  • Peru triumph over Scotland

    Peru triumph over Scotland

    A makeshift and inexperienced Scotland side were beaten but not disgraced in their 2-0 loss to World Cup-bound Peru at the frenzied Estadio Nacional in Lima. It was all going pretty well for Alex McLeish's men until the 37th minute when Christian...

  • Japan suffer defeat with revamped formation under new coach

    Japan suffer defeat with revamped formation under new coach

    New Japan manager Akira Nishino deployed a new formation but endured a disappointing first match in charge with a 2-0 defeat by Ghana as his side prepared for the World Cup at a rain-drenched Yokohama Stadium on Wednesday. Goals from Ghana captain...

  • Floriana acquire forward Vella

    Floriana acquire forward Vella

    Floriana announced their second signing after acquiring forward Terence Vella on a one-year deal ahead of the 2018/2019 campaign. The Greens want to bolster their offensive line following the departure of goalscorer Mario Fontanella, who joined...

  • Updated: Salah's injury absence will not exceed three weeks, says Egypt FA

    Updated: Salah's injury absence will not exceed three weeks, says Egypt FA

    Egypt's Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury will keep him out of action for three to four weeks, Liverpool's club physio said, as the forward tries to recover in time for the World Cup. The 25-year-old winger is desperate to play for Egypt in only...

  • Messi grabs hat-trick as Argentina canter to 4-0 win

    Messi grabs hat-trick as Argentina canter to 4-0 win

    Argentina showed once again how reliant they are on Lionel Messi as the Barcelona forward scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 World Cup warm-up win over Haiti on Tuesday. With Javier Mascherano making his 143rd appearance to put him one ahead of...

  • Farrugia's Malta earn draw against Armenia

    Farrugia's Malta earn draw against Armenia

    Ray Farrugia enjoyed a positive start to his tenure as the Malta national team's coach after the Maltese side earned a 1-1 draw against Armenia in a friendly international played in Wattens, Austria.  Throughout the match, Farrugia handed a full...

  • Malta's Cuschieri joins PSV

    Malta's Cuschieri joins PSV

    Malta international Rachel Cuschieri continued to make a name for herself after signing with PSV Vrouwen, of the Netherlands, on a two-year contract during a presentation at the famous Philips Stadium.  The creative midfielder joins the Dutch side...

  • Portugal defence exposed again as Tunisia force draw

    Portugal defence exposed again as Tunisia force draw

    Portugal's defensive frailties were again exposed as Tunisia hit back from two goals behind to hold the European champions to a 2-2 draw in a World Cup warm-up on Monday. Portugal, who rested captain and leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo after he...

  • Giroud scores landmark goal as France beat Ireland

    Giroud scores landmark goal as France beat Ireland

    France started their preparations for the World Cup with a solid 2-0 friendly win over Ireland on Monday as Olivier Giroud scored a landmark goal. Giroud netted the opener to join Zinedine Zidane as France's fourth highest all-time leading...

  • Nigeria held to draw in World Cup warm-up

    Nigeria held to draw in World Cup warm-up

    World Cup-bound Nigeria conceded a late penalty and were held to a 1-1 draw by the Democratic Republic of Congo in a friendly in Port Harcourt planned to give them a fitting send-off to next month's tournament in Russia. Nigeria, who head to...

  • Balotelli scores on Italy return in win over Saudi Arabia

    Balotelli scores on Italy return in win over Saudi Arabia

    Mario Balotelli scored on his first Italy appearance in nearly four years on Monday as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a friendly to give new coach Roberto Mancini a winning start. Italy have missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958...

  • Liverpool sign Monaco's Fabinho

    Liverpool sign Monaco's Fabinho

    Liverpool confirmed the signing of Fabinho on Monday evening, with the French midfielder finalising his move on a "long-term contract". He told the club's official website: "I am really excited about this move. "This is something that I always...

  • Manchester United granted licence to play in women's second tier

    Manchester United granted licence to play in women's second tier

    Manchester United will field a women's team for the first time since 2005 after being granted a licence to play in the second tier Championship as part of the Football Association's restructuring of the game announced on Monday. Following a...

  • Watch: Captain Son strikes as South Korea down Honduras

    Watch: Captain Son strikes as South Korea down Honduras

    Son Heung-min scored with a 25-yard drive to ensure South Korea secured a 2-0 friendly win over Honduras as Shin Tae-yong's side continued their preparations for next month's World Cup finals in Russia. Son, named Korean captain with regular...

  • Jorginho moves to Gżira United

    Jorginho moves to Gżira United

    Gżira United's hectic transfer activity continued on Monday as the Maroons announced the signing of Brazilian striker Jorginho. The 32-year-old had been on the books of Hibernians for the past four years, during which he had a spell in the Saudi...

  • Failla agrees to join Floriana

    Failla agrees to join Floriana

    Floriana have secured their first major signing of the close season when they signed Clayton Failla, from Hibernians, the Premier League club have announced. After a rather disappointing 2017-18 season, which saw the team fail to challenge for the...

  • Watch: Sultana and Apap thrilled to be part of Malta squad

    Watch: Sultana and Apap thrilled to be part of Malta squad

    Ħamrun Spartans goalkeeper Steve Sultana and Ferdinando Apap, the Victoria Hotspurs defender, are thrilled to be part of the Malta squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Armenia on Tuesday and Georgia on Friday. While the uncapped...

  • Klopp's losing record in finals

    Klopp's losing record in finals

    Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool lost their Champions League final against Real Madrid 3-1 in Kiev. The showpiece was Klopp's seventh final as a manager - and he won his first as Borussia Dortmund dismantled Bayern Munich 5-2 in the 2012 German Cup.