Moment of truth for revamped Italy as Euros title defence begins

Italy kick off their European Championship title defence against Albania on Saturday as a new-look team tries to rebuild the reputation of one of the world’s most important football nations.…

‘Infinite’ Pedri is Spain’s key against Modric’s Croatia

Spain’s Euro 2024 hopes have been bolstered by Pedri Gonzalez’s return to form and the Barcelona playmaker could prove crucial in their stern opening battle against Luka Modric’s dangerous Croatia.…

Messi to miss Olympics but leaves door open for 2026 World Cup

Eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has confirmed in an interview with US broadcaster ESPN that he will not attempt to win a second gold medal with Argentina at the…

Australia star Sam Kerr signs new deal with Chelsea

Chelsea forward Sam Kerr has signed a new two-year contract keeping her at the club until 2026, the Women’s Super League champions announced on Thursday. The 30-year-old Australia captain, whose…

Shevchenko hopes Euro 2024 will remind world of Ukraine’s pain

Ukrainian football great Andriy Shevchenko has told AFP his country’s presence at Euro 2024 that kicks off on Friday has been a triumph over adversity and will “remind the world…

Terzic quits as coach of Champions League finalists Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzic said on Thursday he was leaving the Bundesliga club less than two weeks after they lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. “Dear…

Titmus shatters 200m freestyle world record weeks before Olympics

Ariarne Titmus shattered fellow Australian Mollie O’Callaghan’s 200m freestyle world record Wednesday, touching in 1min 52.23secs just weeks before defending her Olympic title in Paris. She hit the wall in Brisbane…

French referee Turpin to handle Euro opener in Munich

French referee Clement Turpin will take charge of Friday’s opening match in this year’s Euros between Germany and Scotland in Munich, UEFA announced on its website on Wednesday. The 42-year-old…

Ancelotti denies Real Madrid will skip Club World Cup

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti denied on Monday that the Champions League winners would refuse to play in next season’s expanded Club World Cup, claiming comments he made to an…

Vinicius welcomes jail sentence for racially abusive fans

Vinicius Junior welcomed the eight-month prison sentences handed down on Monday to three Valencia fans for racially abusing him during a La Liga match last year. “This first criminal conviction…