McCall rules out McFadden deal

James McFadden: The forward is unlikely to join Motherwell

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall admits there is 'very little' chance of agreeing a short-term deal with forward James McFadden.

The Scotland international, who was released by Everton, joined his former team-mates on the first day of pre-season.However, McCall has already seen a...

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque revealed that Cesc Fàbregas had asked him specifically to take his team's final penalty after the FC Barcelona midfielder stepped up to fire the holders through to Sunday's UEFA EURO 2012 final in Kyiv. The 61-year-old also explained that a wish for "more pace on the pitch" was behind his second-half substitutions,


Cristiano Ronaldo was left cursing Portugal's misfortune after they were eliminated 4-2 on penalties by Spain in their UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final. The Real Madrid CF forward came close to breaking the deadlock in normal time and was due to be his team's fifth penalty taker in the shoot-out but never got the opportunity as João Moutinho and Bruno

Swans fail in Duplan bid

Edouard Duplan: The French winger has just one year left on his contract in Holland

FC Utrecht claim to have rejected a bid from Swansea City for wide-man Edouard Duplan.

The Eredivisie club earlier in June announced they were expecting an approach from the Premier League Swans for the Frenchman, who has just one year left on his contract.That...

Just as against Italy in their UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-final, Cesc Fàbregas emerged as Spain's shoot-out hero and the midfielder admitted he had had a "feeling" that fortune was going to smile on him once more. So it did as Spain beat Portugal to reach an "extraordinary" third successive major final, while for team-mates Iker Casillas and Sergio

Bento defiant in defeat

Paulo Bento: Portugal coach says side can be proud of themselves

Paulo Bento refused to be downbeat after seeing his Portugal side knocked out of Euro 2012 on penalties by Spain.

His side failed to register a single shot on target during the two hours of their semi-final at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, in a game that saw the Iberian neighbours...
Prandelli - Sensational display

Cesare Prandelli: Feels Italy could have scored a third in the second half

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli hailed a 'sensational' performance by his side after they beat Germany 2-1 to advance to the final of Euro 2012.

Mario Balotelli netted a first-half double to fire the Azzurri through, with Germany's goal coming from the penalty spot late on...

Despite being on the losing side, Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patrício put in an excellent display between the posts to protect a clean sheet and force Spain to a penalty shoot-out. 

Ultimately unable to prevent his side from being eliminated by La Roja in the semi-final at the Donbass Arena, the Sporting Clube de Portugal keeper was the star of the

Barton loses QPR armband

Joey Barton: Has been stripped of the QPR armband

Joey Barton has been stripped of the QPR captaincy and fined six weeks' wages following his misconduct during last season's final Premier League game against Manchester City.

Barton, 29, was hit with a 12-match ban and fined £75,000 by a Football Association-appointed independent regulatory...


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