Bayern Munich will be looking to get the new Bundesliga campaign off to the best possible start when they welcome Werder Bremen to the Allianz Arena on Friday night.



Formula 1 returns to action with the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, following its now traditional summer break. previews the sport's latest visit to Spa-Francorchamps and provides the key facts.


Barcelona have announced the signing of Jasper Cillessen from Ajax on a five-year contract.
Nabil Bentaleb has joined Schalke on a season-long loan deal from Tottenham, both clubs have confirmed.
Mats Hummels was surprised by the reaction from Borussia Dortmund supporters to his transfer to fierce rivals Bayen Munich during the close-season.
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater has committed his future to Leicester City by signing a five-year contract with the Premier League champions.
Bayern Munich will be looking to get the new Bundesliga campaign off to the best possible start when they welcome Werder Bremen to the Allianz Arena on Friday night.
Athletic defender Aymeric Laporte has reiterated his commitment to the club ahead of this weekend's match against La Liga champions Barcelona.
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has announced he will retire from international football following next Wednesday's friendly against Oman in Dublin.
Salvatore Sirigu will join Sevilla on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, Goal understands.
Bayern Munich will chase a fifth straight Bundesliga title when the new season starts on Friday, with new coach Carlo Ancelotti attempting to continue the dominance forged by predecessors Pep Guardiola and Jupp Heynckes.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke claims the club beat Bayern Munich to the signing of Ousmane Dembele, but says the relationship between the two Bundesliga giants is as good as ever.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis will donate a portion of Saturday's gate receipts from their home match against AC Milan to the earthquake victims of central Italy.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he "will accept" the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as his attempt to clear his name against corruption charges enters its final stages.
Real Madrid will this season attempt to become the first team to retain the Champions League since AC Milan's back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1989 and 1990.
Leicester City will host Chelsea in a mouthwatering third-round League Cup clash, while minnows Northampton Town will face a visit from Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.
Porto have confirmed that defender Maxi Pereira was forced to undergo surgery after being injured by a Daniele De Rossi challenge in Tuesday's Champions League play-off clash with Roma.
Mario Balotelli is in talks with FC Sion over a loan move, according to the club's chairman.
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is the subject of interest from Tottenham, the player's agent has claimed.
Juventus will attempt to wrap up a €30 million deal for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi at Thursday's Champions League draw in Monte Carlo.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has addressed concerns over his club future by releasing a statement that assures he will remain with Manchester United.
Nine-man Roma missed out on the Champions League group stage after a 3-0 home defeat to Porto saw them lose their play-off tie 4-1 on aggregate.

Four-time Belgian Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen is looking forward to racing at the Spa circuit, a track that offers “good” racing.
Richard Gasquet and Fernando Verdasco made it through to the quarter-finals of the Winston-Salem Open but it was another mixed day for seeds.
Eugene Laverty has confirmed that he will leave MotoGP at the end of the season after signing a deal to race for Aprilia in the World Superbike Championship.
Lewis Hamilton is ready to resume the “rollercoaster” Formula 1 season this weekend in Belgium following the summer break.
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and Elina Svitolina eased into the quarter-finals of the Connecticut Open on Tuesday.
Lilian Calmejane marked his Grand Tour debut with a first stage win as he made a late breakaway stick on the fourth day of the Vuelta a Espana.
Lewis Hamilton looks set to take an engine penalty at the Italian Grand Prix, rather than at this weekend’s race in Belgium.
MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo was left to rue further "bad luck" as his chances of defending his crown took a hit at the Czech Republic Grand Prix.
As their fight for the Championship title resumes at Spa, Nico Rosberg has shared his thoughts on Lewis Hamilton’s “speed” and his sudden “safety freak” moment.
Roger Federer hopes to recover from the knee problem that brought an early end to his 2016 season in time for him to play at the Australian Open.
Formula 1 returns to action with the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, following its now traditional summer break. previews the sport's latest visit to Spa-Francorchamps and provides the key facts.
Nico Rosberg heads to Belgium this week looking to get his World Championship bid back on track – and he isn't dwelling on the past.
Defending champion Kevin Anderson fell in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open as seeds endured a tough day.
Toto Wolff has urged Formula 1 to let the drivers race, rather than confine them to the track limits.
Richard Gasquet was pushed before reaching the Winston-Salem Open third round, while Jiri Vesely won through his opener.
Marc Márquez labelled third position a "good result" at the Czech Republic Grand Prix, though accepted responsibility for the decision to start on the Soft tyres.

Iz-zewg plejers Malti, Brian Cini u Chris Peplow, li kienu qed jiehdu sehem fil-Kampjonat Mondjali tas-Snooker ta’ Taht il-21 sena li qed jintlaghab f’Mol, il-Belgju, sfaw eliminati.
Il-plejers Maltin kellhom bidu tajjeb fil-Kampjonati Mondjali tas-Snooker ta’ Taht il-21 sena li qed jigi organizzat mill-International Billiards & Snooker Federation.
Mediterraneo Softball Team was the first Maltese Club to participate in a European Cup club competition, and they did it in style.
Matthew Galea Pirotta, Mosta Cycling Academy cyclist forming part of the Maltese Olympic Committee Youth Elite Athlete Scheme, has for the second consecutive year competed in the Errigal International Youth Tour.
Xterra is a type of offroad triathlon that is increasing in popularity worldwide. It involves 1.5km of swimming, 30km of offroad mountain biking and 10km of offroad running.
Brian Galea claimed his 12th Trap Trophy of the year when he won at the Qormi Clay Shooting Club this weekend.
ASMK organized the 'Once a Year Autocross Endurance Race' at the Autocross Track at Ta' Qali on Saturday.
Gladiators Night XIV will be held at Aria Complex in San Ġwann on Friday in which those present will see K1, Boxing and International Title Belts matches.
Brian Galea claimed the prestigious All Malta - President’s Cup at the Bidnija Shooting Ranges this weekend.
The Mediterraneo Softball Team have made history by winning the European Women's Softball Championship Pool B beating the host team from the Czech Republic 8-0.
As has now become an annual tradition, a superb group of 20 tenpin bowlers, all aged between 11 and 21 years have made the trip to the UK to participate in the Norwich Junior Open, while six of the youngsters then also travelled to London, to take part in the London Junior Open.
George Mifsud claimed the Santa Marija Trap Grand Prix structured on a total of 125 targets and which was held at the Southern Shooting Club, Hal Far.
Keith ‘The Speed’ Azzopardi claimed the WKN title won during the Gladiators Night XIV in which kickboxing and boxing fans had another opportunity to see Maltese athletes in action.
Joe Muscat won the the Skeet event at the Bidnija Shooting Ranges on Sunday by beating Clive Farrugia in the Gold Medal Match.
The Malta Cricket team finished second in the Pan European T20 tournament after reaching the final with three comprehensive victories in the group stages.
Nicholas Carabott won the Profs Maemple Trophy on a two-day event on 75+50 including the best six shooter qualifying for the semi-finals and medal matches for gold, silver and bronze.

International beach soccer referee Jude Amin Utulu has been appointed to officiate during the EBSL Promotion Final and Superfinal of this final tournament to be played from the 25th to the 28th of August.
Hibernians will be involved in Group 9 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, with the mini-tournament being hosted by Twente FC in the Netherlands.
UEFA has appointed Esther Azzopardi to officiate in the UWCL First Qualifying Round Group 6 mini-tournament to be played in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from the 23rd to 28th August.
Hamrun Spartans marked their return to the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Hibernians on Friday.
FIFA referee Clayton Pisani – as a UEFA First Category referee – from 10 to 12 August joined other top international European referees for the important 2016/2017 Pre-season Preparation Course for UEFA Top Referees held in Geneva and Nyon (UEFA HQ), Switzerland.
Bjorn Vassallo, Segretarju Ġenerali tal-Malta Football Association, qal li l-kompetizzjoni tal-FA Trophy għal dan l-istaġun se tkun waħda interessanti ħafna u dan għax jekk is-sena l-oħra kulħadd ried li jirbaħ it-trofew l-antik għall-aħħar darba, dan l-istaġun kulħadd irid jirbaħ dan it-trofew il-ġdid għall-ewwel darba.
Birkirkara FC Youth Academy's mission statement is to develop young, talented players and prepare them for the Club's Senior Team and the National Team.
The Youth Football Association organised its Annual Presentation Night in a hotel in Sliema, where the winners of the various awards were presented with trophies and mementoes for their achievements during the 2015/16 season.
Hibernians kicked off their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign with a 5-0 defeat to Konak Belediyespor of Turkey.
Malta national coach Pietro Ghedin announced a group of 20 players for the two international matches.
Valletta opened the defence of their Premier League title with a 2-1 win over Sliema Wanderers at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Friday.
Birkirkara started their Premier League campaign with a 4-0 win over St. Andrews, while newcomers Gzira United played out a 1-1 draw with Tarxien Rainbows.
The UEFA Referees’ Committee has appointed international referee Clinton Cassar for the UEFA Futsal Cup 2016-2017 Group E Preliminary Round mini-tournament this week organised by the Austrian Football Association.
Masters Football (Malta) kicked off the new season 2016/17 with the pre-season tournament with well known Gilbert Agius, Malcolm Licari, Alex Busuttil and Sean Sullivan taking part.
A total of 150 officials involved in the refereeing sector – referees and assistant referees from all categories, referee observers, administrators and technical staff – at the end of last week got together for their pre-season 2016/17 seminar organised by the Malta FA Refereeing Department.
Masters Football (Malta) new season 2016/2017 is the fourth since the association was established in Malta.



Travel back in time as we take a look at the history of the European Championships, following the tournament's development into the third highest-profile event in the sporting world. Our first destination is 1960, with the final four descending on France to decide the inaugural winners.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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