Chinese Super League: Transfer window opens with clubs facing 100% signings tax

Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs face a 100% tax on signings as their mid-season transfer window opens on Monday. The country’s Football Association (CFA) is proposing the measure for loss-making clubs in order to try to curb the league’s extravagant spending. Chinese clubs spent £331m during the country’s winter transfer window, which was more than…

Chelsea host Burnley on opening day of Premier League season

Chelsea will begin their title defence at home to Burnley when the 2017-18 Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of 12-13 August. Newly promoted Newcastle host Tottenham, while Brighton welcome Manchester City and Huddersfield visit Crystal Palace. Spurs’ first game at Wembley will be against Antonio Conte’s champions on the second weekend of…

Diamond League: CJ Ujah sprints to 100m victory in Rome

Britain’s CJ Ujah won the 100m with a season’s best time of 10.02 seconds at the Rome Diamond League on Thursday. The 23-year-old edged out France’s Jimmy Vicaut and American Ronnie Baker, who were both clocked at 10.05 seconds. “My focus was to be free and run free,” said Ujah, who is now looking forward…

Brilliant Real defeat Juve to retain Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid retained the Champions League in scintillating style by overwhelming Juventus in Cardiff. Real’s record 12th triumph in this competition – and third in four seasons – was predictably orchestrated by Ronaldo, who has now scored in three different Champions League finals. Ronaldo stopped a bright Juve opening in…

Champions League final: Gianluigi Buffon inspired by Cameroon keeper Thomas N'Kono

Italian football might have looked very different over the last two decades if an impressionable 12-year-old had not been captivated by the Cameroon goalkeeper at the 1990 World Cup. Gianluigi Buffon played as an attacker back then but the performances of Thomas N’Kono – playing in his third World Cup – inspired him to try…