Bahrain, Hong Kong friendlies confirmed
The Singapore football team will take on Bahrain in Manama next Thursday in an international friendly as part of their preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup. The tie will be played at the Bahrain National Stadium.
National caretaker coach V. Sundramoorthy's men will also face Hong Kong at the Mong Kok Stadium on Oct 11, four days after they host Malaysia in the Causeway Challenge at Kallang.
With first-team regulars Fazrul Nawaz (torn anterior cruciate ligament) and Shahdan Sulaiman (hairline fracture on fibula) out, Sundram named a 24-man squad that included Hougang United forward Iqbal Hussain.
Schweinsteiger will fight for his place
LONDON • Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger said yesterday that Manchester United would be his "last club in Europe" and vowed to fight for his place in the Premier League football club.
Schweinsteiger, 32, has been frozen out by new United manager Jose Mourinho and is yet to make a competitive appearance this season. But with the close of the transfer window just a week away, he told fans in a statement posted on Twitter that he has no desire to leave Old Trafford.
"MUFC will be my last club in Europe," Schweinsteiger wrote.
Iceland's Euro 2016 star joins Fulham
LONDON • Ragnar Sigurdsson, one of the stars of Iceland's Euro 2016 campaign, has signed for Fulham from Russian side Krasnodar, the English second-tier football club announced on Tuesday.
Sigurdsson played a starring role in Iceland's stunning 2-1 win over England in the last 16 at Euro 2016, scoring his side's opening goal and being voted Man of the Match. The 30-year-old centre-back has signed a two-year contract, with an option for a further year, and arrives for an undisclosed fee.
Nadal to kick off season in Brisbane
SYDNEY • World No. 5 Rafael Nadal will play in the Brisbane International next year, organisers said yesterday, the first time the Spaniard has kicked off his season in Australia.
The tennis tournament, held in the eastern city of Brisbane in January ahead of the Australian Open, was last won by big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, who defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
Injured Giteau in for lengthy layoff
TOULON • Australian international Matt Giteau could be out of action with injury for four months, said Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal on Tuesday.
The experienced Toulon back suffered a broken ankle in Australia's 42-8 thrashing by world champions New Zealand in the opening game of the Rugby Championship on Saturday. Boudjellal confirmed that Giteau was to return to France ahead of surgery on Monday.