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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: England, Italy, Germany seek to maintain winning momentum
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: England, Italy, Germany seek to maintain winning momentum

Spain host Kosovo looking to improve after disappointing performances in a home draw against Greece and a late win at Georgia.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Spain fixture against Kosovo overshadowed by diplomatic row
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Spain fixture against Kosovo overshadowed by diplomatic row

On Wednesday Spain will "adjust to the rules put in place by FIFA and UEFA for these matches", diplomatic sources and sources from the Spanish Federation said

In Kosovo, a soprano's story of hope, joy and kindness amid the coronavirus pandemic
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In Kosovo, a soprano's story of hope, joy and kindness amid the coronavirus pandemic

Arta Jashari, a well-known and much-loved soprano in Kosovo, could hardly forget her neighbours’ assistance while in quarantine helping her father cope with the virus. That prompted her to do the same thing to others, turning herself regularly to the hospital to help staff and patients’ families to cope with the pandemic.

Europa League qualifying match between Tre Penne and Gjilani postponed after player tests positive for COVID-19
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Europa League qualifying match between Tre Penne and Gjilani postponed after player tests positive for COVID-19

It's fourth such incident in the early qualifying rounds for UEFA’s club competitions.

Russian women's football team faces quarantine after playing against Kosovo in coronavirus-hit Germany
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Russian women's football team faces quarantine after playing against Kosovo in coronavirus-hit Germany

The Russian national women's football team is facing quarantine after playing a game in Germany amid the escalating coronavirus outbreak which continues to disrupt sporting events around the world.

Euro 2020: Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes says he doesn't want to think about politics and history, 'just football' ahead of playoffs
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Euro 2020: Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes says he doesn't want to think about politics and history, 'just football' ahead of playoffs

Kosovo, a country of 1.8 million people, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, was finally accepted as a member of UEFA, and then FIFA, in 2016

Euro 2020: Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes expresses dissatisfaction over playoffs format
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Euro 2020: Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes expresses dissatisfaction over playoffs format

Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes is unhappy with the format of next month’s Euro 2020 playoff ties, saying it creates complex logistical problems for his team and makes it almost impossible for their fanatical fans to attend the decisive match.

Euro 2020 Qualifiers: England coach Gareth Southgate mindful of expectations after emphatic wins leading to qualification
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Euro 2020 Qualifiers: England coach Gareth Southgate mindful of expectations after emphatic wins leading to qualification

Southgate believes his side have progressed since the World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia in Moscow but hopes that, as with two years ago, his squad can come together in the final months of preparation

Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Gareth Southgate to bring Raheem Sterling back from England exile to face 'former ally' Kosovo
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Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Gareth Southgate to bring Raheem Sterling back from England exile to face 'former ally' Kosovo

England have cruised through their qualifying group, Southgate believes the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists still have room for improvement as they chase a first major title since 1966.

Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Bulgaria may have to play next match in empty stadium after fans' racist gestures during clash against England
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Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Bulgaria may have to play next match in empty stadium after fans' racist gestures during clash against England

The Bulgaria football federation could be in line for a stronger punishment if UEFA's disciplinary panel decides that Monday's incident was the third offence in Euro 2020 qualifying

Peter Handke Nobel Prize row: Choice of 2019 Literature Laureate prompts criticism from Salman Rushdie, Albanian PM Edi Rama
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Peter Handke Nobel Prize row: Choice of 2019 Literature Laureate prompts criticism from Salman Rushdie, Albanian PM Edi Rama

Peter Handke's Nobel Prize for Literature 2019 win has been embroiled in controversy and backlash, since in the past, he had publicly suggested that Sarajevo’s Muslims were responsible for their own massacre, later blaming the Serbs. Many shared their discontent on Twitter.

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Gareth Southgate says England must cut down defensive errors after team's 5-3 victory over Kosovo
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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Gareth Southgate says England must cut down defensive errors after team's 5-3 victory over Kosovo

England manager Gareth Southgate insists his side must improve on "obvious" defensive errors after being bailed out by another devastating attacking display in a thrilling 5-3 win over Kosovo in Southampton.

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Tougher battles ahead, warns England boss Gareth Southgate after 4-0 demolition of Bulgaria
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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Tougher battles ahead, warns England boss Gareth Southgate after 4-0 demolition of Bulgaria

Gareth Southgate admits England cannot be deceived by their dominant start to the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign because they will face far sterner tests than Bulgaria provided in Saturday's 4-0 demolition at Wembley.

Euro 2020 qualifiers: England skipper Harry Kane scores hat-trick in 4-0 win over Bulgaria
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Euro 2020 qualifiers: England skipper Harry Kane scores hat-trick in 4-0 win over Bulgaria

Kane punished the woeful Bulgaria defence to open the scoring in the first half at Wembley before scoring through two penalties in the second half

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Spain dominate Sweden in Group F; Republic of Ireland and Poland continue strong starts
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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Spain dominate Sweden in Group F; Republic of Ireland and Poland continue strong starts

Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata both scored penalties as Spain got the better of Sweden on Monday, while the Republic of Ireland and Poland continued their strong starts in qualifying for Euro 2020.

Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate calls on England side to live up to expectations and perform on home soil
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Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate calls on England side to live up to expectations and perform on home soil

Despite the fanfare that has greeted Gareth Southgate and his side since they surpassed expectations to reach the last four in Russia, he is keen to keep feet on the ground.

Women's World Boxing Championships: IOC asks members federations not to grant world events involving Kosovo to India
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Women's World Boxing Championships: IOC asks members federations not to grant world events involving Kosovo to India

IOC has asked all its member federations not to grant any world event to India involving Kosovo after the country denied visa to a boxer from the European nation for the ongoing AIBA Women's World Championships.

Women's World Boxing Championships: BFI still hopeful of Kosovo's participation as tournament kicks off in New Delhi
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Women's World Boxing Championships: BFI still hopeful of Kosovo's participation as tournament kicks off in New Delhi

"As far as Kosovo is concerned, we are quite confident that we will be able to persuade our government on this issue," Boxing Federation of India chief Ajay Singh said.

Women's World Boxing Championships: Fearing IOC sanctions, IOA asks Sports Ministry to resolve Kosovan boxer's visa issue
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Women's World Boxing Championships: Fearing IOC sanctions, IOA asks Sports Ministry to resolve Kosovan boxer's visa issue

In a strongly-worded letter to the sports ministry, IOA president Narinder Batra said that India could be barred by the International Olympic Committee from hosting major events.

LISTEN: Full script of Episode 81 of Spodcast where we discuss Kosovo's Donjeta Sadiku's participation at World Championships and other sports news
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LISTEN: Full script of Episode 81 of Spodcast where we discuss Kosovo's Donjeta Sadiku's participation at World Championships and other sports news

LISTEN: Full script of Episode 81 of Spodcast where we discuss Kosovo's Donjeta Sadiku's participation at World Championships, Julien Benneteau's claims about Roger Federer and more