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  • Floriana and Balzan face tough away matches

    Floriana and Balzan open their Europa League campaign with tough away assignments at Serbia’s Red Star and Videoton, of Hungary, today. The two Maltese teams will have a common goal, that of trying to keep alive the tie before next week’s home leg...

  • City coach not underestimating Folgore’s threat

    City coach not underestimating Folgore’s threat

    New Valletta coach Zoran Popovic is warning his players against  complacency as the Citizens open their Europa League campaign with a match against fellow minnows San Marino’s Folgore at the Hibs Stadium this evening. When the draw for the first...

  • Shadows from the past (1,197): Keeper Sultana inspires Maroons to trophy glory

    Shadows from the past (1,197): Keeper Sultana inspires  Maroons to trophy glory

    Michael Sultana had all the ingredients of a fine goalkeeper. He was tall, had a safe pair of hands, his interceptions were prompt and his fielding accurate. These qualities made him one of the best goalkeepers of the sixties and early...

  • Football news

    Defender Dani Alves has confirmed that he has left Serie A champions Juventus after one season in Italy, with Manchester City the most likely destination for the Brazilian, according to media reports. The 34-year-old joined Juventus on a two-year...

  • FIFA publishes Garcia World Cups report after leak

    FIFA publishes Garcia World Cups report after leak

    The global soccer body FIFA said yesterday it had decided to publish the Garcia report into the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively, more than two-and-a-half years after the investigation was...

  • Football news

    Liverpool are unlikely to face disciplinary proceedings from the Premier League after being accused by Southampton of making an illegal approach to sign their defensive lynchpin Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool ended their interest in the Dutch centre...

  • Chile gear up for tough semi-final against Ronaldo’s Portugal

    Chile gear up for tough semi-final against Ronaldo’s Portugal

    Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will renew old acquaintances when his reigning two-time Copa America champions take on Portugal in what he expects to be a tough Confederations Cup semi-final today. Pizzi, who played under Portuguese coach Fernando...

  • Video assistant referee system needs improvement, says FIFA

    The video assistant referee (VAR) technology being tested at the Confederations Cup in Russia should be refined, the head of refereeing at world soccer’s governing body FIFA said. “In general we have really good results but for sure... many...

  • Sporting briefs

    NORTHAMPTON: Chinese company 5USport has agreed to purchase a majority stake in English League One side Northampton Town, the club said in a statement. 5USport, a sports development and education firm, will purchase a stake in Northampton Town...

  • Hibs in charge in Champions League tie

    Hibs in charge in Champions League tie

    Hibernians scored two second-half goals to see off FCI Tallinn, of Estonia, 2-0 in the Champions League first qualifying round first leg tie at the Hibs Stadium. The Paolites endured a scare after only three minutes when the visitors were awarded...

  • FIFA makes shock move to publish report into 2018/2022 Word Cup bidding race

    FIFA makes shock move to publish report into 2018/2022 Word Cup bidding race

    FIFA has taken the dramatic step of publishing a controversial internal report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process after it was leaked to a German newspaper this week. Produced by FIFA's chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia in...

  • Halliday among players left out of Gers Europa League opener

    Pedro Caixinha has given his biggest hint yet that he sees no future for a clutch of his Rangers first-team stars after leaving them out of his squad for their opening Europa League qualifier. The names of defender Rob Kiernan, midfielders Andy...

  • Ranieri unveiled as new Nantes boss

    Ranieri unveiled as new Nantes boss

    Claudio Ranieri insisted he had moved on from his title-winning spell at Leicester as he was unveiled as the new coach of Ligue 1 club Nantes. The Italian led the Foxes to a remarkable Premier League triumph in 2016 but was sacked just months...

  • Australia see positives despite early cup exit

    The Confederations Cup was a missed opportunity for Australia but the Socceroos should gain confidence from their improvement during the tournament in Russia, coach Ange Postecoglou has said. Australia bowed out with a 1-1 draw against Chile on...

  • De Boer keen to put stamp on Palace

    De Boer keen to put stamp on Palace

    Frank de Boer revealed plans to implement a more expansive brand of football following his appointment as Crystal Palace manager on a three-year contract. The 47-year-old succeeds Sam Allardyce following his resignation at the end of last season,...

  • Chile’s relentless style taking its toll in Russia

    Chile’s relentless  style taking its toll in Russia

    Chile’s high-octane style of play has made them one of the world’s most entertaining teams to watch but coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has admitted that it comes with a price. Pizzi said that such a relentless style involved an enormous physical effort,...

  • Malta-England ticket sales launched

    Two months away from the highly-anticipated World Cup qualifier between Malta and England, the Malta Football Association yesterday officially launched the ticket sales for the September 1 match at the National Stadium. Addressing the media during...

  • Football news

    Guangzhou Evergrande manager Luiz Felipe Scolari believes midfielder Paulinho’s proposed move to Barcelona is unlikely to happen as the Chinese Super League’s transfer regulations make it too expensive to find a replacement. The Brazilian’s form...

  • Sporting briefs

    Diouf: Former Liverpool striker El-Hadji Diouf has reopened his long-running feud with former captain Steven Gerrard after claiming the midfielder “did nothing for his country”. The ex-Senegal international has history with Gerrard stretching back...

  • VAR will punish divers immediately – Webb

    Howard Webb says diving players will run the risk of “immediate punishment” under the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee system. VAR is to be introduced in Major League Soccer from August 5, as well as from the third round of the upcoming...