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  • MFA to back Prince Ali in FIFA elections

    MFA to back Prince Ali in FIFA elections

    The Malta FA have decided to back FIFA vice-president Prince Ali for this year’s presidential elections at the world governing body of football. MFA president Norman Darmanin Demajo told the association's council members today that during the past...

  • Costa to contest FA charge

    Costa to contest FA charge

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa is contesting the Football Association’s charge for violent conduct − a move which has the full support of the Premier League club. The Spain international is facing an immediate three-match ban for his apparent stamp...

  • Ginola denies FIFA bid is over

    Confusion surrounded David Ginola’s unlikely bid for the FIFA presidency yesterday when his campaign website said all financial donations would be returned, but the former France international denied he was pulling out. It appeared that Ginola’s...

  • Liverpool boss Rodgers excited by Sturridge’s return

    Liverpool boss Rodgers excited by Sturridge’s return

    Daniel Sturridge is set to make his Liverpool return tomorrow after five months out and for manager Brendan Rodgers there is hope for what he can bring and lingering disappointment over what might have been. When Sturridge was ruled out with a...

  • Destro completes Milan loan move

    Destro completes Milan loan move

    Roma striker Mattia Destro has agreed to join Milan on a six-month loan deal, the Serie A club announced yesterday. Milan can make Destro’s stay permanent at the end of the season by paying a transfer fee agreed with Roma earlier this week. A...

  • Pogba will leave Juve – agent

    Pogba will leave Juve – agent

    Paul Pogba’s agent believes the coveted midfielder’s future lies away from Juventus, saying: “If it does not happen this year, it will be next year.” The France international has attracted the attention of top European clubs after impressing for...

  • Guinea handed quarter-final berth

    Guinea handed quarter-final berth

    Mali’s African Nations Cup fate was sealed yesterday when FA chief Boubacar Diarra picked the “wrong” ball from a bowl and condemned them to a cruel exit as Guinea won a place in the last eight instead. Two balls were placed in a glass bowl before...

  • Balzan’s Corbalan joins Lanciano

    Balzan’s Corbalan joins Lanciano

    Balzan FC youngster Juan Carlos Corbalan has joined Virtus Lanciano, the Premier League club announced yesterday. Coaches from Lanciano’s youth sector visited Balzan FC late last year to have a look at the club’s young prospects after which...

  • Bayern Munich take on rivals Wolfsburg as Bundesliga resumes

    Bayern Munich will be without Franck Ribery when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break with the champions taking on second-placed VfL Wolfsburg today. Ribery suffered a muscle injury in training on Wednesday and defender Rafinha injured...

  • Leaders Nadur in comeback win

    Leaders Nadur in comeback win

    Nadur Youngsters opened a six-point lead at the top of the standings over second-placed Xewkija Tigers after coming from behind to overcome the strong challenge of Victoria Hotspurs. Nadur are still unbeaten in the league and victory meant they...

  • Champions back to winning ways

    Champions back to winning ways

    Boycho Marev scored twice as Balzan beat Valletta 6-3 to return to winning ways after two defeats in the Premier Division. Valletta tried hard to stay in the match but on the day champions Balzan proved stronger. After opening the scoring through...

  • Div. One

    Today: Centenary Stadium 19.30 Gżira United vs Gudja United. Tomorrow: Centenary Stadium 14.00 Msida St Joseph vs Fgura United; 16.00 Mqabba vs Żurrieq. Sunday: Centenary Stadium 14.00 Pembroke vs St Andrew’s; 16.00 Birżebbuġa SP vs St George’s.

  • Football news

    Jordon Mutch has completed his move to Crystal Palace, ending a short, ill-fated stay with QPR. Just 25 weeks into a four-year deal at Loftus Road, the 23-year-old has moved on after failing to replicate the form which saw the Rs reportedly pay...

  • Sporting briefs

    Blatter: FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed that he had submitted his bid to run for re-election yesterday, the deadline day for nominations to be handed in. “Today is a key date in the electoral calendar. I’ve made my submission, now the...

  • MFA to start refunding UEFA solidarity payment arrears, profits

    MFA to start refunding UEFA solidarity payment arrears, profits

    The Malta Football Association will this evening start refunding UEFA solidarity payment arrears to its 45 member clubs. The clubs will be getting €36,725.75, which is half of the arrears. The monies had been retained by the MFA for the 2002/3 and...

  • Russia cutting budget for World Cup

    Russia is to cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure as recession looms. The government is cutting its spending by 10% across the board after the central bank predicted last month that the economy...

  • Eriksen double sends Spurs into the final

    Eriksen double sends Spurs into the final

    Tottenham Hotspur reached the League Cup final after suppressing a late uprising from third tier Sheffield United as Christian Eriksen struck twice to seal a 3-2 aggregate win last night. Tottenham, who will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on...

  • Arsenal sign Brazilian defender Gabriel

    Arsenal have signed Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal, the Premier League club said yesterday. The 24-year-old has moved to London in a deal worth £11.3 million. “It’s another dream in my career that has come true,” Gabriel...

  • Ronaldo handed two-match ban for kicking opponent

    Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a two-match ban following his dismissal for kicking out at an opponent during their La Liga clash with Cordoba last Saturday, the Spanish league said. Ronaldo was unable to make an impact in the...

  • Morata goal puts Juventus in semis

    Substitute Alvaro Morata was the match-winner as his late strike sealed Juve’s progress into the last four of the Coppa Italia at the expense of Parma, yesterday. Morata has struggled to find the net this season for the Turin club, but he scored...

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