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  • Zammit sounds rallying cry as City take on Hibs

    Zammit sounds rallying cry as City take on Hibs

    It says everything about the unpredictability of the 2016/17 BOV Premier League that champions Valletta and Hibernians, runners-up last term, find themselves under pressure to stay in touch with the pacesetters ahead of their first meeting this...

  • Punishing the wrong man

    Punishing the wrong man

    Yaya Toure’s agent is not exactly the most tactful man on the planet. But that has only served to make Dimitri Seluk’s current feud with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola all the more entertaining. The two men are having a very public war of...

  • Bayern score late to beat Hamburg

    Bayern score late to beat Hamburg

    Champions Bayern Munich needed an 88th-minute winner by Joshua Kimmich to beat Hamburg 1-0 yesterday and protect their three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Strugglers Hamburg had battled hard to protect a goalless draw and end a...

  • Sirens stun Stars in comeback win

    Sirens stun Stars in comeback win

    Sirens 4Vittoriosa Stars 3 This was a pulsating encounter that saw Sirens hit back from two goals down to beat Vittoriosa for their second win in the league. Sirens were trailing 3-1 but they never wilted under the pressure as the Stars conceded...

  • Barca cruise past Gijon

    Luis Suarez and Rafinha scored in the first half before three late goals in seven minutes, including two from Neymar, gave Barcelona a 5-0 win at 10-man Sporting Gijon yesterday, their first game this season without Lionel Messi. After a slow and...

  • Football news

    Tommaso Ghirardi, the former Parma supremo, and high-ranking official Pietro Leonardi were each slapped with a five-year ban by the Italian football federation (FIGC) for mismanagement leading to the once-mighty club to lose its status. Ghirardi...

  • Sporting briefs

    Soft play: Motherwell manager Mark McGhee revealed in-form striker Louis Moult almost missed their 1-1 Premiership draw with Partick Thistle yesterday after being injured by a soft toy. McGhee said: “We never really got going. One of the things...

  • Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 after first half blitz

    Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 after first half blitz

    Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Chelsea, scoring all three goals in the first half to claim their first Premier League victory over their London rivals in 10 attempts. Arsenal gave their manager Arsene Wenger something to celebrate as he marked...

  • Goldaniga own goal hands Juve 1-0 win at Palermo

    Goldaniga own goal hands Juve 1-0 win at Palermo

    An own goal by Palermo's Edoardo Goldaniga was enough to give champions Juventus a 1-0 victory in Sicily to extend their lead at the top of Serie A to four points. Brazilian defender Dani Alves, who joined from Barcelona in the close season, fired...

  • Paolo Maldini enjoying time with his family in Malta

    Paolo Maldini enjoying time with his family in Malta

    Milan legend Paolo Maldini, who arrived in Malta on Wednesday to watch his son Christian play for Ħamrun Spartans, seems to be enjoying some family time in Malta as his photos, uploaded on his Facebook page, show. In the photos he is seen with...

  • Manchester United thrash champions Leicester with Wayne Rooney on the bench

    Manchester United thrash champions Leicester with Wayne Rooney on the bench

    Adds later games Manchester United dropped Wayne Rooney and were rewarded with a convincing 4-1 Premier League victory over Leicester. A run of three defeats from their past four games had let to scrutiny surrounding both Rooney's form and the...

  • Barca must manage Messi’s playing time, says Argentina boss

    Barca must manage Messi’s playing time, says Argentina boss

    Barcelona should manage Lionel Messi’s playing time better, Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has said following the forward’s latest injury. Argentina captain Messi has started in five of Barca’s six games this season, but was forced off in...

  • Court reopens investigation against Neymar

    Spain’s High Court said yesterday it had reopened a fraud and corruption investigation into Brazilian soccer player Neymar over his transfer to La Liga’s Barcelona from Santos, after an appeal by the public prosecutor. A High Court judge had...

  • Van Basten takes FIFA role

    Netherlands great Marco van Basten has been appointed as FIFA’s chief officer for technical deve-lopment. The world’s governing body said the three-time Balon d’Or winner and 1992 world player of the year would be “heading up all technical areas...

  • Giggs dismisses Swansea links

    Ryan Giggs would relish the chance to return to coaching in future but has poured cold water on reports that he will succeed Francesco Guidolin as Swansea City manager. Speculation is mounting that Guidolin may be about to be replaced by the Swans...

  • Nice coach Favre is facing Balotelli dilemma

    Nice coach Favre is facing Balotelli dilemma

    Coach Lucien Favre faces a dilemma over Mario Balotelli as Nice bid to maintain their superb start to the Ligue 1 season this weekend. The mercurial striker has made a big impact since joining the club from Liverpool at the end of last month,...

  • Mourinho feud is ‘prehistoric’ – Ranieri

    Mourinho feud is ‘prehistoric’ – Ranieri

    Claudio Ranieri has become the latest Premier League manager to bury the hatchet with Jose Mourinho, with the Italian describing his feud with the Manchester United boss as “prehistoric” ahead of Leicester City’s trip to Old Trafford today. The...

  • City’s Aguirre to skip key matches after suspension

    Valletta left-back Leandro Aguirre will sit out his team’s next two BOV Premier League matches after being sanctioned by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner, yesterday. Aguirre was sent off for retaliation in stoppage time of Wednesday night’s...

  • Albiol signs new Napoli contract

    Spanish defender Raul Albiol has signed a new four-year contract with Serie A title hopefuls Napoli. The 31-year-old centre-back moved to Stadio San Paolo three years ago and has played a key role in securing two top-three finishes with the...

  • Bayern’s Ancelotti is hoping to avoid Hamburg hangover

    Bayern’s Ancelotti is hoping to avoid Hamburg hangover

    Carlo Ancelotti may have a headache tomorrow no matter what the outcome of his side’s trip to Hamburg. The Italian coach is bidding to win an eighth straight game since taking the Bayern reins in the summer and his reward would be a night out with...