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  • Front duo eager to land early blow in title race

    Front duo eager to land early blow in title race

    ‘Team to beat’ is a commonly-used phrase in football parlance. On the eve of the top-of-the-table duel between Hibernians and Birkirkara, the coaches of these two heavyweights both described the opposition as the ‘team to beat’ by way of stressing...

  • Beleaguered City without Dimech, Terra

    Pietà Hotspurs vs Żebbuġ Rangers (today at 15.00, Hibs Stadium). A must-win game for the two promoted sides. Only two points separate Pietà Hotspurs and bottom side Żebbuġ Rangers who are still without a win after eight league games. The Hotspurs,...

  • Serbia get walkover

    Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week’s Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl between the players after a flag stunt, but also had three points deducted, the Serbian FA said yesterday. Serbia have also...

  • United out to clip Chelsea’s wings

    United out to clip Chelsea’s wings

    Manchester United will try to bring to a halt Chelsea’s impressive start to the season when they host the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford tomorrow. Jose Mourinho’s Blues had an outstanding take-off to their new campaign, scoring in all...

  • Rodgers tells Reds to deal with criticism

    Rodgers tells Reds to deal with criticism

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told under-fire striker Mario Balotelli and the rest of his side to accept recent criticism and move on. While the Italy international has come in for the most negative attention after scoring just once in 10...

  • Juventus and Roma look to bounce back

    Juventus and Roma look to bounce back

    Juventus and Roma head into this weekend’s Serie A action on the back of demoralising results in the Champions League. The Serie A leaders lost for the second time in the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition when they fell 1-0 at...

  • Top Euro clubs lobby for April/May date

    European clubs want April and May to be considered as possible months for staging the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A FIFA task force begun discussions in September over the timing of the event, when the January/February and November/December slots...

  • Real Madrid, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

    Real Madrid, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

    Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and this evening’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team-mate Lionel Messi on the brink of...

  • Ħamrun through after shoot-out

    Ħamrun Spartans 2Vittoriosa Stars 2(aet; Ħamrun win 3-1 on pens) Division Two leaders Ħamrun Spartans progressed to the third round of the FA Trophy after they edged past Vittoriosa Stars 4-1 on penalties following a 2-2 draw at the end of...

  • Sporting briefs

    Walcott: Theo Walcott, who has been out with a knee injury since January, should make his comeback to the Arsenal squad next week against Burnley but is not ready for today’s match against Sunderland, manager Arsene Wenger said. “He has to get...

  • Football news

    Parma coach Roberto Donadoni is confident his bottom-placed team can end their dismal run of form when they take on Sassuolo today. One win in seven matches is a far cry from the team that finished sixth in Serie A last season. Donadoni said: “I...

  • Everton investigate Lille trouble

    Everton will continue to work with French and Merseyside police in a bid to establish the facts about the trouble involving Toffees fans in Lille this week, the Barclays Premier League club have said. The build-up to yesterday evening's Europa...

  • Serbia get walkover v Albania, three points deducted

    Serbia get walkover v Albania, three points deducted

    Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week's Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl between the players after a flag stunt, but also had three points deducted, the Serbian FA said today. Serbia have also been...

  • ‘It will be an honour to play for Malta’

    ‘It will be an honour to play for Malta’

    There are no ‘naturalised’ players in the current Malta squad but that could change next year if Qormi striker Alfred Effiong secures Maltese citizenship. Born and bred in Nigeria, Effiong has been playing in our country for the past 10 years,...

  • Juve at a loss to explain poor European form

    Juve at a loss to explain poor European form

    Juventus are at a loss to explain why they fail to play with the same conviction and authority in Europe that they have shown in dominating Serie A over the past three seasons. The Serie A champions are in danger of falling at the first hurdle for...

  • Swiss slide out of top 10

    Swiss slide out of top 10

    Switzerland, who were among the top seeds for the World Cup finals this summer, have dropped out of FIFA’s top 10 world rankings after a poor start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Portugal, who surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Albania in...

  • Napoli beaten by Young Boys

    Napoli beaten by Young Boys

    Napoli dropped their first points of the Europa League campaign as they went down 2-0 away to Swiss side Young Boys yesterday. Goals from Guillaume Hoarau in the 52nd-minute and Leonardo Bertone in injury-time decided the contest and moved the...

  • Massimo Moratti ends Inter link after 19 years

    Massimo Moratti ends Inter link after 19 years

    Former Inter owner Massimo Moratti has resigned as honorary president, ending his 19-year association with the club. The 69-year-old quit almost exactly one year after selling a 70 per cent stake in the club to a consortium led by Indonesian...

  • Unbeaten Xewkija and Nadur lose perfect record

    Unbeaten Xewkija and Nadur lose perfect record

    Champions Xewkija Tigers and title rivals Nadur Youngsters dropped their first points of the championship after being held to a 1-1 draw by Kerċem Ajax and Victoria Hotspurs respectively. Following these results, the first-round clash between the...

  • Last-gasp goal sinks Valletta, Balzan march on

    Last-gasp goal sinks Valletta, Balzan march on

    A dramatic goal scored by Karl Saliba 4.1 seconds from the end gave Luxol St Andrew’s a dramatic 4-3 win over Valletta at the Corradino Sports Pavilion. As the scoreline indicates, this was not an easy game for the Saints who were erratic in front...