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  • Relegation strugglers in last-chance saloon

    Relegation strugglers in last-chance saloon

    Naxxar Lions, St Andrew’s and Qormi head into their last game with their Premier League future in serious jeopardy but, ironically, the trio are still in with a chance of forcing a play-off with Senglea Athletic who finished third in Division...

  • Atletico loss brings Guardiola closer to familiar failure

    Atletico loss brings Guardiola closer to familiar failure

    After watching Pep Guardiola fail to inspire Bayern Munich to victory over Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night, Manchester City may wonder if they have hired the wrong man to lead them for the...

  • Saul delights in ‘most beautiful goal’

    Saul Niguez announced himself as one of Europe’s most promising midfielders by scoring a stunning individual goal to edge Atletico Madrid a step closer to their second Champions League final in three years. The 21-year-old snaked his way past...

  • Villarreal strike late to beat Liverpool, Sevilla grab draw

    Villarreal strike late to beat Liverpool, Sevilla grab draw

    Villarreal’s Adrian Lopez snatched a stoppage-time winner at home to Liverpool to move them closer to a first European final after the first leg of their Europa League last four clash finished 1-0 yesterday. Liverpool, who got a taste of their own...

  • Hummels wants to join Bayern

    Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has told the club he wants to join Bayern Munich in the summer. The Germany international, regarded as one of the best centre-backs in European football, wants to follow former team-mates Robert Lewandowski...

  • Tottenham’s Alli banned for rest of season

    Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli will miss the rest of the season after he was give a three-match ban for violent conduct by the Football Association yesterday. The 20-year-old, voted the PFA Young Player of the Year last weekend after a sensational...

  • Xewkija topple Għajnsielem to force title decider

    Xewkija topple Għajnsielem to force title decider

    Xewkija Tigers handed 10-man Għajnsielem a 3-0 defeat on the last day of the regular season to force a decider for the top honour in Gozitan football. The title match is scheduled for May 8 at the Gozo Stadium. The clash between the two major...

  • Ħamrun, Valletta vie for top honour

    Valletta and Ħamrun Spartans will be engaged in a nailbiting duel for the title as they play the first game of the best-of-three play-off final series this evening at the Corradino Pavilion (kick-off 20.00). Ħamrun Spartans, who have won 16 out of...

  • Football news

    Chelsea clinched the FA Youth Cup for the third straight year with a 3-1 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Goals from Dujon Sterling, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori saw the Blues ease to a 4-2 aggregate victory after...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ings: Liverpool will pay Burnley £6.5 million for striker Danny Ings – a new record for a fee ordered by a tribunal. The figure eclipses the £3.5 million sum Chelsea had to pay Manchester City in 2009 for forward Daniel Sturridge – coincidentally...

  • Let’s get ready to rumble at Bernabeu, says City’s Hart

    Let’s get ready to rumble at Bernabeu, says City’s Hart

    Manchester City are set up to land Real Madrid a knockout blow at the Bernabeu next week and earn a place in the Champions League final, Joe Hart said after his saves helped earn a 0-0 draw in Tuesday’s first leg. The England keeper produced two...

  • Stripes to meet Sliema in clash of thoroughbreds

    Stripes to meet Sliema in clash of thoroughbreds

    The thoroughbreds and newcomers were kept apart in the FA Trophy semi-final draw yesterday as holders Birkirkara will meet 20-time cup winners Sliema Wanderers while Balzan were paired with Pembroke Athleta in a clash between two clubs who have...

  • Vassallo urges fans to keep emotions in check

    Vassallo urges fans to keep emotions in check

    Bjorn Vassallo, the Malta FA general secretary, said the high level of interest generated by the events and controversies surrounding the FA Trophy quarter-finals and BOV Premier League title race attest to the enduring popularity of local...

  • Fenech, Temile out of Balzan-Birkirkara clash tomorrow

    Balzan midfielder Paul Fenech and Frank Temile, the Birkirkara winger, will play no part in their teams’ final league game tomorrow after being handed a one-match ban yesterday. Fenech and Temile collected their fourth yellow card in last...

  • Infantino takes vision of new FIFA to Asia

    Infantino takes vision of new FIFA to Asia

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino dangled the carrot of more World Cup spots for Asia during a visit to Seoul yesterday. Infantino, who arrived in South Korea earlier in the day to meet with sponsors Hyundai Motor Group, said his visit was aimed at...

  • Villarreal out to banish curse

    Villarreal out to banish curse

    If Villarreal reach their first European final at the fourth attempt it will be because of a carefully cultivated blend of home-grown players and intelligent purchases. No one believes they have an easy task in their Europa league semi-final...

  • Head of UK police force suspended

    Head of UK police force suspended

    The head of the British police force accused of covering up failings that led to the death of 96 fans at the Hillsborough stadium in 1989 was suspended yesterday. The suspension of Chief Constable David Crompton, of South Yorkshire Police, came a...

  • Stripes take league by storm

    Stripes take league by storm

    Although the first team founded in Birkirkara was way back in 1916, the first side to play competitive football was Birkirkara Juventus in season 1933-34. As far as we know, Birkirkara Juventus were only active for one year. Having finished last...

  • Neymar Jr’s Five finalists off to Brazil

    Neymar Jr’s Five finalists off to Brazil

    Banter Lads are the local winners of the Neymar Jr’s Five tournament, the global competition from Red Bull, inspired by the Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar Jr. The Banter Lads will now travel to Brazil to represent the country along with 40 other...

  • Football news

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned for the final three matches of the Primera Division season after he was sent to the stands during his side’s win over Malaga. The Argentinian was dismissed after an extra ball was thrown onto the...