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  • We need points not just good showings, says Schembri

    We need points not just good showings, says Schembri

    With 67 caps under his belt, Andrè Schembri is one of the senior members of the national squad. A minor injury restricted him to a cameo appearance in Malta’s last Euro 2016 Group H qualifier, a 1-0 home defeat to Bulgaria in June, but Schembri is...

  • Vella earns late call-up to replace injured Grima

    Vella earns late call-up to replace injured Grima

    Balzan captain Dylan Grima has pulled out of the Malta squad for tomorrow’s Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Italy after suffering a knee injury during training yesterday. Forward Terence Vella, who completed a deadline-day loan move from...

  • Germany all out to avenge Poland loss, says Schweinsteiger

    Germany all out to avenge Poland loss, says Schweinsteiger

    World Cup winners Germany will be looking to make amends for their Euro 2016 qualifying defeat to Poland last year when the two sides meet again in Frankfurt on Friday in order to heave their qualification campaign back on track. The Germans...

  • Wales and Cyprus believe their long wait can end

    Wales and Cyprus have always finished among the also-rans in the qualifiers for the Euro Championship but when they meet in Nicosia tomorrow both will be hoping to take another step towards ending their long wait for a place in a major finals. A...

  • United hit back at Real over failed De Gea deal

    United hit back at Real over failed De Gea deal

    Real Madrid and Manchester United have blamed each other over the failure to tie up Spain goalkeeper David De Gea‘s move to the capital before Monday’s midnight transfer deadline. The deal, which included Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas moving to...

  • Man. Utd complete move for teenager Martial

    Manchester United have completed the signing of Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year deal, the Premier League club said yesterday. The transfer fee was undisclosed but British media reports have estimated it to be around £36 million. Having...

  • Chelsea land Nantes defender Djilobodji as Stones bid fails

    Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji has signed a four-year deal with Chelsea, Nantes have announced. The Premier League champions made their move for the 27-year-old after seeing their overtures for Everton’s John Stones repeatedly rebuffed. Chelsea...

  • Italian teams face uphill task in Europe

    Italian teams face uphill task in Europe

    Italian clubs were off to a tough start in Euro club competitions this season. Sampdoria were knocked out of the Europa League by Serbians Vojvodina and Lazio got eliminated from the Champions League by a superior Bayer Leverkusen side in the...

  • Knee surgery for Strootman

    Knee surgery for Strootman

    Injured Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman announced he be sidelined until the new year after undergoing knee surgery. The Netherlands international has not featured for Roma since January 25. He was expected to be fit for the start of the season...

  • Fiorentina let Joaquin return to Real Betis

    Spanish winger Joaquin said it was “a dream come true” after completing his return to Real Betis, yesterday. The 34-year-old joins from Fiorentina, nine years after leaving Betis to move to Valencia. The former Spain international had one year...

  • Football news

    Sunderland have allowed Italy winger Emanuele Giaccherini to join newly-promoted Serie A side Bologna on a season-long loan. The 30-year-old joined the Black Cats from Juventus in July 2013 and made 24 Premier League appearances during his first...

  • Sporting briefs

    Kemen: Newcastle United midfielder Olivier Kemen has joined Olympique Lyonnais on a four-year contract. Lyon said they had agreed to pay an initial fee of €750,000 for the 19-year-old Frenchman. Newcastle are entitled to a percentage of any fee if...

  • Juventus suffer side effects of dismantling winning team

    Juventus suffer side effects of dismantling winning team

    Juventus appear to be suffering from a predictable early-season slump in the wake of a summer spent fumbling around the transfer market in a bid to rebuild a team that had grown to dominate Serie A. Juve have captured four straight league titles,...

  • Roma’s Garcia hails collective effort

    Roma coach Rudi Garcia ap-plauded his players as they beat Juve 2-1 to clinch their first win of the season following a 1-1 draw at Bologna in the first week. “This is the Roma that I wanted,” Garcia said. “It’s the Roma that produced great...

  • Paris St Germain’s Cavani delighted with brace

    Paris St Germain’s Cavani delighted with brace

    Edinson Cavani revelled in his match-winning performance at Monaco after steering Paris SG clear at the top of Ligue 1. The Uruguayan striker missed a series of first-half chances but was deadly accurate after the break, heading the opener in the...

  • Wolfsburg land Draxler from Schalke

    Wolfsburg land Draxler from Schalke

    Wolfsburg have confirmed the signing of Julian Draxler from Schalke for a fee believed to be in excess of €30 million. The 21-year-old midfielder will fill the void left by the sale of Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City on Sunday. The move comes...

  • Borg targets bold Malta display in Italy qualifier

    Borg targets bold Malta display in Italy qualifier

    Two months after completing his move to Cypriot club Aris Limassol, Steve Borg is back on home turf to gear up for Malta’s upcoming Euro 2016 Group H qualifiers against Italy on Thursday and Azerbaijan three days later. Although these are still...

  • Grima, Mifsud Triganza get Ghedin go-ahead

    Grima, Mifsud Triganza get Ghedin go-ahead

    Balzan captain Dylan Grima and Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza, the Valletta striker, have been named in Malta’s 23-man squad for the Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Italy on Thursday. With the Maltese contingent due to jet out to Italy early...

  • BOV Premier League

    BOV Premier League

    Scorers and red cards BalzanVujacic; Mensha; Zarate. BirkirkaraMiccoli 2; Plut; Sciberras; Fenech; Vukanac. FlorianaBonnici; Villa (pen). Red card: Pepe (vs Hibernians). HiberniansJorginho; Failla (pen); Dias. Red card: Lima (vs...

  • Denni completes Hibernians switch

    Denni Rocha dos Santos’s return to the Maltese Premier League was finally confirmed after the Brazilian forward completed a move to champions Hibernians on deadline day, yesterday. The 33-year-old forward has agreed to put pen to paper on a...