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  • Dalli scores winner for Senglea

    Senglea Athletic 2Żebbuġ Rangers 1 A Ryan Dalli goal seven minutes from time gave Senglea an important victory in their quest to stay in the promotion hunt. Żebbuġ started well and a fine effort by Christian Carl Pace finished just wide. Pace...

  • The Premier League has a new king of cool

    The Premier League has a new king of cool

    If there were an award for coolest manager in the Premier League, then Jose Mourinho would undoubtedly have several extra trophies on his mantelpiece. Love him or loathe him, you have to admit the man oozes charm, even on those occasions when he...

  • Thirteen European FAs pledge FIFA backing to Infantino

    The football association chiefs of 13 European countries that met in Belgrade yesterday have pledged unanimous support to Gianni Infantino in his bid to become FIFA president, the Serbian FA (FSS) said in a statement. “Unified and unanimous...

  • Bor. Dortmund keep up the chase

    Borussia Dortmund kept up the chase on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich when a moment of inspiration from Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 1-0 win over stubborn Hanover yesterday. At the other end of the table, Julian Nagelsmann, at 28 the...

  • Hard man Ivanov, 50, dies after heart attack

    Former hard-man defender Trifon Ivanov, who was instrumental in helping Bulgaria reach the 1994 World Cup semi-finals, died yesterday at the age of 50 after suffering a heart attack. The Bulgarian Football Union announced the death of Ivanov who...

  • Football news

    Former West Ham and Wales midfielder Jack Collison is retiring from football at the age 27 due to injury. After making 121 appearances during an injury-hit time with the Hammers, the midfielder moved to Peterborough in the summer hoping to...

  • Sporting briefs

    Buffon: Juventus and Italy veteran Gianluigi Buffon has been voted the greatest goalkeeper of all time by France Football readers. Buffon, 38, led the poll with 44 per cent of the votes. He finished ahead of Frenchman Fabien Barthez (17 per cent),...

  • Valletta ease past Qormi

    Valletta ease past Qormi

    Valletta completed their second round commitments in winning fashion after overcoming lowly Qormi 2-0 at the Hibs Stadium. As expected it was Valletta who made all the early running and on 18 minutes Rafael Ledesma received the ball from a short...

  • St Andrew’s frustrate Tarxien

    St Andrew’s frustrate Tarxien

    St Andrew’s and Tarxien Rainbows took a point each in a 1-1 draw at the Hibs Stadium. The Saints threatened after two minutes when from a free-kick action, Jonatan Perez Cuestra’s curling drive finished just over. The Spanish midfielder threatened...

  • Mosta stage thrilling comeback

    MOSTA 3 (Mensah 14, Ekani 82, Mensah 90) PEMBROKE ATHLETA 3 (Villalobos 26 pen, O’Brien 28, Laudisi 36) Mosta staged a thrilling comeback as two stoppage-time goals gave them a well-earned draw against Pembroke who had been 3-1 up with only nine...

  • Manchester Utd lose to lowly Sunderland

    Manchester Utd lose to lowly Sunderland

    Lamine Kone's powerful header helped Sunderland to a vital Barclays Premier League victory over Manchester United to rekindle their survival hopes and pile the pressure on Louis van Gaal. The January signing from French side Lorient powered Wahbi...

  • Bulgaria defender Ivanov dies, aged 50

    Bulgaria defender Ivanov dies, aged 50

    Former hard-man defender Trifon Ivanov, who was instrumental in helping Bulgaria reach the 1994 World Cup semi-finals, died today, aged 50. The former footballer suffered a heart attack. The centre-back's playing career included spells at CSKA...

  • Dzeko ends goal drought as revived Roma rise to third

    Dzeko ends goal drought as revived Roma rise to third

    Edin Dzeko ended a barren scoring run as he and Mohamed Salah struck in the last six minutes to give revived AS Roma a 3-1 win at Carpi in Serie A last night. Roma, who have come back to life since Luciano Spalletti replaced Rudi Garcia as coach...

  • Keeper Haber in line to make Hibs squad

    Keeper Haber in line to make Hibs squad

    The pressure is on Birkirkara to keep the pace with the front-runners when they take on Hibs in their final second-round game tomorrow. A 1-0 defeat to Balzan left Birkirkara eight points off the pace but, with points being halved at the start of...

  • Focus on other matches

    Tarxien Rainbows will fancy their chances of completing their second-round commitments with a win but they are unlikely to underestimate a rejuvenated St Andrew’s team. The Rainbows come into the match in high spirits after trouncing Qormi 4-0 but...

  • Valcke handed 12-year ban by the FIFA ethics committee

    Valcke handed 12-year ban by the FIFA ethics committee

    Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke became the latest high-profile soccer official to be kicked out of the sport when he was banned for 12 years yesterday after causing “considerable financial damage” to its scandal-plagued governing...

  • San Ġwann revive hopes of avoiding relegation

    Vittoriosa Stars 1San Gwann 2 San Ġwann have given their hopes of retaining their Division One status a boost when they beat Vittoriosa Stars, yesterday. Goalkeeper Matthew Towns turned out to be the Saints hero after he saved a Steven Meilaq...

  • Rampant Foxes visit Arsenal

    Rampant Foxes visit Arsenal

    The neutral fans are favouring Leicester City for the Premier League crown and the Foxes have another hard nut to crack this weekend as they visit Arsenal. With 13 matches to go, Leicester are five points clear at the top of the standings after a...

  • Guardiola relaxed about Ancelotti’s visit to Munich

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he has not met up with his successor Carlo Ancelotti, who has been spotted in the city. Ancelotti will replace Guardiola when he moves to Manchester City in the summer and the Italian has spent the last few...

  • Spain’s player of the month award is a first for Messi

    Lionel Messi has been named Spain’s La Liga player of the month for January – the first time he has won the award. The award has been given out since the beginning of the 2013-14 La Liga season, but the five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner had not...

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