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  • Europa League: Birkirkara suffer heavy defeat in third round

    Europa League: Birkirkara suffer heavy defeat in third round

    BIRKIRKARA 0 FC KRASNODAR 3 Granqvist 45, Smolov 75 pen, Joaozinho 89 Birkirkara suffered a heavy defeat in the third round of the Europa League at the hands of their much-quoted opponents FC Krasnodar.   Drazen Besek’s gallant troop did not only...

  • Tough Krasnodar test up next for Besek’s Birkirkara

    Tough Krasnodar test up next for Besek’s Birkirkara

    Birkirkara are wary of the tough task they face to extend an extra-ordinary run in the Europa League this summer by another round as they host Russian side Krasnodar at the Hibs Stadium today (kick-off: 7.30pm). The Stripes wrote history in the...

  • Dardai hopes Ibisevic is fired up for Hertha

    Dardai hopes Ibisevic is fired up for Hertha

    Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai is pinning his hopes on a hungry and vengeful Vedad Ibisevic when his side make their return to European club competition action tonight. Hertha are back on the European stage after a six-year absence with a Europa...

  • Arsenal on the hunt for defender after Mertesacker injury

    Arsene Wenger admits Per Mertesacker’s knee injury means Arsenal are back in the market for another defender. The 31-year-old Germany international suffered the problem in Friday’s pre-season draw with Lens and did not travel with the squad for...

  • Blue plaque honour for hero Moore

    The house where England’s World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore lived when he first learnt his craft has been commemorated with a National Heritage plaque. Moore became the first footballer to receive a blue sign outside his childhood home days...

  • Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target, says Zidane

    Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target, says Zidane

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club. Reports in England and Spain linked Rodriguez, who joined Real...

  • Ex-German FA chief Niersbach to challenge FIFA ban

    Former German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach will appeal against a one-year ban by world soccer’s governing body FIFA, he said yesterday. FIFA’s Ethics Committee banned Niersbach on Monday for failing to report potential...

  • Besiktas eye move for Balotelli

    Besiktas could offer Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli a route out of Anfield after their president expressed a desire to sign the Italy international. Fikret Orman believes the 25-year-old, who did not travel with the Reds for their tour of the...

  • Lazio sign striker Immobile from Seville

    Italian side Lazio have signed striker Ciro Immobile from Spain’s Seville, both clubs said yesterday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but according to reports, the Stadio Olimpico club are paying €8.5m to secure the 26-year-old’s...

  • Citizens take sweet revenge

    Citizens take sweet revenge

    When in May 1978, Valletta met Floriana in the FA Trophy final they had an axe to grind. This was the fourth meeting between the two rivals that season and, to the Citizens’ obvious discomfort, Floriana won the first three. Valletta had already...

  • Messi goes blond for the new season

    Messi goes blond for the new season

    Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (right) controls the ball during pre-season training at the St George’s Park National Football Centre, England. With a new La Liga season set to begin next month, Messi has adopted a fresh new look and joined a growing...

  • Psaila upbeat about new Luxol project in the south

    Psaila upbeat about new Luxol project in the south

    Pippo Psaila, sports director of the Luxol St Andrew’s youth sector, has described the partnership agreement with the Sta Luċija FC nursery as an excellent opportunity for young players from the other side of the island to further their...

  • Football news

    Teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution during extra-time in the final three rounds of next season’s FA Cup. The FA is trialling a new format which will see teams who have made all three changes during the 90 minutes of a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Smith: Australia international left-back Brad Smith has joined Bournemouth from Liverpool on a four-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported that Bournemouth had paid three million pounds for the...

  • Juve sign Higuain for €90m

    Juve sign Higuain for €90m

    Juventus have signed Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for €90 million, the third highest transfer fee ever paid. “I can confirm that the contract has been deposited with the League and the deal has been done,” Napoli spokesman Nicola...

  • Spanish chief Villar to seek RFEF re-election if his UEFA bid fails

    Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar said he plans to seek re-election to his country’s governing body later this year if he fails in a bid to become UEFA president. Villar has been acting head of the European soccer...

  • Police detain Red Star fans over violence

    Bulgarian police detained 45 Red Star Belgrade fans in connection with violence before their Champions League’s third qualifying match’s first leg at Ludogorets yesterday. Skirmishes broke out in the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach and two police...

  • FA chief plays down chance of a winter break until 2019

    FA chief plays down chance of a winter break until 2019

    A winter break in the Premier League season is not feasible until the current three-year television rights deal is completed in 2019, the English FA chief executive Martin Glenn has said. Newly appointed England manager Sam Allardyce, in his first...

  • Everton need time to learn Koeman’s tactics – Coleman

    Everton need time to learn Koeman’s tactics – Coleman

    Everton will need time to familiarise themselves with new manager Ronald Koeman’s style of play after the Dutchman replaced Roberto Martinez in the close season, right-back Seamus Coleman has said. Martinez’s three-year tenure at the Merseyside...

  • Ghedin heartened by Maltese clubs’ upward trend in Europe

    Ghedin heartened by Maltese clubs’ upward trend in Europe

    With the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign fast coming into view, the performances of the Maltese clubs in Europe this summer have lifted the spirits of national coach Pietro Ghedin. The Italian is hopeful that the feelgood factor...