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  • Coach Zammit hints at crunch talks over Birkirkara future

    Coach Zammit hints at crunch talks over Birkirkara future

    All’s well that ends well. That’s certainly how all those connected to Birkirkara felt on Saturday evening after the Stripes put on a spirited showing to capture their fifth FA Trophy success after overpowering champions Hibernians 2-0, courtesy...

  • ‘Malta FA took precautionary measures’

    The spectre of illegal betting and match-fixing marred the build-up to the Premier League relegation/promotion play-off between Mosta and Division One side Gżira United, it has emerged. The Malta FA yesterday revealed that they had adopted a...

  • Hull go down as Newcastle survive

    Hull go down as Newcastle survive

    Hull City were relegated and Newcastle survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season yesterday while West Ham United announced that manager Sam Allardyce’s contract was not being renewed at Upton Park. While the spotlight...

  • Verona’s Toni, 37, goes top of Serie A scoring chart

    Verona’s Toni, 37, goes top of Serie A scoring chart

    Luca Toni went top of the Serie A scoring chart two days before his 38th birthday when he netted twice in Verona’s 2-2 draw away to Parma yesterday. With one round of matches of the season to play, the former Italy striker, who is at his 14th club...

  • ‘Mountain goat’ Blatter keeps going and going

    Sepp Blatter, who is expected to be re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, likened himself to a Swiss mountain goat yesterday, famed for their stubborn endurance. Blatter will face a challenge for the presidency from Jordanian...

  • Darmstadt back in Bundesliga

    Darmstadt back in Bundesliga

    Darmstadt 98 will return to the Bundesliga after a 33-year absence after a 1-0 win over St Pauli secured a second-place finish in the second division following the final round of matches yesterday. The lilies, who were only promoted to the second...

  • Five-star Celtic end season with a bang

    Five-star Celtic end season with a bang

    Celtic began their title-winning party after a Stefan Scepovic double helped them to an easy 5-0 win over a weakened Inverness side at Parkhead yesterday. The Serbian striker opened the scoring from inches out in the fifth minute before returning...

  • Real heavyweight Ronaldo backs coach Ancelotti

    Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled strong support for coach Carlo Ancelotti and sent a clear message to club president Florentino Perez that he does not want the Italian to be sacked. Perez is expected to make Ancelotti the...

  • Football news

    Stuttgart’s director of sport Robin Dutt has confirmed that Huub Stevens will not be remaining in charge of the club next season. For the second year running, Stevens was appointed during the season, and once again he has succeeded in keeping them...

  • Sporting briefs

    Falcao: Radamel Falcao has been told he will not be coming back to Manchester United next season. United won a hotly-contested race to sign the Colombia striker on loan from Monaco last summer, but he has scored just four goals in 29 appearances...

  • Updated: Viola edge out Palermo

    Fiorentina qualified for the Europa League by holding Palermo at bay to win 3-2 at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. Early goals from Josip Ilicic and Alberto Gilardino sandwiched a Mato Jajalo strike for Palermo, meaning the visitors controlled fifth...

  • Hull relegated as Newcastle survive on final day of drama

    Hull relegated as Newcastle survive on final day of drama

    Hull City were relegated and Newcastle United survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season. Newcastle's 2-0 win over West Ham United at a raucous St James' Park where Moussa Sissoko scored after 54 minutes and Jonas...

  • Tenacious Stripes hit Hibs with double blow

    Tenacious Stripes hit Hibs with double blow

    Hibernians 0Birkirkara 2Mazzetti 28; Ledesma 69; Birkirkara came good when it mattered most. Taking on the erstwhile irrepressible Hibernians who had lost only one match on their way to winning the league title, Birkirkara were all too aware that...

  • I would never choose to leave Chelsea – Mourinho

    I would never choose to leave Chelsea – Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would not choose to leave the club he has just steered to another Premier League title but he is prepared to manage another English team, the Portuguese coach said. Mourinho, 52, said in an interview that having come...

  • Which team is going to be saved on Survival Sunday?

    Which team is going to be saved on Survival Sunday?

    As the Premier League grinds to a halt this afternoon there is going to be a severe fingernail shortage in Hull and Newcastle. We know who has won the title and we know who is going to be strutting their stuff in the Champions League next season.

  • Veteran duo eyed for England roles

    Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to take on coaching roles with England when they finish their spells in the US. After 37 years’ collective service, Gerrard and Lampard will play their final games in the Premier League this...

  • Well prepare for Gers test

    Motherwell’s defensive fringe players fared better than their attacking colleagues in their quest to work their way into Ian Baraclough’s play-off plans after the relegation-threatened Steelmen played out a goalless draw with Partick Thistle,...

  • Hamburg snatch relegation play-off

    Hamburg snatch relegation play-off

    Former European champions Hamburg beat Schalke 2-0 yesterday to avoid direct relegation from the Bundesliga and snatch a play-off spot for the second consecutive year as Paderborn and Freiburg went down. Surprise package Augsburg secured fifth...

  • Bianconeri celebrate

    Bianconeri celebrate

    Juventus won their final home game of the season against Napoli in an atmosphere of celebration and tribute, yesterday. Massimiliano Allegri’s side paraded the Coppa Italia before the game and were presented with the Serie A trophy after it, while...

  • Atl. Madrid and Valencia secure Liga top-four spots

    Atl. Madrid and Valencia secure Liga top-four spots

    Atletico Madrid secured a berth in the Champions League group stage for next season and Deportivo La Coruna narrowly escaped relegation when they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at champions Barcelona on the final day of La Liga...

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