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  • Manchester City exit League Cup to resurgent Newcastle

    Manchester City exit League Cup to resurgent Newcastle

    Manchester City suffered a shock League Cup defeat at the hands of a reinvigorated Newcastle United, who reached the quarter-finals with a superb 2-0 away win that left the holders nursing the wounds of a bruising past eight days. Newcastle's...

  • Dramatic first defeat for Juve, Roma beat Cesena

    Dramatic first defeat for Juve, Roma beat Cesena

    Luca Antonini scored deep into stoppage-time as Genoa spoiled Gianluigi Buffon’s 500th appearance for Juventus with a 1-0 win at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, yesterday. The 36-year-old goalkeeper was wearing a special armband to commemorate the...

  • Newcastle handed Spurs trip in League Cup QFs

    Newcastle will head to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the League Cup after dumping holders Manchester City out of the competition with a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, yesterday. Rolando Aarons and substitute Moussa Sissoko got the goals...

  • Balotelli hopes goal may ‘finally’ open Liverpool floodgates

    Balotelli hopes goal may ‘finally’ open Liverpool floodgates

    After going six weeks without a goal Mario Balotelli was mightily relieved to “finally” regain his scoring touch against Swansea City and save Liverpool from a League Cup fourth-round exit. The Italy striker, who had previously netted once in 11...

  • Drogba is proving why he is a Special One, says Mourinho

    Some Chelsea fans thought manager Jose Mourinho had taken leave of his senses when he decided to bring the ageing Didier Drogba back to the club in the close season. There was a feeling that the 36-year-old Ivorian was well past his best and that...

  • Ħamrun Spartans made to pay €28,180 in legal expenses

    Ħamrun Spartans made to pay €28,180 in legal expenses

    The Sylvano Comvalius case stirred controversy once again during yesterday’s MFA council meeting after club delegates approved the Executive Committee decision that ordered Ħamrun Spartans to pay €28,180 in legal expenses. The matter was put for...

  • Mosta’s Grech gets three-match suspension

    Mosta FC midfielder Ryan Grech was yesterday banned for three matches by the Malta Football Association Disciplinary Commissioner following a red card incurred in a weekend BOV Premier League match against Floriana. Grech was sent off 19 minutes...

  • Bayern Munich remain keen on Marco Reus

    Bayern Munich remain keen on Marco Reus

    Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has reaffirmed his club’s interest in signing Marco Reus from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Reus can leave the Westphalians for a set fee, reported by Bayern to be €25...

  • Micallef reaches his peak with Sliema

    Micallef reaches his peak with Sliema

    Tall and well-built, Leli Micallef was one of the best central defenders of his era. He started his career as a striker before he was successfully converted into a defender. Born in Birkirkara on August 21, 1945, Micallef kicked his first ball at...

  • Rooney edges closer to breaking England goal-scoring record

    Rooney edges closer to breaking England goal-scoring record

    Wayne Rooney is chasing records and could shortly establish himself as the most decorated player in English football history. Against Slovenia next month he is expected to win his 100th cap for the national team, putting him in prime position to...

  • Swansea talking to possible investors

    Swansea City have held talks with potential investors who could buy a minority share interest in the club. The Premier League club said in a statement they had spoken to “a number of parties” as they seek financing for planned expansion of the...

  • Football results

    English League Cup, last 16: Man. City vs Newcastle 0-2; Stoke City vs Southampton 2-3; Tottenham vs Brighton 2-0. Scottish League Cup QFs: Aberdeen vs Hamilton 1-0; Celtic vs Partick 6-0; Hibernian vs Dundee Utd 3-3 ( Dundee Utd win 7-6 on...

  • Football news

    National coach Luboslav Penev has received the backing of Bulgaria’s authorities despite growing criticism over a poor start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Former Bulgaria striker Penev, one of the country’s soccer icons, has been under the...

  • Sporting briefs

    New contract: Leicester midfielder Andy King celebrated his 26th birthday by signing a new four-year contract at the club. King joined Leicester in 2004 and rose through the youth ranks before making his full debut in 2007. The Wales...

  • Germany dominate list

    Germany dominate list

    Germany dominated the FIFA Player of the Year shortlist, with six nominees among the 23 candidates announced yesterday, while the 10-man coaching shortlist was full of anomalies and controversy. Juergen Klinsmann was included among the coaches...

  • CSKA Moscow have UEFA suspension modified on appeal

    UEFA yesterday modified CSKA Moscow’s punishment for trouble by their fans at their Champions League match away to Roma on appeal. CSKA were originally ordered to play their next three European home games behind closed doors after incidents...

  • Ronaldo scoops major awards

    Ronaldo scoops major awards

    Cristiano Ronaldo edged out Lionel Messi to be crowned the Primera Division’s Best Player for 2013-14 at Monday night’s LFP awards ceremony. The Real Madrid star, who also scooped the FIFA Ballon d’Or ahead of Messi this year, picked up awards for...

  • Buffon set for 500thJuve appearance

    Buffon set for 500thJuve appearance

    Juventus are eager to secure victory in Genoa that would suitably commemorate the achievements of veteran Gianluigi Buffon on his 500th appearance for the Turin club, today. Buffon, now 36, supported Genoa as a boy but has since won five Serie A...

  • Greco replaces Zammit at struggling Żebbuġ Rangers

    Greco replaces Zammit at struggling Żebbuġ Rangers

    Alfonso Greco is back in club management after less than a month of inactivity following his appointment as new coach of Premier League strugglers Żebbuġ Rangers. On Monday, former coach Jesmond Zammit offered his resignation following the team’s...

  • Russia and Ukraine might be kept apart

    Russia and Ukraine might be kept apart

    Russia and Ukraine might be put into different groups at the 2018 World Cup finals if the Ukrainians qualify and relations between the two countries do not improve, FIFA said yesterday. However, FIFA denied a comment attributed to president Sepp...

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