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  • Sam Allardyce resigns as Crystal Palace manager

    Sam Allardyce resigns as Crystal Palace manager

    Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has quit the Premier League club five months after being appointed to the post and said in a statement last night that he was leaving football management. Allardyce, 62, kept Palace in the top flight after...

  • Bielsa takes over at Lille

    Lille have announced the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new manager. The 61-year-old has signed a two-year contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and will replace interim boss Franck Passi. Passi took over from Patrick Collot in February but...

  • French officers raid PSG players homes

    French anti-corruption police searched the homes of Paris Saint-Germain footballers Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore as well as the club’s offices yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged financial offences, a source close to the probe...

  • Former Barca chief Rosell arrested in graft investigation

    Former Barca chief Rosell arrested in graft investigation

    Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested in Spain as part of a multi-national investigation into alleged money-laundering. In a joint operation, Spain’s national police and civil guard raided several addresses in Andorra and...

  • Brazilian police arrest presidential aide in 2014 WCup probe

    Brazilian police yesterday said that they arrested a presidential aide and two ex-governors as part of an investigation into the 2014 World Cup’s most expensive stadium, another black eye for the country’s political establishment that adds...

  • Maltese referees attending UEFA course in Nyon

    Referee Matthew De Gabriele, and assistant referees Theodore Zammit and Dusan Petrovic, are in in Nyon to take part in UEFA’s CORE educational programme. The course, now in its seventh edition, is aimed at young officials with potential...

  • Keeper Sultana is GFA player of year

    Keeper Sultana is  GFA player of year

    The Gozo FA honoued its leading performers throughout the 2016/17 season during a gala night earlier this month. The governing body presented 21 awards that catered for all competitions organised by the governing body including the GFA women’s...

  • People of Manchester will pull together, says Mourinho

    People of Manchester will pull together, says Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho says the “hearts and minds” of everyone at Manchester United are with those affected by the horrific attack that killed 22 people and injured many more. An explosion rocked the city on Monday evening when a bomb was let off at the...

  • United’s financial muscle may prove too much for Ajax

    United’s financial muscle may prove too much for Ajax

    Manchester United and Ajax will both have a chance to burnish their proud European traditions and finish the season on a high note as they meet in the final of the Europa League in Stockholm tonight (kick-off: 20.45). The game pits the financial...

  • Football News

    Arsenal majority owner Stan Kroenke’s KSE (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment) UK Inc said yesterday its shares in the Premier League club were not for sale after media reports that the club’s second-largest investor had made an offer to buy out...

  • Works begin on new pitch at Centenary Stadium

    Works begin on new pitch at Centenary Stadium

    Works on the installation of a new FIFA-quality pro pitch at the Centenary Stadium began this week, marking the commencement of another infrastructural project at an estimated cost of €400,000, the Malta Football Association said this...

  • Sporting briefs

    DOLLS ON THE PITCH: An Argentine first division match between Rosario Central and Racing was briefly halted on Sunday after the home fans showered the pitch with dolls wearing the shirts of their arch rivals. Central fans threw dozens of baby...

  • Real title leaves ‘an incredible feeling’ for Zidane

    Real title leaves ‘an incredible feeling’ for Zidane

    Zinedine Zidane declared that leading Real Madrid to their first La Liga title in five years, and 33rd overall, was one of the happiest days of his glittering sporting career. Real beat Malaga 2-0 on the final day of the season on Sunday to finish...

  • Argentine Bielsa to start work with Lille

    Marcelo Bielsa has arrived in France to take up his new post as coach of Lille. The vastly experienced Argentinian, 61, has agreed a two-year deal with Les Dogues and will be unveiled to the media this afternoon. He flew into France yesterday and...

  • Inconsistency cost Barca says coach Luis Enrique

    Inconsistency cost Barca says coach Luis Enrique

    Barcelona’s inconsistency over the season had cost them the La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique has said. A second half comeback from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season proved futile as Real beat Malaga 2-0 to end a...

  • Reynolds, McLean in Scotland squad for England clash

    Aberdeen pair Mark Reynolds and Kenny McLean have earned recalls to the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifier against England. The uncapped Jamie Murphy is also back in Gordon Strachan’s group after helping Brighton win promotion to the...

  • Kane wants 100 goals by end of next season

    Kane wants 100 goals by end of next season

    Tottenham Hotspur’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane had not even finished this season’s work when he set his next target—reaching 100 league goals by the end of next season. Kane racked up a second hat-trick of the week away to Hull City in Spurs’...

  • Guardiola eyes improvement after first English season

    Manchester City are already working on how they can improve next season after sealing a spot in the Champions League, manager Pep Guardiola said as he mulled over potential targets in the transfer window. City secured a top-four finish for the...

  • How Herrera became unlikely leader of Mourinho’s United

    How Herrera became unlikely leader of Mourinho’s United

    Ander Herrera attracted admiration from the last four Manchester United managers, from being man-marked by Alex Ferguson to being scouted by David Moyes and signed by Louis Van Gaal, but it is under Jose Mourinho that the little Spaniard has truly...

  • Ajax – a selling club despite windfall

    Ajax – a selling club despite windfall

    Ajax Amsterdam can expect a big windfall from its Europa League final against Manchester United tomorrow but any thought it could prove the start of a dynasty to rival their all-conquering team of the 1970s will be quashed by contemporary...