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  • Rabat no match for Floriana

    FLORIANA 2 RABAT AJAX 1 Floriana cemented their position at the top of the relegation pool with a comfortable win over Rabat Ajax. The match was a one-sided affair with Floriana creating a string of goal scoring opportunities in both halves with...

  • Thank you Moyes - Malta FF

    A group of Maltese football fans will fly a sarcastic banner thanking former Manchester United manager David Moyes for his poor stint at the helm of the club. The banner, reading: “Thank you Moyes- Malta FF”, will be flown over the Old Trafford...

  • BOV Premier League: Valletta, Birkirkara geared up for title showdown

    Champions Birkirkara and Valletta are in high spirits ahead of Saturday’s title showdown at the National Stadium which will decide which team will be crowned as Malta champions for 2013-2014 season. Birkirkara are on pole to retain the crown as...

  • Benzema puts Real in charge

    Real Madrid moved a step closer to a first Champions League final appearance in 12 years when a Karim Benzema strike gave the record nine-times winners a 1-0 win at home to holders Bayern Munich last night. Bayern dominated possession in the...

  • Atletico need Costa inspiration in London

    Atletico Madrid failed to breach Chelsea’s wall of resistance at the Calderon and they will now hope for more from their leading marksman Diego Costa in the decisive return leg of their Champions League semi-final tie in London. Costa’s goals have...

  • All-Spanish semi-final shows quality remains in debt-ridden La Liga

    Despite having lost key players this season Sevilla and Valencia go head-to-head in their Europa League semi-final today, underlining the enduring quality of La Liga compared to the continent’s wealthier leagues. In tonight’s other semi-final,...

  • Zammit, Paus in a battle of wits

    Saturday’s showdown between Birkirkara and Valletta is an enticing collision between the two heavyweights of Maltese football. Kevin Azzopardi outlines some key areas that could decide the title clash. Work ethic • Paul Zammit has essentially kept...

  • Mosta and Sliema eye fourth spot

    Mosta and Sliema Wanderers will end their tussle for fourth spot in the Premier League standings today as the final programme of the campaign gets underway in three different venues. Fourth place could mean European football for Mosta if...

  • Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man. United opportunity

    Sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Alex Ferguson yesterday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club. In a statement issued through the League Manager’s Association (LMA), the Scot spoke...

  • Barcelona transfer ban lifted pending appeal

    Barcelona’s ban from transfer market activity, due to last until the end of next season, has been temporarily lifted after the Spanish club appealed the decision, FIFA said yesterday. FIFA’s Appeal Committee said it had granted Barcelona the...

  • Chelsea trio charged after Sunderland defeat

    Chelsea were hit with disciplinary action by the English FA yesterday as manager Jose Mourinho, midfielder Ramires and coach Rui Faria were charged following last week’s Premier League home defeat against Sunderland. Ramires, who could now miss...

  • Bayern Munich say ties with rivals Dortmund have frozen

    Relations between league champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who face each other in next month’s German Cup final, have become frozen over a bitter row stemming from a decade-old loan, the Bavarian club’s CEO said yesterday. The sides...

  • Traffic incident ends Sammut’s bright career at the Wanderers

    On November 11, 1943 football fans all over the island heard in dismay that Salvu Sammut, better known as ‘l-Għarawri’ in local football circles, had crashed into a car while cycling back from work down Paola Hill. He was rushed to hospital...

  • Leighton Baines... Everton’s main man in defence

    Leighton Baines has been one of the most influential players in the English Premier League this season. Everton knew that other big clubs could go hunting for their defender so in January this year they offered him an improved contract which...

  • Football news

    Frank Farina has paid the price for Sydney FC’s fifth-place finish in the A-League and early finals exit, with the club opting to terminate his contract. The 49-year-old reportedly had a deal to remain in charge next season, despite it having...

  • Sporting briefs

    Klose: Lazio are confident Miroslav Klose will recover in time to play in the final three Serie A matches this season. The German striker has been sidelined with a hamstring injury but club doctor Roberto Bianchini said he is now close to complete...

  • Champion's League: Benzema puts Real in charge against holders Bayern

    Real Madrid moved a step closer to a first Champions League final appearance in 12 years when a Karim Benzema strike gave the record nine-times winners a 1-0 win at home to holders Bayern Munich this evening. Bayern dominated possession in the...

  • Local fans cheer Moyes departure: ‘Thank God! I had almost given up’

    Offices and cafes were buzzing with conversation yesterday but it wasn’t local politics or international disasters that had people talking. Instead, the news on everybody’s mind was the abrupt departure of Manchester United manager David...

  • Atletico Madrid frustrated by defence-minded Chelsea

    Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were locked at 0-0 after their Champions League semi-final first leg yesterday as the Spanish side failed to break down their ultra-cautious visitors at the Calderon. Atletico, through to the last four of Europe’s elite...

  • Ronaldo on course to face Bayern

    Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit to face Bayern Munich today, according to Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, but a final decision on whether he will play in the Champions League semi-final first leg will be made in the last minute. The FIFA World...

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