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  • Croatia ordered to play two qualifiers behind closed doors

    Croatia must play two home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors for discriminatory behaviour by their supporters, FIFA said. Croatia, whose fans are repeat offenders, will face Turkey and Iceland at home without any supporters after incidents...

  • Forget last three years, Mourinho tells Man. United

    Forget last three years, Mourinho tells Man. United

    Jose Mourinho will forget what has gone on for the last three disappointing seasons at Manchester United, he said in his first interview after being installed as manager yesterday. Since Alex Ferguson retired after winning the Premier League in...

  • Greco parts company with the Wanderers

    Greco parts company with the Wanderers

    Alfonso Greco will not be in charge of Sliema Wanderers next season as the Italian coach has decided to return to his homeland after accepting the offer of Serie D club Ostiamare. Greco had joined the Wanderers for a second spell in February when...

  • Void campaign for Arsenal as Villa feel the pain

    Arsenal finished the English Premier League season just ended in second place and that meant the Gunners had pipped London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the 22nd successive year in the top flight. This was also Arsenal’s 96th consecutive season in...

  • Football news

    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has renewed his commitment to the Catalan club by signing a new five-year contract. The defensive midfielder and Spain international made his Barcelona debut in 2008 under then-coach Pep Guardiola, a former...

  • Manchester United appoint Mourinho as manager

    Manchester United appoint Mourinho as manager

    Manchester United have appointed Jose Mourinho as manager on a three-year contract with an option to stay on until at least 2020, the Premier League club said today. The 53-year-old Portuguese replaces Dutchman Louis van Gaal whose two-year reign...

  • Newcomers to get chance to impress against Czechs

    Newcomers to get chance to impress against Czechs

    Pietro Ghedin is ready to give his young players the chance to impress as Malta take on the Czech Republic in a friendly international at the Kufstein Stadium, Austria, this evening (kick-off: 18.00). The national team are currently in Austria for...

  • England must be more streetwise to prosper at Euro – Dier

    England must be a bit more ‘streetwise’ if they are to have any chance of winning the Euro 2016 in France, according to defensive midfielder Eric Dier. England, who play Australia in Sunderland in a warm-up game today, face Russia, Slovakia and...

  • Trophy would complete Simeone transformation

    Trophy would complete Simeone transformation

    Diego Simeone has turned Atletico Madrid from a team teetering on the brink of relegation into Euro heavyweights. Avenging their 2014 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid tomorrow would complete the transformation. The former Atletico midfielder...

  • Kimmich has Olympics in sights if he misses Euros

    Kimmich has Olympics in sights if he misses Euros

    Joshua Kimmich, whose meteoric rise has earned him a spot in Germany’s preliminary Euro 2016 squad, says he wants to compete at the Olympics if he misses the cut for the tournament in France. The versatile 21-year-old midfielder has had a...

  • Boateng questions England’s quality

    Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has questioned whether England have enough quality to excel at next month’s European Championship. Despite having the world’s richest football league at the moment, the English national team go into the...

  • Citizens stun Spartans in futsal final

    Citizens stun Spartans in futsal final

    Valletta clinched their first national futsal league title after stunning Ħamrun Spartans 10-4 in the third and decisive game from the Gatorade Elite final series at the Corradino Pavilion, late Wednesday. Victory was even more remarkable for the...

  • Mourinho agrees deal to take charge at United

    Mourinho agrees deal to take charge at United

    Jose Mourinho has agreed to become manager of Manchester United, Press Association Sport reported last night. Louis van Gaal’s uncomfortable two-year residency was brought to an end on Monday, with FA Cup glory unable to mask poor Premier League...

  • Sirigu honoured to be Buffon’s understudy

    Sirigu honoured to be Buffon’s understudy

    Salvatore Sirigu says he is honoured to be playing alongside Gigi Buffon even if that meant to settle with a place on the Italy bench. The PSG goalkeeper made his Azzurri debut in 2010 but has only 15 caps to his name since. Buffon has picked up...

  • Sporting briefs

    Kroenke Stake: American businessman Stan Kroenke has increased his majority shareholding in Arsenal, despite discontent at the Emirates Stadium. KSE (Kroenke Sports Enterprise) UK Inc, wholly owned by Kroenke, has acquired 23 ordinary shares for...

  • Football news

    Mario Balotelli looks set to return to Liverpool after Milan president Silvio Berlusconi intimated the Serie A club would not be making their loan deal for the mercurial Italian a permanent one. Balotelli moved back to Milan on a season-long loan...

  • Image rights complicate Mourinho deal as he edges closer to Man Utd

    Image rights complicate Mourinho deal as he edges closer to Man Utd

    Jose Mourinho is close to becoming Manchester United manager, although the appointment has been complicated by the fact former club Chelsea own the trademark to his name. Monday brought the end of Louis van Gaal's uncomfortable two-year residency,...

  • Police expect 250,000 ticketless UK supporters at Euro 2016

    Police expect 250,000 ticketless UK supporters at Euro 2016

    Up to 500,000 British football fans, around half of whom do not have tickets, are expected to travel to France for Euro 2016, police have said. Potential flashpoints include the England-Wales game in Lens, and England’s fixture against Russia in...

  • Mata unlikely to be a Special Juan for Mourinho

    Juan Mata has as much to fear as any Manchester United player after, according to Sky TV reports, Jose Mourinho agreed personal terms to succeed Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford hot seat. The Spain midfielder was jettisoned by Mourinho at...

  • Leadership comes naturally to Arsenal new-boy Xhaka

    Leadership comes naturally to Arsenal new-boy Xhaka

    Arsenal’s new signing Granit Xhaka believes he can bring a mean streak to Arsene Wenger’s side next season. The Gunners announced yesterday they had agreed a deal to sign the Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder on a “long-term contract”. Xhaka,...