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  • 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...

  • Sassuolo stage second half rally to beat Empoli 3-1

    Improving Sassuolo battled back from a goal down at half-time to record their second 3-1 victory in four days, following up their first win of the season against Parma with an entertaining triumph over Empoli in the Serie A last night. Sassuolo...

  • Chelsea scrape through

    Jermaine Grandison’s own goal broke Shrewsbury’s hearts after Chelsea survived a scare to snatch a late 2-1 win and progress to the quarter-finals of the League Cup last night. The Town defender turned in Willian’s cross with nine minutes left but...

  • Samp continue flying high

    Samp continue flying high

    In a highly-contested encounter at the Luigi Ferraris stadium on Saturday, Sampdoria held title contenders Roma to a scoreless draw. Goals were all that was missing from the action-packed encounter that could have gone either way as both sides had...

  • Referees urged to get to grips with grapplers

    Referees urged to get to grips with grapplers

    Referees need to clamp down on serial holders and grapplers who are getting away with “cheating” according to former Premier League official Graham Poll. Manchester United players, defending a free-kick, wrestled two Chelsea players to the ground...

  • Football news

    Parma coach Roberto Donadoni is facing an uncertain future as they go into their midweek encounter in Turin after losing five consecutive league games and seven of eight overall. Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at home to Sassuolo, piled further pressure...

  • Sporting briefs

    Faro base: The Gibraltar FA has confirmed that the Estadio do Algarve in Faro, Portugal, will continue to serve as the venue for the nation’s home Euro 2016 qualifiers. With Gibraltar currently bottom of Group D after suffering heavy defeats to...

  • No ultimatum for Mazzarri, says Inter supremo Thohir

    No ultimatum for Mazzarri, says Inter supremo Thohir

    Inter coach Walter Mazzarri can go into tomorrow’s Serie A match at home to Sampdoria comfortable in the knowledge he enjoys the backing of club president Erick Thohir. A poor run has led to widespread speculation over Mazzarri’s future and the...

  • S. Africa shocked by murder of national team captain

    S. Africa shocked by murder of national team captain

    South Africa’s national soccer goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa (picture) has been shot dead by burglars during a break-in, a killing that shocked the country and turned the spotlight once again on gun violence in the region. At an emotional...

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