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  • Infantino takes vision of new FIFA to Asia

    Infantino takes vision of new FIFA to Asia

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino dangled the carrot of more World Cup spots for Asia during a visit to Seoul yesterday. Infantino, who arrived in South Korea earlier in the day to meet with sponsors Hyundai Motor Group, said his visit was aimed at...

  • Villarreal out to banish curse

    Villarreal out to banish curse

    If Villarreal reach their first European final at the fourth attempt it will be because of a carefully cultivated blend of home-grown players and intelligent purchases. No one believes they have an easy task in their Europa league semi-final...

  • Head of UK police force suspended

    Head of UK police force suspended

    The head of the British police force accused of covering up failings that led to the death of 96 fans at the Hillsborough stadium in 1989 was suspended yesterday. The suspension of Chief Constable David Crompton, of South Yorkshire Police, came a...

  • Stripes take league by storm

    Stripes take league by storm

    Although the first team founded in Birkirkara was way back in 1916, the first side to play competitive football was Birkirkara Juventus in season 1933-34. As far as we know, Birkirkara Juventus were only active for one year. Having finished last...

  • Neymar Jr’s Five finalists off to Brazil

    Neymar Jr’s Five finalists off to Brazil

    Banter Lads are the local winners of the Neymar Jr’s Five tournament, the global competition from Red Bull, inspired by the Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar Jr. The Banter Lads will now travel to Brazil to represent the country along with 40 other...

  • Football news

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned for the final three matches of the Primera Division season after he was sent to the stands during his side’s win over Malaga. The Argentinian was dismissed after an extra ball was thrown onto the...

  • Sporting briefs

    No show: PAOK Salonica owner Ivan Savvidis pulled his team out of the Greek Cup yesterday after they failed to appear for their semi-final, second leg against Olympiakos Piraeus because his conditions had not been met. The 57-year-old Russian-born...

  • Stripes and Wanderers to face off in FA Trophy semis

    Stripes and Wanderers to face off in FA Trophy semis

    Birkirkara and Sliema Wanderers will battle it out in the FA Trophy semi-finals, with the winner facing either with Balzan and Pembroke Athleta in the 2016 finals. The Stripes, who saw off Floriana 2-0 in the quarter-finals, and Sliema will face...

  • Floriana complaint not upheld

    Floriana complaint not upheld

    Floriana’s bid to overturn their FA Trophy elimination at the hands of Birkirkara on the table proved unsuccessful last night as the Malta FA Protests Board turned down their protest. The Greens had lost the cup tie to the Stripes 2-0 but 48 hours...

  • Atletico get chance for revenge against B. Munich 42 years on

    Atletico get chance for revenge against B. Munich 42 years on

    Bayern Munich destroyed Atletico Madrid’s dreams of winning the European Cup in 1974 and are out to wreck their hopes of reaching a second Champions League final in three years when they visit the Spanish capital for the semi-final first leg...

  • Keeper Szczesny is keen on Roma switch

    Keeper Szczesny is keen on Roma switch

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny wants to make his loan move to Roma permanent. The Poland international joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan deal in July 2015 following the Gunners’ capture of Czech keeper Petr Cech from...

  • Leadership void foils the Spurs on home straight

    Leadership void foils the Spurs on home straight

    For all Mauricio Pochettino’s fighting talk about remaining in the Premier League title chase, it was hard not to glimpse a white flag over White Hart Lane after Tottenham Hotspur’s lacklustre draw with West Brom on Monday. Instead of piling...

  • Bayern chief confirm interest in Hummels

    Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Mats Hummels is considering a return to the Bavarian club next season. The Borussia Dortmund defender is currently considering his future amid reported interest from Bayern, and...

  • Zamparini antics derail Palermo

    Zamparini antics derail Palermo

    On Sunday, relegation-threatened Palermo returned to winning ways after beating fellows-in-distress Frosinone 2-0. For the Sicilians, victory was only their eighth of the term – the first since overcoming Udinese 4-1 at the Renzo Barbera Stadium...

  • Football news

    Croatia’s anti-corruption police said yesterday they had charged three current and former senior officials from Dinamo Zagreb with tax evasion and siphoning off profits from player transfers. The USKOK police force said the actions had cost the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Banned: Nice fans have been banned from travelling to the Ligue 1 game at Nantes due to fears of potential trouble between rival supporters. The order prohibits followers of fourth-placed Nice from being in or around the Stade de la Beaujoire...

  • Man. City need leap of faith against Real Madrid

    Man. City need leap of faith against Real Madrid

    Until this season, Manchester City’s progression in the UEFA Champions League could be measured in baby steps but today they can make a huge leap forward when they host Real Madrid in their first European semi-final for 45 years. The Abu...

  • Muscat’s Akragas fight back for a point in thrilling draw

    Zach Muscat’s Akragas were involved in a six-goal thriller against Messina in a Lega Pro Division C match on Sunday. The Malta defender was again in the starting formation of the Sicilian club who needed two late goals to salvage a point at their...

  • ‘My heart belongs to Valletta’

    ‘My heart belongs to Valletta’

    Last season, Jonathan Caruana was taken off on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury inside the opening four minutes of Valletta’s 3-1 defeat to newly-crowned champions Hibernians on the last day of the championship. Fast forward 12 months and...

  • BOV PREMIER LEAGUE statistics – scorers and red cards

    BalzanEffiong 16, Micallef 16; Vujacic 11; Pedrinho 4; Mensha 3, Souza 3 (1 pen), P. Fenech 3; Valero 2, Grioli 2, Kaljevic 2; Zarate, Darmanin, Focsa, R. Fenech.Own goals: Tanti (vs Pembroke); Gatt Baldacchino (vs Sliema).Red cards: Valero (vs...