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  • Għajnsielem and Kerċem make it two from two

    Għajnsielem and Kerċem make it two from two

    Għajnsielem maintained their impressive start to the season with a comfortable 3-0 win over SK Victoria Wanderers as Kerċem Ajax also made it two wins in a row by beating Victoria Hotspurs 2-0. Champions Għajnsielem had two early efforts hitting...

  • Sporting briefs

    Laporte: France have called up Aymeric Laporte for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers – a move that is set to end any interest Spain might have had in the uncapped Athletic Bilbao centre-back. The 22-year-old has played for France at various...

  • Football news

    Bayer Leverkusen will be without their Finnish forward Joel Pohjanpalo for a lengthy period after he broke his foot in training. The 22-year-old, who struck a hat-trick on only his second Bundesliga appearance and netted four goals in his first...

  • Higuain move may be blessing in disguise for Napoli

    Higuain move may be blessing in disguise for Napoli

    Napoli's free-scoring, unbeaten start to the season has suggested that the departure of prolific forward Gonzalo Higuain, viewed as a crushing blow at the time, could have been a blessing in disguise. Maurizio Sarri's team have blasted 20 goals in...

  • England to bin Allardyce T-shirts for Malta match

    England to bin Allardyce T-shirts for Malta match

    Around 4,000 T-shirts which were planned to be handed out to fans before the England vs Malta match will be binned following the sacking of coach Sam Allardyce. The T-shirts had been ordered to celebrate Allardyce's first home game in charge of...

  • Barca rally to beat Gladbach

    Barca rally to beat Gladbach

    ■ Carrasco halts Bayern’s run■ Thrilling draw at Celtic Park■ Walcott strikes for Gunners Barcelona battled back from a goal down and scored twice in the second half to beat hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in their Champions League Group C...

  • More misery for Greens as Tedesco banned four games

    More misery for Greens as Tedesco  banned four games

    Floriana’s simmering anger at the performance of referee Philip Farrugia in their 1-1 draw against Ħamrun Spartans will have intensified yesterday after their coach Giovanni Tedesco was handed a four-match touchline ban. Tedesco was reported for...

  • Inter coach De Boer stresses importance of Sparta clash

    Inter coach Frank De Boer has stressed the importance of his side’s trip to Sparta Prague in Group K of the UEFA Europa League today. Despite their promising domestic form this season, Inter go into the game with their challenge hanging in the...

  • Gambin suspended for two WCup qualifiers

    Winger Luke Gambin will miss Malta’s upcoming 2018 World Cup Group F qualifiers away to England and Lithuania after receiving a two-match suspension from FIFA following his stoppage-time dismissal in the opening 5-1 home defeat to Scotland on...

  • Dybala relieved to end scoring drought

    Dybala relieved to end scoring drought

    Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was relieved to have finally found the net after a start to the season which has seen him overshadowed by fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain. The 22-year-old, a revelation as he scored 23 goals in all competitions last...

  • LMA ‘extremely concerned’ by transfer bribe allegations

    The League Managers Association (LMA) is “ex-tremely concerned” by newspaper allegations that Premier League managers have received “bungs” for player transfers, it said yesterday. The Daily Telegraph reported that eight current and former...

  • Allardyce admits ‘error of judgment’ cost him job

    Allardyce admits ‘error of judgment’ cost him job

    Sam Allardyce has not ruled out a return to management after an “error of judgment” brought his dream job with England to an embarrassingly early end. After just one match and 67 days at the helm, the English FA is having to look for a new manager...

  • No wins for Maltese clubs in 1975 UEFA campaign

    No wins for Maltese clubs in 1975 UEFA campaign

    Floriana’s opponents in the 1975-76 UEFA Champions Cup were none other than the famous Hajduk Split, of Yugoslavia. In those days, memories were still fresh in the minds of our old-timers of the great Hajduk teams that had thrilled the local fans...

  • Football news

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was left fuming after Spanish police allegedly used excessive force when they charged the French club’s fans ahead of the team’s Champions League game at Sevilla on Tuesday. “Incomprehensible aggression”, Aulas was...

  • In brief

    Hubchev: Bulgaria have ap-pointed Petar Hubchev as their new coach to replace Ivaylo Petev, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said. The 52-year-old former defender, a key member of the Bulgaria team that reached the 1994 World Cup semi-finals,...

  • Roma’s inconsistent form confounds fans and critics

    Roma’s inconsistent form confounds fans and critics

    At the end of the first round last season, Roma showed French coach Rudi Garcia the backdoor after a mixed record of nine wins and seven draws from 19 games – hardly enough to ensure a top-three finish, let alone make a creditable challenge for...

  • Bulgaria end coach Petev’s contract

    The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) has terminated national team coach Ivaylo Petev’s contract, clearing him to take over at Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, the BFU said in a statement yesterday. Petev arrived in Zagreb yesterday morning and...

  • Greens paying penalty for poor refereeing, says furious Gaucci

    Greens paying penalty for poor  refereeing, says furious Gaucci

    Floriana FC president Riccardo Gaucci has renewed his criticism of the refereeing sector in Malta, claiming that his team are being repeatedly punished by poor officiating decisions. Gaucci’s latest outburst comes after Floriana were denied what...

  • Premier League stats

    Premier League stats

    BalzanKaljevic 6 (2 pens); Effiong 2; Agius; Micallef (pen); Nafti; Fenech; Piciollo. BirkirkaraTemile 4; Dimitrov 3; Brincat 2; Herrera; Scicluna; Plut; Sciberras; Attard. FlorianaFontanella 3; Samb 2; Pisani; Chiesa. Own goal: B. Muscat (vs...

  • Derby suspend boss Pearson

    Derby County have suspended manager Nigel Pearson. Reports in the UK media yesterday said the suspension is pending an internal investigation by the Championship club. The move follows a meeting between Pearson and Derby owner and chairman Mel...