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  • Ebola outbreak puts Newcastle on alert

    Ebola outbreak puts Newcastle on alert

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed the club are making provisions for their African Nations Cup hopefuls amid the Ebola crisis on the continent. Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote and Senegal striker Papiss Cisse were heading back from...

  • Balotelli ‘working hard’ to succeed at Liverpool

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli insists he is working harder to become more of a threat in the penalty area but would prefer a partner to play off up front. The Italy international may get his wish for greater support, with Daniel Sturridge set...

  • ‘Messi had nothing to do with tax affairs’

    ‘Messi had nothing to do with tax affairs’

    Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi had nothing to do with his own tax affairs and should not be included in an investigation into an alleged fraud, his father Jorge has insisted. Messi and his father, who have denied wrongdoing, have...

  • MLS chief hits back at coach Klinsmann over comments

    MLS chief hits back at coach Klinsmann over comments

    Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber hit back strongly at US national team coach Juergen Klinsmann for saying players switching to the league could be hampered by a drop in form. While MLS has trumpeted the return of leading US players like...

  • Koeman committed to Southampton job

    Koeman committed to Southampton job

    Ronald Koeman has pledged not to desert Southampton for the Holland job, despite former Netherlands team-mates tipping him to succeed under-fire Guus Hiddink. Southampton boss Koeman claimed Holland missed their chance to install him as national...

  • Under-fire Ranieri gets Greece backing

    Under-pressure Greece coach Claudio Ranieri was publicly backed by Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) president Giorgos Sarris yesterday amid doubts over the Italian’s future after his team’s dire start to the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Ranieri, who...

  • Easy for Xewkija but Nadur made to sweat

    Easy for Xewkija but Nadur made to sweat

    Xewkija Tigers and Nadur Youngsters maintained their march at the top of the GFA Division One standings last weekend after wins over Oratory Youths and Kerċem Ajax, respectively. Xewkija were too strong for the Youths as the 6-2 scoreline amply...

  • Holders Balzan, Valletta and Qormi ease into second round

    Holders Balzan, Valletta and Qormi ease into second round

    Balzan launched the defence of their knock-out title with a 13-0 drubbing of Luqa to stroll into the second round of the competition. Player/coach Boycho Marev scored four goals for Balzan. Nicola del Re and Eslam Khalifa hit a brace each while...

  • Football news

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mesut Ozil faces around six weeks out with a knee ligament injury, a problem that was only discovered when he joined up with the Germany squad for duty last week. Ozil, 26, first felt pain in the...

  • Sporting briefs

    O’Shea: Sunderland captain John O’Shea completed a week to remember yesterday by signing two-year contract extension which will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2017. The defender, who marked his 100th cap for Ireland by scoring a stoppage...

  • Serbia, Albania charged by UEFA

    Serbia, Albania charged by UEFA

    Serbia and Albania are facing stiff sanctions after UEFA charged the countries with a number of offences following the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade. The match was abandoned after a melee erupted after a mini unmanned drone trailed a...

  • Wasteful Germany bemoan mental lapse for more lost points in Group D

    Germany only had themselves to blame for a late mental lapse that led to Ireland’s stoppage-time equaliser on Tuesday with coach Joachim Loew frustrated by a “naive” end to a match they had dominated. Loew had no doubt imagined a completely...

  • Bayern’s Thiago faces second operation after injury setback

    Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will have another operation after injuring the same knee in training on Tuesday that had kept him out for more than six months. The Spain international has partially torn a ligament in his right knee – the...

  • Disappointed Danes rue Ronaldo’s class

    Disappointed Danes rue Ronaldo’s class

    Denmark thought they had earned a valuable point at home to Portugal in their Euro 2016 Group I clash in Copenhagen on Tuesday but Cristiano Ronaldo popped up in stoppage time to deny both gravity and the Danes. The Portuguese captain had a quiet...

  • Sons to join Rooney for milestone

    Wayne Rooney will celebrate racking up a century of England caps by walking out at Wembley Stadium next month with his two children. After three World Cups, two European Championships and 43 goals, the 28-year-old is just one game shy of joining...

  • Fans pay the price as top flight clubs enjoy boom

    Fans pay the price as top flight clubs enjoy boom

    Season tickets to watch champions Manchester City this season are the cheapest in the Premier League but the eye-watering cost of attending games in England continues to soar. Despite the money from a record television deal pouring into the top...

  • Violence on the rise in German stadiums

    Violence at soccer stadiums in Germany’s top two divisions rose sharply in the 2013/14 season compared to the previous year, a police report has shown. While spectator numbers have been on an upward trend in the top two leagues, it has been...

  • Malta youngsters face tough task in Serbia

    The Malta U-17 squad departed for Serbia yesterday ahead of their participation in the Group Eight tournament of the 2015 UEFA U-17 Championship. The Maltese team face an arduous challenge in Belgrade as they will play against Serbia, Finland and...

  • City look to thrive in Moscow

    City look to thrive in Moscow

    This is the fourth successive season that Manchester City are taking part in the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens failed to leave their mark on the continent but they should consider themselves unlucky to have picked the toughest groups in the...

  • Referee’s mistakes enrage Rangers

    Referee’s mistakes enrage Rangers

    The 1974-75 championship was dominated by Floriana but the relegation issue developed into a tough struggle. Żebbuġ Rangers, Marsa, Hibernians, Gżira and Mosta were all involved in the fight up to the final kick of the competition. At the end,...

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