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  • Balzan unveil new shirt to mark 80th anniversary

    Balzan unveil new shirt to mark 80th anniversary

    Balzan FC yesterday unveiled a new football kit to commemorate their 80th anniversary. The new kits, supplied by sponsors Joma, are a replica of the shirt worn by the Balzan team way back in 1937. Club president Anton Tagliaferro said: “At Balzan...

  • West Ham’s Bilic says won’t sell Payet

    West Ham’s Bilic says won’t sell Payet

    Manager Slaven Bilic has said that West Ham United will not sell Dimitri Payet despite the influential midfielder informing the Premier League club he does not wish to play for them anymore. Payet, who is reportedly refusing to train with the...

  • Ex-England manager Taylor dies, aged 72

    Ex-England manager Taylor dies, aged 72

    Graham Taylor, the former England football manager, has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72, his family announced yesterday. Taylor, who had a playing career with Grimsby Town and Lincoln City, was a successful manager in English...

  • Barcelona deserved to progress, says coach Enrique

    Luis Enrique felt Barcelona deserved to go through after Lionel Messi’s late free-kick secured a 4-3 aggregate win over Athletic Bilbao in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. Messi broke Bilbao’s hearts with 12 minutes remaining at the Nou Camp to...

  • Everton confirm Schneiderlin deal

    Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United for a fee that could rise to £24 million ($29.28 million), the Merseyside club said yesterday. The 27-year-old France international was signed from...

  • Expanded WCup an absurd idea, says sponsorship guru

    Expanded WCup an absurd idea, says sponsorship guru

    The World Cup finals’ expansion to feature 48 teams is an absurd plan which will only devalue football’s premier competition, says the man widely credited with creating the global cash cow the sport has become. Patrick Nally, who brokered FIFA’s...

  • How will the World Cup format change to accomodate 48 teams from 2026?

    The World Cup is going to be revamped by FIFA for the 2026 competition after a proposal was backed for 48 teams to compete in the finals. FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans for the tournament’s expansion from 32 countries to 48 received...

  • Sporting briefs

    Schlupp: Leicester City will allow unsettled winger Jeffrey Schlupp to leave the Premier League champions for the right fee, manager Claudio Ranieri said. Schlupp, 24, has been reduced to a bit-part role this season and is nearing a £12 million...

  • Football news

    Manchester United have triggered a clause in Marouane Fellaini’s contract that will keep the midfielder at Old Trafford until 2018, the Premier League club said yesterday. Fellaini, who scored his first goal of the season during the Tuesday’s...

  • Euro 2016 generated €1.22 billion

    Last year’s European Championship tournament generated a €1.22 billion boost for host France, a study commissioned by the French government showed yesterday. It said that 2.5 million fans attended the games even as France extended a state of...

  • Africa Cup impact keenly felt by clubs in Europe

    Africa Cup impact keenly felt by clubs in Europe

    The impact of the African Nations Cup on clubs in Europe is again likely to be keenly felt over the next weeks with teams losing significant players to the tournament in Gabon, which gets under way on Saturday. Clubs in England and France have...

  • Barcelona must use common sense over Messi contract – CEO

    Barcelona must use common sense over Messi contract – CEO

    Barcelona’s hopes of offering talisman and all-time top scorer Lionel Messi an improved contract face a stumbling block because of the expenditure caps imposed by La Liga, the Spanish champions’ CEO Oscar Grau said yesterday. While Messi’s feted...

  • Ronaldo, Modric rested for King’s Cup game at Sevilla

    Real Madrid have rested Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric for today’s King’s Cup last 16, second leg at Sevilla but captain Sergio Ramos is back after injury, the club said yesterday. With Real winning last week’s first leg 3-0, coach Zinedine...

  • Sliema’s 1948 visit to Sicily

    Sliema’s 1948 visit to Sicily

    Before the 1960s contacts between Maltese clubs and foreign teams were not frequent. There was, of course, the Christmas Tourney but this was restricted to three or four matches for each tournament. It was, therefore, the custom for Maltese clubs...

  • Partizan handed ban by UEFA over unpaid debts

    Partizan Belgrade have been banned from European club competition for one of the next three seasons over unpaid debts, UEFA has announced. The ban means the Serbian club, who last won the domestic league in 2015, will be precluded from playing in...

  • Stripes and Sliema conduct Temile-Muir swap deal talks

    Stripes and Sliema conduct Temile-Muir swap deal talks

    Birkirkara and Sliema Wanderers are in advanced talks over a swap deal in-volving Frank Temile and Gary Muir. The Blues are currently looking to bring in a forward following the departure of Milos Galin. The Serb was released by the Wanderers...

  • Midfielder Kristensen banned for Hibernians

    Hibernians will be without Bjorn Kristensen for next Sunday’s important BOV Premier League match against Floriana as yesterday the Malta midfielder was handed a one-match ban by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner. Kristensen incurred his...

  • Second-half goals see Reds through

    Second-half goals see Reds through

    Nadur Youngsters 0Hamrun Spartans 2J. Grech 49, 90; Ħamrun Spartans booked their place in the last 16 of the FA Trophy following a 2-0 win over Nadur Youngsters last night. In the Fourth Round, Ħamrun play First Division side Mqabba, next...

  • Injury blow for Swansea as Taylor fractures cheekbone

    Swansea City have been dealt a blow in their English Premier League survival fight with the news Wales international Neil Taylor has fractured his cheekbone. The struggling Swans revealed the 27-year-old suffered the injury in training yesterday...

  • England women’s record scorer Smith hangs up her boots

    England women’s record scorer Smith hangs up her boots

    England women’s record goalscorer Kelly Smith has announced her retirement from football. Arsenal Ladies striker Smith, who scored 46 goals in 117 appearances for England, announced the news on her website and said she would be taking up a...

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