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  • Ghedin rues late decline in Georgia

    Ghedin rues late decline in Georgia

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin had mixed feelings after the 2-0 defeat to Georgia in a friendly match on Wednesday. Ghedin was heartened by his team’s spirited performance against a fired-up Georgian side but the manner of the defeat, with Malta...

  • Malta is my home now, says proud Alfred Effiong

    Malta is my home now, says proud Alfred Effiong

    Alfred Effiong has declared himself “proud and honoured” to represent Malta after the Nigeria-born striker made his bow for his adoptive country in the 2-0 defeat against Georgia in a friendly match on Wednesday. The forward was introduced by...

  • Prince Ali heaps praise on MFA chief

    Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, the head of the Jordanian FA, hailed Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo as the catalyst behind his decision to contest the FIFA presidential election in May. Addressing the UEFA congress in Vienna earlierthis...

  • Terry signs Chelsea contract extension

    Chelsea captain John Terry has agreed a new one-year deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the end of next season. “I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my contract,” the 34-year-old central defender told the club website (www.

  • Rooney is England main man for Hart

    Rooney is England main man for Hart

    Goalkeeper Joe Hart hailed captain Wayne Rooney as England’s “main man” ahead of tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania. Roy Hodgson’s side head into the encounter top of Group E, with a 100 per cent record from their first four...

  • Brazil hand France first defeat since World Cup

    Brazil hand France first defeat since World Cup

    Brazil inflicted France’s first defeat since the World Cup when a perfectly mastered second-half earned them a 3-1 win in a friendly game at the Stade de France last night. Neymar and Luiz Gustavo scored after the interval with Oscar having...

  • We have best defence in Europe says Bonucci

    Italy have the best defence in Europe and the statistics prove it, Azzurri defender Leonardo Bonucci said yesterday. Having shipped four goals in 14 games, Italy, who face Bulgaria in a Euro 2016 qualifier tomomorrow, have the meanest rearguard in...

  • Zanetti opens PUPI club in Msida

    Zanetti opens PUPI club in Msida

    Javier Zanetti (right) gestures during the inauguration of the new Inter Club PUPI Zanetti Malta in Msida yesterday. On Monday, the former Inter captain will be at the Brooks Brothers outlet in Republic Street, Valletta where he will be meeting...

  • Xewkija open four-point lead after beating rivals Nadur 3-1

    Xewkija open four-point lead after beating rivals Nadur 3-1

    Xewkija Tigers beat nearest rivals Nadur Youngsters 3-1 in a direct clash for the title and with three more matches to go the champions are now in a good position to retain the title for another year after opening a four-point lead. This match was...

  • Balzan and Luxol reach final

    Balzan and Luxol reach final

    Holders Balzan FC and current Premier Division leaders Luxol progressed to the final of the KO competition after outclassing Valletta and Qormi, respectively, in the semi-finals at Corradino. Serbian Slobodan Janjic was three times on the mark as...

  • Malta U-15 girls to face Romania

    The Malta U-15 girls team will play two friendlies against Romania at the Centenary Stadium on March 31 and April 1. These matches were arranged to give the young players more international experience. Coach Dorianne Theuma has named a squad of 23...

  • Football news

    Southampton will be more motivated than ever to stay “miserly” at the back after losing England goalkeeper Fraser Forster to a knee injury for the rest of the season. Still pushing for an improbable Champions League spot, the loss of Forster is a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Falcao: Captain Radamel Falcao scored twice in five minutes as World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia crushed Bahrain 6-0 in a Copa America warm-up match at the National Stadium in Riffa yesterday. Falcao, who is lacking regular first team football...

  • Late goals win it for Georgia

    Late goals win it for Georgia

    Georgia 2Kankava 84; Kazaishvili 90;Malta 0 Two very late goals handed Georgia a 2-0 win over Malta in a friendly international at the Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi, yesterday. The Maltese produced a solid all-round display that frustrated Georgia for...

  • Tarxien’s Mouhamed Soly handed three-match ban

    Relegation-troubled Tarxien Rainbows will have to do without Mouhamed Soly for their next three Premier League matches as yesterday the Senegalese striker was handed a hefty ban by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner following an end-of-match...

  • Maltese refs for matches in Belfast

    As part of an ongoing referee exchange programme with the Irish Football Association, this coming weekend Maltese referees will be in charge of matches from the Northern Irish Premier Division, the Malta FA said in a statement. On Saturday,...

  • Juve striker Morata rebuffs Real rumours

    Juve striker Morata rebuffs Real rumours

    Alvaro Morata has no intention of leaving Juventus despite reports linking the Spain international with former club Real Madrid. Real sold the 22-year-old striker to the Turin giants last summer for 22 million euros but have the option to buy him...

  • Silva hopeful for ‘home’ start against France

    Silva hopeful for ‘home’ start against France

    Former Brazil captain Thiago Silva is hopeful of starting his first international match since last summer’s World Cup humiliation on ‘home’ soil when the Selecao take on France in a friendly in Paris today (kick-off 21.00). The Paris St Germain...

  • Podolski spares Germany’s blushes

    Substitute Lukas Podolski scored an 81st-minute equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw for World Cup winners Germany against Asian champions Australia in a lively friendly, in Kaiserslautern, last night. Podolski slid the ball into the net with his left...

  • Spanish clubs decide not to strike over TV rights

    Spain’s 42 professional clubs have rowed back from a threat to go on strike and will give the government more time to push through a law mandating collective bargaining for TV rights. Club officials meeting in Barcelona at a professional soccer...

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