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  • Rijeka deny Man. City racism claims after Fofana red card

    Croatian club HNK Rijeka have strenuously denied any of their players racially abused Manchester City’s Seko Fofana in a friendly. City’s elite development squad coach Patrick Vieira took his team off the pitch when the 19-year-old French...

  • Loew to lead Germany to Euro 2016

    Germany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old said yesterday. Loew was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said...

  • Long tours not good for preparations – Van Gaal

    Long tours not good for preparations – Van Gaal

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club’s lengthy pre-season tour to the United States and said it is not helping preparations for the English domestic campaign. United were due to play Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose...

  • Hibs pursuing interest in goalkeeper Bonello

    Hibs pursuing interest in goalkeeper Bonello

    Goalkeeper Henry Bonello is set to follow in the footsteps of his father John by donning the shirt of Hibernians as the latter are in talks with Sliema Wanderers over his transfer. After Sliema had indicated their readiness to listen to offers for...

  • Shakhtar move games away from Donetsk

    Shakhtar move games away from Donetsk

    Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from Ukraine’s strife-torn east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk also announced...

  • Champions League

    Second qualifying round 1st leg 2nd leg Agg. Aktobe vs Dinamo Tbilisi 1-0 3-0 4-0 HJK Helsinki vs Rabotnicki 0-0 2-1 2-1 Maribor vs Zrinjski Mostar 0-0 2-0 2-0 Steaua Bucharest vs Stroemsgodset 1-0 2-0 3-0 Ventspils vs Malmo...

  • First honour for Attard after thrilling victory over Melita

    First honour for Attard after thrilling victory over Melita

    On May 23, 1999, the old Pace Grasso ground relived some of its old glory. For the first time in several months, a large crowd assembled at the Paola football venue to witness that season’s Third Division decider between Attard FC and...

  • Champions Manchester City on goal rampage

    Champions Manchester City on goal rampage

    Manchester City wrapped up their 2012/13 Premier League campaign with 66 goals scored but improved their tally significantly last season as the Citizens hit a staggering 102 goals on their way to winning the major English championship. The title...

  • Football news

    Mainz have made their third signing of the summer by securing Serbia international Filip Djuricic on a season-long loan from Benfica. The 22-year-old forward has joined from last season’s beaten Europa League finalists to a side hoping to emulate...

  • Sporting briefs

    Empoli: Serie A newcomers Empoli have signed midfielder Tiberio Guarente from Sevilla on a one-year contract. The 28-year-old from Pisa enjoyed separate loan spells from Catania and Chievo during the 2013-14 season and returns to Italy permanently...

  • Young man of Maltese descent on trial with Manchester United

    Young man of Maltese descent on trial with Manchester United

      Oscar Borg, a 16-year-old whose grandparents are Maltese, is currently on trial with Manchester United. Nicknamed 'Gareth' after Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, the youngster is currently signed up with London side West Ham United. The speedy...

  • Club officials urged to step out of their ‘comfort zones’

    Club officials urged to step out of their ‘comfort zones’

    Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo outlined the association’s top three priorities for the coming years, urging club officials to “step out of your comfort zones” during the 2013/14 Annual General Meeting, held yesterday evening at the...

  • Malta FA report revenues of €7.4 million

    The Malta FA reported revenues of €7.4 million last season compared to €7.5m the previous term while the annual expenditure went up from €5.2 to €5.6 million, according to the association’s financial report for season 2013/14. Despite posting a...

  • Dunga named as new Brazil coach

    Brazil named Dunga (picture) as their coach for the second time yesterday, two weeks after they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, a result which led to the resignation of former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. The 50-year-old...

  • Real sign Rodriguez

    Real sign Rodriguez

    Real Madrid have signed Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year contract, the La Liga club said yesterday. “Real Madrid and AS Monaco have reached an agreement for the transfer of James Rodriguez that will see him at the club...

  • Southampton ready to sell Dani Osvaldo

    Southampton are looking to sell their record signing Italian Dani Osvaldo who has been at St Mary’s for less than a year, the Premier League club’s new manager Ronald Koeman said. The Saints paid Roma a club record fee of 15 million pounds for the...

  • Nine-man City go down in Qarabag

    Qarabag 4Valletta 0 (Qarabag win 5-0 on aggregate) Qarabag ended nine-man Valletta’s involvement in this season Champions League as the Azeris eased to a 4-0 win at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium to complete a 5-0 aggregate victory yesterday. Valletta...

  • Leicester smash club record to sign Ulloa from Brighton

    Promoted Premier League club Leicester City have signed Brighton striker Leonardo Ulloa for a reported fee of eight million pounds which represents a record deal for both clubs. Leicester won the Championship last season and are back in the top...

  • Conte’s departure a blow to Juventus and Serie A

    Conte’s departure a blow to Juventus and Serie A

    As Italy are still getting to grips with the harsh reality of having been knocked out from the group stages of two consecutive World Cup editions for the first time, last week it was Antonio Conte’s turn to drop a potentially bigger bombshell on...

  • Garcia would welcome Torres return

    Garcia would welcome Torres return

    Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia says Fernando Torres would be welcomed back to the Primera Liga champions with open arms if he opts to leave Chelsea, while also playing down speculation that centre-back Miranda will be the next Rojiblancos...