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  • BOV Premier League statistics

    BOV Premier League statistics

    BalzanKaljevic 16 (4 pens); Piciollo 5; Effiong 3, Nafti 3; Fenech 2, Da Silva Souza 2; Agius; Micallef (pen); Arab. Own goal: Lima (vs Hibernians).Red cards: Serrano (vs Tarxien); Da Silva Souza (vs Floriana); Effiong (vs...

  • Valletta tie a perfect test to our ambitions – Kaljevic

    Valletta tie a perfect test to our ambitions – Kaljevic

    A weekend of high drama in the BOV Premier League failed to break the equilibrium in this year’s title race. Leaders Balzan looked set to steal a march on their nearest pursuers but they were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as...

  • Scoring against Benfica a dream, says Schembri

    Scoring against Benfica a dream, says Schembri

    Andre Schembri described his goal against Portuguese giants Benfica as something of a dream come true as he played for Boavista in a thrilling 3-3 draw against the Primeira Liga leaders at the mythical Stadium of Light, last weekend. Schembri...

  • Robben extends Bayern contract

    Arjen Robben has extended his contract with Bayern Munich for a further 12 months, the Bundesliga club have announced. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger is now tied to the German league champions until June 2018. Robben, 32, arrived at the...

  • Spartans striker Giusti named player of the month

    Spartans striker Giusti named player of the month

    Ħamrun Spartans forward Massimiliano Giusti (picture) was named as the BOV Player of the Month for December 2016. In his first season playing in Malta, the 21-year old Italian striker proved his mettle in the Spartans 2-0 win over higher-ranked...

  • Ivory Coast held to a goalless draw

    Ivory Coast were held to a 0-0 draw by Togo as they began the defence of their African Nations Cup title with an uninspiring display in the opening Group C game yesterday. It was the fourth draw in the opening five games at this year’s finals...

  • Football news

    Two days after his 44th birthday, Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is set to become the oldest player to compete at the African Nations Cup finals and among the oldest internationals in soccer history. El Hadary is playing at his seventh finals,...

  • Sporting briefs

    Neymar: Neymar is the most valuable player in Europe – worth about £216m – according to a new study. The Barcelona striker is ahead of team-mate Lionel Messi, who is valued by academics at £149m. The only England players in the top 10 are...

  • Sports round-up

    Swimming: Three-time Olym-pian Fran Halsall (picture, right) has announced her retirement from swimming. The 26-year-old was fourth in the women’s 50 metres freestyle at the Rio Games as an Olympic medal proved elusive once more. The Liverpool...

  • Jovetic strike ends Real’s 40-game unbeaten run

    Real Madrid’s remarkable 40-game unbeaten run stretching back to April ended in dramatic fashion yesterday when Sevilla’s Stevan Jovetic struck in added time to snatch a 2-1 win and blow the La Liga title race wide open. Real looked set to go five...

  • Lions maul nine-man Hotspurs

    Naxxar Lions 4Pieta Hotspurs 0 After the upset to Senglea in their previous match, Naxxar returned to winning ways with a fine win over Pieta who finished the match with nine men to stop their run of three successive wins. The match started at a...

  • Football news

    Football news

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu sought to clarify the club’s position on the future of Lionel Messi following a week of institutional upheaval by declaring that renewing the Argentine maestro’s contract was “indispensable”. “We want Leo...

  • Sporting briefs

    Montanier: Nottingham Forest have sacked their French manager Philippe Montanier after just seven months in charge. The former double European Cup winners are struggling in England’s second-tier and were recently the subject of a takeover attempt...

  • Bigger can be better

    Bigger can be better

    The World Cup is going to be expanded to 48 teams and, frankly speaking, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Fifa unanimously voted in favour of the move last week, with the change due to come into effect for the 2026 tournament. Assuming, of...

  • Fiorentina fully motivated for big match against Juve

    Fiorentina fully motivated for big match against Juve

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will not be taking the opposition lightly when his side travel to the Stadio Artemio Franchi for Fiorentina’s “most important” game of the Serie A season this evening. The Bianconeri, Scudetto winners for the...

  • Senglea halt Qormi’s winning run, Lija upset

    Qormi 0Senglea Athletic 0 Senglea ended Qormi’s impressive run of six successive wins after holding their promotion rivals to a goalless draw, yesterday. This was Qormi’s first draw of the season that left them sharing top spot with Naxxar Lions...

  • Barca thrash Las Palmas

    Barcelona’s Luis Suarez scored twice and Lionel Messi was also on target as they thrashed Las Palmas 5-0 with a ruthless second-half display at the Nou Camp yesterday to provisionally go second and cut the gap with Real Madrid to two...

  • Football news

    Swansea City are edging closer to the signing of Tom Carroll after agreeing an initial fee for the Tottenham midfielder, reports in the UK media said yesterday. It seems that the Spurs have accepted a basic offer of around £5 million for Carroll...

  • Sporting briefs

    Payet: West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan has vowed not to let Dimitri Payet leave this month. France star Payet last week rocked the Hammers by telling them he wants to quit the club. The 29-year-old, who signed a bumper £125,000-a-week...

  • Eder's late goal sees Inter claim dramatic win over Chievo

    Eder's late goal sees Inter claim dramatic win over Chievo

    Inter came from behind to beat Chievo 3-1 with late goals from Ivan Perisic and Eder at the San Siro to record a fifth straight Serie A victory. Forward Sergio Pellissier had given the visitors a shock half-time lead when he crashed a volley past...