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  • Ramos ‘100 per cent committed’ to Real Madrid, says Benitez

    Real Madrid captain and centre-back Sergio Ramos is “100 per cent committed” to the club, new coach Rafa Benitez said yesterday, amid continued speculation the Spain defender could be on his way to Manchester United. The English Premier League...

  • Croatia docked point, fined for swastika symbol

    Croatia have been deducted one point, ordered to play two matches behind closed doors and fined by UEFA after a swastika was imprinted on the pitch before last month’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy. The swastika became visible during the match...

  • Serbian FA investigate alleged match-fixing

    The Serbian Football Association (FSS) has opened an investigation following reports that a first division match between Red Star Belgrade and city rivals OFK was rigged. Visiting Red Star, the 1991 European Cup winners, won the game 6-2 after...

  • Football news

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sprung to the defence of new goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after the Bosnian conceded four goals against the New York Red Bulls after coming on as a half-time substitute in a friendly on Wednesday. Begovic, signed from Stoke...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ludogorets: Ludogorets coach Bruno Ribeiro can breathe easy after receiving the backing of Bulgarian champions despite growing criticism over the club’s dreadful start to the new season. The Razgrad-based side were beaten by 10-men Moldovian...

  • Record crowd for tonight's Europa league match

    Record crowd for tonight's Europa league match

    Birkirkara FC president Adrian Delia has described the atmosphere at the club as “electrifying” ahead of tonight’s match against West Ham United. The team will be playing in front of a record crowd for a Uefa Europa league match with more than...

  • Stripes urged to push on

    Stripes urged to push on

    Birkirkara vs West Ham United still sounds like a gross mismatch, on paper at least, but coach Giovanni Tedesco is not ready to throw in the towel. Having seen his men battle bravely to restrict West Ham to a single goal in the first leg of their...

  • Birkirkara are the underdogs but we still believe in our chances – Muscat

    Birkirkara are the underdogs but we still believe in our chances – Muscat

    Birkirkara defender Zach Muscat is backing his team to improve on their display at Upton Park when they face West Ham United this evening at the National Stadium. “We know West Ham better after the first leg,” Muscat told Times of Malta. “Before...

  • West Ham’s Bilic in bullish mood despite slender lead

    West Ham’s Bilic in bullish mood despite slender lead

    West Ham United coach Slaven Bilic admitted that the 1-0 win over Birkirkara in London is too close for comfort but he expects his team to complete the job at the National Stadium tonight. “The score was not ideal,” Bilic, who took over from Sam...

  • Liverpool sign striker Benteke

    Liverpool completed the signing of striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa last night. “The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the Reds after successfully completing a medical in London,” Liverpool said. Villa were...

  • Hulk to take part in World Cup draw

    Hulk to take part in World Cup draw

    Brazil striker Hulk has been announced as one of the star names taking part in the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup this weekend only days after he raised fears of racism at the tournament in Russia. Hulk, who plays for Zenit St Petersburg,...

  • River Plate reach cup final

    River Plate came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Guarani late Tuesday and se-cure a 3-1 aggregate win that takes them into their first Libertadores Cup final since 1996. Guarani, bidding to become the third Paraguayan team in three years to...

  • Borg’s transfer to Roma ratified by Serie A club

    Serie A club Roma finalised the transfer move of international Malta midfielder Conor Borg after filing his contract at the Italian soccer federation offices, reports said yesterday. Borg, 18, flew to Italy last weekend to team up with the rest of...

  • Herrera welcomes squad competition

    Herrera welcomes squad competition

    Ander Herrera is not fazed by the prospect of having to compete with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin for a place in the Manchester United starting XI this season. After a difficult start, Herrera ended his debut season at United on...

  • The inaugural Super Five Cup

    The inaugural Super Five Cup

    In the past, Maltese football was no stranger to controversy. Many were the incidents and polemics that marred the game on our islands but the ones that marked the 1990-91 champion-ship take some beating. It is enough to say that the relegation...

  • QPR, Saints endure contrasting fortunes

    QPR, Saints endure contrasting fortunes

    At the end of season 2014-15, Queens Park Rangers returned to the Championship after only one year in the Premier League. By contrast, Southampton were the surprise packet, finishing seventh to qualify for the UEFA Europa League. QPR sacked...

  • Football news

    Esteban Cambiasso has rejected a new deal with Leicester City and will not return to the Premier League club, the former Argentina international said. Cambiasso, 34, joined Leicester last August on a short-term contract that has now expired. He...

  • Sporting briefs

    Carpi: Serie A new boys Carpi have signed Chelsea full-back Wallace on a season-long loan deal. The 21-year-old, who joined the Blues from Fluminense in December 2012, has previous experience of Serie A having spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at...

  • We need a great performance, Birkirkara coach says as West Ham train at Ta' Qali

    We need a great performance, Birkirkara coach says as West Ham train at Ta' Qali

    Birkirkara coach Giovanni Tedesco has set his sights on a "great performance" from his team when they take on West Ham United tomorrow evening at the National Stadium (kick-off 8.45pm). West Ham United remain favourites to progress to the third...

  • Hibs succumb in second half

    Hibs succumb in second half

    Maccabi Tel Aviv 5Jorginho 32 og; Zahavi 57 pen., 90; Ben Haim II 62; Igiebor 82;Hibernians 1Soares 51; (Maccabi win 6-3 on aggregate) Two quick goals early in the second half dashed Hibs’ dreams of reaching the third qualifying round of the...