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    Former England footballer turned pundit Ray Wilkins is being treated at a rehabilitation centre for alcoholism, a court has heard. The former Chelsea and Manchester United star was due to face magistrates on Monday accused of drink-driving. But...

  • New Italy coach says he should not be judged by lack of titles

    New Italy coach says he should not be judged by lack of titles

    Italy's new coach Giampiero Ventura, officially presented today, said he should not be judged by his lack of major titles and that he had enjoyed "other victories" in his long career. Ventura, the second oldest coach to occupy the post, praised...

  • Belief key as Zammit rallies City for stern Red Star test

    Belief key as Zammit rallies City for stern Red Star test

    The 2-1 defeat in the home encounter may have jeopardised Valletta’s chances of advancing to the third qualifying round of the Champions League but it has not diminished their resolve to produce another gutsy performance when they meet Crvena...

  • Pre-season tournament is ideal test for Premier teams

    Pre-season tournament is ideal test for Premier teams

    Ħamrun Spartans will face three other Premier League teams when they host the fifth Powerade Cup which gets under way at the Tedesco Stadium this Friday. Tarxien Rainbows meet Balzan in the opening match while the Spartans take on the other...

  • Mourinho urges patience with new signing Bailly

    Mourinho urges patience with new signing Bailly

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged patience with new recruit Eric Bailly, saying that the defender will take time to adapt to the demands of English football following his move from Spain. Bailly, Mourinho’s first signing since he...

  • Interpol makes over 4,000 arrests over illegal gambling on Euro 2016

    More than 4,100 people were arrested in co-ordinated raids across 11 different countries during Euro 2016 in one of the largest global police operations against illegal gambling in Asia. Nearly 4,000 raids were carried out in China, France,...

  • La Liga players dominate shortlist

    La Liga players dominate shortlist

    La Liga players dominate this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, announced by the continent’s governing body UEFA yesterday, with seven of the top 10 contenders for the prestigious award currently plying their trade in Spain. European...

  • Joao Mario to stay at Sporting

    Sporting president Bruno De Carvalho has reiterated his stance on Joao Mario amid reports Inter were close to signing the Portuguese midfielder. The Nerazzurri were believed to be in the running to sign the 23-year-old having observed his...

  • Gilmar set to join club in Saudi Arabia

    Gilmar set to join  club in Saudi Arabia

    Brazilian playmaker Gilmar is set to continue his career in the Middle East after agreeing a move to Al-Raed in Saudi Arabia. A spokesman for the player told Times of Malta that Gilmar is joining Al-Raed on loan from Maltese club Naxxar Lions,...

  • Joseph Grech – St George’s FC

    Sander Abela writes: Last week, the death was announced of former St George’s FC centre-half, Joseph Grech. A clever and sturdy defender, Grech played for the Pioneers at a time when the Saints were going through a grand revival of their fortunes.

  • Football news

    FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as its first regional World Cup sponsor yesterday. The global soccer body said Alfa Bank would “activate...

  • Sporting briefs

    Agazzi: Milan goalkeeper Michael Agazzi has joined Serie B side Cesena. The 32-year-old stopper, who spent last season on loan at M’boro, reached an agreement with Cesena and trained with his new team-mates yesterday. Agazzi joined the Rossoneri...

  • Andelkovic signs new deal at Birkirkara

    Andelkovic signs new deal at Birkirkara

    Mislav Andelkovic will again play for Birkirkara in the coming season after agreeing terms on a new one-year contract, the Premier League club announced yesterday. “Birkirkara FC completed an-other major signing as Croatian midfielder Mislav...

  • Allardyce could be just what England need – Brooking

    Allardyce could be just what England need – Brooking

    Trevor Brooking has backed Sam Allardyce to get the best out of England’s players if he is appointed as Roy Hodgson’s successor. The English FA are searching for a new manager after Hodgson resigned in the aftermath of England’s dismal Euro 2016...

  • Argentina will remain competitive without Lionel Messi, says Crespo

    Argentina will remain competitive without Lionel Messi, says Crespo

    Argentina will fight for major honours despite Lionel Messi retiring from international soccer after the disappointment of last month’s Copa America final shootout loss to Chile, the country’s former forward Hernan Crespo has said. The 29-year-old...

  • Hazard can be as good as Messi and Ronaldo – Conte

    Hazard can be as good as Messi and Ronaldo – Conte

    Antonio Conte is confident he can transform the likes of Eden Hazard into world-class performers during his time in charge of Chelsea. Hazard was voted the PFA Player of the Year in 2015 for the dazzling displays that helped Chelsea win the...

  • Howard makes smooth transition to the MLS for Colorado Rapids

    Goalkeeper Tim Howard has had no problems in making the transition to Major League Soccer and has been brilliant for Colorado Rapids from the outset. The long-time United States goalkeeper spent the last 13 years in English football, including 10...

  • Wenger welcomes a tough schedule

    Wenger welcomes a tough schedule

    Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal’s pre-season schedule will sharpen his squad for a tough start in the Premier League. Wenger stands to be without some of his big-name international players when Liverpool visit the Emirates on the opening...

  • Ba suffers horror injury in Shanghai derby

    Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a horror leg break playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, yesterday. The 31-year-old, who left Stamford Bridge in 2014, sustained the injury in...

  • Rangers boss Warburton not convinced by the new format for League Cup

    Mark Warburton watched Rangers triumph 2-0 in an open and entertaining Betfred Cup encounter at Motherwell on Saturday but remained sceptical about the new format. His men recovered from a shaky start when Motherwell missed a series of clear-cut...