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  • 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...

  • Marcos Alonso's brace means Chelsea don't miss Diego Costa at Leicester

    Marcos Alonso's brace means Chelsea don't miss Diego Costa at Leicester

    Chelsea moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League as they made light work of Diego Costa's absence with a routine victory at Leicester. Marcos Alonso's double helped the leaders brush aside the poor defending champions as Antonio...

  • Montebello's stunning goal leads Valletta to victory

    Montebello's stunning goal leads Valletta to victory

    VALLETTA 1 GZIRA UNITED 0 Although Valletta’s display was far from convincing this evening at the Hibernians Stadium, Luke Montebello struck a stunning goal to allow the champions to return to winning ways after three games. Gzira left the pitch...

  • Ħamrun with a vital win over Sliema

    Ħamrun with a vital win over Sliema

    Ħamrun Spartans registered a crucial win over Sliema Wanderers to extend their lead above the danger zone. Sliema knocked on Ħamrun’s door on minute 17, when Jean Paul Farrugia directed his header towards David Cassar’s goalpost, but his effort...

  • Pembroke and St Andrews share the spoils

    Pembroke and St Andrews share the spoils

    PEMBROKE ATHLETA 2 ST ANDREWS 2  Pembroke and St Andrews shared the spoils in an entertaining match. St Andrews’ flying start came to fruition in the 24th minute when Arber Dharmi sensed the danger for Pembroke outside the box but he could only...

  • Harry Kane hat-trick helps Spurs turn up heat on leaders Chelsea

    Harry Kane hat-trick helps Spurs turn up heat on leaders Chelsea

    Harry Kane plundered a hat-trick as Tottenham swept past West Brom 4-0 to move second in the Premier League. With title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City both not in action until Sunday, Spurs kept the pressure up on leaders Chelsea - who play...

  • Diego Costa Chelsea future thrown into doubt

    Diego Costa Chelsea future thrown into doubt

    Diego Costa's future at Chelsea was thrown into doubt after he was left out of the squad for today's Premier League clash at Leicester. Press Association Sport understands Costa has not travelled with the rest of the squad for the evening...

  • Birkirkara play leaders Balzan in crunch fixture at Ta’ Qali

    Birkirkara play leaders Balzan in crunch fixture at Ta’ Qali

    Balzan and Birkirkara face each other in a crunch encounter at the National Stadium tomorrow (kick-off: 14.00) that could determine the two sides’ fortunes in the Premier League this season. This year’s title race is developing into one of the...

  • Hibs coach wary of Floriana’s threat

    Buoyed by their win over Valletta, Hibs will look to keep up the pressure when they play Floriana tomorrow (kick-off: 16.00). The Paolites are just one point behind leaders Balzan but fully aware of the difficult task they have at hand as they...

  • City land Argentine forward Velasco

    City land Argentine forward Velasco

    Champions Valletta have bolstered their forward line with the capture of Argentine Maximiliano Velasco. The Citizens were forced to delve into the market this week after Jhonnattann Benitez agreed to join a UAE club on loan until the end of the...

  • Hull make double swoop for Niasse and Evandro

    Hull City have signed Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse on loan from Everton and Brazilian midfielder Evandro from FC Porto, the Premier League’s bottom team said yesterday. The pair will help to bolster a struggling team that will be without...

  • Watford hope to honour Taylor with win over Middlesbrough

    Watford hope to honour Taylor with win over Middlesbrough

    Watford are hoping to pay tribute to former manager Graham Taylor, who died on Thursday, by beating Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road this afternoon, manager Walter Mazzarri has said. Taylor, who led Watford to a second-place finish in the old first...

  • Aubameyang carries Gabon’s burden of home expectation

    Aubameyang carries Gabon’s burden of home expectation

    Prolific striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will carry a heavy burden in the African Nations Cup finals with the hopes of the host nation resting squarely on his shoulders. The Borussia Dortmund marksman enjoys megastar status in Gabon, who host...