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  • Bayern pay off stadium, to post €500m turnover

    Bayern pay off stadium, to post €500m turnover

    Bayern Munich have paid off the cost of building the Allianz Arena and are set to top €500 million ($628.10 million) in turnover for 2013/14, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said yesterday. He told the Bundesliga champions’ magazine the 25-year...

  • Holders Nigeria out as final field settled

    Holders Nigeria were bundled out of the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Wednesday as the final six places for the 2015 finals were decided. Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Mali all made certain of...

  • Blind faces spell on the sidelines

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects to be without midfielder Daley Blind for some time. The midfielder was taken off in the 20th minute of Holland’s 6-0 win over Latvia last Sunday with a knee injury. Van Gaal said initial tests on...

  • Giroud ready to return against United

    Arsenal’s France striker Olivier Giroud could return for their Premier League clash with Manchester United tomorrow after recovering from a broken leg nearly a month ahead of schedule. Giroud, 28, broke his left tibia in the closing seconds of...

  • Six and easy for Xewkija Tigers

    Six and easy for Xewkija Tigers

    Xewkija Tigers and Kerċem Ajax booked their place in the quarter-finals of the GFA Cup following victories over fellow Division One sides St Lawrence Spurs and SK Victoria Wanderers respectively, last weekend. The Spurs produced a decent...

  • Plucky Qormi hold Luxol

    Plucky Qormi hold Luxol

    Luxol’s perfect run of five consecutive wins in the Premier Division was halted by a gutsy side Qormi side who produced their best to gain a point in a thrilling 6-6 draw. Trailing by three goals at the interval, Qormi grew in confidence after the...

  • Borg to officiate top clash in Georgia

    Borg to officiate top clash in Georgia

    The referees’ exchange programme, coordinated by the Malta FA Refereeing Department, will see FIFA referee Marco Borg take charge of the top clash from the Georgian Premier League between Dila Gori and FC Samtredia today. Borg will be assisted by...

  • Football news

    Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm had successful surgery on a broken ankle and will remain in hospital for a few more days, the German champions announced yesterday. Lahm, who will be out for about three months, sustained the injury on Tuesday in...

  • Sporting briefs

    BOV Division One fixtures Today: (Centenary Stadium)19.30 Lija Athletic vs Birżebbuġa St Peter’s. Tomorrow: (Centenary Stadium) 14.00 Fgura United vs Gudja United; 16.00 Msida St Joseph vs Mqabba. Sunday: (Luxol Stadium) 14.00 Pembroke Athleta vs...

  • 'Hard cash' claim ignored - Murray

    'Hard cash' claim ignored - Murray

    A FIFA executive committee member was reported to the world governing body's ethics committee after asking for "hard cash" in return for votes during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup - but no action was taken, it has been claimed. Les...

  • Police report peaceful end to match at Celtic Park

    Police report peaceful end to match at Celtic Park

    Despite a bitter soccer rivalry spanning more than a century, and a bumpy political landscape in recent months, Scotland and England’s first clash since the Scots voted to remain within the UK passed off peacefully on Tuesday. A spokesman for...

  • Spain relieved ‘annus horribilis’ is finally over

    Spain relieved ‘annus horribilis’ is finally over

    At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title. Thus it was fitting that what turned out to be an “annus horribilis” for...

  • Martino has hope for the future despite 1-0 defeat to Portugal

    Argentina may have lost 1-0 to Portugal on Tuesday but a nine-day trip to England that ended with a fine performance at Old Trafford has given coach Gerardo Martino hope for the future. Argentina dominated Portugal, especially in the first half...

  • Wenger will help me progress says Ozil

    Wenger will help me progress says Ozil

    Mesut Ozil has complete trust Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can help make him a better player. The Gunners’ club-record signing is currently recovering from a knee injury suffered at the start of October, and is not expected to feature again until...

  • French scandals show need for coordination, experts say

    Recent scandals that have hit French football show that sports authorities alone cannot fight corruption, according to a group of experts calling for an “international platform” to coordinate the efforts. On Tuesday, the presidents of Ligue 1 Caen...

  • Denni eyes Malta return in January

    Denni eyes Malta return in January

    Brazilian forward Denni Rocha dos Santos is targeting a return to Maltese football in January but his next destination is still unknown. Following the end of his four-year contract with Valletta at the end of last season, Denni reached a verbal...

  • Conte frustrated by role

    Italy boss Antonio Conte has already grown frustrated by the problems a national team coach has to face. The former Juventus tactician has steered Italy to five wins and a draw since replacing Cesare Prandelli after the Azzurri’s first-round exit...

  • Liverpool and City on the verge of elimination

    Liverpool and City on the verge of elimination

    Much more was expected of Liverpool in the Champions League this season after their runners-up spot in the English Premier League ensured a return to UEFA’s competition for elite clubs after an absence of five years. However, progress to the...

  • Showers of rain and missiles

    Showers of rain and missiles

    As a game of football, the league match between Valletta and Ħamrun Spartans, played on January 9, 1977, left a lot to be desired. Heavy rain on matchday turned the Gzira ground into a slippery and dangerous skating rink. These difficult...

  • Football news

    England will play glamour friendlies against world champions Germany and France in the build-up to Euro 2016. The FA announced yesterday that the Three Lions will host France on November 17 next year, and it also confirmed England will play a...

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