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  • Rodriguez caps Real’s win over Inter

    James Rodriguez curled home a superb free-kick to cap Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Inter in a friendly in Guangzhou yesterday. The Colombian midfielder, brought on for just the last 10 minutes of the International Champions Cup match, stepped up to...

  • Thai tycoon due in Italy this week for Milan talks

    Thai tycoon due in Italy this week for Milan talks

    Thai businessman Bee Tae-chaubol will be in Milan this week as talks to buy 48 per cent of top-flight Italian club Milan reach their end-of-the-month deadline for agreement, a source close to the matter said yesterday. Former prime minister Silvio...

  • Juventus face Udinese in opener

    Juventus face Udinese in opener

    Juventus’ pursuit of a fifth straight Serie A title begins at home to Udinese in late August as the draws of the Italian top-flight were held yesterday in Milan. While Massimiliano Allegri’s men were drawn against the team also referred to as...

  • Melita boys win titles at Munich Summer Cup

    Melita boys win titles at Munich Summer Cup

    Melita FC youth nursery teams recently travelled to Germany for the Munich Summer Cup and returned home with two titles after winning their respective tournaments in Unterschleissheim. A total of 38 teams from 11 countries took part in the...

  • Football news

    Cagliari’s Davide Astori has been linked with a move to Napoli but it emerged yesterday that Fio-rentina have prepared a €5m bid to lure the central defender to their fold this summer. Astori, an Italy international, played for Roma on loan last...

  • Sporting briefs

    Berghuis: Watford have an-nounced the signing of winger Steven Berghuis from AZ Alkmaar. The 23-year-old, who scored 11 goals in 22 league appearances last season, has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Vicarage Road in a deal understood...

  • England matches a dream says team captain Mifsud

    England matches a dream says team captain Mifsud

    Malta will be hosting England on September 1, 2017 as the fixtures list for the 2018 World Cup qualifying Group F were announced yesterday. Local football was gripped with a huge amount of anticipation during the weekend to discover the date when...

  • England face Scotland at Wembley on Nov. 11

    England face Scotland at Wembley on Nov. 11

    England will host Scotland at Wembley in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday, November 11, 2016. The return match will take place at Hampden Park on Saturday June 10, 2017. England will begin their World Cup qualifying campaign away against...

  • South America the toughest – Pekerman

    South America the toughest – Pekerman

    South America is still the most difficult continent to qualify for the World Cup from, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. Teams face long journeys and must play in heat, cold and high altitude during the marathon 18-match, two-year campaign but...

  • Wenger expects Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

    Wenger expects Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

    Arsene Wenger has said Theo Walcott is likely to pen a new deal at Arsenal very soon – and has backed him to score plenty of goals this season. Walcott, 26, hit the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Wolfsburg 1-0 to secure Emirates Cup success...

  • Jovetic poised for Inter switch

    Jovetic poised for Inter switch

    Stevan Jovetic is set to join Inter after the Serie A side announced he will have a medical tomorrow. The Montenegro striker has failed to establish himself at Manchester City and will seek to relaunch his career in Italy. A post on Inter’s...

  • C. Palace can challenge all except top four, says Pardew

    Crystal Palace have the potential to challenge any team outside the top four in the English Premier League next season if they can stay largely injury free, manager Alan Pardew told reporters yesterday. “We can compete with any team below the tier...

  • Di Maria not on flight – Van Gaal

    Di Maria not on flight – Van Gaal

    Angel di Maria failed to board his flight to the United States and therefore did not join Manchester United’s pre-season tour party on Saturday, Louis van Gaal has revealed. Di Maria, subject of serious interest from Paris St Germain, was due to...

  • Vermaelen out to prove himself

    Thomas Vermaelen is determined to prove himself at Barcelona next season after enduring a “terrible” campaign at the Nou Camp. Barca signed Vermaelen from Arsenal for £15 million last summer, but the Belgian struggled to recover from a hamstring...

  • Bale will stay with Real Madrid says Wales coach Coleman

    Bale will stay with Real Madrid says Wales coach Coleman

    Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid – and that Wales will benefit from the forward’s decision. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United but Wales boss Coleman is convinced Bale’s future lies with the...

  • Bulgaria camp for Swieqi youngsters

    Bulgaria camp for Swieqi youngsters

    The Swieqi United FC Under-17 squad travelled to Kazanlak, Bulgaria, earlier this month for a seven-day training camp. Fourteen players and four coaches joined the trip which was coordinated by Swieqi academy director Andrea Vella and Rosen...

  • Football news

    Real Madrid have struck a deal to sell merchandise online via the Chinese platform Alibaba, the club confirmed yesterday. “We have strengthened still more our bond with the country through this agreement with Alibaba, a globally recognised leader...

  • Sporting briefs

    LA Galaxy: Will Bruin’s early goal set the tone for Houston on Saturday as the Dynamo cruised to a 3-0 home win over LA Galaxy. Bruin scored in the ninth minute to put Houston ahead before Brad Davis made it 2-0 in the 27th minute. Leonel Miranda...

  • Malta roars with delight as Three Lions await

    Malta roars with delight as Three Lions await

    The Three Lions are coming to town. After being drawn in the same group as Italy in the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 qualifiers, Malta will now meet England in the qualifying trek for the 2018 World Cup, to be staged in Russia. Group F promises to...

  • Spain and Italy paired in group draw

    Spain and Italy paired in group draw

    Spain and Italy were placed in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as were the Netherlands and France, but holders Germany were handed a kinder campaign with the Czech Republic their chief rivals in the draw made...