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  • Fiorentina’s Montella gets Roma reunion in Europa League draw

    Fiorentina’s Montella gets Roma reunion in Europa League draw

    Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was handed a reunion with former club Roma in an all-Italian clash that was among the highlights of the Europa League last-16 draw made yesterday. Montella, who spent 10 years at Roma as a player and had a spell...

  • Third all-London showdown

    Third all-London showdown

    The all-London League Cup final at Wembley Stadium tomorrow will see Chelsea and Tottenham fight it out for the first domestic prize of the season in England. This will be the third all-London showdown in the history of the competition. In 2007,...

  • Combative Costa may be more careful but won’t change his game

    Combative Costa may be more careful but won’t change his game

    Controversial Chelsea striker Diego Costa has no plans to modify his robust style of play though he concedes he may need to be more careful in future to avoid another ban. The Brazil-born Spain international returned from a three-match suspension...

  • Roma seek revenge win over Juventus to close gap

    Roma seek revenge win over Juventus to close gap

    The best teams in Serie A face off late Monday when Roma host Juventus, with the home side hoping they can reverse the 3-2 defeat they suffered against the champions in October to close the gap at the top of the standings. Prior to their first...

  • Another Parma match off as players threaten strike

    Bottom-of-the-table Parma have had a Serie A match called off for the second weekend in a row after the squad at the financially-stricken club threatened to strike over unpaid wages. The Italian football federation (FIGC) agreed yesterday to...

  • 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18 – Blatter

    The World Cup final in Qatar in 2022 should be played no later than Dec. 18, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said yesterday. Blatter, who arrived in Northern Ireland for this weekend’s International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting, said he...

  • Late Ogunnupe goal gives Żurrieq hope

    Żurrieq 1Gudja United 0 Joseph Ogunnupe converted a late penalty to hand Żurrieq a priceless victory over Gudja that revived their hopes of avoiding relegation. The Reds, under the charge of Winston Muscat, played a blinder to overcome the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Jordan: Colombian forward Wilmar Jordan has signed a deal to join Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda, ending his successful stint at Bulgarian side Litex Lovech. The 24-year-old striker, who signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Tianjin,...

  • Football news

    Feyenoord coach Fred Rutten will leave the club at the end of the season, Dutch media reported yesterday a day after the club were eliminated from the Europa League. Rutten has been at the club since the start of the season on a rolling one-year...

  • Fiorentina paired with Roma in Europa League draw

    Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was handed a reunion with former club Roma in an all-Italian clash that was among the highlights of the Europa League last-16 draw made today. Montella, who spent 10 years at Roma as a player and had a spell as...

  • City, Arsenal failures dent Premier League’s boasts

    City, Arsenal failures dent Premier League’s boasts

    The Premier League can attract mega riches from global broadcasters but first Manchester City and now Arsenal have proved to be poor ambassadors for the self-proclaimed best league in the world in the Champions League this week. Richard Scudamore,...

  • Atletico facing crucial tests of new pedigree

    Atletico facing crucial tests of new pedigree

    Atletico Madrid have four games in the coming weeks that are likely to determine whether they have truly joined Spain’s elite or are in danger of slipping back in the second rank behind powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona. Diego Simeone’s...

  • UEFA backs Dec. 23 WCup final in 2022

    UEFA backs Dec. 23 WCup final in 2022

    UEFA says it wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to be held two days before Christmas because it would have less impact on its own international matches. The European body’s proposed date of December 23 has sparked uproar in Britain as it...

  • Morata happy to pay Juve back

    Alvaro Morata’s move to Juventus has paid off handsomely for the Spaniard who has struck up an excellent attacking partnership with Carlos Tevez and displaced compatriot Fernando Llorente as a first choice striker. The 22-year-old might still be...

  • Liverpool bow out on penalties

    Liverpool bow out on penalties

    Liverpool’s Europa League campaign ended at the scene of one of their greatest European triumphs as they lost on penalties to Besiktas in the Ataturk Stadium in Turkey yesterday. The Turkish side won the last 32 clash 5-4 in the shoot-out with...

  • Lawmakers consider fourth sub and end to triple sanction

    Football’s rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), will consider allowing a fourth substitution in extra time as well as ending the controversial so-called “triple punishment” this weekend. IFAB, which consists of...

  • Lija, Mellieħa march on as Birżebbuġa break their duck

    Lija, Mellieħa march on as Birżebbuġa break their duck

    Lija Athletic and Mellieħa remained locked at the top of the standings with 42 points each after the two promotion seekers won their respective encounters in the First Division. Nikolay Filipov scored four goals as Mellieħa beat Sirens 5-2 for the...

  • Xewkija held but Nadur lose ground

    Xewkija held but Nadur lose ground

    Xewkija Tigers, still on a high following their victory in the direct clash against Nadur Youngsters the week before, were surprisingly held to a draw by Victoria Hotspurs. However, the point won was still good enough for the champions to take...

  • Football news

    Leeds chairman Andrew Umbers has insisted the club is not for sale after actor Russell Crowe prompted speculation he may be ready to make a bid. Crowe caused a stir among Leeds fans on Wednesday when he asked his 1.6 million Twitter followers...

  • Sporting briefs

    Chelsea: Chelsea have signed their “largest ever commercial deal” with the Yokohama Rubber Company that will see the name of the Japanese tyre manufacturer on their shirts for five years starting next season. Financial details were undisclosed but...

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