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  • European newcomers Balzan target creditable showing

    European newcomers Balzan target creditable showing

    Balzan will be going all out to mark their debut in UEFA competitions with a spirited showing when they meet Bosnia’s FK Zeljeznicar this evening in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round match at the Hibernians Stadium...

  • Ambitious Tagliaferro eyes more signings

    Ambitious Tagliaferro eyes more signings

    Balzan FC president Anton Tagliaferro is prepared to sanction the signing of more players over the next two months. Buoyed by their fourth-place finish in the Premier League, Balzan have been busy in the close season. They have brought in Malta...

  • Azzopardi to make Europa League bow

    UEFA have selected Maltese football referee Adrian Azzopardi to take charge of the Europa League first qualifying round match between Brondby IF (Denmark) and AC Juvenes (San Marino) in Copenhagen on Thursday. This will mark Azzopardi’s debut in...

  • Liverpool close in on defender Clyne

    Liverpool close in on defender Clyne

    Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne underwent a medical on Merseyside yesterday ahead of his £12.5 million move to Liverpool. The 24-year-old England right-back has returned from holiday and is in the city to complete the final stages of his...

  • Chile’s Jara gets three-match ban for finger incident

    Chile’s Jara gets three-match ban for finger incident

    Chile defender Gonzalo Jara will miss the rest of the Copa America after being suspended for three matches for sticking his finger up an opponent’s backside and feigning injury during a match. CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American...

  • Chelsea keeper Cech joins London rivals Arsenal

    Chelsea keeper Cech joins London rivals Arsenal

    Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech ended a highly successful 11-year spell at English champions Chelsea when he moved to Premier League rivals Arsenal yesterday. Cech, who made over 400 appearances at Stamford Bridge and won the Champions League...

  • No Roma contact for Casillas – agent

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ agent claims he has not been contacted by Roma regarding a summer switch for his client. Casillas’ future at the Bernabeu is in doubt with the club thought to be interested in acquiring Manchester United...

  • Real striker Ronaldo sells image rights

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has sold his image rights to Singaporean tycoon Peter Lim, owner of Primera Liga club Valencia. Ronaldo, the World Player of the Year, banked a reported £50 million last year in salary, bonus and endorsements,...

  • Juve’s Pirlo in advanced talks over MLS switch – reports

    Juve’s Pirlo in advanced talks over MLS switch – reports

    Juventus veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo is in advanced talks to move to Major League Soccer with New York City FC, according to reports in Italy. Pirlo is currently on holiday in the United States and was seen on Saturday attending a New York...

  • Semi-finals offer fascinating contrasts, global spread

    Semi-finals offer fascinating contrasts, global spread

    The Women’s World Cup semi-finals promise more thrills and excitement, bringing together three powerhouses of the game along with surprise package England. In Montreal tonight, Germany, world champions in 2003 and 2007, take on the United States,...

  • Czech legend Josef Masopust dies at 84

    Czech legend Josef Masopust dies at 84

    Josef Masopust, who led Czechoslovakia into the 1962 World Cup final and was considered the country’s greatest ever player, died yesterday after a long illness, his former club Dukla Prague announced. He was 84. In perhaps the highlight of his...

  • Football news

    England coach Mark Sampson is optimistic goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will recover from a mystery eye problem in time for the Women’s World Cup semi-final against Japan tomorrow. Bardsley had to be withdrawn in the 52nd minute of England’s 2-1 win...

  • Sporting briefs

    Peacock: England Under-17s head coach John Peacock has announced he will be leaving the Football Association after a career spanning a total of 21 years to return to Derby. The 59-year-old, who previously worked for the Rams as Academy director,...

  • Stripes set to add Miccoli to squad for home match

    Stripes set to add Miccoli to squad for home match

    Fabrizio Miccoli is in line to make his first appearance for Birkirkara in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie against Armenia’s Ulisses FC on Thursday as the Italian striker has already left a very positive impression...

  • Valletta off to Wales tomorrow amid UK visa concerns for foreign quartet

    Valletta off to Wales tomorrow amid UK visa concerns for foreign quartet

    Valletta will depart for Wales tomorrow afternoon ahead of their Europa League first qualifying round, first-leg tie against Newtown AFC on Thursday night. The City squad, spearheaded by coach Paul Zammit, are flying out to Birmingham from where...

  • Guidetti on mark as Sweden reach final

    Guidetti on mark as Sweden reach final

    Sweden will vie with Portugal for the Under-21 European Championship after former Manchester City striker John Guidetti helped inspire victory against Denmark. After seven years and a clutch of loans, the 23-year-old was let go by Manuel...

  • Ilori backs Portugal to finish job

    Tiago Ilori is confident Portugal can go one better than the golden generation of Luis Figo and Rui Costa by winning the Under-21 European Championship. Olomouc bore witness to a remarkable semi-final on Saturday as Rui Jorge’s side not only...

  • Paraguay down Brazil on penalties, meet Argentina

    Paraguay down Brazil on penalties, meet Argentina

    Derlis Gonzalez slotted two penalties, one in regular time and again in the shootout, to help Paraguay beat Brazil 4-3 after a 1-1 draw on Saturday that advanced them to a Copa America semi-final against Argentina. It was the second tournament in...

  • Phil Neville appointed Valencia assistant coach

    Former Manchester United, Everton and England midfielder Phil Neville has agreed to become Valencia coach Nuno’s assistant, the La Liga club said yesterday. Neville played for boyhood club United from 1995 to 2005 before switching to Everton and...

  • Scala issues Blatter reminder

    Scala issues Blatter reminder

    Sepp Blatter has been urged to stop “flirting with power” by the man who will oversee the next FIFA presidential election. Blatter announced on June 2 he would step down from the presidency of the sport’s world governing body at an extraordinary...