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  • ‘Outsiders’ meet at the Emirates

    ‘Outsiders’ meet at the Emirates

    All eyes will be on the Emirates Stadium this evening when Arsenal play hosts to Manchester United in the Premier League’s most attractive fixture of the weekend. Both Arsenal and United have failed to sparkle so far and it’s no surprise that they...

  • Mancini is back and ready to go

    Mancini is back and ready to go

    Roberto Mancini will coach Inter for the first time since 2008 in tomorrow’s derby with Milan at the San Siro. The 49-year-old, who won three successive Serie A titles with the club during his four years in charge, replaced Walter Mazzarri during...

  • Ancelotti eyes Khedira as replacement for Modric

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said it was a big blow to lose Luka Modric to a long-term injury, but he hopes to have Sami Khedira fit to take his place in midfield against Eibar today. Khedira has made few starts this season, having suffered...

  • Zidane ban overturned

    Zinedine Zidane has had a three-month ban for coaching Real Madrid’s B team without the correct licence overturned on appeal, the club confirmed yesterday. “Spain’s Administrative Court for Sport (TAD) has accepted the case put forward by the club...

  • Azzopardi fourth official for friendly at Wembley

    Esther Azzopardi will become the first Maltese match official on duty at the new Wembley Stadium to-morrow following her appointment as fourth official for the clash between England and Germany. Following her successful return to international...

  • Football news

    Roma have announced defender Leandro Castan is to undergo surgery on his brain in order to cure a condition known as “cavernoma”. The Brazilian centre-back made his only appearance of the season against Empoli in September and following the game,...

  • Sporting briefs

    Cruzeiro: Cruzeiro have moved one win away from a second successive league title after coming from behind to beat Gremio 2-1. Cruzeiro, who have three games in which to secure three points and an unassailable lead, beat Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side...

  • World Cup boycott calls 'nonsense'

    Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has said a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be "nonsense". Some European politicians have suggested that European countries could boycott the World Cup over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which...

  • Hogg savours first MVP award

    Hogg savours first MVP award

    On a high after playing a starring role in Malta’s 1-1 draw at Bulgaria on Sunday, goalkeeper Andrew Hogg had further cause to be happy on Wednesday after being presented with the Most Valuable Player trophy following matchday nine of the Greek...

  • Garcia, Eckert agree next step for 2018/2022 report

    Garcia, Eckert agree next step for 2018/2022 report

    FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and investigator Michael Garcia met yesterday and agreed on the next step for their probe into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 soccer World Cups. They decided that Garcia’s report on his investigation...

  • Bulgaria fire Penev after dismal run

    Bulgaria have sacked coach Luboslav Penev after a poor start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, the Balkan country’s football union (BFU) announced yesterday. “We terminated Penev’s contract,” BFU president Borislav Mihaylov told a news...

  • New Juve deals for Buffon, Chiellini

    New Juve deals for Buffon, Chiellini

    Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon and vice-captain Giorgio Chiellini have signed new deals with the Serie A champions. Veteran goalkeeper Buffon has penned a fresh contract until 2017, while defender Chiellini has committed his future to the Turin...

  • 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...