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  • Mourinho bemoans Chelsea's disgraceful FA Cup drubbing

    A bemused Jose Mourinho described Chelsea's performance as unacceptable and a disgrace after the Premier League leaders slumped to a 4-2 home defeat against third-tier Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round. It was an old-fashioned Cup tie, full...

  • Stripes out to breathe life into title race

    Stripes out to breathe life into title race

    With a gargantuan 15-point lead at the top, Hibernians already have one hand on the BOV Premier League trophy but Branko Nisevic has been at pains to stress that the title race is not over yet. The Serbian tactician will be hoping that his players...

  • Drop zone duels in focus, Samb gets hefty ban

    Mosta vs Floriana (today at 2pm, National Stadium) – This is a must-win encounter for both contenders as they look to boost their aspirations of breaking into the top four. Sharing fifth spot on 24 points, Mosta and Floriana will be gunning for...

  • Cup stars Sirens handed Qormi clash

    Cup stars Sirens handed Qormi clash

    The heavyweights have all made it to the quarter-finals but it was the presence of an unheralded club from the third grade of Maltese football that enhanced the appeal of yesterday’s draw. Division Two side Sirens have defied the odds by reaching...

  • Lija and St George’s share spoils at Centenary Stadium

    St George’s 1Lija Athletic 1 St George’s and Lija Athletic took a point each in a match played in poor weather conditions at the Centenary Stadium The match was played in gusty winds and torrential rain with referee Stefan Pace stopping play for a...

  • Pardew leads Palace at St Mary’s

    Pardew leads Palace at St Mary’s

    The FA Cup fourth round draw produced two ties between Premier League teams. Today, at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton cross swords with Crystal Palace and Tottenham host Leicester City at White Hart Lane. Palace and Southampton last met in the FA...

  • Embarrassing draw for United at Cambridge

    League Two Cambridge earned a FA Cup fourth-round replay at Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United side endured an uncomfortable night at the Abbey Stadium, yesterday. Cambridge, the lowest ranked team remaining in the...

  • Serie A turning into a repeat of last season

    Serie A turning into a repeat of last season

    Juventus are steaming clear of the rest of the field, Roma are struggling to keep up, the two Milan clubs lurch from one crisis to another and Napoli are exasperatingly inconsistent. The current Serie A season, which enters the second half at the...

  • Iraq beat Iran on penalties as UAE upset Japan

    Iraq beat Iran on penalties as UAE upset Japan

    Iraq beat Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Cup yesterday after the two Middle Eastern rivals played out one of the most extraordinary matches in the tournament’s history. With police heavily patrolling the stands and the...

  • Football news

    Another wildcard has entered the pack of candidates challenging Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA in May’s election – Mino Raiola, a soccer agent whose clients include Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 47-year-old Dutchman with...

  • Sporting briefs

    Lanig: Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Martin Lanig has joined Apoel Nicosia on an 18-month deal, becoming the first German to be lured to the Cyprus club by fellow countryman coach Thorsten Fink. Frankfurt said the 30-year-old had requested to be...

  • Embarrassing draw for Man Utd at fourth tier Cambridge

    Embarrassing draw for Man Utd at fourth tier Cambridge

    Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw at fourth tier Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round after another embarrassing outing against lower league opposition. Cambridge, promoted from the minor leagues into the professional pyramid last...

  • FA Trophy quarter-final draws

    FA Trophy quarter-final draws

    Qormi vs SirensMosta vs VallettaBalzan vs HibsBirkirkara vs Pieta Hotspurs Ties to be played on February 13-14. On the occasion of the draws of the quarter finals this morning at the Centenary Hall, the Malta Football Association also presented...

  • MFA Exco approve creation of anti-corruption task force

    MFA Exco approve creation of anti-corruption task force

    The Malta FA’s drive to combat match-fixing in football is gathering momentum after the association’s Executive Committee (Exco), spearheaded by president Norman Darmanin Demajo, yesterday approved the creation of an Anti-Corruption and...

  • Sliema return for Alcorse

    Julio Alcorse is making a return to the Maltese Premier League after the Argentine striker agreed to join Sliema Wanderers for the rest of the season. For the 33-year-old forward this will be his second spell with the Wanderers after he donned the...

  • Gatt succeeds Brincat as national coach

    Gatt succeeds Brincat as national coach

    Mark Gatt has been named as new coach of the women’s national team. The appointment of Gatt was confirmed by Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo following a meeting of the association’s Executive Committee yesterday. Gatt, who has been...

  • Cambridge target improbable upset

    Cambridge target improbable upset

    The FA Cup may have lost some of its shine for the top sides, but fourth tier Cambridge United have a chance to rekindle some of the competition’s fabled magic against fourth round opponents Manchester United tonight. The two sides are separated...

  • United finances rosier than ever despite on-pitch woes

    A leap in commercial and broadcast revenue lifted Manchester United into second place behind Real Madrid on the list of the world’s richest clubs in 2013-14, according to Deloitte’s latest Football Money League. Despite a poor season on the pitch,...

  • Cahill scores twice to propel Australia into semi-finals

    Cahill scores twice to propel Australia into semi-finals

    Tim Cahill came to Australia’s rescue again yesterday, scoring two goals, one of them among the most spectacular ever seen at an Asian Cup, to lead the host nation into the semi-finals. With his team-mates all fluffing their chances in front of...

  • In-form Barcelona putting off-field travails behind them

    In-form Barcelona putting off-field travails behind them

    Barcelona’s recent strong run is helping the club put a series of off-field problems behind them and suggests they may be starting to move up the gears at exactly the right stage of the season. Wednesday’s 1-0 King’s Cup quarter-final, first leg...

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