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  • New signings help Inter beat Sampdoria 2-0 at San Siro

    Inter’s winter signings Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski combined to help fire the Nerazzurri into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia at the expense of nine-man Sampdoria, last night. The Swiss midfielder, making his first start since...

  • Reformists launch coalition to change FIFA

    Reformists launch coalition to change FIFA

    FIFA faces potentially the greatest challenge to its authority since it was formed 111 years ago following the launch yesterday of the ‘New FIFA Now’ coalition of reformists calling for change. Following years of controversies and endless...

  • The origins of Valletta St Paul’s FC

    The origins of Valletta St Paul’s FC

    Before the World War II, there were many junior football teams in Valletta. The area of the ‘Arċipirku’ was predominantly taken up by ‘Pawlini’ and they had a popular team in St Paul’s FC in the lower divisions of the Maltese football...

  • English managers seek first victory since 2008

    The last English manager to lift the FA Cup is Harry Redknapp, currently at the helm of Premier League strugglers Queen’s Park Rangers. In 2008, Redknapp led Portsmouth to the glittering silverware, beating Cardiff City 1-0 in the final. Before...

  • Football results

    Africa Cup (Group A): E. Guinea vs Burkina Faso 0-0; Gabon vs Congo 0-1. Today: (Group B): 17.00 Zambia vs Tunisia; 20.00 Cape Verde vs DR Congo. Coppa Italia, Last 16: Fiorentina vs Atalanta 3-1; Inter vs Sampdoria 2-0. Today: 21.00 Napoli vs...

  • Football news

    Property giant Dalian Wanda Group Co said it would buy a stake in Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for €45 million, becoming the first Chinese company to invest in a premier European football club. Dalian Wanda said it had agreed to buy a 20 per...

  • Sporting briefs

    Turf war: Players who had begun legal action over the use of artificial surfaces at this year’s Women’s World Cup have dropped their case, their lawyers said yesterday. A group of elite women’s players had sued FIFA, arguing that artificial turf...

  • Second-half goals see City through

    Second-half goals see City through

    Melita 0Valletta 2Borg 69, Bajada 72; For large parts of the match, it looked as if Melita, fifth in Division One, could ruffle the feathers of Valletta, the Malta champions and FA Trophy holders. Although there was never any doubt as to...

  • Superior Mosta hit four past Gżira

    Superior Mosta hit four past Gżira

    Gżira United 1Avila Perez 60 pen;Mosta 4Roberts 31,83; Matteus 55; Milovanovic 90; Mosta overcame the challenge of last year’s semi-finalists Gżira United to secure a place in the last eight of the FA Trophy yesterday. Mosta were a cut above their...

  • Money calls for Cambridge belief

    Cambridge head coach Richard Money has called for home supporters to believe that his side can beat the mighty Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night. The lowest ranked team remaining in the FA Cup competition are determined...

  • No problem over penalty says Everton’s Martinez

    No problem over penalty says Everton’s Martinez

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists there is no disharmony within the squad despite an obvious disagreement over who should take a penalty against West Brom. Kevin Mirallas stepped up ahead of spot-kick regular Leighton Baines, who has missed...

  • My priority is to do well for Valletta says Savicevic

    My priority is to do well for Valletta says Savicevic

    His famous surname will always precede him but there is nothing flashy about Vladimir Savicevic. He’s a humble, down-to-earth young man with a strong passion for football and a desire to prove that there is more to him than just being the son of a...

  • Mosta release defender Grech, joins Tarxien

    Mosta release defender Grech, joins Tarxien

    Tarxien Rainbows continued to strengthen their ranks in this month’s transfer window with the acquisition of Ishmael Grech. The 23-year-old defender started the season on the books of Mosta but struggled to secure a regular place in Peter Smith’s...

  • Sampdoria mean business

    Sampdoria mean business

    Sampdoria continued with their superb start to the season after beating lowly Parma 2-0 away on Sunday. Last weekend’s programme of matches brought the curtains down on the first round of the Serie A and surprise package Sampdoria are now joint...

  • Socceroos keeper Ryan’s stock rises and rises

    Socceroos keeper Ryan’s stock rises and rises

    Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan has his eyes fixed firmly on Asian Cup success over the next couple of weeks but thereafter looks set to ride his fine form in the ‘green and gold’ to a move to a top European club side. Not that he is desperate to...

  • Sterling keeps Liverpool alive

    Sterling keeps Liverpool alive

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho still has not won a semi-final against Liverpool after Raheem Sterling’s flash of brilliance earned the Reds a deserved 1-1 draw in the opening leg of their League Cup semi-final, last night. During his first spell in...

  • Football results

    Africa Cup of Nations: (Group D) Ivory Coast vs Guinea 1-1; Mali vs Cameroon 1-1. Playing today: (Group A) 17.00 Equatorial Guinea vs Burkina Faso; 20.00 Gabon vs Congo. The Championship: Leeds United vs Bournemouth 1-0; Middlesbrough vs Cardiff...

  • Football news

    Defender Tin Jedvaj turned his two-year loan switch from Roma to Bayer Leverkusen into a permanent transfer yesterday, signing a deal that will keep him at the German club until 2020. The 19-year-old Croatian international joined the Bundesliga...

  • Sporting briefs

    Kehl: Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl has been ruled out for four weeks with a shoulder injury, dealing a further blow to the relegation-threatened former German champions. Kehl, who could now miss their Champions League Round of 16...

  • Savicevic's son joins Valletta

    Savicevic's son joins Valletta

    Vladimir Savicevic, the son of former Milan stalwart Dejan Savicevic, has completed his move to Maltese champions Valletta. As reported by Times of Malta last Friday, Savicevic was open to the idea of joining a top Maltese club as he was keen to...

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