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  • Wasteful Germany bemoan mental lapse for more lost points in Group D

    Germany only had themselves to blame for a late mental lapse that led to Ireland’s stoppage-time equaliser on Tuesday with coach Joachim Loew frustrated by a “naive” end to a match they had dominated. Loew had no doubt imagined a completely...

  • Bayern’s Thiago faces second operation after injury setback

    Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will have another operation after injuring the same knee in training on Tuesday that had kept him out for more than six months. The Spain international has partially torn a ligament in his right knee – the...

  • Disappointed Danes rue Ronaldo’s class

    Disappointed Danes rue Ronaldo’s class

    Denmark thought they had earned a valuable point at home to Portugal in their Euro 2016 Group I clash in Copenhagen on Tuesday but Cristiano Ronaldo popped up in stoppage time to deny both gravity and the Danes. The Portuguese captain had a quiet...

  • Sons to join Rooney for milestone

    Wayne Rooney will celebrate racking up a century of England caps by walking out at Wembley Stadium next month with his two children. After three World Cups, two European Championships and 43 goals, the 28-year-old is just one game shy of joining...

  • Fans pay the price as top flight clubs enjoy boom

    Fans pay the price as top flight clubs enjoy boom

    Season tickets to watch champions Manchester City this season are the cheapest in the Premier League but the eye-watering cost of attending games in England continues to soar. Despite the money from a record television deal pouring into the top...

  • Violence on the rise in German stadiums

    Violence at soccer stadiums in Germany’s top two divisions rose sharply in the 2013/14 season compared to the previous year, a police report has shown. While spectator numbers have been on an upward trend in the top two leagues, it has been...

  • Malta youngsters face tough task in Serbia

    The Malta U-17 squad departed for Serbia yesterday ahead of their participation in the Group Eight tournament of the 2015 UEFA U-17 Championship. The Maltese team face an arduous challenge in Belgrade as they will play against Serbia, Finland and...

  • City look to thrive in Moscow

    City look to thrive in Moscow

    This is the fourth successive season that Manchester City are taking part in the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens failed to leave their mark on the continent but they should consider themselves unlucky to have picked the toughest groups in the...

  • Referee’s mistakes enrage Rangers

    Referee’s mistakes enrage Rangers

    The 1974-75 championship was dominated by Floriana but the relegation issue developed into a tough struggle. Żebbuġ Rangers, Marsa, Hibernians, Gżira and Mosta were all involved in the fight up to the final kick of the competition. At the end,...

  • Spotlight on parents’ role in Malta FA educational course

    Spotlight on parents’ role in Malta FA educational course

    The Malta FA Technical Centre is organising a course for parents of young players as part of its commitment to broaden its football education to all the stakeholders. “As coaches and players are more educated about the game, the parent needs to be...

  • Football news

    Stoke City’s record signing Peter Crouch is ready to commit his long-term future to the club. The 33-year-old England striker is now into the final 12 months of the four-year deal he agreed when Stoke signed him in the August 2011 transfer...

  • Sporting briefs

    Banned: A senior figure in Asian football has been banned for five years for “soliciting and accepting” bribes from former FIFA executive Mohamed Bin Hammam. Ganbold Buyannemekh, the head of the Mongolian FA and a former member of the Asian...

  • From villains to heroes

    From villains to heroes

    The country came to a standstill on Monday night as Malta took on Italy. Around 17,000 fans flocked to the National Stadium to witness this David-vs-Goliath duel. Thousands more watched on their television screens. Football is like religion in our...

  • Media lambasts Conte’s Azzurri

    Media lambasts Conte’s Azzurri

    The Italian media came down heavily on Antonio Conte and his players yesterday for failing to impose their superiority over the Maltese team in a hard-earned 1-0 win at the National Stadium. The leading sports dailies all highlighted Graziano...

  • Ireland stun Germany with late equaliser

    Ireland stun Germany with late equaliser

    Ireland stunned World Cup winners Germany with a stoppage time equaliser by John O’Shea on his 100th appearance to draw 1-1 in their Euro 2016 qualifier last night. The Germans were in complete command, as they had been in their 2-0 defeat to...

  • Holders Spain fail to qualify for finals

    Spain will not defend their European Under-21 Championship title in the Czech Republic next summer after they were beaten in the qualification play-offs by Serbia yesterday. The Spaniards had won the tournament in 2011 and 2013 but, after a...

  • Argentina beat Hong Kong 7-0 in one-sided encounter

    Argentina bounced back from their weekend defeat to bitter rivals Brazil with a 7-0 rout of Hong Kong in yesterday’s international friendly in the Far East. Coach Gerardo Martino overhauled his starting line-up from the one that succumbed to two...

  • Marsh defends Reds approach

    First team coach Mike Marsh insists Liverpool’s approach to training and recovery will not change despite approaching a busy schedule. The club’s training methods were criticised by England manager Roy Hodgson in the continuing fall-out from...

  • Neymar scores all four as Brazil rout Japan

    Neymar scores all four as Brazil rout Japan

    Neymar (picture) scored all four goals in a sumptuous display for Brazil as the five-times world champions routed an under-strength Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore yesterday to maintain Dunga’s perfect start since returning as coach. Neymar...

  • Torino must stick together to regain winning form

    Torino must stick together to regain winning form

    Torino started the season full of promises but so far the Maroons have been rather erratic, collecting only five points from their first six outings and the side is still in search of their first home win. There are various reasons justifying...