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  • FIFA proposes Americas-wide qualifying contest

    FIFA has proposed merging the CONCACAF and South American qualifiers as part of its plans to expand the 2026 World Cup. Venezuelan Football Federation president Laureano Gonzalez said the idea for the merger had come from FIFA president Gianni...

  • Italians keen to invest in Spartans

    Ħamrun Spartans are in negotiations with a foreign company interested in investing in the Premier League outfit. The club yesterday called a meeting for its members at the Ħamrun Local Council offices where details of new developments with the...

  • Qormi bridge the gap on Naxxar as Hotspurs win

    Qormi bridge the gap on Naxxar as Hotspurs win

    Qormi 3Sirens 0 Two first-half goals put Qormi on their way to a comfortable victory over Sirens. For Brian Spiteri’s men this was their sixth successive victory that lifted them to just one point behind leaders Naxxar Lions. Sirens were the...

  • Chelsea considering Terry red card appeal

    Antonio Conte believes referee Kevin Friend was wrong to send off John Terry in yesterday’s FA Cup third-round win over Peterborough and says Chelsea are considering an appeal. Terry, making his first start since the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in...

  • Football news

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has taken responsibility for the club’s recent inconsistent form and said he is still getting to know his players and how best to use them. City made a flying start under Guardiola, winning their first 10...

  • Sporting briefs

    Belotti: Torino’s claim that Arsenal made a bid of £55 million for striker Andrea Belotti has been disputed in north London. The Serie A club’s director of sport Gianluca Petrachi said yesterday that a bid had been received, but Press Association...

  • Fourth-tier Plymouth hold Liverpool youngsters at Anfield

    Fourth-tier Plymouth Argyle shut up shop and kept the door firmly closed to earn a superb 0-0 draw away to Liverpool's youngest ever starting XI in Sunday's FA Cup third round tie at Anfield. Determined defending and unstinting effort kept the...

  • Roma, Lazio scrape home while Inter win again

    Roma, Lazio scrape home while Inter win again

    Second-placed AS Roma needed an unlucky own goal from Armando Izzo to beat Genoa 1-0 away in Serie A today and neighbours Lazio survived a controversial disallowed goal before snatching a last minute win over lowly Crotone. Ivan Perisic scored at...

  • Balzan win, Hibs beat Valletta and keep in touch

    Balzan win, Hibs beat Valletta and keep in touch

    Matteo Piciollo was Balzan’s hero as the Italian striker netted a well-taken brace that enabled his team to maintain their leading position in the Premier League standings with a 2-1 win over Gzira United. Balzan’s first goal-scoring opportunity...

  • Birkirkara too strong for Pembroke

    Birkirkara too strong for Pembroke

    BIRKIRKARA 2 Dimitrov 7; Herrera 17 PEMBROKE ATHLETA 0 Although Pembroke sprang a surprise in the reverse fixture, it was too much to expect another shock result from them against the same Birkirkara. With Nigerian striker Ugochukwo Akuta,...

  • Barzagli wants Juve to regain momentum

    Barzagli wants Juve to regain momentum

    Defender Andrea Barzagli is confident Juventus can pick up where they left off in Serie A as they host Bologna this weekend looking to extend their three-match winning run in the league. The defending champions suffered a penalties defeat to Milan...

  • It’s tough being at the top… and tougher in fourth

    It’s tough being at the top… and tougher in fourth

    Could it be that we are seeing the first public cracks in the previously impenetrable aura of perfectness that surrounds Pep Guardiola? It’s still early days for the Spaniard in terms of his Premier League managerial career. And I remain...

  • Real thrash Granada to equal unbeaten record

    Real Madrid equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing struggling Granada 5-0 yesterday to go four points clear at the top of La Liga. Spain midfielder Isco set Real on their way to an easy victory by latching...

  • Vittoriosa maintain promotion charge

    Vittoriosa maintain  promotion charge

    Rabat Ajax 2Vittoriosa Stars 5 Vittoriosa Stars completed their first round commitments with a comfortable victory against Rabat Ajax to maintain their promotion push. The Stars are now sharing fourth spot with Senglea Athletic and Mqabba on 22...

  • Marsa beat Żebbuġ

    Żebbuġ Rangers 1Marsa 2 A Luis Andrade Da Lima Melo goal six minutes from time enabled Marsa to overcome Żebbuġ Rangers and move away from the relegation zone. Marsa should have taken the lead on 14 minutes when Sakurai dashed into the area and...

  • Football news

    Nordin Amrabat has been replaced in the Moroccan squad for the African Nations Cup finals by Omar El Kaddouri, the Morocco Football Federation confirmed yesterday. The Watford winger limped off in the second half of last Sunday’s 4-1 home loss to...

  • Sporting briefs

    Robben: Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben admits he is likely to stay with the Bundesliga champions for another season, but the Dutchman is leaving his options open after that. The 32-year-old said a move to China or USA could be on the cards. “My...

  • Rooney matches record as five Premiership clubs depart FA Cup

    Rooney matches record as five Premiership clubs depart FA Cup

    Wayne Rooney left his footprint on FA Cup third-round day with the first goal in holders Manchester United's 4-0 rout of Championship side Reading to draw level with Bobby Charlton as the club's record scorer. His seventh-minute effort took his...

  • Floriana crush Ħamrun Spartans

    Floriana crush Ħamrun Spartans

    FLORIANA 5; ĦAMRUN SPARTANS 1 Floriana comfortably extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with a flattening 5-1 victory Hamrun Spartans. After going in for the half-time break a goal up, Floriana found their scoring touch in the second half as...

  • Relegation rivals St Andrews, Mosta cancel each other out

    Relegation rivals St Andrews, Mosta cancel each other out

    ST ANDREWS 1; MOSTA 1 Relegation rivals St Andrews and Mosta cancelled each other out in a combative encounter this afternoon. Mosta having to play again less than 72 hours after their 2-0 defeat against Birkirkara, made three changes with Luca...