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  • Sporting briefs

    Modric: Real Madrid had some positive news on the injury front yesterday when Croatia midfielder Luka Modric returned to training after a three-month absence with a thigh injury. Real have missed the control Modric gives them in central midfield...

  • Tevez's return boosts Juventus

    Juventus will be boosted by the return of Carlos Tevez following a one-game suspension as the Serie A leaders look to bounce back against Atalanta tomorrow after last week's surprise draw at lowly Cesena. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said...

  • Ronaldo on target as holders Real ease past Schalke 2-0

    Ronaldo on target as holders Real ease past Schalke 2-0

    Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ended a three-game goal drought as the holders beat hosts Schalke 04 2-0 last night to take a big step towards the Champions League quarter-finals. In Switzerland, the clash between FC Basel and Porto was...

  • Paris prosecutors probe ‘racist’ Chelsea fans

    The Paris prosecutor’s office has started an investigation to find the Chelsea fans responsible for chanting “we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” as they stopped a black man boarding a Paris train on Tuesday. The incident was captured on...

  • We have only ourselves to blame, say Bayern Munich

    We have only ourselves to blame, say Bayern Munich

    Dominant in the first half but scrappy and ineffective in the second, Bayern Munich blamed themselves for failing to score in their 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday. The Bavarians had the...

  • Falcao needs time to adapt to English game – Saha

    Louis Saha thinks it could take a full year for Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao to adapt to the English game. United pulled off what many regarded as the biggest coup of the summer transfer window last year when they signed Falcao on a...

  • Glory and more awaits winners

    Glory and more awaits winners

    The race to become the first club to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League hots up today when Europe’s secondary competition restarts with 32 teams chasing glory in Warsaw in May. UEFA’s decision to reward the winners with...

  • Brazilian winger Nene joins West Ham

    West Ham United have signed Brazilian winger Nene on a short-term contract subject to international clearance, the Premier League club said yesterday. The Hammers moved quickly to replace striker Andy Carroll who has been ruled out for the rest of...

  • Tetchy Edison handed one-match ban after red card in cup quarter-final

    Luis Edison ‘Tarabai’ escaped lightly after he received only a one-match ban following his sending-off in Hibernians’ shoot-out victory over Balzan in last week’s FA Trophy quarter-final. The prolific striker was dismissed for two yellow cards 13...

  • Schembri scores hat-trick

    Andrè Schembri maintained his positive start to his second spell with AC Omonia Nicosia after scoring a hat-trick to inspire his team to a 5-0 win away to second division side Karmiotissa in the Cyprus Cup. The Maltese forward struck in the 50th,...

  • Cassar Naudi... a legendary figure in Maltese football

    Cassar Naudi... a legendary figure in Maltese football

    The death of Joseph Cassar Naudi on Tuesday brought to an end one of the greatest and longest careers in the history of Maltese football. Cassar Naudi was not only a top-class referee but also served for many years on the Malta Football...

  • January deals match last year’s cash rush

    During the 2015 January transfer window, £130 million were spent on new signings in the Premier League – the same figure forked out by English top-flight clubs in 2014. Chelsea and Manchester City were involved in the most expensive deals as...

  • Football results

    The Championship: Birmingham City vs Middlesbrough 1-1. League One: Leyton Orient vs Bradford City 0-2. Lega Pro: Group A – Giana Erminio vs Pordenone 2-0. GFA Division Two: Xagħra United vs Għarb Rangers 3-0.

  • Football news

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was shocked at comments from former Milan and Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi who reportedly complained about the number of coloured players in Italian youth football. “Pride and dignity is not a question of skin colour.

  • Sporting briefs

    Van Gaal warned: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been warned as to his future conduct following comments he made about the referee after his team’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Cambridge United, the FA said. The Dutchman said everything had...

  • Cavani header keeps PSG hopes alive in Chelsea tie

    Cavani header keeps PSG hopes alive in Chelsea tie

    Paris St Germain sustained their hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals when Edinson Cavani’s powerful second-half header salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Chelsea in their last-16 first leg yesterday. Bayern Munich could not go...

  • Real ready for Schalke – Ancelotti

    Real ready for Schalke – Ancelotti

    Real Madrid are turning the corner after a stuttering start to the year and tonight’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg at Schalke 04 will prove it, coach Carlo Ancelotti (picture) said. The title holders, aiming to become the first team to...

  • Van Gaal’s change of tack bears fruit

    Van Gaal’s change of tack bears fruit

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was rewarded for a bold change of tactics as his team came from behind to beat Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday. A turgid first-half display in which United dominated possession...

  • Sacchi makes ‘coloured’ remark, denies being racist

    Arrigo Sacchi has been widely quoted as saying there are “too many coloured players” in Italian youth teams but the former Italy and Milan coach said he was not being racist when he made the comment. “Italy has no dignity or pride, it can’t be...

  • Espanyol, Osasuna deny match-fixing allegations

    Espanyol, Osasuna deny match-fixing allegations

    Espanyol and Osasuna have denied wrongdoing after media reports said their La Liga game at the end of last season was being investigated for alleged match-fixing. The game at Espanyol’s stadium on the penultimate matchday ended 1-1, with Espanyol...

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