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  • Critics question Mourinho’s negative tactics at Arsenal

    Critics question Mourinho’s  negative tactics at Arsenal

    For all his mitigating talk of injuries and Europa League commitments, Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is struggling to throw off his reputation as a risk-averse manager whose teams no longer match their main rivals. A blizzard of statistics...

  • Monaco eye history-making comeback against Juventus

    Monaco eye history-making comeback against Juventus

    Monaco, beaten 2-0 at home in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Juventus, will have to make history in tonight’s return if they are to end Ligue 1’s long absence from the final. Only two teams have ever won a knockout tie...

  • Spalletti exasperated over Totti situation

    Spalletti exasperated over Totti situation

    Roma coach Luciano Spalletti (picture) is fed up with discussing 40-year-old Francesco Totti, saying he would not have taken the job in the first place if he had known it was going to be such a thorny subject. Totti is in his 25th season at his...

  • SK Victoria W. host Floriana in semi-finals

    SK Victoria W. host Floriana in semi-finals

    SK Victoria Wanderers will enjoy home comforts for their first-ever FA Trophy semi-final as the Cup giant-killers were drawn to face Floriana at the Gozo Stadium. Holders Sliema Wanderers were handed a tricky route to a second successive final...

  • Football news

    Chapecoense won the Santa Catarina state championship on Sunday to lift their first title since most of their team died in a plane crash last November. The small club from southern Brazil lost 1-0 at home in the second leg of the final playoff...

  • Sporting briefs

    Red Star: Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade named Bosko Gjurovski as their interim coach until the end of the season after Miodrag Bozovic quit on Sunday following a shock 3-2 defeat at unfancied rivals Vozdovac. Saturday’s result left Red Star...

  • Premier League statistics

    Premier League statistics

    BalzanKaljevic 24 (4 pens); Da Silva Souza 8; Piciollo 7, Effiong 7; Nafti 5, Micallef 5 (1 pen); Fenech 3; Serrano 2; Agius, Arab, Bruno, Anderson. Own goal: Lima (vs Hibernians).Red cards: Serrano (vs Tarxien); Da Silva Souza (vs...

  • Hibs’ firepower a decisive factor in title success

    Hibs’ firepower a decisive  factor in title success

    Hibernians’ scoring prowess has turned out to be a deciding factor in the Paola club march towards a 12th league title success. With 64 goals scored in 33 matches – an average of almost two goals per match – Hibernians heavy ammunition upfront...

  • Football news

    Milos Ninkovic converted the winning penalty as Sydney FC capped a record-breaking season with a 4-2 shootout triumph against Melbourne Victory to clinch a third A-League title yesterday. Ninkovic, voted the league’s best player, had stepped up...

  • Sporting briefs

    MLS: Toronto FC exacted some revenge on Seattle Sounders with a 1-0 win. Toronto were beaten by Sounders in the MLS Cup last season, but got the three points thanks to Jozy Altidore’s first-half penalty, which keeps them top of the Eastern...

  • Hanging the addict out to dry

    Hanging the addict out to dry

    As football players go, Joey Barton isn’t one of the game’s more likeable characters. Although not entirely awful on the pitch, as a career that has included Manchester City, Newcastle United and Rangers testifies, his overall attitude and ability...

  • Balzan part ways with coach Spiteri

    Balzan part ways with coach Spiteri

    Oliver Spiteri is no longer the coach of Balzan FC, the Premier League club announced yesterday. Spiteri failed to propel Balzan to their first league title in their club history but still managed to help the team qualify for the Europa League...

  • Higuain's stoppage time strike foils 10-man Torino

    Higuain's stoppage time strike foils 10-man Torino

    Updated at 10.55pm with late game Ten-man Torino were cruelly denied a shock win away to their more illustrious neighbours Juventus when Gonzalo Higuain struck in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw for the Serie A leaders. However, Torino...

  • Hibs celebrate 12th title in style

    Hibs celebrate 12th title in style

    Updated at 7.15pm with video TARXIEN RAINBOWS 1 HIBERNIANS 6 Hibernians celebrated their 12th title in style with a 6-1 thrashing of neighbours Tarxien Rainbows. Having sealed their mission in their last match against St. Andrews, Hibs strode on...

  • Man City thrash Palace to move into third place

    Man City thrash Palace to move into third place

    Updated at 8.45pm with late game Swansea climbed out of the relegation zone and left Hull back in the bottom three after a 1-0 win over Everton at the Liberty Stadium. Fernando Llorente's towering header put the Swans in front on 28...

  • ELeague carrot fails to inspire Italian trio

    ELeague carrot fails to inspire Italian trio

    The race for Italy’s final European berth has turned into a slow crawl among seemingly reluctant rivals, with Milan, Inter and Fiorentina all suffering recent embarrassing setbacks to compound already lacklustre seasons. With Juventus on the brink...

  • Title triumph vindicatesclub philosophy – Bezzina

    Title triumph vindicatesclub philosophy – Bezzina

    The National Stadium will be tinted in black and white this afternoon as hundreds of Hibernians fans are expected to throng the terraces to celebrate the Paolites’ Premier League title success in their final league match against Tarxien Rainbows...

  • Birkirkara win YFA U-17 KO

    Birkirkara win YFA U-17 KO

    Birkirkara won the Youth FA U-17 Knock-Out when they defeated Balzan 4-0 in the final at the Tedesco Stadium. The Stripes took a three-goal lead inside the opening 36 minutes through Sebastian Grech, Ayrton Attard and Brian Mifsud before Michele...

  • Messi suspension lifted by FIFA

    FIFA has lifted a four-match international suspension on Argentina forward Lionel Messi, world soccer’s ruling body said yesterday, in a significant boost to his team’s faltering World Cup qualifying campaign. Messi, 29, was banned for insulting...

  • Football news

    West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Sunderland’s top scorer Jermain Defoe following his side’s relegation from the Premier League, West Brom manager Tony Pulis said yesterday. The future of the recalled England international at the...

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