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  • Swiss authorities examine FIFA grants in soccer probe

    Swiss authorities examine FIFA grants in soccer probe

    Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation into the sport’s global governing body and its award of World Cup hosting rights for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, a source...

  • Marsaxlokk FC future uncertain

    Marsaxlokk FC will cease to exist if they fail to elect a new committee by July 10. The plight of the former Malta champions was discussed during yesterday’s meeting of the Malta FA council, the last for season 2014/15. Joe Baldacchino, who...

  • Euro giants top the billing in quarters

    Euro giants top the billing in quarters

    An expanded Women’s World Cup has given a chance for emerging teams to test themselves against the best but now the tournament gets down to business with the elite clashing in the quarter-finals starting today. The last-eight action kicks off with...

  • Hibs to face Cuschieri’s Limassol

    Women’s champions Hibernians will face a familiar face in next month’s UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round after they were drawn to play Rachel Cuschieri’s Apollon Limassol, in the mini-tournament to be played in Cyprus. The Paolites,...

  • Football news

    Everton have confirmed the signing of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu. The 21-year-old has signed a three-year-contract – with the option of a further year – in a deal worth £4.2 million. Deulofeu impressed on loan at Goodison Park in the 2013-14...

  • Sporting briefs

    Berardi: Juventus forward Domenico Berardi has joined Sassuolo on a permanent transfer. The Turin giants part-owned Berardi’s sporting rights with Sassuolo, and with the deadline for the settlement of co-ownership deals fast approaching, the two...

  • Miccoli completes Birkirkara move

    Miccoli completes Birkirkara move

    Italian striker Fabrizio Miccoli has completed his move to Birkirkara after signing a one-year contract. Miccoli, who turns 36 on Saturday, inked the deal at the Valletta offices of club president Adrian Delia this afternoon soon after landing in...

  • Birkirkara snap up Miccoli

    Birkirkara snap up Miccoli

    Birkirkara’s much-publicised pursuit of Fabrizio Miccoli came to a successful conclusion yesterday after the Italian striker agreed a one-year deal to join the FA Trophy winners. The signing of a high-profile player like Miccoli is a coup for...

  • ’Pool agree to sign Firmino

    ’Pool agree to sign Firmino

    Liverpool have agreed to sign Brazil international Roberto Firmino (picture, left) pending a medical that will take place after his participation at the Copa America, the Premier League club confirmed yesterday. The gifted 23-year-old attacking...

  • Steven Gerrard reveals moment he knew career at Anfield was over

    Steven Gerrard knew it was time to leave Liverpool when he was omitted from the starting line-up for their Champions League group match at Real Madrid last November. The 35-year-old former England captain left Anfield in May after more than 17...

  • La Liga to bundle international TV rights without Barca

    La Liga to bundle international TV rights without Barca

    Spain’s professional league (La Liga) is planning to offer international broadcasters the rights to show matches next season but the package will not include cham-pions Barcelona and three other clubs. La Liga has 38 of the 42 professional clubs...

  • Russia to talk to Capello on ending contract – TASS

    The Russian Football Union will hold talks with national team coach Fabio Capello on ending his contract, the TASS news agency quoted a member of the union’s executive committee as saying yesterday. The 69-year-old Italian’s position has been in...

  • Koke staying at Atletico Madrid – agent

    Koke’s agent has admitted his client is “flattered” to be linked with a move to Barcelona, but ruled out a transfer this summer insisting the Spain midfielder is happy at Atletico Madrid. Reports in Spain claim that Barcelona presidential...

  • Romania U-16 captain opts to join Arsenal

    Romania U-16 captain Vlad Dragomir has rejected offers from domestic league champions Steaua Bucharest and several foreign teams to join English club Arsenal from ACS Poli Timisoara. “I am very glad and I hope not to disappoint anyone,” the young...

  • The Vienna Florids

    The Vienna Florids

    Towards the end of January 1926, leading Austrian team Florids-dorfer Vienna arrived in Malta to play a series of matches against local teams. Floriana, Sliema Wanderers, St George’s, the Pick Navy and the Army were chosen to play against the...

  • Man. City stay top of goal chart

    Man. City stay top of goal chart

    Manchester City finished runners-up to champions Chelsea in the Premier League last season but their total of 83 goals scored was the best in the English championship. The previous season, the Citizens also plundered the highest number of goals,...

  • Azzurrini’s 3-1 win over England proves futile

    Azzurrini’s 3-1 win over England proves futile

    Marco Benassi scored twice and Andrea Belotti was also on the mark as Italy produced a superb performance to beat England 3-1 in a UEFA U-21 Championship qualifier, yesterday. Nathan Redmond scored a 90th-minute consolation for England but Italy’s...

  • Football news

    Former Australia defender Robbie Hooker has slammed the national federation as “hypocritical” after he was sanctioned for betting on domestic league matches when playing as an amateur in an over-35’s league. Hooker, a former assistant coach of the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Man. City friendly: Manchester City have added an additional friendly against sister club Melbourne City to the programme for their pre-season tour of Australia. City have announced they will play the A-League side as part of their preparations...

  • UEFA break-even rule referred to Court of Justice

    UEFA break-even rule referred to Court of Justice

    A legal complaint made by players’ agents and supporters against UEFA’S break-even rule ‘Financial Fair Play (FFP)’ has been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the lawyers who brought the case and UEFA said yesterday. The case was...