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  • Strootman earns Dutch recall after injuries

    Kevin Strootman is set to play his first match for the Netherlands in more than two years after being added to the squad for three friendlies in the coming weeks, the Dutch football association said yesterday. The Roma midfielder has suffered two...

  • Twente Enschede relegated

    Twente Enschede have been relegated to the second division in the Netherlands as punishment for breaching financial regulations linked to the transfer market, the Dutch football association said yesterday. The announcement followed crisis talks...

  • Demichelis avoids a ban after accepting FA’s betting charge

    Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has escaped a ban after accepting a betting-related charge. The Argentinian has instead been fined £22,058 and warned as to his future conduct by the English FA. A statement from the FA read: “The...

  • Man. City’s Toure linked with summer move to Inter

    Yaya Toure’s agent has claimed talks are being held with Inter over a summer move. Speculation about the Manchester City midfielder’s future has been an ongoing theme and it appears he could reunite with former City manager Roberto Mancini at the...

  • An Alpha and Omega in Sliema Wanderers’ FA Trophy history

    An Alpha and Omega in Sliema Wanderers’ FA Trophy history

    There are many who cherish episodes marked with romance in life. Football is no exception as the game is replete with stories that verge from fairytale to highly-sentimental endings. Leicester City’s Premier League title this year falls into this...

  • Blues make inroads in Europe

    Blues make inroads in Europe

    Season 1968-69 brought mixed fortunes for Maltese teams in Europe. For the first time ever, a Maltese club competed in the Fair Cities Cup which, in those days, was the equivalent of the UEFA Cup. This honour fell to Hibernians and what a start it...

  • Football news

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce says he probably would have lost his job if his side had squandered a huge lead and been defeated in their Championship play-off semi-final against Derby County. Hull barely managed to protect a three-goal advantage from...

  • Sporting briefs

    Warnock: Rotherham have been unable to persuade manager Neil Warnock to extend his stay at the club. Warnock, who was tempted out of retirement aged 67, joined the Millers in February on a deal until the end of the season and after guiding them to...

  • Sevilla fight back to win Europa League for third year in a row

    Sevilla fight back to win Europa League for third year in a row

    Sevilla survived a first-half battering before hitting back with three second-half goals, two from Coke, to beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League final and win the trophy for the third season in a row. Liverpool dominated the early stages and...

  • Hibs part ways with coach Branko Nisevic

    Hibs have parted ways with coach Branko Nisevic. In a brief statement this evening, the club said it reached an agreement with Mr Nisevic about the termination of his contract. The club's committee thanked Mr Nisevic for his services in the past...

  • End-of-season deciders will keep competition alive – MFA

    End-of-season deciders will keep competition alive – MFA

    The Malta FA is putting forward an amended format to the 2017-18 Premier League competition with the introduction of play-offs and play-outs in a 14-team competition, general secretary Bjorn Vassallo announced yesterday. The new set of changes was...

  • FA Trophy – the main theme at awards night

    The FA Trophy will be the main theme on the 2016 Malta FA Awards night which will be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on Friday, Chris Bonett, the MFA vice-president, told reporters at the Centenary Hall yesterday. The FA Trophy was...

  • Toppling Sevilla would rubber-stamp Klopp’s revolution at Liverpool

    Toppling Sevilla would rubber-stamp Klopp’s revolution at Liverpool

    Juergen Klopp, who has breathed new life into Liverpool in his seven months in charge, would seal his place in the hearts of the club’s supporters if he pulls off victory over Sevilla in today’s Europa League final (kick-off: 20.45). It would...

  • Ticketless fans face paying well over odds for seat at Basle final

    Thousands of Liverpool supporters flocking to Basle in northern Switzerland without tickets face paying well over the odds to get a seat at today’s Europa League final. The English club’s initial allocation of just over 10,000 was boosted when...

  • Prince Ali accuses Infantino of ‘complete betrayal’

    Two-time FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin al Hussein has accused Gianni Infantino of a “complete betrayal” of world football’s member associations for giving the FIFA Council power over key committees. Prince Ali, of Jordan, was key in...

  • Sacking statistics are ‘worst ever’ says LMA chief

    Sacking statistics are ‘worst ever’ says LMA chief

    Fifty-four managers were sacked throughout the top four English divisions in a season the chief executive of the League Managers Association (LMA) described as “embarrassing”. Richard Bevan said the figure of 54 for the 2015-16 season was the...

  • Costa, Mata omitted from Spain’s provisional squad

    Costa, Mata omitted from Spain’s provisional squad

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been left out of Spain’s provisional 25-man squad for this summer’s Euro 2016 in France. Costa, who has scored 16 goals for the Blues in the Premier League this season, has been dogged by hamstring injuries and has...

  • Golden Boot little consolation to Kane

    Finishing the season as the Premier League’s top scorer has done little to numb Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s pain after Spurs not only lost out to Leicester City in the title race but saw bitter rivals Arsenal climb above them on the final...

  • Germany’s Loew opts for youth in preliminary squad

    Germany’s Loew opts for youth in preliminary squad

    Germany coach Joachim Loew (picture) has named four talented youngsters, including three uncapped players, in his preliminary 27-man squad for Euro 2016. Versatile midfielder Joshua Kimmich, striker Leroy Sane, Julian Weigl – another midfielder –...

  • Juventus favourites to lift Coppa and clinch double

    Juventus favourites to lift Coppa and clinch double

    It all started on August 8, 2015 when two second-half goals, scored by new signings Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala, saw Juventus beating Lazio 2-0 at the Shanghai Stadium, in China, to lift the Italian Super Cup. Despite that auspicious start to...