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  • Liverpool to name public areas 96 Avenue and Paisley Square

    Liverpool have announced two public areas around Anfield’s redeveloped Main Stand are to be known as 96 Avenue and Paisley Square. 96 Avenue, a name paying tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, is a tree-lined path in front of the...

  • The early years of the game in Gozo

    The early years of the game in Gozo

    1925 was a memorable year for Gozitan sport. On April 26 that year the first-ever football club on the sister island, Victoria United, was founded. The club was formed on the initiative of a certain Mr Schembri, who became the first president. P.

  • Football news

    Northern Ireland defender Chris Baird has called time on his international career after winning 79 caps. The 34-year-old, who was a member of the Euro 2016 squad, ends a 13-year stint with his country in order to focus on his club career with...

  • Sporting briefs

    Jedinak: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace. The midfielder has signed a three-year deal having watched Villa’s 1-1 Championship draw with Huddersfield on Tuesday. Jedinak lost the captaincy at Palace,...

  • Milan sign midfielder Sosa from Besiktas

    AC Milan have signed midfielder Jose Ernesto Sosa on a two-year contract from Turkish champions Besiktas, the Italian club said. "For its midfield, AC Milan was looking for an experienced, professional player with the will to do well," they said...

  • Italy's amateur soccer teams thrive as migrants look to integrate

    Record numbers of migrants and refugees are set to join amateur soccer teams in Italy this year, as they seek to integrate in their new country by playing its favourite sport, local teams said ahead of the start of the 2016/2017 season. Italy, on...

  • Refunds to be issued for England-Malta World Cup qualifier following drop in ticket prices

    The Malta Football Association will be issuing refunds to those who have ordered tockets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup European Qualifier between England and Malta on October 8 as prices have been reduced. It said the English FA had informed it that...

  • Atkinson ‘threatened to kill his father’ before Taser death

    Former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson threatened to kill his elderly father in a “manic state” before he was Tasered by police, his brother said. The 48-year-old died 90 minutes after he was hit by the stun gun in the street where he grew up...

  • Schweinsteiger and Podolski get farewell games

    Schweinsteiger and Podolski get farewell games

    Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski will be honoured with farewell matches after announcing their retirement from international duty, according to a statement by the German football federation, yesterday. Schweinsteiger revealed his...

  • Winger Nafti seals move to Balzan

    Winger Nafti seals move to Balzan

    Abdelkarim Nafti will be extending his career in Maltese football by another year after agreeing to play for Balzan in the BOV Premier League in the new season starting this weekend. Nafti, 35, parted ways with Valletta in June. The Tunisian...

  • Juve the best by far in Italy

    Juve the best by far in Italy

    The 2016/17 Serie A starts this week with champions Juventus again tipped to scoop the major honours the Italian game could offer for yet another year. Roma, who staged a strong comeback in the second part of last season to finish third, will be...

  • Aguero misses two penalties, scores hat-trick in Manchester City rout

    Sergio Aguero missed two penalties in the first 20 minutes and then scored a hat-trick as Manchester City romped to a 5-0 win at Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Champions League playoff. David Silva and Nolito were also on target...

  • My philosophy is already working at Chelsea – Conte

    My philosophy is already working at Chelsea – Conte

    There was no pre-match fanfare to present Antonio Conte to the Stamford Bridge crowd before his debut as Chelsea manager, but Monday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United sent a clear message that the team are already marching to his orders. Conte’s side...

  • Football news

    Barcelona winger Cristian Tello will continue his spell on loan at Fiorentina, the Spanish champions announced yesterday. The 25-year-old joined Fio-rentina on a six-month loan deal during the January transfer market and made 13 Serie A...

  • Brazil’s former FIFA boss Havelange, 100, dies in Rio hospital

    Brazil’s former FIFA boss Havelange, 100, dies in Rio hospital

    Former FIFA president Joao Havelange has died aged 100. Havelange, a former Olympic swimmer, died in hospital in this year’s host city, Rio. A statement from the hospital yesterday read: “The Hospital Samaritano (Botafogo) reports that former FIFA...

  • Sporting briefs

    Advocaat: Fenerbahce have appointed much-travelled Dutchman Dick Advocaat as coach following the sacking of Vitor Pereira. Advocaat quit as assistant to Netherlands coach Danny Blind on Monday, just three months after taking the role. Fenerbahce...

  • Haber back to his roots

    Haber back to his roots

    Goalkeeper Justin Haber completed his switch to Floriana yesterday after putting pen to paper on a three-year contract. Having spent the early years of his career with Floriana, Haber had set his heart on a return to his hometown club after it...

  • No Toure in City squad in Bucharest

    No Toure in City squad in Bucharest

    Yaya Toure has been left out of Manchester City’s squad for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off at Romania’s Steaua Bucharest. The Ivory Coast midfielder did not even make the bench for the first match of new manager Pep...

  • Suarez, Munir strikes give Barca Super Cup advantage against Sevilla

    Suarez, Munir strikes give Barca Super Cup advantage against Sevilla

    Barcelona took a big step towards lifting the Spanish Super Cup after second-half strikes from Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi sealed a 2-0 win at Sevilla in the first leg late on Sunday. Suarez, La Liga top scorer last season, broke the deadlock...

  • Returning Morata promises to fight for Real Madrid spot

    Alvaro Morata has vowed to fight for his place at Real Madrid after returning to the Euro champions from Juventus. The striker made eight La Liga starts before leaving his boyhood club for Juve in 2014 for a fee that media reports put at €20...