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  • Ghedin defends team from criticism ahead of tomorrow's 'big game'

    Ghedin defends team from criticism ahead of tomorrow's 'big game'

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has defended his team from criticism about their commitment in last Friday's 3-0 defeat to Norway as the national side finalise their preparations for tomorrow's eagerly-awaited Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Italy...

  • Malta-Italy match: Let's hope to shout goal - Sports Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius

    Malta-Italy match: Let's hope to shout goal - Sports Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius

    Sports Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius is hoping to be among the Maltese to shout 'goal' in the upcoming Euro2016 qualification match against Italy tomorrow. Speaking to MNA, Mr Agius lamented the fact that Malta has not scored against Italy...

  • Stephen Azzopardi named Sliema Wanderers coach

    Stephen Azzopardi named Sliema Wanderers coach

    Stephen Azzopardi has been named coach of Sliema Wanderers. Azzopardi, who had been in charge of Sliema in the past, replaces Italian Alfonso Greco who left the club by mutual agreement earlier this week. Sliema Wanderers have had an unconvincing...

  • Italy are superior but it will be no easy ride – Dossena

    Italy are superior but it will be no easy ride – Dossena

    Former Italy midfielder Beppe Dossena has no qualms about the Azzurri’s performance in Friday’s 2-1 win over Azerbaijan but warns that tomorrow’s Group H qualifier against Malta will be no easy ride despite the gulf in quality between the two...

  • Let’s pull together, Hogg tells team-mates

    Let’s pull together, Hogg tells team-mates

    Malta conceded three goals to Norway in Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier but the defeat would have been more pronounced had it not been for goalkeeper Andrew Hogg. The match had only just started when Hogg reacted instinctively to keep out a dangerous...

  • ‘We can’t push a button and change tactics’

    Malta’s long-standing difficulties to cope with the direct playing style of Scandinavian teams were again evident in Friday night’s 3-0 defeat to Norway. Coach Pietro Ghedin was anything but impressed with his team’s performance as Malta again...

  • Poland stun Germany

    Poland stun Germany

    Poland stunned World Cup winners Germany 2-0 last night to earn their first ever victory over their neighbours and take control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. Arkadiusz Milik put them ahead with a well-timed header in the 51st minute and...

  • Dire lack of artificial intelligence at Fifa

    Dire lack of artificial intelligence at Fifa

    A group of leading women footballers, furious at being forced to play next year’s World Cup on artificial pitches, have filed a lawsuit against football’s governing body claiming sexual discrimination. The 24-team tournament will be held at six...

  • Real face Mexican or Asian team in CWC

    European champions Real Madrid will face Mexican side Cruz Azul or the yet to be determined club champions of Asia in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup after the draw for the annual showpiece in host nation Morocco last night. The Spanish side...

  • Clubs want UEFA to close loophole

    Clubs want UEFA to close loophole

    European clubs will this week demand UEFA close a loophole that allows some clubs to qualify for the Champions League without submitting accounts to comply with financial fair play (FFP) rules. There is widespread concern among clubs that teams...

  • Suarez returns for Uruguay in 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia

    Luis Suarez made his first international appearance since being banned for biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup and played a part in Uruguay’s goal as they drew 1-1 with Saudi Arabia in a friendly late Friday. Uruguay went ahead two...

  • Maroons hit back to beat St George’s

    Maroons hit back to beat St George’s

    St George’s 2Gżira United 3 Promotion seekers Gżira United registered their second win on the trot after coming from behind to beat St George’s and join Gudja on ten points at the top of the table. It was St George’s who created the first chance...

  • First Tardelli goals help Brazil sink Argentina

    First Tardelli goals help Brazil sink Argentina

    Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued their defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversaries Argentina in a feisty friendly in Beijing, yesterday. Atletico Mineiro striker...

  • Football results...

    Serie BPro Vercelli vs Spezia - 1-0Modena vs Brescia - 1-1 Playing today – 15.00Avellino vs CarpiCatania vs Bari12.30Crotone vs PescaraLatina vs BolognaLivorno vs TrapaniLanciano vs VicenzaPerugia vs Frosinone - 20.30Playing tomorrow:Varese vs...

  • FA drops plans for B-team league but reform goes on

    FA drops plans for B-team league but reform goes on

    Plans for Premier League clubs to enter B teams in a new lower division have been dropped by an FA commission but reforms to coaching, foreign imports, player development and the grass roots game must continue, says FA chairman Greg Dyke. The FA...

  • Football news

    Spanish World Cup-winning striker David Villa needed only 15 minutes to register a classy first goal for Melbourne City as the rebranded side opened their A-League season with a 1-1 draw at Sydney FC, yesterday. Villa, on a 10-game loan spell from...

  • Sporting briefs

    Wilkins: Former England international Ray Wilkins began his tenure as Jordan coach in defeat after a late goal by Yusuf Nasser gave Kuwait a 1-0 win in a friendly on Friday. Former Chelsea, Milan and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins only took...

  • Malta-Italy game - Less than 500 tickets left

    Malta-Italy game - Less than 500 tickets left

    With the much-awaited Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy now less than three days away, the indications are that the National Stadium will be full. After MFA general secretary Bjorn Vassallo announced on Tuesday that 80 per cent of the tickets had...

  • Malta bow to powerful King

    Malta bow to powerful King

    Malta 0Norway 3Daehli 22; King 26, 49; The vibes emanating from the Malta camp had been upbeat but it took Norway only 26 minutes to snuff out our hopes of a morale-boosting result ahead of Monday’s daunting clash with Italy. Malta coach Pietro...

  • Chiellini scores all three as Italy beat Azeris 2-1

    Chiellini scores all three as Italy beat Azeris 2-1

    Defender Giorgio Chiellini scored three times, including an own goal, as Italy beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier in Palermo last night. After Italy dominated, but created few chances, Chiellini put them in front with a...