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  • Haber, Muscat pen new Birkirkara deals

    Justin Haber and Rowen Muscat will continue their careers with Birkirkara after they agreed to sign new contracts earlier this week. Haber, who joined the Stripes in 2013, was Birkirkara’s first-choice goalkeeper this season and his performances...

  • The inauguration of floodlights at National Stadium

    The inauguration of floodlights at National Stadium

    On Wednesday, July 15, 1992, during the end-of-season awards presentation ceremony, George Abela, the then Malta FA president, switched on for the first time the new floodlighting system at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium. This was one of many...

  • Maltese refs in Sweden

    A group of Maltese match officials are on their way to Sweden to officiate in the Lennart Johansson Academy Trophy, starting tomorrow in Solna. The Maltese contingent is made up of referees Esther Azzopardi, Matthew Degabriele and Etienne Mangion...

  • Coerver Coaching team up with Birkirkara to stage summer school

    Coerver Coaching, in collaboration with the Birkirkara FC Youth Academy, will once again be holding a Summer School from July 2-30 at Birkirkara’s training centre. Coerver Coaching helps players to improve their skills, whatever their position or...

  • Chelsea win third title under Mou

    Chelsea win third title under Mou

    On his return to Chelsea last season, Jose Mourinho declared that his team will win the Premier League the following year. The Portuguese was true to his word as the Blues have captured two honours so far, adding the Premier League title to the...

  • Football news

    A Spanish judge has ordered Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosell and the club to stand trial on charges they committed tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar. Judge Jose de la Mata has given the defendants,...

  • Sporting briefs

    Asenjo: Villarreal have confirmed goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo has undergone successful reconstructive surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The 25-year-old suffered the injury during his team’s 1-0 home defeat to Atletico...

  • Barca in final despite defeat

    Barca in final despite defeat

    Barcelona striker Neymar rifles the ball past Jerome Boateng, the Bayern Munich defender, to double his team’s lead at the Allianz Arena, last night. Bayern Munich failed to summon the miracle they required to prevent Barcelona easing into the...

  • Real Madrid staring down the barrel

    Real Madrid staring down the barrel

    Stuttering holders Real Madrid could see their last chance of silverware slip away if they are unable to overturn a 2-1 deficit in tonight’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at home to Juventus. Ending the season without winning the...

  • Hazard doubles up with Footballer of Year honour

    Hazard doubles up with Footballer of Year honour

    Eden Hazard was named England’s Footballer of the Year yesterday after his consistently outstanding performances throughout the season helped Chelsea win the Premier League title. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was second in the voting by...

  • The buzz has changed – Gerrard

    Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits the “buzz” of playing changed when he learned he was to have a restricted role and that was when he decided to sever ties with his boyhood club. The midfielder, who turns 35 later this month,...

  • Focus on player status reform

    Focus on player status reform

    The player status reform will come under the spotlight this afternoon as the Malta FA are holding an Extraordinary General Meeting to present the proposed amendments for ratification by the council members and delegates. After a thorough...

  • MFA switch play-off to National Stadium

    The relegation/promotion play-off between Mosta and Gżira United, scheduled for Friday, has been switched from the Hibernians Stadium to the National Stadium, the MFA announced yesterday. In a short statement, the MFA said the decision to change...

  • FIFA steps up racism surveillance for qualifiers

    A new system of match observers monitoring incidents of racism and discrimination at 2018 World Cup qualifiers was announced by FIFA yesterday. The system will be coordinated by world soccer’s ruling body and implemented in cooperation with the...

  • High morale… a key factor for Juve to upstage Real Madrid

    High morale… a key factor for Juve to upstage Real Madrid

    Italian champions Juventus have emerged as favourites to knock out Spanish giants Real Madrid and reach their eighth European Cup final – their first after a 12-year wait. Incidentally, the last time Juventus progressed to the final was in 2002/03...

  • Football news

    Japan striker Yoshinori Muto will sign for German club Mainz after opting against joining Premier League champions Chelsea because of concerns over a lack of playing opportunities, Kyodo News reported yesterday. The 22-year-old was also wary about...

  • Sporting briefs

    Mexico: Mexico named their 23-man squad for next month’s Copa America on Monday, with coach Miguel Herrera leaving out Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez and several other European-based players with an eye on the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. PSV...

  • Mosta-Gzira play-off game moved to Ta' Qali national stadium

    Next Friday’s play-off between Mosta and Gzira Utd for a place in Premier League has been moved to the Ta’ Qali national stadium, the Malta Football Association said. The MFA said the decision was taken following an agreement between the MFA and...

  • Control is key says Pep

    Control is key says Pep

    Bayern Munich have no plans to go straight on the attack and score quickly against Barcelona tonight as they look to overturn a 3-0 Champions League semi-final, first leg defeat, coach Pep Guardiola said yesterday Bayern Munich, who have lost...

  • Luis Enrique wary of ‘crazy’ game at Bayern

    Barcelona want to avoid their Champions League semi-final, second leg at Bayern Munich tonight turning into a frantic encounter that could jeopardise their 3-0 first leg advantage, coach Luis Enrique said. The Spaniards scored three times late in...

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