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  • Mosta retain Premier League status

    Mosta retain Premier League status

    MOSTA-2, GZIRA UNITED-0 Mosta scored two late goals to beat Gzira United in a relegation-promotion play-off. The game looked to be heading for extra-time but late strikes from Udo Fortune ad Gary Roberts ensured that Mosta kept their top-flight...

  • Attack by fans halts football match

    A high-profile football match between Argentine rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate was stopped when visiting players were sprayed by fans with an eye irritant believed to be pepper spray or mace. Buenos Aires public prosecutor Martin Ocampo said...

  • Allegri must decide which Juventus to send to Berlin

    Allegri must decide which Juventus to send to Berlin

    Juventus have shown an uncanny ability to change their approach according to the circumstances and coach Massimiliano Allegri now has to decide which version of his side he wants to face Barcelona in the Champions League final next month Juventus,...

  • Ancelotti Real ‘proud’ of players

    Ancelotti Real ‘proud’ of players

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has come out in defence of his players after their Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus. The defending champions drew 1-1 at home to Juve on Wednesday to lose their semi-final tie 3-2 on aggregate. “We...

  • United set to spend to support trophy push

    United set to spend to support trophy push

    English Premier League football club Manchester United hinted yesterday at another spending spree this summer after promising to have a squad capable of competing with the best teams in Europe next season. Led by new coach Louis van Gaal, the...

  • Seleznyov heads Dnipro into first final

    Seleznyov heads Dnipro into first final

    Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk reached their first European final when Yevhen Seleznyov’s header gave them a 1-0 win over Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final yesterday. The Ukrainians, backed by a fervent sell-out crowd at Kiev’s...

  • Planned strike by top players suspended

    A potential strike by top Spanish footballers has been suspended after a petition filed by the league (LFP) against planned action by the players’ union (AFE) was upheld by the High Court yesterday. The strike threatened to disrupt the final two...

  • Frankfurt girls score late to win CLeague

    A stoppage time winner from Mandy Islacker gave FFC Frankfurt a 2-1 victory over Paris St Germain yesterday as the Germans lifted the women’s Champions League trophy for a fourth time. Islacker’s curling left-footed shot from 15 metres took keeper...

  • High stakes as Mosta, Gżira fight for top-flight spot

    High stakes as Mosta, Gżira fight for top-flight spot

    Mosta and Gżira United face a make-or-break scenario this evening as they meet in a relegation-promotion play-off at the National Stadium (kick-off 7.30pm). Premier League football awaits the winner of this veritable decider which has been...

  • ‘My attachment to this club is too strong’

    ‘My attachment to this club is too strong’

    Midfielder Paul Fenech has ended all the uncertainty about his future after signing a new three-year deal with Birkirkara, the Premier League club announced on their website yesterday. The highly-rated Fenech had been widely expected to seek...

  • Football news

    Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel will retire at the end of the season, the club have announced. The 43-year-old will bring the curtain down on a career which has spanned three decades and included spells with Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston...

  • Sporting briefs

    Welbeck: Former Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck is doubtful as Arsenal go to Old Trafford on Sunday bidding to secure a top-three place in the Premier League and with it automatic qualification to the Champions League group stages.

  • Morata fires Juve into final

    Morata fires Juve into final

    Juventus shattered Real Madrid’s dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with the holders yesterday and send Juve into the final, 3-2 on...

  • Messi is the best player of all time – Guardiola

    Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday after the Spanish side eliminated the Bavarians 5-3 on aggregate to reach next month’s Champions League final. “He is the best player of all time,”...

  • Viola chasing improbable feat

    Viola chasing improbable feat

    Fiorentina must pull off a feat that has only been achieved once before if they are to get past Sevilla into the final of the Europa League when the holders visit the Tuscan capital tonight. Fiorentina were thumped 3-0 by the Andalusian club in...

  • Resourceful Dnipro near end of marathon journey

    Seventeen matches, nearly 10 months and eight countries after setting out, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk are tantalisingly close to reaching their first European final after a campaign which has been resourceful, even if not pretty. A goalless draw, or...

  • Foreigners’ quota up to seven in top flight, transfer fees reduced

    Foreigners’ quota up to seven in top flight, transfer fees reduced

    Hailed as a milestone in the history of local football by Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo, the player status and transfer reform was rubberstamped yesterday during a well-attended Extraordinary General Meeting at the Centenary Hall. The...

  • Two players test positive after Melita-St George’s match

    Two players have tested positive for doping after the BOV Division One match between Melita and St George’s, played on April 7. Bjorn Vassallo, the Malta FA general secretary, told the association’s council members that the two players, one from...

  • 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...

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