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  • Napoli’s Benitez in confident mood ahead of Bilbao trip

    Napoli coach Rafael Benitez remains confident his side can see off Athletic Bilbao to reach the group stages of the Champions League. The Italians were held to a 1-1 draw by Bilbao on Tuesday in Naples and have left themselves with plenty to do in...

  • Barca appeal against transfer ban rejected

    Barcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, soccer’s world governing body FIFA said. As a result, Barca, who were found guilty of breaching rules on the international transfer...

  • Dortmund suffer double injury blow as season start looms

    Borussia Dortmund suffered a double injury blow days before the start of the Bundesliga with midfielder Oliver Kirch ruled out for two months and Ji Dong-won set to miss at least four weeks, the club said yesterday. Last season’s Bundesliga...

  • FIGC’s Tavecchio faces UEFA racism probe

    FIGC’s Tavecchio faces UEFA racism probe

    Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is to face a disciplinary investigation by European soccer’s governing body over allegedly racist remarks made during his election campaign, UEFA said yesterday. Tavecchio, who was elected...

  • MFA in talks with potential sponsors

    MFA in talks with potential sponsors

    The Malta FA are hunting for a new sponsor for the FA Trophy competition after talks to extend their nine-year association with Maltco Lotteries failed to lead to an agreement. Bjorn Vassallo, the newly-appointed Malta FA general secretary, told a...

  • Sliema starlet Friggieri to start Lazio trial

    Sliema starlet Friggieri to start Lazio trial

    Aidan Friggieri’s dream of earning a move to a foreign club could become reality this week as the promising Sliema Wanderers forward has been invited for a trial with the Under-19 squad of Serie A club Lazio. Friggieri, who caught the eye with a...

  • Ħamrun’s first FA Trophy win

    Ħamrun’s first FA Trophy win

    The 1982-83 football season was one of the most chaotic in the history of our national sport. There were several episodes that upset the way things were always done in local football. It was a season when tradition was completely thrown overboard.

  • Important dates for season 2014-15

    Important dates for season 2014-15

    August Today: Europa League play-offs, first leg. 26-27: Champions League play-offs, second leg. League Cup, second round. Scottish League Cup, second round. 28: Europa League play-offs, second leg. 29: Champions League and Europa League group...

  • Football news

    Coach Jose Pekerman, who steered Colombia to the World Cup quarter-finals last month, will stay on for the 2018 qualifiers and the next two Copa America tournaments, the Colombian federation (FCF) said. The 64-year-old Argentine led an impressive...

  • Sporting briefs

    Mueller: Bayern Munich striker Thomas Mueller has revealed that he turned down an “astronomical” offer to join Manchester United this summer. Mueller had been tipped for a move to Old Trafford to link up with United boss Louis Van Gaal. When asked...

  • Ramsey sees red as Arsenal held to goalless draw in Turkey

    Ramsey sees red as Arsenal held to goalless draw in Turkey

    Arsenal survived a hostile atmosphere and the sending-off of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to leave Istanbul with what could prove a priceless 0-0 draw against Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play-off last night. The Gunners were...

  • Russia rejects FIFA plea to cut venues

    Russia has rejected a FIFA recommendation to cut the number of host cities for the 2018 World Cup from 11 to nine and stadiums from 12 to 10, according to Russia sports minister Vitaly Mutko. “The plan that we will have 12 stadiums in 11 cities,...

  • Results

    Championship: Bournemouth vs N. Forest 1-2; Birmingham vs Ipswich 2-2; Blackpool vs Brentford 1-2; Cardiff vs Wigan 1-0; Charlton vs Derby 3-2; Leeds vs Brighton 0-2; Norwich vs Blackburn 3-1; Rotherham vs Watford 0-2; Sheffield W. vs Millwall...

  • Suarez feared for future after bite

    Suarez feared for future after bite

    New Barcelona forward Luis Suarez admitted he was concerned for his future in the days following his four-month FIFA ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini but is now putting the saga behind him. The Uruguayan provoked uproar at the World Cup over the...

  • Mourinho hopes Cech stays despite losing Chelsea spot

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he hoped goalkeeper Petr Cech will stay loyal to the club despite losing the starting spot to Belgian Thibaut Courtois. Courtois, 22, who has returned to Chelsea from a successful loan spell with Atletico Madrid,...

  • New Azzurri mentor Conte shrugs off wages controversy

    New Azzurri mentor Conte shrugs off wages controversy

    New Italy coach Antonio Conte brushed aside controversy over his wages, which will be part funded by the national federation’s sponsors, when he was officially presented yesterday. “Nobody imposes anything on me. My eyes and those of my assistants...

  • Bayern without Schweini for at least two weeks

    Bayern without Schweini for at least two weeks

    Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be out for at least two weeks with a knee problem, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said yesterday. Schweinsteiger, who has been nursing a patella tendon injury in his left knee for months and...

  • The Serie A title outsiders

    The Serie A title outsiders

    Fiorentina, Inter, Lazio and Milan are still in the process of strengthening their squads and as things stand, all four will have to rely on all their resources to remain competitive for the entire campaign and, perhaps, challenge Juventus, Roma...

  • Football news

    Torino winger Alessio Cerci has denied sending out a tweet that confirmed his transfer to Atletico Madrid. He has been linked with a move to Atletico this summer and a tweet from his account on Monday evening announced the deal was done. However,...

  • Sporting briefs

    Julio Cesar: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined Benfica where he will attempt to revive his career after an unhappy last season and a disappointing World Cup. The Portuguese champions, who recently sold first-choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak to...