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  • Sporting briefs

    Dutch squad: Coach Guus Hiddink called up Karim Rekik for the Netherlands’ Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia with defender Ron Vlaar doubtful for Sunday’s game because of an injury. Vlaar suffered a calf problem during the 3-2 defeat by Mexico in...

  • Final squad for match against Bulgaria announced

    The National 'A' Team Final Squad called up by National Coach Pietro Ghedin for the match against Bulgaria in Sofia on Sunday is as follows: National 'A' Team Final Squad               Name DOB Club Club Country Position...

  • Garcia to appeal against FIFA bid process report

    Michael Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee, plans to appeal against the report by world soccer's ruling body into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, he said today. The tournaments are set go...

  • Pele treated for 'stomach pains'

    Pele treated for 'stomach pains'

    Pele has been admitted to hospital for a "medical evaluation" after cancelling his appearance at an event in his museum. The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not disclose why the Brazilian football star was admitted, saying in a statement...

  • Germany promise goals galore against Gibraltar

    Germany promise goals galore against Gibraltar

    World Cup winners Germany are in no mood to experiment against minnows Gibraltar in their Euro 2016 qualifier tomorrow, promising a goal bonanza to make amends for recent poor results. The Germans, who clinched their fourth World Cup in Brazil in...

  • Russia FA says can’t afford to pay coach Capello

    Russia’s FA does not have enough money to pay national team manager Fabio Capello, according to Sergey Stepashin who is a member of the governing body’s executive committee. “I can say for a fact that the Russian Football Union simply does not...

  • Ibra back on shortlist for best goal award

    Ibra back on shortlist for best goal award

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again made the shortlist for FIFA’s goal of the year award, giving him a chance to retain the trophy he won last year. The shortlist featured three goals from the World Cup, including James Rodriguez’s astonishing...

  • Brazil crush Turkey

    Brazil crush Turkey

    Neymar scored twice as Brazil ran out convincing 4-0 winners in an international friendly against Turkey at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, last night. The South Americans were in front after 20 minutes when the Barcelona forward...

  • Old Firm rivals meet in third round

    Old Firm rivals meet in third round

    Sliema Wanderers and Floriana will go head to head in the stand-out tie of the 2014/15 FA Trophy third round as the draws for the next two stages of the domestic knock-out competition were made yesterday. The top six teams in last season’s BOV...

  • Clubs agree to increase foreigners’ quota to eight

    Top-flight clubs have voted in favour of a proposal to increase the number of playing foreigners from five to eight and a further three on the bench during a meeting of the Premier League Standing Committee (PLSC), held on Tuesday and hosted by...

  • ‘We can’t do the impossible’

    Malta FA general secretary Bjorn Vassallo has defended the decision to twice postpone the two Premier League games that were to be staged at the Hibs Stadium last weekend before shifting them to the Tedesco Stadium on Monday. Responding to...

  • Watford seek stability with Jokanovic at the helm

    Watford seek stability with Jokanovic at the helm

    After his days as manager at Chelsea and West Ham, Gianfranco Zola took over the reigns at Watford in summer of 2012. He stayed at Vicarage Road for more than a year before calling it quits on December 16, last year. Watford went through a bumpy...

  • Galea – Hibernians’ amiable first-aid man

    Galea – Hibernians’ amiable first-aid man

    One thing which made the football era of the Empire Stadium such a nostalgic period was the number of characters who etched their names in the history of the ground. Their ghosts seem to cry out to me every time I pass by the relics of the old...

  • New Africa Cup hosts to be named this week

    New hosts for the 2015 African Nations Cup will be named within three days after Morocco was ruled out amid fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said yesterday. CAF president Issa Hayatou said...

  • Football news

    Mike Ashley has lent Rangers a further £1m after their financial crisis was exacerbated by falling attendances. Ashley recently strengthened his influence on Ibrox by lending the club £2m, a deal which saw chief executive Graham Wallace and...

  • Sporting briefs

    Fired: Dinamo Bucharest’s Flavius Stoican has become the 13th coach to quit or be sacked in less than four months in the 18-team Romanian league. The 37-year-old yesterday left the 18-times champions after being in charge for under 14 months.

  • FA trophy third, fourth round draws

    The third and fourth rounds of the Malta Football Association 2014/2015 FA Trophy have been drawn as follows:  Malta Football Association The Malta FA TROPHY - 2014/15 Third Round - 16 Matches 1 Mosta vs Senglea...

  • Bulgaria midfielders to miss Malta qualifier

    Bulgaria midfielders to miss Malta qualifier

    Bulgaria midfielders Todor Nedelev and Vladimir Gadzhev will miss their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Malta on Sunday due to injuries, the domestic football union (BFU) said. Nedelev, 21, has a foot problem and Gadzhev, capped 25 times, will...

  • Morocco stripped of 2015 Nations Cup and disqualified

    Morocco have been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup, the Confederation of African Football decided yesterday as it examined prospective replacements. It has also disqualified Morocco from playing in the finals, which CAF said...

  • Tevez relishing return

    Tevez relishing return

    Carlos Tevez admits it feels extra special to be back in the Argentina squad for today’s friendly against Croatia after more than three years in the international wilderness. Tevez has not represented the Albiceleste since the 2011 Copa America...