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  • Courtois defends Chelsea handling of his head injury

    Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended the Premier League leader’s handling of the head injury he suffered during last weekend’s 2-0 league victory over Arsenal. Courtois was injured in an early clash with Arsenal’s Chilean forward...

  • Sliema appoint Azzopardi as coach

    Stephen Azzopardi will make a return to club management this week after he reached an agreement with Sliema Wanderers to take over the reins of the Premier League club. Azzopardi held talks with Sliema president Keith Perry last week and an...

  • Vittoriosa, Gudja play out goalless draw, Melita go top

    Vittoriosa, Gudja play out goalless draw, Melita go top

    Vittoriosa Stars 0Gudja 0 Vittoriosa Stars and Gudja United played out a goalless draw in a drab encounter that produced very few scoring opportunities. For Gudja this was the first time this season that they failed to find the net while this was...

  • Football news

    Former England goalkeeper Dave Beasant almost made a dramatic return to action at the age of 55 after being picked as a sub for Stevenage at Carlisle on Saturday. Beasant, who saved a John Aldridge penalty in Wimbledon’s famous 1988 FA Cup final...

  • Sporting briefs

    Netherlands: Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum have withdrawn from the Euro 2016 qualifier in Iceland today after picking up injuries during training. Krul, who is the back-up goalkeeper in the Dutch squad, hurt...

  • Defiant Conte to make changes for Malta game

    Defiant Conte to make changes for Malta game

    Italy coach Antonio Conte is not paying much attention to the criticism directed at him and his squad after their hard-earned 2-1 win over Azerbaijan on Friday. "This is a very important for us," Conte told a news conference this evening after...

  • 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...