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  • Germany confident they can beat Argentina

    Germany confident they can beat Argentina

    Germany captain Philipp Lahm and forward Thomas Mueller sounded supremely confident yesterday that their team will be able to neutralize Argentina’s Lionel Messi and win the World Cup. Sounding at times as if they had already won the match, the...

  • Koeman, Lovren on collision course at Southampton

    New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman faces a showdown with unhappy Croatian defender Dejan Lovren as he looks to rebuild the English Premier League side following the close-season departure of three of his best players. “Dejan is a Southampton...

  • Barcelona agree to sign Suarez

    Barcelona agree to sign Suarez

    Barcelona have agreed to buy disgraced Uruguay forward Luis Suarez from Liverpool, the two clubs said on Friday. “The player will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical, sign a contract for the next five seasons and be presented as an FC...

  • Sanchez keen to link-up with Ozil at the Emirates

    Alex Sanchez cannot wait to team up with Mesut Ozil and help fire Arsenal towards Premier League glory. The Chile international on Thursday agreed to sign for the Gunners from Barcelona, in a deal reported to be worth in the region of £30...

  • City upbeat despite changes

    City upbeat despite changes

    It has been a summer of change at Valletta. Since winning a league and cup double last season, the Valletta squad has undergone something of a transformation with a host of players moving on and others joining the club. Gilbert Agius, promoted to...

  • MFA study on players’ performances

    The Malta Football Association recently conducted a scientific study whereby the performances of players underwent a thorough evaluation aimed at analysing their physical and mental levels. The MFA chief executive officer, Bjorn Vassallo, said the...

  • Uninspiring season at Old Trafford

    Uninspiring season at Old Trafford

    Alex Ferguson’s replacement on the hot seat at Old Trafford, David Moyes, failed to please the Manchester United board following a series of erratic performances last season. Moyes was sacked after just ten months in charge. He was temporarily...

  • Football news

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has stoked more controversy by publishing a picture of himself on Instagram pointing a gun at the camera with the message “a big kiss to all the haters”. The Milan player quickly removed the photo but his latest gaffe...

  • Sporting briefs

    Janmaat: Newcastle are stepping up their efforts to find a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy after opening negotiations for Holland international Daryl Janmaat. Reports yesterday suggested the Magpies have seen an initial bid for the Feyenoord...

  • FIFA fines Argentina for snubbing media

    Argentina have been fined 300,000 Swiss francs for failing to bring players to four pre-match news conferences during the World Cup, FIFA said in a statement. FIFA's disciplinary committee said Argentina had breached its media and marketing...

  • Balotelli courts more controversy with gun photo

    Balotelli courts more controversy with gun photo

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has stoked more controversy by publishing a picture of himself on Instagram pointing a gun at the camera with the message "a big kiss to all the haters". The Milan player quickly removed the photo but his latest gaffe...

  • William Hill says World Cup betting tops target

    William Hill has beaten its £200 million target for betting on the World Cup despite an early English exit from the football tournament, Britain's largest bookmaker said. The figure is double what William Hill generated during the previous...

  • Scoring kings Klose, Mueller eye more German goals

    Scoring kings Klose, Mueller eye more German goals

    Miroslav Klose and Thomas Mueller will bring a grand total of 26 World Cup goals to the final on Sunday, a staggering tally for two of the most prolific strikers in the tournament's history. Klose is the World Cup's all-time record goal scorer...

  • The nine previous finals featuring Argentina and Germany

    Argentina and Germany have appeared collectively in nine previous World Cup finals and two against each other. The South Americans beat West Germany to win the 1986 World Cup before the Europeans gained revenge in the final four years later. Here...

  • Neymar to cheer for Argentina, Rodriguez unimpressed

    Neymar to cheer for Argentina, Rodriguez unimpressed

    Injured Brazilian striker Neymar wants his Argentine Barcelona team mates to win the World Cup but his support was not welcomed by rival midfielder Maxi Rodriguez. "I always said I wanted Argentina to get to the final because Brazil would be there...

  • Messi has the stage to secure his place among the greats

    Messi has the stage to secure his place among the greats

    Lionel Messi can secure his place among the game’s greats with a World Cup triumph after Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties on Wednesday to reach the final, writes Simon Evans On Sunday at the Maracana stadium in Rio, Lionel Messi...

  • Argentina ‘not intimidated’ by Germany

    Argentina ‘not intimidated’ by Germany

    Argentina are not intimidated by facing Germany in the World Cup final despite seeing them tear hosts Brazil to shreds in the semis, striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Wednesday. “There’s no intimidation, not at all. There is respect. They will also...

  • Dutch shoot-out demons return to haunt them

    Dutch shoot-out demons return to haunt them

    Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shoot-outs again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Coach Louis van Gaal was forced to use defender Ron Vlaar as his...

  • FIFA reject Suarez appeal

    FIFA reject Suarez appeal

    FIFA have rejected an appeal by Luis Suarez and the Uruguay Football Federation (AUF) against his four-month ban from all football activities for biting an opponent. The appeal was lodged against the sanctions imposed on the Liverpool striker by...

  • Sanchez completes Arsenal transfer

    Sanchez completes Arsenal transfer

    Arsenal have completed the signing of Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez, the Premier League club said last night. No fee was disclosed but Arsenal are believed to have paid in the region of £35 million ($59.56 million) for the 25-year-old Chile...