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  • Club Cup highlights gulf between Europe and the rest

    Club Cup highlights gulf between Europe and the rest

    The Club World Cup is billed by FIFA as “biggest club title of all” yet this month’s tournament in Morocco is more likely to serve as a reminder of the chasm that separates domestic football in Europe from the rest of the world. It is difficult to...

  • Parma docked one point

    Serie A strugglers Parma have been deducted one point as punishment for the club’s financial irregularities last season, the Italian Football Federation announced yesterday. Parma have also been handed a €5,000 fine while Parma president Tommaso...

  • Top two teams to clash on final day

    Top two teams to clash on final day

    The top two teams at the end of the second round of the 2014/15 Premier League will face each other on the final day but the sequence of the remaining third-round fixtures will not be determined by a draw as recommended by the Malta FA Executive...

  • Malta FA board concludes inquiry

    The Malta FA Anti-Corruption Board has concluded its inquest into allegations that former Ħamrun Spartans players Roderick Fenech and Massimo Grima rigged matches during season 2012-13. Sources told Times of Malta that the long-awaited sentence is...

  • Thohir’s Inter misfiring badly

    Thohir’s Inter misfiring badly

    Those Inter fans who thought that Udinese were the right opponents for their team to beat and return to winning ways after a four-match winless run were proved wrong. On Sunday, the northeasterners came from a goal down to beat Inter 2-1 at the...

  • Vieira expecting Academy excellence

    Vieira expecting Academy excellence

    Patrick Vieira is convinced Manchester City’s world-beating new Academy will help create the first-team stars of the future but warned that results may not be felt until the end of the decade. The City Football Academy – a £200 million development...

  • Football news

    Michel Platini is refusing to back incumbent Sepp Blatter or challenger Jerome Champagne in next year’s FIFA presidential election. The former France captain said it was time for Blatter, who is running for a fifth consecutive term after being...

  • Sporting briefs

    Sacked: Almeria have sacked coach Francisco Rodriguez after Monday’s 5-2 drubbing at Eibar left them winless in La Liga in eight matches and mired in 17th place in the standings. Team physio Sergio Pardo will take charge of training while the club...

  • Uefa fines Malta FA

    UEFA has fined Malta FA €8,000 after the match delegate for the Malta-Italy Euro 2016 qualifier noted in his report that a number of spectators in the South Stand opted to watch the game from the upper gangway. MFA president Norman Darmanin Demajo...

  • Late drama in store after predictable group stage

    Late drama in store after predictable group stage

    Five knockout stage places are up for grabs in the Champions League this week, offering enough late drama to stop the final round of group matches from turning into a damp squib. Eleven teams are already through from a group stage which has...

  • Real seek record 19th win against Ludogorets

    A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid can set a new Spanish record of 19 straight victories when they take on Ludogorets today with first place in Champions League Group B already assured. The phenomenal Portuguese notched up his 200th league...

  • Juve’s Allegri has first targets in sight

    Juve’s Allegri has first targets in sight

    Juventus can reach their first two targets of the season in the next two weeks by reaching the last 16 of the Champions League and beating Napoli in the Italian Super Cup final, manager Massimiliano Allegri said yesterday. The first target can be...

  • Van Persie sinks Saints

    Van Persie sinks Saints

    Robin van Persie scored twice as Manchester United won 2-1 at Southampton to continue their recent resurgence and climb to third in the Premier League last night. The Dutchman scored in each half as United, who were distinctly second best for much...

  • Arsenal host Hull in repeat of FA Cup final

    FA Cup holders Arsenal have been drawn against runners-up Hull City, a repeat of last year’s enthralling final, in this season’s third round after the draw was made yesterday. Arsenal won the final 3-2 but only after coming back from trailing 2-0...

  • Samp win at Verona to move up to fourth

    Sampdoria moved up into fourth place in the Serie A standings after they claimed a comfortable 3-1 win over 10-man Verona last night. Rafael Marquez was shown the red card for the hosts in the 26th minute when he hacked down Samp striker Eder as...

  • Cesena sack Bisoli as coach

    Pierpaolo Bisoli became the third managerial casualty of the Serie A season yesterday when Cesena announced he had been sacked as coach. The club said in a statement that president Giorgio Lugaresi had thanked Bisoli and his staff for their...

  • BOV Premier League statistics

    BOV Premier League statistics

    Scorers, red cards BalzanPiccioni 7 (1 pen); Guerrero 4; Mifsud Triganza 2, Zarate 2; Micallef, Darmanin, Serrano. Red cards: Cassar (vs Naxxar); Guobadia (vs Valletta); Brincat (vs Hibs); Arab (vs Qormi). BirkirkaraLiliu 11; Ledesma 7 (3 pens);...

  • MFPA against the increase of foreign players

    MFPA against the increase of foreign players

    The Malta Football Players Association (MFPA) is against the increase of foreign players in the BOV Premier League and insists on a new transfer system that takes into account the particular needs of Maltese football. The players’ union was giving...

  • Football news

    Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest have reached agreement with the country’s defence ministry to be allowed to use the club’s name in their Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. The 1986 European Cup winners said the agreement...

  • Sporting briefs

    Teaching exercise: Fans of Colombia’s Copa Sudamericana finalists Atletico Nacional have been banned by Medellin authorities from taking banners and flags into their next six home matches after a supporter had three fingers blown off by an...

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