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  • We must improve – Agius

    We must improve – Agius

    Champions Valletta find themselves under mounting pressure to get their act together after taking only four points from their first four league games. Although it is still early in the season, Valletta are already eight points off the title pace...

  • Hibs target fifth win, Tasic set for Pietà debut

    Tarxien Rainbows vs Naxxar Lions (today at 16.00, National Stadium). Tarxien Rainbows and Naxxar Lions are pursuing their first league win of the season. The two teams experienced contrasting fortunes last weekend as Tarxien threw away a two-goal...

  • Wembley to host climax of Euro 2020

    Wembley to host climax of Euro 2020

    UEFA president Michel Platini’s vision of a European Championship spread across the continent came to fruition yesterday as London’s Wembley Stadium was chosen to host the climax of Euro 2020 and 12 other cities joining the party The new...

  • Inzaghi eyes Juve upset

    Inzaghi eyes Juve upset

    Milan have enjoyed a perfect start to the season, but coach Filippo Inzaghi believes it will take a “miracle” for his side to beat defending champions Juventus tonight. The Rossoneri have won their opening two games and are level on six points...

  • Third big test for Man. City

    Third big test for Man. City

    Champions Manchester City have already played Liverpool (at home 3-1) and Arsenal (away 2-2), both top-four teams last season, in their opening four league games. Tomorrow afternoon, City face another big test as they meet league leaders Chelsea,...

  • Platini to keep luxury gift, make charity donation

    UEFA president Michel Platini has said he intends to ignore FIFA requests and not return a luxury watch valued at 25,000 Swiss francs ($26,600), given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Instead, he said yesterday in British...

  • Cordoba to visit Malta

    Cordoba to visit Malta

    Former Inter stalwart Ivan Cordoba (picture) is expected to visit Malta later this year to hold a coaching clinic for children. Cordoba, regarded as one of the strongest defenders in the Serie A during his trophy-laden 13-year spell with the...

  • Rabat hold firm to thwart Gżira

    Gżira United 0Rabat Ajax 0 Gżira dropped their first points of the season while Rabat claimed their first after featuring in a goalless draw yesterday. The Maroons went close on 15 minutes when Ryan Dalli ran on to a Yanis Tonna through-pass but...

  • Football news

    Injured Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy will be out for at least six weeks and possibly three months manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday. “We will know tonight. He has an exploration of his ankle,” Wenger said when asked about the French...

  • Sporting briefs

    Mandzukic: Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic could make his return from a fractured nose in around 10 days but will have to wear a protective mask. The Croatia international suffered the injury in Tuesday’s 3-2 Champions League defeat at...

  • Germans draw first blood in rivalry with English foes

    Germans draw first blood in rivalry with English foes

    German teams scored a point – or more accurately, seven – in their rivalry with English clubs this week, coming out on top in two of their three Champions League duels, with the third resulting in a share of the spoils. Bundesliga champions...

  • Samper the latest gem from Barca academy

    Samper the latest gem from Barca academy

    One thing that has stood out during the early stages of Luis Enrique’s stint as Barcelona coach is the faith he is placing in recent graduates from the club’s famed ‘La Masia’ academy. At least in the opening weeks of the season, Luis Enrique is...

  • Germany, Argentina extend lead at the top

    Germany, Argentina extend lead at the top

    World Cup finalists Germany and Argentina have slightly extended their lead over the chasing pack and remain unchallenged at the top of the FIFA world rankings. They are followed in third position by Colombia, who have swapped places with the...

  • FIFA officials told to return watches handed out in Brazil

    FIFA executive committee members are among more than 50 football officials who have been told to return watches, worth an estimated $25,000 each, which were handed out as gifts by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) during the World...

  • Tottenham hold firm at Partizan

    Tottenham hold firm at Partizan

    Tottenham held firm in intimidating conditions to kick off the Europa League group stage with a hard-fought, goalless draw at Partizan Belgrade yesterday. In Zagreb, Algeria’s El Arbi Hilal Soudani scored a first-half hat-trick for Dinamo who...

  • San Siro to host 2016 final

    Milan’s San Siro stadium is to host the 2016 Champions League final, UEFA said yesterday. San Siro will be staging the final for the fourth time, the previous occasion being in 2001 when Bayern Munich beat Valencia on penalties after a 1-1...

  • Edison extends Hibs deal

    Edison extends Hibs deal

    Edison Luis dos Santos ‘Tarabai’ has committed his future to Hibernians after signing a new two-year deal with the early BOV Premier League pace-setters. Edison, who rejoined the Paolites in January 2013 after a short and rather turbulent stint...

  • Xewkija launch title defence with a win

    Xewkija launch title defence with a win

    Champions Xewkija Tigers launched the defence of their GFA Division One title with a 3-1 win over newly-promoted Sannat Lions. The Tigers found it more difficult than expected to secure the three points. It was Sannat who took the lead on 32...

  • Filipov hits hat-trick for debutants Mellieħa

    Filipov hits hat-trick for debutants Mellieħa

    Nikolay Filipov was Mellieħa’s main inspiration as he struck a hat-trick to help his side overcome Msida 8-2 after the first round of matches from the Futsal First Division was played at the Corradino Pavillion. It was a dream start for Mellieħa...

  • Football news

    Alex Pastoor has quit as coach of AZ Alkmaar after just two days in charge in another twist to the saga around Marco van Basten and his stress-related health issues. Pastoor, who was Van Basten’s assistant at the club, swapped roles on Tuesday...