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  • Clock ticking for English FA, says Sports Minister

    The English Football Association was warned “the clock is ticking” after a motion of no confidence was passed during a British Parliamentary debate into its governance yesterday. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said the world’s oldest soccer...

  • Wenger urges Arsenal fans to remain ‘united’

    Wenger urges Arsenal fans to remain ‘united’

    Arsene Wenger swerved questions over his Arsenal future as he called on supporters to remain “united” with the team following back-to-back defeats. The Frenchman celebrated 20 years in charge of the Gunners last October but, after a shock home...

  • Barcelona to get foretaste of King’s Cup final at Alaves

    Luis Enrique’s Barcelona will get to test their King’s Cup final opponents ahead of time tomorrow when they travel to fellow finalists Alaves in La Liga – but they may have sore legs after playing five games in the last 13 days. Liga leaders Real...

  • Xewkija go three points clear as Oratory surprise Nadur

    Xewkija go three points clear as Oratory surprise Nadur

    Xewkija Tigers profited from Nadur Youngsters’ unexpected 4-2 defeat to Oratory Youths to overcome Kerċem Ajax 2-0 and go three points clear at the top of the GFA Division One standings. The Tigers’ success matured during the first half when they...

  • UEFA to demand three extra slots at the 2026 World Cup

    UEFA to demand three extra slots at the 2026 World Cup

    UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin will insist on European teams being given 16 slots when FIFA expands the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026. Speaking at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters after a meeting of the confederation’s executive committee (ExCo),...

  • Football news

    China’s high-spending Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC, spearheaded by expensive new signing Carlos Tevez, have apologised to fans after being dumped out of Asia’s top club competition by Australian side Brisbane Roar. Shenhua, managed by Uru-guayan...

  • Sporting briefs

    Suarez: Barcelona are to appeal against the two-match ban given to Luis Suarez following his sending-off in Tuesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final against Atletico Madrid. Suarez was handed his marching orders after picking up two late bookings in the...

  • Manchester United posts 18% rise in second-quarter revenue

    Manchester United posts 18% rise in second-quarter revenue

    English soccer club Manchester United said today it was on course to meet its full-year financial targets as it posted an 18 percent rise in second-quarter revenue despite its absence from the lucrative Champions League. United, whose best known...

  • UEFA’s Ceferin to push on with reforms, fight for WCup spots

    UEFA’s Ceferin to push on with reforms, fight for WCup spots

    Reform, new blood and World Cup places will be on the agenda when the UEFA executive committee (ExCo) meets in Nyon today, its first gathering of 2017. Having campaigned on a promise to introduce term limits, recently-elected president Aleksander...

  • An exciting league game from the early 1950s

    An exciting league game from the early 1950s

    Floriana dominated the championship in 1951-52 to such an extent that they really had no competitors. They were followed from a distance by Ħamrun Spartans but the usual challenges from Sliema Wanderers and Valletta were conspicuous by their...

  • FA chairman will quit if reform proposals are rejected

    FA chairman will quit if reform proposals are rejected

    Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has promised to step down if he fails to convince sports minister Tracey Crouch that the governing body is serious about reforming itself. However Clarke has strongly denied the FA, which will be...

  • Mosta winger Priso banned for two matches

    Mosta player Njongo Priso was handed a two-match ban from the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner yesterday. The Cameroon winger was one of six Premier League players sanctioned ahead of next weekend’s programme of matches. Priso was suspended...

  • Barca appeal Suarez suspension from final

    Barca appeal Suarez suspension from final

    Barcelona hope to reverse Luis Suarez’s suspension from the King’s Cup final after launching an appeal against the Uruguayan’s second booking in Tuesday’s semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid. The Cup holders said that they will also appeal...

  • Bayern captain Lahm set to retire

    Bayern captain Lahm set to retire

    Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm, who captained Germany to their 2014 World Cup victory, will retire at the end of the season a year before his contract with the German champions expires, the 33-year-old defender said yesterday. Youth product Lahm,...

  • Football news

    New Zealand plunged into mourning yesterday with the death of former national captain Steve Sumner, who led the side to their first World Cup finals in Spain in 1982. Sumner was 61 and had been suffering from prostate cancer. “What he and the All...

  • Sporting briefs

    Coventry: Coventry are heading back to Wembley for the first time in 30 years after surviving a second-half fightback to beat Wycombe 2-1 in their Trophy semi-final. League One’s bottom club surged into an early 2-0 lead at the Ricoh Arena...

  • Malta's women team fall at the hands of Lithuania

    Malta's women team fall at the hands of Lithuania

    Malta: 0, Lithuania: 3 In the international women's friendly between Malta and Lithuania, the latter registered a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Centenary Stadium. Simona Velicktaite opened the score after 10 minutes of play. She dashed through...

  • Juventus see off Crotone to go seven points clear

    Juventus see off Crotone to go seven points clear

    Updated at 11.15 with late game Juventus extended their advantage at the top of Serie A to seven points after goals from Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain secured a 2-0 win at struggling Crotone. Nine-man Milan ended their four-game losing...

  • 2017 series kicks off on Sunday at Żurrieq Ground

    2017 series kicks off on Sunday at Żurrieq Ground

    Building on the success of the first set of The McDonalds FootballPlus For Kids Festivals, held last year at different grounds, the inaugural event for this year’s series will take place on Sunday at the Żurrieq Football Ground. Nine nurseries are...

  • Beerman scores dramatic winner for Rangers U-20

    Beerman scores  dramatic winner for Rangers U-20

    Myles Beerman played a starring role for Rangers U-20 after netting an injury time winner in a 2-1 win away at Hibernian in the Scottish Development League, yesterday. The Malta U-21 full-back, who was given the opportunity to train with the...

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