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    David Beckham believes Wayne Rooney will prove an inspirational England captain to his team-mates. Rooney was permanent England skipper for the first time in Wednesday night’s win over Norway and leads Roy Hodgson’s team into Euro 2016...

  • Malta U-21s end poor campaign with 3-0 loss to Turkey

    Malta U-21s end poor campaign with 3-0 loss to Turkey

    MALTA-0, TURKEY-3 Malta ended their UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying campaign with no points after going down 3-0 to Turkey in their final match this evening at Ta' Qali. Having their lost their previous seven qualifiers, the Maltese youngsters...

  • Malta national anthem changed for Linkin Park's Numb

    Malta national anthem changed for Linkin Park's Numb

    A snippet of Linkin Park’s hit track Numb blared out over the speakers instead of the Maltese national anthem during Slovakia’s friendly with Malta  at the Zilina Stadium last night. The error was quickly rectified and l-Innu Malti was played. At...

  • Resilient Malta make it hard for Slovakia

    Resilient Malta make it hard for Slovakia

    Slovakia 1Malta 0 An Adam Nemec goal late in the first half scuppered Malta’s hopes of opening their 2014-15 commitments on a high as Slovakia grabbed a narrow 1-0 win in a frien-dly at the Zilina Stadium yesterday. It was a tenacious performance...

  • Italy off to flying start under Antonio Conte after 2-0 win

    Italy off to flying start under Antonio Conte after 2-0 win

    Italy gave new coach Antonio Conte a flying start when they scored twice in the first 10 minutes to beat Netherlands 2-0 in a friendly in Bari yesterday. Ciro Immobile put the home side ahead after three minutes before Daniele De Rossi added a...

  • European coaches ponder changes to away goals rule

    Europe’s top club coaches have been contemplating whether the away goals rule should remain in force in the Champions League and Europa League. The rule was introduced nearly 50 years ago when playing away in Europe was a novelty, but critics say...

  • New England fail to excite the masses

    New England fail to excite the masses

    The promise of the start of a brave new England was hardly given much impetus at an underpopulated Wembley despite Wayne Rooney beginning his captaincy with the winning penalty in a 1-0 victory over Norway on Wednesday night. For the first time in...

  • Loew calls up speedy Sam

    Germany have called up forward Sidney Sam to add more punch to their attack against Scotland on Sunday after a string of absences and lack of firepower contributed to a 4-2 defeat by Argentina on Wednesday. With the World Cup winners looking far...

  • Vella eyes positive debut as Malta look to end losing run

    Vella eyes positive debut as Malta look to end losing run

    Silvio Vella makes his bow as Malta U-21 coach this evening when his young team take on Turkey in their final UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier at the National Stadium (kick-off 6pm). Vella, who has taken over from Ray Farrugia after the latter...

  • After World Cup trauma, Dunga’s Brazil restart against Colombia

    It will be easier said than done but Brazil attempt to put their World Cup humiliation behind them when they start life under new coach Dunga in a friendly against Colombia in Miami tonight. Barely two months after their shocking 7-1 defeat to...

  • Nadur start season with KO success

    Nadur Youngsters began the 2014/15 season on a bright note after beating Oratory Youths 2-1 in the final of the GFA Division One Knock-Out competition. On their way to the final, Nadur had the better of Victoria Hotspurs 2-1 and holders Kerċem...

  • Football news

    Kawasaki Frontale will be without top scorer Yoshito Okubo for two games after the striker’s petulant smashing of an advertising board bounced backed to bite him yesterday with the J-League handing out a needless suspension. Okubo, who played for...

  • In brief

    Guidetti: Celtic have signed Sweden striker John Guidetti on a season-long loan from Manchester City. The announcement followed an appeal to FIFA by the Scottish FA due to confusion about whether the paperwork had been registered before the...

  • Gritty Malta lose narrowly to Slovakia

    Gritty Malta lose narrowly to Slovakia

    SLOVAKIA-1, MALTA-0 Malta suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Slovakia in a friendly match this evening.Eyeing an uplifting performance in Zilina ahead of the opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia on Tuesday, Malta made life difficult for the...

  • Argentina crush Germany 4-2

    Argentina crush Germany 4-2

    A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 international friendly win over world champions Germany in Dusseldorf, yesterday, in an entertaining re-match of July’s World Cup final. Despite the absence of injured...

  • Falcao’s father makes Real Madrid claim

    Radamel Falcao’s father has revealed Real Madrid were unwilling to make a financial effort to sign his son. The Colombian international was strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu stadium this summer but the deal did not materialise. Falcao...

  • Alkmaar’s Van Basten given time to recover from health problems

    Alkmaar’s Van Basten given time to recover from health problems

    Marco van Basten will not return to his post as AZ Alkmaar coach until mid-September after being given more time to recover from personal and health problems, the Dutch club said yesterday. The 49-year-old Van Basten, former European Footballer of...

  • Ghedin leaning towards a three-man defence

    Ghedin leaning towards a three-man defence

    With the opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia only six days away, Malta will be looking to secure a morale-booster in the shape of a spirited showing when they meet Slovakia in a friendly at Zilina’s Stadion pod Dubnom this evening...

  • Germany ponder bid U-turn

    Germany ponder bid U-turn

    Germany will wait until the very last minute before deciding whether to withdraw Munich’s rival bid against Wembley Stadium to stage the final of Euro 2020. The German Football Association (DFB) is also planning a bid to host the entire Euro 2024...

  • Three newcomers in Malta U-21 squad

    Malta U-21 coach Silvio Vella has named his 18-man squad for tomorrow’s Euro Championship qualifier against Turkey at the National Stadium (kick-off 5pm). This will be Vella’s first match in charge of the U21s after suc-ceeding Ray Farrugia who...