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  • Sporting briefs

    Koscielny: France coach Didier Deschamps has called up Roma’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to replace the injured Laurent Koscielny for his side’s upcoming friendly double-header. Arsenal central defender Koscielny, who has been suffering from “chronic...

  • Euro2016 Malta-Norway qualifier: 'It will be a tough match but I’m confident' - Ghedin

    Euro2016 Malta-Norway qualifier: 'It will be a tough match but I’m confident' - Ghedin

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has backed his players to build on their positive performance in last month’s Euro2016 against Croatia when they meet Norway tomorrow at the national stadium (kick-off time 8.45pm). “As always it will be a tough match but...

  • Mismatches take gloss off UEFA’s first ‘week of football’

    Mismatches take gloss off UEFA’s first ‘week of football’

    Europe is preparing for UEFA’s first full-blown “week of football” as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing – although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience. UEFA has heralded the new setup as “great...

  • Bonucci receives ticking off for tweet

    Bonucci receives ticking off for tweet

    Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci was given a ticking off for a late night tweet about his winning goal for Juventus in Sunday’s stormy top-of-the-table match against Roma. Bonucci published his tweet shortly after midnight from within Italy’s...

  • Top-flight clubs discussed overseas games – report

    Premier League clubs have discussed playing a regular season round of 10 matches abroad in the future, according to British media reports. The league’s chief executive Richard Scudamore was widely criticised six years ago for a plan to introduce...

  • Birkirkara spurred on by title heartbreak

    Birkirkara spurred on by title heartbreak

    The disappointment of missing out on the league title on the final day of last season is spurring Birkirkara on this term, coach Paul Zammit told the media yesterday. Last May, Birkirkara were distraught after their dream of retaining the league...

  • Winter Games may have to move for 2022 World Cup – ECA official

    The 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move from its traditional January and February dates to accommodate the World Cup finals being staged in Qatar, leading European football clubs’ official Umberto Gandini said. Gandini, vice-chairman of the...

  • Agius helps City end 11-year title drought

    Agius helps City end 11-year title drought

    Charlie Agius was born in Valletta on December 1, 1951. A natural striker, he was deadly in front of goal. His speed and agility caused problems to many defenders who, to their dismay, found that he could score goals at the least...

  • Bale propels Wales to dizzy heights

    Bale propels Wales to dizzy heights

    After the Euro 2016 qualifying win in Andorra, Wales rose to their highest world ranking for 20 years after climbing 12 positions to join Scotland in 29th place. Last month, Wales beat Andorra away 2-1 thanks to a double from Gareth Bale to open...

  • BOV efforts pay dividends in Belgrade

    BOV efforts pay dividends in Belgrade

    The Bank Of Valletta football team have been crowned winners of the first Champions Bank tournament which was played in Belgrade. Champions Bank 2014 saw the participation of 20 teams representing banks, bank insurances and financial...

  • Football news

    Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former head of the FIFA technical committee which warned world football’s governing body against holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is considering running for its presidency next year. If he did, Mayne-Nicholls would...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ashley: Mike Ashley, the owner of English Premier League club Newcastle United, has called for the removal of the chief executive and a director at Rangers after increasing his stake in the Scottish club. Rangers said yesterday that Ashley now...

  • Tickets are selling fast as Azzurri visit draws closer

    Tickets are selling fast as Azzurri visit draws closer

    With the eagerly-awaited Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy only six days away, the level of anticipation is rising by the minute with the Malta FA reporting that bet-ween 75 to 80 per cent of the tickets (around 13,000) for Monday’s match had been...

  • Herrera and Cremona omitted from the national team squad

    Birkirkara wing-back Edward Herrera and young Valletta FC midfielder Llywelyn Cremona have been dropped from the Malta squad as national coach Pietro Ghedin yesterday finalised his list of players for Friday’s match against Norway at the National...

  • Greco loses his Wanderers job

    Alfonso Greco has left Sliema Wanderers by mutual agreement, just seven games into the 2014/15 Premier League season. As reported by Times of Malta, the Sliema Wanderers committee had been discussing Greco’s position in light of the team’s low-key...

  • Schalke asking for consistency from new boss Di Matteo

    Schalke asking for consistency from new boss Di Matteo

    Schalke 04 have appointed former Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo as a replacement for Jens Keller, who was sacked yesterday after an inconsistent start to the season, with the Italian agreeing on a deal to 2017. Di Matteo has been tasked with...

  • Watford appoint Jokanovic as fourth manager in six weeks

    Watford appointed their fourth manager in six weeks yesterday when Serbian Slavisa Jokanovic replaced Billy McKinlay, only eight days – and two unbeaten games – after the Scot had been put in charge. McKinlay was given the job following the...

  • David Gill to stand for FIFA post

    English FA vice-chairman David Gill has declared he will stand for Britain’s FIFA vice-presidency next year following a change of heart. Gill, a Manchester United director and UEFA executive committee member, had been insistent he would not stand...

  • FIGC chief barred from UEFA over ‘banana’ comment

    FIGC chief barred from UEFA over ‘banana’ comment

    Italian federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from the next UEFA Congress and from holding any position with European soccer’s governing body for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August. UEFA said its...

  • Barca face La Liga expulsion if Catalonia splits from Spain

    Barcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country’s football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month. Barca’s...