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  • Malta to play Czechs, Austria in two pre-Euro friendlies

    Malta will be playing friendly matches against the Czech Republic and Austria in the run-up to the Euro 2016 final tournament in France. The two warm-up games will be staged in Austria with Malta facing the Czechs on May 26 before taking on the...

  • BBC abandons plans to hold debate on TV

    Britain’s BBC has abandoned plans to stage a televised debate with the five candidates vyving for the presidency of football’s scandal-plagued governing body FIFA after one declined to take part and others imposed conditions. The broadcaster had...

  • City reach final

    City reach final

    Manchester City reached the League Cup final after recovering from a shaky start as Sergio Aguero’s brilliant header sealed a 3-1 win over Everton in the semi-final second leg yesterday to clinch a 4-3 aggregate victory. Ross Barkley’s bullish run...

  • Morata leads Juve to 3-0 win over Inter

    Alvaro Morata ended his scoring drought in style as Juventus took firm control of their Coppa Italia semi-final with Inter last night. Morata had failed to score in 20 games, a run stretching back to October 4 when he netted in a 3-1 Serie A...

  • Ashley Cole moves to LA Galaxy

    Former Arsenal, Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole has signed for LA Galaxy, the Major League Soccer club said yesterday. Cole left Roma this month after his contract was cancelled by “mutual consent”. The 35-year-old had made just 11...

  • Neymar ordered to pay $113,000 in taxes

    Barcelona forward Neymar and his father must pay nearly 460,000 reais ($113,000) to Brazil’s inland revenue in taxes owed from 2007 and 2008, a Sao Paulo federal judge ordered in a ruling yesterday. The pair, both called Neymar, had appealed...

  • Pato in London to finalise Chelsea loan

    Alexandre Pato says he is “so happy” to be joining Chelsea after the Brazilian forward arrived in London ahead of his loan move to the English Premier League club yesterday. While Chelsea are yet to comment on Pato’s proposed switch from...

  • Black Sunday at Schreiber Ground

    Black Sunday at Schreiber Ground

    In 1966-67, the Third Division was divided into three sections of six teams each. The winners in each group had to play in a mini-league to decide the eventual category winners. The only difference from other seasons was that two clubs were promoted.

  • Football news

    Stephan El Shaarawy, once considered one of Italy’s most promising forwards, has joined Roma on loan from Milan in a bid to revive a career which has been plagued by injuries. Roma, who have dropped to fifth in Serie A, said he would stay until...

  • Sporting briefs

    Malmo: Free-scoring Iceland international striker Vidar Orn Kjartansson has signed for Malmo from Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning. Kjartansson, 25, moved to China in January 2015 after topping the scoring charts in Norway’s Tippeligaen with 25 goals...

  • Juventus secure healthy advantage

    Juventus secure healthy advantage

    Alvaro Morata ended his scoring drought in style as Juventus took firm control of their Coppa Italia semi-final with Inter. Morata had failed to score in 20 games, a run stretching back to October 4 when he netted in a 3-1 Serie A victory over...

  • Aguero heads Manchester City into League Cup final

    Aguero heads Manchester City into League Cup final

    Manchester City reached the League Cup final after recovering from a shaky start as Sergio Aguero's brilliant header sealed a 3-1 win over Everton in the semi-final second leg to clinch a 4-3 aggregate victory. Ross Barkley's bullish run and...

  • Balzan crush Qormi

    Balzan crush Qormi

    Balzan bagged their third successive league victory after cruising past Qormi 5-0 at the National Stadium. Balzan made a fast start and inside the first minute Alfred Effiong forced Qormi goalkeeper Jean Matthias Vella into a diving save. The...

  • Stripes see off St Andrew’s

    Stripes see off St Andrew’s

    Birkirkara broke little sweat to see off bottom-placed St Andrew’s 3-1 at the National Stadium. Birkirkara  swamped the St Andrew’s half in the opening stages in their quest to find an early goal that would settle their nerves. On 15 minutes,...

  • Ten players handed one-match ban

    Ten players were handed a one-match ban after last weekend’s BOV Premier League matches. Tarxien Rainbows were the worst hit as three of their players were suspended after the 1-0 defeat to Pembroke Athleta. Brazilian defender Bruno Oliveira and...

  • Birkirkara look to close the gap on pacesetters

    Birkirkara look to close the gap on pacesetters

    Birkirkara will fancy their chances of closing the gap on leaders Valletta and second-placed Hibernians when they face bottom-placed St Andrew’s at the National Stadium this evening in one of two rescheduled matches from the BOV Premier...

  • Liverpool reach final after penalty drama

    Liverpool reach final after penalty drama

    Liverpool reached the League Cup final on penalties after a gripping last-four second leg tie at Anfield ended 1-0 to the visitors after extra-time and 1-1 on aggregate last night. Stoke, who bossed vast swathes of the encounter at Anfield, took...

  • Tedesco gets nod from Palermo chief Zamparini

    Giovanni Tedesco conducted his first training session at Palermo yesterday after being confirmed as the new head coach by the Serie A club. Tedesco, a former Palermo midfielder who started the 2015-16 season as coach of Maltese Premier League club...

  • Terez Grozny strike late to beat Hibs

    Terez Grozny strike late to beat Hibs

    Terez Grozny scored two second-half goals to see off Hibernians 2-0 in a friendly at Corradino yesterday. Igor Lebedenko netted both goals for the Russian side, currently in Malta for a training camp. Luis Edison made his first appearance for the...

  • Police investigate clubs over alleged tax evasion

    Police investigate clubs over alleged tax evasion

    Italian police seized assets yesterday from soccer players, their agents and club executives as part of an investigation into alleged tax evasion in the country’s top two divisions. Tax police based in the southern city of Naples were seizing...