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  • Europa League: Birkirkara suffer heavy defeat in third round

    Europa League: Birkirkara suffer heavy defeat in third round

    BIRKIRKARA 0 FC KRASNODAR 3 Granqvist 45, Smolov 75 pen, Joaozinho 89 Birkirkara suffered a heavy defeat in the third round of the Europa League at the hands of their much-quoted opponents FC Krasnodar.   Drazen Besek’s gallant troop did not only...

  • Refugees set for Olympic spotlight

    Refugees set for Olympic spotlight

    A group of refugees in training for the Olympics will march into the main stadium in Rio as an independent team for the opening ceremony.  They're some of the 10 sports men and women who will make up the independent Olympic team of refugees at the...

  • Tough Krasnodar test up next for Besek’s Birkirkara

    Tough Krasnodar test up next for Besek’s Birkirkara

    Birkirkara are wary of the tough task they face to extend an extra-ordinary run in the Europa League this summer by another round as they host Russian side Krasnodar at the Hibs Stadium today (kick-off: 7.30pm). The Stripes wrote history in the...

  • Dardai hopes Ibisevic is fired up for Hertha

    Dardai hopes Ibisevic is fired up for Hertha

    Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai is pinning his hopes on a hungry and vengeful Vedad Ibisevic when his side make their return to European club competition action tonight. Hertha are back on the European stage after a six-year absence with a Europa...

  • Arsenal on the hunt for defender after Mertesacker injury

    Arsene Wenger admits Per Mertesacker’s knee injury means Arsenal are back in the market for another defender. The 31-year-old Germany international suffered the problem in Friday’s pre-season draw with Lens and did not travel with the squad for...

  • Blue plaque honour for hero Moore

    The house where England’s World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore lived when he first learnt his craft has been commemorated with a National Heritage plaque. Moore became the first footballer to receive a blue sign outside his childhood home days...

  • Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target, says Zidane

    Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a target, says Zidane

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club. Reports in England and Spain linked Rodriguez, who joined Real...

  • Ex-German FA chief Niersbach to challenge FIFA ban

    Former German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach will appeal against a one-year ban by world soccer’s governing body FIFA, he said yesterday. FIFA’s Ethics Committee banned Niersbach on Monday for failing to report potential...

  • Besiktas eye move for Balotelli

    Besiktas could offer Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli a route out of Anfield after their president expressed a desire to sign the Italy international. Fikret Orman believes the 25-year-old, who did not travel with the Reds for their tour of the...

  • Lazio sign striker Immobile from Seville

    Italian side Lazio have signed striker Ciro Immobile from Spain’s Seville, both clubs said yesterday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but according to reports, the Stadio Olimpico club are paying €8.5m to secure the 26-year-old’s...

  • Citizens take sweet revenge

    Citizens take sweet revenge

    When in May 1978, Valletta met Floriana in the FA Trophy final they had an axe to grind. This was the fourth meeting between the two rivals that season and, to the Citizens’ obvious discomfort, Floriana won the first three. Valletta had already...

  • Messi goes blond for the new season

    Messi goes blond for the new season

    Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (right) controls the ball during pre-season training at the St George’s Park National Football Centre, England. With a new La Liga season set to begin next month, Messi has adopted a fresh new look and joined a growing...

  • Psaila upbeat about new Luxol project in the south

    Psaila upbeat about new Luxol project in the south

    Pippo Psaila, sports director of the Luxol St Andrew’s youth sector, has described the partnership agreement with the Sta Luċija FC nursery as an excellent opportunity for young players from the other side of the island to further their...

  • Football news

    Teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution during extra-time in the final three rounds of next season’s FA Cup. The FA is trialling a new format which will see teams who have made all three changes during the 90 minutes of a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Smith: Australia international left-back Brad Smith has joined Bournemouth from Liverpool on a four-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported that Bournemouth had paid three million pounds for the...

  • Bezzina confirmed in MOC squad for Rio

    Bezzina confirmed in MOC squad for Rio

    Luke Bezzina will be travelling to Brazil for the Olympic Games next month following confirmation that he will be replacing fellow track and field sprinter Kevin Moore in Team Malta. Last week, Bezzina was only named as a provisional member in the...

  • Neymar vows to keep partying as Games approach

    Brazil striker Neymar has vowed to keep on partying after being asked if his off the field activities could harm the country’s chances of winning their first Olympic soccer title. The Barcelona player was not released by his club to play in June’s...

  • Neptunes Summer School opens

    The Neptunes Summer School is once again open. The organisation is one of the oldest and most successful on the islands, being set up to inspire children to learn swim strokes before improving skills in a safe environment. The school is managed by...

  • Reds wrap it up in opening sessions

    Neptunes Grimaldi and San Ġiljan Salini Resort had little difficulty in beating Valletta McDonald’s and Exiles Jet Freight yesterday to maintain the top two places in the Premier League, six and five points respectively ahead of Sliema, with the...

  • Sports round-up

    Athletics: German sportswear firm Puma is not worried about the possible imminent retirement of Usain Bolt, the highest profile athlete it sponsors, believing the popular Jamaican sprinter could be just as valuable off the track. “Usain is part of...