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  • Mellieħa and Lija stay on winning track

    Mellieħa and Lija stay on winning track

    Mellieħa and Lija Athletic maintained their good form of late in the First Division after seeing off Attard and Mdina respectively at the Corradino Sports Pavilion to consolidate their top positions in the standings. A goal after three minutes...

  • Sporting briefs

    Real Madrid: Lucas Silva is unlikely to join Real Madrid in January with the Spanish giants not planning to make any moves in the winter market. The Cruzeiro midfielder has been strongly linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu in recent months.

  • Football news

    Controversial Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli was suspended for one match by the FA yesterday and fined £25,000 after posting an offensive message on social media. Earlier this month, the Italian showed a picture on his Instagram account...

  • Juventus return to winning ways against Cagliari

    Juventus return to winning ways against Cagliari

    Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1 away today to end a three-match winless streak and move four points clear at the top of Serie A. After drawing with Fiorentina and Sampdoria in Serie A either side of a 0-0 stalemate with Atletico Madrid in the Champions...

  • Maltese is promoted to Uefa's first category of referees after 20 years

    Maltese is promoted to Uefa's first category of referees after 20 years

    Clayton Pisani has been promoted to the first category of Uefa referees and is now eligible to officiate matches in the Europa League and Euro 2016 group stages. It is the first time in 20 years that a Maltese referee has been promoted to the...

  • Two-match ban for City defender Caruana

    Two-match ban for City defender Caruana

    Valletta’s gnawing disappointment at their 3-1 defeat to Hibernians last Sunday will have deepened yesterday after Jonathan Caruana was handed a two-match ban by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner. Referee Mario Apap showed a straight red card...

  • Qatar risks losing the 2022 World Cup without job reform, Zwanziger warns

    Qatar must meet a March deadline for specific labour reforms or it could risk losing the 2022 World Cup finals, FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said. The German, who was formerly head of his country’s FA and has been a vocal critic...

  • FIFA ethics investigator Garcia steps down

    FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned yesterday in protest at the way his report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process was handled by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the ethics judge of football’s governing body. Garcia said he had lost...

  • Shot-stoppers Howard and Friedel end feud

    Shot-stoppers Howard and Friedel end feud

    Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Friedel have ended their feud over claims made in the former’s book. Veteran Tottenham shot-stopper Friedel was accused in his fellow American’s book ‘The Keeper’ of looking to prevent Howard’s move to Manchester...

  • Penalty saves highlight Casillas’ return to form

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has shown remarkable resilience to bounce back from a run of poor performances and doubts over his future at the club earlier this year. The Real captain saved his second penalty in consecutive matches when he...

  • Liverpool, Tottenham book place in the semis

    Liverpool, Tottenham book place in the semis

    Raheem Sterling’s first goals since mid-September helped Liverpool end a miserable seven days with a place in the League Cup semi-finals at the expense of Bournemouth, as Tottenham obliterated Newcastle 4-0 to secured their place in the last four,...

  • Petev returns to Bulgaria to coach national team

    Former Ludogorets coach Ivaylo Petev has agreed to take charge of the Bulgaria national team, the domestic football union (BFU) said yesterday. “Ivaylo Petev is the new coach of the Bulgarian national team,” the BFU said in a statement. “His...

  • Deila hopes Celtic fans avoid ban in Europe

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila hopes any UEFA punishment does not impact on their eagerly-awaited clash with Inter after the club were hit with the latest of a series of disciplinary charges by the European governing body. UEFA’s control, ethics and...

  • City progress in Europe after clearing Roma hurdle

    City progress in Europe after clearing Roma hurdle

    For the second year running, Manchester City succeeded in qualifying from the group phase of the Champions League. They did it in style after beating Roma 2-0 away at the Olympic Stadium last week. Without injured top scorer Sergio Aguero, City...

  • Gifted Chukunyere wows Hibs fans

    Gifted Chukunyere wows Hibs fans

    When I interviewed Ndubisi Chukunyere way back in 2002 ahead of the European tie between Hibernians and Boavista, I was impressed with his humility and the spark of genius and intelligence in his eyes. Chukunyere was born on December 23, 1979 in...

  • Juve’s Allegri calls for return to winning ways

    Juve’s Allegri calls for return to winning ways

    Massimiliano Allegri has ordered Juventus to snap out of their toothless slumber with a convincing victory at Cagliari this evening. The reigning Serie A champions have allowed title rivals Roma to cut their advantage at the top to a single point...

  • Boots – white is the new black in England

    White boots are now by far the most common among top-flight footballers, with almost 48 per cent of players favouring that colour in the last round of English Premier League action. White boots were once an indication of a special player – or at...

  • HiTT to hold a 30-hour marathon in aid of L-Istrina

    During this time of the year, many organisations come together to collect funds for L-Istrina, the Malta Community Chest Fund’s annual campaign. The HiTT Academy, with the approval of the MTTA, is embracing this nationwide initiative by organising...

  • Christmas training camps at Floriana

    The School Training Centre (STC) is organising two youth football camps at the Floriana nursery pitches during the Christmas period. John Buttigieg, the head coach of the Floriana FC nursery and other qualified coaches, will oversee the training...

  • Demolition Derby takes centre-stage on Sunday

    Demolition Derby takes centre-stage on Sunday

    On Sunday, the ASMK are to hold a day-long event to raise funds for the Malta Community Chest Fund. The programme includes various events, including Autocross and Motocross races, plus the popular Demolition derby. In keeping with the good spirit...

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