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  • We are prepared – Agius

    We are prepared – Agius

    Andrei Agius is bracing himself for a gruelling encounter with Italy but the Hibernians defender is cautiously upbeat that Malta will be up for the challenge in Florence, tonight. “This game is important for us but we know that it’s going to be...

  • Iceland and Wales close to a place in 2016 finals

    Iceland and Wales close to a place in 2016 finals

    Iceland could qualify for their first major finals and be joined in next year’s Euro 2016 Championship by Wales, England, Italy, Sweden and Austria, among others, if results go to form in qualifiers over the next week. Iceland have never made it...

  • Hernanes ready for Juventus challenge

    New Juventus midfielder Hernanes has declared his delight at his “surprise” switch to the Italian champions. The Brazilian joined Juve on deadline day from Inter for €11m and signed a three-year contract with the Turin club. Juve opted to move for...

  • Ibra happy at Paris SG despite Milan interest

    Ibra happy at Paris SG despite Milan interest

    Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic was pursued by former club Milan but decided to remain with French champions Paris SG amid interest from a slew of other clubs, the striker said yesterday. Speaking to reporters ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers...

  • Del Bosque tells De Gea to be a ‘good professional’

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has urged goalkeeper David De Gea to put his failed transfer to Real Madrid from Manchester United behind him and focus on being a “good professional”. De Gea’s move to Real was wrecked in bizarre circumstances on...

  • Sant referee for England U-21 friendly match in Preston

    Referee Alan Mario Sant has been invited by the English FA to control today’s friendly international between England U-21 and USA U-23 at Deepdale, Preston North End’s home ground. Sant will be assisted by Roberto Vella and Luke Portelli. This...

  • Arsenal Supporters Trust urges review of the transfer policy

    Arsenal Supporters Trust urges review of the transfer policy

    The Arsenal Supporters Trust has called on the Premier League club to carry out a “full review” of recruitment policy following a quiet transfer window where goalkeeper Petr Cech was the only major addition to Arsene Wenger’s squad. Cech arrived...

  • Valletta FC’s double triple

    Valletta FC’s double triple

    There were times during the 1998-99 league campaign when it appeared that Valletta’s dream of winning a third successive championship would elude them. In that campaign, the Citizens lost three times to rivals Birkirkara and drew 0-0 against Rabat.

  • Scotland’s Louise Martin named Commonwealth Games leader

    The chairwoman of Scotland’s national sports body has been appointed president of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). As chief of Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS), Louise Martin led the successful bid for the 2014 Games before acting as...

  • England on the verge of finals

    This month’s Euro Championship qualifiers can give England the passport to the finals in France, next year. Roy Hodgson’s Whites have maximum points from six matches and their next outings will be against San Marino and Switzerland. England have...

  • Maltese racers for Santa Pod Finals

    Maltese racers for Santa Pod Finals

    Three seasoned Maltese racers – Duncan Micallef, Glenn Borg and Shawn Buttigieg – will be heading to the Santa Pod Raceway this weekend for the FIA/FIM European Finals. The Raceway in England, known as the home of adrenaline-fuelled European drag...

  • Cole out of Roma’s CL squad

    Ashley Cole has been left out of Roma’s 21-man squad list for the Champions League. The 34-year-old had been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer after a difficult season at Roma. Cole made just 14 starts in all competitions in...

  • Lotus head for Monza GP hoping for good news

    The Lotus trucks were heading to Monza yesterday as the financially-troubled Formula One team moved to calm fears they might not make it to this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. Despite the positive news, confirmed by a spokesman, the British-based...

  • Football news

    Croatia Under-21 defender Jozo Simunovic expressed his delight at signing for “one of the biggest clubs in Europe” after completing his move to Celtic. The 21-year-old signed a five-year contract after Dinamo Zagreb accepted Celtic’s offer and he...

  • Federer romps

    Federer romps

    Roger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flushing Meadows, while Andy Murray ushered talented young Australian Nick Kyrgios out of another grand slam event at the US Open on Tuesday. Murray had beaten 37th-ranked Kyrgios...

  • Sporting briefs

    Chalobah: Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Napoli on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. The England U-21 international, who has effectively spent the past three seasons away from his parent club, has headed to Serie A to find first-team football.

  • Sports round-up

    Sports round-up

    Tennis: A fist-pumping Lleyton Hewitt (picture, right) turned back the clock as he wore down an injured Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-0 7-6 1-0 to extend his US Open grand slam goodbye. Playing on a small outside court in the shadow of the massive Arthur...

  • Italy vs Malta: Conte demands fully-focused squad

    Italy vs Malta: Conte demands fully-focused squad

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has demanded that his players be fully focused ahead of a very important four-day stretch for the Azzurri in view of Euro 2016. Conte’s men take on Malta tomorrow (Thursday) in Florence needing three points to maintain...

  • Ghedin stresses unity ahead of Italy clash - Muscat, Renzi expected to attend game

    Ghedin stresses unity ahead of Italy clash - Muscat, Renzi expected to attend game

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin knows that his team are in for a very taxing encounter against Italy tomorrow but he believes that his players are well-prepared for the impending challenge. "My impression is that my squad is in a good condition," Ghedin...

  • We need points not just good showings, says Schembri

    We need points not just good showings, says Schembri

    With 67 caps under his belt, Andrè Schembri is one of the senior members of the national squad. A minor injury restricted him to a cameo appearance in Malta’s last Euro 2016 Group H qualifier, a 1-0 home defeat to Bulgaria in June, but Schembri is...