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  • West Ham speak highly of towering Mazzetti

    West Ham speak highly of towering Mazzetti

    Birkirkara defender Mauricio Mazzetti could become a target for West Ham United on the back of his fine matches against the English side in the Europa League. Mazzetti was Birkirkara’s stand-out player as he followed up his solid display in last...

  • Ibrahimovic keen on US switch

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a move to Major League Soccer before he ends his career. The Paris St Germain star, 33, is currently in the United States with his club on a pre-season tour and admits the thought of playing in America is an idea he...

  • 2018 World Cup draw – how it works

    The draw for the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign takes place in St Petersburg this evening. The 52 European countries will be split into seven groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and...

  • Ibe shines as Liverpool held to a 1-1 draw in Malaysia

    Jordon Ibe scored a superb equaliser as Liverpool’s pre-season tour ended in frustration after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Malaysia XI yesterday. Ibe cut into the penalty area and lashed home a ferocious drive in the 28th minute to cancel out...

  • Valcke all but says he’s leaving FIFA

    Valcke all but says he’s leaving FIFA

    Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s often-outspoken secretary general, all but confirmed yesterday that he will be leaving his job when Sepp Blatter is replaced as president of world soccer’s governing body next February. Valcke, a 54-year-old Frenchman, has...

  • Hulk pulls out of WCup draw

    Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian striker Hulk has pulled out of today’s World Cup qualifying draw, only days after complaining of “gross and ugly” racism in Russian football. The Brazilian international will be replaced by former Russia captain...

  • Real Madrid rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd

    Real Madrid rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd

    Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour of Australia with a 4-1 win over a depleted Manchester City in front of a record soccer crowd of 99,382 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. Rafa Benitez celebrated his first win in charge of the...

  • Malta beaten 5-1 by Denmark in semis

    The Maltese national team failed to reach the final of the 2015 EuroHockey Championship IV final after going down heavily to Denmark 5-1 in yesterday’s semi-final in Vilnius, Lithuania. Pieter Bregman’s team gave their all, particularly in the...

  • Hamilton fastest, Perez unhurt after big crash

    Hamilton fastest, Perez unhurt after big crash

    Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was quickest in both Hungarian Grand Prix practice sessions yesterday after Mexican Sergio Perez walked away unscathed from a spectacular rolling crash. Hamilton, four-times a winner in Hungary and clear...

  • Wins for southerners

    Marsascala Nutrition Empire and Marsaxlokk Fischer registered victories over Ta’ Xbiex Amigos and Otters Nivea respectively in yesterday’s BOV First Division matches, the only fixtures in programme at the National Pool. The results mean that...

  • Szczesny has Gunners future says Wenger

    Szczesny has Gunners future says Wenger

    Wojciech Szczesny (picture) has a future at Arsenal despite his impending loan move to Roma, insists manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners boss is prepared to allow the 25-year-old goalkeeper to leave on a temporary basis, having signed Petr Cech...

  • Froome’s lead cut as Nibali wins stage

    Froome’s lead cut as Nibali wins stage

    Tour de France leader Chris Froome came under attack and lost 30 seconds but still retained a healthy advantage after yesterday’s 19th stage in which defending champion Vincenzo Nibali claimed a vintage victory. With one mountain stage remaining...

  • Stoke remain ninth, Sunderland survive

    Stoke remain ninth, Sunderland survive

    Mark Hughes begins his third season at Stoke City having steered them to ninth placing for the second year running. Sunderland appointed their third foreign manager in a row but Dutchman Dick Advocaat showed that he had the knowhow to guide them...

  • Sports round-up

    Motor Racing: The Lotus Formula One team blamed a banking technicality for a delay in Pirelli releasing tyres to them ahead of first Hungarian Grand Prix practice yesterday. The team received their tyres less than an hour before the cars went out...

  • Sporting briefs

    Krkic: Bojan Krkic will make his return from injury in Stoke’s pre-season friendly against Brentford today. The 24-year-old former Barcelona playmaker was one of Stoke’s stand-out players until injuring his cruciate ligaments at Rochdale in the FA...

  • Football news

    Former Russia midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will play under his father Rinat at Rubin Kazan after signing on as a free agent. Rubin finished fifth in the league last season under coach Rinat, who joined the club at the beginning of 2014. In...

  • Updated - F1 - Perez unhurt in dramatic crash in Hungary, Hamilton leads

    Updated - F1 - Perez unhurt in dramatic crash in Hungary, Hamilton leads

    Mexican Sergio Perez scrambled free from the wreckage of a heavy crash that left his Force India upside down on the track, halting first practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix this morning. Video replays indicated a right rear...

  • Bilic: Hammers 'showed spirit' against Birkirkara

    Bilic: Hammers 'showed spirit' against Birkirkara

    West Ham boss Slaven Bilic felt his side showed great character after squeezing past Birkirkara on penalties in their Europa League second qualifying round second leg. The Hammers, who went down to 10 men when James Tomkins was sent off before...

  • Birkirkara’s Mazzetti impresses West Ham

    Birkirkara’s Mazzetti impresses West Ham

    Birkirkara’s five-star display in last night’s game against West Ham United could open up new opportunities for their players. One of these players is Mauricio Mazzetti whose reassuring performances in both legs of the Europa League second...

  • Maltese ref for semi-final

    UEFA has appointed Maltese FIFA Referee Esther Azzopardi as the referee of the Under 19 semi-final between Group B winners Germany and Group A runners-up Sweden, being played today.  She will be assisted by FIFA assistant referees Biljana...