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  • French scandals show need for coordination, experts say

    Recent scandals that have hit French football show that sports authorities alone cannot fight corruption, according to a group of experts calling for an “international platform” to coordinate the efforts. On Tuesday, the presidents of Ligue 1 Caen...

  • Denni eyes Malta return in January

    Denni eyes Malta return in January

    Brazilian forward Denni Rocha dos Santos is targeting a return to Maltese football in January but his next destination is still unknown. Following the end of his four-year contract with Valletta at the end of last season, Denni reached a verbal...

  • Conte frustrated by role

    Italy boss Antonio Conte has already grown frustrated by the problems a national team coach has to face. The former Juventus tactician has steered Italy to five wins and a draw since replacing Cesare Prandelli after the Azzurri’s first-round exit...

  • Liverpool and City on the verge of elimination

    Liverpool and City on the verge of elimination

    Much more was expected of Liverpool in the Champions League this season after their runners-up spot in the English Premier League ensured a return to UEFA’s competition for elite clubs after an absence of five years. However, progress to the...

  • Showers of rain and missiles

    Showers of rain and missiles

    As a game of football, the league match between Valletta and Ħamrun Spartans, played on January 9, 1977, left a lot to be desired. Heavy rain on matchday turned the Gzira ground into a slippery and dangerous skating rink. These difficult...

  • Football news

    England will play glamour friendlies against world champions Germany and France in the build-up to Euro 2016. The FA announced yesterday that the Three Lions will host France on November 17 next year, and it also confirmed England will play a...

  • Bianchi out of artificial coma

    Bianchi out of artificial coma

    Jules Bianchi (right) is no longer in an artificial coma but remains unconscious and in a critical condition, his family have said. The 25-year-old Frenchman suffered a diffuse axonal injury to his brain, which involves widespread damage, in a...

  • Hawaii race caps excellent year for Bonello Spiteri

    Hawaii race caps excellent year for Bonello Spiteri

    Danica Bonello Spiteri wrapped up her 2014 season by taking part in the Xterra World Champion-ships in Maui, recently. Malta’s leading female triathlete earned the right to race on the Hawaiian island where the Xterra event was born almost 20...

  • Sporting briefs

    Mackay: Malky Mackay is back in football after Wigan confirmed the Scot as their new manager. The 42-year-old, out of work since being axed by Cardiff last December, takes over a club in the Championship’s bottom three. In August, Mackay admitted...

  • Nadal targets the Australian Open

    Nadal targets the Australian Open

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal is confident he will be able to return to full fitness for the 2015 Australian Open. The 28-year-old Spaniard is recovering from surgery to remove his appendix, which saw him miss the season-ending ATP World...

  • Sports round-up

    Rugby Union: Next year’s rugby World Cup being hosted by England will boost the UK economy by nearly one billion pounds, an economic impact study revealed. The study, undertaken on behalf of the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015,...

  • Blatter rejects Dyke's demands

    Blatter rejects Dyke's demands

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected FA chairman Greg Dyke's call to publish the Garcia report into allegations of corruption in World Cup bidding. Blatter has replied to a letter from Dyke, saying publishing the report would break FIFA's...

  • Rooney's double helps England floor Scotland

    Rooney's double helps England floor Scotland

    England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed the opener in a 3-1 win over Scotland as the visitors dominated a typically passionate Auld Enemy friendly at Celtic Park. Rooney took his tally to 46 in his 101st...

  • Rooney silences Scots

    Rooney silences Scots

    England dominated a typically passionate Auld Enemy friendly to beat Scotland 3-1 with Wayne Rooney scoring twice after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the visitors a half-time lead at Celtic Park last night. Elsewhere, Toni Kroos struck with a...

  • United revenues fall on CLeague absence

    United revenues fall on CLeague absence

    English Premier League club Manchester United posted a 10 per cent fall in first quarter revenue as the absence of lucrative Champions League football this season took its toll. United, currently seventh in the table and still struggling with what...

  • Bayern’s Lahm out for months with injury

    Bayern’s Lahm out for months with injury

    Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm will have surgery after breaking his right ankle in training yesterday and will be out for up to three months. The Bayern captain, who retired from international football after Germany’s World Cup win in July,...

  • Malta sign off with a 3-1 win in Euro qualifiers

    Malta sign off with a 3-1 win in Euro qualifiers

    Malta ended their commitments in the UEFA U-19 Championship qualifiers with a 3-1 win over Gibraltar in their final Group Six match in Tramore, Ireland, yesterday. Wayne Attard’s boys were looking to sign off from the competition with a positive...

  • FIFA lodge criminal complaint re 2018 and 2022 WCups

    World soccer’s governing body FIFA yesterday lodged a criminal complaint over the “possible misconduct of individual persons” in connection with the awarding of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Last Thursday FIFA said there were no...

  • UEFA look into Italy disturbance

    UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Italy and Croatia following Sunday’s match in Milan. The 2016 European Championship qualifier at the San Siro was temporarily stopped in both halves by Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers after visiting...

  • Mancini’s return at the helm of Inter exposes club’s frailties

    Mancini’s return at the helm of Inter exposes club’s frailties

    Walter Mazzarri paid the price for Inter’s indifferent start to the 2014/15 Serie A season and last week he was fired by the San Siro club. With only 16 points from a possible 33, the Inter hierarchy had no option but to make Mazzarri only the...