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  • Watch: Ramos helps Spain edge Norway in Euro qualifiers

    Watch: Ramos helps Spain edge Norway in Euro qualifiers

    Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 on Saturday in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy's win over Finland. Spain were not at their clinical best in...

  • Watch: Gutsy Malta see off Faroe Islands

    Watch: Gutsy Malta see off Faroe Islands

    MALTA         2  Nwoko 14 Borg 77 pen. FAROE ISLANDS            1 Thomsen 90 The Malta national team ended a 13-year wait for a home win in a competitive match on Saturday, scoring a goal in each half to overcome the Faroe Islands in their opening...

  • Watch: Malta training camp is special for me, says Zanetti

    Watch: Malta training camp is special for me, says Zanetti

    Former long-serving Inter captain Javier Zanetti is currently holding his now-established Javier Zanetti Football Training Camp in Malta at the Luxol Grounds. Zanetti, who is now the vice-president of the Nerazzurri, has expressed his satisfaction...

  • Listen: Faroese have 'Viking spirit' in their DNA, says journalist Frederiksen

    Listen: Faroese have 'Viking spirit' in their DNA, says journalist Frederiksen

    Leivur Frederiksen, a sports journalist from the Faroe Islands, joined Valhmor Camilleri and Gianluca Lia for a conversation about Malta's opening game in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Faroes. Frederiksen is on his second trip to...

  • Watch: We can win points against the Faroes, says Borg

    Watch: We can win points against the Faroes, says Borg

    Ray Farrugia has set his sights on kicking off Malta’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a victory when they host the Faroes Islands at the National Stadium this evening. It has been 13 years since the Malta national team has last tasted a...

  • Ronaldo draws blank on Portugal return in Euro qualifier

    Ronaldo draws blank on Portugal return in Euro qualifier

    Ukraine snuffed out Portugal on Cristiano Ronaldo's return to international football, defending stoutly as they held the European champions to a goalless draw in their opening Euro 2020 Group B qualifier on Friday. Ronaldo was handed the captain's...

  • Disgraced former England player Adam Johnson released from prison

    Disgraced former England player Adam Johnson released from prison

    Disgraced former England international Adam Johnson has been released from prison after serving three years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan. The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger, 31, was sentenced to six...

  • Football hacker Pinto makes first appearance in Lisbon court

    Football hacker Pinto makes first appearance in Lisbon court

    Rui Pinto, the Portuguese hacker linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website, made his first appearance before a Lisbon judge on Friday. The 30-year-old who was arrested in Hungary on 16 January and extradited to Portugal on Thursday, faces...

  • Griezmann stars as France hammer Moldova

    Griezmann stars as France hammer Moldova

    Winger Antoine Griezmann scored one and set up another as World Cup winners Frances easily beat Moldova 4-1 in Chisinau in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday. The Atletico Madrid attacker opened the scoring in the 24th minute of the Group...

  • Sterling hits hat-trick as England thrash Czech Republic

    Sterling hits hat-trick as England thrash Czech Republic

    Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as England started what they hope is a road back to Wembley for the Euro 2020 final with a comprehensive 5-0 win over the Czech Republic to open their qualifying campaign. Harry Kane was also on target from the...

  • Listen: 'Our young players will come good, but there might be some short-term pain'

    Listen: 'Our young players will come good, but there might be some short-term pain'

    It's been 14 years since Malta's national football team won a competitive fixture on home soil. Could Saturday be the night when the Reds break their duck?  The Times of Malta sports desk sat down with the national team coach Ray Farrugia for a...

  • Friggieri gem gives Malta U-21 win over Turkmenistan

    Friggieri gem gives Malta U-21 win over Turkmenistan

    Malta 2 Turkmenistan 1 The Malta U-21 national team battled to earn a hard fought 2-1 win over Turkmenistan in first international friendly at their Antalya training camp, in Turkey. Malta started well and had the best chances in the first half,...

  • Big wins for leading duo in Gozo

    Big wins for leading duo in Gozo

    Match Day 16 of the GFA Division One produced 22 goals with leaders Victoria Hotspurs and nearest rivals Nadur Youngsters again underlined their prowess with resounding victories over lower-placed opposition. On the other hand, the relegation...

  • Vella’s boys face Turkmenistan test

    Vella’s boys face Turkmenistan test

    The Malta U-21 national team will kick off their preparations for their UEFA Championship qualifiers when they face Turkmenistan in a friendly in Antalya, Turkey, this afternoon (kick-off: 3pm). Silvio Vella has named a 23-man squad full of...

  • Hazard lifts Belgium in Euro qualifying

    Hazard lifts Belgium in Euro qualifying

    Eden Hazard ensured Belgium kicked off their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 on Thursday with a brace in a home victory over Russia. World Cup semi-finalists Belgium earned a battling 3-1 win over Russia in Brussels as Hazard struck twice for...

  • Depay fires Dutch past Belarus in Euro 2020 qualifying opener

    Depay fires Dutch past Belarus in Euro 2020 qualifying opener

    Memphis Depay dazzled for the Netherlands with a brace and two assists as they cruised past Belarus 4-0 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday despite having to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men. Depay set the Dutch on their way just...

  • Juve opt for Asian pre-season amid Ronaldo US rape claims - report

    Juve opt for Asian pre-season amid Ronaldo US rape claims - report

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus will play the pre-season International Champions Cup in Asia and not in the United States amid the Portugal star's rape investigation there, the New York Times has reported. Most of the matches take place in the United...

  • Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunch 2030 World Cup bid

    Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunch 2030 World Cup bid

    Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay relaunched their bid to host the 2030 World Cup following a meeting of their presidents in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. The four national presidents committed to creating a local organizing committee with a...

  • Watch: Cannavaro gets off to losing start as Thailand down China 1-0

    Watch: Cannavaro gets off to losing start as Thailand down China 1-0

    Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro is set to face more criticism after his first outing as China coach on Thursday ended with a 1-0 loss at home to Thailand. His stint in charge got off to an inauspicious start before a 4,000-strong crowd as the loss...

  • Disgruntled Icardi back training with Inter

    Disgruntled Icardi back training with Inter

    Disgruntled Inter striker Mauro Icardi returned to training with the club on Thursday after a month on the sidelines amid a protracted contract dispute. The 26-year-old Argentine has been absent since February 13 after being stripped of the...