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  • Djokovic beats Nadal in marathon match to reach Wimbledon final

    Djokovic beats Nadal in marathon match to reach Wimbledon final

    Serbia's Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final as he resisted everything great rival Rafael Nadal could throw at him to win 6-4 3-6 7-6(9) 3-6 10-8 in a two-day classic that concluded in nerve-jangling tension on Saturday. Twelfth seed...

  • From nightclub bouncer to World Cup final referee

    From nightclub bouncer to World Cup final referee

    Argentine Nestor Pitana's roundabout route to becoming a World Cup final referee has taken in work as a film extra and as a security guard at a disco as well as a spell playing basketball at regional level. The 43-year-old from the small...

  • Live: Football transfers and rumours - July 14

    Live: Football transfers and rumours - July 14

    Welcome to the timesofmalta.com football transfer blog. We may be in the middle of the 2018 World Cup but clubs around the continent are still working hard to strengthen their squad and bring in reinforcements for the upcoming season. The Times of...

  • Sarri appointed new Chelsea manager

    Sarri appointed new Chelsea manager

    Chelsea have appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach on a three-year contract. The 59-year-old Italian takes over at Stamford Bridge from Antonio Conte, who was sacked on Friday. During three years with Napoli, Sarri helped the club to...

  • Reputations burnished, others buffeted at "best World Cup ever"

    Reputations burnished, others buffeted at "best World Cup ever"

    A stage for new beginnings, a cementer of fortunes, a last resting place for life-long dreams, the 2018 soccer World Cup was so much more than a month-long festival of goals and glory. "The best World Cup ever," was FIFA President Gianni...

  • Watch: Schillaci in Malta, backs Croatia for World Cup glory

    Watch: Schillaci in Malta, backs Croatia for World Cup glory

    Salvatore Schillaci sees Croatia as a worthy World Cup winner as they meet France in Sunday's final in Moscow. "At the start of the tournament, I predicted that Croatia would go all the way and clinch the title, and now they are in the final," the...

  • Longest-ever Wimbledon semi-final sees Anderson through

    Longest-ever Wimbledon semi-final sees Anderson through

    When Kevin Anderson lost his footing and fell on his backside while hitting a backhand on John Isner's serve in the men's semi-final at Wimbledon on Friday nobody would have blamed him if he did not bother getting up again. After all this was at...

  • England not a top five team yet says Southgate

    England not a top five team yet says Southgate

    England could finish third in the World Cup with a victory over Belgium in Saturday's playoff but manager Gareth Southgate believes they are not yet amongst the elite teams in international football. England are currently ranked joint 12th in the...

  • VAR means the end of offside goals, FIFA boss says

    VAR means the end of offside goals, FIFA boss says

    Goals scored from offside positions will be a thing of the past, at least in competitions where video assistant referees (VARs) are used, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday as he hailed the success of the technology at the World Cup in...

  • Conte sacked as Chelsea manager

    Conte sacked as Chelsea manager

    Antonio Conte has been sacked as Chelsea manager. The 48-year-old Italian had a year remaining on his contract, but has left the Blues 55 days after lifting the FA Cup in his final match in charge - and having taken pre-season training earlier...

  • Watch: Croatia firemen miss crucial penalty as duty calls

    Watch: Croatia firemen miss crucial penalty as duty calls

    The Zagreb Fire Department has released a video showing the moment firemen were called out to an emergency, just seconds before Ivan Rakitic’s match-winning penalty that sent Croatia through to the World Cup semi-finals against England. Opponents...

  • Watch: National team ready for Barcelona challenge – Izzo

    Watch: National team ready for Barcelona challenge – Izzo

    Malta coach Karl Izzo sounded pleased with the national team’s preparations as this evening they head to Barcelona to take part in the 2018 European Championships that get under way on Monday. This is the second time that the national team are...

  • Belgium better than England says Meunier as they battle for bronze

    Belgium better than England says Meunier as they battle for bronze

    Belgium are a better team than England and to finish third at the World Cup is a minimum for their squad, full back Thomas Meunier said on Thursday. The two countries meet in the third place playoff in St Petersburg on Saturday and the defender is...

  • Kane challenges England to target European glory

    Kane challenges England to target European glory

    Harry Kane has challenged England to ensure their World Cup adventure does not go down as a once-in-a-generation experience. Kane became just the third man to captain England in a global semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday night, following in the...

  • Watch: Dazzling Balzan crush FK Kesla

    Watch: Dazzling Balzan crush FK Kesla

    Balzan                     4 Effiong 12; Lecao 22 Kaljevic 33; Kadu 56 FK Kesla     1 Kozli 27pen. Balzan put themselves in a strong position to reach the second qualifying round of the Europa League when they cruised past Azerbaijan's FK Kesla...

  • Gżira crumble in the second half

    Gżira crumble in the second half

    Gżira United last night slumped to a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at the hands of Radnicki NIS of Serbia, in the first leg of their first qualifying round Europa League match at the Cair Stadium. Darren Abdilla, the Gżira coach made two changes to the...

  • Chelsea sack Conte as manager

    Chelsea sack Conte as manager

    Chelsea have sacked Italian Antonio Conte as manager, media in Britain and Italy reported on Thursday. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had said on Wednesday that the Premier League side were close to securing a deal for former Napoli boss...

  • Watch: England players tried sneaky tactic after Croatia's goal

    Watch: England players tried sneaky tactic after Croatia's goal

    England tried to use a sneaky tactic after conceding a second goal in their World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia. With Croatia's players celebrating after Mario Mandzukic's goal, England's Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard thought they had...

  • Croatia cabinet meets in soccer team jerseys

    Croatia cabinet meets in soccer team jerseys

    Croatia's cabinet ministers held a session dressed in the red and white checkered jerseys of the national soccer team on Thursday to celebrate the country's victory in a World Cup semi-final. Croatia beat England 2-1 in Moscow on Wednesday to...

  • Croatia celebrated 2nd goal... on top of photographer

    Croatia celebrated 2nd goal... on top of photographer

    When Croatia scored the goal that took them into the World Cup final on Wednesday, an AFP photographer unwittingly became part of the celebrations as he was buried under a pile of joyous players. After Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time to give...