FIFA REVEALS WORLD CUP CRITERIA

FIFA REVEALS WORLD CUP CRITERIA

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has recommended UEFA receive 16 slots in the new 48-team World Cup format, which starts from 2026, while proposing a six-team play-off to decide the final two places.

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TOP TWO GET TOGETHER

TOP TWO GET TOGETHER

Hibernians and Balzan Youths meet in an intriguing clash between the top two sides in the Premier League at the National Stadium on Sunday.

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VALLETTA, FLORIANA READY FOR DERBY CLASH

VALLETTA, FLORIANA READY FOR DERBY CLASH

Valletta against Floriana has always been a glamour fixture in Maltese football and Sunday’s derby clash will surely maintain this status as the race for the Premier League gathers pace with just three points separating the top three teams.

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LENO 'HONOURED' BY MADRID INTEREST

LENO 'HONOURED' BY MADRID INTEREST

Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno says he is honoured to have been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

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Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Kevin Gameiro, Nico Gaitan and Miguel Angel Moya have all sustained injuries at what is set to be a pivotal stage of their season.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has quashed speculation linking him with the Barcelona job by insisting he could never manage the Spanish giants.
The Bureau of the FIFA Council has recommended UEFA receive 16 slots in the new 48-team World Cup format, which starts from 2026, while proposing a six-team play-off to decide the final two places.
Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno says he is honoured to have been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes will miss June’s Confederations Cup in Russia to undergo surgery on a long-standing groin injury, his club Schalke 04 confirmed on Wednesday.
Daniele De Rossi is a doubt for Roma's Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against rivals Lazio, having suffered a back injury while on international duty with Italy.
Manchester United are set to be without Paul Pogba again when they host West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.
Juventus winger Marko Pjaca's season is over after the Croatian FA confirmed he sustained an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury while on international duty against Estonia.
Brazil became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, as the Selecao's win and Uruguay's loss cinched a berth in Russia.
Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.
Hertha Berlin president Werner Gegenbauer has announced plans to create a 55,000-capacity stadium by 2025 and declared the club's current home "no longer suitable".
England’s football authorities on Thursday invited applications for independent research into whether playing the sport heightens the risk of degenerative brain disease in later life.
Diego Maradona has blasted the four-match ban on Lionel Messi imposed by FIFA and suggested he'll use his role as ambassador to get it scrapped.
Manuel Neuer has undergone a minor foot operation and will miss Bayern Munich's next two Bundesliga fixtures.
Philipp Lahm told frustrated fans to blame Borussia Dortmund, not Bayern Munich, for an uncompetitive Bundesliga title race and feels Germany's top flight "lacks quality" outside the big two.
Tottenham winger Erik Lamela has been ruled out of the remainder of the Premier League season ahead of surgery on a long-standing hip injury.
Tottenham Hotspur could remain at White Hart Lane next season instead of moving to Wembley for the campaign, chairman Daniel Levy revealed on Wednesday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he is in negotiations to extend his Manchester United deal and is enjoying his time at the club, but has offered no assurances over his Old Trafford future.
Joachim Loew says Germany duo Joshua Kimmich and Andre Schuerrle need more matches — and to spend less time on the bench — for their Bundesliga clubs ahead of next year’s World Cup defence.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has climbed into the top 10 international goalscorers of all time with his strike against Sweden on Tuesday.

Venus Williams overcame world number one Angelique Kerber to set up a Miami Open semi-final against Johanna Konta.
MotoGP organisers have scrapped the series' penalty points system.
FOM director of motorsports Ross Brawn has said he wants the driver standard to be raised, with more "Max Verstappens" racing in Formula 1.
Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova set up a blockbuster Miami Open semi-final with straight-sets wins on Tuesday.
Serena Williams is set to make her comeback from a knee injury at the Madrid Open in May.
Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco has vowed to learn from his race-ending mistake, in the wake of a shock spell in the lead on his MotoGP debut at the Qatar Grand Prix.
Christian Horner reckons if Red Bull can make up about half a second per lap, they will be up there with Mercedes.
Top seed Angelique Kerber barely raised a sweat as she raced past qualifier Risa Ozaki to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals, while Karolina Pliskova also booked a spot in the last eight.
Rafael Nadal cruised past Jack Sock and into the Miami Open semi-finals on Wednesday.
Andrea Iannone has admitted he must try to rein in his aggression, having squandered a potential podium position on his Suzuki debut in Qatar.
Aprilia has praised an "extraordinary" showing from Aleix Espargaró and believes the cancellation of qualifying prevented the team from capturing a stronger result at the Qatar Grand Prix.
Top seed Stan Wawrinka was stunned on his birthday at the Miami Open as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals.
Tony Bellew has revealed he wrote a will before fighting David Haye out of concerns he might not survive their meeting and claims he found some of the comments made by the veteran before the bout "absolutely disgusting".
Although he has three World titles to his name, Lewis Hamilton’s hunger to win another has “frickin doubled” especially after losing the crown last year.
Roger Federer and top-seeded countryman Stan Wawrinka eased into the fourth round of the Miami Open.
FIA president Jean Todt has said Formula 1 "needs action and emotion" if the sport is to have a successful future with new owners Liberty Media.

Gozo Motocross Association will be organising its quarter finals of the 2016/17 Championship next Sunday at Ta’ Xhajma Motocross Track.
Valletta Subbuteo Club organised recently the FISTF International Open Tournament, with four categories on the card.
Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi will continue with its motorsport events from the ASMK 016/2017 National Championship on Sunday.
The second meeting for 2017 Malta Weightlifting Championships took place on Sunday and with numerous athletes showcasing their efforts.
Għaqda Regatta Nazzjonali u Qdif Ieħor (Malta Rowing Association) has published its revised regulations that will govern the forthcoming traditional National Regatta to be held on Friday 31st March.
Malta Rowing Association (Ghaqda Regatta Nazzjonali u Qdif Iehor) will once again be organising the traditional Regatta on Friday 31st March.
Assoċjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi will continue their activities in the Sports Complex at Ta' Qali this Sunday.
Clear blue skies and warm sunshine dominated the day as riders took part in the friendly competitions organised by the Gozo Motorcross Association at Ta’ Xħajma Track.
The PV-IES Double Handed Race is a testing day on the water for any sailor yet it is an opportunity to assess their capabilities under pressure.
Kieran Mifsud and Yazmin Zammit Stevens will be participating in Europe's biggest weightlifting event next week in the European senior Championships in Split, Croatia.
In athletics it is not often that there is local mention about the pole vault. Indeed, albeit with the presence of a specialised coach for this discipline regaling the coaching structure of the club, youngsters willing to take up this sport are few and far between, perhaps not encouraged by parents witnessing their off-spring scaling the heights.
Brian Galea claimed the Muscat Cup organized by the Malta Shooting Sport Federation at Bidnija this weekend.
Il-plejer professjonali Malti tas-snooker Alex Borg ghada l-Gimgha jhalli Malta fi triqtu lejn ic-Cina biex min-nhar it-Tnejn jibda jiehu sehem fil-fazi finali tac-China Snooker Open .
Set against the backdrop of the Mġarr-Ġnejna coastal ridge, the second race of the Malta Cross Country National Points Series race played host to 47 cyclists.
The Malta Boxing Association called on its members to attend an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday 16th March.
Frank Scorfna won the Trap Trophy organised at the Qormi Clay Shooting Club.

Hibernians and Balzan Youths meet in an intriguing clash between the top two sides in the Premier League at the National Stadium on Sunday.
Seven local football nurseries are taking part in the first Elite Academy Pilot Project run by the Malta FA Technical Centre.
Mosta Shaggy Pub keep marching on after beating the challenge of Birkirkara Masters to increase their lead at the top of the standing of the MSVLIFE Premier Masters League.
Malta will be looking for its first points in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers when Pietro Ghedin’s side entertain Slovakia at the National Stadium on Sunday.
The Malta U-21 team launch their commitments for 2017 on Thursday with a friendly match against Luxembourg at the Stade Albert Berchem in Kehlen.
Valletta midfielder Rowen Muscat and Jurgen Pisani, the Floriana wing-back, have been ruled out of Malta’s 2018 FIFA World Cup European qualifier against Slovakia.
Hibernians climbed to the top of the Premier League after their 3-0 win over bottom side Pembroke Athleta, while Valletta defeated Balzan Youths 1-0 on Friday.
The Malta Football Association last week hosted two representatives of the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) as part of our on-going commitment to improve stadium accessibility for persons with disability and to offer them a better, more inclusive matchday experience.
Valletta against Floriana has always been a glamour fixture in Maltese football and Sunday’s derby clash will surely maintain this status as the race for the Premier League gathers pace with just three points separating the top three teams.
Malta losing streak in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers continued after a 3-1 defeat to Slovakia at the National Stadium, Ta’ Qali on Sunday.
Floriana goalkeeper Matthew Grech has been called up to the Malta U-21 squad for the 2019 European U-21 Championship Group Six qualifying match against Belgium on Monday.
Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has named his squad for Sunday’s 2018 World Cup Group F qualifier against Slovakia at the National Stadium.
National team players mingled freely with the enthusiastic residents of the Young Offenders Unit (YOURS) and signed a number of football shirts during a visit to the correctional facility in Mtaħleb.
At the start of the second phase, the teams were divided in two divisions, Mosta Shaggy Pub won again to maintain top spot in the MSVLIFE Premier League.
Gzira United earned three important points after a 4-1 win over Mosta, while Hamrun Spartans and St. Andrews shared the points in a 1-1 draw on Friday.
A new campaign for the Malta U-21 team starts later this month with two away games, a friendly match against Luxembourg on March 23 followed by the opening 2019 Euro U-21 qualifying match against Belgium on March 27.
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Travel back in time as we take a look at the history of the European Championships, following the tournament's development into the third highest-profile event in the sporting world. Our first destination is 1960, with the final four descending on France to decide the inaugural winners.

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