Football

Krishna helps in ATK win

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna was once again in sensation form for his ATK side over the weekend. The Labasa lad set up two goals as ATK beat Goa 2-nil. The win has put ATK...

Islanders likely to join Ba

SOLOMON Islands international Benjamin Totori and Vanuatu star Jayson Thomas are set to debut for Ba this season. This after Ba has applied their International Transfer Clearance (ITC). Ba plays Labasa in the Pillay’s Garments Champions vs Champion series this weekend.

VPL to begin next week

THE 2020 Vodafone Premier League football competition kicks off next week. Fiji FA Competitions Manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed that provisional fixtures have been made which has to be approved by the League Board Council. “We have prepared the provisional fixtures which will be out soon. It will be approved then sent to the respective...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Praise for 7s tourney

CORAL Coast sevens tournament major sponsor McDonald’s Fiji has praised the success of the annual event in helping improve Fiji 7s rugby. McDonald’s Fiji managing director Marc McElrath dubbed the final on Saturday at Lawaqa Park as a match between David and Goliath after Police edged Ratu Filise 17-14. He said it was a final...

Scottish FA considering heading ban for children

Heading the ball in training will be outlawed for children under the age of 12 in Scotland under proposals being considered by the Scottish Football Association after a study found former professionals were at more risk of dementia. Scotland would become the first European association to ban heading for juniors if the proposals are adopted....

19th January

Unstoppable Lazio thrash Sampdoria to record 11th straight win

ROME (Reuters) – Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick as Lazio hammered Sampdoria 5-1 on Saturday to record an 11th consecutive Serie A win and move within three points of leaders Juventus. A Felipe Caicedo strike and a double from Serie A’s leading scorer Immobile gave the hosts a handsome advantage after just 20 minutes. Substitute...

Guardiola says he is ‘100% staying’ as Manchester City manager next season

(Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he will definitely be in charge at the Etihad Stadium next season, despite his club failing to keep up with runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this term. After winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19, Guardiola’s City find themselves far behind Liverpool this season....

Mourinho takes swipe at Inter’s Conte over Eriksen remark

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has reignited his feud with Antonio Conte after the Italian coach discussed Christian Eriksen’s proposed transfer from the North London club to Inter Milan. Danish playmaker Eriksen will be out of contract at Spurs at the end of the season, and Italian media reports have linked him to...

Premier League refs told to use pitchside monitors for red cards

LONDON (Reuters) – Premier League referees are being instructed by the PGMOL, the body responsible for elite match officials in the English game, to make more use of pitchside monitors for red card decisions. Since the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology to England’s top flight, no decisions have been made or overturned by...

18th January

Africa Cup of Nations switch a catastrophe for Liverpool, says Klopp

LONDON (Reuters) – Moving the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament from June to January could be “a catastrophe” for Liverpool, according to their manager Juergen Klopp. Cameroon’s football federation FECACOOT announced on Wednesday that the tournament would be played in January and February next year to avoid the rainy season. Three of Liverpool’s key...

Lloyd, Rapinoe anchor U.S. Olympic qualifying roster

(Reuters) – The U.S. women’s soccer team unveiled a 20-strong roster headlined by Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe for the Olympic qualifying tournament on Friday, as the four-time World Cup winners aim to reach their seventh consecutive Games. Team co-captain Lloyd will feature in her fourth consecutive Olympic qualifying event later this month alongside national...

Chicharito signs with Galaxy to become highest-paid MLS star – report

(Reuters) – Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy have signed Mexican goal machine Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez from Spanish side Sevilla, the Los Angeles Times reported https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/story/2020-01-17/chicharito-hernandez-signs-with-galaxy-to-become-highest-paid-player-in-mls on Friday. The article, which cited a person with knowledge of the negotiations, did not disclose terms of the deal for Hernandez but said the Galaxy will make Mexico’s...

17th January

Esports: Milan to host FIFA eClub World Cup in February

(Reuters) – FIFA announced on Wednesday that its eClub World Cup will take place in Milan from Feb. 7-9 after 24 teams secured qualification through five rounds of online matches. The competition, in its fourth edition, will see the world’s best teams compete in one-on-one and two-on-two contests on U.S.-based company EA Sports’ FIFA 20...

16th January

Fiji FA confirms transfer

ABOUT five confirmed local football players are taking advantage of the transfer windows applying to other districts before it closes at the end of the month. Fiji FA chief executive officer said there had been heaps of transfer applications coming in which should be finalised by the end of the month. “We have a very...

Barca post biggest operating revenues among Europe’s champions

(Reuters) – La Liga champions Barcelona recorded operating revenues of 839.5 million euros ($935.29 million) in the 2018-19 season, over 200m euros more than any of the other victors in Europe’s eight major leagues, a study from auditing firm KPMG revealed on Wednesday. The Spanish champions’ revenues eclipsed those of Ligue 1’s Paris St Germain...

Henderson, Bronze win England’s player of year awards

(Reuters) – Jordan Henderson and Lucy Bronze have been named England’s players of the year for 2019, the Football Association has said. Liverpool captain Henderson secured the men’s prize ahead of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane after lifting the Champions League trophy with the Merseyside club. The 29-year-old also helped England secure qualification for Euro...

15th January

Man United scrap plans for Middle East break

(Reuters) – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said the club have scrapped plans for a winter training camp in the Middle East because of security concerns. United do not play between Premier League matches at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Feb. 1 and at Chelsea on Feb. 17. Solskjaer took his squad to...

Barcelona knock Real Madrid off top of Money League

LONDON (Reuters) – Barcelona have overtaken Real Madrid to top the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time and become the first club to break the 800 million euros (686 million pounds) revenue barrier. The 23rd edition of the table shows an 11% rise in combined revenues, excluding transfer fees, for the top 20...

It was the right time to change coach, says Barca president

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Ernesto Valverde was sacked as coach even though Barcelona are on top of La Liga because the team needed an injection of momentum, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Tuesday at the presentation of new coach Quique Setien. Former Real Betis coach Setien has signed a contract until June 2022 after Valverde...

14th January

Women’s teams to feature in Futsal event

FOR the first time feature women’s teams will take part in the Futsal League event which is scheduled to kick off from next month will for the first time feature women’s teams in the competition. The event which is organised by Bula Events Group, will also see the participation of four veteran’s teams. Event coordinator...

New coach for Fiji football

FIJI Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf says they have an idea of who will take over the reins of Fiji’s national football coach. The Fiji FA has narrowed down the eight short-listed candidates to five and is expected to name the coach soon. Yusuf said they had their eyes upon a certain coach...

Real win Super Cup with help from cynical saviour Valverde

JEDDAH (Reuters) – Real Madrid were crowned winners of the first edition of the revamped Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 in a penalty shootout following a goalless draw after extra time in a tense final. The crucial moment in the game came when Real midfielder Federico...

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