Football

Sukuna Bowl Challenge: Fiji Police wins football competition

POLICE have won the football competition at the ANZ 2019 Ratu Sukuna Bowl competition defeating Army 3-1. It was a hard-fought win as Army led 1-nil after an early goal by Christopher Wasasala. Madhavan Goundar...

Sukuna Bowl Challenge: Wasasala gives Army dream start

THE Army and Police soccer teams are locked 1-all at half time in the Sukuna Bowl competition. Suva marksman Christopher Wasasala gave Army a dream start with a goal early in the match. Wasasala curled a shot from the edge of the Police 18-yard box giving goalkeeper Akuila Mataisuva no chance at all. Police applied...

21st November

Fiji eye OFC U-16 Women’s Championship test

FIJI’s Vodafone U-16 Women’s team are ramping up their preparations for the OFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2019 tournament in Tahiti to be held next month. Coach Marika Rodu, while speaking to OFC said his players have been working hard with a special emphasis on their fitness level for the past three weeks. “Most of them...

Nadi set to finish league

The PS Nagra Best Fish & Chips-sponsored Nadi Football Association’s local club competition is nearing the business end with three top clubs in a battle trying to outfox each other with an aim of claiming the top honors. The aim too is to qualify as only two club teams will be nominated per district for...

Wijnaldum hat-trick drives Netherlands to easy win over Estonia

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Georginio Wijnaldum struck a hat-trick as the Netherlands, who had already booked a spot at Euro 2020, eased to a 5-0 victory over Estonia in their final Group C qualifying clash at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Tuesday. The home side were in complete control of the contest from early on, with...

Man City report record revenue for 2018-19 after ‘extraordinary’ season

(Reuters) – English Premier League champions Manchester City drew in record revenue of 535.2 million pounds ($693 million) in a fifth consecutive year of profitability in 2018-19, the club said in an annual report published on Tuesday. Record-breaking broadcast revenue was the main driver of City’s overall revenue growth, rising 19.7% year-on-year, largely due to...

Luis Enrique returns as Spain coach after daughter’s death

MADRID (Reuters) – Luis Enrique has been reappointed Spain coach, having resigned from the role in June as his late daughter battled cancer, Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President Luis Rubiales said on Tuesday. Rubiales said Robert Moreno, the former assistant coach who steered Spain to Euro 2020 qualification after Luis Enrique left, wanted to stand...

20th November

Fiji FA to host trials tomorrow

THE Fiji Football Association trials for Under-15 and Under-18 will be held tomorrow. The trials for Southern U15 and U18 boys’ teams will be conducted at the Fiji FA Academy Grounds in Vatuwaqa. According to Fiji FA, interested players are requested to be at the venue by 9am. Selected players will be part of the...

Rewa leads Youth League competition

THE Rewa Under-19 football team leads the Southern Zone Youth LEague competition after eight rounds. Rewa has 19 points followed by Navua and Tailevu Naitasiri with 14 points each. Northland Tailevu is in third position with eight points. The top four teams qualify for the semi-finals after round robin competition.  

Tottenham part ways with Pochettino

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has left his post after five years in charge after a disappointing start to the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The Argentine, appointed by the north London club in 2014, had turned Tottenham into a force in England and took them to the Champions...

Vatudova claims Labasa Sanatan title

THE Hari’s Fairprice Supermarket Vatudova Sanatan football team has attested to hard work as the reason the side retained the 2019 Labasa Sanatan Tournament title last weekend at Subrail Park in Labasa. Vatudova Sanatan beat Laqere Savusavu Sanatan football team 2-0 in the final to claim the title again after 15 years. “Savusavu had a...

Denmark seal Euro 2020 place with Ireland draw

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Denmark were pushed to the limit but got the point they needed to seal a place at Euro 2020 as Group D runners-up with a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Ireland on Monday that consigned the hosts to the playoffs for the third successive tournament. A 73rd minute Martin Braithwaite goal set the...

19th November

Switzerland qualify for Euro 2020 with win over Gibraltar

GIBRALTAR (Reuters) – Switzerland qualified for Euro 2020 with an easy 6-1 win away to Gibraltar in their final Group D qualifying match on Monday with Cedric Itten scoring twice. The Swiss topped the group with 17 points, one ahead of Denmark who also qualified. Needing a draw to qualify, the Swiss went ahead after...

Spanish women’s soccer players agree to suspend strike

(Reuters) – Spain’s top-flight women footballers have temporarily suspended their strike after they edged closer to securing a collective deal with the government over pay and conditions, the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) said on Monday. The strike led to the postponement of last weekend’s women’s Primera Division games but matches for next weekend will...

Yalalevu rules Ba

THE Dayals- sponsored Yalalevu Football Club is the new champion of the Ba Football Association’s local league competition. Coached by former national soccer rep Shalen Lal, the Dayals Yalalevu Football Club thrashed Young Brothers Football Club led by Malakai Rakula 6-0 in a one sided affair. The Priceline Pharmacy-sponsored Ba Football Association local league competition...

Soccer: Netherlands back where they belong, says Van Dijk

(Reuters) – Defender Virgil van Dijk says the Netherlands are “back where they belong” after sealing automatic qualification for the 2020 European Championship. The Dutch, who did not qualify for Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup, sealed progress to the finals of next year’s tournament with a game to spare after Saturday’s 0-0 draw...

Soccer: France celebrate 2-0 win in Albania’s new stadium

TIRANA (Reuters) – World champions France produced a fitting inaugural match in Albania’s newly-built Arena Kombetare stadium after goals from Corentin Tolisso and Antoine Griezmann gave them a 2-0 win in a Euro 2020 Group H qualifier on Sunday. Having already booked their berth in next year’s 24-nation tournament, France finished top of the group...

18th November

NFL roundup: Vikings survive Broncos on 20-point rally

The Minnesota Vikings made up for three bad quarters of football with a dominant one on Sunday. Kirk Cousins was 29-of-35 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns to lead Minnesota to a come-from-behind 27-23 home win over the Denver Broncos. The Vikings (8-3) trailed 20-0 at halftime and 23-7 after three quarters, but scored...

Rodu ready to assist new coach

VODAFONE Fiji national football men’s team assistant coach Marika Rodu is ready to work with any new coach selected by the Fiji Football Association. Rodu has been acting as head coach after the departure of Christophe Gamel in August this year. He said he is ready to provide assistance to anyone who is chosen. “I...

U16 team to be named next week

THE Vodafone Fiji Under-16 Girls team to next month’s OFC Championship will be named next week. Coach Marika Rodu will name a 20-member travelling squad to Tahiti and says the team in camp has been training well for the past few weeks. “We have 25 players in camp right now. So the fight for a...

Futsal team returns home

THE Vodafone Fiji Futsal team returned home from New Caledonia today. The side was held back as health authorities suspected some players from other competing teams at the OFC Futsal Championship may have been affected with measles. However, after staying back for more than two weeks after the OFC Futsal Championship, the side was given...

FIFA announces Arsène Wenger as Chief of Global Football Development

Arsène Wenger has been unveiled as FIFA’s new Chief of Global Football Development. The illustrious French manager was welcomed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the world football governing body’s headquarters in Zurich. Wenger will be chiefly responsible for overseeing and driving the growth and development of the sport for both men and women around...

Khaoui, Khazri at the double as Tunisia beat Libya

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Tunisia’s Saif-Eddine Khaoui and Wahbi Khazri each scored twice in a 4-1 win over Libya in Rades on Friday to ensure a strong start to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. Olympique de Marseille forward Khaoui netted his first international goals either side of the break following the opener from...

Sweden clinch Euro 2020 spot with 2-0 win in Romania

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Sweden sealed a place in the Euro 2020 finals after goals from Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison secured them a 2-0 win over Romania on Friday. The result secured second spot in Group F for Sweden with 18 points. Spain, who had sealed a place in the Euro 2020 finals last month,...

17th November

Krishna leads goal scorers tally

FIJIAN wonder-boy Roy Krishna is leading the chase for the top goal scorer in the Indian Super League. With just four rounds of competition completed, Krishna has scored three goals so far in is tied with five other players on top of the goal scorers list. The goals have helped ATK cement top spot after...

15th November

Rapinoe calls for more investment in U.S. women’s game

(Reuters) – Two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe has been at the forefront of the U.S. national women’s team’s fight for gender pay equity but the fiery forward has told Reuters she also hopes for more investment in the domestic league and better pay for club players. Earlier this month, the U.S. National Women’s Soccer...

B-License coaching course in Fiji

EIGHTEEN C-License football coaches in the country will take part in a B-License coaching clinic later this month. Fiji FA Technical Director Ravinesh Kumar said this is an opportunity for coaches to further enhance their knowledge of the game. “Those coaches who had an advance pass of their C License have been selected and will...

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