Football

Club ‘develops into amazing institution’

THE famous Hasbeens Soccer Club has come a long way since it was formed in 1975, participating in many local tournaments and also touring overseas countries. The club will hold its annual match at the...

9th December

Qatar probing death of a worker at World Cup training site

DOHA (Reuters) -Qatar has launched a work safety investigation into the death of a Filipino, officials said on Thursday, following reports that the man died while working at a training site during the soccer World Cup. Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers has come under enormous scrutiny during the build-up to the tournament, with human rights...

Brazil’s dancing about happiness, not disrespect – Vinicius Jr

DOHA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Vinicius Jr said they would not stop dancing to celebrate goals at the World Cup as it was an expression of happiness that was part of Brazilian culture. Brazil thrashed South Korea 4-1 in their World Cup last-16 match on Monday, but it was not just their footballing masterclass...

Donata Hopfen resigns as German Football League CEO

FRANKFURT, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Donata Hopfen, CEO of Germany’s soccer governing body Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) will resign from her post at the end of the year, DFL said on Wednesday. DFL said its supervisory board had held a meeting earlier and decided Hopfen “had different ideas about the future strategic direction of the...

8th December

The next World Cup will jump to 48 teams. Is bigger better?

The next World Cup will be the biggest ever after world football body Fifa took the leap from a 32-team field to 48 teams in 2026. It means more of football’s so-called “little teams” that didn’t make it to Qatar will be given a chance of a lifetime when the tournament is hosted by the...

French douse fitness fears over star striker Kylian Mbappe

Yes, Kylian Mbappe will be ready to face England at the World Cup on Sunday. No, the France forward was not injured when he missed training. France teammate Ibrahima Konate delivered a reassuring message about Mbappe on Thursday, news that perhaps England fans did not want to hear three days before the teams meet in the quarterfinals. “There’s nothing...

Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend voices anger over his World Cup axing by Portugal

Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez has vented her frustrations at his World Cup axing. The superstar was benched by Portugal coach Fernando Santos for the 6-1 win over Switzerland, only coming on for the final 20 minutes and making little impact. Adding to his woes was his young replacement Goncalo Ramos scoring a remarkable hat-trick. Model Rodriguez watched...

Warren Gatland’s Kiwi setback for Six Nations

Returning Wales coach Warren Gatland has walked straight into an unwanted injury problem ahead of the Six Nations with luckless Kiwi playmaker Gareth Anscombe struggling with a significant shoulder injury. Gatland has come back to take the coaching reins from fellow New Zealander Wayne Pivac who was sacked as Wales’ form continued to dip alarmingly...

Ronaldo benched for Portugal’s last-16 clash with Switzerland

By Rohith Nair LUSAIL, Qatar (Reuters) -Portugal coach Fernando Santos benched skipper and all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for their World Cup last-16 clash against Switzerland on Tuesday, with veteran defender Pepe taking the captain’s armband. Ronaldo, the first player to score in five World Cups, has only one goal in Qatar which came in...

CONCACAF teams must raise level before 2026 World Cup, says Ochoa

(Reuters) – Players in the CONCACAF region must gain valuable experience in Europe and national teams need meaningful competition to raise their game before the 2026 World Cup hosted by Mexico, United States and Canada, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. With all three nations set to compete in the tournament as co-hosts, Ochoa called for...

Arab world rejoices as Morocco reach World Cup quarter-final

By Andrew Mills and Ahmed Eljechtimi DOHA/RABAT (Reuters) – Moroccans wildly celebrating their team’s historic World Cup knockout victory over Spain on Tuesday were joined by people across the Middle East and North Africa ecstatic at what they saw as a victory for the entire Arab world. From Baghdad to Casablanca, fans cheered as Morocco...

7th December

‘Not even in my wildest dreams’ – Three-goal Ramos stunned by Portugal call-up

By Martin Petty LUSAIL, Qatar (Reuters) – Portugal’s Goncalo Ramos was as surprised as anyone at being named in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s 6-1 hammering of Switzerland in the World Cup last-16 and managing to score a hat-trick was beyond his imagination. Making his first World Cup start, Ramos smashed three goals past the...

Shaqiri apologises to Swiss fans after chastening defeat by Portugal

By Simon Jennings LUSAIL, Qatar (Reuters) – Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri apologised to their fans after they were dumped out of the World Cup in humiliating fashion as they suffered a 6-1 defeat to a rampant Portugal in the last 16 at Lusail Stadium on Tuesday. Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick, with Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro...

Portugal power into last eight with 6-1 demolition of Switzerland

By Simon Jennings LUSAIL, Qatar (Reuters) – Goncalo Ramos scored a stunning hat-trick as a slick Portugal thrashed Switzerland 6-1 on Tuesday to storm into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 2006. Portugal coach Fernando Santos took the brave call to bench Cristiano Ronaldo and was rewarded with an artful...

Female fans feel safe at Qatar World Cup thanks to reduced alcohol consumption

By Philip O’Connor and Helena Williams DOHA (Reuters) – Many supporters were up in arms at the idea of the World Cup taking place in a conservative country like Qatar where the sale of alcohol is highly restricted, but for some female fans it has led to a safer experience at the tournament. “I was...

Morocco success hands Arab world its first World Cup quarter-finalist

By Mark Gleeson AL RAYYAN, Qatar (Reuters) – Morocco rode a wave of passionate support and kept the World Cup dreams of the Arab world alive as they eliminated fancied Spain in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals. In doing so, they became the first Arab nation to advance to the last...

6th December

Clubs battle set to roll this week

Tailevu Naitasiri’s Mega FC and Nasinu’s Shamrock FC will kick start the 2022 Digicel National Club Championship Southern Zone play-off this Friday at Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour. The match will starts at 5pm. In other matches on Friday, at 7pm defending champions Rewa’s Kasavu Sports will take on Suva’s Central Meads FC. On...

Fiji FA confirms NCC dates

The Digicel National Club Championship dates have been confirmed. Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal confirmed that seven districts have nominated their champion clubs. “We have received nominations from Tailevu Naitasiri, Rewa, Nasinu, and Suva from the Southern Zone while Nadi, Lautoka, and Nadroga from the Western Zone,” said Pal. “The final playoff will be...

The rise of a former teacher in football

You may ask, how did someone from the classroom teaching end up coaching? Areshma Prasad’s journey to the pinnacle of football has been unconventional but inspiring. “I can’t believe I have been given the opportunity to pursue my career in football coaching,” Prasad shared to Fiji FA Media. The 40-year-old had a passion and love...

Kasavu on a mission

Defending champion Rewa’s Kasavu FC aims for a back-to-back Digicel National Club Championship title. Club captain Setareki Hughes says they are ready for the southern zone playoff. “We have started our preparation and looking forward to the play-off this weekend,” said Hughe. “We had a tough battle this year in the Rewa Regional Club League...

Fusion claims beach soccer town

Fusion Club of Lami was crowned the champions of the Digicel Beach Soccer Championship last Saturday at the Fiji Sports Council Beach Soccer field in Laucala Bay, Suva. The side defeated PTB FC 4-1 in the final after a 3-2 win over Brother FC in the semi-final. Club founder and player Kavnil Lal said it...

Fijian refs get top course

Two Fijian referees were part of 14 OFC officials who attended a two-day VAR course in Sydney last week facilitated by the Football Federation Australia (FFA). OFC referees Veer Singh and Avinesh Narayan took the opportunity to upskill their knowledge of how the video assistant referee system works. The course was run by Mathew Cheeseman,...

Beach soccer league to roll

The Fiji Football Association will for the first time start the Beach Soccer League next year, says Fiji FA Head of Futsal and Beach Soccer Jerry Sam. “Our aim is to grow the game and to achieve. We will have more game time so our players get more exposure and learn the code,” said Sam....

Fans lament end of Japan’s brave run in World Cup

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan supporters lamented the team’s 3-1 penalty shootout loss to Croatia at the World Cup in Qatar, crushing their nation’s dream of advancing to the quarter-finals. Some Samurai Blue fans watched the match in a Tokyo sports bar, undeterred by the rain and a midnight start. They booked their seats at the...

Fiji aims to be part of Oceania events

The Fiji Football will participate in the OFC Beach Soccer Championship next year, said Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf while presenting the awards during the Digicel Beach Soccer Championship 2022 at FSC Beach Soccer field in Laucala Bay, Suva last Saturday. “We will surely participate in next year’s OFC Beach Soccer World Cup...

Huge help: Coaches attend goalkeeping course

Eighteen goalkeeper coaches have been equipped with the knowledge of goalkeeper coaching after going through a three-day OFC/MA Goalkeeper Coaching Certificate Course at Fiji FA Academy in Suva last weekend. Course instructor and Fiji FA national team goalkeeper coach Robert Mims said the main objective of the course was to provide learners with the capabilities...

Distraught Japan will bounce back better, says coach Moriyasu

By Hritika Sharma AL WAKRAH, Qatar (Reuters) – Japan’s players were devastated after Monday’s agonising defeat on penalties by Croatia in the World Cup last 16 but coach Hajime Moriyasu opted to look towards a brighter future for his team in the years to come despite their disappointment. Looking to reach the quarter-finals for the...

Resilient Croatia advance as Japan crumble in shootout

By Nick Mulvenney AL WAKRAH, Qatar (Reuters) – Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved three spot-kicks as Croatia beat Japan 3-1 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the third time after an enthralling 120-minute contest finished deadlocked at 1-1 on Monday. Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida were all denied by...

Brazil great Pele not under palliative care, daughter says

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil great Pele has not been moved to palliative care, one of his daughters said on Sunday, downplaying reports that he was in end-of-life care after the 82-year-old was hospitalized last week to re-evaluate his treatment as he battles colon cancer. One of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele had...

5th December

Brazil’s Vinicius Jr looking to terminate Nike deal, report says

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr is trying to terminate his sponsorship agreement with Nike Inc, website UOL reported on Sunday, saying the player feels he has been getting unfair treatment from the U.S.-based company. Vinicius Jr, who is currently with the national team at the Qatar World Cup, has contacted...

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