Football

Top teams brace for league

Top Fijian football sides, Ba, Suva, Nadi, Rewa, Nadroga and Navua start local football’s return as the Digicel Premier League competition resumes on Sunday. The ‘Men In Black’ are scheduled to play Suva at the...

19th October

Women footballers in camp

The Fiji women’s football team has begun preparation for the coming FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The 27-member squad marched into camp last week under the leadership of the new technical official and coach Timo Jankowski. Team manager Tulia Cawa said after the six months COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, there was a need for a workout for...

Capital City side starts preparations

Suva Football Association executives are working on improving the fitness level of players in the lead up to the resumption of the Digicel Premier League. The Capital City side is scheduled to face Ba when the league resumes. Suva coach Babs Khan said their playing style was still rusty and the fitness level had dropped...

Soccer-Neymar ruled out of PSG’s Champions League clash with Leipzig

(Reuters) – Brazilian forward Neymar will miss Paris St Germain’s Champions League group game against RB Leipzig after picking up an injury on international duty, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday. The 29-year-old was among a number of players not involved in PSG’s 2-1 Ligue 1 win over Angers on Friday due to their involvement...

Wenger to meet with national coaches over World Cup plan

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA has invited the coaches of all 211 men’s national teams to a meeting about their plans for a biennial World Cup and new international match calendar, the organisation said on Monday. Video conferences for the coaches will be held on Tuesday and Thursday and will be led by former Arsenal...

Domestic rivals clash in quest for Asian Champions League final spots

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Familiar foes face off in the battle for berths in next month’s Asian Champions League final as Saudi Arabian duo Al Hilal and Al Nassr clash on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s meeting between South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers. The semi-final line-up guarantees a showdown between clubs from two of...

18th October

Kane ends goal drought as Spurs beat Newcastle

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) -Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur overcame Newcastle United 3-2 at St James’ Park on Sunday to prolong the hosts’ winless run in a match that was briefly halted after a fan collapsed in the crowd. Newcastle, spurred on by a buoyant atmosphere in...

Criticism of Newcastle manager Bruce tough to take, says son Alex

(Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has been made the “fall guy” at the Premier League club and the criticism he has faced since being appointed in 2019 has been difficult to take, the 60-year-old’s son Alex said. Bruce has endured a largely difficult time after he replaced fan-favourite Rafa Benitez and speculation is...

Kean goal earns Juventus narrow win over Roma

TURIN (Reuters) -Juventus continued their march up the Serie A standings with a 1-0 win over AS Roma in Turin on Sunday, as Moise Kean’s unorthodox early goal sealed a fourth consecutive league win for the Turin club. Rodrigo Bentancur’s header ricocheted off Kean’s head and into the back of the net after 16 minutes...

Bayern smash five past Leverkusen to reclaim top spot in Bundesliga

LEVERKUSEN (Reuters) -Bayern Munich thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 on Sunday as Julian Nagelsmann’s side ran riot and silenced a stunned BayArena, scoring all five goals by halftime to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga from Borussia Dortmund. A brace each from Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry moved Bayern up to 19 points, one point ahead...

Navua tests team

The Navua football side is expecting a tough game against Nadroga when the Digicel Premier League resumes this weekend. Coach Amit Prakash said they wont take their opponent lightly. “They recruited two players during this transfer window and they are very good side,” he said. “They will come out strong against us next week.” The...

Roma’s Mourinho demands respect ahead of return to Juventus

Jose Mourinho says a lack of respect led to his famous ‘cupped ear’ reaction to Juventus fans while he was in charge of Manchester United, as the Portuguese prepares to return to Turin in charge of AS Roma on Sunday. Mourinho walked into the centre of the Allianz Stadium pitch with his hand cupped over...

IOC wants wider consultation with FIFA over World Cup plans

The International Olympic Committee wants to have more discussions over controversial plans by the world soccer body FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years instead of every four, it said on Saturday. FIFA’s proposals are set to be voted on in December by the 211 member associations of global soccer’s governing body, with...

17th October

All Whites forward Joey Champness scores stunning Turkish Super League goal

All Whites find Joey Champness has capped a memorable week with a superb solo goal in a Turkish Super League derby that saw a red card to fellow New Zealander Tyler Boyd. Champness – who doubles as a rapper – made one of the most impactful All Whites debuts for many years with a standout performance...

Man City players to receive medals for 1967-68 title

Former Manchester City players Stan Horne, Paul Hince, Bobby Kennedy and the late Harry Dowd will finally be honoured with 1967-68 league winners medals, more than half a century after helping the club win the old first division title. Horne was the first Black footballer to win the English Football League. But the four did...

International Olympic Committee warns against World Cup plans

The International Olympic Committee wants to have more discussions over controversial plans by the world football body FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years instead of every four. FIFA’s proposals are set to be voted on in December by the 211 member associations, with president Gianni Infantino, also an IOC member, travelling the...

Milestone goals and drought-breaking wins in EPL

Mohamed Salah set up Sadio Mane’s 100th Premier League goal and scored a brilliant goal of his own, while Roberto Firmino bagged a hat-trick as Liverpool reclaimed top spot with a 5-0 win over Watford in Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge. The visitors took the lead in the ninth minute when Liverpool won a...

16th October

Newcastle United manager remains in job for now

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce will remain in charge when they play Tottenham Hotspur, the Premier League club said, allowing him to reach his 1000th professional match as a manager. Speculation has been rife that Bruce will no longer be in the role after the club was taken over by a consortium dominated by Saudi...

14th October

French player sent to prison

A Madrid court has sentenced Bayern Munich and France defender Lucas Hernandez to six months in prison for disobeying a restraining order following a 2017 conviction of domestic violence against his wife. A court document said Hernandez, 25, had been denied an appeal by a criminal court in Madrid against a previous suspended prison sentence...

FIFA investigates Wembley clash

FIFA is investigating the clashes at Wembley Stadium between police and Hungarian supporters at yesterday’s game against England saying it has “zero tolerance against such abhorrent behaviour”. World football’s governing body is also looking into incidents in the game between Albania and Poland in Tirana, where bottles were thrown on the pitch after Poland scored....

Soccer-Australia coach Arnold appeals for home support for Saudi Arabia qualifier

(Reuters) – Australia coach Graham Arnold has called on the New South Wales government to let fans attend their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Sydney next month. The ‘Socceroos’ have had to play 11 of their 12 qualifiers outside the country with Australia shutting its borders to non-residents and imposing 14-day hotel...

Soccer-FIFA condemn ‘abhorrent’ violence at Wembley

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA is investigating the clashes at Wembley Stadium between police and Hungarian supporters at Tuesday’s game against England saying it has “zero tolerance against such abhorrent behaviour”. World soccer’s governing body is also looking into incidents in the game between Albania and Poland in Tirana, where bottles were thrown on the...

Soccer-Iran’s Jahanbakhsh sets sights on early World Cup qualification

(Reuters) – Alireza Jahanbakhsh vowed Iran would push to complete their quest for a place at next year’s World Cup at the earliest opportunity after netting his nation’s equaliser against South Korea in qualifying for Qatar 2022 in Tehran on Tuesday. Jahanbakhsh’s header cancelled out Son Heung-min’s opener for Paulo Bento’s side as the top...

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