Football

Croatia charged after fans taunt Canadian World Cup player

A disciplinary case was opened against Croatia at the World Cup after the team’s fans taunted a Canada player with Serbian family ties. Fifa said the charge against the Croatian football federation was “due to...

Cristiano Ronaldo linked with Saudia club after leaving Manchester United

The noise surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo shows no sign of quietening amid widespread speculation that Saudi club Al Nassr is trying to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. But Portugal, which has managed to secure its place in the knockout stages of the World Cup with a game to spare, doesn’t look like it has been affected by...

Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 but fall short at World Cup as Poland sneak through

Henry Martin and Luis Chaves each scored in Mexico’s furious attempt to stay alive at the World Cup, but the 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia was not enough. Because of Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Poland in a simultaneous match, Mexico failed to advance out of its group for the first time since 1978. Lionel Messi...

Kiwi referee disallows late France goal to hand Tunisia famous World Cup win

Kiwi referee Matthew Conger played a decisive role in Tunisia’s stunning 1-0 upset of France at the World Cup after controversially disallowing a late equaliser from the defending champions in Doha. With Tunisia leading 1-0 deep into injury time thanks to Wahbi Khazri’s 58th-minute strike, a much-changed French team thought they had levelled when substitute...

England defender Ben White leaves World Cup due to personal reasons

England defender Ben White has returned home from the World Cup for personal reasons, the Football Association said. The FA didn’t provide a reason for White’s departure. The Arsenal centre-back isn’t expected to join back up with England coach Gareth Southgate’s squad in Qatar after leaving the team’s training base in Al Wakrah. “We ask that the...

30th November

The ‘Bapa’ of Fiji’s football heroes

THOSE who have been following Fiji football for quite some time would have at some point heard of the great Chandra Dip Sharma. One of the greatest pioneers of football in Fiji. He, however, was not a player, but a manager, vice-president and president of well established football institutes in Fiji. Football fans who have...

Ex-England player Barnes slams critics of World Cup hosts Qatar

(Reuters) – Former England international John Barnes slammed critics who have questioned World Cup hosts Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers, saying detractors of the country had turned a blind eye to their progress on human rights. Qatar, which was awarded hosting rights for the World Cup in 2010, has faced intense criticism from human rights...

Fans brace for politically charged U.S.-Iran match at World Cup

DOHA (Reuters) – Diplomatic foes the United States and Iran face off on the pitch at the World Cup on Tuesday in a match that some Iranians fear may see further run-ins with stadium security or clashes with pro-government fans over raging protests back home. The contest between the two nations that severed ties over...

My first goal could have been Ronaldo’s, says Portugal’s Fernandes

LUSAIL, Qatar, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes said a goal awarded to him – the first of his two in a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday – might in fact have been scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, but what mattered was securing Portugal’s place in the World Cup’s next phase. Fernandes was...

Juventus Chairman Agnelli resigns with entire board

MILAN, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The board of Juventus (JUVE.MI), chaired by Andrea Agnelli, has resigned “in the best interest of the company,” the Italian Serie A soccer team said on Monday. The collective resignation comes after Juventus’ financial statements received scrutiny from prosecutors and Italian market regulator Consob in recent months for alleged false accounting...

Loss to Ghana ‘totally unfair’ – South Korea assistant coach

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 28 (Reuters) – South Korea assistant coach Sergio Costa said Monday’s 3-2 defeat by Ghana was an unfair result for the Asian side, whose World Cup campaign is stalling with the team rooted to the bottom of Group H. Cho Gue-sung’s brace was not enough for South Korea to pull off...

29th November

Pro League for Football: Fiji FA Plan to involve Six Franchises.

THE Fiji Football Association is hopeful it will be able to kick start a professional league by 2024. Teams to take part may include clubs from neighbouring Pacific nations. According to Fiji Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf, the initial proposal was for a professional league for local-based franchises but interest from other nations may see...

Awards for Suva Reps

THE (SPSSA) hosted an awards night last Wednesday for its players and to thank sponsors, parents and supporters for their contribution towards the teams. Association president Lawrence Lingam said SPSSA facilitated the development of grassroots soccer in Suva and after a break of two years because of COVID-19, the association was able to organise its...

Talent Development League Ends

FOUR weekends of McDonald’s Talent Development League ended last weekend in the three zones. The pilot project was played in the West, South and North in the under-13 and under-15 grades. In the southern zone, Rewa Centre Team Two under-13 was crowned the champion after beating Rewa Centre Team One 1-0 in the final while...

Dutt Hails 3-Day Clinic

A THREE-DAY OFC/MA Grassroots Football Coaching Certificate course ended last Sunday at the Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa, Suva. Fiji FA coach educator Yogendra Dutt said the participants were from the southern zone. “We had around 17 participants who had the passion and love for football and wanted to pursue their career in coaching,” said...

Ba Women’s Team Win IDC Title

THE Ba Women’s team snatched the Digicel Women’s Inter District Championship 2022 title from Labasa in an entertaining final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Sunday. Labasa came into the final as favourites after walloping minnows Tailevu Naitasiri 12-0 in the first semi-final while the Women in Black defeated Rewa 2-1 in the second...

New Referees Complete Level 1 Course

THE Fiji Football Association has bolstered its match official ranks following an OFC Level 1 Referees Course held last week which saw 24 new referees become qualified. The course was run over three days with FFA referees director Rakesh Varman particularly pleased to see the number of young people and females taking part. “It shows...

President’s Five Rule

THE Fiji FA President’s Five were crowned the champions of the Futsal Invitational Cup 2022 after beating Suva 2-1 in the final at the Vodafone Arena in the Laucala Bay. Rajneel Chand scored the opener for the President’s Five while Vineet Nadan found the equaliser for Suva. Prashant Chand was the star for the President’s...

Ba Wins Cup: Begg Nails Winner for Men In Black

THE All in one Builders Ba FC has been crowned the champions of the 2022 All in One Cakes & Restaurant Pacific Community Cup after beating RC Manubhai / Esy Kool Nadi FC 1-0 in the final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Sunday. Youngster Nabil Begg scored the first-half screamer to give the...

Croatia Downs Canada 4-1

AL RAYYAN, Qatar — A bit of trash talk meant to inspire Canada instead motivated Croatia. Canada coach John Herdman had tried to boost his team following a loss to Belgium to open the team’s first World Cup appearance in 36 years — using colourful language that Croatia took exception to. The 2018 runners-up responded...

Ghana stave off elimination with 3-2 win over South Korea at World Cup

Mohammed Kudus said there wasn’t much difference between the way Ghana played in its opening World Cup match against Portugal or its second game against South Korea. Except the result, of course. Kudus scored twice, including the go-ahead goal after the South Koreans evened the match in the second half, and Ghana staved off elimination with a...

Germany Salvages Draw Against Spain

AL KHOR, Qatar — Only a win for Germany in the final group game will give the four-time World Cup champions a chance to avoid a second straight early elimination. At least they’re improving. Substitute Niclas Füllkrug scored in the 83rd minute on Sunday to give Germany a 1-1 draw against Spain at Al Bayt...

No Neymar, no problem: Brazil edges Switzerland to book spot in knockout stage

Struggling and unconvincing without Neymar on the field, Brazil still played well enough to secure a spot in the next round of the World Cup. The five-time champions overcame the absence of their injured star to beat Switzerland 1-0 with a late goal and make it to the round of 16 with a match to spare in Group...

Protester with rainbow flag runs onto field at World Cup

A protester ran onto the field carrying a rainbow flag and wearing a blue Superman T-shirt that said “SAVE UKRAINE” on the front and “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMAN” on the back during a World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay. Security officials chased the protester down and the flag was dropped on the field before the person...

Cristiano Ronaldo denied goal as Portugal beat Uruguay to reach last 16 of World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo wheeled away in celebration, acting as though he had scored yet another goal at the World Cup. Not this time. Instead, it was Bruno Fernandes eventually credited with the goal that set up Portugal’s 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday, advancing the team into the last 16. Fernandes curled in a cross from...

Loss Triggers Riots

BRUSSELS — Riots broke out in several Belgian and Dutch cities after Morocco’s 2-0 upset win over Belgium at the World Cup on Sunday. Police detained about a dozen people after they deployed water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse crowds in Brussels and eight more in the Northern city of Antwerp. Two police...

Soccer Iran tells Klinsmann to quit FIFA job after ‘outrageous’ rebuke of team

DOHA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz lambasted German soccer icon Juergen Klinsmann for criticising his team’s World Cup conduct, calling his remarks a “disgrace to football” and urging him to quit his FIFA post, as Iran’s soccer federation demanded an apology. In comments as an analyst with broadcaster BBC, Germany’s 1990 World...

U.S. Soccer briefly removed emblem from Iran flag to show support for protesters

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The United States Soccer Federation temporarily displayed Iran’s national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic as a show of solidarity with protesters in Iran ahead of the two teams’ World Cup clash on Tuesday. A now-deleted graphic of the Group B standings posted...

28th November

Ba wins Pacific Community Cup

Ba defeated Nadi 1-0 in the All in One Builders-sponsored Pacific Community Cup at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Nabil Begg, the future star of Fijian football scored in the 17th minute. Ba team manager Azam Ali said they qualified for some semi-finals this season. He said they made it to the semi-final of...

Ba wins in late rally

Ba staged a late rally to down defending champions Labasa 4-2 in the final of the Digicel Women’s Inter District Championship (IDC) at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. The two teams were locked 1-all after 90 minutes, forcing the match into extra time. Vanisha Kumar scored for Labasa in the 51st minute while Lavenia...

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