Football

Leicester go top, Liverpool claim second win as goals fly in

LONDON (Reuters) – Champions Liverpool and Leicester City maintained their winning starts to the Premier League on Sunday as the second weekend of the new season produced a goal-rush. Sadio Mane scored twice just after...

Pirlo enjoys winning start to coaching career as Juve thump Sampdoria

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo got his coaching career off to a winning start as his Juventus side began their quest for a 10th successive Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Dejan Kulusevski, signed from Atalanta, scored on his debut in the 13th minute with only his sixth touch...

Rusty Real Madrid draw La Liga opener with Sociedad

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid had an underwhelming return to La Liga as they could only draw 0-0 away to Real Sociedad on Sunday in the first game of their title defence. The champions looked rusty and particularly toothless up front, barely creating any chances of note in either half as Karim Benzema...

21st September

Nadi beats Nasinu

The Nadi football team changed its pace in the second-half to beat Nasinu 3-1 in the Vodafone Premier League fixture at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. The Kamal Swamy-coached side scored its first goal through Rusiate Matarerega in the 40th minute to lead Nasinu 1-0 at the break. Both sides came back strongly in...

Football lesson for Navua team

The Suva football team played smart football to outclass Navua 4-1 during the Vodafone Premier League fixture at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. The Capital City side had an experienced pack that held off the Navua forwards from their multiple attempts at the goalmouth. Remueru Tekiate scored Suva’s first goal in the first-half from a free...

Lautoka tames Ba

Lautoka football team goalkeeper Joela Biuvanua put on a man of the match performance to help his side secure a scoreless draw against defending champions Ba in the Vodafone Premier League at the Fiji Football Academy ground in Namosau, Ba yesterday. Biuvanua showed his class blocking a penalty and saved few attempts to save the...

2020 Police Ratu Sukuna Bowl football squad named

A strong 28-member Police squad for the 2020 Ratu Sukuna Bowl football competition in November has been named. The Police football team is the defending champions of the Ratu Sukuna Bowl football competition. The side came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Army. The dates for the annual Ratu Sukuna Bowl competitions will...

Barca chief Bartomeu will not go to war with Messi

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he does not wish to have any more disputes with captain Lionel Messi after the Argentinian reluctantly opted to stay at the club this month after failing to force through a move. “I won’t get into any conflict with him. He’s our captain and the leader...

Man City’s Gundogan sets 100 points target

(Reuters) – Manchester City must show more consistency this season and amass at least 100 points if they are to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said. Pep Guardiola’s set a Premier League record by picking up 100 points in the 2017-18 campaign and followed it up with...

20th September

Arsenal a long way from being title contenders, says Arteta

(Reuters) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is pleased with his team’s start to the Premier League campaign but believes the north London club have a long way to go before they can be considered title contenders. Arsenal finished eighth last season, 43 points behind champions Liverpool, but have made a strong start to the new...

Vodafone Premier League: Nadi defeats Nasinu to maintain course

The Nadi football team defeated Nasinu 3-1 in the Vodafone Premier League to maintain its course in the top four and keep the fight to reach the top of the table. Rusiate Matarerega scored two goals and one by Napolioni Qasevakatini to seal the deal for the Jetsetters. Nasoni Mereke scored a lone goal for...

Hat-trick hero Calvert-Lewin eager to impress for ‘new’ Everton

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s eye-catching form for Everton has been reminiscent of some of the club’s other great number nines, but he is not getting carried away after back-to-back wins at the start of the Premier League campaign. The 23-year-old bagged his first senior hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 mauling of 10-man West...

Leeds hang on for points in seven-goal thriller with Fulham

LEEDS (Reuters) – Newly-promoted Leeds United continued their barnstorming return to the Premier League as they claimed their first points with a thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday. After being on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline at champions Liverpool on the opening day, Leeds, back in the top flight...

Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves

(Reuters) – Liverpool have completed the signing of Portugal forward Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a long-term contract, the Premier League champions said on Saturday. Liverpool’s versatile 18-year-old defender Ki-Jana Hoever moved in the other direction on a five-year contract, having played four senior games for the Anfield club following his arrival from Ajax...

Infantino speaks of forces wanting to drag FIFA into the darkness

BERN (Reuters) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino, the subject of criminal proceedings in Switzerland, spoke of forces which he said wanted to drag the global soccer body into the “darkness of the past” as he defended himself at the annual Congress on Friday. The Congress, usually a lavish event in which the representatives of FIFA’s...

Whirlwind Bayern dismantle Schalke 8-0 in season opener

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Treble winners Bayern Munich crushed Schalke 04 8-0 with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and a superb debut from Leroy Sane on Friday as they made a sensational start to the new Bundesliga season and sent an ominous warning to potential challengers. With the biggest opening win in Bundesliga history, Bayern...

19th September

Man Utd working hard in the transfer market, says Solskjaer

(Reuters) – Manchester United’s transfer window has not gone according to plan, but the Premier League club is working hard to bring in new players, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said. United has made just one signing in the close season, with Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek arriving from Ajax. The club has been...

EPL urges government on crowds

The Premier League has urged the British government to stay committed to its plans for a controlled return of fans into stadiums from the start of October. The government last week restricted pilot events to 1,000 spectators after a spike in COVID-19 cases, and said it would review the date for when fans could enter...

18th September

Southern Division wins Police IDC

The Southern Division football side won the 2020 Police Inter District Championship defeating Western Division Two 1-nil in the final. Suva team flyer and captain for the southerners Filipe Baravilala proved to be the hero of the team scoring the winning goal in the first spell. Baravilala said while he felt proud scoring the goal...

Southern leads WD 2 in Police IDC

Southern Division leads Western Division 2 1-nil at half-time at the Kontiki Finance Police IDC underway at Nasova Ground. Suva rep Filipe Baravilala scored the lone goal in first half.   Second half kicks off shortly.

Premier League: Liverpool to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich

Thiago Alcantara is joining Liverpool after ending his seven-year stint at European champion Bayern Munich. Liverpool will reportedly pay £20 million (NZ$38.4 million) up front with a potential additional £5 million (NZ$9.6 million) later. “That was Thiago’s great wish,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday in a video interview with German newspaper Bild. “It...

Kontiki Finance Police IDC: Westerners crush hopes of PSRU FC

The Western Division team two football team crushed the hopes of Police Special Response Unit FC from defending the Police Inter-District Championship 1-0 in the first semifinal at Nasova ground. Western’s Peni Cavuigi was the hero for his team scoring the lone goal of the match to upset the Simione Tamanisau captained side.

17th September

Teams battle for title

The Fiji Police Force acting deputy commissioner of Police, Itendra Nair, says it has stressed to its officers the importance of keeping sports drug free and being effective ambassadors to the community. “For us the onus is to keep the sports clean and to make sure we engage as much as possible with the members...

Donaldson helps WD Two secure semi-final spot

Nadi rugby team fullback Isoa Donaldson helped his Police Western Division Two football team secure a spot in the semifinals after they defeated Central 2-0 in the Police Inter District Championship today at Nasova ground. The Nadi lad positioned himself at the centre back of his team in a windy and wet weather condition where...

Wellington Phoenix skipper Steven Taylor joins Indian Super League club Odisha

Outgoing Wellington Phoenix captain Steven Taylor will be tasked with marking some of his former A-League team-mates next season after signing a one-year contract with Indian Super League club Odisha FC. Taylor is the fourth player to move directly from the Phoenix to the ISL after Roy Krishna, David Williams and Mandi joined ATK last...

16th September

2020 Kontiki Finance Police IDC kicks off

The 2020 Kontiki Finance Police Soccer IDC Tournament is underway at the Nasova Police Grounds. Eight teams from Police divisions around the country will contest the title in the three day tournament, a precursor to this year’s 2020 Sukuna Bowl where Police will defend their title. The Police Special Response Unit are the current Police...

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