Football

Football plan: Star Roy Krishna commends move for academy

Fiji football golden boy Roy Krishna has commended the efforts by Fiji Football Association on expanding the game of football in the Northern Division with the construction of the Labasa Football Academy. “I am so...

Liverpool labour to home win

Liverpool kept alive their bid to finish the Premier League season with a perfect home record after labouring to a 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday (Monday NZ time) in their first match at Anfield since winning the title. A 17th straight home victory this season _ and surely the most underwhelming _...

Greenwood shines as five-star Man United crush Bournemouth

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United’s three-pronged attack combined to devastating effect as they crushed Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League on Saturday to move into the top four and stretch their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions. Mason Greenwood shone with two superb goals while Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and playmaker Bruno...

Kante injury takes gloss of Chelsea win

LONDON (Reuters) – A hamstring injury for N’Golo Kante took some of the gloss off Chelsea’s impressive 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Kante picked up the injury in the second half at Stamford Bridge — a potential blow in Chelsea’s battle to seal a top-four finish in the Premier League. The fixtures are coming...

5th July

Patel praises World Cup hosts

Fiji FA president and FIFA council member Rajesh Patel congratulated both New Zealand Football and Football Federation Australia for such a milestone achievement after winning the bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. “On behalf of the board members and the entire football fraternity I heartedly congratulate NZFA on the massive achievement of...

4th July

Fiji FA embarks on northern tour

Fiji Football executives will be in the Northern Division today on a site visitation of the Fiji FA Labasa Academy and meeting with stake-holders in Macuata and Bua. “We will be there to meet with the builders and design consultants in Labasa to see the progress,” confirmed chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf. “It is a...

Krishna commends FFA for construction of academy

Fiji Football’s golden boy Roy Krishna has commended the efforts by Fiji Football on expanding the game of football in the northern division with the construction of the Labasa Football Academy. “So glad that Fiji Football is setting up an academy in my hometown Labasa,” Krishna said on his social media platform Facebook. Krishna had...

MSG Secretariat signs historical MOU with OFC

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today, Friday, July 3, 2020, between the MSG Secretariat Acting Director General, George Hoa’au and the President of the Oceania Football Confederations (OFC), Lambert Maltok to establish a mutually cooperative relationship between the two organisations, in promoting and developing football and futsal in Melanesia. The MoU’s objective include...

Australia and New Zealand named hosts for 2023 Women’s World Cup

(Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand were handed the right to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament by a comfortable margin after a vote by the FIFA Council on Thursday. Their joint proposal beat a rival bid from Colombia to host the tournament which is being expanded to 32 teams. Japan, who had...

3rd July

Premier League: Champion Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp inspired by ‘impressive’ All Blacks

Champion Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed how the All Blacks inspired him throughout his nearly two-decade career in charge. Ahead of the newly-crowned Premier League champions’ trip to Manchester City on Friday (NZT), Klopp spoke of how New Zealand’s premier sporting team shaped his coaching right from the start when taking over German club...

2nd July

Year 12 national rep eyes overseas contract

Former Fiji under-16 national football rep Thomas Dunn has set his eyes on an overseas contract in the near future. The current Navua rep says he is looking forward to the resumption in football. “Really looking forward. It has been a long break. Wanting to get back on the field soon,” he said. The 17-year-old...

Ba works on fitness

Fitness is the key element that Ba is working on as the team heads back into the 2020 Vodafone Premier League. The team is on a tight schedule to be on level terms with the other seven districts before the commencement of competition on July 25. Ba, the defending champion, have played only one match...

Phoenix get fixtures sorted

The Wellington Phoenix will play their remaining six games in the A-League in the space of 24 days. The Phoenix knew they were playing top of the table Sydney FC in their first game back on July 17th, but the rest of the draw has now been released. There are just three days between their...

D.C. launches bid to be 2026 World Cup host city

Washington, D.C., launched its bid Tuesday to be one of the host cities when the 2026 World Cup comes to North America. “With our deep soccer roots and diversity, the culture of our city gives us the foundation to successfully highlight FIFA World Cup 2026, and leave a lasting impact on the future of the...

1st July

Ali aims to nurture next generation of elite footballers

For International Youth Football Academy director Rivaz Ali, nurturing and developing players at a young age will be key to producing the next generation of elite Fiji footballers. Based in Suva and working with children from age 15 and below, Ali said it had always been a drive to shape a brighter future for Fiji...

Bundesliga champion Sarpreet Singh still learning

All White midfielder Sarpreet Singh has won his first Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich but the 21-year-old footballer says he still has plenty to learn from his successful team mates. Bayern Munich has now won the German football title for eight consecutive seasons and Singh is surrounded by experience. The former Wellington Phoenix player joined...

Derby player Wisdom recovering in hospital from stabbing

(Reuters) – Derby County defender Andre Wisdom is currently in hospital after being stabbed during a robbery in Liverpool, the English second-tier club said on Monday. “Andre Wisdom has been the victim of an unprovoked assault and robbery. He sustained injuries which resulted in him being admitted to hospital,” said a statement from Derby, who...

Barcelona sell Arthur to Juventus for 72 million euros, buy Pjanic for 60 million

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona have reached an agreement to sell Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo to Juventus for a fee of 72 million euros ($80.98 million) and signed Bosnian Miralem Pjanic from the Italian champions for 60 million, the La Liga side said on Monday. The 23-year-old, generally known simply as Arthur, will remain at the...

Pochettino’s 19-year-old son Maurizio signs new deal at Tottenham

(Reuters) – Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino’s son Maurizio has signed a new contract at the Premier League club, the 19-year-old said in a social media post on Monday. Winger Maurizio, whose current deal was due to expire on Tuesday, announced the contract extension on Instagram, sharing a photo with his father along with...

30th June

Brighton’s focus is on Manchester United not survival, says Potter

(Reuters) – Brighton & Hove Albion’s sole focus is on Tuesday’s Premier League opponents Manchester United and they are not worrying about the prospect of fighting a relegation battle at the end of the season, manager Graham Potter said on Monday. Brighton are 15th in the standings with 33 points, six points above the relegation...

English FA to make 124 jobs redundant due to COVID-19 impact

LONDON (Reuters) – The English Football Association (FA) will make 124 positions redundant within the organisation due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing body said on Monday. With soccer suspended for 100 days in England due to the pandemic, the lack of revenue from international matches and domestic cup games hit...

Klopp urges Liverpool fans to celebrate safely

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged supporters of the Premier League champions not to spoil the work done in containing the coronavirus outbreak by gathering in large numbers to celebrate their title victory. Liverpool’s 30-year wait for their 19th English top-flight crown ended on Thursday when Manchester City lost at Chelsea and thousands...

Chaos reigns at Valencia as coach is sacked, sporting director quits

(Reuters) – Valencia have sacked coach Albert Celades and appointed long-standing club servant Voro until the end of the season, the La Liga club said in a statement on Monday. Sporting director Cesar Sanchez then announced his resignation shortly after Celades was dismissed, deepening the institutional crisis at one of Spain’s most prestigious clubs. According...

Bundesliga champion Sarpreet Singh still learning

All White midfielder Sarpreet Singh has won his first Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich but the 21-year-old footballer says he still has plenty to learn from his successful team mates. Bayern Munich has now won the German football title for eight consecutive seasons and Singh is surrounded by experience. The former Wellington Phoenix player joined...

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