Football

ITV signs four-year deal to make FA Cup games free-to-air from 2021

(Reuters) – British broadcaster ITV has signed a new four-year deal with the English Football Association (FA) that will make FA Cup matches entirely free-to-air to viewers from the 2021-22 season. ITV, which will share...

Ronaldo heads Portugal squad for Nations League

LISBON (Reuters) – Hosts Portugal named their squad for next month’s inaugural Nations League finals on Thursday with Cristiano Ronaldo heading the bill and an inclusion for Benfica teenager Joao Felix. Portugal will kick off the new competition with a semi-final against Switzerland in Porto on June 5, with the winners playing either England or...

24th May

Premier League to discuss racism with Man City’s Sterling

(Reuters) – The Premier League will welcome discussions with Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and other players to tackle racism in the game, the league said on Thursday. Sterling, 24, who is leading the fight against racism in soccer, said on Tuesday that he hoped to speak to officials at England’s Football Association and the...

Argentina name nine professionals in women’s World Cup squad

(Reuters) – Argentina announced its squad for the women’s World Cup on Wednesday, with coach Carlos Borrello calling up nine professional players and drafting in the rest from the country’s domestic amateur league. Argentina does not have a professional women’s league of its own but several players, including forward Sole Jaimes, veteran midfielder Mariela Coronel...

Carlsberg extends sponsorship deal with Liverpool FC

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danish brewer Carlsberg said on Thursday it had agreed with Liverpool FC to extend its sponsorship deal with the soccer club until the 2023-24 season, marking the longest running partnership in England’s Premier League. Liverpool, which ended second behind Manchester City in the domestic English league this season and will play Tottenham...

Fiji FA approves of newest Uprising Beach Resort Ground

“IT’S the first for Fiji.” These were the words of Fiji Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf after reviewing the Uprising Beach Resort Ground in Pacific Harbour yesterday. “It is quite of some standard. We have been impressed with the work done on it and we must congratulate the Uprising Beach Resort for the initiative,” Yusuf...

23rd May

Krishna scoops more football awards

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna took out four more awards during the Wellington Phoenix 2018/2019 Awards Night in New Zealand last night. The pride of Babasiga was named the Huawei Mobile Player of the Year 2018/2019 season. He was awarded the 2018/2019 Adidas Golden Boot award, as well as the Hat-tricks Award alongside his teammate...

22nd May

Fiorentina coach Montella banned, to miss key final game

(Reuters) – Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella will miss the last match of the season against Genoa, which will determine whether his team will be relegated, following a two-game ban imposed by the league’s disciplinary committee on Tuesday. The former AC Milan coach, who was sent off in Fiorentina’s 1-0 loss at Parma on Sunday, was...

Ghana striker Gyan calls time on international career

(Reuters) – Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan announced his international retirement on Monday, a month before the start of the African Nations Cup. The news follows shortly after he was removed as the national team’s captain. Striker Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also...

Pioneering female referee Yamashita hoping to inspire

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita is hoping her trailblazing work as part of the first all-female trio to officiate a men’s match in Asian continental competition last week will encourage girls to feel they can do anything in the game. Along with Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi, Yamashita made history last Wednesday when...

21st May

Former football coach leaves for NZ

FORMER Tavua and Suva football coach Saroj Kumar left our shores last Thursday for future endeavors in New Zealand. Kumar has his own record with his coaching career  and hopes to continue with the sports he loves the most in New Zealand. Speaking to Fiji FA media Kumar said it was hard to leave all...

Two international friendlies for Fiji women’s football

THE Vodafone Fiji women’s national football team will play two international friendlies next month. Fiji FA Chief Executive Mohammed Yusuf has confirmed that the Fijian women will play Singapore and Vanuatu next season. Both matches will be part of the Tri-Nations Series hosted by Vanuatu next month. Meanwhile, the men’s national team will also tour...

Footballer sues CIFA for $1 million

RAROTONGA, 21 MAY 2019 (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – A footballer is suing the Football Association for NZD$1 million (approx US$653,700), claiming he was unfairly sacked from the national team for going out to dinner with his family. Bruce Akamoeau Bien was part of the U20 national team that played in Tonga in 2016. Represented by lawyer...

20th May

UEFA adopts ‘fan-first’ ticketing policy for Euro 2020

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – UEFA has adopted a “fan-first” ticketing policy for Euro 2020 with a record three million tickets available to supporters, European soccer’s governing body announced on Sunday. Almost 2.5 million tickets, more than the total available for the whole of the 2016 edition, have already been reserved for fans of participating teams and...

Bournemouth sign defender Kelly from Bristol City

(Reuters) – Bournemouth have signed highly-rated defender Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City on a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Saturday. The 20-year-old, who can play at fullback and in central defence, has made 48 appearances and scored two goals for the Championship club (second tier) since making his...

Manchester City crush Watford 6-0 to complete treble in style

LONDON (Reuters) – Majestic Manchester City crushed Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday to become the first team to win the English treble of league championship and both domestic cups in the most emphatic way imaginable. The victory matched the competition’s record final win — set when Bury beat Derby County 116...

19th May

Bayern Munich win Bundesliga title for seventh successive season

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Bayern Munich won a record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after crushing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to finish two points ahead of Borussia Dortmund. The Bavarians, who will secure a domestic double if they beat RB Leipzig in the German Cup final on May 25, have now won the German league...

Soccer – Ibrahimovic banned for violent conduct in LA Galaxy victory

(Reuters) – LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a two-game ban for violent conduct after he grabbed New York City goalkeeper Sean Johnson by the neck in their 2-0 MLS win last Saturday. The pair were involved in an altercation in the 86th minute of the match after Sweden’s Ibrahimovic missed an opportunity to...

Premier league: Ba maintains unbeaten run

THE Ba football side maintains its unbeaten run in the Vodafone Premier League competition. Ba beat Rewa 2-nil in the lone match played today. Darold Kakasi gave Ba the perfect start with a goal in the 24th minute as Ba led 1-nil at half time. Midfielder Avinesh Swamy was at the top of his game...

Premier league: Ba leads Rewa at half time

THE Ba football side leads Rewa 1-nil at half time in the Vodafone Premier League match underway at Nausori’s Ratu Cakobau Park. Darold Kakasi scored the lone goal for Ba in the first spell. Both teams had an equal share of chances on goal but the strikers haven’t taken advantage of the opportunities apart from...

Fiji football boys march into camp

THE Vodafone Fiji national football side marches into camp today to prepare for two international friendlies next month. Team manager Anushil Kumar has confirmed a 29-member team is due to start camp. National coach Christophe Gamel has returned from France earlier this week in time for the camp. Some players will miss out due to...

Lautoka football appoints Chandra as interim president

THE Lautoka Football Association has appointed Krishna Chandra as its new Interim President. In its Council meeting held last Friday, Chandra was appointed after consultation between current executives and former presidents. Lautoka Football Council chairman Shailendra Prasad said Chandra wanted to take up the role and he was given a chance. “After former president Abdul...

Nadi returns home with a bonus point victory

KICKING possession away was the main downfall for the Tailevu rugby team as they narrowly went down to Nadi 27-24 in the fourth round of the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. Tailevu led in the first half 20-13. Nadi took an early 3-0 lead when fly half Sela Toga kicked...

2019 Fiji FACT champ celebrates win

THE Nadi Town was painted green yesterday as the Jack’s Nadi team celebrated its historic 2019 Vodafone Fiji FACT title victory last week. The celebrations started with a float procession through the town. Nadi Football Association president Javed Ahmed said the prizemoney of $17,000 was topped up to $20,000 by Professional Valuations which was shared...

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