Football

Futsal IDC to go ahead

Fiji Football Association competitions manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed the commencement of the local football season despite a directive from the Fiji National Sports Commission’s executive chairman Peter Mazey in collaboration with the Ministry of...

Fiji FA adjusts 2022 football calendar; plans live TV telecast

The Digicel Premier League 2022 season will feature 10 teams when it kicks off on February 5-6. This was confirmed by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel during a virtual meeting yesterday. Patel said after their council meeting via zoom many constructive decisions were made. “This way we have increased the number of matches even...

Man City loss probably dashed Chelsea title hopes – Alonso

(Reuters) – Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso believes his side may have squandered their last chance to stay in the Premier League title race after they lost 1-0 to leaders Manchester City on Saturday. Kevin De Bruyne’s 70th-minute strike lifted City to 56 points from 22 matches, 13 more than second-placed Chelsea. Third-placed Liverpool, who have...

16th January

Corica looks for balance to get Sydney through fixture pile-up

(Reuters) – Sydney FC coach Steve Corica said he will look to strike a balance between rotating his squad and maintaining momentum amid a congested fixture schedule as the five-times champions bid to keep their two-pronged trophy challenge on track. Sydney were held 1-1 in the A-League by bottom side Brisbane Roar on Saturday as...

Leaders Man City beat Chelsea, Coutinho scores on Villa debut

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) -Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City took a step closer to a fourth title in five seasons with a 1-0 win over second-placed Chelsea on Saturday, opening up a 13-point lead over the London club at the top. Philippe Coutinho enjoyed a dream debut for Aston Villa as he came off the...

15th January

Bula Boys team on track

The Fiji football team would be marching into camp on Monday at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba for the all-important Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Qualifiers in March 2022 in Qatar. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed the Bula Boys training camp schedule for two weeks which would be followed immediately by the...

14th January

10-man Arsenal hold Liverpool to a goalless draw in first leg of League Cup semifinal

If Granit Xhaka getting sent off came as no real surprise, Arsenal holding out with 10 men at Anfield certainly was a shock. Liverpool failed to take advantage of Xhaka’s 24th-minute red card for a chest-high lunge on Diogo Jota and were held to a 0-0 draw by Arsenal in the first leg of the...

Argentine Mohamed takes charge of Brazil’s Atletico

Jan 13 (Reuters) – Argentine coach Antonio Mohamed will take charge of Brazilian league champions Atletico Mineiro for the 2022 season, the Belo Horizonte club said on Thursday. Mohamed replaces Cuca, who resigned in December after a hugely successful year in which Atletico won the Brazilian league for the first time since 1971 as well...

13th January

Fiji FA gives 21 days

The Fiji Football Association’s CEO, Mohammed Yusuf, has confirmed the much-sought after opening of the January transfer window for local footballers. Yusuf stated it would be the first player transfer window for the season, which opened a couple of days ago. “It opened on Monday for local districts and footballers to begin their trading,” he...

Only Bayern profitable among European champion clubs in 2020-21

Jan 11 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich were the only title winners in Europe’s eight major soccer leagues to turn a profit in the coronavirus-disrupted 2020-21 season, a study from auditing firm KPMG showed on Wednesday. The Bundesliga champions just scraped into the black with an after tax profit of 1.8 million euros ($2.0 million), also...

U.S. Soccer president urges women’s team to settle lawsuit

Jan 11 (Reuters) –  U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow  Cone  on Tuesday said she would welcome an out-of-court settlement to the U.S. women’s national team players landmark equal pay lawsuit. “U.S. Soccer remains committed to resolving this case outside of court for the long-term benefit of the sport at all levels,” Parlow Cone said in...

12th January

Japan football legend gets fresh pro contract at 54

Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura has been signed up by another professional soccer club at the age of 54. Miura’s enduring career will head into its 37th season after he joined Suzuka Point Getters, a team in the fourth tier of Japanese soccer. Miura, nicknamed “King Kazu,” said he was “grateful for the opportunity to...

All Whites striker Chris Wood to undergo medical at Newcastle ahead of Burnley switch – report

All Whites striker Chris Wood is set to complete a stunning £20 million (NZ$40 million) move to Premier League strugglers Newcastle United after the cash-rich Saudi-backed club reportedly met his release clause from Burnley. The 30-year-old New Zealander would be Newcastle’s second major signing since their controversial takeover by a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, following the arrival of...

11th January

Ronaldo injury not serious, says Rangnick, after missing win over Villa

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo missed Manchester United’s 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Aston Villa with muscular problems but manager Ralf Rangnick said on Monday it was nothing too serious. Ronaldo, along with Jadon Sancho, Harry Maguire and Phil Jones, were all missing from the side that lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the...

Rangnick happy with Man Utd aggression but wants more pressing

(Reuters) – Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick was pleased with their aggression in Monday’s 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Aston Villa but said his players must put more pressure on their opponents when out of possession. An early header by midfielder Scott McTominay put United ahead but Villa dominated large parts of...

Fiji to face NZ, New Caledonia and PNG

The match schedule for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 OFC preliminary competition in the Cook Islands between New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji, has been released. The match schedule has been confirmed by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The tournament will determine which nation will represent...

Algeria begin Cup of Nations defence with record in sight

DOUALA (Reuters) – Algeria begin the defence of their African Cup of Nations title on Tuesday as they chase down the record for the longest unbeaten run by a national team. Algeria go into their Group E clash against Sierra Leone in Douala undefeated in their last 34 internationals and threatening the mark that Italy...

Cameroon come from behind to win Cup of Nations opener

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Captain Vincent Aboubakar converted two spot kicks as hosts Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Yaounde on Sunday. Burkina Faso, who were without their coach Kamou Malo and six players who tested positive for COVID-19, gave away...

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