Football

15 years after tragic murder, Kiyan Prince makes debut on FIFA game

Had a cruel twist of fate not intervened, Kiyan Prince might have graced the Premier League, earned England caps and shared pitches with the biggest names in soccer. Sadly we will never know as in...

18th May

Hannah Wilkinson is the unlucky Football Fern who’s now on song for Tokyo

Football Ferns striker Hannah Wilkinson is hoping to bring up 100 caps for her country at the Tokyo Olympics. She’s done it the hard way in a career full of ups and downs. It’s almost midnight and Hannah Wilkinson can’t sleep. It’s freezing outside in the northwest of Germany as she looks out her window...

Clayton Lewis re-signs with Wellington Phoenix ahead of homecoming game

Local lad Clayton Lewis should get to experience more than just one game at Sky Stadium after signing a two-year contract extension with Wellington Phoenix ahead of Saturday’s homecoming fixture. The New Zealand international has been rewarded for his strong debut season in the A-League after cementing himself as a regular starter in central midfield...

17th May

Goalkeeper Alisson scores Liverpool’s winner

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson made the 80m journey into West Bromwich Albion’s penalty area, more in hope than any expectation of scoring the stoppage-time goal that would keep alive his team’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League. After all, he’d never scored a goal in his career. No Liverpool ‘keeper had in the club’s 129-year...

16th May

Premier League: Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds purr in big win over Chris Wood’s Burnley

Leeds have delivered a superb 4-0 win at Burnley in the Premier League which would even have delighted their perfectionist coach Marcelo Bielsa. After Mateusz Klich put Leeds ahead on the stroke of halftime on Saturday, they punished Burnley after the break as Jack Harrison added a second before claiming the two assists when Rodrigo...

Leicester wins FA Cup for first time with superb strike against Chelsea at Wembley

Even sweeter than the powerful long-range strike from Youri Tielemans was Leicester being able to celebrate winning the FA Cup for the first time surrounded by its fans. “Wow, what a finish,” Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said after they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the final on Saturday. “I didn’t dare to celebrate because there’s always...

Wellington Phoenix star struck down by injury ahead of clash with league leaders

Wellington Phoenix will be without captain Ulises Davila for Sunday’s clash against A-League leaders Melbourne City – and potentially the rest of the regular season – hindering their chances of pulling off a much-needed upset. The star Mexican import and team’s leading scorer with seven goals injured his hamstring in last week’s 0-0 draw with...

14th May

Ba FA halves its players allowance

The Ba Football Association is paying its players half of their allowance. According to team President Rynal Kumar, just like every other district in the country, the Ba side is also affected by this COVID-19 pandemic. Kumar is hopeful the pandemic ends soon and football resumes so that players can get their normal allowances. Due...

Sancho, Haaland doubles fire Dortmund to German Cup glory

Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland scored two goals apiece as Borussia Dortmund crushed RB Leipzig 4-1 to lift the German Cup on Thursday. It was Dortmund’s fifth German Cup triumph and their first since 2017 while Leipzig missed out again on winning their first silverware after losing their second Cup final in the last three...

Fiji FA to meet to discuss assistance for players

The Fiji Football Association Finance Committee will have a virtual meeting this Saturday, May 15, to make a decision on how the players, who rely on football for a living, can be assisted. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf told Fiji Times Online they had received the numbers from districts as to how many players...

13th May

Navua football president calls for assistance for players

The Navua Football Association is doing all it can to assist its players during this COVID-19 lockdown period. Majority of the players in the Navua team rely solely on football to help feed their families. Team president Rajeev Prasad said after the last round of the Digicel Premier League matches, he was paying players from...

False nine was Guardiola’s secret weapon, now it’s unstoppable

Even the best players in the world have not been spared Pep Guardiola’s attacking tactical innovations. “I was called up to Guardiola’s office and he said he had thought about me playing as a false nine,” Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said last year. “He was going to put Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry on the outside,...

12th May

How Manchester City turned their season around to win the Premier League title

Manchester City’s latest Premier League title victory was a triumph of strategy, perseverance and no shortage of quality in a pandemic-affected season like no other, ultimately making it one of the most satisfying of Pep Guardiola’s distinguished career. Here’s how City reclaimed English football’s biggest prize: Campaign strategy City started the league a week late...

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