Football

12th December

Ancelotti remains defiant as Milik hat-trick fires Napoli into last 16

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Napoli ended a nine-match winless run in all competitions to reach the Champions League last sixteen on Tuesday as a first-half Arkadiusz Milik hat-trick set up a 4-0 win over Genk...

European Leagues tired of breakaway threats from big clubs

ZURICH (Reuters) – The umbrella organisation representing Europe’s domestic leagues is tired of breakaway threats, it said on Tuesday in response to a proposal to create a two-division world soccer league. The Financial Times and New York Times have reported that discussions led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have taken place over the possibility...

11th December

Liverpool advance to last 16 with 2-0 win in Salzburg

(Reuters) – Liverpool moved into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Salzburg on Tuesday as a potentially tricky encounter turned into a second-half cruise with quickfire goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah. Juergen Klopp’s side needed a point in Austria to be sure of qualification and after missing...

10th December

10th Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup hailed a success

THE 2019 Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup (UFSC) which concluded at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday was tagged a grand success. The week-long tournament saw over 500 players from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand face off across the north west of Fiji with matches held in Nadi, Lautoka and Ba. Tournament director and founder Bruce...

Coach education course helps futsal grow

AS part of the strategic development plan for futsal in the Pacific, Oceania Football Confederation hosted a coaching education course in Auckland. The six-day training course finished on Monday and coincided with the first OFC Futsal Champions League, won by Kooline from the Solomon Islands. Coach educators from eight of OFC’s member associations attended the...

9th December

Krishna shines in India football circle

INDIAN Super League Hero of the Month for November Roy Krishna continued his fine form in the competition scoring twice to help his side beat North East United 3-nil yesterday. Krishna showed why he is the top scorer in the competition after easily beating the opposing sweeper and placing the ball beyond the goal keeper...

7th December

Grandma flies from Fiji to watch ATK star Roy Krishna play for the first time

WHEN Roy Krishna scored his two goals against Jamshedpur last month, he did so in front of a special visitor. Krishna’s 74-year-old grandmother Tai Amma was in attendance at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. She made the long journey from Labasa to watch the former Wellington Phoenix star play for his new club, Indian Super League...

Olympics: FIFA’s Infantino proposed as IOC member, but not Coe – Bach

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been proposed for International Olympic Committee membership, but World Athletics head Sebastian Coe will have to wait due to a conflict of interest, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Thursday. FIFA and World Athletics, the governing bodies of two of the biggest sports in the Olympics,...

6th December

Suva loses second match

THE Suva Futsal side was thumped 10-1 by Kooline FC in its second match at the OFC Futsal Champions League in New Zealand today. Suva trailed 4-1 at the break. Suva’s lone goal was scored by Krishneel Singh. Suva lost its first match to D’York Street 4-1 yesterday.  

Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup set for finals

GAMES were spread from Nadi to Ba on day five of the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup on a day which determined the finals for the development and junior age groups. In the boys development division, Ba toppled Lautoka 2-1 to finish top of the group with 11 points. Lautoka finished second on five points meaning...

Suva Futsal loses first match

SUVA started brightly in the second match of the day, dominating possession and creating scoring opportunities. D’York however, grew into the game and they were rewarded for their endeavours with a late first half strike courtesy of Aubert Tales. The Fijians replied quickly in the second period through a great team goal finished by Deepal...

UEFA announces new playoff system for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – UEFA is to introduce a new-look playoff system for its 2022 World Cup qualifying competition which will avoid the need to compare results of teams in different groups. UEFA said the 55 teams, who will be battling for 13 places at the tournament in Qatar, will be divided into 10 groups....

5th December

Rwanda signs deal with Paris St Germain to promote tourism

KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwanda signed a deal on Wednesday with French soccer club Paris St Germain to promote tourism in the east African nation, its second such agreement since last year. “We invest part of our tourism revenues in strategic collaborations such as the one with Paris St Germain because we understand the positive effect...

UAE fires coach Van Marwijk after Qatar defeat

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Bert van Marwijk has been sacked as head coach of the United Arab Emirates, the country’s football federation said on Wednesday after the team was knocked out of the Gulf Cup. The UAE were eliminated from the keenly-contested regional tournament on Tuesday following a 4-2 loss at the hands of Qatar...

City slick again as Guardiola praises return to passing game

BURNLEY, England (Reuters) – Manchester City needed to rediscover themselves quickly after a run of games in which they looked to have lost their way and Pep Guardiola’s champions re-emerged on a chilly Tuesday night at Burnley’s Turf Moor. Their 4-1 win over a modestly equipped home side was not in itself an indication that...

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