Football

Labasa football works in securing services of three new transfers

THE Labasa football side is trying to secure the services of three of its new transfers so they could feature in the Vodafone Premier League opener against Ba this Saturday. Team president Rayaz Ali has...

Women’s football coach keeps an eye out for potential players

NATIONAL women’s football coach Marika Rodu will be keeping an eye out for potential players for the upcoming women tournaments, according to the Fiji Football Association. The Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship kicks off this Friday, January 25, at Fiji FA Academy Ground in Vatuwaqa. “I will be following the selection process for the senior and...

Lautoka football boosted with Pacific island imports

THE Lautoka Football side has been boosted with the arrival of their Solomon Island import Benjamin Totori and ni-Vanuatu midfielder Bong Kalo. Kalo arrived at the weekend. Lautoka Football Association secretary Muni Nair said the duo would feature for the Blues this Sunday when they play Suva in the Vodafone Premier League round two clashes. “Totori trained...

Senior districts begin mandatory local league competitions

SENIOR districts have started local league competitions as required by the Fiji Football Association. Fiji FA chief executive Mohammed Yusuf had stated that districts which did not complete three rounds of local league competitions would not be allowed to participate in the Vodafone Senior League. Navua president Rajeev Prasad confirmed they had played two rounds...

22nd January

Messi scores in injury time to help Barcelona team win

LIONEL Messi came off the bench and scored in injury time to help his Barcelona team beat Leganes 3-1 in the La Liga football competition yesterday. According to the La Liga website, Barcelona now leads the standings with 46 points after 20 rounds while Atletico Madrid is in the second spot with 41. Real Madrid follows in...

Liverpool maintain four-point lead at top of English Premier League points table

LIVERPOOL has maintained a four-point lead at the top of the English Premier League points table after 23 rounds. According to the Premier League website, the top six remained unchanged on the standings. Liverpool leads with 60 points, Manchester City in second with 56, Spurs third on 51 followed by Chelsea on 47. Liverpool had...

Red-card reunion: Milner sent off by his own former PE teacher

(Reuters) – Liverpool midfielder James Milner’s sending off against Crystal Palace may well have rekindled schoolboy memories – it was his own former PE teacher who gave him his marching orders. Referee John Moss, who showed Milner a second yellow card during Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Palace on Saturday, taught the 33-year-old when he attended...

Fiji FA suspends nine players

THE Fiji Football Association has suspended nine players after national Under-23 trials in Ba. Fiji FA CEO Mohammed Yusuf has confirmed this saying all of them tested positive for drugs. “All nine players have been suspended for thirty days. They are all first time offenders so will be re-tested after one month.” He said. Yusuf...

Rewa applies for the release of Borisi

THE Rewa football side has made an application for the release of Tavua stopper Jovilisi Borisi in the current transfer window. This has been confirmed by Fiji Football Association Media Officer Avikash Chand. Borisi had an amazing season with Tavua last season and was instrumental in the side’s campaign in the Vodafone Premier League. Chand...

21st January

Fixtures for the women’s inter district championship released

THE Fiji Football Association has released fixtures for this week’s Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship. Defending champions Ba open its campaign against Navua at 1.30pm. Other matches on Friday sees Rewa play Tavua at 9.30am, Tailevu Naitasiri battles Nadi at 11.30am while Suva takes on Labasa at 3.30pm. Pool matches continue at Suva’s Fiji FA...

Vodafone Premier League: All teams to feature in second round

ALL eight teams will be in action during the second round of the Vodafone Premier League competition. In the feature match of the round, Labasa battles Ba at Subrail Park at 1.15pm on Saturday. The competition will also be launched before the match. Three matches start at 3pm on Sunday. Nasinu hosts Rewa at Ratu...

Roy creates another record

ROY Krishna seems to be at the peak of his career right now. According to the Hyundai A-League website, the Fijian scored two goals to help his sixth placed Wellington Phoenix side hold second placed Melbourne Victory 3-3 last night. In the process, Krishna became the first player in the competition to have scored twice...

Blues too strong

REIGNING champion Lautoka sent out a stern warning to other teams in the Vodafone Premier League competition when it thumped Tavua 6-0 in the season opener at Churchill Park yesterday. After a slow start in the first spell, the Sugar City boys shifted to top gear in the second half scoring six unanswered goals. Star...

Schar double earns Newcastle crucial 3-0 win over Cardiff

(Reuters) – Newcastle United moved out of the relegation zone and dropped Cardiff City into it as an unlikely double by Fabian Schar earned them a crucial 3-0 victory at St James’ Park on Saturday. An afternoon that began with unpopular club owner Mike Ashley being booed by disgruntled home fans ended on a brighter...

Goals galore as PSG enjoy Guingamp revenge win

PARIS (Reuters) – Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain avenged their League Cup loss to Guingamp by demolishing the Brittany side 9-0 at home with an almost perfect performance on Saturday. The capital side prevailed through trebles by Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, a Neymar double and a Thomas Meunier goal. The one sour...

Arsenal revive top-four hopes with win over Chelsea

LONDON, (Reuters) – Arsenal revived their hopes of a top-four finish with first-half goals by Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny securing a comfortable 2-0 derby win at home to toothless Chelsea on Saturday. Chelsea’s lack of punch in the final third of the pitch was evident again as they enjoyed 64 percent of possession without...

20th January

Witsel winner keeps Dortmund six points clear at top

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund narrowly beat RB Leipzig 1-0 on Saturday courtesy of Axel Witsel’s first half winner, to protect their six point lead over champions Bayern Munich at the restart of the German top flight following the winter break. Dortmund were missing in-form captain Marco Reus, who suffered a ligament injury...

Big win for Hasenhuettl’s revived Southampton over Everton

(Reuters) – Southampton earned a crucial 2-1 win over Everton at St Mary’s on Saturday but had to endure a nervy finish as they boosted their battle against Premier League relegation under galvanising new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl. James Ward-Prowse scored a superb individual goal just after the break before a Lucas Digne own goal looked...

Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold pens long-term deal

(Reuters) – Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League club said on Saturday. The 20-year-old local boy, who made his debut in October 2016, has established himself in Juergen Klopp’s title-chasing side. He has played 67 games for the club, scoring four times. Liverpool did not give the length...

Big guns primed as business end of Asian Cup gets underway

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – With the big powers all having negotiated the expanded Asian Cup group stage safely enough, the tournament gets going in earnest on Sunday with the first of the sudden-death round of 16 ties. First of the former champions out of the blocks are Iran, who take on Oman at the Mohammed...

Torrential rain postpones first round of premier league

TORRENTIAL rain forced the Fiji Football Association and match officials to call off the first round Vodafone Premier League match between Ba Football Club and Nasinu Football Club that was to be held at Ratu Cakobau Park. Fiji FA Competitions manager Amitesh Pal said the game could not be played in such conditions. He said...

VPL: Lautoka ready to defend title

THE Lautoka football side is ready to defend its Vodafone Premier League title. The champions of 2016 and 2017 started their campaign against Tavua today. LFA secretary Muni Nair said they were aware of the importance of a good start. “We need to start well. The players know that. We will basically have the same...

19th January

Football star Ronaldo expected in Madrid Tuesday for tax fraud trial

MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back in Madrid on Tuesday to attend a trial for tax evasion where Spanish prosecutors are asking for a 23-month prison sentence and fine. Ronaldo’s former Madrid teammate Xabi Alonso is also due in court next Tuesday for another case of tax fraud. Portuguese striker Ronaldo,...

Fiji FA investigates U23 players for alleged drug use

A NUMBER of Fiji Football players in the under-23 squad have been taken into account for allegedly using illegal drugs believed to be marijuana during the under-23 national trials on the Fiji Football Academy grounds in Ba. Fiji Football competition manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed nine players are currently under investigation by the Fiji FA...

Thirty football clubs swallow up nearly half of European revenue

ZURICH (Reuters) – Europe’s 710 top-tier football clubs pulled in a record 20.11 billion euros (£17.63 billion) in revenues between them in the 2017 financial year although almost half of that amount went to 30 of them, according to an annual UEFA report. The Club Licensing Benchmarking report also revealed that gambling and betting firms...

18th January

AC Milan coach Gattuso handed one-game ban for threatening behaviour

MILAN (Reuters) – AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has been given a one-match touchline ban for threatening behaviour towards the referee at the end of his team’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in their Italian Super Cup match on Wednesday. Serie A said that “in a threatening manner, in the proximity of the referee, (Gattuso) loudly...

Most football associations support 48-team World Cup in Qatar – FIFA chief

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – Most football associations in the world back increasing the size of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams from 32, with some matches to be played in neighbouring countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. Infantino told a news conference the Qataris were open to the larger format. FIFA...

Women’s IDC battle

LAUTOKA Blues will start its Vodafone Premier League title defence when it faces giant-killer Tavua in the season opener on Sunday. The side will be going for a win as a platform for their title defence campaign. Team president Abdul Kadir said the first match would be tough especially after coming back from the festive...

Official voting for footballer of the year now open

OFFICIAL voting for the 2018 Vodafone Popular Footballer of the Year award is now underway. This is one of the 15 awards that will be given out during the Vodafone/Fiji FA Awards Nite 2018 on Saturday, February 02, in Nadi. The six nominees for this award are Trina Rochelle Davis (National Women’s Team), Kavaia Rawaqa...

Liverpool must be mindful of Palace peril in Anfield clash

LONDON (Reuters) – Top scorer Mohamed Salah could find the oldest player in the Premier League standing in his way when free-flowing leaders Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday. The visitors may have to draft in 39-year-old Argentine reserve goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who last appeared for them at the end of 2017, after...

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