Football

Lopetegui sure Real will rise from slumber

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui is convinced his stuttering, goal-shy team can turn things around and have a season to remember as he prepares for a vital La Liga game at home...

Keita to miss Liverpool’s trip to Huddersfield

(Reuters) – Liverpool will be without injured midfielder Naby Keita for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town but defender Virgil van Dijk has recovered from a rib problem, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday. Keita, who has featured in all eight league matches for the club so far, went off with a muscle problem...

European Leagues group calls for more level playing field

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A proposal aimed at reducing the financial gulf between the continent’s richest clubs and the rest was put forward by the European Leagues group (EL) on Friday. The umbrella group representing Europe’s domestic football leagues said it would ask UEFA to allocate fewer Champions League group stage slots to teams from the...

Barcelona not considering swoop for Neymar, says vice-president

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona have no plans to re-sign Neymar from Paris St Germain, the club’s vice-president Jordi Cardoner said on Friday, knocking down media reports the La Liga champions were ready to tempt the Brazilian forward back to the Nou Camp. Neymar won two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League in four...

Primary school IDC: Ba and Suva wins U12 and U14 titles

THE 43rd Vodafone Fiji Primary Schools Football Association Inter District Championship ended at Churchill Park in Lautoka today. Ba won the under-12 title after defeating Labasa 1-0 in the final. Namosau Methodist School student Jone Ralulu was the hero for the ‘Junior Men in Black’ scoring the lone goal in the fourth minute. Suva took...

Man United’s Shaw agrees new five-year contract-reports

(Reuters) – Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has agreed a new five-year contract at the Premier League club after a strong start to the season, according to British media reports. Shaw’s United career has been interrupted by poor form and injuries since he joined the club from Southampton for 27 million pounds ($35.37 million) in...

Ba, Labasa in U12 final

BA will be out to avenge last year’s semi-final loss to Labasa when they meet in the under-12 final of the 43rd Vodafone Fiji Primary Schools Football Association Inter District at Churchill Park in Lautoka this morning. The two teams outplayed their opponents in the semi-finals yesterday. The physically built Labasa outfit defeated Lautoka 1-0....

Bolt rejects soccer deal offer from Maltese club

(Reuters) – Sprinting legend Usain Bolt has turned down the offer of a two-year deal to play soccer for Maltese champions Valletta FC, his agent has confirmed. The 32-year-old Jamaican, who is hoping to win a contract at Australian side Central Coast Mariners, improved his chances of securing a deal by scoring twice in a...

West Ham must manage Arnautovic’s knee problem: Pellegrini

(Reuters) – West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic is fit for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur but manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Thursday the forward’s knee problem will have to be managed carefully. Arnautovic has played through the pain barrier after he injured his knee in last month’s 3-1 win over Everton. The 29-year-old...

Fiji FA warns against fake ‘lucrative’ offers of overseas recruitment

THE Fiji Football Association has issued a warning to parents and children not to accept any lucrative offer from any individual regarding player recruitment overseas. Fiji FA CEO Mohammed Yusuf raised this issue after he was informed by a concerned parent regrading a personnel going around and signing players. ‘Let me tell everyone that there...

Soccer – Honda keen for Victory kickoff after ‘weird’ off-season

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda is itching to kick off his Australian adventure with Melbourne Victory on Saturday after a long wait through the A-League’s “weird” and “unique” pre-season. As the league’s highest profile signing, Honda arrived in Australia to much fanfare in August, but with A-League champions Victory eliminated from the...

Jet-setting substitute helps Cruzeiro lift Copa do Brasil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Uruguayan Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored just hours after returning from international duty to help Cruzeiro secure their sixth Copa do Brasila triumph with 2-1 second leg victory over Corinthians on Wednesday. The goal gave the Belo Horizonte club a 3-1 aggregate victory after they edged the first leg 1-0 at home...

Soccer – U.S. Women claim CONCACAF title over Canada

(Reuters) – The United States women’s soccer team won their eighth CONCACAF Championship with a 2-0 over Canada on Wednesday in Frisco, Texas as both sides continued to build toward next year’s World Cup. Rose Lavelle scored a goal in the opening minutes and Alex Morgan added another late on to give the Americans the...

Fiji women footballers shift camp ahead of Samoa clash

THE Vodafone Fiji Football women’s side has shifted camp to Ba ahead of the two matches against Samoa next week. The side was camping in Suva but moved yesterday and will train at the Fiji FA Academy grounds in Ba. Coach Marika Rodu said 14 players were in camp this week with the rest to...

Boost for tourney

THE Fiji Football Association has promised to increase the funding for the Vodafone-sponsored Fiji Primary School Football Association (FPSFA) Inter District Championship next year with the addition of providing uniforms for all participating teams. This was announced by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel during the opening of the 43rd edition of the IDC which...

Fiji FA attempts to get Mauritius to play on homeground

THE Fiji Football Association is trying to get the Mauritius side to play the national team in February next year. The African side was supposed to play in Fiji next month but Fiji FA cancelled the fixture because of the 2018 General Elections scheduled to take place in the country on November 14. Fiji FA...

Champions vs champions series rescheduled

THE dates for this year’s Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion Series have been rescheduled. Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal confirmed this saying the dates were moved after a request from major sponsor Pillay Garments. “The sponsors were occupied on the dates released earlier so we managed to get bookings on separate dates,” Pal said....

Fellaini should be fit for Chelsea clash – Martinez

(Reuters) – Marouane Fellaini should be fit for Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday despite sitting out Belgium’s friendly against Netherlands, the midfielder’s national team manager Roberto Martinez has said. The 30-year-old was not involved in the 1-1 draw against Ronald Koeman’s Dutch side in Brussels on Tuesday, with Martinez confirming Fellaini...

Bento still laying down foundations with South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Paulo Bento remains unbeaten as South Korea coach after Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Panama further kindled optimism ahead of January’s Asian Cup, but the Portuguese says he is still working to form the core of his side. Bento took over from Shin Tae-yong in August in the wake of another early World...

Last-minute goal gives Chile win over Mexico

QUERETARO, Mexico (Reuters) – Nicolas Castillo followed up his own stinging drive to score in the 89th minute and hand Chile a 1-0 win over Mexico in a thrilling friendly in Queretaro on Tuesday. Both sides had come close to scoring before that in an end-to-end game but just as it looked like it would...

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