Football

Clubs battle set to roll this week

Tailevu Naitasiri’s Mega FC and Nasinu’s Shamrock FC will kick start the 2022 Digicel National Club Championship Southern Zone play-off this Friday at Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour. The match will starts at 5pm....

Fiji FA confirms NCC dates

The Digicel National Club Championship dates have been confirmed. Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal confirmed that seven districts have nominated their champion clubs. “We have received nominations from Tailevu Naitasiri, Rewa, Nasinu, and Suva from the Southern Zone while Nadi, Lautoka, and Nadroga from the Western Zone,” said Pal. “The final playoff will be...

The rise of a former teacher in football

You may ask, how did someone from the classroom teaching end up coaching? Areshma Prasad’s journey to the pinnacle of football has been unconventional but inspiring. “I can’t believe I have been given the opportunity to pursue my career in football coaching,” Prasad shared to Fiji FA Media. The 40-year-old had a passion and love...

Kasavu on a mission

Defending champion Rewa’s Kasavu FC aims for a back-to-back Digicel National Club Championship title. Club captain Setareki Hughes says they are ready for the southern zone playoff. “We have started our preparation and looking forward to the play-off this weekend,” said Hughe. “We had a tough battle this year in the Rewa Regional Club League...

Fusion claims beach soccer town

Fusion Club of Lami was crowned the champions of the Digicel Beach Soccer Championship last Saturday at the Fiji Sports Council Beach Soccer field in Laucala Bay, Suva. The side defeated PTB FC 4-1 in the final after a 3-2 win over Brother FC in the semi-final. Club founder and player Kavnil Lal said it...

Fijian refs get top course

Two Fijian referees were part of 14 OFC officials who attended a two-day VAR course in Sydney last week facilitated by the Football Federation Australia (FFA). OFC referees Veer Singh and Avinesh Narayan took the opportunity to upskill their knowledge of how the video assistant referee system works. The course was run by Mathew Cheeseman,...

Beach soccer league to roll

The Fiji Football Association will for the first time start the Beach Soccer League next year, says Fiji FA Head of Futsal and Beach Soccer Jerry Sam. “Our aim is to grow the game and to achieve. We will have more game time so our players get more exposure and learn the code,” said Sam....

Fans lament end of Japan’s brave run in World Cup

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan supporters lamented the team’s 3-1 penalty shootout loss to Croatia at the World Cup in Qatar, crushing their nation’s dream of advancing to the quarter-finals. Some Samurai Blue fans watched the match in a Tokyo sports bar, undeterred by the rain and a midnight start. They booked their seats at the...

Fiji aims to be part of Oceania events

The Fiji Football will participate in the OFC Beach Soccer Championship next year, said Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf while presenting the awards during the Digicel Beach Soccer Championship 2022 at FSC Beach Soccer field in Laucala Bay, Suva last Saturday. “We will surely participate in next year’s OFC Beach Soccer World Cup...

Huge help: Coaches attend goalkeeping course

Eighteen goalkeeper coaches have been equipped with the knowledge of goalkeeper coaching after going through a three-day OFC/MA Goalkeeper Coaching Certificate Course at Fiji FA Academy in Suva last weekend. Course instructor and Fiji FA national team goalkeeper coach Robert Mims said the main objective of the course was to provide learners with the capabilities...

Distraught Japan will bounce back better, says coach Moriyasu

By Hritika Sharma AL WAKRAH, Qatar (Reuters) – Japan’s players were devastated after Monday’s agonising defeat on penalties by Croatia in the World Cup last 16 but coach Hajime Moriyasu opted to look towards a brighter future for his team in the years to come despite their disappointment. Looking to reach the quarter-finals for the...

Resilient Croatia advance as Japan crumble in shootout

By Nick Mulvenney AL WAKRAH, Qatar (Reuters) – Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved three spot-kicks as Croatia beat Japan 3-1 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the third time after an enthralling 120-minute contest finished deadlocked at 1-1 on Monday. Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida were all denied by...

Brazil great Pele not under palliative care, daughter says

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil great Pele has not been moved to palliative care, one of his daughters said on Sunday, downplaying reports that he was in end-of-life care after the 82-year-old was hospitalized last week to re-evaluate his treatment as he battles colon cancer. One of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele had...

5th December

Brazil’s Vinicius Jr looking to terminate Nike deal, report says

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr is trying to terminate his sponsorship agreement with Nike Inc, website UOL reported on Sunday, saying the player feels he has been getting unfair treatment from the U.S.-based company. Vinicius Jr, who is currently with the national team at the Qatar World Cup, has contacted...

Migrant workers aim to stay in Qatar far beyond World Cup final

By Philip O’Connor DOHA (Reuters) – Senegal’s loss to England on Sunday saw Africa’s hopes of lifting the trophy in Qatar recede even further but the migrant workers watching the game at a specially-built fan zone were still hoping for the biggest prize of all — work beyond the World Cup. Senegal’s 3-0 defeat at...

“Ruthless” England surge past Senegal 3-0 to set up France quarter-final

By Mitch Phillips AL KHOR, Qatar (Reuters) -Clinical England overcame a pedestrian start to surge to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday as high-quality goals by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka swept them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final clash with France. England took a long time to impose themselves on...

4th December

Magic Messi fires Argentina into World Cup quarters

By Martin Petty AL RAYYAN, Qatar (Reuters) -Lionel Messi scored his first goal in a World Cup knockout round in his 1,000th match to beat Diego Maradona’s tournament tally, as Argentina beat off a frenzied Australia fightback to win 2-1 on Saturday and reach the quarter-finals. Messi his side ahead after 35 minutes with a...

Argentines take to the streets to celebrate World Cup win over Australia

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Jubilant fans celebrated across Argentina after the country defeated Australia on Saturday and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After the 2-1 victory against the Australians, thousands of Argentines took to the streets with flags and shirts to celebrate the team led by star Lionel Messi,...

Heartbroken Australia bow out with heads held high

By Nick Mulvenney DOHA (Reuters) – Australia’s fairytale finally came to an end on Saturday but the unfancied and unheralded squad that headed to Qatar a few weeks ago will go home to a hero’s welcome after going as far at a World Cup as any Socceroos team has ever been. They fought to the...

Brazil soccer legend Pele has respiratory infection, but remains stable

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Brazilian soccer legend Pele was diagnosed with a respiratory infection but remains in a stable condition, a medical report showed on Friday. “The medical team diagnosed a respiratory infection, which is being treated with antibiotics. The response has been adequate, and the patient, who remains in a common...

Waiting is the hardest part as South Korea reach last 16

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Dec 2 (Reuters) – South Korea did what they had to do by snatching a 2-1 win over Portugal with a stoppage-time goal by Hwang Hee-chan on Friday to keep alive their dreams of a last-16 spot at the World Cup. Then the hard part. In what was perhaps the strangest ending...

Ronaldo denies he swore at Portugal coach over substitution

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo denied that he had sworn at Portugal coach Fernando Santos when he was substituted during a dramatic 2-1 defeat to South Korea in the World Cup on Friday, as both teams advanced into the next round. Ronaldo, Portugal’s captain, said the comments he made as he...

Soccer World Cup fans see double standard in stadium politics ban

DOHA Dec 2 (Reuters) – When is it and is not it acceptable to display a political banner at the World Cup in Qatar? The answer seems to depend largely on the political message, with fans criticising what they see as inconsistent enforcement of FIFA rules by the host country. The first World Cup in...

3rd December

Olympics next step for Qatar?

Qatar is determined to bring the 2036 Summer Olympic Games to Doha, according to a source familiar with the Olympic bidding process. The success so far of the ongoing Football World Cup has emboldened the Qataris and strengthened their resolve to host the Olympics. No timeframe has been announced by the International Olympic Committee on...

Uruguay beats Ghana 2-0 at World Cup but both teams out

This time, Luis Suarez cried on the sidelines after Uruguay was eliminated from the World Cup despite a 2-0 win over Ghana. The result also put Ghana out of the competition. Suarez played a key role in both first-half goals scored by Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Uruguay appeared headed for the round of 16 after...

South Korea advances at Fifa World Cup after stoppage-time winner against Portugal

South Korea’s players formed a circle in the centre of the field and trained their eyes on several cell phones showing a nearby match that would decide their future at the World Cup. The South Koreans had just about done their job, beating Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates 2-1 on a stoppage-time goal. Now...

Switzerland beats Serbia 3-2 to reach last 16 of Fifa World Cup

Switzerland have advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup for the third tournament in a row after a 3-2 win over Serbia. Remo Freuler scored the winning goal just after half-time as the Swiss secured second place in Group G. They will next face Portugal on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time) at Lusail Stadium....

Brazil wins group despite 1-0 loss to Cameroon at World Cup

Vincent Aboubakar’s powerful header was historic for Cameroon and Africa at the World Cup. The stoppage-time goal didn’t help Cameroon reach the round of 16 despite the team’s 1-0 win over Brazil’s reserves. But it handed the five-time champions their first group-stage loss in 24 years, and gave Africa its first win against the Seleçao...

Arabs cheer Morocco as it becomes last Arab team in World Cup

DOHA/RABAT, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Moroccan fans celebrated on Thursday as their country became the only Arab nation to reach the knockout rounds of the first World Cup held in an Arab country, dancing and cheering in the stadium in Qatar and on the streets back home. Morocco beat Canada 2-1 to finish top of their group...

German football sinks deep in crisis after another shock World Cup exit

AL KHOR, Qatar, Dec 1 (Reuters) – German football plummeted deeper into crisis on Thursday after the national team tumbled out of the World Cup in Qatar despite a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica in their final Group E match. The 1-1 draw with Spain following their shock 2-1 opening defeat to Japan had given...

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