Football

Soccer-Classy Chelsea crush Tottenham to go joint top

LONDON (Reuters) -Chelsea’s dominant second-half performance was rewarded with goals for Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger in a comfortable 3-0 victory at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur that sent them joint top of the...

Soccer-Man City facing injury crisis as key battles loom large

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City will have to field several youngsters in Tuesday’s League Cup clash against Wycombe Wanderers as a number of players are suffering from injuries, manager Pep Guardiola said. “I don’t have any alternative (against Wycombe)… we are going to play a few young players,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by...

19th September

Roy set for semis

Fiji captain and ATK Mohun Bagan striker Roy Krishna says its upcoming Asia Football Confederation inter zonal semi-final clash against FC Nasaf will be no easy feat but the team was ready to meet their opponents head on. “It’s going to be a tough match but we are preparing ourselves as much as possible to...

17th September

No official date to reconvene sporting activities, says Mazey

The executive chairman of Fiji National Sports Commission has confirmed no official date had been earmarked for sports and recreation activities to recommence in the country. Peter Mazey said the decision to reconvene sporting activities would be in the “hands” of the Ministry of Health. “We will strictly adhere to all the MoH directives,” he...

Vaurasi elected into FIFA tribunal

The Fiji Football Association achieved another milestone with the appointment of Fiji’s Laurel Vaurasi to the FIFA Football Tribunal in the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC). “It’s great news we received this morning and my heartfelt congratulations to Laurel for such an esteemed appointment,” said Fiji Football president Rajesh Patel Vaurasi is a member of the...

US offers equal contracts

The US Soccer Federation has offered identical contracts to its men’s and women’s national teams in an attempt to resolve its gender pay dispute. In May 2020, a lawsuit from the women’s team for equal pay was dismissed by a judge, with an appeal pending. The USSF says a single equal pay structure is “the...

16th September

The micro-economy spinning around Messi’s Paris adventure

For Paris photographer Olivier Sanchez, there is only one story in town: the new life of Lionel Messi. Newspapers and magazines around the world harangue his Crystal Pictures agency for images of the Argentine footballer, his wife and children settling into the French capital a month after arriving. “Today, for me, it is Messi and...

Messi’s Paris St Germain disappoint in Brugge draw

Lionel Messi failed to provide Paris St Germain with any sparkle as the Ligue 1 team’s potent attacking trio lacked inspiration in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in their Champions League opener on Wednesday. Making his first start for the French team, the Argentine forward hit the woodwork but was otherwise far from...

Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of the fifth round of Premier League fixtures from Sept. 17-19 (times GMT): Friday, Sept. 17 Newcastle United v Leeds United (1900) * Newcastle lost both league meetings with Leeds last season, having lost just one of their previous 11 against the Yorkshire club (W7 D3). * Leeds are looking...

Man City open Champions League campaign in style

Last season’s runners-up Manchester City crushed RB Leipzig 6-3 to kick off their new Champions League campaign. There will be some defensive concerns for City who allowed Christopher Nkunku to score a hat-trick for the German side… only the fourth player to do that in the competition and end up in the losing side. In...

Fiji FA hoping to have a national camp later this month

The Fiji Football Association is hopeful they will be able to hold a national camp later this month. Speaking at a press conference, President Rajesh Patel said with the World Cup qualifiers looming, a national camp is needed. He added that the Association will follow all protocols put in place and will wait for relevant...

15th September

Ronaldo scores in Man United’s loss to Young Boys

Manchester United conceded a dramatic stoppage-time goal as they lost to Young Boys despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring on his Champions League return for the Red Devils. Ronaldo, who became the joint all-time Champions League appearance holder on his 177th appearance in the competition, fired United ahead after an exquisite pass from fellow Portuguese Bruno Fernandes....

14th September

Fiji FA targets five – Overseas-based Fijians for FIFA World Cup bid

The Fiji Football Association is targeting at least five overseas-based players for its 2022 FIFA World Cup Oceania Football Confederation qualifiers. Roy Krishna, who plays with ATK Mohun Bagan in India, Canada-based Nicholas Prasad and Scott Wara, who resides in England, are three of those on top of the list. The parent body is also...

Cristian Arango scores twice as LAFC edges Real Salt Lake

Cristian Arango scored twice, including a goal 20 seconds into the game, and a Real Salt Lake own goal was the difference in Los Angeles FC’s 3-2 win over visiting Real Salt Lake Sunday night in Major League Soccer at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC (8-9-6, 30 points) has 10 goals in its last three...

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