Football

20th January

Premier League: Leicester beat Chelsea to go top of table, West Ham see off West Brom

Five years after achieving the unthinkable, Leicester is back atop the Premier League and making another improbable run at the title. For big-spending Chelsea and their under-pressure manager, Frank Lampard, any ambitions of winning the...

Barcelona star Lionel Messi cops two-game ban for hitting opponent

Lionel Messi avoided a tougher sanction and was suspended for only two matches on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) after hitting an opponent in an incident away from the ball in the Spanish Super Cup final. The Barcelona forward was facing a suspension of up to 12 matches for swinging his arm at an Athletic Bilbao player...

Goalkeeper embarrasses rival with freak long-range goal in English football match

Newport County’s Tom King has become the 18th goalkeeper this century – and the first for almost five years – to score a goal in English professional football. The 25-year-old put Newport ahead with a booming, wind-assisted 12th minute clearance that caught Cheltenham opposite number Josh Griffiths napping in a League Two fourth tier match...

Premier League: West Ham see off West Brom amid Robert Snodgrass controversy

A Michail Antonio goal has another victory for West Ham United and denied the club’s former boss Sam Allardyce a precious point towards West Bromwich Albion’s Premier League survival bid. Antonio, who scored the only goal of the game against Burnley at the weekend, struck again as the Hammers climbed to seventh with a 2-1...

19th January

Barcelona star Lionel Messi facing lengthy suspension for hitting opponent

After losing the Spanish Super Cup final, Barcelona are also in danger of losing Lionel Messi for an extended period after he hit an opponent towards the end of the match. Messi could be suspended for up to 12 games for the red card he received in the final minutes of his team’s 3-2 loss...

Premier League: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bags brace as Arsenal thump Newcastle

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally ended his scoring drought in the Premier League with two second-half goals in 3-0 win against Newcastle on Monday (Tuesday NZT) as the Gunners try to claw their way out of mid-table. Aubameyang, who hadn’t scored in the league since December 16, broke the deadlock in the 50th minute before...

18th January

Rewa club crowned NRCC champion

The star-studded Kasavu Football Club from Rewa created history yesterday after defeating Greenstars FC 3-0 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka to lift the Vodafone National Club Championship title for the first time. Formed 76 years ago, Kasavu FC remained unbeaten in the tournament collecting $5000. Kasavu FC coach Mohammed Nizam said his players deserved the...

The chosen one: Slater receives four-star endorsement for Maroons job

Four of rugby league’s biggest names have endorsed former champion fullback Billy Slater as Queensland’s State of Origin coach. The elite quartet – Wayne Bennett, Mal Meninga, Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith – have all offered their unqualified support for the retired Melbourne Storm fullback to take charge of the Maroons this year. Bennett, who...

Shalen Lal confirmed as new Nadi coach

Former national under-17 coach Shalen Lal is the new Nadi football coach. Nadi Football President Ashwant Singh confirmed this on the associations official Facebook Page. Lal is expected to start his duties later this week. Nadi had earlier appointed Ravinesh Kumar as their coach however, Lal takes over as the news season begins early next...

17th January

Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni concerned about his players’ lack of game time

Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni would have liked what he’s seen in the early rounds of Australia’s W-League. The trio of Lily Alfeld, Liz Anton, and Malia Steinmetz have started both of Perth Glory’s matches; Annalie Longo and Claudia Bunge started together in Melbourne Victory’s last one; and Paige Satchell has started all three of...

Wayne Rooney off to losing start as Derby boss

Wayne Rooney’s first match in permanent charge of Derby County ended in disappointment for the former England captain as his side went down 1-0 at home to Championship relegation rivals Rotherham. Rooney was officially confirmed as the Rams’ manager on Saturday, having held the post on an interim basis since the departure of Phillip Cocu...

16th January

Kasavu FC books spot in NRCC final

The Sharam Hangers Kasavu FC side is through to the final of the Vodafone Regional Club Championship. The side edged side’s Ezy Kool Max Nalovo side 1-nil in the semi-final at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park today.  

Manchester United great Wayne Rooney calls time on playing career

All-time record scorer for England and Manchester United. A haul of 16 trophies. Wayne Rooney’s illustrious playing career is over. The former England and United captain has decided it’s time to focus on trying to replicate his successes as a striker in management. After taking temporary charge of Derby in November – as a player-coach...

Fiji FA reveals 2021 tournament dates and venues

The Fiji Football Association has revealed the tournament dates and venues for 2021. Competitions manager Amitesh Pal revealed this at the Competitions/ Club Licensing Workshop in Suva today. The Fiji FACT pool play will be played at Suva’s ANZ Stadium from May 14-16 while the finals will be played at the same venue a week...

Wellington Phoenix midfield sensation Cam Devlin open to extending his stay at the club

Cam Devlin believes moving to Wellington was the best thing that ever happened to him, as far as his football career is concerned. He didn’t know what to expect when he left Sydney FC in 2019, but once the midfielder was handed a place in the Wellington Phoenix’s starting lineup that December, he quickly became...

15th January

Champions set for title defence

Defending champion of the Vodafone National Regional Club Championship, Ba’s Dayal Steels Yalalevu FC, have set their eyes on this year’s title. The Marshall Ali-coached side has qualified to the semi-finals and will face hosts Greenstars in the second semi-final at 4pm tomorrow at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park. Team’s technical adviser and former Ba coach Shalen...

Professional League: Fiji Football wants competition to start this year

The proposed Fiji Football Association professional league is expected to start this year. Fiji FA is looking at the same structure as the Indian Super League in India where super-star Roy Krishna is playing. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said the COVID-19 pandemic had affected the start of the league. “The Oceania Football...

Covid-19: Chelsea boss says it’s hard to stop footballers hugging

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has warned it will be difficult to “dictate emotion” and prevent footballers hugging during goal celebrations amid the pandemic. Such celebrations are specifically mentioned in guidance sent to clubs by the Premier League as part of protocols designed to limit the spread of coronavirus. Despite that, a number of league...

Arteta reluctant to let Mustafi leave Arsenal in transfer window

(Reuters) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he does not want Shkodran Mustafi to leave during the January transfer window despite the German centre back being given few first-team opportunities this season. Mustafi is into the final six months of his contract and can leave for free at the end of the season. Having cleared...

Neymar on the spot as PSG clinch French Super Cup against Marseille

PARIS (Reuters) – Neymar scored on his return from injury as Paris St Germain beat Olympique de Marseille 2-1 to win the French Super Cup in Lens on Wednesday. Brazil forward Neymar, who had been out of action since mid-December with an ankle injury, netted from the penalty spot in the second half to add...

Women’s FA Cup paused for duration of lockdown

(Reuters) – The women’s FA Cup competition has been suspended for the duration of the new national lockdown which began in England last week, the Football Association said on Wednesday. With sport outside of the elite level shut down as a result of the lockdown, the FA said it had decided to suspended the second...

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