Football

ISL has more viewers than English Premier League, reveals study

SINCE its inception in 2014, the Indian Super League (ISL) has endorsed the roadmap for football in India, according to an independent study conducted by YouGov SportsIndex. The study suggests that over 64 percent of...

Krishna scoops two more awards

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna has scooped two more awards in the Indian Super League. Krishna won the FANS Goal of the Week and FANS Golden Boot award. He received 43.4% votes and had a rating of 9.68. Meanwhile, Krishna and his ATK side lost 1-nil to Goa this morning.  

14th December

Champions League group hosts named

THE host countries for the Group Stages of the OFC Champions League 2020 have been confirmed. Group A will be played in Papua New Guinea, Group B in Vanuatu, Group C in New Caledonia, and Tahiti will host Group D. The groups are: Group A Hienghene Sport (New Caledonia) Eastern Suburbs (New Zealand) Hekari United...

NZ Football confirms joint bid with Australia for 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup

AUCKLAND, 14 DECEMBER 2019 (STUFF NZ) – New Zealand is joining forces with Australia to try to bring the Fifa Women’s World Cup to this part of the world in 2023. Reports of an agreement on a trans-Tasman bid had been mounting in recent weeks, but Football Federation Australia and NZ Football only made it...

13th December

West Ham’s Pellegrini says players must step up to end poor run

(Reuters) – West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini said his players have to shoulder the responsibility for their poor Premier League form but he will do everything possible to rebuild their confidence ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Southampton. The London club have dropped to 16th with 16 points after losing seven of their...

Former Spanish soccer players sentenced to prison for raping teenager

MADRID (Reuters) – Three former Spanish soccer players were each sentenced on Thursday to 38 years in prison for gang raping a minor in 2017, the latest high-profile sexual violence case in Spain. The three men, who at the time played for fourth division club Arandina FC, knew the victim was underage when they raped...

Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Saturday, Dec. 14 Liverpool v Watford (1230) -Liverpool have beaten Watford in six of their last seven Premier League games (D1), scoring 25 goals and conceding four in those seven matches. -Leaders Liverpool have scored 40 goals this season, finding the net in all 16 games, while bottom club Watford (9) have not scored in...

Atletico stroll into Champions League knockouts

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid comfortably beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 at home on Wednesday to end a barren run of four games without a win and advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League for the sixth time in seven years. Club record signing Joao Felix calmly converted a penalty to put Diego Simeone’s...

12th December

Jesus hat-trick gives Man City 4-1 win at Dinamo

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus netted a superb hat-trick as they came from behind to beat Croatian title holders Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 away in an entertaining Champions League Group C clash on Wednesday. City, who had already secured the group’s top spot, finished with 14 points from six games, seven ahead of...

Six out of six for Bayern as they outclass Tottenham

MUNICH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich made it a perfect six victories from six games in Champions League Group B as goals by Kingsley Coman, Thomas Mueller and Philippe Coutinho earned them a 3-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Five-time European champions Bayern had already qualified for the last 16 as group winners and...

New beach soccer event in Solomon Islands

KWAI Island is hosting the first-ever Kwai Beach Soccer Championship that began in the Solomon Islands on Tuesday, December 10. The tournament was jointly organised by the Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Malaita’s Ward 16 and the Minister for Women, Youths, and Sports Preston Billy, alongside a Local Organising Committee (LOC). The LOC said...

Oceania champs lose out in Qatar

REIGNING OFC Champions League title holders Hienghéne Sport’s historic Club World Cup campaign is over following a dramatic extra-time defeat to hosts Al Sadd in a nail-biting opener to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019. Abdelkarim Hassan’s powerful free-kick in the first extra-time period clinched the victory and Pedro Miguel added an insurance goal...

Ancelotti remains defiant as Milik hat-trick fires Napoli into last 16

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Napoli ended a nine-match winless run in all competitions to reach the Champions League last sixteen on Tuesday as a first-half Arkadiusz Milik hat-trick set up a 4-0 win over Genk in what could be coach Carlo Ancelotti’s last stand. Genk’s Maarten Vandevoordt, who at 17 years and 287 days became...

European Leagues tired of breakaway threats from big clubs

ZURICH (Reuters) – The umbrella organisation representing Europe’s domestic leagues is tired of breakaway threats, it said on Tuesday in response to a proposal to create a two-division world soccer league. The Financial Times and New York Times have reported that discussions led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have taken place over the possibility...

11th December

Liverpool advance to last 16 with 2-0 win in Salzburg

(Reuters) – Liverpool moved into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Salzburg on Tuesday as a potentially tricky encounter turned into a second-half cruise with quickfire goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah. Juergen Klopp’s side needed a point in Austria to be sure of qualification and after missing...

10th December

10th Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup hailed a success

THE 2019 Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup (UFSC) which concluded at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday was tagged a grand success. The week-long tournament saw over 500 players from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand face off across the north west of Fiji with matches held in Nadi, Lautoka and Ba. Tournament director and founder Bruce...

Coach education course helps futsal grow

AS part of the strategic development plan for futsal in the Pacific, Oceania Football Confederation hosted a coaching education course in Auckland. The six-day training course finished on Monday and coincided with the first OFC Futsal Champions League, won by Kooline from the Solomon Islands. Coach educators from eight of OFC’s member associations attended the...

9th December

Krishna shines in India football circle

INDIAN Super League Hero of the Month for November Roy Krishna continued his fine form in the competition scoring twice to help his side beat North East United 3-nil yesterday. Krishna showed why he is the top scorer in the competition after easily beating the opposing sweeper and placing the ball beyond the goal keeper...

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