Football

25th September

Frank de Boer named Netherlands coach

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Frank de Boer, who won 112 caps and played at two World Cups for the Netherlands, has been appointed his country’s national team coach, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Wednesday....

23rd September

Fiji football trials for U16, U19

The national U16 and U19 trials commence today at the Fiji FA Academy ground in Ba. “We are bringing in over 60 players for the national U16 and U19 trials during this week-long school holidays,” said chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf. “We have scheduled our program in a way that these players also get ample...

22nd September

Leicester go top, Liverpool claim second win as goals fly in

LONDON (Reuters) – Champions Liverpool and Leicester City maintained their winning starts to the Premier League on Sunday as the second weekend of the new season produced a goal-rush. Sadio Mane scored twice just after the break to give Liverpool a 2-0 victory at Chelsea who played half the game with 10 men after Danish...

Pirlo enjoys winning start to coaching career as Juve thump Sampdoria

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo got his coaching career off to a winning start as his Juventus side began their quest for a 10th successive Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Dejan Kulusevski, signed from Atalanta, scored on his debut in the 13th minute with only his sixth touch...

Rusty Real Madrid draw La Liga opener with Sociedad

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid had an underwhelming return to La Liga as they could only draw 0-0 away to Real Sociedad on Sunday in the first game of their title defence. The champions looked rusty and particularly toothless up front, barely creating any chances of note in either half as Karim Benzema...

21st September

Nadi beats Nasinu

The Nadi football team changed its pace in the second-half to beat Nasinu 3-1 in the Vodafone Premier League fixture at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. The Kamal Swamy-coached side scored its first goal through Rusiate Matarerega in the 40th minute to lead Nasinu 1-0 at the break. Both sides came back strongly in...

Football lesson for Navua team

The Suva football team played smart football to outclass Navua 4-1 during the Vodafone Premier League fixture at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. The Capital City side had an experienced pack that held off the Navua forwards from their multiple attempts at the goalmouth. Remueru Tekiate scored Suva’s first goal in the first-half from a free...

Lautoka tames Ba

Lautoka football team goalkeeper Joela Biuvanua put on a man of the match performance to help his side secure a scoreless draw against defending champions Ba in the Vodafone Premier League at the Fiji Football Academy ground in Namosau, Ba yesterday. Biuvanua showed his class blocking a penalty and saved few attempts to save the...

2020 Police Ratu Sukuna Bowl football squad named

A strong 28-member Police squad for the 2020 Ratu Sukuna Bowl football competition in November has been named. The Police football team is the defending champions of the Ratu Sukuna Bowl football competition. The side came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Army. The dates for the annual Ratu Sukuna Bowl competitions will...

Barca chief Bartomeu will not go to war with Messi

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he does not wish to have any more disputes with captain Lionel Messi after the Argentinian reluctantly opted to stay at the club this month after failing to force through a move. “I won’t get into any conflict with him. He’s our captain and the leader...

Man City’s Gundogan sets 100 points target

(Reuters) – Manchester City must show more consistency this season and amass at least 100 points if they are to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said. Pep Guardiola’s set a Premier League record by picking up 100 points in the 2017-18 campaign and followed it up with...

20th September

Arsenal a long way from being title contenders, says Arteta

(Reuters) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is pleased with his team’s start to the Premier League campaign but believes the north London club have a long way to go before they can be considered title contenders. Arsenal finished eighth last season, 43 points behind champions Liverpool, but have made a strong start to the new...

Vodafone Premier League: Nadi defeats Nasinu to maintain course

The Nadi football team defeated Nasinu 3-1 in the Vodafone Premier League to maintain its course in the top four and keep the fight to reach the top of the table. Rusiate Matarerega scored two goals and one by Napolioni Qasevakatini to seal the deal for the Jetsetters. Nasoni Mereke scored a lone goal for...

Hat-trick hero Calvert-Lewin eager to impress for ‘new’ Everton

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s eye-catching form for Everton has been reminiscent of some of the club’s other great number nines, but he is not getting carried away after back-to-back wins at the start of the Premier League campaign. The 23-year-old bagged his first senior hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 mauling of 10-man West...

Leeds hang on for points in seven-goal thriller with Fulham

LEEDS (Reuters) – Newly-promoted Leeds United continued their barnstorming return to the Premier League as they claimed their first points with a thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday. After being on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline at champions Liverpool on the opening day, Leeds, back in the top flight...

Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves

(Reuters) – Liverpool have completed the signing of Portugal forward Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a long-term contract, the Premier League champions said on Saturday. Liverpool’s versatile 18-year-old defender Ki-Jana Hoever moved in the other direction on a five-year contract, having played four senior games for the Anfield club following his arrival from Ajax...

Infantino speaks of forces wanting to drag FIFA into the darkness

BERN (Reuters) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino, the subject of criminal proceedings in Switzerland, spoke of forces which he said wanted to drag the global soccer body into the “darkness of the past” as he defended himself at the annual Congress on Friday. The Congress, usually a lavish event in which the representatives of FIFA’s...

Whirlwind Bayern dismantle Schalke 8-0 in season opener

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Treble winners Bayern Munich crushed Schalke 04 8-0 with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and a superb debut from Leroy Sane on Friday as they made a sensational start to the new Bundesliga season and sent an ominous warning to potential challengers. With the biggest opening win in Bundesliga history, Bayern...

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