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Women’s IDC battle

LAUTOKA Blues will start its Vodafone Premier League title defence when it faces giant-killer Tavua in the season opener on Sunday. The side will be going for a win as a platform for their title...

Official voting for footballer of the year now open

OFFICIAL voting for the 2018 Vodafone Popular Footballer of the Year award is now underway. This is one of the 15 awards that will be given out during the Vodafone/Fiji FA Awards Nite 2018 on Saturday, February 02, in Nadi. The six nominees for this award are Trina Rochelle Davis (National Women’s Team), Kavaia Rawaqa...

Liverpool must be mindful of Palace peril in Anfield clash

LONDON (Reuters) – Top scorer Mohamed Salah could find the oldest player in the Premier League standing in his way when free-flowing leaders Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday. The visitors may have to draft in 39-year-old Argentine reserve goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who last appeared for them at the end of 2017, after...

Ronaldo secures Italian Super Cup glory for Juventus

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half goal secured a record eighth Italian Super Cup victory for Juventus as they beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on Wednesday. The trophy, which was being contested outside of Italy for the 10th time, is traditionally a clash between the Italian league...

17th January

Spurs’ Son helps South Korea to victory over China

AL AIN (Reuters) – South Korea beat China 2-0 to secure top spot in Group C at the Asian Cup on Wednesday as Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min made his first appearance in the tournament for Paulo Bento’s side. The Spurs forward arrived from London on Monday following his club’s Premier League loss to Manchester United...

Kane injury has not changed Spurs transfer plans – Pochettino

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane’s ankle injury that will sideline him until March was tough to take but has not affected the club’s January transfer window plans, manager Mauricio Pochettino told Sky Sports on Wednesday. Kane damaged left ankle ligaments near the end of the 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Wembley...

Leeds have watched all rivals in training, says Bielsa

(Reuters) – Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa said on Wednesday his staff had been watching all the club’s opponents in training this season, after the English Football League (EFL) launched a formal investigation into the ‘spygate’ controversy. “In a few words I can tell you we observed all the rivals we played against and we...

Players’ union asks members to help detained Bahraini

DUBAI (Reuters) – The global footballers’ union FIFPro has asked its members to help the Bahraini soccer player arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland, saying it fears for his safety. Hakeem Al Araibi, who lives and plays in Australia, was arrested in November in Bangkok on an Interpol notice...

Sawhney named new ICC chief executive

(Reuters) – Manu Sawhney, the former managing director of ESPN Star Sports, has been appointed as International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new chief executive, the sport’s governing body announced on Tuesday. Sawhney will join the ICC next month before formally taking over the reins from David Richardson, whose contract expires at the end of the World...

Man Utd fans angry at reduced ticket allocation for Arsenal tie

(Reuters) – Manchester United supporters have been left furious as it appears they are to be offered a reduced ticket allocation for next week’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Arsenal. According to the competition guidelines, United are entitled to up to 15 percent of the 60,000 capacity at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium when the two sides...

16th January

Tottenham striker Kane out until March with ankle injury

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be out of action until March after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend’s Premier League defeat by Manchester United, the north London club said on Tuesday. England captain Kane, who is Tottenham’s top scorer with 20 goals in all competitions this season, hobbled away from Wembley...

Weekends are for domestic leagues, not international games – Bundesliga head

BERLIN (Reuters) – Weekends should be reserved for domestic league football and any attempt to have international club matches played on those days could trigger legal action, the head of Germany’s Bundesliga Christian Seifert said on Tuesday. Major international football organisations including FIFA and UEFA have either introduced new competitions such as the Nations League...

La Liga referees pleased with VAR implementation so far

MADRID (Reuters) – The head of Spain’s referee committee on Tuesday hailed the use of video technology (VAR) in La Liga for significantly reducing the number of errors, while recognising they need to ensure officials use the same criteria as each other. “Overall it has been very positive and we are satisfied with the performance...

Italian match officials to follow FIFA guidelines over racism

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian match officials and delegates will be told to follow international guidelines in dealing with racist chanting and insults from the crowd, the head of the country’s soccer federation (FIGC) said on Tuesday. FIGC president Gabriele Gravina told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper that the FIGC would “simplify” the procedure for dealing...

Women’s IDC pool draws

THE 2018 Vodafone Women’s IDC pool draws were carried out today at the Fiji FA Headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva. Defending champions Ba is grouped in Group A with Tailevu Naitasiri, Navua and Nadi, while Group B have Rewa, Labasa, Suva, and Tavua. The group stages of the tournament will be played next weekend at the...

Benzema and Vallejo add to Real Madrid injury problems

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid were dealt a double injury blow after scans revealed striker Karim Benzema has fractured a finger, while defender Jesus Vallejo suffered a hamstring injury in training on Monday. Striker Benzema sustained the problem in Sunday’s 2-1 La Liga win at Real Betis and was taken off at halftime, with Spanish...

15th January

Bundesliga leaders Dortmund sign Argentine teenager Balerdi

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Monday completed the transfer of Argentine teenager Leonardo Balerdi from Boca Juniors, with the Under-20 international signing a reported five-year contract. The talented 19-year-old central defender was expected to join next season but the deal was brought forward, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. German media reported...

Capello says players should stage sit-down protests against racism

MILAN (Reuters) – Footballers in Italy’s Serie A should stage sit-down protests on the pitch if there is racist chanting during a match, former Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello suggested on Monday. Italian football has struggled to stop racist behaviour by fans and the problem returned to the spotlight on Boxing...

Australia union seeks help for detained Bahraini refugee player

DUBAI (Reuters) – The head of the Australian football players union wants the sport’s regional governing body to help secure the release of a Bahraini refugee footballer arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland. Hakeem Al Araibi, who played in Australia but had flown out for his honeymoon, was arrested...

La Liga Football: Five-point lead for Barcelona

BARCELONA has taken a five-point lead after 19 rounds at the top of the Spanish La Liga football competition. The La Liga website reported that a double from Luis Suarez and another from Lionel Messi helped the defending champions beat Eibar yesterday. Arch rivals Real Madrid also secured a win after edging Real Betis 2-1, it was...

Suva football strengthens its strike force

THE Suva Football Association is strengthening its strike force this season as they aim to do wonders this year. According to the Fiji Football Association, the capital city side has applied for the transfer of former Labasa striker Ratu Apenisa Anare, and it has also secured the International Transfer of Solomon Islands marksman Gagame Feni....

German Bundesliga football competition resumes this weekend

THE German Bundesliga football competition resumes this weekend after a four-week-break. According to the Bundesliga official website, Borussia Dortmund leads the standings with 42 points followed by Bayern Munich on 36 after 17 rounds of competition. Monchenglabach is in third place with 33 points, while Leipzig in fourth with 31 points. In matches this week, Bayern hosts...

Rewa’s oldest football club hold reunion for 80s players

ONE of the oldest clubs in the Rewa Football Association – All Blacks FC – held its reunion for the players of 80s at Vunimono Sanatan Hall on Saturday, January 5. A statement issued by Fiji FA quoted former rep Irshaad Ali Joe saying the reunion was long overdue in that it had been planned...

Lautoka football to secure service of Hawke’s Bay defender

THE Lautoka football side is on the verge of securing the services of New Zealand club Hawke’s Bay defender Daniel Allen. Allen is a central defender and could be a key figure for the blues in the new season. He replaces Brain Kaltack who left for Auckland City after a short stint with the sugar city side...

Nasinu football to compete against top teams after eight years

THE Nasinu football team will compete against the top gunners of the Vodafone Premier League after a lapse of eight years and their first VPL match will be a much-anticipated encounter from the fans. Nasinu will take on Ba on Sunday and the team head coach Nathan Shivam has urged fans along the Suva-Nausori corridor...

14th January

Messi scores landmark 400th La Liga goal for Barca

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi further etched his name into Spanish football history by becoming the first player to score 400 goals in La Liga when he netted against Eibar on Sunday. The Argentine, who has been the competition’s all-time top scorer since 2014, struck the second goal of a 3-0 win at...

Maradona released from hospital after routine operation

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona was released from hospital on Sunday after successfully undergoing a routine operation for stomach bleeding, his lawyer said. The 58-year old coach of Mexican club Dorados de Sinaloa was diagnosed earlier this month with internal bleeding caused by a hernia and went under the...

Suva duo apply to join Babasiga Lions

SUVA duo Napolioni Qasevakatini and Ravinesh Karan Singh have made an application to join Labasa in the current Fiji Football Association Player Transfer Window. The two have been training with the Babasiga Lions. Both players were instrumental in helping Suva reach the finals of the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants and the Courts Inter District...

Krishna makes Hyundai A League Team of the Week

FIJIAN wonder boy Roy Krishna has made the Hyundai A League Team of the Week for Round 13 of the competition. His two goals and an assist against Central Coast Mariners did not go unnoticed. Krishna has been in scintillating form scoring nine goals in 13 appearances so far this season. Krishna is tied for second on...

VPL to start this week

THE VODAFONE Premier League will kickstart its season this Sunday with the first two matches to be played at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. Fiji Football Association conducted its VPL meeting yesterday at the Fiji Football Academy in Vatuwaqa, Suva, where fixtures and logistics were discussed. League board executive Amitesh Pal said other matches would...

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