Football

20th January

Dortmund knocked out of DFB Cup by St Pauli

Jan 18 (Reuters) – Holders Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock exit from the German Cup at the hands of second-tier leaders St Pauli on Tuesday, going down 2-1 in the third round. Etienne Amenyido gave...

Soccer Italy’s Supreme Court confirms Brazil striker Robinho 9-year rape verdict

ROME, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Italy’s Supreme Court confirmed the conviction of former AC Milan and Brazil striker Robinho to nine years in prison for his involvement in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013, his lawyer said on Wednesday. The ruling cannot be challenged and is definitive. In 2017 a Milan court...

19th January

Revised format

The CEO of Fiji Football Association Mohammed Yusuf has confirmed a revised format for the 2022 Digicel Premier League competition during the Association’s council meeting via Zoom. Yusuf said the decision was approved unanimously by the districts affiliated to the parent body. He said they agreed to increase the number of teams competing in the...

Wayne Rooney in running for the Everton job as Duncan Ferguson named caretaker boss

Everton have confirmed the appointment of Duncan Ferguson as caretaker manager. Ferguson oversaw training on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), with the club looking for a successor to Rafael Benitez after sacking the Spaniard on Sunday. The Toffees said Ferguson would be in charge “for the club’s upcoming games”, starting with Saturday’s (Sunday NZT) visit of Aston...

Premier League postpones Burnley’s game against Watford

Jan 17 (Reuters) – The Premier League said it had postponed Burnley’s home match against Watford on Tuesday after a string of COVID-19 cases and injuries left the hosts with a depleted squad. The match at Turf Moor was the 22nd league fixture to be rescheduled this season. “The Premier League Board accepted Burnley’s application...

18th January

Fiji FA plans live football TV telecasts

Fiji Football Association has revealed that negotiations were underway with the two local television stations to telecast live Digicel Premier League matches. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they had been discussing the possibility of showing matches on television for fans after COVID-19 complications slapped more sanctions on Fijian sports. “If we strike...

Bula boys continue preparations for Qatar

Fiji Football Association will continue its bid to compete in the Oceania World Cup playoff in Qatar despite the change in local sports protocols last week because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bula Boys returned to camp in Ba yesterday to prepare for the Qatar trip. Fiji is in a tough pool against New Zealand,...

17th January

Futsal IDC to go ahead

Fiji Football Association competitions manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed the commencement of the local football season despite a directive from the Fiji National Sports Commission’s executive chairman Peter Mazey in collaboration with the Ministry of Health for holding future various sporting meets without any spectators until further notice. Pal said the first tournament on the...

Fiji FA adjusts 2022 football calendar; plans live TV telecast

The Digicel Premier League 2022 season will feature 10 teams when it kicks off on February 5-6. This was confirmed by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel during a virtual meeting yesterday. Patel said after their council meeting via zoom many constructive decisions were made. “This way we have increased the number of matches even...

Man City loss probably dashed Chelsea title hopes – Alonso

(Reuters) – Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso believes his side may have squandered their last chance to stay in the Premier League title race after they lost 1-0 to leaders Manchester City on Saturday. Kevin De Bruyne’s 70th-minute strike lifted City to 56 points from 22 matches, 13 more than second-placed Chelsea. Third-placed Liverpool, who have...

16th January

Corica looks for balance to get Sydney through fixture pile-up

(Reuters) – Sydney FC coach Steve Corica said he will look to strike a balance between rotating his squad and maintaining momentum amid a congested fixture schedule as the five-times champions bid to keep their two-pronged trophy challenge on track. Sydney were held 1-1 in the A-League by bottom side Brisbane Roar on Saturday as...

Leaders Man City beat Chelsea, Coutinho scores on Villa debut

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) -Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City took a step closer to a fourth title in five seasons with a 1-0 win over second-placed Chelsea on Saturday, opening up a 13-point lead over the London club at the top. Philippe Coutinho enjoyed a dream debut for Aston Villa as he came off the...

15th January

Bula Boys team on track

The Fiji football team would be marching into camp on Monday at the Fiji Football Academy in Ba for the all-important Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Qualifiers in March 2022 in Qatar. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed the Bula Boys training camp schedule for two weeks which would be followed immediately by the...

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