Football

16th May

Wellington Phoenix star struck down by injury ahead of clash with league leaders

Wellington Phoenix will be without captain Ulises Davila for Sunday’s clash against A-League leaders Melbourne City – and potentially the rest of the regular season – hindering their chances of pulling off a much-needed upset....

14th May

Ba FA halves its players allowance

The Ba Football Association is paying its players half of their allowance. According to team President Rynal Kumar, just like every other district in the country, the Ba side is also affected by this COVID-19 pandemic. Kumar is hopeful the pandemic ends soon and football resumes so that players can get their normal allowances. Due...

Sancho, Haaland doubles fire Dortmund to German Cup glory

Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland scored two goals apiece as Borussia Dortmund crushed RB Leipzig 4-1 to lift the German Cup on Thursday. It was Dortmund’s fifth German Cup triumph and their first since 2017 while Leipzig missed out again on winning their first silverware after losing their second Cup final in the last three...

Fiji FA to meet to discuss assistance for players

The Fiji Football Association Finance Committee will have a virtual meeting this Saturday, May 15, to make a decision on how the players, who rely on football for a living, can be assisted. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf told Fiji Times Online they had received the numbers from districts as to how many players...

13th May

Navua football president calls for assistance for players

The Navua Football Association is doing all it can to assist its players during this COVID-19 lockdown period. Majority of the players in the Navua team rely solely on football to help feed their families. Team president Rajeev Prasad said after the last round of the Digicel Premier League matches, he was paying players from...

False nine was Guardiola’s secret weapon, now it’s unstoppable

Even the best players in the world have not been spared Pep Guardiola’s attacking tactical innovations. “I was called up to Guardiola’s office and he said he had thought about me playing as a false nine,” Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said last year. “He was going to put Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry on the outside,...

12th May

How Manchester City turned their season around to win the Premier League title

Manchester City’s latest Premier League title victory was a triumph of strategy, perseverance and no shortage of quality in a pandemic-affected season like no other, ultimately making it one of the most satisfying of Pep Guardiola’s distinguished career. Here’s how City reclaimed English football’s biggest prize: Campaign strategy City started the league a week late...

Fiji FA to assist footballers

The Fiji Football Association is liaising with districts to find out the number of players who need help. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they will hold a virtual board meeting then decide on how these players can be assisted. Last year during the pandemic, players from all districts were assisted by Fiji...

Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after Man United loss against Leicester

Manchester City reclaimed the Premier League title with three games to spare after closest challengers Manchester United lost 2-1 to Leicester on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT). Ending Liverpool’s reign as champions gives Pep Guardiola a third Premier League title in four seasons, adding to the trio of domestic titles he won at both Barcelona and Bayern...

11th May

Hasenhuettl seeks action against online abuse after Tella targeted

(Reuters) – Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl on Monday called for action against online racial abuse after midfielder Nathan Tella was targeted following their 2-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool on Saturday. The 21-year-old Tella, who suffered similar abuse earlier in the season following Southampton’s 3-0 loss to Leeds United, shared screenshots of the messages he...

Premier League targets full stadiums next season

(Reuters) – The Premier League has welcomed the British government’s announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Chief Executive Richard Masters said on Monday it is their priority to have full stadiums next season. The government said in February that under the third stage of its four-stage “roadmap”, stadiums would...

Delicate negotiations going on about Champions League final venue – UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) -Delicate negotiations are going on between the British government, European soccer’s governing body UEFA and others about where the Champions League final should be played, senior British minister Michael Gove said on Sunday. The final, scheduled for May 29, will be between two English clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea. It was due to...

10th May

Title-chasing Real snatch draw with Sevilla after VAR drama

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid missed the chance to go top of La Liga after drawing 2-2 at home to Sevilla but earned a point when an own goal from Diego Carlos in added time added a final twist to a remarkable game containing two huge VAR decisions. The result left Atletico Madrid top of...

West Brom relegated after 3-1 defeat at Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) -West Bromwich Albion were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday after a 3-1 loss at Arsenal sent them straight back down to the Championship after one season in the top flight. The defeat left the Baggies in 19th place with 26 points, 10 points behind fourth-bottom Burnley with only three games left...

West Ham top-four hopes dented by loss to Everton

LONDON (Reuters) -West Ham United blew their chance to apply real pressure in the race for a Premier League top-four finish as they slumped to a 1-0 home defeat by an Everton side who maintained their European qualification hopes on Sunday. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 24th-minute goal proved decisive against a West Ham side who huffed and...

Man United fight back for 3-1 win at Aston Villa

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) -Manchester United recovered to beat Aston Villa 3-1 away in the Premier League on Sunday as Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani scored in the second half to put on hold the title celebrations of champions-elect Manchester City. The result left United second on 70 points from 34 games, 10 behind...

Soccer-Wolves leave it late to beat 10-man Brighton

(Reuters) – Morgan Gibbs-White’s late strike earned Wolverhampton Wanderers a 2-1 comeback victory against 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion in a drama-filled Premier League encounter at Molineux on Sunday. Lewis Dunk fired the visitors ahead in the 13th minute, but the Brighton captain was dismissed early in the second half for a last-man challenge on...

9th May

Fiji FA awaits report from suspended staff

The Fiji Football Association is aware of a video being speculated where a staff member is allegedly been involved in dumping rubbish on a beach along the Coral Coast. This was brought to Fiji FA’s attention via a video uploaded on Facebook, which is now viral over the social media. In a statement, the Fiji...

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