Football

Institutional change needed in NWSL after abuse allegations, says interim CEO

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has agreed in principle on how to handle the changes that are being demanded by players after allegations of sexual misconduct engulfed the league, interim CEO Marla Messing said...

21st October

New look Nadi braces for league

Nadi will miss the services of key players for the Digicel Premier League match day seven fixture against Rewa at Prince Charles Park on Sunday. The Jetsetters will be without defender Ame Votoniu, who is injured and also suspended after copping consecutive yellow cards, Josua Tawake who was red carded in the 2-all draw against...

Champions League: Ronaldo nets late winner in Manchester United comeback

Cristiano Ronaldo saved Manchester United again in the European Champions League. The greatest scorer in the competition’s history soared to head in an 81st-minute winner as United erased a two-goal halftime deficit to beat Atalanta 3-2 in a wild match at Old Trafford on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time). Ronaldo’s record-extending 138th goal in the Champions...

Bruce out of Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has left his position as Newcastle United manager by mutual consent, two weeks after they were taken over by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium. Bruce had appeared to be on borrowed time after the Premier League announced earlier this month that Newcastle had been sold to a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment...

20th October

Top teams brace for league

Top Fijian football sides, Ba, Suva, Nadi, Rewa, Nadroga and Navua start local football’s return as the Digicel Premier League competition resumes on Sunday. The ‘Men In Black’ are scheduled to play Suva at the ANZ Stadium in the feature match. Nadi is expected to host Rewa at Prince Charles Park while Nadroga travels South...

19th October

Women footballers in camp

The Fiji women’s football team has begun preparation for the coming FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The 27-member squad marched into camp last week under the leadership of the new technical official and coach Timo Jankowski. Team manager Tulia Cawa said after the six months COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, there was a need for a workout for...

Capital City side starts preparations

Suva Football Association executives are working on improving the fitness level of players in the lead up to the resumption of the Digicel Premier League. The Capital City side is scheduled to face Ba when the league resumes. Suva coach Babs Khan said their playing style was still rusty and the fitness level had dropped...

Soccer-Neymar ruled out of PSG’s Champions League clash with Leipzig

(Reuters) – Brazilian forward Neymar will miss Paris St Germain’s Champions League group game against RB Leipzig after picking up an injury on international duty, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday. The 29-year-old was among a number of players not involved in PSG’s 2-1 Ligue 1 win over Angers on Friday due to their involvement...

Wenger to meet with national coaches over World Cup plan

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA has invited the coaches of all 211 men’s national teams to a meeting about their plans for a biennial World Cup and new international match calendar, the organisation said on Monday. Video conferences for the coaches will be held on Tuesday and Thursday and will be led by former Arsenal...

Domestic rivals clash in quest for Asian Champions League final spots

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Familiar foes face off in the battle for berths in next month’s Asian Champions League final as Saudi Arabian duo Al Hilal and Al Nassr clash on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s meeting between South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers. The semi-final line-up guarantees a showdown between clubs from two of...

18th October

Kane ends goal drought as Spurs beat Newcastle

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) -Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur overcame Newcastle United 3-2 at St James’ Park on Sunday to prolong the hosts’ winless run in a match that was briefly halted after a fan collapsed in the crowd. Newcastle, spurred on by a buoyant atmosphere in...

Criticism of Newcastle manager Bruce tough to take, says son Alex

(Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has been made the “fall guy” at the Premier League club and the criticism he has faced since being appointed in 2019 has been difficult to take, the 60-year-old’s son Alex said. Bruce has endured a largely difficult time after he replaced fan-favourite Rafa Benitez and speculation is...

Kean goal earns Juventus narrow win over Roma

TURIN (Reuters) -Juventus continued their march up the Serie A standings with a 1-0 win over AS Roma in Turin on Sunday, as Moise Kean’s unorthodox early goal sealed a fourth consecutive league win for the Turin club. Rodrigo Bentancur’s header ricocheted off Kean’s head and into the back of the net after 16 minutes...

Bayern smash five past Leverkusen to reclaim top spot in Bundesliga

LEVERKUSEN (Reuters) -Bayern Munich thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 on Sunday as Julian Nagelsmann’s side ran riot and silenced a stunned BayArena, scoring all five goals by halftime to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga from Borussia Dortmund. A brace each from Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry moved Bayern up to 19 points, one point ahead...

Navua tests team

The Navua football side is expecting a tough game against Nadroga when the Digicel Premier League resumes this weekend. Coach Amit Prakash said they wont take their opponent lightly. “They recruited two players during this transfer window and they are very good side,” he said. “They will come out strong against us next week.” The...

Roma’s Mourinho demands respect ahead of return to Juventus

Jose Mourinho says a lack of respect led to his famous ‘cupped ear’ reaction to Juventus fans while he was in charge of Manchester United, as the Portuguese prepares to return to Turin in charge of AS Roma on Sunday. Mourinho walked into the centre of the Allianz Stadium pitch with his hand cupped over...

IOC wants wider consultation with FIFA over World Cup plans

The International Olympic Committee wants to have more discussions over controversial plans by the world soccer body FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years instead of every four, it said on Saturday. FIFA’s proposals are set to be voted on in December by the 211 member associations of global soccer’s governing body, with...

17th October

All Whites forward Joey Champness scores stunning Turkish Super League goal

All Whites find Joey Champness has capped a memorable week with a superb solo goal in a Turkish Super League derby that saw a red card to fellow New Zealander Tyler Boyd. Champness – who doubles as a rapper – made one of the most impactful All Whites debuts for many years with a standout performance...

Man City players to receive medals for 1967-68 title

Former Manchester City players Stan Horne, Paul Hince, Bobby Kennedy and the late Harry Dowd will finally be honoured with 1967-68 league winners medals, more than half a century after helping the club win the old first division title. Horne was the first Black footballer to win the English Football League. But the four did...

International Olympic Committee warns against World Cup plans

The International Olympic Committee wants to have more discussions over controversial plans by the world football body FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years instead of every four. FIFA’s proposals are set to be voted on in December by the 211 member associations, with president Gianni Infantino, also an IOC member, travelling the...

Milestone goals and drought-breaking wins in EPL

Mohamed Salah set up Sadio Mane’s 100th Premier League goal and scored a brilliant goal of his own, while Roberto Firmino bagged a hat-trick as Liverpool reclaimed top spot with a 5-0 win over Watford in Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge. The visitors took the lead in the ninth minute when Liverpool won a...

16th October

Newcastle United manager remains in job for now

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce will remain in charge when they play Tottenham Hotspur, the Premier League club said, allowing him to reach his 1000th professional match as a manager. Speculation has been rife that Bruce will no longer be in the role after the club was taken over by a consortium dominated by Saudi...

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