Football

Injured Messi out of Barca game with Betis

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona are still without all-time top scorer Lionel Messi as the Argentine was left out of the squad for their first home game of the La Liga season on Sunday against Real...

Salah at the double as Liverpool dispatch Arsenal

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Liverpool made it three wins out of three as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a convincing 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday to take control at the top of the Premier League. Salah turned on the style after the break at the expense of Arsenal’s close-season signing David Luiz whose decision...

Premier league: Suva moves to third spot on points table

SUVA managed to score a goal to level the points to a 1-all draw against Rewa in the Vodafone Premier League this afternoon at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour. Suva has moved to third spot in the points table with 16 points forcing Nadi to fourth place after their win against Nasinu 2-1...

Men in Black in OFC League

BA has secured a spot in the 2020 Oceania Football Confederation Champions League after defeating Tavua 3-0 in the Vodafone Premier League at the Fiji Football Association Academy ground at Namosau in Ba yesterday. Ba led 1-0 in the first half after a goal from Praneel Naidu. Veteran Avinesh Waran Suwamy scored the second goal...

Premier league: Jetsetters avenge past loss

THE Nadi football team managed to avenge for their previous loss to Nasinu, winning 2-1 in the Vodafone Premier League at Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour yesterday. The state-of-the-art FIFA-recommended football pitch at the Uprising Sports Centre gives no excuses to the players as Nadi took advantage of the opportunity to beat Nasinu in...

Rangers handed partial stadium ban for fans’ racist behaviour

(Reuters) – Rangers have been ordered by UEFA to close a section of their Ibrox Stadium for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Legia Warsaw due to racist behaviour which includes “sectarian singing” by their supporters. European soccer’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish club after incidents involving their fans during the second leg...

‘Stay greedy’: Klopp’s mantra for title-chasing Liverpool

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants his players to “stay greedy” in pursuit of an elusive Premier League title as they prepare for their first big test of the season against Arsenal on Saturday. Manchester City edged Liverpool to the title by one point last season but the Merseyside club put the disappointment behind...

24th August

Premier league: Nadi keeps hope alive

NADI kept their hopes alive in the Vodafone Premier League beating Nasinu 2-1 at the newly-built FIFA-approved Uprising Sports Centre. Nadi led 1-0 in the first half through Tito Vodoiwaqa scoring their first goal. Rusiate Matererega headed their second goal in the second spell before Nasinu was allowed a penalty kick, which was successfully kicked...

Ticket demand for international NFL games surge

(Reuters) – Ticket demand for the NFL’s five international games this season has jumped 55% compared to 2018 thanks to the American football league’s efforts to grow its global fan base, ticket retailer StubHub said on Thursday. Four games will be played in London and one in Mexico in 2019 with the Chicago Bears-Oakland Raiders...

23rd August

Arsenal trio can match Liverpool’s front three: Aubameyang

(Reuters) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Arsenal could try to fight fire with fire on Saturday by deploying him in a front three alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe when they travel to face Liverpool in the Premier League. Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 69 goals and 19...

Fiji U23 football side to tour Singapore

THE Vodafone Fiji U23 side will tour Singapore to play buildup matches against the Singapore Olympics team next month which was confirmed by Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel yesterday. “Our Olympians will play two Test matches against the Singapore U23 side as part of their build-up for the 2019 OFC Olympics Qualifiers next month,” said...

22nd August

Tunisia part company with coach Giresse after Cup of Nations

TUNIS (Reuters) – Alain Giresse has left his job as Tunisia coach after nine months in the role having guided them to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in July. The former France international’s departure was announced by the Tunisian Football Federation on Wednesday, who said in a brief statement that it was...

Vision 2026 leading development

AUCKLAND, 22 AUGUST 2019 (OFC) – OFC President Lambert Maltock is confident the OFC Football Development Strategy 2026 will provide the opportunities the region needs to achieve lofty heights. The strategy aims to see two OFC nations qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026™, and outlines the concrete steps the OFC Football Development department will...

19th August

Nadi, Suva wins

THE Nadi football team yesterday belted Rewa 4-nil in the 2019 Vodafone Premier League challenge at the international standard turf at the Uprising Beach Resort. Tito Vodowaqa was the star of the match after he managed to score two goals in the much anticipated game. The side dominated throughout the game and displayed great footballing...

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