Football

Solomon Islands thrashed 6-0 by Morocco

The Kurukuru conceded three goals in each half against the African champions.

Soufiane El-Mesrar opened the scoring in just the second minute before Achraf Souad doubled their advantage a minutes later.

Idriss Raiss El-Fenni made it 3-0 close to half-time, while Bilal Bakkali, Otmane Boumezou and Soufiane Borite all found the back of the net in the second spell.

Solomon Islands, who are competing in their fourth consecutive World Cup, are back in action on Friday morning against Portugal, who outclassed Thailand 4-1 in the other Group C clash.

 

‘Even the lights are off’: Drastic cost-cutting measures revealed as Euro giants weather $2.1bn storm

Years of mismanagement left Barca forced to offload as many players as they could during the transfer window and saw them unable to re-sign Lionel Messi.

And part of the club’s penny-pinching tactics is to save electricity at the training ground and restricting the players’ use of the facilities.

Now Aguero, who moved to the Nou Camp on a two-year deal from Manchester City in May, has explained how players are required to turn up exactly 30 minutes before training begins, with all lights and electricity turned off until that point.

Interesting Times Ahead For Football

“We must have a vision and dream to achieve things in life whether in Sports or Business,” this was a bold message from the PNGFA President, John Kapi Natto.

He said the PNGFA Secretariat's Office and everyone must plan ahead for the better.
“We have managed to fix PNGFA Football, which has been one of our many tasks since taking office three years ago,” Kapi Natto said.

Brazil beat Spain in extra-time for back-to-back men’s football gold

It took a goal deep in extra-time from super-sub Malcom to see Brazil beat Spain 2-1 and claim their second (and second-straight) gold medal in men’s Olympic football at the International Stadium Yokohama.

The deciding strike, scored from a tight angle, settled the heavyweight contest after regular time ended tangled at 1-1 thanks to earlier goals from Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal and Brazilian star Matheus Cunha.

Grandfather plays another game

Bahader was awarded the title by Guinness World Records on Saturday evening on what, actually, wasn't the old boy's finest night.

He missed a penalty as his team, 6th October, lost 3-2 to El Ayat Sports club in the Egyptian third division.

The former amateur player, who turns 75 on November 3, scored a goal from the penalty spot in his debut match on March.

The record was previously held by 73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik.

     

Oceania Football optimistic over COVID calendar

The OFC Executive Committee approved a number of changes last week in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the OFC Champions League and a handful of youth tournaments all pushed back to a later date.

Competitions Director Chris Kemp hoped the new schedule would stick but admitted it was something out of their control.

Lae training camp ends

The camp began on Monday and ended yesterday, where skills and fitness were tested.

Head coach Bob Morris and his assistant Harrison Kamake used the opportunity to check players’ fitness and skill level and to see how they can play together as a team.

Coach Morris said last week they trained the Port Moresby-based players and this week they have completed their Lae, Madang and Highlands sessions.

He says after this, they will build a squad to meet the best from the Pacific with the aim of winning gold medal.

PNG U19 delivers impressive performance

Despite going up against a team that consist of a few A League players, PNG gave its best.

It was in the 30th minute when Jonathan Allen scored the first goal for PNG but Manurewa bounced back and equalized before half time.

In the second half, substitute Abraham Allen scored PNG’s second to put them in the lead.

However, Manurewa had a couple of tricks up their sleeves with a come-from-behind to equalize and then register its third goal in the 88th minute.

PNG U19 squad announced

The Championship will be held from August 5 to August 18.

Except for new inclusion in Stahl Gubag, Joseph Wawai, Laventine Munuo and Cameron Nuabi, coach Harrison Kamake has retained the bulk of his U-17 team that participated in the OFC U-17 Championship in Tahiti last year. 

The team did well by qualifying for the OFC U-17 Championship semi-final for the first time in the nation’s history and lost to New Zealand.

Iranian women sneak into football games dressed as men

Donning beards and wigs, they disguised themselves as men so they could watch their team, Persepolis, play rivals Sepidrood at the Azadi stadium in Tehran last Friday.

Images of the women at the stadium have been widely shared on both Persian and English social media.

Although there's no official ban on women going to sporting events in Iran, it is rare for them to attend as they are often refused entry.

Prior to the Islamic revolution of 1979, women were allowed to attend sporting events.

Women have been punished for attending games in the past.