Football

Broken Messi retires as Chile stun Argentina in Copa final

Chile’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Copa America Centenario after defeating Argentina in the penalty shoot-out in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States, on Sunday.Photos: AFP

EAST RUTHERFORD, United States (AFP) – Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football here Sunday after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final. A crestfallen Messi confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agoniSi ... Read More

England goalkeeper Joe Hart hangs his head after his team’s shock exit at the hands of Iceland reacts at Euro 2016. England on ice
NICE, France (AFP) — England were dealt a humiliating 2-1 defeat by minnows, Iceland yesterday ... Read More

Rio Bueno goalkeeper Glenroy Atkins saves a penalty kick in the second half of Sunday’s return-leg semi-finals of the Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League against Spicy Hill SC at Elleston Wakeland Centre. (Photos: Paul Reid) Rio Bueno on course for double glory
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Mid-season champions Rio Bueno FC stayed on course for the double in the ... Read More

Italy Italy dump Spain to set up epic Euro 2016 clash
PARIS, France (AFP) — Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pellé scored as Italy exacted reve ... Read More

Slick Germany ease into Euro quarter-finals

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Germany midfielder Julian Draxler (centre) dribbles away from Slovakia midfielders Patrik Hrosovsky (left) and Juraj Kucka during the Euro 2016 round of 16 match at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq near Lille, France, yesterday. Germany won 3-0. Photo: AFP

LILLE France (AFP) — Jerome Boateng scored his first international goal to set Germany on their way to a 3-0 win against Slovakia at Euro 2016 yesterday, as the world champions cruised into the quarter-finals. Boateng opened his account eight minutes into his 63rd international appearance and Joachim Low’s side never looked back against outclassed opponents. Mesut Ozil had a penalty saved soon after but Julian Draxler set up Mario Gomez to double the lead two minutes before half-ti ... Read More

Colombia down US to grab Copa third spot

Monday, June 27, 2016    

USA’s Jermaine Jones (left) vies for the ball with Colombia’s Edwin Cardona during their Copa America Centenario third-place match in Glendale, Arizona, United States, on Saturday. Colombia won 1-0. Photo: AFP

GLENDALE, United States (AFP) — AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca scored the only goal as Colombia defeated the United States 1-0 to clinch third place in the Copa America Centenario here Saturday. Bacca, 29, bundled home the winner on 31 minutes, nudging in from close range to settle a hard-fought contest. The US, beaten 4-0 by Argentina in the semi-finals on Tuesday, rallied desperately to get back into the game, but ultimately were frustrated by some superb goalkeeping from David Ospina. ... Read More

Belgium slam four past Hungary to soar into Euro quarters

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Belgium forward Eden Hazard (left) celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match against Hungary at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France.Photo: AFP

TOULOUSE, France (AFP) — Eden Hazard scored his first goal of Euro 2016 as Belgium cruised into the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win yesterday to end Hungary’s fairy-tale campaign. Belgium go into the European Championship quarter-finals for the first time since losing the 1980 final. They were dominant throughout at Stadium de Toulouse after Toby Alderweireld headed them into a 10th-minute lead. The Red Devils wasted a series of great chances to put the game to bed before Michy Batsh ... Read More

ISSA braces for record number of D’Cup entries

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Action between St Elizabeth Technical (yellow shirt) and Munro College in last season’s daCosta Cup competition.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A record 88 schools could start the 2016 ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup schoolboys football competition when they kick off on September 10 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall. At Wednesday’s planning meeting held at Manchester High in Mandeville, it was announced that 11 schools that did not compete last year have indicated their interest in taking part this year. Just over 70 schools took part in the competition last year, and if all the teams that ... Read More

Griezmann fires hosts France into Euro quarters

Monday, June 27, 2016    

France’s forward Antoine Griezmann (Left) celebrates scoring a goal next to France’s forward Olivier Giroud during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between France and Republic of Ireland at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on June 26, 2016. Photo: AFP

LYON, France (AFP) — Antoine Griezmann scored twice in four minutes as Euro 2016 hosts France came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over 10-man Republic of Ireland yesterday. The goal hero said tough half-time words were exchanged to lay on the last-16 victory, which means France face England or Iceland in the Stade de France quarter-final next Sunday. Paul Pogba brought Shane Long down within seconds of kick-off and Robbie Brady converted the penalty to put the Irish ahead with just two m ... Read More

PHOTO: Germany soar

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Germany defender Jerome Boateng leaps into the air as he celebrates his goal against Slovakia during the Euro 2016 Round of 16 football match at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq near Lille, France, yesterday. Germany won 3-0. Photo: AFP

Germany defender Jerome Boateng leaps into the air as he celebrates his goal against Slovakia during the Euro 2016 Round of 16 football match at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq near Lille, France, yesterday. Germany won 3-0. (Photo: AFP) Read More

All eyes on Jamalco FC

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Jamalco’s Football Team.

MAY PEN, Clarendon —Jamalco Football Club are the toast of Clarendon after topping the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Charley’s JB Rum Premier League play-offs to qualify for the upcoming Red Stripe Premier League. Unbeaten Jamalco finished with 16 points in the four-team, home-and-away tournament — five consecutive victories and one draw. Fully financed by the south Clarendon-based bauxite/alumina company Jamalco, the team will be accompanied to the top tier of Jamaican ... Read More

Needed: proper coaching and a professional approach

With Ian Burnett | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb (left), makes a point to FIFA Instructor Dawn Scott (second
left) and Kim Mair, CEO of sponsors, the Joan Duncan Foundation, at the start of the JMMB
FIFA/JFF Women's Coaching Course at the JFF Football Academy, University of the West Indies
on Monday. JFF President Captain Horace Burrell looks on.
(FILE PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

Perhaps it’s time for national football coaches to speak up more openly and consistently about the lack of international quality that currently reside in our local football. And they need to do so before and not after teams are eliminated from tournaments, for by then, recommendations become devalued and are often viewed as excuses. The truth of the matter is that, generally speaking, coaching at the school, club and community levels has been a resounding failure for many generations. An ... Read More

Bale delighted to win ‘ugly’ with Wales

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Wales star Gareth Bale said his side had been happy to win “ugly” after they edged British rivals Northern Ireland 1-0 to reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday.

PARIS, France (AFP) — Wales star Gareth Bale said his side had been happy to win “ugly” after they edged British rivals Northern Ireland 1-0 to reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday. Bale is the tournament’s top scorer with three goals, but he was kept at bay by Michael O’Neill’s side at Parc des Princes in Paris until the 75th minute when his cross produced an own goal by Gareth McAuley. “What can I say? We knew it was going to be an ugly ma ... Read More

PHOTO: Lennon High’s football stars

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Dr Walton Small (centre), president of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association, presents the winning trophy to Lennon High during the high school girls’ league football presentation ceremony held at the Jamaica Football Federation offices on Friday.

Dr Walton Small (centre), president of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association, presents the winning trophy to Lennon High during the high school girls’ league football presentation ceremony held at the Jamaica Football Federation offices on Friday. Read More



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