Football

Real Madrid, Spain dominate European club scene

A picture taken of (L - R) Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Germany's Manuel Neuer and Argentina's Lionel Messi reflecting themselves in the Ballon d'Or 2014 trophy displayed at the Mellerio jewelery workshops in Paris. AFP PHOTO

If, after years of unbridled success, 2014 was brutally disappointing for Spain on the international stage, it was a glorious year for the country at club level. A thrilling title race in La Liga, home to the world's best player Cristiano Ronaldo and his great rival Lionel Messi, made it the envy o ... Read More

Soccer Ball Unimpressive PSG reach League Cup last eight
French champions Paris Saint Germain ended a run of two defeats with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over ... Read More

Pope Francis San Lorenzo give Pope something to cheer at Club World Cup
Libertadores Cup winners San Lorenzo gave their number one fan Pope Francis something to celebrate o ... Read More

Bundesliga logo Dortmund stay in bottom three after Wolves draw
Ailing German giants Borussia Dortmund remain in the Bundesliga's relegation places after twice thro ... Read More

Sterling lifts Rodgers as Liverpool make semis

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool swept into the League Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Championship leaders Bournemouth on Wednesday. Rodgers has endured stinging criticism in recent weeks after Liverpool dropped down the Premier League table and crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages. A dismal 3-0 defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday prompted Rodgers to admit Liverpool's squad lacked the unity that almost c ... Read More

Frustrated Garcia quits as FIFA's chief corruption investigator

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

GARCIA... the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA
leads me to conclude that my role in this process is at an end

NEW YORK, USA (AFP) -- Former US prosecutor Michael Garcia resigned yesterday as FIFA's chief corruption investigator in protest at the football governing body's handling of his report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Garcia attacked the "lack of leadership" by FIFA over the inquiry into the 2010 votes that awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was "surprised" at Garcia's decision, but other influential figures, including U ... Read More

Struggling Barbican delighted with point against Cavalier

Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

Donovan
Alveranga (left) of
Cavalier keeps an
eye on Keno
Simpson of
Barbican during
their RSPL game at
Stadium East on
Monday night. The
game ended 0-0.
(PHOTO: HURBUN
WILLIAMS)

Lowly-placed Barbican FC held fifth-placed Cavalier SC to an exciting 0-0 draw in a Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at Stadium East on Monday night to the satisfaction of coach Raymond Beckford. "It was just the result we came for," the Barbican coach beamed. "We could have lost the game after giving up a penalty, but in the same breath, we too could have won as we also had our chances to score, but like Cavalier, wasted them," Beckford said. While the Barbican coach expressed delight wi ... Read More

CONCACAF names 13 Gold Cup host cities

Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

WEBB... we now look to bringing our success on the global stage to our regional fans

MIAMI, Florida -- The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced yesterday the 13 North American cities that will welcome the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup next July 7-26. They are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Toronto. Venues, group seeds and group stage dates for the Gold Cup were also announced. The region's marquee national team tournament will a ... Read More

Football Results - Dec 17

Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

Germany - Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund 2 - 2 Wolfsburg Borussia M'gla… 4 - 1 Werder Bremen Hoffenheim 0 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen Eintracht Fran… 4 - 4 Hertha BSC Paderborn 1 - 2 Schalke 04 Netherlands - Eredivisie PSV 4 - 3 Feyenoord Netherlands - KNVB Beker De Graafschap 2 - 4 Twente AZ 2 - 1 NEC Groningen 3 - 0 Volendam Spain - Copa del Rey Levante 0 - 0 Albacete Espanyol 1 - 0 Deportivo Alavés Eibar 1 - 2 Getafe Córdoba 1 - 1 Granada Vil ... Read More

Tributes pour in as Frenchman Thierry Henry retires

Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

Thierry Henry
celebrates a goal in his
glory days at Arsenal
Football Club.

LONDON, England (AFP) -- Present-day Arsenal stars led the tributes to club great Thierry Henry yesterday after the former France striker announced his retirement from professional football. Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations on an outstanding career, Thierry Henry. Top player. Top guy. Legend." The club's German playmaker Mesut Ozil tweeted: "Once you enchanted all of us -- now I can only say Thanks for everything, Thierry Henry, Arsenal legend." English winger ... Read More

A Cooke with a taste for Brazilian-flavoured football

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

Tahje Cooke in action in the final of the ISSA Under-14 competition where he
scored the winning goal against Jamaica College.

DESPITE coming from a footballing family, young Tahje Cooke was drawn to the sport after watching Brazilians Ronaldo and Ronaldhino strut their stuff on television. Tahje, who is the son of Anthony Cooke who won nine of the last 10 Match Commissioner-of-the-Year awards and nephew to Kareem Cooke, a former National Under-20 captain, has just led Kingston College (KC) to victory in the ISSA Under-14 competition. The young midfielder led from the front with a sublime finish scoring the winning g ... Read More

Waterhouse manage to stay in front despite dropping points

Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

Members of the Waterhouse FC team celebrate at the end of the 2013 Flow Cup KO final.

Waterhouse FC.................1 Gray (87th) Humble Lion.....................1 Ajuran Brown (45+1) Leaders Waterhouse continue to slip and by extension yield ground to chasing rivals in the Red Stripe Premier League. They once again had to dig deep to find a late come-from-behind 1-1 draw to salvage a point against 10th placed Humble Lion at Drewsland on Sunday. Waterhouse also had to dig deep in their last home game to score a come-from-behind 2-1 win against lowly-placed Barbican, who are ... Read More

Blockbuster match-ups

Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino speaks with the ambassador for the UEFA Europa
League final in Warsaw, Jerzy Dudek, before the draw for the UEFA Europa League round of 32
at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, France, yesterday

PARIS, France (AFP) — Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were drawn yesterday against Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City tackle Barcelona in two blockbuster Champions League last 16 ties. Chelsea's 'reward' for sailing into the knockout stages unbeaten was a testing match-up against the Qatari-backed French champions who they beat on away goals in last season's quarter-finals. Chelsea secretary David Barnard told Sky Sports News: "PSG are known to us as we played them in the quarters last year ... Read More

Brazilian legend Ronaldo promises great things for Ft Lauderdale Strikers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

RONALDO... I will be very involved with
the management of the team

MIAMI, Florida (AFP) — Brazilian football legend Ronaldo is promising great things for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers after becoming part owner of the North American Soccer League club. "I will be very involved with the management of the team and have already started to make introductions that will certainly help us to turn the Strikers into a global powerhouse," Ronaldo said in a statement last week, when his ownership stake was announced. "There are no doubts the beautiful game is growin ... Read More



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