Football

Young Boyz oppose Guadeloupe for top spot

Jamaica’s hat-trick hero Alex Marshall (# 10) battles his Caymanian opponent for
possession of the ball during their CFU 2015 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Anthony
Spaulding Sports Complex on Monday night. Jamaica won the game 5-3.
(PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

JAMAICA'S Under-17 footballers will take on Guadeloupe in their top-of-the-group clash knowing a draw will be good enough to advance to the final round of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) 2015 FIFA World Cup qualification. Both Jamaica and Guadeloupe are on six points and they meet at the Anthony ... Read More

FIFA president Joseph Blatter (left) talks to UEFA president Michel Platini during
the 64th FIFA congress on June 11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, on the eve of the opening
match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. (PHOTO: AFP) Platini prepares to announce FIFA election plan
GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — Michel Platini is set to announce Thursday if he will challenge for ... Read More

GORDON… there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to keep
up with the likes of US, Mexico and Costa Rica and those
teams in the CONCACAF region Gordon plots team's strategy for CONCACAF phase
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago — Up to late yesterday, Jamaica's Reggae Girlz were set t ... Read More

In this file picture taken on May 24, 2014, Real Madrid’s
Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria controls the ball during
the UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico de Madrid
at Luz stadium in Lisbon. (PHOTO: AFP) Man U sign Argentina's Angel di Maria
LONDON, England (AFP) — Manchester United have signed Argentina midfielder Angel di Maria from ... Read More

Atletico’s Simeone suspended 8 games over incident

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian coach Diego Simeone (second right) argues with the
fourth referee during the Spanish Supercopa second-leg football match against Real
Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid last Friday. (PHOTO: AFP)

MADRID, Spain (AP) — The Spanish football federation suspended Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for eight matches on Monday after he was sent off during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Simeone will miss four Spanish league matches, with the remaining four-match ban applying to future Spanish Super Cups. Simeone was already suspended from Atletico’s league opener at Rayo Vallecano on Monday because of a suspension that carried over from last season. That means Simeone&rsq ... Read More

Barbican, Waterhouse clash to highlight Women's Premier League

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Barbican, Waterhouse clash to highlight Women's Premier League

DEFENDING champions Barbican FC and Waterhouse FC will highlight match day five of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sherwin Williams Women's Premier League when they face off in a Zone A top-of-the-table clash at Barbican Complex today. All games are set to begin at 3:30 pm. Both teams are currently locked on nine points; however, Barbican FC remain at the helm with a superior goal difference. It is expected to be an exciting contest, as the six-time champions continued their unbeaten ru ... Read More

MK Dons embarrass United 4-0 in League Cup romp

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

Louis Van Gaal 

MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester United sank to new depths yesterday when they crashed out of the League Cup in the second round following a 4-0 defeat at third-division Milton Keynes Dons. United had announced the signing of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid in a British record £59.7-million (US$98-million, 75-million euros) deal shortly before kick-off, but they were brought down to earth with a painful bump as a second-string team fell apart at Stadium MK. Will Gri ... Read More

T&T Under-17s secure top spot in CFU group

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

BEAUSEJOUR, St Lucia (CMC) — Trinidad & Tobago have moved a step closer to qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile after a 3-2 victory over St Lucia at the Beausejour Stadium over the weekend. T&T, who had beaten Grenada and Curacao, secured the top spot in their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) preliminary group with nine points and have advanced to the CFU Final Round in Haiti next month. The Trinidadians were featured in a thriller with the St Lucians as both te ... Read More

Football player's death sparks widespread revulsion in Algeria

Wednesday, August 27, 2014    

ALGIERS, Algeria (AFP) — The death of Albert Ebosse, the Cameroon player killed by a missile thrown from the stands, has sparked widespread revulsion in Algeria where this weekend's league programme will be cancelled in protest against the fatal attack. The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) in a strongly worded statement on Monday, decried the growing violence blighting the national game, while FIFA boss Sepp Blatter demanded a stop to violence. The federation said it had called off thi ... Read More

Reggae Girlz take on T&T for Caribbean crown

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Jamaica's head coach Merron Gordon (left) and his assistant Wendell Downswell in discussion
moments after a team meeting yesterday. (PHOTO: SANJAY MYERS)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago — Jamaica's senior Reggae Girlz are eyeing regional football glory when they lock horns with hosts Trinidad & Tobago in the final of the Caribbean Cup at the Hasely Crawford Stadium today, starting at 7:30 pm. The third-place play-off will see Haiti battling fellow French-speaking team Martinique in the 5 o'clock kick-off at the same venue. Merron Gordon, the Jamaica head coach, is predicting a fierce encounter between the historic rivals. "Any s ... Read More

Jodi-Ann McGregor: Player for big occasions

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

MCGREGOR… once I reach a
certain stage, like a semi-final
game, I always step up to
the plate

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago — A woman for the big occasions. That is how Reggae Girl Jodi-Ann McGregor sees herself. The Jamaican midfielder scored a delightful curling free kick to open the scoring as Jamaica turned back Haiti 2-0 in Saturday's Group A decider of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women's Championship. While her teammates helped themselves to a glut of goals in the CFU qualifiers in the Dominican Republic two months ago, and several more in convincing wins over ... Read More

Girlz captain makes another push at World Cup glory

Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

WILSON… I would love for Jamaica to qualify for the World Cup

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago - It's not often that a football player retires from club football, but still represents the national team. However, that is the case with Alicia Wilson, the captain of the senior Reggae Girlz. The Jamaica Observer caught up with the commanding central defender as she prepared for the clash with Trinidad & Tobago at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in today's final of the Caribbean Cup. She explained that she was coaxed out of retirement by former Girlz head ... Read More

Jovetic on the double as Man City down Liverpool

Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Manchester City’s Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic (centre) shoots to score the
opening goal of the English Premier League football match against Liverpool at the Etihad
Stadium in Manchester, north-west England yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Stevan Jovetic scored twice as champions Manchester City beat last season's runners-up Liverpool 3-1 yesterday in the first major showdown of the new Premier League campaign. Mario Balotelli was in the stands to watch new employers Liverpool take on former club City after completing his £16 million (US$26.5 million, 20.1 million euros) move to Anfield from AC Milan, but it was another 24-year-old who took centre stage at the Etihad Stadium. Jovet ... Read More

Atletico face stiff championship battle

Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

Atletico’ players celebrate their victory with the trophy during a Spanish Supercup
second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Vicente
Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, early Saturday, August 23, 2014. (PHOTOS: AP)

Atletico Madrid did the near impossible last season of breaking the decade long dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. They are now faced with the even harder task of retaining their La Liga title. This will be an even tighter title race. Top Four: Real Madrid: After purchasing World Cup stars Keylor Navas, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, Real Madrid have automatically become La Liga favourites. They finished a disappointing third in the league last season and this provides added mot ... Read More



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