Football

Beaches Negril cop all titles in WFA's Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League

Beaches Negril’s Alton Green (right) shields the ball away from his Petersfield opponent Akeem Whyte during action in the Westmoreland Football Association’s
Captain’s Bakery and Grill Major League final at the Llandilo playing field last week.

LLANDILO, Westmoreland - BEACHES Negril made sure their first season in the Westmoreland Football Association's Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League was a memorable one, as they swept all three titles on their way to beating Petersfield FC 2-1 in last week's final played at the Llandilo playing f ... Read More

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.
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Raise the bar!
CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, on Monday, urged coaches at the FIFA/Jamaica Football Federation (J ... Read More

Aiming to cross AIMING TO CROSS
Tevin Shaw of St James (left) is about to cross the ball as Westmoreland's Devell Murray tries to st ... Read More

Australia's defender Matthew Spiranovic (L) vies with Chile's forward
Alexis Sanchez during a Group B football match between Chile and
Australia at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
on June 13, 2014.  AFP PHOTO Socceroo Spiranovic to miss ACL quarters
SYDNEY, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - Australian World Cup defender Matthew Spiranovic needs ankle surgery a ... Read More

CBF appoints Dunga to lead Brazil a second time

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Brazil’s new
technical director
Gilmar Rinaldi (left)
presents Brazil's
1994 World-Cup
winning skipper
Carlos Verri, better
known as ‘Dunga’,
as the new coach
of the Brazilian
national football
team, at the
headquarters of the
Brazilian Football
Confederation
(CBF) in Rio de
Janeiro, yesterday.
(PHOTO: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AFP) — The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) yesterday appointed Dunga as coach, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose contract was not renewed after the hosts' World Cup semi-final thrashing by Germany. The 50-year-old Dunga, Brazil's 1994 World-Cup winning skipper, takes the reins for a second time having led the Selecao at the 2010 tournament. "I am immensely happy — thank you for your confidence in me," said Dunga, who in his playing days was a tough ... Read More

Real Madrid sign Rodriguez for US$108m

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Real Madrid’s President Florentino Perez (left),
Colombian striker formerly at AS Monaco James
Rodriguez (right) and his wife Daniela Ospina pose
during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu
stadium following his signing with Spanish club Real
Madrid in Madrid yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Real Madrid yesterday signed Colombian striker James Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup, from Monaco on a six-season contract. Spanish media said Real paid about 80 million euros (US$108m) for Rodriguez, making him one of the most expensive players ever. Neither club gave a figure, but Monaco said it was "one of the biggest transfers in football history". Rodriguez, 23, scored six goals for Colombia at the World Cup to win the Golden Boot award. A spectacul ... Read More

Court quizzes Ex-Barca boss over Neymar case

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Former President of football club Barcelona Sandro Rosell gestures as he arrives at Madrid's National Court on July 22, 2014. PHOTO:AFP

MADRID, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was questioned in a Spanish court on Monday over the 86-million-euro ($117 million) signing of Brazilian striker Neymar. Rosell did not speak to journalists as he arrived at the Madrid headquarters of the National Court, Spain's top criminal court, to be questioned by investigating judge Pablo Ruz. The judge in June issued a summons for Rosell and the football club, through its legal representatives, to appear in court as t ... Read More

JFF boss wants better football fields

BY KARYL WALKER walkerk@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

JFF boss Captain Horace Burrell speaking at yesterday’s Observer Monday Exchange. Beside
him is FIFA vice-president Jeff Webb. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell said Jamaica's progress in football will be stymied if playing surfaces and facilities are not brought up to world standard. Speaking at yesterday's weekly Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper's head offices in Kingston, Burrell bemoaned the lack of good playing surfaces and called on the private sector to assist the country's football programme. "The private sector must recognise that football is a unifying force ... Read More

FIFA vice-president, JFF boss point to economic benefits of football

— Howard Walker | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb (right) displays a copy of the Jamaica
Observer’s World Cup 2014 football souvenir review which, along with the newspaper’s pre-tournament
publication was presented to him yesterday by Observer Managing Director Danville Walker. Webb and
JFF President Horace Burrell were guests at the weekly Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange.
(PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

Against the background of 198,000 visitors travelling from US gateways to Brazil for the just-concluded football World Cup, FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb yesterday touted the economic benefits of the sport. Webb, who is also president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), highlighted as well the impact the game has on crime, health, tourism, and infrastructure development. Webb and Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace B ... Read More

PHOTO: Welcome!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

WELCOME!

Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker (left) greets FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb (centre), and Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) boss Captain Horace Burrell at the newspaper's Beechwood Avenue base yesterday. Webb and Burrell, who were guests at the weekly Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, were transported in an Audi A6 sedan from the Norman Manley International Airport to the JFF Football Centre at UWI, then to the Observer and back to the airport where t ... Read More

Football should have a say, demand rightful place — Webb

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

CONCACAF President Jeff Webb (left) gestures as he addresses editors and reporters at yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday
Exchange at the newspaper’s headquarters. JFF President Captain Horace Burrell looks on. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

WHEN Jamaica historically qualified for the France 1998 FIFA World Cup Finals, and Trinidad & Tobago basked in the global spotlight for the 2006 edition in Germany, some argued that the Caribbean was closing the gap on its superior-financed rivals in Central and North America. However, a pair of World Cups were sandwiched between 1998 and 2006 which saw no members from the Caribbean Football Union. A further two have flown by since 2006 with no representation from the Caribbean region. For ... Read More

CONCACAF deserves another WCup spot, says Webb, but...

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

(From left) Bruce Blake of CONCACAF’s legal team; Jeff Webb, CONCACAF president; Captain
Horace Burrell, JFF president; and Danville Walker, managing director, Jamaica Observer, are all
smiles during yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

FOLLOWING the improved displays by Costa Rica, Mexico and United States of America (USA) at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil, Jeff Webb, president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), believes the region deserves an additional spot at the prestigious global event in the future. Currently, CONCACAF has three guaranteed spots, plus a possible fourth via a play-off with a team from the Oceania region. "We as administra ... Read More

Rodriquez's volley voted best of World Cup

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

Colombia’s midfielder James
Rodriguez (PHOTO: AFP)

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — James Rodriguez's spectacular volley against Uruguay was crowned the best goal of the World Cup yesterday as speculation mounted that he will soon be unveiled as Real Madrid's latest big money signing. Spanish sports dailies Marca and As said Real had agreed a deal worth between 75 and 80 million euros (US$100-US$108 million) with the Colombian striker's French club Monaco and he could be presented as a new signing today. The 23-year-old is waiting in Europe for the ... Read More

Webb plans to expand Gold Cup outside North America

Karyl Walker | Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

CONCACAF president Jeff Webb

THE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) president Jeffrey Webb says plans are afoot to expand the hosting of the Gold Cup Tournament to the Caribbean region. The Gold Cup is the marquis tournament in the region and has been hosted only in the United States and Mexico, which have the best facilities in the confederation. But Webb, a FIFA vice-president, said widening the pool of countries that host the tournament would provide a fillip for footb ... Read More



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