Football

Van Nistlerooy humbled by outpouring of Jamaican fan support

UEFA Champions League ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy interact with locals at Pier One in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday. (Photo: AFP)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former Dutch international Ruud van Nistelrooy was impressed with the fan support of the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier league during his recent visit to the island as an ambassador for the Champions League. Van Nistelrooy, who left the island on Friday, ... Read More

St Thomas Cobras’ Garth Stewart (centre) takes control as the St Catherine Saints pair of Tyrone Small (left) and Andrew Daley close in. St Mary Raiders score exciting 4-3 win over Portland Blazers
ST MARY Raiders registered their first win when they clipped Portland Raider 4-3 in an exciting en ... Read More

Red Stripe Premier League’s leading goalscorer Jermaine Johnson (right) of Tivoli Gardens tries to elude Carlos Wright of Waterhouse during their match at the National Stadium last Monday. Johnson scored twice as Tivoli Gardens won 2-0. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Waterhouse’s survival struggles take deadly turn as they face MBU
Having slipped back into the clutches of the relegation war, Waterhouse FC face a wounded but equall ... Read More

Champions League ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy about to get into a branded car as part of the trophy tour in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday. (Photo: AFP) Champions League needs big clubs like Man U, says Van Nistlerooy
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The European Champions League needs teams like Manchester United if it ... Read More

Photo: Heat of battle

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

St Thomas Cobras’ Ramoye Davis (left) turns away from St Catherine Saints’ Andrew Daley during their JFF/SportsMax Elite League match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. The game ended 1-1. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

St Thomas Cobras’ Ramoye Davis (left) turns away from St Catherine Saints’ Andrew Daley during their JFF/SportsMax Elite League match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. The game ended 1-1. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Read More

JFF on target with proposed fix of women’s football

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Simone Jackson (left), Locker Room Sports’ marketing representative, presents the trophy to the captain of Denham Town High School for winning the dress parade at the recent Locker Room Sports ISSA Schooplgirls Football League at Spanish Town Prison Oval.

Virtually, it is like taking care of your child. Those in charge of women’s football did not like what they were seeing, so they have taken a new approach — hands-on — to fix the sore points of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) schoolgirls football competition. “This is the feeder programme for the national programme, and what we plan on doing for this year and the years to come is we are looking at a new approach to the development of women’s f ... Read More

Irwin, Fire House extend lead in Sandals Division One

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

IRWIN, St James — Irwin United and Fire House SC extended their lead in their respective zones of the St James Football Association Sandals International Division One after wins on Friday. Irwin United beat Somerton FC 2-1 at Irwin High in a Zone One top-of-the-table game to open up a five-point lead, while Fire House SC beat Norwood Strikers 3-1 at UDC to increase their lead in Zone Two to five points in the second round. At Irwin High, Paul Livingston in the 10th minute and Shaquille J ... Read More

Baca Star inch closer to mid-season final

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

KINLOSS, Trelawny — Baca Star United need only to avoid a heavy loss today if they are to qualify for next Sunday’s mid-season final of the Trelawny Football Association Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League when they take on Kinloss FC in a return-round game at Kinloss starting at 3:30 pm. Baca Star United lead Zone Two with 21 points, three more than second-placed Duanvale FC, who are hosting Daniel Town FC, but the leaders also boast a significantly superior goal-difference of 15 ... Read More

This is not the time for celebrations, cautions Warriors coach Lawrence

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Head Coach Dennis Lawrence says Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T) celebrations over the Panama victory will be short-lived as the side must now focus all their attention on Tuesday’s massive clash against Mexico here. The hosts revived their 2018 World Cup dream when they edged Panama 1-0 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday night, marking their first win of the campaign after losing their opening two games against Costa Rica and Honduras last ... Read More

Dutch suffer World Cup shock, Ronaldo in 70-goal landmark

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (left) tries to evade Hungary’s Adam Nagyduring their Group B World Cup qualifing match at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback yesterday when the three-time runners-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria. The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back from Sweden and two off Bulgaria with just the group winners guaranteed a place in the 2018 finals in Russia. Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo took his international tally to 7 ... Read More

Montego Bay Boys Club, Faulkland look to improve semi-final chances

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Montego Bay Boys Club and Faulkland FC will be seeking to improve their chances of making it to the semi-finals of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League when the third-round cross-zone fixtures continue with two games today. Montego Bay Boys Club, who are in second place on 24 points, will face struggling defending champions Granville United at the UDC field at 3:30 pm, while Faulkland FC, who are one point and on ... Read More

Round Two of JFF/SportsMax Elite League continues today

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

FIVE teams will be in the hunt for their second-straight win as the 2017 Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/SportsMax Elite Under-18 League continues today with six matches at three venues. The triple-header at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex will feature Portland Blazers taking on St Mary Raiders at 1:00 pm, followed by St Catherine Saints vs St Thomas Cobras at 3:45 pm, and completed by St Ann Giants against Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) All-Stars at 6:00 pm. At the Fr ... Read More

Portmore withdraw from KSAFA U20 tourney

By Howard Walker Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

St Catherine-based Portmore United have withdrawn from the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under-20 football tournament following a squabble between organisers and a few affiliates. Portmore United had made a request to participate in the youth league which was accepted by KSAFA, but a number of clubs questioned the logic of that move in an ongoing e-mail debate made public. Clive Marshall, the general manager of Portmore United, thanked KSAFA for accepting their request, ... Read More

Flow, Man U team up to deliver Ultimate Football Experience to local footballers

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Manchester United’s mascot (Photo: Leo Hudson)

At least two Jamaican youth footballers between the ages of 13 and 16 will get the opportunity of a lifetime through yet another exciting initiative being spearheaded by telecommunications firm FLOW and their partner — Manchester United. The Ultimate Football Experience is a skills-based competition supported by the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) that seeks to give youngsters the chance of a lifetime to participate in a talent development football camp, and even earn a trip to Old Traff ... Read More



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