Football

Ex-NZ Footballer Linking Heading To Dementia

A retired Christchurch footballer says he has every reason to believe his early-dementia diagnosis to be closely linked to years of concussions and knocks to the head sustained while playing professional sport. 67-year-old Kees Doornenbal was diagnosed with dementia in February 2019. His diagnosis came after his wife grew suspicious ….

FA Says It Won’t Discipline Arsenal Trio

The Football Association (FA) has announced that it will not be disciplining the three Arsenal female players who flew to Dubai from London over the 2020 Christmas period. Since their return from the UAE, one unnamed player has tested positive, leading to Joe Montemurro’s side requesting a postponement of the ….

Football Giant Gérard Hollier Dies Aged 73

Former Liverpool and France manager Gérard Houllier has died. He was 73. Houllier coached the French national football team in 1992 and 1993. He also led Paris Saint-Germain as well as Lyon to French league titles. During his 6 years in charge of Liverpool, the celebrated coach/manager won several of ….

Lazio’s Patric Punished For Biting

Spanish-born Italy pro-footballer and Lazio defender Patric has been slapped with a four-game ban for biting an opponent. The player will also have to part with a sturdy $17,250 penalty fine. Patric, during a heated argument with Lecce defender Giulio Donati during Lecce’s 2-1 Serie A victory over Lazio on ….

Elite Women’s Football May Become COVID-19 Casualty

The FIFA Chief Officer for Women’s Football, Sarai Bareman, has worked hard to raise the numbers of female athletes in the sport. One of the aspects she has focussed on is enhancing its commercial value, but she is concerned that what the success she has seen could be lost in ….

Chatham and Kate Sheppard Cups Latest COVID-19 Casualty

New Zealand Football has decided to cancel the Chatham Cup, which was first contested almost 100 years ago, in 1923, along with the Kate Sheppard Cup National Women’s Competition due to the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Preliminary rounds for each competition were originally set to unfold over this weekend ….

Amber Hearn Has Slipped Into Retirement

She may be the highest international scorer in the history of Football in New Zealand, but Amber Hearn has reached her limit and won’t be adding any more goals to her incredible total. The striker for the national women’s team has quietly retired, leaving all forms of the game she’s ….

FFA and NZF to Present Unified FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Bid

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ inspection team has kicked off its visit to Australia and New Zealand.  Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football are eagerly anticipating giving delegation members a demonstration of the vision and detail of their proposal which outlines their co-hosting the largest Women’s event in ….

NZ Football to Confirm All Whites March Fixtures

The All Whites are going to be playing Bahrain soon, in the next international window, for the first time since their intercontinental showdown in 2009. New Zealand Football is expected to confirm the away game against the island nation of the Persian Gulf and one against Oman for the end ….

Arteta Is Back at Arsenal as Manager

Former Midfielder Mikel Arteta is positive he’ll have his old football club, Arsenal, challenging for top honours again soon and has requested fans’ patience after becoming Head Coach on a contract extending 3 ½ years. He is replacing Unai Emery, a fellow Spaniard, who was fired in November. Arteta says ….