Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year

Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year very much alive and kicking, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are getting ready to celebrate the centenary. And it’s coming back with a bang after surviving Covid. Last year, the Malaysia Cup had to be called off after just one round due to the virus. The stars are getting aligned, The tournament, which has a special place in the hearts of Malaysian fans, is returning in time for the full 100-year circle. The Malaysia Cup evokes memories of legends like the late Datuk…

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EL Clásico among the world's most anticipated matches

The excitement is building up. EL Clásico, one of the world’s most anticipated football matches, is just three days away. It’s always a real classic when Real Madrid meets Barcelona in La Liga. And sparks are already flying in the run-up to this Saturday’s showdown between Los Blancos and Lionel Messi’s Blaugrana at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium. Caught up in the intense rivalry between the two Spanish giants is Selangor’s Swiss player Oliver Buff. The best players worldwide, are on the pitch if you talk about Barcelona versus Real…

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Wong Choong Hann brought everyone down to earth

BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann was quick to bring everyone down to earth, despite the national players’ recent success in Europe. According to Choong Hann, everyone needs to continue working hard and not be satisfied with one or two achievements. Earlier this month, Lee Zii Jia became the talk of the town when the 23-year-old captured the All England men’s singles title. “Honestly, I would want to see them all beef up their fitness level after what I saw in Europe. This includes the Orleans Masters.…

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Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka ruled out World Cup qualifiers

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka have been ruled out of England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Poland. Saka, 19, had not linked up with the group because of a hamstring injury. Rashford, 23, joined up with Gareth Southgate’s squad despite carrying a foot injury and will return to United. England travels to Tirana to face Albania in their next Group I qualifier on Sunday before hosting Poland at Wembley on Wednesday.  

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Three legends to skip ATP Miami Open

MIAMI: World number one Novak Djokovic said Friday he won’t be playing at the ATP Miami Open, joining fellow Grand Slam legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in skipping next week’s event. The current records put him third on the all-time men’s list behind the 20 Slam titles owned by Swiss star Federer and Spaniard Nadal, who will try to defend his French Open title in the next Slam showdown on the red clay of Roland Garros. “Dear fans, I’m very sorry to announce that this year I won’t travel…

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Penang coach claims Kedah strikeforce to be far deadly then JDT

Coach Tomas Trucha claimed that the Kedah strikeforce of Tchetche Kipre, Kpah Sherman and Rabih Ataya is far more dangerous than Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT). He observed that following a 1-1 draw with Kedah at City Stadium on Friday. “I think defensively we’re okay but Kedah did a good job. Kipre, Sherman and Ataya were always pressing us, and they looked even more dangerous than players from JDT.said trucha. Heavy rain in the late afternoon caused puddles of water at the City Stadium pitch, dampening Penang or Kedah’s style of…

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Liverpool has eye on Champions League

LONDON: Liverpool made light of their Premier League woes to ease into the quarter-finals of the Champions League by beating RB Leipzig 2-0 in Budapest for the second time in three weeks. The Champions League this season and next is now the Reds focus as they try to salvage a campaign decimated by injuries and a drastic decline in form after romping to a first league title in 30 years last season. With a seven-point gap to make up on a resurgent Chelsea or 10-point deficit to bridge to third-placed…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to international football

STOCKHOLM: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to international football at the age of 39, Swedish media reported on Saturday. Sweden, coached by Janne Andersson, have qualified for the Euros and kick off their campaign against Spain in Bilbao on June 14. The comeback under discussion for months is yet to be confirmed by the Swedish football federation (SvFF). The striker, who has 116 caps and 62 goals, has not worn the Swedish jersey since Euro 2016, where he was captain but failed to score as Sweden finished bottom of their group.…

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Chong Yee Fatt the new coach of Perak FC

After less than a week  Chong Yee Fatt took over Perak FC, he is surprised to see his team in good shape. The Malaysian took over after the Australian coach Mehmet Durakovic. Yee Fatt, who started work on Tuesday, was expecting the worst considering that the players had faced Covid-19 uncertainties when they reported for pre-season training under former coach, Durakovic. “I am grateful to Durakovic, who recommended me to the management when he decided to part ways due to family matters in Australia. “However, I reminded them that we…

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The virus has forced two teams from Sarawak to be based in Peninsular Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The virus has forced two teams from Sarawak to be based in Peninsular Malaysia for the early part of the new M-League season which starts on March 5. For their first four matches, at least, Sarawak United and Kuching City FC will not get to enjoy any home advantage in the Premier League. Sarawak has been enlisted as the Covid-19 red zone, Causing all inbound travellers into a 14-day quarantine. Sarawak United and Kuching FC have decided to get around the problem by shifting their first four league…

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