Selangor a 'Super' hurdle in Fighters' survival

THEY say lightning never strikes twice in the same place. However, it has struck Felda United yet again as the relegation-threatened club will be fighting for Super League survival when they play Selangor in their final match of the competition this week. Felda were in a similar situation last year but maintained their top-tier status on the final day of the Super League when they beat Kedah 5-1. PJ City FC also lent a helping hand by edging PKNP FC (now known as Perak II) 1-0. On Saturday, Nidzam Jamil’s…

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Liverpool stars back Williams after social media abuse

Liverpool stars including Virgil van Dijk have backed Neco Williams after the young defender received social media abuse. Williams was criticised online after losing possession in the build-up to Lincoln’s first goal during Liverpool’s 7-2 League Cup win last week. The 19-year-old Wales international has since stopped using his official Twitter account. But Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders said on Wednesday the highly-rated Williams knows he has the backing of his team-mates, including Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Speaking ahead of Thursday’s League Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal, Lijnders…

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Dortmund reject Man Utd's £91m offer for Sancho

Manchester United’s first formal bid to bring Jadon Sancho back to the Premier League worth up to 100 million euros (£91 million, US$117 million) has been rejected by Borussia Dortmund, Sky Sports reported on Tuesday. Sancho, 20, has been a long-term transfer target for United as they look to build on finishing third in the Premier League last season and reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup. The England international joined Dortmund from Manchester City for a reported £10 million three years ago, but has…

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PJ City bus vs JDT juggernaut

IF there is any team that “can park their bus” and stop the JDT juggernaut, Petaling Jaya City come to mind. And defensive-minded PJ are known for their solid and organised play. As such, K. Devan’s side present an intriguing match-up to free-scoring JDT who demolished Perak 7-0 and Selangor 6-1 in their last two Super League matches. Devan has seen what happened to his “big brother” Selangor who sacked their coach B. Satiananthan after the thrashing by JDT. Satiananthan knew what was coming, and on the eve of the…

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PSG's Di Maria gets four-match ban for spitting at opponent

Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria received a four-match ban on Wednesday for spitting during this month’s fiery Marseille game which saw five players red-carded and claims by Neymar of racial abuse. Di Maria’s suspension meted out by Ligue 1’s disciplinary commission was for spitting at Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez. It takes effect from September 29, meaning he can play against Reims on Sunday, returning the weekend of November 8. Neymar’s accusation that Gonzalez racially abused him will be investigated on September 30, the commission announced. Neymar was sent off…

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Man Utd reach League Cup last 16 as coronavirus causes chaos

Manchester United moved into the League Cup fourth round with a 3-0 win at Luton, while West Ham boss David Moyes and two of his players contracted the coronavirus ahead of their 5-1 victory against Hull as the pandemic caused chaos on Tuesday. Moyes, Josh Cullen and Issa Diop all left the London Stadium after learning of the tests before kick-off and will self-isolate, with the trio said to be asymptomatic. West Ham were not the only Premier League club affected by the virus as Tottenham’s tie at Leyton Orient…

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Michael Feichtenbeiner Appointed Temporary Coach of Selangor Main Team

After terminating the contract of the team’s head coach, B. Satatianathan with immediate effect, the Selangor Football Association (FAS) appointed the club’s Technical Director, Michael Feichtenbeiner as the temporary operator until a new coach is appointed. This was announced by FAS on the team’s official social media today in conjunction with the announcement of the termination of the B.Satianathan contract after the Selangor team performed less encouraging action during the big loss at the hands of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) last Saturday. Apart from holding the position of Technical Director,…

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Satiananthan takes the blame

Selangor used to be the Kings of Malaysian football. Many teams feared playing against them in the past. However, the Red Giants are now struggling to make an impact in the Super League. On Saturday, Selangor were battered and bruised by reigning champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in a Super League match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri. An inspired JDT showed no mercy as they pumped in half-a-dozen goals past Selangor for a 6-1 victory. Safawi Rasid (45th and 49th minutes), Diogo Santo (64th), Gonzalo Cabrera (67th)…

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Turbulent flight awaits Red Eagles

After being “forced” to flee their nest by the coronavirus, the Red Eagles are now bracing themselves for an exhaustive flight next week. Unlike their Super League rivals, Kedah will have to play two matches away over six days. Due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the virus, Kedah coach Aidil Sharin Sahak has found himself having to readjust the team’s training, one which focuses on quick recovery. His team will play Sabah in Kuala Lumpur on Monday and against Pahang in Kuantan five days later. Aidil said he will have…

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Messi scores twice as Barcelona win friendly

Lionel Messi scored twice on Wednesday as Barcelona beat second-division Girona 3-1 in a preseason friendly. Messi helped set up Philippe Coutinho, back from his loan at Bayern Munich, for the first goal after 21 minutes. The Argentine scored his first after 45 minutes, spinning on the edge of the penalty area and drilling a shot in off the base of the far post. He scored his second, with a deflected shot, after 50 minutes. Messi only returned to training at the start of last week after saying he wanted…

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