Malaysian football to welcome back fans

Malaysian football league fans, dubbed as the “12th player”, can now rejoice at the prospect of returning to stadiums to cheer their teams from April 1. This was announced by Malaysian senior minister for defence Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, following a decision by the National Security Council at a press conference on March 18,…

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Manchester City, Real Madrid reach Champions League quarterfinals

Manchester City and Real Madrid both won their second-leg matches in the UEFA Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, reaching the quarterfinals with ease. Due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, City and their German opponents Monchengladbach met at Puskas Arena in Budapest as they did in the first leg. Bringing a 2-0…

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No change as Man City, Man United, Leicester win in Premier League

Manchester City maintained their 14-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-0 win away to relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday night. Having also won against Southampton in midweek, it is business as usual for Pep Guardiola’s men after last weekend’s derby defeat to Manchester United. Although the game was scoreless at the break,…

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AFC confirms group stage venues for Champions League and AFC Cup

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed the venues for both AFC Champions League and AFC Cup 2021 group stages following an extensive feedback exercise with participating member associations, commercial partners and all relevant stakeholders.  For the West Region’s group stage, four venues from three countries have been confirmed to host the matches, scheduled to…

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JDT defends the charity shield for four consecutive years

The 2021 Malaysian League officially kicked off with the annual curtain-raiser, the Charity Shield match saw defending champion Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) retained the trophy in an exciting match at the state-of-the-art Sultan Ibrahim Stadium last Friday. The Southern Tigers soundly beat Kedah Darul Aman FC 2-0 to haul three starting points. Interestingly, it…

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JDT owner mulls Valencia takeover

After successfully elevating Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) to the top echelon of Asean football, club owner HRH Tunku Ismail of Johor is seeking new challenges, as the news of a possible change of ownership of La Liga side Valencia CF became intense. Southeast Asian and Spanish press reported that the Johor crown prince has considered…

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Getting ahead of the curve; Brunei Teqball Association targets international tourneys

The recently established Brunei Teqball Association (BTA) is setting its eyes towards competing in international tournaments after expressing commitment towards fostering sports culture revolving around the Hungarian-invented sport and letting it set root in Bruneian soil. Teqball is a contactless sport that was founded in 2012 and combines elements of football and table tennis. It…

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Bayern, not Manchester City, are best club in Europe – Guardiola

Manchester City are on a 20-game winning streak in all competitions but manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed suggestions that his club are the best in Europe. David Moyes anointed Guardiola’s team as the continent’s most dominant force after watching his West Ham side lose 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The result allowed City…

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