Archive for June, 2014

The Round of 64 matches of this year’s Federation Cup competition will start across the federation on Wednesday.

 

Huge battles loom, with ABS of Iloring clashing with elite division new boys Giwa FC in Minna and Heartland FC keeping a date with Ebonyi United in Umuahia, while the clash between Wikki Tourists and El-Kanemi Warriors in Gombe headline the matches for Thursday.

 

Kwara United FC and Sharks of Port Harcourt clash in Benin City, Dynamite FC of Benin City and Rancher Bees of Kaduna meet in Lokoja and Akwa United must overcome FC Abuja in Enugu.

 

Kano Pillars go up against Gateway FC in Lokoja, Gombe United and Baton FC of Imo tango in Ilorin and Enyimba FC will take on Sokoto North FC in Abuja.

 

There are only two matches in the women’s section, with Rising Queens of Ondo tackling Ebonyi Babes in Warri on Wednesday while Tin City FC of Jos clash with Tokas Queens in Lokoja on Friday.

 

 

2014 FEDERATION CUP ROUND OF 64

 

WEDNESDAY (02-07-2014)

 

Enyimba Vs Sokoto North (FIFA Goal Project, Abuja, 4pm)

Zara Studio (Kebbi) Vs Niger Tornadoes (Gusau)

CBN Cashless (Jigawa) Vs Nembe City (Katsina-Ala, 4pm)

Ibom Youth Vs Katsina Sportlight (Lafia)

Heartland FC Vs Ebonyi United (Umuahia)

Kwara United Vs Sharks FC (Benin City)

APA United Vs Ekiti United (Lokoja, 2pm)

Nasarawa United Vs Young Elephants (Jos, 4pm)

Bobbies FC Vs Ajiroba FC (Enugu)

ABS FC Vs Giwa FC (Minna)

Yarmalight FC Vs Jigawa Stars (Kaduna)

AS Racine Vs FC Taraba (FIFA Goal Project, Abuja, 2pm)

Sky Academy FC Vs Plateau United (Gombe)

Abia Warriors Vs Mafara United FC (Old Parade Ground, Abuja)

Dolphins FC Vs Ingas FC (Warri)

Remo Stars Vs Bayelsa United (Rojenny)

FC Lokoja Vs First Bank FC (Akure)

Gombe United Vs Baton FC (Ilorin)

 

THURSDAY

 

Dalhatu FC Vs 3SC FC (FIFA Goal Project, Abuja, 4pm)

Dynamite FC Vs Rancher Bees (Lokoja, 2pm)

Kaduna United Vs Leopard FC (Katsina-Ala, 4pm)

Bright Stars Vs Crown FC (Benin City)

Bendel Insurance Vs Sunshine Stars (Kaduna, 4pm)

Enugu Rangers Vs Ikpeazu FC (Umuahia)

Lobi Stars Vs Tornadoes Feeders (Jos, 2pm)

Wikki Tourists Vs El-Kanemi Warriors (Gombe)

Yobe Desert Stars Vs Kogi United (Jos, 4pm)

Binani FC Vs FRSC (Katsina-Ala, 2pm)

Akwa United Vs FC Abuja (Enugu)

Gateway FC Vs Kano Pillars (Lokoja, 4pm)

Prime FC Vs El-Kanemi Babes (Minna)

Dan Buran FC Vs Warri Wolves (Area 3, Abuja)

 

WOMEN FEDERATION CUP

 

Rising Queens Vs Ebonyi Babes (Warri) – Wednesday

Tokas Queens Vs Tin City FC (Lokoja) – Friday

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Neymar likes them Brazil-green. England’s Wayne Rooney, white. Luis Suarez, blue.

Banned from the pitch by FIFA for licensing reasons, the bulky Beats headphones are a favorite for many of the world’s top players, making the World Cup a huge unofficial ad for the company acquired by Apple Inc last month.

The colourful high-end headphones created by rapper Dr Dre have become a ubiquitous soccer accessory.

Neymar wore them as he stepped off the bus at the Castelao stadium of Fortaleza for Brazil’s last training season on the eve of their match with Mexico on Tuesday.

Suarez had them wrapped around his neck as he joked with his Uruguay team mates during a break at a recent practice.

 

The Ekocycle headphones by Beats are photographed Wednesday, July 25 2012 in New York. In hopes of g …

But soccer world governing body FIFA’s licensing agreement with rival electronics maker Sony Corp means players have to take them off when they are in World Cup stadiums for official matches and media events.

Marketing experts say that probably only amplifies their appeal.

“When fans see World Cup athletes wearing Beats in their downtime, by choice, it has as much impact as seeing them lace their Adidas (boots) or sip a sponsored beverage,” said strategist Ellen Petry Leanse, a former Apple and Google executive.

“Maybe more, actually – Beats isn’t a sponsor, so the message is more authentic and credible.”

Acquired by Apple for $3 bln, Beats Electronics is known for “guerrilla marketing” tactics to bypass licensing barriers.

Beats Announces Athlete-Friendly Powerbeats 2 Wire … Play Video

 

During the 2012 Olympics in London, for instance, the company sent thousands of free headphones to high profile athletes including the U.S. basketball team and the entire British delegation, outsmarting official sponsor Panasonic.

Officials at Beats were not available for comment on their strategy at the Olympics and this World Cup.

A five-minute film featuring Neymar, Suarez, Germany’s Mario Goetze, Netherlands’ Robin van Persie, Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and other players wearing Beats headphones released days before the World Cup has been seen by 10.6 million people on YouTube.

Its name? “The Game Before the Game”.

Sony this month issued all players participating in the World Cup with a free set of its own headphones they can take to the games.

But so far few players have been spotted with them wrapped around their necks. (Editing by Kieran Murray)

 

There was chaos at the Maracana as several hundred ticketless Chile fans invaded the stadium, pushing over a partition wall on one side of the media centre.

 

Around 45 minutes before kick-off with their World Cup match against Spain, around 300 supporters of the Latin American country – who have taken over Rio de Janeiro for the game – rushed security to try and force their way into the ground.

 

Around 100 made it in and proceeded to try and enter the seating areas.

 

They could be heard singing and chanting, which surprised the journalists who ordinarily cannot hear supporters from their desks.

 

It seemed the fans had been penned in behind the media centre and, when one partition wall started shaking under the pressure, journalists – myself included – ducked for cover under tables.

 

The wall collapsed on to tables and equipment, and was quickly followed by another. One woman was almost trapped but managed to escape just in time. At the time, I genuinely feared a football disaster and it was a massive relief to everyone when the situation was brought under control.

 

Fortunately the walls in media zone were plaster, as had they been real walls there could have been serious injuries.

 

There were reports that one woman – a Chile fan – was injured and taken to hospital, and that around 30 supporters were arrested but nobody appeared to be seriously hurt.

The match kicked off at 4pm local (8pm UK time).

Once stadium security and police calmed the situation, fans moved back and were escorted from the stadium.

The incident raises questions about security and crowd control at this World Cup in Brazil, particularly at the Maracana, which was also heavily congested for Argentina’s win over Bosnia.

The fixture list for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season has been released.
Please find below the fixtures. All kick-off times are 3pm, unless stated. Please note these fixtures are subject to change.

16 August 2014
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Chelsea
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v Southampton
Manchester United v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City
Stoke City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
23 August 2014

Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
Everton v Arsenal
Hull City v Stoke City
Manchester City v Liverpool
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Sunderland v Manchester United
Swansea City v Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers
30 August 2014

Aston Villa v Hull City
Burnley v Manchester United
Everton v Chelsea
Leicester City v Arsenal
Manchester City v Stoke City
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
West Ham United v Southampton
13 September 2014

Arsenal v Manchester City
Chelsea v Swansea City
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Hull City v West Ham United
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers
Southampton v Newcastle United
Stoke City v Leicester City
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion v Everton
20 September 2014

Aston Villa v Arsenal
Burnley v Sunderland
Everton v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Manchester United
Manchester City v Chelsea
Newcastle United v Hull City
Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City
Swansea City v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United v Liverpool
27 September 2014
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Hull City v Manchester City
Liverpool v Everton
Manchester United v West Ham United
Southampton v Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City v Newcastle United
Sunderland v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley
4 October 2014

Aston Villa v Manchester City
Chelsea v Arsenal
Hull City v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Burnley
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United v Everton
Sunderland v Stoke City
Swansea City v Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers
18 October 2014

Arsenal v Hull City
Burnley v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Everton v Aston Villa
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool
Southampton v Sunderland
Stoke City v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
25 October 2014

Burnley v Everton
Liverpool v Hull City
Manchester United v Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa
Southampton v Stoke City
Sunderland v Arsenal
Swansea City v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Manchester City
1 November 2014

Arsenal v Burnley
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace v Sunderland
Everton v Swansea City
Hull City v Southampton
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City v Manchester United
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Stoke City v West Ham United
8 November 2014

Burnley v Hull City
Liverpool v Chelsea
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City
Southampton v Leicester City
Sunderland v Everton
Swansea City v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United
West Ham United v Aston Villa
22 November 2014

Arsenal v Manchester United
Aston Villa v Southampton
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v West Ham United
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City v Sunderland
Manchester City v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City v Burnley
29 November 2014

Burnley v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Stoke City
Manchester United v Hull City
Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City
Southampton v Manchester City
Sunderland v Chelsea
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal
West Ham United v Newcastle United
2 December 2014

Arsenal v Southampton, 7.45pm
Burnley v Newcastle United, 7.45pm
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, 8pm
Leicester City v Liverpool, 7.45pm
Manchester United v Stoke City, 7.45pm
Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers, 7.45pm
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United, 8pm
3 December 2014

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, 7.45pm
Everton v Hull City, 7.45pm
Sunderland v Manchester City, 7.45pm
6 December 2014

Aston Villa v Leicester City
Hull City v West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool v Sunderland
Manchester City v Everton
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers v Burnley
Southampton v Manchester United
Stoke City v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Swansea City
13 December 2014

Arsenal v Newcastle United
Burnley v Southampton
Chelsea v Hull City
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Everton v Queens Park Rangers
Leicester City v Manchester City
Manchester United v Liverpool
Sunderland v West Ham United
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa
20 December 2014

Aston Villa v Manchester United
Hull City v Swansea City
Liverpool v Arsenal
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United v Sunderland
Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
Southampton v Everton
Stoke City v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
West Ham United v Leicester City
26 December 2014

Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers
Burnley v Liverpool
Chelsea v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Everton v Stoke City
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Sunderland v Hull City
Swansea City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
28 December 2014

Aston Villa v Sunderland
Hull City v Leicester City
Liverpool v Swansea City
Manchester City v Burnley
Newcastle United v Everton
Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Chelsea
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
West Ham United v Arsenal
1 January 2015
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Hull City v Everton
Liverpool v Leicester City
Manchester City v Sunderland
Newcastle United v Burnley
Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
Southampton v Arsenal
Stoke City v Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion
10 January 2015

Arsenal v Stoke City
Burnley v Queens Park Rangers
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Everton v Manchester City
Leicester City v Aston Villa
Manchester United v Southampton
Sunderland v Liverpool
Swansea City v West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City
17 January 2015
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Everton v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City v Stoke City
Manchester City v Arsenal
Newcastle United v Southampton
Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United
Swansea City v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
West Ham United v Hull City
31 January 2015
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Manchester City
Crystal Palace v Everton
Hull City v Newcastle United
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Leicester City
Southampton v Swansea City
Stoke City v Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland v Burnley
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur
7 February 2015
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v Liverpool
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Hull City
Newcastle United v Stoke City
Queens Park Rangers v Southampton
Swansea City v Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
West Ham United v Manchester United
10 February 2015
Arsenal v Leicester City, 7.45pm
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United, 8pm
Hull City v Aston Villa, 7.45pm
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, 8pm
Manchester United v Burnley, 7.45pm
Southampton v West Ham United, 7.45pm
West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City, 8pm
11 February 2015
Chelsea v Everton, 7.45pm
Stoke City v Manchester City, 7.45pm
Sunderland v Queens Park Rangers, 7.45pm
21 February 2015
Aston Villa v Stoke City
Chelsea v Burnley
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Everton v Leicester City
Hull City v Queens Park Rangers
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Southampton v Liverpool
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City v Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
28 February 2015
Arsenal v Everton
Burnley v Swansea City
Leicester City v Chelsea
Liverpool v Manchester City
Manchester United v Sunderland
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
West Ham United v Crystal Palace
3 March 2015
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion, 7.45pm
Hull City v Sunderland, 7.45pm
Liverpool v Burnley, 8pm
Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal, 7.45pm
Southampton v Crystal Palace, 7.45pm
West Ham United v Chelsea, 7.45pm
4 March 2015
Manchester City v Leicester City, 7.45pm
Newcastle United v Manchester United, 7.45pm
Stoke City v Everton, 7.45pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City, 7.45pm
14 March 2015
Arsenal v West Ham United
Burnley v Manchester City
Chelsea v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Queens Park Rangers
Everton v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Hull City
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland v Aston Villa
Swansea City v Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
21 March 2015
Aston Villa v Swansea City
Hull City v Chelsea
Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers v Everton
Southampton v Burnley
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
West Ham United v Sunderland
4 April 2015
Arsenal v Liverpool
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Stoke City
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v West Ham United
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Sunderland v Newcastle United
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers
11 April 2015
Burnley v Arsenal
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Manchester United v Manchester City
Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea
Southampton v Hull City
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City
West Ham United v Stoke City
18 April 2015
Arsenal v Sunderland
Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers
Chelsea v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v Burnley
Hull City v Liverpool
Leicester City v Swansea City
Manchester City v West Ham United
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Southampton
25 April 2015
Arsenal v Chelsea
Burnley v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Hull City
Everton v Manchester United
Manchester City v Aston Villa
Newcastle United v Swansea City
Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
2 May 2015
Aston Villa v Everton
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Hull City v Arsenal
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Sunderland v Southampton
Swansea City v Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
West Ham United v Burnley
9 May 2015
Arsenal v Swansea City
Aston Villa v West Ham United
Chelsea v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Everton v Sunderland
Hull City v Burnley
Leicester City v Southampton
Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur
16 May 2015
Burnley v Stoke City
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Manchester United v Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United
Southampton v Aston Villa
Sunderland v Leicester City
Swansea City v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
West Ham United v Everton
24 May 2015

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Burnley
Chelsea v Sunderland
Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Hull City v Manchester United
Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers
Manchester City v Southampton
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Stoke City v Liverpool

Arsenal’s first game of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season is at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, August 16.
The Gunners then travel to Goodison Park to face Everton, before finishing the month with a trip to newly-promoted Leicester City.
Arsène Wenger’s side host Manchester City on September 13, before taking on Tottenham Hotspur in the first north London derby of the season two weeks later. Seven days after that they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Boxing Day fixture will see Arsenal host Queens Park Rangers at Emirates Stadium, before travelling to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
The Gunners are away at Manchester City (January 17) and Tottenham (February 7) at the start of 2015, while April will see them host both Liverpool and Chelsea.
Arsenal finish their campaign with a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United before hosting West Bromwich Albion on the final day.

PLEASE NOTE: All fixtures and kick-off times are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. In addition, fixtures selected as live TV matches are likely to be announced soon.
Barclays Premier League fixtures 2014-15
AUGUST
16 Sat H Crystal Palace
23 Sat A Everton
30 Sat A Leicester City

SEPTEMBER
13 Sat H Manchester City
20 Sat A Aston Villa
27 Sat H Tottenham Hotspur

OCTOBER
4 Sat A Chelsea
18 Sat H Hull City
25 Sat A Sunderland

NOVEMBER
1 Sat H Burnley
8 Sat A Swansea City
22 Sat H Manchester United
29 Sat A West Bromwich Albion

DECEMBER
2 Tue H Southampton
6 Sat A Stoke City
13 Sat H Newcastle United
20 Sat A Liverpool
26 Fri H Queens Park Rangers
28 Sun A West Ham United

JANUARY
1 Thu A Southampton
10 Sat H Stoke City
17 Sat A Manchester City
31 Sat H Aston Villa

FEBRUARY
7 Sat A Tottenham Hotspur
10 Tue H Leicester City
21 Sat A Crystal Palace
28 Sat H Everton

MARCH
3 Tue A Queens Park Rangers
14 Sat H West Ham United
21 Sat A Newcastle United

APRIL
4 Sat H Liverpool
11 Sat A Burnley
18 Sat H Sunderland (or FA Cup S/F)
25 Sat H Chelsea

MAY
2 Sat A Hull City
9 Sat H Swansea City
16 Sat A Manchester United
24 Sun H West Bromwich