Frappart Named As First Woman To Referee French Cup Final

French referee Stephanie Frappart (R) shows a yellow card to Monaco’s Brazilian defender Vanderson during the French L1 football match between Stade Rennais and Monaco (ASM) at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, on April 15, 2022. Damien Meyer / AFP


Stephanie Frappart will make history when she becomes the first woman to referee the men’s French Cup final, after being handed the game by the French Football Federation (FFF) on Thursday.

Frappart will take charge of the match between Nice and Nantes at the Stade de France in Paris on May 7.

“Her appointment… is amply deserved,” said Pascal Garibian, technical director of refereeing in a press release from the FFF.

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The 38-year-old Frappart, who said she was “happy and proud” to be appointed, was the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 match in 2019. She also handled the European Super Cup the same year and a men’s Champions League match at the end of 2020.

Frappart has also been selected for the referees’ panel for the women’s Euro, scheduled for July.


Suarez Extends Barcelona Deal With €200m Buy-out Clause

Luis Suarez, Barcelona, BarcaFC Barcelona say that they have reached an agreement with Luis Suarez for the extension of his contract until June 30, 2021.

The buy-out clause in the contract is set at €200m.

The club revealed on its website on Thursday that the new contract would be signed on Friday December 16.

The Uruguayan joined to Barcelona from Liverpool in the summer of 2014.

He has played a total of 116 games in which he has formed a fearsome trio with team mates Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Suarez has scored 97 goals since he signed for the Spanish giants, an average of 0.83 goals per game.

With Barcelona, the 29-year-old has won two league titles, two Copas del Rey, a Champions League, a Spanish Super Cup, a European Super Cup and a FIFA World Club Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo Premieres Portrait Film

RonaldoFIFA World Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo, has premiered his personal portrait film “Ronaldo” in London.

Ronaldo reunited with his former Manchester United Manager, Alex Ferguson, on the red carpet, which also saw a late arrival from embattled Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho who managed Ronaldo during his three year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Posing with a line of fans, Ronaldo sought to break a selfie record upon arrival and was also awarded certificates for other Guinness World Records he had, including “most ‘liked’ person on Facebook”.

His agent, and close friend, Jorge Mendes also said that the documentary film was for Ronaldo’s millions of fans who will now get a chance to see the “real Cristiano”.

Ronaldo is also captain of Portugal’s national team, which in October secured its spot for Euro 2016 in France.

Asked if after his soccer playing career he might eye a position as head of FIFA or UEFA, the Real Madrid striker responded with a joke.

The film, made by the team behind documentaries on Racing driver, Ayrton Senna and singer, Amy Winehouse, looks at his professional side as well as shows tender moments between Ronaldo and his young son.

UCL: Ronaldo Breaks Club Goals Record As Madrid Beats Malmo

RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo scored twice to pass the 500 goal mark and equalled an all-time club record as Real Madrid beat Malmo 2-0 in the Champions League.

The Portugal international, who had drawn blanks against Granada, Athletic Club and Malaga in recent weeks, finally hit the milestone in the 29th minute of Wednesday’s Group A clash with the Swedish champions.

He doubled his tally to equal Raul’s all-time record of 323 goals for the club, diverting home Lucas Vazquez’s right-wing cross in the final minute of the match.

The victory means Madrid have won both of their Group A matches, a record matched by Paris St-Germain, who were 3-0 winners at Shakhtar Donetsk.


Ronaldo Makes History With 300 Goals For Real Madrid

RonaldoWith his five goals against Granada, Cristiano Ronaldo reached 300 as a Real Madrid player, making him the third Whites player to reach the figure after Raúl and Di Stéfano.

According to, the Portuguese has hit the tally in 287 appearances and only has Raúl and Di Stéfano ahead of him. His scoring rate is impressive, and betters that of the two Madrid legends.

Raúl netted 323 times in 741 matches, with Di Stéfano picking up 308 in 396.

In his time at the Santiago Bernabéu, Cristiano Ronaldo has so far scored 214 goals in La Liga, 60 in the Champions League, 21 in the Copa del Rey, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup and 2 in the European Super Cup.

Hat-trick in eight minutes

The Real Madrid man notched an astonishing eight-minute hat-trick against Granada. He made it 2-0 on 30 minutes, before adding his team’s third with a close-range finish six minutes later and grabbing another for 4-0 with 38 on the clock.

In the second half, he capped his performance with two more goals. It’s the 28th time that Ronaldo has found the net three or more times in a match with Real Madrid, level with Di Stéfano.

Among La Liga’s historic goalscorers

Ronaldo continues to climb the scoring rankings in the competition, and has now moved to eighth on 214 goals, having overtaken Pahíño (211).

The Portuguese has taken 191 games to get to the figure, while the Galician forward played 278 for Celta, Real Madrid and Deportivo.

Quini (219 goals) is next in his sights in the list of all-time La Liga marksmen.

Messi wins Excellence Sports Award

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) for Best International Athlete.

The diminutive Barcelona star ended the 2011-12 season with a club record 73 goals, and helped his side to victories in the Spanish Supercopa, European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the Copa del Rey.

The Argentinean skipper was fit throughout the season and that is the reason why he has managed to give out 63 appearances for both club and country. During these appearances, the Argentinean star has managed to score 80 goals and gave out 25 assists as well.

He played almost all the matches during this season and furthermore took part in the World Cup qualifying matches and the friendly games which the Argentinean national team played.

He also won the European golden boot, scoring 72 goals for the Spanish giants, Barcelona.

Though Messi could not help Barcelona win the Champions League or the Spanish La Liga, he was still the top scorer in both competitions. He was able to score 50 goals in the league, and scored 14 in the Champions League to be crowned as the golden boot for both tournaments.

Messi won the award for ‘Excellence in Sports Performance’, an award which was started back in the year 1993 after fans voted him of ahead of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and reigning US and Australian Open tennis champion Novak Djokovic and female golfer Yani Tseng to the prestigious honour, presented by sports broadcaster ESPN

Messi is the latest in a long line of sporting greats to receive the ward, including the likes of Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Usain Bolt.