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Ronaldo slams Ballon d’Or chief over Messi ‘lie’

New Delhi [India]: Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at Ballon d’Or chief Pascal Ferre for claiming that the Manchester United star told him that he wished to retire with more Ballon d’Or than the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi. Ronaldo posted a lengthy statement on Instagram, saying that he does not wish to win more Ballon d’Or than Messi and his goal is just to make his team win.“Today’s outcome explains why Pascal Ferre’s statements last week, when he stated that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Golden Balls than Lionel Messi. He used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for. It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected…

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Ralf Rangnick appointed as interim manager of Manchester United

Manchester [UK]: Premier League club Manchester United on Monday announced the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season.Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years. Ralf Rangnick in a statement said: “I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club.”“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team. Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”Manchester United on November 21 announced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had left his role as manager. Currently, Michael Carrick will remain…

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Man Utd will keep chasing its goals

London [UK] : Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that his club Manchester United will keep chasing its dreams until the very end.Ronaldo’s comments came after United played out a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday. “There is still a long road ahead and nothing is impossible when you play for Man. United. We will keep chasing our goals until the end,” Ronaldo tweeted.For the match against Chelsea, Ronaldo was not named in the started XI and he was benched.In the match between Chelsea and United, Jadon Sancho scored for the latter while for the Blues, Jorginho converted a penalty to gain the equaliser.Chelsea is currently at the top of the Premier League standings with 30 points from 13 games while United is in the eighth position.

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ISL: Bengaluru and Blasters end equals

Panaji (Goa) [India]: In a matter of four minutes, Ashique Kuruniyan turned hero to villain as his goals at either end cancelled out for Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League (ISL), 2021-22 third-round game at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Sunday.Ashique Kuruniyan (84′ and 88′ OG) first scored for the Blues and then for the opposition. Bengaluru now have 4 points from 3 games but Blasters still remain winless. Marco Pezzauioli, on the back of the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Odisha, brought in more creativity with Iman Basafa slotting into midfield. Cleiton Silva returned to lead the line. Blasters too had a couple of changes. Puitea featured alongside Jeakson Singh in a double-pivot role as Alvaro Vazquez replaced Jorge Pereyra Diaz.Bengaluru remained on top with superior ball possession…

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Match between Spurs & Burnley postponed

Lancashire [UK]: Sunday’s Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Burnley FC has been postponed after adverse weather conditions.The weather in the northwest of England has had an impact in Lancashire, where Burnley were due to play Spurs at Turf Moor. With the snow continuing to fall in the stadium with less than an hour to go until kick-off, the volume of snow coverage on the pitch was deemed too much for the game to be played.Having earlier checked the pitch around lunchtime, match officials had waited for Antonio Conte and his Tottenham team to arrive at the ground shortly before 1 pm before a decision over the game was made.“GAME POSTPONED Due to concerns with the playing surface and surrounding areas, it’s been deemed that the game can’t go ahead safely. #UTC,” Burnley FC tweeted.

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ISL: Hyderabad outplay Mumbai City for an inspired win

Fatorda (Goa) [India]: Reigning champions Mumbai City FC was dealt their first defeat of the season by Hyderabad FC in their Indian Super League (ISL) match at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda, Goa on Saturday. The Nizams came away 3-1 winners on the night with a brilliant comeback victory against the Islanders who scored early into the game.Ahmed Jahouh (6′) opened the scoring with a thumping right-footed finish after the HFC players failed to clear their lines inside the penalty area. Joao Victor (13′) brought the game level by converting a penalty with calmness. HFC went into the lead with Bartholomew Ogbeche (53′) scoring his first goal of the season against his former team. 19-year old Rohit Danu (82′) sealed victory by scoring the third goal for his team. Mumbai City FC made one change to their starting lineup as Mohammad Rakip came in…

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ISL: Valskis shines with double goal as Jamshedpur sinks Goa

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Coming on the back of a draw against SC East Bengal, Jamshedpur FC took early initiative to come on the top of table after they defeated FC 3-1 in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Friday.Nerijus Valskis (51′, 61′) was the hero of the match as he remained one shy of a perfect hat-trick, managing to first drive the ball with his left foot and then score via a header. Jordan Murray (80′) piled the third right after coming off the bench. Airan Cabrera though denied the Men of Steel a clean sheet with a neat finish to register a goal in the 86th minute. Juan Ferrando rung in the changes after a heavy opening weekend defeat. Jorge Ortiz was brought in as Devendra Murgaonkar led the line. Airam Cabrera was relegated to…

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ISL: Odisha defeat Bengaluru to get among winning ways

Vasco (Goa) [India]: Two early goals in either half and a clean late strike ensured Odisha FC register a comfortable 3-1 win over Bengaluru FC, here in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Wednesday. Interestingly, this is the first time Odisha FC has beaten the Blues in the ISL.It was Javi Hernandez (3′, 51′) who led the charge for Odisha with a brace. While he rode some luck for his first goal, the second was nothing short of breathtaking from just outside the box. Alan Costa (21′) scored one for Bengaluru as Sunil Chhetri failed to convert a penalty kick. Aridai Suarez (90 + 4′) sealed the deal for Odisha with a sublime goal adding more sheen to the win. Bengaluru left Cleiton Silva on the bench while young Roshan Singh was given a runout…

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Lionel Messi believes Man United can turn its fortunes around

Paris [France]: Argentine and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Lionel Messi believes Manchester United can still turn its fortunes around in the Premier League.United is currently in the eighth spot in Premier League standings and the club recently sacked its manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils lost against Watford. “United is a very strong team with great players. The Premier League is a very difficult competition and an equal one, and things can turn around many times,” Messi told Marca, as reported by Goal.com.“After December, a lot changes and anything can happen,” he added.Talking about Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United, Messi said: “Cristiano already knew the club but that was at a different stage and now he has adapted in an impressive manner.”“From the start, he has scored goals as he always does and had no problems adapting,” he added.The Argentine striker also…

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ISL: Chennaiyin FC register win over Hyderabad FC

Panaji (Goa) [India]: In a game of determination to last the longest, Chennaiyin FC pulled off a hard-fought 1-0 win over Hyderabad FC, here in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Tuesday.Vlagyimir Koman (66′ P) scored from the spot to give Chennaiyin a crucial lead, ultimately sealing all three points as Hyderabad were left to rue their wastefulness in front of goal, especially in the first half. Hyderabad, whose average age of its Indian players in the lineup was just 24, was dealt a major blow early on with Halicharan Narzary limping off in under 10 minutes.That did not deter their resolve to stamp their impression as former ATK Mohun Bagan man Edu Garcia’s shot was cleared away in a hurry but Bartholomew Ogbeche could not follow through.Chennaiyin had goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to thank for keeping…

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Jharkhand barred from participating in Santosh Trophy

New Delhi [India]: No team from Jharkhand will be able to compete in the Santosh Trophy and Women’s championship due to “internal conflict” within the management of the Jharkhand Football Association (JFA), the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said. In a letter to the state sports department and JFA, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das alleged that the football governing body of India received two independent teams for both the competitions and the apex body of the state for football did not resolve the issue of multiple entrant requests.The letter accessed by ANI reads, “The AIFF received two independent teams for both the competitions, one recommended by the Chairman- Hony. Secretary while one recommended by the President- Jt. Secretary.” “Upon receiving four (4) lists in total from the JFA, the AIFF entered into resolution communication with the management of JFA immediately. “However, despite the AIFF’s…

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Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland set to coach England for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

London [UK]: England manager Gareth Southgate and assistant coach Steve Holland have been renewed for their respective duties and will lead the Three Lions to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Both have signed new contracts that have extended their roles in the team till December 2024.Southgate, who marks five years in charge of the Three Lions at the end of this month, has overseen a period of positive progress, guiding England to a FIFA World Cup semi-final and UEFA Nations League third place before securing the best men’s performance in 55 years with the UEFA EURO final this summer. “I am delighted that Steve and I have been able to extend our stay in our respective roles. It remains an incredible privilege to lead this team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark [Bullingham, FA CEO), John [McDermott, FA technical…

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Good luck, my friend! You deserve it, says Ronaldo to departing Solskjaer

Manchester [UK]: Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo shared his emotions after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left his role as the manager of the Red Devils on Sunday. This decision came after Manchester United suffered a 1-4 defeat at the hands of Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.Taking to Twitter, the Portugal captain wrote, “He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man. United. But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him. Good luck, my friend! You deserve it!” Earlier, Manchester United stated in an official statement, “Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they…

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ISL: East Bengal, Jamshedpur FC play out 1-1 draw

Vasco (Goa) [India]: Both sides cancelled each other out tactically in an intense affair as SC East Bengal was held to a 1-1 draw by Jamshedpur FC in a 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Sunday.Both goals came from set-pieces. Croatian defender Franjo Prce (17′) scored a delightful opener for the Red and Golds while Peter Hartley (45+3′) equalised at the stroke of halftime for the Men of Steel. Jose Manuel Diaz started in a classic 4-4-2 formation with Hira Mondal and Lalrinliana Hnamte making their ISL debuts for SC East Bengal. Jamshedpur FC sported a rather familiar look with new attacking duo Jordan Murray and Greg Stewart named on the bench.The opening few exchanges saw two youngsters impress particularly. Boris Singh made his mark in an attacking role for Jamshedpur while debutant Hnamte had a…

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Premier League: Man Utd’s woeful run continues as Red Devils lose against Watford

Watford [UK]: Manchester United’s woeful run continued in the Premier League on Saturday as the Red Devils lost against Watford.Watford defeated Manchester United 4-1 on Saturday and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s club is positioned at the seventh spot in the points table with 17 points from 12 games. For Watford, Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro, and Emmanuel Bonaventure got on the scoring sheets.For Manchester United, Donny van de Beek registered the lone goal.Watford managed to score two goals in the first half while United pegged one back in the second half.However, Pedro and Bonaventure put the final nail in the coffin in the second half, and as a result, Watford emerged triumphant.Watford is now at the 16th position with 13 points from 12 games.

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India senior women’s team look forward to ‘evaluate’ themselves

New Delhi [India]: The Indian women’s national senior team is set to play in a 4-nation International tournament in Manaus, Brazil. India will lock horns with Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela in their three matches, all of which are part of their preparation for the forthcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022.Head coach Thomas Dennerby outlined the importance of putting in “three good performances”, mentioning “the opportunity will allow us to evaluate ourselves.” “This tour and everything we have been doing in the past two months is about the preparation for the AFC Women’s Cup which kicks off in January. It is all about finding out whether we are doing the right things on the pitch and evaluate our performances in each and every department,” Dennerby said in an official release.“We are going to play three good quality games now, the first game against Brazil…

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Kevin De Bruyne is Covid Positive

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty with Belgium, City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday.“Unfortunately Kevin tested positive for COVID in Belgium,” Guardiola said in the pre-match press conference, as per goal.com. The City boss added that the midfielder would isolate for 10 days. The 30-year-old playmaker has been away on World Cup qualifying duty with his country, helping Roberto Martinez’s side to book their place at next year’s showpiece event in Qatar.“We found out two days ago, he’s here. Forget about fitness and momentum, he’s positive, now he has to recover. We have to be careful, people are dying from COVID. He’s vaccinated so hopefully he will be okay,” Guardiola added.The defending champions will host Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

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ATK Mohun Bagan beat Kerala Blasters

Panaji (Goa) [India]: ATK Mohun Bagan defeated Kerala Blasters 4-2 in the opening game of the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Friday. The Kolkata giants wasted no time in putting up a dominating display, sounding warning bells across the league at the very outset.Hugo Boumous (3′, 39′) and Liston Colaco (50′), brought in for upwards of INR 3.5 crore paid instant dividends by scoring the goals. Roy Krishna (27′ P), too did not fail to capitalise from the spot, yet again amongst the goals. For Blasters, young enigma Sahal Abdul Samad (24′) thought he had equalised, but in vain. Former FC Goa and Mumbai City FC star Boumous became the league’s fastest scorer in an opening encounter, finding the net from outside the box within three minutes. ATK Mohun Bagan suddenly struggled to cope with the Blasters’…

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Lukaku, Kovacic out of Leicester game

London [UK]: Forward Romelu Lukaku will not feature in Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Leicester on Saturday, head coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed.It’s been almost a month since the Chelsea striker injured his ankle during a Champions League game against Malmo, in what was his 11th appearance of the season after re-joining the club in the summer. When asked about the availability of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Mateo Kovacic, who were all missing prior to the pause for international football, Tuchel in a post-match press conference on Friday as per Chelsea’s official website said: “I can tell you Mateo and Romelu are out for the game in Leicester. Romelu is very close to team training, hopefully, he will join the squad on Sunday. Let’s see how this works out. He is pushing hard and trying to come back as soon as possible. We will…

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Anirudh Thapa to lead Chennaiyin FC

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Indian mid-fielder Anirudh Thapa will lead Chennaiyin FC in the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season.The eighth edition of the ISL is all set to kick start from November 19, with the first clash between ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala Blasters at the Fatroda stadium. Speaking on his appointment as the new captain, Anirudh Thapa said, “I think not much has changed for me after being appointed the captain. I have been here for six years now and so it’s not hard to understand what the club wants. They want to win. And so do I. But as captain, there is an added responsibility.”“To grow up a little bit faster. I will still be a boy who loves football but I will also ensure that the team stays together on and off the field. And I will always protect my team…

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“England had a point to prove”

London [UK]: England captain Harry Kane who scored a hat-trick against Albania was quick to turn the attention on to his teammates after what he described as ‘an incredible performance’.Kane added another Three Lions record to his collection at Wembley Stadium by making it 39 competitive goals in 55 games, meaning he surpassed Wayne Rooney’s record for competitive goals for England. The 1-1 draw with Hungary last month meant England went into the crucial contest with Albania with a job to do but Kane’s treble and goals from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson mean Gareth Southgate’s men top the group by three points and have a superior goal difference of six heading into the final qualifier with San Marino on Monday.With Poland three points behind, England know a draw will be enough in Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle in three days’ time.Speaking at the end…

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Salah : Player of the Month

London [UK]: Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named Premier League’s Player of the Month for October 2021 after the team thrashed Manchester United by 5-0 in the Premier League match, last month.The Egyptian scored a hattrick against United and brought his side a 5-0 victory. Apart from that, he even scored singles against Manchester City and Watford. It is Salah’s fourth Player of the Month award, first won in November 2017, following February and March 2018.Salah had nine goal involvements in league games in October, helping Liverpool to two wins and two draws.The 29-year old was followed by Phil Foden, Aaron Ramsdale and Ben Chilwell in the nomination list.

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Mangala Club defeat Classic Football

New Delhi [India]: Mangala Club entered the semi-finals of the ongoing Futsal Club Championship after defeating Classic Football Academy 6-4 in the final match of the group stage on Wednesday.Coming into the tie, Classic Football Academy needed only one point to top the group, whereas Mangala needed an out-and-out win to make it to the final four. Classic Football Academy had a blistering start to the match, having scored two quickfire goals within the first 10 minutes through Ganningam Malangmei. He completed his hat-trick within minutes, but the Odisha outfit breached the Manipuri defence twice in between.Bapuni Bindhani and Babul Kumar Rout were on the scoresheet for Mangala FC to leave the fate of the match hanging on tenterhooks at the halfway mark. Classic Football Academy was leading the tie 3-2 at the lemon break.Mangala came out with renewed vigour and finesse as Babul…

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Gerrard named Villa manager

London [UK]: Aston Villa Football Club on Thursday announced the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the new head coach.Gerrard guided Glasgow Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season, finishing the campaign undefeated in the league. The 41-year-old has attracted many admirers in the game for his work in transforming the fortunes of the Glasgow giants while also implementing an attractive, attacking style of football.Gerrard, who enjoyed a glittering playing career with Liverpool and England, joined Rangers in 2018 following a spell as an Academy Coach at Liverpool.Steven Gerrard in an official release said: “Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach.”“In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am…

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Women’s team to face Brazil

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) [India]: Senior Indian National Women’s football team captain Ashalata Devi expressed her excitement as her side will be going against Brazil for the first time in a tournament to be held in Manaus, Brazil later this month.“It’s absolutely fantastic. I think this is the first time that any Indian Senior team will be playing against Brazil. If that’s not enough motivation for us to better prepare ourselves, I don’t know what is,” said Ashalata Devi in an official AIFF release. “We understand and appreciate the efforts put in by AIFF behind getting this organised for the team. As a footballer, you want to play against the best of the best, and it doesn’t get much better than Brazil. And Chile are such a powerful opponent too, and even Venezuela,” she added.Marvelling at the opportunity, winger Sanju Yadav said, “Very few in India…

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Kerala eye maiden win

Aqaba [Jordan] : India’s Gokulam Kerala FC will be eyeing their first victory while Shahrdari Sirjan of Iran will bid to stay perfect when the two sides meet in the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium on Wednesday.Gokulam Kerala suffered a 1-2 defeat against Jordan’s Amman Club on Matchday One, while Shahrdari Sirjan cruised to victory with a similar scoreline over Uzbekistan’s FC Bunyodkor. Gokulam Kerala enjoyed a good start against Amman, taking a first-half lead on the counter-attack courtesy of Elshaddai Acheampong’s fine strike. However, a switch in formation for Amman made all the difference as Gokulam conceded twice in the second half, with strikes from Maysa Jbarah and Samia Ouni paving the way for the come from behind victory for the Jordanians.“In the first game against Amman, we couldn’t convert some of our chances and that cost…

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Newcastle Gets New Coach

London [UK]: Premier League club Newcastle United appointed Eddie Howe as the club’s new head coach on a contract until summer 2024.The 43-year-old arrives on Tyneside having left AFC Bournemouth last summer, ending a long affiliation with the Cherries as a successful player and manager. As well as amassing more than 300 senior appearances for the south coast side as a player, he also has the distinction of managing AFC Bournemouth through all four tiers of English football, culminating in five years in the Premier League between 2015 and 2020.“It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family. This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the…

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“Messi texted me good luck”

Barcelona [Spain]: Barcelona new manager Xavi Hernandez on Monday said that he received a good luck text from Argentine striker Lionel Messi, but the club cannot think about the players that are no longer there at Camp Nou.Xavi was appointed as the club’s head coach on Friday and he will look to turn around the fortunes of Barcelona in La Liga and Champions League. “Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldinho, of course, but they are not here. Messi is a great friend, he texted me good luck. But we cannot think about the players that are not here. I am really excited, I am back at home. We are in a tough situation economically and not in our best sporting moment. But we are Barca and we are the best club in the world,” Goal.com quoted Xavi as saying.“I was really emotional to see all the…

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Villa announce departure of coach

Birmingham [UK]: Aston Villa FC on Sunday confirmed that the Premier League club have parted company with head coach Dean Smith.Smith leaves Villa following Friday’s 1-0 loss at Southampton, a fifth straight defeat which has left them 15th in the Premier League. Dean was appointed Villa head coach just over three years ago in October 2018 and led the club back to the Premier League via the play-offs in his first season in charge following a club-record ten-match winning sequence towards the end of that campaign.The following season, he kept Villa in the top flight while also leading the team out at the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley, narrowly losing 2-1 to Manchester City.CEO Christian Purslow in a statement said: “The Board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent achievements, on and off the pitch, during this time. Everyone knows how…

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Want best for Manchester United : Solskjaer

Manchester [UK] : After stumbling to a defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League, Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that he believes that he can turn the fortunes around for the Red Devils.Manchester City dished out a dominant performance as an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike earned the champions their first Manchester derby victory in five Premier League attempts over their local rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday. “I have good communication with the club. I want the best for United and as long as I’m here I want to do everything I can to improve this. We’ve been through this a few times and since the last home game, it’s been a very difficult period. Systems or style we need to be on the front foot more. I can’t look at myself and say this is…

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PL: Dominant City drub United 3-0 to claim derby victory

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City dished out a dominant performance as an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike earned the champions their first Manchester derby victory in five Premier League attempts over their local rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday. The champions went ahead on seven minutes when Bailly diverted Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net. United briefly rallied when Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was saved by Ederson and Mason Greenwood scuffed the rebound wide.David De Gea made five big saves in the first half to deny Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Cancelo, twice, and a Victor Lindelof deflection before City beat the Spaniard’s resistance again on the stroke of half-time. Cancelo earned his second assist with a cross which was turned in by Bernardo at the far post behind a hesitant Luke Shaw. The hosts improved in the second half but…

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Xavi as FCB head coach

Barcelona [Spain]: FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez for him to become first-team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons.“Xavi Hernandez, a youth team product at Barca, has left his current club, Al-Sadd of Qatar, after talks held over the last few days with the owners of the club,” said FC Barcelona in an official statement. It is expected that Xavi Hernandez will arrive in Barcelona this weekend and that on Monday his presentation as new FC Barcelona first team coach will take place in an event open to the public at Camp Nou.Xavi is a legend at FC Barcelona. His 767 appearances for the senior team were a record until he was surpassed recently by Leo Messi (778).In his 17 years in the first team (1998 to 2015), he won 25 major trophies.However, in total…

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Argentine Football Association set to launch commercial operations in India

New Delhi [India]: The Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced on Friday that it is set to begin its commercial operations in India with the official launch of AFA social media handles for the Indian audience.The respective social media handles will serve as a targeted medium to reach and interact with football fans in India with a more focussed approach. The Latin American federation has formed an official partnership with sports marketing agency India On Track to develop specific digital content for the Indian market. Speaking about the AFA’s expansion plan in India, AFA President Claudio Tapia said, “We are very happy and have great expectations with this project. We have seen in these years everything that the Argentine National Team generates in the Indian public and we know the potential that exists in that market.”“The National Team and the Professional League will from now…

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Champions League: Jota, Mane score as Liverpool defeat Atletico Madrid

Liverpool [UK]: Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane registered goals as Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Group B match on Wednesday.Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Anfield on Wednesday. The Reds are now at the top of Group B with 12 points from four games. Atletico Madrid is in the third spot with 4 points from four matches.Both goals for Liverpool came in the first half of the game. It was Jota who scored the first goal in the 13th minute of the game.Seven minutes later, Mane got on the scoring sheet. No other goals were scored in the game, and Liverpool registered a 2-0 victory.In other matches, Manchester City defeated Club Brugge 4-1. Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored goals for Pep Guardiola’s side.Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig played out a 2-2 draw while Ajax stunned…

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Antonio Conte vows to deliver ‘attractive’ football with Tottenham Hotspur

London [UK]: Newly-appointed Tottenham Hotspur FC head coach Antonio Conte has vowed to bring consistency to the Primer League side by playing “good and attractive” football.On Tuesday, the north London side announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as the head coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend. In his first interview since being appointed, Conte told Spurs TV: “My coaching philosophy is very simple – to play good and attractive football for our fans. To have a stable team, not up and down.”“I think the fans deserve to have a competitive team with a will to fight. I will do everything to deserve their support. This type of situation pushes you and increases the desire to work and to do something important for the fans of this club. This is a great opportunity, an honour to become…

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Champions League: Ronaldo scores brace as United play out draw against Atalanta

Rome [Italy]: Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the dying minutes of the Champions League fixture against Atalanta helped Manchester United walk away with a point.United and Atalanta played out a 2-2 draw on Tuesday in the Champions League. For Atalanta, Josip Iicic and Duvan Zapata got among the scoring sheet while Ronaldo scored both the goals for United.Heading into the dying minutes of the game, it seemed United would lose the match as the side was trailing 1-2, but Ronaldo’s brilliance helped the side in ending the match in a draw.United is at the top spot in Group F with seven points from four games while Atalanta is at the third spot.In other matches, Barcelona defeated Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 while Bayern Munich thrashed Benfica 5-0.Juventus outclassed Zenit 4-2 while Villarreal defeated Young Boys 2-0.

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Ranbir Kapoor to pay tribute to Diego Maradona via football match

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Ranbir Kapoor, Shoojit Sircar, Ahan Shetty and Vivian Dsena, among several others, are coming together to play a special football match in honour of the Argentina football legend Diego Maradona. The match will be held on November 3 at Jamnabai Grounds, Mumbai.Also, celebrities will be seen playing the match just days after the launch of Amazon Original Series ‘Maradona: Blessed Dream’, a biopic spanning 10 episodes that follows the triumphs and challenges of the legendary football player Diego Armando Maradona, from his humble beginnings in Argentina to his game-changing career through Barcelona and Napoli, and his role in taking his national team to win the World Cup in Mexico in ’86. Diego Maradona passed away last year on November 25. He was 60 when he breathed his last.

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Tottenham Hotspur appoints Antonio Conte as new head coach

London [UK]: Tottenham Hotspur FC on Tuesday announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as the head coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend.Antonio has won titles in Serie A, including a hat-trick of Scudettos with Juventus, the Premier League and also managed Italy, leading the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. In a statement by Spurs, Conte said: “I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again. Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world.”“I can’t wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach. Last summer our union did not happen because…

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Man Utd’s criticism is always there, it does not bother me, says Cristiano Ronaldo

London [UK]: Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the criticism of the club does not bother him as he has been playing for more than 18 years.Ronaldo’s comments came after Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on Saturday in the Premier League. “The criticisms are always there. For me, it doesn’t bother me because I have played 18 years of football, so I know that one day people will say we are perfect and another day they will say we are crap. I know that and we have to deal with that, but it’s always better when the people praise you and they are happy with you,” Manchester United’s official website quoted Ronaldo as saying.“Sometimes life is like that, sometimes we have to pass through bad moments and we have to change and we changed today. The team was a little bit…

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Pele remembers ‘beautiful friendship’ with Maradona on Argentine birthday

Sao Paulo [Brazil]: Brazilian football great Pele remembered his fellow legend late Diego Maradona on Saturday as the mercurial Argentine was recalled all around the world on his 61st birth anniversary. Three-time FIFA World Cup winner Pele took to Instagram and wrote: “God gave him the genius. The world gave him its love. Today is Diego’s Birthday. Forever, on this day, anyone who loves football will remember what he used to do with the ball. As for me, personally, I have the chance to fondly remember the beautiful friendship we had. These memories are a real gift.”Pele and Maradona had often vied for the title of best footballer in history. The Brazilian and Argentine were jointly named best player of the 20th century by FIFA in 2000. Maradona died on November 25th last year after suffering a heart attack. Maradona had begun his professional…

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Premier League: Ronaldo maintains scoring spree as United defeat Spurs

London [UK]: Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani all got on the scoring sheet as Manchester United defeat Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.United defeat Spurs 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday to move to fifth place in Premier League standings. The side now has 17 points from 10 matches. On the other hand, Tottenham has slipped to the eighth spot with 15 points from 10 games.Ronaldo opened the scoring for United as he registered the goal in the 39th minute of the game. At halftime, the Red Devils had a 1-0 lead.In the second half, Cavani and Rashford registered goals in the 64th and 86th minutes of the game respectively and United gained a 3-0 lead.Spurs were left searching for answers and in the end, United gained a comfortable victory.United will next lock horns against Atalanta in the…

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ARSENAL TRIUMPH AT THE KING POWER

In a match that promised a lot, it certainly delivered. Arsenal began in a tidy manner, pressing, passing forward, moving through and vehemently pushing to draw first blood. Which they certainly did , Gabriel delivered a goal from a corner, connecting from a Saka corner and putting the Gunners in front. Leicester looked like they were half asleep, boring backward passes, sideways and backwards, letting the Gunners run around with ample time to showcase their own brilliance which eventually led to another goal from Emile Smith Rowe, a James Maddison mispass which eventually led to Arsenal on a break and a clinical finish. Brendan Rodgers made some half time changes bringing on Barnes and Daka, which did threaten the Arsenal goal but Ramsdale delivered another great performance to hinder any Leicester advances. Mikel Arteta will be happy with the brilliant performance overall even though…

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Odisha Chief Minister launches India’s first FIFA Football for School Programme

Bhubaneswar (Odisha : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched India’s first-ever FIFA Football for School Programme at Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS).Football for Schools (F4S) is an ambitious worldwide programme run by FIFA, which aims to contribute to the education, development and empowerment of around 700 million children. It seeks to make football more accessible to both boys and girls around the world. Inaugurating the programme, the Chief Minister said, “Investment in sports is an investment in youth. And investment in youth is an investment in the future. Such collaboration to incorporate football activities into the education system will make football more accessible to both boys and girls at the grassroots.”The launch ceremony was also virtually graced by Dr Nik Gugger, Member of Parliament, Switzerland and Gianni Infantino, President, FIFA.In his virtual address, Dr Nik Gugger said, “The State of Odisha,…

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Nice to start U-23 Asian Cup with a win, but we shouldn’t get carried away : goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh

After defeating Oman in the opening fixture of AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022, Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh has admitted that it was a ‘nice feeling’ to start the tournament with a win but cautioned the team to not get carried away with that. Fujairah [UAE] : India U-23 team defeated Oman 2-1 in their opening fixture of the AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers at the Fujairah Stadium in Dubai, UAE on Sunday. “Our back four were in solid form. They were strong, winning tackles, winning aerial balls. They made my job easier. But we conceded in the last five minutes, and we need to bring in the extra concentration as the game progresses. It’s a big lesson we learned from the last game,” said Dheeraj in an official AIFF release.“It’s a nice feeling to start our campaign with a win. But we shouldn’t…

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Premier League: Salah, Jota shine as Liverpool thrash Man Utd

Manchester [UK] : Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota all got on the scoring charts as Liverpool thrashed Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday here at Old Trafford.Liverpool defeated United to move to second place in the standings, just one point away from table-toppers Chelsea. Before halftime, Liverpool registered four goals and they were scored by Naby Keita, Jota and Salah. The Egyptian striker Salah scored a brace in the first half, giving Liverpool a comfortable lead. Salah then went on to complete his hat-trick in the 50th minute of the game as Liverpool gained a 5-0 lead. No more goals were scored in the match, and in the end, Liverpool registered a comprehensive 5-0 win. 

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PREMIER LEAGUE:- SATURDAY ROUND-UP

As he savoured the first Premier League hat-trick of his career, along with kick-starting Claudio Ranieri’s Watford reign in spectacular fashion, Josh King was asked to explain the contrast with his barren time at Everton last season. “I never got given a chance,” he stated, correctly. Everton gave him plenty on his return. Goodison Park was an incredulous, furious place as a consequence. One week after enduring a 5-0 defeat by Liverpool, Ranieri’s transformed team turned the tables on Merseyside to inflict a five-goal humbling of their own on Everton and Rafael Benítez. King was central to the rout, albeit with sizeable assistance from his former teammates. The Norway international failed to score in 11 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side and his previous Premier League goal had come on the day Bournemouth were relegated here in July 2020. Prolific at Goodison, just not in an Everton…

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PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP-:Manchester City sweep Brighton aside 4-1

As the final whistle blew, the majority of Brighton’s supporters stood and applauded their side, which to some extent was a curious sight given they had just lost 4-1. But this was a hammering in which the losing team deserved praise having shown character and quality in the second half, dominating possession and territory and securing the goal their efforts deserved. Yet as the home fans cheered so did those in the away end having not just seen a win by Manchester City but another statement of intent. Four days after dismantling Club Brugge in the Champions League, City were at it again, this time getting the job done in the first half, scoring three times, through Ilkay Gündogan and Phil Foden, twice, during a devastating 18-minute spell. Their approach play was typically quick, slick and accurate and, having secured a fourth goal via Riyad Mahrez’s…

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PREMIER LEAGUE WEEKEND BEGINS AS ARSENAL TROUNCE THE VILLAINS 3-1

Arsenal dominated from the off and were deserved winners against an Aston Villa side who got their tactics all wrong. There have been sufficient false dawns for the Mikel Arteta project that it would be unwise to ascribe any game as the moment it went “bang,” as he would describe it, without a fair chunk of hindsight. However, as a blueprint for what Arsenal could be one need look no further than this impressive 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The Emirates Stadium was rocking. Throughout his tenure, Arteta has been at pains to point out how much he and his players need that support. The players fed the collective energy and fed off it, pressing with an intensity that is at best seen in patches, stringing together passing moves and taking shots at volume.  “I think the chemistry is there,” Arteta told CBS Sports.…

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Indian women’s football team look to continue good work against Djurgarden

Stockholm [Sweden]: The India women’s football team is all set to take on Djurgarden IF in their second friendly match in Stockholm on Saturday.Having already played four friendlies against UAE (4-1), Tunisia (0-1), Bahrain (5-0), and Chinese Taipei (1-0), Thomas Dennerby’s girls headed to Sweden with three wins and a loss to their name. While the first match against Swedish side Hammarby IF ended in a 2-3 defeat, the side will look to bounce back tomorrow.“The results themselves are not that important. What matters is that we are learning new things and improving with every game,” AIFF quoted forward Renu as saying.“We are gaining vital experiences against tough opponents, and that is helping the squad match up to the pace of an international game,” she added.Renu also said Team India has shown that they are ready for the match considering the side’s last performance…

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FIFA Rankings: India rise one spot to 106th, Belgium hold onto top position

Zurich [Switzerland]: October 2021 was a busy month in international football, with qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, friendlies, and the final rounds of the UEFA Nations League all on the agenda. A total of 160 fixtures were played, the impact of which can be seen on the FIFA Rankings.Though their lead is now under threat, Belgium remain on top despite UEFA Nations League defeats to France (3rd, +1) and Italy (4th, +1). Among the top five, only Les Bleus and Gli Azzurri have improved their positions. India has also moved one spot ahead to the 106th position after the Sunil Chhetri-led side won the SAFF Championship. The Blue Tigers had defeated Nepal in the summit clash.Brazil remain second but are breathing down the neck of Belgium, just 12 points behind. England, meanwhile, dropped two places to fifth.“A little further down, Spain’s…

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Indian women’s football team suffers defeat

Stockholm [Sweden] : The Indian women’s football team lost their lead twice on Thursday to eventually suffer a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Swedish top-tier side Hammarby IF in a friendly match here at the Hammarby IP stadium in Stockholm, Sweden.Hammarby IF, who are the former champions of the Dammalsvenskan league, rode Nina Jakobsson’s goals in each half to complete a narrow win over India. India had started off on a brighter note in the first half, as Sangita intercepted the ball near the opposition area and played it into Pyari Xaxa. The forward tried to dribble the keeper but was stopped on her tracks.India kept knocking on the Hammarby doors plenty of times, even as Pyari soared up the wing and played it to Anju whose cross was punched out of the box by the Hammarby keeper.Indumathi gave India the lead on…

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UCL: Ajax humble Dortmund, Madrid sink Shakhtar, City run riot against Burgee

Amsterdam [Netherlands]: In a clash of the top two teams in Group C, Ajax were 4-0 winners against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening. The goals at the Johan Cruijff Arena came from Daley Blind, Antony, and Sebastien Haller. Marco Reus scored an own goal for the away team. With their victory, Ajax remain in first place in the group.The match against the Germans started with a bang, when five minutes in, the first big chance fell to Antony. Though his shot was blocked, it sparked a period of dominant play. In the eleventh minute, the building pressure resulted in the 1-0, when a free-kick by Dusan Tadic was deflected by Marco Reus into his own net. Ajax did not let up, though, and before half-time, Daley Blind slammed home a volley to make it 2-0. The Amsterdammers picked up…

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UCL: Liverpool edge Atletico while PSG register comeback win against Leipzig

Madrid [Spain]: Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent record in UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group B as Mohamed Salah’s penalty clinched a dramatic 3-2 victory at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.In a game played at a relentless tempo, packed with incident, Salah opened the scoring – with a helping touch from James Milner – and Naby Keita thumped home a volley to give the Reds a 2-0 advantage by the 13th minute. But Diego Simeone’s seasoned Atletico turned the tide as the half wore on and got level courtesy of Antoine Griezmann’s double – a nudge in from Koke’s shot and then a precise angled drive.Griezmann was sent off in the early stages of the second half and the away team edged in front once more when Salah stroked in a low penalty 12 minutes from full-time. Atletico almost had a subsequent spot-kick of their…

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PSG striker Neymar ruled out of Champions League clash against Leipzig

Paris [France]: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Neymar has been ruled out of the upcoming Champions League fixture against RB Leipzig.Neymar had picked up an injury while he was on international duty with Brazil. “Neymar Jr has been suffering from adductor pain since his return from the national team and will have to extend a period of treatment for a few days before a normal return to the group,” PSG said in an official statement on Monday.PSG is currently at the top of Group A in the Champions League with four points from two games.The match against RB Leipzig will take place on Tuesday at the Le Parc des Princes.

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PL: Spurs dominate against Newcastle while West Ham edge Everton

London [UK]: Harry Kane netted a superb goal and made another for Son Heung-min to help Tottenham Hotspur to a 3-2 comeback win at Newcastle United.In Steve Bruce’s 1,000th match in all competitions as a manager and in front of Newcastle’s new owners, the home fans were given a dream start when Callum Wilson headed in Javier Manquillo’s second-minute cross. Spurs were level on 17 minutes with Tanguy Ndombele’s superb curling finish after Sergio Reguilon had picked him out. Kane then turned the match on its head with a clipped finish from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s precise through-ball for his first league goal of the season.Lucas Moura headed against the crossbar on 39 minutes before play was stopped due to a medical issue in the crowd. Shortly after play resumed in first-half stoppage time, Son’s close-range finish from Kane’s assist put Spurs 3-1 up.After the break,…

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Determination of Blue Tigers is amazing: Samad

Male [Maldives] : Indian men’s football team midfielder Sahal Abdul Samad lauded the ‘determination’ of the team as the Blue Tigers’ won their eighth SAFF title.India convincingly defeated Nepal 3-0 at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives, on Saturday to win the coveted trophy. The 24-year-old stated that the Blue Tigers were ‘doubted’ by all but the team responded positively in the last two group matches and the final.“Unbelievable! I think it’s a miracle. I don’t know what happened inside the box. I came in for the last 4-5 minutes. My teammates have been working hard – it all goes to them. But I just don’t remember what happened inside the box. I got it and went in. This is an amazing feeling,” he said.“We were doubted by all. We were written off by all after the first two games in which we…

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Skipper Sunil Chhetri shines as India outclass Nepal 3-0 to win record 8th SAFF Championship title

Male [Maldives]: India convincingly defeated Nepal 3-0 at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives, on Saturday to clinch the SAFF Championship trophy for a record eighth time.Skipper Sunil Chhetri (48′) opened the scoring before youngster Suresh Singh (50′) doubled the lead within a minute to a two-goal lead for the Blue Tigers in the second half. Super-sub Abdul Sahal (90′) whizzed past the Nepalese defence to nail the final one in the coffin on the last minute of regulation time.Incidentally, this was Chhetri’s fifth goal in as many outings during this campaign to finish at the top of the scoring chart.India rang in a couple of changes to the starting line-up as Anirudh Thapa and Chinglensana Singh came in for the suspended Subhasish Bose and the injured Brandon Fernandes.The first chance to the Blue Tigers came in the fourth minute when Yasir played…

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Firmino, Mane and Salah shine as Liverpool thrash Watford 5-0

Hertfordshire [UK] : Roberto Firmino claimed a hat-trick, Sadio Mane scored his 100th Premier League goal and Mohamed Salah struck another superb solo effort as Liverpool eased past Watford 5-0 at Vicarage Road to go top of the table on Saturday.After just nine minutes Salah sprinted beyond Danny Rose before playing a beautiful pass to Mane, who converted to become the third African player to score 100 goals in the competition. Liverpool doubled their advantage on 37 minutes when Firmino tapped home from James Milner’s cross. Firmino got his second on 52 minutes, before Salah’s moment of magic.The Egyptian beat three Watford players in the area before cutting back inside to curl in and score for the eighth consecutive match in all competitions.Firmino completed his treble in stoppage time, turning in a cross from substitute Neco Williams.Liverpool now go above Chelsea, who face Brentford…

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It was a mistake to let Messi go, says Bartomeu

Barcelona [Spain]: Former Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed that it was a ‘mistake’ for Barcelona to let Lionel Messi leave Camp Nou in 2020.Bartomeu said that he would only have allowed the Argentine to depart Camp Nou for MLS or Asia. The stance was taken in 2020 when the six-time Ballon d’Or first made a push for the exits, with Messi informing that he would not be freed from the final year of a lucrative contract. However, that deal was eventually run down and Messi leaving for Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain.“It is a mistake to let Messi go. He represents much more than a footballer,” the Goal.com report said quoting Bartomeu.PSG was an obvious choice for Messi, given their spending power and the presence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at Parc des Princes, but Bartomeu is still disappointed to see a…

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Indian women’s football team win over Chinese Taipei

Manama [Bahrain] : The India women’s football team’s spectacular run continued as they secured a 1-0 victory over Chinese Taipei at the Hamad Town Stadium in Bahrain on Wednesday.Renu’s early strike was enough for the girls to secure the win, which came after the 5-0 drubbing of Bahrain three days before. Before the opposition, who are currently ranked 40th in the FIFA Rankings, could settle into the game, a sudden strike by Renu gave India the early lead and remained the only goal of the match.Five minutes later, Renu could have doubled the lead, but she was ruled offside before she could make effective contact with the cross by Dalima.Chinese Taipei midfielder Ting Chi almost levelled the score, only to be denied by Aditi Chauhan under the woodwork in the 17th minute.Her compatriot Su Yu-Hsuan was also denied by the Indian goalkeeper on the…

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Manchester United defender Raphael Varane out for ‘few weeks’ with injury

Manchester [UK]: Manchester United have released an official update on Raphael Varane after the defender was injured while on international duty with France. The statement reads: “Raphael Varane sustained a groin muscle injury in the UEFA Nations League final and has commenced rehabilitation at the club. He will be out for a few weeks.”The centre-back was withdrawn during the first half of France’s game with Spain, which Les Bleus won 2-1 at the San Siro. It marked the latest trophy in his glittering career, with Reds team-mates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial also part of the successful side. The United begin a busy period with an away game at Leicester City on Saturday. Following the home Champions League tie with Atalanta, league fixtures against Liverpool and Tottenham complete a tough month. (ANI)

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Germany is the first team to qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Skopje [North Macedonia]: Germany has become the first team to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar following the side’s thumping win over North Macedonia in UEFA Group J. Germany thrashed North Macedonia 4-0 on Monday to book the World Cup spot in style. Timo Werner’s twin strikes along with goals from Kal Havertz and Jamal Musiala set up Germany’s win.The visitors were well on top throughout but the closest they came in the first half was when Werner hit the post. After the break, Germany broke through thanks to Havertz before Werner’s two well-taken goals and a first international strike for Musiala saw them cruise to victory. According to UEFA, Armenia’s loss in Romania confirmed their place as Group J winners. The FIFA men’s World Cup will see 32 nations compete against each other for the prize. The tournament will take…

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Neymar believes 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be his last for Brazil

Paris [France]: Neymar has admitted that in all likelihood next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be his last, as the strain of the game has taken its toll on the Brazilian’s body and mind.The PSG star has represented the Selecao at the 2014 World Cup on home soil and in Russia four years later but expects the tournament next winter to be his final appearance on football’s biggest stage. “I think it’s my last World Cup,” the 29-year-old said in DAZN’s exclusive new documentary, Neymar & The Line Of Kings.“I see it as my last because I don’t know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football any more. So I’ll do everything to turn up well, do everything to win with my country, to realise my greatest dream since I was little. And I hope I can do…

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Real Madrid should be punished for continued pursuit of Mbappe, says PSG sporting director

Paris [France]: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) sporting director Leonardo has said that he is still furious at Real Madrid because of their continued pursuit of French striker Kylian Mbappe.PSG had said no to a mammoth 220 million euros bid for Mbappe earlier this year. “At Madrid, they are denying it, but I think that Real Madrid has been trying to sign Mbappe as a free agent for a while. They have been talking publicly about Mbappe for two years. That should be punished. I see it as disrespectful towards Mbappe. He is not just another player, he is one of the best players in the world,” Leonardo told Gazzetta Dello Sport.“The coach, the board, Real Madrid’s players have spoken about Kylian… I think it is part of their plan. It is not respectful,” he added.Earlier, France striker Kylian Mbappe had revealed that after Euro 2020…

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Grateful to PSG because they have treated me very well, says Lionel Messi

Paris [France]: Argentine striker Lionel Messi has said that he has no regrets about joining Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).Messi had linked up with PSG in August this year having spent his entire career with Barcelona at club level. “Barca issued the statement saying that I was not going to continue and from that point on I started to wonder how I was going to bounce back. I had to find a new club to continue my career. I was lucky to be contacted by several clubs including PSG. I am grateful to the club because from the start they treated me very well,” Messi told France Football, as reported by Goal.com.“They showed they really wanted me and took care of me. I thank them because I am very happy today. I received other offers, but … we came to an agreement with PSG quite quickly.…

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Cristiano became Premier League’s player of the month

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Premier League’s Player of the Month for September 2021 after making an instant impact on his return to Manchester United. London [UK], October 8: The Portuguese scored three goals in as many Premier League matches after re-joining Man Utd from Juventus. It is Ronaldo’s fifth Player of the Month award, having won three successive league titles in his first spell at Old Trafford before leaving for Real Madrid in July 2009, and it is his first since March 2008.That gap of more than 13 years between Player of the Month prizes is the longest in Premier League history.Ronaldo enjoyed a dream first appearance on his return to the club, scoring two goals in the 4-1 home victory over Newcastle United.He also netted the opening goal as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team came from behind to win 2-1 at West Ham…

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SAFF Championship: India held to 0-0 draw by Sri Lanka

Male [Maldives]: India played out a stalemate against Sri Lanka at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives on Thursday in their second game of the SAFF Championship 2021.The Blue Tigers now have two points from as many games. India had a dominant start to the game, putting the two fullbacks to use, in order to stretch the opposition. Mandar Rao Dessai, who was playing left-back, went on a few dangerous outings, and on the quarter-hour mark, almost found Sunil Chhetri with a dangerous cross.However, the India skipper could not connect his header, as the ball went inches over him and into the keeper Sujan Perera’s hands.Liston Colaco had a big chance in the 22nd minute when Udanta Singh was played through into some space on the right flank and swung a cross into the box. Liston had managed to lose his marker and…

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Qatar 2022 will logistically be the best FIFA WC, believes Mikael Silvestre

Doha [Qatar]: Former Manchester United and France defender Mikael Silvestre believes Qatar 2022 will, logistically, be the best FIFA World Cup ever.Qatar in 2022 will host the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world and will only be the second one to be played on the Asian continent. The 22nd edition of the tournament will kick off on November 21, 2022, when Qatar — the reigning champions of Asia — take their FIFA World Cup bow at the tournament’s first match at the stunning 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City. Notably, Qatar will host the most compact version of the tournament in modern history. All eight stadiums are within 50km of central Doha, while fans, players, and officials will be able to stay in one accommodation throughout the event, which will conclude with the final at the 80,000-seat…

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After Euro 2020, received message that without me France might have won, says Mbappe

Paris [France]: France striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed that after Euro 2020 came to an end, he received a message from the national team that they could have won had Mbappe not been a part of the side.France was sent packing by Switzerland through a shootout in the last-16. The side was viewed as the favourites to win the tournament after bringing home the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but in the end, Italy won the European Championship. “I have never taken a single euro to play for the French national team and I will always play for my national team for free. Above all, I never wanted to be the problem. But from the moment where I felt like that I was starting to become a problem and that people felt I was a problem. … I received the message, that my ego was…

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Rajasthan United FC to take on Ryntih SC in I-League qualifiers opener

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The opening fixture of the I-League qualifiers 2021 will see two debutant clubs in Rajasthan United FC and Ryntih Sports Club locking horns with each other in Bengaluru on Monday.Newcomers Rajasthan United FC (RUFC) will be keen to put the marker down in their opening game as the club sets out on a quest to become the first side from the state of Rajasthan to play in the I-League. RUFC have made their way to the qualifiers as a result of winning the Rajasthan state league.“Our message to the boys has been very clear. We need to play together as a team, without fear,” the I-League website quoted RUFC’s assistant coach Anil Tomar as saying.“We need to believe in ourselves and continue to implement the same strategy that we have already practised in our practice matches earlier. The idea is to…

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Liverpool’s biggest game of season so far, says Henderson ahead of clash with Man City

Liverpool [UK]: Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson stressed the need for the club to be at their ‘very best’ when they face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.The Reds entered the weekend occupying first place in the Premier League standings, with the reigning champions one spot beneath them after six rounds of fixtures. Writing in his column in the official matchday programme, Henderson detailed his immense respect for Pep Guardiola’s side, having battled intensely with them for honours in recent seasons.Liverpool skipper said: “There’s no doubt that today’s game is our biggest of the season so far. The Premier League table tells us this, recent history and the aims of the two clubs tells us this.”“As an opponent, Manchester City are as strong as they come and we welcome them to Anfield in the knowledge that having got a great result at Chelsea last…

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Teams jostle for promotion, as I-League Qualifiers draw near

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: With a couple of days to go for the start of the I-League Qualifiers 2021, nine teams from as many states from across the country are gearing up for the tournament that could potentially grant them promotion to the I-League.The I-League Qualifiers are set to get underway on Monday with Rajasthan United taking on Ryntih SC at the Bangalore Football Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The match kicks off at 3.45 PM IST. The I-League Qualifiers 2021 marks a return to football for one of India’s most celebrated midfielders in the past decade, Mehtab Hossain, who will be returning to the football pitch after retiring two years ago. The veteran midfielder, who has 33 International caps for India, will join Madan Maharaj FC of Madhya Pradesh as a player-mentor.Delhi FC has been preparing for the HILQ for a few months now and…

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India women’s football team arrives in UAE for friendly matches

Dubai [UAE]: The Indian women’s team safely reached Dubai, UAE, on Thursday for their upcoming friendlies in the UAE and Bahrain, which get underway on October 2.These friendlies have been planned as part of the team’s preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which is set to take place in India next year. The Indian women’s team has been camping in Jamshedpur with help from the Government of Jharkhand. The 23-member squad along with the support staff travelled from Jamshedpur to New Delhi, before boarding a flight to Dubai.The Indian women’s team will play two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates (October 2) and Tunisia (October 4), before travelling to Bahrain, where they are set to face Bahrain (October 10) and Chinese Taipei (October 13).“The girls are all excited to be getting some match time for our Asian Cup preparation. We have trained hard…

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Champions League: Ronaldo’s brilliance helps United defeat Villarreal in thrilling encounter

Manchester [UK]: Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the dying minutes of the game helped Manchester United defeat Villarreal in Group F encounter of the UEFA Champions League here at Old Trafford.United defeated Villarreal 2-1 and now the side is at the third spot in Group F with three points from two games. The first half of the game did not see any goals and at halftime, the scoreline remained 0-0.In the second half, Villarreal took the lead as Paco Alcacer registered the goal in the 53rd minute. However, seven minutes later, United managed to equalise through Alex Telles.It was looking like that the match will end as a draw, but Ronaldo’s brilliance in the dying minutes ensured that the Red Devils walked away with a thrilling 2-1 victory.In other matches, Bayern Munich defeated Dynamo Kyiv 5-0 as Robert Lewandowski scored a brace.Barcelona suffered a 0-3…

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Indian football team gears up for SAFF Championship in Maldives

Male [Maldives]: Push the team bus to the background, and board the speed boat — the sole mode of commute from the mainland to the team hotel. Welcome to the Maldives, the venue for the SAFF Championship which kicks off in the Island Nation from October 1 onwards.The ride through the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean took almost 40 minutes, causing a bit of discomfort to the Blue Tigers — most (rather all) of whom are not quite accustomed to travelling over the ocean on a regular basis. That, however, doesn’t dampen the spirit of the squad, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu expressed, “It feels great to be back in Maldives. The weather is good right now and hopefully, we will make the nation proud, and give them something to cheer about.”“We are ready and the boys have been playing some football which is good.…

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Champions League: Messi scores as PSG defeat Man City

Paris [France]: Idrrisa Gueye and Lionel Messi got among the scoring chart as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester City in the Group A encounter of the UEFA Champions League here at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday (local time).PSG defeated City 2-0 to move to the top spot in Group A with 4 points. Manchester City, meanwhile is at third spot with three points. Gueye got PSG off the mark in just the eighth minute of the game and this put Manchester City on the backfoot. No other goals were scored in the first half and PSG held on to its 1-0 lead.In the second half, Messi doubled PSG’s lead in the 74th minute and by then, it was known that City would not be able to make a comeback.In another game, Liverpool defeated Porto 5-1 in Group B encounter to move to the top…

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Former Liverpool, England forward Roger Hunt dies aged 83

Liverpool [UK] : Former Liverpool FC forward and part of England’s World Cup-winning squad Roger Hunt passed away peacefully at home following a long illness on Monday evening. He was 83.Hunt is Liverpool’s second-highest goalscorer of all time with 285 goals in 492 appearances. A World Cup winner with England in 1966, Hunt joined the Reds from nearby amateur team Stockton Heath as a 20-year-old in July 1958 and spent 11-and-a-half hugely successful years at Anfield. His overall tally of 285 goals for the Reds stood as a record until Ian Rush surpassed it in 1992. No player has ever scored more league goals for Liverpool than Hunt’s total of 244, however.Hunt made his debut in a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United at Anfield in September 1959 – and, naturally, marked the occasion with a goal.Under the management of Bill Shankly, who arrived at…

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Durand Cup: Mohammedan enter final after beating Bengaluru in hard-fought SF

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Century old local favourites Mohammedan Sporting (MDSP), overcame FC Bengaluru United (FCBU) 4-2 in the semi-finals of the 130th Durand Cup on Monday here at Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), to make their sixth finals of the iconic tournament.Goals from Marcus Joseph, Faisal Ali, Brandon Vanlalremdika and Nikola Stojanovic made sure the Black Panthers quest for a third Durand title remained on course, despite a shock start to the game which saw FCBU talisman Pedro Manzi give his side the lead as early as 22 seconds into the game. The scoreline, in the end, was a bit flattering for MDSP with United ending the game with 10-men and after tying 2-2 in regulation time. Sporting scored in each half of extra time to get the result, the close to 25000 local fans gathered at the stadium wanted.MDSP gaffer Andrey…

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper coach Leslie Cleevely joins SC East Bengal

Former Chelsea goalkeeper coach Leslie Cleevely will help SC East Bengal shot-stoppers get better under the bar this season, it was announced on Sunday. Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Septemebr 26 : Cleevely joins head coach Manuel ‘Manolo’ Diaz’s coaching team after a successful stint with the Bangladesh senior national team. “I have experience of working in this part of the world. Being part of the Bangladesh national team setup where fans are also very passionate about their football, I understand the sentiment well. SC East Bengal is a massive football club and I am proud to be part of that,” said Cleevely. “I have done my homework on the goalkeepers we have and I will do what needs to be done to bring the best out of them. All three goalkeepers are experienced and I am sure they will come out with flying colours,”…

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Blue Tigers coach Stimac names list of 23 for upcoming SAFF Championship

India men’s football coach Igor Stimac on Sunday named a list of 23 players for the forthcoming SAFF Championship which kicks off in the Maldives from October 1 onwards. The final of the championship is slated for October 16. New Delhi [India], September 26 : The players and the support staff will assemble in Bengaluru tomorrow (Monday, September 27), and will fly out to the Maldives the next day. Stimac and other members of the technical staff will join the squad directly in the Maldives on the same day. Besides India – Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and hosts the Maldives are the other teams in the Championship. Each team plays each other once with the top two teams qualifying for the final.Stimac in an official AIFF release stated, “We are all looking forward to the SAFF Championship as the leading football country in this…

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Durand Cup: FC Goa thrash Delhi FC 5-1 to storm into semis

Kalyani (West Bengal) [India]: FC Goa continued their brilliant run and played a dominant brand of football throughout the 90 minutes to defeat Delhi FC 5-1 in the 130th Durand Cup quarter-finals at the Kalyani Stadium on Friday.Goals from Devendra Murgaokar, Muhammed Nemil and Brandon Fernandez in the first half and Leander D’Cunha and RomarioJesuraj in the second, meant despite Delhi getting one back from Nikhil Mali, the Gaurs will take their place in the second semi-final on Wednesday at the Vivekananda Yuba BharatiKrirangan (VYBK) in Kolkata. They await the winners of the fourth and final quarter-final game between fellow ISL side Bengaluru FC and Army Green on Saturday, also scheduled at the VYBK.Delhi FC started well in the first quarter creating quite a few opportunities for themselves. Anwar Ali and Willis Deon Plaza had their chances at scoring but failed to convert each…

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Indian women’s football team to play international friendlies against UAE, Tunisia, Chinese Taipei and Bahrain

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) [India]: After setting up camp in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand for around a month, the Indian women’s Team will travel abroad on an exposure tour as part of their preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which is set to take place in India next year.Earlier, head coach Thomas Dennerby had stressed on the importance of playing competitive matches in their preparation for the continental tournament. Now, the Indian eves are set to leave for UAE on Thursday, September 30, where they will play two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia, as per a release in the-aiff.com. After the two friendlies in the UAE, the team will then travel to Bahrain to play two more friendlies against Bahrain and Chinese Taipei. That is likely to be followed by a brief stint in Sweden, where they are set to face two Damallsvenskan league…

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Messi was ‘tyrant’ during training, says Barca coach Ronald Koeman

Barcelona [Spain]: Barca coach Ronald Koeman has said Lionel Messi was like “a tyrant” during training at Barcelona.The Argentina star raised the bar at the Camp Nou club as he developed into one of the greatest to ever play the game before departing to join Paris Saint-Germain this year. “Lionel Messi has obscured everything. He was so good and he won,” Koeman told Voetbal International, as reported by goal.com.“Of course he had good players around him, but he made the difference. Everyone seems better than they are because of him. This is not a criticism, but an observation,” said the Barcelona coach.Koeman, who worked with the Argentina star for a year before Messi left the club for Paris Saint-Germain said, “I knew how good he is, but it’s still nice to see it up close every day. Everything you would like to teach a…

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ISL: East Bengal snap up Croatia forward Perosevic

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: SC East Bengal on Thursday added teeth to their attack by acquiring the services of Croatia forward Antonio Perosevic on a one-year deal that will keep him at the club till the end of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season.Perosevic joins SC East Bengal from Hungarian top division club Ujpest FC, starting 13 games for them last season. The 29-year old who can also play on the wing becomes Manuel ‘Manolo’ Diaz’s sixth and final foreign signing for the season. Slovenian midfielder Amir Dervisevic, Australian defender Tomislav Mrcela, Croatian centre-back Franjo Prce, Nigerian striker Daniel Chima Chukwu and Dutch utility player Darren Sidoel are the other five overseas recruits.“India is an amazing country and I have heard a lot about how passionate people are about football here. Especially, SC East Bengal and its fan base are much talked about. I…

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Cristiano Ronaldo topples Lionel Messi as Forbes’ highest-earning footballer

Manchester [UK]: Cristiano Ronaldo’s big-money move to Manchester United saw him replacing Lionel Messi as the highest-paid footballer in the world, according to the latest rankings released by Forbes.Ronaldo is set to earn $125 million before taxes in the 2021-22 season, with $70 million coming from salary and bonus for his return to United. The 36-year-old is set to earn an estimated $55m (£40.31m) from commercial deals, only three other active athletes make more commercially: Roger Federer ($90 million), LeBron James ($65 million) and Tiger Woods ($60 million). His longtime and arch-rival, Lionel Messi will earn $110m (£80.63m) this season, with $75m (£50m) of that figure coming from his salary and bonuses at the Parc des Princes, as per Forbes. The former Barcelona star will pad his PSG paycheck with an estimated $35 million in endorsements.PSG now claims three of the world’s five highest-paid…

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Govt of Kerala and AIFF announce collaboration on multiple football development projects

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: As part of the programmes, and in an endeavour to promote and encourage women’s football, the Government of Kerala along with the AIFF and KFA will host an international football tournament in Kochi in December ahead of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 which is slated to be held next year from January 20 to February 6.Kerala Sports Minister V Abdurahman at a press conference announced Government of Kerala’s collaboration with All India Football Federation on multiple projects.Furthermore, Kerala will host the final round of the 75th Santosh Trophy National Senior Football Championship, the minister informed. The next junior and sub-junior national football championships for boys and girls will also be held in Kerala.AIFF Deputy General Secretary Abhishek Yadav was also present on the occasion, as was Kerala Football Association (KFA) Executive Committee member Reginald Varghese.On behalf of the AIFF…

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Not going to talk about my future at Barcelona, says coach Koeman

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said that he is not going to talk about his future with the club after they were held to a 1-1 draw against Granada. Barcelona [Spain], September 21 : Barcelona trailed for 88 minutes in the game, and it was down to Ronald Araujo to help the side get an equaliser in the match. “I’m not going to talk about my future anymore. Today’s Barca is not the Barca of eight years ago. We played Barca’s way, but we don’t have the speed on the break because Philippe Coutinho goes inside, Yusuf Demir doesn’t go too deep and that’s the way it is. With Ansu Fati or Ousmane Dembele, it’s different, you have more speed, but you have to look for alternatives,” Goal.com quoted Koeman as saying.“Before the game, you think about winning, especially at home, but our bad…

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I continue to smile every day: Pele after brief stay in ICU

Sao Paulo [Brazil]: Three-time FIFA World Cup winner Pele on Friday stated that his recovery is going well after the 80-year-old was briefly transferred back to an intensive care unit (ICU) on Friday after suffering breathing difficulties.Football legend Pele was visited by his daughter Kely Nascimento in the hospital. Nascimento posted a photo of herself next to her father in the hospital, seeking to cheer up his fans. Pele also took to social media to thank fans for the good wishes he has received and their love. “My friends, I am still recovering very well. Today I received visits from family members and I continue to smile every day. Thank you for all the love I get from you,” Pele wrote on Instagram.Considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, Pele has been in poor health in recent years and has…

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ISL club Bengaluru FC to enter into women’s football with trials on September 25

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], September 17 : Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC, on Friday, announced their plans to start under-11, under-13, and under-15 girls teams this season, marking their entry into women’s football. The selection trials for the same are scheduled to be held at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Ashok Nagar, on September 25.“We have had the discussions at the club about getting into women’s football for a while now, and we would have made this move a year earlier if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, there are a lot of competitions for the girls to take part in, and the Karnataka State Football Association has also taken steps in this respect by having the Super Division and the A Division running. There are a lot of communities too that are conducting competitions that our girls can participate in, and that will…

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Barcelona injury woes continue as Alba, Pedri ruled out after Munich defeat

Barcelona [Spain]: FC Barcelona on Wednesday confirmed that Jordi Alba and Pedri have sustained an injury after their defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League opener.FC Bayern beat FC Barcelona 3-0 on Tuesday night, getting off to a perfect start to the Champions League campaign. Thomas Muller put Bayern ahead in the first half, Robert Lewandowski doubling the lead after the restart and rounding off his brace in the closing stages, whereas the home side registered no shots on target. Barca woes continued after the match, as the first-team player Pedri suffered a quadriceps muscle injury in his left thigh. “The player is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return,” FC Barcelona stated.Pedri was in the starting XI against Bayern Munich and played all 90 minutes. In total this season the midfielder has made two appearances in the league…

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Ronaldo equals Champions League appearance record in Man United 2-1 defeat to Young Boys

Bern [Switzerland]: Cristiano Ronaldo has chalked up yet another UEFA Champions League record after making his 177th appearance as Manchester United took on BSC Young Boys in Switzerland on Tuesday, the start of his 19th season in the competition.The forward’s return to the competition for Manchester United brought another milestone as he matched the mark of Iker Casillas for making most appearances in the Champions League. Xavi Hernandez with 151 appearances is on the third while another Barcelona legend, Lionel Messi is on fourth with 149 matches under his belt. On the pitch, United’s no.7 and co however had a horror night in Bern as BSC Young Boys defeated United 2-1 in their UEFA Champions League opener. Ronaldo marked his record-equalling match with the opener in the early stages at the Wankdorf Stadium, latching onto Bruno Fernandes’ ball on 13 minutes to open his…

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AIFF condoles Bhabani Roy’s death

New Delhi [India], September 13 : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has condoled the demise of former India international Bhabani Roy who passed away on Monday. Roy who made his international debut in the Merdeka Cup in 1969 represented India in 3 matches.At the domestic level, he was part of West Bengal’s Santosh Trophy squad in 1968, and the triumphant squad in 1971. He played his club football for Mohun Bagan from 1968 onwards wherein he captained the green and maroons in 1972 which was his last year in the club as a player. He scored 5 goals in the process, and helped the club win the CFL in 1969. Bagan also won the IFA Shield that year.Roy also guided his club to win the Rovers Cup in 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 (joint-winners); Dr HK Mookherjee Shield in 1968 and 1969 (joint-winners); the…

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Durand Cup: Hyderabad FC thrash Assam Rifles 5-0

Kolkata, (West Bengal) [India], September 12 : Indian Super League (ISL) side Hyderabad FC registered a dominating win in their Durand Cup debut, as they defeated regimental side Assam Rifles 5-0 at the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club Ground on Sunday.The defeat also spells the end of the road for the Rifles in the 130th Durand Cup, who can no longer qualify for the knockout stage. Quickfire goals from Abdul Rabeeh (7′), Chhangte (18′), Rohlupuia (21′), and Arun Kabrabam (27′) saw Hyderabad blitz their way to a 4-0 lead going into half-time.While that was enough ammunition already for the three points, Chhangte had one more rabbit in his hat to pull out. He did just that with a finely executed free-kick, three minutes from time.Delighted after the resounding victory, Hyderabad FC coach Shameel Chembakath said after full-time, “I am delighted with the result and the…

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Old Trafford has always been magical place for me, says Ronaldo

Manchester [UK]: After impressing one and all on his second Manchester United debut, Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that Old Trafford has always been a magical place for him and there is a reason why it is called ‘Theatre of Dreams’.“My return to Old Trafford was just a brief reminder of why this stadium is known as the Theater of Dreams. For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind into,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post. “Along with all my teammates and with the amazing support that we always get from the stands, we face the road ahead with confidence and optimism that we’ll all be celebrating together in the end,” he added.Further in his post, Ronaldo said: “Proud to be back at Man. United and playing in the Premier League once again,…

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Cristiano Ronaldo stars on Old Trafford return as Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-1

Manchester [UK], September 11 : Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his Manchester United return as they defeated Newcastle United by 4-1 in Saturday’s Premier League match.United as of now are at the top of the table in the league, as their unbeaten start to the season continued at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba assisted Bruno Fernandes and substitute Jesse Lingard for the other two goals of United. The 36-year-old forward scored just before the half-time whistle from very close-range before Newcastle pegged United back in the second half through Manquillo’s goal. Visitors were only level for six minutes though before Ronaldo got his second, hitting the shot through Woodman’s legs.Fernandes fired in a third from the edge of the D before Lingard wrapped things up in stoppage time after coming off the bench.Elsewhere, substitute Odsonne Edouard scored twice and Wilfried Zaha converted a penalty as…

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Looking forward to playing again, says Pele after surgery

Sao Paulo [Brazil]: Three-time FIFA World Cup winner Pele on Friday stated that his recovery is going well after the 80-year-old underwent successful surgery to remove a tumour on the right side of his colon.Football legend Pele is being kept in intensive care for a while after undergoing an operation this week. He took to social media to thank fans for the good wishes he has received and said that he will spend the coming days focused on his recovery. “My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better. I’m looking forward to playing again, but I’m still going to recover for a few more days. While I’m here, I take the opportunity to talk a lot with my family and to rest. Thanks again for all the loving messages. We’ll be together again soon!” Pele said in an Instagram post on…

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Cristiano Ronaldo set for second Manchester United debut against Newcastle today

Manchester [UK]: Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will have a role to play in the Premier League match against Newcastle United on Saturday.The Portuguese will definitely make his second debut for the club, the United boss confirmed at a press conference on Friday. Ronaldo has been training with his new teammates for the first time this week as the team prepares to welcome Steve Bruce’s side to Old Trafford at the weekend. “He’s been having a good preseason with Juventus, he’s played for the national team, he’s had a good week with us here. He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure,” Ole said as per manutd.com.Ronaldo has been in terrific form recently, as last week he scored his 110th international goal during the World Cup qualifying match against Ireland to surpass Iran legend…

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Lionel Messi breaks Pele’s record to sit atop CONMEBOL’s goal-scoring list

Buenos Aires [Argentina]: Lionel Messi has now become the highest scorer in the men’s goal-scoring list of CONMEBOL after he broke legend Pele’s record on Thursday.The Argentinian number 10 scored a hat-trick against Bolivia in a World Cup qualifying match to overtake Pele (77) and become South America’s top male international scorer with 79 goals. Only Brazilian stars Marta (109) and Cristiane (96) have scored more overall international goals than the Argentina icon now as he claimed his spot as the top men’s goalscorer on the continent.“I really wanted to be able to enjoy it,” Messi said after the match, as per goal.com. “I waited a long time for this, I looked for it and I dreamed of it. It’s a unique moment for the way it happened after so much waiting.“There was no better way to celebrate this than to be here. My…

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Durand Cup 2021: FC Bengaluru United first team to enter knockouts

Kalyani (West Bengal) [India]: Bengaluru United (FCBU) became the first team to make it to the knockout stages of the 130th Durand Cup, when they beat Indian Air Force 4-2 in a thrilling Group A encounter, at the Kalyani Stadium on Thursday.Spaniard Pedro Manzi was again the architect of victory, scoring two, his second and third of the tournament, and creating two for Yumnam Gopi Singh to score, as the spirited Airmen, who gave it their all and even dominated for large parts of the second half, crashed out with a game to go. FCBU had beaten CRPF 1-0 in the first Group A game and now have a full six points from two games played, more than enough to make it to the quarters. Indian Air Force had gone down 1-4 to Mohammedan Sporting, but Thursday’s display was a much-improved one from them.In…

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