‘It’s a lie’ – Ronaldinho laughs off marriage reports

first_imgWTF ‘It’s just the biggest lie’ – Ronaldinho laughs off reports of three-person marriage Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:13 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldinho Getty WTF Ronaldinho Gaúcho The ex-Brazil and Barcelona idol insists he has no plans to marry one person, let alone two – although he did see the funny side of the story Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho has laughed off reports that he is planning to wed his two girlfriends in a lavish ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. Local gossip columnist Leo Dias sent the world abuzz on Thursday when he claimed the ex-Barcelona star would hold the unorthodox three-way nuptials in August. Ronaldinho has maintained an open relationship with Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza for several years, and was reportedly set to exploit a loophole in Brazilian law that allows multiple individuals to be joined together in a civil union.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Dias held that it would be an intimate ceremony in the player’s Rio mansion open only to family, although Ronaldinho’s sister was supposedly opposed to the union and would not be in attendance.Speaking on Saturday, however, the now-retired star saw the funny side as he denied any plans to settle down. “It’s just the biggest lie. That was said, but it is a lie,” he explained to SporTV.”Everyone in the world is calling me and leaving me messages, it’s funny. I’m not getting married!”last_img read more

10 months agoSon says Spurs happy to go under the radar in title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Son says Spurs happy to go under the radar in title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Son Heung-min says they’re happy to be going under the radar in the title race.Mauricio Pochettino’s men are still seen as outsiders despite ­leapfrogging Manchester City to ­become Liverpool ‘s closest ­challengers. But Son says: “I’m honest. We are halfway through and we’re second, six points behind but actually no one is ­saying anything about us still.“I don’t want to think about it, it’s tighter than before but people still don’t believe we’re second and that’s why we have to be focused on ­ourselves, focused on ­playing our own game, play like we always play.“We’re getting closer, but no one still likes to speak about us and that’s why we must just focus on ourselves, what we do on the pitch, nothing else.“Maybe it can help us, I try to think positively always and we can do it because the players think the same as me.“We’re not thinking about Man City, we’re not thinking about ­Liverpool, we’re just going our own way and see what happens at the end of the season.” last_img read more

10 months agoShenzhen jump ahead of Newcastle in race for AC Milan striker Borini

first_imgShenzhen jump ahead of Newcastle in race for AC Milan striker Boriniby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United must act quickly if they’re to win the race for AC Milan striker Fabio Borini.Newcastle have been in contact with Milan about a deal for the former Sunderland forward.However, TMW says Shenzhen FC of China are also in talks and have already tabled Borini a three-year deal.Shenzhen also intend to offer €10m next week to convince Milan to sell. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with FA Cup romp at Tranmere: But it’s so cold!

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with FA Cup romp at Tranmere: But it’s so cold!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted after their 7-0 FA Cup thumping at Tranmere Rovers.Fernando Llorente hit a hat-trick, Serge Aurier scored twice, with Heung-min Son and Harry Kane also netting.Pochettino said: “I am very pleased but very cold! It is so cold! We were very solid, they worked very hard in the first half and of course, we were a little bit lucky to open the scoring.”In the second half we found space and were very clinical in front of goal. It was 7-0 but it was very tough to open the scoring.”It was the plan to give Harry Kane 15-20 minutes to play, he always wants to play. It is important too for the fans here and the opponents to enjoy Harry Kane, he’s an icon in England and not everyone can have the opportunity to see him. It was important to show some respect to the people who are here, it was very nice for everyone.”It is difficult to sign anyone this month. If we can find someone to improve us then we are open but it is so difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoMan City boss Pep Guardiola proud of home record

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Pep Guardiola proud of home recordby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is proud of his side’s home record.The manager feels that it has underpinned their title successes of the past two seasons.He said: “In some moments you need luck to win games, to make a lot of points, win titles.”But we have effort and very good things, so I’m proud of the the effort and the way we have done it.”Our first season (at City) was not consistent. We had problems. I didn’t expect it when I landed here. I thought at home we would be strong and away tough but it was completely the opposite in the first season.”But since then, the second season and third season and this season as well, we have been strong at home. To try to win titles you have to be strong at home or you have no chance.” last_img read more

17 days agoEriksen: Transfer talk not to blame for Spurs form

first_imgEriksen: Transfer talk not to blame for Spurs formby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen insists transfer speculation around the Spurs squad isn’t the cause of their dismal form.Eriksen, who is not interested in signing a new deal at Spurs, says that is not an issue.”It doesn’t matter at all. Everyone is professional and in all clubs there is talk of players going away,” he told Ekstra Bladet while on international duty.”That side of the matter has no bearing on how we have performed so far this season.”If I, as a football player, took all the rumours to me, I would float on a cloud. But I know that it can’t all be true. It does not affect me what is written.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoInjury to Mane or Firmino could derail Liverpool – Richards

first_imgInjury to Mane or Firmino could derail Liverpool – Richardsby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMicah Richards says an injury to either Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino could cost Liverpool the Premier League title.The Reds are eight points of Manchester City at the Premier League summit heading into the international break.Pep Guardiola’s side have been unlucky with injuries in recent weeks, and former City defender Richards warns those same problems could impact Jurgen Klopp sometime this season.”They only thing I fear for Liverpool is if they pick up a couple of injuries,” Richards told Radio 5 Live.”Man City are a bit short in the defensive area at the moment but as a contrast if Liverpool lost Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino they would just not be the same team,” Richards added.”Over the course of the season, I think City will get stronger.”During the last 10 games there is so much pressure to perform and people make mistakes.”If City are in touching distance by seven or eight points come February and March, I think it would be a good ride towards the end of the season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoSouthampton lose performance analyst to New York Red Bulls

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton lose performance analyst to New York Red Bullsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has lost another member of his backroom staff. analyst Two months after assistant manager Danny Rohl joined Bayern Munich, head of performance analysis Natasha Patel has left for the New York Red Bulls.Patel had spent eight years with Saints, having joined as an academy analyst in 2011.At New York Red Bulls, the squad includes Saints loanee Josh Sims and ex-Saint Bradley Wright-Phillips.A statement on the club’s website says “Patel will oversee and expand the club’s use of analytics in areas including opponent scouting, game preparation and player evaluations from the Red Bulls First Team down through Red Bulls Academy.” Patel said: “I am extremely delighted to join the New York Red Bulls family. A club with strong values and a clear vision to develop players and continue to be successful in MLS.” last_img read more

8 days agoBayer Leverkusen coach Bosz accepts they face losing Man Utd, Liverpool target Havertz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayer Leverkusen coach Bosz accepts they face losing Man Utd, Liverpool target Havertzby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz accepts they’re on borrowed time regarding young midfielder Kai Havertz.Last season was the finest of Havertz’s career thus far, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances from midfield, as well as notching four assists for his teammates.As a result, multiple reports claim both Manchester clubs as well as Liverpool , Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are keeping tabs on his situation at Leverkusen. “Of course I would like to keep him, just as I would have liked to keep Julian Brandt, for example,” Bosz told the BILD.”Kai is only 20 and still has room for improvement. I can help him there.”But it is like this, at the end the player himself must feel when he is ready for the next step.”Nobody can decide that for him.” last_img read more

5 days agoReal Madrid keeper Courtois raps Odriozola after defeat at Mallorca

first_imgReal Madrid keeper Courtois raps Odriozola after defeat at Mallorcaby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois rapped Alvaro Odriozola after defeat at Real Mallorca.Courtois didn’t think Odriozola should have made the tackle that saw him receive his second yellow card at Son Moix.Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Real Mallorca in the Balearic Islands and the right-back was dismissed for a foolish challenge on Junior Lago whilst already on a yellow card.”I think he touched the ball for the first yellow,” Courtois said afterwards.”But the second is fair. I don’t think that with a card he should have made that foul.”But it’s because of adrenaline.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: 2 Ohio State Grads Got Engaged In Front Of Ohio Stadium This Past Weekend

first_imgEngagement in front of Ohio State Stadium.Ohio State Engagement Ohio StadiumHardcore Buckeyes fans – is there anything more romantic than the thought of getting engaged in front of Ohio Stadium? This past weekend, a young couple, Shelby and Tyler, did just that in front of the venue’s famous stained glass windows. The couple, who have been dating nine years and both attended Ohio State, shared photos of the moment on social media. Shelby gave us some insight into how it all went down.@OhioState #engaged #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/dkqejNg0Vi— Shelby (@ShelbyCrabbs) June 15, 2015@Lombosco@ TCaw09 told me he was playing tennis @ the shoe &his car broke down could I come pick him up. So I drove over with our dog Irving— Shelby (@ShelbyCrabbs) June 15, 2015@Lombosco I saw him at the arch of the stadium thinking construction at the shoe was happening. That’s when he got down on one knee.— Shelby (@ShelbyCrabbs) June 15, 2015@Lombosco we’ve been dating since we were sophomores in high school.Going on 9 years in September.We are both graduates from Ohio State!— Shelby (@ShelbyCrabbs) June 15, 2015Clever, for sure. Congrats to the happy couple – it seems that between Ohio State winning the national title and their engagement, they’ve had quite a year.last_img read more

Michigan Assistant’s Cryptic Tweet Has Some Speculating The Wolverines Have Landed A 5-Star OT

first_imgTyrone Wheatley sends out cryptic tweet about possible recruit.tyrone wheatley tweet about isaiah wilsonMichigan just got done putting together an incredible recruiting class in Jim Harbaugh’s second go-around at the helm. It looks like the Wolverines could be off to a solid start for next year’s class too. Thursday, five-star offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, a product of Poly Prep in Brooklyn, New York, tweeted that he has a “major” announcement coming. Hours later, Michigan assistant Tyrone Wheatley, who coaches the running backs, dropped a cryptic tweet that features Notorious B.I.G. lyrics. Many fans and analysts are connecting the dots, considering the rapper hailed from the New York borough.Major announcement coming || BLESS UP— ‼️Zayaa‼️ (@Asteria74) February 18, 2016@Asteria74 I think that was an ALL STAR GAME announcement.— Gregg Henson (@GreggHenson) February 19, 2016Lol no it wasnt and thats very good detective work but youre off the mark https://t.co/Dw6wsNHwu8— ‼️Zayaa‼️ (@Asteria74) February 19, 2016Is Brooklyn in the house? – Without a doubt, Biggie Smalls the fella with clout everybody yapping about…The Notorious B.I.G!— Tyrone Wheatley (@CoachWheat6) February 18, 2016One may think Michigan is close to landing 2017 OL Isaiah Wilson from this tweet. https://t.co/dqwAY5Y15P— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) February 19, 2016Not sure what this means, but 2017 5* OT target Isaiah Wilson is from Brooklyn, New York https://t.co/XgCrxQ0AtK— BigHouse (@Qb9Adam) February 19, 2016Noteworthy tweet https://t.co/wtizu8fdSo— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) February 19, 2016Is it much ado about nothing? We’ll find out soon.last_img read more

Leonardo warns Higuain ‘must take responsibility’

first_imgAC Milan sporting director Leonardo has fired a warming to Gonzalo Higuain, saying the striker must get to work and improve at San Siro. The 31-year-old has been targeted by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who wants to sign his former charge from Napoli in an effort to improve his club’s striker situation. However, Goal understands that Chelsea will not be signing Higuain during the January transfer window, with a deal proving too complicated due to the Argentine being on loan at Milan from Juventus.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Blues are not keen to negotiate with two different sides, and will look elsewhere for another option to compete with Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. Meanwhile, the normally prolific Higuain has struggled to replicate his best form during his half season in Milan. The Argentina international has managed just eight goals in 20 appearances in all competitions, well off his best scoring rate during his time at Napoli and Juve. Higuain’s current sporting director has challenged his striker to improve at Milan, with a move to Stamford Bridge looking increasingly unlikely. “He has to make a decision and take on his share of the responsibility,” Leonardo said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Not this continual, ‘yes, no, I’m not sure.'”He had a tough moment, he has to put it behind him and get to work.“There’s no point following rumours and gossip. He is here right now. Seeing as he is here, he needs to get down and actually do something for this team.“A goal can change things, but if he is to continue here, he needs to take on responsibility.”After a two-week break, Milan will be back in action on Saturday against Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia last 16.last_img read more

FiveThirtyEight’s Predictor Thinks Notre Dame Is Out Of The Playoff

first_imgAn extreme closeup of Brian Kelly wearing a Notre Dame hat and a head set.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)This year, there appear to be six teams with legitimate shots at qualifying for the College Football Playoff. Most college football analysts believe that Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are locks, and the last spot will come down to Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia.FiveThirtyEight’s playoff predictor model, however, doesn’t seem to believe it’s that clear-cut. The model actually suggests that Notre Dame fans could have to sweat out Sunday’s selection show.After all games were completed on Sunday, FiveThirtyEight’s model gave both Alabama and Clemson over 99% chance of getting in. Oklahoma is next-best, with a 72% chance.Notre Dame, with a 12-0 record, has a 61% chance of getting in – Ohio State’s odds are at 66%.538's playoff rankingsIt’s hard to see the committee leaving out an undefeated Notre Dame team, but who knows. It’d certainly be a statement about the idea of winning a conference.In our College Football Playoff rankings prediction, we don’t think Notre Dame will be out. We have the Fighting Irish at No. 3.The official rankings will come out at Noon ET on Sunday.last_img read more

Johnny Wilson, No. 6 WR In 2020 Class, Announces Commitment

first_img Wilson is the No. 5 rising senior in California and the No. 6 wide receiver in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Overall, he is the No. 43 prospect in the 2020 cycle.After landing a top-10 class in 2019, Oregon football is on a roll for 2020. The Ducks have the No. 1 class in the Pac-12 and the No. 12 overall class in the country.Wilson is the highest-ranked recruit in Oregon’s 2020 class, which you can view below.The 2020 team composite rankings can be found here. A general view of Autzen stadium during an Oregon Ducks game.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 20: General view of Autzen Stadium during the game between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the University Oregon Ducks on September 20, 2003 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon defeated Michigan 31-27. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Calabasas (Calif.) four-star wide receiver Johnny Wilson owns nearly 40 scholarship offers. Today, he chose one of them.The top-50 prospect announced his commitment to Oregon moments ago, choosing the Ducks over UCLA, Washington, Texas and others.“I would like to completely shut down my recruitment–focus 100 percent on my senior year and commit to the University of Oregon,” Wilson wrote on Twitter. “My family and I am beyond excited to be a part of the Duck Family!”Pacoima I’m a duck🔰😆 #Wavy20 #ScoDucks #Committed pic.twitter.com/Gzwk7gXVQb— Johnny Wilson (@jjohnnywilson) July 29, 2019last_img read more

Jalen Hurts’ Stats On Oklahoma’s First Drive Are Incredible

first_img Jalen turned on the jets ⚡️(via @CFBONFOX)pic.twitter.com/q1LItV7Aop— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 15, 2019Oklahoma added a field goal on its second drive, to move its lead to 10-0. Chip Kelly’s tenure at UCLA has been a real struggle since the beginning of last year, and trying to defend Lincoln Riley’s offense is the last thing it needed this weekend.So far, Hurts is 3-of-5 for 52 yards through the air, and has 103 yards and a score on five carries.That pushes his season numbers to 643 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions through the air, and 326 yards and four scores on the ground.We knew Jalen Hurts was good from his time at Alabama, but it is extremely impressive how he’s picked up an entirely new offense, and how Lincoln Riley has adapted his system to fit Hurts’ deadly running ability. former alabama quarterback jalen hurtsTUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if there is some Oklahoma fatigue when it comes to Heisman voting this year. Jalen Hurts may not give people a choice though.The Alabama transfer hasn’t played a truly powerful defense yet, but Hurts’ numbers are absolutely incredible. Tonight’s first drive against UCLA may top what he did in Weeks 1 and 2.Oklahoma started the game with pretty bad field position, at its own 11. From there, Hurts:Ran for 52 yards, to UCLA’s 37.A 10-yard penalty negated a Trey Sermon rush, bumping Oklahoma back to UCLA’s 47.Hurts ran for one yard.Hurts ran for 16 yards.Hurts ran for 30 yards and a touchdown.Add it up, and that is 99(!) yards and a touchdown on four carries for the Heisman frontrunner. It doesn’t get much better than that.last_img read more

So cute! Jasprit Bumrah bowled over by Aussie kid imitating his action

first_imgSo cute! Jasprit Bumrah bowled over by Aussie kid imitating his actionIndia vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah was the joint-highest wicket taker in the four-match Test series which India won 2-1 to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.advertisement Rohan Sen SydneyJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 12:33 IST The little kid slipped and fell over as he tried to imitate Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBumrah’s action is so unique that fans have been trying to copy it ever since his debutThe little kid’s action even caught Bumrah’s attention and he commented on the viral videoBumrah ended the Border-Gavaskar series as the joint-highest wicket taker with Nathan LyonJasprit Bumrah has captured the imagination of the Australian cricket fans with his performances in the Border-Gavaskar Test series. His pace and accuracy throughout the four Tests drew a lot of praise from former Australia cricketers who saw him for the first time in red-ball cricket Down Under.Bumrah ended the series as the joint-highest wicket taker with 21 wickets along with Nathan Lyon.But more than his success, it has been his action and the pace which he generates with such a short run-up, which has baffled cricket pundits and fans all over the world. How does he do it?Bumrah’s action is so unique that fans have been trying to copy it ever since he made his international debut.And now a young Aussie fan seems to have finally perfected the action and also has the India pacer’s stamp of approval on it.A video is going viral on social media in which a small kid, barely taller than the stumps, could be seen imitating Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action.@bhogleharsha @Jaspritbumrah93 The only problem from your great series win may be the next generation of Aussie cricketers you have inspired! pic.twitter.com/dmZNClOcBxMichael Curtin (@c_u_r_t_o) January 9, 2019The user who posted the video also tagged Bumrah and cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle in the tweet and wrote, “The only problem from your great series win may be the next generation of Aussie cricketers you have inspired.”Bumrah was quick to reply on the tweet. “The kid is so cute. Give him my best wishes,” the 25-year-old wrote.advertisementThe kid is so cute . Give him my best wishes .Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 9, 2019Excellent! https://t.co/L4LPWMna4yHarsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 9, 2019The Australia v India series in 2034 is going to be ! https://t.co/JiNBA3UQWTICC (@ICC) January 9, 2019Bumrah rattled the Aussies and tore through their batting lineup throughout the four Tests as India registered a historic series win, their first ever in Australia in 71 years.The performance of India’s fast bowlers on overseas Test tours over the last one year has made the whole world stand up and take notice with many rating this attack as the best ever India has ever produced in red-ball cricket.Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma took a total of 48 wickets in the series, more than what the Aussie pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins collectively managed (40 wickets).The pace trio consistently delivered for India during their three important overseas tours in South Africa, England, and Australia in the 2018-19 season.Even during the series defeats in South Africa and England, the pacers delivered, picking up 20 opposition wickets on most occasion.The trio picked up 136 wickets in 2018, thereby breaking a 34-year-old record of 130 wickets set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding, and Malcolm Marshall for the most wickets in a calendar year by a pace bowling unit.Also Read | India outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India vs Australia: ‘Ravi Shastri asked players to leave their driver’s license at home’ Also Read | India vs Australia: BCCI announces huge cash rewards for Virat Kohli’s history makersAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs and tour of NZ, Siraj named replacementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Border-Gavaskar serieslast_img read more

Indian football needs actively involved Chhetri even after retirement, says Luis Garcia

first_imgIndian football needs actively involved Chhetri even after retirement, says Luis GarciaFormer Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Luis Garcia called Sunil Chhetri a “special player” and said he must be the mentor for the young guys in the next 2-3 years.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 19:53 IST Luis Garcia said Sunil Chhetri is the player Indian footballers look up to. (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLuis Garcia said that passion for football is growing in IndiaGarcia was all praise for India captain Sunil ChhetriGarcia said “India has got tremendous talent”Former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Luis Garcia Thursday said for Indian football to improve, a player of Sunil Chhetri’s calibre should be actively involved with the national team even after he hangs up his boots.The 40-year-old Spanish winger, a Champions League winner with Liverpool and who has also turned out for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, called Chhetri a “special player”.”He is there now and the rest of players look up to him, you need someone, you have to have an idol and here in India you don’t have many,” Garcia said.”At this stage, the passion for football in India is growing. So, follow him, he must be a mentor in the next two-three years. We know he is still playing but when he retires, he should be the player who is next to the national team and be actively involved.Garcia, who once represented Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata, felt it is imperative for ISL to strike the right balance between foreign recruits and domestic players.He said the Spanish players’ foray into other top European leagues such as EPL, Bundesliga and Serie A in the last decade went a long way in helping the country win the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the Euro two years prior to that global triumph.The way Spanish players gained in exposure by playing elsewhere and bringing their philosophy into Spain, the ISL could also benefit Indian football by attracting talent from abroad.”But it is also to give domestic players enough chances. They have many good domestic players now and it shows that ISL has helped Indian football,” Garcia said.advertisementThe FC Barcelona Ambassador was speaking during the unveiling of the Barca Academy Asia-Pacific tournament.Garcia said, “India has got tremendous talent and I am glad to see so much footballing action in this country. Grassroots football helps develop great players. A tournament of this scale reassures players of great opportunities. It also works as a catalyst to create infrastructure needed to nurture the talent.”The tournament will see 48 teams from Australia, Japan, China, Spain, Singapore and India competing against each other in categories under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15, with over 500 players participating.There will be two teams from Spain – in U-11 and U-13 – competing.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri equals Bhaichung Bhutia’s record of most appearances for IndiaAlso Read | Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Sunil ChhetriFollow Indian footballFollow Luis Garcialast_img read more

Copa America: Brazil reach semis with shootout win over Paraguay

first_img Reuters BrazilJune 28, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 13:22 IST Brazil reach Copa America semis with shootout win over Paraguay. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGabriel Jesus sealed Brazil’s win in a shootoutThe sides were tied 0-0 after 90 minutesBrazil will face Argentina or Venezuela in the semi-finalBrazil reached the last four of the Copa America on Thursday with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Paraguay after their compelling quarter-final in Porto Alegre ended scoreless.Gabriel got the winning kick for Brazil after Gustavo Gomez and Derlis Gonzalez missed for the visitors. Roberto Firmino pulled his spot-kick wide for the hosts.Brazil, who have yet to concede a goal in their first four games, will next face the winner of Friday’s quarter-final between Argentina and Venezuela in Belo Horizonte next Tuesday.Gabriel Jesus had missed a penalty against Peru in their last group game and said he went back to his tried and tested the technique on Thursday.”In the last game I didn’t look at the keeper and I hit it hard straight away and the goalie made a good save,” he added.”Today I did it my usual way, I looked calmly at the keeper and I could see him moving to the left and I side-footed it the other way.”After a foul strewn and unexciting first half, Brazil took control when Fabian Balbuena was sent off in the 58th minute for fouling Firmino as he bore down on goal.The referee gave a penalty but changed it to a free kick on the edge of the area after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR).The sending off then saw the home side lay siege to the Paraguayan goal but without joy, Everton seeing a shot deflected over the bar, Gabriel Jesus pulling a gilt-edged chance wide, and Willian hitting the post in the last minute.advertisement”We created lots and lots of chances, the ball hit the woodwork, the goalkeeper worked miracles, but the fans helped us and we never gave up,” said midfielder Arthur.”We know what football is like, it’s about small details, and we couldn’t win but we felt the good energies and we managed to get through on penalties.”Goalkeeper Alisson, who like Arthur started his career in Porto Alegre, saluted his teammates.”This is a team that deserved the win today,” Alisson said.”It was a draw but against a team that didn’t want to play unless it was on the counter-attack. We’ve gone up one step, two more to go to our objective, to be Copa America champions.”In the other two quarter-finals, Colombia plays Chile and Uruguay take on Peru.Also Read | Barcelona official denies club wants Neymar to returnAlso Read | Brazil 2019 adds to Ecuador’s woes at Copa AmericaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Copa AmericaFollow Brazil vs Paraguay Copa America: Brazil reach semis with shootout win over ParaguayWith a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Paraguay after their compelling quarter-final in Porto Alegre, Brazil reached the last-4 of the Copa America 2019advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Indian Army allows next of kin to wear medals of late ex-servicemen during homage ceremonies

first_img Abhishek Bhalla New DelhiJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 23:58 IST Medals may be worn on right chest by next of kin of ex-servicement of the Indian Army when attending homage ceremonies at war memorials, cemeteries and funerals | PTI photo for representationHIGHLIGHTSSpouses, children and parents of winners of gallantry or service awards can now wear medals on their chestMove comes after some next of kin of ex-servicemen had expressed need to honour services of slain soldiersThe “family medals” can be worn by parents, wife, forefathers and children while wearing civil clothesIndian Army has decided to allow the kin of deceased military personnel to wear their medals on the chest while attending homage ceremonies.Spouses, children and parents of winners of gallantry or service awards can now wear the medals on their chest after the death of the original recipient, according to an order by Army Headquarters.The move comes after some next of kin (NOK) of ex-servicemen had expressed a need to honour the services of slain soldiers by sporting their medals on specific occasions.Medals are to be worn only by persons on whom these are conferred, while serving or by ex-servicemen as laid down in regulations for the Army, 1978 (revised edition), the Army said.The decision was taken to ensure the legacy of winners of these medals carries on even after their death.In an order passed on July 11, 2019 by the Ceremonial and Welfare Adjutant General’s Branch, the Army said that these medals can be worn by family members when “attending homage ceremonies at war memorials, cemeteries and funerals”.The order stated that after the requests from families was made, the matter was examined and it was felt that allowing the next of kin to wear the medals will instill a sense of pride in the future generations of the family.It also stated that a similar practice is followed in some other countries.The “family medals” can be worn by parents, wife, forefathers and children while wearing civil clothes, the order added.The order has been circulated in all commands of the Indian Army.advertisementAlso Read | Kargil War: Meet the shepherd who warned the ArmyAlso Read | Army chief approves MS Dhoni’s request to train with paramilitary regimentAlso Watch | Jab We Met Indian Army’s Special ForcesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Indian Army Indian Army allows next of kin to wear medals of late ex-servicemen during homage ceremoniesThe move comes after some next of kin (NOK) of ex-servicemen had expressed a need to honour the services of slain soldiers by sporting their medals on specific occasions.advertisementlast_img read more