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  • Hazard wins Belgian player of the year award

    London, Jan 3 (IANS) For his sterling performances this season and the last one, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been named the Belgian football federation KBVB's "Devil of the Year", seeing off competition from Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku.Hazard...

  • Dijk eager to work with Klopp

    Liverpool: Having signed for English Premier League (EPL) giants Liverpool FC, central defender Virgil van Dijk asserted on Monday that he is looking forward to working with celebrated coach Jürgen Klopp. "Everybody obviously from a Liverpool perspective knows how he is; how lively he is, how...

  • Barcelona accepts terms for Mascherano move to CSL

    Madrid, Dec 20 (IANS) Catalan giants Barcelona have accepted the terms for their star defender Javier Mascherano to join the Chinese Super League (CSL) in the January transfer window.According to reports by Marca, the two parties made a deal that will see the Argentina international depart for...

  • West Ham's Lanzini banned for two matches for diving

    London, Dec 20 (IANS) West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini has been banned for two matches for diving in Saturday's English Premier League win at Stoke, the FA announced here.The 24-year-old Argentine forward fell to the ground as he was challenged by defender Erik Pieters and the Hammers were awarded...

  • ISL: Mumbai City end Chennaiyin FC's winning streak

    Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) Mumbai City FC put an end to Chennaiyin FCs hat-trick of victories with a gritty 1-0 win in the fifth round of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Sunday.Achille Emana kept his cool to convert a 60th-minute penalty for the only goal of the match...

  • Sports can help de-radicalise Kashmir youth: Woman footballer

    New Delhi: Sports could be the best medium to de-radicalise Kashmir youth, says a woman footballer whose viral picture showing her hurling stones at security forces once earned her the tag of stone-pelter. Afshan Ashiq, 23 -- the latest sports sensation from the troubled valley -- said...

  • Ronaldo's goal: Seven children, seven Ballon d'Or awards

    Madrid: Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has said he wants to win seven Ballon d'Or awards before retiring.The 32-year-old already has four Ballon d'Or awards to his name in a career spanning 15 years. However, the Real Madrid forward, who recently became father to his fourth child said...

  • Messi set for 600th Barcelona appearance

    Madrid, Nov 3 (IANS) Lionel Messi will make his 600th official appearance for FC Barcelona when they host Sevilla at the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday.Only Xavi Hernandez (767) and Andres Iniesta (642) have played more games for Barca than the 30-year-old who made his debut on October 16, 2004. And...

  • U-17 WC: Spain, England eye maiden title

    Kolkata: England and Spain will have their eyes firmly trained on the history books waiting to christen them as first-time champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup when the two footballing hotshots renew acquaintances in the hotly-anticipated final here on Saturday.In the first all-European final of...

  • India has a ball, gets FIFA chief Infantino's thumbs up

    Kolkata: FIFA president Giani Infantino said on Thursday that "India is a football country now," moments after arriving in the city to chair the FIFA Council meeting to be held on Friday and attend the U-17 World Cup final.Asked about the successful organisation of the U-17 World Cup, the...

  • U-17 WC: Lip-smacking encounter on cards as Brazil-Germany meet

    Kolkata: A humdinger will be on the cards when traditional football heavyweights Brazil and Germany face off in a marquee quarter-final clash of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan on Sunday.In front of an expected crowd of over 60,000 at the venue which has been...

  • On-song England aim to seal knockouts berth against Mexico

    Kolkata: On a high after a flawless display against Chile, contenders England will look to sealing their berth for the knockout stages with a victory over two-time champions Mexico in a Group F tie here at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan on Wednesday.The Young Lions, as they are nicknamed...