FC Barcelona has confirmed the appointment of Argentine Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as the new coach of the club. A two-year contract has been struck between them. Current BBVA Primera Liga Champions reached agreement with the former Newell's Old Boys and Paraguay coach.
Meet the new coach of Barcelona: Argentine Gerardo Tato Martino
Mohun Bagan defender Syed Rahim Nabi on Sunday said he was shell-shocked at the punishment handed down to his club by AIFF. All India Football Federation has suspended Mohun Bagan for next two season of I-League. Syed said, "My injury was to a large extent responsible for Mohun Bagan refusing to continue that day after half time".
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a new 12 million-pounds contract with Paris Saint-Germain club, ending growing interest from Manchester City. Reports say that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has offered Ibrahimovic a 1-year extension to his current deal that would tie him to the French side until 2016 along with a large wage increase. Manchester City had been showing interest for last few months in Ibrahimovic and was in talk with him.
A game of football will open the 2013 Lusofonia Games in Goa, which will be thrown open in November this year. The Lusofonia Games, the Portuguese equivalent to the British Commonwealth Games, will cost the state exchequer Rs.240 crore, Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar told the Goa legislative assembly Thursday. Tawadkar also said that five football grounds in the state were being upgraded to the standards prescribed by FIFA, the world football governing body.
Miracles do happen in Lionel Messi's Barcelona Club and one such miracle was seen when Barcelona defeated seven-times European Cup winners AC Milan on Tuesday by 4-0 and became the first team in history of competition to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit without the benefit of an away goal.
Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi donated nearly 1 million pesos (about $202,000) to a sports facility used by children from low-income families in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina, his foundation said. The money donated by the FC Barcelona striker will be used to improve the Deliot sports complex in Rosario, located about 300 km from Buenos Aires, allowing children to "have a special place for sports, education, training and culture", the Leo Messi Foundation said.
The final of 126th Durand Cup football tournament will be between ONGC and Mohammedan Sporting on Thursday at Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi. ONGC defeated Indian Navy by 1-0 in the second semifinal to book a berth in the final. Henry Ezeh's goal in the 53rd minute was the difference between the two teams in a match where chances came at a premium.
Mohun Bagan would formally request the All India Football Federation to review its decision to impose a three-year suspension on the club for abandoning the Dec 9 I-League derby against arch-rivals East Bengal at the Salt Lake Stadium. "We have decided that we will formally ask for a review," Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra told IANS Sunday. The letter would be sent to AIFF president Praful Patel by Monday.
Praful Patel has been re-elected as the new President of All India Football Federation (AIFF) at its Annual General Body meeting held on Thursday. The elections were held in the presence of Asian Football Confederation (AFC), world-governing body of FIFA. Patel said, "We haven't violated any rules. We have gone by the AIFF constitution and the spirit of the sports code".
Soccer star Lionel Messi has been reportedly subbed for the 'best athlete of 2012' award in his home country Argentina. Instead, Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez was awarded the title of "Olimpia de Oro," an honor given to the South American country's top athlete in voting by the Circulo de Periodistas - or association of journalists.