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.
Brazilian star football striker Neymar won the prestigious Golden Boot for the second time in his short career with 43 goals in 2012. Across the last twelve months, Neymar has scored 20 goals in the Sao Paulo state championship, eight in the Copa Libertadores, 14 in the Brazilian league and one in the Supercup, reports Xinhua.
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.
Argentine striker Lionel Messi has extended his contract with Spanish football giants Barcelona till 2018. Besides Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol have also renewed their contracts until 2016, Barcelona announced Tuesday, reports Xinhua. Messi's renewal was surprising as his current contract runs till 2016. But Barcelona wanted to assure his continuity in the team till 2018.
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.
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.
Barcelona defeated Atletico Madrid by 4-1 at Camp Nou on Sunday taking a 13 points lead from the 3rd placed Real Madrid and 9 points lead from the 2nd placed Atletico. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho now believes that its over for Real Madrid. "The league is now impossible. It is the first time that I have been in a situation like this where my team are a long way off their objectives," he said.
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.
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".
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".