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Deepika Padukone shines in elegant shimmery saree as presenter at BAFTA 2024 | – Times of India

Deepika Padukone is all set to mark her presence at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) 2024 as a presenter. The actress made a stunning fashion statement for the award function by choosing to adorn a saree at the red carpet. Deepika treated her fans to a sneak peek of her BAFTA look through two captivating photos shared on her Instagram stories.Opting for elegance, the actress donned a white shimmery saree paired with heels, complemented by a bun hairstyle. Her ensemble was accessorized with small earrings and minimal makeup. Deepika's participation as a presenter at BAFTA 2024 marks another milestone in her career. Just days prior to the evening, her Yoga instructor Anshuka gave a glimpse of Deepika's pre-event routine as she prepared to take center stage at the ...
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Mario Zagallo, industrious left-winger, pragmatic coach and Brazil’s original World Cup man

It was the most familiar sight in Brazil’s dugout through much of the 90s and 2000s. A short and sagely grandfatherly figure with gold-tinted spectacles and a shining head, he would prance beside the touchline, bend and kneel over, as if to discover a hidden lock to unlock another dimension of the game. With a grin and twinkle in his eyes, he would walk back to the dug-out, whisper something in the ears of the assistant, and repeat the circle. He was Mario Zagallo, Brazil’s original World Cup man, who died last Friday.He would have loved the alignment of the date of his death—January 05, 2024, though it was only a day later that his family announced his death. The sum of the numbers is 13 (5+2+2+4), his favourite number. He wore the superstitious No.13 shirt, made his most famous assist...
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Manvir Singh leads India to crucial 1-0 win over Kuwait in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a crucial match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup second-round qualifiers, India secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Kuwait on Thursday. The breakthrough came in the 75th minute when Manvir Singh found the back of the net with a left-footed shot, connecting with a precise cross from Lallianzuala Chhangte. The win adds three valuable points to India's campaign in Group A.The encounter saw both teams engaged in a closely contested battle, with chances coming at a premium.However, Manvir Singh's clinical finish proved to be the decisive moment in the match. Kuwait faced further adversity as Faisal Alharbi received his second yellow card in the third minute of added time, resulting in his expulsion from the game. The red card left Kuwait with 10 men on the field.India's attention ...
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Great players like Virat Kohli and Lionel Messi always arrive in World Cups, says Michael Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli has taken his game to another level at the biggest ODI stage, the World Cup, which is currently being played in India; and former England captain Michael Vaughan compared the inspirational Kohli to Argentina's football legend Lionel Messi, saying that "great players always arrive at World Cups".Kohli sits second currently on the list of run-getters in this ICC World Cupwith 354 runs, and 198 of those have come in the last two of his five innings so far in the tournament.He scored 103* against Bangladesh and 95 against New Zealand.Barring a few fielding errors, India have been on top of their game in all three departments, which shows in their five-match unbeaten run to be number one on the points table at the moment.The red-hot Kohli, meanwhile, is two hundreds aw...
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Lionel Messi back on Argentina duty as 2026 World Cup qualifiers kick off | Football News – Times of India

MONTEVIDEO: After a dazzling start to his career in Major League Soccer, Lionel Messi returns to international duty with Argentina this week as South America's long qualifying road to the 2026 World Cup kicks off on Thursday.Nine months ago, Messi crowned his glittering career by leading Argentina to a World Cup crown in Qatar cementing his status as the greatest player of his generation.Since that magical night in Doha, the diminutive 36-year-old superstar's life has gone through a period of upheaval.After an acrimonious end to his career with Paris Saint-Germain, Messi was courted by Saudi Arabia before ultimately deciding to forge a new chapter of his career with Inter Miami.That move has proven to be an inspired decision, with Messi and his family settling in Florida seamlessly whil...
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Spanish soccer federation asks UEFA for suspension in apparent leverage play to protect Luis Rubiales

The Spanish soccer federation has asked UEFA to suspend it from international competitions because of government interference over demands to remove its beleaguered president Luis Rubiales from office. The move was widely seen as an attempt to silence some of Rubiales’ critics, including government ministers who have asked for his removal, as such a suspension would ban Spanish teams from competitions like the Champions League and could sway public opinion in favour of letting him keep his job. Soccer’s governing bodies have long-standing rules barring national governments from interfering with the running of the domestic soccer federations. However, UEFA will not comply with the Spanish federation’s request for a sanction, a person familiar with the issue told The Associated Press on ...
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FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has opened disciplinary proceedings against Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish FA, following his unsolicited kiss on Women’s World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso, the global soccer body said on Thursday. The incident – which happened as Rubiales was presenting the players with their gold medals after they beat England 1-0 in the final on Sunday – sparked outrage within and outside Spain, with Hermoso saying such acts should “never go unpunished”. “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee informed Luis Rubiales, President of the Spanish Football Association, today that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against him based on the events that occurred during the final of the Women’s World Cup,” it said in a statement. “The events may constitute violations of art...
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Union representing World Cup champion kissed by Spanish soccer head demands act not ‘go unpunished’

The players’ union representing the Women’s World Cup winner kissed without her consent by the president of the Spanish soccer federation said that his inappropriate act should not go unpunished. Jenni Hermoso, who was kissed forcibly by federation head Luis Rubiales during Sunday’s awards ceremony, said in a statement on Wednesday that the FUTPRO players’ union and her agent would “defend my interests and speak on my behalf.” The union continued the statement by adding: “We are working so that the acts like the ones we witnessed don’t go unpunished, are sanctioned, and that pertinent measures are adopted to protect the soccer players against actions that are unacceptable.” Hermoso, a 33-year-old forward and key player for Spain, had said on a video streamed on social media during a cha...
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Jenni Hermoso calls for ‘exemplary measures’ against Spanish FA chief over kiss

Spain’s Jenni Hermoso has called for “exemplary measures” to be taken against Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President Luis Rubiales following his unsolicited kiss on her lips after the team’s victory in the Women’s World Cup, the FUTPRO union said on Wednesday. The incident – which happened as Rubiales was presenting the players with their gold medals after they beat England 1-0 in the final on Sunday – sparked outrage within and outside Spain and many people, including government ministers, demanded his resignation. “My union FUTPRO, in coordination with my agency TMJ, are taking care of defending my interests and have taken over as my interlocutors on this matter.” Hermoso said in a joint statement released by the union and her agency.Most Read 1 Chandrayaan-3 ...
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England vs Spain World Cup final: Bull-doggedness vs Artistry

The Mexicans defenders are backpedalling in half-hope and half-dread. Bobby Charlton is galloping forward, free and uninhibited, from the centre circle, in acres of space, in the blink of an eye. He shimmies and feints, drifts to the right and pauses momentarily at the perfect spot where he could unpack the fury of his right foot. He cracks a screamer that zips and swerves past the goalkeeper. It’s not the most iconic goal in the history of English football, it arrived two weeks later in the final of the 1966 World Cup, but this is the goal that symbolises the soul and spirit of England football, its directness and simplicity, its blood and thunder. There was no elaborate build-up or intricate passing patterns, but a fortunate deflection, a quick layoff, a lung-busting sprint from the ...
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Building on Barcelona’s success, Spain is playing its first Women’s World Cup final against England

If those precise passes that untangle defenses and the attacks coming from all angles by first-time Women’s World Cup finalist Spain look familiar, there is good reason.The Spanish squad is built on a core of Barcelona players who have triumphed with their club and are now one step from the ultimate prize when they face England on Sunday in Sydney.Nine Barcelona players, including two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, attacking midfielder Aitana Bonmatí and defensive leader Irene Paredes, are among the key players for Spain. The club’s influence also extends to the England team, which features Barcelona players Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh. “Some of us are very lucky, we’ve won two Champions Leagues with Barcelona,” Bonmatí said after beating Sweden 2-1 in the semifinals. Barcelon...
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‘Every kid’s dream’, Lauren Hemp hails ‘special’ England team

Lauren Hemp said England would be ready to go again on Sunday against Spain in the Women’s World Cup final after enjoying the euphoria of finally getting past the semi-finals by beating Australia on Wednesday. The European champions exited in the last four at the last two World Cups but a goal and an assist from Player of the Match Hemp helped them to a 3-1 win over the co-hosts at Stadium Australia. “Oh my god, what a feeling,” the 23-year-old forward told reporters. “I felt like there’s no words to describe what we all feel right now. It’s an unbelievable achievement. Getting to a World Cup final, it’s every kid’s dream. “We’ve got a few days to recover. But then we go again. Because you want to win this obviously now we’ve got so far.” England took a lead into halftime after a first-...
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Sarina Wiegman is the outlier as the Women’s World Cup highlights a shortage of female coaches

Sarina Wiegman is in a unique position at the Women’s World Cup, where she’s the only female head coach still in contention for the title.That was the case even before England advanced to the semifinals, by beating Colombia 2-1, with Wiegman also the outlier from the eight teams that reached the quarterfinals.“Of course what we hope is to get more female football coaches at the top level and the balance gets better than it is right now,” Wiegman said. “Of course males are welcome too. There are lots of males who have done a very good job in the women’s game, but if the balance is better that will also inspire other women to start coaching.” Women’s soccer is growing at pace. This World Cup has seen record attendance, rising talent from around the globe and showcased a closing of the gap...
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WATCH: Passengers hooked by Australia’s victory after 20-penalty thriller at Women’s World Cup

As Australia edged France on penalty kicks on Saturday to reach the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the first time, fans everywhere were hooked by the drama. Clips went viral on social media showing fans catching the action by the hundreds at public screenings in Australia. Meanwhile, a clip going viral on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, showed a row of passengers on a flight tuning into the shootout action on the tiny screens in front of their seats. Some of these stadium scenes from around the country when #Matildas won: MCG (Thread) #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/kdo7kbaIs4 — Tyson Whelan (@tyson_whelan) August 12, 2023 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js A huge roar went up in the plane as Australia wrapped up the title. That moment for women’s sport ❤️⚽️👑🦘 pic...
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Australia pulling for Matildas to advance in Women’s World Cup. Only 1 host has ever won title.

Australia will try to avoid the host team curse by avoiding elimination in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup.The Matildas have co-hosted this tournament with New Zealand, but the Football Ferns failed to advance out of group play. Australia is still playing and faces France on Saturday in Brisbane, Australia, for a spot in the semifinals.But tournament hosts have always struggled to make it past the quarterfinals, starting with China in the inaugural 1991 tournament, then Sweden in 1995, Germany in 2011, Canada in 2015 and finally France in 2019. France was eliminated by the United States in front of 45,000 spectators in Paris, and the sting carried with Les Blues for quite awhile. Aside from the United States, which won the 1999 tournament in America, all other World Cup hosts...
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Salma Paralluelo’s extra-time goal gives Spain a win over the Dutch and a Women’s World Cup semifinal spot

Salma Paralluelo scored deep in extra time to give Spain a 2-1 win over Netherlands on Friday and send the sixth-ranked nation into the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup for the first time.The teenager struck in the 111th minute of a tight knockout match between European soccer heavyweights whose men’s teams already have storied World Cup histories.Netherlands lost the final to the United States in France four years ago, and now both teams have exited the tournament. The 19-year-old Paralluelo made her break down the left, pivoted momentarily and from a difficult angle launched a left-foot shot into the back of the net for the winner. “It’s important for everyone,” Paralluelo said. “We have succeeded. We have fought until the end. We have believed.” Netherlands defender Stefanie van d...
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Japan tries to stake its claim as favourite at Women’s World Cup when quarterfinals begin

Japan has hardly been tested in this Women’s World Cup and rolled with a perfect 4-0 record into the quarterfinals, where a win over Sweden would show the Nadeshiko are very much a true contender.But Friday’s opening day of the quarterfinals also gives Netherlands an opportunity to take control of a wide-open World Cup. The Dutch were runners-up to the United States four years ago, and the Americans beat them in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics.With the US already eliminated, Netherlands has a major obstacle out of its way. But first up comes a match against Spain, which had never before advanced into the quarterfinals of the World Cup until this year. A look at Friday’s games: JAPAN-SWEDEN Sweden is rated third in the world by FIFA and the highest-ranked team still in the World ...
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Australia to pore over friendly win over France before World Cup re-match

France coach Herve Renard put little stock in the friendly defeat to Australia a week before the Women’s World Cup but the Matildas will seek inspiration from video of the game ahead of their quarter-final on Saturday. Australia beat Les Bleues 1-0 in front of a packed crowd at Melbourne’s Docklands stadium to build confidence before co-hosting the global showpiece. “It was a friendly at the end of the day but for us we learned a lot from that game and now we have images of us versing them in our formation and what we can improve on,” winger Cortnee Vine told reporters in Brisbane after training on Wednesday. “We look inwards before we look outwards and we’ll be going back and analysing our own game against them and just picking apart what we can expose.” Australia head into the quarter...
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Denmark ready to turn party poopers against Australia

Denmark will make it their mission to ruin Australia’s party and kick-start their own celebrations by knocking the co-hosts out of the Women’s World Cup, but victory will not come easy against one of the favourites, coach Lars Sondergaard said on Sunday. Speaking before Monday’s last-16 clash at Stadium Australia, Sondergaard said his team can take confidence from a 3-2 victory over the Matildas in 2021, adding that they had learnt a lot about their opponents in a 3-1 defeat last year. “We’re going to have our own party if we succeed in ruining a party and that part is fine by me. Of course, it’s going to be a difficult game but we see chances,” Sondergaard told a press conference. “We’re living a dream and we want to continue living it as long as possible, until the final day of the to...