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Paul Pogba sends best wishes to his brother after Mohun Bagan switch

As Paul Pogba wishes his brother Florentin on a new journey, the latter spoke about the challenge he would face in a new league. F. Pogba is Green Maroon 💚♥️#ATKMohunBagan #JoyMohunBagan #AmraSobujMaroon pic.twitter.com/diuxLL9j1N — ATK Mohun Bagan FC (@atkmohunbaganfc) June 25, 2022 “I need to know a lot more about the Indian Super League. But I have heard about Indian football from legendary footballers like Nicolas Anelka and Robert Pires who plied their trade here,” Florentin told ATK Mohun Bagan’s in-house media after completing his transfer from French club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard. Paul Pogba wished his Florentin on his Instagram story. (screengrab) His brother Paul, who left Manchester United for Juventus, wished him well, posting on Instagram: “I wish you all the best at you...
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Watch: Atletico Nacional’s Yerson Candelo scores an incredible goal from inside his own half

Yerson Candelo scores an incredible goal from inside his own half during Atletico Nacional’s match against Deportes Tolima in the Colombian league. Nacional defeated Tolima 3-1 in the first leg of Colombia’s League Final. El GOLAZAZO de Yerson Candelo desde atrás de la mitad de la cancha para el 2-1 parcial de Atlético Nacional sobre Deportes Tolima en la ida de la final del Apertura Colombiano.pic.twitter.com/GFWMC5jte3 — Bastián Alonso ⚽ (@BALONso__) June 23, 2022 In the 71st minute of the game, Yerson Candelo launched a shot from beyond half field and caught the Tolima keeper Alexander Domínguez out. However, it was Tolima, who took the early lead in the 23rd minute with Anderson Plata’s header finds the back of the net. Nacional finds their equalizer right before halftime as Danovi...
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Bayern Munich sign Sadio Mane from Liverpool until 2025

Bayern Munich on Wednesday completed the much-anticipated signing of Senegal forward Sadio Mane from Liverpool on a three-year contact, the German champions said. 🏆 Premier League champion⏱ Fastest hat-trick in #PL history⚽️ 111 PL goals (90 – @LFC, 21 – @SouthamptonFC)🥇 3x Player of the Month Incredible achievements in the #PL, Sadio Mane! 🇸🇳 pic.twitter.com/BZpzDKNrUX — Premier League (@premierleague) June 22, 2022 Bayern, who won a record-extending 10th straight league title last season, have reportedly agreed on a transfer worth about 40 million euros ($42.10 million), including add-ons, for the 30-year-old, who had a year left on his Liverpool contract. “Sadio Mane is a global star,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said. “He underscores the attractiveness of Bayern and the entire ...
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Kushal Das takes medical leave, Sunando Dhar made acting AIFF general secretary: CoA

All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das has gone on leave on health grounds, forcing the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to appoint Sunando Dhar to the post on interim basis. The Supreme Court had, on May 18, appointed a three-member CoA to manage the affairs of the AIFF and form its constitution in line with the National Sports Code and model guidelines while carrying out its long-pending elections. “Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, has proceeded on leave on account of his health issues, and therefore the Committee of the Administrators has appointed Mr. Sunando Dhar as an Acting General Secretary, who would be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the federation under the guidance of the Committee of Administrators,” the...
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Paul Pogba hits out at United: ‘Manchester made a mistake in not offering me a contract’

Paul Pogba has hit out at his former club Manchester United for offering him ‘nothing’ despite two contract offers worth around £300,000-a-week. In the new Amazon Prime documentary titled – The ‘Pogmentary’, which is set for release on Friday, it is revealed how the failed negotiations transpired between the player and the club. The Athletic, which had access to preview material, reported how the Frenchman dismissed United’s second offer with his late agent Mino Raiola, describing it as ‘nothing’ as he sat in his Rolls Royce. This was even after United made a number of genuine attempts to keep Pogba at the club.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium “Paul, you are in a situation which is very particular. You have no idea. You have no idea,” Raiola tells Pogba as he is drivi...
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How an AI-based technology can make quick offside decisions at the FIFA World Cup

One of the biggest criticisms of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in football is it takes too long, thus impacting the flow of the match. In some cases, as per FIFA, the VAR has taken up to four minutes to take offside decisions. Now, a technology has been proposed that promises to reduce that time to just three or four seconds. The semi-automated VAR, an artificial-intelligence-based technology, is likely to be deployed at the World Cup later this year, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the organisation that forms the rules of the game, has indicated. “It looks very good and very promising,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday. “Our experts are looking into [the trials] before we take a decision on whether it will be used for the World Cup or not.” What i...
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Possible FIFA ban, future of coach Stimac and over-reliance on Chhetri: As India qualify for Asian Cup, focus shifts on other pressing issues

The Indian national football team qualified for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup as one of the eleven teams that could have gone through in the third round of the qualifiers. Their qualification was confirmed when the Philippines lost 0-4 to Palestine in a Group B encounter on Tuesday. The result means that this is the first time in AFC Asian Cup history that India has managed to qualify on back-to-back tournaments. It will only be the fifth time that the national team will be appearing in Asia’s biggest continental competition. The back-to-back participation is a sign of consistency that is crucial required for Indian football to grow. Rather than currently unobtainable goals like qualification for the World Cup or the Olympics, consistently getting better at the Asian level is what is needed fo...
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Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan back for US for World Cup qualifiers

Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have been included on the US roster for next month’s CONCACAF W Championship, which will determine four of the region’s teams in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Rapinoe and Morgan have not been on a US roster since last October as coach Vlatko Andonovski evaluated younger players in the run-up to qualifying. The United States is the two-time defending World Cup champion. “So excited to be back with my gals!” Alex Morgan tweeted following Monday’s announcement. Twenty-three players were named to the qualifying roster, and three others — Sam Coffey, Carson Pickett and Jaelin Howell — were added to the training camp in advance of a pair of friendlies later this month against Colombia.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Several players were left off...
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While You Were Asleep: Ronaldo pens down heartfelt note to Marcelo, Australia qualify for Qatar 2022, Croatia shock winless France

Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo had an incredible nine years playing down the left-wing together for Real Madrid. They had a telepathic relationship. Brazilian full-back Marcelo on Monday bids adieu to Real Madrid, and his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute with an emotional note on social media. More than a teammate, a brother that football gave me,” posted Ronaldo. Mais do que um companheiro de equipa, um irmão que o futebol me deu. Dentro e fora dos campos, um dos maiores craques com quem tive o prazer de partilhar um balneário. Vai com tudo nessa nova aventura, Marcelo! 🙌🏽🙏🏽👊🏽 pic.twitter.com/Rjgb5R3DAd — Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2022 “On and off the pitch, one of the greatest stars with whom I had the pleasure of sharing a dressing room. Go for it all in t...
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Manchester City complete Erling Haaland signing

Manchester City have completed the signing of Norway striker Erling Haaland from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract, the Premier League champions said on Monday. City did not provide financial details of the deal but German media reported that the total cost of buying Haaland could exceed 300 million euros ($314.22 million), including his salary, agent fees and bonuses. The 21-year-old striker’s value has skyrocketed thanks to his prolific form at Dortmund after joining them from Austrian side Salzburg two years ago. HE'S HERE! 💙 pic.twitter.com/JuZEtzTWbv — Manchester City (@ManCity) June 13, 2022 “I have always watched City and have loved doing so in recent seasons,” said Haaland, who scored 86 goals in all competitions for Dortmund since his debut in January, ...
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Former AC Milan, Barcelona footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng marries on moon in the metaverse

Former AC Milan and Barcelona player Kevin-Prince Boateng has married Italian model Valentina Fradegrada in the first-ever ‘metaverse’ wedding. Boateng married model and businesswoman, Valentina Fradegrada, on Saturday, June 11. The wedding ceremony was organized by the leading Italian wedding organizer, Enzo Miccio. YES! I can finally show you the artwork I've made for @KPBofficial & @VFradegrada 's wedding event in the @OVRtheReality metaverse 😍😍 This will be the official NFT invitation 👀 Congrats guys! pic.twitter.com/AwmbJfbDoX — DɅRK (@francescodvrk) June 9, 2022 The wedding ceremony took place in the OVER metaverse, and was available as limited edition NFTs on the NFT marketplace OpenSea for a short period of time. “I wanted to do something special for Valentina, something th...
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Zidane to be named PSG coach next season: Reports

Zinedine Zidane will replace Mauricio Pochettino as Paris St Germain coach next season, French radio station Europe 1 reported on Friday without citing any source. PSG were not immediately available for comment. Pochettino, who was appointed 18 months ago, has failed to help the Ligue 1 club break new ground in the Champions League, with PSG being eliminated in the last 16 by Real Madrid this season. They wrapped up the Ligue 1 title in April to secure their only trophy of the campaign. Zidane, 49, has been without a club since he departed Real Madrid at the end of the 2020-21 season.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._f...
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Sunil Chhetri strikes twice to ensure India make winning start

India’s Sunil Chhetri scored twice to take his international tally to 82 goals in a 2-0 win over Cambodia on Wednesday in Kolkata as Igor Stimac’s side made a winning start to the third round of qualifying for next year’s Asian Cup. The 37-year-old India captain struck from the penalty spot in the 13th minute before powering a header past Cambodian goalkeeper Hul Kimhuy 14 minutes after the restart to give his team a winning start in Group D. The group hosts sit level on three points with Hong Kong following the first round of matches as Jorn Andersen’s team held on to win 2-1 against Afghanistan. Only the winners of each of the six groups in the third round are guaranteed to advance to the finals next year, where they will be joined by the five runners-up with the best records.Best of ...
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Nations League: Gareth Southgate wants more from Jack Grealish after impressive Germany cameo

The late introduction of Jack Grealish helped England salvage a 1-1 draw with Germany in the Nations League on Tuesday but manager Gareth Southgate said the winger still has room to improve the tactical side of his game. Grealish came on 18 minutes from time in Munich and was a constant threat down the left, creating a glorious opportunity for Harry Kane before helping win the penalty which Kane converted to cancel out Jonas Hofmann’s opener. Southgate was pleased with Grealish’s impact but said he had to add more to his game. “At the start of the game the challenge for the wide players was to attack, defend and to try and score goals – high tactical level and you’ve got to be spot on – and that’s an area Jack can get better at,” he told reporters.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPr...
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Asian Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri-led India ready to crush 171st ranked Cambodians

Skipper Sunil Chhetri will get a chance to bolster his tally of 80 international goals as the Indian team gears up to steamroll 171st ranked Cambodia on Wednesday in its bid to make a fifth appearance in AFC Cup tournament proper. Cristiano Ronaldo (117 goals from 188 games), Lionel Messi (86 from 162 games) have been on a scoring spree and no wonder at his level, the Indian talisman would like to ride the roughshod over Cambodia, Afghanistan (150th) and Hong Kong (147th). While no one is comparing the international levels at which they operate, briefly surpassing Lionel Messi won’t be a bad feeling for the 37-year-old. With the next Asian Cup slated in late 2023 or early 2024 after the pull-out of China, Chhetri, who will complete 17 years’ in International football, might see this tou...
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While You Were Asleep: Germany stretch unbeaten run under Flick, Mane nets hat-trick for Senegal, England players booed when taking the knee in Hungary

Joshua Kimmich’s well-taken equaliser earned Germany a 1-1 draw with Italy in their Nations League opener on Saturday, ensuring his side remain unbeaten under coach Hansi Flick. Looking to get over their disappointment at failing to qualify for the World Cup for the second successive tournament, Italy named an experimental side for their League A, Group Three match in Bologna, and gave Flick’s team a real test. AS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini edged the hosts in front 20 minutes from fulltime as Italy looked primed to secure only their second win in their last six games, but Kimmich pounced three minutes later to earn his side a point. Mane nets hat-trick as Senegal begin Cup of Nations defenceBest of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick as Senegal made ...
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Shakira confirms split with football star Piqué

Colombian pop star Shakira and her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué, are splitting up, the pair said in a statement released Saturday. “We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the two said in a statement released by Shakira’s public relations firm. “For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you for your understanding.” 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 Shakira, 45, met the Barcelona defender while she was promoting her 2010 World Cup anthem, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” The couple have two children, Sasha and Milan.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium In recent days, rumors of the demise of the couple’s 11-year relati...
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Cristiano Ronaldo omission against Spain ‘tactical’, says Fernando Santos

Portugal manager Fernando Santos defended his decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting line-up for their Nations League opener against Spain, saying he was confident that the forward could make a greater impact off the bench. Ronaldo, his country’s record goal-scorer, came on in the 62nd minute but failed to find the net as a late Ricardo Horta strike salvaged a 1-1 draw for Portugal. “Cristiano Ronaldo? They often ask why he is a starter. It’s the million-dollar question,” said Santos after Thursday’s result. “I understood that for this game it was better to use the players I used.” Santos said Ronaldo’s exclusion was not a reflection of his quality, after the 37-year-old enjoyed a strong season for Manchester United, scoring 24 times in all competitions.Best of Express Pre...
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Kurt Zouma banned from keeping cats for 5 years for abuse

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma was banned Wednesday from keeping cats for five years and ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service as a punishment for kicking and slapping his pet cat in abuse caught on video. The France international received his sentence at Thames Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty last week to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. In footage of the abuse that took place on Feb. 6 and surfaced on social media, the soccer player could be seen kicking his Bengal cat across his kitchen, before throwing a pair of shoes at it and slapping its head. Zouma’s younger brother, Yoan, filmed the incident involving the cat and posted it on Snapchat.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Yoan Zouma was ordered Wednesday to ca...
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Benzema deserves to win Ballon d’Or, says Messi

Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year after helping to guide his team to the Champions League title, seven-times winner of the award Lionel Messi said on Monday. Benzema had the best season of his 13-year career at Real, scoring 44 goals with 15 assists in all competitions as they won a LaLiga-Champions League double. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 The 34-year-old topped the scoring charts in both competitions and netted hat-tricks against Paris St Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages to secure Real’s progress.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium “There are no doubts, it’s very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up victorious in the Ch...