Iniesta joins Messi, Ronaldo in the race for Ballon d’Or

FIFA and France Football have announced the three nominations for the 2012 Ballon d’Or; Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Messi has previously won this prestigious award three years in a row, 2009-2011 while Ronaldo, on the other hand claimed it only once in 2008. With spectacular performances for Barcelona and winning the Euro 2012 for Spain, Iniesta  has also been nominated.

Ronaldo, Messi, Iniesta
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Second day at Eden, England in front

England’s captain, Alistair Cook put his team in the driving seat against India by scoring his 23rd Test ton at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The tourists replied with an emphatic 216 for the loss of 1 after India put on 316 in the 1st Innings. With three more days to go, England will be setting sights on a famous series victory.


Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook

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Multiple cities to host Euro 2020: UEFA
Euro Cup

Union of European Football Associatons(UEFA) have announced in a statement issued on Thursday that the 2020 edition of the Euro championship will take place in a number of cities spread across the continent.

UEFA General Secretary, Gianni Infantino, addressed the press after the meeting at Lausanne that the board had taken the decision to “alleviate the financial and logistical demands on one or two host nations.”

The idea, first proposed earlier this year by UEFA president Michel Platini, received a favourable response from several Eurpoean nations with the exception of Turkey. With Istanbul already bidding to host the Olympics the same year, UEFA had no intention to add any potential economic burden on the nation, in the process upsetting the Islamic state. Turkey’s bid would have also gone against International Olympic Comittee norms which restrict countries from hosting two international events in the same year.

The 60th anniversary edition could involve “12 or 13 cities across Europe” where infrastructure is already in place and is helped by the fact that most of the 53 UEFA federations are in favour. Central to Platini’s argument was that it would make organisation easier, after serious concerns about cost overruns and infrastructure delays in this year’s hosts Poland and particularly Ukraine.

Also previous hosts Portugal are still suffering financial repercussions after their $400 million expenditure in 2004.

The Football Association has already put forward Wembley in London as a potential venue for the final, with Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid and Stade de France  in Paris as viable substitutes.

However, fans all over the world threw serious flak at the decision. Many of them expressed severe disappointment as it would mean an increased cost of travel. The 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar has received similar jeers with fans worried about the probable heat of the summer.

The decision breaks new ground in the otherwise ageing field of management governing football. With FIFA recently incorporating goal-line technology, the sport finally appears to be evolving from rusty chains of tradition.

Sumo on a downward slide

For many people, sport in Japan is synonymous with the ancient wrestling form of Sumo. The history of the sport has spanned several centuries, attracting numerous annual applicants. However, a combination of various factors, including allegations of links to organized crime, has seen the popularity of the sport decline gradually in recent years.

Only 56 applicants have signed up for the sport’s entrance exam this year.

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Chelsea sack Di Matteo

Chelsea Football Club parted ways with their manager, Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday, the morning after their 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League. The Italian won the competition with Chelsea in May, the first in the club’s history, as well as guiding them to their 7th FA Cup.

Di Matteout: Chelsea’s 9th manager since 2003. Photo credit: Sky Sports.

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Barcelona blazes through to the next round

Messi dribbling pass Spartak Moscow defenders

Yet again Barcelona proved their dominance in Europe by thrashing Spartak Moscow 3-0. After their unexpected defeat against Celtic, seven times champions league winners flabbergasted their fans with their pin point passing and finishing. Messi played a very critical role by scoring two goals which brought him closer to Gerd Muller’s record of netting 85 goals.

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Lionel Messi, ready to make history


Barcelona front man, Lionel Messi embarks upon becoming the next legend in world football. He is just five goals away from beating German star Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in one season. With two goals against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League group stage, he inches closer to setting a new record. Its only a matter of time until the Argentinian is seen amongst the greatest names in football.

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