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Ole sees himself as the right man for Man Utd

Manchester: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he is the right man for the rebuilding job at Old Trafford despite overseeing the club’s worst start to a top-flight season in 30 years. United have recorded two wins in their opening eight Premier League matches this season, slipping to 12th in the standings and two points about the relegation zone. …

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Mary Kom’s Olympic qualification stirs row

New Delhi: MC Mary Kom has inspired many young boxers in India but one of the new generation feels the six-times world champion has received special treatment from the country’s federation over Olympic qualification and is fighting back. The 36-year-old Kom, an Olympic bronze medallist from London 2012, has been given an automatic spot in a qualifying competition for Tokyo …

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Lampard tells European soccer chiefs to keep current CL format

London: Champions League (CL) winner Frank Lampard was deployed by the Premier League on Thursday as part of the mission to prevent a radical change to the format of European competitions. At a meeting of European leagues and clubs in London, the former Chelsea midfielder who in his first season as manager for the Premier League team, spoke out against …

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North Korea, South Korea fire blank in ‘war like’ encounter

Seoul: South Korea were happy to have made it back from Pyongyang in one piece after Tuesday’s brutal 2022 World Cup qualifier, with a Korean FA official describing the physical encounter as being “like war”. The game, the first between the two teams on North Korean soil in 30 years, ended in a 0-0 draw and was played out in …

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Ozil recalls terrifying car-jacking ordeal; says he feared for his wife’s safety

London: Mezut Ozil has opened up about being at the centre of an attempted car-jacking, saying he feared for his wife’s safety during the terrifying ordeal in London. The Arsenal midfielder, his wife Amine and teammate Sead Kolasinac were all caught up in the incident on July 25, two weeks before the start of the Premier League season. Footage on …

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Clencio Pinto denies Vasco SC hopes of holding Churchill Brothers

Duler: Vasco Sports Club opted to defend and that kept the Churchill Brothers away from until substitute Clencio Pinto broke through the plans and scored the only goal to take his team to the top of the Goa Football Association’s (GFA) Goa Professional League table, at Duler stadium on Thursday. Churchill who has started the Professional League on a high …

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Chinchinim outshoot Cuncolim on penalties

Cuncolim: CRC, Chinchinim entered the semi-finals of 10th Cuncolim Union Rolling Trophy football tournament defeating Cuncolim Union 4-2 via tie-breaker at Cuncolim grounds on Thursday. The teams played a 1-1 draw during the regulaion time. Cuncolim Union shot into the lead following a good build up in the middle which saw attacking medio Daulat Dessai dodging two rival defenders and …

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GOA BRIEFS

Benaulim win through tie-breaker CHINCHINIM: United Club of Benaulim entered the quarterfinals of 2nd CRC Cup football tournament defeating Parish Youth, Nuvem 4-2 via tie breaker at CRC, Chinchinim grounds on Thursday. The teams played a goalless draw in regulation time. In the tie-breaker UC Benaulim proved to be the better shooters. Leonard re-elected as Benfica YC president PANAJI: Leonard …

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Kolkata in race to host India-Qatar World Cup qualifier

Kolkata: The iconic Salt Lake Stadium could once again be packed to the rafters for an India game as it is in the race to host the Group E World Cup qualifier tie against Asian champions Qatar on March 26 next year. The turnout for the Bangladesh game, unprecedented for national team matches in the country, left everyone impressed with …

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Benfica is thinking of long term investment in India: Miguel Reis

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT Utorda “Goa is a market Benfica is looking at because football is not restricted to only those who know how to play. Talent exists in people. It is a question of being attentive and creating an environment for the talent to grow. The kind of investment Benfica is thinking in India is long term,” Miguel Reis, …

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