WORLD FOOTBALL TID-BITS - 14TH FEB 2015
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ADHIRAJ DUTTA :Aston Villa have appointed Tim Sherwood as their new manager and the former-Tottenham boss has signed a three-and-half year deal. The Villans have acted swiftly after the recent dismissal of Paul Lambert.
Ahead of a landmark 300th La Liga appearance, Lionel Messi drew glowing praise from Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique. Luis Enrique paid tribute to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi ahead of his 300th La Liga appearance, describing the forward as "from a different planet".
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has put pen to paper on a new five-and-a-half year deal at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international, 24, joined Chelsea from Lille OSC for Pound 32 million in the summer of 2012, and has gone one to tally 43 goals and 46 assists in 147 appearances for the Blues.
Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC drew 3-3 in the A-League on Saturday, Shane Smeltz netted a brace after coming off the bench. Shane Smeltz came off the bench to score twice for Sydney FC as they played out a gripping 3-3 draw with A-League leaders Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
Bengaluru FC continue their recovery from a slow start in the league, as they defeat Shillong Lajong 2-0, thanks to headed goals from Robin Singh and Thoi Singh. Pune FC, meanwhile has played out an entertaining goalless draw with Dempo.
A Brown Ideye brace helped West Brom into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 4-0 victory over West Ham at The Hawthorns on Saturday. West Brom are into their first FA Cup quarter-final since 2008 after Brown Ideye's brace helped ensure a 4-0 win over Premier League rivals West Ham.
Real Sociedad twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Almeria in a battle between two of La Liga's strugglers on Friday. Sergio Canales rescued a point for Real Sociedad in a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Almeria in La Liga.
A topsy-turvy Eredivisie thriller between AZ and PSV finished 4-2 in the leaders' favour thanks to Luuk de Jong’s hat-trick. Luuk de Jong was the hero as his hat-trick helped Eredivisie leaders PSV fend off a brave fight from AZ in a 4-2 victory on Friday.
Good news and bad news at Real Madrid on Thursday as Pepe returns from injury, only for Fabio Coentrao to suffer a calf problem. Pepe handed Real Madrid a boost on Thursday as he returned to first-team training after nearly a month out with a rib injury.