FIFA Rejects the Idea of Introducing 5 Referees
9.12.2009 ::Finally after the executive committee meeting FIFA decided not to introduce two additional referees in the World Cup 2010. Because of the hand ball event of Thierry Henry during the World Cup qualifier play off between France and Ireland raised the matter of intruding additional referees along with video technology in the game especially during the upcoming World Cup to avoid further complication.
In fact personalities like Gerard Houllier the former Liverpool manager and current technical director of the French Football Association also supported the idea of using additional referees but in the executive committee meeting the members voted against this system to be introduced in the coming World Cup. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has explained that the new system cannot be used in the World Cup unless it has been tried globally.
According to him there is potential that the referees can feel unfamiliar with the new system which can create more confusions. So the FIFA decided to go for the current system of running the game in the coming World Cup. According to the report of Times FIFA President Blatter and UEFA President Platini have been opposed to this new idea while the FIFA Vice-President Franz Beckenbauer argued that the use of such technology may dilute the emotions of millions of football fans attached with the game.
9.12.2009 :: Argentina and Bardelona Mega Star Lionel Messi, 22, wso was runner-up the last two years
FIFA World Player of the Year and This year's winner of Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year is ahead in This years FIFA player of the year award among five final nominees.
The nominees were confirmed following a poll of national team captains and coaches from a list drawn up of FIFA Football Committee experts
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the shortlist for the Fifa World Player of the Year award. The 2008 winner is one of five contenders for the award alongside his Real Madrid team-mate Kaka and the Barcelona trio, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
The winners will then be revealed at the 19th Fifa World Player Gala at the Zurich Congress house on Monday 21 December.
In the same event, the best 11 players of the year as chosen by over 50,000 professional footballers from all over the world will be honoured in the Fifa/FIFPro World XI.
The Fifa Puskas Award will also be presented to scorer of the 'most beautiful goal' of 2009.
Nominees for 2009 Fifa World Player of the Year award
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Real Madrid|
Andres Iniesta (Spain), Barcelona
Kaka (Brazil), Real Madrid
Lionel Messi (Argentina), Barcelona
Xavi (Spain), Barcelona
Nominees for 2009 Fifa Women's World Player of the Year:
Inka Grings (Germany)
Birgit Prinz (Germany)
Kelly Smith (England)
9.12.2009 :: Debashis Majumder ::East Bengal registered another win in CFL against Kalighat. Today East Bengal got a dominating victory over Kalighat. But due to the lack of efficiency in finishing East Bengal failed to increase the lead.
From the very beginning East Bengal established their dominance in the match. As the result of the early attacks East Bengal got their first goal as early as in the 8th minute of the match when from a fantastic cross of Abel Hammond Budhiram Tudu scored a fine goal to give East Bengal an early lead in the match. East Bengal continued their dominance throughout the entire first half but could not increase the margin of goals due to some very close misses. But in the 25th minute of the match the goal scorer Budhiram got himself injured and thus he was replaced by Poibang.
In the second half East Bengal continued their dominance but Kalighat also organised certain counters during this span. But both the teams could not make any change to the scoreline and the match ended with 1-0 scoreline in favour of East Bengal.
With this win East Bengal registered their third win in this edition of Sahara Premier Division CFL whereas for Kalighat the only concession for them from the match was the brilliant performance delivered by Kunal Ghosh who also became the M.O.M of today’s match.
East Bengal : Abhra Mondol, Santu Das, Saheb Ali Ghorami, Ugo Okpara, Saikat Saha Roy, Harmanjot Khabra, Malsawmkima (Alvito D Counha 52'), Mumtaj Akhtaar, Bekhokhei, Budiram Tudu (Poibang Poshna 26'), Abel Hammond (Riston Rodriguez 38')
9 DEC :KF East Bengal 1 - 0 Kalighat ( FT )
KEB : Budhiram Tudu 8' :: M.O.M : Kunal Ghosh (Kalighat)
East Bengal : Abhra, Santu Das, Saheb Ali, Okpara, Saikat, Khabra, Malsawmkima (Alvito 52'), Mumtaj, Bekhokhei, Budiram (Poibang 26'), Hammond (Riston 38')
Match ends, East Bengal wins 1-0.
90+3: Saikat fouls Sukumar outside box, gets 2nd yellow and gets marching order. Nothing results from the free kick.
90+2: Kalighat played much better football in 2nd half, East Bengal played well in first half.
88: Abhra fists the ball for safety, cross came from left flank.
84: Kalighat gets free kick 20 yards out of EB goal when Saikat commits the foul but Kunal's shot goes out of target.
79: Alvito corner, Khabra brilliant head, hits post and goes out.
78: Saheb Ali misses an open goal from Alvito pass.
75: Kalighat putting more pressure, they appeals for penalty when Jaydeb was brought down by Poibang, but referee ignores the incident.
70: Sukumar Roy attacks down left flank, gets past Poibang but instead of giving pass to two unmarked players in box, takes a shot that goes straight to Abhra.
68: Alvito takes a free kick but ball goes straight to goalkeeper. 67: Kalighat playing much better in 2nd half.
64: Saikat runs down right side, but bad foul on him. Alvito's dangerous free kick cleared for corner. Nothing results from corner.
62: Alvito long pass to Riston, passes the ball to Saheb, but he gives mispass. Saheb now playing in forward after Hammond was replaced.
57: Kalighat gets free kick in left flank but ball cleared by EB defence.
52: Alvito replaces injured Malsawmkima.
50: East Bengal mostly attacking down right flank, Saikat playing well and also Khabra who is doing a lot of running in midfield.
48: Saikat takes the corner, Khabra got a chance but delays in taking the shot, ball cleared by Kalighat defence.
48: Mumtaz pass to Kima, cleared for corner.
46: 2nd half starts, Kalighat tries to move down right flank, ball goes out.
45: Half time, EB leading 1-0|
44: Less attack from East Bengal after coach Rider replaced both their strikers.
39: Brilliant shot by Kuntal from outside box, ball hits diving Abhra's hand, hits post and goes out.
38: Riston comes in place of Hammond.
35: Riston warming up.
30: Saikat gets yellow card for hitting Kalighat player off the ball inside box.
28: Unmarked Sukumar of Kalighat gets a ball in front of East Bengal box, but his shot balloons over crossbar.
26: Budhiram replaced by Poibang.
25: Budhiram lying injured, goes out.
23: East Bengal dominating the match.
19: Kalighat makes a good move, but cleared by Okpara.
16: Hammond takes a shot from right side in box, but ball goes out.
13: Khabra took a shot from 20 yards out, goalkeeper fumbles, loose ball goes to Hammond, tries to place the ball past goalkeeper, but ball goes out.
10: Hammond gets a through ball from midfield, but his push saved brilliantly by Kalighat goalkeeper.
8: Budiram scores the first goal. Hammond cross from right side, Budiram flicks the ball inside goal past goalkeeper.
7: Kalighat foreigner takes a shot from inside EB box, but cleared by Okpara.
6: Long ball to Budiram, who controls the ball nicely in Kalighat box, gives a pass to Saikat, who dribbles past one player but his cross deflects off a Kalighat player and goes to goalkeeper.
3: Saikat long throw in Kalighat box, Hammond heads, but ball cleared for safety.
1: Match kicks off, Hammond tried to make the first move but cleared by Kalighat midfield.
9.12.2009 :: Real Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich clinched places in the next round of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to help nine-time European champion Madrid win 3-1 at Marseille. Madrid ahead in the fifth minute with a 30-yard free kick of Ronaldo before Marseille playmaker Lucho Gonzalez leveled from close range in the 11th.Madrid defender Raul Albiol scored in the 60th and Ronaldo rounded off the scoring 10 minutes before the end following a mistake by Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.Madrid finished with 13 points.
Brazilian Star Ronaldinho converted a second-half penalty to help AC Milan drew 1-1 with Zurich, struggling to earn a place in the knockout stage from Group C .Milan is now stay with 9 points. Milan was trailed until the 64th minute in Switzerland.They were in real danger of missing out on the next round but Zurich defender Alain Rochat was sent off for a foul on Marco Borriello and Ronaldinho scored the resulting penalty.
Bayern Munich dominated the match away to Juventus to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout stage with a sensational 4-1 win .Bayern scored in 30th-minute penalty by Joerg Butt then Ivica Olic put Bayern ahead six minutes after halftime. Mario Gomez and substitute Anatoliy Tymoshchuk scored in the last seven minutes.The victory ensured Bayern enter the knockout stage as the second finishers in Group A with 10 points while Juventus will play in the Europa League after finishing third with eight following top finishers Bordeaux, who had secured their last 16 place ahead of the 1-0 win over Maccabi Haifa who finished with 16 points.Maccabi Haifa became the first team to be eliminated from the Champions League without winning a point or scoring a goal.In an another match CSKA Moscow won 2-1 against Besiktas.
Group D had already been settled before Tuesday.First-place Chelsea conceded an 87th-minute equalizer to draw 2-2 with APOEL Nicosia. Chelsea, already assured of their place in the last 16.Winner of 2003 Champions League F.C Porto, who also booked their tickets ahead of Tuesday's match, defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0.
Last Day Results
Dec 8 : Marseille 1 - 3 Real Madrid|
Dec 8 : Juventus 1 - 4 Bayern Munich
Dec 8 : Chelsea 2 - 2 Apoel Nicosia
Dec 8 : VfL Wolfsburg 1 - 3 Manchester United
Dec 8 : FC Zurich 1 - 1 AC Milan
Dec 8 : Atletico Madrid 0 - 3 FC Porto
Dec 8 : Maccabi Haifa 0 - 1 Bordeaux
Dec 8 : Besiktas 1 - 2 CSKA Moscow
8.12.2009 ::Mohammedan S.C beat West Bengal police 1 - 0 in IFA
Sahra CFL Premier League match at their own ground today..
85':Close shave for Mohammedan goal. Cross from right side to Narugopal, who tries to take a right footed shot, but very good interception by Amritpal Singh prevents Narugopal from taking the shot.
Mohammedan S.C: Manas Barua, Rajib Ghosh, Amritpal Singh, Anupam
Sarkar, Sanjay Parte, Satyajit Bose (Dipakar Roy 55'), Sovan Chakraborty,
Lalchulwama (Dipendu 50'), Bapi Choudhury (Lucky Imran 79'), Theodore Sunday,
7.12.2009 :: U-23 Indian team maintained its winning streak as they
registered 1-0 win over Nepal senior team. In the SAAF cup, though all the teams
have brought their senior team, AIFF and Indian National team coach Houghton
decided to send the U-23 Indian team. Till now, this has worked as India won
both their starting matches. They will play their last group league match on 9th
December against Maldives. India are now in the top of the group A with 6 points
from 2 matches.
India started dominating proceedings and made few good attempts at goal. Within first 15 minutes, India could have been ahead by 2 goals but Sushil's effort went out. Arindam also made few good saves today.
India took the lead in the 19th minute. Shushil Kumar Singh's curling free kick from about 25 yards that hitted the outside edge of the cross bar and rebounded ball allowing K. Jibon Singh to score with a header beating Nepal Keepr Bikash Malla.
After conceding the goal, Nepal started creating pressure and Jumanu and Lajong FC's Anil Gurung combined well, but Indian defence and goalkeeper stood firm and did not allow Nepal to score any goal.
In 1st half, Arindam and Joaquim was shown yellow card.
After change of ends, Nepal put more pressure and Arindam made few good saves. The best save came when Anil Gurung had a clear look at the goal with only Arindam to beat, but his effort was brilliantly saved by Indian goalkeeper.
Overall, the performance was very satisfactory from Indian point of view.
INDIA:Arindam ,Denzil ,Ravanan, Rowilson, Lalthalma ,Abranches(Subodh Kumar),
Baldeep, Manish(Jewel Raja), Jeevan, Balwant(Jeje Lalpekhlua), Sushil,,
NEPAL:Bikash ,Anjan ,Biraj,Sagar, Rohit, Sandeep(Santosh) , Raju, Bijaya(Yogesh), Jumanu, Anil,Chetan
7.12.2009: Debashis Majumder :: Chirag United again returns to the winning track. Today in a vital Sahara Premier Division CFL encounter Chirag registered a vital 1-0 win over Kalighat Milan Sangha. The young players of Kalighat M.S. delivered a tough challenge to their I-League opponent. But at the end of the day Chirag becomes successful to take all the 3 points from the match.
As expected from the very first minute Chirag United established their hold on the match. But because of some fantastic saves made by Kalighat M.S. goalkeeper Sourav Chakraborty the boys of Subrata Bhattacharya could not found the goal in the first half. But still in the final minute of the first half Chirag got a golden opportunity when Tulunga delivered a fantastic cross but in this occasion the header of Gouranga Biswas was deflected by the post. Whereas Kalighat M.S. also got couple of chances but the Kalighat forwards failed to convert the opportunities.
Early in the second half Chirag United started to play more attacking game in search of a goal. As a result of the repeated attacks in the 53rd minute from a fantastic free kick of Tulunga Gouranga Biswas scored a brilliant goal by his header. In rest of the time Chirag created more chances but could not capitalize any of these chances mainly because of the fabulous performance delivered by the Kalighat M.S. keeper Sourav who is also selected as the Camellia Man of the Match. Towards the end the boys of Arun Ghosh created a good opportunity to score an equalizer but the experienced Chirag defence denied this opportunity.
Finally the match ended with 1-0 scoreline in favour of Chirag United who remains to the second position in the League Table with 13 points from 5 matches just under Mohun Bagan.
CHIRAG UNITED:Sandip, Arnab, Safar (Du 55'), Dhaanrajan, Dulal, Denson,
Jayanta, Tulunga (Parveen 77'), Gouanga Biswas, Soumik, Joshimar..
Conduct theoretical session by Gabriel E Joseph the AFC Course Instructor
7.12.2009 :The Asian Football Confederation ‘B’ Coaching certificate
course organised by the All India Football Federation in association with the
Tamilnadu Football Association and the Krishnagiri Football Association started
at the Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Hosur from 15th November, 2009 with
Gabriel E Joseph, the Director of Coaching, AIFF and the Seniormost AFC
Instructor of India concluded on 6th December, 2009.At the closing function
presided by the General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Football Association ,R.
Sadacharam, Dr. Ranganath, the Principal of the Adhiyamaan College of
Engineering, Hosur was the Chief Guest while Gabriel E Joseph, the Director
of Coaching, AIFF Guest of honour.
Sathya Murthi being examined by Gabriel E Joseph the Course Instructor
A total of 21 AFC ‘C’ qualified coaches that included 6 Ex-Internationals , a few
Ex- National Players and certain working coaches from different parts of the
Country participated. They were I.M. Vijayan, Naushad Moosa, Tejinder Kumar,
Jo Paul Anchery, Md. Yusuf Ansari, Raman Vijayan (All Ex-Internationals) ,
Umer Mutawalli, P; Muralidharan, Bino George. S., Marcellus Aleckal John,
Gangadhar.S., Agostinho Dias, Arindam Biswas, S.Sathyamurthi, P. Rajeev,
M. Sankar, P. Krishna Raj, K. Govinda Raj, Shyam Sharan Shahi, Kundan
Chandra and Agostine Antao. Karnataka Senior State coach and AFC
Instructor R. Thyagaraj assisted the Course Instructor.
Group photo of the participants of the AFC 'B' certificate course
The practical contents of the course included the teaching of advanced skills and tactics in the field while the theoretical contents of the course covered the topics on football and also the allied subjects such as sports medicine, nutrition, conditioning and laws of the game. For the purpose, the help of the experts Dr.Kannan Pugilendhi ,Dr.Gandhi and Ex-FIFA Referee and AIFF Referee’s Instructor K.Sankar were sought. All the participants had to carryout three practical tests, two theoretical examinations, the dissertation topic presentations, actual match analysis of a match played between the under 19 players of the Tamilnadu State team preparing for under 19 National Championship and in an another match arranged the participants rehearsed the responsibilities of the coaching staff.
To make the course further modern the multi-media technology with the help of I.T Support person Charles.G.J who is an expert in the field was utilised to horn the coaching skills and tactics not only through their own activities captured with videos and cameras every day on the field but also by presenting in the theoretical classes through the computer to the big screen for their benefit besides as a learning process to helping the participants to plan, implement and evaluate the coaching and related activities of the teams and the players through on-line programmes making the course as a special one by the Course Instructor.
Towards the end of the subject course the Instructor Gabriel who had the experience of conducting about 40 AFC courses himself since 1997 at different sites of the Country and taking the responsibilities to train a good number of coaches also conducted re-test for P. Kunhikrishnan, Anthony J De Souza and S. Geevarghese who were kept earlier as the provisional pass candidates for the AFC ‘A’ certificate and Md Yusuf Ansari for the AFC Goalkeeping certificate.
6.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder :Today in Kalyani Stadium East Bengal comes out with a vital 4-2 victory in a very exiting Sahara Premier Division Calcutta Football League encounter against Calcutta Port Trust. By delivering fabulous performance in the second half the boys of Phillip de Rider secured complete 3 points from this crucial CFL encounter.
With the kick off East Bengal established their early dominance in the match and as early as in the 13th minute youngster Budhiram Tudu opened the scoreline by scoring a fine goal to give East Bengal an early lead. After this goal East Bengal continued their dominance but the forwards missed couple of easy chances to increase the lead further. Whereas Port Trust also managed to organize certain counters and in the 37th minute Harmanjyot Singh Khabra made a silly handball within the penalty box when he tried to clear a harmless cross quite a bit casually.
The referee made no hesitation to give a penalty to Port and Ezehnna Henry made no mistake to score the equalizer from the spot kick. After conceding the goal East Bengal moved more in attack in search of another goal but surprisingly in the 45th minute from another counter attack Port find their second goal when due to a very casual keeping of Avijit Henry again scored for Port by a fine header which give a 2-1 lead to the team of Biswajit Bhattacharya in the first half.
East Bengal started the second half more vigorously as they were then down by 1-2 goals in the match. But with more encouraging and organizing game plan East Bengal created panic in the Port defence and as soon as in the 58th minute Abel Hammond scored the equalizer from a free-kick situation through his fantastic world class banana kick. In 63rd minute Rider made a crucial substitution which completely changed the character of the match. Alvito d’ Cunha came to the field in place of Malsawkima and his intelligent football placed East Bengal in the driving seat.
In 71st minute Harmanjyot Khabra scored the third goal for East Bengal to give his team another lead and in the 73rd minute Budhiram Tudu again scored another wonderful goal to further secure the lead. Behind both the third and fourth goals Alvito played an important role as in both the occasions he was the main architect of creating the chances. Towards the closing minute Hammond gat another close chance of scoring but this time he missed the goal. Finally the match ended with 4-2 goals in favour of the Red & Golds which also brings 3 vital points for the team.
Due to his fantastic performance and two fantastic goals Budhiram Tudu is selected as the Camelia Man of the Match for today’s game.
ONLINE UP DATES
FULL TIME: Match end..East Bengal win 4-2 against Port Trust.
90': Referee added 3 minutes.. East Bengal is trying to increase the margin..
88':Buhiram Tudu has been selected Man of the Match today for not only for his two goals but also his dangerous presence in opponent Box all time ..
83': Simanta Das of Port fouled Budhiram just out side tha box .He pulled Budhiram's jersey while he dribbled him..Free Kick..Hammond kicked but went away..
81':Goal line saved by Saikat Saha Roy..Henry Shoot and Abhijit beat..but Saikat came quickly and well saved through a corner..
78':Again attack by Hammond-Budhiram duo from left.. Budhi passed but Hammond shot went away..
72':GOALLLLLL.Budhiram Tudu scored his 2nd.. Alvito's powerful shot deflected from cross bar ..Budhi followed the ball and pushed the ball inside the goal..
70':GOALLLLLL..East Bengal Scored through Harmanjot Khabra..Beautiful pass from Alvito from right side..Khabra's brilliant header went to goal..
63': East Bengal has changed their player.. Alvito D Counha came in place of Malswamkima.
61':Now the score line is 2 -2 ..
58':GOALLLLLL..world class goal by Abel Hammond
through a Free Kick...Port Keeper Arindam got no chance to save Hammond
57':Well Shot by Hammond and well saved by Arindam of Port..East Bengal got a free kick. 35 yards far from CPT Goal Keeper sopt. Hammond will take tha shot.
51 :Mehtab of East Bengal well effort..his shot just beat CPT keeper but went away..
47': Budhiram tudu well crossed from left..Hammond header went away..
46' :2nd half started..East Bengal is trailing 1-2.
45' : GOALLLLLL..Henry again scored for Port Trust ..Center from left flank..Henry jumped and headed the ball..Poor keeping of Abhijit. . unable to fist the ball ..
40' :Corner for KEB now..CPT defence cleared Mehtab's corner..
37' :GOALLLLLL..Henry of Port Trust scored from
Penalty.. Now the scoreline is 1-1.
31' : What a miss!!..Budhiram Tudu got a pass from Khabra..one to one situation. .Budhiram's shot well saved by CPT keeper Arindam..
29' : Hammond long shot went to CPT Keeper's hand.
28' :East Bengal has organized few attacks in the CPT box..Saikat Saha Roy dribbled 3 CPT players with his skilll, but finally missed the target while he shoot.
24' :Mumtaj Akhtar fouled Nadim of CPT. free kick for CPT..no impact in free kick.
19' :Kima-Hammond duo attacking from right side..CPT defence cleard the ball. .East Bengal is leading 1- 0 now.East Bengal has organized repeated attacks in CPT Box,
16' :CPT is playing small passes among themselves..
12' :GOALLLLLL...Budhiram Tudu scored for KEB. Hammond passed brilliantly to unmarked Budhiram in the CPT box..Budhiram scored. with cool brain.
10' :Free Kick for KEB..effortless shot.. went away..
8' :East Bengal is attacking..Mehtab's corner cleared by CPT defence..
6.12.2009 :PIFA Director Anjali Shah has been invited to attend US coach
Mr. Mike Dickey workshop organised by AIFF at the Chowgule College artificial turf
Seventeen Indian coaches from different states are attending this workshop.
Mike is the U.S. Soccer’s Women’s National Staff Coach and is here to guide the
Indian National Women’s team coaches and to help in the prepare the National
Women’s Football team for the South Asian Games to be held in Bangladesh in
January next year.
5.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder :Today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium of Dhaka in Bangladesh India registered a narrow 1-0 victory against Afghanistan in their first match in this edition of the SAFF Cup. But the Indian team did not produce expected performance today. Though the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has send to the SAFF Championship basically the U-23 Young Indian brigade under the coaching of Sukhbinder Singh but all the youngsters has been selected from the different I-League teams. So considering that it will be not incorrect to say that the Indian team today delivered a very low standard performance. But despite that India is lucky to register a victory to get the vital 3 points from the match.
In the first half of the match Indian team delivered a very disappointing performance and failed to make any positive move to open scoring opportunity. But on the other hand Afghanistan showed much disciplined performance as in the 30th minute the Afghans came very close to score. Except that in the first half Afghanistan also got couple of other close chances but the lack of scoring ability of the Afghan players failed to open the scoreline.
In the second half Afghanistan came out with more positive intensions and in 58th minute an Afghan attempt to Indian goal was critically denied by the Indian defence. Whereas in the 60th minute Afghanistan got a golden chance of scoring but on that occasion Indian goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya made a brilliant save to deny the Afghan attempt. It was after 75 minutes of the match the Indian team took the match seriously and therefore it seemed that finally they understood about the value of 3 points. In 78th minute Indian skipper Sushil Singh got a golden opportunity of scoring but his silly header could not make any difference while in the 82nd minute Manish Mathani and in 84th minute again Sushil Singh missed out to close opportunities. Finally in the 86th minute substitute Je Je Lalpekhula scored a brilliant goal to make the decider of the match. In the closing minutes Afghanistan again got a close opportunity but again their efforts was denied by the Indian keeper Arindam who played a fantastic game today.
Finally the match ends with 1-0 scoreline in favour of India. But the performances of the Indian team have to be improved in the next games only then India can be able to make their ways to the semis.
IND: Arindam, Denzil, D.Ravanan, Rowilson, Lalthalma, Abranches, Baldeep Jr., Jagpreet, Jeevan Singh, Balwant,Sushil Singh.
5.12.2009 ::Debashis Majumder :Another victory for Mohun Bagan in the Sahara Premier Division Calcutta Football League. With today’s win over Camelia George Telegraph Mohun Bagan registered their fifth consecutive win in this edition of the Sahara Premier Division CFL. In spite of the tough challenge provided by the boys of Raghu Nandi Mohun Bagan confirmed full 3 points from the match with a 1-0 victory over George Telegraph.
In absence of Karim Bencharifa Assistant Coach Mridul Banerjee has the duty to continue the winning run of the team and he becomes successful to secure 3 vital points from today’s match. With the kick off as the superior team Mohun Bagan started to dominate the match. Some positive chances were created by the Bagan players early in the first half but the Bagan forwards could not capitalize those early chances. Finally in the 37th minute none other than but Chidi again broke the dead lock and scored a fantastic goal from a powerful right footer to put Bagan ahead in the match. After this goal Mohun Bagan increased their pressure and in 42nd minute Chidi creates a golden opportunity but this time Sueoka failed to increase the lead further.
However the scenario changed in the second half. Mridul Banerjee tried to secure the lead in place of organizing more positive attacks. George took the advantage and almost the entire second half was dominated by the George players. But in spite of their repeated attacks George could not find the equalizer mainly due the confident performance of Man of the Match Sagram Mandi along with Sheikh Azim in the Bagan defence. Finally the match ended with 1-0 scoreline in favour of Mohun Bagan. After this win Mohun Bagan remains at the top of the League Table with full 15 points from five matches. Mohun Bagan
Mohun Bagan:Shilton, Azim, Sagram, Biswajit, Zenith, Souvik, Micky (Lalramluha) (Subha Kumar), Isfaq (Snehasish), Tomba, Ryoji, Chidi.
C. George Telegraph:Swarup, Achintya, Debkumar, M.Rahaman, Pintu, Pradip, Dipak, Zordin, Francis(Mithun 51'), Biswarup(Pintu Prosad,Satis Kumar 84'), Aviola..
95': Match end..Mohun Bagan win 1-0. Sagram Mandi of Mohun Bagan has been
awarded Man of the Match.
HT: It's time now for Half Time.. Mohun Bagan is leading 1-0.
04.12.2009 ::Abhishek Bhattacharyya :The stage is set for FIFA WORLDCUP,2010 as all the 32 teams were drawn and are placed in the eight groups of next year’s world cup.The draw was hosted by Academy Award winning South African actress Charlize Theron and FIFA’s general secretary Jerome Valcke.
South African rugby team captain John Smith, Ethiopian Olympic Champion Haile Gebrassalasie,South African cricket team’s fast bowler Makhaya Ntini,Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth and Banyana Banyana(South African womens football team)star Simphiwe Dludlu and last but not the least David Beckham assisted the draw.
There were 4 Pots
Pot 1 :: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Italy, South Africa, France, Argentina and England
Pot 2 :: Holland, Portugal, Switzerland, Greece, Serbia, Denmark, Slovakia and Slovenia
Pot 3 :: Mexico, USA, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Hondurs, New Zealand and North Korea
Pot 4 :: Paraguay, Ghana, Cameron, Ivory Coast, Nigeria Uruguay, Algeria and Chile.
But in the end, host nation South Africa found themselves in a tough Group-A that consisted the likes of Mexico,Uruguay and France.South African fans may not be impressed with the group there team is in as Charlize Theron’s expression said it all.Springbok Captain John Smith brought humour in this occasion by commenting that it would be a good practice for them before they reach the semi-finals and the finals!
On the other hand,Group-B comprises of Maradona’s Argentina,Korea Republic,Nigeria and Greece making it one of the interesting group of next year’s grand fixture.
Group-D will see the likes of Germany,Australia,Ghana,Serbia locking horns with each other and makes it another exciting group to look forward to.Group-E has Netherlands,Japan,Cameroon and Denmark and on the other hand reigning champions Italy,Paraguay and Slovakia and Newzealand,who qualified after 28 years completes Group-F.
Group G has Brazil,Cote d’ivore,Portugal and Korea DPR who qualified in this competition after 1966 when they finished in the top 8.This group is a potential group of death like Group D and lastly Group H which will see the tussle between European champions Spain,Honduras,Chile and Switzerland.
Footballing legends like Roger Milla and African born Portuguese football legend Eusebio was present in this grand occasion to support the continent of Africa and South Africa which has come a long way over the last two decades by eradicating social evils like Apertheid and registering some notable performances in Sporting world.
South Africa | Mexico | Uruguay | France
11 June 2010 South Africa VS Mexico
(19.30 PM IST)|
11 June 2010 Uruguay VS France (24.00 PM IST)
16 June 2010 South Africa VS Uruguay (24.00 PM IST)
17 June 2010 France VS Mexico (24.00 PM IST)
22 June 2010 Mexico VS Uruguay (19.30 PM IST)
22 June 2010 France VS South Africa (19.30 PM IST)
Korea Republic |
12 June 2010 Argentina VS Nigeria
(19.30 PM IST)|
12 June 2010 Korea Republic VS Greece (17.00 PM IST)
17 June 2010 Argentina VS Korea Rep (17.00 PM IST)
17 June 2010 Greece VS Nigeria (19.30 PM IST)
22 June 2010 Greece VS Argentina (24.00 PM IST)
22 June 2010 Nigeria VS Korea Rep (24.00 PM IST)
United States |
12 June 2010 England VS United States
(24.00 PM IST) |
13 June 2010 Algeria VS Slovenia (17.00 PM IST)
18 June 2010 England VS Algeria (24.00 PM IST)
18 June 2010 Slovenia VS United States (19.30 PM IST)
23 June 2010 United States VS Algeria (19.30 PM IST)
23 June 2010 Slovenia VS England (19.30 PM IST)
13 June 2010 Germany VS Australia (24.00 PM
13 June 2010 Serbia VS Ghana (19.30 PM IST)
18 June 2010 Germany VS Serbia (17.00 PM IST)
19 June 2010 Ghana VS Australia (24.00 PM IST)
23 June 2010 Australia VS Serbia (24.00 PM IST)
23 June 2010 Ghana VS Germany (24.00 PM IST)
14 June 2010 Holland VS Denmark (17.00 PM
14 June 2010 Japan VS Cameroon (19.30 PM IST)
19 June 2010 Holland VS Japan (17.00 PM IST)
19 June 2010 Cameroon VS Denmark (24.00 PM IST)
24 June 2010 Denmark VS Japan (24.00 PM IST)
24 June 2010 Cameroon VS Holland (24.00 PM IST)
New Zealand |
14 June 2010 Italy VS Paraguay
(24.00 PM IST) |
15 June 2010 New Zealand VS Slovakia (17.00 PM IST)
20 June 2010 Italy VS New Zealand (19.30 PM IST)
20 June 2010 Slovakia VS Paraguay (17.00 PM IST)
24 June 2010 Paraguay VS New Zealand (19.30 PM IST)
24 June 2010 Slovakia VS Italy (19.30 PM IST)
Korea DPR |
Ivory Coast |
15 June 2010 Brazil VS Korea DPR (24.00
PM IST) |
15 June 2010 Ivory Coast VS Portugal (19.30 PM IST)
20 June 2010 Brazil VS Ivory Coast (24.00 PM IST)
21 June 2010 Portugal VS Korea DPR (17.00 PM IST)
25 June 2010 Korea DPR VS Ivory Coast (19.30 PM IST)
25 June 2010 Portugal VS Brazil (19.30 PM IST)
16 June 2010 Spain VS Switzerland
(19.30 PM IST) |
16 June 2010 Honduras VS Chile (17.00 PM IST)
21 June 2010 Spain VS Honduras (24.00 PM IST)
21 June 2010 Chile VS Switzerland (19.30 PM IST)
25 June 2010 Switzerland VS Honduras (24.00 PM IST)
25 June 2010 Chile VS Spain (24.00 PM IST)
26 June 2010 Winners of Group A ? Match 49 ? Runners-up of Group B (19.30 PM IST)|
26 June 2010 Winners of Group C ? Match 50 ? Runners-up of Group D (24.00 PM IST)
27 June 2010 Winners of Group D ? Match 51 ? Runners-up of Group C (19.30 PM IST)
27 June 2010 Winners of Group B ? Match 52 ? Runners-up of Group A (24.00 PM IST)
28 June 2010 Winners of Group E ? Match 53 ? Runners-up of Group F (19.30 PM IST)
28 June 2010 Winners of Group G ? Match 54 ? Runners-up of Group H (24.00 PM IST)
29 June 2010 Winners of Group F ? Match 55 ? Runners-up of Group E (19.30 PM IST)
29 June 2010 Winners of Group H ? Match 56 ? Runners-up of Group G (24.00 PM IST)
2 July 2010 Winners of Match 53 ? Match 57 ? Winners of Match 54 (19.30 PM IST)
2 July 2010 Winners of Match 49 ? Match 58 ? Winners of Match 50 (24.00 PM IST)
3 July 2010 Winners of Match 52 ? Match 59 ? Winners of Match 51 (19.30 PM IST)
3 July 2010 Winners of Match 55 ? Match 60 ? Winners of Match 56 (24.00 PM IST)
6 July 2010 Winners of Match 58 ? Match 61 ? Winners of Match 57 (24.00 PM IST)
7 July 2010 Winners of Match 59 ? Match 62 ? Winners of Match 60 (24.00 PM IST)
3RD/4TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
10 July 2010 Losers of Match 61 ? Match 63 ? Losers of Match 62 (24.00 PM IST)
11 July 2010 Winners of Match 61 ? Match 64 ? Winners of Match 62 (24.00 PM IST)
04.12.2009 :Mohammedan S.C won against BNR by a self goal in Sahara
CFL Premier League Football match today in Mohammdan S.C ground.
Mohammedan started with Dependu and Theo in their forward line up. Brazilian goal maker Eduardo Escober was not in Sabir Ali's Squad.
In 3rd minute of the match Nigerian Theo of Mohammedan got a through pass from Jyothi Kumar and crossed the ball into BNR Box..BNR Defender Sudip was unable to clear the ball properly, which went directly into his own goal...
BNR also got some chances to score but Mohammedan Defence was so much tight.Akhil Rajbansi of BNR played well and rewarded man of the match today..
3.12.2009 :FIFA on Thursday announced the 2010 World Cup champions will win US$30-million prize money.This was the decision made by FIFA executive, during its Robben Island meeting.This increase means the prize money ballooned by a whopping 61 percent.The prize money for the 2010 championship in South Africa will be $420 million (C$440 million).In 2006 Germany World Cup Prize money was $261 million (C$275 million).
The meeting held in Robben Island, Cape Town, the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison during the apartheid era in South Africa.
So,the Winner of 2010 World Cup would receive a total of $31m (£18.7m). The runners-up will get $24m, semi-finalists $20m and the quarter-finalists $18m each.The teams ranked fifth to eighth will each receive $1.4 million. Teams that reach the second round will get $9m and even those eliminated in the group phase will receive $8m. Each team have already received $1m from Fifa towards their "preparation costs".
FIFA also confirmed their plans to compensate clubs for the use of their players during the World Cup. Every club who has a player at the World Cup will receive $1,600 per day, per player.The money will be paid 15 days before the start of the tournament and to one day after the players' participation in the World Cup ends and the associated Clubs will be paid the money through their national associations.
In the meeting Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, said that the Republic of Ireland could receive some sort of "moral compensation" following their controversial elimination from the World Cup.FIFA Supremo also expalined about "Moral compensation" which can mean anything from a compliment to a special award or a prize. Football Association of Ireland yesterday formally withdrew its request to be made the 33rd team in tomorrow's draw.
3.12.2009 :For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup™, the action on the field at next year's tournament will be broadcast using the next-generation technology 3D. FIFA today (3 December 2009) announced that it had signed a media rights agreement with Sony, an official FIFA Partner, to deliver 3D images from up to 25 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. To this end, FIFA will use the best expertise available in its production in 3D, and take advantage of Sony’s technologies and knowhow in the area of 3D.
This groundbreaking deal means that viewers watching the matches on Sony’s 3D products will experience the sheer immediacy and visual clarity of the action as if they were on the pitch themselves. FIFA is working on whether a live right will be offered in the coming months.
“This propels the football fan into a whole new viewing dimension and marks the dawning of a new era in the broadcasting of sport,” said FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke. “We are proud that the FIFA World Cup can serve as a platform for advancing technology and the viewing experience, and are truly fortunate to have Sony as a partner in this endeavour.”
“The transition to 3D is underway, and, we, at Sony, intend to be leaders in every aspect. Our sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup allows us to leverage our cutting-edge 3D technology and premier products with dazzling content to produce a unique and totally compelling viewing experience. 3D viewers around the world will feel as though they are inside the stadiums in South Africa, watching the games in person,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation.
Sony Pictures Entertainment will produce and distribute the official 3D film of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa after the event.
02.12.2009 :MANCHESTER United striker Dimitar Berbatov has fled his native Bulgaria after mafia threats to kidnap his partner and baby daughter.
He evacuated his family on a private charter plane from Sofia provided by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
It was claimed last night that local mafia dons had contacted the star's mother Margarita.
They warned her Berbatov's long-term partner Elena Shtilianova and tot Dea - born on October 15 - were in danger unless the player paid £500,000.
Last night, insiders claimed Berbatov, 28, refused to tell the police - after underworld sources told him officials from Bulgaria's internal affairs ministry were in on the plot.
It is understood the star negotiated adeal with the clan bosses who agreed to leave his family alone.
Berbatov has a horror of gang crime. He was allegedly kidnapped by a mob boss as a rising young star in his homeland.
He was only saved when his dad negotiated a settlement with a feared mafia chief.
A family friend said: "Dimi is still very worried for his family and has promised his neighbours money if they notice any suspicious people around his house."
Berbatov joined United from Tottenham last year for a fee of £23.4million
Kidnapping is big business in Bulgaria where organised gangs routinely target wealthy people and their close relatives to demand large ransoms.
Only yesterday, the son of Bulgarian businessman Rumen Guninski Sr was released after kidnappers had demanded a £300,000 ransom.
Recently, two Bulgarians were jailed for kidnapping British citizen Christou Phanos.
02.12.2009 :: Debashis Majumder :A double celebration day for Mohun Bagan Coach Karim Bencharifa. In one hand he becomes the father of a daughter on the other his team registered fourth consecutive win in this edition of the Sahara Premier Division Calcutta Football League. Today Mohun Bagan registered a comfortable 3-0 victory over Peerless Sports Club.
From the kick off Mohun Bagan took the control of the game and started to create chances from the early phase of the game. Within first 15 minutes of the game Mohun Bagan got couple of close chances to score but Sueoka made close misses in both occasions. From a counter Md. Muqtar of Peerless also missed a close chance to pit his team ahead in the match. In the 26th minute of the match Chidi wasted a golden chance when his header was deflected by the post. Except that Peerless goalkeeper Surabuddin also made couple of fantastic saves to deny Mohun bagan from scoring. Finally as the result of repeated attack Bagan got the opening goal in the 43rd minute of the match. None other than Chidi opened the scoreline by capitalizing a fine ground cross of Biswajit Saha.
In the second half Mohun Bagan played even better football than that of the first half especially due to the efforts of Sueoka Ryoji. In fact in the 66th minute Sueoka created a fantastic chance but Chidi missed by a margin to further increase the lead. Again in the 78th minute Chidi this time made a fine cross and Sueoka this time made a fantastic header to score his first goal for Mohun Bagan. In 0-2 down situation towards the end of the match Peerless tried hard to reduce the margin but in the dying minute of the match Biswajit Saha scored a fine goal to give Mohun Bagan a comfortable 3-0 victory over Peerless.
Due to his game making role in today’s match Sueoka Ryoji is selected as the Man of the Match. With 100% victories in their 4 matches Mohun Bagan goes up to top position of the League table with 12 points where as after the defeat against Chirag the boys of Mihir Bose continues their disappointing performance also against Mohun Bagan.
Mohun Bagan: Shilton, Sagram, Biswajit, Zenith, Sk. Azim, Tomba
(Branco 86'), Lalramluaha(Mickey 46'), Souvick, Isfaq(Snehasish 76'), Sueoka,
2 DEC : M.Mohun Bagan 3 - 0 Peerless S.C ( FT...)
MMB:Chidi 43', Seouka 79':: M.O.M : Seuoka(MMB)
FT: Match end..Mohun Bagan win 3-0 against Peerless
01.12.2009 :LIONEL MESSI has been crowned European Footballer of the
Year — by the biggest margin EVER!
Messi has won by the greatest margin ever recorded in the history of this competition. Out of a possible 480 points, Lionel scored 473 - a new record, and far ahead of second place winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Last Year's Winner Portuguese star managed 233 points.Barca midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi were also shortlised, but Messi was considered favourite by virtually every observer.
Messi , who scored 38 goals in 51 games last season, is the first Barcelona player to win the award since Brazilian forward Ronaldinho took it in 2005, and the sixth to have won it for Barcelona. Messi becomes the youngest Ballon d’Or winner since Michael Owen’s win as a 21-year-old in 2001.
Argentina Mega Star Messi said: "For me it's a big honour to win - as first Argentinian in history to receive the trophy.I dedicate it to my family, they were always present when I needed them and sometimes felt even stronger emotions than me."
The rest of the top-10 was completed by: Brazil playmaker Kaka( Real Madrid) , Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, (Barcelona) England forward Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Ivory Coast frontman Didier Drogba (Chelsea) and Steven Gerrard of England (Liverpool).
The list of previous winners since 1956.
1956 - Stanley Matthews (England)
1957 - Alfredo di Stefano (Spain)
1958 - Raymond Kopa (France)
1959 - Alfredo Di Stefano
1960 - Luis Suarez (Spain)
1961 - Omar Sivori (Italy)
1962 - Josef Masopust (Czechoslovakia)
1963 - Lev Yashin (USSR)
1964 - Denis Law (Scotland)
1965 - Eusebio (Portugal)
1966 - Bobby Charlton (England)
1967 - Florian Albert (Hungary)
1968 - George Best (Northern Ireland)
1969 - Gianni Rivera (Italy)
1970 - Gerd Mueller (West Germany)
1971 - Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
1972 - Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany)
1973 - Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
1974 - Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
1975 - Oleg Blokhin (USSR)
1976 - Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany)
1977 - Allan Simonsen (Denmark)
1978 - Kevin Keegan (England)
1979 - Kevin Keegan (England)
1980 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (West Germany)
1981 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (West Germany)
1982 - Paolo Rossi (Italy)
1983 - Michel Platini (France)
1984 - Michel Platini (France)
1985 - Michel Platini (France)
1986 - Igor Belanov (USSR)
1987 - Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)
1988 - Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
1989 - Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
1990- Lothar Matthaeus (Germany)
1991 - Jean-Pierre Papin (France)
1992 - Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
1993 - Roberto Baggio (Italy)
1994 - Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
1995 - George Weah (Liberia)
1996 - Matthias Sammer (Germany)
1997 - Ronaldo (Brazil)
1998 - Zinedine Zidane (France)
1999 - Rivaldo (Brazil)
2000 - Luis Figo (Portugal)
2001 - Michael Owen (England)
2002 - Ronaldo (Brazil)
2003 - Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
2004 - Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
2005 - Ronaldinho (Brazil)
2006 - Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
2007 - Kaka (Brazil)
2008 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2009 - Lionel Messi (Argentina)
01.12.2009 :Today IFA has released revised Sahara CFL Premier League next
Fixtures upto 15th December at their Kolkata Office today..The Fixture is given below:
01.12.2009 : Chirag United vs C.George Telegph(BST/2.00 PM)
01.12.2009 : Mohammedan A.C vs C.Port Trust(Khardah/2.00 PM)
02.12.2009 : M.Mohun Bagan vs Peerless S.C(MMB/2.00 PM)
02.12.2009 : Kalighat Club vs Cal.Customs(Khardah/2.00 PM)
03.12.2009 : BNR vs Railway F.C(MSC/2.00 PM)
04.12.2009* : Mohammedan S.C vs BNR(YBK/2.00 PM)
05.12.2009 : M.Mohun Bagan vs C.George Telegph(MMB/2.00 PM)
07.12.2009 *: Chirag United vs Kalighat M.S(MMB/2.00 PM)
07.12.2009 : BNR vs Railway F.C(MSC/2.00 PM)
08.12.2009 : Mohammedan S.C vs W.B.Police(MSC/2.00 PM)
08.12.2009 : Eastern Railway vs Mohamedan AC(MMB/2.00 PM)
09.12.2009 : KF East Bengal vs Kalighat (YBK/3.00 PM)
10.12.2009 : Kalighat M.S vs Cal Port Trust(BST/2.00 PM)
11.12.2009 : M.Mohun Bagan vs Mohammedan A.C(MMB/2.00 PM)
11.12.2009 : Eatern Railway vs Cal.Customs(BST/2.00 PM)
12.12.2009 : KF East Bengal vs Chirag United(YBK/3.00 PM)
12.12.2009 : Peerless S.C vs Kalighat(MMB/2.00 PM)
12.12.2009 : Tolly Agragami vs W.B.Polie(MSC/2.00 PM)
14.12.2009 : Mohammedan A.C vs Railway F.C(MSC/2.00 PM)
15.12.2009 : BNR vs Peerless S.C(MSC/2.00 PM)
01.12.2009 :: Debashis Majumder:Today at the Vidyasagar Krirangan, Barasat in a vital Sahara Premier Division Calcutta Football League encounter Camelia George Telegraph successfully holds Chirag United with a goalless draw. After three consecutive wins in this edition of the CFL today Subrata Bhattacharya’s team finished with a draw against Camelia George Telegraph.
As the game starts Chirag organised early attacks towards George goal. As early as in the 15th minute of the match a debatable goal of Chirag was cancelled by the referee which proved vital at the end of the day. Despite that Chirag also got couple of close chances but in both occasions George keeper Swaroop Das made vital saves to the goal. Gradually George also improved their mid-field and the boys of Raghu Nandi started to play positional football against their mighty opponent and in this way in the 30th minute of the match George got a very close chance to score but in that occasion Aviola failed to find the net. Towards the end of the first half Chirag’s U-19 player Soumik Chakraborty missed another close chance to put his team in the lead.
In the second half Chirag played a much better game and created panic in the George defence by organizing repeated attacks. But the George defence remained solid and the Man of the Match and skipper Debkumar Sasmal provided a leading performance in the defence. Chirag created a number of chances in the second half but the absence of Brazilian striker Joshimar became vital in the match and the boys of Subrata Bhattacharya failed to convert even a single of all the chances into goal. Therefore the match ended with 0-0 scoreline which confirms a single point to each of the teams.
|Chirag United:Somnath Khara,Arnab Mondol,Du, Dhanrajan, Dulal Biswas (Subhasish Roychowdhury), Basudev Mondol,Hardip Saini(Lalkamal Bhowmick), Soumik Chakrabarty, Gouranga Biswas, Parveen Kumar, Tulunga.|
01.12.2009 :Somalia born Canadian rapper K’Naan is all set to record the
anthem for FIFA WORLD CUP,2010 as announced by the governing body today in
a press conference.His song Waving Flag from his third album called Troubadour
is remixed and will be played in all FIFA events,commercials and any other FIFA
Anastacia’s Boom and Shakira’s along with Wyclef Jean recorded the bamboo version of Hip’s don’t lie for the last two editions 2002 and 2006 respectively. The track which will be known as Waving Flag:The Celebration Mix and is all set to get played throughout the tournament next year in South Africa and all over the world during the FIFA/COCA-COLA World Cup Trophy tour.
K’Nan is currently touring Africa as a part of the Worldcup Trophy tour.The tour will allow fans from 86 countries to see the FIFA WORLDCUP from close corners. The caravan will move through countries like Ethiopia, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Swaziland but it doesn’t includes K’Naan’s Somalia.
01.12.2009 :FIFA President Sepp Blatter promised to take strict disciplinary measures against the running cheatings of World football. He argued that in football the greatest crime is touching the ball through hands during the running game. Blatter vehemently criticized the handball event of Thierry Henry (better known in these days the ‘Hand of Gaul’ event) during the World Cup qualifying play-off match.
The FIFA President calls a special meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday where he will put the case for extra referees in front of the executive committee to sanction the decision whether Thierry Henry is a guilty of a balant handball against the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup qualifying play-off match of France.
Sepp Blatter also revealed a delegation from the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) asked him to consider making them the extra team - as team no. 33 in the coming 2010 World Cup Football Tournament. However the demand is controversial but the FIFA President promised to take drastic measures against of these misevents in the game of football.