"black day for football and should not have happened " FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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It was a "black day for football and should not have happened " FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Wednesday when at least 73 fans were killed in violence after a match in the Egyptian city of Port between the Fans of Al-Masri and Al-Ahly.

He also told "I am very shocked and saddened to learn that a large number of football supporters have died or been injured. My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives this evening".

A security official said as soon as the referee blew the final whistle the violence started between the Fans of Al-Masri, who beat Al-Ahly 3-0, invaded the pitch and began to throw rocks, bottles and fireworks at the Al-Ahly fans.

Live television footage showed fans running onto the field and chasing Ahli players. A small group of riot police formed a corridor to try to protect the players, but they appeared overwhelmed and fans were still able to kick and punch the players as they fled.

Ahli player Mohamed Abo Treika told his club's television channel "This is not football. This is a war and people are dying in front of us. There is no movement and no security and no ambulances,". Another match in Cairo was halted by the referee after receiving news of the violence

Major football stadium disasters.

  • May 1964: 318 people killed in riots during a Peru-Argentina match at the National Stadium in Lima.

  • June 68: More than 70 people die in a gate stampede after a River Plate-Boca Juniors match in Buenos Aires.

  • Jan 71: 66 people killed in a crush after a Rangers-Celtic derby in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Feb 74: 49 people trampled to death at a match in Cairo.

  • 16th Aug 1980: 16 football fans killed in a stampede in Eden Garden Stadium, Kolkata, India during the League match between two Giant clubs of India- East Bengal and Mohun Bagan

  • Oct 82: More than 300 reportedly killed in a stampede on a narrow, icy staircase at a Spartak-Haarlem match in Moscow.

  • May 85: 56 people die in a terrace fire during a Bradford City-Lincoln City match in Bradford, England.

  • May 85: 39 people are killed when a separation wall collapses at a Liverpool-Juventus European Champions Cup final at Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

  • March 88: 93 people die in a stampede after fleeing a hailstorm at the national stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal.

  • Apr 89: 96 people are crushed to death at a Liverpool-Nottingham Forest cup match in Sheffield.

  • Jan 91: At least 40 people die in a stampede after riots at a friendly match in Orkney, South Africa.

  • Oct 96: About 80 people are killed in a stampede before a Guatemala-Costa Rica World Cup qualifying match in Guatemala City.

  • Apr 01: More than 40 people killed in a crush at the overcrowded Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Pune FC blow lead go down to Sporting Clube.

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    Pune FC blew a two-goal cushion before going down 2-4 to Sporting Clube de Goa in an away I-League Round 18 encounter at the Nehru Stadium, on Wednesday. A twin-strike by striker Mandjou Keita (7th and 21st) in the opening twenty-one minutes of the game put Pune FC in the driver's seat, before the Goans struck back through Kalu Ogba who converted a penalty-kick in the 30th minute and then added another off a long-ranger seconds before the breather to level the game at half time.

    In a dramatic turn around, coupled with a soft fourth goal owing to the inexperience of goalkeeper, the Goans added two more through Games Moga (82nd) and Dawson Fernandes(90+3) to complete the win. The loss ended Pune FC's eleven-match winning streak and continued to remain in 7th place in the league with 27 points. With Abhra Mondal injured, Pune FC fielded young Amrinder Singh in goal and included defender Srikanth Ramu and medio Lester Fernandez in place of Othallo Tabia and Shanmugam Venkatesh.

    After a sedate start confined to the both teams opting to hold posession, Pune FC pushed a move on the right that led to the opening goal. Karma Tsweang did well to lay back a pass to Douhou Pierre. The central midfielder with an open goal tried hard from a couple of yards into the penalty box only to have 'keeper Ashok Singh block. Keita unmarked on hand took this opportunity to finish at the far corner. Stung by the goal, the Goans gave Pune FC a close moment when Dawson Fernandes, after collecting the ball from Anthony D'Souza, sent the ball across, inches wide leaving Amrinder wanting in reading the attempt.

    In fact, Dawson turned out to be constant threat, but then Chika Wali repeatedly kept him in check. Having dominated play, Pune FC added another goal when medio Baldeep Singh, seeing the 'keeper a yard out of his position, crashed his effort past the custodian onto the horizontal and ballooned the ball high. As the Goan 'keeper tried tracking the ball, Keita, a shade taller, was quick to head the descending ball into an open net.

    Down two goals, Pune FC had the Goans come at them and on two occasions absorb pressure. First when Amrinder ventured wide and deep and end up conceding a free-kick by collecting and blocking the ball in suspect position and then fend off a Dawson try. The Goans efforts paid off when Moga gaining control of a ball was challenged by Chika. The defender who had his rival covered rushed the ball and Moga utalising this opportunity dived forward to earn the penalty-kick. Kalu sent Amrinder the wrong way with the resultant spot kick.

    Pune FC thereafter seemed to hold back, though they did manage to spread the game and hold possession. Douhou went over with a free-kick, Baldeep after winning the ball from Prajot Naik ran out of ideas after running the right flank, then Douhou-Keita-Karma worked deep into the Goan defence and ended with nothing beyond. Into the 38th minute, Keita forced the pace with to Douhou on left, who found Lester Fernandez get into the cat with a cross that found Karma at the other end. Karma in turn rounded the defender to set up Baldeep inside the box, but a wayward left footer wide off target was all that could come up.

    Chika then had his header give the keeper a soft connection after Subash Singh supplied the cross off a deflection that came off Keita's free-kick into the wall. At Pune FC's end, Gurjinder Kumar came off with an excellent header to keep out a Games Moga from getting a header to a cross sent across. Into the one minute of added time in the first-half, custodian Amrinder was left a faction of a reaction late to a long low first timer taken by Kalu from 30-yards out. The well struck attempt made its way past the host of legs, after the SCG player capatalised on a loose ball that came off a block that Chika made to a Freiman Peixoto try on the right.

    Changing ends, Pune FC slowed in pace and instead defended the half. At times they moved into the striking third, but again were left wanting with ideas. Twice Subash Singh went through, the first after finding Keita's company in a quick one two that ended with Subash trying on the run but onto a defender for a corner. Later, setting off on a solo he entered the penalty box, cut a defender and strangely played a wasted pass to the far side far from 15 yards when a try on the target could have been better.

    Defender Anas Edathodika and Gurjinder came up with brilliant defending to keep a free-running Moga in check, Amrinder came up to block a Dawson strike after Frieman played him a through pass. In between off counter attacks,on either side Anthony D'Souza let fly a screamer inches over the bar, Pune FC's Subash on the left carried the ball into the box only to have the keeper block, before Kalu ended another attack by heading over.

    Eight minutes from full time, Subash lost the ball to Frieman in the midfield that led to the Goan player playing long to Moga. Controlling the ball the Sporting striker worked around the challenge from Srikanth Ramu before sending his right-footer past diving Amrinder's hands into the goal at second post as Chika watched on. The home side added the fourth in casual sense. Dawson from the right floated the ball on target, which keeper Amrinder missed and end up turning to see the ball in goal.

    01.02.2012 : Sporting Goa   4-2   Pune FC (GOA - FT)

    PFC : Keita 7', 22'
    SCG : Kalu 30', 45'+1', Moga 82', Daswan 90+1'

    SCG : Ashok, Mathew, Samananda, Peixoto, Kalu, Moga, Prajot, Mackroy, Warundeep, Anthony , Dawson.

    PFC: Amrinder, Srikanth, Anas, Chika, Gurjinder, Karma, Douhou, Baldeep, Lester, Keita, Subash.

    I didn't drop Climax, I rested him: Savio Medeira.

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    National Coach Savio Medeira cannot live life without football. Keen to dismiss the myth that National Coaches are all about the Senior Team, Savio who's acting as a spotter at the AIFF U-14 Football Fest in Kalyani, spoke at length to www.the-aiff.com about the new challenge, the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup and other burning issues. EXCERPTS:

    Football connoisseurs are quite amazed by your presence at an U-14 Football Fest. Whatís your role?

    Iím acting as a spotter in the ongoing U-14 Football Fest. The All India Football Federation stays keen in stitching it right at their Youth Development Programme. The intent appealed a lot to me and when I got the call, I took less than a minute to decide that I should be here. Itís nice to see good talent who would be flag bearers of Indian Football in the future.

    The Preparatory Camp for the AFC Challenge would be kicking-off in Dubai. Are you happy with Dubai as a venue?

    Absolutely! The facilities in Dubai facilitate good football. We have been getting good exposure in recent years and prior to such a vital Tournament, such a Tour would help us immensely. We would be playing one International Friendly against Oman and possibly another against some other country.

    How much does Jeje Lalpeklua's injury affect the balance of the team?

    It has upset our plans no doubt. Jeje is a player who can hold onto the ball and shield it allowing the midfielders to rush in. You cannot have a readymade replacement for him. He is someone who can make that difference in a crunch match. But at the same time, it stays a chance for others to grab the opportunity.

    What went into your mind when you dropped Climax Lawrence?

    I didn't drop him; rather I rested him. In such a Tournament such as the AFC Challenge Cup, you ought to play every alternate day. The recovery time stays minimal. He has been playing regularly in the I-League and for the last decade, his body has taken a toll. Hence, he didnít figure in my plans for the AFC Challenge Cup. I did speak to him prior to my decision.

    I've heard Climax has announced his retirement. But to me retirement is just a word. There have been so many players who have come out of retirement to play again. He would be playing Club Football in any case. If he stays physically and mentally tough, he can always play for the Nation.

    India are the Defending Champions of the AFC Challenge Cup. What can the fans expect in Kathmandu this time?

    Such Tournaments are very tricky. A good start can always work wonders. We need to stay in the right frame of mind and stay free of injuries. This is a tough bunch. I keep my fingers crossed.

    AIFF U-14 Festival, Kalyani : Bengal win against Rajasthan and Punjab..

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    In Kalyani Bengal U-14 boys won their two matches today like yesterday. Today in first match they beat Rajasthan 6-0 and then in another match they won 1-0 against Punjab.

    01.02.2012 : Bengal   6-0   Rajasthan (Kalyani)
    BEN : Indrajit Mondal-4, Sambit banerjee-2.

    01.02.2012 : Bengal   1-0   Punjab (Kalyani)
    BEN : Subham Chatterjee
    On the first day on 31st January Bengal Boys routed Jammu & Kashmir 7-0 in their first match played at Kalyani Stadium. Saif Hossain of Bengal scored hattrick while Asif Hossain scored twice and Boijayanta Roy and Dipankar Naiya scored one each.

    The Format 1 is over and it's time for Format 2 at the AIFF U-14 Football Fest in Kalyani. Under it, the 27 Participating Teams in the AIFF U-14 Football Fest in Kalyani have been divided into five groups. Format 2 kicks-off on Thursday (February 2).

    All matches in this Format would be of one-hour duration which would have two halves of 30-minutes each. The teams would be fielding two different Playing XI in both the halves.

    The Groups are as follows:

    Group A: Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, Bengal.
    Group B: Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Chandigarh, Goa.
    Group C: Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Bihar, J&K,Tripura.
    Group D: Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa.
    Group E: Delhi, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh.

    I-LEAGUE : Dempo thrash Mumbai FC 2-0 in Away...

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    Ranti Martins scored a brace, including an injury time goal as Dempo SC defeated Mumbai FC 2-0 to open a six-point lead at the top in the 18th round I League match at the Balewadi Sports Complex ground on Wednesday. With 40 points from 18 matches, Dempo are now sitting pretty at the top of the heap while Mumbai FC stays at 14 points from 18 matches, just a whisker away from drop zone after losing their sixth straight match.

    Nigerian striker Ranti Martins got two goals no doubt, but he was casual for most part of the match-the first goal coming off a penalty while the second was a sitter with Mumbai FC goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh was totally out of the picture. Mumbai FC had themselves to blame for their poor show even though they were up against the best team in the I-League.

    Ranti scored the first goal off penalty to which he made no fuss and sent a right-footed grounder that rolled into the post on the left of Sanjiban Ghosh. Down 0-1, Mumbai FC tried to find an equalizer in vain as striker Ebi Sukore was woefully out of form. On changing the ends, Sukore created a chance with a somersault kick but his final shot was too feeble to unsettle Dempo custodian Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, who collected the ball effortlessly in the 48th minute.

    Four minutes were added into match and even as Mumbai FC showed urgency, they couldnít find any opening-instead it was Dempo that chanced on a move from the right wherein Trinidadian Denzil Theobald got three defenders and Mumbai FC 'keeper Ghosh engaged before sending a pass to unmarked Ranti Martin, who had all the time in the world to walk through the goal-line with the ball.

    01.02.2012 : Mumbai FC   0-2   Dempo SC (Pune - FT.)
    DEM : Ranty (Pen-22'), 90'

    DEM: Subhasish, Debabrata, Mahesh, Rowilson, Samir, Climax, Densil, Clifford, Anthony, Koko, Ranti.

    I-LEAGUE : Shillong Lajong win HAL away.....

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    Riding on a solitary goal from Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Shillong Lajong beat HAL Bangalore 1-0 in the 18th round I League clash, played at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Wednesday. Eugeneson Lyngdoh scored the only goal of the match in the 39th minute for Shillong Lajong.

    With this win Shillong Lajong now have 21 points from 18 clashes while HAL Bangalore are languishing at the bottom of the table with 6 points from 18 matches.

    01.02.2012 : HAL   0-1   Shillong Lajong (BAN - FT)

    SLFC : Lyndoh 38'

    HAL: Pramod.P, Chandandeep, Remesh, Gautham, Gamba, James, Rohit, Biju Kumar, Vinod Kumar, RC Prakash, Hamza

    SLFC : Poirei, Subhash, Lalawamzuala, Zomingliana, Ralte, Eugene, Lalramluaha, John, Mathew, Sushil, Lalnunmawia.