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Premier India Football Academy (PIFA) organized their 31st Champions Tour from 18-29 June 2013 to Barcelona

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PIFA PRESS RELEASE ..:Premier India Football Academy (PIFA) organized their 31st Champions Tour from 18-29 June 2013 to Barcelona. This being their 10th year. Catalunya's UEFA licensed coach Antonio Sanchez, one of the most qualified technical professional from the Spanish football youth academy, assisted by coach's Joseph Maria of the reputed Hristo Stoichkov Academy in Barcelona trained the campers for 5 days at a five star resort in the mountains of Seva. They visited Nou Camp stadium and FC Barcelona Museum during their stay here.

The campers then moved to Lloret de Mar, a Mediterranean coastal town on the Costa Brava. A beautiful and lively beach town. The boys participated in the Catalunya Cup 2013. Two teams were enrolled - the U11 & U19 both boys team. The U19 boys finished 5th in the tournament but the star of the tournament were the U11 boys.

The U11 team category was 7 a side and had 15 teams representing Germany, Ukraine, Egypt, Italy, France, Canada, Russia, Jordan, Spain & India. The PIFA-Mumbai Lions beat PGS Alessandria (Italy) 5-0, Portazgo SD (Spain) 2-1, Sports Academy SAI (Egypt) 4-0 and lost to the eventual cup winners Sokol Sports School 2-5 in their group stage.

The final stage, the team beat Dresdener SC (Germany) 3-1 to enter the semi -finals where fatigue got the better of this small squad of only 7 players to lose to Canada A.A (Canada). The team then lost 3rd place to Ednist (Ukraine) in a penalty shoot-out (6-7).

It was a fabulous performance by these young boys who had trained with PIFA for four months prior to this tournament in Mumbai. Arhan Khan, Shubhan Nadiadwala, Shaan Chhadva and Atulya Agarwal were outstanding for the U11 as were Dashyanng Kachru, Karan Patel, Yasheel Shah & Neel Shah for the U19 boys.

Bollywood star Malaika Arora Khan was present and supported the young Mumbai Lions through the competition. The children visited the water park on the last day.

All campers were awarded a camp certificate and a football. Talented campers were invited to play for the PIFA teams. The camp open to children between 9-18 years of all abilities, it is designed to develop children into better players, understand the diet & healthy habits of professional players and to understand the foreign culture.

" Duel of the Giants" : Messi 8-5 Neymar at Lima, Peru

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Goal scores for Messi and Friends:- Messi-2, Aimar, Alves Osvaldo, Lavezzi - 2, Buonanotte

Goal scorers for World XI:- Ramirez, Neymar-2, Malouda, Alves pen

Dani Alves played one half for both sides.

Argentina and Barcelona Super Star Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar delighted with his talent to thousands of Peruvians who came to watch two wonder's football magic at the National Stadium in Lima in the beneficial friendly "Duel of giants" organised by Messi's foundation.

Mesi leaded Messi and Friends win the match 8-5 against the rest of the world, led by Neymar, in a match that allowed Argentina showcasing the world football star and his new partner at FC Barcelona.

The Argentinean and the Brazilian both scored twice in the exhibition game while Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez and Dani Alves, who managed to score for both sides, also took part in the game, as did ex-Barca hero Eric Abidal.

Neymar who missed a penaly but scored a miracle goal. Neymar scored the game with a shot from about 40 meters high which left no options Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

East Bengal opponent Semen Padang in AFC Cup QF is leading IPL Championship.

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East Bengal opponent in AFC Cup, Semen Pedang is leading and table topper now in Indonesian Premier League 2013. The team already won 12 matches out of 14 so far. Semen Pedang beat Persepar Palangkaraya in 2-0 today. Edward Junior Wilson, who is linked to join Mohun bagan this season, scored the opening goal in 52 minutes and Esteban Gabriel Vizcarra scored the second goal in 82 minutes from penalty.

Semen Pedang is in top form in their domestic league this season with 12 win and 1 draw and 1 loss in their 14 matches and remains top of the table with 37 points with 6 8 points difference to the second position team Perseman Manokwari, though Perseman played one less game.

They have not conceded any goal in last 512 minutes and scored 21 goals in their last 5 games. They will face 15th placed Persibo in 6th July in their last match of the first round of IPL.


SL 	Team 		MP 	W 	D 	L 	Goals 	Pts 


1. 	Semen Padang 	14 	12 	1 	1 	41:4 	37            

2. 	Perseman Manok 	14 	10 	2 	2 	30:8 	32            

3. 	Persiba Bantul 	12 	8 	1 	3 	33:9 	25            

4. 	Pro Titan 	14 	7 	4 	3 	22:8 	25            

5. 	Persebaya 	12 	7 	3 	2 	23:11 	24            

6. 	Rembang 	14 	7 	2 	5 	24:29 	23            

7. 	PSM Makassar 	13 	7 	0 	6 	16:10 	21