Zidane charisma behind Real success


MNA Sports Desk: In slight more than four months in charge, Zinedine Zidane has dragged Real Madrid back from the brink to where they feel they belong: the European Champions League final and it was Zidane charisma behind the success. Guiding Real to victory over Madrid opponents Atletico from the dugout on May 28 would earn Zidane another place in the club’s record books to go with his history on the pitch. Zidane’s success may owe more to his manner and aura than his abilities as a coach. He succeeded Rafael Benitez in January after just 18 months in charge ...

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Magnificent de Villiers fired RCB into IPL final

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MNA Sports Desk: It was the first qualifier of this year’s IPL and a magnificent knock of AB de Villiers fired RCB into the IPL final. South Africa’s AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten 79 to single handedly steer Royal Challengers Bangalore into the Indian Premier League cricket final, beating Gujarat Lions by four wickets in the first Qualifier. Villiers produced a masterclass to get Royal Challengers Bangalore out of trouble and put them one win away from a first IPL title. A scintillating innings from AB de Villiers put Royal Challengers Bangalore through to the Indian Premier League final ...

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Barcelona lifting Copa del Rey for 28th time


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona completed a league and Cup double by lifting the Copa del Rey for a 28th time after a 2-0 win over Sevilla in a fiery game that saw three red cards on Sunday. Javier Mascherano’s dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barcelona on the back foot and they were further depleted when 59-goal top scorer Luis Suarez limped off early in the second period. However, they resisted Sevilla’s pressure after the break and Barca’s numerical disadvantage was cancelled out in stoppage time when Ever Banega saw red for chopping down Neymar. Barcelona ...

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Sevilla defeated Liverpool in Europa League Final


MNA Sports Desk: It was the final of Europa League and Spanish club Sevilla defeated English club Liverpool in the final. Sevilla achieved a remarkable hat-trick as it became the first club to win three successive Europa League titles with victory over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Wednesday. The Spanish club came from behind to defeat its English opponent 3-1 at Basel in Switzerland, with Kevin Gameiro canceling out Daniel Sturridge’s beautifully controlled first half strike before a brace from Coke sealed Sevilla’s success. There was controversy over Coke’s second goal on 70 minutes with Liverpool players claiming the Sevilla captain ...

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Samoura appointed as FIFA’s first female secretary general


MNA Sports Desk: Senegal’s Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura has been appointed as FIFA’s first female secretary general who succeeds former secretary general Jerome Valcke, who was banned from football-related activity for 12 years. Fatma Samoura has no working experience in sports but Gianni Infantino, FIFA’s president- hopes that will help it try to regain the trust and credibility of the world after far-reaching corruption, bribery, and financial misconduct. The organization also swelled to 211 members after Gibraltar and Kosovo were admitted. Samoura, 54-year-old, spent 21 years working for the United Nations and will start at football’s governing body in June. ...

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Ex-Indian football captain claims sexual exploitation

MNA Sports Desk: Ex-Indian Women’s football team captain claims sexual exploitation in her book. Sona Chaudhary, former Indian football captain, claims to have played for India between 1995 and 1998, has alleged that women players of her era were subjected to sexual exploitation by officials in a new book, which by her own admission is a partly fictional account. Sona has made the allegations in her book titled ‘Game in Game’, which is written in Hindi.The former player claims she has changed the names of the players, respecting their privacy. The former captain, whose credentials have not yet been verified ...

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Barcelona secured their sixth La Liga title

MNA Sports Desk: With three goals from Luis Suarez Barcelona secured their sixth La Liga title in eight years, making no mistakes at Granada where they needed a win on the hotly anticipated season finale to see off their rivals in Madrid. Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win. Real registered their 12th consecutive La Liga win, 2-0 at Deportivo la Coruna thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s double, but finished a point behind their bitter rivals. Suarez’s treble also sees him become ...

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Manohar, First independent chairman of ICC

MNA Sports Desk: Shashank Manohar, former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, has been elected unopposed as the independent International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman in an election held through secret ballot on Thursday (May 12). Manohar was elected unopposed, bringing an early end to the election process that was to culminate on May 23. Under reforms, Manohar himself had initiated within the ICC as its former chief earlier this year, the chairman must be an independent candidate with no formal links to his home board. Manohar, 58-year-old, was previously the chairman of the ICC as a representative ...

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Manchester United bus smashed up

MNA Sports Desk: The Manchester United team bus was smashed up amid disgraceful and chaotic scenes before the final game at Upton Park by West Ham fans. West Ham fans threw bottles, cans and coins and the window of the coach door was smashed and they blocked it from getting to the stadium. Riot police moved in to try and stop the trouble with several arrests made which drags football back into the dark ages of hooliganism. It resulted in the kick-off being delayed by 45 minutes. The United players were unhurt but refused to get off the bus until ...

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Barcelona and Real Madrid take La Liga race to final day

Spanish football league to be decided on the last day of the season as only one point separates leaders Barca from Real and finally, however, Barcelona and Real Madrid take La Liga race to final day. Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title by thrashing local rivals Espanyol 5-0 but Real Madrid stayed only one point behind the leaders after a nervy 3-2 win over Valencia. Atletico Madrid dropped out of the race after losing 2-1 at Levante. Barca top the standings on 88 points, Real moved into second on 87 and Atletico have 85 with one game remaining. ...

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Madrid face Madrid in Champions League final

Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final for the second time in three years after overcoming Manchester City 1-0 in their semifinal second leg match last night. Manchester City’s Champions League dream is over after their 1-0 defeat at the Bernabeu. City impressed in the first-leg last week but they offered little attacking threat as Real Madrid set up a final showdown with rivals Atletico. After last week’s goalless first leg stalemate, Madrid, chasing a record-extending 11th European title, opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Gareth Bale’s cross was deflected into the top corner by ...

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Leicester is the new champion of England

Leicester City is the new champion of England. Yes! You read it right, Leicester have just won arguably the most popular football league in the world, English Premier League. And they did so with still two games left. The wait for the ‘fairy tale ending’ of the ‘beautiful story’ is over. The biggest underdog story in recent times has met the ending everyone was hoping for. It is their maiden top-flight title for the 132-year-old club. Some would have wanted it to happen when Claudio Ranieri’s unsung heroes were out playing, but who is to complain? It is the first ...

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Kane Williamson succeeding as New Zealand test captain

New Zealand’s leading batsman Kane Williamson has been succeeding as New Zealand’s 29th test cricket captain. Williamson (25 years old) has already captained New Zealand in 34 one-day or Twenty20 internationals and will now succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. David White, New Zealand Cricket chief executive, said Willimason has been a leader within the team for a long time and already proved himself to be an extremely capable captain. “He is respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his professional approach both on and off the field, and has a superb cricket brain”, ...

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Real Madrid draw with Man City

The fans of Real Madrid were truly disappointed as their favorite club secured only a draw with Man City. The Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was a frustrated spectator as his Real Madrid side played out a slow-burning goal-zero draw with Manchester City in Tuesday’s semi-final first leg of Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading scorer in this season’s competition with 16 goals, was cramped with a thigh injury. With a sensational late Joe Hart save to deny Pepe the closest either side came to a goal at the Etihad Stadium, the match remained goalless. City’s first semi-final appearance in the ...

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BCB devised about Mustafizur

The name Mustafizur is now a buzzing word in the IPL but BCB is devised about Mustafizur and keen on preventing anything going wrong with the magical boy. He is at the center point of discussion and eagerness of all crickets playing nation around the world. At the time of attending the conference of ICC the president of BCB Nazmul Hassan Papon was questioned a surprising question by the president of the cricket Australia. Mustafizur has achieved respect from the cricket world by his magical bowling with an array of bowling tricks up his sleeve. The board chief said his ...

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Mesmerizing Mustafiz spreads magic in IPL

Mesmerizing Mustafiz agains spreads his magic in IPL 2016. It has really become hard to describe the magical boy Mustafiz by any adjective. In his last match in IPL, he gave away just 9 runs for 2 wickets bowling 4 overs that helped restrict Punjab to 143 in the first innings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium yesterday. The Bangladesh pace sensation began with his first maiden over of the tournament. The Punjab batsmen failed to score any run in the first nine balls. He came to bowl the last over of the first power play and put pressure on ...

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Sunny and Taskin banned from bowling

Tiger stars Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed has been banned from bowling by ICC on March 19, 2016. They were suspected for illegal bowling action few days ago after their qualifying round match against the Netherlands at Dharmasala on March 09, 2016 at World T20 Championship. And later they were sent for their bowling action examination last week. Sunny went to Chennai for the ICC bowling assessment on March 12, 2016 while Taskin went to Chennai for the test after the qualifying round matches. The bowling action analysis of Arafat Sunny revealed that the elbow extension for majority of his ...

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Bangladesh enters Super 10 in Style


Bangladesh tigers enter the super 10 stage at World T20 with a very dominating style. Oman could not bring any challenge on the field for the roaring tigers in spite of a lot of promises after their dramatic win against Ireland. The only smile came to the face on the Oman captain while winning the toss to send Bangladesh for batting. With tremendous display of form in the first two games of the tournament, Tamim Iqbal was no exception in showing his class in this game too. He scored the first century in T20 international games for Bangladesh and scored ...

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