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November 2014

Blatter insists 2022 World Cup will be staged in Qatar

Manila, Nov 30: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said here Sunday that the 2022 World Cup will in all surety be staged in Qatar."Believe me, if we see what has been said, what's told around the world, it's by those who are not involved exactly (in) what happens in football," Blatter told delegates at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) awards here, reports Xinhua. "The World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar." A 42-page summary made by FIFA's chief judge Hans-Joachim Eckert cleared the…

Iraqi national football coach sacked

Baghdad, Nov 30: The Iraqi Football Association (IFA) is seeking a replacement after the sacking of national team coach Hakim Shakir following their disappointing results in the 22nd Gulf Cup."The Association decided to sack the coach of national team Hakim Shakir after the majority of the members of national team's panel voted in dismissing him in a meeting late Saturday," al-Zaman newspaper quoted Ali Jabbar, the deputy head of the IFA, as saying Sunday, reports Xinhua. "There is an intention in the…

IPTL: Indian Aces beat UAE Royals for 3rd straight win

Manila, Nov 30: Micromax Indian Aces registered their third successive victory in the International Tennis Premier League (IPTL), defeating UAE Royals 28-20 at the Mall of Asia Arena here Sunday.UAE coach John Laffnie de Jager won the toss and elected to receive and in the first encounter, Kristina Mladenovic beat Aces' Ana Ivanovic 6-4. Ivanovic gave a spirited display despite being down 1-5. Experienced mixed doubles pair Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna notched a 6-3 win in the second set over Mladenovic and Nenad…

Bhaichung Bhutia conferred AFC ‘Hall of Fame Award’

Manila, Nov 30: Former Indian national football team captain Bhaichung Bhtutia was Sunday honoured with the AFC Hall of Fame Award on occasion of the Asian Football Confederation’s 60th anniversary here.FIFA president Sepp Blatter presented the award to Bhaichung on the Awards Night here. AIFF president Praful Patel was also present as were a host of other dignitaries from all over the footballing World. Moments after receiving it, Bhaichung said the award was not solely for him "but for Indian…

Abhishek, Manika win Youth TT national titles

Alappuzha, Nov 30: Petroleum Sports Promotion Board’s Abhishek Yadav emerged the Youth Boys singles champion while Manika Batra retained her Youth Girls singles crown in the 76th Junior National and Youth Table Tennis Championships at the Radha Convention Centre here Sunday.While top seed Abhishek crushed teammate Sudhanshu Grover 4-2 (11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4) in the boys' final, Delhi girl Manika overwhelmed Maharashtra’s Charvi Kawle 4-1 (10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3) in the girls' title…
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