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Mumbai FC sign Arata Izumi

Mumbai, Dec 31: Mumbai FC will usher in the New Year with the signing of Japanese-born Indian football player Arata Izumi for the 2015-16 I-League season.The new recruit signed on the dotted line on Thursday at the Mumbai club and will spend the season on loan from ISL club Atletico de Kolkata. Having gained Indian citizenship in 2012, Arata became eligible to represent the country in international competitions and made his debut with the Indian team, under coach Wim Koevermans, during an international friendly against…

Congolese footballer gets residency in Netherlands

Brussels, Dec 31: Football player Christian Gandu managed to overturn a decision by Dutch authorities to deport him to his country of origin, Congo, where he plays.The 23-year-old acquired permanent residency in the Netherlands after a campaign to allow him to stay in the European country where Dutch international Wesley Sneijder participated, reports Efe. Previously, the Dutch immigration office ordered the player to be deported to his country of origin by December 17. Christian arrived as a refugee in the Netherlands…

Fernandez passes Atletico Madrid medical

Madrid, Dec 31: Argentine midfielder Augusto Fernandez passed his medical tests here on Thursday before finalising his deal with Spanish football club Atletico Madrid, though there are still some details expected to be completed in the coming hours.After bidding farewell to Celta Vigo by playing 77 minutes on Wednesday against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, Fernandez went to Madrid for his medical, reports Efe. Fernandez said he is happy with the move, explaining that some details are still pending formalisation. The…

Ashwin finishes 2015 as No.1 Test bowler

Dubai, Dec 31: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday became only the second Indian, after the legendary Bishan Singh Bedi, to be ranked as the No.1 bowler in Tests in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.Ashwin achieved the top spot for the first time in his career after injury prevented South African Dale Steyn from bowling more than 3.5 overs in England's second innings in the Durban Test. Even though the fast bowler bagged four wickets in the first innings, it wasn't enough for him to…

India beat Maldives 3-2 to enter SAFF Cup final

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 31: Hosts India defeated the Maldives 3-2 in a nail-biting semi-final match to enter the final of the SAFF Cup here on Thursday.For India, Jeje Lalpekhlua scored in the 34th and 66th minutes alongside skipper Sunil Chhetri's 25th minute opener. For the Maldives, Ahmed Nashid (45) and Amdaan Ali (75) were the goal scorers.
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