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December 24, 2015

Chelsea players must look in the mirror: Hiddink

London, Dec 24: Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has urged his club's players to "look in the mirror" and decide how to take their side up the ladder in the English Premier League.The defending champions are presently struggling at the 15th place in the league table with only five wins from 17 games. "Yesterday I talked fully to the squad. I told them, things happen in football and I want them to look in the mirror, not just two seconds but longer, and see how they can contribute on the way…

We are fighting for our manager: Wayne Rooney

London, Dec 24: English football club Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney on Thursday said the whole team is behind manager Louis van Gaal who has been under tremendous pressure in the last few weeks .There is speculation about the Dutchman facing expulsion and he walked out of a news conference on Wednesday. United have failed to win any of their last six games. "We're fighting for the manager and trying to get results to turn this around," Rooney was quoted as saying by Skysports. "You have…

Japan to relaunch Kirin Cup to warm up for World Cup qualifiers

Tokyo, Dec 24: Japan will relaunch the historic international football tournament Kirin Cup next year for its national team to warm up for the final Asian qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday.The Kirin Cup, the oldest full international tournament in Japan, will be held for the first time in five years. The tournament will be played on June 3 and June 7, reports Xinhua. The Cup, which was a three-team tournament, will now be changed to a four-team meet. The participating…

Sweden’s tennis star Soderling retires

Stockholm, Dec 24: Former world No.4 tennis player Robin Soderling has announced his retirement at the age of 31."Thank u so much for all your kind words.So sad I won't play professional tennis again, but reading all ur msgs makes me feel a lot better," Soderling wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. The Tibro, Sweden native had not taken part in an ATP World Tour event since 2011 due to glandular fever. "In all the years I have believed that I would be able to take me back to the world elite in tennis but…

Blatter’s appeal before CAS to cost $54,000

Zurich, Dec 24: The appeal to be filed by suspended FIFA president Joseph Blatter and suspended UEFA head Michel Platini before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against their eight-year bans could cost between 40,000 euros ($43,775) and 50,000 euros ($54,719), while the case could take as long as a year to be resolved.The rules governing CAS stipulate that a request for arbitration can be submitted after undertaking all appeal procedures within FIFA's Ethics Committee, against the eight-year ban from all…
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