Monday, 22 September 2014

VIDEO: Paderborn's Moritz Stoppelkamp's Astonishing Record 82-Metre Goal

Have you ever seen anything like this? Paderborn's Moritz Stoppelkamp goes for goal from a whopping 82 metres! And guess what: He scores! With just seconds left in the game, he finds the open net from a record distance in the Bundesliga to wrap up a 2-0 win over Hannover and take his side to dizzying heights in the table in their first-ever Bundesliga season!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

2014 Asian Games: Jordan test for India Under-23s!

Still healing from the ignominy of a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their 2014 Incheon Asian Games opener, the Indian Under-23 National Team will look to give a much better account of themselves when they play Jordan on Monday, September 22.

It was an one-sided encounter against UAE in the first game as India meekly went down to last Games' Bronze Medallists 0-5 drawing flak from different quarters. India now have to win against Jordan – whom they play for the first time in any age group – to stand any chance of last 16 berth.

The onus will again be on Captain Sunil Chhetri to deliver the goods as he has been doing relentlessly in the preparatory matches ahead of the Games. Wim Koevermans' boys will also have to be sharp at the back and not let their plucky opponents catch them cold on the break, which has led to their doom against the UAE.

Jordan on the other hand will be on a high after edging UAE by a solitary goal and will want to stay top of the table going into the pre-quarterfinals.

The kick-off is at 1:30 pm IST.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

Goa Pro League: Sporting Clube de Goa ease past Vasco SC!

Chandrashekar Chinta Rao and Boima Jerry Karpeh were on the scoresheet as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame Vasco SC 2-0 in round 6 of the Goa Pro League at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa on Sunday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the interval.

Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon brought Creson Antao into the starting line-up to partner Clemente Joseph in defence, as Spaniard Pablo Gallardo was suspended after picking up two yellow cards in previous games.

Sporting Goa started brightly and took the lead after just eleven minutes from the unlikeliest of sources. Rowllin Borges sent in cross and defender Chandrashekar Chinta gave the Flaming Oranje the lead with a beautiful header. Sporting Goa continued to apply pressure throughout the half with the playing making puppetry of Rowlin Borges and Cajetan Fernandes orbiting around, to unleash the likes of the young and exciting Mauvin Borges and hardworking Beevan D'Mello.

Changing over, the game got a little physical with three Vasco players entering the referee’s book in a short eight minute spell.

Vasco continued to battle forward and had their moments. In the closing stages Vasco's Jerose Oliveira saw his headed effort cleared off the goal line by Cajetan, while minutes later Vasco's Semson Fernandes rattled the crossbar with a scorching 30-yard free kick.

Twelve minutes from time, substitute Boima put the game beyond doubt as he timed his run into the box to perfection, to hoodwink the Vasco defence and slice in a low driven cross by Beevan.

The victory allowed Sporting Goa to move up to 4th place with eight points from sixth matches and in the process leapfrog over Vasco who have 7 points from the same number of games.

2014 Asian Games: India women go down 0-10 to Thailand!

The Indian Women went down 0-10 to a superior Thailand side in their third Group A match of the Women’s Football Competition in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games on Sunday, September 21. Thailand led eight-nil at the interval.

Four goals each from Captain Sung Ngoen Kanjana and midfielder Boothduang Wilaiporn, and one each from substitutes Sornsai Pitasamai and Seesraum Naphat sealed the issue for Thailand in an one-sided encounter. Such was Thailand’s domination that they surged into a 2-0 lead within eight minutes of the match and breezed to a 6-0 lead by the half hour mark.

India felt the absence of regular Captain Bembem Devi – suspended for the game for a double booking against South Korea – in the midfield as their fleet footed counterparts got behind the back four more often than not. Stand in captain Romi Devi and her defensive partners did try to shut it down but in vain.

However, the Indian Women looked much better in the second period after conceding one early, and their efforts bore fruit when striker Bala Devi headed Kamala Devi’s cross from the inside the box, went wide in the 78th minute. That was the closest India came.

Kamala picked out Bala once again with the match nearing final whistle but the tall Manipuri was closed down well by two defenders.

Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan matched the efforts up at the other end, saving twice in split seconds to deny Naphat from the penalty spot but the substitute striker drilled low past the Delhi keeper in her third attempt to close the match on 10-0.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

Indian Super League to be broadcast LIVE across 8 television channels in 5 languages!

The Indian Super League will be the first sporting event in the country to be backed by a never seen before ubiquitous broadcast platform plan, with a potential to reach around 85 per cent of India's television audience.

This ambitious plan is expected to herald an unparralled reach for any content, in the history of Indian television.

In a pursuit to enthrall football purists as well as generate mass fan-following for Indian football, the Indian Super League will be telecast LIVE on a range of Star India’s sports, movie and regional channels - a first in the history of broadcast in India.

Spanning over eight channels in the sports and general entertainment category across five languages, the Indian Super League will be televised on Star Sports 2 (English), Star Sports 3 (Hindi), Star Sports HD 2 (English), Star Gold (Hindi), Star Utsav (Hindi), Asianet Movies (Malayalam), Jalsha Movies (Bengali) and Suvarna Plus (Kannada).

Live streaming will be available on .

"We believe in the potential of football as a sport that cuts across culture, race, religion and economic might. The Hero Indian Super League heralds the Birth of India as a Footballing Nation and as the leading sports broadcasting network in India, we plan to take the viewer experience to the next level. In order to take the game of football closer to its fans, we are providing a never-seen before plan, leveraging the strength of sports, entertainment, regional and multi-screen. The magnitude of what we are setting out to do has never been attempted." said Sanjay Gupta, COO, STAR India.

The Hero Indian Super League is scheduled to kick off from 12th October 2014, featuring eight clubs, 56 league matches followed by two-stage home and away semifinals and the big final on 20th December 2014.

The Hero Indian Super League’s official TV campaign - a panoramic 100-seconds film - was launched earlier on 7th September. The first TVC sparked the start of the League’s lead up to a 36-day, 360 degree marketing campaign, bringing alive the hopes of over a billion people to live their dream of building a footballing nation.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)