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Abbas Chamanian: IR Iran head coach

Press Conference after Iran vs India football match with Abbas Chamanian head coach of Iran National U_16 Team.“India did not play the beautiful game. If we scored the first goal early, things would have been different. We could have scored two goals and show the beautiful football to people. We lost the chance to earn three points but we will be prepared for the next game.”  

India 0-0 IR Iran

Kuala Lumpur: India and Islamic Republic of Iran played to a 0-0 draw in their 2018 AFC U-16 Championship Group C tie at the National Stadium on Monday. IR Iran, who lost their opening match against Indonesia, made three changes to their starting lineup – bringing in Hossein Shaverdi, Hossein Hajizadehkhorasani and Mirreza Eslamtalab and they were more compact in midfield and organised at th...

Iran face a daunting task in Group C

Former champions Islamic Republic of Iran are the favourites but they face a daunting task in Group C against Indonesia, Vietnam and India at the AFC U-16 Championship Malaysia 2018. The head coaches of the four teams came face to face at the pre-match press conference on Thursday, with all admitting that their teams were confident going into the Championship. On top of Continental glory, four spo...

Five things we learned from La Liga

Real Madrid were handed a let-off as they edged closer to a first La Liga title in five years on a controversial weekend of action. Barcelona’s defeat at Malaga leaves Real three points clear at the top and with a game in hand to come. Here, we look at five things we learned from the 31st round of fixtures.

Sevilla 3-3 Real Madrid: Real go record 40th game unbeaten in Copa del Rey thriller

Karim Benzema struck deep into stoppage-time as Real Madrid set a new Spanish record by extending their unbeaten run to 40 games in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Sevilla, progressing to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in the process. Holding a 3-0 first leg lead, a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real looked set for defeat for the first time in eight months as an own goal from Danilo and second-half strikes from...

Pratto on the prowl for Argentina

“I spoke to Lucas and I told him not to forget where he comes from and how hard he’s fought. I mean, he used to play on pitches with more dirt and glass on them than grass,” said Lucas Pratto’s mother Daniela ahead of Argentina’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifier with Colombia earlier this week. As those words suggest, hard work is something that 28-year-old Pratto is used to, making h...

Rio 2016: Was Chinese proposal romantic or just a form of male control?

The crowd loved it – but did He Zi? The Chinese diver had tears in her eyes when fellow athlete Qin Kai proposed during her silver medal ceremony. A smile, however, took a lot longer to appear. She eventually said yes to her boyfriend of six years, but his very public stunt has since divided opinion around the world. In China, where unusual marriage proposals are widely shared and commented ...

Why are so many Olympians covered in large red circles?

A number of Olympians – including the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps – have been photographed with large red circles on their skin What are they, and why is everyone suddenly going dotty over them? The mark of an Olympic athlete, at least at Rio 2016, seems to be a scattering of perfectly round bruises. Swimmers and gymnasts, particularly from Team USA, are ...

Rio Olympics 2016: Games set for opening ceremony

The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions. The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city’s security, infrastructure and venues. But it is time...