News 117 // 29 Jul 2018, 18:51 IST SHARE What’s the story?Bengaluru FC starlets, defender Nishu Kumar and winger Udanta Singh have stepped back from partaking in the National football camp that is currently set up at the Ambedkar Stadium in the capital.In case you didn’t know…Having made his debut for the Blue Tigers only last year during the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers for next year, Nishu Kumar has eased into Stephen Constantine’s tactics over the last twelve months. Meanwhile, youngster Udanta was seen donning the Indian Blue for the first time back in 2016 against Iran.Heart of the matterBengaluru FC players Nishu Kumar and Udanta Singh have abstained themselves from joining national camp being held in New Delhi. Jamshedpur FC’s Farukh Choudhury accompanied by 20-year-old Mohammad Sajid Dhot have been named as the replacements for the absent players.The National camp kicked off at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday, in … [Read more...] about Indian Football team regulars, Nishu Kumar and Udanta Singh have withdrawn from participation with the National team
It’s that time of year when we review the Australian TV ratings for all the football codes for the previous year. I am relying on the data already collected by good friend to The Roar, Wookie, using his excellent site: Footy Industry. I will start with the free-to-air broadcasts (5 City Metro) for all football matches for 2016. The top rating football match for 2016 was the AFL grand final featuring Sydney and the Western Bulldogs, with ratings of 3.04 million. The NRL then takes up the next four spots, with the NRL grand final and three State-of-Origin matches, underscoring its ongoing strength in attracting mega TV audiences. Origin 1 was in 2nd place with ratings of 2.708 million, while the NRL grand final featuring Cronulla and Melbourne was in 3rd place with ratings of 2.647 million. The remainder of the top ten is filled by AFL finals: Free-to-air’s top rating football programs in 2016 1. AFL – GF – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: 3,040k The most surprising … [Read more...] about Football TV ratings for 2016
When the University of Arkansas at Little Rock students presented Andrew Rogerson with a petition asking to add football, the chancellor did the perfect thing. He listened and said he would get a feasibility study done. He did, and basically it isn't feasible for UALR to have football unless someone very rich writes a huge check -- about $32 million to get through the first two years -- or someone dies and leaves the athletic department a ton of money. The increase in the athletic budget would be more than $12 million in the first year to compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision. UALR's current athletic budget is $11 million, which is not really enough. A couple of years ago the men's basketball team was going to bus to Appalachian State in North Carolina for a Thursday night game. That's 690 miles in perfect conditions, which would take about 11 hours. Then the Trojans were going to bus home the next day and play a home game Saturday. That would have meant traveling a total of 1,380 … [Read more...] about A good try, but UALR can’t afford football
Top 5 / Top 10 115 // 29 Jul 2018, 12:58 IST SHARE If you are a football fan, you can be categorized into two groups now. Either your club did well in the transfer window and you can't wait for the season to start or your beloved team hasn't signed anyone who would make the squad better and you are biting your nails while you hope for some new arrivals in the last few days.With the regular club football around two weeks away from us, the first category of fans has a lot of time to kill. On the other hand, the second group needs to distract themselves with something before they start biting their toenails (yes, it is gross but there are people that desperate).So to satisfy all of you, here is an interesting list of five players who look like famous cartoon characters:#5 Vincent Kompany - MegamindFirst up on the list is Manchester City and Belgium captain Vincent Kompany. His lookalike - Megamind from the animated movie named the same.The 32-year-old … [Read more...] about 5 footballers who look like cartoon characters
Feature 61 // 29 Jul 2018, 12:21 IST SHARE Sports persons have strong nerves in general. It is actually a pre-requisite for greatness in any walk of career. But there are only a few who can stand firm when it matters the most and there's no comparison to Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to taking brave decisions whether it is related to career choices, crucial moments in the game or transfers to different clubs.When Manchester United visited Lisbon for a friendly match, they were startled by the fact that a not-so-tough-looking kid had the courage to stand and excel in front of seasoned defenders from the English league. His courage and grit made the players to request Sir Alex Ferguson to acquire him. We all know what transpired next!"It was plain that this was a potential superstar. An 18-year-old Ronaldo ran the show and we lost 3-1. We were on the bus afterwards waiting for chief executive David Gill and the boss Alex Ferguson," - Rio Ferdinand … [Read more...] about Is Cristiano Ronaldo the gutsiest footballer ever?