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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Football

Atletico de Kolkata, Kerala Blasters set for supercharged ISL final

A high voltage clash between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters promises to provide the perfect finale to the inaugural Indian Super League in Mumbai on Saturday.

Fifa will not reopen 2018, 2022 World Cup ballots

Defiantly declaring that Fifa is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said on Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked.

Next year, ISL could be a three-month affair

As the inaugural Indian Super League season enters its final day, re-assessment of the league is finding voice. Learn and adapt seem to be the motto. Organisers have already begun the process and are planning to extend the 10-week event to three months.

Atletico de Kolkata prevail over FC Goa; advance to final

Atletico de Kolkata got their act right in the nick of time to humble crowd favourites FC Goa 4-2 in tie-breaker and advance to the final of the inaugural Indian Super League football tourney.

Kerala Blasters trump Chennaiyin, book ISL final berth

Kerala Blasters struck the match-winner deep into the extra time in a thrilling second leg semi-final to book a berth for the summit clash of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League football tournament on 4-3 aggregate over Chennaiyin FC.

Ex-France and Arsenal star Thierry Henry announces retirement

Former World Cup winner and Arsenal's record goal-scorer Thierry Henry announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, bringing an end to his a glittering 20-year career.

EPL: Manchester United win to deepen Liverpool gloom

Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie scored as Manchester United rubbed salt into Liverpool's wounds with a crushing 3-0 home victory in the Premier League on Sunday.

Evergreen Luca Toni delighted to hit 300-goal mark

Luca Toni admitted his delight after hitting his 300th career goal in Hellas Verona's 2-1 win over Udinese that helped the former World Cup winner shade Antonio Di Natale in a 'battle of the veterans' in Italy's Serie A on Sunday.

European football roundup: Atletico Madrid suffer rare loss, Manchester United down Liverpool

Real Madrid were the big winners in Spain as their success at Almeria was followed by a Barcelona draw and a surprise Atletico Madrid defeat.

Atletico squander home advantage to draw goalless with FC Goa

Atletico de Kolkata spurned the golden opportunity of making best use of home advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by FC Goa in the first-leg semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League, on Sunday.

Liverpool miss out on Champions League knock-outs, Juve progress

A Steven Gerrard strike could not prevent Liverpool from being eliminated from the Champions League as Basel went through on Tuesday, while Juventus and Monaco also advanced to the last-16.

EPL: Robin van Persie sends lacklustre Man United third

Robin van Persie scored twice as Manchester United belied a slipshod performance to win 2-1 at Southampton on Monday and claim third place in the Premier League table.

ISL: NorthEast play out 1-1 draw with Mumbai

NorthEast United FC played out a 1-1 draw against Mumbay City FC in an inconsequential Hero Indian Super League match to end at the bottom position in the football tournament on Wednesday.

Del Piero scores maiden ISL goal as Delhi hold Chennaiyin 2-2

Alessandro del Piero scored his first goal at the fag end of the tournament via a superb free-kick as Delhi Dynamos rallied from two goal down to hold leaders Chennaiyin FC 2-2 in a thrilling match.

La Liga: Hat-trick and 400th Barcelona goal for Messi

Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick and surpassed 400 club goals as Barcelona came from behind to win the Catalan derby 5-1 against Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday.
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