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Cassano names second child after Lionel Messi

sports Updated: Mar 20, 2013 00:24 IST

Antonio Cassano has named his newborn son after “the greatest player of all time”, namely Lionel Messi, according to the Inter Milan striker.

Cassano's wife Carolina gave birth to the couple's second son on Monday. Cassano said he had named his son Lionel “in honour of the greatest player of all time, my idol.”

Cassano, who had to temporarily stop his career last year to undergo minor heart surgery, already has another son, Christopher. The dedication to star Barcelona forward Messi is unlikely to be missed by fans of AC Milan, where Cassano played until a controversial summer move to Inter.

Koevermans stresses grooming of coaches
Kolkata: Indian national football team coach Wim Koevermans on Tuesday stressed on the need to groom coaches at the grassroot level to revive the sagging state of the country's football The Dutchman met coaches and club representatives of six I-League teams -- four from Kolkata and two from the northeastern region.

“We must have a strong base of coaches at the grassroot level. That will help develop the standard of football at the age-group level,” Koevermans told reporters after his meeting with the club representatives.

He also emphasised on the need to have a proper youth development programme. “If we have a proper programme in place, we will start getting a pool of players. But again for this to happen we need to have good coaches at the age group level,” he said.

Appleton sacked by blackburn
London: Blackburn Rovers have sacked manager Michael Appleton after just over two months in charge, the Indian-owned English second-tier club announced on Tuesday. Appleton becomes the third manager to leave Blackburn this season.

“Blackburn Rovers FC can confirm that Michael Appleton has been relieved of his duties as manager along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling,” read a statement on the club website. Blackburn lost to Millwall in the FA Cup quarter-finals last week.