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Antonio quits Gokulam Kerala with cryptic Instagram post






New Delhi : Striker Antonio German has terminated his contract with Gokulam Kerala FC and has taken a dig at the I-League club on his Instagram feed. The club says the contract was terminated by mutual consent.

German, 26, has made six appearances for Gokulam so far this season and has struck twice for them. He converted a penalty in the 2-3 loss to Chennai City and also struck in the 3-1 win over Shillong Lajong.

Even though he has appeared in all of Gokulam’s matches, it appears that German was unhappy with the situation at the club.


“Unfortunately after 3 years in India, I have decided to cancel my contract and leave Gokulam FC,” German posted on Instagram.

“I wasn’t enjoying myself and I wasn’t happy with certain things. I will never speak bad about the club but as a footballer, you need to enjoy where you are and you need to be happy in order to perform so I decided to make the decision to leave.”

The 26-year-old winger was unhappy with coach Bino George and was even seen arguing with the gaffer when he was substituted in the 56th minute during the game against table toppers Chennai City FC.

German, a former Kerala Blasters player in the Indian Super League (ISL), has decided to leave India and return to his home Granada for now.

German has been unable to replicate his performance from the 2015-15 season, where he struck six goals in nine games for Blasters. Life in Kozhikode was not as rosy as German expected and he has decided to quit the club.

A club statement read: “Gokulam Kerala FC has parted way with forward Antonio German. The former QPR forward and Granada international was with the club from the start of the season.

“He started all the six matches for Gokulam and scored two goals. The player requested to cancel the contract due to personal reasons and has left for United Kingdom.”

Gokulam have had a good start to their I-League campaign. In six matches, they have nine points courtesy of two wins and three draws. But they are eight points behind runaway leaders Chennai City FC on the table.

“Just wanted to say thank you so much to all the fans for your support over the years and the love you’ve shown me has been amazing. I love you all and will never forget you. Good luck to the club in the future. Thank you,” German added.

Gokulam are slated to face East Bengal this Saturday, December 8, in Kolkata.

“Antonio German is a good team player and his immense experiences in playing European leagues have helped us to perform well this season.

“It was altogether a different experience working with him. We wish Antonio success in his future career,” coach Bino George told the Gokulam Kerala website.



Ganguly backs Dhawan to shine at ICC World Cup




Mumbai:There is not a bowler in the world that can stop Shikhar Dhawan when the opener is in determined mood and the left-hander will be crucial to Indias hopes at this years Cricket World Cup, former captain Sourav Ganguly has said.

Dhawan smashed 97 not out off 63 balls in Delhi Capitalsseven-wicket victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in Fridays Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at Eden Gardens, much to the delight of Ganguly, an advisor to the Capitals.

Captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma are India`s batting mainstays in one-day cricket but Ganguly puts Dhawan, who has 16 centuries from 128 ODIs with a 93-plus strike rate, in the same league.


“The three best players in one-day cricket — Dhawan, Rohit, Virat,” Ganguly told the IPL website. “When he (Dhawan) gets set and gets in he`s unstoppable.

“All I expect from him is determination. When he is determined, no bowler in the world can stop him.”

Dhawan`s second fifty of this IPL season, which catapulted Delhi into the top four, augurs well for India ahead of the May 30 to July 14 World Cup in England and Wales.

Along with opening partner Rohit, the onus will be on Dhawan to give India strong starts in the tournament and the southpaw has performed well on English soil.

Named man of the series in their triumphant 2013 Champions Trophy campaign, Dhawan was also the tournament`s leading scorer four years later when India lost in the final to Pakistan.

“If he gets set, he takes the game away. This is how he plays for India,” Ganguly, who led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup, later told reporters. “He`s a class act.”

Two-time champions India begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.

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Olympique Lyon’s Champions League spot under threat after Nantes defeat




London: Olympique Lyonnais` Champions League qualifying hopes were hit as they were beaten 2-1 at Nantes in Ligue 1.

Third-placed Lyon, who hold the final Champions League qualifying spot, were undone by Anthony Limbombes late free-kick after Martin Terrier had cancelled out Kalifa Coulibalys opener for Nantes.

Lyon are on 56 points with six games left, six ahead of fourth-placed St Etienne, who play their game in hand at home against Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday.


It was Lyon`s third straight defeat in all competitions after they were knocked out of the French Cup semi-finals by Stade Rennes and lost at home to lowly Dijon in the league last weekend.

The result leaves an even bigger question mark over coach Bruno Genesio`s future, with the club set to make a decision on whether to extend his contract at the end of the season.

With Nabil Fekir, Memphis Depay and Marcelo on the bench, Lyon got off to a bad start.

Coulibaly opened the scoring in the 11th minute after collecting a though ball from Majeed Waris.

Lyon were shaken by the hosts but weathered the storm and equalised one minute before the interval when Terrier curled a fine shot into the back of the net to finish off a counter-attack.

Limbombe earned Nantes victory seven minutes from fulltime with an inch-perfect free-kick, lifting the Canaries up to 15th in the table on 34 points.

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Defender Gomez sign two-year contract extension in East Bengal




Mumbai: East Bengal fans will heave a huge sigh of relief after their star defender Borja Gomes decided to sign a contract extension with the club and not follow Jobby Justin to go out. The Kolkata-based club is in the process of becoming a part of the ISL next season with I-League’s future looking bleak.

East Bengal came agonizingly close to lift the I-League title yet again this season before Chennai City FC eventually won it as the Kolkata club finished second.And with I-League looking to either get dissolved or set to get demoted to the second division, it was important for East Bengal to finish high on the table.

However, that wasn’t enough for the club to retain their star striker Jobby Justin, who signed a pre-contract with two-time ISL champions ATK just after the I-League ended and the Super Cup was in its quarter-final stage. But, the club was quick to react after that setback and on Friday handed a two-year contract extension to Spanish defender Borja Gomez.


“East Bengal FC are pleased to announce the renewal of contract with Borja Gomez Perez for the next two seasons,” the club said in a statement.

“According to him, this is the best team and ‘fans are the best in India’,” the statement added.

The Madrid-born La-Liga star, who is nick-named as the ‘Senapati’, was one of the key members for the club last season and has been a motivator for the team both on and off the field. Gomez has previously played for Granada CF, Real Oviedo, Hercules CF, Real Murcia and more before East Bengal had signed him from UD Sanse in January last year.

East Bengal has already announced their bid for ISL in a board meeting and are currently waiting for the terms to get financially acceptable.

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