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FC Goa midfielder Ahmed Jahouh the best in business

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Mumbai: Ahmed Jahouh has been one of the influential intruments in FC Goa’s successful campaign in the Indian Super League (ISL) season 2018-19.

The 30-year-old had joined the club in the previous season, following former coach Sergio Lobera to the Goan franchise and has ever since become one of the key players in the side.

It is very harsh to term Jahouh as just a defensive midfielder. He dictates the tempo of the game for FC Goa and also is adept at breaking down opponents and frustrating them. The towering midfielder is good in the air and also possesses the physical capability to overpower his opposite number.

 

The medio has accounted for just three assists amid Goa’s 36 goals from 18 games but that has to be a deceptive figure given the moves that have been initiated by Jahouh that have ended up in goals. In particular, his long deliveries and through passes have been inch-perfect almost every time he decides to play the ball forward.

FC Goa’s improved defensive display this season also has to do with the fact that Jahouh has effectively covered the defence every time regular full backs – Seriton Fernandes and Mandar Rao Dessai – would venture forward.

With Jamshedpur FC’s Memo leading the interceptions chart (39), Jahouh (31) fits sixth only behind four regular defenders. Meawhile, to testify the tandem built with his team-mates, Goa’s Lenny Rodrigues has 30 interceptions to his name among the top 10.

Ahmed Jahouh leads the individual player statistics in not one and two but three departments. He has recorded nearly 150 touches more than Chennaiyin FC’s Raphael Augusto (1411) followed by Jamshedpur duo Memo (1336) and Mario Arques (1312).

Subsequently, the Moroccan has also made the most number of passes in the league, once again followed by Augusto (1180), Arques (1127), Memo (1116), NorthEast United’s Federico Gallego (1091) amid the Goa’s Bedia (1066) and Lenny (1049) in the thousand club.

Yet again, the effectiveness of those numbers is reflected in the number of tackles he has made, more than any other, ahead of the likes of Augusto (99), FC Pune City’s Adil Khan (91) and Mumbai City FC’s Paulo Machado (83).

Among all the 102 tackles, only 31 have been pulled out as fouls and five as bookable offenses which is not strange for a defensively midfielder who is so heavily involved. Take for example Christopher Herd, in his five matches for Chennaiyin wherein the Australian plugged in the void of a defensive midfielder at the club, he would be booked four times in five games.

Jahouh has had an exemplary season and will be the key man for FC Goa in the play-offs, perhaps more important than the likes of Edu Bedia and Ferran Corominas.


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Dhoni could be ‘exposed’ by Yuvraj’s dad after World Cup

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Mumbai: Father of recently retired former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, Yograj has struck again, and all the signs point toward former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

While the cricketer is busy preparing for India’s next clash against Pakistan on Sunday after rain played spoilsport on the much-hyped India-New Zealand clash, a recent video of Yograj has surfaced where he speaks about an ‘un-named’ player who is responsible for the ‘dirty politics’ in the Indian cricket team.

Yograj further goes on to state that this player is the reason that many players like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, and his own son Yuvraj Singh were not included in the Indian team at crucial points in time.

 

While Yograj didn’t reveal much about the player he talks about, he did mention that he’d make the complete revelations after the currently ongoing 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Based on earlier allegations by Yograj, who was also a former pace bowler, towards then Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, It seems pretty evident that he is speaking of ‘Captain Cool’.

“I don’t want to take his name but he has been playing these dirty politics from the last 15 years. He has made lives difficult for Indian cricketers. I will make this revelation after the World Cup gets over. He will remember this for life that someone said something about him,” said Yograj.

“I don’t want to speak about him at this point in time because I don’t want the team to get affected during the World Cup,” he added.

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FIFA Rankings: India unmoved at 101

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London: The Indian national team remain unmoved in the June 2019 edition of the FIFA Rankings released.

Following India’s exit from the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup, India have had a change in coach with Igor Stimac replacing Stephen Constantine.

Under Stimac, India recently participated in the King’s Cup 2019 in Thailand where a 3-1 defeat against Curacao (79) was backed by a 1-0 win over hosts Thailand (116) in the third-place play-off.

 

GFX India FIFA Rankings June 2019

The Blue Tigers are set to face Tajikistan (120), DPR Korea (122) and Syria (85) in the upcoming Intercontinental Cup 2019 next. India enter the tournament as defending champions.

Meanwhile, in the global standings, Belgium continue to lead at the top having bettered their advantage over second-placed France who also stay put in their position, the same as Brazil and England at third and fourth spots respectively.

2019 UEFA Nations League champions Portugal have displaced Croatia to stand fifth while Spain (7) has gained two places. Germany (11 – tied with Argentina), Italy and Netherlands (both at 14) have also moved two places up.

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Coutinho brace helps Brazil forget Neymar in winning Copa start

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Sao Paulo: A brace from Philippe Coutinho handed hosts Brazil a winning start to the Copa America in a 3-0 victory over Bolivia as the absence of superstar Neymar was quickly forgotten.

Barcelona’s Coutinho scored from the penalty spot early in the second half and added a close-range header three minutes later.

Substitute Everton netted a sensational third five minutes from time to clinch a Group A victory for coach Tite’s tournament favorites in Sao Paul.

 

The build-up to the competition had been dominated by Neymar’s woes, firstly when he was accused of rape by a Brazilian model, and then when he damaged ankle ligaments in a friendly last week, forcing him out of the Copa.

If Brazil’s first-half performance was anything to go by, the Paris Saint-Germain star was sorely missed, but Coutinho’s brace at least silenced the jeers that met the team at half-time.

“Whistles are part of the game, the fans want us to win and play well, so that’s why they jeer,” said the match-winner, whose goals papered over the cracks of an at times disjointed performance.

“We always want their support but we’re focused on the objective, which is the match,” Coutinho told Brazil’s SportTV.

“Whistles or cheers, the important thing is to stay focused and get the win.” Brazil made a bright start and predictably dominated the early possession and chances
But surprisingly their greatest threat came from set-pieces with Coutinho’s corner delivery causing panic in the Bolivian backline.

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