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Mohun Bagan sign Ceesay for Hero Super Cup

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Kolkata: Mohun Bagan have roped in attacking midfielder Dawda Ceesay from Churchill Brothers for the upcoming Super Cup which begins later this month. The Mariners have had a forgettable I-League season, with the club currently sixth in the league with 26 points from 19 matches.

Churchill, who were relegated from the I-League last season, however, stayed put in the top flight after getting a wild card entry to the top flight. The Goa-based team has been performing exceptionally well in the league against all expectations. Willis Plaza has been the spearhead of the attack scoring 20 goals, with Dawda Cessay providing the support for him. The Gambian has scored thrice this season and provided assists on 9 occasions.

He has been the unsung hero for Churchill Brothers FC. With his invaluable help, the team managed to stay in the hunt for the championship but fell behind in the final rounds of the competition. Churchill Brothers is currently at the third position in the league table having accumulated 34 points from 19 matches with a single game left.

 

While the Kolkata giants have released Egyptian playmaker Omar Elhussieny and Henry Kisekka from the squad, Khalid Jamil needed a player who could fill in his boots. Dawda Ceesay was the perfect candidate to bring stability to the team ahead of the Super Cup, which will give them a chance to succeed and overshadow the disappointment of the I-League campaign.

The Super Cup is going to be a tough assignment for Mohun Bagan, with Indian Super League sides also participating in the knockout tournament. Dawda Ceesay will have a huge responsibility, especially after the shaky display in the forward line by the green and maroon brigade in the I-League.

In the last edition of the Super League, Mohun Bagan lost to eventual winners Bengaluru FC in the semi-finals at the Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar. The fans will be hoping for a turnaround this time. Mohun Bagan will play their last fixture of the I-League this season away to Shillong Lajong FC this Friday.


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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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