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Both English clubs Chelsea and Arsenal faces tough Italian tests in the last 16 of the Champions League after Friday's round-16 draw in Nyon.
This two London clubs are the last remaining Barclays Premier League sides in the competition after the disappointing exits of two Manchester giants in the group stage. Chelsea will face Maradona's ex-club Napoli which upsets Manchester City and the Gunners will face most successful Italian club in Champions league history, 7 times winner AC Milan. Arsenal became the first English club to beat Milan at the San Siro in same round in the year 2007-08.
Defending champions Barcelona were will face Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the last 16 of the Champions League. Barcelona, who advanced to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan on yesterday after beating Al Sadd in 4-0, will be confident of progressing against Leverkusen side which is in sixth position in the German Bundesliga currently.
Most successful club of Champions league history, Mourinho's Real Madrid will also be satisfied after facing competitively easier opponent CSKA Moscow. Bayern Munich, who hosts the final at their Allianz Arena, was paired with FC Basle 1893 while 2010 champions, Italian giant Inter Milan will face Marseille.
Zenit St Petersburg take on Benfica and Lyon will face last 16 surprises APOEL Nicosia. All the group winners will play away in the first leg, which takes place on 14/15 or 21/22 February, and the return fixtures will be on 6/7 and 13/14 March.
Each team in the last 16 will get 2.6 million euros, quarter-finalists 2.85 million euros and the four semi-finalists 3.6 million euros. The Champions League winners take home a further 7.8 million euros and the runners-up 4.48 million euros. Meanwhile each of the 32 teams in the group stage received a participation payment of 3.37 million euros and 4,75,000 euros for every match played in the group stage. Performance bonuses of 6,90,000 euros were also paid for every win and 3,45,000 euros for each draw.
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Pune FC's continuing quest of grooming talent at lower age groups bore fruit with three of its city-based Under-16 were short-listed to play in the FC Bayern Youth Cup (India) finals scheduled in January 2012 at New Delhi. The players include goalkeeper Rohan Fasge, mid-fielder Rushab Dhere and striker Atman Mehta, who went through the grind of a two-day selection process overseen by FC Bayern scouts Paul Breitner and Harald Cerny before making the final 15.
When the dust settled, the players ended with the chance to play against another set of 15 players shortlisted in New Delhi to decide "the best" that will travel to Germany for the FC Bayern Youth Cup international! The finals' of the India event will be held when the German giants visit India to play a friendly on January 10.
Apart from the city threesome, Pune FC had three others make it through the first round of selection and included Soumesh Gurke, Raj Bhanwari and Shantanu Kulkarni. However at the end of trials at the Western Railway Sports ground, Lower Parel, Mumbai it was Rohan, Rushab and atman who made Pune FC and their city proud. Pune FC were represented by 12 players at this first-ever event titled 'Be A Part Of The Largest Youth Search in India' organized by Adidas, Audi and the Bundesliga club that attracted 400 players.
Others making the trip to Mumbai included Ashish Awati, Hemanth Mali, Jordan Fernandes, Prashant Venugopal, Nirav Tanna, Omkar Salvi, who were accompanied by Under-19 coach Gift Raikhan. The three will now attempt to make it to the final 15, which will make up the best to represent India at the FC Bayern Youth Cup which will be held a couple of days after the Champions League finals at Allianz Arena, Munich in May 2012.
ROHAN FASGE : Position : Goalkeeper :: DOB : 23 July 1996 : School: Krida Prabodhini
His aim is to play for India and thus when out on the field he wants to be among the best. Currently Rohan is part of Pune FC's Under-17 set up and s in the process of building upon the teachings of his coaches. Rohan is an avid Bundesliga lover and Bayern Munich is one of favourite clubs.
RUSHAB DHERE : Position : Medio :: DOB : 28 December 1996 : School: Krida prabodhini
The promising playmaker has moved up the ranks in Pune FC after leading the Under-15 side in 2011. The promise shown by the lad led to graduation to the Under-17 ranks. Fact is that he is one of the two players to graduate, which includes being voted Pune FC Best Under-15 player in 2011.
ATMAN MEHTA :Position: Striker :: DOB : 26 June, 1996 : School: Vikhe Patil Memorial School
The Solapur-born lad has shown abundant promise with a good left finish in tow. With goals to his name during the MUPC tourney, the soft-spoken player made an impressive impact during the MUPC meet. Among Atman's favourite footballers in Germany are Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben, both Bayern Munich players. ( PUNE FC PRESS RELEASE)
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Kolhapur based Gadhinglaj Soccer Assocoation team placed the fourth (4th) in Pimpari Chinchwad ( Pune) Mayour Cup 2011 football tournament. In this state level tournament total 32 teams from Maharashtra Participated. Gadhinglaj team beat Usamanabad, Last year 3rd rank holder Ahamahadnagers Shivjians, Punes Irons club. In Semi final Gadhinglaj soccer lost to Pune DSK Shivajians by 0-1.
In third rank match the Academy lost 0-1 again to Indrayani club, Pune. Gadhinglaj team win Rs. 21000/- & Goal keeper Prashant daddikar decleared Best player award of Rs. 2000/- & trophy.
This is the fourth achivements of Gadhinglaj team in this season. Previously they won Belgaum ( Karnataka) All India football two tournaments, Runners-up of Kedari Redekar All India tournament ( Gadhinglaj). Maharashtra State deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, Mayour Yogesh Bhael honoured the winning teams.
State deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar congrts the Gadhinglaj team for doing exellent performannce in this tournamet. He told that he is proud of the Gadhinglaj F.A who are working from rural grassroot level to develope football in Maharashtra.
The Team of the Academy were : Yogesh Dhamone ( Captain), Amit Savant ( V.C), Bhupendra Koli, Suraj Teli, Pravin Munninawar, Subash Patil, Sandip Kamble, Santosh Rajgire, Vishal Jadhav, Pankaj Jadhav, Kiran Pandhare, Kiran Dastgar, Umesh Devgoda, Yaswant Salvi, Prasna Prasadi, Sidrath Karambekar, Snahadeep Desai.
Coach : Deepak Kuppannvar
Manager : Mahadev Patil.
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The FC Barcelona comfortably exceeded the processing of modest semi-final against Al Sadd and Sunday will face Neymar's Santos. With half of the line up on the bench, Barcelona scored four goals with three alternates, Adriano (2), Keita and Maxwell. Barca have won their dream presence in the World Cup final, but lost against Villa, who broke the tibia in a very unfortunate action.
Aware of the superiority of his team, Guardiola felt more serious to Santos with Al-Sadd and left on the bench Alves, Pique, Xavi, Busquets, Alexis and Cesc. These six holders will be starting against the Brazilian team on Sunday. Pep ordered a deceptive 4-3-3, with Peter on the left, Villa of '9 ' and playmaker Messi with full freedom in all and the right lane for Adriano, which has become a 3-4-3 and has a big advantage.
The game was a 'tachy-goal' from the opening whistle and in many phases of possession Barca's party has exceeded 80 percent. Barca has been too superior and has lacked a point of ambition to complete the countless approaches in the penalty area.
The goal has been reached on 25 minutes. A heart innocent of Peter from the left over in goal after a hesitation between Belhadj and goalkeeper Mohammed Saqr. Adriano has rejected down last of Mohammed and the ball slipped into the goal. It is a surprise of the players of both teams and the 80,000 fans who filled the Yokohama Stadium. Eleven minutes later, there has been most unfortunate action of the meeting and one of the most unfortunate, certainly, of the season. In their attempt to control in the air a long ball into the area, Villa stepped wrong and broke the tibia. Alexis came in place of Villa.
Before the break, again Adriano has ruled the game with a cross shot with his left foot from the top right corner to again count on the cooperation of Mohammed, the player number 12 of Barcelona.
Barca players jumped onto the field with his head down and the game deteriorated from the already poor in the first half. Until Messi woke up on 17 minutes, first to throw a fault with the left foot with which Mohammed removed the thorn from the first two goals with an extraordinary intervention, and a minute later to attend Keita, who scored the 3-0 .The midfielder received a pass inside the area thoroughly with Messi's right leg, controlled with the left and the outside of the foot beat Mohammed with a subtle touch more typical of Argentine Keita itself.
With the party convicted, Pep ushered Maxwell and Cuenca by Abidal and Alexis, who withdrew with sore muscles in the adductor of the left leg, and the Brazilian side, after a well attended by Thiago, sealed the final 4-0 again with the help of Mohammed. The game ended with two free Ali stomping on Puyol and Mascherano, who have needed medical assistance but not in principle endanger their contest in the finals against Santos.
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Pune FC buried their away match ghosts of the I-League this season with a facile 3-1 win over defending champions Salgaocar SC in a Round-9 encounter played at the Nehru stadium Fatorda, Goa on Thursday.
The win was Pune FC's first away win in three games and was made possible by a goal each by Shanmugam Venkatesh (17th), Mandjou Keita (35th) and substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua (89th) apart from a heroic performance by custodian Abhra Mondal who won the Man of the Match award for his feat. For Salgaocar, Ryuji Sueoka (22nd) scored the equalizer.
Pune FC took their tally to 14 points, but importantly they managed to catapult three places up the league table to sixth position. Interestingly, the victory also means that Pune FC kept their slate clean against the Goans in the costal state by registering a hat trick of wins.
The line up fielded by Pune FC had two changes; Caitano Costa coming in for left-wing back Gurjinder Kumar and Douhou (for Arata Izumi), while striker Jeje Lalpekhlua began on the bench and turned out to be a surprise. However, with Jeje's absence the strike-force of Mandjou Keita and Subash Singh did not disappoint. Five minutes on a stiff by Keita had custodian Karanjit Singh save and also made Pune FC's intentions clear.
At Pune FC's end the Goans almost forced a penalty kick. Defender Anas Edathodika's overhead clearance found seemingly touched his arm to which Salgaocar's appeal was turned down. Then, after battling it out for eleven minutes thereafter, Pune FC broke the Salgaocar defence after right wing back Srikant Ramu's cross was brilliantly finished by central medio Shanmugam Venkatesh. The goal was Venkatesh's second for Pune FC in away I-League games with the last being scored against JCT twenty three months ago in Ludhiana.
Five minutes later Pune Fc found themselves all square again with medio Ryuji Sueoka tapping in an Abhra Mondal's punched effort which he was forced into owing to a long range shot that was taken. On a solo 20-yard dash, Douhou Pierre raised Pune FC's anxiety levels let flying an effort that zipped past four players only to find the post.
Ten minutes from half time, Pune FC had striker Keita continue his fine form by giving his side the lead for the second time. The goal came off an excellent counter attack following a free-kick, wherein Venkatesh laid it for Keita who tapped in with ease. Just before halftime, Keita's shot trickled inches wide.
In the second half Pune FC goalkeeper Abhra stood tall by effecting saves in crunch moments and in the bargain took a lot of beating. Four minutes on Abhra pulled off a blinder save from Sueoka from three-yards out. The shot put him down but he was up and ready to go on. Pune FC brought in Jeje, Othallo Tabia (on for Karma Tsewang) and Arata Izumi to add fresh legs to the team who went into a slump wherein the opponents hit the crossbar once and held sway for about 15 minutes.
It was Jeje at the other end who missed a sitter of a connection that took the attention off his team's goal. Abhra continued at the end to be at his best when he faced up to striker Chidi Edeh's stiff shot, which felled him after the ball creamed him on its way out. Pune FC added a third goal with two substitutes involved. Arata Izumi who replaced Keita did well to supply Jeje (on for Subhash) a tap-in opportunity, which the striker obliged with ease.
15.12.2011: Salgaocar SC 1-3 Pune FC (GOA- FT..)
SAL : Seuoka 21'
MOM : Abhra Mondol ( GK-PFC)
SAL: Karanjit, Jaspal (Nicolas), Irungbam, Tomba, Chidi, Ryuji, Biswajit, Anthony, Luciano, Rocus, Francis
PFC: Abhra, Srikanth, Anas, Chika, Costa, Venkatesh, Douhou, Karma(Othallo), Lester, Subash(Jeje), Keita(Arata)
Full Time Pune FC beat Salgaocar in 3-1.
90':Referee added 6 minutes injury time.
88':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Jeje scores from a good cross of Arata. Pune FC is leading 3-1 now.
85':Abhra made some brilliant saves throughout the match.
77':Nicolas came in place of Jaspal.
75':Arata in place of Keita.
72':Good attack by Salgaocar, but ball deflected by post.
57':Othallo came into the field in place of Karma
52':First substituion of the match, Jeje in place of Subhas.
46':Second half starts.
Half Time Pune FC is leading 2-1 against Salgaocar after the end of first half
45':Referee added 2 minutes injury time
35':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Keita again advances away side.
28':Yellow card. Referee shown yellow card to Anas after he made a bad tackle.
21':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Ryuji equalizer for Salgaocar by a long ranger shot.
16':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Venkatesh scores for Pune FC from a brilliant centre of Srikanth
9':Brilliant one to one play of Karma and Subhas, but it's an off side.