Kozhikode: The Kerala leg of the third edition of the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge (MYFC), the country's largest Under-14 school football tournament, will be held in Kozhikode and Kochi.

The Kozhikode leg will kick-off on December 5 and conclude on December 16, P N Sankaran, Official of Procam International, a Sports Management Company, told reporters here Wednesday.

The Kerala intra-city round of the U-14 school tournament and talent hunt will feature 48 of leading soccer playing school in Kozhikode.


Paris: Manchester City's second flirtation with the Champions League ended as the first on Wednesday in a deeply frustrating group stage elimination after they could only draw 1-1 at home to Real Madrid.

After finding Bayern Munich and Napoli too hot to handle 12 months ago, City at least had the consolation of winning the Premier League title.


Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian legend Ronaldo says he would nominate Barcelona's Lionel Messi for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award if he could vote.

Ronaldo, a three-time winner of the FIFA World Player of Year award, which merged with European Football's Ballon d'Or in 2010, said the Argentinian striker deserved to win ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, reports Xinhua.

"It' s still a battle between those two - Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo," he said Monday.


Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian legend Ronaldo has admitted he hopes Germany's Miroslav Klose does not play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Ronaldo currently holds the record as the most prolific World Cup scorer with 15 goals, one more than Klose and former German forward Gerd Muller.

He expressed concern at Klose's impressive form this season, reports Xinhua. "That guy still plays, doesn't he?" the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year remarked upon being asked about the German.


Kolkata: A 28th minute strike from Chidi Edeh helped East Bengal pocket full three points in the I-League football tournament match against Pune FC as they scraped past them 1-0, at the Salt Lake Stadium here Monday.

Though Chidi scored the all-important goal for the home side, it was Abhijit Mondal who was the star of the day. His heroics under the bar helped East Bengal resist a late charge from Pune.

The home side spent a large period addressing their own defensive frailties after Nigerian striker had given them the decisive lead.


New Delhi: ESPN Star Sports has secured exclusive broadcast rights for all English football matches including FA Cup, Community Shield and all senior and Under-21 international home matches for the next six years till 2018 for the South Asia region.

The network, which shows all the Premier League matches, will air the games in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

Starting from Nov 3, the network will begin broadcast of the first round of matches all the way to the final in May next year.



Madrid: Lionel Messi hit his 21st Barcelona hat-trick as his 10-man side edged a thrilling 5-4 victory at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

Jordi Alba and Cristian Tello got the other goals for Barca, who had Javier Mascherano sent-off on 48 minutes, while a Pizzi double, a Alex Bergantinos strike and an Alba own goal kept the home side in the game.

The win means Barca go three points clear of Atletico Madrid, who play on Sunday, at the top of La Liga.


Belo Horizonte (Brazil): FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said he doubts Brazil will have all six stadiums ready for next year's Confederations Cup.

Speaking during an inspection of the 66,800-capacity Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte Tuesday, Valcke reiterated his concern for the slow pace of the country's 2014 World Cup projects, reports Xinhua.

"At this rate, we are not going to have six stadiums ready for the Confederations Cup," Valcke said.


La Paz (Bolivia): Bolivia defeated Uruguay 4-1 at the Hernando Siles Stadium here in the South American qualification series for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Xabier Azkargorta's team had a better performance than the previous 1-1 draw with Peru four days ago, which lowered its possibilities to qualify for the World Cup, reports Xinhua.

Playing with a very solid defence and better order in the middle sector, Bolivia scored through forward Carlos Saucedo in the 5th, 50th and 55th, and by Gualberto Mojica in the 27th minute.


Mendoza (Argentina): Lionel Messi scored two second-half goals as Argentina beat Uruguay 3-0 to return to the top of the South American qualifying zone for the 2014 Football World Cup.

After a goalless first half at Estadio Malvinas here Friday, Messi sparked the home side by running onto Angel Di Maria's precise 65th-minute pass and sliding the ball past goalkeeper Fernando Mulsera, Xinhua reports.