Kolkata: Eight I-League clubs on Tuesday decided to withdraw from the upcoming Super Cup set to take place in Bhubaneswar this month after their plea was not heard by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), sources said.

The Super Cup is India's main knockout tournament hosted by the AIFF which pits I-League and Indian Super League (ISL) clubs against each other.

"They have pulled out as their letter to AIFF President Praful Patel did not bear any fruit. They are yet to get any reply," a source close to the development told IANS.


London: English Premier League giants Manchester City's owners City Football Group (CFG) are planning to invest in an Indian football team by the end of this year, said chief executive Ferran Soriano.

City owner Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi Royal Family, has recently purchased a Chinese third division club Sichuan Jiuniu, a seventh addition to their bouquet of clubs, which also include New York City, Melbourne City, Japan's Yokohama F Marinos, Atletico Torque and Girona.    


Manchester United's  Norwegian caretaker manager Ole Gunnar

Manchester: Manchester United fans are desperate to deny Liverpool Premier League glory this season, even if it means another title for their cross-town rivals Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in-form team have a chance to severely dent Liverpool's chances on Sunday when they host Jurgen Klopp's side in a fixture that has weighty historical importance to go with its significance in the title race.


Paris: FIFA said Friday it was banning Premier League club Chelsea from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering under-age players.

It means Chelsea will be unable to make signings until the end of January next year.

"The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods," FIFA said in a statement.


Liverpool:  Bayern Munich needed all their Champions League experience to achieve a goal-less draw against Liverpool here as both teams failed to score in the first leg of their last 16 match.

The two-legged play-offs in the Round of 16 tied the English and German clubs on Tuesday at the Anfield stadium, and leaves everything open for the second leg, albeit with an advantage for Bayern, when they reconvene at their home ground in Munich's Allianz Arena on March 13, reports Efe news.


Lyo:  Favourites Barcelona were held 0-0 by Olympique Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League knockout stage tie.

The visitors dominated possession on Tuesday, 63 percent to 37 percent, and outshot the French club 25-5, but lacked precision in front of the Lyon goal, leaving everything to be decided next month when the teams meet at Barcelona's Camp Nou in the second leg, reports Efe news.


Kochi: Kerala Blasters FC notched up only their second win of the current Indian Super League season after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Chennaiyin FC here on Friday.

Matej Poplatnik scored a brace (23rd, 55th minutes) to put Kerala Blasters in the driving seat and young midfielder Sahal Abdul Samad finished things off in the 71st minute to score his first ever ISL goal and end his team's 14-game winless run.


Aerial view of qatar's sprawling Aspire Academy, Doha

Quality is what Colombia has with coffee, what the Swiss has with chocolate and watches, what Barcelona has with football and now to add to them all, what the Qatar government does with football too.


London: England football great, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, whose safe pair of hands helped the Three Lions to their only World Cup final victory in 1966, has died at the age of 81, his family said on Tuesday.

One of the all-time-great keepers alongside the likes of Russia's Lev Yashin, Banks' split-second, acrobatic block to deny Pelé's rocketing header in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico by scooping the bouncing ball over the crossbar is still widely regarded as one of the best saves ever made.


Madrid: Atletico Madrid's head coach Diego Simeone has praised Real Madrid and its Croatia midfielder Luka Modric ahead of a La Liga derby game that pits the bitter cross-town rivals against each other.

Simeone made these remarks during a press conference ahead of their Saturday's home game that will see both teams fight for the second spot in Spain's top tier league standings, which Atletico currently holds with a two-point lead over its powerhouse rival, reports Efe.