ISL 2018-19: Jammu Kashmir’s football future looks bright, says FC Pune City youth coach Mehrajuddin Wadoo

Mehrajuddin Wadoo, the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to make it big in Indian football, feels the future is bright for players from the troubled state.

Wadoo, 34, hung up his boots last year after playing with Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL). The defender took to coaching post his playing career and is currently completing his AFC ‘A’ license. Wadoo then reunited with FC Pune City as the head coach for their Under-18 team. Mehraj will be joined by Ramesh Bista, who is also completing his AFC ‘A’ license programme.

The former India player, who launched a State Football Academy in Srinagar and is overseeing it, said his main aim is to make Kashmir a footballing hub in the near future. Elaborating on his plans, Wadoo said, “See, we have started with Srinagar. But there are 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mehrajuddin Wadoo has reunited with FC Pune City as their youth team coach.

Some of them are remote areas. But we need to go to every corner of the state. The idea is spread football among more people. Right now, we have about 5,000 kids registered with SFA, but our target is 50,000 within the next year.”

However, lack of football turfs is hindering the growth of the sport in the state. But Wadoo said the federation and stakeholders are working towards increasing the number of turf grounds in Kashmir. “At this moment, the only ground with an astroturf is in Srinagar, where Real Kashmir will play their I-League matches.

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As the head coach of FC Pune City Under-18 team, will Wadoo invite kids from J&K to train under him? The 34-year-old sounded affirmative. “Of course, I will encourage them. In our state, there is a lot of talent and I will try not to waste any of it. FC Pune City have the best academy and youth development setup in the country.

Already, there is a guy (Ashique Kuruniyan) playing for the national team. A lot more will come out in the near future. So, I will train as many students as I can from my state, and let them play in the ISL and the national team,” said Wadoo, who is the only player from Kashmir to don the Indian jersey.

Wadoo, who has played for both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, said he still follows the Kolkata Derby. “How can I not? It’s one of the best matches of the country. Thousands of people come to the ground to watch the match. I have played this match before for both the clubs and know how the atmosphere is. I have not been to Kolkata for long but I’m looking forward to going there and watching a Derby from the gallery,” said Mehrajuddin.

India will face China on Saturday in Suzhou near Shanghai and Wadoo, who has played 33 matches for the country, feels the match is going to be crucial for the visiting country ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup. “India have improved a lot over the last few years. Qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup is a great achievement. We should be proud.

 

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Vs. Lionel Messi: Red Card and Yellow Card Comparison Till Now

Cristiano Ronaldo is only better than Lionel Messi at getting red cards.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had five expulsions in Real Madrid’s shirt, while Lionel Messi has never been sent off in 10 years at Barcelona. The first time he was sent off was against Almeria in the Santiago Bernabeu, for two yellow cards. One was for celebrating a goal without his shirt.

Cristiano Ronaldo picked up his 10th career red card while Lionel Messi has been sent off just once.

The second was for elbowing Mtiliga of Malaga. The third, in the final of the 2013 Copa del Rey, for kicking out at Gabi’s face after being fouled.

The fourth was last February in the San Mames, where he got in a scrap with Iturraspe. And finally the fifth was on Saturday, against Cordoba, for kicking Edimar.

When Ronaldo played for Manchester United, he was sent off on four occasions. It’s clear that Messi acts far better than the Portuguese once the two players are on the field.

Ronaldo is also better than Messi when it comes to penalties – he has scored far more – but the Argentine doesn’t care too much about that.

Ronaldo has been shown five straight red cards while being sent off five more times for two yellows. Some, like Sunday’s were dubious. Others, like his first sending off with Manchester United, were petulant. A couple verged on violent.

In contrast, Messi has one career red card despite consistently taking a beating from larger opponents. When he was sent off, it was for an elbow as he tried to shake off a Hungarian defender who was grabbing him.

The yellow card comparison isn’t quite as stark. Ronaldo has seen 131 yellow cards in his career. Messi has been cautioned 68 times. By this metric, Messi appears to be far better at controlling his temper while on a yellow than Ronaldo.

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo are saints nor demons on the pitch. But it’s clear one is more prone to naughty behavior than the other.

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Who are the Ballon d’Or nominies for the Award 2018, Full list Announced

Cristiano Ronaldo was among the first 10 nominees for the men’s Ballon d’Or trophy announced on Monday, awarded by France Football magazine to the best player in the world.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named among 30 nominees for the men’s Ballon d’Or trophy awarded by France Football magazine to the best player in the world.

The Portugal captain has won the award for the past two years and five times in all, a record he shares with Argentina’s Lionel Messi who is also on the list announced on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award for the past two years and five times in total. (Source: Getty)

Ronaldo’s nomination comes after the 33-year-old last week denied rape allegations levelled against him by a woman who sued him in court in the United States.

Sportswear maker Nike Inc and video game maker Electronic Arts Inc, who both have worked with the five-times Champions League winner, said last Thursday they were concerned about the allegations.

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European champions Real Madrid dominate the nominees with eight players, including Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Wales forward Gareth Bale.

Modric won the Golden Ball as the best player at this year’s World Cup in Russia, where Croatia finished runners-up, and last month claimed FIFA’s The Best men’s player award.

France World Cup winners Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, one of the Real Madrid contingent, and captain Hugo Lloris have also been nominated.

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The award merged with FIFA’s World Player of the Year prize from 2010-15 to create the FIFA Ballon d’Or, but returned to France Football in 2016 while FIFA established The Best awards.

The winners of the prestigious men’s and women’s awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Dec. 3

Men’s long list:

Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City)

Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool)

Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid)

Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid)

Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, Paris St Germain)

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus)

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City)

Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool)

Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid)

Antoine Griezmann (FRA / Atlético Madrid)

Eden Hazard (BEL / Chelsea)

Isco (SPA / Real Madrid)

Harry Kane (ENG / Tottenham)

N’Golo Kanté (FRA / Chelsea)

Hugo Lloris (FRA / Tottenham)

Mario Mandzukic (CRO / Juventus Turin)

Sadio Mané (SEN / Liverpool)

Marcelo (BRA / Real Madrid)

Kylian Mbappé (FRA / PSG)

Lionel Messi (ARG / FC Barcelone)

Luka Modric (CRO / Real Madrid)

Neymar (BRA / PSG)

Jan Oblak (SLO / Atlético Madrid)

Paul Pogba (FRA / Manchester United)

Ivan Rakitic (CRO/ Barcelona)

Sergio Ramos (SPA/ Real Madrid)

Mohamed Salah (EGY/ Liverpool)

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Manu Bhaker wins India’s first ever gold in shooting at Youth Olympics

Manu Bhaker became the first shooter from India to claim a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games.

Manu Bhaker became the first shooter from India to claim a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday with a spectacular performance in what is being seen as a comeback after a disappointing Asian Games.

Gold medallist Manu Bhaker of India celebrates. (Source: Getty)

The 16-year old sensation shot 236.5 to stand at the top of the points table in the women’s 10m air pistol event. Meanwhile, Iana Enina from Russia won the silver medal with a score of 235. 9 and Nino Khutsiberidze settled for the bronze medal.

The World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist began with a shot of 10.0 in the final, adding a 10.1 and 10.4, leading the Stage 1 with 99.3. She shot 9.8 in the 2nd Stage but made an immediate comeback with a score of 10.1 and 9.9 to stay at the top.

Earlier, Bhaker, who was India’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics, topped the qualifying with 576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98, finishing second and third in the qualification.

 

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Records & Achievements of Messi vs Ronaldo

Records and Achievements of Messi vs Ronaldo in world history:

That being said, there is Lionel Messi who has been marked as Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest rival when it comes to making and breaking records. However, Ronaldo is definitely a once in a lifetime player and he can authoritatively be marked as the greatest as well as the most consistent goalscorer in modern football, if not in football history. Here are the Stats:

MESSI WORLD RECORDS:

  • Only player in history to score 40+ club goals in 7 consecutive seasons
  • Most FIFA Ballon d’Or awards: 5
  • Most appearances in the FIFPro World XI: 9 times (2007-2015) (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • Most goals scored at the Club World Cup: 5 goals (shared with Luis Suarez, Delgado and Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • Only player to score in 6 different club competitions twice: 2011 and 2015
  • Most appearances in the top 3 candidates for the Ballon d’Or: 9 times(2007-2015)

Lionel Messi – La Liga Top Scorer.

MESSI EUROPEAN RECORDS:

  • Only player to score 10+ goals in the UEFA Champions League group stage in a single season (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • Only player to score consecutive hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League (shared with Luiz Adriano)
  • Only player to score 2+ hat-tricks in 2 different UEFA Champions League seasons
  • Most braces scored in the UEFA Champions League: 25 braces
  • Youngest player ever to score 400+ goals for a single European club (27 years and 300 days)
  • Most goals against the same club in the UEFA Champions League: 8 goals against Milan (Shared with Luiz Adriano against BATE)
  • Most league goals scored in a season in Europe’s top 5 league

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MESSI SPANISH RECORDS:

  • Most penalties missed in La Liga history: 10 penalties (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • First player in La Liga history to have scored at least 2 goals in 100 matches
  • First player to score 25+ goals in five consecutive La Liga seasons (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • First player to score 25+ goals in six consecutive La Liga seasons (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • First player to score 25+ goals in seven consecutive La Liga seasons (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • First player to score 25+ goals in eight consecutive La Liga seasons (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • Most goals scored in La Liga in a season: 50 goals in 2011/12
  • Most goals scored in La Liga in a calendar year: 59 goals in 2012
  • Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8 hat-tricks (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • Most league matches scored in in a single season: 27 games (2012/13) (Shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • Most home league matches scored in in a single season: 16 games (in 2011/12)

MESSI BARCELONA RECORDS:

  • Most free kicks scored for Barcelona: 27 free kick goals
  • All time Barcelona top scorer in all games: 549 goals
  • All time Barcelona top scorer in official competitions: 519 goals
  • Barcelona top scorer in La Liga: 358 goals
  • Barcelona top scorer in European competitions: 99 goals
  • Barcelona top scorer in international competitions: 101 goals
  • Most hat-tricks in official competitions for Barcelona: 39 hat-tricks
  • Most hat-tricks in La Liga for Barcelona: 28 hat-tricks
  • Most hat-tricks scored for Barcelona in a single La Liga season: 8 hat-tricks
  • Most goals scored in a single Champions League season: 14 goals(2011/12)
  • Most goals scored in Derbi Barceloní (Catalan derby): 12 goals
  • First Barcelona player to be La Liga top scorer 3 times
  • First Barcelona player to be La Liga top scorer 4 times
  • The first Barcelona player to surpass 50 goals in 4 seasons
  • The first Barcelona player to surpass 50 goals in 5 seasons

MESSI ARGENTINA RECORDS:

  • First Argentina player to score against the other 9 CONEMBOL countries
  • Most goals scored in friendlies: 27 goals
  • Most goals scored in one FIFA World Cup qualification: 10 goals
  • Most goals scored in a year (national team): 12 goals (2012) (shared with Gabriel Batistuta)
  • Youngest Argentina player to have scored at the FIFA World Cup Finals): 18 years and 357 days old in 2006 against Serbia and Montenegro
  • Youngest player to have reached 100 caps in CONMEBOL history (27 years, 361 days old)

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RONALDO WORLD RECORDS:

  • Most appearances in the FIFPro World XI: 10 times (2007-2016) (shared with Lionel Messi)
  • Largest time gap between first and last Ballon d’Or awards: 8 years (2008, 2016)
  • Most international goals in a year (club and national team): 25 goals(shared with Vivian Woodward & Lionel Messi)
  • Most goals scored at the Club World Cup: 5 goals (shared with Luis Suarez, Delgado and Lionel Messi)
  • Only player to score a hat-trick in a World Club Cup final
  • Only player to have won the Club World Cup with two different clubs: Manchester United in 2008 and Madrid in 2014 & 2016
  • First player to reach 40 goals in a professional league in two consecutive seasons
  • First player to score in every minute of a game
  • Only player to score more than 50 goals in six different seasons (did it consecutively)

The Only One To Score In Seven Consecutive International Championships

RONALDO EUROPEAN RECORDS:

  • Most UEFA Best Player Awards: 3
  • Most Champions League top scorer awards: 6
  • Only player to finish Champions League top scorer in 5 consecutive seasons (2012/13 – 2016/17)
  • Most league goals in history across Europe’s top 5 leagues: 372 league goals
  • First player to score 100 goals in European competition (97 UCL goals, 1 UCL qualifier goal, 2 UEFA Super Cup goals when record was achieved)
  • Most hat-tricks in a single Champions League season: 3 hat-tricks in 2015/16
  • Most free kicks scored in UEFA Champions League: 12 free kick goals
  • Fastest player to score 350 goals for a single club in Europe’s top 5 leagues (335 games)
  • Most braces in Champions League history: 24 braces
  • Most goals scored in Champions League history: 107 goals
  • Most goals scored in the Uefa European Championships for Portugal: 29 goals
  • Most consecutive UEFA Champions League away matches scored in: 12
  • Only player to be among the finalists for all the editions of the UEFA Best Player in Europe (2010-2016)
  • All time top scorer in European competitions (including Uefa Super Cup and Champions League qualifiers): 110 goals

RONALDO SPANISH RECORDS:

  • Most penalties scored in La Liga history: 58 penalties
  • Most penalties missed in La Liga history: 10 penalties (shared with Lionel Messi)
  • Most league matches scored in in a single season: 27 games (2011/12) (Shared with Lionel Messi)
  • Fastest La Liga player to score 150 league goals (140 games)
  • Fastest La Liga player to score 200 league goals (178 games)
  • Fastest player to score 300 official club goals
  • Best La Liga penalty conversion rate (of at least 30 PK’s): 93%
  • The best goal ratio ever in La Liga (over 100 games): 1.07
  • First player to score 40+ goals in 3 La Liga seasons (shared with Lionel Messi)
  • Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8 hat-tricks (shared with Lionel Messi)

RONALDO ENGLISH RECORDS

  • The highest number of goals scored to win the Premier League Golden Boot for a 38-game season: 31 goals (shared with Alan Shearer & Luis Suarez)
  • First player to win all four main PFA and FWA awards

RONALDO REAL MADRID RECORDS:

  • Most goals scored in the Madrid derby: 21 goals
  • Only Real Madrid player to score a hat-trick in a Champions League knockout phase match (Shared with Ronaldo Nazario)
  • Fastest hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League for Real Madrid: 11 minutes
  • Real Madrid’s all time leading goalscorer 409 goals
  • Real Madrid’s all time top goalscorer in the Champions League 92 goals
  • Real Madrid’s all time top goalscorer in La Liga: 285 goals
  • Most goals scored in a season in all competitions for Real Madrid: 61 goals
  • Most goals scored in a single La Liga season for Real Madrid: 48 goals
  • Most goals scored in UEFA Super Cup matches: 2 goals
  • Most hat-tricks in La Liga: 32 hat-tricks
  • The first Real Madrid player to win 2 European Golden Shoes
  • The first Real Madrid player to win 3 European Golden Shoes
  • The first Real Madrid player to win 4 European Golden Shoes
  • First player to score more than 50 goals in a season
  • First player to score more than 50 goals in 6 seasons (did it consecutively)

RONALDO MANCHESTER UNITED RECORDS:

  • Most goals in a (38-game) league season for Manchester United: 31 goals
  • Record sale of a Manchester United player: £80 million
  • First and only Manchester United player to win the European Golden Shoe
  • First and only Manchester United player to win the Fifa World Player of the Year
  • First and only Manchester United player to win the Fifa Puskas Award

Guinness World Record Holder For Being The Most Followed Athlete On Social Media

RONALDO PORTUGAL RECORDS:

  • Most goals scored in European World Cup Qualifiers: 29 goals
  • Most goals scored in a single European World Cup Qualifying campaign: 14 goals (2018) (shared with Predrag Mijatović (1998))
  • Portugal all-time top scorer: 78 goals
  • Portugal all-time top scorer in UEFA Euro matches: 9 goals
  • Most matches played in UEFA European Championship finals: 19 matches
  • Most matches played in World Cup finals: 13 matches
  • Youngest player to reach 100 caps: 27 years, 8 months and 11 days
  • Only player to score for Portugal in 3 different World Cups
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