Anirban Majumder

Roger Federer Ditched School at 16

on October 01 2012 12:26 PM
Roger Federer Ditched School at 16

There is no autobiography of him. But the millions of Roger Federer fans now can quench their thurst.

Taking time off from his hectic schedule, the world No. 1 takes us to his childhood.

From ditching the books at the age of 16 to how he choose tennis over football, Federer tells everything.

In his column for ‘rogerfedererfans.com’ he writes, “I started playing at the age of three. I was playing soccer at the same time. At like 10 or 12 years old, I had to make a decision what I’m going to do now more than the other one.”

Federer then explains why he went for tennis.

“I had more success in tennis. In tennis I felt like everything was in my control. In soccer I could blame it on the goalkeeper, I could blame it on whatever. In tennis I didn’t have that problem. It was only myself to blame.

“Decided at 14 to go down to the National Tennis Center, but it was in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, I’m coming from the German.

La Liga: Just Five More Years

on September 22 2012 12:49 PM

Spanish football is at stake and it will "kill itself" within five years, according to Jose Maria Gay de Liebana, Spain's most prominent football economist.

An economics professor at the Universidad de Barcelona, expressed his concern over the world’s one of the most famed soccer league during his fifth annual presentation on financial issues facing Spanish and European football.

One of the most well-respected professor stated that revenues aren't rising fast enough to match high costs and La Liga's television deals are poorly structured.

He also said that too much importance is placed on attracting Chinese fans and suggests the radical change of forming an Iberian league with Portugal's three biggest clubs

"If things go on like this, Spanish football will kill itself," he said.

"A year ago I predicted that La Liga had only ten seasons left, now I see that five more would be a lot.

"The Spanish league is not growing, there are only two teams, which are growing: Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Maradona: 4th Time Father

on September 22 2012 11:34 AM

A good news in true sense for Diego Maradona.

It is not that the Argentinian football legend got a call to manage his state team again. Not even some Dubai based club assigned him for the second time, but Maradona is set to become a father again for the fourth time.

His partner Veronica Ojeda revealed this on Friday that the pregnancy reports are true."I'm four months pregnant," Ojeda, 34, told Ciudad.com.

The couple are thought to have been trying for another baby since Veronica miscarried in January 2010.

The 51-year-old Maradona has two daughters - Dalma, 25, and Giannina, 23 - with ex-wife Claudia Villafane, and a 26-year-old son, Diego Jnr, born following an affair with Italian Claudia Sinagra during his tenure at Napoli.

The youngest, Giannina, is married to Man City star Sergio Aguero and made Maradona a granddad in February 2009 by giving birth to son Benjamin in Madrid.

Leander Not to be Blamed: Mahesh

on September 19 2012 9:07 AM

The fire may have extinguished, but the smoke is very much there.

Mahesh Bhupathi once again hit back at the AITA, accusing the Indian tennis’ governing body for creating "divide-and-rule" policy and its "dictatorial attitude".

Surprisingly the veteran tennis star put his sympathy for Leander Paes, with whom he is at daggers drawn.

Taking a u-turn, Bhupathi told the media he does not blame Paes for the London Games fiasco over the selection of the teams.

He said, “Leander is not to be blamed for this. He is playing the part of a professional player and he wants to do the best he can do for himself.”

Singling out AITA president Anil Khanna, Bhupathi made a scathing attack.

He alleged that Khanna was playing "dirty politics" and creating rift among players, particularly between him and Leander Paes.

According to him, "Khanna has redefined the term divide and rule, and at this year's Olympics he used Leander's shoulder to fire the gun against me multiple times. Unfortunately the media terms this a Bhupathi-Paes rift and the true underbelly is left unquestioned.

"He has enjoyed the rift between Leander and me as no other.

The 'new Messi' at Barcelona?

on September 18 2012 3:36 PM

 

The first one is getting sharper by every minute, and the second one has already arrived.

The same Barcelona is going to produce the 'new Messi'.

Though the 13-year-old Brahim Abdelkader Diaz now is in Malaga's youth system, but the rumours of Barcelona wanting to sign this extremely young player is getting stronger and stronger.

Barcelona has offered 50,000 Euros for this "new Messi", as has been dubbed, but Malaga, having some financial crisis recently, is farm in its stand not to accept anything less than 100,000 Euros.

The Catalan giants came close to have the best player in Malaga's youth system last season, and now giving Malaga another chance to sell him again.

This time none other than Pere Guardiola, Pep's brother is negotiating with Malaga.

Even Brahim himself and his family have already decided that he is going to leave Malaga for Barcelona.

 If nothing comes out, the Catalans will be able to register the 13-year-old through a federation contract.

Has the mission successful, the boy can start playing for Barcelona from as early as next week.

 

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