Shah Rukh Khan is one star that has a global fanbase of almost 38 million and one of them is Arsenal’s Mesut Özil.The renowned German professional footballer who plays for Premier League club, had invited the Indian superstar to the Arsenal vs Newcastle United match held in London.Khan, who is an avid sports fan and also the co-owner of the IPL team KKR, obliged by attending the match Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium.Other celebrity fans include Coldplay singer Chris Martin who gave a shout out to Khan from his Twitter handle: “Shah Rukh Khan forever”.Oscar winner Leonardo Di Caprio has said if he stars in a movie with the Zero actor, he’d become more famous. While Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has admitted he wants to star with the “epitome of style and class”, as has Hollywood hottie Penelope Cruz.Music sensation Pitbull, who visited India during IPL season said he was “charmed” by Khan. “I got to learn a few Bollywood footsteps, thanks to Shah Rukh. He is an amazing performer, full of energy I would definitely work with him”.Akon who collaborated with him on Ra. One was quoted as, “SRK is an incredible guy. The hospitality I’ve received here could not match anybody. He’s a sweet person, a great soul”.
Chelsea defender Zouma: Keep an eye on Yoan at Boltonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Kurt Zouma is delighted seeing his kid brother making it at Bolton Wanderers.Yoan Zouma joined Bolton in August 2018 and was made to feel at home by his elder sibling, who was on loan in the North-West at Everton last season.”We lived 20 minutes away from each other so he used to be at my house every day, always having dinner together,” Kurt told chelseafc.com.”He played in the Under-23s last season and now he’s played a few games for the first team. He has done well. He’s the same kind of player as me: big, strong and quick. He deserves what happens to him.”He has been working hard in France, where he went through a lot. Now he is here, not far from me in England. We are always on the phone; I try to give him some advice. Hopefully he gets through into bigger leagues. He’s my little brother, I love him so much and I’m very happy for him. I hope he keeps going, keeps working hard and keeps pushing in the first team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say James delighted playing with ex-U9 pal Mount at Chelseaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James is delighted playing with Mason Mount at Chelsea.Growing up the year group below Mount, the two would often train and play together, a bond that has remained from Under-9s to the Champions League.”I’ve known Mason since he was nine years old so it’s great to be playing with him now in a Champions League game,” James told chelsea.com.”It’s a dream come true. When I was nine or 10, he was in the year above but when we played at tournaments, we were in the same [year-born] age group so we’d play together then. We were good friends and we still are now.”It’s fantastic to see the young players coming through together and it just reflects on how good the Academy actually is. Frank helps us a lot, he wants as many young players as possible to play and he’s there to give you opportunities if he feels you deserve it.”
Kolkata: Train services were disrupted for almost two hours after pantograph of a local train broke at the Pandooah station in Eastern Railway.The train immediately came to halt due to break in the power supply. According to sources, on Wednesday, at 1:39 pm, a local train destined to Howrah left the Pandooah station around 1:39 pm. Just after the train left the platform, one of the pantographs broke. As a result the train immediately came to halt due to break in power supply. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately station master at the Pandooah station was informed. Later, the station master informed the engineering department for repair work to be commenced soon. Within half-an-hour a tower van from Bandel arrived at the spot and started repair work. But, as the work was time consuming, passengers of the train had to wait for long time to reach their destinations. As the down line was totally closed several more trains have been stopped at multiple stations, waiting for the repair work to be done. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAround 3 pm the repair work was completed and nor mal traiun services resumed from 3:04 pm. According to the Eastern Railway’s spokesperson, train services on the Barddhaman Howrah main line section were affected as the front pantograph of Down Barddhaman Howrah local was broken at Pandooah station blocking both down main line and reversible line. As a result, five local trains including four Down locals ran a lot behind schedule.
The United States may or may not have played the better football in Monday’s match against Ghana. But it came away with three huge points. That, coupled with Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Portugal, makes the U.S. slight favorites to advance to the knockout stage. FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions now give the United States a 63 percent chance of advancing, up from 33 percent on Monday morning.This forecast is based on simulating the rest of the group stage 10,000 times, using estimates of team strength from ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (see here for a lot more methodological detail). It helps to have a computer to do this work when there are so many permutations to consider.There are nine remaining scenarios involving the Americans’ results, among them possibly beating, losing to or drawing with Portugal, and then the same possibilities against Germany. Some of these are relatively easy to resolve, but others are more complex and depend on the outcomes of the other remaining matches in Group G — Germany against Ghana and Portugal against Ghana — and possibly FIFA’s tie-breaking procedures.FIFA’s first tiebreaker is based on goal differential. That greatly advantages Germany, with its +4 so far, and greatly harms Portugal, with its -4. The next tiebreaker is based on goals scored (for that reason, it was slightly better for the U.S. to beat Ghana 2-1 than by the 1-0 scoreline that held for most of the game). Finally, head-to-head results are considered — so if it comes down to the U.S. and Ghana and they’re tied on both goals scored and allowed, the U.S. would go in ahead.Here’s the Americans’ outlook, in brief:Win twice, advance to the knockout stage.Win once and draw once, advance.Draw twice, advance.Win once and lose once, almost certainly advance (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Lose twice, and almost certainly go out (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Draw once and lose once, and it gets complicated. It’s considerably better for the U.S. to draw against Portugal and lose to Germany than the other way around.Now here’s the long version:Beat Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This rather optimistic scenario is easy to figure. You win all your matches, you win your group.Beat Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario guarantees advancement and a tie for first place in the group. If Germany also beats Ghana, however, the U.S. would likely lose the tiebreaker and finish with the second qualifying position.Beat Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is in unless it gets really unlucky. This scenario generally leads to a second-place finish in the group. The exception would be if Ghana beat both Portugal and Germany. In that case, Germany, Ghana and the U.S. would finish in a three-way tie atop the group. One team — probably not Germany and possibly the U.S. — would be the odd one out based on goal differential.Draw Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario delivers seven points and guarantees the U.S. first place in the group.Draw Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. Two draws will be good enough. There won’t be enough points to go around the rest of the group to prevent the U.S. from advancing, though it would probably do so as the second-place team — either because the U.S. finishes second outright or because it loses the tiebreaker to Germany.Draw Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is favored to advance but not safe. This is among the more likely outcomes, so we’ll break it down in more detail. There are a number of permutations based on the results of Ghana’s games against Germany and Portugal.Under three permutations — Ghana draws with Portugal and either draws with or loses to Germany, or Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany, the U.S. will have sole possession of second place and advance.But under another permutation, the U.S. would be out despite its four points. This case happens if Ghana beats Portugal and Germany, giving both Ghana and Germany six points.In the other permutations, the U.S. would finish in a tie for second place, with Germany winning the group. If the tie is with Portugal, the U.S. would likely advance on the basis of goal differential. If the tie is with Ghana, it’s a little harder to say.Lose to Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is almost certainly in. The only exception is if, in addition to these results, both Germany and Portugal beat Ghana. In that case, the U.S., Germany and Portugal would be tied atop the group with six points. The U.S. would likely get the second position based on goal differential, however, so this scenario is quite safe.Lose to Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is a slight underdog to advance. This case is inferior to losing to Germany and drawing with Portugal because it gives Portugal three points and makes it much more of a threat to advance. The permutations get complicated:The U.S. is almost certainly out in the cases where Portugal beats Ghana. That, coupled with a Portuguese win against the U.S., would give Portugal six points and it would leapfrog the U.S. in the standings. (The only exception is if Germany gets blown out by Ghana so badly that it loses the tiebreaker to the U.S. — not at all likely.)Only one permutation guarantees the U.S. entry: if Germany beats Ghana but Ghana beats Portugal.A number of other permutations involve ties for second place, sometimes against Germany (bad for the U.S.) and sometimes against Portugal (good for the U.S.).Finally, there could even be a four-way tie for first if Ghana draws with Portugal and beats Germany!Lose to Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is mathematically alive but needs a miracle. This almost certainly dooms the United States. But just as there’s a wild-card scenario in which it could win twice but fail to advance, there’s one in which it could lose both remaining matches but move on. That would happen if Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany. Then Germany would win the group with nine points, and the U.S. would be in a three-way tie for second with Portugal and Ghana. The U.S. would need to beat both teams on the tiebreaker. It wouldn’t be how you script these things, but neither was Monday’s win.One final note: The Americans’ chances to advance should improve slightly when we rerun the numbers on Tuesday morning, as they’ll reflect the change in the Soccer Power Index, which we update overnight. It’s not that the United States’ SPI will increase so much as that Portugal’s will decline: Portugal looks much more beatable (or at least drawable) after its 4-0 defeat. SPI is not sophisticated enough to account for the red card to Portugal’s Pepe (who will miss the match against the U.S.) or the injury to the U.S.’s Jozy Altidore — nor for the fact that the Americans’ quality of play on Monday was not as impressive as the scoreline.
Former Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has backed his successor Julen Lopetegui to be a success at Real Madrid following his appointment as the new head coachThe European champions stunned the football world on Tuesday evening by announcing that they had appointed Lopetegu as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement for next season on a three-year deal.The 51-year-old will continue with his duties as the head coach of Spain for the World Cup and will officially begin his new role at the Santiago Bernabeu afterwards.And Del Bosque, who himself used to be in charge of Real, is confident that his compatriot will be up to the task of leading the Spanish giants.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I am convinced that Lopetegui will do the same role, it will not affect him,” he told Onda Cero, via Goal.Del Bosque, who led Spain to the European and World championships in his time in charge of the national side, is pleased that Real have chosen a Spaniard as their new manager.He added: “I always lean towards the Spanish coaches. I think Lopetegui is ready to train Real Madrid.”Lopetegui will begin his final games in charge for Spain this week with the side set to face their Iberian neighbours Portugal on Friday in their Group B opener.
The Uruguayans are the team with the most South American trophies in the confederation’s history with 15. They lifted their first one in 1916 and their last one in 2011.Uruguay has won the Copa America, formerly known as the South American Championship, 15 times in total.And the Uruguayans are hoping they can continue to be the continent’s most successful team in the competition as they will lead Group C of the 2019 Copa America set to be played in Brazil.The tournament will take place from June 14th to July 7th in five different cities in Brazil.The last time the team won the Copa America was all the way back to 2011 in Argentina.Since then they have only reached the Quarterfinals in Chile 2015 and failed to advance from the Group Stage in the 2016 United States edition.Meanwhile, Ecuador is yet to win an edition of the Copa America, with their best result being reaching Fourth Place in 1993, and 1959.Lautaro Martinez talks about his time with Argentina Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is becoming a regular at the international level, and he’s delighted for the opportunity with his national team.Ecuador has reached at least the Quarterfinals in three of the last ten editions of the competition, failing to qualify from Group Stage in seven occasions.Chile is the team to beat too, as they are the current back-to-back champions of the competition.La Roja won the 2015 edition in Chile and the 2016 Copa America Centenario special edition in the United States.But then lost the final in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and failed to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.This is the second time the Japanese national team has accepted the CONMEBOL’s invitation to participate in the Copa America.The Samurai Blue couldn’t qualify from the Group Stage in the 1999 edition in Paraguay, losing twice and drawing one match.They are currently playing in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that he has no doubt that Ernesto Valverde will remain at the club beyond this seasonThe 54-year-old coach enjoyed an impressive first campaign in charge of Barcelona last season with La Liga and Copa del Rey titles coming his way in record-breaking fashion.And Valverde looks set to emulate those feats this term as well with Barcelona leading La Liga at the halfway stage from Atletico Madrid by six points.But, in a recent interview, Valverde cast doubt over his long-term future at Camp Nou by suggesting he could leave at the end of this season.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We don’t have any doubts here that Valverde will be the Barcelona coach next season,” Bartomeu told Sport.“We will speak with him, of course, in time. That’s what we agreed. He’s a coach we have a lot of confidence in.“He’s doing a great job. He’s an intelligent person, he knows Barcelona’s system of play and he manages the games in a way which we like.”Barcelona will be back in action for Thursday’s second leg in their last-16 Copa del Rey tie with Levante where they hope to overturn a 2-1 deficit.