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Igor Stimac Giving India a Dose of FIFA World Cup Belief, Says Gupreet Singh Sandhu

Mumbai: India’s new football coach Igor Stimac is starting to instil the belief in his players that qualifying for a maiden World Cup finals is not a pipedream but a genuine target, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has told Reuters.

Former Croatia defender Stimac was appointed coach on a two-year contract last month after Englishman Stephen Constantine walked away from the job in the wake of the team’s exit from the group stages of the Asian Cup.

India has 325 times more people than Stimac’s home country but unlike the 2018 World Cup finalists, their national team have never ventured to the showpiece of the international game and are currently sitting 101st in the FIFA rankings.

Stimac was part of the Croatia team that sensationally reached the semi-finals of the World Cup at the first attempt in 1998 and he is looking to his India squad to similarly buck the odds in Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

“I think his dream is to make us have a shot at qualifying for the World Cup because he believes that we can make it and that belief has rubbed off on all of the players,” Sandhu said in an interview.

“He wants to create competition for every position in the team which I believe he already has.

"Coach Stimac has been amazing so far, he knows what he wants from the team and asks for it. He believes in us and wants to show how to get to next level by playing good football using everything a player has at his disposal.”

India will not know their opponents until the draw for the World Cup qualifiers takes place in Kuala Lumpur on July 17.

The biggest achievement on Stimac’s coaching resume is helping Croatia qualify for the 2014 World Cup and his last assignment was with Al-Shahania Club in Qatar.

India lost 3-1 to the might of Curacao in the 51-year-old’s his first match in charge at the King’s Cup but bounced back to beat Thailand 1-0 in their next fixture.

Sandhu said Constantine, who led India to the expanded Asian Cup in January after a gap of eight years and got them into the FIFA top 100 for a while last year, had built some solid foundations.

“The time under coach Constantine was fruitful, we jumped in rankings and qualified for the Asian Cup,” Sandhu added.

“I think most important thing that we gained from those years was respect from other Asian countries.”


Sandhu was signed by sportswear firm Puma this month as an ambassador after becoming the first Indian to play for a top-tier European club.

India players like Mohammad Salim, Baichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri had previously played their trade in Europe but their stints were all for lower league sides.

Sandhu, who stands 6ft 6in-tall (1.98m), did it the hard way and had to wait five months from signing to make his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar in 2015.

He then made his league debut the following season before getting the taste of European continental competition in the Europa League – another first for an Indian.

The 27-year-old returned to India in 2017 and joined the Bengaluru FC club, who won the 2018 Indian Super Cup and the last Indian Super League title.

“The journey from India to Europe and back to India has been unbelievable,” the goalkeeper said.

“I never thought I would get a chance to play abroad. I am glad I stuck it out and stayed there because it helped me immensely.

"Coming to India and then winning two trophies in two years has been something I could only dream of.”


I woke up around 9am, should’ve set an alarm, but i guess my body needed this rest after my workout yesterday.

Yesterday and the day before I had problems focussing on my studies and I was really frustrated about it, because it’s not like I don’t have anything to do…

I hope it will go better today, if it does, I will have some pictures to post


Want 2020 Tokyo Olympics Tickets? Be Prepared to Be Disappointed

Tokyo: Want tickets for next year’s Tokyo Olympics? Prepare to be let down.

Millions were disappointed starting Thursday when applicants in a ticket lottery - for Japan residents, only - began learning if they landed tickets. The answer is going to be overwhelmingly - no. The same will be true for residents outside Japan who could experience a similar dejection: too much demand and too few tickets.

This was not the case at the last several games - the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro - when tickets were given away and volunteers were often summoned to fill empty seats for the television cameras. At times, there were too many empty seats to fill.

“This is probably going to be the most popular Olympics, and possibly one of the most popular events of all time,” Ken Hanscom, the chief operating officer of TicketManager, told The Associated Press in an interview.

His Los Angeles-based company does not buy or sell Olympic tickets, but manages tickets for corporate clients, several of which are major Olympic sponsors.

Hanscom said he follows ticketing patterns for every major event and estimates that 80-90 per cent of Japan residents who applied for tickets could get nothing.

“I’m interested in seeing what the reaction is and how the organizing committee addresses this,” Hanscom said. “It’s good news for the demand, and bad news on the ticket side and the public.”

Tokyo’s organizing committee was unable Thursday to say how many Japan residents got tickets, and it’s unclear if - or when - it will disclose the overall numbers. Organizers will run a second ticketing phase where the odds will probably be even worse.

Japanese media immediately began reporting about disheartened fans. Organizers said the ticket website slowed to a crawl early in the day as more than 1 million people tried to learn their fate. A completely unscientific AP survey of a few fans showed one ticket awarded in 15 application attempts.

The millions who failed got this message in email from Tokyo organizers: “Thank you for your interest in purchasing Tokyo 2020 tickets. The demand for tickets was incredibly high, and unfortunately, you were not awarded any of the tickets you requested in the lottery.”

Simple math explains the supply and demand crunch.

Tokyo organizers say that 7.5 million residents of Japan registered to apply for tickets through the lottery system. Extrapolating from the 2012 London Olympic lottery, Hanscom estimates that Tokyo organizers may have received 70-85 million individual ticket requests. This could be at least 10 times more than what’s available. Maybe more.

Organizers estimate there are 7.8 million tickets for all Olympic events, but 20-30% of those are for distribution outside Japan where buyers could face the same problems and end up paying more.

Buyers outside Japan must get tickets from Authorized Ticket Resellers, companies appointed by national Olympic committees. They were authorized to begin sales on Thursday.

The reseller for the United States is CoSport, which also handles sales in Australia, Jordan and several European countries. Cartan is the reseller for much of Latin America including Mexico.

Resellers are allowed to charge a 20% handling fee on every ticket. They can also use a generous currency exchange rate, and often package desirable tickets with top hotels that charge way over the usual going rate during the Olympics.

Ticket prices for buyers in Japan vary greatly and are listed in the competition section on the organizers’ website.

The opening ceremony on July 24 features the most expensive ticket - 300,000 yen ($2,700). The most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is 220,000 yen ($2,000).

Even with the soaring demand, many venues could still wind up with hundreds of empty seats that are typically set aside for International Olympic Committee officials, corporate sponsors, and local dignitaries. Often they don’t show up while angry fans line up outside without tickets.

“I expect there will be a problem in Tokyo,” Hanscom said. “The industry figure is that 40% of tickets that sponsors buy go in the trash,” he said. He said the problem was acute for the Olympics and World Cup.

“Every Olympics you have a new group of people running ticketing,” he said. “And you have new technology. So you’re always scrambling to put the process together.”

Even athletes could have a tough time landing many tickets for family members and friends.

All athletes can get two tickets for each session in which they compete. These tickets are sold by the organizing committee to national Olympic committees for distribution. For swimming, it’s only one. In addition, some national Olympic committees pass on added tickets to athletes.

“The United States Olympic Committee has confirmed it will continue its program of supplying Team USA athletes with two complimentary tickets for each event they compete in,” the USOC told AP in a statement. The USOC said this was in addition to tickets coming from the organizing committee.

Hanscom pointed out that “many countries don’t make the same gesture, and many athletes who qualify late have added problems.”

Given the shortage, scalping is sure to be a big problem, as it is at every Olympics and soccer World Cup.

The ticketing system for the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup is murky, allowing for abuse, anger, and confusion with tickets often appearing in the hands of high-ranking officials.

Three years ago at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey of Ireland was arrested on suspicion of ticket scalping. He is suspended from the IOC, but remains a member and has denied any wrongdoing. This was not the first time that a high-ranking member of the IOC or FIFA - soccer’s governing body - was implicated in profiteering on the black market.

Hanscom predicted a “vibrant secondary market” will appear despite a law that went into force a few days ago in Japan that prohibits ticket scalping with the penalty of a 1 million yen ($9,100) fine and a one-year jail term - or both.

However, the law has a large loophole and does not apply to tickets distributed for free or given away as gifts, or tickets without a purchaser’s name. This could apply to many tickets coming from the IOC, the 200 national Olympic committees, or some major Olympic sponsors.

Local Japanese Olympic sponsors have paid over $3 billion in sponsorship fees, and also sure to get a slice of tickets before they hit the public market.

“What I always say is that tickets are temptation,” Hanscom said. “It’s going to be challenging to enforce sales that happen internationally. I would expect there to be a large market that’s outside the rules and regulations. These types of rules are not going to constrict the biggest brokers who have been doing this for 20 years.”

WWE SmackDown Results: R-Truth Loses 24/7 Championship, Seth Rollins Continues Carnage Ahead of Stomping Grounds

The final SmackDown before the upcoming pay-per-view Stomping Grounds saw no major title changes, but paved the ground a little more for future bouts as well as what might transpire at Sunday’s Stomping Grounds.

The evening opened with Dolph Ziggler interrupting the opening segment by The New Day, complaining, once again that Kofi Kingston isn’t deserving of being WWE champion. Ziggler also warned that Kingston is nothing without his teammates who won’t have his back inside the steel cage during Sunday’s title bout. This led to a match between Ziggler and The New Day, which, thanks to some outside interference from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn that forced the referee to eject everyone from ringside, saw Ziggler connecting with a super kick to win.

The evening also saw Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins defeat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn via pinfall in a 2-out-of-3 falls match. Kingston recorded an instant pin on Zayn by connecting with a Trouble in Paradise. Later on Rollins connected with a stomp on McIntyre to complete the win.

Here’s what else happened on SmackDown:

Bayley suffered a beating during “A Moment of Bliss” at the hands of Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss

Heavy Machinery defeated The B Team via pinfall

Drew McIntyre and Elias defeated The Miz and R-Truth in a tag team elimination match

24/7 championship – Drake Maverick defeated R Truth via pinfall to win the title

The evening also saw Andrade attacking Apollo Crews from behind while The Miz took issue with Shane McMahon’s abuse of power which led to their match that Miz lost.

Aleister Black cut another backstage promo, once again talking about why there is no one facing him for a bout and the Kabuki Warriors secured an opportunity to compete for a shot at the WWE women’s tag team titles. The evening also saw referees needing to separate Ember Moon and Sonya Deville after a brawl broke out between the two.


Man Arrested on Suspicion of Manslaughter Over Emiliano Sala Death: Police

London: A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, British police confirmed on Wednesday.

The forward, 28, died when a plane carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson came down in the Channel on January 21, just days after he had joined Cardiff City from Nantes.

“As a result of our enquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act,” Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police said in a statement.

“He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.”

Huxter urged media and members of the public to not speculate over the identity of the arrested individual to avoid prejudicing the investigation.

Sala had been Cardiff’s record signing after a fee of £15 million ($19 million) was agreed with Nantes during the January transfer window.

After travelling to Cardiff to complete the deal, Sala returned to northern France to collect belongings and bid farewell to his teammates.

It was on his return to the Welsh capital to take part in his first training session that the tragedy occurred.

Initial search operations for the player and pilot were suspended in the days after the plane went missing.

However, a crowdfunding effort supported by thousands of donations, including from football stars such as Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, helped launch a private search.

That specialised search saw Sala’s body recovered from the wreckage in February but Ibbotson’s body has not been found.

Two months after Sala’s body was discovered, his father Horacio Sala died of a heart attack in Argentina.

Moving tributes were paid to Sala from across the football world with Nantes retiring the number nine jersey he wore for the Ligue 1 side.

However, the two clubs have been involved in a legal wrangle over the transfer fee.

Nantes reported Cardiff to FIFA after the first instalment of the fee, believed to be £5 million, was not paid on time.

Cardiff previously stated they were “shocked” at reports that Ibbotson did not have a licence to fly at night.

“The club remains deeply concerned that the pilot, and those who arranged the flight, seemingly completely disregarded the rules of flying and put Mr Sala’s life in such danger,” Cardiff said in a statement in March.

“We believe those who are responsible should be held fully accountable for their actions.”

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Cardiff were relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top flight.