Brazilian striker Neymar Jr. scores yet another ridiculous goal — from behind the net. He pulled off another ridiculous move yesterday putting just enough backspin to score from behind the net, during practice before a friendly football match against Honduras in preparation for the South American football championship — Copa America, which began today in Chile. Neymar scored a goal — even though he was on the wrong side of it. He’s six yards behind the goal line. How is this possible? Amazing technique, the perfect weight on the strike and the exact right amount of spin… all at the same time. We’re almost at the point where Brazil’s new king of Europe is defying the laws of physics. The craziest thing? If any mere mortal managed to pull this off, they’d be hopping around celebrating. Neymar? He acts like it’s all perfectly normal. He’s not even trying. He’s just messing about during a break – and he’s done this before. He pulled off the same move in practice before a friendly match against France this year.
For Brazil, the World Cup is over. They were demolished, destroyed by Germans, just not defeated. They were ripped to shreds, picked up and dumped in the trash can right in front of everyone who loved them. Then, as a final measure, the can was set on fire. Brazil’s footballing legacy is lost now. The legacy artfully crafted by a battery of legends year after year – Garrincha, Didi, Domingos Da Guia, Pele, Socrates, Zico, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, et al. All were very stylish, and classy and a treat to watch. They were the masters of this game. In fact, they defined and represent the Brazilian football. Yes, I am a fan of Brazilian football. Unfortunately, Brazil lost its Brazilian touch. Of the current team, perhaps only Neymar can lay claim to that legacy. Brazil was often seen going physical to get win in the tournament instead of depending on their mastery, trickery. Last night, it was Germany who was perfecting the Brazilian football and scoring at their ease. They scored 5 goals before the game was 30 minutes old! This included 3 goals in just 3 minutes. Brazil had never let in so many goals in a World Cup game or so many in a half. The goals rained in so thick and fast that Brazil could never withstand the German onslaught. It’s a pity that absence of two players Silva and Neymar could make such […]
Beating all odds, a bunch of 18 under-14 tribal girls from Ranchi district of Jharkhand went to Spain for two football tournaments – the Donosti Cup and the Gasteiz Cup. They haven’t ever heard of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas or Fernando Torres but these girls with dreams in their eyes have made their country proud. The man behind the team is Franz Gastler, an American who came to India more than five years ago, who is running an NGO, YUWA, in Jharkhand for the last four years. Team Yuwa, as the team was known, was the only representation from India in the Donosti Cup that was participated by 30 countries. The team was sponsored by Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt. Ltd. Rinki Kumari, 13, was the captain of the team. She started playing football when she was just eight, an age when most girls in the village would play hopscotch. The trip to the land of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid didn’t come easy for the girls. They had to dribble past taunts, criticism and even abuse. Most of the girls are from very poor families and they don’t have televisions at home. So, the only time they have seen Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in action is when “Sir” Gastler showed them match clippings. As a billion plus India slept, a few days ago in this month, a handful of tribal girls proudly held aloft a football trophy […]
MC Mary Kom, the Queen of Ring, known as Magnificent Mary is assured of an Olympic medal in London. She will play her Semi-final bout tomorrow. As people call her Magnificent Mary, she is truly magnificent woman from a corner state of Manipur located in the North-East of India. She is five times World Women Boxing Champion and she is the only woman to win a medal in all the six World Women Boxing Championships. Remarkable, isn’t it? And, yes she is a mother of two kids! She is the glory of Manipur, North-East India and of course, she is our national glory. She has made every Indian proud with her determination, and consistent performance despite all odds. London Olympics has for the first time created so much of interests in Athletics and other sports in Cricket crazy India. Yes, for the first time India’s victory over Sri Lanka in Cricket has been outshone by Saina, Mary, Vijay, Gagan, and others. This is a good change, indeed. I join with billions of her fans and my fellow countrymen in praying for Mary Kom to win the coveted Gold medal for India, for Manipur and for herself in this Olympics. She definitely deserves the Gold. Go for Gold, Mary! We are with you. I also wish for a medal for Devendro, another boxer from Manipur, who will also play tomorrow in the quarter-final round. Jai Hind!
A woman from Arunachal Pradesh, India created history by climbing Mount Everest twice in 10 days and also became the first woman mountaineer in the world to achieve the feat twice in the same season. Incredible! Anshu Jamsenpa, a 32-year-old mother of two children, unfurled the tricolour and an Arunachal logo at the summit of the 29,035 feet peak on Saturday at 5.05 am local time, official sources said. She had earlier been on the top of the world on May 12.
Arjun Vajpai, a 17-year-old student of Ryan International School from Noida, a New Delhi suburb became a climbing sensation last year by becoming the youngest Indian to conquer Mt Everest, created a new record Friday, 20th May 2011 by becoming the youngest in the world to ascent Mt Lhotse, the fourth highest peak. After an aborted attempt last week due to bad weather he finally stood on the 8,516 m summit at 8.15 a.m., reported Asian Trekking, the Kathmandu-based mountaineering agency. Mt Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world after Mt Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga, had never been climbed solo by any Indian. Arjun also becomes the youngest climber in the world to conquer the technically difficult Mt. Lhotse. Mt Everest is 332m higher than Lhotse.
Apa Sherpa, who is also known as Super Sherpa for his mountaineering feats, bettered his own world record on May 11, 2011 by reaching the top of Mount Everest for the record 21st time. He is 51 years old. Incredible! He was leading Eco Everest Expedition 2011, aimed at cleaning the mountain of garbage, set foot on the peak at 9:15am along with five other climbers on Wednesday. Super Sherpa set his foot on top of Mt. Everest for the first time in May 1990. He has been leading the annual Eco Everest Expedition since 2008 with the message to ‘Stop Climate Change’. Over the years the expedition has collected 13,500 kg of garbage left behind by previous teams, recovered debris of an Italian Army helicopter that crashed in 1973 and four dead bodies. Kudos to Super Sherpa!
India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in a pulsating final to earn World Cup glory for the first time since 1983. India becomes the third country to lift the world Cup more than once along with Australia and West Indies. Sri Lanka smashed 91 from their last 10 overs to post 274-6 in Mumbai, with Mahela Jayawardene making a […]