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Boys are excited: Goutam

Calcutta: AIFF XI head coach Goutam Ghosh on Friday said his team was “looking forward” to the under-16 match against Frenz United, Indonesia on Saturday at the Barasat Stadium, here, in the Asia Champions Trophy 2014. “This is a much-awaited match for the boys. It’s a home match for them and they are very excited,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

Inauguration

Calcutta: The renovated membership galleries of Mohun Bagan will be inaugurated on July 29, which is also the ‘Mohun Bagan Day’. Besides, an eight-member committee was formed on Friday to look into matters concerning the club’s 125th year celebrations.

No Landon in Cup squad

New York: Landon Donovan, the United States’ all-time top scorer, has been surprisingly left out of their 23-man squad for next month’s World Cup. “It is certainly the toughest decision of my coaching career to tell a player like him, with everything he’s done and what he represents, to tell him that you are not part of that 23 right now,” said Jurgen Klinsmann.

Materazzi view

Bangalore: Former Italian defender Marco Materazzi, on Friday, said Germany are the strongest contender for the 2014 World Cup.

Lars ruled out

Berlin: Germany midfielder Lars Bender on Friday was ruled out of the World Cup in Brazil with a thigh injury. Lars picked up a “combined” muscle and tendon injury in his right thigh during a training session on Thursday.

N. Korea plan

Seoul: North Korea, on Friday, said it will send athletes to this year’s Asian Games in South Korea, the first time it has participated in a major sporting event there for more than a decade and despite cross-border tensions.

Gupta best

Tashkent: GM Abhijeet Gupta dished out an emphatic show to win the Agzamov Memorial International Open chess tournament, here, on Friday. Gupta beat Russian GM Oleg Korneev in the last round and ended up with 7.5 points out of a possible nine.