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Be prepared for some samba magic in India- Ronaldinho may play in ISL 263859-ronaldinho.jpg It's the quarterfinal of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Brazil and England are playing some delightful football. The score is 1-1. We are into the 48th minute. Paul Scholes brings down Brazil's Kleberson about 40 yards away from the English goal. Ronaldo de Assis Moreira — or Ronaldinho as we all know him — steps up to take the free-kick. He sees that England goalkeeper David Seaman is slightly off his line. So, he decides to chip the ball. The chip is perfect. The ball goes over the goalkeeper and into the top bracket of the goal. Brazil win the game 2-1 and go on to win the World Cup. Ronaldinho becomes an instant legend. For almost a decade-and-a-half, Ronaldinho has mesmerised fans all over the world with his slick movements, pin-point crosses, curling free-kicks and unimaginable through-balls. He shone at the world's best clubs like Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. And now, Ronaldinho is set to participate in the Indian Super League (ISL). Yes, you heard it right! Even though there is no official confirmation, sources in the know have revealed that the Brazilian legend is set to join the Chennai franchise. After playing out his contract with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil last month, Ronaldinho is now a free agent. Prashant Agarwal, CEO of Kshatriya Sports and Playon Skills, who represented Team Chennai at the ISL international player draft last week, told dna that "anything is possible". "It's not easy to sign a superstar like Ronaldinho. To sign such a big player, you need to have a detailed discussion with him and his agent. We need to make them understand the enormity of this venture. After all, this is the first edition of the league." Agarwal, who is currently in Sweden for obvious reasons, added, "Ronaldinho's brother Roberto de Assis Moreira is a good friend of mine. I can't reveal if I have been in talks with him about his brother, but I can tell you that we will get a legend on board." Kshatriya Sports and Playon Skills have a technical tie-up with the Inter Milan academy in India. Agarwal claims that it was he who got Alessandro del Piero to Delhi Dynamos. "When I first suggested Del Piero, everyone thought I was crazy. Same way, people don't believe that Ronaldinho could come to India. We'll see what happens in the coming weeks." Ronaldinho or R10 as he is otherwise known, has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice (2004 and 2005). A certain Lionel Messi says Ronaldinho is his biggest inspiration. In an interview with Barca TV last year, Messi said, "I've always said that from the first moment I entered the changing room, Ronaldinho and the rest of the Brazilians — Deco, Sylvinho and Thiago Motta — welcomed me and made things easier for me. But above all, him (Ronaldinho), because he was the star of the team. I learnt a lot from him. Ronaldinho made everything much easier for me. I had the good luck to experience him at first hand and to share many things with him. I can say that he's a really great person and that's the most important thing." Ronaldinho made his senior debut for Gremio in the 1998 Copa Libertadores tournament. The following year, he joined the Brazilian national team to compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico. Brazil turned in a second- place finish, and Ronaldinho won the Golden Ball Award as the tournament's best player as well as the Golden Boot Award as its leading goal-scorer. Firmly established as a star on the international stage, in 2001 Ronaldinho left Brazil for Europe, signing a contract to play for Paris Saint-Germain in France. After winning the World Cup in 2002, Ronaldinho fulfilled a lifelong dream by joining FC Barcelona in 2003. There, he wore the legendary No. 10 jersey typically worn by the squad's greatest creative player. He led his teammates to the pinnacle of club success in 2006 with a triumphant run through the prestigious UEFA Champions League tournament. The following month, Ronaldinho headlined a very talented Brazilian squad that entered the World Cup with sky- high expectations. The tournament ended in disappointment for the defending champs though, as France knocked Brazil out in the quarterfinals. In 2008, Ronaldinho left Barcelona to join AC Milan, but his performance for the Italian Serie A giants was mostly nondescript. Underscoring his fading status, the former World Player of the Year was not included in the 2010 Brazilian team that competed in the World Cup in South Africa. His woes did not end there. Despite his good performances for Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian league, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari overlooked him for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Now, even at 34, he is fit to play a 90-minute game. His skills with the ball are unquestionable. He can still do his trademark Elastica — or the rubber-band trick as it more commonly known — on demand. So India, be sure to expect nothing less than magnificent from a nothing less than magnificent player.

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Chennai wait for word from Ronaldinho camp PANAJI: The Chennai franchise of the Indian Super League is waiting for a word from Ronaldinho's agent and brother, Roberto de Assis, to carry forward an almost implausible dream of playing in India. Neither owners of the Chennai franchise -- Abhishek Bachchan, Asian Paints -- or technical partner Play On Skills have directly established contact with Barcelona and Brazil star Ronaldinho. But, according to sources, another international player-management agency is in the forefront of the negotiations, even appointing a Portuguese interpreter for smooth talks. "We are waiting to hear from Ronaldinho's brother if he is willing to come to India for advanced negotiations or if someone from here needs to rush to Brazil. That will happen only if there is confirmed interest," said the source. When contacted by TOI, Ronaldinho's brother who is also his agent, dodged the India query. "I cannot say anything about this. I am catching a flight at the moment. We could speak sometime later," Roberto de Assis, told TOI. The Chennai franchise first made contact with Ronaldinho's agent last week and, coincidentally, it came on the eve of breakdown in talks with Brazilian club Palmeiras, who wanted to sign the two-time World Player of the Year as part of their centenary celebrations. The Chennai franchise, it is learnt, would have no hesitation in paying almost USD 3 million (approx. 18 crore) for the former Barcelona star for a two-year contract — only for the ISL — and have also agreed on paying a ten percent signing fee, besides a major share of income from sponsors signed after his arrival. Sources said the newest franchise should brace themselves for a minimum of USD 2 million (Rs 12 crore) a year if they are to entertain any hopes of landing the magician footballer. Chennai, though, are not alone in jostling for Ronaldinho's services. Ronaldinho's break down of talks with Brazilian club Palmeiras has rekindled interest from a plethora of clubs around the world. Clubs linked to two-time Fifa World Player of the Year are Santos, New York Red Bulls, Fluminense, Besiktas, Queens Park Rangers and Boca Juniors. The latest additions wanting his signature include cash-rich clubs in Qatar and Australian side Sydney FC, who are looking to replace their marquee signing, Alessandro Del Piero, who has curiously decided to head to India.

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Colomba (FC Pune City): "Next week we will be in Florence" Franco Colomba, coach of FC Pune City, the Indian team that opened a partnership with Fiorentina, spoke to the Gazzetta dello Sport: "I just got here, I have yet to acclimatize. Today will direct the first training session, and then we leave for Florence on September 4th where we will stay one week. Here we want to bring football to the level of cricket, takes time. But the facilities and the resources are there."

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Lenny Rodrigues: People will watch the ISL 292745_heroa.jpgLenny Rodrigues The former India Player of the Year shared his thoughts after FC Pune City’s training session at Symbiosis University’s, Lavale Campus… FC Pune City’s Lenny Rodrigues stated that the team’s preparation for the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) is on a full swing with the arrival of head coach Franco Colomba. “First of all, we came from many different states. All the players are practicing and gelling well. We are not used to the coach (Colomba) yet but slowly we will,†he told Goal. He mentioned of the buzz being around the new league conceptualised by IMG-Reliance, unlike any other competition in the country. “Now we have all the domestic Indian players and 8 other foreigners will be coming. The atmosphere in the team is very good. We are excited to play in the ISL. “I think because the foreign players are coming, the junior Indian players can learn more from the international players. The owners are pretty excited. We have a young side, we want to compete with the other teams,†he said. The former Churchill Brothers striker believes that fans will turn out in numbers for the ISL games. “All the players from the world and India will watch because we might have the former FIFA player of the year (Ronaldinho who is allegedly in talks with the Chennai franchise coming in the ISL. So, people will come to watch as well. “Everybody is saying that the ISL will not work out. I would say that let is first happen and then we can decide. I think it will boost the grassroot level as well.â€

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Ronaldinho in ‘direct’ talks with Team Chennai 394756_heroa.jpgRonaldinho could soon be plying his trade in India The representatives of the former Ballon d’or winner have been in touch with the Chennai franchise... Team Chennai are expected to hold another round of discussion with Ronaldinho and his representative after the exhibition tie in Rome on September 1, 2014. Ronaldinho is amongst the list of several high profile players such as Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Samuel Eto’o and Andrea Pirlo to feature in the 2014 edition of the Match for Peace. Prashant Agarwal, CEO of Kshatriya Sports and also one of the co-owners of the Chennai franchise, informed that discussions with Ronaldinho were initiated on the day of the international players’ draft of the Indian Super League (ISL) on August 21st, 2014. The 34-year-old Ronaldinho has been without a club since leaving Atletico Mineiro in July. Palmeiras were close to roping in the former World Cup veteran as part of its centennial celebrations but the deal fell through eventually. “Yes, we have been in touch with Ronaldinho and his representative for the last one week or so. However, I would like to clarify that the numbers such as USD 3 million or 36 crores INR for two years doing the rounds in the market are absolutely false,” Agarwal told Goal from Rome. Agarwal mentioned that he had played an important role in luring Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet to be a part of the inaugural edition of the ISL by joining the Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City. “We have been in direct contact with Ronaldinho’s agent. If we can manage to get Del Piero and Trezeguet to India on our own, why would we need to approach Ronaldinho via a third party?” he questioned. With Inter Milan likely to be a part of Team Chennai, which is owned by Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and the first cousin of Mukesh Ambani – Vita Dani, it is reliably learnt that Javier Zanetti would also play an important role to lure the Brazilian star to India. It must be noted that one of the charitable projects who have led the Match for Peace initiative is Fondazione P.U.P.I Onlus, founded by Zanetti and his wife Paula, a foundation promoting and supporting long-distance adoption programs. Goal has been named the official media partner for the event.

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Indian interest in Ronaldinho 78344253_3053565.jpgRonaldinho: A wanted man in the Indian Super League Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho is a primary target for the Indian Super League's Chennai outfit, according to senior club official Prashant Agarwal. The former Barcelona and AC Milan forward is a free agent after his contract with Athletico Miniero expired and has reportedly seen negotiations with several Brazilian sides scuppered due to his financial demands. But the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year could be bound for the inaugural eight-team league set to kick-off on October 12 after informal talks began over a move to India earlier this week. Talks between Chennai officials and Ronaldinho's brother and agent Roberto are expected to take place in Rome following the World Cup winner's participation in Monday's Match for Peace - endorsed by Pope Francis. "It's true that I would love Ronaldinho to come to India but I am only one of 1.2 billion who would like to see that," Agarwal told Sky Sports. "I have worked extensively with players who have played in Serie A over the years and am personally travelling to Rome to finalise negotiations with some of them to join Chennai's Super League project. "We'd like Ronaldinho to be part of that project and I'm confident we can offer him a package which reflects his status as one of the most naturally gifted footballers on the planet. "I am conducting the majority of player negotiations for Team Chennai myself and the opportunities for someone of his profile in a marketplace like India are immense. “He would certainly capture the hearts and minds of people in the country.” Former Juventus strikers Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet, Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg and ex-Liverpool pair David James and Luis Garcia will all play in the league. Former Newcastle and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra, whose grandparents hail from Punjab, will play for Kerala Blasters, the side co-owned by former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. The league is backed by the All-India Football Federation, its marketing partner IMG-Reliance and braodcaster Star Sports. Agarwal added: "There is an incredible desire to make this league a success. Nita Ambani (the league's founding chairperson) in particular, has championed this huge development for Indian football and has helped unleash a platform for the sport that we have always dreamt of."

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Ronaldinho Happy With Terms, Yet to Take Call Tottenham.jpg The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year is ‘happy with the terms’ that the Indian Super League franchise has offered and sources indicated there was every chance of arriving at a deal after the European transfer window closes. The snag, however, was that the star had received some late offers from England with his agent and brother reportedly telling English media outlets that Ronaldinho had three offers from England. Representatives of Chennai Titans had flown to Rome on Sunday to meet the Brazilian and his agent on the sidelines of a charity match being played in the city. Eidur for Goa? FC Goa City are in talks with former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen, sources told TNIE on Monday. The 35-year-old Iceland striker, who has also played for Tottenham, Bolton Wanderers and Monaco, is currently a free agent after a stint with Belgian side Club Brugge. The Goa side are also considering an approach for Brazil star Juninho Pernambucano. Goa are also yet to make a decision on the coach, though it is believed that former West Brom manager Steve Clarke has now dropped out of the running. A number of high-profile names including Brazil legend Zico have been linked with the post.

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Baker & McKenzie Advises ACF Fiorentina on Its Entry into the New Indian Super League Madrid, Spain, 29 August 2014 – Baker & McKenzie has provided legal and strategic advice to ACF Fiorentina on its entry into the new professional football league created in India, which is expected to kick off in October 2014. ACF Fiorentina, the club that finished fourth in last season's Italian football league, has signed a partnership agreement with the Pune franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL). The deal provides for the Italian team to assist Pune City FC with technical advisory services during the first year of the agreement, in exchange for a potential shareholding following this initial period. The deal is a major milestone in the football sector, as Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina AFC are the first high-profile football clubs to enter the Indian football market. The Baker & McKenzie team was led by Madrid partner David Diaz and senior associate Maheta Molango. Baker & McKenzie provided advice on all contractual matters related to the deal, including the drafting and negotiation of the technical advisory agreement, as well as the shareholding agreement.

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FC Pune City to leave for Florence on Thursday 451794_heroa.jpgFC Pune City offering prayers at Dagdusheth Ganpati Temple, Pune The Pune franchise of the new league are set to travel to Florence where their foreign contingent are expected to join the rest of the squad… FC Pune City, owned by the Wadhawan Group and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, shall conduct part of their pre-season in Florence as they shall leave for Italy on Thursday, Goal can reveal. With coach Franco Colomba having conducted a few training sessions in Pune over the weekend, the Indian contingent will leave for the Italian city where their technical partners in Serie A side, Fiorentina are based out of. FC Pune City, along with Atletico de Kolkata are the only two Indian Super League (ISL) teams who are to travel abroad for their pre-season training.

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Still haven't found anywhere mentioning about International broadcast.
Well we don't need international broadcast if its broadcasted in Asia its good enough , People in Europe or America will not watch this matches when there better quality matches there

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Well we don't need international broadcast if its broadcasted in Asia its good enough ' date=' People in Europe or America will not watch this matches when there better quality matches there[/quote'] Well..I am not in Asia...& have European & American leagues to watch...but will still watch ISL. Want to see soccer grow in India. Will be great to see India being represented in soccer WC in my life atleast (1st round exit will do also)

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The ISL should be broadcasted in Italy surely. They aired A-League matches of Sydney FC when Alessandro del Piero was playing for them. The ISL has 3 teams with an Italian connection - FC Pune City (Fiorentina), Chennai (Inter Milan) and Delhi Dynamos FC (Alessandro del Piero). Hope the ISL is aired in foreign markets as well. It will help our talent get the kind of worldwide exposure that is lacking in Indian football today.

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Well we don't need international broadcast if its broadcasted in Asia its good enough ' date=' People in Europe or America will not watch this matches when there better quality matches there[/quote'] If its free to air, there might be more western people watching ISL than IPL

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FC PUNE CITY SET FOR ITALIAN VOYAGE pune-team-airport.jpg Pune’s Hero Indian Super League club, FC Pune City, are set to follow Atlético de Kolkata in going abroad for pre-season training. FC Pune City has a strategic tie-up with Italian Serie A side ACF Fiorentina, and will use the Florence club’s grounds as a training base. Pune City’s Indian contingent was training at the Balewadi Sports complex over the weekend, under the watchful eye of manager Franco Colomba. The players are currently on their way to Florence, where they will be training for nine days. The seven international players selected at the International Players’ Draft on August 21 are expected to link up with the rest of the squad in Italy. Pune City will also play a friendly against Fiorentina as part of the training programme. Their first ISL fixture is a match away to Delhi Dynamos on October 13, and they will make their home debut against Kerala Blasters on October 22.

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Well..I am not in Asia...& have European & American leagues to watch...but will still watch ISL. Want to see soccer grow in India. Will be great to see India being represented in soccer WC in my life atleast (1st round exit will do also)
Well thats good but I don't think they will get that many viewers in Europe if its succeeds there good but India is were it needs really support if its a grand success in India it will be awesome

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Well thats good but I don't think they will get that many viewers in Europe if its succeeds there good but India is were it needs really support if its a grand success in India it will be awesome
I think there would be people in Europe that would be curious about the Indian Super League and how good the Indian talent are. Exposure through TV in European markets would surely be a plus as it would be a medium for scouts of European clubs to get to watch your game, something that wasn't quite possible before.

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Materazzi likely to be named player-manager for Team Chennai 412039_heroa.jpgThe former Inter Milan centre-back will be handed a dual role of being the player-manager for the Chennai club in the new league… Abhishek Bachchan’s Chennai franchisee have offered Marco Materazzi a player-manager role in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), Goal can confirm. Although the scheduled meeting with Ronaldinho and his representatives in Rome didn’t go as planned due to the player’s commercial commitments in Mexico, it is reliably learnt that officials from the Chennai team did hold a discussion with Materazzi for the above mentioned role. However, Team Chennai would still opt for a marquee player despite the World Cup winner deemed to be the player-manager. Materazzi visited India back in May and held talks with Sun Group of Bangalore franchisee which has since been done away with from the league and FC Pune City. According to sources close to Goal, Team Chennai have already sent to contract to Materazzi who is expected to put pen to paper any time soon. Prashant Agarwal, Kshatriya Sports CEO and co-owners of the Chennai team remained unavailable for comment.

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TREZEGUET’S NEW START WITH FC PUNE CITY: "WE WANT TO WIN THE INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE" 040914Trezeguet.jpg Violachannel.tv caught up with David Trezeguet and his FC Pune City team-mates at the end of the first training session in Poggiolini delle Caldine. David, we saw you in Buenos Aires and here we are again at the Fiorentina youth academy training ground. It’s a bit strange to see you in Fiorentina gear! How are you? "First of all, hello everyone. I’m very well. We’ve got our preparation underway and we have more than enough time to get ourselves fit given that our first match is not until 14 October. I’m very pleased to be back with some of my former team-mates and friends. We’re waiting for the rest of the team to arrive this evening so we’ll be together from tomorrow onwards. We’re embarking on a new adventure and hopefully it will go well. We’re very happy to be here." What’s your personal objective with Pune City? How far do you see the team going? "Well, we’ve been talking it over with the lads and the staff, and our aim is to go over there and win the championship. That’s our idea. We want to do well, to show what we can do and that we still have great desire to play football and succeed. That’s our goal – playing well and winning the league." You’re going to cross paths with a former team-mate of yours, Alessandro Del Piero, over there in India. How do you feel about that? "It’s great. Alessandro has also decided to go on this adventure with us – albeit with another team. I saw him in Rome for the Match for Peace and he looked great. He’s raring to go. It’ll be a completely new experience for all of us and we hope to do our very best." We heard some sobering words from Batistuta the other day regarding the physical problems he suffered after retiring from the game. He said he had such trouble with his ankles and was in so much pain that he asked the doctors to amputate both his legs. What did you make that? "Yes, well I saw the interview he gave when I was in Buenos Aires..." He was your idol, wasn’t he? "Yes, he was. What he said was quite shocking. The most important thing is that he’s better now, both physically and mentally – that’s crucial. It was a hard-hitting interview but interesting at the same time. It showed that we need to be aware of these problems and train well, particularly the young players. We need to put a lot of faith in our medical teams. He was my idol and he still is, and I got to catch up with him in Buenos Aires. He’s getting better and he’s well now – that’s the most important thing." Did you manage to watch Roma v Fiorentina, the season opener? "No, I didn’t have time because I was travelling to Rome from Buenos Aires. Of course, I was in Rome so everybody was talking highly of Roma, but Fiorentina are a great team as well. I think they’ll do well this year because they have some great players, a top coach and a team that’s determined to be in the mixer at the top of the table come the end of the season. I wish them all the best." So, if Pune City are going to win the Indian league, who’s your tip for Serie A? "Well, the season has only just kicked off here. Of course, Juventus are the favourites because they’ve got a solid team and they’ve won the last three Scudetti. AC Milan have rebuilt, and then you have Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli, who are all interesting teams. Time will tell – some clubs will have European football to contend with, whereas teams like AC Milan will have fewer matches to play. It’s sure to be a gripping, exciting championship – we’ll just have to wait and see what happens."

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EXCLUSIVE TMW - Cirillo: "In India to try to win" aa225d3ec28b8d2c912148b8798e70c7-1409846600.jpeg The adventure of FC Pune City is about to leave. The Indian team with which Fiorentina has created a technical partnership is going to start the championship and these days some of his players are training in Florence. Among them Bruno Cirillo in that exclusive tuttomercatoweb.com told his mood and expectations in view of a tournament now for you to discover. Cirillo, how do you feel about this new experience? "Charged and eager. I'm happy with the choice I made and I cannot wait to get started. Along with Trezeguet (one of the reinforcements Pune), Belardi and Davide Colomba we are preparing here in Florence where we will stay until September 12. Tomorrow we will reach the rest of the team from India, along with the coach Colomba." What is it like to play with Trezeguet? "I've faced him so many times as an opponent. He is a champion and it's nice to have him here with us because he is very humble." That will be an Indian league with many stars. There will also be Del Piero, who will play in Delhi Dynamos... "There are those who think it is a low-level league but it is not. It is obvious that it will have our value but it will be challenging. And we go there to do well, certainly not on vacation." Games to win? "Yes, that is the thought." To which you toured Europe that adventure will be? "It will be different from the others, in a country I know little of. It is a nice project and I feel a certain responsibility in me."

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea Striker Nicolas Anelka Set For Indian Super League Former Arsenal and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is set to continue his career in the Indian Super League. The Frenchman is being targeted by Mumbai FC, who recently appointed ex-Sunderland boss Peter Reid as their manager for the forthcoming competition. While a number of teams in the Indian Super League have already announced their marquee player, Mumbai FC are still waiting. And according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, it appears increasingly likely that Anelka will be the man to answer the call. Anelka has been a free agent since parting ways with Premier League side West Brom last season. The 35-year-old is vastly experienced and counts Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and Fenerbahce all amongst his former clubs. At international level the striker won 69 caps for France between 1998 and 2010.

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FC Pune City is in Florence for the first part of their pre-season training. David Trezeguet, Davide Colomba, Daniele Magliocchetti and Bruno Cirillo have been training at the sports center of Caldine for the past few days, and have been joined today by the rest of the team. Among them is 19-year-old playmaker Pratik Shinde, who took the opportunity of having his photo taken with his illustrious teammate at Stadio Artemio Franchi. BwxIRC6CAAAHEty.jpg

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Ronaldinho signs two-year deal with Mexican Liga MX club Queretaro ronaldinho-1409976298.jpg After weeks of speculation, Brazil legend Ronaldinho has signed for Queretaro, a first division club in Mexico. The former Brazil international who has played for many clubs like Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG, was a free agent after terminating his contract with Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. The 34-year-old was linked to various leagues like the MLS, the new Indian Super League and even a sixth division club in England. But he has now officially signed a two-year deal with the Mexican club. Queretaro pleased to sign a unique champion Ronaldinho is one of only six players in the world to win the UEFA Champions League and the Copa Libertadores. The club statement said: “We are very pleased to add to our ranks as of today, a player who has excelled in international football. A world champion in 2002 and the winner of FIFA’s Best Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005.” “We hope the fans of our city and around the country join in this celebration of having Ronaldinho as a Gallos who will contribute his experience and expertise to further strengthen this great team.” Ronaldinho will wear the number 49 shirt because it is his lucky number. The Gallos (which translates to roosters) are currently in eighth spot with 10 points in the Liga MX after seven games. The club has never won a title in the first division.

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FC PUNE CITY CEO WANTS HIS INDIAN PLAYERS TO ADAPT & EXCEL gauravmodwel.jpg Sports enthusiast Gaurav Modwel, CEO, FC Pune City, wears different hats. He’s also CEO of the Wadhawan Group which owns the Pune club and is further involved with India on Track, a sports venture that has a tie-up with Arsenal Football Club for grassroots development. He shares his views on the various aspects of his new venture in an exclusive interview with indiansuperleague.com. You are CEO of FC Pune City and CEO of the Wadhawan Group too, how do you manage to handle so many responsibilities? I’m quite used to it. At certain times, when it’s a new venture, more time is spent in building it up. We will build it up and it’s a part of my life and I keep doing it all the time. What made FC Pune City opt for a tie-up with ACF Fiorentina? We are very passionate, for sure. What results we are able to get is obviously due to how well we work. We are very passionate about football, about doing well, about building grassroots and that’s why they fit in really well. They work really hard, have a very good work ethos; we have worked 18-19 hours together identifying the targets during the [domestic player] draft. What are your thoughts on the players acquired by your club? In a draft, teams are evenly matched as compared to the auction process. So while we have got a good team, others would have got great teams as well. We got what we wanted, so we are really happy about that, Fiorentina and Pune City, both of us are really happy. We have a young team, in the age group between 19-29 years. Whatever positions we wanted, we have got nearly 99% of those positions. Who are going to be the key Indian players for FC Pune City? We really can’t tell as of now. We build our spine and then we put in the people, everyone plays their role. There is no star really that I can single out of these 14 players we have picked. I want these 14, as and when the call comes, to be able to play their chosen roles. We have four defenders – Deepak Devrani, Pritam Kotal, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Anupam Sarkar. Now if there is a weakness in say, the left back position, and we cannot play a left back who is an international in the game, then, one of these four guys has to come in and play at left back even if they are natural centre backs or right backs. So there are different roles and they could become heroes in different ways.

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Italy-India, football with Colomba’s family. Franco and Davide ready to start a new adventure. foto1.jpg Football is the core of the Colomba’s family. Franco is the coach, he started at Olbia, then joined Padova, Salernitana, Reggina, Napoli, and many other Serie A clubs. Davide is a midfielder, who played at Foggia, SPAL, Crotone, and Ascoli. Now they are together again, in a completely new place: India. Pune is a city of 2 million people, just 150km away from Mumbai. People speak Hindi, practise Hinduism as religion, and cricket is the most popular sport. But this year, for the first time, people can also watch football, thanks to the Indian Super League. Only eight teams and some Italian players, especially at Pune City. The club is connected somehow to Fiorentina, who chose Franco Colomba as coach, but also players from Italy, as Cirillo, Belardi, Davide Colomba, and Trezeguet. Father and son together, again. “A reality, which would be quite impossible in Italy.†they both said. F. “It has been a while since I wanted to coach abroad. I didn’t think too much, my decision was fast. India is an amazing country, with many various things: religion, language, culture, and food. This diversity influenced my final decisionâ€. D. “I took it as a great life opportunity. It can help understand a different mentality. I have the chance to know how hard is to live in such a placeâ€. Who made the choice? F. “I did, and Davide immediately agreed. We want to experience new things, know different situations. In Italy, this would have never happened, in India it turned real. Working together for the same team, as a family, is very challengingâ€. D. “It’s a matter of mentality: in Italy, people would think it’s a bad thing. In India, we’ll live this experience without any pressureâ€. Which kind of relationship a father and a son have when they are on the pitch? F. “We have a good relationship, which goes beyond the pitch, especially when we are together at homeâ€. D. “There is some time when the relationship is on hold. After that, it comes back to normalâ€. What would you like to improve about each other? F. “I would like to help Davide find his strengths, which have been hidden so far for different reasons. Now he has a chance to prove them, knowing I won’t put any pressure on him as a father, but as a coach would doâ€. D. “At this point, I would be glad if my dad could help me prove I have some good qualities!†What are your goals with the new team? F. “Everything is new. We want to start, give our best, and get to the top. We need to wait to know other teams and see where we can getâ€. D. “We want to find the best balance for the group, try to do our best, and help the rest of the team to achieve the best resultsâ€. What about Trezeguet? Do you have the same opinion on him? F. “He is the right man: he can be a good example and he can use his qualities to show others that you win because you train hard. This is what I think, and I am sure he’ll help us improveâ€. D. “I believe he is a great person, he is humble and trains hard. We all see that. He wants to teach and help us understand situations we have never lived before†Where do you see your future? Italy, maybe? F. “I am not thinking about that right now. I want to live day by day. There is a lot to do here, it is going to be a great experience. As we agreed with Fiorentina, we want to improve the Viola’s presence here and see how we can grow. The goal is to do the best we can, thinking also of the future: if I am still here, I’ll be glad because it means we have done a great job. D. “I will do my best to get good results, then I’ll think about itâ€. Who will win the Scudetto? F. “Juventus and Rome are still the best teams. I want to see AC Milan playing, whereas Fiorentina are in trouble after losing Rossi again. Inter Milan seem to be in a good moment. I think AS Roma will give Juventus a hard timeâ€. D. “I think Juventus and As Roma are at the same level. Then I would see Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Napoli. Also Fiorentina can do wellâ€. Is Conte the right man to take the Italian football back to victory? F. “He is the best coach at the moment. However, we have to see how he can deal without coaching on a daily basis. But players will be happy about him.†D. “I have already seen a different approach, especially in terms of determinationâ€.

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Ronaldhino Rejected Chennai team went to Mexican league instead.
Thank God. He would have struggle badly here...& would have to bear the blame of seeing Chennai at the bottom of the league table.

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