October 20th, 2014


Indian player dies after goal celebration

Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala has died from the injuries he suffered as he landed awkwardly while celebrating a goal. The 23-year-old damaged his spinal cord doing a somersault after scoring an equaliser for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC against Chanmari West FC.

Biaksangzuala was taken to hospital and had surgery, but passed away.

The match in which he sustained his injuries was a state level game in the Mizoram Premier League.

A statement on the Mizoram Premier League's official Facebook page read: "It has been a sad day for Mizoram football and the demise of the footballer shook his team-mates, footballers and fans alike all over Mizoram.

"Peter was a defensive midfielder who had always been aggressive and hard working, a true team player.

"Peter's club Bethlehem Vengthlang FC will retire his jersey no. 21."

Bethlehem Vengthlang FC is a club based in the north-east of India.


The fatal celebration:


Yet another footie news roundup.

José Mourinho hits out at Spain’s handling of Diego Costa injury

Diego Costa has scored nine goals in seven Premier League matches but missed Chelsea's win over Crystal Palace. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

José Mourinho has spoken of his simmering discontent over uncommunicative national team managers concerning the treatment of Chelsea players in the continued absence of the striker Diego Costa.

The Spain striker will miss Tuesday’s Champions League Group G home match against Maribor with a hamstring problem that has plagued him persistently this season.

Mourinho believes it was exacerbated by playing against Slovakia and Luxembourg during the international break and took a swipe at the Spain manager, Vicente del Bosque.

“It’s the same problem that he’s having but now an injury, not an almost injury,” said Mourinho, who is uncertain when Costa will return.

“It’s simple. He’s not training because he’s not in condition to do it. Tomorrow he cannot play. Let’s see what happens for next weekend but next weekend is not important. I don’t have Manchester United [on Sunday in the Premier League] in mind. I have Maribor in mind.”

Costa has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games but was absent for Saturday’s win at Crystal Palace.


We Went There: Landycakes Landon Donovan’s USMNT Curtain Call: HERE

Bale major doubt for Liverpool game: HERE

Real Madrid looks at Asmir Begović as a possible replacement for Iker Casillas: HERE (If this happens, I will be delighted.)

Álvaro Arbeloa: Anfield is unique. I’ve told my team-mates to enjoy it - HERE (A very interesting interview.)
margot and la mole

Morocco may withdraw as 2015 Africa Cup of Nations hosts over Ebola

• Sports minister: ‘It’s too early to speak of a definitive decision’
• Ghana among countries asked to step in as replacement

The venue for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals is in major doubt after the proposed hosts, Morocco, reiterated its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) received a letter from the Moroccan government last week asking for the tournament to be called off and had agreed to discuss the plans at the next executive committee meeting on 2 November. The prospective hosts proposed either postponing the tournament until next year or allowing them to switch to the 2017 edition instead.
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OP comment: I don't think it would go down too well in Ghana if they ended up relocating it here. Maybe in 2017 but at the moment there are quite a few complaints about how ill-prepared we would be. We'll see what happens, eh?

This is my first post here at ONTD_FB so please be gentle!
cat, cloak and dagger

Liverpool vs Real Madrid Champions League

Álvaro Arbeloa knew. “When they opened up that little ball and the piece of paper inside said “Liverpool”, I said: ‘Group B’. I knew we’d be drawn against them.” The Real Madrid defender smiles. “Well, I don’t know if I knew it or if I just really wanted it.” Either way, there it was: Real Madrid v Liverpool. The last time the two teams met was in March 2009 and Arbeloa was on the other side. Liverpool won 4-0. Now he is going back to Anfield, this time dressed in white.

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