Jeddah Sports Club honors IISJ soccer team

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Updated 29 January 2013
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Jeddah Sports Club honors IISJ soccer team

Jeddah Sports Club made a rare gesture as part of its Indian Republic Day celebration by honoring the soccer team of International Indian School Jeddah (IISJ).
As Principal Syed Masood Ahmed of IISJ pointed out in his acceptance speech, it was the first time the team which had made a terrific display in the All India CBSE Schools Football Championship in India recently, is honored by an Indian expatriates organization.
In the CBSE tournament the IISJ team made a mark by reaching the last eight among 37 teams from all over India and overseas including the much-acclaimed Tata Academy. As part of the honor Jeddah Sports Club team played a friendly match with IISJ team.
IISJ team wasted no time to prove its strength scoring five goals in the first half with clean passing and quick moves. The second half saw JSC XI fight hard to keep IISJ at bay with never-say-die defending by Nadeem and Nabeel.
With the timely substitutions made by their spirited coach P.R. Saleem JSC returned two goals including a well taken penalty by Captain Nabeel. The experienced IISJ could add only one more goal, ending the match 6-2.
Chief guest IISJ Principal Ahmed, H.M X-XII classes Naufal and sports editor Paulson graced the occasion along with parents, well wishers and JSC trainees.
The two teams were introduced to the main guests by JSC Chairman Abdul Rafeeq Kannur. After the photo session, everyone stood in silence in honor of the national anthem of India, truly a moment of pride for all native Indians at the ground.
The honoring ceremony began with recitation of verses from the holy Qur’an by trainee Adil Ashraf. JSC Chairman welcomed and thanked the guests and the IISJ team for accepting the invitation and praised the team for its achievements.
Chief guest Ahmed, Naufal and Paulson praised JSC for its efforts in organizing this one off event, never seen before in KSA as claimed by Paulson, which led to a loud cheer of approval from all at the ground.
JSC honored each member of IISJ soccer team with a certificate and a prize. It also presented a memento to the school which was graciously received by the principal along-with their the team captain and coach cum manager Abdul Rasheed Alikkal.


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.