Football News Don’t know the reasons why India is doing badly, says Alessandro Del Piero

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Former Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero has ruled out a coaching role in the foreseeable future, including a stint in the Indian Super League, where he played last as a professional. The 44-year-old, who played for Delhi Dynamos in the inaugural 2014 ISL, is happy being a television pundit. The former World Cup-winning Italy forward had announced his retirement on October 15. He greeted a select Indian media group with a namaste on the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports Awards held here earlier this week.”I have been to India a couple of times for different reasons after my ISL stint. I am following what is happening in the league.  I had a great time there, a short time, just three months but happy that the league has grown, it is six months now. I quite like how things are moving,” he said.When asked why the Indian national team is not improving despite ISL being five seasons old, Del Piero said: “I  know what is going on with your national team but don’t know the reason why they are doing badly. It is not easy. One thing is how you grow the league and another is how the national team grows. It is not easy to balance.”Whether he would like to come back to India in a coaching job, he said: “Not at the moment. I see the game in a different way now, working with the tv. Thanks to my experiences in India and Australia my knowledge is growing.” Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero has ruled out a coaching role in the foreseeable future.He believes that India Football team is doing badly. He has also been a part of World-cup winning squad.  Talking about the ‘Ronaldo’ effect at Juventus this season, Del Piero is not surprised by the success of the star striker.”I am not surprised how good he is doing. Cristiano has the same mentality of Juventus. They want to win every game, ever friendly game, every training game. The result is there to see.”Now, they are in the toughest phase of the season. Juventus needs the best Ronaldo and Ronaldo needs the best Juventus. The team is really high level but the other teams are not. So they need more competition,” he added.last_img read more

Official condemns unruly Lions fans in Cup final

first_imgFans from the Simbu TNA Lions were seen hurling containers and other objects at the referees and linesmen after the game.The fans also verbally abused them and tried to run onto the field.David Silovo, who is on the Judiciary of the Digicel Cup competition, said this was uncalled for and these fans had ruined what was a good game.He reported on Facebook later: “The referees went back to Brisbane this morning and they were calm and collected and were at their usual best and cheerful.”But i completely deplore the incompetence of the venue security and police for setting a blind eye to the safety of referees and other officials running the games.”Alcohol shold not be served in bottles anymore. Paper cups should be used for softdrinks and all teams must have water in  in eskies and not bring packaged water containers,” said Silovo.last_img read more

How an Indian Expat Played a Big Role in Sending Sridevi’s Body from Dubai

first_imgAshraf Thamarassery, a 44-year-old Indian expat in the United Arab Emirates, worked silently to help sign out actress Sridevi’s remains so the body could return home to India. Thamarassery has so far helped repatriate 4,700 bodies to 38 countries around the world, the Associated Press reported.Stating that this is a noble responsibility, he comes forward to facilitate the tedious paperwork and gets all the necessary clearances for many people from different nations.“I spent three full days obtaining all the clearances for Sridevi and was present at the embalming center as well,” said Ashraf, reported the Telegraph. “I have handled so many bodies, even taking some of them to their families at my own cost. But this time it was especially sad because the dead person was a legendary actress,” he added.On Feb. 25, India woke up to find that Bollywood actress Sridevi is no more, and the news sent the film fraternity and fans in shock. The actress was found in the bathtub of their hotel room in Dubai by her film producer husband Boney Kapoor on Feb. 24.SrideviAs Indian officials started to prepare documents, the mandatory police clearance slackened the process of Sridevi’s repatriation. As soon as the police clearance was given, Thamarassery, who had been flooded with calls from officials and others in the meanwhile, traveled to a government-run mortuary in Dubai. While the officials embalmed the actress’ corpse, he took care of the paperwork for the actress as well as three others.Sridevi’s funeral was held at 3:30 pm on Feb.28 in Mumbai, where thousands gathered to bid their favorite star farewell.“For them, you or me, it’s all the same and everyone is equal. If someone dies in their room, they will take them to the hospital and then to be checked at the police mortuary,” Thamarassery said, reported the Associated Press.On Feb. 27 night, Thamarassery, who belongs to Kozhikode in Kerala, returned to his apartment in Ajman, where he lives with his wife and daughter. There he concentrates on giving more time to his philanthropic activities and also runs a mechanics shop.“I do this to earn blessings, but also when someone dies here, people don’t know how to manage the repatriation procedures, that’s why I do it,” he added, AP reported.The actress’ embalming certificate, a mandatory document that declares a body fit to be transported by air or sea, carries Thamarassery’s name and mobile number, since he was the one who helped with the procedures, according to the Telegraph.Known as the guardian of the dead, Ashraf started helping with the repatriation of dead bodies from the UAE 18 years ago. He had once gone to visit a friend in a Sharjah hospital in the year 2000. “I happened to see two youngsters crying in the corridor. I got to know that their father had passed away and they had no clue how to take his body home,” he had said earlier, reported Gulf News.Even though Thamarassery was unaware about the procedures then, he decided to help the youngsters and went along with them to all the concerned government departments to complete the legal formalities. It took them five days to complete all the paper work.The Indian government honored Thamarassery, who is also known as “Sherry,” with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award in 2015. “Everyone in the government departments I visit for paper works knows me. Dubai Police honored me at a function held in Burj Khalifa. I now have direct access to senior officials to help do the repatriation procedures faster. I am really thankful to the Indian government for this recognition,” he had said then. Related ItemssrideviUAElast_img read more