Here’s a quick wrap of last week’s action from the world of sports.

The last week in the world of sports have produced a lot of interesting development. As the European football season closes to an end, the football season in India is gearing up for the next one. The Indian national team have some games coming up in June – awaiting interesting battles.

But apart from football, the world of sports still awaits the start of the Tokyo Olympics. The grand competition is only a few months away now – with Indian sportspersons training hard to make their country proud. So let’s look at some of our best sports content from the last week.

Indian Football

India squad for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers announced

Igor Stimac named his 28-man squad to face Qatar, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan in the remaining FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Bengaluru FC stars Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh are back the squad. Glan Martins is the only player to have been included in the squad for the first time.

Seriton Fernandes’ absence from India squad explained

FC Goa defender Seriton Fernandes was one of the names which was surprisingly absent from the India squad. But Khel Now understands the reason behind that is because he tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

Five things we learned from Stimac’s India squad selection

After AIFF confirmed the India squad for the World Cup qualifiers, Khel Now looked at some aspects we learned from the selection – including a big boost from Chhetri’s return.

India’s best XI from current squad

Khel Now has also taken a look at what would be our best XI from the current batch of players in the 28-man squad. This includes a debut for Glan Martins after his heroics in the AFC Champions League.

Mohammedan Sporting appoint new head for 2021-22 season

The Black Panthers have roped in Russian manager Andrey Alekseyevich Chernyshov as their head coach for the next season. With over two decades of coaching experience, the former Russia U21 gaffer comes in to replace interim boss Shankarlal Chakrabarty.

Star Sports to telecast India’s World Cup Qualifiers in June

Star Sports Network has confirmed that they will be showing live broadcasts of India’s games in June. The matches against Qatar, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will all be shown on their platform, likely on Star Sports 3 and streaming on Hotstar.

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to kick-off in October 2022

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finally has a kick-off date after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament is scheduled to start on October 11, 2022 and the final is going to be played on October 30.

Gokulam Kerala goalkeeper Ubaid CK auctions off title-winning jersey

Ubaid CK has auctioned off his I-League title-winning jersey for ₹33,000. He pledged to donate the entire earnings to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund as he aims to help the state fight against COVID-19.

World Football

Why Jose Mourinho is a perfect fit for AS Roma

We all know how Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur recently is set to take over as AS Roma’s manager from the start of next season. Here’s why we feel he is the best possible option for the Italian giants right now.

Lewandowski breaks 39-year-old Bundesliga record

In the very last minute of the 2020-21 season, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski scored against Augsburg, taking his season’s league goals tally to 41. With that, he also broke Gerd Muller’s record that lasted for nearly four decades.

The legendary German striker scored 40 goals in the 1971-72 Bundesliga season.

Atletico Madrid are La Liga champions

Under Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid lifted the La Liga title on Saturday. A key role in their victory was played by Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan joined them last summer after Barcelona let him go on a cut-price.

Olympics

Wrestler Sumit Malik reveals people who helped shape his career.

Set to become the first Indian wrestler to compete in the super heavyweight category in the Olympic Games, Sumit Malik revealed many things in an exclusive interview with Khel Now. Speaking about those who helped shape his career in sports, he credited Mahabali Satpal Singh and two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar.

Amit Panghal to lead Indian men’s team in Asian Boxing Championship

The defending champion of the Asian Boxing Championship Amit Panghal will head the men’s team in the tournament. MC Mary Kom will spearhead the Women’s team in the tournament slated to begin on May 24.

Hockey star Savita Punia reveals all about India’s preparation for Olympics

India Women Hockey team’s vice-captain Savita Punia spoke about how the team is adapting to the conditions of Tokyo. She said that the players are focusing on improving their fitness, playing high-intensity sessions and setting their body clock to the team they’ll be playing in Tokyo.

Archer Deepika Kumari’s chances of winning medal in Tokyo rated

Khel Now has taken a look at whether star Archer Deepika Kumari can bag a medal in the Tokyo Olympics after performing well over the last few years.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar’s run-in with the law

India’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has been nabbed by the Delhi Police following his alleged involvement in the murder of a national level wrestler, Sagar Dhankhar. The death was first reported on May 4, and it was not until earlier today that Kumar was arrested. Khel Now takes you through the timeline of events right here.

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