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11 days ago
Spanish defender Ramos' injury causes further setback for Real Madrid

Madrid, Oct 10 (IANS) First reports indicate that Sergio Ramos will be out of action for at least a month after suffering a knee injury towards the end of Spanish football team's 2-0 win away to Albania. The Real Madrid defender fell badly after jumping for a high ball in the 80th minute of the game on Sunday and immediately signalled for help, before being carried from the pitch, report...

11 days ago
Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda dead at 90

Warsaw, Oct 10 (IANS) Oscar-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has died aged 90. The news of the death of Wajda -- who had been recently taken to hospital -- here was confirmed by a representative of the Polish Filmmakers' Association, reported bbc.com. Film director and head of the Polish Filmmakers' Association Jacek Bromski told Polish broadcaster TVN24: He was one of ...

15 days ago
Polish Parliament rejects strict abortion law

Warsaw, Oct 6 (IANS) The proposal to ban abortions in Poland appears to have collapsed after the Polish Parliament on Thursday rejected a bill that would have almost completely prohibited abortion in the country. The move came following a mass protest when some 100,000 people, mostly women, protested on Monday against new measures that had passed initial parliamentary debates on Septembe...

17 days ago
A truly Bohemian intellectual and his abiding relevance

In an era when populist rhetoric and rituals trump achievements and genuine belief, democracy exists, but with its key principles of dissent and non-conformity not only ignored but threatened, and totalitarianism no longer only a feature of dictatorships, it is time to turn to a modern philosopher-king who not only diagnosed such a situation but also suggested a remedy. Czechoslovak (sub...

22 days ago
UEFA punishes Legia for Real Madrid tie

Geneva, Sep 30 (IANS) Legia Warsaw must play Real Madrid in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence and racist behaviour at a Champions League match. UEFA said on Thursday its disciplinary panel ordered the sanction to apply when Madrid visits the Polish Army Stadium on November 2. Legia was also fined 80,000 euros ($90,000), Xinhua reported. Fans clashed with stadium sec...

22 days ago
UEFA punishes Legia with empty stadium for Real Madrid tie

Geneva, Sep 29 (IANS) Legia Warsaw must host Real Madrid in November in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence and racist behaviour at a Champions League match, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) declared on Thursday. UEFA said its disciplinary panel ordered the sanction to apply when defending champions Real Madrid visit the Polish Army Stadium on November 2. Le...

25 days ago
Bartra, Aubameyang, Schurrle return to Dortmund training

Dortmund, Sep 26 (IANS) Spanish defender Marc Bartra, Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and German playmaker Andre Schurrle returned to Borussia Dortmund training on Monday, in preparation for the Real Madrid clash on Tuesday in the Champions League group stage football contest on Tuesday. Bartra has had muscular problems recently and missed last Friday's Bundesliga 3-1 win agai...

29 days ago
Navtej Sarna appointed new Indian Ambassador to US

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) India's High Commissioner to Britain Navtej Sarna was on Thursday appointed as the next Ambassador to the US as that country prepares for a presidential transition. Navtej Singh Sarna (IFS: 1980) has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the United State of America, an External Affairs Ministry statement said. He is expected to take up the ass...

1 month ago
UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Legia, Dortmund

Nyon (Switzerland), Sep 17 (IANS) Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has opened disciplinary proceedings against Legia Warsaw and Borussia Dortmund for incidents during the match both clubs played in the Polish capital in the group stage of the Champions League. The charges apply to a match played Wednesday and Legia allegedly were involved in public disturbances, the lightin...

1 month ago
Real Madrid win it late; Leicester shine in return to Europe

Madrid, Sep 15 (IANS) Real Madrid began their Champions League title defence with a last gasp 2-1 comeback win against Sporting Lisbon, while Leicester City celebrated their 16-year absence from European football with a 3-0 victory over Club Brugge. Also on Wednesday, Manchester City beat visiting Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in a match postponed by a day due to torrential rain. ...

1 month ago
Dortmund rout Legia Warsaw 6-0

Warsaw, Sep 15 (IANS) German football giants Borussia Dortmund made an emphatic statement of intent in UEFA Champions League Group F by putting six goals past Legia Warszawa at the Polish Army Stadium. The Polish champions were on Wednesday back on European club football's greatest stage for the first time since 1995/96 having negotiated three qualifying rounds. However, Besnik Hasi's si...

1 month ago
Ronaldo faces former club as Real Madrid start Champions League defence

Madrid, Sep 13 (IANS) Real Madrid star Christiano Ronaldo will have a chance to play against his former football club Sporting Lisbon, when the Spanish giants kick off their Champions League title defence with a home tie against the Portuguese club on Wednesday. Real Madrid will be favourites to win the game which they go into as the leaders of the Spanish Liga with three wins from as ma...

1 month ago
Sporting Lisbon tie will be special: Ronaldo

Madrid, Sep 13 (IANS) Real Madrid Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the group stage game against Sporting Lisbon at the UEFA Champions league on Wednesday is a special game. It's a special game, they are a special team, they're got a good coach and it will be another special moment in my life. It's a privilege for me, Ronaldo said to UEFA media on Monday, reports Efe.

1 month ago
Dortmund's Reus to remain on sidelines

Dortmund, Sep 13 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc has said that forward Marco Reus will remain on the sidelines due to the injury he has in the abductor muscle, which prevented him from joining Germany during the Euro football championship in France. In remarks published by Kicker on Monday, Zorc said that Reus' return date is yet to be determined, and stressed t...

1 month ago
Bose family members, researchers debunk British website's claims on Netaji's death

Kolkata, Sep 12 (IANS) Nixing the disclosures of a Britain-based website that had quoted an ad interim report sent by Japan confirming the death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in a 1945 plane crash in Taiwan, a section of the revolutionary leader's family, researchers and admirers on Monday said the report had been placed before the Justice M.K. Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry probing his disappea...

1 month ago
Palestinian President Abbas says no meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Moscow

Warsaw, Sep 7 (IANS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said here on Tuesday he would not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on September 9 as had initially been planned, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported. Abbas, speaking at a press conference in Warsaw after meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda, explained the meeting had been proposed by Russian Preside...

1 month ago
Poland marks 77th anniversary of start of World War II

Warsaw, Sep 1 (IANS) Poland on Thursday commemorated the 77th anniversary of the start of World War II on the Westerplatte peninsula in Poland's Gdansk city. Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz attended the ceremonies, and laid wreaths at the Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte, Xinhua news agency reported. The ...

1 month ago
Indian envoy Navtej Sarna going to Washington from London

New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) Seven months into his term as India's High Commissioner to UK, Navtej Sarna is being asked to move to Washington as the country's next ambassador, as the US prepares for a presidential transition, well-informed sources said. Sarna's name was discussed and cleared at the highest level, these sources told IANS. He will take over from Arun Kumar Singh who re...

1 month ago
Porto, Monaco, Celtic qualify for Champions League

Madrid, Aug 24 (IANS) Porto, Monaco, Glasgow Celtic, Legia Warszawa and Ludogorets Razgrad all qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage football competition with the results of second-leg contests. The Portuguese side on Tuesday thumped AS Roma 3-0 in the Italian capital to win 4-1 on aggregate, reports Xinhua. Roma, who battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Portug...

2 months ago
Man City to face Steaua Bucharest in Champions League play-off

Nyon, Aug 5 (IANS) English football giants Manchester City got an easy opponent in Romanian club Steaua Bucharest in the draw for the Champions League play-off round held here on Friday. Other notable play-off round clashes include Portugal giants Porto drawn against AS Roma, while Spanish club Villarreal will be up against Monaco. The play-offs are contested over two legs on Aug...

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