Aizawl, Jun 26 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said that a football academy would be set up at the Mizoram Football Associations (MFA) football ground at Sairang village near Aizawl.Goel, who is on a maiden two-day visit to Mizoram after becoming the Union Minister, said that the Football Academy would be set up in view of the recent excellent performance of Mizoram teams in national level football tournaments. Mizorams Aizawl Football Club (AFC) bagged the prestigious I-League 2017 while Mizoram team also won the National Games football in 2015 and the the Santosh Trophy in 2014.Goel accompanied by Mizoram Sports minister Zodintluanga also visited the Suaka Cricket ground. PTI HCV RG
World Cup Odriozola ready to replace Carvajal for Spain – and maybe join him at Real Madrid Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 06:06 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Quality Sport Images World Cup Transfers Spain v Switzerland Switzerland Spain Friendlies The Real Sociedad right-back impressed in the absence of the Real Madrid defender and scored a fine goal to stake his claim for a World Cup start Alvaro Odriozola is ready for Russia. The 22-year-old is one of Spain’s exciting young talents and with Dani Carvajal missing through injury, he did his chances of making the starting XI against Portugal on June 15 no harm at all in Sunday’s friendly against Switzerland.Dani Carvajal is currently Spain’s first-choice right-back, but the Real Madrid defender limped off in tears in the Champions League final win against Liverpool in Kiev on May 28 and may not be ready for the start of the World Cup.Carvajal, who was also injured in the 2016 Champions League final and ended up missing Euro 2016, was relieved to discover he had avoided a similar fate this time around , with the news that he will be back earlier than expected. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, it remains to be seen whether he will be fit in time for Spain’s opener against Portugal in Russia and against Switzerland on Sunday night, coach Julen Lopetegui decided to give another opportunity to Odriozola.The Real Sociedad right-back impressed again, just as he had on his debut against Albania back in October, when he set up a goal for Thiago in a routine 3-0 win.”Things have changed a lot for me in a year and a half,” he said in the build-up to this game. “It has been crazy. You have to have your feet on the ground.”And asked about a possible transfer to Real Madrid, who are looking for a right-back to compete with Carvajal, he said: “My future is the Spanish national team, the day-to-day and the games at the weekend.”Odriozola has a release clause of £40 million (€46m/$53m) and although Real Sociedad are not considering his sale, he would be free to leave if a club came in with the money and he wanted to move.At the moment, however, he is clearly looking no further than the World Cup and he was one of the standout players for Spain in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland at Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica.The 22-year-old defended well and attacked with verve for a much-changed Spain side that should have won the game, and looked like doing so after his wonderful volley from outside the box gave them the lead.Chances were missed, though, and a rare mistake from David De Gea ultimately let Switzerland back into the match, although Lopetegui did stretch his unbeaten run as coach to an impressive 19 games.”I’m really happy personally and happy to help the team,” Odriozola said afterwards. “The sensations are good. Despite the draw, we played well in both halves.”They did and the right-back was a big plus. He is there and ready to feature in Russia if Carvajal needs more time to recover and on this form, he could even end up challenging his Spain team-mate for a starting spot at Real Madrid next season.