Barcelona legend Ronaldinho reveals retirement plans as he starts life after football

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Ronaldinho has plans for a retirement tour across the world.

Barcelona and Brazil legend Ronaldinho has announced his plans for a retirement tour in a video he uploaded on Instagram.

Ronaldinho, who retired officially last month, says he plans to have retirement matches in various places across the world, and will otherwise devote his time to his football school and music production, which has always been a passion of his.

The former PSG, Barca, and AC Milan playmaker has also played football in Mexico, and futsal in India and the UAE, apart from multiple spells in his home country, and thus would have plenty of options for venues as he decides where to play his retirement matches.

Ronaldinho also teased a major announcement, saying he would soon be involved in a “big project” for which he’d reveal the details soon.

Watch his full message to his fans in the video below.

Eu tenho um grande anúncio para compartilhar com vocês hoje.

A post shared by Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (@ronaldinho) on

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Stars of the future shine at The Global Village Under 12 football tournament

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In action: The girls at Global Village

After six nights of action for the boys it was time for girls to take the stage under the lights at Global Village on Sunday evening.

Eight schools/academies were registered for the U12 group and they were split into two groups of four.

Group 1 started off with impressive performances from Al Mizhar American Academy and Dubai English Speaking College (DESC), with the two teams topping the group after the 12 matches were played.

In Group 2, it was clean sweep for Zabeelers Football Academy who won all three of their games and topped the group. A gallant Deira Private School clung onto second spot in the group and secured a spot in the semi-finals.

And the last four ties certainly lived up to all the hype. Up first was Al Mizhar American Academy against Deira Private School, and the match was decided by one goal thanks to a wonderful finish by Yasmine Al Jamil. The second semi-final, which saw Zabeelers Football Academy take on DESC, was the match of the night. It finished 2-2 at full-time and the teams needed extra-time to be seperated, with the Zabeelers going onto win 4-2.

Goal: The ball in the back of the net

Goal: The ball in the back of the net.

“We started with a small group of girls to encourage them to play sport instead of playing with phones and electronics”, said the Zabeelers head coach. “The team started in Zabeel park, hence our name, and now we have 200 boys and girls taking part with our coaching. We have daily training for both boys and girls. We’ve played a few tournaments but this is the first one for our girls and it’s fantastic. I want to see an even bigger one next year, both the kids and parents are enjoying themselves, it’s been wonderfully run.”

Dana Hinton, head of PE and coaching Al Mizhar AA, added: “We topped the group so we’re pleased with that. The girls at our school are crazy about football so we’ve been entering as many tournaments as we can. Football is the biggest sport at our school, we have about 50 girls at the training. Our whole team has performed very well. We try not to get too involved because we want the girls to make their own mistakes and win as a team.”

Great save: The goalkeeper gets her foot to a shot

Great save: The goalkeeper gets her foot to a shot.

Laura Mitchell, PE teacher at Dubai English SC expressed her delight in her team’s performance at the tournament: “We came second in the group and made it to the semi-final so we’re very pleased. This is the first time we’ve entered the girls for the first time this year. We’ve got two teams at our school so the standard is very high. It’s nice for them to play five-a-side because the game is a bit quicker for them, usually we play seven-a-side so it’s good for them to adapt. The kids get really excited by and the facilities and pitch are great for them to play on at Global Village.”

All finals will be played Global Village on Saturday February 24.

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Hawk-Eye apologises for VAR error that denied Manchester United goal in FA Cup win

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Juan Mata was denied what looked like a clear goal due to a VAR error.

The company responsible for the ‘wobbly line’ that caused confusion during Manchester United‘s debut using the controversial video assistant referee (VAR) system has apologised for a technical error.

Juan Mata thought he had put United 2-0 up against Huddersfield Town just before half-time in their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Saturday following Romelu Lukaku‘s early opener.

However, after a lengthy delay, referee Kevin Friend disallowed the goal for offside on the recommendation of the video official, located in a studio in London nearly 200 miles away.

Yet the lines used to determine whether Mata had been standing in an offside position showed up on television footage as anything but straight, leading many viewers to think a decision had been using inexact information.

However, Hawk-Eye – the company behind the system – insisted they had given the correct information to the VAR if not broadcaster BT Sport during a match United eventually won 2-0 thanks to Lukaku’s second goal.

“A technical issue led to an incorrect graphic being provided by Hawk-Eye to BT Sport last night,” said a company statement issued Sunday.

“To confirm, the VAR saw the correct image with the correct lines to make the decision. This was a case of the wrong image being provided to the broadcaster and we apologise.”

United manager Jose Mourinho, speaking after Saturday’s match, said: “I think our game is so beautiful that to change we have to change for the better.

“If they find a way in the VAR that the VAR is always right and always bring the truth, I’m happy.”

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