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What the European Football Championship 2024 hosting means to Germany

first_imgThe European Football Championship 2024 will take place in Germany. The decision was made in Lyon, Switzerland, by the UEFA Executive Committee and voted by a secret ballot.Despite a very good campaign, it was no certainty the 2024 Football Championship would be awarded to Germany. The main rival, Turkey, thought it had a great chance to win, having received a lot of attention as a credible competitor in terms of location, despite the political problems it was experiencing.We always have winners and losers in such decisions. News sites like anticipated the decision.The locations for 2024 European Football Championship in GermanyThe infrastructure and stadiums are already available in Germany, which played a big part in its bid. The locations selected for the football games are; Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Leipzig. Some of the stadiums will be modernised or expanded. For example, even before the decision was made in favour of Germany, around 3.5 million euros had been put aside by the Dusseldorf city council for the modernisation of their stadium.UEFA requirements make it necessary to expand the media areas in Düsseldorf and some other stadiums. The number of VIP boxes is also clearly regulated and must be met. As EFC Ambassador Philipp Lahm assured, Germany has modern stadiums, either revamped or rebuilt for the 2006 World Cup, meaning further work should be minimal to meet UEFA standards.Germany last hosted the European Football Championship in 1988.A four-time defeat of the European Championship bid for TurkeyTurkey’s bid for the 2024 European Football Championship was not its first. It placed bids in 2008, 2012 and 2016. The fourth consecutive loss of such a prestigious tournament will have come as a major disappointment given the investments made in their stadiums. Putting aside the political factors, as a location it would have been ideal for such a large sporting event. However, UEFA had also stated in its justification for the decision to favour Germany that Turkey had around 300,000 fewer seats available. This proved to be a disadvantage despite the expansion and modernisation of its football stadiums.Football Germany needed this positive signalAfter the premature end of their involvement in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the mood was one of disappointment for German football fans. The outcome for the once-proud football nation was felt for months so the decision to award them the competition was a positive sign. If the right approach is taken, it can literally spur them on.In hindsight, the decision made in 2017, to apply for the 2024 European Championship, proved to be absolutely correct. Six years from now, Germany will have to show the quality of football that won them a number of major footballing competitions over the years. To achieve this they will need to form a new, young talented team that will have a real chance of winning the title of European Champions in its own country.last_img read more

GECOM’s defiance

first_imgImmediately after the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) was passed on Dec 21, 2018, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, in charge of the Government’s business in the National Assembly, spoke to the press in the presence of all the other members of the APNU/AFC Government. He said, “Guyanese must understand that the democratic process is sometimes unpredictable. You may have results that are not planned for…but the outcome has to be accepted…It may be a surprise to some, it may be a shock to others, it may be welcomed by some, and others may rejoice over the results, but that is how democracy works, and we are fully committed to the rule of law.”Nagamootoo was fully au fait with the implications of Art 106, which commanded that the President and Cabinet resign immediately and elections be held in three months, having himself brought an NCM in November 2014 against the then PPP Government, which was sidestepped.The following day, according to a local newspaper, “Senior officials of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were late yesterday locked in planning meetings for elections, which are now constitutionally due within the next three months. Chief Elections Officer of GECOM, Keith Lowenfield, told (the newspaper) that he was meeting with his staff to derive a strategy for the earlier-than-expected polls.”The following day, PRO of GECOM, Yolanda Yarde, elaborated: “For us at GECOM, it’s our constitutional mandate to conduct General and Regional Elections, as well as Local Government Elections. If that is the decision: that we will have to conduct elections within a short period, then we will have to ensure that those elections are held as required, because it’s our constitutional mandate. I’m sure that our Standard Operating Procedures will click into gear, and we will be prepared to execute elections at a time we have been asked to do.”The PRO recognised the constitutional order under Art 61 which specifies that the President must proclaim a date for elections, which at that time was supposed to be March 21. The decision by the Government to challenge the validity of the NCM in the courts after it was affirmed by the Speaker of the National Assembly as valid should not have changed the schedule of the GECOM Secretariat, especially after the High Court affirmed the decision in January 2019. During that time, the President’s unilaterally appointed GECOM Chairman, James Patterson, had been ailing, but it was upon his return from an extended sick leave that the posture on the readiness of GECOM for elections took an ominous turn.In the first week of February, the CEO then announced that it would take 148 days to bring off an election, and claimed that nothing had been done by GECOM since late December, since he was waiting for a “green light” from the Commission. The Commission, however, was now firmly echoing the Government’s line, with Chairman Patterson reflexively voting with the three Government Commissioners to constitute a majority.And this was the delaying pattern that would characterise the Government’s refusal to countenance an early election, which pattern would be repeated after the Appellate Court had reversed the High Court’s decision, and then after the CCJ had reversed the Appellate Court’s decision on June 18th 2019. By this time, seven months had elapsed and GECOM was nowhere closer to being election ready.The CCH gave clear orders that the Constitutional timeline must be followed. To wit, the Government’s Judicial recourse can be viewed as placing on “pause” the 3-month calendar of Art 106, which was removed on June 18 with their definitive ruling. The President should have then proclaimed Sept 18 as the elections date, and he and the Cabinet should have then resigned, along with dissolving parliament; and GECOM should have worked for the earliest elections date.With GECOM’s Secretariat now following an order made surreptitiously by the illegally appointed Chairman on July 11, for H2H registration, they are clearly contravening the Court’s order.The PPP’s writ for the CEO to be cited for contempt is apropos.last_img read more

Brazil-born history-maker vows to take China to Fifa World Cup

first_imgRobredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? “I hope to get your support, as always.”China similarly gave a passport to London-born midfielder Nico Yennaris earlier this year, although unlike Elkeson the former Arsenal reserve is half-Chinese.Although many other nations, notably 2022 hosts Qatar, call up players born in other countries, China had resisted doing so until now.Elkeson, who has scored more than 100 goals in about 150 games in the Chinese Super League, qualifies for China because he has played in the country since 2013.Calling it “a gamble”, the forward nevertheless said that he wants to “leave my mark” on Chinese football.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Shanghai SIPG’s Elkeson celebrates after scoring during the AFC Champions League group stage football match between China’s Shanghai SIPG and Australia’s Sydney FC in Shanghai on April 23, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTBrazilian-born striker Elkeson said he wants to fire China to the World Cup after he became the first footballer without Chinese ancestry to be named in the national squad.The recently naturalized 30-year-old will make more history when — as widely expected — he lines up for Marcello Lippi’s side in a 2022 World Cup qualifier away at the Maldives on September 10.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Lippi has long complained about a dearth of attackers and on Wednesday moved to plug the gap with Elkeson, who will use the Chinese name Ai Kesen and take up a Chinese passport.The move, which could start a trend of Brazilians playing for China, has divided football fans in the world’s most populous country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut the Guangzhou Evergrande striker vowed to win over the doubters, saying in an open letter: “Having Chinese nationality allows me to contribute to the national team once again playing in the World Cup.“I want to tell the world: I have officially begun a new journey, I am Chinese, I want to return all the love and care you have given me over the years. Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Gilas’ Final 12 for Fiba World Cup to be revealed after 36ers friendlies WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her MOST READ Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender “I want a new challenge, I want to see where my limits are,” he wrote.“I want to repay the love of the Chinese people in these seven years.“I accepted this challenge without hesitation,” he added.China, currently ranked a lowly 71st in the FIFA rankings, have reached the World Cup only once.In 2002 they exited football’s biggest stage without scoring a goal or earning a point.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Brazil cut down Lionesses core status dream

first_img0Shares0000Kenya’s Janet Okelo races away from the Argentina defense on day two of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong on 5 April, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – The Kenya Lionesses lost 17-5 to Brazil in the semi-final of the Hong Kong Sevens early Friday, putting to a halt the girls’ dream of being a core side in the World Rugby Sevens Series for one more year.The Brazilians capitalized on a nervous display by the Lionesses to ground three tries, one of which was converted while Kenya only responded once, in a game they should have controlled better. But, the Kevin Wambua coached side showed a hugely improved performance throughout the tournament and though there will be heartbreak over their loss to Brazil, they leave the Asian city with more lessons and improved confidence.The Brazilians dotted down two quick tries through speed girl Bianca Dos Santos Silva in between Janet Okello’s before Luiza Gonzalez Da Costa took the game to rest with the third try in the second half.Dos Santos scored both her tries exploiting Kenya’s defensive spaces on the right. In between, Okello had drawn one back for Kenya to tie at 5-5 when she kicked and chase, showing some good football skills to cross over.With the conversion wide and Dos Santos adding a second for the South Americans, the two teams went to the break with Brazil leading 10-5.Kenya was punished in the second half when a poorly executed line out was picked out by Da Costa who stretched her arms over the chalk to dot down what would be the game changing try.The Lionesses were made to pay after Camila Atieno was sent to the sin bin giving the Brazilians a numerical advantage.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Maguire transfer fee ‘would be a great deal for all parties,’ talkSPORT told

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Glen Johnson believes a £80million would be a ‘great deal’ for all parties involved in the Harry Maguire transfer saga.talkSPORT understands that Man United have lodged a take it or leave it offer for the England international. FAREWELL REVEALED Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Harry Maguire has been chased by Manchester United all summer Should the deal materialise, the fee would make Maguire the most expensive defender in world football, surpassing the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in 2018.And Johnson, who won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup during a 16-year career, senses the transfer will get completed before the 5pm deadline on August 8.“If United have come calling again they know Maguire wants to go,” Johnson told Jim White on talkSPORT.“As long as Maguire gets that message through to Leicester then I’m sure that deal will happen. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star deals Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img latest New job Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST Sam Allardyce says Harry Maguire is similar to Virgil van Dijk“To be honest if I’m Leicester I would take £80million now anyway. I think it’s a great deal for everyone, so I can’t see why it won’t happen.”Johnson also hailed the improvements the 26-year-old has made since playing for Sheffield United and Hull, especially since joining the Foxes in June 2017.He added: “He’s improved drastically. When he first broke onto the scene due to his size and certain other things he looked a bit clumsy.“But I think he’s matured and learnt the game over the last few years and he’s come on really well.” TROPHY getty OFF What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 19.81%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen 1last_img read more

Fontaine admits Hibernian now need 100% record to win title

first_img“I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t envisage last night being one of them, but that’s what can happen in football.” Liam Fontaine has admitted Hibernian will likely need to win every game between now and the end of the season if they are to win the title.The Easter Road side’s Championship title hopes were dealt a major blow on Wednesday as they suffered a surprise 3-0 home defeat to Greenock Morton.The result leaves Hibs eight points adrift of league leaders, and Fontaine recognises that they cannot afford to drop any more points.“It leaves us with a big task,” the defender admitted. “We’re going to have to try and grind out a 100 percent record all the way to the end of the season, I would say, just to be there if Rangers do slip up. “That’s all we can look to do now. You don’t know what’s going to happen – look at last night [against Morton] for example. “They could go and lose and we need to be there if they do. We’ll just do what we do on a weekly basis and see what happens.”Manager Alan Stubbs wants his side to focus on their own results, but insists Hibs can still challenge for the title this season.“We’ve got to concentrate on ourselves,” he said. “I said there would be twists and turns.” last_img read more

Greg Stewart banned for two matches after charge upheld

first_imgGreg Stewart is to miss Kilmarnock’s next two matches after the Scottish FA upheld his violent conduct charge.The forward was cited after footage appeared to show Stewart motion his head towards Hamilton’s Scott Martin then haul the defender to the turf during the 1-1 draw.Stewart opted to contest the charge and take the matter to an independent panel on Thursday.He took his place in attack for Kilmarnock against Rangers on Wednesday and went on to score the equaliser. MacKinnon will also miss Hamilton’s match against Livingston. After a tribunal hearing at Hampden, the two-match suspension has been upheld.The Birmingham City loanee will now miss Killie’s upcoming matches against Aberdeen and Hearts.Accies’ Darian MacKinnon was also hit with a notice of complaint for a heavy challenge on Alan Power during the same match.The midfielder decided not to contest his two-match ban and sat out Martin Canning’s side’s 3-0 loss to Aberdeen.last_img read more

5th Annual WSLM Free Swim Sunday

first_imgFor the 5th year, WSLM RADIO will be kicking off Summer with a Free Swim Party on Sunday June 18 from 5-7 p.m.This is part of the station’s 120 DAYS OF SUMMER promotion.During 120 Days this summer, listeners will be able to log in to and enter to win tickets to a variety of local and regional events — including Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds and concerts from around the region.  “This is also Father’s Day and a great way to celebrate Dad,” said station owner Becky White. “Bring the whole family and enjoy the Salem pool. Also, we’ll have tickets to give away to Kentucky Kingdom tickets to give away.”The free swim is open to the first 200 who arrive. There will be snacks and drinks available while supplies last.last_img

Dordt’s Wolf Earns Regional NAIA Cross Country Coach Of The Year Honor

first_imgNEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NAIA Cross Country season were announced on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).Honors were voted on by member coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.USTFCCCA Regional Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.MIDWEST REGION — Nate Wolf — Dordt (Iowa)Wolf, in his fifth year as head coach, led the Defenders to the team title at the Great Plains Conference Championships with 28 points. Dordt also won the team title at the Dean White Invitational and Herb Blakely Invitational.last_img

Nestlé nurtures future footballers

first_imgNestlé’s Milo brand is getting behind football in South Africa by supporting its development in schools. (Image: Nestlé Milo)The 2009 Nestlé Milo Champions tournament brought almost 6 000 schools from around South Africa together in Soweto to compete for the trophy, as well as R100 000 (US$13 300) for the winning school to invest in a health, wellness or nutrition initiative.With the 2010 Fifa World Cup now scant months away, football fever in all forms is gripping the nation as never before. Last year’s Milo Champions competition, run in collaboration with the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) and the Supersport television channel, was the second edition.About 94 500 would-be football stars participated in the 2009 tournament, with around 75 000 children from some 4 800 schools taking part in the 2008 event.Dorothy Langa Primary School in Limpopo province was the ultimate winner, snatching the title from Mpumalanga’s Mapula Sindane School in an exciting final that came down to a penalty shoot-out. Dorothy Langa, with two goals to Mapula’s one, emerged triumphant.“It is great to see that school competitions like this are not dominated by one school,” said Dorothy Langa head coach Mpho Mathopa. “Our achievement has reflected the true spirit of competition and shown that there is a balance of football talent in the country.”Developing future talentThe competition was open to all South African primary schools, and took place over four months. District and regional winners went through to the provincial play-offs, and the nine provincial winners progressed to the national finals at Hyundai Park in Soweto.“We want to see growth in school soccer in our country,” said Sasfa president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko. “Next year we will make sure that more schools take part in this wonderful tournament.”Global food giant Nestlé has invested generously in the Milo Champions tournament. In addition to the grand prize, each provincial winner walked off with R10 000 ($1 320), while the runner-up took home R75 000 and the third-placed team won R50 000 ($6 600).The programme is intended primarily to foster young football talent in South Africa while promoting an enthusiasm for the beautiful game and an awareness of the importance of healthy living. As well as valuable football coaching from top players, all participants received comprehensive nutritional education.Nestlé South Africa MD Yves Manghardt said, “We at Nestlé hope that each child who has played in this tournament comes out a winner, having learnt about teamwork, determination and most importantly why sports and a healthy lifestyle are qualities that will stand them strong through life.”Nurturing football skillsDorothy Langa chose to use the money for a new football field, which was officially opened towards the end of 2009. The 68m x 50m field, complete with borehole to ensure that the pitch is always green, was a welcome addition to the school’s infrastructure.To celebrate the occasion former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish gave a coaching clinic at the school. Fish is Nestlé’s Milo brand ambassador for good health, and also took time to visit each of the nine finalists beforehand to help with their preparations for the big day.At the same time Nestlé launched the South African branch of its Healthy Kids programme. This is a global initiative that aims to fight the growing problem of malnutrition and obesity in children between the ages of four and 16. By encouraging good nutrition and exercise, Healthy Kids aims to raise a healthier, more active generation.The programme was introduced to the world in April 2009 by Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke.Regional competitionIn anticipation of the first World Cup to take place on African soil, the Milo brand is deepening its association with football in South Africa by extending the Champions tournament to the entire African continent.The inaugural African Milo Champions tournament was launched in September 2009 and features top under-13 teams from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Regional stages are already underway, and the final will take place in South Africa in May 2010, just before the month-long Fifa World Cup kicks off in June.last_img read more