Another Fine Mess is pencilled in Situs Judi Dominoqq

So it’s all but rubber-stamped now.

 

The 2022 World Cup Finals will take place in November & December.

 

FIFA’s taskforce for cleaning up the Qatar-clysm has confirmed what had been widely suspected.

 

Another Fine Mess is pencilled in.

 

The recommendation released today does not give specific dates – that part of the process will be finalised at next month’s FIFA Executive Committee meeting. Yet the time-frame of November 26th to December 23rd has already been floated.

 

The Superbowl and Winter Olympics will not budge from January, which means a World Cup in the run-up to Christmas, which is hardly ideal for Europe and the Americas.

 

The thought of their TV networks accommodating three Situs Judi Dominoqq matches a day instead of their usual holiday fare is bizarre, though not unimaginable. European clubs had proposed an April-May compromise, but Ramadan happens to fall in April 2022, so that was a non-starter. In May the temperatures are also between 25C and 38C.

 

The poor Africa Cup of Nations, also scheduled for January 2023, is the main victim as it is inconceivable big European clubs will release their stars for two big tournaments that winter.

 

A winter tournament also entails at least a two-month break in the heart of the European club seasons and an extended finish to UEFA competitions in the summer of 2023. There are strong rumours of a shortened finals format, which could prove stressful for the players, but might initially soothe their clubs’ worries.

 

US Soccer and the Football Federation of Australia, the wronged parties in the initial vote, do not have the clout within FIFA to fight back and UEFA and the other five regions have got into line behind the rescheduling.

 

The Association of European Professional Leagues expressed dismay at today’s news and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke called November & December “the best of the bad options” but European clubs, who have most to lose, seem unlikely to mount a rebellion, although will try to extract some money from FIFA for their manufactured mess.

 

“We expect the clubs to be compensated for the damage,” confirmed European Club Association President Karl-Heinz Rumenigge.

 

It has all been one big cock-up, from the votes bought by Mohammed bin Hammam, the subsequent cull of disgraced Ex.Co. members, the shocking revelations of modern-day slavery surrounding the stadia building and the appalling whitewash of Michael Garcia’s investigation.

 

Not many in the football world are licking their lips over the 2022 World Cup, but it will surely happen in winter now.

 

“The matter is resolved,” concluded Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, head of the taskforce, solemnly.

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An Omaha Eight-or-Better Bola88 Situation

 

 

I traveled to Los Angeles recently to attend the L.A. Poker Classic, an annual affair at Commerce Casino. This tournament always features some of the best side action of the year, and this year was certainly no exception. There were several times when some clones would have come in handy, as I wanted to be in many games at once! After a week of play in the side games, there were obviously quite a few interesting decisions and hands that played out. In this column, though, I am going to discuss a decision in an Omaha eight-or-better pot that might seem relatively insignificant.

 

The game was $150-$300 Omaha eight-or-better, and the Bola88 table was quite loose. Some loose games also involve lots of raising, but this one was fairly passive, considering the limit we were playing. There was typically one or two bets preflop, with three or four players seeing the flop.

 

In this hand, the first two players folded, the next player limped in, and I called with A-2-2-J double-suited. Two others called behind me, as did both blinds, so we saw the flop sixhanded. The flop was 9-6-2 with two clubs and a spade, but all of my cards were red. Although I had flopped a set, there wasn’t too much to be excited about. Sets rarely win unimproved in multiway pots, and considering that my set was deuces, I could easily fill up and still lose.

 

The blinds checked and the initial limper bet. I was next, and opted to make a marginal call. I think you can make a legitimate case here for any of the three actions. I didn’t raise because this wasn’t a hand I wanted to commit lots of chips to at this point; also, if the turn was a high blank and the same player bet again, I would be in a position of more strength and could raise to protect my hand (all of the other players would be forced to call two bets cold). If the turn was a bad card, such as a low straight- or flush-completing card, I could cheaply fold. After I called, the two players behind me called, as did the big blind.

 

The turn card was the 6spades, filling me up and putting two flush draws on the board. Other than a deuce, this was about the best card I could hope to catch. Now, the big blind bet out. Surprisingly, the initial limper folded, leaving me next to act. I felt this was not a cut-and-dried decision. There were two players left to act, and I had to decide how to approach the rest of the hand. I believed there were some good reasons both for calling and for raising.

 

Reasons for calling:

 

  1. If I just call, the two players behind me may continue to draw at a flush.

 

  1. One of my main reasons for raising is to eliminate low draws so that I can scoop; if the bettor has a low draw himself, I prefer to keep the other low draws in, as well.

 

  1. The bettor may have me beat, and just calling will help minimize my loss on the hand (while probably not cutting into my gain much, especially since I might pick up overcalls).

 

  1. The bettor might have trip sixes and a low draw, a scenario I think is quite likely, given the way he has played his hand. If this is in fact the case, I will either split if he makes his low or get scooped if he fills up. Either way, I can’t scoop the pot if a low card comes, so raising to knock out other low draws will be counterproductive.

 

Reasons for raising:

 

  1. The bettor might have something like two kings with a king-high flush draw, a hand that is reasonable to bet in this spot. So, a raise may knock out the low draws and enable me to play against a hand with only four outs (two kings and the two remaining sixes).

 

  1. I might get overcalls, anyway. Since I didn’t raise the flop, it may appear that I do not yet have a full house. Therefore, the players behind me might continue to draw at flushes, particularly if they also have good low draws.

 

  1. A raise will knock out players behind me who might call one bet with legitimate hands such as K-K-J-J. Given the size of the pot, a player with this hand is getting about the right price to call a single bet. It is my job to induce my opponents to make mistakes, and they would be making a mistake to call a raise with this hand.

 

  1. I probably have the best hand, and getting more money in with the best hand is generally correct strategy.

 

After weighing my options for a bit, I opted to raise. Obviously, I didn’t have the time to make a lengthy checklist in my head, as I have done above, but I did do some quick analysis, considering the factors that came into play in this situation.

 

After I raised, the bettor called, and then checked and called on the river when a queen came. He showed me 3-4-5-6, and I took the pot. Had I seen his hand on the turn, I probably would have opted to just call, as it would have been better for me to keep other low or flush draws in the pot. Then again, the player two to my left did jump out of his chair when the queen hit.

 

 …

Japan braced for tough Togel Singapore Dutch test in Durban

 

 

The Netherlands brushed aside Japan when the two sides met in a friendly in Enschede just over nine months ago, but there’s far more at stake when the pair meet at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban today, with a place in the World Cup knock-out stages on the line.

 

Fresh from their opening day victories, both sides will be eager to book a spot in the Round of 16 with another win here, although neither side looked particularly convincing in their first-up performances.

 

The Dutch may have laboured to a scratchy 2-0 win over Denmark last time out, but for Japan coach Takeshi Okada it was all about the result, as the Samurai Blue conjured their first ever World Cup victory on foreign soil with a narrow 1-0 win over Cameroon.

 

It was hardly champagne football on Togel Singapore display from the Asian powerhouses, but after relieving some of the immense pressure heaped upon them by an expectant press and public, Japan can relax as they go into the Durban clash as underdogs.

 

CSKA Moscow attacker Keisuke Honda knows all about Dutch football, having spent two-and-a-half successful seasons at VVV Venlo before moving to the Russian league.

 

The 24-year-old scored the only goal in the game against Cameroon, and he will hope to extend his streak against a Dutch defence which at times looked vulnerable in their opening win over Denmark.

 

“The atmosphere within the team is very good after collecting a win,” fellow attacker Yoshito Okubo told the Japan Football Association website.

 

“As we will play at a lower altitude, I should be able to run more,” he added.

 

Should Japan lose the match in Durban, they will face Denmark in a do-or-die showdown in Rustenburg on June 24.

 

Japan braced for tough Dutch test in Durban.

 

Samurai Blue fans no doubt hope that it won’t come to that, as Takeshi Okada and his side look to pull off another improbable win over one of the genuine aristocrats of world football.

 

Bafana splits?

With Bafana Bafana’s World Cup life hanging by a thread, many South Africans face a tricky choice – throw away their yellow jerseys and watch the World Cup as they would the Olympics – with interest but without fervour, or adopt another team to try to get excited about.

 

Yesterday was ‘Football Friday’, when the country was encouraged to dress up for the Cup, and even my middle-aged hosts were sporting yellow Bafana gear accordingly. But unlike on Cape Town’s tourist-friendly Waterfront, where I enjoyed the opening game amidst multiracial hordes of happiness, the crowd, if you can call it that, watching South Africa’s defeat against Mexico in a local bar here in the Guateng province, were less than thrilled by their nation’s first eleven.

 

The Johannesburg hinterland where I am staying has businesses dominated by Afrikaans-speaking whites, whose preferred sport is rugby, and barely a third of the bar that night was wearing yellow. As Uruguay began to rack up the score and it became evident that the hosts would finish up on the losing side, the interest levels waned, eyes drifted from the TV screens and conversations turned to other matters.

 

The next day the airwaves were full of voices urging the nation not to give up on the World Cup, but probably many will. Unless South Africa win by a cricket score against France and Uruguay beat Mexico, the host nation will be out for the first time in the first round.

 

While blacks are by far the majority here and love football, they are not visible to many tourists who steer clear of the inner-city areas or townships/shanty towns they live in for fear of crime.

So what visitors are left with are semi-interested Afrikaaners who, if the radio phone-ins are anything to go by, have little experience of the Beautiful Game.

 

The nation as a whole has come together with car flags, shirts and football fridays, but as their team makes its early but not unexpected exit from the tournament, the separate communities of the Rainbow Nation will shuffle back to their townships and gated communities, the dream of a soccer-Invictus a fond memory of 2010.

 …

FIFA Ticketing Keluaran HK Centres in South Africa

 

 

FIFA Ticketing Centres will be open and operational from 9am (South African time) from the 15th April 2010, where services will be available to purchase tickets over the counter and also redeem tickets already purchased.

 

There will be a FIFA Ticketing Centre within each of the 9 host cities. The FIFA Ticketing Centres will open 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm with additional hours the day prior to the match in each host city.

 

If you have purchased wheelchair Keluaran HK tickets visit one of the FIFA Ticketing Centres from the 1st May 2010.

 

Johannesburg

 

Laico Isle, Corner of Rivonia Road and Linden Street, Sandton

 

Maponya Mall, Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto

 

Bloemfontein

 

Lochlogan Waterfront Mall, Corner Charles Street and 1st Avenue Mangaung

 

Rustenburg

 

Waterfall Mall, 1 Augrabies Avenue

 

Pretoria

 

Brooklyn Mall, Corner Lange and Fehrsen Street New Muckleneuk

 

Nelspruit

 

The Grove Shopping Centre, White River Road

 

Polokwane

 

Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Corner Landros Mare and Market Streets

 

Durban

 

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World Suncoast Boulevard OR Tambo Parade

 

Durban Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard Umhlanga Ridge

 

Port Elizabeth

 

Moffett on Main Shopping Centre, Corner Main Road and William Moffett Road Walmer

 

Cape Town

 

The Spearhead, 42 Hans Strijdom Avenue Foreshore

 

FIFA Ticket Terminals are located at South Africa’s three main international airports, allowing visitors to collect their tickets immediately upon arrival into the country.

 

OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (JNB)

Cape Town Airport, Cape Town (CPT)

King Shaka Airport, Durban (DUR)

 

The Ticket Terminals at the airports will be operational from the 7th June – 11th July 2010 from 7am – 9pm. The Self Service Ticket Terminal will be assisted by a volunteer should any queries arise and the Helpdesk Ticket Terminal will be manned by a member of staff.

 

The Main Applicant will need to present the following when collecting ticket(s):

 

Paid with or registered Payment Card

 

FIFA Official Ticket Confirmation (original confirmations only)

 

If the paid or registered payment card is not available, the following documents may be used for Ticket redemption:

 

FIFA Official Ticket Confirmation (original confirmations only)

Passport

 

If you paid by bank / wire transfer we recommend you bring a copy of the bank / wire transfer documentation.

 

Failure to bring the correct identification and confirmation may result in a delay in the collection process. Please note only the main applicant will be able to collect the tickets.

 

Our Final / Last Minute Sales phase commences on 15th April 2010 at 18:00 hours Central European Time, where Individual Match tickets will be available for you to purchase on a first-come-first-served basis. You will be able to view current ticket availability prior to starting the application process, and Ticket transactions will be conducted immediately at the time of sale. Please visit www.fifa.com/2010 to apply for tickets.…

2009 J. Keluaran HK League fixture list unveiled

 

 

The 2009 J. League fixture list has been announced.

 

The first round of fixtures heralds a marquee clash between bitter rivals Kashima Antlers and Urawa Reds at Kashima Stadium, while J1 newcomers Montedio Yamagata travel to Yamaha Stadium to take on Jubilo Iwata.

 

The highlight clash in Round 2 sees Urawa Reds host regional foes FC Tokyo, while Nagoya Grampus travel to ND Soft Stadium in Yamagata as Montedio prepare to host their first ever top-flight fixture.

 

The announcement of the fixture list was delayed by one week this season to accommodate the complex scheduling of the J2 campaign.

 

Three new clubs in the form of Tochigi SC, Kataller Toyama and Fagiano Okayama have been added to J2 – prompting another marathon 51-game season.

 

Opening day highlights include Consadole Sapporo’s grudge match with Vegalta Sendai at the Sapporo Dome, while there’s a Kanagawa derby in Hiratsuka when Shonan Bellmare welcome Yokohama FC to Hiratsuka Stadium.

 

In Round 2 cash-strapped FC Gifu welcome fellow Keluaran HK strugglers Ventforet Kofu to Nagaragawa Stadium, while Tokyo Verdy host Cerezo Osaka at Ajinomoto Stadium in a match-up between two fallen giants.

 

With four J. League teams competing in a revamped AFC Champions League this season the format of the Yamazaki Nabisco League Cup group stage has once again been altered, with two groups of seven set to face off for the right to progress to the quarter-finals – while J2 teams have once again been overlooked by the J. League’s premier knock-out competition.

 

Full fixture lists for J1, J2 and the Yamazaki Nabisco League Cup can be found at the J. League’s official English-language website.

 

Tit-for-tat spats ahead of crucial World Cup qualifier

Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Australia in Yokohama has been punctuated by an on-going verbal stoush between the two sides.

 

The chatter kicked off in earnest after Japan beat Qatar 3-0 in Doha last November, with a bullish Japan coach Takeshi Okada telling reporters that he wanted to “shut up” the Socceroos.

 

Predictably his statement was like a red rag to a bull for the Australians, with Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill retorting that his team could be one of the first to qualify for the finals in South Africa in 2010 by picking up three points in Yokohama.

 

Never short of a quote, West Ham United defender Neill went on to declare that Australia has the “mental edge” over a struggling Japanese side.

 

“We know psychologically we have a slight edge over them from the World Cup,” Neill told AAP in the build-up to an eagerly anticipated clash.

 

That World Cup reference comes from Australia’s epic 3-1 win over Japan in the group stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany – which launched the Socceroos on their way to the second round.

 

Japan claimed revenge with a penalty shoot-out victory in the quarter-finals of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, and the tension is building ahead of the latest installment of this burgeoning rivalry.

 

Just days away from the clash at a sold-out Yokohama International Stadium, Takeshi Okada has softened his tone.

 

“I need to be careful about what I say now… all I can say is that it won’t be as easy as tonight,” he told The Daily Yomiuri in the wake of Japan’s recent 5-1 friendly defeat over an inexperienced Finland at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

 

“There were some things we did well today, and some things we didn’t.

 

Thinking about the Australia game, I think we needed to execute better, but the match was meaningful to us.”

 

Okada is under fierce pressure after his side were beaten 1-0 by Bahrain in Manama in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier at the end of last month.

 

At the same time Australia drew 0-0 with Indonesia in Jakarta, however Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek negated any potential criticism ahead of that clash by naming a side comprised entirely of A-League representatives.

 

Verbeek has reverted to a largely European-based squad for the match in Yokohama – but they will meet just 48 hours prior to kick-off – handing Japan somewhat of a psychological advantage.

 

The cagey Dutchman has been quick to turn the pressure back on Japan, however, telling reporters that his team can afford to lose in Yokohama and still qualify comfortably for the finals in South Africa.

 

Okada, meanwhile, will be desperate for a win – with some sections of the Japanese press calling for his head following a lacklustre qualifying campaign so far.

 

It all points to a fascinating encounter in Yokohama, although with the top two from a five-team group qualifying automatically for South Africa, both Japan and Australia have time up their sleeves to guarantee themselves a place at FIFA’s money-spinning extravaganza.

 

The Japan – Australia clash will take place on February 11 at Yokohama International Stadium, with kick-off set for 7.20pm local time.

 

 

 

 

 …

What is a WordPress site?

 

 

WordPress is an easy-to-use and extensible software package for managing websites of any type.

 

It can be used to launch a WordPress website. You can create one landing page or a site that manages all of the functions of large enterprises. Anyone can download and install it at any time. WordPress websites can be created with the free WordPress software. This PHP code is easily installed on any hosting platform and customized to meet individual needs.

 

WordPress websites can be created either directly using the platform’s code, or by customizing and installing an existing WordPress theme. Many web hosting companies offer WordPress site building options as part of their hosting plans. Some even offer dedicated WordPress hosting support.

 

WordPress creators want the program to be available to everyone, no matter where they are located, and regardless of their experience with web design. WordPress is a multi-layered platform that offers features for both advanced users who have extensive site design experience and beginners who just want to start a blog without any knowledge of FTP clients or code.

 

These are the essentials to make a WordPress site managed dedicated server

 

These steps are necessary to get started with a WordPress site:

 

Install WordPress correctly

 

Configure your WordPress settings

 

Your WordPress website will be filled with content

 

Your website is available to everyone!

 

Let’s begin by verifying that WordPress is installed.

 

Install WordPress

 

WordPress can be manually installed to any hosting account. It’s free to download from WordPress.org. WordPress.org is the parent organization responsible for WordPress’ ongoing development. WordPress.org has a large and growing developer and designer community that works on an ongoing basis to ensure WordPress continues to function smoothly.

 

Click to download a copy of WordPress. WordPress is available under a General Public License, which allows anyone to modify, share, and use it as they wish. All files required to create a new website are included in the WordPress package. It is delivered as a ZIP file.

 

How to set up WordPress homepage settings

 

You can change the appearance and functionality of any WordPress website by changing its many built-in settings or layout options.

 

The Settings tab of the site’s admin dashboard can be used to control the general settings for the WordPress site. Even those without any previous experience in site development or coding, this allows users to customize preferences for a function such as how comments are managed, custom permalinks and how content is displayed.

 

The Settings tab can be used to manage the settings of a WordPress plugin after it is installed. The Settings panel is also used to manage other aspects of your site, such as setting up a custom homepage.

 

Setting up WordPress homepage customization

 

WordPress can be used to create websites of any type, but it was initially designed for bloggers. Some of WordPress’ functionality still reflects this intent. The majority of WordPress themes are intended to display the blog posts on the homepage. Some users may not choose to create a blog. For many it is important to show other types of content on the homepage. You can switch between a blog page and a static homepage by using the Reading Settings or the Pages editor on your site.

 

Create a new static homepage

 

You can change the WordPress homepage settings for your site  managed dedicated server by designating a page to be the homepage. This page will display as a static page or as an unchanging page when the site opens. Select Pages>Add New in the dashboard. You can name the page “Home” or whatever you prefer, and then add the content to the homepage. Once it is perfect, publish the page.

 

You can edit a page already containing content and designate it as your homepage.

 …

Clock winds down on the FIFA Agen Dominoqq Club World Cup in Japan

 

 

The fifth edition of the FIFA Club World kicks off in Tokyo tonight, but for Japan the tournament marks the end of an era. In 2009 the competition will shift to Abu Dhabi, bringing an end to almost thirty years of intercontinental football in the Land Of The Rising Sun. It’s a switch that demonstrates the changing tides of world football.

 

The first intercontinental clash between European and South American champions took place as far back as 1960, when Spanish aristocrats Real Madrid Agen Dominoqq beat Uruguayan giants Penarol in a home-and-away tie to be crowned the first unofficial world champions. Over the next twenty years a series of increasingly violent clashes saw some European clubs boycott intercontinental football, but a move to the National Stadium in Tokyo in 1980 revitalised the concept.

 

Played in front of packed houses at the home of the 1964 Olympic Games, the so-called Intercontinental Cup drew thousands of Japanese fans curious to catch a glimpse of top-class football in the days before the professional J. League kicked off. A generous sponsorship deal with Toyota ensured the financial viability of the fixture, and South American teams in particular looked forward to the trip to Tokyo, winning the first five one-off finals played on neutral territory, although their European counterparts did eventually catch up.

 

The death knell for the duel-continent format was sounded in 2000 when FIFA established a rival eight team Club World Championship in Brazil – leading to the curious position of two world champions being crowned in that year, as Boca Juniors beat Real Madrid in Tokyo, while Corinthians saw off Vasco da Gama in an all-Brazilian final in Rio. The latter was a tournament made infamous by Manchester United’s decision to withdraw from that season’s FA Cup in order to take part in Rio, with United under pressure from an English FA desperate to win hosting rights for the 2006 World Cup.

 

Bankruptcy of FIFA’s marketing firm ISL meant the tournament did not take place between 2001 and 2004, but with the game’s governing body keen to include a broader spectrum of its members for an intercontinental showdown, the 2004 Intercontinental Cup final – by now played at the 70,000-capacity Yokohama International Stadium – was to be the last of its kind. Fittingly FC Porto lifted the crown, beating Colombian minnows Once Caldas on penalties, as Europe and South America shared twelve wins each during the fixture’s history in Japan.

 

Since usurping the Intercontinental Cup in 2005, teams from Africa, Central America, Asia and Oceania have all taken part in FIFA’s revamped Club World Cup, but not surprisingly all finals contested have featured European and South American clubs. In 2007 the addition of a team from the J. League was intended to revive local interest in early round fixtures, but ironically no team has actually qualified through the league – with Urawa Reds and Gamba Osaka taking their place in the last two tournaments as reigning Asian champions. FIFA stipulates that only one team from the host country can take part, so the place intended for a J. League team has instead gone to Asian runners-up Sepahan and Adelaide United respectively.

 

Even the addition of Urawa Reds – Japan’s best-supported club – failed to lift attendances to any great heights in 2007. Some 12,000 empty seats greeted global broadcasters at Toyota Stadium when Urawa took on Sepahan in their opening match last year, although a Monday night kick-off against a team that the Reds had only just beaten to lift the Asian crown meant that hopes of a sell-out crowd were perhaps a tad optimistic. This year Gamba Osaka will make their Club World Cup bow on a Sunday night, and tournament officials will be delighted that their fans do not have quite as far to travel as Urawa fans did last year.

 

A more worrying scenario could potentially be the semi-final showdown at the National Stadium in Tokyo featuring Ecuador’s LDU Quito and the winner of the quarter-final clash between Egyptian giants Al-Ahly and Mexican upstarts Pachuca. The Ecuadorians are virtually unknown in Japan, but having denied ex-Urawa striker Washington an emotional return to Japan by beating Fluminense in last year’s Copa Libertadores final, tournament officials will hope that Japanese fans get behind the South American underdogs, otherwise their debut in Tokyo could be played in front of a half-empty stadium.

 

Attendance worries aside, the final Club World Cup to take place in Japan before its switch to Abu Dhabi means that the era of Japanese fans enjoying international calibre club football in their own backyard could be drawing to a close. Although the tournament will temporarily return to Japan for the 2011 and 2012 editions, the parameters of world football have gradually shifted, and the oil-rich Gulf States look best placed to cash in.

 

With Asian football’s headquarters reputedly on the move to the Gulf and Emirati sheiks investing previously unimaginable sums into English football, the days of Japan hosting the best of European and South American club football look to be winding down. Instead Japanese fans will have to content themselves with a circus of meaningless friendlies or, worse still, a dreaded “39th game.”

 

 

 …

AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS – False Pkv Gods

 

 

An ill wind blows through Cairo (curtailing sightseeing) this morning. Newspapers are carried into the air and swirl upwards their destination uncertain. You Pkv close your eyes as you walk down the street to avoid the dust. Your own future uncertain as your visibility is reduced and the motorists are lying in wait, but give themselves away at the last second by repeatedly using their horns.

 

The Egyptians are delighted that their faith has been rewarded by a place in the final of this competition. They see this as just reward for a team led by their star Mido (peace be upon him). Going into this competition I got the feeling that they did not trust the team but that they worshipped Mido. When stopped in the street and asked about the team the Egyptians would always ask for an opinion on Mido. “Mido, the terrible” (the expression used in the newspapers as a compliment) my reply, left them confused as they felt I had not yet started to answer the question.

 

When pressed further if you did not issue compliments they would stare at you and insist that you explain further whilst they would then insist in proving that this is the best player they have ever seen. This attitude is prevalent in society here and anything that does not meet their way of thinking is seen as wrong and unacceptable, and of course will be dealt with in time by you know who.

 

The manner in which they reached the final may leave them a little confused as Mido did his best to ruin everything by having a blazing row with coach Shehata, when substituted. This could have undone everything the team had worked so hard for. Mido’s replacement Amr Zaki, showing far more composure, concentrated on matters on the pitch and scored immediately after coming on. At the same time reducing Mido to a mere mortal bystander.

 

I understand that the Egyptians have already thrown him out of the squad and suspended him for six months. In this competition they have shown that they are not a one man team and that players compliment each other. Whilst there have been strong individual performances from Barakat, Aboutrika, Motaeb and Said it is the teamwork they have shown that has seen them overwhelm opposition and leave them with 4 wins and a draw and a goal tally of 12 for and only 3 against.

 

The coach Shehata should be congratulated for the achievement and for his brave decision to register his own free speech and show the world that this is the way forward.

 

 

 

 

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AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS – Health and Safety

AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS – Health and Safety

FIFA have announced that they were concerned that at the recent Egypt v Cote D’Ivoire game there appeared to be people sitting in the aisles, obstructing gangways and making it difficult for people to leave the stadium in the result of an emergency situation. This led to a statement being issued in which they highlighted how they wished to educate the Egyptians, to reduce the possibilities of any accidents.

 

I can confirm that this has been common place at all stadiums, despite the grounds not always being full. Often parts of the stadium have been off limits, either not opened or occupied by the Guantanamo supporters, thus creating problems in the areas where genuine spectators have been allowed access.

 

After two weeks now in Egypt I think that this is only a minor concern and that they should be having a look at the bigger picture. You could start with a trip to the stadium where the following hazards may be encountered.

 

To start with negotiating lifts that have a mind of their own. Where the gap between the floor and the bottom of the lift allows a clear offside decision to be made as often there is a 6 inch gap between the floor and the lift. These same lifts are known to stop in between floors and regularly the lights will go out.

 

Walking out on the streets you immediately take in the Cairo air, which within minutes leaves you feeling that you need to brush your teeth, or as a smoker put it to me that he had 20 cigarettes for breakfast. Seeing bread transported through the streets, made me realise how they got that Cairo taste into it.

 

The pavement often has unprotected man holes which collect rubbish. Everyday folk ignore them and manage to negotiate them. Whilst wherever work is taking place on the roads rubble is left at the side of road and construction workers will throw down large objects, from great heights, on to piles of sand. With no protection for pedestrians or even motorists.

 

I read an article in the paper recently which highlighted further my feelings on the roads, as it finished with the line “death is inevitable” referring to pedestrians risking life and limb to cross the road.

 

The cars on the road use their horns instead of brakes and headlights are switched on at night only to add more impact to the blaring horn to move the car in front out of the way.

 

The public transport seems to think that it will be fined for loitering if they actually come to a halt. People are seen regularly running after and jumping on the bus whilst coming of the bus you take your life in your own hands as your momentum sends you running, often into the oncoming traffic. Even on the metro the doors remain open for the briefest of periods and you have to fight to get on or of before the door shuts.

 

Having negotiated these obstacles the spectators are happy to sit in the aisles as in comparison, as it is no more dangerous that the rest of their day.

 

If FIFA thinks that there is a problem they should be confirming with the Egyptians the number of tickets sold for each section and making sure that no one enters without a ticket. By doing this then everyone would know where they stood. On the eve of the Egypt v Congo game an e-mail was sent to all ticketholders who had purchased tickets over the internet advising them that the gates of the stadium would once again close at 4p.m. Once again valid ticketholders were denied entry to the stadium.

 

In Egypt H & S, simply stands for happy and smiling. Despite all the hazards in peoples way they overcome them in everyday life. Right now the people of Egypt are proud of their teams performance. The win over a weakened Ivory Coast side gave them great heart and now as the tournaments top scorers and with home advantage they are looking forward to winning their 5th title this coming Friday. Inshallah.

 

 

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Foreign Stars Shine Before Qiu Qiu Online Independence Day

 

 

With South Korea preparing to celebrate independence from Japan on August 15, it is, perhaps, a little ironic that the K-League relies upon foreign players for a sizeable percentage of its goals.

 

It has been well-documented that South Korea scored a measly three times in six Asian Cup games last month. Departing coach Pim Verbeek blamed the goal drought partly on the scarcity of Koreans scoring goals domestically.

 

The Dutchman has a point. The top eight goalscorers in the K League all hail from South American and south-eastern Europe, not from Seoul or Busan. The highest ranked Korean is Daegu’s Lee Kun-ho way down in ninth.

 

The top five can be seen in the graphic above (put together by Sports Chosun). From left to right they are Cabore (Brazil –Gyeongnam), Stevica Ristic (Macedonia –Jeonbuk), Dejan Damjanovic (Serbia –Incheon), Mota (Brazil –Seongnam) and Denilson (Brazil –Daejeon).

 

Below is a graph that shows the percentage of total goals scored by overseas players. Own goals are excepted as are any scored by military team Gwangju Sangmu who aren’t allowed any foreign players –though their need is greater than most.

 

Percentage of total Qiu Qiu Online League goals scored by foreign players

 

Top Two To Meet

 

Those wonderful waegookins will be in action on Wednesday night as 14 teams in the K-League do their thing on the pitch.

 

Since the end of the midsummer break last week, two rounds of games have suggested that spectators up and down the southern half of the Korean peninsula could be treated to a feast of fine football, excitement and perhaps even goals in the coming weeks.

 

It is unfortunate for Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma that the team which finishes top of the standings after 26 games doesn’t automatically win the title, though that fact will bother the other 13 clubs a little less. As the regular season ends, the top six teams will enter the championship play-off series in November.

 

After the resumption of the league, Seongnam have moved even further ahead at the top of the league and the seven-time title-winners are now nine points clear of Suwon Samsung Bluewings in second.

 

The two meet at Suwon’s ‘Big Bird’ World Cup Stadium in front of what should be a large and passionate crowd. A win for Suwon will keep faint hopes of replacing Seongnam on the summit alive. A repeat of the 3-1 defeat suffered in the first meeting between the pair in April however, will virtually seal top spot for the yellow machine that has not tasted defeat in the K-League for 22 games.

 

While the clash of the big boys takes top billing, there is still a good deal of action on offer a little lower down the table as the battle to gain a foothold in the top six increases in intensity.

 

FC Seoul went ten games without a win in the first stage but has started the second half of the season brightly. A home game against bottom club Gwangju Sangmu tonight provides an excellent opportunity for another victory. Just to the west, Incheon United has also collected four points in the last seven days and three more at home to fellow play-off hopefuls Chunnam Dragons will be welcome.

 

Asian champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have looked sharp since the break, picking up an impressive 3-2 win at Suwon last Wednesday and will be looking for another victory at Pohang Steelers. The Jeonju outfit traded Yeom Ki-hoon for fellow winger Chung Kyung-ho in the summer and look to have got the best of the deal and not just because Yeom has a broken heel and will likely miss the rest of the season. In the 180 minutes Chung has played since moving to the south-west city, he has already shown the form that made him one of Korea’s brightest prospects two or three years ago.

 

With Chung wreaking havoc on the wing, the sublime Kim Hyeung-bum returning to fitness after a long-term injury and the energetic Kwon-jib returning to form in midfield, Jeonbuk look well-placed for the play-offs as well as an Asian Champions League quarter-final with Japanese champions Urawa Reds in September.

 

The rest of the action takes place in the deep south-east. Gyeongnam FC has so far struggled to reproduce its performances of earlier in the season and faces a tough task at home to a resurgent Daejeon Citizen, now coached by old warhorse Kim Ho. The former national team coach saw his new team shock usual contenders Pohang Steelers with a 3-0 victory on Sunday. Elsewhere, third-placed Ulsan Hyundai Horang-I face coachless Busan I’Park and Daegu FC take on Jeju United.

 

 

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Bolivia refusing to play ball in Agen Togel player power struggle

 

 

Every supporter of a team from time to time feels that the squad could do with a shake up and followers of the Bolivian national side have been afforded just that.

 

The whole of Bolivia’s squad have vowed not to show up for next month’s two World Cup qualifications games.

 

Some may argue that they have barely been present in the campaign so far, chalking up ten defeats in 16 matches making qualification for South Africa an impossibility.

 

The next two matches are scheduled for 10th and 13th October with the Bolivians entertaining Brazil in La Paz before travelling to Lima for a game against Peru.

 

Just who will be turning out for La Verde for these games is unknown now that the entire national team have announced their withdrawal until reforms are made to way the game is run in their country.

 

Joaquin Botero the hat trick hero in Bolivia’s 6-1 demolition of Argentina earlier in the year and his teammates broke the news through their player’s union Fabol.

 

“Bolivian football is in deep crisis,” Read the statement on Fabol’s website. “As long as our suggestions are not taken into account and implemented the country’s professional footballers resign indefinitely from representing the nation team.”

 

The major gripe of the players is the amount of opposing factions governing the game in the country. Power is divvied up between the FBF, the League and the national associations with few people looking out for the interests of the players.

 

Fabol’s statement went on to say that the three separate governing bodies should merge as one. They believe that this will lead to “the real actors in football, the players, coaches and referees” getting more of a say.

 

It is also hoped that under a single body administration an increase to Agen Togel government allotted funds could be better deployed.

 

In light of defeats against Paraguay and Ecuador and the certainity that Bolivia would not be heading to South Africa for the World Cup the country`s president Evo Morales suggested that the game should be “nationalised”.

 

Morales’ love of football is well documented and it is the posts he held within regional football authorities that gave him his start in politics. He once famously skipped a meeting with Chilean President Michele Bachelet to skipper a game of football with his mates.

 

“I’ve said that some [football] officials live off of sports,” Morales said. “I feel that sport has to be nationalised, especially football. What better thing than the intervention of the state?”

 

“We’re sorry about the performance of our team in the qualifiers,” Morales went on to tell reporters in Bolivia. “Until now [football] has been [controlled] by private, autonomous entities but they aren’t getting results.”

 

The President believes that nationalising the game would restore “dignity” and give it back to the people. Morales already has an impressive record of reclaiming his country`s gas, tin and telecommunications industries and making them a better proposition for his people rather than lining the pockets of multi-national companies.

 

“Soccer is an integrator,” Morales said last year. “It doesn’t just have to do with championships, trophies or medals. It means much more than that. Soccer makes us forget the politicians who are our specific problems. Even poverty, if only for 90 minutes, gives way to this social phenomenon.”

 

Any move for his government to run the game in Bolivia would be frowned upon by FIFA who only last year temporarily suspended Peru from international competition after it perceived interference from the government over the FA.

 

Morales can however be buoyed by his recent victory over the games big wigs in Zurich. When FIFA imposed its ban on matches being played at over 2,500 metres above sea level it was Morales who led his neighbours to rally against “football’s apartheid”.

 

The sanctions affected Peru, Colombia and Ecuador but it was Morales who stuck his neck out by declaring the ruling “deplorable” and a violation of human rights.

 

Sepp Blatter and his cronies were eventually forced to substantially water down their initial ruling and now Bolivia continues to play their home games in La Paz at an ear popping 3,600 metres above sea level.

 

However Morales’ Sports and Health minister Ramiro Tapia did follow his leader’s words of nationalisation with a little hint against total domination of football in Bolivia.

 

“One should think about improving,” Tapia said. “We’re not talking about intervention.”

 

As for the players´ strike Fabol´s actions hardly come out of the blue such has been the amount of similar action in South America recently.

 

As with all industries the strike is a useful bargaining tool and this year footballers in Uruguay, Peru and Argentina have already threatened action to one degree or another.

 

In March the Uruguayan players’ union led by Enrique Saravia forced a midweek round of matches to be called off amid a dispute centring on unpaid wages and bonuses.

 

In July the Peruvian national team staged a walk out in protest of malaise blighting the game in the country. Their demands were similar to those of their Bolivian counterparts with reforms in how the game was run on top of the agenda.

 

More recently the start of the Argentine season was pushed back a week as again a players’ union pitched battle against the national authorities.

 

Bolivia’s case could pan out slightly differently than their Latin American neighbours as they have a man who takes his football very seriously in the top job. Evo Morales is due to face the polls in December and although he is in no serious threat of losing he can use positive action on football to bolster his populist stance.…