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Apr 29 2021

France: ‘Painful night’ – PSG faces uphill battle as they concede two goals against Man City

Mauricio Pochettino, head coach of the Paris Saint-Germain football club, expressed the pressure his team faces after losing 2-1 to Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, in Paris on Wednesday. “Of course, it is going to be difficult, but we need to really believe that we can do something good there in Manchester. It is going to be tough because, of course Manchester City, I repeat, is a very good team. But we need to believe, we have the talent to do what we want.” said Pochettino during a post-match conference. “Today is a painful …

Apr 28 2021

France: Supporters cheer on PSG outside team’s hotel ahead of Man City semi-final clash

Several hundreds of supporters of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) gathered in front of the hotel where their team was staying on Wednesday in Rueil-Malmaison, to cheer them on ahead of their clash against Manchester City in the semi-final of the Champions League. Fans were chanting, playing drums and waving flags and red flares, with no regard to social distancing despite the ongoing pandemic. “It’s the year of Paris, quite simply. It’s our year! Last year we missed it, this year it’s for us,” said Jerome, a PSG supporter. PSG faced a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of …

Apr 28 2021

Italy: Maskless Roma fans give team a jubilant send-off before trip to Manchester

Dozens of A.S. Roma fans, giving little to no interest to COVID restrictions, gave their team a joyful send-off at the Fulvio Bernardini sports centre in Rome on Wednesday. The Roma squad was preparing to board the bus to their airport as the fans gave them a send off. The team was on their way to Manchester for the Europa League semifinals to face Manchester United at Old Trafford. The fans waved flags and belted Italian football anthems to encourage the football team as the team bus departed. Some players even thanked the fans as they stood on the sports …

Apr 28 2021

UK: Ryan Giggs pleads not guilty to all charges during first court appearance

Ryan Giggs appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after being charged with three criminal offences related to the assault and abuse of women. Footage filmed outside the courtroom on Wednesday shows Giggs and his entourage arriving and departing from court rapidly without taking questions. The former Manchester United footballer appeared in the dock and entered three not guilty pleas. Giggs is charged with causing his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville actual bodily harm on November 1st last year. He has also been charged with engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour towards her. Giggs also faces a third charge of …

Apr 28 2021

11 y/o table tennis prodigy from Nigeria ranked world’s best cadet player

Mustafa from Nigeria has become the world’s best cadet table tennis player at 11 years old, becoming the second African child to win the title, according to the Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Days after winning the title, Mustafa was seen returning to his daily training, as seen in Abuja on Tuesday. “I feel happy and proud of myself but I have to keep training to maintain the world best and go for tournaments”, explained the little champion who aims to get the adult title in the future. “I see myself becoming world champion only if I keep playing and going …

Apr 28 2021

Spain: ‘He missed a big one’ – Chelsea’s Tuchel on Werner after Real Madrid draw

Head coach of Chelsea Thomas Tuchel said player Timo Werner ‘missed a big one’ against Real Madrid on Tuesday, in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals which ended with a 1-1 tie. “(Timo Werner) missed a big one at West Ham and now he missed a big one here. That does not help. But it does also not help to cry about it, to regret it all the time. It is like this,” commented Tuchel. The head boss of Chelsea said Timo Werner was ‘angry’ and ‘maybe disappointed’ after missing an opportunity to take the team into …

Apr 27 2021

France: Man City coach recalls inspiring words of mentor Johan Cruyff ahead of PSG clash

Manchester City star coach Pep Guardiola recalled the advice of his mentor Johan Cruyff on Tuesday, as his team prepares for Champions League semi-final first leg with Paris Saint-Germain. “I learned from Johan Cruyff, when you arrive to the last stages, only one thing you can do is enjoy the game. And enjoy the responsibility, the pressure,” said Guardiola. The Manchester City coach also praised his opponents stating, “They are incredible top players that’s why they play in that team and have the quality they have,” but added, “You know, we’re going to try to stop them. And the way …

Apr 27 2021

Cameroon: UFC champion Ngannou returns to Douala to hero’s welcome

UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou made a triumphant return to Douala on Monday to show his champion’s belt to his fans. The Mixed Martial Arts fighter was greeted by crowds in the Cameroon city before attending a ceremony with the local governor. “I wanted once again to thank you, all of you and all the Cameroon people,” Ngannou said during the ceremony. A former migrant and homeless in Paris, Ngannou got to the top of the UFC roster with impressive knockout victories. He defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic last month in Las Vegas to become the third African-born …

Apr 27 2021

Spain: We have to show ‘best version’ of Real Madrid – Zidane ahead of Chelsea clash

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press in Madrid on Monday and shared his expectations on the upcoming UEFA Champions League semi-final clash against Chelsea. “It’s a semi-final, it’s going to be a complicated game, it’s probably the most difficult because it’s the next game, but I don’t think [Chelsea] is going to be a team that’s closed in, I think they’re a complete team, Chelsea, a complete team that defends well but also attacks well and what we have to do is be attentive,” said Zidane. The coach also pointed out that Real Madrid had to show …

Apr 25 2021

UK: Largest crowds since start of pandemic head to Wembley for cup final

Some 8,000 football fans descended on Wembley in northwest London on Sunday for the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. It marks the second live sporting event at the stadium with spectators in the stands, following a 4,000-strong crowd for Leicester vs. Southampton last week. The event is also the largest authorised gathering since the UK’s first lockdown in March 2020. Fans had to receive a negative COVID-19 test result within a day of kickoff, while no under-18s were allowed to attend nor those classed as ‘extremely vulnerable.’ Among those in attendance were NHS staff and fans, …

Apr 25 2021

USA: Kamaru Usman retains UFC welterweight title in knockout victory

United States, Jacksonville April 25, 2021 at 08:10 GMT +00:00 · Published Kamaru Usman retained the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion title after a knockout victory against Jorge Masvidal in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night. *MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW* FORUM

Apr 25 2021

Chinese fitness buff channels his inner scorpion with amazing upper body strength

After former chef Liu Jingji was forced out of the kitchen to leg injuries, the Xuzhou native has been working on his immense upper body strength and equilibrium with a set of gruelling workout techniques. Footage filmed on Friday in Xuzhou showed Jingji walking on his hands up and down sets of stairs, using a set of skills he describes as ‘scorpion kung fu,’ as well as demonstrating unbelievable balancing ability with a single steel pole. used to be a chief in the restaurant and started to practice his arm power since 2017 due to the disease for the right …

Apr 25 2021

UK: Man United fans gather at Old Trafford to decry owners following Super League fiasco

Thousands of Manchester United fans gathered outside the club’s Old Trafford stadium in Machester on Saturday to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership after the proposed Super League collapsed. Joel Glazer, who was named vice-chairman of the European Super League, has apologised for the club’s involvement in the breakaway tournament following a massive backlash that forced all the English clubs who took part in the league to pull out two days after it was created. Supporters were seen outside the stadium holding banners condemning the North American Glazer family, which read, ‘Glazers Out,’ while setting off flares. Protests from football …

Apr 24 2021

UK: Liverpool fans protest against club owners outside Anfield stadium

Liverpool fans protested before the start of their home game against Newcastle on Saturday. Supporters could be seen gathered outside the stadium holding banners condemning the American owners, FSG (Fenway Sports Group) who are in charge of the club. The fans accuse the FSG of trying to take Liverpool FC into the new proposed European Super League along with five other English Premier League Clubs without any consultation with the supporters. Some Liverpool supporters want to see the present owners replaced, although reiterate their appreciation of the manager, players and staff. Following mounting pressure from all involved within the game, …

Apr 24 2021

UK: Thousands of Arsenal FC fans demand owner resignation over Super League fiasco

Thousands of Arsenal fans gathered outside the club’s Emirates Stadium in north London on Friday to demand the owner’s resignation following the failed European Super League project last week. Stan Kroenke, Arsenal’s American billionaire, had earlier announced that the British club would join the European Super League, a project involving a separate competition between some of Europe’s wealthiest clubs. “Stan Kroenke and his consortium have done nothing but hold this club back since they’ve been our owners. We don’t need them, we don’t want them and after their escapades this week, absolute disgrace and when they go this party will …

Apr 23 2021

UK: Guardiola hits out at new UCL format after Super League is ‘over’

Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola criticised UEFA’s decision to extend the number of teams in the group stage of the Champions League and called the Super League a closed ‘chapter,’ during the Carabao Cup final pre-match press conference in Manchester on Friday. “Deja-vu, every time it’s the same. All the world [in] football, the managers, the players are asking a better quality and the football world again, for the quantity. So, what can I say? We can speak here but we are not in charge”, said Guardiola. From 2024 onwards, the format will change meaning that 36 teams are expected …

Apr 23 2021

UK: Fans gather en masse to protest against Arsenal owner Kroenke in London

Arsenal fans gathered in full force at the Emirates Stadium in London on Friday to demonstrate against club owner Stan Kroenke, ahead of the game against Everton. Arsenal, as well as five other Premier League clubs, cancelled their plans to join the breakaway European Super League after fierce criticism from football fans and UEFA officials. The six English clubs together with Spain’s Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona and Italy’s AC Milan, Inter and Juventus were announced as the founding members of the new tournament. Arsenal published an open letter to their fans saying the club ‘made a mistake.’ FORUM

Apr 23 2021

Spain: ‘We have the right to play in the Champions League, it’s absurd’ – Zidane on possible UEFA sanctions

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said they would still prepare for the Champions League, during a press conference from Valdebebas on Friday, the day before his team confronts Betis, His response referred to comments by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who suggested next week’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea might not take place as a possible sanction following Real President Florentino Perez’s refusal to give up plans for an independent Super League. “Logical, you just said it, so in the end, we are going to play the Champions League and we have the right to play the Champions League, and we …

Apr 23 2021

Brazil: Excited surfers enjoy rare strong swell on waves in Rio de Janeiro

A strong swell – wind energy transferred into the sea, attracted excited surfers to the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. “The waves move fast, we name them ‘smile waves,’ its a quite hard wave to surf, very heavy. This is a surprising phenomenon that makes the surfers leave what they are doing and come to surf,” said Plinio, a local resident. Strong winds created an unusually perfect scenario for riding the waves in the area. FORUM

Apr 21 2021

Nigeria: Record-breaking powerlifter set to compete at her sixth consecutive Paralympic Games

43-year-old Nigerian powerlifting athlete Lucy Ejike has been training hard for her sixth consecutive Paralympic Games in Tokyo later this year. Eager to smash her own previous world record, she resumed preparation after the end of the COVID lockdown. “I have come back to sports and I am preparing hard to make sure that I come back to form. And I am preparing towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games to make sure that I set, not only winning gold medal there, I want to set multiple world records as usual. So that is my aim and I am working towards …

Apr 21 2021

Spain: “Is best not to comment anything at the moment​” – Koeman on Super League

FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman commented on the proposal to create a European Super League during a press conference in the Catalan capital, on Wednesday. “There has been so much movement since yesterday that it is best not to comment on anything at the moment. Lots of things can happen. Nobody knows what can happen, because there were teams that were inside and have said that they do not want to continue with this project, and we have to wait,” said Koeman, adding that, “I want the best for the club.” The FC Barcelona was among the 12 clubs that …

Apr 21 2021

Spain: Simeone welcomes withdrawal of Atletico Madrid from the European Super League project

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone commented on the club’s decision to leave the European Super League during a press conference in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. “We understood that the club was going to decide what believed it was best for the club, and we understand that this is a good thing for our people, and overall is a good thing for the Atletico family, including employees, players, leaders, the president and all the people who surround Atletico Madrid,” said Simeone. The Atletico Madrid board of directors informed the Super League management and the rest of the founding clubs of …

Apr 21 2021

USA: ‘In this endeavour I’ve let you down’ – Liverpool owner Henry apologises over Super League debacle

Liverpool Football Club owner John Henry has added to the long list of apologies being made from football club owners to their fans after the failed attempt to form a breakaway European Super League this week. Henry filmed and issued an apology video from his home town in Boston which the club published on Wednesday morning after the league’s plans fell into tatters on Tuesday night. “I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours. It goes without saying but should be said that the …

Apr 21 2021

UK: ‘It’s not a sport’ – Man City coach Guardiola slams Super League

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City – one of the 12 founding clubs of the so-called European Super League -, strongly criticised the new idea at a press conference in Manchester on Tuesday. “It’s not a sport when the relationship between the effort and the success, the effort and reward, doesn’t exist. So it’s not a sport. It’s not a sport when success already guaranteed. It’s not a sport if it doesn’t matter if you lose,” Guardiola said. “It is not fair when one team fight, fight, fight, arrive at the top and after cannot be qualified because success is …

Apr 20 2021

UK: Chelsea fans celebrate in London as pressure forces Super League U-turn

Chelsea fans’ despair turned to jubilation on Tuesday evening after their club formally announced it was withdrawing from the so-called European Super League as they protested outside Stamford Bridge in west London. Hundreds of fans descended on the stadium before Chelsea took on Brighton in the Premier League to voice their anger over the board’s announcement that the Blues were set to join the planned Super League. Former goalkeeper Petr Cech, now Chelsea’s technical advisor, pleaded with fans before kick-off, saying it was a match day. However, Chelsea announced they were formally withdrawing from the competition leading to scenes of …

Apr 20 2021

Switzerland: ‘Either you are in or you are out’ – FIFA’s Infantino warns Super League clubs

FIFA President Gianni Infantino lambasted the proposed European Super League in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux on Tuesday. “We can only and strongly disapprove the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this,” said Infantino. FIFA’s boss pledged ‘full support to European football’ and warned of consequences facing those who aim to join the breakaway league. “If some …

Apr 20 2021

Spain: Real Madrid coach Zidane avoids questions over ‘Super League’

Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane refused to comment on the new proposed European ‘Super League’ during a press conference on Tuesday in Madrid, ahead of tomorrow’s La Liga match against Cadiz. “That’s a question for one person: the president. I am here for tomorrow’s game,” Zidane said, adding, “Everyone has their opinion, but I am not here to talk about that. I’m here to talk about tomorrow’s match.” Real Madrid is one of the 12 founding members of the breakaway league announced Monday, which also includes Manchester United, Liverpool, Milan, and Juventus. “You can say, ‘Zidane never gets wet, he …

Apr 20 2021

Switzerland: Super League players to face Word Cup, Euros ban – UEFA chief

A furious UEFA chief slammed the move by 12 European clubs to create a new “Super League” calling it ‘a spit in the face of all football lovers and society’, in a press briefing in Montreux on Monday. “As previously announced by FIFA and the six confederations, the players who will play in the teams that might play in the closed league will be banned on playing the World Cup and Euro,” said Aleksander Ceferin who condemned the formation of Super League as ‘fueled purely by greed’. AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atletico de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale …

Apr 20 2021

UK: Upset fans stage protest against new European Super League at Leeds United vs Liverpool game

Upset football fans staged a protest against the new plan for a European Super League (ESL) on Monday, ahead of the Premier League match between Leeds United and Liverpool FC at Elland Road stadium in Leeds. Plans for the new league were revealed on Sunday amidst widespread criticism from fans, governments and football organisations. The new league would be comprised of an initial set of 12 founding members from the UK (Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham), Spain (Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona) and Italy (Milan, Inter and Juventus). In a response to the announcement on …

Apr 19 2021

Spain: Real Madrid fans comment on 12 major clubs’ decision to create European Super League

Real Madrid fans commented on Monday in front of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on the decision of 12 major European football clubs to create a new continental Super League. Atletico de Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Inter, Juventus, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are the clubs that supported the creation of this new competition. The Super League matches would start in August and would be played in the middle of the week, which would allow clubs to also participate in their national leagues. The initiative has come under fire from FIFA, UEFA and national leagues, …

Apr 19 2021

UK: Too early to judge – Chelsea boss comments on breakaway Super League

Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel said it was too early to comment on the announcement of the newly-formed European Super League at a news conference in London on Monday. “As you know I’m part of this club, I want to play this club’s competitions and I trust my club to make the right decisions. I think it is too early to judge everything and it is not my part,” said Tuchel. The coach made it clear that he was not interested in speculating about the intentions of the club which is one of the 12 founders of the breakaway league. …

Apr 19 2021

Best foot forward! Lionel Messi’s record-breaking boots set to fetch $100,000

The pair of boots Barcelona legend Lionel Messi wore when he broke Pele’s long-standing world record of most goals for a single club went to auction at Christie’s in central London on Monday. While wearing the Adidas Nemesis boots on December 22 2020, Messi collected a pass from Barca teammate Pedri and scored against Real Valladolid, making history in the process with his 644th goal for Barcelona – the most by any player for a single club in football history. The boots show authentic signs of wear and tear and also have the names of his wife and children engraved …

Apr 19 2021

NUTS! Meet the football-mad schoolgirls who could nutmeg a mermaid

Paige, 15, and Anna, 12, took to the streets of Canterbury on Sunday and showed onlookers who’s boss with their silky skills and Brazilian feet. The pair is headed to Copenhagen this summer to take part in the inaugural all-women’s panna championships and think they’re in with a chance of winning the grand prize. They said that it’s about time they get the respect they deserve since lots of boys think they’re ‘just girls’ and they should ‘stick to make-up.’ “It’s great that us girls are being given an equal platform to the men,” Paige said. “We’re starting to get …

Apr 18 2021

UK: 4,000 fans finally allowed back inside Wembley after restrictions lifted

4,000 fans were allowed into Wembley stadium for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton in London. It’s been the largest crowd to have watched a match in a British arena since sporting venues were closed to the public at the start of the COVID pandemic. “It’s great, yeah, it has been a long time since we have been allowed in the stadium. So, it’s good to get a bit of normality back,” said football fan Scott on his way in to the stadium. Fans had to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test upon entr with many complimenting …

Apr 18 2021

Germany: Fans share sadness after Bayern coach Hansi Flick announces departure

Fans of reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich shared their sadness about the upcoming departure of their manager Hansi Flick outside the Allianz Arena in Munich on Sunday. Flick says he has informed the club he wants to leave at the end of the season amid rumours he may be in line for the German national team job. Flick, who played for Bayern between 1985 and 1990, took over as Bayern manager on an interim basis halfway through last season when Niko Kovac left by mutual consent. After a successful start, Bayern announced he will stay on permanently. Flick went on …

Apr 18 2021

USA: ‘I feel like I’m living in a dream right now’ – Jake Paul after winning third pro boxing bout

YouTuber and professional boxer Jake Paul shared somewhat emotional feelings in the post-fight press conference after beating ex-MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter Ben Askren in the first round of their bout in Atlanta on Saturday night. Paul made good on his big words before the fight and stopped the former MMA world champion in the first round of the fight after successfully landing a flurry of punches. “I’m gonna do whatever I want [for my next fight] honestly. I feel like I’m living in a dream right now,” Paul said after the fight. “I’ve had so much on my mind …

Apr 17 2021

USA: ‘Beer belly’- Jake Paul mocks Ben Askren’s shape at weigh-in ahead of Atlanta clash

YouTuber and professional boxer Jake Paul slammed the physical shape of his opponent, retired mixed martial artist and amateur wrestler Ben Askren, as the fighters attended a weigh-in session in Atlanta on Friday night ahead of their clash at the boxing ring at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Giving his forecast for the upcoming fight, Paul said: “We will see, but I don’t think he makes it out of two rounds.” The boxer also mocked his rival: “Look at the guy. He’s got a beer belly. So, [he] clearly didn’t take training camp seriously.” Paul weighed 191.5 pounds (86,86 kilograms), half-a-pound more …

Apr 17 2021

Spain: ‘I’m at Barcelona and we have to win’ – Koeman speaks of his future ahead of Copa del Rey final

FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman shared his expectations of Saturday’s match opposing his team and Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final at the Olympic Stadium of La Cartuja in Seville, Koeman spoke to the press after his team’s training session at the pitch and said he was expecting a difficult game against Athletic Bilbao. “They are a very competitive team, it’s going to be the fourth time we’ve played them, two games in the league, we won, in extra time in the Super Cup they beat us 3-2, it means they are tight results. We have to be …

Apr 16 2021

UK: Derby plane flown by Prince Philip to be restored by flying club

The Aero Derby flying club pays tribute to late Prince Philip by restoring a single-seat plane once flown by the Duke of Edinburgh who passed away on April 9, as seen on Friday in Egginton. The Druine Turbulent aircraft is the only single-seat plane ever flown by a Royal Family member, namely by Prince Philip in 1959. The aircraft was new and part of a campaign to encourage the public to engage in aviation at that time. Volunteers completing the Duke of Edinburgh Awards are helping in the restoration of the plane. Martin Jones, the owner of the Aero Club …

Apr 16 2021

USA: Jake Paul reveals early signs of brain injury ahead of boxing bout vs Ben Askren

YouTuber and professional boxer Jake Paul, along with retired mixed martial artist and amateur wrestler Ben Askren, spoke in a pre-fight press conference in Atlanta on Thursday ahead of their boxing fight. “It’s a dangerous sport, when people question my dedication to it it’s like, I’m showing up every single day, I’m putting my mental health on the line, my brain is on the line. Like you said, I’ve gone and gotten brain scans and have early signs of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). But I love this sport and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I’m a fighter and …

Apr 16 2021

Spain: Athletic Bilbao squad leave for Seville for Copa del Rey final clash

A handful of Athletic Bilbao fans bid their team farewell from the Lezama training complex in Bilbao on Thursday, as they made their way to Seville for the Copa del Rey final against FC Barcelona. A small group of supporters could be seen awaiting the departure of the buses that were taking the Basque team to the airport, at the entrance of the training facility. “We have to win, win 1-0, it’s clear, there’s no doubt about it. We have to bring the cup back, this is the final we have to win, this is the important one,” said one …

Apr 15 2021

USA: Youtuber Jake Paul and former UFC fighter Askren hold live workouts ahead of Saturday’s bout

Youtuber and professional boxer Jake Paul and his opponent, retired professional mixed martial artist Ben Askren held live workout sessions on Wednesday ahead of their big fight on Saturday. The two will meet on Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in a massive event with a huge lineup of musicians expected to perform. The pay-per-view show will feature musical performances by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Taylor Hill, Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Major Lazer, Ice Cube, and more. The fight has lit up social media during the build-up. Recently, on Mike Tyson’s podcast, UFC President Dana White …

Apr 15 2021

UK: ‘I am very proud of everyone’ – Zidane after Real Madrid reach CL semi-final

Real Madrid moved into the semi-finals of the Champions League after holding Liverpool to a goalless draw at the English side stadium of Anfield on Wednesday. “We are happy because we passed, but now we have to rest because we have not won anything. We know we are alive in both competitions and I’m very proud of everyone,” Zidane told reporters at the post-match presser. The Spanish side had won the first leg (3-1) enough to win the tie on aggregate. Madrid will now face Chelsea in the last four as they search for a fourteenth Champions League winners medal. …

Apr 14 2021

Egyptian goalkeeper back making saves after losing four fingers

Young Egyptian goalkeeper Salah Adel did not give up on his football career after he lost four fingers in an accident, leaving his coaches and supporters speechless and setting a stellar example of resilience to his teammates. Footage shot in Helwan, in the Cairo Governorate on Tuesday shows 22-year-old Salah Adel, participating in training with his ‘Football Team of Miracles,’ an Egyptian team composed of players with amputated limbs. Salah lost 40 per cent of his palm of and four fingers on one hand after an accident with a meat grinder in a butcher’s shop, but thanks to his resilience …

Apr 14 2021

Japan: Tokyo residents ‘worried’ about upcoming Olympics with 100 days to go

Tokyo residents expressed concerns about the upcoming Olympics on Wednesday, with just 100 days to go before the rescheduled games are due to take place. “It will be good if we delay the Olympics,” suggested one resident, Megumi Kajiwara. “The vaccination is not going so well. The health situation has not improved at all,” she added, amid reports that only 1 percent of the population have been inoculated against the virus. The vaccination drive only began on Monday. Another local resident, Fumika Hayashi, said that although she had bought tickets for several games, she has mixed feelings. “I am worried …

Apr 14 2021

France: Bayern Munich boss Flick says ‘not right time’ to talk about Germany job after losing CL QF

Bayern Munich’s manager Hansi Flick said it was not the ‘right time’ to talk about his future as the possible next boss of the German national team, speaking during the post-match conference in Paris on Tuesday after his side was knocked out in the Champions League quarter-final by PSG. The Champions League reigning champions Bayern narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-final on Tuesday night in a close fought match with PSG. Bayern took the lead through ex-PSG striker Eric Choupo-Moting but needed another goal to overturn last week’s defeat. Without star striker and talisman Robert Lewandowski, who …

Apr 14 2021

Athletes Knock The Legs From Under Global Sports Governance

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Submitted by Dr. James M. Dorsey. Sports governance worldwide has had the legs knocked out from under it. Yet, national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying sports’ guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a struggle against racism and a quest for human rights and social justice. The principle was repeatedly challenged over the last year by athletes as well as businesses forcing national and international sports federations to either support anti-racist protest or at the least …

Apr 13 2021

UK: Real Madrid ‘won’t be holding back’ against Liverpool in CL quarter final – Zidane

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said that his team “won’t be holding back” against UEFA Champions League quarter-final opponents Liverpool on Tuesday, in the home city of the British side. “When we take to the pitch, we do so to win. So on the topic of the limit, we’ll see, I believe that after the effort we’ve put in over our last two games, with the first leg and the Barcelona match, it’ll be more of the same tomorrow, but we’re used to that”, said Zidane. Despite a confidence-boosting 2-1 victory against home rival Barcelona over the weekend, in …

Apr 13 2021

UK: ‘We cannot take comebacks for granted’ – Klopp on second leg against Real Madrid

FC Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his side faced an uphill battle in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals against Real Madrid, speaking at a news conference im Liverpool on Tuesday. “If we can create more than we had in Madrid, which should be possible as we didn’t have a lot, then we will see what we get in the end. What I really mean, we cannot just take comebacks for granted especially without a crowd at the stadium. We have to create our own atmosphere again for this game. And we will do,” said Klopp. “When …

Apr 13 2021

USA: ‘It just makes you sick to your stomach’ – Spurs coach Popovich on Daunte Wright shooting

San Antonio Spurs ‎head coach‎ Gregg Popovich spoke out on Monday night to share his thoughts following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright. Shortly after Popovich’s comments, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers also weighed in on the topic during an interview. Daunte Wright, 20, was killed on Sunday after being pulled over for a traffic violation and there was a struggle while he was trying to get back into his car. Wright was shot by an officer and was later pronounced dead after he crashed his car a few blocks away from the traffic stop. “It just makes …