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  • Asian Games: South Korea may seek change in controversial military exemption for athletes

    09/03/2018 11:42:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | September 3, 2018 | Reuters
    South Korea may seek to revise its military exemption programme for athletes amid calls for stricter rules after the country’s soccer and baseball teams earned the reward with gold medals at the Asian Games over the weekend. Military service is a highly contentious issue in South Korea, where all able-bodied men must complete about 21 months of service as part of efforts to maintain a deterrent against the North. Exemptions are offered to athletes who win titles at the Asian Games or medals of any colour at the Olympics, however, and Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min along with his teammates...
  • South Korea celebrate wildly as entire squad avoids national service after claiming Asian Games gold

    09/01/2018 11:44:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Buzz Sport ^ | September 1, 2018 | Ruairi Scott Byrne
    Tottenham fans are celebrating after their star forward Son Heung-min secured an exemption from military service by winning gold at the Asian Games - but we doubt their celebrations matched the joyous scenes among the South Korea players and staff. South Korea beat Japan 2-1 in an extra time thriller this Saturday meaning the entire team will not need to spend nearly two years in the military. After a goalless 90 minutes, three goals were scored in extra time. South Korea opened the scoring, before netting another goal. But Japan closed the gap with one of their own. South Korea...
  • WATCH: Trump 'Red Cards' the Media at White House FIFA Event

    08/28/2018 2:27:26 PM PDT · by PJBankard · 28 replies
    FoxNews Insider ^ | 8/28/2018 | Shepherd Smith Reporting
    President Donald Trump met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro at the White House on Tuesday to commemorate North America winning its bid for the 2026 World Cup. During their meeting, which was open to the press and broadcast on a delay on "Shepard Smith Reporting," Infantino and Cordeiro gave Trump a number of gifts to remember the occasion. Cordeiro and Infantino both gifted Trump commemorative soccer jerseys, but near the end of the photo op, Infantino reached off camera to get one last gift for Trump. He handed Trump a wallet-sized cardholder with yellow...
  • Women's football team bans followers from calling them 'ladies' saying it's OFFENSIVE

    08/02/2018 7:12:35 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2018 | ROD ARDEHALI
    A female football team has called time on followers referring to them as ladies, deeming it offensive and suggestive that women belong in the kitchen. For more than 30 years Hackney Women's Football Club has welcomed women who love playing the Beautiful Game. But senior members of the team have now warned people to stop calling them a 'ladies' side because it carries the connotation that they should 'be in the kitchen and not on the pitch.' Club player and Treasurer, Kristina Maddocks, ignited the debate when she said she told people off for referring to them as 'ladies.' She...
  • Barack Obama told me I was right to sack Julen Lopetegui - Spain FA chief

    07/31/2018 7:39:51 AM PDT · by neverevergiveup · 11 replies
    ESPNFC ^ | 7/31/2018 | Adriana Garcia
    Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales said former United States President Barack Obama reassured him he had done the right thing by sacking Julen Lopetegui before the start of the World Cup. The RFEF dismissed Lopetegui when it discovered he had agreed to coach Real Madrid after the tournament despite being under contract with the national team. Obama and his family travelled to Spain on holiday earlier this month and spent a few days in Madrid, where he met Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and King Felipe VI, as well as Rubiales, at a reception.
  • It’s official: Four Lobo sports are gone (Univ. of NM, men's soccer, victim of Title IX)

    07/20/2018 1:56:57 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 34 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 19, 2018 | Jessica Dyer and Geoff Grammer
    In the first major program cuts since 1999, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents voted Thursday to eliminate four Lobo sports teams under a plan they say will improve the ailing athletic department’s overall health. The governing board approved cutting men’s soccer, men’s and women’s skiing, and women’s beach volleyball despite more than two hours of public comment by opponents. Athletes, coaches, parents, alumni and other community members delivered impassioned pleas and some withering criticism of the proposal advanced by athletic director Eddie Nuñez and President Garnett Stokes. The two called the cuts a critical step toward addressing...
  • Will Melania Trump let Barron keep Vladimir Putin’s soccer ball? Can she?

    07/17/2018 11:10:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Martha Ross
    Under normal circumstances, the gift would delight any 12-year-old soccer fan: A ball used in the recent World Cup final. But these were not normal circumstances. And the ball in question was presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin to President Donald Trump during a bizarre moment in what has been widely condemned as an embarrassing and diplomatically disastrous moment for Trump’s White House and for the United States. Following a high-stakes summit in Helsinki Monday, Putin brought out a special red-and-white ball at his joint press conference with Trump. Putin handed the ball to his American counterpart, seemingly as a...
  • Pussy Riot claim responsibility for World Cup final pitch invasion

    07/16/2018 10:47:36 AM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies ^ | 7/15/18 | Jon Fisher
    The World Cup final was interrupted on Sunday by four pitch invaders dressed in suits, in a concerted action claimed by Pussy Riot. The intruders entered the field at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, causing a brief stoppage in the game between France and Croatia in the 52nd minute. The quartet were allowed to high-five members of the French team before being accosted and unceremoniously dragged off the playing surface. Russian protest group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility in a tweet which read: "Right now, there are four members of the band in the World Cup final." The punk rock...
  • France World Cup violence ERUPTS: 2 dead as riots break out in Paris - MILLION on streets

    07/16/2018 8:40:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 07/16/2018 | Laura Mowat
    FRENCH riot police were called in to combat violence in France as riots erupted on streets and left two fans dead hours after their football team won the World Cup in Russia. Celebrations turned to chaos in France with riots and looting as millions of French fans had been celebrating their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final. More than 500 people were arrested during the evening after the win and around 100,000 police officers were out on the streets as well as 44,000 firefighters. In the southeast city of Annecy, police reported a 50-year-old man died...
  • France: Night of Violence, Riots and Looting After World Cup Win

    07/16/2018 6:09:07 AM PDT · by davikkm · 43 replies
    breitbart ^ | VIRGINIA HALE
    French celebrations over the national football team’s World Cup victory on Sunday quickly turned to violence, with street clashes, vandalism, attacks on police, and scenes of looting in cities across the country. As many as a million people had been enjoying the “good-natured atmosphere” at an event on the Champs-Élysées in Paris following France’s 4-2 win against Croatia, which ministers had hoped would bring a “great moment” of “national unity”. But by 11 pm the jubilant mood had turned to chaos, with what local media describes as “bands of thugs” launching projectiles including bottles at police, who responded by firing...
  • Trump: Congratulations to France on winning the World Cup, (and) Putin for a great World Cup

    07/15/2018 11:37:21 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 31 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 15, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the 2018 World Cup. Additionally, congratulations to President Putin and Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament -- one of the best ever!
  • “Glory to Ukraine” – Croatian football players’ video and FIFA’s reaction

    07/15/2018 7:02:21 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 17 replies
    InformNapalm ^ | 07/15/2017 | Artem Velichko
    The private video filmed after the Croatia Russia match, FIFA’s reaction to it aimed to please the Russian Federation and the chain of ensuing events provoked a powerful international social and media response which exposed Russian propaganda narratives, uncovered a few painful truths as well as raised uncomfortable questions challenging some conventional western myths about Ukraine, Russia, FIFA, Facebook and western politics. Let us quickly look back at the facts. On July 7, 2018, Croatian team defeated Russians on penalties at the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter finals. After the match, Croatia’s defender Domagoj Vida and assistant coach Ognjen Vukojević,...
  • Why is Croatia, with a population of only 4 million, so good at Soccer?

    07/14/2018 6:37:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 111 replies
    I-news UK ^ | Jul 2018
    How is it that four million Croats could build a team good enough to make it to the World Cup final, beating Argentina (43 million), England (53 million) and hosts Russia (144 million) along the way? The country famously didn’t even exist the last time England made it to a World Cup semi-final in 1990. The country declared independence in 1991, but was embroiled in the war in the Balkans as Yugoslavia split for several years. Most Croats were living in what is now Croatia, but a large minority existed in what are now Serbia and Bosnia especially. What ensued...
  • What we can all learn from the trapped Thailand soccer kids

    07/13/2018 9:43:39 PM PDT · by TBP · 82 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 12, 2018 | Heather Robinson
    Of course, the practical skills of engineers, technology experts, divers and military top the list of what enabled this rescue effort. But there’s another story here — one of quiet emotional fortitude, solidarity and spiritual strength. Surely if the boys or their coach had panicked or turned on one another in the darkness, they couldn’t have survived. The boys’ coach, 25-year-old Ekapol Chanthawong, had worked with them — even choosing the name “Wild Boars” (“Moo Ba” in Thai) — to build their self-esteem. Mostly poor children who, in a soccer-obsessed country, had been rejected by their school teams, the boys...
  • Russian World Cup Hailed as “Best Ever”.....

    07/13/2018 8:08:50 PM PDT · by caww · 49 replies
    EurasiaFuture ^ | 7/13/2018 | Adam Garrie
    The President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Gianni Infantino has praised the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia as the most successful in history. “Since [a] couple of years I was saying that this would be the best World Cup ever; today I can say it with even more conviction because I lived it and you lived it. It is the best World Cup ever. Thank you Russia!”....... FIFA’s head also stated,......“The legacy of this World Cup will put Russia on the top of the countries in terms of football around the world”. The presence of teams...
  • FIFA Warns Networks to Stop Focusing on Women in World Cup Stands

    07/13/2018 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 161 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | 07/12/2018 | staff
    The head of diversity at FIFA has warned the soccer organization’s broadcasting partners to stop zooming in on “hot women” in the crowd at World Cup matches. Speaking before yesterday’s match between Croatia and England about FIFA’s anti-discrimination program in Russia, diversity boss Federico Addiechi said eliminating those type of shots is part of the “natural evolution” of broadcasts.
  • AP PHOTOS: Croatia’s resolve overcomes England’s youth

    07/11/2018 5:25:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 35 replies
    MOSCOW (AP) England and France. The two youngest teams in the World Cup, destined to meet in the final after a parade of greater soccer nations with veteran stars had gone home. France did its part Tuesday by beating Belgium, a more experienced side loaded with talent, and five minutes into Wednesday’s match against Croatia, England was following the same script. For the second straight game, an English player scored his first international goal in a World Cup knockout match, this time Kieran Trippier sending a sweet free kick into Croatia’s net.
  • France vs Belgium, LIVE score - 2018 World Cup semi-final: Eden Hazard and Hugo Lloris [tr]

    07/10/2018 5:51:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2018 | Dan Ripley
    France and Belgium will battle for a place in the World Cup final against England or Croatia when they meet in St Petersburg on Tuesday night. A host of Premier League stars will be on show in the first semi-final, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante and Hugo Lloris among those expected to start the huge knockout clash. Sportsmail brings you all the build up, the best photos from in and around the ground and live updates when the game kicks off at 7pm.
  • #AnyonebutEngland: Scottish, Welsh and Irish fans throw their weight behind Croatia as [tr]

    07/09/2018 6:15:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 8, 2018 | Alex Green
    England's ongoing World Cup success has inspired fans at home to hope, just maybe, that football's coming home. But some of England's closest neighbours have been less happy with the Three Lions's semi-final streak. After neither Scotland or Wales qualified for the tournament, fans in both nations were left with a seemingly straightforward decision: whether or not to support their English counterparts.
  • Thai soccer players trapped in cave write letters, tell parents not to worry

    07/07/2018 1:46:35 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies ^ | 7/7/18 | Mae Sai
    The adolescent soccer players trapped for two weeks in a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand don't want their parents to worry. And they also wouldn't mind having some fried chicken ready for when they get home. That's what's on the minds of the 12 boys, ages 11-16, according to handwritten notes they sent out with divers who made an 11-hour, back-and-forth journey to act as postmen. The boys and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped since June 23, when they went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave after a practice game. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape...