And the 2018 World Cup organiser is RUSSIA

December 2nd, 2010 No comments

football playerThe bidding process has just end up recently, with Russia becoming the 2018 gues for the World Cup. This process began in January 2009 and after a tough head-to-head with England, Russia will host the World Cup in 2018.

Seven countries have registered to bid for one of those two tournaments – Australia, England, Japan, Qatar, Russia, South Korea and United States while Belgium and Netherlands and Portugal and Spain registered to bid together. Other two countries were in this « fight » from the start, however Mexico withdrew in September 2009 and Indonesia’s bid was not approved by FIFA. With the numbers of bids received, the 2018 Word Cup bid has been the most contested one in FIFA’s history.

Fifa’s president Sepp Blatter will be for a long time on all English football fans’ lips while it was the one that crushed England’s hope to host the WC 2018 and delivered this honor to world’s largest country, for the first time in history. Again, as the online environment tought us before, tweets have been heading from Switzerland to all over the world spreading rumours even before the official FIFA announcement to be released.

Boris Johnson, London Mayor tweeted : “Extremely disappointing. We had an awesome bid and knockout presentation. Can’t quite believe it.” The confidence in winning this bid was at highest levels after a brilliant last-minute presentation.

Russia will host this event in 13 cities and they plan to invest $3.82bn in building new stadiums and upgrading the old ones. Russia is the first East European country to host the World Cup ; as for its participation in international championships, it participated 2 times in Word Cup and three times in European Championship – in 2008 reaching semi-finals.

As for the 2022 World Cup, it seems that it will be hosted by Qatar.

David Haye beats Audley Harrison to remain WBA title

November 14th, 2010 No comments

David Haye beats Audley Harrison to retain his WBA heavy weight title in Manchester

Harrison crumbled under a barrage of blows as the all-British showdown briefly came to life after a tentative opening two rounds with few punches.

Haye, 30, clinically took his chance as he floored his 39-year-old fellow Londoner after less than eight minutes.

Former Olympic champion Harrison, 39, had said it was his destiny to triumph, but landed just one punch.

The fight had been marketed as ‘The Best of Enemies’ as the two former friends met in what was the biggest heavyweight clash in British boxing since Lennox Lewis beat Frank Bruno in 1993.

However Harrison, who has been criticised for failing to build on the promise of his gold at the Sydney Games in 2000, appeared nervy and offered little resistance before the fight was halted one minute and 53 seconds into the third round.

A victorious Haye said: “I told everyone I’d knock him out in three rounds.

“As soon as I started putting my punches together the fight was effectively over.

“I was hoping he would come out and try to engage a little bit more, because I’m a very good counter-puncher, but I said it wouldn’t go past three rounds.

“Adam [Booth, Haye’s trainer] was happy with what I was doing because he knew eventually I’d nail him. Once I’ve got a guy hurt, they’re going over.”

The beaten older man Harrison, nicknamed ‘A-Force’, was downbeat and claimed the referee stopped the fight prematurely.

When asked if he would now retire, he replied: “I’ve got to sit down and reflect.

source: bbc

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Satnam Singh Bhamra – the next Yao Ming in NBA?

November 12th, 2010 No comments

Some say size matters when it comes to NBA, some say it does not matter at all while the skills are those that make a good basketball player. Almost every year a new really tall person makes its way in the media being promoted as a future brilliant player but once they reach NBA things change in a bad way.

Satnam Singh Bhamra seems to be an exception as it is the first Indian player to be ever considered as a NBA player. With over 1 billion population, India did not manage to send to NBA a player but things seem to be on a changing road. Scouts are already after this 14-year-old boy that has already reached 7-foot tall. And 7-foot at 14 is something not so usual, even in the NBA world.

IMG Basketball Academy director, Dan Barto said about Satnam that has all the skills and “features” to be a fantastic basketball player and he has a great potential that they will gladly develop. And what other great feature one might find at a basketball player than its size? And when you are a 7-foot at 14 years things are not ending here while the body develops for years after that age. His conformation is already looking very mature with broad shoulders, large hands and thick chest and with a good working schedule in the next five years he could become a great NBA player.

Could Satnam be the next Yao Ming for the NBA? Only time will tell while in the end, it all depends on his work, dedication and his body development.

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Tiger Woods is no longer no. 1 – did personal problems overcome him?

November 1st, 2010 No comments

tiger woods lost his positionThe new worldwide champion is the UK player Lee Westwood, this being the fourth player that reached top spots without even winning a major championship. After 26 years, the number one place in golf comes back to an European folk after over five years being in Woods’ hands.

However, the forthcoming HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China might be the change for Tiger Woods to get his hands back on the number one place. This will be a great challenge for all golf players while along with the top four golf players Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els will have a hard word to say as well.

Although Westwood had some great results this year (second place at British Open and at The Masters as well), Colin Montgomerie does not think it will be an easy task for him to keep this great rankings for long. Once he reached the number one spot and kept it for over five years, Woods will definitely try to come back on where he was while not being excited about claiming only second place.

Last 11 months have been very difficult to Woods while along with the injuries and sex scandals he had to faced the divorce as well, and now loosing the number one rankings. Moreover, he also lost some major sponsors like AT&T, P&G or Gillette. In fact, many voices are connecting his recent loss with the fact that he did not overcome his personal problems thus he was not capable of giving 100% on the field.

The HSBC Champions event in China will definitely be a great one with great names like Woods, Westwood, Mickelson and Kaymer trying to reach the top or even retain their actual positions. This could be  the angel or the demon for Tiger Woods as well so we are all looking forward to see the event.

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January 9th, 2010 No comments

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