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Russia 2018 World Cup Emblem Revealed in Moscow

In 3 years and 8 months, Russia 2018 World Cup will kick off.

A major milestone en route to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was reached during the unveiling of the tournament’s official emblem* in Moscow.

The unveiling was done in an exotic way. Three astronauts at the Russian space station revealed the hotly-anticipated new World Cup Emblem from their space capsule and subsequently the visual icon for the 2018 World Cup in Russia was brought into the television studio to rapturous applause. The launch was simultaneously complemented by a huge light projection on the historic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

* In case you were wondering if you have seen the logo somewhere, you can check this article: Russia 2018: where have we seen that logo before?

 

Unveiling in space

Unveiling in space

 

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خيانة ليونيل ميسي العظمى

نعم، و ألف نعم، يبقى ليونيل ميسي مثال التضحية و الانتصار لحب كرة القدم٠

و لكن٠٠٠

ماذا بعد؟

هل وصلنا إلى مرحلة “و من الحب ما قتل”؟

هو قتل للنفس و قتل للجماهير٠

بعيداً عن أرقامه القياسية و نسبة تهديفه الفلكية و مهاراته الخرافية، ليونيل ميسي يعاني في آخر سنتين من مرض عضال لا دواء له و أسبابه تبقى مجهولة إلا عن ميسي٠

التقيؤ المستمر، التراخي في المجهودات، عدم المبالاة، و الإختفاء في أهم اللحظات الحاسمة هي فقط ما نراه من قمة جبل الجليد المختبئ تحت محيط من الألغاز و الأحزان٠

و إذا ما صحّت الإشاعات التي تقول بأن ميسي قرر المشاركة في آخر كلاسيكو رغم الإصابة و بأنه لم يخبر مدرب الفريق عنها خوفاً من عدم المشاركة، فإن ذلك يعتبر خيانة و أشدّ من القتل٠

 

أوّلاُ، اللعب تحت تأثير الإصابة مخاطرة كبيرة قد تنتهي باعتزال قسري و إصابة جماهير الكرة في مقتل٠

ثانياً، عدم إبلاغ المدرب يدرج في خانة التهوّر الأعمى و التكبّر على هيكلية مقدّسة٠

ثالثاً، كل من شارك في إخفاء الحقيقة يعتبر خائناً، سواء كان طبيباً أو معالجاً أو شاهداُ أو لاعباً٠

رابعاً، التضحية بالنفس على حساب عدم الجهوزية و عدم إعطاء الفرصة للاعب آخر في المشاركة، هي خيانة لمصلحة النادي، أيضاً٠

 

لا ينكر المحب أو الكاره لليونيل ميسي إعجازه الكروي و إنجازاته و مساهماته في النادي و لكن لا يحق لميسي أن يتلاعب بالقدر أو بمشاعر المتابعين٠

و بما أن محاسبة ميسي هي ضرب من الخيال، فإن لويس انريكي أمام خيارات أسهلها يؤدّي إلى كسر هيبته. فبعد المشهدية المسرحية (قبل لقاء الكلاسيكو) بين انريكي و ميسي، عند رفض الأخير القيام بالتبديل، تساءلت الملايين عن هوية الشخص المسؤول عن تسيير أمور النادي. و اليوم، يطالعنا انريكي بجملة شعريّة مفادها “الأمور الطبية تخص اللاعبين والطاقم الطبي. أعلم فقط مدى جاهزية اللاعب”. فلا هو بصدد المحاسبة و لا القيادة و لا الاستعلام عن مصداقية الطاقم الطبي أو غيره٠

و القادم أعظم… و حمى الله كل اللاعبين من الإصابات و من التعنّت و من التهوّر٠٠٠

 

إرحمنا و ارحم نفسك يا من أعطيتنا الأمل الوحيد من بعد قداسة مارادونا

إرحمنا و ارحم نفسك يا من أعطيتنا الأمل الوحيد من بعد قداسة مارادونا


A Drunken Maradona Is Still A Maradona

A video went viral online showing Diego Maradona, sort of drunk, at home, attempting an attack on his fiance Rocio Oliva.

Regardless of the incident and why it happened and how it ended, here are the main talking points:

  1. Who shot the video? And why?
  2. Who leaked the video? And why?
  3. Will it end the relation between the couple?
  4. Will it affect Maradona’s next professional step? (like, really?)
  5. Will Maradona chase the responsible parties?

Whatever Maradona does, he will always be a Maradona. He has done worse and better stuff, and he will never change.

I am only curious to know if he will be back any time soon to the United Arab Emirates and specifically Dubai, to assume any role, or continue his current one as Dubai’s Sports Ambassador, and whether he will take part in shooting Season 2 of The Victorious.

 

She recorded the video, right?

She recorded the video, right?


Manchester City FC to bring League and Cup trophies to Abu Dhabi for major fan event

The English Premier League trophy and the Capital One Cup will go on display at a Manchester City FC Fanzone event in Abu Dhabi.

The club, who won both titles last season, are flying the silverware in for a live screening of the big game with Manchester United on Sunday, 2 November 2014.

The family event, on the outdoor Pitch 1 next to the tennis stadium at Zayed Sports City, starts at 4.30pm with kick-off at 5.30pm. Entry is free for all City fans living in the UAE, with pre-event registration required by emailing skyblue@mcfc.co.uk.

At half-time a competition will be held with the lucky winner traveling to the UK for a City game later this season.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening along with the chance to try Etihad Airways’ incredible F1 car simulator.

Manchester City FC captain Vincent Kompany said: “Fans all over the world will be watching this game and it is always hugely important to both sets of fans. Obviously we can all still remember winning both of those trophies last season and it was an amazing feeling for me personally to lift them both.”

“It’s fantastic that City fans in Abu Dhabi are getting the chance to see them in real life as they support the team in the game against United.”

City have been putting on Fanzones in Abu Dhabi for several years with more than 400 fans heading to Zayed Sports City for the final game of last season when the team landed the league title.

The club also coaches hundreds of young players every week at Zayed Sports City at the City Football School.

World Cup winning legend Patrick Vieira, who runs the Elite Development Squad at City and is a regular visitor to Abu Dhabi, added: “We have seen both the Fanzone events and City Football School in Abu Dhabi go from strength to strength over the years and taking the trophies there is a brilliant way to say thanks.”

Vincent Kompany and Manuel Pellegrini with the English Premier League Trpphy


كلاسينو على الأرض في كلاسيكو الأرض

بدون مقدمات أو مجاملات أو نقاشات… نعم يا سادة، لقاء برشلونة و ريال مدريد هو كلاسيكو الأرض و الكرة الأرضية و أرض الكرة٠

و مع ذلك فقد اختزلت الجماهير و الصحافة و النوابغ كل شيء بإسمين؛ ميسي و رونالدو٠

هنالك نقاط كثيرة يجب الوقوف عندها و لكن لضيق النفس سأسرد القليل منها٠

عودة لويس إنريكي إلى البيرنابيو: هل ستتساقط رؤوس الخنازير أو أنه ليس بالخائن؟

الإصابات في الفريقين: ما تأثير غياب بعض اللاعبين على المباراة؟ و هل وجود ميسي و رونالدو أهم من ال ٢٠ الباقين؟

مشاركة لويس سواريز: من قرّر بأن عقوبته قد انتهت؟ و ما تداعيات مشاركته؟ و هل سيكون الورقة الرابحة أو اللاعب الخجول في ليلة العرس الكروي؟

ترتيب الدوري: الكلاسيكو هو في نهاية المطاف إحدى مباريات الجولة التاسعة من الدوري الإسباني و ليس نهاية البطولة في هكذا توقيت مبكر٠

الكرة الذهبية: من الممكن أن يكون تتويج أفضل لاعب بالعالم لعام ٢٠١٤ من أكثر التتويجات تعقيداً و تناقضاً و لإثارة للجدل، و من الممكن أن يساهم أداء ميسي أو رونالدو في الكلاسيكو بحسم الموضوع٠

دفاع برشلونة: هل سيصمد كلاوديو برافو أمام مزاح بيكيه و داني ألفيس و يكمل مسيرة حصد الأرقام القياسية في نظافة الشباك؟

تشافي هيرنانديز: الكلاسيكو الأخير في البيرنابيو؟

هذه نفحات عن الكلاسيكو و محاولة (شبه مستحيلة) للخروج عن نمطية ميسي و رونالدو في كل مباراة. بينما العالم بأسره ينتظر القمة و لا يرى سوى رأس الهرم، هنالك الكثير من الملابس الوسخة المعدّة للنشر٠

 

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Lionel Messi In A New Role

figo29:

Makes sense…

Originally posted on Fly-Footers: Pilots of The Game:

Another win for Barcelona placed them alone at the top of the league with 12 points from four games. Barcelona beating Levante isn’t a surprise at all, neither is it a surprise that they managed to score five goals, but from the look of it, Luis Enrique is getting the best out of Messi in a new role.

When Luis Enrique was coaching Roma, he pushed Totti to the middle and allowed him to be the focus of the team’s creativity, Francesco was the star in many ways as he assisted team-mates and created plays, during that season Totti wasn’t able to score as many goals as he would have liked but he was still the team’s hero thanks to his inspiring role in the middle. Nowadays, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is playing a similar role under the same coach. Luis Enrique preferred to give Neymar the role of scoring goals…

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Menez: Milan’s Hopes

figo29:

About Inzaghi and the Rejuvenated Milan

Originally posted on Fly-Footers: Pilots of The Game:

After Filippo Inzaghi was appointed as Milan’s head coach for the current season, he quickly moved in to secure players who could fulfill is vision of an attacking styled Milan. He flew to Ibiza and met with former Roma forward Jeremy Menez and convinced him to return to Serie A and join Milan. Inzaghi was in talks with Menez even before being appointed as Milan’s head coach, this shows how important Menez is to Inzaghi’s project. The Frenchman can offer a lot in attack for the Rossoneri.

Jeremy is a talented player who on his day can dribble past any defender in the world and beat the goalkeeper but his problem at Roma was his inconsistency. He always showed flashes of the talent he possessed on games, he was the single hero for Roma and on others he faded away. At Paris Saint-Germain things weren’t different. He was given little…

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Qatar and Russia World Cup Hosting Rights Update

Ever since Russia and Qatar were granted the rights to host World Cup 2018 and 2022, the world went mad. Now, it is another moment of truth when a new decision might see the light and change the shape of the future.

The Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 World Cups might be moved away from one, or both, or none of the nations. The endless speculations and rumors will end soon.

We shall know some real and solid answers post the third-quarter FIFA executive committee meeting on 26 September 2014 in Zurich.

This meeting will review the status and progress in the two hosting countries and will have its recommendations in the shape of affirmative decisions.

No one is excited more than the haters of both countries and more than the English media who has been living off the endless news and rumors about Qatar.

For the records, it is good to remind everyone that Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup ahead of Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands joint bids and England, while Qatar overcame competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to be named as 2022 hosts.

Let us wait and see rather than just listening to rumors and ‘credible’ sources.

Sheikha Moza with the World Cup trophy

 


Manchester City FC Launch Latest Coaching Sessions For Young Players In The UAE

The new sessions are open to boys and girls between the ages of five to 18 years’ old wishing to learn the skills of their Manchester City FC heroes

Manchester City FC manager Manuel Pellegrini and star midfielder Samir Nasri have spoken of their pride in seeing the club help develop young players in the UAE.

It comes as the new season of the City Football School at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi gets underway.

Boys and girls can sign up now for the coaching sessions which start at the end of August at the indoor arena before going out onto the pitches once the weather cools.

City manager Pellegrini, who took the team to the league title last season, said: “The importance of coaching starts at a young age and it is great the way these players in Abu Dhabi, both boys and girls, are being taught in the right way.
“What we must do as a club is make sure the same methods are used by everyone and it is not just important what happens on the pitch but also what happens off it.
“Manchester City is now a global team and that strikes me when I see what is happening in Abu Dhabi with the young player coaching – it’s very satisfying.”

City Football Schools in the UAE teach young players the same techniques taught at the club – from the first team stars to the youth teams. MANCHESTER CITY FC LAUNCH LATEST COACHING SESSIONS FOR YOUNG PLAYERS IN THE UAE

Hundreds of players have been taught at Zayed Sports City in the last three seasons with the football school growing all the time with new coaches added along with improved training sessions.
Midfielder Nasri added: “Football is very much about passion and I see that with the young players and fans in Abu Dhabi.
“The game has always been popular in the Middle East but I really see that the new emerging players are taking the standards higher and it is only going to get better from here.”

For all information on City Football Schools e-mail adsof@mcfc.co.uk or visit the CityStore in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi.

 

 

*NOTE: This post is part of the PR efforts of MCFC in UAE

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