Archive for February, 2018

Usain Bolt Heading to the Soccer Field

February 6th, 2018
posted by admin 9:23 am

Usain Bolt has stated that he is deadly serious about pursuing a career as a soccer player. The retired athletics legend hung out with with players from Sundowns players during a visit to the Mamelodi training outlet situated at Chloorkop, in Gauteng, South Africa, and as he joined their exercises, it looks like he may have his work cut out for him!

 

Bolt Left Gasping for Breath

 

The eight-time Olympic champion so well known to punters who make use of the betting sites Australia and the rest of the world make use of joined coach PitsoMosimane’s players during the PSL club’s morning session at the their Chloorkop training facility, and by the time Mosimane had finished with him, Bolt was winded, to say the least.

 

The 31-year old athlete hailing from Jamaica, who counts himself as one of Manchester United’s biggest fans, was the first to admit that he is not nearly as fit as he used to be, and will need to do a lot of work in order to get back into shape before the trial at Borussia Dortmund later on in March this year.

 

A Long Held Dream

 

Bolt spoke of it being an ambition of his for many years, and how he had decided that, upon retiring from athletics, that, if he ever got the chance, he would give his all to a career as a soccer player. He stated that it had long been something he was interested in trying, and that he was 100% serious about it. He also acknowledged that the Sundowns training session told him that he needed to focus on getting fit and although he made have made sports history on the track, the soccer field was another story altogether.

 

A Very Good Experience

 

Bolt initially managed to hold his own with the leaders of the Premier League as they underwent their training session, but as the morning sun and the demands of the session itself started taking their toll, he dropped back more and more before eventually leaving the field.

 

He stated that the training with Sundowns was a great experience, and that he didn’t know how quick he was with the ball, but if he kicked and run he could make it. He has resolved that, upon returning to Jamaica, he will undergo more training to get fit enough to play properly in March.

 

Cricket Was His First Love

 

Bolt stepped away from the track last year, announcing his official retirement after the World Championships in London in August, and although he has now set his sights on a career in soccer, he stated that the game of cricket was his first love. He added that he has always played soccer, but that he had a special space in his heart for cricket, and that he used to be a goalkeeper when he started out. He was a keeper in primary school, and through the years he has always enjoyed it, and has always played soccer. His coach went so far as to ban him, pleading with him to stop playing, but he finally has some space in his life for it now.

 

 

 

The 5th Round is Mexico’s World Cup Goal

February 6th, 2018
posted by admin 9:22 am

Most countries are preoccupied with qualifying for the World Cup, and a select few are possessed with the idea of winning it -Mexico, on the other hand, falls somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. Mario Aguirre is a journalist from Mexico living in Argentina, and described the different outlook the two countries have.

 

Aguirre stated that the Argentinian press were always confident that their team would win, and the people on the street shared their opinion. This kind of outward confidence is understandable when you have Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi on your team, of course, but Mexico does not only not have players of this calibre, but do not enjoy an easy road on their journey to the World Cup quarterfinals.

 

Tough Competition Ahead of Them

 

In order to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup and escape the Round-of-16 suffering that they have called home since 1994, Mexico will need to outperform Germany, South Korea, Sweden, and, most likely, Brazil in the first knockout round.

 

Two Views on Mexico’s Fate

 

As far as the online betting NZ and the rest of the world will be offering for the World Cup, there are two views as to how the Mexicans will perform:

 

  1. Manuel Medina, a Mexican journalist residing in Russia, intends to follow Mexico for the first four games. He stated that, looking at the likelihood of them winning from a journalistic rather than fan perspective, and being neither optimistic or pessimistic, there was a clear chance of triumph in the first four games. He stated that he did not feel that his home country’s team would manage to beat Brazil, however.
  2. Mexican players are far more enthusiastic, and hopeful, in their predictions for the team. PSV attacker Hirving Lozano has stated that he feels that the team has an excellent chance of winning the World Cup thanks to the massive work the players have been putting in.

 

Although Mexico remains an outsider in terms of a likelihood to win the World Cup, with the average betting service putting the odds at between 66:1 and 132:1, the measure of their success will lie in managing to make it to the quarterfinals.

 

Osorio Will Be Moving On

 

The manager for the Mexican football team, Juan Carlos Osorio, is almost definitely going to be leaving his post after the tournament comes to an end. Even though the Columbian has won over many critics for the excellent work he has put in to the team so far, he will obviously enjoy a larger range of choice in terms of the calibre of the national teams and clubs looking to make use of his services if he is able to take the Confederation of North, Central, American, and Caribbean Association Football, or CONCACAF, giants to the first quarterfinal game they have enjoyed since 1986!

 

Mexico will be playing Germany on the 17th of June, South Korea on the 23rd, and Sweden on the 27th.

 

Russia’s Main Stadium is Certified Green

February 6th, 2018
posted by admin 9:22 am

The Luzhniki Stadium has received its final certificate from the international green standard Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, or BREEAM, and the Kazan Arena and Spartak Stadium have also undergone their certification. This process is done in accordance with standards that are sustainable, and is nowadays a mandatory FIFA requirement, and a vital part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Sustainability Strategy.

 

FIFA’s Influence on Host Nations

 

The FIFA World Cup has always had a powerful influence on a range of aspects of society in Host Nations, and Russia will be no exception. With just more than 4 months remaining until the tournament begins, and FIFA World Cup betting already starting to heat up, the venue which will be hosting the Opening Match and Final for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this year has received a final pass on its certificate from international green standard BREEAM.

 

An Important Aim for Organisers

 

The fact that stadiums are certified in accordance with sustainable standards is an important goal for the tournament’s organisers: building these arenas in accordance with green standards not only sees a reduction in their impact on the environment, but also, to a huge extent, determines their usage in the future, with one aspect including a decrease in the usage of energy and water.

 

The Luzhniki: A Green Stadium

 

The Luzhniki Stadium, which welcomed national teams from Russia and Argentina in November 2017 for the first game at the venue after it underwent a comprehensive makeover, has gone through an entire cycle of certification, from the design point to that of construction, by the same standard. Decisions around the green environmental efficiency and construction of the space were included in the project from very early on.

 

The conservation of energy at the Luzhniki Stadium is attained by means of modern heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation systems, as well as the fact that all of the essential utilities are brought together into a fully automated central system. This will allow for total monitoring and control of how much energy the building consumes.

 

LED-based lamps are being used rather than incandescent lights, which will save a notable amount of electricity. The lighting outside the venue was also installed with strategies that save on electricity.

 

Technology trends that save water at the stadium will allow for hundreds of thousands of litres of the precious resource to be saved during a match, when the venue is at full operational capacity.

 

A point was made to preserve the large green spaces and huge amount of trees already present on the surrounding territory during the reconstruction of the Luzhniki Stadium, and even more greenery got added as well. According to persons in charge of managing the stadium, more than a thousand trees and bushes were planted, and over 15 thousand square metres of flowerbeds were additionally laid down.

 

The games will be taking place from the 14th of June to the 15th of July this year, and will be the first World Cup to be held in Europe since Germany hosted the tournament back in 2006.

Pochettino: Football is Everything

February 6th, 2018
posted by admin 9:21 am

When Mauricio Pochettino is asked about football, his reply is that it forms the basis for every one of his conversations, each of the actions he undertakes, most of his life choices, and he most certainly recognises it as his overriding passion.

 

It is a sentiment that the large majority of punters who enjoy the Australian sports betting available for football will quickly understand, although the Tottenham boss is one of the best-rated managers in the world of football and not just an admiring spectator. In just the three and a half years he has been in charge, the Argentinian has managed to lead the Spurs to 5th, 3rd, and 2nd in the Premier League, all while also assisting in the emergence of younger players, including Eric Dier, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane.

 

Getting Balance is a Struggle

 

Pochettino said that he has always been competitive in nature, right from the start, with his brothers, friends, everything. He then stated that he doesn’t know if it’s ambition, exactly, but he has always fought for his dreams and followed no one but himself. He added that he still, to a large degree, went about his life in this way, and although he had more responsibilities now, his emotions still lead him to where he has to be. He said that he was lucky because his family also loves The Beautiful Game.

 

His Wife Weighs In

 

Pochettino revealed that his wife had a lot to say after games, sometimes giving advice, and sometimes criticism. He stated that he sometimes gets upset about it, but understands that listening to a different point of view is vital as well, and that this can help you become more creative. Pochettino went on to say that he struggles to find things that take football off his mind, and although he did try, with books, films and such, the game is always somewhere in his consciousness.

 

It’s More Painful to Lose Now

 

Pochettino has said that losing games is more difficult as a coach than as a player, explaining that one’s entire focus becomes helping the players, how to improve the team, and, when things go wrong, it is natural to blame yourself, although he does not feel the same pressure as his players do.

 

He stated that his responsibility was more in delivering a good job, and not failing his people, or himself, and that he had to focus on the fact that football is a game that needs to be enjoyed. He’s certainly not ready to retire early or step away from his position in any way and remains 100% committed.

 

He Remains a Parent

 

Pochettino spoke of how young he was when he became a father, only 22-years old. He spoke of just he and wife signing with Espanyol in 1994, and then there being three of them when his first son was born in Barcelona in January of 1995. He looks at this time as one of his best experiences, and remains firm that his children will never be his friends and that he gave them the best traditional childhood he could. He views the relationship as fundamentally being one of parent and child, and states that friendship is an inadequate description of the bond.

 

Pakistani Footballs Star in 2018 World Cup

February 6th, 2018
posted by admin 9:21 am

As football lovers around the world cheer on their favourite teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia over the upcoming summer, Pakistanis will also be celebrating their inclusion, although the nation, ranked 198th, will not be participating in the illustrious event.

 

However, the soccer balls that Pakistan has become famous for making will be used in all of the matches for the World Cup, making more than 200 million Pakistanis feel their presence in the competition even in the absence of their team. Whatever perspective you view it from, Pakistan will be involved in the World Cup, but not in the way one thinks.

 

The Russian Ambassador Confirms It

 

The Russian Ambassador to Pakistan, Alexey Dedov, has confirmed that his country was going to be making use of footballs made in Pakistan for the World Cup. Workers at a local sporting company, situated on the outskirts of northeastern Sialkot city, are putting in extra hours so as to make sure the footballs will be ready in time.

 

Top Quality Sporting Goods

 

The city, which borders India, although not an historical marvel or major tourist attractionhas long been well known for producing first-rate sports goods, and has been supplying footballs to the kind of huge events that pull in punters via the betting NZ and the rest of the world offers for some time now.

 

Forward Sports, a company that also produces footballs for the Champions and French Leagues and the German Bundesliga, was in charge of producing official footballs for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, too. The Chairman for the company, Khawaja Masood, spoke of what an honour it was to once again be providing the service.

 

Thermo Bonded Soccer Balls

 

Although Khwaja would not release the exact number of footballs that the company will be supplying to the World Cup due to restrictions in place from Adidas, he did state that 700 000 footballs were made each month.

 

The balls which will be used in the upcoming tournament are technically termed Thermo-Bonded, and were first used in the World Cup in 2014. Before that, Pakistan had been supplying balls that were hand-stitched for almost every single World Cup to take place from the 1990s through to 2010. Thermo-Bonded balls are made by the panels being attached by means of heat, an example of the latest tech adopted by Adidas and then transferred over to Forward Sports in 2013.

 

Allegations of Child Labour

 

Pakistan earns around US$1 billion each year from the export of sporting goods, and this number includes US$350 – US$500 million from just footballs. The country’s thriving football industry unfortunately comes under international scrutiny in the late 1990s however, when accusations of children being employed to do the hand stitching for footballs were made.

 

Local manufacturers, however, have claimed that the child labour issue was exaggerated: Shaikh Jahangir Iqbal, CE of Silver Sports, which is a contracting manufacturer for Nike, said that some small factories were set up in homes and had employed children previously, but these no longer existed. He added that various international labour rights groups had been monitoring the sporting goods industry in Sialkot, and no issues had arisen.

 

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February 3rd, 2018
posted by admin 8:24 am

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