Tag: 上海419龙凤论坛 localhost

2010 World Cup field complete

first_img19 November 2009The final field of 32 teams for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ in South Africa was decided on Wednesday evening when five playoff ties were decided – one in Africa, three in Europe and one in South America.The Final Draw to decide who plays who in the World Cup group matches takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 4 December, exactly six months before the tournament kicks off.The television broadcast of the Final Draw is expected to reach more than 700-million football fans around the globe.Algeria vs EgyptWednesday’s African playoff became necessary after Egypt and Algeria finished level on points in African Group C, after the Pharaohs beat Algeria 2-0 in the final group game.The playoff took place at a neutral venue, the Al-Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman, Sudan, with plenty of emotion to back up the high stakes after the previous encounter in Cairo, which had been marred by violence. Four Algerian players had been injured after stone-throwing Egyptian supporters attacked their bus. Egypt’s Interior Ministry reported that 32 people – 20 Algerians and 12 Egyptians – had been injured.In Omdurman, Antar Yahia decided the playoff tie with a 40th minute goal, when he blasted a deep cross by Karim Ziani into the back of the Egyptian net from close range.The victory secured a third World Cup finals berth for Algeria. Previously, the Fennecs qualified for the 1982 and 1986 finals.France vs IrelandIt took a controversial goal in extra time to settle the tie between France and Ireland and earn the French a place in South Africa next year.Down by a goal after the first leg, Ireland levelled the aggregate score after 33 minutes when Robbie Keane netted at the Stade de France after being set up by Damien Duff.In the 73rd minute, the Tottenham striker had a golden opportunity to put his side ahead when he was put clean through, with only goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to beat. But, instead of shooting, he tried to take the ball around Lloris and ended up taking the ball out of play.French desperation was clear when Nicholas Anelka tried to win a penalty with a dive. It didn’t come off, but Thierry Henry, in extra time, succeeded in fooling the referee to give France the valuable win.Thirteen minutes into the extra period, Florent Malouda found Henry from a free kick. The striker twice used his hand to control the ball – he admitted as much after the contest – before passing to William Gallas, who headed home.Ukraine vs GreeceGreece kept Ukraine out of the finals, despite playing away from home.After playing to a goalless draw in Athens, the Greeks claimed a 1-0 win in Donetsk, thanks to a 31st minute goal by Dimitris Salpigidis.The 2004 European champions, under coach Otto Rehhagel, will be contesting the finals for only the second time. Their first qualification was in the 1994 tournament in the USA when they lost all three of their pool games.Rehhagel took charge of Greece in 2001 and it has been a very successful relationship. Not only has he twice led them to the European Championships finals, including the title, but now they’re going to the World Cup again.Slovenia vs RussiaRussia had looked well on their way to South Africa when they took a 2-0 lead over Slovenia in the first leg of their playoff in Moscow. The Slovenians, however, netted a late away goal to ensure a tight battle in the second leg and that late goal came back to haunt Guus Hiddink’s charges.On Wednesday evening, at Stadion Ljudski Vrt in Maribor, Slovenia ended the Russian dream when Zlatko Dedic struck for the home side in the 44th minute.His strike levelled the aggregate score at 2-2, but the Slovenians advanced to the finals on away goals, thanks to Nejc Pecnik’s strike in Moscow.Bosnia-Herzegovina vs PortugalCrowds at the World Cup will get to see 2008 Fifa World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo in action after Portugal qualified at the expense of Bosnia-Herzegovina.Leading 1-0 after their home game, the Portuguese won 1-0 again.Midfielder Nani scored the all-important away goal, effectively meaning Bosnia-Herzogovina would need to net three unanswered goals to take victory. They couldn’t find one as Portugal advanced 2-0 on aggregate.Uruguay vs Costa RicaUruguay secured the final place in South Africa.They entered their second leg match at home, in Montevideo, with a valuable away goal to their credit, after beating Costa Rica in San Jose in the first leg and, when substitute Sebastian Abreu found the back of the net 20 minutes from time, Uruguayan fans could begin to breathe more easily with a 2010 Fifa World Cup place seemingly all but sealed.However, that changed only four minutes later when Walter Centeno pulled Costa Rica level to set up a tension-filled finish.With time runnnig out, Alvaro Saborio came close to winning it for the Costa Ricans, but his shot hit the side-netting, leaving Uruguay, the two time World Cup winners (1930 and 1950), with a place in the finals for the first time since 2002.QUALIFIERSAsian Football Confederation Australia Japan Korea DPR Korea Republic Confederation of African Football Algeria Cameroon Cote d’Ivoire Ghana Nigeria South Africa (hosts) Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Honduras Mexico United States South American Football Confederation (Conmebol)Argentina Brazil Chile Paraguay  Uruguay Oceania Football Confederation New Zealand Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) Denmark England France Germany Greece Italy Netherlands Portugal Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Switzerland Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

In God They Trust

first_img“Like the 63 nayanmars (Tamil Shaivaite saints), you have been given the 63 seats. You should accept it with the same amount of bhakti like the nayanmars,” declared M. Karunanidhi while climbing down from his three-day-long game of brinksmanship over seat-sharing with the Congress.(From left) Stalin, Rajathi and Kanimozhi with Karunanidhi (sitting)The invocation of religion by the staunchly atheist DMK patriarch reveals his acute vulnerability. This is not the first time that Karunanidhi has played the politics of threat and blackmail with an ally. He has done it before with the UPA and he did it earlier with the NDA. He is used to coming out on top, but in this latest battle with the Congress, it would seem that he has finally lost, whatever the pretence might be.The 2G scam has taken a heavy toll on the DMK and the Kalaignar. More than former telecom minister A. Raja, the ageing DMK chief is worried about the fallout of the scam on immediate members of his family. The corridors of Delhi are abuzz with talk that the CBI may summon his daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, and wife Rajathi for questioning in the fast-expanding probe into the 2G scam. The direct implication of either Kanimozhi or Rajathi in the scam will be disastrous for the party and for Karunanidhi personally. CBI will submit a status report to the Supreme Court on March 15 and a chargesheet on March 31. Karunanidhi’s decision to accept the 63- seat demand of the Congress, after threatening to withdraw his ministers from the UPA Government over the same demand, came only after he received assurances from the Congress on his family and the 2G probe, say sources involved in the negotiations.advertisementAssurances from the Congress are clearly not enough in difficult times. The first family of Tamil Nadu politics, in a sharp departure from the party’s traditions, is seeking divine help and astrological advice in its effort to win the Assembly elections, despite all the negative publicity that the party has earned from the 2G scam.As a leading scriptwriter in the 1960s, Karunanidhi had penned fiery dialogues in film after film that conveyed a strong sense of rationality, and questioned several superstitions. That was in keeping with the tradition of the Dravidian movement, which was built on the foundation of rationalist ideology. Today, the DMK patriarch sports a yellow shawl, some say on the suggestion of an astrologer.Karunanidhi with his family at the millennium celebration of Thanjavur’s Big Temple in 2010It isn’t just Karunanidhi who is looking to astrologers for advice. The DMK leader’s second family (wife Dayalu and son M.K. Stalin) and third family (wife Rajathi and daughter Kanimozhi) have also sought the advice of astrologers. The predictions of one family astrologer will bring little comfort to the beleaguered family. “I had already predicted this downfall for the DMK a few years ago. Based on the stars, I had advised them to perform certain poojas at some of the famous temples, only to slow down the effect,” a family astrologer told India Today on the condition of anonymity. He says though the stars are good for Karunanidhi now, the stars of his son Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi do not show signs of victory.Recently, Rajathi embarked on a spiritual tour across Tamil Nadu. A few weeks ago, she visited the famous Nellaiyappar temple in Tirunelveli to offer prayers. Accompanied by state it Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna, she offered prayers to Goddess Sri Gandhimathy and Lord Nellaiappar (Lord Shiva) at the temple. Priests performed archana and special deeparadhana during her 50-minute visit. Rajathi also visited the Nava Tirupathi (nine sacred Vaishnavite) temples near Tirunelveli during her state-wide tour.Karunanidhi has been following other superstitions in the last year. During the millennium celebrations at Thanjavur’s big temple in 2010, he avoided the main entrance because of a political jinx. It is believed that Indira Gandhi had to step down from power and M.G. Ramachandran suffered a stroke after they visited the big temple through the main entrance. That has prompted political leaders visiting the Shiva shrine to enter from the side entrance instead.Recent events have only strengthened a growing trend towards religiosity in Karunanidhi’s clan. During the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the wily patriarch’s son and DMK strongman from Madurai, M.K. Alagiri, launched his election campaign from a famous temple in Madurai after receiving full temple honours. Kanimozhi visited the famous Vaishnavite shrine Shri Rangam a few months ago. She and her mother Rajathi offered prayers at the Punnainallur Mariamman temple in Thanjavur when they visited the city for the temple’s millennium celebrations in 2010.advertisementKarunanidhi’s heir apparent and state Deputy Chief Minister Stalin visited the godman Sathya Sai Baba to seek his blessings. Rajathi even touched his feet. Kalaignar has also met Mata Amritanandamayi and Isha foundation’s Jaggi Vasudev in the recent past. When questioned about his new found affiliation to religious and spiritual leaders, Karunanidhi said he found nothing wrong in coordinating with religious persons willing to contribute to the welfare of the people.Hindu mythological metaphors are playing an important part in the DMK’s election campaign-there are several instances where Karunanidhi and Stalin are pictured as Lord Krishna and Arjuna, from the Bhagvad Gita, in the party’s election posters. The DMK has on earlier occasions used religious metaphors to propagate its own government’s programmes. In October 2009, an advertisement in the print media marking the launch of the government’s flagship medical insurance scheme had the Hindu god of death ‘Yama’ on a ferocious bull, slinging a rope on an old man in his death bed. But just before Yama’s rope reaches the old man, a hand with a full-sleeved white shirt and betraying just a hint of a yellow shawl grabs the rope to save the ailing man. The advertisement read, ‘Kaalamveesum kaiyetrai thadukka kalaignar kaapeetu thittam’, meaning Kalaignar insurance scheme to thwart the rope of Yama.For the moment, it is the Congress that has thwarted what could be 86-year-old Karunanidhi’s last act of drama in a long career in politics. The DMK chief must hope that the theatrics would help drum up the morale of the party rank and file who have the difficult task of defending the party and Raja against corruption charges. Karunanidhi’s brinksmanship with the Congress may have served some purpose in signalling to the cadres that it was the DMK that had the power to spurn the Congress, and therefore still held the upper hand in seat-sharing negotiations.The assurance that he reportedly received from the Congress party on the 2G probe may not mean much since the CBI is reporting directly to the Supreme Court on the investigation. But the DMK chief has few options. He is facing the prospect of losing power to Jayalalithaa. His arch-rival will go after his family tainted by the 2G scam. Losing power at the Centre at the same time would only make the DMK more vulnerable. That is a scenario from which even gods would find it difficult to rescue Karunandhi, his wives, sons and daughter. After six decades in politics, Karunanidhi should have known that reality when he finally accepted the Congress party’s “unreasonable” demand for 63 seats on March 8.- with Anand Natarajanlast_img read more

Mary Kom hails inclusion of women’s boxing in London Olympics

first_imgFour-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Thursday hailed the inclusion of women’s boxing in the London Olympics as a “dream-come-true” moment and vowed to defy age and clinch gold in the 2012 Games.”It’s a dream-come-true for me. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision has given me the strength to continue. I would represent my country at the biggest sporting show in the world and have to win gold. It cannot get any bigger then this,” an elated Mary Kom told PTI.Women’s boxing was on Thursday included in the 2012 London Games at an IOC meeting in Berlin. Boxing administrators had earlier lobbied for inclusion in the Beijing Olympics but could not get the IOC’s nod.The International Boxing Association last year roped in Mary Kom as it’s brand ambassador and the Indian played a crucial role in making AIBA’s campaign successful this time.”I was a part of the AIBA campaign and I travelled to countries like Sweden to raise awareness about the sport. I am thankful to the IOC for recognising our efforts,” she said.The 27-year-old mother of two, who currently competes in the pin weight 46kg division, would be in her 30s when the London Games are held but the Khel Ratna pugilist says she wouldn’t let age become a factor.”I am ready to make all the adjustments. I will have to increase my weight a bit to fit into the 51kg category which (along with 60kg and 75kg) has been picked for the London Games. Yes, it will be tough at that age but I have the will power to make it happen,” Mary Kom said.Mary Kom has won a medal at every World Championships starting with a silver in the first edition in 2001. The Manipuri clinched a gold in every edition of the event after that, prompting AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu to call her ‘Magnificent Mary’.Her fourth straight world title came in China last year where she went into the competition after just two months of training as the birth of her twin sons had kept her out of the ring for nearly two years.”If I could do it then, I can do it again,” she said.Mary Kom said she would have lost the motivation to continue for long had the sport not got the IOC approval for 2012 Games.”It’s all about motivation. If this had not happened, I would have competed for another couple of years but then my dream would have died,” she said.AIBA included women’s boxing in its programme in 1994 and the sport is currently competed in 120 countries.Compared to the 124 boxers who took part in the inaugural World Championships, there were 218 competitors in the last edition in China.advertisementlast_img read more

India go down to Singapore in international football friendly

first_imgIndia went down 0-2 to Singapore in an international football friendly at the Chao Chu Kang Stadium on Tuesday.Khairul Amri and Fazrul Nawaz scored one each for the home side in the 43rd and 49th minutes.Despite conceding a goal in the first half, India was the better of the two teams, beginning aggressively.In the ninth minute, Mehtab Hossain broke into the Singapore box but defender Harris Harun recovered in time to scuttle a Mehtab cross from inside the box.The very next minute, Clifford Miranda latched on a defensive lapse but Harun managed to flick his pass at the last minute to prevent Sunil Chhetri from pulling the trigger.Much against the run of play, Singapore surged into the lead when Amri intercepted a clearance down the right, entered the box and placed it past an advancing Subrata Pal.Almost immediately, India had another chance but Sanju Pradhan’s cross agonizingly missed Chhetri’s forehead.Changing over, Singapore didn’t allow India to settle down and doubled the score in the 49th minute – Fazrul Nawaz putting it past a diving Pal.To make matters worse, Chhetri suffered a slight niggle and was eventually replaced by Robin Singh in the 62nd minute; Jewel Raja also came in for Sanju Pradhan.But it was an uphill task and despite India going all out, the Singapore defence managed to keep everything at bay till the final whistle.last_img read more

Recent Comments