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European Championship semi-final: Cracker in Dortmund: Into the final in “Premier League style”?

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European Championship semi-final cracker in Dortmund: Into the final in “Premier League style”?

Meeting in the European Championship semi-final: England coach Gareth Southgate (l) and Oranje coach Ronald Koeman. Photo

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Only two wins separate the Netherlands and England from their first major title in a long time. England are favourites on the pitch, but the Dutch will probably dominate in the city.

The atmosphere will be a European Championship highlight, but will the football be as well? In the explosive semi-final between the Netherlands and England, both nations will do everything in their power to keep their dream of winning their first major title in ages alive.

More than 100,000 fans from both countries are expected in Dortmund on Wednesday, transforming the football temple there into a deafening atmosphere in orange and white. However, their national teams have not necessarily earned the fact that they can hope for a European Championship final through great sporting skill.

The favored English team in particular rumbled through the tournament rather than dominating their opponents. The performances of the star ensemble with the highest market value of all the European Championship teams were sluggish and often uninspired. But the potential is huge – also and especially in attack. Whether it’s Bayern super striker Harry Kane, midfield leader Jude Bellingham or the two turbo dribblers Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden: they all actually stand for fast-paced football with guaranteed goals. And not just them.

Many players know each other very well

“I think we will see a Premier League style game,” said Dutch international and former Bundesliga professional Micky van de Ven, who now plays for Tottenham Hotspur. “The rhythm and level of the game will be high. Many players know each other from the Premier League.”

In fact, the duel for the European Championship final is something of a big class reunion. 31 players in both squads play in the Premier League. Others, such as the Dutch centre-forward Memphis Depay, have already played in what is probably the best football league in the world. The football of the two nations is also closely linked in other ways.

In Arne Slot, a Dutch coach will be training Liverpool FC next season as Jürgen Klopp’s successor. England defender Luke Shaw received a “cheeky message” from his Dutch coach at Manchester United, Erik ten Hag, before the semi-final. And national coach Ronald Koeman also has a special relationship with the upcoming opponent.

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When the Netherlands beat the Three Lions 3-1 in Düsseldorf on the way to the 1988 European Championship title, the now 61-year-old was there as a player. Five years later, he even scored a goal in the World Cup qualifiers, after only being shown a yellow card instead of a red card for a foul. The Netherlands won 2-0, while England missed out on the world tournament. Koeman has worked as a coach for Southampton FC and Everton FC. He is considered a pragmatist – just like his counterpart Gareth Southgate.

Both teams had to endure harsh criticism from home in this tournament. For many fans and observers, simply progressing is not enough. Some English supporters even threw beer mugs at Southgate and insulted him with obscene gestures.

“I can’t deny that it hurts when things get as personal as they have recently. I don’t think it’s normal to have beer thrown at you,” said the 53-year-old. “But we are in the third semi-final in four tournaments. We’re going to keep going and enjoy this journey.”

Shaw supports coach Southgate with clear words

In 2021, England lost to Italy in the European Championship final on penalties. This time, they are finally aiming for their second major title after their 1966 World Cup triumph in their own country. A kind of defiant solidarity could also help with this. The team is united against criticism from outside.

“We players love him. He’s exactly what we need. He allows us to be at our best on the field,” said left-back Shaw about Southgate. And Kane explained: “We’re in the semi-finals, so I think we’re doing pretty well. We really have this belief that we can do something special.”

They have that and the ability to come back after falling behind in common with their opponents. The partly weak performances in the preliminary round and in the first half of the quarter-final against Turkey did not dampen the Dutch team’s euphoria. “We can be proud that we have reached the semi-finals,” said Koeman. “Nobody expected that. But the mission is not over yet.”

“The Yellow Wall now belongs to us”

In an attempt to reach a major final for the first time since the 2010 World Cup, significantly more fans will be there on Wednesday (9 p.m./ARD/MagentaTV) than can fit in the stadium. Around 62,000 spectators are allowed to attend European Championship games in the Dortmund Arena. Up to 80,000 party-loving Dutch people are expected in the city and will probably perform their famous European Championship dance again, jumping from left to right. “The Yellow Wall now belongs to us,” was the headline in the Dutch newspaper “AD” with a view to the legendary south stand.

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The Fastest Olympic Ball Game: Badminton’s Golden Smashes

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[앵커]

Of all the Olympic ball games, the fastest is none other than badminton.

The speed of the shuttlecock listed in the Guinness Book of World Records is over 400 km/h, and we look forward to seeing our athletes’ fast and powerful ‘golden smashes’ at the upcoming Paris Olympics.

This is reporter Lee Dae-geon reporting.

[기자]

Se-Young Ahn, world number one in badminton, performs a quick smash attack.

He injured his right knee last year, but his smashing is still alive.

Standing at 184cm tall, Seo Seung-jae’s smash is even more threatening when he is left-handed.

[서승재 / 배드민턴 국가대표 : 오른손잡이랑 쳤을 때 코스 변화랑 너무 다르기 때문에 당황했던 부분이 많이 있을 거로 생각하는데….]

The shuttlecock used in badminton weighs 4.74 to 5.5 g and has a total length of 62 to 70 mm.

Although it is that light, it is fast, reaching a top average speed of around 330 km/h.

The highest speed recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records is said to be 426 km/h, set by a Danish athlete in 2017.

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, table tennis, ice hockey and tennis fall far short, and even golf, which might be expected to be the fastest, is much slower.

That means badminton players have no choice but to be extremely focused throughout the game.

That’s why it’s called ‘the fastest brain sport invented by mankind.’

At this Paris Olympics, our national team players will also take on the ‘gold challenge’ with fast and strong smashing.

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2024-07-22 06:19:19
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The Refugee Olympic Team, a message of hope and solidarity

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They will be the second team to parade on July 26 on the Seine, behind the Greek delegation, during the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Little known to the general public, the Olympic refugee team has been growing and becoming more and more established since the Rio 2016 Games. Meet its athletes with extraordinary backgrounds whose dream of participating in the competition and representing more than 100 million refugees is coming true today.

From our special correspondent in Bayeux,

« Bam, bam, bam! » The blows of hands and feet on the training targets make an incredible din amidst which the shouts of the athletes pierce. The day has barely begun and the sweat is flowing freely. The young Syrian Adnan Khankan takes off his kimono jacket, wipes his face and grabs his mobile phone. With oriental music playing loudly, he re-energizes his new comrades for an interminable series of push-ups.

In this gymnasium in Bayeux, a symbolic town in Calvados for its history during the Landing, athletes from combat sports, boxing, judo, wrestling and taekwondo train tirelessly to be ready for the I of Paris 2024. A few steps from the hall in a stadium, others are doing laps on foot, on bikes, while upstairs a young Afghan girl is reproducing her breakdancing demonstration in front of a gigantic mirror. Twelve sports in total are practiced here.

Outstanding athletes…

The athletes met for the first time just 48 hours ago, some of them having taken refuge in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, etc. Everyone is in a good mood, laughing and joking. It’s the first time we’ve all met and it’s a unique and very special moment, explains former Swiss swimming champion Anne-Sophie Thilo, communications officer for the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT). We see them first and foremost as refugees, but above all, they are athletes. Some of them find each other after having practiced their sport together in their home country! It is simply incredible. »

These 37 athletes from eleven different countries (mostly Afghans, Iranians and Syrians) form the 2024 Refugee Olympic Team. They were chosen based on their sporting abilities at the continental and international level, but also based on their refugee status — recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Little known to the general public, this is nevertheless the third time that the Refugee Olympic Team has competed at the Games. And this year, for the first time, the team will parade with its own flag, like the other Olympic teams, symbolized by a red heart surrounded by arrows, a unifying symbol that gives the team a unique identity.

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« The family has grown since the last editions, it’s greatconfides Masomah Ali Zada, the head of this mission, herself a former Olympic cyclist and refugee from Afghanistan. These athletes made their dream come true. “And for good reason: this team represents no less than 120 million refugees in the world.” The common point between them, although they all have atypical backgrounds, is resilience. They never gave up despite the difficulties. “Difficulties that they rarely talk about because the psychological ordeal was so laborious for them. They were also given a “media training” course so that they would not be helpless when faced with certain questions. Dwelling on the past when you are there primarily to forget and rebuild yourself in front of the world’s media is far from easy.” It can bring back injuries, some athletes have a hard time recovering from it. We talk to them a lot about their experiences, often more than their sporting results. It’s kind of logical, but it’s painful for many of them. “, confides a source from the EOR staff.

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Stories of lives turned upside down

« I am glad that there are many Syrians, we share our trajectory together. We have experienced the same problems “, says Yahya al-Ghotany. Forced to flee Syria with his family when war broke out more than a decade ago, he settled in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, where he began practicing taekwondo. Today, at 20, he lives alone in Amman and trains twice a day at the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation’s (THF) Azraq Academy. If the war in Syria ever ends, would he want to be on the Syrian Olympic team? Yahya shuts down and refuses to answer.

Omid Ahmadisafa is also one of them. Visibly uncomfortable in front of the microphone, he keeps his large black sunglasses on his youthful face. In Iran, his home country, he was a member of the national boxing and kickboxing team. In the latter discipline, he won gold at the world championships. He fled Iran to settle in Germany in 2022. As an IOC scholarship holder for refugee athletes, the young man is now training boxing with the German national team. I left my country to hope for a better future and leave all the problems there. Being part of this refugee team is showing that you can make your dream come true. “A dream that will be closely watched by his family who remained in Iran, but who, thanks to social networks, follow Omid’s journey and exploits and feel ” so proud ».

« Me, my loved ones and my supporters follow me and encourage me enormously from Congo-Brazzaville and elsewhere. It encourages me enormously and makes me want to give my all in Paris, even better than during my participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “, rejoices Dorian Keleta, 25, a 100m runner. The young man started running at the age of fifteen. He does not say it and his face that exudes the joy of living does not give it away, but after losing both his parents, he was forced to leave his hometown at the age of seventeen, arriving first in Lisbon and finally settling in Paris.

Dorian Keletela during training with his coach, July 17, 2024 in Bayeux. © Anne Bernas/RFI

Came to France in 2018 for “ political reasons “, the Ethiopian athlete (1,500 m) Farida Abaroge will not dwell further on her “life before.” I’m just here to talk about sports, please. “Like the other members of the EOR, it is therefore for sport that she is here and will not say a word about her travels in many countries before arriving in France where she requested asylum and has since become a refugee. The only memory of her past that the 30-year-old woman agrees to talk about is therefore the one that relates to her passion. ” Since I was little in Ethiopia, I have been doing sports, I started with karate, then football and running.. » Admitting that she feels a certain stress, Farida, all smiles, explains like her companions that this participation in the Olympic Games is a dream come true, ” and what’s more I’m in the same room as another Ethiopian, it’s great, we share everything “Her compatriot being Eyeru Gebru, a cyclist who has represented her country at major championships and who, at the African continental championships, won a silver medal in the women’s road race in 2019 and gold medals in the team time trial in 2018 and 2019. She fled Ethiopia due to the civil war in the north of the country in 2021.

Cyclists from the Refugee Olympic Team, in Bayeux on July 17, 2024. © Anne Bernas/RFI

A mix of cultures, languages, and histories, the Refugee Olympic Team, 85 people in total, forms a real family that exudes a crazy energy, a feeling that is palpable just by being around them. A close-knit delegation that is extremely proud to be present at these 2024 Olympic Games. Before leaving Normandy for the Parisian Olympic Village and for the “serious” things to begin, the Refugee Team delegation enjoys a last breath of fresh air on the immense beach of Arromanches-les-Bains, about ten kilometers from Bayeux. Between two souvenir photos, an impromptu football match takes place and everyone bursts out laughing under the curious eyes of the vacationers who discover the existence of this unusual team that hopes for the first time in its history to collect medals in Paris. The dream I still have is that this team no longer exists, that there are no more refugees in the world. That everyone can live in peace in their country. “, says mission leader Masomah Ali Zada. A dream that will probably not come true before several Olympics, including the next Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028.

The 85 members of the Refugee Olympic Team (athletes, coaches, caregivers, translators, etc.), on the beach of Arromanches-les-Bains, July 17, 2024. © Anne Bernas/RFI

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Chicago Bulls Sign DJ Steward to Two-Way Contract, Providing Opportunity for NBA Debut

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The Chicago Bulls have decided to add DJ Steward to their roster through a contract two-wayas announced by Adrian Wojnarowski, a journalist from ESPN. In this way, the point guard manages to earn a new opportunity to try his luck in the league while also being part of the Windy City Bulls of the G League, where he will have the opportunity to test his virtues.

Steward has never made his NBA debut, but he has had some experience in the league’s ecosystem, either thanks to the two-way contract he signed with the Kings in 2022 or doing the preseason with the Celtics last year. However, these decisions have always led him to play in the G League, either with the Stockton Kings or the Maine Celtics, with whom he had his best season last year by averaging 19.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

However, it was his performance in the Las Vegas Summer League that really led the Bulls to opt for him for one of their dual contracts. With 17.4 points, 6.4 assists, 40% accuracy in three-pointers and a great defensive performance, Steward has emerged as one of the most interesting players in the tournament, and Chicago did not want to miss the opportunity to count on his services. Now he will have to work to get his first minutes in the NBA regular season, and if he takes advantage of them as well as he did in Las Vegas, it is more than likely that he will start to step onto the court with some regularity.

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2024-07-22 09:00:00
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