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UEFA EURO 2024: “Joker” shoots England into the final




The English had to deal with an early setback, Xavi Simons scored in the seventh minute with a perfect shot into the top left corner to give the Dutch the lead. The “Three Lions” struck back shortly afterwards, however, and equalized thanks to a penalty converted by Harry Kane (18th minute). Both teams continued to play with open visors before the break and had several chances to make it 2-1. After the break, the pace dropped significantly. As the spectators in Dortmund were already preparing for extra time, Watkins struck after a fine pirouette (91st minute).

England will be aiming for their second major title on Sunday (9 p.m.) against Spain at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium after their triumph at the 1966 World Cup on home soil, when they beat Germany 4-2 in extra time in the final. At the last European Championship in London in 2021, they lost to Italy on penalties. The “Elftal”, meanwhile, must continue to wait for the second major title in the association’s history. At the 1988 European Championship in Germany, they were crowned European champions for the only time to date with a 2-0 win over the Soviet Union.

Simons scores a dream goal to make it 1-0

With a dream goal into the left corner, Xavi Simons puts the “Elftal” in the lead.

“Oranje” state of emergency in Dortmund

Hours before kick-off, Dortmund was transformed into an orange sea. Around 100,000 Dutch fans marched through the city center, singing and jumping, toward the stadium and public viewing area in Westfalenpark. There were also 25,000 English fans on the move. According to police, this was the largest fan march the city had ever seen. The public was asked to be considerate. “The ‘Oranje’ don’t run straight, they hop from left to right,” said the police spokesman. This takes a long time: “Those who hop get more out of the way.” Apart from a collision that left five people injured, the preliminary skirmish was largely peaceful.

Unsurprisingly, the color orange dominated the BVB stadium, which was sold out with 60,926 spectators. And the “Elftal” could not only rely on the support from the stands, they also had a special connection with the stadium. Fifty years ago, “Oranje” defeated Brazil 2-0 at the 1974 World Cup thanks to goals from Johan Neeskens and Johan Cruyff and booked their ticket for the final. There, however, they lost 1-2 to hosts Germany.


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“Three Lions” strike back after lightning goal

Both Bondscoch Ronald Koeman and England team manager Southgate avoided any major surprises in their fourth direct duel at a major tournament (one win, one draw and one loss each), the first in the knockout phase. For the “Three Lions”, central defender Marc Guehi from Oliver Glasner’s club Crystal Palace, who was suspended against Switzerland, returned to the starting line-up. Koeman only preferred Dortmund local hero Donyell Malen to Steven Bergwijn. Memphis Depay remained the central striker in the 4-3-3 system. Wout Weghorst, who made a big impact in the 2-1 win against Turkey after coming on as a substitute, was once again left with only the “joker” role.

In the opening minutes, England tried to maintain control of the game, the Dutch were waiting for quick counterattacks and relied on high, steep passes. The English defense managed to intercept one of them with a header. Declan Rice then let Simons steal the ball, who headed towards the penalty area and sank the ball into the top left corner for an early lead (7th minute). The “Three Lions” only shook themselves briefly and hit back immediately. Of all people, Harry Kane, who had been under criticism, was responsible for the turnaround.

Kane scores from the penalty spot to equalise

After a foul on him, Harry Kane takes the penalty himself and scores safely to make it 1-1 (18th).

The Bayern star first tried from just under 30 meters, but Bart Verbruggen was able to parry (13th minute). Shortly afterwards, Bukayo Saka dribbled through the penalty area, his blocked shot landed at Kane, who immediately shot but missed the goal (14th minute). However, the 30-year-old was hit on the instep by Denzel Dumfries’ outstretched leg. After studying the video, the German referee Felix Zwayer awarded a penalty, which Kane converted safely into the bottom left corner to equalize with his third goal of the European Championships (18th minute).

Dumfries and Foden hit the crossbar

And the “Three Lions” almost added to their lead. After a through ball from Kobbie Mainoo, Phil Foden danced through the penalty area and laid the ball flat past Verbruggen towards the goal, but Dumfries was just able to scrape the ball off the line (23′). The Dutch seemed a little shaken, but in a varied match they had the next big chance after a corner. A header from Dumfries hit the crossbar (30′).

Foden circles ball to post

In the 32nd minute, the English team was just centimeters away from taking the lead. But Foden only hit the crossbar.

Things continued to get turbulent on the other side: First, Foden curled the ball into the top left corner from 20 meters (32′), and Verbruggen buried a hidden shot from the 24-year-old Manchester City star under his arms (39′). For Depay, the game was already over; the Atletico striker had to leave the field with a thigh problem and Joey Veerman came in for him. England continued to dominate the game and surprised everyone with an offensive approach. Meanwhile, the Dutch continued to struggle to pick up the pace again. With a 1-1 draw and after a fast-paced first 45 minutes, they went to the dressing room.

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Stalemate after the break

Both team bosses reacted during the break. Southgate brought on left-footer Luke Shaw for Kieran Trippier, Koeman took out Malen and hoped to bring more power to the attack by substituting the 1.97-meter giant Weghorst. After the intense first half, the “Elftal” and the “Three Lions” took things a little more calmly. Both teams hardly found any gaps for a counterattack and made the spaces tighter than before the break. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

The fans had to wait until the 66th minute for the first big chance, but then things were ablaze in front of the English goal. “Oranje” captain Virgil van Dijk volleyed a cross with his foot, but Jordan Pickford was able to excel when the shot was too central. Dumfries rose highest from the resulting corner, but his header clearly missed the target. The Dutch now started to play a little more offensively, while England continued to concentrate on a secure defense.

“Joker” strikes in injury time

But chances were still in short supply. A volley from Simons was far too weak after a header was cleared too short (78th minute), and on the other side a goal from Bukayo Saka was disallowed. The passer Kyle Walker had just been offside (79th minute). For Kane and Foden, who had been inconspicuous after the break, the game was soon over, and Southgate wanted to breathe new life into the last ten minutes of normal time by substituting Cole Palmer and Ollie Watkins. And the English team manager proved to have a golden touch. After Palmer’s through ball, Watkins took over in the penalty area, turned around his opponent and scored the decisive goal into the far corner.

Voices about the game:

Gareth Southgate (England team manager): “We played so well, especially defensively. We always had to adapt and the players made so many good decisions. The ending is special for this team and the reward for everything they put into it. We felt like we were losing a bit of energy and Harry (Kane, ed.) took a bit of a hit. Ollie (Watkins, ed.) is good at pressing and making those deep runs. We felt like it was a good moment to try that.”

Ronald Koeman (Netherlands team manager): “England caused problems for our midfield in the first half. We didn’t control how they played with Bellingham and Foden between the lines. We brought on an extra midfielder after that and it was more balanced. My feeling in the last 20 or 25 minutes was that we were fresher, but they scored a great goal and that’s football. We can be proud of our players and our national team because we had a great tournament.”

Harry Kane (England captain, scorer of the 1-0 goal): “We are making history. We are incredibly happy, everyone in the team. It has been a difficult tournament so far, a tough journey. Now we have one game left. Each of us is ready, each of us can make the difference every minute. We deserved to win both halves because we controlled the game. Sometimes you get a penalty like that, sometimes you don’t. I’m just happy that we are in the final. We will give it our all.”

Ollie Watkins (England’s 2-1 goal scorer, “Man of the Match”): “I’ve been waiting for this moment for weeks. I’ve been given the opportunity and now I’m just happy. I told Cole Palmer to pass to me. That’s the best feeling. There’s been a lot of criticism, but in the end we’re in the final. The noises from outside will now die down. The deficit has woken us up. Now we have one more game, we’re ready.”

Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands captain): “When you lose in the last minute, it hurts. It’s pure pain, but you still have to accept it. We were better in the second half, we thought that a goal was in the air.”



Netherlands – England 1:2 (1:1)

Dortmund, 60,926 spectators, SR Zwayer (GER)

1:0 Simons (7.)
1:1 Kane (18./penalty)
1:2 Watkins (91.)

Netherlands: : Verbruggen – Dumfries (93./Zirkzee), de Vrij, Van Dijk, Ake – Schouten, Reijnders – Malen (46./Weghorst), Simons (93./Brobbey), Gakpo – Depay (35./Veerman)

England: Pickford – Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier (46./Shaw) – Mainoo (93./Gallagher), Rice – Saka (93./Konsa), Bellingham, Foden (81./Palmer) – Kane (81./Watkins)

Yellow cards: Dumfries, Van Dijk, Simons or Bellingham, Saka, Trippier

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Chiba Jets Funabashi Collaborates in Fun Jump! Basketball 2024 Grit Arts Cup Mini-Tournament




Thank you very much for your continued support of Chiba Jets Funabashi.

Following on from the last tournament, Chiba Jets Funabashi will be participating as a special collaborator in the mini-basketball tournament “Fun Jump! Basketball 2024 Grit Arts Cup,” organized by Kayent Inc., a company that solves global problems through the power of entertainment.

This tournament

  • I want to support the growth of children
  • Let them know the benefits of team sports (one team)
  • I want to develop my child’s independence and self-reliance.

In order to achieve this goal, the tournament has special rules, as outlined below.

  • Give equal playing time to all players.
  • Managers and coaches are prohibited from getting angry or giving instructions outside of timeouts and intervals.
  • Bonus points are awarded if everyone scores.

Recruitment for teams to participate in the tournament has begun, so we look forward to receiving many applications from teams.
For more details about the tournament, please see the summary below and the official tournament website.

competition summary

Event Outline

  • event date

    Women: December 26, 2024 (Thursday)
    Men: December 27, 2024 (Friday)

  • venue

    Kashiwa Central Gymnasium
    (73 Kashiwashita, Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, 277-0004)

  • Number of teams

    16 teams each for men and women

  • Organizer

    Kayent Co., Ltd.

  • Special Support

    Chiba Jets Funabashi Co., Ltd.

  • Supporting Partners

    Regular updates

  • Media Support

    Monthly Basketball
    Bay FM

  • cooperation

    Bunmeido Tokyo Co., Ltd.
    Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

  • Application period

    July 22 (Month) to September 1 (Sunday), 2024 READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

  • Official tournament website

Purpose of this tournament

① I want to support my child’s growth.

Children do not grow by practicing for the sake of practicing. Experience in serious matches strongly supports children’s growth. We eliminate starting lineups and substitutes, and give all players the opportunity to play with equal playing time.

2) To let people know the benefits of team sports (one team).

We have introduced a system where even if you can’t win by individual strength, you can win against a strong opponent if you work as a team. We want people to know the greatness of team sports (one team) where everyone can cover up for individual mistakes.

3) I want to encourage my children’s initiative and independence.

Coaches are not allowed to get angry. Coaches are not allowed to give instructions from the bench except during halftime and timeouts. Coaches are encouraged to praise players for good plays.

Special tournament rules

■ Match time

  • Preliminary league (3 matches): 5 minute halves / first and second halves
  • Semi-finals/Finals: 6 minute halves/first and second halves

■ Equal playing time rule for everyone

  • Members will play in fixed teams of five for each half.
  • Therefore, there were no substitutions or five-foul ejections.
  • If a player commits 5 or more serious fouls, he or she will be asked to leave the game.
  • In that case, you will have to fight with fewer people.

■ Special rules for adding points to everyone’s score

The aim of this program is to create the possibility of a comeback through team strength, rather than just relying on the skills of a particular talented player, and to lead to the growth of all players.

  • Points are added depending on the number of people who score in each half.
  • +1 point if 3 players score
  • 4 people get an additional +3 points
  • 5 people get +5 points
  • 10 players in both halves for an additional +5 points
  • Special tournament rules allow for a maximum of 23 points to be added in the first and second halves
  • The qualifying round will be decided by adding up the points after the game ends.
  • The semi-finals and finals will be reflected in real time.
  • The tournament staff will be responsible for strictly counting the points.
  • Special rules to encourage children’s initiative
  • Managers and coaches are not allowed to get angry, but are allowed to praise
  • Instructions from the bench other than timeouts/halftimes are also prohibited.
  • Children are allowed to cheer on and give advice from the bench.

Participating team benefits

■ Prizes for the winning and runner-up teams (2 men’s teams / 2 women’s teams)

  • Invitation to a Chiba Jets home game
  • Commemorative photos with Chiba Jets players will be taken on the court after the match (only for the winning team)

■ Free throw competition

  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. *Only 1st place for adults

■ Participation Awards & Special Awards

  • Participation prizes for all competitors
    *Only teams that participate until the closing ceremony will receive the prize.
  • Best Director Award: 1 person
  • Best One Team Award 1 team

■ Full cooperation with Monthly Basketball

  • Special articles on the tournament will be published on the web and in magazines
  • There will also be a section in the monthly basketball magazine listing the players from participating teams.

Special Ambassador

Shunsuke Ito/Former professional basketball player

  • After retiring from professional basketball, he worked as a front-line staff member at the Chiba Jets, focusing on corporate sales. After retiring, he became the representative and operating company president of the fitness club Blue Gate, embodying the formation of second careers for athletes.
    After graduating from Kanagawa Prefectural Yamato High School, he graduated from Chuo University in 2002. During his active career, he played for the Japanese national team for a long time as a physical player with a strong physique, a height of 204 cm, and good running ability. In May 2018, he ended his 16-year active career with the Chiba Jets at the end of the season. After retiring, he worked as a front staff member for the Chiba Jets, but left in 2019. He is also using his wealth of experience to promote basketball.

Masato Ogawa/Chiba Jets

  • Jersey number: 3
    Position: PG
    Height and weight: 176cm / 76kg
    Date of Birth: August 23, 2001
    Birthplace: Fukuoka Prefecture
    Nationality: Japanese
    Selection history: U22 Japan national team candidate, 2022 3×3 U21 Japan national team
    Career: Fukuoka Daiichi High School → Nippon Sport Science University → Chiba Jets

Mao Okada / President of Sakurakago Co., Ltd., Basketball player

  • Born in Aichi Prefecture Nagoya University of Economics Takakura High School → Toyota Boshoku Sunshine Rabbits → 3×3 player (currently TOKYO BB)
    In 2019, he established Sakurakago Co., Ltd. and is working to contribute to society and the future of children using basketball as a tool. In 2021, he obtained a childminder qualification. “Sakurakago Co., Ltd.” Operates the YouTube channel “TOKYOHOOP GiRLS.” Operates basketball schools in Aichi and Kanagawa. Basketball clinics across the country. Operates “Aozora Basketball,” a basketball class for children who do not go to school. Etc.

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2024-07-22 03:03:53
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Football crisis: FIGC meeting, Abodi will not be present – Football




The meeting between the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, and the federal components to discuss the electoral weights will not see the presence of the minister for sport and youth Andrea Abodi. As ANSA has learned, the minister, after having had several discussions with the parties involved, will not be present at the meeting in via Allegri.

A chess game in which each player aims to make his own move without exposing himself too much. It will not be the moment of checkmate today when, in view of the elections of next November 4, all the components, summoned by the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, will meet around a table to seek a point of agreement.

The object of contention is the new remodulation of the weights of Serie A in the electoral percentage phase in light of the Mulé amendment. It promises to be a tug of war because Serie B has also joined the Lega di A by deciding (unanimously in the assembly urgently convened this evening) to challenge at the National Federal Court the resolution with which the federal council decided to confirm the weights between the various components for the election of the next FIGC president.

The meeting will be attended by the president of Lega Serie A, Lorenzo Casini, that of Lega B, Mauro Balata as well as Matteo Marani for Lega Pro, Giancarlo Abete for Lnd. Then there will be Umberto Calcagno to represent the players, Renzo Ulivieri for the coaches and Carlo Pacifici for the referee component. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Serie A, in particular, and now Serie B are also waiting for answers after the announcement by president Casini of the intention to challenge the federal resolution. A card to be played, if necessary, but which does not represent “a hostile act but a technical defense. If the discussions were to be positive, we are ready to withdraw it”, Casini admitted. Serie B, following the same path, has given a mandate to its president, Mauro Balata, who in the last federal council had already expressed himself against the resolution, evaluating the need to wait for the approval of the ‘sports decree’. Balata himself had underlined the risk of going to FIGC elections with regulations that conflict and are certainly not adequate with the provision of the law that could come into force in the next few days. As for Serie A, it is certainly no mystery, in fact, that the request of the representatives of the highest Italian professional league is to arrive at a different distribution of federal weights with a preponderant weight recognized to Lega Serie A, together with a model of greater autonomy. In essence, therefore, the request is to see the current weight of 12% recognized to the top division increased to approximately double. A condition considered fundamental, but which will necessarily have to see one of the other components give up something. The time is tight, every discussion must be concluded by September 4, that is, 60 days before the elective assembly scheduled for November 4. Also on the table is the so-called “right of agreement”, that is, the possibility for the clubs to have a veto on every decision of the Football Federation regarding Serie A. It is likely that the game will not end with tomorrow’s meeting, others will be needed to find a definitive agreement but in the meantime the game has already begun.

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2024-07-22 07:23:59
#Football #crisis #FIGC #meeting #Abodi #present #Football

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Qinwen Zheng Successfully Defends WTA Palermo Title Against Karolina Muchova




Qinwen Zheng knew how to maintain the pressure of being the defending champion, and the number one seed, of the WTA Palermo and won in the final Karolina Muchova por 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 After two hours and 51 minutes of match, he thus obtained the Chinese revalidate the title in Italy after a final where she had to work hard. Especially after losing the second set, but the Czech ran out of energy and Zheng He repeated the title in Palermo, his first of the year, while remaining as 7th in the WTA rankings.

2024-07-21 21:41:45
#Zheng #beats #Muchova #repeat #title #WTA #Palermo READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

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