Video PlayerClose By Xie Yuzhi MADRID, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Ten years ago, the Spanish national football team was about to embark on a period of unprecedented success, winning both the 2008 and 2012 European Championships as well as in the 2010 World Cup. Their unique brand of "tiki-taka" passing football won them many admirers, and ensured the team's place in footballing folklore. However, as Spain's core players began to age, the "invincible fleet" that once conquered the world began to fall from grace. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, they failed to advance from the group stage, suffering a humiliating 1-5 defeat to the Netherlands. And at the European Championships in France two years later, La Furia Roja was eliminated in the Round of 16 after losing 0-2 to Italy. After Vicente del Bosque resigned as national team manager, the Spanish Football Federation brought Julen Lopetegui in for the 2018 World Cup qualification. Lopetegui lived up to expectations and led the team to Russia … [Read more...] about World Cup Group B preview: Spain: Return of the king?
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Video PlayerClose By He Leijing BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Assuming talisman Mohamed Salah is fit in time for Egypt's first World Cup appearance since 1990, the Pharaohs will still have their chance to make a name in the global football showpiece. The Egyptian Football Association announced that the Liverpool forward Salah has not been ruled out for Russia 2018 after departing Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid with a left shoulder injury. This at least brings some hope to Egypt, which qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. Egypt has been a dominant force in African football throughout the years, but an entire generation of Egyptians was deprived of seeing the national team compete on the biggest stage. The wait was finally over, when star man Salah bagged the goal in a late penalty against DR Congo. Salah almost single handedly booked the place in Russia for Egypt. And this charismatic 25-year-old will undoubtedly provide a major boost on the … [Read more...] about World Cup Group A preview: Egypt pins World Cup hopes on Mohamed Salah
Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 got its fourth Rs 1 crore winner of the season on Tuesday. Ajeet Kumar, a jail superintendent from Hajipur in Bihar became the fourth crorepati in the Amitabh Bachchan-hosted quiz show. Ajeet won the fastest finger first on Monday and sat on the hot seat. He walked away with Rs 1 crore on Tuesday. For those who missed watching Ajeet's Rs 1 crore moment, the question on the new crorepati of KBC 11's screen was, "Which was the first British satellite to have been launched successfully by a British rocket?" The options were: A) Ariel 1, B) Prospero, C) Miranda, D) Zicron. Ajeet opted to take his only remaining lifeline 50-50 for the question. The two options that remained on his screen were B) Prospero and C) Miranda. After a lot of thinking, he chose the option B) Prospero, which was the right answer. After answering the 15th question of Rs 1 crore, Ajeet had exhausted all of his four lifelines. He then moved to the 16th question for the highest prize money of … [Read more...] about Bihar Jail Superintendent Ajeet Kumar Becomes Fourth Crorepati on KBC 11