LAHORE: Spain's Atletico Madrid are taking on a challenge tougher than winning La Liga - developing football in cricket-mad Pakistan, where bat and ball are king, pitches come with stumps not goalposts, and even the prime minister is a former World Cup winner.During a recent session at the club's new facility in Lahore - the country's first European football academy - a cabal of Spanish coaches watched as a new class of young Pakistani hopefuls fired off penalty kicks."We are not looking for players for Atletico Madrid because we know that this is going to be very difficult ... Our target is to improve the football here," coach Javier Visea told AFP.To succeed in carving out a place for football, they will need to overcome marginal government support, poor infrastructure and a troubled history with FIFA that has resulted in multiple bans for violating the body's rules.The country remains on thin ice with the governing organisation, currently sits 199th in the FIFA rankings … [Read more...] about Atletico shoot for football future in cricket-mad Pakistan
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Three Wild Boars players as well as their assistant coach, will see Thailand’s opening game against India at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday at the invitation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). There will also be a meet and greet for the group with their national heroes and they will receive a behind-the-scenes stadium tour before experiencing VIP access during what promises to be a decisive contest. AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “The courage and perseverance of the 12 teenagers and their coach under extremely challenging conditions were a source of inspiration for millions of people across the world. “Now we have an opportunity to continue this remarkable fairy-tale. Football has the power to bring hope and joy to people of all backgrounds and nationalities and the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 is the ultimate platform on which to celebrate the unity and diversity of our Continent. “I am confident that the … [Read more...] about AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 to salute Wild Boars Football Academy players
Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with 100-mile-per-hour winds on Tuesday as Florida's governor warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the southern US state. The storm -- currently located over the Gulf of Mexico -- is sweeping toward the Florida coast at around 12 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, bringing with it "life threatening" storm surges and heavy rainfall, the National Hurricane Center said. "It is a monstrous storm and the forecast (keeps) getting more dangerous," Florida Governor Rick Scott said. "The time to prepare is now." It "poses a deadly threat and as it grows stronger, we can expect it make landfall as a major Category 3 storm," said Scott, warning that it "could bring total devastation to parts of our state, especially in the panhandle." A hurricane warning was up across the Florida panhandle, a low-lying area of beachfront resort and retirement communities on northeastern Gulf coast. Forecasters warned … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael reaches Category 2, threatens southern US
SHOPEE shares some tips to organise the best football viewing party at home How is this not the most exciting time of the year? We have two major football games happening at the same time. While the Malaysia Football League (MFL) has just announced the teams that will be competing for the final of the Shopee FA Cup Malaysia on 7 July, the World Cup 2018 in Russia is also plaguing Malaysians with insomnia. For Shopee FA Cup fans, you can get your Buy 1 Free 1 tickets on the MFL's Official Shop on Shopee to enjoy the true experience of the final game. As for the World Cup, not all of us can take a long break to fly to Russia to watch the games, the flight itself is more than 14 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Moscow! So, what's the next best option? Easy! Organize your own viewing party at the comfort of your own home with family and friends and Shopee will guide you how. 1.I Gotta Feeling First, you need to set the right mood. Get your guests to come over wearing their favourite jerseys. … [Read more...] about Be The Best Host This Football Season, with Shopee!
Ahmed Kortem, 33, the coach and owner of ADZ Academy in Songkhla's Sadao district, said there were only three days left to locate the mother of Chaisak Thongchan to authorise a consent document so that his passport could be issued in time for his trip to England. Chaisak, 12, a fifth grader at Sangwalwit 2 School in Tambon Padang Bezar in Sadao, has been selected as one of 25 children from five southern border provinces to train in England. But Chaisak was abandoned by both parents, who have divorced, and lives with a relative of his father. Ahmed said the father, who lives in Khon Kaen, had already signed the consent form, but he had failed to locate the mother, Saowapha Himthong, a resident of Surat Thani. He said only three days were left and the boy could miss his chance to join the football academy in England. … [Read more...] about Footballer, 12, may miss chance to train in England as mother sought