FIBA’s new format is trying to make its showcase event a ‘global’ spectacle. Players, leagues may not be buying it. (Editor's note: The following article has been published on Aug. 27, 2019 in The Filipino connection and has been posted here with permission.) For countries below the global basketball ladder, the sport’s “world cup” is excitement. It’s a thrill for them to slug it out against better-skilled teams. And the players from a country that is already way, way up? It’s risky playing there. This mindset, plus strokes of bad luck that hit the world’s best players and managerial concerns by basketball leagues to sustain patriotic commitments, may dampen the fan attraction of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. The pilot test to make basketball’s world cup as feverish as football’s is now feeling birth pains and swallowing hard lessons. Admittedly, basketball talent is super skewed to favor the United … [Read more...] about FIBA World Cup: Still appealing?
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REUTERS: Liverpool's Champions League winning trio of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's player award, world soccer's governing body announced on Wednesday.Salah and Mane shared the Premier League Golden Boot - with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - for the league's top scorer with 22 goals each while Messi was the leading scorer in both La Liga (36 goals) and the Champions League (12 goals) last season.Centre back Van Dijk was voted both the Premier League Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Year, and was instrumental in the Merseyside club's sixth European Cup triumph.Ronaldo won Italy's Serie A title in his debut season with Juventus and was also voted the league's most valuable player. He also led Portugal to the inaugural UEFA Nations League title last month.U.S. World Cup winners Megan Rapinoe, who won the top scorer's Golden Boot and Golden Ball for the best … [Read more...] about Liverpool trio, US World Cup winners head FIFA award shortlists
Sport Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said on Wednesday that South Korea's run to the final of the Under 20 World Cup was "remarkable" and reflects the rising standards across the continent. 12 Jun 2019 02:46PM Bookmark SEOUL: Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said on Wednesday that South Korea's run to the final of the Under 20 World Cup was "remarkable" and reflects the rising standards across the continent.South Korea reached their first men's final of any FIFA competition after Choi Jun's first-half goal saw them beat Ecuador in Lublin, Poland.The Koreans have had an incredible ride to the final, beating six-times champions Argentina in the group stage before going on to eliminate Japan, Senegal and Ecuador.South Korea will face Ukraine for the title on Saturday in Lodz."Their achievements so far have been remarkable, and I hope they carry on this form and go on to win the competition," said the Bahraini in an AFC … [Read more...] about AFC president hails South Korea’s run to U20 World Cup final
FRANCE: In the four years since the last Women's World Cup in Canada, the competition and talent among female footballers has gotten stronger - and more global. The stage will be as big as ever when this year's tournament kicks off Jun 7 in Paris.In our latest ESPN FC Rank, we polled our experts to gauge which players will stand out in France.25. SHANICE VAN DE SANDENAnother from the Lyon dynasty, Shanice van de Sanden is best known for two things: her blazing speed and her trademark bright red lipstick. One of the fastest players in the women's game, Van de Sanden is an absolute handful to deal with on the right wing for opposing full-backs due to her pace and skill. A player who debuted for the Oranje at just 16, she was a key member of the Netherlands' victorious European Championship side in 2017 and will be appearing in her second World Cup this summer. Van de Sanden, now 26, has 15 goals in 63 caps for the Netherlands, but it is her ability to get in behind … [Read more...] about Who is the best player at the Women’s World Cup?
SEOUL: Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun’s experience of playing in Europe could prove an invaluable asset for South Korea when the Women’s World Cup begins later this week. Nicknamed “Ji Messi” by fans who regard her as the female equivalent of the Barcelona and Argentina great, the 28-year-old is South Korea’s record scorer with 54 goals in 115 appearances. Ji started playing football at school aged seven, but had to train with the boys as there was no girls’ team. The trailblazing Ji became the first Korean woman to play professionally in England when she made a high-profile move to Chelsea in 2014 from Japan’s INAC Kobe Leonessa. Ji’s first season in London was a success as Chelsea, who had struggled near the foot of the table in 2013, were transformed into title challengers. English title disappointment She netted nine goals in 19 appearances in all competitions but Chelsea ended up being pipped to the Women’s Super League crown by … [Read more...] about Trailblazing ‘Ji Messi’ leads South Korea’s World Cup hopes