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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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?
DOHA: There was never a "chance in hell" the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would be expanded to 48 teams because of regional rivalries, according to analysts.Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their allies could now face pressure from their own fans to ease restrictions on travel to Qatar in force since 2017."We've had weeks and months of discussions about hot air. There never was a chance in hell that the 2022 World Cup was going to be expanded," said James Dorsey, a researcher at Singapore's S Rajaratnam School of International Studies and author of The Turbulent World Of Middle East Soccer."We were also two-thirds down the road to the World Cup, that's a very late stage to change things."Tobias Borck, an analyst at the Royal United Services Institute, said that the main stumbling block for the push to expand the tournament from 32 teams, which FIFA shelved on Wednesday (May 22), was the Saudi-led embargo of Qatar.Since 2017 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies have led … [Read more...] about Never a ‘chance in hell’ of 48-team 2022 World Cup: Analysts
Sport Lieke Martens and her Netherlands team mates will be among the favourites to lift the World Cup in France, but their struggles since being crowned European champions on home soil in 2017 show how quickly the game is developing. 15 May 2019 10:40PM Bookmark REUTERS: Lieke Martens and her Netherlands team mates will be among the favourites to lift the World Cup in France, but their struggles since being crowned European champions on home soil in 2017 show how quickly the game is developing.A little over a year after crushing Denmark in the final to win the Euros, the Dutch had to beat the Danes and then Switzerland in the playoffs after missing out on automatic qualification for next month's World Cup.Norway defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in their last UEFA Group 3 qualifying game to reach the finals, but it was a 0-0 home draw early in qualification against a dogged Ireland side that really cost the Dutch.Having steamrollered teams with their pace and passing at the … [Read more...] about Dutch need to step up to deliver on World Cup potential