Sports – Daily News Egypt https://www.dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:55:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Streetwise Axel Witsel fills Marco Reus’ boots as Borussia Dortmund prove title credentials https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/19/streetwise-axel-witsel-fills-marco-reus-boots-as-borussia-dortmund-prove-title-credentials/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/19/streetwise-axel-witsel-fills-marco-reus-boots-as-borussia-dortmund-prove-title-credentials/#respond Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:36:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687450 The post Streetwise Axel Witsel fills Marco Reus’ boots as Borussia Dortmund prove title credentials appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Borussia Dortmund picked up a huge win on the road in a vital examination of their title credentials. The leaders were without Marco Reus but Axel Witsel filled the void in special fashion.If Borussia Dortmund are to go on and claim their first Bundesliga title in seven years, they will look back on this freezing night in Leipzig as one of the key games that got them there.

With Marco Reus injured and Bayern Munich reapplying the pressure on by winning on Friday night, Dortmund traveled to face a team that had not suffered a single league defeat at home this season. The challenge could scarcely have been greater, the stakes rarely higher.

The absence of Reus was not only a blow for his scoring record but also his role as Lucien Favre's eyes and ears on the field, and Dortmund were in real need of someone to step into that void and lead them to victory in their first game of 2019.

Enter Axel Witsel. A man for the big occasion and with the kind of experience under his belt that Dortmund, for all their qualities, don't have much of. The Belgian was the matchwinner here, lashing in a 19th minute opener that proved the only goal of the game. Witsel reeled away in delight, literally jumping for joy. It was the kind of finish Reus would have been proud of.

But that was merely the precursor to the kind of individual display that will make Michael Zorc smile. RB Leipzig created several decent openings but lacked the cutting the edge to level the game, which would have just about been deserved on the balance of play. Marcel Sabitzer's 74th minute chance – a shot straight at Roman Bürki after he was teed up by Timo Werner – was as close as the hosts came on a night when they fluffed their lines.

Witsel delivers game management

Much of the reason Leipzig couldn't find a way through was because Witsel was putting himself in the line of fire. His crucial block shortly after the half-hour mark stopped what would have been a tricky effort for Bürki to keep out. The Belgian was there again just before halftime, doing just enough to put off Werner as he tried to bend one in. Witsel is like a robot vacuum cleaner, quietly going about his business of cleaning up while everyone else goes about theirs.

But it wasn't just the headers, tackles or crucial interceptions that marked this out as such a fine display by Witsel. It was the 30-year-old's game management and calming influence, with the ball, without the ball and on his teammates that made the decisive difference. Just as Sergio Busquets and Fernandinho have made it an art form, Witsel also recognizes when he needs to break up the opponent's rhythm with the odd foul, delving just enough into the spectrum of the dark arts without making the referee take action.

Witsel wasn't alone in putting in a shift for Dortmund. Jadon Sancho was lively, Mario Götze was industrious, Julian Weigl impressive at center back, and Bürki, despite a horrendous blunder that almost resulted in a Leipzig goal, made some key stops.

Dortmund are a better team when Reus is playing and this wasn't their most fluid display of the season, but it was a vital victory at a place where few teams walk away with all three points. When the end-of-season DVD goes on sale in the Dortmund club shop in the summer, this game will definitely feature.

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Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka enjoys and excels in 2019 Bundesliga opener https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/19/bayern-munichs-leon-goretzka-enjoys-and-excels-in-2019-bundesliga-opener/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/19/bayern-munichs-leon-goretzka-enjoys-and-excels-in-2019-bundesliga-opener/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:32:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=687255 The post Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka enjoys and excels in 2019 Bundesliga opener appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Bayern Munich delivered an impressive performance against Hoffenheim, both collectively and individually. One man stood out, and the midfielder hasn’t always been one of the first to deliver — until matchday 18.It's always presumptuous to take one individual performance and declare it a defining moment, but Leon Goretzka's game-winning performance for Bayern Munich to restart the Bundesliga season felt like an arrival story.

Finally, Goretzka was doing the things Bayern signed him to do. The 23-year-old looked like he belonged among the achievement-riddled stars at Germany's most successful club.

By opening up space in between the lines and adding a playmaking option beyond Thiago, Goretzka was masterful playing in behind the strikers. Afterwards, he admitted what appeared evident throughout the game: that he had fun playing in the No. 10 role again.

Bayern have made strides to solve the Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery sized holes that will soon appear, but down the middle it is more often Thiago or James that pulls the defining strings. On Friday, though, it was Goretzka's turn to direct proceedings.

Game-changing performance

The goals, first picking up on a rebound and then later timing his run perfectly to divert a cross, will put his name in the headlines, but his performance that should be what takes up most of the characters on social media posts.

The Bochum boy was bursting through the middle and looking to shoot, or drifting into space out wide to cross into the middle, or timing a late run so as to expose a Hoffenheim defense too occupied with dealing with Robert Lewandowski. Everything about Bayern's impressive first-half display came through their number 18. In short, Goretzka changed the game.

For the final 10 minutes, he dropped deeper so as to allow Rodriguez the chance to push on. Deeper, he is capable of recycling possession, stuffing gaps and holding the base of a midfield but it is not where he excels. The 80 minutes beforehand were enough proof of that.

Other than the goal and assist he provided in just the second game of the season in an away win in Stuttgart, Goretzka has been inconsistent, floating around a team under a head coach, Niko Kovac, that didn't seem to know where to put him. More of that may come in the months ahead, but on this Friday night in January, the very opposite was true.

Goretzka was at his very best and as much fun as he had playing, it was also so much fun to watch him.

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Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig: The Bundesliga's ideological battleground https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/18/borussia-dortmund-and-rb-leipzig-the-bundesligas-ideological-battleground/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/18/borussia-dortmund-and-rb-leipzig-the-bundesligas-ideological-battleground/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687219 The post Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig: The Bundesliga's ideological battleground appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund travel east to face RB Leipzig on Saturday. It will be just the sixth clash between the clubs but already a strong antipathy has developed. DW takes a look at the how, when and why.Traditionally, footballing rivalries revolve around some combination of proximity, history and politics. But with their stadiums more than 400 kilometers apart, and their first meeting coming as recently as 2016, the ill feeling between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig is grounded largely in one thing: ideology.

As with previous games at the Red Bull Arena, many of Dortmund's largest fan groups, including the three vocal ultra groups, will boycott Saturday's match in protest at the ownership structure of the energy drink-backed club from Germany's east, with many planning on watching the game in Dortmund instead.

"Even if we have to do without supporting our team again: RB Leipzig against Borussia Dortmund is not our game," read a statement from the official BVB Fanabteilung (fan department) as they confirmed no club-run buses would travel across the country to Leipzig for Saturday's late game. "We want to keep football as the people's sport!"

And the clubs couldn't resist a dig at each other as game day approached, with Dortmund using the social media movement #10YearChallenge to point out that RB Leipzig didn't even exist until mid 2009, before the Red Bulls responded.

But how did we arrive at this stage? DW takes a look at the previous five meetings of the clubs to find out.

1. September 10, 2016: RB Leipzig 1 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Newly-promoted Leipzig's ascent to the top flight was deeply controversial. Fans across Germany are opposed to their perceived circumvention of the country's 50+1 rule, designed to keep clubs in the hands of the fans, and uncomfortable about their ownership by Austrian drinks manufacturer Red Bull and transfer links to its various franchised clubs.

Many prominent German fan scenes continue to be vocally opposed to RB Leipzig, with hardcore Bayern Munich and Cologne supporters also among those who still refuse to attend away fixtures in Leipzig.

Dortmund's leading fan groups boycotted RB's first home game in the top flight, attending a reserve team fixture in Dortmund instead. All 4,300 tickets in the away end were snapped up in less than an hour anyway but those who did make the trip were to be disappointed as Naby Keita turned in Oliver Burke's low cross in the last minute of normal time to secure the club's first Bundesliga win.

2. February 4, 2017: Borussia Dortmund 1 – 0 RB Leipzig

That win proved to be the spur for an exceptional first half-season for Leipzig, who wouldn't lose a game until December. They visited Dortmund for the first time having bounced back from a defeat to Bayern Munich before Christmas with two wins, to leave them hot on the champions' tail. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first half header separated the sides but the story was very much off the pitch.

RB Leipzig fans were bombarded with missiles including cans and stones on their way to the ground with 28 people later charged with offences. Fans on Dortmund's famous Südtribune (South stand) unfurled an enormous amount of banners, four percent of which were later deemed to contain illegal content, according to police. A German FA (DFB) investigation, which was able to focus only on events in the stadium, led to the closure of the Südtribune for one league game and a €100,000 fine.

To make matters worse, Leipizig finished the season in second, three points clear of BVB.

3. October 14, 2017: Borussia Dortmund 2 – 3 RB Leipzig

A thousands-strong anti-RB Leipzig march through the streets of Dortmund passed off largely peacefully, though the feelings of the home fans were impossible to mis-interpret.

On the pitch, things weren't quite so calm, with Aubameyang opening the scoring after four minutes only for the visitors to roar in to a 3-1 lead just after the break thanks to efforts from Marcel Sabitzer, Yusuf Poulsen and a Jean-Kevin Augustin penalty. Aubameyang pulled one back from the spot with 26 minutes remaining but it wasn't enough. It was BVB's first loss after a blistering start saw them take 19 points from 21 under Peter Bosz. It was to prove the beginning of the end for the Dutch coach, who failed to win another league game before his dismissal in December.

4. March 3, 2018: RB Leipzig 1 -1 Borussia Dortmund

By this stage, Dortmund had steadied the ship somewhat under interim coach Peter Stöger while Leipzig were suffering from second season syndrome.

Again, most major Dortmund fan groups stayed away but this one was a less frenetic affair, with neither side able to break a deadlock established when Augustin and Marco Reus both notched within nine first half minutes of each other. On loan Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi missed a sitter that would've given his side their first win in Leipzig and the sides ended the campaign in disappointing fashion, the Red Bulls finishing sixth and BVB sneaking in to fourth.

5. August 26, 2018: Borussia Dortmund 4 – 1 RB Leipzig

Both sides had new bosses by the time they met on matchday 1 of the current campaign. Ralf Rangnick was keeping the RB Leipzig hotseat warm for Julian Nagelsmann while Lucien Favre was the latest man tasked with returning the Black and Yellows back to the summit.

As had now become customary, the Südtribune were once again keen to draw the distinction between their traditional values and Leipzig's franchise model, with a banner reading: “Here we go again! Everyone gets their chance, but for RB Leipzig: zero tolerance!” unveiled at the front of the stand.

Favre got off to a shocking start, with Augustin again making his mark, this time after less than a minute. But a Mahmoud Dahoud strike, a Sabitzer own goal, a debut bicycle kick from Axel Witsel and a late Reus effort secured a margin of victory that flattered the hosts.

It kick-started a brilliant Hinrunde (first half of the season) from Dortmund. Favre, and BVB's fans both in the Red Bull Arena and back in Dortmund, will be hoping Saturday will mark their first away win against a club whose right to exist many still deny and start the run-in to a first Bundesliga title since 2012.

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Australian Open: Alexander Zverev scrapes through in five-set thriller https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/17/australian-open-alexander-zverev-scrapes-through-in-five-set-thriller/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/17/australian-open-alexander-zverev-scrapes-through-in-five-set-thriller/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:03:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687181 The post Australian Open: Alexander Zverev scrapes through in five-set thriller appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Alexander Zverev matched his career best in Melbourne after a tough 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (8-6), 6-1 win over France’s Jeremy Chardy. But the third round won’t be enough for the German who has bigger challenges ahead.Drama is becoming a habit for Alexander Zverev, as Germany's great male hope made hard work of booking a third-round clash with young Australian wildcard Alex Bolt.

"What an amazing match," Zverev said. "Jeremy fought so hard. He's an unbelievable player. He's caused so much damage to all the top guys in the world, and he showed it again today; he's a great fighter, great tennis player, great person, as well."

Zverev began in commanding fashion, serving well and overpowering his 31-year-old opponent to force a break in Chardy's first service game. But the inconsistency that's hamstrung the German in majors quickly reared its ugly head, as he let Chardy back in to the set with a series of errors. A brilliant no-look backhand on the run from the Frenchman made it 4-4 as the momentum swung.

"What an amazing match, Jeremy fought so hard he's an unbelievable player," said Zverev. "He's caused so much damage to all the top guys in the world and he showed it again today, he's a great fighter, great tennis player, great person as well."

The world number 4 continued to be wasteful, missing a simple chance in the next game as his body language deteriorated. But the pause ahead of the tiebreak seemed to do him good and after taking a three-point lead with a big ace, he powered a backhand down the line from mid court to seal it.

Zverev took that momentum in to the third set where Chardy looked overwhelmed by his opponents' superior power. At that point, the 21-year-old from Hamburg could reasonably have been expected to wrap things up but he was soon a break down and once again showing signs of the mental fraility that has often cost him on the big stage.

Letting it slip

A series of brilliant retrievals at 3-4 down got Chardy back on serve only for Zverev to produce a string of basic errors while serving to stay in the set that allowed the Frenchman to take it to a fourth.

The seventh game of the fourth set, at 3-3, was a neat summary of the match to that point, with Zverev playing some brilliant stuff to create four break points, only to spurn them all. The set eventually headed for a tiebreak after Chardy forced but failed to convert three set points on Zverev's serve in the 12th.

Soft hands at the net gave Chardy the first mini-break but Zverev powered his way back to parity and then on to a first match point, on his opponent's serve. That came and went, with the German looping a fairly straightforward forehand long. Chardy immediately took advantage, Zverev again overcooking a straightforward groundstroke to send it to a fifth.

This most topsy-turvy of matches took another twist, as Zverev repeated his first-set trick and broke Chardy at the first opportunity. Suddenly the Frenchman looked tired, sending regulation groundstrokes wide and long. Zverev smelt blood, breaking again to take a 4-0 lead and never looking like relinquishing a game on serve.

Finally a big ace down the line set up match point and Chardy's ballooned return sent Zverev in to the third round for the third successive year. This time, it's a hurdle he must clear.

Zverev's compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber was one of very few male seeds to fall on Thursday, with the number 32 seed losing 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 to Portuguese player Joao Sousa. Elsewhere Milos Raonic squeezed past 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka in a four set match comprised entirely of tiebreaks and Austria's Dominic Thiem, seeded 7, was forced to retire hurt while trailing home favorite Alexei Popyrin.

Serena storms through in style

Earlier in the day, Serena Williams brushed off Canada's Eugenie Bouchard as her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title gathered pace.

The American won 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes, to set up a clash with Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska, who wasn't even born when Williams lifted her first Grand Slam title.

"It wasn't an easy match tonight, Eugenie's been to the final of Wimbledon (in 2014) and the semi-finals of other Grand Slams," Williams said. "So I knew 'Serena, you've got to come out hot, you've got to come out firing, she's a really good player and I haven't had many matches since last year'."

Women's number one seed Simona Halep didn't have things anywhere near as easy. American youngster Sofia Kenin pushed the Romanian all the way before Halep prevailed 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4 to set up a meeting with Venus Williams in the third round.

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After Kane’s confirmed absence, Premier League top scorer title ignites between Salah and Aubameyang https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/17/after-kanes-confirmed-absence-premier-league-top-scorer-title-ignites-between-salah-and-aubameyang/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/17/after-kanes-confirmed-absence-premier-league-top-scorer-title-ignites-between-salah-and-aubameyang/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:00:58 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687132 Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was announced to be out until March after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend’s Premier League defeat by Manchester United. Kane leads the Premier League top scorer ranking with 14 goals, equal to Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal. Kane’s absence will mean more competition between …

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was announced to be out until March after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend’s Premier League defeat by Manchester United.

Kane leads the Premier League top scorer ranking with 14 goals, equal to Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal. Kane’s absence will mean more competition between the two players in the coming weeks.

In the event of absence, the English club will miss the services of its star in nine competitions of different tournaments, including six encounters in the Premier League, which will give Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang an edge to widen the gap in the competition for the Golden Boot.

Liverpool and Arsenal each has six games in the Premier League until the end of February, starting with two matches in January and four in February, in the 23rd to 28th round of the competition.

Salah starts with his Liverpool, which leads the tournament’s ranking with 57 points, against Crystal Palace F.C. on 19 January then Leicester City on 30 January.

On 4 February, Liverpool face West Ham United F.C. before hosting A.F.C. Bournemouth on 9 February, then Manchester United on 24 February, and Watford F.C. three days later.

On the other hand, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Arsenal in fifth rank with 41 points, will meet Chelsea on 19 January and Cardiff City F.C. on 29 January. 

In February, Arsenal will start a new clash with Manchester City on 3 February, Huddersfield Town A.F.C. on 9 February, then Southampton F.C. on 24 February, and finally A.F.C. Bournemouth three days after that.

Salah finished last season’s Premier League with 32 goals and won the Golden Boot as a Premier League top scorer, two goals up from Kane. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ranked 16th with 10 goals.

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David Beckham wrap a dog in a $6,000 blanket https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/17/david-beckham-wrap-a-dog-in-a-6000-blanket/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/17/david-beckham-wrap-a-dog-in-a-6000-blanket/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:30:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687128 Mercy and kindness are qualities of human beings. This is what former footballer David Beckham did when he was careful to cover his dog with a blanket worth $5,900. In an Instagram photo posted by Victoria Beckham this week the family’s pet dog Victoria was snuggled up with David in a red blanket. The photo …

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Mercy and kindness are qualities of human beings. This is what former footballer David Beckham did when he was careful to cover his dog with a blanket worth $5,900.

In an Instagram photo posted by Victoria Beckham this week the family’s pet dog Victoria was snuggled up with David in a red blanket. The photo was captioned  ‘Afternoon nap with her daddy.’

According to the Daily Mail, The blanket, in bright red, bears the trademark Louis Vitton design worth £4,600 or $5,900.

The post caught the attraction of fans and scored over a million likes. Some wondered the luck of this dog covered in a blanket worth thousands of dollars and a football star like Beckham.

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar compete for 2019 AFC Asian Cup https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/17/saudi-arabia-qatar-compete-for-2019-afc-asian-cup/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/17/saudi-arabia-qatar-compete-for-2019-afc-asian-cup/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:00:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=687129 Cúper plans to defeat the Japanese, Lebanon takes its final shot

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Four matches in the third and last round of the group stage in 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be held tonight in the UAE.

The Saudi team, led by Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, will meet Qatar, led by Spanish manager Félix Sánchez Bas, in the Group E match at the Zayed Sports Stadium at 6pm.

The Arab fans are keen to observe the game, especially as both teams have qualified to the round of 16, after winning six points in their first two games. The same group includes Lebanon and North Korea that rank third and fourth with no points.

The Saudi team is expected to face Qatar in a difficult game that will set the ranking in the group. The Saudis aim to win to ensure they atop the group.

Juan Antonio Pizzi, the coach of the Saudi team, will focus on stopping the Qataris, who have shown good performance and offense effectiveness in the first two games, especially the team’s striker and the tournament’s top scorer, with five goals so far, Almoez Ali.

The Saudi team is holding on to victory over Qatar, en route to their fourth title, as it won three cups in 1984, 1988, and in 1996.

The Qataris still aim to outperform and make the best use of the morale of their players after the recent victory over North Korea with six clean goals. Victory in the match against Saudi Arabia will position the team above the group.

The first in Group E will meet with the second in Group D, which includes Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, and Yemen.

In Group E itself, the Lebanese team, led by Montenegrin manager Miodrag Radulović, will meet North Korean team led by Kim Yong-jun at the Sharjah Club Stadium at 6pm.

The two teams are competing for the last chance to qualify for the round of 16 after tailing the group’s ranking with no points, losing to Qatar and Iraq.

The Lebanese team is holding their last chance to win for the first time in the tournament, and jump to the next round, especially as North Korea is considered the weakest team in the group.

In Group F, the Japanese team led by Hajime Moriyasu, will meet Uzbekistan led by Héctor Cúper, in the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium of Al-Ain at 3:30pm.

Despite the difficult standoff, the Japanese team aims to atop the group’s ranking, as both teams have equal points and have qualified to the next round.

Héctor Cúper ranked second with the Egyptian team in Africa in 2017. He aims to repeat the same achievement in Africa with the Uzbek national team by finishing top of the group.

Uzbekistan, after two rounds of the tournament, collected six points and ranked first, followed by Japan in second with six points. Oman and Turkmenistan come in third and fourth points without points.

In the same group, the Oman team, led by Dutch coach Pim Verbeek, will meet Turkmenistan’s team led by their technical director, Ýazguly Hojageldyýew.

Points free, the two teams enter the third round of the Asian Cup, in a big competition to win the game and get the three points for booking the ticket to the round of 16 as best third team.

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Iraq, Iran compete over leadership of Group D in AFC Asian Cup https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/16/iraq-iran-compete-over-leadership-of-group-d-in-afc-asian-cup/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/16/iraq-iran-compete-over-leadership-of-group-d-in-afc-asian-cup/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:30:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686996 China, South Korea in race for top rank of Group C

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The final round of group stage in 2019’s AFC Asian Cup, held in the UAE, will witness four important matches on Wednesday.

In Group D, the Iraqi national team, led by Slovenian coach Srečko Katanec, will play Iran under Carlos Queiroz, at Al Maktoum Stadium of Al Nasr club. Both teams aim to qualify to the next stage as top of the group after each team collected six points from two wins that secured their qualification.

However, the memories of the 2015 Asian Cup will still be fresh in the Iranians’ minds.

Iraq drew Iran 3-3 in the quarterfinals in Australia before knocking Iran out in penalty shootouts. The Iranian team, that seeks a first Asian title in 43 years, will be looking to avenge their defeat from 2015 on Wednesday.

Iran is the third most-winning team of the Asian title, after Japan and Saudi Arabia, with three cups of 1968, 1972, and 1976.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi team aims to repeat its 2015 achievement and beat Iran, to top their group, so that they can play one of the four best third-placed teams in the round of 16.

In the same group, the Yemeni team still has a glimmer of hope when they play Vietnam at Hazzaa bin Zayed stadium of Al Ain Club to secure the third place in the group, which may enable them to qualify.

Both teams have zero points after two defeats and one win can lead them to the round of 16 among the best threes.

In Group C, South Korea, led by Portuguese coach Paulo Bento, will be playing China, under Marcello Lippi, at Al Nahian stadium of Al Wehda club.

Both teams have already secured their qualification to the round of 16, however Bento and Lippi will compete over the leadership of the group.

In the same group, Kyrgyzstan, led by Alexander Christinine, will play the Philippines, led by Sven-Göran Eriksson, at Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium of Al-Shabab club.

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Hopeful Egypt clashes with Hungary in 4th round of Men’s Handball World Championship https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/16/hopeful-egypt-clashes-with-hungary-in-4th-round-of-mens-handball-world-championship/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/16/hopeful-egypt-clashes-with-hungary-in-4th-round-of-mens-handball-world-championship/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:00:03 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686999 National team will play Hungary in fourth round of 26th edition of tournament

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A Monday win over Argentina revived Egyptians’ hope to qualify for the second stage of the 2019 IHF Men’s Handball World Championship, held in Denmark and Germany from 10 to 27 January.

The national team, led by Spanish coach David Davis, will play Hungary at the Royal Arena in the fourth round of the 26th edition of the tournament.

So far, Egypt played three games, in which they lost to Sweden 24-27, and Qatar 23-28, but beat Argentina 20-22.

Davis gave the players a short rest on Tuesday following their great performance against Argentina. The Spanish coach has replaced player Akram Yosry with Omar Hagag in the Argentina game.

The current squad consists of 18 players: Karim Handawy (Beşiktaş); Mohamed El-Tayar (Zamalek); Yahia Omar (Zamalek); Eslam Eissa (Al-Ahly); Ahmed Khairy (Al Ahly); Mohamed Maher (Al Gazira); Ibrahim El-Masry (Al Ahly); Abdelrahman Abdou (Al Ahly); Omar El-Wakil (Al Ahly); Yehia El-Deraa (Zamalek); Akram Saad (Zamalek); Ahmed El-Ahmar (Zamalek); Mohamed Shebib (Montpellier Handball); Ali Zein Al Abedin (Sharjah); Mohamed Sanad (USAM Nîmes Gard), and Karim Abdelrahim (Zamalek).

The top three teams from the four groups will qualify to the next round, and will be divided into two groups. Each group will be arranged according to each team’s points from the first round. The first two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals, then they meet to compete in the final.

The Pharaohs were drawn in Group D, alongside Qatar, Argentina, Hungary, Angola and Sweden. All the group’s games are played in Denmark.

The Egyptian mission is spearheaded by Moamen Safa, treasurer of the federation; coach Davis; Hussein Zaky and Hany El-Fakharany, assistant coaches; Fenio Lozart, goalkeeping coach; Nour Abuzaid, administrative manager; Mohamed Shawky, doctor, and Mohamed Emam, performance analyst.

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Australian Open: Angelique Kerber breezes into third round https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/16/australian-open-angelique-kerber-breezes-into-third-round/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/16/australian-open-angelique-kerber-breezes-into-third-round/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:37:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=687041 The post Australian Open: Angelique Kerber breezes into third round appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Germany’s No.1 Angelique Kerber has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, seeing off Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia. Elsewhere, defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer also progressed.Germany's Angelique Kerber sailed into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Kerber won this competition back in 2016 and looks to be in great form in the early stages of this tournament, producing a fierce display as she overcame the 22-year-old Haddad Maia in a battle between two left-handed players.

"It was a really tough match," Kerber said after the win. "She played really well. I knew that I had to play my best tennis."

Despite the scoreline, Haddad Maia made the reigning Wimbledon champion work hard for her win, with the first set lasting almost 50 minutes. The second, by comparison, took just half an hour, despite being a game longer.

Haddad Maia hit 13 winners to Kerber's seven in the opening set, but was unable to match the German's consistency. Kerber's six unforced errors to the Brazilian's 29 told the true story, but Maia again made life hard for her opponent in the second set.

Kerber had to wait until the eighth game to go up a break, before serving out the match with ruthless efficiency.

Kerber will now face Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell in the round of 32. Despite the difference in ranking and experience, the German believes the home support could provide a big lift for the 20-year-old.

"I saw a bit of her last match. She played really well, she's in the third round," said Kerber. "She's playing at home, I'll have to play at my best again."

Federer does the hard work

Earlier, defending champion Roger Federer made it 20 in a row – the six-time Australian Open winner has made it to the third round of the competition every year since 1999. Following the match, he admitted that it beating Britain's Dan Evans hadn't been easy.

"Playing a player like Dan Evans is like facing myself," the 37-year-old said. "It feels like playing a mirror a little bit. That was my mindset heading into it: how would I play myself potentially?"

Evans, ranked 189th in the world, made life hard for the Swiss master, keeping him battling for more than two hours in a what was ultimately a straight-set defeat, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Federer said before the match he expected Evans to cause him more problems than the last time they met, at Wimbledon in 2016, and was proven right in a gruelling match.

"It always helps when you sneak a break in the first set," said the 20-time Grand Slam champion. "The match might have been different. I have high regard, you know, for Dan. I think he's a good player."

Evans lost his career-high ranking of 41 in April 2017, after testing positive for cocaine, and served a year long ban. He certainly appeared closer to his old ranking as he led the first set tie-break 5-3. Federer's class shone through, however, as he won the next four points to steal a first set victory. That would have been enough to crush the spirit of many lower-ranked opponents, but Evans refused to be cowed as he again put up a thrilling fight in the second set. He needed treatment for blisters before it started, but played through the pain to take the second to a doomed tie-break.

The third was a different story, however, as Federer showed his pedigree when it comes to closing out matches. A 6-3 victory arrived without hiccups as he booked his place in the next round.

Federer will face unseeded American Taylor Fritz in the round of 32.

Wozniacki ready for anything

Defending women's champion Caroline Wozniacki made light work of her second round match against Johanna Larson, defeating the Swede 6-3, 6-1 at the Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday.

The Dane will face either five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova or world number 64 Rebecca Paterson in the next round. Despite their difference in pedigree, the world number three is happy to face either in the next round.

"It doesn't matter who I play," she said. "I'll play my best in the next match and if I play my best I'm hard to beat."

Other notable results:

Men's draw, second round (seedings in parentheses)

Marin Cilic (6), Croatia, def. Mackenzie Mcdonald, United States, 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4.

Fernando Verdasco (26), Spain, def. Radu Albot, Moldova, 6-1, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Taylor Fritz, United States, def. Gael Monfils (30), France, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5).

Frances Tiafoe, United States, def. Kevin Anderson (5), South Africa, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

Diego Schwartzman (18), Argentina, def. Denis Kudla, United States, 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4

Women's draw, second round

Petra Kvitova (8), Czech Republic, def. Irina-Camelia Begu Romania, 6-1, 6-3.

Aryna Sabalenka (11), Belarus, def. Katie Boulter, Britain, 6-3, 6-4.

Ashleigh Barty (15), Australia, def. Yafan Wang, China, 6-2, 6-3.

Sloane Stephens (5), United States, def. Timea Babos, Hungary,6-3, 6-1.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, def. Kiki Bertens (9), Netherlands, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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Saudi Arabia embraces Supercoppa Italiana https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/16/saudi-arabia-embraces-supercoppa-italiana/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/16/saudi-arabia-embraces-supercoppa-italiana/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:30:22 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686994 Juventus looks to break Gulf curse, Milan plays for pride

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King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will host the SuperCoppa Italiana at 7:30pm on Wednesday between Juventus and Milan.

Juventus plays as the Italian league and cup champion, while AC Milan plays as the runner-up. The game was decided to be played outside Italy for marketing reasons.

The first time, the Supercoppa was played outside in 1993, held in the United States between Milan and Torino.

In 2002, the match was held in the Libyan capital of Tripoli between Juventus and Parma Calcio 1913. The first won 2-1. The match returned to the US in 2003 between Juventus and Milan, which ended with a draw before Juventus wins with free kicks.

China won the honour of hosting the Italian Super Cup in 2009 between the Inter Milan and SS Lazio. The latter won 2-1. China hosted another game in 2011 between Inter Milan and Milan.

China kept the match in 2012, when Juventus beat S.S.C. Napoli 4-2. Then in 2014, Qatar hosted the game, in which S.S.C. Napoli beat Juventus, in penalty shootout, after a draw 2-2.

China then took the match back in 2015, when Juventus faced SS Lazio.

In 2016, the match was played in Qatar and Milan beat Juventus in free kicks after 1-1 draw.

The Italian Football Federation has assigned Luca Banti Penna as a referee.

Banti served as a referee in 35 games of Juventus, who won in 23, lost 6 games, and reached a draw in five games. Milan, however, has a bad luck with Banti, and only won in seven games of 28 in total.

Juventus hope to win the title, wishing to break the Gulf curse, where it lost the title in Qatar in 2014 and 2016 against S.S.C. Napoli and Inter Milan.

On the other hand, Milan are looking for the title for the angry fans, who have been in awe after the weak results in the league. The team’s line ups include Donnarumma; Calabria; Zapata; Romagnoli; Rodriguez; Calhanoglu; Kessie; Bakayoko; Paqueta; Higuain, and Cutrone.

Juventus’s possible starting lineup includes Szczesny; De Sciglio; Bonucc;, Chiellini; Sandro; Bentancur; Pjanic; Matuidi; Dybala; Ronaldo, and Costa.

The two giants are competing for the Super Cup. Both won the title seven times.

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Why bigger things could be ahead for David Wagner, Huddersfield Town's departing miracle man https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/15/why-bigger-things-could-be-ahead-for-david-wagner-huddersfield-towns-departing-miracle-man/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/15/why-bigger-things-could-be-ahead-for-david-wagner-huddersfield-towns-departing-miracle-man/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:55:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686963 The post Why bigger things could be ahead for David Wagner, Huddersfield Town's departing miracle man appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The Premier League side Huddersfield Town have parted ways with German coach David Wagner. Despite the Terriers’ languishing at the bottom of the division, his time at the club has enhanced his professional reputation. "We now feel the time is right to part ways."

We've heard it all before: Honeymoon period abruptly ends for a recently promoted Premier League side. The coach is always the first casualty, another scalp for the world's most cut-throat, win-at-all-costs division. Once the dogged defending and late winners of seasons past find themselves replaced with goalless draws and winless streaks, it's never long before the infamous "parting of ways" statement makes its way to the newswires.

We really have read it all before. But, in the case of Huddersfield Town and their recently departed coach, David Wagner, things feel different. The wins have dried up, the goals have been painfully absent all season, the club are rooted to the bottom of the table and boast the fewest points, the fewest wins, fewest goals and most losses in the division. Yet, for once, the "parting of ways" statement appears to be genuinely tinged with sadness.

Despite their tribulations over the past calendar year — Huddersfield would have been relegated last season had their pre-Christmas form not been so good — a day after the move was announced, Terriers Chairman Dean Hoyle was adamant that the German had not been fired.

"I had no intention of sacking David this season," Hoyle said on Tuesday. "David — being the great man he is — came to us and made it clear that he needs a break from the rigors of football management."

Delayed reaction

Not only, it seems, did Huddersfield choose not to sack their beleaguered coach — a man overseeing the club's heart-wrenching return to the Championship — they actually talked him out of walking away earlier in the season.

"We discussed making a change immediately, but he made it clear that he would give his all for the rest of this season before departing in the summer, if we preferred," Hoyle said. "We all felt that David staying at the club until the end of the season was best, but we've kept discussions open and we all now feel that the time is right to part ways."

A cut-price Dortmund

Wagner's achievements since arriving at the club in 2015 evidently bought him a lot of patience with the club’s hierarchy. He took charge of an average Championship side and moulded them into something of a cut-price Borussia Dortmund, the club he'd previously worked at for five years alongside Jürgen Klopp. He had the Terriers playing high-pressing, high energy football, and instilled in them a fierce sense of comradery.

After his first season in charge, he took the squad on a preseason bonding trip to Sweden, where, amusingly for divisional rivals, they had to survive using only basic equipment for a few days. That expedition is what he believes helped to instil a sense of unity that, when the chips were down, made up for a lack of quality.

Guiding the club to the Premier League in the 2016-17 season – after a 45-year absence from England's top flight –wasn't nearly his greatest achievement. The champagne-soaked celebrations, following a nail-biting penalty shootout win over Reading at Wembley Stadium, were small fry compared to what came next: keeping largely the same group of limited players in the Premier League for a second season. It was done with a game to spare, too, thanks to draws against Chelsea and Spurs, when it looked like time had all but run out.

A bigger club in the future?

Wagner is expected to take a break from coaching for the next couple of months but he shouldn't be short of job offers when he decides to return to football. Despite Huddersfield's lowly league position, his stock has undoubtedly risen during his time in Yorkshire and he must surely feel ready for a shot at a bigger club, either in the Premier League or back home in Germany.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, may yet survive the drop. Whoever the club hire now will have his hands full – The Terriers are seven points from safety with a daunting run of fixtures to contend with, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in their next four games – but miracles can happen. Fans will continue to believe for as long as there's a mathematical chance.

One gets the sense, though, that if whoever comes in achieves the impossible, it would still be David Wagner’s name sung loudest in the John Smith's Stadium on the final day of the season. The man who made it all possible to begin with.

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‘Government to announce budget for organising AFCON by next week’: youth minister https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/14/government-to-announce-budget-for-organising-afcon-by-next-week-youth-minister/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/14/government-to-announce-budget-for-organising-afcon-by-next-week-youth-minister/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:29:19 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686822 State considering launching e-ticketing system to give fans chance to return to stadiums

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The government will be announcing next week, the budget required to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which is planned to start on 7 June 2019.

Ashraf Sobhy, the minister of youth, informed Daily News Egypt that the budget has not been determined until now, and that the government is likely to announce it within the next week.

“The government is awaiting the active participation from the private sector in organising the cup which might take place over the next few days,” he added.

Sobhy added that the government is considering launching an e-ticketing system to give fans the chance to return to stadiums.

The ministry of youth aims to complete launching the e-ticketing system with the establishment of an information base for the fans, in partnership with the ministry of military production, and with both companies Dominique and Falcon.

The first phase of the project includes preparing the infrastructure to organise the electronic entry of fans in four stadiums which are the Cairo Stadium, El Salam Stadium, the Air Defence Stadium, and Borg El Arab Stadium.

The minister explained that efforts are currently being exerted in order to choose the individuals in the committees that are to supervise the tournament.

Ashraf Sobhy also announced that there will be three committees responsible for organising the tournament. The first one is the supreme committee, headed by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, the second is the follow-up committee, which will be headed by the minister of youth and sports, and will be responsible for managing the coordination between all committees, and the executive committee, headed by Hany Abou Rida, president of the Egyptian Football Association. He pointed out that there is a full coordination between the concerned bodies in a way which reflects Egypt’s leading position in Africa.

Furthermore, Sobhy noted that the Egyptian government has sought the chance to host the matches, starting from President Al-Sisi who was keen on approving the government guarantee letter in order to organise the tournament in a record time, to the football association which prepared the file of hosting the tournament in less than three days.

After a long session on Tuesday in the Senegalese Dakar, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) assigned Egypt to organise the AFCON. Egypt got 16 votes against one to South Africa, after the organisation of the matches was withdrawn from Cameroon due to being unprepared to host such an event.

The 2019 edition sees the participation of 24 teams in the AFCON after the decision of CAF to increase the number of teams.

Egypt will be hosting the AFCON for the fifth time in its history after the editions of 1959, 1974, 1986, and 2006.

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Australian Open: Andy Murray conjours up magic in first round loss https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/14/australian-open-andy-murray-conjours-up-magic-in-first-round-loss/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/14/australian-open-andy-murray-conjours-up-magic-in-first-round-loss/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:14:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686756 The post Australian Open: Andy Murray conjours up magic in first round loss appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Andy Murray bowed out of the Australian Open with a roar, not a whimper. The former world No. 1 battled hard in the loss to Roberto Bautista Agut, which could be the last match of his professional career.With Murray opening up on the extent of his long-term hip injury last week, it was an emotionally-charged match before the first serve was taken. While it didn’t produce a fairytale ending in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-1 loss, Murray stayed true to himself in fitting fashion.

An ultimate fighter throughout his career, the Scot demonstrated the qualities that not only led to him winning three Grand Slam titles, two Olympic titles and a Davis Cup, but also endeared him to tennis fans around the world.

Despite losing the opening two sets and his limp becoming more pronounced with every passing point, in typical fashion, Murray managed to muster up willpower to fight back. He won tie-breaks to take the third and fourth set, while his roars, drenched in emotion, ensured the arena rose to fever pitch.

He fought to the bitter end, but the wave of euphoria and momentum weren’t enough to carry Murray to victory as Bautista Agut clinched the fifth set, securing his place in the second round.

After the game, Murray stopped short of calling time on his career: "Tonight was incredible. Thank you so, so much for everyone that came out tonight. I’ve honestly loved playing her over the years. It’s a great place to play tennis. If it is my last match, it was a great place to do it. I didn’t have enough tonight so congratulations to Roberto.

"I don’t really have anything else to say. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and my career. You may see me again. I’m going to give it my best shot. But if I am ever going to play here again, I’m going to need major surgery and there’s no guarantees I’ll be able to play again. I’m going to give it my best shot though. So thank you all."

Kerber cruises into second round

Second-seed Angelique Kerber cruised into the Australian Open second round beating Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2, a straight sets win that underlined her title credentials.

The 2016 champion needed just 72 minutes to beat the Slovenian and talked about being in the groove after getting off on the right foot down under.

Read more: What will 2019 bring for Angelique Kerber?

"I've played a lot of matches here already in Australia … I have my rhythm," said Kerber, who played lead-up events in both Perth and Sydney.

Kerber was rarely challenged, and stepped up her relentless, grinding style on the handful of occasions she faced break points to move into the next round without losing any service games.

The German is to play Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.

Petkovic amongst German casualties

There was a worrying moment later in the day when Andrea Petkovic collapsed on court during her opening match against Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu.

The 31-year-old, who was trailing in the second set after taking the first in a tie-break, eventually got back to her feet after receiving medical treatment and went on to play another point before being forced to retire.

Petkovic was wasn’t the only big name to fall short on a bad day at the office for German players as 14th seed Julia Goerges lost in three sets to American Danielle Rose Collins.

Read more: Zverev looking to make leap past big three

In the men’s draw Peter Gojowczyk, Rudolf Molleker and Jan-Lennard Struff all failed to reach the second round as each suffered defeats in four sets.

Other notable results:

Men’s draw: First round

Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, def. James Duckworth, Australia, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

Reilly Opelka, United States, def. John Isner (9), United States, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5).

Kevin Anderson (5), South Africa, def. Adrian Mannarino, France, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

Women’s draw: First round

Katie Boulter, Britain, def. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6)

Maria Sharapova (30), Russia, def. Harriet Dart, Britain, 6-0, 6-0.

Sloane Stephens (5), United States, def. Taylor Townsend, United States, 6-4, 6-2.

Kiki Bertens (9), Netherlands, def. Alison Riske, United States, 6-3, 6-3.

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Pharaohs’ handball team attempts to repeat scenario of France World Cup by beating Qatar https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/12/pharaohs-handball-team-attempts-to-repeat-scenario-of-france-world-cup-by-beating-qatar/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/12/pharaohs-handball-team-attempts-to-repeat-scenario-of-france-world-cup-by-beating-qatar/#respond Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:24:46 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686543 Championship is being held in Denmark, Germany from 10 to 27 January

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The national handball team, led by the Spanish coach David Davis, will begin its path in the second-round matches of the 26th Handball World Cup to play against the Qatari team on Sunday at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen. The championship is being held in Denmark and Germany from 10 to 27 January.

The Pharaohs are trying to repeat the France World Cup scenario by beating Qatar in order to compensate the loss to Sweden on Friday, which ended with a 27-24 score at the same arena.

The first half saw Sweden up with a 11-13 score with a remarkable performance from the Egyptian goalkeeper Karim Hendawy. Yehia El-Deraa and Yehia Khaled also performed well in the second half.

The Egyptian team is now ranked sixth, and last, in its group with zero points. Sweden is ranked first with two points, Angola with two points as well, after beating Qatar which ranks fifth with no points, followed by Argentina in the third place, Hungary in fourth after the two teams reached a draw of 25-25 to win one point each. Egypt still has a good chance to qualify, having yet to play against Qatar, Hungary, Argentina, and Angola.

The Pharaohs are in Group D in Denmark playing alongside Qatar, Argentina, Hungary, Angola, and Sweden.

The top three teams from the four groups will qualify to the next round, and will be divided into two groups, and each group will be arranged according to each team’s points from the first round. The first two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals, then they meet to compete in the final.

The current squad consists of 18 players namely, Karim Handawy (Turkey Beşiktaş) and Mohamed El-Tayar both as goal keepers; Yahia Omar (Zamalek); Eslam Eissa (Al Ahly); Ahmed Khairy (Al Ahly); Mohamed Maher (Al Gazira); Ibrahim El-Masry (Al Ahly); Abdelrahman Abdou (Al Ahly); Omar El-Wakil (Al Ahly); Yehia El-Deraa (Zamalek); Akram Saad (Zamalek); Ahmed El-Ahmar (Zamalek); Mohamed Shebib (Montpellier Handball); Ali Zeinelbaedin (Sharjah); Mohamed Sanad (USAM Nîmes Gard), and Karim Abdelrahim (Zamalek).

The Zamalek goalkeepers Mohamed Ali and Baher Al Badrawi are still waiting for any call to travel during the tournament. Injury has left the trio Aboul Fotouh Hamasa, Aly Hesham, and Ahmed Moamen away from the pitch.

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Australian Open: Alexander Zverev looking to finally leap past big three https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/11/australian-open-alexander-zverev-looking-to-finally-leap-past-big-three/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/11/australian-open-alexander-zverev-looking-to-finally-leap-past-big-three/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:47:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686498 The post Australian Open: Alexander Zverev looking to finally leap past big three appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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After a strong end to 2018 Alexander Zverev has another chance to improve a mediocre Grand Slam record, but there are doubts about his fitness. Angelique Kerber will be looking to win her second Australian Open.The changing of the guard in men's tennis is taking a lot longer than expected. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer still occupy the top-three ranking spots despite a combined age of 100.

The trio have also won all but one of the last 13 Australian Open titles, and Djokovic is the favorite to claim a seventh Melbourne crown when the tournament begins in earnest on Monday.

But with Andy Murray's retirement imminent and Stan Wawrinka also battling a series of injuries, Germany's Alexander Zverev has emerged as the man most likely to challenge the primacy of the three men at the top.

Zverev's ATP Finals win at the end of 2018 proved he could cut it against the big beasts of the sport but the 21-year-old German's failure to go past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam remains a question mark – as does his current fitness, having rolled over on his ankle during training in Melbourne this week. This came just days after he pulled out of the World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide, saying he had suffered a strained hamstring in training. However, there is no talk of him pulling out of the first Grand Slam of the season.

Time for a breakthrough?

Zverev is now the same age as Djokovic was when he upset the applecart to win the 2008 Australian Open. The world No. 4 has acknowledged that there may be some element of a mental block in the major tournaments but believes he was unlucky in last year's Grand Slams.

"I don’t know how far I could have gone. But how the clay court season ended for me was a little bit upsetting," Zverev said as he reflected on 2018. "The other Grand Slams, I played against a very good Chung (Hyeong) in the Australian Open, which I lost a five-set match.

"Wimbledon I was not prepared to play because of the injury that happened in the French Open. At the US Open I had a bad match. These things happen. It's fine. I'll think about next year when I come back from holidays."

After a second succesive defeat in the final of the Hopman Cup earlier this month, Zverev is to get his 2019 singles campaign underway on Tuesday with a potentially tricky tie against Aljaz Bedene, of Slovenia, ranked 67th in the world.

If both men progress as the seedings suggest, Zverev will meet Federer in the semifinals. As well as a seventh Australian Open title, the Swiss great is aiming for a 21st Grand Slam trophy and a 100th career singles title.

"I'm so close, I'll give it a go," Federer said. "If I made 100 at the Australian I'd take it, I'd gladly accept it – and I'll give it all I have."

Kerber a contender in open field

The women's draw also has a familiar favorite, with Serena Williams, 37, still the woman to beat in Melbourne.

But her hold over the women's game is not what it once was, as demonstrated by the recent run that has seen eight women share the past two years' worth of Grand Slam championships, the first time that has happened since the 1930s.

Germany's Angelique Kerber was one of those winners, defeating Williams in the final at Wimbledon last year and is looking to add to her solitary Australian Open title, won in 2016. The world No. 2 changed coach late in 2018, turning to Rainer Schüttler, who reached the final of the Australian Open in 2003, as she sought the advice of a German speaker with top-level experience.

Boris Becker, now head of men's tennis in Germany, believes that tweak to Kerber's support staff will have a positive impact and that "reaching the semifinals would be a great success."

"I believe that Rainer Schüttler fits well with the way she sees tennis," continued Becker in an interview with sports broadcaster Eurosport. "It has been a good start but it all begins again at zero in 2019. "

After the Hopman Cup disappointment with Zverev, Kerber was unable to defend her Sydney International crown in the run up to Melbourne, having been defeated in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 by Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Kerber also faces a Slovenian opponent in her opener, taking on Polona Hercog on Monday.

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Las Vegas police have asked Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into rape allegations made against him. The request relates to an alleged rape nearly a decade ago.The Portuguese forward has consistently denied the allegations and his lawyer Peter Christiansen told press agency AFP that the DNA request was standard practice.

"Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation," he said in a statement.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it had made an official request to Italian authorities and confirmed that the request for DNA was a case of taking "the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault."

Former model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, made the accusation against the 33-year-old footballer last year in the state of Nevada.

She claims after meeting Ronaldo at a Las Vegas nightclub, he raped her at his hotel suite on June 13, 2009, just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then-world record €94 million ($108 million).

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Callum Hudson-Odoi transfer talk shows difference between Bundesliga and Premier League https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/callum-hudson-odoi-transfer-talk-shows-difference-between-bundesliga-and-premier-league/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/callum-hudson-odoi-transfer-talk-shows-difference-between-bundesliga-and-premier-league/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:10:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686460 The post Callum Hudson-Odoi transfer talk shows difference between Bundesliga and Premier League appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The succcess of Jadon Sancho has further established the Bundesliga as a great place to develop for young players. With Bayern Munich keen on Callum Hudson-Odoi, would the Chelsea teen be wise to follow Sancho’s lead?The early stages of the January transfer window have already neatly summarized the gulf in prosperity and philosophy between the Premier League and 17 of the Bundesliga's clubs, as well as the gap between those 17 and Bayern Munich.

The €64 million ($74 million) Christian Pulisic cost Chelsea raised plenty of eyebrows in Germany but the American international has racked up more than 80 Bundesliga appearances and scored in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Although he's been overshadowed by Jadon Sancho this year, there's little doubting Pulisic's potential, nor his marketability.

But the Borussia Dortmund man's imminent arrival has had a knock on effect that the west London club may not have expected, with Bayern Munich now reportedly close to signing their latest English prodigy Callum Hudson-Odoi (pictured above), who plays in a similar position, for a fee of €39 million.

That figure seems staggering, given that Hudson-Odoi, 18, has played 69 minutes of Premier League football in his life and has scored just one senior goal, in the Europa League. Hudson-Odoi, though, did give notice of his talent last weekend in the FA Cup, providing two assists as Chelsea swept past Nottingham Forest.

Bayern prepared to spend big on potential

To put this in context, Hudson-Odoi's arrival – should it happen – would make him the fourth costliest signing in Bundesliga history. Aside from Bayern, only Wolfsburg have broken the €30 million barrier – for Julian Draxler – and over half the Bundesliga's clubs have yet to spend more than €10 million on any single player.

If that, along with the signings of Benjamin Pavard (€35 million) and Alphonso Davies (€10 million and rising), reiterates a long-established truth about Bayern's fiscal supremacy in Germany; then the fact that a young English talent like Hudson-Odoi is stalling over a contract extension at the same time as he's breaking through at the top end of the Premier League is indicative of some of the more recent issues English football (and its noveau riche clubs in particular) is facing.

The pressure at the summit of the English game, where multiple teams feel they have a chance at winning the title at the start of each season, can often manifest itself in risk-averse transfers. If money isn't an issue, then why wait for Hudson-Odoi to mature and learn when Pulisic is already a few years further down the line?

"He can develop as well here" argued Chelsea's German defender Antonio Rüdiger of Hudson-Odoi, before going on to admit that: "You can see it from both sides. Of course he can develop in Germany as well and don't forget Bayern Munich is also a big club."

"It is something he needs to decide. For his future, I wish him all the best. But for me I just hope he stays with us. To be honest of all the young players I have seen at Chelsea, he is the shooting star for me."

A very public transfer

Rüdiger isn't the only figure at Chelsea to call on Hudson-Odoi to stay at the club he joined more than a decade ago in a move that's been made unusually public, thanks partly to Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic brazenly admitting that the club "definitely want to sign him".

Until very recently, moves of this nature simply weren't considered an option for young English players. But, while Mauricio Pochettino and Jürgen Klopp still have faith in youth at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, talented youngsters at Chelsea and Manchester City are increasingly faced with a choice between settling for time in minor competitions, going out on loan or leaving to play regularly in a different league.

While some, like Chelsea and England's Ruben Loftus-Cheek have stayed and stagnated and others, such as City's Phil Foden, are biding their time, Sancho has become the poster boy for taking a chance.

"I think it's vital [to be playing] because not everyone wants to play under-23s," Sancho said ahead of his international debut last year. "Everyone feels they're ready for the next step. Whatever you feel is right, whether that's moving to a new club or staying to fight for a position, everyone has a right to do what they want to do. I felt it was right to go."

Premier League losing homegrown talent

As yet, it's unclear whether Hudson-Odoi feels the same way. Even if he does, there's no guarantees that he'll follow such a steep upward trajectory. While Dortmund have earned a reputation as a hothouse for teenage talent, the spotlight at Bayern is brighter, as Renato Sanches found out.

But the fact that the rumors are so strong and that a club with the financial firepower of Chelsea are so publicly concerned doesn't reflect well on their ability and desire to develop talent. Just as Sancho's departure, in the wake of the arrivals of Leroy Sane then Bernardo Silva, didn't for City either.

The Premier League's loss may, once again, be the Bundesliga's gain. At least for a while.

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Morocco’s Hakimi named African Youth Player of Year https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/moroccos-hakimi-named-african-youth-player-of-year/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/moroccos-hakimi-named-african-youth-player-of-year/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:30:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686353 Real Madrid loanee and Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi, currently playing for Borussia Dortmund, has won the 2018 African Youth Player of the Year award. The preliminary list for the award included Hakimi, Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria – Leicester City), Andre Onana (Cameroon – AFC Ajax), Ismaila Sarr (Senegal – Rennes), Mahmoud Benhalib (Morocco – Raja Club …

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Real Madrid loanee and Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi, currently playing for Borussia Dortmund, has won the 2018 African Youth Player of the Year award.

The preliminary list for the award included Hakimi, Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria – Leicester City), Andre Onana (Cameroon – AFC Ajax), Ismaila Sarr (Senegal – Rennes), Mahmoud Benhalib (Morocco – Raja Club Athletic), and Franck Kessie (Cote d’Ivoire – AC Milan).

Hakimi won the 2018 Champions League while a member of Real Madrid. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he played every minute during Morocco’s impressive campaign, presenting top performance.

Dortmund already announced their intentions to purchase Hakimi at the conclusion of his loan.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) won the National Association of the Year award while The President of the FRMF is Fouzi Lekjaa. Meanwhile, Morocco’s French manager Herve Renard won Men’s Coach of the Year award.

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El Mokawloon SC prepares to celebrate Salah’s winning https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/el-mokawloon-sc-prepares-to-celebrate-salahs-winning/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/el-mokawloon-sc-prepares-to-celebrate-salahs-winning/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:00:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686350 The Board of Directors of El Mokawloon SC, led by Mohsen Salah, contacted the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, who used to play for El Mokawloon, to set a date for a special ceremony to celebrate his historic achievement for winning the African Player of the Year for the second time in a row. The board …

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The Board of Directors of El Mokawloon SC, led by Mohsen Salah, contacted the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, who used to play for El Mokawloon, to set a date for a special ceremony to celebrate his historic achievement for winning the African Player of the Year for the second time in a row.

The board of directors has assigned Mohamed Adel Fathy, the football affairs supervisor, to directly communicate with the player and to determine the suitable date for Salah according to the English Premier League.

Fathy praised the performance of Salah throughout his career, noting that the CAF award was another achievement to be added to his honourable history.

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Morocco, South Africa dominate 2018 CAF awards for women https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/morocco-south-africa-dominate-2018-caf-awards-for-women/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/morocco-south-africa-dominate-2018-caf-awards-for-women/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:30:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686322 To traditional music, Africa celebrated the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre in the Senegalese capital of Dakar amidst a large presence of African football stars who previously won these awards and put smiles on their fans’ faces. Nigeria beat the likes of Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, and …

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To traditional music, Africa celebrated the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre in the Senegalese capital of Dakar amidst a large presence of African football stars who previously won these awards and put smiles on their fans’ faces.

Nigeria beat the likes of Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, and South Africa to win the African Women’s Team of the Year award for the fourth time since its inception in 2010.

The win comes after the Super Falcons conquered Africa once again to win the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) title for a ninth time. Nigeria held the title after beating South Africa in the final 3-4 on penalties.

Nigeria qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, along with South Africa and Cameroon.

South Africa was also among the winners, as the Women’s Coach of the Year award went to Desiree Ellis of South Africa, who led the Bafana Bafana to the final of the AWCON 2018.

Ellis beat off the strong challenge of Joseph Brian Ndoko of Cameroon, and Thomas Dennerby of Nigeria.

The South African coach deserved winning the award after she presented a very high performance with the national team.

The South African star Thembi Kgatlana was crowned the Best Women’s Player in Africa in 2018, after edging out Nigerian duo of Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega.

The South African had a season to remember as her country finished as runner-up at the 2018 AWCON in Ghana, and secured a maiden Women’s World Cup ticket. Kgatlana was also named the best player at the 2018 AWCON, and the tournament’s top scorer with five goals in five matches.

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Mohamed Salah: King of Africa https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/mohamed-salah-king-of-africa/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/10/mohamed-salah-king-of-africa/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:00:41 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686343 Egyptian star wins title for second consecutive year

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When the Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah won the African Player of the Year award in 2017, many people claimed that he will not be able to continue his successful career with Liverpool, saying that his success in that season was only a mere chance.

Yet, the Egyptian star proved them wrong and continued a successful career with the Reds for the second season. The Confederation of African Football affirmed this on Tuesday evening in the Senegalese capital Dakar, by giving him the African Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year. He was also earlier granted the BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second year in a row.

Salah topped the best players in Africa in 2018, beating his Senegalese teammate, Sadio Mané, who was nominated twice, as well as the Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal’s striker, and the trophy’s holder in 2015.

By winning this award, Salah carves his name along with African football legends, becoming the fourth player to win the award for two consecutive years after the Senegalese El Hadji Diouf in 2001 and 2002, Samuel Eto’o in 2003 and 2004, and Yaya Touré in 2011 and 2012.

The Egyptian king is looking forward to take the title for the third season to match Samuel Eto’o’s number, then a fourth title to match Yaya Touré, the four consecutive seasons’ title holder in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Salah is now the first Arab footballer to win the African Player of the Year for two years in a row. In 2016, Riyad Mahrez won the title. The tournament’s record of 27 awards was only won by three Arab players, namely Salah, Mahrez, and Mustapha Hadji in 1998. 

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Mohamed Salah

Age: 26

Position: Winger

Club: Liverpool

Market value: £150m

Career With Clubs:

El Mokawloon El Arab SC

Appearances: 44

Scored: 12

Assists: 6

Swiss FC Basel

Appearances: 79

Scored: 20

Assists: 17

Chelsea

Appearances: 19

Scored: 2

Assists: 4

ACF Fiorentina

Appearances: 26

Scored: 9

Assists: 4

A.S. Roma

Appearances: 83

Scored: 34

Assists: 24

Liverpool

Appearances: 81

Scored: 60

Assists: 24

The Egyptian National Team:

Appearances: 62

Scored: 39

Assists: 20

Awards:

Two Swiss League titles

English Premier League title

A title in the English League Cup

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Egypt will host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/08/egypt-will-host-2019-africa-cup-of-nations/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/08/egypt-will-host-2019-africa-cup-of-nations/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 16:36:11 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686218 French company sponsoring tournament said Egypt most suitable country to host competition in terms of stadiums, security, accommodation

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Egypt has been named the host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN 2019) between 15 June and 13 July, announced the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday.

Egypt overcame the other bid by South Africa with 16 votes to one with one abstention at a CAF executive committee vote in Senegal. The French company sponsoring the tournament said Egypt is the most suitable country to host the competition in terms of stadiums, security, and accommodation.

When Egypt hosts the tournament, its chances of winning the title usually increase. Egypt has previously organised the tournament five times, one of them as the United Arab Republic (UAR). The Pharaohs won three times out of five.

First tournament in 1959

The 1959 edition of the CAN kicked off on 22 May with the participation of three countries: the UAR, Sudan, and Ethiopia. It was the second edition of the continental tournament. The same teams participated in the first tournament held in Sudan and was won by Egypt.

The tournament was composed of one group. The UAR played Ethiopia in the opening game and won 4-0. Mahmoud El-Gohary scored three goals, and Mimi El-Sheribny scored one.

In the second game, Sudan defeated Ethiopia 1-0. The final game was between the UAR and Sudan. It ended 2-0 in favour of the UAR. El-Gohary was awarded the tournament top scorer award.

1986 edition: weak beginning and difficult win

Egypt, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mozambique were in the first group of the third tournament organised by Egypt, while the second group included Morocco, Algeria, Zambia, and Cameroon.

The Pharaohs lost its first game 0-1 to Senegal before 100,000 fans. In the second game, the Pharaohs beat Côte d’Ivoire with two goals by Shawky Gharib and Gamal Abdel Hamid.

In the third game, Taher Abouzid helped the Pharaohs to reach the semi-finals by scoring two goals against Mozambique.

In the semi-finals, Abouzid scored the winning goal to lead the team to a difficult game against Cameroon in the final, in which the national team won on penalties to reap the third title.

The Pharaohs’ historic winning

In the 2001 edition, 16 teams participated in the tournament divided over four groups. Egypt secured the fifth title in its history by beating Côte d’Ivoire in the final 4-2 on penalties.

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Formula One: Ferrari to replace Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto – reports https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/07/formula-one-ferrari-to-replace-maurizio-arrivabene-with-mattia-binotto-reports/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/07/formula-one-ferrari-to-replace-maurizio-arrivabene-with-mattia-binotto-reports/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 14:09:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686097 The post Formula One: Ferrari to replace Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto – reports appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Ferrari are set to replace Formula One team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with technical head Mattia Binotto, according to reports in Italy. German four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel could be working under a new boss.Sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Monday that an announcement could be made by the end of the day, but a team spokesperson said he was not aware of anything imminent.

Arrivabene's position has been the subject of speculation for some time, with reports suggesting Binotto could replace the former Philip Morris marketing chief doing the rounds as far back as October 2017.

Strategic blunders by the team last year only increased the pressure on Arrivabene. Ferrari won six of the 21 races last season but their title challenge disintegrated in the second half of the campaign as rivals Mercedes won both the drivers' and constructors' championships for the fifth consecutive year.

According to motor racing website autosport.com, Arrivabene's ousting had been confirmed by senior sources within the team. The portal also said that chairman John Elkann had decided Binotto was the right man to lead the team forward.

The Ferrari veteran, who has risen through the ranks to technical director and overseen a big step up in engine performance, had also reportedly been a target for rival constructors.

Ferrari's drivers for the 2019 season are four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, runner-up to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton last year, and Monaco's Charles Leclerc who has replaced Kimi Raikkonen.

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Asian Cup 2019: China survive scare to defeat Kyrgyzstan https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/07/asian-cup-2019-china-survive-scare-to-defeat-kyrgyzstan/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/07/asian-cup-2019-china-survive-scare-to-defeat-kyrgyzstan/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 14:03:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=686099 The post Asian Cup 2019: China survive scare to defeat Kyrgyzstan appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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China were forced to fight back from a first-half deficit against Kyrgyzstan in the Asian Cup. The favorites had to rely on two goalkeeping errors in the second period to seal a shaky 2-1 victory.Germany's Vitalij Lux was left ruing a number of missed chances as Kyrgyzstan missed out on causing yet another shock in the 2019 Asian Cup against match favorites China in Group D.

With Jordan stunning Australia, Bahrain holding United Arab Emirates to a draw and India thrashing Thailand, the tournament has already had its fair share of upsets.

And the Kyrgyz, making their debut in the competition, almost delivered another shock result in an impressive display belying their inexperience at this level.

In an open-ended match played at a frenetic pace, Kyrgyzstan matched their more illustrious opponents with a committed and energetic display.

And they could, or should, have been three goals up after a dominant first half, but had to make do with a 1-0 lead heading into the break.

In the 26th minute, Lux, who was born in Kyrgyzstan but grew up in Germany, sprayed a good chance well over the bar when facing China's keeper Yan Junling one-on-one. And he then poked another chance wide under pressure inside the box.

Sandwiched in between, however, in the 42nd minute, Akhlidin Israilov put Kyrgyzstan ahead with a well-taken volley from just inside the box. Mirlan Murzaev headed back a long throw and Israilov did the rest to send shockwaves around the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium.

Game of two halves

But all that hard work was undone within five minutes of the restart as China were afforded a route back into the match following a calamitious goalkeeping error from Kyrgyz keeper Pavel Matiash.

A corner was headed towards goal and Matiash, attempting to tip the ball over the bar, comically palmed it into his own net under no pressure.

And another defensive error in the 71st minute gifted China the lead. Matiash rushed off his line to try and clean up a long ball over the top, but the excellent Yu Dabao rounded the hapless keeper and slid the ball in from a tight angle.

For China coach Marcello Lippi, who guided his native Italy to World Cup glory in 2006, there is much to improve if China are to fulfill his prophecy that they will be a surprise package for the title this year. Three points, however, will give them a good base to tackle the rest of the tournament.

For Kyrgyzstan, it's a case of what might have been. An industrious but also inventive performance was brought undone thanks poor finishing in the first half and horrendous goalkeeping errors in the second. Their tournament doesn't get any easier either, with a clash against heavyweights South Korea coming next.

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Asian Cup 2019: Late penalty rescues point for hosts UAE https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/05/asian-cup-2019-late-penalty-rescues-point-for-hosts-uae/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/05/asian-cup-2019-late-penalty-rescues-point-for-hosts-uae/#respond Sat, 05 Jan 2019 18:22:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=685987 The post Asian Cup 2019: Late penalty rescues point for hosts UAE appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Hosts United Arab Emirates looked to be falling to a shock opening day defeat to Bahrain until they won a controversial 88th minute penalty. Substitute Ahmed Khalil scored from the spot to rescue a point for his side.United Arab Emirates 1 – 1 Bahrain
(Khalil 88' pen – Alromaihi 78')

A dubious handball decision allowed hosts United Arab Emirates to steal a late point against underdogs Bahrain as the 2019 Asian Cup got underway on Saturday.

After an opening ceremony featuring about 600 performers had been and gone the sides traded early chances, with UAE's Ismail Al Hammadi wasting the best of them, allowing the Bahraini keeper to palm away his chip after being sent clean through.

The home side struggled to truly impose themselves on the match in front of a patchy crowd of just 33,000 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, and the teams could muster just one shot on target between them in the opening 45 minutes. Ali Mabkhout, winner of the golden boot four years ago in Australia, was particularly wasteful.

A stalemate look assured until Mohamed Al Romaihi bundled home a 78th-minute opener for Bahrain
after his initial effort had been cleared off the line to leave the UAE on the brink of a shock Group A defeat.

The UAE have struggled to score under Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni and creative midfielder Omar Abdulrahman, out with a cruciate ligament injury, was sorely missed.

But Khalil, who had been brought on shortly earlier to win his 100th cap, leveled from the spot with just two minutes remaining after the referee adjudged that a dropping ball had hit a Bahraini hand.

Thailand and India, the other sides in the group, meet on Sunday.

mp (DPA/AFP)

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Niko Kovac has admitted he’s looking to lower Bayern Munich’s average age as rumors linking Callum Hudson-Odoi continue. On the same day, one of his most experienced players launched a foul-mouthed rant on social media.Niko Kovac admitted on Saturday that his team "need young players" shortly after one of his longest-serving veterans launched a expletive-laden rant on social media.

As rumors surrounding a €33 million bid for Chelsea prospect Callum Hudson-Odoi continue to swirl, Kovac spoke at the champions' mid-season training camp in Qatar.

"We always need young players," said Kovac. "It is my job and the job of [Bayern sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic to change the team as the team does not get any younger."

He added: "If a player is good it doesn't matter how old he is. We are looking for younger talented players but also players who are ready because the young talented players need time to develop."

Kovac's quotes come after Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola said the London club wanted the 18-year-old to stay put but on the same day as two postings on Ribery's accounts lambasted "enviers" and "haters" as well as the media.

Though it was not entirely clear whether Ribery wrote the posts, the French winger had recently been criticized for having a gold covered steak served in a restaurant by celebrity chef Salt Bae.

"Let's start with the envious, the angry, surely born because of a broken condom," read the first of the posts on Ribery's Twitter account. "F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and your whole family tree."

When asked about Ribery's apparent outburst, Kovac said he hadn't been aware of the postings.

"Everyone must decide for himself what and how he does it. That is part of democracy. We shouldn't always be judging someone," Kovac said in remarks made before the two new postings.

mp (DPA/AFP)

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Egypt aims to host Africa Cup of Nations https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/03/egypt-aims-to-host-africa-cup-of-nations/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/03/egypt-aims-to-host-africa-cup-of-nations/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:00:26 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=685853 12 teams have qualified so far to 2019 AFCON

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Egyptian football fans are waiting for the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) decision regarding the host country of the 23rd edition of the AFCON after the hosting right was withdrawn from Cameroon on 30 November 2018 due to security concerns. The hosting country has yet to be decided, but the competition shall be held between 15 June and 13 July.

Egypt and South Africa have submitted their bids to host the tournament. Unless one of the countries concedes to the other, a vote will be held. Sources in the CAF said that the African football authority prefers the Egyptian bid due to some security problems in South Africa.

Amer Hussein, head of the Competition Committee at the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), said that organising the tournament will not affect the Egyptian Premier League. According to the regulations of the Africa Cup of Nations, the host country will be required to postpone all local competitions during the tournament, and failure to achieve this will expose the local federation to penalties from the CAF.

The CAF will announce the host country during the African Player of the Year award ceremony scheduled on 9 January in Dakar, Senegal.

The AFCON 2019 will be composed of 24 teams divided into six groups for the first time. Egypt hosted the tournament four times before in 1959, 1974, 1986, and 2006. The Egyptian national team won the title five times.

The host must have at least six well-equipped stadiums to host the tournament instead of only four as usual.

The country should offer suitable training grounds, accommodation, and hospitals for all teams. The CAF does not require holding the games in six different cities, which means that the whole tournament can be held in one city.

The CAF members who have the right to vote for choosing the host of AFCON 2019 are the CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad (Madagascar); CAF First Vice President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick (Nigeria); CAF Second Vice President, Constant Omari Selemani (DR Congo), and CAF Third Vice President, Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco). Other members include Adoum Djibrine (Chad); Hani Abo Rida (Egypt); Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea); Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia); Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania); Lydia Nsekera (Burundi); Alexander Danny Jordaan (South Africa); Hassan Musa Bility (Liberia); Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone); Rui Eduardo da Costa (Angola); Suleiman Hassan Waberi (Djibouti); Jamal El Jaafri (Libya); Augustin Senghor (Senegal); Sita Sangare (Burkina Faso); Walter Nyamilandu (Malawi); Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania), and Moses Magogo (Uganda).

Twelve teams have qualified so far to the 2019 AFCON, namely Egypt; Tunisia; Senegal; Madagascar; Morocco; Mali; Algeria; Nigeria; Guinea; Cote d’Ivoire; Mauritania, and Uganda.

The remaining 11 spots are seeing fierce competition, which will be settled by March.

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Pharaohs in World Handball Championship for 15th time https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/03/pharaohs-in-world-handball-championship-for-15th-time/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/03/pharaohs-in-world-handball-championship-for-15th-time/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 08:00:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=685840 Egyptian national handball team will participate in World Handball Championship from 10 to 27 January in Germany, Denmark

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This is the 15th time for the Pharaohs to take part in the competition since their first appearance in the 1964 edition in the Czech Republic. The best performance by the Egyptian team was in the 2001 World Championship held in France where Egypt seized the fourth place. The team then included some great players, such as Hamada Roby; Hamada El-Nakib; Mohamed Abdul Ghani; Ashraf Awaad; Saed Hussain; Saber Hussein; Gohar Nabil; Magdy Aboul Magd; Marawan Ragab; Sherif Moamen; Ayman El-Alfy; Ahmed Salem; Hazem Awaad; Hussein Zaky; Ahmed El-Attar, and Ahmed Belal.

Egypt will play in Denmark against Sweden; Hungary; Qatar; Argentina, and Angola.

The Pharaohs entered a closed training camp in Latvia in preparation for the tournament, under Spanish coach David Davis. The camp ended on 31 December. The team will then play a few of friendly games in Denmark before the competition begins.

The Egyptian squad includes 17 players, Karim Handawy; Essam El-Tayar; Omar El-Wakil; Karim Ayman; Aly Zein; Yehia El-Der’a; Abdelrahman Abdou; Omar Haggag; Eslam Hassan; Ahmed Khairy; Ahmed El-Ahmar; Yahia Khaled; Mohamed Sanad; Akram Saad; Ibrahim El-Masry; Mohamed Mamdouh Hashim, and Mohamed Gamal.

The first three teams from the four groups will qualify to the main round composing two groups, each of six teams arranged according to the points of each team in the first round. The first two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals, and then the final game on 27 January.

The national team will begin its World Cup campaign with a difficult clash against Sweden on 11 January; then against Qatar on 13 January; Argentina on 14 January; Hungary on 16 January, and finally Angola on 17 January.

Head of the Egyptian Handball Federation, Hesham Nasr, confirmed that the team has a good chance to qualify from the first round despite its difficulty. This year, three teams will qualify from each group, instead of four.

Nasr expected Sweden and Hungary to qualify as the first and second teams, leaving the third up for competition between Egypt, Argentina, and Qatar.

Egypt’s first participation in the World Championship see the Pharaohs in the 14th place. The second time was in Sweden in 1993, when the team ranked 12th. In the 1995 edition, the Egyptian team ranked sixth in Iceland. They also came in the sixth place in 1997 in Japan. Egypt hosted the 1999 edition and ranked then seventh. The best achievement by the Pharaohs was the fourth rank in France in 2001. Portugal hosted the tournament in 2003 when the Egyptians ranked 15th. In 2005, Tunisia hosted the championship and the Egyptians seized the 14th place. In the 2007 edition held in Germany, Egypt came 17th. In Croatia in 2009, the Egyptian team ranked 14th.

The recent editions of the World Handball Championship witnessed deterioration in Egypt’s performance. Egypt ranked 14th in 2011 edition in Sweden; 16th in Spain in 2013; 14th in Qatar in 2015, and finally 15th in France in 2017.

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Sports 2019: Egypt seeks to host AFCON, qualifies for World Handball Championship for 15th time https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/03/sports-2019-egypt-seeks-to-host-afcon-qualifies-for-world-handball-championship-for-15th-time/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/03/sports-2019-egypt-seeks-to-host-afcon-qualifies-for-world-handball-championship-for-15th-time/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 07:00:47 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=685848 UAE to host AFC Asian Cup with participation of 24 national teams

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Football fans in the Arab world are expecting two important sport championships in 2019, as several Arab countries will participate in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which will be held in the UAE from 5 January to 1 February, and the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will be hosted by either Egypt or South Africa after the African Football Confederation (CAF) withdrew the organisation of AFCON in the Cameroon for security reasons. Egypt is most likely to host the tournament for the 5th time in its history.

Another significant event also expected this year is the World Handball Championship which will take place in Germany and Denmark with the participation of the Egyptian team. This will be Egypt’s 15th appearance in the world competition.

UAE hosts 2019 AFC Asian Cup for 2nd time

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has chosen the UAE to host the Asian Cup. The competition will include 24 teams competing in 51 games over 28 days, from 5 January to 1 February.

For the first time, 24 teams have qualified for the Asian Cup after expanding from 16 teams in the previous editions between 2004 and 2015.

Being the host country, the UAE qualified directly. The other 23 teams were chosen from 45 competing teams in the qualifiers between March 2015 and March 2018. The teams are divided into six groups, each of four national teams. The UAE will play against Thailand, India, and Bahrain in the first group. The second group includes Australia, Syria, Palestine, and Jordan. The third group is composed of South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, and the Philippines, while the fourth group includes Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, in Group E, will be accompanied by Lebanon, North Korea, and Qatar. Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, and Turkmenistan are in the sixth and last group. The first and second teams of each group will qualify to the next round, in addition to the best four teams in third place.

Australia was the Asian Cup winner in 2015. The champion of this edition will have the right to participate in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup in Qatar.

The tournament will see 51 games on eight stadiums in four cities: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, and Sharjah. Three teams will be partaking in the tournament for the first time: Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines, and Yemen after the unification. Former south Yemen national team participated once in the finals of the Asian Cup in 1972.

The winning team of 2019 Asian Cup will receive a huge financial reward of $5m from the AFC. The UAE will play the opening game against Bahrain on Saturday at Zayed Sports City Stadium.

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