Champions League: What we learned from match-day three

first_img Tags: AjaxbarcelonaBayer Leverkusenchampions leagueDortmundEdinson CavaniErling HalandGenkInter MilanJurgen KloppjuventusKylian MbappeLa LigaliverpoolMan CityMichy BatshuayinapoliNeymar JrPSGRB SalzburgSlavia Prahatottenham hotspurs PSG have scored 9 goals in three games in the Champions League.PSG stronger than in the pastPSG are absolutely flying in the Champions League this season with three victories in as many games.On Tuesday, they demolished Club Brugge 5-0 away from home with the returning Kylian Mbappe scoring a hattrick while Inter Milan loanee Mauro Icardi helped himself to a brace.The result means that PSG have scored 9 goals in their first three games, an average of three goals per game and will seal qualification with victory at home to Brugge in the next fixture.In their first three games, the team has been without both Neymar Jr and Edinson Cavani plus a host of first-team players. The strength and quality in depth that the Parisians have currently is envy for all the other sides in Europe this season and imagining them at full strength is scary.In the last three champions league seasons, the Parisians have bowed out miserably, after winning two of their three first-leg encounters in the knockout stages. In 2016/17, they surrendered a 4-0 lead to Barca, losing 6-5 on aggregate. The following season, they lost home and away to Real Madrid before bowing out to Man United last season despite winning the first leg 2-0 away from home.They finally have a squad capable of going the distance in Europe this season and trust me when I say; the sky is the limit for them.Erling Haland the best marks-man in Europe currentlyHaland is the leading scorer in the Champions League this season. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)Up until this season, Erling Haland was an unknown to the football fraternity but he is consistently on the lips of everyone currently.On Wednesday, the 19-year-old RB Salzburg striker scored twice as his side lost 3-2 at home to Napoli.The two goals against the Italians took Haland’s tally to six for the season and is the out-right top scorer in the Champions League this season. He has also scored in each of Salzburg’s three games so far, netting a hat trick against Genk and one in the 3-4 loss to defending champions, Liverpool.As if that is not impressive enough, Haland has also scored 11 goals in 9 league games and three in one Cup fixture, taking his tally to an impressive 20 in just 13 games this season.The numbers are staggering for a 19-year-old and it is only fair to say he is the most prolific striker in Europe currently.English Clubs turning the cornerOn match-day three, all four English representatives won their respective fixtures in the Champions League.This is the first time they have done so in Europe’s premier competition with only Man City holding a 100% record which has seen them score 10 goals and concede just one.Liverpool too are starting to pick up form as their 1-4 victory over Genk on Wednesday meant that Jurgen Klopp’s side have now won their last two games since losing 1-0 away to Napoli on match-day one.Tottenham Hotspur humiliated Red Star Belgrad 5-0 on Tuesday to register their first victory of the campaign, one that sees them climb into second on the Group A log. This was a perfect response to their 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich on match-day two.Tottenham defeated Red Star 5-0 on Tuesday.The other English side-Chelsea were equally impressive as they stunned last season’s semifinalist Ajax 1-0 away from home on Wednesday with substitute Michy Batshuayi scoring the winner inside the last five minutes.After starting slowly this season, it looks like English sides are starting to find their feet in the Champions League and I wouldn’t be surprised if they all progressed to the knock-out stage.Barcelona slowly but steadily coming back to their bestBarcelona are top of Group F.Barcelona had a slow start to the season, one that surprised many.At one point, they were 8th in the La Liga standings and had drawn 0-0 away to Dortmund in their first Champions League game.However, La Bulgranas have turned the corner and sit top of their domestic league. In the Champions League, they have won their last two games and sit top of Group F with 7 points from their first two outings.Although those two victories have been 2-1s and not that pleasing on the eye, things are starting to fall into place for Barcelona and with Lionel Messi nearing full fitness, it would be right to say that it is just a matter of time and Barca are back to their usual best.Juventus not favourites for Champions LeagueJuventus started this year’s Champions League as outright favourites to win it after making several top-notch acquisitions in the summer and in process, bolstered their squad with quality in depth.However, after three games, they have not looked convincing as yet.On Tuesday night, they required a late Paolo Dybala brace to see off a resilient Lokomotiv Moscow side 2-1 at home. This was their second successive victory after beating Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in a game whose result does not paint a clear picture of how good the Germans were on the day.Juve came from a goal down to defeat Lokomotiv Moscow on match-day 3.Three games into the campaign and Juve do not look to be the out-right favourites for this season’s Champions League crown.Tuesday, 22-10-2019-Shakhter Donetsk 2-2 Dynamo Zagreb-Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen-Club Brugge 0-5 PSG-Galatasary 0-1 Real Madrid-Tottenham Hotspurs 5-0 Red Star Belgrad-Olympiakos 2-3 Bayern Munich-Man City 5-1 Atalanta-Juventus 2-1 Lokomotiv MoscowWednesday, 23-10-2019-Ajax 0-1 Chelsea-RB Leipzig 2-1 Zenit-RB Salzburg 2-3 Napoli-Genk 1-4 Liverpool-Benfica 2-1 Lyon-Inter Milan 2-0 Dortmund-Slavia Praha 1-2 Barcelona-Lille 1-1 ValenciaComments last_img read more

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‘Don’t underestimate South Africans’

first_imgRomaana Naidoo Baby Jake Matlala gives the thumbs up for “Inspiring New Ways”, with Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Andy Higgins, and Emile Engel.(Image: Romaana Naidoo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Anusha Jogi Jenni Newman Public Relations+27 11 506 7350RELATED ARTICLES• New slogan for Brand South Africa • Hold on to freedom, says Brand SA• What makes you a true South African? • World to serenade MadibaInspiring New Ways, Brand South Africa’s new slogan, was launched on Wednesday 4 July at a dinner in Midrand, Johannesburg. The occasion was marked with the screening of an innovative television commercial filmed locally and abroad, featuring some of the country’s most influential people across all fields, from sport to technology.This comes as a natural progression from Brand South Africa’s previous slogan, Alive With Possibility, which was used to define the company’s role in marketing the country.Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s CEO, believes the 60-second commercial encapsulates the “can-do” spirit of South Africans. He trusts that it will illustrate the determination of the country’s citizens to overcome obstacles and find new and better ways to get things done.The spirit of South Africans was captured in the ad. Instead of looking for a single example of this, the makers decided to get some well-known and not-so-well-known citizens to talk about it in their own words.It begins with Baby Jake Matlala saying: “They told me I was too small”, and continues to feature other prominent figures before ending off with musician Toya Delazy and comedian Trevor Noah together saying: “We don’t think we can change the world – we know.”Former boxing great Brian Mitchell’s line goes: ” Don’t underestimate South Africans.”Host of starsOther people in the ad are Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Natalie du Toit, Lucas Radebe, Brian Mitchell, Greg Minnaar, Trevor Rabin, John van de Ruit, Shaun Tomson, David Tlale, Khotso Mokoena, Colin Thornton, Oyama Matomela, Andile Dube, Andy Higgins, Tebogo Skwambane, Nkhensani Nkosi, Emile Engel, Simon Ratcliffe, Zibusizo Mkhwanazi, and Fatima Vawda.Matthew Barnes, the executive creative director at Publicis, the agency that made the ad, said: “The mix of characters in the commercial was chosen from a long, long list. While some of the people we wanted to include were not available, we were extraordinarily fortunate to get some of the people who star in the final product.“We did not just go for people who have won world cups and major awards and trophies. We wanted to show a spread of people, demonstrating the breadth and depth of the South African can-do spirit,” Barnes said.The team had to film at various locations in South Africa and in Los Angeles. The latter was to show some home-grown talent that had made it big internationally, such as Rabin. The musician became an international rock star with bands like Rabbitt and Yes; he now composes and produces soundtracks for Hollywood movies.Others filmed in Los Angeles were Noah, the multi-lingual comedian; Tomson, who was at the top of world surfing for many years; and Minnaar, a multiple world mountain bike champion.Moses Semenya, the assistant direct at Catapult, which produced the commercial, said: “Whether we were filming at home or in the US, we were struck by the humility and down-to-earth nature of the people we filmed and their absolute willingness to participate in the project and give something back to their country.”Turning negatives to positivesSemenya explained that to describe the ability of South Africans to find new ways of doing things, the first half of the commercial explores negatives, which are turned into strong positives and successes in the second half.The television commercial will be aired on e.tv on 5 July about 8:30pm, before moving to SABC channels and MNet; then it will make its way on to international media. But this is only the beginning; the people in the commercial will later be featured in stand-alone segments.“Through this television commercial we want to get across the message that Inspiring New Ways is an over-arching country position for South Africa relating to everything we do and that we are including our people, our culture and heritage, tourism, exports, governance and investment and immigration,” Matola said.“Since our hugely successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, our inclusion in the Brics [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] grouping of nations and in the G20, South Africa has matured a lot and come of age to a large degree.“We are no longer an adolescent nation and this progression needs to be reflected in our brand identity and positioning.”Matola added that the South Africans featured in the ad characterised the quintessential spirit of the country as they found ways to realise their dreams and achieve their goals.“Whether it’s Baby Jake Matlala proving that he was not too small to become a world champion boxer, or Oyama Matomela becoming a commercial pilot at the age of 19, or astronomer Simon Ratcliffe who helped to bring the Square Kilometre Array project to our country, these people all portray the essential spirit of South Africa and South Africans.”The people featured in the ad had all found ways to get ahead, improve themselves and make a contribution to society, he added. “At Brand South Africa, we want to inspire all South Africans to play a role in shaping the future of our country.”The path since democracyInspiring New Ways was devised to reflect how far the country has come over the past few years since its democracy and the increasingly significant role it is playing in international affairs.South Africa has not only been the only African nation to host a football world cup, but it has also become a leading force in the African Union, Southern African Development Community, New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Brics and G20.Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, Brand South Africa’s strategic marketing and communications director, said: “In many ways, we punch above our weight in international affairs and we also occupy a strong representative position on behalf of Africa, the developing world and emerging market economies.“We have our own challenges as a country, especially with regard to issues such as education, poverty, inequality and corruption, but we as South Africans have demonstrated that we will be inspired to find new ways to overcome these challenges.”More importantly, Chabeli Mazibuko said, Brand South Africa wanted Inspiring New Ways to be a slogan that was aspirational and created a vision of where people wanted to be.“The slogan and television commercial is a call to action for South Africans to find new and better ways of doing things for the benefit of themselves, their communities and the country as a whole,” she added.Entertainment at the launch included Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who performed three songs; Mi Casa, and a children’s choir. Chaka Chaka took her music to the floor as she walked through the crowd while singing, encouraging people to dance by grabbing some of them by the hand. They let loose after that and by the time Mi Casa went on stage, they swamped the dance floor without any encouragement from the band.last_img read more

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Is A Yahoo, Dailymotion Deal Crazy? Like A Fox

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#online video#Yahoo center_img fruzsina eordogh Yahoo’s first major acquisition since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO could be the French video site Dailymotion, of all things. If the talks pan out, Yahoo will be joining a long list of companies hyped up by the booming digital video industry. And if anyone can upset Google’s hold on online video, it’s Mayer.The Wall Street Journal is reporting Yahoo wants to buy as much as 75% of the French site, valued at roughly $300 million, in an apparent bid to diversify Yahoo’s revenue stream.“One of the challenges in Yahoo’s business is that we are primarily domestic and we don’t have enough of our business running it from an international basis,” Mayer said at an analyst conference in February. More than 70% of Yahoo’s $5 billion in revenue is from the U.S.Dailymotion, the twelfth-most trafficked video site in the world, was already looking for an U.S. partner, so it could potentially be a match made in heaven.But Yahoo and online video? Really?“It’s interesting, or should I say ‘telling’ that as Yahoo! seeks to reinvent itself, it’s first real, bold step (other than a somewhat yawn-inducing homepage redesign) is to try and capitalize on video” Jay Miletsky, the CEO of MyPod Studios, the StumbleUpon of curated online video, wrote in an email.“I think after Google + failed to make any real splash, Yahoo! wisely decided to skip trying to launch the next pretender to the Facebook throne, and looked to video as the best opportunity for improving their brand among Web users,” added Miletsky.AOL was able to rebrand itself as a media company, so it is certainly a transition that can be made. AOL, which used to provide Internet to households, now owns the Huffington Post and operates a slew of hyperlocal news sites through its Patch initiative.Yahoo could feasibly rebrand itself with a strong online video portfolio, too. Its Yahoo! Screen program is already a step in that direction.Original series like the critically acclaimed Burning Love and Anthony E Zuiker’s Cybergeddon are a higher quality than any of YouTube’s offerings. This year’s Streamy Awards noticed, giving both series trophies.Yahoo’s original programming targets a much older audience than YouTube’s teen and tween demographic, which gives the company another edge in the online video sector.  There’s even a technical advantage to be gained: The only thing that prevented me from watching Yahoo! Screen content over the last couple of months (namely to watch Tom Hank’s animated original Yahoo series, Electric City) was their bad video player. If Yahoo acquires DailyMotion, that obstacle dissolves.  It will take time for these talks to firm up, and have the two companies’ operations integrated. But if this is indeed a match made in heaven, there will be a major new content player on the scene, diversifying the growing video realm even more. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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25 days agoAlexis insists Inter Milan capable of winning Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alexis insists Inter Milan capable of winning Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez insists Inter Milan are capable of winning the Champions League.On-loan from Manchester United, the striker is ready to face former club Barcelona this week.He stated, “Every player would like to win a Champions League. You play to win it, not just to compete. I play it to win. “It’s something nice for every player and for Inter hope again with the Champions League. Inter are preparing something good for the future, they have not won for several years and so I decided to return to Italian football to win something with this team, with a coach and players I already knew.” last_img

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Turkey President Erdogan hosts Putin Rouhani for Syria summit

first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Russian and Iranian counterparts on Monday for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus’s push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani will join Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara for their fifth summit on the conflict since 2017. Iran and Russia have been staunch supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has called for his ouster and backed opposition fighters. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut with Assad’s position looking increasingly secure, Turkey’s priority has shifted to preventing a mass influx of refugees from Idlib in Syria’s northwest. Turkey is concerned by the steady advance of Syrian forces into the region, backed by Russian airpower, despite a series of ceasefires. Turkey has 12 observation posts in Idlib to enforce a buffer zone agreement struck a year ago with Russia to prevent a full-scale Syrian offensive. But the posts look increasingly threatened, with one of them cut off from the rest of Idlib when Syrian forces advanced last month. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsRussian air strikes have continued in the region despite the latest ceasefire between Ankara and Moscow on August 31. “A large number of terrorists are still present in this zone… and fighters continue to fire on the positions of government forces,” Kremlin advisor Yuri Ushakov said on Friday. The Turkish presidency said the leaders would discuss the latest developments in Syria as well as “ensuring the necessary conditions for the voluntary return of refugees and discussing the joint step to be taken in the period ahead with the aim of achieving a lasting political solution.” Moscow is keen to see progress on establishing a constitutional committee to oversee the next stage of the political settlement in Syria. That would give Putin a political win to add to its military victories, said Dareen Khalifa, senior Syria analyst at International Crisis Group. But she said expectations should remain low. Even if they could agree on who will form the committee, “this leaves a crux of issues unaddressed for the future of the political process including the regime’s ability and willingness to undertake any kind of political reform,” Khalifa said. All three leaders are expected to hold one-on-one meetings before the summit, the Kremlin said. They will also hold a closing news conference with a view to presenting a joint declaration. Meanwhile, Turkey has other concerns regarding Syria. It has repeatedly threatened to launch a cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces, whom it sees as allied to Kurdish militants in its own territory.last_img read more

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BC teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show plans O Canada

first_imgVANCOUVER – A 14-year-old girl’s quest to give away two tickets to Ellen Degeneres’s appearance in Vancouver has turned into an 82-ticket giveaway complete with all the “winners” singing O Canada before show time.Capri Everitt had planned to award two tickets to the “best Canadian fans” based on their performance of the national anthem with her outside Rogers Arena on Friday night.Everitt says she earned the money for the tickets by busking in downtown Vancouver and wanted to pass them on to others as part of a pre-show performance to welcome the American entertainer.The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade heard about her idea and donated 80 tickets, and the teen has given them to various multicultural societies so kids they serve can have a chance to see Degeneres.Everitt says everyone who’s already been given a ticket will join her to sing O Canada before they enter the arena, and their own little show will include the flags of 80 countries where she has travelled with her family.The Grade 9 student says she sang the national anthem of each country she visited, and in the native language, during a nine-month trip two years ago as part of her “Around the World in 80 Anthems” tour.She says her global trip to raise money for a children’s charity helped her feel grateful about Canada’s multiculturalism.“I really learned to appreciate that because it’s such a beautiful thing and not every country has it,” she says.Everitt, 14, says she wanted to give away tickets to Degeneres’s show because “she believes in welcoming everyone no matter what their sexual orientation is or their culture and I believe her fans and her supporters do too.“I want Ellen to know that Vancouver, and Canada in general, is such a multicultural and amazing place to live. And I want her to know we’re very welcoming.”Everitt says youth groups singing the national anthem of their native country, including Colombia, Croatia, China, Israel and the Philippines, will also be joining her outside Rogers Arena, along with the 80 ticket holders singing O Canada and those vying to win the two original tickets to see Degeneres.She says she learned the anthems of each country before leaving on her trip by contacting staff at various embassies and through people in Vancouver’s diverse community.Everitt says she’ll decide who gets the original two tickets when they sing the anthem together.last_img read more

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76ers Andrew Bynum Considering Knee Surgery

Andrew Bynum is considering arthroscopic knee surgery that would end any chance of him playing this season for the Philadelphia 76ers,  general manager Tony DiLeo said.Meanwhile, the organization has yet to decide whether to sign the one-time All-Star center when he becomes a free agent after this season.“He is Plan A,” DiLeo said. It was his first public comments about Bynum since the 7-footer on Friday announced a setback in his rehab from what could be career-threatening knee injuries.The 76ers gave up young prospects in Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless, along with former All-Star Andre Iguodala, in the four-team deal that moved Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers  last summer. They built their entire team around Bynum as the building block. He has not played a minute because of knee troubles.Should Bynum get healthy and sign somewhere else, it would be a colossal blunder for the Sixers. Bynum experienced knee soreness over the summer, then injured his other knee bowling.The Sixers might still be able to get something for Bynum if they don’t re-sign him, in the event of a sign-and-trade, but that would require a team with cap space to absorb him and return assets. Bynum has previously said he’s interested in playing for Houston, which has the assets, but would the Rockets want to take on the risk of Bynum, given his health?Bynum is not worried about getting the deal he wants, nor should he. It’s a weak free-agency class, and he’s a top-quality center in a terrible time for centers.But  for everyone else, the risk is severe and complicated. We’ll keep you updated on whether Bynum goes in for surgery. read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State opens season with Sunday exhibition against Wooster

C.J. Jackson (3), Jae’Sean Tate (1) and Keita Bates-Diop (back) will be three players head coach Chris Holtmann will count on in the 2017-18 season. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorFor the first time in nearly eight months, Ohio State’s men’s basketball team will take the court as the new-look Buckeyes will take on Wooster in an exhibition at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.Uncertainty surrounding the team derives from a myriad of new faces, from the coaching staff to the transfers to the freshmen. Although fans might not know what to expect from the Buckeyes talent-wise, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said those in attendance will witness an energetic team. “I think you guys are gonna like what you see — just the energy, the excitement,” Tate said Friday. “You’re gonna see a lot of guys just having fun out there.”Ohio State finished the 2016-17 season with a 17-15 record, including a disappointing 7-11 record within the Big Ten and a first-round Big Ten tournament loss to Rutgers. The Scarlet and Gray return a few players from last season, including Tate, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams and junior point guard C.J. Jackson. The Buckeyes also welcome back redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, whose season ended early due to surgery on his left shin. Tate described Bates-Diop as the best all-around player on the team and said the opportunity to play with him was one of the biggest reasons he initially came to Ohio State. Bates-Diop returned to the court in last week’s closed scrimmage against Xavier and said it felt amazing to finally compete against another team again. The soft-spoken forward compared the 2017-18 team to last season’s team by emphasizing the increase in intensity.“Just comparative maybe — if you look at last year’s team — the passion, the consistent effort is out there all the time,” Bates-Diop said. “I hope you’ll see us just giving it our all — there’s nothing held back just for 40 minutes.”With the exhibition against Wooster on the horizon, Holtmann emphasized the necessity to play as a team.“I just want to see us share the ball and move the ball offensively. We’ve been working on that,” Holtmann said. “I want us to continue to understand how we expect to play offensively.”Holtmann has continually reiterated the importance of defense during the offseason. Last Sunday’s closed-door scrimmage against Xavier opened his eyes to certain issues.“Defensively, I want to see how committed we are on that end and how connected we are on that end,” Holtmann said. “I think we were good at times, in terms of being connected and committed last week [against Xavier], but we didn’t always execute real well — we fouled too much.”Holtmann wants the team to be “connected,” but what does that actually mean?“I think when you see a connected team, you see guys giving appropriate help defensively,” Holtmann said. “You see guys having an awareness of both their man and the ball, and a willingness to respond appropriately defensively. You see guys picking up a teammate when he takes a charge.”Offensively, Bates-Diop said he primarily wants to see unselfishness from the Buckeyes.“Moving the ball around — good ball movement — just good offense in general,” Bates-Diop said. “We work on that a lot, so we’d like to see that come to fruition Sunday.”Holtmann said he’s treating the scrimmage as another practice, but Tate envisions the game as the first chance for the team to make an impression.“Just being able to play together,” Tate said. “It’s a scrimmage — but when you can be able to play in front of all the fans in the Schott — there’s just no feeling like it. And we haven’t had that in a while. We haven’t had it at all with all the faces we have.” read more

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