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July 19, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos

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Friday, July 19, 2013

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Laura Hale interviews David Casinos for Wikinews

David Casinos at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start Friday (today), Wikinews interviewed Spanish athlete David Casinos at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello I’m interviewing David Casinos, Spain’s most famous track and field athlete in Paralympic sport, for Wikinews. So you’re competing at the IPC World Championships are going to win a whole lot of medals? Which medals are you going to win?

David Casinos :Well, I’d like above all to perform well, because it would mean I’d be closer to the medals. I’m humble in that sense.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png As somebody who’s been competing a long time in track and field, how has stuff changed form when you first started out to now?

David Casinos: The biggest change I’ve seen has been with regards to media, communication, but above all the Plan ADO Paralympic. The professionalization of Plan ADO, becoming professional sportspeople. Spanish Paralympic sports is now more known to the media and in the world.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Have there been more opportunities for sponsorship as your Paralympics profile has grown?

David Casinos: Yes!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Would you like to promote a few of them?

David Casinos: I’ve got several sponsors, one of them is Toro Loco, an energy drink, there’s also Diputación de Valencia, Fundación Trinidad Alfonso, from Juan Roig, Mercadona, Moncada which is my townhall, Valencia Terra i Mar… I may be forgetting one of them now. I’ve got several.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png In London one of the Australians said that it was time for athletics in the Paralympics to be able to become more professional and get shoe sponsorship. Do you know if any of the Spanish ones are covering shoe logos if they don’t have sponsorship? [Editor’s note: here the translator asked a different question in Spanish, about whether shoe brands were helping athletes.]((es))

David Casinos: No. This does not happen.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is this going to be an issue? I mean is Spain at the level where it can become an issue?

David Casinos: I for example have a big sponsor, Italian Macron Sports, which also sponsors the Italian and Spanish Leagues of soccer. So I don’t have that problem. I feel very supported.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. So, you’re a visual-impaired athlete, and do you run with a guide?

David Casinos: I don’t run with one, but I do need a guide to do series, jump, to do everything I need to do in training to throw very far.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How helpful are guides in terms of how much they potentially impact outcomes, do you think?

David Casinos: For me the guide is a basic component of my daily work. When competing, they simply help you to get in and out of the field, and you do the rest, but in a daily basis what I call the backstage, the guide helps you with the weights, jumps, positions. There’s more work even, behind the competition scenes.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Spain has a long history of blind sports, compared to other countries. Do you have an explanation as to why there are so many blind athletes?

David Casinos: Well, above all we have ONCE, the organization greatly responsible for disabled people having available a series of options, including sports. And in that respect ONCE has been very pioneering. Absolutely pioneering. And that’s good. What’s happening now is that other countries are discovering their Paralympians.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there anything you think an international audience should know about you or the Paralympic movement in Spain?

David Casinos: I’m just another sportsperson who fights for his dream, which is sports, to surpass myself, day after day, after having a great challenge which was losing my sight. And that is the message I like to transmit to people through coaching.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. ¡Muchas gracias!

David Casinos: Okay!



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July 18, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Elena Congost Mohedano

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Elena Congost Mohedano

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Elena Congost Mohedano at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Elena Congost Mohedano at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France. Congost is scheduled to compete in the T12 1500 meters.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello, I’m interviewing Elena Congost Mohedano who is a Spanish Paralympic athlete who won a silver in London and is going to Lyon to compete in the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships. Having won a medal in London are you going to get another one in this one?

Elena Congost Mohedano : Yes! I train all year to go to win a medal.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which medal?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Gold! (laughs)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which event?

Elena Congost Mohedano: In 1500m.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you’re a long distance runner. And you don’t train/run with a guide because you’re, what, T-13?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I’m T-12.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Ah. So you have a degenerative eye disease, so your vision is getting worse? ((es))

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you expect it to get much worse over your continued history competing?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Now it’s stalled, but next year it’s possible.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you plan to stick since you’ve been competing since 2002, right…?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes, [Unintelligible].

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you plan to continue running until 2020 if Madrid gets the Games?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I don’t know. (laughs) First 2016 in Rio, and then… I don’t know.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png There’s so few women competing for Spain. Is that an additional challenge as an athlete in this country?

Elena Congost Mohedano: No… In this country there are more girls in 100m, 200m and long jump. More people. In middle distance no. Two, three, four girls only.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Why do you think there’s so few women on the Spanish team? It’s like 27 total Spanish competing, and there’s like [three] women?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I don’t know… The level is high internationally, but in Spain… no more level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Someone with a visual impairement, there’s a lot of sports you could do?

Elena Congost Mohedano: The people now are very lazy. (laughs) No one runs. (laughs)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png With so many sporting opportunities for people with vision impairments in Spain, why did you choose track and field?

Elena Congost Mohedano: When I was young, my dream was to become an athlete. I saw them in tv, in races, and I told my parents “my wish is to win a gold medal in the Olympics!”

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there any particular athlete you remember from when you were young being particularly inspiring?

Elena Congost Mohedano: No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Spain has these really distinctive uniforms. The colors… Do people ever comment to you about them? Because in the US they were like, “your uniforms look like McDonald’s!”((es))

Elena Congost Mohedano: (laughs) In London, everyone said they were not good… They said we looked like clowns. But this one now is…redder. Better.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png As somebody who’s been competing for more than ten years, has there been a big change in the Paralympic movement from your perspective?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes! Every year the level is higher. In the Paralympics, every four years I increase my performance level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think that the increased competition has made you a better athlete?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes! Yes.

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Elena Congost Mohedano: Okay!



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July 17, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Alberto Suárez Laso at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Alberto Suárez Laso at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France. Suárez is scheduled to compete in two events, the T12 5,000 meters and marathon events.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hi this is Laura Hale. I’m interviewing Alberto Suárez, who is a visually-impaired runner competing for Spain in the IPC World Championships. What events are you doing?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : Marathon and 5000m.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You have a World Record? Are you going to smash it and give Spain a gold medal?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso: This time it’s a bit complicated because I’m going a bit injured.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Ah. You finished second in London [the 2012 Summer Paralympics?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : I finished first.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png The injury has impacted you training?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : For the last three weeks I’ve been doing gym and walking machine only. I have pain in my Achilles tendon.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So, as someone who writes from an international perspective, do you think Spain’s got all that stuff to help you properly? The medical support, stuff to help you recuperate and be a great runner?

Alberto Suárez Laso : I hope so. We’re there, they’ve been treating me very well and I hope to be able to run without pain, which is the most important thing. I’ve got the training, but I need to remove that pain.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you run with a guide?

Alberto Suárez Laso : No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay, so are you T-13?

Alberto Suárez Laso : T-12.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Oh. So it’s optional for a guy at T-12?

Translator : He could, but he’s not too badly impaired. He can run by himself.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So is your preference to run without a guide?

Alberto Suárez Laso : It’s complicated because of the pace I run at. I would require several guides, and it’s hard to find them.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do most of your competitors run with guides?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Not among the first ones. Well, there are a couple that do run with guides, but the rest don’t.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there anything you would like to say about this competition coming up that people from an international sporting community would find valuable to know?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Mm, I don’t know what to say!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. Thank you very much!((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : You’re welcome!((es))



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July 16, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Gustavo Nieves Campello

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Gustavo Nieves Campello

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Laura Hale interviews Gustavo Nieves Campello for Wikinews

Gustavo Nieves Campello at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Gustavo Nieves Campello at Madrid–Barajas Airport yesterday before he departed for Lyon, France. Nieves is scheduled to compete in two events, the T12 5,000 and 10,000 meter events.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello this is Laura Hale, I’m interviewing Gustavo Nieves Campello for English Wikinews. You’re competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. What events?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : 5000m and 10000m.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And are you one of Spain’s medal favorites?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Not…really. Bronze medal, maybe. It’s difficult. The African runners are very good.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think coming from Spain and competing in Europe you have an advantage over the Africans who have to travel more?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, I don’t think I am a favorite.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who else are you competing with? Are there any Australians or New Zealanders you have to beat to have to come longer?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, there are no Australians in the event.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You’re vision-impaired? Do you run with a guide?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Yes, and no.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So how bad is your vision in terms of impacting your running compared to people who’ve got full sight?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Blurry vision and tunnel vision.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You lost your sight at 17? Really suddenly? You did Athletics before?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Yes, at 17. Before I played football.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Oh, that’s right, you considered becoming a pro football player. And you never considered five-a-side football?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, no. I began to run and here I am.

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Gustavo Nieves Campello : Thank you.



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October 5, 2007

Survey: Finland is the world\’s greenest country

Survey: Finland is the world’s greenest country

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Friday, October 5, 2007

A new survey into the world’s greenest and most livable countries has concluded that out of 141 countries reviewed, Finland is the greenest.

Some of the top 20, in order, were Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Australia, Uruguay, Denmark, Canada, Japan, Israel, Italy, Slovenia, France, Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand and Greece. The poorest results went to African countries, which dominated the bottom of the table, with Ethiopia coming in last place.

“Finland wins high marks for air and water quality, a low incidence of infant disease and how well it protects citizens from water pollution and natural disasters,” commented the study. Other factors taken into account when ranking the countries included quality of education and income level.

Some other results were the United Kingdom at 25th, the United States at 23rd and China at 84.

The study also looked at individual cities. Of the 72 examined, Stockholm came out on top, followed in order by Oslo, Munich and Paris. A total of four German cities were ranked in the top ten – Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf – and French cities Lyon and Nantes joined Paris in the top ten as well. New York came in at 15th and London at 27th. At the bottom end were mainly Asian cities, with Beijing’s air pollution problems earning it the lowest spot in the table. Guangzhou and Shanghai were also near the bottom.



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August 30, 2007

UEFA Champions League 2007/08: Group Stage Draw

UEFA Champions League 2007/08: Group Stage Draw

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Monaco was the location for the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage draw. Before the draw took place there was a one minute silence in memory of Antonio Puerta who died earlier this week after collapsing during a La Liga match for Sevilla who then died on Tuesday, August 28. Due to this, Sevilla’s Champions League qualifier was postponed which resulted in them and AEK Athens being drawn together.

Manchester Utd will play AS Roma again, after beating them in the Final 16 last year, in Group F, whilst Celtic will meet the defending champions AC Milan in Group D. Celtic lost against Milan in the Final 16 last year but will hope to avenge them.

Scottish football club Rangers, how have yet to beat a Spanish side in the Champions League, will get to meet Barcelona in Group E. Rangers also have both the French champions and the German champions, Lyon and Stuttgart.

The full draw is as follows:

Group A
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Liverpool
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F.C. Porto
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Marseille
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Beşiktaş J.K.
Group B
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Chelsea
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Valencia
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FC Schalke 04
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Rosenborg
Group C
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Real Madrid
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Werder Bremen
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S.S. Lazio
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Olympiacos

Group D
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AC Milan
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Benfica
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Celtic
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Shakhtar Donetsk
Group E
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Barcelona
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Olympique Lyonnais
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Stuttgart
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Rangers
Group F
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Manchester United
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AS Roma
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Sporting Lisbon
Flag of Ukraine
Dynamo Kyiv
Group G
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Inter Milan
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PSV Eindhoven
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CSKA Moscow
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Fenerbahçe
Group H
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Arsenal
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Sevilla
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Steaua Bucureşti
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Slavia Prague

Goalkeeper of the Year
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Petr Cech

Defender of the Year
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Paulo Maldini

Midfielder of the Year
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Clarence Seedorf

Forward of the Year
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Kaká

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year 2007
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Kaká




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March 9, 2007

Ties announced in UEFA Champions League

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Ties announced in UEFA Champions League

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Friday, March 9, 2007

Both the quarterfinal and semifinal draws were announced for the UEFA Champions League. The round of sixteen saw the current cup holders, Barcelona, eliminated along with Serie A holders Internazionale, Scottish Premiership holders Celtic, and Ligue 1 holders Lyon. The current champions the respective leagues still in the competition are Bayern Munich and Chelsea. Of the three English sides remaining, none will face each other in the quarterfinals, and upon winning their quarterfinals draw, Manchester United is still guaranteed a placement against a non-English club.

Quarterfinals

AC Milan v Bayern Munich

AC Milan scraped by Celtic last round thanks to a late goal by Kaka, while Bayern Munich defeated Real Madrid on away goals to advance to the quarters. The first leg shall be at San Siro stadium at Milan, and the second leg at Allianz Arena, Munich.

PSV Eindhoven v Liverpool

PSV have already downed one English side, Arsenal, in the knockout stages, and can hope to do so again against Liverpool, who are coming off the aggregate win over current champions Barcelona. The first leg is to be played in Holland and the second leg at Anfield. Liverpool will be looking to defeat PSV for the second time in this years competition after beating them at home in the group stages.

AS Roma v Manchester United

Roma defeated French side Lyon last round, and now have their sights on Premiership leaders Manchester United, who defeated Lille in the round of 16. Manchester United have the advantage of playing the second leg at home in the Old Trafford Stadium.

Chelsea v Valencia

Premiership title holders Chelsea, who trumped Porto last round will face Valencia, the only Spanish club left in the competition. Valencia defeated Inter Milan last round. The first leg will be at Stamford Bridge.

Dates:

AC Milan v Bayern Munich

First leg 3 April 2007 – second leg 11 April 2007

PSV Eindhoven v Liverpool FC

First leg 3 April 2007 – second leg 11 April 2007

AS Roma v Manchester United

First leg 4 April 2007 – second leg 10 April 2007

Chelsea FC v Valencia CF

First leg 4 April 2007 – second leg 10 April 2007

Semi-Finals

Chelsea or Valencia v PSV Eindhoven or Liverpool

AS Roma or Manchester United v Milan or Bayern Munich

Ties to be played April 24/25 and May 1/2

Final

The final of the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League shall be held at the Olympic Stadium, Athens on May 23, 2007.



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March 6, 2007

Lineup coming together for Manchester United charity match

Lineup coming together for Manchester United charity match

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Manchester United will be taking on eleven of the top players in Europe in a celebration match next Tuesday at Old Trafford, and the lineup for the European XI is coming together nicely. The game is a UEFA-Manchester United collaboration created to commemorate not only the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, but also the 50th anniversary of Manchester United entering into European club competitions. Funds raised in the match will go to support the Manchester United Foundation, which works with local charities as well as UNICEF to aid children in need. Italian Marcello Lippi will be in charge of coaching the European XI side, and his assistant will be Andy Roxburgh. Confirmed players have slowly been filing into the team, but with current Manchester United on-loan striker Henrik Larsson confirmed, the XI is now complete.

Players

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Henrik Larsson:
Current Club: Manchester United (loan)
Age: 35
Currently on loan to Manchester United from Helsingborg, Larsson has been in sharp form as of late. This charity match will act as a farewell for the Swede, as he is due back in Sweeden to play for his home club after his loan contract expires on March the 12th.

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David Beckham:
Current Club: Real Madrid
Age: 31
The former Manchester star will be returning to Old Trafford to play against his former club. Beckham has been playing strong for Real Madrid in recent weeks. An injury will keep him out of Real’s next game in the Champions League, but if all goes well he will be back to match fitness for the March 13th charity match.
Update: Beckham has been removed from the squad due to his knee injury. No replacement has yet been announced.
Update: It is confirmed that Beckham will not be participating in the March 13th charity match, but Beckham will still travel to Old Trafford and be announced onto the pitch in order to say goodbye to the fans.

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Ronaldinho:
Current Club: Barcelona
Age: 26
Winner of both European and World player of the year awards, Ronaldinho is arguably one of the best players in the world currently. After nearly signing with United, the Brazilian has won 2 La Liga titles and the Champions League trophy with Spanish giants Barcelona.

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Carles Puyol:
Current Club: Barcelona
Age: 28
Another player from Barcelona, Puyol is one of the best central defenders in Spain, he was the first of his position named to Lippi’s squad. His shaggy hair makes him easy to pick out on the football pitch, but his dominance from the back lures much more attention.

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Gianluca Zambrotta:
Current Club: Barcelona
Age: 30
A member of the Italian World Cup winning team, Zambrotta is equally comfortable on either defensive wing, or in the midfield. He is also a Barcelona player, and joined the Spanish team after winning two Italian domestic championships with Juventus. Zambrotta has history with coach Lippi, as he played on his Italian International side while Lippi was in command.

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Lilian Thuram:
Current Club: Barcelona
Age: 35
Thuram is most capped player on the French International team, and he was with the French side for their European and World Cup victories in 1998 and 2000. Thuram has also won domestic league trophies in 3 countries with Monaco, Parma, Juventus, and Barcelona, his current club.

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Steven Gerrard:
Current Club: Liverpool
Age: 26
Though Gerrard plays for one of Manchester United’s biggest rivals, Liverpool, he is an amazing football talent in the midfield. Gerrard won the 2006 PFA Player of the Year award, and has won several other medals including the European Cup, 2 FA cups, two league cups, a UEFA cup, and a Super Cup.

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Jamie Carragher:
Current Club: Liverpool
Age: 29
Another Liverpool player, Carragher is well known for his grit and determination in defence, and is sure to cause the United forwards some problems, like he did this past Sunday in a match between the two.

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Juninho:
Current Club: Lyon
Age: 32
The second Brazilian player on the team, Juninho is well known for his free-kick prowess, and is regarded as one of the best in the world for that purpose. Juninho has played at Lyon in France for all 5 of their consecutive league titles.

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Eric Abidal:
Current Club: Lyon
Age: 27
The French International plays alongside Juninho at Lyon after moving there from Lille in 2004. He has won 2 league titles with the French giants, as well as a Champions Trophy, France’s equivalent to the FA Cup.

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Gregory Coupet:
Current Club: Lyon
Age: 34
Coupet is the keeper named to the European XI side, and plays alongside Juninho and Abidal at Lyon. He, like Juninho, has been with the club for all 5 of their consecutive league championships.



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February 24, 2007

Champions League round of sixteen—first leg results

Champions League round of sixteen—first leg results

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

The first leg of the round of sixteen in the Champions League was completed on Wednesday, with at least one controversial result, and a bag full of ties. The leg began on Tuesday with four games, and the other four were played the next day, including reigning champions FC Barcelona of Spain.

Champions League logo.

Results

Real Madrid (Spain) 3 – 2 Bayern Munich (Germany)

David Beckham.

English star David Beckham started the game for the Galácticos, while Canadian/Englishman Owen Hargreaves started his first game back after injury for Bayern Munich. Madrid came out fast, with David Beckham passing it to Ruud van Nistelrooy, who slid in a tidy pass to Raúl, who slid the ball past Oliver Kahn in the bottom right corner of the net. Bayern struck back within 13 minutes, after a Willy Sagnol free kick was headed home by Lúcio. Madrid kept up the fight, and 5 minutes later, Raúl was on the score sheet again after heading home a David Beckham corner kick. Real increased their lead 5 minutes later, when Ruud van Nistelrooy slotted home a redirected Beckham free kick. Bayern was able to grab a crucial late away goal via Mark van Bommel.

PSV Eindhoven (Holland) 1 – 0 Arsenal (England)

Jens Lehmann.

Arsenal were without several key players due to their upcoming Carling cup final against Chelsea this weekend, but star Thierry Henry was in the squad along with Emmanuel Adebayor as a strike partner. The only goal came in the 61’st minute, when Edison Méndez shot a low screamer past Jens Lehmann from around 25 yards from goal.

Lille (France) 0 – 1 Manchester United (England)

In a game ripe with controversy, Manchester United walked away with a crucial away win after a Ryan Giggs free kick gave them the lead. Lille protested the goal, saying the team was setting up its wall at the time Giggs took the kick, and the team nearly left the pitch. After goading by officials, the game was resumed, but Lille said it would be making a stake for a replay with UEFA. UEFA has rejected the claim and declared the goal valid, as well as deciding to “instigate proceedings against Lille for the improper behaviour of their players immediately after the goal.”

Celtic (Scotland) 0 – 0 A.C. Milan (Italy)

A spirited draw both sides played competitively, but neither had a finishing flourish to seal the points.

Roma (Italy) 0 – 0 Lyon (France)

Another goalless draw, this game lacked discipline. English referee Mike Riley issued 11 yellow cards, 8 for Roma alone.

Inter Milan (Italy) 2 – 2 Valencia (Spain)

Santiago Cañizares.

Inter came into this game on a 15 game winning league in domestic play, while Valencia as also been hot in the Spanish league as of late. Inter struck first with Cambiasso pouncing on a rebound after Ibrahimović redirection of a Figo freekick was fabulously saved by goalie Cañizares. Valencia replied in the second half with a free kick by David Villa Sanchez form 30 yards. Inter restored their lead just over 10 minutes later, as Maicon slotted home a Julio Cruz pass. As the game wound down, Valancia pressed, and were rewarded with a goal by Silva, a volley ensuing from a corner.

Porto (Portugal) 1 – 1 Chelsea (England)

Both goals happened early in this game, with the home side taking the lead after 12 minutes. Raúl Meireles volleyed a ball towards the net, and after a deflection of Frank Lampard’s knee, the ball beat Petr Čech low. Chelsea leveled only 4 minutes later, when Arjen Robben jetted down the sideline and crossed the ball into the middle, where Andriy Shevchenko slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Barcelona (Spain) 1 – 2 Liverpool (England)

This game saw the current champions taking on the champions of the year previous. Barcelona came out strong, and Brazilian Deco scored early, heading in a Zambrotta cross. Liverpool leveled just before half time, with Craig Bellamy heading a ball across the net, and out of the reach of Víctor Valdés. After the break, John Arne Riise gave Liverpool a crucial away win, as he cleared home a Bellamy pass after some poor defending by Barcelona.



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October 11, 2006

French schoolgirl injured with stones in playground

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French schoolgirl injured with stones in playground

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Last Wednesday, October 7, 2006, a Muslim school girl at Jean-Mermoz College in Lyon, France was injured by gravel thrown at her by four male classmates who are Muslim, as reported in the regional newspaper Le Progrès. The reason given was for eating during the fast of Ramadan, and thus not observing what is believed by Muslims to be one of the five pillars of Muslim faith.

According to a leading Jean-Mermoz School official, “it was a simple incident, not premeditated,” and commented that the story did not warrant French television coverage. In a Le Progrès update report dated October 11, 2006, “the sequence of the facts are better known.” Allegedly, three students were taken aside by several schoolboys, who exclaimed, “You are eating!” to one of the students in the group, a girl who was eating a sandwich, and who then threw stones (possibly gravel) which “lightly injured the girl in the head.” The prosecutor of the Republic of Lyons noted that the word ‘Ramadan’ had not been uttered during the incident. “It is very necessary to know that the political awareness of these boys is limited,” he added. Two of the four alleged perpetrators who did acknowledge these acts were suspended for four days, and the school’s 250 students were assembled by the principal shortly after the event “for a solemn reminder of the law.” The girl’s parents lodged a formal complaint.

According to the sources, this is not the first time such an act has occurred at the school. The incident has been cause for strong emotions among the French educational community, which is sensitive to issues surrounding France’s Muslim community, especially those regarding the treatment of women.

Azzedine Gacci, president of the Regional Council of Muslim Worship (CRCM), stated: “[S]i les faits sont avérés, ils sont inacceptables….”)—“…if the facts are proven (to be true), they are unacceptable”. The young girl in question was in her menstruating cycle at the time of the incident. He expressed regret that some Muslim youths do not know that “femmes indisposées” (women in an exceptional state) are exempted by the Koran from observing certain aspects of Ramadan injunctions.

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