In case you missed the bite from yesterday’s game, check it out [Here].
Pierre Gemayel was back then the captain of the Lebanese football team and the president of the Lebanese Football federation. Kheireddine Al-Ahdab was the first Sunnite Prime Minister in Lebanon.
Picture taken from Kheireddine El-Ahdab
I think what matters the most is that the series finally came to an end and someone won fair and square without fights or politics involved. It’s quite unfortunate that fans were banned from watching the last 3 games, but it was necessary and I hope both teams will learn how to control their fans next year. As for the federation, I am glad they decided to keep the series going and I urge them to take the appropriate measures to avoid any clashes next year and have a very strict policy towards all the teams and players.
All in all and despite everything that happened, I think this year was one of the best in terms of competitiveness and the years to come promise to be even better.
I am so glad she’s a Brazilian supporter.
Thanks Kriks for ruining my day!
I think we’ve all had it with playacting in football games. It’s becoming more frequent with every tournament and is spoiling the sport. FIFA should seriously consider reviewing these acts after the game and sanctioning the players involved.
On another note, the best commercial that I’ve seen on how “soft” football players have become is the one below.
The Comfu team
Not all Lebanese were happy to hear the news today simply because a lot had already paid a subscription fee or got the whole cable setup installed just for the world cup.
I know that it is unfair, but the majority of Lebanese have an illegal cable subscription and a lot of them can’t afford paying the 100$ a month plus the installation fees and all to watch the world cup. The government is to be blamed here of course for not doing the necessary to secure a proper deal prior to the World Cup, but the harm is done and at least all Lebanese will get to watch the games now.
Both pics via Chi7as
Schumacher is my hero and I am so glad to hear this news! I know it’s still a long way before he fully recovers but that’s awesome news and I couldn’t be happier 😀
Here’s what Schumacher’s management said:
“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.
“His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.
“The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him.
“For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.”
Neshan wasn’t very happy with Machnouk’s decision
Game 5 between Riyadi and Sagesse was about to kick off yesterday when officials received an order from the Interior ministry to postpone the game due to security reasons. While I find it weird that both teams weren’t informed ahead of time of such a decision, I think Machnouk took the right call by banning fans and holding the games an on a neutral ground, which will be Emile Lahoud’s stadium in Mar Roukoz.
A lot of people started hating on Machnouk yesterday and blaming him for ruining basketball in Lebanon, but I disagree and strongly believe that a lot of Basketball fans in Lebanon don’t deserve to attend any of the games and have been doing more harm to the sport than anyone else, and that we should all be punished for their mistakes because we’ve contributed to them directly or indirectly. As far as the federation is concerned, they should take a more pragmatic approach next year and implement the necessary measures to prevent what happened this year. Basketball fans, players and management should understand that violating any rule is a very serious offense that will be severely punished.
Having said that, Game 5 will take place tonight at 9:30pm, to be followed by Game 6 and 7 on Tuesday and Wednesday (if needed).
Telecom Minister Boutros Harb, as well as the Finance minister and Sports minister are apparently working on resolving the World Cup broadcasting rights in Lebanon with Sama, the sole agent responsible for broadcasting the tournament. Minister Harb said he should be making a pleasant announcement in the upcoming hours.
Let’s hope it works out. I will keep you posted if I have any updates on that matter.