I was going down The St. Nicolas stairs on Thursday on my way to Gemmayze when I noticed what looks like a small roller coaster set up on a big portion of the 500 meters staircase. I am not sure what it is being used for but I noticed a construction site at the end of the wooden railway so I am guessing they set it up to carry building materials down the stairs.
It would be fun if someone, Red Bull for example, comes up with a fun game where you go down the stairs on a roller-coaster wearing a costume (maybe during Easter) and jump off it into some pool or huge air mattress. Another idea would be a “Jump and Freeze” event but that’s more suitable for Faraya/Mzaar or the Cedars. Either ways, I will be the first to take part in such a fun event.
I never missed a chance to show my support to the Lebanese National Football team in the past few years, and tried to keep all the blog’s readers informed of what’s happening by posting updates about the games and the team as a whole. However, if it’s true that there are that many players involved in match-fixing, of which 9 players in the National Team, then you can kiss Football goodbye in Lebanon.
According to LBC, match-fixing started back in 2006, and from the looks of it, even the Federation is aware about it yet is not doing anything to stop it. I only feel bad for all the fans and the few decent players who gave everything for the team.
Lebanese Football Blogger Figo29 hopes we’d react to this scandal like the Italians did few years back, not by winning the World Cup of course but by coming out stronger than before, but I think we need many years for that to happen, if it ever will.
Lebanon is the first team from the Middle East to take part in the Copa Lagos cup and has already made his presence felt by defeating 6-times Beach Soccer European Champions Portugal 5-4. Lebanon had lost its opening game to hosts Nigeria 7-6.
As stated in Copa Lagos’ website, Lebanon is an emerging force in Beach Soccer as they finished 4th at the Asian games in June 2012 and topped the qualifying group by winning all 3 games, including an impressive 8-3 victory over the UAE.
For those of you who don’t know about Copa Lagos, here’s a brief overview:
Copa Lagos Beach Soccer, is the first ever international beach soccer event to take place in Nigeria and in all Sub-Saharan Africa.
Founded in 2011, Copa Lagos is organised under the scope of Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) World Tour and will take place every year in December, in Lagos, Nigeria. The competition is played in a Round-Robin format (League Format), allowing in this way the opportunity for each team to prove themselves against all participants during three days of competition.
Copa Lagos is broadcasted in 21 international channels (Eurosport, Al-Jazeera, Globo, ESPN, Sky Sport, Canal Plus, FOX Sports, Supersport, among others) and in one national partner channel AIT (African Independent Television). Copa Lagos also aims to have a strategic role in development of beach soccer in Nigeria. In this context each edition of the competition will offer Beach Soccer Clinics and certified Refereeing and Coaching workshops.
You can check out more pictures of both games [Here] and [Here].
While watching the video, I noticed that I had posted the picture of one of the skateboarders in the video few months back, after it got published on German Sueddeutsche Zeitung’s frontpage. Check Minute 1:40 to 1:42 in the video and compare it with the picture below.
I just read on SportKello.com that 5 Lebanese Basketball teams (Riyadi, Byblos, Amchit, Hoops and Muttahed) in the first division have suspended their participation after being lied to prior to the Lebanese Federation elections.
What happened (According to the article) was that all teams agreed on a list of candidates to head the new federation, only to see this accord changed on elections day by Jihad Salameh, who’s in charge of the sports section in a prominent Lebanese political party. Honestly, I have no idea about what’s happening but when you have 5 teams out of 10 suspending their participation, with 4 of them ranked in the top 6, whomever came up with this federation is obviously doing a bad job.
I’ve said it and repeat it a zillion times, politics should be strictly forbidden in sports events and Lebanese Federations should not be influenced by members of political parties at all. In fact, I don’t understand how you can mess up the elections of a Lebanese Basketball Federation. If the aim is to encourage the teams, improve the sport and modernize it, then find someone competent and neutral having everyone’s consent to head the federation. How hard can it be?
John was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 3, 1985 and is a first generation Lebanese-Canadian born to Lebanese parents. His martial arts training started with Taekwondo at the age of 6. When John started high school though, his dojo closed, and he could no longer continue. Towards the end of highschool at the age of 17, he found a Karate Dojo. He spent a lot of his time competing in Kickboxing tournaments, and in 2006 won a gold medal in the USKBA. After going 22-0 in Kickboxing, John started training for Mixed Martial Arts. [Wiki]
He played 5 UFC games so far, lost 2 and won 3. His third win came yesterday after he beat Canadian Sam Stout. [UFC]
We have a few talented MMA fighters in Lebanon. Let’s hope one of them will be able to compete at the highest level of the competition one day just like John Makdessi is doing now.
Lebanon still has a chance to qualify to the 2014 World Cup as Uzbekistan defeated Iran surprisingly 1-0 in Tehran. I have to say the game was poor from both sides but Qatar were the better side towards the end and scored a beautiful goal from a 30m shot.
Here are the standings from the group Lebanon is in. [Group A]