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Champions League Final (Juventus vs. Barcelona) GiveAway: The Winning Team’s Jersey From Football Shop Hamra

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Update: Congrats to Sami Hert for winning the jersey and guessing the right score!

Football is a very popular sport in Lebanon but there aren’t that many shops that are purely dedicated to football where you can find everything from jerseys, shoes, scarfs, mugs, balls, figurines, DVDs, flags etc. In fact, the only place I know in Lebanon is Football Shop in Hamra and what I love about this shop is that its owners are hardcore football fans and take part in almost every football-related event in Lebanon. They are always sponsoring and supporting fan clubs and one of the guys who works there (Tarek) is a good friend (even though he’s a Manchester United fanatic :P) and is very active on Twitter.

I passed by the shop today to pick up a couple of things for tonight’s finale and found an awesome Retro Juventus 1970 jersey, as well as an awesome Maradona shirt back from his Napoli years. I even found a Spurs jersey. I ended up buying the Juventus Retro jersey and a tiny German jersey for my future kid :)


The shop is organized according to leagues (EPL, Serie A, Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1) and there’s a small section for the national teams as well. In the middle there’s a whole section of cool tshirts, figurines, DVDs and other gadgets. There are also huge posters and flags and the best part is that you can print your name instantly there and don’t have to wait for the second day like other shops. Needless to say, everything is authentic.

Moving on to the giveaway, and since the Champions League final is tonight, I thought I’d prepare a small competition for the football fans and Football Shop agreed to give away the jersey of the winning team to one lucky reader. All you have to do is the following:

– Follow me and the Football Shop on Instagram.
– Guess who’s gonna win the finale tonight to enter the draw. There’s no need to mention the score but whomever gets it right will get a extra special gift.

You need to leave a comment on the blog post and I will draw the winner’s name as soon as the game ends. I’m personally cheering for Juventus but it’s gonna be very hard to defeat Barcelona tonight.




For more info regarding Football Shop, check their [Facebook page], their [website], their [instagram] and their [Twitter] account.

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

Roger Feghali Has Just Won The 50th Edition Of The Antibes Côte D’Azur Rally 2015!

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Lebanese Rally driver Roger Feghali has become the first Arab driver to win the famous Antibes Côte D’Azur in France after beating Jean-marie Cuoq, the Championship leader, in the final classification. Roger competed last year and was going strong before he had to retire, but he came back this year and dominated the event in his Ford Focus WRC.

Feghali and Matar beat Citroen C4 WRC driver Jean-Marie Cuoq by more than 2 minutes, which is a very comfortable margin. This marks Roger’s fourth rally victory of 2015, after dominant wins in Jordan and in Lebanon (31st Spring Rally and 4th Jezzine Rally). Feghali won’t score points from this rally as he’s Lebanese but it’s still quite an achievement to beat talented international rally drivers in a entry list that included 135 drivers.

Congrats to Roger on this amazing achievement!

Roger-Feghali-Antibes-Rally-2015-pic-750x400 via BiSer3a

Here’s a small footage showing Roger’s car and there are over videos on [] and [] for those interested.


Lebanon Favourite To Qualify To The 2017 Rugby League World Cup

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14 teams will participate in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, out of which 7 automatically qualified and the 7 remaining will be determined after four regional qualification tournaments. Lebanon is playing in the Middle East/Africa region and needs to defeat South Africa to qualify. The Cedars team has already beaten Malta easily and is performing strongly at the moment.

We’ve already missed out on the last two World Cups but Lebanon seems well placed this year to make it to qualify so let’s keep our fingers crossed! Lebanon will play South Africa on 30 October 2015 in Dubai.

For Rugby fans, you can check out their game against Malta [here].

Thanks Mahmoud!

Lebanese Basketball Player Wael Arakji Has Declared For The 2015 NBA Draft!

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Lebanese point guard and Riyadi (Sporting Beirut) player Wael Arakji has reportedly entered the 2015 NBA draft after his performances caught one of the NBA scouts’ attention. The news came after @DraftExpress tweeted the news and stated that Wael’s stats aren’t super impressive, but he looks interesting on film as he’s big for a point guard and very quick.

Arakji is only 20. He’s 6’4 and has been playing with Riyadi for 4 years now. Arakji is averaging 7.5 points and 3 assists per game. This is great news for Wael and I hope we will see him next year in the NBA League!

Check out more info [here].


PS: Someone did a video comparing Wael’s moves to Goran Dragic, Miami Heat’s Point guard.


Follow Haig Melikian: A Lebanese-Armenian Who Loves Biking And Nature

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If you like biking and nature, Haig Melikian is definitely someone worth following in Lebanon. I’ve been following Haig since Day1 and I love all his pictures. Whether it’s really hot or freezing cold, Haig is always on his bike and sharing the most amazing pictures wherever he goes. His videos are also pretty cool.

I used to love biking during spring and I remember we used to take trips from Hrajel to Afka where the cave and the waterfalls are. It’s a lot of fun and makes you discover amazing places in Lebanon. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since I went on a bike trip and seeing Haig’s pictures makes me miss it more.

I shared some of Haig’s pictures below (with his permission of course), and you can check out his profile [here].









Why Do We Need A Huge Basketball Stadium In Zouk Mikhael If We Don’t Have A Good Team?

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stadium Via arabasket

The largest basketball stadium in Lebanon will be inaugurated this summer in Zouk Mikhael yet basketball teams in Keserwan are all suffering financially. In fact, Tadamon, Kahraba and Centrale have been struggling for years due to the lack of funds and sponsors and haven’t been able to compete for the championship.

This being said, I don’t understand why we’re spending millions on a huge stadium when all we need is a couple of millions to support a local team and compete for the championship. Why can’t we settle for a smaller stadium and allocate more money to encourage young talents and local teams? Who’s gonna fill up all these seats in the stadium? Even the Hekmeh and Riyadi fans are not that numerous.

Speaking of Tadamon, check out this nice tribute to Tony Madisson, one of the best basketball players that ever came to Lebanon. I wonder where he is now.

tadamon More pictures on the Tadamoun website

Lebanese-American Amateur Footballer To Be Jailed For Killing Referee During A Football Game

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Bassel Saad

“For better or for worse, you’ve come to personify all that’s wrong with many people’s belief about the escalation of violence in sports,”. That’s what the judge told Bassel Saad after he sentenced him to at least eight years in prison on Friday for a punch that killed a
Detroit-area referee. Saad apparently has already assaulted a soccer player back in 2005 and faced a second-degree murder charge. He told the court he “was so sorry” for what happened but his apology won’t bring back referee John Bieniewicz, a happily married man and a father of two.

USA today are saying that he could face deportation for what he did. All I know is that he’s a disgrace to sports and to Lebanese in the US.

Some Idiot Was Playing Football On The Jounieh Highway

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Every time I see such videos, I wonder why doesn’t anyone give a call to the ISF or the Lebanese Army and have these people arrested? There’s always a policeman on the Kaslik roundabout which is 2 minutes away from where this video is taken and there’s an army base also 3 minutes away if not less.

Since the Lebanese authorities want to implement a new traffic law, let’s start by monitoring the highways and stopping the crazy bikers and dangerous drivers pulling stunts, as well as idiots like this guy playing football and blocking the road!


Felipe Nasr Finishes 5th on His F1 Debut

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Brazilian-Lebanese F1 Driver Felipe Nasr finished 5th on his F1 debut and gave Sauber their first points since 2013.

Sebastian Vettel also finished 3rd in his Ferrari debut which is encouraging news but Mercedes is still far behind and Rosberg & Hamilton weren’t really battling it out today. Let’s hope the season won’t turn out to be as boring as last year and Ferrari catches up after few races.