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.
Lebanese Cyclist Toni Khoury was killed in Kuwait when a taxi hit him as he was cycling a couple of days ago. Toni is originally from Amchit but has been living in Kuwait for the past 16 years, and is a member of the Kuwait Cycling team. He was married and had two children.
May he rest in peace.
Back in September 2013, Former Arab triathlon and Lebanese champion Roy Nasr was killed in Dubai after being hit by a drunk driver. Roy had co-founded Tri Dubai and was training for Ironman South Africa which took place in April 2014.
PS: I read the news in Al-Rai newspaper.
Check out this cool list on Lebtivity of all the venues that are showing the World Cup games in Lebanon. It’s not just restaurants that are broadcasting the games but also nightclubs and pubs like The Gärten, B018, Feb30, Checkpoint Charlie and many others.
There’s another picture circulating with the same guy holding the Amal party flag. I don’t know if it’s a photoshopped one but I will stick to that one. Speaking of the ceremony, I didn’t like it much to be honest and the first game that followed was a huge disappointment, as Brazil sucked and the referee was the uncontested man of the match, specially with that outrageous penalty he gave to Brazil.
The World Cup kicks off today and the Lebanese are still unsure whether they will be able to watch it for free on TeleLiban or not. Like I said yesterday, the way Lebanese officials are dealing with this matter is quite shameful and humiliating. We shouldn’t be begging anyone to watch the World Cup, nor waiting for Qatar’s Prime Minister or BeIN’s chairman to make up their mind and decide whether the Lebanese can watch the World Cup for free or not.
Having said that, and since most of the Lebanese have illegal cable subscriptions, chances are the cable guy will charge you an extra amount and get either BeIN channels or some foreign channels that are broadcasting it for free. There’s a list of free channels (TF1, Rai Sport, Canal+ Sport etc ..) that is being circulated that you can see below, but chances are these will be blocked on the receivers by the local providers. Here’s the full list of TVs broadcasting the World Cup as provided by the FIFA.
In case you have a decent internet connection, there are TVs that will be broadcasting the first two rounds for free on their website and mobile apps, like Spanish Univision and French TF1.
There’s also a website I use to livestream almost any sports event that is called feed2all.eu. I never tried it during a World Cup but I am sure they will be showing games.
If you are still not sure what time the games are, go to FIFA’s website and click the “Change to local time” for the games you are interested in. It will show you the game schedule based on Beirut local time.
We all know that there are a lot of German fans in Lebanon, but there hasn’t been an official fan club up until this year. This being said, the German Football Fans Facebook Group was founded back in May 2014 and has gathered over 9000 fans till now. Moreover, they’ve managed to reserve two football courts with the help of the German Embassy in Beirut where German fans can go to watch the games on huge LED screens.
The two courts are open for all the fans throughout the World Cup and can fit up to 3000 people per game. Entrance fees are for 15,000LL (2 drinks (soft or beer) + snackers) or 20,000LL (2 drinks (soft or beer) + 1 Sandwich (4 options) + snackers) which are reasonable fees. There’s also a section for those who want to smoke Arguile which I disapprove of to be honest.
I usually like to watch the games at home but I think I will join all the German fans for a game or two at the courts.
The football courts are located at LEFC Arena in Mkalles. To know more about the event and get directions, check [Here].
TeleLiban posted few minutes ago the above status stating that Qatar will allow the TV to broadcast the Brazil 2014 World Cup games. To be honest, it feels like we’re begging Qatar to let us watch the World Cup for free which is quite embarrassing for all of us Lebanese, specially that Qatar waited till today to make up their mind.
I guess we only have FIFA to blame for this.
I unfortunately missed the launch of Twelve Watch in Lebanon which was on the same day as the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico. It was the perfect occasion to gather football fans and launch the brand which is aimed at football fans mainly. In fact, Twelve represents the “Twelfth man” in a football-game which is of course the fans, and their watch collection is inspired by the jersey/country flags of football teams.
The people behind Twelve were kind enough to send me a Germany watch, which I found to be cool and original. The designs are nicely made, the watch doesn’t look cheap at all, is equipped with Ronda Caliber 505 and 515 and Swiss-made movements and is priced reasonably at $130.
You can check the whole Twelve Watch collection [Here].
Knowing that the World Cup is in a couple of days, I asked Twelve if they’d like to give away a couple of watches to the blog’s readers and they were more than happy to do so. So if you are into Football and want a watch for your favorite team, here’s your chance to win 1 of 2 Twelve watches.
All you need to do is answer these questions correctly:
- Which German Player is set to miss the World Cup after injuring himself in a friendly 3 days ago?
- What is the name of the World Cup Football stadium located located on the former site of the Vivaldão stadium in Manaus, Brazil?
- What is the nationality of the “sorcerer” that is claiming responsibility for Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury?
Please make sure you mention the team you support in the World Cup after writing down the answers.
I will announce the two lucky winners tomorrow morning.
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.
Following the events that occurred in Game 4 between Riyadi Beirut and Sagesse,The Lebanese Basketball Federation decided the following:
1- Ban Ismail Ahmad for one game
2- Game 5 will take place on Sunday June 15 at Manara with the presence of 300 fans.
3- Sagesse and Riyadi will be fined respectively 43 and 26 Million Lebanese Liras.
4- Game 6 will take place in Ghazir and no fans will be allowed in.
5- In case the the series is tied at 3-3, the final game will take place in Manara.
I think the decision is fair for both teams, and I really hope Riyadi doesn’t withdraw from the championship because Ismail deserves to be stopped.