I am really surprised that basketball players in Lebanon are still quiet over what’s happening recently. The Lebanese Federation may be obliged to take a decision soon that will literally kill basketball in Lebanon and harm first and foremost the Lebanese players. As you can see from the report, All the teams (except Riyadi) want 3 foreign players instead of 2 and their arguments are as follows:
Allowing three foreign players:
– will increase competitiveness.
– allow the Lebanese players to improve.
– lower the budgets of all the teams.
What they are basically saying is that Lebanese basketball players are overpriced and that they’d rather overpay one additional foreign player than invest in Lebanese. Honestly speaking, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard and that can ever be implemented. If anything, the teams should allow only one foreign player and the federation can always bring down the salaries for Lebanese players if they find them outrageous and high (which they are not).
If the teams are suffering financially, it’s because they’ve been spending massively on foreign players (instead of spending on young talents) in the past years in order to clinch the title, and I am sure they will do the same as soon as their financial situation improves and spend even more on foreign players since they will be allowed three.
I am really glad the president of the FLB Walid Nassar is against allowing three foreign players and I really hope he doesn’t change his mind and look for alternatives. Speaking of alternatives, here’s what I suggest:
1- Set a yearly budget range (between 750K and 1.5M) that all teams must abide by.
2- Allow 1 or 2 foreign players only and LIMIT the spending on foreign players to 25% of the total budget.
3- Force the teams to implement a 3-year financial plan.
4- Form a committee to follow up on the team’s spending and penalize those who fail to show a positive balance within 5 years.
That’s one of the ways to improve Basketball in Lebanon and I am sure there are other alternatives. Asking for three foreign players will bring the game 10 years back.
Five teams have apparently threatened to withdraw from the championship if three foreign players won’t be allowed next season. I really don’t understand the logic behind this request and I can’t believe almost all the teams are ok with it. Also, can someone please remind Mr. Kanso that this is the LEBANESE basketball league?
It’s like telling Lebanese players that they can’t improve the game and should sit on the bench while foreign players do their thing.
A Liverpool fan (Lebanese?) is seen crying after she took a picture with Steven Gerrard at a training session at Princeton. I don’t know if she’s Lebanese or not, but you can see the Lebanese flag right next to her and the woman behind her (her mother?) and the two guys are talking Arabic so it’s possible.
The sure thing is that she’s a die-hard Liverpool fan. Here’s an interview (Thanks Patrick) with [Here] for those interested.
I’ve heard that the majority of basketball teams in Lebanon, with the exception of Riyadi, are asking the federation to allow three foreign players next season, specially after Ismail Ahmad got the Lebanese nationality. I really hope that this is just a rumor because that’s the worst thing that could happen to Lebanese Basketball.
I’ve been urging the Lebanese Federation for years to force teams to cut down their expenses on foreign players and invest in young Lebanese talents, because that’s the only way to develop new talents and improve the game in Lebanon. Ismail Ahmad has been living in Lebanon for around 10 years and turns 38 this year, so using him as an excuse to get more foreign players is invalid.
Like I said on previous occasions, the Lebanese Federation must force all the teams to set a 5 or 10-year plan and invest as much money on recruiting and improving local talents as they spend on getting foreign players. If we keep on relying on retired NBA players and undermining our youth, we will be killing the game in Lebanon.
Annahar reported today that the Brazilian federation has agreed to play a friendly game against Lebanon on September 4 in Beirut. Just to be clear here, the Brazilian Olympic team will be playing Lebanon and not the National team that you saw at the World Cup 2014.
I will be cheering for Lebanon!
via Volkswagen Lebanon
I loved the Volkswagen ad and the Lufthansa ad below is a smart one as well. Here’s what other brands had to say about Germany’s win.
@Lufthansa tweeted: The best extra weight we’ve ever carried!
At last Germany got its much deserved fourth title!! The final was a very close game and Argentina played very well but wasted a couple of golden chances. Bastian played superbly and neutralized Messi the whole game and should have been named the man of the match in my opinion. Manuel Neuer won the golden glove while Messi surprisingly was named the best player of the tournament.
In all cases, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and will brag about it for the next 4 years probably lol! What makes this win so special is that Germany humiliated World Cup hosts Brazil and defeated Argentina to become the first European team to ever win a World Cup played in the Americas.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the 4 stars jersey now!
Six MMA fighters from Lebanon went to participate for the first time in the IMMAF tournament in Last Vegas which is sponsored by the UFC. The fighters were Joeshwa Mortada at 70 KGs, Richard Saliba at 77 KGs, Imad Hoayek at 84 KGs, Ricardo Bachir at 94 KGs, Mohamed Yakzan at 120 KGs in addition to Rachel Abou Abdullah at 52 KGs and they produced impressive and encouraging results.
Imad Hoayek and Joeshwa Mortada both made it to the quarter finals before losing against America and England by a very close judge’s decision. Rachel Abou Abdullah made it to the final day and got beaten by a much more experienced German Judo black belt fighter.
There are many talented MMA fighters in Lebanon and it’s a matter of time before they started winning titles and maybe get into the UFC one day.
You can read the full story [Here].
The Lebanon Water Festival for the year 2014 will take place between August and September and is open to everyone. You can join in as a participants, spectator or volunteer and take part in activities like Underwater Diving, water skiing, sailing, surfing, stand up paddle and kite boarding.
Check out the full calendar [here] and go have some fun!
Ever since Israel started its offensive against Gaza few days ago, a lot of people have been showing their support for the Palestinian people while some of them have been bashing football fans for not caring enough about Gaza and cheering for their teams. “How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” and “Shame on you for ignoring the massacres on Palestine” are some of the messages I got and I couldn’t but laugh at them.
We all condemn what’s happening in Gaza and what’s been happening for the past 30 years, as we condemn the hundreds of innocent civilians killed in the Syrian conflict everyday, and in Iraq and Yemen and anywhere there’s a conflict. However, as much as some Lebanese and Arabs feel concerned with what’s happening in neighboring countries, there’s nothing we can do to help even if we wanted to, and the truth is we need help in Lebanon more than any other country (except Palestine maybe). Moreover, if you truly wish to help Palestinians, do so on a daily basis and don’t just remember them during wars and start spreading pictures of dead babies and burned bodies on Facebook.
Going back few months from now, innocent people were dying in Tripoli (In Lebanon of course) due to sectarian fights yet a lot of people who are sharing Gaza posts and pictures all over the internet didn’t feel that concerned with what’s happening. A lot of Lebanese as well don’t feel concerned with the suicide bombings in Dahieh and Beirut’s suburbs, without forgetting the 1 Million+ Syrian refugees suffering in Lebanon.
To sum things up, stop pretending to care about Gaza children if you’ve just realized that they are suffering, stop telling people not to watch the World Cup because people are dying in Palestine and stop sharing graphic images to get people’s attention. If anything, start caring about your country more and let people enjoy their lives the way they see it appropriate.