Out of the 800 qualifiers played over two and a half years, FIFA picked 6 games as the best qualifiers from the road to Brazil, and Lebanon’s awesome victory over Korea in 2011 was one of them.
Here are the other 5 games chosen by FIFA:
American Samoa 2-1 Tonga, 22 November 2011
Colombia 3-3 Chile, 11 October 2013
Ghana 6-1 Egypt, 15 October 2013
Panama 2-3 USA, 15 October 2013
Sweden 2-3 Portugal, 19 November 2013
Zacharias Faour is only 15 years old and has already been dubbed as the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Juventus were interested in him but he ended up signing with Manchester City. If you are not a Football fan and don’t know who Ibrahimovic is, he’s one of the most talented Football players in the world and some of his goals are unbelievable, specially this one against England.
According to Lebanese Blogger Figo29 who originally posted about this young talent, Zacharias Faour has Lebanese Origins (His Father is Lebanese) and can play for either Lebanon or Sweden.
ManCity ranked Faour as one of the world’s best players who were born in 1998, so let’s wish him the best of luck and hope he becomes as good or even better than Ibra.
Schalke 04 beat VfB Stuttgart 3-0.
Sagesse was going through difficult times in the past few month and the prestigious Beiruti team was on the verge of a very dangerous fallout. Fortunately though, an agreement was finally reached tonight between the various parties in the presence of Bishop Boulos Matar (Sagesse belongs to the Maronite Bishopric in Beirut).
Based on the LBC Report above and this article, Nadim Hakim will be Sagesse’s president, Jean Hemmam will resign and Joseph Abdel Massih will be the new secretary general. Elie Mechantaf is still in the management and will handle the Basketball Committee for Sagesse.
This is great news for the players and the Hekmeh fans!
Even Riyadi fans expressed their joy over the agreement reached. Speaking of which, Riyadi (Sporting Beirut) just won the Houssameddine el Hariri tournament by beating Mouttahed in the final game.
I used to support Tadamon Club back when Madison was their star. He’s one of the best Basketball players that ever played in the Lebanese league. I wonder what he’s doing now.
I’ve been watching some of the Houssam Eddin Hariri Tournament games in the past week and the Riyadi team, which I never supported to be honest, is way ahead of the competition this year. I know they’ve been dominant for years but this year’s lineup is unstoppable when compared to the other teams, specially the 21-year-old shooting guard Ahmad Ibrahim who joined Riyadi last year.
The other teams that might threaten Riyadi this year are Amchit and Mouttahed. Both have strong lineups and Mouttahed has a great coach (Joe Moujaess). As far as Hekmeh is concerned, their problems are far from over and I am afraid we might not see a Sagesse team this year.
Here’s the list of the key players at Riyadi this year:
- Ismail Ahmad
- Jean Abdel Nour
- Ahmad Ibrahim
- Roy Samaha
- Ali Haidar
- Amir Saoud
- Miguel Martinez
- Omar Turk
- Izzat Kaissi
- Wael Arakji
- Ali Mahmoud
The two explosions that rocked the area of Jnah in Beirut today were directed against the Iranian embassy and ended up killing 25 people and injuring hundreds, but that wasn’t enough to postpone the planned game between Iran and Lebanon as part of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. In fact, the game was played without fans and Lebanon lost by 4 goals to 1 against the Iranian team.
How can one keep a football game ongoing after a tragedy like the one we’ve witnessed today? It’s one thing not to over-react and freak out after a bombing since we unfortunately “got used” to them, but asking the Lebanese and Iranian teams to play an Asian qualifier a couple of hours after the explosion is immoral and unacceptable!
Iran’s head coach Carlos Queiroz said the atmosphere was not suitable for the match and said it should be canceled.
If you are a ManUnited fan, you can join them at Champs Sports Bar.
Update: Here’s another report by Al Jazeera on the ManUnited fans:
PS: I am a hard-core Bayern Munich Fan.
As you all probably know, the 2013 Basketball season still didn’t kick off in Lebanon due to the political bickering between the federation and the teams. However, it appears that all the parties have reached an agreement that will hopefully get the championship started in December.
The agreement states that few amendments will be introduced as requested by several parties and a letter will be sent to the FIBA to lift the suspension after getting all the teams’ approval. Moreover, the federation will resign as of next week and pave the way for new elections. The only matter that might stop the championship from kicking off is the Sagesse team as they are undergoing some serious internal problems that might see the Beiruti team dissolved and out of the competition.
Personally speaking, I think the biggest problem Sagesse has is that it is indirectly managed by Beirut’s Bishop Boulos Matar but let’s not go there for now. I want the Lebanese Championship to get back as this year’s championship promises to be one of most competitive in years.
I just got back home from the Beirut Marathon after finishing the 10K Fun Run in 1 hour and 17 minutes. It’s a decent time specially that I haven’t ran 10K in years but I will be working for next year to finish the race in less than an hour. As far as the Marathon is concerned, the organization and atmosphere were great, everyone was having fun and there were over 36,000 participants.
Here are few pictures that I took:
May el-Khalil At The Start
Tripoli is Lebanese
Spotted Michael Haddad on my way!