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.
Image by Michael Steele
I still can’t believe Germany won that easily yesterday against Brazil, and I really feel bad for Brazil fans as this is by far the most humiliating defeat Brazil has ever witnessed. In fact, it is even worse than the 1950 loss because the Brazilian team didn’t even put on a fight, and if the 2-1 loss to Uruguay at Maracanã Stadium still haunts the Brazilian team, I don’t know how they will get over yesterday’s trashing.
Being a German fan, I couldn’t be happier and this win is even more satisfying than winning the world cup, which I hope Germany will win of course! Anyway, since we’ve witnessed history in the making yesterday, here’s all you need to know about yesterday’s game:
– Klose scored his 16th World Cup goal to become the leading World Cup scorer of all time ahead of Ronaldo of Brazil and Gerd Muller.
– Germany has now scored more goals (223) than any other team in World Cup history.
– Brazil’s loss is the worst loss by a host team in World Cup history.
– Germany scored 4 goal in 6 minutes, which never happened in any World Cup edition.
– Thomas Muller has now scored 10 times in two World Cups and he’s only 24.
– The last time Brazil lost in a competitive match on home soil was back in 1975 against Peru at the very same Mineirao Stadium.
– Germany has now made it to the World Cup final for a record-breaking eighth time.
Maradona rubbing salt into the wounds via @Football_Tweet
Moving on to the fun part, here are 18 things more likely to happen than Brazil winning the World cup 2014 after yesterday’s performance, and some of the fun memes and photos that emerged during and after the game.
Here are all the goals for those who missed the game:
These drawings were done by Rawad Hajj in an attempt to remind football fans in Lebanon about more important priorities in their country like water, electricity and poverty.
To be honest, I don’t think people have forgotten about these matters, but the world cup is like going on a vacation for a lot of people, specially the football fans, and there’s nothing wrong in ignoring everything happening around us and enjoying the best football competition ever once every 4 years.
I don’t know how I’ve missed that last year. Pretty cool 3D Mapping!
I am sure the issue will be settled somehow soon but it looks like beIN wishes to humiliate us some more before the World Cup ends.
beIN Sports has filed a lawsuit against the state-run Tele Liban for airing the World Cup games for free and without permission, TL announced on Saturday evening.
“beIN decided to sue the nation’s television channel TL over airing the World Cup matches,” sports analyst at the state’s network Ali Alawiyeh announced right before the Brazil-Chile game kicked off on Saturday evening.
Tele Liban started broadcasting its first 2014 World Cup match on June 16, although a deal reached between the government and beIN Sports’ sole agent in Lebanon did not involve granting TL the rights to air the tournament. [Naharnet]
I guess he’s a glory hunter, or as Figo would describe him, he supports whoever is winning and getting the results, while claiming they he has been supporting them before the inception of mankind. That’s a funny video nevertheless, I hope it doesn’t get him into trouble.
Check out the 8 types of FIFA World cup fans you’ll encounter in Lebanon and the 4 other types that my friend Mohammad added.
via Lord Of The Wings
In case you missed the bite from yesterday’s game, check it out [Here].