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How To Watch The FIFA World Cup 2014 In Lebanon?

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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.

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For All German Football Fans In Lebanon

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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].

Confirmed? Tele Liban To Broadcast The 2014 FIFA World Cup

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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.

World Cup 2014 Giveaway: Win 1 Of 2 Twelve Sports Watches For Your Favorite Team

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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].

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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.

Lebanese Basketball Federation Decides To Ban Ismail Ahmad For 1 Game, Fine Both Teams

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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.

Ipsos Survey In Lebanon Tips Brazil To Win The 2014 World Cup

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The survey was conducted during April and May 2014 in Lebanon and shows Brazil as the favorite to win the World Cup, followed by Germany, Argentina and Spain.

Needless to say, the survey is wrong as Germany is definitely going to win this year :D

The Ipsos Football Score or IFS was designed to categorically rank the various football teams based on specific variables like favorability, likeability, loyalty, popularity, uniqueness (tactics and abilities) and their chances of winning their title; and depending upon the importance and significance of each of these variables, we arrived at a comprehensive and definitive score for each team.

You can find below the results of survey conducted in Bahrain, Egypt, IRaq, Jordan, KSA and Kuwait by IPSOS as well.

Brazil IFS

Germany IFS

Spain IFS

What Ismail Ahmad Said About The Riyadi – Sagesse Fight

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This is apparently the first interview Ismail did after the fight between Riyadi and Sagesse in Game 4. The radio station sounds pro-Riyadi to be honest and even though Ismail is a great player, I think he should have apologized for assaulting the fan regardless of who attacked first.

The Lebanese Federation is expected to take its final decision today in regards to both teams and the fans.

Red Bull King Of The Rock Lebanon 2014

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For all street basketball fans, the Red Bull King Of The Rock is back for its third consecutive year in Lebanon. It’s a 1 on 1 game and basketball in its purest form. Qualifiers will take place on June 13,14, 20 and 21. The Final will be held at an unusual place, the abandoned Marche du Pont in Zouk on Saturday the 28th of June at 8:30PM.

The winner will get to represent Lebanon at the Red Bull King of the Rock World Finals in the prison exercise yards of Samasana Island on September 6.

Last year I was out of Lebanon and this year I will be out of the country during the first weekend of qualifiers, but hopefully I will be at Rebound on Saturday 21 for the second round of qualifiers. Check out more details on the event [Here].

See you all there!

QUALIFIERS:
– Friday 13th of June – Sagesse University, Furn El-Chebak

– Saturday 14th of June – Mocean, Kaslik

– Friday 20th of June- Balamand Univeristy, Koura [King Of The Rock + Queen Of The Rock]

– Saturday 21st of June – Rebound, Jdeideh [King Of The Rock + Queen Of The Rock]

Registration is at 4:00 PM, games start at 5:00 PM.

FINALS:
Finalists will play at MARCHE DU PONT, ZOUK on Saturday the 28th of June at 8:30PM.

What The Lebanese Basketball Federation Should Do …

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I’ve watched all the videos being shared online on the Riyadi and Sagesse fight in Game 4 and I reassert what I said yesterday that the federation and those in charge of organizing the games are the ones to blame first and foremost.

Nevertheless, mistakes happen and fights do erupt even in the NBA and the Euro League and for that sake, teams and players should be fined for breaking the rules. Having said that, let’s go back to how the fight started based on what the videos have shown:

1- Sagesse were winning by 9 points with few seconds left and Spencer (Hekmeh) had the ball, yet instead of just waiting for the seconds to go, he went and dunked the basketball which is considered as an unsportsmanlike conduct specially that no one was defending him anymore. Loren Woods (Riyadi) came close as he was upset about the dunk, both started arguing and Spencer slightly pushes Woods away. This is where Chris Daniel comes in for some reason and pushes Woods, then all the fans start invading the court to cheer for their team. If you look closely, Woods took some hits from nearby fans as he was being pulled out.

2- As fans were all over the field, one of them goes straight at Ismail and hits him for some reason and this is very obvious in more than a video. That’s where Ismail lost it and ran after him, kicked him and started beating fans left and right. At this moment, things went out of control and 3 of Riyadi’s players found themselves fighting with undisciplined fans.

3- Few minutes later, Riyadi players were escorted out of Ghazir by the Lebanese Army.

This being said, here’s what the Lebanese Basketball Federation should do in my opinion:

– Only 500 Sagesse and Riyadi Fans will be allowed to watch the remaining games.
– All the fans that were involved in the brawl should be banned from the next 15 games. Both teams should help identify the individuals involved in Game 4 and the previous 3 games.
– Ismail Ahmad should be banned for 1 game for going after a fan and hitting him. Just to be clear, I don’t think any of the other Riyadi players should be banned or fined because they were surrounded by tens of fans and got involved unwillingly in the brawl. Ismail on the other hand went after one of them and even though I admire him as a player, it’s an unacceptable behavior.
– Riyadi and Sagesse teams should be fined for letting fans inside the court once the game is over. The Federation should issue a clear statement that no fans are allowed inside the court at any time during the game or while the teams are still on the court.
– The Federation should force all Lebanese basketball teams to register their fans with all the required details. This will help identify trouble makers when a fight erupt.
– If religious or racist chants are heard in any of the games, the team shall be fined and fans behind the chants banned from attending 5 games.
– ANY team who threatens to withdraw from the championship at this point will be banned next year.

We’ve had enough of these stupid fights and some of the comments that I heard following the game were disgusting and sick. These fans are not basketball fans and shouldn’t be allowed in. It is the responsibility of the team and the federation to put the game above all, and take necessary and pro-active measures.