Sports – Daily News Egypt Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:32:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ministry will implement 16 projects worth EGP 380m in the current fiscal year: Youth and Sports Ministry Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:30:14 +0000 The plan includes establishing 24 swimming pools, 12 indoor pitches, 5 clubs for disabled individuals, 5 ministry directorates

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports intends to implement, 16 projects at an investment cost of EGP 380m during the current fiscal year (FY). Daily News Egypt met with Adel Radwan, the head of the Central Department of Sports Investment at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as Mohamed Hamdy, general manager of investment, finance, and asset management at the same ministry to discuss the sports investment plan this year.

What is the size of the financial allocations for the Ministry of Youth and Sports during the current fiscal year. How will that be spent?

Radwan: The allocations of the Ministry of Youth and Sports amounted to EGP 400m in the state budget for the current FY. This includes EGP 380m to implement 16 projects under the Central Administration of Sports Investment, as well as EGP 20m to develop some youth centres.

What are the major projects of the central administration that the ministry is seeking to implement?

Radwan: The projects include establishing 24 swimming pools, 5 sports directorates in a number of governorates, 12 indoor pitches, 5 clubs for disabled individuals, and 12 stadiums across Egypt.

The government allocated EGP 525m for the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the budget in the last FY, to implement its investment plan. This was cut down by EGP 125m this year, due to the government’s desire to reduce expenditure and curb expenses.

What is the ideology of the ministry in implementing its investment plan?

Radwan: The investment plan of the ministry is divided into two parts: a local plan, implemented in the youth directorates, and a central investment plan, which includes the projects posed centrally such as the stadiums, sports cities, and other major projects.

The ministry has achieved a breakthrough in the implementation of projects for sports clubs, sports entities, stadiums, youth centres, and swimming pools in the past years.

What is the goal in your plan of develop and create the stadiums file?

Radwan: The Central Administration for Sports Investment aims to complete the development of Sohag Stadium, and the establishment of a stadium in Minya, in addition to the development of other stadiums during the current FY. Mohamed Hamdy, the director of investment, finance, and asset management at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, presented the ministry’s plan for the establishment and development of 24 new swimming pools.

What are the developments done for swimming pools at the level of the governorates of the Republic?

Hamdy: The plan includes the establishment of seven new swimming pools in Cairo at a number of sports clubs, including Cairo Sports Club, Sports Development Center in Sheraton, and Maadi Club, as well as three swimming pools in Qaliubiya, in Benha Club, Benha Stadium, and El Khanka Club. This is in addition to two swimming pools in Kafr Al-Sheikh in Biyala Club and Sokha.

There will be two swimming pools also in Minya in Bani Mazar and Masr El Fekriya, another two in Suez in Suez Stadium and Suez Sports Club. Moreover, there are three pools in Aswan in Blanah Club, Abu El Rish, and Ain Shams. Finally, there are three in Alexandria in Shatby Club, Etihad, and Shooting Club, next to another an Assiut Club.


General director of investment picked on the discussion and noted that 40 swimming pools have been already implemented last year, in addition to completing several pools that have been under development over the past few years.

Tell us about the ministry’s new plan in establishing sports directorates.

Hamdy: The ministry aims to establish five youth and sports directorates in Giza, Aswan, Behira, North Sinai, and the Red Sea, next to five more sports clubs for disabled indiduals, as per directives of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who said that 2018 will be the year for disabled individuals.

The ministry plans to establish two stadiums in Minya and the 6th of October City in the current fiscal year, next to completing the development of 12 stadiums in a number of governorates, including the stadium of Shebin El Koum governorate of Menoufiya, and the stadiums of Sohag, Banha, Damietta, Al-Arish, Fayoum, Tanta, Suez, Sharqeya, Zagazig, Assiut, Alexandria, and Tur.The bulk of the allocations of the Ministry of Youth and Sports this year will be spent on the development and establishment of new stadiums at a cost of EGP 225m, out of a total of EGP 400m.

Will the Ministry complete the development of sports clubs?

Hamdy: The development of a number of sports clubs will be completed in eight governorates, including Damietta, Suez, and Abdeen club in Cairo, as well as Bani Obeid in Dakahlia, and Nakhil in Ismailia, in addition to some other clubs in Gharbia and Port Said.The indoor pitches received great attention from the ministry last year, where we developed 45 indoor pitches. We are also in the process of completing the development of 13 new pitches, including the one in Arish.

This is in addition to completing development of the indoor pitches in the stadiums of Benha, Damietta, Suez, Port Said, Mansoura, Tanta, Sohag, and Damanhour, in addition to the indoor pitch in Sheikh Zayed.

What about the establishment of outdoor pitches and sports centres that the ministry have started recently?

The Ministry of Youth and Sports plans to establish some open stadiums and sports centers in the 6th of October Club, the Sports Development Center in Hurghada, and Sharm El-Sheikh Club in South Sinai.

What are the entities that you rely on in implementing the ministry’s projects?

Radwan: The Ministry of Youth and Sports relies on the armed forces in the implementation of all projects during the past period. We shall continue relying on them as they implement the important projects in time. The costs of a number of projects increased after the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided to float the Egyptian pound in November last year, leading the national currency to decline in value against the US dollar.

The ministry had formed a committee to pay financial compensation to companies assigned to implement sports projects, after the cost increased due to the flotation. It is important to encourage the private sector investment in sports to contribute to the state’s efforts in developing sports activities in all provinces.

Is the new Sports Law encouraging to investment?

Radwan: The new Sports Law encouraged private investment in the sports sector. Article 71 obligates those who want to establish a club or perform sports services to legalise their situation and establish Egyptian joint stock companies to manage this activity. The article states that all companies established to perform sports services of all kinds must take the form of shareholding companies and have authorized the offering the shares in public subscription in accordance with the provisions of the Capital Market Law. Their shares could also be listed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX).

The article allows the sports bodies subject to the provisions of this law, and with the consent of the central administrative body, to establish joint stock companies in which the authority and its members and investors contribute. The shares of these companies are offered to the public in accordance with the law and may be registered in the EGX—as long as this does not impact the activity of sports services.

Radwan: the article allowed the famous clubs to establish branches in the form of joint stock companies in which the club and its members and investors will participate after the approval of the central administrative authority. The ministry is currently preparing the bylaws of the new sports law that will clarify the regulatory and executive framework for investment in the sports sector.

What are the most prominent features of the new bylaws?

The bylaws will include clarifications for Article 72 of the new Sports Law, which states that no sports services company shall perform its business without obtaining a licence from the competent administrative authority, as well as article 74 that gives the competent minister the power to issue a reasoned decision to cancel the licence issued for the company or to suspend it in whole or in part for a period not exceeding three years in case the company committed any violation of the provisions of this law or the decisions issued in implementation thereof.

The ministry will cooperate with the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation in the preparation of the bylaws to ensure the provision of sports facilities wishing to invest in the market. The ministry is currently holding a series of workshops with sports clubs and some government agencies to contribute to the issuance of the bylaws, which will be a legal licence for the exercise of sports.

Furthermore, the ministry intends to sign cooperation protocols with the ministries of health and local development as an executive authority for all gym facilities such as gymnasiums and private playgrounds, to regulate their work, monitor the requirements applied in those clubs, and detect doping.

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Egyptian fighters defeat Arab combatants at 2017 Muay Thai competition Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:00:11 +0000 All Egyptians have fighting spirits in themselves, they are physically strong and possess incredible agility, says Thai ambassador

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In an almost full stadium, hundreds of passionate fans gathered supportingly screaming the names of their favourite players, while these players’ families silently stood praying for their win. Only a few meters down them, fighters played for winning the title of Egypt’s second Muay Thai championship.

While stress dominated the scene, and second heavily passed witnessing serious injuries of some fighters, almighty cheering voices raised every few minutes to announce getting one of the players to finals.

In its third round, Egypt’s Muay Thai championship took place last week at Cairo International stadium. Organized by Arabic Ultimate Fighting Championship (AUFC) Academy, Egyptian Muay Thai association and funded by Thai Embassy in Cairo, the championship is considered one of the biggest Muay Thai championship in the region which gathers hundreds of professional combatants fighting over the first place.

This year’s championship witnessed the participation of players from all around Arab world. 120 players from different countries including Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Sudan participated at the annual championship. However, all of the first places of the six categories were hard-won by Egyptians.

At the 61 kilos category, young Egyptian Mahmoud Gamal took the first place over his opponent. As for the 67 and 71 categories, Ahmed Fawzy and Mahmoud Abdel Razik went through fierce rounds in order to be crowned as their categories’ best fighters.

At the 81 and 86 kilos categories, players Ahmed Samy and Ali Khouly, strongly grabbed the title with taking over their competitors in the first three rounds.

As for the 91 kilos category, the five furious rounds ended with titling Egyptian professional fighter Mohammed Gamal, as the best Muay Thai player in the Arab region.

“Every passing year, a huger progress is clearly noticed with Egyptian players skills at Muay Thai” said Mohmmed Ebrahim, owner of AUFC Academy “it was quite surprising for us that among participating nationalities, players who got into finals were all Egyptians”.

From his side, Chainarong Keratiyutwong, Thailand’s Ambassador in Egypt agreed that Egyptian players skills improve every round ahead of the others asserting that this year’s torment witnessed “boxers with much better skills that last year’s”

Keratiyutwong explained that duo to his believe that Muay Thai is a perfect-matching sport for Egyptians’ strong spirits.

“Personally, I believe that all Egyptians have fighting spirits in themselves and many of them are also physically strong and possess incredible agility. So, I think Muay Thai can fit this special character of Egyptian very well” he told Daily News Egypt.

The two-day event witnessed cultural performances from both Thai and Egyptian cultures. Through traditional dances from both heritages, audience got to explore the amusing mixture of two different cultures.

“We organized Thai and Egyptian cultural performances at the event to reflect our warm and cordial relationship between the two countries as well as to develop the sense of mutual appreciation of different culture between both sides.” Keratiyutwong added.

Despite being introduced to Egyptian society only few years ago, Muay Thai has gained a huge publicity among Egyptian martial art community.

According to Ebrahim, the sport has a base of over 6000 players in Egypt who train all year along in order to be able to participate at professional championships.

“Only the 120 fighters participated at the torment, but we received hundreds of other requests from players who seek to be a part of it” he said

Walking the same line, Keratiyutwong stated that the number of participants increase every torment, a thing that motivates the embassy to invest in the sport.

“Judging from the number of spectators, this year the number increases more than double from last year competition. Moreover, the number of Egyptian Muay Thai fighters who want to participate in the competition also increases about 25 percent. For this reason, we can confidently say that Muay Thai continues to gain increasing popularity among Egyptians” he added.

The embassy is currently planning to discover hidden talents which have no access to be spotlighted. That’s through organizing qualification rounds in different governorates in order to discover best fighters and provide them with a chance to participate at next year’s round.

Moreover, the embassy is currently studying inviting referee to train Egyptian fighters as well as to judge next year’s matches,” because I believe having top referee in the ring can greatly improve the quality of the match and make watching Muay Thai a truly memorable experience for all the spectators” Keratiyutwong concluded.


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Dragon Boat: a Chinese sport with an Egyptian twist Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:53 +0000 Egypt's first Dragon boat team is currently preparing for a dragon boat race taking place in Luxor next October

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While sun invades the sky of unlikely motionless Cairo on weekends, most people enjoy hunting for the rest they rarely find during the hectic weekdays. Yet on the side of the Nile, a total different life takes place, where Nile Dragons take over the river.

From the early morning of every Friday and Saturday, energetic life vibes is all that one can feel from the passionate team while practicing the sport of dragon boating.

Dragon boating is a human-powered watercraft that originally comes from China’s southern Delta. In the boat, there are a number of 8 to 22 peddlers and a drummer, who is the main key. The drummer, or the “heartbeat” as it’s called, leads the rest of the members through the beats, which indicate the frequency and synchronicity of the paddlers’ strokes. Through encouraging, rhythmic beats, drummers also lead the rest of the team for their peak performances.

The game was introduced in Egypt last October by an Egyptian-Chinese couple who live in Egypt and wanted to mix the two cultures with a sport. As a part of the Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association they run, they brought six dragon boats from China, aiming to spread the Chinese game in the Egyptian culture.

However, not until the Nile Dragon Academy bought a boat from them and started giving training sessions did it find its way to be known at the sports players’ community.

Abeer Ali, the chairperson of the academy, is the first Egyptian to introduce dragon boat training sessions for those who want to try.

“From the moment I tried dragon boating for the first time, I fell in love with it, and I knew I wanted to add that sport to my rowing academy,” Ali said, adding, “Moreover, I’ve always been drawn to rare, unknown sports that are waiting for someone to explore them and shed light on them.”

While boats take over the Nile at the Egyptian  Rowing Club, rhythm becomes the dominating theme of the work, as every paddler has to work within the effort, speed, and motion of others.

The Nile Dragon Academy provides dragon boating not only as a sport, but also as a team-building class for those who want to learn teamwork.

As many other team sports, dragon boating teaches paddlers that the group takes higher priority than the individuals. “It teaches participating members strength and patience, as one cannot stop because he will double the effort that the rest of the team has to put up with; at the same time, he has to follow their rhythm for maximum productivity,” Ali explained.

From Ali’s point of view, dragon boating is considered much easier than steering. It doesn’t take much effort for a member to join the team for the first time; unlike rowing, which needs much time and practice in order to join a team and hit the water.

The academy opened its doors to the public starting from the beginning of June; however, within a few months, it managed to attract many people, and they established the first Egyptian dragon boating team, consisting of ten people.

“Other than the ten permanent members who train on a weekly basis, we have tens of people who come every weekend to experience the game, and we find them the next week bringing their friends, wanting to hit the boat together as a team,” Ali added.

More than 50% of people who try dragon boating for the first time fall for it and come again to practice it, Ali asserted.

Salma is a young mid-twenties architect. For weeks, she has been a loyal trainee for the sport, which she considers an ultimate stress-relieving gate.

“I’ve never been an athlete or anything. Actually, I’ve never walked more than 10 minutes in a day. However, what attracted me the most about dragon boating is that you easily fit in a team and workout without even noticing it,” she said.

The team is currently preparing for a dragon boat race taking place in Luxor next October, where they compete with two other teams from Spain and Hong Kong so far. The competition, which is organized by the Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association, aims to attract larger attention to the game in Egypt.

On another side, the team doesn’t only go for early morning Nile rides; every month, the academy holds a full moon event, where participants launch at night over the moon light in one of the most mesmerising scenes any person can see.

“The Nile gets totally bright with only the light of the moon, to the extent that most of the time we don’t need any further lights to see,” Ali concluded.

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Newcomers looking for any advantage as they seek to challenge established order Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:41:00 +0000 The post Newcomers looking for any advantage as they seek to challenge established order appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Five countries have qualified for the Women’s Euro for the first time. All are considered outsiders, but a couple of them, at least, believe they are capable of pulling off the odd upset.Much of the focus in the opening days of the Women’s Euro 2017 has been on the traditional favorites. But the expansion of the tournament to 16 teams has given an opportunity for some new names in the women’s game to take their first steps on the big stage.

Among the five first-timers are surprise playoff qualifiers Portugal, whose women are looking to capitalize on the feel-good factor in the country’s footballing community following the national team’s victory in the men’s tournament in France last year.

“The people are more with the players now, not just with the men but with the women too,” Portuguese midfielder Dolores Silva (pictured above) told DW after the team’s training session on Monday.

“Women’s soccer is getting better, now the big clubs have women’s teams and that’s great for us. I hope that other clubs can do the same in the coming years, which will help women’s soccer a lot. I think the men’s win last summer was great and people are getting more excited about soccer.”

Silva’s team are the lowest-ranked side to have made the finals and they open their campaign against neighbors and rivals Spain on Wednesday in the 12,600 capacity De Vijverberg Stadium in Doetinchem before meeting Scotland in Rotterdam on Juy 23 and England in Tilburg on July 27.

German connection

The 25-year-old Silva,who plays in the second tier of Germany’s women’s Bundesliga for USV Jena, knows the odds are stacked against her team. Despite her relative youth, Silva has taken on a leadership role in the group, leaning on nearly a decade of international experience as well as her time in Germany to help a young squad cope with the more intense spotlight a major tournament brings with it.

“I’m getting more excited,” she beamed. “It will be a great emotion to be in a big stadium playing in my country’s jersey. It’s a big sensation. I don’t think people expect us to win the tournament [because] it’s our first time playing in a big tournament. I think, in our heads, it’s just game by game and we’ll try our best to play our football, to show the people our soccer and at the end we can maybe be a surprise.”

Portugal will be the penultimate debutants to kick off in the Netherlands. Belgium were the first, losing 1-0 to Denmark on the opening night, while Scotland play perennial qualifiers and old enemy England after Portugal’s match on Wednesday.

Singing Swiss defender

Sandwiched in between those games is the battle of the remaining newcomers – Switzerland vs. Austria on Tuesday evening.

The Swiss are also considered outsiders but defender Rachel Rinast believes they have a trump card – the power of song. The 26-year-old, born in Germany, wrote and is the lead vocalis for the team’s tournament song, “United in Red,” with her teammates providing the backup vocals.

“I’ve sung a few times before, but to do this was really special,” the former Cologne player, who will move to Bern after the tournament, told DW. “I’m so proud to sing for my team, it was a lot of fun. And the best part was when we got together in the studio to sing the chorus.”

Rinast also said she wouldn’t be holding back her vocal talents when it comes to the anthems on Tuesday in Deventer and neither will she be shy about celebrating a victory: “If we win, I’m sure I’ll end up dancing on a chair in the locker room, singing,” she laughed.

Whether it’s sharing a harmony, leading by example or taking inspiration from your compatriots, the newcomers at Euro 2017 are determined to make their presence felt.

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KAS Eupen: The Qatari football factory Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:37:00 +0000 The post KAS Eupen: The Qatari football factory appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

What does a football club in a small, German-speaking Belgian town have to do with Qatar, the country that was a controversial choice to host the 2022 World Cup? DW’s Matt Ford visited KAS Eupen to find out.Belgium is a country of more than one language. French and Flemish have long battled for supremacy and visitors will struggle to find anyone in the bustling capital, Brussels, who can’t speak English. In the small town of Eupen, just to the east of Liege, the locals speak German. And on one June day in 2012, a group of men arrived speaking Arabic.

They were there representing the Aspire Zone Foundation, responsible for the promotion of amateur and elite sport in Qatar, and they had identified the capital of Belgium’s small German-speaking community as the ideal place to purchase a football club.

Since it was established in Africa in 2007, the foundation’s “Aspire Football Dreams” program has screened more than 3.5 million young players in 17 developing countries, with 18-20 football scholarships awarded each year.

The selected players attend the Aspire Academy in Doha, where they receive private education, coaching and medical support while playing international friendly matches. All that was missing was the chance to play competitively. Aspire needed a football club and KAS Eupen ticked all the boxes.

Welcome to Eupen

In 2012, the Belgian second-division side had debts of around 4 million euros ($4.6 million at today’s exchange rate) and were on the verge of insolvency. But they were also located in the center of Europe, playing in a league in which only six players of any give squad had be Belgian.

What’s more, Eupen itself might be German-speaking but many residents also speak French – the language spoken by many of the young African players. But unlike in France, immigrant players can apply for a Belgian – and therefore European passport – after just three years instead of five. And unlike in Germany, there is no 50+1 percent ownership rule designed to prevent takeovers of football clubs by outside investors.

Eupen was the perfect location – also for Christoph Henkel, the former FC Cologne academy boss, who was appointed as the club’s general director in 2012.

“It was a chance to do something different, something new,” said Henkel, who makes the short commute across the border from his native Cologne each morning. “A chance to work with talented players and play a role in their development. The internationality was also a factor, the fact that so many languages are spoken in this part of Belgium. It’s been very enriching personally.”

Since Henkel arrived, dozens of Aspire graduates have passed through this sleepy Belgian town and the club was promoted to the first tier of Belgian football for the first time in its history. But the takeover was initially greeted with suspicion.

“People were skeptical at first because Eupen had already had a few bad experiences with investors,” Henkel recalled. “That’s why it was important for us to build trust. We wanted to prove that we’re not just here for one season. We’re not just here to sell a few players and make money. Our concept is about the development of young talents with long-term prospects.”

Success stories

The concept has already had notable success. After four years at Aspire, followed by two years in Eupen, Senegalese center back Diawandou Diagne signed a three-year deal with Barcelona B, making 27 appearances in Spain’s Segunda Division and even earning a call up to the Catalans’ first team squad for a Copa del Rey fixture. He’s now back on loan at Eupen.

However, for Henkel, the biggest success story is that of Henry Onyekuru, the 20-year-old Nigerian attacker whose 24 goals last season earned him an 8-million-euro transfer to Premier League club Everton, who have loaned him out to Belgian champions Anderlecht.

The Aspire players all come from the academy having been taught a particular brand of football, which Henkel describes as heavily Spanish-influenced.

“We have a very attacking footballing philosophy. We have a Spanish coaching team [under head coach Jordi Condom Auli] and our sporting director [Josep Colomer] came from Barcelona. The whole Aspire Football Dreams project certainly has a Spanish flavor.

“The players who come here are very quick, very agile. They are technically very adept with good ball control and used to a short passing game. But they arrive with zero competitive experience.

“It’s that ability to turn an 85th-minute 1-0 lead into a victory or to rescue a result late on. That competitive stability, 100 percent concentration to the final second. That’s what we teach them here.”

Ulterior motives

For the players, the opportunities are clear. But what’s in it for Qatar, a country of just 2.6 million people, 2.3 million of whom are expatriate workers?

Many suspected that Qatar ultimately aimed to naturalize players to represent the country at the 2022 World Cup but, as Henkel is quick to point out, players must have lived in a country for at least five years before being authorized to play for their adopted nation, a deadline that has now passed.

Not that Henkel would see a problem even if that were the case. “Almost every national team features players from different countries,” he argued. “The German national team even advertise the fact that they are one big family for players of different backgrounds. When they do this, it’s seen as positive. But if we were to do it – which we are not – it’s seen as an absurdity, a crime.”

So what are the Qataris’ motives behind the Aspire Academy? Is it a purely humanitarian project?

“I don’t think anyone’s pretending they’re doing it for purely humanitarian reasons; that’s not the case in Europe either,” Henkel said. “It’s obvious that the project brings other advantages for Qatar, particularly the impression of being a global player in football.”

Launched in 2008, the “Qatar National Vision” aims to transform the gulf state into an “advanced society” by 2030, a vision which includes health, education and, as Henkel acknowledged, sport. “Football is just one small brick in the wall,” he said. “But of course it has to match the whole vision.”

Human rights

Qatar hopes that it can achieve greater international recognition through sport. It hosted the 2015 World Handball Championship, will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is bidding for the right to host the 2023 FIBA World Championship and has already failed in a bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) own French giants Paris Saint-Germain while Barcelona are sponsored by Qatar Airways. Aspire is part of this vision, developing players who are to carry the name of Qatar throughout the football world.

But the country’s ambitions have not been free of controversy. Almost nine-tenths of Qatar’s population are foreign workers from countries like India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Egypt, and allegations of human rights abuses, unpaid labor and even deaths on World Cup construction sites have been well documented.

Henkel regularly travels to Qatar and said he was was convinced that those in charge were acting responsibly.

“I have great trust in the people in charge who I deal with,” he insisted. “There is a great vision and the will is there to develop the country and achieve good, positive goals. But I understand where the skepticism comes from, especially given the way the media report on it.”

The Aspire Academy is ultimately an exercise in public relations for a small state determined to boost its rather patchy international image. It might not be a purely humanitarian venture but, on a local level at least, Christoph Henkel and his team at KAS Eupen are providing a platform for talented young African footballers to break into European football.

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Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton celebrate British Grand Prix victory Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:56:00 +0000 The post Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton celebrate British Grand Prix victory appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

The Mercedes driver set the fastest lap and stepped out of his car only one point behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the championship. Hamilton celebrated by leaping into the crowd and being held aloft by fans.Mercedes celebrated the victory of its driver Lewis Hamilton at the British Formula One on Sunday.

Team boss Toto Wolff said Hamilton had answered his critics with his fourth victory in a row at Silverstone and fifth there in total. It was the 70th Mercedes win in Formula One.

The triple world champion had been booed by some and condemned by others after he snubbed a Formula One promotional event in London in favor of a holiday in Greece. He led every lap from pole position to chequered flag, closely followed by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in second.

“There is no reason to question my preparations,” Hamilton said. “(There was) so much negativity trying to pull the weekend down but obviously it had no effect … the fans were out-and-out loving and supporting all weekend.”

Read: Lewis Hamilton secures pole position for British F1 Grand Prix

The official Mercedes Twitter account was breathless in its celebration of its team’s victory, calling Hamilton Mr Silverstone.

Hamilton celebrated his win with a triumphant crowd surf, leaving an empty seat at the podium.

Hamilton also set the fastest lap and stepped out of his car only one point behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the halfway stage in the season.

“I think that sometimes he just needs the right impulse to extract maximum performance,” Wolff told reporters. “I think maybe that is an answer to the critics.”

“I still don’t understand why the British hero is being beaten up before the grand prix. It probably made him even more determined to show his fans how he can drive. And he can drive,” added the Austrian.

Hamilton now has 57 wins and 67 poles, one short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.

Mercedes driver Bottas, who went from ninth to second to complete the team’s second one-two of the year, congratulated his team on the victory.

“I’m really happy today, It was not an easy race to start from P9,” said the Finn. “The team did a perfect strategy and I just kept my head down. It’s a perfect weekend and well done to Lewis.”

Hamilton’s victory slashed a 20-point lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was still third entering the penultimate lap, but suffered a front-left blowout, which pushed him into seventh place.

Read: Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton make peace as German apologizes for clash

James Allison, Mercedes Technical Director, said the team was building momentum for the race in Hungary in two weeks.

“This is a sport that asks so much of the people who compete in it, drivers and teams alike, and it is on days like these that it repays every tiny bit of effort one hundred fold,” Allison said in a statement. “They are beyond description in the degree of pleasure, satisfaction and joy that they bring us all.”

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Women’s Euro 2017: The hosts take their time but get the party started Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:21:00 +0000 The post Women’s Euro 2017: The hosts take their time but get the party started appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

For much of the Euros opener, it seemed the Netherlands might start their own shindig with a whimper. But DW’S Matt Pearson was in Utrecht to see the moment the fashionably-late hosts sparked the tournament in to life.For the most part, the Dutch arrived early. The Utrecht fan park was a swaying sea of orange three hours before the Netherlands and Norway kicked off on Sunday evening. Their team took a little longer to mark their arrival, but when they finally breached Ingrid Hjelmseth’s goal it was impossible to escape the feeling that this tournament had truly begun – and it was in the right country.

Hours later, as the light started to fade and the exuberance of the hundreds gazing at screens in the city’s Neude square was heading the same way, Shanice van de Sanden (top, left) stooped to head past Hjelmseth and break the swelling dam of tension.

As it had been throughout, the roar coming from in front of those screens as the Liverpool forward celebrated was an extension of the 21,732 crowd 3 kilometers down the road at The Galgenwaard Stadium.

A familiar feeling

“I was thinking ‘Why aren’t they taking their chances?” Dutch fan Marjon ter Hemsel said of the moments before the decisive strike, as happy fans in orange filtered away from the fan zone. “We had a lot so I was a little worried because that’s also a problem for the men’s team – they have a lot of chances but don’t score.

“I thought ‘Oh no, I hope it’s not going to be like that’ but happily we made it in the end. When we scored we were yelling and jumping around, there was beer in the air, I became a little bit wet but it was worth it.”

She wasn’t alone in feeling relief. As the Netherlands probed early, the crowd moved almost as one, there were collective bends of the knees, arcs of the back and long exhalations of breath. Daniele van de Donk and Jackie Groenen went through on goal early but both were foiled and anticipatory hands in the air turned to frustrated hands on heads.

Norway had their chances too in the first half but the Dutch needed this. They came out for the second half with a renewed will, working the ball rapidly and incisively through the Norwegian midfield time and time again, only to flounder on the rock of Hjelmseth.

More than just points

“The atmosphere was great,” said fellow Dutch fan Ludrid Overhand. “But what I really enjoyed was the way the ladies from Holland played, they exceeded my expectations.”

But for her, and many others in the central Dutch city, this was about more than three group stage points: “This is not only important for the Netherlands but it’s important for women’s football. It is under-estimated and they are compared too much with men’s football. But it is a different environment, different style, different atmosphere so I don’t think it should be compared, you have to see it apart.

As the minutes ticked away, the bars grew busier and the nervousness in the city square became ever-more palpable. Parents re-assured children it would turn out ok, friends looked to each other for reassurance. But not everyone was suffering.

“I wasn’t worried at 0-0 because I have followed [the tournament] really well and I have informed myself about all the teams,” said Ludrid. “I knew the Dutch girls would win it. They are stronger than Norway and stronger than Denmark and Germany, these teams are not as strong anymore. I think the Netherlands are going to win the whole tournament.”

With their performance in the second half and their support on the streets and in the stands, the Dutch don’t look ready to leave their own party for quite some time – despite their team’s slightly tardy arrival.

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Women’s Euro 2017: Hosts Netherlands impress to win opener against Norway Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:28:00 +0000 The post Women’s Euro 2017: Hosts Netherlands impress to win opener against Norway appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

The tournament opener was a national record for a women’s football match with 21,732 in Utrecht to see the Dutch take three points in Group A. In the other game in the group, Denmark edged out Belgium.The Netherlands made a dream start to their home Women’s European Championship with a 1-0 win over Norway in Utrecht.

A 66th-minute goal from Liverpool’s Shanice van de Sanden secured the first three points of the competition in front of King Willem-Alexander and former men’s national team coach Louis van Gaal.

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The hosts were backed enthusiastically at the home of Eredivisie side FC Utrecht and the tempo on the pitch matched the effervescence in the stands.

As early as the first minute, van de Sanden dribbled through the Norway defense and crossed for Lieke Martens who snatched at the opportunity inside the 18-yard-box with the goal in sight.

Martens, in particular, provided a bunch of excellent crosses and connected middle-to-front superbly for the Dutch.

Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedem was the direct recipient of that creativity and she was desperately unlucky not to put the Dutch in front inside the first 45 minutes.

But the Netherlands’ dominance would be rewarded in the second half as the Norwegian defense struggled to cope with the fluidity of the hosts in attack.

Left-sided Martens, who completed a highly-anticipated move to Barcelona last week, crossed with pin-point accuracy and van de Sanden headed in from close range.

Ajax midifelder Desiree van Lunteren carved out a chance with 10 minutes left, but she was muscled off the ball as she was about to pull the trigger.

It was the perfect start to the home tournament for the Netherlands, who will look to continue a bright start against Denmark on Thursday, while defeated Norway will take on Belgium in Breda.

Early does it for Denmark

A sixth mnute Sanne Troelsgaard was enough to secure Denmark an opening win over Belgium. The Danes dominated the first half and Nadia Nadim almost made it 2-0, but her two shots were blocked by the Belgian defence — the second one with an arm but no penalty was awarded.

Belgium did exert some pressure after the break, but Janice Cayman flicked Maud Coutereels’s header into Danish keeper Stina Petersen who also stopped a low shot from Tessa Wullaert, Belgium’s offensive star.

Belgium got the closest to scoring just before the end when Danish defender Simone Boye deflected Wullaert’s free kick into the crossbar with a header.

Germany’s campaign gets underway on Monday night when Steffi Jones’ team take on Sweden.

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Renewed Mario Götze marks Borussia Dortmund comeback in friendly win Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:58:00 +0000 The post Renewed Mario Götze marks Borussia Dortmund comeback in friendly win appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Germany’s 2014 World Cup hero celebrated his return to action after 167 days on the sidelines with a metabolic disorder. Emre Mor’s brace opened Borussia Dortmund’s Far East tour with a win.Mario Götze took a massive step forward in his road to recovery as he returned to action for Borussia Dortmund in a 3-2 win over Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan.

The 25-year-old was introduced from the substitute’s bench after 62 minutes, his first appearance since Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at Mainz in January this year.

Götze pulled out of training in February after metabolic disturbances were diagnosed and he underwent rehabilitation with an individualized program, the club confirmed then.

Read more: The trials and tribulations of Mario Götze

“It’s a great feeling to be playing again, that’s the most important thing for me” said Götze in an interview with Dortmund’s official website.

His Borussia Dortmund and Germany teammate Andre Schürrle told Germany’s Sky Sports that Götze “is training in a very high level already, he’ll get the time he needs.”

“We must be careful with Mario,” said newly-appointed Peter Bosz at the post-match press conference. “We must check his progress every day to a point that he’ll be able to complete full 90 minutes.”

First win for new coach Bosz

The midfielder made his comeback as a second half substitute at Dortmund’s friendly against Japanese team Urawa Red Diamonds, a game in which Dortmund found themselves initially trailing 1-0, until an Emre Mor three-minute double and another Andre Schürrle goal two minutes from the final whistle earned Dortmund the win.

Read more: Pandas and strikers: German football’s relationship with China

This was Peter Bosz’s first win after last week’s defeat to fourth-division side Rot-Weiss Essen. Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who took part in both matches, was full of praise of Bosz’s playing philosophy after the match. “I feel very good, (Bosz’s) philosophy to play is very good,” said the striker, who has reportedly been the subject of an 80 million euros bid from a Chinese club.

Speaking after the match, Bosz acknowledged his own team’s defensive problems. “I’m not happy with the fact we’ve conceded two goals from corners. We must improve it,” said the Dutchman. Dortmund also conceded a goal as a result of a corner against Essen in midweek.

Borussia Dortmund are currently on tour in the Far East, and will play AC Milan in Guangzhou on July 18.

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Tour de France stage 14: Matthews gets surprise win, Froome returns to the lead Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:04:00 +0000 The post Tour de France stage 14: Matthews gets surprise win, Froome returns to the lead appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Defending champion Chris Froome gained time on Italian Fabio Aru to win back the yellow jersey. But the stage victory went to Team Sunweb’s Matthews – his second career win at the famous Grand Tour in cycling.Australian rider Michael Matthews won a bunch sprint in the French town of Rodez to win stage 14 of the Tour de France as Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey.

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The 181.5 km (112.7 miles) route from Blagnac to Rodez in southern France sees a number of third-category climbs, including a hilly finish.

Breaking from the first 10 km, Thomas Voeckler, Thomas de Gendt, Maxime Bouet, Reto Hollenstein and Timo Roosen carved out a two minute lead ahead of the peloton.

De Gendt, of Team Lotto-Soudal, was left on his own in the final 50 km, but after the chasers bunched riders together, there was another breakaway, which included German rider Niklas Arndt.

The uphill finish at Côte Saint-Pierre was always expected to come to the narrowest of margins and Matthews powered past Philippe Gilbert, John Degenkolb and Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet to win.

Froome, a three-time winner at the Tour, retook the yellow jersey ahead of Aru with 19 seconds separating the two in the general classficiation. German rider Marcel Kittel added more points to his total and retained the green jersey.

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Garbine Muguruza eases past Venus Williams to win first Wimbledon title Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:32:00 +0000 The post Garbine Muguruza eases past Venus Williams to win first Wimbledon title appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

The 23-year-old has beaten the elder of the Williams sisters in two sets, 7-5, 6-0, securing her second Grand Slam title. Muguruza, born in Venezuela, will move up to fifth in the latest world rankings on Monday.Muguruza’s triumph comes two years after she lost her first Wimbledon final to Venus’s sister Serena. It took the Venezuela-born Spaniard 77 minutes to beat 11th-seed Williams whose last Grand Slam came in 2009 when she won an All-England title.

Venus Williams missed an opportunity to become the oldest woman in the Open era to win a Grand Slam at 37 years of age. This year’s final was the first ever to begin under a closed roof, due to the soggy conditions in London.

Close start, stunning finish

Both players held their ground during the first eight games, with Williams looking closer to breaking Muguruza due to eight unforced errors by the Spaniard in the first twenty minutes.

Read more: Garbine Muguruza beats Serena Williams to win French Open

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The American was close to breaking Muguruza numerous times, most notably with a double set point, but the 23-year-old managed to bounce back and secure the point every tune. The set continued to be close, until Muguruza managed to break Williams in the eleventh game, winning the first set 7-5 in the process.

“Grew up watching Venus”

Muguruza continued her good form in the beginning of the second set when she broke Williams three times to win the second set 6-0, thus securing her first Wimbledon title and second Grand Slam in total, having won the Roland Garros in 2016.

“Two years ago I lost in the final against Serena and she told me I would win it one day,” said 23-year-old Muguruza after clinching the title. “Here I am, finally!”

Speaking about her opponent, Muguruza was graceful. “I grew up watching Venus,” she said. Williams herself congratulated the Spaniard, saying that she knows “how hard” she had worked.

Speaking about the match, Williams said she tried to imitate her younger sister, but to no avail. “I tried my best to do the things Serena does, but I think there will be other opportunities.”

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Roger Federer in record 11th Wimbledon final after victory over Thomas Berdych Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:27:00 +0000 The post Roger Federer in record 11th Wimbledon final after victory over Thomas Berdych appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Roger Federer has reached the Wimbledon final for the 11th time in his career after defeating Thomas Berdych in straight sets in the semifinal. He will face Marin Cilic, who will appear in his first SW19 final.Swiss legend Roger Federer has reached a record 11th Wimbledon final after beating Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in Friday’s semifinal.

He will face Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday in what will be the Croat’s first ever Wimbledon final.

Federer, 35, took six months out of the game last year and seems to have benefited from his short hiatus, overpowering his valiant Czech challenger in two tie-breaks to take a two-set lead.

No tie-break was needed in the third however, Federer breaking in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and he never looked back, closing the match out at 6-4 to become the oldest man since Ken Rosewall in 1978.

A new final opponent

Federer may have played ten Wimbledon finals in his career but he has never face Cilic in one.

The Croatian seventh seed was able to bounce back and defeat American Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in Friday’s first semifinal.

Cilic and Querrey, both playing in their first Wimbledon semi, matched each other game for game for most of the match, but a couple of unforced errors from Querrey handed Cilic a crucial tie-break in the third set.

Querrey, who eliminated world number one Andy Murray on Wednesday, had only three break point opportunities in the match. He heads out of the tournament still trying to reach his first Grand Slam final.

The seventh seeded Cilic, 28, will play in his second Grand Slam final of his career – the 2014 US Open is his sole Grand Slam title. He had lost in the quarterfinals in the previous three Wimbledon tournaments coming into this year.

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Former World Cup inspector has FIFA ban reduced Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:13:00 +0000 The post Former World Cup inspector has FIFA ban reduced appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former president of Chile’s football federation, has had his ban from FIFA reduced, allowing him to return to football duty. He had been charged with unethically accepting benefits.The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) has cleared Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the inspector for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, to return to football.

The Swiss-based court cut Mayne-Nicholls’ three-year ban by football’s governing body FIFA to two years on appeal for a conflict of interest in seeking unpaid intern work in Qatar for relatives. The ban, which originally was seven years, has officially expired as a result because it started on July 3, 2015.

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The CAS said in its ruling that two years is the “appropriate and proportionate penalty.”

FIFA appointed Mayne-Nicholls, a former president of the Chilean football federation, to lead a six-member team deciding venues for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, eventually awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. In his role as inspector, he compiled a technical report after visiting all of the prospective countries.

Mayne Nicholls, 56, had also been a potential candidate for the FIFA presidential election when his ethics case was opened in 2014.

dv (AP, Reuters)

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The renaissance of Roger Federer – and the lessons for Murray and Djokovic Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:02:00 +0000 The post The renaissance of Roger Federer – and the lessons for Murray and Djokovic appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Just over a year ago, injuries forced Roger Federer out of the French Open and a great career appeared close to the end. But a break from the sport has helped him to the verge of a second grand slam in 2017.Ahead of his semifinal clash with Tomas Berdych on Friday, Federer told reporters at Wimbledon about the day in Paris when his injuries finally got the better of him at grand slam time.

“My knee is swollen,” the 35-year-old said to his fitness trainer. “I don’t feel ready to go. My back is funny. My knee is not well. What are we doing?”

The answer was to go home. He emerged briefly again at his favorite tournament but lost in the Wimbledon semifinals to Milos Raonic. Then the decision was made – a break that could extend his career was worth the sacrifice of missing the Rio Olympics, the US Open and the rest of the 2016 season.

It didn’t take long to establish that his judgement of his body was as sound as his judgement of the flight of a topspin lob. Rejuvenated by the break, Federer looked close to his imperious best at the Australian Open at the start of this year, brushing aside upstarts like Kei Nishikori and Stanislas Wawrinka before meeting his old nemesis, and another man who seems to have triumphed over injuries, Rafael Nadal.

The 35-year-old won his first slam since 2012 – rolling back the years with an exhibiton of the combination of grace and brutal power which made him the most successful male singles player of all time.

It was impossible not to think of the positive effects of Federer’s rest period on Wednesday, as Andy Murray hobbled around the baseline on his way to defeat to Sam Querrey before Novak Djokovic retired from his own quarterfinal just hours later.

“Maybe that is a lesson learned for Andy and Novak to really take care of their bodies – take their time and get healthy, and don’t play when they can’t,” former German player Boris Becker told British broadcaster BBC.

“Andy has got to think long-term, not worry about making the US Open – if he is moving there like he did at Wimbledon, then he won’t win it anyway.”

Federer faces fellow thirty-something Berdych as an overwhelming favorite. It will be the Swiss great’s 12th last-four duel on the grass of SW19, while the men who looked to have surpassed him will be watching on nursing injuries.

It remains to be seen whether Murray and Djokovic will be equally willing to sacrifice ranking points and a few tournaments in favor of an Indian Summer. Whatever the result on Friday, it’s a tactic that’s already worked for the imperious Federer.

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Tour de France: Froome loses yellow jersey as France’s Bardet wins stage 12 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:25:00 +0000 The post Tour de France: Froome loses yellow jersey as France’s Bardet wins stage 12 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Reigning champion Chris Froome has lost the yellow jersey following stage 12 of the Tour de France. Romain Bardet won the mountainous stage from Pau to PeyragudesFrance’s Romain Bardet has won stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France, ahead of Rigoberto Uran of Colombia and the Italian mountain specialist Fabio Aru. It’s the Frenchman’s first ever stage win and comes on the eve of Bastille Day.

Reigning champion Chris Froome, who held an 18-second lead over Aru in the general classification (GC), lost 22 seconds on the first Pyrenees stage from Pau to Peyragudes, and with them the yellow jersey to the Italian.

In the battle for green jersey, German sprinter Marcel Kittel is 130 points ahead of Australian rival Michael Matthews.

In the Pyrenees fog on the 214.5km stage, Froome and Aru almost ran into disaster. Descending at speed from the Porte de Bales, 12 km from the finish, they missed a turn and almost crashed into caravans belonging to spectators which were parked along the road. But disaster was avoided and, after a short pause, they continued towards the final ascent.

It was here on the final 2.4km climb to Peyragudes that the Astana rider attacked and left Froome in his wake. But even the Italian couldn’t match the pace of Bardet and the Frenchman battled his way to a two-second win over Uran.

Bardet’s victory puts him third in the GC and rekindles local hopes of a first French victory since Bernhard Hinault in 1985.

Thursday also marked the 50th anniversary of one of the Tour’s greatest tragedies – the death of British cyclist Tom Simpson on nearby Mont Ventoux on 13 Juli 1967. A small memorial now stands on the spot where Simpson fell from his bike, his body overwhelmed by amphetamines and alcohol in the glaring heat. His death lead to the introduction of doping controls.

mf/ft (SID, AP)

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Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams books final date with Garbine Muguruza Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:44:00 +0000 The post Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams books final date with Garbine Muguruza appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

The American, 37, will play the Spaniard in the Wimbledon final after both were dominant in straight sets wins on Thursday. For Williams, it’s a first Wimbledon final since 2009, while Muguruza fell at the last in 2015.A brilliant display of controlled hitting handed Williams a 6-4, 6-2 win over home favorite Johanna Konta and ensured she’ll became the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years when she meets Muguruza on Saturday.

Twenty years after making her debut at the tournament, the older of the Williams’ sisters is in to her ninth final, and will be confident of adding a sixth title nine years after her maiden win in 2008.

Konta initially kept pace with her American opponent but Williams drew on all her experience to break in the tenth game and undo all the Brit’s good work until that point.

The crowd on Centre Court fell silent and Konta seemed to be equally muted in her response to Williams, struggling to make any impact in the second set

Fittingly, Williams finished proceedings with a booming forehand that was typical of the power that got her over the line. She found time to lament the absence of her sister Serena, who is pregnant and taking time away from the game.

“I couldn’t have asked for more but I’ll ask for more,” she said. “I know [the crowd] love Jo and she gave it her all today. I think my experience helped a lot. I’m just so happy. I miss Serena terribly. I wish she could do this for me.”

Muguruza powers her way to final

Williams will play Muguruza after the number 14 seed, who has lost two of the past three Wimbledon finals, cruised past 87th-ranked Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 to progress earlier in the day.

The 2016 French Open winner, seeded 14th, took a 3-0 lead in just ten minutes thanks to an aggressive approach. The 23-year-old preyed on her opponent’s apparent nervousness and managed to make the game look easy. Magdalena Rybarikova, from Slovakia, was the lowest ranked Wimbledon semifinalist in nine years.

“I played very well, for sure” said Muguruza, who previously beaten Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the last 16. “I’m going to enjoy it. Being in a grand slam final is a great achievement.”

The final will be held on Wimbledon’s Centre Court on July 13.

AFP,AP (ft/mp)

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Bayern Munich named one of world’s most valuable sports teams Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:17:00 +0000 The post Bayern Munich named one of world’s most valuable sports teams appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Forbes have released their annual rankings of the most valuable sports teams in the world. Once again, Bayern Munich, who won its fifth straight Bundesliga title last season, was near the top of the list.American business magazine Forbes valued Bayern Munich at $2.71 billion (2.37 billion euros), which ranked 15th in their annual ranking of the world’s most valuable sports teams.

Bayern were the fourth-highest European football team on the list, with Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid ranked in the top five. The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) was given the highest value at $4.2 billion.

The valuation for Bayern was one percent higher than their value last year. The magazine said the German club has an operating income of $120 million in 2017. In the past, it has attributed the club’s success to their sponsorship deal with Adidas and rises in club membership.

Bayern were ranked seventh on this list in 2014, the highest ranking Forbes has ever given them. However, the Bundesliga giants have dropped in each since making the top 10 – 11th in 2015 and 12th in 2016 before this year’s ranking.

Forbes began listing the most valuable sports teams since 2010. Bayern have been the only team ever to make the list.

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Tour de France: Marcel Kittel claims fifth victory in stage 11 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:32:00 +0000 The post Tour de France: Marcel Kittel claims fifth victory in stage 11 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Marcel Kittel has won back-to-back stages in the Tour de France, outsprinting the field on the final stretch of the 11th stage. He now has five stage wins in this year’s Tour de France.A day after besting Erik Zabel's German record for career stage wins, Marcel Kittel sprinted to victory again on Wednesday in the 11th stage of the Tour de France, a 203.5-kilometer (126.4-mile) stretch from Eymet to Pau in southwestern France.

Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway rounded out the top three in the stage. Tour leader Chris Froome finished with the main pack to retain the yellow jersey ahead of two hard days in the Pyrenees Mountains.

Kittel extended his lead in the points classification as a result. Kittel has lost only one sprint since the start of the Tour and has been head and shoulders above the competition since Mark Cavendish and Arnaud Demare departed the race.

Bardet hits the deck

Tour riders have called Wednesday's stage a "transition day" before grueling ascents into the Pyrenees Mountains the next two days. But the stage was much more stressful for some with some crashes at the back of the pelaton.

Frenchman Romain Bardet, third overall in the tour and last year's runner up, wiped out during the stage and slightly hurt his knee. He was able to continue after switching bicycles.

Two-time champion Alberto Contador of Spain, currently 12th overall also hit the deck with less than 20 kilometers to go. Additionally, Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang, who is expected to play a key role alongside second place Astana teammate Fabio Aru, fell and hurt his wrist.

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Wimbledon day nine: Andy Murray upset in quarterfinals Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:18:00 +0000 The post Wimbledon day nine: Andy Murray upset in quarterfinals appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Reigning Wimbledon champion and World number one Andy Murray was eliminated by Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. The two-time Wimbledon champ has yet to win a Grand Slam this year.Sam Querrey, the lowest remaining seed in the men’s bracket, has upset top-ranked Andy Murray in five sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 at Centre Court on Wednesday.

The reigning Wimbledon Champion has not fared well in Grand Slams this season after earning the world number one ranking at the end of last year. This loss in the quarterfinals comes after failing to reach the last eight in the Australian Open and losing to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semifinals in May.

Murray battled to a 2-1 set lead, but Querrey dominated Murray in the final two sets. The American had 27 aces in the match, the most powerful of which sealed his first victory in a Wimbledon quarterfinal.

“I’m still in shock myself,” Querrey, 29, said after the match. “On the last point I was so happy to hit the ace.”

“I didn’t start my best, but I just kept with it,” Querrey continued. “Kept swinging away and found my groove in the fourth and fifth sets. And everything seemed to be falling my way then.

The 24th seeded American has never reached a semifinal at a Grand Slam tennis event in his career. His only quarterfinal appearance came in last year’s Wimbledon tournament, before he lost to last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic.

“This feels great. It’s a dream come true,” Querrey said. “Being in a Wimbledon semifinal makes it a lot more special.

Querrey, ranked 28 in the world, will play against Marin Cilic of Croatia in the semifinals on Friday. Cilic defeated Gilles Müller of Luxembourg 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 on Thursday to advance to the last four.

Djokovic forced to retire

After experiencing shoulder issues on Tuesday, second seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia retired in the second set of his semifinal against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. The match officially finished 7-6 (2), 2-0 in favor of Berdych.

“It’s my elbow. It’s been bothering me for a year and a half. It’s unfortunate I have to finish Wimbledon like this,” Djokovic, 30, said after the match.

The Serb was playing the second day of an unfortunate back-to-back. His match against Adrian Mannarino was rescheduled after Monday’s fourth round match between Gilles Müller and Rafael Nadal took nearly five hours. Djokovic beat Mannarino in straight sets.

Berdych, 31, reached last year’s Wimbledon semifinals before losing to Murray in straight sets. He reached the final in 2010, the only Grand Slam final he has ever played in his career.

Federer reaches 12th semifinal

Roger Federer still has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon after defeating Milos Roanic of Canada in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

The Swiss tennis star has now reached 12 Wimbledon semifinals in his career, the most of any player in the open era. He is seeking his record setting eighth career Wimbledon title.

Federer and Berdych will meet in the second semifinal on Friday.

dv/ft (AP, AFP, dpa)

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Paralympian Abdullah Hayayei dies after training accident Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:34:00 +0000 The post Paralympian Abdullah Hayayei dies after training accident appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

United Arab Emirates para-athlete Abdullah Hayayei has died following a training incident. The 36-year-old was preparing for the upcoming World Para-athletics championships, which begin in London on Friday.Hayayei was set to compete in the shot put, discus and javelin F34 events, but suffered the fatal injury while training in London on Tuesday.

“Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance were called shortly after 17:00 local time (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, 11 July, to reports of a seriously injured man at Newham Leisure Centre,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement sent to AFP.

“The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 17:20. At this early stage, it is believed the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of training facilities at the center.

“The man was a competitor at the World Para Athletic Championships being held in London. His next of kin have been informed.”

Phillip Craven, chairman of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said: “We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah… We are all in a state of shock at this terrible tragedy.”

A moments silence will be held for Hayayei, who represented the UAE in the F34 class javelin and shot put at Rio 2016, ahead of the opening ceremony of the championships on Friday. The IAAF World Championships will also be held in London’s Olympic stadium and begin on August 4.

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Opinion: There was no other choice but to award both Olympics at once Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:01:00 +0000 The post Opinion: There was no other choice but to award both Olympics at once appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

By allowing both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to be awarded at once, the IOC has bought itself much-needed time, says DW’s Stefan Nestler. But without reform, Olympia is danger of consuming itself.As historic as it is, the decision reached on Tuesday by the extraordinary session of the International Olympic Committee is also no surprise. After all, the IOC members are well practiced when it comes to rubber-stamping proposals from the top brass. The IOC executive committee had suggested a first double-awarding of the Olympic Games in almost a century (when the 1924 and 1928 Games were awarded to Paris and Amsterdam respectively) back in June. And IOC president Thomas Bach hasn’t wasted an opportunity since then to promote the advantages of such a solution. “With Los Angeles and Paris,” he said, “we have two fantastic cities from countries with a profound Olympic history.” It was a “golden opportunity” which couldn’t be missed.

Exodus of candidates

In other words – don’t put either of them off. After all, the times in which candidate cities queued up for the chance to host the Olympic Games are over. There had initially been five candidates for the 2024 Games but the field quickly melted to just two. First, Boston jumped ship to be replaced by Los Angeles. Then, the people of Hamburg voted against hosting the Olympics in a referendum. Finally, Rome and Budapest withdrew, citing a lack of public and political support. There had been a similar exodus during the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics when, from an initial nine candidates, only two remained. The alarm bells were already ringing at IOC HQ in Lausanne.

Cash galore but no morals

It was becoming clear: the increasingly exorbitant costs of bidding for and hosting the Olympic Games simply aren’t justifiable for democratic countries. Consequently, the list of candidates is increasingly populated by those for whom money is no obstacle – but who also place little value on democracy or human rights either. Nor, as the doping scandal surrounding the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi showed, do they care much for the rules of fair play. At the end of the day, such negative headlines also have an impact on the IOC.

Room for budget bids

Now that potential bidders for 2028 have to wait four more years, Thomas Bach and the IOC have time to breathe and recompose themselves. Some cities and regions, such as Germany’s Ruhr-Rhine Region, have signaled their interest but no concrete plans have emerged. But the IOC now has time. One day, they hope to offer candidates from Africa and emerging nations the chance to host the Games but, for that to happen, there has to be room for more low-key, budget bids, and not just gigantic mega-bids. Because the IOC top brass know: they can’t carry on like this, or the Olympics will consume themselves.

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Marcel Kittel wins stage 10 to overtake Erik Zabel’s record Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:36:00 +0000 The post Marcel Kittel wins stage 10 to overtake Erik Zabel’s record appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Following Sunday’s calamitous stage nine and Monday’s rest day, the Tour de France returned with a calmer stage 10. It was another comfortable sprint finish for Germany’s Marcel Kittel.Germany’s Marcel Kittel has won the tenth stage of the 2017 Tour de France with Britain’s Chris Froome remaining in the yellow jersey.

Kittel’s fourth stage win of this year’s Tour was the 13th of his career, taking him one ahead of German cycling legend Erik Zabel.

After Monday’s day off, stage ten took the remaining riders 178km from Périgueux to Bergerac, sprint specialist Kittel crossing the line a couple of bike lengths ahead of compatriot John Degenkolb in second and Dylan Groenewegen in third.

“It’s true, it’s amazing, I can’t even tell you how proud I am,” said Quick-Step’s Kittel. “A fourth stage win in 10 days is a great achievement for me and the team.”

Kittel has now won four of the five flat sprint finishes at this year’s Tour (he was held up by a crash in the other one) and a record eight stage wins on a single Tour has now become a distinct possibility.

‘A second day off’ for Froome

Yellow jersey holder Froome remained safely within the peloton and the defending champion admitted that stage ten was almost felt like “a second day off.”

“It was a calmer day, there wasn’t much wind and no stress,” he said, no doubt referring to the horrific crashes which saw five riders crash out of the race on Sunday.

“It was a less complicated stage. It’s never easy but today was calmer.”

mf/ (AFP/dpa)

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Borussia Dortmund return to training with injury problems and competition for places Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:42:00 +0000 The post Borussia Dortmund return to training with injury problems and competition for places appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

New Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz has injuries worries to contend with as the Black and Yellows’ pre-season gets underway. For a number of players, it’s their only chance to impress the new boss.Borussia Dortmund are back in pre-season training but a number of key players are unavailable to new coach Peter Bosz as he prepares for his first term in charge.

The club confirmed on Monday that Portuguese international Raphael Guerreiro will be out for three to four months following an operation on a fractured ankle sustained at the Confederations Cup in Russia this summer.

Initial scans in Portugal had originally diagnosed bruising but the 23-year-old will now be out until October or November. “We were surprised that our scans revealed a completely different picture than those in Portugal,” said sporting director Michael Zorc. “[Guerreiro] will be a huge loss.” Consequently, full-back Felix Passlack is likely to remain in Dortmund as his replacement, putting an end to interest from Hertha Berlin and VfB Stuttgart.

Reus and Weigl also out

Joining Guerreiro in the Dortmund treatment room are Julian Weigl, 21, who is still recovering from a broken ankle suffered away at Augsburg in May, and the perennially unlucky Marco Reus.

After missing the bulk of last season with a pelvic problem followed by yet another muscle tear, Reus was sensational when he returned in April, scoring vital goals during a key stage of the season. But his injury woes continued when he ruptured his cruciate ligament in his right knee in the German Cup final and the 28-year-old again looks set to be out until the new year.

It isn’t all doom and gloom on the Dortmund injury front; Mario Götze is back in training after treatment for a metabolic disorder kept him out for much of last season.

Battle for places

Despite injury absentees, Bosz has inherited a 33-man squad which he considers to be too big – even with the Black and Yellows expected to compete on three fronts again this season.

Crowd-favorite Neven Subotic is one of a number of players who will be looking to impress the new coach in pre-season. The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Cologne and the arrival of Ömer Toprak in a 12 million euro transfer from Bayer Leverkusen means competition in centre of Dortmund’s defense is tough.

The futures of Sebastian Rode and Emre Mor are also certain. Mor has impressed with his tricky dribbling on occasion since joining Dortmund last summer but was too inconsistent to merit a regular place in former coach Thomas Tuchel’s plans. Rode missed 24 games through injury last season and is likely to receive even fewer opportunities in midfield following the arrival of Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Loan spell for Burnic

In transfer news, highly-rated youngster Dzenis Burnic has been sent out on a year-long loan to newly-promoted VfB Stuttgart. The 19-year-old made his Bundesliga debut against Darmstadt last season and also featured briefly against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, but will hope to benefit from more playing time in Swabia, where he will rejoin his former Dortmund youth team coach Hannes Wolf.

Borussia Dortmund’s first pre-season friendly is against fourth-division Rot-Weiss Essen on Tuesday evening, before the team head off on their Asia tour from 13-19 July. They face Bayern Munich in the Super Cup on August 5.

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Wimbledon 2017: Kerber falls to Muguruza in last 16 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +0000 The post Wimbledon 2017: Kerber falls to Muguruza in last 16 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Angelique Kerber’s recent woes continued as she lost 4-6 6-4 6-4 to Garbine Muguruza to exit Wimbledon. In the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal’s tournament also ended after a dramatic five set, five hour loss to Gilles Muller.Kerber started the match well against the Spaniard, whom she beat on the way to the 2015 final in London. In a high-class first set that some felt made a mockery of the match’s placement on court two, Kerber eventually got the upperhand.

The 29-year-old was starting to look a little more like the woman that won the Australian and US Opens last year, rather than the one that tamely surrended in the first round in the French Open this year.

Kerber’s improvement continued at the start of the second set, but she missed a few chances to break and Muguruza spied an opportunity she was ruthless enough to take.

As the third set took the match well past the two hour mark, both players showed signs of nerves, with four breaks of serve in the first six games, swinging the pendulum this way and that.

Perhaps the key moment of a titanic battle came in the seventh game when Muguruza held on to her serve after an intense battle that involved a number of deuce points.

Despite saving two match points at 4-5, Kerber couldn’t cling on to her serve moments later. The loss means that the German will lose her status as number one whatever happens in the rest of the tournament. Muguruza will next face Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova after the seventh seed beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4 in their last-16 clash.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, there were wins for Venus Williams and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. The pair will face each other in the next round. Johanna Konta became the first British woman in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 33 years with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over Caroline Garcia. Her reward is a clash with the second seeded Simona Halep.

The 24th seeded Coco Vandeweghe upset the fifth seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 7-6(7), 6-4.

The American will take on Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia

Nadal edged out in epic, Fed beats Baby Fed

On the men’s side… once dubbed ‘Baby Fed’ because of his similarly smooth backhand, 26-year-old Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov, was unable to keep up with the Swiss master. The third seeded Roger Federer dispatched Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

In his quest for a record eighth title on London’s grass courts, the 35-year-old will face Canadian Milos Raonic in Wednesday’s quarter-final match. The runner-up in 2016, the sixth seed Raonic outlasted his German counterpart Alexander Zverev, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

The number one seed, Britain’s Andy Murray, struggled in the first set to get past France’s unseeded Benoit Paire, but advanced unhindered through the next two sets, winning, 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-4. He’ll face American Sam Querrey, who outlasted South African Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-7(11), 6-3.

Tomas Berdych, the 11th-seeded Czech, topped eighth seeded Dominic Thiem from Austria, 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. He’ll face the winner of the Novak Djokovic – Adrian Mannarino match.

And in epic match that lasted nearly five hours 16th-seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg outlasted the fourth seeded Rafael Nadal. Muller raced to a two-set lead before the Spaniard came roaring back. But Muller hung tough and, in a titanic battle for match point, prevailed: 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(15).

Muller will face the seventh seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia.

The marathon match forced the postponement of Novak Djokovic’s fourth round match against Adrian Mannarino. the match is now slated for 1200pm (1100 GMT/UTC) on Tuesday.

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Pandas and strikers: China’s relationship with German football Sun, 09 Jul 2017 19:14:00 +0000 The post Pandas and strikers: China’s relationship with German football appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Asian tours, big money transfers, billionaire investors and a Chinese team in Germany’s fourth tier. DW Sports’ Matt Ford asks what is behind China’s interest in German football.In a Berlin zoo, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, two adult giant pandas, settled in to their new home having been flown from China as a token of German-Chinese friendship. Meanwhile, Bundesliga striker Anthony Modeste remained in Cologne to negotiate a potential transfer to China while his teammates headed off to a pre-season training camp in Austria. The two stories are not unrelated. Last season, Modeste’s 25 league goals helped propel FC Cologne back into European competition for the first time in a quarter of a century. But they also attracted attention far beyond the borders of Europe. For weeks now, rumors have abounded regarding the Frenchman’s future, with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian prepared to offer around 35 million euros ($40m) for the 29-year-old striker. Modeste would not be the first Bundesliga player to head to the Middle Kingdom. Anthony Ujah moved from Werder Bremen to Liaoning FC last summer for 11.5 million euros, while midfielder Sejad Salihovic swapped Hoffenheim for BJ Renhe in 2015. Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also the subject of interest. Potential investors But China’s interest in German football doesn’t end with simply signing Bundesliga players. According to German business magazine “Capital,” Chinese investment conglomerate Fosun has expressed an interest in purchasing shares in at least six Bundesliga clubs since 2015, including Werder Bremen, Hertha Berlin, VfL Wolfsburg, Hamburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund. While German football’s 50+1 ownership law, which prevents any single entity from acquiring a majority stake in a club, generally causes talks to quickly stall, the clubs themselves are nevertheless interested in co-operation with China. Dortmund have been directing their Far East presence from an office in Singapore since 2014 and Bayern Munich followed suit with an office of their own in Shanghai in September 2016. Both clubs regularly embark on off-season tours of the region, interacting with fans and sponsors, while Wolfsburg also have a significant presence through their parent company, carmaker Volkswagen. A Chinese team in the German league? The relationship between China and the Bundesliga deepened last month when plans emerged to integrate a Chinese U20 XI into the Regionalliga West – the western section of German football’s five-division fourth tier – prompting mixed reactions from fans and clubs. The proposals came amid political moves to further China’s diplomatic relationship with Germany. Furthermore, the country’s football-mad president, Xi Jinping, is intent on turning his nation into a footballing superpower and sees Germany as the perfect partner to learn from. So what is it that the Chinese find so attractive about Germany? “The German way of doing business is much more conducive to development of Chinese football,” explained Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sports Enterprise at the University of Salford, England, and an expert in Chinese football and business. “The Germans take a much more bilateral view,” he told DW. “They believe that if you’re going to work successfully, you need to help each other. You need to contribute something tangible. Which is very similar to the way the Chinese operate.” ‘A bilateral relationship’ Should proposals to include a Chinese U20 national team come to fruition, Chadwick explained, China would see Germany as actively contributing to its aims to boost football in the country. “It’s a bilateral relationship whereby the Chinese and their U20 team would get international exposure, play against better opposition and receive better training,” he says. “The Germans are seen as making a tangible contribution.” In return, Chadwick believes Germany stands to benefit from a stronger negotiating position with China than, for example, the United Kingdom, where football clubs’ motives in the Far East are viewed with more suspicion. “[The perception in China is that] the British tend to be very short term and financially driven and that English clubs are just looking to make money,” he explains. “But the Germans play a longer, bilateral game which may not necessarily involve any hard cash in the short term. “The Chinese are likely to view this sort of deal very warmly and won’t feel exploited or targeted. So when it comes to securing other commercial or industrial deals, even outside football, Germany is well-placed. The Germans are seen as showing regard for Chinese national development, and this ties in with the more general pro-German sentiment in China.” For China, German experience and expertise is key to the country’s ambitions to become a football powerhouse. And, with the resources at their disposal, it won’t be long before we start to see improvements on the pitch. For Germany, the long-term benefits are likely to be seen far beyond football.

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Wimbledon set for mouthwatering ‘Manic Monday’ with Big Four all in action Sun, 09 Jul 2017 17:40:00 +0000 The post Wimbledon set for mouthwatering ‘Manic Monday’ with Big Four all in action appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

After Sunday’s rest day, the Big Four in men’s tennis are all in last-16 action on Manic Monday. On the women’s side, German top seed and 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber takes on Garbine Muguruza of Spain.Not since Lleyton Hewitt won the championship 15 years ago has someone other than Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray triumphed in the Wimbledon men’s singles.

All of the Big Four are back on court on so-called Manic Monday, when every player — men and women — remaining in the tournament will be fighting for a berth in the last eight.

Wimbledon is the only grand slam that schedules all of the last-16 singles matches on the same day, a bonanza for the lucky spectators with tickets.

Record seven-times winner Federer takes on Bulgarian 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov, Djokovic, the three-time champion, meets unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, 2008 and 2010 winner Nadal tackles 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and Murray, the defending champion and world number one, faces Benoit Paire, another unseeded Frenchman.

Decorated quartet

The decorated quartet also make up four of the seven men left in the draw who are 30 or older — Czech Tomas Berdych, Muller and Kevin Anderson of South Africa are the other three. That’s the most at Wimbledon in the 50 editions of the Open Era.

“I came through the juniors with all these guys,” Federer said. “It’s nice to see them still hanging on, still enjoying the tour, still being tough out there, making it difficult for the youngsters to break through.

“There is a bit of that clash right now – the young ones trying to push out, especially, the 35-plus guys. But then there’s a strong, strong team, as well, around the generation of Rafa and Murray and Djokovic, obviously.”

While Kerber fights on in the women’s draw, a rising star in the men’s game, her compatriot Alexander Zverev, faces a stiff test against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

“It’s nice to reach the fourth round, but this is not the goal that somebody sets themselves. I want to keep playing good tennis,” the ambitious German said on Saturday.

Marin Cilic, a former U.S. Open champion, plays tricky Spaniard Roberto Bautista, Berdych meets young gun Dominic Thiem of Austria and Anderson comes up against towering American Sam Querrey.

Patchy form

Monday will be another tricky day for Kerber, meanwhile, as she struggles to hold on to her number one ranking amid a run of patchy form.

Her opponent Muguruza is a French Open champion who reached the Wimbledon final two years ago when she fell to Serena Williams, absent this time as she awaits the birth of her first child.

“Being in the second week is always nice. It’s always a goal when you start a grand slam,” Kerber said. “But it’s another day, another match. We are all starting from zero. It’s a great day for the fans, but also for us players.”

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Tour de France: Serious crashes overshadow Rigoberto Uran’s stage nine win Sun, 09 Jul 2017 15:37:00 +0000 The post Tour de France: Serious crashes overshadow Rigoberto Uran’s stage nine win appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

A series of serious crashes overshadowed Rigoberto Uran’s victory on stage nine of the Tour de France. Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte were forced to abandon the race while Chris Froome retained the overall lead.Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran has won stage nine of the 2017 Tour de France from Nantua to Chambéry in another photo finish, ahead of France’s Warren Barguil and Britain’s Chris Froome. The day was overshadowed by a series of nasty crashes which saw Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, BMC Racing’s Richie Porte and Team Emirates’ Manuele Mori forced out of the Tour due to injury. Froome retained the yellow jersey, while Barguil took the polka dot jersey as the King of the Mountains. Huge blow After just 10km on the 181.5km stage featuring three large climbs, a breakaway group of 38 riders established an initial lead, featuring riders from every team except for Team Sky, a lead which was soon extended to five minutes over the peloton. With 80km raced, Thomas, winner of the first stage time-trial in Düsseldorf and wearer of the yellow jersey for the first five stages, crashed on the descent from the Col de la Biche. The Welshman was taken to hospital with a suspected broken collar bone. Sky confirmed that he is now out of the Tour, a huge blow for teammate Froome. France’s Warren Barguil was the first to reach the summit of the 8.7km, 10.3% Mont du Chat, taking the spotted jersey in the process. Behind him on the ascent, Fabio Aru attempted to capitalize on a technical problem suffered by Froome, clearly seeing that the Briton had a problem and attacking. However, others who went with him appeared to convince Aru to halt his attack. Once Froome had rejoined the group, he appeared to nudge Aru in passing him, before extending a hand as if in apology. Down the other side of the Mont du Chat, Barguil raced away but, once again, the drama took place in the pursuing group. Australian Porte left the tarmac on a corner, the contact with the grass sending him crashing into Dan Martin at 72.5km/h and leaving both in a heap. The Irishman was able to remount and continue but Porte remained immobile. Fortunately conscious, he was loaded into an ambulance. Back in the race, Romain Bardet flew past Froome and closed in on his compatriot Barguil, taking the lead with 11km to go. But Froome and the chasing pack caught up and it was ultimately Uran who pipped Barguil to the line in a photo finish. Froome will be glad to have come through what many consider to be the toughest of the Tour’s 21 stages after seeing an important teammate in Thomas and a key rival in Porte both crash out.

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Wimbledon: Andy Murray and Roger Federer lead criticism of courts Sat, 08 Jul 2017 18:52:00 +0000 The post Wimbledon: Andy Murray and Roger Federer lead criticism of courts appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Andy Murray and Roger Federer are among the players who have complained about the condition of the courts at the All England Club this week. On Friday, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered an horrific knee injury.Reigning champion Andy Murray has complained about the condition of the courts at Wimbledon, adding his name to a growing list of players who have voiced concerns.

World number one Murray came through a close third round match against Fabio Fognini on Friday evening and suggested that the grass was one of the reasons he struggled.

“I don’t think the court is in as good a condition as previous years,” said the Scot. “There are a few spots on the court, like just behind the baseline and just in front of the baseline, where there are big lumps of grass, sort of like little divots there, which I don’t remember really being the case.” His Italian opponent also described the court as “quite bad.”

Unusually high temperatures and dry conditions have caused the surfaces to become more slippery, with French player Kristina Mladenovic particularly outspoken.

“Honestly, I couldn’t care less if I’d lost the match today,” the French 12th seed said on Thursday after losing to Alison Riske on Court 18. “I’m just so blessed and happy that I am not injured today, because we saw worse today.”

Mladenovic was referring to the horrible knee injury suffered by Bethanie Mattek-Sands when she twisted and slipped on Court 17. The extent to which the turf contributed to Sands’ injury is not known but the American faces surgery on a dislocated knee.

“It’s very slippery. There’s no grass”, Mladenovic continued. “I don’t know how to describe it. It’s not even clay. It’s not flat.”

Gilles Müller, the men’s 16th seed from Luxembourg who faces Rafael Nadal in the fourth round on Monday, practiced on Court 18, the fifth show court, the week before the tournament started. “The grass doesn’t look so good on this court; it’s not in the best shape. Maybe it was the warm weather the week before, I don’t know. I felt that the court was not in great shape bounce wise. I didn’t feel it was dangerous but I felt like it was very soft and slow.”

‘The same meticulous standard’

In a statement, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) said: “The court preparation has been to exactly the same meticulous standard as in previous years. Grass is a natural surface and it is usual for the baselines to start to be showing signs of wear and tear four days into the Championships.”

Roger Federer added his opinion when asked if the courts were worse this year. “Possibly, because it’s been extremely hot today and yesterday. So maybe that’s why we are hearing [what the players are saying],” said the seven-time champion. “It’s not a good sign, and you should always take the players’ opinion seriously, especially when both say it.”

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Werder Bremen friendly called off after Ajax’s Abdelhak Nouri collapses Sat, 08 Jul 2017 17:20:00 +0000 The post Werder Bremen friendly called off after Ajax’s Abdelhak Nouri collapses appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

A friendly match between Werder Bremen and Ajax Amsterdam was called off after an Ajax player suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch and collapsed. The player is in stable condition in the hospital.Abdelhak Nouri, a 20-year-old Dutch midfielder of Moroccan descent, suddenly collapsed in the 70th minute of a pre-season friendly between Werder Bremen and Ajax Amsterdam in Hippach, Austria on Saturday.

According to Dutch broadcaster NOS, Nouri had to be resuscitated by doctors on the pitch. He was then transported to hospital in a trauma helicopter where he was put into an induced coma.

“Medics and doctors provided first aid,” Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann was quoted as saying via the club’s twitter account, adding: “Resuscitation attempts were successful.”

The match was subsequently called off and the spectators requested to leave the stadium.

In an update on Twitter, Ajax said Nouri is “stable, has a pulse and is asleep.”

Werder Bremen, who had been leading the match 2-1, conveyed their best wishes to Nouri, his family and Ajax via Twitter and added that their own players were receiving psychological treatment.

Nouri, who has represented the Dutch national team at all youth levels from under-15 to under-19, is not related to Werder Bremen’s coach Alexander Nouri.

‘A genetic abnormality’

Since the 19th century, more than 80 otherwise fit and healthy footballers are know to have collapsed and died suddenly while playing. In March 2017, former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote passed away after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest during a training session with Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

In a 2012 piece for British newspaper The Guardian, Dr. Tom Riddington, a cardiologist from the Friarage hospital in Northallerton, England, said that the reason is a condition called “hocum” – or, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM).

In HOCM, “a genetic abnormality causes the muscle wall of the heart to grow far thicker than it should,” potentially stopping blood from flowing in and out of the heart.

Earlier that year, Congolese midfielder Fabrice Muamba had suffered a cardiac arrest when playing for English side Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup match against Bolton Wanderers. Despite his heart stopping for 78 minutes, he recovered before announcing his retirement from professional football.

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Wimbledon day six: Novak Djokovic, Angelique Kerber advance to fourth round Sat, 08 Jul 2017 15:05:00 +0000 The post Wimbledon day six: Novak Djokovic, Angelique Kerber advance to fourth round appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Novak Djokovic eased into the fourth round of Wimbledon after an early exit in the Grand Slam last year. Germany’s Angelique Kerber topped American Shelby Rogers to advance into the last 16.A year after his elimination in the third round of Wimbledon last year, Novak Djokovic was all smiles on Saturday after defeating Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(2) on Center Court.

The second-seeded Djokovic, 30, will play Adrian Mannarino for a place in the quarterfinals.

“I’m delighted with the performance today. I thought I raised the level of tennis,” said Djokovic. “Comparing to the first couple of matches and the last couple of weeks I think this was the most focused I was on the court.”

The Serb lost to American Sam Querrey in the third round of last year’s tournament at the All England club. He lost his world number one ranking later that year to Andy Murray, who is the reigning champion at Wimbledon.

Djokovic has not dropped a set after losing in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the French Open quarterfinals in May. He won the Eastbourne International leading up to Wimbledon in the meantime.

Big day for the younger Zverev

German Alexander Zverev will join Djokovic in the fourth round, the farthest stage he has ever reached at a Grand Slam tournament.

The 20-year-old German beat Austrian Sebastian Ofner in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. He will play sixth seeded Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round as he hopes to make his first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam tournament.

Mischa Zverev did not fare as well as his younger brother. He got knocked out by Roger Federer, the seven-time Wimbledon champ winning in straight sets 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4.

Kerber overcomes upset scare

After losing the first set and facing deficits in the second and third sets, Geman number one seed Angelique Kerber, a Wimbledon finalist last year, battled past Shelby Rogers to beat the American 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Saturday.

“It was tough to find my rhythm actually, she played very well from the first point,” Kerber said.

The victory puts her in the fourth round in the Women’s bracket at Wimbledon, the fourth time she has reached that stage of the Grand Slam in her career.

The left-hander lost to Serena Williams in last-year’s final. With Williams sidelined as she prepares to give birth, Kerber could be on her way to win her first Wimbledon title.

Kerber will face 14th seeded Gabrine Murgurza on Monday.

dv/mf (AFP, dpa)

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