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  1. Japan ready to take over Qatar's 2022 World Cup April 1, 2014 TOKYO: Japan is ready to hold the 2022 World Cup if FIFA strips Qatar of hosting rights over corruption allegations, the country's football chief says. Japan Football Association (JFA) president Kuniya Daini said the country, whose capital Tokyo will stage the 2020 Olympics, would step in if required. "If FIFA look for an alternative country, we already have the stadiums that would meet the criteria to host it," he said in an interview. "We have the Olympics in 2020. If there is a chance, we'd like to do it, although I don't know how likely that would be." The chance of Qatar losing hosting rights appears remote despite an investigation by FIFA's ethics committee, headed by former US district attorney Michael Garcia, into the much-criticised bidding process. Qatar has also come under fire for its treatment of foreign construction workers, with figures obtained by AFP in February showing that 450 migrants from India alone had died over the past two years -- about 20 a month. And there is a row over whether to hold the Qatar World Cup in the intense heat of the desert summer or in winter, which is mid-season for many domestic leagues. Japan, one of the countries that lost out to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, has experience of organising the tournament after co-hosting the 2002 edition with Asian neighbours South Korea. Daini said Japan also hoped to bring back the Club World Cup, which it has hosted six times before, and hold the 2023 Women's World Cup. ... AFP smh
  2. CREAM OF ASIAN FOOTBALL FROM $40 A FAMILY 02 April 2014 Doug Conway Family-friendly ticket prices will enable kids to watch Asia’s best footballers next summer for as little as $5, and families from just $40, at Australia’s biggest ever football tournament, AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015. Other highlights of the ticket prices, announced on Wednesday, include: • Opening ceremony and Australia v Kuwait match from $69 per adult • Other Socceroos group matches from $49 per adult • Quarter-finals from $29 per adult • Semi-finals from $49 per adult • Final from $79 per adult No ticket will cost more than $149 – and that’s for the best seats in the house when the Socceroos kick off Asia’s biggest football tournament against Kuwait in Melbourne on January 9, and for top seats at the final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31. “At the height of summer, with school holidays in full swing, and with such attractive prices, we look forward to welcoming tens of thousands of Australian families – not just those inside the traditional football family,” said Michael Brown, CEO of the tournament’s Local Organising Committee. “This will be a festival of football never seen before in Australia, featuring our own Socceroos battling the best 16 teams in Asia, including Asia’s three other World Cup finalists in Japan, South Korea and Iran. “We have deliberately kept prices affordable for families and those in multicultural communities who will be keen to attend multiple matches.” Venue packs offer football fans discounts to attend every match in each of the five host cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle. Venue packs start from $99 for all four matches in Newcastle, including a semi-final and the third place play-off, $109 for all seven matches in Canberra, $139 for all seven matches in Brisbane, $159 for all seven games in Melbourne and $229 for all seven matches in Sydney, which includes one semi and the final. Even the most expensive Category One tickets offer tremendous value - $149 for the final, $149 for the opening match, $99 for other Socceroos group matches, $99 for a semi-final, $69 for a quarter-final and $30 for a non-Socceroos group match. Kids and concession holders can watch the final for just $39.50, semi-finals for $24.50, quarter-finals for $14.50 and non-Socceroos group matches for just $5. Tickets will go on sale in two periods. The first phase is for venue packs on May 7 for the football family and May 19 for the general public. The second phase is for individual tickets on May 27 for the football family and June 2 for the general public. The AFC Asian Cup is Asia’s biggest football competition and was established in 1956. Fifteen nations have already qualified – Australia as hosts, defending champions Japan, Korea Republic and 2012 AFC Challenge Cup winners DPR Korea, along with Bahrain, China, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. The final spot will go to the winner of the AFC Challenge Cup for emerging nations in May. AFC Asian Cup
  3. USA qualify for RWC 2015 (IRB.COM) Saturday 29 March 2014 USA survived an almighty scare from Uruguay to book their place at Rugby World Cup 2015 as the Americas 2 qualifier after a 32-13 win in Atalanta saw them go through 59-40 on aggregate. IRB USA will play in Pool B with South Africa, Samoa and Scotland.
  4. Asian Cup 2015 draw mechanism revealed PUBLISHED: 17 MARCH 2014 Kuala Lumpur: The draw mechanism for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 to be held at the Sydney Opera House on March 26 has been announced. The draw for the 16 team-tournament, will feature 15 confirmed sides, with the winner of the AFC Challenge Cup 2014, which takes place in the Maldives in May, making up the final participant. The teams who booked their place in the AFC Asian Cup 2015 draw via the qualifying campaign are: Oman, Bahrain, Iran, UAE, Saudi Arabia (all group winners) Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Iraq (all group runners-up) and China, who emerged as the best third-place finisher amongst the five groups. Defending champions Japan, Asian Cup 2015 hosts Australia, and Korea Republic received direct entry to the finals by finishing first, second and third respectively at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, while DPR Korea sealed their place courtesy of victory in the AFC Challenge Cup 2012. The 16 teams will be divided into four groups of four teams, with each group playing a one-round league. There will be four country pots with hosts Australia occupying the A1 position of Pot 1 and the rest of the countries getting their respective positions based on FIFA Ranking announced on 13 March 2014. The first four top-rank countries will be slotted in Pot 1 and the rest will be slotted in Pot 2, 3 and 4 respectively. The seedings are as follows: Pot 1 (teams ranked 1-4): Australia, Iran, Japan, Uzbekistan Pot 2 (teams ranked 5-8): Korea Republic, UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia Pot 3 (teams ranked 9-12): Oman, China, Qatar, Iraq Pot 4 (teams ranked 13-16): Bahrain, Kuwait, DPR Korea and Challenge Cup 2014 winners. AFC
  5. Georgia and Romania have qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Georgia as Europe 1 will play in pool C with New Zealand, Argentina and Tonga Romania as Europe 2 will play in pool D with France, Ireland, Italy and Canada pools Update:
  6. Farewell picture for the cauldron - captured at the end of the Paralympic closing ceremony
  7. 2014 AG Ticket Designs Are Revealed Kim Sun-Hyoung 2014-02-26 The 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee has revealed the designs for the admission tickets of the 2014 Asian Games. There will be three types of tickets to the Asian Games – those for the Opening Ceremony, the Closing Ceremony, and the Games competitions. The VIP tickets to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be made in the form of cards with strings, so the holders can keep them as souvenirs. The ticket design has the image of the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in the background, and the three Games mascots at the bottom. The competition tickets are colored in white and green, to symbolize the environmental-friendliness of the Games, and the three mascots are in the image of cheering on the competitors. The prices for admission to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies range from 100,000 won to 1,000,000 won, depending on the class of the tickets. The tickets to the competitions run from 5,000 won to 100,000 won. All prices for the tickets are based on the Korean Won, and the current exchange rates, fees, and handling charges may apply for overseas purchase. Incheon 2014
  8. Le Rendez-Vous Official Magazine #1 English: http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/CountdownNews/competitions/Publications/02/06/03/13/2060313_DOWNLOAD.pdf French: http://fr.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/CountdownNews/uefaorg/General/02/06/03/91/2060391_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  9. UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw group stage fixtures: http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/Draws/02/06/14/61/2061461_DOWNLOAD.pdf Centralised friendlies: http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/Draws/02/06/15/09/2061509_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  10. I come from a family that do not care about sports .. so my sports interest started somehow late in my early to mid teens but for the word Olympics, what I remember when I first noticed it was associated with the Millennium Games first thing "Olympics" I remember in my life was the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony I was 9 years old and actually don't know it was a sport event it was the second sports event I knew after the 1998 France World Cup which I remember some matches from it especially the Final match ( well, there is two events always takes more attention the Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup ) back to Sydney I remember I was standing in the front of the TV very impressed with what I was watching the Ceremony and the Cauldron lighting part which I never forget the moment I was watching it live for the first time in my life later I remember watching some events from Sydney 2000 but without knowing any details about the sports, medals and the other Olympic related things I remember I had some Disney comic books about Sydney 2000 ( Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and other characters, I was comic books addict then ) I think it was issued in late 1999 or early to mid 2000 sometime before the Games after many Olympic games later, I still choose Sydney 2000 The Millennium Games as I remember it as the best Olympic games ever maybe because it was or maybe because the first time is always different, special and memorable when Barcelona hosted the games in 1992 I was nearly 20 months old so I couldn't notice about it then but it is the most from the past games I had interest to know more about, watch videos and save them when I became an Olympic fan a lot of athletes who participated in the 80's/90's and 2000's Olympic Games consider Barcelona '92 as the best games organized at that time it was a great games with great legacy for Barcelona and the Olympic Movement and its History it was Athens 2004 when everything was clear for me about the games, sports, medals and what is the Olympic Games, then my interest in the Olympic Games and sports increased and first I discovered the "Bidding Process" thing when the 2012 race was underway it was the first time I learnt what it is ( cities/countries apply to host the event and the organization members vote to choose the host ) Athens 2004 opened the door to know more and more about everything Olympics as it was the first time I discovered that there is something called the "Olympic Winter Games" coming from a desert part of the world without much media attention to the Winter Sports the only Winter Sport I knew before that was Ice Hockey Torino 2006 was the first time for me to discover more about the Winter Olympics and Winter Sports in general Vancouver 2010 was the first Winter games I Watched/followed with a good knowledge about Winter Sports I only followed the highlights of the 2012 and 2014 bidding process when I supported New York ( I liked their logo ) and wanted it to be Paris in the last moments before London won the race for 2014 it was Salzburg the only city I knew before the race in the Candidature Phase so I supported them, it was the first time I know about Sochi and PyeongChang at the time for 2012 and 2014 I didn't paid much attention to the bid books and the technical details it was only the logo, the short list (2014) and the vote The 2016 race was the first I followed very closely with its all details and when I discovered this forums in the middle of the Application Phase and started to visit it constantly as a visitor for nearly two years until I decided to join and create a membership after my favorite Rio 2016 won the race, it is my first membership in an English language International forums since then my interest in the bidding process increased and now I follow every single bidding process I know about Sports and non-sport international/continental events
  11. No, it's just a few pictures of the main subject of this thread and the end of months of discussing about it no one posted similar photos of this event .. so I posted some for the archive of our forums all are from the Russian forums in SSC
  12. Tokyo 2020 officials not too old, claims executive director Wednesday, 05 February 2014 By Nick Butler in Japan House at the Olympic Park in Sochi February 5 - Executive officer of Tokyo 2020 Makoto Saika has "no concerns" about the old age of the Organising Committee members and remains confident that the bid team will "represent all people". It was announced last month that heading the fledgling Organising Committee will be 70 year old ex-Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori as President and Toshiro Muto, 76, as chief executive - so by 2020 their collective ages will be 159. This comes in contrast with the situation at the London 2012 where chairman Sebastian Coe was 55 and chief executive Paul Deighton 56 by the time the Games opened. With another major figure associated with the bid, nternational Olympic Committee member and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, already 66, this has led to concerns the team may struggle to create a wide appeal, not to mention cope with the arduous travelling demands essential for officials involved in organising such a large event. But Saika dismissed this view when he told insidethegames that he has "no concerns at all" about any age issues and the lack of female representatives at the top of Tokyo 2020. "Members of the Executive Board are still being selected from up to 25 sporting figures from Japan," he said. "Obviously some members will be much younger and some members will be female. "We are united as a team and we will represent all people and feel that our composition will be right for Tokyo 2020." Saika also claimed Mori, President of the Japanese Rugby Football Union, would not struggle to balance his new role with his involvement in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which Japan are hosting. "Mr Mori has always said that he will dedicate 100 per cent to his Organising Committee commitments so there should be no problem there", Saika told insidethegames. "He is President of the Japan Rugby Union but he is not serving as President of Japan 2019. Saika added that "we believe that will leave him 100 per cent dedicated to focus on his Olympic and Paralympic commitments", before adding there were no plans Mori to step down from his rugby role. Saika was similarly positive about the impact of the election next Sunday (February 9) to select a new Governor of Tokyo after Naoki Inose resigned last December due to a corruption scandal. "Of course, as a Governor of the host city he or she will be very important to Tokyo 2020 and will certainly play an important part," he said. "But whoever he or she is I am confident that they will fit into the Governing Body and be fully in support." The official Tokyo headquarters of the new team was also opened as planned last Saturday (February 1) with 50 staff currently in place and plans to increase this to 100 in the near future. Sakai was speaking today at a welcoming Ceremony at the Japan House here, where Tokyo 2020 remained at the forefront of attention despite the Winter Olympics getting underway on Friday (February 9). Sakai, representing the Organising Committee here, admitted that he has not yet had a chance to get some advice on staging a Games from Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and chief executive of Sochi 2014. But he claimed he has spoken to various IOC members and that he has a "great feeling in their confidence in Tokyo 2020". Inside the games
  13. One month to go Qualification Draw to be held in Nice on 23 February.
  14. Yes, they were planning to build the stadium even if Tokyo lost the 2020 bid for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
  15. Maybe he means the "Overall Operational risk " in the Executive Summaries report which says: High Risk: Qatar Medium Risk : Russia Low Risk: all of the rest bidding nations. that means the fifa executive committee has ignored this very critical line in the report and has chosen the worst two bids Russia and Qatar! it's the first line in page 6 (in the pdf file) ( page 8/9 in the report): http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/01/33/59/45/bid_evaluation_report_1911.pdf
  16. Next month It will be on Sunday 10 November .. 4 days before the Application Deadline.
  17. What? they are crazy it's just getting worse and worse to krow, off-topic "Bedoon Rakaba" in Arabic بدون رقابة in English "Without Censorship" sure it's in Egyptian Arabic which is understandable in most of Arab World .. unfortunately no English translation note: I didn't watch the movie just searched for it and found it on youtube. here is the full movie on Youtube 1 hour 40 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fIY-Qa14do
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