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Portugal parliament approves new gender change law

LISBON, Portugal – The Portuguese parliament on Thursday, July 12,  approved a law that will allow citizens to change their gender and name from the age of 16 without a medical report showing "identity disruption." Portugal joins Denmark, Malta, Sweden, Ireland and Norway to become "the 6th European country to grant ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 13th, 2018Related News

Croatia coach Dalic traveled hard path to World Cup final

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — In a coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zlatko Dalic's belief in his own abilities never dimmed. "I used to say, 'Give me a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and I will win titles,'" Dalic recalled Thursday. Such jobs no longer seem so far out of reach, especially if Dalic collects the biggest prize in soccer on Sunday. Croatia will win the World Cup for the first time if Dalic's team can get the better of France and coach Didier Deschamps. Receiving trophies is nothing new for Deschamps. As a player, the midfielder won titles at clubs in France, Italy and England, as well as the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship with France. As a coach, he led France to the Euro 2016 final, losing to Portugal. But the 51-year-old Dalic had a largely unremarkable playing career before switching to coaching in his native Croatia. "In my life I have always taken the harder path, had to fight for everything myself," Dalic said through a translator at Luzhniki Stadium. "I started at the bottom of the ladder." The climb required a leap into the unknown with a move to the Middle East in 2010. "I did not want to stay in Croatia and be a middling coach and to live off handouts," Dalic said. "I went abroad whenever it was possible to find a job." Dalic eventually landed at Al-Hilal, where he won the Saudi Crown Prince Cup, and then reached the Asian Champions League final with Al-Ain. "We cannot sneeze at that. These are major competitions," Dalic said. "This brought me huge experience ... and I built a name for myself. This was a hard path but I believed in myself. When Croatia called, I never had any doubts." The call that ended Dalic's nomadic seven-year journey came last year, when Croatia had a game remaining to salvage qualification. "He is very dedicated to football," Croatian federation president Davor Suker said, "and we gave him the chance." Dalic led Croatia into the World Cup playoffs, where it beat Ukraine over two matches. Now he has taken his country further than ever before in a major soccer competition, eclipsing Suker's semifinalists in 1998. Brand Dalic is growing after Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 in the semifinal in Moscow on Wednesday. "The coach has created a special atmosphere," said Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, who plays for Liverpool. "He knows exactly how to interact with players and does it in a unique way." Dalic also relished interacting with the media on Thursday in the stadium where Croatia plays its biggest-ever game on Sunday. The highly ambitious coach used his moment in the spotlight to advertise his credentials. "Nothing was given to me on a plate, unlike some managers in Europe who can be given jobs to manage a big club because of their names as players," Dalic said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 13th, 2018Related News

EU border agency chief warns Spain may be new migrant hotspot

BERLIN, Germany – The head of the EU's border agency warned Sunday, July 8 the western Mediterranean route from Morocco to Spain might develop into the next key pathway for migrants seeking to reach Europe. "If you ask me what is my current biggest worry, I would say Spain," Frontex chief ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 8th, 2018Related News

Ronaldo to Juventus? Spain s media says ciao , Italy s welcomes star

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts angry during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018......»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 7th, 2018Related News

MANILA TO LISBON | FLYING WITH EMIRATE | PORTUGAL TRAVEL VLOG 01 – Manila Video

MANILA TO LISBON | FLYING WITH EMIRATE | PORTUGAL TRAVEL VLOG 01 – Manila Video.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 6th, 2018Related News

Madonna’s ‘special deal’ has Lisbon in a jam

LISBON, Portugal -- Lisbon's city council on Monday revealed details of a deal granting Madonna rights to park a fleet of cars in the packed Portuguese capital after being accused of special treatment for the US pop diva. The weekly Expresso broke the story of a contract between the Material Girl singer and the city to rent a lot that can accommodate up to 15 vehicles next to the "palace" she occupies on the banks of the Tagus river. The news provoked indignation across the political spectrum in a capital that suffers a lack of parking and bad traffic jams. The Left Bloc, a coalition partner in the Socialist-led government, called for the parking problem to be dealt with "re...Keep on reading: Madonna’s ‘special deal’ has Lisbon in a jam.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 2nd, 2018Related News

A look at the road out of the World Cup’s round of 16

MOSCOW --- No more ties, or tiebreakers. The World Cup is into the knockout stage, and every match will end with someone going home. On Saturday, that meant two of the greatest players of the era followed each other out of the tournament. Lionel Messi and Argentina lost 4-3 to France, which got two goals from teenager Kylian Mbappe. Four hours later, Cristian Ronaldo and his European champion Portugal team lost 2-1 to Uruguay. France and Uruguay were the first teams to reach the quarterfinals, and they'll meet on July 6. On Sunday, for the first time at a World Cup since 1986, two games were decided on penalty shootouts. The net result: Russia and Croatia will meet in a July 7 quart...Keep on reading: A look at the road out of the World Cup’s round of 16.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 2nd, 2018Related News

Ronaldo tight-lipped on future

Cristiano Ronaldo saw his World Cup dreams slip away once again on Saturday but gave no hint as to whether he plans to continue playing for Portugal. Ronaldo tight-lipped on future SOCHI, Russia (AFP) — Cristiano Ronaldo saw his World Cup dreams slip away once again on Saturday but gave no hint as to whether… link: Ronaldo tight-lipped on future.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 1st, 2018Related News

Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles

(AP Photo/Francisco Seco). Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks disappointed beside celebrating players of Uruguay after the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer Wor.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2018Related News

Cristiano Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup KO

SOCHI, Russia – Cristiano Ronaldo saw his World Cup dreams slip away once again on Saturday, June 30, but gave no hint as to whether he plans to continue playing for Portugal. The reigning European champions were undone by two Edinson Cavani goals for Uruguay in their last 16 tie in Sochi, despite Pepe bringing them ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2018Related News

Cavani optimistic over injury after firing Uruguay into quarterfinals

SOCHI, Russia – Edinson Cavani is hopeful he will be fit in time to face France in the World Cup quarterfinals despite coming off hurt in Saturday's victory, June 30, over Portugal. The Paris Saint-Germain striker scored both his side's goals in the 2-1 victory in Sochi in their last-16 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2018Related News

Ronaldo, Portugal unable to continue great run at World Cup

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't carry the team by himself this time. The five-time player of the year, who scored four goals in his opening two matches at the World Cup, was eliminated from the tournament on Saturday after Portugal lost to Uruguay 2-1 in the round of 16. "We gave our best," Ronaldo said. "The team played well. As the team captain I am proud of this group." Portugal won the 2016 European Championship and came to Russia with high expectations following the surprise title in France two years ago, its first in a major tournament. Ronaldo started off this year's tournament with a hat trick against Spain and then added another goal against Morocco. But on Saturday, it was Edinson Cavani who scored twice to earn victory for the Uruguayans. "No team can win with one player alone," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "He tried. The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice." Portugal hasn't reached the World Cup quarterfinals since 2006, when a young Ronaldo led the team to the semifinals. Back then, Portugal lost to France and eventually finished fourth after losing to Germany in the consolation game. Ronaldo, now 33 and still playing some of the best soccer of his life, failed to provide the spark Portugal needed against Uruguay. Ronaldo's great start in Russia allowed him to surpass the combined total of three goals he had scored in his previous three World Cups. He also joined Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to score in four World Cups. The four early goals in this year's tournament had put him in position to contend for the "Golden Boot" trophy, but he was surpassed by England striker Harry Kane's five goals in the group stage. Despite his fast start in Russia, Ronaldo missed a penalty in the 1-1 draw against Iran in the third game. He also was nearly given a red card when his elbowing of an opponent was reviewed on video. Prior to the World Cup, Ronaldo led Real Madrid to its third straight Champions League title, but he arrived in Russia surrounded by distractions about his club future and a tax fraud accusation back in Madrid. He had said he would talk about his club future after joining the national team, but avoided the subject from the start. He only spoke briefly with the media in Russia. "Now it's not the time to talk about the future," Ronaldo said. "I'm sure that the national team will remain as one of the best in the world. We have great players, a fantastic group.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 1st, 2018Related News

World Cup roars into knockout phase

WHO WILL ADVANCE? MOSCOW, Russia — The world’s two greatest players and a crowd of pretenders enter the knockout stage of the World Cup on Saturday when Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal target a place in the quarterfinals. Argentina, the beaten finalist four years ago, escaped by the skin of its teeth after […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2018Related News

Women make World Cup telecast history in US, UK, Germany

MOSCOW --- The men's World Cup is notable for women. Fox's Aly Wagner and Telemundo's Viviana Vila are the first in-match analysts on U.S. television for soccer's showcase. BBC's Vicki Sparks is making a similar breakthrough in Britain and ZDF's Claudia Neumann in Germany. "It took me 10 years. It was very disappointing that it took so much time," Vila said of her advance. "It truly was draining, unfair and ungrateful. It shouldn't be that way. But it made me stronger, to keep learning and improving in my work. I'm better now to face whatever comes my way." Former England captain John Terry caused a flap during Sparks' call of the Portugal-Morocco game when he posted a video of a TV...Keep on reading: Women make World Cup telecast history in US, UK, Germany.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 30th, 2018Related News

Messi, Ronaldo gear up for World Cup knockout phase

  MOSCOW, Russia – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi take center stage as the World Cup shifts into high gear at the weekend with the start of the knockout matches in the loaded top half of the draw.  Football heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil are all clustered in one section ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2018Related News

With World Cup field halved, here’s a look at what’s next

MOSCOW --- The World Cup started with eight groups of four, 32 nations in all seeking to make it to the knockout stage. Colombia and --- just barely --- Japan grabbed the two spots from Group H in Thursday's early matches, and England and Belgium sorted out the top of Group F later that night to solidify the field going forward. Here's a look at what's next, starting with the round of 16 : Group A vs. Group B, Group E vs. Group F This half of the bracket features big names in two high-powered matches right out of the gate: A loaded France squad plays Lionel Messi and Argentina in Saturday's early game, followed by Uruguay and Luis Suarez against Portugal and Cristiano Ronald...Keep on reading: With World Cup field halved, here’s a look at what’s next.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 29th, 2018Related News

Ronaldo vs. Suarez takes focus as Uruguay faces Portugal

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo warms up during the training session of Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Se.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 29th, 2018Related News

Spain concerned with defensive mistakes at World Cup

Morocco's Youssef En Nesyri, top, scores his side's second goal during the group B match between Spain and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 27th, 2018Related News

Nigeria complains about video review call against Argentina

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — After going out of the World Cup, Nigeria complained about not being awarded a second penalty in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina on Tuesday. There were about 15 minutes of a tense game remaining, and Nigeria was enjoying a strong spell of pressure at St. Petersburg Stadium, when the latest video review talking point of the tournament came. Marcos Rojo was the only Argentina defender in the penalty box, and under pressure from striker Odion Ighalo lurking behind him, when he jumped high to head Ahmed Musa's deflected cross away from danger. He didn't succeed. Instead, the Manchester United defender completely mistimed the header and the ball ended up glancing off his left arm, and then falling invitingly to Ighalo near the penalty spot. Ighalo had lots of time to pick his spot, but blazed the ball wide of the left post. Nigeria's players were sure it was a penalty, however, and Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir — who awarded Nigeria a penalty early in the second half — used video to review this one and stood by his initial decision not to award a spot kick, much to the frustration of Nigeria's players. "I don't understand how that was not a penalty," captain John Obi Mikel said. "It was a clear handball. If you look at this game yesterday against Portugal, this was even worse." Mikel was referring to Iran's late penalty against Portugal in a 1-1 draw on Monday — awarded for a handball after a video review — and he felt Rojo got away with it. Rojo went on to score Argentina's late winner to send his side through, and put Nigeria out. "He (Rojo) had the ball and it hit his hand and it was open. Maybe the referee didn't want to give a second penalty," Mikel said. "For us, we've seen the replay, it was a clear handball. He looked at the VAR, the ball hit the hand." Mikel added: "I asked him for explanation, did the ball hit the hand? He said 'Yes." Why is it not a penalty? He did not know." But video replays suggested that there was no intent from Rojo to move his arm anywhere near the ball, as he was looking in a different direction when he headed it sideways. It thus appeared unintentional as Rojo headed the ball inadvertently down onto his arm. While Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr also believed the penalty should have been awarded, he was more understanding of Cakir's position. "I believe it was a hand," he said. "I didn't see the video. It is difficult for a referee to make a good interpretation." But aside from blaming video review, the Super Eagles may also want to look at their own poor finishing at the end......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 27th, 2018Related News

Uruguay happy that Suarez, Cavani find their rhythm together

By Pablo Elias Giussani, Associated Press NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Uruguay waited for 12 long years before the national team could celebrate goals from Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in the same match at a World Cup. For the first time in coach Oscar Tabarez's tenure, both forwards scored in the same game and they couldn't have chosen a better time: The convincing 3-0 defeat of host Russia secured Uruguay's status as group winner and as one of the most solid teams of the tournament's opening stage after taking a full nine points. "It's important that goal scorers score goals," Tabarez said. "Let them get into their flow. Not because of selfishness, but because they contribute a lot. I believe it's very important that both Edi and Luis scored." Both players will need to be at their best when Uruguay faces Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in the round of 16 on Saturday in Sochi. Against Russia on Monday, Suarez scored from a free kick with a low shot that sailed past Russia's wall and into the right corner. Cavani pounced on a loose ball after the goalkeeper parried it from a header by Diego Godin. Cavani poked it home for Uruguay's third goal. It was Suarez's seventh goal in three World Cups, while it was only a third for Cavani. Cavani, one of the world's greatest scorers in club football with 323 goals in 12 years with Danubio, Palermo, Napoli and current team Paris Saint Germain, hasn't had the same success at World Cups. He scored one goal in each tournament in South Africa in 2010, when Uruguay reached the semifinals, and in Brazil in 2014, when the South Americans were eliminated in the round of 16. But Suarez and Cavani now join an exclusive club of players that have scored in three consecutive World Cups. "Statistics are there to be broken," Suarez said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 27th, 2018Related News