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Belgium tops first FIFA rankings since pandemic shutdown

ZURICH — The first FIFA men’s world rankings for five months were still led by Belgium on Thursday after the shutdown of European teams during the coronavirus pandemic ended in September. Belgium leads an unchanged top four nations from 2018 World Cup winner France, Brazil — which has yet to play in 2020 — and […] The post Belgium tops first FIFA rankings since pandemic shutdown appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

East Asia Super League partners with FIBA to launch champions-league style joust

East Asia Super League's worst-kept secret is finally out. In an official announcement this week, EASL has partnered with FIBA to launch a champions-league style tournament featuring the top club teams in the East Asian region. The 10-year agreement will kick off with the first tournament in October 2021, one month after the scheduled FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Next year, EASL will gather eight top teams from China (CBA), Japan (B.League), South Korea (KBL), and the Philippines (PBA) to play in a tournament under a home-and-away format. Following preliminary play, the competition will conclude in February 2022 with a Final Four to determine one regional champion. The same format will be used for the 2022-2023 edition and EASL has plans to expand the tournament to 16 teams by 2023. "The recognition of the East Asia Super League is based on a shown commitment to developing basketball in the region, and is in line with FIBA’s club competition strategy that is to shape international club competitions,” said FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis. "EASL has demonstrated a great operational capability to organize a high-level competition for top clubs, and a strong commitment to elevate the sport of basketball in East Asia within the FIBA regulatory framework for leagues,” said FIBA Executive Director Asia Hagop Khajirian. EASL has staged tournaments featuring East Asian Club teams in the past. The Super 8 tournament, which require all-local lineups, was played in Macau in 2017 and 2018 with Japan's Chiba Jets and China's Guangzhou Long Lions named as champions. EASL's premier tournament, The Terrific 12, allows teams to play with up to two imports. It was also played in Macau starting in 2018. Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings won the first Terrific 12 title in 2018. Last year, China's Lioaning Flying Leopards, with Lance Stephenson at the lead, captured the championship, beating PBA flagships TNT KaTropa and the San Miguel Beermen along the way. "EASL is thrilled to receive FIBA’s support for the launch of our league. With top teams from the Greater China region, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, we are confident it will become one of the top professional basketball competitions in the world by 2025," CEO Matt Beyer said. "We also look forward to aligning with FIBA’s vision to strengthen domestic clubs and league competition in East Asia with a potential fan base of over 2 billion people, which will contribute to FIBA’s global club championship ambitions," Beyer added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 postponed to 2021

30 July 2020 – The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) today announced that the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 will be postponed until 2021 in view of the rapidly deteriorating coronavirus situation, regionally and globally. For AFF, the health and safety of the players, coaches, partners, fans and the public are of the highest priority, and the decision to postpone the tournament to 2021 will safeguard the well-being of everyone involved in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020. The AFF Suzuki Cup Task Force Committee held extensive discussions before reaching this decision. “Since the onset of COVID-19, the AFF has been closely monitoring guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Ministries, government agencies, FIFA and AFC,” said AFF President, Major General Khiev Sameth.  “As you are aware, this pandemic continues to pose enormous health, societal and economic challenges to us all. AFF's top priority continues to be the health and safety of our football family and mitigating the impact of this pandemic. With the risk of the spread of COVID-19 remaining high, the AFF finds itself in a situation where we cannot proceed safely with the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020.” “While these are unprecedented times for the whole world including our football family and communities, we are confident that we will get through it together with the support of all our stakeholders including our fans, Member Associations, players, coaches, official, media and partners and we would like to thank them for standing united with us in the fight against COVID-19,” Major General Sameth said. Adrian Staiti, President APAC at SPORTFIVE, the exclusive commercial partner of the AFF Suzuki Cup, said, “SPORTFIVE supports the decision by the AFF to postpone the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 to ensure the safety and well-being of all players, partners, staff and fans. While we are disappointed that we are unable to hold the tournament this year, we will work closely with the AFF to monitor the situation and look forward to working with our partners to deliver a great tournament for the fans of ASEAN next year.” The AFF Suzuki Cup is the largest and most prestigious football tournament in South East Asia and was set to see the national ‘A’ teams of the region competing for the Championship title, played on a home and away format. Drawing a fan attendance of more than 750,000 for the 2018 edition, the risks and challenges in organising a mass event of this scale would be considerable in the current climate. The AFF will continue to work closely with the various member associations and partners to monitor the situation and will provide further updates on the 2021 tournament dates and other details as soon as available......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

High-performance teams

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Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Azkals youngblood out to show more

Philippine Azkals youngster Jefferson Tabinas is eyeing to unleash more of his skills as the national squad continues its hunt for Asian Cup qualification in the FIFA World Cup and Asian Cup joint qualifiers in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Deemed as the most impressive player on Azkals’ return to international action against China last Tuesday, […] The post Azkals youngblood out to show more appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Azkals take bitter loss to China

The Philippine Azkals practically kissed their 2022 FIFA World Cup aspirations goodbye after absorbing a 0-2 loss to China at the resumption of the WC second round qualifiers early yesterday (Manila time) at Sharjah Stadium in the United Arab Emirates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Azkals in must-win game against Guam

The Philippine Azkals kissed their bid for 2022 FIFA World Cup goodbye following a heartbreaking 0-2 setback to China early Tuesday in the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup qualifying tournament at the Sharjah Stadium in the United Arab Emirates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Azkals World Cup hopes fade after 2-0 loss to China

The Philippine Azkals bid to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup received a big blow after absorbing a 2-0 loss against China at the resumption of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Azkals to bank on Fil-Spanish Guirado in world, Asian meets

The Philippine Azkals national football team will count on the experience of Fil-Spanish player Angel Guirado when they plunge into action in the 2022 Qatar Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint-qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 6th, 2021

Virus disrupts PH Azkals& rsquo; plans

Reports of COVID-19 infections from the Philippine Azkals national men’s football team, along with the Syrian and Maldives squad, have forced the Chinese Football Association to call off the games of the 2022 Qatar Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint-qualifier in Suzhou, China......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2021

PH Azkals get boost from Chooks

CHOOKS-TO-GO will support the Philippine Azkals in the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers set to be held from June 3-15, 2021 at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre in China......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 30th, 2021

Azkals absorb blow as Etheridge, eight others out for World Cup qualifiers

The Philippine Azkals will face a tall task in the coming joint qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup slated in China in June......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 30th, 2021

Cisco: Security must be simple, intelligent, and everywhere

The world has shifted towards a more distributed workforce, and with recent global events, hybrid work is here to stay. Users now expect to connect from anywhere and on any device, while security teams have the same complex, piecemeal and time-consuming solutions. It is time to rethink security.  .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 28th, 2021

New faces soup up Azkals

The Philippine have assembled a new-look pool featuring 13 new faces ahead of the resumption of the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Joint Qualifiers in China early next month......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2021

Azkals goalie Etheridge gets hitched ahead of FIFA World Cup qualifiers

The Birmigham City FC player posted the update on his Instagram on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Azkals set up training camp in Qatar

The Philippine Azkals will set up training camp in Qatar to gear up for next month’s resumption of the Joint FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

Azkals bound for Qatar training

The Philippine Azkals will set up a training camp in Qatar to gear up for next month’s resumption of the Joint FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

North Korea was eliminated from the World Cup and the atmosphere

North Korea is split from the two biggest sporting events in the world: the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup. His resignation from these.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

PBA 3x3: External teams bared

There are four “external” teams so far confirmed to join the PBA 3x3 season with one or two more in the pipeline as PBA 3x3 committee chairman/Alaska governor Dicky Bachmann said yesterday the Philippine squad that participated in the recent FIBA World Tour Doha Masters is also welcome but can only play under a non-competitive brand......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 1st, 2021

FIFA Women’s Ranking and the Real History of Uruguay’s Women’s Football | newspaper

The women’s teams in Uruguay and Puerto Rico have agreed to meet on Thursday, April 8th at Domingo Bourgoinho Miguel Stadium at 7:00 pm and.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMar 31st, 2021