Football: Germany’s Low faced with attacking conundrum against Portugal

MUNICH, Germany: Germany will need to come up with an attacking plan that can work against Portugal on Saturday (Jun 19) after their Group F opening loss to France has put them under pressure from the very start of the European Championship. The Germans have looked more solid at the back of late, and despite a Mats Hummels own goal against world champions France, had done a decent job at containing as much as possible one of the world’s best frontlines with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema. Germany coach Joachim… Read More

Football: UEFA reminds teams of sponsorship obligations after Ronaldo’s snub

European football’s governing body UEFA has responded to Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s removal of a Coca Cola bottle at a Euro 2020 news conference by telling teams they have contractual obligations towards tournament sponsors. Ronaldo moved Coca Cola bottles aside as he sat down to speak to the media on the eve of Tuesday’s Group F opener against Hungary in Budapest. The 36-year-old then held up a bottle of water and said “Agua” in Portuguese, making headlines. The beverage giant’s shares dipped 1.6 per cent on Monday, wiping off about US$4 billion… Read More

Agong awarded honorary member of International Hockey Federation

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 ― The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has been named as the Honorary Member of FIH (International Hockey Federation) at the #HockeyInvites virtual conference yesterday. In a news article on FIH’s website, Al Sultan-Abdullah was recognised due to His Majesty’s tireless efforts to promote and develop hockey. “His Majesty Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, who is the current Royal Patron of the Asian Hockey Federation, has initiated the regeneration of hockey in Asia and vowed to recreate its status as an extravaganza and symbolic sport… Read More

Bielsa waits for final whistle to decide on new Leeds deal

Marcelo Bielsa says he has held talks with Leeds United over a new contract but has reiterated there will be no announcement on his future until the end of the season. The 65-year-old Argentine has won plaudits for his team’s free-flowing style of play on their return to the Premier League following a 16-year absence. Leeds could finish as high as eighth in the table if they beat relegated West Brom in their final game on Sunday and other results go their way. “I can’t not say I have revised with the… Read More