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Pizzi vows players 'will make Saudi Arabia proud' in World Cup dead-rubber against Egypt

Juan Antonio Pizzi says his Saudi Arabia side will do everything to make the country proud in their final 2018 World Cup match against Egypt next week, after confirming their exit with the narrow defeat to Uruguay on Wednesday. Beaten 5-0 in the tournament opener by hosts Russia, the Saudis rebounded with a much-improved performance in Rostov-on-Don. , they enjoyed the greater share of the possession against the much-fancied South Americans. Rated 14th in the world, Uruguay sit 53 places higher than Saudi Arabia, who are the tournament’s second-lowest ranked side. Saudi Arabia were outdone only by Suarez’s effort, an...
4 month 3 week

Was this Iran player's throw-in the worst ever in a World Cup?

The throw-in is a simple technique as far as football goes - you don't have to be a professional to be able to take one. A handful of players struggle with their hand-eye coordination, though, while others, such as Iran's Milad Mohammadi, are prepared to take the concept further by adding some gymnastics to the routine. It would have been an impressive moment during last night's Group B match against Spain had and it being deep into injury time when Mohammadi decided it was time to show off his moves. He collected the ball, kissed it, looked to the sky...
4 month 3 week

Portrait of a Nation: Emirati runner shows there's no fast track to health but change can be achieved

The biog : 35 : Wife and kids : Changes all the time but my new favourite is Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman : Bora Bora , French Polynesia : Jabel Hafeet, I also enjoy running the 30km loop in Al Wathba cycling track Once obese and heading towards an old age plagued with health problems, life is very different now for Emirati Khaled Al Suwaidi who wants to show others what can be done with a little determination. In just three years, Mr Al Suwaidi, an executive director of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research...

4 month 3 week

China says trade war will hurt US workers and farmers

China's commerce ministry on Thursday accused the United States of being "capricious" over bilateral trade issues, and warned that the interests of US workers and farmers ultimately will be hurt by Washington's penchant for brandishing "big sticks". Previous trade negotiations with the United States had been constructive, but because the US government is being unpredictable and challenging, Beijing has had to respond in a strong manner, commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said in a regular briefing in Beijing. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to hit $200 billion of Chinese imports with 10 per cent tariffs if Beijing retaliates against...
4 month 3 week

In defeat, Saudi fans are united by an unusual foe

Watching the game from Al Masaa in Riyadh, the largest cafe in the world according to Guinness World Records, Saudi Arabian football fans came into the game against Uruguay unsure on how to feel about their national team. But in defeat, many emerged unified against an adversary off the pitch. Filling many of the establishment's 1,050 seats were young fans still recovering from the distressing 5-0 defeat to Russia in the opening game of World Cup 2018. An attack from renowned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in the early minutes caused some of the less committed 'Greens' to shift uncomfortably in...
4 month 3 week

Algeria switches off the internet to stop students cheating in exams

Algeria went offline on Wednesday for the start of high school diploma exams, the first in a series of internet blackouts to stop students cheating. Mobile and fixed internet lines were cut across the country for a total of two hours, to coincide with the start of two separate school tests. A third hour-long internet shutdown was planned for later on Wednesday, according to a schedule issued by public operator Algerie Telecom. Internet services were cut "in compliance with instructions from the government, aimed at ensuring the high school diploma tests run smoothly," Algerie Telecom said. The pre-planned blackouts are...

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My favourite World Cup moment: Gordon Strachan's screamer at Mexico 86

I had seen Archie Gemmill’s goal against Holland countless times – long before Ewan McGregor memorialised it in Trainspotting, creating a few seconds of Scottish celluloid nostalgia. But Mexico 1986, eight years after Gemmill’s demon dribble in Argentina, was the first World Cup Finals I had watched live. As a nine-year-old, my hopes were high. I’d grown up thinking Scotland were the world’s greatest team – a 1-0 win against England a year earlier probably had something to do with it. Upon learning England in 1966 had won the World Cup my idealistic schoolboy response was to ask: “How many...
4 month 3 week

WATCH: Argentina fan with Lionel Messi tattoo on leg

With their next World Cup match against Croatia just one day way, Argentina fans were starting to gather in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday and some brought their stars with them. Die-hard supporter Gonzalo Caruso has his hero Lionel Messi tattooed on his calf. "He is the best player and a good person. That is the most important of him," Caruso said. He even went to the same tattoo artist as the Argentine forward. Despite all the love for Messi and the Argentine team Caruso thinks the team must improve on the pitch in order to beat Croatia. Whatever the outcome...

4 month 3 week

Abraaj agrees to sell big chunk of its fund business to Colony Capital

The Abraaj Group said on Thursday it has agreed to sell a big chunk of its fund business to US investment management firm Colony Capital as a Cayman Islands court oversees the restructuring of the embattled private equity firm. Colony Capital will acquire Abraaj's “Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa, North Africa and Turkey Funds management business and its Limited Partnership interests in the underlying Funds, along with staff in the eight offices being transferred under the terms of the deal,” the private equity firm said in a statement, without disclosing the value of the deal. “Colony has also agreed to...
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UAE weather: Temperatures to drop during the weekend after reaching 47°C today

Hot and humid conditions will persist today and tomorrow but the mercury is likely to drop on Saturday. Misty and foggy weather affecting visibility may be expected in some areas, especially around the northern coasts, warned the National Centre of Meteorology. Relative humidity is set to increase during the night and in the early hours of the day in these areas, leading to the foggy conditions. Rough seas conditions are expected in the Arabian Gulf but the Oman Sea is likely to be calmer. Temperatures will vary between 26°C and 45°C in coastal areas today, while internal areas may see...
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Islamic scholar may have bold ideas but extent of his following is unclear, says Adek director

The controversy in social media during the first part of Ramadan, mainly among Emiratis but also with some participation from the region at large, over a religious programme broadcast daily on Abu Dhabi TV was a result of divided opinion, with some appalled by its content and others hailing a new and different interpretation of Islam. So, what was the fuss all about? The show is called La’allahum Ya'qilun, a Quranic term that can be roughly translated into “So They May Reason”. It was a daily conversation, or interview, with the Syrian Islamic thinker and author Dr Muhammad Shahrour. He...