UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad

Henri  Delaunay Trophy balloon takes fight Europe as qualifying for UEFA EURO begins. To enjoy more exciting matches, grab your Champions League Tickets.

UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad
UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad

UEFA has announced the starting line-up of UEFA 2020 representative tasked with promoting the final contest, which will be held in 12 European cities from 12 June to 12 July 2020 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the contest.

Thirty-four legends who have distinguished the history of the UEFA European Football Championship were represented by UEFA EURO ’92 winner Peter Schmeichel, UEFA EURO 2000 winner David Trezeguet and UEFA EURO 2004 finalist Luís Figo at a outset event at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, after which the Henri Delaunay Trophy balloon took passage for a unique voyage across Europe.

UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad
UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad

“I am proud that EURO legends such as Peter Schmeichel, David Trezeguet and Luís Figo are vigorously concerned in promoting 60 years of the UEFA European Football contest,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “As EURO finalists, they have all contributed to creating many of the most iconic recollections in the history of this great rivalry, and we look forward to their involvement in underneath UEFA EURO 2020 – an event that will be much nearer to football fans than ever before.”

“I am delighted to be part of such of an elite set of ambassadors,” said former France international soccer player David Trezeguet, whose ‘golden goal’ in extra-time in the final besides Italy gave his country the UEFA EURO 2000 title, “especially as this will be the major EURO ever. Eight capital cities and 11 of the 12 venues with capacities in a surplus of 50,000 tells you that the EURO has never before been hosted on this range, and I anticipate that each of the host cities will bring their own local temperament to what is a global event. For me, there is much more to UEFA EURO 2020 than football. It will be true merriment across 12 great venues and an appropriate way to celebrate the 60 years of this great competition.”

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Rugby World Cup 2019 – Wales Squad, Group, And Fixtures

Wales will be looking for Warren Gatland until Wayne Pivac takes over after their last major tournament. Fans can book their Rugby World Cup Tickets and hope for the youngsters to perform well in the tournament.

If Wales can fall over Australia they can enhance their chances to win the Rugby World Cup 2019. Wales Rugby team is automatically selected for the tournament because Wales are 1 of the 12 automatic qualifiers.

Rugby World Cup 2019 – Wales Squad, Group, And Fixtures Tickets
Rugby World Cup 2019 – Wales Squad, Group, And Fixtures

Wales legend Sam Warburton`s retirement is a big loss for their team however they have skilled boys for this tournament. In this year`s Rugby World Cup Wales have the best squad they include Jonathan Davies, Dan Biggar, Taulpe Faletau, George North, Liam Williams. But Sam Warburton`s absent can never be filled and its retirement came as a surprise to all.

Gatland said, “I know that these guys won’t go down in any match without a fight. We enjoy each other’s company, we challenge each other on a lot of things, however, once we make a decision we back each other hundred per cent. I promise you that these guys will give 100% in every game at the World Cup.”

This will be Warren Gatland’s last tournament with Wales. He’s given his valuable efforts to his team and brought Six Nations success. Wales have to make his efforts good to hold the trophy this year. Last year lapses of discipline in Ireland was a reason of defeat. They have to improve their skills as well as focus on different strategies.

Wales Rugby World Cup 2019 – Warm-ups

  • 11 August 2019: England VS Wales
  • 17 August 2019: Wales VS England
  • 31 August 2019: Wales VS Ireland
  • 07 September 2019: Ireland VS Wales

Wales Rugby World Cup 2019 – Group

Wales are in Group D with four teams Fiji, Georgia, Australia, and Uruguay

Wales Rugby World Cup 2019 – Fixtures

  • 23 September 2019: Wales VS Georgia
  • 29 Australis 2019: Australia VS Wales
  • 09 October 2019: Wales VS Fiji
  • 13 October 2019: Wales VS Uruguay

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CWC spots for grabs- Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur

However Pakistan’s ODI series against Australia promises to be thrilling in and of it, there is sufficiently more up for grabs than just arrogant rights. Fans are excited to get their Cricket World Cup Tickets to see England team performance.

With the CWC 2019 only months left, and the limit for team selections even rather, Pakistan head coach is looking beyond the present competition and beyond his established players, with some places in his side’s XV still unsure.

“We designed this series for our players for the simple fact that we want to test our best bench players,” said Arthur.

“We know our main players for the CWC. After this series, we go to England and we go there with a very solid squad and the roles will be defined. We want to know where the team stands. We feel that we have done everything possible to be the best possible prepared team for the World Cup.

CWC spots for grabs- Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur
CWC spots for grabs- Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur

For us, it is not so much about Australia, this is about those places for the CWC and the chance created for a lot of players because for us, we need to find who our teammates are for every position. If we could do that out of these matches, then it would be good for us.

 “It’s a new squad. This is a series of opportunities. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work-out that a few positions are available for the World Cup. There are probably four available. Inzamam-ul-Haq and I have discussed that. So, these young players need to raise their hands up and try make those places their own. It’s an exciting time going into the World Cup.”

CWC spots for grabs- Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur
CWC spots for grabs- Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur

This series also provides Pakistan a chance to break some of their key players in all formats, which are coming off a full schedule of international cricket, and will soon head into extra one.

“Sarfaraz [Ahmed] needs break, as do Babar Azam and all the guys.” Arthur said. “We have been in the hotels since 12 September. If we just keep playing our players, they are going to get hurt and exhausted.

“We have a series in England, which will give us a faultless training for us going into the CWC and we would have been trivial not to use this series as a rest going into the main challenge, the World Cup.”

CWC spots for grabs- Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur
CWC spots for grabs- Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur

Still, none of this incomes Arthur or Pakistan will be taking their present adversaries, Australia, flippantly.

“Australia is a bizarre side and they have fizzed away, they have gone through much exposed crises and they seem to be playing some very good cricket at the moment,” said Arthur.

“To win the series against India from 0-2 down was a fantastic achievement,” Arthur said. “They have got some fine players, (Usman) Khawaja is in good incision, and Pat Cummins is in good nick. They have some good new guys. I am sure they will alternate their players through the series as they also need their major players firing.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star charged for ‘cojones’ celebration

Christiano Ronaldo is in front of disciplinary action after his “cojones” celebration in Juventus’ good win of 3-0 alongside Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. To enjoy more exciting matches, grab your Champions League Tickets.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star charged for 'cojones' celebration
Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star charged for ‘cojones’ celebration

After his hat-trick, Ronaldo appeared to mimic Atletico manager Diego Simeone, who celebrated a goal by grabbing his crotch in the first leg of the tie.

Christiano Ronaldo has been fined €20.000 by UEFA for his “cojones” celebration during Juventus’ last-16 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo’s case will be grasped with by its Control, Disciplinary Body at its previous meeting on March 21.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel found Ronaldo guilty of the improper conduct, but he avoids a ban for his side’s Champions League quarterfinal against Ajax next month.

Fine to Ronaldo was the same amount forced on Simeone for his “obscene” celebration during Atleti’s 2-0 victory in Madrid. The legendary player is paying for his mistake which he conducts during the match in excitement.

Ronaldo’s celebration came after he had scored a late penalty to secure his hat-trick and Juventus’ passage through to the quarterfinals on summative.

The Portugal captain will face Ukraine and Serbia in the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers after getting his first international conscription since the 2018 World Cup.

The forward was facing an indecent conduct charge under Art.11 (2) (b) and Art.11 (2) (d) of the UEFA disciplinary regulations.

 “The CEBD has decided to fine the Juventus player Christiano Ronaldo €20,000 for improper conduct.”

Ronaldo now will be clear to play in the next month’s quarter-final tie against Dutch club Ajax.

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Australia Rugby World Cup 2019 – Squad, Fixtures And Group

Australia always performs well and raise their game for the Rugby World Cup. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

In last Rugby World Cup which was held in 2015, Australian players didn`t perform well. Australian were 1 of the automatic qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Australia Rugby World Cup 2019 - Squad, Fixtures And Group Tickets Tickets
Australia Rugby World Cup 2019 – Squad, Fixtures And Group Tickets

Dual scavengers David Pocock and Michael Hooper can demolish attacks. Half-backs Bernard Foley and Genia can establish their own and full-backs Israel Folau can finish them.

Michael Chika is the current coach of the Australian Rugby team as wallabies but Australia also hires Scott Johnson in an oversight role. So, he will lead in the World Cup to his boys. Michael Cheika is agreed for his 2nd Rugby World Cup, having commanded his team to the final last time but he has been under pressure.

“Scott Johnson has built a strong reputation in the international rugby landscape over more than a decade, and since taking over as director of rugby in Scotland, the national team has climbed to its highest ever world ranking of fifth,” Castle said.

It has been a tough year for all who are rugby fanatics, and this is a vital step in building a solid, positive and sustainable future for Australian Rugby. There is hope for getting the Wallabies back to where they deserve.

Australia has been not playing well for a few years now, they play fast and loose. That can work in their favour contradiction of lesser sides however only against the big boys if they have a solid set-piece, which has abandoned them in many times.

Australia Rugby World Cup 2019 – Group

Australia is in Group D with Fiji, Wales, Georgia, and Uruguay.

Australia Rugby World Cup 2019 – Fixtures

  • 21 September Australia VS Fiji
  • 29 September Australia VS Wales
  • 05 October Australia VS Uruguay
  • 11 October Australia VS Georgia

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Pakistan target ODI form turnaround against Australia

Five match ODI series will be played at Pakistan’s adopted home of United Arab Emirates against Australia from 22nd March to 31st March 2019. Shoaib Malik will lead Green Shirts, in place of rested captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. First two matches will be hosted in Sharjah, while third game will take place in Abu Dhabi. Final two ODIs will be contested in Dubai. Aaron Finch will be the skipper of the visiting Australian squad. Pakistan and Australia will use this ODI series for preparation of Cricket World Cup 2019.

Pakistan will seek redemption in one day internationals format. Pakistan are ranked number one in the ICC T20I Rankings. This is disturbing that a team performing so well in the shortest format of cricket, is struggling in other limited form of the sport. Pakistan are ranked sixth in the current ICC ODI Rankings. Since the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy victory, Pakistan have won ODI series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Pakistan have lost ODI series tours against New Zealand and South Africa. Pakistan were able to draw home ODI series versus New Zealand though in UAE. Green Shirts have to do a lot of catching up in ODI format of cricket.

Pakistan Squad for home ODI Cricket Series against Australia in UAE
Pakistan Squad for home ODI Cricket Series against Australia in UAE

Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail and fast bowler Junaid Khan have returned after gaining fitness. Umar Akmal has been recalled after a good showing in Pakistan Super League and domestic cricket. Test bowling sensation Mohammad Abbas has earned ODI call up. Opening batsman Abid Ali and middle order batter Saad Ali who are unc Young pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain maiden has got ODI call-up after remarkable performance for Quetta Gladiators in fourth edition of PSL. Mohammad Rizwan will be wicket-keeper in absence of Sarfaraz Ahmed.

ODI series against Australia will be a test of leadership skills of Pakistan stand-in captain Shoaib Malik. He had assumed captaincy mid way during ODI series versus South Africa, when permanent skipper was suspended. Shoaib Malik started well by handing Proteas first ever defeat in a pink day ODI. South Africa outclassed Pakistan in final ODI to win series 3-2. South Africa won the subsequent T20I series 2-1 against Pakistan, where Shoaib Malik was again captain. Pakistan’s unbeaten T20I series streak was broken after 11th series. Shoaib Malik had a forgettable PSL 2019 where Multan Sultans under his captaincy ended joint-bottom with Lahore Qalandars.

Pakistan Squad: Shoaib Malik (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Saad Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain

CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile

Aussies fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile be familiar with of one certain method to get himself in the playing team for the CWC2019 – taking wickets. Coulter-Nile will have a chance to do that when the first of five one-day internationals begins in Sharjah on Friday, 22 March. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile
CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile

There is strong race for the fast-bowling spots in the Aussies squad – Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, sideways with Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendorff are all competing for them.

Coulter-Nile, though, isn’t too worried about it.

 “The World Cup is always going to be spoken about. It’s around the corner, people are vying for selection,” he said on Wednesday.

CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile
CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile

 “Practically, to get selected, you have to perform. So that’s the easy method to do – go out and perform. You don’t need to worry about if you’re getting picked or not if you’re picking wickets. It’s only when you’re not taking wickets or you’re not making runs that you worry about it.”

The 31-year-old also worried that there was no competition between the fast bowlers and that the team came first.

 “Everyone’s performing, that’s why we’re winning. But even when someone has a bad day, they’re really supportive of other blokes who have had a good day,” he said.

CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile
CWC 2019 Selection Not a concern ‘if you are taking wickets’ Nathan Coulter Nile

“It’s fantastic to see. I don’t think it’s an aware struggle that anyone makes. Just think its good companion’s backup each other. I don’t think anyone goes out there thinking, ‘I’m not going to worry about selection’. It’s just the way everyone is; they’re all just decent people.”

Coulter-Nile has had a strong few weeks. He’s impressed since returning to the Aussies set-up for the tour to India. Before the tour, he had voiced foiling at “mixed messages” from the choosers. He also had a rapid attack of vertigo during the BBL and needed to be hospitalized.

Coulter-Nile is still trying to find the reason for that.

“I haven’t had a chance (to do that) – I saw a vestibular physic and an ear-nose-and-throat specialist, but they didn’t really give me much,” he said.

“I’ll get through this series, go home and … I want to know the cause of why it happened. Because if I can stop it, I will, but it’s happened twice in eight years, so it’s not like it is a continuing issue for me.”

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RWC 2019 – Tonga Group, Fixtures And Guide

Tonga Rugby team was not expected to be a part of Rugby World Cup 2019. It was unbelievable that Tonga proceeds to the knockout stages. Now you can book your Rugby World Cup Tickets to support your players and favorite team.

Sea Eagles are at the good position after defeating Samoa and Fiji teams. But Tonga Rugby team players performance level is not enough to get the World Cup trophy. So, they need to enhance their skills and work hard as well. It`s a plus for them to get qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

RWC 2019 – Tonga Group, Fixtures And Guide Tickets
RWC 2019 – Tonga Group, Fixtures And Guide

Tonga Rugby team selected for 2019 RWC due to their 2nd position in the Pacific Tri-Nations. Fiji Rugby team came first in this tournament. There are some players in Tonga Rugby team who have been adopted by other countries, they are named as Frizell, Malakai Fekitoa, Fifita and Amanaki Mafi.

Goal-kicker of Tonga team is Sonatane Takulua in this tournament. Charles Piutau wants to join Tonga squad but won`t be able to do before the Rugby World Cup 2019. Because there was no Olympic qualifier event before the WC 2019.

After 2016 world Rugby Tautai Kefu became coach of Tonga union. Relations between coach Kefu and union are tense however, Tonga needs to pull everyone in the same direction. Kefu said, “we just have to keep going along and there are some major changes being made”.

Rugby World Cup 2019 – Group

Tonga is in pool C with France, England, Argentina, and the USA.

Rugby World Cup 2019 – Fixtures

  • 22 September 2019: England VS Tonga
  • 28 September 2019: Tonga VS Argentina
  • 06 October 2019: France VS Tonga
  • 13 October 2019: Tonga VS USA

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Barcelona is Favourite to Win Champions League- Mauricio Pochettino

Manager of Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino says Barcelona remain the team to beat in this year’s Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino thinks that Barcelona is on a different level to Manchester United and has marked the La Liga side as favourites.

Barcelona is Favourite to Win Champions League- Mauricio Pochettino
Barcelona is Favourite to Win Champions League- Mauricio Pochettino

United and Barcelona meet in the quarter-finals, a recap of the 2009 and 2011 final when the Spanish side came out on top twice.

All four English teams made it during the last eight, with Pochettino’s Tottenham pinched to face Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Barcelona is Favourite to Win Champions League- Mauricio Pochettino
Barcelona is Favourite to Win Champions League- Mauricio Pochettino

The city remains the bookmaker’s favourites to win the contest for the very first time, but Pochettino has ideas.

Speaking in Barcelona, where Tottenham depleted time preparation last week, Pochettino said: “If there is one favourite team to win Champions League it’s Barcelona. Valverde is doing a good job. They have players of an amazing level, and then they have Lionel Messi. Messi fans have got their Champions League Tickets to support the legend.

“You have terms such as Manchester City or Juventus that will always have the probability to win the contest because they are teams who are measured to do that. There is always space for surprises.

“Manchester United is the team that has been built to win big things. After all winning consequence contests such as the Champions League or Premier League always depends on the small details.

“Of course they have players capable to make things difficult for Barcelona. But I think Barcelona is a step higher than Manchester United.”

Lionel Messi confesses the crowd after completing his 51st career hat-trick.

Barcelona is Favourite to Win Champions League- Mauricio Pochettino
Barcelona is Favourite to Win Champions League- Mauricio Pochettino

Barcelona made it 6 wins in a row with a 4-1 beating of Real Betis on Sunday, in which Lionel Messi scored his 51st career hat-trick.

“He (Messi) has been commended and will continue to be. He is the best player in the world. An astonishing and exclusive player.“Pochettino said.

“But what is more surprising is his promptness in performing extraordinary things. That is the most surprising thing.

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Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI
Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

If David Warner and Steven Smith reappearing to the Australia team for the CWC, will there still be room for Khawaja in the XI? He is the star of the 3-2 ODI series win in India and Ricky Ponting positively desires that to occur, saying that Khawaja, if compulsory, could even drop down to No. 3 to put up Warner at his favored place at the top of the order. Those who don’t want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Cricket World Cup  Final Tickets.

Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI
Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

“I think we all saw, over the past few weeks, just how skilled a player U Khawaja is and can be, and I think when you realize him play like that, it just makes you marvel why he doesn’t do it a bit more frequently. I think that’s the unsatisfactory thing as far as he is concerned,” Ponting said

 

“I would be astonished if Khawaja wasn’t in the squad. Warner and he can be in the same team; they might not certainly play in the same XI. Or who knows, they could, you know: Khawaja could possibly slot down at three when Warner comes in, and Steven Smith might bat at four or five or something, just to coast up those central overs.”

 

“I would envisage that Aaron Finch would be inclined on Steven Smith a lot for a bit of information, maybe leading into the competitions, as far as their training and everything is worried, and maybe a bit of information and knowledge as the game is being played”  Ricky Ponting

 

“Back down to 15, it’s a good place for the side to be in. Gratefully I’m not a selector, because that’s going to be a tough job,” he said.

 

Ponting said he was “pretty sure” Finch would lead Australia at the CWC, adding that he should make use of Smith’s occurrence on the field when essential.

“It’s humorous how quickly things can change. Two weeks ago, not a single person in the world would have given Australia a chance of winning the CWC. On the back of three really good wins over here, everyone’s speaking about Australia again,” Ponting said.

 

“What’s occurred of late, I don’t think any team will be taking Australia for settled, as they won’t take India for settled on the back of losing that series? Everyone’s building a lot about the outcome from Australia and being a bit more negative towards India. There’s no need for that at all. Whatever position they have up for grabs in their batting order the No. 4 batsman, they will fill that with a excellence player. And they will go into the CWC as one of the favorites, if not the favorite.”

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