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A number of the state’s best walking footballers are currently representing Australia at the 2022 International Walking Football Federation (IWFF) World Championships in Florence alongside Football Queensland’s Officer – Walking Football Alan Templeton.

 

Two Australian teams (Over 50s and Over 60s) have travelled to participate in the second edition of the international event, with the four-day tournament running from Thursday, 14 July to Sunday, 17 July and featuring 20 teams from across the globe. 

Templeton, who is also captain of the Over 60s Men side, said the World Championships would be a fantastic opportunity for local players to test their skills against some of the best walking footballers in the world. 

“Walking football has been going here in Australia for three or four years, while other countries particularly in Europe have been going for 12 or 13 years so I think we’ll be fully tested, particularly in that first game against England and quickly followed the next day against Italy,” Templeton said earlier in the week before matches kicked off. 

“They’re two of the top nations in walking football around at the moment and it’s going to be a real test for us, but I’m very confident that we can match them for skill and tenacity and also technically as well, I think we’ll do well.” 

The players representing Australia hail from across the country, predominantly from South Australia, New South Wales and here in Queensland. 

Local representatives include walking footballers from a range of club programs including those based at Coolum, Perry Park, Club Oxley and Bayside. 

“It’s been very hard for us to play together [prior to this tournament] as a squad,” Templeton said. 

“We’ve also got two or three expats coming from the UK, so it’s important that we get a few games up our sleeve before the first game so that we can work out a bit of team structure and how we’re going to play and approach each game.” 

Alongside his role as FQ’s Officer – Walking Football, Templeton is also an Australia representative for IWFF and hopes to build the profile of the game by welcoming walking football sides to the country in the future. 

“It’s going to be a big learning curve for us and we believe that by going to a tournament like this, it’s showing that Australia is alive and well when it comes to walking football and that we are able to take at least two teams to travel 10,000 kilometres to play in a tournament that’s a long way from home,” he said. 

“This also allows us as Australia to consider doing similar things down here to give the walking football format even greater exposure; we’re more than adequate and well organised to return that favour further down the track.” 

Whilst only Men’s sides are representing Australia at the tournament this year due to the availability of players (in addition to one female walking footballer, Noelene, competing as part of the Under 50s team), Templeton acknowledged the opportunity to grow female participation within the modified version of the game, especially with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 on the horizon. 

“We’re disappointed this time that we were unable to take a Ladies team, but that’s my aim for 12 months down the track,” Templeton said. 

“We hope to hold something along the same lines as the World Championships here in Australia, but it will maybe be world club teams only and not national as such, that way we can attract more players. 

“We hope that in doing that, we can also improve the women’s participation side of it and it gives greater options for club teams to come here and play maybe against the Australian team or maybe against our club teams here.” 

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Raphinha completed a move to Camp Nou after Barcelona and Leeds United announced that they have reached an agreement for the transfer for the Brazilian international. This follows several weeks of saga after Leeds accepted a bid from Chelsea, forcing Barcelona to step up their chase. After the news was announced on the club’s official website, president Joan Laporta confirmed that Raphinha would be signing a five-year contract with the organization this week.

 

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at one of this summer’s transfer saga as it finally reaches a conclusion. Meanwhile, sports betting enthusiasts can find tips on their favorite sports such as basketball here: http://liontips.com/tips/basketball

 

The Winners

 

  • Raphinha

Raphinha is obviously the biggest winner in this transfer. Since moving to Yorkshire, the Brazilian has been a star for Leeds, and now he will finally have the chance to test himself at a top club. At Rennes, he demonstrated genuine signs of hope, and they persisted at Elland Road, but now comes the big test.

 

Without a doubt, playing in the Champions League will be a goal feat, and he’ll be a member of a group that can contend for titles on four separate fronts. Raphinha will gain greatly from the move up, but it will take some getting used to not being the main guy.

 

  • Daniel James

Raphinha’s departure will finally give Daniel James the opportunity to play regularly for Leeds as a winger. Raphinha and Jack Harrison’s performance and Patrick Bamford’s injury issues caused James to play a significant amount of minutes in the middle of the season.

 

That doesn’t fit his skill set, and now that Raphinha has moved on, he can easily fill the role the Brazilian performed in that arena. James will have the chance to flourish off the right because new acquisition Brendon Aaronson is anticipated to play behind a striker rather than as a direct replacement for Raphinha.

 

  • Xavi and Barcelona

Xavi is the guy in charge of managing a significant renovation at Barcelona in the hopes of bringing them back to their former glories. The team the Spaniard took over last season was, to put it mildly, lacking, but with the arrivals of Raphinha, Christensen, and Kessie, Camp Nou’s future seems promising. The addition of Robert Lewandowski will also provide Xavi a wide range of attacking alternatives for the upcoming season.

 

The Losers

 

  • Chelsea

Without a doubt, Chelsea is the biggest loser in this transfer fiasco. Raphinha was intended to be the first signing of the post-Roman Abramovich era for the Blues, who were now under new American ownership.

 

With Hakim Ziyech likely to follow Romelu Lukaku out the exit door, Tuchel’s team needs attacking additions. Additionally, Raphinha would have made a great addition considering his experience of the Premier League.

 

  • Jesse Marsch

While James will gain from his teammate’s departure, his manager most surely won’t. Last season, despite Raphinha’s brilliance, Leeds just avoided relegation on the final day of play. Without the Brazilian, keeping up will be even more difficult.

 

The pressure to keep them up will increase now that Kalvin Phillips has also left, but Jesse Marsch might not have the talent to do so. Raphinha won’t be able to provide the Elland Road side with a flash of brilliance next season, which could be very problematic for Marsch.

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The rupee continued to gain for the ninth session in a row on Friday, jumping Rs3.39 in the interbank market.

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According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the PKR closed at 215.49 rupees against the dollar, having appreciated by 1.57 percent.

Mettis global director Saad bin Naseer said he believed the rupee’s rise was because exporters, who previously kept their dollar profits abroad, now began bringing their earnings into the country amid appreciation. of the local currency.

On the other hand, demand for the dollar has been reduced due to government intervention to control imports, he said.

However, Naseer warned that any negative news on the political front could lead to the rupee falling again. “Political stability is a must for the positive trend to continue, otherwise the rupee will erase all its gains.”

The secretary general of the Association of Stock Companies of Pakistan (Ecap), Zafar Paracha, shared a similar opinion. He said exporters had previously stopped bringing their profits into Pakistan but were now offloading their dollars, while importers who were previously worried and buying dollars for futures had stopped.

Consequently, there were sellers in the market but no buyers, he said.

He also credited the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for the rupee’s appreciation, saying that he had largely controlled the banks’ speculation and the large gaps they maintained between dollar buying and selling rates.

In addition, the country’s import bill fell in July and will fall further in August as the country will not import oil, he said. The general secretary of Ecap pointed out that the prices of oil, coal, wheat and pulses had been reduced internationally, which would also lead to a lower import bill.

“Overall, things are moving positively and it looks like the pressure on the rupee will ease.”

Zafar said it was “not a satisfactory level yet” and the rupee was due to trade at Rs160 against the dollar in the long term. For this, he suggested, the government needed to link imports to exports, spending to income, and offer discounts to overseas Pakistanis and foreign exchange firms to discourage the hundi/hawala system.

The value of the national currency increased 9.3% in the last eight sessions, according to Arif Habib Ltd.

Despite the recent trend, the rupee has lost as much as 19.36% against the US currency since the beginning of 2022. Since July 1, which is the first day of the current fiscal year, the rupee has lost 6 .41% compared to its US counterpart.

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Three members of Cuba’s athletics delegation at the World Championships in the United States, including former discus world champion Yaime Perez absconded, the country’s sports institute said on Wednesday.

Defections by Cuban sports people while on international duty are commonplace as the communist nation has long prevented its athletes from turning professional.

Perez, 31, was the defending champion in Eugene, where she finished seventh, and a bronze medallist at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Javelin thrower Yiselena Ballar, 19, and physiotherapist Carlos Gonzalez also disappeared.

The Jit online newspaper for Cuba’s INDER sports institute described the defections as “serious indiscipline”.

Both Perez and Ballar are believed to have escaped during a stopover in Miami while on the return journey to Cuba.

Cuba suffered its worst ever result at an athletics world championships, failing to win a single medal.

More than two dozen Cuban sports people have defected this year alone, including Olympic long jump silver medalist Juan Miguel Echevarria, Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling champion Ismael Borrero and Olympic sprint canoeing champion Fernando Dayan Jorge.

Last month, Olympic boxing champion Andy Cruz, considered by many experts to be the finest Cuban boxer of his generation, was caught trying to flee the island nation.

Cuba has slowly been opening up to professional sport in a bid to discourage the defections.

In April, communist authorities finally allowed boxers to take part in professional boxing competitions, leading to a team match against Mexico, which the Cubans won 6-0 with five knockouts, even without Cruz.

Other sports such as baseball have also embraced limited professionalism recently as in May Cuban authorities reached an agreement with the sport’s international governing body, the WBSC, to allow Cuban baseballers to manage their own professional contracts with clubs in foreign leagues.

Cuba is suffering its worst recession in three decades, partly provoked by the coronavirus pandemic and the ramping up of US sanctions under former president Donald Trump, which has led to mass migration.

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7,000-square-metre property was bought by an undisclosed buyer in 2015 for 275 million euros

 

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During his trip to France to meet President Emmanuel Macron, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is staying at a lavish chateau dubbed “the world’s most expensive home” when he purchased it in 2015.

The Chateau Louis XIV in Louveciennes outside Paris is a new-build mansion intended to mimic the extravagant luxury of the nearby Versailles Palace, once the seat of the French royal family.

The 7,000-square-metre property was bought by an undisclosed buyer in 2015 for 275 million euros ($300 million at the time), leading Fortune magazine to call it “the world’s most expensive home.”

Mohammed Bin Salman, 36, was reported two years’ later by The New York Times to be the ultimate owner via a series of shell companies.

Local government officials confirmed to AFP that the heir to the Saudi throne was staying at the property ahead of his dinner with Macron later on Thursday.

Reporters outside the perimeter wall saw security personnel in suits guarding the entrance and a large police presence, including half a dozen vehicles.

Khashoggi link

Macron and bin Salman were set to meet at the more modest Elysee presidential palace later Thursday for talks that critics in France view as inappropriate.

Bin Salman was judged by US intelligence to have approved the gruesome murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

But after four years as an international pariah, the prince is being courted by Western leaders again as they urgently seek fresh energy supplies to replace lost Russian production.

In a twist of history, the Chateau Louis XIV was built by Khashoggi’s cousin Emad Khashoggi who runs a luxury property development business in France.

The chateau features a nightclub, a gold-leafed fountain, a cinema, as well as an underwater glass chamber in the moat that resembles a giant aquarium with white leather sofas.

Chateau Louis XIV was built in 2009 after a 19th-century castle on the plot was bulldozed.

Bin Salman’s extravagant spending since emerging as the main powerbroker in Saudi Arabia has repeatedly made headlines.

The son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud bought a $500-million yacht in 2015 and was also reported to be the mystery buyer of a $450-million Leonardo da Vinci painting in 2017.

The latter purchase has been officially denied.

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SYDNEY: Javelin world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber’s bid to also win the Commonwealth title was dealt a blow Thursday, with the Australian testing positive for Covid-19, team officials said. Barber, who claimed her second world crown last week at Eugene, Oregon in the United States, tested positive at the Australian team camp ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this week.

But with the women’s javelin final not until August 7, she could still compete. “Kelsey-Lee Barber is not out (of the Games),” the team’s high-performance manager Andrew Faichney told Australian media.

“I have to reconfirm, but I think the organising committee has said that if an athlete is well and healthy enough, then they are going to be able to compete, and so that is what we are working through.”

Barber, who won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, retained her world title with a throw of 66.91 metres, ahead of American Kara Winger and Japan’s HarukaKitaguchi. She was considered a strong favourite in Birmingham after winning bronze and silver at the past two editions of the Commonwealth Games. Faichney also told local media that Olympic bronze medal-winning decathlete Ash Moloney would miss the Commonwealth Games. Moloney was forced to withdraw from the world championships last week due to a knee injury and has not recovered.

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LONDON: Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will retire at the end of the 2022 season, he announced on Thursday. “The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it,” Vettel, 35, said in an Aston Martin team statement.

“At the end of the year I want to take some more time to reflect on what I will focus on next; it is very clear to me that, being a father, I want to spend more time with my family. But today is not about saying goodbye. “Rather, it is about saying thank you – to everyone – not least to the fans, without whose passionate support Formula One could not exist.”

Vettel won four successive championships with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013, but struggled to reproduce his best results after moving to Ferrari before joining Aston Martin last year. His 53 Grand Prix victories place him third on the all-time list behind Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91). Vettel last won a race in Singapore in 2019.

“He is one of the all-time greats of Formula One, and it has been a privilege to have been able to work with him,” said Aston Martin executive chairman Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance is the team’s other driver. “He will continue to race for us up to and including the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be his 300th Grand Prix entry. We will give him a fabulous send-off.” The German made his F1 debut with BMW Sauber at the United States Grand Prix in 2007. He joined Toro Rosso that same year and raced the final seven races of the season.

He then spent a full season with Toro Rosso before making the step up to Red Bull in 2009. Vettel’s first title in 2010, aged 23 years and 134 days, saw him become the youngest world champion in history. He moved to Aston Martin last season after six years at Ferrari, with whom he twice finished runner-up for the world title to Hamilton in 2017 and 2018.

Vettel trailed in 12th in the 2021 drivers’ championship with his new team after achieving just one podium finish. He is 14th in the standings this season with just 15 points and missed the first two races with Covid-19. “Although our results have not been as good as we had hoped, it is very clear to me that everything is being put together that a team needs to race at the very highest level for years to come,” said Vettel. “I hope that the work I did last year and am continuing to do this year will be helpful in the development of a team that will win in the future, and I will work as hard as I can between now and the end of the year with that goal in mind, giving as always my best in the last 10 races.”

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Serbian Cricketer’s Bizarre Celebration Goes Viral On Social Media

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Ayo Mene-Ejegi, who plays for Serbia, has a unique way of celebrating his wickets

Every player has its own way of celebrating, whether a batter or bowler, on a cricket field. Similarly, a video of a Serbian cricketer celebrating his wickets in a unique way has gone viral on social media. Ayo Mene-Ejegi, who plays for Serbia, has a unique way of celebrating his wickets. In a video shared by ICC, Ayo can be seen making a ground flip before lying straight on the ground with his hands wide open. So far, the video has garnered over 185,000 likes on Instagram.

“100 wicket celebration from Serbia’s Ayo Mene-Ejegi,” the video was captioned by ICC.

The video was taken from Serbia’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Europe Qualifier Group A against Isle of Man.

 

During the match, Ayo took four wickets as Serbia restricted Isle of Man to a total of 165 for seven in 20 overs.

However, Serbia still ended up on the losing side as they were restricted to a total of 97/7.

Isle of Man won the game by 68 runs.

 

Meanwhile, the T20 World Cup will be played later this year in Australia.

While some of the top teams like hosts Australia, India, England among others had qualified for the tournament on the basis of their higher rankings, four teams are yet to book their place for the showpiece event.

Australia are the defending T20I champions, having defeated New Zealand in the final last year in the UAE.

Both teams will meet in the first match of the Super 12 stage on October 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Eredivisie champions Ajax are reportedly keen on securing the services of Barcelona outcast Martin Braithwaite in the summer transfer window.

Bert Sanders has revealed on the Pantelic Podcast that Martin Braithwaite is the subject of interest from Ajax over a possible move in the summer transfer window. New head coach Alfred Schreuder suggested the Barcelona outcast’s name after previously working with him at Camp Nou.

Martin Braithwaite joined Barcelona from Leganes as an emergency signing outside the transfer window due to bizarre rules in La Liga. And the 31-year-old has been a handy backup option for all his managers thus far, chipping in with goals regularly without ever complaining about his role as a substitute.

But the Danish international endured a frustrating 2021/22 season, even though he began the campaign strongly. While Ronald Koeman looked to utilise him, a long-term injury blighted him for the most part before he became an afterthought for Xavi Hernandez. As a result, Braithwaite turned out only four times for Barcelona, managing 236 minutes of game-time while scoring twice.

The experienced striker is now surplus to requirements for Barcelona, with Xavi Hernandez not including him in the plans for the 2022/23 season. The Catalan giants have left Braithwaite behind in Barcelona before embarking on their pre-season tour to the USA, making it amply clear that he is on the transfer list.

Recent reports have suggested that Barcelona will demand a paltry €8 million to part ways with Braithwaite this summer. And the Dane has no shortage of suitors either, with Eredivisie champions Ajax the latest club to show interest in him.

New Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder has suggested Braithwaite’s name to the Dutch club’s board. Schreuder has previously worked with Braithwaite during his stint with Barcelona. And with Ajax in the market for a striker this summer following Sebastien Haller’s departure, the Barcelona outcast has emerged as a viable target.

The interest from Ajax will be music to Barcelona’s ears, as the Blaugrana had been considering terminating Braithwaite’s contract to get him off their books. But with the Dutch champions in the equation, the Catalan giants might be able to recoup something in his exchange this summer.

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TOTTENHAM READY €20 MILLION OFFER TO SIGN MEMPHIS DEPAY

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Barcelona will reportedly soon receive an offer for Memphis Depay, with Tottenham preparing a €20 million bid to sign the 28-year-old forward.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Barcelona will soon have a €20 million offer on the table from Tottenham Hotspur for Memphis Depay. The north London giants are preparing their bid to prise the 28-year-old forward away from Camp Nou in the summer transfer window.

Memphis Depay joined Barcelona last summer on a free transfer, completing a dream move after a fruitful stint with Lyon. But the Dutch international endured a topsy turvy campaign at Camp Nou, as he fizzled out dramatically after a strong start, particularly failing to deliver the goods in the UEFA Champions League.

Nonetheless, the 28-year-old ended his debut season with Barcelona as the club’s top scorer, finding the back of the net 13 times in 38 games across all competitions. But with Barcelona signing Raphinha and tying Ousmane Dembele to a new two-year contract, Depay is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou. And Tottenham could offer him a new adventure this summer.

Spurs have been hyperactive in the market this summer, completing six signings thus far, with Djed Spence the latest arrival at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Antonio Conte is thus enjoying a solid transfer window ahead of his first full season with the north London club as he looks to take the team to the next level.

But Tottenham might not be done in the summer transfer window, with Depay emerging on their radar over a move ahead of the 2022/23 season. While Spurs have already signed Richarlison to bolster their offensive unit, the uncertainties surrounding the futures of Bryan Gil and Lucas Moura might have prompted Conte to ask for a player like the Barcelona forward.

The north Londoners are now preparing to submit their first official bid for Depay, with the report claiming that they will soon offer €20 million for the 28-year-old. With the Dutch forward entering the final year of his contract, Barcelona might have to accept the €20 million proposal.

But recent reports have claimed that Depay does not want to join Tottenham this summer. The 28-year-old has also insisted that he wants to remain at Camp Nou beyond the summer transfer window, but he might not have a spot in the team following the latest developments at FC Barcelona. And with the 2022 FIFA World Cup a few months away, Depay should seek a new adventure.

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Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko transfer blow may not mean it’s game over for Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer but have been dealt a transfer blow after Manchester City named him in their pre-season squad

Arsenal fans may have been disappointed at the news of Oleksandr Zinchenko’s inclusion in Manchester City’s squad for their pre-season tour of the US… but they shouldn’t be.

The Gunners are interested in signing the Ukraine international, 25, to give Mikel Arteta more options in midfield and attack. Zinchenko, who’s won four Premier League titles, can also play at left-back – providing cover for the injury-prone Kieran Tierney.

Arteta knows Zinchenko from his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Man City between July 2016 and December 2019. He will be fully aware of his character and what he can offer the squad as they look to achieve Champions League qualification this coming season.

Some believe Zinchenko’s inclusion in Guardiola’s summer squad suggests he’s not available for transfer, yet that’s not the case. History tells us that players often leave tours to complete moves, even if that can be disruptive to pre-season preparations.

In the summer of 2017, defender Andy Robertson flew home from Hull’s pre-season trip to Portugal to sign for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. And 13 years earlier, midfielder Nicky Butt left Manchester United’s tour of the US to sign for Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle.

“We were on tour in America with Nicky – we knew what we were all thinking all of the time – and Nicky had become a little bit more frustrated with his 25, 30 games a season, being in and out of the team,” Gary Neville told Sky Sports in 2020.

 

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Oleksandr Zinchenko is on Arsenal’s transfer shortlist 

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“He wanted to go and play for Newcastle and be No 1 [choice midfielder], not a No 3 or No 4. He left that tour, going back to England to sign for Newcastle… Nicky leaving was a big disappointment, but you know it’s going to happen one day.”

Furthermore, Zinchenko wouldn’t even need to travel far if he was to sign for Arsenal and join their pre-season tour. Like Man City, the Gunners are travelling around the US and have fixtures against MLS side Orlando City and London rivals Chelsea on the horizon.

Arsenal shouldn’t be discouraged in their pursuit of Zinchenko and should do all they can to bring him to the Emirates. The Gunners need to add depth to their squad, despite already signing Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Gabriel Jesus this summer.

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