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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsEarlier this year, Virgil van Dijk sent shockwaves across the footballing community by becoming the most expensive defender following his 75-million-pound move to Liverpool from Southampton. And, in his debut game for Liverpool, the Netherlands international scored the winning goal with a late header in his side's 2-1 win over Everton in the third round of the FA Cup. Since then, there has been no turning back for Van Dijk. Yet to complete a year at theAnfield, the Dutch superstar has not only justified his mega-bucks price tag with some sublime performances on the pitch, but he has also become one of the vital cogs for the Reds in defence. But, Van Dijk is much more than just a prolific defender. The 27-year-old is also a good human being - something that came to the fore recently. ð¦ | Wat een einde van het interlandjaar. Op naar 2019!#DUINED pic.twitter.com/SlHGD3fMoq — OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) November 20, 2018 Leading his national team against Germany, Van Dijk had his task cut out after Timo Werner and Leroy Sane put their team ahead in the UEFA Nations League clash. But, the Dutch rallied after Quincy Promes pulled a goal back with five minutes remaining and set up a nervous finale for Germany. In the final minute of the game, Van Dijk rose to the occasion, scoring through a fierce volley to secure a 2-2 draw for his side. If his exploits on the pitch allowed Netherlands to snatch a point and propelled them into the Nations League finals, Van Dijk's heartfelt gesture for one of the referees ahead of the game further earned him praise from all corners of the globe. Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan had learnt about the passing of his mother right before the game, but he still carried out all his duties with diligence. Captain @VirgilvDijk; leading by example ððð pic.twitter.com/HrH2UhfeOk — OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) November 20, 2018 But, at the final whistle, the referee couldn't control his emotions and broke into tears. As Van Dijk shook his hand, he told the Dutchman about his loss and the duo exchanged a few words. "That man broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother. I wished him strength and said he had refereed well. It's a small thing, but I hope it helped him," Van Dijk said after the game. Soon, after the video of the incident was shared on the social media, football fans across the globe lauded the Netherlands captain and praised him for consoling the teary-eyed Romanian referee. Just read that the ref lost his mother not long before the match so VVD consoled him. Class, pure class. I agree with Marvin 100% ðð» I really hope Het Nederlands win the tournament — Neil Parkinson (@TheWiganParky) November 20, 2018 If ever there was a man made to be a captain its him! Has everything needed,pure class ððð — CoddyLFC (@gcodd25) November 20, 2018 What a man ðâ¤ï¸ — Ivana (@ivana90_) November 20, 2018 What a player ðð — Otega Clinton (@ClintonOtega) November 20, 2018 @LFC just give him the armband full time — DINK (@scottmccabe) November 20, 2018 That's why we love him ðâ¤ï¸ #LFC @VirgilvDijk — Nasra Ali (@afrika5uk) November 20, 2018 @j_viddal captain, leader, human — Robin Urke (@RobinOksen) November 20, 2018 A real touch of class! A gentleman ðð´ — Anthony (@akearney295) November 20, 2018
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFor a country that boasts of a little over 4 million in population, Ireland undoubtedly packs a punch when it comes to sports. The small-but-proud nation has given the sporting world many stars including the likes of Conor McGregor in UFC, Rory McIlroy in golf and Roy Keane in football. While the nation has established itself in many sports, Ireland is also taking huge strides in international cricket. Their women's cricket team is currently slugging it out in the ICC World T20 in West Indies. But, things haven't been going the way Irish fans would have expected. Plying their trade in Group B, the Irish side was massacred by Australia in their opening game, where they suffered a massive nine-wicket loss. Eager to bounce back in the tournament, Ireland, then, ran into Pakistan in their second match. A three-wicket haul by Lucy O'Reilly restricted Javeria Khan-led team to 139 runs, allowing the Irish fans to dream on for a win. But a mediocre batting performance eventually spelt the doom for Ireland. © Twitter/@WorldT20 In a game that Ireland probably fancied winning, Pakistan held their nerve to notch up a 38-run win. Clearly, the Irish cricketers and their fans were left disappointed - something that was in full display during the post-match press conference. Talking to the reporters after the game, Ireland skipper Laura Delany broke down in tears while expressing her frustration over their dismal batting show. "If we were professional I wonder what the score would have been out there today to lose the match by 40 runs," the 25-year-old said. "If we were professional I wonder what the score would have been out there."@IrishWomensCric's captain Laura Delany was understandably quite emotional after her team's loss to Pakistan. Watchð pic.twitter.com/25tjIeMMOR — ICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 14, 2018 “I think 120-130 would be par on this wicket, unfortunately, we didn't have enough partnerships in the middle and that cost us the game,” the Ireland captain added. A brief video of her media interaction was shared by the official Twitter handle of the ICC World T20 and it was great to see the cricket fraternity and fans across the globe consoling the teary-eyed cricketer. Should be proud of what you guys achieve. Punch well above your weight constantly! — Alyssa Healy (@ahealy77) November 14, 2018 Genuine love! Let me reciprocate the beautiful gesture. We in Pakistan saw the match & as we cheered for our team we also commend your efforts. Already enough has been lodged onto a woman's life in today's world. We wish more strength, humbleness and gratitude to you all.#WT20 — Hassan Arshad (@HassanA46409700) November 14, 2018 This is what sucks about a majority of women's sports. There is a HUGE disparity between funding/sponsors from country to country, so it really is elite/professional vs amateur. Keep fighting the good fight ðªð¼ — Georgie Parker (@georgieparker) November 14, 2018 Not all defeats are a loss! You ladies were sensational to watch and you should be proud of yourselves. Don't question your professionalism, you already have it! You truly will be an inspiration to girls of Ireland. Hold your heads up high and keep going :) — Lady Owl (@house_owl) November 14, 2018 Good to see her show such emotion, it shows how much Laura cares and what it means to her and the team, I hope they get the funding they need to become full time pro's, they deserve to compete on equal terms to the other teams. — JC (@jscblarblar) November 14, 2018 They have match Day tomorrow against India Plz Be strong Lady we are already proud of Each one of U Every single woman Participating in this world No matter which country they are from Nd We Love Ur Passion Hard Luck — Syed Rizvi (@SyedRiz46367215) November 14, 2018 Well said @lauradel14 . There definitely needs to be investment by @ICC and all country governing bodies to make women's cricket a fully professional sport. There was some very talented players on display last night that would massively benefit from the sport being professional. — Simon Oliver (@RedskinsUK21) November 14, 2018 @lauradel14 take pride in what you've achieved against the odds. Your dedication alone to the sport is second to none and that win is only around the corner. You have to continue to believe in yourselves - we believe in you. #Believe ðð — Mary B (@owensyb) November 14, 2018 More strength to you girls! Indeed disappointing to lose, but should be proud of the improvements in the performance! — Varun (@varunsachi) November 14, 2018 @IrishWomensCric every tiny step is a milestone in itself when we're starting a long journey. You're already an inspiration to a whole generation. Winning and losing is part of the whole process and not the end. Chin up y'all, you have a long way to go. All the best ðð¼ — Aditya Nath (@adityanath81) November 15, 2018 Watching all the women's teams is really great. I think that the women's game has added a lot the cricket over the years. In recent times you're getting girls into the game at a younger age. You should all be proud and keep going until you reach the pro status you deserve ð — damien venditti (@damienvenditti) November 14, 2018 We all r so proud of you girls ð¤ the way you guys improved and show all of us ur character. It's really unbelievable ð and @ahealy77 is absolutely right that you should be proud of yourself. We all Cricket lovers r with you.. lottttttsssss of love!! — ANKITA (@_moonchild27) November 14, 2018 You girls have done your country proud! It's just the beginning, work harder and you will surely be doing well in the coming tournaments. — tejas (@tejarane) November 14, 2018
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIn the ever-competitive era of modern-day sports, every athlete is hell-bent on edging past their respective opponents to register a win. But, sports is not just about winning. No matter, whether you play for your society's shitty team or represent your country on the global stage, the one thing your coach must have (read: should have) stressed on more than winning is respecting your opponent. Without respect, we all might just be the bots, going about our business without any conscience, emotions and feelings. That's exactly why one of the world's most popular football clubs - FC Barcelona - has been seen instilling their motto 'more than a club' in the players over generations. Barca's philosophy runs right through the club from the first team down to the academy comprised of newbies. While their playing style is known across the globe, their strong belief in a way of living was in full display during an under-14 tournament recently. Plying their trade in the Junior Soccer World Challenge, Barcelona's U-14 stars locked horns with Japan's FC Persimmon in the quarterfinals. After the two sides failed to break the deadlock at 0-0 in normal time, the game progressed into penalties. With some hits and misses from both sides, the match was eventually decided by Adrian Gill's winning penalty that paved way for Barca's 11-10 win over the Japanese. Respect Effort Ambition Teamwork HUMILITY ð U14B @FCBmasia ðµð´ #Values #MoreThanAClub pic.twitter.com/pGI65r0LjK — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 25, 2018 It was understandably a heartbreaking result for the team from the city of Kawasaki. But, while many would generally unveil wild and animated celebrations after their win, the U-14 crop of Barcelona, despite their tender age, produced a heartfelt gesture - one that will surely make Lionel Messi and his boys feel proud. Barca's match-winner Gill immediately consoled the opposition goalkeeper, grabbing and helping him towards the centre circle. On the other hands, other Barcelona players were seen hugging and offering their congratulations to the members of the losing side. Their effort was lauded by FC Persimmon's technical staff and the spectators who were overwhelmed with emotions. The Spanish club shared the touching video on Twitter while lauding their U-14s for their respect, effort, ambition, teamwork and humility - all virtues of a successful team. And, the football fans across the globe took notice of the exploits of the budding footballers and showered praise on the microblogging website. We need more of that.This young stars should be taught how to love each other â — Khani prosperity (@Khaniprosperity) August 25, 2018 Senior team should learn from them — Veipunii Lana (@VeipuniiL) August 26, 2018 aww I've watched it like 6 times...More Than A Club indeed #Humility — Fatwi k3k3 ð¬ð (@yelvis_corni) August 25, 2018 This is very sweet.âº — S-L-I-M-E a slime (@TeeManCool_AF) August 25, 2018 This is very touchingð ð¥ððâ¤â½ — CalvinfutureTau (@calvinfuture) August 26, 2018 That's one of the big reason "why I love BARCA" — Amar sharma (@Amar_sharma0410) August 26, 2018 More than a club ♥ï¸ð pic.twitter.com/k44TnH0suK — Dee (@I_am_debor) August 25, 2018