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  1. On 23rd June, 12 young Thai boys and their 25-year-old coach headed into a cave and didn't think twice about it, after all, this was something they had done plenty of times before. They probably didn't plan on staying there for more than an hour or so but as we all know, they emerged from there about two weeks later. 10th July is the day no one will ever forget, especially not them. After the whole ordeal, all of them were safely rescued and everyone celebrated the happy ending. It was truly a miracle that all 13 of them were safe and sound after two weeks in that cave. Reuters Now, it's been a week or so and all of them have recovered enough for their first public outing. Everyone was waiting to see them and here they are, happy to have survived something like that. They were all smiles as they waved at everyone and offered traditional 'wai' greetings during a national broadcast in the northern province of Chiang Rai. https://twitter.com/hashtag/WATCH?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WATCH: All 12 Boys of the Wild Boars soccer team who spent more than 2 weeks trapped in Tham Luang cave showcase their football skills before the press briefing https://twitter.com/hashtag/Thailand?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Thailand https://t.co/VVWXhlmW1R">pic.twitter.com/VVWXhlmW1R — ANI (@ANI) https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1019551346440179713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 18, 2018 All of them showed up in T-shirts emblazoned with a red graphic of a wild boar – the name of their team – and carried footballs. Talking about their experience, one of the boys described being found as a 'miracle'. During the press conference, 14-year-old Adul Sam-on said, “It is a miracle.” Coach Ekkapol Chantawong said, “We tried to dig out as we thought we cannot only wait for authorities to get us.” Reuters One of the members also told everyone they drank water that fell from the rocks to survive before all of them were found by the British divers. They also talked about how much they actually learned from this horrific ordeal. One promised to be “more careful and live my life the fullest”. Another said, “This experience taught me to be more patient and strong.” Reuters The boys have gained roughly 3kgs of weight each since the rescue and had been going through confidence building exercises before today's event. Justice Ministry official Tawatchai Thaikaew also asked for everyone to respect the boys' privacy during this tough time because media attention could affect their mental health. He said, “We don't know what wounds the kids are carrying in their hearts. The media know the children are in a difficult situation, they have overcome peril and if you ask risky questions then it could break the law.” Reuters
  2. Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives a football to US President Donald Trump. Photo: AFPHELSINKI: Russia's President Vladimir Putin tried to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with US President Donald Trump on Monday by giving...
  3. Football, being the wonderful sport that it is, remains a contact sport despite a few denying this fact. With all the adrenaline rush that goes on, tempers often soar high and lead to unsavory incidents on the pitch. While this World Cup may not have had too many such incidents, footballers do not always manage to keep their composure. Teammates, coaches, opponents and even referees have gotten involved in such untoward instances, which have etched their name in infamy. Here are some of the most heated fights that have taken place on the football pitch: 1. Arsenal Vs Chelsea (2007) © Twitter Let's be honest, nobody cares about the League Cup anymore. However, in 2007, it was a significant moment as Arsenal came up against Chelsea. The two teams had had quite a few feisty encounters at the time, and their managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho constantly had a go at each other. Chelsea scored a late goal and led 2-1, and with the match deep into injury time, the ball broke free in midfield and Jon Obi Mikel and Kolo Toure both tore into each other to get the possession. Before we knew it, Toure and Mikel were at each other's collars. Players from both teams got involved and it soon became a street fight, resulting in both the alarmed managers invading the pitch in an effort to calm things down. The match ended with Mikel, Toure, and Adebayor being sent off. The FA wasn't going to let this slide and handed out massive punishments to both the clubs. All the suspensions were held, with Adebayor and Eboue being suspended for four instead of three games. The clubs were fined GBP 100,000 for failing to control their players and both the managers were reprimanded for their ungraceful remarks about the officials. Overall, it was a total shit-show. 2. Kieron Dyer Vs Lee Bowyer (2005) © Twitter This one is actually quite funny. It was 2005 and Newcastle's glory days were few and far in between. In a regular Premier League match against Aston Villa, Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer, who were both midfielders for Newcastle at the time, decided to revisit their school days. The pair got into an argument about passing the ball to each other and in a split second, they were at each other's collars. Punches rained from both sides as they had to be separated by the opposition players and their own teammates. In the fracas, Bowyer had his shirt ripped and didn't look like he was done with Dyer. Consequently, Newcastle lost the match 3-0 and ended the game with 8 men, as Steven Taylor had been sent off before the incident. Both players were handed out massive fines and suspensions by the club and the Premier League. This was as hilarious as it was shocking! 3. Portugal Vs Netherlands (2006) © Twitter It's not really a football match when the entire match is a brawl. In the Round of 16 match between Portugal and Netherlands at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 16 yellow cards and 4 red cards were handed out, as both sides ended the match with 9 men. Cristiano Ronaldo was kung-fu kicked by Khalid Boulahrouz and was forced off through injury. Luis Figo headbutted an opponent and was elbowed in the face sometime later. Even the benches of both the teams got involved. Portugal, eventually, did emerge as winners at the end of what seemed more like a Royal Rumble. 4. Sergio Ramos Vs Barcelona (2010) © Twitter How could we leave Sergio Ramos and El Classico out of this? In 2010, Barcelona were 5-0 up against Real Madrid. With Messi going on one of his trademark runs deep into injury time, frustration got the better of Ramos as he kicked Messi to knock him down. As Messi's Barcelona teammates aggressively surrounded Ramos, he shoved Carles Puyol, his national team captain in the face, exchanged a few words with Gerard Pique, kicked off a brawl which involved all players and supporting staff and on his way to the dugout, shoved Xavi Hernandez along the way as he nonchalantly entered the tunnel, leaving others to clean up his mess. Yes, he's always been a moron. 5. Manchester United Vs Arsenal (2003) © Twitter Matches between Arsenal and Manchester United have always paved the way for exciting duels. But, in 2003, the football madness - generally offered by these two sides - was shockingly complemented by some absolute shithoussery from the likes of Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Paul Scholes and Martin Keown. In one such match at Old Trafford, Ruud van Nistelrooy acted to perfection and got Patrick Vieira sent off. With the tempers flaring, Manchester United were awarded a penalty which van Nistelrooy missed. As the final whistle blew, five Arsenal players surrounded Van Nistelrooy and pushing, shoving and verbal tirades followed. The match ended in a draw and Arsenal went on a 49-game unbeaten run. A year later, Manchester United ended that run and a sour Cesc Fabregas threw a pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson for it. Those were the days!
  4. Despite their superhuman strength, unbelievable goals and breathtaking display on the field, the much-decorated footballers are just as human as the rest of us. While most professional footballers die years after leaving the sport, some aren't deemed lucky enough in that regard. In fact, there have been various accidents and scenarios that have led to players dying on the pitch itself, or a few days later due to injuries suffered in those incidents. And, that's not all. Football has also witnessed some stars losing their life to gruesome murders and other bone-chilling incidents. Here's a list of footballers who tragically died and left the game too early: 1. Piermario Morosini © Reuters Italian midfield man Piermario Morosini died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match between his club Livorno and Pescara in 2010. Morosini collapsed in the 31st minute of the encounter, made an effort to get up, but fell right back on the ground. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead upon arrival. Right after the death of the 25-year-old, it was being reported that if the ambulance had reached a minute earlier, the case could've been different. Although, later it was confirmed that it wouldn't have made any difference. Astonishingly, the three doctors who tended to Morosini were found guilty of manslaughter years later. All three of them were handed suspended prison time for failing to abide by the laid down medical protocol. It is also questioned as to why a defibrillator wasn't used despite the stadium having two of them. Many reputed medical experts believe that the player's life could've been saved if a defibrillator was used. 2. Daniel Jarque © Reuters The famous Andres Iniesta celebration in the World Cup of 2010 always brings back the memory of the late Espanyol defender Daniel 'Dani' Jarque. Jarque spent his entire senior career at the Catalan club after joining them in 2001. Aged 26 at the time, he was named the club's captain in 2009, but one month later, Jarque tragically passed away at the team's training base in Coverciano during Espanyol's pre-season tour in Italy. The news stunned all of Spain, and Iniesta, in particular, who was left emotionally traumatized after his close friend's passing. One year later, the ex-Barcelona man scored the only goal in the World Cup final against the Dutch. An emotionally gratified Iniesta dedicated the most important goal of his career to Jarque when he demonstrated his undershirt which said: "Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros" (Dani Jarque, always with us) written on the front side. 3. Andres Escobar © Reuters The darkest hour in Colombian football surfaced when Andres Escobar was shot dead upon his return from the 1994 World Cup. Escobar played for Atletico Nacional and Young Boys in domestic football, and also represented the Colombian national team on 51 occasions. His rise to the global stage provided a glimmer of hope to the poverty-stricken people of his hometown Medellin. He was the nation's heart and soul, but things took an unexpected turn in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In a match against USA, the defender scored an own goal after getting his slide to cut off a pass horribly wrong. The host nation went on to win the game 2-1 and Escobar was being scapegoated unlike any other player in the past. After returning from the World Cup, Escobar, despite several warnings, stepped out to meet with friends on the bone-chilling evening of 1st July 1994 and visited two pubs in town. Later that night, he was surrounded by three men and a woman in the parking lot of El Indio bar. Pretty soon an argument ensued, and Escobar pleaded for his innocence, claiming that the own goal was a mistake. But despite his protests, two of the men pulled out their guns and shot him six times. After the incident, reports claimed that one of the killers had clamored "Gol!” after every single shot. Escobar's legacy though, still lived on as his funeral was attended by over 120,000 people. The shooting took a heavy toll on many of his teammates, as some quit the national team while many hung up their boots altogether. 4. Marc-Vivien Foe © Reuters Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe died after suffering a heart attack during the Confederation Cup final of 2003 against Columbia in Lyon, France. Foe, who was 28-years-old at the time, collapsed in the 72nd minute of the match and was stretchered off after various failed attempts to revive him on the pitch. The medical staff tried both CPR and oxygen, yet all efforts were in vain. He was taken to the medical center in Gerland Stadium, barely alive, but passed away moments later. The cause of his death was not known at the time, but a second autopsy stated that a condition called “hypertrophic cardiomyopathy”, known to substantially increase the chances of death during any intense physical activity, was the reason behind Marc-Vivien Foe's death.
  5. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, smile as they prepare to meet Ireland's President, Michael Higgins, on their second day of a two-day visit to Dublin, Ireland July 11, 2018. Photo: Reuters DUBLIN: Britain's Prince...
  6. A board showing "Welcome home, boys", is seen after rescue efforts began for the 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped in Tham Luang cave, in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018. Photo: Reuters With victory dedications, soccer shirts and...
  7. We've had all sorts of victories in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018, ranging from England's comfortable win over Sweden, to Croatia's thrilling penalty encounter against a gritty and determined Russia. All the games have been as different as cheese and chalk, but there's still a binding factor to all these inconsistencies – the English Premier League (EPL). Of the 92 players that make up the squads of four semifinalists, a staggering 40 plied their trade in the Premier League last season. Also, 3 of the 4 managers have either played for or managed English clubs in the past. Southgate (England) is an EPL veteran, having spent 11 years in the league. Deschamps (France) played for Chelsea, whereas Martinez (Belgium) managed both Wigan and Everton. © Reuters Too often in the recent past, Premier League clubs have been accused of splurging extravagantly. But looking at this FIFA World Cup, we can say that Premier League clubs have made some sound choices. The EPL rakes in $1.5 billion from foreign viewership rights, followed by a distant La Liga in the second place at $700 million. The moolah being raked in every year allows clubs to land some of the best players every summer. And the transfers are not just limited to players. EPL clubs have brought in some of modern football's best managers - Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, and Carlo Ancelotti. Between them, they have several tens of league titles, UEFA Champions Leagues, and a plethora of domestic and individual awards. Their role in attracting the best of the talent to the EPL and subsequently grooming them cannot be undermined. © Reuters When Belgium face France in the first semifinal on 10th July, the former will have eight EPL stars in their starting XI, whereas the French will boast of Man United's record signing Paul Pogba, Chelsea's league winning midfielder N'Golo Kante, and keeper of one of the best defences in the Premier League Hugo Loris of Spurs. In the other semi-final, we have the English squad that's entirely made up of domestic league players. If England wins the World Cup, it will be the second time after Italy since 2006 that a team, made up entirely of domestic league players, will lift the World Cup. But regardless of whoever lifts the World Cup, the Premier League will be the real winner.
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