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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsTeam Costa Rica had acquired the nickname 'The Gold Shorties' in the late forties and they have been regular at making their presence felt at all important football tournaments. Their expedition through the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase has had its fair share of ups and downs. Looking at the erratic performance the team has shown in the 2018 qualifiers, critics say that Costa Rica seems to have lost that golden touch they exhibited in Brazil 2014 and that their “golden generation” has already seen its best years pass. For 2018, the team qualified by beating USA and Trinidad & Tobago who were not competitive enough to reach even the play-offs. History With its long standing football culture and tradition, Costa Rica is unarguably a strong national football team that has had a lineage in the history of Central America. In the list of its achievements are three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969 and 1989) and a reputation of leading the pack with an impressive eight championships in the Copa Centroamericana. With an all-time highest Elo ranking in Central America, Costa Rica has the distinction of playing in four FIFA World Cup editions. Source: Reuters Finishing first in a group of all former World Cup champions-Uruguay, Italy, and England in 2014 would be remembered as Costa Rica's best performance in history. Current Form Undoubtedly, Costa Rica has had a superb start to the final qualifying round after beating Trinidad & Tobago (2-0) and USA (4-0). But apart from these two victories, defeat against Mexico and a draw with Honduras turned out to be a dampener on their winning streak. Placed in Group E, Costa Rica will play their first game against Serbia on followed by Brazil five days later, and finally with Switzerland five days after that. The talented midfielder Oscar Ramírez, aged 52, who was part of the Costa Rica squad that secured a place in the knockout stages at Italia 90, is now at the helm of the team's affairs as their coach. Source: Reuters Team Costa Rica is to a large extent, a repeat of the squad that made the world sit up and take notice at Brazil in 2014. Prominent names include Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte, Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda, Christian Bolanos and Marcos Urena. Among these are also European-based stars such as Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell. Keeping in mind their poor performance in friendlies against Spain and Hungary, the team should improve upon their faults in formation and coordination. Expectations Being in the best of form is a concern with Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz owing to their injuries. It is expected that players such as Jimmy Marin, Randall Leal and Gerson Torres, all aged 20, would reverse the run of bad form. It could be expected that Costa Rica qualify for the knockout stage in second place behind Brazil. They have to focus on scoring really well in their matches against Serbia and Switzerland. Costa Rica will be one of the few teams that rely on five at the back, so that the goal defended by their star player, Keylor Navas gets full cover. Source: Reuters Costa Rica World Cup Squad GOALKEEPERS: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (Herediano). DEFENDERS: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Aguilas Dorados). MIDFIELDERS: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos (both Saprissa). FORWARDS: Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC).
While the whole world is busy trolling 'Race 3' for every reason imaginable, Salman Khan, on the other hand, is trying his best not to give two hoots about it. Or at least, we can say is doing a good job of pretending that he doesn't give a damn (though he keeps coming up with fresh comebacks). From the trailer to the movie's latest song 'Selfish', everything related to 'Race 3' is turning into an instant target for the Tweeple. And once again, Salman tried to hit back at the trolls, but miserably failed at it…AGAIN! Before we tell you what he said this time, let us give you a quick recap of the 'Race 3' meme drama so far. 1. It all started with Daisy Shah's dialogue “our business is our business, none of your business” from the trailer, which instantly became fodder for memesters on the prowl. (Well, it was funny). The Best One ððð#DaisyShah Biggest Business Women In India #Race3 pic.twitter.com/RzoIiFsgYm — #Race3 ð³ðµ (@Salman_sDevotee) May 22, 2018 Daisy Shah deserves an Oscar just for this ððððpic.twitter.com/K5E71bLQjv — Parsva (@Parsva10) May 16, 2018 2. Obviously, Bhai couldn't just sit and watch Daisy taking the heat and then proceeded to show some 'bhaigiri', which only spurred the trolls! No words @BeingSalmanKhan what better reply one could get then the best one itself... we love you for the human you are !!! #Race3 #salmankhanourhero @ItsRaviD @PlanetSalman pic.twitter.com/FYUmIsAMLq — Rahul.N.Kanal (@Iamrahulkanal) May 21, 2018 3. The Mumbai Police also couldn't resist and joined the “none of your business” meme brigade, rocking it like always. Mind your own data to make sure that no one else takes advantage of it to beat you in the #RaceOfSafety pic.twitter.com/WJ4ADZEl1a — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) May 23, 2018 4. Then came the song of the year 'Selfish' written by the immensely talented Salman Khan himself. A moment of silence for all those who heard the song right till the end. Ek baar #Selfish hoke apne liye jiyo na . Song out now on @tipsofficial - https://t.co/fMk1pyFVq3 @itsaadee @IuliaVantur @VishalMMishra @remodsouza @RameshTaurani @SKFilmsOfficial #Race3ThisEid #Race3 — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) May 25, 2018 Honestly, people are showing no signs of stopping to troll 'Race 3' and clearly, Salman is losing it. Recently at a press conference of his upcoming reality show 'Dus Ka Dum', he was asked by a reporter as to how he feels about the heavy backlash. To which he counter questioned, “Are you trolling it?" The journalist answered "a lot of people are.” To which Salman responded saying, “Those guys with one or two followers? That's trolling? Who's controlling that trolling, you know? No? How sad. When guys with one, two, three, four followers troll, it isn't trolling.” Umm….no sir! Trolling is trolling, no matter what the source is and irrespective of the number of 'followers' a person has. Let's try and calm down a little shall we, Bhai? At the event, he was also humming the 'Selfish' song and then tried to make a joke saying, “Hello, hi, how are you? This song is also written by me. It hasn't been released. It will be released soon and then get trolled.” Brownie points for admitting the truth! Anyway, keeping the jokes aside, 'Race 3' is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Directed by Remo D'Souza, the movie will hit theatres on June 15.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogThe new leagues 'are competing for time in the schedule with international bilateral cricket'. Photo: AFPNEW DELHI: Asian nations are clamping down on the number of T20 leagues players can compete in as global cricket chiefs struggle to regulate...