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Czech halts Rafa’s third Wimbledon title run

French open champion, Spaniard Rafael Nadal , was ousted by 100th-ranked Czech Lukas Rosol at the Wimbledon. This second round defeat of Rafa is considered as a huge upset by many. This is also being labeled as Rafa’s worst Grand Slam defeat in the last five years.Rosol bagged the match 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 .
The 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion was stunned by Rosol,whose earlier five visits to this tournament had been ended by first round defeats.
This shock early exit of Nadal bears similarity to another early departure from the same tournament in 2005,when Luxembourg’s Gillis Muller defeated him. It also is eerily similar to Rafa’s fourth round French Open loss to Swede Robin Soderling
Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, had nothing but praise for the exceptional performance of his opponent in the fifth set, but added his poor play was a factor in the final result.
“That’s not a tragedy; it’s just a tennis match. Last four months were great for me, probably the best months in my career playing unbelievable in the clay court season. The only thing I can do is go back home and rest, I need and deserve it.” Nadal said.
Rosol will face German 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber for a place in the last 16.

Spain set to achieve historic treble

Germany and The Netherlands are the other candidates to wrest its crown

Poland gets the honour of opening Euro 2012 on Friday against surprise 2004 winner Greece, but it would take a major upset to see either team or co-host Ukraine progress as far as the July 1 final in Kiev.

Instead, few people would disagree with UEFA president Michel Platini, who has predicted a repeat of the 2008 Spain-Germany final, as a major football championship goes behind the former Iron Curtain for the first time.

Holder and world champion Spain is aiming for an unprecedented three titles in a row for a European country, while Germany is intent on avenging its defeat in 2008 and two years later in the World Cup semifinal.

But some believe that La Roja’s fluid passing game, which wore down opponents in the past, is vulnerable.

Missing Puyol

Vicente del Bosque’s side is also missing talismanic defender Carles Puyol and all-time record scorer David Villa through injury, while question marks remain over the form of Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Puyol’s Barca central defence partner Gerard Pique.

Young central defender Javi Martinez, though, believes they can make up for the absences of Puyol and Villa.

“Those who have been selected can do as well as they did, why not better?

“With the help of everybody, I think that their absence will not be noticed,” he said.

Germany, for its part, has looked like the natural heir to the Spanish crown after a young and vibrant team impressed at the 2010 World Cup and qualified for Euro 2012 with a perfect record.

Friendly defeats at home to France in February and in May to Switzerland, though, have raised last-minute doubts.

Mental strength

Questions have also been asked about whether the team’s Bayern Munich stars have the mental strength to pick themselves up not only from their Bundesliga and German cup final defeats to Borussia Dortmund and Champions League loss to Chelsea.

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff — scorer of the golden goal that brought the country its last European crown in 1996 — has been trying to downplay expectations.

“‘Pride comes before the fall’ is our favourite saying these days,” said the 44-year-old.

“The confidence levels are high, but there is still a high rate of insecurity as to what the team can and can’t do.

“In 2006 (when Germany hosted the World Cup), it was unclear if the team could or would withstand the pressure. We went on to finish third, then at 2010 we had a very young team and we didn’t know if they would gel into a team.

“Now we know what is possible. However, we also saw this team in a different guise against France and Switzerland, but we know expectations are high amongst the German public.”

Should either Spain or Germany fail to shine, the Netherlands is obvious candidate to take advantage and add a second European title to the one it won in 1988.

The Dutch have no shortage of class, but as in previous major tournaments, they have a tendency to self-destruct.

This time round, coach Bert van Maarwijk’s decision to play one upfront could be the spark for dissent in the Oranje camp.

van Maarwijk has chosen Arsenal star Robin van Persie — fresh from 30 goals in the English Premier League — over Schalke 04′s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who top scored in the Bundesliga last season with 29.

Group of death

Any discord could be fatal in the so-called “Group of Death”, opening the door to out-of-form Portugal or solid, if unspectacular, Denmark.

Of the others, injury-hit England for once travels with such low expectations in Roy Hodgson’s first campaign in charge that even making the quarterfinals could be hailed as a success.

It faces two-time European champion and Group D favourite France, which arrives on the back of a 21-game unbeaten streak and with genuine hopes that it can go far in the tournament.

Certainly, it should aim to avoid making it three straight tournaments where it has failed to negotiate the group stage and for Platini, it is the dark horse, though, ghosts of the 2010 World Cup debacle still loom large.

“I think they’re a team that people will have to watch — if they get off the bus,” he joked, referring to the farcical scene in 2010 when they went on strike and refused to train.


[This article was originally published on The Hindu, WARSAW, June 8, 2012]

Why happens fan violence?

Everyone in the world is a fan of someone or loves someone too much.  The interest or deep thought about someone either it is sport person or sports or actor or leader or business man etc. sometime rise the issues of fan violence.  Generally it has been seen that the fans sometime become very violence if the result of any game or anything is not in favour of the fans.  For example, In United States and Canada the introduction of the soccer game and also increase in the professionalism of the players, the Britain fan can cause the problem in North America because Britain people are more attached to this game, if in the stadium something does not go in favour of the Britain Team.  So fan violence is not a predefined incident but it is accidental.  Another example is of a soccer match on October 1977, in between Glasgow Rangers and Aston Villa, but after some time (53 minutes) the match got stop because Ranger supporters crowded on the pitch as soon as Aston Villa got a lead of 2-0.  So these are some examples which show about the fan violence. Although there have been formed some fan violence protesting teams in almost all countries and these teams take action during the sports or general meeting of the leaders.  Some standards also have been prepared to measure the fan violence based on the attitude and behaviour of the people. The main aim of the report is to analyses the fan violence because of different factors and situations that happens and creates the cause of fan violence.

Someone can’t be sure that why and when this violence will happen.  The fan violence can be happen at any moment when the followers or fans of some specific group it might be politics, sports, country and person etc. think that something is gone wrong or there is some problem to their following. So there are no specific rules of fan violence to happen. There are some more factors like emotionality, interest; professionalization and internalization which effect the match environment can lead to the fan violence. For example on 11 October 1977, in a match between Glasgow Rangers and Aston Villa, there was a meaningful and friendly match but after 53 minutes it was observed that the supporters of the Rangers reached to the pitch by breaching the security line because the Aston villa got lead in this match by 2-0.  It got started fighting in the mid pitch between the fans of both teams and referee Derek civil called both the team off and police came in to the pitch with the dogs to investigate the issue and to ask for peace between the fans. Lots of people got injured in this fan violence between the both team fans and ambulance was called for the health delivery and care of the wounded fans.  In this fan violence there were almost 99 people who got arrest and more than 20 were injured.  So this is just an example how fan violence happens.

Now the question comes out to the mind is that this fan violence is a social problem or a moral panic. The answer is bit typical as the fans belong to society as well as they create moral panic too, so what is the exact problem then. But still the answer can be given through some analysis and research on the fan violence and its causes and effects in society.  On one side it can be said that fan violence is a social problem because it happens due to the society as there are number of societies who belong to some team or have interest to a particular team.  Fan violence also can be understand as the moral panic too, because some people unnecessarily create moral panic due to communications, bad behaviour and after drinking, abuse. But in the world the main violence is due to the sports and related activities not from others. The sports fan violence gets more attention and issues in respect to the others. The media also helps to describe or spread the sports violence than others. In year 2001, a National News paper Beaton mentioned that displays of disaffection by fans alarm baseball.  This news paper describes that fan violence may increase if the baseball team didn’t performed well in the match. This is for a national where fans belong to the specific national baseball team.  In a article, it was described that the fans of Minnesota Twins caused problem for a other Yankee player in New York. The fans of Yankee threw coins, plastic beer bottles, hot dogs and golf balls because the player disappointed to the fans in game. On the same the reaction was from the head of the Baseball league that there should be any displeasure because the player did well and this is not a situation of the disappointment. The head mentioned that he had been in the same baseball world series and it cannot be said as the bad performance.

So this can be observe from the above statement that fans do not like the bad performance or if some player does against their expectation, and finally causes the problems to the player, authority of the sports, fans and societies. This means that the societies are also affected by this fan violence. Some people in the societies have lots of faith to the particular group or team or individual, if their expectations or interest goes down fan violence in the societies happens.  Fans who attend athletic events appear boisterous and animated, but seldom engage in physical confrontation with others. In countries with a more notable history of fan violence (e.g., Britain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium), fan violence occurs in about 10% of soccer matches.

For example, on July 4, 1996 the thousands of Chicago fans gathered at OK Corral and started shouted and threatened to the players and their fellow spectators and the fans fired bullets too on the players and their followers. This happened because Cubs scored against the Phillies because the fans didn’t like the score of Cubes on other team. The visiting Cubs team in this situation lost both games at Chicago in West Side Grounds.  Thus it can be said that fan violence is in cases, social problem as well as moral panic as it hurts in both ways.  Fan violence is a critical issue and cannot be controlled easily as there is no source of the fan violence and there is no fixed rule of the fan violence, it may happen any time anywhere, no one knows.








DD vs KXIP: Delhi Daredevils restrict Kings XI Punjab to 136/8

Electing to bat, Kings XI Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals against Delhi Daredevils in a crucial Indian Premier League match at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium on Tuesday.

Azhar Mahmood became second victim of pacer Umesh Yadav in the twelfth over as Punjab lost half-the-side for just 80 runs.

After a terrible mix-up with skipper David Hussey, Punjab batsman David Miller (4) got run out in the tenth over to add more agony to their team. Miller’s wicket reduced Kings XI to 63/4 in 9.4 overs.

Yadav got rid of Nitin Saini (15) in the eighth over soon after teammate Varun Aaron stuck twice in two overs to reduce Punjab to 54/3 in 7.2 overs. Saini hit two fours in his run-a-ball innings.

Aaron dismissed in-form Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh (21) in the sixth over to dent the Punjab run charge. Mandeep smashed five boundaries in his quick-fire 12-ball knock before Aaron got better of him.

Punjab lost Shaun Marsh (13) early in the fourth over when pacer Aaron struck with his very first ball and reduced Punjab to 24/1 in 3.1 overs. Marsh hit three boundaries in his 15-ball slow innings.

Earlier, Punjab skipper David Hussey won the toss and decided to bat against Delhi.

“It (toss) does not matter, we would have chosen to bowl anyway. Ross Taylor and Pawan Negi in, Roelf van der Merwe and Yogesh Nagar are out for us,” said Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag after losing the toss.

Punjab have made two changes in the side as they included David Miller and Harmeet Singh in place of Ryan Harris and Siddharth Chitnis.

A rejuvenated Punjab aim to keep their play-off hopes alive when they take on table-toppers Delhi.

While Delhi, with 18 points from 13 games, are favourites to make it to the play-offs, Kings XI, who have of late won a few close games, would like to win their remaining three games in order to stay in contention having logged 14 points so far.

The two teams have had contrasting results in their previous matches. While Delhi were completely outplayed by Chennai Super Kings after their top-order flopped miserably, KXIP eked out a victory off the last ball courtesy some lusty shots by stand-in-captain David Hussey and young Gurkeerat Singh Ahluwalia.

The Daredevils have been mostly dependent on their top-order batsmen to fire. Inevitably when skipper Virender Sehwag or David Warner have failed to provide momentum, the home team has looked pretty ordinary as the middle-order batsmen are yet to stand-up and be counted.


Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (capt.), Mahela Jayawardene, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Naman Ojha (wk), Venugopal Rao, Pawan Negi, Morne Morkel, David Warner, Varun Aaron, Ross Taylor.

Kings XI Punjab: David Hussey (capt.), Harmeet Singh, Piyush Chawla, Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood, Nitin Saini (wk), David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Praveen Kumar, Shaun Marsh, Gurkeerat Singh.

[Source: The Times of India]