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A Situs Qiu Qiu Online week in Gabon for Afcon

I have been here in Gabon for 14 games of the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 now, but it seems like just over a week. I have managed to make my way around the country. Not by the different modes of transport I intended but by flights that I have found that were not available to book before I came.

A week in Gabon for Afcon 2017.

We have completed the second round of Situs Qiu Qiu Online matches and the games have gone from Libreville to Franceville, Oyem and then Port Gentil. So have I. But I have had to go back to Libreville, the capital, every time in order to make the next destination.

When I last wrote I had lost the two Germans I met earlier as they failed to make their scheduled flight back to Libreville.

No worries. Thirty minutes after I got back to our apartment they turned up. They had got a lift and arrived at the other airport terminal.

Instead of walking 50 metres to the terminal that they arrived from, they caught a different plane which departed after mine.

The next morning the heavens opened and the rainy season has shown itself for the first time in Libreville. We tried to wait for a gap in the weather but there didn’t seem to be one.

Outside the stadium we met a group of Burkina Faso supporters. One was keen to practice his English. He was a big man with body paint depicting his country’s flag. (I have a picture somewhere but am struggling to download photos at present.) His opening words: “I am from Burkina Faso.”

At the end of the match I heard a shout in English, I turned round to see it was him. He was delighted with his team’s performance and gave me a big hug. I looked at my arm and saw red. His body paint had rubbed off on me.

My trip to Franceville was uneventful, although this time I went with Sebastiane.

We agreed to meet at the end of the second match to catch the shuttle back to the airport. With 10 minutes to go, a shout went out that all journalists for Libreville should go to get their bus now.

There was no sign of Sebastiane (from DRC), so I waited in the stadium and watched the game while looking for him. He sauntered over towards us slowly after the final whistle. Unaware that we had nearly gone without him.

I can’t lose anyone else, can I?

The next day the football moved to Oyem and this time I received confirmation for the Oyem flight, returning the next day. So no helicopter, that was for CAF officials.

Before leaving the Tropicana, where I was staying I advised them that my room would not be used and they could sell it again if they wanted.

Went for my breakfast at the airport, croque monsieur, and then to Afrijet terminal about 11.00. Plane wasn’t due to depart until 13.30.

A week in Gabon for Afcon 2017.

Sebastiane was there, but had some bad news. There was a problem with the helicopter and the CAF delegation were now going to join us on our flight.

At this stage we weren’t sure of the implications, but an hour later they advised us that no journalists would travel.

So Sebastiane and I went to the airport terminal to try and book a flight to Oyem.

All the flights for Oyem had left, there were no more today.


We were offered a taxi who guaranteed he could get us to Oyem in time for kick off. With less than five hours to go. We declined, and went back to Afrijet.


I was in the throes of sending an email to a travelling companion who was in Libreville to ask him where he was and where he would be watching tonight’s games. I didn’t finish the email.


We heard that a request had been put to the CAF president to pay for a flight for the journalists. But it is not that simple, how do you get a plane that is ready to fly immediately from your point of departure.


The media scrum followed the person in charge round the room. Eventually an announcement was made, the gist was there were eight places available to journalists from the competing nations. I had already been enlisted to help Sebastiane at the RDC press conference. Does that make me a Congolese journalist?


Unfortunately there was a girl with a Congo shirt on, who just happened to be from Rwanda. Maybe I could get away with being Congolese if I borrowed one of Sebastiane’s shirts.


I said that if this tournament is anything to go by it is most likely to be a draw, and so we should go straight to a penalty shootout. I later found out that Joseph Antonine-Bell, the former Cameroon World Cup keeper had said the same and offered to go in goal.


Sebastiane got his boarding pass, and I was left with Ed Dove, who thought we had no chance.


Now that all the passes had been handed out I started to work. There was no one waiting around the boarding desk so I spoke to the two gentlemen there, suggesting there ought to be some neutral coverage of the game. I then found out that there were 45 CAF delegates, but that if any didn’t show there would be a place. Unfortunately the Rwandan woman was around and she was first on the waiting list. She asked to check this and was told there was no list, but just stay close. I put myself forward for second, as Ed who had no chance sat down at the back of the room.


I waited patiently as the numbers in the room dwindled, but stayed close to the boarding desk.


The woman was handed a boarding pass, others now surrounded us as her details were recorded for the flight, and I boldly held out my accreditation, Thierry who handed out the passes looked at it but seemed to blank me before taking it from my hand a presenting me with one of the last boarding passes.


Ed realised and came forward to the desk presenting his pass.


I saw him on the plane later.


We landed at a clearing that looked like it had recently been carved out of the surrounding forest and of course there were no lights.


The ground also has been carved out of the forest and with the nearest football team, Union Sportive de Bitam being 75 km away I suspect the forest may take the ground back very soon.


Two good football matches later and we sampled the nightlife in Oyem.


I decided to reserve the same accommodation for next week when I intend to return for two nights.


Leaving Oyem from the half-started open-plan airport, there was a sign for the cafeteria, where workmen were painting the walls and old fashioned weighing scales were lifted from one check-in table to the other.


The security scanning machine didn’t work and so they had a casual inspection of the luggage before allowing us through.


The plane eventually set off and arrived at 12.30pm. I hadn’t received confirmation of a place on today’s flight to Port Gentil, but as I was at the airport I thought I would check to see if there was any possibility of travelling.


The flight was full, and due to fly at 13.00 and my name was not on the list. Never mind, by now you will have learnt that all you need is patience. Sure enough 30 minutes later and I was on my way to Port Gentil again.


This time we have been advised the shuttle to the airport will leave twenty minutes before the end of the match. I spoke to the media operations manager and she simply said “They don’t understand”.


Towards the end of the evening I asked again. I was told someone had asked to leave 20 minutes after the match. I immediately said that was not possible, but perhaps we could leave at the end of the match. Agreed.


Egypt, scored a late winner to ruin the report I had already before the final whistle.


We got to the shuttle and the driver wasn’t there. The crowd started to stream out the ground in a large single line. Queues were forming for transport home. The problem in Port Gentil, and all the other stadiums is that there is only one road that leads to it.


We saw the convoy of CAF cars starting to move with a police escort. We were in pole position, to latch on behind them. Then we pulled over to the roadside. Three more journalists got in but we had lost the convoy.


There was a roadblock ahead and we were denied access and had to turn off. I presume this driver has not driven the press before. Didn’t he know all he had to do was put his hazard lights on and drive as fast as possible, while the journalists on board would shout “Press”, waving their accreditation at anyone that got in the way.


There was another convoy and we latched on it but he was not allowed past the next roadblock.


Now he started to speed up and drive in the middle of a road, which appeared only just wide enough for two large cars and with ditches at the side of the road.


I adopted the brace position on my seat waiting for the inevitable. We managed to arrive in one piece and on time for the 35 minute flight back to Libreville.


Following the same routine brought back memories of four days ago, when clearing security, Sebastiane accidentally picked up my accreditation and put it round his neck. As I was looking in my tray for it I saw Sebastiane pass.




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The Waiting Bola88 Game



You are looking good; you have just gotten a haircut, a manicure, and perhaps a touchup where needed. You have donned your new outfit and are heading down to the cardroom to enjoy your favorite game. It is tournament time in town and you know the games will be juicy. You know the fish will be biting and the live ones happy to give you their money. You are pumped and ready to go when the worst thing happens. You arrive at the podium to get into your game of choice and find that 50 others have arrived before you and are all on the list. You decide that this is no big deal. After all, you have been reading my column and know the importance of having a backup plan, and you have more than one game and limit you are eager to play. You head over to the other podium to get on the list when you find that this other game has even more would-be rounders ahead of you. How did this happen? What will you do?


With the phenomenal growth of poker, cardrooms are more and more full and lists have become unbearably long during tournaments or holiday weekends. What is a road warrior such as you supposed to do when faced with a wait of several hours to “get into action”? Believe it or not, there are many things you can do to utilize your time. I travel a great deal to the big tournaments, especially the past couple of years as the statistician for the World Poker Tour. I find that more often than not, I am in a cardroom during prime time, and getting into a Bola88 game isn’t the snap that it used to be. Because of this, I arrive with a contingency plan. The first thing I always do is grab a Card Player, to read the latest on strategy and get tournament results and other insightful info. Sometimes I bring a good book or my iPod, or I come with a friend and plan to have lunch while waiting. Other times, I look on the rail for a familiar face and ask someone to hang out. The best of all things to do is scout the games that I am interested in playing. If I do that, I already will have an idea about the opposition when I get seated. I can get a line on the play of those in the game, be familiar with the tempo, and know who the aggressors are. I also can get an idea of who is winning and who is losing. Just because someone has two racks of chips in front of him doesn’t mean he is winning, you know. He might have just barely gotten even. It is always good to know who is stuck and possibly steaming, and who is the big winner and could be running over the game. With all of the huge new properties, you can also take a tour of the one you are visiting. Who knows, it might have a museum, a flower garden, a great band playing, some cool shops, or even an ice cream stand. It’s best to go find those things when you have the time.


Another thing I often do when waiting to get into a game is leave and come back. That’s right, I will leave the cardroom and come back in an hour or two. You can sometimes tell by the number of players on a list and from asking the person running the list about how long the wait might be. If it is going to be considerably long, I might go home and come back. If I am staying in a room on the property, I might go to my room to kick back and ask for the courtesy of a call. Many cardrooms will offer this service. There is no harm in asking. I have been very content in a venue that offers this courtesy, as I can go back to my room and catch up on work, watch TV, or even go to the gym and work out and then shower again. But the gym workout is generally already completed before I venture out in the first place. Healthy body, healthy mind … well, I hope so!


If you choose to hang out in the cardroom or nearby where you are able to hear the page when your name is finally called, why not find someone with whom you can talk poker? You needn’t find an expert to discuss hands and strategy. You just need to find someone who plays and is enjoyable to talk to, and is someone with whom you have a mutual respect for common sense and objectivity. You can talk about trouble hands and “what ifs” of poker. You needn’t solve every problem or complex situation, but a good discussion is great food for thought to get your own creative poker juices flowing. The time you spend waiting for a game needn’t be wasted time. The things you do while you are waiting can help to put you in the right frame of mind for when you finally do get seated. Of course, you can always take a walk and find somewhere nice to simply smell the roses. Class dismissed!




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Who cares about offside? – Women rule at the Qq Poker Online Euros



The women are coming (no pun intended):


The EURO 2008 organisers might have breathed a sigh of relief when the expected English invasion was cancelled by Croatia’s third goal at Wembley last autumn, but they did not bank on an even greater influx to the finals, largely unexpected, and female.


Hail, hail, the skirts are here. The British Isles might be cast adrift from the goings-on at the European Championship, but most European watchers have by now picked up on the fact that females are in on the footy act in big numbers.


The big-match experience in the city centre fan zones, where the majority of fans have congregated for games, have been universally punctuated by shrill feminine screams, girls decked out head-to-toe in the colours of the Qq Poker Online country of their choice that evening*, and over-zealous female cheering of events of which most (male) remain the wiser.


Even Turkey, the only Muslim nation in the finals and thus notoriously a second-class country for women, has been cheered by huge numbers of veiled female fans.


It’s not the first time that women en masse have got a taste for football, but it is the largest occurrence of this recent phenomenon yet. Are they just bandwagon-jumpers and excuse for a party-seekers, and if they are, does it matter as long as everyone is happy?


The ticketed fans still appear to be 90% male in composition in Austria and Switzerland, though you would not know that for the TV editors’ sleazily repetitive homing-in on whatever half-decent totty they can locate in the stands.


Undeniably, football following has changed over the past few years. Now you are more likely to travel to an overseas tournament without any hope of gaining stadium entry than you are to travel to see the games in person.100,000 English were estimated to have been in Cologne in 2006, 150,000 Dutch in Basle in 2008.


While the Swiss and Austrian media had picked up the trend as soon as the fan zones had opened, the latest TV ratings from Germany are astonishing: 14.2 million females watched Germany defeat Turkey as opposed to 13.5 million males. The World Cup effect in Germany has also translated into Vfl Wolfsburg having a 30% female fan make-up, and Hanover 96 selling a quarter of its season-tickets to women.


The most prominent of the EU leaders at EURO 2008 has been female. German Chancellor Angela Merkerl was seen chatting to Bastian Schweinsteiger in the stands and made it her business to be the first person to speak to coach Joachim Löw after the referee sent him to the stands during the Germany v Austria clash in Vienna.


The old command issued to English fans to not travel if you don’t have tickets was overturned by sheer numbers of football-holidaymakers, of whom women formed a large part.


The increased interest in football as a pastime and entertainment has inevitably entailed an increase in female fandom. After the countrywide party atmosphere of Germany 2006, EURO 2008 has seen girls and women quite happy to face-paint and wear country colours to watch games quite independently of any male contact.


Football has suddenly become more sexually egalitarian, and I welcome that. While it is fair to say the average male fan possesses a deeper knowledge of the game than the average female fan, all, irrespective of origin, must be made welcome.


The ugliness of hooliganism withers faster than ever the more women are around football, which can only be a good thing. Only boneheads and misogynist dinosaurs argue for sexism in football in 2008, inspired by a fear of change and a rage at the passing of time, but their position is one they would not dare transfer to other arenas of public life. Racism was once the norm in society, so let us hope sexism in soccer becomes as wholly unnacceptable, too.


At the end of the day, the world’s number one game has to be there for everybody to partake of without exception, and unreconstructed males will have to evolve to stop using football as a private cell of frustration release, or die out.


When there are pretty and fun-loving females only a stone-throw away, apparently mad about football, what sort of man would turn a blind eye anyway?


* ‘Fan tourism’ has been more visible than ever before at this edition of the Euros. You would have been hard pressed to find a Portuguese amongst those wearing red and green against Germany, ditto a bona-fide tulip from the orange-clad hordes in Vienna against Russia, etc




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Premiership Bandarqq Betting



A new season kicks off this weekend and see’s the return of Walker’s Word. Another 10 months of non-stop top flight football action begins on Saturday with both the opening and closing matches ripe for picking a couple of shock results at great odds writes David Walker.


Saturday 19 August


Sheffield United vs Liverpool

Sheffield United make their Premiership return after a 12 year absence at lunch time, to kick off another 10 months of top flight action. The bookmakers are predicting a cakewalk for visiting Liverpool, but Blades boss Neil Warnock will have other ideas. During the 2002/03 Carling Cup, United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Bramall Lane, drew 0-0 at home in 1993/94 and beat the Reds 1-0 the previous year in the Premiership’s debut season. Liverpool may have one eye on their Champions League tie against Maccabi Haifa Bandarqq three days later which still hangs in the balance at 2-1 in the Reds favour.

Walker’s Word: A “shock” draw to go against the bookmakers @ 12/5 (Coral)


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Capello’s England pick up the Togel Singapore pieces



Three major European nations came a cropper in South Africa.Capello.


Italy’s ageing heroes went down fighting to Slovakia but could not stop the holders going home after the first round. France imploded in mutinous rancour, while England scraped through the group stage only to be humiliated by a rampant young Germany side.


Raymond Domenech and Marcello Lippi exited stage left but Fabio Capello remained in his job. There was little option for the Football Association, given that they had put pen to paper with a hefty two-year contract extension, the cancellation of which have Togel Singapore cost them a pretty penny. Capello’s admission that he expected failure in Africa while hastily jettisoning his employers’ escape clause has cast him in a mercenary light.


Tomorrow at Wembley he returns to the limelight for the first time since his team and his reputation as a great coach were battered into the soil of Bloemfontein. With some irony, England’s first opponents after their worst ever World Cup debacle are the ones who first exposed the Three Lions’ tactical shortcomings and slew the myth of English invincibility.


Before 1953, England were still widely considered ‘the masters’ of the game in 1953 when the Mighty Magyars, the reigning Olympic champions, showed up at Wembley. Little did the 105,000 spectators coming through the gates know that a footballing trauma was in the offing, and some of them were surely still making their way through the turnstiles when Nandor Hidegkuti fired past Gil Merrick in the opening minute. If they had entered in hope they left in horror and stunned admiration.


England v Hungary.

To say Hungary’s 6-3 victory was a jolt to the English psyche would be an understatement. The Three Lions went into soccer shellshock having being out-thought and out-gunned for 90 minutes by a team light years ahead in formation and tactics. 57 painful years (1966 apart) since that historic first home defeat by an overseas nation, what have we learnt? Barely six weeks ago, England were once again embarrassed by the superior tactics of a fellow European nation, as Germany exposed the obsolete rigidity of their favoured formation.


For the WM read 442, the latter shape now clearly bypassed by the 4231. Uruguay, it is true, took fourth place at the World Cup playing 442 but with a fluidity and technical finesse England’s heavy legs could not match. While 442 is a shape easily-understandable to players, the gaps it leaves between its lines and the holes it leaves in midfield were starkly exposed in South Africa.

Capello has wisely shown a willingness to listen by immediately selecting a slew of young guns for his first friendly fixture since Bloemfontein, but the nagging doubt remains that England’s current crop do not have the footballing brains to reach the level of Spain, the Netherlands or their conquerors, Germany.


Sven-Goran Eriksson let slip in private that he thought English players were not intelligent enough to compete for the big prizes, lacking the mental flexibility to adapt to different playing systems and understand the phases of the game.


Eriksson is largely considered a mild failure for guiding England to two World Cup quarter-finals, yet with the hindsight of two successive coaching calamities, his reign appears all the more impressive.


There is some truth in the accusation that England still think ‘attack, attack, attack’ when the going gets rough. When Germany scored their decisive third with 23 minutes remaining, there were nine red shirts buzzing around the opposing box, the sort of numbers you should only hurl forward in injury time.


England’s limitations are exemplified by the almost identically speedy yet uncreative wingers they took to South Africa. Aaron Lennon and Shaun Wright-Phillips hared up the flanks but produced next to nothing of note, while Theo Walcott, left at home, is cut from the same cloth, famously lacking a footballing brain as Chris Waddle said.


While Germany’s ace was their razor-sharp counter-attacking strategy, a move clearly honed on the training field, England were looking to their stars Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard to conjure up moments of magic, which never arrived.


In their fascinating book, ‘Why England Lose’, financial writers Simon Kuper and Stefan Szyminski argue that soccer success at the international level is dependent on a combination of population, GDP and an amorphous factor they call ‘football experience’. While this explains Germany’s and Brazil’s historic triumphs it does not account for the prowess of the Netherlands, a country a third the size of England and with similar GDP but less football experience, who have reached three World Cup Finals and won the European Championship.


It remains the case that England’s national football culture stresses individual endeavour and physical prowess above team telepathy. Greece proved in Euro 2004 that you do not need the best players to triumph in the end but rather a system that works so well the individuals melt into the background. The most impressive England performance in living memory, the 4-1 demolition of Holland at Euro ’96, was clearly down to Terry Venables’ inspired system, and prompted no less than Guus Hiddink, the Dutch coach that evening, to claim – “They taught us a lesson in possession and the use of space” – England?


Until the national mindset from school level upwards is changed to one of ‘team first, me last’, England will surely continue to disappoint at the highest level. It may take years before they can win a World Cup, but they cannot short-cut the process. The FA always promise a root-and-branch reform of the game after an exit or failure to qualify for a tournament, yet one never materialises as officials keep their heads down and avoid the blame and the national team quietly goes back to its ineffective practices.


England needs far more clubs and players, far more qualified coaches at all levels and a sea-change in the coaching mentality towards tactical sophistication and away from the fixation with ‘passion’, ‘belief’ and what the Itailans call fantasistas.


So while England will probably beat Hungary on Wednesday and sail through to Euro 2012, a similar fate to South Africa awaits in Eastern Europe in two years’ time. History teaches us that English football’s expectations mask a stark reality. In order to win Euro 2012, Capello, whose biography Gabriele Marcotti bravely subtitled ‘Portrait of a Winner’, really needs a miracle.




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The Play-offs: The Most Qq Online Exciting Time Of The Year?



We are less than a week away from the biggest weekend of football outside of the Premier League as Wembley looks set to host another years worth of hopes and dreams either come true or crash and burn in painful circumstances. The Football League certainly lacks the quality of the Premier League but what it lacks in class it more than makes up for in excitement as anyone who watched the play-off semi-finals will tell you. For those of you who don’t normally look beyond the world of the Premier League then you should take the blinkers off and enjoy this Bank holiday weekend’s football.


Let’s look back at the semi-finals from the past week Qq Online starting with the Championship where we saw a nerve jangling game at Ashton Gate between Bristol City and Crystal Palace which could easily have gone either way if not for a pair of outstanding goals from Lee Trundle and Michael McIndoe in extra time. Whilst not many people will share much sympathy with Palace manager Neil Warnock, his outspoken nature doesn’t appeal to everyone, those Palace fans who believed their team could have been promoted yet again after coming from no where it must have been gutting to lose out so late on.



As for Watford fans you imagine its more a sense of frustration after leading the Championship, then failing to gain automatic promotion before being outclassed in two-legs by a very impressive Hull City side. So now we move onto Wembley and two sides who have never been in the Premiership playing for an estimated £62m windfall. As far as predictions go its too close to call really, both sides where close to gaining automatic promotion and both were impressive in their semi-finals for differing reasons. Bristol because of their grit and determination combined with their ability to pull it out of the bag when it matters whilst Hull demonstrated their over riding desire to make it to the top flight by picking apart a side who were a Premier League outfit last season. Head on over to Betting.Betfair to place your money on the Championship play-off final.



As for League 1 it appears that north-west London is about to be invaded by half of Yorkshire for this clash. Leeds against Doncaster hasn’t always been a rivalry, in fact they hadn’t been in the same division since 1956 before this season. But with both sides pushing for promotion another Yorkshire feud has developed. Again this is another tough on to call and like the two sides in the Championship final Leeds and Doncaster have displayed different aspects. Leeds showed really grit to come from behind to win against Carlisle, the only side to make it through to a final with their second leg away from home. As for Doncaster well after a tight first leg they blitzed their way past Southend after an incredibly high quality performance, especially by James Coppinger who scored an excellent hat-trick. Both sides will be confident heading into the final and what an incredible story it would be if Doncaster were to leapfrog Leeds into the Championship with their third promotion in six years.



Finally we have League 2 and another local derby set to take place on the biggest stage in English football. Stockport may claim to be a Cheshire club but both are located well within the border of Greater Manchester. It was an interesting contrast to watch the second-leg between Rochdale and Darlington before the FA Cup Final, while the cup final wasn’t dull it could not match the game between these two League 2 outfits, Rochdale coming from two goals down, on aggregate, to take the game to extra time and penalties with Ben Muirhead scoring the winning penalty to send Spotland into a frenzy. The only sore point for Rochdale was the sending-off of David Perkins, one of Rochdale’s key players this season. As for Stockport, while they didn’t provide the most the entertaining game on Saturday evening they did what was required of them to make it through. Liam Dickenson grabbing the only goal of the game and what a purchase he has been for Jim Gannon, a non-league player two years ago he has banged in 20 goals this season. Looking ahead to Wembley and it’s nice to have two sides who like to play football in the final for once. Head on over to Betfair for the latest online betting figures.



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Lucas Neill is no stranger to going Aplikasi Judi Online out on a limb.



Neill, a regular in the Socceroos backline and one of Australia’s star turns in last year’s World Cup, has been hammered from all quarters following his well-documented decision in the transfer window to snub Liverpool – and what turns out to be a possible appearance in the Champions League final – in favour of a relegation battle at cashed-up West Ham.


Before that his name was central to the debate of Aplikasi Judi Online diving in modern football after conceding a stoppage time penalty to Italy’s Fabio Grosso in Australia’s heartbreaking second round World Cup loss to the eventual champions 11 months ago.


And now Neill’s at it again, this week boldly predicting an unblemished Australian success at July’s Asian Cup finals.


Critics might suggest the 29-year-old, in the midst of a relegation dogfight at the foot of the English Premier League table, is hardly in the best position to judge the relative merits of Group A challengers Thailand, Oman and Iraq.


But when asked about his expectations for Australia’s maiden AFC adventure, Neill responded by confidently boasting he expects Graham Arnold’s Socceroos to remain unbeaten throughout the tournament.


Then, just for good measure, Neill also noted that they wouldn’t even need a fully fit Tim Cahill or Harry Kewell to breeze through the group stage although conceded the recovering pair would have to be back to their best in the knockout stage to negotiate the likes of Japan and South Korea (Neill’s tips for success).


Australia could face a possible quarter-final clash against Japan, a repeat of the World Cup opener which the Socceroos won 3-1 last year.


“I really think we’ve got a squad that can handle the conditions, enough of us have played on the biggest stage now that we won’t be intimidated by the teams we’re going to play against and I really see the standard we’re expecting to set taking us all the way to the end,” Neill said in a teleconference with reporters on Thursday.


While on Cahill and Kewell he added: “There might be a couple of games where they might not have to be 100 per cent fit or 100 per cent on their games. We might be able to get away with them being 90 or 95 per cent of their best.”


But how could Neill know?


Speaking on the eve of West Ham’s crunch match against Manchester United on the final day of the English season, surely Neill’s immediate thoughts revolved around how to control the likes of Rooney and Ronaldo and preserve the London club’s Premiership status.


But even without that significant distraction, you have to wonder whether the Australians are being caught up in their own hype.


It could be devastating to the chances of the Socceroos, currently ranked second in Asia behind Iran, if they blindly assumed that being the sole AFC nation to progress past the group stage at the World Cup makes them heavy Asian Cup favourites.


Much of Neill’s absolute faith in Australia’s chances of going undefeated comes from last year’s pre-World Cup build-up under departed coach Guus Hiddink, a program which resulted in Australia being considered among the fittest and most prepared sides in Germany.


He also said that the conditions across co-hosts Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam will be a ‘leveller’, hinting that Australia’s vital acclimatisation camp in Singapore during June would be preparation enough for the extreme climate expected in Bangkok around kick-off time (90 percent humidity and a 50 per cent chance of rain on matchdays).


Of course, Australia’s almost wholly European-based squad is not foolish enough to believe that playing on variable pitches at extreme temperatures will not provide its share of challenges, and time will reveal any degree of overconfidence from Neill and his colleagues.


Local followers only hope that two warm-up matches – against arch-rivals Uruguay on June 2 and Singapore on June 30 – is sufficient to avoid any embarrassment when they come face-to-face with Oman, Gulf Cup finalists in January remember, in their group opener.


It might just not be the walk in the park some are predicting.



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Kashima Keluaran HK Antlers back on top as Urawa Reds held



Kashima Antlers moved back to the top of the J. League standings following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vissel Kobe last night.


In a full round of midweek fixtures, Kashima took advantage of Urawa’s 2-2 draw away at Shimizu S-Pulse to leapfrog the Saitama giants in the standings.


Imposing defender Daiki Iwamasa scored the only goal of the game, powering home a header to register Kashima’s 1000th league goal in the process.


The match of the round took place at Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi, and it lived up to expectations as a crowd of 30,851 were thrilled by an absorbing battle between Shimizu S-Pulse and Urawa Reds.


The hosts opened the scoring from the penalty spot after young striker Kazuki Hara was felled in the box, with Hara himself stepping up to send Reds keeper Ryota Tsuzuki the wrong way.


Despite fielding three defensive midfielders, Shimizu Keluaran HK struggled desperately to contain Urawa’s rapid-fire counter-attacks, and it was no surprise when Brazilian playmaker Robson Ponte levelled the scores through a scrappy goal shortly before half-time.


Urawa’s second goal was a more note-worthy effort, as 18-year-old midfielder Naoki Yamada sliced through the S-Pulse defence before curling a superb strike into the far corner of the goal with just sixteen minutes remaining.


With the Reds fans already celebrating another victory, former Urawa striker Yuichiro Nagai missed a golden opportunity to level the score for Shimizu, as shot-stopper Tsuzuki somehow clawed Nagai’s goal-bound header out.


Nevertheless the hosts were not to be denied, and from the same passage of play stand-in skipper Arata Kodama produced a coolly taken volley to ensure that both teams left the 2002 FIFA World Cup venue with a share of the spoils.


Elsewhere a crowd of 28,317 was on hand at Nissan Stadium to see Yokohama F. Marinos striker Kazuma Watanabe score the only goal of the game, as Marinos beat fellow fallen giants Jubilo Iwata 1-0.


The biggest crowd of the day saw 34,060 fans pile into Big Swan Stadium in Niigata to watch home team Albirex twice take the lead against struggling JEF United, only to be pegged back in an entertaining 2-2 draw.


Elsewhere Kawasaki Frontale hammered Kyoto Sanga 4-1 at Todoroki Stadium, Nagoya Grampus were held to a scoreless home draw by Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Omiya Ardija slumped to a worrying 3-0 defeat to promoted outfit Montedio Yamagata at Omiya Park, Kashiwa Reysol beat Oita Trinita 2-1 in a battle of the cellar dwellers at Hitachidai, while Gamba Osaka returned to form to beat FC Tokyo 4-2 at Expo ’70 Stadium.


The pick of the J2 action saw league leaders Cerezo Osaka beat bottom club Yokohama FC 2-0, while Ventforet Kofu beat fellow high-fliers Shonan Bellmare 1-0 in front of 11,546 fans at Kose Sports Park, with substitute Masaru Matsuhashi coming off the bench to score a

late winner, making some folks who wager through very happy.


Vegalta Sendai beat Mito Hollyhock 2-1 in front of 11,261 fans at Miyagi Stadium, and 11,242 fans turned out at the Sapporo Dome to see hosts Consadole triumph 3-2 over Ehime FC.


Of the newly promoted sides, Kataller Toyama are the best placed in eleventh following their latest 3-0 home win over FC Gifu, however Fagiano Okayama and Tochigi SC are struggling in fifteenth and seventeenth place respectively in the eighteen team league




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6 Questions to Ask Your Shared Hosting Provider



It is affordable, but it still offers all the tools and features you need. You can get more from your hosting by adding on additional add-ons. These add-ons can enhance the functionality of your hosting by providing useful tools. These add-ons include security measures, backup tools and email hosting. Let’s first understand what web hosting is.


What is web hosting?


Web hosting simply means that you can publish your website via the Internet. It’s your website’s home, where all files, databases, and other services are stored.  cheap managed dedicated servers Hosting companies offer web hosting services. They also build and maintain the infrastructure necessary to make it possible. They offer web hosting services, including renting server space and providing associated services for individuals and businesses who want to publish blogs and websites online.


Hosting plans are a way to buy server space for your website or blog. You can also start with Shared Hosting. This is a popular option for new website owners. What is Shared Hosting?


A shared website hosting service allows you to host multiple websites on one server. All resources of the server are shared by all sites, including storage and processing time. Hosting providers can offer hosting space at very affordable prices because many websites share the same server. This is an established platform and is one of the oldest types of hosting. As your website grows, you will require more features to make it more functional. While some features will provide a better user experience, others will increase security and stability of your website.


Let’s take a look at the add-ons you can purchase with your Shared Hosting plan in order to improve your website’s performance.


Here are some useful web hosting add-ons that you should consider


Hosting providers offer additional services beyond the basic plans. Add-ons can be described as extra services. These services are often included in the hosting provider’s web hosting plans at no extra cost.


You can choose the add-ons you require, such as a buffet system, that are optional and cost extra. These add-ons can be purchased from your hosting provider, making it easier to integrate them into your website.


These are our top picks for handy add-ons to your website that will make it more powerful and easier to maintain and manage.


SSL Certificates


SSL (Secure Socket Layer), protects website data between your server, and the user. It encrypts all outgoing data to prevent interception, and then decrypts it at the user’s request. Even if your website doesn’t deal with sensitive or financial information, you must obtain an SSL certificate. It confers a seal of confidence that ensures website visitors of site safety standards.


Hosting providers provide a basic SSL Plan for free with all hosting plans. Providers can also link up with SSL providers such as Comodo SSL to offer SSL Certificates for a nominal fee on their websites. Integration is made easier by purchasing an SSL through your web hosting provider.


Automated Backup


Your website backup is your last line defense against data loss. You don’t have much time to repair your website if it crashes or is hacked. Your site will be less popular the longer it is down. CodeGuard is an automated backup tool that protects your data and does not require intervention. CodeGuard gives you the most recent copy of your website that you can restore.


Website Security


Site security is crucial to maintaining your site’s credibility. SiteLock, an anti-malware tool, actively detects and fixes threats by running a 360deg scan every day. SiteLock automatically detects and repairs threats. You can focus on your business while you’re assured your website is protected by a strong security system. Site security is highly recommended.


Content Delivery Network (CDN).


The Internet is moving at lightning speed! It still takes some time for data to travel from the server to the user. It will take longer if the data must travel a greater distance. The site may be slower if the server is located in India and the user in the US. CloudFlare, a Content Delivery Network, replicates your website’s data across a global network. It responds to user requests at the closest server and speeds up page loads. Since CDN has become a requirement for web hosting, more providers are integrating Content Delivery Networks into their plans.


Business email hosting


A free email service is not good for your business. Imagine being able to send important business communications through an email account. To build your credentials, get a domain-matching business email. This shows you are serious and your communication is more trustworthy. Your users shouldn’t mark your email spam. For your new website, get a Business Email Hosting account.





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An Idiot’s Guide to Judi Online Hanoi



I’ve been in Hanoi for two weeks and I still haven’t the faintest clue how to navigate the streets here. So much for my trusty internal GPS. This city has me beat and I concede defeat.

That said, it’s not as though I’m in a complete fog. Some valuable lessons have been learned, interesting sites seen, and plenty of beer consumed.


I thought I’d share some of my newfound knowledge with you lest you yourself wind up visiting this city planner’s worst nightmare one day. Man cannot live on Lonely Planet alone, after all:


Come prepared: There aren’t any shops to buy toiletries or the like at any of the hotels. And forget about popping out to the nearest 7-11–there aren’t any of those either. Convenience stores do exist, but it takes time and energy to get to them.


If you drink, you’re in luck as they sell the world’s cheapest beer in Vietnam. The only catch is you leave yourself wide open to the world’s biggest hangover in the morning and nowhere to buy aspirin.


Also, unless you’re extremely careful, you can expect your stomach to disagree with at least something during your stay. Be prepared. Pack your medicine.


Best restaurant: You can’t possibly sample every place in Hanoi in such a short time but the good news is that the smattering of places I have been to have all been excellent (save for one–Bobby Chinn’s). The best by far, though, has been La Salsa across the street from St. Joseph’s Cathedral. A tapas joint owned and operated by French people, La Salsa is a favorite hangout of expats and backpackers alike. Don’t let that turn you off, the food more than makes up for the non-Vietnamese experience. Chorizo to die for, mouthwatering meatballs, succulent duck and sangria that will leave you seeing double for a fortnight (Did I mention you should pack your Tylenol?).


Best nightclub: Nutz at the Sheraton Hotel. This is a no-brainer because it’s the only disco that the fun police haven’t shut down in the last couple of months. It isn’t anything to write home about what with prostitutes on the prowl and visiting businessmen–all conspicuously without wedding rings–lapping up the attention. But the place is always busy and there are enough people not taking part in the sex trade to make it worthwhile.


Better still, it’s one of the only places I’ve found that stays open late. They flicked the switch on us at 12:30 the other night (also spoiling the fun for Australia coach Graham Arnold and his retinue) and stayed open until 3 a.m. on the weekend. Good numbers for a city that usually shuts its doors at 11 p.m.


Most interesting site: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Ho is a little less green than V.I. Lenin in Red Square, yet he still radiates an eerie glow. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been lying in state for 37 years.


French women also cause headaches: “I find it so easy to get laid here,” one particularly stunning blonde French woman told me. Which begged the question, “In what country do stunning blonde French women find it difficult to get laid?”


Best coffee: The locals will probably want to lynch me when they read this, but my vote for the best mud goes to Highlands, a Vietnamese chain similar to Starbucks and Tully’s. I find the local joe too strong and slightly odd-tasting. It’s an acquired taste that I’m certain I will never acquire. Highlands also has a good wireless connection (in most outlets) and decent food to boot. And air conditioning, bless them.


Worst service: Bobby Chinn’s. The battleaxe that runs the place ruins what otherwise would be the ideal restaurant. Great food (“Asian fusion”), hip décor and sofas in the back with hookah pipes for some serious chilling. Don’t get too excited though, the waitresses will stop just short of prodding you with a fork to hurry your meal along. It was truly the worst dining experience of my life. And I’ve been to some pretty terrible places over the years.


Service in general: Polite but not entirely with it. Take a deep breath and be prepared to wait when ordering in Hanoi. The locals work at a relaxed pace and are prone to getting orders wrong, so patience is a must. Learning some Vietnamese should help minimize any communication breakdowns.


MVP award: Definitely Judi Online goes to the city’s drivers. Ho Chi Minh City may be even busier than Hanoi, but there’s no denying the people here know how to operate their vehicles, be it the taxi drivers or the multitude of people on mopeds. As one observant visitor pointed out, “They seem to be born on motorcycles.”


Don’t drink the water: And stay away from ice cubes. You’ll regret it in the morning otherwise.


Most unnerving: The police who monitor you on the dance floor. I guess my jig ain’t as bad as I thought, though, as I have yet to be arrested.


Most pleasant surprise: The absence of McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, etc. You can still get pizza and cheeseburgers, just not from Ronald and the rest of junk-food juggernauts. It’s nice to see they haven’t reached every corner of the world. Yet.

Sadly, I’ve seen two KFCs here and there’s a Segafredo’s coming soon. Still, as the saying goes: “I got to Hanoi before obesity.” If you hurry, so can you.




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